How is your club celebrating World Polio Day, October 24? 2017-10-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sam Thompson (Edina Noon), Camp Enterprise chair
Camp Enterprise is an extensive three-day business camp for high school students. Sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Districts 5950 and 5960, Camp Enterprise introduces leadership activities focusing on the Free Enterprise System. 
The 120 attendees are divided into teams and given a case study (or business). In "Shark Tank" fashion, the teams develop business and marketing plans they present to the venture capitalists (Sharks) to secure financing for their business on the last day of camp. Scholarships worth $5,000 will be awarded at this 38th annual Camp Enterprise.
The weekend includes business mentoring from over 80 Rotary volunteers, excellent speakers, and interactive social activities. Speakers include, but are not limited to, Isabel & Caroline Bercaw, teenage owners of Da Bomb Bath Fizzers (their product is in 7,000 stores); Randy Stenger, owner of Extreme Sandbox and past Shark Tank participant; and Ping Yeh, MN Cup grand prize winner and CEO of StemoniXinc.
Volunteers are still needed and 25 participant spots remain. The camp is held at Camp Ihduhapi in Loretto, about 30 minutes west of Minneapolis. For more information contact Sam Thompson at or 612-282-1750. Learn more about Camp Enterprise at
Camp Enterprise welcomes students on November 2 Sam Thompson (Edina Noon), Camp Enterprise chair 2017-10-05 05:00:00Z 0
Tour Toronto, site of the 2018 International Convention Tom Gump (Edina Morningside), Zone 28 Toronto Promotion Chair 2017-10-05 05:00:00Z 0
District Governor Bob (center, left) and District 5960 Governor Kyle Haugen welcomed 59 new exchange students to their September 9 orientation. (Three arrived in January.) These international students are staying with Rotarian host families across the two districts.
Exchange students arrive! 2017-10-05 05:00:00Z 0
Please join in congratulating Tom Gump (Edina Morningside), selected District 5950 Governor for the 2020-21 year. His term follows DG-Elect Irene Kelly (2018-19) and DG-Nominee Russ Michaletz (2019-20). At this point in the Rotary year, the official title for this role is District Governor-Designate.
The Nominating Committee commends Tom for leadership achievements during his year as president of the Rotary Club of Edina Morningside: 30+ new members who are all engaged and active, and members’ TRF Annual Fund giving at double the previous level. Tom is currently both the District 5950 trainer and the Toronto Zone 28 Promotion Coordinator.
In his business life, Tom is a lawyer and real estate developer serving as "of counsel" with Stier Law Offices.
Tom Gump in line for D5950 leadership in 2020-21 2017-10-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Stowell (Burnsville), PDG and D5950 COL rep
Rotary International’s 2017-19 cycle of Council on Legislation (COL) is underway. As District 5950’s COL Representative, I represent our members and introduce their resolutions for consideration. I also convey proposed legislation, enactments and resolutions under consideration. 
The deadline to submit enactments is December 31, 2017.  Each individual item is to be submitted using the online resolution certification form and should include:
  • The name of the proposer
  • How it was endorsed by the district
  • Confirmation from the district governor that legislation was proposed or endorsed by the district 
  • An optional purpose and effect statement of 300 words or less.
If your club has a recommendation for new legislation, or requests changes to existing legislation, please follow this process. You can contact me at
COL set to review proposed legislation Bob Stowell (Burnsville), PDG and D5950 COL rep 2017-10-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Star Tribune
Anyone can now legally possess and administer naloxone, the powerful lifesaving antidote to a heroin or opioid overdose — even an addict.
The Steve Rummler Hope Network, a Minnesota nonprofit that lobbied for the 2014 law allowing for wider distribution of naloxone and immunity for those who use it to save a life, is giving away thousands of doses across the state to anyone who might need it. That includes police officers, first responders, college employees, drug rehab staffers and parents.
This summer, the Rummler network trained staffers and provided naloxone at Minneapolis Community and Technical College; Minnesota State University, Mankato, and even a big-box store after an overdose in a parking lot.
The nonprofit gave away 6,000 doses in 2016. This year, with the help of a $200,000 state grant, it wants to distribute up to 24,000 doses. (Read full article on the Star Tribune.)
Rotary partner fights opioid epidemic by giving away antidote doses Star Tribune 2017-10-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Krauska (Chanhassen) D5950 ShelterBox Liaison and Board Member, Shelterbox USA
Rotarians want to support Texans and Floridians affected by recent hurricanes. Here is what ShelterBox is doing.
The latest Texas reports show 100,000 homes affected, 32,000 people forced into community shelters, and more than 1 million students in 244 school districts impacted. A ShelterBox Response Team including Texas-based Response Team members (Rotarians) and ShelterBox USA President Kerri Murray is on the ground in Texas, working with FEMA and other agencies. ShelterBox aid has arrived with blankets, groundsheets, school kits, solar lamps, and hundreds of tents.These tents may be used as privacy tents within shelters, allowing for medical treatment, child care, and a host of other critical options.
A designated fund for ShelterBox's response to the Harvey disaster has been launched.This fund provides support for all costs associated with ShelterBox’s response to Hurricane Harvey.
How can you help now?
  • Donate to the Harvey designated fund where 100% of donations go to the deployment.
  • Inspire community donations by:
    • Featuring a ShelterBox display at your community event. Set up a tent; start a conversation!
    • Use your club’s ShelterBox team page to accept online donations. (It’s already set up.)
    • Engage Interact, Youth Exchange students and other youth groups. Show your community how young Rotarians are people of action!
Please contact me to support your community outreach efforts: Greg Krauska, 612-801-7821 or gkrauska@hotmail.comRead the latest about ShelterBox's response efforts: ShelterBox USA receives Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star rating and is recognized in their list of Charities Providing Assistance in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey.
ShelterBox responds in hurricane-devastated areas Greg Krauska (Chanhassen) D5950 ShelterBox Liaison and Board Member, Shelterbox USA 2017-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
More info coming:
The Rotary Foundation requires each district to notify their District Rotarians by September 30 each year that the District Designated Funds (DDF) was audited and how funds were spent. The 2016-17 District and Global Grants are listed on our website as well as the balance of DDF. 
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Posted by Sandy Schley (Edina), Past District Governor, 2009-10
Bob Halagan was President of the Rotary Club of Buffalo when I was District Governor in 2009-10. I admired his leadership and encouraged his Rotary Career. Now he’s the DG, asking that I share “my Rotary Career after being District Governor”. 
District 5950 keeps Past District Governors on the Board of Directors for three years. My involvement filled a strong desire to pay back the significant investment in leadership development and organizational management that Rotary had made in me.
Then I chaired our district’s TRF Committee during the transitioned known as the Future Vision of The Rotary Foundation – a vision that found District 5950 at the head of the pack for all districts in Zones 28 & 29. In 2016, I represented D5950 on the Council on Legislation, RI’s legislative body. Service Projects – locally (collaboration with the Steve Rummler Hope Foundation to develop a video and community action projects to address the crises of opioid addiction) – and internationally (water & sanitation projects in Central America) have kept me involved at the ground level in my club and in our district.
D5950 is part of Zone 28 which includes Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and part of Canada. I have been a trainer at two Zone Institutes, served on the Nominating Committee that selected Mary Beth Growney-Selene as an RI Director, and worked as the Program Coordinator for the Zone Institute in La Crosse, WI. I am currently our Zone’s Endowment & Major Gifts Advisor.
My philosophy has always been one of developing new leaders – what I referred to when I was Governor as developing a Legacy of Leadership. I continue to serve Rotary because Service Above Self is part of my DNA. I enjoy sharing my life with fellow Rotarians, persons with common values and with whom I have developed deep friendships. My major aspiration now is to encourage others in their Rotary careers. I like being a sounding board, a confidant, a facilitator, an encourager, and an advisor. If I can help you or someone you know on their career path in Rotary, please let me know…I am happy to help!
Life after (and beyond) the DG role Sandy Schley (Edina), Past District Governor, 2009-10 2017-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Mulcrone (Chanhassen), Polio chairperson
At the recent International Convention in Atlanta, we celebrated 100 years of The Rotary Foundation. I watched Bill Gates up his commitment to end polio to $100 million each of the next three years. A cascade of giving from around the world narrowed a three-year $1.5 billion funding gap to $300 million. What an incredible effort you are part of!
Thank you so much for your help thus far! Our work continues and we depend heavily on you to make certain we don't leave any of Bill Gates' matching money on the table!
World Polio Day is October 24th and now is the time to make a plan. Will it be a special push toward a club goal of $1,500? Perhaps prepare a news article for the local paper? A banner across Main Street celebrating the success of the greatest public private health initiative in history? Anything can celebrate the day. 
Your leadership is critical. Whatever your plan, I'm happy to assist with resources, material, high quality photos, promotional ideas and a variety of unique presentations.
Plan to celebrate World Polio Day, October 24 Tim Mulcrone (Chanhassen), Polio chairperson 2017-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Russ Michaletz (City of the Lakes), District Governor Nominee
Why did I apply to become District Governor? Because I am proud to be part of District 5950; it is a real winner in the Rotary world. The competence and commitment of D5950 members makes the DG job much easier. Being selected to give a year as District Governor of 5950 is an honor and privilege.
I have the highest respect for past District 5950 Governors. While they’ve needed to focus on membership growth and foundation goals to keep our district in strong standing, they have also been inspirational to and supportive of clubs’ service endeavors, locally and around the world. Most importantly, they have been empathetic and encouraging to the passions of the clubs and individual members in the district, placing their own quests for status aside.
I will be successful as District Governor as long as I stay focused on making District 5950 Rotarians as successful and satisfied as they can be in serving others. The work of District Governor will be long, but fun. I look forward to getting to know Rotarians across the district, understanding and helping as many as possible fulfill their passions of service. My career as a CPA was a business of service to clients. Now I consider District 5950 Rotarians my new clients!
Why apply to be District Governor Russ Michaletz (City of the Lakes), District Governor Nominee 2017-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Karen Walkowski (Lake Minnetonka-Excelsior)
Human slavery has been identified as such a global issue that Rotary International has identified this as one of the next global initiatives to solve as we get close to celebrating the end of polio.
Many of us have the image of human slavery taking place in other parts of the world. However, it is happening in our own country AND is a significant industry right here in Minnesota. As leaders in our communities, District 5950 has joined with District 5960 to end human trafficking in Minnesota. We are designing a three-year strategy and want your involvement.
What can you do to support this effort?
  • Arrange for a presentation on human trafficking at your weekly meeting.
  • Volunteer to be part of the Big Event, an event increasing awareness of this evil in our community prior to the Super Bowl.
  • Bring your friends to the Big Event.
  • Identify service providers and experts in your community who to attend an Engage Together Summit. Participants will include:
  • law enforcement
  • non-profit service providers who support victims
  • educators (middle- and high school principals, health services and superintendents)
  • faith community (churches and faith-based organizations who address this issue)
  •  business
  • Other community leaders
  • Contact Karen Walkowski ( to request a speaker, or provide names of volunteers or the service providers who should be added to the participant list for the Summit.
Human trafficking becomes Rotary's priority project Karen Walkowski (Lake Minnetonka-Excelsior) 2017-08-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Gump (Edian Morningside), District 5950 Trainer
Are you a person with leadership skills? Do you share your ideas in your Rotary Club? Are you a person of action? Then you should come to One Rotary Summit. You will learn how membership, public image, humanitarian service and supporting your Rotary Foundation work together in Making a Difference in your local community. 
You will meet fellow District 5950 Rotarians who have similar interests in being a "Person of Action" -- which is an exciting phrase to use in sharing about your Rotary efforts You will take home ideas that have worked or will be worthy of trying in this and in future years. Don't miss this event. There will be breakfast, lunch and beverages to fuel you to be fired up! Questions? Please call Tom Gump at (612) 770-8389.
Participate in a new format of case-study.
What:      One Rotary Summit (ORS)
Where:    Earle Brown Heritage Center
When:     Friday, September 15, 2017
From:      8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Breakfast buffet and box lunch provided)
Charge:  Free for all Rotary members!  (Funded by club training fee)
Don't miss One Rotary Summit on September 15 Tom Gump (Edian Morningside), District 5950 Trainer 2017-08-06 05:00:00Z 0
Early Bird registration opens for Toronto 2018 2017-08-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Gump (Edina Morningside), D5950 trainer
Note: Rotary International is publishing this article in their monthly blog.
During the 2016-17 Rotary year, my Rotary club recruited 31 new members. Eleven are women and eight are under 40 years of age. The club moved from 68 members to 94 members in just over nine months. How did this happen? 
  1. Know your club’s strengths. If you meet in the morning, you will probably be a good fit for a 9-to-5 employee. Meeting at noon is more likely to appeal to retirees or parents of school-age children. If a prospect’s schedule doesn’t fit your format, recommend him/her to another club. Let all the clubs in your area know you are looking for members; they may send you someone whose schedule fits your format better than their own.
  2. Keep a list of potential recruits. Whether on paper or electronic, a list reminds you of people who may be a fit for your club.
  3. Make recruiting the top priority in your club. You, the club president, can't do everything. Let your members know that recruiting is the top priority so they can all help. New members - with new energy – provide more people raising money for The Rotary Foundation, serving on committees, and inviting additional members to your meetings and fun events.
  4. Create a letter that lists all the great things about your club. List your star members, the advantages of where your club meets, how many members it has, etc. Make sure to tailor the email/letter to a potential member’s priorities.
  5. List potential areas of responsibilities. Potential members will want to know how they can fit in and what opportunities there are for serving.
  6. Be persistent. There will be times that it takes literally a dozen requests to get someone to a meeting. Keep asking. A prospect may come to a meeting, then tell you s/he can't join now or aren’t interested in joining. These are good answers as long as you keep in touch. 
  7. Talk about Rotary wherever you go. At church, temple, work, neighborhood events, family gatherings, parties, etc. You'll be amazed how easy it is after you practice for a while. Getting a lot of “no” answers built my confidence because it didn’t hurt as bad as I expected, and most people were actually happy I asked, even if they said No. It’s always a good time to recruit.
  8. Celebrate when you get a new member. This gets the club excited about getting more members. Our club makes a poster of the individual after s/he has been voted in and we put it in the front of the room at our next meeting and when we induct a new member.
  9. Realize there is no finish line. Even if you are at the size that your club wants to be, there are always reasons people leave. New insights always benefit a club. You're either growing or you're dying.
  10. Be Vibrant. Wear a turkey suit before Thanksgiving. (It’s only your dignity you’re losing!) Wear a lanyard with lots of “flair”/Rotary pins to get people talking to you. Make outrageous centerpieces for your meeting tables because it gets people talking to each other. Greet people outside and hold the door open for them, showing you care.
10 tips to attract and retain quality members Tom Gump (Edina Morningside), D5950 trainer 2017-08-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Solbrack (St. Louis Park Noon), Rotary 5950 District Membership Chair
DG Bob Halagan’s goal is 50.3% female membership in District 5950. How will you increase the percentage female membership in your club? What are your goals? How will you measure, track, and report those goals? How will you recognize and thank membership champions? How many prospective members will attend a club meeting, service project, or fellowship event this year?
One idea is the “I Asked” board. Print the “I Asked” template on 11”x17” heavy  paper. Every time a club member brings a female prospective member to a club meeting put a gold sticker in the box to the right of the name, and for a male prospective member put a blue sticker to the right of the name. Display the board regularly at your club meeting. Recognize and thank club members who are sharing their Rotary stories with others and inviting them to come to a meeting or event.
My club’s contest awarded two points for a female prospective member and one point for a male prospective member. The winner ordered any meal desired off the restaurant menu at a weekly meeting.
“I Asked” board tracks membership goals Steve Solbrack (St. Louis Park Noon), Rotary 5950 District Membership Chair 2017-08-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 18, 2017
RI President Ian Riseley conveyed the news that RI President-Elect Sam F. Owori died following a planned surgery. He asked Rotarians worldwide to keep the Owori family in their thoughts. Owori's hard work as a Rotarian and as a dedicated civil servant inspired millions.
There will be a service in Bedford, Texas and funeral in Uganda. Memorial contributions will be directed to the Sam F. Owori Memorial to Polio. This fund has been established to honor the president-elect's commitment to Rotary’s polio eradication efforts. Owori was a member of both the Africa Regional PolioPlus Committee and the International PolioPlus Committee. Rotarians can make online contributions to the fund here.
The 2017-18 nominating committee will select a new president-elect, in addition to the president-nominee, during its scheduled meeting in early August.
Rotary Loses Upcoming Leader in Sudden Death 2017-07-18 05:00:00Z 0
2016-2017: A Rotary Year in Review DG Bob Halagan 2017-07-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Halagan (Buffalo), District Governor 2017-18
One Rotary Summit had an incredible turnout! Over 215 Rotarians came together, brainstorming how to integrate opportunities in membership, public relations and the Foundation with a goal of reaching 50.3% female membership in District 5950. Read the summarized highlights on the District website; they include:
1. This is a men’s issue. As I say to every club, this is a men’s issue, not a women’s issue. Strong female leaders don’t need our help; we need theirs if we are going to be relevant into the future. Male Rotarians, it’s up to you to make this happen.
2. Attract and engage. We discussed strategies for attracting new female members including challenging each Rotarian to invite a female guest to the club, and having club discussions that focus specifically on identifying the female leaders in your community. However, at the end of the day, inviting females into Rotary just isn’t enough. We need to be doing the things that are relevant to the lives of women such as projects on issues like human trafficking, opioid abuse and child homelessness.
3. How do we get there? Achieving 50.3% female membership requires us to do what Rotary does best--break the problem into achievable steps and commit to it for a period of time. To reach 50.3% female membership we need each club to add five new female members per year for the next three years. That’s it. If each club makes that commitment, we can reach our goal.
Thanks for all you do for Rotary!
--DG Bob
One Rotary Summit brought 215 to the table Bob Halagan (Buffalo), District Governor 2017-18 2017-07-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Kennedy (Mpls. University), Global Scholars chair
Our district has an exciting scholarship opportunity for people who are eager to pursue a master’s degree in one of Rotary’s six major areas of focus:
  • Promoting peace
  • Fighting disease
  • Providing clean water
  • Saving mothers and children
  • Supporting education
  • Growing local economies
The academic programs typically include coursework, internships and applied experiences, and research and preparation of a master’s thesis.
Students can receive up to $30,000 to study for one or more years in a country other than the United States, where the institution of study is in a Rotary district. Individual Rotary clubs have no financial commitment; the scholarships are supported by the district and The Rotary Foundation.
Application information and the timeline is on the District website. Applications are due to Rotary clubs by September 15, 2017, for study beginning in fall 2018. Applicants must reside, study, or work (now or in the past) in District 5950. For additional information, contact Ellen Kennedy, chairperson, at  or 952-693-5206. 
This program is in its fourth year in our district. Scholars have studied in Belgium, England, the Netherlands, and Spain. Our 2017 Global Grant Scholars are Thomas Bird and Amal Gani (pictured).
Apply to be the next global scholar Ellen Kennedy (Mpls. University), Global Scholars chair 2017-07-07 05:00:00Z 0
Apply now to be DG in 2020-21 PDG Mark Hegstrom (Edina Morningside) 2017-07-07 05:00:00Z 0
Both Rotary International and District 5950 dues will increase on the 2017-18 semi-annual bills. The district approved its $5 ($2.50 semi-annual) increase at the Corporation’s Annual Meeting on April 28, 2017. Beginning July 1, 2017, a member’s dues are $29.00.
Semi-annual training assessment fees also increased, with a sliding scale for clubs of
44 or fewer members, 45-74 members, and 75+ members. This increase supports a
balanced budget for FY2017-18, without using district reserves.
Rotary International’s 2016-17 Council on Legislation authorized a $4 dues increase implemented over three years: 2017-18 = $30.00, 2018-19 = $32.00, 2019-20 = $34.00. 
The additional funding will enable Rotary to address many issues, including:
  • Improve the functionality and search capabilities of RI’s website.
  • Improve and simplify reporting for clubs and districts.
  • Invest in membership initiatives.
  • Bring Rotaractors into the fold by allowing them access to online tools.
  • Improve the performance and usability for Rotary Club Central.
  • Improve access to contribution data for timelier reporting to clubs and individuals.
RI and 5950 approve dues increase 2017-07-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by PDG Sandy Schley
In 2014, numerous District 5950 clubs financed a district-produced video that heightened awareness of the dilemma of chronic pain, addiction, and prescription drug overdose deaths. This video has been shown throughout the United States, used in medical training programs, and served as a public image asset to facilitate major legislation to fight addiction to drugs. (Click on the logo to view versions of the video.)
Recently, The Public Television Network (TPT) invited the Steve Rummler Hope Foundation (SRHF) and the Rotary Clubs of District 5950 to update the video. It will be shown throughout the United States and at Rotary Clubs. Our District Governor Leadership Team (Mark Hegstrom, Bob Halagan and Irene Kelly) support making this a multi-year project, allowing District 5950 to produce educational materials, a facilitator’s guide, and leadership training to expand our reach to Interact and Rotaract clubs, Camp Enterprise,  ethics workshops, the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy, schools, churches, and other community organizations.
The new video will update facts and statistics that are even more distressing than these from the 2014 video:
  • Prescription painkiller overdoses quadrupled in the past 20 years, killing 16,651 people in 2010 alone.
  • The quantity of prescription painkillers sold to pharmacies, hospitals, and doctors’ offices was four times larger in 2010 than in 1999.
  • Americans consume 80% of the global opioid supply, and 99% of the global hydrocodone supply.
  • In 2010, 12 million people reported using prescription painkillers for nonmedical reasons.
  • Incidents involving prescription painkillers resulted in 475,000+ ER visits in 2009.
  • The number of people seeking treatment for prescription opioid addiction rose 71% from 2003 to 2007.
The District 5950 Clubs that helped surpass the $4,925 goal include: Bloomington Daymakers, Bloomington Noon, Buffalo, Eden Prairie AM, Eden Prairie Noon, Edina,
Edina Morningside, Minneapolis University, and Plymouth.
Here are some ideas for ways clubs can use the video in their communities. (Also consider applying for a District Grant to support your plan.)
  • Premier Showing – Arrange a theater where the film can be shown. After the showing offer restaurant options in the area with a percentage of proceeds going to the SRHF.
  • Club Speakers – Sean O’Donnell can arrange a speaker.
  • Programs for Treating Youth Athletes
  • Programs for Persons with Pain Issues
  • Programs for Persons with Mental Health Issues
  • Parent Education
District-produced opioid addiction video reaches district and U.S. audiences PDG Sandy Schley 2017-06-25 05:00:00Z 0
It was the annual leadership transition from outgoing to incoming district governor -- a blend of appreciation, introduction, roast and photo op. Rotarians gathered at Rush Creek Golf Course for the June 21 event that installed Bob Halagan (Buffalo) as our District 5950 Governor for 2017-18.
Photos capture PDGs Jim “Teddy Bear” Nelson and Tim “Murph” Murphy adding humor to the event hosted by the Rotary Club of Buffalo, DG Mark Hegstrom pinning Bob Halagan
as District Governor, and Bob's acceptance remarks.
As Mark summarized the district’s accomplishments in 2016-17 and Bob previewed his 2017-18 priorities, both men spoke with passion about Rotary’s worldwide impact.
(See more event photos on Facebook.)

