This week's program featured two of our newest Rotarians, Bob Espenson and Jack Lane, who gave their Classification speeches. 
 
Bob came up to the podium and spoke first. He started out by saying he's not from around here, but grew up in Rochester, MN. Then he went to the U of M and started working at Radio Shack as a manager. He got the chance to manage the newly opened and much larger Duluth Radio Shack and moved up north. He'd only been to Duluth once before on a ski trip to Lutsen and didn't know much about the area. After Radio Shack, he got interested in mortgage banking, starting as a loan officer and becoming a branch manager.  After 20 years in that field, he switched to business banking and is now the Business Relation Manager for Wells Fargo in Cloquet.  He really likes his new field, learning about businesses and what's behind the storefront. He and his wife just had their 30th wedding anniversary. 
 
Jack took the podium next and started out by saying that he is from around here, born and raised in Cloquet. He went to Cloquet high school and was very active in sports, enjoyed conference championships and held the school record for shot-put. He grew up with his family's business, LCS Coaches, a nationwide charter bus service. When he was in high school he worked in the LCS shop when they had 5 busses. Now they have 15 busses and also manage the charter business for schools. They have 40 drivers and Jack often does the driving, too. Ridership has been down since 911, and the longer tours around the country and to 
Canada have dwindled. Now their most popular destination is the Twin Cities. Jack admitted that he is a Past President of Kiwanis, and now he's ready for something more exciting! 
 
Welcome new Rotarians and thank you for sharing your stories with us.
 
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