TRF Allows Rotarians to Imagine How To Do Good in the World 

The Rotary Foundation (TRF) is the engine that funds many of the humanitarian activities of Rotary. During Rotary fiscal year 2022-23, District 5950 Rotarians contributed more than $732,300 to the Annual Fund. These funds are used to match Club funds for Club projects. In addition, Polio contributions exceeding $200,000 plus a couple special generous Rotarian endowment and term gifts exceeding $450,000 resulted in total District 5950 giving of $1,393,601. That is truly amazing and very generous. Thanks to all Rotarians who participated this past year fundraising!
TRF Allows Rotarians to Imagine How To Do Good in the World 2023-11-01 05:00:00Z 0

A Note from our District Polio Chair - Tim Mulcrone:

As of 10/27/23, we are at 10 new symptomatic cases of wild polio in the world.  The cases are in Pakistan and Afghanistan. This number represents approximately 2000 carriers of the virus. Thank you for past donations.

In addition to Every Rotarian Every Year contributing to Annual Programs of The Rotary Foundation, each Rotarian is encouraged to make a personal donation to Polio Plus.  A “Polio Plus Society” is evolving District by District acknowledging individuals who pledge $100/year to polio eradication.
 
A Note from our District Polio Chair - Tim Mulcrone: 2023-11-01 05:00:00Z 0

October Newsletter Available

Thanks to everyone who was able to attend the District Conference on October 14!
 
The Arboretum was a perfect location for the District’s first quarter environmental focus. The morning started with a thank-you breakfast for major donors to the Rotary Foundation.  Although mother nature rained on our parade, so to speak, and we cancelled the outdoor service project, everyone still enjoyed the beautiful grounds. The Youth Exchange students and many adventuresome Rotarians took part in the Amazing Arboretum Race scavenger hunt. Matt Schuth from the Arboretum wowed us with his knowledge of birds and other animals. The House of Friendship tables provided information and opportunities to network for many attendees. 
 
October Newsletter Available Alexa Rundquist 2023-10-23 05:00:00Z 0

Twin Cities ECO Club

The 2023-24 District Conference was held at the MN Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen on Saturday October 14 and included environmental speakers and eco-friendly bags. Steve Solbrack with the Eco Club is a wonderful resource for all things environmental –steve@solbrack.com  
Twin Cities ECO Club Steve Solbrack 2023-10-23 05:00:00Z 0

An Innovative and Flexible Membership Model

Looking for a new model of membership - how about creating a model that allows Rotarians to be a part of 2 clubs. Look no further than the Global Travelers E-Club Associate member category. Learn more about how this flexible and forward thinking model has allowed the Global Travelers E-Club to rapidly grow and provide deep connections to service and Rotary. 
An Innovative and Flexible Membership Model Mike DeLuca 2023-10-22 05:00:00Z 0
September District 5950 Newsletter Is Now Available 2023-09-18 05:00:00Z 0
District Conference Registration Open Amber Gamblin 2023-09-02 05:00:00Z 0

End Polio Now Interview

Staying Engaged is an online series, via zoom, for all Rotarians focused on expanding Rotary knowledge through monthly topics.
September 11th District Governor Jewelie Grape with interview Tim Mulcrone about END POLIO NOW.
 
End Polio Now Interview Tim Mulcrone 2023-09-02 05:00:00Z 0
Wilmar Rockin Robbins Concert Series Joy Baker 2023-08-06 05:00:00Z 0
Summer Sounds by Brophy Concert Series debuts in Alexandria Tyler Golberg 2023-08-06 05:00:00Z 0
2023 Wayzata Music By the Lake Anita Rieder 2023-08-06 05:00:00Z 0
Do you like to eat? Christopher Stein 2023-08-06 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Angelia Amerigo was crowned Miss Minnesota Steve Frazier 2023-08-06 05:00:00Z 0
Chanhassen Shares Rotary During 4th of July Parade Tim Mulcrone 2023-08-06 05:00:00Z 0
Golden Valley Rotary Club honors many at Luncheon Mary Timmons 2023-08-06 05:00:00Z 0
Welcome  Benjamin Eby - MN Veterans Club Benjamin Eby 2023-08-06 05:00:00Z 0
Virtual Lunch & Learn Club Runner Hints - Monthly Series Alexa Rundquist 2023-07-21 05:00:00Z 0

Staying Engaged Series


The Staying Engaged Series is an online series for ALL ROTARIANS focused on expanding Rotary knowledge through monthly topics. 

Rotary started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Over time, Rotary’s reach and vision gradually extended to humanitarian service. Members have a long track record of addressing challenges in their communities and around the world.

That commitment endures today; District Governor Jewelie Grape had a vision of engaging and connecting members through the Staying Engaged Series. The series takes diverse professionals from around District 5950 and asks them to share their Rotary expertise and knowledge. The series will not only offer meaningful relevant and knowledge but include a dedicated question & answer and discussion time. 

Staying Engaged Series Alexa Rundquist 2023-07-21 05:00:00Z 0

Installation on the Mississippi 

Jewelie Grape's District Governor installation was a fun filled evening on the Mississippi. The group of 115 Rotarians were welcomed on to the boat with leis and then enjoyed tropical themed appetizers and Rotary themed drinks.
 
Installation on the Mississippi 2023-07-03 05:00:00Z 0

Jewelie Grape will lead District 5950 in 2023 -2024

 
Jewelie has been a member of the Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club since 2005 and is also an associate member of the Rotary eClub of Global Travelers. Jewelie is honored to be the 2023-24 District Governor for Rotary District 5950. She loves being a Rotarian because it gives her the opportunity to travel, develop friendships and make a difference in the world.
Jewelie Grape will lead District 5950 in 2023 -2024 Alexa Rundquist 2023-07-03 05:00:00Z 0

North Star Youth Exchange Kicks Off 2023 with Activities & North American Conference

Posted on Jan 04, 2023
North Star Youth Exchange (NYSE) is excited to plan for the August arrival 44 in-bound students from 21 countries around the world. NYSE will also have 33 outbound students on exchange. Applicant orientations are under way in January, 2023. Meanwhile, our current host students are getting access to the full “true North” experiences. They have enjoyed a group downhill ski outing and holiday gatherings. Rice Lake is hosting a “Winter Revelry” event. West Metro clubs are hosting students for activities as they observe the sled dogs and mushers running in the Lake Minnetonka Klondike Dog Derby.
North Star Youth Exchange Kicks Off 2023 with Activities & North American Conference Katy Campbell 2023-01-04 06:00:00Z 0

D5950 Rotary Joins Support for Ukraine, Arranging Donation of a Valuable Local Fire Truck

Posted on Dec 16, 2022
A humanitarian partnership initiated by Rotary Club of Edina Morningside seeks to save lives of innocent Ukrainian civilians impacted by Russia’s invasion by providing a used $1.2 million ladder truck fire engine owned by the City of Plymouth, Minnesota. The Plymouth City Council is scheduled to vote on the donation of the fire truck at its January 10, 2023 meeting.
 
The need for firetrucks and ambulances in Ukraine was a topic mentioned at the 2022 Fall North Star Rotary Zone Institute held in Minnesota. This piqued the attention of Past 5950 District Governor Tom Gump, who is a member of The Rotary Club of Edina Morningside. Gump met one on one with some local mayors, including Jeff Wosje, Rotarian and Mayor of Plymouth, MN. Usually Plymouth auctions its used equipment.
 
If it’s approved at the January 10 Plymouth City Council meeting, the ladder truck will join at least one other fire engine and seven ambulances in a shipment expected to leave the U.S.A. in early February, 2023.
D5950 Rotary Joins Support for Ukraine, Arranging Donation of a Valuable Local Fire Truck Katy Campbell 2022-12-16 06:00:00Z 0

New Podcast Offers Opportunities — “Searching for Service”

Posted on Dec 06, 2022
 
“It’s time to stop searching and start serving,” goes the promo. Simple, direct, and anything but frivolous is a new Rotary podcast produced jointly each week by Minnesota’s Rotary Districts 5950 and 5960. The hope is to reach current Rotarians, and engage listeners worldwide in service.
 
Why the title: “Searching for Service?”
 
“Post-Covid is a time for reconnecting,” explains co-host Joseph Kirk, a new Rotarian whose day job is real estate with Sotheby’s International in Edina, MN. “People have eliminated things that don’t matter and are focusing on the things that do matter.”
New Podcast Offers Opportunities — “Searching for Service” Katy Campbell 2022-12-06 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Districts 5580, 5950, & 5960 Partner with ALIGHT to Welcome Ukrainians

Posted on Oct 14, 2022
7 million Ukrainians – most of them women, children, and the elderly – have fled Ukraine since February, 2022 in the wake of Russia’s invasion. Through the Uniting for Ukraine program, the U.S. joins European countries as a safe haven for Ukrainians. 
 
Uniting for Ukraine offers a pathway for 100,000 Ukrainians to come to the U.S. for an initial two-year period. Under this program, a Ukrainian family must have a sponsor in the U.S. who agrees to help them get on their feet. 
 
Alight is working to make Minnesota, Wisconsin, & North Dakota be the standard for welcoming new communities. The goal is to mobilize 100 sponsoring groups by December, 2022 and we are being called to action to help them accomplish this across the Midwest. 
 
Alight is coming to Rotary Districts 5580, 5950, & 5960 because of our reach into the farthest corners of the tri-state region. Specific targeted areas include the Twin Cities and Metro area, Rochester, St. Cloud, Mankato, Faribault, Marshall, Moorhead, Hudson, Fargo, Bismarck, and Willmar, but Rotary members have reach into many more and Alight looks forward to working together to meet these targets.
Rotary Districts 5580, 5950, & 5960 Partner with ALIGHT to Welcome Ukrainians Betsy Anderson 2022-10-14 05:00:00Z 0
The ENGAGING MEMBERS GRANT is open for applications Betsy Anderson 2022-10-12 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor Lloyd Campbell Signs Pollinator Resolution

Posted on Sep 23, 2022
On Tuesday, September 20, 2022, Rotary members, community leaders, and Rotary District 5950 Governor Lloyd Campbell gathered at Westwood Hills Nature Center in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, for the official signing of the Operation Pollination Pollinator Resolution. The resolution expresses our Rotary district’s willingness to engage in pollinator habitat restoration and education activities. The Twin Cities Rotary EcoClub hosted the event.
 
Photo credit: Jeff Hage.
 
District Governor Lloyd Campbell Signs Pollinator Resolution Betsy Anderson 2022-09-23 05:00:00Z 0

Tim Murphy Award for Regional Service for a Polio Free World

Posted on Sep 14, 2022
 
Congratulations to Tim Murphy! Past District Governor (2015-16), Past President (2006-07), and member since 1995 of Rotary Club of Edina, Tim was honored in the summer of 2022 with the Regional Service Award for a Polio Free World for 2021-22. A mentor and tireless advocate for Rotary’s signature project, he has presented at conferences and quietly arranged major donations to PolioPlus. Region 36/Zone 29 End Polio Now coordinator Robert McLean presented the award and read a note from RI Director Suzi Howe. Tim received a standing ovation from the gathered crowd.
 
Pictured: PDG and Past President Tim Murphy receives a standing ovation at his home club, Rotary Club of Edina.
Tim Murphy Award for Regional Service for a Polio Free World Betsy Anderson 2022-09-14 05:00:00Z 0

One Summit - October 1, 2022

Posted on Sep 10, 2022
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One Summit emphasizes the relationship among Membership, Public Image, and Humanitarian Service through The Rotary Foundation. It is a unique and effective way to help club members understand and become truly engaged in Rotary.
 
Not sure if you should attend? Here is a list of who should come to One Summit:
Club “sparkplugs”, Incoming club leaders, Newer club members, Immediate Past Presidents, Club committee chairs/team leads, Club members looking for leadership opportunities, Someone finding their own voice, People who need to be reenergized, People looking for networking opportunities, YOU!
 
Event: One Summit (District 5950 Training)
Date: Oct 01, 2022

NEW TIME: 8:30am - 11:00am = ONE SUMMIT (Panel Discussion and Breakout Discussions)
11:00-11:45am - NEW WAYS OF THINKING ABOUT MEMBERSHIP DISCUSSION
(Satielle Clubs, Cause Based Clubs, Corperate Membersip)

Fee: FREE TO ALL
Location: Eisenhower Community Center or Online
1001 Highway 7
Hopkins, MN United States of America
55305
 

“Imagination to Action” explores scenarios with focused discussions at (one of) this year’s District 5950 One Summit, formerly known as One Rotary Summit. Gain a better understanding of how Membership, Public Image, and The Rotary Foundation work together. 

Visit https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50084/Event/one-summit-(district-5950-training) for more information.

One Summit - October 1, 2022 Betsy Anderson 2022-09-10 05:00:00Z 0

Achievement Certificate for 5950 Kaleidoscope Rotaract

Posted on Sep 09, 2022
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Congratulations to Kaleidoscope Rotaract in Glenwood, MN! Recognized in September as one of 313 Rotaract clubs — located in countries around the world — for having at least five members contributing a combined total of at least US$50 to The Rotary Foundation during the year 2021-22. Rotaractors contributed together, then, more than US$87,000 to The Rotary Foundation, which supports the life-changing work of Rotary members around the world.
 
Since 2019-20, Rotaractors have contributed more than US$462,000 to our Foundation.
 
Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for members ages 18 to 30. They are usually community-based or university-based and are sponsored by a local Rotary club, making them valuable partners in service work.
 
Rotaract Clubs awarded 2021-22 Rotaract Giving Certificate | My Rotary
Achievement Certificate for 5950 Kaleidoscope Rotaract Betsy Anderson 2022-09-09 05:00:00Z 0
Marianna Khauv presents flag of native Taiwan at International Conference flag ceremony Jeff Hage 2022-06-05 05:00:00Z 0

Turn despair to hope. Book a ShelterBox speaker

Posted by Tim Connelly (Excelsior Morning), ShelterBox Ambassador

Today, more than 113 million people around the world are homeless due to disaster or conflict. Residents of Ukraine, Syria and Yemen add to this toll daily.

ShelterBox is on the ground in these and other global hot spots,  providing emergency shelter and tools. ShelterBox is transforming despair into hope.

Since its founding in 2000, ShelterBox has helped more than two million people. ShelterBox’s vision is to help one million people each year. Experts estimate 200 million people will be displaced by 2050. The need is great and growing. The need for continued support is rising at the same rate.

Learn how your club can help alleviate this ever-growing global crisis. Tim Connelly (Excelsior Morning), ShelterBox Ambassador for District 5950,
is ready, willing and able – anxious, even – to visit your club and tell you all about the work of ShelterBox, its partnership with Rotary, and how you can help support its important mission.

Book a ShelterBox presentation by contacting tim@mncottages.com. Learn more about ShelterBox at www.shelterboxusa.org.

Turn despair to hope. Book a ShelterBox speaker Tim Connelly (Excelsior Morning), ShelterBox Ambassador 2022-06-04 05:00:00Z 0

DG recaps 2021-22 highlights

Posted by District Governor Marianna Khauv (Monticello)
It has been a great year!  
 
My 66 club visits were the highlights of my year, meeting everyone and learning how each club adapted to engage members and impact communities.
 
During the 2021-22 Rotary year we conducted a district-wide survey. After sharing the results with
all of you, the District Board of Directors conducted strategic planning – an activity that will create a D5950 action plan for the next three-to-five years.
 
Work began in 2019 for our first ever Tri-District Conference, inviting Rotarians from Districts 5950, 5960 and 5580 to celebrate and learn together.  It was a very hard decision for the three district governors to cancel the conference; however, another Covid spike required that we focus on the safety and wellness of our Rotarians. 
 
In a new initiative supported by the District Governor Line of PDG Tom Gump (Edina/Morningside), DGE Lloyd Campbell (Glenwood), DGN Jewelie Grape (City of Lakes) and DGND Sharon Bloodworth )Mpls. #9), our district was able to offer a Membership Engagement Grant to all of our clubs. All 44 clubs who applied received the grant. We sincerely hope that it made an impact on members working together and planning 2022-23 projects.
 
I am so honored for this opportunity to serve all of you this year.  So grateful to work with a wonderful DG Line as well as District Executive Director Alexa Rundquist (Minnetonka) and Monticello Rotarian Amber Gamblin. So appreciative of all committee chairs and volunteers who implement district plans and keep 5950 highly respected for its accomplishments. Finally, thank you to Cheri Ashfeld (Rogers) as she completes seven years as newsletter editor.
 
I will look back on this year and the goal of inspiring other women to rise and create lasting change to our communities, both locally and globally. I used to say to myself, Why me? Then I told myself, Why not me? Drawing on wisdom from RI President Shekhar Mehta....it begins with me, and together "Each one, bring one so we can grow and do more."
 
Thank you for your dedicated Service Above Self to District 5950 and its communities!
District Governor Marianna
 
DG recaps 2021-22 highlights District Governor Marianna Khauv (Monticello) 2022-06-03 05:00:00Z 0

Partner with Ulvalde Rotarians to help heal their community

Posted by Kristy Vandenberg, District 5840 Governor
The horror of the May 24 shooting at Robb Elementary School in the community of Uvalde has been felt around the world, and Rotarians everywhere have reached out to the Rotary Club of Uvalde and District 5840 asking where they can send donations which will go towards healing.
 
Rotary District 5840 has set-up a Uvalde Community Relief Fund within our 501(c)3 foundation. The purpose of this fund will be to assist and comfort those who are grieving and  most affected by the shooting,
as well as to help restore the shattered world view experienced by children, families, educators and first responders in Uvalde.
 
Make your tax-deductible donation to District 5840 Foundation with a check memo line of Uvalde Community Relief Fund. Send to Rotary District 5840 Foundation, P.O. Box 13, Boerne, TX 78006. Or you can donate through Zelle using this email RotaryUvaldeCommunityFund@gmail.com  (If using Zelle, please add your email address and/or contact information in the comment section for a tax receipt.)
 
Rotary Club of Uvalde president Roberta Walden asks that if you have suggestions about books, projects, programs or memorials which might aid in the healing process, please send them to rotaryuvalde@outlook.com or call her at 830-591-3372.
 
Please keep the Families and the Community of Uvalde in your prayers.
Kristy Vandenberg
District 5840 Governor, 2021-2022
Partner with Ulvalde Rotarians to help heal their community Kristy Vandenberg, District 5840 Governor 2022-06-03 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Diverse Voices: Volunteer at Twin Cities Pride Festival


 

Posted by Andrew J. Ramirez (Minnesota Pride)
2022 marks 50 years of the LGBTQ+ Pride Celebration in the Twin Cities — and the first time that Rotary District 5950 and the new Minnesota Pride Rotary Club will be at the event.
 
Rotary International is emphasizing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to ensure equitable opportunities for fellowship, service, and leadership. D5950 and the Pride Club can reach a population that has historically not been well-represented in Rotary.
 
"I could not be prouder of the Minnesota Pride Rotary Club,” said Past District Governor Tom Gump. “As I speak to Zones and Districts around the world, this is the club they get the most excited about. With 35 charter members, 33 of which are new to Rotary, it shows that Rotary can grow through the formation of new clubs.”
 
“We had a dream of founding the first LGBTQ+ Rotary Club in Minnesota, and through a lot of hard work, we chartered our club,” said Leif Hagen, charter president.
 
Stop by Loring Park on June 25-26 to see Rotary. We are also looking for fabulous Rotary volunteers to share RI’s mission at this event. Please email Community Service chair Tim Tormoen (tormoen21@gmail.com) to sign up. Find more information at: https://tcpride.org
 
Rotary Diverse Voices: Volunteer at Twin Cities Pride Festival Andrew J. Ramirez (Minnesota Pride) 2022-06-02 05:00:00Z 0

Learning Center posts new diversity and equity courses

Posted by Rotary.org
Rotary is working to ensure that everyone who engages with Rotary feels comfortable. These courses can help your clubs create an inclusive environment. (Sign in to your My Rotary account, then search for the Learning Center offerings.)
 
 
Microaggressions - This course will help members understand the impact of microaggressions and learn how to respond to them in ways that uphold Rotary’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The course materials include job aides on Responding to Microaggressions and Offering a Meaningful Apology.
 
Diversify your club - Having a diverse club allows you to better represent and serve your community. A club that includes people with different backgrounds and perspectives has a broader understanding of the community, the issues it faces, and possible solutions. Diverse clubs also attract more members, reflect Rotary’s core values, and expand our ability to make a difference. In this course, you’ll find strategies for diversifying your club and building relationships with new groups.
Learning Center posts new diversity and equity courses Rotary.org 2022-06-02 05:00:00Z 0

District offers speaker’s bureau of environmental topics

Posted by Steve Solbrack (EcoClub), District 5950 Environment Action Team Chair

Protecting the Environment is one of Rotary’s seven areas of focus. District 5950 has a speaker’s bureau of 19 environmental presentations for our Rotary clubs. I recommend your club schedule a minimum of one presentation on an environmental topic each quarter to give your members an opportunity to learn more about the environment area of focus. The speakers bureau is available for download or go to to the D5950 home page's Club Support tab.

The first 16 presentations are from Rotarians and non-Rotarians on a variety of environmental topics. These individuals have agreed to be listed in the speaker’s bureau and are interested in giving presentations to Rotary clubs. They are all available for online presentations, and many would be interested in giving in-person presentations.

The last three presentations are recorded presentations that would also make for a great program for a Rotary club meeting. You can get more information about the environment area of focus on the Rotary.org website. Feel free to email me at steve@solbrack.com with questions or for more information.

District offers speaker’s bureau of environmental topics Steve Solbrack (EcoClub), District 5950 Environment Action Team Chair 2022-05-29 05:00:00Z 0

Speaker's firsthand Ukrainian feedback inspires clubs

The Rotary Club of Chanhassen hosted a shared Zoom meeting on May 25. Long-distance guest speaker Dr. Jambor Igor Roland of the Rotary Club of Miskolc, Hungary spoke about Ukrainian Relief Efforts. He described work that is partly funded by The Rotary Club of Minnetonka and its foundation. 

"The stories that Dr. Roland shared from half way around the world brought many to tears," said Alexa Rundquist (Minnetonka). "It was amazing to see how the funds we raised were being used to serve others in need."

The Chanhassen-sponsored meeting also involved the Rotary Clubs of Waconia-West Carver and Miskolc (Hungary).

Speaker's firsthand Ukrainian feedback inspires clubs 2022-05-26 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians make the news

Rotarians are often community volunteer leaders beyond their club participation. Here are two examples that were featured in local media this month.
 
Tina Ren (Monticello) owns Chin Yuen Restaurant. She teamed up with CentraCare Monticello Foundation to "Feed our Heroes", a program featured in the video. It's a great example of a small business working with others to do good in the community.
 
 
Lee and Cheri Ashfeld (Rogers) fill several roles on the Rockford Veterans Memorial planning committee. The memorial's fundraising and construction
was featured in the Crow River News.
 
 
 

Rotarians make the news 2022-05-23 05:00:00Z 0
Tips for using the Rotary logo Rotary.org 2022-05-20 05:00:00Z 0

Make mentorship a membership tool

Posted by Rotary.org
A 2020 survey by Rotary reconfirmed that what members value most are community service, friendship, and professional development.
 
Creating a strong mentoring program can help you meet your members’ needs in two powerful ways. Mentoring relationships can contribute to a member’s individual growth by helping them reach goals, connect with valuable role models, and benefit from social and psychological support. Mentoring also allows members to use their skills and learn new ones. Learn more about these vital ways to keep your members engaged, one of the priorities of Rotary's Action Plan.
Make mentorship a membership tool Rotary.org 2022-05-18 05:00:00Z 0

Promote events via district calendar

Rotarians support other Rotarians. As your club seeks to announce events and fundraisers to a wide audience, make sure dates are posted on the district calendar. In this season of golf tournaments, charity runs and outdoor community events, check out the calendar for events to attend and support. 

Note that clubs can post their meetings, special speakers and club fundraisers. Area events go on this calendar, as well as major district events that involve all D5950 Rotarians. Click on links for more information. And use the arrows to see upcoming months' events, such as:

June 29: Concert in the Commons - Daisy Dillman Band (Lake Minnetonka-Excelsior)

July 2:   5K Run and Kids Run (Eagan Kick-Start)

July 4:  4th of July Parade (Chanhassen)

July 18:  Area 7 Picnic in the Park (Buffalo, Maple Grove, Monticello, Rogers, St. Michael-Albertville)

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Register for Zone Institute. Win at MOA!

Posted by Holly Callen (Eden Prairie Noon), Promotion Chair, North Star Zone
 
► Click on the Welcome page to preview Zone Institute and register.
► Follow the North Star Institute on social media! We are now in Instagram and LinkedIn. Just search for Rotary25b29institute.
 
Register for Zone Institute. Win at MOA! Holly Callen (Eden Prairie Noon), Promotion Chair, North Star Zone 2022-05-12 05:00:00Z 0
District remembers Rotarians lost in 2021-22 2022-05-10 05:00:00Z 0
"Discover New Horizons" at RI Convention 2022-05-10 05:00:00Z 0
You're invited: Build Minnesota's inclusive economy Josh Sprague (Edina) 2022-05-07 05:00:00Z 0

ShelterBox responds to crisis in Ukraine

Posted by ShelterBox.org
As the war in Ukraine rages on, an unprecedented number of people are fleeing in search of safety. Right now, more than 12.5 million people – over a quarter of the population (44 million) have been displaced, either internally within Ukraine or as a refugee who has fled to a neighboring country. More than half of Ukraine's children are displaced by the crisis.
 
ShelterBox has been responding to the crisis in Ukraine. A ShelterBox Response Team is currently deployed in Lviv, supporting our humanitarian relief projects to help people internally displaced within the country. Thousands of mattresses have already been distributed to provide comfort to people sleeping in evacuation centers. Additionally, we are providing Shelter Kits to help people living in damaged buildings, along with essential household supplies, including solar lights, thermal blankets, and water carriers.
 
Another ShelterBox Response Team is responding in Moldova to help refugees who have escaped and arrived with few resources.  
 
Please watch this important video update from ShelterBox Head of Emergency Responses, Alice Jefferson, live on CNN from the ground in Lviv.
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District 5950 Clubs:  Your club can be a HERO Club at the Bronze ( $1,000), Silver ($3,000) or Gold ($5,000) level in a Rotary Year. A Rotary district can also be a HERO. (See more at www.shelterboxusa.org/hero.)

There are currently three Bronze HERO Clubs in D5950.

Total D5950 ShelterBox donations this year: $ 20,949

Rank in US: #43 of 147 districts

Rank in Zone 29:  #3 of 16 districts

ShelterBox responds to crisis in Ukraine ShelterBox.org 2022-04-29 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary magazine features Lake Street project

The May 2022 Rotary magazine shines a worldwide spotlight on our Rotarians' impact helping Lake Street business owners recover during the past two years. This partnership and support is reflected in article quotes from merchants who are so grateful for Rotarians' leadership and hands-on assistance as they rebuild businesses and livelihoods. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sincere thanks to article writer Frank Bures, photographer Tim Gruber, and community organizer Suzanne Kochevar, as well as all the invested Rotary members.
Rotary magazine features Lake Street project 2022-04-29 05:00:00Z 0

Chaska shares May programming idea

Chaska kicked off their  Rotary Leads the Way in May! month-long initiative by celebrating “Heroes de Cinco De Mayo”. Nearly 70 attended the meeting via in-person and Zoom options. Guest speakers were John Pacheco and Fabio Tenorio from the Latino Chamber of Commerce MN. Mr. Tenorio spoke via Zoom from Honduras.

