Stories In This Issue

D5950 leads the world again:
Rotary Club of Network for Empowering Women charters

Please welcome to District 5950 the newest members to our Rotary family, the newly chartered 46-member Rotary Club of Network for Empowering Women! It is the first Rotary club in the world to focus on this specific cause. The members of this e-club come from Connecticut, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio and Virginia. In addition to being diverse in geographical area, the members are also diverse in gender, race, age, profession and religious belief.
I am honored to serve as the Club Advisor for this wonderful new club! And I personally thank Innovative New Club Formation chair Gina Smith (Brooklyn Park) for bringing in two of the club's members! Gina is also a member of the district's Membership Committee.

Jewelie Grape will lead district in 2023-24

Congratulations to Jewelie Grape (Minneapolis City
of Lakes). selected as District 5950 Governor for the 2023-24 Rotary year.
Jewelie is a 15+ year Rotarian who served as club president in 2019-20, District 5950 secretary (2013-15), Assistant Governor for Area 1 (2017-19), and is currently the District trainer. In her business life, Jewelie is an attorney, providing human resources and employee benefits counsel to organizations across the country.
Once Jewelie's selection is approved at the District Conference annual meeting in the spring, her title will be District Governor Nominee Designate. Jewelie will follow DG-Elect Marianna Khauv (Monticello) in 2021-22 and DG-Nominee Lloyd Campbell (Glenwood) in 2022-23.
Thank you to the District Governor Selection Committee (past and upcoming District Governors and a representative from small, medium and large clubs) and to all who applied for the District Governor position. We are thrilled that Jewelie will be using her skills and talents to lead District 5950 in 2023-24.

Donate, designate, delight during Foundation Month

November is Rotary's Foundation Month. Here are ideas for making it more memorable in your club.
1.  The Rotary Club of Brooklyn Park presented Bernice and Rotarian Jeremiah Rotich with Paul Harris Fellow awards in recognition of their persistent and passionate work to build a medical clinic in western Kenya. The medical clinic was completed last spring in Kericho County Kenya and is the first medical facility in the area. The clinic will serve over 2,000 village people in the area.
2.  It's not too late to use the four lighthearted videos PDGs Jim Nelson and Russ Michaletz taped to answer members' questions about "Tier F" (TRF) and "the Polaris Society" (Paul Harris Society). Each is about six minutes in length, linked here and also available on the district's YouTube channel.
3.  The Rotary Club of Rogers club president used the "In honor (or memory) of" feature on The Rotary Foundation's (TRF) Donate page to make gifts in honor of each club member. TRF sent each member a confirmation email including the president's personalized message. What an easy way to honor your members and support Rotary's efforts.
4.  PDG Russ Michaletz (City of Lakes) reminds clubs that a member of District 5950 TRF Fundraising Team is available for club presentations, especially as the tax year winds down. Zoom is the preferred format as Minnesota's COVID cases trend upwards. Email PDG Russ at

Membership success starts with the ASK

Current Membership Numbers 

July 1:     2,715 members
Nov. 10:  2,732 members 

(See article about Network for Empowering Women Club 
which created a 17-member net gain for the district.)


    New Clubs Rotary/Rotaract/Interact Clubs

Our goal this year is to duplicate the district's 2019-20 success in developing new clubs. If you have an idea about starting a new Rotary/Rotaract/Interact Club please contact Gina Smith at, District Governor Tom Gump at or Lloyd Campbell at

    Free Zoom License

The district offered a free zoom license for up to three years to any club that increases its membership by a net gain of one during each of the next three years. Thirty-one clubs took the challenge. The district is extending the program until the end of October. To sign up, contact Lloyd Campbell at Note: A club only qualifies for free Zoom in Year #2 if it gains membership during the initial year.

    The Leads Program

Monthly we will recap clubs' success in following up on leads provided by Rotary International. During October, we salute the Rotary Club of Eagan for receiving and connecting with two prospective members. Promptly contacting a prospective member, inviting the guest to a meeting and making a strong first impression are all keys to bringing in a new member. Thank you, Eagan club president Leif Hagen and membership chair Jeff Larson!


The Vision Program has been updated to include an all-virtual platform. If you have not conducted a Visioning session within the last three years, please consider updating your strategic plans. (See separate article.)

