The Gimlet
Volume 107 #48
This Week at Rotary
We Meet at 5:00 PM on Thursday
June 2, 2022
425 Lake Avenue
Duluth, MN
Presidents’ Night Celebration!!!
Celebrate THREE Club Presidents, Michelle Buria, Dean Casperson and Chana Stocke!
Join fellow Rotarians and their guests at "The Garden" (formerly Grandma's Sports Garden) from 5:00-8:00pm on Thursday, June 2
5:00-6:00pm     Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres
6:00-6:30pm     Program
6:30-8:00pm     Social Time
Entertainment by Randy Lee Trio during the Cocktails and Social Time.
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Steve Yorde
Shortly after the clock struck 12:00 noon, President Chana Stocke welcomed all Rotarians to our meeting at the Holiday Inn by ringing the bell and leading us in the National Anthem with Past President John Baumgarten accompanying us on piano.  The Four-Way Test appeared on the screen up front and enabled all to consider what it means to be a Rotarian in these troubled times.  Elizabeth Simonson’s Reflection focused on the nation’s indescribable heartache that was again brought on by gun violence in Texas.  She concluded by recognizing the 21 school shooting victims with 21 seconds of silence in their honor. 
Elizabeth Simonson
Noting there were no guests or self-reports, President Chana Stocke called on President-elect Barb Perrella for an announcement concerning next week’s meeting, “Presidents’ Night” at The Garden in Canal Park beginning at 5:00 pm.  All members, friends and non-Rotarians are welcome as we salute three former presidents Michelle Buria, Dean Casperson and Chana Stocke.
Chair of the Day Stacy Oltmanns introduced Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute’s Eric Larson.  Eric has been in Duluth since arriving 28 years ago from Indiana University for an internship at Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation Center.  This led to his life’s work helping people of all ages expand their capacities beyond the wheelchair and into adaptive sports.  He opened his presentation with a provocative video highlighting the programs and mission of Courage Kenny.  As one of the young participants said, “I am a person who happens to have a disability.  I am not a disabled person.  My being disabled does not define me as a person.”  This striking philosophy involves people of all ages (age 4 to age 90-plus) in recreational and competitive sports.  These activities are adapted to enhance independence, improve self-confidence and encourage an active and healthy lifestyle. 
Eric’s uplifting remarks revealed his long-time friendship with two deceased Club 25 members, Fred Lewis and Bob Pratt.  Thanks to Courage Kenny, Fred was able to stay active well into his 90’s by golfing, rowing in the harbor and adaptive skiing at Spirit Mountain.  Bob Pratt was the “ideal volunteer” who showed up to work and brought work gloves for the other volunteers he brought with him!  The Bob Pratt Work Glove Award recognizes the exceptional Courage Kenny volunteers.  Past President John Baumgarten recalled gathering donations from all the Duluth Rotary clubs to help get Courage Kenny Northland started in 1994.
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute’s Eric Larson
Courage Kenny services are recognized as “not medically necessary,” so they are not covered by medical insurance.  Its support comes entirely from philanthropy through donations and fundraisers such as the Shoot for Fun Sporting Clays event on September 10.  Services are delivered by a cadre of some 350 volunteers serving in a variety of activities such as archery, skiing, rock climbing, rowing, swimming, fishing, golf and cycling among many others.
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in action!
President Chana Stocke drew the winning 50/50 ticket held by President Elect Barb Perrella!  She reminded us of next week’s evening meeting at The Garden in Canal Park.  There will be no noon meeting at the Holiday Inn.     
Speaker Eric Larson and Chair of the Day Stacy Oltmanns
This Week's Meeting
Thursdays at 5:00 PM
The Garden
425 Lake Ave
Duluth, MN
United States of America
No Noon meeting this week.
Venue Map
Venue Map
Jun 02, 2022
We celebrate THREE of our Past Presidents - President Michelle, President Dean and President Chana
Jun 09, 2022
MN Department of Transportation Work in Duluth
Jun 23, 2022
North Shore Community School
Jun 30, 2022
The Annual Peaceful Transfer of Power!
Jul 07, 2022
Enjoy fellowship and an outdoor picnic at the Rotary Peace Plaza at Enger Tower
Jul 14, 2022
Jul 21, 2022
Duluth Transit Authority
Jul 28, 2022
Rotary Fellowship
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Upcoming Events
President's Night Celebration
The Garden
Jun 02, 2022
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Rotary Board of Directors
Jun 21, 2022 3:30 PM
Rotary Board of Directors
Jul 19, 2022 3:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Corey Collier
May 1
Catherine Carter Huber
May 3
Jim Landwehr
May 4
Jim Olson
May 5
Douglas Erickson
May 15
Jerry Thoreson
May 19
Katrina Pierson
May 20
Kate Molinaro
May 21
John Baumgarten
May 23
Karol Sowers
May 24
Join Date
Jim Olson
May 11, 1995
27 years
Kate Molinaro
May 11, 1989
33 years
Corey Collier
May 14, 2015
7 years
Mike Murray
May 15, 2003
19 years
Rob Hofmann
May 15, 2008
14 years
Traci Marciniak
May 16, 2013
9 years
Mike Waldron
May 19, 2021
1 year
Sheryl Homan
May 19, 2005
17 years
Jim Landwehr
May 21, 1987
35 years
Bill Sozansky
May 23, 2019
3 years
Jennifer Smith
May 24, 2018
4 years
Catherine Carter Huber
May 29, 2003
19 years
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