Morning Meeting:
Deirdre Schlunegger, Executive Director
Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity

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 Deirdre Schlunegger, Executive Director of Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity. 

Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization serving the Minnesota counties of  Carlton, Lake, and St. Louis. They build homes, community, and hope. 

Deirdre has led nonprofits for more than 25 years, including as the CEO of a national non-profit based in Chicago, Children's Hospitals, Easter Seals of Chicago Head Start program, a national Breast Cancer organization, domestic violence, program development in Cabrini Green in the Chicago Housing Arena, and others. She served on numerous committees including those for Chicago Homeless, Juvenile Justice, and Domestic Violence. After "retiring" and relocating to Minnesota to be closer to aging parents, she worked for the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. Deirdre has also worked as a strategic planning and fundraising consultant for multiple organizations around the country.

Deirdre holds a B.S. from Colorado State University, completed an internship at Johns Hopkins Children's Hospital, completed a program in nonprofit management at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Business, and attended courses in management at Wharton School of Business, the University of Chicago, Lewis University and at other university venues.


Save the Dates! 2023 Harbortown Summer Fundraisers
Ridgeview Country Club in Duluth, Minnesota, USA | GolfPass
The 2023 Harbortown Rotary Charitable Foundation Golf Fundraiser will be held on 
Monday, July 24, 2023 at Ridgeview Country Club.
This fundraiser to benefits the Robert Hermans Scholarship Fund and the Donald Holm Founders Fund.
COME JOIN US as we raise funds that make impacts on the lives of local youth!
Complete the form, and then send/email it to Greg Goldman, Juhl Halverson, or Scott Fisher. 

Volunteer with STARBASE
STARBASE Duluth – Inspire a Passion for STEM 
Get Hands-On with STARBASE Duluth!
Approximately 2,800 students attend the program during the school year and another 300+ during the 4 weeks of summer programming. The first week of camp concluded yesterday. STARBASE Duluth is in need of volunteers for the remaining summer camp session July 17-20. You don’t have to be a STEM professional to volunteer. It’s a great way to experience first-hand this amazing program. Here’s the link to Sign-up Genius to see what volunteer spots are available: 
Minnesota Power is a corporate partner of the Duluth STARBASE Program located up on the 148th Fighter Wing Air Base. Here’s the link to their website to learn more about this hands-on, experiential STEM program that is inspiring youth from as far north as International Falls, west to Grand Rapids and south to Hinckley. STARBASE exposes students to many, many interesting STEM careers in this region!


2023 Rotary Peach Sale
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2022-2023 Rotary Awards

Awards Announced at President's Dinner from Rotary District 5580

Service Above Self Awards | Rotary Club of Sun Prairie

Distinguished Rotarian of the Year in International Service - This award recognizes THE Rotarian in our District who has excelled in the area of International Service.
Congratulations, Karl Everett, for being selected as the Distinguished Rotarian of the Year in International Service for 2023!

International Service Award - Harbortown Rotary was selected this year for the International Service Award for Clubs with more than 60 members.
Thank you, Nathan Sager as Chair of Internal Services and his committee, for their work this year resulting in this honor from District 5580! 

Public Image Award - Harbortown Rotary was selected this year for the Public Image Award for Clubs with more than 60 members.
Thank you, Chloe Strand as Chair of Club Service and her committee, for their work this year resulting in this honor from District 5580!  

Inter-Organizational Service - Harbortown Rotary was selected this year among Rotary Clubs of all sizes in District 5580 for our projects and activities working with other service organizations in a joint effort to benefit their communities.
Thank you, Lisa Mitchell-Krocak as Chair of Community Service and her committee, for their work this year resulting in this honor from District 5580!

Happy Rotary Anniversary!
Happy Harbortown Rotary Anniversary to our following members!
We so greatly appreciate your commitment to service.

Kevin Anderson (38 years)
Fred Rouse (37 years)

Greg Wegler (35 years)
Chip Jacobs (29 years)
Mary Jo Kroska (22 years)
Jason Watt (2 years)



Congratulations Paul Harris Fellows

Harbortown Rotary recognized the following new Paul Harris fellows!

Congratulations and thank you for your support of the Rotary Foundation.

Paul Harris Fellow | Rotary Club of Woonsocket
Madeline Carlson (Grandchild of Craig Carlson)
Jamari Fisher (Grandchild of Scott Fisher)
Leilani Fisher (Grandchild of Scott Fisher's)
Mailee Holm (Daughter of Max Holm)
John Hutchinson (Son-in-Law of Chip Jacobs)
Ava Jaus (Grandchild of Nathan Sager)
Genene Lynott (Friend of Karl Everett and Donor to Harbortown Rotary International Projects)
Melissa Madison
Hazel Thibodeau (Niece of Amber Sadowski)

Isabel Cochran (Grandchild of Mike Cochran)
Darrell Goldberg
Chadwick Roberts
Jacob Sass
Matt Cochran



Rotary Magazine - July 2023
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Gordon McInally began his Rotary journey at age 26, invited to join his local club by a farmer friend in their small village in Scotland. The journey would take him around the world to serve in places like Rwanda and South Africa and to a realization that Rotary is "a great vehicle for being able to care for and help others." In this issue of Rotary magazine, join us as we get to know Rotary's new president and his mission to Create Hope in the World.

Click here to read the July 2023 issue. The link will take you to your digital copy, which you can read using any common web browser.

In this special issue, we'll introduce you to all of Rotary's 2023-24 leadership, including the Board of Directors, the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation, and the district governors. Learn about their professional backgrounds and hear some of their incredible Rotary stories.

In the Our Clubs section, we've got tips on how your club or district can apply for global grants to support international activities in Rotary's areas of focus. Looking for other ways to get involved? Find out how Rotarians and Rotaractors can apply to serve on committees in the 2024-25 Rotary year.

Parking at the Kitchi Gammi Club
The Kitchi Gammi Club would like all our Harbortown Rotary members who attend Wednesday morning meetings to know that the top row of parking spots in the Kitchi Gammi parking lot (marked in red on the map) is now leased to St. Luke's. Those spaces are for St. Luke’s employees only and are not available for us to park in during morning meetings. St. Luke’s will be towing those spots if the cars parked there do not have the appropriate parking sticker. 

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:
08.16 - Dave Kohlhaas
08.23 - Juhl Halvorson
08.30 - Scott Soderberg
09.06 - Scott Fisher
09.13 - Service Project
09.20 - Shawn Clairmont
09.27 - Evening Fireside (No Morning Meeting)

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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