Stories In This Issue

"Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt" is World Polio Day event 

District’s first Environmental Sustainability project is underway

Celebrate progress toward polio eradication

Presidents-Elect, get ready!

RI's membership leads are low-hanging fruit

Meet at a Rotary Business Social

Brooklyn Park's club president dies

Clubs help Maple Grove distribute PPE

Clubs' creativity and vision inspire DG

I have visited 63 of our 64 District 5950 clubs! It’s inspiring how your clubs come together and continue living our Rotary motto, Service above Self. I have been moved by stories of Rotarians living our Rotary Vision: “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”
 
Clubs creatively fund raise to support local and global causes. The Rotary Club of Springfield --
in a town of approximately 2,000 people -- sold over 500 bouquets of roses last week. This record-setting amount at an increased price generated their best fundraising year ever. The Rotary Club of Edina reimagined their annual gala this year, organizing small gatherings of 10 people or fewer.  Instead of 250 people in a ballroom, members hosted fellow Rotarians and guests at 14 gatherings that celebrated countries and cultures like Korea, India, Germany, and Morocco. Generous sponsors and club members raised more money than anticipated.  Springfield and Edina both raise funds to support local food shelves and other organizations that need our help more than ever this year.  
 
It has been wonderful to connect with many of you in our Zoom sessions with the YMCA and James White as we continue our discussions about Racial Equity: Creating a Better Story. I have heard how you are taking the material to your Rotary clubs and also your workplaces. In our club visit to the Rotary Club of St. James, we learned the club is reading the book White Fragility together. They use one meeting a month to discuss a chapter at their lunch tables. Club President Pam Steinle organizes discussion questions for the tables. In our YMCA Zoom sessions, one member reported using the lessons she is learning to lead discussions with the board of directors of her non-profit. Another member is using the material at her workplace to begin a racial equity program. I know these sessions will lead to lasting change in me and in our communities.  
 
After 63 club visits, I can honestly say, I am the luckiest District Governor EVER because District Governor-Elect Marianna Khauv and District Governor-Nominee Lloyd Campbell joined me at all of our club visits. Really, I think we are the luckiest district because we have these outstanding individuals leading the coming years!
 
Rotary continues Opening Opportunities for service, active learning and wonderful friendships!
Yours in Rotary Service,
DG Tom
 

"Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt" is World Polio Day event

Our district is holding its first-ever districtwide event to help eradicate polio: “The Amazing Race (to End Polio) Scavenger Hunt!"  This interactive, virtual event will be held on World Polio Day, October 24, 2020, from 9-10:00 a.m. (Note: All local social distance and mask guidelines need to be followed while participating.)
 
Create a team of two, then race against each other to find or perform ten items in the local communities that are (loosely) tied to Rotary's polio efforts. Registered participants will receive the search list at 8:45 a.m. that day. Teams of two allow for one to be Zooming while the other hunts. A panel of Zoom hosts will provide running commentary, polio video snippets and general gibberish. The first team that secures all ten items will be awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship donated from club points. You can enjoy the Zoom events without being a participating team. 
 
Register your team, adding your team name and members' names in the Comments box. Teams can contact Tim Mulcrone for bling, such as brochures, shirts, paddle-signs, etc. Tim's cell phone number is (952) 239-1594.
 
Teams will pledge $0.10 to End Polio Now. Yes, ten cents. This is the cost of one dose of oral polio vaccine that will protect a child against polio. The goal of this event is promoting Rotary’s number one effort in the world - ending polio! To learn more about our efforts, donate, help raise awareness or share your time, please visit endpolio.org

District’s first Environmental Sustainability project is underway

With the support of the District Governor Tom Gump and the District Conference Committee, the District 5950 Tree Planting Project is the District’s first environmental sustainability project under Rotary International’s new Area of Focus: Supporting the Environment.

We have a unique opportunity to collaborate with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Tree Trust to plant trees in historically under-resourced communities and low tree canopy areas. Urban forests provide significant benefits to our communities, including cleaner air, alleviating heat stress and the “heat island” effect, helping manage stormwater, improving wildlife habitat, and providing spaces where people can connect with nature.

