Rotary Club of Northfield, Minnesota  |  Thursday, December 2, 2021
Please wear your mask when you enter the Methodist Church
and whenever you are not eating. 


December 2 —
Andrea Berube, Adam Olson & Jackie Johnson
Northfield Splash Pad
A committee of Northfield and Dundas community members have received approval from the City of Northfield to begin planning and creating a zero entry water feature, also known as a "splash pad". We will update the Rotary on our progress since meeting in 2019 as well as talk about what a splash pad is, the process to build, and type of splash pad that is planned to be built. Andrea, Adam, and Jackie have served on the Northfield Splash Pad Board since 2017, 2019, and 2021 respectively. They have been working closely with community partners and other outside organizations to make this inclusive space possible. Hosted by Mark Lancaster.
LAST WEEK'S Turkey Trot
Jim Loe
2021 Chair of the Northfield Turkey Trot 
Turkey Trot 2021:
Where were you at 8:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning? Perhaps you were among the 1000 or so runners, walkers, gawkers or talkers (Todd) that converged on the Weitz Center at Carleton for the 21st annual Northfield Rotary Thanksgiving Turkey Trot. A couple of fun facts:  
  • Nobody seems to know for sure when the first race was run. 
  • No one knows for sure who won this year because two runners finished before anyone else, but came in from the wrong direction after logging 3.1 km. (free rangers for sure!).
I am comfortable with that uncertainty because this year was fantastic! We registered 992 runners, both in person and free-range, and raised over $1600 in cash for the CAC food shelter. We will have final numbers before too long, but it looks really good.
Thank you to the loyal and ever-expanding group of volunteers who served on our TT committee. In addition to our Rotarian members, a special tip of the beard (Turkey lingo) to Devon Barns and Rebecca Peterson, non-Rotarians who have served in very important roles for many years. 
Thanks to Scott, Jack, John, Amber, Rick, Bryce, David, Meredith, Pat and Bob for taking on key roles to help pull this together. Thanks To Rick Esse for a great design. (Did I miss anyone?) 
Thank you to the 30 or so additional Rotary volunteers and 15 Northfield High School NHS students who helped on Wednesday and Thursday. You make the atmosphere awesome and just step in wherever needed. Thanks!
Turkey Trot Photos here. 
Turkey Trot Facebook page here. 
ANNOUNCEMENTS (continued from the previous week, but still current)
  • Jean Wakely: if you have photos of Rotarians doing things, we’d love to have them. Please send action photos to Vicki Dilley.
  • Andrei Sivanich: Saturday December 4th Laura Baker Services annual Gala hybrid meeting –
    tickets are sold out, but volunteer spots are still open! Trying to broadcast so folks can participate in the live auction. Virtual tickets are free so keep an eye out soon.
December 9 — Becky Ford
A Year of Service: How Americorps Members Contribute to Rice County's Flourishing
In 2020-21, 45 Americorps members served at 24 host sites across Rice County. Unfamiliar to many people, Americorps is quietly making a positive impact in the lives of children and families in our local community. Through strategic collaboration and leveraging of federal resources, Americorps provides an opportunity for individuals to get started, give back and make connections! A youth development professional for 20 years, Becky Ford works for Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) coordinating outreach and support of Americorps members serving in Rice County schools and human service organizations. Becky also serves as Faribault Youth Investment's Director and is passionate about facilitating community collaboration. Hosted by Anika Rychner.
December 16 — David Anderson
News From St. Olaf
St. Olaf College President David Anderson will present an update on activities and plans at St. Olaf. Hosted by Barry Carlson.
December 23 —
Holiday Meeting and Festivities
This year will unveil a head-to-toe modification of our club’s traditional “Ugly Sweater” contest. On the 23rd, please come adorned with your most beautiful socks and the ugliest headgear you can locate or construct. Also, be prepared to cast your ballot for the beauty-garish contrast!
December 30 —
NO Rotary meeting, stay warm, stay safe, will see you next year! 


