Rotary Club of Northfield, Minnesota  |  Thursday, April 1, 2021
 

THIS WEEK'S MEETING

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.
 
THIS WEEK'S PROGRAM
 
Photo of Charles Goldstein
 

Charles Goldstein, Raising the Curtain on Your Second Act. This 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.

BIRTHDAYS
Rachel Estrella, 4.6. 
 
MEMBERSHIP ANNIVERSARIES
Pat O'Neill-37 (3.29.1984); Rhonda Pownell-4 (3.30.2017); David Halsor-19 (4.1.2002); Kim Briske-6 (4.2.2015); Wendy Sivanich-6 (4.2.2015)
 

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. 
 
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 luckyduck49@gmail.com.

LAST WEEK'S MEETING

Thanks to last week's Cogwheel Reporter, Penny Hillemann.
 

GUESTS: 

Richard Huston, Faribault; Andy Althoff, mortgage lender who is taking over from Becky Behrens at Merchants Bank (Rick Estenson); Tony Conn, Keokuk, Iowa (Yogi Reppmann)
 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Jesse Steed shared the news from Rotary International that the Youth Exchange program will remain suspended until June 2022, so we’ll move our energies into getting ready for RYE next year. 

Penny Hillemann asked anyone who would like to put some of their stimulus funds to work in the community to keep Rice County Area United Way in mind.

Bob Will update: He is grateful for cards and good wishes, which may be addressed to him at Three Links Reflections.

News of a new business opening: Farmstead Bike Shop soft opening today, grand opening on Saturday -- on Division, across from Downtown Bikes.

The HRA’s Northfield housing study has been published and is available on the City's website. It’s worth a look, says Jayne Hager Dee.

Jean Wakely is still collecting old Rotary magazines. Get in touch and she'll pick them up and share them at the Home and Garden show, May 15 at the Dundas Dome.  

HAPPY NEWS

Vicki Dilley has graduated from PT following her knee replacement.

Fred Rogers got to meet his new grandchild for the first time.
 

LAST WEEK'S SPEAKER

A New Vision for Our Club: A Beginning, presented by President-elect Todd Thompson and the Strategic Planning Team: Don Stager, Brad Frago and Ellen Iverson

The team presented the results of the club's recent visioning exercise. We wanted members to dream big, envisioning our club three years out. The group included 22 members plus the input of many others through the survey that was sent out. 

Some of the ideas include:

  • Club Size: All supported growth to various degrees. No one wanted a smaller club.
  • Ability to adapt: We want to reflect our local demographics, be known for making a difference, for being environmental, for fellowship, for being inclusive. Various changes to structures or procedures could support our ability to adapt. 
  • Enhance participant engagement
  • Increase our Impact in the community and internationally
  • Increase our fundraising? 
  • Promote the Rotary Foundation
  • Consider a Northfield Rotary foundation or endowment? Promote estate planning?
Next steps are to create a master plan -- generate SMART goals and action plans (SMART = specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-based). 
 
The team will send out a signup form soon. Think about where your passions and interests lie, and put your name in one of the major areas for the purpose of planning in that area. It doesn’t mean you are signing up for that initiative long-term. Our existing teams will still be going forward. 
 
The entire March 25th meeting can be viewed here.
 
COMING UP
 
     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.
 
     Don Stager
 
April 15 — Don Stager, Classification Talk.

Vicki's Vision

   Vicki Dilley, President

Dear Friends,
We thank the team who presented the Strategic Plan last week.  The plan is step one, step two is the implementing and follow through.  
 
One of the items that we have not been putting in the Cogwheel since we have gone digital is that little column on the side that would list the committee chairs and who is on their 'team'.  It is helpful to know who is on what committee.  
 
In the next couple of weeks the board members will be reaching out to each of the sub-committee chairs to check in with each group.  
 
To double check your committee, look for your name below.  If you aren't on a committee or want to switch committees, please let someone on the Board know and we will be happy to plug you into the right spot.  
 
Thank you and have a great day!  Vicki
 
Yearly Committees
 
Committee: Global Grant Scholar
 
 
 
Chair: Chris Weber
 
Members: Bill Carlson, Bob Flaten, Charlie Cogan, Fred Rogers, Robert Craig, Ronald Linde
 
   
Committee: Foundation
 
 
 
Chair: David Brown
 
Members: Bob Will, Charlie Cogan, Greg Carlson, John Ophaug
 
 
 
Committee: International Service Projects
 
 
 
Chair: Charlie Cogan
 
Members: Brett Reese, Chris Richardson, Chris Weber, Dale Ness, Jim Prichard, Rhonda Pownell, Scott Wopata, Todd Thompson
 
   
Committee: Youth Exchange
 
 
 
Chair: Jesse Steed
 
Members: Barbara Wornson, Bradley Frago, Dorothee Ischler, James Holden, Jan Stevens, Janice Lehmkuhl, Jim Pokorney, Kari Nelson, Lee Dilley, Linda Willgohs, Mark Abbott, Mark Quinnell, Matt Hillmann, Meredith Galdeen, Michael Leming, Michelle Lasswell, Penny Hillemann, Rachel Estrella, Rich Lorang, Rick Estenson, Russ Halverson, Ryan Blumhoefer, Scott Wopata, Stacey Longwich, Sue Boxrud, Vicki Dilley, Virginia Lorang, Wendy Sivanich
 
