Category Archives : Club Program


May 31 Program: Curator for Minnesota Twins

Chaska Rotarian Due Debower introduced his long-time friend, Clyde Doepner, the Curator for the Minnesota Twins. Mr. Doepner is the only official full-time curator in Major League Baseball. Originally a history teacher, he received a season pass from Calvin Griffith after the Twins moved from Washington, D.C. He formed a relationship with the team that […]


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 […]


April 5: Update on school district construction and growth

Rotarian Brett Johnson introduced DeeDee Kahring, director of finance and operations for Eastern Carver County Schools. Kahring also is a member of the Chanhassen Rotary Club. She provided an update on the school district and construction projects. Eastern Carver County Schools serves the communities of Carver, Chaska, Victoria and Chanhassen. Pupil attendance is now 9,578 […]


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 […]