Volume 105 #36
This Week at Rotary
By Al Makynen
Thursday Meetings Suspended
The Thursday noon meetings of the Club remain suspended.  We hope all of you are safe. 
Committee Meetings are at the direction of the Committee Chair with the recommendation to utilize electronic meeting formats. 
By Board Action, no member is to be charged for a meal for a suspended meeting.  For those who have prepaid their meal charge for suspended March meetings they will receive a credit on their next billing – no action is required of the member.
Rotary Office Closed
Felicia is working from home the week of March 23.  The Holliday Center Rotary Office will be closed. Felicia has a laptop and the ability to do all of her work on-line.  (This work includes Email, ClubRunner, Gimlet, phone.)  Elaine Hanson will check incoming mail and continue posting financial activity. 
Board and Committee Meetings
The Board of Directors met last week (electronically) and President Michelle Buria has called for another Board Meeting on Thursday March 26th (again electronically) to assess the needs of the Club and our response to the Corona Virus.  Committees will meet (electronically recommended) as needed to complete the work of the club and to adjust planned and future activities in response to the virus.
Club Survey
President Elect Dean Casperson as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee on behalf of the Board has sent to Duluth Rotary Club Members a survey.  If you have not already completed our Club Survey, please go to your email for March 18th (date time of around 10:30 a.m.) and open the link.  A number of members have already responded but the Strategic Planning Committee and Board wish to hear from as many of our members as possible. The Survey is just 10 questions (Survey Monkey) and will be open until March 26th.
Thank you for your participation.
Open Board Position – Effective July 1
There is an open position on the Board of Directors effective July 1, 2020.  As provided in the Bylaws (Article 1, Section 3) the vacancy is filled by Board Action. Any member in good standing who as of July 1 has served as a Committee Chair for a total of at least two years (anytime in their time with Club #25) is eligible and encouraged to submit their name for consideration to Secretary Jeff Bradt.
Rotary Dinner and Auction - Cancelled
Chair of the Dinner and Auction Committee, Ryan Johnson announced that consistent with the CDC Guidelines the event scheduled for May has been cancelled.  Due to planning timeline constraints and the desire to avoid conflicts with other Club activities later in the year the Committee decided to make the Rotary Club Dinner and Auction of 2021 a restart of this long standing fun event.   
Life House Spring Dinner - Cancelled
The event at Life House of March 26th has been cancelled.  Dan Dock and the Community Service Committee are working to reschedule.  The Committee and the Membership will be informed.
Rotary 5580 District Conference – Cancelled
The health of District 5580 Rotarians is of utmost importance.  In light of the recent COVID-19 (Coronavirus) developments, District Governor Rick Bricker has announced that the 2020 Rotary District Conference has been cancelled. Madden's resort will begin issuing refunds.  If your reservation was made by credit card, the refund will appear as a credit to the card.  Those who paid by check will have a check issued to them from Madden's.  Notice of cancellation will be sent with the refunds.  You don't have to take any steps individually to cancel your reservations or request refunds from Madden's.
Rotary Club Caring Committee – Important Message
During difficult times, we all know what Rotary Club of Duluth members do - we lean in and ask "What can we do to help?"  As members of the Caring Committee, we are doing just that by checking in and making sure everyone is doing okay. We know that during this challenging and unparalleled time, a few of our members may need assistance, perhaps with a grocery delivery, a pharmacy pickup, or just an extra check-in.  If you are feeling at all compromised, or know of another club member who might need some help, please let us know by sending a quick email to Felicia at or by calling 722.0451 - the Caring Committee will take it from there. 
Caring Committee Chair, Elizabeth Simonson, states - don't be surprised if you hear from someone from our committee as we will be making check in calls to all of our members in an effort to keep our Rotary Club of Duluth family close.  With a little help from each other we can all get through this together. 
Motivational Moment
A good friend is like a four leaf clover - Hard to find and lucky to have. 
Nominations for 2021 Rotary Peace Fellowships
Nominations for 2021 Rotary Peace Fellowships
The 2021 Rotary Peace Fellowship application is now available for the next cohort of global peace and development leaders.

Members are encouraged to use their professional and social contacts to find potential candidates.   These resources are available to help you recruit candidates:
Candidates have until 31 May 2020 to submit applications to District 5580. The District has until 1 July to submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation.

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This Week's Meeting
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
207 W. Superior St
Duluth, MN 55802
United States of America
VenueMap Venue Map
Mar 26, 2020 12:00 PM
Police Cheif
Apr 02, 2020 12:00 PM
150th Anniversary Northern Pacific Railroad
Apr 09, 2020 12:00 PM
Destination Duluth
Apr 16, 2020 12:00 PM
Steger Center
Apr 23, 2020
Zoo School
Apr 30, 2020 12:00 PM
May 07, 2020 12:00 PM
Jay Walker
May 14, 2020 12:00 PM
Stroke of Genius
May 21, 2020 12:00 PM
Fire Cheif
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Upcoming Events
Board Meeting
Conference Call
Mar 26, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Duck Pluck Committee Meeting
Conference call
Mar 31, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Volunteer Opportunity: Community Food Distribution
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
Apr 08, 2020
4:15 PM – 5:30 PM
Rotary Club of Duluth Foundation Board Meeting
Raymond James
Apr 14, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
April Board Meeting
St Luke's Foundation Office
Apr 21, 2020
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Rotary Club of Duluth Foundation Board Meeting
Raymond James
May 12, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Volunteer Opportunity: Community Food Distribution
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
May 13, 2020
4:15 PM – 5:30 PM
May Board Meeting
St Luke's Foundation Office
May 19, 2020
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Jennifer Smith
March 1
Bill Himango
March 4
Chana Stocke
March 16
Craig Chilcote
March 16
Allen Anway
March 19
Earl Rogers
March 20
Bill Gravelle
March 22
Pat Holliday
March 22
Ruth Westra
March 22
Christine Empanger
March 29
Grant Hauschild
March 31
Rob Hofmann
March 31
Join Date
Mike Orman
March 1, 1982
38 years
Marc Seigar
March 3, 2016
4 years
Tom Wheeler
March 6, 1975
45 years
Roni Salo
March 7, 1991
29 years
Matt Hunter
March 10, 2010
10 years
Holly Sampson
March 11, 1993
27 years
Steve Burgess
March 14, 2013
7 years
Geiger Yount
March 16, 1989
31 years
John Baumgarten
March 16, 1972
48 years
Pat Pfahl
March 17, 2011
9 years
Bob Reichert
March 18, 1976
44 years
Suzanne Anderson
March 21, 2013
7 years
Jack Soetebier
March 22, 1962
58 years
Bob Torgrimson
March 25, 1982
38 years
Christine Empanger
March 25, 2019
1 year
Bill Himango
March 26, 2009
11 years
Brett Kinney
March 28, 2007
13 years
Jeff Iisakka
March 28, 2002
18 years
Ken Schoen
March 30, 2000
20 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