This Week's Program: Committee Updates (Virtual Fireside)

If you haven't heard what Harbortown has been up to lately, you won't want to miss the committee chair reports tomorrow morning. Join us for the virtual fireside and if you haven't yet joined a committee, now would be the perfect opportunity to help out!


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

Meeting ID: 847 1418 9189
Passcode: 119791
STARBASE Service Project: February 17, 2021
In place of our morning meeting on Wednesday, February 17, we will be offering a service project to help STARBASE Minnesota-Duluth at the 148th Fighter Wing. We are looking for 8-10 volunteers to come up from 7:30-10:30 (or even just an hour if you're able to come during the regularly scheduled meeting time).
Please contact Carl Maki ( to RSVP. Once you RSVP, you will need to complete a security form for a background check to get on the entrance list for the base. Once cleared, Charity Johnson will email you the entry and COVID procedures.
STARBASE needs some help with the following:
  • Hanging a workbench pegboard and some tool hanging and organization
  • Workroom/storage organization
  • Shelf installation
  • Cord management and organization
  • Moving and installing a white board or two
  • Hanging a clock
  • Student desk deep clean in classrooms
  • Hanging some hooks in the storage room
Photo Credit: Charity Johnson, Jeff Frey
February Issue of Rotary Magazine Available
The February issue of Rotary Magazine is now available online. Scuttlebutt is a great place to get much of our local and regional Rotary news but Rotary Magazine is filled with inspiration and accomplishments from around the globe.
Check out this month's issue for articles on the eradication of Polio from Africa, a virtual Rotary club in Washington that welcomes members from all over the world, and how to take the past year's trials and trauma to move forward.
Rotary Support of COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach
Did you know that the local Northland Rotary clubs are forming a working group to support the local health organizations spread the word to the community about the COVID-19 vaccine?
If you would like to contribute ideas and support to the effort, please contact Scott Soderberg ( or Joe Radke ( 
Do You Have an Idea for an Upcoming Service Project?
There are many organizations in our community that you, as Rotarians, may have a special connection. And likely, those organizations could use some extra support during these trying times.
Do you have an organization that could use some help with a special project? It could be filing, organization, painting, shoveling - you name it! Rotarians are here to help.
Contact Carl Maki at or call 218-481-4200. 
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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