This Week's Program: Derek Medved
This week we will come together to hear the inspiring story of Derek Medved and how as a 19-year-old, without any real financial backing, took over a failing business and turned it into a success. Derek owns  and operates a chain of successful Corner Stores and employs 40 amazing individuals.
Derek was born and raised in the western part of town (Gary New Duluth)and raised by a single mother who worked hard day in and day out. "She taught me the value of a penny and always told me if I wanted anything in life I would have to work really really hard," says Derek.
Derek is also one of the newest members of the Duluth City Council. "No matter where you look in our city we have many things that need our attention. I believe that each individual council member has their own projects and goals that will benefit our community greatly."
District 5580 Conference 2020 - Brainerd, MN
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.
This Week's Duties: 2-26-2020
Don O'Connor
Nathan Sager
Potter Neustel
Shawn Clairmont
Member Spotlight
Duane Holm
Christopher Dahlberg
Weekly Attendance Report: 2-19-2020
50/50 Drawing15                $1081  
GuestsSirtad, RyanMehgan Blair
Visiting RotariansNolle, Dave Club 25 
MakeupsJinell Abernethy2/18/20Community Service
 Pat Finney2/18/20Community Service
 Jim Gruba2/18/20Community Service
 Jim Wheeler2/18/20Community Service
 Charity Johnson2/18/20Community Service
 Shawn Clairmont2/18/20Community Service
 Judy Seliga2/18/20Community Service
 Rick Cleath2/18/20Community Service
 Mary Durward2/14/20Safety Harbor Rotary Club
 Mary Durward2/21/20Safety Harbor Rotary Club
Newest Members:Eddie Crawford, Jim Boileau, Andres Gonzalez
Member Resignations:   
Member Transfers:   
Career Trans Leave:   
Member Leaves:Kerry Leider  9/3/19-3/4/20  
Rule of 85:Bob Lindquist  
March 2020 Issue of the  Rotarian
The March 2020 issue of the Rotarian is now available online. 
By subscribing to the e-magazine, instead of hard copy you can:
  • Send articles to friends or add links to your favorite blogging sites
  • Zoom in and out
  • Search by subject
  • Use the contents page to click to any feature
  • Immediate access to online resources by clicking on any active email or web address
Four Way Test Essay Winner
The Four Way Test Essay Contest is complete and we have a winner!  The panel of four judges from throughout our district read and ranked each of the14 essays submitted by clubs across the district. 
Each essay was reviewed for correlation to the 4 Way Test, organization of thoughts, language usage, grammar and spelling with a maximum possible score of 5 for each area and 20 for each essay.
This year’s Overall District Winner was Isabella Bosch, with an essay jointly submitted from Fort William Rotary, Lakehead Rotary, Nipigon Rotary, Port Arthur Rotary, and Thunder Bay Rotaract, with a total score of 91.  A huge THANK YOU to all of the youth and clubs that participated and the judges who read and ranked all of the essays.  Congratulations to ISABELLA BOSCH!!
You can read Isabella's winning essay here
Annual Harbortown Raffle Drawing: 4-8-2020
Are you selling your Harbortown Raffle tickets?!
Each member will be responsible for selling at least three raffle tickets at $100 each.
$  10,000.00
 $  10,000.00
$    2,500.00
 $    2,500.00
$    1,000.00
 $    1,000.00
4th - 10th
$        500.00
 $    3,500.00
11th - 15th
$        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 for additional tickets.  Turn in your cash at the morning meetings.
SAVE THE DATE - Dragon Boat Festival, August 21 & 22, 2020!
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
Harbortown News
For news, announcements, event promotion social media, media releases and more, please contact Charity Johnson ( or 218-788-7288). 
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 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 my 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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