A Person of Action, a Champion of Peace
  Peace. On the surface it seems like such a simple concept. But if you ask Ann Frisch, you’ll quickly learn that there is a lot more to peace than meets the eye. A peace activist since the age of 16, the White Bear Lake is being honored as a Rotary "Champion of Peace” on Nov. 10-11 at Rotary Day at the
United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
   Frisch is just one of six people in the world who is being honored in Geneva for actively working to build peace in our world
  Frisch is speciSically being honored for her efforts in unarmed civilian peacekeeping worldwide. She is the lone recipient of the award from the United States. Frisch, a United Nations delegate to Geneva, co-wrote the First manual on unarmed civilian protection, which was endorsed by the UN. Her training in a civilian-based peace process is administered by the United Nations Institute for Training and
Research, the department that trains all UN personnel.
   As a young girl, Frisch’s parents Silled the home with spirited and meaningful conversations about politics and public affairs, she said.
  “I was well briefed and immersed in political life,” Frisch said. “My parents were comfortable being in the opposition.” Frisch’s mother was a great follower of Gandhi, and that rubbed off on her daughter. Frisch followed Gandhi in college and became an advocate for world peace. She would become
a professor at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh where she taught human services courses and a graduate course in global education.
  She says through her work in the classroom, she learned about war and peace “from the inside out.”
Frisch retired early from her job at UW-Oskosh. “I was looking for a new career, but did not know what it would be,” she said.
  She got involved with an organization called the Nonviolent Peaceforce, unarmed, paid civilian protection force that fosters dialogue among parties in conSlict and provides a protective presence for threatened civilians. The organization is based in France, and has an ofSice in
Minneapolis. Frisch initially was placed as a member of the organization’s fundraising team. In 2007 she went on a mission to Guatemala where she worked as a peacekeeper working to
investigate human rights violations.
  She was soon working with Nonviolent Peaceforce cofounder Mel Duncan, who currently serves as the organization’s director of advocacy and outreach. “That’s when I began doing advocacy work,” Frisch said.
  Frisch said she was a Rotary member when she was a professor at UW-Oshkosh, but had left the organization.
  “In 2012 I attended a meeting of the St. Paul Rotary Club and realized I had to rejoin the organization,” she said. That led to her working to spread the word of nonviolent
conSlict resolution at Rotary International conventions and giving presentations on peace. In 2015 she became a board member of the Rotarian Action Group for Peace. She is also a member of Rotary’s Peace Education Committee. Most of Frisch’s work is presenting at Rotary events, but she also
helps individual Rotary clubs in doing prep work for grant applications on peace, she said. 
  She says her mission, as well as the boards and committees on which she works is to provide Rotary with the means to work in areas of conflict
  My most satisfying work as a Rotarian is working with Rotary’s partners to extend work into area of conflict without having people at risk,” she said. She collaborated with Rotary members in Thailand to
establish the Southern Thailand Peace Process training program in 2015 in Bankok, Hat Yai, and Pattani in southern Thailand. The group brought together electrical and rrigation authorities, Red Cross staff, a Buddhist monk, and a Catholic nun to this border region to train civilians to build
so-called safe zones. These are areas in which families, teachers, and local ofSicials do not have to confront military force every day.
 Frisch was nominated for the “People of Action: Champion of Peace” award by Past District 5960 District Governor Karel Weigel and Kyle Haugen, the 2017-18 District Governor. 
  Her nomination letter states: Ann Frisch, from her first week as a District 5960 Rotarian, has brought the United Nations endorsed practice of Unarmed Civilian Protection  to every level of Rotary. Nonviolent Peaceforce, since its inception in 2002, has put forth on the world stage unarmed civilians
from around the world protecting and assisting civilians who find themselves in violent conflict. Ann was an early Unarmed Civilian Protector in Guatemala, and upon returning
to the US she became a Senior Adviser to Nonviolent Peaceforce. In that capacity, she began to do peace education around the world. She has presented at three of the past five Rotary International Conventions about the effectiveness of Unarmed Civilian Protection, and has spoken around the
world to Rotary Clubs. Her signature project has been the leadership of a global grant dealing with a Civilian Based Peace Process in Southern Thailand, which is still ongoing.
   Being selected for the honor took Frisch by surprise. “I was quite astonished,” she
said. “I know a lot of people have worked for peace for a long time.”
“Receiving recognition for my work with the Nonviolent Peaceforce never occurred to
me,” she added. Frisch is proud that her work has resulted in new relationships, has resulted in
new presentations on peace and peaceful conflict resolution and has resulted in some
opportunities for Nonviolent PeaceForce to resolve conflict in areas of concern.
 
