District 5580 "Cross Currents" December 2017
Page Stories
Submitted by: Debra Warner, District Governor
Greetings Rotarians, Rotaractors and Family of Rotary,
During the Holiday season, we become more conscious of our family and focus on what we can do to spend quality time with them.  Many clubs will have Holiday parties and invite their family members.  Often, in Rotary, we see our life priorities as family, work and then Rotary.  However, I am recommending that we do all we can as Rotarians to incorporate our family into Rotary activities and not isolate the two from one another.  
Submitted by: Blaine Johnson, District Governor - Elect
For many years I took pride in being the youngest member of my Rotary Club.  At 27 my closest competition was 15 years my senior.  After holding the title for far too long, a young woman appeared at one of our club meetings and sought to join.  As a teacher new to the community she was not aware of the club’s scholarship program, its history of hosting Rotary Youth Exchange Students, or that it sponsored the community’s fine arts banquet; but she knew Rotary.  Her father was a Rotarian.  She grew up with Rotary.  She recounted seeing the Four Way Test displayed on his desk at work for all to see.  The Rotary values of service, integrity, goodwill and peace were instilled within her from a very young age.  Her story is one that I have taken to heart as a parent and as a Rotarian.  If I can pass the same Rotary values on to my own children, I will have made a difference.  More importantly, my children will have benefited and will be inspired to also make a difference in their own communities and the world.   
Submitted by: Tom Dinndorf and Ann Ellis
Tom Dinndorf has been a member of the Baudette Rotary Club for nearly 50 years and is a Paul Harris fellow.  For years his daughter, Ann Ellis, resisted invitations from her dad to join.  As far as she knew, it was a bunch of older businessman that got together for lunch, and she was busy.  

Then six years ago she was invited, along with other community members, to attend a Rotary meeting where Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar would be listening to local concerns.  Her perceptions of Rotary were replaced with a genuine desire to join.  Rotary provides opportunities to learn, to network, and most importantly, to make our world a better place.  

Submitted by: Eric Northard, Interact Chair

This past June and July, 10 members of the Grand Rapids High School community traveled to Sidi Moumen, Morocco on a service learning trip and social awareness trip.  The trip was sponsored by the GRHS Interact Club which promotes global service and learning.  While in Morocco students spent two weeks living with Moroccan families and helping with activities and lessons at the Sidi Moumen Cultural Center.  It was an amazing trip filled with incredible learning and opportunities and the trip has had a huge impact both on the GRHS participants and on the Moroccans who hosted them.  GRHS participants were students Lucas Berard, Liliana Cannella, Jordin McCartney, Preston McNamar, Mohammed Siddiqui, Nicole Sorenson, and Seth Washburn, and teachers Jinnea LaRoque, Eric Northard, and  Nancy Northard 

Submitted by: Gloria Mink, Executive Secretary 
As my family and I prepare for a season of celebrations together I reflect on how truly blessed we are.  We have each other.  We have a warm home, food, clothing, and, most importantly; we have good health and access to quality healthcare. 
December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month.  Learn how Rotary is fighting disease at https://www.rotary.org/en/our-causes/fighting-disease.  Even cheap cellphones in the hands of health workers is an important tool in the effort to eradicate several diseases. “Traditional paper reporting was misleading our program,” says Boniface Igomu, program coordinator of Rotary’s Nigeria PolioPlus Committee. https://www.rotary.org/en/cellphones-help-disease-eradication 
Don't miss the upcoming deadlines and mark your calendars for some exciting future events.
Submitted by: Rick Bricker, District Governor - Nominee 
Greetings everyone.  I am a little overdue at introducing myself and I apologize for that.  It has been on my to do list for a while.  My name is Richard Bricker, but I go by Rick.  I have been your District Governor - Nominee since July 1, 2017.  I am a member of the Brainerd Noon Rotary Club and have been for 30 plus years.  In that time I have served on many committees and I am a past President of my club.  Currently I am on the District Grants Committee, chair the Vocational Training  Team committee as well as your D.G.N.  My biggest Rotary passion is International Service and I have been to Haiti a number of times.
Submitted by: Herb Schmidt, PDG 2016-2017 
International Service Chair
Besides December being a month of giving, the Rotary monthly theme is  Disease Treatment and Prevention.

