District 5950 will send a large contingent of members to the RI Convention in Hamburg. If that includes you, find your 5950 friends by wearing your custom convention polo.  It is Nike, Dri-fit, Golf shirt with the Hamburg RI Convention logo embroidered on the front and a Nike swoosh logo on the left arm. Place your order at ______________ . Early Bird orders by March 31 earn a $5 discount!
There’s still time to register for the RI Convention! Go to riconvention.org/en/hamburg or contact Tom Gump with questions: tagump@gmail.com.
Find your friends at Hamburg! 2019-01-21 06:00:00Z 0
Interactive annual report tells Rotary's story 2019-01-21 06:00:00Z 0
Minnesota has lost a dedicated Rotarian who boasted perfect attendance
for over 50 years. John Votca, Greater Mankato Rotary Club, was District Governor from 1994-95 in our neighboring district, 5960. Many Rotarians knew and/or traveled with John as he attended ten RI conventions. He was 100% Czech and was instrumental in helping start the first Rotary club in Czechoslovakia. (
PDG John Votca remembered 2019-01-21 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob McKenzie (Manassas, VA), Team Rotary RAAMs Polio

Team Rotary RAAMs Polio” (Race Across America) will be riding around the clock in shifts through 12 states. The race starts June 15, 2019, in Oceanside, CA and ends in Annapolis, MD. Four racers (cyclists), 12 crew, and four vehicles will move across the country at 18 to 20 mph.

The team’s goal is to raise $1,200,000 for PolioPlus. And they invite District 5950 Rotarians to follow them online and financially support their effort. All funds given will count toward D5950’s PolioPlus giving for the year. Follow the team’s progress at www.facebook.com/RotaryRAAM or www.raampolio.com

Team Rotary RAAMs Polio races Bob McKenzie (Manassas, VA), Team Rotary RAAMs Polio 2019-01-21 06:00:00Z 0
District Governors-Elect, including our own Russ Michaletz (City of Lakes), were the first to see the 2019-20 theme and graphic, Rotary Connects the World, during Rotary’s International Assembly training event in San Diego. RI President-Elect Mark Daniel Maloney (Decatur, AL) explained his vision for building a stronger Rotary, calling on leaders to expand connections to their communities and to embrace innovative membership models. The new Rotary year begins July 1, 2019.
2019-20 preview: “Rotary Connects the World” 2019-01-21 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Brand (Oregon City, OR), philanthropist and grant maker
Once the backbone of community life in America, service clubs (e.g., Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis, Shriners) are in significant decline. It is not that our clubs have changed. America has changed.
To make retention a high priority, consider:
  • People seek to connect with one another. Create opportunities where members feel comfortable, invite us into their lives and introduce us to their friends.
  • Half of charitable giving is not driven by what people care about, but by what their friends and family care about. Consider the charity walk or bike ride. Most involved have little passion for the issue at hand, but join a team organized by a friend or family member. The service clubs that thrive in this new era are the ones who build on this focus on this sense of community.
  • For families with children, time is highly prized. They’re attracted to how we add to the quality of their lives. How can we make ourselves more welcoming and valuable?
  • Attracting two-income couples requires permitting and engaging their children as well. Does our club offer a family-friendly environment?
  • People gravitate to settings that challenge them to think and encourage openness to inspiring ideas and alternatives. If your club can’t book high-level speakers, how about facilitated discussions around a pressing societal issue?
  • Emerging generations desire to have an impact now. Don’t make new members wait years to see their ideas in action. They’ll walk away.
Service clubs are an American innovation. It is imperative we reinvent -- passing the torch and allowing an emerging generation of leaders to recreate our clubs according to their needs.
Why service organizations are dying (and how to fix them) Michael Brand (Oregon City, OR), philanthropist and grant maker 2019-01-21 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jodi Erickson (St. Paul, D5960), Club 10 Administrator

Rotary Clubs 10 (St. Paul) & 9 (Minneapolis) are pleased to welcome RI President-Elect Mark Maloney (2019-2020) as speaker and guest of honor at our annual joint Club Meeting on Tuesday, February 5. Join us for the lunch meeting followed by a Q&A session with President-Elect Maloney at the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront. 

Click here for more Information or to register BY JANUARY 26
Please note that this is the registration link for visitors. Visitor lunch fee is $35.00.
Clubs 10 & 9 members - see Jodi and Sybylla to sign up.

11:30 AM  Check-in, buffet opens
12-1 PM    Meeting 
1:15 PM    Open Dialogue, Q & A

“The clubs are where Rotary happens,” says Maloney, a member of the Rotary Club of Decatur, AL. He aims to support and strengthen clubs at the community level, preserve Rotary’s culture as a service-oriented membership organization, and test new regional approaches for growth. “With the eradication of polio, recognition for Rotary will be great and the opportunities will be many,” he says. “We have the potential to become the global powerhouse for doing good.”

Meet RI President-Elect Mark Maloney in St. Paul! Jodi Erickson (St. Paul, D5960), Club 10 Administrator 2018-12-28 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by District Governor Irene Kelly (Eden Prairie AM)
In the Rotary world, January is dedicated to vocational service. Do you reflect on the new year and/or set resolutions? I set an intention!
My personal experience shows that while resolutions can be valuable, their importance seems to wane within a few weeks. (Of course, as a “resolutioner” I must take responsibility for my own waning; my focus is scattered!)
For the last several years I’ve shifted to setting an intention that remains front and center (most of the time!). My 2018 intention was “growth” -- of the personal nature, not the body type. WOW, how I have experienced that in my role as DG! You have given me an amazing sandbox to practice my “growth” intention in 2018. I thank each of you for that gift.
Setting a New Year’s intention provides a backdrop for how we operate. It requires introspection, self-awareness and reflection. The process of setting the intention leads to choices: What do I want to change, improve or enhance? What will serve me best in the coming year and lead to living my purpose? How do I want to feel at the end of the year?
I offer this option for 2019 in the spirit of sharing MY vocational service because, as a leadership coach, my work supports clients setting intentions. I invite each reader to share something about your vocational service on our District 5950 Facebook page. (Extra credit if you use a People of Action template with a link, picture or short video.)
Make 2019 a year to share your vocation…intentionally!
--DG Irene
Your "intention" reinforces vocational service in 2019 District Governor Irene Kelly (Eden Prairie AM) 2018-12-28 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol MacDonald (Burnsville Breakfast), D5950 Finance
A few years ago we warmly celebrated Diane Confer's 38 years of District 5950 service and her retirement. Diane remains our official hostess and hugger at district events.
Upon Diane’s retirement the District office began transitioning into a self-service environment, i.e., teaching Rotarians "how to fish" (empowering them to locate information on our expanded website). Carol MacDonald, Alexa Rundquist and District Leaders expanded technology, updated the website, improved processes, and realigned our accounts for improved budget and expense evaluation.
In 2019 the District Office will continuing evolving. Alexa will manage Operations and Carol will manage Finance. We've disconnected our district phone. Continue to contact Alexa at alexa@rotary5950.org and Carol at carol@rotary5950.org.
District Leadership continues to focus on bringing value to the clubs. We recognize that most Rotarians have become much more self-sufficient using technology for everything from career to shopping. We want to make prudent investments with your dues, and have adjusted our staffing to maximize value to you. Thank you for your support in streamlining our district office!  
District office creates self-service practices Carol MacDonald (Burnsville Breakfast), D5950 Finance 2018-12-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by District Governor-Elect Russ Michaletz (City of Lakes)
Every March, Rotary club presidents-elect (PEs) gather at President-Elect Training Session (PETS) to prepare for the daunting task of effective club management. Topics range from the practical (setting goals on ClubRunner) to the esoteric (motivating volunteers).
This year’s emphasis for 2019-20 PEs will be enhancing the value of Rotary membership. PEs will focus on members’ needs in order to stem membership turnover. We are a “membership” organization, and Rotary members are our primary customers.
Your PE will identify tools to increase the value of membership in your club. Leaders will look beyond Service Above Self opportunities to find ideas for increasing club fellowship and excitement, and member career and vocational development. The PE’s job is to make sure the value each and every member experiences exceeds the cost (in time and money) of being a club member.
PETS 2019: Enhance the value of Rotary membership District Governor-Elect Russ Michaletz (City of Lakes) 2018-12-23 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rick Olson (Prior Lake, D5960), tour organizer
The Prior Lake Rotary Club (District 5960) invites you to join us on a trip of a lifetime through Eastern Europe prior to the International Convention in Hamburg, Germany. Eight countries
in nine days (May 10-18) or 12 days (May 19–30). Then conveniently travel to Hamburg, Germany for the Rotary International Convention!
The first group will start in Tallinn, Estonia and end in Budapest, Hungary. The second group will have free days in Budapest and Vienna and also visit Prague, Czech Republic. The cost of about $1,200 and $1,650 (depending on tour length) includes transportation in a 19-passenger bus, three-star or above hotels, breakfasts, walking city tours, attractions (including the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum) and tips for the tour guide.
Casual social gatherings with local Rotarians will be arranged in as many cities as we can. Expect a “traveling seminar” about the countries’ histories, economic and business environments, and the current politics concerning the surrounding areas.
For more information see the video at https://youtu.be/d77LYQKhZYo or contact Rick Olson (Prior Lake) at 320-248-9933 or olson48176@gmail.com. Join the adventure!
Tour Eastern European countries on your way to the RI convention! Rick Olson (Prior Lake, D5960), tour organizer 2018-12-23 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Renee Harberts and John Flynn (Edina)
Edina Rotary Happy Hour/Vocational (HH/Voc) Development Group is a joint endeavor between the Rotary Clubs of Edina and Edina Morningside. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Mezz in Edina. After a short social, the program begins at 6 p.m. Each speaker has an opportunity to introduce him/herself and make new connections.
While we all know the Four-Way Test, Rotarians may not be as familiar with the Object of Rotary. The HH/Voc Dev Group targets the Second Object (of four) which is the root of vocational service: “High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation to serve society.” In order to put these ideals into action, Rotary International suggests:
  • Talk about your vocation in your club and take time to learn about fellow members' vocations.
  • Practice your profession with integrity and inspire others to behave ethically through your own words and actions.
  • Guide and encourage others in their professional development.
With that background in mind, HH/Voc Dev Group has become very popular, drawing 20-30 members each month. Attendees share their professions, expand their networks, encourage professional development, and foster the ideals of integrity and ethical business practices.
Share the value of your vocation in this group Renee Harberts and John Flynn (Edina) 2018-12-23 06:00:00Z 0
Mid-term Assembly celebrates our July-December accomplishments and provides a motivational shot-in-the-arm to accomplish 2018-19 goals by June 30.
Have you registered? Sign up now for Saturday, January 26 at the Minnetonka Community Center (registration and map here). Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. with Assembly beginning at 9:00.
  • Each club can host a table spotlighting a project, fund raiser, desire for partners or collaboration.
  • Assembly speakers will focus on recognizing unconscious biases, then how to respond with equity and navigate differences in relationships/organizations.
Come gather ideas from the project fair and connect with other Rotarians. Your club can send up to 10 members for FREE because costs are covered through the annual training fee.
Learn! Brainstorm! Mid-Term Assembly features project fair 2018-12-23 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jen Garske and Sam Thompson (Edina)
Thank you for your support of 2018 Rotary Camp Enterprise. A collaborative project between the Rotary Club of Edina and the Edina Morningside Rotary Club, this was the 38th year of Camp E -- and another tremendous success.
As a direct result of generous sponsorship by 55 Rotary clubs from throughout Districts 5950 and 5960, we hosted 108 high school juniors and seniors at YMCA Camp Ihduhapi in Loretto. While the main focus of Camp Enterprise is on the development of leadership and business skills, students are also introduced to the values of Rotary, including the Four-Way Test and Rotary’s guiding principle of Service Above Self.
At the conclusion of Camp E we awarded six $1,000 higher education scholarships to students of exceptional merit. However, Camp E is transformative for all students who leave as future leaders with a newfound interest in business and entrepreneurship, as well as Rotary.
Please accept our sincere thanks for your club’s support of Camp Enterprise. Also, please include sponsorship of students in your budget for next year and start thinking about students in your community who may be interested in attending Camp E on November 7–9, 2019.
Camp Enterprise impacts 180 students Jen Garske and Sam Thompson (Edina) 2018-12-23 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Beckstrom (Minneapolis City of Lakes), Leadership Fellows program coordinator

Rotary International promotes innovation. With that in mind, we are embarking on a new leadership development initiative in District 5950 called the Rotary Leadership Fellows Program

This is an opportunity for Rotarians and non-Rotarians in our district to develop leadership skills that they can apply in their professional, personal, community, and Rotary lives. The program’s five sessions will be led by professional facilitators who are highly skilled in the targeted aspects of leadership training and skills development. Participants will gain value through the customized program’s leadership theory, self-assessment, leadership challenges and opportunities, and professional action planning.

