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Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club is a vibrant community of energized people, working to create change both at home and around the world. Welcome.

Upcoming Speakers

September 28, 2022
FAIR School Downtown

Special Offsite Event
Mary Pat Cumming

Expect More, Experience More:
The FAIR School for the Arts

October 5, 2022
Vocational Roundtables

Vocational Roundtables


October 12, 2022
Steve Cramer, Minneapolis Downtown Council

Steve Cramer
Minneapolis Downtown Council

Downtown Trends:
Challenges and Opportunities

Our Impact

By the Numbers

What's Happening at City of Lakes?

Join us for a night of dynamic conversation with Honorable Justice Alan Page. This living legend had a remarkable run in the National Football League as an MVP Award Winner with the infamous Purple People Eaters Minnesota Vikings lineup of the 1960’s.  He went on to law school at the University of Minnesota and then to an illustrious career in law.  In 1993 he was the first African American appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court.  In 2018, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor.  This recognition is bestowed upon individuals who have made especially meritorious contribution to the United States.
On Thursday, October 6th, we have planned an evening of lively socializing, entertainment, and education at the idyllic Old Log Theatre in Excelsior.  This historic venue is the longest running theater in the United States.  This event is part of Rotary’s ongoing commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).  Our host for the night is Andrew J. Ramirez, a Rotarian from the newly formed MN Pride Rotary Club and District 5950 DEI Action Team Chair.
  • 5:00PM CST - Doors Open for the VIP Event and Cocktail Reception.
  • 6:00PM CST - The seated dinner will promptly start.
  • 7:30PM CST - Welcome Remarks from Rotary District 5950 District Governor Lloyd Campbell.  Our District Governor Lloyd Campbell will share with you the vision he has for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within Rotary and the monument
  • 8:00PM CST - Veteran trial attorney Doug Schmidt of Schmidt and Salita Law Firm from Excelsior Morning Rotary Club will lead a question-and-answer style discussion with Honorable Justice Alan Page.  The topics will represent a broad range of topics, including diversity as it relates to educational outcomes, diversity as it relates to the law and educational inequities, success stories from the Page Educational Foundation and audience submitted questions. 
City of Lakes Rotary volunteer at CES Foodshelf in Minneapolis
On Saturday morning, August 27 several City of Lakes Rotary Club members and their guests conducted another successful community service event at Community Emergency Service Food Shelf for their home delivery program.  In total, almost 90 grocery bags were filled with requested items and loaded onto the delivery truck for distribution in the afternoon.  This is always a popular, and much needed event conducted on a bi-monthly basis by the Club.  The next such event will be on Saturday morning, October 29.
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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.
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.
COL Rotary YouTube video
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™!
For the 14th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.
The Foundation earned the recognition for adhering to sector best practices and executing its mission in a financially efficient way, demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. Only one percent of the organizations Charity Navigator evaluates have received 14 consecutive 4-star evaluations.