No Morning Meeting: Hands-On Event
Bentleyville Set-Up
Join us this Wednesday, October 12th at 5:00pm at the entrance of the park to help set-up Bentleyville. Please bring warm clothes and work gloves. Junior Rotarians welcome!
Please email or text Lisa if you plan to volunteer at this event. Her email address is and phone for texting is 218-390-6638. 
HDC Annual Gala

Join us in supporting the Human Development Center's Child and Family Services Program!

Thursday, October 13th, 2022  5:30pm -  Greysolon Ballroom
Silent Auction, Interactive Games, Raffles, Hors D'oeuvres, and More!

All funds raised will go directly towards supporting mental health services for children in Duluth, Cloquet, and Two Harbors. HDC offers a wide array of children's services including therapy and skills groups in the office, in the community, and in the schools. 

Purchase tickets online at:


World Polio Day
We are making great progress towards eradicating polio, however recent news reminds us that polio anywhere is a threat everywhere. Polio is being detected around the world in places where it hasn’t been found in decades. In the United States, an unvaccinated man was paralyzed by polio. In the UK, poliovirus has been detected in sewage samples. In Malawi, a child contracted polio. And Mozambique announced its first polio outbreak of wild poliovirus in 30 years.
The time for urgent action is now. A new vaccine has been deployed to stop outbreaks. Malawi, Mozambique, and nearby countries are conducting immunization campaigns to stop the spread of the virus. With our partners and advocates like you, we continue to encourage communities worldwide to provide vaccinations.
As we approach World Polio Day, 24 October, you can help us make an impact and stop the spread of polio. You can take action by:
World Polio Day will help us provide the resources needed to protect children from the U.S. to Mozambique and around the world. Join us so that no child suffers the paralyzing effects of polio ever again.

The Rotary Foundation

Happy Rotary Anniversary!
Happy Harbortown Rotary Anniversary to our following members! We so greatly appreciate your commitment to service.
  • Jim Boileau (3 years)
  • Carl Maki (5 years)
  • Chris Trapp (15 years)
  • Lisa Mitchell-Krocak (18 years)
  • Bob MacLean (25 years)
  • Bob Hansen (36 years)                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Rotary Foundation

Rotary Foundation Day is Wednesday, November 16th! Watch for a pledge card in your email from Amber for Foundation Day!  

The Rotary Foundation transforms our gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. Since its founding over 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. We are trying to make lives better in our own community and around the world. The Rotary Foundation helps Rotary members advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment, and alleviating poverty. 

Harbortown Rotary has been very generous in supporting the Rotary Foundation, and we have encouraged all our members to donate, become Paul Harris Fellows, and recognize family members and others people we want to honor by making them Paul Harris Fellows. To recognize someone as a Paul Harris fellow of the Rotary Foundation, we or other members of our club have donated $1,000 in their name. Harbortown recognized the following individuals during the past weeks:

New Paul Harris Fellows: Mason Holm (Son of Max Holm)

Harbortown Trip to Bolivia
Harbortown's International Service Committee is getting close to completing the fund raising for the Viente de Septiembre clinic and will hopefully then receive grant approval. Karl Everett spoke with Jose Velasquez and Segundo about the project schedule, and Mano-a-Mano believes they could complete the project in four months,with a Rotary visit to Bolivia to attend the dedication of the clinic in mid-April.
A possible trip would leave from Miami on Thursday, April 13th and arrive in Cochabamba on Friday, April 14th, returning  around April 22nd. Currently BOA flights from Miami to Cochabamba are $670.00 round-trip. Estimated travel costs would total less than $2,500. However, there are a lot of "ifs" involved in the timing and travel, and hopefully the grant is approved. 
Harbortown has six medical clinics, two water wells, water reservoir follow-up, and Bolivia Dream Fund students to visit. Harbortown representatives probably need to split up into two groups to visit all the projects. Segundo will not be there in April as he is planning to travel there in mid-March and again in mid-May (also potential travel dates), but he said he would make arrangements for April and provide others as tour guides, and Jose would be there. Karl's thought is to limit the Harbortown group size to a dozen, with another option to arrange a future trip in October 2023.  Please Karl Everett know if you are interested in attending and which travel dates you may prefer.

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 October 26th meeting was about polio from Aiden O'Leary, Polio Eradication Director for the World Health Organization. This quote is particularly relevant because this year's Rotary theme is "Imagine Rotary."

"There's something about the whole idea of eradicating polio that grabs the imagination. Most people talk about making steps toward achievements, and it's almost always into the never never. Eradication is a zero sum game - anything short of zero is failure. You keep getting closer and closer, but ultimately the only number that actually matters is zero."

Malaria, Polio, And COVID-19: Lessons For Existing And Future Pandemics -  Health Policy Watch

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:
11.06 - Rotary Hands On Project 
11.16 -  Rotary Foundation Day - Amber Sadowski
11.23 - Rob Haglin
11.30 - Tony Dierckins: Duluth's Grand Old Architecture - Mark Erickson
12.07 - Holiday Party (No Morning Meeting)
12.14 - Heather Salfer
12.28 - Jason Watt

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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