The Gimlet
Volume 109 #46

This week at Rotary
Thursday, May 23, 2024
For Those Attending in Person
Lunch Buffet
11:30 AM START
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45)
(Link Sent Thursday Morning)
Holiday Inn Downtown
At the time of Gimlet publication, Thursday's program has not been finalized.  
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Tacitus
It was the place to be with the best people to be with.  The Rotary Reflection given by Vinod Gupta described how each of us is on a pilgrimage, to fly like an eagle in life and each day to strive to fly higher than the day before.
Vinod Gupta making sure we all know how to fly as Rotary Eagles
The Golden Can did not make budget for the Pledge Fund, however Allen Anway came to the rescue to avoid a complete blank and paid a fine for his sportswear worn in recognition of our speaker and fellow Harbortown Rotarian Scott Neustel of Ski Hut.  There may have been a $10 fine there for business promotion!
Fashion model Allen Anway on his way up to pay the Golden Can for a product placement ad
President Gary Melander announced the noon meeting on July 11 will be our Annual Picnic at the Rotary International Peace Plaza at Enger Park.   Mark your calendars now as to location and explore our work to create the International Peace Plaza (2013) and the lighting project of Enger Tower in celebration of our 100th Anniversary (2011).  In addition President Gary Melander announced that effective July 18, after six months of evaluation, group discussions at two Club meetings, the results of a Club Survey, and subsequent Board Action, the location for the Rotary Club of Duluth Noon Meeting will be the Kitchi Gammi Club.
Rotarians do not need a reason to gather and celebrate.  But if we did, one of the best is to acknowledge and celebrate the work of our President, Gary Melander.  To that end, Patra Sevastiades of the Special
Events Committee invited us to join them for a Vista Cruise President’s Night on Thursday evening, June 20.  There will be heavy hors d’oeuvres.  This will replace our regular noon lunch meeting.  President Elect Elizabeth Simonson will be sending out an invitation with more information.  This will be a rain or shine event.  If the weather is good, we go out on deck.  If not we stay inside closer to the food and libation.
Patra Sevastiades inviting everyone to attend the June 20th Presidents Night Party
With that, one of our newest members, and Chair of the Day, Travis Klingeisen introduced our two speakers, David Kolquist and Harbortown Rotarian Scott Nuesel to update us on the latest efforts by Never Surrender, Inc. to raise funds to fight Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease).
Chair of the Day Travis Klingeisen bringing Never Surrender to the Club
The latest entry (2023) to raise funds for research, access to advance medication, and medical equipment is the “Tomassoni Tour – Cycle for ALS”.  This event, in its second year, provides a premium experience to riders on key sections of the Mesabi Trail (Which runs from Grand Rapids to Ely).  This event joins the “Black Woods Blizzard Tour” (1999), and “Kolar Toyota ALS Fishing Tournament” (1995).
In the United States there are about 20,000 people suffering from ALS.  The number is stable as approximately 5,000 are diagnosed each year and approximately 5,000 die.  Life expectancy from the date of onset is 2-5 years.  It is a progressive disease where today will be one’s best day, tomorrow will be worse.  Those who participate in the Never Surrender events help raise the funds in the fight against ALS.
The ALS Never Surrender group with President Gary Melander and Chair, Travis Klingeisen
This Week's Meeting
Thursdays at 12:00 p.m.
Holiday Center Great Lakes Ballroom
200 W. 1st Street
Duluth, MN 55802
United States of America
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Venue Map
Jun 20, 2024 12:00 PM
Jun 27, 2024 12:00 PM
Jul 04, 2024 12:00 PM
Jul 11, 2024 12:00 PM
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Upcoming Events
Adopt a Highway - Rotary Clean-Up
May 30, 2024
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Rotary Board of Directors
Rotary Office
Jun. 19, 2024 4:00 p.m.
Rotary Board of Directors
Rotary Office
Jul. 17, 2024 4:00 p.m.
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Corey Collier
May 1
Catherine Carter Huber
May 3
Jim Landwehr
May 4
Jim Olson
May 5
Douglas Erickson
May 15
Jerry Thoreson
May 19
Katrina Pierson
May 20
Kate Molinaro
May 21
John Baumgarten
May 23
Karol Sowers
May 24
Join Date
Jim Olson
May 11, 1995
29 years
Kate Molinaro
May 11, 1989
35 years
Corey Collier
May 14, 2015
9 years
Mike Murray
May 15, 2003
21 years
Rob Hofmann
May 15, 2008
16 years
Traci Marciniak
May 16, 2013
11 years
Sheryl Homan
May 19, 2005
19 years
Jim Landwehr
May 21, 1987
37 years
Bill Sozansky
May 23, 2019
5 years
Jennifer Smith
May 24, 2018
6 years
Catherine Carter Huber
May 29, 2003
21 years
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