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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

August 4, 2021
Patrick 'Packy' Mader

Patrick “Packy” Mader

Minnesota Gold:
Stories of Minnesota's Olympians

August 11, 2021
Anne Doepner, Director of Inclusion, Minnesota Vikings

Anne Doepner, Director of Inclusion
Minnesota Vikings

Authentic Leadership: Speak Up and Stand Out

August 18, 2021
Betsy McCann, UMN Director of Athletic Bands

Betsy McCann
UMN Director of Athletic Bands

All I Need to Know I Learned in Band

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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

Serve

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

Grow

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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Our Impact

By the Numbers

Meals delivered to those in need since 2016

106,000

Books donated to advance literacy

13,229

Yards Raked for Minneapolis Seniors (1995–2020)

375

Dollars contributed by members

$1,237,329

Learn more about our impact in our community and across the globe.

 

What's Happening at City of Lakes?

City of Lakes Rotary Club international impact statement
Huge thanks to Jonathan Hobbs for helping to put together our new City of Lakes Rotary Club Impact Statement! The new statement documents the amazing work City of Lakes members have done both in our community and across the globe. Click through to read all of the great statistics and to see more amazing graphics by Russell Herder.
Jul 18, 2021
Please register for a one time, two hour food packing event with our community partner Every Meal. The date/time has now been confirmed: Saturday, August 14, from 9:00 - 11:00 AM at Every Meal’s facility in Roseville (2723 Patton Road, Roseville, MN 55113).
Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club is moving our weekly meetings to a new venue beginning in August. Get a preview of our new home to be with a special happy hour on the rooftop patio of The Woman's Club. 
 
Date: Tuesday, July 27
Time: 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: The Woman's Club (410 Oak Grove St, Minneapolis, MN 55403)
Details: Event will take place on the rooftop patio. Light food will be served & cash bar available. Guests are welcome!
RSVP: Kindly let us know you're coming by Thursday, July 22. RSVP here.
Questions: Contact Anna Prisacari
 
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.