The first cohort of 25 participants will start in mid-September 2019 and will wrap up before Thanksgiving. The Early Bird rate (through June 1, 2019) is $1,000 per person for the five sessions. Program leaders can suggest ways for participants to share the cost with employers and local host Rotary Clubs.

For more information, contact program coordinator Greg Beckstrom (Minneapolis City of Lakes) at gab4254@gmail.com or (612) 619-6851, or District Governor Irene Kelly (Eden Prairie AM) at irene.kelly@prismallc.com or (612) 240-0223.

Develop your skills through the Rotary Leadership Fellows Program Greg Beckstrom (Minneapolis City of Lakes), Leadership Fellows program coordinator 2018-12-23 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Gump (Edina Morningside), Zone 28 Hamburg promotions chair
This is Bert.  Find him and his brothers at the Hamburg promotion table at Mid-Term Assembly on Saturday, January 26. But don’t be surprised if you find him other places between now and the RI International Convention!
When is the convention? June 1-5, 2019 in Hamburg, Germany. Register at www.riconvention.org/en/hamburg/register.
Where is Bert? Tom Gump (Edina Morningside), Zone 28 Hamburg promotions chair 2018-12-23 06:00:00Z 0
2019 - a Year for Rotary Membership 2018-12-22 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by District Governor Irene Kelly (Eden Prairie AM)

District 5950 earned two more #1 rankings among Zone 28 districts: Highest Growth Percentage and Highest Net Gain. We were also recognized in second place for Highest Retention.To put this in perspective, our Zone represents approximately 18 districts, and each district has between 55-75 clubs. 

This recognition is incredible. It's yet another time that District 5950 is ranked in the top 10 districts in the world! Many thanks to past membership chairman Steve Solbrack (St. Louis Park) and Past District Governor Bob Halagan (Buffalo) for their leadership that resulted in these membership awards. 2018-19 membership chair, Lloyd Campbell (Glenwood), accepted the awards at the Zone presentation.

D5950 takes top Zone award in membership District Governor Irene Kelly (Eden Prairie AM) 2018-11-29 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by District Governor Irene Kelly (Eden Prairie AM)
Rotary International’s December theme is Disease Prevention and Treatment. While Rotary’s dedication to eradicate polio certainly supports that theme, so do many other things that we provide worldwide -- clean water, mosquito nets and medical supplies, for example.
What about our “personal” disease prevention and treatment? I’ve learned that disease is often a physical manifestation of something much deeper, like an emotional wound or a stress point. Some experts in this field help us identify the underlying cause of disease. Others offer an antidote by creating self-affirming declarations that support wellness.
All this may sound like Woo-Woo (I’ve been labeled Woo-Woo and accept it) since I have learned to stem disease (or heal) with self-affirming statements. I’m a student of Ikigai, the Japanese theory of purpose. Research shows that people who identify and live their purpose have healthier, happier and longer lives.
As I considered this month’s theme, I became introspective, pondering the District 5950 projects that prevent or treat disease, usually in third world countries. (Kudos to 5950 clubs for that work!) Most Rotarians are consummate “doers”; we are People of Action! I wondered how well we manage our own disease prevention. How often are we eating [mostly] healthy food? What practices support managing stress? How much do we exercise? How do we express our emotions?
I invite you to reflect on your personal disease prevention; the answers to these questions will offer insights into your own wellness. Remember, unless we take care of ourselves first, we’re not able to care for others. Preventing disease is a gift we give to those less fortunate. Giving ourselves a gift of wellness increases our ability to give even more.
Another key factor in wellness is an attitude of gratitude. I am so grateful for each Rotarian in 5950 and, especially in this holiday season, wish you and yours abundant happiness, blessings and wellness.
--DG Irene
DG ponders “personal” disease prevention and treatment District Governor Irene Kelly (Eden Prairie AM) 2018-11-26 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by District Governor Irene Kelly (Eden Prairie AM)
Congratulations to Marianna Khauv (Monticello), chosen by the Selection Committee to be District 5950's District Governor in 2021-22. Marianna is a 24-year Rotarian who served as club president in 2012-2013 and on the district grant committee.She is currently Assistant Governor for Area 13. We are thrilled that Marianna has offered her skills and talents to lead our district. 
The Selection Committee interviewed applicants in early November.Thank you to past and upcoming district governors who served on the committee, as well as a representative from small, medium and large clubs. Once Marianna’s selection is approved at the District Conference annual meeting in May her title will be District Governor Nominee Designate. Her term will follow Russ Michaletz (City of Lakes) in 2019-20 and Tom Gump (Edina Morningside) during 2020-21.
Marianna Khauv selected as DG for 2021-22 District Governor Irene Kelly (Eden Prairie AM) 2018-11-25 06:00:00Z 0
Punch your ticket for Mid-Term Assembly, January 26 2018-11-25 06:00:00Z 0
For the 11th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation (TRF) has received the highest rating – four stars – from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S. The Foundation earned the recognition for demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. The rating reflects Charity Navigator’s assessment of how the Foundation uses donations, sustains its programs and services, and practices good governance and openness.
TRF earns trust with Charity Navigator rating 2018-11-25 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Kennedy (Mps. University), Peace Fellows Program
Claire Brady and Kelly Meza Prado have been chosen for $30,000 Rotary scholarships to study for masters’ degrees abroad. The scholarships are funded by District 5950 and Rotary International. They are pictured with District Governor Irene Kelly after their selection.
Claire Brady (left) is a graduate of Minneapolis South High School and Wesleyan University, where she graduated with Phi Beta Kappa and honors in Political Science. She previously received a Fulbright Fellowship and worked at the US Environmental Protection Agency and at the Environmental Law Institute. She is the founder and executive director of Our Climate Voices, which advocates for community engagement on climate issues. She plans to study at the London School of Economics for a Master of Science degree in Environmental Economics and Climate Change.
Kelly Meza Prado (right) is originally from Peru. She studied in Victoria, Canada in the IB program at the Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific and at St. Olaf College in Northfield where she graduated cum laude with a BA in Economics and Environmental Studies. She is a research manager at the University of Minnesota - Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where she examines changes in land use, the emergence of new pollutants, and other risks that may jeopardize drinking water sources. She expects to study for a Master of Science degree in Water Management and Governance at the Delft Institute for Water Education, The Netherlands.
Global Scholarship recipients selected Ellen Kennedy (Mps. University), Peace Fellows Program 2018-11-25 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Solbrack (St. Louis Park), Club Outreach
When 2017-18 RI President Ian Riseley issued a tree-planting challenge, D5950 clubs reached for their shovels. The result? The Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group’s final report placed District 5950 at 2nd in North America (following a district in North Carolina) and 13th in the world for number of trees planted. D5950 Rotarians and friends planted 28,061 trees. Worldwide, 171 districts participated in the challenge, planting 4,739,607 trees.
A recent Nature Conservancy forestry update featured District 5950’s North Shore tree planting project. “Over two days in May, Rotary District 5950 volunteers planted more than 2,200 white pine and white spruce trees on the North Shore of Lake Superior near Two Harbors. White pine and white spruce were selected for planting because they are long-lived conifers that were historically abundant along this stretch of the North Shore. These species are valuable for wildlife, water quality, and carbon sequestering and storage."
Rotary provided funding for another 20,000 trees that have been planted on 41 acres of Superior National Forest land, as well as 15 acres of state land in the Finland State Forest. "We thank Rotary District 5950 for the generous financial support to restore trees on the North Shore, and to the volunteers from Rotary and the Duluth office of Bank of America who participated in the demanding work of planting the trees.”
Tree-planting challenge grows to #2 ranking! Steve Solbrack (St. Louis Park), Club Outreach 2018-11-25 06:00:00Z 0
______ is latest Friendship Exchange adventure Sam Dalal (Burnsville Breakfast), Friendship Exchange 2018-11-25 06:00:00Z 0
Uganda president & sewing center (Judy Johnson) Judy Johnson (Maple Grove), Days for Girls 2018-11-25 06:00:00Z 0
District Governor 2018-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
Help create the Rose Parade float 2018-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Krauska (Chanhassen), D5950 Shelterbox Liaison
ShelterBox Response Team applications only open up once a year. If you have an urge to get involved in the field with Rotary’s disaster relief partner, now is your chance! Applications are due November 9.
We are looking for volunteer speakers, youth group facilitators and more. And if you believe you have what it takes to respond to disasters, our global Response Team awaits. Members are asked to commit to two three-week deployments each year. Candidates should be in good physical shape, able to function at a high level in challenging environments, and willing to travel globally on a moment’s notice. Travel costs are covered after the candidate qualifies.
Watch the video and go to ShelterBox Response Team online to understand the expectations and qualification process. Questions?  Reach Greg Krauska (Chanhassen) at 612-801-7821 or gkrauska@hotmail.com.
 Do you have what it takes to be on a ShelterBox team? Greg Krauska (Chanhassen), D5950 Shelterbox Liaison 2018-10-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Hawkins, District 9920 (Auckland, New Zealand)
Visit New Zealand with fellow Rotarians. Enjoy small-group excursions. Make worldwide friends who share your values. A Friendship Exchange arranged by the Rotary Club of Pakuranga (Auckland, New Zealand) invites you on their 2019 tour.
A recent participant says, “We really appreciated seeing things that larger tour groups can’t, such as alternative routes to see unique places of interest, breaks and lunch at delightful little towns, and the plane ride over the Southern Alps and the Glaciers. All amazing!” 
Interested? Contact District Friendship Exchange Coordinator Sam Dalal (Burnsville Breakfast) at 612-964-4400 or bombayflyr@icloud.com.
New Zealand is Friendship Exchange destination Peter Hawkins, District 9920 (Auckland, New Zealand) 2018-10-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Keith Moeller, Kurt Nelson and Gayle Noakes (Mpls. City of Lakes)

Imagine enhancing your vocation and improving your business by learning from and sharing your business challenges and successes with peer Rotarians. This is how Rotary started, with Paul Harris and his fellow business owners coming together to learn from each other’s business experience.

Two years ago, Kurt Nelson and Keith Moeller (Minneapolis City of Lakes) envisioned a fireside chat/Ted Talk environment where Rotarians would come together and encourage each other, leveraging the passion and natural skills of each.

Now, about 10 people meet monthly for one hour. One member facilitates, ensuring everyone gets to talk about that month’s topic. The topic leader initiates the conversation. Members share their experiences and help others with struggles they may have.

This Peer Group is a way to build vocations and grow together. It brings value to members’ own professions and businesses. And it is a compelling membership benefit to offer prospective members.

To meet the needs of future Rotarians, clubs need to connect in a deeper way and support each other. While we want to be careful not to cross the line of promotion and turn off our fellow members, we believe Rotarians desire to do business with and refer like-minded people of integrity who apply the 4-Way Test in all their dealings.

If you think a Peer Group would add value to the members in your club, contact Gayle Noakes at gayle@gaylenoakes.com for more information.

