Notes from the Meeting
by The Printer's Devil
“The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.” In 1918, that was the moment that marked the end of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I and essentially ending the war. It was adopted as a national holiday in the allied countries and called Armistice Day to honor those who died in the conflict. In America, it has evolved into Veterans Day where we honor all American veterans, alive and deceased. Later today, Club 25 will recognize its members who have served in the armed forces.
In his invocation, Peter Bagley introduced the concept of “Service to Nation.” He recalled how a young relative of the World War I era tried to join the Canadian army to fight in France. It is an example of the fierce dedication typical of those who choose military service to maintain freedom in our land. In an attitude of prayer, we remember those who served but did not return from their service.
There are many paths to service and Fellowship Reporter Bob Bennett found a few Club 25 members who qualify for a chance to kick the Golden Can. TDKA recently celebrated the opening of an expanded office in St. Paul. Those are work zone fines for Leslee LeRoux and David Salo. But, David refused payment until Bob corrected the spelling; it’s TKDA, not TDKA. The recent edition of Business North contained an article, “To retire or not to retire? Not such an easy question.” The author is Past President and Gimleteer Larry Fortner.
Today’s Duluth News Tribune had a picture of Bjorn Broman signing a national letter of intent to play basketball at Winthrop University. He is the November Junior Rotarian from Lakeview Christian Academy and is setting the nets on fire. He may become the third highest scorer in Minnesota history. Bjorn and Charlie Grubb, Junior Rotarian liaison, made the trip to the Golden Can where Charlie paid a $2 fine and another $2 fine on behalf of an anonymous donor in the room. Right behind them was proud Winthrop alumna Geiger Yount with her fine. Congratulations, Bjorn, and best wishes for your continued success.
Ken Schoen presented a program about the prison system to the Glen Avon Men’s Club. Following Ken to the Golden Can were Men’s Club members Bill Zimbinski, Tom McCabe, Bill Gravelle and Lisa Pratt.
Today is the sixth annual Give to the Max Day. Nonprofits across the Northland will benefit from the contributions. Fellowship Reporter Bob reasoned that the Golden Can should also realize its share of contributions and who better to kick the can than those Club 25 members who raise funds for their foundations and organizations. Invited to the Golden Can were Matt Hunter, Steve Yorde, Suzanne Anderson, Traci Marciniak, Tricia Bunten, Catherine Carter-Huber, Chris Francis, Larry Goodwin, Rob Hofmann, Dave Nolle, Holly Sampson and Elizabeth Simonson.
During the week we celebrate Veterans Day, Club 25 recognizes its members who answered the call of “Service to Nation” through military service. Joining President Holly as she continued this tradition was John Baumgarten who played the service anthems during the roll call. For each branch, stand, be recognized and appreciated for your contributions. Thank you.
Chairperson of the Grants Committee, Doug Erickson, had the pleasure of awarding $5,000 to Nahom Abegaze and Mona Cheslak of the East Hillside Patch for their Mind 2 Mind Program. Liz Holt and Kathy Clark of WDSE/WRPT received a grant of $1,000 for their Authors and Artists Contest.
Assistant District Governor Phil Strom awarded Jeff Bradt with a Paul Harris Fellowship for his contribution to the Rotary Foundation. Congratulations, Jeff, and thank you for your support of Rotary.
It’s likely that you have noticed the change in the weather and the return of that “white stuff.” Soon to follow is the holiday season and two important service opportunities that support the Salvation Army in their holiday mission. John Baumgarten gave a report on the Thanksgiving food drive. We are off to a good start but need to finish strong. Please give a little that grows into a large donation from Super One Foods and their vendors.
Second, Dick Pelinka is in charge of the Salvation Army Bell Ringing. We will be ringing those bells and filling those buckets on December 5 and December 12. Remember, there is a bit of a competition among the service clubs to see who brings in the most cash. Club 25 does well so pick a time and enjoy some fellowship as well.
Our military theme continues as Chairperson of the Day Dave Allison introduces Colonel Penny Dieryck, Mission Support Group Commander, 148th Fighter Wing, Minnesota Air National Guard. Colonel Dieryck is a native Duluthian who began her career in the Air Force in 1980 when she enlisted. In 1984 she was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. She has had tours of duty in Alaska, Maine and Iraq. She is also a professor at the College of St. Scholastica. Colonel Dieryck comes to the Club 25 podium to bring us up to date on the activities of the 148th Fighter Wing. She describes her talk as Bulldog 101.
The 148th has been equipped with the most advanced version of the F-16 fighter aircraft. The significance of this update is that Air National Guard presence in Duluth will remain for the foreseeable future. There are plans for construction of several training buildings and expansion of the second runway at Duluth International Airport.
It has evolved into a mutually beneficial relationship. The Air National Guard is an organization that has a sustained record of excellence. The high retention rate of personnel allows the 148th to economically support their mission. The average level of experience at the base is 15 years.
The community also benefits economically. The 148th Fighter Wing is the ninth largest employer in Duluth. There are about 1,000 civilian and military employees at the base and the annual financial impact is 90.1 million dollars. Moreover, the personnel are members of our churches, schools and support our local charities.
Thank you Dave and Colonel Dieryck for an informative program. We will have a greater appreciation of those jets as they fly over our community.