Volume 106 #49
This Week at Rotary
We Meet at Noon on Thursday
June 10, 2021
(Also Via Zoom)
Plated Meal Served
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45)
Kristi Stokes
Greater Downtown Council
Welcome Back to Downtown Duluth
The Downtown Business Community has been challenged in recent years both from the pandemic and street construction.  With both ending, come and learn how the Downtown is set to recover!
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Steve Yorde
President Dean Casperson welcomed all to our in-person and Zoom meeting by ringing the bell, leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four Way Test.  He then called on President Elect Chana Stocke for the Rotary Reflection. In light of a very long COVID year, Chana noted Albert Einstein’s quote, “in the midst of every crisis lies great opportunity.”  She learned several lessons.  Rotary needs me now more than ever. I need the fellowship of my weekly meetings and the interaction with my friends and peers. Our community needs us now more than ever, as do our non-profits who need our Rotary grants. Rotary International needs us to help serve those underserved in the world.  Rotary International’s theme this year is “Serve to Change Lives.”  Let’s make a special commitment to do just that. 
Today’s guests included Dr. Roxanna Esquerra who works with Dr. Doug Erickson and Harbortown Rotary’s Scott Soderberg.  Welcome!   
Fellowship Self-reports: Paul Helstrom added $9, one dollar each for his family members who are now living together in the former Alworth home on Hawthorne Road. Once everyone is fully moved in, including his father Rotarian Jon Helstrom, he promised “a Rotary soiree” to check out the arrangements. 
President Dean Casperson then introduced Past Assistant Governor Phil Strom who made a surprise presentation of a Paul Harris Fellowship pin with sapphire to Past President Elaine Hansen in recognition of her significant efforts! Thank you both, Phil and Elaine, for showing us what Service Above Self means!
Elaine Hansen with Dr. Roxanna Esquerra
Catherine Carter Huber then introduced today’s speaker, Dr. Nick Van Deelen, for an update on St. Luke’s response to COVID during the past year. Historically, he noted that St. Luke’s was the first hospital established here in 1881 in response to the typhoid epidemic. 

“When first identified, COVID was a new virus, the mode of transmission was unclear, there were no treatment options, no vaccine, it was highly contagious, but no one knew which PPE (personal protective equipment) to use or mode of cleaning and sanitizing that would work to keep staff and patients safe. Today, we know it’s highly contagious, spread by droplet and aerosol. It’s 10x more lethal than the flu, and high-risk populations are especially susceptible (e.g. the elderly, those with diabetes and heart disease, African, Native and Hispanic Americans). We realized how important surgeries were to our financial picture. Our surgical volumes went down, our patient “lengths of stay” increased, and the cost of medical supplies and labor was extreme. Our nurses were truly heroic during this time. But we recognized early on that there is a nursing staff shortage here and throughout Minnesota.” 

Following his presentation, Dr. Van Deelen fielded multiple questions regarding the increased use of Vitamin D, Telehealth, the importance of face-to-face visits with your physician, and the public’s view of getting vaccinated. “We’re all tired of the pandemic, but it will not disappear.  We can look for another vaccine available in the fall.”
Catherine Carter-Huber, Dr. Nick Van Deelen, President Dean Casperson
This Week's Meeting
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
In person and via Zoom
207 W. Superior St. Suite 201
Duluth, MN 55802
United States of America
Venue Map
Jun 10, 2021
Duluth Downtown Council - Welcome Back Campaign
Jun 17, 2021
LNPK 156 - Community Revitalization in Challenging Times
Jun 24, 2021
Join President Dean and President Elect Chana as we close out one Rotary year and begin another
Jul 01, 2021
Picnic at Enger Tower - Celebrate Summer!
Jul 15, 2021
Garden Party
Jul 22, 2021
ShelterBox USA
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Board of Directors
Jun 15, 2021 3:30 PM
Rotary Board of Directors
Jul 20, 2021 3:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Robin Pestalozzi
June 7
Brett Kinney
June 15
Mike Lalich
June 16
Phil Strom
June 25
Jeff Iisakka
June 27
Join Date
Dean Casperson
June 3, 2004
17 years
Jerry Pelofske
June 6, 1991
30 years
Jeffrey Fifield
June 9, 1983
38 years
Tom Homan
June 14, 2001
20 years
Jenny Peterson
June 16, 2016
5 years
Jon Ohman
June 18, 1998
23 years
Earl Rogers
June 20, 1991
30 years
Dan Dock
June 21, 1984
37 years
Gary Melander
June 30, 1998
23 years
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Rotary Club of Duluth
207 W. Superior St.
Suite 201
Duluth Minnesota 55802
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Al Makynen
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Phil Strom
Steve Yorde
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