Enhance your vocation through a Rotary Peer Group Keith Moeller, Kurt Nelson and Gayle Noakes (Mpls. City of Lakes) 2018-10-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by PDG Jim Nelson, District Rotary Foundation Chair
At September’s Zone meeting, District 5950 placed
first in the three important Rotary Foundation (TRF) categories for Rotary year 2016-2017:
 - Most Total Giving
     - Most Annual Fund Giving
     - Most PolioPlus Giving
We lead the 28 districts in our Zone in giving because we lead in doing. We’re motivated by the results achieved in local and global projects through TRF grants. Last year our District Grants Subcommittee awarded $192,538 in grants for 45 local and small international projects. And our Global Grants Subcommittee awarded $241,260 for nine large global projects, which was matched by the TRF global fund to the tune of $362,348. And with the leverage of club funds and other funds, the total project funds came to $1,884,452.
November is Foundation Month in Rotary. It is up to each of us to support TRF and its mission of doing good in the world. Service through Rotary projects is only one piece of the Rotary magic, but it is a critical piece.
Are you part of our District’s success? We ask every Rotarian to give a dollar a day ($365 annually). We lead the entire U.S. with 318 Paul Harris Society members who have pledged to give $3/per day every year ($1,000 annually)! Even if you can’t give at that level, please consider how a modest $1/per day can change lives here and around the world.
"Inspiring" contributions lead to Zone awards PDG Jim Nelson, District Rotary Foundation Chair 2018-10-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by District 5580 PDG Herb Schmidt
If your club is seeking involvement in a large global grant, consider how this one will save babies’ lives and support mothers in Upper Midwest indigenous communities.
Did you know the United States has the highest rate of premature birth and infant/maternal mortality compared to similar developed countries? The Fargo-Moorhead Rotary Club is partnering with the March of Dimes and health centers serving indigenous communities to develop Group Prenatal Care (GPC) programs to serve native families across the Midwest.
Group Prenatal Care provides education, medical care, social support and empowering women in a group during their pregnancy. GPC can reduce premature birth and increase the health of pregnant mothers by decreasing stress, reducing smoking rates, and increasing breastfeeding. With the help of the March of Dimes, four native communities have already agreed and four more have expressed interest in offering GPC programs if funding is made available.
Watch a 5-minute video on GPC
Hear health providers at Spirit Lake talk about GPC
See the
Global Grant application
To provide this program to five native communities across Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota, we need to raise $40,000. Please contact me if your club will partner with us: Herb Schmidt at hjs2107@gmail.com or 701-361-0547.
Partnership with March of Dimes is global grant opportunity District 5580 PDG Herb Schmidt 2018-10-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lloyd Campbell (Glenwood), Membership Chair
Looking for a new way to make your community aware of Rotary and identify prospective members at the same time? Bring together a cross-section of residents to brainstorm a local project and create a Rotary Community Corps (RCC), a team of non-Rotarians working in partnership with a Rotary club to improve their community. All team members are adults who share Rotary’s commitment to service. Flexible meetings encourage diversity and a skill mix from all walks of life. Each RCC is sponsored by a Rotary club.
Last month’s newsletter featured Glenwood Rotary’s RCC, a $10 million dollar “Complete Street” project in this bike-friendly community. They anticipate that some of the non-Rotary volunteers will become club members. For more information on creating a Rotary Community Corps, contact Membership Chair Lloyd Campbell at lloydwcampbelljr@gmail.com or 651-343-6172.
RCCs create partnerships with potential members Lloyd Campbell (Glenwood), Membership Chair 2018-10-25 05:00:00Z 0
Best convention price ends December 15 2018-10-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lloyd Campbell (Glenwood), District Membership chair
Growing local economies is a Rotary focus.
The Rotary Community Corps (RCC) is a tool to accomplish that task. RCC teams work in partnership with Rotary clubs to improve their community. RCC is open to adults in a community that shares the Rotary commitment to service.
For example, Glenwood is a bike-friendly community. The city is completing a $10 million dollar ”Complete Street” project that provides easy biker access to state and local bike trails.The Glenwood Rotary Club received a D5950 grant to help design and construct a mountain bike course in the local historic Glacial Ridge Park. The club is forming an RCC to further develop this and grow the local economy. Mountain bike racing is a billion-dollar industry. Local community leaders and developers would like to see Glenwood join other Minnesota cities as a premier biking travel destinations. Stay tuned!
RCC is a tool for growing local economies Lloyd Campbell (Glenwood), District Membership chair 2018-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotary.org
“Two Drops of Patience” is Rotary’s new three-minute virtual reality film that emphasizes the polio and peace, and how Rotary’s work to eradicate the disease is increasing stability across the world. 
Through the power of virtual reality, viewers follow the extraordinary journey of a child whose world has been torn apart by conflict. Viewers experience the impact that small acts of compassion, protection, and kindness can have on others. 
The film is being widely released in time for World Polio Day on October 24.
- Watch (non-virtual) video trailer
- Download the
Rotary VR App to your smartphone.
Rotary uses virtual reality to inspire others Rotary.org 2018-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sam Thompson (Edina) Camp Enterprise marketing chair
Clubs across Rotary Districts 5950 and 5960 are sponsoring 120 business-oriented high school students at this year’s Camp Enterprise. The three-day business camp is Nov. 1-3 at Camp Ihduhapi, in Loretto, MN. Students are divided into teams and provided a case study (or business). In “Shark Tank” fashion, the teams develop a business and marketing plan they present to the venture capitalists (Sharks) on the last day of camp to secure financing for their business.
Rotary volunteers are key to Camp Enterprise’s ongoing success. Throughout the weekend, volunteers with business experience mentor the teams. A full schedule of dynamic business speakers motivate the youth. Evening activities include a “Family Feud” and a dance.
Are you interested in a volunteer role – either all three days or a Saturday-only role? Visit CampEnterprise.org or contact marketing committee chair Sam Thompson (Edina) at sthompson@transitionsib.com or 612-282-1750.
Encourage entrepreneurism as a Camp Enterprise volunteer Sam Thompson (Edina) Camp Enterprise marketing chair 2018-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Kennedy (University), Global Scholars chairperson
District 5950 has international scholarship opportunities for people 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
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 our district and The Rotary Foundation.
Application information and timeline documents are on the District website. Applications are due to Rotary clubs by October 10, 2018 for study beginning in fall 2019. Applicants must reside in District 5950 or, within three years prior to application, they must have resided in, worked in, or attended an educational institution in District 5950 for at least two years.
For additional information, contact Ellen Kennedy at kennedy@worldwithoutgenocide.org or 952-693-5206. This program is in its fifth year in our district. Scholars have studied in Belgium, England, the Netherlands, and Spain. 
$30,000 scholarships available for global studies Ellen Kennedy (University), Global Scholars chairperson 2018-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Beckstrom (Minneapolis City of Lakes), Program Coordinator
Rotary International promotes innovation and leadership. District 5950 is embarking on a new leadership development initiative, Rotary Leadership Fellows Program. The program will offer leadership development through practical applicable for participants’ professional, personal, community, and Rotary lives. Participants will gain increased self-awareness, a personalized self-assessment and coaching support.
How can you be involved?  We are looking for volunteers who would be willing to assist the program team with financial, logistical, and administrative support needs. If you are interested in serving on the program staff or participating in the inaugural session, contact District Governor Irene Kelly at irene.kelly@prismallc.com or 612-240-0223, or Program Coordinator Greg Beckstrom (Minneapolis City of Lakes) at gab4254@gmail.com or (612) 619-6851.
Help establish the Rotary Leadership Fellows Program Greg Beckstrom (Minneapolis City of Lakes), Program Coordinator 2018-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Gump (Edina), Hamburg Assistant Zone 28 Coordinator
#1: Catch-up with Rotary friends and make new ones. Meet your former
      exchange students and/or project partners from around the world.
#2: Attend sessions that will inspire, motivate, provide new perspectives,
      and generate new ideas to bring back.
#3: Recharge your Rotary batteries.
#4: See, meet and hear the RI President. Learn from the people who run
      our organization.
#5: Attend fabulous events!
#6: Tour Hamburg, the second largest city in Germany. It is located at the head
      of the River Elbe and known for its famous harbor area.
#7: Travel the Alter Elbtunnel, a pedestrian, bicycle and motorist tunnel that
      goes underneath the River Elbe. Art lines the tiled walls.
#8: See amazing architecture while touring with your Rotary friends.
#9: Walk! No need for long bus or shuttle rides to and from sessions.
      There are amazing parks, town halls, a fish auction house and the
      world’s largest model railroad.
#10: See the Hamburg mascot and share a Rotary pin!
Top 10 reasons to attend RI Convention in Hamburg, Germany Tom Gump (Edina), Hamburg Assistant Zone 28 Coordinator 2018-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Hancock (Minneapolis)
VJ Smith was named to this year’s 50 over 50, a recognition of 50 of the most inspiring and accomplished leaders across Minnesota. The 2018 list celebrates Minnesotans over the age of 50 who have made significant contributions and achievements in their communities. The celebration event is on Wednesday, October 10 with tickets available at 201850over50.eventbrite.com. 
Another honor goes to Past President Natalie Johnson Lee who is a finalist in the “Outstanding Mentor” category of TeamWomen 3rd Annual WaveMaker Awards. These awards recognize up-and-coming, high-potential women who demonstrate outstanding achievement, an entrepreneurial spirit, and initiative through leadership within their profession and community. Tickets to the October 11 event are at teamwomenmn.org/wavemaker-awards-2018
North Minneapolis club celebrates members’ leadership awards Jim Hancock (Minneapolis) 2018-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
Dan Barnett, Past District Governor, Memorial 2018-09-13 05:00:00Z 0
District 5950 Rotarians and past leaders are mourning the passing of PDG Dr. Dan Barnett (Bloomington), governor during 2005-06. He had traveled from his Florida home to a family gathering in Minnesota, then fell and was hospitalized. His health declined over several weeks and he died on August 23 in Edina.
Dr. Barnett worked for Normandale Community College for 47 years, serving as vice president for 25 years. In retirement he became adjunct professor at St. Mary's, first teaching ethics and then leadership.
During many of these years he was a member of the Bloomington Rotary, serving as president in 1999-2000. He said that one of his great accomplishments as president was that he made “honest members” of the club’s female Rotarians. While updating the club bylaws during his year the board discovered they did not provide for women, only male members.
Several past governors shared their memories of Dan Barnett:
Dan instigated the study and Statement of Respectful Behavior in clubs during his term. It was an important document, and during my term as DG we restated it again and disseminated it. The last time I saw Dan we talked about that document. He was pleased to know that it had been resurrected. Jim Nelson, 2014-15
I chaired the Nominating Committee that chose Dan for our DG. Then I was on the committee that wrote the statement of respectful behavior. Dan was a joy to work with. (He also loved to ballroom dance!) Holly Callen, 2001-02
Dan connected IHF (International Hearing Foundation) to D5950. Rotarians responded by sending hospital equipment and ENT doctors to Senegal. It resulted in friendships that continue today. Dan told a great story about a pebble dropped into a pool of water produces ripples that grow far beyond the pebble. So it is with a Rotarian doing Service Above Self.  
Dan Hallberg, 1990-91
Dan inspired my very first district-level involvement in Rotary. He asked if I would be his A-V tech to run the video projector and laptops during his president’s-elect training in 2005! 
Diann Kirby, 2013-14
In my early Rotary career, Dan was the first DG I heard speak at my club. My memory is of a very approachable, sweet man who was focused and intentional. Irene Kelly, 2018-19
Past governors share memories of PDG Dan Barnett 2018-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
Stories In This Issue 2018-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Halagan (Buffalo), Past District Governor 2017-18
The District Governor who will serve District 5950 for RY 2021-2022 will be selected following an October 1 nomination deadline. You, or a Rotarian leader you nominate, can still apply and be interviewed during the week of October 8. To apply, ask your club president for these four documents: 
1) required qualifications, 2) DG job description, 3) a questionnaire to be completed by the candidate and, 4) a nominating form that needs to be completed by the candidate's home club.
​​​​​​​Being DG is an amazing experience that I wish every Rotarian could have. I strongly recommend that anyone interested in the role contact me (763-439-8975 or rhalagan@gmail.com) to discuss what is involved. My year was truly incredible and completely worth the effort.
DG nominations open until October 1 Bob Halagan (Buffalo), Past District Governor 2017-18 2018-08-27 05:00:00Z 0
A year ago, Rotary clubs from District 5950 started working on an ambitious multi-club and multi-district collaboration entitled "Honduras Water Sanitation and Hygiene Project/Rotary Global Grant GG1860858." The project will help increase water access and reduce waterborne diseases by providing a water distribution system, safe sanitation facilities and hygiene/sanitation training to 20 communities, 20 schools and nine healthcare facilities of in Lempira and Ocotepeque.
The Rotary Club of Minneapolis City of Lakes leads the project, sending a team to Honduras to select project sites. This team also presented the project overview to numerous Rotary clubs and one Interact club. In response, 13 clubs and an Interact club contributed $75,000 to further the project. With a non-Rotary partner and matching funds, their contributions grew to $800,000! The Rotary Foundation (TRF) recently approved the $800,000 project.
Clubs' $75K contributions become $800K water and sanitation project 2018-08-27 05:00:00Z 0
Several years ago, RI introduced satellite clubs. Rogers Rotary was the first to experiment with this format. Now there are many variations on flexible scheduling across District 5950. Would one of these options encourage membership engagement and growth in your club?
Eagan Rotary’s new Satellite Group addresses young professionals’ busy schedules. It will meet for a social hour at various locations  on the third Thursday of the month and, quarterly, attend the Wednesday noon Eagan Rotary meeting. 
City of Lakes Rotary holds Rotary after Dark, offering additional meeting time opportunities with no separate committees or officers.
St. Louis Park Noon meets the first three Mondays each month at their set location, then at a local restaurant the 4th Monday, and does not meet if there’s a 5th Monday. 
Brooklyn Park’s outside club service date replaces that week’s morning meeting. They also reserve the final week of the month for an evening restaurant gathering. 
South Metro Minneapolis Evening’s alternate schedule was featured last month in The Rotarian Magazine.
OR…On the fourth Thursday of any month, District 5950 "Brewtarians" (pictured) can be found gathering at a different brewery in the district. These Rotarians met in August at the East Lake Brewery in Midtown Global market. If you’d like to be on the email distribution list, contact Jim Hancock at Jim.Hancock@wellsfargo.com.
Each club’s goal: Attract new members by offering choice and flexibility. Your club’s “how” can vary to fit members’ adaptability and local growth opportunities. 
Alternative meeting formats encourage flexibility 2018-08-27 05:00:00Z 0
This year’s District 5950 One Rotary Summit (ORS) is Saturday, September 22. Register now!
Saturday, September 22
Registration opens at 7:30; ORS is 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Earle Brown Heritage Center (map)
This year’s ORS will go beyond the synergy created by Rotarians working on membership, public image and humanitarian service (i.e., The Rotary Foundation). It will emphasize:
  • People of Action, RI’s public image campaign
  • Be the Inspiration, the 2018-19 Rotary theme
  • Why Rotary?
Are you a new Rotarian? Welcome! There will be a special session just for you. The "Why Rotary" will offer an exchange of ideas that will help you learn more about Rotary. Everyone…leave with creative ways to: achieve membership growth and retention; increase Rotary Foundation giving; and enhance your club’s public image. The cost of the event, including breakfast and lunch, is covered by your club’s District Training Fee. Members of our new EcoClub are eager to meet you.
Be inspired at One Rotary Summit 2018-08-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Randi Markusen (Mpls. University), sponsor/advisor
Dani Prigozhina has just arrived in Spain, ready to begin graduate studies funded by a Global Grant Scholarship. I've known Dani since she was a high school student who was already concerned about world events, human rights and social justice, and about how she could make it better. While working toward a degree at the University of MN, Dani was an outstanding student showing strong leadership in student and community organizations. I am confident that she will represent District 5950 well and continue to exemplify Rotary's guiding principles.  
Global Grant Scholar begins studies in Spain Randi Markusen (Mpls. University), sponsor/advisor 2018-08-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Solbrack (St. Louis Park), New Club Development Chair
The new Twin Cities Rotary EcoClub is a non-traditional, theme-based club devoted to environmental issues. The club will have fewer meetings and lower cost, with a focus on action, impact and fun through service projects and social events. The club participated in restoration work in Mill Ruins Park in August and tree planting at Crosby Farm Regional Park in May. We had a fun Summer Social in July, with a Fall Social planned for September.
The new club already has 12 charter members, needing a minimum of 20 members to officially charter. Over half of the members are under age 40; over half are female. Please brainstorm young adults -- and young thinkers of all ages -- who would benefit from an opportunity to build new relationships, make a difference for the environment, and develop leadership skills. Get more information on the club’s Facebook page or download the club flyer. If you would like to receive occasional updates about the new club email Steve Solbrack and request to be added to the supporting-Rotarian email distribution list.
New EcoClub grows towards full charter status Steve Solbrack (St. Louis Park), New Club Development Chair 2018-08-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Gump (Edina Morningside), Toronto Zone 28 Coordinator for promotion
The RI Convention in Toronto celebrated 50 years of Rotaract. The 25,000 Rotarians and Interactors attending heard featured speakers Princess Anne, Former First Lady Laura Bush, and three Prime Ministers.
Diversity and kindness abounded. Everywhere you went there were happy people wearing Rotary clothes and eager to visit. Social highlights including our District 5950’s “Meet and Greet at Mill Street” and the Zone 28-29 party at the Hockey Hall of Fame where people wore custom Rotary hockey jerseys produced by a D5950 Rotarian.
RI General Secretary John Hewko’s message resonated deeply with me. He stressed that if we truly want world peace, the two areas of Rotary focus we need to concentrate on are clean water/ sanitation/hygiene and literacy (which includes the empowerment of women). Hewko asked us to be forward looking and question “What kind of Rotary do we need to be?”
Toronto convention whets the whistle for Hamburg! Tom Gump (Edina Morningside), Toronto Zone 28 Coordinator for promotion 2018-07-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Walkowski (Lake Minnetonka Excelsior), Initiative chair
Last year, Districts 5950 and 5960 introduced an initiative called “Out of the Shadows: Ending Human Trafficking in Minnesota.” District leaders suggested that every club schedule a presentation about Rotary’s role in fighting human trafficking, and to identify a Club Champion who will lead efforts to raise awareness in the local community and develop projects to help in the prevention. District Governor Irene Kelly is committed to continuing this important initiative.
Karen Walkowski and Meg Low (both Lake Minnetonka Excelsior) chair and lead this initiative. If your club wishes to schedule a presentation on what Rotary is doing to end human trafficking, contact Karen (kwalkow59@gmail.comor Meg (LowMargaret22@Gmail.com)
Club Champions will be invited to training to help them raise community awareness and help in prevention and aid to victims. 
If your club does not have a Club Champion yet, consider asking a member to serve. Send the name and contact information to Karen or Meg.
Rotary continues initiative to end human trafficking in MN Karen Walkowski (Lake Minnetonka Excelsior), Initiative chair 2018-07-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lilly Moeding, Assistant Manager for Box Tops for Education
Sending Love Venezuela is a quickly growing 501(c)3 that sends food and infant formula to malnourished infants and children in Venezuela. Due to the economic collapse of the country, more than 90% of Venezuelans live in poverty. Infants and children are suffering the most. 
General Mills donated 57 pallets of food. Each pallet costs $900 to ship. Sending Love Venezuela is reaching out to clubs, seeking financial partners to help ship the food.There are Rotary clubs in the recipient area (Maracaibo and Caracas) who can benefit from the shipments. If your club is interested, please watch this video and contact lilly.moeding@genmills.com or 763-764-4667.
Food distribution to Venezuela is international opportunity Lilly Moeding, Assistant Manager for Box Tops for Education 2018-07-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Krauska (Chanhassen), D5950 ShelterBox liaison

