Rotary Club of Northfield, Minnesota  |  Thursday, September 2, 2021
NOTE:  Masks are to be worn when you enter the Methodist church and
to be on when you are not eating.  


Join Our Thursday Zoom Meeting

Find it here.
Meeting ID: 843 1983 0113
Passcode: 264180

Here is the UPDATED TIMELINE for our IN PERSON MEETINGS and ZOOM CALLS. On some days there will be slight variations, but not for coming on to the call.  
11:45 - Noon — Club Members and Guests are invited to join and go into a break out room for casual conversations.

IN PERSON: Noon - 12:15 — Pick up your lunch at the buffet line, please wear your mask when doing so.  When you are not eating, please put your mask back on.
12:10 — ALL Zoom callers are invited back together to begin the meeting. Generally, the meeting will begin with an Invocation, the 4-Way Test, introduction of guests and then introduction of our speaker. Speaker and Questions/ Discussion.
12:20 — Meeting Begins.
1:15 — Meeting is dismissed until next week.
September 9  Update On the Upcoming 4-Way Taste and Northfield Rotary Bike Tour  Brent Nystrom & John Sinning. Listen and learn about two of this year’s important Rotary Club fundraising events (and maybe volunteer!) Leaders from each event will provide details on how the 2021 versions of each event will work, who is attending, and how you still might be able to help.
Sarah is the director of the NCCC and Beth is the founder of TORCH and a current member of it's advisory board, as well as a steadfast supporter of HCI's programming and a mentor to and champion of youth in Northfield and everywhere else. Hosted by Scott Wopata.
Happy Birthday to Rotarians around the world!
Melissa Hanson, 1 year
Jake Conway, 10 years
Anika Rychner, 14 years


Our Rotary Climate Action Team (RCAT) is dedicated to making climate change a strategic priority and to raising awareness, providing education and encouraging individuals and businesses to act in the interest of our planet. 
RCAT –The world's climate scientists have put out a new sobering report we should all read, if we want to try to preserve a livable world for the future.  See attached link.
Our Climate Action Statement - Read our climate action statement here.
For additional information about our club’s Rotary Climate Action Team chair, Alan Anderson, at 507-371-4673 or


Thanks to last week's Cogwheel reporter, Scott Richardson

Bryce Beckstrand (Benson)
Tracy Giza (Lasswell)
Rico Bohren (Lehmkuhl)
Natalie Draper (Kallestad)
Dawn Wegscheid (Hoshouer)
Dawn Wegscheid

Past President Dilley, subbing for President Todd, expressed gratitude for the good and faithful work of David Wolf. She described our former treasurer as a kind, generous and thoughtful leader.  


Kristi Purcell said salt is a river contaminant we often don’t think about. We can reduce its impact  on the Cannon River by being more mindful of our use of salt on our driveways and sidewalks during the winter and by turning our settings back on our soft water units


--- Past President Vicki said we are now required to wear masks at our meetings when we are not eating and drinking. This is a response to the surging delta variant of COVID. The board will be reviewing our overall protocol to see if other changes need to be made. 
--- Dawn Wegscheid, food access program manager for Community Action Center, said the food shelf might satisfy Rotarians’ thirst for volunteer opportunities. Many commitments take no more than 20 minutes a week. Go to the CAC food shelf website to learn more.
--- Kristi Purcell said the 13th annual Cannon River cleanup will take place Saturday morning, Sept. 18, 9 to 12 at eight locations in the watershed, two in Northfield, Riverside Park and the arboretum. See the Clean River Partners website for details.
--- Kristi also invited members to the Downstream Film Festival Friday, Sept. 24. Again, go to Clean River Partners for details.
--- Laurie Williams said our Literacy Team is looking for a few new members. Talk to her if you have an interest in stimulating children’s interest in reading.
--- Beth Kallestad announced that the city, this fall, is offering local businesses a free lighting assessment. Changing to LED lighting is a simple way to cut your energy costs and become more energy efficient. Rebates are available to help make the shift.
--- Our Four-Way Taste will be Thursday, Sept. 16, at the Red Barn east of Northfield. You can register on the club website.
--- John Sinning reported that 100 riders have already signed up for our fall Rotary Bike Tour, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 25. He encourages members to share our announcements with those in our social media orbits. 
Emily Lloyd

August 26 — LGBTQIAP 101: Past and Present — Emily Lloyd. Club members will leave this session with a clearer understanding of “what the letters mean”, etiquette when interacting with LGBTQIAP people, new trends in coming out (such as age), and a quick grounding in the past to where we are now. Emily is the Youth Services Librarian & Selector at the Northfield Public Library. Hosted by Beth Kallestad.