Event partners included Latino Voices, Carver County Public Health, and the Chaska Event Center. Attendees included the Mayors of Chaska and Carver; the Chaska Police Chief, the Executive Director of the Scott-Carver-Dakota CAP Agency, the Chaska Human Rights Commission, and several Carver County Commissioners. 

Chaska shares May programming idea 2022-04-29 05:00:00Z 0

New diversity, equity, and inclusion courses posted

Posted by Rotary.org
An inclusive club culture is one where everyone feels welcome. New courses in the Learning Center can help you cultivate this kind of environment by learning ways to assess and improve your club.
  • Building a welcoming environment starts with talking about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Discussing these topics takes time and isn’t always easy. The Creating an Inclusive Club Culture course will help your club have these discussions, evaluate your policies and practices, and make changes to create a more inclusive culture. 
  • Microaggressions are statements or actions that offend people or make them feel unwelcome by reinforcing negative stereotypes or asserting power dynamics. The Microaggressions course will help you to understand the harmful impact of such behavior and to respond in ways that uphold Rotary’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
  • A club whose members have different backgrounds and perspectives has a broader understanding of the community, the issues it faces, and possible solutions. Diverse clubs also attract more members, reflect Rotary’s core values, and expand our ability to make a difference. The Diversify Your Club course offers strategies for building relationships with new groups.
Visit the Learning Center to find these courses and others. You’ll need to create a My Rotary account if you don’t already have one.

**The links in this article may take you to the Learning Center course catalog instead of directly to a course. Use the Search bar to help find the specific course.
 

New diversity, equity, and inclusion courses posted Rotary.org 2022-04-25 05:00:00Z 0

May is Youth Service Month

Posted by Rotary,org
Youth service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through programs such as Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Rotary Youth Exchange, and New Generations Service Exchange. May is Youth Service Month in Rotary. Learn more about how you can support young leaders:
May is Youth Service Month Rotary,org 2022-04-21 05:00:00Z 0

What is Zone Institute?

Posted by Holly Callen (Eden Prairie Noon), Promotion Chair, North Star Zone
Just what is a Zone Institute?  
The Zone Institute is an annual gathering of Rotarians and Rotaractors from the 23 districts in Zones 25B and 29. It is an opportunity to meet senior Rotary leaders and hear about their ideas to grow and enhance our organization; and, it is a chance to gain tools to help you succeed in your Rotary position, whatever that may be.
 
Why should I attend?  
The North Star Zone is your opportunity to learn more about Rotary; to increase your leadership skills, to grow your knowledge; to discover areas where you might want to assume a future role; to gain skills that will benefit you in Rotary, in your profession, and in your community; to meet, network and socialize with current friends and new friends from throughout Zones 25B and 29; and, to have FUN!
What is Zone Institute? Holly Callen (Eden Prairie Noon), Promotion Chair, North Star Zone 2022-04-15 05:00:00Z 0
Pride Club hosting Drag Brunch Fundraiser and Charter Event 2022-04-15 05:00:00Z 0
Save the date for Lloyd Campbell's installation Jeffrey Hage 2022-04-13 05:00:00Z 0

Join the DG installation festivities!

 
Register now! The ClubRunner registration page provides options for registering and paying for the installation event ($20), lake ride ($15) and wine tasting & tour ($15). Come be part of the total experience as we anticipate a high-energy 2022-23 Rotary year under District Governor Lloyd Campbell's leadership!
Join the DG installation festivities! 2022-04-12 05:00:00Z 0

St. Louis Park celebrates 75th anniversary

Posted by Derek Reise (St. Louis Park)
 
Service Above Self for 3,900 weeks – 75 years that the St. Louis Park Rotary Club has been meeting and making a difference in the community. The club celebrated on April 28 at the Twin Cities Film Fest lounge at The Shops at West End.
 
Club President Derek Reise told the audience, “Rotary has changed a lot in the last three-quarters of a century – as has the world. We will continue to adapt on how we operate,
but we will always stay true in our values and unite to create lasting change.”
 
Over the years, the club:
- helped found the nonprofit Children First
- initiated the Operation Jumpstart mentoring program for St. Louis Park High School students
- provides college scholarships to students
- sponsors a summer concert series
- helped found the Keep Every Youth Safe organization
- conducts service projects for charities
- provides grants to organizations like the St. Louis Park Emergency Program and
St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts.
 
St. Louis Park Mayor Jake Spano issued a proclamation recognizing Rotary’s significance to the community. He noted that the club annually donates up to $40,000 for initiatives like Children First, the Parktacular festival, Westwood Hills Nature Center art installations, youth sports, scholarships and other endeavors.
 
The club meets Mondays for lunch at Westwood Hills Nature Center in St. Louis Park.
St. Louis Park celebrates 75th anniversary Derek Reise (St. Louis Park) 2022-04-12 05:00:00Z 0

Meet the 2023-34 RI President at Zone

Posted by Holly Callen (Eden Prairie Noon), Promotion Chair, North Star Zone
The North Star Zone is your chance to meet Rotary International President-Elect (RIPE) Gordon McInally and to hear about his plans for our organization in 2023-24. (McInally’s term follows Jennifer Jones who will lead Rotary International in 2022-23.)
 
RIPE McInally is looking forward to getting to know the Rotarians and Rotaractors in Zones 25B and 29! Gordon, a dentist, joined The Rotary Club of South Queensferry in 1984. He was District Governor in 1997-98 and served as President of Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland in 2004-05, then on the RI Board of Directors and a number of RI committees.
 
Gordon and Heather McInally are both great supporters of The Rotary Foundation. They live in the Scottish Borders south of Edinburgh.
 
Register now! Zone is September 15-18, 2022 in Bloomington.
Meet the 2023-34 RI President at Zone Holly Callen (Eden Prairie Noon), Promotion Chair, North Star Zone 2022-04-12 05:00:00Z 0

Pollinator Pledge is way to protect the environment

Posted by Steve Solbrack, District Environment Action Team Chair

The District 5950 Environment Action Team encourages your club to learn about Operation Pollination and their partners efforts to engage in pollinator habitat restoration and education activities by signing a simple Pollinator Pledge form.  Through collaboration and outreach, an interconnected mosaic of pollinator habitat interspersed between public and private land will be developed to stabilize and increase populations of pollinator species throughout your project area.

Invite Chris Stein to speak at your club and learn about the three easy steps to get involved today. Chris works for the National Park Service and is the Chief of National Heritage Areas and Large Landscape Initiatives for the Midwest region.  He is also a member of the Twin Cities Rotary EcoClub and one of the leaders of Operation Pollination, a collaborative Rotary project. 

One of the goals of Operation Pollination is to influence Rotary Districts and Rotary Clubs to sign a Pollinator Pledge (download) which “recognizes the critical importance of pollinator habitat both restored and maintained on public and private lands. Through collaboration and outreach our club makes a commitment to annual service and education opportunities to impact pollinator habitat to increase pollinator species. Potential options for our club to consider are supporting regional partners in pollinator planning, planting pollinator gardens, avoiding or limiting pesticides, creating meadows and diversified lawns, implementing pollinator-friendly mowing practices, participating in prairie restoration, presentations at club meetings, and pollinator education outreach.”

There are now at least 10 Rotary Districts and many Rotary clubs that have signed the pledge. To learn more, contact Chris at Chris_Stein@nps.gov or (402) 881-1387.

 
Pollinator Pledge is way to protect the environment Steve Solbrack, District Environment Action Team Chair 2022-04-08 05:00:00Z 0
The Polar Plunge helps the Rotary Club Of Minnetonka raisesOver $25,000 to support MN Special Olympics   2022-04-06 05:00:00Z 0
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"Crack the Code to Rising Stars" on May 3

Posted by Michael A. Mullin (St. Cloud), Tri-District Conference Chair
If you were one of the 800 Rotarians eager to attend the Tri-District Conference before it fell victim to Covid cancellations, here’s a reason to celebrate. You can still hear one of
the seven keynote presentations on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at the St. Cloud Holiday Inn.
 
The Rotary Club of St. Cloud presents Clare Richards and her relevant keynote address, Cracking the Code to Rising Stars: How to Find, Motivate, and Create Young Leaders.
 
Clare Richards is a researcher, storyteller and energetic presenter.
 
This program is free for members of the Rotary Club of St. Cloud and the Rotaract Club
of St. Cloud. Visiting Rotarians and guests, your cost is $25 at the door. The meeting begins at noon at the Holiday Inn of St. Cloud (map). Email Mike Mullin (michaelallenmullin@gmail.com) to RSVP.
"Crack the Code to Rising Stars" on May 3 Michael A. Mullin (St. Cloud), Tri-District Conference Chair 2022-04-05 05:00:00Z 0

Eagan Rotary announces Winter students of the Month

Rotarian Mimi Palen-Clare, with the Rotary Club of Eagan and chair for the Student of the Month Awards 2022 proudly announces the Eagan High School Students for winter months.  From left, Mimi Palen-Clare, Kyra Lopez for December, Arlan Hegenbarth for January, and Catrina Pereda for February.  Students were recognized for successes in academics, sports and the arts and the Rotary character traits of honesty, respect for others and giving back to their community through their volunteer activities.
Eagan Rotary announces Winter students of the Month Jeffrey Hage 2022-04-01 05:00:00Z 0
Four Questions with Past District Governor Tom Gump 2022-03-30 05:00:00Z 0

Promote the power of vaccines to protect children

Posted by Rotary.org
 
During World Immunization Week, April 24-30, let’s advocate for polio eradication and the importance of vaccines to the health and well-being of our communities. Vaccines are one of the greatest advances of modern medicine. They’re safe, effective, and save millions of lives each year. Our progress in the fight to end polio is proof that vaccines work.

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative estimates that the polio vaccine has saved more than 20 million children around the world from paralysis. Here’s how your club can support Rotary’s efforts during World Immunization Week:
  • Use the World Immunization Week Toolkit for graphics and sample posts to share on social media with the hashtags #EndPolio and #VaccinesWork.  
  • Donate to PolioPlus to help Rotary and our partners deliver polio vaccines to vulnerable children.
  • Or start an online fundraiser using Raise for Rotary and share it with your friends, colleagues, and family members. All contributions will be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

 
Promote the power of vaccines to protect children Rotary.org 2022-03-29 05:00:00Z 0

Select Rotary Disaster Response to support Ukrainians

Posted by District Governor Marianna Khauv (Monticello)
Thank you, Rotarians and D5950 clubs, for your eagerness to support our Ukrainian friends and fellow Rotarians.
And thank you to Robert Scarlett (Minneapolis City of Lakes) and Don Stiles (Bloomington) for researching how to ensure our gifts reach the Ukrainian effort.
 
► If you are sending a check, be sure it is clearly designated for the Rotary Disaster Response Fund for Ukraine. The mailing address is:
The Rotary Foundation (TRF)
14280 Collections Center Dr.Chicago, IL 60693
 
► If your donation is in another form, please see Rotary's instructions for
check, draft or wire payments.
 
District 5950 is leading our clubs' customized methods for supporting Ukrainians and the neighboring countries assisting refugees. Here are responses to a recent D5950 survey.
District 5950: $10,000 donation to the Rotary Disaster Response Fund for Ukraine
 
St. Cloud:  $5,000 donation
 
Shakopee:  $2,000 donation to Rotary International Humanitarian Project
 
Chanhassen: Providing club funding and individual donations to support Ukrainian refugees in Hungary. One of our members proactively connected with a member of the Rotary Club of Miskolc. Miskolc is providing accommodations, food and medical supplies for mothers and children.
 
St Louis Park:  Partnering with the Rotary Clubs of White Bear Lake (5960), Hopkins, a club in Kiev and Global Synergy Group to fund efforts in Ukraine. Approaching $10,000 and going higher! Goal is $25,000-$30,000.
 
Minneapolis #9:  Partnered with East Side Neighborhood Services of NE Minneapolis in a donation drive for St. Katherine's Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Arden Hills. The drive collected two box trucks full of medical supplies, clothing and safety resources bound for the border of Poland where hundreds of thousands
of refugees have come in. Minneapolis Club #9 donated $10,000 from the World Services Committee to the church for this global support. The event received TV coverage on WCCO (4) and KARE (11). Read D5950 home page article.
 
Cokato Dassel:  Members’ donations encouraged.
 
Maple Grove:  Members’ donations encouraged.
 
St. James:  Donated $750 to Doctors Without Borders and a Christian organization. Rotarians were instrumental in hosting a community information meeting that featured a Ukrainian foreign exchange student, a mother whose son lives in Ukraine, a NPC with relatives in Russia, and two local individuals with ties to Poland. Raised over $ 4,000 at the event. The community event made the front page of the regional newspaper and was videotaped for public access and for local library.
 
Minnetonka: Partnering with the Rotary Clubs in Miskolc and Kisvarda (both in Hungary), wiring them $7,000+ to support their care of 40 women and children
who fled their homes.
 
Edina Morningside: Started developing a US AID grant. Our Ukrainian contact
will speak to our club on April 19 and members’ donations will support his efforts. Partnering with the Rotary Club of Ivano-Frankivsk.
 
Hopkins: Partnered with a Rotary club in Duluth, sending money to a Rotary club
in Warsaw, Poland to help the citizens of Ukraine.
 
Eagan Kick-Start: Partnering with The Drawer in a "bundling" event that prepares new socks and underwear bundles. These are delivered to adults and children in the Ukraine who need basic, necessary staples.
Select Rotary Disaster Response to support Ukrainians District Governor Marianna Khauv (Monticello) 2022-03-24 05:00:00Z 0

Discover New Horizons in Houston

Posted by Rotary.org
There is no experience quite like attending a Rotary International Convention. It’s an opportunity for members to connect personally with people from around the world, celebrate our service, and work together to find solutions for the world’s most pressing challenges. 

The 2022 Rotary International Convention will be held in Houston, Texas, USA. Those who can’t make the trip in early June can still experience the convention virtually. Watch the promotional video with your fellow club members and register today.
Discover New Horizons in Houston Rotary.org 2022-03-24 05:00:00Z 0

RI celebrates partnership with ShelterBox

Posted by Rotary.org
Rotary and ShelterBox are celebrating the 10th anniversary of our official partnership — and more than 20 years of working together to support families whose lives have been devastated by disaster and conflict. We’ve combined our resources and provided emergency temporary housing and other vital equipment to help families immediately after a disaster — and to put them on a path to long-term recovery. To learn more about how your club or district can get involved or to request assistance, visit the Rotary-ShelterBox partnership page.
RI celebrates partnership with ShelterBox Rotary.org 2022-03-24 05:00:00Z 0
Eden Prairie AM Rotary Club hosting ECO EXPO Jeff Hage 2022-03-23 05:00:00Z 0
Black Business Mixer 2022-03-23 05:00:00Z 0
Let's see 100% of our clubs at Annual Meeting! 2022-03-18 05:00:00Z 0
Minneapolis Club 9 joins with St. Katherines Ukrainian Orthodox Church to help victims in Ukraine Jeff Hage, District 5950 Public Image Chair 2022-03-18 05:00:00Z 0

We're the hosts! North Star Zone Institute is  Sept. 15-18

Posted by Past District Governor Tom Gump (Edina Morningside)
What an Opportunity!
 
2022 North Star Zone Institute
at the Mall of America 
 
I couldn't be more excited about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for District 5950 members to interact with Rotary International leaders.
 
RI President-elect Gordon McInally is coming all the way from Scotland. And we D5950 Rotarians can meet, visit and learn from him at a special All-Club Luncheon chaired by our own DG-Nominee Designate Sharon Bloodworth (Mpls. #9).
 
The 2022 Zone Institute gives our members access to the upper echelon of Rotary Leadership in a way that one cannot experience even at an International Convention. And as local hosts, the travel and housing cost savings for individual members is unbelievable.  
 
Mark September 15-18 on your calendars. Watch for additional program information.
Take advantage of this experience to grow your enthusiasm and commitment to all that is Rotary!
We're the hosts! North Star Zone Institute is Sept. 15-18 Past District Governor Tom Gump (Edina Morningside) 2022-03-15 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary network enables rapid relief for Ukrainian refugees

Posted by Rotary.org
Rotary and Rotaract clubs in Europe and around the world have taken swift action and are working with members nearby to provide food, water, medical equipment, and shelter for refugees from the conflict in Ukraine. According to the United Nations, more than 2 million people, most of them women and children, have sought refuge in neighboring countries and across Europe, while about 1 million more people have been displaced within Ukraine. Efforts by Rotary clubs are ongoing. Read the latest roundup.
Rotary network enables rapid relief for Ukrainian refugees Rotary.org 2022-03-15 05:00:00Z 0

Eagan Interact Club joins Rotary for Live to Give Walk

Posted by Sherrie Wallace (Eagan)

Eagan High Sschool Interact students will be greeters and guides for the May 7 Live to Give Walk fundraiser at Eagan’s Central Park. The club is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Eagan which offers volunteer experiences to the 265 students. The costumed walk is a fundraiser for Darts, Dakota Woodlands, The Drawer and the Eagan Rotary Foundation through sponsorships and peer giving teams.

Eagan Interact Club joins Rotary for Live to Give Walk Sherrie Wallace (Eagan) 2022-03-12 06:00:00Z 0

Grant Management Seminar dates announced

Posted by Richard Crabb ( South Metro Minneapolis Evenings), GMS Administrator
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: www.rotary5950.org ►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 rdcrabb@gmail.com.
Grant Management Seminar dates announced Richard Crabb ( South Metro Minneapolis Evenings), GMS Administrator 2022-03-03 06:00:00Z 0

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

Posted by DG Marianna Khauv (Monticello)

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
DG shares refugee history. Please help Ukrainians through these RI sources DG Marianna Khauv (Monticello) 2022-03-01 06:00:00Z 0

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." 

RI President selects Gump as representative 2022-02-26 06:00:00Z 0

Progress shows that polio eradication remains achievable

Posted by Rotary.org
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.
Progress shows that polio eradication remains achievable Rotary.org 2022-02-26 06:00:00Z 0

Lloyd Campbell featured in Rotary Magazine

Posted by Jeff Hage (Monticello), Public Image Chair
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.
Lloyd Campbell featured in Rotary Magazine Jeff Hage (Monticello), Public Image Chair 2022-02-26 06:00:00Z 0

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.”
DG salutes Redwood Falls on its 75th anniversary! Robin Stegner (Redwood Falls), past Area 10 AG 2022-02-23 06:00:00Z 0
Incoming District Governor Lloyd Campbell featured in Rotary Magazine Jeffrey Hage 2022-02-21 06:00:00Z 0

CEAP salutes Rotary's support

Posted by Katy Briggs, CEAP Communications and Development
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.” 
CEAP salutes Rotary's support Katy Briggs, CEAP Communications and Development 2022-02-21 06:00:00Z 0

Camp RYLA  hosts students in April

Posted by Jodi Erickson (St. Paul #10)

 

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 jodi@stpaulrotary.org. (Click on graphic to watch RYLA video.)

 


 
Camp RYLA hosts students in April Jodi Erickson (St. Paul #10) 2022-02-17 06:00:00Z 0
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Survey results emailed to clubs

Posted by District Governor Marianna Khauv
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. 
Survey results emailed to clubs District Governor Marianna Khauv 2022-02-07 06:00:00Z 0

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
District Governor sends Chinese New Year wishes! 2022-02-07 06:00:00Z 0

Come experience a new Black business networking event

Posted by Josh Sprague (Edina)
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.!
Come experience a new Black business networking event Josh Sprague (Edina) 2022-02-05 06:00:00Z 0
Apply now for $500 membership grant District Governor Marianna Khauv (Monticello) 2022-02-03 06:00:00Z 0

Diverse Voices: Education

Posted by Tsehai Wodajo (Minneapolis University)
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.”

                                               ~Aristotle
 
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.
Diverse Voices: Education Tsehai Wodajo (Minneapolis University) 2022-02-02 06:00:00Z 0

Climate simulation model demonstrates solutions

Posted by Tim Conners (Eden Prairie AM), District Environment Action Team
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 www.enroads.org.
 
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 timothyconners@gmail.com today. Find more information at enroads.org and/or climateinteractive.org. 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.
Climate simulation model demonstrates solutions Tim Conners (Eden Prairie AM), District Environment Action Team 2022-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

RI President-Elect introduces 2022-23 theme

Posted by Rotary.org

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.”

 


 
RI President-Elect introduces 2022-23 theme Rotary.org 2022-01-26 06:00:00Z 0

5950 Rotarians are flower power behind  RI float

Posted by Katy Campbell (Edina)
 
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)
5950 Rotarians are flower power behind RI float Katy Campbell (Edina) 2022-01-24 06:00:00Z 0

Tri-District Conference cancelled

Posted by Michael A. Mullin (St. Cloud), Tri-Conference Chair
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. 
 
REGISTRATION REFUND
If you already registered a full registration refund will be issued. 

LODGING CANCELATION 
Please contact the hotel directly to cancel lodging reservations. 

Tri-District Conference cancelled Michael A. Mullin (St. Cloud), Tri-Conference Chair 2022-01-19 06:00:00Z 0

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.
More clubs ... more impact! 2022-01-13 06:00:00Z 0

Diverse Voices: How diverse is your network?

Posted by Brock Ray (Minneapolis City of Lakes)

In my day job (a pleasant, if time-consuming distraction from my Rotary duties), I work in design and technology. For the past several years, this largely white and male industry has been asking itself, “Where are the Black designers?” From Maurice Cherry’s influential 2015 SXSW talk of the same name, to the proliferation of online directories of Black designers, and now a new non-profit organization working to “support, amplify, and make space for” Black designers, it’s an uphill battle. According to one industry report, just 3% of designers identify as Black.

Many American Rotary clubs have a similar challenge. In large part, that’s because most people come to Rotary through a personal invitation from a current Rotarian — and most of us simply don’t have very diverse personal or professional networks. So even as we strive to grow Rotary, our clubs end up looking like the people who are already there.

That’s a long-term problem for Rotary. We’ve all seen the statistics that prove the importance of diversity, but how much have we focused on diversifying our own professional networks?

You’ll never meet new people — especially those who don’t look like you — if you don’t put in the time and effort. To increase the diversity of your network, start spending time in spaces — and consuming content from people — that don’t match your current network. Be deliberate and intentionally step away from your usual preferences. Set a goal of meeting new people every month (and inviting them to Rotary!). In time it will become part of your routine — and will help ensure a Rotary that looks like the communities we serve.

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.

Diverse Voices: How diverse is your network? Brock Ray (Minneapolis City of Lakes) 2022-01-09 06:00:00Z 0

Climate Solutions Workshop is January 25

Posted by Steve Solbrack, Environment Action Team Chair

Our District 5950 Environment Action Team and several Rotary clubs are sponsoring a Climate Solutions Workshop on January 25.  

Workshop participants will identify solutions that keep global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees C, and preferable not more than 1.5 degrees C, above pre-industrial levels by the year 2100. These could range from adjusting energy efficiency, carbon pricing, fossil fuel taxes, reducing deforestation, and carbon dioxide removal among many others. The solutions are tested in the En-ROADS Climate Solutions Simulator (Energy – Rapid Overview and Decision Support model, http://enroads.org) where their cumulative impact on global air temperature, sea level rise, ocean acidification, and air quality among other can be seen. The En-Roads simulator is a transparent, freely-available policy simulation model that provides policymakers, educators, businesses, the media, and the public with the ability to explore, for themselves, the likely consequences of energy, economic growth, land use, and other policies and uncertainties, with the goal of improving their understanding.

Register on the website or Facebook event. Join registrants from eight other states (and counting!).

This workshop is sponsored by The Rotary Clubs of Twin Cities EcoClub and Maple Grove, Eden Prairie ESRAG, District 5950 Environment Action Team and a Group of MIT Alumni.

Climate Solutions Workshop is January 25 Steve Solbrack, Environment Action Team Chair 2022-01-06 06:00:00Z 0

DCTC sponsors new Rotaract club 

Posted by Brett Kolles, DCTC Rotaract co-advisor

Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) is home to the District 5950's new DCTC Rotaract Club. Advisors Erin Manthey and Brett Kolles are planning a January 26 Induction Ceremony for approximately 15 student members.

Special guests will include DCTC president Michael Berndt along with Rotarians from the sponsoring Rotary Club of Apple Valley and others associated with DCTC.  The guest speaker will be Ryan Murphy (Eagan Kick-Start). 

Click on this link if you would like to attend via Zoom at noon on January 26. (Meeting ID: 926 0166 5566   Passcode: DCTC)

DCTC sponsors new Rotaract club Brett Kolles, DCTC Rotaract co-advisor 2022-01-05 06:00:00Z 0

RI recognizes new member sponsors

Posted by Steve Solbrack, District Environment Action Team Chair and Past District Membership Chair
Rotarians who invite friends and associates to attend a Rotary meeting or event continue to be the lifeblood of Rotary. Rotary International now gratefully acknowledges those dedicated members and their extraordinary commitment to sharing the gift of Rotary. These People of Action have expanded Rotary’s reach by sponsoring 25 or more new members.
 
RI currently recognizes 427 Rotarians worldwide as sponsoring 30 or more new members to Rotary, and three of them are in Rotary District 5950: PDG Tom Gump (Edina / Morningside) sponsored over 50 new members; Gerry Nelson (End Human Trafficking) and Steve Solbrack (Twin Cities Rotary EcoClub) have sponsored over 30 new members. Learn more about the Membership Society on the Rotary website.
 
As past District Membership Chair, I know that other 5950 Rotarians have sponsored 25 or more new members. Why aren’t they included in the society? Because their club did not enter their name as the sponsor when entering new members into ClubRunner. If you are an administrator for your club’s membership info in ClubRunner, please take the following actions this month:
  • Review all your active members in ClubRunner and identify those without a sponsor. Ask each who sponsored them and enter the sponsor’s name in ClubRunner.
  • Review all your terminated members in ClubRunner and identify those without a sponsor. Circulate the list to your club members and ask them to identify the former members they sponsored and enter the sponsor’s name in ClubRunner.
  • When you add new members into ClubRunner in the future enter the sponsor’s name.
RI recognizes new member sponsors Steve Solbrack, District Environment Action Team Chair and Past District Membership Chair 2022-01-04 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary's Rose Parade float targets education

“Changing Lives Through Education” 

The 2022 Rose Parade marks the 42nd consecutive year the RRPFC has spearheaded Rotary's representation in America's New Year Celebration. This year's theme, “Changing Lives Through Education,” aligns with one of Rotary's seven Areas of Focus: Basic Education and Literacy.
 
 
 

 
Rotary's Rose Parade float targets education 2022-01-02 06:00:00Z 0

Annual Report captures 2021 impact

Posted by Rotary.org
Rotary is about the power to connect, partner, and create change. Our work is methodical and steady, generating long-term results, like our decades-long commitment to eradicate polio. And when urgent needs arise, Rotarians are People of Action — whether it’s by providing food and shelter after disasters or getting protective equipment to health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rotary’s 2021 Annual Report highlights how members and participants like you helped Rotary increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance participant engagement, and increase our ability to adapt.
 
