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Rotary International District 5960, Inc.


In an effort to provide special recognition for outstanding service performed by individuals and clubs throughout our district each year, and to align our districts recognition efforts with awards given at the Rotary International level on a yearly basis, the following four awards are open for nominations for services performed in the current Rotary year:

District 5960 Service Above Self Award

Award recognizes individual service provided, both in their role as Rotarian and other volunteer efforts.

Criteria:  The nominee must have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service, in any form and at any level, with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary.  Service rendered by the nominee through Rotary must have been on a continuing basis.  The award will not be given solely in recognition of ones performance in an elected or appointed Rotary assignment.  Personal financial contributions to the Rotary Foundation or any individual project are not relevant considerations for this award.

District 5960 will submit a maximum of 3 nominations from our district for the RI Service Above Self Award.  The awardees will be recognized at the Rotary 5960 District Conference and at their individual clubs for their service. 

Nomination deadline for Rotary District 5960 Service Above Self Award: March 1st

CLICK HERE for Service Above Self Award nomination form

District 5960 Best Cooperative Projects Award

Award honors Rotary clubs that have successfully cooperated with non-Rotary organizations, to include projects undertaken by multiple Rotary clubs in cooperation with other non-Rotary clubs.  Awardees will be recognized at the Rotary 5960 District conference and at the club level.

Recognition of service efforts provided in collaboration with groups outside of Rotary, integrating our efforts as Rotarians with other organizations, and benefitting from the multiplier effect of combined resources and efforts.


  • Project must have been a service activity that addresses a humanitarian need. 
  • Projects that were designed to promote a fundraiser are not eligible.
  • Those projects that require active involvement of Rotarians will be given priority
  • The project must have been well established during the 12 months prior to March 15th

Nomination deadline for Rotary District 5960 Best Cooperative Projects Award:  March 1st

CLICK HERE for Best Cooperative Projects Award nomination form

District 5960 Significant Achievement Award

Award recognizes a single club activity that addresses a community problem or need, to encourage new projects on the part of every club, and to promote increased awareness of the importance of exemplary club efforts.  Awardees will be recognized at the Rotary 5960 District conference and at the club level.

Strategic purpose: To encourage all clubs to identify community needs, and to undertake activities to address one or more needs in local communities.


  • Address a significant problem or need in the local community
  • Involve most or all of the club in personal rather than monetary service
  • Be commensurate with the size of the club and the resources available
  • Enhance the image of Rotary in the community
  • Be able to be emulated by other Rotary clubs
  • Be currently active or reaching a conclusion during the Rotary year for which the award is being given.

Nomination deadline for Rotary District 5960 Significant Achievement Award: March 1st 

CLICK HERE for D5960 Significant Achievement Award nomination form

Presidential Citation

This award is designed to motivate clubs to actively participate in service. Revised on an annual basis by the RI president, the award traditionally highlights the current presidents emphases. Club Presidents submit completed certification forms to district governor for endorsement.  Each club is eligible for the award.

Deadline for submission to Rotary 5960 District Governor: March 31, 2010  

Deadline for District Governor submission to RI: April 15th

CLICK HERE for award criteria and nomination form
(be sure to scroll down to the Presidential Citation Form and Brochure 2009-10!)

District Governor Newell Krogmanns Special Recognition Awards

The following efforts will be recognized at the District Conference for achievement of these goals:

  • Club Membership Growth  Recognizing clubs with 3+ net new members
  • Club Membership Retention  Recognizing clubs with 80% membership retention
  • Assistant Governors with 100% Presidential Citation participation and endorsement

Questions?  Contact District 5960 Awards & Recognition chair, Susan Hommes at 612 624-8800 or by e-mail at email Susan.

Please note:  Rotary International offers additional awards on a yearly basis for which individuals and clubs in our district may be eligible.  CLICK HERE to view options on the Rotary.org website.