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District Governor sends Chinese New Year wishes!

I wish everyone a wonderful New Year!
I am honored and grateful to have the opportunity to serve you as the Rotary District 5950 Governor this year. I wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous Lunar New Year. Thank you
to each one of you for all that you do for Rotary and for your communities.

        ~District Governor Marianna

Tri-District Conference cancelled

A The 2022 Rotary International Tri-District Conference will not happen this spring.
A perfect storm of challenges made it prudent to not proceed. If you have already registered, you will receive a 100% refund. Please remember to cancel your lodging reservations directly with the hotel. 
If you already registered a full registration refund will be issued. 

Please contact the hotel directly to cancel lodging reservations. 

Apply now for $500 membership grant

More clubs ... more impact!

Rotary clubs donate over $11,000 to Sleep in Heavenly Peace

More than 200 beds will be distributed to children in need throughout the south thanks to Rotarians and other organizations’ volunteers who gathered at Northern Tool & Equipment in Burnsville for a building event. The business hosted an estimated 500 volunteers who built beds that Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a nonprofit that builds and delivers beds to children ages 3 to 17 in Dakota and Scott Counties.

Multiple Rotary clubs worked together on a November 18 build session. Members of the Rotary Clubs of Apple Valley, Burnsville Noon, Burnsville Breakfast, Eagan
Kick-Start, Savage, Shakopee
and Minneapolis donated their time and $11,250 toward supplies needed to make the beds,
said Brian Bessler, Apple Valley president.

 “We didn’t realize there was such a need for beds,” he said. Bessler worked with Mike Schwie (Burnsville Breakfast), Area 2 Assistant Governor, to coordinate the clubs for the build. “I think that the really big benefit of involving multiple clubs is there’s a lot of interaction between the clubs. It was the first time that all the clubs have gotten together to create a major project like this,” he said.  (Read full story in Sun This Week.)


Rotarians help donate 2,000 pounds of books to 'Books for Africa'

In another collective effort, the Rotary Clubs of Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove and
E-Club Global Travelers gathered books for the Books for Africa organization. The team also helped raise $500 for shipping costs. Pictured left to right: Gary Uhde and Ann Uhde (Brooklyn Park), Judy Johnson (Maple Grove) and Nancy Laible (Global Travelers). The clubs' collaboration with
Books for Africa supports a literacy project 
in Kenya.

PEs and PENs can register for Virtual NCPETS

Registration is open for Virtual NCPETS. This opportunity will prepare Rotary presidents-elect for their 2022-23 Rotary Year. Clubs' president-elect nominees are also encouraged
to register and participate fully. Register at and take advantage of the early bird pricing!

Climate simulation model demonstrates solutions

The District Environment Action Team hosted a Climate Solutions Workshop on January 26. Attendees from 19 states/provinces and 25 different Rotary clubs brought enthusiasm and active engagement.
The workshop leveraged the En-ROADS climate simulation model which develops an understanding of a suite of solutions that could keep global temperatures from rising.
En-ROADS is a transparent, freely available policy simulation model that gives everyone the chance to design their own scenarios to limit future global warming. You can try your own experiments and assumptions and get immediate feedback on the impacts at
A key take-away from the workshop is: “Protecting the Environment” also improves health, equity, and well-being.
Want to set up an En-ROADS workshop in your club? Is there a community group or student organization you think would benefit from learning about Climate Solutions? Contact Tim Conners at today. Find more information at and/or The workshop was sponsored by the Maple Grove Rotary Club, Twin Cities Rotary EcoClub, Eden Prairie ESRAG, Rotary District 5950 Environment Action Team, and a Group of MIT Alumni.

Come experience a new Black business networking event

In partnership with Tomme Beevas and Pimento, The Rotary Club of Edina is kicking off a monthly Black Business Networking event on the fourth Thursday of each month from 5:30-7 p.m. It begins this month on Thurs., February 24 at Pimento Jamaican Kitchen, 2524 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404.  
The meeting format is outlined on the flyer at right. And a bonus for this kick-off event is reggae band Irie Minds performing from 7-9 p.m.!