Annual Report captures 2021 impact Rotary.org 2021-12-29 06:00:00Z 0
Many hands make things happen at Sol Travel Mary Brindle, Edina Morningside Rotary Club 2021-12-22 06:00:00Z 0
Plymouth Rotary sponsoring free CPR training 2021-12-22 06:00:00Z 0

Plymouth Rotary teaches free CPR courses

Heart Safe Plymouth, a partnership of the Plymouth Public Safety Department and the Plymouth Rotary Club, announce free CPR/AED training dates for 2022. Training is open to teenagers and adults. Register to learn hands-only CPR – chest compressions without mouth-to-mouth breaths – and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). To schedule a free training session for a group or business, call 763-772-7671 or email heartsafeplymouth@gmail.com.

Weekday Training Sessions
Weekday sessions are 7-8:15 p.m. on the second floor of the Plymouth Public Safety Building, 3400 Plymouth Blvd. Class sizes are limited to 25 participants. To register, visit heartsafeplymouth.eventbrite.com.
· Monday, Jan. 24
· Thursday, Feb. 17
· Thursday, Feb. 24
· Thursday, Mar. 10
· Thursday, Mar. 17

Saturday Morning Training
Saturday sessions are 10-11:15 a.m. in the Medicine Lake Room at Plymouth City Hall, 3400 Plymouth Blvd. Class sizes are limited to 40 participants. To register, visit heartsafeplymouthsaturday.eventbrite.com.
· Jan. 22
· Feb. 26
· Mar. 19

Plymouth Rotary teaches free CPR courses 2021-12-21 06:00:00Z 0

Use your professional expertise for service

Posted by Rotary.org
January is Vocational Service Month. This is an opportunity to think about how your club
and district do vocational service. In bringing together people from diverse professions and backgrounds, Rotary recognizes the importance of all skills and occupations. In Rotary, your professional life and vocational service can
work together. Members have a responsibility
to represent their occupations within their club and to exemplify the ideals of Rotary in their workplace.

Download the Vocational Service in Action handbook to learn more and to discover ways
to share your knowledge through Rotary, advance ethical standards in your workplace,
and help others develop professionally.
Use your professional expertise for service Rotary.org 2021-12-21 06:00:00Z 0

New Brand Center resources help promote Rotary

Posted by Rotary.org
Rotary has made it easier to learn how to use the Rotary brand mark and logos to strengthen our communication. Visit the Our Brand page in the Brand Center* for updated guidance in a web-based format. You’ll also find resources to create club logos and materials that are distinctly Rotary and adhere to our global brand standards. Our stories are more memorable if they are promoted under a unified brand.
 
* Requires login
 
 
New Brand Center resources help promote Rotary Rotary.org 2021-12-21 06:00:00Z 0

What is IMPACT 2022?

Impact! 2022 is the first-ever Tri-District Conference for Rotarians and Rotaractors from Districts 5580, 5950 and 5960. Pack your bags and get ready for an engaging weekend filled with education, camaraderie, celebration, inspiration, personal growth, and fun!

By participating in this one-of-a-kind event, your club will be measurably stronger, healthier and happier in the year to come. Your ticket gives you full access to the entire conference; guests are invited to fully participate.

Check out the new Tri-District Conference website to meet your hosts, preview the expert speakers, and register for all the activities!

What is IMPACT 2022? 2021-12-14 06:00:00Z 0

Engage members, deliver value

Posted by Rotary "Membership Minute" newsletter
Rotary is hosting webinars that explore creative ways to increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance participant engagement, and increase our ability to adapt.  

Join us on Thursday, January 13 at at 5 p.m. (CST) for Expanding Our Reach, the third webinar in our Engaging Members + Delivering Value series. We’ll learn how to think beyond traditional partnerships and build connections with people who share our commitment to service. 

Watch recordings of the first two webinars in the series: 
•    The State of Membership 
•    Enhancing Participant Engagement 
Engage members, deliver value Rotary "Membership Minute" newsletter 2021-12-10 06:00:00Z 0

DG salutes top donor clubs

It's official! District Governor Marianna Khauv received the 2020-21 Rotary International Recognition report showing the highest Annual Fund-contributing clubs per capita. District 5950 clubs leading the way in giving per capita are:
#1   Bloomington ($599)
#2   Rogers ($573)
#3   Eden Prairie Noon  ($548)
 
The report also commends these ten clubs for 100% member giving to The Rotary Foundation:
Bloomington
Brooklyn Center
Burnsville
Crystal-New Hope-Robbinsdale
End Human Trafficking
Eagan
Eagan Kick-Start
Minnetonka
South Metro Mpls. Evenings
St. Louis Park Sunrise
 
Thank you and congratulations to each club!
Your generosity and commitment to Rotary's
worldwide impact is unprecedented. 
          -- District Governor Marianna
DG salutes top donor clubs 2021-12-07 06:00:00Z 0

Projects and publicity are great PR

Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans held a book drive that netted 630 books. Their Book Campaign to Enhance Literacy will distribute 250+ books for children, 100+ books for teens, and nearly 300 books for adults. Donations went to nonprofits assisting veterans and low income individuals and families in the Twin Cities.
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Maple Grove earned Rotarian magazine coverage in December's issue. A two-page spread featured their collaboration with the City of Maple Grove in creating the Central Park Skating Loop. Project lead Doug Baines notes that the club bought all the lights; members install them on the trees annually. The club is also sponsoring Santa's visit at the lighting event. 
 
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Network for Empowering Women produced a a great display at the Woodbury (Connecticut) Public Library. It reflected their 2021 mission and activities.
Projects and publicity are great PR 2021-12-07 06:00:00Z 0

Diverse Voices: Celebrating women and diversity in Rotary

Posted by Terry Low (Bloomington)

Rotary’s exemplary history of embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) beautifully aligns with our Four-Way Test, adopted by Rotary in 1943. Rotarians use this value system for their personal and professional relationships:

- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Women continue to be major influencers in Rotary, serving their communities in increasing numbers and within key leadership positions. We value diversity and celebrate the contributions of amazing women such as Sylvia Whitlock (Rotary Club of Duarte). In 1987, she became the first Black female Rotary club president. In July 2022, Jennifer Jones will become the first female Rotary International President to lead a global network of 1.4 million Rotarians. These are two milestones that highlight Rotary’s commitment to unite people and create lasting change, regardless of age, ethnicity, color, sex or sexual orientation.

Watch a very special interview of these two female Rotary pioneers together at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZL9qtWniOM. Rotary has opened doors of opportunity and success for people throughout its 115-year history.

Diverse Voices: Celebrating women and diversity in Rotary Terry Low (Bloomington) 2021-12-04 06:00:00Z 0

Eagan Interact grows to 200 members

Posted by Sherrie Wallace (Eagan)

Ten years ago, the Rotary Club of Eagan initiated an Interact club at Eagan High School to encourage volunteerism. At this milestone year, the club now has 200 members and an amazing list of project accomplishments in just the past year: 

  • constructed a Community Giving Garden to benefit The Open Door
  • organizing both a coat and jeans drive
  • hosting a blood drive
  • ​​​​​​​Christmas caroling
  • ​​​​​​​making dog toys for a local pet shelter
  • ​​​​​​​sewing face masks and baby blankets
  • ​​​​​​​highway cleanup and lawn raking
  • ​​​​​​​writing 2,000 letters to US soldiers, enclosing letters in 52 care packages.

Recently, the Eagan club donated $500 to the Interact club. Receiving the check (from left) is school advisor Bill Wirsbinski and students Hannah Maccarone (past president), Donald Thai and Anna Schuller. Wirsbinski has been with the club since its inception and credits it for keeping him positively involved with the students during the Covid shutdown. “Interact does not exist without Rotary,” he said. 

If your club wants more information about starting an Interact club, contact District Interact Club committee chair Chris Kruse (Monticello) at christopher.kruse@hotmail.com.

Eagan Interact grows to 200 members Sherrie Wallace (Eagan) 2021-11-30 06:00:00Z 0

Vets' disaster response aids Ft. McCoy refugees

Posted by Bob Keller (MN Veterans)
This picture could reflect almost any Rotary club project...until you first watch the heart-rending video, Brothers In Service, which depicts Afghan families building new new lives in the United States. Then you will truly appreciate the Team Rubicon and Minnesota Veterans Rotarians who abruptly mounted a disaster response mission.
 
Afghan refugees were arriving by bus loads at Ft McCoy in September 2021. They remained in the same clothing they wore when they fled Kabul two weeks earlier. Huge tents bearing the logo of American Red Cross Disaster Response were set up on the post.  
 
With only four days of preparation, Team Rubicon and several charter members of the Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans organized a clothing drive that filled an SUV and cargo carrier. There were enough funds to purchase another car load of clothes locally in WI. The Minnesota Veterans Club was instrumental in the success of this impromptu mission project. Thanks to club members, including charter members Bob Keller (left) and Shah and Sayed (center), it was an amazing response that inspired Team Rubicon to set up a clothing drive at Target Field several weeks later.  
Vets' disaster response aids Ft. McCoy refugees Bob Keller (MN Veterans) 2021-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
Tri-District Conference rates adjust by age 2021-11-24 06:00:00Z 0

Clubs' fundraisers set records

The Mound-Westonka Rotary Club set an eight-year high for their annual Tonka Brew Fest, raising $103,000! The November 6 event at Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista included free sampling from 14 Minnesota-only breweries, a fresh brat and chips, a raffle entry, a commemorative Tonka Brew Fest tasting glass, and live music from The Abiders, a Twin Cities Americana quartet. 

All profits go to community efforts including the Western Communities Action Network which helps families in western Hennepin County with rent assistance, school supply drives, food banks and more. 
 
 
Maple Grove Rotary surpassed its goal and netted $80,000 in their second annual virtual gala on November 13. "Our partners support us because Rotarians are People of Action," said club president Tim Deets. The funds will support community and international projects including:
  • Giving multi-lingual books to students so families can share the gift of reading
  • Saving lives in coastal Nigeria by working to prevent malaria
  • Building check dams in India so women can have easy access to clean water for their family
  • Providing scholarships to local students we mentor and encourage in our Rotary STRIVE program
  • Giving hand-made beds to local children who don't have a bed
  • Environmental projects like planting trees, removing buckthorn and cleaning storm drains.
Clubs' fundraisers set records 2021-11-24 06:00:00Z 0

Let RI feed your special interests

More and more, Rotarians are connecting their personal passions to Rotary service. 
 
  • Rotarian Action Groups provide assistance and support to Rotary clubs and districts in planning and implementing community development and humanitarian service projects. They are organized by committed Rotarians, Rotarians’ family members, and Rotaractors who have expertise and a passion for a particular type of service. 
  • Rotary Newsletters provide targeted information to help you lead Rotary programs or learn more about your special interest. 
Check out these offerings that can feed your Rotary interests:
 
ROTARIAN ACTION GROUPS
NEWSLETTERS
 
 
End Polio Now
Giving & Grants 
Membership Minute
Peace in Action
Rotary Convention 
Rotary Leader
Rotary Service 
Rotary Weekly
Rotary Youth Exchange 
The Rotarian Newsletter
Training Talk
Vocational Service 
Young Leaders in Action
 
 
 

 
Let RI feed your special interests 2021-11-15 06:00:00Z 0
Registration opens for Tri-District Conference! Michael Mullen (St. Cloud), Tri-Conference Chair 2021-11-10 06:00:00Z 0

Collaboration targets fundraising and clubs' futures

Rotary Club of Plymouth past president Peter Bartling recently invited presidents of west metro clubs to a brainstorming meeting. The leaders agreed that all organizations are all finding it harder to recruit members, conduct fundraisers and secure volunteers. After sharing methods and resources that have helped their clubs, the presidents addressed a key question: Would a "mutually interactive group" benefit all Rotary clubs in the area?
 
In a first step of collaboration, these leaders from the Rotary Clubs of St. Louis Park, Maple Grove, Wayzata, Minnetonka, Orono, Golden Valley
and Plymouth raised $600 for The Rotary Foundation to honor Foundation Month.
 
District Governor Marianna Khauv accepted the check from Plymouth past presidents James Williams (left) and Peter Bartling.
Collaboration targets fundraising and clubs' futures 2021-11-09 06:00:00Z 0

"Experience" meets "Ideas" over breakfast

One of my mentors once told me that “The Knowledge” is in the room.
The PDG Roundtable is an opportunity for the room to speak.
                                                                    -- DG-Elect Lloyd Campbell
 
Past District Governors (PDGs) represent a wealth of Rotary, leadership and life experience. The current DG Line invited PDGs to a roundtable breakfast to tap into that knowledge. They met at  Los Andes, a restaurant which was part of the Lake Street Project. As expected, the conversation about Rotary membership, public image, and TRF (The Rotary Foundation) was lively, respectful and insightful.
 

(lower pictures, l-r) Holly Callen (2001-02), DG Marianna Khauv (2021-22), Irene Kelly (2018-19), Jim Nelson (2014-15), DG-Elect Lloyd Campbell (2022-23), Tom Gump (2020-21), Diann Kirby (2013-14)
"Experience" meets "Ideas" over breakfast 2021-11-09 06:00:00Z 0
Local Rotarians Partner with ICA Food Shelf to Purchase Food Delivery Van  2021-11-09 06:00:00Z 0

Copy of Lake Street businesses 
and Rotary Partners

El Amor Fashion
511 East Lake Street
Rotary Partner:  Eden Prairie AM
 
Healing Path Wellness Services
115 East Lake Street
Rotary Partner: Lake Minnetonka - Excelsior
 
La Loteria Market
349 East Lake Street
Rotary Partner: Minneapolis City of the Lakes
 
La Michoacana Purepecha
701 East Lake Street
Rotary Partner: Minneapolis South
 
Los Andes
607 West Lake Street
Rotary Partner: Minneapolis Uptown
 
Midori’s Floating World Café
2129 East Lake Street
Rotary Partner: Minneapolis #9
 
Pineda Tacos Plus
330 East Lake Street
Rotary Partner: Minneapolis #9
 
Post Plus, Inc.
2740 Minnehaha Ave.
Rotary Partner: Edina
Copy of Lake Street businesses and Rotary Partners 2021-11-07 05:00:00Z 0

Copy of Lake Street businesses 
and Rotary Partners

El Amor Fashion
511 East Lake Street
Rotary Partner:  Eden Prairie AM
 
Healing Path Wellness Services
115 East Lake Street
Rotary Partner: Lake Minnetonka - Excelsior
 
La Loteria Market
349 East Lake Street
Rotary Partner: Minneapolis City of the Lakes
 
La Michoacana Purepecha
701 East Lake Street
Rotary Partner: Minneapolis South
 
Los Andes
607 West Lake Street
Rotary Partner: Minneapolis Uptown
 
Midori’s Floating World Café
2129 East Lake Street
Rotary Partner: Minneapolis #9
 
Pineda Tacos Plus
330 East Lake Street
Rotary Partner: Minneapolis #9
 
Post Plus, Inc.
2740 Minnehaha Ave.
Rotary Partner: Edina
Copy of Lake Street businesses and Rotary Partners 2021-11-07 05:00:00Z 0

Lake Street Intro

The Lake Street Council and Rotary International District 5950 created the Lake Street Council/District 5950 Partnership Project in January 2021 to work with nine businesses to help them return to providing products and services to their communities, and to help their employees return to work.  Working together, friendships have formed among participants and the communities in which the businesses are located have expanded. 
 
Here you will learn more about the Lake Street Council/District 5950 Partnership Project
Lake Street Intro 2021-11-07 05:00:00Z 0

Please complete your club-specific survey 

Posted by DG-Elect Lloyd Campbell (Glenwood)
District 5950 Rotarians,
You each received an email link to a club-specific survey. District leadership invites every club member to complete the survey, ensuring we get an accurate picture of each club. The deadline to complete your survey is Wednesday, November 17.
 
Each club will receive a report summarizing its members' responses. The District Governor Line encourages clubs to use this information to shape their strategic plan and internal goals.
 
Thank you for responding to the survey and helping your club!
-- DGE Lloyd
Please complete your club-specific survey DG-Elect Lloyd Campbell (Glenwood) 2021-11-05 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians receive Shen Yun discount

 
 
Experience the beauty and splendor of traditional Chinese culture.
 
Rotarians' ticket purchases have the TicketMaster fee waived (approx. $30 value per ticket) when ordering through this site.
Rotarians receive Shen Yun discount 2021-11-01 05:00:00Z 0

Scavenger hunt highlights efforts to eradicate polio

Posted by Jeff Hage (Monticello), Public Image Chair

On the eve of World Polio Day, 5950 Rotarians headed out into their communities for
the second annual Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt. This interactive, virtual event pitted Rotarian against Rotarian in a quest to completed 12 tasks geared toward raising awareness of Rotary's efforts to ending polio.

While teams out in their communities on the hour-long mission, a panel of Zoom hosts provided commentary and polio videos. District Governor Marianna Khauv referred to the event as One Day. One Hour. One Focus. End Polio Chair Tim Mulcrone (Chanhassen) noted that there are presently just two cases of polio in two countries in the world.
“Who doesn’t want to get on that bandwagon?” Mulcrone asked.

Read a complete recap of the scavenger hunt tasks, destinations
and conversations on the 
District 5950 home page article.

The final challenge was to have a conversation with a polio survivor. Tim Mulcrone reminisced about his mother losing her brother to polio. She’s now 83 and excited about what Rotary does in the fight against polio, he said.

Nolan Rundquist, young son of Alexa and Nate Rundquist (Minnetonka) shared that his grandpa is a polio survivor because he had the polio vaccine as a child. Mom Alexa said the activity gave her and her husband an opportunity to talk to their child about vaccines.

Rotarians from around District 5950 had a great time raising awareness of Rotary’s fight against polio. “It was a great morning to celebrate Rotary,” said Pam Dane (Monticello).

Scavenger hunt highlights efforts to eradicate polio Jeff Hage (Monticello), Public Image Chair 2021-10-28 05:00:00Z 0

Sharon Bloodworth selected as 2024-25 District Governor

Posted by Jeff Hage

Sharon is the Rotary District 5950 Foundation Committee chair and past president of the Rotary Club of Minneapolis #9. She joins the District 5950 governor-line succession of District Governor Marianna Khauv, District Governor-elect Lloyd Campbell and District Governor Nominee Jewelie Grape in leading Rotary District 5950 into the future. As a future district governor, Sharon says she will lead our district with kindness.

Sharon Bloodworth selected as 2024-25 District Governor Jeff Hage 2021-10-24 05:00:00Z 0

Sharon Bloodworth will lead district in 2024-25

Posted by PDG Tom Gump (Edina/Morningside)
The District Governor (DG) Nominating Committee selected Sharon Bloodworth (Minneapolis/#9) to join our current DG succession and serve in 2024-25. Sharon will follow DG Marianna Khauv (Monticello), DG-Elect Lloyd Campbell (Glenwood) and DG-Nominee Jewelie Grape (City of Lakes) in leading our district into the future. 
 
Sharon is the CEO of White Oaks Wealth Advisors. She was honored as a 2013 “Top Women in Business” and a 2010
“40 under 40” recipient by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. She is a past president of Rotary Club 9, chaired two district conferences, and currently chairs the District Rotary Foundation Committee. In 2019, Sharon received the Marty Baskerville Philanthropy Award to recognize her Rotary lifetime achievements, and the Vistage Lifetime Achievement Award for leadership in her CEO peer-to-peer organization. Read more about Sharon here.
 
Congratulations, Sharon! Thank you for stepping forward in Rotary leadership.
Sharon Bloodworth will lead district in 2024-25 PDG Tom Gump (Edina/Morningside) 2021-10-21 05:00:00Z 0

Club partnerships create Rotary impact!

The Rotary Clubs of Minnetonka, Hopkins, Lake Minnetonka Excelsior and Excelsior 
joined forces to raise funds for an ICA Food Shelf delivery van because transportation is a major barrier for ICA clients facing health issues, isolation and unemployment. With the addition of a grant from Rotary District 5950, the Rotarians contributed $27,000 which ICA used to purchase a 2019 Ford Transit T250 van. The interior of the vehicle will be re-modeled to enhance delivery and the exterior will sport both Rotary and ICA logos. Dan Narr, Executive Director of the ICA Food Shelf said, “If you want something done, ask Rotary.”

 

Volunteers from the Rotary E-Club of Global Travelers met in Flandreau, South Dakota, on October 8, 2021, to help sort, prepare and pack over 1,000 pounds of sports equipment. The volunteers also packed 7,500 meals as part of a collaboration with Helping Kids Round First. The service project is in support of a District 5950 grant to help children and families in Nicaragua.
 
 
 
Rotary volunteers from the Brooklyn Park, South Minneapolis and Global Travelers clubs prepared and packed Days for Girls Kits for the Toror Clinic and School in western Kenya. The service project is funded by a District 5950 grant administered by the Rotary Club of Brooklyn Park.
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Golden Valley generated great PR through coverage of their service project benefiting PRISM’s food shelf. Watch the video here.
 
 
 
Area 7 clubs (Buffalo, Maple Grove, Monticello and Rogers) collected approximately 800 pair of gently worn shoes for Shoe Away Hunger. Shoe sales ($5/pair) provide up to seven days of essential groceries for an individual in need. 
Club partnerships create Rotary impact! 2021-10-14 05:00:00Z 0
RI survey paints membership picture Rotary.org 2021-10-14 05:00:00Z 0

Kudos to Gump for an inspiring Zone Institute

Posted by District Governor Marianna Khauv
 
 
Past District Governor Tom,
 
District 5950 is so proud of your leadership as Zone Institute General Chair. You created an inspirational, motivating event for Rotarians who serve from the northern to southern borders of this country.
 
Thank you for all your work!
 
District Governor Marianna
and D5950 Rotarians
Kudos to Gump for an inspiring Zone Institute District Governor Marianna Khauv 2021-10-08 05:00:00Z 0

5950 forms Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Team

Posted by Andrew J. Ramirez (Mpls. Uptown), DEI Chair

Rotary has opened doors of opportunity and success for people throughout its 115-year history. Now the organization needs to open more doors for more people.

2020 exposed deep cultural tensions right here in Minneapolis with the killing of George Floyd by police. Rotarians across the district were astounded that this type of injustice could happen right here in Minnesota. The event mobilized an already-growing voice within Rotary to be more inclusive. As Past District Governor Tom Gump stated in a recent speech, “If everyone in the world had a Rotary Club where they felt welcome, Rotary could continue to grow and do more good.”

District Leadership, including DG Marianna Khuav and DG-E Lloyd Campbell, champion diversity and inclusion within Rotary and have elevated it to a priority for the district. I have been selected to lead our first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Action Team. This new committee will be tasked with identifying strategies and providing resources to support clubs within our district to create more welcoming clubs for people of diverse backgrounds.

For Rotary to continue to be successful in the 21st century, our membership must be welcoming to more people. If you are a passionate social justice champion, this important initiative needs you! Reach out to Andrew J. Ramirez at rami0074@icloud.com to be part of the discussion. Our team meets monthly via Zoom and we would like to see at least one member from each club involved.

5950 forms Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Team Andrew J. Ramirez (Mpls. Uptown), DEI Chair 2021-10-07 05:00:00Z 0

5950 garners top Zone Institute awards

Posted by Past District Governor Tom Gump
The 2021 Rotary Zones 25B & 29 Institute hosted hundreds of Rotarians representing 23
Rotary districts from Canada to South America. District 5950 received several significant first-place awards for 2020-21 Rotary Year accomplishments.  
 
The Rotary Foundation:
We owe a special thanks to 
Immediate Past District Governor Tom Gump and last year's Foundation Team: Carol MacDonald, Mary Kurth, Russ Michaletz and Tim Mulcrone for working hard throughout the year to raise these much-needed funds. Foundation projects keep our members engaged.
 
 
End Polio Now: Our district's 2020-21 goal was to raise more money than ever before to eradicate polio. And together, we did it! Thank you to Tim Mulcrone (Chanhassen), D5950’s End Polio Now Chair, who never stops working for the cause!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GROW Rotary Membership Development: District 5950 received two top membership awards for the last Rotary Year:
  • The highest number of new Rotaract Clubs chartered in Zone 29
  • Tied for the highest number of new Rotary Clubs chartered in Zone 29 (not including satellite clubs formed)
 
 
Public Image: Our District also won the "Best People of Action Campaign" for the work it did on the Lake Street Rebuilding Project.  We have many to thank for this award including:  IPDG Tom Gump; Suzanne Kochevar (who conceptualized, started and shepherded the project); D5950 Public Image Chair Jeffrey Hage; PDG Sandra Schley; Katy Campbell (Public Image assistant); Gleason Glover; Zoe Ana Martinez and Oscar (representing Lake Street Council); PDG Irene Kelly; Andrew Ramirez; Anna Prisacari; Beth Grosen; Bill Rissmann; Mary Brindle; John Sorteberg; Bob Schriver; Melissa Musliner; Ellen Archibald; Mark Weber; Matthew Kusilek; Robert Scarlett; Seth Tenpenny, Sylvester Thomas; Tim Connelly; Tim Conners; John Vandamere; Ryan Allen and others.
 
 
 
Future Focused with Rotaract: This was awarded to the District that brings the most Rotaract members to the 2021 Rotary Zone Institute. The award signifies a commitment to the future of Rotary by empowering future Rotary members.
 
Most Impactful Rotaract Project: This was awarded to a Rotaract club that fulfilled the Rotary mission through a project in the 2020-21 year. To better appreciate the club's work, check out the video played for this award: https://fb.watch/8qP5ZnZaXV/
5950 garners top Zone Institute awards Past District Governor Tom Gump 2021-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

DG Marianna shares video from her Polio eradication trip

District Governor Marianna and Onn Khauv traveled to India in January of 2020, participating in the NID (National Immunization Day) featured in this Rotary video
 
 
The short documentary was filmed on the ground in India. Soren Dickens traveled to Delhi with a Rotary group to film Rotarians distributing a vaccine to children in a worldwide effort to eradicate polio. The trip took the group to places such as the majestic Taj Mahal, "The Pink City", and Amer Fort, while also exposing the group to the villages where the vaccinations took place.
 
(Written and directed by Eriksen Dickens, shot and produced by Soren Dickens)
DG Marianna shares video from her Polio eradication trip 2021-09-27 05:00:00Z 0

Tap new ideas from "All Things Rotary" podcast

Posted by Rotary.org

All Things Rotary: A CDS Podcast brings Rotary voices from around the world to find a new approach to all things Rotary.

Season 1 topics included: How to Start a new Rotary Club, Member Engagement vs. Member Attendance, Why Setting Goals Matters, and much more. The new Season 2 highlights three sensational service projects carried out in 2020.

You can subscribe and/or access episodes at all major podcast/ music streaming services (Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and more), or listen directly at: https://allthingsrotary.buzzsprout.com/. Find information about upcoming episodes on CDS Americas Facebook page

 


 
Tap new ideas from "All Things Rotary" podcast Rotary.org 2021-09-22 05:00:00Z 0

Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka celebrates 25th anniversary

District 5950 clubs and members congratulate the Excelsior Morning Rotary (formally The Rotary Club of Lake Minnetonka-Excelsior) on its 25th anniversary. The club meets Wednesdays from 7-8 a.m. at Maynard’s in Excelsior. Check out their "What's Your Rotary WHY?" video.
 
Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka celebrates 25th anniversary 2021-09-22 05:00:00Z 0

The 2024-25 District Governor is....You?

Posted by Past District Governor Tom Gump
Your District Governor Line has begun the process to select our 2024-25 District Governor. If you have served as a District 5950 club president and meet the other qualifications, consider applying for the district governor position. You would join our Governor line succession of current District Governor Marianna Khauv, DG-Elect Lloyd Campbell (2022-23) and DG-Nominee Jewelie Grape (2023-24) in leading our district into the future. 
 
Application materials are posted on the 5950 website. They include the DG Job Description, Nomination Resolution form, Candidate Questionnaire and List of Qualifications.
 
If you have questions about the District Governor selection process, please contact Past District Governor Tom Gump at tagump@gmail.com or (612) 770-8389.
The 2024-25 District Governor is....You? Past District Governor Tom Gump 2021-09-22 05:00:00Z 0

Encourage applications for Global Grant Scholars

Posted by Lynn Keillor (Minneapolis South)
An incredible educational opportunity awaits someone in your community, someone in your workplace or someone in your circle. Direct an outstanding young professional to apply to be a Global Grant Scholar and secure up to $30,000 for a Master's degree at a foreign university in a major that relates to one of the Rotary Areas of Focus.  
 
Qualifications include:
  • Applicants must live, work, attend school or have a permanent address in the District 5950 region.
  • Applicants must be willing to establish a relationship with a sponsor club.
  • An application must be submitted by November 15, 2021.
  • Scholars' study will commence Fall 2022 or Spring 2023.
  • Applicant cannot be a Rotarian or related
    to a Rotarian.
Examples of academic programs of study:
  • Peace and Conflict Prevention/ Resolution: Prevention/resolution, peace and justice studies, international relations or law with a specialization in peace and conflict
  • Water and Sanitation: Water science/ engineering, water management, environmental science, epidemiology and parasitology
  • Maternal and Child Health: Epidemiology, nutrition, global health, public health, health promotion, nursing and medicine
  • Education and Basic Literacy: Education, literacy, curriculum development, special education, and school administration
  • Economic and Community Development: Social science degrees with a specific focus on economic and community development, business degrees tailored for social business and micro entrepreneurship or microcredit
  • Disease Prevention and Treatment: Public health and advanced degrees in nursing and medicine
  • Support the Environment: Climate studies, sustainable agriculture, water ecosystems, food security, environmental education and renewable energy
For more information, contact Lynette Reini-Grandell (lynette.reini-grandell@ normandale.edu) or go to Rotary5950.org and click on the Global Scholarship Grants tab.
Encourage applications for Global Grant Scholars Lynn Keillor (Minneapolis South) 2021-09-22 05:00:00Z 0

It's back! World Polio Day Scavenger Hunt is October 23

Posted by Tim Mulcrone (Chanhassen), PolioPlus Chair

It's the 2nd annual “The Amazing Race (to End Polio) Scavenger Hunt!" This interactive, virtual event will be held on World Polio Day, October 23, from 9-10 a.m.

Create a team of two, then race against each other to find or perform ten items in the local communities that are (loosely) tied to Rotary's polio efforts. Registered participants will receive the search list at 8:45 a.m.
that day (October 23). Teams of two allow for one to be Zooming while the other hunts. A panel of Zoom hosts will provide running commentary, polio video snippets and general gibberish. The first team that secures all
ten items will be awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship donated from club points. You can enjoy the Zoom events without being a participating team.

Register your team, adding your team name and members' names in the Comments box. Teams can contact Tim Mulcrone for bling, such as brochures, shirts, paddle signs, etc. Tim's cell phone number is (952) 239-1594.

Teams will pledge $10.00 to End Polio Now. The goal of this event is to promote Rotary’s number one effort in the world – ending polio! To learn more about our efforts, donate, help raise awareness or share your time, please visit endpolio.org.

Registration link        ~~~       Donation link 

It's back! World Polio Day Scavenger Hunt is October 23 Tim Mulcrone (Chanhassen), PolioPlus Chair 2021-09-22 05:00:00Z 0

Club partnerships build on success

District 5950 celebrates two new examples of cooperation and collaboration between clubs.
 
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In 2018, the Excelsior Morning Rotary Club saw an opportunity to revitalize a summer concert series the City initiated years earlier. The club partnered with the Rotary Club of St. Cloud, drawing on their experience and success with the Summer By George summer concert series.
 
From booking bands to obtaining sponsors, the St. Cloud club mentored Excelsior members as they took over the planning and organizing of Concerts in the Commons. In the first year, the club ran eight concerts which raised $58,600. Proceeds supported a new concert pavilion that opened in July 2021 when record crowds of more than 3,000 people enjoyed free Wednesday night concerts from top-notch local bands.
 
The Excelsior Morning club has created new community relationships along the way, especially with the Excelsior American Legion, Community for the Commons, and the Minnetonka High School Interact Club. The club anticipates donating approximately $85,000 this year to help nonprofits the club supports.
 
 
 
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Join the Rotary Clubs of Edina / Morningside and South Metro Minneapolis Evenings for their 8th annual Charity Beer Tasting from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, October 1 at Centennial Lakes Pavilion. Sample from local breweries and cideries, and enjoy games, music, a photo booth, and both live and silent auctions! See Facebook event and buy tickets online.
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Clubs honored with Rotary Citations

Posted by Jeff Hage (Monticello), Public Image Chair
A Rotary Citation is the most significant award a Rotary club can achieve. It reflects goal achievement and success in strengthening Rotary.
 
Five District 5950 clubs received a Rotary Citation honor for the 2020-21 Rotary year. 
The Rotary Club of Apple Valley 
The Rotary Club of Eagan Kick-Start
The Rotary Club of Edina
The Rotary Club of Maple Grove 
The Rotary Club of South Metro Minneapolis Evening
 
Rotary District 5950 members and leaders congratulate these clubs, their members, and their leadership teams!
Clubs honored with Rotary Citations Jeff Hage (Monticello), Public Image Chair 2021-09-01 05:00:00Z 0

Promote club events on district calendar

Does your club have an upcoming membership event, fundraiser or community-involved service project? Is it on the District 5950 calendar for all clubs and Rotarians to find? Don't miss this important resource. 
 
Check out the September and early-October events already posted.
 
Promote club events on district calendar 2021-09-01 05:00:00Z 0

Get ready to HUNT for World Polio Day

Posted by Rotary.org

⇒ District 5950 End Polio Chair Tim Mulcrone will host our second annual End Polio Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, October 23 from
9-10 a.m
. Watch for registration information soon!

 
Take action for World Polio Day on October 24 by promoting awareness of Rotary’s polio eradication efforts, raising funds, and planning club events. Let’s engage our communities in the fight against polio, because as long as polio exists anywhere,
it remains a threat everywhere. Download the World Polio Day Toolkit for resources
and tips for participating in promoting a polio-free world.

Be sure to register your club participation for World Polio Day on endpolio.org to show how Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact clubs around the world are striving to eradicate polio. Club presidents who register their events, fundraisers, and promotions by October 14 will receive access one week early to download Rotary’s World Polio Day Global Update program, which is scheduled to broadcast on October 24 on Facebook and at endpolio.org.
 
Get ready to HUNT for World Polio Day Rotary.org 2021-08-28 05:00:00Z 0

5 District 5950 clubs receive Rotary Citations

Five Rotary District 5950 clubs have received a Rotary Citation for the 2020-21 Rotary year. The honor is the most significant award a Rotary club can achieve.
Receiving Rotary Citations were the Apple Valley Rotary Club, the Eagan Kick-Start Rotary Club, The Rotary Club of Edina, The Maple Grove Rotary Club, and the South Metro Minneapolis Evening Rotary Club.
During a year that was challenging for many Rotarians around the world, the clubs demonstrated a commitment to achieve its goals, which ultimately helps strengthen Rotary and shape Rotary's future.
Rotary District 5950 congratulates the clubs, their club members, 2020-21 leadership teams and 2021-22 leadership teams.
5 District 5950 clubs receive Rotary Citations Jeff Hage (Monticello), Public Image Chair 2021-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

District leaders tapped as RI trainers

Each January, our incoming District Governor attends Rotary's International Assembly where a team of global leaders train DG-Elects to create lasting change in their communities. This training is a highlight of the district governor's year.
 
We're proud to announce that RI President-Elect Jennifer Jones is tapping immediate Past District Governor Tom Gump (Edina/Morningside) to speak at the 2022 Rotary International Assembly on the topic of “New and Creative Clubs”. In an additional nod to D5950's strong reputation for excellence, DG-Elect Lloyd Campbell (Glenwood) will be a panelist discussing diversity, and Catherine Gump (Edina) will serve as a partner Training Leader. Congratulations to these strong district leaders!
(Tom and Catherine are pictured at a recent International Assembly.)
District leaders tapped as RI trainers 2021-08-26 05:00:00Z 0

Growth earns clubs free Zoom accounts!

Posted by Doug McElrath (Edina/Morningside), Membership Chair
When Covid shifted clubs to Zoom meetings the District Governor Line (Tom Gump, Marianna Khauv and Lloyd Campbell) created Zoom subscription grants. Applying clubs could win a second free year by increasing membership by a net one gain on their
end-of-Rotary-year membership report.
 
The DG Line and Membership Committee are proud to honor the following clubs for their 2020-21 membership gains. Each qualifies for an additional year of free Zoom Pro for
full- or hybrid-meeting use:
Apple Valley
Buffalo
Burnsville
Eden Prairie AM
Ending Human Trafficking
Excelsior
Glenwood
Global Horizons
Hutchinson
Lake Minnetonka-Excelsior
Litchfield
Minneapolis University
Minneapolis Uptown
Monticello
Passport Club of MN
St. Cloud
St. Louis Park Sunrise
 
 A third year of free Zoom Pro is possible if these clubs show another net one membership increase. Go for it!!
Growth earns clubs free Zoom accounts! Doug McElrath (Edina/Morningside), Membership Chair 2021-08-26 05:00:00Z 0

Action Plan is Rotary's road map

Posted by RI President Shekhar Mehta
Welcome to the new Rotary year — a year when you will be called upon to Serve to Change Lives and achieve big dreams. Because of your passion for achieving great things, we will grow more and do more.

Our Action Plan, Rotary’s strategic road map, sets our course and strengthens us for the future by focusing on four priorities: increasing our impact, expanding our reach, enhancing participant engagement, and increasing our ability to adapt

Expanding our reach through "Each One, Bring One" 
Members like you are our greatest asset. But for the last 20 years, Rotary membership has remained stagnant. Through a program I am calling Each One, Bring One, I ask each of you to commit to welcoming one new person into Rotary or Rotaract in the next 12 months. This one act of growing Rotary will make you true change-makers, because you will have helped us achieve in just 12 months what we could not do in 20 years. Of course, you will need to engage and retain these members as well. Member engagement is equally important for our organization’s growth.

As we welcome new members, let us continue to ensure that diversity, equity, and inclusion are ingrained into all aspects of Rotary. We believe that anyone who gets involved with Rotary — whether as a member, partner, or participant — must feel valued, respected, and welcomed. It is only by embracing the full diversity of the world that we will be able to grow and to achieve our goals.

Serve to change lives 
Service is at the heart of my own connection to Rotary, which is why I want all of us to showcase Rotary’s good work by hosting Rotary Days of Service. Invite your members, neighboring clubs, local civic organizations, program alumni, friends, family, and the public to join you for a community service event. Let Rotary Days of Service be a celebration of our passion for doing good.

We also need to let others know about all the wonderful work Rotary does. Each of you is a Rotary brand ambassador, so use social media, local media, and your club’s website to show your community — and the world — how you and your fellow Rotary members are people of action.

Increasing our impact
My friends, you are resilient, and you are doing amazing things to fight COVID-19. We adapted quickly to support our communities at the start of this pandemic, and we are committed until the very end. Let’s work to ensure that vaccines are made available equitably worldwide and that people get vaccinated as quickly as possible.

We recently awarded our first $2 million Programs of Scale grant to Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia and will name our second Programs of Scale grant recipient this year. This award and our efforts to eradicate polio and fight COVID-19 are examples of how Rotary addresses significant needs on a large scale. These programs serve as models for how we can demonstrate our measurable and sustainable impact.

We have so much to look forward to in the year ahead, and together, we will do so much. Nothing is impossible for Rotarians and Rotaractors!

I am so honored to be on this journey with you.
    Shekhar Mehta
    Rotary International President, 2021-22
 

Action Plan is Rotary's road map RI President Shekhar Mehta 2021-08-17 05:00:00Z 0

ShelterBox responds to 7.2 magnitude earthquake

Posted by Rotary.org

A devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit southwestern Haiti on August 14. The Haitian prime minister has confirmed the quake caused enormous damage. ShelterBox has activated our emergency response teams. We are monitoring the situation and liaising with agencies in the region to understand the full extent of the damage. We have been in touch with local partners in Haiti including IFRC and Habitat for Humanity and have reached out to Rotary International. We are preparing to respond and have more than two thousand households of prepositioned shelter aid being stored in Panama if needed.

ShelterBox was among the first disaster relief organizations to respond to the Haiti's 2010 earthquake, deploying more than 50 ShelterBox Response Team members and sheltering more than 28,000 families.

ShelterBox responds to 7.2 magnitude earthquake Rotary.org 2021-08-14 05:00:00Z 0

Club anniversaries get RI recognition

Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta is extending his personal congratulations to clubs reaching anniversary milestones during the 2021-22 Rotary Year.
 
Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Fairmont that anticipates its 100th anniversary, and to the Rotary Club of St. Louis Park that will celebrate 75 years since its charter. Each club will also receive a video message from the RI President as the anniversary date gets closer.
 
District Governor Marianna Khauv salutes both these clubs!
Club anniversaries get RI recognition 2021-08-11 05:00:00Z 0

Gordon McInally selected as 2023-24 Rotary president

Gordon R. McInally (South Queensferry, Lothian, Scotland) is the Nominating Committee's selection for President of Rotary International in 2023-24.

McInally lauded Rotary’s ability to adapt technologically during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying the approach should continue and be combined with the best of our past practices as Rotary seeks to grow and increase engagement. “We have learned there is a willingness within communities to care for one another,” he says, “and we must ensure that we encourage people who have recently embraced the concept of volunteering to join us to allow them to continue giving vice.”

The best way to increase membership is engagement, according to McInally. To better support clubs, he says, Rotary International, regional leaders, and district teams all need to engage with them. Engagement through social media will reinforce Rotary’s brand and showcase the opportunities that come with it. And, he says, engagement with governments, corporations, and other organizations will lead to meaningful partnerships.

McInally owned and operated his own dental practice in Edinburgh. He has held various academic positions and in high leadership roles for Queensferry Parish. To learn more about McInally, read his interview and vision statement, which outline his goals for Rotary.

Gordon McInally selected as 2023-24 Rotary president 2021-08-10 05:00:00Z 0

Jumpstart your district role with an Institute scholarship

Posted by PDG Tom Gump, Zone Institute General Chair
If you see yourself in a District 5950 leadership role in the next years, here's a deal you can't pass up!
 
District Leadership is offering full scholarships (registration, flight and hotel) to the Zone Institute in Houston, TX on September 7-12, 2021. You qualify (really!) if you are interested in learning more about Rotary and applying your new skills to a district-level position. Check out D5950's photo org chart to see all the roles Rotarians fill.
 
The scholarship application deadline is Friday, August 27. Contact District Executive Director Alexa Rundquist at alexa@rotary5950.org or 701-260-6314 as soon as possible. Remember, Institute is September 7-12!
Jumpstart your district role with an Institute scholarship PDG Tom Gump, Zone Institute General Chair 2021-08-09 05:00:00Z 0

New RI Membership Society recognizes sponsors

Posted by Rotary.org
Rotary International launched a new recognition program to recognize those who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment and success in growing club membership. The Membership Society for New Member Sponsors is a virtual gallery for those members who have sponsored 25 or more new members. Members can achieve different tiers of recognition as they continue to sponsor more members.
 
The recognition levels are:
· Bronze Level: Sponsored 25-29 members
· Silver Level: Sponsored 30-49 members
· Gold Level: Sponsored 50-74 members
       ► Includes Past District Governor Tom Gump!
· Platinum Level: Sponsored 75+ members
 
To be included in the Membership Society, an individual must sponsor 25 or more new members, and report those sponsorships to Rotary. New member sponsorship can only be between active members in the same club, and does not include charter members of a new club.
New RI Membership Society recognizes sponsors Rotary.org 2021-08-06 05:00:00Z 0

Membership Month brings new focus

Posted by Doug McElrath (Edina/Morningside), Membership Chair
August is membership month. There are three tenants of membership development to keep in mind:
· Engagement
· Attraction
· New Club Development.
 
Engagement is key. If we have engaging, vibrant, and inclusive club experiences, we will be more attractive to new members while keeping our existing members actively involved. Consider offering an assortment of opportunities and benefits like:
· Variety of Social Projects
· Fun Social Events
· Professional Development
· Leadership Development
· Mentoring
· Network Opportunities
· Family Activities
 
We should also strive to meet people where they’re at and match what they’re looking for in Rotary. To do this, we want to be thinking about new club development and membership types.
 
We’ve seen innovative new club models popping up across the district (e.g., cause-based, interest-based, passport, satellite). Existing clubs are working to meet current and prospective member needs. These clubs are finding ways to connect with people, share
the magic of Rotary, and grow our district so we can increase the good we do in our communities and around the world.
 
Finally, through an initiative called Each One, Bring One, Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta has asked each of us to commit to welcoming one new person into Rotary or Rotaract this year. It’s an audacious goal, but if we make sure our clubs are engaging, enticing and inclusive to new and existing members, this goal should be easy to accomplish.
Membership Month brings new focus Doug McElrath (Edina/Morningside), Membership Chair 2021-08-04 05:00:00Z 0

International travel and service returns!

Posted by Nancy and Steve Laible (Brooklyn Park)
 
Members of the Brooklyn Park and Global Travelers Clubs are stepping back into international service trips.They just completed a service project at Toror Clinic in western Kenya. Additionally, the female Rotarians taught a Days for Girls class for 47 girls in grades 6-8 and left a supply of kits for additional girls. A teacher received training so she can lead future Days for Girls educational programs. 

Pictured with the 5950 Rotarians are the Deputy Mayor of Koricho County (center), Kericho County officials and three Kericho area Rotarians who are forming a new club that hopes to charter in September. The travelers thank PDG Tom and Catherine Gump for supplying Rotary pins that were given to the new Rotarians, county officials and distributed with the Days for Girls kits. 
 
The Governor of Kericho County hosted the Brooklyn Park and Global Travelers members one evening. Now the 5950 Rotarians are spending a few days at the world famous Masai Mara National Preserve to experience aspects of the great animal migration of the Serengeti. If you or a prospective member are interested in the Global Travelers Club, contact Steve Laible at laible@comcast.net.  
International travel and service returns! Nancy and Steve Laible (Brooklyn Park) 2021-08-03 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Network for Empowering Women, District 5950 recognized in the Rotarian Jeff Hage 2021-07-29 05:00:00Z 0

Minnesota Pride Club seeks LGBTQA charter members

Posted by Leif Hagen (Eagan), MN Pride Club President, 2021-22

The new Minnesota Pride Rotary Club is looking for 20 founding members to charter a new club. Help spread the word and encourage prospective members to attend the informational meeting on Tuesday, August 24 at 5:30 p.m. The group will make the Hilton Hotel at Hwy 494 and France Avenue (3900 American Blvd W, Bloomington) their weekly meeting location. The first guest speaker will be Past District Governor Tammy Laurent (pictured) addressing “What is Rotary? Why Rotary?”

This club will serve the LGBTQA community and its advocates. Anyone interested in joining or referring a prospective member to the new Minnesota Pride Rotary Club can contact Leif Hagen at Leif@AchievementFinancial.com or 651-209-6350.

Minnesota Pride Club seeks LGBTQA charter members Leif Hagen (Eagan), MN Pride Club President, 2021-22 2021-07-28 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Fellowships target many interests

Posted by Rotary.org
Rotary Fellowships are international groups that share a common passion or profession. Membership in a fellowship is open to any person who’s interested. Visit the Rotary Fellowships page to browse more than 90 topics. 
  • Learn about these newly launched groups: Argentine Culture, Comedy & Laughter, Empowering Women, Global Development, Leadership Education & Development, and Palmwine.
  • Read stories about Rotary Fellowship activities. 
  • Join a Rotary Fellowship to build international friendships.
  • Find resources to learn more about launching a Rotary Fellowship.
Rotary Fellowships target many interests Rotary.org 2021-07-28 05:00:00Z 0

Plymouth celebrates 40th anniversary with video

Posted by Jon Ginther (Plymouth)
 
The Rotary Club of Plymouth recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. Like all clubs, their COVID experience showed that one of biggest struggles that clubs face is long-term membership. With guidance from Rotarian Peter Bartling, they created this YouTube video that has been shared with Rotary members, businesses, friends and family across the country.
 
"I have been with Rotary for two years and found a great respect for the club and our activities in serving the community," said member Jon Ginther. "I hope that District 5950 clubs can use this video as a sample of what they can do so we all benefit from strength in numbers." Plymouth Rotary meets Thursday noon at Comfort Inn
Plymouth celebrates 40th anniversary with video Jon Ginther (Plymouth) 2021-07-23 05:00:00Z 0

RI features 5950's success with new clubs

Posted by Rotary Leader newsletter, July issue
Your district has launched several new clubs. Congratulations! But the work isn’t done. Keeping clubs thriving is as important as getting them to the charter meeting if you want to reap the long-terms gains of membership growth.
 
Since a majority of charter members can be new to Rotary, it’s essential to nurture these clubs by embracing flexibility and seeking diversity. Rotary is committed to growing and diversifying our membership to reflect the communities we serve. Flexibility is essential as we adapt to changes in the world with new approaches such as virtual meetings and hybrid ones that combine the virtual and in-person experience.
 
District 5950, Minnesota, USA, has several new and vibrant clubs, which have added more than 80 people to the district’s membership, including many women. Past District Governor Tom Gump, 2020-21 shares his advice on how to keep your new clubs thriving, including:
  • Give them a cause and a way to act
  • Be flexible
  • Add diversity of all kinds to build interest
  • Have fun.
RI features 5950's success with new clubs Rotary Leader newsletter, July issue 2021-07-15 05:00:00Z 0

New district enhancements coming to My Rotary

Posted by Rotary.org
Members will soon be able to review district information from a dedicated landing page on My Rotary. In a few weeks, you’ll easily see which clubs and members are part of your district.This enhancement is part of the ongoing upgrades being made to the site.Throughout 2021, we’ll continue to improve your My Rotary experience by:
  • Making district officer and assistant governor information more easily accessible
  • Improving the process for district officers to report, remove, and replace district officers
  • Simplifying the assistant governor appointment process
  • Introducing a dashboard for governors that presents key district information in a visually meaningful way
  • Updating the process for managing district conferences and obtaining feedback
  • Recognizing members who have sponsored a certain number of new members
These new features will be released throughout the year.
 

 
New district enhancements coming to My Rotary Rotary.org 2021-07-15 05:00:00Z 0
You're invited to the largest Rotary club meeting- ever! Jeff Hage 2021-07-15 05:00:00Z 0

"Largest Rotary Meeting Ever" draws 600+

Ahhh, the familiar Zoom Rotary meeting -- anywhere from six to 60 faces online. However, on July 21, 600+ attended the Largest Rotary Club Meeting EVER!, hosted by three U.S. clubs including Edina/Morningside. Many entire clubs joined via one login, so the participant number is undoubtedly hundreds more. At least 16 countries were represented.
 
The event focused on Rotary surviving and thriving during the pandemic and beyond. Past District Governor Tom Gump introduced guest speaker Stephanie Urchick, a Past RI Director.
 
Urchick noted that one-third of all nonprofits were predicted to close because of COVID. Four reasons she's sure all levels of Rotary will survived and thrive relate to the new Action Plan which:
  • Increases Impact
  • Expands our Reach
  • Enhances participant Engagement
  • Increases our ability to Adapt.
She commended clubs who learned to use technology, held virtual events, and creatively and safely provided service. Continued virtual experiences will allow those who are unfamiliar with Rotary to test involvement with a club, whether locally or via an e-club.
 
"We don't know how strong we are until forced to step forward," she said. "There has never been a better time to be a Rotarian -- in a world that is new and different." 
 
Watch a recording of the Largest Rotary Club Meeting EVER!
"Largest Rotary Meeting Ever" draws 600+ 2021-07-13 05:00:00Z 0

Kaleidoscope Rotaract Club charters

Posted by Jeff Hage, PI Chair
 
The Kaleidoscope Rotaract Club is one of the most unique clubs in the Rotary family. The club chartered on June 26 during a Zoom ceremony.
 
This club focuses on serving those with autism and their families. Its goals are:
  - Connect individuals with autism and their families with others facing similar challenges
  - Help foster the development of leaders within the club
  - Serve both the club and the community of those with autism.
 
Club leaders seek to provide those with autism and their families with opportunities, resources, and fellowship. The Kaleidoscope Rotaract Club meets twice each month. Each meeting is designed to be about a half hour in length. To refer a prospective member, contact District Governor-Elect Lloyd Campbell at lloydwcampbelljr@gmail.com.
Kaleidoscope Rotaract Club charters Jeff Hage, PI Chair 2021-07-03 05:00:00Z 0

District helps Lake Street businesses rebuild, reopen

Posted by Jeff Hage, Public Image chair
For nearly a year, District 5950 Rotary Clubs joined the Lake Street Council in mentoring businesses devastated by the May 2020 unrest following the death of George Floyd. Seven Rotary clubs from District 5950 teamed with the Lake Street Council to bring eight of those businesses back to life.

On Saturday, June 26,
the Rotary Clubs of Edina, Minneapolis #9, Eden Prairie A.M., City of Lakes, Minneapolis South, Minnetonka-Excelsior and Minneapolis Uptown joined with the eight businesses and the Lake Street Council to celebrate the businesses' reopening with a series of open houses. 

The businesses who partnered with Rotary District 5950 and hosted open houses were:
El Amor Fashion, Healing Path Wellness Services,
La Loteria Market, La Michoacana Purepecha, Los Andes, Midori’s Floating World Café, Pineda Tacos Plus, and Post Plus, Inc. 

Read the complete article posted on the District home page.

District helps Lake Street businesses rebuild, reopen Jeff Hage, Public Image chair 2021-07-03 05:00:00Z 0

Khauv's installation makes history

Posted by Jeff Hage, Public Image chair

Marianna Khauv (Monticello) made history when she was installed as District 5950 Governor. Marianna is the first Chinese-American in Rotary District 5950 to hold the post.

In a scenic setting along the Mississippi River in Monticello’s Ellison Park, the Monticello Rotary Club hosted District 5950 Rotarians as 2020-21 District Governor Tom Gump (Edina/Morningside) handed off duties to Marianna, calling on her husband,Onn, to pin her with the DG pin.

