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Duluth Harbortown

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
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200 W 1st Street
Duluth, MN  55802
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Harbortown Rotary presents $30,000 check to Habitat for Humanity. 
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"Regional Rotary Clubs have been key partners in strengthening the Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity mission! Harbortown, Skyline, and Duluth Rotary 25 Clubs recently partnered on a $30,000 district grant to support a Habitat house project at 2412 W. First Street in Duluth. Superior 40 and Duluth Eco-Rotary have also helped with Habitat projects the past few years. Club members presented the check on Feb. 6 and also have been volunteering at multiple work sites. Pictured are: (back, l-r) Jim Gruba (Harbortown and WLSHFH board member), David Clanaugh (Superior 40 and WLSHFH Executive Director); Todd Peyton (Skyline), Steve Yorde (Duluth 25); and (front, l-r) the Witherspoon Partner Family (Helina, Salaam and Josiah), Madeline Kvale (WLSHFH Community Engagement Associate), and Pat Finney (Harbortown). WLSHFH has two house projects in process and a third planned for later this year. Every hand helps -- visit our website at to learn more, donate, and volunteer."

Rotarians attend Bulldogs Denver game; thanks Tony Hansen for lining this up!
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Scott Soderberg
Chris Trapp
Heather Salfer
Jeremy Jeanette
Michelle Schubitzke
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)

Guests Cameron Kruger, President and CEO, and Paul Schultzenberg from the Duluth Children's Museum will be sharing updates, new exhibits, events and all the latest and greatest that is going on with Duluth's best and only children'
Duluth Children's Museum Mission:To engage children in hands on learning through creative play and interactive exhibits.
Vision: To be the place in Duluth where all children are free to imagine.


At their Core:

Learning: Moments of early education spark all children’s future well-being.
Engaging: We attract return visitors with new, creative activities.
Fun: All children deserve a time and place to play.
Community-based: Diversity enriches all children’s lives.

We are excited to announce that our district 5580 will be presenting the One Rotary Summit on February 9, 2019 in Duluth. 
This summit will emphasize how Membership, Public Image, and Humanitarian Service through the Rotary Foundation activities can build a strong club.  It's a unique and effective way to help club members understand and become truly engaged in the opportunities offered by Rotary.  Register at 
Country Inn and Suites
Feb 09, 2019 
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
There will be no morning meeting on Wednesday, January 23, 2019.
Fireside social will start at 5:30 with meeting to follow. 
Boat Club Restaurant in the Fitger's Complex.
Charity Rupp, Director of STARBASE Minnesota will introduce our club to an exciting new program in Duluth that provides a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education curriculum to local 5th grade classes.
STARBASE Minnesota offers a unique hands-on, technology-rich, immersive environment where students are performing as scientists and engineering to solve real-world problems. STARBASE takes the math and science concepts required for 5th grade learning and turns them upside down as students navigate challenges in a STEM setting.  STARBASE partners with the 148th Fighter Wing, where the STARBASE classrooms are located.  Students also explore STEM careers that are found right here in our region and the experience culminates in a Launch Ceremony where students have the opportunity to meet and interact a real-world scientist or engineer.
Get ready for a a hands-on experience yourselves as a STARBASE instructor takes Harbortown Rotary through a technology activity and tests your coding abilities!
Bolivia 2018 update by Karl Everett, Harbortown Rotary Duluth International Committee
In September, 2018, a team of six Rotarians from District 5580 and St. Paul District visited Rotary projects in the Real Cordillera Mountains and Amazon Rain Forest in Bolivia.  District 5580 representatives Karl Everett, Stacey Ackerman, and Alena Pringle had a very successful twelve day journey to Bolivia visiting numerous Rotary funded medical clinics, water projects, schools and road projects.  We thank Segundo Velasquez of Mano a Mano International and Dr. Jose Velasquez of Mano a Mano Bolivia for working with Rotary on current and future Bolivia Rotary projects, and for support on our Bolivia tour and tours of the Mano a Mano Headquarters and Agricultural Center.
The Will and The Way: A book about Duluth’s leaders who helped shape Duluth into what it is today
Author of the first volume of The Will and the Way Donn Larson  with former Duluth Mayor Don Ness (Ordean Foundation) join us on Wednesday and shares stories of innovative leadership projects that have taken place in Duluth over the last 25 years since the first volume of The Will and the Way was released. The second volume was released on November 14, 2018.  Please read the excerpt below from the Duluth Leaders website.
This collection of community success stories captures the passion and initiative of community leadership in Duluth as they help continue Duluth’s remarkable transformation. Written fourteen years after the original, Volume II features 42 volunteer authors giving their first-hand account of the stories behind the projects that have made Duluth a premier national example of community revitalization. It’s not magic, as you’ll see in these pages, it takes confidence, hard work, and leaders who have The Will and show the Way!


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 

Upcoming Events
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Community Service
New Generations
International Service
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Website and Scuttlebutt
Sara Cole
Feb 27, 2019
CEO Duluth Area Family YMCA
Dave Hoops
May 01, 2019
Hoops Brewing
Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival
Rotary District 5580
Harbortown Rotary Apparel
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