Survey results emailed to clubs

Results from the District Survey are tabulated. Alexa Rundquist emailed them out to all club presidents, presidents-elect and membership chairs. It is a value that District 5950's leaders were able to offer to all clubs. Please review the results and incorporate good suggestions into your 2022-23 club plans. 

Diverse Voices: Education

As Nelson Mandela stated, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  This quote illuminate education to be the power that changes the world and not a power that destroys. That is what Mandela accomplished by being in jail for 25 years and stand for truth and reconciliation. While to be educated is a privilege for most people, some pay a big price for being privileged to be educated, know the truth, and stand for freedom like Nelson Mandela. The question for all of us is, how can we make education “Equitable” for all and not for some? Why is that those from the marginalized be castigated for being intelligent to challenge the status quo or hypocrisy of society? Well, I assert that we are in the business of answering those questions.  
As Rotarians, we are educating our minds and hearts. We have proven this to be true. We use education as a primary tool to promote peace, to fight diseases stand for equality and much more to make the world a better place. Education could be a simple, active, and permanent way to give possibilities to the most people to obtain hopes and motivations in a difficult situation, learn basic skills and find their talent.
“Educating the mind without educating the heart
is no education at all.”

I was privileged to be educated in a country, Ethiopia, where the education of women is not that important or a priority. I am passing the torch by providing educational opportunity for disadvantaged Ethiopian girls.
Diverse Voices is a regular column written by rotating contributors from the Rotary District 5950 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Team.  For more information about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in our district, please see our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement.

5950 Rotarians are flower power behind  RI float

Rotary’s 2022 Rose Parade float - a wise owl sitting behind an open book and a globe shaped like an apple - reflects the organization’s international pillar of service and education.  It's theme, “Changing Lives Through Education" fit well with this year’s overall parade theme: “Dream. Believe, Achieve.” Minnesota’s Rotarians were thrilled to join others from many states in days ahead of the parade for decorating shifts where they had a hand in sorting, preparing and hand-placing roses and carnations according to a color-coded professional design. Every inch of the float is decorated with flowers, leaves, seeds, bark and other natural materials. 
District 5950 decorating volunteers represented the Rotary Clubs of Edina Noon, Edina Morningside, Edina High School Interact, Glenwood, Global Travelers E-Club and Minneapolis City of Lakes. Pictured in the front row: Melanie DeLuca, Catherine Gump, Jewelie Grape and Katy Campbell. Center: Mike DeLuca, Jody Kern and Lloyd Campbell. Back row: Andrew Gump and Tom Gump.
Our 5950 DG line with and district Rotarians got the rare opportunity to share an evening dinner with RI President Shekhar Mehta and his wife, Rashi. From left: 5950 DGN Jewelie Grape, Rashi Mehta, RI President Shekhar Mehta, PDG Tom Gump and DGE Lloyd Campbell. (Photo by Katy Campbell)

RI President-Elect introduces 2022-23 theme

Rotary International President-elect Jennifer Jones wants members to imagine the possibilities in the change they can make to transform the world.

Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, revealed the 2022-23 presidential theme, Imagine Rotary, as she urged people to dream big and harness their connections and the power of Rotary to turn those dreams into reality. “Imagine, a world that deserves our best,” Jones told incoming district governors, “where we get up each day knowing that we can make a difference.”

Jones, who will make history on July 1 by becoming Rotary’s first female president, gave a live online address to precede Rotary’s annual training event for district governors from around the world, the International Assembly. District 5950 Governor-Elect Lloyd Campbell (Glenwood) will serve D5950.

For Rotary, “finding the right ‘part’ to engage each member should be our core function,” Jones said. “It comes down to the comfort and care of our members.” “It is our offer of hands-on service, personal growth, leadership development, and lifelong friendships that creates purpose and passion,” Jones said.

Jones closed her address by saying that although we all have dreams, acting on them is a choice we make. When an organization like Rotary dreams about big things like ending polio and creating peace, she said, it becomes our responsibility to make them happen. “You don’t imagine yesterday,” Jones said, “You imagine tomorrow.”


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