When disaster strikes, ShelterBox and Rotary work together globally to get shelter, solar lights, tools, water filters and other essentials to people around the world.

Cape Coral, Florida Rotarian Erik Elsea started canoeing the length of the Mississippi River in July. His goal? Raise $100 per mile ($255,200) and inform the public of the ShelterBox-Rotary partnership. Just as ShelterBox and Rotary partner after disasters, Erik will connect with Rotary clubs through community events, backyard barbecues and Rotary meetings as he journeys on the Mississippi.

“As a realtor, I know how important it is for people to have a home and a community,” said Elsea. “By supporting ShelterBox, we can help ensure that many more families around the world will have shelter when disaster strikes.” Erik made his way through District 5950 in late-July, speaking at several club meetings and appearing at community events on or near the river. (Read about and/or donate to his expedition.)

Hurricane season is coming. Disasters don’t stop and neither does ShelterBox. Thank you to all District 5950 clubs for your support in 2018! Do you have other ideas of how you would like to help? Contact me at gkrauska@hotmail.com or 612-801-7821.

Mississippi Expedition benefits ShelterBox Greg Krauska (Chanhassen), D5950 ShelterBox liaison 2018-07-25 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotarian magazine's colorful August cover directed 1.2 million readers
to "Winning New Members: 15 surefire, proven, no-nonsense, tried-and-true, foolproof, absolutely guaranteed tips".
Their source? Our own District Governor-Nominee, Tom Gump, who secured 31 new members for his Edina/Morningside club while serving as its 2016-17 president. (Read the
article here or turn to page 26 in your issue.)
Tom's success -- and word of his documented tips in presentation form -- makes him a sought-after speaker at District 5950 clubs. To schedule him, contact District Membership Chair Lloyd Campbell (Glenwood) at lloydwcampbelljr@gmail.com
Then page forward in the same August issue to pages 53-54 where the Rotary Club of
South Metro Minneapolis Evenings (SMME) is featured for their nontraditional (and effective) after-hours meeting structure. The Rotarian staff selected SMME because they demonstrate the diversity of the Rotary experience.
The Rotarian features two Minnesota success stories 2018-07-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Zilliox (Alexandria), PDG
Rotary has many things to offer you as a member. They are not hidden, but you do need to dig for details. One that may be of interest to you is the Rotary Fellowships.
Fellowships are members who share a common interest in recreational activities, sports, hobbies or professions. By joining one of these fellowships you may make lasting friendships outside of your club, district or country. Sharing a common interest will enhance your experiences and introduce new friends.
There are about 40 fellowships that function independently of Rotary International. The dues and activity of each fellowship varies with the leadership. To learn more go to www.rotary.org/fellowships. Examples of fellowships include: antique automobiles, bird watching, cruising, and international travel and hosting.
When I travel internationally I contact a Rotarian from that area for guidance in things to see or avoid. He or she may host me at home or take me out to dinner. In exchange, I am willing to host a fellow member traveling in my area.
Looking to expand your Rotary experiences? Larry Zilliox (Alexandria), PDG 2018-07-25 05:00:00Z 0
The August issue of the Rotarian magazine has an eight page Membership article in it.  Here is a glimpse of our unique SMME Club.  Of the 500+ Rotary Districts in the world, RI chose only a few of them to get membership tips from, and D5950 was one of them! (Look for it in your USPS mailbox)  Go to the back as well and read about our own SMME club. Click here See the full online August issue.
District 5950 - Recognized for Membership 2018-07-18 05:00:00Z 0
Sauk Centre (Mike Traeger)
Golf & Raffle Event
Our Sauk Centre club is proud of kicking off a new fundraiser -- our first Rotary 9 hole Par 3 Shootout and 50/50 raffle. This was a big undertaking by our club. We netted about $6,000. Our 2018 Golf & Raffle event is June 29. It has been a revitalizing event for our club!
Shakopee (Barb Danielson)
Speakeasy Fundraiser
After losing our main moneymaker (pull tabs), we rallied and created an event at Canterbury named Little Chicago - Speakeasy because Shakopee was named Little Chicago during prohibition years. Over 350 people attended and our net profit was over $15,000.
South Metro Mpls Evening (Ashley Taylor)
Friends of Ngong Road
Our club took on its first global grant, partnering with Friends of Ngong Road to provide laptops and mentoring programs for children in Kenya. These are children whose parents either have AIDS or have died from AIDS. The total amount was raised from $35,000 to $55,000. We will put in sweat equity by going to Kenya in 2019 to spend time with the impacted students. 
Springfield (Ramsey Beyer)
Tree Project
We planted 26 trees around a softball and football field at Sticker Field in Springfield. It will provide much needed shade and a backdrop for the park. Our entire membership helped in one way or another. It was a fun project and something that we can see/remember for a long time. 
St. James (Jim Branstad)
Rotary District Grant
The St. James Rotary Club received a Rotary grant to be used at a new dog park for the St. James community. We will be assisting in putting up fencing, cleaning away brush and possibly planting some trees.
St. Louis Park (Mark Ihrke)
Global Grant Scholar
This year we are sponsoring Ms. Amal Gani, a Global Grant Scholar at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Ms. Gani is earning a Master’s degree in International Law and hopes to become an international reconciliation specialist. She has already participated in several learning events at the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
St Michael-Albertville (Christine Konz)
Cork and Keg 5K
In just the second year of our Cork and Keg 5K we doubled the number of participants and cleared almost $5,000 in profit. We were also able to get a grant that provided water fountains for our local parks. This will provide club recognition and a safer environment for kids playing outside. 
St. Cloud (Troy Fritz)
Pathways 4 Youth
Officials estimate that up to 150 youth aged 16 to 23 are homeless in St. Cloud each day. The St. Cloud Rotary Club has partnered with other local Rotary clubs to open a 3,700 square foot daytime resource center. Pathways 4 Youth (P4Y) connects teens to social services, medical professionals, lockers, showers, laundry facilities, food, clothing and a mailing address. The Rotary Club of St. Cloud established P4Y as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and developed a business plan to ensure the project's sustainability. Operating expenses and administration costs will be funded by the Rotary Club of St. Cloud, the Granite Rotary Club, the Great River Rotary Club and the St. Cloud Rotaract Club. The center opened in March 2018 and will serve 20-25 youth on a daily basis.
Waconia West Carver (Darren Noble)
Rotary Duck Race
Our club’s fall fundraiser is Rotary Duck Races, held during Waconia’s Nickle Dickle Day. This annual event is such a fun time for children and families, as well as the many business sponsors who decorate ducks showcased in races throughout the day. We raised $17,000. We’re giving this money away, supplemented by profits from our Gourmet Wine Dinner and spring flower sale.
Willmar (Kelly Zuidema)
Rockin Robbins Summer Concert
Rockin’ Robbins is our summer concert series. We hold four concerts in July and August, drawing an incredible turnout from the community and raising around $30,000 to put back into our Robbin’s Island park. With some of the money that we have raised over the past two years, contributions from other clubs and a district grant, we are doing our first upgrade to the park this spring. We are overhauling the entrance to the park, installing a sign, and landscaping the entryway including planting trees as part of the district-wide tree planting project. The concert series has really gained traction over the past few years. Our concert lineup is at: www.rockinrobbins.com.

