Speaker Date Topic
Julie Bluhm May 29, 2019
The State of Mental Health in Minnesota: One provider's systemic view
The State of Mental Health in Minnesota: One provider's systemic view

Julie Bluhm is the Executive Director of Guild Incorporated. Guild Incorporated is a nonprofit organization that works at the intersection of mental health, housing and employment. Guild is committed to the goal of helping all people live lives full of purpose and meaning. If you our your family member has experience with mental illness, you know that accessing the right services at the right time can be a frustrating and tedious task. Julie will talk about efforts to enforce mental health parity, and the state of our mental health system in the context of rapid changes and the need to drive innovation.

Katie Nyberg Jun 05, 2019
Plant for the Future Campaign
Plant for the Future Campaign

Emerald Ash Borer is making its way across Minnesota and the highly-visible loss of ash trees is impacting our communities beyond our city streets. Major changes to the Mississippi River's landscape are on the horizon. The 72-mile Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, the national park in the heart of the Twin Cities, will lose more than 20% of its canopy within the next ten years, forever changing the landscape, river quality, natural areas and wildlife we love.  Plant for the Future, a program of Mississippi Park Connection, is a proactive plan to improve this outlook through a $1M campaign including educational programming, plantings, special events, volunteer and fundraising opportunities, and more.  Former RI President Ian S. Riseley challenged Rotary clubs across the globe to plant trees in their communities for every member of their club. #9 and Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary have committed to providing 300 trees that will be planted as part of the Plant for the Future campaign.  To facilitate more robust trees and also support trees well beyond the initial commitment, Rotary will first be installing a community tree nursery (otherwise referred to as a gravel bed) that will support the growth of healthy trees for years into the future. The tree nursery will be installed at Coldwater Spring (park area near Minnehaha Falls owned and managed by the Park Service).

Rene Sanchez Jun 12, 2019
The Future of Print Media and the StarTribune
The Future of Print Media and the StarTribune

Rene Sanchez leads Minnesota’s largest news organization, overseeing all aspects of the Star Tribune’s print and digital editions. He joined the Star Tribune in 2004 as a regional reporter and was later named its Sunday editor. He has subsequently overseen the Metro, Business and Sports departments as well as special reporting projects and investigative work. He helped lead the Star Tribune’s investigation of child deaths at daycare facilities in Minnesota that earned the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting. Sanchez’s journalism career began in New Orleans at The Times-Picayune, where he reported on sports and local news. He then spent 17 years as a local and national reporter forThe Washington Post. In his last six years at the Post, he was based in Los Angeles, covering California and the American West. A New Orleans native, Sanchez earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Loyola University.

The usual suspects Jun 19, 2019
Outstallation of President Brock Ray
Outstallation of President Brock Ray

Join us as we take a walk down memory lane of Brock's 2018-19 year as COLRC President and gently tease and thank him for his service.

COL hosts District 5950 Leadership Installation Jun 27, 2019
District 5950 Leadership Installation - At the American Swedish Institute
District 5950 Leadership Installation - At the American Swedish Institute

Join us for a celebratory start to the new Rotary year as we install our very own incoming District Governor Russ Michaletz, District 5950 leadership, Assistant Governors and President-Elects. This Thursday evening event will take the place of our regularly schedule meeting. As the host club of the incoming District Governor, we want a great showing from City of Lakes Members! 

The event is free for City of Lakes members and guests are welcome to join for $40.00 per person. Registration will be required and available starting May 13 through the District 5950 website. The evening includes a plated dinner, short program and admittance to ASI prior to the event to experience “The Vikings Begin” – the extraordinary premier collection featuring dozens of early Viking artifacts never before seen outside of Scandinavia.

Thursday, June 27
5:30-7:30 p.m.
American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis

Jewelie Grape Jul 03, 2019
Highlights of Rotary International Convention