Morning Meeting:
Marshall Junior Rotarians
Join Harbortown Rotary this Wednesday morning at 7:30am in the Great Hall at the Kitchi Gammi Club (831 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802) as we hear from the Marshall Junior Rotarians about the Marshall Academic Commons.
The Marshall Academic Commons (MAC) provides individual support and enrichment for students across all academic subjects and is staffed by learning specialists during the school day. All Marshall students have access to the MAC, where they receive guided support for assignments, skills coaching, and overall study support. Students can work on their own or receive one-on-one support.
The Marshall Junior Rotarians' proposed project and grant for $1,000 will be used to purchase new supplies and furniture for the space that will be used by and accessible to all students.  
Dinner, Drinks, and Dancing!
Thank you to everyone who attended Dinner, Drinks, and Dancing last Thursday, May 4!
We enjoyed some delicious meals and drinks at the Crooked Pint before heading over to learn swing dancing and the tango! Don't forget to check out some fun pictures on the Harbortown Facebook page:
Stay tuned for more fun Rotary social nights out!
Have an idea for a fun night? Contact Chloe Strand via email ( or text (218.340.2531)!
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April Fireside Recap
Harbortown Rotary met last Wednesday night for its quarterly Fireside meeting. Below are general highlights and club reminders from the meeting:
  • If you made a pledge for the Rotary Foundation but have not yet paid, please pay now. If you pay online, please make sure you sign-in with your Rotary ID or Harbortown won’t know you have donated and you won’t get credit for your contribution.  
  • Harbortown is considering its meeting schedule for the upcoming Rotary year and welcome any suggestions and feedback as we move forward. 
    • Should we return to a pre-Covid schedule with morning meetings every week (unless we specifically want a morning service project)? 
    • Should we keep the current schedule with a morning off for a service project?
    • Send your suggestions to President Mary and/or President-Elect Tony.  
  • Some of the Twin Ports Rotary Clubs are beginning discussion about a Rotary Foundation social among the Twin Ports Rotary Clubs – this would NOT be another ask, but a celebration and informational as we all prepare for our Foundation days. This gathering would likely be late October/early November.  It is Harbortown’s turn to host this event. Please let President Mary know if you are interested in helping to plan this event.
Rotary Night at the DSSO
Thanks to the generosity of District Governor Kay Biga and the Pachel Foundation, 30 free tickets are available to area Rotarians for the May 6 Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra (DSSO) performance of Copland and Beethoven (! This is a similar event to the Rotary Night at the Duluth Playhouse earlier this year.
Duluth-Superior Eco-Rotary member Mark Niedermier is coordinating tickets; if you are interested, please contact him directly at: or 218.269.1532. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

May Hands-On Project - Duluth Armory
SAVE THE DATE! Wednesday, May 10 at 4:15pm - 6:30pm will be Harbortown Rotary's next hands-on event at the Duluth Armory. Rotarians will receive a tour of the Armory building and then help clean up the exterior of the building. Please let Judy Seliga-Punko ( know if you will be able to attend! 
Sherman Associates plans to develop Duluth Armory - Perfect Duluth Day
Duluth Armory Arts & Music Center
1301-1305 London Rd., Duluth, MN 55805
(Located on the corner of S. 13th Ave E. and London Rd.)

Toiletries Drive
Harbortown Rotarian Casey Nies will be collecting toiletries for her Leadership Duluth project (see details below).
Casey will have a donation bin at our morning meetings for any toiletries you have to donate. 

Chum Looking for Gently Used Furniture
Doing some spring cleaning? Out with the old in with the new?
Chum is looking for gently used furniture you're no longer in need of including beds, chairs and couches, and dining room tables and chairs. Don't let your old items go to waste at the dump when they can be used by a local non-profit in Duluth for a good cause! 
Have something you'd like to donate? Contact Harbortown Rotarian Amber Sadowski ( 

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!

Change of Meeting Duties
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Members who were previously scheduled for meeting duties on Wednesday, June 7th have now been moved to Wednesday, June 14th due to a switch in our hands-on volunteer meeting in June. The duty roster has been updated on the Harbortown website to reflect the change to June 7th for the service project and June 14th for our regular 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. 

East Hands-on Event

Duluth East All Night Grad Party Volunteering - Wednesday, June 7th 
(No morning meeting.)

Home - Duluth East High School
Join  Harbortown Rotary for a hands-on event the morning of Wednesday, June 7, 2023 as we volunteer for the Duluth East All Night Grad Party!
We will be participating in multiple projects for the school:
  • 8:00am - 9:30am: Amsoil Arena Bag Drop and Check
  • 8:00am - 10:00am: Heritage Sports Center Set-up 
Come for as long as you can! All help is welcome. Please let Charity Johnson ( know if you will be there to help out. 

Camp Miller Annual Volunteering
Harbortown Rotary will be holding its annual volunteer day at Camp Miller
this Saturday, June 3rd from 9:00am - 4:00pm.
Grab your work gloves and painting clothes, and keep your eyes open for further details to come!
Camp Miller | Duluth Area Family YMCA
89382 E. Frontage Road
Sturgeon Lake, MN 5578

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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