Rotary Club of Northfield, Minnesota  |  Thursday, December 10, 2020


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   Meredith Galdeen
Annual Club Meeting and Election of Officers plus Meredith Galdeen, Using Our New Northfield Rotary Website. Hosted by Vicki Dilley.
The Northfield Rotary Club has implemented a new website and membership management system powered by ClubRunner. An introduction to the new website and how to use some great new (and not so new) tools will be covered, including updating your member profile, accessing the member directory, and subscribing to the club calendar of events. 
Jim Pokorney (12.7).
Fred Rogers-19 (12.9.2001); Jack Hoschouer and Jim Schlichting-16 (12.9.2004).


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. Hit the green links below to read more.

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.

Kenyon Nystrom (Nystrom), Cindy Carlson (B. Carlson),
Santa and Mrs. Claus (M. Leming), Linda Davis (Davis).

President Dilley reported that Kompano, our lone exchange student this year, has returned home. She encouraged members to reach out to him and wish him well. She also said the CAC is still in need of volunteers. If you are interested in helping, contact Vicki and she will forward CAC emails.
Jim Loe reported that 415 T-shirts were ordered for our 2020 Free Range Turkey Trot. Final numbers for the event are not yet available, but we did collect three boxes of food and $1,400 for the CAC’s Food Shelf. He also gave a big “thank you” to friends of Rotary, Rebecca Peterson and Devon Barnes, who were so helpful to our marketing and
online registration efforts.

Our Literacy Committee is looking for one more volunteer to help stock seven little libraries in the northeast corner of Northfield. If you can help, contact Laurie Williams.
Mike Leming, who serves as a local booking agent for Santa, said St. Nick will be offering virtual visits for groups and families this year. Donations for the visit will be used for orphans in Thailand, Northfield’s TORCH program, or the CAC. If you are interested in making a donation or a booking, email Mike at
Alan Anderson noted how far Rotary International has come in its concern for climate change. In support of its new Seventh Area of Focus: Protecting the Environment, they have posted a policy paper that includes inspiring words for directly addressing climate change and strengthening eco-systems. He hopes this will energize Rotary clubs across the globe.


   John Harris

John Harris, Co-founder of Politico, Post-Presidential election - How do we move on from here? Hosted by Brent Nystrom.
Politico’s John Harris might be sharing his byline with some of our Rotary members when his next columns appear in the online magazine he co-founded.
He posed two questions that he hopes will be the basis of some yet-to-be-written opinion pieces and asked our members to react. He seemed to embrace several observations members made.
His questions were:
1) What will it take for President Donald Trump to fade away after January 20?
2) What will it take for President-elect Joe Biden to be less boring?

John, a Carleton graduate and now a college trustee, has been working in Washington D.C. as a journalist for more than 35 years. Today’s polarization is more about identity than ideology, he said. Each party has its “elites” and its “populists,” and Trump vaulted to power by giving voice to the grievances of Republican populists. He called it one
of the “most amazing political feats” in modern memory.
Biden’s challenge, he said, is to knit together the more confrontational Democrat populists with the persuasion-oriented Democrat establishment elite.
One of the big open questions is how long a shadow Trump will cast over Biden’s administration. John said he believes Trump will gradually fade away. History tells us most populist leaders have a short shelf life, Joe McCarthy and Ross Perot for example, he said. And he referenced a 19th century Ralph Waldo Emerson observation: “Every hero becomes a bore at last.”
Biden’s style, he said, most resembles that of former Vice President Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota. Biden sees policy in human terms and relies on personal relationships to get things done. He sees healthcare and broadband as issues that could win support from Republican senators who represent rural states, but it will be difficult to break the
gridlock. His inside sources tell him Democrats could claim one Georgia senate seat in the upcoming runoff, but not two. He said Georgia voters are fully aware this is a national election that will determine who controls the U.S. Senate.

The entire December 3rd meeting can be viewed here.


December 17 — Is it the Truth? - Richard DeBeau, Patrick O'Neill and Jim PokorneyIs it the Truth? is Northfield Rotary's game show based on the first pillar of Rotary's Four Way Test. We will choose from stories that you have sent in. For the show, we will tell you a story without revealing the author. A panel of three contestants will then try to convince you that they are the author of the story ... you will have to decide who is telling the truth. It's a great way to find out little known facts about our members as well as revealing who is good at lying! The grand prize will be an appointment to apply for the CIA's lie detection program. Plus, holiday harp music played by Richard Collman

December 24 — Christmas Eve - No Meeting.

December 31 — Holiday Meeting - Social Committee Richard DeBeau and Sherri Meyers.

Vicki's Vision

Vicki Dilley, President

Dear Rotary Friends,
We are beginning to receive Christmas cards from friends afar. I hope you are too. Today we received a cute little video from our past inbound student, Lydia Sólheim from the Faroe Islands. I think you will appreciate it too ... listen here.  
Last week's attendance at our Rotary meeting was one of the best attended since doing our meetings on zoom. Our guest, John Harris from Politico, was a dynamic speaker and certainly got me to thinking. I appreciated his style of communication — Carleton must be proud.  
This week we will learn from Meredith Galdeen, who represents the PR and Communications Committee for our club.  She is an eager helper to any of us wanting to learn and know more about the new Club Runner which holds the data about our club, including that useful list of members and contact information.   Club Runner has so much capacity to give us all sorts of information, but that data is only as good as the data entered into the tool.  
After Meredith gives us the 101 class on how to use this tool, we will need everyone to go in and enter their missing data, this includes your birth year.  Unfortunately, too many of you still have the default year ...1900. While this may make our club members appear to be wise and very old, it would be best to have the true year noted. How helpful would it be to have a current picture of yourself on your data page? Someone was asking me the other day what a member looks like, I went to their page and it was blank. This would be a great tool for new members to get to know fellow members faster. We can even generate a report with name and photos to give out to new members. Let's work together to get this done. If you don't feel like you have the computer skills to do this, let me or Meredith or another Rotary friend know and we will get your info filled in for you. Thanks in advance for helping us to get this task up to date. We will record this meeting and if you need to watch Meredith's explanations again, you will be able to do so.
In addition to the instruction from Meredith, we will have our Annual Membership meeting, per instructions from our Constitution and Bylaws. We will vote on the slate of officers for the 2021-22 Rotary year, which begins July 1, 2021. Brent Nystrom and Brad Frago are new to the Board and we thank Andrei Sivanich for his service on the Board as Fundraising Chair. See slate below:
Thank you for all that you are all doing to keeping our Club vital, current and engaged, 
Kopano came to us in January, the pandemic hit and he was thrown into distance learning, was discouraged from engaging with friends, his fellow inbounds went home and his Rotary Year was not as he had planned or what we had envisioned for him.  Still, he remained positive and grateful.  Whenever I asked him how he was doing, he had only upbeat things to say and he always said how much he appreciated being here.  Aren't we fortunate?  
Well, he will be leaving at the end of this month to go back to Zimbabwe, but if you would like to send him a note and maybe a little spending money, I know he wants to take some things home to his family, please feel free to do so.  Here is his mailing address.   
Kopano Tsambalagwa, in care of Susie Beaumaster, 904 Meadowview Drive, Northfield, MN 55057.    

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.