Gavel passes with tradition and humor 2017-06-25 05:00:00Z 0
Your District 5950 Board of Directors said farewell and thank you to Diann Kirby
and Wooj Byun (far right on front and second rows) as they complete board terms. 
Members expressed their thanks to both for their dedication to Rotary and District 5950.
District Governor-Nominee Russ Michaletz and legal counsel Mike Kallas join the
board as of July 1, 2017. Who are all the district leaders? Scroll through the

online org chart on
Leadership change includes 5950 board 2017-06-25 05:00:00Z 0
Your District 5950 Board of Directors said farewell and thank you to Diann Kirby and Wooj Byun and (far right on front and second rows) as they complete board terms. Members expressed their thanks to both for their dedication to Rotary and District 5950.
District Governor-Nominee Russ Michaletz and legal counsel Mike Kallas will join the board as of July 1, 2017. Who are all the district leaders? Scroll through the online org chart on
Leadership change includes 5950 boardship change include 2017-06-25 05:00:00Z 0
A 40-person high school band will play “Happy Birthday” as a five-tier birthday cake with
100 candles is cut. Come celebrate The Rotary Foundation’s centennial birthday with Area 4 clubs and 1,000 local residents at Maple Grove’s
Town Green Park on Saturday, July 29.

It’s all FREE: music, food, bouncy houses, photo booth, and interactive Rotary stations featuring PolioPlus, Shelter Box and Days for Girls. Please bring a nonperishable food contribution for the local food shelf.
The 10 a.m.-2 p.m. community celebration is brought to you by the five Area 4 clubs: Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal-New Hope-Robbinsdale, Maple Grove and Rogers. Town Green is at 7991 Main St. in Maple Grove.

Area 4 clubs create TRF celebration for communities 2017-05-29 05:00:00Z 0
District Conference begins with a high-energy breakfast – enthusiasm that raised $1,368 in happy bucks for Smile Network and its mission of repairing cleft palates in kids! The evening dinner attendees contributed an additional $350.
Smile Network is a 501(c)3 humanitarian organization that provides life-altering reconstructive surgeries and related healthcare services to impoverished children and adults in developing nations. District 5950’s contribution will change the lives of three children. Smile Network will track and report to us on the recipients’ surgeries and progress.
Conference happy bucks raise $$ for Smile Network 2017-05-29 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Buffalo invites you to celebrate as Bob Halagan becomes
District Governor for 2017-18. Register
online by June 10. Rotarians, use the
'Guest' option on this Buffalo Rotary page.
Installation celebrates 5950 leadership 2017-05-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Gump (Edina Morningside), District Trainer
Have you heard of Rollin’ With Rotary? In August 2015, four young professionals started traveling across the country to celebrate Rotary, celebrate giving, and celebrate communities across the US by introducing Rollin’ With Rotary
Kathy (far right) and the "'Rollin' Rotary 2" RV gang showed up at my house the evening of our District Conference, spending the night with my family. They are great Rotarians!  To use the new Public Image vernacular -- they are really "on fleek!" RI VP Jennifer Jones arrived by plane the next morning and joined the gang for an event in Fridley.
Click on the YouTube video to learn more!
Rollin’ Rotary 2 cruises through District 5950 Tom Gump (Edina Morningside), District Trainer 2017-05-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Association of Fundraising Professionals

The Rotary Foundation (TRF) has been named the 2016 Outstanding Foundation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). From its first contribution of $26.50 almost a century ago, TRF’s assets have grown to approximately $1 billion, and more than $3 billion have been spent on projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, support education, save mothers and children, and grow local economies.

“While almost everyone is familiar with Rotary, not everyone may realize just how much an impact Rotary and The Rotary Foundation have had on countless people and communities across the globe,” said AFP President and CEO Jason Lee. “On behalf of the entire charitable sector and people around the world, all of us at AFP are honored to be able to recognize The Rotary Foundation as our 2016 Outstanding Foundation.”

To mark the Foundation’s centennial year, Rotary members aim to raise $300 million by July 2017. “We are honored to receive this recognition from the AFP, which gives us even more reason to celebrate during our Foundation’s centennial year,” said Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Kalyan Banerjee. “The continued strong support of Rotary members will help us keep our promise of a polio-free world for all children, and enable the Foundation to carry out its mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill and peace.  We look forward to another 100 years of Rotary members taking action to make communities better around the world.”

The Rotary Foundation received its award at AFP’s 2017 International Fundraising Conference in San Francisco.

TRF Named World’s Outstanding Foundation for 2016 Association of Fundraising Professionals 2017-05-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Kennedy (University Rotary), World Without Genocide
Ian Riseley, 2017-18 Rotary International president, has made the case that curbing climate change is essential to Rotary’s goal of global service. Riseley recently said, “Environmental degradation and global climate change are serious threats to everyone. They are having a disproportionate impact on those who are the most vulnerable, those to whom Rotary has the greatest responsibility.” President-elect Riseley has challenged every Rotary club in the world to make a difference by planting a tree for each of its members between the start of the Rotary year on July 1, 2017 and Earth Day on April 22, 2018. We ask everyone to join in Rotary’s challenge and to plant a tree.
Rotary Takes on Climate Change Ellen Kennedy (University Rotary), World Without Genocide 2017-05-29 05:00:00Z 0
All year we've celebrated The Rotary Foundation's 100th anniversary.
Now you can really celebrate -- with commemorative bottles of wine
priced at $25 per bottle, plus shipping.
District Governor Mark will place an order for all who email him their purchase commitment by Friday, May 12. Email (Shipping fees can be avoided for those who pick up their order in person.) 
Order commemorative TRF wine 2017-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Solbrack (St. Louis Park Noon), District Membership Chair

The TCYP (Twin Cities Young Professionals) Summit on May 19 will bring together hundreds
of young professionals from the greater Twin Cities area. Twelve District 5950 Rotary clubs are collaborating to be an event Silver Sponsor, their funding allowing young attendees to hear speakers discuss diversity, inclusion, communication, self-growth, and more. This annual summit gathers industry leaders together to share insights on how to grow their business expertise, focus their leadership skills and integrate their passion into the workp

Collaborating clubs are St. Louis Park, Bloomington, Eden Prairie Noon, Minnetonka, Edina, Chanhassen, Chaska, Golden Valley, Waconia-West Carver, Edina Morningside, Shakopee, and Eden Prairie AM.

Eight young professional Rotarians will represent District 5950 at the event, staffing an exhibitor table during registration and breaks. They will also connect with attendees during sessions and meals, creating opportunities to engage in one-to-one and small-group conversations. As a Silver Sponsor we will have a quarter-page ad in the program and receive recognition during the event.  

These collaborating clubs hope to recruit new Rotary members and create more awareness of Rotary and our Rotary District. If you are a young professional and would like to register for the event, you can get more information at


District 5950 is Silver Sponsor for TCYP Summit 2017 Steve Solbrack (St. Louis Park Noon), District Membership Chair 2017-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
District Governor-Elect Bob Halagan (Buffalo) welcomed 200+ Rotarians to District Assembly
on April 8.
In sharing his vision for the 2017-18 year in District 5950, Bob encouraged clubs to track their project involvement and volunteer hours in order to capture the value of our service. He also challenged the district to reach RI President-Elect Ian Riseley’s goal of 50% female membership.
Keynote Speaker Annie Meehan made members aware of how they could be just another “expert” in the world -- or they could “Be the Exception.”
District Assembly kicked off the 2017-18 Rotary year 2017-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
District Governor Mark Hegstrom celebrated his Rotary year with
hundreds of friends at the District 5950 Conference on April 28.
The City of Edina proclaimed it Rotary District 5950 Day in Edina.
"Harmony" highlights our year of serving humanity 2017-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by PDG Jim Nelson, District TRF Fund Development Chair

District 5950's star shines brightly in the Rotary world. Our district leads all 28 districts in our partner zones in annual fund contributions to The Rotary Foundation (TRF).

Why do we lead in giving? Because we also lead in doing. It is astonishing the number of global and local community projects our clubs are involved in, supported by TRF grants. We give because we see the results achieved through TRF grants.

Our excellent record continues this year. We are substantially ahead of last year’s year-to-date numbers. With two months remaining in the Rotary year, we are already closing in on $200 per capita giving, and we expect to exceed the approximately $275 per Rotarian we achieved in the past two Rotary years.

It is up to each of us to support The Rotary Foundation and its mission of doing good in the world -- by supporting our fellow Rotarians' philanthropic activities. Service through Rotary projects is only one piece of the Rotary magic, but it is critical piece.

Are YOU part of our District’s success? We ask every Rotarian for only a dollar a day ($365 annually). Our 265 Paul Harris Society members pledge to give three dollars per day every year! Even if you can’t join at that level, please consider how a modest one dollar per day can change lives around the world.

Our Rotary year ends June 30. If you haven’t contributed yet this year, what is holding you back? Contribute now and help your fellow Rotarians serve humanity!

District 5950 leads the way in TRF donations PDG Jim Nelson, District TRF Fund Development Chair 2017-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by DG-E Bob Halagan (Buffalo)

Rotary President-Elect Ian Riseley is asking all clubs to track the number of hours of service members contribute to their communities and the amount of money donated during Rotary Year 2017-2018. The goal is to show what a force Rotary is in the world -- at a club, district and RI worldwide level.

Think about the impact on a prospective members or project partner when you can describe precisely how much your club contributes to your community and our District invests in Minnesota.

RI's website will have a reporting feature by the July 1 beginning of the Rotary year. Even before then, clubs can plan their tracking method. Besides tracking dollars raised for your community, include money raised from the community and spent on a local Rotary project. Hours of service may be a little trickier to track. Krysta Peterson, president of the South Metro Minneapolis Evenings (SMME) club, has a spreadsheet her club already uses to track hours of service and activity. We will make that available on the District 5950 website.

These will be very powerful numbers! I can’t wait to see what kind of story they tell for our District.

2017-18 goal: Track clubs' service and contributions DG-E Bob Halagan (Buffalo) 2017-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
View a presentation on building our club memberships by attracting women from the 2017 District Assembly.
Women in Rotary
Women in Rotary 2017-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by DG Mark Hegstrom

District 5950 Rotarians,

Diversity is one way Rotary Clubs can become vibrant. Most people first think of diversity as ethnicity, race and gender. However, diversity is much broader than that, including age, gender identity, physical abilities, race, sexual orientation, education, geographic location, income, marital status, partnership status, religion or belief, parental status, caring responsibilities and work experience.
Rotary International encourages clubs to evaluate those in their communities who are eligible for membership under existing membership guidelines, and to include a range
of individuals in their clubs.
I recently visited with a Rotarian in our neighboring district. She visited a New York City Rotary Club over Christmas and asked how they got such a vibrant and diverse membership. They told her: reach out to communities on a topic of mutual interest, and work together. Collaboration and membership often follows.
I encourage your club to recruit members who reflects the diversity of your communities and of society as a whole. Treat all members, employees and contacts with dignity and respect. Provide Rotarians with the opportunity to develop and realize their full potential. Secure equal opportunities. Ensure that Rotary recruitment, selection, and career progression processes are fair, objective and free from bias or stereotyping.
One young Rotarian from another district noticed that 40-50 of the club's 210 members didn't attend regularly, despite having paid for lunch. Seeing the empty seats as a missed opportunity, this young Rotarian proposed an Under 35 Rule: Half of those available seats can be used to invite young professionals to the meeting free of charge. And if one of these guests decides to join, his or her dues and fees are cut in half. This recruiting initiative gained 12 new members over two years.
Diversity is not easy to do, but achieving diversity helps create vibrancy and makes
good Rotary Clubs great. Vibrant clubs can achieve diversity, grow, and Be Great, on Purpose!
--DG Mark
NOTE: I researched several sites from around the world to learn more about diversity. A member of Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary shared that they have created a committee to address diversity. Material above is credited to RI, COL, and districts in Ireland, Australia, and the U.S.
DIVERSITY & ROTARY: A Recipe for Vibrancy DG Mark Hegstrom 2017-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Lommel (Monticello)
In just 4 1/2 hours, a group of dedicated volunteers set up the Monticello Rotary’s 
40th Annual Fish Fry at Pinewood Elem. School gym where they served nearly 1,000 people to raise money for community projects. Click on the video image to watch the time-lapse event!
Community Service in 10-second flashes Chris Lommel (Monticello) 2017-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
District's 5950, 5960 and 6000 depend on these executives for smooth-running operations and consistent Service Above Self. At the recent PETS (President-Elect Training Seminar), District 5950's administrative assistant Alexa Rundquist (left picture) and executive director Carol MacDonald (upper right) worked hard to make the training a good experience for all attendees and guests.

Meet the power behind PETS 2017-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
District Assembly kicks off the 2017-18 Rotary year with a training event for club leaders, new members, and ALL active Rotarians. Come hear District Governor-Elect Bob Halagan’s (Buffalo) vision for the 2017-18 Rotary year.
Every club can send 10 members for freeRegister online by April 1.

This training event prepares incoming club leaders and helps them build their leadership teams. Keynote Speaker, Author Annie Meehan will uplift District 5950 members with the awareness of how they could be just another “expert” in the world -- or they could “Be the Exception.”
Represent your club at District Assembly 2017-03-28 00:00:00Z 0

Don't miss the celebratory close of District Governor Mark Hegstrom's year. The Rotary District 5950 Conference is Friday, April 28 -- a full day of activities -- At the Westin Edina Galleria in Edina.

Register online, choosing from all-day to partial-day packages ranging from $169-$40. Do you like saving money? Early Bird registration ends at midnight on 3/31/17.

The Westin is located at 3201 Galleria, Edina, MN 55435 (at the corner of 69th Street and York Avenue). Free parking is located in the ramp behind the hotel property. 
A limited number of hotel rooms have been set aside for conference attendees. Click here for room reservations.

Celebrate Serving Humanity at District Conference 2017-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
  If you want to know the current temperature at the North Pole, a virtual
 will do.
  But when you arrive at a District 5950 event and want a warm welcome
  and accurate nametag, appreciate that Alexa Rundquist is the new
  administrative staff. Her position is approximately ten hours per week
  supporting Executive Director Carol McDonald. Alexa is a fully-committed
  Rotarian, simultaneously serving as president of the Minnetonka club.

5950’s Alexa is real, not virtual! 2017-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Drumroll! The District Governor selection committee chose Russ Michaletz (Mpls. City of the Lakes) to begin the three-year track to becoming DG in 2019-20. Russ realized that his past district involvement had already transitioned into future leadership when he was introduced as the District Governor Nominee Designate at DG-E Bob Halagan’s Leadership Training event.
Russ has served District 5950 as auditor, membership chair, and club visioning team member. Now he will lead the district after Irene Kelly’s 2018-19 term. Russ has been a Rotarian for 30 years.
Meet Russ Michaletz, DG in 2019-20 2017-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Wanted: You in a District 5950 role! 2017-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
  Bruce Hutchins (center) is holding a congratulatory
  letter signed by RI President John Germ recognizing Bruce’s
  50th anniversary as a Rotarian! Eden Prairie AM president
  Jeanne Zetah (left) invited DG Mark to honor Bruce at a
  recent meeting. 
RI President honors 50-year Rotarian 2017-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Sign in to My Rotary to open a new world! 2017-01-29 00:00:00Z 0

In the depths of winter, Mid-Term Assembly
is a shot of adrenaline and inspiration.

Over 180 Rotarians filled the Earle Brown Center on January 28. Unofficial evaluations gave high marks to keynote speakers Mark Lanterman, Computer Forensic Services, and Randy Stenger, Extreme Sandbox, and to the breakfast bacon.

Looking ahead, the next District 5950 training event is District Assembly on Saturday, April 8 at Crown College in St. Bonifacius. Watch for registration info and represent your club!


