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Please join your fellow Rotarians at Ridgeview Country Club on December 11th to bring in the holidays! Social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m with the Silver Strings performing at 6:30 p.m. 
It is FREE to attend for members, and guests are $25/each.
Heavy appetizers and complimentary coffee and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided for all guests. A cash bar will be available for cocktails and spirits.
Please RSVP by December 4th - TOMORROW!
And a reminder that there will be no morning meeting on 12/11/19.
There is no better time to remind ourselves of the good that Rotary International does, through our well-managed and effective Foundation, than in November, which is The Rotary Foundation Month. The current edition of The Rotarian lists the commendable contributions made by Rotarians in the past five years. Based on the article, Rotarians have given over $500,000,000 in Global Grants to support various projects in the Six Areas of Focus:
Basic Education & Literacy                                                    $  53,261,360
Community Economy Development                                      $  54,118,305
Disease Prevention & Treatment                                            $151,761,859
Maternal & Child Health                                                        $  35,233,163
Peace Building & Conflict Prevention                                   $ 18, 659,168
Water, Sanitation & Hygiene                                                 $100,657,464
During the same period, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has contributed matching funds to the End Polio Now Fund in the amount of $409,000,000.
To give to Rotary, visit:
Pat Finney has volunteered to be the Chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Dragon Boat Festival.  Pat''s volunteerism and support for the festival are impressive; twice serving as co-chair as well as various other services such as helping out at the beverage tent and other areas. I've seen her paddling on more dragon boat teams than anyone on record. 
Pat, like may other outstanding Rotarians, live our motto of "service above self." We are in great need of volunteers to serve on committees right now to make Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival (LSDBF) move forward.  Our club relies on this event as a major fundraiser as do the community and international services we support financially. We need everyone's support, not only on the days scheduled for the festival, but also months ahead for planning, scheduling, team recruitment, and fund raising. 
Please contact Pat Finney or myself if you are ready to step up to the plate.  If you are a relatively new member to the club, please consider a role in Dragon Boat - fresh ideas are what will keep this event afloat- pun intended!  Make it a goal to help us make the 2020 Dragon Boat Festival the best ever, and save the date for August 21st / 22nd, and the dates before and after for setup and tear down.
Thanks for your support.  Paddles Up!
Karl Everett
LSDBF 2020 Co-Chair
Let's help Rotary International save money and be better environmental stewards by switching today to the digital version of the Rotarian magazine!
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What a great Foundation Day last week!  Over $10,000 was raised for the Rotary Foundation and we made 10 new Paul Harris Fellows.  
Thank you to each of you that contributed.  Most members present at the meeting turned in their contributions already, however some did not so please do send in your contribution using the form given or visit and click on Donate to make the contribution on-line.  Please select the Annual Fund or Polio Plus.  It is easy to do and you can even set-up a reoccurring contribution.  
For those of you who were not able to attend the meeting you too can click on the link above and make your contribution to the Rotary Foundation.  I will also hand out forms over the next several weeks for your use.  Please send me a quick note to let me know how much you are giving so that I can update our club's giving tally.  I thank you in advance for supporting the Rotary Foundation.
On behalf of the Rotary Foundation and the millions of people who are impacted by the good deeds that the Rotary Foundation makes possible I say THANK YOU.  Clean water in Haiti, schools in Guatemala and and numerous local projects are all possible because of YOU! 
Have a most awesome day knowing that YOU are making a difference in the world.
Keith Kylmala
Please consider the Rotary Foundation in your estate plan.
The address to mail your contribution is:
The Rotary Foundation
14280 Collections Center Drive
Chicago, IL 60693  
The Harbortown November 27th morning meeting on-site at Life House is the perfect opportunity to invite a friend to attend our morning meeting. Your guest will see first-hand the great work Life House is doing and understand the important relationship Harbortown has with the organization.  Please consider bringing a guest to the breakfast.  There will be a tour of their remodeled spaces following the breakfast. We know it's the morning before Thanksgiving so it is the perfect time to reflect on our contributions to Life House and hear about their strides in helping reconnect homeless and street youth to their dreams.
What: Invite a Guest to LIfe  House
When: Wednesday, November 27th
Time: 7:00 AM
Where: Life House: 102 W. First Street, Duluth MN 55802
Have you found your passion in Harbortown Rotary? Do you have a calling to do something more?
If not, our own member, Bradley Jenson will do some soul searching with us and perhaps you will find where you would like to leave your stamp on the world of Rotary. Bradley will be sharing his own thoughts on these 'Matters of the Heart' and inspire us to find our own legacies in Rotary.
In his free time, Brad enjoys studying classical history and literature, running, travel, golfing, and skiing. He is a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Foundation and is a Rotary Benefactor. Brad's wife, Dr. Jill Jenson, is head of the Department of Writing Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth. In Duluth, Brad is a member of New Life Lutheran Church, the Duluth Harbortown Rotary Club, and the Kitchi Gammi Club.
Ryan Sistad represents a dynamic group of young professionals who advocate for responsible industrial development in Northern Minnesota by supporting projects that are strategic in growing Minnesota's economy while also protecting the environment. 
Ryan was born in Fosston, in Northwestern Minnesota, but grew up in Southern Minnesota where he lived in both Mankato and Northfield Minnesota before graduating high school. 

