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                                July 2017

The New Rotary Year: Making a Difference

Welcome to a new Rotary year that’s full of new promise, new officers and new ideas.
Rotary International President Ian Riseley is a practical and inspirational leader with whom
I am delighted to work. I have the great privilege and honor of being your new district
governor this year; I pledge to do my best serving you and your clubs in a manner that
helps all of us be better Rotarians. Each club has new energy that comes from a new
president and some new officers.
A new year also brings challenges and goals for District 5950.
  1. President Riseley has challenged each district to plant one tree for every Rotarian in the district, an environmental challenge of planting 1.2 million trees this Rotary year!
  2. President Riseley has also asked each district to keep track of its hours of service and dollars contributed to their communities so that we can better tell our complete Rotary story.
  3. Our District has embraced the challenge of reaching parity membership so that it matches the male and female ratio of population in Minnesota.You’ll be hearing lots more about our 50.3% goal for women in Rotary in District 5950.
  4. A club has new goals and ideas that are uniquely their own. Do you know what yours are?
Just as there is much that is new, there is also much that does not change about us as Rotarians.
  • The fight to beat polio continues. YTD there are 22 confirmed cases of polio in the world. Perhaps 2017 will mark the final time anyone in the world is newly diagnosed with this deadly disease.
  • In 2017-18 District 5950 will have over $390,000 to spend on district and international grants due to the tremendous generosity of our Rotarians in recent years.
  • And our commitment to service always continues. Many new stories will surface this year based upon our most enduring characteristic: our faith in Service Above Self
    as a way to make our own lives so much richer.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as your district governor this year. I look forward to all the new Rotary friends I will make and the good deeds I will witness.
Thanks for all you do for Rotary!
--DG Bob

Area 4 clubs create TRF celebration for communities

A 40-person high school band will play “Happy Birthday” as a five-tier birthday cake with
100 candles is cut. Come celebrate The Rotary Foundation’s centennial birthday with Area 4 clubs and 1,000 local residents at Maple Grove’s
Town Green Park on Saturday, July 29.

It’s all FREE: music, food, bouncy houses, photo booth, and interactive Rotary stations featuring PolioPlus, Shelter Box and Days for Girls. Please bring a nonperishable food contribution for the local food shelf.
The 10 a.m.-2 p.m. community celebration is brought to you by the five Area 4 clubs: Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal-New Hope-Robbinsdale, Maple Grove and Rogers. Town Green is at 7991 Main St. in Maple Grove.

RI and 5950 approve dues increase

Both Rotary International and District 5950 dues will increase on the 2017-18 semi-annual bills. The district approved its $5 ($2.50 semi-annual) increase at the Corporation’s Annual Meeting on April 28, 2017. Beginning July 1, 2017, a member’s dues are $29.00.
Semi-annual training assessment fees also increased, with a sliding scale for clubs of
44 or fewer members, 45-74 members, and 75+ members. This increase supports a
balanced budget for FY2017-18, without using district reserves.
Rotary International’s 2016-17 Council on Legislation authorized a $4 dues increase implemented over three years: 2017-18 = $30.00, 2018-19 = $32.00, 2019-20 = $34.00. 
The additional funding will enable Rotary to address many issues, including:
  • Improve the functionality and search capabilities of RI’s website.
  • Improve and simplify reporting for clubs and districts.
  • Invest in membership initiatives.
  • Bring Rotaractors into the fold by allowing them access to online tools.
  • Improve the performance and usability for Rotary Club Central.
  • Improve access to contribution data for timelier reporting to clubs and individuals.

Area 13 joins efforts in massive food packing event

Area 13’s presidents and presidents-elect came home from PETS with enthusiasm for doing a meaningful local project.  These leaders from the Monticello, Buffalo, and St. Michael-Albertville clubs applied for a district local grant, turning $3,000 into $12,500 for a Fight the Hunger food packing event.
It was our first Area 13 community event
that brought all three clubs' Rotarians, friends and families together to work with the Monticello Interact Kids to fight hunger. Rotarians packed over 40,000 meals in four hours. Each club brought back 62 cases of food to distribute to their local food shelves and after-school/weekend food backpack program.
In a great show of Women in Rotary, the club leaders included (from left):
Marianna Khauv (Monticello), Area 13 AG; Irene Kelly (Eden Prairie, AM), DG-E; Kris Dirks (Buffalo), President; Michelle Redding (Monticello), President-Elect; Linda Mielke (Monticello), President; and Kristin Rogers (St. Michael-Albertville), Past-President.
At left, immigrant volunteers helped pack because they had been helped by a similar program and now wanted to give back. 

Apply to be the next global scholar

District 5950 will provide funding for up to two Global Grant Scholarships for qualified applicants for Graduate Study Abroad beginning Fall 2018. For further information, download Scholarship Terms and Conditions and 
Scholarship Application. Applications are due on September 30, 2017.
Pictured are 2016 Global Scholarship winners Thomas Bird and Amal Gani who will study in the UK and the Netherlands, respectively. They are pictured with District 5950 Foundation Chair Don Stiles.

Are YOU the 2020-21 district governor?

My year as your district governor has ended and DG Bob Halagan is running strong.
But already we look forward to learning which District 5950 Rotarian will lead in 2020-21
after Irene Kelly’s (Eden Prairie AM) 2018-19 term and Russ Michaletz (City of the Lakes)
in 2019-20. 
How about YOU? I chair this year’s nominating committee which seeks qualified candidates recommended and endorsed by their clubs. Candidates may self-nominate by completing and submitting a club-endorsed District Governor Nomination form. The application deadline is in September. If you have questions, please email me at
  • The Rotarian must be a member in good standing of a functioning club in the district, and must have been a Rotarian for at least seven years.
  • The Rotarian must have served as president of a club for a full term, or be a charter president of a club having served from the date of charter to June 30, provided that
    this period is at least six months.
  • The Rotarian must be willing, committed and able to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of governor.
  • The Rotarian must demonstrate knowledge of the qualifications, duties, and responsibilities of the district governor.
  • Before taking office, the governor must attend the complete international assembly
    in January.
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