The Gimlet
Volume 108 #1
This Week at Rotary
We Meet at 11:30 AM on Thursday
July 7, 2022
For Those Attending in Person
Enger Park
1601 Enger Tower Road
The Annual Club #25 Enger Park Picnic
Join fellow Rotarians for our Annual club picnic at Enger Tower at the Rotary Peace Plaza. 
Enjoy bag lunches and fellowship in a beautiful setting.  Remember to bring bug spray and a chair!
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Traci Marciniak
Thanks to the very talented Jerry Thoreson, Rotarians attending in-person and via Zoom were treated to a slide show featuring snapshots of President Chana Stocke’s leadership from the past year.
President Chana Stocke rang the bell and called the meeting to order. Rotarians sang the National Anthem with Past President John Baumgarten on the piano and recited the Rotary 4-way Test.
Assistant Governor Tricia Bunten shared a gratitude-focused reflection highlighting the service of the Rotary President and other Rotary leadership. Rotary leadership is an honor that comes with both excitement and anxiousness.
Assistant Governor Tricia Bunten
President Chana Stocke announced that Rotary history had been made as FY 2023 Rotary International President Jennifer Jones was named the first female president of Rotary International. President Chana Stocke shared a message from football great Vince Lombardi, reminding everyone that leadership is not just a title but is a trait shown by action and example.
Jennifer E. Jones
Past Club #25 member Don Melander joined the meeting as a guest of soon to be President-Elect Gary Melander, and it was noted that Don remains the record holder of the most 50/50 wins in club history—though his son Gary Melander cannot be far behind! And future Club #25 member Jeff Wenzel was introduced as a guest of Mike Orman’s
President-Elect Gary Melander with Don Melander
Allen Anway self-reported that he was working as a ham radio operator at mile marker #5 of Grandma’s Marathon when he saw beloved Holiday Inn wait staff, Diane, sprint by on her way to…maybe her best race time ever? Past Assistant District Governor Phil Strom self-reported and paid a fine recognizing all the “busy women” who make a difference, including the newly elected Rotary International President, Jennifer Jones, featured in this month’s Rotarian Magazine. Phil also recognized outgoing President Chana Stocke for her leadership and the fun she brought to Rotary this past year. Past Assistant Governor Al Makynen stated he was 34 years old when he joined Rotary and only 1% of Rotarians were female. How things have changed over the years with an increase in female membership and RI’s first female president.  Jerry Thoreson paid a fine in honor of his 40th wedding anniversary.
Allen Anway
Past Assistant Governor Al Makynen
Past Assistant District Governor Phil Strom presented Mike Orman with a Paul Harris Fellow pin with two rubies reflecting his continued support of the Rotary Foundation. Past President Dean Casperson received a pin with four sapphires for his ongoing support.
Mike Orman and Past President Dean Casperson accepting their Paul Harris Pins from Past Assistant Governor Phil Strom
Chair of Club Service Dan Maki encouraged the group to consider volunteering as parking attendants for the Tall Ships Festival. Volunteering for a 4-to-5-hour shift comes with free admission and a t-shirt. Friends and family members of Rotarians are welcome. Club #25 has the opportunity to earn up to $6,000 through our volunteer participation. Contact Dan Maki for more information.
Dan Maki wants YOU for Tall Ships!
Outgoing President Chana Stocke awarded a Service Above Self Award to Brian Fulda for his outstanding volunteer efforts to ensure the noon meeting technology works and works well. Congratulations Brian Fulda!
Before swearing in new Club President Barb Perrella, outgoing President Chana Stocke took a few minutes to reflect on the past year. “It was a fun year, and the Club accomplished a lot including significant fundraising and grant making.”  President Chana Stocke thanked new her leadership team and everyone who supported her throughout the year.
Past President Chana Stocke swearing-in President Barb Perrella
Newly sworn-in President Barb Perrella presented the Past President pin to Past President Chana Stocke and then swore in Gary Melander as President-Elect, as well as Director Chairs Rob Hofmann (New Generations), Greg Hansen (Fundraising) and Traci Marciniak as Board Secretary.
President-Elect Gary Melander and Director Chairs Greg Hansen and Rob Hofmann are sworn in by President Barb Perrella
President Barb Perrella pledged to make the year fun and productive, all while making a difference in our community. Her three goals for the year include:
-           Sustain the mental health program that Club #25 has funded at the Boys & Girls Club
-           Relaunch the Junior Rotarian Program and the Rotaract Club
-           Increase membership and participation of members in events
President Barb Perrella shared a commitment to continuing the Fireside Chat, as well as bringing back the monthly Friday morning fellowship breakfast.
The winning 50/50 ticket belonged to John Ohman, who walked away with $41.
This Week's Meeting
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Center Great Lakes Ballroom
200 W. Superior St
Duluth, MN
United States of America
Venue Map
Venue Map
Jul 07, 2022
Enjoy fellowship and an outdoor picnic at the Rotary Peace Plaza at Enger Tower
Jul 14, 2022
Gates Foundation Initiatives
Jul 21, 2022
Duluth Transit Authority
Jul 28, 2022
Rotary Fellowship
Aug 04, 2022
The Truth About the Captive Wildlife Crisis
Aug 11, 2022
Zone Institute
Aug 18, 2022
Duluth's Grand Old Architecture
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Picnic at Enger Tower - Rotary Peace Plaza
Enger Tower
Jul 07, 2022
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Board of Directors
Jul 19, 2022 3:30 PM
Festival of Sail Lake Superior - Volunteer
Aug 04, 2022 – Aug 07, 2022
Rotary Board of Directors
Aug 16, 2022 3:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Bill Sozansky
July 5
Jon Helstrom
July 7
Traci Marciniak
July 11
Eric Dott
July 12
Skeeter Moore
July 16
Jenny Peterson
July 23
Join Date
Dick Swenson
July 1, 1996
26 years
Jay Ott
July 1, 1998
24 years
Craig Fellman
July 6, 2006
16 years
Eric Dott
July 6, 2017
5 years
Robin Pestalozzi
July 9, 2015
7 years
Jim Monge
July 17, 1965
57 years
Bill Gravelle
July 24, 1986
36 years
Pat Holliday
July 28, 1988
34 years
Brian Fulda
July 30, 2020
2 years
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Rotary Club of Duluth
207 W. Superior St.
Suite 201
Duluth Minnesota 55802
Rob Hofmann
Darlene Anderson
Rob Hofmann
Al Makynen
Traci Marciniak
Phil Strom
Steve Yorde
Jerry Thoreson
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