It is with considerable sadness we announce the 2022 Rotary International Tri-District Conference, IMPACT!, will not happen this spring. A perfect storm of challenges made it prudent to not proceed. If you have already registered, you will receive a 100% refund. Please remember to cancel your lodging reservations directly with the hotel. It is our hope this event -- or one like it -- will occur at some point in the future, but no decision has been made yet regarding that hope. Stay tuned -- and long live Rotary!

BREAKOUT SESSION SPEAKERS

  • All Sessions - April 21st / April 22nd / April 23rd

    Literacy for Life Service Project

    Just for Fun / All Sessions

    Reading and early literacy are the foundation for a child’s success and a community’s growth. Engage in building your community through critical child development. Participate in building reading launch kits and learn how to help preschoolers in your community.

    Amanda Ottoman

    Just for Fun / All Sessions

    Bringing Rotary to Life in Virtual Reality

    Rotary is harnessing the immersive power of virtual reality to create a more connected, stronger world. Virtual reality connects with people on a visceral, personal level in a way that words simply can’t. Let us show you.

  • Session A - Thursday, April 21st / 2:00 PM

    Bill Nelson

    <40 Vibe / 2:00 PM

    Choosing the Unconventional Life

    As a master, Moo Duk Kwan instructor, 7th-degree black belt, published author, community advocate, frequent volunteer, county surveillance officer, and bounty hunter, Bill Nelson knows what it means to choose an unconventional life. Through this presentation will share some key insights he's learned along the way.

    Lloyd Campbell, Michael-Jon Pease + Don Bares

    Rotary Centric / 2:00 PM

    Putting the Fun in Fundraising: Building Goodwill and Friendships while Raising Funds for Your Club

    Fundraising is an integral part of your club, helping you bring in money to fund projects and programs. But how do clubs raise significant funds? Learn how to spot a great concept and plan a successful fundraiser from idea to implementation from an expert panel featuring Lloyd Campbell, Michael-Jon Pease, and Don Bares. Together, they will describe their own club’s successful fundraisers and share tips and tricks that have worked for them.

    TBD

    Rotary Centric / 2:00 PM

    Rotary Action Groups Elevate Rotary’s Impact and Reach

    Rotary Action Groups are independent, Rotary-affiliated groups made up of people from around the world who are experts in a particular field. Amid the global pandemic, Rotary International Women’s Group (RIW) was founded. Intending to connect female Rotarians worldwide, they set out to raise a joint, women-oriented project driven by female Rotarians of all five continents. Hear about this new initiative and ways to get involved!

    Eric Therwanger

    Professional Development / 2:00 PM

    RX: The Cure for Social Distancing

    People perform at their strongest when gathered as a team. Discover how to unify everyone during and after the pandemic to reverse the impact of social distancing. Attendees will discover how to recognize the short-term symptoms and long-term effects of social distancing and learn the strategies and techniques needed to improve morale, accountability, communication, and team performance during times of separation and after.

    Clare Richards

    Professional Development / 2:00 PM

    Cracking the Code to Rising Stars

    Business owners and nonprofits share a similar desire: to attract passionate young leaders to be change-makers within their organizations. Hear practical advice and tips from someone with a track record of engaging emerging leaders. Clare Richards is the Co-Founder of Impacts, a non-profit for school fundraising, and the St. Cloud Rotaract Club.

    Joan Schatz

    Just for Fun / 2:00 PM

    Robotics: The Future is Here

    Experience how the youth of today put their minds to work using science and engineering with robotics. Joan Schatz is the Co-President of Park Industries and was key to building the young workforce in this region and our nation.

    Natalie Warren

    Just for Fun / 2:00 PM

    Two Women + One Dog: Two Thousand Miles to the Hudson Bay

    Escape on a canoe trip with Natalie Warren! As a lifelong paddler and river lover, Natalie was one of the first two women to paddle from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay. Participants will explore connections to climate change, social justice, gender equity, and relationships.

