This Week's Program: Dr. Stephanie Judd, Colorectal Cancer: Why it Should Matter to You

Our newest Harbortown member, Dr. Stephanie Judd will be our featured presenter this week with the topic of "Colorectal Cancer (CRC): Why it Should Matter to You." 

Dr. Judd is a board certified Gastroenterologist and is currently practicing at St. Luke's in Duluth. Prior to joining St. Luke’s, she served as Associate Program Director at Wayne State University and will also be teaching medical students at UMD.

Dr. Judd will provide some eye opening statistics on colorectal cancer along with helpful medical information on screening and prevention - information that could save your or a loved one's life!

“The patient always comes first. To me each patient is a family member, and this philosophy helps me tailor my approach to care. I provide education on the condition the patient has, present all treatment options available, and then tailor the recommendation to best serve the patient, having them ultimately deciding on which treatment(s) he or she would like to pursue.”

Please use this new link that will work for all recurring meetings in 2021:

Meeting ID: 847 1418 9189
Passcode: 119791
Super Bowl Board
Proceeds of $1,200 will be donated to Harbortown Rotary to support Local Youth Organizations within our community. 
 32 Ways to win:
1st Quarter (1 winner) - $700
2nd Quarter (1 winner) - $900
3rd Quarter (1 winner) - $1,000
Final Score (1 winner) - $2,600
Reverse (4 winners) - $200 per Quarter
+2 (4 winners) - $150 per each Quarter
- 2 (4 winners) - $150 per Quarter
Good Neighbor (16 winners) - $100 per Quarter
Contact Kevin if you are interested! Phone: 218-591-0261 or
This Weekend - New Hope for Families: Service Project Jan. 16
The first service project of 2021 has been announced.
Join Harbortown at New Hope for Families this Saturday, January 16th from 9 AM to 1 PM.
Harbortown will help to move and organize things at the facility.  At least 12 people are needed and more are welcome!
If you have questions or would like to sign up to volunteer, please contact Jinell Abernethy at 218-428-2800 or 
January Rotary Magazine Now Available
Rotary International releases the January 2021 issue of Rotary Magazine. This issue features essays from experts in a variety of fields, all about looking forward to the future.
Want to get away? Visit the Rotary clubs of La Jolla, California.
Closer to home - in the wake of George Floyd's death, Rotary International pledges to strengthen its approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Upcoming Program Duties
During these challenging times during COVID, it has become an even greater challenge securing weekly program presenters. But this time also affords the opportunity of the ease of a Zoom presentation versus which can be a bonus for a busy presenter.
If you have an upcoming program duty (or if you are unsure, please check the upcoming duty roster) please be sure to secure a speaker and provide notice to Don O'Connor ( as soon as that speaker is confirmed. If you are unable to confirm a speaker who can present virtually, you could look at options for a Ted Talk, consider presenting yourself on a relevant topic or your business, or create some excitement for a community youth organization you are passionate about. It is your program, so think about what is interesting and engaging to you and share it with others!
Even during our virtual meetings, we want to present engaging content and make the meetings meaningful for those that are attending the weekly sessions. We've hosted several prospective members and we want to keep them coming back with great content.
If for some reason you are unable to switch duties with another member or you have simply exhausted all efforts to find a speaker, please notify Don no later than 3 business days before the meeting (the Friday before the meeting your program is scheduled) whenever possible.
Thank you for your help with this and thank you to all who are working hard to find engaging content for our upcoming sessions!
Upcoming Program Duties:
April 21: Service Project
April 28: Marshall Jr. Rotarians
May 5: Evening Fireside at Northland
May 12: Gary New Duluth Clean up (in place of morning meeting)
May 19: East or Harbor City Jr. Rotarians
May 26: Evening service project - Gary New Duluth Recreation
June 2: James Holton
June 9: Mark Erickson
Leave of Absence Procedure
There have been a number of questions during this time regarding leave of absence and the procedure for submitting a leave.  If you would like to submit a leave of absence, please visit the Harbortown Rotary home page under the Home Page Download Files section or contact to obtain the LOA form.
Below are guidelines regarding the Leave Of Absence process:
  • Leaves are not granted automatically
  • A leave of absence is granted by a majority vote of the Board
  • A leave can be granted only to a member who has no outstanding debts to the club
  • Career transition leaves are handled differently so please contact the club president or Jan for further details
  • A leave is granted for a specific period of time not to exceed three months
  • A member is still responsible for rotary dues and fundraising but not meals during the leave
Harbortown News
For news, announcements, event promotion social media, media releases and more, please contact Charity Johnson ( or 218-788-7288). 
Chloe Strand joined the Marketing/PR committee last fall and is taking on many duties related to Facebook posts, Member Spotlights and more. When communicating PR details, please copy both Charity ( and Chloe ( on relevant information.
For Scuttlebutt: If you are hosting the program speaker, please copy Charity on the speaker's name, organization and email. If you are the chair of a Harbortown Committee, please update Charity and Chloe on relevant information regarding grants and awards, meetings or news.   Charity will use this information to create more dynamic and engaging content to share with potential club members and on social media.
It is our goal to continue to share the good work that Harbortown Rotary is doing in our community, so your help and support is greatly appreciated!
Thank you!
Harbortown Rotary 2020
Russell Hampton
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