District Governor Dinner 2021

Every couple years, Past District Governors and the current District Governor line gather to socialize and enjoy a nice dinner. This past Sunday, September 24, the Current, Future, and Past District Governors gathered at Lillydale Yacht Club. 
(Top left) Gary Campbell (2013-14 Anoka), Paul Perez (2019-20 Prior Lake), Cathy Smith (2003-04 E-club), Mike Becker (2018-19 Greater Rochester), Clare Lillis (2007-08 Forest Lake), Bill Rust (2002-03 White Bear Lake), Kyle Haugen (2017-18 Prior Lake), Newell Krogmann (2009-10 Le Sueur), Patricia McCleese ( 2023-24 Greater Rochester), Jon Stillman (1995-96 Stillwater Sunrise)
(Bottom left) Tom Yuzer (1996-97 Roseville), Jerry Meigs (1993-94 St Paul ), Kenny Klooster ( 2021-22 Greater Mankato), Ed Frederick ( 1982-83 Waseca), Karel Weigel ( 2014-15 Rochester)
District Governor Dinner 2021 Kathy Hughitt 2021-09-29 05:00:00Z 0

Running a Hybrid Rotary Meeting

One of the most significant impacts on Rotary membership growth, engagement and retention during 2021 will be the way every Rotary club shifts from primarily virtual club meetings to Hybrid Meetings (a combination of members meeting in-person and virtually).  Just as clubs effectively pivoted to virtual meetings, the next opportunity is to prepare for the in-person/virtual hybrid experience. As the pandemic declines, and more are vaccinated, many members will want to gather again. The Hybrid Meeting model honors and serves both groups … those who wish to meet in person and members most comfortable attending virtually.
CLICK HERE for more information. 
Running a Hybrid Rotary Meeting 2021-08-30 05:00:00Z 0
Snapshot of District 5960 Literacy Projects Patricia McCleese 2021-08-03 05:00:00Z 0
One Rotary Summit Kathy Hughitt 2021-07-30 05:00:00Z 0
RI President Shekhar Mehta Kathy Hughitt 2021-07-30 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Interactive Action Planning - Public Image


Tuesday, August 3rd at 4 pm the District 5960 Public Image Team will be joining your club leaders in our Interactive Action Planning.

Topics to include: Creating your public image team, Brand Consistency, Social Media Usage, Newsletters, Telling Your Rotary Story, Keeping your website up to date, and People of Action.



When registering, please enter your club name.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

How can Public Image help your Membership and Foundation Teams?

Our team will help explain how to tell your Rotary story. We will also discuss how can you help the District PI Team. 

Every club that is represented at the Action Planning will be entered into a drawing for $250 to use as your club wants. It could be used for Public Image like business cards, signs, posters, brochures, or it could be used for a club project, it is the clubs choice.

And for everyone that attends has a chance to win a $150 Visa Gift card for themselves.

Rotary Interactive Action Planning - Public Image Shawn Berry 2021-07-30 05:00:00Z 0

Understanding Culture Change and
Gray Area Thinking

Rotary in the 2020’s: Understanding Culture Change and
Gray Area Thinking® with Ellie Krug
We’ve all heard the phrase, “diversity, equity, and inclusion”, but what does it actually mean to make an organization or even our personal lives more diverse, equitable, and inclusive? How can we get beyond grouping and labeling of other humans according to the color of their skin, the religion they practice, who they love or identify as, or the country in which they were born? Can we really build a just and inclusive world, especially in this time of such division?
Even more, how can we make our organizations and lives more inclusive of those who are “Other” and different from “us?” Isn’t it time to at least consider a new approach to human inclusivity—where all humans regardless of differences are valued?
As Rotarians in the 2020’s, we’ve been called upon to learn more about diversity, equity and inclusion and to embrace ideas about changing our culture to be welcoming to everyone, regardless of the community they represent or how they might be “different” or “diverse.”
Join national speaker, transgender writer and “human inclusionist” Ellen “Ellie” Krug (a  member of the City of Lakes Club) as she talks about organizational culture/culture change and conducts her highly valued human inclusivity training, Gray Area Thinking®. This training will provide an easy-to-understand toolset on how to be more welcoming of anyone who is “Other” in our society. 
A Brief Bio for Ellie Krug: In 2009, when she was a civil trial attorney in Cedar Rapids with 100+ trials, Ellen (Ellie) Krug transitioned from male to female; she later became one of the few attorneys nationally to try jury cases in separate genders. The author of Getting to Ellen: A Memoir about Love, Honesty and Gender Change (2013), Ellie has trained on diversity and inclusion to court systems, law firms, Fortune 100 corporations, and colleges/universities on more than 800 occasions. A hopeless idealist, Ellie has presented her inclusivity training, Gray Area Thinking®, across the country. In 2016, Advocate Magazine named Ellie one of “25 Legal Advocates Fighting for Trans Rights” and in 2019, OutFront Minnesota conferred Ellie its Legacy Award. She is also a monthly columnist for Lavender Magazine and Minnesota Women’s Press and a weekly radio host on AM950 radio. Her monthly e-newsletter, The Ripple, reaches 9000 readers and can be found at www.elliekrug.com . Ellie presently lives outside the Twin Cities and is the founder and president of Human Inspiration Works, LLC (www.humaninspirationworks.com).
Understanding Culture Change andGray Area Thinking Kathy Hughitt 2021-07-29 05:00:00Z 0
Have you considered how accessible your meetings are? Kathy Hughitt 2021-07-29 05:00:00Z 0
District 5960 Virtual 5K Run! Kathy Hughitt 2021-07-20 05:00:00Z 0


APRIL 21-23, 2022
SAVE THE DATE Kathy Hughitt 2021-07-20 05:00:00Z 0

Plastic Pollution Resources

MRCTI Plastic Pollution Project -
Marine Debris Site
TREX Program - Collect single use plastic and receive a bench with 500 lbs collected.
BOGO MOGO - here is a coloring book pdf that is available to help kids understand the issue of plastic pollution in the waterways.
Plastic Pollution Resources Kathy Hughitt 2021-06-03 05:00:00Z 0
Shark Tank Live! Kathy Hughitt 2021-05-26 05:00:00Z 0

Ellie Krug


As the leaders in your club, one of the goals you have before you is to grow your club. One of the keys to growing clubs is to be welcoming. How welcoming is your club?


Over the years as I have visited clubs, I have found there is one thing every club has in common and it is also the one thing that makes them different from each other. I am speaking of a club's culture. The culture is a blend of the members’ individual life experiences and perspectives.

A club’s culture can be a huge help in welcoming guests and new members or it can be a hindrance.

To help you get a better idea of how and why your club’s culture can affect your ability to be more welcoming and bring in new members, we are presenting a two part training on 

Ellie Krug 2021-05-03 05:00:00Z 0
St Paul Sunrise Forum Kathy Ingslrud 2021-04-19 05:00:00Z 0

DG Kenny Klooster Installation

Join Us!
Installation for Kenny Klooster
Greater Mankato Rotary Club 
2021- 2022 District Governor Rotary District 5960
Friday, June 25th 
6pm - 9pm 
Location: The Blue Boat, 12 Civic Center Plaza , Suite 1710, Mankato MN 56001
Hor d'oeuvres provided.
Cash bar.
Free Event but Registration Requested - Click Here
Make it a Night! 
Block Hotel Rooms: 

20 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato, MN, 56001, US

Room Rate: $136 plus tax

Booking Code: C-Rot 

Call Direct 507-344-1111 and request the  Rotary Kenny Rate.


DG Kenny Klooster Installation Kathy Hughitt 2021-04-02 05:00:00Z 0

End Human Trafficking Forum

Thursday, April 15
7pm - 8:30pm

Join us for this free, virtual forum for students, parents, teachers, & residents. Learn about human trafficking in our community, how our students are most vulnerable, online safety, and how to spot the signs. Sponsored by: Rotary Clubs of Arden Hills-Shoreview and New Brighton-Mounds View Human trafficking is not anew problem, but caring about it is.
Zoom Webinar Video Link

Questions EmailRotary.HT.Fortum@gmail.com 

Sponsored by Arden Hills-Shoreview and New Brighton-Mounds View Rotary Clubs

Register Herehttps://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZTuD32G7Q6eHYkEizffV6Q 

End Human Trafficking Forum Kathy Hughitt 2021-03-30 05:00:00Z 0

2020-21 Key Seminar Dates and Information



Attendance by at least one member of a club is required at one of the following Grants Management Seminars (GMS) in order for a District 5960 Rotary Club to receive a Rotary Foundation District Grant or a Global Grant in Rotary Year 2021-2022. (Attendance at a GMS last year does not qualify a club for grants in 2021-2022. Annual attendance at a GMS is required.)
Grants Management Seminars in preparation for the Rotary Year 2021-2022 will be presented on the following dates. There is no charge to attend.  Each person must register separately.
If you are going to sponsor a Global Grant, YOU MUST ATTEND both the GMS and Global Grant Workshop.
Other Dates:
TBA - early May
Deadline for project submission: Friday, May 21, 2021
Project review date: Friday, June 4 - 1:30pm -3:00pm
Deadline for project submission: Friday, June 4, 2021
Project review date: Friday, June 18 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
All trainings and presentations will be conducted via Zoom.


Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Saturday, March 27, 2021 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Click Here for Registration

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Click Here for Registration

Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm 
Click Here for Registration 
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm 
Click Here for Registration
If you are going to sponsor a Global Grant, YOU MUST ATTEND both the GMS and Global Grant Workshop.
Rotarians and Rotaractors attending will:
·       Obtain a general overview of the Rotary International and District 5960 grant process.
·       Acquire the tools to successfully manage Rotary Foundation Grants.
·       Be able to complete both the district and global grants forms.
·       Understand how to identify, develop and implement a project.
·       Know how to manage and report the progress of a grant.
·       Meet one of the requirements for qualification for a grant. 
If you have any questions, please contact:
Kyle Haugen, DRFTL 2020-2023,at, jkylehaugen@gmail.com or call him at 612-382-3168(Cell)
2020-21 Key Seminar Dates and Information Margie Horning 2021-03-03 06:00:00Z 0
Four-Way Test Stories Kathy Hughitt 2021-03-01 06:00:00Z 0
Positive Peace and Rotary Ed Marek 2021-02-26 06:00:00Z 0
It's February...time to SHARE THE LOVE! Shawn Berry 2021-02-02 06:00:00Z 0

TRF Virtual Happy Hour



2019-2020 TRF Giving Award Presentations
Recognize 26 clubs for their 2019-20 TRF Giving!
Get tips from successful clubs on how to improve your club’s giving!
Kick off our SHARE THE LOVE campaign!
Click Here for a list of the 2019-20 TRF Giving Club Awards
TRF Virtual Happy Hour Kyle Haugen 2021-01-25 06:00:00Z 0

New - Rotary Podcasts


Each episode, host Nick Taylor brings together voices from around the Rotary world to find a new approach to All Things Rotary.

But Like, How Do I Actually Start A Rotary Club?

In their pilot episode, join host, Nick Taylor in conversation with a Brian Rusch, charter president of the Rotary Club of Global Action District 5150, and fellow RI staff on how you can actually start a Rotary Club.
New - Rotary Podcasts Kathy Hughitt 2021-01-15 06:00:00Z 0

Education Equity


White Bear Lake Rotary
 & District 5960 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Team

 invite you to a Special Virtual Feature Presentation Featuring
 Alan PageRetired Associate Justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
12:00 noon - 12:45 pm 


11:15 am to 11:30 am for social

11:30 am to 12:00 pm Invocation and White Bear Rotary Club business announcements

12:00 pm to 12:30 pm Retired Associate Justice Alan Page

12:30 pm to 12:45 pm Four-way test and dismissal

Justice Page will be speaking with us about the Page Education Foundation, the Education Amendment he is proposing with Neel Kashkari and issues of equity in education. 

Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Education Equity Kathy Hughitt 2021-01-15 06:00:00Z 0

2021 Conference of Clubs Announcement

The purpose of the District Conference of Clubs is to engage members at all levels, from our most senior leaders to the newest club members. It should inspire all to become more involved and give them a vision of Rotary beyond the club level and to provide a memorable, fun fellowship experience.
In considering the purpose of the conference, the ongoing pandemic and the upcoming new focus area, we are pivoting to a different Conference experience. One that will allow engagement, provide fellowship and introduce and celebrate our 7th Focus Area: The Environment.
I am asking our Clubs to join with their neighboring clubs in planning and implementing an environmental project in their area.  These projects, either new or ongoing, can be put into action anytime during the months of April and May, culminating in a celebratory event on June 5th.  You can do joint projects or support each other’s projects in your own communities.
In addition to working with neighboring Rotary Clubs, I would like to encourage you to consider partnering with other service organizations, environmental groups, State/County/Local Government, Schools (Elementary, Middle, High and Higher learning) and youth groups in your community.  As our Vision Statement declares, “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action...”. Here is an opportunity to put that into practice.
Even though the vaccinations are being rolled out, it will still take time for enough people to receive them to be completely safe. This winter will continue to find us living indoors and we will be yearning to have an opportunity to see each other in person. By doing projects outdoors, masked and  socially distanced, we will have the opportunity to do exactly that.
June 5th, World Environment Day, is when we will celebrate what we have accomplished. There will be more details to follow.
 We would like to hear from you with a brief statement of what type of project you are considering by February 26. The attachment provides some sample ideas to get you started on thinking of possible projects. Here is the LINK to pass along your information.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or Kathy Hughitt.
Thank you for all you are doing for Rotary during these challenging times.  I look forward to visiting your Club’s project in the spring!
Ed Marek
District 5960 Governor 2020-21
Rotary Club of St. Paul Sunrise
ROTARY - A Sweet Place to Be
2021 Conference of Clubs Announcement Kathy Hughitt 2021-01-14 06:00:00Z 0

Mid-Term 2021


Join Us! To Celebrate Clubs Doing Amazing Work! & Workshop On Rotary's Innovative Club Models

Monday, January 25 @ 6:30pm 
Thursday, January 28 @ 4:30pm


This year’s Mid-Term will be different than previous years.  Since we are not able to get together, we thought we would focus on a few things that are new and helping Clubs to thrive during this time.
On Monday, January 25th, at 6:30 p.m. we featured a panel of representatives from three clubs that are doing some amazing work.
  • Jon Stagman, President of the Waseca Club on “Reimagining the Club”
  • Kevin Donovan, Team Leader for White Bear Lake’s DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) Team
  • Kent Peterson, from the Arden Hills-Shoreview Club who has founded and chaired the Suburban Ramsey Emergency Coalition
On Thursday, January 28th at 4:30 p.m. we will be offering a virtual Workshop on Rotary’s Innovative Club Models.  Kathy Fahy will reprise her role as facilitator from NCPETS last year in Rochester leading this training.
This will be an interactive session that will not only help us explore forming new clubs, it will also help us think about our own Rotary experiences and how we can engage and grow our membership. 
Click Here for worksheets that will be used in the session. If you are able, please print and have them ready when the session begins. If you aren't able to print, have them available electronically so you can reference. You may also want to have a pen and paper handy to make notes.
CLICK HERE for Video Link
Mid-Term 2021 Kathy Hughitt 2020-12-29 06:00:00Z 0

Ideas for YOUR Club


During January, Rotarians are encouraged to focus on this important avenue of Rotary service. Discussions on vocational service can lead to projects that not only develop the ethical consciousness and vocational skills of Rotarians but also the talents within their communities.

Vocational Service Month is an opportunity to begin year-long vocational service activities, ranging from Rotary discussions to awards to community projects.


Vocational Service focuses on:

•        High ethical standards in business and professions.

•        The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations.

•        The contribution of your vocational talents to solving the problems of society and meeting the needs of the community.

Following are possible activities to undertake during Vocational Service Month:

1.       Devote the first meeting in January to examining Vocational Service, including The Four-Way Test and The Rotary Code of Conduct*

2.       Show your members the District video on Elevating the Four-Way Test   CLICK HERE or schedule a presentation by emailing rotary5960ethics@gmail.com. Solicit member input in planning projects for the remainder of the year.

3.       Introduce a “mini-classifications talk” series; each member gives a five-minute talk on his or her current or former vocation or retirement activity. Schedule one speaker at the beginning of meetings throughout the year until everyone has made a presentation.

4.       Present a vocational award to someone or organization in the community who has exemplified outstanding professional achievement while maintaining high ethical standards. Promote the presentation within the community, and consider making it an annual January event.

5.       Give a Four-Way Test framed certificate to all speakers to post in their office with your club’s name on it.

6.       Invite experts to give a presentation on the vocational needs of the community and develop a project in response to those needs.

7.       Work with local businesses to create mentorship, internship, or practicum opportunities to help young people achieve their career goals.

