Morning Meeting:
Tracie Clanaugh, Executive Director
First Witness Child Advocacy Center
Join Harbortown at 7:30am in the Great Hall at the Kitchi Gammi Club (831 E Superior St., Duluth, MN 55802) as we hear from Tracie Clanaugh, Executive Director of the First Witness Child Advocacy Center. 
tracie began her career in youth and family services in 1982 at a camp in Northern Minnesota that serves children with learning disabilities and emotional/behavioral disorders. Her experience led to a deep passion for helping children reach their potential regardless of their challenges. Through her work, she saw that with the right sets of supports and advocacy, children and families can move forward and become strong.
Throughout her career, Tracie has worked tirelessly to advocate for high-quality innovative programs that address the unique needs of children and families. In her recent role as Executive Director of YMCA Community Services, Tracie has provided leadership to Mentor Duluth, True North AmeriCorps, Youth Outdoors Duluth and YMCA Out of School Time Programs. With her leadership, YMCA staff and volunteers have strived to positively impact children’s lives through mentoring, family engagement, tutoring, and academic enrichment programs. Tracie has worked closely with local and state foundations and collaborative partners to ensure programs maintain adequate levels of funding and staffing to meet community needs.
Tracie holds a Masters’ Degree in Educational Psychology and is a graduate of the YMCA’s Leadership Symposium. She has received extensive training in youth program quality assessment, diversity and inclusion, strategic planning, organization development, and board governance.
Herman's Scholarship Deadline is Wednesday March 1!
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The Robert Hermans Harbortown Rotary Scholarship Deadline is Wednesday, March 1st!
The Robert 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, (available in the school guidance offices or on the homepage of our Harbortown website) two references and a copy of their transcript through their first semester of their senior year. The transcript must include standardized test scores. The form is a fillable PDF, so just complete, save and either provide to your counselor with all required documents OR you can email the packet to either Scott Fisher at or Juhl Halvorson The deadline is Wednesday, March 1st!

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.

Save the Dates! 2023 Harbortown Summer Fundraisers
The 2023 Bike Duluth Festival fundraiser will be held on
Friday, July 7 - Sunday, July 9, 2023 at Spirit Mountain.
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.
Stay tuned for more details on all the upcoming fun!
March Rotary Magazine Available Online
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Click here to read the March 2023 issue. The link will take you to your digital copy, which you can read using any common web browser.
Check out stories like:
  • Retired U.S. Army Colonel Chris Kolenda set out on a quest to channel his grief into something healing and positive: a 1,700-mile bike journey to visit the graves of the six men who died under his command in Afghanistan.
  • Go inside Ukraine, where the war with Russia has entered a second year. In this final installment of a two-part series on Rotary's response to the humanitarian crisis, Rotary magazine's Wen Huang witnesses the resilience of Ukraine's people and the wide reach of Rotary's network.
  • Wondering where to dine while you're in Melbourne for the 2023 Rotary International Convention? Check out our illustrated guide in this month's Handbook feature. And let us know you're coming: Register now.
Prefer to listen? Check out our podcast for audio versions of the magazine's best storytelling along with full episodes featuring exclusive bonus interviews. Please subscribe, and, if you enjoy what you hear, give us a positive rating or review.
Your Rotary magazine editorial team

Speaking of Golf...
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The 2023 Harbortown Rotary Charitable Foundation Golf Fundraiser will be held on Monday, July 24, 2023 at Ridgeview Country Club.
Stay tuned for more details to come!

Rotary Foundation Ukraine Response Fund
Rotary members have already shown amazing generosity to the people of Ukraine. Because we continue to receive an outpouring of requests to provide humanitarian aid, The Rotary Foundation has created a new temporary fund. The Ukraine Response Fund is a response to the ongoing, urgent need and the wish of Rotary members to keep making a difference for people affected by the war.  

Together, we can offer our support to these communities. Here is how you can help. 
1. Donate to the Ukraine Response Fund 
2. Fundraise among your colleagues, friends, and family using Raise for Rotary 
3. Learn how Rotary members are helping the people of Ukraine
Thank you for supporting this new fund and helping communities in Ukraine recover. 
Sincerely, Ian H.S. Riseley, 2022-23 Trustee Chair, The Rotary Foundation
When you donate to the Ukraine Response Fund, please note that these are temporarily restricted funds. Any unused funds may be transferred to our general Disaster Response Fund to help communities affected by disasters. 

Rotary Tri-District Conference
Imagine! 2023 is the first-ever Tri-District Conference for Rotarians and Rotaractors from International Districts 5580, 5950, and 5960. Get ready for an engaging weekend filled with education, camaraderie, celebration, inspiration, personal growth, and fun!

By participating in this one-of-a-kind event, your club will be measurably stronger, healthier, and happier in the year to come. Your ticket gives you full access to the entire conference, and guests are invited to fully participate.


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!
Harbortown Rotary 2022
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