Read an expanded article on the district's home page.

Khauv's installation makes history Jeff Hage, Public Image chair 2021-07-03 05:00:00Z 0

Let's be changemakers this year!

Posted by DG Marianna Khauv (Monticello)

Happy New Rotary Year!

I am humbled and honored to serve as your 2021-22 District 5950 Governor.

Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta (India) encourages us to Each One, Bring One so we can grow more and do more. Let us be changemakers -- increasing our impact, expanding our reach, enhancing participant engagement, and increasing our ability to adapt.

This year’s Rotary Theme, Serve to Change Lives, is very meaning to me. I am in the hospitality business, so serving others is my fundamental training. Rotary takes me to another level of service: Service Above Self. Serving others to change their lives ultimately changes our lives. We become better human beings and, together, we build a better commUNITY (i.e., U N I working in unity to build a better community).

I look forward to visit all the 66 Rotary Clubs in our district and I am very excited to meet everyone of you soon. Thank you to all of you for being a part of the Rotary Family!

In Rotary service,
DG Marianna
Let's be changemakers this year! DG Marianna Khauv (Monticello) 2021-07-03 05:00:00Z 0

Learning Center course: "Committing to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion"

Posted by Rotary.org
Rotary International's Board of Directors recently updated Rotary's policy on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Check out the new policy in the Committing to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion course. You can start taking this course by clicking this link and signing into My Rotary. Learn how Rotary's history laid the foundation for this approach and how diversity, equity, and inclusion can be part of everyone's Rotary experience. 
 
Course Outline

Rotary's focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion will be central to our success in the 21st century. By increasing our efforts to put this concept at the core of the Rotary experience, we create an environment that makes everyone feel welcome, included, and valued, and one that represents Rotary at its very best. 

Learning Center course: "Committing to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion" Rotary.org 2021-06-22 05:00:00Z 0

Clubs use shoes to build relationships, feed neighbors

Flip flops. Work boots. Athletic shoes. Kids' shoes. All new and gently used shoes are genuinely valuable as a way to help families in need. Several 5950 clubs are collecting shoes they will donate toward a variety of programs.
 
Brooklyn Park Rotary: 
Rotarian Nancy Laible is shown with a small 'mountain' of shoes that will be shipped to Nicaragua.
 
The shoes are part of a Play Ball Project, a collaboration of the Rotary Clubs of Brooklyn Park and the E-Club of Global Travelers along with the Salvation Army. Their goal is to equip ten girls' softball teams (120 youth ages 8 to 14) in Nicaragua.
 
Area 7 Challenge:

Area 7 clubs (Buffalo, Maple Grove, Monticello, Rogers, St. Michael-Albertville) are competing against each other to secure the greatest number of gently worn shoes.

Rogers Rotary President Floyd Ingersoll (far left) is spearheading a shoe collection in support of Shoe Away Hunger. Club members gathered around the overflowing gaylord box of new and gently used shoes that has already been donated at the CROSS Services location (12915 Weinand Circle in Rogers). Other drop-off sites are available. Shoe Away Hunger sells shoes for $5/pair — with $5 enough to feed two people for a week through their program. 

Clubs use shoes to build relationships, feed neighbors 2021-06-22 05:00:00Z 0

Jump on those membership leads!

Posted by David Sheppard (Glenwood), Membership Committee
Mays' activity.
~We received interest from 6 candidates.
~2 candidates joined a club.
~1 is assigned to a club and is waiting to be invited.
~1 decided he could not join Rotary at this time.  Too busy.
~2 (husband & wife), are not responding any longer to my communications, but I have not given up hope yet.
~1 is still deciding between 2 clubs.
 
The good news is we had 7 leads....the less than good news is not all will join.
Jump on those membership leads! David Sheppard (Glenwood), Membership Committee 2021-06-22 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations, District 5950 Rotarians!

Posted by DG Tom Gump (Edina/Morningside)
District 5950 Rotarians,
 
We did it! Thank you! District 5950 had one of the best years we’ve ever had! Despite a worldwide pandemic, together we:
  • Started five new clubs  more than any other year before:

    The Rotary Club of Network for Empowering Women is the first club of its kind in the world, and already has 55 members.

    The International Rotaract eClub for the Environment engages 23 young members from 12 different countries.

    The Rotaract Club of Kaleidoscope serves those with autism, again a first of its kind club.

    The Rotary E-Club of Global Travelers, Minnesota, USA is an alumni club composed of former Friendship Exchange participants and Youth Exchange host parents. (Again, a first!)

    The Rotary Satellite Club of Monticello–Evening, Minnesota, USA
  • Added 80 female members, increasing our overall percentage of female membership by 2.25% and increased racial diversity districtwide.
     
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  • Celebrated the best fundraising year we have had in recent history. 
    Through May 2021, we gave more $1.462,772, which makes us the #13 district worldwide for total giving contributions to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) and
    #1 in our paired zones. Additionally, interim results through today show we are #38 worldwide in Annual Fund Per Capita giving and #1 in our zone pair for contributions to the Annual Fund.
                                                        
  • Achieved TRF certification of all of our clubs as 100% Paul Harris Fellow Clubs. D5950 is only the third district in the world to ever accomplish this.
     
  • Contributed more than $615,000 to the End Polio Now effort, the most we have ever given. This is more than any other district in our paired zones and makes 5950 one of the largest district contributors in the world!
     
  • Hosted World Polio Day district-wide event – a virtual scavenger hunt.
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  • Promoted diversity, equity, inclusion and justice through significant outreach into the community. Working with the YMCA Innovation Center, we reached hundreds of our Rotarians and others through a series of 12 racial equity seminars.
     
  • Collaborated with the Lake Street Council in Minneapolis. Eight of our clubs partnered with nine Lake Street-area businesses to help them rebuild from damaged sustained during last summer’s civil unrest following George Floyd’s murder.
The Lake Street Council and D5950 Partnership are hosting an
Open House on June 26 from 10 a.m.-Noon. Celebrate the
businesses of Lake Street as they return to providing their
products and services to the community! Store locations are
along Lake Street both east and west of 35W.
  • Gave a $20,000 George Floyd Memorial Scholarship and initiated book clubs
    to discuss anti-racism.
  • Planted a Rotary Peace Garden with 82 eight-foot trees in the City of Brooklyn Park, along with an eight-foot-tall Peace Pole containing words of peace from the languages spoken in the City. (See feature article in the Monticello Times.)
 
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  • Awarded Global Grants to eight projects involving 12 clubs, for total of $733,626 in club and district designated funds (DDF) contributions.
     
  • Awarded District Grants to 27 different projects involving 36 clubs, for a total of $441,337 in club and DDF contributions.
     
  • Three of our district candidates were awarded Peace Fellowships.
     
  • Granted two Global Scholarships.
 
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•  Together, the entire District Governor Line visited every club in the district, in person or online, a first in D5950 history.
 
•  Restructured Assistant Governors' roles, giving them additional responsibilities to help clubs develop membership, public image and foundation efforts.
  
•  Upgraded district governance by adding a District Finance Committee to provide oversight and stewardship of the district finances, adding a Rotaractor as a voting member of our Corporate Board, adding voting members
to improve the District Governor selection process, and instituting an Anti-Harassment Policy and a COVID Policy.
  • Created “Going Hybrid – Dynamic Virtual/In-Person Club Meeting” multi-district training that demonstrated how to host impactful and interactive meetings. D5950 was first district to integrate all materials, resources and videos on its district website. This was carried throughout Rotary International Zones 25B & 29 and globally. We also purchased a Zoom account for every club that needed one.
And we achieved all these accomplishments at a cost that was less than half of our approved budget. Thank you for all of your efforts!
 
It has been my honor to serve as your District Governor this past year and I thank each and every one of you. I know I’m leaving our district in the great hands of Marianna Khauv. 
Marianna is an amazing leader and I’m confident she will raise our district to new levels of excellence, with the help of District Governor-Elect Lloyd Campbell and District Governor-Nominee Jewelie Grape.
 
 
                     ~District Governor Tom Gump, 2020-21
 
 

Congratulations, District 5950 Rotarians! DG Tom Gump (Edina/Morningside) 2021-05-22 05:00:00Z 0

Mehta outlines presidential initiatives

Posted by Rotary.org
 
Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta has three special initiatives for the 2021-22 Rotary year, each aimed at increasing our impact through service and expanding our reach to new members. Mehta asks every Rotarian to make membership a responsibility through the Each One, Bring One campaign.
 
His initiatives are:
  • Empowering girls. To address the inequities that girls face worldwide, Mehta encourages members to launch a club-based initiative or be part of a district or global grant that improves the health, wellbeing, education, and economic security of girls in their communities and ensures their access to resources.
  • Rotary Day of Service. Clubs are asked to collaborate and conduct hands-on service activities with members of their communities. Then share those activities on Rotary Showcase.
  • Presidential conferences. A series of presidential conferences will highlight clubs' humanitarian efforts in communities and around the world. Invite a friend to an event so they learn about Rotary’s work and are inspired to join in its commitment to service.
Mehta outlines presidential initiatives Rotary.org 2021-05-17 05:00:00Z 0

Let's end COVID, just as we will Polio

I know many of you, like me and my family, are patiently working through the weeks of getting fully vaccinated. 
 
Just like Rotarians encourage people in countries where Polio is still endemic to get vaccinated, we hope you will encourage your family, friends and neighbors to get COVID-19 vaccinations.  
                                    --DG Tom
Let's end COVID, just as we will Polio 2021-05-10 05:00:00Z 0

Golden Valley marks 25 years of highway cleanup

The Sun-Post featured Golden Valley Rotary for 25 years of Adopt-a-Highway participation. "A highway cleanup is no glamorous endeavor, but the group has been doing it routinely as part of the Adopt-A-Highway program since 1996," the article credited.

'We’re kind of like the postal service here, neither rain nor sleet,' joked Rotarian Betsy Anderson.

After the work was finished, the Rotarians warmed up at Doolittles Woodfire Grill. Anderson marveled that so many of her fellow club members continue to feel a sense of responsibility to the highway, though most were not in the club when it opted into the Adopt-A-Highway program. “It has lived on beyond the people that started it,” she said.

Golden Valley marks 25 years of highway cleanup 2021-05-09 05:00:00Z 0

District Conference celebrates 2020-21 achievements

 
District Governor Tom Gump showcased a wide variety of district accomplishments during District Conference on May 1. The casual Central Park (in Brooklyn Center) setting was perfect for expanded seating, food truck meals, and Covid-19 accommodations. Pictured (clockwise) are DG Tom and RI Director Suzi Howe, the governor's remarks, Tom and Catherine Gump (Edina Rotary) at the Peace Pole, and a presentation to RC of Network for Empowering Women club president Anastasia Persico.
 
 
The emotional highlight of District Conference was Past District Governor Tim Murphy's (Edina) arrival and acceptance of a Lifetime Achievement Award. "Murph" served as
DG during the 2015-16 Rotary year and has been an effective mentor to district leaders ever since. His recent health crisis did not stop him from extolling the value of Rotary (left) or joking with friend and fellow Rotarian, Edina Mayor Jim Hovland (Edina/Morningside). The entire audience embraced him with affection and respect.
 

Additional Award Recipients

YMCA Equity and Innovation Center: Rotary District 5950 Partnership award
(for “Creating a Better Story” series)

Suzanne Kochevar: Rotary District 5950 Community Equity Advocate Award

Edina Rotary Club & Edina Morningside Rotary Club: Rotary District 5950
Youth Programming Innovation and Leadership  (for Edina High School Rotary
Global Scholars program)

Rotary Club of Network for Empowering Women: Rotary District 5950 Membership Growth Award

Raj Khankari: Rotary District 5950 Global Grant Guru Award

Clare Richards: Rotary District 5950 Rotaract Accelerator Award

Steve Solbrack: Rotary District 5950 Environmental Champion Award

Tim Mulcrone: Rotary District 5950 Polio Eradication Champion Award

Andrew Ramirez & Bill Sierks: Rotary District 5950 Rotary Peace Forest Champions Award

John Crudele: Rotary District 5950 Hybrid Meeting Champion Award

Irene Kelly: Rotary District 5950 PETS Excellence in Education Award

Russ Michaletz: Rotary District 5950 TRF Advocate Award

Lloyd Campbell: Rotary District 5950 Membership Support Award

 
Thanks to tree donations and participants' sweat equity, there is now a Rotary Peace Forest in Brookdale Park. The Tree Planting Project is the district’s first environmental sustainability project under Rotary International’s new Area of Focus: Supporting the Environment. The trees were planted in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy and Tree Trust, planting trees in historically under-resourced communities and low tree canopy areas.
District Conference celebrates 2020-21 achievements 2021-05-06 05:00:00Z 0

Experience Zone Institute in Houston!

REGISTER now!           Reserve your HOTEL

The 2021 Rotary Zone Institute will bring together Rotarians and Rotaractors from paired Zones 25B and 29 for in-depth trainings, inspiring speakers, fresh entertainment, fellowship, and a pre-international convention exploration of Houston's best attractions. This is the place to meet fellow Rotarians from around our Zone, network, learn from experienced Rotary members, and share your talents with others. You never know who you will meet, or how you will be inspired.

Any Rotary or Rotaract member can attend the Zone Institute, and your significant other is welcome to join. This is a celebration of the efforts of over 49,000 Rotary and Rotaract members in our Zone, how we lead ourselves, and our communities, and to set a path for how we will continue to move Rotary and Rotaract forward.
 
Learn about the horrors of human trafficking and effective methods for combating it. 
Get up close and personal with Jennifer Jones, first female Rotary International President Nominee, at 'Lunch with Jen.' Listen to space stories from hall of fame astronaut Col. Brian Duffy. After getting inspired, find some respite in the resort-like Royal Sonesta Houston Hotel and expand your mind on an educational trip to Space Center Houston.
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Eagan clubs jointly honor educators

Posted by Sherie Wallace (Eagan)

The Rotary Clubs of Eagan and Eagan Kick-Start jointly honored 16 outstanding education professionals nominated by school principals representing every public and private school in Eagan.

"Despite the challenges of educating students in a pandemic setting, the principals noted how the dedication, compassion and creativity of our educators have helped students make progress and tapped into the resourcefulness of both students and teachers,” said Bill Lindberg (Eagan), chair of the Teacher Recognition Committee. “It truly does take a village to educate our youth and Eagan is blessed with talented and caring teaching professionals,”

Carol Wirsbinski (Kick-Start) noted that COVID restrictions brought out the dedication and flexibility of teachers who stayed positive as they sought out the best tools to keep the students interested and learning. Two school nurses and two school counselors were honorees.

Each educator was given $200 from the Eagan Rotary Foundation.

 


 
Eagan clubs jointly honor educators Sherie Wallace (Eagan) 2021-05-06 05:00:00Z 0

End Human Trafficking Club marks first anniversary

Posted by Karen Walkowski (End Human Trafficking), club president
May marks the one-year anniversary of chartering the Rotary Club to End Human Trafficking. We celebrate:
  • Growing almost 70% to 38 members representing 11 states and six other countries
  • Welcoming 22 women and 16 men, with 23 members new to Rotary
  • Providing amazing speakers and committees
  • Developing a model for other Rotary clubs
  • Coordinating a major presentation for the Zone Institute
  • Being a point of contact for organizations wanting to learn
    what Rotary is doing to End Human Trafficking.
With the strong foundation that we have established in our first year, we look forward to 2021-22 accomplishments driven by our strategic planning process.
End Human Trafficking Club marks first anniversary Karen Walkowski (End Human Trafficking), club president 2021-05-04 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary E-Club of Global Travelers charters during District Conference

A unique feature of the District Conference program was RI Director Suzi Howe (left) chartering the Rotary E-Club of Global Travelers, Minnesota USA. Ellen Durkin accepted the charter on behalf of the new club.
 
Travelers focuses on global issues with a team that shares a passion for international service through travel and friendships. It is a Rotary e-club within District 5950 with members all over the United States and around the world.
 
Global Travelers will be meeting two Tuesdays each month though the summer. The next meeting is a May 23 social gather from noon-3 p.m. Email GlobalHorizonsRC@gmail.com to register and receive the New Brighton address. If you would like to join the club, it offers both full and associate memberships. 
Rotary E-Club of Global Travelers charters during District Conference 2021-05-04 05:00:00Z 0

EcoClub grant installs solar panels

Posted by Steve Solbrack, Sustainability Chair
The Twin Cities Rotary EcoClub led a Rotary grant project to install solar panels on the hydroponic Freight Farm at North Market in North Minneapolis. The hydroponic farm provides fresh, healthy hyper-local food to an area of Minneapolis that has the least amount of access to fresh healthy food. The project is a collaboration with Pillsbury United Communities, Greenway Solar, St. Thomas University Engineering Students, and Rotary District 5950. The Freight Farm is now 100% on renewable energy.
 
See the project's impact in this 1:40 video that includes drone footage of the solar panel array on the roof of North Market in North Minneapolis. Also meet some young adult uber-Rotarians!
EcoClub grant installs solar panels Steve Solbrack, Sustainability Chair 2021-04-15 05:00:00Z 0

District 5950 adds 80 female members

Posted by DGN Lloyd Campbell, Membership Chair
As we continue to diversify Rotary adding more women and minorities to better reflect our communities, it is exciting to see progress — even during a pandemic!
 
We’ve increased the female percentage of District membership from 30% to 32.25%, adding over 80 additional new women members, primarily from the District's new clubs: 
  • The Twin-City Eco Club is 52% women and added four members during the Pandemic.  
  • The Rotary Club of Network for Empowering Women has a membership comprised of 69% women and has added 12 members since its chartering earlier this year.  
  • The Rotary Club to End Human Trafficking is 61% women and has added 15 female members during the Pandemic.  
What do these clubs have in common? A flexible membership model, a diverse membership population and a female majority of members and leaders. 
 
Overall, as we look at our membership numbers at the club and district level, we look at retention and attraction. Rotary International's retention statistics show D5950’s four-year retention average dropped just one percent during COVID. New-member retention numbers increased by five percent during this time!
 
Not surprisingly, as clubs were not able to meet or met virtually for much of the year, our attraction numbers declined. We were not able to invite prospective members to meetings and saw a decline in the number of new members. 
 
Think about how valuable your Rotary friendships have been to you and all of the great work your Rotary club has done in your area and in the world. As you and your friends and neighbors are vaccinated and clubs come back together, Rotary will be even more important in bringing people together. If you are reading this, YOU care about membership! Please invite your friends and family members who, like you, are People of Action and can join your Rotary Club!
District 5950 adds 80 female members DGN Lloyd Campbell, Membership Chair 2021-04-06 05:00:00Z 0

Welcoming referrals works!

Posted by David Sheppard (Glenwood), Membership Leads
A very rewarding way to increase membership is connecting future Rotarians with an established club in their new home area. In March,  Rotary International's Leads Program sent the names of five prospective members seeking clubs in District 5950. Four have already found their new Rotary home club and the fifth one will soon.
 
Each of the member-requested clubs responded to my referral promptly which makes the onboarding go so smoothly. Thank you, club presidents and membership chairs!
Welcoming referrals works! David Sheppard (Glenwood), Membership Leads 2021-04-03 05:00:00Z 0

Webinar kickstarts "Protecting the Environment" Area of Focus

Posted by Steve Solbrack (EcoClub), Sustainability Chair
Protecting the Environment – Opportunities for Rotary and the Planet
A Webinar Not to Miss!!!
 
Wednesday, April 28
7-8 p.m.
 
 Register for the webinar!
 
Join us for a webinar featuring Ian Riseley, Past Rotary International President in 2017-18, and chair of The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Environmental Issues Task Force.  He will share some of the background behind the decision for the Environment becoming Rotary’s new area of focus. Ian will inspire us with ideas for impactful and sustainable projects to protect the Environment.
 
Karen Kendrick-Hands, co-founder, past-chair, and projects director for the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG), will discuss how Rotary’s newest cause, the Environment, creates opportunities for Rotary and the planet.  She will review the eight action themes of Rotary’s TRF Policy Statement for Protecting the Environment, including which activities are fundable with Global Grants, and which are NOT.  This is the practical information that YOU will need to plan successful environmental projects!
 
Virtual webinar hosted by: Rotary Zones 25B & 29 Regional Rotary Foundation Team
Event co-sponsors: District 5950 and ESRAG
Webinar kickstarts "Protecting the Environment" Area of Focus Steve Solbrack (EcoClub), Sustainability Chair 2021-03-25 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary’s Learning Center now available on mobile devices

Posted by Rotary.org
Rotary members can now take Rotary’s online courses on most mobile devices. See our how-to guide for detailed instructions or follow these steps to get started:
  1. On your mobile device, use a browser to go to my.rotary.org and sign in to My Rotary.
  2. Tap the  menu at the top left of your screen.
  3. Tap the plus sign next to Learning & Reference, and then choose Learning Center.
  4. Go to your app store and download Go.Learn. Don’t open it from here.
  5. Return to your browser. From the same Learning Center page in My Rotary, tap the link to the Learning Center.
Go.Learn works with iOS10 and later as well as Android 6 and later. Note that the app has some limitations, including in some of the interactive learning options. You will need to use a computer to download certificates or view additional resources. Links to the Learning Center may not work on mobile devices. Instead, go to the Learning Center through My Rotary, then search for materials or courses.

If you have trouble using the Learning Center in Go.Learn, write to learn@rotary.org.
Rotary’s Learning Center now available on mobile devices Rotary.org 2021-03-22 05:00:00Z 0

Club leaders! Final call for District Assembly

Are you an upcoming club leader or interested in learning more about club leadership? Then District Assembly on Saturday, April 10 is for YOU!
 
Incoming District Governor Marianna Khauv (Monticello) initiates training topics and shares her goals for the upcoming Rotary year. This interactive online session will include breakouts for club leaders to learn about their personal roles, best practices and tips for a successful year.
 
Get registered today!  Zoom link will be sent separately.
Club leaders! Final call for District Assembly 2021-03-20 05:00:00Z 0

D5950's new club success featured in ROTARY magazine

 
Because our District 5950 is one of approximately 530 Rotary districts in the world, getting featured in the Rotary magazine is a coup. The April 2021 issue has two stories about us!!
 
"Greener Pastures" (p. 54) highlights the Rotary Club of Twin Cities Eco, Minnesota and interviews Steve Solbrack about how the environmental idea evolved into an active club. Steve, our district's Sustainability Chair, also provides tips for chartering a nontraditional club that allows members to do service and create fellowship based on a shared interest.
 
Continuing in that vein, "New Beginnings" (p. 58) interviews District Governor Tom Gump about the steps involved in starting a new club and taking it through the charter process to full activity. Rotary magazine, April 2021 issue
D5950's new club success featured in ROTARY magazine 2021-03-20 05:00:00Z 0

Minnetonka is top donor to Empty Bowls in W. Metro

Posted by Alexa Rundquist (Minnetonka)
On 1998, Hopkins Schools initiated an annual community awareness event called Empty Bowls. Minnetonka Rotary jumped on board, and over the years has contributed over $120,000 with profits shared equally between Resource West and ICA Food Shelf. To meet the additional needs during COVID 19, the club's Foundation issued a $6,000 challenge grant that was quickly met and surpassed. Minnetonka’s 50 members raised nearly $20,000 this year.  
 
The Empty Bowls campaign culminates in a celebration at Hopkins Center of the Arts where people gather to share a simple soup lunch, raise more funds, and enjoy local entertainment. Each person leaves with a hand-crafted bowl made by a Hopkins student. Our club is the joyful clean-up crew at the end of the event. We have perfected competitive vacuuming
 
We support Empty Bowls because it demonstrates Service Above Self. The community sees Rotary as People of Action!
 
Minnetonka is top donor to Empty Bowls in W. Metro Alexa Rundquist (Minnetonka) 2021-03-20 05:00:00Z 0

Hear Dr. Michael Osterholm on April 15

Posted by Kim Ross (Eden Prairie AM)

The Eden Prairie Noon and AM clubs invite other Rotarians to their joint noon meeting on April 15 when Dr. Michael Osterholm (right) is the guest speaker.
A frequent media expert, Dr. Osterholm leads the Institute of Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota and was a member of President Biden’s COVID-19 Transition Advisory Committee.

This featured Zoom webinar is limited to 500 participants with pre-registration required. Register using this ClubRunner event registration or find the event on the District calendar. Rotarians from clubs other than Eden Prairie AM register as a Guest.

Hear Dr. Michael Osterholm on April 15 Kim Ross (Eden Prairie AM) 2021-03-20 05:00:00Z 0

District has new address...and new Exec. Director

When you contact District 5950, please note that the mailing address is now: PO BOX 591, Wayzata MN 55391. This change took effect in January 2021. Why? Because Alexa Rundquist is now the district's full-time Executive Director! Alexa works directly with the District Governor line, District 5950 Board of Directors and, most importantly, all the clubs and their members. Her work focuses on:
- Day-to-day operations
- Finances
- ClubRunner administration
- Event and registration management
- Serving Rotarians as questions arise. 

Alexa is the proud Mama Bear to four cubs (pictured). Flexible hours in this job helps her enjoy them each day. A North Dakota native, Alexa considers Minnetonka Rotary her Minnesota Family for the past 10 years. Her husband, Nate, is also a Minnetonka member. 
 
Alexa is a self-motivated driven leader with a history of working in the emergency preparedness and public health field. She knows a lot of wonderfully useless Rotary trivia, endless tricks in ClubRunner, how to navigate Rotary International's website, and can't wait to serve the District. Alexa's favorite part of Rotary is the one-on-one connections and friendships she has made. 
District has new address...and new Exec. Director 2021-03-20 05:00:00Z 0

Reconnect! See you at District Conference, May 1

Posted by District Governor Tom Gump (Edina/Morningside)
What a year! Rotarians in 5950 serve our communities in so many ways by using our Rotary ideals as we lead in our communities and businesses, giving of time and treasures locally and globally, growing Rotary by their examples and invitations, and having fun whether in person or via Zoom.
 
To celebrate Rotary, celebrate vaccinations
and maintain pandemic safety, District Conference on Saturday, May 1 will be an outdoor, family-friendly,  service-oriented event in Brooklyn Park. Our theme is Rooted in Service, Growing in New Ways.  
 
I am excited about this opportunity to see many of you in person and others via Zoom as we celebrate this Rotary year. Register today!
 
Map to Central Park, 8440 Regent Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
Reconnect! See you at District Conference, May 1 District Governor Tom Gump (Edina/Morningside) 2021-03-11 06:00:00Z 0

McElrath appointed Membership chair for 2021-22

Posted by DGN Lloyd Campbell (Glenwood), Membership Chair
Doug McElrath (Edina/Morningside) has been selected as the District 5950 Membership Chair for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2021. Doug is a former club president and currently serves as the club’s liaison to the Edina/Morningside Rotary Foundation and oversees its Annual Local Grant Program. 
 
