The Gimlet
Volume 107 #49
This Week at Rotary
We Meet at Noon on Thursday
June 9, 2022
For Those Attending in Person
Buffet Lunch
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45)
(Link Sent Thursday Morning)
Holiday Inn Downtown
Margie Nelson
MN DOT Public Affairs Coordinator
MN Department of Transportation Work in Duluth
Learn updates on state transportation work happening in the Duluth area including the Twin Ports Interchange and Blatnik Bridge. Upcoming projects and general information about MnDOT District 1 will also be highlighted.  Margie is the Public Affairs Coordinator and can provide answers to all the questions related to Twin Ports road work.
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Al Makynen
A lively crowd gathered at the newly remodeled Garden (Formerly Grandma’s Sports Garden) to honor the work of three Presidents:  Michelle Buria (2019-20), Dean Casperson (2020-21) and Chana Stocke (2021-22).  The COVID-19 pandemic affected each of their years.  However, with their leadership, the Club was nimble and adopted new technologies to continue gathering and serving the community.  Each of the Past Presidents was given a boutonniere to mark their service.  And an old tradition of a procession of Past President was resurrected. Then quickly on to the honored guests. 
Club #25 Past Presidents, President, Assistant District Governors and Past Assistant Governors
Past President Michelle Buria was introduced by the famous Rotary Yellow Duck (Jon Ohman
(L to R) Rotary Yellow Duck makes way for President Elect Barb Perrella and Past President Michelle Buria
Past President Dean Casperson was introduced by a very proud spouse and fellow member Patra Sevastiades.
President Elect Barb Perrella smiles with Past President Dean Casperson
Soon to be “Past President”, President Chana Stocke was introduced by President Elect Barb Perrella.
President Elect Barb Perrella introducing President Chana Stocke
Each of the past presidents had brief remarks about their particular year.  The highlight of the evening was a video remembrance for each of the years created by Jerry Thoreson.  The selection of photos to highlight the years was only the beginning.   The music selections told the real stories!  “Disco Duck” for Past President Michelle Buria.  “Staying Alive” for Past President Dean Casperson.  “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” for President Chana Stocke.
A Standing Ovation from fellow Rotarians!
President Chana Stocke had the last words of reflection and encouragement.  She reminded us of an old disparaging moniker attributed to Rotary Club #25:  “A club of old men and their fathers.”   Rather than being offended, members should embrace this as part of our history and celebrate our long (more than a century) of community service.
Assistant Governor and Past President Tricia Bunten with Jim Landwher
Past President John Baumgarten with President Elect Barb Perrella
(L to R) Vinod Gupta, Past Assistant Governor and Past President Al Makynen and Liz Makynen
See more video and photo highlights of the President's Night on Duluth Rotary Club 25 Facebook page at
This Week's Meeting
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Center Great Lakes Ballroom
200 W. Superior St
Duluth, MN
United States of America
Venue Map
Venue Map
Jun 09, 2022
MN Department of Transportation Work in Duluth
Jun 16, 2022
Tourism Panel Discussion
Jun 23, 2022
North Shore Community School, 20 Years Strong
Jun 30, 2022
The Annual Peaceful Transfer of Power!
Jul 07, 2022
Enjoy fellowship and an outdoor picnic at the Rotary Peace Plaza at Enger Tower
Jul 14, 2022
Jul 21, 2022
Duluth Transit Authority
Jul 28, 2022
Rotary Fellowship
Aug 04, 2022
The Truth About the Captive Wildlife Crisis
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Board of Directors
Jun 21, 2022 3:30 PM
Rotary Board of Directors
Jul 19, 2022 3:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Robin Pestalozzi
June 7
Brett Kinney
June 15
Mike Lalich
June 16
Phil Strom
June 25
Join Date
Dean Casperson
June 3, 2004
18 years
Jerry Pelofske
June 6, 1991
31 years
Roxanna Esguerra
June 7, 2021
1 year
Jeffrey Fifield
June 9, 1983
39 years
Tom Homan
June 14, 2001
21 years
Jenny Peterson
June 16, 2016
6 years
Patra Sevastiades
June 16, 2021
1 year
Jon Ohman
June 18, 1998
24 years
Earl Rogers
June 20, 1991
31 years
Dan Dock
June 21, 1984
38 years
Gary Melander
June 30, 1998
24 years
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Rotary Club of Duluth
207 W. Superior St.
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Duluth Minnesota 55802
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Rob Hofmann
Al Makynen
Traci Marciniak
Phil Strom
Steve Yorde
Jerry Thoreson
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