Mid-Term Assembly invigorates Rotarians! 2017-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Johnson (Monticello), GMS chair
Grants allow clubs to multiply their money for local and international projects by getting matching funds from the district and Rotary International. In order to qualify for matching grants, clubs must have at least one member attend a Grant Management Seminar (GMS) each year.
Registration takes place in first 30 minutes of session (i.e., 8-8:30 within the 8-12:30 time frame).
^ Seminar time will be adjusted to coordinate with event breakout sessions.
GMS addresses:
    New Ulm Country Club, 1 Golf Drive, New Ulm MN 56073
    Crown College, 8700 College View Dr, St. Bonifacius, MN 55375
    St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 5421 France Ave. S., Edina MN 55410
    Best Western Chelsea Inn, 89 Chelsea Road, Monticello MN 55362
Each club should start thinking about the member(s) who will represent your club at a GMS and then play a leadership role in grant submissions during the 2017-18 Rotary year. Enrollment for these GMS dates open in February. Each class is limited to a maximum of 20 participants. Register on ClubRunner by selecting your preferred date in the Events list of the District 5950 website.
Attend GMS to qualify for grants Steve Johnson (Monticello), GMS chair 2017-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Kennedy (Minneapolis University), Peace Fellows Program & Scholarship Chair
To make peace in the world, we need more peace-builders. The application process is open for Rotary Peace Fellowships, which are awarded to pursue a master’s degree in peace studies, conflict prevention and resolution, international relations, international development policy, journalism, environmental studies, public health, education, or public administration or for a certificate in peace and conflict resolution.
Programs The master’s degree offers 15-24 months of study plus a three-month applied field experience anywhere in the world. The second program is three months of study in Thailand for a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution. Scholarships include transportation, room and board, tuition, fees, and a stipend.
Eligibility Candidates who have completed a bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of relevant work or volunteer experience must currently live, work or study in District 5950, or have done so in the past. They must demonstrate a deep and lasting commitment to peace. Rotary Peace Fellows become leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and successful conflict resolution. Rotarians and their family members are not eligible for Peace Fellowships.
Study Sites
Duke University, United States (not available to US citizens)
Tokyo International Christian University, Japan
University of Bradford, England
University of Queensland, Australia
Uppsala University, Sweden
  Chulalongkorn University, Thailand (three-month certificate program only)
Applications due to local Rotary Club:  April 10, 2017
Applications forwarded to District 5950:  May 1, 2017
District interviews of candidates:  by June 1, 2017
Candidates’ applications forwarded to The Rotary Foundation:  July 1, 2017
Recipients notified:  November 2017 for study in 2018-2019
For more information and to apply, contact Dr. Ellen Kennedy at or 952-693-5206.
You can be a peace builder Ellen Kennedy (Minneapolis University), Peace Fellows Program & Scholarship Chair 2017-01-26 00:00:00Z 0

DG Bob Halagan and RI President Ian Riseley


Some years ago, a new acquaintance asked me what should have been a simple question: “What is Rotary?” I opened my mouth to reply and then stopped short with the realization that I simply did not know where to begin.

The problem wasn’t that I didn’t know what Rotary was. The problem was that Rotary was — and is — too large and complex to easily define. We are a member-based organization, a club-based organization, and a service based organization; we are local, regional, and international; we are community members, businesspeople and professionals, working and retired, active in nearly every country in the world. Every one of our 1.2 million members has a unique set of goals, experiences, and priorities; every one of us has a unique understanding of Rotary.

#DGHalagan #RotaryMakingADifference
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Wanted: Rotary leaders for 2017-18 positions 2017-01-01 00:00:00Z 0
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Rotary International research showed that when they allowed clubs freedom regarding meetings, membership and engagement, clubs are more able to attract new members and motivate current members. The 2016 Council on Legislation voted to give Rotary clubs the flexibility described below.

Five New Options

  1. Change your meeting schedule. Vary meeting days, times, and format. For example, hold a traditional meeting on the first Tuesday of the month and get together socially on the last Friday of the month. Clubs just need to meet at least twice a month.
  2. Vary your meeting format. Your club can meet in person or online using e-clubs.
  3. Relax attendance requirements. Ease attendance requirements and encourage members to participate in other ways, such as taking a leadership role, updating the club website regularly, running a meeting a few times a year, or planning an event. If your club is dynamic and offers a good experience for members, attendance won't be a problem.
  4. Offer multiple membership types. Your club can offer family memberships to those who want to bring their families, junior memberships to young professionals with leadership potential, or corporate memberships to people whose employers want to be represented in the club. Each type of membership can have its own policies on dues, attendance, and service expectations. Rotary will count these people in your club membership and will consider them active members if they pay RI dues.
  5. Invite Rotaractors to be members of your club. Rotaractors can join your club while remaining members of their Rotaract clubs. Your club can make special accommodations, such as relaxed attendance requirements or reduced fees, as long as these are reflected in the club’s bylaws.
Review the updated Standard Rotary Club Constitution to see which guidelines are flexible. Edit your club bylaws to reflect new practices.
RI relaxes rules, encourages club flexibility 2016-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Solbrack (St. Louis Park Noon), District Membership Chair
Great goal! Now….how?
How many different ways are there to invite a business associate or personal friend to visit a Rotary meeting and consider joining? Ask the 1.2 million currently Rotary members who all said Yes! at some point.
For the most effective ways within District 5950, check out our Membership web page to see:
You can find many more resources on this District web page. Feel free to call or email me at with questions, ideas, success stories, or to request assistance. Thank you for your service to Rotary and your community.
Is membership growth your club’s New Year’s resolution? Steve Solbrack (St. Louis Park Noon), District Membership Chair 2016-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
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In January, visitors to will discover a new, contemporary website that tells Rotary’s story in a fresh and exciting way. It’s the first step in a two-part process to refresh our entire website; the first changes are to the public site,, and then to My Rotary.

Some of the changes will be obvious:

  • a modern design
  • increased use of imagery and graphics to tell our stories
  • better organization of content to help readers find out who we are and what we’re doing
  • improved speed of the site.

We believe these changes will more clearly show that Rotary is making the world a better place — and will persuade potential members and donors to support our work by joining a club, volunteering on a project, or donating to a cause. Visit in January to see all the improvements.

RI offers a sneak peek at updated website 2016-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Every club celebrates new Paul Harris Fellowships that recognize members' $1,000 gifts to The Rotary Foundation  (TRF). During this 100th Anniversary Year of The Rotary Foundation, DG Mark Hegstrom has been encouraging Rotarians to commit to a $1,000 annual contribution.
DG Mark's home club is the Rotary Club of Edina Morningside. Under 2016-2017 President Tom Gump, the club has taken the $365 per member per year contribution goal seriously. On November 15, The Rotary Club of Edina Morningside became a 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club. DG Mark Hegstrom (center), President Tom Gump (l) and TRF Chair Jim Warner (r) proudly display the club's recognition flag. Congratulations to all the club members and the District Governor on this one-time Rotary honor.
While the Edina Mornginside club has a history of generosity, some multiple-PHF members used "points" to add to the cash contributions of newer members to ensure that each of the club's 79 members became a PHF. Contact DG Mark if your club wants to be a 100% PHF Club. 
Edina Morningside earns 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club 2016-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
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At the beginning of Rotary Foundation Month, Annual Fund giving was up 11% and giving to the PolioPlus Fund up nearly 22% from this time last year.
The Rotary Foundation (TRF) earned top marks from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, named World’s Outstanding Foundation. The award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs.
As 2016 winds down, we remind that:
  • Individuals age 70½ and older can make tax-free charitable gifts directly from a traditional or Roth IRA. 
  • Online contributions via need to be authorized by midnight CST on December 31, 2016.
  • Credit card contributions made via fax (847-328-5260) or phone (866-976-8279) must be received prior to the close of business (5 p.m. CST) on Friday, December 30, 2016. 
  • Check contributions made via standard mail must have a postmark and check date no later than December 31 and must be received by January 5, 2017.
NOTE: From December 3-5, is implementing website enhancements; users may experience interruption.
TRF named World's Outstanding Foundation 2016-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
RI President John Germ and DG Mark Hegstrom encourage each District 5950 club to earn a Presidential Citation, a highly sought award for achieving goals that strengthen Rotary and the club.
To qualify for the Presidential Citation, clubs must complete two mandatory activities and additional activities in the categories of:
- Membership attraction & engagement     
- TRF giving
- Online tool adoption
- Humanitarian service
- New Generations
- Public image.
For the first time ever, clubs will have the entire Rotary year — from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 — to achieve their Presidential Citation goals. Most of these activities are verified automatically through RI’s data; some will be verified by information clubs enter in Rotary Club Central. District Governor Mark will be able to track clubs’ progress online and offer support so that more of our clubs achieve a Presidential Citation.
Presidential Citation: Is your club up for a challenge? 2016-11-22 00:00:00Z 0

District Governor-Elect Bob Halagan (Buffalo) just returned from GETS (Governor-Elect Training Seminar) in San Diego. “Intense, fun, and lots to absorb,” he described. Now he invites all District 5950 Presidents-Elect and even Presidents-Nominee to PETS (President-Elect Training) at Iowa State University in Ames from March 9-11, 2017.

PETS training is required for all incoming PEs. Our North Central PETS includes Districts 5950, 5960 (MN & WI), and 5970 and 6000 (IA). Assistant Governors and Assistant Governors-Elect are also invited. 

Register at www.NCPETS.ORG. Hotel rooms require a separate reservation.

PETS gets leaders excited about 2017-18! 2016-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
When customers shop on AmazonSmile (, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organization selected by the customer. Choose The Rotary Foundation and each holiday gift you buy will generate a second gift -- to TRF.
Buy a gift. Give a TRF 2016-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Shockey
In early November, Rotary International Vice President Jennifer Jones visited District 5950 and spoke at several gatherings, presenting her vision of The Future of Rotary.
Jennifer’s warm, affirming, and inspiring visits celebrated that Rotary’s success is upheld by Rotarians' participation. RI's newly relaxed attendance requirements recognize that serving takes various forms – forms beyond weekly club meetings. That participation is valued.
So how do we, as Rotary, differentiate ourselves from other groups and community clubs?
  • Abide by high ethical standards including the Four-Way Test.
  • Promote that we are both a service organization and a humanitarian organization.
Jennifer shared three key findings at the heart of Rotary’s strategic vision. She shared emotionally touching stories and powerful examples that demonstrated those findings.
VP Jennifer Jones encourages "The Future of Rotary" Mark Shockey 2016-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Johnson (Maple Grove)

The washable feminine hygiene kits that we assembled at the District Conference last May provide a solution for girls in emerging countries that have minimal access to feminine hygiene products. The kits help keep girls in school and I believe we can help break the cycle of poverty if we help a girl manage her cycle! 

Each of the 567 kits we distributed worldwide will last three years if maintained. Our distribution includes: 50 to El Salvador (Orono Rotary), 100 to Haiti (Uptown Rotary/Haiti Outreach), 100 to Cameroon (Brooklyn Park Rotary), 17 to Vietnam (Children’s Surgery Intl.), and 300 to Uganda (Roseville Rotary/American Refugee Committee).  

We are still making kits. So we still need your help hosting a sew-a-thon, donating materials (e.g., girls panties sizes 8-16, washcloths, dark patterned flannel and cotton, and gallon-sized freezer Ziploc bags), and providing distribution sites. 

If your club is interested in helping, please contact Judy Johnson (Maple Grove Rotary) at, 763-535-1249 or 612-296-6658.


Service project’s feminine hygiene kits distributed worldwide Judy Johnson (Maple Grove) 2016-10-27 00:00:00Z 0

Thomas Bird and Amal Gani have been chosen for $30,000 Rotary scholarships to study for master’s degrees abroad. The scholarships are funded by Rotary District 5950.

Mr. Bird is a graduate of Southwest High School in Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota, where he majored in Global Studies and Spanish and Portuguese Studies. He is currently teaching in Madrid, Spain and plans to study in Hungary and Spain for a master’s degree in global public policy. Thomas’ goal is a career in diplomacy, humanitarian aid work, advocacy, or policy development.

Ms.Gani came to the U.S. from Somalia as a young child. She went to school in Clarkston, Georgia and attended Amal plans to study in The Netherlands at a program in public international law and human rights.  

International scholarship recipients announced 2016-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to District 5950 clubs and the District Rotary Foundation Committee Team! For the second consecutive year, District 5950 took first place in three categories for Foundation giving at the Zone Institute in Cleveland, Ohio. We are top among 28 districts in Zones 28 and 29.

District 5950 won awards for:
Total Giving:  $943,936
Annual Fund Giving: $768,051
Per Capita:  $273.13
RI President Elect Ian Riseley presented awards onstage to DRFC Fundraising Chair Bob Halagan. At right, they are joined by PDG Tim Murphy (center).
The winner is....District 5950! 2016-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Charles Grant, Ph.D., Chair
The International Fellowship of Rotarian Educators is one of RI's newest fellowships.The website,, shows that one does not have to be an educator or work in the field of education to be a member. Just have a passion for or an interest in education. Membership is $20 for one year, $50 for three years, or $100 for a lifetime membership.
International Fellowship of Rotarian Educators operates in compliance with Rotary International’s policies for Rotary Fellowships but it is not an agency of, or controlled by, Rotary International.
International Fellowships adds educators’ group Charles Grant, Ph.D., Chair 2016-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by PDG and DRFC Fundraising Chair Jim Nelson (City of Lakes)
2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the first donation to The Rotary Foundation (TRF). From the little acorn of that first donation, the mighty oak of TRF – one of the highest rated charities in the world – has grown and stands tall today.  Much good has been done in the world through generous contributions of many generations of our predecessor Rotarians.  
Now it’s our turn. Will the world remember what we accomplish with our dollars in the second hundred years of TRF? That is up to each of us. It’s clear that early in the second century, we will have erased polio from the face of the earth, an epic accomplishment. What similar achievement lies beyond that none of us knows for sure, but we can feel confident that with our donations we can accomplish more historic feats to better mankind.
Your club leaders will ask you to join them in contributing generously to TRF during this Rotary year – celebrating our first 100 years, yes -- but more importantly, to forge a solid beginning to our second hundred years.  
As we celebrate the generosity and accomplishments of previous generations of Rotarians, let’s give future generations good reason to celebrate our successes in serving humanity. Most of us can afford to put aside at least $1 per day for those who desperately need our help.  Many of us can do more.  
Let’s all do what we can. Help us launch our second hundred years of Doing Good in the World!  
TRF: One Hundred Years and Counting PDG and DRFC Fundraising Chair Jim Nelson (City of Lakes) 2016-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
District Governor Mark announced $6,000 in Public Relations grant funding. Clubs are encouraged to submit an application outlining a new or expanded method to promote the club and gain local visibility. Funding is a 1:1 match up to $400 per club. Projects must meet Rotary’s public image standards; applications are reviewed and approved by the Public Image Committee and District Governor.
During 2015-16, District 5950’s PR grant program made awards to 18 clubs.
Projects ranged from club brochures to permanent displays in public buildings to Facebook advertising campaigns.
The application process remains open until April 1, 2017, or when funds are depleted. The application form is on the District website under Club Support>Public Image.
PR grants available to clubs 2016-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
RI President John Germ’s message in The Rotarian summarized decades of progress:
“Before Rotary took on the task of polio eradication, 350,000 people – nearly all of them children – were paralyzed by polio every year. Today, 31 years after the launch of PolioPlus, children are growing up without that fear of polio. Instead of 1,000 new cases of polio every day, we average less than one per week. But as the fear of polio wanes, so does awareness. Now more than ever, it is vitally important to keep that awareness high and to push polio eradication to the top of the public agenda and our governments’ priorities.”
Rotary is leading the way to the ultimate finish line where there is No More Polio. To mark World Polio Day on October 24 and help make that a reality:
  1. Register your club’s End Polio Now event online.
  2. Donate and have your gift tripled by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  3. Use Rotary resources available online:
    • Toolkit Social media graphics
    • Media and advocacy
Plan a creative World Polio Day activity 2016-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
THE FUTURE OF ROTARY 2016-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Ideas for growth, service and public interaction 2016-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
PDG Diann Kirby (2013-14) is serving her second year as Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator (ARPIC) for Zone 28. She uses her expertise in communications, public relations and marketing gleaned from her professional life and Rotary experience at the club and district level.Since serving as District Governor, Diann has been a District Board member; she also chaired the Public Information Committee during 2015-16.
PDG Sandy Schley (2009-10) was just appointed as an Endowment/Major Gifts Adviser (EMGA) in Zone 28 for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2017. Sandy will be one of 40 Rotarians worldwide in this position which increases humanitarian service through The Rotary Foundation via Endowment/Major Gifts. Advisors work closely with the Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair, the Fund Development Committee Chair, and the Rotary Foundation Trustees. Closer to home, Sandy will be a resource for the regional leadership team, Rotary Coordinators, and Rotary Public Image Coordinators. After her term as District Governor, Sandy helped the District Foundation transition through Future Vision and served for an additional three years as the District Rotary Foundation Chair.
Past DGs work for Zone and RI 2016-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Water Missions is a Rotary partner that District 5950 worked with on a $650,000 project serving 17 villages in Malawi; another water project in Guatemala in in development stages.
Walk for Water is on Saturday, September 17 at Upper Landing Park in St. Paul. It is sponsored by PENTAIR and Pace Analytical, supporters of Rotary International’s goals to provide safe water, proper sanitation, and economic development to those who are most in need.
Let’s be a Rotary presence at the walk! Get more information and register to walk at
Water Missions invites Rotarians to walk 2016-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
The 2016-17 Rotary year introduces new leaders in many District 5950 roles. A current photo org chart on the District website helps link names, faces, and specialties.
Do you know who your Area’s Assistant Governor (AG) is? Have you met the leaders who will be District Governor in the next years? Would you like to invite a Foundation representative to speak at a club meeting?  Check out the org chart and use the email links to get connected.
New year introduces new faces 2016-08-25 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary International and District 5950 welcome the Rotary Club of Chanhassen Evening, admitted to membership on August 17, 2016.

Chanhassen Evening Rotary serves the Chanhassen and Victoria communities. They meet Mondays at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre in the Hogarth room. The social hour is from 5-6 p.m.; meetings start at 6:00. Karen Adolphson is the club’s first president.

Chanhassen Evening charters as club #64 2016-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
August: Membership Month 2016-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 16, 2016
Rotary International has announced that the Rotary Club of Chanhassen Evening, Minnesota, USA was admitted to membership in Rotary International on 17 August 2016!
Chanhassen Evening Rotary Club is a new evening club servicing the Chanhassen and Victoria communities. Their Facebook Page states "We are an evening happy hour club that meets every Monday at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre in the Hogarth room. Social hour is from 5-6 with the meeting starting at 6 and usually ending around 6:30."  They have already been busy serving humanity as you can view from a variety of posted service events.  Welcome new friends!
Welcome our Newest Rotary Club! 2016-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
Global Grant Scholarships are awarded by District 5950 to outstanding applicants wishing to pursue a master’s degree in one of Rotary’s six major areas of focus:
•  Promoting peace
•  Fighting disease
•  Providing clean water
•  Saving mothers and children
•  Supporting education
•  Growing local economies.
Students can receive up to $30,000 to study for one or more years in a country other than the United States, where the institution of study is located in a Rotary district.
Applications are due by September 30, 2016 for programs beginning in fall 2017. Applicants must reside, study, work, or have previously studied in District 5950. Follow link for additional information or contact chairperson Ellen Kennedy at  or 952-693-5206. 
Apply now for Global Scholarship 2016-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
The Lafayette Club’s ballroom buzzed with 160 Rotarians attending One Rotary Summit (formerly known as Fall Training). Using a new RI Zone program, small groups interviewed each other to discern club strengths and shortcomings. Then discussion focused on brainstorming ideas that incorporated ALL three legs of the RI stool: membership, public image, and The Rotary Foundation.
Dozens of quality, doable ideas filled flipchart pages. Watch for an online posting of all the suggestions. Good luck implementing one or more in your vibrant club!
One Rotary Summit ideas lead to vibrancy 2016-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary effectively plans DG succession and trains upcoming district governors. That’s why District 5950 leaders will interview applicants for the 2019-20 District Governor after the September 11 nomination deadline. This leader will follow Bob Halagan (2017-18) and Irene Kelly (2018-19). Qualifications include:
  • Served as a club president 
  • Gained District familiarity through district-level roles or responsibilities
  • Demonstrates a personal passion for the Goals and Object of Rotary
To nominate a candidate, complete the District Governor Nomination Form by September 11 and send it to Past District Governor Tim Murphy at
Nominate the 2019-20 District Governor 2016-07-26 00:00:00Z 0

Club treasurers received two invoices in July. One is from Rotary International and the second is from Rotary District 5950 for first-half dues covering July – December 2, 2016. Both invoices arrive by email. In both cases, dues are calculated by the members in Club Runner as of July 1, 2016; that is why the two amounts due are similar.


