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Join the DG installation festivities!

Register now! The ClubRunner registration page provides options for registering and paying for the installation event ($20), lake ride ($15) and wine tasting & tour ($15). Come be part of the total experience as we anticipate a high-energy 2022-23 Rotary year under District Governor Lloyd Campbell's leadership!

Rotary magazine features Lake Street project

The May 2022 Rotary magazine shines a worldwide spotlight on our Rotarians' impact helping Lake Street business owners recover during the past two years. This partnership and support is reflected in article quotes from merchants who are so grateful for Rotarians' leadership and hands-on assistance as they rebuild businesses and livelihoods. 
Sincere thanks to article writer Frank Bures, photographer Tim Gruber, and community organizer Suzanne Kochevar, as well as all the invested Rotary members.

District remembers Rotarians lost in 2021-22

Remembering our Rotarians is a touching video montage honoring our fellow Rotarians who died during the 2021-22 Rotary year. It was shown at the April 30 annual meeting and is posted on the District 5950 YouTube channel.

May is Youth Service Month

Youth service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through programs such as Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Rotary Youth Exchange, and New Generations Service Exchange. May is Youth Service Month in Rotary. Learn more about how you can support young leaders:

ShelterBox responds to crisis in Ukraine

As the war in Ukraine rages on, an unprecedented number of people are fleeing in search of safety. Right now, more than 12.5 million people – over a quarter of the population (44 million) have been displaced, either internally within Ukraine or as a refugee who has fled to a neighboring country. More than half of Ukraine's children are displaced by the crisis.
ShelterBox has been responding to the crisis in Ukraine. A ShelterBox Response Team is currently deployed in Lviv, supporting our humanitarian relief projects to help people internally displaced within the country. Thousands of mattresses have already been distributed to provide comfort to people sleeping in evacuation centers. Additionally, we are providing Shelter Kits to help people living in damaged buildings, along with essential household supplies, including solar lights, thermal blankets, and water carriers.
Another ShelterBox Response Team is responding in Moldova to help refugees who have escaped and arrived with few resources.  
Please watch this important video update from ShelterBox Head of Emergency Responses, Alice Jefferson, live on CNN from the ground in Lviv.
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District 5950 Clubs:  Your club can be a HERO Club at the Bronze ( $1,000), Silver ($3,000) or Gold ($5,000) level in a Rotary Year. A Rotary district can also be a HERO. (See more at

There are currently three Bronze HERO Clubs in D5950.

Total D5950 ShelterBox donations this year: $ 20,949

Rank in US: #43 of 147 districts

Rank in Zone 29:  #3 of 16 districts

St. Louis Park celebrates 75th anniversary

Service Above Self for 3,900 weeks – 75 years that the St. Louis Park Rotary Club has been meeting and making a difference in the community. The club celebrated on April 28 at the Twin Cities Film Fest lounge at The Shops at West End.
Club President Derek Reise told the audience, “Rotary has changed a lot in the last three-quarters of a century – as has the world. We will continue to adapt on how we operate,
but we will always stay true in our values and unite to create lasting change.”
Over the years, the club:
- helped found the nonprofit Children First
- initiated the Operation Jumpstart mentoring program for St. Louis Park High School students
- provides college scholarships to students
- sponsors a summer concert series
- helped found the Keep Every Youth Safe organization
- conducts service projects for charities
- provides grants to organizations like the St. Louis Park Emergency Program and
St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts.
St. Louis Park Mayor Jake Spano issued a proclamation recognizing Rotary’s significance to the community. He noted that the club annually donates up to $40,000 for initiatives like Children First, the Parktacular festival, Westwood Hills Nature Center art installations, youth sports, scholarships and other endeavors.
The club meets Mondays for lunch at Westwood Hills Nature Center in St. Louis Park.

"Discover New Horizons" at RI Convention

It's not too late to register for the Rotary International Convention in Houston, Texas from June 4-8. Watch the introductory video and click on the Register tab to get started!

What is Zone Institute?

Just what is a Zone Institute?  
The Zone Institute is an annual gathering of Rotarians and Rotaractors from the 23 districts in Zones 25B and 29. It is an opportunity to meet senior Rotary leaders and hear about their ideas to grow and enhance our organization; and, it is a chance to gain tools to help you succeed in your Rotary position, whatever that may be.
Why should I attend?  
The North Star Zone is your opportunity to learn more about Rotary; to increase your leadership skills, to grow your knowledge; to discover areas where you might want to assume a future role; to gain skills that will benefit you in Rotary, in your profession, and in your community; to meet, network and socialize with current friends and new friends from throughout Zones 25B and 29; and, to have FUN!

Meet the 2023-34 RI President at Zone

The North Star Zone is your chance to meet Rotary International President-Elect (RIPE) Gordon McInally and to hear about his plans for our organization in 2023-24. (McInally’s term follows Jennifer Jones who will lead Rotary International in 2022-23.)
RIPE McInally is looking forward to getting to know the Rotarians and Rotaractors in Zones 25B and 29! Gordon, a dentist, joined The Rotary Club of South Queensferry in 1984. He was District Governor in 1997-98 and served as President of Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland in 2004-05, then on the RI Board of Directors and a number of RI committees.
Gordon and Heather McInally are both great supporters of The Rotary Foundation. They live in the Scottish Borders south of Edinburgh.
Register now! Zone is September 15-18, 2022 in Bloomington.

Chaska shares May programming idea

Chaska kicked off their  Rotary Leads the Way in May! month-long initiative by celebrating “Heroes de Cinco De Mayo”. Nearly 70 attended the meeting via in-person and Zoom options. Guest speakers were John Pacheco and Fabio Tenorio from the Latino Chamber of Commerce MN. Mr. Tenorio spoke via Zoom from Honduras.

Event partners included Latino Voices, Carver County Public Health, and the Chaska Event Center. Attendees included the Mayors of Chaska and Carver; the Chaska Police Chief, the Executive Director of the Scott-Carver-Dakota CAP Agency, the Chaska Human Rights Commission, and several Carver County Commissioners. 

You're invited: Build Minnesota's inclusive economy

New diversity, equity, and inclusion courses posted

An inclusive club culture is one where everyone feels welcome. New courses in the Learning Center can help you cultivate this kind of environment by learning ways to assess and improve your club.
  • Building a welcoming environment starts with talking about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Discussing these topics takes time and isn’t always easy. The Creating an Inclusive Club Culture course will help your club have these discussions, evaluate your policies and practices, and make changes to create a more inclusive culture. 
  • Microaggressions are statements or actions that offend people or make them feel unwelcome by reinforcing negative stereotypes or asserting power dynamics. The Microaggressions course will help you to understand the harmful impact of such behavior and to respond in ways that uphold Rotary’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
  • A club whose members have different backgrounds and perspectives has a broader understanding of the community, the issues it faces, and possible solutions. Diverse clubs also attract more members, reflect Rotary’s core values, and expand our ability to make a difference. The Diversify Your Club course offers strategies for building relationships with new groups.
Visit the Learning Center to find these courses and others. You’ll need to create a My Rotary account if you don’t already have one.

**The links in this article may take you to the Learning Center course catalog instead of directly to a course. Use the Search bar to help find the specific course.

Upcoming Events
PE Training
Via Zoom
May 26, 2022
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Lloyd Campbell - District Governor Installation
Jun 11, 2022
2:30 PM – 6:30 PM
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