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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


Harbortown Rotarians, we have contributed $1000 to help raise money for Shelter Box and supported the Mississippi River expedition.  Follow Eric's trip this summer through this link:

Follow my adventure down the entire Mighty Mississippi to raise awareness and funds for ShelterBox USA! Mississippi Expedition for ShelterBox!!!


Scott Neustel

International Chair, Harbortown Duluth, MN Rotary

Duluth Harbortown


photo credit: Erick Elsea Mississippi Expedition

Cape Coral, Florida USA

Headwaters of the Mississippi at Itasca State Park, Minnesota.

It's a Boyhood Dream Thing

Ever since I was a kid sandbagging against the Great Flood of 1993 near the city of St. Louis, I've always dreamed of canoeing all 2552* miles of the Mississippi River from the Headwaters in northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana. They say it takes a drop of water 90 days to go that distance, so that's what I've decided to do: starting on July 6, 2018, I'll spend 90 days on the river. I'll be stopping to visit places I've always wanted to see, and giving presentations about ShelterBox to groups along the way to commemorate the 25th anniversary of that Great Flood and remember the people who lost everything that summer. Flooding remains the biggest natural cause of devastation on our planet.

*Yes, the famous marker at the Headwaters says 2,552 miles even though modern maps say 2350. Either way, it's going to be a lot of paddling!


Sharing the ShelterBox display with a student Interact Club

Erik Elsea, GRI, CRS

Jones & Co Realty, Broker Associate

President, The Rotary Club of Cape Coral

239-405-4063 cell
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Current Boat Count


We are currently at 40 teams registered for this year's Festival.


30 teams that paddled last year have yet to register.


We have verbal commitments from 5 teams, and the presumed participation from another 4 or 5 teams.


That brings our current team count to about 50!!!
  photo credit: Karl Everett

Dragon Boat Festival

August 24-25
The Festival begins in - 74 :01: 07: 42secs
Presented By
Essentia Health

Charitable Partner

Essentia Health
What we're all about.

The Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival is celebrating 16 years of hard work, paddling, camaraderie and dedication to raising funds for area charitable and worthy organizations.

The date is set, the festival schedule is confirmed, and fundraising has begun—get ready. ... set ... and mark your calendars for the multi-cultural, fundraising event of the summer!


Why we paddle:

  1. To raise money for Twin Ports Rotary Clubs and their charitable giving.
  2. To raise funds for the festival’s charitable partner, the Essentia Health Foundation.
  3. To provide a free, fun, family event.
For those of you who can make it today, thank you all for your support!!!!  If not, come join us on our Bolivia adventure scheduled for September 21st to October 2nd +/- 2018
Hola Karl
Buenas tardes.
Just to inform you that according to what was discussed with the community of Jatun Mayu and the authorities of Icla, and as we had said with you, the inauguration of the Health Center will be held on May 29 at 2 pm.   For this we will be moving the staff and volunteers of Mano a Mano Bolivia. The community is waiting and they called us to do the inauguration, and at the same time they will be waiting for you for the September visit.
Gracias y hasta pronto.

Dr. José Velasquez U.
Presidente Ejecutivo
Mano a Mano Bolivia

Teléfono Oficina Bolivia: 591-4-4722584 
Teléfono Móvil Bolivia:  591 - 72224118
Teléfono  USA:  651-343-7917
WHAT :  Duluth Rotary Clubs plant 500 trees at Hartley Nature Center!
WHEN:  Thursday, May 31, 2-4PM (meet at Concordia Lutheran Church at 1:45-        2501 Woodland Ave)
WHY:  Not only does this fulfill a goal of our District 5580 Governor’s vision for this year, it’s also a meaningful opportunity to join in community and environmental service together.  Friends and family members always welcome!

Just a quick reminder that this Saturday, Harbortown Rotary will again be helping out at the YMCA Camp Miller for cleanup and other tasks. 


Duluth YMCA Camp Miller

The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

9:00 am -  4:00 pm


Camping is available on the night of Friday, June 1st for those that are interested.


Please contact Greg Wegler to let him know that you are planning to attend or if you have any questions.


Yours in Rotary,

Mitchell T. Diers

And the winners are....
$10,000: Joe Smith/Mark Erickson
$2,000: Dave Chrysler
$500: Denise Clairmont, Dave Hughes, Rick Cleath, Janet Broin, Anne Rierson, FJJ, Tina Licari and Brett Kinney


Thanks to all that support Harbortown Rotary!



The 2018 District Conference is scheduled for April 26-28, and our Canadian Rotarians in Thunder Bay (Fort William), Thunder Bay (Port Arthur), Thunder Bay (Lakehead) and Nipigon Rotary Clubs are ready to welcome you to the Valhalla Inn for an exciting weekend of “Building Bridges, Goodwill & Friendship.”  What could be better than coming together to “Make a Difference” and to celebrate our International goodwill and friendship?  Thunder Bay, ON is a great city with much to enjoy.  The Conference will be a fantastic event, long remembered as one of the best.  Join us, won’t you!  More information: District Conference   

The next gathering of the American Heritage Book Group will be on Tuesday, May 8th at the Kitchi Gammi Club.  The book is Perilous Fight:  America’s Intrepid War with Britain on the High Seas by Stephen Budiansky.  Please read the attached pdf file (and share it with others who may be interested).


News:  Alison Clarke as agreed to be a coordinator, along with me.  Thanks, Alison!


Also, at our May gathering, we will be voting on three books for the next “season” (i.e., fall, winter, spring).   Our time frame is from 1812 to 1860.  Susan wondered if this would include the presidency of James Monroe.  Sure.  Even though his story obviously starts earlier, his presidency fits in the time frame.  We may find that there is so much to read that we wish to stay in this time period for more than one “season.” 


In any case, please e-mail either Alison or myself by April 30th with any books that you wish to have on the ballot.  (You may suggest more than one.)  You may also include a brief description of the book.  Book descriptions will be handed out prior to the vote.


Some possible topics include (but are not limited to):


Westward Expansion and the Doctrine of Manifest Destiny

Presidents from James Madison through James Buchanan

Cherokee Trail of Tears

Seminole Wars

California Gold Rush

The Alamo and the Mexican War


Ante-bellum Politics

Compromise of 1820

Henry Clay and the Whig Party

Compromise of 1850

Kansas-Nebraska Act

Bleeding Kansas

The Lincoln—Douglas Debates



Frederick Douglass

William Lloyd Garrison

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Tubman & the Underground Railroad

John Brown


If, for whatever reason, you choose not to receive e-mails about the American Heritage Book Group, please let me know.


Best wishes,



Brad Jenson

Certified Financial PlannerTM

Financial Advisor, RJFS


Lake Superior Financial Services, Inc. 

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