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Posted by Troy Fritz (St. Cloud)
The next phase of Pathways 4 Youth is underway. Training volunteer mentors is center stage as the Youth Opportunity Center begins serving homeless youth ages 16-23 in the St. Cloud area. 
“We are excited, building our team of trained volunteers to meet the needs of more homeless young people in the St. Cloud area. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer mentor, our staff are eager to share the opportunity with you,” said Lisa Jacobson, executive director of Pathways 4 Youth and HOPE 4 Youth. 
The center offers youth access to case managers, a food pantry, an evening meal, a clothing closet, laundry and showers, a mailing address, lockers, employment and education information and health/wellness resources. 
As of May 16, the center is scheduled to be open each Wednesday to all local youth experiencing homelessness. Mentor training will eventually have 30-50 volunteers ready so the center can be open from 2-7 p.m. Monday-Friday. Pathways staffers look forward to the kind of successes seen at HOPE 4 Youth, our partner in Anoka. 
“In the five years that we have been open at our Anoka location, HOPE 4 Youth has generated many success stories. One is Jenaa, a homeless mother of two young children when she came to HOPE 4 Youth. She worked hard and passed her nursing boards last month. The future for Jenna and her children is now bright as she went from the title of homeless to LPN," Jacobson said.
Pathways 4 Youth sponsors are the Rotary Club of St. Cloud, Granite Rotary Club, the Great River Rotary Club and the St. Cloud Rotaract Club.
With local clubs' support, Pathways 4 Youth opens in St. Cloud Troy Fritz (St. Cloud) 2018-05-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by District Governor Bob Halagan (Buffalo)
The real work of Rotary is done by individual Rotarians and their clubs, and most of what we do is known only to our small circle of volunteers who join us. I asked all of my presidents to send me what they felt was their favorite project this year and I’d like to share those projects with all of you.
Thank you again for your friendship and support in my year of service as District Governor. It was a deep privilege and a humbling experience to participate in your work as Rotarians.
Thank you for all you do for Rotary and for your communities, near and far!
Yours in Rotary service,
DG Bob

 The end of a great Rotary year!  District Governor Bob Halagan (Buffalo) 2018-05-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Krauska (Chanhassen), ShelterBox District 5950 Liaison
The May Rotarian magazine features the “final exam” of ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) training. The article reveals the high standards and tough conditions that SRTs must endure to qualify for the team. Fortunately, it is easier to join the ShelterBox team here in D5950. If you like the ShelterBox story and mission, we have options.
Be a speaker:  Rotarians have been incredibly supportive of ShelterBox. But how and what we deliver has changed. (Did you know that less than 7% of the families we helped in 2017 received a ShelterBox?). We want every club to know what’s new.
Work with young people:  Fundraising with youth has been crazy successful! ShelterBox has developed a series of fun, engaging activities for Interactors, student groups and others that explore ShelterBox, while teaching valuable skills. Can you hear the laughter?
Engage young professionals:  One of Rotary’s strategic focus areas is to offer training to early career professionals. On May 23 we will present “High Stakes Leadership,” a workshop that ties the skills needed by SRTs to navigating professional life. Learn more as you help us facilitate!
Quick Links:
Contact me at 612-801-7821 or
Read the Rotarian Magazine article
Request a spot at “High Stakes Leadership” 
Learn about the 2018 Mississippi River canoe expedition to support ShelterBox 

What does it take to be a ShelterBox volunteer? Greg Krauska (Chanhassen), ShelterBox District 5950 Liaison 2018-05-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Francisco (Paco) Tebar Gomez, Exchange Student 2017-18
Hello, my name is Paco Tebar Gomez and I’m an exchange student from Spain attending Edina High School for my junior year. My school in Spain has 200 students; Edina has over 3,000!
In Spain, I live in a climate similar to San Diego, so December’s Christmas lights and snow was incredible. January was still beautiful. February came and the lakes were still frozen! In March I got a little bit tired of snow. Now (April), I’ve seen enough. This completely different environment is what makes it special. I’m seeing things I’ve never seen before.
When my mom first told me about being an exchange student, I thought, “I’m good here with my friends and relatives. Why would I want to go somewhere else?” But she explained to me how amazing this year would be. And look where I’m at today. And all this is thanks to Rotary.
I discovered something this year. Being out of your comfort zone is where all the magic is going to happen. Meeting so many people and becoming a wiser person is thanks to all the obstacles in your path. I encourage others to take that step.
I thank the Edina Morningside Rotary Club and the Edina Noon Club, along with my host family, Tom and Catherine Gump. And how could I forget my host brother, Andrew? They are now my second family. Thanks to them and Rotary, I’ve had many amazing experiences that I’ll never forget.
My experience as an exchange student Francisco (Paco) Tebar Gomez, Exchange Student 2017-18 2018-05-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Kurth (Bloomington Noon), Global Grants Committee Chair; Carol Cline-Hedblom (Mpls. University), District Grants Chair
This Rotary year the Global Grants Committee approved eight global grants involving 22 District 5950 clubs. Two examples of how your TRF dollars are used worldwide include:
  • A humanitarian project provides potable water to 6,600 individuals, and safe sanitation facilities to 2,200 people in 20 communities in western Honduras.
  • Training and empowering the local community improves health care services to women and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy and early childhood in Bukoba, Tanzania.
District 5950 leveraged these 22 clubs’ $165,796 contribution 7.7 times for total project funding of $1,275,011. For more information contact Mary Kurth, Global Grants Committee Chair, at kurthpm@msn.com.
The District Grants Committee spent $192,538 in District Designated Funds on 45 projects -- 11 small international projects and 34 local projects -- totaling $430,914. Some of these included:
  • Gaylord contributed two play pieces to a large playground at the new elementary school.
  • Buffalo worked with senior volunteers of the Erv Schmidt Toy Shop to create wooden toys for children. The grant financed new saws and equipment so volunteers could dedicate all their time making toys rather than repairing equipment.
  • North Minneapolis and St. Louis Park Noon co-sponsored a Non-Rotary Partner Matching Grant. Working with the Nature Conservancy and Great River Greening, volunteers will plant 22,000 trees. Twenty-six clubs contributed to this project.
  • Brooklyn Park is participating in a Non-Rotary Partner Matching Grant with KPMG LLP, a world leading professional services firm. Their reading program in Title I schools (those with a high number of children from low-income families) helps ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards.
  • St. Michael-Albertville is providing water fountains in the St. Michael parks where there currently are none.
  • Edina Morningside added to a Maple Grove project. Women refugees arrive in Uganda from war-torn countries with no means to earn a living for their children and themselves. Maple Grove provided a container filled with knitting and sewing supplies; Edina Morningside financed construction of a building where the women work.
For more information contact Carol Cline-Hedblom, District Grants Chair, at carol.hedblom@gmail.com.
Your TRF dollars make a difference -- globally and locally Mary Kurth (Bloomington Noon), Global Grants Committee Chair; Carol Cline-Hedblom (Mpls. University), District Grants Chair 2018-05-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amanda Ottman, D5950 Peace Fellow
When refugees leave their home country, they often run with nothing. They arrive at places like Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda, often with only the clothes they were wearing. At Nakivale, their first point of entry is the Reception Center – a place they could stay for weeks, lacking access to the other services the camp offers.
The Nakivale Rotaract Club had an idea to help these newly arrived refugees feel a little more comfortable and dignified. Knowing firsthand that the first few days or weeks of being a refugee can be especially traumatic, their idea was simple: more clothes! With the help of American Refugee Committee, Nakivale Rotaractors distribute extra clothes to new arrivals.
Nakivale Rotaract Club is not your typical club; it’s made up of young refugees who want to give back. It chartered in June 2017 thanks to sponsorship by the Rotary Clubs of Roseville and Kitwatule, Uganda, and support from American Refuge Committee (ARC). Nakivale Rotaract Club is the very first Rotary entity in a refugee camp. They are pioneers with abundant ideas and a desire to take action.
Join Nakivale Rotaractors! Travel to Uganda from June 16-23 for World Refugee Day and help launch their “Year of Action”. Give towards a day of action and empower these refugee youth to be active community leaders. Learn more by contacting Amanda Ottman at amandao@arcrelief.org, or by going to www.arcrelief.org/nakivale-rotaract-club/.
Nakivale Rotaract Club serves refugees in Uganda Amanda Ottman, D5950 Peace Fellow 2018-05-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Solbrack (St. Louis Park), District Membership Chair
The new Twin Cities Rotary EcoClub had its first official meeting on May 2. This is a great opportunity for service and connection with a focus on protecting the environment. Our outreach is to young adults -- and young thinkers of all ages.  This will be a non-traditional, theme-based Rotary club, with a lower cost and fewer meetings that focus on fellowship, service, and environmental sustainability.
For more information, including upcoming meetings and events, go to Facebook.com/TwinCitiesRotaryEcoClub. Or download and share the flyer.  Who are the people in your network of family, friends, and associates who would benefit from membership in the EcoClub? Take a moment and forward this information to them.
Fifteen prospective members attended the May 2 meeting, and an additional 12 have said they plan to attend future meetings. The club will meet the first and third Tuesday of every month from 6:30-7:45 p.m. The regular meeting location is TBD, but will be in the Minneapolis/Golden Valley/St. Louis Park area. It’s a great opportunity for anyone who would benefit from leadership development, fellowship and networking, volunteerism and service. I am excited about the prospects for the club.
New Twin Cities Rotary EcoClub secures provisional status Steve Solbrack (St. Louis Park), District Membership Chair 2018-05-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Gump (Edina Morningside), RI Convention promotions
Are you one of the 400+ registrants for the Zone 28-29 Power Play Party in Toronto? To really embrace the Hockey Hall of Fame (HHOF) party venue, purchase an awesome Rotary hockey jersey to wear that night. Order online or email kyle@rogersprintingmn.com. You may also wear your favorite team's jersey. Merchandise at the HHOF will be discounted the night of the event.

Show Your Rotary Team Spirit Tom Gump (Edina Morningside), RI Convention promotions 2018-04-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Police Chief Jeff Beahen (Rogers)
Rotary clubs in the northwest metro are partnering with the Rogers Police Department to fund a new regional sexual and physical assault forensic interview center. (video tour) The goal is to provide equitable access to essential services for families throughout Hennepin County and beyond in a Rogers satellite location. These services are currently provided through CornerHouse at its only location, next to Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. Caring for abused youth requires prosecutors, law enforcement, child and adult protection workers, trained forensic investigators, victim advocates, mental health providers and specially trained medical doctors and staff.
Helping fund the new center and its staff, Rogers Rotary is sponsoring a major music event on April 15 at the new Rogers HS Performing Arts Center. A Night of Hope and Healing headliners are the acclaimed Jiselle McCollam Jazz Group and internationally renowned bluegrass group, Monroe Crossing. Tickets are available online.
Rotary sponsors concert to bring forensic interview site to northwest metro Police Chief Jeff Beahen (Rogers) 2018-04-02 05:00:00Z 0
Saturday, April 21
8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Burnsville Community Center
200 W. Burnsville Pkwy. (map)
Burnsville, MN  55337
Keynote speaker:  Maria Nhambu, author

Maria Nhambu has made sharing her love of Africa and its culture and rhythms the focus of her life. Born in Tanzania, East Africa, she came to the United States in 1963. Her passion for African dance,
art and culture inspired her to create and teach her dance workout Aerobics With Soul®, and fuels her work as an unofficial cultural ambassador. In that role she gives African dance presentations and speaks about Africa to groups across the U.S. and around the world.

