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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

July 24, 2024
Jordan Donatell, MPCA

Jordan Donatell, MPCA

Understanding the health of the Mississippi River

August 7, 2024
R.T. Rybak

R.T. Rybak

Minneapolis 3.0

August 14, 2024
Trish Thacker, CEO of Guild

Trish Thacker

CEO of Guild


Upcoming Events

Shaun Irwin, COL President, 2024–25

President’s Welcome Message

I am thrilled and honored to step into the role of President for our Rotary Club this year. As we embark on this journey together, I am eager to share my enthusiasm and vision for our club's future.

Embracing Rotary’s Core Values
At the heart of Rotary are the values of service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership. These principles guide us in everything we do and inspire us to make a tangible difference in our community and beyond.

The Benefits of Joining Rotary
Joining Rotary is not just about what you can give; it's also about what you can gain. Here are some of the many benefits you can expect:

  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with a diverse group of professionals who share your commitment to service and excellence.
  • Leadership Development: Hone your leadership skills through various roles and responsibilities within the club.
  • Community Involvement: Make a direct impact on your local community by participating in meaningful projects and initiatives.
  • Global Reach: Be part of a global network with the power to address significant challenges worldwide, from eradicating polio to providing clean water.
  • Personal Fulfillment: Experience the joy and satisfaction that comes from knowing you are making a difference in the world.

Join Us and Make a Difference
Our meetings are open to all, and we would love for you to join us and see firsthand what we are all about. Come meet our members, learn about our projects, and discover how you can be a part of something truly special Joining City of Lakes Rotary | Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club (

Shaun Irwin

Our Impact

By the Numbers

What's Happening at City of Lakes?

We are delighted to introduce our newest member, Frances Tyler.  Frances is an RN with a Master of Science - Heathcare Management. She leads Belong Healthcare in Brooklyn Park and is a realtor for Keller Williams.  We are eager for Frances to bring her caring nature and leadership skills to our Rotary family. 
MCOL Rotary sponsored Opera Night, featuring acclaimed performers from the nationally recognized Lakes Area Music Festival. Over 80 Rotarians and guests enjoyed the beautiful harmonies represented in this photo of Scott Brunscheen, John Taylor Ward, and pianist Wesley Frye. They were joined by soprano Vette Keong.
The evening was the highlight of the summer complemented by MCOL members serving a classic, coursed Italian dinner in the elegant Woman’s Club lounge. Our thanks for an unforgettable evening to members Carol Russell and Cindy Lennie who led this event, our volunteer servers, the Woman’s Club culinary team, and the distinguished musicians.
It is with mixed emotions that we announce the departure of Keith Johnson, a cornerstone of our Rotary Club for the past 37 years. Keith will be moving to Florida full-time. In recognition of his exceptional service, we are proud to name Keith an Honorary Member of our Rotary Club. 
Keith's tenure with our club has been marked by a steadfast commitment to service, leadership, and community:
  • 37 years of 100% perfect attendance
  • Merle Else Heart of Rotary Award 2005
  • MCOL President 1998-1999
  • Dick Devore Fellow
  • The Rotary Foundation Major Donor
  • The Rotary Foundation Sustaining Donor
  • Sponsored 20 new members
  • Participated in four Rotary International conventions
  • Finance Committee member 15 years
We celebrated Keith at our July 17 meeting and wish him the best in his new journey.
Mark your calendars, Rotary members, and enthusiasts! Wednesdays are dedicated to Rotary, with a range of activities planned throughout the month.

For the first three Wednesdays of each month, join us for our regular breakfast meetings. These gatherings are an excellent opportunity to hear engaging speakers, connect, share updates, and plan our upcoming initiatives. When there is a holiday, the series moves out one week. And if you can’t make it in person, get your Zoom link here Weekly Meetings | Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club (

The remaining Wednesdays are reserved for a variety of dedicated events designed to keep our community engaged and active. These events include:
  • Social Happy Hours: Unwind and socialize with fellow Rotarians in a relaxed setting.
  • Special Events: For example, our Foundation drive kick off is on Oct. 23 in the evening at the Woman’s Club
  • Service Projects: Get involved in hands-on projects that make a difference in our community.
  • Zoom Only Meetings:  Attend four virtual meetings throughout the year to stay connected from the comfort of your home.
We’ll also sponsor events on other days of the week, and updates are posted here Calendar | Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club (  Join us and make the most of these enriching experiences!
From now until November 15, high school students may apply to venture abroad to more than 30 countries for our year long program. The mission of Rotary Youth Exchange is to build world peace one student at a time.  For more information, go to or speak with one of our Youth Exchange team members Todd Marshall, Tom Tamura, John Vandermyde, Bill Jackson, Lars and Chanda Olson. 
Do you know a driven student looking for financial support for further education? The Rotary District 5950 Global Grant Scholarship offers a fantastic opportunity to receive funding for a Master’s-level program outside the U.S. 
Candidates must live within District 5950 (roughly Minneapolis, surrounding suburbs, and outstate communities to the west and northwest).  Also, per IRS rules, candidates may not be a Rotarian or the spouse, child, or grandchild of a Rotarian.
Don't miss this chance to ease the financial burden of education and join a network of accomplished scholars. Apply by October 15 and take a step closer to achieving academic dreams!
At our 18th Annual Community Forum, Willam Doherty, Ph.D, co-founder of Braver Angels, led an interactive session on how to have constructive conversations in a polarized world.  We are sharing a video of the forum to benefit everyone searching for solutions.
Dr. Doherty is internationally recognized and has worked with therapists, legislators, lawyers, mediators, and clergy for years. Following the 2016 U.S. Presidential election he co-founded Braver Angels, a citizen initiative bringing conservatives and liberals together to counteract political polarization.
Bringing his experience, Dr Doherty helped us focus on new understandings and strategies for initiating conversations that focus on our shared humanity and that respect the integrity and worth of every individual and their views. This community forum was open to all community members and Rotarians and was presented by Rotary Clubs of St. Paul, Minneapolis City of Lakes, and Roseville.
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.
Rotary on Tap, hosted by the Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club, brought together 100 community leaders to make connections and discover Rotary’s impact. What an incredible evening! Sisyphus Brewing’s relaxed atmosphere made it fun and easy to mix and mingle. From collaborative conversations to new friendships, it was a night filled with laughter and learning. We thank our foundation partners who participated in the event, and everyone who joined us!