Jaime-November 18

International grant approved!

The Rotary Club of Rogers submitted its first-ever international grant to the District 5950 Grants Committee…and the application was approved on August 20! The collective funds and matching district support will provide personal protective equipment (PPEs) and ten educational iPads for a rural Nicaragua village. 

Along with Rogers’ seed money, other participating Rotary clubs include Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove, Minneapolis University and Minnetonka. The Host (Nicaragua) Club will be the Rotary Club of Jinotepe.

Jaime-November 18

Rotarians send supplies to Iowa

On August 10th, widespread, destructive, straight-line winds blew across central Iowa, destroying outbuildings, barns, grain bins, homes, mobile homes, apartment buildings, trees and power poles in parts of Benton, Linn, Jones, Cedar and Clinton Counties. The Cedar Rapids area was particularly hard hit. As #PeopleOfAction, District 5950 Rotarians will do what we can to help our neighbors to the south.

The Rotary Club of Linn County has set up a donation site for monetary contributions:   https://rotarylc.square.site/The Rotary Club of Linn County is also collecting items that are needed in the community, everything from toiletries to chain saw oil. For a delivery address, please contact Michelle Bell at (319) 431-2755. Needed items are:

o Drinking water

o Chain saw oil

o Two-cycle oil

o Chainsaw chains

o Diapers

o Baby wipes

o Formula

o Peanut butter

o Shelf stable food

o Tarps

o Coolers

o Flashlights

o Extension cords

o Toiletries

o Large trash bags

o Paper towels

o Batteries

o Feminine products.  

There is a specific interest in roofers and tree removal experts that are willing to travel to the area. There is both volunteer and paid work available. Currently, tree removal companies are quoting 90-120 days for removals. If you have connections to any roofing companies or tree removal companies, your help would be greatly needed!

Any help is appreciated. Our Rotary family in Iowa needs support.
Yours in Rotary Service,
District Governor Tom Gump

Jaime-November 18

Rotarian magazine features 5950’s cutting-edge clubs

One of the ways Rotary continues to grow is by adapting and creating cause-based clubs that unite people around a common purpose — whether it’s the environment, veterans issues or human trafficking. Rotary District 5950 Governor Tom Gump is at the forefront of this movement, helping to expand the reach of Rotary and to inspire action that improves community.

The August 2020 edition of The Rotarian magazine prominently features the word that District 5950 has done to create this community through case-based clubs. These clubs are able to bring new members in by harnessing people’s passions, allowing new members to join a club that suits their personal interests. They also provide an outlet for people with specific interests to actively serve their communities. By bringing people together with a passion for a cause, District 5950 is able to create partnerships that provide value both to members and their outside communities.

Jaime-November 18

New Rotary year installs Ashfeld as president

Cheri Ashfeld will serve as the 2020-21 Rogers Rotary Club president. She has been involved with the club since its inception, writing the club newsletter since Fall 2005.

In her career, Ashfeld held communications positions at the MN Department of Human Services and Children’s Hospital-St. Paul. She uses these same skills in volunteer roles with Rotary District 5950, the Rogers club and her church.

For information about what Rotary is, how to visit a Rogers meeting, and how to join — email Cheri.