District 5580 "Cross Currents" November 2017
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Greetings Rotarians, Rotaractors and family of Rotary:
October has been a very busy month for Ed and me.  We have been happily traveling our District and have now visited 47 of our 66 clubs in the District.  We continue to be excited about everything that each club is doing to make a difference in the world!!!
By Gloria Mink, Executive Secretary
November is a month of appreciation and thankfulness.  I am thankful for people: family, friends, community leaders, Rotarians, and the Rotary Foundation.  The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.  During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.  Read highlights from the past year in Rotary International’s annual report.
Read more for upcoming events and deadlines.
Submitted by Keith Brokke, District Foundation Chair
When asked why I give to The Rotary Foundation, my answer is simply because I’ve been blessed in seeing where the money goes.  My first International experience was in Honduras working on schools (painting refurbishing furniture and re-reroofing).   The work wasn’t the thing I remembered most . . . 
The new Council on Resolutions has begun its voting period, and As Your Counsel Representative I would appreciate hearing from you about any or all 38 Resolutions. You can access them by going to MyRotary and searching for “Council on Resolutions”.
I have until Nov 15 to vote on these Resolutions on your behalf, so I would appreciate your input. I am polling District Exec and Finance Committee Members as well as all Rotarians in the District. I will vote after November 10, so please get me your comments and insights before that date.
PDG Tom Riley
COR Rep. D5580
Rotary International Convention June 23 to 27, 2018
Submitted by Craig Loughery, District Public Image Chair
WHEREAS, the vast majority of people have heard of, or seen signs of, Rotary; and WHEREAS, Most people are unaware of what Rotarians actually do, in their communities and around the world; and WHEREAS this problem, which hinders membership growth and financial capabilities,  is now widely recognized by many members, and the leadership of Rotary; THEREFORE, it is resolved and in action, that District 5580 is actively LEADING THE WAY in supporting individual clubs in promoting their Public Image with financial assistance, where appropriate and feasible.."
3.   This is the closest Convention to us for the next five years.
2.   This is the least expensive Convention to attend for the foreseeable future
1.   This will be the BEST RI Convention ever, eh? 
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D5580 will have a reception at the beginning of the Convention.
Our District Conference in 2018 will be in Thunder Bay hosted by the four Canadian Clubs in our District – Nipigon Rotary, Fort William Rotary, Port Arthur Rotary, and Lakehead Rotary.  The theme for our Conference has been chosen – “Building Bridges…Goodwill & Friendship” – acknowledging Rotary International and the capacity of Rotary, Rotary Clubs and Rotarians around the world to “make a difference” through goodwill and friendship…and the application of human and financial resources when needed.  We will share some news in Cross Currents each month right up to the Conference.  In the last edition we shared the story of the Outlaw Bridge and the evolution of our Conference theme.  This month, we offer a preview of our plans for the all-important “Ice Breaker”... 
District 5580 will again partner with Guatemala District 4250 for building projects.  There will be four teams:
  1. February 22-Mar 4 or 5
  2. February 28-Mar 12
Teams 1 and 2 are invited to District 4250 conference Mar 1-3 in Antigua
  1. March 10-19
  2. March 16-26
If interested email Warren Bender at bttt817@hotmail.com

Submitted by Gary Nolte, Zone 28 End Polio Now Coordinator and Cindy Nolte’s, District Polio Chair


As I was doing some research on polio giving in District 5580, I came across Dr. David Fihn’s original hand-written notes on the initial polio effort beginning in 1985. District 5580 pledged and donated $750,000 between 1985 and 1990. Since that time, District 5580 has consistently..

Submitted by Irene Sottile, Assistant Rotary Coordinator 

Rotary Zone 28 - Districts 5580, 5950, 5960

On September 30th my husband Sante and I drove to Duluth to take part in our District’s One Rotary Summit (ORS).

Why did we go? We wanted to be inspired and get some fresh new ideas to take home back to our Fort William Rotary Club in Thunder Bay.

There is a new Rotary Campaign – we are “People of Action” –that is being rolled out to inspire and connect Rotarians.

There were 40 Rotarians at the ORS – including a super energized Rotaract group! We broke up into small groups and had a chance to meet new members and compare strategies.  Talk about enthusiasm and noise!

Submitted by MacKenzie MacFarlane
District Rotaract Chair
The Twin Ports Rotaract Club is off to a successful start! This year we have changed from the University of Minnesota Duluth Rotaract Club to the Twin Ports Rotaract Club, to allow students across the Twin Ports to be a part of one club. Since September, the Twins Ports Rotaract Club has completed 9 service projects; for 3 of these projects we teamed up with local Rotary clubs. Serving with the local Rotary clubs, helps us form relationships with Rotarians and expand our impact in the community. The Twin Ports Rotaract was recently given the opportunity to attend the One Rotary Summit in Duluth..