The Gimlet
Volume 108 #21

This Week at Rotary
We Meet at Noon on WEDNESDAY
November 23, 2022
For Those Attending in Person
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45)
(Link Sent Thursday Morning)
Holiday Inn Downtown
Annual Joint Meeting of Rotary Club of Duluth and
 Kiwanis Club of Duluth Duluth
Once again two prestigious services clubs come together to celebrate great work, community service and abiding fellowship!
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Traci Marciniak
Rotary Club 25 members met at the Holiday Inn’s Great Lakes Ballroom on a blustery and cold day. President Barb Perrella rang the bell and called the meeting to order. Rotarians sang “America the Beautiful” accompanied by Past President John Baumgarten on the piano, and recited the Rotary Four-Way Test.
Jeff Wencel provided the day’s reflection, highlighting how the more things change, the more they stay the same. In reviewing a 1922 issue of “Duluth Herald” newspaper, Jeff Wencel found at that time the United States was actively working to better relations with Mexico, the citizens of Duluth were often working overtime to have enough money to purchase gas AND interest rates were in the 5% to 6% range. Doesn’t that seem strikingly familiar to today?
President Barb Perrella introduced Reid Sheldahl from Involta —a guest of Tom Young.
Members were reminded to sign up for the Rotary Christmas party, scheduled for December 7 at Pier B. It will be a fun celebration with appetizers, fellowship, a cash bar, and a view of the Bentleyville lights.
Jerry Pelofske asked fellow Rotarians to sign up to ring bells at local Super One stores on December 9 and 16 to benefit the Salvation Army. Time slots are from noon – 2 p.m. or 2 – 4 p.m.
Jerry Pelofske Who will Ring for Rotary?
Past President John Baumgartner Food Drive
Past President John Baumgarten encouraged the members of Club 25 to contribute to the 30th annual food drive to fill Christmas food baskets for those in need in the Duluth community. Through a steadfast partnership with Super One Foods, all donations will be matched 3 to 1 by Miner’s Corporation and several of its vendors.
President Barb Perrella was pleased to award Rotary’s “Service Above Self” award to Past Assistant District Governor Phil Strom for his numerous activities that have benefited Rotary Club 25 and the Rotary Foundation. Phil Strom’s list of volunteer activities, committee participation and fundraising is too lengthy to list—just know that it is impressive and speaks to his commitment to Rotary and to his personal character.
President Barb Perrella with Assistant District Governor Phil Strom
Then Past Assistant District Governor Phil Strom shifted gears and awarded Geiger Yount a five-sapphire Paul Harris Fellow pin for her contributions to the Rotary Foundation.
Past Assistant District Governor Phil Strom awards Geiger Yount
Chair of the Day, Past Assistant District Governor Phil Strom introduced the speaker of the day, his daughter, Annette Strom. Annette and her husband, both retired Duluth School District teachers and avid travelers, went on a teaching adventure of a lifetime at Stamford American International School in Singapore.
Our speaker Annette Strom
Singapore is a small island in Southeast Asia with a population of 6.5 million people, including about 1 million expats from all over the world from Germany, India, the United States and more. Four distinct languages are most common and include English, Mandarin, Malay, and Tamil. The island is sunny and tropical and is known for its birds, orchids, and various reptiles. The types of food served represents the melting pot of cultures that exist in the area, and many dishes are SPICY!
Singapore, a beautiful island nation
Student enrollment at Stamford American International School included children from the age of Pre-K to 12th grade from all over the world. There were 74 different countries represented within the institution. The majority of students are the children of employees representing several Fortune 500 companies that have relocated to Singapore. In addition, Annette was selected as the Interact Club Advisor due to her long history of Rotary International involvement.
Similar to the United States, when COVID-19 hit the country, Singapore implemented a lockdown, or “circuit breaker” as local residents called it. The classes Annette and her husband taught were transitioned to a virtual format and any non-essential activities outside of a person's home were prohibited.
Annette Strom with Proud Papa Past Assistant District Governor Phil Strom
Assistant Governor Tricia Bunten was the lucky winner of the $40 50/50 drawing.
Do you feel lucky?
A reminder that this week’s meeting will be hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Friendly Duluth at the Holiday Inn Great Lakes Ballroom on Wednesday, November 23.
This Week's Meeting
Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Center Great Lakes Ballroom
200 W. Superior St
Duluth, MN
United States of America
This week's joint meeting with the Duluth Kiwanis Club will be on WEDNESDAY, Nov 23
Venue Map
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Dec 15, 2022
Regional Welcoming Community Programming in Northeast Minnesota
Dec 22, 2022
James Webb Space Telescope
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Board of Directors
Rotary Office
Dec 21, 2022 4:00 PM
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Rotary Office
Jan 18, 2023 4:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Matt Hunter
November 2
Steve LaFlamme
November 3
Steve Burgess
November 4
Scott Frankovich
November 12
Paula Bloomquist
November 13
Steve Yorde
November 15
Pat Pfahl
November 18
Tom Homan
November 20
Barb Perrella
November 25
Gary Bubalo
November 27
Join Date
Rose Misiewicz
November 8, 2021
1 year
Vinod Gupta
November 8, 2021
1 year
Greg Hansen
November 11, 1999
23 years
Scott Frankovich
November 14, 2017
5 years
Barb Perrella
November 16, 2000
22 years
Justin Terch
November 28, 2017
5 years
Tricia Bunten
November 29, 2001
21 years
Official Publication of
Rotary Club of Duluth
207 W. Superior St.
Suite 201
Duluth Minnesota 55802
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Darlene Anderson
Rob Hofmann
Al Makynen
Traci Marciniak
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Jerry Thoreson
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