Morning Meeting:
Matthew Sjelin
Director of the Karpeles Museum
Join us Wednesday morning at 7:30am in the Great Hall - Kitchi Gammi Club (831 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802) as we hear from Matthew Sjelin, Director of the Karpeles Museum. 
The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with eight locations across the US. Founded in 1983 by David and Marsha Karpeles with the purpose to inspire curiosity and encourage learning, the Karpeles Manuscript Library archives contain more than a million historical documents in the categories of literature, science, religion, political history, exploration, music and art. To make the collection more accessible to the general public, all Karpeles museums are free to visit, and the collection rotates between its museums three times per year.

Matthew Sjelin was born in the Twin Ports area of Duluth, MN and is one of those rare birds who moved away to the Twin Cities and came back thanks to his love for the the lake. When he's not running the museum, Sjelin can be found playing in the local band The Trash Cats. 


Cash Raffle - Turn in Your Tickets Now!
Hello Rotarians! 
The time has come to turn in your Rotary Cash Raffle tickets!
If you cannot make it to the next morning meeting with your tickets, please contact Rob Haglin ( or drop them off directly at his office (3930 Airpark Blvd., Duluth, MN).
If you are in need of a few more tickets OR if you have been unable to sell your tickets, please let us know ASAP.  
Thank you all for your hard work!

2024 Presidents Dinner!
REGISTER HERE! We can't wait to see you for our Annual Presidents Dinner. 

Speaking of Golf
"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. 
Don't want to golf? Join us for dinner only, the Holm Family Putting Contest, and/or sponsor a hole.
Please check out our new registration site here:

Calling All Do-Gooders - Bike Duluth Festival

The Bike Duluth Festival is just around the corner on July 19-21We need your help!

The link to sign up for volunteer spots, for the Bike Duluth Festival, is live. 
If you go to the Bike Festival Home page you can also find it there.
Please follow the link and register for a spot. 
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Carl. 218.481.4200

Silent auction items!

If every Rotarian can find at least one auction item we would have a fantastic auction.
While we have several items already, we are in need of many more for a truly successful auction.  
Please let me know if you obtain any donations or have any questions.  
YIR, Bob MacLean (

Rotary Events and Meetings Calendar
Mark your calendars for Harbortown's upcoming hands on projects, committee meetings, and gatherings!
STARBASE Explorers Summer Camp 2024
  • Sessions begin June 18 and run through July 25 (5 total)
  • Volunteer opportunities include:
    • Classroom Assistants (8:15am - 1:30pm)
    • Lunch Buddies (11:10am - 11:45am)
    • GPS Group Leader (varies)
    • Rocket Launch (mornings, Day 4)
  • Easy Online Sign Up:
  • Contact: Charity Johnson |

    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

    Rotarian Birthdays

    Happy birthday to our Harbortown Rotarians celebrating this July!

    Mary Durward – July 8

    Happy Rotary Anniversary!
    Happy Rotary July Anniversaries to our following members!
    We so greatly appreciate your commitment to service.
    Rick Oase (39 Years)
    Scott Soderberg (26 Years)
    Christian Koelling (16 Years)
    Jerry Kortesmaki (9 Years)
    Andres Gonzalez (5 Years)

    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 the upcoming program duty (check the duty roster here), please be sure to secure a speaker and provide notice to Casey Nies ( as soon as your speaker is confirmed. If you are unable to confirm a speaker, please contact Lauren Farden ( for help. If you have a different assigned program duty and cannot make it to the meeting, please find a replacement. 
    Harbortown Rotary has a Windows 11 laptop. 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. 
    Upcoming Program Duties:
    07.17 - Brandon Torgerson, MN Teen Challenge
    07.24 - Lindsey Whitlinger, Lester River Rendezvous
    07.31 - Michaela Houg, Alzheimer's Foundation
    08.07 - Lisa Mitchell-Krocak
    08.14 - Service Project
    08.21 - Tony Dierckins, Twin Ports Trains: The Historic Railroads of Duluth & Superior
    08.28 - Potter Neustel
    09.04 - Service Project
    09.11 - District Governor, Kay Parries
    Harbortown News
    For news, announcements, event promotion, social media, media releases, and more, please contact Casey Nies ( | 701.351.7270)
    For Scuttlebutt: If you are hosting the program speaker, please copy Casey on the speaker's name, organization, and email. If you are the chair of a Harbortown Committee, please update Casey on relevant information regarding grants and awards, meetings or news. Casey will use this information to create more dynamic and engaging content to share with potential club members and on social media! 
    Do you have Harbortown Rotary pictures to share!? Share your photos HERE with Google Photos so we can spread the word about how awesome our members are and the impact we're making on our community!

    Harbortown Rotary 2024
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