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Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...
 
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Welcome to our Club!

Cloquet

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Evergreen Knoll Community Center
1311 14th Street
Cloquet, MN  55720
United States
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Terri Langevin introduced our speaker, Chuck Wollack from the St. Louis River Experience, an organization that takes seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities on a pontoon boat ride on the St. Louis River.
Five Jr. Rotarians presented a Power Point program about Camp RYLA.
 
Today's program was a Business Meeting with a Power Point program prepared and delivered by Ralph Hamann about the financial status of our club. He showed with graphs how the cash balance has been declining over the last 4 years. 
Jack Lane introduced Jennifer Hall, Brady Hall and Caleb Essler, from the Cloquet Skate Park group. 
 
Jim Prusak introduced Chris Rousseau, a fellow civil engineer and Manager of Hydro Operations for MPL. He gave an extremely interesting presentation discussing the geographical and historical overview of the Minnesota Power and Light electrical generating stations in our region of the state. 
Ken Scarbrough introduced Tom Brennan, principal of Cloquet Middle School, here to tell us about the new middle school under construction. 
Five Jr. Rotarians gave their speeches today. 
Rick Breuer introduced our speaker, Jeff Brown, by saying that until recently, Cloquet Memorial Hospital and the nursing home had the same administrator. Now Sunnyside has its own administrator, Jeff Brown. 
 
Phyllis Rousseau introduced Russ French from the Carlton County Sheriff's Department. Russ started out working as a traffic cop 10 years ago and now works for the General Investigations Department. 
 
Rachael Martin, Executive Director of the Carlton County Historical Society, welcomed everyone to the museum and spoke about the historical society's history, the building's history, and the activities and exhibits at the museum. Upcoming programs include a President's Day Program on Monday, February 20 at 1 pm on Abraham Lincoln by historian Dr. William Miller, and a March 1st exhibit Reception and Program on Barns of Carlton County at 12:30 pm. 
 
 
President Judy asked Julie Rothmeier to come forward to tell us about the Rotary projects our club is involved in. 
Karen Smith came to the podium for our Business Meeting to discuss the handouts on our tables, which she had prepared. 
 
Chad Spillers introduced our speaker, Don Liimatainen, representing the Best Christmas Ever organization, also known as BCE. 
The Cloquet Madrigals paid a special visit to our club today!
 
What a great way to spend our meeting during this cold, sunny day in Winter! the Madrigals sang us many wonderful songs spreading the Christmas Spirit to us all!
 
 
 
 
This week's program consisted of the Jr Rotarian Speeches.
 
Lori Nelson (Rob Nelson's wife) and Danielle Hatfield came forward to tell us about the Carlton Wellness Center in Carlton. Danielle, coordinator of Volunteer Services of Carlton County, explained how they received a grant of $500,000 to create a Carlton Wellness Center as part of the Volunteer Services of Carlton County. 
 

Our newest member, Phil, gave a wonderful classification of who he is and how he got to our little neck of the woods in his career!

Welcome to our club Phil!

Earl Rogers came to pay a visit about the rotary foundation, and together we helped get 12 people to their Paul Harris!!
 
This week's program included Junior Rotarian Speeches – they were all insightful, some joyful, some tearful, some haunting, and all well delivered.
 

 
Ryan Micke came forward to introduce two videos about Rotary International. 
Business Meeting: Pres. Judy called on Jennifer Graham give a report for today's Business Meeting. She began by discussing the goals set for our club for this year.
Pres Judy welcomed our speaker, Kim Homick, who also works at Cloquet Memorial Hospital. Kim is aware that our club is focusing on homeless children in Cloquet and offered to tell us her personal story of being a homeless youth. 
Herbert J. Schmidt, Rotary International 2016-2017 District 5580 Governor, came to the podium, standing before the new RI annual banner and brought us greetings from Fargo, ND. 
 
Andy French introduced Deputy Sheriff Tory Cawcutt, from the Canine Unit in the County Sheriff's Department.