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At the annual President's Dinner on June 19, 2019 at Ridgeview Country Club Christian Koelling officially passed the gavel to his predecessor Max Holm, the 2019-2020 incoming Harbortown Rotary President.
Christian invigorated rotarians over the past year and re-instilled our passion for service in the community. He instituted new policy and energized members to recommit to youth and service initiatives close to our hearts.
Christian recognized the outgoing 2019 Harbortown Board members for their work and dedication throughout the year.
Max Holm took over the microphone and, though appearing nervous, carried himself in the spirit of a true leader and Harbortown rotarian.  Max continues a Holm family legacy and followed in the Rotary footsteps of his father Duane and grandfather Donald who were both present for the event.  Max set not only personal goals as an incoming President, but also encouraged club members to do the same. He introduced his Board, with some returning members and some new faces to lead the committees in their charge.
It was a great evening of fellowship and thinking ahead to the future of how Harbortown will change the face of service in the year ahead. Thank you Christian for your service and best of luck to Max in the coming year.
The DHR Charitable Foundation Committee invites you to participate in the 2019 golf classic to benefit the Robert Hermans Scholarship Fund and the Donald Holm Founders Fund.
Monday, July 29, 2019
Ridgeview Country Club, Duluth MN
1:00 PM Shotgun Start
18-Hole Scramble
$140 per person includes golf, cart, lunch and dinner!
Prizes for: Longest drives, longest putt and closest to the pin
Silent and Live Auction
Hole Sponsorships are also available:
$270: Hole sponsorship, lunch and dinner
$200: Hole sponsorship only
$35: Dinner only
To Enter: Fill out the official entry form
and mail to:
Greg Goldman/Scott Fisher
c/o Harbortown Rotary
200 W. First Street
Duluth, MN 55802

The week we are welcoming Dan Hatfield from the Human Development Center.  Dan Hatfield has been a supervisor for the ARMHS department at the Human Development Center (HDC) in Duluth since 2016. Dan worked as a Community Support Provider Case Manager at HDC in Superior from 2011 to 2016.  He taught at Kishwaukee College and Waubonsee Community College in Illinois from 2006 to 2010.  Dan's academic degrees include ABD in Ed.D in Teaching and Learning at UMD, MA in Philosophy from Northern Illinois University, and M.S. Ed in Community Counseling from UWS.  He was born in Duluth, gradated from Two Harbors High School, and met and married his wife Sarah while in Illinois who is from New Jersey.

Truth Decay and Post-Truth

Truth decay is defined by the following four characteristics: (1) the blurring of fact with opinion, (2) confusion on interpretation of facts and data (3) the increasing emphasis of opinion over fact in public discourse, (4) decline of trust in formally trusted sources of fact and data.  The result of truth decay is the erosion of civil and national discourse and is represented by the rise of ‘alternative facts’, ‘fake news’, ‘filter bubbles’ and ‘echo chambers’ that are shaped by sociological and technological changes to the way people receive and interact with media and news and form judgements regarding personal and political opinions.



