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Greater Rochester

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Courtyard Marriott
161 13th Ave SW
Rochester, MN  55902
United States of America
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January 2019
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Join us at our new location! Marriott Courtyard / Saints Across from St Mary's
Fun, friendly, informative plus a great lunch!
Past District Governor Kyle Haugen presented the Rotary Citation to GRR for the club’s work in doing good in the world. Only 13 of the 69 clubs in our District received the Rotary International Award. Our club members are hard-working Rotarians who make the world a better place! Past-President Judi Wilson received the award for the club. Congrats GRR! Thank you , Judi Wilson, for your leadership.
Though homelessness is not always clearly visible in Rochester, it certainly exists. People double up in houses, sleep in cars, on the heat vents in alleys, in alcoves in buildings or underneath bridges. We can't provide all the resources the homeless need BUT WE CAN PROVIDE WARM SOCKS. All sizes needed. Bring a bag of socks to one of the meetings or contact Patricia and she will pick them up. 
Welcome to our new title sponsor - Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine. Over the last 30 years, this event has raised nearly 1 million dollars for local charities.  It is the biggest 3-Club FUNraiser.   https://portal.clubrunner.ca/5636/SitePage/rotary-holiday-classic
Be a sponsor ! Support local youth, reach  customers, and be associated with the biggest high school holiday basketball event in the area! 
Be a volunteer! Have fun while creating a friendly event for the public to enjoy.
Participate as a team! Click the website for details.
Enjoy the games as an attendee December 27 - 28, 2018 at the Civic Center. 
Great News! District 5960 has arranged a Group Cultural Exchange May 21 - 31, 2019 with District 1860 in Germany.    We expect the German team here in 2019-20 Rotary Year .  The applications were reviewed by a District Team and 10 Rotarians were selected to be on the GCE team. The Rotarians from Rochester are Zoey Jantsan from the TRCR and Patricia McCleese from GRR. 
Thank you for inviting  your friends and associates to the open house .  We introduced five people to Rochester’s three Rotary Clubs.  A personal ask is important. Keep up the buzz.  We want everyone to know that Rotary offers service opportunities for those interested in making a difference. Through meetings, social events, and volunteer projects, our members learn about the issues facing our community and communities all over the world.  We partner with local, national, and global experts to exchange ideas about potential solutions and take action.  Along with these opportunities to serve, members network at weekly meetings, creating lifelong friendships and business connections.
Cradle to Career Community Report Summit reviewed why this collaborative initiative is so important, the progress made so far, and the next steps to be taken.  Julie Brock, Executive Director, used the experiences of a student to guide us through the data. It made the information very meaningful. http://www.cradle-2-career.org/  This initiative started because the 3 Rochester Rotary Clubs formed a team to explore how Rotarians' service could make an even bigger impact in the community. The hope of doing good has grown into a community focus. 
The 10/24 World Polio Day was a success! There were 70+ people enjoying the celebration at Pasquale's Neighborhood Pizza.  It is important to stay focused on the next step. So much has been accomplished but there is still more to do. We are so close to eradicating polio. This year only 12 cases of polio have been reported in the world.  Your Foundation donation is changing the world. It makes me so proud to be a member of an organization determined to do good in the world. 
"We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory…will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."
– Abraham Lincoln, 1861
I enjoyed the Better Angels Skills Workshop.  It did cover the following objectives. 
  • Learn skills to have respectful conversations with people who disagree with you.
  • Clarify differences
  • Search for common ground
  • Deal with the stress among family members and friends whose view differ from yours
My main take away is that conversations with members of our families , circle of friends and / or associates must be approached with a  mind set of understanding. The goal is not to change or persuade others to your side. The purpose is to listen and to try to understand. You may discover areas of common interest; you may come to appreciate the person's point of view; you may find common ground or you may agree to disagree. This type of work is essential if we are going to move forward. 
Why Rotary? This session focused on personalizing what it means to be a Rotarian. It is not just what we do or how we do it. The spotlight was on why we do what we do. When someone asks me , "Why Rotary?", my answer will no longer be - 1.2 million members join together to do good in the world. We are eradicating polio etc. Now I will say, "Why Rotary?". Rotary enriches my life with purpose, friends, fun, and the ability to do good around the world. What is your answer to "Why Rotary?"
Ed Marek, DG 2020-21,  lead us in conversation at this year’s District 5960 One Rotary Summit. Great meeting! 
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