This Week at Rotary
We Meet at 11:30 AM on Thursday
July 11, 2024
For Those Attending in Person
Enger Park
1601 Enger Tower Road
The Annual Club #25 Enger Park Picnic
We will hold our Annual Rotary Picnic at Enger Park near the Rotary Peace Plaza on Thursday, July 11. Celebrate summer in the company of fellow Rotarians while taking in some of the most breathtaking views of Lake Superior. PLEASE RSVP Elaine Hansen at ASAP, so we know how many box lunches to order! Remember to bring bug spray and a chair!
Highlights from Last Week’s Meeting
By Rob Hofmann
Fellow Rotarians and friends of Club #25,
As there was no Thursday meeting on July 4th in observance of Independence Day, we bring you this abbreviated Gimlet. Club # 25 President Elizabeth Simonson felt it important to share her vision for her year as our Club President. Below are some of her remarks from our last meeting at the Holiday Inn. Remember, following our Enger Park picnic, we will meet next at the Kitchi Gammi Club!
New Home of Club # 25 - the “Kitch”
President Elizabeth Simonson aims to honor the past and chart a course for the future.
OH man, I love this club!
Gary, it is hard to believe we are here.  What a fantastic year. I have big shoes to fill. I don’t know if I can match your attendance record though as you missed only one meeting.
First, I want to thank my crew for coming, My sons Tom and Tracey and my daughter-in-law, Sara Simonson, Tom’s wife. My daughter Brook is not able to make it from the Twin Cities due to the loss of a dear friend. However, those who know me know I call all of them my heroes and I would not survive without any of them. I also want to thank my friends Karen and Rob Marks who are here visiting from Florida.
As I look to the coming year, I want to make sure we celebrate our history. I feel this club is "the best of the best" and we have a long-standing tradition of being a strong and powerful club that has changed the lives of so many.
And as we know, our club that put the cog in the Rotary Wheel,
We can never forget our members who worked so hard to make us what we are today.  Beginning with our first president, Ed W Russell, to H.E. Westmoreland, Howard Hagen, John Baumgarten...  We cannot forget the John Hoffs, the Sandy Hoffs, the Tom McCabes, the Roni Salos and Holly Sampsons, the Phil Stroms, the Dean Caspersons, the Chana Stockes, the Barb Perrellas and the Gary Melanders. These are just a few of the many, many folks who made our club what it is today. 
It is our responsibility to carry on our long-standing traditions and chart a course as we find ways to be even better!
  • I want to see the room packed at Thursday lunches.
  • I want to see our events bursting at capacity.
  • I want to see us all involved in service projects, not just the same each time.
  • I plan to have one Thursday a month dedicated to a community project. Remember making the blankets?  I think Jim Schwartz had more fun than anyone!
  • And I plan to bring back the Friday breakfasts – no business, just absolute complete social time.
This is our club, and it is up to us to make it what we want. Service above self!
Oh man, did I mention, I love this club?
Rotary Volunteer Opportunity - Painting at Saint Ann's
Saint Ann's Assisted Living is looking for help to spruce-up an outside wall with fresh paint!   This event was rained out the first time, so it has been rescheduled.  
We will meet on Wednesday, July 17th at 9:00am and finish by 2:00pm or sooner.  
If you are interested in helping, please contact Dan Maki by email at or by phone call/text at 218-590-3593.
Club Information

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 p.m.
Kitchi Gammi Club
831 E Superior St
Duluth, MN 55802
United States of America
NO MEETING THIS THURS JULY 4 ––– JULY 11 is our Annual Picnic at Enger Park ––– JULY 18 We will start meeting weekly at Kitchi Gammi Club
Rotary Club of Duluth
Location: 207 W. Superior St.
                  Suite 201
                  Duluth, MN 55802
Office Hours: By appointment                                 only
Upcoming Events
Dennis Lamkin
Jul 18, 2024 12:00 PM
The History of the Kitchi Gammi Club
The History of the Kitchi Gammi Club

Dennis is retired from USBank and currently serves local community as a volunteer and activist.

Duluth is a great place to live and work, to keep it this way, give of your time, talents and resources.

Jodi Slick, Founder and CEO
Jul 25, 2024 12:00 PM
Shaye Moris - President/CEO
Aug 01, 2024
Nourish the Northland - an update from your region's only "food bank" Second Harvest Northland
Zuhur Samriye, Development Officer
Aug 08, 2024 12:00 PM
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota