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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

February 11, 2024
Benny Roberts, Urban Ventures Leadership Foundation

Carol Britto
and Sophie Dart

COL Rotary Exchange Students

February 28, 2024
Pete Gorton, The Donaldson Network


Pete Gorton

John Donaldson: Black Baseball Legacy Restoration

March 6, 2024
Adam Duininck, Minneapolis Downtown Council

Zoom OnlyAdam Duininck

Minneapolis Downtown Council

 

Upcoming Events

Our Impact

By the Numbers

What's Happening at City of Lakes?

 
Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary is thrilled by the announcement that Minneapolis-St. Paul will host the prestigious 120th Rotary International Convention from May 26-30, 2029, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. This event is set to be the largest convention Minneapolis will see in 2029, attracting more than 15,000 Rotary members and participants from across the globe. The convention promises to be a vibrant gathering for sharing ideas, learning, and fostering connections aimed at bringing about positive, lasting change to communities worldwide.
 
With an expected economic impact of $30.4 million, the convention underscores the strong values of service, diversity, and leadership within the Rotary community. We are excited to collaborate with other local Rotary clubs, the Meet Minneapolis Tourism Bureau, and the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Bloomington to deliver an unforgettable experience. This gathering not only highlights Rotary's commitment to global improvement but also showcases the cultural diversity and natural beauty of Minneapolis – the City of Lakes. Read more.
 
 
As part of an ongoing initiative to help feed those in need in the inner city of Minneapolis, City of Lakes Rotary members once again gathered at the Community Emergency Service Food Shelf on Saturday, January 6th to fulfill food requests for 80 City residents. Members also donated desperately needed food and hygiene items. Afterwards, the group then sorted recently received donations from other sources so that they could more easily be distributed by other volunteers at a later date.
Way to Grow had a second successful holiday season with their Adopt-a-Family campaign! City of Lakes Rotary collected $2,575 in gift cards, which helped to provide support for the holidays to the families that Way to Grow serves. We received a wonderful letter and a thank you note from one of the recipient families (photos below) thanking us for our support!
 
 
The City of Lakes Rotary Club’s annual awards day recognized dynamic individuals who have been a catalyst for innovative service solutions and generous foundation gifts. We are proud to congratulate this year’s winners.
 
Brock Ray was recognized as our club’s Heart of Rotary Award winner, presented annually to a club member in recognition of outstanding service to the club, Rotary International and the community. Brock has distinguished himself by holding leadership positions including president, vice president membership, public image and webmaster while also leading special technology projects. Brock has made and continues to make a significant difference in the lives of many people and gives them hope for the future.
 
Lynn Otis was honored with our Emerging Leadership Award that is presented annually to a newer member that has rapidly engaged in the spirit of service within the club. By providing leadership as Community Service Chair, Lynn demonstrated her commitment to Service Above Self.
 
Greg Alm received our first ever Quiet Rotarian Award for his initiative supporting the club behind the scenes by setting up and taking down AV equipment every week, acting as assistant treasurer and challenging processes to make them better.
 
Evon Spangler, Esq. received our Rotary Hope Award and $2500 for her achievements as Board Chair and Founder of the Domestic Abuse Legal Advocacy Center, PSC. DALAC provides pro bono services to victims and survivors of domestic violence at shelters that the organization collaborates with in Minnesota.  DALAC uses a cutting-edge method of providing legal advocacy to victims and survivors of domestic abuse from a trauma-informed lens.
 
The Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellows and Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Foundation Dick Davore Fellows are members who were recognized for their substantial contributions of $1000 or more.
The following is the proposed slate of candidates for the 2024-25 Minneapolis City of Lakes Board of Directors and Committee leaders. Thanks to all who agreed to serve next year! This slate will be voted on at the January 10th, 2024 meeting. Please reach out to Shaun Irwin if you have any questions (or if you would like to volunteer for one of the open positions).
 
2024-2025
City of Lakes Rotary Club
Board
PresidentShaun Irwin
President-ElectMaria Bavender
Vice President/Membership ChairBrian Kimmes
Membership Co-chairSydney Skemp
TreasurerSandy Christensen
Finance/Assistant TreasurerGreg Alm
SecretaryLisa Moncrief
Club AdministratorSteve Morris
Assistant Club AdministratorDick Mosman
Meeting PrepRoss Naylor
ProjectsBill Jackson
FoundationBob Baker, Brock Ray
Programs Committee ChairHugh Pruitt, Scott Benson
Assistant Programs   
At Large – Public Image Chair 
At Large 
At Large – District Liaison/StrategyJim Nelson
Web Master 
  
Avenues of Service 
Community Service ChairJewelie Grape
Assistant Community Service 
International Service ChairLakka Benti, Sheila Gothmann
Assistant International ServiceBill Klein
Vocational Service ChairRuss Michaletz
Assistant Vocational Service  
Club Service ChairMeg Waterman
Assistant Club Service John Michaletz
  
Other Club Leadership
Peer Group — AMGayle Noakes
Zoom CrewAnna Coskran, Greg Alm, Brian Kimmes, Ross Naylor
 
On Friday, December 15, volunteers from the Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club (COLRC) packed over 200 special holiday gift bags for clients of the Community Emergency Service (CES) Food Shelf in South Minneapolis.  Volunteers also decorated the food shelf and set out festive party trays loaded with holiday cookies for the party, which took place at 10:00 the following morning.  Despite gentle handling, unfortunately a few of the cookies were broken in the process and had to be eaten for quality control purposes.  Each variety received a “thumbs up” from the group.
 
We are thrilled to announce the newest additions to our Rotary family! Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Oscar, Christine, Peg, and Tim. Each brings a unique set of skills, experiences, and perspectives that will undoubtedly enrich our Rotary endeavors.
 
Welcome aboard new members, and to those looking for professional networking, personal development, and the chance to contribute meaningfully to society, we can’t wait to welcome you too!  Learn more.
 
It's that time of year again — time to register for the COL Rotary Zoom meetings! As you may (or likely may not) recall, Zoom puts a limit on the number of prescheduled recurring meetings we can have — and we have officially reached our limit from the last time we re-upped last year.
 
To ensure you can attend COL Rotary Zoom meetings on any given Wednesday morning, please register here: Register for Zoom Meetings
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you have any questions about registering or attending Zoom meetings, please reach out to Brock Ray.