Morning Meeting:
Commander Roger J Reinert
Executive Officer, NR Navy Public Affairs Support Element HQ
Join us Wednesday morning at 7:30am in the Great Hall - Kitchi Gammi Club (831 E Superior St., Duluth, MN 55802) as the we hear from Commander Roger J. Reinert - Executive Officer, NR Navy Public Affairs Support Element HQ.
Commander Reinert was commissioned on September 30, 2005, through the Navy’s Direct Commission Officer program. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota, a  Masters Degree from Minnesota State University, and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Mitchell Hamline School of Law where  he graduated with honors. He is a licensed attorney in the State of Minnesota. 

CDR Reinert is currently assigned to NR NPASE HQ. He joined the unit in February, 2022, and is the Executive Officer. In that role he  provides coordination for the Headquarters unit and the four NPASE  detachments, as well as support to the Commanding Officer. CDR  previously reported to NR Office of Naval Information, Pacific Fleet,  in January, 2020. He deployed to Italy in March, 2020, for three  months in support of the CNE-A/C6F response to the COVID  pandemic. While there he had a COVID Crisis Action Team. He first  served as the Plans and Policy Department Head (N5) where he led development of the unit’s first ever SOPs. He finished his PACFLT  PAO tour as the Administration Department Head (N1). Unit  leadership nominated him for a Navy and Marine Corps  Commendation Medal for his contributions. 
Reinert was deployed to Afghanistan from 2018-2019. He served as the PAO for the Commanding General of the Combined Security  Transition Command - Afghanistan. CDR Reinert was awarded the  Defense Meritorious Service Medal for his efforts. LCDR Reinert  reported to NR U.S. Fleet Forces Public Affairs in July, 2016. He  served as the unit Operations Officer until May, 2018, when he  detached for deployment. Reinert was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for his contributions as Operations Officer to NR U.S. Fleet Forces. 
Prior to joining USFF Public Affairs, he reported to the Navy Office of Community Outreach. At NAVCO Reinert was the Assistant  Operations Officer, Executive Engagement Visit Department Head,  and Command Fitness Leader. While at NAVCO he earned a Navy  Meritorious Service Medal for his work as a Navy Week Lead Planner. NAVCO was CDR Reinert’s first Public Affairs assignment after completing a lateral transfer from Intelligence. As  an Intelligence Officer Reinert held a TS/SCI clearance, and was  assigned to both EUCOM and PACOM. He served as Training Officer  and Command Fitness Leader, and supported several international  exercises. Reinert earned both the Joint Meritorious Unit and Joint  Achievement Medals for his work. 
Reinert completed the Direct Commission Officer Indoctrination Course (DCOIC) at Officer Training Command  Pensacola, Fla., and graduated from the Navy Intelligence Officer  Basic Course at the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training  Center in Dam Neck, Va. He also graduated second in his class from  the Public Affairs Qualification Course at the Defense Information  School (DINFOS) at Fort George G. Meade, Md. 
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

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. 

Harbortown Junior Rotarian Wins Ann Bancroft Foundation Grant Award
Harbortown Junior Rotarian and Charity Johnson's Junior Rotarian mentee, Michon Harju, asked Charity earlier this year to be her grant mentor for a grant request submitted to the Ann Bancroft Foundation. Michon and Charity found out last week that Michon was awarded a $1,000 grant that she will use toward flight lessons this summer and continuing her pursuit to become a military pilot! Congratulations, Michon! We are so proud of your achievement! 
Logos :: Ann Bancroft Foundation

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!

Rotary Magazine - May Issue
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More than 55 million people around the world today have Alzheimer's or another form of dementia. "It's horrible. It's the longest goodbye you'll ever have in your life," says Norm Rogers, who lost his wife, Nancy, to the disease and is working to try to spare others from that pain. For this month's cover story, Rotary magazine looks at the CART Fund, which supports Alzheimer's research, and the Rotarians behind it.

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

May is Youth Service Month for Rotary, and to mark the occasion we look back on 60 years of Interact. We'll take you inside some of the most remarkable Interact projects, and you'll hear directly from Interactors about how your club can benefit from collaborating with the next generation of Rotarians.

And finally, we can't wait to see you in Melbourne later this month for the 2023 Rotary International Convention. In this issue's "Where are they now?" feature, we introduce you to convention speaker Gregory Rockson, a Rotary Alumni Global Service Award winner who is changing health care in Africa. It's not too late to register.

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. 

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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