Morning Meeting:
Life House Service Project
Join us this Wednesday morning, 7:45am at Life House (102 W 1st St, Duluth, MN, 55802). We will take a group picture with the Harbortown Rotary supported truck and, for those who can help, we will move some items!
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. In 1996, Life House opened the first transitional living facility for homeless youth in Minnesota.
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.
Life House strives to hire a diverse team of people with various backgrounds in regards to race, gender, age, LGBTQ+ identities and cultural backgrounds and traditions.
New Hope for Families Thank You
Thank you to everyone who was able to come out and help setup for the New Hope for Families Gala!
Your help was greatly appreciated.

Lester River Rendezvous Volunteers
The 24th Annual Lester River Rendezvous is still in need of volunteers!
September 30th | 10:00am - 5:00pm 
If you're interested in helping out, please let Harbortown Rotarian Lauren Farden ( know.
Rotary Magazine - October 2023
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In public health, you don't see what you don't look for. So polio and other disease hunters run vast surveillance operations. In this issue of Rotary magazine, we take you to a largely hidden frontline in the fight against polio. Learn how this detective work is done, including its decidedly unglamorous side (one key to helping ensure a polio-free world is poop). Then, be part of history and help us build awareness on World Polio Day on 24 October.

Click here to read the October 2023 issue. The link will take you to your digital copy, which you can read using any common web browser.

This past July saw the hottest global average temperature in about 125,000 years, according to scientists. In another of this month's features, we take stock of a season of heat, fire, and floods, and how Rotary members are responding to aid victims of climate disasters.

And finally, we bring you two stories — one in photos, one in words — celebrating Rotary Youth Exchange, which has been promoting international understanding for nearly 50 years. Three students share their exciting year in Brazil. And journalist Sharon Basco reflects on the youth exchange that helped launch her career.

Rotarian Birthdays

Happy Birthday Rotarians!

What to Write in a Birthday Card - Unique Happy Birthday Wishes
Happy birthday to our Harbortown Rotarians celebrating this October!
Mitchell Diers - October 4
Duane Holm - October 11
Jim Grub - October 12
Nathan Sager - October 20
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 Harbortown Rotary October Anniversaries to our following members!
We so greatly appreciate your commitment to service.
Bob Hansen (37 Years)
Bob MacLean (26 Years)
Lisa Mitchell-Krocak (18 Years)
Carl Maki (5 Years)
Jim Boileau (4 Years)

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:
10.18 - Junior Rotarian Welcome Breakfast
10.25 - Evening Gathering for All Twin Ports Rotary Clubs (No Morning Meeting) - Program: Rotary Foundation
11.01 - Foundation Day
11.08 - Service Project
11.15 - Chip Jacobs
11.22 - Chris Dahlberg
11.29 - Jerry Kortesmaki
12.06 - Mary Jo Kroska
12.13 - Service Project 
12.20 - Bob Lindquist
12.27 - Karl Everett

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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