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Duluth Harbortown

Service Above Self

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Duluth, MN  55802
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Harbortown Holiday Party: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Ridgeview Country Club
700 W. Redwing Street
Duluth, MN 55803
Social Hour will begin at 5:30 PM
Buffet style dinner and program at 6:30 PM
Please join your fellow Rotarians as we ring in the holiday season! There will be a social/cocktail hour followed by a buffet style dinner. This year we will enjoy a performance by the Duluth East High School Choralaires.
The event is FREE for members to attend. Guests are $25 each. Please RSVP to Tony Hansen at OR register online via Clubrunner.  Please RSVP by November 28th.
November 14, 2018 Fireside at the Pickwick
There will be no morning meeting on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.
Fireside meeting will take place at the Pickwick Restaurant.
Harbortown Rotary Goes Footloose!

Kitchi Gammi Club

May 10, 2019

60’s, 70’s, and 80’s Music

DJ: Sounds Unlimited Entertainment, LLC

Two options:

Dinner and dance $40 per person (estimate)

Dance only $10 per person

Dinner in the Great Hall, Dance in the West Lounge

Club members should invite friends (particularly friends who might become prospective members).

In early 2019, Club Service will pull together a "Footloose Team" who will help sell tickets, help select dance songs for the evening and help with registration.  Questions or want to help? Contact Bradley Jenson at 

Thanks again to all the members who have worked on the Habitat Homes in Duluth and Superior!
The next opportunity will be from 1-4 on Friday, Nov. 16, at the house in Lincoln Park, 2414 West 1st St.   We will be doing the house wrap and putting on drip edge on the foundation stucco we did a few weeks ago.  We could use a group of 5-8.  I will be there!  Contact Jim Gruba by email ( phone (218-269-4558), or in person if you are able to help out.  
If you haven't driven by the house lately, please do so.  The roof is on and I assume shingling happening very soon. A class from Lake Superior College is doing a lot of the work.  But we will have work days throughout the winter and into spring, with occupancy around May.
How I Got In The New York Times...And How You Can Too
How can you get your company noticed by traditional mainstream media? Nationally published author Robert Lillegard shares insights from behavioral psychology, US history, and the inner workings of a modern newsroom to explain what it takes to get in the press.
 Robert Lillegard works with companies to get them media attention. He rarely gets spaghetti sauce on his suit jacket before a big speech.


Intrigued? Join us tomorrow to find out more!


When is the last time you looked up at the night sky and took in all its glory?  Well, if you are Astro Bob, it's most likely a nightly occurrence!

Bob King, from the Duluth News Tribune joins us Wednesday morning.  Bob is a photographer and photo editor as well as an amateur astronomer and has been keen on the sky since age 11. His modest credentials include membership in the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) where he a regular contributor, International Meteorite Collectors Assn. and Arrowhead Astronomical Society. Bob also teaches community education astronomy classes at our local planetarium and recently had his second book published, "Wonders of the Universe You Must See Before You Die" (available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Indiebound) about the best, must-see sky sights in the night sky.

You can follow Astro Bob's Blog or visit his Astro Bob website to learn more about his nightly endeavors.


