What we did with 2018 gala proceeds

The Chaska Rotary Club Gala is one of our largest annual fundraisers. Each year, we accept applications from organizations in our community who need support. This year, the following local non-profits received contributions from the Rotary Club of Chaska: Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women For more than 35 years, Southern Valley Alliance for Battered […]

Chaska Rotary Gala 2018

Chaska Rotary Exchange Student Isi

Farewell from our Rotary Exchange student

At the May 3 meeting, our exchange student, Isi, bid farewell to our club. She is returning to her home in Chile. Here is the text of her speech: Good morning everyone, I wrote my speech because I want to make sure that I’m not going to forget something or if, for any reason, I […]


Program: Chaska High School Care Team

At this week’s Chaska Rotary meeting, Chaska High School student Anna Steffensen and volunteer Karen LaCroix told us about the Chaska High School Care Team. The Care Team is a group of students, staff, and community members with Team Coordinator, Jeri Anne Lovett who provide support to local families in times of need. In the […]


Thank you Chaska Rotary Gala sponsors!

Chaska Rotary Club’s Annual Gala is one of the club’s largest fundraisers. All proceeds from the event go to support organizations in our community. This year’s gala recipients are Southwest Valley Alliance for Battered Women, Five Stars Recovery Center, LOVE Inc. of Eastern Carver County, The District 112 Foundation, Flags And Honor of Minnesota. Learn […]


April 19 Program: “Not Me!” personal safety training

Chaska Rotarian John Zerbes introduced the speakers, including Heidi Nauman, a trainer for “Not Me” classes. She explained the objective of the classes is to provide facts on who, what, when, where and how sexual assaults take place; the best ways to prevent and escape from assault, and to help learners visualize success in preventing […]

Speakers at the April 23, 2018 Chaska Rotary Presentation

Joel Landskroener

April 12 Program: Mayer Lutheran High School

Chaska Rotarian Greg Kummer introduced the speaker, Joel Landskroener. Joel is a member of the Waconia Rotary Club, and at one time was a history teacher, but somewhere in his past he honed his skill at public speaking and bringing smiles to his audience. His presentation was entertaining and informative while providing details about Mayer […]


Program: Chaska Valley Family Theatre

On May 3, Chaska Rotary welcomed Jennifer Welner and Gillian Barron from the Chaska Valley Family Theatre. In 1995, a group of former Chaska High School students teamed up to form a community theater with a special mission: to provide audiences a high quality, live theater experience featuring local talent with an emphasis on family […]


April 5: Update on school district construction and growth

Rotarian Brett Johnson introduced DeeDee Kahring, director of finance and operations for Eastern Carver County Schools. Kahring also is a member of the Chanhassen Rotary Club. She provided an update on the school district and construction projects. Eastern Carver County Schools serves the communities of Carver, Chaska, Victoria and Chanhassen. Pupil attendance is now 9,578 […]


Program March 22: SW Valley Alliance for Battered Women (one of our 2018 gala recipients)

Chaska Rotarian Scott Knight introduced Stephanie Smith, the community Engagement Coordinator for the Southwest Valley Alliance for Battered Women. The Alliance is a recipient of funds from our 2018 gala. Stephanie’s educational efforts include groups like ours, high school students, and now extend to middle school children. Her focus on dating violence appears to be especially […]


Program March 15: Chaska City Square West project

Matt Podhradsky, Chaska City Manager and Rotarian, opened with a brief history of the city’s planning efforts and summary of major changes that have resulted from the Master Plan. Poster boards contained photos and maps showing area, businesses and buildings affected by the City Square West project. This project is in the earliest stages, but […]