District 5950 Rotarians in Action
Rotary Club of Brooklyn Park members Kevin and Jennifer Weist want to help our District honor the memory of Brooklyn Park Rotarian and friend Eldon Tessman. To do this, they have generously offered a matching gift challenge. Any gift to The Rotary Foundation’s PolioPlus Fund starting on April 24, 2024 (the beginning of World Immunization Week), through June 30, 2024 (the end of the current Rotary Year), will be matched by them, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000 in contributions. To give electronically, please click here: https://www.rotary.org/donate.  Together, Rotary and our project partners will end polio!
As we reflect on the past year, we remember and honor the cherished members of our Rotary family who have passed away. Their contributions, dedication, and spirit have left an indelible mark on our community, and it's important that we pay tribute to their legacy.

District 5950 is creating an In Memoriam video to commemorate the lives of our fellow Rotarians who have passed in the last year. This video will serve as a heartfelt tribute to their service, commitment, and the profound impact they've had. The video will be shown at the end of the Annual Meeting and made available on the District 5950 YouTube Site. 
In February, I traveled to Colombia with the Rotary EClub of Global Travelers (I am associate member of this club) to check on the progress of a $95,000 global grant project (a collaboration including 15 sponsoring Rotary clubs, 3 districts and Rotary International).  Twenty-eight Rotarians/family members from AK, CA, FL, IA, IL, KS, MN, PA, VA, and Canada travelled to and learned about the culture and history of Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena.

The group met up in Bogota, the capitol and largest city in Colombia. We toured a market and sampled local fruits, vegetables, and other products, took a walking tour of the old colonial part of the city (including a stop at the Gold Museum), and rode a cable car to the top of Monserrate Mountain. The Rotary District 4281 governor-elect, her husband, and several other Bogota Rotarians met with us and we all shared information about our clubs and districts.in and Cartagena, Colombia, in addition to seeing the progress of the project. 
The Twin Cities Rotary EcoClub (EcoClub) collaborated with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) to purchase and install solar panels for 2 new Habitat homes in North Minneapolis.  Funding for the project included contributions from 15 other Rotary clubs and district grant funds from Rotary District 5950.  The total project cost was $52,500.  Rotary is providing $21,500 funds and Habitat will receive a federal tax rebate and City of Minneapolis Green Cost Share grant to pay for most of the remaining balance.
 
The solar panels were installed the end of February and the final interconnection and activation with Xcel Energy occurred the last week in March.  Five Rotarians were there for the first day of installation and available to assist where needed.  Due to insurance and liability reasons, there was not much they could do other than buy lunch for the crew and our partners with Habitat and Apadana Solar.  The EcoClub is volunteering for a Habitat home build at Harrison Townhomes in Near North Minneapolis on April 25.  Members of the 15 Rotary clubs that participated in funding have been invited to participate in the Habitat home build.

The Willmar Rotary Club, chartered in 1979, welcomed 11 new members during an installation ceremony March 27, 2024.

New members include Paul Johannes, Tim Jackson, Rochelle Peterson, Kathryn Haase, Kristin Rucks, Teresa Behm, Jean Gesselius, Tom Odens, Heather Olson, Dana Olson and Taylor Marcus.

"Our club is always enthusiastic about embracing new members who are committed to our motto of 'service above self,'" said Dr. Bill Adams, Rotary member and Willmar Public Schools assistant superindendent, in an email to the West Central Tribune.

 
   
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