The Gimlet
Volume 107 #13
This Week at Rotary
We Meet at Noon on Thursday
September 30, 2021
(Also Via Zoom)
Plated Meal Served
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45)
Brandon VanWaeyenberghe
Executive Director
Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra
A Turnaround Tale in Three Seasons
Brandon VanWaeyenberghe will describe how the DSSO navigated the pandemic not only to survive, but to find ways to thrive and to benefit the audience, musicians, and community
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Darlene Anderson
With the ring of the Rotary bell, President Chana Stocke gained our attention and asked all to join her to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and the Rotary Four-Way Test. Dave Fulda described in his Rotary Reflection how a small part, the rudder, sets the direction for the entire ship.  So our rudder – the tongue – affects the direction of our lives. With what we think – say - and do will we have either a shipwreck or gain a great prize?  Be careful: be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to action.
Dave Fulda and his Reflection on Speaking
Today we welcomed our guests Rachael Martin (Allen Anway), John Mickelson, Past President of Bali Lovina Rotary Club; and Rose Mislewicz (President-Elect Barb Perrella).
Those contributing to the Golden Can were Dave Fulda who completed a 13-mile mountain bike ride and encouraged others to take up his new hobby for: “misery loves company”. Barb Perrella announced the engagement of her son Tony. However, she did not name the lucky young lady. Allen Anway contributed $2 for Rachael Martin who brought a copy of the New York Times obituary of Past-President Ken Schoen.
Gary Melander announced that we have a new rose supplier. A huge Rotary thank you to Ryan Johnson and his wife Alex who have made this possible. However, the order had to be placed last Tuesday (2,000 dozen roses have been ordered) so now it is imperative that we all sell roses! Rotary Rose Day is Friday, October 15th.  Please sign up for service and fellowship. Remember this is our 36th Annual Rose sale.  In the past 35 years, $1.5 million has been raised in service to our community.
Last Friday evening was an enjoyable time of food and fellowship aboard the Duluth Scenic Railroad.  We had two private cars including the California Zephyr Vista Dome. The next fellowship event is the Duckpin Party on October 13 at Skyline Social and Games in Hermantown. Check your email from Mary Niemeyer for additional details.
The eulogy for Past President Ken Shoen who passed away on September 1, 2021, was given by Past President Bill Gravelle. Ken Shoen joined our club in 2000 and served as club president 2009-10. While many of the club members knew that he had been Commissioner of Corrections for Minnesota many did not realize the impact and influence he had on changes to the corrections system nationwide. In 1978 Ken moved to New York and redesigned that city's corrections system and then directed the Clark Foundation where he was able to direct millions of dollars in grants focused on prison and sentencing reform. Retiring in 2000, he and his wife Connie moved to Duluth and immediately became involved in our community. We will miss you and your good work.
Bill Gravelle giving the eulogy for Ken Schoen
Today's speaker needed little introduction as he has been a member of Club 25 for 39 years. Past-President Al Makynen did note that Allen Anway received his PhD in Physics from the University of Chicago and was Assistant Professor Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. After his stint at UWS he founded A2D2 Electronics with partner Don Dettmann. So it is no surprise that Allen would know about the “Greatest Scientific Prize---Ever”.
Phil Strom, our speaker Allen Anway with Al Makynen
In the 1700's it was difficult to be a navigator due to the limitations of the available instruments. So much depended on “dead reckoning” (deduced reckoning) trusting in the calculations made using the known tools and charts. Then in 1707 British Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell was leading 21 ships from Gibraltar to Portsmouth, England. Even though there were 20 navigators computing his course, they continued to question him about “Are we there yet?”  Tragically their calculations were wrong and four ships and 2,000 lives were lost, including Admiral Shovell. In response to the disaster the British Parliament in 1714 offered the largest scientific prize ever “for the discovery of the Longitude”.  A 20,000-pound sterling prize (more than $3 Million today) was offered for anyone who could come up with a method to compute longitude and be accurate within 30 nautical miles (one half of a degree).
The prize attracted all sorts of crackpots and their theories. But it was John Harrison in 1759 who after building three accurate time pieces developed and built a marine chronometer capable of being used to calculate longitude at sea. In 1761 the H4 model was tested on an 81-day journey from England to Jamaica and found to be accurate within five seconds. The academy did not award the prize saying it was due to luck.  A second successful test of the watch was completed on a 47-day voyage from Barbados to England and yet only a partial prize was awarded.  It took an order in 1772 from King George III to Parliament that Harrison be paid the full amount of the prize for his development of a chronometer that would accurately calculate a ship’s longitude position.  The greatest scientific prize ever!
John Harrison with his chronometer to calculate longitude at sea
The H-4 (Model #1) Marine Chronometer (1759)
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 30, 2021
Never Waste a Good Pandemic - A Turnaround Tale in 3 Seasons
Oct 07, 2021
Change Leadership for The Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce
Oct 13, 2021
Duckpin Bowing at Skyline Lanes
Oct 14, 2021
The Depot Foundation and The Depot - A Legacy of Support. A Future of Possibility
Oct 28, 2021
Nov 18, 2021
Live Theatre is Back!
Nov 25, 2021
Happy Thanksgiving!!
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Upcoming Events
Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteering 9-11 am
Second Harvest Food Bank
Oct 01, 2021
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteering 9-11 am
Second Harvest Food Bank
Oct 08, 2021
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Boys and Girls Club - Haunted Reception Room
Oct 12, 2021
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteering 9-11 am
Second Harvest Food Bank
Oct 15, 2021
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Rotary Board of Directors
Oct 19, 2021 3:30 PM
Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteering 9-11 am
Second Harvest Food Bank
Oct 22, 2021
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteering 9-11 am
Second Harvest Food Bank
Oct 29, 2021
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteering 9-11 am
Second Harvest Food Bank
Nov 05, 2021
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteering 9-11 am
Second Harvest Food Bank
Nov 12, 2021
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Rotary Board of Directors
Nov 16, 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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