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Duluth Harbortown

Service Above Self

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200 W 1st Street
Duluth, MN  55802
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SAVE THE DATE for Harbortown's Community Service Committee
The first general discussion and funding review meeting of this fiscal year will be on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at noon at Clyde Iron.
There are currently several requests for consideration, and the committee will review the status on large funding projects for this upcoming year.
If you are a member looking to join a subcommittee, please join us!

Greetings Everyone,


Enclosed are links to the 2018 Dragon Boat Festival Photos.  You should be able to download and print out anyone you like.  Please share with your teams and contacts. Doug can post the links on the website. If anyone had a “bad hair day” let me know and I will remove the photo off the site.  Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out.  I know I only got photos of some of you.  I only posting a small fraction of all my photos and I may be adding more to these links, so check back in the future.


Dragon Boat Festival Photos



Some of  the 2018 Volunteers


LSDBF 2018 Parade and Opening Ceremony:


LSDBF Dragon Boat Team Photos 2018


LSDBF 2018 Events and People:


LSDBF 2018 Sponsors:


LSDBF 2018 Dockside


LSDBF 2018 Dragon Boat Races


LSDBF 2018 Awards Ceremony






Karl D. Everett, P.E., P.G.

  photo credit: Karl Everett

Dragon Boat Festival


Festival Begins August 24-25, 2018

photo provided by David A. Clanaugh
photo credit: Karl Everett
Subject: Two step engagement of 25, Harbortown, Skyline with Duluth build launch
Hello Folks:
We have a ground breaking of August 16 at 9:30 at 2412 W First Street in Duluth for the house project
supported by our district matching grant.  In addition to Rotary, Wells Fargo, Lake Superior College and
Thrivent Financial are major partners in the effort.
David A. Clanaugh
Executive Director; Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity
Offices: 820 Belknap St in Superior & 2002 W Superior St in Duluth
218-600-9011 (cell);



On Aug 16 at 930 there will be a groundbreaking ceremony at 2412 West 1st St., the site of the

next Habitat Home in Duluth, the first in quite a few years. As you probably know, Harbortown

has received a District grant, with cooperation from Club 25 and Skyline, and we will have

opportunity for hands on during the build. Please consider attending the ground breaking as a

show of support. 



Jim Gruba



'Astro Bob' Bob King, Duluth News Tribune
Oct. 31, 2018


Bob King presents an entertaining, passionate and informative talk on the night sky.  Bob works at the Duluth News Tribune as a photographer and photo editor.  He’s also an amateur astronomer and has been keen on the sky since age 11.  Bob’s modest credentials include membership in the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) where he is a regular contributor, International Meteorite Collectors Association, and Arrowhead Astronomical Society.  He also teaches community education astronomy classes at UMD’s Allworth Planetarium and recently had his first book published, “Night Sky with the Naked Eye” about all the wonderful things to see at night with just your bare eyeballs. 


Greg Goldman, CPA

Direct 218-336-1523  Cell 218-340-1688

Office 218-727-8030   Fax 218-727-6045

kolquist, seitz & goldman, LLC  

Certified Public Accountants & Consultants

Suite 926, 130 West Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802

photo credit: job for Minnesotan's facebook

Nancy Norr

Aug 08, 2018
Jobs for Minnesotans

Jobs for Minnesotans

Economic Development Opportunities
Jobs for Minnesotans supports projects in industries like copper-nickel mining and energy transportation that provide a tremendous opportunity for a prosperous future for generations of Minnesotans. Companies like Enbridge, PolyMet and Twin Metals Minnesota are already bringing much-needed investment to our state and have the potential to bring even greater economic impact in the years ahead to revitalize and strengthen Minnesota’s economy in both rural and urban areas. Read more below and visit our Take Action page to support these projects.
 Rob Stenberg, President of Duluth BizPAC August 1 Speaker

A recently formed political action committee, called Duluth BizPac, aims to create a more business-friendly Duluth.

The group is largely made up of area business owners and funded by donations.

