Rotary Club of Northfield, Minnesota  |  Thursday, October 28, 2021
Please wear your mask when you enter the Methodist Church
and whenever you are not eating. 


Sarah Nathan
October 28 — Sarah Nathan
Classification Talk: Everyone can be a philanthropist
A self-described "pracademic," Sarah will share components of her philanthropic autobiography as it influenced her career in the nonprofit sector, through the world's first school of philanthropy, and ultimately to the public face of philanthropy at Northfield Shares. Hosted by Jim Loe.


October 2
Joan Janusz — Health Care for All
Joan Janusz believes affordable health care should stand right next to fire protection, police protection, and K-12 education as part of the social contract offered every citizen of this country. This is why this member of Minnesota Healthcare for All, Northfield Chapter, advocates for a universal healthcare plan called “Medicare for All.”
The United States is the only advanced economy that does not provide some form of universal healthcare coverage to its citizens, she said. Yet, we spend far more annually 20% of our GNP than our counterparts.
Joan said private health insurance is a big factor in driving up health care costs. Thirty percent of each dollar spent is devoted to administrative costs, advertising and overhead. Medicare gets by at 2 percent. In addition, she said drug companies continue to have a strangle-hold on the price structure in the U.S. Even Medicare with its huge market share cannot negotiate more competitive prices. It’s written into law.
She advocates for an “improved” Medicare in any universal health scheme. Dental, vision and hearing services should be included, she said.


Thanks to last week's Cogwheel reporter, Scott Richardson.




Jayne Hager-Dee


President Todd saluted Duane Benson for his 55 years of service to Rotary.


Kyle Becken (sponsored by Thompson) and Tracy Giza (sponsored by Lasswell) were formally granted the rights and privileges of full membership. Kyle is a materials manager for Cemstone, working out of Mendota Heights. Tracy is a realtor in Northfield.

  • President Todd Thompson said we have put the punctuation mark on our Guatemala water project. Rotary has accepted our final report, and it is complete.
  • Rachel McIver-Morey announced that our Ethics Workshop for local high school students is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 23. We will need some volunteer help for the event. A more formal ask will come after the holidays.
  • Michelle Lasswell encouraged members to share Turkey Trot information with their social media communities. The early sign-up deadline is Friday, Nov. 5. The cost is $25, and early registrants are guaranteed a long-sleeve 2021 Turkey Trot T-shirt. See registration information in right column.
  • Elizabeth Child noted that October is Domestic Violence Month. She invited members to join in a Zoom “lunch and learn” held earlier this week.
  • Richard DeBeau invited members to come early to last Saturday’s EV event to be first in line to drive an electric vehicle.
  • Sarah Nathan said she had visited with Bob Will, one of our honorary members, and he sends his greetings.

Mike Leming celebrated his grandson’s graduating Loyola Law School, passing the bar and landing a job.

November 4  Michael Leming
Building an Orphanage in Northeast Thailand for 69 Tribal Orphans
The Thailand Children's Home has served the poorest Thai orphans for 30 years. Recently Westerners acquired their land and the Children's Home has had to start over again. Michael and his wife Ann Leming have worked in rural Thailand for 32 years and have sponsored three International Global Rotary Grants for Thai Tribal Children. Hosted by Vicki Dilley.
November 11 — Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin
Re-Engineering Agriculture
Learn about the importance of regenerative agriculture and how Reginaldo ("Regi"), the owner of Salvatierra Farms, uses his land to educate and train people how to run their own agricultural businesses. The unique training platform Regi developed serves as a pathway for large-scale impact across Minnesota, the Midwest, nationally and even internationally. Regi's land-management innovations improve water quality, restore soil health, and restore native flora and fauna, all while generating a significantly higher value than traditional cropping systems. Regi will update us on the impact that this way of farming is already having and the tremendous momentum building around his system. Hosted by RCAT.
November 18 — Scott Haugen
Future Development of the Mills Town Trail System in Northfield
The network of multi-use trail systems in southern Minnesota has undoubtedly exploded over the last several decades. Scott Haugen from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will discuss a key cog in this vast interconnected network: the Mill Towns State Trail. Scott will touch on what the Mill Towns is and aspires to become, the process of how a state trail is planned and developed, existing segments open for use, preliminary engineering for the trail to pass through Northfield and highlight critical investments in projects and infrastructure over the years achieved largely via funding from Northfield Rotary.

Scott is an Acquisition and Development Specialist in the Parks and Trails Division of the Minnesota DNR. Hosted by John Sinning and David Detert.

November 25 —
No Meeting
See you at the Turkey Trot!

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.


Find Zoom link here.
Meeting ID: 843 1983 0113
Passcode: 264180
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.


Todd Thompson, Club President

Congratulations to the Richard DeBeau and the RCAT team! I attended the first annual Electric Vehicle show at the Greenvale Elementary School parking lot last Saturday. The event was a collaboration of many groups: Northfield Shares, Recharge Minnesota, Carleton College, St. Olaf College, the City of Northfield, Xcel Energy, Farmstead Bike Shop, Tesla, Polestar, and many individual and commercial electric vehicle owners. Over 200 people attended! This was a classic example of Rotary helping to bring people together to tackle a difficult issue all while making it fun!

I look forward to many other great things from our club still in 2021!
Todd Test Driving a Polestar EV
Brett Reese  Oct 25
Jim Prichard 27 years
Peggy Prowe 27 years
Mark Quinnell — 32 years
Please be sure to watch for and welcome these new members.
Bryce Beckstrand
Sebastian Burset
Erika Campbell
Elizabeth Child
Eric Johnsrud
Kari Johnsrud
Kirk Muhlenbruck
Mary Ellen North
All Northfield Rotary members are invited to observe the work of the Northfield Rotary Club at our monthly board meetings. All meetings are held via Zoom and occur on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. The next one is November 9th at 4:30 PM. Please request the zoom link from President Todd. 
Do you have something club related to say to fellow members? Try posting it in The Cogwheel. Send your short blurb to
Happening on Thanksgiving morning, everyone is invited. For all the details on this year's event, visit the Northfield Rotary website
Registration is just $25 for in-person and $29 for free-range participants. To register yourself or your team CLICK HERE.
Please note, if you wish to receive an official 2021 Turkey Trot shirt be sure to register by Friday, November 5th
  • 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.


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


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.