Morning Meeting: 
Benedictine Living Community: Living Fully, Living Well
Merry Wallin and Ellen Kramer
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Join us this Wednesday, October 26th at 7:30am in the Kitchi Gammi Club, 2nd Floor - Great Hall, 831 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802 as we hear from Merry Wallin and Ellen Kramer - Benedictine Living Community - Duluth. 
Merry is the Marketing/Foundation Director for Benedictine, and Ellen is the Housing Coordinator for Benedictine. Together, they will discuss - Living Fully, Living Well: Tips for the Journey. Aging is a process, and there are ways to be ready for success!
KA Bike Duluth Festival Check Presentation
Thank you to everyone who was able to join us last Wednesday for the Kraus-Anderson Community Foundation check donation presented to the two local beneficiaries of the 2022 KA Bike Duluth Festival - Harbortown Rotary and Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores (COGGS). $54,000 went back into local community organizations who make Duluth a better place for residents and visitors.
Check out some of the cool stories highlighting the check presentation!
The KA Bike Duluth Festival is a high-energy, family-oriented biking event held annually at Spirit Mountain. The festival includes enduro and downhill events, cross-country trail rides, a vendor village offering bike and product demos, local craft businesses, family-fun events, competitions, awards ceremonies, music, food, and silent auction. 

Bentleyville Thank You

THANK YOU to all who were able to come out for Harbortown's Community Service Project at Bentleyville! We provided 22 participants and were the largest group of volunteers at Bentleyville on a single date so far this year! An additional thank you to Chris Trapp for sending hockey players from his Minnesota Wilderness junior hockey team! Awesome response, Harbortown Rotary!

Save the Date
Save the date for Harbortown's next Evening Fireside meeting on Wednesday, November 2nd at 5:30pm at Grandma's Saloon and Grill in Canal Park. Join us for a buffet dinner and cash bar!
There will be no morning meeting that day. 
Committee members should be ready to discuss their activities. If you are not already part of a committee, this evening is a great time to learn what all the committees are doing and which ones you would like to join!

The Brain Game Book Order
The Brain Game Books are in! Please pick up your books at the next meeting. Books are $10.00 each. There are a few extra available. Questions? Please contact Bob MacLean <>

Rotary Foundation

Thank you Harbortown for an incredible Rotary Foundation Day!

If you were not able to participate in Foundation Day, it's not too late to pledge! Please let Amber know your pledge amount, write your check to The Rotary Foundation, and give it to Amber. You may also contribute online! If you contribute online, make sure to list your Rotary ID number.

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.


  Foundation Month | Rotary Club of North Canton


Rotary International Presidential Theme 2022-2023: IMAGINE

Rotary Theme for 2022-2023: Imagine Rotary | Rotary Club of San Marcos


Rotary International's President Jennifer Jones wants members to IMAGINE the possibilities in the change they can make to transform the world. President Jones, Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland Ontario, Canada, selected Imagine Rotary as her 2022-2023 theme and encourages Rotarians to "dream big and harness their connections and the power of Rotary to turn those dreams into reality." 

“Imagine, a world that deserves our best, where we get up each day knowing that we can make a difference.”

President Jones made history on July 1st, 2022 by becoming Rotary’s first female president. 

Learn more about Rotary's IMAGINE theme and how we can engage members through meaningful responsibility here. 

World Polio Day
We are making great progress towards eradicating polio, however recent news reminds us that polio anywhere is a threat everywhere. Polio is being detected around the world in places where it hasn’t been found in decades. In the United States, an unvaccinated man was paralyzed by polio. In the UK, poliovirus has been detected in sewage samples. In Malawi, a child contracted polio. And Mozambique announced its first polio outbreak of wild poliovirus in 30 years.
The time for urgent action is now. A new vaccine has been deployed to stop outbreaks. Malawi, Mozambique, and nearby countries are conducting immunization campaigns to stop the spread of the virus. With our partners and advocates like you, we continue to encourage communities worldwide to provide vaccinations.
As we approach World Polio Day, 24 October, you can help us make an impact and stop the spread of polio. You can take action by:
World Polio Day will help us provide the resources needed to protect children from the U.S. to Mozambique and around the world. Join us so that no child suffers the paralyzing effects of polio ever again.

The Rotary Foundation

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 December 14th meeting was on the subject of Rotary from Steven Radelet, Director of the Global Human Development Program at Georgetown University.

"I love speaking to Rotary groups because they're fun and they're energetic and they're full of people who are committed to making the world a better place."

Steven Radelet - GHD

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:
01.04 - Evening Harbortown Happy Hour at Lake Superior Brewing (No morning meeting)
01.11 - Essentia Hermantown Service Project (4:00pm - 6:00pm)
01.18 - Morning Fireside / Annual Meeting
01.25 - Rick Oase
02.01 - Pat Finney
02.08 - Service Project
02.15 - Dan Holm
02.22 - Judy Seliga-Punyko
03.01 - Max Holm
03.08 - Service Project
03.15 - Mary Jo Kroska
03.22 - Casey Nies
03.29 - Michelle Schubitzke

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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