Rotary Club of Northfield, Minnesota  |  Thursday, May 21, 2020



Tuesday, May 19th is our club's 95 birthday. The club was organized and a board of directors elected April 28, 1925. Rotary International issued Charter Number 2055 on May 19, 1925.
Twenty-four men made up the charter group and for the first 50 year's of the club's life, the peak number of members was 38 — all men — in 1935. Today's club numbers 145 active members — including 53 women. 
This Week's Meeting
This week's speaker is Glenn Blumhorst, National Peace Corps Association hosted by Vicki and Lee Dilley. 
Andrei Sivanich (5.17), Keith Covey and Jon Snodgrass (5.19), Bob Flaten (5.21)


Alan Anderson and Beth Kallestad (5.17.2012), Richard Maus (5.18.2006), Bob Thacker (5.18.2018), Rotary Club of Northfield (5.19.1925)

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PAul harris recognition

Dave Brown announced that Wayne Abdulla and Mark Abbott have both reached milestones in giving to Rotary Foundation. Wayne was recognized for being a Paul Harris plus one; Mark as a Paul Harris plus nine, which qualifies him as one of our club’s seven major donors. 


If you would like to order a COVID-19 protective mask with the Rotary logo imprinted, talk to Vicki Dilley. The cost is $10.

Joy Riggs sent a check for $25 from sale of her book on her grandfather’s work with community bands. 

Jean Wakely, Vicki Dilley, Emily Fulton-Foley and Michelle Lasswell collaborated on a submission to the district awards program for a youth service award. Winners will be announced on June 30.

Happy News 

Tony Huettl is excited about the birth of his second grandchild, a girl.


Larry Vorwerk

Larry Vorwerk has always had a strong interest in nature and the outdoors. He lives five miles north of town on a 10-acre hobby farm, where gardening and creating wildlife habitats occupy his time.

He worked as a zookeeper for 39 years, most of that time at the Minnesota Zoo. He grew up in Burlington, Iowa, received a Fisheries and Wildlife degree from Iowa State University and masters in Nursery Management from the University of Minnesota. Larry’s blended family with his wife, Anita, includes five children, two of whom live and work abroad, and 16 grandchildren.  

In his spare time, Larry volunteers at the River Bend Nature Center in Faribault, does oil painting and gardening. Larry joined Rotary in 2017.

last week's speaker 

Amy Goerwitz, Classification Talk

Amy Goerwitz must know how to pack. She’s done her share of traveling in her short life-time. 

Born in Massachusetts, she attended schools in Minnetonka, Minn. second through ninth grades and then graduated high school in Dundee, Illinois. Then it was off to the University of Chicago for a degree in Economics. There she met her husband, Richard Goerwitz. His graduate work took them more places. 

They lived in New Haven, Connecticut, where her first child, Richard IV, was born. They moved back to Chicago for her husband’s masters and doctorate degrees; then it was off to Rhode Island for her husband’s work; and finally back to Minnesota in 2002 when Richard took a position at Carleton College. She also has Norway, Italy, France, Zimbabwe and the Amazon stamped on her passport. Whew

Over 25 years, Amy has worked in alumni relations for five different higher learning institutions --- University of Chicago, Illinois State University, Brown University, Carleton College and now Temple University. (She telecommutes.)  Much of Amy’s work included volunteer management.  She concluded the best way to be an effective volunteer manager is to volunteer your self. Over 18 years in Northfield, she has volunteered at her children’s schools, served on the Northfield Human Rights Commission and Northfield Library Board and now serves on the Northfield Board of Education. Both of her children, Richard and adopted daughter, Jariya, are NHS grads. 


June 4 — Dr. Matt Hillman, The Remote Learning Experience (Davis)

June 11 — Dayna Norvold, Northfield Housing Task Force (Wopata)

June 28 — Pam Tschida, Fast for Hope



Barry Carlson, President

Barry's Buzz

Dear Rotarians,
As I write this, I think of all we have done in the last 95 years. Yes, this week is our BIRTHDAY!!!  Congratulations and thanks to all you men and women Rotarians, young and old, past and present who have made our club such a beacon of “service beyond self”.

Celebrate with a cupcake

In honor of our birthday, we invite you to to enjoy some birthday cake - cupcake size. Simply stop by Kahlo (306 Division Street) between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, and pick up a pair of cupcakes —  on the club. And if you're looking for a dinner idea, it is Burrito Night at Kahlo. Simply call ahead (507.664.1084) and they will have your order ready for you. Enjoy!

Speaking about service...this weeks speaker comes to us from Washington DC. Glen Blumhorst, President & CEO of National Peace Corps Association will address us on volunteerism and the Peace Corps around the world.  Glen is hosted by Vicki and Lee Dilley, both previous Peace Corps volunteers themselves!  An interesting tidbit I read on Glen is that he did his volunteer service in Guatemala in the late 80’s early 90’s.  He may be able to comment on our international water project in Guatemala.  Be sure to “tune in “ this week.

Speaking of Guatemala, Todd Thompson has helped our club with the purchase of 2000 general use surgical masks that are CE and FDA approved that we were able to ship to our neighbors In Guatemala. This was no easy task as the order was from China, needed to be shipped to the US and then shipped to Guatemala. Thanks to Amber Chavie at Graphic Mailbox and Todd for volunteering to ship these masks free of charge to our friends in Guatemala.  Our “water project” friends had notified us of the great need for masks. Nice job Rotarians!!
An update on our dues.  We continue to use the dues collected for each weeks meeting to help people in need. Each week we provide Maria (our caterer) $500 for her business and staff. We continue to support the CAC each week with $250 and starting last week we will support another organization with $250.  Last weeks $250 went to Rice County United Way, Covid19 Fund.This week we will be sending $250 to Project Friendship. Thank you to our local Rotarian grants committee who discussed and provided us with a list of organizations that have a good standing with our club from previous grant requests and are providing support during the pandemic in many different ways.
Again, Happy 95th birthday! Continue to go out and serve. See you Thursday.

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.