8.       Share the Rotary Code of Conduct

For more details:   Introduction to Vocational Service: https://bit.ly/36CjVyA

Ideas for YOUR Club Patricia McClease 2020-12-29 06:00:00Z 0
Covid-19:The Path Ahead Kathy Hughitt 2020-12-20 06:00:00Z 0
Rotate the Circle Kathy Hughitt 2020-12-04 06:00:00Z 0

Covid-19 and Rotary Around The World

The Rotary Club of Prior Lake, MN invites you to join them for “Covid-19 & Rotary Around the World” on Wednesday, December 9 from 7:15-8:30AM CDT.  This program will feature a panel of “Friends of Prior Lake Rotary” from around the world sharing how Covid-19 is impacting their communities, and what Rotarians are doing to help.  We are pleased to have panelists joining us from 6 continents!
This will be open to Rotarians from around our District and beyond, so please consider inviting anyone to attend.  Please register at the link below.  You can send that link to anyone you’d like to invite as well!
Prior Lake Rotary will begin their meeting at 7:00 AM and will conduct our club business until 7:15 AM. At that time, we will open it up to all guests and begin the program, which will end at approximately 8:30AM. 
Covid-19 and Rotary Around The World 2020-11-30 06:00:00Z 0

DG 2023-24

Patricia was born in St Louis, MO but the family relocated to LaFayette, Georgia when she was in third grade.  Her education includes: University of Georgia - BS Elementary Education
Georgia State University - Masters in Reading
Nova Southeastern University - Ed.D Administration and Supervision
 Patricia is a member of the Greater Rochester Rotary Club in District 5960 from 2006 - present.  She served as club president in 2018– 19 and has served as Community Service Chair, Membership Chair, Program Chair. She Is on the Rochester Rotary Clubs’ teams: Tree Planting, Ethics Day, Holiday Classic Basketball Showcase and a STRIVE mentor.
 At the district level, Patricia was a member of the German Cultural Exchange Team 2018-2019 and is currently serving as Vocational Service Team Lead. The team consists of Ethics, Literacy, and STRIVE.
 The majority of Patricia’s professional career was spent as an educator. She served as an elementary teacher, teacher trainer, assistant principal, and principal in Atlanta Public Schools from 1969-1999. After moving to Rochester, MN, she worked at Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity as a Volunteer Coordinator from 2002-2015. Patricia was awarded the Bridge Builder Award for organizing an Inter-Faith Build involving 4 faith communities and 100+ volunteers.
 Patricia has served: as a trainer for MAVA - Minnesota Association of Volunteer Administrators, leadership team of RAVA - Rochester Area Volunteer Administrators, United Way Women United leadership team. She loves being a Reading Champion at the Rochester Public Library tutoring children with dyslexia.
After Patricia retired, she married her high school sweetheart, John Davenport, and relocated to Rochester. The plan was to stay a few years and return home to the south after he retired. But plans have a way of changing and now Minnesota is home and they go south to visit. They also have three very spoiled cats.  Patricia loves duplicate bridge, needlepoint, travel and being with friends.
DG 2023-24 Paul Perez 2020-11-30 06:00:00Z 0

End Human Trafficking Training

"Human Trafficking Club Champions Virtual Training will be presented on Saturday, November 14th 9-11am. A general session will feature Stacy Schaffer, Founder and Executive Director of 31:8 Project which educates, advocates and raises awareness to order to prevent human trafficking. Club Champions from 2-3 clubs will talk about their projects around human trafficking and then breakout sessions will allow Club Champion's to share ideas, successes, and hurdles faced."
End Human Trafficking Training Clare Lillis 2020-11-06 06:00:00Z 0

Onboarding New Members


Your Invited!

Monday, November 9 @ 7pm 
District 5960 Membership Team Meeting - Open discussion on "Onboarding New Club Members" led by Dana Bruce, St. Paul Rotary Club. All Rotarians Welcome!
Discussion Highlights Include:
  • New Member Orientation PowerPoint
  • Initial Interest Survey
  • Team Signup Form
  • Club Service " How can you support and engage?"
  • New Member Mentor Checklist
Meeting ID: 893 7919 7844
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Questions? Contact 
Steven Griffith
District 5960 Membership Team Lead
Onboarding New Members Kathy Hughitt 2020-11-06 06:00:00Z 0
Braver Angels - With Malice Toward None Ed Marek 2020-11-04 06:00:00Z 0

Friday Feature - David Kone

Join Us!
Friday, November 13, 2020 @ 9AM for our Friday Feature with  David Kone, Executive Director: Opportunity International Nicaragua

Our District Fast for Hope program has entered into a pilot partnership with Opportunity International.  David Kone (DK), as Opportunity International's Program Director in Nicaragua, will be speaking about Opportunity’s flagship model for Community Economic Development. Through this program, Opportunity has helped to drive sustainable solutions to engage communities to build pathways out of poverty. Yucca farmers, young school children, and entire communities have experienced support and reaped the benefits of participating in this initiative, earning greater income and the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty. 

David will be speaking about how Opportunity’s model for Community Economic Development, along with a food processing plant and a high school focusing on entrepreneurship, are driving economic development in Nicaragua. Additionally, he will provide exciting and insightful information on how Opportunity Nicaragua is the conduit for District 5960 Fast for Hope to address extreme poverty in effective and sustainable ways.

View this meeting - District 5960 YouTube Channel - https://youtu.be/tQWiRw08eQA

Friday Feature - David Kone Kathy Hughitt 2020-11-03 06:00:00Z 0
Friday Feature - Stella Center Kathy Hughitt 2020-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

One Rotary Summit

One Rotary Summit 2020 Not your grandfather's One Rotary Summit Event. This year we’re shaking it up. Forget a 3 hour long event with a lot of flip charts. Instead we will be meeting virtually for 3 one-hour sections. Each section will focus on a different pillar – membership, foundation, and public image. Come and hear what’s not yet known by the general membership, be on the cutting edge, hear from clubs in the district, and learn a new skill that you can put into action immediately. Thirty minutes of presentation and 30 minutes of rapid-fire questions and answers. You won’t be disappointed, you’ll be exhilarated.
The interactive program will be facilitated by Dayle Quigley, District Governor Nominee.
Register now.
Thursday, November 5 (4pm - 5pm )  - Membership  - Video Link - https://youtu.be/ng-PMC_eKqc
Monday, November 9 (4pm - 5pm) - The Rotary Foundation - Video Link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaeMx9DN2eQ
Monday, November 16 (4pm - 5pm ) - Public Image - Video Linkhttps://youtu.be/iEk_dAaYMp8
One Rotary Summit 2020-10-29 05:00:00Z 0

Friday Feature - Kimberly Mull


Kimberly Mull is a highly sought after policy expert, consultant, and public speaker. She is a survivor turned advocate. She was a victim of domestic child sex trafficking and child pornography between the ages of 11 and 14, as well as domestic violence, multiple sexual assaults, and sexual exploitation.

Now on a mission to radically shift the understanding of sex trafficking in America, Kimberly empowers her audiences to make an immediate impact in their own communities.

YouTube video link: https://youtu.be/6Wl_LW4_1VY

Friday Feature - Kimberly Mull kathy hughitt 2020-10-07 05:00:00Z 0

The Amazing Race to End POLIO



CLICK HERE to register (Remember to register as a GUEST)
Our friends in District 5950 are holding a first ever event to help eradicate polio - “The Amazing Race (to End Polio) Scavenger Hunt,” and we are invited to participate!"  This interactive, virtual event will be held on World Polio Day, which is October 24, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
Partner up with a family member, fellow Rotarian, or friend and create a team of two for this fun morning of Polio scavenger hunt to raise awareness. Teams will race against each other to find 10 items in their local communities that tie to a fact or reference to Polio.
**Please note that all local social distance and mask guidelines need to be followed while participating**
Teams will make a pledge for $.10 to EndPolioNow. Yes, Ten Cents. This is the cost of one dose of Oral Polio that will protect a child against polio.
To learn more about our efforts, to make a donation, or to join us in raising awareness or donating you time, visit https://www.endpolio.org/ 
The Amazing Race to End POLIO kathy hughitt 2020-10-07 05:00:00Z 0

Strike Out Polio

One Day. One Focus: Ending Polio
October 24
Join us for World Polio Day as global health experts and partners share our progress on the road to polio eradication. Visit the Rotary International Facebook page to watch with other end polio supporters.
CLICK HERE for more information 
Strike Out Polio 2020-10-05 05:00:00Z 0

Butterfly Effect

Rotarian Magazine Article
by Frank Bures
Along the monarch butterfly’s migration route, the habitat it needs to survive is disappearing. Rotarians are pledging to restore it

Late last winter, just before the world shut down, my family flew from Minneapolis to Mexico City, then drove two hours west toward the city of Valle de Bravo. From there, we continued on to Santuario Piedra Herrada, a nature preserve situated in the forested mountains of central Mexico.

