Duluth Armory - May Hands-On Event!
(No Morning Meeting)
Join us Wednesday afternoon at 4:15pm at the Duluth Armory for Harbortown's May Hands-On event! 
4:15pm - Arrive at offices (old Perkins on 14th Ave E & London Rd. - Park in their parking lot or on the street).
4:25pm - Tour of Armory (30-45 minutes).
5:00pm-6:00pm - Pickup garbage outside, deep clean inside, wash windows, organize offices and shelving, and unload pallets. Dress to get dirty!
To RSVP or have any questions answered, please contact: Judy Seliga-Punko ( or Casey Nies ( know!
Duluth Armory Arts & Music Center
1301-1305 London Rd.
Duluth, MN 55805
(Located on the corner of S. 13th Ave. E. and London Rd.)
Parking: 14th Ave E & London Rd.
Dinner, Drinks, and Dancing!
Thank you to everyone who attended Dinner, Drinks, and Dancing last Thursday, May 4!
We enjoyed some delicious meals and drinks at the Crooked Pint before heading over to learn swing dancing and the tango! Don't forget to check out some fun pictures on the Harbortown Facebook page:
Stay tuned for more fun Rotary social nights out!
Have an idea for a fun night? Contact Chloe Strand via email ( or text (218.340.2531)!
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April Fireside Recap
Harbortown Rotary met last Wednesday night for its quarterly Fireside meeting. Below are general highlights and club reminders from the meeting:
  • If you made a pledge for the Rotary Foundation but have not yet paid, please pay now. If you pay online, please make sure you sign-in with your Rotary ID or Harbortown won’t know you have donated and you won’t get credit for your contribution.  
  • Harbortown is considering its meeting schedule for the upcoming Rotary year and welcome any suggestions and feedback as we move forward. 
    • Should we return to a pre-Covid schedule with morning meetings every week (unless we specifically want a morning service project)? 
    • Should we keep the current schedule with a morning off for a service project?
    • Send your suggestions to President Mary and/or President-Elect Tony.  
  • Some of the Twin Ports Rotary Clubs are beginning discussion about a Rotary Foundation social among the Twin Ports Rotary Clubs – this would NOT be another ask, but a celebration and informational as we all prepare for our Foundation days. This gathering would likely be late October/early November.  It is Harbortown’s turn to host this event. Please let President Mary know if you are interested in helping to plan this event.
Toiletries Drive
Harbortown Rotarian Casey Nies will be collecting toiletries for her Leadership Duluth project (see details below).
Casey will have a donation bin at our morning meetings for any toiletries you have to donate. 

Chum Looking for Gently Used Furniture
Doing some spring cleaning? Out with the old in with the new?
Chum is looking for gently used furniture you're no longer in need of including beds, chairs and couches, and dining room tables and chairs. Don't let your old items go to waste at the dump when they can be used by a local non-profit in Duluth for a good cause! 
Have something you'd like to donate? Contact Harbortown Rotarian Amber Sadowski ( 

2023 Cash Raffle Tickets are Here!
The time is here to TURN IN YOUR RAFFLE TICKETS this Wednesday, June 14th at the morning meeting. If you have any tickets left, please let Tony Hansen ( or Rob ( know.
Proceeds from the raffle help fund the numerous community programs we support through Harbortown Rotary. From Boys and Girls Clubs, Foster Parent programs, Life House, STARBASE, youth STEM education, robotics teams, youth scholarships, and more - Harbortown gifted over $10,000 back into community youth programs.

There’s nothing to lose when the youth of the community win!
Tickets are $100 each and only 500 sold.
Drawing will be held on June 21, 2023 at Ridgeview Country Club.

1st Prize: $10,000  cash (1 winner)
2nd Prize: $2,500 cash (2 winners)
3rd Prize: $1,000 cash (2 winners)
4th Prize: $500 cash each (10 winners)
5th Prize: $200 cash each (15 winners)
Tickets can be picked up at your next Rotary morning meeting!

Save the Dates! 2023 Harbortown Summer Fundraisers
Ridgeview Country Club in Duluth, Minnesota, USA | GolfPass
The 2023 Harbortown Rotary Charitable Foundation Golf Fundraiser will be held on 
Monday, July 24, 2023 at Ridgeview Country Club.
This fundraiser to benefits the Robert Hermans Scholarship Fund and the Donald Holm Founders Fund.
COME JOIN US as we raise funds that make impacts on the lives of local youth!
Complete the form, and then send/email it to Greg Goldman, Juhl Halverson, or Scott Fisher. 

East Hands-on Event

Duluth East All Night Grad Party Volunteering - Wednesday, June 7th 
(No morning meeting.)

Home - Duluth East High School
Join  Harbortown Rotary for a hands-on event the morning of Wednesday, June 7, 2023 as we volunteer for the Duluth East All Night Grad Party!
We will be participating in multiple projects for the school:
  • 8:00am - 9:30am: Amsoil Arena Bag Drop and Check
  • 8:00am - 10:00am: Heritage Sports Center Set-up 
Come for as long as you can! All help is welcome. Please let Charity Johnson ( know if you will be there to help out. 

Camp Miller Annual Volunteering
Harbortown Rotary will be holding its annual volunteer day at Camp Miller
this Saturday, June 3rd from 9:00am - 4:00pm.
Grab your work gloves and painting clothes, and keep your eyes open for further details to come!
Camp Miller | Duluth Area Family YMCA
89382 E. Frontage Road
Sturgeon Lake, MN 5578

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.

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:
08.16 - Dave Kohlhaas
08.23 - Juhl Halvorson
08.30 - Scott Soderberg
09.06 - Scott Fisher
09.13 - Service Project
09.20 - Shawn Clairmont
09.27 - Evening Fireside (No Morning Meeting)

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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