The Gimlet
Volume 107 #47
This Week at Rotary
We Meet at Noon on Thursday
May 23, 2022
For Those Attending in Person
Buffet Lunch
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45)
(Link Sent Thursday Morning)
Holiday Inn Downtown
Eric Larson
Adaptive Recreation -Northland
Even with all the natural beauty, we have to offer in the Northland, participation in the many forms of outdoor recreation is not something all of our family, friends and neighbors living with disability are able to enjoy.  Mr. Larson will discuss how members of our communities may participate, volunteer and donate to improve the quality of life for those families who experience disabilities.
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Rob “Deadeye” Hofmann
Because the Holiday Inn was rustled away, our traveling herd of rough & ready Rotarians from Club #25 found favor, feed, and fellowship this past Thursday at the trough of the Boat Club in the Fitger’s Complex where, like the cowboys of old, and with no Rotary Bell in sight, President Chana Stocke brought the meeting to order with an ear-shattering whistle. With no American flag either, Rotarians cowboyed up and recited the Rotary Four-Way Test.
President Chana Stocke
Using more horse sense than most fellers, Past Assistant Governor Al Makynen did some thoughtful Reflectioning onwhat else – horse sense. Fer instance, don’t reign in your horse too hard going down a steep mountain slope or the both of yer will take a mighty hard tumble. It’s called teamwork, partner!
Past Assistant Governor Al Makynen
A few Rotarians ponied up and gave the Golden Can a gentle boot. Allen Anway ‘fessed-up to giving away scholarship dollars to a student at UWS in honor of his wife Dorothy. Club #25 perty-picture-taker Jerry Thoreson shot from the hip with a contribution of $62 US to commemorate his 62 years, and Rotarians obliged by singing Happy Birthday (without a fiddle nor banjo).
Jerry Thoreson
President Elect Barb Perrella reported that her very own colt got himself hitched on the previous Friday and watch as the two rode off into the sunset - and off the family ranch. Yet, another thing was on her mind: The Rotary of Duluth President’s Night – Thursday, June 2 beginning at 5:00 PM at The Garden (formerly Grandma's Sports Garden)
Join the Past Presidents for a fun night at The Garden (formerly Grandma's Sports Garden) - PLEASE RSVP NOW on ClubRunner at
Past Assistant Governor Al Makynen saddled up to the microphone again to report that the Cinco de Mayo dinner/auction hauled in $15,000 for Rotary community grants, and $6,500 for Polio Plus – Yee Haw! 
EDITOR SAYS: Ok folks – no more horsing around from here on out ----
Chair of the Day Renee Mattson
Chair of the Day Renee Mattson introduced our two speakers from North Country RIDE Leslie Chaplin and Tammy Horiza. Tammy is a native of Kentucky (good horse country) and has adapted to the cold winters of northern Minnesota with few complaints – except this past never-ending winter.  With nary a trace of a southern accent, Tammy spoke of her work with clients as young as four years old who are addressing a number of physical or mental challenges – a word she prefers to use than disabilities. With 14 horses and 1 donkey, North Country RIDE operates from late April to late October. In Esko, MN.  Horses, she said, have an extremely high level of sensing. A horse can sense your heartbeat, or nervous energy, or self-confidence several feet away. The horse will then mirror those feelings when you ride upon them. So, the more calm and confident you become, so too does your horse. The more relaxed you are, so too your horse.  This symbiotic relationship provides a unique experience for many people who have difficulty responding to non-animal clinical therapy. We learned of a journey of a young rider who started at age four and progressed throughout her years in ability and confidence where she grew to become an MD! Since the onset of COVID, North Country RIDE is seeing more demand than they can meet. To address this, Leslie Chaplin, a licensed psychotherapist and North Country RIDE board member, shared a vision for a psychotherapy clinic based at their Esko, MN facilities. In addition to funds required to hire a practicing psychotherapist to lead the program, new facilities and at least 17 additional horses plus staff will be needed to fulfill the growing need in our community.
(L to R) Speakers Leslie Chaplin and Tammy Horiza with Jena Evans
This Week's Meeting
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Center Great Lakes Ballroom
207 W. Superior St.
Duluth, MN
United States of America
Venue Map
Venue Map
May 26, 2022
Adaptive Recreation - Northland
Jun 02, 2022
We celebrate THREE of our Past Presidents - President Michelle, President Dean and President Chana
Jun 09, 2022
MN Department of Transportation Work in Duluth
Jun 23, 2022
North Shore Community School
Jun 30, 2022
The Annual Peaceful Transfer of Power!
Jul 07, 2022
Enjoy fellowship and an outdoor picnic at the Rotary Peace Plaza at Enger Tower
Jul 14, 2022
Jul 21, 2022
Duluth Transit Authority
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Upcoming Events
President's Night Celebration
The Garden
Jun 02, 2022
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Rotary Board of Directors
Jun 21, 2022 3:30 PM
Rotary Board of Directors
Jul 19, 2022 3:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Corey Collier
May 1
Catherine Carter Huber
May 3
Jim Landwehr
May 4
Jim Olson
May 5
Douglas Erickson
May 15
Jerry Thoreson
May 19
Katrina Pierson
May 20
Kate Molinaro
May 21
John Baumgarten
May 23
Karol Sowers
May 24
Join Date
Jim Olson
May 11, 1995
27 years
Kate Molinaro
May 11, 1989
33 years
Corey Collier
May 14, 2015
7 years
Mike Murray
May 15, 2003
19 years
Rob Hofmann
May 15, 2008
14 years
Traci Marciniak
May 16, 2013
9 years
Mike Waldron
May 19, 2021
1 year
Sheryl Homan
May 19, 2005
17 years
Jim Landwehr
May 21, 1987
35 years
Bill Sozansky
May 23, 2019
3 years
Jennifer Smith
May 24, 2018
4 years
Catherine Carter Huber
May 29, 2003
19 years
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Rotary Club of Duluth
207 W. Superior St.
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