Leaders of the group say several recently passed ordinances within the city are not business friendly and they aim to change that. 

"Duluth is not perceived as a business-friendly community, and that's what we want to change, and that is going to mean some city councilors are not going to get our support," said Rob Stenberg, the president of Duluth BizPac. 

Stenberg says, with cash on hand, they are prepared to start funneling money to help, what he calls "more business-friendly candidates" get elected for city council, mayor and county commissioner. 

"We're going to do it in a positive way, and we're going to be a positive change agent for the city of Duluth," said Stenberg. "What we're trying to say, from the Duluth BizPac is, 'We're not going to get into the name calling, we're not going to get into personalities, we're going to support those initiatives that are business friendly for the city of Duluth, we're going to oppose those that are not business friendly, and we're going to do it in a respectful manner," he said........

via the : District 5580 "Cross Currents" July 2018


photo credit: Mitchell Diers
At Duluth Harbortown Rotary’s changing of the guard, the founding father and first president of this 34 year old club, Don Holm, accepted the Don Holm fund keepsake from his son, Duane Holm, past Harbortown President and shortly after was as pleasantly surprised as the rest of us to learn that his grandson, Max, would be the Harbortown President in 2019-20!  Don, who’s determination to become a Rotarian, even after a classification decision kept him from Duluth Club #25, was joined by his wife, sons and daughters and spouses and grand children as the fund announcement was made.
As he looked over the gathering, the pride and emotion was evident and as the years' highlights were listed by President Mitch Diers.  “Look what this group has accomplished." a humble Don later remarked. “When we began, we weren’t certain about much of anything, but we kept moving and look at all of the good that has been done.”  When pressed by this observer, he did admit that it was easier to ask for forgiveness than it was for permission.  Don’s highlights, after his wonderful wife and family include his tenure as an Elk, Son Dean a past MN Chairman, His Ridgeview Golf Club stewardship, his construction company, one of the city’s finest commercial builders, now run by the 3rd generation and of course, Duluth Harbortown Rotary club, which we consider to be a pretty good thing as well!
photo credit: Mitchell Diers
Tom Velner, Coach, & Team Members
Jul 18, 2018
Duluth East Daredevils Robotics Team
photo credit:

Hi everyone.  2018 will be my 7th  Habitat ride, and with your help I'll raise  $2,000 for our local Habitat affiliate.   this year we plan to build a house in Superior and another in Duluth. The families chosen to be new home owners will put hundreds of hours of "sweat equity" into the building of their home, and will have a 30 year mortgage that is affordable thanks to donations of cash, building materials, and volunteers' labor.   Please join the effort by supporting my ride
I’m participating in the 26th Annual Habitat 500 Bike Ride this July to support Habitat for Humanity. I’m asking you to support this great organization by making a donation.

Did you know?

·       2,500 homeowners in Minnesota call a Habitat for Humanity home their own.

·       After moving into their Habitat home, 90% of homeowners feel better about their children’s futures.

·       Because of their reduced use of government assistance, Habitat homeowners in Minnesota save Minnesota taxpayers $6.4-$9.3 million annually.

·       93% of Minnesota Habitat for Humanity homeowners feel better about their futures after moving into their Habitat home.

With your help, the Habitat for Humanity can continue to provide homes to families and individuals in our area and around the world.

Please make your donation today.

Jim Gruba

Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Community Service
New Generations
International Service
Club Service
Public Relations
Website and Shuttlebutt
Steve Sherner
Sep 26, 2018
Water Projects Updates
New Generations
Oct 03, 2018
Student Rotarian Kickoff
Tony Dierckins, Author
Oct 10, 2018
His new book about the history of breweries in Duluth
RYLA Camp Attendees
Oct 17, 2018
The RYLA Experience
Robert Lillegard
Oct 24, 2018
Telling your business story. Getting media attention
Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival
Rotary District 5580
Harbortown Rotary Apparel
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Go on journey with polio vaccinator in Uganda

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2019-20 Rotary president selected

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Rotary gives millions in grants to fight polio 2018

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