May 23, 2019
Vision Northland - Essentia Health
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This Week's Meeting
We meet at Noon on Thursday, May 23, 2019
Lyric Conference Center- Holiday Inn
Vision Northland - Essentia Health
Dr. David Herman
Mark Hayward
By Al Makynen
No wasting time. Right down to business. All format and the agenda were suspended. The only recognizable part of a regular meeting was the distant sound of a bell struck by President Steve Yorde. 
All of this excitement and change was to provide the maximum time for Duluth Rotary Club #25 to hear from the two finalists and to vote to select our “Signature Project.”  President-elect Michelle Buria was the Chair of the Day presenting the work of the Strategic Planning Committee to seek out a signature project for the Club to fund at a level of $25,000 this year and into the future.
First up were Resource and Development Director Tammy Sundbom and CEO Todd Johnson, both from the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northland. Their initiative was entitled “Mental Health Access Program” designed to address the growing concern of mental health issues facing Duluth youth. The mission of the Boys and Girls Clubs is to empower and inspire young people to reach their full potential. To improve reaching that potential, the plan calls for providing both counseling and mental health services at the Clubs to avoid the challenges of delay, transportation, and cost of outside referrals. With the counselor or therapist physically available at the Boys and Girls Clubs, children and their parents would be more likely to access the services. With the help of Rotary, in partnership with other resources provided by the College of St. Scholastica and Essentia Health, counseling and therapist services would be made available on site.
Next up were Children’s Program Manager Ashley Grimm and Development Director Katherine Mueller from the Damiano Center. Their initiative was entitled “Summer Food Corps” designed to address youth employment, community leadership and understanding of local food systems. The mission of the Damiano Center is to strengthen the community by providing essential services.  The Central Hillside area is a food desert with limited access to food. Another critical need is to prepare teenagers to seek and obtain employment. The Summer Food Corps addresses both issues by providing the opportunity to grow their own food, learn about food systems while providing teenagers the opportunity of a first job and leadership training. The Damiano Center works to grow futures. With the help of Rotary, in partnership with other resources provided by the Workforce Center and private foundations and corporations, the existing program would be expanded to hire teenage youth to lead the summer work.
Rotary funding for the selected signature project would be from the Rotary Duck Pluck scheduled for Thursday, August 15, 2019. The Rotary Duck Pluck fundraiser is a variation on the yellow rubber duck race. With the ducks contained in the slip near Pier B to avoid them interfering with the shipping lanes under the wings of the Army Corps of Engineers (and to avoid running afoul of the Minnesota Gaming Commission, which does not permit artificial movement of the ducks) as well as to avoid mother hen responses from the DNR (which is very protective of the St. Louis River), we have a pluck, not a race. What it is, is a family friendly event in and around Pier B the Thursday after the weekend of the Tall Ships and Blues Festivals. The event will replace our regular meeting so that we can witness which of the adopted 10,000 yellow ducks will be plucked and awarded cash prizes! And our members have the first right of refusal to be a sponsor of what may well become a premier annual event on the waterfront. Members should not miss the opportunity to become a Grand Quacker, a Quacker Backer, perhaps a Lucky Duck, or even Friend of the Flock.
Spoiler Alert - in case you have not yet read the recent email from Michelle Buria, the Boys and Girls Club of the Northland’s Mental Health
Access Program was selected as the recipient of our Signature Project Grant by secret ballot from the membership at our Thursday meeting.
Boys & Girls Club Spring Carnival
The Boys & Girls Club Spring Carnival has been rescheduled to Tuesday, May 28, at the Boys and Girls Club in Lincoln Park, 2407 West 4th Street. Set-up at 4pm, games start at 4:30. We need 21 volunteers total (Rotarians, Rotaractors, and family) to help wit the games! Easy and fun and you's smile a lot! To sign up, please email Dan Dock at
Member Spotlight
Member Spotlight
Grant Hauschild
Grant Hauschild
Member Since 2019
My hometown is Fargo, North Dakota. I received my Bachelor of Arts  in Political Science from the University of North Dakota and my Masters in Public Policy from George Washington University.

My favorite pastime is running and being involved in community events.
My wife, Grace, works as a Nurse Anesthetist at Essentia Health. We have no children, but enjoy cooking, board games and traveling. The furthest we’ve traveled so far is Thailand and we chose it because we wanted to experience their culture and incredible Thai food.
Fun Fact: My wife and I have similar names (Grant Hauschild & Grace Hauschild) so our mail, texts, and emails often get mixed up by people trying to communicate with us individually.
Grant and Grace Hauschild
Rotary's Annual Fishing Outing with The Hills
The annual Rotary fishing outing with The Hills will be held on Friday, June 7, from 7:30am to noon on the St. Louis River. We are looking for ten boats to use for taking students and chaperones out fishing on that day.
If you are able to provide Rotary with any boats, or know of anyone else who could, please contact: Dan Maki, 218-590-3593 or
Piedmont End-of-Year Picnic
The Annual Piedmont End-of-Year Picnic is being held this year on Thursday, June 6, starting at 10:30am, at the Piedmont Elementary School located at 2827 Chambersburg Avenue. Over 300 parents and children will be celebrating the end of the school year, and volunteers are still needed. Call Jim Schwartz at 218-384-3500 to sign up!
This Week's Meeting
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Holiday Inn
207 West Superior Street
Duluth, MN  55802
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