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Duluth Harbortown

Service Above Self

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Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Kitchi Gammi Club
831 E Superior St
Duluth, MN 55802
United States of America
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On Wednesday, Karl Everett (Karlos) received a check from the Dickenson Rotary Club for $1000 to support the Bolivia Dream Fund student scholarships, that Matt Thibodeau initiated and spoke about on Foundation Day. The Dickenson club also provided the final donation needed to receive the matching grant from the District for the Viente de Septiembre medical clinic in Bolivia. Once we receive the grant money, Harbortown can move forward with Mano a Mano Bolivia to initiate the construction of the project! They plan to start the construction in December and complete the project in four months. They are planning to have the clinic in operation by April 2023. You are all invited to attend the dedication of the clinic, which will be a spectacular event, and visit with the Dream Fund students. We are planning The Great Bolivia Adventure on April 13th to the +/-23rd 2023. Please join us! Contact Karl Everett for more information and to reserve a place on the trip.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland – Lincoln Park Branch

Thanks to our members and Junior Rotarians who volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club last week! We had some outstanding dodgeball players, and the kids appreciated our participation!

Have a good week. Reach out to members that you haven't seen in a while. Let them know you miss them and encourage them to join us at a morning meeting, service project, or social event! Be kind to yourself and others.

You and your guest are invited to Harbortown Rotary's Annual Holiday Party - Wednesday, December 7th at 5:30pm!
Come and enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres, live holiday music, fellowship, and cash bar! RSVP now by clicking here.

Who: You and a Guest

What: Harbortown's Annual Holiday Party

Where: Kitchi Gammi Club - West Wing Lounge, 831 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802

When: Wednesday, December 7th, 2022 from 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Dress: Break out your favorite ugliest holiday sweater for a chance to win best dressed!

Cost: $25.00 per person. This fee covers the cost of food, staff, and gratuity.


Please note - Your RSVP ticket will only be used for attendance and will show a summary of $0.00. You will be directly billed by Harbortown separately if you choose to join us - and we certainly hope you do! Thank you! We cannot wait to have you!


Chloe Strand and the Club Service Committee Members

Mark your calendars for Harbortown's upcoming hands on projects!
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  • November:
    • Thanksgiving Baskets
  • December:
    • Wednesday, December 21st - Bentleyville Volunteering!
    • Christmas Families: Jim Wheeler is looking for members to participate in shopping for and distributing Christmas gifts to families in need. Please talk to Jim for more information.
  • January:
    • Rotary Round Table

    I'd like to invite you on an adventure to Bolivia scheduled April 13th - 23rd, 2023 to visit the many Rotary projects you have helped support. 
    Enclosed is a Mano a Mano brochure describing the adventure.  Please contact me if you have any questions, or need additional information. 
    Mano a Mano’s Center for Ecological Agriculture: Water, Food, Health and Education: A Journey to Learn
    Mano a Mano and Harbortown Rotary invites you to join us on a ten-day trip to Cochabamba, Bolivia. Through this unique travel experience you will meet high Andean subsistence farm families and become immersed in their daily lives. The trip will provide an up-close view of how Mano a Mano teaches farming practices that protect the fragile natural environment and improve health. Travelers will take part in Mano a Mano’s distribution of the nearly 200,000 pounds of medical and school supplies that Minnesota volunteers collect, sort, pack and ship to our Bolivian sister organizations each year. Throughout this journey, you will see projects that accomplished our original vision and so much more.
    What is Mano a Mano International? Mano a Mano is a grass-roots non-profit organization based in St. Paul, MN whose mission is to create partnerships with poor Bolivian communities that improve health and increase economic well-being.
    Who can go on this trip? Adults and children who are accompanied by a parent or guardian are welcome. While Spanish speaking ability is highly valued, it is not essential. Interpreters will be available throughout all trip activities.

    Where will we stay? Mano a Mano will reserve a block of rooms in a comfortable, clean hotel in Cochabamba. Private single or double rooms are available.
    Where will we go? Our destination is Cochabamba, Bolivia’s third largest city, located in the Andes at about 8,000 feet above sea level. We will also travel to rural communities that tourists rarely visit.
    For more information and any questions, please contact Karlos (Karl) Everett (

    Please stop by London Road Rental, 1710 London Rd to pick-up any your coffee orders. After your pick-up, please email Rob Haglin ( what you picked up so the club can keep track. 
    If you're unable to make it down, Rob will also bring some to the morning meetings for pickup.

    Harbortown's International Service Committee is getting close to completing the fund raising for the Viente de Septiembre clinic and will hopefully then receive grant approval. Karl Everett spoke with Jose Velasquez and Segundo about the project schedule, and Mano-a-Mano believes they could complete the project in four months,with a Rotary visit to Bolivia to attend the dedication of the clinic in mid-April.
    A possible trip would leave from Miami on Thursday, April 13th and arrive in Cochabamba on Friday, April 14th, returning  around April 22nd. Currently BOA flights from Miami to Cochabamba are $670.00 round-trip. Estimated travel costs would total less than $2,500. However, there are a lot of "ifs" involved in the timing and travel, and hopefully the grant is approved. 
    Harbortown has six medical clinics, two water wells, water reservoir follow-up, and Bolivia Dream Fund students to visit. Harbortown representatives probably need to split up into two groups to visit all the projects. Segundo will not be there in April as he is planning to travel there in mid-March and again in mid-May (also potential travel dates), but he said he would make arrangements for April and provide others as tour guides, and Jose would be there. Karl's thought is to limit the Harbortown group size to a dozen, with another option to arrange a future trip in October 2023.  Please Karl Everett know if you are interested in attending and which travel dates you may prefer.

    Harbortown Rotary is in need of host families for a Rotary Exchange Student next year!
    Interested in hosting or want to learn more?
    Contact Chloe Strand ( or Mary Durward (

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