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 […]


Jan. 24: Women of Influence series: Kate Madonna Hindes

During 2017 and 2018, Chaska Rotary is running a “Women of Influence” series for its speaker presentations. Today, Kate Madonna Hindes talked to us about “Elevating Your Personal Brand.” She dynamically presented her lessons and ideas from her career as a public relations specialist and a ghost writer of 34 books. Kate was a young mother and […]


Jan. 18: Jessica Bartholomew, ACT United

Today’s speaker was introduced by Rotarian Tom Moorse. Jessica Bartholomew talked about anti-child trafficking efforts that are needed throughout the world, including Chaska. Jessica served 25 years as a police officer and now is the founder and lead facilitator for A.C.T. United. The organization’s is goal is to educate parents, teachers, citizens, and children about […]


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 […]