2018 Conference of Clubs

International Rotary Activities from Needs Assessment to Resources

Time 9:45am - 10:45am

Room: Anoka 1

                    Dave Newman, Craig Leiser
Dave Newman
Dave has been a Rotarian since 1982.  He is the past President of the Fridley Rotary Club and for the past fifteen years has been a member of the Stillwater Sunrise Club.  Dave has held a variety of leadership positions in our Rotary district, including for the past several years he has been the Chair of Fast for Hope.  Dave has made 11 trips to Nicaragua.  He is the recipient of the “Service Above Self” award from Rotary International and is a major donor to the Rotary Foundation.  By profession he is a residential real estate developer and is a member of the Board of Directors of Tradition Capital Bank in Edina.
Craig Leiser
I have retired as President of Kismet Group, Ltd. of Stillwater, MN, a consulting firm specializing in the electronic security industry. I was a Vice President for National Guardian Security Services for 10 years and 26 years with 3M in a variety of positions and divisions based in St. Paul, MN.
I live in Stillwater, MN where I am a member of Stillwater Sunrise Rotary where I was Chair of International Services, World Community Service and District Grants representative, YEO coordinator and Club President for 2006-7. I have actively participated in virtually every Club event (Halloween Parade, Rake-a-Difference, Highway Cleanup, Christmas party, and Annual Fundraising events, most recently Brewer’s Bazaar) since joining the club.
At the District level I have served on and Chaired the Fast For Hope program, served as a mentor on the District Grants Committee, for more than 15 years, been on the Youth Exchange Board, the Youth Protection Task Force, the District Board of Directors, the District Rotary Foundation Committee, the District Finance committee, the Council of Governors, the District Office Committee and served on a number of GSE, Ambassadorial/Global Scholar and Peace Fellow selection committee’s. In these activities I also served, as DGN, on the District Committee that proposed 5960 as a Future Vision Pilot District and then upon selection, assisted as a committee member, DG and DRFCC in implementing this Rotary milestone.
 I have also been active at the Zone level as program chair for the Pittsburgh Zone Institute and as an aide to PRIP Banerjee at the La Crosse Zone Institute. I was the District Governor for 2010-11 of District 5960, the District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair of District 5960 from 2013 to 2016. At the 2015 District 5960 Conference I received the “Rotary Meritorious Service Award” from the President of the Rotary Foundation, John Kenney. I am currently the District 5960 District International Services Chair until 2019.
I have attended 6 International Conferences and 8 Zone Institutes, from my first as the DGN nominee at Sandusky, Ohio and most recent Itasca, IL. I was at two San Diego DGE Training events, my year as DGE 2010 and then again as my first year as the DRFCC when Future Vision was released to the entire Rotary World in 2013.
As a Rotarian, Craig is a Major Donor (Level 1), Paul Harris Society member, Bequest Society (Level 2) member and has done meeting make-ups in Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Cost Rica, Denmark, Norway, England, Scotland, Turkey, Hawaii and Texas and was Team Leader on Friendship Exchange TEAM’s to Turkey and Argentina. As a result I have maintained perfect attendance since joining Rotary.
My wife and I have 3 married daughters and 7 grandchildren. In conjunction with his Youth Exchange function, we have hosted 13 Exchange Students for 3 months to a year, with both Rotary and AFS programs.