Category Archives : Club Program


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 […]

Photo of Ann Bancroft in the cold

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: 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 […]


Program: Protect yourself from identify theft

Chaska Rotarian Char Weber introduced Thursday’s speaker with two first names: Larry Marty, from Harvard Risk Management Corporation. Larry works from an office in Chaska in the field of identity theft protection, and provided us with data that emphasized the probability of each of us being a victim of this prevalent crime. According to the […]


Building character through outdoor challenges

For the April 20 program, Rotarian Bob Moeller introduced Jack Lee, executive director of Voyageur Outward Bound School and Courtney Kupsch, director of development for the school. The school’s philosophy is that “there is more in us than we know.” The organization’s founder, Kurty Hahn, after World War II, used outdoor challenges to allow youth […]


Chaska Rotary's George C. Klein Award recognizes those who have served the community

Our Rotary’s most significant annual fundraiser – the “SuperGala”

This year’s annual Rotary fundraising Gala on April 8 raised money for the following community organizations who presented us with specific needs: Ridgeview Hospice, St. Gertrude’s Rehabilitation and Auburn Home Facility. The “SuperGala” started with cocktails and appetizers and those wearing superhero costumes received preferential treatment. The donation of auction items was spread across tables and […]


Sheridan Story helps prevent hunger in our community

At the March 30 Chaska Rotary meeting, Rotarian Jenni Evans introduced Christine Dummann, a nutritionist and Program Coordinator for The Sheridan Story. Christine presented a video that described the efforts and successes of her organization in supplementing the nutrition available to students in the Twin Cities area. We learned about the impact of good nutrition […]

The Sheridan Story support nurition and helps prevent hunger in our community.

This is antique sheet music used by past Chaska Community Bands.

Just give me that olde tyme musick – community bands thru the ages

At the March 23 meeting, Rotarian Paul Olson introduced Barry Fox, River City’s own “Music Man.” Barry is known throughout Chaska as the former Chaska High School band director and current director of Minnesota Valley Community Band. Many of his former students are now members of Chaska Rotary. A few Rotarians, including Mr. Olson, also play […]