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Welcome to Skyline Rotary

Duluth Skyline

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 12:00 PM
Country Inn and Suites
4257 Haines Road
Meeting Room
Hermantown, MN  55811
United States of America
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A huge congratulations to Judy Harrison who was honored as Skyline Rotarian of the Year. Judy tirelessly carries on the tradition of Rotary as her husband did for so many years by always giving back. Judy is a fantastic club member who never complains, gets involved, and steps up whenever the club is in need. Her work is much appreciated by everyone and many don't realize the silent contributions she continually and selfishly gives! Please give her a hearty congratulations when you see her and thank her for all she does.  A sincere great big Thank You for your service Judy!
In case you missed it, Past-President Betty tossed the gavel to new Skyline Rotary President Chris Sward! A great time was had by all!
The 2016 Rotary District Conference kicked off this week in Bismarck, ND. It looks to be great event which started out with the icebreaker event this evening. We had a great time visiting with our fellow district Rotarians and also had some great conversations with students from Zimbabwe, Italy, and Ecuador! Next year will be a little closer to home so be sure to plan for it!
I know! It seems crazy to mention an event in November but it's never too early to start marking your calendars! We've booked GB Leighton for an exceptional event at the Clyde to support Mentor Duluth and Skyline Rotary. Come on out and bring some friends to listen to some great music, enjoy some great food and drink with friends, and see how you can help us all make a difference in Duluth! 
We look forward to seeing YOU at the Clyde on November 18th!!
We had a great event last month at Tycoons to support Mentor Duluth! Wish you could have made it!
Skyline Rotary had an awesome 2015 Christmas Party at the Glensheen! Hope you can join us next year but you can check out the pictures at the Skyline Rotary facebook page!
District Governor Craig Loughery and the First Lady visited Skyline Rotary and delivered a great message on Rotary! Pictured here with Club President Betty Eklund and Past District Governor Earl Rogers.

We presented Amy Kinney from Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank with a $1,750 donation from the proceeds of our 5K held during Hermantown Summerfest this year!

Thanks to all of the runners who came out to support this great organization in our community!! This donation will go towards a total of 8,750 meals for those in need inour community!! Wow!!! 


Chris Sward is officially a member of Skyline Rotary!  Chris is a self-employed accountant and a father of five.  Chris volunteers many hours in local sports with his children besides keeping himself busy with his career.  Please take a moment to say "Hi" to Chris and make him feel welcome.

Lisa Dunaiski has been approved as a new member and will officially join the club this month.  Lisa is the Branch Manager at the North Shore Bank of Commerce at 1314 East Superior Street.  Lisa has already stepped up to the plate and will be hosting a Finnish GSE team member next month!  Way to go Lisa! 

Chris Sward has been proposed as a new member, submitted his application, and will be voted on at the next board meeting.  Chris is a self-employed accountant/bookkeeper and a father of five!

Please take some time to say "Hi" to each of them, get to know them, and make them feel welcome!

It is a sad week for Skyline Rotary with the passing of long-time member, Tom Leines.  Please keep Tom and his family in your thoughts and prayers.  Final arrangements are scheduled for Monday, January 28th, at the Pike Lake Presbyterian Church located at 5611 Martin Road, Duluth, MN, with the viewing at noon followed by the funeral at 1:00PM.


Thank you, Hugo Hietapelto

President, Duluth Skyline Rotary

Tammy Heikkinen has proposed a new member:  Marisa Stockwell who is employed with Members Cooperative Credit Union as a Manager at the Miller Hill Mall location.  Marisa has already stepped up to the plate and has helped out with the gift wrapping and been attending our weekly meetings.

Marisa's application will be voted on at the January board meeting.  Please take a moment to talk to Marisa at the next meeting and get to know her.
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The Duluth Skyline Rotary Club started forming in 1972 for Rotarians who wanted to meet on top of the hill.

The first time the club met was September 1972 at the Highland Supper Club.

Earl Rogers, the club’s first president, owned a Honda motorcycle dealership on top of the hill during that time. He still is an active member and owns Duluth Travel in downtown Duluth.

Rogers remembers 22 members who chartered the club. They were Richard Robison, Dawayn McNeil, William Meierhoff, Guy Liljeblad, Thomas Zauhar, Joseph Nehring, David  Lindman, James Marshall, Wayne Amendola, Gil Johnson, El Paulson, Bill Symons, John Fochs, Kelly Herstad, Donald Long, Dr. Roy Juntinnen, Tom Sirois, Jim Wallack, Tom Dougherty, Bill Yax , Bob Olson and Rogers.

Herstad also continues to be active in the club.

In June 1973, the club was officially chartered and dedicated at a gathering at the Hotel Duluth Ballroom.

Rogers challenged the newly found club and its members to, “take the high road” and simply “do your best — since anything less would just not suffice.”

Since that time the club has seen many members come and go. While some of the names and faces have changed over the years, the club continues to be active and supportive of the local communities.

Skyliners always meet on Friday, but the location has changed many times over the years. From Highland they went to the Elks Club, the Duluth International Airport and the Hermantown Public Safety Building.

Today, the club meets every Friday at the Country Inn and Suites in Hermantown. The club and its 52 active members meet at noon for a lunch and program.

Known to be a welcoming and friendly club, many visitors have enjoyed meeting members and listening to the speakers. Savories Catering provides the lunch, so people always leave having had a great meal.

Fellowship and lunch is something Skyline Rotary members enjoy, but it is what they give back to the community that keeps them as Rotarians. There is evidence all over the area of projects Skyline Rotary has been involved in over the years.

Skyliners built the Beverly Marshall Memorial Park at the United Day Activity Center on Sixth Avenue East and Ninth Street in 1976. They constructed a pavilion for the Chris Jensen Nursing Facility.

A major project for the club was the creation of the Terry Egerdahl Memorial Field in Proctor. The club designed and built the field (including the sod and goal posts).

In 2000, the club built the outdoor classroom on the Hermantown School grounds.

By far the largest project involved the construction of the 60-ton base foundation for the F-4 fighter jet on display at  the Duluth International Airport. This project took massive resources and club member’s volunteered counltess hours to complete the project.

Knowing our young people are our future, Skyline Rotary sponsors the PH banquet, which acknowledges the top 10 percent from the graduating classes at Hermantown and Proctor high schools. They also give to other scholarship funds.

Skyline Rotary has also given to countless organizations throughout the Twin Ports. Every Christmas they help  families in need with donations and gifts.

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