The Gimlet
Volume 108 #10

This Week at Rotary
We meet at Noon on Thursday
September 8, 2022
For Those Attending in Person
Buffet Meal
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45)
(Link Sent Thursday Morning)
Holiday Inn Downtown
Envisioning a Healthy Community - Community Redevelopment
This presentation highlights the process that Essentia Health and the Benedictine Sisters have outlined in their guiding principles for the development of the Hillside Neighborhood and Essentia properties. 
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Al Makynen
Thursday noon is Rotary time.  You can set your watch, or Fitbit, by it!  The Lyric Conference Center was filled with the sound of the National Anthem as Past President John Baumgarten led us at the piano.  Past Assistant Governor Phil Strom provided a Rotary Reflection on key historical years.  1905 – the founding of Rotary, 1911 - the start of Rotary Club #25, 1987 – our first woman member Bonita Nelson,  1998 – the Club’s first woman president Jan Davis, 2022 the first woman Rotary International President, Jennifer Jones.
Past Assistant Governor Phil Strom contemplating his Rotary Reflection
President-Elect Gary Melander and Jon Ohman kicked off our 37th Annual Rotary Rose Sale.  The funds raised from prior years for community projects are more than $1.5 Million Dollars.  The formula is clear. The more roses sold at $25 per dozen, the more funds available to the Grants Committee!  Dust off those client lists and start selling.
Online sales through the website is an easy way to connect and get those roses sold. The Two Harbors and Ely Rotary Clubs are participating with us.  Rotary Rose Day is Friday, October 14thSales can be made through October 6th.  Next week you will see the Billboards around down and see and hear the public service spots on both T.V. and Radio.  Vinod Gupta is leading the effort to sell Rotary Coupons.  This is an important component of the Rotary Rose Sale and generates both interest and additional revenue.
President-Elect Gary Melander setting the tone for the next successful Rose Sale
President Barb Perrella announced the return of a Club tradition.  Friday Rotary Breakfast.  The first one will be Friday, September 9th at 8:00 a.m. at the Kitchi Gammi Club.  No need to register.  No program.  Just show up for fun and fellowship.  You order breakfast off the menu with costs ranging from $9 - $13.  Skeeter Moore brought his laptop to the podium in order to register volunteers for the 25th Annual NorthShore Inline Marathon (he paid a large Work Zone fine).  2,000 skaters will participate on September 17 in the largest skating marathon in the United States. Volunteers are needed on both Friday (Registration and Race Packets) and Saturday (Race Day). Club #25 will have a Rose Sale booth at the race – thanks Skeeter!
The program for the day was all about the future growth of our club and our continued ability to impact the community.  Deb Ellingsen, Membership Chair, and Elizabeth Simonson, Rotary Director described for us the current status of the club (107 members) and ways in which we can make a difference by sharing Rotary with others.  The question was asked:  Why did you join Rotary?  Several members answered.  Jena Evans described Rotary as an extension of her family.  Brian Fulda described how he was able to network and meet new people.  Skeeter Moore and Vinod Gupta spoke about a vehicle to provide community service.  The strategy is to have each member identify three people within their social network to invite to a Rotary meeting and to extend an invitation to join Rotary.  The meal charges for the guest are covered by the Membership Committee, there is no cost to the Rotarian.  And for a little fun, those who successfully bring in a new member will be included in a drawing to be held at the end of the calendar year and again at the end of the Rotary year.  We make a difference in our community, and you can make a difference in our club by seeking out those who wish to join us in service above self.
Membership Chair, Deb Ellingsen explaining the membership challenge
Elizabeth Simonson getting everyone onto ClubRunner
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 08, 2022
Envisioning a Healthy Community - Community Redevelopment
Sep 15, 2022
That Does Inclusion Look Like?
Sep 22, 2022
Setting Sail to End Nuclear Weapons
Sep 29, 2022
The Vision is Set. It's Time for Takeoff!
Oct 06, 2022
Oct 13, 2022
Oct 27, 2022
Force Protection in the Middle East During COVID 19
Nov 03, 2022
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Upcoming Events
Courage Kenny - Shoot for Fun - Volunteer
Sep 10, 2022
Rotary Board of Directors
Rotary Office
Sep 21, 2022 4:00 PM
Rotary Board of Directors
Rotary Office
Oct 19, 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
Official Publication of
Rotary Club of Duluth
207 W. Superior St.
Suite 201
Duluth Minnesota 55802
Rob Hofmann
Darlene Anderson
Rob Hofmann
Al Makynen
Traci Marciniak
Phil Strom
Steve Yorde
Jerry Thoreson
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