The International Committee meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 4th, 5:30 PM at the Pickwick Restaurant, 508 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802.
We will discuss current spending, Tocopilla Clinic, Bolivia Water Drilling Project, Sumala Clinic expansion, Cameroon water project, and next year plan. 
Please contact chair, Karl Everett, (218-491-3422)  if you will be attending this Harbortown Rotary International Committee meeting.
Reminder that June 5th, we'll convene the 2019 Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival committee chairs at Barker's Island at 5pm.
Committee chairs - please come prepared to update us all on your activities for the Festival!  Please let us know if you're unable to attend. 
Recruitment Team, Exec Committee and Sponsorship Team have been working and meeting regularly, so we are excited to get everyone together!
It's once again time for Harbortown's summer 'spruce up' at the YMCA's Camp Miller in Sturgeon Lake! Greg Wegler and Jim Wheeler are co-chairing the work day in special honor of a much admired and now deceased club member, Jeff Palmer.  
The date is Saturday June 1st from 9AM to 4PM, and coffee and  lunch is provided by the camp staff. The following are the projects that we'll tackle - as you can see there's something there for volunteers of all ages and skill sets, so bring your family or friends for a fun day at lakeside doing good deeds with good people!
  • Painting benches, Mitchell siding
  • Building benches for around the climbing wall, basketball court
  • Repainting lines on basketball court and creating four square court lines
  • Building bunks and storage units for the new Borealis Cabins, and install
  • Raking
  • Wood Chipping
  • Filling first aid kits
  • Garbage clean up
  • Gardening
Please sign up at our weekly meeting on May 29th, or email Jim at:
Photo Credit: YMCA website
Congratulations to the 2019 student recipients of the Harbortown Rotary Hermans Scholarship Awards.
Since 1994 over $206,000 has been awarded to worthy students from across the Northland and this year was no exception.  Congratulations to these students on their graduation and best wishes to them in their future endeavors. 
Pictured left to right: Jessie Ketola (Silver Bay), Kyra Word (Denfeld), Lauren Skar (East), Keeli Gustafson (Denfeld) & Haley Montgomery (East).
Not pictured: Hannah Ashbach (Harbor City International).
Photo Credit: Juhl Halvorson
Thank you to Robbin Champagne and Officers Hurst and Hondo for joining us at last Wednesday's meeting.
Harbortown Rotary was proud to present at $500 check to the foundation in support of their efforts to ensure our valuable K-9 units receive the funding they need to operate and grow.
As you can see from the photographs, Hondo is a very busy officer who's stealthy moves succeed in evading the camera.
Photo credit: Charity Rupp
Join the Amsoil K-9 Foundation on Thursday, June 13th from 4:30 to 7:30 at the UWS Field. There will be K9 demonstrations, law enforcement vehicles, food, refreshments, family friendly activities and a chance to meet the K9 officers.  For more information visit Northland K9 Foundation's website.
Officers Hurst and Hondo.
Photo credit: Hurst and Hondo Twitter feed.
The Fore Kids 2019 couples golf tournament sponsored by the North Shore Rotary is scheduled for June 29, 2019.
For their support of our Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival, we would like to promote and participate in their annual golf tournament at the Lakeview National Golf Course in Two Harbors.
Tee times begin at 8:30 AM
The cost is $70 per person ($35 for members) and they guarantee that all entry dollars will be returned to all golfers in the form of gifts and prizes
There is a 20 couple limit so hurry and submit your registration ASAP!
Format is: 6 holes best ball, 6 holes alternate golf, 6 holes scramble, so no one has an excuse not to participate!
Breakfast is available before the event and a lunch voucher is provided.
Call 218-834-2664 to reserve your spot today.
Photo Credit: Lakeview National Golf Course website
If you haven't been to Hoops Brewing yet in Canal Park you need to get there!
For 25 years, owner and craft brewer, Dave Hoops dreamed of operating his own craft brewery.  Don't miss tomorrow's meeting as Dave takes us through his craft brew journey and what it took to realize his vision.

Dave Hoops was born in Duluth, attended UMD and throughout his life of travels ultimately ended up back here. You just can’t beat all that is Duluth: the beauty, lake, community and lifestyle.

Hoops started brewing in his kitchen in San Francisco in 1992. Living in the Bay Area at that time he witnessed the Craft Brewing revolution take hold. Talk about inspiring! With influences like Anchor Steam, Sierra Nevada and countless more, Hoops immersed himself in the world of craft beer. He decided to pursue his passion for making good beer and attended Siebel Institute in Chicago and apprenticed at Goose Island also in Chicago.

After returning to San Francisco, Hoops worked at Pyramid’s hallmark brewery in Berkeley until deciding to head back to his roots in Duluth, family in tow. In 1999, he started working at Fitger’s Brewhouse (taking over from his brother Mike— now acclaimed head brewer of Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis) where he developed the unique style of North Shore Style Ales. He and his brewing crews have won many awards for their brews around the country. He’s also worked with and trained several of the area’s leading brewers. Hoops has judged countless festivals and has judged at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver for over 10 years. He is the only professional brewer from Minnesota to hold that honor. He’s a founding member of the Minnesota Brewers Guild, Master Brewer, Consultant, Beer Columnist and, of course, a lover of the age-old artisan craftsmanship of brewing beer.


