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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

June 16, 2021
Dan Huff, Assistant Commissioner, MDH

Dan Huff, Assistant Commissioner
Minnesota Dept. of Health

COVID-19 Updates

June 23, 2021
Jamie Coughlin & Gabe Silverman

Jamie Coughlin & Gabe Silverman, filmmakers

The Fight to Serve: The making of award-winning documentary TransMilitary — Hybrid Meeting

June 30, 2021
Carol Russell, COL Rotary President

Outstallation of Club President

Carol Russell


Connect with movers and shakers from Minneapolis and St. Paul.

“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


Give to gain.

“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


Become a better you.

“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

We Change Lives

We are a diverse set of growth mindset people with a common mission to make a difference. Does this sound like you? Getting involved is easy.

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By the Numbers

Meals Provided (2018–19)


Books Given to Kids (2016–19)


Yards Raked for Minneapolis Seniors (1995–2020)


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What's Happening at City of Lakes?

We made it through another Rotary year. Let's gather and celebrate all we accomplished together and toast the year that was. (And what it year it was!)
What: Year-end happy hour for Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotarians and guests
North Loop, 520 N 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401
(*Rain or shine. Ideally, we can be outdoors, but they have indoor space if we need it.)
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Details: Graze is a food and beverage collective with seven locally-driven, chef-inspired food concepts and two bars. Plenty of great options to choose from! 
Let us know you're coming! Please RSVP to Jodi Massey by June 28 (email or text 612-868-7541)
8 Rotarians return to serve at CES Food Shelf
Eight enthusiastic Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary volunteers returned to Community Emergency Service (CES) at long last on Saturday morning, May 22. Due to ongoing COVID protocols, the group was limited to eight individuals and masks were required. But this group, all experienced in this community service event in the past dove right in and successfully fulfilled the orders for 100 of CES’s home delivery clients in just under 2 hours.
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.
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.

We recently added a page to the website that documents some of our club’s history. Have a look at the new page to see what we’ve accomplished together over the past 36 years. And if you notice we’re missing something that you think should be included, be sure to let us know! Email Brock Ray with suggestions.

May 26, 2021
June 16, 2021
  • Day Chair: Jim Eaton
  • Greeter: James Vos
  • Reflection: Dick Hall
  • Induction: Claire Burkitt
  • Avenue of Service, Vocational: Steve Morris