Volume 106 #18
This Week at Rotary
We Meet at Noon
In Person – With Box Lunch
(Three Persons per Table)
*RSVP Required To Receive a Lunch*
- OR -
Attend the Meeting via Zoom
Thursday, November 5, 2020
Holiday Inn and Suites - Downtown Duluth
Denise Scheer and John Musick
South Soudan Community Development
Sustainable Agriculture for Sudan
While working on community development in Sudan, war again broke out and the entire village fled for their lives to a refugee camp in Uganda.  John and Denise continued their work within the refugee camp.  With a grant from the Rotary Club of Duluth along with matching funds from Rotary District 5580 they established a project to address refugee needs.  They will take the story from there.
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Rob Hofmann
On a glorious fall day, over 50 Rotarians of Club #25 gathered in either the Grand Ballroom of the Holiday Inn and Suites Downtown or via ZOOM. President Dean Casperson opened the meeting with a ring of the Rotary Bell and led us in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and a recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test.  President Elect Chana Stocke provided the Rotary Reflection with a reminder of upcoming Election Day. She shared: “No matter what your political views are, we are all ready for this election to be over so our country can start healing”. Reminding us of the importance of our civic duty to vote, Chana quoted President Franklin D. Roosevelt who said:  “Nobody will ever deprive the American people the right to vote except the American people themselves, and the only way they can do this is by not voting.”
The Fellowship Report began with introductions and good news! Past President Mike Orman had Paul Wojciak, an Associate Attorney with Beaumier Trogdon Orman Hurd & Viegas as his guest.  UMD Corporate and Foundations Development Officer Kristi Schmidt was a ZOOM guest of Past President Tricia Bunten and Rob Hofmann. Club Treasurer Dave Nolle experienced some ZOOM static but was able to announce the birth of his son! 
Jon Helstrom took to the dais to deliver the eulogy for Dave Rutford who passed away October 19, 2020, at age 89. He was a member of the Club for 41 years and traveled the world including Africa and the Amazon. Club #25 Rotarians may remember his program recounting his high adventures on the Mississippi River. In 1955, he and two friends built a 15x30-foot raft out of logs and barrels and parts salvaged from an old barge, powered it with a Chevy car set on top, and spent a month rafting down the Mississippi River from St. Paul to New Orleans. A memorial service/celebration of the life of David C. Rutford will be held at a later date, when family and friends can safely gather.
Dave Rutford
President Dean Casperson, on behalf of 3rd Quarter Program Chair Renee Mattson, called for program suggestions. Remembering that some of the finest programs come from within Club #25, he asked that ideas be emailed to
Speaker Dr. Rolf Weberg
Chair of the Day Mike Lalich introduce our speaker Dr. Rolf Weberg, director of the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI).  NRRI has a very simple mission: NRRI delivers research solutions to balance our economy, resources and environment for resilient communities. Chartered in 1983 by the Minnesota State Legislature as part of the University of Minnesota system research enterprise, NRRI employs over 140 scientists, engineers, technicians, staff and students in two industrial research facilities. Through collaborative partnerships, they deliver the innovative tools and solutions needed to utilize and sustain Minnesota’s precious natural resources. NRRI relies on expertise, partnership, and delivery of solutions that benefit all:
NRRI has six Integrated Research Platforms representing a combination of programs, staff and resources to address forest, water, and mineral resources:
  • Applied Ecology and Resource Management
  • Geology and Mineral Opportunities
  • Mineral Processing and Metallurgy
  • Materials and Bioeconomy
  • Data Collection and Delivery
  • Commercialization Services
Research Platform Goals include: Understanding resources, diversifying product portfolio, eliminating waste, and embracing “life-cycle thinking” among a few. Dr. Weberg illustrated a few projects in his ZOOM presentation: “Iron of the Future” or as he described it – “NRRI’s Manhattan Project”; Environmental Sulfate Reduction in soil and water; and “Bioeconomy Emerging Opportunities” as demonstrated with biochar. Biochar may be used to mitigate climate change by taking carbon out of the environment. Currently, for its soil remediation projects, the City of Minneapolis purchases its biochar from Missouri – NRRI is working to bring that business to Minnesota! Dr. Weberg offered the Club a tour of NRRI once COVID-19 precautions end.
Chair of the Day Mike Lalich and President Dean Casperson
Governance of Your Club Foundation
By Jerry Ostroski
The Rotary Club of Duluth Foundation is governed by an 11 member Board appointed by the Club.  Our Foundation is a separate corporation (501c3) with its own Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws.  Although the Foundation is an independent entity, there are three interlocking Directorships.  The Chair of the Grants Committee and a Club Board Member are ex-officio Foundation Directors.  Also the President of the Foundation serves on the Club Board.
Jerry Ostroski
Jerry Pelofske
Vice President
Barb Perrella
Jennifer Smith
Allen Anway, Director
Corey Collier, Director
Jena Evans, Director
Jenny Peterson, Ex-Officio, Club Grants Committee
Robin Pestalozzi, Director
Jim Schwartz, Director
Chana Stocke, Ex-Officio, Club Board Representative
Office Preparedness Plan
This Week's Meeting
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Inn Ballroom
207 W. Superior St
Suite 201
Duluth, MN 55802
United States of America
VenueMap Venue Map
Nov 05, 2020
Sudan - Sustainable Agriculture
Nov 12, 2020
Cyber Threats - Protecting Your Data
Nov 19, 2020
150th Anniversary of Duluth
Nov 25, 2020
Dec 03, 2020
New Programs at Lake Superior College
Dec 10, 2020
The Life of an Explorer
Dec 17, 2020
Duluth Chamber of Commerce
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Upcoming Events
Foundation Board Meeting
Nov 10, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Volunteer Opportunity: Community Food Distribution
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
Nov 11, 2020
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Foundation Board Meeting
Dec 08, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Skywalk Sites
Dec 09, 2020
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Volunteer Opportunity: Community Food Distribution
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
Dec 09, 2020
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Skywalk Sites
Dec 16, 2020
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Matt Hunter
November 2
Steve LaFlamme
November 3
Steve Burgess
November 4
Scott Frankovich
November 12
Steve Yorde
November 15
Pat Pfahl
November 18
Tom Homan
November 20
Barb Perrella
November 25
Dan Markham
November 25
Gary Bubalo
November 27
Marc Seigar
November 30
Join Date
Greg Hansen
November 11, 1999
21 years
David Pollard
November 12, 1998
22 years
Scott Frankovich
November 14, 2017
3 years
Barb Perrella
November 16, 2000
20 years
Emily Larson
November 23, 2017
3 years
Justin Terch
November 28, 2017
3 years
Tricia Bunten
November 29, 2001
19 years
Wally Holt
November 30, 1978
42 years
Official Publication of Rotary Club of Duluth 
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