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 15: Chaska City Square West project

Matt Podhradsky, Chaska City Manager and Rotarian, opened with a brief history of the city’s planning efforts and summary of major changes that have resulted from the Master Plan. Poster boards contained photos and maps showing area, businesses and buildings affected by the City Square West project. This project is in the earliest stages, but […]


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 […]


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 […]


Jan. 4: Marcia Lockman on the 2019 Women’s PGA Championship

Chaska Rotarian Scott Knight introduced Marcia Lockman, who shared information about the 2019 Women’s PGA Championship to be held at Hazeltine National Golf Club, June 18-25, 2019. The week of the tournament will also contain a leadership summit for young women to hear speakers and attend workshops, with the intent to inspire women to professional […]


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

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Program Nov. 16: Engineers Without Borders

Chaska Rotarian Bob Chinnock introduced a team from the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) chapter at the University of Minnesota: Lily Hock, Kai Johnson, Andrew Kanewske, Nicole Spence and Ryan Vogt. These students devote their extra-curricular time to helping others, using their developing engineering skills on international projects in Ethiopia and Guatemala. Both efforts have life-changing benefits. […]


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 […]