Volume 105 #27
This Week at Rotary
By Dave Nolle  – Chair of the Day
We meet at noon
Thursday, January 16, 2020 at
The Lyric Conference Room
Ryan Sistad
Outreach Coordinator, Better in our Back Yard
Better in Our Back Yard
Better in Our Back Yard is a non-partisan, grass-roots advocacy group working to promote responsible industrial development in Northeastern Minnesota while connecting with local young professions.  Our speaker will describe who Better in Our Back Yard is, what they do, the projects they support, and why they support them.
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Rob Hofmann
“No one is born a good citizen; no nation is born a democracy. Rather, both are processes that continue to evolve over a lifetime. Young people must be included from birth. A society that cuts off from its youth severs its lifeline.” former U.N. Secretary General from Ghana Kofi Annan
We know that Rotary is a global humanitarian organization of 1.2 million community leaders worldwide committed to making the world a better place.  Rotary Youth Exchange builds peace one young person at a time. Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. What is Global Citizenship? A global citizen is someone who is aware of and understands the wider world - and their place in it. They take an active role in their community and work with others to make our planet more equal, fair, and sustainable. Today’s program explored one family’s life-changing experiences while participating in this Rotary program.
President Michelle Buria called us to order and we began with Rotary’s Four-Way Test followed by Jeff Iisakka and the Rotary Reflection. He asked all in attendance to reflect on how people of the world are both different and the same. At a population of 7.8 billion and spread throughout the globe, we share 99.9% of our DNA! And according to author Eric Torrence, there are five ways we are all alike: We all have a story; we all are afraid; we all are stuck in our own skin; we all are valuable, we all are imperfect.  The sooner we recognize and appreciate these similarities, the better off we are!  Past President Bob Bennett offered up the Rotary Fellowship Report beginning with introducing our visiting Rotarian, Assistant District Governor Kay Biga of Eco Rotary. Our own Holly Sampson is stepping down as President of Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation after 30 years of growing the foundation’s endowment from $6M to more than $79M.  Jay Ott, team leader of the 2019 Rotary Bowling Champions “Team Ott” is seeking a replacement for his talented teammate and son who is moving away.  Dick Swenson kicked the Golden Can to celebrate his 88th birthday. Suzanne Anderson contributed to honor her husband Mark’s promotion as Chief Administration Officer at LHB.  Past Assistant Governor Phil Strom celebrated 53 years of marriage to Babs (who is doing well enough to drive once again!). Skeeter Moore was called out due to a recent Duluth News Tribune story about his “antics” in the eighties as a UMD Bulldog hockey player in the old Soviet Union trading Levi blue jeans for a bearskin hat.
President Michelle Buria announced our 50–50 drawing has been suspended while the Club Board reviews our procedures to make sure our weekly game aligns with Minnesota State regulations.  We were reminded that the One Rotary Summit is in Duluth on February 1st. Ashland Rotary Centennial is set for February 29th at Northland College and the Rotary Club of Superior is organizing transportation.  April 23 through 25th the District 5580 District Conference will be in Brainerd at Madden’s Resort – go online to reserve your spot now!  Rob Hofmann called up our January Junior Rotarians who were introduced by the outgoing November Junior Rotarians. He reminded all Rotarians to get to know these young people and to freely share our own personal and professional stories as no two journeys are the same.
Our January Junior Rotarians
Front left to right: Amber – Ahn – Roshan
Back left to right: Kately - Emma
Chair of the Day Jerry Pelofske introduced our program speaker, Ged Frank who shared a story of his and his family’s profound experiences as a host family for Rotary Youth Exchange. To hear Ged, speak from the heart, one can only envy the depth of feeling he experienced with many international youths whom he hosted over many decades! Beginning in 1976 with a student from Belgium, his journey evolved into a true global exchange of goodwill and better friendships. Ged’s own son was able to spend a year in Izmir, Turkey sponsored by the Club while Ged and family hosted two internationals. Ged praised Marshall School for providing full scholarships for a number of international exchange students. Students from Denmark, Iraq, Thailand, Turkey and Germany received life-changing experiences that were not available to them in their homelands – such as a week camping near Ely, MN where the weather was wet, and the temps were chilly. Ged mentioned a number of times when he and his wife traveled overseas to visit the families of their former guests – becoming guests themselves as “second-parents” at one former student’s wedding in Germany!  It may be said that all lives are touched by Rotary Youth Exchange - and the world is a little better for it.
