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Harbortown’s Community Service Chair presents Duluth Ordean East Middle School a donation as partial funding of the 6th Grade JA(Junior Achievement) Biz Town Project. The entire 6th grade class (over 340 students!) have the opportunity to learn about economic concepts in an interactive, hands-on environment.  Students elect officials, interview for employment positions, and run businesses. All lessons and  activities meet the MN common core standards in Math, English Language Arts and Social Studies. On hand to receive the donation are the Ass’t Principal and two of the 6th grade teachers.
Bob Palmquist
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Bob Palmquist
Senior Business Developer

Bob Palmquist provides technical and financial assistance to large and small businesses, financial institutions, local units of government, and development organizations. His work includes local and regional revolving loan fund administration, technical loan reviews, grant and loan application packaging, business valuation and succession planning, and feasibility assessments. Palmquist spent 17 years in commercial lending prior to joining Northspan in 1991.

Just a quick notice that this week's Rotary meeting will be our third Fireside Meeting of the 2017-2018 year. The meeting will be held at the Green Mill with fellowship starting at 5:30 pm with dinner and meeting to follow. 


Thus, there will be NO Harbortown Rotary morning meeting


Please plan to attend and, as always, I look forward to seeing you Wednesday at 5:30 pm at the Green Mill!


Yours in Rotary,

Mitchell T. Diers

The program for this week is Brian Hanson, President of APEX,

Giving an update on the Area Partnership for Economic Expansion

Staff Member Photo

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Brian Hanson became APEX’s President and CEO in June of 2012. During the 15 years prior to joining APEX, he was involved in business and community development in both the public and private sector, specializing in economic development finance, regional marketing, and executive-level prospect development. Brian has experience in comprehensive industry research, strategic planning, and financial modeling in support of business expansion activities. His work has contributed to several significant regional business expansions, retention and attraction projects in industries including mining, engineering, manufacturing, heavy aircraft maintenance, aviation and data centers.

Just a reminder for Rotary Bolivia Trip 2018
Dates: Two Options:
March 9th - 18th, 2018  (+/- depending on side trips)
June 8th - 17th, 2018 (+/- depending on side trips)
Come join us on an adventure visiting our Rotary International Projects in Bolivia.  We are planning to travel to Bolivia and 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.  We have had great success assisting the communities with medical care and water resources in the past with our Rotary projects and have received wonderful receptions from the Bolivian people.  Experience the people, culture and the Cordillera Real Mountains with potential site trips including Machu Picchu, Uyuni salt flats, Potosi Cerro Rico mine, Cretaceous park in Sucre, Santa Cruz and other historic, religious and cultural sites.  If you are interested please let me and let me know what dates you are interested in, or would like more information please contact. 
Karl Everett,
Harbortown Rotary, Duluth, MN
Telephone: 218-724-3134                                                                                          
Duluth Denfeld Hunters Hockey Team receiving donation from Harbortown Rotary for their help at the Dragon boat festival.
photo credit: KDE
What a great Foundation Day!  We raised $15,000 for the Rotary Foundation and made 13 new Paul Harris Fellows. 
Thank you to each of you that contributed.  Most members present at the meeting turned in their contributions already, however some did not so please do send in your contribution using the form given out today or visit and click on My Rotary and then you can make the contribution on-line.  Please select the Annual Fund or Polio Plus.  It is easy to do and you can even set-up a reoccurring contribution.  
For the20 or so of you were not able to attend the meeting today you too can click on the link above and make your contribution to the Rotary Foundation.  I will also hand out forms over the next several weeks for your use.  Please send me a quick note to let me know how much you are giving so that I can update our club's giving tally.  I thank you in advance for supporting the Rotary Foundation.
On behalf of the Rotary Foundation and the millions of people who are impacted by the good deeds that the Rotary Foundation makes possible I say THANK YOU.  Clean water in Haiti, schools in Guatemala and and numerous local projects are all possible because of YOU! 
Have a most awesome day knowing that YOU are making a difference in the world.
Keith Kylmala
At out regular club meeting on November 1st, Harbortown will continue its long standing tradition of supporting the Rotary Foundation with our annual Foundation Day.  We do this by making contributions to the Rotary Foundation and by doing so honoring members, family and friends with a Paul Harris Fellow. As in the past it is the goal of our club and Rotary to have each member donate $100 every year. 
We all became Rotarians to make a difference in our community and throughout the world.  The Rotary Foundation is the mechanism through which much of this happens. The mission of the Rotary Foundation is....
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
It is my hope that all those impacted by the Rotary Foundation (over the years and in the future) can count on you with your financial support.  The goal still is that every Rotarian gives a minimum of $100 per year to the Rotary Foundation.  That is less than $2 per week.  You can even set-up a reoccurring payment plan to automatically deduct your contribution.  Just visit to set this up and learn more about the Foundation. 
Tomorrow will be a fun fast-paced day of giving at our meeting.  We will honor individuals with Paul Harris Fellows.  We will learn more about the Rotary Foundation AND we will raise $12,000 plus dollars for the Rotary Foundation. Thank you in advance for your contribution to the Rotary Foundation and for making a commitment to making a difference in the world.
Subject: Early Holiday Shopping Opportunity while Supporting At-Risk Homeless Youth!
From: "Pat Finney
Here's yet another easy and fun way to get involved with our friends at Life House in their support of youth in the community.
In the Legitimate Hustle program, adults ages 18 to 24 spend two hours every weekday learning employment and entrepreneurial skills while earning a paycheck to start a social enterprise together under the mentorship of Life House's Futures Education and Employment staff.
Participants in the program will sell their Limitless Candles — a name recognizing unlimited potential — and provide information about the program during an open house from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday Oct 24 at Zeitgeist Arts, 222 E. Superior St. They also plan to open a storefront and website in the future, said Margie Nelson, marketing and communications officer at Life House.
For the full story, check out the article in the Duluth News Tribune!
From: "Pat Finney"
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