The Gimlet
Volume 107 #43
This Week at Rotary
We Meet at Noon on Thursday
April 28, 2022
600 E Superior St,
Duluth, MN 55802
Jordan Van der Hagen
Founder and Vision Director of Duluth Waterfront Collective
Highway 61 Revisited: Imagining a Connected Duluth from the Hillside to the Waterfront
Jordan van der Hagen will present his work with the Duluth Waterfront Collective, a grassroots group of planners, designers, thinkers, and community members with the goal of creating a connected downtown urban waterfront through reimagining the spaces occupied by Interstate 35.  This will be an interesting and fascinating presentation about reimagining our downtown and waterfront connection.
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Steve Yorde
President Chana Stocke welcomed all Rotarians (and Kiwanians!) to our meeting at the Holiday Inn by ringing the bell and leading us in the National Anthem with Past President John Baumgarten accompanying us on piano.  The Four-Way Test was next, followed by Past Assistant Governor Phil Strom’s gentle and poetic Rotary Reflection observing a hoped-for Spring “on seas of daffodils.” 
Past President John Baumgarten tickles the ivories
President Chana Stocke introduced our guests from Kiwanis, plus those receiving contributions today from our club’s Rose Sale proceeds.  Self-reports/announcements began with Paul Helstrom announcing Minnesota Power’s $165 million acquisition of a clean energy company and inviting all to next week’s International Service Committee. 
Kiwanis President Josh Soderholm
Kiwanis President Josh Soderholm said the two Kiwanis clubs in Duluth merged in January and are now working on the famous Kiwanis Auction.  President-elect Barb Perrella reminded all that we still need auction items and financial donations for our Cinco de Mayo dinner/auction on May 5 at Marshall School. 
President Chana Stocke announced that next week’s meeting will be at The Boat Club in Fitger’s lower level, not at the Holiday Inn.  She also thanked President-elect Barb Perrella for helping organize last week’s “Fireside Chat” for new members at the Kitchi Gammi Club. 
Jim Schwartz with Rotary Grant recipients
Grants Committee chair Jim Schwartz presented checks to the following worthy organizations:  First Witness Advocacy Center ($1,000) provides services to victims of abuse and programs of prevention and education to over 4,000 children…now expanding to Carleton County.  Lincoln Park Children and Families Collaborative ($1,500) gathers food and hygiene items for those in need.  Kids Closet ($3,000) provides clothes for 800 school-age children in need, particularly winter coats and boots.  LSS Crisis Nursery ($2,500) provides secure places for moms and babies, plus hygiene items, diapers, wipes and clothes.  These gifts are all made possible because of each Rotarian’s commitment to selling roses.  Thank you for your Rose Sale efforts!
Greater Downtown Council’s President Kristi Stokes. President Chana Stocke and speaker Renee Graves
Assistant Governor Tricia Bunten introduced today’s speaker Renee Graves and the Greater Downtown Council’s president Kristi Stokes.  Its mission, in part, is to promote and maintain a clean, safe and welcoming environment downtown.  Toward that end, Renee Graves works face-to-face with those in need in the skywalk and on the street.  And yes, she feels safe doing her job.  She presented stunning statistics and heartfelt examples of her experiences.  Major challenges are a lack of affordable housing, poor job prospects especially when one has no phone, no car or driver’s license, no Social Security card, and little education.  Organizations have stepped up to help: CHUM, Life House, Damiano Center, Loaves and Fishes among others, e.g. Duluth Police Department, St. Louis County Sheriff and individual businesses and individuals.  We can step up, too.  Anyone can provide help to this program: transportation vouchers (DTA or Jefferson bus passes, gift cards, hand warmers, sox, mittens, snacks (soft, please, to accommodate those with poor dental hygiene), backpacks.  She concluded with a quote from Dr. M. Wheatley, “There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.”
Brian Fulda with Jon Ohman: a Rotary winner every time!
The 50/50 drawing produced a generous response as Jack Seiler presented his winnings to Renee Graves and this important humanitarian program.    And folks, that’s the Rotarian way! Thanks, Jack Seiler!   
The Duluth Rotary Club 25 Dinner and Auction is May 5th, 5:30-8:30 pm at Marshall School. Reserve your tickets today at  Invite family and friends.  This is a B.Y.O.B event with mix and set-ups arranged by Jim Schwartz.  Gary Schneider is the chef.  If you have an item to donate contact, Past Assistant Governor Al Makynen, (218-343-2515). 
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
Apr 28, 2022
Highway 61 Revisited-Imagining a Connected Duluth from the Hillside to the Waterfront
May 05, 2022
Our Annual Auction Fundraiser
May 12, 2022
The DECC, the Region's Gathering Spot and Economic Driver
May 19, 2022
Ukraine Crisis Humanitarian Aid Work
Jun 02, 2022
We celebrate THREE of our Past Presidents - President Michelle, President Dean and President Chana
Jun 23, 2022
North Shore Community School
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Upcoming Events
Annual Rotary Dinner and Auction
Marshall School
May 05, 2022
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Rotary Board of Directors
May 17, 2022 3:30 PM
Rotary Board of Directors
Jun 21, 2022 3:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Kjell Knudsen
April 1
Ruth Ann Eaton
April 8
Sandy Hoff
April 27
Al Makynen
April 28
Join Date
Tom Young
April 1, 1995
27 years
Phil Strom
April 23, 1981
41 years
Grant Hauschild
April 25, 2019
3 years
Jim Grant
April 29, 1982
40 years
Official Publication of
Rotary Club of Duluth
207 W. Superior St.
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Duluth Minnesota 55802
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Rob Hofmann
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Phil Strom
Steve Yorde
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