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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

September 29, 2021
COL Rotary Vocational Roundtables

Vocational Services Committee

Vocational Roundtables

October 6, 2021
Rob Grunewald, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Rob Grunewald
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

The Economic Impact of Early Childhood Education

October 13, 2021
District 5950 Governor Marianna Khauv

Marianna Khauv
Rotary District 5950 Governor

District 5950 Update

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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

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

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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 volunteers at CES food shelf in Minneapolis
 
On Saturday, August 28, eight members of the Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club and their spouses gathered at the Community Emergency Service (CES) Food Shelf to participate in the Club’s regular, bi-monthly food fulfillment and packing service event for CES customers. 
COL Rotarians help pack food for kids at Every Meal
 
On Saturday, August 14, the Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club held its first food packing event at Every Meal’s warehouse in Roseville. We packed 1,872 bags of food, or about 7,175 meals, in about 90 minutes. Holly Daniels, Every Meal’s Volunteer Coordinator, noted that Every Meal will be providing weekend food to over 7,000 students in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin this coming school year, and seeks to provide food to 10,000 students each week in the near future.
Carol Russell performs the ribbon-cutting, officially inaugurating City of Lakes at the Woman's Club of Minneapolis
 
The City of Lakes Rotary Club is excited to be meeting at its new location, the Woman's Club of Minneapolis, starting in August. The Woman's Club is an elegant venue overlooking Loring Park in the heart of Minneapolis. The story of the Woman's Club began more than a century ago when a group of extraordinary women set out to create a beautiful space in which to gather, connect, educate, inspire, and improve the world around them. Today, the Woman's club is enjoyed by women and men of all ages and backgrounds to work as a positive force of good in our community.
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.
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!
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.