This Week's Program:
Ken Buehler, Depot Train Museum Executive Director
Lake Superior Railroad Museum
Join us Wednesday, January 5th at 7:30am in the Great Lakes Ballroom, Holiday Inn Downtown Duluth as we hear from Ken Buehler who will take Harbortown on a tour of the Lake Superior Railroad Museum! Hear behind the scenes stories of the many artifacts.
After selling his radio stations, Ken took on running the then bankrupt North Shore Scenic Railroad and Lake Superior Railroad Museum. He worked the first half of his first year for no pay while rebuilding the business. Today, the North Shore Scenic Railroad is one of Duluth's major tourist destinations, safely carrying over 110,000 guest/passengers this last year. USA Today voted the Lake Superior Railroad Museum the "BEST Transportation Museum in America." 
Club Fundraising
If you would like to donate to pass the hat for Rotary Adopt a Family Christmas gifts, please send money via Venmo, PayPal, or Zelle to Tony Hanson.

Venmo: @Tony_Hansen or search cell number (218) 343-6499
Zelle: or cell number (218) 343-6499
Additionally, the Harbortown Football Board is filling up! Kevin has sold 60/100 spots. If you are interested in purchasing a spot, please let Kevin know.

Tennessee Tornado Relief: Call for Donations for Communities in Rotary District 6760
#RotaryResponds where human needs are great. 
Last week, in addition to the devastation in Kentucky, a total of 15 tornados devastated towns in Middle and Western Tennessee as storms swept through the state. Winds of up to 135 miles per hour ripped through communities and tore up the lives of those who survived. Small towns such as Dresden, Dickson, Kingston Springs, and Samburg in Rotary District 6760 have lost homes, entire business districts and neighborhoods, and destroyed livelihoods, with many people in need of basics such as a place to sleep, shelter, non-perishable food, gas cans and storage bins, as well as cleanup equipment. This article covering a visit to the area by Tennessee Governor Bill Lee includes photos of some of the hardest-hit communities in West Tennessee.   
Rotary District Governor in 6760, Michael Babb, district leadership, and Rotary clubs in the devastated communities have organized to accept donations and contribute to helping these communities survive, recover, and rebuild. At this very special time of year, those who survive have little to celebrate. Please help. Here’s what is currently known, and what you can do.
  • Rotary District 6760 is accepting donations to assist communities in need who have been affected by the tornado. Please make checks out: to:“Rotary District 6760” and include “Disaster Relief” in the memo, and mail to:
    RI District 6760 Treasurer
    P.O. Box 399t
    Dickson, TN 37056
  • The Rotary Club of Dresden, through Past District Governor April Lieberman, has established a relief fund that they will use in assisting victims.
    You can make a donation:
If you have a network of suppliers who are willing to donate supplies, or are considering sending a team of recovery volunteers, please contact Michelle Balsley at Please consider helping communities in need at this time of year when family, peace, and compassion are especially important. Thank you for being a Rotarian, and thank you for your compassion.

Elizabeth Usovicz
Director, Rotary Zones 30 and 31
Join the Rotary Friendship Exchange to Central Texas!
The District 5580 Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) committee is now accepting applications for an exchange with District 5850 to Austin, Texas, April 1st – April 10th, 2022. The RFE program is funded by the participants, but travel costs are kept low with lodging and many meals provided by Rotarian host families. Please visit the RFE webpage on the District website to find out more. 
The application form is available on the RFE webpage, as well as criteria for team selection. The exchange team is limited to 5 couples; lodging is double occupancy. Please see the criteria for team selection for a full explanation. The application deadline for this exchange to Austin, Texas is January 19, 2022.
Visit or look under Avenues of Service/International/Friendship Exchange on the District 5580 website.
Please contact the District 5580 Friendship Exchange Chair, Laurie Lewandowski directly with any questions or to request additional information: / 218-849-2402. 
COVID-19 Update

Safety and Health Considerations: When attending in-person Harbortown events, the club strongly encourages unvaccinated individuals to wear a mask at meetings or other gatherings. If for any reason, a member or guest would like to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status, we encourage them to do so. Thank you for your efforts to keep all of our Harbortown Rotarians safe!

Stay up-to-date on local COVID-19 statistics and find information about testing HERE.

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 Rick Oase ( or Stephanie Judd ( as soon as that speaker is confirmed. If you are unable to confirm a speaker, 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).
The Holiday Inn has dedicated a laptop for weekly Harbortown use. All presenters need to bring is 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.
Because Harbortown is asked by the Holiday Inn for RSVPs each week, Rob will RSVP each weekly presenter to ensure the presenter gets breakfast. If the presenter is bringing a guest, please let Rob know so he can RSVP the guest, as well. Questions? Please contact Rob Haglin ( 
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:
Feb. 16 - Hands-On Second Harvest Food Bank
Feb. 23 - Carl Maki
Mar. 2 - Dan Holm
Mar. 9 - Rick Cleath
Mar. 16 - Hands-On Boys and Girls Club (Clyde Iron Location)
Mar. 23 - Jordan Johnson
Mar. 30 - Brad Jenson

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 Charity and Chloe on the speaker's name, organization, and email. If you are the chair of a Harbortown Committee, please update Charity and Chloe on relevant information regarding grants and awards, meetings or news. Charity and Chloe 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 2021
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