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

Around the District - January 2022





A Rotary Foundation Note:
by: Tom Yuzer,
Rotary District 5960 Foundation Team Lead
A new calendar year and midway point in the 2021-22 Rotary year – what does this mean for District 5960 and our support of and use of The Rotary Foundation?
Two items caught my attention on the web since January 1.  One, an individual I very much respect, talked about “leaving a Legacy”, and a headline caught my eye – Where will you volunteer in 2022?  Isn’t that how we as Rotarians should approach the last half of this Rotary year?
Here is a quick look at some numbers* –
 Giving to Annual Fund - $249,346/$471,834
 Giving to PolioPlus - $115,509/$124,195
 Giving to the Endowment Fund - $188,141/$110,503
 Achieved initial or higher Major Gift donor level – 11 Rotarians/24 Rotarians
 New Bequest Society Rotarian donor - 1/1
 Rotarians who have made a Major Gift – 6/8
  • First number in each category is for first six months of this Rotary year/Second number is total in that category in all of 2020-21
And District Designated Funds that have come back to the District are being used by our clubs.  This year we have approved 12 District Grants to date, three for international projects and nine at home; utilizing $46,790 available dollars.  There are eight more proposals being developed. 
Global Grants usually span two or three years in the draft, submission and revision process and currently there are 12 being prepared by D5960 clubs and 7 other grant proposals originating in another district and one or more of our clubs are partial sponsors.
We are truly improving the lives of others!  We do this with our gifts that create a Legacy and with our hands as we volunteer
By the way, those matching points for those Rotarians who supported our PolioPlus effort this fall will be posted by The Rotary Foundation (TRF) this month (we hope!).  And watch for announcements soon for a repeat of last year’s successful SHARE THE LOVE campaign.
Keep up the effort!!!
Tom Yuzer, PDG
D5960 Rotary Foundation Team Lead




As 2021 comes to an end, it's important to look back at everything we have accomplished together this year. In 2021:
-93 Rotary Fellowships allowed 60,000 participants to connect and make a difference
-117 Rotary Peace Fellows studied at Rotary Peace Centers
- Over $25 million was awarded in grants to support COVID-19 related service projects
What else did Rotarians accomplish this year? Find out in the 2021 Annual Report: 2021 Annual Report | Rotary International
Registration Links:
Saturday, January 8 - Mid-Term, In-Person Link
Saturday, January 8 - Mid-Term, Virtual Link
Tuesday, January 11 - President-elect Virtual Training


          The North St. Paul/Maplewood/Oakdale Rotary will be featuring two of their local mayors at upcoming meetings.  On January 21, Marilee Abrams, mayor of Maplewood, and January 28, Paul Reinke, mayor of Oakdale will be speaking at the breakfast meeting that is held every Friday at 7 am at The Salvation Army, Lakewood Temple, 2080 Woodlynn Avenue, Maplewood.  As mayors of the communities served by the NSP/Maplewood/Oakdale club they will be sharing their 2022 goals and objectives.  Members of the community are invited to be the guest of Rotary to hear these speakers and learn about ways Rotary can help their own communities.
          According to President Kristin Poffenberger, “As active members of the community our club welcomes hearing the plans for our towns and discovering new ways to be of service to our community.  We are already active in the Polio Plus initiative, meals on Wheels, The American Spirit program and the list can go on and on.”
          Rotary is dedicated to seven key areas of focus as follows:
  1. Promote peace;
  2. Support education;
  3. Fight disease;
  4. Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene;
  5. Save mothers and children;
  6. Grow local communities;
  7. Protect the environment.
          For further information contact Shawn Berry at 651-964-0742 or e-mail him at or visit their website @  (The meeting is also available via Zoom link
Kenny Klooster
Rotary District 5960 Governor 2021-2022
Rotary Club of Greater Mankato President 2017-2018
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District Mid-Term In-Person Registration
DoubleTree by Hilton
Jan 08, 2022
8:15 AM – 11:30 AM
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Jan 08, 2022
8:15 AM – 11:30 AM
Presidents-elect Training & Luncheon
DoubleTree by Hilton
Jan 08, 2022
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Pre-PETS Virtual Training
Jan 11, 2022
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Rotary Youth Exchange
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Jan 14, 2022
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Grants Subcommittee Meeting
Zoom Meeting - Online
Jan 21, 2022
11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
Zone Public Image Webinar
Jan 27, 2022
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Grants Subcommittee Meeting
Zoom Meeting - Online
Feb 18, 2022
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
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