Doug is excited to work with District 5950 leaders to develop and implement strategies to allow our District to meet its membership goals. Emphasis will be placed on retaining members, growing our current clubs, and growing our district by creating new clubs.
McElrath appointed Membership chair for 2021-22 DGN Lloyd Campbell (Glenwood), Membership Chair 2021-03-11 06:00:00Z 0
Be generous and tax wise! Rachel Greenhoe, CFRE, The Rotary Foundation 2021-03-11 06:00:00Z 0

District Conference: "Rooted in Service, Growing in New Ways"

Posted by District Governor Tom Gump (Edina / Morningside)

Dear Fellow District 5950 Rotarians,

What a year! It continues to be my honor to serve as your District Governor during this memorable year. Rotarians in District 5950 are serving our communities in so many ways by using our Rotary ideals as we lead in our communities and businesses, giving of time and treasures locally and globally, growing Rotary by their examples and invitations, and having fun whether in person or via Zoom.

As more Minnesotans are vaccinated yet practice pandemic safety, we are planning an OUTDOOR, FAMILY-FRIENDLY, SERVICE-ORIENTED District Conference on May 1 in Brooklyn Park. Our theme is Rooted in Service, Growing in New Ways. Register today!

I am excited about this opportunity to see many of you in person and others via Zoom as we celebrate this Rotary year.

District Conference
AGENDA

10:00 a.m.   Registration Opens

10:30 - Annual Meeting  This is when club presidents vote on the annual budget, confirm our District Governor-Nominee, and more. Only club presidents can vote, but we welcome all to the meeting. (Club presidents will be able to vote via proxy, recognizing some may not be comfortable attending in person.)

11:00 - Celebrate our district’s successes - including the presentation of Rotary District 5950 Awards (SEE BELOW). Recognize our newest club, Global Horizons. Honor Rotarians lost this past year. Receive tree planting directions.

12:00 - Food truck lunch

1:00 p.m. - Plant Rotary Peace Forest at Central Park

2:00 - Wrap up

PANDEMIC SAFETY

  • All activities will be outdoors and we will practice appropriate distancing.
  • Masks will be required (and provided as part of your registration packet).
  • An open-air tent and large picnic pavilion will protect attendees, no matter the Minnesota weather!
  • If you are not comfortable attending in person, participate via Zoom for the Annual Meeting and District Conference portions of the event.


Celebrate the Environment

TREE PLANTING service project

Plant a peace forest at Brookdale Park in Brooklyn Park (very near location of District Conference).

Please consider donating a tree to this planting effort. We are partnering with the non-profit Tree Trust; a donation of $450 by a Rotary club or individual Rotarian pays for one 8'-10' tree to be planted and maintained for two years. (See Donate on the registration page.)

HAVE FUN

Register for the District Conference The cost per person is $35 for adults; $15 for youth (18 and younger); $25 to attend via Zoom. Your in-person registration fee includes a Rotary mask and lunch. Map to Central Park, 8440 Regent Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

 

Rotary District 5950
AWARDS

International Rotary Director, Suzi Howe, is joining us from Houston to present the following Rotary District 5950 Awards:

- YMCA Equity and Innovation Center:  Partnership Award for “Creating a Better Story” series 

- Suzanne Kochevar:  Community Equity Advocate Award for Lake Street Partnership development and leadership (Excelsior)

- Rotary Club of Network for Empowering Women:  Membership Growth Award

- Steve Solbrack:  Environmental Champion Award (Twin Cities Eco Club)

- Clare Richards:  Rotaract Accelerator Award (St Cloud Rotaract)

- Raj Khankari & the Maple Grove Club:  Global Grant Guru Award

- Edina & Edina Morningside Clubs:  Youth Programming Innovation and Leadership Award for Edina High School Rotary Global Scholars program

- Irene Kelly:  PETS Excellence in Education Award (Eden Prairie AM)

- Russ Michaletz:  TRF Advocate Award (City of Lakes)

- Lloyd Campbell:  Membership Support Award (Glenwood)

- John Crudele:  Hybrid Meeting Champion (Eden Prairie AM)

- Tim Mulcrone:  Polio Eradication Champion Award (Chanhassen)

AND: 

Tim Murphy:  Lifetime Achievement Award (Edina)

District Conference: "Rooted in Service, Growing in New Ways" District Governor Tom Gump (Edina / Morningside) 2021-03-10 06:00:00Z 0

Tap new speaker’s bureau of environmental topics

Posted by Steve Solbrack, Environmental Sustainability Action Team Chair

Protecting the Environment is one of Rotary’s seven Areas of Focus. District 5950 is excited to offer clubs a new resource -- a speaker’s bureau of 17 environmental topic presentations. Presenters are both Rotarians and non-Rotarians. These individuals have agreed to be listed in the speaker’s bureau and are interested in presenting to Rotary clubs, online now and in-person post-pandemic.

Download the Environmental Speaker’s Bureau list. Feel free to email me at steve@solbrack.com with questions or for more information.

Tap new speaker’s bureau of environmental topics Steve Solbrack, Environmental Sustainability Action Team Chair 2021-03-10 06:00:00Z 0

District Governors encourage vaccine acceptance

Posted by Bob McClean, Tom Gump and Ed Marek, DGs from 5580, 5950, 5960

The District Governors from Districts 5580, 5950 and 5960
sent the following press release to regional media.

Rotarians across the Upper Midwest are delighted with the increased COVID vaccination availability. However, we are concerned vaccination reluctance and a premature easing of masks and social distancing could impair our communities’ ability to push past the pandemic.

Our confidence to stay the course stems from a legacy of awareness and fund raising for the eradication of polio through vaccination. Rotary has helped to reduce polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, our members support the distribution of polio vaccines and highlight their power and efficacy, a critical reason why polio is on the brink of eradication worldwide. Disease prevention and treatment is one of Rotary International’s seven global areas of focus.

Healthcare and community leaders throughout the region are working with Rotarians to provide education about Covid vaccine myths and facts. It is estimated it will be necessary to vaccinate 70 – 80% of the population to achieve herd immunity. During the coming months of rollout, vigilance against variants with their increased transmission rates means continuing to mask, social distance, follow healthcare directives for group gatherings, and practice hand washing.

We are all eager to return to more normalcy in our lives, and we are seeing clear signs of hope with the expanding Covid vaccination campaign. We encourage everyone to stay the course and be vaccinated when it is your turn. Please encourage family, friends, and neighbors to do the same. We like to say, “This shot’s for all of us!”

To learn more about Rotary and our commitment to polio eradication through vaccination, or to contact us about speaking to community groups or media, please visit us on Rotarymidwest.org.

In Rotary Service,
Bob McClean, Tom Gump, and Ed Marek
Rotary International Tri-District Governors

District Governors encourage vaccine acceptance Bob McClean, Tom Gump and Ed Marek, DGs from 5580, 5950, 5960 2021-03-06 06:00:00Z 0

Be inspired to protect the environment

Identify opportunities and information your club needs to plan successful environmental projects! Join us at this webinar.

Wednesday April 28, 2021

7:00-8:00 p.m. CDT
 
Register today at https://zones25b-29.org
 
Ian Riseley, Past Rotary International President in 2017-18 (top photo), and chair of The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Environmental Issues Task Force is the webinar's featured speaker. He will describe how critical issues raised the Environment to become Rotary’s new Area of Focus. His ideas for impactful and sustainable projects protecting the Environment will inspire you!
 
Karen Kendrick-Hands, co-founder, past-chair, and projects director for the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG), will discuss how this new Area of Focus creates opportunities for Rotary and the planet. She will review the eight action themes of Rotary’s TRF Policy Statement for Protecting the Environment, including which activities are (and are not) fundable with Global Grants.
 
The virtual webinar is hosted by Rotary Zones 25B & 29 Regional Rotary Foundation Team, and co-sponsored by District 5950 and ERSAG.
Be inspired to protect the environment Steve Solbrack (EcoClub), Environmental Sustainability Chair 2021-03-06 06:00:00Z 0

Clubs create opportunities despite COVID

All District 5950 Rotarians -- from leaders to the newest members -- salute our clubs for finding ways to serve despite COVID limitations. This month we highlight the Rotary Clubs of Maple Grove and Shakopee.
 
MAPLE GROVE Rotary was featured on Fox 9 News for the positive outcome of a district grant that provided children's books distributed through M Health Fairview Clinics. These bi-lingual books support the "Reach Out and Read" program and put books into the hands of children at an early age.
 
 
 
SHAKOPEE Rotary's Bridging Project will be held on Saturday, April 24. Donations will be accepted at the City of Shakopee Public Works Building which will be open from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Please note that only gently used or new mattresses and box springs will be accepted. Mattresses must be free of rips, stains and odors. Due to current oversupply, no other furnishings or housewares will be accepted.
Clubs create opportunities despite COVID 2021-03-05 06:00:00Z 0

March is RI's Water and Sanitation Month

Posted by Olabisi Gwamna, PhD, RI "Foundation Moment" editor

March is the month when RI focuses on water and sanitation projects worldwide. The Rotary Foundation (TRF) is changing the world by providing grants for projects aimed at improving water, sanitation and hygiene. Since 2013, TRF has invested in more than 1,000 WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) projects in more than 100 countries. 

A Rotary Foundation Global Grant recently made it possible for $85,000 worth of PPE (personal protective equipment) to be donated to 415 facilities across Minnesota. The initial grant for the project came from The Rotary Club of Maple Grove along with the India Association of Minnesota and several clubs from Thane, India. TRF provided the Global Grant of $60,000 to supplement the financial contributions of Rotary Clubs of City of Lakes, Uptown, Golden Valley, Edina, St. Louis Park, Plymouth and Minneapolis. The 415 facilities beneficiaries of this grant received 400 gallons of hand sanitizer, 150,000 disposable wipes, 625 goggles, 70,000 gloves, 56,000 disposable masks, 9,000 KN95 masks, 1,575 face shields, 400 thermometers, 500 oximeters, 1,000 fabric gowns and 8,000 fabric masks.

  • $24 is all it takes to provide one person with safe water.
  • 110 Schools in Ghana have better sanitation and hygiene due to Rotary intervention
  • 2030 is the year RI hopes to finish providing everyone with safe water.
March is RI's Water and Sanitation Month Olabisi Gwamna, PhD, RI "Foundation Moment" editor 2021-03-01 06:00:00Z 0

Promote your club with an Institute sponsorship

Blast Off and Launch Rotary is an opportunity for individual clubs or collective Areas to sponsor this year’s Rotary Zones 25B & 29 Institute.
 
Past, present, and incoming district and senior Rotary leaders attend Zone Institutes to learn, share information, build connections, and exchange ideas about Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation, ensuring that districts and clubs continue to have energized and motivated leaders to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.
 
District 5950 is part of Zones 25B & 29 – nearly 52,000 Rotarians in 1,245 clubs – stretching from Texas to Canada. 
 
To sponsor the Zone Institute, go to http://bit.ly/sponsorrzi21 and complete the sponsorship commitment form. Club presidents received an electronic of the Sponsorship Opportunity flyer with details about sponsorship benefits. Thank you to the clubs that have already committed $1,500, $1,00 and $500 sponsorships! Mail your sponsorship payment payable to “Rotary Zones 25 and 29 Foundation”, PO Box 13, Boerne, TX 78006. The Zone Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization (EIN 47-4676954).  Sponsorships are deductible to the full extent of current applicable tax law.
 
Thank you for your support of the 2021 Rotary Zones 25B & 29 Institute, and thanks for all you continue to do for Rotary!
Tom Gump
District Governor
 

 
Promote your club with an Institute sponsorship 2021-02-27 06:00:00Z 0

RI President is featured local speaker

Clubs #9 (5950-Minneapolis) and #10 (5960-St. Paul) hosted Rotary International President Holger Knaack (lower picture) via Zoom. District Governor Tom Gump welcomed Rotarians in their socially distanced rooms plus over 60 who joined online.

This joint meeting let both clubs highlight ways they have pivoted in 2020. St. Paul has a significant project in the Rondo neighborhood; Minneapolis donates their weekly lunch funds to Every Meal to feed Minnesota's children.

In his remarks, DG Tom summarized how 5950 clubs are serving their communities, working on district and global grants, bringing in new members and having fun—whether online or socially distanced.

He highlighted the district's new clubs: Rotary Club of Network for Empowering Women and the anticipated Rotary Club of Global Horizons, as well as three new Rotaract clubs: International Rotaract eClub for the Environment, the Kaleidoscope Rotaract Club serving young people on the autism spectrum and their families, and the Peace Pipe Rotaract Club

"This year our district focused on addressing the hunger issues caused by the pandemic," said Gump. "Supporting local food banks has been an ongoing focus for many of our clubs, with donations reaching nearly one million dollars in the last decade."  

DG Tom also drew attention to the district's efforts to address racism by partnering with the YMCA Equity and Innovation Center to create a series of nine facilitations. Many clubs started book clubs, formed racial and inclusion committees, and initiated conversations about racial equity.  Nine clubs are partnering with businesses that were burned down during the riots following George Floyd’s death, helping those businesses rebuild.

He closed his remarks saying, "As always, the best part of Rotary is the lifelong friendships that we make."

RI President is featured local speaker 2021-02-24 06:00:00Z 0

Theme challenge: Serve to Change Lives

“Caring for and serving others is the best way to live
because it changes not only other people’s lives,
but also our own.”
~Incoming Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta

 
Rotary International President-Elect Shekhar Mehta is a member of the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, West Bengal, India. He revealed the 2021-22 presidential theme, Serve to Change Lives, to incoming district during the Rotary International Assembly. 

Mehta spoke about how participating in service projects through Rotary changed him as a person, making him more empathetic about others’ needs. He encouraged district governors-elect to lead by example and inspire Rotary and Rotaract members to participate in projects that have measurable and sustainable impacts. 
Theme challenge: Serve to Change Lives 2021-02-20 06:00:00Z 0

Rotaract opens to autistic and their families

Posted by DG-N Lloyd Campbell (Glenwood), Membership Chair
It's another first! District 5950 is starting a new Rotaract club designed for individuals with autism. This new club's mission is to provide a platform for individuals with autism and their families to connect, lead, and serve.
1.  Initially, the club meets at 11 a.m. on the first and third Friday of every month. 
2.  Rotaract is a club designed for emerging leaders, ages 18 and older. We also welcome family members of those with autism!
3.  The club focused on service, awareness, and connection. We aim to help those with autism and their families with resources and fellowship. 
4.  We are looking for engaging young leaders on the spectrum to take on leadership roles within the club.  
 
The kickoff meeting was on March 5. We invite you and anyone who might be interested in joining to request a Zoom link for the next meeting from District Governor-Nominee Lloyd Campbell (lloydwcampbelljr@gmail.com).
Rotaract opens to autistic and their families DG-N Lloyd Campbell (Glenwood), Membership Chair 2021-02-20 06:00:00Z 0
Save the date for District Conference, May 1! 2021-02-19 06:00:00Z 0

GMS training guarantees grant options

Posted by Richard Crabb (S. Metro Mpls. Evenings), GMS Coordinator
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.
 
Four-hour Complete sessions are for first-time attendees. Refresher sessions are for members who trained for the 2018-19 year; they last two hours. All 2021 sessions are via Zoom.
 
Register online, following the path: www.rotary5950.org ►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 rdcrabb@gmail.com.
 
GMS training guarantees grant options Richard Crabb (S. Metro Mpls. Evenings), GMS Coordinator 2021-02-17 06:00:00Z 0

Tap resources for racial equity conversations

Rotary District 5950 held a three-session series about unconscious bias and racial equality in Minnesota. Thank you to all clubs and leaders who continue to learn about the history of racial inequity, work to better understand unconscious bias, and begin writing the next chapter for Rotary and Minnesota. Resources from these sessions are available on the district's Racial Equity Resources for Continued Learning web page.

The sessions were facilitated by James White, in association with the YMCA Equity Innovation Center in Minneapolis. White is executive vice president of organizational relations of the Triangle Area YMCA in North Carolina, a pastor and a motivational speaker. He also serves as a board member for the Triangle Dr. Martin Luther King Committee. 

Tap resources for racial equity conversations 2021-02-17 06:00:00Z 0

Share and compare diversity, equity, and inclusion info

Posted by Laura Hotvet (Excelsior Morning)
Rotary International declared growing and diversifying our membership a top priority -- making sure clubs reflect the communities we serve. The Excelsior Morning Rotary Club is diligently working on issues related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). We know we are not alone in these efforts and would like to know how other District 5950 clubs are working on similar endeavors. 
 
To learn from each other and form connections across clubs, please complete the DEI survey found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KY8W86N.
Thank you for contributing to this important issue. Please reach out to Laura Hotvet at laurahotvet@gmail.com with any questions or for more information.
Share and compare diversity, equity, and inclusion info Laura Hotvet (Excelsior Morning) 2021-02-14 06:00:00Z 0

RI President is our own guest speaker February 23!

What a highlight! Rotary Clubs #10 (D5960-St. Paul) and #9 (D5950-Minneapolis) welcome 2020-2021 RI President Holger Knaack as their guest speaker at their annual Joint Club Meeting on February 23. All District 5950 Rotarians and guests are invited to hear his personal message on Zoom or Facebook Live.

RI President Knaack's presentation will answer deeply personal observations and predictions about:
  • What will Rotary Opens Opportunities mean in a post-COVID world?
  • How might this change Rotary in the long term?
  • How has serving as RI President during this unprecedented time changed him personally?
 
 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
12:00 noon login
12:15 p.m. Meeting Called to Order
 
Meeting ID: 981 0098 2559
Passcode: 572499

Facebook Live: 
RI President is our own guest speaker February 23! Sybylla Yeoman Hendrix (Minneapolis #9) 2021-02-13 06:00:00Z 0

Padee Yang awarded Global Scholarship

Posted by Anya Magnuson (Burnsville Breakfast)
Padee Yang is a Global Scholarship recipient. Yang plans to use the $30,000 grant to pursue a master’s degree in degree in violence, conflict, and development in London, either at The School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London or the London School of Economics and Political Science. 
 
Yang graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and minor in anthropology and neuroscience. She has worked for the United States Peace Corps as a Gender and Development Committee Member and Community Health Specialist in Malawi. During her service, she engaged with influential chiefs, community leaders, and community members to improve the overall health of the community through education, home visits, and health interventions. 

“I plan to continue working alongside refugees and other underserved populations, specifically in the field of research and advocacy to bridge the gap between practice and policy,” said Yang. “Furthermore, I plan to ensure the humane treatment of refugees and asylum seekers through the asylum process and assimilation to their new homes and lives.” She will pursue a career in global health and public policy with a focus on gender equity, humanitarian aid, and research
 
Yang is sponsored by the Excelsior Rotary Club and hopes the St. Marylebone Rotary Club in London will be her Host Rotary Club while she completes her studies.
 

 
Padee Yang awarded Global Scholarship Anya Magnuson (Burnsville Breakfast) 2021-02-07 06:00:00Z 0

Eagan initiates Live to Give Walk

Posted by Sherie Wallace (Eagan)
Eagan Rotary's answer to their cancelled annual gala is a newly created Live to Give Walk at Eagan’s Central Park on Saturday, May 15. It will raise money for Eagan YMCA, 360 Communities, Open Door Pantry and the Eagan Rotary Foundation. 

Walk organizer Andy Lucking says, “Rotarians are very excited for the Live to Give Walk. Our costume-themed, outdoor walk will be fun, welcoming, and exciting for community members of all ages.” He encourages families, friends, workmates, and neighbors of all ages to register for free at eaganrotary.givesmart.com, then build a team with friends and solicit donations.

The 1.1 mile walk path in Central Park is accessible for strollers, wheelchairs, and wagons. The club will offer Live to Give t-shirts at a donation level. They've arranged live music and costume judging by the Chief of Police. Sponsorship details are online at eaganrotary.org or by contacting Jodi Hassing at jodi.hassing@edwardjones.com or 651-402-7597.

Eagan initiates Live to Give Walk Sherie Wallace (Eagan) 2021-02-05 06:00:00Z 0

AG Team anticipates 2021-22 Rotary year

Posted by Guy Johnson (Mpls. Uptown), incoming AG Coordinator

Thirteen Assistant Governors (AGs) eagerly anticipate guiding the 66 clubs that are organized into ten geographic Areas and one virtual Area. After training on January 23 with the District Governor line, they are preparing to hit the ground running for the new Rotary year that begins on July 1, 2021.

During training, the AGs agreed to:

  • Serve the clubs and support Rotary’s Vision Statement
  • Engage their clubs in a variety of ways including visiting them regularly 
  • Convene quarterly meetings of their presidents and president-elects
  • Link club leaders with District resources (e.g., visioning, speakers).

An important function of the AGs is facilitating an exchange of ideas and best practices among the clubs in their Area, and to bring that information back to the District so it can be disseminated more broadly. The new AGs will attend pre-PETS, the District Leadership Summit, NCPETS and other District initiatives.

Guy Johnson (Minneapolis Uptown) will be District 5950 AG Coordinator, working with AGs: Fred Herron in Area 1, Michael Schwie (2), Kim Ross (3), Carl Lottman (4), Jacob Millner (5), Mark Ihrke (6), Judy Johnson and Raj Khankari (7), John Bodette (8), Michelle Goltz (Cokato-Dassel, Litchfield, Willmar in Area 9), Ric Nelson (10) and Dawn Heath-Fiedler (for non-geographical clubs). There is an opening for someone to partner with Michelle Goltz in Area 9 to cover the Gaylord, Glencoe and Hutchinson clubs.  Interested in joining our team? Please contact Guy Johnson at guy@nutritionsolutions.net.  

The AGs are excited to support each Area. Rotarians, please welcome them warmly to your club!

AG Team anticipates 2021-22 Rotary year Guy Johnson (Mpls. Uptown), incoming AG Coordinator 2021-02-05 06:00:00Z 0

Is Public Image  "your committee" for 2021-22?

Public Image (PI) is one of the key District 5950 committees. It works in tandem with Membership and The Rotary Foundation to make 5950 a leading district with a stellar reputation.

Jeff Hage (Monticello) is already planning for his term as PI Coordinator on July 1. He is recruiting PI committee members who will work with both District 5950 clubs and the leadership team to promote Rotary and its activities on the club, district, and international level. The committee assists clubs in reaching out to media and creating social media campaigns that promote the clubs both internally within Rotary District 5950 and external to community members. In addition, the PI team supports clubs' efforts to find speakers and effectively use public relations, public image, marketing, club websites and social media.

If you have skills or passion in any of these areas of impact and would contribute to the Public Image team, please  reach out to Jeff Hage at paperboy@mac.com.

Jeff is transitioning to the PI role from his current position of Assistant Governor Coordinator for Rotary District 5950. He is a past member of the Princeton Rotary Club (D5960) where he served two terms as president and four years as an AG. 

Is Public Image "your committee" for 2021-22? 2021-02-05 06:00:00Z 0

PDG Schley thanks Rotarians

Posted by Sandy Schley (Edina), PDG 2009-10

Dear Friends,

In the spirit of Rotary and on behalf my family and myself,
I send thanks and appreciation to all of you who have reached out to share your love, caring, concern, and sympathy following the passing of my husband, Duane. 
I have been blessed by your friendship for more than 20 years and I am grateful.

Although he was not a member of Rotary, Duane loved to participate in the all-things-Rotary and described himself as having “the heart of a Rotarian”.  This was surely true when he supported me in local, district, and international service projects and many Rotary events and functions.  

To watch the tribute and service honoring Duane, the link is still available: https://tinyurl.com/NLC-Duane.

Sending love and appreciation to all of you,
Sandy

PDG Schley thanks Rotarians Sandy Schley (Edina), PDG 2009-10 2021-02-04 06:00:00Z 0

Rotarians mentor Capstone Project scholars

Posted by Lindsey Smaka (Edina)

The Edina Rotary Global Scholar Program is a three-year program in which students develop global competency skills that enhance college, career, and civic readiness. It is sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Edina and Edina / Morningside along with the Edina Education Fund.

The first seven participating students completed their self-paced Capstone projects. The Capstone is the final requirement and is a chance for them to showcase their global competency skills. During the Capstone, students research a global issue of their choice. Whenever possible, they work with and are mentored by Rotarians who have experience in their research field.

Students created podcasts and videos to present their research projects, promoted various UN Sustainable Development Goals, and highlighted their global issue and country of choice. As one project example, Francesca Elia worked with Cargill and researched bioengineering techniques to help with world hunger. She tied this into the concept of Golden Rice in the Philippines and created a four-episode podcast series.   

This program has formed a valuable connection between the high school and the local Rotary. It has bridged gaps and formed more relationships between students, Rotarians and the community both locally and globally. This program is always looking for Rotarians who are willing to work with the global scholar students.

Rotarians mentor Capstone Project scholars Lindsey Smaka (Edina) 2021-02-04 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Hope Award recognizes community program

Posted by Jon Hobbs (Mpls. City of Lakes)

Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary annually awards its John Fischer Rotary Hope Award to a nonmember who is dedicated to a cause that makes a significant difference in the lives of many people and gives them hope for the future.

The club named Gabrielle Clowdus, CEO and co-founder of Settled, as its 2020 recipient. Settled is a Twin Cities nonprofit addressing chronic homelessness. Its  community-first model emphasizes the importance of companionship and a support system, and builds “tiny homes” that for the homeless.

Settled seeks to bridge the gap between emergency shelter and costly conventional development by creating simple, efficient, permanent housing. Settled attempts to reconnect the homeless to self, family, and community through advocate-befrienders who help navigate the system and achieve personal goals.

Clowdus urges Rotarians to join Settled’s effort through service projects such as sponsoring, building and/or furnishing a home, planting garden beds, and bringing other skills and expertise to see this movement flourish. Learn more about Settled’s Sacred Settlement at settled.org/model or watch the recent KARE 11 feature.

Rotary Hope Award recognizes community program Jon Hobbs (Mpls. City of Lakes) 2021-02-04 06:00:00Z 0

Taiwan Convention changed to virtual event

Posted by Marianna Khauv (Monticello), District Governor-Elect
COVID's ongoing strength throughout the world compelled the Rotary Board of Directors to transition this year’s International Convention to a virtual event.
 
I was eager to return to my birthplace, so I am disappointed that it will not be a traditional convention. However, it will be an exciting virtual event for all Rotarians. Last year’s convention attracted significant viewership during its weeklong program. Everything the planning committee learned in 2020 about staging a virtual convention will be channeled into the very best program that promises to open new opportunities for you to be entertained, enlightened and energized.
 
More details about the 2021 Virtual Convention will be shared soon. RI will automatically cancel and refund all existing registrations. Please do not try to individually contact RI for refunds.
Taiwan Convention changed to virtual event Marianna Khauv (Monticello), District Governor-Elect 2021-01-29 06:00:00Z 0

Share Rotary's impact, virtually and in-person

How do you make global healthcare personal in your club?
How do you present it both virtually and in-person?
 
This suggested video features Rotary leaders offering their perspectives on Rotary's contributions to polio eradication and global healthcare. It also illustrates how any Rotary club can conduct an effective virtual/in-person (hybrid) meeting.  The Global Impact Group and the Rotary Club of Lamarinda Sunrise, USA produced the video.
 
Share Rotary's impact, virtually and in-person 2021-01-28 06:00:00Z 0

Padee Yang named a Global Scholar

Posted by Anya Magnuson
the District 5950 Global Scholarship Interview team selected Padee Yang for our second Global Scholar, and pandemic permitting, she will be entering her studies this Fall 2021.
 
