Evening Fireside Meeting 
(No Morning Meeting)
Join Harbortown Rotary this Wednesday evening at 5:00pm at Ridgeview Country Club (700 W Redwing St, Duluth, MN 55803) for our Evening Fireside meeting! Committee chairs will provide updates to club members on the happenings of their groups. 
John Kohlhaas
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We are sad to share the news that John Kohlhaas passed away on April 20, 2023. John was President of Harbortown Rotary in 1988-1989 and remained an honorary member. He is the father of current member Dave Kohlhaas. John enjoyed celebrating his 87th birthday with his family on Monday. Prayers of comfort and peace to John's family. 

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. 

Save the Date! May 4 - Dinner, Drinks, and Dancing!
Join Harbortown Rotary for our next club social outing as we hit the town
Thursday, May 4 for dinner, drinks, and dance lessons!
We will meet for dinner and drinks at 5:00pm Crooked Pint (1402 W. Arrowhead Rd., Duluth, MN 55811) and then walk next door to North Shore Ballroom (1515 Kenwood Ave., Duluth, MN 55811) at 7:00pm for group dance lessons! Can't attend the whole time? No worries! Come for as long or as little as you can. 
Partners and significant others are welcome to join!
Interested in a fun night out?
Please RSVP with Chloe Strand via email ( or text (218.340.2531)!
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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! 
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Duluth Armory Arts & Music Center
1301-1305 London Rd., Duluth, MN 55805
(Located on the corner of S. 13th Ave E. and London Rd.)

Harbortown Gives Back
On Wednesday, April 19th Harbortown Rotary presented three checks to local organizations doing good in our community.
The Community Service Committee presented a check for $2,500 to YMCA Camp Miller for camper scholarships and a $1,000 check to Lake Superior Youth Chorus for student singer scholarships! Congratulations to both organizations, and thank you for your continued support of the youth in our shared community!
The New Generations Committee presented a check for $1,000 to the Duluth East High School Junior Rotarians for their school-based community project. The Junior Rotarians will use the funds to support their janitorial staff with a new leaf blower and their student body with a new microwave in the lunch room. 

Chum Looking for Gently Used Furniture
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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!
It’s everyone’s favorite time of year! Spring has sprung, and that means its time again for my Rotary Club’s annual cash raffle! 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
The 2023 Bike Duluth Festival fundraiser will be held on
Friday, July 7 - Sunday, July 9, 2023 at Spirit Mountain.
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!
Go to:, click on the HTR Charitable Foundation Golf Fundraiser link, pull up the 2023 Registration form, complete the form, and then send/email the completed form to either Greg Goldman, Juhl Halverson, or Scott Fisher. 
East Hands-on Event

Duluth East All Night Grad Party Volunteering

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
on 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!
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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 the April 26th meeting was about peace from Mountaineer and Educator Greg Mortenson.

"People bring peace. The fight against terrorism is based on fear, but efforts to promote peace are based on hope. The real enemy is the ignorance that breeds hatred. Rotary with its connections between clubs in different countries, is one example of how people can bring peace."

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Have a good week. Reach out to members that you haven't seen in a while. Let them know you miss them, and encourage them to join us at a morning meeting, service project, or social event! Be kind to yourself and others.

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).
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:
05.10 - Service Project: Duluth Armory 
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 2023
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