This Week at Rotary
We Meet at Noon
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By Zoom 
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Holiday Inn and Suites - Downtown Duluth
Dr. Barbara McDonald
The College of St. Scholastica:  Leading Forward
Dr. McDonald will give us an update and discuss the new Strategic Plan on how the College is navigating forward in the new normal.
Highlights from Last Week
By Rob Hofmann

On a glorious late summer’s day, nearly 50 Rotarians gathered either in the Ballroom or via ZOOM - with just about equal numbers between the two. President Dean Casperson opened the meeting with a ring of the Rotary Bell and led us in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and the Rotary Four-Way Test.  Past Assistant Governor Phil Strom provided the Rotary Reflection with an overview of Rotary’s Four Roles in Promoting Peace   Rotarians worldwide are called to act as peacemakers. Why? As cited on Rotary International’s website, over 70 million people are displaced as a result of conflict, violence, persecution, and human rights violations. Half of them are children. Therefore, Rotary and its members are Practitioners: Fighting disease and improving lives. Educators: Training over 1,300 peace fellows to become effective catalyst for peace. Mediators: Negotiating humanitarian ceasefires in areas of conflict so polio vaccinators can reach at risk children. Advocates: Peacemakers, conveners of groups, and creators of inclusive communities in post-conflict regions.


The Fellowship Report began with introductions and a lot of good news! We welcomed our speaker Karl Everett as a visiting Rotarian from Harbortown. Zack Walters had William Lancaster as his guest.  Each year the Duluth News Tribune produces a list of “Best of the Best” and many Club Rotarians were included and invited to kick the Golden Can (Those on ZOOM were reminded to send in their Work Zone fine).  To name just a few – National Bank of Commerce (Steve Burgess and Mark Peterson), Johnson Carpet One (Dave Fulda, and new member Brian Fulda), Pier B (Sandy Hoff), and many more.  Congratulations to all Rotarians who made the list! Past President Tricia Bunten shared that son Brian is now engaged.  Barb Perrella announced that First Street is being converted to a two way street.  The Holiday Inn Ramp entrance is being realigned and new equipment is being installed.  Skeeter Moore shared that this fall would have been the 25th Anniversary of the NorthShore Inline Marathon – but like so many events this year, COVID has delayed this celebration to 2021. Don’t worry the Club will be there for you next year!
President Dean Casperson asked our 2020 Rose Sale Chair Barb Perrella to the dais to report on the Rose Sale and introduce our newest member – Therese Spehar. We learned that Therese is a salon owner very close to our Rotary office. She is known for welcoming smile, kindly manner, and inspired creativity. Welcome Therese!
New Member Therese Spehar with Sponsor Barb Perrella
35th Annual Duluth Rotary Rose Sale!   Barb Perrella asked members to sign up for Rose Distribution.  Volunteers are need for the locations and times listed on the Rose Sale tickets.  Rotary Rose Day is Friday, October 16.  There is a short two hour distribution at one site on Saturday, October 17th.  Barb Perrella will be in the Rotary Office before and after every Thursday meeting to collect ticket sales. District Treasurer Elaine Hansen reminded us that we have the power to bring a smile to a front-line service worker by giving them a Rose Ticket. 
Chair of the Day President Dean Casperson introduced our speaker and visiting Rotarian Karl Everett. Mr. Everett is a career engineer, geologist and consultant. Far from resting, when most retire at this stage of life, Karl actively embraces all of Rotary International’s Four Roles in Promoting Peace. Karl’s passion has been to work in one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere – Bolivia. He has raised funds, coordinated Rotarian trips, helped with countless building projects, and personally impacted the lives of more than 20,000 Bolivians. Rotary International works closely with Mano a Mano International to create partnerships with Bolivian communities to improve health and increase economic wellbeing. The indigenous Quechua Indians, which translates “The People”, are the direct descendants of the Incas, yet they are among the poorest and most discriminated peoples of Bolivia.  Rotarians from all over District 5580 have joined Karl on working trips to Bolivian mountain and Amazon communities. With funds from our Club coupled with funds from other clubs, then matched by District 5580, Karl has facilitated with fellow Rotarians to have built twelve medical clinics, distribute medical supplies, help build roads to replace impassible goat trails, provide irrigation and potable water to areas that have no access to such necessities. As long as there is air in his lungs and a spring in his step, Karl Everett will continue to embody the Rotary motto: Service above Self!
Speaker Karl Everett and President Dean Casperson