Volume 106 #36
This Week at Rotary
We Meet at Noon on Thursday
March 11, 2021
For Those Attending in Person
Plated Meal
Count Needed
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45)
(Link Sent Thursday Morning)
Janelle Long
The Beauty and Birds of Hawk Ridge
One of nature’s most remarkable spectacles can be witnessed each fall at Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve in Duluth, MN. Join Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory Executive Director, Janelle Long, to learn about the history, bird conservation research, education programs, and inspiring stories of the beauty and birds of Hawk Ridge.
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Steve Yorde
President Dean Casperson welcomed all to our in-person and Zoom meeting.  Past President Mike Orman’s Reflection described the 150-mile stretch of Minnesota’s North Shore to properly set the tone for today’s speaker.  He noted the famed Outlaw Bridge, originally constructed by Rotarians from Club 25 and Thunder Bay to connect the two countries. 
In 1917 Rotarians on both sides of the US/Canada border built it to “encourage commerce”
Good News: Bob Reichert’s daughter welcomed a new baby boy into the world.  Jerry Thoreson gave $63, a dollar for each million of the likes on Destination Duluth’s Facebook pageGary Melander employed his 16-foot ladder to measure for shades inside the Lighthouse.  Courage!  Zach Walters reported on the refurbished “Jungle Gym” on First Street’s “fitness district” downtown.  Jeff Fifield’s brother Doug and Geiger Yount’s daughter appeared in the Lighthouse’s promotional video.  
President Dean Casperson introduced Past Assistant District Governor Phil Strom to respond to those who may be unfamiliar with the Paul Harris Fellows program.  This program supports the work of Rotary’s international foundation.  Paul Harris Fellows commit to giving $1,000; Club 25 provides the first $100 and the last $100 to meet your initial pledge.  The Foundation committed to eradicating polio some 30-years ago.  The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recognized this “audacious goal” by providing a 2:1 match to support this effort.  As Phil notes, “we’re this close” to eradicating polio.  Contact Phil or President Dean or check out the website for more information.
Past Assistant District Governor Phil Strom talks about the Paul Harris Fellows program.
Today is Felicia Forest’s last day working in the Rotary office, as she and her husband have accepted new jobs out of state. President Dean thanked her for her 1.5 years of service.  Beginning next week, we will need at least two Rotarians to help set up the weekly meeting.  Dean promised a 3-minute training session!  He then saluted the ten committees and chairs for their efforts during this unusual year.
Today’s speaker Hayes Scrivner, director of Split Rock Lighthouse, via ZOOM
Jerry Thoreson introduced speaker Hayes Scrivner, director of Split Rock Lighthouse.  A UMD graduate, Hayes described himself as a history geek, video gamer, and outdoor enthusiast (hunting, fishing and photography)!  He and his spouse live at the Lighthouse with their two children.  The need for a Lighthouse became evident when the famous Mataafa Storm (1905) destroyed 29 ships and 215 lives were lost.  Wreckage from one of the lost ships, the Madeira, can still be viewed from a kayak off Gold Rock.  Today, the Lighthouse is part of the Minnesota Historical Society and is surrounded by a 2200-acre State Park.  Construction was started in 1909, and since Highway 61 was not in existence, a hoist and derrick system was used to move equipment and construction materials from the lake up the 100-foot cliff.  The Lighthouse, three houses for staff and families were built, along with numerous outbuildings.  A popular tourist destination (160,000 annually), attendance was down 48% last season.  Hayes said the numbers for 2021 are “looking up.”  His goal is to make Split Rock a community gathering place.  He said that history is in all of us.  “We intend to tell the personal stories of those families who lived and worked here.”  For additional information, contact him at or 218-220-6101.
Construction begins at Split Rock Lighthouse, 1909
Office Preparedness Plan
This Week's Meeting
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
In person and via Zoom
207 W. Superior St. Suite 201
Duluth, MN 55802
United States of America
Venue Map
Mar 11, 2021
The Beauty and Birds of Hawk Ridge
Mar 18, 2021
Not Sweating the BIG Stuff
Mar 25, 2021
EPA’s Great Lakes Toxicology and Ecology Research Division
Apr 01, 2021
Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center
Apr 08, 2021
World War II Military - Saipan
Apr 22, 2021
Superintendent of ISD709
Apr 29, 2021
High Speed Rail in America
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Board of Directors
Mar 16, 2021 3:30 PM
Rotary Board of Directors
Apr 20, 2021 3:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Jennifer Smith
March 1
Bill Himango
March 4
Noah Holland
March 6
Chana Stocke
March 16
Craig Chilcote
March 16
Allen Anway
March 19
Earl Rogers
March 20
Bill Gravelle
March 22
Pat Holliday
March 22
Ruth Westra
March 22
Christine Empanger
March 29
Grant Hauschild
March 31
Rob Hofmann
March 31
Join Date
Mike Orman
March 1, 1982
39 years
Roni Salo
March 7, 1991
30 years
Casey Erikson
March 9, 2020
1 year
Matt Hunter
March 10, 2010
11 years
Holly Sampson
March 11, 1993
28 years
Steve Burgess
March 14, 2013
8 years
Geiger Yount
March 16, 1989
32 years
John Baumgarten
March 16, 1972
49 years
Pat Pfahl
March 17, 2011
10 years
Bob Reichert
March 18, 1976
45 years
Suzanne Anderson
March 21, 2013
8 years
Christine Empanger
March 25, 2019
2 years
Bill Himango
March 26, 2009
12 years
Brett Kinney
March 28, 2007
14 years
Jeff Iisakka
March 28, 2002
19 years
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Rotary Club of Duluth
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