The next morning, as the sun rose behind the mountaintops, we began our hike up a mile-long trail. The air was cool, and the sky was obscured by patchy clouds. Higher up the path, we noticed the oyamel fir trees start to take on a different appearance. They looked solid. They looked so heavy that they might fall over. They looked like they had been colonized by some strange creature.

When we reached the top, we could see that in fact it wasn’t one creature that had colonized the trees, but many: Millions of orange-and-black monarch butterflies covered the branches and trunks of the now orange-tinged trees, huddling together for warmth as they have done every winter for thousands of years. When the sun emerged from behind the clouds, the insects, warmed by its rays, filled the air, and the beating of their wings sounded like a soft rain.

In a few weeks, those same butterflies would take off from these hills — Santuario Piedra Herrada is one of a handful of places where monarchs gather to spend the winter each year — and fly to Texas and other parts of the southern United States, where they would lay their eggs on milkweed plants. Those offspring would then fly north as far as Canada to lay their own eggs. After a third generation, at the end of the summer, a fourth, "super" generation, whose life span is as long as nine months (as opposed to its predecessors’ two to six weeks), would embark on a journey back to Mexico, following the Sierra Madre Oriental mountains until reaching the hills around Piedra Herrada.

CLICK HERE to read the complete article in the October Rotarian
Butterfly Effect Frank Bures 2020-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

Friday Feature - Mary Berge

Mary is a phenomenal speaker and facilitator! She was on the Training Team for the International Assembly in San Diego when I was District Governor Elect, and I experienced this first-hand. This is a Rotary International President-Elect appointed position and only the cream of the crop are invited!  
 - Past District Governor Paul Perez

"Rotary makes people happy. The givers and receivers of our Rotary service are happy people! And when we are happy, we work, play, and love harder and better. Our performance, energy and creativity increases. In Rotary, the happier we are, the harder and better we serve others!" 

Friday Feature Video on YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkwI9Ln2MuI

Friday Feature - Mary Berge 2020-09-29 05:00:00Z 0

Good news for a gloomy time:

Good news for a gloomy time: Polio has been eradicated from Africa
By Charles Adams Cogan
September 15, 2020 — 5:41pm
As of Aug. 25, it is official. The World Health Organization African Region has been certified free of the wild poliovirus.
Good news for a gloomy time: Charlie Cogan 2020-09-18 05:00:00Z 0

Friday Feature - Tony Pedriana

The Rotary theme for September Is Basic Education and Literacy. “The more you read, the more you will know. The more you learn, the more places you will go.” Dr Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut”. What can Rotarians do to jump start children into reading?  River Falls Rotarian Tony Pedriana will share a program focused on getting books into the hands of preschool and young children. 
Friday Feature - Tony Pedriana Kathy Hughitt 2020-09-08 05:00:00Z 0
Friday Feature - Angelina Amerigo kathy hughitt 2020-08-24 05:00:00Z 0

Friday Feature - Rebecca Crooks-Stratton

Speaker Rebecca Crooks - Stratton, Secretary/Treasurer at Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC),speaking about Tribal Sovereignty.

Video link for today's program; https://youtu.be/Bep7eCurBxg

Tribal Sovereignty
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) Secretary/Treasurer Rebecca Crooks-Stratton

Tribal sovereignty means that tribes have an inherent authority to govern themselves. During this session, SMSC Secretary/Treasurer Crooks-Stratton will explore the importance of sovereignty and walk attendees through 200 years of federal Indian policy and how it has impacted tribal nations. She will also cover economic development in Native American communities and provide present-day examples of how tribes like the SMSC work alongside federal, state and local governments on shared priorities.

Friday Feature - Rebecca Crooks-Stratton kathy hughitt 2020-08-14 05:00:00Z 0

Friday Feature-Anthony Galloway


Anthony Galloway’s conversation with our St Paul Sunrise Rotary Club members was deeply moving and illuminating. I am grateful to him for sharing how words our country’s founding fathers used or how artistic images, such as the Statue of Liberty or media portrayals of icons such as Rosa Parks, have shaped our beliefs today about race.” ~Ellen Luepker

Friday Feature-Anthony Galloway Kathy Hughitt 2020-07-31 05:00:00Z 0

Friday Feature-Raina Fox

Come hear about Rotary International’s new program - Positive Peace Activators - from Rotary Alumni Raina Fox. Rotary District 5960 sponsored Raina for the Rotary Peace Fellow Program. Hear about her Rotary journey and how she is now very well situated to help the world achieve Positive Peace!
 YouTube Video Link: https://youtu.be/pVeUDnH3QbA?t=10
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Friday Feature: Emma Mulhern kathy hughitt 2020-07-07 05:00:00Z 0
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Friday Feature- Undoing Aging Kathy Hughitt 2020-06-23 05:00:00Z 0
Join Us! Kathy Hughitt 2020-06-16 05:00:00Z 0
Friday Feature: A view from the front lines Kathy Hughitt 2020-06-15 05:00:00Z 0
Friday Feature-World War II Story of PFC Riley Kathy Hughitt 2020-06-11 05:00:00Z 0

Friday Feature-Conflict Resolution and Civil Discourse


This week we welcomed Mike Gregory, The Collaboration Effect, his topic: Conflict Resolution/Civil Discourse .

Mike raises participants to new heights by engaging the mind, touching the heart, stirring the soul and inspiring action to develop enlightened solutions. 

Discussion will include the "10-Steps to De-escalate Many Solutions" and tips on "When conducting a negotiation:" 


YouTube Video Link: https://youtu.be/bGoO_QXIHtw

Friday Feature-Conflict Resolution and Civil Discourse Kathy Hughitt 2020-06-01 05:00:00Z 0
District’s Rotary Foundation PUSH for $400K! Kyle Haugen 2020-06-01 05:00:00Z 0

Friday Feature May 29-STRIVE


STRIVE: Investing in Our Future

Whether your STRIVE program is already successful , needs a boost or you are interested in starting one, the May 29th Friday Feature on STRIVE will be informative. Diane Ilstrup , Rochester Rotary Club and Brent Voight , Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Club will share successes, how  challenges are addressed, or what they feel are the next steps in how the program is evolving. 

Friday Feature May 29-STRIVE Kathy Hughitt 2020-05-26 05:00:00Z 0
Friday Feature - May 22 with Dr. Ira Helfand Kathy Hughitt 2020-05-18 05:00:00Z 0


Jenny Stotts, District 6690 membership chair and assistant governor, shares what she has learned about engaging members and keeping them (Rotary) happy.

ROTARY LEADER-CLUB CLINIC 2020-05-13 05:00:00Z 0


In less than two weeks, Rotary District 5960, with nearly 2,700 members and 63 clubs (see map), has raised over $27,000 to help three organizations during this pandemic.  The three organizations are:
            Second Harvest Heartland;
            Channel One Regional Food Bank;
            YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities.
ROTARIANS RESPOND TO THE PANDEMIC  Kathy Ingulsrud 2020-05-12 05:00:00Z 0
Friday Feature - Suzi Howe, May 15 2020-05-08 05:00:00Z 0
Shark Tank LIVE...Virtually! Kyle Haugen 2020-05-07 05:00:00Z 0


Rotary District 5960 Presents!
Open Mic!
Thursday, May 28 
7 PM  - 9 PM 
Hosted by Ryan Gillespie & Joe Stahlmann
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Friday Feature-Covid-19 & DV

Conversation on COVID-19 & Domestic Violence with Rebecca McLane
A stay at home order is not a good thing if you have to stay at home with an abuser.  Tight quarters and confinement with an abuser is a recipe for disaster.  We will hear from a local advocate for abuse survivors.  Find out what is really happening and what Rotary can do to help. 
Watch on the District 5960 Youtube Channel @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktzwnxfQBMk
Here is good piece on DV-COVID from the Battered Women’s Justice Project which you might want to share with your group:
Friday Feature-Covid-19 & DV 2020-05-04 05:00:00Z 0
A Special Night of Connecting Shawn Berry 2020-05-02 05:00:00Z 0
Testing: The Key to Our Future Shawn Berry 2020-05-01 05:00:00Z 0

