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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
 
You are invited to participate in a COVID-19 #RotaryResponds one-hour Telethon to raise critical funds for disaster response. This Facebook Live event will be simulcast on the Rotary International Facebook page. The goal is to raise more than $1 million dollars.

Rotary’s 1.2 million members across the globe have taken swift action to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than $3.4 million in Rotary Disaster Response Grants have already been put into action on the front lines to battle COVID-19. Additionally, millions more have been raised by our #PeopleofAction - they have responded quickly and are truly saving lives. Now, we need to do more and the need for additional funding is a priority.

Join this live event to hear stories of hope, inspiration and gratitude from Rotarians, Rotaractors and friends of Rotary from across the globe as they share what they are doing to help their communities. The telethon will also showcase how our polio eradication infrastructure is helping to combat COVID-19.
 


How can you participate:

1. Participate in the telethon on Facebook Live on 2 May at Rotary International's Facebook Page (facebook.com/rotary). The live stream will be simulcast in eight languages.

2. Share this event & spread the word through your social media channels.

3. Invite friends, family, and members of your community to watch and see first-hand what Rotary's People of Action are doing to combat COVID-19.

4. Post on social media during the broadcast and on the day of the event using the hashtag #RotaryResponds.

5. Donate as an individual or as a club at http://on.rotary.org/drf

6. Encourage your Rotary District to donate District Designated Funds (DDF) at https://on.rotary.org/ddf-donate. (Note: DDF received between April 22st and May 3rd will be considered part of the telethon fundraising total.)
 
Thank you for all of your assistance in creating awareness about this opportunity to do more Good in the World!
 
It has been the decision of the executive committee for the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival that we cancel this year's (2020) festival due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus. The executive committee has asked the board members from each of the three clubs involved (Harbortown, Superior Club 40, Superior Sunrise) to respond with an answer if we would be willing to support the festival in 2021 and beyond.
 
We as a board have elected to postpone this decision until later in the summer to hopefully gather more knowledge and information on if Harbortown is willing to support this festival moving forward. Below is a link to a short survey, if you could be so kind as to fill out to determine what is the willingness to support this going forward. Please add any comments, concerns or ideas you may have. Please complete this survey by the end of the week so we can discuss our options.  
 

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.

Sincerely,
Gary C.K. Huang
Chair, The Rotary Foundation 2019-20
 
During this time of confinement, I am sure that everyone is drinking more coffee than normal. 
 
Well the good news is we have LOTS of Rotary Blend coffee left to sell. 
 
Some more good news is that Jerry has most of it stored at London Road Rental Center, 1710 London Rd.  More good news yet, we are open. 
 
If you want coffee or need more coffee, you can get it anytime between 7:30-5 M-F and Saturday 7:30-12.  Just email Jerry (jerry@londonroadrental.com) or Jan (admin@harbortownrotary.org) so that we bill you for it.  
The Harbortown Cash Raffle drawing has been rescheduled to take place on the evening of the President's Dinner.
 
The event is currently scheduled for Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at Ridgeview Country Club. Please stay tuned for additional details.
 
Important: In order to limit 1:1 contact, please continue to hold onto your ticket stubs and raffle money and they will be collected at a later date. Please do not stop by Greg's office to drop items off.
 
Feel free to contact Greg Goldman at ggoldman@ksgcpa.com if you have other questions.
The health of District 5580 Rotarians is of utmost importance to us.  In light of the recent COVID-19 (Coronavirus) developments, we have decided to cancel the 2020 Rotary District Conference. 
 
Madden's resort will begin issuing refunds today.  If your reservation was made by credit card, the refund will appear as a credit to the card.  Those who paid by check will have a check issued to them from the Madden's accounting office.  Notice of cancellation will be sent with the refunds.  You don't have to take any steps individually to cancel your reservations or request refunds from Madden's.
 
I will begin processing registration refunds this week as well.  You do not need to take any steps to cancel your registration or request refunds from me.
 
The letter below was distributed by District Governor, Rick Bricker:
 
March 17, 2020

Subject: Coronavirus

Greetings Rotarians,

Yesterday evening the District 5580 Executive and Finance Committee met at my request to discuss the ongoing COVID-19 virus situation. Coronavirus will be around for a while and it had potential to affect attendees at our District Conference. Because of this I have decided to cancel District Conference. This is not an easy decision, but necessary to ensure the safety of the Rotarians in our district as well as the people in our communities. This is the same path that many other districts have also taken. Because there is a certain amount of business that needs to be addressed, the following meetings will take place via webinar: the Grants Spending Plan meeting, the Past Governors Council, P.E.T.S, the Annual Business Meeting, and the Executive and Finance Committee meeting. Look for times and dates to be posted soon.

When Coronavirus first showed up, I thought “what a pain in the rear”, but now I am looking at it as a challenge. The first three words that were spoken by R.I President Mark Maloney at International Assembly in 2019 were, CHANGE, ADAPT, NOW. Guess what? Here’s our chance to do just that. I will keep you informed with any new information that comes from Rotary International. In the meantime, please follow all the meeting guidelines set forth by the health professionals and help in your community wherever you can. Thanks for all you do. We will get through this!
 
