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Duluth Harbortown

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Holiday Inn
200 W 1st Street
Duluth, MN 55802
United States of America
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Starting on March 17th we will start back doing our in person meetings at Holiday Inn with Zoom available for every meeting. 
You will need to RSVP for each meeting if you want to eat breakfast. 
The room will be set up to accommodate recommended social distance guidelines. 
Please watch your email for RSVPs.
Mark your calendars for March 10th
We will be doing an in person meeting at Great Lakes Academy of Fine Art.  More information on location and parking will be included in the March 10th edition of the Scuttlebutt next week.
We will do our regular meeting and stream via Zoom for those unable to attend.  The program will be a tour of Great Lakes Academy led by academy instructor Jeff Larson. Jeff Larson is a nationally know artist, recognized particularly for his realist still life, figure and portrait paintings. Jeff's art has won and placed in multiple national and international competitions. 
Photo Credit: Perfect Day Duluth
Show your Rotary pride loud and proud with new official Harbortown logo wear!
Thanks to Heather Salfer, who collaborated with John Cron to create the official Harbortown Rotary Apparel website.
Click on the link below, select your favorite apparel brand, use the newly branded Harbortown logo and place your order!  Prices vary depending on the brand you select.
NEW! Light colored embroidery options are now available for dark apparel. See photograph below for example of thread color.
Save the Date!
This year's Harbortown Rotary Charitable Foundation Hermans/Holm Golf fundraiser is scheduled for July 19th at Ridgeview Country Club.
Watch the Harbortown Scuttlebutt, website and Facebook page for more information as we get closer to the date.
Photo Credit: Various Harbortown Rotarians
Harbortown 'invaded' STARBASE today and helped with a number of program projects!
Thanks to all that came and an extra shout out to Scott, Greg and to Fred who put in some extra hours to help complete a pretty in-depth shelving project! A total of 28 hours were donated to the program.
The staff and students of STARBASE greatly appreciate all of you!
Photo Credit: Heather Salfer, Charity Johnson
Madison Nareski helps to operate a licensed family daycare called LPCFC Child Care, offering part-time, full-time and drop-in care 12 hours a day, five days a week. The organization strives to provide affordable, high-quality childcare for infants, preschool age and school-age children, especially those living below the poverty line. In July of 2020 the organization received the Parent Aware 3-star rating.
The $250 Harbortown Rotary grant was used to purchase games and STEM-based activities to benefit the students and maintain the quality of the program. "We believe children begin their lives by playing and from their play activities, they learn about the world around them and learn valuable skills to grow," says Madison Nareski, LPCFC AmeriCorps VISTA.
"We are grateful for the opportunity from Harbortown Rotary to be able to purchase STEM toys for our children! STEM toys encourage thought, independent thinking and improve cognitive learning." 
With the toys purchased Madison says that they will be able to provide their children with many more opportunities to play based on their interests and enjoyment.
Photo Credit: Madison Nareski
For most of us, 2020 went down as memorable with some aspects truly challenging and other aspects richly rewarding in opportunities to serve and connect! As we start the New Year, our District Conference Committee, with the support of District Executives, has determined that due to the uncertainty of the safety of large group gatherings, the 2021 Rotary District Conference will be held virtually. We are hopeful that health officials will allow us to incorporate locally held in-person events in conjunction with the virtual district-wide meeting. 
Going virtual also allows a change of format using an approach similar to the Virtual RI 2020 Convention and makes our district conference accessible for ALL Rotarians in D5580. Our genuine hope is to have a very high percentage of our 2,550+ Rotarians joining in.  The plan is to expand the conference from three days to six days but limit the presentation and networking times to specific times each day, providing optimum opportunity for Rotarians to participate. 
Everyone on the planning committee is excited to deliver a truly outstanding conference and make it accessible to every Rotarian in District 5580. We already have some fantastic speakers lined up and cannot wait to share the agenda with you!
Story Courtesy of District 5580 Conference Committee
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