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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
United States
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On Friday Hartowntownians, Tony Hansen, Max Holm, Matt Minnea, and John Hutchinson did prep work for stucco work on the foundation and hung a door. 
On Saturday Scott Soderberg, Rick Cleath, Mark Erickson, Mike Cochran, and Jim Gruba did the stuccoing of the foundation, plus removing a tree and some brush from the lot.   
We still need a couple more volunteers for Friday October 19th, Friday the 26th, and Saturday the 27th.   If you can help, please email Jim Gruba at
What is the RYLA Experience?
This week we have the pleasure of hearing from several students about their RYLA experience this past summer and they will be joined by a RYLA Alum turned Camp Facilitator, Cory Netland. 
In Cory's words: "RYLA has been a part of my life since 2012 when I was a camper. Every year since, I have volunteered as a Camp Facilitator. I love going back, because I always get to watch students evolve from leaders who are unsure of their untapped potential to leaders who can confidently say they can make a change in the world, and it only happens in one week! If students are willing to fully emerce themselves in the experience, they will leave with tools to make them a better leader and a better person."
What you may or may not know about RYLA:
  • The goal of RYLA is for students to become better leaders, citizens, classmates, and friends.
  • The camp is a weeklong leadership training held on the U of MN Crookston campus each summer
  • About 150 students from all over District 5580 attend.
  • The training is based on Sean Covey’s book ‘ 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens’.
  • The students are given exercises and challenges that are designed to foster critical thinking, co-operation, problem solving, self-awareness, confidence and more.
When asked about the RYLA experience, the students has this to say:
"At RYLA I realized how strong and brave I am. Everyone there helped me realize it. This camp will forever hold a special place in my heart. It taught me so many important life values of respect, honesty, and courageousness. I hope to use these values forever in my life when I forget how special I am, or to remind others how important they are."  ~Grace Semaan
"I learned that when I am in a new or uncomfortable situation I am pretty quiet  but eventually there comes a point where I jump right in and apply myself completely not worried about what others will think. I also learned that I have a tendency to make people laugh to ease any tensions within a group. This experience will be valuable after high school because we learned skills including public speaking, event organization, group work, how to meet new people, and, above all else; public service and community work." ~ Emily Tusken
Tony Dierckins, author of Naturally Brewed Naturally Better, joins us this week to highlight the history of breweries in The Twin Ports
Excerpt from The Growler, September 25, 2018 by Holly Day:
There are lots of stories that people want to believe about history,” says Tony Dierckins, publisher at Zenith City Press in Duluth, Minnesota. “Like the People’s Brewery ‘creation myth,’ for example. It was supposedly started as this socialist movement of tied house saloon-keepers that revolted against the corporate breweries, and all this other stuff, but it turns out that it was actually a group of independent saloon-keepers who just wanted to buy their beer cheaper than they were getting from other places.”
Dierckins and fellow beer historian Pete Clure should know. They’ve spent countless hours poring over Duluth and Superior, Wisconsin, brewery documents, area newspaper clippings, and other historical resources to pen their new book, “Naturally Brewed, Naturally Better: The Historic Breweries of Duluth & Superior,” released on September 20.
Join us on Wednesday to hear more to this story and why the Twin Ports have reemerged as a brewery hotspot.
50/50 Drawing31                               $ 533  
GuestsDahlberg, MayaChris Dahlberg 
Visiting RotariansMacFarlane, McKenzieTwin Ports Rotaract
 Sager, NathanVirginia Rotary 
MakeupsMark Erickson10/2/18Community Service Meeting
 Pat Finney10/2/18Community Service Meeting
 Duane Holm10/2/18Community Service Meeting
 Max Holm10/2/18Community Service Meeting
 Bob MacLean10/2/18Community Service Meeting
 Scott Soderberg10/2/18Community Service Meeting
 Jim Wheeler10/2/18Community Service Meeting
 Jim Gruba10/2/18Community Service Meeting
 Mitch Diers10/2/18Community Service Meeting
 Tiffany Hughes10/2/18Community Service Meeting
 Eric Goetz10/2/18Community Service Meeting
 Rick Cleath10/2/18Community Service Meeting
Junior RotariansNone  
Newest Members:Matt Menea, Joe Montisano 
Member Resignations:None  
Member Transfers:None  
Career Trans Leave:Keith Kylmala,  Kerry Leider  
Member Leaves:   
Rule of 85:Bob Hansen  
Dr. Julia Williams, Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies for the College of Education and Human Services Professions at UMD will be joining us this week as our guest speaker.  We will also be joined by our Junior Rotarians.
Dr. Williams is the author of the book "Jules on Schools, Teaching, Learning and Everything in Between."  
Overview: Teachers and Parents: This timely collection of essays addresses the rewarding work of supporting schools and nurturing the learning of schoolchildren today.  In writing this caring, funny, and lyrical commentary, Dr. Williams draws from a deep well of professional knowledge as well as the personal experience of having raised six children as a mom and a stepmom. Beginning with the idea that all of us are trying to do the right thing for kids, she shares with readers some of the wonders that are being discovered about how children learn, and she illuminates how schools and parents can use what the research is telling us. As Williams says in the book, "We all need to learn and grow and go forward in our roles, holding hands and reaching out to embrace the opportunity that surrounds us and the children we love."
The Rotary Club of Duluth invites you to attend the Twin Ports Paul Harris Fellowship Dinner.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Spirit Mountain Grand Avenue Chalet
Social: 5:30 PM
Dinner: 6:30 PM
Program by Past District Governor Debra Warner
Click here to register.  Go to the events calendar and click on the Paul Harris Foundation Dinner. Register by November 2, 2018.
SAVE THE DATE for Harbortown's Community Service Committee
The first general discussion and funding review meeting of this fiscal year will be on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at noon at Clyde Iron.
There are currently several requests for consideration, and the committee will review the status on large funding projects for this upcoming year.
If you are a member looking to join a subcommittee, please join us!

