The Gimlet
Volume 108 #48

This Week at Rotary
Thursday June 1, 2023
For Those Attending in Person
Buffet Lunch
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45)
(Link Sent Thursday Morning)
Holiday Inn Downtown
Bob King, aka Astro Bob
An Antarctic Odyssey
Defying Gravity? Why not!
Join us as Astro Bob describe his recent trip to Antarctica, and as he brings us up to light-speed regarding upcoming celestial events in the night sky 
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Darlene Anderson
Rotarians gathered for their weekly meeting were happily discussing the fact that it was NOT snowing. The sun was shining and it appears that spring has finally arrived in the Northland. President Barb Perrella opened the meeting with asking everyone including our guests from LOON (Lyric Opera of the North) to join her in singing “America, the Beautiful”. And it sounded so good with the extra voices.
Past Assistant District Governor Phil Strom focused the Reflection on Memorial Day or Decoration Day which originally honored the 51,000 soldiers, both Union and Confederate, lost fighting at the Battle of Gettysburg in the Civil War. It was in 1863 that President Lincoln attended the dedication of the Gettysburg battleground cemetery and delivered the 200 word speech that to this day applies to all American patriots who have died serving our country. Past Assistant District Governor Phil Strom then shared Lincoln's Gettysburg Address whose words still deeply move those hearing it.
Past Assistant District Governor Phil Strom
Joining us from Skyline Rotary Club, Mark Leutgeb extended an invitation to celebrate with them for Skyline Rotary Club’s 50th Anniversary on Friday, June 2 from 11:00 am -1:00 pm at Enger Tower Park and Gardens. At noon there will be a short memorial recognition of their Founding Charter President and Past District Governor, Earl Rogers. Lots of food, refreshment and fellowship are promised.
June 1 and 15 will be Head Shot Mania with Jeff Fifield taking pictures of Rotarians (and their spouses if so desired). Jerry Thoreson noted that many of us no longer look like the pictures found in the Rotary Directory. Jeff Fifield will be taking photos before and after the club meeting on the 1st and 15th. For those who signed up, an appointment time will be emailed to you between 11-12. If you didn't sign up, Jeff will stay after the meeting to take your photo. NOTE: Jeff Fifield is also offering an additional FREE COUPLES PORTIAT! Just bring your spouse, partner or significant other to the club meeting on the 1st or the 15th.
The Port Arthur Rotary Club is holding an “Outlaw Bridge Event” on Saturday, July 1 at noon at the Grand Portage Casino. They have invited our club to join them for the celebration as the bridge project was a joint effort of both clubs. Perhaps a carpool or three Rotarians heading north for the event? District Governor Kay Biga will be attending.
Chair of the Day Rob Hofmann took a moment to announce that more Gimlet writers are needed. Writing for the Gimlet is an excellent way to serve Rotary! Please let him know if you could serve in this way.
Gimlet Editor Rob Hofmann, needs YOU to help write the Gimlet
Chair of the Day Rob Hofmann then introduced Sarah Lawrence who along with her husband Cal Metts are the Artistic Directors for LOON (Lyric Opera of the North). It was in 2001 that they decided to make their home in Duluth after singing in Les Uncomfortables with Colder by the Lake. Duluth has always been a community that supports opera and musical performances and they wanted to be involved. LOON has expanded and now presents 2-3 fully staged operas each year in various venues in our area. They also began “Little LOON” which involves 4 singers and a pianist traveling to elementary schools to share opera with students in grades K-5. This past year they brought Pirates of Penzance to 22 schools. Students eagerly look forward to the performance. At one school they were welcomed by students dressed in pirate attire and ready to enjoy the show. Next year they plan to bring a new presentation to 30 schools.
LOON Co-Artistic Director, Sarah Lawrence
LOON soprano Lacy Sauter
Upcoming Performances:  Friday, June 9 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, June 11 at 3:00 pm is the popular one-act opera Cavalleria Rusticana at UMD Marshall Performing Arts Center. Sarah introduced soprano Lacy Sauter (the new diva in town) who sang one of her solos featured in the opera. Wow!!! What a treat! And kids usually say it best “From the singer's mouth right to my heart.” Tickets for the upcoming performance can be purchased at And again, another reason why so many of us chose to live in the Northland where we can enjoy productions such as this. Thank you, Sarah and Lacy.
Editor’s Note:   Stay tuned for a Club #25 Opera Outing planned for the Friday, June 9 performance of Cavalleria Rusticana !
Our guests – THANK YOU!
This Week's Meeting
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Inn Great Lakes Ballroom
200 W. 1st Street
Duluth, MN 55802
United States of America
Venue Map
Venue Map
Jun 01, 2023
His trip to Antarctica - a professional photographer and semi pro astronomer
Jun 08, 2023
Still asking for a topic
Jun 15, 2023 12:00 PM
Habitat for Humanity in Duluth
Jun 22, 2023
Off-site and evening event
Jul 06, 2023
Gary's First Meeting
Jul 27, 2023
Not sure if there is a program need
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Upcoming Events
Northshore Drive Cleanup
Jun 06, 2023
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Rotary Board of Directors
Rotary Office
Jun 21, 2023 4:00 PM
Rotary Board of Directors
Rotary Office
Jul 19, 2023 4:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Corey Collier
May 1
Catherine Carter Huber
May 3
Jim Landwehr
May 4
Jim Olson
May 5
Douglas Erickson
May 15
Jerry Thoreson
May 19
Katrina Pierson
May 20
Kate Molinaro
May 21
John Baumgarten
May 23
Karol Sowers
May 24
Join Date
Jim Olson
May 11, 1995
28 years
Kate Molinaro
May 11, 1989
34 years
Corey Collier
May 14, 2015
8 years
Mike Murray
May 15, 2003
20 years
Rob Hofmann
May 15, 2008
15 years
Traci Marciniak
May 16, 2013
10 years
Sheryl Homan
May 19, 2005
18 years
Jim Landwehr
May 21, 1987
36 years
Bill Sozansky
May 23, 2019
4 years
Jennifer Smith
May 24, 2018
5 years
Catherine Carter Huber
May 29, 2003
20 years
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