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postheadericon Tap the Gems in Crowdfunding

Fundraising – The #1 Priority of our Clubs


Last year at our Rotary District Membership Conference, Rich Berryman, our then District Governor – who was doing a great job for us having just completed his first round of personal visits to all 59 of our District’s Clubs – said, in his opening remarks, that clearly the #1 priority of our Clubs was fundraising – although he would have liked the priority to have been membership. Hey, he had to say that – after all, he was at a Membership Conference.

– to engage support and build their community base. Modern-day Crowdfunding is usually defined as: “the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet.”

fundraisingFundraising via modern-day Crowdfunding is experiencing explosive growth: in 2011- $1.5 billion was raised globally; in 2013 the amount raised increased to $5.1 billion – a 240% increase which was followed last year, 2014, by a 167% increase – Funding on Steroids!

Crowdfunding Offers Gems for Rotary

Through Crowdfunding, our Rotary Clubs will have a platform to reach out beyond their existing support bases to engage new supporters. Supporters who are unable to contribute financially can become involved by spreading the message to their families and friends who, in turn, will be encouraged to spread the message even further.

As the scope of our Clubs’ projects and quests for funding expands to more people, our fundraising goals will become easier to meet – and exceed!

Additionally, Crowdfunding offers not so hidden gems waiting for Clubs that become involved, including:

  • increased exposure on the scope and depth of our involvement in service to our local communities and further afield;
  • a means to accelerate recruitment of new members;
  • greater recognition of Rotary as a dynamic and forward-looking service organization prepared to be involved in an exciting new paradigm for community outreach, engagement and fundraising which is keyto growing membership – especially within communities of younger people.

The Hidden Gem – To Be Revealed

Crowdfunding is not better than traditional fundraising methods. Successful Crowdfunding combines traditional marketing with digital marketing on the internet in an integrated marketing approach committed to communicating the ‘story’ behind a project.

In response to Rotary’s need to build fundraising capacity, halt and reverse the freefall in membership, and based on several years’ research and experience within the industry, a gem of a newsletter – published by our Rotary Community for our Rotary Community – is about to be launched.

Crowdfunding for Rotary” is designed as a guide to the best practices in Crowdfunding and the pathway to the art and process behind running successful fundraising campaigns and – accelerating membership recruitment.

The Crowdfunding for Rotary newsletter will offer subscribers:

  • A means to learn and keep current with opportunities inherent and emerging within the exciting arena of crowdfunding;
  • An insight into how integrated marketing, supported by group mentoring based on best practice, can provide the path to prepare projects for successful crowdfunding campaigns;
  • The opportunity to participate in the emergence of a unique approach to successful crowdfunding: “Going for the 4D Factor.”

To find out more about “Crowdfunding for Rotary and how to subscribe, visit – do drop by!

By: John Chilton, Charter Member and Crowdfunding Director of Alton Centennial Rotary, Alton, New Hampshire, USA.
Email:, Phone: 603-875-1747, Skype: johnc478




postheadericon Health Care Affordability

Heath CarePlease Join the St. Paul Sunrise Rotary for the 9th Annual Community Forum

Health Care Affordability

Learning from History, Moving Forward

Presented in cooperation with Rotary Clubs of Woodbury and St. Paul
  • Thursday, April 24, 2014
  • 7:15-9:15 AM
  • Town and Country Club at Otis/Marshall Avenue, St. Paul, MN


  • Hon. David Durenberger
    U.S. Senator (’78-’95) retired; Chairman, National Institute of Health Policy & Senior Health Policy Fellow, University of St. Thomas
  • Lucinda Jesson
    Commissioner, MN Department of Human Services
  • Sanne Magnan, MD, PhD
    President& CEO, Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement


  • Where did we start?
  • How are we doing?
  • Where are we going?


To address topics of urgent concern to the public. Forums seek peaceful solutions through understanding dissenting views and are grounded in Rotary’s 4-Way Test – seeking the truth, fairness, beneficence to all concerned, and promoting good will and better friendships.


  • $25.00

Registration or Questions:

Visit St. Paul Sunrise’s Rotary website:

Contact Steve Baker: or by phone at: 651-646-7521


postheadericon Does Your District Have An E-Club?

Rotary eClub World WideRotary Club Radio is highly supportive of cutting edge ideas that move Rotary forward. One of the trends in Rotary is something called an eClub. Currently, there are over 60 Rotary eClubs around the world. That is truly amazing, considering eClubs are so new in the Rotary mindset.

What is a eClub?

