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Duluth Harbortown

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
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200 W 1st Street
Duluth, MN  55802
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Would you be so kind as to mention/publish/buttonhole people for the upcoming One Rotary Summit coming to Duluth on September 30th?
It will be a great venue for ideas and conversation regarding the future in Rotary and your leadership advancement!
It will be an exciting gathering, an opportunity to see if you might just be interested in taking that next step towards a broader Rotary experience.
Please consider it yourselves and let your clubs know about it again.
Registration is online, cost to you is $0 and the morning will be time very well spent!
I'll be there and I hope to see you as well!
Thanks for considering!
What:  Life House Cooper Building Fill the Dumpster ‘Party’
     Where: Cooper Building, 1st Ave W between Superior & 1st St
When:   Wed. Oct.4, 5-7pm           and            Sat. Oct 7, 9a-3p
Who:     Duluth Rotarians, friends and their family members
Hosted by:         Harbortown     Rotary     Club     of     Duluth
Life House is acquiring the Cooper Building, which will house their newly-established ‘Futures Program’ – an entrepreneurial business opportunity for area youth. The first phase of the move requires cleaning out the building and they need our help! No special skills required; the dumpster will be ready and waiting, so dress accordingly, bring some work gloves & safety glass if you have them and let’s make short work of it! 
Any questions, call Pat with Harbortown Rotary at 218-461-6827

Community Service Committee Meeting

Tues. Sept 19


Clyde Iron (upstairs restaurant)


This will be our first funding cycle for this new fiscal year; all committee

members encouraged to participate in selecting grant recipients!



Thank You!


Patricia Finney

See some of the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival 2017 Photos on the links below. 
The Festival was a soggy day and I had a difficult time keeping my lens dry from rain drops or fogging up. 
Parade and Opening Ceremonies 2017
A lot of people work behind the scenes, these are only a few of the Volunteer Photos
Dragon Boat People, Awards and Events
Our District Governor Debra Warner visited our club last Wednesday - here are some shots of the gift exchange!
Club President Diers received a tree to plant, in support of RI President Ian Riseley's challenge for every Rotarian to plant a tree by Earth Day 2018!
Governor Warner received the paddle-prize from the Bemidji race!
Harbortown Rotary Weekly Attendance Report 
50/50 Drawing27                  $426  
GuestsCarl MakuJerry Kortesmaki 
 Mary NiemeyerBruce Mars 
Visiting RotariansBender, WarrenSuperior 40 
 Salo, RoniClub 25 
 Gary TurpeningSkyline 
MakeupsGreg Goldman8/25/17LSDBF
 Greg Goldman8/26/17LSDBF
 Jinell Abernethy8/24/17LSDBF
 Jinell Abernethy8/25/17LSDBF
 Jinell Abernethy8/26/17LSDBF
 John Cron8/25/17LSDBF
 John Cron8/26/17LSDBF
Member Resignations:Larry Johnson as 7/7/17  
Member Leaves:Doug Melander - Career Transitional 6/1 - 8/31/17
 Tony Lasky 6/1 -8/31/17  
 Andy Reierson  8/1 -10/31  
 Judy Seliga Punyko  8/15-11/15  
A small and very dedicated team of members traveled to Camp Miller for our annual hands-on work day on Jun 3rd. Projects included:  scraping / sanding picnic tables, painting 10 of them, building and replacing wood benches in and around the closing campfire ring (including digging post holes!)  and stacking firewood in the campfire area.  Work began around 9 am, the Camp staff provided lunch, and the day wrapped up about 3PM.
Bob MacLean, Mark Connolly, Linda Codotte, Jim Paine and Kent Oliver were present at a tree tribute in Superior thanking our hardworking Rotarians and to honor organizations that support the community during the Superior beautification project.
Harbortown Rotarians were in attendance at the Center for Changing Lives grand opening last week. We unveiled a portrait courtesy of Michelle Wegler, which serves as a tribute to the service of our friend and fellow Rotarian, the late John Moline.
Pat Finney brings us this great story . . . 
Luis Gamarra received his Bachelor of Music and Music Business Mgmt in Boston recently.
On hand for commencement exercises and many celebrations were some of his Harbortown Rotary
Family members.  While in Duluth, Luis performed the US National Anthem at a UMD vs. U of MN
Hockey game, and sang publicly with one of the Duluth East Choirs – as well as any other time he
was invited to do so! Luis has moved to the Miami area and plans to make vocal performance his
full time occupation. Harbortown Rotary wishes him all the best!
Paul Harris Fellows Josh Widdes, Mark Erickson, Brad Jenson, and Greg Wegler are recognized for their generous contributions to the Rotary Foundation!  
Registration is now open for the 2017 District Conference to be held April 27-29, 2017, at Fortune Bay Resort in Tower, MN.
To register, visit the District 5580 Website at and on the HOME page, select District Conference in the EVENTS Section.  On-Line Registration is preferred, but a printable registration form is also available.
Before you register, please have a look at the Schedule of Events to see everything that is taking place.  In addition, if you have not reserved your lodging, you should do that as soon as possible.  A complete list of hotels is available on the Site Page.
Your District Conference Committee looks forward to hosting you and promises to make this a fantastic event as we celebrate "The Great Spirit in Rotary."


Diane Collins
Executive Secretary
Rotary District 5580

Rotary Bolivia Trip
Two Options for travel Dates: March 25th to April 8th, 2017 (+/- Depending on your travel June 9th to June 18th, 2017 or side trip options)
Come join us on an adventure visiting our Rotary International Projects in Bolivia. We are planning to travel to Bolivia March 25th to April 8th, and June 9th to June 18th, 2017; to visit water reservoir projects, road construction projects, and medical clinics near Sucre and Cochabamba Bolivia; and view future project opportunities with our Bolivian partner Mano a Mano International.
Karl Everett, Harbortown Rotary, Duluth, Mobile: 218-491-3422; email:
Jill Zachary, Fort William Rotary Club,  Phone (807) 343-8556;  e-mail:
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!  
Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival
Rotary District 5580
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