Volume 106 #4
This Week at Rotary
We Meet at Noon
In Person – With Box Lunch
(Maximum of Three Persons per Table)
- OR -
By Zoom 
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Holiday Inn and Suites - Downtown Duluth
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
Our Club does it all.  If you were able, there was RSVP attendance with a preordered lunch for you at the Holliday Center Ballroom.  For those who preferred to stay home our meeting was also by ZOOM.  Either way you can participate AND bring a guest.  RSVP with their food choice by the deadline - OR - forward the Zoom Meeting Link to them on Thursday morning!  This week there were 30 in the ballroom with 17 additional on Zoom.  An exciting innovation by President Dean Casperson to blend traditional and electronic.
Past President Bob Bennett with Foundation Director Allen Anway
In preparing to give us the Rotary Reflection, Past Assistant Governor Phil Strom asked us all to be seated.  There were murmurs in the crowd about that instruction!   His message was one of us not being alone in the world with COVID-19.  Plagues in the past have killed millions.  In 1347 quarantine was used to combat the Black Death.  In 1665 all public entertainment was banned.  In 1854 a physician observed an outbreak of cholera surrounding a public water source in Soho London.  On his recommendation the pump handle was removed.  The outbreak ended.   May doctors and scientists in our own time of COVID-19 discover how to “remove the pump handle.”
The Rotary Club of Duluth Foundation (the club’s own foundation) was established in 1991 to create an endowment to further the work of Rotary in the local community.  The endowment has grown to more than $300,000 and is currently supported by over 30 sustainers.  To recognize those who have given $1,000 to the Westmoreland Endowment Fund, a Westmoreland Crest is awarded. Major donors receive crests with one or more rubies.  Al Makynen as the current Foundation President presented to Past Assistant Governor Phil Strom a Westmoreland Crest with two rubies which represents a major donor in excess of $10,000.
Foundation President Al Makynen and Past Assistant Governor Phil Strom
President Dean Casperson, as the Chair of the Day introduced our speaker Dennis Lamkin, a past president of the Duluth Preservation Alliance and a member of the Executive Council of the Minnesota Historical Society.  His remarks were about the oldest incorporated private club in Minnesota with an emphasis on why the Kitchi Gammi Club building belongs on the National Register of Historic Buildings.  From an initial investment of $400,000 in 1914, through required upgrades, and with the current east entrance renovation of $550,000 the intent has been to maintain the character of architect Bertram Goodhue’s original design.  The new east entrance will include formal gardens as originally designed by the Olmsted Brothers (yes, the successor firm to Frederick Law Olmsted).  Dennis Lamkin took us through construction methods, materials, craftsmanship, stone carvings, to the steel windows from England to demonstrate the building’s unique character. No less famous is the furniture from the workshop of John S. Bradstreet. With all of its four floors filled with history, the Kitchi Gammi Club is a major part of Duluth’s rich and storied architectural diversity.
Speaker Dennis Lamkin
Speaker Dennis Lamkin and President 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
Rotary Office Hours
Monday 9 – 3
Wed. & Thur. 9 – 4
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