This Week's Program:
Nicholas Van Deelen, MD, FACEP
Co-Chief Executive Officer & Chief Medical Officer
St. Luke's Hospital
Join us Wednesday, January 12th at 7:30am in the Great Lakes Ballroom, Holiday Inn Downtown Duluth as we hear from Nicholas Van Deelen, MD, FACEP, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer - St. Luke's Hospital.
Dr. Van Deelen has been employed by St. Luke’s health system in Duluth since 2001. He was the Medical Director of the Emergency Department from 2011-2020. He has been the incident commander for St. Luke’s COVID-19 response since March 2020 and continues to practice emergency medicine.
Prior to St. Luke’s, Dr. Van Deelen was employed as a staff emergency physician for SMDC (Essentia) in Duluth from 1997-2001.
Dr. Van Deelen received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Calvin College and his Medical Doctorate from the University of Michigan. He trained in emergency medicine at Spectrum Health, an affiliate of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. Van Deelen is in the process of finishing his MBA in Leadership and Change Management through the College of St. Scholastica. Dr. Van Deelen also serves as a board member of Duluth Graduate Medical Education Council, Wilderness Health, and Lake View Memorial Hospital.
Rotarians Giving Back
Harbortown Rotary's next hands on project will be at Life House on Wednesday, January 19th 7:00am - 9:00am in replace of the normal morning meeting.
If you are interested in volunteering, please let Jinell know ( Thank you!

Rotary Structure

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Rotary is made up of Rotary Clubs, Rotary International, and The Rotary Foundation (commonly referred to as TRF).

  • We all know about Rotary Clubs, each of us is a member of one. 
  • Rotary International is the global service organization under which our clubs are chartered.
  • The charitable arm of Rotary is called The Rotary Foundation (TRF). 
The Rotary Club is the basic building block of Rotary International where the real work is accomplished. Rotary clubs address critical issues by providing health care and medical supplies, clean water, food, job training, youth development, and education to millions of people. 

Clubs are organized into districts that connect clubs with each other and to resources from Rotary International. They also train club leaders and facilitate Rotary programs like Rotary Youth Exchange. There are currently 527 districts worldwide. 

Districts are organized into 1 of 34 zones for administration and support. As with districts, each zone has around 18 districts. Learn more about Rotary's structure HERE

2021-2022 Presidential Initiatives

Initiatives Overview

  • Empowering Girls
  • Grow Rotary – Each One, Bring One
  • Rotary Days of Service
  • Areas of Focus Presidential Conferences

Empowering Girls: Rotary encourages clubs and districts to prioritize projects that improve the health, well-being, education, and economic security of girls in their communities and around the world. Work to increase equity by ensuring girls' access to resources that will improve their lives.

Grow Rotary – Each One, Bring One: When we grow Rotary by welcoming new members, we achieve more by expanding our service and increasing the impact of our projects in our communities. 

Rotary Days of Service: Hands-on volunteer experiences strengthen our communities. Offer meaningful volunteer opportunities for families and partner organizations to address challenges in your community.

Areas of Focus Presidential Conferences: Plan to attend a presidential conference that explores the intersections of our areas of focus. The 2021-22 presidential conference series will highlight the humanitarian work that Rotary clubs and districts pioneer locally and support globally. 

Read more HERE.


COVID-19 Update

Safety and Health Considerations: When attending in-person Harbortown events, the club strongly encourages unvaccinated individuals to wear a mask at meetings or other gatherings. If for any reason, a member or guest would like to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status, we encourage them to do so. Thank you for your efforts to keep all of our Harbortown Rotarians safe!

Stay up-to-date on local COVID-19 statistics and find information about testing HERE.

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 Rick Oase ( or Stephanie Judd ( as soon as that speaker is confirmed. If you are unable to confirm a speaker, 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).
The Holiday Inn has dedicated a laptop for weekly Harbortown use. All presenters need to bring is 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.
Because Harbortown is asked by the Holiday Inn for RSVPs each week, Rob will RSVP each weekly presenter to ensure the presenter gets breakfast. If the presenter is bringing a guest, please let Rob know so he can RSVP the guest, as well. Questions? Please contact Rob Haglin ( 
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:
06.15 - Mitchell Diers
06.17 - Hands-On Project - Grandma's Spaghetti Dinner
06.22 - President's Dinner & Cash Raffle
06.29 - Chris Trapp

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 Charity and Chloe on the speaker's name, organization, and email. If you are the chair of a Harbortown Committee, please update Charity and Chloe on relevant information regarding grants and awards, meetings or news. Charity and Chloe 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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