Volume 105 #13
We will meet at noon
Thursday, October 10, 2019 at
Duluth Federal Prison Camp 
Tour of the Institution
  FPC Duluth
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
Darlene Anderson
Even though it was a cool windy day in Duluth the Rotarians gathering for their weekly meeting warmed up the room with their smiles and conversations. I enjoyed seeing the table filled with Junior Rotarians meeting one another and learning about the Rotary Club from Jena Evans and Stacy Oltmanns. President Michelle Buria has returned from her trip to England and opened the meeting with the ringing of the Rotary bell. She asked us to stand and read the Four-Way Test, hinting that next week we may be asked to recite it from memory.
Reflecting on that Four-Way Test Mike Zlonis shared that for many years he viewed it as simplistic, not very helpful and even a bit corny. Then he began to realize that it is a simple but profound concept. It asks us to be concerned about the way our words and actions affect other people. For the Four Way Test encourages us to find the words and actions which benefit others and in doing so, also helps us to find happiness and meaning in life. Well stated, Mike.
Past President Bob Bennett welcomed our visiting Rotarian from Harbortown Jerry Fryberger. He then invited members to come forward, kick the Golden Can and self-report. First was Gieger Yount who had attended a conference on Climate Change at Gustavus Adolphus in St. Peter. She shared that there were two lunch tables for Rotarians sponsored by the Northfield Rotary Club. It made the conference extra special for her to meet these outstanding Rotarians. Dean Casperson had a confession that at the last Friday's Rotary Fellowship Breakfast, he had broken one of the rules and talked about Rotary. So, a confession, $2 and a smile to make amends. Dick Swenson placed $20 in the Golden Can to celebrate Dan Berglund's birthday. Duluth School Superintendent Bill Gronseth shared that Myers-Wilkins Elementary School conducted a fund drive this fall to raise $3,800 so students could be given one book each month to take home as their own. The resulting donations totaled $20,000 plus and reflected the generosity of the Duluth community. As all donations cross Bill's desk, he noted that there were many donations with names he recognized as fellow Rotarians and so a heart-felt “Thank you”.
Rose Sale Chair John Foucault shared that rose distribution will be Friday, October 11 at various locations and there are still some slots open. If you are able to help, please feel free to stop at any of the sites and lend a hand and enjoy the fellowship as the roses are distributed. And a reminder to club members that a $10 donation to the Duluth Rotary Foundation is equal to a dozen roses sold.
Jena Evans began the introduction of October's Junior Rotarians. Each school year we have a representative from the seven area high schools attend our weekly meetings for a month. She encouraged us to get to know them and share our experiences with these outstanding young people. October's Junior Rotarians are from the following high schools: Marshall, East High School, Hermantown, Proctor, Harbor City, and Lakeview Christian Academy.
Welcome, Junior Rotarians. We trust that you enjoy your time with us.
Chair of the Day Gieger Yount introduced today's speaker Mary Adams. Mary is familiar with Rotary as several years ago one of her daughters was a Rotary Youth Exchange student to Mexico. Mary is a tutor at Laura MacArthur Elementary School in Duluth and a member of “Better Angels”. The organization was formed in 2016 in response to the polarization that we see tearing our nation apart and is now active in all 50 states. Their mission is to bring people of opposing views together to discuss in structured workshops our differences and the areas where we find similarity. As people with opposing views come together to discuss and listen during the workshops, they have found that there are areas where they respectfully disagree but also areas where they have common ground. And they often find that they actually like each other. As several participants in the program have stated, “Talking and listening is not overrated.” To learn more about the organization, check out their website: Thank you, Mary, for coming and sharing with us.
Speaker Mary Adams with Rotarian
Geiger Yount and President Michelle Buria
Rotary leaders Tom McCabe, Jerry Pelofske,
Roni Salo, & Bill Zimbinski filling backpacks
@ Northern Lights Food Bank                                 
Our Rose sale is over for this year! Pickup times are Friday October 11th @ 9am-6pm or Saturday October 12th @ 10 am-12 pm (select locations)
Friday pick-up locations                                                                                                                                 
Mount Royal Fine Foods
Miller Hill-Super One Foods
West Duluth-Super One Foods 
Two Harbors-Super One Foods 
Kenwood Shopping Center-Super One Foods
Downtown Duluth-Holiday Center 1st floor                                                   
Saturday pick-up Locations
Miller Hill-Super One Foods
Two Harbors-Super One Foods
FREE COUPON BOOK: Each dozen comes with a free coupon book full of outstanding savings from local retailers.
This Week's Meeting
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
FPC Duluth (Typically at Holiday Inn)
4464 Ralston Dr
Duluth, MN  55811
United States of America
VenueMap Venue Map
Oct 10, 2019 12:00 PM
Duluth Federal Prison Camp
Oct 17, 2019
The Israeli Palestine Conflict
Oct 24, 2019
Google Earth Travler
Oct 31, 2019
Talent: The New Capital
Nov 07, 2019
Climate Change: A Global Challenge
Nov 14, 2019
Rotary Foundation Month
Nov 21, 2019
Duluth Parks; the gems of our City
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Upcoming Events
Volunteer Opportunity: Community Food Distribution
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
Oct 09, 2019
4:15 PM – 5:30 PM
Nominating Committee
Rotary Office conference room
Oct 10, 2019
Rotary Nominating Committee Meeting
Rotary Office
Oct 10, 2019
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Rose Distribution Day
Oct 11, 2019
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Rose Distribution
Oct 12, 2019
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
International Service committee meeting
Oct 15, 2019
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
October Board Meeting
St Luke's Foundation Office
Oct 15, 2019
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Fellowship Breakfast
Oct 25, 2019
7:30 AM – 9:07 AM
Paul Harris Dinner
Shrine Event Center
Nov 07, 2019
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Rotary Club of Duluth Foundation - Board Meeting
Raymond James
Nov 12, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Daniel Bergeland
October 3
Jim Grant
October 3
Missy Swor
October 3
Dan Dock
October 4
Ryan Johnson
October 7
Gary Melander
October 8
Dean Casperson
October 10
Katherine LaFleur
October 10
Mark Peterson
October 10
Steve Johnston
October 10
Kevin Jones
October 14
Branden Robinson
October 15
Jim Monge
October 15
Bonita Nelson
October 16
Robert Kase
October 17
Jerry Pelofske
October 24
Jena Evans
October 27
Jon Ohman
October 30
Mary Niemeyer
October 31
Join Date
Jena Evans
October 4, 2012
7 years
Dick Carlson
October 5, 1972
47 years
Gerald Ostroski
October 6, 1983
36 years
Renee Mattson
October 6, 2005
14 years
Katherine LaFleur
October 11, 2018
1 year
Chas Bernick
October 12, 1989
30 years
Bob Bennett
October 13, 1977
42 years
Karol Sowers
October 18, 2012
7 years
Steve LaFlamme
October 20, 1983
36 years
Dick Fischer
October 22, 1992
27 years
Elizabeth Simonson
October 28, 2010
9 years
Pick up days for Roses are Oct. 11th & 12th.
Volunteers are still needed.