This Week's Meeting
We meet at noon 
Thursday, August 1, 2019
in the Great Lakes Ballroom at the Holiday Inn
 WWII: Shipbuilding in the Twin Ports
Fred Friedman
 Mike Orman
Chair of the Day                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Darlene Anderson        
Summer is in full swing in the Northland and the Rotary Club of Duluth has shifted into top gear for the quickly approaching Duck Pluck Event on August 15.  Greeting members and accepting any and all duck adoptions were Stacy Oltmanns, Barb Perrella and Chana Stocke. As club members and guests filled the tables, conversations focused on vacation travels, family or class reunions and fishing adventures. The laughter and fellowship made it hard to hear President Michelle Buria ring the Rotary bell calling the meeting to order. Focusing on the topic of today's speaker, Greg Hansen shared quotes from several Supreme Court justices including John Marshall who said, “To listen well is as powerful a means of communication and influence as to talk well.”
After welcoming all visiting Rotarians and guests, Fellowship Reporter Traci Marciniak invited members to come forward, self-report and kick the Golden Can. First up was Jeff Iisakka who admitted that this was the first time he has ever attended a Rotary meeting wearing shorts. His guilty confession was answered with a whistle from a fellow member and chuckles from the others. A proud Rob Hoffmann announced that on Saturday he ran and completed his first 5k race. Way to go, Rob. Robin Pestalozzi and her husband closed on their new home this past week and were thankful for the expert assistance provided by Chana Stocke and Sheryl Homan. Seen on TV was President Michelle Buria sharing about the successful duck adoptions at the Duluth Air Show this past weekend and noting that the funds raised will be for the Boys and Girls Club Mental Health Access Program.
Club Treasurer Dave Nolle reported that following a careful review of club expenses and income, the Budget and Finance Committee recommended and the Board approved a monthly increase of $5 for club dues. Also, Dave noted that the contract with the Holiday Inn for meals was renegotiated for a cost of $17 per meal. These changes will be effective August 1. If you have any concerns, comments or questions, Dave asked that club members reach out to him.
Duck Pluck Event Update: There have been 1503 ducks adopted as of our meeting time or 30% of the 5,000 adoptions needed in order to meet the fundraising goal. Please check your emails for opportunities to volunteer in the next two weeks at venues around our fair city. Also, calling on all members to find 10 friends or co-workers who will donate $20 to adopt a family of four ducks. Mark your calendars for the Duck Pluck Event on August 15 at Pier B. “Adopt a Duck. Make a Difference.”
Chief Dragon Boat Rowing Captain Jenny Peterson is recruiting team members to join her and Co-Captain Jena Evans for the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival to be held the last Saturday in August. Paddles Up!!!
Then came the much anticipated “The Rest of the Story” as Fred Friedman continued with Part 2 of The History of the U.S. Supreme Court. Following a quick review of the previous week's presentation, he now focused on the Supreme Court justices who have or are currently serving on the bench by sharing what he called his personal “Greatest 10 List” and “Worst 10 List”. The greatest included John Marshall, who defined what the courts should be; Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. who served for 35 years and personally met every president from John Quincy Adams to Dwight D. Eisenhower; the longest serving justice Hugo Black with 36.5 years on the court; and John Marshall Harlan, Jr. whose view was that the Constitution of the United States is color-blind. Among the Worst 10 were Roger Taney who was for segregation; Stephen Fields who did not believe in labor rights; and Clarence Thomas – an opponent of affirmative action. An interesting final side note regarding the Supreme Court Justices is few have been educated in public schools, but rather in private schools from kindergarten on. Most have attended either Yale, Harvard, University of Chicago or Columbia University. Fred then welcomed questions on either the current topic or, of course, sports. Thank you, Fred, for another wonderful presentation.
President Michelle Buria, Speaker Fred Friedman
& Chair of the day Mike Orman
Trisha Bunten adopting ducks from
Stacy Oltmanns, Barb Perrella
and Chana Stocke
Former Club 35 member Dawn Cutler
was a guest of Chana Stocke
Adopt a Duck and Make a Difference
August 15, 2019 (5:00 – 8:30 p.m.)
Pier B Resort
800 West Railroad Street
Proceeds from this event benefit the Rotary Club of Duluth Foundation and the Mental
Health Access Program of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northland 

