Rotary Club of Northfield, Minnesota  |  Thursday, June 24, 2021


Join Our Thursday Zoom Meeting
Find it here.
Meeting ID: 836 2096 1395
Passcode: 164383
Here is the UPDATED TIMELINE for our IN PERSON MEETINGS and ZOOM CALLS. On some days there will be slight variations, but not for coming on to the call.  
11:45 - Noon — Club Members and Guests are invited to join and go into a break out room for casual conversations.
IN PERSON: Noon - 12:15 — Pick up your lunch at the kitchen window.
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.
12:20 — Meeting Begins.
1:15 — Meeting is dismissed until next week.
Our President Vicki Dilley will be passing the baton to President Elect, Todd Thompson. Some reminiscing, some fun and anticipation of another great year will be the conversation between these two friends. Todd's presidential year will begin on July 1st ... certain to be a fun time! Special guest, Nicole Theberath, NHS '21, winner of the 2021 Rotary Scholarship will read her essay on the 4 Way Test. We look forward to her joining us along with her family.


John Sinning 6.22; RuthAnna Miller 6.25; Richard Collman 6.26.

No anniversaries this week.


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


Club Social at the Estenson Ranch!

What a fun time we had greeting each other again after such a long time! Maria served tasty burritos. Rick and Kris Estenson provided us with the best location and gracious hospitality. Richard DeBeau and Sherri Meyers planned and prepared with excellence.

Todd Thompson welcomed the new members and made it official with an induction. Welcome! New Members inducted were (left to right in photo above) Benjamin Hauser, Andrew Althoff, Eric Runestad, Lisa Thompson, and Sarah Nathan.  
Rick Estenson introduced Ty, a Rotex student that went to the Faroe Islands and now a professional glass blower with his wife, and they presented a gorgeous blue pitcher with a variety of colored goblets to Vicki for her year of service as the Rotary president.  She was surprised, delighted and very touched by the kindness shown.
Thank you to all who helped and came, we were nearly 100 strong! 
We hope to see you all at the next event, this one was so much fun, I hope we do it again soon!  



July 1 Richard DeBeau and Bruce Morlan. December 2016: America had experienced record-breaking turnout but suffered the most heavily divisive election in our history. Animosity and mistrust between citizens threaten our civil society. In the maelstrom of the times, Braver Angels was formed to help depolarize America. This is that story and how you can become involved.
July 8 Moriah O'Malley, Amber Barksdale, Liz Coffield, Mar Valdecantos. Learn how you can get involved in community and school-based antiracist initiatives in Northfield with members of the Northfield Antiracist Action Coalition and NorthSTAR (Northfield Strives Toward Antiracism).
July15 Nancy Antoine, Principal of Bridgewater School and recipient of the 2021 National Distinguished Principal Award

Vicki's Vision

   Vicki Dilley, President

Dear Rotarians,
I want first to ask for your prayers and caring thoughts to go out for our fellow Rotarian, Rachel McIver Morey, who was hit by a car last Thursday at a 4 way stop intersection while walking in the crosswalk. She has broken several bones and has some other complications too. I heard from one of her parishioners that she is in quite a bit of pain. Send cards and well wishes to the United Methodist Church. We hope for a speedy recovery for her and hope to see her again soon. Sending lots of love to you, Rachel!
This is my last note to you as President.  I wanted to say what a privilege it has been to lead and walk alongside you this past year ... one to remember in the halls of history, for sure. I really don't want to be noted as the pandemic president, but rather the year we celebrate all the good we were able to do in the world during a pandemic and still follow the CDC guidelines for prevention of contracting or spreading this horrible virus. 
I was a bit panicked at the beginning of this time, hoping no one would catch the virus or even worse ... losing one of us to it. I know some of us caught the virus, but we are all still here! Gratitude number one!
I am also grateful for those that came before us that had successful fundraisers and put some funds aside for that 'rainy day'. Because of that we were able to distribute extra money to organizations locally and abroad who were facing this pandemic head on.  
I am so relieved to be seeing three dimensional faces again, in person.  I had so much fun last Thursday night at the Estenson's. The food was delicious.  Thanks to Richard DeBeau, Sherri Meyers and helpers for running things so well.  
Thank you so much for the beautiful gift of hand blown glassware, by my friends Tynan Pratumwon & Rachel Barroso.  Because of who made it, who gave it to me and for the beauty of the glassware, I will cherish it forever and every time I use it I will be reminded of my very fulfilling year as your president.  
You each are so important to me and I am glad that I don't have to leave (other than from the front of the room to a few tables back) and I will continue to dedicate myself to helping this club be it's very best.
With much love, 
P.S.Here is a picture of the blue pitcher and goblets in my cupboard, Thank you for this beautiful gift!

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.