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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 […]


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 […]


Program: Cory Whitmer, The Mustard Seed

Cory Whitmer is the Design and Sales Manager for The Mustard Seed located west of Chaska on Highway 212. He had planned to provide the Chaska Rotary with advice on preparing our gardens and yards for winter. What occurred instead was 30 minutes of questions and answers from the audience. Cory responded with expertise and […]


Sept. 14 Finemaster & Announcements

We did not have a report from our exchange student this morning, she had to leave early. Finemaster & Happy Dollars Char Weber was our Fine Mistress again today. She asked questions of each table about scotch whiskey. As a result of many mis-spent hours near bottles of single-malts, most tables were very knowledgeable and […]


Program: Birder extraordinaire Neil Wingert

Our own Chaska Rotarian Neil Wingert needed no introduction. He provided the club with a visual summary of his around-the-world birding trip last year. He purchased an around-the-world airline ticket and used over five months it to travel to Australia, Turkey, Germany, Bolivia and more. He observed 1,500 species and had nearly that many photos […]