Rotary Club of Northfield, Minnesota  |  Thursday, April 15, 2021


Join Our Thursday Zoom Meeting
Find it here.
Meeting ID: 816 5519 3248
Passcode: 490461
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.
     Don Stager
Don Stager, Classification Talk: Destinations. Don will introduce himself to the group, describing the journey from exchange student to Rotarian, including the values that led him to Northfield's Rotary Club above all others. Hosted by Richard DeBeau.
Wayne Abdella, 4.17. 
Trisha Duncan-2 (4.12.2019).


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 and flyer here.
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.

Rick Olson, Prior Lake Rotary, and new members Eric
Runestad, Carleton College treasurer, and Andy Althoff, mortgage lender, Merchants Bank.


Rice County Habitat for Humanity invites members to a
groundbreaking Sunday, May 2, 4 p.m. at a Habitat site near the soccer fields. Brent Nystrom said a quad home is being planned for that area, one of two projects Habitat has on its agenda this year. All are invited. 

Brad Frago and Todd Thompson reminded us that many hands make light work and encouraged members to sign up for one of the seven action teams that are shaping our strategic plan. Check your emails for access to the Google signup document. 

If you missed Jean Wakely’s gardening party at Amerman Pavillion last Sunday, you have a second opportunity to help make the area pretty. Rotarians are gathering again on Saturday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
We can all help heal the environment and green up Northfield by planting trees offered at discount prices by the city. More information and the order form are available here. Volunteers are also needed for tree planting on May 22; if you are willing to help, please fill out the interest form on the web page. The program is available through the end of April. 
Northfield is celebrating Earth Day Friday and Saturday, April 23 and 24, with a packed schedule of workshops, earth-friendly exhibits and activities at multiple locations across the community. Go to for more information. 


     Mariah Mills Jacobsen

Like every other American, the 9/11 terrorist attacks hit 16-year old Mariah Jacobsen with an emotional thud. Sitting in her history class at Cretin Durham Hall that day, it was hard to process the events that were unfolding, let alone their implications for the future.
Born and raised in the Midwest, Mariah was unaware of any personal connection to the victims, yet, she was haunted by the thought that she had lost somebody in those attacks. Three years later, Mariah learned where that feeling came from.
Mariah is adopted. At 19, she began a search for her biological parents. She learned that her birth father was Tom Burnett, Jr., one of the true heroes of the United Flight 93 resistance. Tom was one of the passengers who rushed the cockpit, forcing the hijackers to ditch the plane in rural Pennsylvania, frustrating their plan to crash into the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
This discovery changed Mariah’s life. She connected with Tom’s wife and her three half-sisters, and, in their collective grief, she gained a fuller understanding of the father she’d never met.
This dramatic turn of events caused Mariah, a lawyer who lives in Northfield, to volunteer for the Minnesota 9/11 and Global War On Terrorism Task Force. The task force’s mission is to preserve the history of this pivotal event, educate current and future generations about it, and commemorate the heroism of those who lost their lives in the attacks and in the subsequent war on terrorism. The group is planning a large-scale commemoration on September 11 of this year in St. Paul and exhibits at other locations around the state.
The entire April 8 meeting can be viewed here.
Alan Anderson headshot     Alan Anderson
       Lee Dilley
April 22 — Alan Anderson and Lee Dilley, Rotary's New Area of Focus: The Environment. We will review the details of the new focus area, how it relates to climate action, and some of the new opportunities for our club. Hosted by Bruce Morlan.
     Scott Wopata
April 29 — Scott Wopata, Executive Director, Community Action Center, An Update On All Things CAC. A discussion with Northfield Community Action Center leadership on expanding the breadth and depth of the CAC's work, including breaking ground for Hillcrest Village, a zero-energy housing development. Hosted by Alan Anderson.
     Philip Welkhoff
May 6 — Philip Welkhoff, How Community Engagement, Innovation, and Partnership Help Create a Pathway to Malaria Eradication. Malaria is preventable and completely treatable, and the mass scale-up of proven tools such as bednets presently saves a half-million lives every single year, yet about 400,000 still die from malaria each year, most of them young children in Africa. We review the present malaria situation, the challenges of fighting malaria during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, and the work going on around the world—including new partnerships with Rotary—both to drive down burden and to make it possible to eradicate malaria. Philip is the Director of the Malaria Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Hosted by Richard DeBeau.  

Vicki's Vision

   Vicki Dilley, President

Dear Fellow Rotarians,
While the weather seems a little confusing right now.... bulbs blooming, green grass and snow on the lawn this morning, not everything is quite so contrary.
Your Club Board met yesterday and covered a lot of territory.  
One of the first things we acknowledged was the passing of Meredith Galdeen's dad. We all send our condolences and we surround you with lots of love and care, Meredith. 
Brad Frago continues to work on the details for meeting in a hybrid fashion .... stay tuned, we might have a practice run of this before we settle back into the Methodist church. Details to follow later.
The team of Strategic Planners (led by Brad Frago, Todd Thompson and others) are continuing to do their work. If you have not yet filled in the Google form to sign up for one of the areas of focus, please do so. The ideal would be to have every club member's name be under at least one of these categories. That link is here. We appreciate your doing that soon.
The Board approved a donation to the Northfield Public Library to help support the Hispanic Heritage Celebration that will happen in September.
Andrei Sivanich is leading the committee working on our Fundraisers and is looking for a lead or co-leaders to oversee the Bike Run, most likely in the Spring now, not during DJJDays. If you have interest in this, please let Andrei Sivanich or me know.   
Beth Kallestad continues to work diligently with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEI) and with the District DEI team on enhancing our club's awareness and action in this area.  
The Community Service Committee, led by Jake Conway, is quietly doing their work to offer support to our community.   On top of giving $33,000 to our community from the "Rainy Day Fund" they have given this year to:
Habitat for Humanity (Dave Wolf bike ride)$500
Cannon River Watershed Partnership (river cleaning)
Northfield Youth Choirs
Laura Baker Services (Creative Arts Program)
Northfield Face Mask & Isolation Gown Makers
Middle School Operation Joy (snack packs)
Totalling $3,400.00
The International Service Committee, led by Mark Abbott, is likely to fund the ongoing support needed in Uganda at the Nakivale Refugee Center. 
AND, we celebrate with Todd Thompson, President Elect and Membership Chair, the 5 new members to our club! They are: Benjamin Hauser, Eric Runestad, Antonio Amador, Jr., Lisa Maren Thompson and Andrew Althoff! As new members, we hope you jump right in, find a spot on the Strategic Planning spreadsheet and lean in to making a difference, don't be shy! We welcome you all!
Barry Carlson, Brent Nystrom and Meredith Galdeen were not able to meet with us.
Have a great week,
* Your Rotary Board members' names are in bold.  

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.