Peace as a Rotary Focus Jeff Hage, /Princeton Rotary Club 2017-11-07 06:00:00Z 0
 
        November 10, 2017 Meeting 
    Of the things WE Think, Say and DO:
     1. Is it the truth? 2.  Will it build better friendships? 3. is it Fair to all Concerned?  4.  Is it beneficial to all concerned?
    
(Editors Note)  We received two responses from last weeks story on the FOUR WAY TEST. 
   From Corina:  "The video was interesting to me as this is the first time to be involved in such a great effort. - One way in Romania would be to invite guest to local meetings to find more of what Rotary stands for. - Have a city hall forum as here in Romania, ethics needs to be promoted in any and all ways. - It seems to me, that in my work in the Public Administration area, that even simple examples set by me promote the four way test of Rotary.."
   From Philip:  ""Three ways to promote Rotary Ethics here in Romania. As Rotary is a relatively new area in Romania and it is our privilege to be a part of this E-Club...here are some or our ideas to promote Rotary Ethics outside the Club and into the Romanian population: 1. Hold educational discussion on what Rotary is at the Junior and High School level; thus putting the seed of Rotary in all minds. 2. In Romania, there are many contest for the best in Math, Science, Computer Science...etc...to put Rotary in the front of all by providing a scholarship to move to the next level of Competition and teaching each and every participant the principals involved in competition...not just to win, but how you win. 3. By publicly displaying that we are Rotarian in our everyday business activities.  
 
  Rotary has Six areas of Focus.  They include Peace and Conflict Resolution, Economic Development, Maternal and Child Health,
Basic Education and Literacy, Disease Prevention and  water and sanitation,  This week we will focus on PEACE and Conflict resolution.
 
  This week the United Nations honors six people who have done exceptional work in the world in the area of PEACE.  You will find a story below about Ann Frisch, the only US citizen to receive this award.  To find the other honorees, Click HERE.
  
Focusing on Rotary;'s Peace Efforts in the World 2017-11-07 06:00:00Z 0
  Rotarians across the world are working to improve the lifes of many people   
Here is a story of a Rotary club in Illinois.  Click Here 
The Art of a Garden 2017-11-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kirk Anderson on Nov 03, 2017
Welcome to the Rotary eClub of District 5960!
 
Elevating the Rotary Four Way Test to the Community Level
 
Rotary District 5960 emphasizes using the Four Way Test to promote ethics in business and in life. Watch this 19 minute video to see how ethics are being promoted around the district.
 
Watch this video and leave feed back on what you can do to promote ethics in our club.
In the contact form, please provide 3 ideas you have for creating promoting ethics in Rotary. You can only accomplish so much, but together, we can accomplish a lot.
Building Your Rotary Club by Elevating the 4 Way Test 🎈 Kirk Anderson 2017-11-03 05:00:00Z 0
 October is Vocational Service Month in Rotary.
  When we were kids, we were often faced with the questions: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  Do you remember what you thought you would become as a five, six, or even 20 year old?
 Our teachers, parents and others would ask the question, or make suggestions based on personal qualities or attributes we exhibited as a child.  So when people ask you: What is YOUR vocation? What is your response?  Rotary has bantered the term around since its beginning. In fact Paul Harris started Rotary to create a network of various vocations that supported each other and the community. 
 If you research the word Vocation, it really means "a Calling" a strong desire to spend you life doing a certain kind of work or occupation. Your vocation might not be the current job you hold.  It might be something more. To speak about vocation is to speak about a strong sense of "passion" or " creative energy"  that fills your life with fulfillment and satisfaction.  
    Let's look at your vocation.  Are you a person who stands/sits on the sidelines and watches-  eating hot dogs or drinking beer? or Do you play the game,-participating, contributing and using your creativity and energy to create change and make things happen?  What talents do you have?  How do you share those with others.  That is what Rotary has offered to us.  It gives us a platform to share our passion, creativity, energy, by serving others through our vocation.  Using our skills to make the world a better place.  
   Someone who has a gift and expert knowledge of fixing things may help build beds for orphanages, or someone who likes to cook, may find cooking meals for homeless shelters. This is an example of using their vocation to change the world through Rotary.  If you know a lot about financing, Rotary may offer you the opportunity to work with a third world country doing micro financing, or work on helping communities raise money and create budgets to achieve goals.  Your unique gifts are needed in doing Rotary work.  Through the projects you share as a club-these talents/ gifts will be given the platform/venue to be expressed.  
   Learn more about vocational service and how to get involved by watching this power point and reviewing the resources at the end of the presentation.  Click Here.
  Ultimately, whatever your vocation or true calling is, Rotary can help you grow and develop as a person, and reach your full potential. And that is something we would all like to accomplish, isn’t it?
  
