Harbortown Rotary Club
Harbortown Rotary Club was chartered on March 24, 1984 with 24 members, and current membership is now approaching 90. Just as the club membership is comprised of people from many walks of life, it was decided early on that the goals of the club would not be limited to simply growth of membership, but also growth of fellowship, community and international service.
Harbortown has a solid reputation for community service. The club’s first service projects included helping move the county social services offices and painting a senior center office. These hands-on projects required a time commitment from members and became the heart of the club’s community service efforts from the beginning. Not only are these types of projects needed in the community, but they also serve to strengthen the ties among club members as they work side by side in service to others.
Further examples of past community service projects include construction of a playground at the Bethany Crisis Shelter, construction of a playground at Women’s Transitional Housing, extensive work at the Janette Pollay Girl Scout Camp (including making the facilities handicap accessible), and numerous projects at the Duluth YMCA and at the Y’s Camp Miller in Sturgeon Lake. Harbortown Rotary Club has a major commitment to community service projects for youth and senior citizens and is always seeking suggestions for opportunities in these areas.
One of the guiding principles of Rotary International (the governing body of all Rotary Clubs) is to provide service to all of mankind – both locally and globally. With this directive, the Harbortown Rotary Club is also very active in international service projects. Whether it be in South America, Africa, Central America, Caribbean Islands or India, Rotarians from Harbortown have joined together with citizens of these countries to complete projects as simple as painting schools and hospitals to as complex as building water reservoirs and rural clinics.
Sometimes service to others takes the form of monetary contributions. In order to raise funds to contribute to these worthwhile organizations and projects, the Harbortown Rotary Club raises funds through several fundraising events each year. Club members sell poinsettias, trip raffle tickets and contribute several hundreds of hours of volunteer time organizing and orchestrating the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival.
This festival is the club’s single largest fundraising event and requires participation from each and every club member to make the event profitable, as well as fun for all. The continued success of the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival will allow Harbortown Rotary Club to remain very active and generous in service both here in the Twin Ports, as well as around the world.