Program April 12: 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 […]


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 […]


Program March 8: Saints Foundation

Chaska Rotarian Cyndi Anderson introduced Yvonne Anderson, who spoke to us about the Saints’ Foundation. Yvonne is the Marketing Director at St. Gertrude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Shakopee. St. Francis Regional Medical Center and St. Gerts are part of the Benedictine Health System, and have been serving our region since 1996. The Saints’ Foundation […]


Program Feb. 22: Avant Energy (power supplier to Chaska)

Rotarian Matt Podhradsky introduced David Niles, VVP of accounting and finance for Avant. Avant generates and transmits electricity for the city of Chaska. Chaska is one of a doz-en Minnesota cities that run its own electric utility. Chaska manages lines above and below ground and manages the service to residents, including outages. Since 1995, Chaska […]


Jan. 24: Women of Influence series: Kate Madonna Hindes

During 2017 and 2018, Chaska Rotary is running a “Women of Influence” series for its speaker presentations. Today, Kate Madonna Hindes talked to us about “Elevating Your Personal Brand.” She dynamically presented her lessons and ideas from her career as a public relations specialist and a ghost writer of 34 books. Kate was a young mother and […]


Jan. 18: Jessica Bartholomew, ACT United

Today’s speaker was introduced by Rotarian Tom Moorse. Jessica Bartholomew talked about anti-child trafficking efforts that are needed throughout the world, including Chaska. Jessica served 25 years as a police officer and now is the founder and lead facilitator for A.C.T. United. The organization’s is goal is to educate parents, teachers, citizens, and children about […]


Jan. 11: Meet your members

The Jan. 11 meeting provided an opportunity to meet Chaska Rotarians. Mike Carpentier Mike provided details of his life: he’s a planner with MRK Financial Solutions, works in Plymouth, has two boys – 11 & 16, grew up in Wisconsin where his father was a court reporter and recalls visiting the court for fun, graduated […]


Jan. 4: Marcia Lockman on the 2019 Women’s PGA Championship

Chaska Rotarian Scott Knight introduced Marcia Lockman, who shared information about the 2019 Women’s PGA Championship to be held at Hazeltine National Golf Club, June 18-25, 2019. The week of the tournament will also contain a leadership summit for young women to hear speakers and attend workshops, with the intent to inspire women to professional […]