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Jodi Slick, Founder and CEO of Ecolibrium3 will be joining us for an in-person check presentation at our August 5 meeting at the Holiday Inn.
On May 27, members of our club donated over four hours to 
Ecolibrium3  by assembling 6,000 face shields for use by front line workers needing added protection from the Coronavirus.
Ecolibrium will present Habortown Rotary with a check for $1,000 which the club will in turn, donate back to other non-profits in the community.
To date the Pay It Forward PPE Project has:
·         Produced over 220,000 face shields for front line workers
·         Distributed 5,000 masks to community members vulnerable to the Coronavirus (with additional PPE to be distributed as face shields are sold)
·         Recruited 50 groups and connected with over 700 new community volunteers
·         Raised over $50,000 in donations to a variety of nonprofits, charities, and community organizations in proceeds from anticipated PPE sales
District 5580 held its first ever Virtual Awards Celebration and Change of Gavel Event on June 18.  Harbortown won the award for outstanding international service for a club with greater than 60 members.  The full list of award winners by category are included in the link below. Congratulations to all of the winners!
View the full list of winners here!
The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have both unanimously approved adding a new area of focus: supporting the environment.
More than $18 million in Foundation global grant funding has been allocated to environment-related projects over the past five years. Creating a distinct area of focus to support the environment will give Rotary members even more ways to bring about positive change in the world and increase our impact.
RI President Mark Maloney says that during his travels around the world as a Rotary senior leader he encountered many Rotary members and Rotaractors who advocated for the environment to be an area of focus.
“I believe strongly that our Rotary Foundation programs now have a valuable added dimension to our efforts,” says, Maloney.
Foundation Trustee Chair Gary C.K. Huang says that with the global population reaching near eight billion, protecting the environment is increasingly important.
“It is time for us to use our collective resources to invest in a smart and efficient way to protecting our environment,” says Huang. “We are qualified to take this initiative because we are a global group of problem solvers with diversified talents.”
In 1990-91, RI President Paulo V.C. Costa made the environment one of his primary causes, creating the Preserve Planet Earth subcommittee, which looked at ways clubs and members could conduct environmental initiatives.
“We have finally caught up to Costa [his vision],” says Past RI President Ian H.S. Riseley, chair of the Environmental Issues task force, which championed the new area of focus.
“As a lifelong environmentalist, I’m delighted that our great organization has recognized that the environment is a worthy and appropriate destination for our project activity,” says Riseley. “This is an exciting moment in Rotary history.”
Supporting the environment becomes Rotary's seventh area of focus, which are categories of service activities supported by global grants. It joins peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and community economic development.
Grant applications for projects will be accepted beginning on 1 July 2021. Gifts and commitments from Rotarians and others will be sought to provide global grant support for the new area of focus.
More information about this new cause will be announced soon.
Article provided by Gloria Mink and the District 5580 Cross Currents newsletter.
The August 2020 issue of the Rotarian details a story of how Rotarians around the world have responded to the pandemic in their communities.

Click the issue link and scroll to page 16 for this moving story.
Harbortown Rotary received First Place Service Above Self Award for International Service from Rotary District 5580.  Thank you all Rotarians who helped make this possible!
Karl Everett
Past HR International Chairperson, 2019 - 2020.
The Food Access program of YMCA at Harbor Highlands could use a team of people this week, either on Wednesday or Thursday from 10-11:30, to help with packing the food access bags for handing out.
Please contact Jim Wheeler ASAP at
On May 20th 2020, 7:30 AM, Harbortown Zoom meeting I'm presenting the status of Harbortown Rotary International projects in Bolivia and I want to thank all the Rotarians and Clubs that supported the Tocopilla Bolivia Medical Clinic, and Mano a Mano Bolivia and International for their work to complete the medical clinic that became operational this past month.  We had planned to have a grand opening on March 19th but had to reschedule due to the covid19 concerns, however you are all invited to join us for the dedication on our Bolivia adventure in 2021.  I just finished the final report and it is so appropriate to this month’s Rotary theme for Maternal and Child Health Month. The goal of the project is to provide improved medical facilities for the families in the region who lack access to quality medical care due to the remoteness of the region.
Bolivia’s maternal death rate during childbirth is very high, and is the highest in Latin America, a rate that can be reduced dramatically through appropriate pre and post-natal care and attended deliveries.  The new clinic and staffing by Doctors will greatly improve the health care in the region.
(Photo provided by Mano a Mano Bolivia)
Karl Everett
Harbortown Rotary International Chair
District 5580 Water & Sanitation Chair

We know that disasters can devastate a community, leaving people in urgent need of medical care, housing, and other necessities. Unlike most natural disasters, the COVID-19 pandemic is having a global impact that affects all of us. Rotarians like you are people of action even in a time of crisis, and Rotary is uniquely prepared to help communities around the world. 

Clubs and districts can apply for Rotary disaster response grants to support COVID-19 relief efforts. These grants can be used to provide supplies and medical care and to support rebuilding efforts. 

The Rotary Foundation Trustees recently approved placing $1 million in our Disaster Response Fund to make these grants immediately available for applications related to COVID-19. To make sure these grants can remain available, we’re asking for personal contributions to the Disaster Response Fund. Your contribution will support grants that help Rotarians care for and protect people in their local communities and around the world. Make a gift to the Disaster Response Fund now.

Thank you for your dedication and service on behalf of Rotary.

Gary C.K. Huang
Chair, The Rotary Foundation 2019-20
Rotary Bolivia Trip March 12th - 24th+/-, 2021;  Safe travel is paramount. 
Enclosed is a flyer announcing the Bolivia Trip for this coming Fall, March 12th - 24th+/-, 2021, assuming Bolivian politics are stable for our visit.  Safe travel is paramount.  The approximate cost is $2,300 for travel expenses and we will limit the number of attendees to a dozen travelers.   The available slots will be assigned on a first come, first served basis with preference given to Rotarians.  There is a February 1st signup deadline and require anyone who wants to join the trip to provide me with a $250 check, made out to Mano a Mano Intl. for transportation costs associated with in - country travel, to reserve a spot. Many side trips are possible and will be determined by the groups preference.  I personally recommend visiting the Bolivia capital of La Paz, and would like to see the Inca sites near Lake Titicaca at the end of the trip. 
Karl D. Everett
International Chairman,
Harbortown Rotary Duluth
c/o Holiday Inn and Suites
207 W Superior St Suite 201, 
Duluth, MN 55802
Rotary Bolivia Trip 2021
Dates: March 12th - 24th+/-, 2021;
 (+/- depending on side trips)
Come join us on an adventure visiting our Rotary International Projects in Bolivia.  We are planning to travel to Bolivia to dedicate the Tocopilla Medical Clinic in the Amazon and visit water well and reservoir projects, medical clinics near Cochabamba Bolivia; and view future project opportunities with our Bolivian partners Mano a Mano International and Mano a Mano Bolivia.  We have had great success assisting the communities with medical care and water resource projects in the past with our Rotary funded projects and have received wonderful receptions from the Bolivian people.  Experience the people, culture, Amazon jungle, and the Cordillera Real Mountains with potential site trips including La Paz, Inca historic sites near Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu, Uyuni salt flats, Toro Toro National Park, Cretaceous park in Sucre, Santa Cruz, and other historic, religious and cultural sites.  If you are interested or would like more information, please email your contact information and let me know if you would like to attend. 
Karl Everett, Harbortown Rotary, Duluth, MN
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