Bentleyville Volunteering!
(No Morning Meeting)
VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED for the cookie & hot chocolate house, popcorn house, and fire pit.
Join us 4:00pm - 9:00pm on Wednesday, December 21st as we volunteer at Bentleyville! Interested in joining but not signed up yet? Please contact Jinell (
Christmas Basket Pass the Hat
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On December 28th, Harbortown Rotary will pass the hat for Christmas baskets for families in need. We encourage our members to be extra generous in providing the support they can to those in need. If you would like to Venmo instead, please contact President Mary. Thank you!

Holiday Party Wrap-Up
Thank you to all who attended Harbortown's Annual Holiday Party! It was a lovely evening full of fun and fantastic live music from Denfeld's Jazz Band. 
Congratulations to CHAD ROBERTS for winning best ugly sweater! Chad, we have a small gift for you at our December 28th meeting. 
If you attended but had not RSVPed for the party, please email Chloe Strand ( Additionally, please feel free to share any thoughts/suggestions you have. Thank you!

Happy Rotary Anniversary!
Happy Harbortown Rotary Anniversary to our following members!
We so greatly appreciate your commitment to service.
Jim Wheeler (34 years)
Brad Jenson (27 years)
Mitchell Diers (11 years)
Max Holm (8 years)
Chloe Strand (5 years)
Rob Haglin (4 years)
Stephanie Irwin (2 years)

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Earl Rogers 1937 - 2022
Sadly, we share the news that Past District Governor Earl Rogers passed away on December 7th. Earl started and was the first President of Skyline Rotary in 1973 and was later a District 5580 Governor (1988-1989). He attended multiple Twin Ports Rotary Club meetings each week. Rotary was a special part of Earl's life, especially in his later years as his health declined. Many of us remember his assistance as MC for Harbortown's Foundation Day for many years. Earl always encouraged generosity and lead by example through his own.
Earl's funeral was held on Saturday, December 17th. Read Earl Roger's obituary here. Please keep Earl's wife, Judy, and their family in your thoughts and prayers.
If you would like to send a card, please send it to:
Judy Rogers
432 Rustwood Lane
Duluth, MN 55804
We will miss you, Earl. You were a good human and a dedicated Rotarian who exemplified Service Above Self. Rest in peace.
Earl M Rogers obituary

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

Rotary Foundation

Thank you Harbortown for an incredible Rotary Foundation Day!

If you were not able to participate in Foundation Day, it's not too late to pledge! Please let Amber know your pledge amount, write your check to The Rotary Foundation, and give it to Amber. You may also contribute online! If you contribute online, make sure to list your Rotary ID number.

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.


  Foundation Month | Rotary Club of North Canton

Rotary Events and Hands On Projects 
Mark your calendars for Harbortown's upcoming hands on projects and gatherings!
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  • January:
    • Wednesday, January 4th - Evening Social Gathering at Lake Superior Brewing (No Morning Meeting)
    • Tuesday, January 10th - Investment Club Meeting (Contact Jinell Abernethy: or 218.428.2800)
    • Wednesday, January 11th - Volunteering at Hermantown Essentia (No Morning Meeting)
    • Thursday, January 19th - Rotary 101 Round Table
    • Wednesday, January 25th - Junior Rotarian Breakfast

    Rotary Goes to Bolivia - April 2023
    I'd like to invite you on an adventure to Bolivia scheduled April 13th - 23rd, 2023 to visit the many Rotary projects you have helped support. 
    Enclosed is a Mano a Mano brochure describing the adventure.  Please contact me if you have any questions, or need additional information. 
    Mano a Mano’s Center for Ecological Agriculture: Water, Food, Health and Education: A Journey to Learn
    Mano a Mano and Harbortown Rotary invites you to join us on a ten-day trip to Cochabamba, Bolivia. Through this unique travel experience you will meet high Andean subsistence farm families and become immersed in their daily lives. The trip will provide an up-close view of how Mano a Mano teaches farming practices that protect the fragile natural environment and improve health. Travelers will take part in Mano a Mano’s distribution of the nearly 200,000 pounds of medical and school supplies that Minnesota volunteers collect, sort, pack and ship to our Bolivian sister organizations each year. Throughout this journey, you will see projects that accomplished our original vision and so much more.
    What is Mano a Mano International? Mano a Mano is a grass-roots non-profit organization based in St. Paul, MN whose mission is to create partnerships with poor Bolivian communities that improve health and increase economic well-being.
    Who can go on this trip? Adults and children who are accompanied by a parent or guardian are welcome. While Spanish speaking ability is highly valued, it is not essential. Interpreters will be available throughout all trip activities.

    Where will we stay? Mano a Mano will reserve a block of rooms in a comfortable, clean hotel in Cochabamba. Private single or double rooms are available.
    Where will we go? Our destination is Cochabamba, Bolivia’s third largest city, located in the Andes at about 8,000 feet above sea level. We will also travel to rural communities that tourists rarely visit.
    For more information and any questions, please contact Karlos (Karl) Everett (

    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 December 14th meeting was on the subject of Rotary from Steven Radelet, Director of the Global Human Development Program at Georgetown University.

    "I love speaking to Rotary groups because they're fun and they're energetic and they're full of people who are committed to making the world a better place."

    Steven Radelet - GHD

    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.

    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:
    01.04 - Evening Harbortown Happy Hour at Lake Superior Brewing (No morning meeting)
    01.11 - Essentia Hermantown Service Project (4:00pm - 6:00pm)
    01.18 - Morning Fireside / Annual Meeting
    01.25 - Rick Oase
    02.01 - Pat Finney
    02.08 - Service Project
    02.15 - Dan Holm
    02.22 - Judy Seliga-Punyko
    03.01 - Max Holm
    03.08 - Service Project
    03.15 - Mary Jo Kroska
    03.22 - Casey Nies
    03.29 - Michelle Schubitzke

    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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