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
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