The Gimlet
Volume 107 #45
This Week at Rotary
We Meet at Noon on Thursday
May 12, 2022
For Those Attending in Person
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45)
(Link Sent Thursday Morning)
Holiday Inn and Suites Downtown
Dan Hartman, Executive Director
Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center
The DECC, the Region’s Gathering Spot and Economic Driver
We all know the iconic buildings on the waterfront that, together, make up the DECC. Join us as we learn the “inside story” of the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (the DECC) — It’s past, present, and future! We’ll hear from Executive Director Dan Hartman about his visionary plans for the future and how they will impact and re-energize our community.
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Patra Sevastiades
After two years of covid-19 preventing our annual spring fundraising gatherings, this year’s Cinco de Mayo fundraising event was evidence that Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Duluth #25 were ready to gather again to enjoy one another’s fellowship and raise funds for charitable causes Rotarians to support in the community. More than one hundred guests attended this dazzling event at Marshall School. Mexican-themed food was catered by G. B. Schneider. Beverages were BYOB. A good (and delicious) time was had by all!
Bonita Nelson, with the help of Sheryl Homan and Assistants District Governor Tricia Bunten others, festively decorated the space in the Cinco de Mayo theme
The Raffle Boxes attracted a buzz of interest. Dozens of baskets, from a canine-themed basket to a pamper yourself basket, to a pizza basket drew hundreds of raffle tickets.
The Dessert Auction featured a luscious selection of cakes, cheesecake, biscotti, tarts, and pies.
The Silent Auction gave attendees a chance to bid on a tour of Bent Paddle Brewing Company
Signature merchandise, among other wonderful options as viewed by Jon Ohman.
(L to R) Mary Young, Tom Young, Renee Mattson, Bill Burns, and Jon Ohman shared a table.
M.C. Tom Young opened the festivities and helped to keep events moving along.
Allen Anway bid for a live auction item.
Tom Sullivan, guest auctioneer.
Past President Branden Robinson chose heads
Paul Helstrom chose tails.
Heads was chosen by event chair Al Makynen.
Many guests chose heads too.
The final four participants in Heads and Tails, Dick Moore, Patra Sevastiades, Bill Burns, and Anne Orman, were called to the front for a final showdown.
It came down to two contestants: Anne Orman (heads) won over Patra Sevastiades (tails)!
Hard working Stacy Oltmanns with President Elect Barb Perrella holding gift certificates for the Live Auction.
President Elect Barb Perrella looks on as Renee Mattson displays the live auction item of a two-night stay in a Cliffhouse Townhome at Lutsen Resort.
Dick Moore bid on a live auction item. 
Paula Bloomquist, dessert maker.
    Skeeter Moore and Kathy Sullivan
 Past President Branden Robinson enjoyed the auction.
Rob Hofmann persuasively described the 3-hour sail aboard the 52’ schooner Abbey Road.
A tremendous thank you to the 22 members of the Rotary committee who made this evening a success! Past Assistant Governor Al Makynen, Event Chair; Darlene Anderson, Paula Bloomquist, Assistant Governor Tricia Bunten, Past President Dean Casperson, Jeff Fifield, District Treasurer and Past President Elaine Hansen, Sheryl Homan, Renee Mattson, Gary Melander, Rose Misiewicz, Past President Bonita Nelson, Jerry Thoreson, Jerry Pelofske, President Elect Barb Perrella, Jon Ohman, Jim Schwartz, Elizabeth Simonson, Karol Sowers, President Chana Stocke, Tom Young, and Geiger Yount.
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
May 12, 2022
The DECC, the Region's Gathering Spot and Economic Driver
May 19, 2022
North Country Ride Mental Health Program
Jun 02, 2022
We celebrate THREE of our Past Presidents - President Michelle, President Dean and President Chana
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
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Board of Directors
May 17, 2022 3:30 PM
Rotary Board of Directors
Jun 21, 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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