This Week's Program:
Dr. Tony Barrett, Economic Professor Emeritus
College of St. Scholastica
Join us Wednesday, January 26th at 7:30am in the Holiday Inn Downtown's Great Lakes Ballroom as we hear from Dr. Tony Barrett, Economic Professor Emeritus from the College of St. Scholastica. Dr. Barrett will give Harbortown his annual economic update and forecast.
Dr. Barrett has dedicated his life to economics and is frequently quoted by regional media as an expert source on everything from the steel industry to cryptocurrencies to local and national economic outlooks and analysis. 
Dr. Barrett worked at the College of St. Scholastica for 28 years, teaching economics and serving a stint as athletic director. During that time, he established a Nordic ski team and was instrumental in bringing football to the college. Prior to coming to Duluth in 1990 to serve as Assistant Professor of Economics, Dr. Barrett taught for 10 years at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. 
Ely Winter Festival
Fellow Harbortown Rotarian Karl Everett will have a watercolor on display in
Ely during the Ely Winter Festival - February 3-13, 2022.
Don't miss the last weekend of fun winter events! Visit the festival's Facebook page or website for a listing of events.
Artwork by Karl Everett.

Second Harvest Food Bank Hands-On Project
Harbortown's next hands-on project will be 
Wednesday, February 16th from 5:30pm - 7:00pm
at the Second Harvest Food Bank.
Interested in volunteering? Please let Jinell know (

January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month
January marks National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Below, you can find ways to identify and help stop human trafficking.  

One Rotary Summit (Virtual)

This weekend! Explore “Let’s Talk Rotary – Serve to Change Lives” at this year’s District 5580 One Rotary Summit.  This session is designed for new and experienced Rotarians and Rotaractors to come together and share discussion about service opportunities and the relationship of Public Image, Membership, and The Rotary Foundation.

As a participant you will…

  • Be excited to ‘Serve to Change Lives’.
  • Be inspired and ready to tell the stories of what is accomplished because of Rotary and The Rotary Foundation.
  • Understand and be ready to share “What’s in it for me and others because of Rotary.”
  • Be inspired and act to increase Rotary’s impact and reach in your community and beyond.
  • Understand and support club efforts to increase member engagement.
  • Appreciate and support the work of your club in increasing adaptability.

Register today! 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

2021-2022 Presidential Initiatives

Initiatives Overview

  • Empowering Girls
  • Grow Rotary – Each One, Bring One
  • Rotary Days of Service
  • Areas of Focus Presidential Conferences

Empowering Girls: Rotary encourages clubs and districts to prioritize projects that improve the health, well-being, education, and economic security of girls in their communities and around the world. Work to increase equity by ensuring girls' access to resources that will improve their lives.

Grow Rotary – Each One, Bring One: When we grow Rotary by welcoming new members, we achieve more by expanding our service and increasing the impact of our projects in our communities. 

Rotary Days of Service: Hands-on volunteer experiences strengthen our communities. Offer meaningful volunteer opportunities for families and partner organizations to address challenges in your community.

Areas of Focus Presidential Conferences: Plan to attend a presidential conference that explores the intersections of our areas of focus. The 2021-22 presidential conference series will highlight the humanitarian work that Rotary clubs and districts pioneer locally and support globally. 

Read more HERE.


Notes from the Board
At the most recent Harbortown Rotary Board Meeting, the club's response to the loss of a Rotarian's family member was discussed. Harbortown Rotary will send a gift on behalf of the club if a current/active Rotarian loses a spouse/partner, child, or parent. The club will also honor all past presidents and honorary members, regardless of club status. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Heather Salfer ( Thank you.

COVID-19 Update

Safety and Health Considerations: When attending in-person Harbortown events, the club strongly encourages unvaccinated individuals to wear a mask at meetings or other gatherings. If for any reason, a member or guest would like to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status, we encourage them to do so. Thank you for your efforts to keep all of our Harbortown Rotarians safe!

Stay up-to-date on local COVID-19 statistics and find information about testing HERE.

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 Rick Oase ( or Stephanie Judd ( as soon as that speaker is confirmed. If you are unable to confirm a speaker, 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).
The Holiday Inn has dedicated a laptop for weekly Harbortown use. All presenters need to bring is 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.
Because Harbortown is asked by the Holiday Inn for RSVPs each week, Rob will RSVP each weekly presenter to ensure the presenter gets breakfast. If the presenter is bringing a guest, please let Rob know so he can RSVP the guest, as well. Questions? Please contact Rob Haglin ( 
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:
06.15 - Mitchell Diers
06.17 - Hands-On Project - Grandma's Spaghetti Dinner
06.22 - President's Dinner & Cash Raffle
06.29 - Chris Trapp

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 Charity and Chloe on the speaker's name, organization, and email. If you are the chair of a Harbortown Committee, please update Charity and Chloe on relevant information regarding grants and awards, meetings or news. Charity and Chloe 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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