The Gimlet
Volume 109 #37

March 28, 2024
For Those Attending in Person
Lunch Buffet
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Holiday Inn Downtown
This Week at Rotary
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Bob Reichert, Author
Yellow Butterfly - Book of Poetry
 “My late daughter, Dorie, loved poetry, loved writing poetry, had a unique style for producing art and had a serious mental illness. To honor her request that her poetry survive her, I recently published a book of her poetry and art. The poetry largely reflects her mental illness. I wrote an Introduction. This is a powerful book, especially for families with someone in the family with a mental illness. The book title is Yellow Butterfly, taken from one of the poems in the book.”
Bob Reichert has Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Purdue University. Master’s in Urban Planning from Michigan State University. City planning activities for 15 years with a private planning consulting firm and with public agencies, living and working in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Duluth, and several cities in between. Owner and manager of a small real estate investment company in Duluth for 28 years. Active in the community serving on numerous non-profit, church, and public boards, committees, and commissions; served as chair or president of many of them. Published Yellow Butterfly and a 650-page book on results of genealogy research on my family. Prepared a 100-page study that went to the U of MN Board of Regents that led to opening Glensheen to the public.
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Patra Sevastiades
President Gary Melander led the room in the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-Way Test. Past President Branden Robinson then gave the day’s Reflection. He reminded us that we, as Rotarians, are agents of change with infrastructure and ideas.
Past President Branden Robinson gives the Reflection
President Gary Melander welcomed our guests: John Hensel of AMSOIL, guest of Zach Walters; Braden Hoff of F. I. Salter, guest of Past President Sandy Hoff; Conner Linde, Real Estate Consultants, guest of Jerry Thoreson; and Jim Pratt, financial consultant, guest of Bill Gravelle.
Jim Pratt, President of the Lion’s Club, invited all to the annual Pancake Day on May 2.
Jim Pratt, President of the Lions Club, and President Gary Melander
Our Jr. Rotarians introduced themselves: Nick from East H.S.; Callum from East H.S.; and Michael from Denfeld H.S.
Greg Hansen, chair of the Fundraising Committee, invited everyone to attend “Supper Club 25,” our annual dinner and auction, on Thursday, April 25, at Marshall School., 5:30-8:30pm. A great evening of fun. Bring friends and family!
  1. CLICK HERE to reserve tickets. Tickets are $50 each or $270 for a Table of 6 (SAVE $30). You may also sign up using the form at the table at our weekly meeting. 
  2. Volunteer to help!
  3. Donate auction items!
President Gary Melander noted that the April 4 Club meeting will be a tour of the Old Central High School. To attend, sign up using a form on your table at our weekly meeting.
Vinod Gupta thanked Jerry Pelofske, Secretary, and Past President Dean Casperson, Chair of the Rotary Club of Duluth Foundation, for spearheading the Foundation’s Scholarship program, which supports Vocational-Technical and STEM students.
Jim Schwartz introduced a new member, Steve Nelson, who was raised in Cook, MN. Among other impressive employment, he worked as an electrical engineer at Bell Labs in New Jersey and at Cray Computers. (Click here to see a video of Steve Nelson)
Steve Nelson, new member
Zach Walters, Chair of the Membership Committee, introduced new member Travis Hunter. An Air Force veteran, he is a psychology student at UMD and employed at Costco, and he said he looks forward to making a difference through Rotary.
New Club #25 member Travis Hunter
Zach Walters and Jim Schwartz introduce our new members
Chair of the Day Allen Anway introduced Ken Buehler, Executive Director, Lake Superior Railroad Museum—voted in USA Today as the “Best Transportation Museum of the Country!”
Chair of the Day Allen Anway
Ken noted that “Most Everything in a Museum was Stolen,” not only in internationally recognized museums but also at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum (LSRRM). He honored Rose Valland, French art curator and member of the French Resistance: Knowing that the Nazis were absconding from Paris with nine train cars of stolen art, she arranged for a train to crash ahead of the Nazi convoy and another to crash behind it—effectively recapturing the art as the Nazis fled.
Ken Buehler, Executive Director of the Lake Superior Railroad Museum
Ms. Valland used trains in Paris to prevent theft; by contrast, train aficionados in the U.S. used theft to preserve trains! Ken enthralled his audience with captivating stories about engines at the LSRRM that were stolen from around the country and are happily being tended in Duluth. Duluth’s train museum continues to thrive, averaging 100,000 guests annually.
Ken generously donated two complimentary tickets for the popular Pizza Train, to be included in our upcoming dinner/auction!
President Gary Melander reminded everyone that Club #25 Rotarian Bob Reichert will be our speaker next week.
The 50/50 winner was Jim Schwartz.
Speaking of history: Club 25 has regularly met at three locations over its 113-year history. Can you identify the place that we have NOT held our meetings?
  1. Holiday Inn
  2. Hotel Duluth
  3. Radisson Hotel
  4. Spaulding Hotel
(Answer at the Bottom)
TICKETS, TICKETS! Get your Rotary Dinner & Auction Tickets HERE! 
Reserve your tickets NOW to the Annual Rotary Dinner and Auction on Thursday, April 25, 5:30-8:30 at Marshall School. Simply CLICK HERE to fill out the ticket order form! Easy-peasy!
The answer to the trivia question is #2; the club never met at the Hotel Duluth. 
This Week's Meeting
Thursdays at 12:00 p.m.
Holiday Center Great Lakes Ballroom
200 W. 1st Street
Duluth, MN 55802
United States of America
Venue Map
Venue Map
Mar 28, 2024 12:00 PM
Yellow Butterfly - Book of Poetry
Apr 04, 2024 12:00 PM
Apr 11, 2024 12:00 PM
Apr 25, 2024 12:00 PM
May 02, 2024 12:00 PM
Update from the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce
May 16, 2024 12:00 PM
Tomassoni Tour - Cycle for ALS
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Board of Directors
Rotary Office
Apr. 17, 2024 4:00 p.m.
Rotary Board of Directors
Rotary Office
May 15, 2024 4:00 p.m.
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Jennifer Smith
March 1
Allison Hanig-Landrus
March 4
Chana Stocke
March 16
Allen Anway
March 19
Bill Gravelle
March 22
Ruth Westra
March 22
John Magas
March 30
Justin Reid
March 30
Grant Hauschild
March 31
Rob Hofmann
March 31
Join Date
Mike Orman
March 1, 1982
42 years
Casey Erikson
March 9, 2020
4 years
Matt Hunter
March 10, 2010
14 years
Steve Burgess
March 14, 2013
11 years
Geiger Yount
March 16, 1989
35 years
John Baumgarten
March 16, 1972
52 years
Tammy Sundbom
March 16, 2022
2 years
Pat Pfahl
March 17, 2011
13 years
Bob Reichert
March 18, 1976
48 years
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