Volume 106 #35
This Week at Rotary
We Meet at Noon on Thursday
March 1, 2021
For Those Attending in Person
Plated Meal
Count Needed
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45)
(Link Sent Thursday Morning)
Hayes Scriven
First Year at Split Rock Lighthouse
Starting any new job can be stressful! Imagine starting a job at a beloved Minnesota landmark, moving your family onto a historic site toss in a global pandemic, and you have for an interesting first year as the new site manager at Split Rock Lighthouse.
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Traci A. Marciniak
It was another hybrid meeting, with some Club #25 members meeting in person at the Holiday Inn and others joining via ZOOM.
Jeff Fifield, Past President Holly Sampson, and Geiger Yount all reported they have received or are scheduled to receive their COVID vaccine. It must feel a bit like winning the lottery when you get the call to schedule! Darlene Anderson happily reported that her petunias are beginning to sprout from the starter seeds she planted indoors in preparation for the spring planting season. Sheryl Homan gave a quick report on how training is progressing with her new puppy.
President Dean Casperson range the bell and called the meeting to order. Club members recited the Pledge of Allegiance and the Rotary 4-Way Test.
Club #25 President Dean Casperson takes charge!
Past Assistant Governor Phil Strom offered the reflection for the day, recognizing the positive impact the Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation (IRRRB) has had on the life of residents of the Iron Range and beyond. As the world strives to create more sustainable forms of energy, the reliance on copper, nickel, rare earths, and other minerals is ever increasing, which has its own implications for the planet. He closed his remarks with this thoughtful comment: “It is not the intent of this reflection to change your mind regarding the many implications of these matters.  It is important however, that we are open to the discussion of the long range global implications of our decisions.” 
President Dean Casperson introduced our guest, Matthew Striver. Dr. Samantha Hellmann was also introduced as a new Club #25 member. Welcome Samantha!
Announcements included a “call for new members” that Jerry Thoreson has posted on Facebook. The Rotary Club of Cloquet is hosting a snowmobile rally and spaghetti dinner on Saturday, March 6, to support area youth. Check out their website for more information.
Chair of the Day Jeff Iisakka introduced speaker Mark Phillips, commissioner of the Department of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation (IRRRB). Commissioner Phillips has a strong background in economic development and is a recipient of the Economic Development Association of Minnesota’s Career Achievement Award.
The IRRRB was established 80 years ago by Governor Harold Stassen and the Minnesota Legislature in response to the extreme challenges the Iron Range faced after the Great Depression. Their mission: Invest resources to foster vibrant growth and economic prosperity in Northeastern Minnesota.
The IRRRB takes a three-pronged approach to improve the life of residents throughout the Iron Range communities within their focus area, which covers 13,000 square miles, 53 cities, 134 townships, 14 school districts, and 4 Tribal Nations.
#1: Business Investment, which include loans and grants for businesses in the region. In 2019–2020, the IRRRB provided $9.1 million in loans which generated investment of $40 million to support and improve businesses.
#2: Community Investment, to improve the quality of life for residents. In 2019–2020, the IRRRB provided $36.17 million in community grants, which leveraged a staggering $321.11 million in project investments in the region.
#3: Workforce Development, to ensure workers have the necessary education and skills to meet the needs of regional business. Grant programs and training are geared towards the existing workforce, as well as college and high school students.
In 2020, the IRRRB created a $5 million dollar loan program in response to challenges the region was facing due to COVID. To date, the program has awarded 89 loans totaling $3,074,972, which resulted in the retention of 884 jobs across the Iron Range.
The IRRRB is responsible for Giants Ridge recreation area and in 2015 changed the management structure to a private management firm. This has resulted in increased revenue and less subsidy. The future looks bright for Giants Ridge as more emphasis is put on investment to draw visitors.
IRRRB Commissioner Mark Phillips illustrates the impact of mining in Northern Minnesota.
Office Preparedness Plan
This Week's Meeting
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Meeting Via Zoom
207 W. Superior St. Suite 201
Duluth, MN 55802
United States of America
Venue Map
Mar 04, 2021
My First Year at Split Rock Lighthouse
Mar 11, 2021
The Beauty and Birds of Hawk Ridge
Mar 18, 2021
Viant Crane
Mar 25, 2021
EPA’s Great Lakes Toxicology and Ecology Research Division
Apr 29, 2021
High Speed Rail in America
Apr 29, 2021
Superintendent of ISD709
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Upcoming Events
Grants Committee Meeting
Mar 04, 2021
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Volunteer Opportunity: Community Food Distribution
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
Mar 10, 2021
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Volunteer Opportunity: Community Food Distribution
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
Apr 14, 2021
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Jennifer Smith
March 1
Bill Himango
March 4
Noah Holland
March 6
Chana Stocke
March 16
Craig Chilcote
March 16
Allen Anway
March 19
Earl Rogers
March 20
Bill Gravelle
March 22
Pat Holliday
March 22
Ruth Westra
March 22
Christine Empanger
March 29
Grant Hauschild
March 31
Rob Hofmann
March 31
Join Date
Mike Orman
March 1, 1982
39 years
Roni Salo
March 7, 1991
30 years
Casey Erikson
March 9, 2020
1 year
Matt Hunter
March 10, 2010
11 years
Holly Sampson
March 11, 1993
28 years
Steve Burgess
March 14, 2013
8 years
Geiger Yount
March 16, 1989
32 years
John Baumgarten
March 16, 1972
49 years
Pat Pfahl
March 17, 2011
10 years
Bob Reichert
March 18, 1976
45 years
Suzanne Anderson
March 21, 2013
8 years
Christine Empanger
March 25, 2019
2 years
Bill Himango
March 26, 2009
12 years
Brett Kinney
March 28, 2007
14 years
Jeff Iisakka
March 28, 2002
19 years
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