Ryan attended college at UND in Grand Forks and studied Business Management. He moved to Duluth in the fall of 2014. Ryan was previously employed at Parsons Electric as an Estimator/Assistant Project Manager before working for Better In Our Back Yard. 

What is something you want everyone to know about Better in Our Backyard?

"That our goal is to educate the community on how important these projects are in creating future opportunities for young professionals looking to build their life and career in the region." 

David Hammer, Scholarship Officer with the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation will join our club Wednesday morning to share the latest and greatest about the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.
For those that are not familiar with their work, The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation promotes private giving for the public good. By fostering generosity, civic engagement and inclusiveness, they strive to be a catalyst in regional philanthropy.
Just this past Monday, The DSACF celebrated their annual Touchstone Award event.  The Touchstone Award honors non-profit organizations and other individuals who exemplify leadership in fostering the values of generosity, civic engagement and inclusiveness.  It represents a standard that our entire community can uphold.  Visit this link to view all the 2019 Touchstone award recipients.
DSA Community Foundation
SAVE THE DATE - Dragon Boat Festival, August 21 & 22, 2020!
This event is our major fundraiser and we need all Harbortown Rotarians to help out with getting teams, sponsors, and volunteers to help with setting up, managing, and tear down for this event.  Set a goal to help us make the 2020 Dragon Boat Festival successful.
Karl Everett
LSDBF 2020 Co-Chair
Harbortown Rotary Weekly Attendance Report  
50/50 Drawing32                  $ 529    
GuestsTherese GrubaLisa Mitchell-Krocak  
Visiting Rotarians     
Honory Member     
photo credit: Pete Stauber FaceBook profile picture
I have made arrangements for our Congressman Pete Stauber to address Harbortown on Oct. 2nd. He'll give us an update of what the upcoming issues the next Congress will address.

Thank you!
Greg Wegler
Next Wednesday October 2nd Meeting will be Backwards from what we are used to. We have Congressman Stauber with us and he is on a short window of time. If i could kindly ask that everyone get there a little earlier and get your food and sit down by 7:30 so we can officially start the meeting. He will talk until 8 and after that we will have any announcements, fellowship and we are presenting a check to Denfeld Hockey For their help with set up and tear down at the Dragon Boat Festival 
Thanks For you efforts!
Max Holm
This weeks Program 9-25-19;
Melissa LaTour, Director - Home Grown Music Festival
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Festival History: The Duluth Homegrown Music Festival was founded in 1999 as a one night, one venue event featuring five local acts, and occurs every year on the first weekend in May. Now in its 20th year, the festival has expanded to eight days and includes over 30 venues, 200 local musical acts, a children’s music showcase, poetry, visual art, film, a classical music showcase, and a kickball game. 
For 48 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland has adapted to meet the needs of our region's youth.
This dynamic and mission-driven organization has expanded to meet the increasing needs of children who are 6 to 18 years of age. Join us and hear from the club's talented and inspirational leader.
Todd Johnson will share the compelling story of an organization that has consistently extended itself to rise up and meet multiple challenges within our beloved region.
Photos: Courtesy of Boys and Girls Website
Theresa Gruba & Joe Fisher with New Hope for Families will be visiting with Harbortown tomorrow to share the urgent need for emergency foster care in the Northland.
The vision of New Hope for Families is to create and support a network of foster care homes for children needing a safe place to land during transition, either back home or long-term foster home. In accomplishing this, we are building a community of support around foster families. In the winter of 2017, God began to stir in our hearts a desire to find a creative way to remedy the growing shortfall of foster care homes in our community.  We believe that together, we can make a difference.
The organization hosted a ribbon cutting just last month and announced a goal of finding 20 foster home families by the end of the year. Click here to listen to the full story from Fox 10.
Photo Credit: iStock Images
This week's gathering will host Segundo Velasquez for a Mano a Mano update.
Segundo Velasquez giving out medical supplies at Mano a Mano headquarters in Cochabamba (photo by Karl Everett)

Over the past 3 months, our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Bolivia has completed 3 new clinic projects:

  • a new clinic in Jatun Mayu (our 163rd clinic project in Bolivia)
  • a clinic expansion in Candelaria (our 164th clinic project)
  • a new clinic in Villa Rosario (our 165th clinic project)

The Jatun Mayu clinic was a collaboration with the local municipality and community, Mano a Mano, and a number of Rotary Clubs in the Upper Midwest (you can see a full list of Rotary Clubs here).

