Morning Meeting:
Dan Stocke, President of the Upper Midwest Film Office
Join us this Wednesday, October 5th at 7:30am at the Kitchi Gammi Club, Great Hall - 2nd Floor, 831 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802! We will hear from Dan Stocke, President of the Upper Midwest Film Office.
Dan will talk about career paths and actionable ways individuals can get involved with the film industry right here in Duluth! Dan is an entrepreneur who has run multiple businesses, screenwriter who has written several screenplays with his wife. Christine, and a philanthropist, recently founding The Christine And Dan Stocke Foundation For Excellence In The Arts And Assorted Shenanigans to strive to fund excellence in the arts. 
For more than 30 years, the Upper Midwest Film Office has been helping content makers find their perfect location, introducing them to the community, assisting with lodging and crew, and being on call for the many unforeseen needs that arise during production. The Upper Midwest Film Office works directly with productions to hire locals and even hosts training programs to get interested folks started in the industry! The Upper Midwest Film Office is the connector and personal concierge to the local community.

Harbortown Rotarian Andres Gonzalez' father in-law, Dr. Richard Laurence Dobbs, 92, of Duluth passed away on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, in the BeeHive Assisted Living and Memory Care. Dick is survived by his wife of 60 years Lolita, son Peter (Linda) Dobbs, daughter Victoria (Andres) Gonzalez, grandchildren Rachael and Ryan Dobbs, Ricardo and Sabrina Gonzalez, and his black lab Rocket. Visitation will be held on Friday, October 7, 2022, in St. Raphael’s Catholic Church 5779 Seville Rd. Hermantown, MN 55811 from 10AM until the 11AM Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be in MN Veterans Cemetery, Duluth. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home. 600 E. 2nd St. Duluth, MN 55805. 218-727-3555.

It was just last Wednesday that fellow Harbortown Rotarians shared their thoughts and prayers with Andres during our morning meeting. Andres - We are all thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. There are no words that can ease your pain, but we are here for you. May your happiest memories bring peace and comfort. Deepest condolences to you and your family.

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Harbortown Trip to Bolivia
Harbortown's International Service Committee is getting close to completing the fund raising for the Viente de Septiembre clinic and will hopefully then receive grant approval. Karl Everett spoke with Jose Velasquez and Segundo about the project schedule, and Mano-a-Mano believes they could complete the project in four months,with a Rotary visit to Bolivia to attend the dedication of the clinic in mid-April.
A possible trip would leave from Miami on Thursday, April 13th and arrive in Cochabamba on Friday, April 14th, returning  around April 22nd. Currently BOA flights from Miami to Cochabamba are $670.00 round-trip. Estimated travel costs would total less than $2,500. However, there are a lot of "ifs" involved in the timing and travel, and hopefully the grant is approved. 
Harbortown has six medical clinics, two water wells, water reservoir follow-up, and Bolivia Dream Fund students to visit. Harbortown representatives probably need to split up into two groups to visit all the projects. Segundo will not be there in April as he is planning to travel there in mid-March and again in mid-May (also potential travel dates), but he said he would make arrangements for April and provide others as tour guides, and Jose would be there. Karl's thought is to limit the Harbortown group size to a dozen, with another option to arrange a future trip in October 2023.  Please Karl Everett know if you are interested in attending and which travel dates you may prefer.

Superior Rotary Raffle Tickets
Message from Bob McClellan at Superior Rotary:
Home Page | Rotary Club of Superior
Good morning to my Harbortown Rotary Friends!
I want you all to be aware of the annual opportunity to purchase one (or more, of course) of our Calendar Raffle tickets.  
  • The tickets are $25 a piece.  
  • Max of 400 tickets sold
  • 10 Weekly drawings for $100, starting October 5, 2022
  • 3 drawings for $500 (10/26,11/30, 12/28)
  • One ticket can win multiple times (winning tickets go back in the pot!)
I know some of you have been past winners. Please consider and let me know if you are interested. I will hopefully be at your next AM Harbortown meeting for in person sales. OK to send a check to me at the address below; I will then deliver you your stub and put your ticket in the pot. See you soon!
Dr. Bob McClellan, DVM
Superior Animal Hospital & Boarding Suites
36 East Second Street, Superior, WI  54880
(715) 392-6211

HDC Annual Gala

Join us in supporting the Human Development Center's Child and Family Services Program!

Thursday, October 13th, 2022  5:30pm -  Greysolon Ballroom
Silent Auction, Interactive Games, Raffles, Hors D'oeuvres, and More!

All funds raised will go directly towards supporting mental health services for children in Duluth, Cloquet, and Two Harbors. HDC offers a wide array of children's services including therapy and skills groups in the office, in the community, and in the schools. 

Purchase tickets online at:


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 October 26th meeting was about polio from Aiden O'Leary, Polio Eradication Director for the World Health Organization. This quote is particularly relevant because this year's Rotary theme is "Imagine Rotary."

"There's something about the whole idea of eradicating polio that grabs the imagination. Most people talk about making steps toward achievements, and it's almost always into the never never. Eradication is a zero sum game - anything short of zero is failure. You keep getting closer and closer, but ultimately the only number that actually matters is zero."

Malaria, Polio, And COVID-19: Lessons For Existing And Future Pandemics -  Health Policy Watch

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

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).
President Mary Durward is bringing her laptop to 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:
11.06 - Rotary Hands On Project 
11.16 -  Rotary Foundation Day - Amber Sadowski
11.23 - Rob Haglin
11.30 - Tony Dierckins: Duluth's Grand Old Architecture - Mark Erickson
12.07 - Holiday Party (No Morning Meeting)
12.14 - Heather Salfer
12.28 - Jason Watt

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 2022
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