Rotary Club of Northfield, Minnesota  |  Thursday, August 12, 2021
 

THIS WEEK'S MEETING

Join Our Thursday Zoom Meeting
Find it here.
Meeting ID: 843 1983 0113
Passcode: 264180
 
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.
 
THIS WEEK'S PROGRAM
 
   Lee Runzheimer
 
Monarch Butterflies--Can They Be Saved From Extinction? — Lee RunzheimerHear and see what the local Monarch Butterfly Restoration Program is doing, and learn what more we can do. If possible before the meeting, please watch the 44-minute-long movie Flight Of The Butterflies. It's available for a small fee on Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play and more. Hosted by Charlie Kyte.
 

BIRTHDAYS

Rotarians around the globe.

MEMBERSHIP ANNIVERSARIES
Keith Covey - 47 years; Charlie Cogan - 21; Chris Richardson - 17; Kristi Pursell - 3.

RCAT CORNER

 
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. 
 
RCAT – Call to Action - Power Your Home With Wind
Almost 600 Northfield residents are taking advantage of Minnesota’s wind power by subscribing to Xcel Energy’s low-cost Windsource program. With no equipment needed, Xcel electric customers can invest in renewable energy and lower their carbon footprint. Join your neighbors and sign up today. Visit xcelenergy.com/Windsource.
 
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 luckyduck49@gmail.com.

LAST WEEK'S MEETING

Thanks to last week's Cogwheel Reporter, Scott Richardson.

GUESTS

Bryce Beckstrand (Benson)

SCHOLARSHIP ENHANCEMENT WINNER

Charlie “Snake-Eyes” Kyte

MOMENT OF GRATITUDE

President Todd gave a shout-out to Carl Caskey, chair of our Local Donations Team, for his good and faithful service. The committee distributes $6,000 each year to a variety of local non-profits and community programs.    

RCAT ENVIRONMENTAL MOMENT

Bruce Morlan helped us understand how climate models change over time — one hundred year floods come more often now — and he revived my interest in Yahtzee.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The 4-Way Taste Festival will be back in its original form Thursday, Sept. 16, at the Red Barn. Brent Nystrom said tickets are available online. Go to our Rotary club's website for yours.

Bob Thacker has a six-month supply of hearing aid batteries for anyone who can make use of them. 

John Sinning said things are coming together for the Northfield Rotary Bike Tour Saturday, Sept. 25. We have a new name and new logo; our website and Facebook page have been updated; and our social media campaign is ready to launch. Online registrations are available on our website. Volunteer signup will begin in a week or two.

HAPPY THOUGHTS

Robert Craig celebrated his 58thth wedding anniversary with us.

Jean Wakely returned from all-class and family reunions in Montana with a full heart.

LAST WEEK'S SPEAKER
 
   Johnathan Van Roekel
 
USDA Renewable Energy Development Assistance for Rural Businesses and Producers  — Johnathan Van Roekel. Hosted by Vicki Dilley.
 

As Renewable Energy Coordinator for Oregon’s Lake County Resource Initiative, Johnathan Van Roekel lives and breathes energy efficiency.  He’s acutely aware that our ongoing conversation needs to be as much about energy conservation as it is about sustainable energy production. Half of our energy output is wasted, he said.

Johnathon works with small businesses and farmers in rural Oregon to lower both energy use and energy costs. He describes his work as an “incentive broker,” introducing his rural clients to USDA renewable energy programs that address both conservation and clean energy investment. He’s already had success searching out federal funds for local investment in sustainable energy, which has made a difference on farmers’ bottom lines.

A product of Northfield and Northfield High School, Johnathon was a 2014-15 outbound exchange student to Slovakia. He returned to pursue environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. Upon graduation, he searched out his current position in Oregon through the Resource Assistance for Rural Environments AmeriCorps program. 

COMING UP

   Lee Runzheimer
 
August 12 — Monarch Butterflies--Can They Be Saved From Extinction? — Lee RunzheimerHear and see what the local Monarch Butterfly Restoration Program is doing, and learn what more we can do. If possible before the meeting, please watch the 44-minute-long movie Flight Of The Butterflies. It's available for a small fee on Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play and more. Hosted by Charlie Kyte.
 
   Steve Underdahl
 
August 19 — COVID: What happened, What's next? — Steve UnderdahlA brief review of the impact of COVID-19 on our local Medical Center and some thoughts about what might lie ahead. Steve is the President and CEO of Northfield Hospitals and Clinics. Hosted by Richard DeBeau.
 
   Emily Lloyd
 
August 26 — LGBTQIAP 101: Past and Present — Emily LloydClub members will leave this session with a clearer understanding of “what the letters mean”, etiquette when interacting with LGBTQIAP people, new trends in coming out (such as age), and a quick grounding in the past to where we are now. Emily is the Youth Services Librarian & Selector at the Northfield Public Library. Hosted by Beth Kallestad.
 
   
Beth Berry and Sarah Lee
 
September 2 — TORCH and The NCCC: Past, Present, and Future — Beth Berry and Sarah Lee. Learn about the history of the Tackling Obstacle and Raising College Hopes (TORCH) program, how it led to the creation of the Northfield Community College Collaborative (NCCC), what both programs are doing today to help Rice County youth, and the ways in which we hope to grow and continue to build and nourish community partnerships and impact.

Sarah is the director of the NCCC and Beth is the founder of TORCH and a current member of it's advisory board, as well as a steadfast supporter of HCI's programming and a mentor to and champion of youth in Northfield and everywhere else. Hosted by Scott Wopata.
 

Todd's two cents

   

Todd Thompson,President

We had a Rotary board meeting this past Tuesday. It was fun! We have a great, talented, hard-working group leading our club. It is a pleasure to serve on the board with them.

Some of the things the board is working on: a once a month club social, improvements to our hybrid meeting format, preparations for the 4-way Taste and the Bike Tour, admitting new members - Mary Ellen North and Sebastian Burset, an electric vehicle fair we are co-sponsoring with Northfield Shares, etc.

Some upcoming dates to keep/put on your calendar:

  • 4-way Taste Festival at the Red Barn – September 16.
  • Northfield Rotary Bike Tour – September 25.
  • Electric Vehicle Fair – October 23.

See you for lunch on Thursday, 

Todd

 

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.