Volume 106 #5
This Week at Rotary
We Meet at Noon
In Person – With Box Lunch
(Maximum of Three Persons per Table)
- OR -
By Zoom 
Thursday, August 6, 2020
Holiday Inn and Suites - Downtown Duluth
Robert McLean
Rotary District 5580
Being a Rotarian during COVID-19
Our District Governor Robert McLean will describe how we can be active and engaged Rotarians during this time of COVID-19.  In its 115 year history, Rotary International has been challenged before (1918 -19) by a world pandemic.  The Governor brings a message of optimism.
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Rob Hofmann
Once again, Rotarians gathered in the Grand Ballroom of the Holiday Inn and Suites Downtown for another hybrid LIVE and LIVE STREAM meeting. President Dean Casperson opened the meeting with a ring of the Rotary Bell and led us in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and the Rotary Four-Way Test.  President Dean Casperson welcomed a prospective new member - Brian Fulda, son of Dave Fulda. Brian, we look forward to welcoming you very soon! Corey Collier hosted daughter Rachel Collier. Lucas Giese joined us from Ecolibrium3.
The Fellowship Report included live and remote self-reports: Past President Tricia Bunten, vacationing in the Brainerd Lakes area, sent in $50.00 to commemorate her 50th birthday – AND that fact that she achieved her 50th birthday goal of weighing the same as she did on her 30th birthday.  Happy Birthday Tricia! Jeff Fifield dropped $45.00 to commemorate his retirement from Fifield Portrait Design after 45 years in the portraiture business. Congratulations Jeff!
President Dean then invited Rose Committee Chair Barb Perrella to the podium to announce that we will once again raise community funds through our 35th Annual Duluth Rotary Rose Sale!   We can plan for and expect “business as usual” as Rotarians will be the prime drivers of Rose Ticket Sales. The launch date is set for Thursday, September 3rd, 2020. Once again the very valuable and much coveted Duluth Rotary Rose Coupon Book will be distributed with every dozen roses. Save the dates of Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17th to volunteer at rose distribution sites. Rotarians were reminded that the next deadline for nonprofits to submit a grant request is soon – August 15th – where we have $40,000 to award.  Stating that we were to witness a check presentation unlike any our Club has experienced before, President Dean Casperson called upon our Foundation President Al Makynen to escort our guest Lucas Giese who on behalf of  Ecolibrium3 (Eco3) presented the Rotary Club of Duluth Foundation a check for $1,000.  This donation was given in appreciation of Rotarians who volunteered for Eco3’s initiative Pay It Forward PPE to assist in building PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for use by healthcare professionals.
Lucas Giese, Foundation President Al Makynen, President Dean Casperson
Chair of the Day President Dean Casperson introduced one of Club #25’s favorite speakers Fred Friedman.
Before Mr. Friedman began his program: A Baseball Season Like No Other, he took the opportunity to reflect on the life of the late Congressman John Lewis.  Mr. Friedman shared that the term “icon” is thrown about a bit too casually these days – BUT – Congressman John Lewis was truly an American Icon  who stood for Democracy, Civility, Justice, Civil, and Voters’ rights.
As we all know too well, COVID-19 remains all around us, yet as long as baseball remains – we have eternal hope. With a bit of historical perspective throughout his “fast-pitch” presentation, Mr. Fred Friedman related how this country looks to baseball for hope in times of crisis. Many examples are found throughout the last 100 years; to maintain the American spirit, both President Wilson and President Roosevelt insisted that baseball be played during a World War – and baseball answered its country’s call!  Like the “sacrifice fly”, a number of baseball’s greats gave up their youthful prime playing years to serve their country. A few examples - Ted Williams served as a pilot in both WWII and in Korea while Willie Mays served two years during the Korean War. Even so, they became baseball legends by “hitting it out of the park”. Mr. Friedman then tossed a “change-up” – sharing his experience with baseball and polio in the 1950s. It was a time when polio was rampant, and, like a runner attempting to steal a base, a trip to the ballpark in summer was a risky affair. Mr. Friedman and his brother had very “low and inside” close calls with polio yet participated in vaccine trials that later led to the vaccine of Dr. Jonas Salk. For his “closing pitch”, Mr. Friedman recalled that there are great baseball heroes like Minnesota Twin great Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva, Rod Carew, and Jim Kaat. However, the greatest laurels belong to heroes like Dr. Jonas Salk – who never registered a patent for his polio vaccine, thus “bunting” any profits from his discovery.
Twins great, Harmon Killebrew
Creator of the Polio Virus vaccine, Dr. Jonas Salk
 President Dean Casperson and speaker Fred Friedman
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
Aug 06, 2020
Being a Rotarian during COVID-19
Aug 13, 2020
Worldwide Dance Challenge & How to Lead in Times of Crisis
Aug 20, 2020
Uganda Refugee Project
Aug 27, 2020
Birding in the Northland
Sep 03, 2020
UMD Hockey
Sep 10, 2020
Federal Prison Camp Duluth
Sep 17, 2020
CSS President
Sep 24, 2020
Bolivia Project
View entire list
Upcoming Events
Rotary Club of Duluth Foundation - ANNUAL MEETING
Aug 11, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Volunteer Opportunity: Community Food Distribution
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
Aug 12, 2020
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Volunteer Opportunity: Community Food Distribution
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
Sep 09, 2020
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
View entire list
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Edie Michalski
August 1
Tricia Bunten
August 1
Jeffrey Fifield
August 4
Chuck Chairs
August 10
Bob Bennett
August 16
Darlene Anderson
August 19
Jeff Bradt
August 22
Christopher McMahon
August 26
Mike Orman
August 28
Join Date
Harvey Smith
August 6, 1981
39 years
Sandy Hoff
August 6, 1987
33 years
Chris Mueller
August 8, 2019
1 year
Kevin Jones
August 13, 2015
5 years
Allen Anway
August 26, 1982
38 years
Official Publication of Rotary Club of Duluth 
207 W. Superior St.
Suite 201
Phone: 218-722-0451
Duluth, Minnesota 55802
Editor:  Al Makynen
Rotary Office Hours
Monday 9 – 3
Wed. & Thur. 9 – 4
See Rotary's response to COVID-19