An eClub is an official Rotary Club chartered within a Rotary District, but it doesn’t have a physical location like a traditional Rotary Club.  Instead, an eClub is open to members from anywhere in the world – as long as the prospective member lives within a Rotary District.

One of Rotary’s newest eClubs being formed is in District 5960.  It is called the “Rotary eClub World Wide of District 5960“.  The leaders of this new eClub hope to have enough prospective members to charter soon. According to Don Craighead, sponsoring Rotarian for District 5960, there are many reasons someone would choose an eClub over a traditional club.

First, an eClub allows you to participate at your convenience. Today’s busy professionals are not always available to attend a meeting at the same time each week and an eClub allows members to attend an online meeting 24/7, 365 days a year.  This format is appealing to younger professionals and retirees.  Second, an eClub may be more affordable than a traditional club. Because eClubs don’t require you to buy a meal at the meeting, the cost savings can be passed onto members.  Third, members who are unable to travel due to handicap or injury are now able to join Rotary and participate in membership from their own home computer.

Rotary International recognizes that business professionals are busy and may travel as part of their business responsibilities. They also realize that many professionals want to be a part of an organization like Rotary, but are unable to commit due to the necessary attendance requirements of a traditional club.  Rotary’s make up policy allows members to attend other clubs to make up for missing their home club.  An eClub member would be able to do that if they choose, but everyone can benefit from the eClubs existence because anyone can do a make up online via an eClub meeting.

According to the Rotary eClub World Wide’s website:

Rotary eClub’s are meant to open the door of Rotary to people who are unable to commit to a traditional Rotary Club that meets at a specific time and location every week.  Joining an eClub allows you to attend the online meeting when it works best for you.  You are also free to join the eClub of your choice, World Wide, as long as you live in a Rotary District around the world.

If you are interested in finding more out about a Rotary eClub or specifically the Rotary eClub World Wide – visit:

Video | How can Rotary stay relevant to its younger members?

postheadericon Peace Through Service by Alex Cirillo, Jr. – Rotary 5960

Rotary 5960 District Conference

Song: Peace Through Service
by: Alex Cirillo, Jr.

While your here, check out Rotary Club Radio!

Video: Peace Through Service

postheadericon Rotary Club Radio Interview with GSE Team from Czech Republic and Slovakia – April 10 at 10am CST

Rotary Club RadioPlease visit: Rotary Club Radio Episode 39 to view the recording of Episode 39 and view the show notes.


postheadericon Rotary Ethics Workshop Expansion Program

Are you interested in ethics and teaching ethics?  Here is very well done example of a workshop on ethics for your enjoyment.

Dr. Jerry Kjergaard interviews Jim Overocker & Lyle Tollefsrud of the Eagan Rotary Ethics Workshop Expansion Program.  Part 2 includes appeances by WHS students Mallory Loge, Megan Rudnick & Willmar Rotarian, Dana Rucker.  Willmar HS

Part 1:

Part 2:

Leave your comments below on your thoughts on ethics! We look forward to hearing from you.

postheadericon Free Social Media Webinar – Social Media: How Rotary Can Harness This Powerful Tool


We had a great webinar with Kerry Rego!

If you missed it, you still have a chance to check it out for free!  No strings attached!

Simply click the link below to watch the replay and you’re all set, so grab some popcorn and clear your distractions from your desk.

I hope you enjoy the content and as always, look forward to connecting with you online.

Click Here for the Free Webinar

Join us for a Webinar on June 28th!

Social Media for RotaryIn this webinar, we will discuss: Social Media and how Rotary can harness this powerful tool.  We will answer the question, “What is Social Media?” and cover the statistics of its use, so you will better understand just how big of an opportunity it is for Rotary Clubs to use it.

We will share simple strategies for Social Media success and show you how Social Media can help you get the word out about Rotary’s goals and programs more effectively.  We will cover best practices for Social Media and talk about what makes Social Media work.

I hope you’re able to attend!

Title:  Social Media: How Rotary Can Harness This Powerful Tool
Date: Thursday, June 28, 2012
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM CDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

Space is limited | Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Speaker: Kerry Rego’s Bio

Kerry RegoKerry Rego is a Social Media & Technology Consultant and Keynote Speaker working with individuals, businesses, government and non-profits. Since 2006, she has been educating, implementing, and training staff on new media tools.

Kerry is the City of Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks Department social media instructor, the lead trainer for California Community College’s Interactive Internet and Mobile Applications for Business program (iima4biz), and a Vistage speaker.