  • Session B - Thursday, April 21st / 3:30 PM

    Ed R. Marek + Bruce W. Morlan

    <40 Vibe / 3:30 PM

    Skills for Bridging the Political Divide

    In this workshop, Ed Marek and Bruce Morlan, members of Braver Angels, will give you skills to help you navigate difficult political conversations with people in your life. Learn how to talk across the divide in a constructive, empathetic way. Braver Angles is a grassroots organization helping individuals discuss differences with civility and look for common ground.

    Patty Baltz

    Rotary Centric / 3:30 PM

    Rotary Basics: Things You Didn’t Even Know You Didn’t Know

    From the alphabet soup of acronyms we use to our guiding principles, from our organizational structure to how the Rotary Foundations works, the basics of Rotary can be confusing. Whether you’re a “Rotary Rookie” or just looking for some additional insight on our amazing Rotary world, join us for an educational, entertaining, and interactive session on all things Rotary!

    TBD

    Rotary Centric / 3:30 PM

    Empowering Rotarians to Change Lives by Ending Human Trafficking in their Communities

    A panel of club members from Districts 5580, 5950 and 5960, and organizations that focus on ending human trafficking will provide basic information on human trafficking in our communities and nationally. The panelists will share practical suggestions to help clubs understand how they can get involved in projects and support ending human trafficking.

    Eric Therwanger

    Professional Development / 3:30 PM

    RX: The Cure for Social Distancing

    People perform at their strongest when gathered as a team. Discover how to unify everyone during and after the pandemic to reverse the impact of social distancing. Attendees will discover how to recognize the short-term symptoms and long-term effects of social distancing and learn the strategies and techniques needed to improve morale, accountability, communication, and team performance during times of separation and after.

    Ted Schick

    Professional Development / 3:30 PM

    Making an Impact! Through Service and Excellence

    Rotarians Give -- they serve globally, in their communities, and to each other. In this fun and engaging presentation, we examine what IMPACT! looks like for today’s Rotarian -- from being a person of CHARACTER to being present to mentoring and coaching our new Rotarians. First lesson: Making an IMPACT! is all in the relationships we have with each other.

    Joan Schatz

    Just for Fun / 3:30 PM

    Robotics: The Future is Here

    Experience how the youth of today put their minds to work using science and engineering with robotics. Joan Schatz is the Co-President of Park Industries and was key to building the young workforce in this region and our nation.

    Natalie Warren

    Just for Fun / 3:30 PM

    Two Women + One Dog: Two Thousand Miles to the Hudson Bay

    Escape on a canoe trip with Natalie Warren! As a lifelong paddler and river lover, Natalie was one of the first two women to paddle from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay. Participants will explore connections to climate change, social justice, gender equity, and relationships.

    Mayor David Klies

    Just for Fun / 3:30 PM

    Downtown St. Cloud Walking Tour

    History will come alive as you stroll the streets of downtown St. Cloud with Mayor Dave Kleis, as he highlights well-known historic buildings dating back to 1886. So many stories lie within the bricks and beams of these downtown structures, and Mayor Kleis will shed light on the past with a historic architecture review.

  • Session C - Friday, April 22nd / 9:00 AM

    Yoga Class - Shanti Yoga Center

    Just for Fun / 6:00 AM

    Yoga Class: All Levels

    Ali Buckneberg

    <40 Vibe / 9:00 AM

    Network Smarter, Not Harder

    LinkedIn can be a powerful tool to connect you to people and opportunities. The platform can help you build your personal brand and set you up for success if leveraged well. Learn top tips for leveraging LinkedIn in this session. This session will be led by Ali Buckenberg, the agency lead for PR and Social Media at Words at Work.

    Kyle Haugen + Scott Soderberg

    Rotary Centric / 9:00 AM

    Powerful Marketing Message: Telling Your Rotary Story

    We all have stories; they’re what life is made of. The urge to tell stories, and to hear them, is universal. But the ability to tell them comfortable and well? Not so universal. Especially when the story is our own. In this session, attendees will learn why they should tell their Rotary story and how to tell a story well from Kyle Haugen and Scott Soderberg.

