Morning Meeting:
Gary Black
Aerista Aircraft Sales Director and retired Cirrus Aircraft test pilot
Join Harbortown at 7:30am in the Great Hall at the Kitchi Gammi Club (831 E Superior St., Duluth, MN 55802) as we hear from Gary Black, Sales Director with Aerista Aircraft Sales and retired Cirrus Aircraft test pilot.
Gary retired from Cirrus Aircraft in January 2020 after 23 years. He was one of the test pilots responsible for the flight testing and certification of the Cirrus SR20 and SR22 and served as the Director of Flight Operations, Great Plains Sales Director, and Jet Sales Director during his time with Cirrus. While at Cirrus Aircraft, Gary sold hundreds of piston SRs and SF50 Vision Jet positions and sold over 200 aircraft during his 2 years with Aerista.
Gary is a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and was a presenter at the SETP National Symposium on the testing of the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) which has saved over 200 lives to date. He flew previously as a test pilot for Maule, Piper and TBM Aircraft companies. Prior to being a civilian test pilot, Gary completed a career with the US Navy flying F-14 Tomcats off aircraft carriers.
Gary holds a Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology, and completed his MBA work. He also attended the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), in NAS Miramar, CA. 
Gary holds single and multiengine ratings with instructor certificates and has a type rating in the Cirrus Vision Jet. He enjoys flying float and classic aircraft as well. He has been married to Celeste Curley-Black for over 42 years and they have two daughters, Amelia (30) and Jacqueline (21), who also love to fly.
February Hands-On: New Hope for Families
Join Harbortown at our next hands-on event at New Hope for Families (1028 East 8th Street Duluth, MN 55805) on Wednesday, February 8th from 7:30am - 9:00am. 
Rotarians will inventory and organize the refrigerators, freezers. and storage shelves and take things to the dumpster.
There is a lot we can do to help out, and we accomplish the tasks one at a time. New Hope for Families is grateful for any and all help we can provide.
If you happen to have a label maker, please bring it along.
Questions? Call Merry Wallin (218.591.1466) or Kevin Anderson (218.591.0261).
Interested in learning more about New Hope for Families mission and vision? Check out their website below.
Mission: Our mission is to build a network of foster care families and support them in their needs without discrimination.
Vision: To have more foster families than children in need of foster care.
Thank you for all you do, Merry Wallin

The Glass Menagerie Rotary Night at the Duluth Playhouse
District Governor Kay Biga has arranged for a wonderful opportunity for our Rotary Clubs!  
The February 2 performance of Glass Menagerie at the Duluth Playhouse will be designated as Rotary Night. The entire Playhouse will be dedicated to Rotary members and their guests. There are no tickets required for this evening event. This is the night before the play opens to the public!
The Glass Menagerie Rotary Night Event, February 2, 2023
          Doors Open with refreshments and a cash bar as a time to visit with each other. 
7:00pm          Theatre Doors open guests can begin to take their seats. 
7:30pm          Start of Show - The Glass Menagerie runs about 2.25 hours in length with one 15 min intermission. 
THE GLASS MENAGERIE By Tennessee Williams - Considered one of the most significant plays in modern theatrical history, THE GLASS MENAGERIE brought a brilliant young writer named Tennessee Williams to national attention when it premiered on Broadway in 1945. More than seventy-five years later, Williams' most personal work for the stage continues to captivate and resonate with audiences around the world.
What a great opportunity to socialize, meet and mingle with other Rotarians, and enjoy an evening at the Playhouse! Please share this information with your Club and include it in your newsletter. 
Questions? Contact: 
Elaine Hansen                                                                                                                                                              

Rotary Events and Meetings Calendar
Mark your calendars for Harbortown's upcoming hands on projects, committee meetings, and gatherings!
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  • March
    • Tuesday 3/7 7:30am
      • Harbortown Rotary Board Meeting via Zoom.
    • Wednesday 3/8 7:30am
      • Community Service Committee meeting in the Kitchi Gammi Club, McGifferert Room.
    • Wednesday 3/8 3:00pm - 5:00pm
      • ​​​​​​​Rotary Hands-On event at the Humane Society of Douglas County (Superior Animal Shelter).
    • Wednesday 3/8 5:00pm 
      • Women of Rotary Dinner.  ​​​​​​​

    Speaking of Golf...
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    The 2023 Harbortown Rotary Charitable Foundation Golf Fundraiser will be held on Monday, July 24, 2023 at Ridgeview Country Club.
    Stay tuned for more details to come!

