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This Week's Meeting
We meet at noon on Thursday, February 14, 2019
12 noon meeting in the
Lyric Conference Center - Holiday Inn
Rachael Martin
The Man Behind the Mountie Image
Notes from the Meeting
by Darlene Anderson
On Valentine's Day Rotarians, Junior Rotarians and guests gathered in the Lyric Conference Center of the Holiday Inn. President Steve Yorde welcomed all with a hearty greeting. Invocator Greg Hansen shared that one of his employees sent him a PSA reminding him that today was a special day – Valentine's Day. Today we celebrate love; love that is expressed through our gifts and works to others in Duluth and around the world. Love is shown in service projects like the one we will hear about in Bolivia.
Taking a familiar spot at the podium was Past-President Tricia Bunten donning the hat of Fellowship Reporter. After welcoming our guests individually, she then congratulated Tom Wheeler on the birth of his granddaughter Julia Mae Roth-Wheeler born to his son Nathan. Tom was in Madison meeting his new little one, but contributed $100 to Rotary Club #25 Foundation in thankfulness for the new Wheeler member. Although she has retired, Adele Yorde was the featured guest on the Duluth News Tribune podcast this week speaking about Falling in Love with the Port. Tricia warned President Steve to dig deep in his wallet as she also laughingly fined him and Jim Landwehr for their matching Valentine ties.
Jim Landwehr and Pres Steve in their matching ties!

And apparently Pres Steve has a challenge in his sense of direction as he mistakenly went to the South Pier Inn instead of Pier B for a meeting this past week. That also brought fines to Branden Robinson, Betty George and Sandy Hoff. Tricia proudly kicked the Golden Can as she reported that son Brian was selected for the Club hockey all-star team and tournament in Philadelphia in April. This may be the last college hockey game they watch him play. Then, in keeping with the theme of Valentine's Day, we honored our Rotarian couple Sheryl and Tom Homan. Of course, honoring them also meant they were able to contribute to the Golden Can.
Valentine's Day was also an appropriate day to celebrate February birthdays. We sang Happy Birthday to fellow Rotarians Geiger Yount, Justin Terch, Sheryl Homan, Stephen Hadley, Deanna Benson, Mike Murray, Jack Schilling and Zach Walters.
Representing the International Service Committee, Paul Helstrom invited four of our guests to join him at the podium as he presented a $2,500 check to Spin Worldwide. Micheline Bayiha shared that the fund would be used by Spin Worldwide to provide, and teach the proper use of, small water filters (less than two pounds) to families in Cameroon. Each filter will enable the family to obtain clean water for up to 25 years. This year they plan to take at least 450 filters to Cameroon.
Spin Worldwide accepting a grant (left to right): Susan Bussa, Micheline Bayiha, Paul Helstrom, Stacie Renee and Glen Holt
Rotary Clubs have a long-standing history of not only completing local service projects but also working together to complete international projects. Today Paul Helstom introduced fellow Rotarian Karl Everett who has been to Bolivia four times working on projects there. Karl told us that Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in South America as it is land-locked and also very mountainous. The remoteness of the communities creates many problems for those living in these hard-to-reach locations. The average family income is $200 to $300 annually, which is why Rotary has partnered with Mano-a-Mano to build clinics, schools and even a road (narrow winding mountain road) to serve the people in Bolivia. Slides were shown of the buildings and their uses, and to show how the dollars spent affect the lives of these people. The latest clinic project was completed in May 2018 and now provides improved facilities to the mountain community. Their next project is a clinic in the Bolivian Amazon at a cost of approximately $76,000 of which $64,00 has already been pledged, and our club is being asked if we can assist. Karl invited all to join him on his next trip to Bolivia and see for themselves how Rotary dollars make a difference in the lives of those living in these remote communities.
Chair of the Day Paul Helstrom holding a commemorative plaque of the facility in Jatun Mayu, Bolivia, and standing with Speaker of the Day Karl Everett dressed in a Bolivian shirt.
Rotaractors Take the Polar Bear Plunge, Once Again for a Good Cause!
Our own McKenzie MacFarlane takes her yearly plunge into the icy Lake Superior waters with fellow Rotaractor Kyra Haskins to raise $1,400 for the Special Olympics. Photo courtesy of Clint Austin/Duluth News Tribune.
Habitat For Humanity Volunteer Opportunity
Habitat For Humanity Volunteer Opportunity on Saturday, March 16, from 10am-4pm. Mark your calendars to help paint the Habitat house located at 2412 West First St. We are looking to recruit five volunteers to join Jim Gruba of Harbortown Rotary. Contact the office if you are interested!
Member Spotlight
Member Spotlight
Zach Walters
Member Since 2019
I consider Duluth my home, but I have lived all over. I spent my early years as a missionary kid in Madagascar and moved to the States when I was twelve. My family bounced around a lot until I settled in Duluth for college and to pursue a career in boxing. I graduated from UMD with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Criminology. My goal was to work with youth as a counselor.  I now work with youth as a boxing coach, and I volunteer as a mentor with Life Team which helps young adults find a better path after surviving near death experiences in the ER. 
My favorite hobby is boxing and my 8-year professional boxing career is my favorite pastime. My career as a pro boxer helped me raise the bar of expectations I had for myself and taught me lessons about the value of perseverance. I also enjoy a game of chess. I love the strategy of the game.
My wife's name is Shannon and we've been married ten years. We have two kids (Caden, 7, and Lila, 4). Shannon worked for seven years as an assistant buyer with Maurices Corp and then transitioned to being a full-time mom with the kids. Shannon and I enjoy winter vacations to the tropics. We most recently got back from a week trip to Sandals in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.  As a family, we love to adventure around the parks and trails up the North Shore.  
Our kids are super fun. Caden enjoys soccer in the summer and loves dinosaurs. Caden is also a Cub Scout and has gained a lot from the program. Lila, is in her second year of dance at Stacy's Studio and loves it. She's been doing it for a little over a year now. Both kids are very active little people. They love to run outside every chance they get, and have no limit on their imagination. They bring Shannon and me great joy.
A fun fact about me is I am pretty artistic. I was actually an art education major in college before changing to Psychology with a minor in Criminology.
What I like best about Rotary is the comradery of good people that share an interest in helping the community. I've always had an interest to join, but didn't feel it was the right time until recently being invited. I am glad to be a part of Rotary.
New Member Zach Walters with his wife Shannon, daughter Lila, and son Caden
This Week's Meeting
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Inn
207 West Superior St
Duluth, MN  55802
United States of America
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February Board Meeting (McGiffert Room)
Kitchi Gammi Club- McGiffert Room
Feb 19, 2019
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Past Presidents Advisory Committee
Lyric Kitchen and Bar
Feb 19, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Fellowship Breakfast
Feb 22, 2019
7:30 AM – 9:07 AM
Volunteer Opportunity: Project Joy Backpack Program
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
Mar 01, 2019
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Rotary Club of Duluth Foundation Board meeting
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Mar 12, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
Mar 13, 2019
4:15 PM – 5:30 PM
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Kitchi Gammi Club- McGiffert Room
Mar 19, 2019
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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
Deanna Benson
February 21
Mike Murray
February 23
Jack Schilling
February 24
Jennifer Smith
March 1
Bill Himango
March 4
Chana Stocke
March 16
Craig Chilcote
March 16
Allen Anway
March 19
Earl Rogers
March 20
Pat Holliday
March 22
Ruth Westra
March 22
William Gravelle
March 22
Rob Hofmann
March 31