Category Archives : Club Program


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 […]


Chaska Police help protect Trump!

For our March 16 program, Rotarian Scott Knight, who is Chaska’s Chief of Police, introduced five members of the Chaska Police Department. They were among seven local officers who provided security at the Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. in January. The request came through the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department and the officers quickly responded […]

Members of the Chaska Police Department spoke to the Rotary Club about serving in Washington, D.C. during President Trump's inauguration.

How do the “lies of fiction” illustrate the truth? Writer William Kent Krueger explained it

For our Feb. 23 program, Author Kent Krueger was introduced by his longtime friend, Chaska Rotarian Kevin Eide. Kent writes a mystery series set in the north woods of Minnesota. His protagonist is Cork O’Connor, the former sheriff of Tamarack County and a man of mixed heritage — part Irish and part Ojibwe. Kent’s work […]