    Speaker Repository

The Membership committee is working in conjunction with the Public Image committee to create a speaker repository. The key to success is club participation where you provide quality recordings of your best speakers. More information is coming soon.

Rotaract: The Future of Rotary

Did you know our district has a strong Rotaract presence? For those unfamiliar, Rotaract 
is a part of the Rotary family that brings together people ages 18 and older to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service. In communities worldwide, Rotary and Rotaract members work side by side to take action through service. 

We currently have two Rotaract clubs in District 5950:
SaintCloud Rotaract (est. in 2015) and the Rotaract Club of Edina (est. in 2018).

Rotaract is incredibly important to our district as a way to introduce the Rotary vision to a younger generation. Rotaract members are emerging and energetic leaders who aim to make a difference in their communities. Building strong connections with these members is also a great way to build a pipeline of future Rotarians.

Both clubs have already made a difference through service and action. I look forward to telling you stories about each club in upcoming newsletters. In the meantime, if you are curious about Rotaract or interested in starting a Rotaract club in your community, I encourage you to email Clare Richards at

Follow both clubs on Facebook to keep up with the fun, impactful work our emerging leaders are doing!

Saint Cloud Rotaract Facebook         
Rotaract Club of Edina Facebook

Scavenger hunt is World Polio Day event

Our idea for the first hybrid Zoom scavenger hunt called The Amazing Race (to end Polio)! in celebration of World Polio Day was a hit!  

On October 24, World Polio Day, teams of two from all over the district competed against each other to find or do 10 things related to polio, e.g., post on social media something related to our event or Rotary’s fight to end polio, make a sign about polio that reads “Honk for Rotary fighting polio” and get three honks from vehicles. While teams reported in from the field, DG Gump and friends hosted from “Gump Tower” on Zoom with messages of Rotary’s great endeavor to end polio.

The winning team, treasure hunters Karen and Tasha of Apple Valley Rotary, came in with all items in six minutes!! The race continued and Judge Gump declared that every team completing all items would be winners, eligible to receive Paul Harris recognition.  Several other teams took the challenge and completed all items. 

Great fun! Our message was heard far and wide.
Just wait for next year!



Rotary Peace Fellowship awarded to Caitlin Schweiger

Rotary District 5950 congratulates Caitlin Schweiger on her selection as a Rotary Peace Fellow. Peace Fellowships are awarded for full support to pursue a master’s degree in peace studies and conflict prevention at five Rotary Peace Centers around the world: University of Queensland, Australia; Uppsala University, Sweden; University of Bradford, England; Duke University, United States (not available to US citizens); and Tokyo International Christian University, Japan. Fifty fellowships are awarded each year to candidates from all over the world.
Ms. Schweiger received her B.A. degree at the University of Minnesota and a J. D. degree at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. She is a clerk for the Honorable Judge Christian Sande of the Fourth Judicial District Court in Minneapolis. Caitlin is also in her second year as a Benjamin B. Ferencz Fellow in Human Rights and Law at World Without Genocide, where she works on advocacy and awareness for the International Criminal Court. She will begin her studies at Tokyo International Christian University in fall 2021.
Caitlin was nominated for the Peace Fellowship by the Minneapolis University Rotary Club. Sarah Wind, nominated by the Minnesota Veterans Rotary Club, has been chosen as an Alternate to Uppsala University. 
District 5950 has had more candidates selected for fellowship awards than almost any other district in the world. Find more information about Rotary Peace Fellowships online or contact Dr. Ellen Kennedy at 952-693-5206 or

Visioning Team provides strategic planning assistance

As most of your know, one of Rotary's goals is for clubs to do strategic planning this year. Our District Visioning Team would be very happy to assist you in helping you with your Club’s planning effort. The Team’s mission is to facilitate what the club wants to accomplish.…and can be done virtually.

In-person Visioning was typically done in one lengthy session. Virtual visioning is separated into three sessions: a ten-minute introduction and two one-hour sessions. District 5950 provides both facilitators and materials for the club to copy and distribute. Facilitators lead clubs through idea gathering during the first session; later, they coach clubs through voting on those ideas. 

Please contact District Visioning Chair Guy Marzano at (612) 839-7288 or with questions, comments, and/or to schedule sessions for your club.


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