Morning Meeting:
Dave Long
Rotary District 5580 Governor
Join us this Wednesday morning at 7:30am in the Great Hall - Kitchi Gammi Club (831 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802) as we hear from Rotary District 5580 Governor Dave Long. 
Dave Long has been a member of the Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary club since 2014, and has served in numerous club and District leadership roles. 

He has been the Rotary International Convention Promotion Chair for District 5580 for 7 years, and has attended 8 International Conventions in 5 different countries.  Dave served as Assistant Governor for Area 7, which included 5 vibrant clubs in West Central MN.  He has participated on the District Grants Committee for 8 years and was the Grant Sub-Committee chair 2018-2020.

Dave was chosen as Rotarian of the Year (R.O.Y.) for District 5580 in 2018, and awarded Rotarian of the Year at his Detroit Lakes Club in 2019.

Dave worked in a manufacturing environment for over 30 years, where he provided expertise and leadership in process and product development and eventually also took on roles in business and market development.  Dave started a part-time engineering consulting business and began teaching a course at NDSU before retiring from his full-time job in 2015. 

Dave has been an avid promoter of amateur athletics for nearly 30 years and through volunteer organizations has helped develop and administer programs at the local, state, and national levels.  He lives with his wife Laurel on a small lake near Detroit Lakes, MN.

Besides his primary District Governor focus areas of Mental Health and the Environment, Dave’s biggest passions in Rotary are international travel and international service.
40 for 40 - September Hands-On Projects

September 40 for 40 Hands-On Opportunities!

  • Wednesday 9/13 - New Hope for Families Gala Setup
    • 9:00am - 12:00pm (after our morning meeting)
    • Pike Lake Golf & Beach Club, 4895 Midway Rd, Duluth, MN 55811
  • Saturday 9/16 - Northshore Inline Marathon
    • 6:30am - 1:00pm
    • Lakewood Rd. Water Station
  • Wednesday 9/20 - Life House Truck and Moving
    • 7:45am 
    • 102 West 1st Str Duluth, MN 55802

Northshore Inline Marathon  Volunteering
Join Harbortown Rotary at the Northshore Inline Marathon as we volunteer at Lakewood Rd. water station!
September 15th & 16th, 2023 | Duluth, Minnesota
Four individuals are needed for each of the following shifts:
6:30am - 8:45am (starting shift should arrive 20 minutes early)
8:45am - 11:00am
11:00am - 1:00pm
Interested in giving back?!
Contact: Fred Rouse (218.348,4751  |

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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