Find Zoom link here.
Meeting ID: 843 1983 0113
Passcode: 264180
For times, see information below.
11:45-12:10 — Opportunity to visit with fellow zoomers or check in with the people at the tech table. You don’t have to join this early if it is not convenient.
12:10 — Settle in for the meeting to begin.
12:20 — Meeting begins.
1:15 — Meeting dismissed for all.
11:45-Noon Arrive at the United Methodist Church at 1401 Maple Street. Visit with club members and guests.
Before 12:20 — Pick up your lunch.
12:20 — Meeting begins.
1:15 — Meeting dismissed for all.
  • Limit of 4 people per table.
  • Wear masks when not eating.
  • No group singing.
  • We require attendees to be vaccinated. Rotary International is a big supporter of vaccines. 
  • If you bring a guest, make sure they are vaccinated.
  • If you are not vaccinated, we still value you and your membership, and we have hybrid meetings so you can join our Thursday meetings on ZOOM during the pandemic.


Todd Thompson, Club President
What a great time at the Turkey Trot! Congratulations to Jim Loe and the entire crew that volunteered to pull that off! One of our best! The 21st, I understand...
I was at another group’s hybrid meeting this past week and the subject of whether or not they should continue with the ZOOM portion of the meeting came up. The discussion there was good and it got me thinking. I know it has taken some getting used to, but I am convinced it is in the best interests of all to keep the connection with the homebound, traveling and pajama wearing folks that want to attend. Here are some point I have heard:
  • It depends on dedicated techies who can and will step forward – we have had this happen!
  • It reinforces our 2nd point in the four-way test “is it fair to all concerned”.
  • Who knows where this pandemic is going, what with another Greek letter on the horizon (does anyone know how to pronounce omicron)?
  • I enjoy seeing the faces on the wall, it sort of completes the circle of the meeting.
That’s all for now.
Happy Holidays!
  • Matt Hillmann—Nov 29
  • Bryce Beckstrand—Dec 1
  • John Ehresmann—Dec 4
  • Jim McLees—2 years
  • Matthew Rich—13 years
  • Chris Weber—18 years
Please be sure to watch for and welcome this new member.
Carrie Carroll
  • December 6, 6 PM, Rotary Youth Exchange Outbound applicants are interviewed by club members.
  • December 7, 7 PM, DEI book-club discussion of We are not here to be bystanders: A Memoir of Love and Resistance by Linda Sarsour and Harry BelafonteFor zoom link contact Dorothee Ischler at Read more information about the book here.
  • December 13th, 7 PM, PR and Communication Committee meeting at Vicki Dilley's home. All are welcome.
  • December 14th, 4:30 PM, Northfield Rotary Board meeting, all are welcome, if you would like attend via zoom, please contact President Todd.


Click for a Thanksgiving message to all of YOU from our most recent Inbound student, Kopano from Zimbabwe.  

  • Laura Baker School is looking for volunteers to serve at their Gala on December 4th. They need coat checkers and folks to help with the silent auction. Slots are from 4:30-9:30 pm. Sign up here.
  • Northfield Racial and Ethnic Equity Collaborative is asking us all to participate in their short survey.  Learn more about the NREEC member organization here. 
Do you have something club related to say to fellow members? Try posting it in The Cogwheel. Send your short blurb to
If you haven't yet responded to our RCAT survey, please do so now by CLICKING HERE.
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. Read our climate action statement HERE.
For more information about our club’s Rotary Climate Action Team contact our chair, Alan Anderson, at
List of Volunteers who helped make the
2021 Turkey Trot
a huge success! 
People of Action make it happen again!
(our sincere apologies for any name overlooked)
  • Alan Anderson
  • Amber Chavie
  • Amy Goerwitz
  • Anthony Huettl
  • Bryce Beckstrand
  • Carrie Carroll
  • Dale Ness
  • Dave Wolf
  • David Stanford
  • Devon Barnes
  • Don Stager
  • Jack Hoschauer
  • Jean Wakely
  • Jim Holden
  • Jim Loe
  • Jim Pokorney
  • John Ehrsemann
  • Larry Vorwerk
  • Lee Dilley
  • Mark Abbott
  • Mary Ellen North
  • Meredith Galdeen
  • Michael Leming
  • Michelle Lasswell
  • Neil Lutsky
  • Pat O'Neill
  • Richard DeBeau
  • Richard Collman
  • Richard Schulte
  • Rick Estenson
  • Sarah Nathan
  • Scott Richardson
  • Timothy McKone
  • Vicki Dilley


The 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.