LGBTQIAP+ is a mouthful, but it represents an honest attempt to describe our evolving understanding of the human experience, in all of its nuanced diversity.

Emily Lloyd, youth services librarian at Northfield Public Library, shared an abbreviated version of a tutorial she presented to city staff. It was designed to broaden awareness so staff could better serve all Northfield citizens, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

LGBTQIAP+ stands for the wide variety of ways people today are identifying their gender and sexual orientation. It stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual or Pansexual. Emily said this non-heterosexual community has become much more stratified, reflecting the many ways people see themselves.

The labels are not always adequate. She said the words may be new, but the people they represent have always been with us. In one in 1,600 births, Emily said the chromosomal pattern is not a clear female XX or male XY. There may be a broken chromosome or an additional X or Y in the mix. And there are many others who, as they grow up, feel increasingly at odds with their gender assignment at birth. These labels allow people to feel validated and authentic in how they meet the world.

Emily also said there is a pronoun etiquette that is important to learn. More young adults are coming out at younger ages. Emily said they are often told they can’t know yet, but it is isolating and hard on their mental health to not acknowledge who they really are.

Emily’s power point is here.

The entire August 26th meeting can be viewed here.



September 9  Update On the Upcoming 4-Way Taste and Northfield Rotary Bike Tour — Brent Nystrom & John Sinning. Listen and learn about two of this year’s important Rotary Club fundraising events (and maybe volunteer!) Leaders from each event will provide details on how the 2021 versions of each event will work, who is attending, and how you still might be able to help.  
Covid Health and Safety Protocols, please read here. 
Eric Runestad
September 16  Classification Talk: A Winding Path of Purpose and Microadventure  Eric Runestad. Eric will share his personal and professional story that has led him around the Midwest and then back to Minnesota in 2020- six houses, five states, two children, two dogs, and one excellent wife. Hosted by Fred Rogers.
Rick Heidick
September 23 Fast for Hope and the Water Project.   Ricki Heidick  Rick will update us on how our district Fast for Hope program has led to our current water project in Nicaragua and explain how we are using district and global grants to help us bring water to a rural community of about 120 families. Rick is the chair of the district Fast for Hope Initiative. Hosted by Vicki Dilley.
Benjamin Hauser
September 30  Perspectives  a classification talk Follow Ben Hauser's journey to Northfield, MN which started from a small dairy farm in a little village in South Korea. He will share what he has learned and the different perspectives he's been able to experience as he had to learn a new language and culture at the age of 7  and return to his land of birth at the age of 27 where he had to relearn a language he had completely forgotten as well as the culture. Hosted by Jesse Steed.

Todd's two cents


Todd Thompson, President

Todd’s Two Cents:

Wow, the summer is about over! I had a record number of gatherings this summer. In August alone I had family gatherings of 35, 5, 5, 89 and 3. It was great to see people, but I’m ready to get back to “normal”.  I hope that our gatherings don’t get more restrictive this Fall.
This Fall: I am starting teaching again (this time at Bemidji State University) and my youngest son, Gabe, is starting his senior year at Northfield High School. Thanks again, Matt, for managing our great schools and our talented school staff through these challenging times.
I am excited for all the things a new school year brings, football, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Fall colors and sweatshirts. And I am especially excited about the big events our club has in
  • Four Way Taste - Sept. 16
  • Northfield Rotary Bike Tour – September 25
Get your tickets now!
See you at the meeting,

Be sure and buy your tickets for the 4 Way Taste here.  

Covid Health and Safety Protocols, please read here. 

Sign up Genius to volunteer to help.


Sign up to ride in the Northfield Bike Tour here. 


A BIG THANK YOU to our Sponsors for the 4 Way Taste and the upcoming Turkey Trot!  Please support and thank these businesses when you have the opportunity! 
American Center for Philanthropy
Community Resource Bank
Merchants Bank
Neuger Communications/Engage Print
Rebound Partners
Bierman's Partnership
Carleton College
Carlson Capital Management
Edward Jones/J.Snodgrass
Holden Farms
Keith Pumper Plumbing & Heating
Northfield Insurance
Professional Dental Group
Schmidt Homes
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing
Benson and Langehough
Cannon Point Chiropractic
College City Beverage
Firehouse Liquor
Frago and Lasswell
Frandsen Bank
Heartman Insurance
Hogan Brothers
Larson's Printing
Northfield Construction
Paper, Inc.
Premier Bank
Event Partner
Northfield Municipal Liquor Store

Statement of Purpose: Northfield Rotary Club is dedicated to promoting peace and understanding through service and shared experience. We invite people from all corners of the community to join us as we partner with others to support youth, build sustainable infrastructure and preserve our planet.