The Gimlet
Volume 108 #11

This Week at Rotary
We meet at Noon on Thursday
September 15, 2022
For Those Attending in Person
Buffet Meal
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45)
(Link Sent Thursday Morning)
Holiday Inn Downtown
What Does Inclusion Look Like?
Inclusion is a word getting a lot of attention these days. With the onset of racial injustice, a pandemic, and the great resignation, inclusion is a goal more and more organizations seek to achieve.  Let’s find out how it boosts your business, impacts the economy, and matters in building a thriving community.
Chair of the Day Edie Michalski
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Traci Marciniak
For the second September meeting, Rotarians met in the Lyric Room at the Holiday Center and picked up their Rose sale tickets on the way in. President Barb Perrella rang the bell and called the meeting to order. Rotarians, led by Past President John Baumgarten on piano, sang the National Anthem and then recited the Four-Way Test (showing the Four-Way test on the screen—brilliant!)
The always well-dressed Dave Fulda with a witty Reflection
Dave Fulda’s Reflection included a recap of the prior week’s meeting, which included a tutorial on how to use Club Runner. The technology and instruction seemed to really throw Dave Fulda and some other Rotarians off their Rotary game. Brian Fulda, you may need to teach your uncle a thing or two.
Darlene Anderson with guest Rudy Harvey
Prospective member Callie Hoff with Dad, Past President Sandy Hoff
President Barb introduced her guests for the day—Cora Lee Christian and Rudy Harvey.   Other guests included prospective member Callie Hoff, guest of the Club; Zack Filipovich, guest of Past Assistant Governors Al Makynen; and Pat Mullen from St. Mary’s, a guest of the day’s speaker. Past President Michelle Buria self-reported that she was quoted in the “Investment News” online publication and that she has been selected as the financial planning expert for the new WDIO show “The Lift.” Jay Ott self-reported that he has had a bit of car trouble—most likely thanks to Jack Seiler, who asked how his little sports car was performing these days. Past President Chana Stocke shared she has received an award from the Housing Finance Agency. And finally, Steven Hadley shared that his daughter, the veterinarian who cared for the sled dog who had been hit by a snowmobile last winter, reported that the dog is doing well and is set to practice for the Iditarod again this year—really a miracle of modern veterinary medicine.
(L to R) Classy Dudley, Jack Seiler and Jessica Peterson
Classy Dudley, Executive Director of Community Action Duluth
Grants Chair Jack Seiler then took the podium. Jessica Peterson, Development Director for The Depot, accepted a grant of $1,500 from Club 25 for their Arts for All Scholarships. Classy Dudley, Executive Director of Community Action Duluth accepted a $1,000 grant for their mobile food van. Ms. Dudley is also a prospective member of Club #25!
Seriously, with glasses just like Chana, who wouldn’t want to buy Rotary Roses from Jon Ohman?
Jon Ohman encouraged everyone to sell, sell, and sell their rose tickets as that’s how the Club is able to support the wonderful and effective organizations in our community through grants. It appears that Past Assistant District Governor Phil Strom has a strong lead with 100 dozen roses already sold!
Rob Hofmann updated the Club on the Junior Rotarian program. Counselors from the local high schools are helping identify participants, with an anticipated start date of October.
Chair of the day Renee Mattson introduced the day’s speaker, John Vidmar. John is the director of several departments at Essentia Health, including Nutrition Services, Facilities Management, Volunteer Services, Security and Parking, and more. As part of his role within Essentia, John is involved in several internal and external health system initiatives and is closely involved with the Vision Northland project to construct a new St. Mary’s Hospital, set to open in late summer 2023. The Vision Northland project is also designed to transform the medical district for the benefit of residents and visitors alike by improving walkability, safety, and creating additional physical spaces for retail and housing.
Essentia Health’s focus on the health of people throughout our region goes beyond the care provided within their facilities, as they know good health includes many different factors. Essentia has launched a variety of projects focused on income, people, and housing—all designed to improve the health of the community.
Stable and safe housing is a key factor in a person’s overall health and wellness. Essentia, in collaboration with One Roof Housing, is focusing on creating two new housing developments on the Fourth Street corridor. In addition, to provide several housing units for a variety of populations, including seniors, a 100-child daycare will be included in one of the new developments, effectively adding to the limited childcare services in the city.
The 50/50 pot was $60 dollars and Past President Michelle Buria was the big winner!
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
Sep 15, 2022
That Does Inclusion Look Like?
Sep 22, 2022
Setting Sail to End Nuclear Weapons
Sep 29, 2022
The Vision is Set. It's Time for Takeoff!
Oct 06, 2022
Oct 13, 2022
Oct 27, 2022
Force Protection in the Middle East During COVID 19
Nov 03, 2022
Nov 10, 2022
Duluth’s HRA – From Owned Housing to Development and Everything in Between
View entire list
Upcoming Events
Rotary Board of Directors
Rotary Office
Sep 21, 2022 4:00 PM
Rotary Board of Directors
Rotary Office
Oct 19, 2022 4:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Betty George
September 2
Dale Johnson
September 2
Roxanna Esguerra
September 15
Craig Fellman
September 22
Jay Ott
September 23
Join Date
Bonita Nelson
September 1, 1987
35 years
Deb Ellingsen
September 2, 2021
1 year
Ruth Ann Eaton
September 7, 1989
33 years
Ryan Johnson
September 12, 2013
9 years
Dave McLean
September 14, 2000
22 years
Steve Hadley
September 16, 1999
23 years
Therese Spehar
September 18, 2020
2 years
Mike Lalich
September 19, 1996
26 years
Jack Seiler
September 21, 2020
2 years
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Duluth Minnesota 55802
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