The Gimlet
Volume 108 #28

This Week at Rotary
We Meet at Noon on Thursday
January 12, 2023
For Those Attending in Person
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45)
(Link Sent Thursday Morning)
Holiday Inn Downtown
 Bobbie Larson
Ski Hut Director of Events. Community Outreach, Marketing
Spring and Summer Programs for Youth
How a Northern Californian transplant has brought her passion for the out-of-doors is making a difference in the lives of area youth through outdoor programs.
Chair of the Day: Dr. Roxanna J. Esguerra
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Al Makynen
President Barb Perrella whisked us into the New Year.  Past President Branden Robinson reflected upon the Rotary Foundation and its work to rid the world of conflict.  And for good measure, we were all instructed to do our piece to promote peace.
Jerry Pelofske thanked all those who rang bells for the Salvation Army Red Kettle.  Another “boots on the ground community service project” (literally - as we sometimes stomped our feet to keep warm).  Those who took time out of their day included:  Dean Casperson, Vinod Gupta, Al Makynen (with daughter Kelly Stein), Jerry Pelofske, Jim Schwartz, Jack Seiler, Reid Sheldahl, Tom Young, and Geiger Yount.   The only self-report was by Past Assistant Governor Phil Strom who placed $56 in the Golden Can for each year of his marriage to the love of his life, Babs.
Jerry Pelofske updating the Club on our Salvation Army Bell Ringing efforts
Phil Strom celebrating his 56th Wedding Anniversary with a donation to the Golden Can
With it being the first meeting of the month it was time for Stacy Oltmanns to introduce the Junior Rotarians for January.  They represent all seven area high schools. Do visit with these young people.  Make a point of sitting at a table with one of them.  Find out about their plans for the future.  It is fascinating and rewarding.
Junior Rotarians with Committee Chair Stacy Oltmanns (third from right)
President Barb Perrella presented Daria Devko, an exchange student from Ukraine, and our speaker, the first-place award in the Club’s Rotary Four Way Test Essay Contest.  Her essay will now go on to regional and district competitions.  Daria Devko will be invited back to present her essay.
President Barb Perrella presents $250 to Daria Devko for her winning Rotary Four Way Test essay
Stacy Oltmanns as Chair of the Day introduced our speaker, Daria Devko, who is an exchange student from Ukraine attending Marshall School.   Her career plan is to attend law school and then establish a women-led law firm.  The title of her presentation was “Ukraine Outside of War”.  With the war, which began on February 24, 2022, holding world attention, she wanted to focus her message on the heritage, traditions, and culture of 44 million people.  She described to us the elaborate customs to celebrate Easter, Christmas, and “Ivana Kupala” (Summer Solstice).  The wedding tradition (followed until about 30 years ago) included the suitor asking the Father of the Bride for her hand in marriage.  The answer was given by either receiving an embroidered towel (yes) or a pumpkin (no).  No translation was available.   We got the sense that American food did not quite come up to her expectations.  She preferred borscht (sour beetroot soup) which is uniquely Ukrainian, not available here and an acquired taste!  And no meal is complete without sour cream somewhere in or around the food. 
Daria Devko demonstrates that sharing and living a different culture is one of the best ways to achieve world peace.  She was the first person in her family to leave home to study abroad.  She is still adjusting to the language of “Minnesota Nice” (they speak their minds clearly in Ukraine).  And a trait of Americans that shocked her was our striking up a conversation with a perfect stranger anywhere, anytime. We all have things to learn.
Daria Devko describing Ukraine Outside of War
You may not like the answer you get.  Beware the pumpkin.
This Week's Meeting
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Center Great Lakes Ballroom
200 W. Superior St
Duluth, MN
United States of America
Come join us and bring a friend for a great soup and salad bar and program!
Venue Map
Venue Map
Jan 12, 2023
Spring and Summer Programs for Youth
Jan 19, 2023
Mentor North > About the Organization
Jan 26, 2023
SOAR Career Solutions
Feb 02, 2023
Program Update from the YMCA
Feb 09, 2023
Join Club Members for a Fireside Chat at the Kitchi Gammi Club!
Feb 16, 2023
Feb 23, 2023
Regional Welcoming Community Programming in Northeast Minnesota
Mar 02, 2023
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Board of Directors
Rotary Office
Jan 18, 2023 4:00 PM
Rotary Fireside
Kitchi Gammi Club
Feb 09, 2023
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary Board of Directors
Rotary Office
Feb 15, 2023 4:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Jim Schwartz
January 7
Daniel Maki
January 13
Greg Hansen
January 21
Patra Sevastiades
January 23
Bob Reichert
January 26
Dave McLean
January 26
David Fulda
January 26
Michelle Buria
January 31
Join Date
Daniel Maki
January 2, 2018
5 years
Ruth Westra
January 5, 2006
17 years
Skeeter Moore
January 5, 2006
17 years
Edie Michalski
January 7, 1999
24 years
Dave Holappa
January 13, 2000
23 years
Chana Stocke
January 16, 2003
20 years
Paul Helstrom
January 27, 2011
12 years
Steve Yorde
January 28, 2010
13 years
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207 W. Superior St.
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