If the answer is “yes” you might be a rotarian in District 5960 in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

In February this year District 5960 launched its People of Action Photo Contest, which was designed to visually project each club’s efforts to support the elements of the Four Way Test. The primary rules were that the photo must be from the current year and must originate from a club in District 5960.

The deadline for submissions was March 5  and, to the delight of the public image team that held the contest, over 25 entries from a majority of the clubs were received by the deadline. The team then selected the top three which will now be voted on by the public.  The winner will be the one that received the majority of the popular vote (and voting can be done by the general public; it is not necessary to be a rotarian.)

Heather Holmes, chair of the public image team and a member of the Rotary Club, Rochester, said “This has been a dream of mine for years. It is a very powerful way to visually demonstrate all the good that Rotary does locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. I am so excited to share all these great activities with the general public as well as Rotarians from other clubs.”

The top three are:

1. Together, We End Polio - Dan Martens of Hudson Noon Club at International Village Clinic in Uttar Pradesh, India, administering a polio vaccine.

2. Together, We Inspire- Woodbury Rotary Club members and family clean up Valley Creek Road.

3. Together, We Connect- River Falls Club members planting trees as part of past Rotary International President Ian Risely’s challenge to all Rotary clubs worldwide - to plant a tree for each Rotarian in their club.

In order to vote for your favorite, please do the following: go to www.poa.photos/vote, review the finalist photos, vote for your favorite.

The deadline for voting is April 5. Winners will be announced at District 5960’s Conference of Clubs which will be held in Rochester, Minn. from April 11-12. In addition to the winners, all of the entries will be displayed at the conference. The winning photo receives $200 payable to the club to use at its discretion.

Rotary continues to provide a series of selfless activities around the world to make a better life for all. One of the major efforts has been the eradication of polio by administering polio vaccine around the world with dramatic effects in the reduction of polio, particularly in third world countries.

To find out about Rotary, visit a local club (to find the one nearest to you go to www.rotary5960.org/clubsmap/) and visit as a guest. There is no charge as a guest, and you can see what Rotarians are doing around the world.

For more information, contact Heather Holmes at hdholmes6379@gmail.com.

What is Rotary?

1.2 million people in the world that believe and subscribe to the Four Way Test as follows:

1. Is it the TRUTH?

2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?

3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

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