Morning Meeting:
Roger Reinert, Duluth City Mayor
Join us this Wednesday morning at 7:30am in the Great Hall at the Kitchi Gammi Club (831 E Superior St., Duluth, MN 55802) as we hear from Roger Reinert, City of Duluth Mayor. 

Reinert was elected the 40th Mayor of the City of Duluth in November 2023. He brings to the office relevant experience from the private, public, and military sectors.

Reinert is a licensed attorney, and prior to taking office was the Managing Partner of Reinert & Associates. His firm provided legal and consulting work focused on local units of government and local elected leaders. He has also spent 18 years teaching undergraduate political science and legal courses, and graduate public policy classes. In addition to his Juris Doctorate, he also holds Bachelors and Masters in Science degrees. 

Prior to being elected Mayor, Reinert served six years in the Minnesota Senate representing District 7 and before that served two years in the Minnesota House of Representatives. He also served five years on the Duluth City Council. 

Reinert is a Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and is currently second-in-command of the Navy’s largest Reserve Public Affairs unit. Upon his return home, Reinert was asked to serve as the Interim Executive Director at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center 2020-2021. 
Junior Rotarians - Hermans Scholarship
Robert Hermans Harbortown Rotary Scholarship
The Hermans Harbortown Rotary Scholarship awards $2,000 each year to area students who are candidates for admission to any fully accredited degree granting college or university.
Last year a total of six scholarships were awarded on the basis of character, demonstrated community involvement, leadership and academic ability. Financial need is not a requirement.
Students must submit the application form (find the application HERE!), two references, and a copy of their transcript through their first semester of their senior year. The transcript must include standardized test scores.
The deadline is March 1st!
 Materials should be sent to: Mr. Scott Fisher 202 W. Superior St., Ste. 810 Duluth, MN 55802
Or via email to: or
Web site:
Contact: Mr. Scott Fisher (218.727.6881) | Mr. Juhl Halvorson –(218.393.2980)
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Spring Quarter Programs
Harbortown Rotarians! Lauren is working on the Duty Roster for the coming quarter. If you know someone who would like to present to our club in the next quarter (April – June), please reach out to Lauren to get them on the schedule. Best way to reach her is at

2024 Rotary District 5580 Conference





Speaking of Golf
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"SPEAKING OF GOLF!!!" - Scott Fisher
Mark your calendars as the 2024 Duluth Harbortown Rotary Charitable Foundation's Golf Fundraiser to benefit the Robert Hermans Scholarship Fund and the Donald Holm Founders Fund is scheduled for JULY 8, 2024 at Ridgeview Country Club. 

Rotary Magazine - March 2024
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They're the missing link between farms and food banks: the volunteers who collect crops left behind in fields. Harvest Against Hunger takes it a step further. In this issue of Rotary magazine, we look at how the long-standing program of Rotary District 5030 in Greater Seattle serves as a model for addressing food insecurity, not by building new infrastructure but by forging so many connections between community partners that one farmer dubbed it "a benevolent octopus."

Click here to read your digital copy of the March 2024 issue.

In another example of improving existing systems, polio vaccinators have a powerful new tool to fight outbreaks: cellphones that track their progress as they go door to door, ensuring fewer children are overlooked. In the Our World section, learn how polio mapping is going high tech.

March is Rotary Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Month. In the "Where are they now?" column, we introduce you to a Rotary scholar who has made it her life's work to expand access to safe water.

Rotarian Birthdays

Happy Birthday Rotarians!

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Happy birthday to our Harbortown Rotarians celebrating this February!
Jim Wheeler - March 9
Greg Goldman - March 11
Kevin Anderson - March 30
Have a birthday this month but don't see it here? Make sure to update your information in Club Runner so we can recognize you!

Happy Rotary Anniversary!
Happy Rotary March Anniversaries to our following members!
We so greatly appreciate your commitment to service.
Craig Carlson (40 Years)
Duane Holm (36 Years)
Kerry Leider (29 Years)
Jinell Abernethy (20 Years)
Jeremy Jeannette (19 Years)
Shawn Clairmont (8 Years)
Dan Holm (7 Years)
Brad Irwin (2 Years)
Lexi Lanigan (2 Years)
Lauren Farden (1 Year)
Sophie Hillmeyer (1 Year)

Share Your Rotary Pics!
Do you have Harbortown Rotary pictures to share!?
Use the Google Photos link below to share them with us, so we can spread the word about how awesome our members are and the impact we're making on our community!

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).
Harbortown Rotary has a Windows 11 laptop at 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:
04.03 - Jim Boileau
04.10 - Gabe Walsh, CEO of Lake Superior Area Realtors Association 
04.17 - Jordon Eunison-Chisti
04.24 - Chester Bowl Hands-On

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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