Morning Meeting:
Jeramy Katchuba
Senior Vice President of Operations, Duluth Area Family YMCA
Join us this Wednesday, September 28th at 7:30am at the Kitchi Gammi Club, Great Hall - 2nd Floor, 831 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802! We will hear from Sernio Vice President of the Duluth YMCA, Jeramy Katchuba. 
A strong connection to the outdoors brought Jeramy Katchuba to Duluth in 1998. It was the perfect place to get married to his wife, Gina, and start to raise a family. Jeramy enjoys hiking, biking, playing and coaching rugby, spending time on the shores of Lake Superior, and watching his kids play youth sports.
Jeramy is a cause driven leader that has been volunteering and working with the YMCA since 1999. What started out as and opportunity to give back to the community by volunteering with the Mentor Duluth program has turned into a career. As the Senior Vice President of Operations at the Duluth Area Family YMCA he helps guide a team, of over 450 staff, across the Northland to meet the needs of the region. The service area includes three membership-based branches, a 340-acre residential camp in Sturgeon Lake, and a community services branch that serves over 1000 kids each day in afterschool programming.
Jeramy's leadership has helped grow valuable relationships with the City of Duluth, Essentia Health, St Lukes, ISD 709, the City of Hermantown, ISD 700, and many other local businesses and nonprofits. In his time at the Y, Jeramy has been instrumental in helping membership expand from 6,500 members to over 15,000 members, opening new facilities, bringing new programs to the community, and navigating the challenges COVID-19 created.  He is excited to see how the YMCA can continue to grow and meet the needs of the community!
Community Services Committee Meeting
The Community Service Committee will be meeting tomorrow, Tuesday 9/27 at 7:45am via Zoom to review one urgent request for funding from New Hope for Families. Committee members and anyone else who is interested in serving - please join us tomorrow morning to review the request and take a vote on the project.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 878 4906 7747 Passcode: 144988

Harbortown Trip to Bolivia
Harbortown's International Service Committee is getting close to completing the fund raising for the Viente de Septiembre clinic and will hopefully then receive grant approval. Karl Everett spoke with Jose Velasquez and Segundo about the project schedule, and Mano-a-Mano believes they could complete the project in four months,with a Rotary visit to Bolivia to attend the dedication of the clinic in mid-April.
A possible trip would leave from Miami on Thursday, April 13th and arrive in Cochabamba on Friday, April 14th, returning  around April 22nd. Currently BOA flights from Miami to Cochabamba are $670.00 round-trip. Estimated travel costs would total less than $2,500. However, there are a lot of "ifs" involved in the timing and travel, and hopefully the grant is approved. 
Harbortown has six medical clinics, two water wells, water reservoir follow-up, and Bolivia Dream Fund students to visit. Harbortown representatives probably need to split up into two groups to visit all the projects. Segundo will not be there in April as he is planning to travel there in mid-March and again in mid-May (also potential travel dates), but he said he would make arrangements for April and provide others as tour guides, and Jose would be there. Karl's thought is to limit the Harbortown group size to a dozen, with another option to arrange a future trip in October 2023.  Please Karl Everett know if you are interested in attending and which travel dates you may prefer.

Shoot for Fun Thank You!

Thank you for volunteering at the 2022 Shoot for Fun benefiting Courage Kenny – Northland!

 It always takes some time, but the results are in! By volunteering your time and energy for the Shoot for Fun, you helped raise $163,500 for our local northland adaptive sports and recreation programs serving youth and adults with disabilities. This would not have been possible without you and the over $57,300 of in-kind donations we received from our community. We are so grateful to you for making the event a great success on behalf of Courage Kenny Northland participants and their families.

Make sure to check out all the fun pictures from the day HERE!

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We value your feedback on what you most enjoyed and any suggestions you have for next year.
Be sure to save the date for next year's Shoot for Fun: Saturday, September 9, 2023!

Superior Rotary Raffle Tickets
Message from Bob McClellan at Superior Rotary:
Home Page | Rotary Club of Superior
Good morning to my Harbortown Rotary Friends!
I want you all to be aware of the annual opportunity to purchase one (or more, of course) of our Calendar Raffle tickets.  
  • The tickets are $25 a piece.  
  • Max of 400 tickets sold
  • 10 Weekly drawings for $100, starting October 5, 2022
  • 3 drawings for $500 (10/26,11/30, 12/28)
  • One ticket can win multiple times (winning tickets go back in the pot!)
I know some of you have been past winners. Please consider and let me know if you are interested. I will hopefully be at your next AM Harbortown meeting for in person sales. OK to send a check to me at the address below; I will then deliver you your stub and put your ticket in the pot. See you soon!
Dr. Bob McClellan, DVM
Superior Animal Hospital & Boarding Suites
36 East Second Street, Superior, WI  54880
(715) 392-6211

HDC Annual Gala

Join us in supporting the Human Development Center's Child and Family Services Program!

Thursday, October 13th, 2022  5:30pm -  Greysolon Ballroom
Silent Auction, Interactive Games, Raffles, Hors D'oeuvres, and More!

All funds raised will go directly towards supporting mental health services for children in Duluth, Cloquet, and Two Harbors. HDC offers a wide array of children's services including therapy and skills groups in the office, in the community, and in the schools. 

Purchase tickets online at:


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 October 26th meeting was about polio from Aiden O'Leary, Polio Eradication Director for the World Health Organization. This quote is particularly relevant because this year's Rotary theme is "Imagine Rotary."

"There's something about the whole idea of eradicating polio that grabs the imagination. Most people talk about making steps toward achievements, and it's almost always into the never never. Eradication is a zero sum game - anything short of zero is failure. You keep getting closer and closer, but ultimately the only number that actually matters is zero."

Malaria, Polio, And COVID-19: Lessons For Existing And Future Pandemics -  Health Policy Watch

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:
11.06 - Rotary Hands On Project 
11.16 -  Rotary Foundation Day - Amber Sadowski
11.23 - Rob Haglin
11.30 - Tony Dierckins: Duluth's Grand Old Architecture - Mark Erickson
12.07 - Holiday Party (No Morning Meeting)
12.14 - Heather Salfer
12.28 - Jason Watt

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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