Hands-On Event!
New Hope for Families 
(No Morning Meeting)
Join Harbortown at our next hands-on event at New Hope for Families (1028 East 8th Street Duluth, MN 55805) on Wednesday, February 8th from 7:30am - 9:00am. 
Rotarians will inventory and organize the refrigerators, freezers, and storage shelves and take things to the dumpster. There is a lot we can do to help out, and we accomplish the tasks one at a time. New Hope for Families is grateful for any and all help we can provide. If you happen to have a label maker, please bring it along.
Questions? Call Merry Wallin (218.591.1466) or Kevin Anderson (218.591.0261).
Interested in learning more about New Hope for Families mission and vision? Check out their website: 
New Hope for Families' mission is to build a network of foster care families and support them in their needs without discrimination. Their vision is to have more foster families than children in need of foster care.

Thank you for all you do, Merry Wallin
We will be back at the Kitch on Wednesday, February 15, with Fred Rouse filling in as President of the Day!
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

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 Events and Meetings Calendar
Mark your calendars for Harbortown's upcoming hands on projects, committee meetings, and gatherings!
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  • March
    • Tuesday 3/7 7:30am
      • Harbortown Rotary Board Meeting via Zoom.
    • Wednesday 3/8 7:30am
      • Community Service Committee meeting in the Kitchi Gammi Club, McGifferert Room.
    • Wednesday 3/8 3:00pm - 5:00pm
      • ​​​​​​​Rotary Hands-On event at the Humane Society of Douglas County (Superior Animal Shelter).
    • Wednesday 3/8 5:00pm 
      • Women of Rotary Dinner.  ​​​​​​​

    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!

    Coffee Fundraiser Questionnaire 
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    Please complete the following quick, 2 question, anonymous survey about the Harbortown's annual coffee fundraiser. This information will help gauge how much interest there is in the coffee fundraiser. The budget for the fundraiser is $4,200; if there isn't enough interest, Harbortown will replace the revenue source with a different fundraiser. Any input is great! Thanks, Rob

    Rotary Super Bowl Board
    Harbortown's Super Bowl Picks Football Board is out! 
    If you are interested in purchasing a square or two, please let Kevin Anderson know (

    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. 

    You Are Invited! - District 5580 One Summit
    You're invited! Explore “Imagination to Action” at this year’s District 5580 One Summit, formerly known as One Rotary Summit.  One Summit is designed for all members of Rotary – new and experienced Rotarians and Rotaractors – to come together and share discussion about service opportunities and the relationship of Membership, Public Image, and The Rotary Foundation.
    5 Reasons to attend the One Summit: Imagination to Action
    Learn: Attendees will have opportunities to learn from the very best.
    Lead: Sessions on talking Rotary and local leadership via service help develop skills to strengthen the voice of Rotary where you live and work.
    Connect: Lean in and learn from one another.
    Develop: “Imagination to Action” offers tools and training to enrich your club members’ Rotary lives.
    Celebrate: “Imagination to Action” helps your club honor accomplishments and contributions of all who perform Service above Self.

    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.


    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.

    Happy Rotary Anniversary!
    Happy Harbortown Rotary Anniversary to our following members!
    We so greatly appreciate your commitment to service.

    Greg Goldman (35 years)
    Mark Erickson (32 years)
    Dave Kohlhaas (19 years)
    Heather Salfer (16 years)
    Mark Fredrickson (5 years)
    Amber Sadowski (3 years)
    Jacob Sass (2 years)



    Mary's Corner

    Rotary Magazine published a series of conversations with 37 leaders in a variety of fields over a period of 12 years. The full conversations were published in the magazine during that time and produced a summary of the conversations in December 2021. President Mary ends each of Harbortown's regular meetings with a quote from someone involved in those conversations.

    The quote from the April 5th meeting was from Denis Mukwege, Nobel Peace Prize Winner 2018. 

    "What I love about Rotary is how it brings cultures together.  When you don't know another person, you have an impression that he is dangerous to you. This is normal.  And when you are afraid, you can do bad things."

    Dr. Denis Mukwege - Clooney Foundation For Justice

    Have a good week. Reach out to members that you haven't seen in a while. Let them know you miss them, and encourage them to join us at a morning meeting, service project, or social event! Be kind to yourself and others.

    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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