Volume 105 #30
This Week at Rotary
By Dean Casperson  – Chair of the Day
We Meet at Noon
Thursday, February 6, 2020
The Lyric Conference Room
Nathan Bentley
From a backyard hobby to an international sensation.  Bentleyville is a fascinating story of one man’s inspiration and passion.
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Al Makynen
It is not often you travel across the state line to attend your local Rotary Club meeting.  But that is what approximately 65 Rotarians and guests did to visit the Amsoil Center in Superior, Wisconsin.  Upon arrival at the gate, we were waved to our assigned parking area by Scott Davis, Vice President of Operations.  Once inside the 411,000 square foot building, we were escorted (for safety and to herd wandering Rotarians) along the yellow painted pedestrian route to the conference room for a box lunch.  The welcome by President-elect Dean Casperson (also Chair of the Day) briefly interrupted our lunch festivities.  He then introduced Scott Davis who screened a short video of the history of Al Amatuzio and the 1972 founding of Amsoil – the first in synthetics and the least-known company in town.  Amsoil currently has 345 employees and thirteen distribution centers in the U.S. and the world.  And then we were off to tour the facility.
It was as if we were in an episode of “How it is Made” as seen on the Science Channel.  We proceeded through a high-tech laboratory, then into an enormous enclosed rail car bay where raw materials are unloaded. Next came rows of huge tanks with miles of piping for all the ingredients for the next batch.  We were then ushered into a site designed to serve one of their newest markets – wind turbines.  With 85 to 130 gallons of oil in each gearbox, Amsoil trains and certifies its technicians on how to climb, inspect and service the installed oil.  No small task at that height!  From there, the product moves to the fully-automated blended, production, filling and packaging line. 
One of Al Amatuzio’s early goals was to produce 1,000 boxes of oil a month.  The line we watched accomplished that in less than 42 minutes.  Next was the warehouse and shipping area.  The amount of product sent out from the facility is so massive that it represents 18% of all regional shipments by UPS.  Current production is at one million gallons per day.  All of this is accomplished by a single shift working from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   Amsoil’s success is based upon its people who are retained through attention to their commitment to work/life balance.  As we walked past pallets of product stacked to the ceiling, in what seemed a few minutes but was almost an hour, we were provided with amazing insights into a product, process, and company not well known!  And then literally, we were out the shipping dock door!     
          Scott Davis with Dean Casperson
Ashland's Centennial Celebration
Superior Rotary is organizing transportation to the celebration on 2/29/20. Those interested should contact President Robyn @
Social Hour: 5:00 pm, Dinner 6:00 pm Northland College $20.00 person. RSVP by 2/10/2020 @ or call Stephanie Eder @ 715-292-2669.
This Week's Meeting
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Center
207 W. Superior St
Duluth, MN 55802
United States of America
VenueMap Venue Map
Feb 13, 2020
TPI Project
Feb 20, 2020 12:00 PM
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Special Events and Duck Pluck Committee Mtg
Feb 04, 2020
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Rotary #25 Dinner and Auction Planning Meeting
Feb 04, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Feb 06, 2020
Rotary Club of Duluth Foundation Board Meeting
Raymond James
Feb 11, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Volunteer Opportunity: Community Food Distribution
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
Feb 12, 2020
4:15 PM – 5:30 PM
Feb 13, 2020
Patrick Hudson
Feb 13, 2020
February Board Meeting
St Luke's Foundation Office
Feb 18, 2020
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Feb 20, 2020
song & birthdays
Feb 20, 2020
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Zach Walters
February 4
Renee Mattson
February 7
Geiger Yount
February 8
Justin Terch
February 12
Sheryl Homan
February 12
Stephen Hadley
February 16
Mike Murray
February 23
Join Date
Robert Kase
February 1, 2008
12 years
Elaine Hansen
February 3, 2000
20 years
Douglas Erickson
February 4, 1999
21 years
Zach Walters
February 4, 2019
1 year
Al Makynen
February 9, 1989
31 years
Branden Robinson
February 14, 2008
12 years
Dale Johnson
February 14, 1974
46 years
Jon Helstrom
February 16, 1984
36 years
Gary Bubalo
February 17, 2000
20 years
Kjell Knudsen
February 18, 1999
21 years
Darlene Anderson
February 21, 2008
12 years
Mary Niemeyer
February 22, 2018
2 years
Stacy Oltmanns
February 25, 2019
1 year
Dennis Cummings
February 26, 2015
5 years
Jim Schwartz
February 26, 2004
16 years
Official Publication of Rotary Club of Duluth 
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Editor:  Al Makynen
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