Volume 106 #4
This Week at Rotary
We Meet at Noon
In Person and Via Zoom
(Maximum of Four Persons per Table)
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Holiday Inn and Suites - Downtown Duluth
Dennis Lamkin
Fred Friedman
A Baseball Season Like No Other
To maintain the American spirit, both President Wilson and President Roosevelt insisted that baseball be played during a World War!  That is why baseball is called the National Pastime.  Baseball represents hope.  This season has been a rocky start.  Will baseball once again lead the way to a national recovery?
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Al Makynen
The ballroom at the Holliday Inn was packed with Rotarians.  At least it looked packed with thirty Rotarians, three to a table!  We practiced all of the recommended COVID procedures.  First; masks at all times except when seated at your table.  Social distancing when at registration, picking up your pre-ordered boxed lunch, and moving about the room.  There was hand sanitizer at registration and at every table.  No singing of the National Anthem yet.  Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance will have to do for now.  Nevertheless the excitement of being back together was present as President Dean Casperson rang the bell.
Jeff Iisakka provided the Rotary Reflection to set the tone for the rest of our gathering and for our speaker.
He pondered how it is that the Milky Way has billions stars.  That there are billions of galaxies beyond.  And that our universe may be part of a multi-universe!  But even in all that vastness, the good work of Rotarians is awe inspiring!  Let us continue that work.
Perhaps Rotarians were shy, or they did not want to speak through their masks at the podium.  In any event the fellowship report was short but had two items of interest. Brian Fulda, nephew and three time guest of Dave Fulda was again among us.  Rumor has it that soon an uncle may be sponsoring a nephew for membership.   Allen Anway did rise to the podium to describe the members of his family tree and their propensity to become physicists.  His granddaughter, Eleanor Weston is now the fourth generation physicist.
Next, Past Assistant Governor Phil Strom was before the group bringing Allen Anway back to the podium to be recognized for his gift to the Rotary International Foundation in honor of his granddaughter.  In addition to Eleanor Weston becoming a new Paul Harris Fellow, Allen Anway received a Paul Harris Pin with two rubies and explained his continued financial support:  “The Foundation is the most powerful aspect of Rotary. 100% of the money donated goes for charitable purposes. The commitment to polio eradication is inspirational.”
Phil Strom and Allen Anway
On a more somber note, Greg Hansen gave the eulogy for Chuck House.  Chuck was a gift to many, especially having been born on Christmas Day, 1939.  He was a mentor to many and was always ready to give of his time, talent, and treasurer. He knew the history of Rotary, and especially that of Rotary Club #25.  Attendance for all of his 40+ years in Rotary was important to him.  However he would say that just attending does not make you a Rotarian. 
Chair of the Day, Dean Casperson introduced our very own astrophysicist, Marc Seigar who is the Head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UMD.  This was a vocational talk on one of the greatest mysteries of the universe.  Dark matter, what is it?   The first clue that something dark was out there was observed 90 years ago when it was discovered that galaxies rotated faster than the visible mass (stars) would allow.  If there was not something more than what was visible in the galaxy the stars would fly apart.  It was called dark matter with theories developed later to explain what it was.  It the 1970’s, some of this dark matter was thought to be hot (moving at 90+% the speed of light).  Some of it cold (moving at <10% the speed of light).  The current favorite candidate for what dark matter is (although never measured or detected) is what is called a WIMP (Weakly Interactive Massive Particle).  With the creation of the Standard Model of Particle Physics and with confirmation in the year 2000 that he universe is expanding, we are closer to an answer.  But we are not there yet.  The most recent theory says a galaxy is composed of 68% Dark Energy (we did not talk about this), 27% Dark Matter (not yet detected) and 5% Visible Matter (a.k.a. stars and stuff).  All of it awe inspiring.
Marc Seigar and Dean Casperson
Duluth Rotary Club Officers and Directors 2020-2021
President - Dean Casperson
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President Elect – Chana Stocke
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Secretary – Eric Dott
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Tresurer – David Nolle
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Past President – Michelle Buria
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Director – Paul Helstrom
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Director – Catherine Carter Huber
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Director – Karol Sowers
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Director – Elizabeth Simonson
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Director – Branden Robinson
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Director – Traci Marciniak
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Foundation President – Jerry Ostroski
Office Preparedness Plan
This Week's Meeting
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Inn Ballroom
207 W. Superior St
Suite 201
Duluth, MN 55802
United States of America
VenueMap Venue Map
Jul 30, 2020
Aug 06, 2020
Steger Center
Aug 13, 2020
Worldwide Dance Challenge & How to Lead in Times of Crisis
Aug 20, 2020
Uganda Refugee Project
Aug 27, 2020
Birding in the Northland
Sep 03, 2020
UMD Hockey
Sep 10, 2020
Federal Prison Camp Duluth
Sep 17, 2020
CSS President
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Club of Duluth Foundation - ANNUAL MEETING
Aug 11, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Volunteer Opportunity: Community Food Distribution
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
Aug 12, 2020
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Volunteer Opportunity: Community Food Distribution
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
Sep 09, 2020
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Bill Sozansky
July 5
Jon Helstrom
July 7
Traci Marciniak
July 11
Eric Dott
July 12
Skeeter Moore
July 16
Bruce Anderson
July 18
Dick Carlson
July 21
Jenny Peterson
July 23
Wally Holt
July 27
Join Date
Bruce Anderson
July 1, 1987
33 years
Dave Rutford
July 1, 1979
41 years
Dick Swenson
July 1, 1996
24 years
Jay Ott
July 1, 1998
22 years
Craig Fellman
July 6, 2006
14 years
Eric Dott
July 6, 2017
3 years
Robin Pestalozzi
July 9, 2015
5 years
Daniel Bergeland
July 10, 1980
40 years
Jim Monge
July 17, 1965
55 years
Bill Gravelle
July 24, 1986
34 years
Pat Holliday
July 28, 1988
32 years
Official Publication of Rotary Club of Duluth 
207 W. Superior St.
Suite 201
Phone: 218-722-0451
Duluth, Minnesota 55802
Editor:  Al Makynen
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