Morning Meeting:
Eric Torres, PH.D.
College of Education and Human Services Professions Head
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 Eric Torres, Ph.D., UMD CEHSP Department Head and Associate Professor.
Eric Torres has a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teaching with a Specialization in Cultural Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, holds a law degree in Peru, and has worked in the education field for more than 30 years. 

Mr. Torres is a public education advocate, originally serving as a K-12 teacher and administrator. He first transitioned to higher education teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and then at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas before coming to UMD.

Before moving to the US in 1999, Mr. Torres provided legal advice and leadership education and development for grassroots leaders in the Southern Andean area. He moved to Duluth with his wife Ronda and enjoys a healthy lifestyle - embracing Duluth’s natural beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities. 


Junior Rotarian Breakfast
New Generations Committee is hosting a Junior Rotarian Breakfast for all Junior Rotarians on Wednesday, January 25th at 7:15am. This is an opportunity to get all Junior Rotarians back together again, similar to our first full meeting. We will spend some time discussing and/or working on your school project proposals (thanks Denfeld for getting yours in last week!) as well as spending time in your school groups reviewing the process and selecting dates for the May Meeting Takeovers. In May, each school will host one of our Harbortown meetings and have responsibilities for greeting, fellowship, program, introductions, etc. It’s a great opportunity to gain meeting management skills!
Please send your RSVP (yes or no) to Charity Johnson ( We’ll have a small gift for everyone who attends.
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Junior Rotarian January Meeting
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Kitchi Gammi Club
831 East Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55802

Annual Fireside Meeting Summary
Harbortown Rotary hosted its Annual Fireside Meeting on Wednesday, January 18th. Committee chairs provided updates to club members, and Chad Roberts was recognized as the winner of the Ugly Sweater Holiday Party Contest! 
The club also voted to approved President Elect, Tony Hanson's July 2023 - June 2024 slate of officers.
President - Tony Hansen
President Elect - Charity Johnson
Past President - Mary Durward
Secretary - Casey Nies
Treasurer - Mark Fredrickson
Community Service - Lisa Mitchell-Krocak
International Service - Nathan Sager
New Generations - Christian Koelling
Club Service / Public Relations - Chloe Strand
Membership - Chad Roberts
Fundraising - Rob Haglin
Sergeant-at-Arms - Lexi Lanigan

Rotary Events and Meetings Calendar
Mark your calendars for Harbortown's upcoming hands on projects, committee meetings, and gatherings!
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  • March
    • Tuesday 3/7 7:30am
      • Harbortown Rotary Board Meeting via Zoom.
    • Wednesday 3/8 7:30am
      • Community Service Committee meeting in the Kitchi Gammi Club, McGifferert Room.
    • Wednesday 3/8 3:00pm - 5:00pm
      • ​​​​​​​Rotary Hands-On event at the Humane Society of Douglas County (Superior Animal Shelter).
    • Wednesday 3/8 5:00pm 
      • Women of Rotary Dinner.  ​​​​​​​

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

    Greg Goldman (35 years)
    Mark Erickson (32 years)
    Dave Kohlhaas (19 years)
    Heather Salfer (16 years)
    Mark Fredrickson (5 years)
    Amber Sadowski (3 years)
    Jacob Sass (2 years)



    The Glass Menagerie Rotary Night at the Duluth Playhouse
    District Governor Kay Biga has arranged for a wonderful opportunity for our Rotary Clubs!  
    The February 2 performance of Glass Menagerie at the Duluth Playhouse will be designated as Rotary Night. The entire Playhouse will be dedicated to Rotary members and their guests. There are no tickets required for this evening event. This is the night before the play opens to the public!
    The Glass Menagerie Rotary Night Event, February 2, 2023
              Doors Open with refreshments and a cash bar as a time to visit with each other. 
    7:00pm          Theatre Doors open guests can begin to take their seats. 
    7:30pm          Start of Show - The Glass Menagerie runs about 2.25 hours in length with one 15 min intermission. 
    THE GLASS MENAGERIE By Tennessee Williams - Considered one of the most significant plays in modern theatrical history, THE GLASS MENAGERIE brought a brilliant young writer named Tennessee Williams to national attention when it premiered on Broadway in 1945. More than seventy-five years later, Williams' most personal work for the stage continues to captivate and resonate with audiences around the world.
    What a great opportunity to socialize, meet and mingle with other Rotarians, and enjoy an evening at the Playhouse! Please share this information with your Club and include it in your newsletter. 
    Questions? Contact: 
    Elaine Hansen                                                                                                                                                              