Our goal is to have every club in the district commit to funding one, two, or three trees at a cost of $450 each to plant and maintain a tree. So, we are asking each club to fund $450, $900, or $1,350. Each tree is 6’ to 8’ tall with a 1” trunk; the $450 cost includes two years of ongoing stewardship, mulching and watering. We hope to raise enough funds to plant 100 or more trees in historically under-resourced communities and low tree canopy areas in the Twin Cities area on May 1, 2021. This tree planting project will be featured as a volunteer project for the 2021 District 5950 District Conference. 

Please contact Andrew Ramirez (Minneapolis Uptown Rotary), rami0074@icloud.com; or Bill Sierks (Edina Morningside Rotary), wsierks@comcast.net for more information or to join us. Thank you!

Celebrate progress toward polio eradication

Greetings 5950 on World Polio Day, October 24! Polio eradication is Rotary’s #1 cause, so please participate:
I am excited to report that door-to-door immunizations have resumed in Pakistan. Thanks to Rotary and our Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners, we have moved the needle from 350,000 cases a year in the mid-1980s to 129 worldwide YTD (77 in Pakistan, 52 in Afghanistan). And with the addition of Global Alliance of Vaccine Initiative to our GPEI, we are a big part in the vaccine development and future distribution for Covid-19.
 
We have much to celebrate. Last year District 5950’s 65 clubs raised $268,000 toward polio – leveraged to $750,000+ with the Gates Foundation’s 2:1 match. Our 16-district Zone was fifth highest in the world for polio giving! Worldwide, RI raised its $50 million goal and received the full $100 million Gates Foundation match. Finally, the entire continent of Africa (all 54 countries) was certified as polio-free.
 
Be sure to remember Rotary’s ask of $1,500 per club toward our polio cause. If your club does not have an event planned, use another club’s idea or team up. We are better together. Thank you for your generosity!

Presidents-Elect, get ready!

North Central President Elect Training (PETS) will be virtual in 2021. Imagine that! Watch for details about this exciting new way to network and learn. Mark your calendar for March 11-13, 2021.  Nooo, we will not keep you on Zoom for three days; it will be manageable and you can attend from home, saving all that travel time. And, we’ll be sharing some surprises for continued learning and networking, too! 

RI's membership leads are low-hanging fruit

The district’s Leads Program receives membership inquiries from Rotary International,
then reaches out to each candidate in a professional and inviting manner. Candidates come to Rotary with different wants and expectations in mind. The Leads program tries to marry those needs with an appropriate club.

So far in October, we’ve received four inquiries. The Leads Program tracks the initial contact date, the contact person from the requested or suggested club, and tracking results and comments.

It’s very important when the Leads program reaches out to a club’s membership chair and/or president that they contact the candidate in a timely manner. Our Leads program is only as good as the communication between the clubs and the program. First impressions are critical to a new candidate, and delayed communication (or no response at all) discourages a potential member.

The Leads program is a wonderful way to receive new candidates for our clubs. It’s free. All we need to do is be diligent and professional in communicating.

Meet at a Rotary Business Social

Network. Enhance your member value. Strengthen the businesses represented in Rotary. Monthly Rotary Business Socials were initiated in Area 7, then included Area 8, and will expand even further in November and December.

Meet new Rotarians and trade business information during Zoom breakout briefs (aka speed networking). The one-hour social is already engaging our members, and logistical fine-tuning improves each event. We hope to involve members from across the district in early 2021.

Our members will be stronger, The Rotary Foundation will be stronger, and we will be able to do more to make our communities strong. Stay tuned!

Brooklyn Park's club president dies

District 5950 Rotarians extend their heartfelt sympathy to the Rotary Club of Brooklyn Park upon the death of club president Gary Brown on October 16. Gary joined Rotary in February of 1991. He was a senior project engineer at Pinnacle Engineering. Read the full obituary here.

Clubs help Maple Grove distribute PPE

 
 

 
 
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