Program: Birder extraordinaire Neil Wingert

Our own Chaska Rotarian Neil Wingert needed no introduction. He provided the club with a visual summary of his around-the-world birding trip last year. He purchased an around-the-world airline ticket and used over five months it to travel to Australia, Turkey, Germany, Bolivia and more. He observed 1,500 species and had nearly that many photos […]

Sept. 7 Exchange Student, Finemaster & Announcements

Exchange Student Our exchange student from Chile, Isidora (Isy) Tiska has experienced her first days of high school in Chaska, and all seems to be going well. She has enjoyed time at a lake, swimming and fishing. Finemaster Past-President, Char Weber, was Fine Mistress today seeking revenge. She cut a broad swath through those who had […]

Program: Protect yourself from identify theft

Chaska Rotarian Char Weber introduced Thursday’s speaker with two first names: Larry Marty, from Harvard Risk Management Corporation. Larry works from an office in Chaska in the field of identity theft protection, and provided us with data that emphasized the probability of each of us being a victim of this prevalent crime. According to the […]

Aug. 31 Announcements & Finemaster

Announcements Dan Keyport invited us to a Coffee, Scotch, and Cigar evening scheduled for October 2. It will be held on the Hazeltine Golf Club porch. For $100 per person, your participation will also contribute to our Rotary fund. Heavy appetizers will be served. Non-Rotary guests can also attend. Rotarians should look for an e-mail […]

Chaska Rotary awards scholarships to graduating seniors

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, […]

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 […]