Stories about our Service and Members

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Tim Murphy reappointed as Zone 29 End Polio Now Coordinator
PDG Tim Murphy (Edina) is the current Zone 29 End Polio Now Coordinator. (Our Zone encompasses 16 districts.) His great work in this position has earned him a reappointment by Rotary International (RI) to that position for an additional three-year term. Tim received an email from Past Rotary International President John Germ notifying him of this great news.
Tom Gump appointed as Region 36 Assistant Rotary Coordinator
DG Tom Gump (Edina / Morningside) has just been appointed by RI to serve as one of eight Assistant Rotary Coordinators for Region 36/Zones 25B and 29. (This territory represents 23 districts and nearly 52,000 Rotarians.) Tom will be responsible for supporting membership in RI Districts 5580, 5950 and 5960 beginning July 1 with the 2021-22 Rotary year.   
Carol MacDonald appointed Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator
Carol MacDonald (Burnsville Breakfast) has been appointed by RI to serve as  Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator for Region 36/Zones 25B and 29. She will be responsible for supporting the Foundation in RI Districts 5580, 5950 and 5960 beginning July 1 with the 2021-22 Rotary year. The new position requires that Carol resign as District Rotary Foundation Chair (DRFC) The district welcomes Sharon Bloodworth (Mpls #9) who has agreed to complete the third year of Carol's DRFC term.
May 03, 2019
Glen Juntti, a member who actively seeks out opportunities to give back and expand the reach of Minnetonka Rotary. HIs work is not defined by titles but the impact in our Club and community. 
Being able to see Rotary from the larger district lens, rather than just a club view, is its own reward. The value of Rotary to our society becomes clearer the bigger view you create for yourself. I encourage all of our district members, when the time is right in their careers, to expand their Rotary horizon by supplementing their club experience with a district role. You, too, will be very proud of District 5950! -- District Governor Russ
Posted by Anya Magnuson, Public Image Intern
One of the ways Rotary continues to grow is by adapting and creating cause-based clubs that unite people around a common purpose — whether it’s the environment, veterans issues or human trafficking. Rotary District 5950 Governor Tom Gump is at the forefront of this movement, helping to expand the reach of Rotary and to inspire action that improves community.
“As a worldwide organization, since 1922 Rotary International has required all new clubs to adopt the standard club constitution, which has no restrictions concerning race. A constitution and bylaws dated 1932 are the earliest in The Wilmington Rotary Club’s archives. Despite the pervasive and official racial segregation of the time, these documents say only that membership is open to “adult male persons of good character and good business or professional reputation.” Race is never mentioned. Nevertheless, the Wilmington club remained all-white until the 1980's. The race issue surfaced nationally in 1982 when the editor of The Birmingham Post-Herald proposed changing his Rotary club’s explicitly whites-only charter. In a secret vote, the Birmingham club voted 120-90 to continue the ban. The editor resigned in protest. When the news got out, RI acted promptly, declaring that “racial discrimination has no place in Rotary” and banning “any club from limiting membership in the club on the basis of race, color, creed or national origin.” The Birmingham club, threatened with having its charter revoked, agreed by voice vote of 200 to 1 to permit non-white members.”
Rotary District 5950 congratulates Caitlin Schweiger on her selection as a Rotary Peace Fellow. Peace Fellowships are awarded for full support to pursue a master’s degree in peace studies and conflict prevention at five Rotary Peace Centers around the world: University of Queensland, Australia; Uppsala University, Sweden; University of Bradford, England; Duke University, United States (not available to US citizens); and Tokyo International Christian University, Japan. Fifty fellowships are awarded each year to candidates from all over the world.
Introducing Pau Velardebo Garcia
Our inbound exchange student this year is Pau Velardebo Garcia from Barcelona, Spain.  He is a well-traveled 17 year- old young man whose father was also a Rotary exchange student.  The family has hosted Rotary exchange students from Taiwan and Vancouver.  Pau lives with his well-traveled parents and his brother Alex, age 15.  His older brother Robert, age 22, lives on his own and is a train driver.  His mother is a pharmacist and his father is a businessman and CEO of several companies.  His extended family of maternal and paternal grandparents plus many cousins live nearby.
See RI’s Core Values in action in D5950
Rotary’s core values represent the guiding principles of the organization’s culture, including what guides members’ priorities and actions within the organization. Values are an increasingly important component in strategic planning because they drive the intent and direction of the organization’s leadership. Read these value summaries and appreciate the example some of our District 5950 leaders show in each area. Russ Michaletz Rotary District 5950 Governor 2019-2020 Service We believe that our service activities and programs bring about greater world understanding and peace. Service is a major element of our mission. Through the plans and actions of individual clubs, we create a culture of service throughout our organization that provides unparalleled satisfaction for those who serve.
Jun 16, 2019

Once again, the Minnetonka Rotary Foundation had a fantastic year supporting organizations, both locally and internationally.


The Minnetonka Rotary Club is committed to, “building responsible youth”, and our Foundation’s decision making reflects that commitment as well as creating a safer, stronger, and healthier community and world.

In 2018 - 2019 Minnetonka Rotary Club was the sponsor for a District Grant for the Nibakure Community Village in Africa. This story highlights the history of the organization and the work they do. Click on the album link to see more photos of the Village. 
The Minnetonka Rotary’s 2017 Golf Outing was a tremendous success.  The results look like the Minnetonka Rotary has raised over $30,000 to go into the Minnetonka Rotary Foundation to support our communities with Grants that are targeted for organizations in need of funding to accomplish worthwhile goals that might otherwise not be completed.
The companies are listed on the picture above, but in the event that you cannot read them, they are listed here.  We extend our thank you to the people and organizations below for their support to make this event a success.
Platinum Plus Sponsors
Signature Bank
Doran Companies
Frank Babka
Platinum Sponsors
Restwell Mattress Factory
Land Home Financial Services
LenServ Title
Hopkins Auto Body
Streeter & Associates Inc.
Culligan Water
Magney Construction Inc.
Ellingson & Ellingson
Dale & Cathy Feste
Gold Sponsors
Securian Retirement
Securian Trust Company
Minnesota Eye Consultants
ReMax Real Estate Nation
Nagel Team Realty
Silver Sponsors
Advantus Capital Management
Commercial Furniture Services & Herman Miller
Partner’s Title
Inspirity Inc.
Bronze Sponsors
Hance Hardware
JA Counter
Dunn Brothers Coffee / Richard & Norma Gunderson
Joey Nova’s Pizza
Opitz Outlet
TruStone Financial Credit Union
Willis Towers Watson
Guy Marzanno & Christine Leick
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