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Duluth Harbortown

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Holiday Inn
200 W 1st Street
Duluth, MN  55802
United States
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Harbortown Rotary Weekly Attendance Report  
50/50 Drawing29                  $372   
GuestsMaija DahlbergChris Dahlberg  
 Maki, CarlJerry Kortesmaki  
Visiting RotariansLarson, EricSpeaker  
 Bender, WarrenSuperior 40  
 Nolle, DaveClub 25  
 Rogers, EarlSkyline  
MakeupsKarl Everett7/26/17Superior 40
 MaryAnne Korsch8/3/17Club 25 
 John Cron7/26/17International Committee
 Greg Goldman8/5/17Bemidji Dragonboat Festival
 Greg Goldman8/10/17LSDBF Exec Meeting
 Merry Wallin8/10/17Club 25 
Member Leaves:Doug Melander - Career Transitional 6/1 - 8/31/17 
 Tony Lasky 6/1 -8/31/17   
 Andy Reierson  8/1 -10/31   
 Judy Seliga Punyko  8/15-11/15   
A small and very dedicated team of members traveled to Camp Miller for our annual hands-on work day on Jun 3rd. Projects included:  scraping / sanding picnic tables, painting 10 of them, building and replacing wood benches in and around the closing campfire ring (including digging post holes!)  and stacking firewood in the campfire area.  Work began around 9 am, the Camp staff provided lunch, and the day wrapped up about 3PM.
Bob MacLean, Mark Connolly, Linda Codotte, Jim Paine and Kent Oliver were present at a tree tribute in Superior thanking our hardworking Rotarians and to honor organizations that support the community during the Superior beautification project.
Harbortown Rotarians were in attendance at the Center for Changing Lives grand opening last week. We unveiled a portrait courtesy of Michelle Wegler, which serves as a tribute to the service of our friend and fellow Rotarian, the late John Moline.
Pat Finney brings us this great story . . . 
Luis Gamarra received his Bachelor of Music and Music Business Mgmt in Boston recently.
On hand for commencement exercises and many celebrations were some of his Harbortown Rotary
Family members.  While in Duluth, Luis performed the US National Anthem at a UMD vs. U of MN
Hockey game, and sang publicly with one of the Duluth East Choirs – as well as any other time he
was invited to do so! Luis has moved to the Miami area and plans to make vocal performance his
full time occupation. Harbortown Rotary wishes him all the best!
Paul Harris Fellows Josh Widdes, Mark Erickson, Brad Jenson, and Greg Wegler are recognized for their generous contributions to the Rotary Foundation!  
Registration is now open for the 2017 District Conference to be held April 27-29, 2017, at Fortune Bay Resort in Tower, MN.
To register, visit the District 5580 Website at and on the HOME page, select District Conference in the EVENTS Section.  On-Line Registration is preferred, but a printable registration form is also available.
Before you register, please have a look at the Schedule of Events to see everything that is taking place.  In addition, if you have not reserved your lodging, you should do that as soon as possible.  A complete list of hotels is available on the Site Page.
Your District Conference Committee looks forward to hosting you and promises to make this a fantastic event as we celebrate "The Great Spirit in Rotary."


Diane Collins
Executive Secretary
Rotary District 5580

Rotary Bolivia Trip
Two Options for travel Dates: March 25th to April 8th, 2017 (+/- Depending on your travel June 9th to June 18th, 2017 or side trip options)
Come join us on an adventure visiting our Rotary International Projects in Bolivia. We are planning to travel to Bolivia March 25th to April 8th, and June 9th to June 18th, 2017; to visit water reservoir projects, road construction projects, and medical clinics near Sucre and Cochabamba Bolivia; and view future project opportunities with our Bolivian partner Mano a Mano International.
Karl Everett, Harbortown Rotary, Duluth, Mobile: 218-491-3422; email:
Jill Zachary, Fort William Rotary Club,  Phone (807) 343-8556;  e-mail:
Below is a pic of our Paul Harris Award recipients!
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Thanks for supporting the Foundation, Harbortown!
With the financial assistance of a grant from Rotary District 5580, Harbortown Rotary and the Duluth Rowing Club purchased and installed a state of the art boat rack system at the new rowing facility on Park Point!  Below is an action shot which captures not only the importance of having the correct storage equipment for the fragile and costly boats, but youth in our community learning to listen, cooperate and partner with their instructor and peers to get the job done and get out on the water for some fun!  
Wednesday, October 11th at Grandma's Sports Garden
Join us from 5:30 pm-8:00 pm!
Enjoy dozens of great craft beers and delicious fine wines, along with complimentary appetizers. All for $30 per person. Silent & Live Auction Items, culminating in the every popular 50/50 bead game at the end of the night!
Free Parking Available Behind Venue!
photo provided by Kerry Leider
Camp Miller work day crew on June 4th also presents donation of gun safe and 22cal single shot rifles.  Estimated total value $1,500.
These items were used by the club for its sponsored MN DNR firearm safety training from 2002-2006.   The Camp Miller has plans to also
sponsor Mn DNR training in addition to their offered experience and training for summer campers.
Deb Warner
Aug 23, 2017
District Governor
Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival
Rotary District 5580
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