Morning Meeting:

Dan Rentschler, Great Lakes Pilot

Please join Harbortown Rotary at 7:30 AM in the Great Lakes Ballroom - Holiday Inn Downtown as we hear from Dan Rentschler, Great Lakes Pilot.  
Dan graduated in 1990 from the Great Lakes Maritime Academy, Traverse City, Michigan, with an Unlimited Mates License. Within days of graduating, he started his first job as a Third Mate.   Dan has his Masters Credential, Unlimited Tonnage on the Great Lakes and Inland Seas with First Class Pilotage endorsements of unlimited tonnage between Duluth, Gary, and Buffalo and Port Weller to Cape Vincent. Dan has also earned his Certificate of Registration to provide pilotage services on all the waters of Lake Huron, Michigan and Superior, St Mary's River, and all the waters of District 3. He holds numerous other certificates in support of his main license endorsement by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). 
The port of Duluth-Superior is the largest and farthest-inland freshwater port in America and is the self-proclaimed bulk capital of the Great Lakes. Given the importance of this shipping industry to the Twin Ports, Dan will be speaking about life as a pilot, what the job entails, and Duluth cruises and tourism opportunities by sea (as Duluth prepares for the first cruise ships to arrive later this month).  
Dan lives in Duluth, MN and is married to his loving wife, Sarah, with whom he has two teenage children, Ethan and Gretchen. When he works on the St. Mary's River, he rents a cabin in Detour, Michigan.  In his free time, Dan enjoys sailing, skiing, off road trail riding, and woodworking. 
Dedicating a New Water Well in Chirusi, Bolivia
Mano a Mano International recently dedicated the new Laguna Sulti water well in Chirusi, Bolivia. The local Rotary Club of Cochabamba Norte was present at the dedication of the Chirusi Rosario water well project, which was supported with funding from the Rotary Club of Duluth Harbortown and many partnering rotary clubs from Rotary District 5580! 
Read the full story here or watch a short video here on the impact these projects have on Bolivia. 
Thank you all for your continued support of our important international projects!

Save the Date
Save the date for Harbortown's next Fireside meeting on Wednesday, May 11th from 5:00pm to 8:30pm at Grandma's Saloon and Grill in Canal Park.
Join us for a buffet dinner and cash bar, and keep an eye out for the RSVP!

Cleanup Thank You
THANK YOU to everyone who came out to help cleanup Central Hillside!
Raffle Tickets Turn In
Only 3 weeks before the big Cash Raffle Extravaganza! There are still 185 raffle tickets that need to be collected. Please plan to turn in your sold tickets, or coordinate with you team captain if your having difficulty selling your tickets. If you are planning to buy your tickets, please turn them in ASAP. This will help the planning team can get an accurate assessment as to how many tickets are actually have left to sell in the final few weeks. 
An update on our Cash Raffle fundraiser as of last Wednesday:
  • 365 tickets have been turned in to date 
  • 109 Assigned but need to be turned in (let myself our your captain know if you need help)
  • 26 Tickets are not currently assigned
Please call (218.343.6499) or email ( Tony Hansen  if you would to coordinate ticket and cash return pick up.
All cash raffle tickets need to be turned in, regardless of whether they have been sold or not by June 21st . All tickets stubs need to be present for the June 22nd raffle.
Thank you everyone for the continued support!
Be a Host Family for an Exchange Student
Harbortown Rotary is in need of host families for a Rotary Exchange Student next year!
Interested in hosting or want to learn more?
Contact Chloe Strand ( or Mary Durward (

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!

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