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Does your club have an idea or project to help the environment?  District 5580 is committed to supporting activities that strengthen the conservation and protection of natural resources, advance ecological sustainability, and foster harmony between communities and the environment.  District 5580 is offering $100 to clubs to support a project of their choice to Protect the Environment
Need Ideas?  Project Examples
To apply simply submit the following to
  • Environmental Project Form - include a brief description of your project, who participated, and how much it cost
  • A great action photo or two or even a short video!
Could your club benefit from up to $250 to $400 for Public Image projects?  
Here's how:
  1. Identify a project.  Determine the potential cost.
  2. Complete the PUBLIC IMAGE GRANT APPLICATION and email it to Scott Soderberg, as instructed on the form.
  3. Scott will contact you with any questions, or for clarification. 
  4. If approved, you can proceed with your project.
  5. On project completion, submit the completion information and return it to Scott.
SIMPLE right?!
Here’s what a couple of our 5580 clubs have done with Public Image grant money:
All new members inducted into District 5580 Clubs from July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024 are eligible to receive a new member gift of a Rotary shirt shown in the graphic. 
To receive the shirt the Club President or Secretary needs to email Mark Leutgeb, District membership Chair, at with the name and brief bio of the new member, male or female shirt size, and mailing address. Shirts will not shrink.  The shirt will be shipped and the new member will be announced in the District newsletter.   
We hope that our new Rotary District 5580 members will wear their shirts proudly throughout their communities sharing the news about the good work that Rotarians do. 
Freddie Huppé Campbell (she/her) is a proud Métis woman who currently resides on the traditional, unceded, unsurrendered territory of the Algonquin Nation - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
She leads Indigenous Clean Energy's (ICE) Global Hub, focusing on the acceleration of community-renewable energy microgrids in Indigenous, island, coastal and remote spaces as a core component of just global climate action. She is also the co-host and co- producer of the Decolonizing Power podcast series featuring a global network of leaders, including young innovators, sprinting towards a sustainable, fair and impactful clean energy future.
Are you interested in partnering with other clubs Grant Projects to help people in need?  Here is a link to a page designed to provide Rotary Clubs in District 5580 with the chance to review active or upcoming projects and to evaluate opportunities for potentially participating in the projects financially or as volunteer workers.  
Click HERE for more information about PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES!
Past District Governor and Rotary District 5580 Public Image Chair Craig Loughery shares how Public Image, Humanitarian Service, Membership, and supporting The Rotary Foundation worked together to increase membership in the Rotary Club of Ely MN!
District Governor: 
Dave Long (bio