     There must be more coming from Anya.
Padee Yang named a Global Scholar Anya Magnuson 2021-01-28 06:00:00Z 0
District Tree Planting Project 2021-01-20 06:00:00Z 0

RI appointments 5950 Rotarians

Tim Murphy reappointed as Zone 29 End Polio Now Coordinator
 
PDG Tim Murphy (Edina) is the current Zone 29 End Polio Now Coordinator. (Our Zone encompasses 16 districts.) His great work in this position has earned him a reappointment by Rotary International (RI) to that position for an additional three-year term. Tim received an email from Past Rotary International President John Germ notifying him of this great news.
 
 
Tom Gump appointed as Region 36 Assistant Rotary Coordinator
 
DG Tom Gump (Edina / Morningside) has just been appointed by RI to serve as one of eight Assistant Rotary Coordinators for Region 36/Zones 25B and 29. (This territory represents 23 districts and nearly 52,000 Rotarians.) Tom will be responsible for supporting membership in RI Districts 5580, 5950 and 5960 beginning July 1 with the 2021-22 Rotary year.   
 
 
Carol MacDonald appointed Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator
Carol MacDonald (Burnsville Breakfast) has been appointed by RI to serve as  Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator for Region 36/Zones 25B and 29. She will be responsible for supporting the Foundation in RI Districts 5580, 5950 and 5960 beginning July 1 with the 2021-22 Rotary year. The new position requires that Carol resign as District Rotary Foundation Chair (DRFC) The district welcomes Sharon Bloodworth (Mpls #9) who has agreed to complete the third year of Carol's DRFC term.
RI appointments 5950 Rotarians 2021-01-06 06:00:00Z 0

2021-22 Area Governors selected

Assistant Governors (AGs) are a critical link between Rotary District leadership and individual clubs. AGs are typically past-presidents and are assigned to about five or six clubs. The goal is to establish a rapport with these clubs through regular meetings with the presidents and presidents-elect as well as attending periodic meetings, fundraisers and activities. AGs make sure clubs are informed about District events, and that they have the resources to be successful in membership, the Rotary Foundation and public image. In addition, AG’s can also help develop and monitor goals, club visioning, and preparation for NCPETS.
 
Guy Johnson (Minneapolis Uptown) will serve as District 5950 AG Coordinator beginning on July 1, succeeding Jeff Hage who will become Public Image Chair. The AG team includes many new club advisors:
 
  Area*
  Area Governor
1
  Fred Herron
2
  Michael Schwie
3
  Kim Ross
4
  Carl Lottman
5
  Jacob Millner
6
  Mark Ihrke
7
  Judy Johnson and Raj Khankari
8
  John Bodette
9
  Michelle Goltz and (open)
10
  Ric Nelson
  e-clubs
  Dawn Heath-Fiedler
  Rotaract
  (open)
                 *See the clubs in each Area
 
Next year will be of critical importance to our District as we transition to a post-COVID environment and continue to grow membership through enhanced recruitment/retention and the chartering of cause-based clubs. The new AGs are ready and eager to assist District clubs to meet these challenges. Please join me in welcoming the entire team and wishing them success in the coming year. If you are interested in filling one of the open positions, please email guy@nutritionsolutions.net.
2021-22 Area Governors selected Guy Johnson (Mpls. Uptown), incoming AG Coordinator 2021-01-05 06:00:00Z 0

Innovative fundraising breaks the mold and fills the bank

Posted by Bruce Treichler (Maple Grove), Jennifer Hendrickson (Edina)
COVID cancelled golf tournaments and galas, fish fries and food tastings. Every District 5950 club had the same conversation: How do we generate donations without our traditional (fill in the blank) fundraiser? Here are two success stories that may pave the way for the future.
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The Rotary Club of Maple Grove’s annual November gala is a black-tie affair that raises approx. $50,000, funding most of the club’s charitable programs for the year.

“It was suggested that we just ask club members for a check,” said gala committee chair Tom Pellegrino, “but could a new event format work? The need to bring people together during this time of isolation was greater than ever. Fortunately, we had many talented and committed Rotarians on the committee.”
 
What evolved instead was an entirely virtual gala with a video program about the many accomplishments of the Club of Maple Grove, and a virtual silent auction where viewers could bid on items and experiences from the comfort of their own homes, plus a direct ask for donations. (Items were supposed to be limited to 50, but members kept adding and the final count was over 100 items.) Much of the program was pre-recorded in a television studio.
 
The “virtually” unattainable goal was to get 400 people registered and to raise $75,000. However, with the sheer determination and hard work, 413 people registered and profits topped $90,000!
 
Lessons learned:
- Fixed-price baskets supplemented traditional auction items, helping people discover a new way to contribute.
- Start at least three months early and stick to an established timeline.
- No one could resist the positive flow of our initiatives to the community and the world!
Watch a complete recording of the event.
 
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The Rotary Club of Edina also needed a creative solution to raise money for the Edina Rotary Foundation. Gala Committee co-chairs Catherine Gump and Bjorn Freudenthal persuaded 14 Rotarians to host small-group dinners in their homes. With the theme “Around the World,” each dinner featured cuisine from a different country: China, East Africa, England, France, Germany, Guatemala, Finland, India, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, Norway and Spain.
 
“Members are passionate about international service projects and our global Rotary connections, “Gump said. “When COVID prompted the change to small gatherings, our ‘Around the World’ theme was perfect. Members’ creativity and passion for the country evenings they hosted made the events truly memorable. Our hosts brought the world to Edina!”
 
The dinners were held on two different nights. Each evening kicked off with a virtual presentation that included the countries competing against each other in a trivia contest. The virtual presentation also included a video highlighting some of the service projects and grants the club supported.
 
 
Money was raised through event sponsorships, ticket sales to the dinners and donations. After expenses are paid, the fundraiser will net at least $95,000 for club service projects in the community. Nearly half will be given away in the form of local and international grants.
 
“It was amazing how our membership stepped up and provided donations to our gala during this very challenging time,” said Club President Sam Thompson. “It was very fun for members to host and provide the cuisine. It was a memorable two nights of giving!”
Innovative fundraising breaks the mold and fills the bank Bruce Treichler (Maple Grove), Jennifer Hendrickson (Edina) 2021-01-04 06:00:00Z 0

Grants Committee funds 27 new projects

Posted by Fred Semmer (Mpls. #9), District Grants Chair
Despite Covid, our Rotary District, its clubs, its members, the District Grants Committee members, and District Grant applicants stepped up in a meaningful way. In less than six months, the District Grants Committee distributed its entire $222,133 budget, funding 27 projects representing 34 clubs. Together with club contributions, third party organization contributions (including the Mattson Match), and the District Grant funds, these clubs will implement over $440,000 worth of projects. 
 
Fifteen international projects support initiatives ranging from healthcare clinics and water projects to agricultural improvements. Local projects included efforts to address youth literacy, maternal health, and Covid relief to name a few. Congratulations to those clubs and individuals participating and implementing these projects.
 
While we have distributed our District Grant funds for this Rotary year, it is never too early to begin planning projects for the next Rotary year starting next July.  If interested in learning more about District Grants, please explore the District Grant Resources website. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have further questions or just want to brainstorm. Also, keep on the lookout for news regarding District 5950 Grant Management Seminars. These seminars will be conducted on Zoom, offered over several dates/times in March through May, and train you in the arts of all things Global Grants and District Grants. 
 
Thanks again for all that you do as Rotarians, and stay safe. Contact fred.semmer@gmail.com or 858-525-2947.
Grants Committee funds 27 new projects Fred Semmer (Mpls. #9), District Grants Chair 2021-01-04 06:00:00Z 0

Don't miss district events on the calendar!

District 5950 has an abundance of upcoming events yet this winter and spring. 
Check out the District 5950 Calendar and register for the events that apply to you:
 
February 27- Pre-PETS for club presidents-elect (9-11am)
 
February 27 - District Leadership Team Summit (11-1pm)
 
March 12-20 - NCPETS (virtual) More information coming for PEs.
 
April 10 - District Assembly led by DG-E Marianna Khauv
 
May 1- District Conference celebrating DG Tom Gump’s 2020-21 year
Don't miss district events on the calendar! 2021-01-04 06:00:00Z 0

District offers incentive for Foundation giving

Posted by DG Tom Gump
Fellow D5950 Rotarians,
Our members' 2020-21 contributions to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) affect what we can do as a district to support clubs' projects in three years, well after the pandemic is in the rear view mirror. A very generous TRF supporter has made an extraordinary offer to ensure our annual fund gifts don't suffer from the pandemic. This donor has secured matching Paul Harris credits to support our initiatives of:
 
Making our whole district an "Every Rotarian, Every Year"  district. This means a gift of at least $25 from every club member for this year's TRF Annual Fund. $100 each would be great!  
 
Making every D5950 club a 100% Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) club. Club leaders, help your members target $1,000 cumulative giving for PHF status, motivating them to make the best gift they can. Be creative -- perhaps matching their gift with accumulated club Paul Harris credits, and help celebrate their achievement of this great milestone in their Rotary career when they receive additional credits from our generous donor.
 
Even as Polio Chair Tim Mulcrone was discussing The Amazing Race (to End Polio) Scavenger Hunt and the prize of a Paul Harris Fellowship Award funded through Club points, I had been thinking of making that happen for all Rotarians in the District. And so it was that in my Scavenger Hunt role as “Judge Gump”, I concluded  and declared, not only our race participants, but all Rotarians are winners and deserve a Paul Harris Fellowship Award. In this way, I hope to introduce all to the power of The Rotary Foundation and inspire all to give regularly to TRF, earn additional Paul Harris awards, and effect positive change throughout the world. 
 
With all of us working together, District 5950 will once again lead Rotary and make 2020-2021 one of our best TRF fundraising years yet. Once we achieve the above two goals, we are confident a culture of generosity will dwell in every one of our members.
 
Thank you for all you do for Rotary!
       DG Tom
District offers incentive for Foundation giving DG Tom Gump 2021-01-04 06:00:00Z 0

Global Scholar named from 5950

Posted by Anya Magnuson
District 5950 is excited to announce Madeline Sladek is receiving a Global Scholarship Grant for Study beginning Fall 2021. Sladek will receive $30,000 from Rotary for a Masters degree that focuses on Economic and Community Development in Copenhagen, Denmark. 
 
Sladek will graduate in spring 2021 from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Business from the Carlson School of Management. She studied marketing and entrepreneurial management with a minor in business analytics.  Sladek studied abroad in Denmark during her junior year and was inspired by Denmark’s unique view of business and the environment. 
 
Sladek got involved with Rotary through the Camp Enterprise program, where she worked as a counselor helping high school students develop entrepreneurship skills. “Rotary has such a great network and it’s wonderful to be able to have a host club in Denmark, and also stay connected with the Minnesota host club,” Sladek said. 
 
Sladek’s long-term goal is to create her own company that works to increase access to renewable energy for underserved populations. She will use Rotary funds to pursue either a Master of Science in Global Development from the University of Copenhagen, or a Master of Science in Management of Innovation and Business Development from the Copenhagen Business School.
Global Scholar named from 5950 Anya Magnuson 2021-01-04 06:00:00Z 0

Veterans Club grant benefits Haven For Heroes

Posted by Bob Keller (Veteran’s Club), Foundation Chair

The Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans partnered with other 5950 clubs to secure a $20,000 grant used to update and furnish a family room at Haven For Heroes in Anoka. Haven For Heroes  is a stand-alone, non-profit, substance- and alcohol-free board and lodging facility that provides recovery and transitional housing to service members and veterans.

The club partnered with companies who helped provide labor and materials to repair the century-old building. Club members, families and other Rotarians pitched in during service days.

Veterans Club foundation chair Bob Keller presented a plaque for the completed family room to Bart and Ellen Ward of Haven for Heroes. In return, Mr. Ward contributed $250 to the Veterans Club.

Veterans Club grant benefits Haven For Heroes Bob Keller (Veteran’s Club), Foundation Chair 2020-12-23 06:00:00Z 0

District adds 52 charter members in Rotary Club of Network for Empowering Women

Posted by Catherine Gump (Edina)
Fifty-two new members joined Rotary on January 17 during the charter event for our newest D5950 club, The Rotary Club of  Network for Empowering Women (RNEW pronounced “Renew”).
 
 
Emceed by District Governor Tom Gump, the chartering event featured Rotary International President Holger Knaack (Germany) reading the official welcome and charter document, and Zone Director Suzi Howe inducting the members and commissioning the officers. Over 190 Rotarians and friends logged on, submitting messages of greeting and congratulations from around the world.
 
Club President Anastasia Persico described RNEW’s mission as empowering women by:
 - identifying and advocating for reduced violence, harassment/abuse and human trafficking
 - promoting the education, financial training, resources and skills women need to be successful in the workforce.
 
The club’s 40 women and 12 men have already had a successful clothing drive and sponsored blood drives in their community.
 
Please join me in welcoming our newest Rotary Club and its members! If you know anyone who would like to join RNEW, please contact Anastasia at avedosolutions@gmail.com.
District adds 52 charter members in Rotary Club of Network for Empowering Women Catherine Gump (Edina) 2020-12-13 06:00:00Z 0

January is End Human Trafficking Awareness month

It takes awareness and action to make positive change. Human trafficking continues to devastate our communities and the world. With Rotarians’ commitment and willingness, we can change the future for many, and fight for the freedom of millions. It's time to act.
 
Every four seconds, another person has been trapped and forced into human trafficking somewhere in the world or your community. It's estimated that there are over 40 million people in modern-day slavery -- people forced to do acts against their will. Of that 40 million, 75 percent are being exploited for sex, and of that, about half are children. Human trafficking is a $150 billion per year business globally.
 
You can help by learning more about human trafficking at this upcoming meeting:
January 28, 2021, at 7 a.m. CST – Matt Friedman, CEO of Mekong Club, will offer a comprehensive update on human trafficking and its relevance to the private sector. Learn more about modern slavery. Register on Zoom.
 
Our Rotary to End Human Trafficking mission began in 2017, and every day since, we've committedly taken action against modern slavery. With the persistence and dedication of 160 Rotary clubs and approximately 5,000 members across the world, we've sparked significant momentum forward. To continue, we need strength in numbers and advocacy. We're looking to partner with other Rotary clubs. If you're a champion already invested and passionate about this work, please connect with us.  
 
We're here to end human trafficking. Join the fight for change and the freedom of many today. Together we can end modern slavery. 
January is End Human Trafficking Awareness month 2020-12-11 06:00:00Z 0

RI President to attend charter event for newest club!

Posted by Tom Gump, District Governor
Join District 5950 as it welcomes its newest club!  The virtual Charter Event for The Rotary Club of Network for Empowering Women will be held on Sunday, January 17, 2021, at 10 a.m. Rotary International President Holger Knaack and Rotary International Director Suzi Howe will officiate the ceremony!
 
Register for the Network for Empowering Women charter event or watch it on Facebook.
RI President to attend charter event for newest club! Tom Gump, District Governor 2020-12-08 06:00:00Z 0
Zone Institute sponsorships available 2020-12-08 06:00:00Z 0

New club focuses on international service and travel

Posted by Thomas Gump, District 5950 District Governor
District 5950 has been at the forefront of innovative, interest-based Rotary clubs:
- EcoClub
- End Human Trafficking
- Veterans Club
- Network for Empowering Women
- NEW!  Rotary E-Club of Global Horizons
 
The e-club's mission is:
“Improve our world with others who share a passion for international travel
and friendship, focusing on global issues and service.”
 
As we work towards chartering in March 2021 with at least 20 members, let’s clarify:
  • We are not asking anyone to leave their current club. Instead, think of people in your network. Who have you tried to recruit to your club but it wasn’t the right fit? Who loves international travel and service, but not a traditional Rotary club?
  • This club expects to attract members from all over the United States and may have international members. As an e-club, weekly meetings will be virtual via webinar/conference call/online.
  • Currently, meetings are via Zoom on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. CST. Day and time will be determined by members’ availability. We anticipate costs of $175-$200 per member per year.
  • Members rotate responsibility for club programs/speakers focused on world issues, service and travel.
  • A goal is to plan at least one optional service trip or friendship exchange per year. 
  • While D5950 will be the host district, the club is open to anyone, regardless of where they live or work. 
We are so excited about the opportunities this new club will bring and are already seeing the influence it is having. We look forward to seeing names of your friends and colleagues who want to join us! If you are interested in this new club, please contact Paula Schwartz at plschwartz@msn.com.
New club focuses on international service and travel Thomas Gump, District 5950 District Governor 2020-12-06 06:00:00Z 0

Join other Rotarians to protect the environment

Posted by Steve Solbrack - District 5950 Environmental Sustainability (ES) Action Team Chair

Rotarians worldwide are now committed to supporting activities that strengthen the conservation and protection of natural resources, advance ecological sustainability, and foster harmony between communities and the environment. Rotarians are empowering communities to access grants and other resources, embrace local solutions, and spur innovation to address the causes and reduce the effects of climate change and environmental degradation. Learn more about Rotary protecting the environment

“Whenever we don’t want to put things on the table, we say it is political.
The best example is Rotary’s new seventh Area of Focus, the environment.
Many people say we shouldn’t talk about climate change because that is political. 
In my view, it is definitely not political. It is a fact, which is why it is so important.
If things are obviously wrong, then we have to say so.”

          ~RI President Holger Knaack
          Rotary GBI article 10/6/20

If you would like to get more involved join the District ES Action Team, email steve@solbrack.com, form a Club ES Committee, or join the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG).

Looking for environmental presentations for your club meeting? Contact me for ideas. I highly recommend the 17-minute TedTalk titled “The Most Important Thing You Can Do To Fight Climate Change: Talk About It!”. The key to having a real discussion is to connect over shared values like family, community, and religion.

Join other Rotarians to protect the environment Steve Solbrack - District 5950 Environmental Sustainability (ES) Action Team Chair 2020-12-05 06:00:00Z 0

Global Grant funds fully awarded

Posted by Steve Johnson (Monticello), Global Grant Chair
Global Grant dollars for the current Rotary year have been completely allocated. The funds have been put to excellent use. Projects sponsored by 5950 clubs, along with various grants and matching funds, have enabled projects in five areas of the world including South America, India, Africa, Central America, and Eastern Europe.

Club contributions totaled $98,580, but adding various matching funds brought the total expenditures to $756,461. That represents a leverage of 7.7 times. In terms of people served, these grants improved the lives of an estimated 14,100 individuals around the world. The Rotary Foundation (TRF) requires that all projects provide sustainability. In other words, the benefits provided by these projects last for years once they conclude, not just a “one-and done” endeavor.

TRF provides excellent stewardship of your annual contributions and leverages your club’s fund raising dollars so that 97% of all contributions benefit the end recipients. Charity Navigator ranks The Rotary Foundation in the top 10 in the world for efficient use of contributions.

District 5950 conducts free Grant Management Seminar training to learn how to access these funds. Training even one member of your club annually qualifies your club to access grant funds. The next online seminars will be in the spring of 2021.

Global Grant funds fully awarded Steve Johnson (Monticello), Global Grant Chair 2020-12-04 06:00:00Z 0

Follow-up converts membership leads

Posted by David Sheppard (Glenwood), Membership Committee
In the past month Rotary International forwarded three leads for potential District 5950 members. A shout to Brooklyn Park and Minneapolis #9 for quickly following up with candidates interested in their clubs, and then reporting to me. 
 
Keep in mind how important it is to promptly reach out to all prospective members and show them how welcome they will be in a D5950 club!
Follow-up converts membership leads David Sheppard (Glenwood), Membership Committee 2020-12-04 06:00:00Z 0

Help clubs envision their future

Posted by Guy Marzano (St. Louis Park), District Visioning Chair
Can you look at the BIG picture and help clubs grow, become more effective, and be more efficient?

Are you an active listener?
Do you believe that, after some training, you can facilitate groups towards achieving goals that they want to shoot for?

Do you enjoy using Zoom?
Do you want to get a lot of good ideas from other Clubs [as well as what to avoid] in the process?

Our DG lineup of the "Three Amigos" has asked the Visioning Team to prepare for a lot more business because strategic planning is a top district priority! If you have been a club and are interested in making a real difference in our local clubs, please consider join the District Visioning Team. Call, text, or email Visioning Chair Guy Marzano at (612) 839-7288 or guymarzano@gmail.com for more information.
Help clubs envision their future Guy Marzano (St. Louis Park), District Visioning Chair 2020-12-04 06:00:00Z 0

Ways Rotaract is life changing 

Posted by Clare Richards, District 5950 Rotaract Chair
 
Rotaract offers incredible networking opportunities.
In the past five years, I’ve seen Rotaract members change careers, start businesses, and use Rotary to propel their careers. When I think about the people who will be running St. Cloud in 20 years, there’s no doubt in my mind that our Rotaract members will be among them. 
 
Rotaract connects you to the community.
St. Cloud is a very active community of people who'll do incredible things to support causes they’re passionate about. Our club supports many of these causes, leading members to discover new areas of passion for themselves. 
 
Rotaract develops deep, meaningful friendships.
When you’re young in your career and/or new to your community, it can be challenging to make meaningful friendships. We're talking about the type of friendship that develops as you pick up roadside trash together. Or pack backpacks for students in need. Or evolve from planning a fundraiser via email to planning it over happy hour. Personally, I’ve found some of my very best friends through Rotaract. 
 
Ready to start a club? Here’s a guide to get you started - including an easy-to-follow “Start a Rotaract Club” checklist.
 
Want to learn more? Check out this webinar to learn more about Rotaract.

Let’s do this! Email district5950rotaract@gmail.com and I will help you get a Rotaract club in your community! 
Ways Rotaract is life changing Clare Richards, District 5950 Rotaract Chair 2020-12-02 06:00:00Z 0

Pathways4Youth wins Innovation Award

Pathways4Youth received the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation's (GSDC) 2020 Innovation Award for a non-profit organization employing innovation to solve problems and create opportunities. Pathways4Youth's mission is to lead the more than 100+ youth experiencing homelessness in the St. Cloud Area on a path to success. Click on the image to watch the video featuring St. Cloud Rotary president John Bodette, founder of Pathways4Youth.
Pathways4Youth wins Innovation Award 2020-11-29 06:00:00Z 0

St. Cloud makes Racial Equity sessions their club focus

Posted by John Bodette (St. Cloud)
The Rotary Club of St. Cloud has contracted with James White, the featured speaker at the district's Racial Equity series, to conduct four one-hour training sessions for the club. St. Cloud will dedicate the January and February meetings for this purpose, considering it a strategic planning effort to help the club examine its processes and procedures to make sure they are inclusive, equitable and fair to all members of our community.
 
"Perhaps this can be an example for other clubs," said club president John Bodette. "This wouldn't have happened without DG Gump's leadership in bringing this outstanding learning to District 5950."
 

 
 
 

 
St. Cloud makes Racial Equity sessions their club focus John Bodette (St. Cloud) 2020-11-26 06:00:00Z 0

Megan Dumas selected a Rotary Peace Fellow

Posted by Anya Magnuson
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. This month we introduce you to District 5950’s second successful nominee, Megan Dumas.
 
Ms. Dumas is a project manager for WoMena in Kampala, Uganda, where she participates in health care initiatives focused on the taboo and often-neglected area of women’s health: menstruation. In her job, Dumas helps develop options for women in Uganda’s refugee settlements and resource-poor settings to manage their menstrual health with dignity and support.
 
Ms. Dumas is committed to lessening injustice and believes that there must be a focus on achieving global peace in the face of a pandemic, climate change and massive displacement. Her professional background is in gender-based violence, global health and sexual and reproductive health and rights. 
 
Ms. Dumas received her B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota, where she majored in global studies with concentrations in Africa and Global Health and Mobile Populations. She previously received a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She is also a former Rotary Youth Exchange Ambassador to Brazil and contributed to various international teams both as a volunteer and working professional. 
 
Dumas was nominated for the Peace Fellowship by the Rotary Club of Orono.
Megan Dumas selected a Rotary Peace Fellow Anya Magnuson 2020-11-19 06:00:00Z 0

2021 Resolution: Grow Rotary!

Posted by District Governor Tom Gump
The unprecedented events of 2020-21 have made me even more committed to introduce more people in our communities to Rotary. WE are Rotary! You are people who are caring, thinking and working to improve our communities and our world. I hope, like me, you want your family, friends and neighbors to be part of Rotary.
 
Our Rotary Four-Way Test is powerful!  Don’t you want everyone in our communities to be thinking about whether in the things they think, say or do, they are considering:
 - Is it the TRUTH?
 - Is it FAIR to all concerned?
 - Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
 - Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
 
When we come together to learn and interact with each other and our speakers, we are better community members. When
we join each other in supporting our communities with our time, talents and treasure, we make our communities better.
 
Our Rotary vision statement is, “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.” It takes on new meaning as we address a global pandemic and systemic racism this year.  
 
Our district has clubs for everyone: We sponsor Interact clubs in high schools for your children and grandchildren; we sponsor Rotaract clubs for the young adults in your lives; we have community based clubs and cause based clubs - including our Twin Cities Eco-Club (for the environment); The Rotary Club of Minnesota VeteransThe Rotary Club to End Human Trafficking and The Rotary Club of Network to Empower Women.  
 
My wife is now a Rotarian.  My son is a member of his high school Interact club. And I am still hoping to persuade my father-in-law to join the Veterans Club. You know how much you value Rotary. Don’t you want to share our important values with your family, friends and neighbors?
 
Please join me, in making a 2021 resolution to GROW ROTARY!
~DG Tom
2021 Resolution: Grow Rotary! District Governor Tom Gump 2020-11-15 06:00:00Z 0

Veterans Day Recognition Event links three clubs

The Rotary Clubs of Eagan Kick-Start and Eagan Noon jointly hosted a Veteran’s Day Recognition Event on November 11. Their special guests were two members of the Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans, the first Rotary club in the world focused on serving veterans. (The Veterans Club was formed by District Governor Tom Gump.)
 
The Eagan clubs honored Staff Sergeant Angela Kimmel (right) who traveled worldwide to many areas of need, and Veterans Club President and First Sergeant Gary White who was stationed in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iraq and South America. A third veteran honored but not attending was Medical Technician Wayne Lindell who served in Japan after WW ll.The honorees shared highlights of their military experience and received a plaque and $200 check to be awarded to a charity of their choice. Veterans Club secretary Bethany Danner accepted a “We The People” plaque on behalf of the entire Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans. Both awards from the Eagan clubs recognized the Veterans Club’s commitment to supporting other veterans.
Veterans Day Recognition Event links three clubs 2020-11-14 06:00:00Z 0

Leadership development available from Toastmasters

Posted by Rotary.org
As part of our alliance with Toastmasters International, we’re offering a series of leadership and communication courses to Rotary and Rotaract members. The first two courses, now available in multiple languages in the Learning Center, discuss fundamental leadership skills like motivation, integrity, and team inclusiveness. You’ll also discover how ethics, decision making, goal setting, and delegating help you develop the skills necessary to lead a team effectively. Watch this video to learn how to find the courses in the Learning Center and how to get the most out of them. 
 