Greetings Everyone,


Enclosed are links to the 2018 Dragon Boat Festival Photos.  You should be able to download and print out anyone you like.  Please share with your teams and contacts. Doug can post the links on the website. If anyone had a “bad hair day” let me know and I will remove the photo off the site.  Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out.  I know I only got photos of some of you.  I only posting a small fraction of all my photos and I may be adding more to these links, so check back in the future.


Dragon Boat Festival Photos



Some of  the 2018 Volunteers


LSDBF 2018 Parade and Opening Ceremony:


LSDBF Dragon Boat Team Photos 2018


LSDBF 2018 Events and People:


LSDBF 2018 Sponsors:


LSDBF 2018 Dockside


LSDBF 2018 Dragon Boat Races


LSDBF 2018 Awards Ceremony






Karl D. Everett, P.E., P.G.

  photo credit: Karl Everett

Dragon Boat Festival


Festival Begins August 24-25, 2018

photo provided by David A. Clanaugh
photo credit: Karl Everett
Subject: Two step engagement of 25, Harbortown, Skyline with Duluth build launch
Hello Folks:
We have a ground breaking of August 16 at 9:30 at 2412 W First Street in Duluth for the house project
supported by our district matching grant.  In addition to Rotary, Wells Fargo, Lake Superior College and
Thrivent Financial are major partners in the effort.
David A. Clanaugh
Executive Director; Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity
Offices: 820 Belknap St in Superior & 2002 W Superior St in Duluth
218-600-9011 (cell);



On Aug 16 at 930 there will be a groundbreaking ceremony at 2412 West 1st St., the site of the

next Habitat Home in Duluth, the first in quite a few years. As you probably know, Harbortown

has received a District grant, with cooperation from Club 25 and Skyline, and we will have

opportunity for hands on during the build. Please consider attending the ground breaking as a

show of support. 



Jim Gruba



'Astro Bob' Bob King, Duluth News Tribune
Oct. 31, 2018


Bob King presents an entertaining, passionate and informative talk on the night sky.  Bob works at the Duluth News Tribune as a photographer and photo editor.  He’s also an amateur astronomer and has been keen on the sky since age 11.  Bob’s modest credentials include membership in the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) where he is a regular contributor, International Meteorite Collectors Association, and Arrowhead Astronomical Society.  He also teaches community education astronomy classes at UMD’s Allworth Planetarium and recently had his first book published, “Night Sky with the Naked Eye” about all the wonderful things to see at night with just your bare eyeballs. 