SAVE THE DATE for Harbortown's Community Service Committee
The next  meeting of this fiscal year will be on Friday, November. 9 at noon at Clyde Iron.
If you are a member looking to join a subcommittee, please join us!
RYLA students joined us last week and shared stories about their RYLA experience.  The life lessons learned was something that many students felt they would always remember or take with them into their professional lives.
"This experience will be valuable after high school because we learned skills that can be applied in the real world not just in school. These skills include public speaking, event organization, group work, how to meet new people, and, above all else; public service and community work." ~ Emily Tusken
"This camp will forever hold a special place in my heart. It taught me so many important life values of respect, honesty, and courageousness. I hope to use these values forever in my life when I forget how special I am, or to remind others how important they are." ~ Grace Semaan
The Community Service Committee presented a check to Joe Montisano, member and Great Lakes Aquarium Executive Director, in the amount of $300 at the October 17th meeting.
50/50 Drawing29                               $ 606  
GuestsRob HaglinTony Hansen 
Visiting RotariansWarner, DebraVirginia Rotary 
 Sager, NathanVirginia Rotary 
 MacFarlane, McKenzieTwin Ports Rotaract
 Nolle, DaveClub 25 
Junior RotariansFaynik, JonDenfeld 
 Klang, KayleeDenfeld 
 Boyd, JuliaEast 
 Brossart, AgustaProctor 
 Widdes, HannaMarshall 
 Montgomery, HaleyEast 
MakeupsGreg Goldman10/11/18LSDBF Exec Meeting
 Christian Koelling10/16/18Board Meeting
 Max Holm10/16/18Board Meeting
 Karl Everett10/16/18Board Meeting
 Jerry Kortesmaki10/16/18Board Meeting
 Mark Fredrickson10/16/18Board Meeting
 Scott Fisher10/16/18Board Meeting
 Mehgan Blair10/16/18Board Meeting
 Scott Soderberg10/16/18Board Meeting
 Lisa Mitchell-Krocak10/16/18Board Meeting
Newest Members:Matt Menea, Joe Montisano 
Member Resignations:Russ Smith, MaryAnne Korsch 
Member Transfers:Nathan Sager  
Carrer Trans Leave:Keith Kylmala,  Kerry Leider  
Member Leaves:   
Rule of 85:Bob Hansen  

You may have noticed some mail in your mailbox recently from the Duluth Public School System. Most likely it was information describing the referendum that will be included on the ballot this November.

Cathy Erickson, CFO and Director of Business Services will be our guest speaker as she walks us through the details of the upcoming referendum and why Duluth students are in need of your vote.

Cathy started at the district earlier this month after 13 years at the Arrowhead Regional Computing Consortium (ARCC) in Duluth where she provided training and support in school finance for 31 regional school districts. 

As Finance, Funding, and Management Specialist Cathy's responsibilities included training superintendents and business managers in the areas of General Education Revenue, Budgeting, Levy Certification, Referendums, Debt Service and Audit Support, among others. Cathy created a Revenue Simulation Model currently being used statewide. 

Cathy's experience also includes Adjunct Instructor for St. Mary’s University in the area of Education Administration and Business Manager for the Lake Superior School District where she managed the district budget and helped successfully pass a building bond referendum.

Cathy holds a Bachelor of Arts, Management from the College of St. Scholastica and is a member of the Minnesota Association of School Business Managers.

