February 22 2024
For Those Attending in Person
Lunch Buffet
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45)
(Link Sent Thursday Morning)
Holiday Inn Downtown
This Week at Rotary
Northern Expressions Art Collective
Strengthening Families through Artistic Play
Patrick Weber
Strong families make strong communities.  Our programs are designed to strengthen the family through visual arts, culinary arts, and expressive arts.  Each of our events are unique, fun and open to all.
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Al Makynen
Past President John Baumgarten was in fine form as he played what he described as his favorite song, “America the Beautiful”.  Vinod Gupta provided the Rotary Reflection on the benefits of learning about another culture through travel.  Dan Maki along with Allen Anway kicked the Golden Can in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the American Birkebeiner.  Paul Helstrom announced the Celebration of Life for his father Jon Helstrom will be at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth, 325 West College Street, at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 25th. There will be refreshments from Valentini’s and a Jazz Trio.
Vinod Gupta reflecting on the value of foreign travel
President Elect Elizabeth Simonson was the Chair of the Day and introduced our speaker, Briana Hansen Johnson from the American Heart Association.  The goal of the association is to help people live longer lives.  2024 is their 100th anniversary.  Today is vastly different than 100 years ago in the understanding and treatment of heart disease.  The procedures, drugs, and medical devices available today are extraordinary.  Imagine what might be available one hundred years from now.  Currently, more women die of heart disease than of all cancers combined.  To bring that into focus, the Association sponsors the annual “Go Red for Women Gala.”  Two other annual events emphasize the need for education, intervention, and research:  The Health Walk and the Kids Heart Challenge.
Our speaker gave us the tools to have a better life.  There are Life’s Essential Eight!  A total of eight factors and behaviors can give you years of life.  More time to spend with family or to travel the world.  The factors to monitor and bring into or near the normal range are blood pressure, cholesterol (lipids), weight (BMI), and blood sugar (A1c).  Behaviors to pay attention to are sleep (adequate), smoking (stop), diet (all things in moderation), and daily activity (30 minutes).  Your body needs to move.  Activity does not exclusively mean intense cardio gym exercise; it means movement.  It can be broken down into five-minute segments six times a day.  The best all-around habit to extend your life is to walk.  If you need motivation to address these eight essential elements, seek out and listen to the testimonials of those who have survived an incident of heart disease.
And for those who want to make a difference, our speaker demonstrated the latest technique in CPR.  The latest recommendation is for compression-only CPR.  This simpler approach eliminates the complexity of artificial breathing and makes it more likely that strangers will initiate CPR.  Direct compression of the heart to circulate blood until emergency personnel arrive can and does save a life.   It was explained that if there is a pulse, CPR is not appropriate.  Depending upon the size of the victim, the amount of pressure varies.  Only for infants is the pressure very light.  Some expressed concern that too much pressure may fracture a rib.  It was mentioned that there are “Good Samaritan Laws” to protect you when performing CPR.  And her more direct response:  “a broken rib can heal, death is permanent”.
President Gary Melander with Speaker Briana Hansen Johnson
Club Information

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 p.m.
Holiday Center Great Lakes Ballroom
200 W. 1st Street
Duluth, MN 55802
United States of America
Rotary Club of Duluth
Location: 207 W. Superior St.
                  Suite 201
                  Duluth, MN 55802
Email: club25@duluthrotary.org
Office Hours: By appointment                                 only
Upcoming Events
Jenna Graen, Outreach Coordinator
Feb 29, 2024 12:00 PM
Introduction to the Veteran’s Resilience Project and their Northern MN Expansion
Introduction to the Veteran’s Resilience Project and their Northern MN Expansion

The Veterans Resilience Project or VRP is a MN Nonprofit that helps military members, Veterans and/or Spouses get access to free mental health therapy specifically a form called EMDR which is highly effective for treating trauma and/or PTS(D). EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an extensively researched, highly effective, and noninvasive type of therapy that helps clients recover from symptoms of trauma and PTSD. It is supported by the US Veteran Administration, the World Health Organization, the American Psychiatric Association – and most recognized mental health organizations.  We care deeply about our mission of

"We inspire lifelong change for Minnesota Veterans, Service Members and Spouse experiencing Trauma and PTS(D), by creating access to effective therapy as a pathway to heal. "

VRP was established in 2015 but recently in 2023 received grant funding to expand their efforts into Northern MN to help Veterans get the help they deserve to live fuller, more meaningful lives.

Jenna Graen is an Air Force Veteran who recently retired after 21 years in the Air National Guard in Duluth MN. Jenna spent her time in the military in the role of a Logistics Training Manager, Supply Specialists for F-16s and as a First Sergeant in the Civil Engineer Squadron. During her time in the military, she deployed overseas to Iraq, Afghanistan and South Korea. She started working for the Veterans Resilience Project in Nov of last year to help expand their organization to reach Veterans in Northern MN. Jenna is a Duluth Native who lives here with her husband and two children. She is passionate about helping Veterans and their families get the care and support they need to live full and meaningful lives.

Jerry Thoreson
Mar 07, 2024 12:00 PM
Managing Director, Destination Duluth
Dodie Brown, President and CEO
Mar 14, 2024 12:00 PM
True North Goodwill
Ken Buehler, Director
Mar 21, 2024 12:00 PM
North Shore Scenic Railroad