Hands-On Park Point Beach Cleanup! 
(No Morning Meeting)
Join us this Wednesday afternoon at 4:30pm at the Park Point Beach House for our March hands-on! We meet in the parking lot and pick up trash along the beach and park from 4:30pm - 6:00pm. We will then head over to Canal Park Brewing for a well-deserved drink during our Club Social! 
Dress for the weather! The City of Duluth will provide trash bags, gloves, trash pickers, etc., but feel free to bring your own, as well.
Community Service Committee Meeting
The Community Service Committee will meet Wednesday (3/13) morning at 7:30am at the Kitchi Gammi Club. 
Please join us as we review project and funding requests.

Tomorrow Night! Rotary Night at the Theatre!

Past District Governor Kay Biga has arranged for a wonderful opportunity for our Rotary Clubs!  

The Thursday, March 14 performance of Next To Normal at the Duluth Playhouse will be designated as Rotary Night.  The entire Playhouse will be dedicated to Rotary members and our guests.  There are no tickets required for this evening event.  This is the night before the play opens to the public!

With RI President R. Gordon R. McInally calling for Rotary to create hope in the world by working for peace and mental wellbeing, this performance with its mental health theme is especially relevant to Rotarians.


  • The Next To Normal Rotary Night Event, Thursday, March 14, 2024
  • 6:00 p.m.  Doors Open with refreshments as a time to visit with each other. 
  • 7:00 p.m.  Theatre Doors open guests can begin to take their seats. 
  • 7:30 p.m. Start of Show  Next To Normal runs about 2 hrs in length, and there will be one 15 min intermission. 
  • There will be refreshments along with a cash bar starting at 6 p.m. and continuing through the intermission..

Next to Normal

This Pulitzer prize-winning, contemporary musical invites audiences into the minds and hearts of the Goodmans, a suburban family struggling with the effects of mental illness. This brave and breathtaking story features an unforgettable rock score by Tom Kitt and original book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey. Named “one of the year’s ten best shows” by critics around the country, this truly authentic piece of musical theatre goes where few can with honesty and conviction.

What a great opportunity to socialize, meet and mingle with other Rotarians and enjoy an evening at the Playhouse!   Please share this information with your Club and include it in your newsletter.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

Contact Info: 
Mark Niedermier | |218-269-1532
Kay Biga | | 218-390-6507

Calling All Do-Gooders
The Bike Duluth Festival is looking for sponsors and donors for our 2024 Festival coming up on July 19-21. 
Interested in donating? Please contact Tony Hanson. 
Learn more about our sponsorships here:

Spring Quarter Programs
Harbortown Rotarians! Lauren is working on the Duty Roster for the coming quarter. If you know someone who would like to present to our club in the next quarter (April – June), please reach out to Lauren to get them on the schedule. Best way to reach her is at

2024 Rotary District 5580 Conference





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. 

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.

Rotarian Birthdays

Happy Birthday Rotarians!

What to Write in a Birthday Card - Unique Happy Birthday Wishes
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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