My fellow District 5960 Rotarians - We hope you are enjoying our monthly newsletter. We enjoy connecting with you! Thank you for taking this February 2022 trip Around the District! See the links below for more details. 

Around the District - February 2022



The International Institute of Minnesota needs help and could use up to 30 clubs to step forward to assist in the resettling effort.  Institute's contact information 
If your club decides to accept the challenge, send the information and maybe a photo to Kathy .

Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Club has stepped up to accept the challenge.

Stillwater Sunrise is committed to doing good in the World. The Board considered options to help resettle refugees from Afghanistan and settled on partnering with the International Institute of Minnesota. The Institute is welcoming newly arrived refugee families worldwide, including those from Afghanistan. Sunrise decided to support this work by organizing a Housing Donation Drive. These play an essential role in welcoming new families by providing them with the basic household things needed to live. Our Club gathered and will soon deliver these supplies to the Institute in housing setups.
Organized and facilitated by President Wendy Heck, Club members brought donations from a list of around 30 items provided by the Institute. Some things need to be 'new' while others could be 'new or gently stepped up in fine Rotarian fashion resulting in less than $400 in Club expense to fill out the list. At the end of the effort, not only was every item provided, but there were duplicates of several things.
The Institute needs help and could use up to 30 clubs to step forward to assist in the resettling effort. We have posted the Institute's contact information on the Sunrise Web Site. Go there for the info if you can help.
You're Invited!
Panel Discussion on "Why Rotary"
Virtual Event
Wednesday, February 16 
7:00pm - 8:00pm 
Questions: Contact Ken Crabb,
Register in advance for this meeting:
White Bear Lake
Book Club Invitation
These cold days of winter lend themselves to reading...and the Equity and Inclusion team of White Bear Lake Rotary would like to invite you to join us for our February book club.
The book is The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation, by Anna Malaika Tubbs. This book celebrates Black motherhood by telling the story of the three women who raised and shaped some of America's most iconic civil rights leaders.
We have 8-10 "seats" in the room so If you're interested, please let me know. We plan to meet via Zoom on Thursday, February 24 at 4:30 PM.
Jackie Bear
White Bear Lake Rotary
(651) 270-4570
Plastic to Benches
Greater Rochester Rotary completed the 1st Annual Plastic to Benches campaign. We got the idea from LeSueur Club. The purpose of the program is to collect 500 pounds of #2 and #4 plastic to earn a bench. We added the goal of inviting more groups - maybe your club - to initiate the program in your area. GRR collected 862 pounds in 2 months. We have two more groups continuing the program. If they do as well, over 2100 pounds of plastic will be diverted from the landfill and waterways. If you are interested in learning more, contact Patricia McCleese 
Microagressions and Minnesota Nice

Destiny is the founder of B.E.A.M.


I founded B.E.A.M.- Black Excellence Around Minnesota, in 2018 after noticing that there was a lack of racial equity in my community, especially in the education being provided to youth. B.E.AM is a multifaceted business that specializes in racial equity, strategic planning, and education. My goal is to help you become more knowledgeable and successful in Racial Equity.


"I am determined to eliminate racism, educate and motivate people, businesses, schools, and families one day at a time. I know that change matters and I believe success happens here." Destiny will be speaking on Microagressions and how that translate into Minnesota Nice. Microagressions are often overlooked as harmful, but they are part of the subtleties of racism.

Zoom into The Waseca Rotary Club’s program on February 17 @ 12:15PM.


Virtues Cards App

In January at District 5960 Mid-Term Kymn Anderson and George Wickstrom, Faribault Rotary Club, gave a presentation on The Virtues Cards Project. Similar to Rotary's Four-Way Test, The Virtues Project is a global initiative, inspiring the practice of virtues in everyday life. Its foundation is research into the world’s great wisdom traditions. 
Mid-Term Video Presentation (starts at 1:06) 
Kymn announced during her presentation some exciting news for our incoming club presidents and district leaders. An anonymous donor has purchased a set of Virtues App Codes for each of our clubs.   
Directions for Redeeming Codes can be found in your email or by contacting Kathy Hughitt, 
Codes will be good until the end of February. After that unused codes will revert to the purchaser.
Questions or to schedule a program for your club on The Virtues Cards contact: 
Kymn Anderson
Yours in Rotary,
Kenny Klooster
Rotary District 5960 Governor 2021-2022
Rotary Club of Greater Mankato President 2017-2018
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Upcoming Events
Membership Team - Why Rotary
Feb 16, 2022
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Microagressions and Minnesota Nice
Feb 17, 2022
12:15 PM – 1:00 PM
Grants Subcommittee Meeting
Zoom Meeting - Online
Feb 18, 2022
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
North Central Presidents-elect Training Seminar
Feb 24, 2022
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
North Central Presidents-elect Training Workshops
Feb 25, 2022
1:30 PM – 5:50 PM
Grants Subcommittee Meeting
Zoom Meeting - Online
Mar 18, 2022
11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
Grant Management Seminar
Mar 24, 2022
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Grant Management Seminar
Mar 26, 2022
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
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