Duluth East All Night Grad Party Volunteering
(No Morning Meeting)
Join Harbortown Rotary for this month's hands-on event Wednesday morning as we volunteer for the Duluth East All Night Grad Party!
We will be participating in multiple projects for the school:
  • 7:45am - 9:00am (or longer if you are able): Amsoil Arena Bag Drop and Check
    • Tagging student bags, loading student bags, transporting bags to Heritage center
  • 7:45am - 10:00am (or as you are able): Heritage Sports Center Set-up 
    • Setting-up: tables, chairs, supplies, equipment, games, etc.
    • Decorating: balloon filling, decorating tables, posters, table toppers, etc.
    • Organizing backpacks: helping unload backpacks, search bags, alphabetize order, store in locker room.
Come for as long as you can! All help is welcome. Please let Charity Johnson (  /  218.590.8974) know if you will be there to help out. 
Night Owls! Use this link to sign-up for any of the fun shifts during the overnight party itself! 9 PM to 5:30 AM. There will be free food, snacks and COFFEE all night long! You may have some fun while there too with some really great entertainment elements - comedians, hypnotists, artists, live animals and more!
Harbortown Presidents Dinner
Please join Harbortown Rotary at Ridgeview Country Club for the 2022-2023 Harbortown Presidents Dinner on June 21st at 5:00pm! Dinner to start at 6pm.
Please note: Even if you have already registered, you will need to register again! There was an error in the system, so everyone will need to RSVP again. A new invitation was sent out by Lexi - Please use this link to RSVP. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Ridgeview Country Club in Duluth, Minnesota, USA | GolfPass

Parking at the Kitchi Gammi Club
The Kitchi Gammi Club would like all our Harbortown Rotary members who attend Wednesday morning meetings to know that the top row of parking spots in the Kitchi Gammi parking lot (marked in red on the map) is now leased to St. Luke's. Those spaces are for St. Luke’s employees only and are not available for us to park in during morning meetings. St. Luke’s will be towing those spots if the cars parked there do not have the appropriate parking sticker. 

Hermans Scholar Spotlight - Anne Foldesi
Hermans Scholar Spotlight! Meet Anna Foldesi from Duluth Denfeld.

College: University of Minnesota Duluth
Major or Area of Study: Business

Dream Career and Why: I would like to own my own business in the future because I want to
be able to use my creativity, expand on my ideas, and have independence in my work.
The Song That Sums Up My High School Career: “Livin’ On A Prayer”
Elementary School: St. James Catholic School
Great leaders learn from other great leaders. That is what Anna experienced growing up with
older siblings.
“My older brothers have influenced me the most because they are amazing examples of how
to be caring, kind, and respectful, and they taught me how to work hard for the things you want
in life. They pushed me to become a better version of myself through their example.”
“My curiosity will help me be successful in the next part of my journey because it will help me
to stay persistent, it will allow me to go in-depth into everything I will learn, and it will push me
to explore unexpected opportunities that without my desire to learn, I would have never found.”

Welcome, Neil Larson!
Profile photo of Neil Larson
WELCOME to Harbortown Rotary's newest member - Neil Larson!
Neil is Financial Advisor at Wheeler Associates. We're very excited to have you join us, Neil!
Camp Miller Volunteer Thank You
THANK YOU to everyone who made it out to the 2023 Camp Miller Clean Up Day!
We had a blast while making a difference. 

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. 

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 Mary's last meeting as President on June 28th was on empathy from Alex Kotlowitz, Author of "There Are No Children Here: An American Summer."

"Empathy is central to who we are as human beings. I talk about it as the centripetal force of storytelling. It's also the centripetal force of community. It's what holds us together; it's what binds us. It's part of what we are as humans, but it takes some effort. It's not as if we're naturally inclined to think of ourselves as somebody else. It takes a leap of imagination."

Alex Kotlowitz | Penguin Random House

Keep remembering our theme for this past year - Imagine Rotary as we move into the new Rotary year and Create Hope in the World! 

It has been an incredible honor to serve as your President this year, and I thank all of you for letting me serve as your President this year. Thank you for your support and encouragement all year.  

Have a good week. Reach out to members that you haven't seen in a while. Let them know that you miss them and encourage them to join us in a morning meeting, service project, or social event. Be kind to yourself and to those around you.

Past President Mary

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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