    Coffee Fundraiser Questionnaire 
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    Please complete the following quick, 2 question, anonymous survey about the Harbortown's annual coffee fundraiser. This information will help gauge how much interest there is in the coffee fundraiser. The budget for the fundraiser is $4,200; if there isn't enough interest, Harbortown will replace the revenue source with a different fundraiser. Any input is great! Thanks, Rob

    Annual Fireside Meeting Summary
    Harbortown Rotary hosted its Annual Fireside Meeting on Wednesday, January 18th. Committee chairs provided updates to club members, and Chad Roberts was recognized as the winner of the Ugly Sweater Holiday Party Contest! 
    The club also voted to approved President Elect, Tony Hanson's July 2023 - June 2024 slate of officers.
    President - Tony Hansen
    President Elect - Charity Johnson
    Past President - Mary Durward
    Secretary - Casey Nies
    Treasurer - Mark Fredrickson
    Community Service - Lisa Mitchell-Krocak
    International Service - Nathan Sager
    New Generations - Christian Koelling
    Club Service / Public Relations - Chloe Strand
    Membership - Chad Roberts
    Fundraising - Rob Haglin
    Sergeant-at-Arms - Lexi Lanigan

    Harbortown Social Outing - UMD HOCKEY!
    SAVE THE DATE for Friday, February 24th at 7:00pm!
    Harbortown will enjoy a night out at Amsoil Arena as the UMD Bulldogs face off against the Miami Redhawks. Family members welcome! Tickets are $17.00 each and seats will be grouped together.  
    To RSVP: Please contact Chloe Strand (218.340.2531 or
    Jesse Jacques - Men's Hockey - UMD Athletics

    Rotary Super Bowl Board
    Harbortown's Super Bowl Picks Football Board is out! 
    If you are interested in purchasing a square or two, please let Kevin Anderson know (

    You Are Invited! - District 5580 One Summit
    You're invited! Explore “Imagination to Action” at this year’s District 5580 One Summit, formerly known as One Rotary Summit.  One Summit is designed for all members of Rotary – new and experienced Rotarians and Rotaractors – to come together and share discussion about service opportunities and the relationship of Membership, Public Image, and The Rotary Foundation.
    5 Reasons to attend the One Summit: Imagination to Action
    Learn: Attendees will have opportunities to learn from the very best.
    Lead: Sessions on talking Rotary and local leadership via service help develop skills to strengthen the voice of Rotary where you live and work.
    Connect: Lean in and learn from one another.
    Develop: “Imagination to Action” offers tools and training to enrich your club members’ Rotary lives.
    Celebrate: “Imagination to Action” helps your club honor accomplishments and contributions of all who perform Service above Self.

    Rotary Tri-District Conference
    Imagine! 2023 is the first-ever Tri-District Conference for Rotarians and Rotaractors from International Districts 5580, 5950, and 5960. Get ready for an engaging weekend filled with education, camaraderie, celebration, inspiration, personal growth, and fun!

    By participating in this one-of-a-kind event, your club will be measurably stronger, healthier, and happier in the year to come. Your ticket gives you full access to the entire conference, and guests are invited to fully participate.


    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.

    ClubRunner Help and Updates
    Need help making changes in ClubRunner? Please contact Harbortown Rotary President Mary (

    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:
    04.19 - Family Freedom Center
    04.26 - Evening Fireside
    05.03 - Marshall Junior Rotarians
    05.10 - Service Project
    05.17 - East Junior Rotarians
    05.24 - Denfeld Junior Rotarians
    05.31 - Kevin Anderson
    06.07 - Service Project: East All Night Grad Party Hands-On (No morning meeting)
    06.10 - Camp Miller Hands-On
    06.14 - Matt Cochran
    06.21 - President's Dinner (No morning meeting)
    06.28 - Lexi Lanigan

    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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