Volume 105 #28
This Week at Rotary
By Stacy Oltmanns  – Chair of the Day
We meet at noon
Thursday, January 23, 2020 at
The Lyric Conference Room
Anna Tanski
President and CEO, Visit Duluth
Building on Duluth’s Tourism Momentum
Anna Tanski will provide insight into the latest initiatives by Visit Duluth to expand opportunities to promote and expand tourism within the City of Duluth with the ultimate goal to attract out of area customers, create jobs, and increase the quality of life. Chartered in 1935 as a non-profit the City’s Convention and Visitor Bureau is Duluth’s officially recognized destination and marketing organization now representing over 400 business connected to the tourism industry.
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Al Makynen
Traditional Thursday was in full swing as President Michelle Buria opened the festivities with the singing of the Star Spangled Banner with musical assistance from Past President John Baumgarten.  The Rotary Reflection was presented by Darlene Anderson in abstentia.  She had been scheduled, but life has its own agenda.  She was called away out of town to attend to her brother who is ill.  President Michelle Buria asked us all to reflect on how we respond to service when we receive that unexpected bad call.   
The Fellowship Report by Shana Stocke was an exciting jumble of folks being called and those eager to share good news.   Tom Young was tagged with a work zone fine for having the Young and Associates Insurance 2020 calendar prominently displayed at the U.S. Post Office (in the area generally reserved for the Top Ten Most Wanted)!  Sandy Hoff is working on yet another new development this time on Woodland Avenue.  Steve Burgess was in a recent article about the maple sugar industry of which he is a major player.   Next was a gentle intervention (only fines this time) on the full tables of men only.  Chana Stocke called up one table – no names here to protect the not so innocent - to pay their fines.  Then it was determined that there were two other tables in the same status.  They too contributed with dollars flying out onto the tables.  All in good spirits and all to fill the Golden Can.  Gary Melander contributed for the birth of his fourth Grandson.  Dave Holappa paid in recognition of his daughter who recently was sworn in as a new Duluth Police Officer.  Stacy Oltmanns has a new position with the Essential Health Foundation.  Robin Pestalozzi was happy to be back from a leave of absence.  President Michelle Buria reported on the 6th place finish of her cousin in the Copper Basin 300 Sled Dog Race where the temperature at the finish line was 44 degrees below zero!
Almost as startling as running a sled dog race at 44 degrees below zero is who appeared next at the podium.  Jon Ohman as his alter ego of the Yellow Duck appeared with his handler, President Michelle Buria.  The President assisted by leading our favorite duck to the podium and then placing the microphone squarely into his mouth so he could tell us about last year’s Rotary Duck Pluck and the challenge that if the $25,000 goal was reached the President would make a personal gift to the Club of a duck costume.  And Jon Ohman looked good in it!
Michelle Buria with Jon Ohman
January birthdays were dispatched in short order with a fine rendition of Happy Birthday.  Dick Swensen, Jim Schwartz, and President Michelle Buria were present to pay the customary fine, or even a bit more, some based upon age, others on years of Rotary service. 
Next up was the program but not before there was a seamless switch of the presiding officer to President Elect Dean Casperson who took the reins in hand and called up Dave Nolle, Chair of the Day, to introduce our speaker Ryan Sistad.  Ryan is the Outreach Coordinator of Better in our Backyard a non-partisan, advocacy group working to promote responsible industrial development in Northeastern Minnesota.  Ryan is from Fosston, Minnesota and has been in Duluth since 2014. His remarks were clear as to what projects his organization advocate for and why with an added focus on supporting jobs for young professions both those who may have graduated college and those who have or are entering apprenticeship programs.  Both types of young professionals are needed to keep our economy healthy.  Four current major initiatives are being supported.  Each of them are large private investments creating construction, permanent, and related economic growth jobs.  (1) Polymet copper mine with a $1 Billion investment, 350 new mining jobs and 600 additional.  (2) Enbridge Line 3 pipeline with a $2.6 Billion investment for safer transportation of oil.  (3) Twin Metals copper mine with a $1.2 Billion investment, 700 direct jobs and 1,400 additional economic development jobs.  (4) Nemadji Trail Energy Center natural gas power plant in Superior with a $700 Million investment with 25 permanent new jobs.  Each new industrial based job creates two additional jobs in the community which is a rate of job creation eight times greater than that of tourism.  Regional population declines since 1980 are 8% in Duluth, and 10% in St. Louis County.  This compares to a growth in population for Minnesota as a whole of 35%.  To keep young professionals in Northeastern Minnesota our local economy and population need to grow.  Clearly there are hurdles and challenges.  Not the least of which, as Ryan Sistad succinctly stated, is the complicated political environment.   
Speaker Ryan Sistad with Dean Casperson
This Week's Meeting
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Lyric Conference Room
207 W. Superior St
Duluth, MN 55802
United States of America
VenueMap Venue Map
Jan 30, 2020 12:00 PM
Amsoil Tour
Feb 06, 2020
Bentleyville update
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Upcoming Events
January Board Meeting
St Luke's Foundation Office
Jan 21, 2020
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Jan 23, 2020
Jan 30, 2020
Rotary Fellowship Breakfast
Valentini's Restaurant
Jan 31, 2020
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Rotary #25 Dinner and Auction Planning Meeting
Feb 04, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Feb 06, 2020
Rotary Club of Duluth Foundation Board Meeting
Raymond James
Feb 11, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Volunteer Opportunity: Community Food Distribution
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
Feb 12, 2020
4:15 PM – 5:30 PM
Feb 13, 2020
Patrick Hudson
Feb 13, 2020
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Dick Swenson
January 4
Jim Schwartz
January 7
Bill Gronseth
January 12
Daniel Maki
January 13
Gerald Ostroski
January 18
Greg Hansen
January 21
Bill Abalan
January 24
Bob Reichert
January 26
Dave McLean
January 26
David Fulda
January 26
Amy Porter
January 31
Michelle Buria
January 31
Join Date
Michael Zlonis
January 1, 1994
26 years
Tim Mowbray
January 1, 1977
43 years
Daniel Maki
January 2, 2018
2 years
Chuck Chairs
January 3, 2002
18 years
Dan Markham
January 4, 2007
13 years
Ruth Westra
January 5, 2006
14 years
Skeeter Moore
January 5, 2006
14 years
Edie Michalski
January 7, 1999
21 years
Dave Holappa
January 13, 2000
20 years
Jeff Bradt
January 13, 2012
8 years
Bill Abalan
January 14, 1971
49 years
Chana Stocke
January 16, 2003
17 years
Todd Fedora
January 23, 2003
17 years
Paul Helstrom
January 27, 2011
9 years
Steve Yorde
January 28, 2010
10 years
Official Publication of Rotary Club of Duluth 
207 W. Superior St.
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Phone: 218-722-0451
Duluth, Minnesota 55802
Editor:  Al Makynen
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