Kerry is currently President of Leadership Santa Rosa Alumni Association, Rotary Club of Santa Rosa West Communications Co-Chair, sits on the City of Santa Rosa Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board, and volunteers as a guest speaker and mentor for Tomorrow’s Leaders Today.

Kerry was born and raised in Santa Rosa, CA with a background in office management, recruiting, and entertainment. She has two A.A.S. degrees, one in Software Applications and one in Computerized Business, was a double major, and salutorian of her class at Heald College of Business. She is the recipient of the North Bay Business Journal’s 2011 “Forty Under 40 Award.” She is married with a sassy 6 year old girl.

Kerry is passionate about inspiring and educating others on how people and technology together can change the world.


Kerry has spoken to groups regarding social media over 125 times in the last three years. Groups including: Santa Rosa City Schools, Sonoma County Office of Education, Sonoma State Executive MBA Program, Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce, Rohnert Park Chamber Women in Business, Young Professionals Network, Go Local Cooperative, Mac Computer Expo 2010, SocialBizWorld, North Bay Growth & Innovation Forum, Northbay Biz’s BIZNOW Conference, National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) Regional Conference, Radio Shows: Call Kira About Aging! (KSRO) The Drive with Steve Jaxon (KSRO) and The Aging Boomers (KSVY) and many more.

Kerry Rego Consulting

You can find out more about Kerry at:

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Space is limited | Reserve your Webinar seat now at:


The webinar, “Social Media: How Rotary Can Harness This Powerful Tool” is presented in collaboration between Rotary Club Radio and the District 5960‘s Public Relations committee.  We have invited a outside Social Media expert and professional speaker, Kerry Rego, to be the presenter at this webinar.  This webinar is completely free!

Even if you cannot attend the webinar, please sign up anyways.  We will be recording the entire session, both audio and video, and making it available online at a later date.  Attendees and those who signed up for the webinar will be notified by email when it is available.

postheadericon Rotary Club Radio welcomes 6 Russian delegates from the Open World Leadership Center

St. Croix Falls, WI – On February 8, 2012, Rotary Club Radio will host 6 Russian delegates for a live interview that will be broadcast over the internet all over the world!

Open World Leadership

About the Open World Leadership Center

The Open World Leadership Center administers the Open World program, one of the most effective U.S. exchange programs for countries of the post-Soviet era.  Begun as a pilot program in 1999 and established as a permanent agency in late 2000, the Center conducts the first and only international exchange agency in the U.S. Legislative Branch and, as such, has enabled more than 17,000 current and future leaders from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan to meaningfully engage and interact with Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and thousands of other Americans, many of whom are the delegates’ direct professional counterparts.

Mission Statement:
To enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and the countries of Eurasia by developing a network of leaders in the region who have gained significant, firsthand exposure to America’s democratic, accountable government and its free-market system.

Open World Website

Rotary International is a Host Organization and active supporter of the Open World Leadership Center.  It is a privilege to have the opportunity to interview the delegates and look forward to finding out more about the program.

Rotary Club Radio Live!

On February 8th, 2012, Rotary Club Radio will broadcast our first ever live show from the St. Croix Falls Library and will have the honor of interviewing 6 delegates from the Open World Leadership Center.  The delegates are being hosted for their 8 day stay in America by the White Bear Lake Rotary Club in White Bear Lake, MN.

Be Part of the Show

Rotary Club Radio invites the members of the St. Croix Falls Rotary Club and other interested person to attend the show.  If you would like to be a part of the audience, please come to the St. Croix Falls Library on February 8th – the show starts at 10 AM. Space is limited, so please RSVP by emailing: kirk(at)

The show will be broadcast live on our website, so you if you prefer, you can watch the program at  If you miss the show, don’t worry – we’ll post the replay.

The Delegates

The delegates are all educators, with an emphasis on Special Education.  During their stay in America, they will experience a wide variety of both cultural and educational learning experiences.  They will arrive in Minneapolis/St. Paul on February 3 and depart on February 11th with a greater understanding of American culture and experiences.

Some of the activities they will take part in are:

  • Minnesota ‘Special’ Ice Hockey Game
  • Super Bowl Party
  • Multiple School Tours
  • College Tour
  • Rotary Clubs
  • Golf day with Disable War Veterans
  • Feed My Starving Children Packing
  • Hiking Interstate Park
  • NHL Hockey Game – MN Wild
  • MN Supreme Court Visit
  • MN State Capitol Tour

Meet the Delegates:

  • Yevgeniya Cherepovskaya – Facilitator
  • Zoya Berdnikova
  • Larisa Falkovskaya
  • Yuliya Vitalyevna
  • Yelena Levina
  • Olesya Romanova

Delegates will speak at the St. Croix Falls Rotary Club

After the live Rotary Club Radio broadcast, the delegates will be escorted over to the St. Croix Falls Rotary Club meeting for a delicious lunch at the Dalles House Restaurant.  They will also be speaking to the club about their experiences in Russia and the United States over the last week.

