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             Paul Harris Society Members: 284

Foundation Month is districtwide opportunity

In November, Rotary Clubs begin their annual campaigns for donations to The Rotary Foundation (TRF). Last year, Rotarians in District 5950 gave over $800,000 to TRF. If we sustain that level of giving, our clubs will have over $400,000 to spend each and every year on projects in our local and international communities.
This year we are looking for two things:
First: Four years ago we set a goal of 300 Paul Harris Society (PHS) members in our District. PHS members are Rotarians who give $1,000 or more per year to The Rotary Foundation. When we set that goal we had around 115 PHS members. Today we have 284! Our goal this year is for each club to add one more PHS member so that we smash through that magic number of 300!
Second: We are asking every Rotarian to dig just a little bit deeper this year and give $50 more than you gave last year. We already ask all Rotarians to give $365 to TRF’s Annual Fund each year, though we understand that not everyone is able to do that. Whatever your giving level was last year, please give just a little more this year. If you gave $100 last year, give $150 this year. If you gave $1,000 last year, give $1,050 this year.
If we reach 300 PHS members and everyone gives an extra $50 this year, we will reach $1 million dollars in giving and have over $500,000 to spend on our future projects. Please be part of this exciting and ambitious goal!
Thanks for all you do for Rotary!
--DG Bob

Meet, mingle and motivate at Mid-Term Assembly

Area 3 clubs honor vets at Veterans Day event

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).

Endow your annual gift to TRF

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 ( 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.

Make 100% of your club membership Paul Harris Fellows and be recognized byTRF

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 or 651-726-1660.

The RI challenge:  2,800 new trees across D5950

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 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

Rotarians confront the opioid crisis

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.

Discover inspiration in Toronto

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.

Defibrillator partnership saves a life

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. 

Russell Hampton
Rotary International District 5950
PO Box 2158  
Minneapolis, MN 55337-2158
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Carol MacDonald, Executive Director 
Cheri Ashfeld, Newsletter Editor