Jerry Pelofske, Ged Frank, President Michelle Buria           
                   Our speaker Ged Frank                
Nominations for Service Above Self Awards
By Steve Yorde, Immediate Past President
Nominations are now open to recognize a Fellow Rotarian, and an outside person or business with a “Service Above Self Award.  Please take the time to nominate someone who has made a tremendous difference in the life of our community.  Please see the criteria below, complete the form, and submit it to me by February 15, 2020.
Rotary Club of Duluth - 2020 Service Above Self Award
The Rotary Club of Duluth’s “Service Above Self Award” is presented annually to acknowledge and honor volunteerism that best exemplifies the Rotary ideal of “Service Above Self”.  Award recipients must have contributed to the betterment of the greater Duluth community or on an international scale through a Rotary project.  This service must have been given freely and without monetary compensation.   The recipient must have performed continuing humanitarian service in any form.  This award is intended to recognize especially those who actively help others through Rotary.  It is not awarded solely in recognition of one’s performance in an elected or appointed Rotary assignment, and financial contributions to the Rotary Foundation or the Rotary Club of Duluth Foundation or specific projects will not be considered.  The Rotary Club of Duluth will recognize recipients during the annual Changing of the Guard meeting in late June of 2020.
Rules of Eligibility
  • The person must be nominated by a current Rotary Club of Duluth member in good standing.
  • Service must have been performed unselfishly for the betterment of the greater Duluth area or on an international scale through a Rotary project.
  • Service must have been performed within the last three (3) years.
  • The person cannot receive pay for the service or activity they are being nominated for.
  • Nominations must be received by February 15, 2020.
  • The Past Presidents’ Advisory Council will review nominations and submit no more than one Rotarian and one non-Rotarian (individual or business) for final approval to the Club’s Board of Directors at its April meeting.
Rotary Club of Duluth
Service Above Self Award
Nomination Form
Rotarian/Nominator Information
Name of Nominator
Nominee Information
City, ST ZIP
Summary of Qualifications
Provide a brief but clear description of the nominee’s qualifications or attach an additional page.
General Biography
Service/Volunteer Activities
Specific reasons and ways this candidate embodies “Service Above Self”
Please submit completed nominations to:  Steve Yorde, or mail paper forms to PO Box 117, Pengilly, MN  55775
This Week's Meeting
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Lyric Conference Room
207 W. Superior St
Duluth, MN 55802
United States of America
VenueMap Venue Map
Jan 16, 2020 12:00 PM
Better In Our Backyard
Jan 30, 2020 12:00 PM
Amsoil Tour
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Club of Duluth Foundation Board Meeting
Raymond James
Jan 14, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
January Board Meeting
St Luke's Foundation Office
Jan 21, 2020
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Rotary Fellowship Breakfast
Valentini's Restaurant
Jan 31, 2020
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Rotary #25 Dinner and Auction Planning Meeting
Feb 04, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Club of Duluth Foundation Board Meeting
Raymond James
Feb 11, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Volunteer Opportunity: Community Food Distribution
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
Feb 12, 2020
4:15 PM – 5:30 PM
February Board Meeting
St Luke's Foundation Office
Feb 18, 2020
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Rotary Club of Duluth Foundation Board Meeting
Raymond James
Mar 10, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Volunteer Opportunity: Community Food Distribution
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
Mar 11, 2020
4:15 PM – 5:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Dick Swenson
January 4
Jim Schwartz
January 7
Bill Gronseth
January 12
Daniel Maki
January 13
Gerald Ostroski
January 18
Greg Hansen
January 21
Bill Abalan
January 24
Bob Reichert
January 26
Dave McLean
January 26
David Fulda
January 26
Amy Porter
January 31
Michelle Buria
January 31
Join Date
Michael Zlonis
January 1, 1994
26 years
Tim Mowbray
January 1, 1977
43 years
Daniel Maki
January 2, 2018
2 years
Chuck Chairs
January 3, 2002
18 years
Dan Markham
January 4, 2007
13 years
Ruth Westra
January 5, 2006
14 years
Skeeter Moore
January 5, 2006
14 years
Edie Michalski
January 7, 1999
21 years
Dave Holappa
January 13, 2000
20 years
Jeff Bradt
January 13, 2012
8 years
Bill Abalan
January 14, 1971
49 years
Chana Stocke
January 16, 2003
17 years
Todd Fedora
January 23, 2003
17 years
Paul Helstrom
January 27, 2011
9 years
Steve Yorde
January 28, 2010
10 years
Official Publication of Rotary Club of Duluth 
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