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.
Braver Angels and Rotary — 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.


Rhonda Pownell and Barbara Wornson 6.28; George Davis and Scott Richardson 7.1.

Brett Reese - 26 years; Ben Martig and Richard Schulte - 5; Don Stager - 1.


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

June 24, 2021 meeting recording Here  


July 8 — Antiracist Organizing in Northfield — 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). Hosted by Emily Fulton-Foley.
July 15 — Leading Through Trauma — Nancy Antoine, Principal of Bridgewater School and recipient of the 2021 National Distinguished Principal Award. Nancy will talk about the challenges of being a Black principal leading a white school staff in Northfield during a global health crisis, all while fighting a her own personal trauma battle. She will also discuss how our Northfield students need to see staff who look like them in a school setting, and what can be done to improve this situation. Nancy Antoine is the principal of Bridgewater Elementary School and the recipient of the 2021 National Distinguished Principal Award. Hosted by Matt Hillmann.
July 22 — TBD
July 15 — Building the Plane While We Were Flying It  — Sherri Meyers, General Manager of Just Food Coop.
How your community-owned grocery store learned to pivot during a global pandemic while simultaneously remodeling the entire store — and the toll it took. Sherri Meyers is the General Manager of Just Food Coop.

Todd's two cents


Todd Thompson,President


I am super excited to be your new president. I have never been the president of anything before, so be nice. 

It’s been a crazy year; it’s been fun getting back into the swing of things. We have an exciting year ahead with the Four Way Taste, Bike Tour and Turkey Trot coming up, so get your volunteer hats on. 

I popped into the Rotary Climate Action Team this Monday and we talked about what we as a club can do physically to participate in the solution to this crisis. I will be highlighting the team’s ideas at our meetings. I think actions help our younger generation know we are concerned about this problem and energize us to do more. Stay tuned.

Classic “Fred-Rick” breakfast out at the Estensons for the RCAT meeting

The strategic planning is continuing with an action plan for the entire club the team leaders and the board will be meeting this month to create and begin to implement this plan. 

Give a warm welcome to the new members inducted last month: Benjamin Hauser, Andrew Althoff, Eric Runestad, Lisa Thompson, and Sarah Nathan.

If you have suggestions/comments about any of these things or ? don’t hesitate to call 612-300-9796 or email me

Saludos, 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.