Rotary Club of Northfield, Minnesota  |  Thursday, March 11, 2021


Join Our Thursday Zoom Meeting
Find it here.
Meeting ID: 816 5519 3248
Here is the timeline for our regular Zoom calls. On some days there will be slight variations, but not for coming on to the call.  
11:30 -11:45 — Zoom Managers log in and get set up.
11:45 - Noon — Zoom Managers are invited to join and go into a break out room for casual conversations.
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.
12:40 — (approximate) Birthdays, Announcements, Happy News and more.
1:00 — Meeting is dismissed until next week.

   Sambath Ouk  

Sambath Ouk, Equity and Multilingual
Program Coordinator Faribault Public Schools, Overcoming Cultural Dissonance.
The presentation will focus on uncovering unintentional events that may lead to cultural dissonance and discuss things a community can do to overcome it. The presentation will be told through the personal autobiography of the presenter. Hosted by Beth Kallestad. 

Mark Quinnell (3.7); Bob Will (3.). 
Bob Will-33 (3.9.1988); Ann Richards-1 (3.12.2020); Richard DeBeau, Sherri Meyers and Larry Vorwerk-3 (3.13.2018).


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. 
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, Jean Wakely.


   Kendall George

Kendall George, Information Security Officer for Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges, How to Stop Worrying and Start Cyber. Hosted by Amy Goerwitz. Kendall George is a cybersecurity professional with nearly three decades of information technology experience.

Kendall George, Information Security Officer for Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges, “How to Stop Worrying and Start Cyber Security.  Hosted by Amy Goerwitz.  

Kendall shared with us about his family and his military career in the Middle East working in the  cyber field.  He loves Coca Cola and Pink Floyd, so we know he’s the good guy to listen to.

His three pronged presentation consisted of:

  • Terrifying description of the dangers of the Internet
  • Who are these terrifying people, places and ‘things’
  • What we can do ‘right now’ to stay safe

Why do hackers hack?  80% of the time it is for the ‘love’ of money. Others for the fun, espionage and other stuff.

Who are these hackers? Hobbyists, people with personal vendettas, criminal enterprises against the nation/state, petty criminals, and organized corporations whose job is to make money hacking. Robots are controlled by people too.  They are in the business of phishing, stealing credentials, mis-delivery, user error, malware, and spam. Phishing is huge server programs scrubbing the internet landscape looking for spam opportunities, open routers and servers to get into your business – from your local yard and craft shop to your banking information.   

Phishing has two parts: Personal and on-line. Personal phishing is when an undisclosed ‘trusted-looking’ delivery person appears at your door with unwanted packages. Or on-line phishing is email or announcements delivered to ‘look like’ trusted suppliers (i.e., disguised to look like Apple Computer) asking you to ‘click here’, or send them something, or ‘pay this invoice’ you didn’t ask for. ‘Help Me’ or ‘do me a favor’ messages are phishing for you to be kind and helpful – which you believe yourself to be – right? But instead will direct you to clicking on a link guiding you to the Dark Web of Misery. If you are not looking for ‘notice of recent order, or Docu-sign or extended warranty information, the chances are extremely high they are a phishing expeditions into your account in order to plant malware and steal your identity.

What can I do right now?

Do not ignore the issue (walking away from your computer doesn’t help).

Be Aware – question the URL and the sender information or the ‘click here’ temptation.

Pick up the phone can call the person or company for confirmation. 

(That is why Social Security NEVER contacts you via email.)

Report all phishing / scam.

Update regularly all your electronic devises. 

If you do not know how, call a reputable computer company for help. 

It generally means shutting down all devices completely – power off – and let the device rest (overnight). When you come back on line, most devices are now updated.

Make sure you have an Anti-Virus program.

Use long passwords (such as 10-20 words long – like the name of a song/poem line, i.e., youaremysunshine. 

‘1password’ or ‘Lastpass’ and other systems can help keep track of passwords.

Make sure your Credit Report is on lock or freeze – just call.  You can unfreeze at any time.

Turn on MFA – Multi-Factor Identification. If you need to, ask for help. 

After the meeting

Kendall suggested that if you google “Have I been pwned”  (p=o as in ‘owned’ but with a p) it will pull up a list of companies that have already been hacked with your account ... try it. Hopefully you will see nothing, meaning you have been diligent with your passwords.

What is the Dark Web?

This is generally referred to criminal activity dealing in drugs, or where hackers meet to share hacking tips, or a market place to sell bundles of email addresses.  

Kendall says that you are most welcome to call him with questions or information. Thank you Kendall! We appreciated all you have done to scare us silly. Time for me to get to work!

The entire March 4th meeting can be viewed here.


    Drew Weis

March 17 — Drew Weis, How to Quickly Calm the Body and Clear the Mind. Learn to quickly reduce stress, panic or agitation with three kinds of strategies, including kid-friendly options for grandkids and other little ones in your life. Hosted by Scott Richardson.

March 25 — Rotary Club of Northfield's Strategic Planning Results.

Vicki's Vision

   Vicki Dilley, President

Dear Friends,
Your Rotary Board met yesterday, and the major part of our meeting was about the Strategic Planning sessions that we held the week before. You will for certain hear more about this on March 25th when a group of folks will walk you through the highlights and let you know about the next steps. I am excited about what this means for our club and where we can be clearer in our vision for the future. It is truly fun to think about that day when we can be physically together again, see folks we haven't seen for a while and enjoy a meal together and know that there are yet more from our community that need to be invited to our table. We are so much stronger together than alone. 
Here is the documentation from that visioning, put together by a very qualified group of Rotarians from District 5960.  We are so thankful for the time they gave to us and skills they shared.
Club Vision Picture - here is the link to a picture of those participating at the club vision workshop for your use- Northfield club vision workshop participants . 
Vision to Success- we talked through the key action steps to move from the Club Visioning to Success. Northfield Vision to Success contains the suggested action steps to start the process and along with training information covered on creating your club's Action plans. Here are links to the two recommended club plan forms for your use- Northfield Master Plan and Northfield Action Plan template. Here are also the links to Action Plans drafted during the practice breakout sessions: Breakout Action Plan Group 1 , Breakout Action Plan Group 2 , Breakout Action Plan Group 3 , Breakout Action Plan Group 4 . 
You may find them to be a helpful start in developing an Action Plan for one of your club goals.  
Again, I look forward to seeing you, whenever that is!  Be well and stay in touch.

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.