The Gimlet
Volume 108 #29

This Week at Rotary
We Meet at Noon on Thursday
January 12, 2023
For Those Attending in Person
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45)
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Holiday Inn Downtown
Executive Director, Mentor North
Mentor North believes in the dignity of all people. We celebrate youth and families’ individual stories and welcome mentors from a variety of identities and backgrounds. Our goal is to create a vibrant and inclusive mentorship community. 
Highlights From Last Week’s Meeting
by Steve Yorde
On a pleasant winter day in Duluth, President Barb Perrella called the meeting to order by leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Rotary’s 4-Way Test, “of the things we think, say and do” as Rotarians.  In thinking about today’s program, Rob Hofmann’s Rotary Reflection called upon his own expression of gratitude for Duluth which has a “blessed abundance of nature.”  He cited American poet Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 (The Pastoral Symphony) composed when the composer was nearly deaf.
Today’s guests included prospective member Justin Reed of Duluth Energy and Judy Rogers who brought her famous pizzelles for the club to enjoy.
Not a puzzle – a pizzelle!
Past President Sandy Hoff shares great news! 
   Tom Young announcing his retirement
Self-Reports were delivered by Past President and new grandpa Sandy Hoff.  Also, his daughter Callie is the hockey co-captain of Team USA performing in Lake Placid.  Tom Young announced his retirement after 46 years with Young & Associates.  A son and daughter will continue its leadership.  Skeeter Moore announced his own retirement from the North Shore Inline Marathon after 14 years.  An emotional Zach Walters leaves for Madagascar tomorrow, the place of his birth, to inter the ashes of his mother.  Jim Landwehr presented the Golden Can with a $200 donation honoring his two new grandchildren.  Lakeview Christian Academy’s Kiley Milroy was introduced as a Junior Rotarian.  Calling All Rotarians! Jerry Pelofske needs additional judges for the Northeast Regional Science Fair at UMD on Saturday, February 18 at Griggs Hall. 
Skeeter Moore hangs up his E.D.  Rollerblades
Zack Walters honors his mother
Jim Landwehr adds two grandchildren to his family
Jerry Pelofske seeking judges
Paul Harris Fellow Jerry Thoreson with Past District Governor Phil Strom
Past District Governor Phil Strom presented a Paul Harris Fellow award to a surprised and grateful Jerry Thoreson.  Jerry said, “Rotary has been life-altering by endeavoring to live and practice the Rotary motto, "Service Above Self.”  President Barb Perrella read a letter of appreciation from Life House for the club’s Christmas (and Thanksgiving) dinners.
Roxanna Esguerra introduced today’s speaker Bobbie Larson, Ski Hut’s Director of Events, Community Outreach and MarketingBobbie began by asking the audience three questions: who works in a non-profit, who is on social media, and who markets their business on social media?  Not surprisingly, most hands were raised, illustrating the change she brought to Ski Hut’s marketing program.  “Building customers for life” involves Ski Hut’s new approach to outdoor education, community service, and collaborating with other organizations, eg. Duluth Parks and Rec, the Aquarium, Young Athletes Foundation, and Courage Duluth.  She developed the Outdoor Adventure Camp which involves mountain biking, paddle boarding, and water safety.  No-cost winter programming at Bayfront for underprivileged kids includes skating, sledding, and snowshoeing.  The theme for all participants is Be a HERO, an acronym meaning Heart (being kind), Equal (treat everyone fairly), Respect (respect for classmates, teachers, coaches), and Owen (honoring a program participant with special needs, where fellow campers pitched in to help Owen succeed).  Bobbie believes she has “the best job” at Ski Hut, creating outdoor community programming in collaboration with local organizations, and connecting with parents and their children who develop life skills in our beautiful surroundings right here.    
(L to R) Bobbie Larson, Ski Hut’s Director of Events with Roxanna Esguerra
The 50/50 cash drawing was won by Jim Landwehr.  A second drawing for a mini-Ski Hut insulated thermos was won by President-elect Gary Melander.  (How does he do it???)
This Week's Meeting
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Center Great Lakes Ballroom
200 W. Superior St
Duluth, MN
United States of America
Come join us and bring a friend for a great soup and salad bar and program!
Venue Map
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Jan 26, 2023
SOAR Career Solutions
Feb 02, 2023
Program Update from the YMCA
Feb 09, 2023
Join Club Members for a Fireside Chat at the Kitchi Gammi Club!
Feb 16, 2023
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Regional Welcoming Community Programming in Northeast Minnesota
Mar 02, 2023
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Newly elected and direction of the department
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Upcoming Events
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Jan 18, 2023 4:00 PM
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Kitchi Gammi Club
Feb 09, 2023
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary Board of Directors
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Feb 15, 2023 4:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Jim Schwartz
January 7
Daniel Maki
January 13
Greg Hansen
January 21
Patra Sevastiades
January 23
Bob Reichert
January 26
Dave McLean
January 26
David Fulda
January 26
Michelle Buria
January 31
Join Date
Daniel Maki
January 2, 2018
5 years
Ruth Westra
January 5, 2006
17 years
Skeeter Moore
January 5, 2006
17 years
Edie Michalski
January 7, 1999
24 years
Dave Holappa
January 13, 2000
23 years
Chana Stocke
January 16, 2003
20 years
Paul Helstrom
January 27, 2011
12 years
Steve Yorde
January 28, 2010
13 years
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