Essentia Hermantown Hands-On Volunteering
(No Morning Meeting)
Join Harbortown for our first hands-on project of the year this Wednesday, January 11th at the new YMCA Essentia Wellness Center at 4289 Ugstad Road from 4:00pm - 6:00pm (or any portion of that time slot you are able). Junior Rotarians welcome!
From 4:00pm - 4:30pm we will tour the new facility and see all the various YMCA programs offered at the facility.
From 4:30pm - 6:00pm we will pack 100 meal kits and help with a small painting project. Painting materials will be provided. If you are willing, please wear your painting clothes, and we will make quick work of the task!
Park in the back parking lot of the building and meet at the Member Services Desk. (The main/other entrance is by the playground and pretty easily recognizable.)
There is no morning meeting and no sign up necessary! At least 15 members/volunteers would be ideal. Hope to see you there!
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.  ​​​​​​​

    Harbortown Happy Hour 
    THANK YOU to all the Rotarians who braved the weather and came out to Lake Superior Brewing last Wednesday for Harbortown Happy Hour!
    We hope you enjoyed the fellowship and all got home safely. 

    Harbortown Investment Club Meeting
    Harbortown's next Investment Club meeting is on Tuesday, January 10th, 2023. All members are welcome to come to the meeting.  (Time and location are still being determined.)
    There are two times a year the committee can take on new members - January and July.  New members will need to buy in at the market rate; Tony Hansen can provide that amount if you are interested. Each year there are dues: 1/2 share - $25.00/month or a full share - $50.00/month to be paid at the beginning of each new year in full. The goal of this group is fellowship, education, and hopefully making some money.
    If  you are interested in joining the investment group, please reach out to Jinell Abernethy (  /  218.428.2800). 

    Junior Rotarian Breakfast
    New Generations Committee is hosting a Junior Rotarian Breakfast for all Junior Rotarians on Wednesday, January 25th at 7:15am. This is an opportunity to get all Junior Rotarians back together again, similar to our first full meeting. We will spend some time discussing and/or working on your school project proposals (thanks Denfeld for getting yours in last week!) as well as spending time in your school groups reviewing the process and selecting dates for the May Meeting Takeovers. In May, each school will host one of our Harbortown meetings and have responsibilities for greeting, fellowship, program, introductions, etc. It’s a great opportunity to gain meeting management skills!
    Please send your RSVP (yes or no) to Charity Johnson ( We’ll have a small gift for everyone who attends.
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    Junior Rotarian January Meeting
    Wednesday, January 25, 2023
    Kitchi Gammi Club
    831 East Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55802

    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 (

    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.

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    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!
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