Due to the number of Members & visitors on February 8th – if you are interested in visiting the club, please email

Watch Live Here @ 10 AM CST – Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

If you didn’t catch the live show, you can watch it here or download the audio on the website or from iTunes!

Thanks for listening to Rotary Club Radio.


postheadericon Rotary clubs worldwide meet US$200 million fundraising challenge

Rotary International has succeeded in meeting the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s US$200 million match in funding for polio eradication, raising more than $202.6 million as of 17 January.

“We’ll celebrate this milestone, but it doesn’t mean that we’ll stop raising money or spreading the word about polio eradication,” Rotary Foundation Trustee John F. Germ told Rotary leaders at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. “We can’t stop until our entire world is certified as polio-free.”

The fundraising milestone was reached in response to $355 million in challenge grants awarded to The Rotary Foundation by the Gates Foundation. All funds have been earmarked to support polio immunization activities in affected countries where the vaccine-preventable disease continues to paralyze children.

“In recognition of Rotary’s great work, and to inspire Rotarians in the future, the [Gates] foundation is committing an additional $50 million to extend our partnership,” said Jeff Raikes, chief executive officer of the Gates Foundation. “Rotary started the global fight against polio, and continues to set the tone for private fundraising, grassroots engagement, and maintaining polio at the top of the agenda with key policymakers.” Raikes also addressed Rotary leaders at the International Assembly.

The new $50 million grant from the Gates Foundation is not a challenge grant.

Since 1988, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99 percent, from about 350,000 cases annually to fewer than 650 cases reported so far for 2011. The wild poliovirus is now endemic in only four countries: Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan. However, India on 13 January marked a full calendar year without a case, paving the way for its removal from the endemic list.

But other countries also remain at risk for polio cases imported from the endemic countries. In Africa in 2011, Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo had significant outbreaks. Also in 2011, a small cluster of polio cases in China, which had been polio-free for a decade, was traced to Pakistan.

Rotary club members not only reached into their own pockets to support the Gates challenge, but also engaged their communities in a variety of creative fundraising projects, such as a fashion show in California that raised $52,000, benefit film screenings in New Zealand and Australia that netted $54,000, and a pledge-supported hike through Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, that brought in $38,000. Many events were planned around 24 October, widely observed as World Polio Day.

To date, Rotarians worldwide have contributed more than $1 billion toward the eradication of polio, a cause Rotary took on in 1985. In 1988, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention joined Rotary as spearheading partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. More recently, the Gates Foundation has become a major supporter. In 2007, the Gates Foundation gave Rotary a $100 million challenge grant for polio eradication, increasing it to $355 million in 2009. Rotary agreed to raise $200 million in matching funds by 30 June 2012.

Reaching children with the oral polio vaccine in the disease’s remaining strongholds is labor- and resource-intensive due to a host of challenges, including poor infrastructure, geographical isolation, armed conflict, and cultural misunderstanding about the eradication campaign.

For more information: Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio

postheadericon 026 Rotary Club Radio – Staff Benda Bilili Update with Philip Bither of the Walker Arts Center

Rotary Club Radio Episode 026

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Featured Segment

On September 22, 2011 at the Walker Art Center in Downtown Minneapolis, a documentary film will be previewed featuring the band Staff Benda Bilili.  The band originates from the Democratic Republic of the Congo – and each band member has a unique story to tell about how Polio has effected them.

Rotary International has been a supporter of this event and film, which promotes so much of what Rotary is known for around the world and they want to encourage you to to attend and promote this important events that focus on Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio.

The documentary Film, “BENDA BILILI!” will be previewed on September 22, 2011 at the Walker Art Center, but it will be released widely around the united states in coming months – so if you missed it, be sure to look for again soon!

Here is a little more about the group:

Staff Benda Bilili, is an up and coming group of rising music stars that will be touring our area. Most of the members of the group are survivors of Polio. This is a major opportunity to to get the word out in your community of the fact that Rotary is dedicated to the eradication of this deadly disease.

Significantly the group is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo where the disease had been eliminated but has now resurfaced in a major way.

Staff Benda Bilili, has a wonderful sound that is truly unique to our Midwestern ears, especially when you understand the messages they are conveying to the listeners. Watch the video below where they are singing about the importance of Polio Vaccinations.


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