Rotary Club of Northfield, Minnesota  |  Thursday, July 30, 2020


Friday is the big night for those who are participating in the 4-Way Taste Summer Fest. Many thanks to the hosts and the committee. Enjoy!
This Week's Meeting
This week's speaker:
Sean Carroll
Sean Carroll, President of Arera. He is Anera’s president and chief executive officer, overseeing a staff of 120 who work in offices in Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan and Washington, DC. Sean oversees a wide range of programs that reach refugees and vulnerable families in the places Anera works, from educating out-of-school Syrian youth and bringing water to underserved communities to providing essential healthcare services and much more. Under his leadership, these programs continue to touch the lives of thousands. (Hosted by Fred Rogers).
Rotarians around the globe..
Richard Collman (7.26.2007); Penny Hillemann, Brent Nystrom and Lisa Peterson (7.27.2017)

ZOOM in Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 11:45 a.m.
Members: Watch for a separate email message with login information for this week's Zoom meeting. Then Zoom in at 11:45 for casual conversation in a break out room before joining the regular meeting at 12:10.


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.

For additional information about our club’s Rotary Climate Action Team chair, Alan Anderson, at 507-371-4673 or



Dr. Nicole Christina Stuhrmann, RC Wiesbaden-Kochbrunnen, Germany (Yogi), and Kristina Medina-Vilariño, St. Olaf College Spanish Professor (DeBeau). 


The Mill Towns Trail has donated $30,000 to the Minnesota DNR which will be matched by Dakota County. The money will fund the design of eight miles of trail from the Waterford Iron Bridge to Highway 56 near Randolph. Peg Prowe thanked the club for our support of over $250,000 that we have donated since the inception of the Jesse James Bike Tour.

Brett Reese announce the the Jesse James Bike Tour committee has been meeting regularly and is close to finalizing plans around a "I was robbed" theme.

Jim Pokorney is seeking volunteers to help install six "Little Libraries" on the evening of Wednesday, July 29. You may sign up here.

Our 4-Way Taste fundraiser is close to selling out. Brent Nystrom, a member of the committee, reported that 45 of the 50 custom-made beverage boxes have been sold. Sales will halt end of day Friday or when all 50 have been sold.

Amy Goerwitz updated us on Itty, our 2018-19 exchange student from Indonesia, whose family has been struggling with COVID-19. A GOFund Me page has been set up to help Itty navigate this difficult time and has raised over $2500. If you want to donate, go to: If you would like to reach out to Itty, her email is:


Todd Jenkins


Todd Jenkinscalls himself Mr. Bowtie and you learn why early in his presentation. Dr. Jenkins is a certified Leadership Management International facilitator, coach, and speaker with more than 10 years of training and development, leadership development, and diversity and inclusion work experience. Todd was an outbound Rotary Exchange student and is a regular speaker at the Rotary International Youth Exchange events.

Todd's bowtie is a conversation starter. People approach him with unique questions. He thinks it's important for people to engage with each other, and he's developed an acronym that describes how to do that:

B - be mentally present.

O - open yourself to new ideas and approach every situation with an open mind and an open heart.

W - be willing to share your perspectives.

TIE - tie the whole conversation together. Create a climate where our differences are seen and heard.

He pointed out the distinction between "equality" and "equity." Equity recognizes that there are structural barriers and that not everyone is starting from the same point. People's needs are different. When we move from diversity to inclusion, we build a better situation for everyone and we all win.

As a Rotarian, Todd sees an opportunity to build a stronger, more diverse and inclusive Rotary. Rotary International has set a goal to have 30 percent women in leadership positions. Worldwide, Rotary membership consists of 24% women; 32% in the United States. In 2015, 22 percent of Club Presidents were women as were 18 percent of District Governors.​ Those numbers have now grown to 27 and 24 percent respectively. Movement in the right direction.

RI's theme for 2020-2021 is Rotary Opens Opportunities. Todd believes that small changes can make a big difference and urges each of us to ask, "What can I do to be inclusive in the new normal?"

Todd's presentation and the entire July 23, 2020 meeting can be viewed here: 


July 31 — 4-Way Taste Summer Festival

August 6 — Thilo Van Debschwitz, Infographics Pioneer (Yogi Reppmann)

August 13 — Rick Olson, RotarAct and School 

August 20 — Reginaldo Haslett-Marroqui, Regenerative Agriculture (Lee Dilley)

Vicki's Vision

Vicki Dilley, President

Dear Rotary Friends,
I hope this finds you well and enjoying this fantastic weather!   
Tomorrow night is our big night for our first and main FUNDraiser for the year, the 2nd Annual 4-Way Taste Festival.  The committee has put countless hours into planning and organizing this event. In 2019 the first annual 4-Way Taste took place in the newly re-opened Red Barn south of town on a very hot and muggy evening and it was assumed that the second annual would be very similar, built upon the success of the first. But, when Covid 19 hit and it became clear to us that if this fundraiser were to happen again, it really could not look much like the first. The choices were either to not have it all or to re-imagine it in a safe new way. Hats off to those who took the harder road and decided to begin to reimagine it ... small groups, sampling boxes, outside on patios, decks, yards and docks. Sponsors from our community have been generous, as in years past and we are grateful.  
I hope you have an event to go to, if you are wanting to go. If you need an event to attend, please let us know and we will find a place for you. I understand some need to sit this one out and I completely understand that. But, you can still enjoy the music and messages of the evening by going to this website:
4waytaste/posts/1186085448415319.    Anyone can join this live concert by Todd Thompson and friends. 
Your surveys are coming in. We are learning a lot from your responses and the board will have a special meeting to discuss the content of the survey on August 4. If you want to attend this zoom call, here is the link for that call:
2ZHBNdz09If you have not filled in a survey, I would hope that you will still do so ... open until August 2.  Here is that link:
I look forward to hearing from our speaker this week and I really hope you can join us on that call! 
In your service,  Vicki 

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.