The Gimlet
Volume 108 #15

This Week at Rotary
We meet at Noon on Thursday
October 13, 2022
For Those Attending in Person
Buffet Meal
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45)
(Link Sent Thursday Morning)
Holiday Inn Downtown
 Sarah Erickson Love Your Block Fellow
Collaborative Caretaking of Spaces and Neighbors
The City of Duluth received one of eight Love Your Block grants from the Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation to support collaboration and caretaking in neighborhoods. This includes repairing structures, nurturing relationships, addressing solid waste, and centering resident voices to identify solutions for blighted spaces. In 2022, the Love Your Block team collaborated with residents on thirteen projects across Central Hillside and Lincoln Park. Heading into 2023, there are opportunities to further the impact and investment in our community. Join us to explore causes, symptoms, and impacts of blight – along with opportunities to improve our community block by block.
Chair of the Day – Past President Chana Stocke
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Patra Sevastiades
Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there - noted humorist Will Rogers.
This week, Rotary Club 25 gathered for lunch at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum (LSRRM) in the Depot. Filtered light streamed from skylights onto the platform where we sat, near where the railroad tracks begin. Massive historic locomotives quietly looked on as Ken Buehler, Executive Director of the museum, moved from table to table, giving everyone a ticket stub and a welcoming smile.
President Barb Perrella took the podium and welcomed the large crowd. She led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and reciting the Rotary 4-Way Test, then introduced Past Assistant Governor Phil Strom, who gave a combination Fellowship Report and Reflection. He observed that progress on eradicating polio from the earth had reversed because of covid-19.
Past Assistant Governor Phil Strom
“October 24 is World Polio Day,” he said, “and $4.6 billion is needed for the next four years.” The Gates Foundation is stepping up with a $150 million commitment.  Past Assistant Governor Phil urged every Rotarian to do their part by donating to this global effort.
President Barb Perrella introduced our guests: visiting Rotarian Craig Carlson, from Harbortown; Chelsea Harder, who recently returned from a Peace Corps assignment in Micronesia; Chris Pelofske, wife of Jerry Pelofske; Jessica Peterson, Development Director of the Depot Foundation; Past District Governor and an honorary member of Club 25 Earl Rogers and his wife Judy Rogers; and the Junior Rotarians.
Allen Anway 
Past President Dean Casperson  
Jack Seiler
Next, Allen Anway self-reported that he is a charter member and recording secretary of the Lake Superior Transportation Club, which notably predates the Lake Superior Railroad Museum! Past President Dean Casperson celebrated his and Patra Sevastiades’s 10th wedding anniversary. Jack Seiler gratefully acknowledged the teamwork of the Grants Committee he chairs and identified its members: Catherine Carter-Huber, Dean Casperson, Bill Gravelle, Steve Hadley, Renee Mattson, Stacy Oltmanns, Jerry Pelofske, President Barb Perrella, Jim Schwartz, Ruth Westra, and Geiger Yount. He also gave a special Grants Committee shout-out to Past President Elaine Hansen for her financial expertise and Brian Fulda for his technological know-how.
Rotary Liaisons with Junior Rotarians
           Rob Hofmann with Reeva of Marshall School
The Junior Rotarians were welcomed to the podium and introductions were made:
Denfeld High School: Maxine, a senior; East High School: Jackson, a senior; Harbor City International School: Olivia, a junior; Hermantown High School: Renee, a senior; Marshall School: Reeva a junior; Proctor High School: Zach, a senior. Thanks to all of our Liaisons:  Holly Mirau, Jena Evans, Jeff Fifield, Rob Hofmann, Stacy Oltmanns, JR Chair, President Barb Perrella, Geiger Yount, and Tom Young, for making this work possible
President elect Gary Melander, co-chair of the Rose Sale Committee, reminded everyone to keep selling roses for one more week and to turn in their tickets. “And money!” added Past President Elaine Hansen. Volunteers are still needed to hand out rose bouquets on October 14 and 15. Note: Vinod Gupta has done a yeoman’s job of organizing sponsor participation and producing the 2022 Rose Sale coupon book.
President Barb Perrella reminded all to attend the next Fellowship Breakfast on Friday, October 21, 8:00 am, at the Kitchi Gammi Club, $9/person. Food, fun, and fellowship each month. She also said, “October is Membership Month, so invite people to join us!”
President Barb Perrella then introduced speaker Ken Buehler, Executive Director, LSRRM.
Buehler noted that, historically, most museums are full of items stolen from others, notably: Egyptian treasures, the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon, and treasures plundered by the Nazis with an aim of opening a Fuhrer Museum. He noted that the St. Louis County Historical Society is repatriating Ojibwe objects in partnership with the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa.
Ken Buehler executive director for the Lake Superior Railroad Museum
Then he said that the LSRRM—named “Best Transportation Museum in America” by USA Today — has its own history of wheeling, dealing, and stealing to obtain locomotives. He related these colorful tales and added another: the U.S. Steel plant in Morgan Park was built so that U.S. Steel could avoid paying Minnesota taxes on iron ore being transported out of state. “They didn’t want the mill, they didn’t need the mill, and they began tearing it down the day they opened it,” Buehler said. This was the source of the stolen Seven Spot train. All applauded.
The winning ticket was drawn. Jackson Carlson, the Junior Rotarian from East High School, was the winner of two tickets for a “Class Under the Glass” evening on the LSRRM’s dome car.
President Barb Perrella adjourned the meeting.
This Week's Meeting
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Center Great Lakes Ballroom
200 W. Superior St
Duluth, MN
United States of America
Venue Map
Venue Map
Oct 06, 2022
Lake Superior Railroad Museum Tour and Lunch
Oct 13, 2022
Collaborative Caretaking of Spaces and Neighbors
Oct 20, 2022
What Does Being A Top Gun Really Mean?
Oct 27, 2022
Force Protection in the Middle East During COVID 19
Nov 03, 2022
Nov 10, 2022
Duluth’s HRA – From Owned Housing to Development and Everything in Between
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Board of Directors
Rotary Office
Oct 19, 2022 4:00 PM
Rotary Breakfast at the Kitchi Gammi Club
Oct 21, 2022 8:00 AM
Club Breakfast at the Kitchi Gammi Club
Nov 11, 2022 8:00 AM
Rotary Board of Directors
Rotary Office
Nov 16, 2022 4:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Dan Dock
October 4
Ryan Johnson
October 7
Gary Melander
October 8
Dean Casperson
October 10
Mark Peterson
October 10
Kevin Jones
October 14
Branden Robinson
October 15
Jim Monge
October 15
Bonita Nelson
October 16
Jerry Pelofske
October 24
Jena Evans
October 27
Jon Ohman
October 30
Mary Niemeyer
October 31
Join Date
Jena Evans
October 4, 2012
10 years
Gerald Ostroski
October 6, 1983
39 years
Renee Mattson
October 6, 2005
17 years
Bob Bennett
October 13, 1977
45 years
Karol Sowers
October 18, 2012
10 years
Steve LaFlamme
October 20, 1983
39 years
David Clark
October 22, 2020
2 years
Jeramy Mercil
October 24, 2019
3 years
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