Morning Meeting:
Ashlie Castaldo
Duluth Harbor Monsters Social Media Manager
Join us this Wednesday morning at 7:30am in the Great Hall at the Kitchi Gammi Club (831 E Superior St., Duluth, MN 55802) as we hear from Ashlie Castaldo with the Duluth Harbor Monsters. 
Ashlie Castaldo is the Social Media Manager for the Duluth Harbor Monsters, a football team for the Arena League. In her position, she is in charge of the social media and graphic work, while also serving as a cultural, communal, and governmental liaison for the organization, staff, and its players. 
The Duluth Harbor Monsters is one of four inaugural Arena League teams and the second professional football team to Duluth, after the Lumberjacks. They will be playing their home games at the DECC Arena, with their community sponsorships and partnerships supporting multiple Duluth community businesses, and bringing in regional revenue and advertising access. 
Speaking of Golf
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"SPEAKING OF GOLF!!!" - Scott Fisher
Mark your calendars as the 2024 Duluth Harbortown Rotary Charitable Foundation's Golf Fundraiser to benefit the Robert Hermans Scholarship Fund and the Donald Holm Founders Fund is scheduled for JULY 8, 2024 at Ridgeview Country Club. 

Junior Rotarians - Hermans Scholarship
Robert Hermans Harbortown Rotary Scholarship
The 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 (find the application HERE!), two references, and a copy of their transcript through their first semester of their senior year. The transcript must include standardized test scores.
The deadline is March 1st!
 Materials should be sent to: Mr. Scott Fisher 202 W. Superior St., Ste. 810 Duluth, MN 55802
Or via email to: or
Web site:
Contact: Mr. Scott Fisher (218.727.6881) | Mr. Juhl Halvorson –(218.393.2980)
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Rotary Magazine - March 2024
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They're the missing link between farms and food banks: the volunteers who collect crops left behind in fields. Harvest Against Hunger takes it a step further. In this issue of Rotary magazine, we look at how the long-standing program of Rotary District 5030 in Greater Seattle serves as a model for addressing food insecurity, not by building new infrastructure but by forging so many connections between community partners that one farmer dubbed it "a benevolent octopus."

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

In another example of improving existing systems, polio vaccinators have a powerful new tool to fight outbreaks: cellphones that track their progress as they go door to door, ensuring fewer children are overlooked. In the Our World section, learn how polio mapping is going high tech.

March is Rotary Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Month. In the "Where are they now?" column, we introduce you to a Rotary scholar who has made it her life's work to expand access to safe water.

Second Harvest Thank You
THANK YOU to everyone who came out last Wednesday night to Second Harvest Food Bank!
We had a great time packing hundreds of pounds of cereal that will be delivered through local schools to kids facing food insecurity. 
On Wednesdays We Wear Read Flannel
Planned or on accident, we don't care! We love when our members are looking Northland sharp.
Thanks for being good sports and letting us snap a pic!
Welcome, Kailey!
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Harbortown is honored to welcome our newest member Kailey Plekkenpol!
Kailey is an HR Generalist at the Human Developnent Center, a community mental health center.
Kailey, we look forward to having you as member of our club!

Mano a Mano Bolivia - Cesarzama Medical Clinic

Hola Rotarians,

District 5580 Rotarians have a lot to proud of with the number people you have helped out in Bolivia with the thirteen clinics we have supported over the years! These clinics had over 64,000 patient visits last year. Thank you all for your support!

Harbortown is working on a grant request to assist Mano a Mano Bolivia build the Cesarzama medical clinic. This community is the farthest into the Amazon Jungle that we have ever ventured. Please let us know if you are interested in a future adventure into the Bolivia Amazon to visit the site, if we are successful in our grant fund raising and construction efforts. If you would like to participate and further assist these needy Bolivians with medical care, please let us know. 

Sincerely YIR

Karl D. Everett, P.E.
Harbortown Rotary Duluth


Rotarian Birthdays

Happy Birthday Rotarians!

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Happy birthday to our Harbortown Rotarians celebrating this February!
Jim Wheeler - March 9
Greg Goldman - March 11
Kevin Anderson - March 30
Have a birthday this month but don't see it here? Make sure to update your information in Club Runner so we can recognize you!

Happy Rotary Anniversary!
Happy Rotary March Anniversaries to our following members!
We so greatly appreciate your commitment to service.
Craig Carlson (40 Years)
Duane Holm (36 Years)
Kerry Leider (29 Years)
Jinell Abernethy (20 Years)
Jeremy Jeannette (19 Years)
Shawn Clairmont (8 Years)
Dan Holm (7 Years)
Brad Irwin (2 Years)
Lexi Lanigan (2 Years)
Lauren Farden (1 Year)
Sophie Hillmeyer (1 Year)

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 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).
Harbortown Rotary has a Windows 11 laptop at 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:
04.03 - Jim Boileau
04.10 - Gabe Walsh, CEO of Lake Superior Area Realtors Association 
04.17 - Jordon Eunison-Chisti
04.24 - Chester Bowl Hands-On

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 2023
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