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Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club is a vibrant community of leaders, giving generously of our time, talent and funds to benefit those in need both at home and abroad. Welcome.

Upcoming Speakers

May 12, 2021
Paurvi Bhatt, VP of Medtronic Philanthropy

Paurvi Bhatt

Medtronic Philanthropy

May 19, 2021
Gabrielle Clowdus, Settled

Gabrielle Clowdus, CEO and Co-Founder of Settled

Rotary Hope Award Recipient 2020

May 26, 2021
COL Rotary Vocational Roundtables

COL Rotary Vocational Roundtables

How can Rotarians address the economic and social gap of minority groups in our communities?


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“I feel fortunate to be a part of such a great community of caring, compassionate individuals who, together, make a difference to each other and the community.”

Jodi M.
Member since 2011


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“Virtually every member of our club has a passion for one or more areas of service and there is absolutely nothing more satisfying than having the opportunity to help others when you do it with a group of your best friends.”

Gary M.
Member since 1987


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“Every Peer Group, Strategy, Planning, and New Membership meeting has taught more about the meaning of Service above Self. I hope to take these invaluable life lessons from Rotary and give a little to a world that has given me so much.”

Sangam N.
Member since 2019

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What's Happening at City of Lakes?

Join us for our next installment of our take a hike series. This is a chance to get together outside with Rotarians and enjoy our great Minnesota outdoors. Friends and family are welcome. 

Saturday, May 15
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Theodore Wirth Park
Meet at the Picnic Parking Lot: 3130 Glenwood Ave, Golden Valley, MN 55422

Please RSVP to Jodi Massey by Friday, May 14. 

*If you have suggestions of places you'd like to visit in the future, ideas are welcome!

We are very excited to share that we have received a new member application from Reverend Tim Kingsley
Tim is the Canon Pastor, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief of Staff at Saint Marks Episcopal Cathedral located in Minneapolis, serves on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Crisis Intervention Team, and is a Senior Consultant at Kingswood Security Consulting. His civic and charitable activities include Masonic, Minneapolis BOMA, St. Paul BOMA, and the Minnesota Crisis Intervention Team. He is also a member of the St. Andrews Society and enjoys sailing and camping. 
He is joining Rotary to develop relationships, to support the City of Minneapolis - and looks forward to engaging speakers and committing to healthy communities that are grounded in equity, inclusion, fellowship, and fun. 
Tim has a Political Science degree from the University of Minnesota and studied organizational leadership at the Teachers College of Columbia University. He also attended the School of Formation for Priesthood at the Episcopal Church in Minnesota.

Tim's sponsors are Ellen Archibald and Cindy Lennie.  Please contact Ross Naylor ( before May 24th, 2021, if you would like further information, have any questions or comments to Tim's application for membership.
I am thrilled to share that we have received a new member application from Claire Burkitt
Claire was a former Rotary exchange student in high school and had a once in a lifetime experience of assimilating into another country's culture and became fluent in a second language. That experience deeply shaped her values, and desire to be part of Rotary to continue to create the same experiences for others. Additionally, she aims to live Rotary's mission of philanthropy and global citizenship.
She has served and volunteered for many charitable organizations including: Robin for Minneapolis, Open Arms, the 36th District Democrats, Puentes Seattle, along with her experience thru the Rotary Youth Exchange. She enjoys sewing and clothing design, skiing, cooking, travel and is a playground aficionado. 
Claire holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Seattle Pacific University and a Project Management certificate from the University of Washington and works as a marketing operation project manager for Strategic Education, a publicly traded higher education company and parent company to Capella University and Strayer University. 
She is excited to make new connections  (hopefully in-person soon!) and finding ways to be a benefit to our community both locally and globally.
Claire's sponsor is Ross Naylor.  Please contact Ross ( before May 24th, 2021, if you would like further information, have any questions or comments to Claire’s application for membership.
If you were unable to attend the annual forum we helped lead along with St. Paul Sunrise Rotary and the Roseville Rotary club on the potential of legalizing recreational marijuana, it's not too late! Here is a link to the event recording.
Thanks for your continued support of this yearly event which is always a highlight of our Rotary year!
City of Lakes received a wonderful note this week from Rob Williams at Every Meal (formerly The Sheridan Story). Thanks to everyone for help making this important work possible.
Do you like to make a difference in the local community? Do you have a passion around a particular issue impacting the community or an organization making a difference in the Twin Cities area? We'd love you to join us! The Rotary fiscal year runs from July 1-June 30, and budget requests for the upcoming year are due to the Foundation Board by May 15. Join us May 10 from 12p-1p as we review current grant requests and discuss new ideas for the new fiscal year. 
Monday, May 10
12:00-1:00 p.m.

Virtual/Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 819 8809 0741
Passcode: 162129
(Or dial in by phone: (312) 626 6799; same meeting ID and pass code as above.)
Can't make it but want to get involved? Contact Kelly Marquardt or Jodi Massey (21-22 co-chairs)
Late on the afternoon of Tuesday, March 16, the Minneapolis chapter of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 7200 put out a notice to The Family Partnership and several other nonprofit, social service organizations in the Twin Cities to let them know that they were going to be distributing perishable food items. The only rub was that time was of the essence as the distribution would take place on Thursday morning, March 18. This initiative was one of many community outreach programs sponsored by CWA.