The Gimlet
Volume 107 #12
This Week at Rotary
We Meet at Noon on Thursday
September 23, 2021
(Also Via Zoom)
Plated Meal Served
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45)
Allen Anway
Inventor, Scientist, Historian
The Greatest Scientific Prize Ever
On October 22, 1707, 28 miles west of England, Admiral of the Fleet, Sir Cloudesley Shovell steered four ships onto the rocks off the Isles of Scilly, losing the lives of 2,000 sailors including his own.  Seven years later the British Admiralty offered 20,000 pounds sterling for the "Discovery of the Longitude."  Who would earn this fantastic prize?  Join us to learn the answer.
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Steve Yorde
President Chana Stocke rang the bell and called to order Duluth’s oldest Rotary Club (est. 1911) by leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four-Way Test.  Past President Branden Robinson provided a Rotary Reflection which noted the initial project for Rotary’s first club in Chicago in 1905 was a public latrine.  Today, there are 21 million people worldwide who have access to sanitation because of Rotary.  Our club’s 110-year history is recognized for our community service here and throughout the world.
Branden Robinson delivering the Rotary Reflection for Club #25 (2021)
The first Community Project by Chicago Rotary Club #1 (1905)
President Chana Stocke welcomed our guests Shelly Howard (Renee Mattson), Jon Niemi (Traci Marciniak), Barb Montee (Geiger Yount) and Rose Misiewicz (President Elect Barb Perrella).  Visiting Rotarian Brad Jensen (Harbortown) invited us to the Footloose Friday dance party at the Kitchi Gammi’s Great Hall, sans carpeting.  He also announced the re-convening of the American Heritage Book Club.  The featured book is The Approaching Fury 1820-61.  Contact Brad for details.  Initially reporting that our Rose Sale distributor was unable to provide roses, President Chana Stocke sent an email shortly after the meeting to report a new distributor had been located!  We have Roses!  The sale is on! 
Director Chair for Membership Tom Young introduced Deb Ellingsen as our newest member.  She is the Women’s Care Center Executive Outreach Director.  President Chana Stocke immediately appointed her to the Rose Committee!
Tom Young, and Al Makynen seated with our newest member Deb Ellingsen
Betty George introduced Dennis Lamkin, senior property manager and vice president (retired) of US Bank.  Dennis has been deeply involved in the Minnesota Historical Society and the Duluth Preservation Alliance.  He and his partner have restored their own home on 21st Avenue East.  It originally was the home of Bernard and Nettie Silberstein, Duluth’s first Jewish settlers, whose neighbors included Frank Hibbing and the Hartman family, founders of today’s Minnesota Power.  Thomas Edison likely visited the Hartman home on several occasions.
Betty George with our speaker, Dennis Lamkin 
Many of us recognized the homes Dennis presented during his fascinating presentation.  He focused on architects between 1900 and 1925…boom times for the mining industry on the Iron Range and in Duluth.  Some 77 homes of at least 8,000 square feet were constructed for wealthy “captains of industry.”  Famous architects from around the US “followed the money” to Duluth to design and build recognizable homes such as Glensheen (Clarence Johnston), Enger Tower (Reinhold Melander), I Vernon Hill (the iconic Crosby House on 21st Ave. East and Superior Street, Daniel Burnham (St. Louis County Courthouse), Jack Liebenberg (NorthShore Theater) and Cass Gilbert (the flagpole at City Hall and the entire State Capital).  Chester Congdon’s business partner Guilford Hartley hired Bertram G. Goodhue, an East Coast architect who designed the Kitchi Gammi Club, the Hartley Building, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.  Frederic Perkins’ work included the Sinclair Lewis house, the Tweed house and the William French home.  Dennis’ stories and his photographs brought these recognizable homes and remarkable people to life.  He noted that even today, there are many skilled craftsmen and stonemasons actively involved in restorations around Duluth.  In conclusion he suggested we follow the progress of and visit when complete, the restoration of the formal gardens at Glensheen Mansion.  
The works of architect Bertram Goodhue in the City of Duluth
Architect Clarence Johnson and some of the details of Glensheen Mansion
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
Sep 23, 2021
The Greatest Scientific Prize Ever!!
Sep 30, 2021
Never Waste a Good Pandemic - A Turnaround Tale in 3 Seasons
Oct 07, 2021
Change Leadership for The Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce
Oct 13, 2021
Duckpin Bowing at Skyline Lanes
Oct 14, 2021
The Depot Foundation and The Depot - A Legacy of Support. A Future of Possibility
Oct 28, 2021
Nov 18, 2021
Live Theatre is Back!
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Board of Directors
Sep 21, 2021 3:30 PM
Boys and Girls Club - Haunted Reception Room
Oct 12, 2021
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Rotary Board of Directors
Oct 19, 2021 3:30 PM
Rotary Board of Directors
Nov 16, 2021 3:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Betty George
September 2
Dale Johnson
September 2
Roni Salo
September 5
Roxanna Esguerra
September 15
Craig Fellman
September 22
Jay Ott
September 23
Join Date
Bonita Nelson
September 1, 1987
34 years
Ruth Ann Eaton
September 7, 1989
32 years
Ryan Johnson
September 12, 2013
8 years
Dave McLean
September 14, 2000
21 years
Steve Hadley
September 16, 1999
22 years
Therese Spehar
September 18, 2020
1 year
Mike Lalich
September 19, 1996
25 years
Jack Seiler
September 21, 2020
1 year
Craig Chilcote
September 26, 2013
8 years
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