COGGS Trail Cleaning Hands-On Event
(No Morning Meeting)
Join us Wednesday afternoon from 4:00pm - 6:00pm at Chambers Grove for May's hands-on event! 

Harbortown Rotary and guests will be perform spring maintenance on the St Louis River Trail that leads directly out of Chambers Grove Park. The trail itself is about 1.5 miles long, so we will plan to split into smaller groups with the direction of some COGGS volunteers to provide everyone with instructions.

Post event, please join us for a Happy Hour will be at Mount du Lac!

Trail Cleaning:
Chambers Grove
13404 MN-23
Duluth, MN 55808

Happy Hour:
Mont du Lac Resort
3125 S. Mont Du Lac Rd.
Superior, WI 54880

Hands-On Thank You!
THANK YOU to all our Harbortown Rotarians who have come out to help clean up and rebuild our Duluth parks and trails over the last several events!

You drive the mission of our club and make us all proud!

Rotary Magazine - May 2024
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Beyond the fires and floods, the heat and failed crops, climate change exacts another, less visible toll — on our mental health. From the trauma of experiencing a catastrophic storm to anxiety over an uncertain future, the psychological impact is measurable. The good news is that taking collective action can ease eco-anxiety. In this issue of Rotary magazine, we examine the ways Rotary members and others are doing just that.

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

May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the U.S., and we are devoting much of this issue to the topic. Read about Rotary clubs in Colorado that stepped up when a hospital system declared an emergency on youth mental health. Learn how young people, on social media and on campus, are offering one another peer-to-peer support. And join us as we try forest bathing to see for ourselves how the practice taps into the therapeutic power of nature.

It's also Rotary Youth Service Month, and in our "Where are they now?" column, we introduce you to an immigration lawyer who says it was a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp that shaped her social conscience.


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:

Calling All Do-Gooders - Bike Duluth Festival

The Bike Duluth Festival is just around the corner on July 19-21We need your help!

The link to sign up for volunteer spots, for the Bike Duluth Festival, is live. 
If you go to the Bike Festival Home page you can also find it there.
Please follow the link and register for a spot. 
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Carl. 218.481.4200

Silent 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

Rotarian Birthdays

Happy birthday to our Harbortown Rotarians celebrating this July!

Mary Durward – July 8

Happy Rotary Anniversary!
Happy Rotary July Anniversaries to our following members!
We so greatly appreciate your commitment to service.
Rick Oase (39 Years)
Scott Soderberg (26 Years)
Christian Koelling (16 Years)
Jerry Kortesmaki (9 Years)
Andres Gonzalez (5 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:
07.17 - 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 2024
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