Rotary Club of Northfield, Minnesota  |  Thursday, September 17, 2020


For a mere $20.20 plus $4.80 shipping, a total of $25.00, you will receive an authentic “I Was Robbed” t-shirt and a “Certificate of Non-Participation” which gives you the freedom to not ride your bike if you so choose. If you want to ride, go ahead and ride. We don’t really care. Just stay six feet apart and be safe.

Order your “I Was Robbed” t-shirt by Monday, September 21st (use code: TOUR20).


Steve Werner and Mark Zober, Partners for Peace in Rotary. Hosted by Charlie Cogan. PLUS Sack Picnic with Social Distancing at the Estenson Event Center. Please Bring Your Own Lawn chairs and prepare to be outside ... a lap blanket perhaps. 
Chris Weber (9.15), Kopano Tsambalagwa (9.16).
Tony Huettl (9.13.18); Rob Martin (9.14.06); Luis Dominguez, Janice Lehmkuhl and Jesse Steed (9.14.17); Greg Carlson (9.19.90).

ZOOM in Thursday, September 17 2020 at 11:45 a.m.
Zoom in here at 11:45 for casual conversation in a break out room before joining the regular meeting at 12:10.

Starting this week, and going forward, we will not be changing the zoom link. This weeks link will be the same each week, but you will still receive a Thursday morning reminder and it will be in the Wednesday Cogwheel.  


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.

For additional information about our club’s Rotary Climate Action Team chair, Alan Anderson, at 507-371-4673 or


There was no formal program last week due to the cancelled social event. We met casually on-line.


September 24 — Tim McKone, Classification. Hosted by Richard Schulte.

October 1 — Scott Wopata, The State of Our Community and the Impact of COVID_a9 from the Eye's of the CAC. Hosted by Jayne Hager Dee.

October 8 — Beth Kallestad, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion. Hosted by Bruce Morlan.

October 15 — Matt Hillman, School Update.

cogwheel writers needed 

Looking for an easy way to serve the Club? We're looking for volunteers to take notes for the College City Cogwheel this fall. If you've never taken notes for the Cogwheel before, we can provide an outline of what to record and send to Rick Esse after the meeting. Sign-up here! Have questions? Email Meredith Galdeen or Rick Esse.

Vicki's Vision

Vicki Dilley, President

Dear Fellow Rotary Members,
I am getting excited for the opportunity to see some of you in person-at-least-6 feet-apart on Thursday evening, and for those of you that can't come ... we understand, but know that we look forward to seeing you again soon too!  
Last week I had a great conversation with Dawn Wegsceid who works with Annika at the CAC. What a dynamic duo those two are!  Dawn and I talked about the potential to use the unclaimed meals we are paying Maria for at Kahlo's.  Well, Dawn has lots of ideas of how they can be use ... at an after school program at Greenvale, adults using services at the CAC, the Key kids and more. She has her ear close to the ground and knows where the greatest need is and she is willing to coordinate the distribution to those in need. We may be called upon to deliver them safely to the various facilities, so stay tuned for that calling.
In the meantime, the CAC is in dire need of volunteers. I just received an email from Dawn and here are some of the details in that email. We will be letting you know more of the specifics on this too ...
"The Food Shelf is in dire need of volunteers right now. We continue as an agency to require masks, hand-washing, and surface sanitation at all times. The Food Shelf maintains no more than 10 people in the space at one time (socially-distanced!). Our crew has stayed healthy and the agency has remained open! 
Do you have time to share? Do you have concerns about safety and health at this time? We are interested in knowing where everyone is at with concerns, availability, or even interest in volunteering right now. Please take a moment to share your thoughts.
If you are able, we'd love to have a few more shoppers and produce sorters. Produce sorting is from 8:30 am-11:00 am Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Shopping is in shifts throughout the day. Look for a shortening of shifts today back to 2 hours each for shopping. Only staff and volunteers are allowed inside the building. Participants of the food shelf wait outside in their vehicles to have their "order" taken by volunteers who then come in and complete the shop. Food is then brought outside to the vehicle. This has worked so smoothly!"
Let us know or let the CAC know you are available to help. While our fundraisers are not the same as in years past, our need and value in the community is ever so great! If you want to email me or Jim Pokorney back that you want to volunteer, we will help get you plugged in. 
I wish you a great week, one of service and striving for all we stand for!

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.