District Governor's Newsletter

March 29, 2017

DIVERSITY & ROTARY: A Recipe for Vibrancy

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.

Represent your club at District Assembly

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.”

Celebrate Serving Humanity at District Conference

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.

Community Service in 10-second flashes

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!

Meet the power behind PETS

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.

Upcoming Events
Grant Management Seminar - 4/19/2017
Apr 19, 2017
4:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Grant Management Seminar Refresher - 4/22/2017
Apr 22, 2017
8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
District Conference / Celebration for the year!
The Westin Hotel - Edina Galleria
Apr 28, 2017
Grant Management Seminar - 5/4/2017
May 04, 2017
4:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Rotary International Convention
Atlanta Georgia
Jun 10, 2017 – Jun 14, 2017
Where in the District is DG Mark?
Where in the District is Mark?
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Rotary International District 5950
PO Box 2158  
Minneapolis, MN 55337-2158
For further information, please email
Carol MacDonald, Executive Director 
Cheri Ashfeld, Newsletter Editor