    John Channon, TBD, + Blaine Johnson

    Rotary Centric / 9:00 AM

    Strategic Planning Session Part 1: Vision for Your Club

    Part One of this Strategic Planning Session will begin with an overview explaining why visioning is key, followed by a a three-member panel whose members will explain how visioning sessions (in-person, hybrid & virtual) work. Representatives from Clubs will then share their experiences and what visioning has done for their clubs. Survey results from clubs who have completed virtual visioning will also be shared.

    Dayle Quigley + Lisa Dierl

    Rotary Centric / 9:35 AM

    Strategic Planning Session Part 2: I Have a Goal...Now What?

    In Part Two of this Strategic Planning Session, Lisa Dierl, VP of Corporate Quality at Amgen, will share pointers on how to move from setting a goal to accomplishing that goal. Lisa’s talk will be followed by a workshop (including some Q & A time) that will lay the groundwork and framework for taking an idea or goal to fruition.

    Clare Richards

    Professional Development / 9:00 AM

    Cracking the Code to Rising Stars

    Business owners and nonprofits share a similar desire: to attract passionate young leaders to be change-makers within their organizations. Hear practical advice and tips from someone with a track record of engaging emerging leaders. Clare Richards is the Co-Founder of Impacts, a non-profit for school fundraising, and the St. Cloud Rotaract Club.

    Ted Schick

    Professional Development / 9:00 AM

    Making an Impact! Through Service and Excellence

    Rotarians Give -- they serve globally, in their communities, and to each other. In this fun and engaging presentation, we examine what IMPACT! looks like for today’s Rotarian -- from being a person of CHARACTER to being present to mentoring and coaching our new Rotarians. First lesson: Making an IMPACT! is all in the relationships we have with each other.

    Tim Ternus

    Just for Fun / 9:00 AM

    The St. John’s Bible

    The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten, hand-illuminated Benedictine Bible in over 500 years. Here you will find books that reproduce the original as the Director of The Saint John’s Bible will take you behind the scenes of how it was conceived.

  • Session D - Friday, April 22nd / 10:30 AM

    Louis Johnston

    <40 Vibe / 10:30 AM

    TBD

    TBD

    Panel: Paul Perez, John Channon, Kevin Donovan + Travis Stone

    Rotary Centric / 10:30 AM

    Diving Into Social Media: Pick Your Platform

    TikTok, ClubHouse, What’s App, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, LinkedIn, OH MY! There’s a platform for everything when it comes to social media, but what one is best for you? In this session, panelists will do a “Show and Tell” of each platform, laying out the Pros and Cons of each so you can see how and why to use whichever platform you choose in your personal and professional lives.

    Alexa Rundquist

    Rotary Centric / 10:30 AM

    Why Should I Use ClubRunner? What’s in it for Me?

    ClubRunner advocate Alexa Rundquist will demonstrate how to navigate ClubRunner, Rotary’s internal communication platform. By creating familiarity with ClubRunner navigation and functionality, reviewing its access levels and permissions, identifying precious resources, and syncing ClubRunner with your RI website, we hope you’ll see the value of using the tool for all members.

    Jean Morrison

    Professional Development / 10:30 AM

    Let’s Work it Out...Resolving Conflicts During Challenging Times

    Difficult and uncertain times put us at a higher risk of relationship tension, misunderstandings, and disconnection, resulting in conflicts. We are shorter-fused, less tolerant, and therefore, more at risk of being hooked by our triggers and emotions. In this session, you will increase your self-awareness and learn helpful self-management techniques and strategies for courageous collaboration, managing conflicts effectively and strengthening relationships.

    Sue Parriott

    Professional Development / 10:30 AM

    The Next Public Health Crisis: Alzheimer’s and Dementia

    Alzheimer's is not a normal part of aging. With more than 6 million people living with the disease, it is the next public health crisis but it's a disease that too often is ignored. Learn about the impact of Alzheimer's; the differences between Alzheimer's and Dementia; stages and risk factors; current research and treatments available and some symptoms. Presented by Sue Parriott, CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association MN/ND chapter.

