Volume 106 #19
This Week at Rotary
We Meet at Noon
In Person – With Box Lunch
(Three Persons per Table)
*RSVP Required To Receive a Lunch*
- OR -
Attend the Meeting via Zoom
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Holiday Inn and Suites - Downtown Duluth
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Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Marc Seigar
A mixture of Rotarians gathered in the Great Lakes Ballroom and over Zoom for another meeting of fellowship. President Dean Casperson called the gathering to order with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Rotary Four-Way Test. Darlene Anderson reflected about how she has been a farmer’s wife for 25 years and how in South Sudan the agriculture is very different.  She could not imagine what it would be like not to be able to raise enough food to feed her children. We should all be thankful for all that we have especially during the Thanksgiving holiday.
President Dean Casperson introduced our student guests, Madeline and Carter who were visiting from the Denfeld High School Robotics team to receive a $700 grant. 
President Dean Casperson, Denfeld Students Carter and Madeline, Jenny Peterson
Past Assistant Governor Al Makynen self-reported that his cell phone had gone off during last week’s meeting.  With Rotary a cellphone free zone, he paid the $10 fine to the Golden Can.  Jerry Pelofski announced Rotary will be in the Skywalk Wednesday, December 9th and 16th.  Past President John Baumgarten announced the 31st Annual Rotary & Kiwanis Food Drive.  All donations will be triple matched, so please be generous – it makes a difference. We need to raise $7,000 to help fill the Salvation Army Christmas Food Baskets.  Checks should be made payable to the Rotary Club of Duluth Foundation.  Or you can notify the office to have the Foundation send you a reminder billing. 
Past Assistant Governor Phil Strom introduced Zach Walters to award him his Paul Harris Fellowship.  Congratulations Zach!
Zach Walters and his Paul Harris Fellowship
Chair of the Day, Past President Dan Bergeland, introduced our speakers, Denise Scheer and John Musick.  They were here to talk about the work they have been doing with South Sudanese refugees in Uganda.  They started on this work when they were in Michigan and they met refugees from Sudan.  They planned to serve villages in Sudan, but civil war broke out and the people fled to refugee camps in Uganda.  They received financial support from our Club and the Rotary Club of Gulu in Uganda.  Currently, members of the Gulu Club have not been able to help on site due to COVID-19, but they will start again when the restrictions are lifted.  Other Rotary clubs in the U.S. are now interested in contributing to this effort.
The effort involves three inter-related pillars: peace building, women’s empowerment, and agricultural development. Peace building takes place within the refugee camps and with the local Ugandans. Sudanese and Ugandans have different languages and very different cultures.  By creating a dialog, especially concerning common needs, they have been able to build peace between the refugees and the local Ugandans. For instance, food is scarce in this poor part of the world, but they have come together for agricultural development to increase food production.  Agricultural is a key focus of the mission.  Women have been key to agricultural development and peace building.  The women are tired of war and they have no vote and no voice. They have never been to school.  However, now, in this process, they have become leaders.  For instance, women have joined together to develop educational pods to get their children educated during a time when all schools are closed.
John and Denise acknowledged our Club’s support without which their work would not have been possible.  They do an amazing job to help South Sudanese refugees in Uganda.
Speakers John Musick and Denise Scheer (Lower Center Panel) Presenting Via Zoom
How to Support Your Club Foundation
By Jerry Ostroski
There are three funds within your Club’s Foundation.  The Westmoreland Endowment Fund is now over $300,000. The goal is to reach $1 Million so annual earnings can fund impactful projects in support of Club goals.  Donations are accepted anytime, from anyone, at any level.  We often receive donations from members and others to memorialize lives well lived.  Currently 27 club members have pledged to donate to the Foundation quarterly.  These Sustainers contribute $100, or more, per year.  If you would wish to become a Sustainer just email me at  and we will set up quarterly reminders.  Since inception in 1992 the Westmoreland Endowment Fund has grown from $5,000 to more than $300,000.  Join us today and make a difference in your community.
GIMLET Correction
By Editor
Last week during the fellowship report David Nolle announced via Zoom the birth of his daughter Wilhelmina Vanderscheuren Nolle.  Unfortunately, though the sole efforts of this Editor, it was reported as the birth of a son.   Again, congratulations to David Nolle on the birth of a daughter.
Office Preparedness Plan
This Week's Meeting
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Inn Ballroom
207 W. Superior St
Suite 201
Duluth, MN 55802
United States of America
VenueMap Venue Map
Nov 12, 2020
Cyber Threats - Protecting Your Data
Nov 19, 2020
150th Anniversary of Duluth
Nov 25, 2020
Dec 03, 2020
New Programs at Lake Superior College
Dec 10, 2020
The Life of an Explorer
Dec 17, 2020
Duluth Chamber of Commerce
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Upcoming Events
Foundation Board Meeting
Nov 10, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Volunteer Opportunity: Community Food Distribution
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
Nov 11, 2020
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Foundation Board Meeting
Dec 08, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Skywalk Sites
Dec 09, 2020
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Volunteer Opportunity: Community Food Distribution
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
Dec 09, 2020
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Skywalk Sites
Dec 16, 2020
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Matt Hunter
November 2
Steve LaFlamme
November 3
Steve Burgess
November 4
Scott Frankovich
November 12
Steve Yorde
November 15
Pat Pfahl
November 18
Tom Homan
November 20
Barb Perrella
November 25
Dan Markham
November 25
Gary Bubalo
November 27
Marc Seigar
November 30
Join Date
Greg Hansen
November 11, 1999
21 years
David Pollard
November 12, 1998
22 years
Scott Frankovich
November 14, 2017
3 years
Barb Perrella
November 16, 2000
20 years
Emily Larson
November 23, 2017
3 years
Justin Terch
November 28, 2017
3 years
Tricia Bunten
November 29, 2001
19 years
Wally Holt
November 30, 1978
42 years
Official Publication of Rotary Club of Duluth 
207 W. Superior St.
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Phone: 218-722-0451
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Editor:  Al Makynen
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