The Gimlet
Volume 107 #34
This Week at Rotary
We Meet at Noon on Thursday
February 24, 2022
For Those Attending in Person
Plated Meal
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45)
(Link Sent Thursday Morning)
Holiday Inn Downtown
Tammy Sundbom
Resource Development Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland
Mental Health Access Program
Thanks to the support of Rotary Club of Duluth #25, in the spring of 2019 the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland began providing mental health services and support in the Clubs. Their initial programming goals were to integrate the mental health staff into the Clubs and create dialogues that helped to remove the stigma attached to mental health-related issues.
Through the positive relationships with focused mental health counselors on-site and the support of trusted staff, they have worked to create a safe environment for youth to get help and remove barriers to accessing these much-needed services. As the pandemic changed our world and the way we interact, the need for mental health support services for our youth has only continued to grow.
At present, the program has up to three mental health interns from local universities and colleges and established relationships for outpatient services with four local mental health providers. They also recently added a full-time Behavioral Health Coordinator position to oversee the program and its imminent growth in the coming years.
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Steve Yorde
President Chana Stocke called the meeting to order by inviting everyone to stand and sing “America the Beautiful.”  Good plan on such a cold and sunny Duluth day, but today the piano decided not to cooperate.  Foiled by mechanical issues, (it could have been frozen), Past President John Baumgarten and President Chana Stocke simultaneously decided to go with a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.  The 4-Way Test was up next, followed by Past President Branden Robinson’s poignant Rotary Reflection.  “We are blessed to live in a community that values education at all levels.  But the true value of education comes not from the acquisition of knowledge, but rather the implementation of that knowledge.”  
Past President John Baumgarten
With no visiting Rotarians, guests, or self-reports, President Chana Stocke provided an update on the recent Board discussion concerning dues that are in arrears.  If you receive a letter, please review it carefully and contact Past President Elaine Hansen or President Chana Stocke with any questions.
Past President and Marshall School alumnus Past President Branden Robinson introduced today’s speaker, Jamie Steckart, the new Head of School.  A proud native of Wisconsin, Jamie is a graduate of Ashwaubenon High School, UW-Madison and he earned a graduate degree from the University of Minnesota.  He is licensed in Minnesota as a teacher, principal and superintendent.  This well-qualified young leader introduced his vision for the upcoming school year: the launching of The Forest School on Marshall’s 42-acre campus in the center of Duluth. 
Jamie Steckart
The program will focus on environmental education, literacy, science, numeracy and the arts for students ages 4 through fourth grade.  He acknowledged there are many nature-based programs in Duluth area pre-schools, yet the demand remains high. According to Jamie, Marshall Forest School students will spend up to 50% of their time outdoors with teachers who are well equipped to support the physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth of each student.  The curriculum is based on the latest scientific research on how these young students develop and learn.  And to fill the 150 slots available, Marshall Forest School has taken a bold step by cutting tuition in half to assist and encourage students who are within walking distance of Marshall. 
To augment this new direction, he is seeking the community’s philanthropic help, as well as corporate sponsorship underwriting, in providing need-based scholarships.  There are already 130 applications submitted for next fall.  He reported there are 20,000 student prospects in a 30-mile radius around Duluth and Superior.  He discussed Wisconsin’s educational voucher program which provides $9,000 per student attending Wisconsin private and public schools.  While not available in Minnesota, Jamie sees this as an essential component from a societal standpoint, particularly as a step toward broader and more equitable access to quality education.  Today’s students want personalization and attention to what’s ahead in their learning and development.  Marshall provides that option for students of all ages through its strong 15:1 student-teacher ratio, small classrooms, personalized learning environment, and nimble programs like The Forest School.      
President Chana Stocke concluded the meeting with the 50-50 drawing, won this week by the presenter of the Reflection, Chair of the Day and Past President Branden Robinson!
(L to R Jen Berry, Director of Advancement
 at Mashall School with speaker Jamie Steckart, Past President Branden Robinson
This Week's Meeting
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Center Great Lakes Ballroom
200 W. Superior St
Duluth, MN
United States of America
Venue Map
Feb 24, 2022
Mental Health Access Program
Mar 03, 2022
Putting Children First and Foremost in Duluth, since 1883
Mar 17, 2022
Ice at the North Pole
Mar 24, 2022
Mar 31, 2022
Apr 07, 2022
Get to Know Conservation Corps Minnesota!
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Upcoming Events
Auction Committee
Holiday Center & Zoom
Mar 03, 2022
1:00 PM – 2:14 PM
Rotary Board of Directors
Mar 15, 2022 3:30 PM
Rotary Board of Directors
Apr 19, 2022 3:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Zach Walters
February 4
Renee Mattson
February 7
Geiger Yount
February 8
Justin Terch
February 12
Sheryl Homan
February 12
Steve Hadley
February 16
Mike Murray
February 23
Therese Spehar
February 26
Join Date
Elaine Hansen
February 3, 2000
22 years
Douglas Erickson
February 4, 1999
23 years
Zach Walters
February 4, 2019
3 years
Jerry Thoreson
February 5, 2020
2 years
Al Makynen
February 9, 1989
33 years
Branden Robinson
February 14, 2008
14 years
Dale Johnson
February 14, 1974
48 years
Jon Helstrom
February 16, 1984
38 years
Gary Bubalo
February 17, 2000
22 years
Kjell Knudsen
February 18, 1999
23 years
Darlene Anderson
February 21, 2008
14 years
Mary Niemeyer
February 22, 2018
4 years
Katrina Pierson
February 24, 2020
2 years
Stacy Oltmanns
February 25, 2019
3 years
Christopher McMahon
February 26, 2020
2 years
Jim Schwartz
February 26, 2004
18 years
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