Volume 105 #29
This Week at Rotary
By Dean Casperson  – Chair of the Day
We Meet
Thursday, January 30, 2020
1101 Susquehanna Avenue
Lunch Served at 11:30
Tours Start at Noon
Started in his garage, Al Amatuzio formulated the first synthetic motor oil for use in automobiles.  AMSOIL is now an international lubrication giant.  This is a must see tour and history of one of our region’s largest companies.
Instructions for this Off-Site Event:  Enter the AMSOIL DISTRIBUTION CENTER at “GATE A”.  Proceed to “DOOR 32”.  There will be folks to guide you and assist with parking.  You will then be escorted to the Conference Room for Lunch and the beginning of the Rotary Program.  Please be prompt.  Lunch is served at 11:30.  The presentation and tours begin at Noon.
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Rob Hofmann
As our program this day was all about tourism, we thought we would start off with a quiz: Which Duluth tourist is credited with the following quote: "The coldest winter that I ever spent was a summer in Duluth.”
A) John F. Kennedy
B) Jimmy Buffett
C) Mark Twain
D) None of the Above
That would be answer “D” – None of the Above.  And it’s sort of a trick question.  Duluth historian and frequent Club #25 speaker Tony Dierckins wrote that a 19th century actor London named James Quinn is attributed this quote in 1879. As Dierckins writes: after being asked if he saw so bad a winter – “Yes, just such a one last summer.”
President Michelle Buria called us to order and we began with Rotary’s Four-Way Test followed by Past President Dan Bergeland and the Rotary Reflection.  Citing LEADERSHIP In Turbulent Times By Doris Kearns Goodwin, Dan Bergeland drew a theme of transcending seemingly insurmountable challenges by examples of ‘true grit” – determination, inner strength and the willingness to rethink long held assumptions. In Ms. Kearns Goodwin’s book are timeless examples of leaders who answered society’s greatest challenges by reexamining themselves and choosing to act in a positive manner – even at the risk of their careers. Perhaps we, as Rotarians and leaders in this community, may apply these lessons to our turbulent times?
Past Assistant Governor Phil Strom offered up the Rotary Fellowship Report beginning with the happy commemoration of his 41 years of sobriety – Congratulations! Gary Melander hosted fellow Superior Club #40 Rotarian Tom Wondo who invited us all to a Wine & Craft Beer Tasting at UWS that will be held on February 18thZach “Jungle Boy” Walters brought prospective Club #25 member Casey Erickson as a guest. Steve LaFlamme was joined by his Oneida costar Patty McGaffey.  Some self-reports filled the Golden Can this afternoon: Ryan “The Old Man” Johnson celebrated his two kid’s birthdays – 5 years and 2 years. Jeff Brandt invited those Rotarians who are past and current board members of The Hills to tour the new Cambia Hills of East Bethel in Bethel, MN.
President Michelle Buria asked we sign the card and think good thoughts for Past President Elaine Hansen who is having hip surgery – Get Well Elaine! We are also to remember two Skyline Rotarians who had passed: Graden Gobe and Chuck Voss. Jerry Pelofske called for volunteers for our annual participation in judging the High School Science Fair at UMD on Saturday, February 1.  The event starts with breakfast at 8:00 a.m. with judging from 9:00 to 12:30 followed by lunch.  If you want to be inspired by what young people can do, this is your opportunity.  Jerry Pelofske as Chair of the Nominating Committee of the Rotary Club of Duluth Foundation announced openings for Directors of the Foundation.  Rob Hofmann encouraged all Rotarians and the Junior Rotarians present to start applying for CAMP RYLA – a life changing week for our next generation of leaders!   Your Rotary Club 25 Foundation provides seven full scholarships to Camp RYLA along with additional scholarships from area Clubs. Please let all high school juniors and sophomores know they may apply online at And tell them to select Duluth 25 for their sponsoring Rotary Club.