Photo Credit: Jane Cane Photography (Wolfskull Creative)

Life House’s event, the Celebration of Success, is coming up on Thurs. May 23rd at the DECC Harborside Ballroom. This year’s event will highlight Life House success stories and have a keynote address from Polar Adventurer, Lonnie Dupre. Dinner selection is your choice of Pan-Fried Walleye or Butternut Squash Ravioli.
SPECIAL NOTE: The Club will be subsidizing the cost of a table for 8 in support of the celebration and the individual successes of the graduates. This brings the cost down to $25 pp (v. $50) for dinner. We have room for 6 additional members at the table on a first response/first in basis.  Please contact Pat Finney ( or call 218-461-6827) no later than Fri. May 10th  to reserve your spot. Your member account will then be invoiced.
For event details check out:
Footloose Friday is only 10 days away!  Don't miss the fun, the funky and friends! Ask prospective members to join you, bring family and enjoy an evening of dinner and dancing.  Tickets will be available at our Wednesday morning meetings or contact Brad Jenson via email at
Where: Kitchi Gammi Club, Dinner in the Great Hall, Dance in the West Lounge
When: Friday, May 10th, 2019
When: Dinner 6:00 PM, Dancing at 7:00 PM
Tickets: $10 for dance only or $40 for dinner and dancing

60’s, 70’s, and 80’s Music

DJ: Sounds Unlimited Entertainment, LLC

The annual drawing night for the Harbortown Rotary Cash Raffle took place on April 17, 2019.
Thanks to all who joined Harbortown at Northland Country Club for the annual Cash Extravaganza Raffle. And a special thanks to Earl who continues to outsell most Harbortownians in raffle tickets. We appreciate all that you do Earl!
Below are the winners:
Prizes:  Ticket # Winner
1$10,000.00283Steph Cummings
1$2,000.00265Kevin Hunt
1$500.00177Melissa Janke
1$500.00271Kolquist, Seitz & Goldman
1$500.0084Kelly Punyko
1$500.00260Carl Maki
1$500.00273Kolquist, Seitz & Goldman
1$500.0032Allison Ballentine
1$500.00154Karl Everett
1$500.00296Andrew Knutson

The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and as Rotarians we recite it at club meetings, but do we really think about the discipline and ethics that guide those principles? Rev. Dr. Nathan Sager will delve into the Rotarian Four Way Test and how it provides Rotarians with a strong, common purpose and direction.

Image: Rotary District 5630

Life House Move In: Kitchen Cabinets are Installed and Stocked!
One of our community partners, Life House, approached Harbortown with a need to stock and store household items for homeless teens to pick from, when they are finally able to move into a living space of their own. These items included cleaning supplies, kitchen utensils and many other things we may not think about on a day-to-day basis but are very much needed for someone just starting out on their own.
The Club provided a financial contribution toward the manufacturing of the cabinets, as well as committing to fill them throughout 2019 as needed. Members then went to work shopping and delivered the goods to Life House.
Photo Credit: Pat Finney
Crystal Goldman is the Spanish Immersion Specialist & ELD Coordinator  for Lowell Elementary School.

Located at Lowell Elementary, this is a Duluth Public Schools option for all interested families. 

The purpose of this program is to help students become proficient in Spanish (in addition to English) by teaching academic content through the language of Spanish.  Research indicates that the study of a second language results in cognitive benefits, gains in academic achievement, and positive attitudes toward diversity. Students learn the same state & district standards as they would in an English speaking classroom throughout the district, except they learn entirely in Spanish, incorporating culture, language & content!
Photo Credit: Lowell Elementary School Website




Our partners at CHUM once again asked Harbortown Rotary Club to consider participating in the annual MN Food Share Food Drive – and both our individual members and our Community Service Committee rose to the call!  The Club and its members donated over 170 lbs of food and over $1000 cash (worth more than $7000 buying power for them) in March. This is the time of year when donations of food and money are at a low, yet the need remains on the rise. A big thank you from our friends at CHUM to all who participated!


