Rotary Club of Northfield, Minnesota  |  Thursday, February 25, 2021


Our Rotary club’s project to supply hand washing stations and liquid soap to primary schools in northern Togo has made Togo national television. The link in last week's Cogwheel was faulty, so try this one.


Join Our Thursday Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 853 8396 5788
Passcode: 601997
Here is the timeline for our regular Zoom calls. On some days there will be slight variations, but not for coming on to the call.  
11:30 -11:45 — Zoom Managers log in and get set up.
11:45 - Noon — Zoom Managers are invited to join and go into a break out room for casual conversations.
12:10 — ALL Zoom callers are invited back together to begin the meeting. Generally, the meeting will begin with an Invocation, the 4-Way Test, introduction of guests and then introduction of our speaker. Speaker and Questions/ Discussion.
12:40 — (approximate) Birthdays, Announcements, Happy News and more.
1:00 — Meeting is dismissed until next week.

   Jennifer Barrientos

   Natalia Marchan

Jennyffer Barrientos, Growing Up Healthy Director, Northfield and Natalia Marchan, Growing Up Healthy Director, Faribault, Reducing Energy Burden in Rice County Mobile Homes. Growing Up Healthy, the City of Northfield and the City of Faribault are collaborating to connect low-income, Latinxs residents living in Faribault and Northfield mobile home parks with Xcel Energy's Home Energy Squad initiative and weatherization supplies, in order to help families improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Hosted by Beth Kallestad.

Amber Chavie (2.21); Brad Fargo (2.22); Jesse Steed (2.24); Jim Schlichting (2.25); David Stanford (2.29).
Lynne Pederson-13 (2.28.2008).


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. 
Climate in the News - In spite of the polar vortex cold sitting on the US, both the Arctic and the Antarctic currently have above normal temperatures!  Increasingly unpredictable and wacky weather is a signature of climate change. 
What We Can all Do - Contact your state reps in support of the Clean Cars initiative, which would clear the path for having many more electric vehicles in MN.  We need to be ready for GM and Ford's new EV models coming soon!
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, Beth Kallestad.

Ed Marek - District Governor 5960; Patricia McCleese -  District Governor Nominee Designate.


Vicki - Board meeting highlights  - see the Cogwheel of February 18. Club members always welcome to attend, 2nd Tuesday of the month at 4:00 p.m.

David Brown - Share the Love - Rotary Foundation - through February - is the easiest way to give.  Matches toward Paul Harris. If you don’t have one yet this will help get one. If you have one you get contribution points toward Plus one. 

Todd Thompson - Strategic Plan - email from Todd with survey link.  Another information gathering step in about a week - more in-depth for those attending the workshop. If not attending the workshop get ideas to Todd or Vicki and they will forward on. Workshops are March 1st and 2nd at 6:30 p.m.

Charlie Cogan - funds to internally displaced persons camp in Burkina Faso reached its destination. Over 1000 families received rice, cooking oil, soap, etc!

Scott Richardson - Literacy Team - Northfield Promise is hoping to collect 3000 books for 230 kids to give them 5-10 books before spring and summer breaks. Partnering with Content bookstore. They need to build their supply for distributing to children as well as support teachers by supplying their classrooms with new and diverse titles.  Content Bookstore has created a link with a wish list for easy sharing and online ordering! Books can be dropped off  at our drive-through drop-off event on Tuesday, March 2nd at First United Church of Christ (301 Union Street) from 3-5 p.m. Questions? Call Laura Turek at 612 501 3036


  Peter Fiekosky

Peter Fiekosky Founder and Chair Emeritus, Foundation for Climate RestorationClimate Restoration: Our Legacy for the Planet. Hosted by Lee Dilley.

Peter’s talk focused on the topic of Climate Restoration and how it is needed in conjunction with climate mitigation. The speaker bio and summary from last week’s Cogwheel gave a good synopsis of the first part of the talk. Take-away: MIT trained physicist knew of climate change for a long time but didn’t think it applied to him — that was work for the chemical engineers. He had been avoiding the elephant in the room — dealing with climate.

After years working in business and philanthropy focused on immunizations and poverty that elephant of climate once again reared its heat. Climate was affecting both these areas. What to do by when? What goals to work toward?  Key turning point for him — despite what people say climate is not about the science. Not about nature — which is better without us. It’s about us as humans and if we care for our children and grandchildren.

Climate science goal of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere to 350 ppm (already past it). Need to lower, possibly to 300 ppm. Climate mitigation alone will not get us there. What is needed is to look at what nature does really well. Nature has been removing CO2 and there are silver bullets but you have to use them. Nature sequesters carbon by using: 1) phytoplankton (algae growth) in the ocean which becomes food for fish, 2) Limestone formation (think white cliffs of Dover).

For information on the technical aspects of the talk visit the Foundation for Climate Restoration website.

As Rotary begins work on our new seventh area of focus, the Environment, Rotary International could consider supporting climate restoration technology and approaches.  

The entire February 18th meeting can be viewed here


   Kendall George

March 4 — Kendall George, Information Security Officer for Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges, How to Stop Worrying and Start Cyber. Hosted by Amy Goerwitz. Kendall George is a cybersecurity professional with nearly three decades of information technology experience. He will begin his presentation with a terrifying description of the dangers of the Internet. Then he will provide way too many things you can do to make living in the 21st century safer. More importantly, he'll provide just a few things you can do right away to start worrying a lot less immediately. 

   Sambath Our

March 11 — Sambath Ouk, Equity and Multilingual
Program Coordinator Faribault Public Schools, Overcoming Cultural Dissonance. Hosted by Beth Kallestad. The presentation will focus on uncovering unintentional events that may lead to cultural dissonance and discuss things a community can do to overcome it. The presentation will be told through the personal autobiography of the presenter.

Vicki's Vision

   Vicki Dilley, President

Dear Rotary friends,
I really look forward to seeing you on Thursday. I promise to be sitting in my office chair again and not leading from my recliner. I have passed that infamous two-week mark post knee replacement surgery and feeling better every day.  How could I not when sweet little Henry Steed brings over a sweet little soft pink pig for me to cuddle when I wasn’t feeling so great and I received a delicious caramel roll from two of the my most favorite people in the world and today a gift box arrived from Wisconsin full of yummy to do with sunshine. I feel so loved and cared for! Lee has been the most amazing nurse/helper/caregiver a wife could ever want for. 
Last week’s speaker sometimes talked over my understanding, but I do know that many of you followed his train of creative thinking and we all felt a renewed hope knowing that there are possibilities to divert this climate change disaster train we are on. I think it was clear to our speaker, Peter, that Rotary is exactly the right vehicle to use when change needs to happen. Rotary has shown itself capable of moving mountains before and we will do so in the future. Thank you to the Rotary Climate Action Team (RCAT) for your ongoing work to inform and inspire us to real change. I do hope that you all check out their weekly RCAT Corner on the Cogwheel and use this tool to stay informed.  
Our beloved little country of Tuvalu, where Lee and I served as Peace Corps Volunteers in the 1980s is one of the countries on the front line of climate change. Being a low-lying atoll of eight islands, any threat of ocean rises or king tides means the islands will literally disappear … a people, a culture, a language and a beautiful way of life ... gone. This is a tremendous loss to the whole world. My heart grieves every time that I think about it. Let’s be the people of action we are called to be and continue to do all that we can to be important change makers.
See you on Thursday!

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.