Volume 106 #29
This Week at Rotary
We Meet at Noon
via ZOOM
Thursday, January 21, 2021
(Meeting Opens at 11:45)
(Link Sent Thursday Morning)
Kelly Iisakka
Account Executive MiMedx
Medical Breakthroughs in Wound Care
Non-healing wounds can reduce the quality of life and can lead to amputations and death.  Advanced biopharmaceutical wound care products is a growth market.  Kelly Iisakka will share her experience in the expanding and exciting field of regenerative medicine.
A Message on In-Person Meetings
By Dean Casperson
Not quite yet! The Club is awaiting notification from the Holiday Inn as to when they can host our Thursday meeting. When we do start to meet in person, we will keep Zoom in place.  Look to the Gimlet, Facebook Page, Club Website, and personal Email for the announcement.
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Al Makynen
Noon Thursday is still reserved for Rotary.  Even though we met via Zoom, President Dean Casperson was still able to rally the troops for the Pledge, Four-Way Test, and Reflection.  In her Rotary Reflection, Darlene Anderson invoked the beauty of nature and all that it offers.  It is why we live here.  There is so much we can do close to our homes, for some, literally in their back yards!  No need to travel great distances.  By choosing to live here we have already arrived.
The first order of business was to collect fines for the Golden Can, still a source of funds for the Pledge Fund and the Grants Committee.  In this time of COVID the best we can do is the magic words; “the check is in the mail” to the Rotary office!  Past President Elaine Hansen announced her son Tony is driving home through the snow storm from Kansas to get in some ice fishing.  Jenny, daughter of Darlene Anderson, is an adjunct professor at St. Scholastica teaching cost accounting.  Paul Helstrom spoke of Minnesota Power’s goal of generating 100% renewable energy by 2050.
Jenny Peterson, Chair of the Grants Committee, introduced two guests, Seth Currier and Maria Alicia, from the Damiano Center’s “Kids’ Kitchen” program to tell us how the Club’s $5,000 grant will be used.  The Kids’ Kitchen provides the neighborhood each afternoon Monday through Thursday a place for children and their families to gather for meals, work, play, and study.  During the pandemic in person activities have been suspended replaced by take-out food and activity kits.
And then on to the main event.  The program for the day was quickly introduced by Jerry Pelofske.  Our very own intrepid fellow Rotarian, physicist, and nature photographer Allen Anway took us on a magical and historical tour of Jay Cooke State Park and its 8,800 acres of wonder.  We started in Carlton, just outside the park, at the Thompson Dam which feeds water into what in 1907 was the largest hydro power plant in the nation.  Quickly moving from there we toured the historical creation of the park, its boundaries and the building of the iconic swinging bridge, devastated but not destroyed by the 2012 mega storm.  The magnitude of the damage and the restoration to park infrastructure was revealed in a series of photographs.  Long lost stone structures from an 1870 railroad and the hidden waterfalls only found if you are willing and able to go way off the beaten path, actually way off any path, were revealed.  Many wonders of the park are not shown on any map.  Not even the Park Rangers know where they all are.  With a willingness to explore, there is much to be discovered – and you can find it!
The Swinging Bridge of Jay Cooke State Park – under attack by the flood waters of 2012.
A waterfall, unmarked on any map, deep in the park.
Long abandoned but still functional stone work from the railroad of 1870.
Office Preparedness Plan
This Week's Meeting
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Meeting Via Zoom
207 W. Superior St. Suite 201
Duluth, MN 55802
United States of America
Venue Map
Jan 21, 2021
Medical Breakthroughs in Wound Care
Jan 28, 2021
Envisioning the World Beyond the Pandemic: Your Tweed
Feb 04, 2021
C-SPAN 101: Getting to Know C-SPAN
Feb 11, 2021
Diamonds – Behind the Sparkle
Feb 18, 2021
COVID-19 and the Childcare Shortage
Feb 25, 2021
Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation looking forward to 2021.
Mar 11, 2021
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Upcoming Events
Volunteer Opportunity: Community Food Distribution
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
Feb 10, 2021
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Volunteer Opportunity: Community Food Distribution
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
Mar 10, 2021
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Dick Swenson
January 4
Jim Schwartz
January 7
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
Michelle Buria
January 31
Join Date
Daniel Maki
January 2, 2018
3 years
Chuck Chairs
January 3, 2002
19 years
Dan Markham
January 4, 2007
14 years
Ruth Westra
January 5, 2006
15 years
Skeeter Moore
January 5, 2006
15 years
Edie Michalski
January 7, 1999
22 years
Dave Holappa
January 13, 2000
21 years
Jeff Bradt
January 13, 2012
9 years
Bill Abalan
January 14, 1971
50 years
Chana Stocke
January 16, 2003
18 years
Paul Helstrom
January 27, 2011
10 years
Steve Yorde
January 28, 2010
11 years
Official Publication of
Rotary Club of Duluth
207 W. Superior St.
Suite 201
Duluth Minnesota 55802
Editor: Al Makynen
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