Morning Meeting:
Mark Poirer, Executive Director
Armory Arts and Music Center
Join Harbortown at 7:30am in the Great Hall at the Kitchi Gammi Club (831 E Superior St., Duluth, MN 55802) as we hear from Mark Poirer, Executive Director of the Armory Arts and Music Center! 
Mark Poirer is the Executive Director of the Armory Arts and Music Center (AAMC). He has been involved in the Armory project since 2001, is a former Board member, and has served as the AAMC’s Executive Director since 2012. Mark is a licensed architect with over 25 years of experience in commercial projects, has a special interest in history and historic preservation, and a love of music.
The Duluth Armory has a long history as a transformational place – a building that inspired greatness. It has served as a training facility for military units in World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam; as host to the who’s who of the 20th century – from Johnny Cash to Bob Hope, Buddy Holly, Louis Armstrong, Patsy Cline, and Harry Truman; and as a place filled with memories for generations of Northern Minnesota families.
The Duluth Armory's vision is to rehabilitate the Armory, honor its past, while reimagining its future by providing important community space for economic and entrepreneurial development, arts and culture, and a place for history to come alive for future generations.
Harbortown Social Outing - UMD HOCKEY!
SAVE THE DATE for Friday, February 24th at 7:00pm!
Harbortown will enjoy a night out at Amsoil Arena as the UMD Bulldogs face off against the Miami Redhawks. Family members welcome! Tickets are $17.00 each and seats will be grouped together.  
To RSVP: Please contact Chloe Strand (218.340.2531 or
Jesse Jacques - Men's Hockey - UMD Athletics

2023 4-Way Test Essay Winner
Four Way Test – Rotary Club of Southern Frederick. Maryland
CONGRATULATIONS, Amir Mamedov, for winning Harbortown Rotary's 4-Way Test essay!
Amir has won a $500.00 scholarship from Harbortown, and his essay was submitted for the district wide contest. Thank you, Amir, and good luck!

Herman's Scholarship Deadline is Wednesday March 1!
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The Robert Hermans Harbortown Rotary Scholarship Deadline is Wednesday, March 1st!
The Robert Hermans Harbortown Rotary Scholarship awards $2,000 each year to area students who are candidates for admission to any fully accredited degree granting college or university. Last year a total of six scholarships were awarded on the basis of character, demonstrated community involvement, leadership and academic ability. Financial need is not a requirement.
Students must submit the application form, (available in the school guidance offices or on the homepage of our Harbortown website) two references and a copy of their transcript through their first semester of their senior year. The transcript must include standardized test scores. The form is a fillable PDF, so just complete, save and either provide to your counselor with all required documents OR you can email the packet to either Scott Fisher at or Juhl Halvorson The deadline is Wednesday, March 1st!

Rotary Goes to Bolivia - Oct. 2023
Join Harbortown Rotary on a trip of a lifetime to Cochabamba, Bolivia! October 19-29, 2023. 
The estimated total cost of the trip will be dependent on the side adventures the group chooses to take (between ~$1,600 to ~$2,400 total, plus travel expenses to Miami, Florida). Harbortown's International Committee has money set aside for those interested in the adventure: $500 to those who have taken a trip before and $750 travel voucher for first timers. 
Please contact Karl Everett if you are interested in learning more or going on the trip! Karl Everett (218.491.3422  /
Mano a Mano’s Center for Ecological Agriculture: Water, Food, Health and Education: A Journey to Learn: Mano a Mano and Harbortown Rotary invite you on a 10 day trip to Cochabamba, Bolivia! Through this unique experience, you will meet high Andean subsistence farm families and be immersed in their daily lives. Travelers will take part in Mano a Mano’s teaching of farming practices that protect the fragile natural environment and improve health and distribution of medical and school supplies. Throughout this journey, you will see projects that accomplished our original vision and so much more.
What is Mano a Mano International? A grass-roots non-profit organization based in St. Paul, MN whose mission is to create partnerships that improve health and increase economic well-being.
Who can go on this trip? Adults and children accompanied by a parent or guardian are welcome. 
Where will we stay? Comfortable and clean hotels.
Where will we go? Bolivia’s third largest city, Cochabamba, located in the Andes at 8,000 feet above sea level, and rural communities that tourists rarely visit.

Save the Dates! 2023 Harbortown Summer Fundraisers
The 2023 Bike Duluth Festival fundraiser will be held on
Friday, July 7 - Sunday, July 9, 2023 at Spirit Mountain.
Ridgeview Country Club in Duluth, Minnesota, USA | GolfPass
The 2023 Harbortown Rotary Charitable Foundation Golf Fundraiser will be held on 
Monday, July 24, 2023 at Ridgeview Country Club.
Stay tuned for more details on all the upcoming fun!
Speaking of Golf...
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The 2023 Harbortown Rotary Charitable Foundation Golf Fundraiser will be held on Monday, July 24, 2023 at Ridgeview Country Club.
Stay tuned for more details to come!