Greg Goldman, CPA

Direct 218-336-1523  Cell 218-340-1688

Office 218-727-8030   Fax 218-727-6045

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Certified Public Accountants & Consultants

Suite 926, 130 West Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802

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Nancy Norr

Aug 08, 2018
Jobs for Minnesotans

Jobs for Minnesotans

Economic Development Opportunities
Jobs for Minnesotans supports projects in industries like copper-nickel mining and energy transportation that provide a tremendous opportunity for a prosperous future for generations of Minnesotans. Companies like Enbridge, PolyMet and Twin Metals Minnesota are already bringing much-needed investment to our state and have the potential to bring even greater economic impact in the years ahead to revitalize and strengthen Minnesota’s economy in both rural and urban areas. Read more below and visit our Take Action page to support these projects.
 Rob Stenberg, President of Duluth BizPAC August 1 Speaker

A recently formed political action committee, called Duluth BizPac, aims to create a more business-friendly Duluth.

The group is largely made up of area business owners and funded by donations.

Leaders of the group say several recently passed ordinances within the city are not business friendly and they aim to change that. 

"Duluth is not perceived as a business-friendly community, and that's what we want to change, and that is going to mean some city councilors are not going to get our support," said Rob Stenberg, the president of Duluth BizPac. 

Stenberg says, with cash on hand, they are prepared to start funneling money to help, what he calls "more business-friendly candidates" get elected for city council, mayor and county commissioner. 

"We're going to do it in a positive way, and we're going to be a positive change agent for the city of Duluth," said Stenberg. "What we're trying to say, from the Duluth BizPac is, 'We're not going to get into the name calling, we're not going to get into personalities, we're going to support those initiatives that are business friendly for the city of Duluth, we're going to oppose those that are not business friendly, and we're going to do it in a respectful manner," he said........

via the : District 5580 "Cross Currents" July 2018


photo credit: Mitchell Diers
At Duluth Harbortown Rotary’s changing of the guard, the founding father and first president of this 34 year old club, Don Holm, accepted the Don Holm fund keepsake from his son, Duane Holm, past Harbortown President and shortly after was as pleasantly surprised as the rest of us to learn that his grandson, Max, would be the Harbortown President in 2019-20!  Don, who’s determination to become a Rotarian, even after a classification decision kept him from Duluth Club #25, was joined by his wife, sons and daughters and spouses and grand children as the fund announcement was made.
As he looked over the gathering, the pride and emotion was evident and as the years' highlights were listed by President Mitch Diers.  “Look what this group has accomplished." a humble Don later remarked. “When we began, we weren’t certain about much of anything, but we kept moving and look at all of the good that has been done.”  When pressed by this observer, he did admit that it was easier to ask for forgiveness than it was for permission.  Don’s highlights, after his wonderful wife and family include his tenure as an Elk, Son Dean a past MN Chairman, His Ridgeview Golf Club stewardship, his construction company, one of the city’s finest commercial builders, now run by the 3rd generation and of course, Duluth Harbortown Rotary club, which we consider to be a pretty good thing as well!
photo credit: Mitchell Diers
Tom Velner, Coach, & Team Members
Jul 18, 2018
Duluth East Daredevils Robotics Team
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Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Community Service
New Generations
International Service
Club Service
Public Relations
Website and Shuttlebutt
ISD 709
Oct 24, 2018
The Duluth School District Referendum in the upcoming election
Robert Lillegard
Nov 07, 2018
Telling your Business Story
Fireside Meeting
Nov 14, 2018
Foundation Day
Nov 21, 2018
Holiday Party
Dec 05, 2018
Don Ness, Donn Larson
Dec 12, 2018
“The Will and The Way”, a book about Duluth’s leaders who helped shape Duluth into what it is today
Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival
Rotary District 5580
Harbortown Rotary Apparel
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