The Gimlet
Volume 109 #47

This week at Rotary
Thursday, May 30, 2024
For Those Attending in Person
Lunch Buffet
11:30 AM START
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45)
(Link Sent Thursday Morning)
Holiday Inn Downtown
Frank Bures
"The Shape of the World: Essays on Travel, Culture and Belief from Rotary Magazine
Frank Bures is an award-winning writer and speaker based in Minneapolis, and a write for North Home & Life Magazine. He has written over 200 stories for Rotary Magazine, and for many years he wrote the “Culture” column, covering everything from the fine power of culture to the magic of travel, to questions about leading an ethical life. Now the best of those columns has been collected in a book: "The Shape of the World: Essays on Travel, Culture and Belief from Rotary Magazine"
Frank is the author of "The Geography of Madness," which Newsweek called one of the best travel books of the decade. His stories have been included in Best American Travel Writing, and, in addition to Rotary, he has written for Harper's, The Atlantic, Outside and other publications.
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Darlene Anderson
With a ring of the Rotary bell President Gary Melander gained the attention of Rotarians and guests welcoming all to the weekly meeting of Rotary Club #25. After the group singing The National Anthem and reciting the Rotary 4-Way Test, Past Assistant District Governor Phil Strom shared a Reflection focused on the significance of Memorial Day and the service of so many patriotic Americans such as his father who served in the US Navy. He also remembered the trip he and wife Babs took to Normandy, France and Omaha Beach as recited the poem “In Flanders Field, the poppies blow between the crosses row on row...”
Past Assistant District Governor Phil Strom
Holly Mirau was the first to “Kick the Golden Can” as this will be her last Rotary meeting as she has completed her MBA degree and changed positions at College of St Scholastica. However, when it becomes possible, she will rejoin us. Congratulations Holly - you will be missed.
Patra Sevastiades added $31 to the can as she announced that her daughter turned 31 years old and as they celebrated her birthday, she announced that she was engaged to be married. Bob Reichert was the speaker at the Ely Rotary Club this week and shared the story of his daughter Dorie and book “Yellow Butterfly”.
Bob Reichert - fresh from Ely, MN
President-Elect Elizabeth Simonson reminded all that President's Night Celebration honoring President Gary Melander will be June 20 at 5:30 aboard the Vista Star. Watch for emails that are being sent with further details. There will not be a lunch meeting on that day.
Among the guests was Allen Anway’s fiancée Judy Sage, who received a very warm welcome to Club # 25.
Allen Anway and fiancée Judy Sage
Rotary Club banners were exchanged with Beau Pulliam, President of the Issaquah, Washington Rotary Club and representing Club #25, President Gary Melander.
Beau Pulliam, from Issaquah WA with President Gary Melander
Chair of the Day Past President Dean Casperson noted that it was 6 years ago that Past President Michelle Buria challenged the club to adopt a major club project. After receiving several proposals from groups in our community, Rotarians chose The Boys and Girls Club Mental Health Initiative Program. So it was that a goal was set to raise $25,000 by selling 5,000 ducks at $5 each and with the help of donors and sponsors “The Duck Pluck” was a success. Tammy Sundbom, Chief Development Officer of the Boys and Girls Club remembered “The Duck Pluck” as being so much fun and that it was the driving force establishing the program. And it is appropriate that we share an update as May is “Mental Health Awareness Month”. Since 2019 and not counting this year, Rotary Club 25 has donated $88,700 which equals about 75% of the program expense. What no one knew as the program began was the next year would be the pandemic and it may have become impossible to initiate this program.
Past President Dean Casperson
Tammy Sundbom
Tammy Sundbom then introduced Emily Burnside, Director of Operations, and Caitlin Dupuy, Behavioral Health Coordinator who shared how the program impacts the youth who attend the Club. Every day there is social and emotional learning offered and 90% of the kids participate in that. There are 54 youth who spend additional time with Caitlin as they learn to identify their emotions and learn coping mechanisms. For some youth individual behavior plans are developed meeting several times each week with their counselor. Emily and Caitlin expressed how rewarding it is to see kids develop these skills and how it changes their lives. However, there is a need for more counselors and interns who can work with them impacting the lives of over 600 youth each year.
Caitlin Dupuy
Meet the Team
The impact they make
(L to R) President Gary Melander, Tammy Sundbom, Caitlin Dupuy, Emily Burnside and Chair of the Day, Past President Dean Casperson
This Week's Meeting
Thursdays at 12:00 p.m.
Holiday Center Great Lakes Ballroom
200 W. 1st Street
Duluth, MN 55802
United States of America
Venue Map
Venue Map
May 30, 2024 12:00 PM
"The Shape of the World: Essays on Travel, Culture and Belief from Rotary Magazine
Jun 20, 2024 12:00 PM
Jun 27, 2024 12:00 PM
Jul 04, 2024 12:00 PM
Jul 11, 2024 12:00 PM
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Upcoming Events
Adopt a Highway - Rotary Clean-Up
May 30, 2024
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Rotary Board of Directors
Rotary Office
Jun. 19, 2024 4:00 p.m.
Rotary Board of Directors
Rotary Office
Jul. 17, 2024 4:00 p.m.
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Corey Collier
May 1
Catherine Carter Huber
May 3
Jim Landwehr
May 4
Jim Olson
May 5
Douglas Erickson
May 15
Jerry Thoreson
May 19
Katrina Pierson
May 20
Kate Molinaro
May 21
John Baumgarten
May 23
Karol Sowers
May 24
Join Date
Jim Olson
May 11, 1995
29 years
Kate Molinaro
May 11, 1989
35 years
Corey Collier
May 14, 2015
9 years
Mike Murray
May 15, 2003
21 years
Rob Hofmann
May 15, 2008
16 years
Traci Marciniak
May 16, 2013
11 years
Sheryl Homan
May 19, 2005
19 years
Jim Landwehr
May 21, 1987
37 years
Bill Sozansky
May 23, 2019
5 years
Jennifer Smith
May 24, 2018
6 years
Catherine Carter Huber
May 29, 2003
21 years
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