Anna Tanski, VisitDuluth CEO, Stacy Oltmanns, Jesse Hinkemeyer, VisitDuluth
Chair of the Day Stacy Oltmanns introduced our guest speakers from VisitDuluth, Anna Tanski, President/CEO, and Jesse Hinkemeyer, Board Chair for VisitDuluth. Ms. Tanski gave a generous ‘shout out” to Renee Mattson with whom she began her career in tourism. Established in 1935 as the Duluth Publicity Bureau, and then the Duluth Convention and Visitors Bureau in1970, it became VisitDuluth in 2005. VisitDuluth has always existed as a nonprofit entity relying upon a portion of tourism tax revenues for its operations. Though funding has remained flat for many years, VisitDuluth has made a significant contribution to our region’s economy.  With 6.7 million visitors each year, tourism provides us with our 3rd largest industry – with growth potential – equating to 17,000 jobs and a $957 million economic impact. 85% of VisitDuluth efforts is directed to the leisure market – area travelers from the Twin Cities, Rochester, Fargo and Eau Claire as well as international travelers from China and Germany.  Another large market are the conventions such as our Rotary District 5580 Conference, Sports Events Marketing – think Hockey Day.  Emerging markets include Senior Travel – think of cruise ships, and the Solo Traveler as Duluth is among the safest of cities. Compared to funding received by other area convention and visitor agencies, VisitDuluth falls about $1 Million short. If additional funding were made available, VisitDuluth would be able to fully sell Duluth to the existing and emerging markets.  Imagine the growth in our tourism industry.
We Meet at 11:30 This Week!
Ashland's Centennial Celebration
Superior Rotary is organizing transportation to the celebration on 2/29/20. Those interested should contact President Robyn @
Social Hour: 5:00 pm, Dinner 6:00 pm Northland College $20.00 person. RSVP by 2/10/2020 @ or call Stephanie Eder @ 715-292-2669.
This Week's Meeting
We meet Thursdays at 11:30 AM
Amsoil Distribution Center
1101 Susquehanna Ave
Superior, WI
United States of America
VenueMap Venue Map
Feb 06, 2020
Bentleyville update
Feb 13, 2020
TPI Project
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Upcoming Events
International Service-Lyric 730 AM Jan 28- Tuesday
Jan 28, 2020
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Jan 30, 2020
Rotary Fellowship Breakfast
Valentini's Restaurant
Jan 31, 2020
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Rotary #25 Dinner and Auction Planning Meeting
Feb 04, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Feb 06, 2020
Rotary Club of Duluth Foundation Board Meeting
Raymond James
Feb 11, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Volunteer Opportunity: Community Food Distribution
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
Feb 12, 2020
4:15 PM – 5:30 PM
Feb 13, 2020
Patrick Hudson
Feb 13, 2020
February Board Meeting
St Luke's Foundation Office
Feb 18, 2020
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Dick Swenson
January 4
Jim Schwartz
January 7
Bill Gronseth
January 12
Daniel Maki
January 13
Gerald Ostroski
January 18
Greg Hansen
January 21
Bill Abalan
January 24
Bob Reichert
January 26
Dave McLean
January 26
David Fulda
January 26
Amy Porter
January 31
Michelle Buria
January 31
Join Date
Michael Zlonis
January 1, 1994
26 years
Tim Mowbray
January 1, 1977
43 years
Daniel Maki
January 2, 2018
2 years
Chuck Chairs
January 3, 2002
18 years
Dan Markham
January 4, 2007
13 years
Ruth Westra
January 5, 2006
14 years
Skeeter Moore
January 5, 2006
14 years
Edie Michalski
January 7, 1999
21 years
Dave Holappa
January 13, 2000
20 years
Jeff Bradt
January 13, 2012
8 years
Bill Abalan
January 14, 1971
49 years
Chana Stocke
January 16, 2003
17 years
Todd Fedora
January 23, 2003
17 years
Paul Helstrom
January 27, 2011
9 years
Steve Yorde
January 28, 2010
10 years
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