The Gimlet
Volume 108 #38

This Week at Rotary
Thursday March 23rd, 2023
For Those Attending in Person
Buffet Lunch
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45)
(Link Sent Thursday Morning)
Holiday Inn Downtown
Member of Rotary of Duluth #25
Hike to Everest Base Camp
Join us as we learn of an extraordinary and life-changing trek to the far side of the world, as Club #25 Rotarian Vinod Gupta shares his experience of his hike to Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal seven years ago
Chair of the day - Gary Melander
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Phil Strom
Some two dozen Rotarians and guests found their way to Morgan Park for an outreach meeting at the Bethany Crisis Shelter.  This warm-feeling purpose-built facility, completed in May of 2022, is of particular interest to our Rotary Club, the construction of which was supported by our Duluth Rotary Foundation, as well as a few of our individual members.  The project was undertaken by Lutheran Social Services, with broad community support, and replaced the original Bethany Children’s Home with roots going back to 2016.  The original Home was created in response to a growing need at the time, as a place to care for orphaned children and youth.  The more modern Crisis Shelter intentionally creates a more holistic trauma-informed experience for children from 0 to 17 years of age who are in domestic crisis.   
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LSS Bethany staffer Carrie Ayres, Assistant Governor Phil Strom with Duncan Gregory
(L to R)
Robin Pestalozzi with her guest Sandra Haugo and President Barb Perrella
We met for this meeting, in one of the facility's living spaces, with sandwiches and soft drinks arranged by Stacy Oltmanns.  Club #25 President Barb Perrella opened the meeting with greetings to all, and a reciting of the Four Way Test.  Past Assistant Governor Phil Strom, Chair of the day, introduced Duncan Gregory, Program Director at the Shelter, who gave us the details of how the Crisis Shelter provides an environment for at-risk kids, which communicates that they are cared for and loved.  His large and affectionate personality left no room for doubt, as he led our entourage through the facility with proprietary pride.  It’s fair to say once again, that these “run out” Rotary meetings that expose our members to the many aspects of our community, enrich our Rotarian experience and awaken our interests in the many varied aspects and resources of our community.
Duncan Gregory, Director Bethany Crisis Shelter
Duncan Gregory, Director Bethany Crisis Shelter, shared insightful comments that resonated with Rotarians: “None of us is as strong as all of us.”  And, “We believe it takes an entire village and you guys are a part of that village.”
Rotarians learning what LSS Bethany is all about
LSS Bethany seeks to be an empowering resource for children, youth and families that will inspire hope, change lives and build community for the next 100 years.
Through this work, we will move ever closer to realizing our vision that all people have the opportunity to live and work in community with full and abundant lives.
A safe place. Compliments of Past Assistant Governor Phil Strom and his wife Babs Strom
Thank you!
Tom Homan witnesses a close-up look at the magnitude of the need
John Ohman showing his boxing skills to Jim Schwartz
This Week's Meeting
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Center Great Lakes Ballroom
200 W. 1st Street
Duluth, MN 55802
United States of America
Come join us and bring a friend for a great soup and salad bar and program!
Venue Map
Venue Map
Mar 23, 2023
His Hike to Everest Base Camp
Mar 30, 2023
Climate Change and the Near Future for Duluth and Superior
Apr 06, 2023
Stress Reduction Through the Lens of Adversity/Resilience
Apr 13, 2023
Off Site - Tour of West Theaters
Apr 20, 2023
student led meeting
Apr 27, 2023
New Tours for Spring, Summer & Fall
May 04, 2023
Spring Auction
May 11, 2023
Duluth Superior Youth Chorus
May 18, 2023
Duluth Children's Museum's expansion plans in Lincoln Park
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Board of Directors
Rotary Office
Apr 19, 2023 4:00 PM
Rotary Dinner and Auction
Marshall School
May 04, 2023
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Rotary Board of Directors
Rotary Office
May 17, 2023 4:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Jennifer Smith
March 1
Chana Stocke
March 16
Allen Anway
March 19
Bill Gravelle
March 22
Pat Holliday
March 22
Ruth Westra
March 22
Justin Reid
March 30
Grant Hauschild
March 31
Rob Hofmann
March 31
Join Date
Mike Orman
March 1, 1982
41 years
Paula Bloomquist
March 3, 2022
1 year
Casey Erikson
March 9, 2020
3 years
Matt Hunter
March 10, 2010
13 years
Steve Burgess
March 14, 2013
10 years
Geiger Yount
March 16, 1989
34 years
John Baumgarten
March 16, 1972
51 years
Tammy Sundbom
March 16, 2022
1 year
Pat Pfahl
March 17, 2011
12 years
Bob Reichert
March 18, 1976
47 years
Brett Kinney
March 28, 2007
16 years
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