District Governor's Newsletter
 June 3, 2017

Coming into Home Plate!

Hello fellow Rotarians! 
This is it; we are in the final stretch of 2016-17! 
Thank you for your generosity this year. Many of you made Rotary your "charity of choice"! District 5950’s goal was $762,580.Through May 31, donations were at $647,650! Wow, that is great! We are at 85% of goal!
Paul Harris Society Chair Carolyn Pratt reported that on May 31 we had 271 Paul Harris Society (PHS) members, just four away from our goal of 275 this year!  That means 10% of District 5950 members pledged $1,000 each year to The Rotary Foundation. Wow! Thank you! Worldwide, PHS membership is about 3%, so 5950 is hitting it out of the park, outperforming other districts by more than 300%!   
Do you know what 275 Paul Harris Society members means for our district?  That's a guaranteed $275,000 for the Annual Fund each year!  DGE Bob Halagan’s goal is north of 300 next year. That could make us the highest in worldwide rankings.  
In three years we'll get half of it back for matching funds for your projects. Powerful.With these funds, we can make a real impact Serving Humanity. But we have a ways to go,
so please send your gift to TRF soon!
I want to give a shout-out to several clubs whose giving averages more than $300 per member:  
Minneapolis City of Lakes $302
Eden Prairie AM                  $318
Bloomington                        $327
Monticello                            $329
New Ulm                              $329
Orono                                  $347
Minneapolis University         $350
Minnetonka                          $478
Edina Noon                          $573
Edina Morningside               $596
Congratulations to these ten clubs! They all set and exceeded their giving goals.That is Great, On Purpose. An additional 13 clubs have a per capita gaining in the $200's! Congratulations! 
Our district is also tops in the world in giving to Polio PlusPlus! We set individual club goals of $116,765 and, with half of our clubs sending in contributions, we are over 75% of the goal -- $88,007.Thirty clubs have not yet sent in their club contributions.When they do, we will hit our goal!  
It’s 10 days until the International Convention in Atlanta --100 years after Arch Klumph started The Rotary Foundation at the 11th annual International Convention in…Atlanta! 
In 100 years, TRF has channeled BILLIONS of dollars to Serve Humanity. We have seen 400,000 annual cases of wild polio evaporate to less than a couple dozen cases. 
We are So Close to eradication. District 5950 has made a powerful contribution towards this effort!
So once again I say, THANK YOU!!! 
--DG Mark

Installation celebrates 5950 leadership

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.

Conference happy bucks raise $$ for Smile Network

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.

Rotary Takes on Climate Change

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.

TRF Named World’s Outstanding Foundation for 2016

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.




Rollin’ Rotary 2 cruises through District 5950

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!
Upcoming Events
Rotary International Convention
Atlanta Georgia
Jun 10, 2017 – Jun 14, 2017
District Governor Installation for Bob Halagan
Rush Creek
Jun 21, 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