This Week's Meeting
We meet at noon on Thursday, April 25, 2019
Great Lakes Ballroom, Holiday Inn
Jr. Rotarian Day
By Al Makynen
The room was filled with members and guests of both Rotary and Kiwanis for our annual joint spring meeting. Our tradition of getting together the week before Easter goes back for a majority of our combined history. President-elect Michelle Buria struck the bell ever so lightly such that a few of the folks at the back tables were still in conversation when the rest of us launched into singing the Star Spangled Banner with the musical assistance of Past President John Baumgarten.
Kiwanis Past President Gary Madison and Rotary President-elect Michelle Buria
The format of the meeting was modified to allow both Clubs to transact general business. The fellowship report was suspended. A number of Rotarians will have to hang onto their money until fined next week. However, Kiwanis Past President Gary Madison, when attempting to forego the famous Kiwanis Welcome Song, was overruled. So all guests were serenaded with the customary welcome song which always ends with gusto and the clinking of glasses. The hotel staff were happy to report there were no broken glasses.
Support for the local community and the world are hallmarks of both Kiwanis and Rotary. Gary Madison reported on the 51st Annual Kiwanis TV Auction where over $36,000 was raised to be used for grants and projects. Michelle Buria reminded Rotarians of the upcoming Dinner and Auction on May 9 where Rotary plans to raise funds for both our local community and in continuing efforts to eradicate polio.
The Rotary International Foundation along with the World Health Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are committed to polio eradication. Phil Strom, Chair of the Foundation Committee, recognized two members for their continued giving to the foundation. Michelle Buria received her first sapphire and Al Makynen received his third ruby.
President-elect Michelle Buria, Past District Governor Phil Strom and Past District Governor Al Makynen
And what better way to strengthen the Club in order to better serve the community than to introduce a new member. Michelle Buria called up to the podium our newest member, Grant Hauschild, and his proposer Robin Maxwell Pestalozzi. Grant was born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota, and comes to us under the classification Healthcare Philanthropy. Grant is the Development Director for the Essentia Health Foundation.
Proposer Robin Maxwell Pestalozzi and New Proposer Robin Maxwell Pestalozzi and New Member Grant Hauschild
Chair of the Day, Eric Dott, introduced Malcolm Macaulay, physical therapist, coach, inventor, entrepreneur, and past Rotarian, as the person responsible for Eric’s road to recovery during his back rehabilitation. Mr. Macaulay has been in Duluth for 49 years, first with DM&IR Railroad and then as a Physical Therapist. During his career he has worked with patients who have a difficult time overcoming the effects of gravity. As important as gravity is to maintain good muscle and bone condition, gravity for some keeps them from being able to stand upright and or walk with a normal gait. This works against good mental and physical health. Being able to get up and move is the most powerful medicine.
Starting in 1993 he realized that some type of device was required to counteract the effects of gravity. No such device was found available in the marketplace. After many years of trial and error to develop such a device for his patients, he settled upon the concept of providing support at the hip joint so that a person on a treadmill could have natural, efficient and comfortable mobility. With the assistance of local Duluth talent and resources for cloth and metal fabrication, he developed and patented the Lightspeed Lift. This product can be attached to any existing treadmill on the market to provide for stabilization and to counteract the effects of gravity with adjustable tension from 0 to 45 pounds. Now those with mobility impairment are able to exercise in an upright, pain free environment.  When a person does not have a sensation of falling, and is supported slightly, they are able to relax and move in a natural and fluid way.
We also learned about the long process of bringing any new product to market. After eight years of development and testing including patents and demonstrated success, the product did not fly off the shelves. Malcolm Macaulay advised us that the adage of “build a better mouse trap, and the world will beat a path to your door” is not the general rule. Hard work, patience, and long hours at trade shows is more the norm.   
Chair of the Day Eric Dott and Speaker Malcolm Macaulay
The 2019 Council on Legislation Elevates Rotaract
The 2019 Council on Legislation made several decisions that will shape the future of Rotary. Among the most important, the Council elevated the status of Rotaract clubs.  The change broadens the definition of membership in Rotary International to include Rotaract clubs. The change is intended to increase the support that Rotaract clubs receive from RI and to enhance their ability to serve.
“We need to be an inspiration to our young partners, so they will continue doing the great service that they do,” said RI President Barry Rassin when he presented the measure. “This sends a strong message that they are truly our partners in service.”
In many ways, the Rotaract experience will not change. Rotary clubs will still charter and sponsor Rotaract clubs. Rotaract clubs will still have their own standard constitution and their own unique club experience. Members of a Rotaract club will not be called Rotarians. And Rotaract clubs will not immediately pay dues or receive other benefits, such as the official magazine that Rotary members receive. The Board will determine a dues structure over time. The measure simply expands the definition of membership in Rotary International to include both Rotary and Rotaract clubs. 
Proposer(s): Board of Directors of RI. Purpose: To clarify that Rotaract clubs may seek admission to RI and to amend the BYLAWS of Rotary International as follows:
Article 2 Membership in Rotary International
A Rotaract club may seek admission to membership in RI. Such club shall not be subject to the requirements of 2.010.1. The board shall determine the process for admission. Upon admission, such club shall be subject to all rights and responsibilities of a club.
The purpose of this enactment is to clarify that Rotaract clubs can seek admission to RI. Whether to seek admission to RI would be left to the discretion of the individual Rotaract clubs. If a Rotaract club sought admission, they could choose to be both a Rotaract club and a Rotary club or only a Rotary club. For those Rotaract clubs that became Rotary clubs, they would be subject to the same rights  and responsibilities of all other Rotary clubs.
Boys & Girls Club Spring Carnival, Wed., May 1
Setup: 4:00-4:30
Games: 4:30-5:30
2407 West 4th St., Lincoln Park
We need ten dozen cookies and 21 volunteers: Rotarians, Rotaractors, family, friends, etc., please contact the office or Dan Dock if you are able to help!
This Week's Meeting
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Inn
207 West Superior Street
Duluth, MN  55802
United States of America
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