Rotary Club of Northfield, Minnesota  |  Thursday, October 29, 2020

halloween drive-thru relocated to "Y".

We’ve changed the location for the Rotary Halloween Drive-Thru, due to weather conditions (snow in October?!). It will be at the Northfield Area Family YMCA, 1501 Honeylocust Drive this Saturday, October 31 from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Volunteers are still needed. As of this writing, there are still three slots open for Treat Packing on Thursday night (6-9) at Rick's place!!  Sign up HERE.
Join Our Thursday Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 853 8396 5788
Passcode: 601997
RCAT MEMBERS Bruce Morlan, Rick Estenson and Lee Dilley, A conservative's reaction to the global warming 10-year warning. Hosted by Alan Anderson.
Update on climate science, worsening impacts, and update on RCAT activities.
Brett Reese (10.25).
Mark Quinnell (10.26.1989); Jim Pritchard and Peggy Prowe (10.27.1994)


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, Scott Richardson.

Martha Brown (Brown), Mary Savina (Reid), Emma Iverson (Iverson) and Dr. Nicole Sturhman.


Rotary’s Halloween drive-thru parade Saturday, Oct. 31, will have a change of venue. The early snow makes it difficult to host at the Estenson farm, so the committee is looking for a new location with solid ground. Stay tuned. 

Our re-imagined free-range Turkey Trot is off and running. Eighty-five people have already signed up for the event. Go to our website or our Facebook page and find the link to signup for the event. Team leader Jim Loe encourages us to create our own “turkey flocks.” The deadline for sign up is Friday, Nov. 6.

The CAC is also re-imaging Operation Joy, an annual gift-sharing program for families living on the margins. According to Michelle Lasswell, who sits on the CAC board, the program typically brightens the holidays for some 800 children in the area. Because of COVID-19, gift cards will be distributed this year instead of toys. Michelle asks that you consider donating to this cause.

Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a car raffle to replace some of the fundraising events that have been shelved due to the pandemic. Only 750 $100 tickets are being sold. You can’t win if you don’t play.

If you ordered a “I Was Robbed” Jesse James Bike Tour T-shirt, they are available for pickup on Vicki and Lee Dilley’s patio at 714 Highland Ave. 


Bruce Morlan's grandkids visited and ran his dog ragged.

Jim Loe is celebrating a good Raider Cross Country season, which ended last week with a meet in Owatonna. 


Rachel Reid

Rachel Reid, Bat Research in Costa Rica. Hosted by David Brown.

Writer’s Apology: Dr. Rachel Reid inhabits a professional world of which I know nothing. The following is a liberal arts major’s valiant attempt to explain her research in “conservation paleobiology.” 

Dr. Rachel Reid knows bat guano when she sees it. To the uninitiated, it is “do-do.” To her, it is a geologic record that helps her understand the ecological systems of the past and formulate restoration plans for the future. 

Rachel, a member of the Geoscience faculty at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va., is a graduate of Northfield High School and Carleton College and, more importantly, daughter to Martha and Dave Brown. Her field is important for learning how to counteract the effects of climate change. By analyzing the carbon isotopes and other tracers in “guano,” she develops a clearer picture of the animal and plant life that existed in years past. Her research started in caves in the Missouri Ozarks. She is learning more from caves in Virginia.

For more information on Rachel’s research, she can be contacted at:


   Robert S. Spalding

November 5Robert S. Spalding, Brig. General USAF (ret.), US-China Relations in a Post-Coronavirus World. The spread of the coronavirus and its aftermath has shown the world the true nature of the Chinese regime. How will the US navigate foreign and national security policy in this emerging bi-polar world?

   Scott Wopata

November 12 — Scott Wopata, Carbon Neutral Emergency Housing. CAC is bringing together emergency shelter, affordable housing, and environmental justice in a community-based solution in Northfield. Hear about this incredibly ambitious project that prioritizes the future of our community and planet without sacrificing the need for social justice and support. Yes, we can do all of these things at the same time and we need to do it now.

   Ed Marek

November 19 — Ed Marek, 5960 District Governor, District Governor's Club Visit.

November 26 — Thanksgiving, Turkey Trot with Your Chosen Flock.

Vicki's Vision

Vicki Dilley, President

Dear Fellow Northfield Rotary Friends,
Our Rotary Climate Action Team (RCAT) met bright and early this morning, far too early for this retiree to think about climbing out of bed and especially being ready for a 7 a.m. meeting. I appreciate the dedication of this group, for so many reasons. Thank goodness I am married to one of those early birds and I get a fresh off the press synopsis of the meeting shortly after my first sip of coffee.  
Alan Anderson, the head of this team, will host Bruce Morlan, Rick Estenson and Lee Dilley, who will be speaking to our club on Thursday and they always have a lot of good info to share. I do hope you will be there to hear.
The RCAT grew out of our club's strategic planning and visioning during the time of Russ Halverson. The interest and goals were born out of our own discussions about who we are and what is important to us. About the same time our club was hatching this new idea, ESRAG (Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group) rose to the surface. Their mission is to assist Rotary clubs, district and multi-districts in planning, implementing and evaluating service projects, building awareness and inspiring action. These projects promote environmental sustainability, awareness of climate change and actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to mitigate climate disruption. Their website is here. 
Our two organizations have worked collaboratively and networked with folks like Tom Thorfinson (he spoke to our club this Fall) and others. I believe one outcome of this good work is the 7th area of focus.
Supporting the environment becomes Rotary's 7th area of focus, which are categories of service activities supported by global grants. It joins peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and community economic development.
More than $18 million in Foundation global grant funding has been allocated to environment-related projects over the past five years. Creating a distinct area of focus to support the environment will give Rotary members even more ways to bring about positive change in the world and increase our impact.

Once again, Margaret Mead was right:  “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Have a great week, friends, I look forward to seeing you on the zoom call on Thursday or at the candy packing event or at the Drive Thru Halloween (Now at the YMCA, not Rick's place) ... I am dressing up like a short old lady.  Guess that isn't much of a contrast, is it?!
Be well,
P.S. I wanted to bring to your attention to a great article in the Star Tribune that interviews Leighton Reid, who is the husband of Rachel Reid who was our speaker last week and is the daughter of Dave Brown and one of our own outbound students to Finland!  
The article is called:  Restoring farmland could drastically slow extinctions
We do brush up against very important people!  

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.