Archive for the ‘District 5960’ Category

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 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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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 In Memory of DGN John Deir

John DeirIn Memory of Rotarian John Deir, DGN 2013 – 2014 (Rotary District 5960)
Member of the Lake Elmo Rotary Club

It is with a heavy heart that Rotary District 5960 confirms the death of Rtn. John Deir of the Lake Elmo Rotary Club.  John was slated to be the District Governor in 2013 – 2014.

John recently retired from a thirty-seven year career in education.  The first twelve years were spent as a Social Studies teacher in Marshall, Minnesota.  He then moved into the position of assistant principal at Marshall High School.

After a two year stop as the Marshall Middle School principal, he moved to Litchfield, Minnesota and assumed the principal’s position at Litchfield High School.  In 1992, John moved to the Cities and became the principal at Fridley High School where he remained until he retired in 2003.

John DeirIn 1986, he was invited to become a member of the Litchfield Rotary Club.  He was elected president of that club in 1992 but resigned when he went to Fridley that year.  He was Fridley-Columbia Heights Rotary Club president in the year of Rotary’s 100th celebration from 2004-2005.

Upon his first retirement, he became a realtor with Coldwell Banker Burnet in Fridley for two years.  In 2005, he was asked to serve as the interim principal in Mahtomedi and remained in that position for four years, retiring again in 2009.   During this time, John and his wife, Sandy Nicholson, moved to Stillwater and he joined the new Rotary club in Lake Elmo.  He served as their president in 2008-2009.  John has served as an Assistant Governor for Area 11 and as the Future Vision Pilot trainer.

John joined Rotary in 1986 because the high school principal was the designated Rotarian from the school administration.  While a member, he discovered that Rotary embodied programs that reflected his value system.  Helping those less fortunate.  Working for peace.  Providing opportunities for a better and healthier life.  And the idea of service above self hit a nerve.  Over time he had come to a full stride as a Rotarian and was eager to serve Rotary in a different capacity as governor of District 5960.

John lived in Stillwater with his wife Sandy.  Both he and Sandy enjoyed traveling.  John was an avid reader of non-fiction.  As a history major, he enjoyed history and politics as well as dabbling in fiction and other fields from time to time.   John and Sandy have two children.  Tim lives in Texas and has two children.  Anna Nicholson lives in the Twin Cities area.

Rotary District 5960 and all of its Rotary Clubs send our condolences to John’s wife, Sandy, and their kids.  He was a great Rotarian and will be missed by all who knew him.

Here is a Rotary commercial John taped at a District event in 2011:

For additional questions or comments, please contact:

Jingle Mahan

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 Don’t Miss Staff Benda Bilili Documentary Film

For Immediate Release

District Governors Judy Freund (5960) and Chuck Berg (5950) invites all Rotarians from both districts to consider attending and promoting an important events that focus on Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio.

A documentary Film, “BENDA BILILI!” will be playing on September 22, 2011  (Download Press Release: Rotary International – Staff Benda Bilili)

NOTE: The LIVE Performance by Staff Benda Bilili – scheduled on September 27, 2011 was CANCELLED.

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.

Like all the finest African bands, Staff Benda Bilili’s swirling complexity removes the option to do anything but dance … Havana cantina, Kinshasa slum, psychedelic club, or London arts centre—this crack outfit would tear the roof off anywhere.”— Independent



postheadericon 025 Rotary Club Radio – Students Today Leaders Forever with Bill Breon

Rotary Club Radio Episode 025

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Rotary Minute

What is Rotary?

This is a question that we all here from time to time, as we share with others more about the organization that we invest our time, talents, and money into each week.  Would you know how you’d answer the question – “What is Rotary?”

District Fall Training

On September 17th, Rotarians in District 5960 will be given the opportunity to learn how to answer the question, “What is Rotary?” during the Fall Training that is taking place in Hudson Wisconsin.

The Fall Training is an interactive, informative and practical opportunity for Club Presidents, Presidents-Elect, Membership Chairs, Foundation Directors, Grants Subcommittee Chairs, Public Relations Chairs, as well as any Rotarian to learn how to excel at their current and future role in Rotary.

There will be speakers, presentations and break-out sessions focused on membership, public relations, scholarships, and other Foundation programs.

The day will also provide an introduction to the district’s “200 Videos in 200 Days” project.  You can get a chance to be help plan, produce and possibly star in your very own video. This will be a hands-on, interactive day of learning and doing.

There is no charge for event and it comes with a free lunch.  Please go to to find out more.

See the Press Release for this event by Rotary Club Radio too.