District 5960 Training Assembly

The District is offering online training for your incoming Club Officers for Membership, Foundation and Public Image on the evenings of  May 12th, 13th and 14th respectively.
These sessions will prepare your officers for the  upcoming year by introducing them to planning ideas and the resources for a successful year. 
District 5960 Training Assembly Kathy Hughitt 2020-04-27 05:00:00Z 0

Testing: The Key to Our Future

Wednesday, April 29 
7:30 am - 8:30 am
Hosted by: Blaine Ham Lake and Prior Lake Rotary Clubs
Come hear what is happening on the front line on COVID testing from Kate Johansen, Director of State Policy and Government Engagement for Mayo Clinic, and Dr. Tim Schacker, Vice Dean of Research at the Medical School - University of Minnesota. They will talk about the public and private partnership that is key to moving the State of Minnesota forward. 
Testing: The Key to Our Future  Kathy Hughitt 2020-04-25 05:00:00Z 0

Friday Feature - TRF and Positive Peace

Friday Feature for April 24, Kyle Haugen, our District Rotary Foundation Team Leader, shared how The Rotary Foundation allows us to maximize the impact we make in our communities and around the world.  Hear about how we make a difference through the Six Areas of Focus and the concept of Positive Peace!  
Friday Feature - TRF and Positive Peace Kathy Hughitt 2020-04-20 05:00:00Z 0

PolioPlus Responding to the Covid-19 Challenge 

By Mike McGovern, Chair of the Rotary International PolioPlus Committee and John Germ, Past Rotary International President and Chair of the Polio Countdown to History Committee

A program begun by Rotary is employing thousands of health workers to address the Covid-19 pandemic.  The program is the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) which includes Rotary’s PolioPlus program.   From the earliest days of polio eradication in the Philippines, the generosity and advocacy of Rotarians and our partners has nearly stopped polio, stopped Ebola from becoming an epidemic in Nigeria and now responds to Covid-19.  

PolioPlus Responding to the Covid-19 Challenge Mike McGovern 2020-04-13 05:00:00Z 0

Friday Feature -Operation Pollination April 17

April 17th for District 5960's Friday Feature virtual meeting with our guest Chris Stein from the Heritage Areas and Large Landscape Initiatives National Parks Service.
Do you like to eat?  This program will inform Rotarians about a project that aims to engage local partners in pollinator habitat restoration and protection across the USA -- Operation Pollination.  
After a quick review of the nation's National Heritage Area program (with a focus on the Midwest), you will learn about three national conservation priorities that the National Park Service is seeking partners for...pollinators, migratory land birds, and grasslands (including Rights of Way as Habitat).  
Learn about a pollinator partnership idea that started in the St. Croix Valley that has now spread to National Heritage Areas across the USA.  With a special focus on Operation Pollination, you will learn about National Heritage Area efforts and the movement to engage diverse areas in pollinator habitat restoration and protection.
Friday Feature -Operation Pollination April 17 Kathy Hughitt 2020-04-10 05:00:00Z 0

Friday Feature -Jennifer Jones April 10

This Friday, April 10th , will be Jennifer Jones, Rotary Foundation Trustee, Vice President Rotary International 2016-17.


Jennifer Jones
Trustee 2019-23
Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland,
Ontario, Canada

Jennifer Jones is the president and CEO of Media Street Productions Inc., an award-winning television production company in Windsor. Jones has served Rotary in many roles, including as RI vice president in 2016-17. She is co-chair of the End Polio Now: Make History Today campaign to raise $150 million. She has been a leader in cultivating experiential fundraising opportunities such as Rotary’s Polio Golf Day with Jack Nicklaus in Jupiter, Florida, USA, which raised over $5.25 million for polio eradication.

Jones has been recognized with many awards, including the Service Above Self Award and the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service, the YMCA Peace Medallion, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and she was the first Canadian to receive Wayne State University’s Peacemaker of the Year Award.

Jones and her husband, Nick Krayacich, are members of the Arch Klumph Society and the Paul Harris Society and charter members of the Bequest Society.

Friday Feature -Jennifer Jones April 10 Kathy Hughitt 2020-04-06 05:00:00Z 0
Friday Feature - Alternative Clubs and Formats Shawn Berry 2020-04-04 05:00:00Z 0

A Night with Water Warrior Jon Kaufman

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
CLICK HERE for April 8th meeting recording link 
Hosted by Twin Cities Rotaract
Jon Kaufman joined Rotary 8 years ago for a specific purpose... to disrupt and improve the way safe drinking water is provided to the poorest of the poor around the globe. Forming H2OpenDoors
A Night with Water Warrior Jon Kaufman Kathy Hughitt 2020-03-31 05:00:00Z 0
2020 Conference of Clubs - A Special Message Paul Perez 2020-03-18 05:00:00Z 0

2nd Annual Rotary People of Action Photo Contest


Calling all Rotarians in District 5960!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words: The District 5960 Public Image team agrees and the 2nd Annual People of Action Photo Contest will prove it.
Rotarians are people of action and photos of Rotarians in action are a great way to spark awareness and conversation about Rotary.
PLUS there is are CASH PRIZEs totaling $600 for the winning entries!
2nd Annual Rotary People of Action Photo Contest Shawn Berry 2020-01-27 06:00:00Z 0 Contest,PeopleofAction
Grants Management Seminars-UPDATE Kathy Hughitt 2020-01-20 06:00:00Z 0

Around the District - January




My fellow District 5960 Rotarians and Rotaractors - We hope you are enjoying our monthly newsletter videos. We enjoy "Connecting" with you! Thank you for taking this January 2020 trip "Around the District!" See the links below for more details. 

Around the District - January Shawn Berry 2020-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
Taking a risk after a life-changing diagnosis Linda Mulhern 2019-12-19 06:00:00Z 0
Fly a chopper into history Jon Stillmann 2019-12-19 06:00:00Z 0
Around the District - December Shawn Berry 2019-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Opportunities Kathy Ingulsrud 2019-11-21 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Learning Center

Posted on Nov 18, 2019

What’s new in the Learning Center

Check out these new courses in the  Rotary International Learning Center:
Rotary Learning Center Kathy Hughitt 2019-11-18 06:00:00Z 0

Ending Human Trafficking

Posted on Nov 12, 2019

What Rotary is Doing

Our mission is to End Human Trafficking in communities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and parts of Ontario (regions covered by Rotary Districts 5950,5960, and 5580). We will serve as facilitators and problem solvers, and provide forums for discussion.

Ending Human Trafficking kathy hughitt 2019-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

Learn about the WASH in Schools Target Challenge

Posted on Nov 06, 2019
Through the WASH in Schools Target Challenge, Rotary and UNICEF are recognizing Rotary clubs whose sustainable projects help children stay healthy and stay in school. Support clean water, better sanitation, and hygiene education in schools, and let Rotary know how you’re making a difference. Visit rotary.org/WINS for more information.
Learn about the WASH in Schools Target Challenge Kathy Hughitt 2019-11-06 06:00:00Z 0

Give the gift of Rotary

Posted on Nov 06, 2019
The charitable season kicks off 3 December with Giving Tuesday, an online movement that celebrates and encourages giving to make the world a better place. This year, make The Rotary Foundation your charity of choice. A donation to the Foundation helps build sustainable communities around the world.

Give the gift of Rotary Newsletter 2019-11-06 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Mentor Meetup

Posted on Nov 06, 2019
We have our first Rotary Mentor Meetup event coming up Wednesday, November 13 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Summit Brewing Company.
Rotary Mentor Meetup Kathy Hughitt 2019-11-06 06:00:00Z 0
Around the District - November Shawn Berry 2019-11-05 06:00:00Z 0
2022-23 District Governor kathy hughitt 2019-11-05 06:00:00Z 0
2020 Conference Announcement kathy hughitt 2019-11-05 06:00:00Z 0
Around the District - October Shawn Berry 2019-10-10 05:00:00Z 0

Save the Date!

Posted on Sep 27, 2019
Plan on joining us at Mystic Lake Event Center, Prior Lake, MN. 
Keynote Speaker Announcement!
Save the Date! kathy hughitt 2019-09-27 05:00:00Z 0

Get Ready for World Polio Day!

