Volume 105 #8
The Rotary Office will be closed on September 2, in observance of Labor Day. 
Have a Great Weekend!
We will meet at noon
Thursday, September 5, 2019 at
Holiday Inn: Great Lakes Ballroom
Program: The District Governor's Visit
 District Governor Rick Bricker & his wife Susan 
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Al Makynen
There was no doubt you were at a Rotary meeting.  With the ringing of the bell, followed by leading us in reciting the Four Way Test, to then giving a Reflection, President Michelle Buria transitioned us from our busy life to a time for Rotary!  Her reflection was a question to each of us to revisit and examine why we are in Rotary.  There have been changes but the core reasons of service to others and doing good work in the world remain.
Past President Mike Orman with his Fellowship Report raised an amazing amount of cash for the Golden Can. Mike knew how to prime the pump by first giving a few examples of Rotarians being recognized in the media. Then he went after the large prizes often contained in the self-reporting section.  There was a special, no mention fine, for our own McKenzie MacFarlane who was part of the Dragon Boat Rotaract Rowers named as the Best Youth Group, and as the Most Energetic Group.
Past Assistant Governor Phil Strom contributed in honor of the upcoming marriage of granddaughter Michaela.  Dave Fulda, for Johnson Carpet One, and Natalie Zeleznikar, for Keystone Bluffs, each paid $20 for receiving Best of the Best Awards as reported in the Duluth News Tribune.  Chana Stocke contributed for the recent quality work done at her home by Johnson Carpet.  This could have led to a mass fine for all those present who have worked with Dave Fulda!   Steve Burgess was very proud to announce that his maple syrup operation will be showcased in the International Maple Syrup Producers Convention to be held here in Duluth in late October.  Skeeter Moore contributed $24 for the 24th annual Northshore Inline Skating Marathon, the largest marathon of its type in the United States with over 2,000 participants.  The Duluth Rotary Club has been a partner with the Marathon since the beginning, assisting in recent years with volunteers at the Friday night Packet Pickup.  Jon Helstrom paid to announce the Cameroon Water Filtration project being organized by his son Paul Helstrom in November.  More information soon.  Past Assistant Governor Al Makynen contributed $30 for 30 years of marriage.  And Mike Orman celebrated a milestone birthday, reaching the three quarters of a century mark, by depositing $75.
Eric Dott, Chair of the Day made a quick introduction of our speaker Jay Hietpas, PE who is with the Minnesota Department of Transportation in St. Paul, as the Director Traffic, Safety, and Technology.  His presentation focused on the efforts in Minnesota to advance policy development associated with autonomous vehicles. Also present was Duane Hill, PE, District Engineer for the Duluth Office of MNDoT.
AAA recently issued the results of a survey which revealed that three quarters of the American population are apprehensive about fully self-driving vehicles.  In urban settings, UBER and LYFT are leading the effort to create, test and implement the technology to make driverless cars a reality.  The trucking industry, facing both a labor shortage and increased fuel costs, is working to implement the concept of “truck platooning” where rather than the current required 500 feet between rigs, there would be just 40 feet, with potentially no driver in the second truck.  Highway safety is front and center in all of the discussions.  Last year in Minnesota there were 381 fatal crashes.  Of those crashes, 94% were directly attributed to human error.  Improved roadways, and laws with education to change human behavior, can only take us so far.  The application of technology within the vehicle to make it connected, autonomous, and interactive is the future.
There is a lot of development and testing to be completed.  There are reasons why current development and testing occurs in Arizona and California.  A light rain, not to mention a blizzard, interferes with the on-board system’s ability to interpret road markings and surroundings.  Also state law, infrastructure, and public policy all have to be examined and modified to prepare for the new technology.  Testing in Minnesota continues.  A corridor along Highway 55 in Golden Valley has been constructed to test snow plow priority and traffic signals.  The interactive technology is available and being installed.  It may be awhile before fully automated driverless vehicles are on our roads, but work continues to make this future a reality.
Habitat for Humanity Dedication
You are invited to dedicate our newest home in Lincoln Park, the first Habitat home built in Duluth in almost a decade!
The Lincoln Park Home Dedication has been tentatively rescheduled to Sunday, September 8 from 2-3 pm.
Come celebrate its completion and our work with the Witherspoon family!
Cake and Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.
This Week's Meeting
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Inn
207 W. Superior St.
Duluth, MN  55802
United States of America
VenueMap Venue Map
Sep 05, 2019 12:00 PM
The District Governor's Visitation to Club 25

Held in GLB

Sep 12, 2019 12:00 PM
The Hills: A Personal Story
Sep 19, 2019 12:00 PM
How the USA was involoved in the 1917 Russian Revolution
Sep 26, 2019 12:00 PM
A Boxing Story: It Happened in Duluth
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Upcoming Events
Fellowship Breakfast
Aug 30, 2019
7:30 AM – 9:07 AM
Rotary Board District Governor Meeting
Rotary Office
Sep 05, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Harvest Festival, Sustainable Farming Association
Bayfront Park
Sep 07, 2019
9:45 AM – 3:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Edie Michalski
August 1
Tricia Bunten
August 1
Jeffrey Fifield
August 4
Chuck Chairs
August 10
Bob Bennett
August 16
John Lawien
August 18
Darlene Anderson
August 19
Jeff Bradt
August 22
Jack Soetebier
August 26
Bob Torgrimson
August 27
Mike Orman
August 28
Join Date
Harvey Smith
August 6, 1981
38 years
Sandy Hoff
August 6, 1987
32 years
Kevin Jones
August 13, 2015
4 years
Natalie Zeleznikar
August 16, 2007
12 years
Allen Anway
August 26, 1982
37 years
Grant Benefit Testimonial:Sept. 5
Melanie Hansen, Lutheran Social Services Crisis Nursery
Superior Rotary Book Club:
-Primarily geared toward women
-Teamed up with Public Library
-A great fellowship opportunity
-See link in Footer for more info
McKenzie MacFarlane is returning to school, so her hours are very limited. If you require something from the office. Please call the office number or email Felicia at
Official Publication of:
Rotary Club of Duluth-Club 25
207 W. Superior St., Suite 201
Phone: 218-722-0451
Mon. 9-3, Wed. 9-4, Thu. 9-4