Rotary Club Radio Host Update

On August 19, 2011 at 5:11am – my wife, Shara, and I welcomed Sawyer Wayne into the world.  Weighing in at 8lbs. 8oz., Sawyer joined his big brother Cade and sisters Ella and Addie.  We’re very lucky to have a photographer in the family, who came to the hospital to take some newborn photos of our little guy.

I appreciate all the well wishes, prayers and support from the Rotary Club Radio community!  Yes, mom and baby are doing great!

Featured Segment

I interview Bill Breon with Students Today Leaders Forever, an independent non-profit organization.  Bill is a member of the Twin Cities Rotaract.  He is the Professional Development Chair for that club.

Students Today Leaders Forever started in 2003 by a group of University of Minnesota students with a desire to server others.  It is currently in 13 states and has worked with over 3,300 students.  Students Today Leaders Forever provides opportunities to server through Community Service Road Trips for young people.

Each Road Trip take 30-40 students to various locations to perform service activities and teach leadership skills and responsibilities.   The trip length depends on the age group (see below).

Middle School – 3 day trip
High School – 5 day trip
College Age – 9 day trip

Students pay a portion of their own way, but the majority of the funds are raised through individual and corporate donors and grants.  Students and staff will stay in the communities they server at facilities like churches, YMCA, Salvation Army, or Hotels.  Services include, but are not limited to environmental clean up projects, visiting nursing homes, cleaning up youth/community centers, and habitat for Humanity projects.

Students Today Leaders Forever has partnered with Rotary Clubs in several states to bring students to help with Club Projects in local communities.  This is a unique opportunities for Rotary Clubs like yours to connect with an organization willing to provide students willing to server in your community at no cost to the club.  I highly recommend you take advantage of this opportunity.


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postheadericon Join Rotary Club Radio at the District 5960 2011 Fall Training

Rotary Club Radio is pleased to be attending the Rotary District 5960 – 2011 Fall Training on September 17, 2011.

The event will be held  at the YMCA Camp St. Croix, 532 County Rd F, Hudson, WI from 9:00 am – 2:45 pm.  The training focus will be for Membership, Public Relations & The Rotary Foundation. (Registration is required by September 7)

The Fall Training is an interactive, informative and practical opportunity for Club Presidents, Presidents-Elect, Membership Chairs, Foundation Directors, Grants Subcommittee Chairs, and Public Relations Chairs to learn how to excel at their current role in Rotary.

There will be speakers, presentations and break-out sessions focused on membership, public relations, scholarships, and other Foundation programs.

The day will also provide an introduction to our “200 Videos in 200 Days” project.  You can get a chance to be help plan, produce and possibly star in your very own video. This will be a hands-on, interactive day of learning and doing.  To work on this part, bring along a video camera or a smart phone!

All District 5960 Rotarians welcome at no charge for registration and luncheon!

  • Where: YMCA Camp St. Croix, 532 County Rd F, Hudson, WI
  • When: Saturday, September 17, 2011 – 8:00 a.m. – registration and a light breakfast
    9:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. –  sessions (including lunch) NO FEE
  • Registration:      All Rotarians must register by September 7
    To register, go here: Registration Page

There is no charge for registration and luncheon.  The cost is already included in your club’s training fee. 

Please contact Gorden Hedahl or Sue Tindell if you have any questions.  You can also contact Jingle Mahan, or call her at (651)636-9054 or (800)636-9054.

postheadericon Announcement for Rotary Friendship Exchange to Turkey between Districts 5960 and 2430

Rotary Friendship Exchange

Our District 5960’s ‘Rotary Friendship Exchange’ (RFE) Planning Team is excited to announce an Friendship Exchange opportunity with District 2430 in Turkey.  We will be accepting applications for the Outbound Team starting Sept. 1st – deadline for applications is Oct. 31st, 2012.

Application and information regarding this exchange can be found on the District Friendship Exchange website.

Dates for the outbound and inbound trips are scheduled for:

  • Outbound Team –  May 24th – June 3rd, 2012
  • Inbound Team – June 20th – June 30th , 2012

The Rotary Friendship Exchange committee is also looking for 3 clubs to host our Inbound guests when they arrive next June.  Guests would stay for 3-4 days at each club location and there will be a team of 8 participants per team.

If your club would like to become a part of this exciting program and learn more about the Turkey Culture and make friends during the hosting process or the “traveling to Turkey” process, please contact Lonna Lysne – RFE Chair @  or 507-451-1153.

For more information on Rotary Friend Ship Exchange, please visit: Rotary’s Friendship Exchange website