Rotary Club of Northfield, Minnesota  |  Thursday, May 27, 2021


Join Our Thursday Zoom Meeting
Find it here.
Meeting ID: 836 2096 1395
Passcode: 164383
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.
     Ellen Kennedy
May 27 — Ellen Kennedy, Ph.D. and students. We are in the midst of an epidemic – an epidemic of violence and discrimination against women, and it has gotten worse during the pandemic. Every nine seconds, a woman in the US is assaulted or beaten. There are 5.3 million incidents of intimate partner violence each year.
This program raises awareness about the situation facing women and girls globally, nationally, and in Northfield, and presents opportunities to take action.
Sponsored by World Without Genocide at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Speakers include Executive Director Dr. Ellen Kennedy and students Abby Banks (Carleton College), Priscilla Hagerman (University of Minnesota), and Tika Khachatryan (St. Olaf College).


Emily Fulton-Foley (5.30).



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


Thanks to last week's Cogwheel Reporter, Kristi Pursell.


Patricia McCleese from Rochester, District Governor Nominee Designate.
Greg Storlie, Antonio, and Andy – our newest Rotary club member.


Patricia McCleese talked about how the Rotary Foundation is the heart of Rotary- a Share the Love campaign generated $150,000 and how our Positive Peace” Vicki reminded us we can give by throwing in a few additional dollars in our monthly or quarterly dues.
Our club is giving $10K to the Hillcrest Village initiative and if you want to give yourself as well, mark Rotary in the memo line.
Carleton will be lighting up the smokestack between 9pm and 6am over the next 2 weeks to say goodbye to steam-powered energy at the college as they move to geothermal. This has been 10 years in the making! 
Carleton’s convocation on Friday the 21st is a climate policy expert, Ayana Elizabeth Johnson. Carleton usually records these so if you missed it, you can watch it later on.
Jean Wakely thanked Richard Schulte, the Steed family, District Governor Ed Marek and his wife who all either stopped by or staffed the Rotary table at last weekend’s Home & Garden show at the Dundas Dome
Meals on Wheels sign up for May 30-June 5
If you want to ride the Book Bike this summer email Laurie Williams
Carl Caskey announced a scholarship for $3,000 to a student who will present to the club soon
Pastor Rachel Morey from the Methodist Church shared with club leadership that they will be opening to in-person meetings starting June 1! The idea is that our meetings will be hybrid and we are being asked to wear masks if attending in person. A survey will be coming out to figure out food for in-person lunch gatherings again starting as early as June 3, potentially. 
June 17th Rotary club picnic with partner/spouse/family at Estenson’s will begin at 4:00pm
Cannon River Watershed Partnership is now Clean River Partners!
Todd Thompson took us out with a ukulele song and many thanks to our wonderful speaker and our outgoing club president, Vicki Dilley!



     Sandy Malecha
Sandy Malecha, HCI Gathering for Good. HCI is eager to share information with the community about its work with children, youth and families during the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, HCI is excited to share that StriveTogether has committed a $70,000 gift that must be matched dollar-for-dollar by local donors in 2021 — we hope to inspire local support to meet StriveTogether's match challenge. Hosted by Erin Bailey.
* Northfield & Faribault from early childhood development through so many programs in the Faribault and Northfield school district areas
* National Cradle to Career partnership: youth want to grow up, live, work & give back to these communities
$70,000 match challenge from national partner from Strive Together
Sandy shared a video highlighting a few of HCI’s programs and their impact on families-
RISE (Realizing Individual Student Excellence) (Faribault) supports students at Faribault high school to make sure they graduate in 4 years and have the help they need
100% Connected Program helps families get and stay connected to the internet for distance learning and support purposes
TORCH (Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes) (Northfield) middle and high school students receive support in order to graduate from high school and supports their making plans to attend college
Growing Up Healthy works in neighborhoods and inside Greenvale Park Elementary in Northfield and has deep relationships with youth and their families to make sure they have what they need and that students find their way to school each day.
Questions and Discussion
* Carl Caskey asked about 40 Assets of Youth development from SEARCH Institute: Yes, that’s the framework from which many of these programs have come from.
* Beth Kallestad asked about ongoing challenges/opportunities: for families to access opportunities along the lines of both climate and energy needs and opportunities. Another challenges is communication since HCI works in neighborhoods, not in a central location which makes them more effective, but also presents challenges.
* Todd Thompson asked about needs for youth coming out of the pandemic: social & emotional health and support. We all have opportunity to support our community’s youth. Assess where they are and what they need, where/how/why youth are falling through the cracks. FYI- HCI does not just serve the Latinx community!
* Rick Estenson gave compliments to all good HCI does in our communities and in our county.
* Amy Goerwitz asked about the fundraising goal and progress: they’re not quite at $60K of the $70K needed to achieve the match!
* Richard DeBeau asked about other groups like HCI in other communities: HCI is part of the Education Partnerships Coalition model and coordinates with partners in Red Wing, Rochester, Northside Achievement Zone in Minneapolis, Albert Lea, etc.
Anyone interested in donating to HCI may do so here.