As clubs’ leadership changes, please ensure that the person responsible for your club’s membership records knows how to update ClubRunner so that that your club’s invoices are based on accurate membership numbers. Remember to get your club, member, and officer info updated on your Club versions of ClubRunner, or if you don't have a club version, on District ClubRunner ( where you can find guidance on how to do by clicking on ClubRunner/RI guides under Club Support.


Clubs received two invoices in July Carol MacDonald 2016-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary members, their families and friends can support Rotary’s work by bidding on antiques, artwork, jewelry, and collectibles through eBay Live Auctions events.  Each month, Rotary will promote on its social media outlets a set of upcoming Live Auction events, and eBay, the world’s largest auction website, will donate a portion of all sale proceeds from those events to Rotary. Live Auctions events enable buyers to participate in auctions across the United States -- held at such auction houses as Sotheby’s, Swann, and Freeman’s -- without leaving home. Under this proceeds-sharing agreement, only U.S. auction sales are eligible.
eBay to donate share of Live Auctions proceeds to Rotary 2016-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Have you visited the District 5950 website since it took on a fresh new look? A rotating photo banner introduces our real Rotarians doing real service and having real impact together.
New District webmaster Mark Shockey (Edina Morningside) is ready to share his skills with clubs who also want to update their ClubRunner sites. Together with veteran ClubRunner trainer, Jeanne Zetah (Eden Prairie, AM), we are offering a training session on two August dates. Bring your PC for hands-on training and results! Learn how to change your site’s background and format – add stories and photos – create a member directory, etc.
Register for one of these free ClubRunner training sessions held at St. Peter's Edina, 5421 France Ave S., Edina, MN 55410. Questions? Ask Mark: 
Wednesday, August 17    3:30 – 5:30 p.m.   
Saturday, August 20         9:00 – 11:00 a.m.      
Check out the District's new web look! learn how to improve your ClubRunner design 2016-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by District Governor Mark Hegstrom
Our 2016-17 year is off to a good start!  I have made seven club visits including Waconia’s 30-year Club Anniversary Party. I was also honored to be a part of the 4th of July Parade in Edina.
Rotary International will award the new District Citation to districts that grow their membership by 3%. I have built our District 5950 goals around achieving this award, one that’s doable if clubs with more than 50 members gain two new members; clubs smaller than 50 just need one new member.
This net gain sounds easy, except we also lose members each year. Natural attrition happens from job change, divorce, retirement, etc. Preventable attrition happens when new members don’t get engaged in the club…or weren’t able to pierce long-established cliques…or felt that existing members were hard to get to know because they sit in the same spot week after week and only talk to their group of friends.
Engagement comes in many forms. Consider holding a New Member Social at a Rotarian’s house. Incorporate food, activities where members mix, and a time to share unique features learned during the conversations. 
Engagement comes from getting involved. Some clubs initiate a New Member Project. For example, two clubs in Area 3 are collaborating on a fundraiser where they mix and mingle, raise money for PolioPlus, and use the event to attract new members. People join Rotary because they are attracted to your club. What is attractive? It probably isn’t the routine of the weekly meeting. Prospective members get excited by what you do! It is the recent project that changed a life, and the resulting story you tell. Motion creates emotion. Doing is what people want. They stay for the fellowship (your meeting), but it's the service you do that truly attracts new members.
To achieve our shared membership goal, please do your part to engage Rotarians in your club.
  • Ensure that new members feel a part of your club.
  • Get them involved in doing. 
  • Create fun social events and service. 
  • Post pictures of your club having fun doing things. 
  • Capture the essence of fun and service on your website. 
Attract and engage. Do these and you will grow your membership! 
~DG Mark
Our goal: Attract & Engage! District Governor Mark Hegstrom 2016-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Have you heard about the savings available through Rotary’s GLOBAL REWARDS Program? Sign up to receive from 5%-20% on products and services, plus know that up to 4% of your purchase price is immediately donated to The Rotary Foundation (TRF).
District 5950’s Global Rewards chair is Ross McGlasson. Contact him at for information your club members can use.
Rotary Global Rewards is a win-win program 2016-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
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In 2016-17, The Rotary Foundation turns 100. That’s one century of Rotarians improving lives and communities all over the world. And that’s definitely something worth celebrating.

Our Foundation stands at the forefront of humanitarian service, having supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, and provide people with basic education — and one historic project dedicated to eradicating polio worldwide. Our centennial is the perfect time to share this impressive record of success with the world. Let’s make sure our communities know about the great work of Rotary and its Foundation.

The Rotary Foundation celebrates 100th anniversary 2016-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Has YOUR Rotary Club Been in the News Lately Jeanne Zetah 2016-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Wayzata: Gave 16 Scholarships to Outstanding High School Seniors Jeanne Zetah 2016-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Diane Confer Retirement Party Celebrates Her 38 Years as Gift to District 5950 2016-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Hutchinson: Rotary Bike Ride and Motorcycle Run big part of Water Carnival Jeanne Zetah 2016-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Minneapolis City of Lakes: Helps Keep MPD Little Free Library Stocked Jeanne Zetah 2016-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 5950 and 5960 joined together for a golf tournament to end polio and a Welcome Reception on Thursday, May 12.. Awesome keynoters, outstanding breakout session presenters, a service done-in-a-day project, Rotary Youth Exchange country fair and flag ceremony, plus three super meals with entertainment from Stevie Ray made this a conference to remember!  For more photos, click on the District Conference 2016 photo album.
Celebrate Our Gifts to the World Jeanne Zetah 2016-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by DGD Irene Kelly (Eden Prairie AM)
District 5950’s newest Rotaract Club is a group of vital, enthusiastic, service-oriented young professionals who want to make a difference in their St. Cloud community. What a testament to their sponsor, the Rotary Club of St. Cloud! 
The Charter Night event was upbeat and inspiring. Each of the 19 new members was introduced and presented with a pin. District 5950 Rotaract Chair Mary Kurth (Bloomington Noon) presented the Charter Certificate to Rotaract President Clare Richards. “We're excited to work with the Saint Cloud Rotary club moving forward, and we've already started that process by helping them with projects like their adopted highway clean up,” said Richards. 
District welcomes new Rotaract Club DGD Irene Kelly (Eden Prairie AM) 2016-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Honoring Incoming District Governor
Mark Hegstrom
Thursday, June 16
Interlachen Country Club
6200 Interlachen Boulevard, Edina
5:00 p.m. Social Hour
6:00 p.m. Program
7:00 p.m. Entertainment by
                Tim Mulcrone and
                The Jazz Cats
You are cordially invited to attend the installation ceremony for Rotary Club of Edina Morningside member Mark Hegstrom as he becomes Rotary International District 5950 Governor for the 2016-2017 Rotary year. The event celebrates current District Governor Tim Murphy's successful Rotary year, and welcomes Mark as the new leader of District 5950.
Cost: $35 - Heavy hors d'oeuvres and cash bar
(Please note that the Interlachen only accepts cash for bar purchases)
Click here for last-minute registrations
DG Installation Ceremony is June 16 2016-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
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June is Rotary Fellowship Month. Rotary Fellowships are groups of Rotarians, Rotarian spouses and Rotaractors who join together to: 
  • Share a common interest in worthwhile recreational activities (sports, hobbies, etc.)
  • Further their vocational development through acquaintance with others of the same profession
  • Make new friends around the world
  • Explore new opportunities for service
  • Have fun and enhance their experience in Rotary.
Examples of Rotary Fellowships include: marathon running, scuba diving, flying, bird watching, chess, doll lovers, environment, gourmets, lawyers, magic, nurses, police and law enforcement professionals, recreational vehicles, singles, stockbrokers, venture capitalists, wine and yoga. 
Each Rotary Fellowship operates independently of Rotary International, with its own rules, dues requirements and administrative structure. Membership is open to Rotarians, spouses of Rotarians and Rotaractors. Fellowships provide opportunities for Rotarians to make lasting friendships outside their own club, district or country. Fellowships contribute to the advancement of world understanding and peace. Also, Fellowships serve as an incentive for attracting new members to Rotary and retaining existing members.
Click on link to research joining or starting a Rotary Fellowship.
June shines light on Rotary Fellowships 2016-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
St. Cloud Rotary: Awarded 2016 Junior Rotarian Scholarships Jeanne Zetah 2016-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Eden Praire Noon Rotary sponsor Ribfest with Jazzfest Jeanne Zetah 2016-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
St. James Rotary: Honored Students in Awards Program Jeanne Zetah 2016-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Alexandria: Providing Water Safety Lessons and Josh the Otter Books 2016-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
New Ulm: Providing for homeless shelter for single mothers Jeanne Zetah 2016-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Rogers: Providing Raised Garden Beds for Elementary School Jeanne Zetah 2016-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Chanhassen: Honoring Local Citizens for Distinguished Service Jeanne Zetah 2016-06-07 00:00:00Z 0
Maple Grove:Promoting Business Ethics and Leadership Award 2016-06-07 00:00:00Z 0
Join District 5960, 5950, 5970, and 6000 for a celebration and FUNdraiser supporting PolioPlus at the MN Twins vs. New York Yankees game on Sat. June 18, at 1:10 p.m.
Order tickets early to claim one of the reserved Home Plate View tickets (Sect. 309 for $60) or Box Seat tickets (Sect, 101 for $75) Order deadline is May 18. Wear your End Polio T-Shirt .... or order one if you don't have one yet.
Register by May 18 for the Twins Game to Strike Out Polio on June 18 Tim Mulcrone 2016-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Great River Rotarian April Myers Wins Citizen of the Year Award 2016-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Apple Valley Rotary: Gets donation for Polio from American Legion Jeanne Zetah 2016-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Eden Prairie AM Rotary: Taking action and inviting new members 2016-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Chaska Rotary: Finding Support for a Miracle Field 2016-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Eden Prairie Noon Rotary: Giving Books to 1st Graders for 12 Years Jeanne Zetah 2016-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Shakopee Rotary: Collecting furniture and items for Bridging Jeanne Zetah 2016-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Mound-Westonka and Wayzata Rotary CLubs: Joint Meeting Focuses on Peace Jeanne Zetah 2016-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
The joint District 5950 and 5960 Conference to "Celebrate Our Gifts to the World" is set for May 12 and 13 at Mystic Lake Conference Center.
Registration closed on May 6. Please contact if your plans changed and you either won't be attending or want to add if there's space available.
►Click here for the conference website which shows the schedule of breakout sessions as well as keynote speakers, entertainment, and more.
►You can still participate in or sponsor the Thursday "Golf Tournament to End Polio." Click here for more information or click here to register.
►For information about being part of the Rotary Choir, click here.
►For the Unique Brush with Art session, pre-registration is needed for two-hour session ($35 materials fee).
District Conference on May 12-13 Jeanne Zetah 2016-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
District 5950 welcomed staff from Water Missions in late-April. Water Missions is the organization that 27 of our clubs partnered with in 2012-2013 to bring safe water to 16 villages of Central Malawi. A 'Safe Water Plus' project in Guatemala is under development with them. If your club wants more information, contact Gary Pederson at
Water Missions was established because the global water crisis kills 842,000 people every year due to diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene. It is a non-profit Christian engineering organization that designs, builds, and implements safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) solutions.
Water Missions partners visit District 5950 2016-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Boston Globe, 4/28/16

The world is in the process of trying something it has never attempted. Over two weeks in April-May, 155 countries must stop using a vaccine that has been protecting children from paralyzing polioviruses for more than a half-century. 

Designed in the 1950s, the vaccine has helped take the world to the edge of polio eradication. In the 1980s, polioviruses crippled 350,000 children annually; this year the viruses have maimed 10 in the only two countries where polioviruses still spread, Pakistan and Afghanistan. It has been a monumental achievement in public health.

But for a while now, a component of the vaccine has caused more problems than it has solved, and has resulted in a relatively small number of cases of paralysis. So all countries that use the oral polio vaccine developed more than 60 years ago must stop administering the formula and replace it with a new version.The unprecedented synchronized campaign, more than 18 months in the planning, is appropriately known as “the switch.” 

Hundreds of thousands of health workers around the globe have been involved. Countries have had to develop implementation plans, train volunteers, and manage vast inventories of vaccines, including by ensuring that stocks of the old one are discarded. 

“I’ve been working in immunization since 1974 and nothing like this has ever happened before,” said Dr. Walter Orenstein, a polio expert at Emory University in Georgia. 

If the planners’ assumptions are correct and the switch is executed as intended, the world’s children will be safer.

Polio vaccine ‘switch’ is not without risks Boston Globe, 4/28/16 2016-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
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Leadership is an essential aspect of Rotary—and we offer both clubs and programs to help emerging leaders develop their skills.


Rotaract brings together people ages 18-30 in universities and communities worldwide to organize service activities, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun. Rotary clubs sponsor them, but Rotaract members manage and fund their clubs independently. Rotaract members work closely with their local Rotary club, and may join after their Rotaract membership ends.  Follow Rotaract on Facebook, Twitter, Slideshare, and Storify to see what Rotaract clubs are doing around the world.


Interact is a club for youth ages 12-18 who want to connect with others in their community or school. Interact club members have fun while carrying out service projects and learning about the world. Interact clubs organize at least two service projects a year: one that benefits their community and one that encourages international understanding. While Interact clubs receive guidance from individual Rotary clubs, they govern and support themselves.  Follow Interact on Facebook and visit Interact’s YouTube channel to see what Interact clubs are doing around the world.


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership development program run by Rotary. While participants can be any age, most events focus on secondary school students, university students, or young professionals. RYLA events are typically 3–10 days long and include presentations, activities, and workshops that cover a variety of topics, including:
  • Leadership fundamentals and ethics
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving and conflict management
  • Community and global citizenship
Follow RYLA on Facebook to learn about inspirational events happening around the globe.
Youth Services Month focuses on Interact, Rotaract and RYLA 2016-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Don't miss the joint District 5950 and 5960 Conference to "Celebrate Our Gifts to the World" on May 12 and 13 at Mystic Lake Conference Center.
Registration is open until May 6 or until meal tickets are sold out... which may happen sooner for lunch tickets.
On Thursday you can enjoy the Golf Tournament to End Polio and/or the Welcome Reception. Friday keynoters Ross Bernstein and Chris Heeter will inspire you. The Twin Cities Jazz Cats will celebrate the gift of music at Happy Hour and Stevie Ray will celebrate the gift of laughter after dinner. Over five breakout times you can learn about a wide range of topics, join a done-in-a-day service project, practice with the Rotary Choir prior to singing at lunch, and network with Rotarians and others from Districts 5950 and 5960. Celebrate the gift of Rotary Youth Exchange by visiting the Country Fair, witnessing the Flag Procession at dinner, and signing up RYE students and host families.
►For more detailed conference information, click here.
►You're also invited to participate in or sponsor the Thursday "Golf Tournament to End Polio." Click here for more information or click here to register bu May 6
►For information about being part of the Rotary Choir, click here.
►For the Unique Brush with Art session, pre-registration is needed for two-hour session ($35 materials fee).
►To have a display in House of Friendship: click for more information and sign up quickly as only 2 spots remain from 9-4 and 5 spots from 9-2.
Sign up by May 6 for District Conference on May 12-13 Jeanne Zetah 2016-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
You are invited to attend the joint District 5950 and 5960 Conference to "Celebrate Our Gifts to the World" on May 12 and 13 at Mystic Lake Conference Center.
On Thursday you can enjoy the Golf Tournament to End Polio and/or the Welcome Reception. Friday keynoters Ross Bernstein and Chris Heeter will inspire you. The Twin Cities Jazz Cats will celebrate the gift of music at Happy Hour and Stevie Ray will celebrate the gift of laughter after dinner. Over five breakout times you can learn about a wide range of topics, join a done-in-a-day service project, practice with the Rotary Choir prior to singing at lunch, and network with Rotarians and others from Districts 5950 and 5960. Celebrate the gift of Rotary Youth Exchange by visiting the Country Fair, witnessing the Flag Procession at dinner, and signing up RYE students and host families.
►For more detailed conference information, click here.
►Sign up by April 22 to get early bird rates for the conference and by April 18 to get discount rates at the Mystic Lake Hotel.(both extended)
►You're also invited to participate in or sponsor the Thursday "Golf Tournament to End Polio." Click here for more information or click here to register by April 27.
►For information about being part of the Rotary Choir, click here.
►For presidents to nominate their club's Gift to the World, click for form here and submit by April 28.
►To become a conference sponsor at $300, $500 or $1000 level, contact
►For the Unique Brush with Art session, pre-registration is needed for two-hour session ($35 materials fee).
►To have a display in House of Friendship: click for more information and sign up quickly as only 2 spots remain from 9-4 and 5 spots from 9-2.
Early Bird Rates extended to April 22 for District Conference on May 12-13 Jeanne Zetah 2016-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Orono Rotary: Service Project to Fight Poverty Jeanne Zetah 2016-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
The current maximum matching District Designated Funds (DDF) for a Global Grant project is $12,000. That maximum DDF increases to $15,000 on July 1, 2016. However, effective March 29, 2016, if a Global Grant project involves multiple District 5950 clubs, the sponsor club may approach the District Governor and District Board to ask for additional DDF beyond the maximum. If the Board endorses the use of additional DDF, the request is then sent to the District Rotary Foundation Committee for consideration and approval. If approved, the proposal would follow the same guidelines/approval process that is managed by the District and/or Global Grant Committee.
DDF maximum increases for multiple-club collaborations 2016-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Davis (Minnetonka)
Rotary/World Vision Trip to Honduras – Day 1 – 4/3/16:  Steve Solbrack (St. Louis Park) and I left Minneapolis at 5:00 AM, transferred in Houston, and finally arrived in San Pedro Sula around noon. After snaking our way through customs, we met fellow Rotarians DG Tim Murphy, PDG Jim Nelson, Ron Kolb, and Jean Gray, plus our World Visions colleagues Kim Lorenz, Terry Johnson, Johnny Lopez and Javier Mayorga. Spirits were high; we were all finally together! 
After lunch at a local Subway, where a 6” beef sub was 100 lempiras – about $5, we drove about 100 miles south to Santa Rosa de Copan. The roads were narrow and in various states of repair. Our drivers maneuvered between trucks, horse drawn carts, motorcycles, and bicycles. The topography was very hilly and dry with small adobe homes high up in the hills. We passed multiple fruit stands selling melons. Clouds of dust from cars created occasional whiteouts. 
To pass the travel time, Kim Lorenz and DG Murph gave me World Vision and District 5950 primers, respectively.
My horizons expanded before I saw my first water tank! Our Santa Rosa de Copan hotel was next to a Texaco (“Tex ah co”) station where gas was $4 per gallon.
After a brief rest we enjoyed dinner at a local restaurant where we met members of the local Rotary Club. Women are not allowed to be Rotarians in Honduras, but 14 wives have formed an auxiliary and are active in fund raising. Their spokeswoman joined our table and told us about her cattle and coffee farm. Six Rotaract members also joined us for dinner. What a testament they were to the future of Rotary! Steve Solbrack was delighted to see the three Santa Rosa de Copan Rotarians who have been championing the water project for the past three years – Nelson, Jorge, and Wilmar. It’s like old home week. Our World Vision hosts translated the menu and conversations around the table. We had so much in common and so much enthusiasm!    
Day 1 on the Honduras trip Nancy Davis (Minnetonka) 2016-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
Maple Grove Rotary: Building Beds for Families in Need Jeanne Zetah 2016-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
St. Louis Park Rotarian Steve Solbrack honored for 25 years of safe water projects. Jeanne Zetah 2016-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by DGN Bob Halagan (Bufalo), District Fundraising Chair
District 5950 is unique in the Rotary world for its approach to fundraising for The Rotary Foundation (TRF). We have long been recognized as one of the most generous districts in the world, regularly ranking in the top 10% for giving to TRF.
As this Rotary year ends, we celebrate:
  • Total giving to the Annual Fund has risen from $559,000 in 2011-12 to $780,000 in 2014-15.
  • Average per capita giving has grown from $204 in 2011-12 to $274 in 2014-15.
  • The District’s PHS membership has increased from 110 donors in 2013-14 to 228 currently.
  • Last year was capped off with an anonymous $1 million gift to TRF on behalf of our District. This generous donation was used to match the District’s Global Grants for water, maternal health, child nutrition and disease prevention projects in Guatemala, Honduras, India, Panama, Bolivia, Jamaica, Congo and the Dominican Republic.
  • As of May 2016, the Global Grants Committee had approved nine global grants involving 30 clubs from District 5950. Thirty clubs contributed $110,550 toward the nine grant projects.
  • The District Grants Committee again received 50% of this year’s District Designated Funds (DDF) from The Rotary Foundation and helped fund 22 club projects, co-sponsor a Polio Survivors Conference with Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute and match club contributions to ShelterBox. Clubs contributed $56,000 of their own funds while securing $15,000 from non-Rotary sources.
These generous gifts keep on giving because 50% of our Annual Fund giving will be returned to District 5950 in three years (2019-20) to be reallocated via our DDF (District Designated Funds) and Global Grants programs.
2015-16: The Gift that will keep on giving DGN Bob Halagan (Bufalo), District Fundraising Chair 2016-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Every District 5950 club pays Rotary International (RI) for insurance covering general liability and events. It is important to review what this coverage does not offer, and evaluate if your club needs additional insurance for: crime, fireworks, property, owned auto, cyber liability (if your club accepts credit cards at the point-of-sale versus through a third-party credit card firm), etc. 
Two recommended resources for your questions are: District 5950 Insurance Resource Lynette Fagerberg (, and RI insurance broker Lockton-Rotary Service Team (, 1-800-921-3172). As we anticipate a new fiscal year, it’s a good time to review your club’s coverage.
Is your club adequately insured? 2016-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
At least seven million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. To help reduce this rate, Rotary International provides immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improve access to essential medical services, and support trained health care providers for mothers and their children. Projects ensure sustainability by empowering the local community to take ownership of health care training programs.
Check out these resources for your club’s use:
Use resources to highlight Maternal and Child Health Month 2016-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Support Sew-a-thons to Prepare for Service Project at District Conference on May 13 Jeanne Zetah 2016-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Bloomington Daymakers & Richfield Rotary co-sponsored Teen Job Fair Jeanne Zetah 2016-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
Edina Rotary Foundation Awards $15,000 in Grants Jeanne Zetah 2016-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
Hutchinson Rotary invited public to hear Natalie Hudson Jeanne Zetah 2016-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
Roseville: Preparing items for Days for Girls Kits for District Conference Jeanne Zetah 2016-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Days for Girls Poverty Buster 2016-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Diane Confer may be the “best known person” in District 5950 -- sometimes more than the District Governor! For 38 years she has been the warm, helpful voice at the District office. Her handwriting on event nametags is familiar. Her invocations are eloquent. Her ability to accommodate last-minute requests is legendary.
To celebrate this milestone, join us on Thursday, May 19 at the Point of France party room, 6566 France Avenue S., Edina. Park in front of the building or on the east side of France Ave. There is no cost, but online registration is requested. 
If you cannot be there in person but would like to extend your retirement good wishes to Diane, mail to Rotary District 5950, PO Box 2158, Burnsville, MN 55337-2158,or email
Diane Confer's retirement is a milestone 2016-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
The key to a seamless transition into the 2016-17 Rotary year is District Assembly.  District Governor-Elect Mark Hegstrom (Edina Morningside) welcomed an overflow room of attendees on April 9. He used the training event  to introduce his personal 2016-17 theme: Be GREAT, on Purpose.
The day’s programming provided training for current and prospective club board members, reinforced leadership skills to lead vibrant clubs, and guided clubs toward earning RI Presidential Citations during the 2016-17 year.
During his remarks, DG-E Mark said, “How you talk about Rotary and your club shapes the public's perception of who we are and what we do."
Club websites and social media are windows into each club. Use them effectively as recruitment and PR tools.
District Assembly kicks off 2016-17 Rotary year 2016-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
World Water Day 2016 is March 22. The day was first observed in 1993 when the United Nations General Assembly declared a World Day for Water. The UN and its member nations devote this day to implementing UN recommendations and promoting concrete activities within their countries regarding the world's water resources.
Improving water quality and access to water is one of Rotary International’s six Areas of Focus.
One way to practice World Water Day in your clubs is to eliminate water from your weekly meeting. Right! No morning coffee… no beverage with the meal…no stop at the water fountain. Give it a try, and make it an annual club tradition to salute Rotary’s work.
World Water Day starts in your club 2016-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
Join Districts 5950, 5960, 5970, and 6000 for a celebration and FUNdraiser supporting PolioPlus. Come cheer on the MN Twins vs. New York Yankees on Saturday, June 18. Game time is 1:10 p.m.
Order tickets early to claim one of the reserved Home Plate View tickets (Sect. 309 for $60) or Box Seat tickets (Sect, 101 for $75). The order deadline is May 18.
Wear your End Polio t-shirt if you have one. Click the link for more information and to order tickets and End Polio Now t-shirts.
Rally with the Twins to Strike Out Polio 2016-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Kennedy (Minneapolis University)

