The Gimlet
Volume 107 #17
This Week at Rotary
We Meet at Noon on Thursday
October 28, 2021
(Also Via Zoom)
Plated Meal Served
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45)
Emily Vikre
Co-Founder and CEO
Vikre Distillery
From Inspiration to Business
The Founding of Vikre Distillery
Emily Vikre is a native Duluthian that will tell her story of the founding of Vikre Distillery.  How having no background in distilling or in business she and her husband Joel built a craft distillery from an idea into a business that employs 37 people and distributes spirits to nine states.
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Al Makynen
The room was buzzing with energy on what was an otherwise cool day.  There were multiple guests who added to the fellowship including prospective members Kevin Hagen of Northshore Bank, Vinod Gupta of Ameriprise Financial, and Rose Misiewicz of Jamar Company.  The Rotary Reflection by Past Assistant Governor Phil Strom was about World Polio Day (October 24th) where in the Rotarian Magazine for October the cover story is about our “Delivering on a Promise”!  We do make a difference.
The fellowship report was fast and furious with a crowd rushing forward to stuff the Golden Can.  Allen Anway was pleased that in a feature article, Positively Superior Magazine was able to spell his company’s name correctly (A2D2).  No word if they could spell Allen’s name.    Jay Ott, the owner of Positively Superior Magazine, claimed all was correct.  This reporter did not do any fact-checking on spelling – and rarely does.
Jay Ott is positive that Positively Superior Magazine got it right
Assistant Governor Tricia Bunten paid a double fine for having sold a home and bought a home with the help of Sheryl Homan.   When paying for two Rotarians involved in two events would that not be a quadruple fine?  Phil Strom paid in honor of Zack Walters, who was absent, for a nice article in the newspaper about the Jungle Boy Gym.  Grant Hauschild announced he is the proud father of an 18-month baby boy, Henry, with a daughter on the way.  The announcement delays were a result of not being at Rotary due to the pandemic.  Visiting Rotarian Bill Gronseth got caught up in the excitement of attending his old club and paid for his granddaughter’s first birthday.
Grant Hauschild announcing his expanded family
President Chana Stocke was clearly proud of the volunteer effort during the 36th Annual Rotary Rose Day!  She made a special point of thanking each member for their time to make the sale a success.  She read from a long list, not in alphabetical order, which is included here!  Treasurer Elaine Hansen, Ruth Westra, Steve Hadley, Jay Ott, Geiger Yount, Foundation President Jerry Pelofske, Phil Strom, Past President Al Makynen, Brett Kinney, Dave Fulda, Grant Hauschild, Jennifer Smith, Gary Melander, President-Elect Barb Perrella, Mary Niemeyer, Jeff Fifield, Liz Simonson, Tom Homan, Past President Branden Robinson Doug Erickson, Tom Young, Greg Hansen, Mark Peterson, Past President Bill Gravelle, Renee Mattson, and Jenny Peterson.
Rotary Roses at Mount Royal with Al Makynen, Brett Kinney, Geiger Yount, Elaine Hansen, and Jay Ott
Rotary Roses at Super One with Ruth Westra and Dave Fulda
In addition to volunteer efforts, and raising funds for community grants, members through the Rotary Foundation make a difference around the world.  Phil Strom, Chair of the Rotary Foundation Committee, recognized Tricia Bunten with a Paul Harris Fellowship, with diamond ($10,000), signifying her as a Major Donor.  In her acceptance, she was a bit surprised that monthly contributions to the Foundation had accumulated so quickly!
Tricia Bunten reflecting upon receiving her Paul Harris Fellowship with Diamond.  Phil Strom looks on.
Chair of the Day, Al Makynen, introduced our speaker Frank Frederickson, Vice President of Minnesota Power.
Speaker Frank Frederickson
Frank was energetic and quick to acknowledge that not everyone in the room was a mechanical or electrical engineer - and that was a good thing!  So first we had to be grounded on the basics of electrical generation, distribution, and consumption – from the smallest residential to the largest commercial customer.  Some were shocked to learn power is generated at the moment of consumption, delivered at the speed of light.  The national grid is in a continuous state of balance.  There is no storage capability.   That day needs to come in order for continued progress on the use of renewable energy as the sun does not always shine and the wind does not always blow.  Minnesota power has reached 50% from renewable sources.  By 2035 it is planning to be at 80% with known technology.  Its aspirational goal, requiring yet to be developed and scaled technology, is to be 100% renewable by 2050.   The challenge is to maintain quality electrical service which includes:  (1) reliability, (2) sustainability, and (3) affordability. All must be achieved, none can be sacrificed.
Minnesota Power, its customers and service area
  Minnesota Power’s plan for the future
This Week's Meeting
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Center Great Lakes Ballroom
207 W. Superior St.
Duluth, MN
United States of America
Venue Map
Oct 28, 2021
From Inspiration to Business - The Founding of Vikre Distillery
Nov 04, 2021
Nov 18, 2021
Live Theatre is Back!
Nov 25, 2021
Happy Thanksgiving!!
Dec 02, 2021
Writing a Novel, a Personal Journey
Dec 15, 2021
Ho Ho Ho - Holiday Happy Hour at the Boat Club Restaurant!
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Upcoming Events
Superior Hiking Trail Volunteering
Oct 29, 2021
Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteering 9-11 am
Second Harvest Food Bank
Oct 29, 2021
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteering 9-11 am
Second Harvest Food Bank
Nov 05, 2021
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteering 9-11 am
Second Harvest Food Bank
Nov 12, 2021
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Rotary Board of Directors
Nov 16, 2021 3:30 PM
Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteering 9-11 am
Second Harvest Food Bank
Nov 19, 2021
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Life House Thanksgiving
Nov 23, 2021
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
69th Annual Joint rotary & Kiwanis Meeting
Nov 24, 2021
Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteering 9-11 am
Second Harvest Food Bank
Nov 26, 2021
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Boys & Girls Club Tree Decorating
Nov 29, 2021
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Jim Grant
October 3
Dan Dock
October 4
Ryan Johnson
October 7
Gary Melander
October 8
Dean Casperson
October 10
Mark Peterson
October 10
Kevin Jones
October 14
Branden Robinson
October 15
Jim Monge
October 15
Bonita Nelson
October 16
Jerry Pelofske
October 24
Jena Evans
October 27
Jon Ohman
October 30
Mary Niemeyer
October 31
Join Date
Jena Evans
October 4, 2012
9 years
Dick Carlson
October 5, 1972
49 years
Gerald Ostroski
October 6, 1983
38 years
Renee Mattson
October 6, 2005
16 years
Noah Holland
October 7, 2020
1 year
Bob Bennett
October 13, 1977
44 years
Karol Sowers
October 18, 2012
9 years
Steve LaFlamme
October 20, 1983
38 years
David Clark
October 22, 2020
1 year
Jeramy Mercil
October 24, 2019
2 years
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