Pat Finney


Matt Minea is helping out at Medical Clinics with Mano a Mano in Bolivia this week.  In his spare time he's enjoying Carnival in Cochabamba.
photo credit: Matt Minea
The Harbortown Community Service Committee approved a $600 cash contribution to CHUM for the March MN Food Share Food Drive. In addition, all club members will also have a direct opportunity to provide food support to those in our community during this critical drive.
Below is a list of food items that CHUM is requesting. We will collect these food items at our meeting on Wed. Mar. 13th . Some of our familiar friends from CHUM will also be on hand for the event and share breakfast with us.
We hope you (along with your donated food goods!) can make it to the Mar. 13th meeting.
  • Coffee
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Apple Cider
  • Kool Aid
  • Canned stews
  • Canned chili
  • Canned Beef Stew
  • Spaghettios
  • Canned ravioli / Canned pasta
  • Canned fruit cocktail
  • Canned pears
  • Canned mandarin oranges
  • Canned peaches
  • Canned pineapple
  • Canned apple sauce
  • Canned whole corn
  • Canned carrots
  • Canned mixed vegetables
  • Canned peas
  • Rice-A-Roni
  • Ramen noodles
  • Canned chicken noodle and cream soups
  • Canned chunky soups
  • Canned tomato soup
  • Canned tuna
  • Canned salmon
  • Spam
  • Peanut butter
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Cereal
The annual drawing night for the Harbortown Rotary Cash Raffle will take place on April 17, 2019.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 (this will be in place of the morning meeting)
Northland Country Club
3901 E. Superior Street
Duluth MN 55804
5:00 PM Social Hour followed by dinner
7:00 PM Drawing
First Prize: $10,000 cash
Second Prize: $2,000 cash
Eight Third Prizes: $500 cash
Tickets are $100 each and only 300 tickets will be sold.  You need not be present to win.  Must be 18 years or older to purchase tickets or win prize.  Winner responsible for any applicable fees for taxes.
Questions: Please contact Greg Goldman (

March 1, 2019 7-11pm

Cedar Lounge

1715 N 3rd Street

Superior, WI

Rotary Clubs of Duluth and Superior will host the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival (LSDBF) Kickoff Party on Friday, March 1 at the Cedar Lounge. LSDBF will announce the new theme “Paddle With a Purpose: Every Family Should Have a Home” and new charitable partnerships. The event will feature Superior mayor Jim Paine, Barb Certa-Warner (Harbor House Crisis Shelters), Maude Dornfeld (Life House Duluth), and David Clanaugh (Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity).

LSDBF is offering $100 registration discount to dragon boat teams who register on March 1st at the Cedar Lounge. Charlie Parr will open for the Black-eyed Snakes at 8pm.

The purpose of the Festival is to raise money for the festival’s charitable partners and the Twin Ports Rotary Clubs. This year’s event will be held Friday, August 23rd and Saturday, August 24th.
Our charitable partners will have a great opportunity to showcase their incredible work, and a portion of the festival’s proceeds will be donated to their projects,” says Meghan Blair, Co-Chair of this year’s festival. “Teams, paddlers and the public will have the opportunity at the festival to learn more about each organization’s efforts in reducing housing insecurity in the Twin Ports. We encourage everyone to get involved and be a part of the solution.”  
Photography credit: Superior Telegram and 
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Community Service
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New Generations
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Youth Exchange officer
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News Letter
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Jul 24, 2019
Duluth Folk School
Lane Harstad, Regional Director, FMCS
Jul 31, 2019
Federal Mediation and Conciliations Services, US Government
Dave Hammer
Oct 09, 2019
Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation
Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival
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