Get to know your fellow Rotarian, Russ Smith!!    

                                                                    by Ryan Micke                                                                            

 Russ Smith, Cloquet MN


 RM: Tell us a little about yourself and your backgound in the community:
RS: I live in Cloquet, I'm happily married to my wife Karen and together we have four children.  My work background is in education. First, as a high school teacher in History/Political Science and then later I became a guidance counselor.  I retired though the Cloquet School District, as the Superintendent in 2002.

I have degrees from Drake University, Des Monies, IA, 1) BA in History/Political Science and 2) Master’s degree in Guidance Counciling.  I also have an EDS in School Administration.   

RM: What are your personal hobbies and interests?

RS: I actively play golf (and loved to play tennis & bridge – retired there as well), spending time with my family, and building positive relationships within the community with our family ran restaurant, The Green Mill in Duluth, Mn. 

RM: How long you have you been a Rotarian?
RS: I’ve been an active Rotarian since 1982, past president in 1988.

RM: What does Rotary Means to you?
RS: Rotary is an organized way to give back to the community you reside in.  It is very rewarding and an overwhelming feeling to be a part of something that gives back as much as we do.

RM: What makes a good Rotarian?
RS: From my experience, it’s active participation. It’s good for the club, it’s good for you, and good for the community.

RM: What would you say to a new Rotarian and/or someone considering  joining the Rotary Club of Cloquet?

RS: Rotary is a Service organization-Service Above Self. You have demonstrated commitments to our community from your all of your hard work. This is a wonderful organization and you fit right in -- here’s why…

RM: If there was one thing you could do to help improve our club, what would it be?

RS: I’d like to Interview the new members and mentor them on how to become an ideal Rotarian!