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The official motto of Rotary is "Service Above Self."  There is a lot of uncertainty and changes in how we do things right now.  We could certainly use something positively!  We have so much to be thankful for and there is so much we can do during this time.  Let's stay connected.  We ask you to give us an update, thank someone who has made a difference or share your thoughts on something good!  Let's post these on Facebook -- send your message to me (Kathy), Shelley, or Katie.  Keep Safe!
 
Also - remember to 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.
 
 
 
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Dear Rotarian,
 
Thank you to those who attended last week's Rotary meeting. It was great to see many of you. Tomorrow, Rotarian and Lakeview Health System CEO Ted Wegleitner will share with us how Lakeview is responding to Covid-19 (among other things). Please join us.
 
Be thinking about good news (or any unique coping mechanisms you've adopted lately to maintain your sanity) to share during our sergeant-at-arms time.
 
Below you will find the invitation for the meeting. If you have any trouble getting in through the link, you do have the capability to call in (you will be able to hear but not see). There is a phone number at the bottom (pick whichever one you'd like). You will be prompted to enter the Meeting ID which is also at the bottom of the screen. 
 
See you (or hear you) tomorrow!
 
Shelley
 
Shelley Pearson is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Rotary
Time: Apr 16, 2020 11:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
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I am requesting input.  Pictures, ideas, boredom busters all are appreciated. 
 
Here is a picture of the high water in Bayport.  
 
#Rotary Responds
Taken from the Rotary International website:
 

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads uncertainty and hardship around the world, Rotary members and participants are innovating, caring for those affected, and showing that even at a distance, there are ways to help.

As people of action, Rotary members are engaged in their communities — gathering for projects and offering help to those in need. But in many areas, life is changing drastically. Health experts are urging people to maintain distance from others or even isolate themselves in order to slow the spread of the highly contagious virus. 

Fighting disease is one of Rotary’s main causes, so members already support efforts to promote proper hand washing techniques, teach people other ways to stay healthy, and supply training and vital medical equipment to health care providers. Now they’re helping health authorities communicate lifesaving information about COVID-19 and donating protective gear and other supplies to clinics and hospitals that are under strain because of the pandemic. 

These are just some of the ways that members are supporting their communities right now:

  • In Italy, one of the countries that has been affected most, clubs in District 2080 are raising funds to purchase ventilators and protective gear for overstretched hospitals. And when the worst of the outbreak was raging in China, the district’s clubs raised more than $21,000 for protective masks to prevent spread of the disease there. 
  • Clubs in District 2041, also in Italy, raised funds online to buy protective gear for health workers who will care for COVID-19 patients at a 400-bed hospital being built at Milan’s fairgrounds. 
  • In Hong Kong, Rotary clubs have raised funds, packed medical supplies, and visited public housing to distribute masks and sanitizers. 
  • Rotary clubs in Sri Lanka installed thermometers in airport bathrooms and produced posters to raise awareness about the coronavirus for schools across the country. 
  • The Rotary Club of Karachi Darakhshan, Sind, Pakistan, distributed thousands of masks to people in Karachi. 
  • Clubs in District 3700 (Korea) have donated $155,000 to the Red Cross. 
  • Rotary clubs in Nigeria’s Akwa Ibom state conducted a campaign to raise awareness about the threat of the virus. Members shared information about the illness and how to keep safe at two schools and distributed materials about using good hygiene to stay healthy. 
  • The Rotary club of Metro Bethesda, Maryland, USA, is contacting neighbors who live alone and are quarantined. Volunteers are asked to contact at least five of those people each week to ask how they are and if they need anything. Members are also leaving flowers on their doorsteps. 

Using technology to address the crisis

  • Although clubs and districts are canceling or postponing their in-person meetings and events, they are still finding ways to keep up their fellowship, reimagine their service efforts and respond to the pandemic: 
  • The Rotary E-Club of Fenice del Tronto invited the public to its 11 March online meeting to raise awareness about the coronavirus. A virologist spoke about the virus, how it spreads, and how to keep safe. 
  • The Rotary Club of Singapore hosted a webinar in which an epidemiologist and an infectious disease expert addressed questions and concerns about the coronavirus and the pandemic. 
  • The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County, Washington, USA, used crowdsourcing to create an online listing of area grocery stores, pharmacies, and restaurants that offer home delivery. 
  • Rotary members in Hereford, England, created a Facebook group for Rotary members and others to use to link people who need support with people or organizations that can help. More than 6,900 people have joined the group since it was started 14 March. 
  • Two days before its annual fundraiser, the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA, moved the event to Facebook. It auctioned more than 100 items and raised more than $100,000, about the same amount as in previous years. Food set to feed 350 people at the event was delivered to those in need. 
  • The Rotary E-Club of Silicon Valley, California, USA, held an online meeting for members of other clubs to share advice on using digital tools to remain connected. The club recorded the meeting so members could watch it later and share it with others. 
  • Rotary clubs in Zone 34 (Georgia and Florida, USA, and the Caribbean) created a guide to help members stay connected online. The Rotary E-Club of the Caribbean 7020 is helping clubs in the zone arrange online meetings. Read more

What is your club doing to confront this crisis? Use #RotaryResponds to share your story on social media. Or share what you’re doing on Rotary Voices.

Friday Feature - Destination Pollination
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Join us for this week's District 5960 Friday Feature on Operation Pollination
 
Do you like to eat?  Chris Stein is with the National Heritage Areas Midwest Region of the National Park Service, and is promoting the Operation Pollination initiatives in heritage areas.  This program will inform Rotarians about a project that aims to engage local partners in pollinator habitat restoration and protection across the United States -- Operation Pollination.  
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Please make sure to register in advance.  The links above will not bring you to the meeting at the specific time.
 
Other District meetings/events: 
Check out the District calendar for a District Membership Team meeting on Monday, April 13, and out first Grants Management Seminar on Thursday, April 16. All are welcome!
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Roger Smith
April 4
 
Steve Keister
April 8
 
Laura Raduenz
April 9
 
Pat Riley
April 18
 
Tracey Galowitz
April 21
 
Patrick Boley
April 22
 
Shelley Pearson
April 29
 
Tom Triplett
April 29
 
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Tracey Galowitz
Scott Johnson
April 29
 
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Molly O'Rourke
April 15, 2004
16 years
 
Jon Lindstrom
April 16, 2009
11 years
 
Sini Stjernsward Ross
April 18, 2013
7 years
 
Suzannah Stulberg-Rudesill
April 20, 2017
3 years
 
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