Rotary Club of Northfield, Minnesota  |  Thursday, March 25, 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 — Club Members and Guests 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.

Todd Thompson, incoming club president, A New Vision for Our Club - A Beginning. We will share a summary of results from our club's visioning workshop. New ideas, projects and visions for our club will be presented. This is only a start. We need all members to help shape our vision and most of all to take action to help our club serve our community.

Rich Lorang, 3.21; Yogi Reppmann, 3.27. 
Zack Zastrow-3 (3.22.2018); Kari Nelson-5 and Andrei Sivanich-5 (3.24.2016).


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. 
Mark Your Calendars for Northfield's Earth Day Celebration - Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24. See registration and details here.
Actions We Can All Take - Call your fed and state reps and ask for strong action on climate change, like a carbon fee and dividend.
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.



Dave Brown recognized Jean Wakely, Lee Dilley and Andrei Sivanich for earning a second Paul Harris Fellowship with their ongoing support of Rotary Foundation. Nice work Rotarians.


We offer our condolences to Kris and Rick Estenson. Kris’s mother died recently.

Bob Will is now living at Three Links Care Center after suffering a couple of falls at home. His family says he would appreciate correspondence. Cards and notes can be sent to Bob Will at Reflections, 809 Forest Avenue. 

Our Club Service Team is planning for a time — hopefully in the not too distant future — when we can meet in person. The team is looking for a laptop and a web cam to facilitate hybrid meetings. If you have either and are willing to donate one to the club, see Brad Frago.

President Vicki encouraged members to take advantage of this year’s virtual Rotary International convention. You can sign up at the Rotary International website.

Jean Wakely is on the hunt for more Rotary magazines to hand out at the May 15 Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce Home and Garden Show. Contact her if you have some to contribute. 


Peg Prowe is happy to announce she has handed off her leadership responsibilities for Mills Town Trails to David Detert. She also mentioned she will be moving to Nokomis Square Co-op in Minneapolis to be closer to family.

Charlie Kyte is making our roads safer by helping a couple of our former outbound exchange students learn to drive. 

Fred Rogers is happy to be back in Northfield after 10 months away.

Mark Abbott is happy to announce that our water project in Tanzania has received final approval and is moving forward. We helped raise $4,700 for this initiative. 

George Davis’s mother-in-law died recently. He and Linda are now the family elders. He said he has been blessed to have been surrounded all these years by Linda’s wonderful family.


    Drew Weis

Drew Weis, How to Quickly Calm the Body and Clear the MindHosted by Scott Richardson.

Don’t panic … or if you do, Drew Weis has a couple of suggestions for how to restore your calm.

Drew is a Northfield clinical psychologist who opened Autumn Water Counseling last year. He enjoys working with people in their mid-30s to late 60s, who are traveling through their autumn years. He has a special interest in people’s resilience and their natural ability to navigate and recover from adversity.

Referencing our club motto — Service Above Self, Drew said to serve well, we need to take care of ourselves.

That includes finding ways to reset when we become frightened or anxious. He offered some breathing techniques designed to lower our anxiety. The key is to maximize exposure to carbon dioxide to reverse the effects of hyper-oxygenation triggered by our fight or flight response to danger.

Another technique is sensory grounding. By constantly shifting our focus we can deactivate our threat centers and calm down. Watching a campfire or the flow of water are calming activities. Similarly people knit or play the piano to relax. 

A third technique involves engaging the vagus nerve highway that runs from the center of our brains down through our abdomens. Tension can cascade up the nerve highway or relaxation can cascade down. Splashing cold water on your face while bending over or a cold compress on your neck can set that relaxation in motion. 

The reptilian fight or flight response is a protective mechanism, a guardian, Drew said. But it can also become a monster if it is activated too often. He encouraged us to use the body’s innate abilities to our advantage as we seek refuge from stress and anxiety.  

The handout for Drew's presentation can be seen here. The entire March 18th meeting can be viewed here.


    Charles Goldstein  

April 1 — Charles Goldstein, Raising the Curtain on Your Second ActThis presentation addresses the state of the workplace and the challenges faced by those in the 40+ age bracket. More importantly, it provides the path for opportunities for those seeking to change their work and pursue a career better representing their dreams and desires. "2nd Acts" refers to those who may actually be in a 3rd, 4th or more phase of their work life, as well as some who choose to start a new venture during retirement in their field of interest and passion as well. Hosted by Bob Thacker.

     Mariah Mills Jacobsen    

April 8 — Mariah Mills Jacobsen, Minnesota 9/11 and Global War on Terrorism Task ForceNearly 20 years have passed since the deadliest terrorist attack in human history. The Walz administration has assembled a Task Force to identify ways to honor and remember the Minnesotans lost in 9/11 and those who served in the Global War On Terrorism. Hosted by Andrei Sivanich.

Vicki's Vision

   Vicki Dilley, President

Dear Friends,
I hope as many of you as possible are on the zoom call this Thursday.  A dedicated team of Northfield Rotarians will be sharing with us all the details of the recent Strategic Planning sessions.  While only a portion of the membership could take part in the planning, I feel like we had fairly good representation of the different interests and ages, new members and those who had been with the club a bit longer. 
Strategic planning is important for us to do every 3-5 years. Without it we may lack direction and our club could lose an opportunity to be real change makers.  But, after the discoveries have been made in the planning sessions, the real work begins when sharing with and engaging the entire organization and inviting participation from everyone ... each and every member of our club.  This means YOU. What will your role be in the coming years? The presenters will be inviting you to come alongside those leading the way, perhaps becoming one of the leaders, but at least one of the key workers that make things happen.  
Ask yourself, "What are my interests, what are my passions, how can I help make these visions for the future happen?"   
I encourage us to think BIG, we can do much when we work together. When we see a need, with our pooled resources and talent we can do what seems impossible become possible.
Please join us on Thursday, participate, find out where your seat is on the bus ... we are going places and I promise we will have fun doing it! 
Have a great day!  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.