Rotary District 5960 Monday Musings
Notes from District Governor, Marlene Gargulak, 2015-2016
October 11-17, 2015
On 24 October, Rotarians, clubs and districts around the world will come together to
fight polio. Register today for End Polio Now: Make History Today Livestream event to
receive a global update on the current status of polio eradication, hear inspiring stories,
The event will begin at 18:30pm CDT and will be streamed live at endpolionow.org.
I encourage your club/district to have a viewing party for the event, or incorporate it into
your existing World Polio Day plans. Invite local government officials and use this
opportunity to encourage them to support the global commitment to a polio free world. On
World Polio Day, wear your End Polio Now pin and encourage your friends and family to
do the same.
Resources to help you spread the word about your World Polio Day event can be found
on endpolionow.org. The materials include:
• Sample Tweets and Facebook posts
• Graphics for posting on social media and online
• Tools to help you reach out to local media
• Tools to help you engage local political leaders with World Polio Day
Before or after World Polio Day, consider sharing your polio story or event photos.
If you are unable to watch the event live, consider viewing the recording at your next
club meeting and discussing how you can help fulfill Rotary’s promise of a polio free world.
You can also make an impact on World Polio Day by contributing to PolioPlus. Remember
that your contribution will receive full recognition points and – better yet – it will be matched
two-to-one by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Contribute today.
We are 99% of the way to a polio-free world – truly, “this close” to eradicating polio forever.
Help us get closer by spreading the word about our fight to End Polio Now with our
communities and the world.
For more information go to: Rotary5960.org and register. (Account name: future Login
October 14, 2015: Blaine Ham Lake Rotary
Doug Johnson is the president of the Blaine
Ham Lake Rotary Club. This active, engaged and
successful club received the Presidential Citation for
2014-2015 and is an EREY Club (Every Rotarian-
Every Year) During session this club feels like a
family in action.
Blaine Ham Lake Rotary Club’s most successful
fundraiser is a GOLF EVENT. This club’s
FACEBOOK page is one of their Best Practices. It is
complete, and up to date on all activities and filled
with photos and dates of events. (See photos on left)
This club has an active STRIVE program. New
concept for the students will be to attend a get-toknow-
you breakfast at the beginning of the school
year and a banquet at the end to award scholarships.
Internationally the Blaine/Ham Lake club has
traveled to Guatemala to help Common Hope with
hospital and school projects and teamed up with
Maria Pacheco and the Wakimi Project to help with
economic development and the empowerment of
women, helped out the El Amor De Patricia
orphanage and mentored coffee farmers.
Members volunteered when the Convoy of Hope determined a pocket of need and set up a
street of vendors to offer free groceries, clothing, family portraits, hair cuts and basic supplies,
including shoes, clothing, health screening and more.
Dennis Bakken was installed as a new member. When
asked: Why did you choose Rotary? He responded with
this comment: “ I had searched a lot of groups to see what
would be a good fit, not for what they could do for me, but
where did I feel I could serve the most and be humbled.
Looking in my back yard has not occurred to me as I
originally was looking for the best referral business in a
specific area. When I walked into the Blaine/Ham Lake
Rotary (my 3rd location to look at) I was immediately friended
by Becky and her heart. With the pledge and a prayer, I
knew I was where I was supposed to be. The company I’m
with has very strong values as does the Rotary.”
Check these stories on Blaine Ham Lake Rotary Club's
Noel Lutsky, DG Karel Weigel, Doug Johnson Presentation
of the Presidential Citation
October 21: North Branch Rotary
“The Rotary Club of North Branch is a service club made up of business professionals to
promote community and international causes in the North Branch area.” Brandon Lindahl is
the President of the club.
The North Branch Rotary Club held its 13th annual Glow Ball Golf
Tourney in August. Proceeds are used to support STRIVE
scholarships. To date, 22 students applied to participate in the
STRIVE program. (Best Practice) Activities for the STRIVE program
include taking the students to a secondary education facility, meeting
the admissions person and a tour of the college. Each mentor is
encouraged and supported to keep in contact with the student other
than at the regular scheduled times with Strive. Following up with the
student provides building of a stronger relationship.
Other fundraisers include the annual
Glow Ball Golf, held in August. Night
golfing is lots of fun! Sale of 1500
Christmas trees starting in November.
AND a Banquet/Social with auction
items during the annual Winterfest held in the Community.
The North Branch Club is involved in
Youth Exchange with an Inbound and
Outbound students. Valentina from
Chile is attending the North Branch
High School and staying with Bob and Jeanne Walz.
The club meeting was held at the Lake State
Credit Union boardroom. The catering is
rotated between several restaurants in the
community, providing for a variety of foods and
supporting many business establishments. (Best
Practice) If you have a meeting at a different,
non-restaurant facility, use as many businesses
as possible to show visibility in the community.
David Nordberg and Frank Gomes,with potential new
member Susie Brooks.
Becky giving new member Dennis Bakken
a BIG HUG
October 15, 2015: Stillwater Rotary
The President of the Stillwater Rotary Club is John Rheinberger, who believes Rotary clubs
should create a smorgasbord of opportunities for all members. He states, “If a club had a
cafeteria of events/projects where members can sample and taste it, they will become engaged and
involved. Rotary should be viewed as a “Chapter of LIFE”.
The club’s vision is: “We are a vibrant, inclusive club that demonstrates a passion for “Service
Above Self”. To remain a vibrant club means we must seek our new members and engage in service
projects that allow us to communicate the value of service to all in our community”. That is what
Rotary is about.
My visit with the Leadership Team (shown below) clearly identified why members stay in this
Some of the comments included:
“I was in a bigger club and when I came to this club, there was a world of difference. The
collegiality and friendships were the difference. No comparison”
“I came because I was told to come- I stayed because of friendships.”
“We are a club that is alive and it spills our into the community through service projects”
“I didn’t know what Rotary was about, BUT I knew it was important”.
Some BEST PRACTICES of the Stillwater Rotary Club include:
1. Presentation of the Henry “Hank” Sampson Memorial Award to an active Stillwater
Rotary member who provides exceptional “service above self”.
2. Collaborated with the Woodbury and Stillwater Sunrise Club to raise money to help
Washington County’s homeless youth population. As a result, they collectively raised
3. Fundraiser includes the “TASTE of STILLWATER” held at the end of January at the
Lowell Inn. Typical proceeds are around $30,000. The local restaurants are in
competition with each other to be the BEST! Each year a SPOTLIGHT organization is
chosen. (i.e. Education Foundation) The spotlight is asked to participate and have a
presence at the event, with the purpose of highlighting the beneficiaries and involving
more people in the fundraising process.
Bill Turnblad, Kathy Elbert, John Lennes, John Rheinberger, DG Marlene, Shelley
Pearson, Molly O'Rourke, Keith Komro, Nathan Pearson, and Doug Brady.
Next Week’s Visits:
October 21: Princeton Rotary
October 22: St. Paul Sunrise Rotary
We are challenged by this theme: it is a call to action, a directive of service, an order to
follow, a course to lay down, and a quest to pursue!
Join me during this exciting Rotary year to honor our journey together. Our time is short; it is
fleeting already. We have just 8.5 MONTHS to respond to this challenge.
This is our Time