   
Committee: Fellowship
 
 
 
Chair: Richard DeBeau, Sherri Meyers
 
Members: Ben Martig, Brent Nystrom, David Stanford, Erin Bailey, James Holden, Janice Lehmkuhl, Jayne Hager Dee, Jesse Steed, Jim Pokorney, Kari Nelson, Kim Briske, Laurie Williams, Lisa Peterson, Luis Dominguez, Meredith Galdeen, Nathan Heilman, Penny Hillemann, Rachel Estrella, Rachel McIver Morey, Rhonda Pownell, Richard Maus, Richard Schulte, Scott Wopata, Vicky Langer
 
   
Committee: Archives
 
 
 
Chair: Scott Richardson
 
Members: Joe Hargis
 
 
 
Committee: Speaker Programs
 
 
 
Chair: Amy Goerwitz
 
Members: Alan Anderson, Bruce Morlan, Charlie Kyte, Richard Maus
 
 
Committee: Music
 
 
 
Chair: Richard Collman, Todd Thompson
 
Members: Laurie Williams
 
 
 
Committee: Club Mentors
 
 
 
Chair: Barry Carlson
 
Members: John Stull, Lee Dilley, Matthew Rich, Vicki Dilley
 
 
 
Committee: Youth Protection Officer
 
 
 
Chair:
 
Members: Bradley Frago
 
 
 
Committee: Jesse James Bike Tour
 
 
 
Chair: Brett Reese, Matthew Rich
 
Members: Bradley Frago, Dale Ness, Dave Wolf, George Davis, Neil Lutsky
 
 
 
Committee: Turkey Trot
 
 
 
Chair: James Loe
 
Members: Chris Kennelly, David Stanford, Janine Atchison, Joe Hargis, Mark Quinnell, Matthew Rich, Rick Estenson, Robert Bierman, Scott Richardson
 
   
Committee: Craft Fair
 
 
 
Chair: Jesse Steed
 
Members: Chris Weber, Pat O'Neill
 
 
 
Committee: 4-Way Taste Festival
 
 
 
Chair: Brent Nystrom, Anika Rychner
 
Members: Bradley Frago, Jake Conway, Jim Pokorney, Lee Dilley, Meredith Galdeen, Michelle Lasswell, Stacey Longwich, Vicki Dilley
 
 
Committee: Fundraising Committee
 
 
 
Chair:
 
Members:
 
 
 
Committee: Local Service Projects
 
 
 
Chair: Jim Pokorney
 
Members: Barry Carlson, Ben Martig, Charlie Kyte, George Davis, James Holden, James Schlichting, Janice Lehmkuhl, Jean Wakely, Jesse Steed, Kari Nelson, Keith Covey, Luis Dominguez, Lynne Pederson, Mary Hahn, Meredith Galdeen, Michael Leming, Rhonda Pownell, Robert Craig, Ryan Blumhoefer, Scott Wopata
 
 
Committee: Local Donations/Good Neighbor Award
 
 
 
Chair: Alyssa Herzog Melby
 
Members: Carl Caskey, David McKee, Erica Zweifel, Jake Conway, Kyle Nordine
 
 
Committee: Literacy Team
 
 
 
Chair: Chris Weber
 
Members: Alyssa Herzog Melby, Betsy Spethmann, Chris Richardson, Laurie Williams, Linda Willgohs, Richard Maus, Scott Richardson
 
 
Committee: Climate Action Team
 
 
 
Chair: Alan Anderson
 
Members: Andrei Sivanich, Bruce Morlan, Charlie Cogan, Erica Zweifel, Fred Rogers, George Davis, Larry Vorwerk, Lee Dilley, Richard DeBeau, Richard Schulte, Rick Estenson, Sherri Meyers, Steve Underdahl, Tony Huettl, Trisha Duncan
 
 
Committee: Ethical Leadership Team
 
 
 
Chair: Rachel McIver Morey, Virginia Lorang
 
Members: Alyssa Herzog Melby, Barbara Wornson, Bob Thacker, Jack Hoschouer, Janine Atchison, Jean Wakely, Laurie Williams, Lee Dilley, Matthew Rich, Michelle Lasswell, Ronald Linde, Todd Thompson, Vicki Dilley, Vicky Langer
 
 
Committee: PR&C Advisory Committee
   
Chair: Meredith Galdeen
 
Members: Betsy Spethmann, David Stanford, Erin Bailey, Jean Wakely, Joe Hargis, Kim Briske, Lisa Peterson, Matthew Rich, Penny Hillemann, Richard Maus, Rick Esse, Scott Richardson
 
Committee: Cogwheel
 
 
 
Chair: Rick Esse
 
Members: Betsy Spethmann, Meredith Galdeen, Penny Hillemann, Scott Richardson
 
 
Committee: Membership
 
 
 
Chair: Todd Thompson
 
Members: Alan Anderson, Blake Abdella, Brett Reese, Laurie Williams, Vicki Dilley
 
   
Committee: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
 
 
 
Chair: Beth Kallestad
 
Members: Charlie Cogan, Dorothee Ischler, Emily Fulton-Foley, Jean Wakely, Kristi Pursell, Melissa Hanson, Richard DeBeau, Robert Craig, Sherri Meyers
 
 

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.