Morning Meeting:
Jerry Thoreson, Managing Director
Destination Duluth
Join us Wednesday morning at 7:30am in the Great Hall - Kitchi Gammi Club (831 E. Superior St., Duluth, MN 55805) as we hear from Jerry Thoreson, Managing Director of Destination Duluth!
Bringing 15 years of experience in marketing as a graphic designer with the Duluth News Tribune, Thoreson redirected his career into the world of social media marketing in 2012 and has managed more than 100 business Facebook pages.

In 2013, he was recruited to launch and be the content manager for Destination Duluth. The page grew to 50,000 Likes in the first 500 days and currently has nearly 200,000 followers.

Destination Duluth's greatest achievement is its organic reach. In 2022, Destination Duluth's content had 100 million organic impressions on its Facebook and Instagram pages - a daily average of 274,000 views! Since 2013, Destination Duluth has 650 million impressions. In 2021, Destination Duluth was informed by that it ranked in the Top 10 Social Media in the tourism sector for engagement. 

In the fall of 2019, Thoreson was promoted to Managing Director of Destination Duluth, where he oversees all operations.

Thoreson is also the owner of idDuluth, I also manage social media for a number of small businesses and non-profit organizations.
New Member Welcome!
Harbortown is excited to welcome new member Joe Meierhoff!
Please give a warm hello at your next morning meeting.

Rotary Magazine - June 2024
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Few things evoke wonder like the night sky. But as Keith Marsh, a specialist in astrophotography, knows, capturing it on film takes skill and perseverance. His image of the Milky Way spilled out over a remote canyon in Washington state is the winner of this year's Rotary magazine Photo Awards.

Click here to read your digital copy of the June 2024 issue and join us on a photographic vision quest. Marsh, a Rotarian from California, is equally fascinated by life on this planet, and you'll see another of his images, of girls preparing to celebrate Mexico's Día de los Muertos festivities, among the finalists.

In another of this month's features, we explore the growth in landowners seeking to preserve their property and conserve habitat by working with land trusts. We'll introduce you to a club in Milwaukee that used that strategy to revitalize the city's riverfront.

In the Our World section, we look at how solar power is expanding access to health care in places with less reliable electricity. And finally, come with us to Beirut to meet a new club of young people devoted to Positive Peace in Lebanon and beyond.

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 |

    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 (

    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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