The Gimlet
Volume 109 #07

August 31, 2023
For Those Attending in Person
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45)
(Link Sent Thursday Morning)
Holiday Inn Downtown
Nathan Bentley
Executive Director
Celebrating 20 Years of Magic!
This 2023 season marks the 20th Anniversary of Bentleyville “Tour of Lights”, the past 15 years of which have been right here in Bayfront Festival Park. The first 5 years were at Mr. Bentley’s homes in Esko and Cloquet, MN. On average 280,000 – 300,000 people stroll through the whimsical light display each year with Santa Claus giving out up to 30,000 new knit hats to children 10 years old and younger.
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Traci Marciniak
Members of Rotary Club #25 meet in the Lyric Room of the Downtown Holiday Inn. President Gary Melander called the meeting to order, and the club members sang “America the Beautiful” and recited the Rotary Four-way Test of the things we do, say, and feel.
Club #25 members sing America the Beautiful
Past President Branden Robinson shared the day’s reflection, beautifully articulating the differences between a house and a home.
Past President Branden Robinson
President Gary introduced guests Deirdre Schlunegger, the day’s speaker; as well as Dodie Brown, Executive Director of True North Goodwill, guest of Traci Marciniak and potential new member.
(L to R) Guest and prospective member Dodie Brown and speaker Deirdre Schlunegger
Past Assistant Governor Tricia Bunten self-reported that this will be her final meeting as she and her husband have officially retired (well, kind of, since Tricia has agreed to continue working remotely and part-time until her replacement is hired) and will be sailing the world once the construction of their new sailboat is complete and is deemed seaworthy.  Corey Collier self-reported that he tied the knot over the weekend and is now a happy newlywed. Congratulations Corey!
Fair Winds and Calm Seas, Past Assistant Governor Tricia Bunten!
Past Assistant Governor Tricia Bunten receives a gift of gratitude for her decades-long service from President Elect Elizabeth Simonson
President Gary introduced Deirdre Schlunegger from the Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity. Deirdre joined the organization recently as Executive Director after serving in a variety of non-profit roles throughout the country. The organization had been on a bit of a hiatus during the pandemic and is now focused on increasing its activity and opportunities to offer housing to families within St. Louis, Carlton, and Lake Counties in 2023 and beyond.
Currently, the organization is focused on raising funds and constructing a modular home in Floodwood for a local family. In addition to the construction of new residences for families, the Habitat organization serving our region is focused on home adaptations to allow residents to age in place in their homes.
The Habitat for Humanity organization is heavily volunteer-driven and is always looking for skilled volunteers to help with new construction and home remodeling. Deirdre also encouraged Rotarians to reach out if they are interested in serving on the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors.
Speaker Deirdre Schlunegger selected the winning 50/50 ticket with Past President John Baumgarten “winning” the pot.
Jon Ohman bids all Welcome to Club #25
Rotarian Volunteer Opportunities
Geiger Yount seeking volunteers for the 2023 Lake Superior Harvest Festival  on Saturday, September 9th
Rob Hofmann seeks volunteers for Duluth Playhouse performance of Mel Brook’s musical Young Frankenstein   
Sign up to usher for Young Frankenstein Community Night on Wednesday, September 13th. 
This Week's Meeting
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Inn Great Lakes Ballroom
200 W. 1st Street
Duluth, MN 55802
United States of America
Venue Map
Venue Map
Aug 31, 2023
Bentleyville Tour of Lights Presentation
Sep 07, 2023
Animal Allies Humane Society
Sep 14, 2023 12:00 PM
Sep 21, 2023 12:00 PM
Finding Happiness at Work – A Mindful Approach
Sep 28, 2023 12:00 PM
The Port of Duluth-Superior
Oct 26, 2023 12:00 PM
2023 Iditarod Dogsled Race champion
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Board of Directors
Rotary Office
Sep 20, 2023 4:00 PM
Rotary Board of Directors
Rotary Office
Oct 18, 2023 4:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Edie Michalski
August 1
Jeffrey Fifield
August 4
Nancy Erickson
August 7
Bob Bennett
August 16
Darlene Anderson
August 19
Mike Orman
August 28
Join Date
Harvey Smith
August 6, 1981
42 years
Sandy Hoff
August 6, 1987
36 years
Kevin Jones
August 13, 2015
8 years
Allen Anway
August 26, 1982
41 years
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