Volume 105 #44
This Week at Rotary
We Meet at Noon
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Dr. Kelly Casperson
Passion, Intimacy and Education
I am a urologist. A female urologist. I have advanced training in pelvic medicine and surgery. Women cry in my office every week. Their relationships are broken. They don’t desire intimacy. Or they desire better intimacy. No tools learned in medical school prepared me for the wave of women (and men) that are hungry for help and education. So I pursued even more education. Sexual health. Intimacy. The science of desire and female sexual response. I am self taught. Now it is my job to teach others. Because I can’t teach women one on one in my clinic and expect to touch a drop in the ocean of this need. Because You Are Not Broken.
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Marc Seigar
The first Thursday of June, and Rotarians Zoomed once again. President Michelle Buria started it out by asking people to share their mottos.  Jeff Iisakka gave us his Rotary Reflection on how important it is to find ways to connect with service organizations.  His focus was to find something you care about.  The vision will pull you so that you do not have to push yourself.
Forty Rotarians Sharing on Zoom
With that members began to chime in with self-reports. Bill Gronseth is going to be a grandparent for the first time.  Barb Perrella wrote a piece in the newspaper about pasta at Sammy’s Pizza. President Michelle Buria mentioned that today would have been her father’s 69th birthday. 
Scott Van Daele from CHUM was introduced and was awarded a grant of $2,500 for their transformational food shelf program.   In another piece of fundraising news, the CHILD Mental Health Campaign is going very well.  The final day for contributions is Thursday June 11.  This year’s grant recipient is the Boys and Girls Club Mental Health Initiative.  A $25,000 grant will be awarded this year.
Chair of the Day, Paul Helstrom, introduced Nate LaCoursiere a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin, Superior in their Legal Studies and Criminal Justice program. His presentation was entitled “Thawing the Resistance: Engaging Generations Y and Z in your Civic Organization”.
Speaker Nate LaCoursiere
When Nate was a Duluth city attorney he was involved in a public nuisance action against the Last Place on Earth. He learned several things that helped him engage with the younger generations. First, to affect real change it takes coordinated teamwork and second, it cannot be done from behind a desk. You have to get in front of business owners and work directly with law enforcement. He has taken these lessons and applied them in the educational setting.
Why do the younger generations show resistance to civic engagement?  Nate has found that students show anxiety at the outset. What causes this anxiety? One issue is time. Students have a lot of responsibilities on their shoulders and finding time can be an issue. Also, younger generations do not always feel welcome.  Often they feel that their voices are not heard. Sometimes they are told that they do not know what they are talking about. So we need to be respectful of their time and engage them in meaningful projects. We must go to them instead of expecting them to come to us.  Rotaract can help with this.
By 2025, millennials in the United States will be the majority of the workforce and be the largest voter block.  We need Generations Y and Z to be represented in Rotary.  The number one issue for millennials is climate change and the third most important issue is social inequality.  In the 2018 midterm elections Baby Boomers were outvoted by Generations Y and Z.  Even with this voting power, the younger generations believe they are not being heard or consulted. It is time to pay attention and focus on the things they care about most.
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Office Preparedness Plan
This Week's Meeting
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United States of America
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Jun 11, 2020 12:00 PM
Passion, Intimacy and Education
Jun 18, 2020 12:00 PM
Cambria Hills of East Bethel
Jun 25, 2020 12:00 PM
UMD 125th Anniversary
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Club of Duluth Foundation - Board Meeting
Jun 09, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Volunteer Opportunity: Community Food Distribution
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
Jun 10, 2020
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
June Board Meeting
Jun 16, 2020
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Hands-On Volunteering for PPE
Jun 24, 2020
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Volunteer Opportunity: Community Food Distribution
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
Jul 08, 2020
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Rotary Club of Duluth Foundation - Board Meeting
Jul 14, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Rich Roxbury
June 7
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
16 years
Jerry Pelofske
June 6, 1991
29 years
Jeffrey Fifield
June 9, 1983
37 years
Tom Homan
June 14, 2001
19 years
Jenny Peterson
June 16, 2016
4 years
Jon Ohman
June 18, 1998
22 years
Earl Rogers
June 20, 1991
29 years
Dan Dock
June 21, 1984
36 years
Gary Melander
June 30, 1998
22 years
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