Breakout sessions:

  • Not Your Parent’s Club
  • Unconscious Bias: Is it Limiting Your Belief
    and Stagnating Your Growth?
  • The Rotary Foundation – The Next 100 Years
  • Public Image – Using "People of Action" guidelines
  • What’s Next for You in Rotary?
  • Eliminating Human Trafficking
  • Rotary Websites Demystified
  • Serving Rotary Beyond Your Club: District 5950 Opportunities
Get inspired at District Assembly! 2018-03-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Solbrack (St. Louis Park), D5950 tree-planting project
I have been a member of The Nature Conservancy for over 15 years and am currently a member of their Global Advisory Council for Minnesota and the Dakotas. In August 2017 we met with Rotarians from eight clubs, initiating a plan to plant 25,000 trees in MN this Rotary year. The Nature Conservancy recommended Great River Greening as our tree planting partner.
As of April 1, 26 clubs have contributed $10,500 to the collaboration, qualifying us for a $10,000 match by The Nature Conservancy. The District Grant Committee also approved a $6,000 grant for the project. This $26,000 total allows us to plant all 25,000 trees this year. District 5950 has 51 of our 61 clubs participating in tree planting, with 16 doing club projects and contributing to the collaboration. The goal is 100% club participation
in tree planting.
If you’d like to spend a Thursday-Friday in May planting trees on the scenic North Shore, contact me by clicking on the flyer or emailing steve@solbrack.com.
Tree planting grows towards 25,000 goal Steve Solbrack (St. Louis Park), D5950 tree-planting project 2018-03-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike DeLuca, Chair, North Star Youth Exchange
During the recent North American Youth Exchange Network Conference, our North Star program received both the Gold Award as a high-performing district, and was named this year’s outstanding district in all of North America.
Our program was credited for its growth in long-term students, explosion of interest in the new short-term program, unique one-way inbound programs that received international recognition, programs to help disadvantaged students be exchange students, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and organizational structure that is a model for many districts. 
I am so proud of the hundreds of volunteers that make North Star what it is today. I thank them for their passion and commitment to making a difference in the world, one student at a time. 
North Star Youth Exchange wins "Outstanding District" Mike DeLuca, Chair, North Star Youth Exchange 2018-03-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Josh Sprague (Edina)

A community workshop on opioid awareness and overdose prevention is planned on Thursday, May 3 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Edina Country Club, 5100 Wooddale Ave. It is hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Bloomington, Buffalo, Eden Prairie Noon, Edina, North Minneapolis and Rogers.

“Even with the pervasiveness of the opioid epidemic across our state and nation, too few fully understand the impact, risks or actions they can take to address the climbing number of deaths,” said organizer Josh Sprague of the Rotary Club of Edina. “The primary objective of this workshop is to increase opioid awareness and foster a baseline of prevention within our communities.”

The six clubs and District 5950 provided funding to the Steve Rummler HOPE Network to develop a web-based teaching portal and online curriculum that can be used by anyone to facilitate workshops on the subject. The curriculum will be debuted at the May 3 workshop. Speakers at the event will include Lexi Reed Holtum, Steve Rummler HOPE Network; Dr. Stephen Delisi, Hazelden and the Betty Ford Foundation; Dr. Peter Stiles, TRIA; Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek; and Rob Reynolds, Verde Technologies.

Seating is limited and registration is required. To register, contact Josh Sprague at 612-501-0252 or joshsprague7@icloud.com.

Rotary clubs host Opioid Awareness and Overdose Prevention workshop Josh Sprague (Edina) 2018-03-30 05:00:00Z 0

Saturday, April 21

  8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


Burnsville Community Center

200 W. Burnsville Pkwy. (map)
Burnsville, MN  55337

Register online

Join us for a day of equipping you to be a leader.  The cost for this event is covered through your Rotary dues.
Breakout sessions:
  • Not Your Parent’s Club
  • Unconscious Bias: Is it Limiting Your Belief and Stagnating Your Growth?
  • The Rotary Foundation – The Next 100 Years
  • Public Image – Using "People of Action" guidelines
  • What’s Next for You in Rotary?
  • Eliminating Human Trafficking
  • Rotary Websites Demystified
  • Serving Rotary Beyond Your Club: District 5950 Opportunities
Keynote speaker: Maria Nhambu
"Always present to me as I was growing up in difficult circumstances was the fact that I had a choice. I could choose to believe the limitations I felt around me – or I could choose to go within and listen to my own counsel that told me I was a good and precious person. And, I choose to love myself. In so doing, I freed myself to live authentically and be true to myself – the first and most important task of a leader."
2018 District Assembly 2018-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by William D. Klein
Political and social divisiveness permeates national and local news every day. While the issues are complex, finding shared values is possible. Please join our sister district, D5960, in an annual community forum discussing Beyond Political Polarization:
 Finding Common Ground for the Common Good on April 12. It will be held at the St. Paul Town and Country Club, presented by St. Paul Sunrise Rotary Club in cooperation with the Rotary Clubs of Minneapolis City of Lakes and Woodbury. 
The breakfast forum is from 7:15-9:15 a.m. It will explore how growing partisan divide over political values is paralyzing families and communities. Find new understandings and strategies for initiating conversations that focus upon learning how to respect the integrity and worth of every individual’s views.
Admission is $25. Registration and payment is required by April 5 at www.StPaulSunriseRotary.org.
Forum: Finding common ground within divisive politics William D. Klein 2018-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Walkowski (Lake Minnetonka-Excelsior), chair of Rotary Initiative to End Human Trafficking in MN
Despite a snowstorm the night before, over 200 people attended the inaugural Summit for the Rotary Initiative to End Human Trafficking on February 23. Participants represented education, law enforcement, direct service providers and faith communities.They began the discussion of what we can do together to end human trafficking in Minnesota. Many Rotarians who stepped up to serve as Club Champions participated in a breakout session in the afternoon.
The summit generated great ideas and connections for new partnerships; however, the most important outcome was the commitment to work together to end this horrible travesty. It is just the beginning of an important journey in our path to Make A Difference in our state. To get involved in this initiative, please contact Karen Walkowski at kwalkow59@gmail.com.
Human Trafficking Summit draws wide-ranging audience Karen Walkowski (Lake Minnetonka-Excelsior), chair of Rotary Initiative to End Human Trafficking in MN 2018-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
Was there a project or event when you "became a Rotarian"?
Alexa: My dad and I joined a group of Rotarians on a service trip to Guatemala. We helped build additional classrooms onto a school Rotary had already built. I spent hours braiding girls hair, playing soccer, bending rebar, hand-mixing cement, and making lifelong friends. Here was the first time I heard "Service above Self" and it stuck with me; about a year later I joined Rotary.
Diann K.:  Squeezing two drops of polio vaccine into the mouths of babes in rural India initiated me in Rotary's signature project.
Diane C.: Yes – the day I was invited to be a charter member of the Rotary Club of Maple Grove! And also by an experience while I was district secretary for D5950. A Rotarian was frustrated by not having received a check for his club’s World Community Service project and told me, “While that requisition is sitting on your desk, children are dying!” He later apologized, stating that he hadn’t understood the approval process. But that remark reminded me that no matter how minor the task appears to be, everything we Rotarians do toward accomplishing a goal will indefinitely impact the quality of life for people we may never meet.
Why should women be in Rotary?
Diann K.:  Why not?  Rotary is an incredible opportunity for women -- and men -- to network with and serve alongside extraordinary people locally and internationally.
Sandy:  In 1945, Paul Harris said, “Rotary is an integrating force in a world where forces of disintegration are all too prevalent.” In those days, RI's founder referenced drawing no lines of politics or religion. Today, we expand this to welcome and affirm our Rotary Family’s diversity of sexual orientation, gender identify, race, ethnicity, age, faith history, socioeconomic status, physical, and mental ability. 
What keeps Rotary fresh for you?
Ashley: Rotary always has something new to offer whether it’s networking opportunities, travel, social events, or volunteer events. Every time I attend a district event or volunteer with my club and/or other clubs in Minnesota it is a new and positive experience. 
Diane C.: Associating with other Rotarians at club and district meetings is a transfusion of energy and enthusiasm! Rotarians are today’s real-life super heroes who identify a need and work together to devise and execute a solution, seeing it through to a successful conclusion.
Diann K.:  Meeting and serving with Rotarians of all types is what keeps Rotary exciting for me.
Alexa: Fellowship.Through fellowship I continue to make new friends and be exposed to new opportunities. Fellowship also helps me feel like I belong and reinforces that (in Rotary) we are part of something much bigger, changing the world for the better.
What is an effective way to mentor female Rotarians?
Diann K.:  The key to mentoring female Rotarians is being there for them, sharing club values and expectations, acquainting them with other members, and getting them involved early on. It's really no different than mentoring our male counterparts.
Diane C.: Mentorship is the same for both genders:
  • Be an attentive listener.
  • Respond with respect.
  • Invite the new member to serve on a committee and/or project
  • Acknowledge and appreciate the new members’ contributions.
  • Get to know your new club members and personally invite them (with their guest) to club and district events.
How will Rotary be even better when membership is 50:50?
Sandy:  When my sons were ages 3 & 6, the younger claimed there were no differences between boys and girls; the older insisted there were many differences. Eventually the three-year-old admitted, “Well, sometimes there’s a difference; sometimes girls wear dresses!” As Rotarians, our goal is to not focus on differences but on the similarities that impact our world in a positive way. This is how new Rotarians should be mentored and engaged -- in activities that respect differences, not creating programs that differentiate based on sex or any societal category that creates differences.
Diann K:  More women mean more Rotarians working side by side to achieve extraordinary things. Women are here -- and we're here to stay!
Q&A with Women in Rotary 2018-03-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Gump (Edina Morningside), Toronto promotion coordinator
The early bird registration rate for this year's RI Convention in Toronto expires on April 1. The cost increases to $495.00. Register now and get the preferred $410 rate. This 2018 International Convention in Toronto is the last North American location until Huston in 2022. That makes it the least expensive and easiest convention to attend for the next few years. Please join your fellow District 5950 Rotarians in Toronto!

Don’t lose out on Toronto’s early bird rate! Tom Gump (Edina Morningside), Toronto promotion coordinator 2018-03-05 06:00:00Z 0
Be The Inspiration. District Governor-Elect Irene Kelly (Eden Prairie AM) provided inspiration for her 2018-19 team when they met for leadership training at Crown College. She also challenged her committee and program leads to inspire every Rotarian they encounter in order to build on and expand current District 5950 goals. 
DG-E Irene inspires her 2018-19 team 2018-03-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Solbrack (St. Louis Park), District membership chair
I am excited about plans to form a new Twin Cities Rotary EcoClub. It’s a great opportunity for service focused on protecting the environment.The EcoClub has a particular outreach to young adults, but is open to young thinkers of all ages. 
This will be a non-traditional, theme-based Rotary club, with lower costs and fewer meetings. Come enjoy fellowship, give service, and improve environmental sustainability. Regular meeting location will likely be in the Minneapolis/Golden Valley/St. Louis Park area. 
Please share the informational meeting invitation with your club members, asking them to forward it to others they know who may be interested. If you have questions, please email me at Steve@Solbrack.com. Thank you.
EcoClub breaks ground Steve Solbrack (St. Louis Park), District membership chair 2018-03-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Bloodworth (Club Nine), Conference co-chair

