This Week's Program: Shaye Moris, In the wake of COVID-19, Our Northland Hunger Relief Response

COVID-19 has brought to the forefront, the dire need for community response during a time when access to basic needs ignited a crisis situation for many of our neighbors. Executive Director of the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, Shaye Moris joins us to highlight the efforts of Second Harvest that began at the onset of the global pandemic. With a mission of feeding the hungry in NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin, Second Harvest is ensuring over 6.2 million meals for our neighbors in need annually.  This provides additional support and stability to our neighbors and the ability to focus on personal health, employment, education or other important individual or familial needs.

Shaye received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 1994.  Her three areas of study included mass communication, journalism and psychology. She is currently Board President of the UW-Superior Foundation, Trustee Vice Chair of the Northland Foundation, and a Board Member of Feeding Wisconsin.  She’s also a past Board Member of Twin Ports Area NonProfit Coalition, Lake Superior Fundraising Executives (LSFRE) and Hunger Solutions Minnesota.  She’s served on both the Contract Advisory Task Force and Brand Advisory Committee for Second Harvest’s national affiliate Feeding America.


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

Meeting ID: 847 1418 9189
Passcode: 119791
"There’s more than enough food in our nation to feed every man, woman or child who is hungry.  The USDA estimates that as much as 40% of the food produced in the U.S. never even makes it to our dinner table.  And that’s where we come in – to rescue and distribute food for NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin."
Annual Life House Shopping
During the last week of March, Dan Holm, Pat Finney and Jinell Abernathy did their annual shopping trip to complete four move-in kits for clients of Life House who will be moving into a new apartment.
The kits were furnished with cleaning supplies, cooking utensils, pots, pans, cups, plates and silverware. Thank you Life House for supporting our area youth and our Rotarians for their annual shopping trip for these very needed care packages!
Photo Credit: Jinell Abernathy
American Heritage Book Group: Fall Schedule
The American Heritage Book Group is picking up where we left off a year ago with a discussion of Stephen B. Oate's' epic work: The Approaching Fury: Voices of the Storm (1820--1861).  
We are a group of diverse political perspectives but we share a passion for good historical literature about our national heritage.
The group will meet Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at the Boat Club starting with drinks and conversation at 5:00 p.m. followed by dinner and discussion about the book from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
To register for this event, please send an e-mail to Jane Carr by Friday, November 5, 2021:
For more information contact: Rev. Brad Jenson, CFP®, member, The Duluth Harbortown Rotary Club
Phone: 625-2430 (work—Lake Superior Financial Services, Inc.) or email:
Cash Raffle Tickets are on Sale!
It's time to Spring into action and do some selling! The Harbortown Rotary 2021 Cash Raffle has officially begun!! With the increased number of tickets and prizes this year, we are asking members to sell a minimum of 4 tickets each. However, to sell all of our tickets we need to average selling 7.5 tickets per member, so get creative and have some fun selling these tickets!
Your envelope with tickets will be available for in person pickup at all our in-person Wednesday club meetings at the Holiday Inn. Otherwise you can swing by and visit Goldy behind the US Bank on Michigan Street or at the Kolquist, Seitz & Goldman offices located on the 9th floor of the US Bank Building at 130 West Superior Street.
For ticket pick up contact Greg in advance 218-340-1688 or 218-336-1523, and don’t be shy to ask for more than 4 tickets!
A recent email was sent with some awesome templates to assist you with your sales efforts; including:
Feel free to use the templates, or let your creative juices flow and make the sales pitch your own! Our goal is to have every ticket sold and turned in with all cash by June 15th, 2021. Please coordinate with your team captain, Tony Hansen or Greg Goldman if you need more tickets. Captains will be asked to check in occasionally to help encourage their team’s sales efforts, assist in collecting ticket stubs and redistributing tickets if members need more.
Thank you all for your help, and I am excited to see the club come together to make this the biggest and best cash raffle fundraiser yet!
Boys & Girls Club Service Project Recap
Almost a dozen Rotarians along with several families members joined forces and provided some much-needed support to the Lincoln Park branch of the Boys & Girls Club. Everyone chipped in to help with building shelves for food and snacks, deep cleaning the gym and art supply area, organized some rooms and decorations and broke down a lot of cardboard. Thank you to all who participated in brightening the day of the students and staff at B&GC!
Photo Credit: Heather Salfer
April Issue of Rotary Magazine Now Available
With it it being almost Earth Day (April 22), it's a great time to dive into one of Rotary's newest areas of focus - the environment. Read details that highlight the $18M worth of environmental projects taken on by Rotary clubs around the globe, habitat restoration, water conservation and energy efficiency. This issue highlights a Minnesota Rotary club in the Twin Cities that is tackling the problem of climate change! Read the history of the Paul Harris legacy.
"As Rotary members, we can become stewards of environmental sustainability and adopt the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals in our daily lives at home and in our clubs," Says Holger Knaack, President of Rotary International. "Then we can incorporate them into our Rotary projects."
Registration is Live for the Virtual 5580 Rotary District
Register for the 2021 Rotary District 5580 Conference today!
Go to: and register for free!
April 26 – May 1, join the district members for presentations every weekday at noon and 2:00 pm as well as:
  • Special happy hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 4:00 pm
  • Evening fun Monday and Friday at 5:00 pm
  • Service projects on Saturday
See the full agenda at
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.
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
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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