    February Hands-On: New Hope for Families
    Join Harbortown at our next hands-on event at New Hope for Families (1028 East 8th Street Duluth, MN 55805) on Wednesday, February 8th from 7:30am - 9:00am. 
    Rotarians will inventory and organize the refrigerators, freezers. and storage shelves and take things to the dumpster.
    There is a lot we can do to help out, and we accomplish the tasks one at a time. New Hope for Families is grateful for any and all help we can provide.
    If you happen to have a label maker, please bring it along.
    Questions? Call Merry Wallin (218.591.1466) or Kevin Anderson (218.591.0261).
    Interested in learning more about New Hope for Families mission and vision? Check out their website below.
    Mission: Our mission is to build a network of foster care families and support them in their needs without discrimination.
    Vision: To have more foster families than children in need of foster care.
    Thank you for all you do, Merry Wallin

    Harbortown Social Outing - UMD HOCKEY!
    SAVE THE DATE for Friday, February 24th at 7:00pm!
    Harbortown will enjoy a night out at Amsoil Arena as the UMD Bulldogs face off against the Miami Redhawks. Family members welcome! Tickets are $17.00 each and seats will be grouped together.  
    To RSVP: Please contact Chloe Strand (218.340.2531 or
    Jesse Jacques - Men's Hockey - UMD Athletics

    Rotary Super Bowl Board
    Harbortown's Super Bowl Picks Football Board is out! 
    If you are interested in purchasing a square or two, please let Kevin Anderson know (

    You Are Invited! - District 5580 One Summit
    You're invited! Explore “Imagination to Action” at this year’s District 5580 One Summit, formerly known as One Rotary Summit.  One Summit is designed for all members of Rotary – new and experienced Rotarians and Rotaractors – to come together and share discussion about service opportunities and the relationship of Membership, Public Image, and The Rotary Foundation.
    5 Reasons to attend the One Summit: Imagination to Action
    Learn: Attendees will have opportunities to learn from the very best.
    Lead: Sessions on talking Rotary and local leadership via service help develop skills to strengthen the voice of Rotary where you live and work.
    Connect: Lean in and learn from one another.
    Develop: “Imagination to Action” offers tools and training to enrich your club members’ Rotary lives.
    Celebrate: “Imagination to Action” helps your club honor accomplishments and contributions of all who perform Service above Self.

    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.


    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.

    ClubRunner Help and Updates
    Need help making changes in ClubRunner? Please contact Harbortown Rotary President Mary (

    Mary's Corner

    Rotary Magazine published a series of conversations with 37 leaders in a variety of fields over a period of 12 years. The full conversations were published in the magazine during that time and produced a summary of the conversations in December 2021. President Mary ends each of Harbortown's regular meetings with a quote from someone involved in those conversations.

    The quote from the April 5th meeting was from Denis Mukwege, Nobel Peace Prize Winner 2018. 

    "What I love about Rotary is how it brings cultures together.  When you don't know another person, you have an impression that he is dangerous to you. This is normal.  And when you are afraid, you can do bad things."

    Dr. Denis Mukwege - Clooney Foundation For Justice

    Have a good week. Reach out to members that you haven't seen in a while. Let them know you miss them, and encourage them to join us at a morning meeting, service project, or social event! Be kind to yourself and others.

    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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