Register here by 10 a.m. on MONDAY, MAY 14!
District Conference on May 21 at the Guthrie will be the Rotary event that everyone talks about for years!
District Conference is your chance to experience three great speakers, a celebration of each club's favorite project, music, a video and a flying PDG!  It is a do-not-miss event. In addition to the amazing keynotes and musical acts, we have breakout sessions you can attend that culminate, if you dare, in YOU being on stage at the Guthrie!!  
Final hours to register for District Conference! Sharon Bloodworth (Club Nine), Conference co-chair 2018-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
Hear why our our Rotarians are attending this year’s RI Convention 2018-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Solbrack (St. Louis Park Noon), District Membership Chair and member of The Nature Conservancy Global Advisory Council for MN, ND & SD
RI President Ian Riseley has said “Protecting the environment and curbing climate change are essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service.” In response, District Governor Bob Halagan challenged District 5950 Rotarians to plant 2,700 trees this Rotary year.
Representatives from eight D5950 clubs met with The Nature Conservancy and Great River Greening in August to create a collaborative project that would plant 25,000 trees in Minnesota this Rotary year, in addition to the trees planted by club projects. The goal is to raise $10,000 from Rotary clubs. The Nature Conservancy will match up to $10,000. A district grant of $6,000 from DDF would create a total of $26,000 of funds for the project – enough to plant over 25,000 trees in Minnesota.
We now have 42 clubs participating in tree planting this year. Twenty-one clubs have pledged $8,530 to the tree planting collaboration and 13 of those are participating in both the collaboration and a club project. If your club is not yet participating in tree planting, make your club's pledge to the collaboration soon to steve@solbrack.com. The D5950 tree planting collaboration project is featured on the international Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group’s (ESRAG) website home page and projects page.
There are two great volunteer opportunities, open to all Rotarians in District 5950.
  • The first opportunity will be a tree planting project on the North Shore on May 10-11. We will plant 2,000 seedling trees on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. There will be great fellowship and an overnight stay in Two Harbors or Duluth Canal Park. Six of the 20 available spots are already filled.
  • The second outing is on Saturday, May 19 at Crosby Farm Regional Park, located on the Mississippi River in St. Paul. The plan is to have 75 Rotarians plant up to 3,000 trees; 36 have already registered so sign up soon with steve@solbrack.com. Summit Brewery is within walking distance. We have reserved it and will enjoy free tours and discounted tap beers.
Join the Rotary tree planting collaboration Steve Solbrack (St. Louis Park Noon), District Membership Chair and member of The Nature Conservancy Global Advisory Council for MN, ND & SD 2018-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Johnson (Monticello), Grant Management Seminar Administrator
Grant Management Seminar (GMS) registration is now available online. GMS dates are listed below and on the District website’s Calendar tab. Registration is not available through the District Office. 
Every club must have at least one member trained at a GMS before being certified to receive matching Rotary Foundation funds for their local and international projects. Each club may train multiple members all at no cost to the club. We are striving to have all clubs certified for the upcoming Rotary year. Full sessions last four hours and include refreshments and a meal. Two-hour refresher sessions are available for members who were trained for the current 2017-18 year.
Registration is simple and immediate. Follow the path: www.rotary5950.org>Calendar>Choose  Month & Date>Members>Register Me>Confirm. You will receive an email confirmation. Each session is limited to 20 participants. Register early to get the session you want. Direct questions to Steve Johnson, Grant Management Seminar Administrator at steve.johnson@ix.netcom.com or 612-987-6688.
Grant Management Seminar registration is online Steve Johnson (Monticello), Grant Management Seminar Administrator 2018-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by DG-E Irene Kelly (Eden Prairie AM)
How will you Be the Inspiration in 2018-2019? Will you serve as a STRIVE mentor? Or perhaps, organize a team in your community to support eliminating human trafficking in Minnesota? Or maybe, write a grant to provide clean water to people you’ve never met in a third world country? I invite you to reflect on your unexpressed passion to decide how you can express it!
As Rotarians, we each have a platform to Be the Inspiration -- not only in our Rotary world but also in our personal and professional circles. Imagine the inspiration you are as you share with non-Rotarian friends and colleagues:
  • The STRIVE student beaming when you help him create a plan for his future
  • Or the gratitude expressed by a young woman who felt hopeless and was on the verge of being trafficked?
  • And for some, it was hearing a mother in Haiti declare, “You drilled the well and the children stopped dying.”
What is the passion that you share with others because you are inspired? How will you inspire others to engage with you?
Presidents-Elect, how will you Be the Inspiration to your club? What legacy do you want to leave? Open conversation with your club and board members to set goals for 2018-19. You have an amazing opportunity to make an impact.
Joining 538 District Governors-Elect from around the globe at GETS, it was impossible not to be inspired. Thank you, District 5950 Rotarian friends for inspiring me and selecting me as your upcoming District Governor. It is an honor, a privilege, and a humbling challenge.
Let’s all Be the Inspiration!
--District Governor-Elect Irene Kelly
PETS will inspire leaders for 2018-19 year DG-E Irene Kelly (Eden Prairie AM) 2018-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by PDG Mark Hegstrom (Edina Morningside)
Congratulations, District 5950 Rotarians!  As a district, D5950 received the Presidential Citation for our Rotary year 2016-17, as did four individual clubs: Edina Morningside, Eden Prairie AM, Eagan Kick-Start and South Metro Minneapolis Evenings.
We also received numerous club awards for TRF giving and PolioPlus. Those recognitions were awarded to clubs with personal notes from PolioPlus chairman Tim Mulcrone (Chanhassen) and PDG Mark Hegstrom (Edina Morningside).
District 5950 earns Presidential Citation for 2016-17 PDG Mark Hegstrom (Edina Morningside) 2018-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
Book your HOTEL room soon at www.riconvention.org/en/toronto. There are approximately 1,300 rooms left in the Rotary block but rooms are going quickly. Other options to check are www.AirBNB.com or a hotel rewards program you belong to.
Recognize fellow D5950 Rotarians with a convention shirt
District 5950 Polo shirts will help Rotarians identify and connect with each other at the Toronto Convention. Both women's and men's versions are available for $45. Order from Rotarian Kyle Sabot by emailing kyle@rogersprintingmn.com or calling (763) 234-8747. Kyle will ship your orders and bill you.

Toronto is calling District 5950 2018-01-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Walkowski (Lake Minnetonka-Excelsior)
I am excited to bring you an update on the great things that are happening with the Rotary Initiative to End Human Trafficking in Minnesota.Working with representatives from District 5960, many of you have already volunteered to support the activities currently underway.
Accomplishments to date:
  • Several clubs have featured Human Trafficking speakers.
  • The Summit event on February 23 will bring together representatives of more than 150 organizations, all creating a comprehensive, coordinated community plan.
  • Potential major sponsors will hear a newly created message.
  • Numerous clubs are partnering with local organizations and providing financial support.
However, the work has just begun and we are still looking for support in the following areas:
  • Identifying leaders in your community to attend the Summit. We especially seek representatives from:
    • law enforcement
    • education (middle school or high school principals and superintendents, health services)
    • church leaders who can galvanize their congregations to address this issue
  • Becoming your club’s champion for the Human Trafficking Initiative. We are looking for someone from each club who will lead your club in this initiative for the next 3-4 years. You will be invited to the Summit if you are willing to serve in this role.
  • Volunteering at the Summit.
Contact Karen Walkowski for more information about the Summit, becoming your club’s champion, or scheduling a club speaker: kwalkow59@gmail.com
Human Trafficking Initiative's SUMMIT event is February 23 Karen Walkowski (Lake Minnetonka-Excelsior) 2018-01-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Krysta Peterson (South Metro Mpls. Evenings), PI Committee-Social Media
People of Action is Rotary International’s global public image campaign, introduced last June at the convention in Atlanta.This campaign strengthens our brand and increases the public’s knowledge of Rotary’s impact around the globe – because statistics show that only 60% of the general public are aware of Rotary and most do not know what Rotary does.  
People of Action works with our existing brand position and motivates others to Join Leaders, Exchange Ideas and TAKE ACTION! The campaign’s resources will help clubs bring their stories to life. The campaign inspires, transforms, and connects our communities. It uses local stories to engage current and prospective members, supporters and partners, sharing our story and desire to Make A Difference. People of Action resources can be found on the Brand Center at Rotary.org under ToolKits. Check back often, as new graphics, videos, and templates are frequently added. Also access the People of Action Campaign Guidelines and the improved Messaging Guidelines.  
People of Action: Join the campaign! Krysta Peterson (South Metro Mpls. Evenings), PI Committee-Social Media 2018-01-05 06:00:00Z 0
Seven years ago, the Rotary Club of Edina introduced District 5950 Rotarians to Moses, a five-year-old boy from Kenya needing surgery for severely crossed eyes. We’ve seen progress updates over the years. For his 13th birthday, the Edina club flew Moses back to Minneapolis to celebrate with all his Minnesota friends.
The heartwarming story was covered in a Star Tribune article and on a KARE11 video. Past District Governor Sandy Schley (Edina) called the seven-year experience a “modern-day miracle”. In the photo, Moses warmly greets eye surgeon Dr. Jafar Hasan and his wife, Afira, as well as PDG Tim Murphy (left).
Moses returns to Minnesota 2018-01-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Krauska (Chanhassen), ShelterBox Liaison

2017 was an unprecedented year in disaster response. Massive disasters across the globe caused more people to leave or lose their homes than ever before. Remember Hurricane Harvey in Texas, hurricanes in the Caribbean, and the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh? ShelterBox Response Teams have been on the ground, hand-delivering emergency humanitarian aid to families at record levels.  

In 2017, ShelterBox helped more than 32,000 households (160,000 people) who lost everything through conflict or natural disaster. We responded to world events 24 times and deployed aid in 21 different countries. Rotary was there every step of the way, coordinating aid and facilitating in many ways in nearly every deployment. Click this link for a more detailed look at 2017 deployments

Here in District 5950, our local team presented to more than a dozen Rotary and Rotaract clubs and participated in even more community events, Interact fundraisers and service learning events with students and young professionals. Thank you to all of the clubs, Rotarians and community supporters for your donations. Your generosity ensures that ShelterBox can transform despair into hope through emergency shelter and tools for families robbed of their homes by disaster or conflict.  

Looking for a way for your community to see Rotary as #peopleofaction? Or are you looking for a hands-on learning event at your next meeting? Reach me at 612-801-7821 or mgkrauska@hotmail.com. Together, let’s set up a tent and start a conversation! 

ShelterBox protects 160K people in 2017 Greg Krauska (Chanhassen), ShelterBox Liaison 2018-01-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherie Wallace (Eagan)
Since 1994, Eagan Rotarians have presented ethical decision-making challenges to Eagan High School student leaders during an annual Ethics Workshop. And since 2009, other Rotary clubs have used Eagan’s model to do the same. Over 62 workshops have been presented in more than 20 different high schools, reaching over 4,300 students.This eight-hour leadership experience received a statewide award.
“The Ethics Workshop is my first choice as a Rotarian to give back to the community. The students are amazing,” said Quinn Hutson, co-leader in the Eagan Rotary Ethics Workshop Expansion Committee. “We are very pleased that other Rotary clubs are having our committee present to their local high school students.”
The youth learn valuable business ethics lessons through lectures, small group discussion, inquiry and challenges. A key segment presents a scenario where students become officers of a troubled corporation. They are instructed to develop ethical strategies to make the entity profitable, while wrestling with budget, public image, production, and employee crises.
“Kids go into the workshop feeling one way about the world and they leave the workshop feeling much differently and seeing the bigger picture,” said Eagan High School Assistant Principal Pete Zak. The program has confirmed the power of Rotary’s Four-Way Test for making decisions.
Award-winning Ethics Workshops move beyond Eagan Sherie Wallace (Eagan) 2018-01-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Walkowski (Lake Minnetonka-Excelsior)
I am excited to bring you an update on the great things that are happening with the Rotary Initiative to End Human Trafficking in Minnesota.Working with representatives from District 5960, many of you have already volunteered to support the activities currently underway.
Accomplishments to date:
  • Several clubs have featured Human Trafficking speakers.
  • The Summit event on February 23 will bring together representatives of more than 150 organizations, all creating a comprehensive, coordinated community plan.
  • Potential major sponsors will hear a newly created message.
  • Numerous clubs are partnering with local organizations and providing financial support.
However, the work has just begun and we are still looking for support in the following areas:
  • Identifying leaders in your community to attend the Summit. We especially seek representatives from:
    • law enforcement
    • education (middle school or high school principals and superintendents, health services)
    • church leaders who can galvanize their congregations to address this issue
  • Becoming your club’s champion for the Human Trafficking Initiative. We are looking for someone from each club who will lead your club in this initiative for the next 3-4 years. You will be invited to the Summit if you are willing to serve in this role.
  • Volunteering at the Summit.
Contact Karen Walkowski for more information about the Summit, becoming your club’s champion, or scheduling a club speaker: kwalkow59@gmail.com
Human Trafficking Initiative's SUMMIT event is February 23 Karen Walkowski (Lake Minnetonka-Excelsior) 2018-01-03 06:00:00Z 0
Do You want to recognize your fellow D5950 Rotarians
and be recognized by them at the 2018 Toronto Rotary International Convention?
Order your D5950 Convention Shirt now!
For the June RI Convention, District 5950 is making available for purchase District 5950 Polo shirts, like the one pictured below, so our District Rotarians can recognize each other at the Convention.
If you are interested in purchasing a shirt – both women and men versions are available – please contact Rotarian Kyle J. Sabot, by email at kyle@rogersprintingmn.com or by mobile at (763) 234-8747.  Kyle will ship your orders and bill you.  The cost of the shirts are $45.00. 
See you in Toronto!
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        Each leaf represents another 100 trees planted toward our District goal of 2,800 this year
RI President Ian Riseley has challenged Rotarians worldwide to plant 1.2 million trees this Rotary year, and District Governor Bob Halagan has challenged District 5950 Rotarians to plant 2,800 trees this Rotary year.  District 5950 clubs have two great opportunities to respond to this challenge.  Many clubs have already completed or planned a club tree planting event, and we have received reports from 25 Rotary clubs (list) with plans to plant over 1,200 trees.  If your club has completed or planned a tree planting, but is not on the list, please email steve@solbrack.com with a brief description and the number of trees.
In response to this challenge we have also organized a tree planting project in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy and Great River Greening.  The project goal is to raise $10,000 from over 30 Rotary clubs to plant 25,000 trees in Minnesota.  We have received pledges from 14 Rotary clubs (list)  for over $5,500.  You can get more information about the tree planting collaboration, how your club can participate, and two tree planting volunteer opportunities on the project summary.
“Sometimes leadership is planting trees under whose shade you'll never sit. It may not happen fully till after I'm gone. But I know that the steps we're taking are the right steps.”  Jennifer Granholm
Posted by Steve Solbrack (St. Louis Park Noon), Rotary 5950 District Membership Chair
Tree Planting Initiative 2017-11-15 06:00:00Z 0
The seven Area 3 clubs (Bloomington, Eden Prairie A.M., Eden Prairie Noon, Edina, Edina Morningside, Richfield and South Minneapolis Metro Evenings) paid tribute to veterans at their annual Rotary Area 3 Veterans Day Luncheon on Thursday, November 9 at Bearpath Country Club.
Emcee General Denny Schulstad, U.S. Air Force (Retired), is a member of the Rotary Club of Edina Noon. He introduced luncheon speaker General Robert Shadley, Major General U.S. Army (Retired). Musical entertainment honored each branch of the armed services.
District 5950 leadership attending included (from left) DG Bob Halagan (Buffalo), DGND Tom Gump (Edina Morningside), and PDG Diann Kirby (Bloomington).
Area 3 clubs honor vets at Veterans Day event 2017-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Solbrack (St. Louis Park Noon), District Membership Chair

RI President Ian Riseley has challenged Rotarians worldwide to plant 1.2 million trees this Rotary year; District Governor Bob Halagan is reaching out to District 5950 Rotarians to plant 2,800 trees.

