Author Archives : Brett Johnson


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 […]


Program: How Union Gospel Mission helps our community

Chaska Rotarian Randy Nelson introduced Rick Berggren, a Development Advisor from Union Gospel Mission, Twin Cities (UGMTC). The mission offers help for the homeless, poor and addicted in the Twin Cities through meals, shelter, recovery, education and job training programs. The goal is to provide pathways to dignity, Rick said, He also told us of […]


Program: Ryder Cup recap from Hazeltine pro

For the Oct. 5 club program, Chaska Rotarian David Melchert introduced Chandler Withington, Hazeltine National Golf Club’s Senior Golf Professional. He provided a one-year reflection on the Ryder Cup golf match that featured the best golfers in the world from the US and Europe. The USA beat the Europeans 17-11 to capture the Cup. Chandler […]


Oct. 5: Announcements & finemaster

Announcements New member induction: Rick Ness, fulfilling his Vice-President duties, provided the prologue for the new member induction of Angie Lawrence. Rotarian Paul Maahs sponsored Angie due to their working relationship at Charter Bank, where she is a Mortgage Administrator. She and her Air Force husband, Brian, live in Carver. Marsh Lake Hunt is Wednesday Oct. […]


Sept. 28: Exchange student & finemaster

Exchange student Our exchange student from Chile – Isidora Tiska, spent the weekend at Gretchen Garcia’s home, undoubtedly enjoying a Spanish-language friendly environment as the Garcias are bilingual. Finemaster Char Weber has been our Finemaster during the month of September and ended her reign with her normal exuberance. Payers included Gary Goeman (the on-going Al Grover […]


Program: Jim Bach, Chaska High School

For the Sept. 21 program, Chaska Rotarian David Brecht introduced his successor and the new principal of Chaska High School, Jim Bach. Jim grew up in Richfield and graduated for high school in Richfield. His undergraduate study was at St. Cloud State and he received a Master’s degree from St. Mary’s University. He has called […]