Rotary Club of Northfield, Minnesota  |  Thursday, December 3, 2020


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Meeting ID: 853 8396 5788
Passcode: 601997
   John Harris
John Harris, Co-founder of Politico, Post-Presidential election - How do we move on from here? Hosted by Brent Nystrom.
John Harris, Co-founder of Politico. John Harris (Carleton '85) worked for over 20 years at the Washington Post covering politics and the White House before leaving in 2006 to co-found Politico, a political journalism media company, and become its editor-in-chief, a post he held until 2019. Politico delivers its message mainly via its website,, but also through its popular dally email 'Playbook' and a print version paper in the Washington DC area. As John puts it, he stumbled into journalism during his freshman year at Carleton College by writing a few articles for the student newspaper, The Carletonian. He was hooked. Currently John writes a regular article for the Politico Magazine called "Altitude" which is a weekly perspective on politics in a moment of radical disruption. You can find the series of articles online here: John will talk to the club on a timely political topic (likely election related!) and answer questions.
Kim Briske (11.22), Art Monaghan (11.25),
Beth Kallestad (11.26), John Ehresmann and Tim Peterson (12.4), Alan Anderson, (12.5).
Chris Weber-17 (11.30.2003); Jim McLees-1 (12.2.2019); Matthew Rich-12 (12.4.2008).


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.

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, Xxxx.

Dick Houston, our Assistant District Governor; Michael Berthelson.


   Ed Makes

Ed Marek, 5960 District Governor, District Governor's Club Visit. Hosted by Vicki Dilley.
Dick Houston, from the Faribault Rotary Club, is our Assistant District Governor and he introduced our District Governor, Ed Marek. Ed is from the St. Paul Sunrise Rotary Club and he wished he could be with us in person, he was glad to join us via zoom. Ed reached out to our guest, Mike Berthelsen, and thanked Mike for his support and involvement with Rotary Youth Exchange.
Ed spoke of the need to meet safely and to continue to be inclusive. Rotary International and District 5960 each have recommendations for clubs during this pandemic.
NC PETS (President Elect Training Sessions), the District Mid-term and the Conference of Clubs (our year end District Conference) will all be with physical distancing, via zoom. 
Ed shared that he had always been impressed with the Northfield Club’s involvement with Youth Exchange, one of his favorite programs, and with our RCAT (Rotary Climate Action Team) initiative, with the 4-Way Taste Festival and much more. He gave a shout out to Bruce Molan; they have been working together with the Braver Angels program. 
Creating last change begins with ourselves and then we reach out to the community which then extends globally.  We do this by increasing our impact, expanding our reach and enhancing participant engagement and being able to adapt. This year’s Rotary International President, Holger Knaack, set our motto for the year as “Rotary Opens Opportunity." What a great year for this. We are able to do this by actively working to create new club models and to expand Rotary. We can also come into this understanding by every club doing a strategic planning session and assigning a club champion to keep us on track to fulfill our goals. Ed also emphasized that clubs need to stay relevant, change with the times, there is nothing sacred that we can’t make adjustments for. We need to embrace the change to nurture the future. 
New clubs are the path to growth and he gave District 5950 (our neighbors to the west) as an example of what can be done. This coming January there will be additional training on this. The District also has quarterly round table discussions on membership. He emphasized that clubs must focus on service. 
Long Walk on a Dry Road is a book that Ed recommends. It shows how the author discovered Rotary and his goals for bringing water to communities in need of fresh potable water became much more attainable. It is an important lesson for us to discover people’s passions and ask them to bring those passions to Rotary for us to join forces.   
The Foundation donations we made toward the goal of $400.000 for polio eradication were very much appreciated.  The Foundation has fun new ways to contribute and certainly every Rotarian should think about donating to the Foundation every year, also know as EREY.  
Ed highlighted the 7 areas of Rotary Focus: 
  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution.
  • Disease prevention and treatment.
  • Water and sanitation.
  • Maternal and child health.
  • Basic education and literacy.
  • Economic and community development.
And the newest one becoming official in January:  The Environment. They all are under-pinnings for Positive Peace. Negative Peace is the absence of violence. Positive Peace is a partnership with economics and justice. 
The quote for the day was a Russian proverb: “If everyone gives a thread, the poor man has a shirt."  
RI and the District are both working towards expanding our reach and enhancing partnership engagement.  Some of this is being done through DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) programs.  Rotary has been public in their statements about justice and the fight against racism. 
Some ideas for our club … start a book club and have a discussion around one book, have Bruce and Ed speak to our club about Braver Angels. He encouraged us to remain involved in Rotary Youth Exchange, building Peace and Understanding, the continue to be involved in bringing an end to sex trafficking, something that is on the rise in Minnesota. And to keep our promise to the children of the world ... to bring an end to polio.  

The entire November 19th meeting can be viewed here.


December 10 — Annual Club Meeting and Voting of Officers plus Meredith Galdeen, Using Our New Northfield Rotary Website. 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. Hosted by Vicki Dilley.

December 17 — Holiday Meeting - Social Committee Richard DeBeau and Sherri Meyers.

December 24 — Christmas Eve - No Meeting.

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

Vicki's Vision

Vicki Dilley, President

Dear Friends, 
I hope that you had a restful, love-filled Thanksgiving. I would guess your table had fewer place settings and you did not travel far to do a little feasting and thanks-giving. Generally, I am setting a couple of dining tables and invite all sorts of folks to share in the bounty, but this year it was Lee, our son and Lee's 96 year old mother. We commented on Thursday morning that we would normally be at the Weitz Center greeting the crowd of cheery Turkey Trotters, but because we care about each other, we kept our distance. We hope that next year allows us to gather safely together again.
As many of you know, Lee and I were Peace Corps Volunteers in the early 1980's (I know, some of you were not even born yet at this time). Even though it was long ago, the lessons learned are still fresh in my memory. We lived in the country of Tuvalu for over 3.5 years on our little, flat atoll which measured about 2 miles by 3, with a lagoon in the center.   Our island was called Vaitupu (which means springing water).    
Often at Thanksgiving time I am reminded of how the people of Tuvalu lived everyday with an attitude of abundance. They lived with gratitude for their land, their neighbors, plenty of food, and more. We fell in love with the people of Tuvalu who cared for our daily needs and welcomed us into their culture and everyday living. Once they understood that we were there to stay and live much like they did, we were able to accomplish much together.  
We were adopted by a family that made sure that we had our daily needs for green coconuts for drinking, fish, taro, breadfruit. We truly belonged to each other as a family. They named children after us. Our love for each other was deep.  
When it came close to the time of our needing to pack up and return back to Minnesota, our days were even more precious together. In an effort to keep us connected our 'mother and father' drew up some paperwork with the government and presented it to us one day. The paperwork showed that we now had a parcel of land the family was giving to us.  By our owning land on Tuvalu, it was thought that this would insure our return to this place we called home. What a gift ... a gift that was giving much. After all, this was a tiny little island and their love for us was demonstrated in such a sacrificial way.   
This gift has come to my mind so many times when I think what love for one another causes us to do; causes us to give. I so appreciate Rotary for its mission to give; to make the world a better place. I also know full well that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more. 
Happy December! I look forward to seeing 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.