On Friday Hartowntownians, Tony Hansen, Max Holm, Matt Minnea, and John Hutchinson did prep work for stucco work on the foundation and hung a door. 
On Saturday Scott Soderberg, Rick Cleath, Mark Erickson, Mike Cochran, and Jim Gruba did the stuccoing of the foundation, plus removing a tree and some brush from the lot.   
We still need a couple more volunteers for Friday October 19th, Friday the 26th, and Saturday the 27th.   If you can help, please email Jim Gruba at
What is the RYLA Experience?
This week we have the pleasure of hearing from several students about their RYLA experience this past summer and they will be joined by a RYLA Alum turned Camp Facilitator, Cory Netland. 
In Cory's words: "RYLA has been a part of my life since 2012 when I was a camper. Every year since, I have volunteered as a Camp Facilitator. I love going back, because I always get to watch students evolve from leaders who are unsure of their untapped potential to leaders who can confidently say they can make a change in the world, and it only happens in one week! If students are willing to fully emerce themselves in the experience, they will leave with tools to make them a better leader and a better person."
What you may or may not know about RYLA:
  • The goal of RYLA is for students to become better leaders, citizens, classmates, and friends.
  • The camp is a weeklong leadership training held on the U of MN Crookston campus each summer
  • About 150 students from all over District 5580 attend.
  • The training is based on Sean Covey’s book ‘ 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens’.
  • The students are given exercises and challenges that are designed to foster critical thinking, co-operation, problem solving, self-awareness, confidence and more.
When asked about the RYLA experience, the students has this to say:
"At RYLA I realized how strong and brave I am. Everyone there helped me realize it. This camp will forever hold a special place in my heart. It taught me so many important life values of respect, honesty, and courageousness. I hope to use these values forever in my life when I forget how special I am, or to remind others how important they are."  ~Grace Semaan
"I learned that when I am in a new or uncomfortable situation I am pretty quiet  but eventually there comes a point where I jump right in and apply myself completely not worried about what others will think. I also learned that I have a tendency to make people laugh to ease any tensions within a group. This experience will be valuable after high school because we learned skills including public speaking, event organization, group work, how to meet new people, and, above all else; public service and community work." ~ Emily Tusken
Tony Dierckins, author of Naturally Brewed Naturally Better, joins us this week to highlight the history of breweries in The Twin Ports
Excerpt from The Growler, September 25, 2018 by Holly Day:
There are lots of stories that people want to believe about history,” says Tony Dierckins, publisher at Zenith City Press in Duluth, Minnesota. “Like the People’s Brewery ‘creation myth,’ for example. It was supposedly started as this socialist movement of tied house saloon-keepers that revolted against the corporate breweries, and all this other stuff, but it turns out that it was actually a group of independent saloon-keepers who just wanted to buy their beer cheaper than they were getting from other places.”
Dierckins and fellow beer historian Pete Clure should know. They’ve spent countless hours poring over Duluth and Superior, Wisconsin, brewery documents, area newspaper clippings, and other historical resources to pen their new book, “Naturally Brewed, Naturally Better: The Historic Breweries of Duluth & Superior,” released on September 20.
Join us on Wednesday to hear more to this story and why the Twin Ports have reemerged as a brewery hotspot.
50/50 Drawing31                               $ 533  
GuestsDahlberg, MayaChris Dahlberg 
Visiting RotariansMacFarlane, McKenzieTwin Ports Rotaract
 Sager, NathanVirginia Rotary 
MakeupsMark Erickson10/2/18Community Service Meeting
 Pat Finney10/2/18Community Service Meeting
 Duane Holm10/2/18Community Service Meeting
 Max Holm10/2/18Community Service Meeting
 Bob MacLean10/2/18Community Service Meeting
 Scott Soderberg10/2/18Community Service Meeting
 Jim Wheeler10/2/18Community Service Meeting
 Jim Gruba10/2/18Community Service Meeting
 Mitch Diers10/2/18Community Service Meeting
 Tiffany Hughes10/2/18Community Service Meeting
 Eric Goetz10/2/18Community Service Meeting
 Rick Cleath10/2/18Community Service Meeting
Junior RotariansNone  
Newest Members:Matt Menea, Joe Montisano 
Member Resignations:None  
Member Transfers:None  
Career Trans Leave:Keith Kylmala,  Kerry Leider  
Member Leaves:   
Rule of 85:Bob Hansen  
Dr. Julia Williams, Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies for the College of Education and Human Services Professions at UMD will be joining us this week as our guest speaker.  We will also be joined by our Junior Rotarians.
Dr. Williams is the author of the book "Jules on Schools, Teaching, Learning and Everything in Between."  
Overview: Teachers and Parents: This timely collection of essays addresses the rewarding work of supporting schools and nurturing the learning of schoolchildren today.  In writing this caring, funny, and lyrical commentary, Dr. Williams draws from a deep well of professional knowledge as well as the personal experience of having raised six children as a mom and a stepmom. Beginning with the idea that all of us are trying to do the right thing for kids, she shares with readers some of the wonders that are being discovered about how children learn, and she illuminates how schools and parents can use what the research is telling us. As Williams says in the book, "We all need to learn and grow and go forward in our roles, holding hands and reaching out to embrace the opportunity that surrounds us and the children we love."
The Rotary Club of Duluth invites you to attend the Twin Ports Paul Harris Fellowship Dinner.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Spirit Mountain Grand Avenue Chalet
Social: 5:30 PM
Dinner: 6:30 PM
Program by Past District Governor Debra Warner
Click here to register.  Go to the events calendar and click on the Paul Harris Foundation Dinner. Register by November 2, 2018.
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

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Nov 14, 2018
Foundation Day
Nov 21, 2018
Holiday Party
Dec 05, 2018
Don Ness, Donn Larson
Dec 12, 2018
“The Will and The Way”, a book about Duluth’s leaders who helped shape Duluth into what it is today
Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival
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