The Gimlet
Volume 107 #26
This Week at Rotary
December 30, 2021
January 6, 2022
(Also, Via Zoom)
Plated Meal Served
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45)
Program to Be Announced
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
by Traci Marciniak
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!
Rotary Singers in action
The meeting was kicked off with the Rotary Singers entertaining their fellow Rotarians with a few holiday classics.
As one might expect, the pre-holiday meeting attendance was a bit light. President Chana Stocke rang the bell and called the meeting to order. Rotarians and guests then recited the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a hearty rendition of the National Anthem with accompaniment by Past President John Baumgarten, finishing up with the Rotary 4-way Test.
Past President John Baumgarten at the piano        
Past President Branden Robinson
Past President Branden Robinson offered a touching reflection about how there are still good things to celebrate, even during a year wrought with challenges and divisiveness. The introduction of the COVID-19 vaccines, the increased use of electric vehicles around the world, and the eradication of polio in Africa are all worthy of celebration, as is our Rotarian family who are there for one another in good times and in bad. Past President Branden Robinson asked the group to take a moment of silence to honor those fellow Rotarians we’ve lost, as well as those in our personal lives.
President Chana Stocke introduced Lorelei Holland, guest, and spouse of Noah Holland; Tony Perrella, son of President-Elect Barb Perrella, and Past District Governor Earl Rogers (who need no introduction!) with his wife Judy Rogers
President-Elect Barb Perrella with son Tony Perrella
Past President John Baumgartner self-reported that he and his wife just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. He apologies for not being able to kick the can as he used his last few dollars to buy 50/50 tickets! President Chana Stocke thanked Mary Niemeyer and the Special Events Committee for putting together the fun and fabulous holiday happy hour at the Boat House last week. Good time, good food, and good Christmas carols by the Rotary Singers!
President Chana Stocke also thanked Rotarians who took time to ring the little red bells for the Salvation Army Red Kettle fundraiser, as well as those Rotarians who helped at the Life House Thanksgiving dinner. Thanks to Dan Dock for coordinating the volunteer opportunity again this year! President Chana Stocke reminded Rotarians there is no meeting next week. The next meeting is January 6, 2022.       
President Chana Stocke
Mary Niemeyer
Much to the crowd’s delight, the Rotary Singers again took to the front of the room to sing a few additional Christmas tunes, which were met with applause and appreciation.
Guest Lorelei Holland pulled the winning 50/50 ticket which belonged to Past President Dean Casperson. Dean received a “major award” — no, not a leg lamp, but $35 instead. 
Darn, I really wanted that!!!
By Dan Dock
Rotarians from Club 25 and the Skyline Club served a large holiday dinner for youths at Life House. Special guests Santa and Mrs. Clause were there adding to the festivities. the youths received warm gloves, a sweatshirt, a $25 gift card and other gifts from area donors.
Rotary’s actions in the community are fantastic. These youths are very thankful for what we do.
Thank you to these Rotary Club 25 members, Skyline Rotary members, and family who helped make this a great holiday party for a large number of Life House members.
Patra Sevastiades, Dan Dock and Karen Dock, Past President John Baumgarten, Karol Sowers, Mark Leutgeb-Skyline Rotary, Past President Bill Gravelle, Darlene Anderson, President Chana Stocke, Sheryl Homan and Tom Homan, Assistant Governor Tricia Bunten, Jenny Peterson and Greg Peterson, Geiger Yount, Pat Holliday, Past District Governor Earl Rogers and Judy Rogers, Past President Dean Casperson, Jerry Pelofske and Chris Pelofske, Doug Erickson and Nancy Erickson, Renee Mattson, Jim Schwartz, Michael Orman and Anne Orman, Jeff Fifield, with Jenna Bergee, Bob Sherman, and Chris Lee from Skyline Rotary.
A special thank you to Gary Schneider - G B Schneider Restaurant and Reinhart Foods!!
Holiday Gift Bags.
The Kitchen Crew (L to R) Bob Sherman (Skyline), Geiger Yount, Jim Schwartz, and Dan Dock
Patra Sevastiades with the cookies
This Week's Meeting
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Center Great Lakes Ballroom
200 W. Superior St
Duluth, MN
United States of America
There will be NO CLUB MEETING on December 30.
Venue Map
Dec 30, 2021
Jan 06, 2022
Historic West Duluth Theatre
Jan 13, 2022
The Depot - Part II of Historic Union Depot
Jan 19, 2022
Vikre Distillery Tasting
Jan 20, 2022
The Power and Strength of Emotional Grit
Jan 27, 2022
Northern Lights Express Train
Feb 17, 2022
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Board of Directors
Jan 18, 2022 3:30 PM
Rotary Board of Directors
Feb 15, 2022 3:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Elizabeth Simonson
December 2
Elaine Hansen
December 14
Holly Sampson
December 14
Harvey Smith
December 18
Dave Holappa
December 21
Paul Helstrom
December 27
David Clark
December 28
Tom Young
December 31
Join Date
Michelle Buria
December 1, 2005
16 years
Betty George
December 2, 1993
28 years
Mark Peterson
December 4, 2008
13 years
Paul Wojciak
December 16, 2020
1 year
David Fulda
December 17, 1998
23 years
Elizabeth Simonson
December 18, 2018
3 years
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