District 5950 is co-sponsoring “Guatemala: Prosecuting Genocide, Rebuilding Communities,” a talk on finding justice for rural Mayan communities after 36 years of conflict and genocide in Guatemala. The program is on Thursday, March 31, 2016, from 7-9 p.m. at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law’s Kelley Board Room (second floor), 875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105.

Event speakers include Ellen J. Kennedy, Ph.D., Executive Director of World Without Genocide, and Robert Halagan, J.D., Rotary District 5950 Governor-Nominee and a World Without Genocide board member. Dr. Kennedy will discuss the genocide in Guatemala and efforts to prosecute the perpetrators. Mr. Halagan will speak about transitional justice through development, particularly Rotary’s economic and educational projects in Guatemala that empower women.

The event is open to the public and no reservations are necessary. Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for students and seniors.

World Without Genocide promotes education and action to protect innocent people, prevent genocide, prosecute perpetrators, and remember those affected by genocide. Visit or contact 651-695-7621 for more information.


District speakers keynote “Guatemala: Genocide" forum Ellen Kennedy (Minneapolis University) 2016-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by PDG Jim Nelson (City of the Lakes)
Those who attended our District Conference in May 2015 heard the unforgettable performance by 100 Edina middle school students who are part of the Harmony Bridge project.  Harmony Bridge is the creation of Dallas Brass founder and trombonist Michael Levine. Harmony Bridge brings music students and their music -- and company -- to nursing homes, senior residences and other appropriate venues.  Rotary clubs are ideal partners in this project, bringing modest financial support as well as logistical and organizational help to a project led by the student leaders.
Harmony Bridge has performed in communities around the country. On January 23, 2016, under the sponsorship of the Edina Morningside Rotary Club and with the support of a DDF grant from our district local grants committee, Harmony Bridge rolled out in a big way in Edina with performances at The Waters of Edina, Vernon Terrace, Heritage of Edina and York Gardens. Approximately 40 students appeared at these venues, played familiar tunes from the Harmony Bridge songbook, introduced themselves to the seniors, and socialized with the residents.  Edina Sun Current covered the events in this linked article.
Harmony Bridge is a great way for Rotary clubs to touch the lives of young people and teach them the value of giving back to the community using talents they are developing in school. These Rotary clubs also touch the larger community as students’ parents get introduced to Rotary and its dedication to the community. For information on how your club can get involved, contact Michael Levine at
Harmony Bridge makes a big debut in Edina PDG Jim Nelson (City of the Lakes) 2016-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
St. James Rotary Supporting Madelia Strong 2016-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary and BNI promote face-to-face networking and putting others first 2016-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
The St. James Rotary is spearheading a St. James supports Madelia Strong with a pancake breakfast, silent auction and bake sale on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at the St. James American Legion serving from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm. 
Silent Auction items can be directed to the City of St. James  PO Box 70, St. James, MN 56081. Click here for info.
Madelia Rotary is thankful for the support from St. James Rotary and others who've reached out to help. They encouraged people to attend the Feb. 28 fundraiser and they listed three organizations they are recommending people donate to if they want. Click Read More for details.
Rotary Responds to Madelia Fire Damage Jeanne Zetah 2016-02-17 00:00:00Z 0

Each club should identify at least one member to attend a Grant Management Seminar.

(GMS) and then lead your grant submissions during the 2016-17 year. To qualify for a matching grant from District 5950 and RI, the applying club must have at least one member attend a Grant Management Seminar (GMS) each year.

GMS sessions that fulfill that 2016–17 Rotary year requirement include:
New Ulm - Saturday, March 19, 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (4-hour complete class)
Golden Valley - Thursday, March 31, 3:30-8 p.m. (4-hour complete class)
U of M/Mankato/Edina location - Saturday, April 9, 9:15-11:45 a.m. during the District Assembly (2-hour refresher*)
Golden Valley - Thursday, April 14, 5:30-8 p.m. (2-hour refresher*)
Golden Valley - Saturday, April 23, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (4-hour complete class)  
Monticello - Thursday, April 28, 3:30-8 p.m. (4-hour complete class)
 *Only previously-trained individuals may take the abbreviated refresher class. Please register promptly!

GMS fulfills your club’s requirement 2016-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Kennedy (Mpls-University), Peace Fellows Chair
Rotary Peace Fellowships are fully-funded scholarships for students to receive MA degrees in Peace and Conflict Resolution at one of Rotary’s five global Peace Centers:  Duke University in the US; University of Bradford, UK; University of Queensland, Australia; University of Uppsala, Sweden, and Tokyo Christian University, Japan.
Worldwide, only 50 fellowships are given out each year to candidates nominated from more than 500 Rotary districts. District 5950 has had more successful Peace Fellow candidates in recent years than any other single district, and our students are at each of the five schools!
Gada Roba, Duke University, studying in fall 2016
Rachel Beecroft, University of Queensland, graduating in 2016
Dragana Vidovic, University of Bradford, graduated in 2014 and is now a doctoral student in the UK
Christie Nicoson, University of Uppsala, graduating in 2017
James Petermeier, J.D., University of Uppsala, graduating in 2017
Hilary Caldis, Tokyo Christian University, graduating in 2017
Guled Ibrahim, University of Queensland, beginning in fall 2016
Whitney Hough studied as an Ambassadorial Scholar at the University of Bradford several years ago and completed the Peace Fellows master’s degree.
For information about this program, please contact Ellen Kennedy at or 651-695-7621.
From the Local to the Global – our District Peace Fellows Ellen Kennedy (Mpls-University), Peace Fellows Chair 2016-02-11 00:00:00Z 0

If you are a Club President-Elect, don’t miss President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS) this March 10-12 in Rochester! It is required training for 2016-17 Club Presidents and optional for 2017-18 Presidents-Elect.
Click here for more information and to register.

PETS is a priority! 2016-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anne Voas, (Chanhassen), Interact Chair
Interact is a club for young people ages 12-18 who want to join together, tackling community issues that they care about.
Several District 5950 clubs recently added or re-engaged in Interact club efforts, bringing us to 10 active clubs! These proud Interactors are working on local and international projects. They are tomorrow’s leaders -- practicing service and leadership.
Our newest chartered club is Brooklyn Park. Apple Valley will soon join the roster. Other clubs are in Chanhassen, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Edina, Minnetonka, Monticello, Mound, and Waconia West Carver.
High school youth are a very inspiring group – busy, interested, visionary, engaged, and looking for an outlet to put their ideas into practice.  At the recent Mid-term Assembly, Interactors met to network and share project ideas. This event launched a group messaging effort, a log to post projects and ideas, and plans to reconnect Rotary-style to be inspired. Great Rotary stuff!
Is your club ready to support an Interact club? Check out Rotary International’s Interact Handbook or the official Interact Facebook page for information. Locally, contact Anne Voas. 
Interact Clubs: Gaining members and momentum in District 5950 Anne Voas, (Chanhassen), Interact Chair 2016-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Eden Prairie Noon: Pong Fest Draws Record Crowd Jeanne Zetah 2016-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sam Dalal
 A team of 12 Rotarians and 5 family members and friends are departing for a Friendship Exchange trip to Argentina, led by Rotary Ambassadorial Peace Fellow Amanda Ottman who studied there. From February 19 - March 5 the group will tour areas around Buenos Aires and northern Argentina, then travel towards Mendoza and the Argentina wine valleys. The team will visit three Rotary clubs and participate in a local volunteer project. On March 23 we will be in Buenos Aires celebrating WORLD ROTARY DAY honoring Paul Harris.
Keep your eyes open for future trips planned for India, the Phillipines, and a possible return to Argentina in the next couple of years.
Friendship Exchange Trip to Argentina Sam Dalal 2016-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
On Feb. 13 Skate to End Polio and Support the Edina Interact Club Jeanne Zetah 2016-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Maple Grove: Rotary Engages Community to Support Days for Girls Sew-a-thons 2016-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
The District Public Relations Committee had a tremendous response to the District Public Relations Grant program.  Fifteen clubs and one area have already submitted nearly $6,000 in grant requests.    As of Feb. 12, the District PR Committee is putting any new grant submissions on hold until we process the grant applications that have already been submitted.  We will let you know if we do accept more grant applications in the future.  Thanks to all clubs who have submitted grant applications.  We appreciate your work to publicize Rotary in your communities!
New Public Relations Grants on hold as of Feb. 12 Jeanne Zetah 2016-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
As of Jan. 29, the District Public Relations Committee has received requests for $5,308 of the $6,000 available for Public Relations Grant funds for 2015-16. Some are pending approval until sample designs are submitted. The PR grants were developed to help clubs improve public awareness and understanding of what Rotary does within their local communities.  Grants for up to $400 are available until April 1, 2016, or until funds are depleted, whichever comes first. Click here for PR Grant guidelines and an application form.
Update on Public Relations Grants Jeanne Zetah 2016-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Minnetonka Rotary: Helping Orphans in Dominican Republic 2016-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Apple Valley: Honors Bill Tschohl for his Efforts with Ending Polio 2016-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Minneapolis City of Lakes: Donate Books to 4th Precinct 2016-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Johnson

ImageLocal and international service projects are one of the most powerful ways Rotary effects positive changes in the world. 
Grant Management Seminars (GMS) help your club prepare efficient and effective grant proposals to help fund your service projects.
In order to qualify for matching grants, clubs must have at least one member attend a Grant Management Seminar (GMS) each year.
Click to see Invitation and registration form sent to club presidents, PE's, WCS, CS, and TRF chairs.  Sign up early to get your choice of date and location.

GMS Training Required for Clubs to Qualify for Grants in 2016-2017! Steve Johnson 2016-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Over 200 people attended Mid-Term Training on Sat., Jan. 16. Highlights included: Dr. Bill Brendel talked about Mindful Leadership ... Suzanne Abrams (Hopkins) was an enthusiastic emcee ... Interactors were included and it was announced the 9th Interact club will start soon .. The Showcase had Rotary info for everyone .. DG-elect Mark Hegstrom led a Pre-PETS Workshop for  presidents-elect ... DG Tim Murphy thanked Rotarians for moving on this year's goals and he highlighted a number of Rotarians for leading special efforts, including Irene Kelly for being our District Trainer Extraordinaire for 4 years ... Past DG Jim Nelson gave out Rotary Foundation club awards.To see photos, click on Mid-term Training Photo Album
Mid-Term Training Highlights from Jan. 16 2016-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jody Kern (Edina), District Conference Chair
Take a look at what's waiting for you this year when you attend the District 5950 & 5960 Conference on May 12-13 at the Mystic Lake Conference Center!
District Golf Tournament at “The Meadows at Mystic Lake” on Thursday afternoon. Proceeds will benefit PolioPlus.
Done-in-a-Day Service Project: Assemble 450 feminine hygiene kits for Days for Girls during any breakout session.
Featured Speakers & Entertainment:
  • Ross Bernstein, inspirational speaker and best-selling sports author
  • Chris Heeter (with dog, Tuuweh), founder of The Wild Institute
  • Stevie Ray, co-founder and executive director of Stevie Ray’s Improv Company
Breakouts Extraordinaire: Choose from 30+ topics focused on Rotary, technology, health and wellness, business, and life.
For more information or to register at the early bird rates, go to the District 5950-5960 District Conference website.
Sneak peek: District Conference features Jody Kern (Edina), District Conference Chair 2016-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
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Less than two months after the San Bernardino terrorist attack, a nearby event focused on peace: the Rotary World Peace Conference. During the two-day meeting, more than 150 leaders in the fields of peace, education, business, law, and health care led over 100 sessions about: achieving peace through education, combating human trafficking, and identifying the role of media in eliminating conflict.

Hosted by Rotary districts in California and attended by more than 1,500 people, the conference is an example of how Rotary members are taking peace into their own hands, said RI President K.R. Ravindran. “We can’t wait for governments to build peace, or for the United Nations. We can’t expect peace to be handed to us on a platter,” said Ravindran. “We have to build peace from the bottom, from the foundation of our society. The valuable information you leave with at the end of this conference will aid you in managing conflict in your personal lives, local communities, and potentially around the world.”

Rotary is inching the world closer to meaningful change, said the Rev. Greg Boyle, executive director of Homeboy Industries, a Los Angeles-based gang intervention and reentry program. “Rotary decided to dismantle the barriers that exclude people,” said Boyle. “You [Rotary members] know that we must stand outside the margins so that the margins can be erased. You stand with the poor, the powerless, and those whose dignity has been denied.”

Rotary’s most formidable weapon against war, violence, and intolerance is its Rotary Peace Centers program. Through study and field work, peace fellows at the centers become catalysts for peace and conflict resolution in their communities and around the globe.