The entire May 20th meeting can be viewed here



     Rahmah Abdulai
June 3 Rahmah Abdulai, High School Senior and 2021 Recipient of the Northfield Human Rights Award. Rahmah will be talking about navigating her high school career as an outspoken Black student--raising attention to topics such as race, socio-economic, and misogynoir issues, as well as speaking on the personal aspect of these topics. Hosted by Matt Hillmann.
     Matt Hillmann
June 10 Northfield Public Schools Superintendent of Schools Matt Hillmann will share reflections on the 2020-21 school year and forecast how public education will change as a result.
June 17 Northfield Rotary Club Picnic, 4:30-7:00 p.m. (no lunch meeting).
WHERE: Rick Estenson’s at 10541 Ibson Avenue, Northfield.
WHO: Club members and spouse or significant other.
CATERER: Kahlo’s (see Survey Monkey for meal selections)
PLUS: Beverages that you choose to bring.


Vicki's Vision

   Vicki Dilley, President

Dear Fellow Northfield Rotarians and Friends,
There is a lot going on right now, I hope you were able to fill in your 4 Survey Monkeys....I will include those links at the end of this writing, in case you lost track of that email.   
One of the surveys that is really important for us to hear from you is the coming back together as a club at the Methodist Church.  We are geering up to do this starting on June 3rd.  
As we come together we need to honor the guidelines set forth by the church.  Because the church hosts a nursery school and those children cannot be vaccinated, we will live by the Rotary test of "Beneficial for all" and we will follow these guidelines.
  • We request you wear your mask when moving around and not eating.
  • We will limit the table seating to 4-5 people.
  • We will keep the doors closed in the fellowship hall so that the new ventilation system can do its' thing...recirculate the air in the room 4 to 5 times per hour. 
  • When you pick up your name tag or a sticker name tag and you leave, don't put it back in the box, we will use this for taking attendance, there will be something for you to drop these into.  We will put them away for you.
  • We will hold off on singing together, for the time being.  Just Todd will sing, standing at least 12 feet away. 
  • If anyone that attends a meeting is later diagnosed with Covid, we ask that you report it back to the president and they will report it to Pastor Rachel at the church.  The church will be doing contact tracing. 
  • In the beginning, we will be serving only sack lunches, until we have a good sense of what our attendance is like.  That way, any left over sack lunches can be given to the KEY for distribution.  Eventually we will go back to the buffet style.  Please let us know if you are coming to the meetings in June, so we have enough sack lunches.
  • The church has moved to a wonderful policy of composting everything we possibly can.  There is a new compost bin, recycling and garbage.   We will be careful to use any throw away utensils that are compostable as well as our lunch bags and any food.   
  • If you want to have a post-regular-meeting meeting, that lasts more than maybe 10 minutes, please arrange to do so ahead of time or plan to sit outside.  We have to let the church know our expected duration in the building. 
At our meeting June 3rd, Pastor Rachel will explain some of these details further.  So, any questions you have, you can ask her. 
Let us know if you can come to the social at the Estenson barn on June 17, bring your significant other, we look forward to meeting them there too!
Ok, thanks again for reading this to the end..... I wish you a wonderful day! 
1. 2021 Service Above Self Nomination: This is to nominate a non-Rotarian. Here.
2. 2020-21 Marston Headley Service Above Self Nomination: This is to nominate a Northfield Rotarian.    Here.
3. June 17 Rotary Social sign up: Here
4. Attendance at the in person Rotary Meetings: Here

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.