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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.

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May 11, 2022

Lori Most — Binary Bridge

Bridging Health Disparities in Emerging Economies

Binary Bridge brings health equity and access across emerging economies, while filling an unmet market need in health technology with BackpackEMR, a portable electronic medical record. Binary Bridge has 30 organizations using BackpackEMR across 24 countries, including Haiti, Guatemala, Uganda and Kenya, and is building partnerships to begin larger rollouts in Rwanda and DR of Congo.

Upcoming Speakers

May 18, 2022
Elisa Vicuna, Minnesota Aurora FC

Elisa Vicuna
Minnesota Aurora FC

Women-Led and Community-Owned Soccer

June 1, 2022
Terry Wu, PhD, Neuroscientist

Terry Wu, PhD
TedX Speaker and Consultant

How to Stop Infighting
The Science of Us vs. Them

June 8, 2022
Marnita Schroedl, Marnita's Table

Marnita Schroedl
Marnita's Table

Trust as a Catalyst for Change

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What's Happening at City of Lakes?

May 18, 2022
GreeterDean Sanberg
Day ChairKurt Nelson
ReflectionDavid Wheeler
Reminder: If you are unable to serve in this Duty for the scheduled meeting, find a replacement from our amazing COLR Club. If, after trying, you are unable to do so, email Mary Pat for assistance! Thank you for putting service above self!
The 16th Annual Rotary Sunrise Forum was a huge success. Held on April 28th at the Woman's Club of Minneapolis, our experienced panel discussed ways to create and support a safe and just community together. In this conversation, we explored: What is our history of violence and public safety? What are our current issues? In creating a safe and just community, what solutions/problem solving processes would be fair and beneficial to all? How can we be allies with those working to build solutions that are fair to all concerned, build good will, and form better friendships that are beneficial to all?
After a two year hiatus, the Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club sponsored five high school students to attend Rotary’s Camp Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) from April 8-12.  This is a weekend leadership development program for young people that emphasizes ethical leadership, citizenship and personal growth, held each spring at Camp St. Croix in Wisconsin. Camp RYLA is organized and sponsored by the Rotary Club of St. Paul. Here is a brief recap of the 2022 Camp RYLA experience from the St. Paul Rotary website.
This year, Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club is sponsoring a cohort of high school girls to participate in JA LaunchU! For those of you interested in mentoring/supporting this group, two opportunities are available at this time. Click Read More for the details.
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The 2022 Rotary Zones 25B and 29 Institute will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 15-18.  This is the place to meet fellow Rotarians from around our Zone, network, learn from experienced Rotary members, and share your talents with others. You never know who you will meet, or how you will be inspired.  Our paired Zones extend from Canada down through the middle of the US to Texas.
RI President-elect Gordon McInally is coming all the way from Scotland. And we D5950 Rotarians can meet, visit, and learn from him at a special All-Club Luncheon chaired by our own District Governor-Nominee Designate Sharon Bloodworth (Mpls. #9). See more information and register at the Zone Institute website.
City of Lakes Rotary members have stepped up to help provide rapid humanitarian relief for Ukrainian refugees! Members donated more than $3,000 to the cause during our Happy Bucks collection on March 9, 2022, and the International Service Committee has designated another approximately $5,000 from their budget.
Half of this more than $8K donation will go to The Rotary Foundation's efforts to provide food, water, medical equipment, and shelter for refugees, while the other half will go directly to the Rotary Club Miskolc in Hungary, just outside of the Ukrainian border. Watch this space for more details on our efforts to help with this humanitarian crisis.
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Couldn't make it to a recent meeting? Really wishing you could see what the speaker had to say? Now you can! All City of Lakes Rotary meetings are now being recorded (with speaker permission) and posted to our YouTube channel. Subscribe to our channel today to make sure you never miss a meeting again — and share with friends to show them why they should join the Best Rotary Club on Earth™!