    Tim Ternus

    Just for Fun / 10:30 AM

    The St. John’s Bible

    The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten, hand-illuminated Benedictine Bible in over 500 years. Here you will find books that reproduce the original as the Director of The Saint John’s Bible will take you behind the scenes of how it was conceived.

  • Session E - Friday, April 22nd / 2:00 PM

    Tom Reis

    <40 Vibe / 2:00 PM

    The Journey of Love

    The majority of our songs and movies have as a theme something about love. Never before in our culture have we devoted so much time and energy to the topic of love, yet so many are so confused and suffer so much pain around it. This is presentation will add clarity and understanding toward your comprehension of what love is. Tom Reis is a professor at Inver Grove Heights, specializing the Human Development and Family Studies, particularly around the topics of love and human sexuality.

    James Stewart + Panel: Ashley Hall, Noemi Treviño + Jackie Reis

    Rotary Centric / 2:00 PM

    Is it Fair to All Concerned?

    James Brewer Stewart, James Wallace Professor of History Emeritus, Macalester College, author, and public speaker, will share some of his insight on this timely topic, followed by a panel of Rotarians Ashley Hall, Noemi Treviño, and Jackie Reis, who will provide updates on initiatives they’ve been working on in the DEI space.

    Panel: Steve Solbrack, Susan Polege, Brenda Denton, Bethany Esse, Tom Anderson + AJ Axtell

    Rotary Centric / 2:00 PM

    Why Climate Change is Rotary’s Business and What Rotarians are Already Doing About It

    In this Environmental Session, you will gain a better understanding of how our personal and professional choices impact our climate. You’ll hear from an expert panel featuring Steve Solbrack, Susan Polege, and Karen Anderson, all fellow Rotarians with a heart for service and the environment. Together, the three will share what Rotarians are already doing about climate change and how you can become engaged in environmental projects. The goal of this session is to explore the question “What does environmental impact look like?”

    Linda John + Donna Williams Ormand

    Professional Development / 2:00 PM

    Inclusive I.D.E.A.s to Positively IMPACT Our World, One Person at a Time

    In this session, Donna and Linda will deliver an interactive program connecting the powerful strengths-based Enneagram concepts with high-impact Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-racism (I.D.E.A.) strategies. Knowledge of the Enneagram is not necessary to attend this session. Through a series of facilitated interactive exercises, attendees will learn and practice multiple I.D.E.A. strategies.

    Jean Morrison

    Professional Development / 2:00 PM

    Let’s Work it Out...Resolving Conflicts During Challenging Times

    Difficult and uncertain times put us at a higher risk of relationship tension, misunderstandings, and disconnection, resulting in conflicts. We are shorter-fused, less tolerant, and therefore, more at risk of being hooked by our triggers and emotions. In this session, you will increase your self-awareness and learn helpful self-management techniques and strategies for courageous collaboration, managing conflicts effectively and strengthening relationships.

    Greg Berg

    Just for Fun / 2:00 PM

    You Don’t Need 40+ Acres to Make a Difference

    Wondering about how to include natural habitat in your property or one under your club’s stewardship? Learn about using rain gardens, pollinator habitats, and natural waterfronts and connecting to local resources for technical assistance from Greg Berg, Riparian Resouces Specialist at Stearns County Soul and Water Conservation District.

    Nicholas Flom

    Just for Fun / 2:00 PM

    Unmanned Flight Wonders

    Explore today’s capabilities and tomorrow’s advancements in unmanned flight. Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems will amaze you with its mission to integrate unmanned vehicles into the national air space. Nicholas Flom is the Executive Director of the Northern Plains UAS Test Site.

  • Session F - Friday, April 22nd / 6:00 PM

    U.S. Axe: Axe Throwing

    Just for Fun / 3:00 - 6:00 PM

    Axe Throwing Event

    Axe throwing is: Easy and fun, a great Rotary Conference stretch break, an excellent team builder, a fun hobby, a competitive sport, has been around since 400 AD. You too can learn to throw an axe in minutes with skilled and safe instruction.

