Evening Fireside 
(No Morning Meeting)
Join us Wednesday evening from 5:00pm - 7:30pm for our Evening Fireside Meeting. We will hear updates on what our committees have been up to and what lies ahead for our club!
Dubh Linn's Pub - Private Room
109 W. Superior St.
Duluth, MN 55802
Social: 5:00pm
Dinner and Program: 5:30pm (heavy apps, cash bar)
Cross Currents
Shekhar Mehta
R. Gordon R. McInally

President 2023-24
On February 19, 2024 DG Dave Long and Rotarains from District 5580, 5950, and 5960 attended Rotary Awareness Day at the MN State Capital to speak up in favor of Rotary and our service projects. They introduced a Rotary license plate bill to create proceeds directed to our foundations. 

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imageWe recently traveled to Bolivia to visit our Rotary District projects that included medical clinics and water well projects. I’m happy to report that all projects have been successfully completed and functioning.  The Rotary 5580 Laguna Sulti Water Well Projects in Chirusi Rosario & Tajamar are in operation and serving these Communities. The Chirusi Rosario water tank was completed on October 26, 2022, and they claim that this water tank with its ROTARY logo is the tallest in the whole wide world.


Calling All Do-Gooders - Bike Duluth Festival

The Bike Duluth Festival and Silent Auction are just around the corner on July 19-21We need your help in gathering auction items. 

If every Rotarian can find at least one auction item we would have a fantastic auction.
While we have several items already, we are in need of many more for a truly successful auction.  
Please let me know if you obtain any donations or have any questions.  
YIR, Bob MacLean (

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
"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. 
Don't want to golf? Join us for dinner only, the Holm Family Putting Contest, and/or sponsor a hole.
Please check out our new registration site here:

Rotarian Birthdays

Happy birthday to our Harbortown Rotarians celebrating this June!

Fred Rouse – June 4
Bob MacLean – June 12
MJ Kroska – June 29

Happy Rotary Anniversary!
Happy Rotary June Anniversaries to our following members!
We so greatly appreciate your commitment to service.
Kevin Anderson (39 Years)
Fred Rouse (38 Years)
Greg Wegler (36 Years)
Chip Jacobs (30 Years)
MJ Kroska (23 Years)

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 the upcoming program duty (check the duty roster here), please be sure to secure a speaker and provide notice to Casey Nies ( as soon as your speaker is confirmed. If you are unable to confirm a speaker, please contact Lauren Farden ( for help. If you have a different assigned program duty and cannot make it to the meeting, please find a replacement. 
Harbortown Rotary has a Windows 11 laptop. 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. 
Upcoming Program Duties:
07.03 - Joel Kilgour, Stepping On Up
07.10 - Service Project
07.17 - Brandon Torgerson, MN Teen Challenge
07.24 - Lindsey Whitlinger, Lester River Rendezvous
07.31 - Michaela Houg, Alzheimer's Foundation
08.07 - Lisa Mitchell-Krocak
08.14 - Service Project
08.21 - Tony Dierckins, Twin Ports Trains: The Historic Railroads of Duluth & Superior
08.28 - Potter Neustel
09.04 - Service Project
09.11 - District Governor, Kay Parries
Harbortown News
For news, announcements, event promotion, social media, media releases, and more, please contact Casey Nies ( | 701.351.7270)
For Scuttlebutt: If you are hosting the program speaker, please copy Casey on the speaker's name, organization, and email. If you are the chair of a Harbortown Committee, please update Casey on relevant information regarding grants and awards, meetings or news. Casey will use this information to create more dynamic and engaging content to share with potential club members and on social media! 
Do you have Harbortown Rotary pictures to share!? Share your photos HERE with Google Photos so we can spread the word about how awesome our members are and the impact we're making on our community!

Harbortown Rotary 2023
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