Rotary District 5950 debuted our first virtual District Governor Installation!
Hundreds gathered both in person and online to watch Tom Gump’s installation as District 5950’s Governor on Thursday, June 25. Speakers emphasized Gump’s work in growing district membership, strengthening existing clubs and conducting visits to clubs within the district. 
 
According to past District Governor Tim Murphy, Gump has attended more club meetings in the past two years than district governors are required to do throughout their tenure. “Anybody’s that willing to be a district governor has to be a little bit crazy,” said Murphy about Tom’s penchant for going above and beyond. 
 
Other speakers at the June 25 installation included Jim Hovland, mayor of the city of Edina. “The purpose of life is to use it up,” Hovland said. “And for Tom Gump, the purpose of life is to use it up in service of others.”
 
Tom Gump’s contributions to Rotary include hosting several exchange students, helping to found the world’s first Rotary club for Veterans, and creating an initiative to end human trafficking.  

 

On premiere night, over 800 people tuned in to see Gump be installed as District Governor. At least 430 viewed the event on Facebook, 276 viewed the event on YouTube and 110 people attended small, in-person viewing parties at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Edina, John Barnett’s home in Edina, Marianna Khauv’s hotel in Monticello, Carol MacDonald’s home in Burnsville, and in Maple Grove. The Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans also got together to watch the installation at Grumpy’s Bar & Grill in downtown Minneapolis.

View the installation video on our Rotary District 5950 channel  and subscribe for more great videos throughout the year!