The Gimlet
Volume 108 #3
This Week at Rotary
We Meet at Noon on Thursday
July 18, 2022
For Those Attending in Person
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45)
(Link Sent Thursday Morning)
Holiday Inn Downtown
David Clark & Christopher Belden
Duluth Transit Authority
A Better DTA
A synopsis of the initiatives launched and in the works to create a brighter future for Transit and our Twin Ports communities.  Better DTA Movement is a portfolio of projects aimed at improving the bus system design, efficiency, passenger amenities, technology, safety, and overall quality.  Join us for a discussion that ties together these concepts and explores the benefits to community members, businesses, and other organizations.
Chair of the Day Jena Evans
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Al Makynen
With the lightest touch of the bell our new President Barb Perrella opened the meeting. Dave Fulda provided the Rotary Reflection on the increased ability to help others by joining with great partners.  In this case, it is our particular good fortune to have the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation join Rotary International in the struggle to eradicate polio.
Dave Fulda
Jay Ott, elected to the Board of Directors, was not able to attend the changing of the guard meeting.  President Barb Perrella thanked him for saying yes to club service and administered the oath of office.
Jay Ott taking the oath of office from President Barb Perrella
Dan Maki announced the opportunity for the Club to serve during the Tall Ships Festival coming to Two Harbors, August 4 – 7.  This is also an opportunity to raise significant dollars for the Grants Committee.  We are to assist with parking.  This includes working at the entrance and directing people.  This is literally boots-on-the-ground work.  Volunteers receive a free event shirt, free tickets to the event, and of course free parking.  Sign-up is happening now.  Invite your family and friends to work with you, enjoy the day, and raise money for the Club’s community projects.
Brian Fulda, chair of the Club Service Committee, thanked all those who worked registration, 50/50 drawing, greeter, or Rotary reflection. And Mr. Tech – who sets up the meeting electronics each week – went over the top with an electronic real-time roulette wheel to award gift certificates to the lucky folks whose names had been placed on the wheel for services rendered during the 2021-22 Rotary year.  The lucky winners were Dan Maki, Jon Ohman, Mike Orman, and of course Mr. Lucky himself, Gary Melander.
Brain Fulda and his wheel of good fortune
Chair of the Day, and Past Assistant Governor, Phil Strom introduced our speaker Senior Program Officer Rachel Lonsdale of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In her ten years with the Foundation she has worked to coordinate the message about the eradication of polio in order to keep world leaders, countries, donors, and volunteers engaged.  Not an easy task when you have six core partners: Rotary International, World Health Organization (WHO), US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Gavi Vaccine Alliance.  This massive worldwide effort begun by Rotary in 1985 has seen the work of 20 million volunteers in over 200 countries, expending $17 billion dollars to date – with more required.
There have been challenges.  Geopolitical instability coupled with remote geographic locations has made reaching “every last child’ difficult.  There are three basic, but not easy steps.  Step One:  Find the virus. Only 1 in 300 children infected will develop paralysis.  A more effective method is to test wastewater to determine if the virus is present.  Step Two:  Find the Children.  Often remote rural villages are not even shown on government maps.  On-the-ground investigation assisted by aerial photography is required to find out where the children live.  Step three: Vaccinate the Children.  This can be through public health initiatives, but it often becomes a village-by-village, person-to-person effort to find local leaders, gain their trust, and seek help.
Great progress has been made since Rotary International started its work in 1985.  Then 350,000 children per year became paralyzed by polio.  In 2021 there were 6.  Two countries still have the wild polio virus in their population; Pakistan and Afghanistan.  The challenge is that the reintroduction of polio into a country is just “one plane ride away.”  Until it is eradicated everywhere no one is fully safe.  Multiple years of vaccinations and billions of dollars are needed to reach the remaining children and prevent infection.  We are “that close” to eradicating the scourge of polio from the face of the earth.
(L to R) Brandon (?) Hoff, Callie Hoff, Past President Sandy Hoff, District Treasurer Elaine Hansen, and Mary Niemeyer
Jerry Pelofske and Past Assistant Governor Phil Strom
Past President Bill Gravelle with new member Holly Mirau
This Week's Meeting
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Center Great Lakes Ballroom
200 W. Superior St
Duluth, MN
United States of America
Venue Map
Venue Map
Jul 21, 2022
Better DTA
Jul 28, 2022
Rotary Fellowship
Aug 04, 2022
The Truth About the Captive Wildlife Crisis
Aug 11, 2022
Zone Institute
Aug 18, 2022
Duluth's Grand Old Architecture
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Board of Directors
Jul 19, 2022 3:30 PM
Festival of Sail Lake Superior - Volunteer
Aug 04, 2022 – Aug 07, 2022
Rotary Board of Directors
Aug 16, 2022 3:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Bill Sozansky
July 5
Jon Helstrom
July 7
Traci Marciniak
July 11
Eric Dott
July 12
Skeeter Moore
July 16
Jenny Peterson
July 23
Join Date
Dick Swenson
July 1, 1996
26 years
Jay Ott
July 1, 1998
24 years
Craig Fellman
July 6, 2006
16 years
Eric Dott
July 6, 2017
5 years
Robin Pestalozzi
July 9, 2015
7 years
Jim Monge
July 17, 1965
57 years
Bill Gravelle
July 24, 1986
36 years
Pat Holliday
July 28, 1988
34 years
Brian Fulda
July 30, 2020
2 years
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