About Rotary Club of Chaska
We are part of Rotary International, a secular, non-political, global network of 1.4 million committed individuals who volunteer their skills and resources to solve pressing issues and address community needs.
Host Families Needed
Rotary Club of Chaska has a long history of sponsoring foreign exchange students. For the 2024-2025 school year, our student will be a male from Spain. 
 
Hosting an exchange student is a rewarding experience, for both the student and the host family. 
 
We are looking for three host families (the student stays with each family for approximately three months). Families must live in the District 112 boundary (Chaska, Chan, Victoria, Carver). 
 
For more information, contact Erin Kerber at erinkerber@yahoo.com or 612-298-1896. 
Notes From Our Most Recent Meeting
Speaker: Dave Pokorney - West Creek Apartments

John Roebke introduced the man who did not need one – former Chaska City Manager and now a full-time community benefit – Dave Pokorney. Dave explained the multi-year path taken by a concept generated in the think tank which met at Dunn Brother Coffeeshop to become West Creek Apartments, a home for the homeless. Bob Roepke and Dave became the “never-say-die” proponents of a dwelling place in Chaska that would provide a stable connection for single homeless adults (18 – 30 years old). Even with their enormous experience with the structures and processes of civic development, the concept has taken 12 years to become a reality, offering a different future for 18 people at West Creek Apartments.

 

In July or August, the vision that Bob and Dave convinced hundreds of others to believe in will achieve fruition. Dave reviewed some of the steps taken to gather support, funding, grants, plans, permits, contracts and partnerships. The initial role of Launch Ministries and the effect on one of its clients was presented in a video testimonial from a former homeless and “invisible” person who is now a biology teacher. Dave then gave us details about homelessness in our communities, the obstacles facing those without an address, and the civic organizations that are trying to provide pathways out of its darkness.

 

Dave shared details of the apartment’s location and floor plan. The land and building will be owned by the Community Asset Foundation, and case management will probably be provided through the Community Action Partnership (CAP Agency). Residents are obligated to work with case managers and to set goals for them to successfully integrate into a more beneficial life.  There is no time limit for their residency, but with jobs and opportunities occurring, openings will naturally occur.  Priorities and methodologies for obtaining an apartment will follow the procedures currently in effect for funded housing support.

 

For more information: City of Chaska website 

Dave’s contact info: davepokorney@gmail.com, phone 952-448-4444

Announcements
  • John Goodman’s speech at his graduation ceremony cemented his memorable presence as an intern this past year. He and Sophia Pesina welcomed their potential replacement – Summer Mazhary.
 
 
Global Grant Scholarship

This scholarship opportunity is all about funding $30,000 toward a graduate school program for one student from our local Rotary District 5950 who wants to pursue a global Master's Degree in one of Rotary's seven Areas of Focus.

Applications are available online at www.rotary5950.org and are due by October 15, 2024 to: Brad Johnson, Global Grant Scholarship Chair: bradcliffiohnson@gmail.com

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Jun 20, 2024 7:30 AM
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