Stories In This Issue

DG shares refugee history. Please help Ukrainians through these RI sources

Fellow District 5950 Rotarians,

It is heartbreaking to see what is happening to the Ukrianians. My husband escaped from the Pol Pot regime of Cambodia. My father escaped from the communist China with his college professor. He 
never had a chance to say goodbye to his parents.
I personally ask you, Rotarians and clubs, to donate
to Rotary's Disaster Relief Fund and help districts affected by the worsening Ukrainian humanitarian crisis.
Thank you for your caring hearts and Rotary service,
DG Marianna

Lloyd Campbell featured in Rotary Magazine

District Governor-Elect Lloyd Campbell was a featured speaker at the 2022 International Assembly, addressing members of 524 Rotary districts on how diversity is one of Rotary's strengths. But Campbell didn't always feel that way.
In the March 2022 issue of Rotary Magazine (p. 60), the magazine tells of Campbell's excitement prior to attending his first Rotary meeting in 2012. But when Lloyd sat at a table with some Rotarians who were not inclusive towards African Americans, his view of Rotary could have quickly been changed.
Ten years later, Lloyd Campbell will become District 5950 Governor. Read how Campbell tackled diversity with District 5950, how he rose to be a leader within his Glenwood Rotary Club and District 5950, and what some of his goals are as the incoming district governor.

DG salutes Redwood Falls on its 75th anniversary!

Congratulations, Rotary Club of Redwood Falls!
District 5950 Rotarians celebrate with you
as your club marks its 75th anniversary.
Thank you for so many years of Service Above Self!
                                                           ~District Governor Marianna Khauv
Redwood Falls Rotarians celebrated their milestone anniversary with a festive social and meeting. Members’ spouses and prospective guests helped fill the room as the club enjoyed music, a social, and memories. One story involved a competitive attendance contest between four-member teams. Reportedly, three Rotarians brought their fourth member -- who had hurt his back and couldn’t walk -- to the meeting on a stretcher to ensure their team’s win.
A panel of the longest-serving members included (from left) Mark Oja (45 years), Jan Craig Nelson (40 years), Robin Stegner (34 years), Rich Seavert (33 years), and Carleton Bjerke (59 years). “We all remember when we were some of the youngest,” said Robin. “Seems like yesterday.”

Grant Management Seminar dates announced

Attending a Grant Management Seminar (GMS) is the first step in having your club certified to receive matching Rotary Foundation funds for local and international projects. Each club must have at least one member trained at a GMS; multiple members can be trained. The fee for the GMS sessions is included in the club training fee. The goal is to have all D5950 clubs certified for the upcoming Rotary year.
Refresher sessions are for members who trained for the 2019-20 year or 2020-21 year; they last two hours. Complete sessions are for first-time attendees; they last four hours. All 2022 sessions are via Zoom.
GMS Presenters Training Session: 3/14/2022 at 5 pm
GMS Refresher Sessions:
Thursday evening - 3/24/2022 at 5 pm
Saturday morning - 4/2/2022 at 9 am
Thursday evening - 4/7/2022 at 5 pm
Complete GMS Sessions:
Thursday evening - 3/31/2022 at 5 pm
Thursday evening - 4/14/2022 at 5 pm
Saturday morning - 4/30/2022 at 5 pm
Upcoming sessions are listed in the Events section at the bottom of this newsletter. Or register at: ►District Calendar tab ►Choose GMS date ►Complete info ►Submit. Each session is limited to twenty participants. Register early to secure your date! (Note: Registration is the first 30 minutes of the time listed.) Questions? Contact Richard Crabb at

CEAP salutes Rotary's support

Community Emergency Assistance Programs (CEAP) is a community-based, non-profit agency dedicated to providing information, referrals, advocacy and assistance to its neighbors, primarily in the northern suburbs. To celebrate 50 years in the community, CEAP is spotlighting active supporters -- like District 5950 and the Rotary Clubs of Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center.
In a recent blog post, CEAP featured Gina Smith (Brooklyn Park) who uses her Rotary ties to be an active supporter. "The Rotary Club of Brooklyn Park has partnered with CEAP for decades because we serve the community through a wide variety of programs," Gina said. "CEAP is more than just a food shelf; we embrace every neighbor with a full range of wrap-around supports and community connections."  
Besides noting the ways local Rotary clubs have supported CEAP, the post credits District 5950 for getting critical funds into the community during the early pandemic months. CEAP received some of this financial support as demand for their services surged.  Gina summarized, “CEAP is a lifeline. It’s a chance to make a difference. And it’s hope – especially today.” 

Progress shows that polio eradication remains achievable

Pakistan, one of the last two countries where polio is still endemic, has gone a full year without one report of a child being paralyzed by the wild poliovirus. This shows that a polio-free world is within reach. We recognize the commitment of Rotary members in Pakistan and around the world who have made this progress possible, and we continue to focus on the hard work we still need to do to deliver a polio-free future to all children everywhere.

Rotary members in Pakistan play a vital role in polio eradication by raising awareness and funds, advocating
with government officials, and engaging community leaders. To date, Rotary has supported polio eradication in Pakistan by giving nearly US$347 million in grants to fund vaccines, immunization campaigns, and surveillance efforts, and to hire health workers. We’ve also established medical camps and water filtration plants to bring broader health improvements to communities.

Even as we reflect on our encouraging progress in Pakistan, we also recognize that it is fragile. Surveillance efforts in Pakistan have continued to detect the wild poliovirus in samples from the environment, and challenges in reaching all children with vaccines persist. Rotary and our partners must redouble our efforts to stop polio transmission.

RI President selects Gump as representative

Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta has personally selected Past District Governor Tom Gump (Edina Morningside) to be a Rotary President’s Representative at district conferences. Tom and Catherine (Edina) will attend and participate in the May 2022 district conference in Ormoc City, Leyte, Philippines.

District conferences are an important part of the Rotary year -- a time to learn, share, re-energize and enjoy fellowship. "Rashi and I have always enjoyed being a President Representative where we met Rotarians and their families and had an opportunity to contribute to the effectiveness of the conference," wrote Mehta. "It is with pleasure that Rashi and I invite you and your partner, Catherine, to represent us." 

Camp RYLA  hosts students in April


Camp RYLA - April 8-12, 2022Registration is now open!


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a fun, intensive leadership experience where youth develop leadership skills and make connections. Registration is now open for Camp RYLA!

Club presidents and youth service coordinators, to reserve space for your students, please complete the Sponsoring Club Registration. Once your students are selected, have them complete the Student Registration. For more information, contact Jodi Erickson, Club Administrator for Rotary Club of Saint Paul #10: 612-466-0291 or (Click on graphic to watch RYLA video.)


Upcoming Events
GMS Presenter Training Session - Invitation Only
Mar 14, 2022 5:00 PM
Grant Management Seminar (GMS) - Refresher Session 1
Mar 24, 2022
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Grant Management Seminar (GMS)-Complete Session 1
Mar 31, 2022
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Grant Management Seminar (GMS)-Refresher Session 2
Apr 02, 2022
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Grant Management Seminar (GMS)-Refresher Session 3
Apr 07, 2022
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Grant Management Seminar (GMS)-Complete Session 2
Apr 14, 2022
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Grant Management Seminar (GMS)-Complete Session 3
Apr 30, 2022
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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