February: Peace and Conflict Resolution Month 2016-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judy Johnson (Maple Grove)
Dozens of District 5950 and 5960 volunteers are already participating in sew-a-thons - - cutting, sewing and ironing components for the 450 feminine hygiene kits that Rotarians will assemble at the District Conference on May 13.
The purpose of these kits is to provide protection to girls so they can attend school and have a more dignified life. These kits can last three years with proper cleaning. Giving a girl three more years of schooling will help break the poverty cycle and be instrumental for positive social change in families and in the world.
Consider how your club can help:
  • Sponsor a sew-a-thon in your area.
  • Donate fabric, washcloths, hotel-size soap, or girls’ panties sizes 8-16.
  • Sign up for the February 18 sew-a-thon at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie. (Family members, friends and Interactors are welcome!)
Sew-a-thon tasks include: Sewing flannel liners and the waterproof shields and bags, turning fabric and ironing, tracing patterns on fabric, cutting fabric, stringing bags, and putting snaps on the shields. Food and beverages are provided. Bring a sewing machine, if possible. 
Join us on Thursday, February 18 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 16515 Luther Way, Eden Prairie. Use the main entrance on the north side of the building, then look for a large room to the right. If you can attend, please RSVP to Judy Johnson or Todd Bollig.
Will you host a sew-a-thon?  Contact Judy Johnson to schedule a date. Then get a location, invite people and bring snacks. Judy brings four sewing machines, fabric, and directions for both sewers and non-sewers. She also gives a presentation on Days For Girls, showing the impact this project can have. 
‘Sew’ much goodwill creating hygiene kits Judy Johnson (Maple Grove) 2016-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Minnetonka: Money Raised Goes to Community Initiatives 2016-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Johnson (Monticello) GMS Chair
Clubs multiply their money for local and international projects by getting matching funds from District 5950 and Rotary International. To qualify for a matching grant, the applying club must have at least one member attend a Grant Management Seminar (GMS) each year.
GMS sessions that fulfill that 2016–17 Rotary year requirement include:
New Ulm - Saturday, March 19, 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (4-hour complete class)
Golden Valley - Thursday, March 31, 3:30-8 p.m. (4-hour complete class)
U of M/Mankato/Edina location - Saturday, April 9, 9:15-11:45 a.m. during the District Assembly (2-hour refresher)
Golden Valley - Thursday, April 14, 5:30-8 p.m. (2-hour refresher)
Golden Valley - Saturday, April 23, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (4-hour complete class)  
Monticello - Thursday, April 28, 3:30-8 p.m. (4-hour complete class)
Each club should identify at least one member who will represent your club at a GMS and then lead your grant submissions during the 2016-17 year. Only previously-trained individuals may take the abbreviated refresher class.
Registration materials will be sent to club presidents. Each session is limited to 20 participants. To secure a convenient date, please register promptly!
Required grant training offered Steve Johnson (Monticello) GMS Chair 2016-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Ehlinger (Mound-Westonka), Conference Chair
Area 12 clubs invite you to their annual IGNITE 2016 Leadership & Innovation Conference on Friday, January 29. The event runs from 7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Lafayette Club in Minnetonka Beach. 
The conference shares information in a 20-minute TED-talk format. Featured speakers include:
  • Bennett Morgan - Polaris         
  • Dina Simon - Simon Says Lead 
  • Lou Abramowski – Unbenchable
  • Pam Borton - former U of M Basketball Coach, Borton Partners
  • Glenn Karwoski - University of St. Thomas and The Business of Ideas
  • Judy Zimmer – Coachology
  • Jennifer Alstad - BSwing 
Area 12 conference sponsors are: Mound-Westonka, Plymouth, Wayzata, Excelsior, Lake Minnetonka-Excelsior, and Orono. Register at Rotary members get a $20 discount by entering the promo code AREA12ROTARY. The Early Bird rate ends on January 18.
Area 12 clubs invite you to IGNITE Kevin Ehlinger (Mound-Westonka), Conference Chair 2016-01-08 00:00:00Z 0

CNBC, a consumer and business news media outlet, recently named its top 10 charities in the world, ranking The Rotary Foundation (TRF) at No. 5. Charities were chosen for changing the world while maintaining excellent financial standards. Click on link to read the CNBC article.

CNBC ranks TRF in its top five charities 2016-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
St. Cloud: Pledges Funds for COP House and River Walk 2016-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Monticello: Christmas Jars spread holiday cheery 2016-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Eden Prairie Noon and SW Metro Rotaries: Fundraising Fun 2015-12-26 00:00:00Z 0
Apple Valley Rotary: Impacting their Community Year-round 2015-12-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fundraising Chair Bob Halagan (Buffalo), DG-N
Yikes! How are we already at the end of 2015? This is a time when most people review their financial picture and do last-minute tax planning, including considering charitable contribution to reduce their tax liability for 2015.

I encourage you to make Rotary your charity of choice for year-end gifting. It is the only charity that allows you to direct how your funds are spent, on which projects you choose, and for the beneficiaries you most want to help. Donations to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) from District 5950 Rotarians come back to our district each year in DDF dollars (District Dedicated Funds). Clubs apply for district grants and matching international grants, then use these awarded funds on projects they’ve designed. 
TRF is recognized annually as one of the top five charities in the world because of its strength, its efficiency and its commitment to humanitarian projects and action. The DDF dollars that come back to District 5950 are spent entirely on programs. Not a single DDF dollar is spent by our district on administration or overhead. All funds go to programs selected by our clubs and individual Rotarians.
So make Rotary your charity of choice and talk to your club and family members about doing the same. Our communities -- and the entire world -- will benefit from that choice.
Make Rotary your charity of choice for year-end giving Fundraising Chair Bob Halagan (Buffalo), DG-N 2015-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Did you get a flu shot? If so, your goal is to stay healthy and active through the dark days of winter. Mid-Term Assembly is a similar shot in the arm!
Represent your club on Saturday, January 16 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center. Re-energize for the rest of the Rotary year! Network with fellow Rotarians and learn about activities around the district. All Rotarians are welcome to attend; club presidents, board members and committee chairs as well as Assistant Governors and District leaders are strongly encouraged to attend.The registration deadline is 12/28/15.
Each club can send up to 10 members FREE as part of their district training fee. Continental breakfast and (optional, reserved) lunch is included. Click on link to Register.
Mid-Term Assembly is “shot in the arm” 2015-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Thank you for your year-end gift to The Rotary Foundation (TRF)! To ensure that your donation is credited during the 2015 tax year, please note these dates.
Credit card contributions:
  • Via – must be authorized by midnight on Thursday, December 31, 2015.
  • Via fax (847-328-5260) or phone (866-976-8279) must be received prior to the close of business on Thursday, December 31, 2015.
Mailed contributions:
  • Checks mailed at the end of December 2015 intended as early gifts for January 2016 will be treated as December 2015 gifts.
  • Both the postmark on the envelope and the date written on the check must be no later than Thursday, December 31, 2015, and received by Friday, January 8, 2016. 
  • Mail to: The Rotary Foundation, 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693.
  • Securities must be received in The Rotary Foundation’s gifted securities account by Thursday, December 31, 2015.  
Note these dates for year-end TRF gifts 2015-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
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Click on image to learn how The Rotary Foundation helps make health care available for hundreds of orphans in Uganda.

Rotary's top priority is the eradication of polio, but our members take on far greater responsibilities to fight disease. They set up health camps and training facilities in undeveloped countries and in communities struggling with HIV/AIDS and malaria. They also design and build the infrastructure for doctors, nurses, governments, and partners to reach the one in six people in the world who can't afford to pay for health care.

Disease prevention and treatment takes on many forms, from supporting studies to helping immunize people to improving drinking water and the sanitation infrastructure. The world relies on Rotary to tackle these global challenges, and to set an example for others to follow. 

December: Disease Prevention & Treatment Month 2015-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by PI Chairman Diann Kirby (Bloomington), PDG
District 5950 has allocated $6,000 for Public Relations Grant funds for 2015-16 to help clubs improve public awareness and understanding of what Rotary does within their local communities.
Increasing awareness of Rotary within a community attracts the interest of potential members and inspires existing Rotarians. Grants for up to $400 are available until April 1, 2016, or until funds are depleted, whichever comes first. Click on link for PR Grant guidelines and an application form.
Is there a public relations project that your club would like to pursue but need more funding to make it happen? 
For example, the first approved grant will help the Rotary Club of Edina finance two new 96-inch dasherboards at Braemar Arena. The dasherboards will be seen by thousands of hockey fans at Edina High School boys’ and girls’ hockey games and tournaments. Since many games are televised, this will expand the reach of the ads.
Apply for matching grants of up to $400 to help your club improve its visibility in your community. Potential public relations projects could include:
  • Revamped websites
  • Social media campaigns
  • Club brochures
  • Print ads
  • Or something else – creativity is encouraged!
A key requirement of the District 5950 PR Grant is that clubs must use the new Rotary logo in their projects. Logos are available for download at Rotary’s website: (Use your username and password to access.)
Questions: Contact Public Information Committee Chair Diann Kirby at
PR grants available PI Chairman Diann Kirby (Bloomington), PDG 2015-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Willmar Rotary: Sent Students to Camp Enterprise and More 2015-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Eden Prairie: STRIVE program grows to help more students find their way 2015-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Edina: DG Tim Murphy Living a Life of Service with Rotary! Jeanne Zetah 2015-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Area 3 Rotary Clubs: Annual Veterans Day Lunch Honors Veterans Jeanne Zetah 2015-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
At the Joint Rotary District 5950 & 5960 Conference, we are sponsoring a project to make 450 feminine hygiene kits to be distributed among girls in remote areas of the world who do not have access to available, clean and cheap feminine hygiene supplies.  But, to make these kits we need lots of help in advance from both people (men and women) who can sew and those who cannot. 
Sign up now to help at a Sew-a-thon on Thurs., Dec. 17.
Join a Sew-a-thon to Prepare for Service Project at District Conference Jeanne Zetah 2015-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Sign up by Dec. 15 to get Best Rates for Rotary International Convention Jeanne Zetah 2015-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Apple Valley: Polio Efforts on Personal, Club and Business Level Make a Difference 2015-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Plymouth Rotary and others: Grant will provide adaptive ski equipment 2015-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary honored six women – all members of Rotary clubs across the globe – at its Rotary Day at the United Nations event on November 7.  Rotary’s ‘Global Women of Action’ were recognized for donating their time, talents and expertise towards helping thousands of people in need throughout the world.
Since its founding more than 100 years ago, Rotary has harnessed the strength of professional and community leaders to tackle humanitarian challenges at home and abroad. Today, Rotary provides a platform for successful men and women of all ethnicities, faiths and cultures to make the world a better place through volunteer service.
“Every day at Rotary, I see first-hand how our members work to change lives and make significant impact around the world,” said Rotary International President K.R. Ravindran. “Through hard work, dedication and selflessness, Rotary’s ‘Global Woman of Action’ embody Rotary’s motto, Service Above Self. I extend my warmest congratulations to them for their outstanding service to humanity.”
Continue reading to meet the six Rotary ‘Global Women of Action.’
Rotary honors six ‘Global Women of Action’ at the United Nations 2015-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Join sew-a-thon in preparation for District Conference service project 2015-11-08 00:00:00Z 0

The Global Grant is a unique scholarship for students pursuing a master’s degree at an overseas university. The year’s District Global Grant committee announces that Grace Petrie, nominated by Minneapolis South Rotary Club, was chosen for the $30,000 award. Grace is a senior at Macalester College; she hopes to study community and economic development at the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Coura in Milan, Italy. 

l-r: DG Tim Murphy, Grace Petrie, PDG Jim Nelson, GD-E Mark HagstromWhen Grace studied in Cali, Colombia as a high school Rotary Youth Exchange student, she saw the impact of micro-lending to women, and the positive economic changes these opportunities brought to individuals, families, and communities. Grace went on to study and live in Europe, become fluent in several languages, and expand her Rotary involvement through leadership roles in Rotex. She is committed to global service and to Rotary. She plans to begin her graduate studies in January 2016. 

For more information about Global Grant Scholarships in District 5950, contact committee chairperson Ellen Kennedy at or 952-693-5206. Continue reading to see a summary of Rotary Peace Fellows from 2012-2016.

Global Grant Scholarship awarded 2015-11-08 00:00:00Z 0

I-35W Bridge lit in End Polio Now colorsWorld Polio Day came to the Twin Cities on October 24! The I-35W Bridge was lit in shades of red and yellow to honor Rotary International’s fight to end polio with its 30-year long initiative, End Polio Now. City Councils in Minneapolis, Edina, Burnsville, and Apple Valley declared October 24 as World Polio Day in their cities. 

District Rotarians view the bridge and mark World Polio DayRotary International marked the annual event by announcing it would give an additional $40.4 million to the global effort to end polio. Click to readWorld Polio Day Plans.”

Rotary District 5950 End Polio Now Chair Tim Mulcrone (Chanhassen) summarized recent developments, saying, "As if near total eradication of polio wasn't enough, the greatest public private health care initiative in history is creating health care infrastructure in areas that never had it, building international trust and fueling the ‘WE CAN DO IT’ attitude for the next global initiative.  That's the plus in PolioPlus."

For more information, contact Tim at 952-239-1594 or

Metro lights up to End Polio Now 2015-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by PDG Diann Kirby, District 5950 PI Chair
District 5950 has allocated Public Relations Grant funds for 2015-16 to help clubs improve public awareness and understanding of what Rotary does within their local communities. Increasing awareness of Rotary within a community attracts the interest of potential members and inspires existing Rotarians.  A club may apply for a PR grant of up to $400.
Clubs applying for a District 5950 PR Grant must submit an application that includes the following elements:
  • Detailed description of the PR project
  • Detailed explanation or visual illustration of the proposed PR materials
  • Description of how the new RI logo will be used in the project
  • Estimates of intended audience and number of people reached by proposed PR project
  • Project price quote(s)
  • PR Grant amount requested and amount of direct club contribution
  • Club president’s signature on the application.
The PR Grant Application form with complete criteria will soon be available on the District 5950 website.
District authorizes PR grants to clubs PDG Diann Kirby, District 5950 PI Chair 2015-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by DG-N Bob Halagan (Buffalo), District Foundation Fundraising Chair
November is here -- bringing with it Rotary Foundation Month
A bit of pride and potential:
  • During the 2014-15 year, our District averaged $274 per Rotarian in giving to The Rotary Foundation (TRF). That was a significant increase from the previous year’s $231/member -- and a great step toward reaching our goal of $365 per Rotarian. 
  • Last year, the 63 clubs in our District gave $779,914 to the Annual Fund, a whopping $116,000 increase over the prior year! (Imagine what we can do with 64 clubs this year!)
Those dollars translate into District-wide projects touching more lives than we can count. Annually, the District receives 50% of the money District 5950 Rotarians donated to the Annual Fund three years earlier. This money is used for local and international projects. Based on 2011-12 giving, clubs in our District had $293,346 to spend on projects during 2014-15. This year, clubs have $320,190 at their disposal. Last year’s donations will fund nearly $390,000 in club grants two years from now.
Remember that The Rotary Foundation is your charity. It is the only charity that will allow you to spend your dollars on your projects. And it is the only charity that will give your projects both matching funds and the help and support of enthusiastic volunteers from your club and clubs around the world.
Thanks for all you do as Rotarians to support our District and to support TRF!  Please give generously this year and make The Rotary Foundation your charity of choice.
November is Foundation Month DG-N Bob Halagan (Buffalo), District Foundation Fundraising Chair 2015-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Excelsior: Two Rotary Clubs partner with school and city to lead clean up of city pond 2015-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
St. Cloud: Two People Hope to Bring St. Cloud a Rotaract Club 2015-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Savage Rotary and Others Highlighted Rotary's Efforts to End Polio Now 2015-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Carol McDonaldRotary District 5950 leaders are pleased to announce that Carol MacDonald will be the District's new Executive Director effective January 1, 2016. MacDonald succeeds Diane Confer who has served as the District Executive Secretary and North Star Rotary Youth Exchange Administrator for 38 years. Duties will transition until Diane's full retirement on June 30, 2016.
A District Administration Task Force of eight past, current and upcoming District Governors spent two years planning for this staff transition and hiring MacDonald.
District Governor Tim Murphy noted, “We have been truly blessed for 37+ years by our Diane’s commitment and dedication. Carol comes at a pivotal time for District 5950. She possesses the perfect skillset for the position. She has worked with Diane in a volunteer capacity since July 1. The two will work side-by-side for another six months to ensure a seamless transition.”
This executive administrative and management position is the District’s only paid position. MacDonald will be responsible for managing the District 5950 office, with administrative responsibilities for district meetings and event planning, marketing, public relations outreach support to the District, club and inter-district communications and relations, liaison functions with Rotary International, and other duties.
Diane Confer and PDG Jim NelsonLike Diane, Carol will be the unofficial Ambassador of the District, becoming an integral catalyst of this dynamic organization of approximately 2,900 Rotarians and more than 70 Rotary, Rotaract and Interact Clubs. A key value of this position is the administrative support and continuity it brings as a partner with each District Governor, the Corporate Board of Directors, other District leaders, and all District 5950 clubs.  
Carol McDonald hired as District 5950 Executive Director 2015-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Our Rotary District has a unique scholarship for students to pursue a master’s degree at an overseas university.  This year’s committee announces that Grace Petrie, nominated by Minneapolis South Rotary Club, was chosen for this $30,000 award.  Grace, a senior at Macalester College from Minneapolis, hopes to study community and economic development at the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Coura in Milan, Italy. 
Grace Petrie chosen for Rotary Global Grant $30,000 Scholarship 2015-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
The I-35W bridge was lit in shades of red and yellow on October 24 to honor Rotary International’s fight to end polio with its 30-year long initiative, End Polio Now.
City Councils in Minneapolis, Edina, Burnsville, and Apple Valley declared October 24 as World Polio Day in their cities.
Rotary International announced it would give an additional $40.4 million to the global effort to end polio. Click to read: World Polio Day Plans.
35W Bridge Lighting & RI Polio Funding Jeanne Zetah 2015-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Click to read about World Polio Day Plans when we watch Rotary's World Polio Day Kickoff on Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. NYC time.
The I-35W bridge will be lit in shades of red and yellow on October 24 to honor Rotary International’s fight to end polio with its 30-year long initiative, End Polio Now.
Click here for sample press release to local media which PR chairs can adapt to highlight community efforts.
The Minneapolis City Council has declared October 24 as World Polio Day in Minneapolis.  Click here for proclamation.
To get End Polio Now toolkit, graphics and other resources, click on
World Polio Day Kickoff Plans and 35W Bridge Lighting Jeanne Zetah 2015-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
October is Economic and Community Development Month. This is the time of year clubs focus on how we give back to Rotary using our vocations to support our economy and communities. Here are some suggestions:
  • Member Moments: Talk about your vocation at club meetings and get to know each other better so members work together professionally.
  • Service: Use your vocation to better serve your community.
  • Integrity: Always practice high ethical standards in business and professions.
  • Inspiration: Inspire others to behave ethically through your words and actions. Actions speak louder than words!
  • Mentor: Use your vocation to mentor young professionals.
  • Encouragement: Guide and encourage others in their professional development.
Engaging members is the key to retaining members. Let’s go out and have some fun together!
October is Economic & Community Development month 2015-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
It was a big night for District 5950 when representatives gathered for the Zone Institute awards program on September 12 in Detroit, Michigan.  District 5950 earned top honors among the 28 districts in Zones 28 and 29 in giving to The Rotary Foundation in 2014-15. We were named as:
--1st in Annual Fund Giving:   $780,000
--1st in Per-Capita Giving:    $274
--1st in Total Giving:  $2,022,831

District 5950 received a standing ovation from the Rotary Zones 28 and 29 crowd attending the awards program. On hand to receive the honors were (left to right) Past District Governor Jim Nelson (City of the Lakes), District Rotary Foundation Chair Sandy Schley (Edina), and Fund Development Chair Bob Halagan (Buffalo). 
District Foundation earns top Zone awards 2015-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
District 5950’s End Polio Now focus is garnering significant local press as World Polio Day approaches on October 24.


35W Bridge and France Ave. lighting

The I-35W Bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis and lights in the Southdale area of France Avenue will be lit in shades of red and yellow on October 24 to honor Rotary International’s fight to end polio called End Polio Now.
Thanks to PolioPlus chairman Tim Mulcrone’s (Chanhassen) passionate persuasion, the Minneapolis City Council declared October 24 as World Polio Day in Minneapolis. The I-35W Bridge and France Ave. lighting in the End Polio Now colors that day will bring attention and awareness to the final push for polio eradication.
When Rotary launched its eradication effort in 1985, more than 350,000 children in 125 countries were stricken with polio every year. Since then, polio cases have dropped by 99%. Forty-four cases of wild poliovirus have been reported in two final countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, in 2015.

Polio Survivors’ Conference

by Carol Parish (Plymouth)
Volunteers from 19 Rotary clubs welcomed 300 participants at the "Life After Polio: Realities and Practicalities" conference on October 2. District 5950 was a conference co-sponsor with Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. Participants received advice on dealing with post-polio syndrome. They viewed photos and scrapbooks containing information about polio treatments in the 1940s and 1950s, saw movies of Sister Kenny Institute’s early days of patient care, and shared common experiences. 

