The Gimlet
Volume 108 #42

This Week at Rotary
Thursday April 20, 2023
For Those Attending in Person
Buffet Lunch
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45)
(Link Sent Thursday Morning)
Holiday Inn Downtown
Student Led Meeting
Chair of the day – Jena Evans
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Darlene Anderson
The historic West Theater located on Central Avenue in West Duluth was the gathering place for Rotarians of Club #25 for their weekly meeting. With no Rotary bell for President Barb Perrella to ring, she called for order and started the meeting while members continued enjoying their sandwich lunches in the beautifully renovated theater. President Barb was pleased to introduce the owner of The West Theater, Robert (Bob) Boone and asked him to share his journey of restoring an iconic fixture of West Duluth.
President Barb Perrella calling the meeting to order
Owner and Developer Bob Boone
The West Theater was built in the Art Deco style in the midst of the Great Depression by Clarence Kaake and B D Clinton. The theater closed in the mid-1950s, was vacant for a decade, housed a quilt shop and then was purchased by Mike Orman's nephew David. In 2015, David put the building on the market and heard that Bob Boone was interested in restoring it to its original use as a theater. After all, Bob said it had “Good bones” which is what you often call an “Ugly Duckling” that requires a lot of work. Bob thought West Duluth needed its own theater and David agreed. David even held the down payment check for 11 months while Bob worked on the logistics of the project.
“Ugly Duckling” transforms into a beautifully restored swan
Then began the transformation of the “Ugly Duckling” with Bob's vision, numerous volunteer hours, and donations from businesses and the patience of bankers. Each step of the adventure contains a story all its own: the theater seats, the chandeliers, the popcorn machine, the projector that rests in the front window. And now another step: rehabilitating the building next door. No longer is the West Theater an “Ugly Duckling” but once again an iconic Art Deco Theater to be appreciated and enjoyed by many for years to come.
Popcorn machine, vintage posters and an old projector - items from West Theater’s past restored and displayed for today
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
Apr 20, 2023
Student Led Meeting
Apr 27, 2023
New Tours for Spring, Summer & Fall
May 04, 2023
Spring Auction - Marshall School Event
May 11, 2023
Duluth Superior Youth Chorus
May 18, 2023
Duluth Children's Museum's expansion plans in Lincoln Park
May 25, 2023
Presentation from LOON Opera
Jun 01, 2023
His trip to Antarctica - a professional photographer and semi pro astronomer
Jun 08, 2023
To Be Determined
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Board of Directors
Rotary Office
Apr 19, 2023 4:00 PM
Auction Committee Meeting
Rotary Office
Apr 20, 2023
1:00 PM – 2:00 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
Kjell Knudsen
April 1
Ruth Ann Eaton
April 8
Sandy Hoff
April 27
Al Makynen
April 28
Join Date
Tom Young
April 1, 1995
28 years
Phil Strom
April 23, 1981
42 years
Grant Hauschild
April 25, 2019
4 years
Official Publication of
Rotary Club of Duluth
207 W. Superior St.
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Duluth Minnesota 55802
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Darlene Anderson
Rob Hofmann
Al Makynen
Traci Marciniak
Phil Strom
Steve Yorde
Jerry Thoreson
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