Rotary Magazine - February Issue
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Nearly a year has passed since Russia invaded Ukraine, igniting a humanitarian crisis, destabilizing security in Europe, and jolting the global economy. In this issue of Rotary magazine, we bring you an exclusive frontline account of the extraordinary response of Rotary and its members. This first installment of a two-part series begins in Poland, where Rotary members are providing long-term, sustainable care to help refugees address their trauma and reclaim a semblance of normality.

Click here to read the February 2023 issue. The link will take you to your digital copy, which you can read using any common web browser.

In another of this month's features, find out how a bicycle can offer a ride to a better life. We'll also take you to Lebanon, where Rotary clubs united a deeply divided nation around an ambitious project to provide clean water to schools.

February is Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention Month, and we'll introduce you to a Rotary Peace Fellow from Jerusalem whose search for a purposeful life led him to the U.S. to work in conflict management.

One of the ways you can share story tips with us is through letters and emails, so drop us a note at and tell us your inspiring Rotary stories. As always, when you see an article that you would like to share with a friend or colleague, use the Share feature to send them access.

Prefer to listen? Check out our podcast for audio versions of the magazine's best storytelling along with full episodes featuring exclusive bonus interviews. Please subscribe, and, if you enjoy what you hear, give us a positive rating or review.

Your Rotary magazine editorial team

Rotary Foundation Ukraine Response Fund
Rotary members have already shown amazing generosity to the people of Ukraine. Because we continue to receive an outpouring of requests to provide humanitarian aid, The Rotary Foundation has created a new temporary fund. The Ukraine Response Fund is a response to the ongoing, urgent need and the wish of Rotary members to keep making a difference for people affected by the war.  

Together, we can offer our support to these communities. Here is how you can help. 
1. Donate to the Ukraine Response Fund 
2. Fundraise among your colleagues, friends, and family using Raise for Rotary 
3. Learn how Rotary members are helping the people of Ukraine
Thank you for supporting this new fund and helping communities in Ukraine recover. 
Sincerely, Ian H.S. Riseley, 2022-23 Trustee Chair, The Rotary Foundation
When you donate to the Ukraine Response Fund, please note that these are temporarily restricted funds. Any unused funds may be transferred to our general Disaster Response Fund to help communities affected by disasters. 

Rotary Tri-District Conference
Imagine! 2023 is the first-ever Tri-District Conference for Rotarians and Rotaractors from International Districts 5580, 5950, and 5960. Get ready for an engaging weekend filled with education, camaraderie, celebration, inspiration, personal growth, and fun!

By participating in this one-of-a-kind event, your club will be measurably stronger, healthier, and happier in the year to come. Your ticket gives you full access to the entire conference, and guests are invited to fully participate.


Upcoming Program Duties
If you have an upcoming program duty (please check the upcoming duty roster), please be sure to secure a speaker and provide notice to Chloe Strand ( as soon as that speaker is confirmed. If you are unable to confirm a speaker, please contact Rick Oase ( or Stephanie Judd ( for help, consider other program ideas like a Ted Talk, presenting yourself on a relevant topic or your business, or creating some excitement for a community organization you are passionate about. It is your program, so think about what is interesting and engaging to you and share it with others! 
If for some reason you are unable to switch duties with another member or you have simply exhausted all efforts to find a speaker, please notify Rick or Stephanie no later than 3 business days before the meeting (the Friday before the meeting your program is scheduled).
President Mary Durward is bringing her laptop to the Kitchi Gammi Club for weekly Harbortown meetings. Presenters may bring a USB drive with the PowerPoint presentation (or whatever is wanted to be shown on the projector while speaking). Please share this information with your program's presenter.
Thank you for your help and thank you to all who are working hard to find engaging content for our upcoming sessions!
Upcoming Program Duties:
04.19 - Family Freedom Center
04.26 - Evening Fireside
05.03 - Marshall Junior Rotarians
05.10 - Service Project
05.17 - East Junior Rotarians
05.24 - Denfeld Junior Rotarians
05.31 - Kevin Anderson
06.07 - Service Project: East All Night Grad Party Hands-On (No morning meeting)
06.10 - Camp Miller Hands-On
06.14 - Matt Cochran
06.21 - President's Dinner (No morning meeting)
06.28 - Lexi Lanigan

Harbortown News
For news, announcements, event promotion, social media, media releases, and more, please contact Charity Johnson (  /  218.788.7288) and Chloe Strand (  /  218.340.2531).
For Scuttlebutt: If you are hosting the program speaker, please copy Chloe on the speaker's name, organization, and email. If you are the chair of a Harbortown Committee, please update Chloe on relevant information regarding grants and awards, meetings or news. Chloe and Charity will use this information to create more dynamic and engaging content to share with potential club members and on social media!
It is our goal to continue to share the good work that Harbortown Rotary is doing in our community, so your help and support is greatly appreciated! Thank you!
Harbortown Rotary 2022
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