The projects in Candelaria and Villa Rosario were a collaboration with the local municipalities and communities, Mano a Mano, and Medical Educators for Latin America (MELA).

Mano a Mano Candelaria Clinic (photo by Karl Everett)


Mano a Mano Jatun Mayu Clinic Dedication (photo provided by Karl Everett)

Mano a Mano’s Clinic Program

With the new clinics, medical professionals working in the community will have a much more comfortable working environment (which is very important for retaining staff in isolated rural communities), and community residents will have regular access to quality health care services provided through the Bolivian Health Ministry.

Our clinic program’s approach is that health outcomes can be dramatically improved with simple yet effective interventions, beginning with the basic ability to consistently access quality services in their own communities. As a Mano a Mano clinic, it will have Volunteer Health Promoter Training and Continuing Health Education workshops provided through our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Bolivia; it will also receive equipment and supplies to ensure that it is fully-furnished, and is connected with Mano a Mano Bolivia medical staff via radio for help with any difficult cases or issues.


Story courtesy of Mano a Mamo's website.


Rotary Bolivia Trip March 16th to 26th+/-, 2020
Enclosed is a flyer announcing the Bolivia Trip for this coming Spring, March 16 - 26th, 2020.  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 January 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 2020
Dates: March 16th - 26th+/-, 2020
 (+/- 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
Udac is a local non-profit serving the Duluth community working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Uac advances opportunities for people of all abilities through education, job training and skill development to allow them to successfully gain community employment and live life fully in the community.
Karen Herman is the executive director of Udac.  Karen’s background includes a 32 year administrative and clinical career at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where she led development of nationally recognized medical quality programs, creation of medical and allied health continuing education programs, fundraising programs and diversity and inclusion employee programs. She has held leadership roles and been involved in many national and state professional organizations and healthcare collaboratives. Karen has extensive experience in program development, group facilitation and process improvement, and in non-profit administration.  She was principal of Arete Defined Consulting, providing consulting services on non-profit effectiveness and leadership development.
Udac December 2018 Sek Design (179 of 181) Udac December 2018 Sek Design (77 of 181)
Photography Credit: Udac website.
Although the sign-ups are looking great, there are still more openings to fill.
THE DOCK NEEDS HELP! This is a task for people who love the outdoors and can kneel down comfortably to hold the boat for paddlers to safely enter and exit the boat. Do you want to be where the action is? This is it!
Need a sitting position? Check out the REGISTRATION TENT. There are also positions in the beer tent. We will find a spot to meet your needs.
If you hear of someone who is not receiving this communication let me know so I can fix the issue. Thank you.
 Click on Sign Up to view available slots and book yourself directly online.
Project Joy committee member, Deb Roach shares how Project Joy is creating change in the Northland for children who depend on school lunches for their regular meals.
Project Joy was started to honor the legacy of Patrick Plys, a businessman and community leader who strived to make a difference in our region. Patrick lost his battle with cancer in January of 2012. His wife Laura, his children, family and friend developed Project Joy as a way to carry on his legacy and give back to the community in Patrick’s honor. Proceeds from Project Joy events benefit Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank’s Backpack Program, providing food for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin children in need on weekends when school is not in session. These children miss their federally subsidized school breakfast and lunch and often go hungry on weekends.

FMCS: Mission-Driven to Build Partnerships, Resolve Conflict and Promote Successful Bargaining

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, created in 1947, is an independent agency whose mission is to preserve and promote labor-management peace and cooperation. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with ten regional offices and more than 60 field offices, the agency provides mediation and conflict resolution services to industry, government agencies and communities.

There are still plenty of openings for volunteers. Please consider working the dock! 
Check email from Pat Pluntz.
 Click on Sign Up to view available slots and book yourself directly online.
Event:Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival
Date:AUGUST 23 & 24
Chair:Event co-chairs Brian Leuthner & Mehgan Blair / Event Coordinators Kelly Peterson and Heather Salfer
Location:Barker's Island

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.
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