    Clare Richards, Rachel Marzahn, + More

    <40 Vibe / 3:30 PM

    Rotaract Panel: What You Need to Know About Rotary in 2022

    The world of Rotaract is changing - for the better! As Rotary International continues to build a strong foundation to support Rotaract, we must continue to support Rotaract within our communities. In this session, District 5950 Rotract Chair, Clare Richards, and District 5960 Rotract Coordinator, Rachel Marzahn will share their experience as leaders. Once the hour is up, you’ll walk away with actionable tips to create thriving Rotract clubs!

    Tim Mulcrone + Bob McLean

    Rotary Centric / 3:30 PM

    End Polio Now: The Relevant Rotarian

    Bob McLean, interim Region 36/Zone 29 End Polio Now Co-Coordinator, will introduce Tim Mulcrone, District 5950’s Polio Chair, who will share how our 30+ years of work on PolioPlus has made us more relevant than ever, how donations to The Rotary Foundation four years ago make us relevant in the current pandemic, and how being a Rotarian today makes one relevant tomorrow. This session will also include background and the newest updates on the End Polio Now initiative.

    TBD

    Rotary Centric / 3:30 PM

    Public Speaking

    Sue Parriott

    Professional Development / 3:30 PM

    The Next Public Health Crisis: Alzheimer’s and Dementia

    Alzheimer's is not a normal part of aging. With more than 6 million people living with the disease it is the next public health crisis but it's a disease that too often is ignored. Learn about the impact of Alzheimer's; the differences between Alzheimer's and Dementia; stages and risk factors; current research and treatments available and some symptoms. Presented by Sue Parriott, CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association MN/ND chapter.

    Linda John + Donna Williams Ormand

    Professional Development / 3:30 PM

    In this session, Donna and Linda will deliver an interactive program connecting the powerful strengths-based Enneagram concepts with high-impact Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-racism (I.D.E.A.) strategies. Knowledge of the Enneagram is not necessary to attend this session. Through a series of facilitated interactive exercises, attendees will learn and practice multiple I.D.E.A. strategies.

    Greg Berg

    Just for Fun / 3:30 PM

    You Don’t Need 40+ Acres to Make a Difference

    Wondering about how to include natural habitat in your property or one under your club’s stewardship? Learn about using rain gardens, pollinator habitats, and natural waterfronts and connecting to local resources for technical assistance from Greg Berg, Riparian Resouces Specialist at Stearns County Soul and Water Conservation District.

    Nicholas Flom

    Just for Fun / 3:30 PM

    Unmanned Flight Wonders

    Explore today’s capabilities and tomorrow’s advancements in unmanned flight. Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems will amaze you with its mission to integrate unmanned vehicles into the national air space. Nicholas Flom is the Executive Director of the Northern Plains UAS Test Site.

    Annette Atkins

    Just for Fun / 3:30 PM

    Missing Pieces Tour

    Uncover some of the missing pieces in the stories commonly told about the history of St. Cloud, stories about race, racism, and structural obstacles to equity on an interactive walk downtown with Annette Atkins.

    Yoga Class - Shanti Yoga Center

    Just for Fun / 4:30 PM

    Yoga Class: All Levels

  • Session G - Saturday, April 23rd / 9:00 AM

    Justin Wutzke

    <40 Vibe / 9:00 AM

    How to Grow Your Personal Brand

    As the 100th National President of the JCI USA, Justin is familiar with how community involvement can help build a personal brand. Hear insight and tips on growing your personal brand through volunteerism, social media, and more. Outside of JCI USA, Justice is the owner and creative brain behind WutzPossible and has dubbed himself a possibilitarian - he looks for possibilities in every situation.

