Author Archives : Brett Johnson


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 […]


Dec. 14: Five Stars Recovery Center

Rotarian David Schultz introduced the speakers, John McGinnis and Brian Loots of Five Stars Recovery Center. Five Stars is an addiction treatment program in Chaska. McGinnis is admissions coordinator. He enlightened us about the severe consequences of opioid addiction and its effects in Carver County. Surprisingly, this problem is a primarily a United States’ issue […]


Photo of Ann Bancroft in the cold

Join us Nov. 30 to hear from Ann Bancroft

Chaska Rotary is proud to welcome Ann Bancroft to its Nov. 30 meeting. The meeting starts at 7:30 a.m. at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Bancroft is an author, teacher, adventurer, and the first woman to cross both polar ice caps and reach the North and South poles. She has traveled east to west across Greenland […]


Program Nov. 16: Engineers Without Borders

Chaska Rotarian Bob Chinnock introduced a team from the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) chapter at the University of Minnesota: Lily Hock, Kai Johnson, Andrew Kanewske, Nicole Spence and Ryan Vogt. These students devote their extra-curricular time to helping others, using their developing engineering skills on international projects in Ethiopia and Guatemala. Both efforts have life-changing benefits. […]


Program: District Governor Bob Halagan

At Chaska Rotary’s Oct. 19 meeting, Chaska Rotarian Greg Anderson introduced Bob Halagan, governor of Rotary District 5950. After asking us “why” we’re Rotarians and noting that having fun was evident in our meeting, Bob recalled his mother’s immigrant background and her belief in service to her community. His involvement in the Buffalo Rotary international […]