Posted on Sep 27, 2019
How can you triple your impact? Thanks to a 2-to-1 match from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, every donation made to Rotary to end polio will be tripled.
Get Ready for World Polio Day! kathy hughitt 2019-09-27 05:00:00Z 0
November Rotary Foundation Month Kyle Haugen 2019-09-26 05:00:00Z 0
Around the District - September Shawn Berry 2019-09-10 05:00:00Z 0

One Rotary Summit

2019-20 Connected by Our Rotary Stories
“Joining Rotary was one of the best decisions I ever made!”  People around the world express this opinion every day.  Explore the “Stories” of Rotary in a conversation at (one of) this year’s District 5960 One Rotary Summit(s). 
One Rotary Summit 2019-09-06 05:00:00Z 0

Human Trafficking Forum

Posted on Sep 06, 2019
TAKING ACTION TO PREVENT HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING: Learn what you can do to increase the safety of our children!  The Edina Rotary invites you to join them on September 19th, 11:30-1:30 p.m. at a weekly meeting that will start early as they present a workshop on Human Sex Trafficking Prevention. 
Human Trafficking Forum Kathy Hughitt 2019-09-06 05:00:00Z 0

Good news: Africa hasn't reported a case of polio in three years

Posted by Charlie Cogan on Aug 30, 2019
Only two countries remain in our efforts to eradicate the virus, and you can help. 
By Charles Adams Cogan and Tim Mulcrone
AUGUST 29, 2019 — 5:40PM
Health workers administered a polio vaccine to a child in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, in 2014.
On Aug. 21, we turned on our computers to learn of great news from Africa. Nigeria, the last country on that continent to report cases of the wild poliovirus, had not reported a case in three years.
Good news: Africa hasn't reported a case of polio in three years Charlie Cogan 2019-08-30 05:00:00Z 0

Good news: Africa hasn't reported a case of polio in three years

Posted by Charlie Cogan on Aug 29, 2019
Only two countries remain in our efforts to eradicate the virus, and you can help.

By Charles Adams Cogan and Tim Mulcrone 

On Aug. 21, we turned on our computers to learn of great news from Africa. Nigeria, the last country on that continent to report cases of the wild poliovirus, had not reported a case in three years.
Good news: Africa hasn't reported a case of polio in three years  Charlie Cogan 2019-08-29 05:00:00Z 0

DG Nominations for 2022-2023

Posted on Aug 15, 2019



DGND = District Governor Nominee Designate
To serve as our leader in the 2022/23 Rotary year
Rotary International District 5960 is now calling for nominations for the office of District Governor for the Rotary year 2022-2023.
DG Nominations for 2022-2023 Kathy Hughitt 2019-08-15 05:00:00Z 0

Rotaract Club Chartering Event

Join South Metro Networking - a new Rotaract club in Rotary District 5960 - as we kick off the fall with our official Chartering Ceremony. It's the perfect time for Rotarians across the district to network with the newest Rotary family as they become members of the new South Metro Networking  Rotaract Club for young professionals.
Rotaract Club Chartering Event Kathy Hughitt 2019-08-06 05:00:00Z 0
July Membership Vision Greg Bartz 2019-07-24 05:00:00Z 0
Campaigning against exploitation Noelle Volin 2019-07-18 05:00:00Z 0
New Midwest Rotary Website! Kathy Hughitt 2019-07-18 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Day at the Races

Posted on Jul 18, 2019

Join Us on Friday, August 9

Rotary Day at Canterbury Park
Ticket Cost: $10.00 per person 
(See your Club President for tickets)
100% of ticket sales benefit PolioPlus
Rotary Day at the Races Kathy Hughitt 2019-07-18 05:00:00Z 0
2019 District Assembly Webinars Kathy Hughitt 2019-07-10 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Connects The World

Posted by Paul Perez on Jul 01, 2019
Welcome to the 2019-2020 Rotary year!
How does DG Paul Perez plan on connecting this Rotary year, and what are some opportunities for you to connect? Here more from him directly in this video message!
Rotary Connects The World Paul Perez 2019-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary at the Fair

Posted on Jun 30, 2019

Hundreds of Rotarians Are Needed

Friday, August 30, 2019

Show your Rotary pride and meet new Rotary friends at the Minnesota State Fair!

Rotary at the Fair Kathy Hughitt 2019-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

Thank You 2018-29 DG Mike Becker

Posted on Jun 30, 2019
Greetings Fellow Rotarians,
The Rotary calendar is fast approaching to July 1st and my time as your District Governor is waning.  I want you to know that this year was filled with new friends, endless adventures, family, stress, work and best of all - FUN!
Thank You 2018-29 DG Mike Becker Kathy Hughitt 2019-06-30 05:00:00Z 0


Make friends around the world through a Rotary Fellowship 
Rotary offers a multitude of opportunities to connect with people in your club, your district, and elsewhere in the world who share your hobbies or interests.

ROTARY FELLOWSHIP MONTH Kathy Hughtit 2019-06-12 05:00:00Z 0

June Membership Moment

Posted by Jim Hunt on Jun 10, 2019

Membership Vision

Progress Report

June 2019

2,774 Members

Build camaraderie in your club to attract young professionals, create interest groups such as biking, hiking, sailing, or environmental sustainability, that appeals to younger Rotarians.
Let’s all join in!

June Membership Moment Jim Hunt 2019-06-10 05:00:00Z 0
5 Questions on District Grants Diana Schoberg 2019-05-22 05:00:00Z 0

Is It The Truth

Posted by Joseph Epstein on May 22, 2019
"The Four-Way Test is one of Rotary’s central principles. It is of special interest in the current day, when truth — or, more precisely, truthfulness — seems to be losing its prestige in public life." —Joseph Epstein https://on.rotary.org/30vTgyn
Is It The Truth Joseph Epstein 2019-05-22 05:00:00Z 0

Service Above Self Award

Posted by Ed Marek
Kyle Haugen, Newell Krogmann, Mike Becker, Paul Perez
At this year’s Conference of Clubs, PDG Newell Krogmann received a rare honor. He was selected to receive Rotary International’s Service Above Self award.
Service Above Self Award Ed Marek 2019-05-22 05:00:00Z 0

Putting Civility back into Civil Discourse

Posted by Ed Marek on May 15, 2019
Rotarians are busy people. So, in the event you haven’t read the May issue of The Rotarian you may want to check out the article, Putting Civility back into Civil Discourse. Here is the link.  
Putting Civility back into Civil Discourse Ed Marek 2019-05-15 05:00:00Z 0
19-20 Club Awards Brochures Kathy Hughitt 2019-05-08 05:00:00Z 0
Membership Vision May Greg Bartz 2019-05-07 05:00:00Z 0
Advanced Global Grant Seminar Kathy Hughitt 2019-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
Membership Vision Greg Bartz 2019-04-17 05:00:00Z 0

People of Action Photo Contest

Posted by Heather Holmes on Feb 15, 2019
Calling all Rotarians in District 5960!
They say a picture is worth a thousand words: The District 5960 Public Image team agrees and is kicking off a People of Action Photo Contest to prove it.
People of Action Photo Contest Heather Holmes 2019-02-15 06:00:00Z 0
Registration Open! Lori Luedke 2019-02-04 06:00:00Z 0


District 5960 Pin and Banner Contest
Announcing a new fun contest for Rotary 5960. It was found that we are finally running out of pins and banners for the district and this is an opportunity to make a change! If you are creative and ingenious, then this is for you.
Contest Mike Becker 2019-01-29 06:00:00Z 0

Tell Rotary's Story

Posted on Jan 07, 2019
Khou Yang - Coon Rapids Rotary Club
I have never heard of Rotary before until this past April, 2018, at social function in Anoka. After a few searches online, I decided to give a chance to the Coon Rapids Rotary  and officially became a member in May of 2018.
As I listened and interacted with the Coon Rapids Rotary,
Read More in the January 2019 Newsletter
Tell Rotary's Story Mike Becker 2019-01-07 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary's 2017-18 Annual Report

Posted on Jan 07, 2019
This year’s annual report includes:                                                   
  • Highlights from the year
  • Projects that are having a positive, long-term impact on communities
  • Messages from donors sharing why they contribute to The Rotary Foundation
Read more about Rotary’s accomplishments during 2017-18 at rotary.org/annualreport.
Rotary's 2017-18 Annual Report Kathy Hughitt 2019-01-07 06:00:00Z 0

Global Fellow - Ambele Mwamelo

Posted on Dec 12, 2018
Ambele presenting at the Edinburgh District Conference October 2018
Ambele Mwamelo is currently attending the University of Edinburgh as a Rotary District 5960 Global Fellow as a Master of Public Health (MPH) Candidate. Ambele is currently working with one of her professors on organizing an exhibition to engage the community and school children on global health matters. 
Global Fellow - Ambele Mwamelo Gary Campbell 2018-12-12 06:00:00Z 0

Social Media 

7 tips for creating compelling social media content
Sharing stories that show Rotarians as People of Action on social media is an easy and effective way to amplify your club’s success to the world and build awareness and understanding of what we do. 
Social Media Rotary International 2018-12-05 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Climate Action Team 

Posted on Dec 03, 2018
In his July 2018 RI President Barry Rassin asked all of us to Be the Inspiration for sustainable service by addressing the impact of environmental issues on our work. Northfield Rotary Club is challenging us to a Call to Action!  Are you in?

