Volume 105 #42
This Week at Rotary
We Meet at Noon
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Camella Hatch           Sue Schumacher
Every Child Ready Duluth:  A Library-Community Collaboration
to Improve School Readiness
Camella Hatch, Early Literacy Librarian, and Sue Schumacher, Youth and Branch Services will share their stories about the collaboration with community organizations and individuals to improve school readiness and to strengthen families during these unprecedented times.
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
by Rob Hofmann
Before our weekly meeting of Club #25 Rotarians began, President Michelle Buria asked who among us had plans for the Minnesota Fishing Opener?  Corey Collier and Barb Perrella were prepared to drown a few worms. Our corresponding Rotarian in Arizona Tom Wheeler reported Minnesota fishing licenses are way up this year – especially among the young!  He also reported that a Desert King Snake made a house-call demonstrating its vertical climbing abilities on his garden wall.  As a result of this story, Catherine Carter Huber vowed NEVER, NEVER, EVER to visit Arizona!
Desert King Snake
Tom Wheeler then provided the day’s Rotary Reflection that connected today’s program on the Great Lakes Aquarium with a recent program provided by the Lake Superior Zoo and the complimentary education programs they have which draw from our rich natural resources, and of course the great teaching classroom that is Lake Superior.
Robin Pestalozzi brought a visitor, retired UMD faculty member Ken Risdon – welcome Ken! A few Rotarians shared news and self-reports for Fellowship:  Jena Evans shared that the Newspaper has interviewed her a few times about COVID-19 in her role at Ecumen. Bill Gronseth is moving to St. Peter, Minnesota for his new job as superintendent and is joining the St. Peter Rotary Club!  Past Assistant Governor Phil Strom reported a 350-pound male black bear stole a feeder and wreaked havoc with a patio storage box.  Little does this bear know who he’s messing with!
President Michelle Buria then introduced Melanie Hansen from Lutheran Social Service’s Duluth Crisis Nursery while announcing a grant of $4,000!  Melanie Hansen drove the point that these funds help dozens of families and dozens more young children in crisis with essentials such as baby formula, diapers, clothing and more until such time as the families can get back on their feet. Rotarians are also asked to Save-The-Date of May 21st for roadside cleanup. Rotarians will meet at 2:00 pm at the Clearwater Grill on Old Hwy 61 – with fellowship following.
Chair of the Day Past President Elaine Hansen introduced our speaker Jay Walker, executive director of the Great Lakes Aquarium (GLA). With more than 25 years of experience, most of it right here in Duluth, Jay has been involved in all aspects of aquarium work. His program, Beyond The Sea highlighted the important work of connecting people to water and wildlife. Noting that our bodies mostly contain Lake Superior H2O, it is important to recognize our connection to the lake and the entire watershed that feeds it. The GLA has had some tough times in the past, and especially now with the COVID-19 shutdown, yet GLA is financially healthy due to improved fundraising. Jay’s leadership has attracted a number of large grants that have allowed GLA to improve its facilities, expand displays, and build new interactive exhibits. A family friendly attraction, GLA serves tens of thousands on kids with indoor, outdoor and underwater education activities. GLA has scores of volunteers, one as young as 14 and one that has served 20 years! Jay credits the success of the Great Lakes Aquarium to his staff, his volunteers, and community memberships.
Active Participation at an Aquarium Program
This Week's Meeting
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Held Electronically
207 W. Superior St
Suite 201
Duluth, MN 55802
United States of America
VenueMap Venue Map
May 14, 2020 12:00 PM
Every Child Ready Duluth
May 21, 2020 12:00 PM
Fire Chief
May 28, 2020 12:00 PM
The adventures of the big duck
Jun 04, 2020 12:00 PM
Engaging the Next Gen of Rotarians
Jun 11, 2020 12:00 PM
Childcare Crisis in Duluth
Jun 18, 2020 12:00 PM
Cambria Hills of East Bethel
Jun 25, 2020 12:00 PM
UMD 125th Anniversary
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Club of Duluth Foundation
May 12, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Volunteer Opportunity: Community Food Distribution
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
May 13, 2020
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
May Board Meeting
May 19, 2020
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Rotary Roadside Cleanup
Scenic Highway 61
May 21, 2020
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Volunteer Opportunity: Community Food Distribution
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
Jun 10, 2020
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
June Board Meeting
St Luke's Foundation Office
Jun 16, 2020
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Volunteer Opportunity: Community Food Distribution
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
Jul 08, 2020
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Corey Collier
May 1
Dave Rutford
May 1
Catherine Carter Huber
May 3
Jim Landwehr
May 4
Jim Olson
May 5
Douglas Erickson
May 15
Dave Nolle
May 16
Chas Bernick
May 17
Katrina Pierson
May 20
Kate Molinaro
May 21
John Baumgarten
May 23
Karol Sowers
May 24
Join Date
Jim Olson
May 11, 1995
25 years
Kate Molinaro
May 11, 1989
31 years
Corey Collier
May 14, 2015
5 years
Mike Murray
May 15, 2003
17 years
Rob Hofmann
May 15, 2008
12 years
Steve Johnston
May 15, 2003
17 years
Traci Marciniak
May 16, 2013
7 years
Sheryl Homan
May 19, 2005
15 years
Amy Porter
May 21, 2019
1 year
Jim Landwehr
May 21, 1987
33 years
Rich Roxbury
May 21, 2019
1 year
Bill Sozansky
May 23, 2019
1 year
Jennifer Smith
May 24, 2018
2 years
Catherine Carter Huber
May 29, 2003
17 years
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