The Gimlet
Volume 107 #11
This Week at Rotary
We Meet at Noon on Thursday
September 16, 2021
(Also Via Zoom)
Plated Meal Served
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45)
Dennis Lamkin
Local Historian
Historic Landscapes of Duluth
Enjoy a powerful presentation of some of the most historic landscapes in Duluth and learn about the nationally known landscape architects who designed them.
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Traci Marciniak
President-Elect Barb Perrella rang the bell and called upon Past Assistant Governor Phil Strom for the Rotary Reflection.  Having just learned of his assignment, the stalwart Rotarian that he is, “kept on rollin” by offering off-the-cuff remarks about the importance of our speaker and program.
Barb Perrella working the crowd from the podium
President-Elect Barb Perrella provided the Fellowship report by first introduced visiting Harbortown Rotarian, Scott Soderberg, and Andrew Weisz, CEO of Finden Marketing, a guest of Skeeter Moore.  Since Dave Fulda is so shy, Phil Strom reported that Dave was the winner of $500 during a recent sporting clay competition. Allen Anway paid a fine for appearing in the Junction magazine as one of the founding members of the Railroad Museum Club.
Remarks by Allen Anway before stuffing the Golden Can
Jim Schwartz announced beginning October 6, backpacks for elementary children to take food home for themselves and their family for the weekend will be filled every 1st Wednesday of the month from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Northern Lakes Food Bank.
President-Elect Barb Perrella reminded Rotarians to sign up for the North Shore Scenic Railroad train ride scheduled for Friday, September 17. RSVPs are to be emailed to Mary Neimeyer. There is plenty of space so invite family and friends.
Before introducing his guest and speaker, Chair of the Day Skeeter Moore, paid a fine for his son scoring his first goal while playing in Sweden’s Professional Hockey League. Keeping with the hockey theme, our speaker Todd Campbell, shared that he played hockey all through his youth and while in college—even playing goalie for some time! All that skating made him the perfect early adopter of inline skating, which led to his involvement as a long-standing board member of the NorthShore Inline Marathon.
Skeeter Moore with a table full of guests
Inline skating began in the 1980’s as a way for ice hockey players to continue skating and conditioning during the summer. In the 1990’s the sport took off and reached its peak in 1998 when it was estimated that 32 million people in the United States inline skated at least once during the year. The popularity of the sport has declined with active participants currently at about 3 million.
Recognizing the interest in the sport back in the early 90’s, a group of Duluth community members and dedicated skaters (including Rotarians Elizabeth Simonson and Sandy Hoff) got together in 1996 and created the NorthShore Inline Marathon. The first race in ’96 drew 1,200 skaters and continued growing to 4,400 participants in 2002.  Thanks to diehard fans of the sport, the NorthShore Inline Marathon remains the largest race nationally. The introduction of additional types and lengths of races to the weekend has helped keep the event vibrant. Now celebrating its 25-year anniversary, the NorthShore Inline Marathon is poised to welcome people from all over the world to compete in skating, running, roller skiing races, a skate jam, roller derby and more. There are plenty of ways to be part of the fun even if your ankles aren’t made to skate!
Speaker Todd Campbell with prototype inline skates from 1996
Rotarians at Work
By Geiger Yount
At the 27th Annual Harvest Festival, sponsored by the Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association, twelve hardy souls, associated with our Rotary Club, helped to make it happen. Volunteers working the event on Saturday included:  Rob Hofmann, Jim Schwartz, Roxanna Esguerra, Patra Sevastiades, Dean Casperson, Branden Robinson, Jerry Pelofske, Jeff Fifield, Jon Ohman. Skeeter Moore, Geiger Yount, and friend of Rotary Joel Bamford.  Another example of Rotary in action.
Rotarian Volunteers working at the 27th Annual Harvest Festival
This Week's Meeting
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Center Great Lakes Ballroom
207 W. Superior St.
Duluth, MN
United States of America
Venue Map
Sep 16, 2021
Historic Landscapes in Duluth
Sep 23, 2021
Sep 30, 2021
Never Waste a Good Pandemic - A Turnaround Tale in 3 Seasons
Oct 07, 2021
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Board of Directors
Sep 21, 2021 3:30 PM
Rotary Board of Directors
Oct 19, 2021 3:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Betty George
September 2
Dale Johnson
September 2
Roni Salo
September 5
Roxanna Esguerra
September 15
Craig Fellman
September 22
Jay Ott
September 23
Join Date
Bonita Nelson
September 1, 1987
34 years
Ruth Ann Eaton
September 7, 1989
32 years
Ryan Johnson
September 12, 2013
8 years
Dave McLean
September 14, 2000
21 years
Steve Hadley
September 16, 1999
22 years
Therese Spehar
September 18, 2020
1 year
Mike Lalich
September 19, 1996
25 years
Jack Seiler
September 21, 2020
1 year
Craig Chilcote
September 26, 2013
8 years
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