Morning Meeting:
Life House
Futures Education and Employment & 
Legitimate Hustle Job Skills Programs
Join us Wednesday morning at 7:30am in the Great Hall - Kitchi Gammi Club (831 E Superior St., Duluth, MN 55802) as we hear from Lift House.

Incorporated in 1991, Life House has provided homeless youth ages 14 to 24 with unconditional support, transitional housing, and a safe alternative to navigating life circumstances that may lead to couch hopping or living on the streets. Life House serves approximately 900 unduplicated youth a year and we work with many young parents with children. 

Life House has over 40 full-time employees, which is comprised of a close-knit team of professionals working to lift up our young people. Our staff includes people with lived experiences, staff with credentials such as Licensed Clinical Social Workers, a License Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and a Licensed Teacher.

Jason Kenison: Futures Program Director
Kenison began as a youth advocate in the Safe Harbor program, transitioned to Education Case Manager, then Futures Program Director. He is a licensed teacher and teaches GED at Life House. Helping youth find their footing and dream about next steps fuels his passion for youth work.
Emma McLarnan: Employment Case Manager
McLarnan graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a B.A.Sc. in Environmental and Outdoor Education. She started at Life House as a Loft Shelter staff member before transitioning into Employment Case Management position. . McLarnan works with youth to develop skills in the professional setting that will support them in developing careers in which they can thrive. 
Amber Sadowski: Operations Director
Sadowski has a B.A. in English Writing and Environmental Studies from Concordia College, a B.A. in Education from the University of Minnesota, and a Human Resource Management certificate from UWS. She has over nineteen years of experience working with young people, eight of which have been spent in the nonprofit sector. 
Sophie Hillmeyer: Community Impact Director
Hillmeyer earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Writing from Northern Michigan University. She has more than 8 years’ experience working in writing and communications. She enjoys finding creative ways to engage with the community and supporting the mission of Life House through fundraising and grant writing. 
Chester Bowl Hands-On - April 24
GND REC Hands-On Project 

RYLA Applications Due 04.20.24
Calling all Junior Rotarians!
Harbortown highly encourages you to attend RYLA this summer (July 14-20)! We get great feedback from the students who attend every year, and we hope you will take advantage of this opportunity.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) isn’t your average leadership camp. RYLA is designed to give high school students (high school juniors going into their senior year) hands-on active learning activities and sessions to build on their own leadership skills. Held on the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) campus, RYLA 5580 encourages youth to explore their own strengths and develop their own style of leadership.
There is no cost to you for attending RYLA 5580. All of the fees for each camper are sponsored by individual Rotary Clubs and all necessary supplies will be provided. 
DEADLINE TO APPLY IS April 30, 2024.
Campers can apply online at
Please contact Christian Koelling ( if you have any questions.

Rotary Magazine - April
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No country has greater instances of maternal death than Nigeria. In 2020, 82,000 pregnant women and new mothers died there. One contributing factor? Sixty percent of births in Nigeria take place outside of a hospital, making those women far more vulnerable if complications arise. In this issue of Rotary magazine, senior staff writer Diana Schoberg visits a Rotary Foundation Programs of Scale initiative addressing the problem head on.

Click here to read your digital copy of the April 2024 issue.

April is Rotary Environmental Month, and we are highlighting the work of Rotarians and Rotaractors on climate change, regenerative agriculture, food waste, and more. In one of this month's feature stories, you can learn about the urban heat island effect and the Rotary members in sweltering Houston who are promoting more tree cover, "cool pavement," and other adaptations to turn down the temperature.

And in our "Where are they now?" column, conservation biologist and 2016 Rotary global grant scholar Gabi Fleury explains her approach to helping communities manage conflict with wildlife: She starts by listening.

Your Rotary magazine editorial team

Spring Quarter Programs
Harbortown Rotarians! Lauren is working on the Duty Roster for the coming quarter. If you know someone who would like to present to our club in the next quarter (April – June), please reach out to Lauren to get them on the schedule. Best way to reach her is at

Rotarian Birthdays

Happy birthday to our Harbortown Rotarians celebrating this July!

Mary Durward – July 8

Happy Rotary Anniversary!
Happy Rotary July Anniversaries to our following members!
We so greatly appreciate your commitment to service.
Rick Oase (39 Years)
Scott Soderberg (26 Years)
Christian Koelling (16 Years)
Jerry Kortesmaki (9 Years)
Andres Gonzalez (5 Years)

Share Your Rotary Pics!
Do you have Harbortown Rotary pictures to share!?
Use the Google Photos link below to share them with us, so we can spread the word about how awesome our members are and the impact we're making on our community!

Upcoming Program Duties
If you have the upcoming program duty (check the duty roster here), please be sure to secure a speaker and provide notice to Casey Nies ( as soon as your speaker is confirmed. If you are unable to confirm a speaker, please contact Lauren Farden ( for help. If you have a different assigned program duty and cannot make it to the meeting, please find a replacement. 
Harbortown Rotary has a Windows 11 laptop. 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. 
Upcoming Program Duties:
07.17 - Brandon Torgerson, MN Teen Challenge
07.24 - Lindsey Whitlinger, Lester River Rendezvous
07.31 - Michaela Houg, Alzheimer's Foundation
08.07 - Lisa Mitchell-Krocak
08.14 - Service Project
08.21 - Tony Dierckins, Twin Ports Trains: The Historic Railroads of Duluth & Superior
08.28 - Potter Neustel
09.04 - Service Project
09.11 - District Governor, Kay Parries
Harbortown News
For news, announcements, event promotion, social media, media releases, and more, please contact Casey Nies ( | 701.351.7270)
For Scuttlebutt: If you are hosting the program speaker, please copy Casey on the speaker's name, organization, and email. If you are the chair of a Harbortown Committee, please update Casey on relevant information regarding grants and awards, meetings or news. Casey will use this information to create more dynamic and engaging content to share with potential club members and on social media! 
Do you have Harbortown Rotary pictures to share!? Share your photos HERE with Google Photos so we can spread the word about how awesome our members are and the impact we're making on our community!

Harbortown Rotary 2023
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