Volume 105 #7
We will meet at noon
Thursday, August 29, 2019 at
Holiday Inn: Great Lakes Ballroom
Program: Connected & Automated Vehicles
AKA: Driverless cars
Jay Hietpas, Speaker                Eric Dott, Chair of the Day
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Rob Hoffman 
When the sky is the limit, where do Rotarians go on a cloudy Thursday afternoon in August? Duluth’s own visionary general aviation innovator Cirrus Aircraft of course!
Rotarians gathered for a very special field trip to the Duluth World Headquarters and manufacturing facility to see firsthand how Cirrus Aircraft pursues its stated mission: “To deliver an aviation experience that is the pinnacle of innovation, quality, and safety to our customers.” Although NO PHOTOS were allowed during the tour, many impressive images will remain with Rotarians for a long time.
Rotarians were divided into a number of tour groups led by a Cirrus employee for what was a complete “behind the scenes” look at every stage of the manufacturing process. Rotarians were requested to wear protective eyewear to guard against FOD…  What’s FOD you ask? Foreign Object Debris – and Cirrus Aircraft is vigilant in steadfastly keeping FOD at bay. In fact, if one FOD is found within a Cirrus aircraft under construction, the entire aircraft has to be disassembled and inspected before it may be reassembled… Talk about extensive quality control!
Here, Club #25 Rotarian Earl Rogers signs in for his tour.
One of our tour group leaders was Roseau, Minnesota native Keith Severson who is also the Duluth president of the Cirrus Aircraft Flying Club seen here among Cirrus Aircraft merchandise.
The “Severson Squadron” began its tour with a quick walk to the tarmac to take a close look at a Cirrus Vision Jet, a personal-use jet for general aviation. Later in the plant tour, we saw how this rugged aircraft is meticulously put together – not unlike an adult sized model airplane kit! The Vision Jet is constructed with a one-piece pressurized cabin that allows any pilot to climb as high as 32,000 feet. The “Glass Cockpit” provides the pilot touch-screen ease of use of instruments and indicators protected by redundant electrical backup systems.  If the Vision Jet, or its iconic piston driven cousin the SR22, ever need an emergency landing, the revolutionary whole-airframe ballistic parachutes deploys. They have a 100 percent success rate of survival when the parachute is deployed within its parameters. Cirrus Aircraft – Duluth employs 1,400 people in areas of administration, manufacturing, marketing, and more. Other facilities in North Dakota and Tennessee employ hundreds more.  There are currently over 400 open positions. Cirrus Aircraft produces 7 SR model aircraft and 1.5 Vision Jets every week. There are 500 Vision Jet orders waiting to be filled.
Cirrus Aircraft sees their various models as “lifestyle choices” and provides extensive customization for their clients with every aircraft ordered. The customization does not end there either. Cirrus Aircraft clients take delivery of the planes in Knoxville, TN and experience a training regimen that would be the envy of the best hospitality resorts, In fact, the time pilots spend learning their aircraft is like a resort stay. They are provided an Audi for driving during off times and access to a MasterCraft boat to cruise the river.  Rotarians may wonder why someone may wish to invest in a Cirrus SR22 or Vision Jet… Rotarians may also wonder what the allure of the sky is…   Answers may be found in the classic poem of WWII fighter pilot John Gillespie Magee Jr.
High Flight:
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air… .
Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew — 
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
— John Gillespie Magee, Jr
Dragon Boat FUN!
Here are some of our awesome rotaractors enjoying the event!
Habitat for Humanity Dedication
You are invited to dedicate our newest home in Lincoln Park, the first Habitat home built in Duluth in almost a decade!
The Lincoln Park Home Dedication has been tentatively rescheduled to Sunday, September 8 from 2-3 pm.
Come celebrate its completion and our work with the Witherspoon family!
Cake and Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.
This Week's Meeting
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Inn
207 W. Superior St.
Duluth, MN  55802
United States of America
VenueMap Venue Map
Aug 29, 2019 12:00 PM
Connected and Automated Vehicles: AKA: Driverless Cars

Held in GLB

Sep 05, 2019 12:00 PM
The District Governor's Visitation to Club 25
Sep 12, 2019 12:00 PM
The Hills: A Personal Story
Sep 19, 2019 12:00 PM
How the USA was involoved in the 1917 Russian Revolution
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Duck Pluck Wrap Up Meeting
Rotary Office
Aug 27, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Fellowship Breakfast
Aug 30, 2019
7:30 AM – 9:07 AM
Rotary Board District Governor Meeting
Rotary Office
Sep 05, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 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
John Lawien
August 18
Darlene Anderson
August 19
Jeff Bradt
August 22
Jack Soetebier
August 26
Bob Torgrimson
August 27
Mike Orman
August 28
Join Date
Harvey Smith
August 6, 1981
38 years
Sandy Hoff
August 6, 1987
32 years
Kevin Jones
August 13, 2015
4 years
Natalie Zeleznikar
August 16, 2007
12 years
Allen Anway
August 26, 1982
37 years
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207 W. Superior St., Suite 201
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