Rotary Club of Northfield, Minnesota  |  Thursday, June 4, 2020


Mark your calendars for the evening of Friday, July 31st! The 4-Way Taste Festival is on, with a new mostly virtual  format. The committee has been working on alternatives for the event, and has settled on the idea of a series of small, neighborhood gatherings centered around local beverages, virtual education and mixology by local experts, and a virtual concert featuring local musicians. Rotarians and other interested individuals will be asked to host up to eight guests for an evening of fun, entertainment and appropriate social distancing. Admission fees will include a box of locally produced wine, beer, cider and spirits prepared in advance for you. The goal is to have 40 of these gatherings throughout Northfield on July 31st, with profits going to the Lake Atitlan Clean Water Project in Guatemala. Watch for further details.


Help Northfield become the City of Cows, Colleges, and Clean Energy by joining the Renewable Energy ChallengeJust over 100 of your neighbors support renewable energy by subscribing 100% of their electricity to come from renewable sources. The City of Northfield challenges you to join your neighbors and subscribe 100% of your electricity to renewable energy. When you join the challenge, you’ll be supporting renewable energy sources like wind and solar, which can reduce carbon emissions. Everyone who joins the challenge will be recognized on the city website as a clean energy supporter. This program has the support of our club's Climate Action Team. Learn more at

This Week's Meeting
This week's speaker is Dr. Matt Hillman on The Remote Learning Experience hosted by George Davis.
Ann Leming (6.3), David Wolf (6.6)
Michael Jordan (6.1.2019), Charlie Kyte (6.1.1989), Robert Bierman (6.4.1998)

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Superintendent and Rotarian Matt Hillman presented $3000 Rotary scholarships to Audrey Pagel and Alice Zhang. 

Bruce Morlan indicated that we are in need of program topics for June and July meetings. Also, please upgrade you Zoom app to version 5.0 or higher before June 1, or you will be forced to upgrade which may delay your sign-on to our next meeting.

Watch for an email link to a survey regarding club interest in purchasing new Rotary polo shirts.

Our own Todd Thompson will be participating in District 5960's live entertainment event tonight at 7 p.m.

Treasurer Dave Stanford says the silver lining in not meeting in person is that it allows us to make weekly donations to help others during this time. This week's recipients are Maria, the CAC and Northfield Arts Guild. 

Jim Pokorney said all the Meals-on-Wheels slots are full, and shared some notes on social distancing procedures for the delivery team. 

Jean Wakely suggested we wear our Rotary t-shirts when delivering Meals-on-Wheels.


[Correction from 5.28.2020] Richard DeBeau shared that the Northfield Masonic Lodge raised $21,200, not the $2500 reported earlier, for the food shelf. This is by far the largest donation that the social lodge has ever made.

[Clarification from 5.28.2020] Janine Atchison's grandson, Christopher McSweeney, graduated from St. Thomas University in Minneapolis with a degree in finance.


NorthStar Rotex Members

Emma Mulherne, North Star Rotex President hosted by Jesse Steed

North Star Rotex is a joint program of Rotary District's 5950 and 5960. It began in 1967 and serves approximately 90 students from 30 countries each year. Rotex allows former inbound and outbound Youth Exchange Students to stay connected with themselves and with Rotary. 

Emma Mulherne spent her outbound YE year in Finland, where she was able to experience Finish life, language and hockey. She has been involved with Rotex for four years and enjoys mentoring and sharing her experiences. 

Rotex offers support for the long-term 10-12 month inbound and outbound Youth Exchange program, as well as the shorter term Family-to-Family Exchange (2 months) and International Camp (1 to 3 weeks).

Rotex is service organization as well as a community. It helps YE candidates prepare for their exchange year, provides orientation and events for inbound students and helps rebound students (those returning to the US from their outbound year) stay connected with each other and acclimate to their return. They also provide a support system for each other.

Rotex members are often strong candidates for Rotary club membership. For more information visit


Barry Carlson, President

Barry's Buzz

Dear Rotarians,
Wow, what a week of change brings us  — from Covid19 headlines to racial unrest sparking the world to rethinking what changes we need to make to be a truly caring society for all.
Our ethics committee has been busy thinking, discussing and asking, “What can we as a club be doing to combat racism in our community and world today?" They shared with me this statement issued by Rotary International:

"At Rotary, we have no tolerance for racism. Promoting respect, celebrating diversity, demanding ethical leadership, and working tirelessly to advance peace are central tenets of our work.

We have more work to do to create more just, open and welcoming communities for all people.

We know there are no easy fixes and that challenging conversations and work lie before all of us. Rotary’s strength has long been our ability and commitment to bringing people together. We will tap into that strength now as we stand with those who are working for peace and justice. 

Rotary will do our part to listen, learn and take action to ensure that we continue to contribute to making positive change."

Let our club be one of the “change makers” to end racism.  Let's not only talk, but be real change makers!
This week Matt Hillman will share with us during our Zoom meeting “The Remote Learning Experience," hosted by George Davis. Watching my neighbor kids being at home learning over the last six weeks I’m really looking forward to hearing from Matt!
This week, along with support of Maria and her staff and our weekly support of the CAC Food Shelf, we have also sent a check for $250 to CRWP (Cannon River Watershed Partnership. They partner with people and organizations to value, protect, and improve the Cannon River Watershed's land and water. We as Northfield Rotarians are so lucky to have this wonderful river a part of our community to enjoy! 
See you Thursday. Continue to go out and serve!  


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.