  • Make mental health services available at the Duluth Clubs
  • Provide Counseling Services
  • Provide therapeutic and diagnostic services to youths of Duluth
  • Your support will ensure NO youth goes without mental health services as a result of high deductibles, co-pays or insurance
Progress toward our goal:
1,657 ducks adopted (goal is 5,000)
Donations to the Rotary Club of Duluth Foundation for the benefit of the mental health access program at the Boys & Girls Club = $1,200
Sponsor money still needed = $6,000 (Help us secure sponsors at the $500 level)
It is expected every Rotarian will find 10 people with $20 each to make our fundraiser successful

Winners will be posted on the website:
Volunteer Opportunities
Spirit Valley Days 8/3: 3 spots open
Holiday Center Skywalk: 2 spots open on 7/31 & 8/7
Bluesfest 8/9 &8/10: 1 spot on Fri. & 6 spots on Sat.
Tall Ships: 8/11-8/13: 2 spots on Sat. 4 on Sun. and 4 on Mon. 
 August 13th ROTARY TAGGING PARTY (Put the numbers on the ducks) -FELLOWSHIP EVENT
Calling ALL Rotarians of Club 25 to join us for a Fellowship Event to tag all the ducks we need to drop
DATE and LOCATION:  August 13th at Pier B from 5-8:30pm
Grill Wars at Bayfront 8/14: 6 spots available
Cops, Kids and Cars – Bayfront 8/15: 2 spots available
August 15th – Duck Pluck Event – Calling All Members of Rotary Club 25!
We are in need for as many Rotarians as possible to join us on that day to help out!  Please just submit that you will be at the event and what time you can arrive.  We need Rotarians from 9am until 9pm – from set up to clean up and everything in between!  
Contact Jeff Iisakka at  
Thank you!
This Week's Meeting
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Inn
207 W. Superior St.
Duluth, MN  55802
United States of America
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Aug 01, 2019 12:00 PM
WWII: Shipbuilding in the Twin Ports

Held in GLB

Aug 08, 2019 12:00 PM
A2D2: An Entrepreneur's Story
Aug 15, 2019 5:00 PM
Duluth Rotary Club 25's Duck Pluck Event at Pier B
Aug 22, 2019 12:00 PM
A Club 25 meeting at Cirrus Aircraft
Aug 29, 2019 12:00 PM
Connected and Automated Vehicles: AKA: Driverless Cars
Sep 05, 2019 12:00 PM
The District Governor's Visitation to Club 25
Sep 12, 2019 12:00 PM
The Hills: A Personal Story
Sep 19, 2019 12:00 PM
How the USA was involoved in the 1917 Russian Revolution
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Upcoming Events
Duck Volunteers - Holiday Skywalk
Jul 31, 2019
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Duck Pluck All Committee Meeting
Rotary Office
Aug 01, 2019
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
Duck Volunteers - Spirit Valley Days
Aug 03, 2019
Duck Volunteers - Holiday Skywalk
Aug 07, 2019
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Duck Pluck All Committee Meeting
Rotary Office
Aug 08, 2019
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Bill Sozansky
July 5
Jon Helstrom
July 7
David Allison
July 11
Traci Marciniak
July 11
Eric Dott
July 12
Skeeter Moore
July 16
Todd Fedora
July 16
Bruce Anderson
July 18
Dick Carlson
July 21
Dennis Cummings
July 22
Jenny Peterson
July 23
Wally Holt
July 27
Official Publication of:
Rotary Club of Duluth-Club 25
207 W. Superior St., Suite 201
Phone: 218-722-0451
Office Hours:
Mon. 9-3, Thurs. & Fri. 9-4