This Week's Program: Dr. Glen Hansen, Microbiologist with Hennepin Healthcare

With COVID-19 always at the forefront of everyone's thoughts, we are excited to welcome Dr. Glen Hansen with the Hennepin County Medical Center to our meeting this week. 


Dr. Hansen is a microbiologist specializing in both medical microbiology as well as molecular diagnostics and is the medical director for the clinic microbiology and molecular diagnostics laboratory at HCMC. The Clinical Microbiology laboratory is a full-service lab including virology, mycology, mycobacteriology, parasitology and molecular diagnostics. Dr. Hansen has been the director of microbiology and molecular diagnostics at HCMC since 2006.
He graduated with honors from The University of Saskatchewan. Earning dual bachelor’s degrees in Microbiology and Immunology. He then went on to earn a PhD in Clinical Microbiology. His post-doctoral education is extensive, including a Fellowship in Molecular Diagnostics, as well as Medical Microbiology and Public Health Laboratory Microbiology.

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

Meeting ID: 847 1418 9189
Passcode: 119791
March 10th Meeting at Great Lakes Academy of Fine Art
Mark your calendars for March 10th
We will be doing an in person meeting at Great Lakes Academy of Fine Art.  More information on location and parking will be included in the March 10th edition of the Scuttlebutt next week.
We will do our regular meeting and stream via Zoom for those unable to attend.  The program will be a tour of Great Lakes Academy led by academy instructor Jeff Larson. Jeff Larson is a nationally know artist, recognized particularly for his realist still life, figure and portrait paintings. Jeff's art has won and placed in multiple national and international competitions. 
Photo Credit: Perfect Day Duluth
In Person Meetings Start Next Week
Starting  next week on March 17th we will start back doing our in person meetings at Holiday Inn with the Zoom virtual option available for every meeting for the foreseeable future. 
You will need to RSVP for each meeting if you want to eat breakfast. 
The room will be set up to accommodate recommended social distance guidelines. 
Please watch your email for RSVP information from Rob Haglin.
New Embroidery Options! Harbortown Logo Wear Available Now!
Show your Rotary pride loud and proud with new official Harbortown logo wear!
Thanks to Heather Salfer, who collaborated with John Cron to create the official Harbortown Rotary Apparel website.
Click on the link below, select your favorite apparel brand, use the newly branded Harbortown logo and place your order!  Prices vary depending on the brand you select.
NEW! Light colored embroidery options are now available for dark apparel. See photograph below for example of thread color.
March Edition of Rotary Magazine: Serve to Change Lives
This month Rotary magazine focuses on the shared vision of Rotary President-Elect Shekhar Mehta, Serve to Change Lives.
Hear about one Rotarian's story of service during COVID in Richmond, TX as a medical-surgical nurse, become a member of Rotary's group of geneaologists, and hear from someone who dreams big - our international Rotary President-Elect, Shekhar Mehta in a heart-felt interview.
Catherine Coleman Flowers writes a revealing book entitled: Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty SecretThe month her book was released (November 2020), senior editor Geoffrey Johnson talked to Flowers about America’s dirty secret, bridging partisan divides, the ways those two topics intersect — and how Rotarians can be part of the solution.
All these stories and more online!
Lincoln Park ChildCare Program Puts Grant to Good Use
Madison Nareski helps to operate a licensed family daycare called LPCFC Child Care, offering part-time, full-time and drop-in care 12 hours a day, five days a week. The organization strives to provide affordable, high-quality childcare for infants, preschool age and school-age children, especially those living below the poverty line. In July of 2020 the organization received the Parent Aware 3-star rating.
The $250 Harbortown Rotary grant was used to purchase games and STEM-based activities to benefit the students and maintain the quality of the program. "We believe children begin their lives by playing and from their play activities, they learn about the world around them and learn valuable skills to grow," says Madison Nareski, LPCFC AmeriCorps VISTA.
"We are grateful for the opportunity from Harbortown Rotary to be able to purchase STEM toys for our children! STEM toys encourage thought, independent thinking and improve cognitive learning." 
With the toys purchased Madison says that they will be able to provide their children with many more opportunities to play based on their interests and enjoyment.
Photo Credit: Madison Nareski
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 2021
Russell Hampton
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