Volume 105 #11
We will meet at noon
Thursday, September 26, 2019 at
Holiday Inn: Lyric Conference Room
A Boxing Story: It Happened in Duluth
  Al Sands
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Dick Carlson
As members entered the meeting at the Lyric Conference Center, they could not have missed the “fellowship buzz” that created a welcoming first impression.  Club 25 members were obviously enjoying being together again.  Stories were there in abundance.  Perhaps they were listening to Earl Rogers as he told a story about when, as a home-coming military veteran, he had the per-chance meeting with two very beautiful Hollywood actresses.  Or possibly learning from Dr. Bill Himango about his adventures in South America gathering information for has soon to be published first novel.  There was net-working, exchanging of information, gathering ideas, and even some business transacted.  The lunch was delicious.  Smiles were everywhere.  The table-talk was as always, one of the highlights of the meeting.
President Michelle Buria, was reluctant to interrupt the “buzz”, never-the-less rang the bell and the meeting began at exactly 12:15 p.m.  Members were invited to recite the Four-Way Test.  Past Assistant Governor Phil Strom began the Fellowship Report by introducing five student guests from The Hills. Other guests were Gretchen Soetebier, guest of Past President Jack Soetebier, Riki McManus, guest of President Michelle BuriaGeiger Yount had two guests: Shanna Mullen from Zeitgeist and May Adams from Laura MacArthur Elementary School.  Phil Strom put two of his UMD hockey tickets up for auction and that brought $50 to the Golden Can.  Self-reporting Rotarians included Tom Wheeler (to honor his grandson), John Foucault (to express his joy over the new house that will soon be his on Shultz Lake) and Bill Abalan (to commemorate 45 years of married happiness with Barbara).
Earl Rogers came to the podium to eulogize Dan Mundt, a long-time Rotarian, now deceased. Good naturedly, Earl alluded to Dan’s proclivity for giving long invocations.  Dan was one of the note-worthy attorneys in Duluth – a lovely man and a dedicated member of Club 25.
Geiger Yount came forth to encourage members to be busy with the Rose Sale.  The deadline for sales is October 3.  This will give the Rose Committee enough time to place the order for the thousands of roses to be distributed on October 11th.  She then introduced Shanna Mullen who shared with us her appreciation for the financial grants her organization – Zeitgist – has received from the Duluth Rotary Club. 
President Michelle’s guest, Riki McManus, Director of the Upper Minnesota Film Office, informed our membership about Catalyst Stories, a film-producing organization that will be making its home in Duluth.  To learn more about this new business, Duluth Rotarians are invited to a just-for-Duluth-Rotarians happy-hour on September 25th at 5:30 at the Boat Club restaurant in Fitger’s.  Riki says that, with Catalyst here, Duluth will soon become known as Hollywood North!
Chairperson of the Day, Past President Dick Carlson, introduced Chris Thomalla for his presentation entitled “How the United States was involved in the Russian Revolution”.  His program was a shortened version of an 8-week 
course  from his class at UMD’s University for Seniors.  We learned much about the multiple Russian revolutions that resulted in the assassination of several Russian Tsars – and the turmoil that preceded Russia’s involvement in World War I.  As the war was winding down, American troops – the 339th Regiment (known as the Polar Bears) - were sent to the area that is now Czechoslovakia where they were briefly engaged against the Russian revolutionaries. Chris included a good number of pictures and videos to bring the people and events to life.
 President Michelle, standing in for Secretary Jeff Bradt and for Immediate Past President and Chair of the Nominating Committee, Steve Yorde, called for nominations for the up-coming election of officers and directors.  Those members eligible for nomination to leadership positions were included in a handout on the tables.  The Nominating Committee will be meeting in early October and the election will be during our annual meeting in December.  She  asked that if a member, or someone else they knew, is ready to be part of Club leadership, please submit their name to the Nominating Committee Chair, Steve Yorde.
After awarding Tom Wheeler his winnings from the 50/50 drawing, President Michelle concluded the meeting with an expression of appreciation to our speaker Chris Thomalla and with a motivational moment:  “If you feel like  you’re losing everything, remember that trees lose their leaves every year, and they still stand tall and wait for a renewal.”
About Rotary
Rotary is an international service club composed of a global network of leaders who volunteer to provide Service Above Self. The Rotary Club of Duluth became the 25th club when it was founded in 1911. Rotary now has more than 35,000 clubs worldwide. For more than a century, Duluth’s Club 25 has been a destination for networking, community involvement, friendship, continuing education and local, national and international citizenship. We meet at noon Thursdays at the Holiday Inn in downtown Duluth.
Our annual Rose Sale is our largest fundraiser, providing resources for:
  • Grants to local organizations that help children and less-fortunate individuals by providing food, shelter and clothing
  • Community improvements, including the construction of parks and funds that helped light Duluth’s Aerial Lift Bridge and Enger Tower
  • Activities for local children, including an annual fishing trip on the St. Louis River
Each dozen comes with a free coupon book full of outstanding savings from local retailers.
Why We Sell Roses
Why We Sell Roses
A story by Shawna Mullen -  Active Living Coordinator, Zietgeist
Zeitgeist’s Creative Placemaking Library is a collection of items that can be checked out by groups for community events, such as pop-up plazas and parks, community dinners, or street festivals. The items facilitate stronger connections among neighborhoods and to the places we all share.
Through the events that our library supports, we encourage community members to re-think what community space is.  (Example:  The street is a public space - not just for cars!).  We help improve these public spaces so that they encourage connections and conversation with others - even strangers, a moment to enjoy the surroundings - whether it be historic architecture or natural beauty, and a place of refuge for people. Our Library, which the Duluth Rotary Club helped to fund, is a tool accessible and available to anyone.  Neighborhood residents have the best ideas for what their neighborhood could be like, and we encourage residents to act on their inspiration, build a temporary example of it, and get one step closer to permanent improvements. 
Market stalls, tables, benches, chairs, and play equipment for a community festival
This Week's Meeting
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Inn (The Lyric Conference Room)
207 W. Superior St.
Duluth, MN  55802
United States of America
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Sep 26, 2019 12:00 PM
A Boxing Story: It Happened in Duluth

Held in Lyric

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Upcoming Events
Jr. Rotarian Orientation
Holiday Inn
Sep 25, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Rotary Happy Hour with Catalyst Stories & Festival
Fitger's Boat House
Sep 25, 2019
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Fellowship Breakfast
Sep 27, 2019
7:30 AM – 9:07 AM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Betty George
September 2
Dale Johnson
September 2
Thomas Bell
September 4
Roni Salo
September 5
Natalie Zeleznikar
September 9
David Pollard
September 12
Craig Fellman
September 22
Jay Ott
September 23
Bill Zimbinski
September 25
Join Date
Bonita Nelson
September 1, 1987
32 years
Thomas Bell
September 3, 1970
49 years
Ruth Ann Eaton
September 7, 1989
30 years
Ryan Johnson
September 12, 2013
6 years
Dave McLean
September 14, 2000
19 years
Stephen Hadley
September 16, 1999
20 years
Mike Lalich
September 19, 1996
23 years
Craig Chilcote
September 26, 2013
6 years
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