This Week at Rotary
 
We meet at Noon on Thursday
September 22, 2022
IN PERSON & ZOOM
For Those Attending in Person
Buffet Meal
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45)
(Link Sent Thursday Morning)
At
Holiday Inn Downtown
 
Philip Anderson and  Tom Morgan
 
Setting Sail to End Nuclear Weapons
Tom Morgan and Philip Anderson, members of Veterans for Peace, local Chapter 80, will speak about an ambitious voyage of The Golden Rule to raise awareness and support for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2017.  Tom and Philip believe that nuclear powers like the United States should play a major role in bringing this treaty into force. 
Chair of the Day Geiger Yount
 
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Darlene Anderson
 
A warm welcome was extended to Rotarians and guests by President Barb Perrella as she asked all to join her in singing “My Country Tis of Thee” as the melody is the same as the British national anthem and we honor the late Queen Elizabeth. After reciting the Rotary Four-Way Test, Jeff Wencel shared the Reflection based on today's topic: Inclusion. As a new father he is trying to find a way to teach his youngster about inclusion. And where better to start than with Dr. Seuss. After reading to us from “The Star-Belly Sneetches” he listed several other sources and descriptions of the topic such as Shakespeare and Dickens. That brought him to the conclusion that it may be best to stick with Dr. Seuss when teaching his little one.
 
Geiger Yount
 
Rotarians have been active this fall and Geiger Yount thanked those who joined her as greeters at the Sustainable Harvest Festival: Rob Hofmann, Skeeter Moore, Tom Homan, Vinod Gupta, Bill Sozansky, Jon Ohman, Jack Seiler, and Branden Robinson. She then self-reported that her husband of 61 years stumbled this past week on the stairs. No serious injuries but she is now having to put into practice her elder care skills. We wish David a speedy recovery.
 
Paul Helstrom
An opportunity for International Service is coming in February 2023 as announced by Paul Helstrom. Plans are being made for a team of Rotarians to travel to Belize for hands on work at a school facility. Paul will share more information at the International Service Committee meeting on September 27 and at our upcoming weekly meetings.
 
  
 Gary Melander
We are now fully into our 37th Annual Rose Sale which is our club's largest fundraiser. President-elect Gary Melander reminded us that in 36 years we have raised over $1.5 million. This year the rose order will be placed on September 26, although the sale goes through October 6. Please report your sales and estimated sales to Gary by Thursday the 22nd. Donations can also be made to the Rose Sale. A $10 donation equals the sale of one dozen roses. Checks are payable to Duluth Rotary Foundation with “Roses” written in the memo line.
 
 
(L to R) Jay Walker, Alexis Burke, Jack Seiler and Beth Burk
 
And because of our fundraising efforts, Jack Seiler was able to present two grant checks. A check for $1500 was given to Great Lakes Aquarium. Jay Walker and Alexis Burke shared that the funds will be used for their “Bus Fund” which assists area schools in providing transportation for field trips to the aquarium. Our funds allow 300 more students to visit the aquarium this school year than have come in previous years. Accepting a check for $2500 payable to YWCA was Executive Director Beth Burk. The funds will be used for their Young Mother's Supportive Housing Program, which provides housing, education and resources to young homeless mothers.
 
The first Rotary Fellowship Breakfast was held last Friday at the Kitchi Gammi Club, featuring good food and conversation. Upcoming dates for the monthly breakfasts are October 21 and November 11. Mark your calendars and enjoy a great time of fellowship.
 
  
Edie Michalski 
 
 Christina Woods
 
Chair of the Day and artist Edie Michalski introduced our speaker Christina Woods and today's topic, “What Does Inclusion Look Like?” As an Anishinaabe and community leader, Christina seeks to empower individuals and provide a venue for them to share their human experiences. She is able to focus on inclusion as the Executive Director of the Duluth Art Institute, chair of the State of Minnesota Capitol Arts Committee and as a member of the U.S. Senate Curatorial Advisory Board. The Duluth Art Institute has 115 years of history and is one of the oldest art centers in Minnesota. Today it seeks to use art to tell the narrative of groups of people whose story is not so widely told. Such as the upcoming “Home of Memories: Portraits & Stories of Iraqi Minnesotans.” The exhibitions to be featured are chosen by a panel of local art and regional professionals. And they provide a variety of educational opportunities.
 
 
 
Art classes are held in local schools and at their facilities in downtown Duluth and Lincoln Park, featuring many forms of artistic expression. To learn more about what is offered and see upcoming exhibits, explore their website duluthartinstitute.org.
 
Rotarians volunteer for North Shore Inline Marathon
 
(L to R) Past President Chana Stocke, Elizabeth Simonson, and President Barb Perrella