Rotary showcased its 30-year fight to eradicate the disease. Many participants were not aware of Rotary's efforts in the fight. A very special polio survivor, District Governor Tim's father, Ray Murphy, (pictured above with DG Murphy) was a 1945 patient at Sister Kenny Institute. After spending time with Ray, we all know where Murph gets the Irish twinkle in his eyes.
It was a great day to share the Rotary story and focus in on our signature project. Good work, Rotarians. You are a gift to the world!
District activities spotlight efforts to End Polio Now 2015-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
After all Fall Training attendees went home, there was one more meeting. As is tradition, a committee of past and incoming District 5950 Governors, plus at large members representing small, medium and large clubs met to interview candidates for District Governor-Designate.
Irene Kelly (Eden Prairie AM) was elected to lead District 5950 in 2018-19, following DG-Elect Mark Hegstrom (Edina Morning) and DG-Nominee Bob Halagan (Buffalo).
Irene is a familiar face, serving as District 5950 training chairperson for the past four years. She also contributes her training skills in planning the annual District Conference and Grant Management Seminars. She was Eden Prairie AM club president in 2010-11 and served as Assistant Governor for Area 3.
Professionally, Irene is a leadership and academic coach. As a consultant, she supports rising leaders moving up in their careers and accomplishments. Congratulations, Irene!
Irene Kelly will be DG in 2018-19 Rotary year 2015-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Chaska Rotary: Rotary Partners to Plan Adaptive Ball Field in Chaska 2015-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Brooklyn Center: Congressman Keith Ellison speaks to members 2015-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Over 160 Rotarians packed in fun, fellowship, and learning at Dist. 5950's Fall Training and Speed Dating "Rotary Style" on Sept. 25!
In this photo Ann Dillard shared her Rotary Moment about starting the No. Mpls. Rotary Club.. If you click on Read More you can see photos of Eli Johnson, Lynn Baskfeld, Irene Kelly and Tim Murphy... or click on the Fall Training Photo Album for all.
Check out new resources on the Membership Site page (under Club Support) as well as PR Toolkit site page under Public Image.
Fall Training Attendees Had a Great Experience! Jeanne Zetah 2015-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Join us on Friday, Sept. 25,from 8:00-1:30 at the MN Landscape Arboretum for a new way to learn about Rotary.
Breakout sessions include: Membership, Public Relations, The Rotary Foundation, and a special session for Asst. Governors.
Each club can send 10 members which is covered by their annual training fee. Deadline to register has been extended to noon on Sept. 18.
To register for Fall Training, click here.    
Sign up by Fri. noon for Fall District Training & Speed Dating "Rotary Style" Jeanne Zetah 2015-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Chanhassen Rotary: Open House Shares Vision with Leaders 2015-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Basic education and literacy is one of Rotary’s six Areas of Focus. Consider these facts:
  • If all women completed primary education, there would be 66% fewer maternal deaths.
  • A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age of five.
  • If all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty, which would be equivalent to a 12% cut in world poverty.
Rotary clubs all over the world are taking action to enhance basic education and literacy in their communities. Every community has different needs and different opportunities for service. RI’s publication, “Basic Education and Literacy: Project Strategies,” helps clubs ask the right questions, identify real needs, and make the greatest possible impact with the time, energy, and resources you have at your disposal.
Want to learn more about Rotarians’ education and literacy efforts around the world? Click on this Rotary Weekly newsletter.
Finally, enjoy this timely message from everyone's favorite, Blondie. (9/8/15 by Chip and Dean Young)
September: Basic Education and Literacy Month 2015-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Ohe (Edina), Special Gift Committee Chair, District 5950 AG Coordinator 2015-2016
An anonymous District 5950 Rotarian has donated $1 million to support international projects initiated by clubs in District 5950! This amazing gift will further leverage grant projects’ power to improve lives of those less fortunate in our global community.  
The gift specifically supports three of Rotary’s Areas of Focus: Water and Sanitation, Disease Prevention and Treatment, and Maternal and Child Health.
Clubs’ grant applications must address one of these Areas and follow Rotary Foundation grant guidelines.  
A special committee of District 5950 and 5950 Rotary Foundation leaders will oversee this fund. They will consider grants prior to the 15th of each month, forwarding applications that meet the gift criteria to Global Grants Committee Chair Todd Bollig (Eden Prairie Noon) for review, approval, and recommendation to The Rotary Foundation.
An example of the potential leverage this gift creates:
Club funds:                    $10,000
District Match:                $10,000
TRF Award:                    $15,000
Total:                            $35,000
Special fund match:        $35,000
Total Project                $70,000
This generous gift gives District 5950 an unprecedented opportunity to Be a Gift to the World. Please forward your questions about the gift criteria to Jeff Ohe at 612-859-2726 or
Donor’s $1M gift will match District 5950 grant awards Jeff Ohe (Edina), Special Gift Committee Chair, District 5950 AG Coordinator 2015-2016 2015-09-07 00:00:00Z 0

Fall Training is Friday, September 25 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Represent your club, learn from speakers and sessions, meet Rotarians from all 64 clubs, then take new ideas back to your own club. Register online by the September 15 deadline. Training fees allow every club to register up to ten attendees for free.

District Governor nominations for the 2018-19 Rotary year are due Friday, September 18To nominate a district leader, or for more information, contact Past District Governor Jim Nelson at or at 612-889-7309.

Polio Survivors’ conference is October 2 Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute's conference.  Life After Polio -- Realities & Practicalities” is an opportunity to join other 5950 Rotarians in this day-long conference that provides information and hope to those who survived polio but now deal with chronic health conditions. Register online.

Global Scholarships applications are due September 30, 2015 to District Scholarship Committee Chair Ellen Kennedy at District 5950 will provide funding for up to two Global Grant Scholarships for graduate study outside of the U.S., where the area of study and applicant’s planned vocation is in one of The Rotary Foundation’s six Areas of Focus.
Events and Reminders 2015-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Solbrack (St. Louis Park), District Membership Chair
RI President K.R. Ravindran asks, “How can we add more value to Rotary membership so that more will join and fewer will leave?”  Yes, each of us can invite prospective members to attend Rotary, work on our elevator speech, and tell our Rotary story.
But the big question is, “How do we decrease the number of Rotarians leaving Rotary each year?”  District 5950 adds about 338 new members each year. But we lost an average of 364 members during the same reviewed years. How many left because they did not receive value from their membership, did not feel engaged, or did not find the networking and fellowship opportunities they were looking for?
What can you do to help your club become more vibrant and more attractive to current and prospective members?  Do you treat your members like customers, with a focus on customer satisfaction?  Do you help them appreciate the benefits of membership?  Do you immediately engage new members, and continue engaging long-time members?
The greatest risk for member termination is in Year 2 of membership. If a new member is not fully engaged, in Year 2 the questions and doubts surface. Make sure you have one-to-one conversations with newer Rotarians throughout their first three years of membership to help them get engaged and understand the value of Rotary membership.
Get membership and retention ideas from the RI document, “Be a Vibrant Club.” To invite a District Membership Committee member to speak at your club or meet with your board, contact me at or 612-578-8776.
Engage Members and Strengthen Clubs Steve Solbrack (St. Louis Park), District Membership Chair 2015-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
St. Cloud Rotary: What goes into "Summertime by George" Concerts Jeanne Zetah 2015-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
Plymouth Rotary: Seeking Outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Students Jeanne Zetah 2015-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
Litchfield Rotary: New Club President named Watercade Grand Marshal Jeanne Zetah 2015-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
Alexandria Rotary: Partner on e-Waste and Appliance Recycling Collection Jeanne Zetah 2015-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
Thanks to an anonymous donor, District 5950 will have an additional $1 MILLION to match district grants in three areas of focus: Water & Sanitation, Disease Prevention & Treatment, and Maternal & Child Health.Rules and guidelines are listed below for these grants that must meet the current $35,000 minimum Global Grant criteria and use the current global grant application.
For those that want to be considered for the match by the 15th of each month, they should contact Jeff Ohe via email or phone at 612-859-2726.
$1 Million Gift Added for Global Grants Jeanne Zetah 2015-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Five Rotary Clubs: Expanding Adaptive Winter Sports 2015-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
  • District Governor nominations for the 2018-19 Rotary year are due Friday, September 18, 2015To submit a District leader's name for consideration, or for more information, contact Past District Governor Jim Nelson at or at 612-889-7309. Nominees will complete this District Governor Nomination Form.

  • Global Scholarships applications are due September 30, 2015 to District Scholarship Committee Chair Ellen Kennedy ( District 5950 will provide funding for up to two Global Grant Scholarships for graduate study in a country other than the U.S., where the area of study and applicant’s planned vocation is in one of The Rotary Foundation’s six areas of focus. Application information and the application form are available on the District website.

Don't forget these District Deadlines 2015-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Irene Kelly (Eden Prairie AM), Training/Leadership Development Chair
Think “hooking up” with ideas, not people.

District 5950’s Fall Training captures our enthusiasm for the new Rotary year and propels us toward ambitious club goals. Join us on Friday, September 25 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for speakers and sessions that appeal to all members, whether district and club leaders or new Rotarians. The event begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes by 1:30 p.m.

Breakout Session Topics:

  • Membership focus on retention, engagement and recruitment

  • Public Relations with components of telling your Rotary story

  • The Rotary Foundation with focus on how fund raising supports programs

  • Area Governors' briefing with DG Murph and AG Coordinator Jeff Ohe (Edina)

Come meet and mingle with Rotarians from all 64 clubs in District 5950. Share program ideas and success stories from your own club during breakout sessions. Then...enhance your leadership skills at lunch!

Registration is OPEN. Register online BEFORE September 15th. Training fees allow every club to register up to ten attendees for free.

Fall Training: Rotary-style Speed Dating! Irene Kelly (Eden Prairie AM), Training/Leadership Development Chair 2015-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Parish (Plymouth), District Grants Chair; Tim Mulcrone (Chanhassen), PolioPlus Chair
District 5950 has a unique opportunity to participate with the Courage Kenny Foundation in co-sponsoring their second polio survivors conference,  “Life After Polio: Realities and Practicalities,” on Friday, October 2 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Rotary’s campaign to rid the world of polio...and we are very close to doing just that. The Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute has a related focus; their goal is to assist those who survived the disease to lead a richer, fuller life while dealing with the chronic health concerns that may remain. 
District 5950 Rotarians can volunteer as hosts at this day-long conference, and to promote Rotary’s 30-year effort to eradicate polio.The event’s target audience is people who have a personal connection with the disease, yet may be unaware of Rotary’s efforts.Follow this link to register as a volunteer host on October 2.
Any District 5950 club has the opportunity to financially co-sponsor this event (in addition to the District’s sponsorship).
If your club is interested, please contact PolioPlus Chair Tim Mulcrone ( ASAP because conference registration is nearing its capacity.
Clubs are invited to support Polio Survivors' event Carol Parish (Plymouth), District Grants Chair; Tim Mulcrone (Chanhassen), PolioPlus Chair 2015-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
District 5950 has a unique opportunity to participate with the Courage Kenny Foundation in co-sponsoring their second polio survivors conference,  “Life After Polio: Realities and Practicalities,” on Friday, October 2 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park.  District 5950 Rotarians can volunteer as hosts at this day-long conference and promote Rotary’s 30-year effort to eradicate polio
Follow this link to register as a volunteer host on October 2.
Any District 5950 club has the opportunity to financially co-sponsor this event (in addition to the District’s sponsorship). If your club is interested, please contact PolioPlus Chair Tim Mulcrone ( ASAP.
Clubs are invited to support Polio Survivors' Conference Carol Parish (Plymouth), District Grants Chair; Tim Mulcrone (Chanhassen), PolioPlus Chair 2015-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Join us on Friday, Sept. 25,from 8:00-1:30 at the MN Landscape Arboretum for a new way to learn about Rotary.
Breakout sessions include: Membership, Public Relations, The Rotary Foundation, and a special session for Asst. Governors.
Each club can send 10 members which is covered by their annual training fee. Deadline to register is Sept. 15.
To register for Fall Training, click here.    
Sign up Now for Fall District Training: Speed Dating "Rotary Style" Jeanne Zetah 2015-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
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Five metro Rotary clubs are making adaptive winter sports more available to those with disabilities. The Rotary Clubs of Edina, Golden Valley, Lake Minnetonka-Excelsior, Minneapolis City of Lakes, and Plymouth are pooling together to buy $15,000 worth of new equipment for the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute's ski and snowboard program in Bloomington.

More than 1,200 lessons are given each season through the program at Hyland Hills in Bloomington. Participants range in age from six to 60+, with disabilities including cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, autism and visual impairments. The goal of the program is to bring adults with disabilities together with their families, friends and community volunteers to participate in a sport that challenges and motivates them to realize their true potential.

Courage Kenny provides all of the necessary adaptive equipment, specialized instruction or training, volunteer support and encouragement to ensure participants have a successful experience.

Rotary clubs help make adaptive winter sports more accessible 2015-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
The good you do comes back to you.
Rotary’s new member benefits program gives Rotary members access to discounts on a variety of products and services selected with their interests in mind.
Discounts & special offers
Rotary Global Rewards offers discounts on car rentals, hotels, dining, and enter-tainment. More products and services from companies the world will be added throughout the year.
How it works
Anyone can view the offers and discounts on Rotary Global Rewards. But only Rotary club members who are signed in to their My Rotary accounts can redeem them. Access and redeem rewards from a computer, smartphone, or tablet.
Create a My Rotary account now to take advantage of the new member benefits program. For help creating an account, see the How to Create a My Rotary Account quick guide (PDF).
Rotary support
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Rotary Global Rewards unveiled 2015-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Save the Date: District Conference is May 12-13, 2016 2015-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Global Scholarship - Applications Available 2015-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Rogers Rotary: Bike Rally for Youth at Risk Jeanne Zetah 2015-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
The official call has gone out.  Your district nominating committee seeks qualified candidates for district governor for the Rotary year beginning July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2019.
An announcement was made via email to all Rotarians on July 13, 2015, and an article is posted in the July, 2015 monthly District Governor’s newsletter.  For complete details, click here.
2018-2019 District Governor Candidates Sought Past DG Jim Nelson (Minneapolis City of Lakes) 2015-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by District Governor Tim Murphy, 2015-16 (Edina)
Greeting 5950!
We’re off and running in our Be a Gift to the World Rotary year. August is Membership month; membership is a focus of my program at club visits. 
I tell my “Rotary story” as an example of how to become a real Rotarian and not just a Rotary member.
Worldwide, Rotary membership has remained around 1.2 million members for the past 12 years. In the U.S., our issue
is not attracting individuals; it is our inability to retain them.
On average, 100,000 members slip through our hands every year. We acquire members -- but do not integrate them into the culture of our clubs or mentor them into becoming real Rotarians.
Awarding a Rotary pin does not make a new member a Rotarian! As in business, if we take really good care of our customers (Club members), they become raving fans and our best marketing tools. Once someone joins Rotary, we are responsible for transitioning that member into a real Rotarian. Rotary calls this sponsorship. It may take months or years,
but be there for that person.
Our Support and Strengthen Clubs district chair, Steve Solbrack (St. Louis Park), has a team ready to help your club. RI president Ravi and his club support team in Evanston also compiled “ A Dozen Ways to Make a Difference” to help you. It's a good article in case you missed it.
Be a Gift…by being an effective sponsor!
--DG Murph
Message from DG Murph District Governor Tim Murphy, 2015-16 (Edina) 2015-07-23 00:00:00Z 0

Minneapolis-University Rotary Club and World Without Genocide welcome you to a summer party and farewell for outgoing Rotary Peace Fellows, Christie Nicoson and James Petermeier on Mon. July 27, from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Carlyle Condos, 100 3rd Avenue So, Minneapolis MN 55401. 

The cost is $18 per person payable at the door. Please RSVP by this Thurs, July 23, for accurate headcount. Questions? Please contact MURC President Matt Gerber,

Peace Fellows Send Off Party on July 27 2015-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
  • Message from DG Murph

  • Donor’s $1M gift will match District 5950 grant awards

  • Engage members and strengthen clubs

  • September: Basic Education and Literacy month

-- In This Issue -- 2015-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by DG Tim Murphy
Jeanne Zetah, our Public Image Committee Website/ClubRunner expert, has worked tirelessly for months to complete a new online version of our District Directory. The value of this new directory is that it will be continuously updated throughout the Rotary year and is printable at any given point. Jeanne was able to get 100% of our clubs to either input or submit the necessary information to make our directory available this past week, the earliest in recent history!
Now Jeanne asks that appropriate club officers log into ClubRunner (either your club’s or our district’s) to review the club's information and make any necessary changes. The accuracy and value of the directory depends on each club updating its information. Please follow the instructions and link below to get started.
To access the 2015-16 directory, login at; under the About 5950 tab, click on 2015-16 Directory. Information similar to past printed directories is organized into four sections:
  • Directory A - District Organization Chart: District leaders’ photos and contact information
  • Directory B - Clubs with Officers: Club leaders’ emails and preferred phone numbers
  • Directory C - Club Info: A list of clubs’ meeting information, websites, and mailing addresses
  • Rotary International and Other Information: Downloadable files about RI Headquarters, leadership, etc.
Members can view, download, and print individual reports. These will be updated weekly through August and then monthly. Members can update their own profiles on either their club or the district version of ClubRunner; club officers can update club information if it is not accurate. Contact Jeanne Zetah if you need help with accessing or revising information. ( or 952-937-0411)
Reminder: The District Directory is not for distribution to non-Rotarians.
Its use as a commercial mailing list or for non-Rotary purposes is specifically prohibited. See more at:
District directory is now available online DG Tim Murphy 2015-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Past District Governor Jim Nelson (Minneapolis City of Lakes)
POP QUIZ:  Being a district governor is:
A.        Intense
B.        Time-consuming
C.        Challenging
D.        Inspirational
E.        Educational
F.        Satisfying
G         Fun
H.        All of the above
I had the honor of serving as District 5950’s and can attest that it is H. All of the above! But it’s so worth it. I met new friends and was tremendously inspired by our clubs.
I learned so much about Rotary – and myself. And the satisfaction of spending a year working with clubs in one of the premier Rotary districts in the world is beyond description.
But now it’s DG Tim’s turn, then DGE Mark Hegstrom (2016-17), and DGN Bob Halagan (2017-18). 
In 2018-19?  How about YOU?  Picking our district governor for that year happens on September 25. I chair the nominating committee and we seek qualified candidates recommended and endorsed by their clubs. As a reminder of the qualifications and nomination process, click on the Read More link. Then submit your nomination to me at
DG Nominating Committee: Are you the 2018-19 DG? Past District Governor Jim Nelson (Minneapolis City of Lakes) 2015-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Halagan, District 5950 Fundraising Chair, DG Nominee 2017-18 (Buffalo)
These unofficial, year-end results are simply sensational!  I want to thank all of the clubs, their Presidents, President-Elects and Foundation Chairs for a phenomenal year. Thanks to District Governor Jim Nelson for his tireless advocacy on behalf of TRF. And thanks for all you do for Rotary!!
% Increase
Annual Fund
$   779,913
    $  94,000
$   126,300
Total TRF
2014-15 was a tremendous year of giving Bob Halagan, District 5950 Fundraising Chair, DG Nominee 2017-18 (Buffalo) 2015-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sam Dalal, Friendship Exchange Chair (Burnsville Breakfast),
The District 5950 Friendship Exchange program facilitates fun visits to worldwide destinations. District Rotarians traveled to India in 2013 and 2015, Nepal and Bhutan in 2014, and Australia in 2012. We now visit Argentina from February 21-March 5, 2016; a second Argentina trip is anticipated around September/October 2016.
  • The Argentina visit begins in Buenos Aires before driving west to Carmen de Areco where the group will stay with local Rotarians. Then it’s on to Mendoza, Argentina’s famous wine country, before returning to Buenos Aires for the trip’s final days.
  • Plan on a 2017 trip to India with tours of New Delhi and the Taj Mahal. Visit Sandhya Gupta’s (Bloomington Noon) projects with the girl’s school Nari Gunjan in Patna, a school and library in Palampur, and Dr. Abule Sharah’s International Village clinic in Vararnasi. Float down the Ganges River, and shop in Mumbai.
  • Upcoming trips include Cambodia, Laos, South Korea, and, possibly, the backroads of New Mexico and Arizona.
Join us!  Interested? Please contact me at (612)-964-4400 or invite me to speak at your club meeting.
Travel on Friendship Exchange trips Sam Dalal, Friendship Exchange Chair (Burnsville Breakfast), 2015-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Mound-Westonka Rotary: Celebrating a new musical park Jeanne Zetah 2015-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Clubs thanked by Canines Can Do for van grant Jeanne Zetah 2015-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Chanhassen Rotary: Hosts Famous Americans Impersonation Contest 2015-07-04 00:00:00Z 0
District 5950 and Public Image Jim Nelson, District Governor 2015-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary 5950 2014-15: A Great Year for all Clubs! Jim Nelson, District Governor 2015-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Priorities: Membership and Polio Eradication Jim Nelson, District Governor 2015-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
State of Rotary District 5950 and its Clubs Jim Nelson, District Governor 2015-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 5950 and The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund Jim Nelson, District Governor 2015-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
District 5950 and Polio Plus Jim Nelson, District Governor 2015-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
District 5950 and its Projects Jim Nelson, District Governor 2015-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
The Light of Rotary Shines Brightly in 2014-15 Jim Nelson, District Governor 2015-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran, a business leader from Colombo, Sri Lanka, takes office on 1 July as the 105th president of Rotary International – a global network of 1.2 million volunteers dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.
Ravindran urges Rotary’s 1.2 million members to give the gifts of time, talent, and knowledge to improve lives in communities across the globe.
RI President K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran 2015-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
St. Cloud Rotary: Summertime by George 2015 CD Available 2015-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Eden Prairie Noon Rotary: Enjoying Ribs and Jazz 2015-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Tim Murphy thanked Jim Nelson for his outstanding year of service as district governor in 2014-15 and Jim gave Tim Murphy the gavel to begin his term as district governor in 2015-16. The Edina Rotary Club planned an amazing evening at the Edina Country Club with over 200 people attending. Tim talked about his life and Rotary experiences and ended with this upcoming year's international Rotary theme: "Our time has come and will never come again. Be a gift to the world."
Edina Morningside: Announces 2015 Grant Awards 2015-05-29 00:00:00Z 0
All Rotarians are invited to attend the DG Installation event on Thurs., June 18, from 6:00 - 8:00 the Edina Country Club. We will celebrate current District Governor Jim Nelson's successful Rotary year, and welcome Tim Murphy as the new leader of District 5950.  
Register by June 11 by clicking the link under Events or below.
WHO'S YOUR HERO? Mary Brindle 2015-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
JUNE 21 WATER SKI TEAM POLIO PLUS FUND RAISER EVENT Mary Brindle 2015-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
FIND YOUR HERO! Mary Brindle 2015-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
SIGN UP NOW for District 5950 Conference on May 16 Mary Brindle 2015-05-18 00:00:00Z 0
Mound Westonka Rotary: Building a Park in Mound Harbor District Jeanne Zetah 2015-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Krauska on May 04, 2015

