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.
REMINDER: Our July 25 meeting will be held at Crown of Glory Church. 
Our 2023-2024 Annual Report: 
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

Rotary Club Committee Meetings – Erin Kerber , Jean Heyduck

Our Committees met to continue discussions about future events, projects and ideas. Brief summaries closed our morning.

·      Past Presidents (Michelle Kraus): A question arose regarding the importance of an annual report. An annual report is prepared so that our club’s history can be documented and referred to when wisdom of lessons-learned might be helpful.

·      International (Ken Hiller):  A virtual Rotary e-club exists for those interested in service projects.

·      Administration (Cindy Anderson):  A “pop-up” social will happen on July 19 as part of the Northstar Youth Exchange. A potluck meet-and-greet at the Solseng “barn” begins after the Feed My Starving Children service project. Quarterly social gatherings are a goal.

·      Public Relations (Greg Anderson): They are working on updating and improving our presence on Facebook.

·      Community (Bob Roepke): The committee is generating ideas to partner with and support efforts within the community, county and city projects.

·      Youth Services (Bob Chinnock):  Investigations into Rotaract and discussions about scholarships are keeping this group busy.

·      Membership (Gary Hardel): previous Corporate memberships have been continuity-sustaining pieces of our club, so efforts to rebuild those relationships will be made.

  • Our guests today were Natasha Palmelund and her family. Natasha was our 2022-23 Exchange Student from Denmark and is in the middle of a weeks-long road trip across the USA.
  • Happy Dollar donors again proceeded without an introduction by a Finemaster.  Phil Solseng, Erin Kerber, Wayne Ward, Matt Podhradsky, John Roebke, Vic Benetti and Neil Wingert donated. Our guest, Dorte Palmelund, gave us American dollars, Danish Cookies and heartfelt thanks for giving her daughter lifelong memories.
  • Ken Hiller has heard from Simon Boothman-Milankovic, our 2015-16 Exchange Student from Croatia, who was a swimming star at Chaska High School, is now a medical physician.
  • Erin Kerber presented Dan Keyport with another Rotary Foundation Paul Harris award. Thanks for your continued donations, Dan!
  • Erin Kerber reminded us that nine exchange students will be hosted by Rotarians next week, and we’ll have a potluck (at Solseng barn) after working at Feed My Starving Children on July 19. See the photos below. 
  • Cindy Anderson worked though our tables to encourage staffing our wine + beverage pub on wheels at River City Days – July 26, 27 and 28. Sign up with Cindy 612-386-6156.
  • Dave Pokorney and Bob Roepke would like our help to move small household items into the West Creek Apartments that will serve as a turning point for homeless young adults. On Tuesday, July 23, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, please help at 104 West 4th Street in Chaska, across from the school bus depot.
  • Our next meeting on July 25 will be held at the Crown of Glory Lutheran Church, starting at 7:30 AM. No meal will be provided, but Erin will be offering coffee. Our speaker will be the new Superintendent of School District 112.
Dorte Palmelund
Danish cookies. YUM!
Simon Boothman-Milankovic, our 2015-16 Exchange Student from Croatia
Packing meals at Feed My Starving Children
The male exchange students made a good team. 
A team effort!
Northstar Youth Exchange Students Service Project and Club Potluck Social
With Erin Kerber leading the planning and organizing, Jean Heyduck, Michelle Kraus, Gretchen Oppriecht, Dan Keyport, Cindy and Greg Anderson hosting them, nine students spent Friday and Saturday with them following a service project at Feed My Starving Children.  Rotarians also contributing efforts at the food-packing included Neil Wingert and Sarah Carlson, and Robin and Julie Nesburg. The whole bunch then met at Phil and Claudine Solseng’s Tin Shed for a potluck social. They were joined by Sheryl and Jim Hough, Peter Ivy, Vic Benetti, Ken and Barb Hiller, Bob and Rorie Chinnock, Georgian Keyport, and Rotary friends. Special photography helper – Emma Kerber. 
The students:
  • Sophie – Ireland
  • Viktoria – Czech Republic
  • Gabin – France
  • Daniel – Spain
  • Halin – Slovakia
  • Luccia – Italy
  • Liva – Denmark
  • Felix – Germany
  • Louis - Germany
Each student shared a little about themselves and their countries and answered questions from Rotarians and their friends and families.
The students enjoyed the variety of American foods. 
A group shot.
Invocation Schedule Through Year End
July 25, 2024    John Roebke
Aug 1, 2024       Celi Haga
Aug 8, 2024       Peter Ivy
Aug 15, 2024     Neil Wingert
Aug 22, 2024     Gary Hardel
Aug 29, 2024     Matt Podhradsky
Sept 5, 2024      Ryan Seibert
Sept 12, 2024    Jim Bach
Sept 19, 2024     Keith Payne
Sept 26, 2024     Dui DeBower
Oct 3, 2024         Erika Kennedy
Oct 10, 2024      Sheryl Hough
Oct 17, 2024      Andrew Haugen
Oct 24, 2024      Ken Hiller
Oct 31, 2024     Dan Keyport
Nov 7, 2024      George Glaros
Nov 14, 2024    Michelle Kraus
Nov 21, 2024    Erin Kerber
Dec 5, 2024      Jean Heyduck
Dec 12, 2024    Cindy Anderson
Dec 19, 2024    Kaylee McClellan

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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