Rotary Climate Action Team Kathy Hughitt 2018-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
2021-2022 District Governor Mike Becker 2018-11-28 06:00:00Z 0

GCE 2019 

Group Cultural Exchange
Spring 2019 with District 1860
in Germany
This will be approximately a two-week trip.  The outbound team to Germany will travel the end of May (21st-31st).  
GCE 2019 Kathy Hughitt 2018-11-20 06:00:00Z 0

2018-19 Awards

Posted on Nov 15, 2018
Announcing the
2018-19 Awards Program
2018-2019 District Awards Brochure and Criteria
2018-19 Awards Mike Becker 2018-11-15 06:00:00Z 0


Posted on Nov 14, 2018


Saturday, Jan 12, 2019

Rotary District 5960 Mid-Term
Location: Hamline University, Anderson Center
Time: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm 
Cost: Free Event
Click Here for Registration(Lunch Included)
Special Guest Speaker Geoff Cochran       
Rotary International Club/District Support.
How are you going to answer the question What is Rotary?
Plan to Attend Mid-Term. You can answer the question with your fellow Rotarains.  
Mid-Term Mike Becker 2018-11-14 06:00:00Z 0

Holiday Event

Join Us!

Black Nativity
December 2, 2018   - Show at 4:00pm

Click Here for Registration
Black Nativity is an annual tradition of lively Christmas theater, music and spirit provided by the Penumbra Theater of St. Paul since 1987.  This homegrown show returns with exceptional lead vocalists, the outstanding Kingdom Life Church Choir, and the stirring choreography of Uri Sands of TU Dance. Join us for an experience full of joy, community, and spirit.
Holiday Event Mike Becker 2018-11-14 06:00:00Z 0

How to take better club photos

Posted by Alyce Henson on Oct 26, 2018
Rotary International staff photographer Alyce Henson has been shooting images for Rotary for more than a decade. In her post for Rotary Voices, Alyce shares her tips for taking better photos of club projects, and how to shoot images that you can use to make your own People of Action ads. With a little bit of practice, a few simple guidelines, and a touch of confidence, you can produce some amazing results. 
How to take better club photos Alyce Henson 2018-10-26 05:00:00Z 0

District 5960 October Newsletter

Posted on Oct 25, 2018

Are you a Proud 
and Audacious Rotarian?

We are now past the first quarter of the rotary year. As I have gone around to many clubs my message has not wavered. When you hear the question, "What is Rotary"? What is your answer and are you saying it from facts or are you saying it from your heart? 
Read more in the October Newsletter Click Here
District 5960 October Newsletter Jeff Hage 2018-10-25 05:00:00Z 0

Past District Governor Dinner

Posted on Oct 21, 2018
 (Photo information below)
This past weekend fourteen of District 5960 Past District Governors and two of our future District Governors, spouses and guests joined 2018-19 District Governor Mike Becker and his spouse Nancy Becker at  the Lillydale Yacht and Pool Club for dinner and fellowship.
Past District Governor Dinner Kathy Hughitt 2018-10-21 05:00:00Z 0

Hudson Rotarian Todd Bol, Little Free Library founder dies

Little Free Library founder  dies, leaving a legacy of helping cities 'one book at a time'
Story by Jenna Ross Star Tribune - Oct 18, 2018
Todd Bol helped Eddye Watkins erect a Little Free Library on her yard in Minneapolis in October 2013.
Rotarian's grieve the loss of Hudson Rotarian, Todd Bol, a champion Rotarian, creator of the Little Free Library.  Todd passed away to pancreatic cancer on Thursday, Oct 18, 2018.
Hudson Rotarian Todd Bol, Little Free Library founder dies Jenna Ross 2018-10-18 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Fun! in October

Posted on Sep 05, 2018

Join Us!

ARC Social/Tap Room Tour

Postponed to Spring 2019

Oct 10, 2018
Turning Waters - Back Alley Brewing Co., Wabasha

These will be  FUN Social Events that will  give you an opportunity taste some quality craft beer in a relaxed setting, and even provide an opportunity to learn more about Rotary, socialize with fellow Rotarians and tour the local establisment's brewing process. Read More
Rotary Fun! in October Kathy Hughitt 2018-09-05 05:00:00Z 0

2019-20 DG Installation

Posted on Aug 31, 2018


TUESDAY, June 25, 2019
Please join us for the installation of
Paul Perez
2019-20 Governor Rotary Intl District 5960
2019-20 DG Installation Kathy Hughitt 2018-08-31 05:00:00Z 0

Better Angels Skills Workshop

Posted on Aug 31, 2018

Rotary District 5960 Presents

How to Talk Across Our Differences
Thursday, Oct 18, 2018
3 Locations
Please join us for the Better Angels Skills Workshop to:
  • Learn skills to have respectful conversations with people who disagree with you.
  • Clarify differences
  • Search for common ground
  • Deal with the stress among family members and friends whose view differ from yours
Better Angels Skills Workshop Kathy Hughitt 2018-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
District 5960 Newsletter - August Mike Becker 2018-08-20 05:00:00Z 0

17th Annual Foundation Celebration

Posted on Aug 14, 2018

Saturday, November 10, 2018
Registration: CLICK HERE
Location: Inwood Oaks, 494 Inwood Ave N., Oakdale, MN 55128
5:30pm - 6:30pm - Social/Fellowship Hour
6:30pm - 7:30pm - Dinner
7:30pm - Awards/Program
Guest Speaker: Nancy Barbee (bio)
A member of the Maysville Rotary Club since 2000, Nancy is a Sustaining Member, Paul Harris Fellow, and Paul Harris Society Charter Member and a Benefactor. She was instrumental in establishing a library at St. Anthony’s School in India as a project for her club.
17th Annual Foundation Celebration Kathy Hughitt 2018-08-14 05:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Society Auto-Notification

Starting in August, TRF will start notifying Paul Harris Society members when they've reached $1,000 in giving for the Rotary year. Theses notifications will be sent electronically to PHS donors, with the intent to make it easier for them to track their giving. 
Paul Harris Society Auto-Notification Michelle Gasparian 2018-08-14 05:00:00Z 0

Tell Rotary's Story

Posted on Jul 23, 2018
When someone asks you
about Rotary, how do you

Our new People of Action public image campaign aims to help you answer that question quickly and effectively.
Tell Rotary's Story Rotary Intl 2018-07-23 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Race Day

Districts 5950 and 5960 are hosting a
Rotary Race Day
Live horse racing, silent auction, kid’s activities, and cards!
Rotary Race Day Kathy Hughitt 2018-07-20 05:00:00Z 0
Tap Room Tour Kathy Hughitt 2018-07-17 05:00:00Z 0
One Rotary Summit Ed Marek 2018-07-16 05:00:00Z 0
STRIVE Paul Perez 2018-07-16 05:00:00Z 0
Membership 2020 Greg Bartz 2018-06-29 05:00:00Z 0
June 2018 Newsletter Kyle Haugen 2018-06-28 05:00:00Z 0

Ethics Team April 2018

Posted by Kim Cobb on Jun 11, 2018

Ethics Team

April, 2018 Updates

New Resources Available

Four-Way Test
What separates Rotary from other clubs and service organizations? It's the Rotary Four-Way Test! The Ethics team has a new video available to help you elevate the Four-Way Test in your community.
Ethics Team April 2018 Kim Cobb 2018-06-11 05:00:00Z 0

Bob Lupton-Toxic Charity

Posted on May 15, 2018
Opportunity International and Rotary District 5960 present:
Author of Toxic Charity
Wednesday, June 27, 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm 
CLICK HERE for more information
CLICK HERE for registration
Bob Lupton-Toxic Charity Dave Newman 2018-05-15 05:00:00Z 0
DG Mike Becker Installation Kathy Hughitt 2018-05-08 05:00:00Z 0
North Star Youth Exchange Earns Gold Award Jeff Hage 2018-04-02 05:00:00Z 0