ImageNepal has suffered devastating losses due to the earthquake on April 25. ShelterBox which provides needed essentials to disaster survivors – shelter, tools, water purification systems, blankets, mosquito netting, solar lights and more – is in Nepal to help people get back on their feet.

If your club wants to help, please contact Greg Krauska, ShelterBox Ambassador at 612-801-7821 or  If friends and family would like to help, direct them to  Ask them to mention your Rotary club to give you credit towards your ShelterBox Hero recognition!

Starting May 1, the Latika & Rajiv Jain Charitable Foundation will match the first $100,000 in donations to ShelterBox if you send it in using this form.

Posted by Jeanne Zetah on Mar 29, 2015

ImageInvite young professionals (ages 18-30) to the Kickoff Event for the new West Metro Rotaract Club on Tues, April 7, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at the Wayzata Country Club. Free Admission for an evening of networking, learning and fun.  Guest speaker will be Jacquie Berglund, co-founder and CEO of Finnegan's Brewing, who will tell her story of her mission to "turn beer into food"  Rotarians are encouraged to attend with the young people they invite.

Click here to see a flyer with event details.

Sign up at  

Invite Young Professionals to West Metro Rotaract Kickoff Meeting on April 7 Jeanne Zetah 2015-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeanne Zetah on Mar 29, 2015

ImageJoin us for this UNIQUE opportunity to serve and lead

Our District Assembly is an event to prepare club leaders, board members and committee chairs for the 2015-2016 Rotary year.

This year we have a unique opportunity to increase awareness of Rotary and our mission to eradicate polio by partnering with the March of Dimes and volunteering at check-in for their inaugural March for Babies!

Sign up by April 17 ...Click here to register

REGISTRATION DEADLINE MOVED TO APRIL 17 for District Assembly on April 25 Jeanne Zetah 2015-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeanne Zetah on Mar 17, 2015

ImageRotary’s Heart Safe Plymouth service project plans to train up to 1,000 individuals on Tues., April 14 at four 1-hour sessions at noon, 2 pm. 4 p.m and 7 pm. (250 max. at each session) Pre-registration is Required and easy at: 

For flyer with more info to post and distribute, click here.

Thanks to funding from a Rotary grant, this event is open to all Rotarians in the District and their families.  Children 7th grade or older are welcome to attend.

You're Invited April 14 to Plymouth's Mass Community CPR/AED Training Event Jeanne Zetah 2015-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Krauska on Mar 16, 2015

ImageA Mar. 16 broadcast on Fox 9 News highlighted the work of Eden Prairie HS students, working with Eden Prairie Noon Rotary to support ShelterBox through their Doughnuts for Disaster fundraiser, coming up in a few weeks.  

In addition to Vanuatu, ShelterBox is currently responding to 9 other disasters worldwide. In nearly every case, ShelterBox Response Teams are collaborating with Rotary contacts to help us get assistance to the people who need help the most. Please consider being a partner here in District 5950!

Rotary and youth partner to provide ShelterBox supplies to victims of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu Greg Krauska 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeanne Zetah on Mar 15, 2015

ImageIncoming RI President Ravi Ravindran thanked our district governors, area governors and incoming president-elects for their leadership and inspired them to "Be a Gift to the World" as they do their Rotary work at the community and global level.

The President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) held Mar. 12-14 brought together several hundred Rotary leaders from District 5950, 5960, 5970 and 6000 for training, networking, inspiration, collaboration, resource awareness, and FUN! 

Pictured are DG Jim Nelson, DGE Tim Murphy, Incoming RI President Ravi Ravindran, and DGEN Mark Hegstrom.

2015 PETS Training inspired Rotary Leaders to "Be a Gift to the World"! Jeanne Zetah 2015-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
JUNE 20 MN TWINS GAME TO RAISE FUNDS FOR POLIO PLUS Jeanne Zetah 2015-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeanne Zetah on Feb 17, 2015


Rotarians are Heroes in their communities.  Join us at Radisson Blu and Mall of America on Saturday May 16 to share in your Rotary club’s biggest accomplishments of the year.  Unique activities this year include an Olympic-style parade of clubs at Mall of America in the morning, along with an attempt to break a Guiness World Record.  Mark Rosen  will speak at the lunch keynote, and Dudley Riggs will be interviewed as part of the dinner entertainment. A new, more informative awards ceremony will also be held to note special efforts in Community Service, International Service, and Youth activities.

This one day conference, on a Saturday beginning at 10 am. is designed to be family friendly to allow you to share Rotary with your children, partners and guests.   Options to register for the entire day, as well either the first or closing session, will be available soon.

SAVE THE DATE for the District Conference on May 16, 2016 Jeanne Zetah 2015-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Help Mound-Westonka Rotary and Interact Club Raise Money for ShelterBox Jeanne Zetah 2015-02-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeanne Zetah on Jan 20, 2015

ImageThe Mound-Westonka HS Interact Club is holding a winter field day event to raise money and awareness for ShelterBox on Jan. 31 from 8am-6pm at Mound-Westonka High School.
If your Rotary, Rotaract or Interact club or your youth exchange student would like to participate, volunteer or support the event, see details below.

Get Involved with the ShelterBox fundraiser/ Field Day on Jan. 31 Jeanne Zetah 2015-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeanne Zetah on Jan 20, 2015

ImageThe Crystal-New Hope-Robbinsdale Rotary Club, with major support from the Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club, has been awarded a Rotary District grant to support the Common Hope organization in Guatemala so they can purchase school supplies for most of their 3,000 students.

Other Rotary Clubs who joined in this project include Minneapolis Uptown, Minneapolis South, St. Louis Park Sunrise, Edina Noon, Rogers, and Buffalo plus a Rotary Club in Guatemala, Guatemala Este, will provide local oversight and engagement with this project.

Rotary Clubs Collaborate to Help Guatemalan Students Graduate Jeanne Zetah 2015-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Sign up for Jan. 17 MidTerm Assembly by Jan. 5, 2015 Jeanne Zetah 2014-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
RI CONVENTION IN SAO PAOLO, BRAZIL – REGISTER NOW! Jeanne Zetah 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
New Kick-Start Eagan Rotary Club looking for members on Thurs. mornings Jeanne Zetah 2014-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
RI Mary Beth Growney Selene visits the district the week of Nov. 17 Jeanne Zetah 2014-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeanne Zetah on Oct 23, 2014

Rotarian Greg Krauska (Chanhassen Rotary Club) and DG Jim Nelson, pictured here in front of a Shelter Box, want to encourage all clubs to engage the youth of their communities to raise funds for ShelterBox in order to maximize the $10,000 in matching funds for ShelterBox that the District local grants committee has set aside.


Matching Grant Opportunity – SHELTER BOX Jeanne Zetah 2014-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
2015 Friendshp Exchange Trips - Meet Nov. 3 if interested in trip to India Jeanne Zetah 2014-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
Bob Halagan recommended to serve as 2017-2018 District Governor Jeanne Zetah 2014-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeanne Zetah on Sep 27, 2014

Individuals who reside or are presently attending an educational institution in District 5950 who want to pursue a master's-level education can apply for a global grant scholarship of $30,000 to attend graduate study in a country other than the United States if they'll be in a field of study that matches one of Rotary's major areas.

Please review the Scholarship description, terms and conditions, and application so that your club can promote this opportunity and understand its role as a sponsoring Rotary Club for an applicant who must apply by Oct. 25.

Global Scholarship Grant Applications are due Oct. 25 Jeanne Zetah 2014-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeanne Zetah on Sep 21, 2014

Do you know people who live or work in the Eagan area who you believe will make good Rotarians that would like to attend morning meetings?   If so, please promote the Informational meetings on Oct. 9 and 10 and organizational meeting on Oct. 15.


New Eagan Breakfast Club is forming Jeanne Zetah 2014-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane Confer on Sep 17, 2014








It’s Time to Register!

Register BEFORE September 15th! SEPTEMBER 22

Friday,  September 26, 2014 
8:00 am – 1:30 pm
Earle Brown Heritage Center 
6155 Earle Brown Drive - Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

Learn about the great projects of clubs in 5950 as you Speed Date “Rotary Style”

Breakout sessions for club leaders, assistant governors,  presidents-elect and new Rotarians

Lunch with Rotarians and hear our past RI director Tom Thorfinnson on “Our Rotary Message”

Click below for Registration Form and printable Fall Training Announcement.

To download and view the attachment, please click on the link below:
Registration Fall Training 2014.docx
Message to Rotarians September26Flyer final.docx

If you cannot open the above link, copy and paste the following address into your browser:



Sign up now to join us on Sept. 26th for Fall District Training Jeanne Zetah 2014-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Brooklyn Park Rotary Collaborated on Homeless Shelter for Youth Jeanne Zetah 2014-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeanne Zetah on Jul 23, 2014

Would you like to serve District 5950 in a leadership capacity? Or do you know an outstanding Rotarian who would make a great leader? District 5950 is now seeking applicants to serve as our 2017-18 District Governor. 


District Governor Candidates Sought Jeanne Zetah 2014-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
MN Twins Game FUNdraiser -Sign up by Aug. 5 for Aug. 22 Game Jeanne Zetah 2014-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather Voorhees on Jun 25, 2014

District 5950's 2014-15 Governor, Jim Nelson, was officially installed June 25--and outgoing DG Diann Kirby was given a warm send-off (though she's not really going anywhere).


We Came, We Celebrated, We Conquered! Heather Voorhees 2014-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Meet our district's newest committee! Heather Voorhees 2014-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
Vocational Training Trip creates new connections Heather Voorhees 2014-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather Voorhees on Mar 24, 2014

ATTENTION: Deadline extended to apply for district honors! 


Your club does great things -- why not be recognized for your hard work? Don't forget to apply for a district award, to be presented at our District Conference (May 2). 

Is Yours an Award-Winning Club? Heather Voorhees 2014-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Service Trip to Honduras Touches Lives Jeanne Zetah 2014-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kelly Salwei on Feb 13, 2014

ImageRick Getschow ... Eden Prairie City Manager

President Craig and Matt Crane both introduced Rick who (like Elaine Larabee) hails from Neenah, Wisconsin.  Rick said making all the "top places to live" lists was a highlight of the year as well as being the solution to 25 down in the NY Times crossword puzzle.  So if you are ever faced with a clue that goes “a SW suburb so known for its fertile soil.”  It is Eden Prairie.

Rick shared a few key figures related to Eden Prairie:

  • Eden Prairie’s unemployment rate is very low at 3.4%
  • Development revenue in 2013 was $4.1M, up from $3.5M in 2012
  • The owners of a median value home receive city services for $91.68 per month
  • And -20 is the average temperature J
Some of the bigger projects being discussed and developed in Eden Prairie include:
  • SW Light Rail Line – this is a Metropolitan Council project which has not yet been approved or fully funded but continues to work its way through the process.
  • UHG/Optum – developing a 1.5M square feet project which will accommodate 6,700 employees, some of which are moving in this week.
  • Several new restaurants.
  • Martin Blu – located near Buca off Mitchell Road is the first new apartment building in eight years.  The building will have 200 market rate units.
  • Reeder Ridge – a new residential development consisting of approximately 100 units in SW EP near the Minnesota River Bluffs.
  • Green Neighborhood – EP is working with MNDOT as a “catalyst” to develop this property near Hwy 212 and Scenic Heights.
  • Green Initiative – EP continues through its recharging station for electric cars near City Hall and is changing all of its streetlights to LED’s.
  • Aquatics Expansion – EP is still in planning and discussion phase relative to a new and enlarged aquatics area at the EP Community Center
  • Round Lake has new playground equipment, the beach has been improved  along with the shelter area and parking lot.
  • Eden Prairie is partnering with Chanhassen in connecting the two communities with the Rice Lake Trail.
  • Considering construction of a Miracle baseball field near flying cloud fields.
  • Public Art – the City would like to add more public art like Soaring Bird with EPAM Rotary.
  • Mayor’s Public Health and Wellness – Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens is spearheading efforts to develop an edible playground and encouraging a food truck with healthy food options which would travel around to community events.
  • Social Media – EP facebook page has 3,600 followers, 15,000 e-mail subscribers, 4 EP blogs (City Manager, Fire Chief, Police Department and Liquor Store).
  • City Connect – on-line engagement discussion sight.
  • See, Click, Fix App – the public can send pictures of broken down city property and it is routed directly to the proper party.
  • Finally, Rick discussed that EP has put considerable time and $ into plowing operation to cover its 36 square miles.  Emphasis is on core services because when you fail at core services, the other initiatives feel hollow.

Rick responded to a few questions from the members.


  • President Craig Blixrud read a Thank You note from Prop for a $1,000 grant for youth scholarship program
  • Craig also announced that we packed 10,152 meals in one hour at Feed My Starving Children Tuesday, February 4th.
  • Laurie McKendry encouraged everyone to attend the Progressive Dinner next year.  She called it one of her favorite Rotary activities and a good way to get to know your fellow Rotarians.
  • Be sure to attend the February 18th meeting to hear from District Governor Diane Kirby.
  • Strive will meet Friday, February 21st.
  •  Rotary District Conference will be May 2nd.

ImageSpotlight on  Elaine Larabee

Elaine grew up on a farm near Neenah Wisconsin just south of Green Bay where she learned on a farm you have to do things you don’t always want to do.  She attended UW-Oshkosh earning a business degree.  After graduation she worked for Target and a large department store company in Wisconsin.  Elaine got married and moved around the country.  While raising her family, she took the H&R Block training course and found she enjoyed working on tax returns.  When she moved to the Twin Cities she was mentored by a woman and before long joined the CPA firm Cavanaugh and Company.  In her current role, she reviews returns versus preparing them.  Elaine became a school board member after having volunteered and helping on other’s school board campaigns.  Elaine and her husband have two children, a daughter who is a freshman at the University of Iowa and a sophomore at Eden Prairie H.S.

Happy Fines – John O’Neal warned us that his daughter just got her license.  Cathy Haukedahl informed the members of a fish fry benefiting Let’s Go Fishing this Saturday.

Sergeant at Arms Report:

  • Visiting us today was Sam Coates from Edina Rotary
  • Getting to know us better, prospective member Pei Ling Jamison
NOTES FROM FEBRUARY 11, 2014 Kelly Salwei 2014-02-14 00:00:00Z 0
Dist. 5950 clubs unite to beat local hunger Heather Voorhees 2014-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Linda Stuart Received Alumni Award at District Assembly Jeanne Zetah 2014-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather Voorhees on Jan 14, 2014

Already in the new year, there is much to celebrate: India has marked its three-year anniversary without any documented polio cases, meaning that it's only a matter of time before the country is officially declared polio free. 


India Set To Be Declared "Polio Free" Heather Voorhees 2014-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather Voorhees on Jan 02, 2014

Please congratulate (and celebrate!) Dist. 5950's TWO Rotary International Peace Scholars for the 2014-16 session!

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Great News--Times Two! Heather Voorhees 2014-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Alumni Committee Provides Resources Jeanne Zetah 2013-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
Service Trip Opportunity Jeanne Zetah 2013-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather Voorhees on Oct 21, 2013

On Oct. 24, let's celebrate how far we've come to eradicate polio--and look forward to a future without it. 


Celebrate World Polio Day Heather Voorhees 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Upcoming Rotary Service Trip to Nepal and Bhutan Jeanne Zetah 2013-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
$1 million more toward eradicating polio Heather Voorhees 2013-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeanne Zetah on Sep 15, 2013

The Minnesota Lynx hosted a special Rotary Night at the last Lynx game of the season, Saturday, Sept 14.



Polio Plus and Lynx win! Jeanne Zetah 2013-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather Voorhees on Sep 08, 2013

Rotary International recently authorized a $500,000 Rapid Response Grant to fight the polio outbreak in Somalia.


End Polio Now Heather Voorhees 2013-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather Voorhees on Sep 02, 2013

Get Engaged to Change Lives at the 2013 District 5950 Fall Training! 


Sign up now! Heather Voorhees 2013-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
Making a difference in Honduras Heather Voorhees 2013-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
New Rotary Year, New Rotary Changes Heather Voorhees 2013-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather Voorhees on Jul 04, 2013

Looking for a fun, family-friendly way to help Rotary International's fight to end polio? Join us for a Minnesota Lynx game Sept. 14!


Catch a game AND help cure polio Heather Voorhees 2013-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather Voorhees on Jun 07, 2013
District 5950 Rotarians (and guests) interested in an upcoming mission trip to Guatemala are invited to a special learning session June 24.
Going to Guatemala Heather Voorhees 2013-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
District Conference Boasts Record Attendace Heather Voorhees 2013-05-15 00:00:00Z 0