One of the best ways to address and support this month’s Rotary theme is to train and encourage international students in the public health field, especially those who will take the knowledge and expertise gained back to their native communities and/or countries.
Submitted by: Clint Kuschak 
Our District Conference in 2018 will host many opportunities to “build bridges of goodwill and friendship”.  Our speakers are at the heart of the Conference.  They have much to share about building bridges of understanding peace and we are honoured to welcome them.  
Submitted by: Marge McPeak, Literacy Chair
The importance of all types of Literacy is very apparent in today’s world.  Beginning with young children Early Childhood Literacy is critical.  Years ago the Storytime programs were fairly basic: instill in the children a love of books, reading and sounds in stories.  Now Storytime programs are evolving to include math skills, recognition of shapes and spaces, vocabulary words, etc. while still being a time during which children learn to love books and reading.
Submitted by: Thomas Riley
District 5580 is pleased to announce that Christian Harris of Fargo has been awarded a Peace Fellowship from the Rotary Foundation to study Peace and Conflict Resolution at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, from January through March of 2018.
Mr. Harris is the Executive Director of The New American Consortium for Wellness and Empowerment, a not-for-profit that advocates for Refugees and New American Immigrants in Cass and Clay Counties of North Dakota and Minnesota.
Mr. Harris, originally from Liberia, has lived in Minnesota and North Dakota for 14 years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from AME Zion University in Monrovia, and dual Masters degrees in Non-Profit Management and Business from Hamline University in St. Paul.
Submitted by: Scott Soderberg, Communications Chair
After the Duluth Rotary One Summit, I was enthused about the great ideas that were presented and bubbled up as a result of the discussions!  Of course, I couldn’t wait to apply as many as possible then this shiny red car went by, it sounded great, looked fast and wow, I could see…
Submitted by: Gordon Przybylski
The Perham Rotary Club is undoubtedly like many Rotary Clubs in that it provides "Service Above Self" to a number of local and international causes.  One project that goes beyond service are the four annual blood drives that are held in partnership with the Red Cross.  Knowing that blood is in high demand and that every 2 seconds someone in this country needs blood, the Perham Rotary Club with a membership of about 60 men and women, conducts 2 blood drives in the spring and 2 in the fall.  The fall drives held this past October 16 and 17 was especially important due to the hurricanes that impacted thousands of lives in the United States and Puerto Rico.  
Submitted by:Gary Nolte, PDG 98-99
Paul Harris Society Chair
You’ve just completed your first Paul Harris Fellow now what?  First understand how the Foundation works.  The money is invested for three years and the earnings pay for the administration, then money is available for projects.  Half of the money raised comes back to the districts the other half is available thru the World fund for major projects, but you’ve heard all of that.  What next?  
Submitted by: Lu Ann Hurd-Lof, Park Rapids Rotary Club
Rotarians David Andersen, Ed Ranson and Irene Weis recently boxed more than 35 band instruments for shipment to Ecuador.
A year ago, Andersen and Ranson traveled to the South American country to learn more about a music conservatory in Esmeraldas brought to the Park Rapids Rotary’s attention when the club hosted Fernando Checa on a Rotary Youth Exchange stay in 2015-16. The youth’s grandfather is a long-time member and past president of the Esmeraldas Rotary Club and had suggested the connection.
Submitted by: Ron Hanson, Cloquet Rotary Club
"Rotary Moments" are shared at the Cloquet Rotary Club each week and have a positive impact on Club involvement and membership.  Whenever possible I relate the video to a seasonal theme, area topics or even guest speaker subject matter.  I have found a number (and some of the very best) of videos within districts and clubs from around the world that have put a concerted effort in creating these for their own use.  Here are the videos we have shown this year.
Submitted by: Don Cavalier, Membership Chair
New Organizational Membership Committee Structure!
In the new revision of our 2017-18 Membership Strategic Plan we (David Smette, Branden Robinson, and myself decided to try an experiment within the District to improve communication between the District and the District’s Rotary Clubs) by doing the following: 
Submitted by: Warren Bender, Assistant Governor - Area 15
Rotarians from across District 5580 will partner with District 4250 of Guatemala to realize 3 projects this late February thru late March 2018 in Monterrico area of Guatemala on the Pacific.  Open the link provided to read more.  Warren Bender bttt817@hotmail.com or call 2185904464.
Submitted by: Karl Everett, Harbortown Rotary
Dates: Two Options:
March 9th - 18th, 2018 (+/- depending on side trips)
June 8th - 17th, 2018 (+/- depending on side trips)

Come join us on an adventure visiting our Rotary International Projects in Bolivia.  We are planning to travel to Bolivia and visit water reservoir projects, road construction projects, and medical clinics near Sucre and Cochabamba Bolivia; and view future project opportunities with our Bolivian partner Mano a Mano International.  We have had great success assisting the communities with medical care and water resources in the past with our Rotary projects and have received wonderful receptions from the Bolivian people.  Experience the people, culture and the Cordillera Real Mountains with potential site trips including Machu Picchu, Uyuni salt flats, Potosi Cerro Rico mine, Cretaceous park in Sucre, Santa Cruz and other historic, religious and cultural sites.