The Gimlet
Volume 109 #01

This Week at Rotary
We Meet at 11:30 AM on Thursday
July 6, 2023
For Those Attending in Person
Enger Park
1601 Enger Tower Road
The Annual Club #25 Enger Park Picnic
Join fellow Rotarians for our Annual club picnic at Enger Tower at the Rotary Peace Plaza. 
Enjoy Great Harvests Box lunches and fellowship in a beautiful setting.  Remember to bring bug spray and a chair!
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Darlene Anderson
The Rotary Club of Duluth held its 111th Annual “Changing of the Guard” as President Barb Perrella handed the Rotary Gavel to President-Elect Gary Melander. Following the singing of “American the Beautiful” accompanied by Past-President John Baumgarten and reciting the Rotary 4-Way Test, Rob Hofmann shared a moment of Reflection. He asked us to embrace the remarkable power of change. Change can spark innovation, transform ideas, foster personal development and pave the way for societal progress. Today we look forward to the next year and embrace change.
Past-President John Baumgarten leading us off with America the Beautiful
Rob Hofmann reflects upon Change as good
President Barb Perrella welcomed today's guests: the wonderful Judy Rogers, Barb Bennett, wife of Past President Bob Bennett, and the Melander family: Carla, wife of President-Elect Gary Melander, Marta, Allie, Bonnie and former Rotarian great Don Melander.
Stepping forward to drop $4 into the Golden Can was Allen Anway as he shared two adventures. First, his picture was in the Duluth News Tribune presenting the Dr. Dorothy Anway Scholarship. Secondly, he participated in Grandma's Marathon as one of the ham radio operators at the Knife River location.
Allen Anway - always in motion
Thanking the club for the privilege of serving as President Barb Perrella then thanked those who have served alongside her. It is the combined service of club members filling the many roles that allows the legacy of Club 25 to endure. We had an amazing year of fundraising with the Rose Sale netting $30,000. The Annual Dinner and Auction resulted in $14,700+ with $10,000 for Polio Plus and $13,800 for our mental health program at the Boys and Girls Club. President Barb Perrella thanked individually the many club members that work tirelessly to make our club successful. And we, as Club 25 members, thankful for her year as leader, offered up a standing ovation.
President Barb Perrella thanking all who helped make her year a success!
President Barb Perrella then administered the oath of office to incoming President Gary Melander. She also presented him with the ring Past President Larry Fortner had made from his president's pin. President Gary Melander’s first duty as Club President was to swear in our new President-Elect Elizabeth Simonson.
President Barb Perrella administering the oath of office to incoming President Gary Melander
President Gary Melander’s swearing in our new President-Elect Elizabeth Simonson
President Gary Melander's speech highlighted the rich history and core values of Club 25. Looking forward, we can continue to reach out into our community and make a huge difference for good. Rotary International's theme for this year is “Hope” and it is his desire that our club will embrace that theme this year—“HOPE”.
President Gary Melander's then administered the oath of office to the three new incoming Directors: Zach Walters, Dan Maki and Patra Sevastiades. Thank you for your willingness to serve.
New Board Members (L to R): Zach Walters, Dan Maki and Patra Sevastiades
Next week's meeting will be the Annual Picnic at Enger Park in the Rotary Plaza. Please RSVP Past-President Barb Perrella so she can order the correct number of lunches from Great Harvest. The program will be “Food and Fellowship”.
Brain Fulda with Past Assistant Governor Al Makynen seeking volunteers to serve each meeting as Greeters, 50–50 Proctors, and Reflection speakersHow about YOU!
The multi-generation Rotarian Melander Family
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
Jul 06, 2023
Gary's First Meeting
Jul 13, 2023
Duluth Playhouse
Jul 20, 2023
Jul 27, 2023
Alworth Center for the Study of Peace and Justice
Aug 03, 2023
Bentleyville Tour of Lights Presentation
Aug 10, 2023
An evening of fellowship and food
Aug 17, 2023
Lester River Rendezvous
Aug 24, 2023
Habitat for Humanity in Duluth
Aug 31, 2023
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Upcoming Events
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Rotary Office
Jul 19, 2023 4:00 PM
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Rotary Office
Aug 16, 2023 4:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Bill Sozansky
July 5
Jon Helstrom
July 7
Traci Marciniak
July 11
Eric Dott
July 12
Skeeter Moore
July 16
Join Date
Jay Ott
July 1, 1998
25 years
Craig Fellman
July 6, 2006
17 years
Eric Dott
July 6, 2017
6 years
Robin Pestalozzi
July 9, 2015
8 years
Jim Monge
July 17, 1965
58 years
Bill Gravelle
July 24, 1986
37 years
Holly Mirau
July 26, 2022
1 year
Jeffrey Wencel
July 26, 2022
1 year
Brian Fulda
July 30, 2020
3 years
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Rotary Club of Duluth
207 W. Superior St.
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Duluth Minnesota 55802
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Darlene Anderson
Rob Hofmann
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