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Duluth Harbortown

Service Above Self

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200 W 1st Street
Duluth, MN  55802
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Below is a pic of our Paul Harris Award recipients!
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Thanks for supporting the Foundation, Harbortown!
With the financial assistance of a grant from Rotary District 5580, Harbortown Rotary and the Duluth Rowing Club purchased and installed a state of the art boat rack system at the new rowing facility on Park Point!  Below is an action shot which captures not only the importance of having the correct storage equipment for the fragile and costly boats, but youth in our community learning to listen, cooperate and partner with their instructor and peers to get the job done and get out on the water for some fun!  

Wednesday, October 11th at Grandma's Sports Garden
Join us from 5:30 pm-8:00 pm!
Enjoy dozens of great craft beers and delicious fine wines, along with complimentary appetizers. All for $30 per person. Silent & Live Auction Items, culminating in the every popular 50/50 bead game at the end of the night!
Free Parking Available Behind Venue!

A few photos. . .
Past Presidents, including Don Holm, 1st President, 1984
The Outgoing Board
2016-2017 Board

6/22 Kelsey Johnson, President Iron Mining Association of MN arranged by Bruce Mars
Kelsey Johnson

6/15 Don Monaco from Monaco Air by  Paul Damberg

photo provided by Kerry Leider
Camp Miller work day crew on June 4th also presents donation of gun safe and 22cal single shot rifles.  Estimated total value $1,500.
These items were used by the club for its sponsored MN DNR firearm safety training from 2002-2006.   The Camp Miller has plans to also
sponsor Mn DNR training in addition to their offered experience and training for summer campers.

Photos by Kerry Leider

The President’s Dinner is being held on Wednesday, June 29, starting at 5 pm,  at Ridgeview Country Club.  Dinner and program.

Bismarck Rotary District Conference 2016

photo credit: Karl Everett


The Deadly Dragons of Duluth will once again be traveling to Bemidji to participate in the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival.


It is the weekend of August 6th, for more details here is there website.


We have reserved the new group camp site at Lake Bemidji State Park once again - which is a very nice and private site for our group to relax at, after destroying the competition.


If you would like to reserve your place in the boat let me know!


John Cron



DenDenfeld Nation Automation Glossy Paper Drive.  (photo credit: Hartels facebook page)


Congratulations to the Denfeld Robotics Team, who swept the recent Lake Superior Regional competition and qualified for the FIRST Robotics World Championships in St. Louis! 

There are several competitions in their near future, including the World Championships, and the team is ramping up their fund raising efforts to supplement their travel.

They have put a call out to the community to assist in a painless (and eco-friendly) way!  The team sponsors a glossy paper drive and it’s one of their biggest fundraisers. 

If you already participate, a BIG THANKS, from the team  - and please continue to do so.  If you haven’t participated and want details (and they’ll even pick up the paper from your business/location!), please call (218)341-3545 or email them at


Example Vacation photo (not the winner)
photo credit: Mike Cochran

photo credit: Kerry Leider


We have 2 new Harbortown Rotary members.


Shawn Clairmont.  She has attended several meetings as Scott Neustel's guest. She is in Sales and Marketing with Qiagen, a biotech company.


Mehgan O'Hearn Blair has attended as Karl Everett's guest. She is a Senior Geologist and Project Manager for Barr Engineering.


Please make an effort to introducd yourself to say hi and make them feel welcome.


Photo via Jim Gruba

photo credit: submitted by Jim Gruba
Photo Credit: Bob Hansen


Photo credit: Bob Hansen
Kate Vorvath, Amanda Lindquist, Jeff Woolverton, Duncan Gregory, Taylor Johnson, Ben Fehringer
Photos by Kerry M. Leider
Jan 27, 2016
We are having our weekly club meeting at Valentini's tomorrow, Jan. 27.  We also will meet there next Wednesday the 3rd.  
Community Service Grant Recipients by Jim Wheeler
Community Service Round 2 Grant Recipients

Receiving his Paul Harris award, and term reflections

Please inform our club Wednesday that we did it-  500 systems now in use in 4 communities!!!!!  Headed to Lougou today to discuss electricity and clinic needs.  Back home Thursday.
Steve Sherner

Nov 02, 2016
Rick & Deb Slatten, Woodstalk LLC
Formation of a Child Abduction Response Team ( CART) in the Northland
Nov 09, 2016
Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival
Rotary District 5580
Harbortown Rotary Apparel
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