    Panel: Tim LeClair, Dave Long, Don Stiles, Fred Semmer, Glen Bowers + Carol MacDonald

    Rotary Centric / 9:00 AM

    Be Bold: Tips + Tricks for A Successful Grant Application

    Learn tips on how to prepare successful grant applications from experienced fellow Rotarians. Panelists from each of the three districts will share ideas for projects and collaborations, as well as how to avoid common pitfalls by discussing their personal experiences with identifying, preparing, funding, and carrying out effective projects at the international level, including overcoming challenges and partnering with other US and overseas clubs, and how to navigate the Global and District Grants process.

    Tom Gump, Lloyd Campbell + Ashley Hall

    Rotary Centric / 9:00 AM

    Rotary Alumni: Membership’s Hidden Gem

    In this session, Tom Gump, Lloyd Campbell, and Ashley Hall with help you understand the membership value that Rotary alumni can add to the club. You’ll learn ways to engage with alumni as a means to cultivate them for membership when they are ready, and about alternative club models and other means to attract alumni, especially young alumni, to join your club. Tom, Lloyd, and Ashley will interview members from three clubs that were recently started leveraging Rotary alumni.

    Dick Beardsley

    Professional Development / 9:00 AM

    How to Take On Goliath By Being Your Best

    Organizations are faced with taking on companies that have decades of success. This is what Dick faced in the 1982 Boston Marathon when he was up against Alberto Salazar. Dick shares the underlying learnings of how to take on the “Goliaths” in life and give them a run for their money. Dick will show you how to reach for excellence and make it a reality.

    Erik Elsea + Holly Anderson

    Just for Fun / 9:00 AM

    Mississippi Expedition: Rotary on the River

    Erik Elsea’s “Mississippi Expedition” source-to-sea canoe trip in 2018 was featured in The Rotarian Magazine. Learn how this river expedition created new awareness for a valuable Rotary program—the ShelterBox. Erik will be accompanied by Holly Anderson, the “crew chief” and primary organizer of the Mississippi Expedition.

  • Session H - Saturday, April 23rd / 10:30 AM

    Benjamin Barrett

    <40 Vibe / 10:30 AM

    Building a Book of Business When You’re Not a Salesperson

    Building a book of business is often associated with having the skills of an extroverted salesperson. Ben Barrett, a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones and fellow Rotarctor, will share some tips on how anyone can build a client base through commitment, consistency, and community.

    Tom Gump. Lloyd Campbell + Ashley Hall

    Rotary Centric / 10:30 AM

    Create the Club You’ve Always Wanted to Join!

    Attend an interactive, facilitated workshop led by Tom Gump, Lloyd Campbell and Ashley Hall to learn why we should be forming new, innovative clubs and how they help with gender parity and increased diversity. This session will inform and inspire attendees to leave our conference understanding how to start a new club!

    Panel: Dave Long, Julio Grazioso, Rick Heidick, + Raj Khankari

    Rotary Centric / 10:30 AM

    Partnering to Serve Those In Need in a Sustainable Way

    This week you are surrounded by endless inspiration! Rotarians in attendance are doing vital work in their local communities and beyond. In this panel-style session, you will learn about international service projects currently underway in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and India that are approaching poverty issues in other countries to ensure projects delivered are sustainable.

    Dick Beardsley

    Professional Development / 10:30 AM

    How to Take On Goliath By Being Your Best

    Organizations are faced with taking on companies that have decades of success. This is what Dick faced in the 1982 Boston Marathon when he was up against Alberto Salazar. Dick shares the underlying learnings of how to take on the “Goliaths” in life and give them a run for their money. Dick will show you how to reach for excellence and make it a reality.

    Erik Elsea + Holly Anderson

    Just for Fun / 10:30 AM

    Mississippi Expedition: Rotary on the River

    Erik Elsea’s “Mississippi Expedition” source-to-sea canoe trip in 2018 was featured in The Rotarian Magazine. Learn how this river expedition created new awareness for a valuable Rotary program—the ShelterBox. Erik will be accompanied by Holly Anderson, the “crew chief” and primary organizer of the Mississippi Expedition.

All details and schedule subject to change.