Author Archives : Brett Johnson


Sept. 12 program: Angel Foundation, supporting Minnesotans with cancer

Chaska Rotary member Steve Larson introduced his co-worker John Rorke, who volunteers with Angel Foundation. Angel Foundation provides financial and emotional support to Minnesota adults and families as they deal with cancer. John has volunteered with the Angel Foundation for 11 years and spoke with passion and humor. John said that cancer is a great equalizer […]


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Aug. 23 Program: Rotary New Teacher Breakfast

The 2018 Rotary International theme “Be The Inspiration” was also the guiding message for today’s New Educator Breakfast. Chaska Rotary welcomed public, private, and parochial school teachers for the 31st consecutive year. Rotarian and longtime educator, David Brecht, asked us the rhetorical question, “Do you act, or react?” and used it illustrate Rotary International’s commitment to […]


Aug. 9 Program: Lisa Oberski, Chaska Historical Society

Lisa Oberski of the Chaska Historical Society reviewed the group’s history and future, including the forthcoming publication of a new book about Chaska’s recent history. The society began following the U.S. bicentennial when a group of residents decided more needed to be done to preserve the city’s history. Readers of the Chaska Herald should recognize […]


Aug. 2 Program: Phillip Keithahn on the Minnesota College of Osteopathic Medicine

Phillip Keithhahn gave the Chaska Rotary Club an excellent presentation on the startup of a four-year medical school in Gaylord, Minnesota. The college plans to educate 150 doctors each year in osteopathic medicine. Osteopaths have meet the same requirements as traditional medical physicians (allopathic doctors) and have additional training in musculoskeletal tissue. By year five, the […]


June 14 Program: Chaska Rotary Scholarships

Chair of Chaska Rotary’s Scholarship Committee, Gary Goeman, welcomed a large group of college scholarship recipients and their families. He gave a brief overview of the scholarship application process and then introduced the morning’s speaker, David Brecht. Brecht is Student Services Administrator for Eastern Carver County Schools and past principal of Chaska High School. David […]


June 7 Program: Chaska Police & Body Cameras

Chaska Rotarian Scott Knight, our local chief of police, give us background and future plans for body-worn cameras (BWC) at the Chaska Police Department. Scott explained that trust and transparency are required for the community to have an effective law enforcement and public safety organization. Our Chief worked on a Task Force for President Obama to […]