District Governor's Newsletter

May 1, 2017

"Harmony" highlights our year of serving humanity

District Governor Mark Hegstrom celebrated his Rotary year with
hundreds of friends at the District 5950 Conference on April 28.
The City of Edina proclaimed it Rotary District 5950 Day in Edina.

District 5950 leads the way in TRF donations

District 5950's star shines brightly in the Rotary world. Our district leads all 28 districts in our partner zones in annual fund contributions to The Rotary Foundation (TRF).

Why do we lead in giving? Because we also lead in doing. It is astonishing the number of global and local community projects our clubs are involved in, supported by TRF grants. We give because we see the results achieved through TRF grants.

Our excellent record continues this year. We are substantially ahead of last year’s year-to-date numbers. With two months remaining in the Rotary year, we are already closing in on $200 per capita giving, and we expect to exceed the approximately $275 per Rotarian we achieved in the past two Rotary years.

It is up to each of us to support The Rotary Foundation and its mission of doing good in the world -- by supporting our fellow Rotarians' philanthropic activities. Service through Rotary projects is only one piece of the Rotary magic, but it is critical piece.

Are YOU part of our District’s success? We ask every Rotarian for only a dollar a day ($365 annually). Our 265 Paul Harris Society members pledge to give three dollars per day every year! Even if you can’t join at that level, please consider how a modest one dollar per day can change lives around the world.

Our Rotary year ends June 30. If you haven’t contributed yet this year, what is holding you back? Contribute now and help your fellow Rotarians serve humanity!

Order commemorative TRF wine

All year we've celebrated The Rotary Foundation's 100th anniversary.
Now you can really celebrate -- with commemorative bottles of wine
priced at $25 per bottle, plus shipping.
District Governor Mark will place an order for all who email him their purchase commitment by Friday, May 12. Email (Shipping fees can be avoided for those who pick up their order in person.) 

District Assembly kicked off the 2017-18 Rotary year

District Governor-Elect Bob Halagan (Buffalo) welcomed 200+ Rotarians to District Assembly
on April 8.
In sharing his vision for the 2017-18 year in District 5950, Bob encouraged clubs to track their project involvement and volunteer hours in order to capture the value of our service. He also challenged the district to reach RI President-Elect Ian Riseley’s goal of 50% female membership.
Keynote Speaker Annie Meehan made members aware of how they could be just another “expert” in the world -- or they could “Be the Exception.”

2017-18 goal: Track clubs' service and contributions

Rotary President-Elect Ian Riseley is asking all clubs to track the number of hours of service members contribute to their communities and the amount of money donated during Rotary Year 2017-2018. The goal is to show what a force Rotary is in the world -- at a club, district and RI worldwide level.

Think about the impact on a prospective members or project partner when you can describe precisely how much your club contributes to your community and our District invests in Minnesota.

RI's website will have a reporting feature by the July 1 beginning of the Rotary year. Even before then, clubs can plan their tracking method. Besides tracking dollars raised for your community, include money raised from the community and spent on a local Rotary project. Hours of service may be a little trickier to track. Krysta Peterson, president of the South Metro Minneapolis Evenings (SMME) club, has a spreadsheet her club already uses to track hours of service and activity. We will make that available on the District 5950 website.

These will be very powerful numbers! I can’t wait to see what kind of story they tell for our District.

District 5950 is Silver Sponsor for TCYP Summit 2017

The TCYP (Twin Cities Young Professionals) Summit on May 19 will bring together hundreds
of young professionals from the greater Twin Cities area. Twelve District 5950 Rotary clubs are collaborating to be an event Silver Sponsor, their funding allowing young attendees to hear speakers discuss diversity, inclusion, communication, self-growth, and more. This annual summit gathers industry leaders together to share insights on how to grow their business expertise, focus their leadership skills and integrate their passion into the workp

Collaborating clubs are St. Louis Park, Bloomington, Eden Prairie Noon, Minnetonka, Edina, Chanhassen, Chaska, Golden Valley, Waconia-West Carver, Edina Morningside, Shakopee, and Eden Prairie AM.

Eight young professional Rotarians will represent District 5950 at the event, staffing an exhibitor table during registration and breaks. They will also connect with attendees during sessions and meals, creating opportunities to engage in one-to-one and small-group conversations. As a Silver Sponsor we will have a quarter-page ad in the program and receive recognition during the event.  

These collaborating clubs hope to recruit new Rotary members and create more awareness of Rotary and our Rotary District. If you are a young professional and would like to register for the event, you can get more information at


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