The Gimlet
Volume 107 #22
This Week at Rotary
We Meet at Noon
December 2, 2021
(Also Via Zoom)
Plated Meal Served
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45)
Rachael E. Martin
Retired Museum Director
Find out how Club 25 was involved in making Rotary an international organization, how the club participated in building the Outlaw Bridge, how the Gimlet newsletter got its name, and what contribution Club 25 made to the Rotary wheel.
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
by Steve Yorde
Tradition being what it is, this “day before Thanksgiving” meeting of Kiwanians and Rotarians was called to order by Kiwanis president Josh Soderholm.  He noted that Rotarians and Kiwanians share a special bond: we are people of goodwill, positivity, humor, and commitment who serve our community.
Famed broadcast journalist and Kiwanian Dennis Anderson provided the invocation.  Denny’s voice filled the room with gratitude for Duluth’s police officers, firefighters and all essential workers who are on the frontlines of our society.  As President Josh reminded us, “for many in our community, Thanksgiving is just another day of suffering.”
Kiwanian Denny Anderson
Rotarians were also reminded that Kiwanians are enthusiastic singers!  We sang two verses of “America,” their Happy Birthday song and finally, a "Welcome Visitors" song which ended with a “tap-tap” of spoons on glassware at each table.
Long-time Food Drive co-chair and Past President John Baumgarten (with Kiwanian George Lah) provided an update on this year’s food drive benefitting the Salvation Army.  John Baumgarten acknowledged the Miner family and their Super One stores for their generosity.  Since 1993, the two clubs have provided over 1 million pounds of food and $35,000 in cash.  Rotarians will be invited to contribute financially at next week’s meeting.  Miner’s Super One stores will provide a triple match for all cash contributions. 
Past President John Baumgarten
In recent years, the Kiwanis Club of Friendly Duluth has presented awards for the Duluth Fire Department’s “Firefighter of the Year,” and the Duluth Police Department’s “Police Officer of the Year.”  Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj recognized Matthew Swanson and Police Chief Mike Tusken honored Todd Shermer. 
Club 25 Rotarians and Kiwanians honoring our Firefighters and Police
Firefighter Matt “Swany” Swanson.            
Chief Tusken and Police Officer (Ret) Todd Shermer
Chief Tusken was introduced as today’s speaker.  Born and raised in Morgan Park, the Chief is a graduate of Denfeld and Herzing University.  He started with the DPD in 1992 as a police officer and was named chief in 2016.  His primary interests have been reducing juvenile incarceration, particularly among communities of color, creating a department-wide performance management system and developing new approaches to community policing. 
Policing a city that’s 26 miles long, 7 miles wide with 90,000 people “is challenging.”  The chief reported there are now 148 sworn officers who respond to over 100,000 calls for service each year.  “We cannot do community policing without the help of each and every citizen.  If you see something that doesn’t seem right, call 9-1-1 and we’ll address the situation.”  He noted that the police department is experiencing a hiring crisis at this time.  “We want the best and the brightest, but it's difficult to be a cop these days.”  He noted that the “War on Drugs” began during the Nixon administration, and yet, 60% of all crimes today are related to drugs and mental health.  He encouraged us to reach out to a police officer or a firefighter to thank them for their efforts. 
President Chana Stocke was then introduced.  She acknowledged the Chief’s remarks and those recognized today, then led everyone in the Rotary 4-Way Test.  And finally, Sheryl Homan won the 50-50 drawing. 
(L to R) Past President Steve Yorde, Past Assistant Governor Phil Strom, Past President John Baumgarten, sharing fellowship with Kiwanians.
A Full House beats a Straight
Thankfulness:  Rotary- Life House Thanksgiving Dinner
by Dan Dock
Rotarians from the Downtown Rotary and the Skyline Rotary Clubs put on a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner for the homeless youths at Life House. The youths went through a buffet, served by the Rotarians, and took the food “TO GO”. Due to COVID pandemic protocols, they could not eat inside Life House. Many took an extra meal for Thanksgiving Day dinner.                                                    
Thank you, to all that helped with this great event:
Mary and Tom Young, Jim SchwartzJerry PelofskeDan Dock, Karen Dock, Mark Leutgeb- Skyline Rotary, Tom Meyer-Skyline Rotary, Bob Sherman-Skyline Rotary, Elizabeth SimonsonDave Fulda,  Past President Michelle Buria, Geiger YountJon Ohman, Paul Helstrom, Past District Governor Earl Rogers and Judy Rogers- Skyline Rotary, Renee Mattson  Assistant Governor Tricia Bunten,  Sheryl Homan and Tom Homan,  Judy Harrison-Skyline Rotary, and a special thanks to Gary Schneider and G.B. Schneider Restaurant and Super One.
(L to R) Elizabeth Simonson, Jon Ohman and Bob Sherman
Can you name that MASKED ROTARIAN?
(L to R) Gary Schneider, Tom Young, Mary Young and Jim Swartz
This Week's Meeting
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Center Lyric Ballroom
207 W. Superior St.
Duluth, MN
United States of America
Venue Map
Dec 02, 2021
Hitting the Highlights of Club 25 History
Dec 09, 2021
Writing a Novel, a Personal Journey
Dec 15, 2021
Ho Ho Ho - Holiday Happy Hour at the Boat Club Restaurant!
Dec 23, 2021
Come relax and just chill with your fellow Club #25 Rotarians
Dec 30, 2021
Jan 06, 2022
Historic West Duluth Theatre
Jan 13, 2022
The Depot - Part II of Historic Union Depot
Jan 19, 2022
Vikre Distillery Tasting
Jan 27, 2022
Northern Lights Express Train
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Upcoming Events
Boys & Girls Club Tree Decorating
Nov 29, 2021
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteering 9-11 am
Second Harvest Food Bank
Dec 03, 2021
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteering 9-11 am
Second Harvest Food Bank
Dec 10, 2021
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Life House Holiday Dinner
Dec 14, 2021
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteering 9-11 am
Second Harvest Food Bank
Dec 17, 2021
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Rotary Board of Directors
Dec 21, 2021 3:30 PM
Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteering 9-11 am
Second Harvest Food Bank
Dec 24, 2021
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteering 9-11 am
Second Harvest Food Bank
Dec 31, 2021
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteering 9-11 am
Second Harvest Food Bank
Jan 07, 2022
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteering 9-11 am
Second Harvest Food Bank
Jan 14, 2022
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Matt Hunter
November 2
Steve LaFlamme
November 3
Steve Burgess
November 4
Scott Frankovich
November 12
Steve Yorde
November 15
Pat Pfahl
November 18
Tom Homan
November 20
Barb Perrella
November 25
Dan Markham
November 25
Gary Bubalo
November 27
Join Date
Greg Hansen
November 11, 1999
22 years
Scott Frankovich
November 14, 2017
4 years
Barb Perrella
November 16, 2000
21 years
Justin Terch
November 28, 2017
4 years
Tricia Bunten
November 29, 2001
20 years
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