Morning Meeting:
Lindsey Whitlinger, Committee Chair
Lester River Rendezvous

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 Lindsey Whitlinger, Committee Chair of the Lester River Rendezvous.

The Lester River Rendezvous is a 24 year old tradition, a fun-filled fall festival held in the heart of Lester Park located on the east end of Duluth. The Lester River Rendezvous brings the community together for three days. Thursday and Friday Education Days are held for students to come enjoy a full day field trip - experiencing a historic, hands on, voyageur life. On Saturday, the park is open to the community to come explore the voyageur village, craft vendors, petting zoo, food trucks, and a kid’s carnival!
Lindsey Whitlinger is a lifelong Duluth resident, residing in Lakeside/Lester Park. She has been going to the Lester River Rendezvous as long as she can remember. She is passionate about helping her community come together and thrive. In her day job, Whitlinger works as an Insurance Advisor at Bell Bank for both personal and commercial insurances. She is a member of Skyline Rotary, a committee member of the Arrowhead Builders Association, Vice President of her BNI group, and will be a member of 2023/2024 Leadership Duluth. Whitlinger enjoys anything outdoors – hiking, gardening, and traveling. She loves spending her time with her family, especially at her cabin, with her three nieces and nephew, who are all under four. She has a 5 year old Chesapeake named Lulu. 
Rotary Events and Meetings Calendar
Mark your calendars for Harbortown's upcoming hands on projects, committee meetings, and gatherings!
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  • October
    • Wednesday, October 11th 
      •  Bethel Lutheran Church (5821 John Ave, Superior, WI 54880)
        4:00pm - 6:00pm
        • Children's Library Organizing
        • 5 Rotarians needed
        • Sign up with Pat Finney ( | 218.461.6827)
    • Wednesday, October 18th
      • ​​​​​​​Bentleyville Setup Hands-On
        5:00pm - 8:00pm
      • Junior Rotarian Kick-Off Breakfast
        7:00am - 8:30am

    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)

    Rotary Magazine - August 2023
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    Create the club you crave. And don't forget the fun. Two pieces of great advice brought to you by other Rotary clubs in this month's cover story, "Membership makeover." August is Rotary's Membership and New Club Development Month, so we are bringing you inspiring stories from around the Rotary world about our dynamic and diverse membership, along with tools like the Club Health Check.

    Click here to read the August 2023 issue. The link will take you to your digital copy, which you can read using any common web browser.

    For more inspiration, join the fun at a RYLA academy in Missouri through a photo essay narrated by one of the participants. About 100 high school students came together to discover hidden strengths, learn what it takes to be a leader, and — most of all — make friends. Then, learn how your club or district can plan a RYLA event.

    And finally, in the Our Clubs section, we'll introduce you to the recipient of this year's $2 million Programs of Scale Award. United to End Cervical Cancer in Egypt, initiated by the Rotary Club of El Tahrir, aims to reduce the number of cases of the disease while raising awareness.

    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. 

    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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