Who we are2019-09-17T15:54:16+00:00

Who We Are

Rotary is the largest global service organization, with clubs in over 33,000 communities worldwide. Rotarians are dedicated to providing service to others and advancing peace and goodwill, within their communities and around the world.

Why is Rotary involved in this issue?

  • Rotary is uniquely positioned to solve global issues, with over 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide.
  • Rotary has a successful track record – we have helped eradicate polio!
  • We can mobilize thousands of Rotary clubs to tackle this issue in their own communities.

What Rotary is Doing

Our mission is to End Human Trafficking in communities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and parts of Ontario (regions covered by Rotary Districts 5950,5960, and 5580). We will serve as facilitators and problem solvers, and provide forums for discussion.

We will provide Rotary Clubs with information, resources and toolkits to engage their communities and support local organizations and agencies working to end human trafficking.

To end human trafficking, we have to prevent it before it happens. To that end, our Initiative will focus on:

  • Raising Awareness
  • Educating Children and Youth
  • Reducing Risk Factors that make children vulnerable
  • Stopping the Demand

We encourage every Rotary Club to support local organizations working to end human trafficking to raise awareness about human trafficking, and to engage your community around this issue. Click here to find out how.

Here’s what some clubs are doing:

Blaine/Ham Lake/Fridley, MN Club

The Blaine/Ham Lake Rotary club hosted a Human Trafficking Community Forum to raise awareness and better educate our citizens.  This forum featured a panelist format with representation from law enforcement and other non-profits that focus on reducing demand, prevention, and helping victims.  The Fridley Rotary Club is also partnering directly with the Blaine/Ham Lake club on this initiative.

The date for this Forum was Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 from 6:30-7:30 pm at Blaine Firestation #3.  Admission was free.  The timing of this event was important as it immediately preceded the 3M Open golf Tournament held in Blaine.

Tell us what your club is doing so we can post it here.

Leadership Team

Karen WalkowskiChair, Rotary Initiative
Contact Karen to learn more about Rotary’s Initiative to End Human Trafficking and how your organization can be a partner or corporate sponsor.

District Leads

Stacy SchafferRotary District 5580
Contact Stacy to schedule a speaker for District 5580 clubs or to learn more about how your club can get involved.
Meg Low
Meg LowRotary District 5950
Contact Meg to schedule a speaker for District 5950 clubs or to learn more about how your club can get involved.
Clare Portrait
Clare LillisRotary District 5960
Contact Clare to schedule a speaker for District 5960 clubs or to learn more about how your club can get involved.
Rotary International

To find a Rotary club near you, please click on the Rotary Club Finder link below


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