District 5580 "Cross Currents" January 2018
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Submitted by: Debra Warner, District Governor 2017-2018
Ed and I can’t believe that this year is over halfway completed; we will always remember this journey as one of the best experiences in our lives.  Again, we want to thank everyone for their kind reception and for sharing the beauty of how their clubs are Making a Difference in their communities and the world!  
I decided to join our Rotary International President Ian Riseley’s challenge to have every Rotarian plant a tree during this Rotary year.  He states, “The greater result will be a Rotary that recognizes our responsibility not only to the people on the planet but to the planet itself.” We brought a seedling to each of the 66 clubs in our District and every club joined in the challenge.  Pictured here is Paula Vistad Club President from the Rotary Club of Devil’s Lake which was the last club to accept the challenge.  Thank you to all clubs and please send pictures to put in the newsletter when you have planted them in the spring!

Ian H.S. Riseley, President 2017-18

January 2018

In Rotary, our diversity is our strength. This idea dates back to the earliest years of our organization, when the classification system was first proposed. The idea behind it was simple: that a club with members who had a wide variety of backgrounds and abilities would be capable of better service than one without.
In the years since, the idea of diversity in Rotary has come to be defined more broadly. We have discovered that a club that truly represents its community is far better able to serve that community effectively. Looking ahead, it is clear how essential diversity will remain in Rotary: not only to strong service today, but to a strong organization in the future.
Letter from Blaine Johnson, District Governor Elect
Dear Rotarians of District 5580,
The Rotary clubs in our district have many outstanding past presidents making a difference in their clubs and communities. Serving as District Governor is an opportunity for these committed Rotarians to bring the same leadership, skills and vision to District 5580. Now is the time for your club to nominate an outstanding Past President for District Governor 2020-21.  Your club’s nomination is due no later than January 19, 2018.
Submitted by: Debra Warner, District Governor 2017-2018
Rotary International’s theme for January is Vocational Service.  What a fine time to focus on Mary Cavalier who was our district’s Distinguished Rotarian in Vocational Service for 2016-2017.  She is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Crookston, served on their board for several years and has worked on all projects that the club does for the community.  She traveled and supported her husband Don during his term as District Governor in 2012-2013 and I know having traveled for the past 6 months as District Governor just how I appreciate my husband Ed’s support.  She retired after teaching elementary school for 35 years and then was a substitute teacher for another 11 years.  During her teaching career, she was the President of the local teacher’s union and was also named the Teacher of the Year for Crookston.  After reading what Mary does in her community, you will see why she was the recipient of this award.  The first concept of Vocational Service is to “encourage and foster” high ethical standards in our business and professional life which Mary has practiced in all that she has done in her life.
Submitted by: Gloria Mink, Executive Secretary 
2017 was a busy year for my family and I as I transitioned into the new role of your District Executive Secretary - busy and exciting!  I have enjoyed meeting everyone on the District Leadership Team and look forward to a fantastic 2018!    
District 5580 Conference will be held APRIL 26 - 28, 2018 at VALHALLA INN, THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO.  Registration will be available on our website, http://rotary5580.org/, in mid-January.  In the mean-time you can learn more about our speakers, who were featured in the December issue of Cross Currents, by following this link, http://rotary5580.org/Stories/2018-district-5580-conference-1.  We look forward to welcoming them!  
In Ian Risely’s January Message he states, “To ensure a strong and capable Rotary leadership tomorrow, we need to bring in young and capable members today.”  This message inspired me to use this time to share a few words of encouragement with you today regarding Club Websites.   
Submitted by: Marjorie McPeak, Literacy Chair
There are many efforts and activities which promote Literacy and Reading, one of which is not as obvious.  That is the Bookmobiles which at one time were in service in many more parts of our country than currently, but because of issues such as budgets and staffing,  are now fewer in number.

Bookmobiles are still in use in several Minnesota Library Systems, but the largest fleet of “mobile libraries” is in the state of Kentucky where 75 counties  have various sized  and equipped vehicles on the road regularly.
Since 1988, we’ve seen a worldwide reduction in polio cases of 99.9%. Last year we only saw wild polio cases in three countries.

Polio this week as of 03 January 2018

I’d like to inform D5580 clubs that we have thousands of District 5580 “points” that we’d be willing to share with clubs when they do their annual Foundation fund drives.  Your club could use these points to match Rotarian contributions during a given month (as selected by each club in D5580).  If interested, please contact Rotarian.Keith@gmail.com
Check out this fun video from the Fargo-Moorhead AM Rotary Club - 2017!  
Does your club celebrate together?  Do you have photos from your exciting events?  Do you share press releases of your events?  I know your club is actively participating in Rotary: making a difference and we want to hear from you and share your stories!  We rely on stories from you to make our newsletter interesting and exciting.  
Articles and photos for the District Newsletter can be sent to Executive Secretary, Gloria Mink, at gloriad5580@outlook.com