Rick Bricker
District Governor
 District 5580
rotaryrick1953@yahoo.com
We are pleased to announce that registration for the Rotary District 5580 Conference is OPEN!!
 
The 2020 District Conference committee is planning an exciting mix of education, service above self, and fun! Historic Madden's resort on beautiful Gull Lake in Brainerd, Minnesota will be our hosts for the conference and opportunities for fellowship and fun are being planned for the whole family with a variety of events including a golf tournament, "family fun night" with games and activities, glow golf opportunity, cigar rolling class, wine and whiskey tasting, guided painting event, and all the amenities the resort has to offer.
 
Reserve Lodging at Madden's Resort on Gull Lake.
 
Lodging reservations must be made by February 25, 2020.  Rotarians wishing to reserve lodging after that date will not be guaranteed a room or the special Rotary rate. Rooms must be pre-paid upon booking.
 
Are you selling your Harbortown Raffle tickets?!
 
Each member will be responsible for selling at least three raffle tickets at $100 each.
 
Prizes
    
1st
1
$  10,000.00
 $  10,000.00
 
2nd
1
$    2,500.00
 $    2,500.00
 
3rd
1
$    1,000.00
 $    1,000.00
 
4th - 10th
7
$        500.00
 $    3,500.00
 
11th - 15th
5
$        200.00
 $    1,000.00
 
 
Tickets will be drawn at our evening meeting on Wednesday, April 8 at Grandma's Saloon and Deli in Canal Park.
 
Contact Greg Goldman at ggoldman@ksgcpa.com for additional tickets.  Turn in your cash at the morning meetings.
Members of the Community Service Committee will be meeting Thursday, February 6 at Crooked Pint to review the grant requests submitted by a number of local youth organizations and non-profits. If you are a member of the committee, please review the submissions prior to the meeting and come prepared to discuss the requests and vote on submissions.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Chair, Jinell Abernathy at jinellabernethy@gmail.com.
This Weeks Program; We are Meeting at Valentinis this Morning! January 29th, 2020; 7:00 AM
Mike Waldron, 23rd Veteran Organization
 
 

Mike Waldron

Executive Director

Mike joined the Marine Corps as an Infantryman a week after high-school. In 2001 he spent 6 months in the Pacific Ocean where he experienced building schools in Indonesia, training on islands of Japan, and preparing for non-lethal extraction of a U.S. Ambassador.

In 2002 Mike was meritoriously promoted to a non-commissioned officer for his dedication and duties as a Marine. Afterward, he deployed to Kuwait as a show of force leading to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mike and his unit were the first to cross the border in the initial invasion of Iraq, spending his 21st birthday securing enemy prisoners of war near Al-Bashara. He returned from combat after 8 months overseas and was honorably discharged into civilian life.

Following the Marine Corps, Mike obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, managed Federal Buildings and U.S. Courthouses throughout the Midwest, returned to Purdue to learn Entrepreneurship through EBV, and has found his life purpose in serving other veterans.

The 23rd Veterans Organization's 

Mission

Provide happier, healthier lives for veterans living with trauma.

Overview

Depression is common among our returning veterans with over 130,000 veteran suicides since 9/11. In 2012, it was estimated that 22 veterans a day commit suicide. 23rd Veteran was created with that shocking statistic in mind.

23rd Veteran is a groundbreaking program working to help veterans adjust back to the civilian world. A nonprofit organization headquartered in Minnesota, 23rd Veteran has created a model which uses brain science, evolutional theory, positive trigger re-association, and positive psychology to assist veterans leaving the military and those who never properly transitioned. We also provide training to businesses and communities who want to create a more positive environment for our returning veterans.

Mano a Mano has been working on a new health clinic in Tocopilla, Bolivia. The clinic is now complete, and is the organization's 170th clinic project.  The Tocopilla clinic will join Mano a Mano’s network of 169 clinics throughout Bolivia. Mano a Mano’s network of clinics average nearly 1 million patient visits each year.
 

Providing Access to Health Care for 2,070 People

With the new clinic, 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. The new clinic will provide comprehensive basic medical services.

The 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.

Providing Training, Education, and a Fully Equipped Clinic

As a Mano a Mano clinic, it will have Volunteer Health Promoter Training and Continuing Health Education workshops provided through the 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. (Mano a Mano Bolivia also constructs many of the items for each clinic project such as beds and exam tables.)

The Tocopilla clinic project is a collaboration with:

  • Mano a Mano Bolivia (who oversees and manages the project from inception to completion)
  • Harbortown Rotary Club
  • Municipal Government of Villa Tunari
  • The Community of Tocopilla
  • Mano a Mano International
 
Story adapted from the Mano a Mano International Website and Facebook page.
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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 www.rotary.org 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  
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
 
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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
218-724-3134
 
 
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. To volunteer to help out for the event or a committee spot please contact me!
 
Karl Everett
LSDBF 2020 Co-Chair
 
 
 
https://lakesuperiordragons.com/
 
 
 
 
Links
Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival
Rotary District 5580
Harbortown Rotary Apparel
 
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