 
 
October is Vocational Service Month Marlene Gargulak, PDG 2017-10-20 05:00:00Z 0

The new and improved Rotary Club Central is here. It's now faster, easier to navigate, and presents past and current club data in a more accessible way. Additional features include:

  • Inputting Rotary Foundation goals in local currency
  • Easy-to-read charts and graphs make it easy to set goals and plan for the future
  • A simpler way to track service activities and volunteer hours.

Plus, you can plan and track membership initiatives, service activities, and Foundation giving, as well as complete Rotary Citation goals.

Rotary Club Central is also a great tool for succession planning. As club leadership changes, having a historical record of goals and achievements can make the transition between leaders seamless.

To learn more, watch The Improved Rotary Club Central video. If you need assistance navigating the new platform, go to the Rotary Learning Center and search for Rotary Club Central to access any of the several guides.

Check out the new Rotary Club Central today.

What's New In Rotary Club Central 2017-08-10 05:00:00Z 0

2017-2018 One Rotary Summit (ORS) Training

Gain additional leadership skills.  Discover ideas to share with your Rotary Club.  Prepare to take action. 

What?    District 5960 One Rotary Summit (ORS)
When?   September 28, October 3, October 7
Where?  Roseville, Rochester, Faribault
 
Return to your club with tools and ways to implement the "People of Action" public image campaign and this year's theme, "Rotary: Making a Difference" while gaining a better understanding of how membership, public image, humanitarian service, and supporting your Rotary Foundation work together.
 
Snacks and beverages will be provided.  Click here to register (https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50121/Page/one-rotary-summit-2017) now!
 
 
One Rotary Summit 2017-08-10 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary eClub of District 5960Thank you for your interest in the Rotary eClub of District 5960. Members, please take a moment to consume this weeks meeting and fill out the attendance form below to log your attendance.

If you are visiting our club and would like to do a “make-up,” please choose a program to consume, then fill out the attendance form and request a make up for your participation.

If you’re requesting a make up, we appreciate your donation ($15 suggested donation) to our club, to help off-set our operating costs.

Once we confirm your activities, we will send you a make up by email that you can give to your club secretary or treasurer.

Welcome to Rotary eClub of District 5960 2017-05-05 05:00:00Z 0
In case you missed it, here is the replay from tonight’s Rotary eClub of District 5960’s meeting. It was a great meeting! Please leave us your feedback! If you’d like more information about membership, visit: http://RotaryeClub5960.org
 
 

Consider a small donation when requesting a make up. This will help us in off-setting the costs of chartering our club.

 
Rotary eClub of 5960 Organizational Meeting – 10/10/16 2016-10-11 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome to the Rotary eClub of District 5960!

Rotary supports many different areas of focus, which tend to work together well. We focus on supporting education, providing clean water, promoting peace, saving mothers and children, growing local economies, and fighting disease.

Polio was one of the most dreaded childhood diseases of the 20th century in the United States. Periodic epidemics had occurred since the late 19th century, but they had increased in size and frequency in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. An average of over 35,000 cases were reported during this time period.

In 1955, 13,850 cases of paralytic polio were reported in the United States. Twenty-year-old Marilyn Lang of Shakopee was one of those cases. The following is an interview with Marilyn by Tom Melchior, as part of the Scott County Historical Society’s Greatest Generation project (Read by Kathy Haubrich – daughter).

Kathy in the Rotary Club Radio Studio

In this episode of Rotary Club Radio, I interview Kathy Haubrich, the daughter of a Polio Survivor named Marilyn Lang. Kathy reads her mother’s moving story as written by Tom Melchior, as part of the Scott County Historical Society’s Greatest Generation project. Marilyn was diagnosed with Polio at age 20 and lived with the disease for over 60 years.

Rotary Club Radio Episode 044

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Length: 27 min.

End Polio Now

Bonus Segment

After a courageous fight to live a normalized life, despite the debilitating disease known as Polio, Marilyn Lang passed way in February 2016. Listen to the eulogy her daughter, Kathy Haubrich, read at memorial service.

