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One Rotary Summit brought 215 to the table

One Rotary Summit had an incredible turnout! Over 215 Rotarians came together, brainstorming how to integrate opportunities in membership, public relations and the Foundation with a goal of reaching 50.3% female membership in District 5950. Read the summarized highlights on the District website; they include:
1. This is a men’s issue. As I say to every club, this is a men’s issue, not a women’s issue. Strong female leaders don’t need our help; we need theirs if we are going to be relevant into the future. Male Rotarians, it’s up to you to make this happen.
2. Attract and engage. We discussed strategies for attracting new female members including challenging each Rotarian to invite a female guest to the club, and having club discussions that focus specifically on identifying the female leaders in your community. However, at the end of the day, inviting females into Rotary just isn’t enough. We need to be doing the things that are relevant to the lives of women such as projects on issues like human trafficking, opioid abuse and child homelessness.
3. How do we get there? Achieving 50.3% female membership requires us to do what Rotary does best--break the problem into achievable steps and commit to it for a period of time. To reach 50.3% female membership we need each club to add five new female members per year for the next three years. That’s it. If each club makes that commitment, we can reach our goal.
Thanks for all you do for Rotary!
--DG Bob

How is your club celebrating World Polio Day, October 24?

Camp Enterprise welcomes students on November 2

Camp Enterprise is an extensive three-day business camp for high school students. Sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Districts 5950 and 5960, Camp Enterprise introduces leadership activities focusing on the Free Enterprise System. 
The 120 attendees are divided into teams and given a case study (or business). In "Shark Tank" fashion, the teams develop business and marketing plans they present to the venture capitalists (Sharks) to secure financing for their business on the last day of camp. Scholarships worth $5,000 will be awarded at this 38th annual Camp Enterprise.
The weekend includes business mentoring from over 80 Rotary volunteers, excellent speakers, and interactive social activities. Speakers include, but are not limited to, Isabel & Caroline Bercaw, teenage owners of Da Bomb Bath Fizzers (their product is in 7,000 stores); Randy Stenger, owner of Extreme Sandbox and past Shark Tank participant; and Ping Yeh, MN Cup grand prize winner and CEO of StemoniXinc.
Volunteers are still needed and 25 participant spots remain. The camp is held at Camp Ihduhapi in Loretto, about 30 minutes west of Minneapolis. For more information contact Sam Thompson at or 612-282-1750. Learn more about Camp Enterprise at

COL set to review proposed legislation

Rotary International’s 2017-19 cycle of Council on Legislation (COL) is underway. As District 5950’s COL Representative, I represent our members and introduce their resolutions for consideration. I also convey proposed legislation, enactments and resolutions under consideration. 
The deadline to submit enactments is December 31, 2017.  Each individual item is to be submitted using the online resolution certification form and should include:
  • The name of the proposer
  • How it was endorsed by the district
  • Confirmation from the district governor that legislation was proposed or endorsed by the district 
  • An optional purpose and effect statement of 300 words or less.
If your club has a recommendation for new legislation, or requests changes to existing legislation, please follow this process. You can contact me at

Tom Gump in line for D5950 leadership in 2020-21

Please join in congratulating Tom Gump (Edina Morningside), selected District 5950 Governor for the 2020-21 year. His term follows DG-Elect Irene Kelly (2018-19) and DG-Nominee Russ Michaletz (2019-20). At this point in the Rotary year, the official title for this role is District Governor-Designate.
The Nominating Committee commends Tom for leadership achievements during his year as president of the Rotary Club of Edina Morningside: 30+ new members who are all engaged and active, and members’ TRF Annual Fund giving at double the previous level. Tom is currently both the District 5950 trainer and the Toronto Zone 28 Promotion Coordinator.
In his business life, Tom is a lawyer and real estate developer serving as "of counsel" with Stier Law Offices.

Exchange students arrive!

District Governor Bob (center, left) and District 5960 Governor Kyle Haugen welcomed 59 new exchange students to their September 9 orientation. (Three arrived in January.) These international students are staying with Rotarian host families across the two districts.

Rotary partner fights opioid epidemic by giving away antidote doses

Anyone can now legally possess and administer naloxone, the powerful lifesaving antidote to a heroin or opioid overdose — even an addict.
The Steve Rummler Hope Network, a Minnesota nonprofit that lobbied for the 2014 law allowing for wider distribution of naloxone and immunity for those who use it to save a life, is giving away thousands of doses across the state to anyone who might need it. That includes police officers, first responders, college employees, drug rehab staffers and parents.
This summer, the Rummler network trained staffers and provided naloxone at Minneapolis Community and Technical College; Minnesota State University, Mankato, and even a big-box store after an overdose in a parking lot.
The nonprofit gave away 6,000 doses in 2016. This year, with the help of a $200,000 state grant, it wants to distribute up to 24,000 doses. (Read full article on the Star Tribune.)

Tour Toronto, site of the 2018 International Convention

Is this the year that you attend a Rotary Convention? Click on the image to tour your host city, Toronto. Register for the convention and hotel rooms at this link.

Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Rotary International District 5950
PO Box 2158  
Minneapolis, MN 55337-2158
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