 
Leadership development available from Toastmasters Rotary.org 2020-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

District earns top TRF awards

Posted by Carol MacDonald, District Rotary Foundation Chair
For the first time, all D5950 Rotarians were able to watch (via Zoom) our district earn major awards from The Rotary Foundation (TRF) for its fundraising success during 2019-20. This annual event honored the 23 districts in our Region (Zones 25B and 29). Guest speakers were Rotary International President-Nominee Jennifer Jones and Rotary International Director Suzi Howe. 
 
In Zone 29, our District 5950 received awards for:
  • 1st in Annual Giving ($690.665)
  • 1st in number of Paul Harris Society (PHS) members
  • 3rd  in “Direct” giving to TRF
  • 2nd in PolioPlus contributions ($248,548) where our Zone is among the top five contributors to PolioPlus in the World! Also, we gave >20% DDF this year.
District 5950 is recognized throughout Rotary International! Thank you to everyone for your support of The Rotary Foundation!. And special recognition to Jim Nelson (City of Lakes), Fundraiser Chair and Tim Mulcrone (Chanhassen), PolioPlus Chair in FY2019-20.
District earns top TRF awards Carol MacDonald, District Rotary Foundation Chair 2020-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Peace Fellowship awarded to Caitlin Schweiger

Posted by Ellen Kennedy (Mpls. University), District Peace Fellowships chair
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 kennedy@worldwithoutgenocide.org.
Rotary Peace Fellowship awarded to Caitlin Schweiger Ellen Kennedy (Mpls. University), District Peace Fellowships chair 2020-11-10 06:00:00Z 0

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

Posted by District Governor Tom Gump
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.
D5950 leads the world again:Rotary Club of Network for Empowering Women charters District Governor Tom Gump 2020-11-08 06:00:00Z 0

Membership success starts with the ASK

Posted by DGN Lloyd Campbell (Glenwood), Membership Chair

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.)

Programs

    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 gsmith@centernationalbank.com, District Governor Tom Gump at tagump@gmail.com or Lloyd Campbell at lloydwcampbelljr@gmail.com.

    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 lloydwcampbelljr@gmail.com. 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!

    Visioning

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.

Membership success starts with the ASK DGN Lloyd Campbell (Glenwood), Membership Chair 2020-11-05 06:00:00Z 0

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 rvmichaletz.gmail.com.
 
Donate, designate, delight during Foundation Month 2020-11-05 06:00:00Z 0

Rotaract: The Future of Rotary

Posted by Clare Richards, District Rotaract Chair

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 claredlune.design@gmail.com.

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

Rotaract: The Future of Rotary Clare Richards, District Rotaract Chair 2020-11-05 06:00:00Z 0
Visioning Team provides strategic planning assistance G 2020-11-03 06:00:00Z 0

Jewelie Grape will lead district in 2023-24

Posted by District Governor Tom Gump
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.
Jewelie Grape will lead district in 2023-24 District Governor Tom Gump 2020-11-03 06:00:00Z 0

Scavenger hunt is World Polio Day event

Posted by Tim Mulcrone, PolioPlus chair

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!

 

 
 
Scavenger hunt is World Polio Day event Tim Mulcrone, PolioPlus chair 2020-10-26 05:00:00Z 0

Enjoy videos for Foundation Month!

Posted by PDG Russ Michaletz (Mpls. City of Lakes)
Attached are 4 lighthearted videos about The Rotary Foundation featuring actors Jim Nelson and myself.  They are about 6 minutes each in length.   Think: "Abbott and Costello"
 
We would encourage you using these videos in your club meetings as we approach Foundation month in November, or whenever you do your TRF campaign.  If they are the highlight of your meeting, vote for us for the Academy Award.
 
PLEASE WATCH THEM IN NUMERICAL ORDER
 
The videos can be found on the District YouTube channel:
 
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=district+5950
 
Enjoy videos for Foundation Month! PDG Russ Michaletz (Mpls. City of Lakes) 2020-10-21 05:00:00Z 0

Clubs' creativity and vision inspire DG

Posted by District Governor Tom Gump
I have visited 63 of our 64 District 5950 clubs! It’s inspiring how your clubs come together and continue living our Rotary motto, Service above Self. I have been moved by stories of Rotarians living our Rotary Vision: “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”
 
Clubs creatively fund raise to support local and global causes. The Rotary Club of Springfield --
in a town of approximately 2,000 people -- sold over 500 bouquets of roses last week. This record-setting amount at an increased price generated their best fundraising year ever. The Rotary Club of Edina reimagined their annual gala this year, organizing small gatherings of 10 people or fewer.  Instead of 250 people in a ballroom, members hosted fellow Rotarians and guests at 14 gatherings that celebrated countries and cultures like Korea, India, Germany, and Morocco. Generous sponsors and club members raised more money than anticipated.  Springfield and Edina both raise funds to support local food shelves and other organizations that need our help more than ever this year.  
 
It has been wonderful to connect with many of you in our Zoom sessions with the YMCA and James White as we continue our discussions about Racial Equity: Creating a Better Story. I have heard how you are taking the material to your Rotary clubs and also your workplaces. In our club visit to the Rotary Club of St. James, we learned the club is reading the book White Fragility together. They use one meeting a month to discuss a chapter at their lunch tables. Club President Pam Steinle organizes discussion questions for the tables. In our YMCA Zoom sessions, one member reported using the lessons she is learning to lead discussions with the board of directors of her non-profit. Another member is using the material at her workplace to begin a racial equity program. I know these sessions will lead to lasting change in me and in our communities.  
 
After 63 club visits, I can honestly say, I am the luckiest District Governor EVER because District Governor-Elect Marianna Khauv and District Governor-Nominee Lloyd Campbell joined me at all of our club visits. Really, I think we are the luckiest district because we have these outstanding individuals leading the coming years!
 
Rotary continues Opening Opportunities for service, active learning and wonderful friendships!
Yours in Rotary Service,
DG Tom
 
Clubs' creativity and vision inspire DG District Governor Tom Gump 2020-10-19 05:00:00Z 0

Brooklyn Park's club president dies

District 5950 Rotarians extend their heartfelt sympathy to the Rotary Club of Brooklyn Park upon the death of club president Gary Brown on October 16. Gary joined Rotary in February of 1991. He was a senior project engineer at Pinnacle Engineering. Read the full obituary here.
Brooklyn Park's club president dies 2020-10-17 05:00:00Z 0

Celebrate progress toward polio eradication

Posted by PDG Tim Murphy (Edina)
Greetings 5950 on World Polio Day, October 24! Polio eradication is Rotary’s #1 cause, so please participate:
I am excited to report that door-to-door immunizations have resumed in Pakistan. Thanks to Rotary and our Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners, we have moved the needle from 350,000 cases a year in the mid-1980s to 129 worldwide YTD (77 in Pakistan, 52 in Afghanistan). And with the addition of Global Alliance of Vaccine Initiative to our GPEI, we are a big part in the vaccine development and future distribution for Covid-19.
 
We have much to celebrate. Last year District 5950’s 65 clubs raised $268,000 toward polio – leveraged to $750,000+ with the Gates Foundation’s 2:1 match. Our 16-district Zone was fifth highest in the world for polio giving! Worldwide, RI raised its $50 million goal and received the full $100 million Gates Foundation match. Finally, the entire continent of Africa (all 54 countries) was certified as polio-free.
 
Be sure to remember Rotary’s ask of $1,500 per club toward our polio cause. If your club does not have an event planned, use another club’s idea or team up. We are better together. Thank you for your generosity!
Celebrate progress toward polio eradication PDG Tim Murphy (Edina) 2020-10-16 05:00:00Z 0

RI's membership leads are low-hanging fruit

Posted by David Sheppard (Glenwood), District 5950 Leads Program

The district’s Leads Program receives membership inquiries from Rotary International,
then reaches out to each candidate in a professional and inviting manner. Candidates come to Rotary with different wants and expectations in mind. The Leads program tries to marry those needs with an appropriate club.

So far in October, we’ve received four inquiries. The Leads Program tracks the initial contact date, the contact person from the requested or suggested club, and tracking results and comments.

It’s very important when the Leads program reaches out to a club’s membership chair and/or president that they contact the candidate in a timely manner. Our Leads program is only as good as the communication between the clubs and the program. First impressions are critical to a new candidate, and delayed communication (or no response at all) discourages a potential member.

The Leads program is a wonderful way to receive new candidates for our clubs. It’s free. All we need to do is be diligent and professional in communicating.

RI's membership leads are low-hanging fruit David Sheppard (Glenwood), District 5950 Leads Program 2020-10-16 05:00:00Z 0

Meet at a Rotary Business Social

Posted by DG-Elect Marianna Khauv (Monticello)

Network. Enhance your member value. Strengthen the businesses represented in Rotary. Monthly Rotary Business Socials were initiated in Area 7, then included Area 8, and will expand even further in November and December.

Meet new Rotarians and trade business information during Zoom breakout briefs (aka speed networking). The one-hour social is already engaging our members, and logistical fine-tuning improves each event. We hope to involve members from across the district in early 2021.

Our members will be stronger, The Rotary Foundation will be stronger, and we will be able to do more to make our communities strong. Stay tuned!

Meet at a Rotary Business Social DG-Elect Marianna Khauv (Monticello) 2020-10-16 05:00:00Z 0

District’s first Environmental Sustainability project is underway

Posted by Bill Sierks (Edina/Morningside)

With the support of the District Governor Tom Gump and the District Conference Committee, the District 5950 Tree Planting Project is the District’s first environmental sustainability project under Rotary International’s new Area of Focus: Supporting the Environment.

We have a unique opportunity to collaborate with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Tree Trust to plant trees in historically under-resourced communities and low tree canopy areas. Urban forests provide significant benefits to our communities, including cleaner air, alleviating heat stress and the “heat island” effect, helping manage stormwater, improving wildlife habitat, and providing spaces where people can connect with nature.

Our goal is to have every club in the district commit to funding one, two, or three trees at a cost of $450 each to plant and maintain a tree. So, we are asking each club to fund $450, $900, or $1,350. Each tree is 6’ to 8’ tall with a 1” trunk; the $450 cost includes two years of ongoing stewardship, mulching and watering. We hope to raise enough funds to plant 100 or more trees in historically under-resourced communities and low tree canopy areas in the Twin Cities area on May 1, 2021. This tree planting project will be featured as a volunteer project for the 2021 District 5950 District Conference. 

Please contact Andrew Ramirez (Minneapolis Uptown Rotary), rami0074@icloud.com; or Bill Sierks (Edina Morningside Rotary), wsierks@comcast.net for more information or to join us. Thank you!

District’s first Environmental Sustainability project is underway Bill Sierks (Edina/Morningside) 2020-10-16 05:00:00Z 0

Final call: DG candidate applications

Posted by PDG Russ Michaletz (Mpls. City of Lakes)
It is time to select the next Rotarian who will serve in our District Governor succession. This nominee will serve during 2023-2024 following Tom Gump, Marianna Khauv and Lloyd Campbell. If you want to be DG, or nominate a strong district leader for the role, it happens in November with the nominee presented to the clubs for approval in the spring. 
 
A Rotarian qualifies for the position of District Governor if you:
  • are a member in good standing of a functioning club in the district
  • have served as club president for a full term or as charter president for at least six months
  • demonstrate willingness, commitment, and ability to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of a governor
  • are able to attend the International Assembly when scheduled in January 2023
  • are endorsed by your club for this position.
While I know this seems like an enormous role to fill, I can tell you it is doable regardless of your career stage, and worth the investment. The experience is amazing! I'm happy to talk to you about what it means to be DG. The nomination form and applicant questionnaire they are on the District website in the District Governor Succession section.
 
The application deadline October 18, 2020; interviews are on October 29. Please send your completed club nomination form and personal application to: PDG Russ Michaletz, rvmichaletz@gmail.com, 612-799-4592.
Final call: DG candidate applications PDG Russ Michaletz (Mpls. City of Lakes) 2020-10-14 05:00:00Z 0

"Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt" is World Polio Day event

Posted by Tim Mucrone, District PolioPlus chair
Our district is holding its first-ever districtwide event to help eradicate polio: “The Amazing Race (to End Polio) Scavenger Hunt!"  This interactive, virtual event will be held on World Polio Day, October 24, 2020, from 9-10:00 a.m. (Note: All local social distance and mask guidelines need to be followed while participating.)
 
Create a team of two, then race against each other to find or perform ten items in the local communities that are (loosely) tied to Rotary's polio efforts. Registered participants will receive the search list at 8:45 a.m. that day. Teams of two allow for one to be Zooming while the other hunts. A panel of Zoom hosts will provide running commentary, polio video snippets and general gibberish. The first team that secures all ten items will be awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship donated from club points. You can enjoy the Zoom events without being a participating team. 
 
Register your team, adding your team name and members' names in the Comments box. Teams can contact Tim Mulcrone for bling, such as brochures, shirts, paddle-signs, etc. Tim's cell phone number is (952) 239-1594.
 
Teams will pledge $0.10 to End Polio Now. Yes, ten cents. This is the cost of one dose of oral polio vaccine that will protect a child against polio. The goal of this event is promoting Rotary’s number one effort in the world - ending polio! To learn more about our efforts, donate, help raise awareness or share your time, please visit endpolio.org
"Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt" is World Polio Day event Tim Mucrone, District PolioPlus chair 2020-10-07 05:00:00Z 0

Presidents-Elect, get ready!

Posted by PDG Irene Kelly (Eden Prairie AM)

North Central President Elect Training (PETS) will be virtual in 2021. Imagine that! Watch for details about this exciting new way to network and learn. Mark your calendar for March 11-13, 2021.  Nooo, we will not keep you on Zoom for three days; it will be manageable and you can attend from home, saving all that travel time. And, we’ll be sharing some surprises for continued learning and networking, too! 

Presidents-Elect, get ready! PDG Irene Kelly (Eden Prairie AM) 2020-09-23 05:00:00Z 0
Clubs help Maple Grove distribute PPE Raj Khankari (Maple Grove) 2020-09-23 05:00:00Z 0

Anonymous donor creates TRF opportunity

Posted by DG Tom Gump (Edina/Morningside)
Fellow D5950 Rotarians,
Our members' 2020-21 contributions to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) affect what we can do as a district to support clubs' projects in three years, well after the pandemic is in the rear view mirror. 
 
A very generous TRF supporter has made an extraordinary offer to ensure our annual fund gifts don't suffer from the pandemic. This donor has secured matching Paul Harris credits to support our initiatives of:
 
Making our whole district an "Every Rotarian, Every Year"  district. This means a gift of at least $25 from every club member for this year's TRF Annual Fund. $100 each would be great!  
 
Making every D5950 club a 100% Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) club. Club leaders, help your members target $1,000 cumulative giving for PHF status, motivating them to make the best gift they can. Be creative -- perhaps matching their gift with accumulated club Paul Harris credits, and help celebrate their achievement of this great milestone in their Rotary career when they receive additional credits from our generous donor.
With all of us working together, District 5950 will once again lead Rotary and make 2020-2021 one of our best TRF fundraising years yet. Once we achieve the above two goals, we are confident a culture of generosity will dwell in every one of our members.
 
Thank you for all you do for Rotary!
Anonymous donor creates TRF opportunity DG Tom Gump (Edina/Morningside) 2020-09-23 05:00:00Z 0

DG reminisces about youth exchange

 “Opening Opportunities”

It's September. For the first time in years our household is missing the fun and excitement of hosting a Rotary Youth Exchange student.
 
We reminisce about taking our Korean “daughter” to the Minnesota State Fair where she terrified my wife, Catherine, when Jein did the 142-foot bungee jump. Jein loved it!  Our Spanish “son” ate his way through the Fair. We marveled at Paco's Midway game prowess; he came away with stuffed animals for everyone!
 
Rotary Youth Exchange students who come to Minnesota love our schools' outstanding academic, sports and performing arts programs and opportunities. For some, it is the first time they go to a lake cabin, and for many, it is their first introduction to snow and ice. You Rotarians are amazing hosts for many special occasions and events. ROTARY OPENS OPPORTUNITIES for these amazing young people experiencing the world of Minnesota!
 
Our District also sends Exchange participants to Brazil, India, Spain, Australia — truly all around the world. They gain a new global perspective on culture, family, and friendship, and describe their experiences as life changing. ROTARY OPENS OPPORTUNITIES for these fabulous young people to experience the world! 
 
Rotarians who get to know our Youth Exchange students gain new insights by seeing our familiar world through their eyes. We learn about their traditions and cultures. Hosts get to know the student's family and gain bonus sons and daughters. ROTARY OPENS OPPORTUNITIES for us through participation in Rotary Youth Exchange.
 
COVID restrictions prompted Northstar Rotary Youth Exchange to make the difficult-but-wise decision to not participate in exchanges this academic year. However, we are already hard at work planning for 2021-22. We maintain contacts and stay in touch with students who were accepted for 2020-/21 and can go in 21-22. And, we are taking applications from new students who are interested in the program. Contact Melanie DeLuca, Chair of Northstar Rotary Youth Exchange, if you and/or your club have questions about Rotary Youth Exchange.  
 
In the meantime, talk to your friends and neighbors. Were they involved in Rotary Youth Exchange as students or host families? They should be Rotarians! Make sure you invite them to a meeting! Rotary will continue to OPEN OPPORTUNITIES for them!
In Rotary service,
DG Tom
DG reminisces about youth exchange “Opening Opportunities” District Governor Tom Gump (Edina/Morningside) 2020-09-09 05:00:00Z 0

Embrace Rotary’s new Area of Focus: Supporting the Environment

Posted by Steve Solbrack, Environmental Sustainability Chair
At the 2020 Rotary International Convention, Past RI President Mark Maloney announced Rotary’s new area of focus: Supporting the Environment. “This new area of focus will give Rotarians and Rotaractors even more ways to bring about positive change in the world and increase our impact.” 
 
This will enhance existing projects in the other six areas of focus, engage existing members in meaningful projects, and attract new and younger members to clubs.
 
Has your club formed a committee for Supporting the Environment? The Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (esrag.org) has resources for districts and clubs, including guidelines for forming a Rotary club committee for Supporting the Environment. If your club has a committee or forms one, please email the committee name and chair’s name to me at steve@solbrack.com. You can also contact me if you would like to discuss the formation of your committee. If you are looking for speakers or presentations on environmental topics, I can make recommendations and referrals.
 
Our District 5950 Environmental Sustainability (ES) Action Team has 17 members from 10 Rotary clubs. The objectives of the district committee are:
  • Champion Supporting the Environment and environmental sustainability (ES) to Rotarians in D5950.
  • Advise clubs on adopting the new TRF area of focus.
  • Help train, advise, network, and measure ES projects and the environmental aspects of other District projects.
  • Engage, motivate, and empower Rotarians to incorporate ES into their daily lives and in their club and District activities, events, and projects.
  • Develop training, presentations, and example projects that can be shared between clubs and Districts.
  • Provide advice and information on ES to the District Governor, clubs, and members.
  • Recognize club and district ES accomplishments at the end of the Rotary year.
 
 “Protecting the environment and curbing climate change are essential
to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service.  The time is long past when environmental sustainability can be dismissed as not Rotary’s concern.
It is, and must be, everyone’s concern.”
--Past RI President Ian Riseley
Embrace Rotary’s new Area of Focus: Supporting the Environment Steve Solbrack, Environmental Sustainability Chair 2020-09-09 05:00:00Z 0

Heart Safe Plymouth CPR trainings resume

Heart Safe Plymouth, a partnership between the Plymouth Public Safety Department and Rotary Club of Plymouth, will resume offering free CPR/AED training to the public under COVID-19 guidelines. Training sessions are held at the Plymouth Public Safety Building, 3400 Plymouth Blvd., adjacent to City Hall.
 
Upcoming trainings include:
● 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 14
● 9 a.m. Saturday, October 17
● 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 18
● 9 a.m. Saturday, November  21
 
The one-hour training sessions teach hands-only CPR – chest compressions without mouth-to-mouth breaths – and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). The free course has already trained over 6,300 participants. Registration is required. To schedule training for a group or business, call CPR/AED Instructor Norm Okerstrom at 763-238-8443 or email heartsafeplymouth@gmail.com.
 
COVID-19 guidelines limit classes to 12 participants; face coverings are required; social distancing is expected. Hand sanitizers, disinfectant wipes and soap are available at each training session. In addition, Heart Safe Plymouth asks participants to screen themselves for symptoms. Registrants with a fever, chills or shortness of breath and a new cough, new sore throat, new muscle aches, new headaches, or new loss of smell or taste are asked to cancel their registration and stay home.
 
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Zone Institute training happening now!

Zone Institute is an amazing Rotary training experience that usually draws just the top leadership in each district. But this year's virtual format makes keynote sessions, breakouts and resources free to D5950 Rotarians. Programming focuses on public image, membership and The Rotary Foundation. District Governor Tom Gump is the Assistant Chair for the Institute.
Zone Institute training happening now! 2020-09-04 05:00:00Z 0

Learn and share at One Rotary Summit, 9/19

 
One Rotary Summit is District 5950's fall training extravaganza on Saturday, September 19. Join fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors for a virtual (Zoom) morning where we'll explore how we are acting on how Rotary Opens Opportunities. From 9:00-11:30 am speakers and breakout sessions will emphasize the relationship between Membership, Public Image, and Humanitarian Service through The Rotary Foundation. Register now and be part of the district-wide effort to find unique and effective ways club members can understand and become truly engaged in the opportunities Rotary offers.
 
Zoom details will be sent to registered participants a week before the event. This will be a separate email from the registration confirmation.

Reasons to attend One Rotary Summit

Learn
In the breakout sessions, attendees can have unlimited opportunities to learn from the best – other Rotarians and Rotaractors.
Lead
Sessions on promoting Rotary and local leadership help you develop skills that will help you strengthen the voice of Rotary where you live and work.
Connect
This one-of-a-kind session gives you the opportunity to lean in and learn from one another.
Develop
Rotary Opens Opportunities offers you tools and training to enrich your own and club members’ Rotary lives.
Celebrate
Rotary Opens Opportunities helps your club honor accomplishments and contributions of all who perform Service above Self
Learn and share at One Rotary Summit, 9/19 2020-09-04 05:00:00Z 0

YOU could be DG in 2023-24

Posted by District Governor Tom Gump

Being a Governor of Rotary District 5950 is an immensely rewarding, once-in-a-lifetime, experience. Our district is highly respected for its generous donors, extensive grant sponsorship, and vibrant clubs.You could be District Governor in the 2023-2024 Rotary year!

If you are a past club president, I hope you will consider applying for district governor and joining our current succession of  DG Tom Gump (Edina/Morningside), DG-Elect Marianna Khauv (Monticello), and DG-Nominee Lloyd Campbell (Glenwood) in leading the district into the future.

Your application packet includes a questionnaire and other required club documentation. All is posted on the District website. If you have questions about the requirements or duties of the district governor position, please contact Past District Governor Russ Michaletz (City of Lakes) at rvmichaletz@gmail.com. The application deadline October 18, 2020; interviews will take place the last week in October.

YOU could be DG in 2023-24 District Governor Tom Gump 2020-09-04 05:00:00Z 0

African Region declared polio free

Posted by Tim Mulcrone (Chanhassen). District Polio Chair
The World Health Organization (WHO) African Region has been declared free of wild poliovirus!! Take a moment at your meetings to celebrate this incredible achievement and historic step on the path to global polio eradication and to remember the long journey to this moment.
 
Rotarians can also take pride in knowing that the work we have done delivering the polio vaccine resulted in health care infrastructures around the world that had not existed before. That infrastructure is now being utilized in the surveillance of many diseases including COVID-19. Surveillance is a key component of the fight. The entire Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which Rotary began, is playing a critical role. You and Rotary are relevant to what’s happening today!
 
Pakistan has begun polio immunizations again after a pause related to the coronavirus. We only have Pakistan and Afghanistan to go before our long journey to eradicate polio from the world is a reality. But to achieve it, I’ll quote Bruce Lee, “"The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus."  The monetary benchmark is $1,500 from each District 5950 club’s annual fundraising activities.
 
World Polio Day is October 24. Consider hosting a concert, a walk, or a viewing party for events scheduled that day. See more ideas at endpolio.org/world-polio-day.
 
Feel free to call upon District Polio Chair Tim Mulcrone (pictured) for a Polio Program or combined The Rotary Foundation and Polio Program to learn more of our remarkable work, the challenges that lie ahead, and how our polio eradication efforts are relevant in the midst of the COVID pandemic. Contact Tim at 952-239-1594 or timmulcrone@aol.com.
African Region declared polio free Tim Mulcrone (Chanhassen). District Polio Chair 2020-09-04 05:00:00Z 0

Reach out to Cedar Rapids Rotarians, residents

Destructive, straight-line winds blew across central Iowa in mid-August. The 110-140 mph winds destroyed or damaged outbuildings, barns, grain bins, homes, mobile homes, apartment buildings, trees and power poles in several counties. The Cedar Rapids area was particularly hard hit.
 
As #PeopleOfAction, we would like to do what we can to help our neighbors to the south.
 
The Rotary Club of Linn County's financial donation site will help Cedar Rapids area disaster relief efforts. Individuals or clubs should look for the 2020 Derecho Relief section. The smae club is also collecting the items listed below that are needed in the community. For a delivery address, please contact Michelle Bell, at (319) 431-2755. 
o Drinking water
o Chain saw oil
o Two-cycle oil
o Chainsaw chains
o Diapers
o Baby wipes
o Formula
o Peanut butter
o Shelf stable food
o Tarps
o Coolers
o Flashlights
o Extension cords
o Toiletries
o Large trash bags
o Paper towels
o Batteries 
o Feminine products
 
There is a specific need for both volunteer and paid roofers and tree removal experts who are willing to travel to the area. Currently, tree removal companies are quoting 90-120 days for removals. If you have connections to any roofing or tree removal companies, your help would be greatly appreciated!
 
Reach out to Cedar Rapids Rotarians, residents 2020-08-21 05:00:00Z 0

Earn free Zoom Pro for hybrid meetings!

The DG leadership line has exciting news for the District 5950 club leaders. As
part of continuity through the DG leadership line -- The Three Amigos -- District Governor Tom Gump approved a club membership grant for a one-year subscription for a Zoom Pro account for your Rotary Club. 
 
To apply, your club needs to:
 
1. The winners of the Zoom Pro account grant will receive an award letter that will consist of reimbursement instruction. 
 
2. Each winning club will be eligible for an additional zoom grant for the next Rotary year if the club increases membership by a net one to be determined by the end of the Rotary Year's RI membership report.
 
3. A third-year award of a free Zoom Pro account is possible if, by the end of the second Rotary year there is a further increase in membership by net one.  
 
4. Each club must qualify and apply for each year's grant. 
 
5. Clubs not applying by the September 30 deadline will not be eligible for a free Zoom Pro account in this program for the three years.
 
Newly chartered clubs, including satellite clubs, will get a free one-year Zoom Pro account and an additional two years of free Zoom Pro access if it meets the rules stated in points 1-4.
 
The district provides the opportunity for three years of free Zoom Pro access to aid clubs in providing a platform for members who cannot attend in-person meetings and increase membership. We are making sure we do not create barriers to membership. If you have any questions, and please email Guy Johnson (Mpls. Uptown) at guy@nutritionsolutions.net.