First Sunday

September 1st, 2019.

The War on Women’s Reproductive Rights: Alive and Well in 2019!

Women’s reproductive rights continue to be under assault, especially in the current political climate. While Roe v. Wade has been the law of the land since 1973 numerous restrictions have been enacted across the country and access to abortion care is more limited than ever, especially for women with less financial and social supports. As the former executive director of the only abortion clinic in Minnesota outside the Twin Cities, our speaker will share her experiences and provide an update on the current state of reproductive health care in these times.

Tina Welsh served as the Executive Director of the Women’s Health Center in Duluth from 1981 until her retirement in 2009. She has been an activist in the reproductive rights movement since 1970. The Women’s Health Center became a catalyst for the acquisition and foundation of the Building for Women, which opened in 1995.

Prior to joining the WHC, Ms. Welsh worked for Planned Parenthood of Minnesota and was one of the “founding mothers” of PAVSA (the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault). She later served on the Board of Directors for PAVSA spanning a period of twenty years.

  9:00     Coffee and Conversation
  9:30     Breakfast Buffet Available
10:00     Formal Program Begins
 
Duluth Radisson Harborview
505 West Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 727-8981

Rhetoric in the Rotunda

THIS SATURDAY, once again, we will gather at the home of Our Flounder, Dr. Bill van Druten. It’s August 24th and time to bring along something to share: maybe some food you’ve made or some “spirits” to enliven the conversation. We’ll drink and snack and drink some more. The fun starts at 1:00 pm, rain or shine, at his lovely home: (2931 Greysolon Road in Duluth).  Park anywhere on Greysolon Road but not on 30th Avenue! (218) 724-4176.

3rd Wednesday

Wednesday, August 21st, we will gather at Silo’s Restaurant (within the Pier B Resort Hotel) to enjoy some food, frolic, and fun. Will you be there? It all begins at 5:30 pm and ends whenever we’re tired. There’s a lovely view of the harbor and plenty of free parking, so join our host Sue Anderson. [Hey! Remember Harry Anderson? the comedian and magician who played the judge in “Night Court”? … well … no relation.]

800 West Railroad Street | Duluth, Minnesota 55802 | (218) 481-8888

Pier B Restaurant

Gab under the Gazebo

That’s right. No more lonely nights or busy busy days. It’s time once again to gab under the gazebo at the home of Our Flounder, Dr. Bill van Druten. Saturday, August 10th, bring along something to share: maybe some food you’ve made or “spirits” to enliven the conversation. The fun starts at 1:00 pm, rain or shine, at his lovely home: 2931 Greysolon Road in Duluth.  Park anywhere on Greysolon Road but not on 30th Avenue!

First Sunday

Sunday, August 4th
Mining, Economics, and Critical Thinking

Master electrician Bob Tammen lives with his wife Pat in Soudan, MN.  He has worked in mining operations all across the Midwest.  When he visits the communities he has worked in, he finds more poverty than prosperity.  While some individuals reap economic benefits from mining, it is quite rare that the whole community benefits in the long run.  Promoting mining almost seems to be a faith-based activity.

Besides the mines, Bob has worked in nuclear, coal, and gas fired power plants.  This and his service on the ground in Vietnam have made him skeptical of both governments and corporations.  Indeed, some recent revelations about Minnesota’s mine approval process give us cause for concern.

Full disclosure: Bob and Pat bought 100 shares of Polymet so they could attend its annual meeting.

  9:00     Coffee and Conversation
  9:30     Breakfast Buffet Available
10:00     Formal Program Begins
 
Duluth Radisson Harborview
505 West Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 727-8981