The Gimlet
Volume 109 #17

November 9, 2023
For Those Attending in Person
Salad Buffet
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45)
(Link Sent Thursday Morning)
Holiday Inn Downtown
Therese Gruba, Co-Founder/Director

Foster mom Therese Gruba was born in St. Cloud, MN and is UMD alumni with a BFA in theater. Therese serves as Director of  New Hope For Families. Mission: To create a community of support for all adoptive and foster children and families, and inspire and empower the Church to do the same.
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Traci Marciniak
President Gary Melander called meeting to order and led the Rotarians present in singing the “Star Spangled Banner” accompanied by Past President John Baumgartner on piano. Members recited the Rotary Four-Way Test of the things we say, do, and believe.
President Gary Melander
Past Assistant Governor Phil Strom offered the day’s Reflection and brought members back to the Halloween Blizzard of 1991. Light snow began on October 31 and the proceeds to snow non-stop for the next four days. Rotarians and most Minnesotans love to talk about the weather and our experiences with major snow falls. We are proud of our bona fides, and we want others to be impressed as well!
Have a spare shovel anyone???
President Gary introduced the day’s guests which included: New Member Patty McGaffey from Oneida Realty and Zoey Leege, a guest of Matt Hunter
Jerry Pelofske encouraged members to consider a gift to the Rotary Foundation to support scholarships for youth in our community. He also reminded members to sign up for Salvation Army bell ringing.
Membership Chair Zack Walters introduced new member Patty McGaffey.
New Member Patty McGaffey
Rob Hofmann brought November’s Junior Rotarians to podium to introduce themselves.
November’s Junior Rotarians! Get to know them!!
Rob Hofmann visited the Battersea Rotary Club on a recent trip to London. Battersea is a small club and was pleased to participate in a banner exchange with Duluth’s Club #25.
(L to R) John Hallmark,
President: Rotary Club of Battersea Park (London) with Rob Hofmann
Oh boy, another banner!
President and Chair of the Day, Gary Melander, introduced new member John Magnus, Superintendent of Duluth Public School, District #709. John has been the superintendent for four years, after a long history of teaching and work as a principal. John’s childhood helped to shape his passion for education and helping kids be the best they can be.
President and Chair of the Day, Gary Melander and John Magnus
John shared information about the upcoming referendum. Resources that were put into place during the Covid pandemic have helped the district greatly. Those supports are slated to be cut moving forward, so that makes this referendum very important.
There are two questions on the upcoming referendum, which pertain to:
  1. Academic supports – including additional counselors and social workers and a revamped school schedule to increase elective opportunities and increase graduation rates.
  2. Technology improvements – including adequate technology devices for every students as well as increased cybersecurity.
There is a tax increase involved with answering yes to either or both questions. Visit to see the impact of the tax increase on your property.
Members were reminded the November 16 and December 7 meetings will take place at the Kitchi Gammi Club.
President Gary drew the 50/50 ticket which belonged to Jim Schwartz!
2019-23 Rotary District 5508 Paul Harris Dinner Recap.
Photos by JoAnn Jardine.
Club 25 was represented well at our District’s 2023 Paul Harris Dinner, honoring the 2019-23 achievements of Rotary District 5508. This is the first year since the pandemic that the dinner was able to be held in person, so clubs presented their multi-year achievements at their display tables.
Past President Elaine Hansen presented some impressive numbers for Club 25 grants, including:
• $89,200 to Youth Mental Health Boys and Girls Club LSS Bethany Crisis Center.
• $58,540 to Community Youth Services Life House Bob's Bikes Chester Bowl
• Improvement Club Damiano of Duluth Denfeld Robotics Center for Women and Children First Witness Great Lakes Aquarium Bus Program Kid's Closet and Others
Club 25 was recognized for their substantial contributions to Rotary International Polio Plus, with the award presented to President Gary Melander.
Dick Beardsley was the keynote speaker.
Past President Michelle Buria is looking just ducky!
Photos by JoAnn Jardine. See the entire album from the event at where you may also order prints. JoAnn will donate all proceeds back to Rotary.
This Week's Meeting
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Inn Great Lakes Ballroom
200 W. 1st Street
Duluth, MN 55802
United States of America
Venue Map
Venue Map
Nov 09, 2023 12:00 PM
New Hope For Families
Nov 16, 2023 12:00 PM
Baseball Law
Nov 30, 2023 12:00 PM
Chester Bowl Improvement Club
Dec 21, 2023 12:00 PM
Northern Expressions Arts Collective
View entire list
Upcoming Events
Rotary Board of Directors
Rotary Office
Nov 15, 2023 4:00 PM
Rotary Board of Directors
Rotary Office
Dec 20, 2023 4:00 PM
View entire list
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Matt Hunter
November 2
Steve LaFlamme
November 3
Steve Burgess
November 4
Scott Frankovich
November 12
William Holz
November 15
Pat Pfahl
November 18
Tom Homan
November 20
Barb Perrella
November 25
Gary Bubalo
November 27
Join Date
Rose Misiewicz
November 8, 2021
2 years
Vinod Gupta
November 8, 2021
2 years
Greg Hansen
November 11, 1999
24 years
Scott Frankovich
November 14, 2017
6 years
Barb Perrella
November 16, 2000
23 years
Official Publication of
Rotary Club of Duluth
207 W. Superior St.
Suite 201
Duluth Minnesota 55802
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Darlene Anderson
Rob Hofmann
Al Makynen
Traci Marciniak
Phil Strom
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