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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

October 4, 2023
Neil Van Dine, Haiti Outreach

Neil Van Dine

Haiti Outreach

October 12, 2023
Foundation Drive Kickoff

Special Thursday Evening Event

Foundation Pledge Drive Kick Off

October 18, 2023
Kylie Cooper, Rise Early Learning

Kylie Cooper

Rise Early Learning Center


Upcoming Events

Our Impact

By the Numbers

What's Happening at City of Lakes?

On Saturday, August 26, members of the Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club volunteered at the Community Emergency Service (CES) Food Shelf in the inner city of Minneapolis. Food and hygiene item requests were fulfilled for 80 CES clients, and the items were all then loaded onto the CES truck for delivery.
This is an ongoing, family friendly, bi-monthly event for the Club and several members also provided food and hygiene products to help stock the shelves. The next event at CES will be on Saturday, October 28. Click "Read more" to see additional photos from this month's packing event!
Meet our newest members: Jasmina Galijasevic works as an Financial Services Agent, Christine Hutcheson is a Global SaaS Marketing Executive, and Sydney Skemp is an Advertising Account Coordinator.  They are joining Rotary to make a difference in our local community and the world while making new friends and having fun!
Way to Grow Garden with the COLRC Big Check
On Thursday, July 13, the Garden at the Way to Grow Preschool had its official ribbon cutting and the students were given their own planting kits to take home to start this summer! The students and staff were very excited and they had a welcome party for the families of the children to have them see what they have been working on so far this summer. They painted us a wonderful, colorful poster — thanking City of Lakes Rotary Club — that you will see in the picture with the planting kits. The garden is going to expand and will be a project that will continue for years to come reaching even more children! It was a fun day and I am so proud of our Club for helping this project happen! Special recognition to Hugh for bringing this project forward!
Way to go, City of Lakes!
Rotary Searching for Service podcast
Looking for more weekly Rotary content? Minnesota’s Rotary Districts 5950 and 5960 have teamed together to host and produce a new podcast called “Searching for Service”. Hosted by new Rotarians Kelly and Joseph Kirk and produced weekly at the studio of AM950-KTNF Radio, “Searching for Service” airs from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays. Tune in wherever podcasts are found: online at or on SpotifyGoogle, or Apple Podcast apps.
Monthly podcast themes follow the calendar of Rotary International. Past shows are available for listening and include a variety of speakers: Tom Gump, District 5950 Past District Governor and Aide to Rotary International President-Nominee Stephanie Urchick; Joe Stahlmann, District 5960 Polio Plus Committee Co-Chair; Gayla Holmgren talking about “Preschool for Success”; and COL Rotarian and Past District Governor Jim Nelson talking about the Rotary Honduras service trip.
Julia De Georgeo, Rotary Global Grant ScholarCOL congratulates Julia De Georgeo who has been awarded the Rotary District 5950 Global Scholarship 2023-24. This provides $30,000 for a master’s degree at a foreign university in a major that relates to one of the Rotary six Areas of Focus and would enhance the scholar's future career.  Julia plans to receive an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London England.  Julia will be hosted by the Rotary Club of Golders Green, London England.
Julia is a graduate of Southwest Senior High School in Minneapolis and The University of Wisconsin-Madison with Bachelor of Science in Gender and Women’s Studies, and Health Promotion and Health Equity.  Julia also holds certificates in Global Health and Public Policy. Julia is a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. She currently works as a Research Analyst, Health Equity, at Advisory Board.
In 2022-23, COL sponsored Addy Cross who was the recipient of this scholarship and is attending University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
•Bill Jackson (back row fourth from left) with the Puerto Cortes Rotary club and the Rotaract Club they sponsor.
Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotarians have significantly helped improve the literacy, health, and well-being of more than 15,000 people in Honduras through sustainable access to safe water and sanitation. Our projects leveraged expertise and donor funding to accomplish two of the largest and most professional Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) projects in Central America.
Of the nearly 9.6 million people living in Honduras, 1.5 million lack access to clean accessible water—1.2 million are from rural areas. Rural families lacking access to safe water consume water from streams or open wells—the same places where people bathe, wash clothes, and animals defecate—leading to disease. Honduras is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
The first-ever Rotary Awareness Day was held Monday, January 30, 2023, at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul. The event attracted approximately 100 Rotarians from three Minnesota districts. Thirty-six high school exchange students visiting districts 5950, 5960, and 5580 who are part of the NorthStar Youth Exchange — including Vernon Castillo, City of Lakes Rotary’s exchange student — enjoyed the tours, speakers, box lunches and many, many group photos with legislative leaders. 
The Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club has supported CES Food Shelf for more than 20 years. Club members volunteer monthly to pack groceries for Home Delivery neighbors. The Club also financially supports CES, and we contribute hats and mittens each year to the Warm Hands, Warm Heads, Warm Hearts project. CES Staff Saundra and Krista were invited to join the Club’s meeting on January 18, where, together with Daily Bread Wellness founder Colleen Saumweber, they donated 139 pounds of food items to the food shelf.
We had so much fun at our service project to benefit Days for Girls on February 4. Fifty people helped make 300 feminine hygiene kits for girls in Kenya so they can continue to stay in school and have choices in their lives. The World Health Organization says that the single most effective way to spend a $1 on global health outcomes is to educate girls and women. As Days for Girls states, "Let's turn Periods into Pathways for girls around the world."