Rotary Club Radio Episode 044 BONUS

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Length: 17 min.

Please listen to the attached audio to complete your Rotary meeting or makeup.

At the end of the video, use the contact form to tell us that you completed the video presentation and 3 things you took away from it.

 

Consider a small donation when requesting a make up. This will help us in off-setting the costs of chartering our club.

eClub Meeting 16 a Polio Survivor’s Story 2016-04-12 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome to the Rotary eClub of District 5960!

Rotary supports many different areas of focus, which tend to work together well. We focus on supporting education, providing clean water, promoting peace, saving mothers and children, growing local economies, and fighting disease.

An interview Marvin Sims & Dr. Greg Ulrich, both from the Mounds View Minnesota School system in Minnesota, USA. Marvin Sims leads a program called S.T.RI.P.E.S. and Dr. Ulrich leads a program called I Read for Need. They work collaboratively with each other’s programs, supporting each other’s efforts to help students succeed and thrive.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Length: 31 min.

S.T.R.I.P.E.S has been a successful program at Irondale High School in Mounds View Minnesota because of the efforts of Dean of Equity Services, Marvin Sims. Sims has developed the S.T.R.I.P.E.S program to address the achievement gap at District high schools. Transforming at risk kids into successful students who are prepared for college or other life ventures is what (S.T.R.I.P.E.S), Students Together Respecting the Importance and Purpose of Education in Schools, is all about.

I Read for Need is an elementary school reading program, developed by Dr. Greg Ulrich, that encourages the love of reading, by giving students the opportunity to earn cash for the charity of their choice.

Links


Please listen to the attached audio to complete your Rotary meeting or makeup.

At the end of the video, use the contact form to tell us that you completed the video presentation and 3 things you took away from it.

eClub Meeting 15 – Stripes & I Read for Need 2016-03-28 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome to the Rotary eClub of District 5960!

Rotary supports many different areas of focus, which tend to work together well. We focus on supporting education, providing clean water, promoting peace, saving mothers and children, growing local economies, and fighting disease.

In today’s eClub meeeting, we will again focus on saving pollinators. Go back to Meeting #3 to learn more about our collaborative efforts with the National Park Service, the US Forest Service, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service – attempting to get Rotarians all over the world to sign the pollinator pledge, make pollinator habitat restoration and creation a priority, and educating others about this critical issue facing the world.

Rotary District 5960, under the leadership of Governor Marlene Gargulak, has joined with the National Park Service, US Forest Service, and US Fish and Wildlife Service to use the influence of Rotary to educate communities about the issues facing pollinators and the support of Rotarians to make a difference in the fight to save them.

In the video below, you’ll meet Rob Davis from Fresh Energy and member of the Rotary eClub of District 5960.  Rob will be presenting – A Ray of Hope for Bees. He will also speak to us about creating pollinator habitats around solar panels.

Please watch the video below to complete your Rotary meeting or makeup.

District 5960 has been asked to support this important project by signing the Pollinator Pledge and by each club finding ways to support a sustainable Pollinator habitat in their community.

Possibilities include:

  • Planting a Pollinator Garden
  • Harvesting Milkweed Seeds for distribution
  • Educational Program about Pollinators

Links:

Sign the Pollinator Pledge

At the end of the video, use the contact form to tell us that you completed the video presentation and 3 things you took away from it.

eClub Meeting 14 – Rob Davis – A Ray of Hope for Bees & Butterflies 2016-03-04 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome to the Rotary eClub of District 5960!

As we approach December 7th, 2015, we remember a day in 1941 when Japan attacked the America base at Pearl Harbor and Germany was advancing across Europe, leaving a path of death and destruction in its wake. Some 70 years later, those conflicts have been resolved, only to see new conflicts take shape. Every year there are new conflicts, wars, genocides…which begs the question, “is peace possible?”

Rotary has been working on peace initiatives for many years and has developed opportunities for schooling in conflict resolution. Rotary gives individuals to the opportunity to learn how to mediate our conflicts, negotiate or differences, and cooperate together for a common good.

Watch this video and leave feed back on what you can do to encourage peace in our time.

In the contact for below, provide 3 ideas you have for creating peace in the world. You can only accomplish so much, but together, we can accomplish a lot.

Links:

eClub Meeting 13 – Peace is Possible 2015-12-07 06:00:00Z 0
Sponsors