Sept. 27: Metro Airport Commission

Rotarian Christian Klein introduced our speaker, Brian Ryks, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC). Brian is a Minnesota native, graduating from Lakeville High School and St. Cloud State. Mr. Ryks began his career in 1986 as a noise and operations technician at MAC . He left MAC in 1990 […]


Sept. 20: Chaska High School Robotics

Students on Chaska High School’s Robotics Team spoke about the successes of their program and explained how the team needs regular financial support due to the cost of materials. For the first time in history, Chaska High School Robotics Team competed at the international level. They qualified for the FIRST Robotics Championship in April of […]


Sept. 12 program: Angel Foundation, supporting Minnesotans with cancer

Chaska Rotary member Steve Larson introduced his co-worker John Rorke, who volunteers with Angel Foundation. Angel Foundation provides financial and emotional support to Minnesota adults and families as they deal with cancer. John has volunteered with the Angel Foundation for 11 years and spoke with passion and humor. John said that cancer is a great equalizer […]


Sept. 6 Program: Carver Co. Historical Society

Our speaker is Wendy Peterson Biom, executive director of Carver County Historical Society. Located in Waconia, the Society is working currently to restore a nearby farmstead that has historical significance to the area and to apple production. Biom explained the farm was started by Andrew Peterson, who emigrated from Sweden in 1850 and kept a […]


Aug. 30 Program: Bridging & Fran Heitzman

Diane Dalsin, the Community Relations’ Manager opened the program by sharing her passion for Bridging with a video (Bridging 101) and described the growth of Bridging and its history which is on their website. She then introduced Fran and his servant attitude. Before he began, he asked Steve Mueller to stand and thanked Steve from […]

Fran Heitzman

Aug. 23 Program: Rotary New Teacher Breakfast

The 2018 Rotary International theme “Be The Inspiration” was also the guiding message for today’s New Educator Breakfast. Chaska Rotary welcomed public, private, and parochial school teachers for the 31st consecutive year. Rotarian and longtime educator, David Brecht, asked us the rhetorical question, “Do you act, or react?” and used it illustrate Rotary International’s commitment to […]


Aug. 16 Program: District Governor Irene Kelly

Rotary District Governor 5950, Irene Kelly, lived up to this year’s Rotary International them, “Be The Inspiration.” She explained how she has been actively involved in Rotary and in her coaching profession. It takes a village to do the work of Rotary, and Irene asked each of us to look inward to find a role […]


Aug. 9 Program: Lisa Oberski, Chaska Historical Society

Lisa Oberski of the Chaska Historical Society reviewed the group’s history and future, including the forthcoming publication of a new book about Chaska’s recent history. The society began following the U.S. bicentennial when a group of residents decided more needed to be done to preserve the city’s history. Readers of the Chaska Herald should recognize […]


Aug. 2 Program: Phillip Keithahn on the Minnesota College of Osteopathic Medicine

Phillip Keithhahn gave the Chaska Rotary Club an excellent presentation on the startup of a four-year medical school in Gaylord, Minnesota. The college plans to educate 150 doctors each year in osteopathic medicine. Osteopaths have meet the same requirements as traditional medical physicians (allopathic doctors) and have additional training in musculoskeletal tissue. By year five, the […]


June 21 Program: Photo Review of India Visit

Our own world traveler, Neil Wingert, spent several weeks touring India as a serious birder (birdwatcher). He visited northern India earlier this year and today he shared photos and a few video clips of Delhi, the Taj Mahal and three national parks (Kanha, Corbett, Keoladco). He was grateful to be able to share his love […]