District 5950 clubs have two great opportunities to respond to this challenge:

  • Many clubs have already completed a tree planting event, and we have reports from 25 Rotary clubs with plans to plant over 1,200 trees. If your club has a project but is not on the list, please email steve@solbrack.com with a brief description and the number of trees.
  • District 5950 has also organized a tree planting project in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy and Great River Greening. The project goal is to raise $10,000 from over 30 Rotary clubs to plant 25,000 trees in Minnesota. We have received pledges from 14 Rotary clubs (list) for over $5,500. You can get more information about the tree planting collaboration, how your club can participate, and two tree planting volunteer opportunities on the project summary.

“Sometimes leadership is planting trees under whose shade you'll never sit. It may not happen fully till after I'm gone.
But I know that the steps we're taking are the right steps.”

               ~Jennifer Granholm

The RI challenge: 2,800 new trees across D5950 Steve Solbrack (St. Louis Park Noon), District Membership Chair 2017-11-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Warner (Edina Morningside, Rotary Foundation Giving Chairman)
Rotarians know that giving $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) makes them a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF). What most do not know is that if every member in their club is a PHF, TRF sends a recognition flag to that club. During TRF’s 100th anniversary year, the Edina Morningside Rotary Club (EMRC) achieved that with all 93 members being Paul Harris Fellows at that time.
How does a club accomplish that when some members cannot give $1,000? The answer is Rotary Foundation Recognition Points that members of your club (or the club itself) have accumulated and can transfer to another member to fulfill the $1,000 value. Your club’s Foundation Giving Chair can use the Club Recognition Summary Report on TRF’s website to find this information.
Achieving 100% PHF provides great pride for the club. The best things we do in Rotary are when the entire membership of a club has 100% participation. Or as I say in EMRC, “Don’t be the one to break the chain. Lead with your contribution today!”
If you have questions or need assistance feel free to contact Jim Warner, EMRC’s Rotary Foundation Giving Chairman, at jfwarner@warnersstellian.com or 651-726-1660.
Make 100% of your club membership Paul Harris Fellows and be recognized byTRF Jim Warner (Edina Morningside, Rotary Foundation Giving Chairman) 2017-11-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dwyer (St. Cloud), Annual Fund Co-Chr & Endowment/Perm Fund Chr
You can be an important part of the Rotary Foundation’s next century of doing good in the world by including a gift to Rotary’s Endowment in your estate plan.Your gift will be carefully stewarded to provide earnings for the programs you know and love, year after year. The Foundation is known for its commitment to effective programs that make a lasting difference in people’s lives.
A gift from your estate will provide ongoing financial support; think of it as endowing your annual contribution.
How best to include the Foundation in your estate plan? The most popular way to include Rotary in an estate plan is through a will or codicil. Another popular idea is to make Rotary the beneficiary of a retirement fund or insurance policy. Ask your financial advisor and use the official legal name: The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
Here are a few language examples for your estate adviser to consider:
  1. For a gift of a certain percentage or portion of your estate: “I give to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International one-fourth of my estate.”
  2. For a gift of a specific asset: “I give 500 shares of XYZ stock to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.”
  3. For a contingent bequest, which takes effect only when certain conditions are met: “In the event my spouse does not survive me,
    I give to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International XYZ.”
  4. For a residual bequest, which directs the disposition of all or a portion of whatever remains after all other required amounts are paid: “I give the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.”
Rotarian Jim Dwyer (jdwyer@csbsju.edu) will be happy to attend your club meeting or visit individually to talk about planned gifts and your community. He does not give legal or financial advice. As always, remember to consult independent tax and legal advisers before making any charitable gift.
Endow your annual gift to TRF Jim Dwyer (St. Cloud), Annual Fund Co-Chr & Endowment/Perm Fund Chr 2017-11-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Schley (Edina), PDG
The recent Twin Cities Film Festival included a new seven-minute opiod awareness and education video produced by the Steve Rummler Hope Foundation (SRHF) and funded by nine District 5950 clubs: Bloomington Daymakers, Bloomington Noon, Buffalo, Eden Prairie AM, Eden Prairie Noon, Edina, Edina Morningside, Minneapolis University, and Plymouth. The video was shown following the feature film, Chasing the Dragon: The life of an Opiate Addict, produced by the FBI. Rotary was given a $5,000 in-kind sponsorship recognition and a full-page ad in the program. D5950 attendees including District Governor-Elect Irene Kelly (second from left).
In appreciation for our District’s participation in this project, the SRHF will make a copy of the video available to clubs, develop a program for members, and help plan follow-up activities in clubs’ communities (e.g., treating youth athletes, persons with chronic pain and mental health issues, parent education and collaboration with existing health programs).
The Steve Rummler Hope Network lobbied for the 2014 law allowing for wider distribution of naloxone and immunity for those who use it to save a life. It is giving away thousands of doses across the state to anyone who might need it, including police officers, first responders, college employees, drug rehab staffers and parents.
Rotarians confront the opioid crisis Sandy Schley (Edina), PDG 2017-11-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Stiles (Bloomington) District Foundation chair
One year ago, District 5950 financially supported a defibrillator project initiated by the Cedric Harpenden Village Rotary Club of London. The project was completed as part of the 100th Anniversary year of The Rotary Foundation. 
Paul Denton, chair of the District 1260 Global Grants Committee, sent an exuberant email announcing that this project has already saved one life! “I said I would be satisfied if we saved just one life with the defibrillator project; this has already happened. I am happy in the knowledge that we have 14 other defibrillators out there, available whenever they might be required,” Denton wrote. 
Defibrillator partnership saves a life Don Stiles (Bloomington) District Foundation chair 2017-11-03 05:00:00Z 0
There's still time to register for Mid-Term Assembly
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Register here! Join over 150 Rotarians and guests already anticipating the energy and motivation that is Mid-Term Assembly. registered. DG Bob Halagan will summarize the State of the District and its new initiatives.Video commercials will showcase district  projects and teams, plus you can visit with these project leads at their vendor tables. Keynote speaker Joe Schmit promises a motivating message. And finally, broaden your  Rotary understanding through these breakout sessions: y
       :Breakout Topics and Presenters         
Bring these breakout ideas home from Mid-Term Assembly 2017-11-02 05:00:00Z 0
How is your club celebrating World Polio Day, October 24? Rotary.org 2017-10-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Gump (Edina Morningside), Zone 28 Toronto Promotion Chair
Just picture yourself -- standing in Toronto’s beautiful June weather with the breathtaking Lake Ontario skyline in the background. What more could you want? How about:
  • Diversity - I heard that more than half of Toronto’s citizens were born in other countries.
    It is the perfect place for a Rotary International Convention.
  • Niagara Falls - Spectacular from the Canadian side
  • Great food – Oysters, maple syrup and sushi pizza
  • Walkability - Thousands of hotel rooms within walking distance of the Convention Center.
    No waiting for long bus or shuttle rides.
  • Canada’s 150th Anniversary
  • Energy - Recharge your Rotary batteries while enjoying great Convention activities.
Discover inspiration in Toronto Tom Gump (Edina Morningside), Zone 28 Toronto Promotion Chair 2017-10-05 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 sthompson@transitionsib.com or 612-282-1750. Learn more about Camp Enterprise at www.campenterprise.org.
Camp Enterprise welcomes students on November 2 Sam Thompson (Edina Noon), Camp Enterprise 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 bob.stowell@usfed.org.
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: ShelterBoxUSA.org/harvey. 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. 
Audit ensures funding transparency 2017-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
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 (Kwalkow59@gmail.com) 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
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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 aspect of development that is not talked about enough is that if you want to really improve a local economy, get money into the hands of women.
It is well documented that when women in developing countries can generate income, they spend it on their families. That is particularly important if we want to address the need to educate girls and young women. If a mother has income, she will find a way for her daughter to get an education so that her daughter doesn’t face the same challenges she did. These young women, after receiving an education and a way to be employed, are much more likely to repay that investment to their families and their communities.
As we look for ways to do good in the world, let’s put our focus on the women in the areas we want to affect. While often ignored and marginalized in machista societies, they are the real agents of change for their families and their communities.
Instead of just talking to the males, let’s listen to the women. They will tell us stories we need to hear.

--DG Bob

Women are agents of change 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 kennedy@worldwithoutgenocide.org  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 Rotary5950.org.
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 Rotary5950.org.
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 RotaryMarkHegstrom@gmail.com. (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 www.tcypsummit.com.


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
The goal is 50.3% female Rotarians in District 5950 (the demographic of women in the state of MN).  We want to do a mid-year check-in to measure progress toward this goal.  We plan on recognizing clubs at the mid-term assembly and the district conference for progress, effort, innovation, and initiatives.  As of January 1 there are nine clubs over 40%, listed below, and another six clubs over 35%.
Congratulations and thank you to the following clubs for attaining a high level of gender diversity in your club.
North Minneapolis                        64.71%
Richfield                                          55.00%
South Metro Mpls Evenings        54.17%
St. Michael-Albertville                   50.00%
Chanhassen Evening                     47.83%
Springfield                                       44.00%
Redwood Falls                                 43.48%
Crystal-New Hope-Robbinsdale   40.74%
Minneapolis-University               40.00%
Here is the report of gender distribution for District 5950.
View a District video: The Changing Face of Rotary
Women in Rotary 2017-04-12 05:00:00Z 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 kennedy@worldwithoutgenocide.org 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.

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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 Rotary.org 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 steve@solbrack.com 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 Rotary.org 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, Rotary.org, 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 Rotary.org in January to see all the improvements.

RI offers a sneak peek at updated website Rotay.org 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 Rotary.org 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, Rotary.org is implementing website enhancements; users may experience interruption.
TRF named World's Outstanding Foundation Rotary.org 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 (smile.amazon.com), 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 gift...to 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 Jjohnson9730@msn.com, 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, www.rotarianeducators.org, 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 www.twincitieswalkforwater.org.
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 Rotary.org 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 kennedy@worldwithoutgenocide.org  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 Tim.Murphy@murphyauto.net.
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 (rotary5950.org) 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: mshockey@stpetersedina.org 
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 rossmcglasson@usfamily.net for information your club members can use.
Rotary Global Rewards is a win-win program Rotary.org 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 Rotary.org 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
Posted by Rotary.org
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 Rotary.org 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 Kathy.Hughitt@rotary5960.org 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 garylpederson@gmail.com.
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
Posted by Rotary.org
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 Rotary.org 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 Kathy.Hughitt@rotary5960.org
►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 (lmfsings52@gmail.com), and RI insurance broker Lockton-Rotary Service Team (rotary@lockton.com, 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@comcast.net.
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 http://www.worldwithoutgenocide.org 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 Mike@harmonybridge.net
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 kennedy@worldwithoutgenocide.org 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
Posted by Rotary.org

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 Rotary.org 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.