The Gimlet
Volume 108 #26

This Week at Rotary
We Meet at Noon on Thursday
December 8, 2022
For Those Attending in Person
(Zoom Meeting Opens at 11:45)
(Link Sent Thursday Morning)
Holiday Inn Downtown
Chair of the Day: Rob Hofmann
Duluth is becoming a film and TV hot spot!  Come watch the most recent movie filmed in the Northland, Merry Kiss Cam.  This movie also features an appearance by one of our own from Club 25, Rob Hofmann!
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Darlene Anderson
'Twas a cold, wintery day in Duluth as Rotarians and guests gathered in the Holiday Inn Ballroom. Warm holiday greetings were shared and conversations around the tables were brought to a close when President-Elect Gary Melander rang the Rotary bell. All joined in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Rotary Four-Way Test, Vinod Gupta reflected on the “power of suggestion” noting that we must be careful in how we talk to ourselves and who we associate with as it affects our outlook on life.
Vinod Gupta
Past Assistant District Governor Phil Strom shared a Eulogy for Earl Rogers who passed away on December 7. Earl grew up in Boston and after serving in the Air Force came to Duluth as an Air Traffic Controller. Here he met and married his wife and companion Judy. Together they operated a motorcycle business and then “Duluth Travel Agency”. It was Earl's passion for the mission and values of Rotary that impacted his life and that of many others. He served as Governor of District 5580 and was a founding member of Skyline Rotary Club. He and Judy attended so many international conferences that they lost count. One of his greatest accomplishments was the idea and implementation of the IBSTAR program which brought young professionals from former Eastern bloc countries to the Twin Ports to work as interns in their chosen fields. He and Judy hosted many of the interns in their home and continue those relationships decades later. Earl truly exemplified servant leadership. He is survived by his wife Judy, daughter Judy Metry and son Tony Rogers. The family prefers that memorials be directed to The Rotary Foundation c/o Duluth Rotary or to The Duluth Rotary Foundation.
“Mr. Rotary”, Earl Rogers  His life defined as “Service Above Self”
To honor and remember Earl Rogers all stood for a moment of silent reflection.
Several club members came forward to “Kick the Golden Can”. Past-President Chana Stocke will be leaving us for three months as she spends the winter months in sunny Florida. Returning to the Northland is Skeeter Moore. He spent three months in Sweden refreshing his Swedish language skills and watching his son Meirs Moore play hockey and scoring several goals and assists. And Jack Seiler found his son's picture on page 3 of the Duluth News Tribune today.
Chair of the Day Patra Sevastiades introduced Dr. Holger Glatzel who had a leading role in the development of the mirrors for the James Webb Space Telescope and joined us via Zoom from California. (Dr. Glatzel is also Patra's brother-in-law.)
Chair of the Day Patra Sevastiades
Our speaker, Dr. Holger Glatzel
Many Rotarians remember the Hubble Telescope, launched in 1990, which remains one of the largest and most versatile telescopes in space today. After years of research and development, the James Webb Telescope was launched to find the first galaxies that formed in the early universe. It has eight times the collection area of the Hubble and is 250 pounds lighter.
James Webb Telescope
One of the challenges in building the telescope was that it had to fold in order to fit into a spacecraft. And the surface of the mirrors had to withstand the temperature range and have a large reflection area. The 18 mirror segments that were developed required extreme precision when fabricated. It took three to four years just to develop the instruments needed for fabricating the mirrors. Once production began it was time-consuming and labor-intensive to build the mirrors. Production was completed and the satellite launched on December 25, 2021 with hopes of looking further into space than ever before as well as looking into the past. The expectations were high and as the first images were released on July 11, 2022, they exceeded those high hopes. For more information on the James Webb Telescope check out
Lead Rotarian Dan Dock and his wife Karen
A heartfelt thank you to those who served the Christmas dinner for Life House on Tuesday, Dan Dock noted that it was the largest group served in 2 ½ years. Thank you again to all who participated and to Dan Dock who worked diligently to organize the opportunity for “Service Above Self”. Those participating through monetary or food donations, and preparing and included Renee Mattson, Sheryl Homan, Branden Robinson, Paula Bloomquist, Edie Michalski, Karol Sowers, Tom Young, Karen Dock, Renee Mattson, Mark Leutgeb (Skyline Rotary), Stacy Oltmanns, Darlene Anderson, Mary Young, Dave and Chris Holappa, Geiger Yount, Patra Sevastiades, Doug Erickson, Dan Maki, Michael and Anne Orman, Jerry Pelofske, Jim Schwartz, Nancy Erikson, Gary Schneider.
The Traveling Rotary Kitchen Crew
Our Team making preparations
Forget about building a snowman! Do you wanna build a taco?
This Week's Meeting
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Holiday Center Great Lakes Ballroom
200 W. Superior St
Duluth, MN
United States of America
Come join us and bring a friend for a great soup and salad bar and program!
Venue Map
Venue Map
Dec 29, 2022
Jan 05, 2023
Marshall Ukraine Exchange Student, Favorite Places she loves in her home country
Jan 12, 2023
Spring and Summer Programs for Youth
Jan 19, 2023
Mentor North > About the Organization
Jan 26, 2023
SOAR Career Solutions
Feb 02, 2023
Program Update from the YMCA
Feb 09, 2023
Join Club Members for a Fireside Chat at the Kitchi Gammi Club!
Feb 16, 2023
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Board of Directors
Rotary Office
Jan 18, 2023 4:00 PM
Rotary Fireside
Kitchi Gammi Club
Feb 09, 2023
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary Board of Directors
Rotary Office
Feb 15, 2023 4:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Elizabeth Simonson
December 2
Elaine Hansen
December 14
Harvey Smith
December 18
Dave Holappa
December 21
Paul Helstrom
December 27
David Clark
December 28
Tom Young
December 31
Join Date
Michelle Buria
December 1, 2005
17 years
Betty George
December 2, 1993
29 years
Mark Peterson
December 4, 2008
14 years
Kevin Hagen
December 6, 2021
1 year
David Fulda
December 17, 1998
24 years
Elizabeth Simonson
December 18, 2018
4 years
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