Proud of our 2017 Rotary scholarship recipients

At the June 8 Rotary Meeting, we heard personal remarks from seven of the nine high school graduates who received Rotary scholarships. Applicants were interviewed by a panel of Rotarians earlier this year. Recipients were selected based on their academics, community service and personal ethics. The 2017 recipients are Sophia Pantano, Anika Lillegard-Bouton, Ellie Miller, […]

Chaska Rotary awards scholarships to graduating seniors

Understanding homelessness & Chaska Supportive Housing

The June 1 Chaska Rotary presentation was from Dave Pokorney, Corey Magstadt and Bob Roepke. They spoke about a proposal to create a 28-bed residence in Chaska for people experiencing short-term homelessness. The residence would be affiliated with Love INC, a local non-profit that works with homeless people to placing them in housing and help […]


What is aphasia and how can we help?

The May 25 Chaska Rotary presentation was from Julia Halverson, a Speech Language Pathologist at Ridgeview Medical Center, and director of Minnesota Connect Aphasia Now (MnCAN). Aphasia is a communication disorder resulting in difficulty talking, reading, writing, math and sometimes, comprehension. As a result, communication can be limited and challenging. Aphasia may lead to painful social […]


Learning about Islam

At the May 11 meeting, Rotarian Vic Benetti introduced John Emery of the Islamic Resource Group. Emery completed intensive study of the Arabic language in the U.S. Army. He served as a translator and interrogator for nine years, including service in the United States, North Africa, Persian Gulf, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. After his honorable discharge, […]


Starting an advancement program in Eastern Carver County Schools

On May 4, the Chaska Rotary program was from the “soon to be retired” Superintendent of Eastern Carver County Schools, Jim Bauck, and Chaska Rotarian Rick Ford. Ford is the district’s new director of advancement. He set aside his business venture to work on this way of making a significant difference in the lives of our […]


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 […]


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 […]

Chaska Rotary's George C. Klein Award recognizes those who have served the community

Victoria Rose Floral provides fresh cut flowers and arrangements

Support our local businesses!

For the April 6 Chaska Rotary program, Rotarian Ron Cossette introduced local business owners. The first presenter was Elizabeth Contrera, from the Smiling Olive, located at 110 Pioneer trail, in the Chaska Commons shopping area across from the Cub grocery store, east of Highway 61. Elizabeth provided us with the background of collecting and pressing […]


April 6 Announcement & Finemaster

Announcements Chaska Rotary Gala organizer Amanda Bloomgren and President Char Weber expressed their excitement for the fund-raising Gala this coming Saturday. Tickets have sold well, and plans are in place for a great evening of fun and presentation of the George C. Kline Service Above Self Award for community service.  All Systems – GO! Rotarian […]


The Sheridan Story support nurition and helps prevent hunger in our community.

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 […]