Volume 106 #9
This Week at Rotary
We Meet at Noon
In Person – With Box Lunch
(Maximum of Three Persons per Table)
- OR -
By Zoom 
Thursday, September 3rd, 2020
Holiday Inn and Suites - Downtown Duluth
Megan Meyer
Executive Director, Superior Public Museums
Three Museums - One Heritage
Megan Meyer will walk us through Fairlawn Mansion, the SS Meteor, and the Old Firehouse & Police Museum.  All three commemorate a bygone era rich in local history.
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Steve Yorde
Our weekly meetings are always a great time to connect with fellow members, in-person at the Holiday Inn or on-line via Zoom.  Last week’s Zoomers were greeted by Karol Sowers’ 5-year old Labradoodle “Finley;” Past President Steve Yorde said he and Adele are awaiting the imminent birth of their first grandchild;  Steve and Dan Maki also traded fishing stories from Alaska; Jon Ohman recommended we “mask-up” to maintain a socially-appropriate distance on-line; McKenzie MacFarlane, our masked “Technician in Chief” settled us down as President Dean Casperson opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Rotary Four-Way Test.  He then called on Past President Dan Bergeland for the Rotary Reflection which focused on the people we know who have a sense of hope.  You know them as Rotarians; they epitomize happiness, confidence, and they utilize these elements to take positive action.  May we all continue to be people of hope AND people of action.
Dan Bergeland and McKenzie MacFarlane
Immediately after the reflection, President Dean Casperson, commented on the people of action who support the Rotary International Foundation.  It was announced just this week that through the efforts of Polio Plus the entire continent of Africa has been declared polio free!  The Fellowship Report featured Past Assistant Governor Phil Strom who saluted Bill Himango on his recent book “Provenance” and Barb Perrella updated us on next week’s Rose Sale kicking-off.  Please stop by the office to pick up your packets; billboards will appear in early September.  President Dean Casperson invited members to forward their nominations to program committee chair and Past Assistant Governor Al Makynen.  Everyone is a member of the Program Committee.  Your ideas are needed and welcome. 
Speaker and author Dave Benson has been a naturalist at Jay Cooke State Park, Hawk Ridge and for the National Park Service.  He has authored books on owls and woodpeckers, both of which he is donating to the Laura MacArthur School as part of our Club’s weekly donation.  Bird migration is particularly intense in the spring and the fall of the year along the western side of Lake Superior.  Many species (150) arrive in Minnesota by early April and into May.  They are seeking spaces to raise their young with a good food source for protein (insects), plentiful water (rivers and lakes) and safe places for nesting.  You will hear a great variety of bird songs in the spring, reaching its peak in early June.  North central Minnesota has the most species of birds migrating north into Canada and the Arctic, the largest migration in North America.  Why?  The predominance of mosquitos and flies, of course!  By late July, the migration is over, and the birds begin heading south.  In citing the Broad-winged hawk, Dave said these predators have large wingspans and big tails to travel without flapping their wings by using thermals and updrafts.  You will see these hawks in the fall at Hawk Ridge and at the Sax-Zim Bog Nature Preserve at Meadowlands, MN.  Check out to see bird migration forecasts in real time. This is a free service of Cornell University’s (Ithaca, New York) ornithology lab. 
Speaker Dave Benson with President Dean Casperson
Office Preparedness Plan
This Week's Meeting
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Inn Ballroom
207 W. Superior St
Suite 201
Duluth, MN 55802
United States of America
VenueMap Venue Map
Sep 03, 2020
Three Museums - One Heritage
Sep 10, 2020
Bong Veterans Historical Center
Sep 17, 2020
CSS President
Sep 24, 2020
Bolivia Project
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Upcoming Events
Program Committee Meeting
Sep 02, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Volunteer Opportunity: Community Food Distribution
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
Sep 09, 2020
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Volunteer Opportunity: Community Food Distribution
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
Oct 14, 2020
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Edie Michalski
August 1
Tricia Bunten
August 1
Jeffrey Fifield
August 4
Chuck Chairs
August 10
Bob Bennett
August 16
Darlene Anderson
August 19
Jeff Bradt
August 22
Christopher McMahon
August 26
Mike Orman
August 28
Join Date
Harvey Smith
August 6, 1981
39 years
Sandy Hoff
August 6, 1987
33 years
Chris Mueller
August 8, 2019
1 year
Kevin Jones
August 13, 2015
5 years
Allen Anway
August 26, 1982
38 years
Official Publication of Rotary Club of Duluth 
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Editor:  Al Makynen
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