The Gimlet
Volume 108 #18

This Week at Rotary
We Meet at Noon on Thursday
November 3, 2022
For Those Attending in Person
Buffet Meal
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45)
(Link Sent Thursday Morning)
Holiday Inn Downtown
UMD: Perspectives from a Returning Bulldog
David McMillan - Interim Chancellor UMD
Dave will share his perspective after a few months in this transition role as the leader of UMD.
Chair of the Day Past President Tricia Bunten
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Al Makynen
President Barb Perrella, Past President John Baumgarten and Past Assistant Governor Al Makynen began our Thursday Noon Rotary Meeting (the place to be!) with the ringing of the bell, the National Anthem, and a Rotary Reflection on the launching of the USS Constitution in October 1797.
Cory Collier reported that his daughter, Rachael, recently passed the uniform bar exam and is currently licensed in the state of Massachusetts. Vinod Gupta who led the effort to sell Rotary Rose Coupons thanked President Elect Gary Melander for asking him to “just make 28 phone calls”.  Then a thank you to Patra Sevastiades who advised him that the work would be ten times more than that!  (But who worries about such details once you say yes!)  All of this followed by a shout out to Jon Ohman, David Fulda, Paul Helstrom, Jenna Evans, Rob Hofmann, Barb Perrella, Elizabeth Simonson, and Roxanna Esguerra for their assistance in the completion of a successful and fun coupon project.
Vinod Gupta thanked his team of Coupon Sellers
President Barb Perrella reminded us the next Rotary Breakfast will be Friday, November 11th at 8:00 a.m. at the Kitchi Gammi Club.  There is no program.  Registration not required.  Just mark your calendar now and show up for fellowship.  Breakfast is ordered off the menu with costs ranging from $9 - $13.  Come join in the conversation.
Members enjoying the October Rotary Breakfast
Past President Mike Orman was very proud to introduce an associate attorney from his law firm and a fellow club member Lieutenant Commander, US Navy Reserve, Jeff Wencl.  Being a Foreign Affairs Officer with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and having served as a Force Protection Officer during mobilization in Kuwait from April 2019 to November 2020 he is uniquely qualified to talk about the initiatives to protect our military forces in the region as we fought against ISIS during the time of COVID-19.
Lt. Commander, US Naval Reserve, Jeff Wencl
Our speaker had unique skills that resulted in his involuntary recall to active duty to be embedded into an army unit.  An ironic situation for a navy man!  For his tour of duty, he lived in a ten by twenty-foot shipping container placed inside a compound within a compound out in the desert.  With the onset of COVID all contractors and foreign nationals were removed and the gates locked.  Nothing (supplies) coming in, and nothing (garbage) going out.  All mission activities were disrupted with unintended consequences.  To maintain the mission of providing protection against asymmetric threats to our troops and allies, all processes had to be reviewed and revised. Nothing worked the same during the complete lockdown.  Our enemies continued to harass the base with missile strikes and on one occasion a direct attack using explosives on the concrete perimeter wall.  Fortunately, all attacks were repulsed without casualties.  Through his stories and photographs, we got a glimpse of what is required to stand guard in a foreign land.
Central Command Area of Operation
Jeff Wencl inside a destroyed refinery
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
Nov 03, 2022
UMD: Perspectives From a Returning Bulldog
Nov 10, 2022
Duluth’s HRA – From Owned Housing to Development and Everything in Between
Dec 01, 2022
Dec 08, 2022
Dec 15, 2022
Regional Welcoming Community Programming in Northeast Minnesota
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Upcoming Events
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
Rotary Board of Directors
Rotary Office
Dec 21, 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
Official Publication of
Rotary Club of Duluth
207 W. Superior St.
Suite 201
Duluth Minnesota 55802
Rob Hofmann
Darlene Anderson
Rob Hofmann
Al Makynen
Traci Marciniak
Phil Strom
Steve Yorde
Jerry Thoreson
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