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We are having a great year and having fun!
Please help us complete the ($10,000) challenge for matching funds to our (Long Term) Stillwater Rotary Fund at the St. Croix Valley Foundation.  Everyone should participate and contribute.  Donors of gifts of $500 or more will also receive Paul Harris recognition points.    Annually, we are able to make grants using returns from the long term funds.
We have a good strategic plan, but it is time to do some Visioning to help further define our actionable interests.  This special event is being planned for Wednesday April 22nd from 4 to 8 pm at the Courage Center in Stillwater.  Please mark your calendar and plan on participating.  More info and sign will follow.
Upcoming Speakers
Mar 05, 2020
Middle East #2
Mar 12, 2020
Spring Break
Mar 19, 2020
Preventing gun violence
Mar 26, 2020
Sex trafficking
Apr 02, 2020
The Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans
Past Speakers
Feb 27, 2020
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Last Week's Program

This week James Peterson will continue his discussion on the Middle East and the work being done to make positive change.


Shark Tank - Rotary style
We are excited to announce our District’s first ever Shark Tank for Rotary Foundation grant opportunities!
What the heck are we talking about?  Well, we are going to have a Shark Tank style breakout session at this year’s District Conference of Clubs.  We are inviting clubs that haven’t sponsored a grant in at least three years to bring proposals for 2020-21 forward.  We are going to take the top 3 or 4 grant ideas and invite them to present in this breakout to our group of “sharks”. 
Who are the sharks?  They are going to be representatives from clubs in our district who are active in grants and have a history of partnering with clubs to help fund their grants (that’s where YOUR CLUB comes in!).  It will be their job to not only ask questions and give feedback but will be able to commit funds to the grants right then and there!  Then, on top of the funds from your club and the others, you’ll be able to get a grant match from The Rotary Foundation!
To help bring this to life, an example: Let’s say a club came up with a need in their community that they’d like to address, and the total cost was $5,000 but the club only has $1,000 to contribute.  Our Shark Tank is a perfect opportunity for them to present the idea to other clubs that could partner with them!  After the clubs present at the Shark Tank, your club as a shark will determine how you want to commit funds to these grant proposals.  If clubs were willing to give another $2,000, that would make $3,000 total…and you’d be able to get a grant match from TRF for around $2,000 for the full $5,000! 
So…what are your next steps?
  1. Have a discussion within your club (at committee or board level?) to determine if you want to participate. 
  2. Reach out to District Grants Team Leader Margie Horning ( to acknowledge your desire to participate, along with the person from your club that will be the shark and how much your club would be willing to contribute to these grant proposals. (**see below for a few additional details**)  THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRY IS MARCH 19th!!
  3. Register for the District 5960 Conference of Clubs to be a part of our District Grants Shark Tank!
I hope you’re as excited as we are about this great opportunity.  You’ll be able to provide great feedback to clubs on their grants, and make them excited about participating in a Foundation grant…helping create new energy in the club!
For more questions, please reach out to Margie Horning ( or Kyle Haugen (
**Additional details**
  • Clubs acting as sharks will be asked to contribute to the grant proposals in $250 increments ($250 minimum, $3,000 maximum per grant you are interested in).  A club does not have to provide funding to each of the grant proposals, but at least one partnership is required
  • The limit for clubs acting as “Sharks” will be four.  If more than four clubs apply, the Grants Team will select the clubs based on their grant partnership history and the amount of money they are willing to spend during the Shark Tank. 
  • If a club does not use all of the funds they are willing to spend on potential partnerships at Shark Tank, it is suggested that they earmark the remaining funds for partner contributions to other District Grants during the 2020-21 Rotary year.
No Meeting March 12th
No meeting next week Thursday, March 12th, 2020.
The Stillwater School District is on Spring Break.
Enjoy some of the lovely weather we have been having.
Save the Date - Saints Game
District Conference of Clubs
Hello District 5960 Rotarians and Rotaractors. We are expecting over 300 attendees to our 2020 District 5960 Conference of Clubs, and that starts on April 30 with our CONNECT session. So how will we CONNECT
(CLICK HERE to register)
It starts with connecting culturally through the tours specifically setup for the Conference of Clubs. Take a guided tour through Native American history and culture through the eyes of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux people. We are offering two opportunities for tours.
Hoċokata Ti guided tour
Learn about the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s history and culture through a guided tour of the public museum at Hoċokata Ti [ho-cho-kah-tah-tee], the tribe’s new cultural center. Led by a museum interpreter, this group tour of the “Mdewakanton: Dwellers of the Spirit Lake” exhibit will provide you with a cultural experience that enhances your knowledge and understanding of the Mdewakanton Dakota people. The 3,805-square-foot exhibit displays an assortment of Dakota Sioux artifacts and provides in-depth information about pre-settler life, the U.S. Dakota War of 1862 and modern history. The Hoċokata Ti gift shop features a variety of Native-made art, books, music, beaded and quilled items, and craft supplies that build upon the cultural center’s mission to educate visitors about the Dakota people.
(CLICK HERE to register)
The tours are strategically placed so you have time to attend the 2nd of three Grants Management Seminars. Come connect with the Grants Team and other Rotarians to get your Club qualified to do a District Grant project next year, or just to learn more. This will be held at Prior Lake City Hall.
(CLICK HERE to register and  CLICK HERE for map/directions)
Continue the connections while attending our social at the elegant Mystic Lake Center! All three keynote speakers will be present and it's an excellent opportunity to connect with them and other Rotarians and Rotaractors informally. Our Thursday evening keynote speaker, General Secretary John Hewko, will do the official welcome.
Continue connecting at Prior Lake Rotary's Home Hospitality! If you've not participated in previous Conferences, this is a favorite as you will share food, beverages, fun, and social time to really get to know 4-8 other Rotarians or Rotaractors in an intimate setting! 
And this is just Thursday! We have a host of other events Friday that will help you CONNECT, get INSPIRED, think about INNOVATION, and see Rotary's VISION
Registration is open and the early-bird ends March 15! RAFFLE EXTENDED: We extended our raffle for two tickets to Prior Lake Rotary's Lakefront Music Fest. Register for the full Conference package by February 28 February 29 (Thanks Leap Year!) to get in the raffle drawing. 
Speaking of raffle drawings, CONGRATULATIONS to 2019-2020 Faribault Rotary Club President Amy Amundson who won the FREE Conference of Clubs raffle!  
The World will be here. Will you?      
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