2018-19 presidential theme: Be the Inspiration

Posted on Jan 16, 2018

RI President-elect Barry Rassin laid out his vision for the future of the organization on Sunday, calling on leaders to work for a sustainable future and to inspire Rotarians and the community at large.
2018-19 presidential theme: Be the Inspiration RI Newsletter 2018-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
Conference of Clubs 2018 Laurie Hartman 2018-01-15 06:00:00Z 0

Important Changes

Rotary Foundation global grants will soon require community assessments
Starting 1 July 2018, any club or district that applies for a global grant to support a humanitarian project or a vocational training team will be required to include community assessment results in their application. Whether or not you apply for a Foundation grant, a community assessment will guide the planning and implementation of any project, small or large, to make sure it succeeds and makes the maximum impact. Take advantage of the Rotary assets below to help with assessments: 
Important Changes RI Newsletter 2017-12-21 06:00:00Z 0
2016-17 Rotary International Annual Report Kathy Hughitt 2017-12-14 06:00:00Z 0

Membership Minute-December

Posted on Dec 14, 2017

New year, new connections - engaging with prospective members
RI Membership Minute December 2017

As the new year approaches, people around the world will make resolutions to live happier, more meaningful, more productive lives in 2018. Perhaps they want to get involved and give back to their community. Maybe they want to improve the world on a larger scale. Or they might be hoping to make new friends or professional connections.
Is your club following up with prospective members?

Membership Minute-December Kathy Hughitt 2017-12-14 06:00:00Z 0

Mid-Term Rally

Posted on Dec 13, 2017
Mid-Term Rally
Saturday, January 13, 2018 
8:00am – 2:30pm
Free Event including Lunch!
Join us for a morning that re-energizes you with innovative ideas, as we enjoy the fellowship and networking of fellow Rotarians and a special New Member Recognition. Registration & More Information.
Mid-Term Rally Kathy Hughitt 2017-12-13 06:00:00Z 0
Meet District Governor Nominee Designate ED MAREK Jeff Hage 2017-11-16 06:00:00Z 0
A world of change awaits with Group Cultural Exchange 2017-11-16 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Convention 2017-11-08 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Clubs & Districts Liability Insurance Program

Posted on Nov 08, 2017
On 5 December 2017, at 1:00PM CST Rotary International’s Risk Management Team will be hosting a live informational webinar that will inform interested Rotarians about the U.S. Rotary Clubs & Districts Liability Insurance Program (“Program”) and how it relates to events your club is planning. 

Rotary Clubs & Districts Liability Insurance Program Rotary International 2017-11-08 06:00:00Z 0
Faribault Rotary Buddy Bench Dedication Troy Dunn 2017-11-07 06:00:00Z 0

Meet District 5960 District Governor-elect Mike Becker

Posted by Jeff Hage on Oct 31, 2017
Hello District 5960 Rotarians. Since being nominated to serve as your District 5960 Governor for 2018-2019, I have had the opportunity to begin traveling throughout the district to visit clubs. As a member of the Club Visioning for years, I had that same opportunity to see clubs and their accomplishments and achievements. Read More
Meet District 5960 District Governor-elect Mike Becker Jeff Hage 2017-10-31 05:00:00Z 0

A person of action, a champion of peace

White Bear Lake Rotarian Ann Frisch
Peace. On the surface it seems likes such a simple concept.
But if you ask Ann Frisch, you'll quickly learn that there is a lot more to peace than meets the eye. Read More
A person of action, a champion of peace Jeff Hage 2017-10-31 05:00:00Z 0
10 tips to attract and retain quality members RI Membership Newsletter 2017-10-18 05:00:00Z 0

Faribault Rotary- Multiple Paul Harris Fellows!

Copied from The Faribault Rotary Club Newsletter


Pictured are Keith Kramer, Foundation chair, members Cate Grinney, Carmen Dorr, Dr. Dick Huston, Bart Jackson and president Troy Dunn. 


The Faribault Rotary Club has recognized four members as Paul Harris Fellows.  Rotary members achieve this distinction each time they have given $1000. 

Faribault Rotary- Multiple Paul Harris Fellows! Troy Dunn 2017-10-17 05:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day

Posted on Oct 10, 2017

Where are we in the fight to end polio? What are our successes and challenges? Find out during a live event on October 24 @ 4:30pm CST - World Polio Day. Endpolio.org

World Polio Day Kathy Hughitt 2017-10-10 05:00:00Z 0
16th Annual Foundation Celebration Dinner Kathy Hughitt 2017-09-26 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary works to end human trafficking in Minnesota

Posted on Sep 12, 2017

Human Slavery has been identified as such a global issue that Rotary International has identified this as one of the next global initiatives to solve as we get close to celebrating the end of polio.


Read More in the District 5960 September Newsletter

Rotary works to end human trafficking in Minnesota Jeff Hage 2017-09-12 05:00:00Z 0

The secret sauce to Rotary Growth in LaCrosse

Posted by Rotary Weekly on Sep 08, 2017
The eight Rotary clubs in and around La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA, have created a shared orientation program for new members made up of six sessions every other month. The Rotarians also maintain low walls between clubs, doing a lot of activities together. The approach has helped each club grow and thrive, serving their communities with vigor.
The secret sauce to Rotary Growth in LaCrosse Rotary Weekly 2017-09-08 05:00:00Z 0

How to help hurricane victims

Posted on Sep 08, 2017
The Rotary Foundation and clubs along the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana, USA, are collecting emergency relief funds to help flood victims of Hurricane Harvey, which slammed into southeast Texas over the weekend. A Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Donor Advised Fund has been established. Here’s how you can contribute.
How to help hurricane victims Rotary Weekly 2017-09-08 05:00:00Z 0
White Bear Lake's Ann Frisch to be honored for Rotary Peace Champion award Jeff Hage 2017-09-01 05:00:00Z 0

August 2017 Newsletter

Posted on Aug 16, 2017


Have you thought about travelling to another country to meet fellow Rotarians, learn more about other cultures and explore ideas for new projects your club can be a part of?   Read More in the District 5960 August Newsletter.

August 2017 Newsletter Kathy Hughitt 2017-08-16 05:00:00Z 0

What's New in Rotary Club Central

Posted on Aug 08, 2017

The new and improved Rotary Club Central is here. It's now faster, easier to navigate, and presents past and current club data in a more accessible way. Additional features include:

What's New in Rotary Club Central 2017-08-08 05:00:00Z 0

One Rotary Summit

Posted on Aug 08, 2017

2017-2018 One Rotary Summit (ORS) Training


Gain additional leadership skills.  Discover ideas to share with your Rotary Club.  Prepare to take action. 

One Rotary Summit Kathy Hughitt 2017-08-08 05:00:00Z 0
Celebrating Rotary Fellowships Newsletter 2017-06-22 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Gateway Park

Prior Lake Rotary Club's District Grant Project for Rotary Gateway Park is almost complete featuring a beautiful sign that provides great visibility for Rotary, a rock waterfall, butterfly gardens, and Rotary benches.
Rotary Gateway Park Joe Dols 2017-06-09 05:00:00Z 0
2017-18 D5960 Awards Kathy Hughitt 2017-06-02 05:00:00Z 0
Prior Lake Rotary's Lakefront Music Fest Kathy Hughitt 2017-06-02 05:00:00Z 0
Anoka Rotary Riverfest Run Sandy Campbell 2017-06-02 05:00:00Z 0
Rochester Risers - Club Visioning Joanne Rosener 2017-06-01 05:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellow +10

Marv Schrader was recently honored as a Major Donor to the Rotary Paul Harris Foundation.  Marv, a long time member of the Faribault Rotary Club was recognized because he has given more than $10,000 during his years of membership. 
Paul Harris Fellow +10 Dick Huston 2017-05-30 05:00:00Z 0

Twin Cities Rotaract


Greetings from TC Rotaract!


We are striving as a club to connect Rotary and Rotarians with Rotaractor and Rotaract Clubs. As part of this we want to share with you news and opportunities.


Twin Cities Rotaract Anika Kaleewoun 2017-05-30 05:00:00Z 0
DISTRICT 5960 MIDTERM RALLY 2016-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Values of District 5960 Leadership Team 2016-12-13 06:00:00Z 0