Category Archives : Club Program


Program: Chaska Valley Family Theatre

On May 3, Chaska Rotary welcomed Jennifer Welner and Gillian Barron from the Chaska Valley Family Theatre. In 1995, a group of former Chaska High School students teamed up to form a community theater with a special mission: to provide audiences a high quality, live theater experience featuring local talent with an emphasis on family […]


Program March 22: SW Valley Alliance for Battered Women (one of our 2018 gala recipients)

Chaska Rotarian Scott Knight introduced Stephanie Smith, the community Engagement Coordinator for the Southwest Valley Alliance for Battered Women. The Alliance is a recipient of funds from our 2018 gala. Stephanie’s educational efforts include groups like ours, high school students, and now extend to middle school children. Her focus on dating violence appears to be especially […]


Program March 8: Saints Foundation

Chaska Rotarian Cyndi Anderson introduced Yvonne Anderson, who spoke to us about the Saints’ Foundation. Yvonne is the Marketing Director at St. Gertrude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Shakopee. St. Francis Regional Medical Center and St. Gerts are part of the Benedictine Health System, and have been serving our region since 1996. The Saints’ Foundation […]


Program Feb. 22: Avant Energy (power supplier to Chaska)

Rotarian Matt Podhradsky introduced David Niles, VVP of accounting and finance for Avant. Avant generates and transmits electricity for the city of Chaska. Chaska is one of a doz-en Minnesota cities that run its own electric utility. Chaska manages lines above and below ground and manages the service to residents, including outages. Since 1995, Chaska […]


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 […]


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 […]