The Gimlet
Volume 108 #12

This Week at Rotary
We meet at Noon on Thursday
September 22, 2022
For Those Attending in Person
Buffet Meal
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45)
(Link Sent Thursday Morning)
Holiday Inn Downtown
Philip Anderson and  Tom Morgan
Setting Sail to End Nuclear Weapons
Tom Morgan and Philip Anderson, members of Veterans for Peace, local Chapter 80, will speak about an ambitious voyage of The Golden Rule to raise awareness and support for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2017.  Tom and Philip believe that nuclear powers like the United States should play a major role in bringing this treaty into force. 
Chair of the Day Geiger Yount
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Darlene Anderson
A warm welcome was extended to Rotarians and guests by President Barb Perrella as she asked all to join her in singing “My Country Tis of Thee” as the melody is the same as the British national anthem and we honor the late Queen Elizabeth. After reciting the Rotary Four-Way Test, Jeff Wencel shared the Reflection based on today's topic: Inclusion. As a new father he is trying to find a way to teach his youngster about inclusion. And where better to start than with Dr. Seuss. After reading to us from “The Star-Belly Sneetches” he listed several other sources and descriptions of the topic such as Shakespeare and Dickens. That brought him to the conclusion that it may be best to stick with Dr. Seuss when teaching his little one.
Geiger Yount
Rotarians have been active this fall and Geiger Yount thanked those who joined her as greeters at the Sustainable Harvest Festival: Rob Hofmann, Skeeter Moore, Tom Homan, Vinod Gupta, Bill Sozansky, Jon Ohman, Jack Seiler, and Branden Robinson. She then self-reported that her husband of 61 years stumbled this past week on the stairs. No serious injuries but she is now having to put into practice her elder care skills. We wish David a speedy recovery.
Paul Helstrom
An opportunity for International Service is coming in February 2023 as announced by Paul Helstrom. Plans are being made for a team of Rotarians to travel to Belize for hands on work at a school facility. Paul will share more information at the International Service Committee meeting on September 27 and at our upcoming weekly meetings.
 Gary Melander
We are now fully into our 37th Annual Rose Sale which is our club's largest fundraiser. President-elect Gary Melander reminded us that in 36 years we have raised over $1.5 million. This year the rose order will be placed on September 26, although the sale goes through October 6. Please report your sales and estimated sales to Gary by Thursday the 22nd. Donations can also be made to the Rose Sale. A $10 donation equals the sale of one dozen roses. Checks are payable to Duluth Rotary Foundation with “Roses” written in the memo line.
(L to R) Jay Walker, Alexis Burke, Jack Seiler and Beth Burk
And because of our fundraising efforts, Jack Seiler was able to present two grant checks. A check for $1500 was given to Great Lakes Aquarium. Jay Walker and Alexis Burke shared that the funds will be used for their “Bus Fund” which assists area schools in providing transportation for field trips to the aquarium. Our funds allow 300 more students to visit the aquarium this school year than have come in previous years. Accepting a check for $2500 payable to YWCA was Executive Director Beth Burk. The funds will be used for their Young Mother's Supportive Housing Program, which provides housing, education and resources to young homeless mothers.
The first Rotary Fellowship Breakfast was held last Friday at the Kitchi Gammi Club, featuring good food and conversation. Upcoming dates for the monthly breakfasts are October 21 and November 11. Mark your calendars and enjoy a great time of fellowship.
Edie Michalski 
 Christina Woods
Chair of the Day and artist Edie Michalski introduced our speaker Christina Woods and today's topic, “What Does Inclusion Look Like?” As an Anishinaabe and community leader, Christina seeks to empower individuals and provide a venue for them to share their human experiences. She is able to focus on inclusion as the Executive Director of the Duluth Art Institute, chair of the State of Minnesota Capitol Arts Committee and as a member of the U.S. Senate Curatorial Advisory Board. The Duluth Art Institute has 115 years of history and is one of the oldest art centers in Minnesota. Today it seeks to use art to tell the narrative of groups of people whose story is not so widely told. Such as the upcoming “Home of Memories: Portraits & Stories of Iraqi Minnesotans.” The exhibitions to be featured are chosen by a panel of local art and regional professionals. And they provide a variety of educational opportunities.
Art classes are held in local schools and at their facilities in downtown Duluth and Lincoln Park, featuring many forms of artistic expression. To learn more about what is offered and see upcoming exhibits, explore their website
Rotarians volunteer for North Shore Inline Marathon
(L to R) Past President Chana Stocke, Elizabeth Simonson, and President Barb Perrella
This Week's Meeting
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Center Great Lakes Ballroom
200 W. Superior St
Duluth, MN
United States of America
Venue Map
Venue Map
Sep 22, 2022
Setting Sail to End Nuclear Weapons
Sep 29, 2022
The Vision is Set. It's Time for Takeoff!
Oct 13, 2022
Love Your Block
Oct 20, 2022
Oct 27, 2022
Force Protection in the Middle East During COVID 19
Nov 03, 2022
Nov 10, 2022
Duluth’s HRA – From Owned Housing to Development and Everything in Between
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Board of Directors
Rotary Office
Sep 21, 2022 4:00 PM
Rotary Board of Directors
Rotary Office
Oct 19, 2022 4:00 PM
Rotary Breakfast at the Kitchi Gammi Club
Oct 21, 2022 8:00 AM
Club Breakfast at the Kitchi Gammi Club
Nov 11, 2022 8:00 AM
Rotary Board of Directors
Rotary Office
Nov 16, 2022 4:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Betty George
September 2
Dale Johnson
September 2
Roxanna Esguerra
September 15
Craig Fellman
September 22
Jay Ott
September 23
Join Date
Bonita Nelson
September 1, 1987
35 years
Deb Ellingsen
September 2, 2021
1 year
Ruth Ann Eaton
September 7, 1989
33 years
Ryan Johnson
September 12, 2013
9 years
Dave McLean
September 14, 2000
22 years
Steve Hadley
September 16, 1999
23 years
Therese Spehar
September 18, 2020
2 years
Mike Lalich
September 19, 1996
26 years
Jack Seiler
September 21, 2020
2 years
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