COL Rotary Sponsors Grant to Help The Sheridan Story

Posted by Jonathan Hobbs
Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary, in partnership with the Burnsville, Minneapolis South and Minneapolis Uptown Rotary Clubs, applied for and received in July a Rotary District 5950 grant that will enable the four clubs to jointly provide funding of $16,000 to the Sheridan Story.  These funds will be used to purchase enough food for nearly 4,000 meal bags (3-4 meals per bag), which will be distributed this summer to needy children and families impacted by the pandemic and recent civil unrest.  
This funding will be announced and presented to Rob Williams, Executive Director of The Sheridan Story (and past City of Lakes Rotary Hope Award winner), at the City of Lakes Rotary Club meeting on August 5.  A multi club volunteer event (compliant with social distancing guidelines) at Sheridan Story’ Roseville facility is being planned for late August or September.  Details to come.
Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary and Minneapolis Uptown Rotary have partnered with Sheridan Story for several years, sponsoring and volunteering efforts to provide food for students at Jefferson Elementary in South Minneapolis.  
More information about Sheridan’s challenges this summer is located here
COL Rotary Sponsors Grant to Help The Sheridan Story Jonathan Hobbs 2020-08-02 05:00:00Z 0

Aug. 27 Socially-Distanced Social Time

Join COL members on Aug. 27 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. for an outdoor opportunity to mix and mingle - at a distance, of course! We'll gather in the yard of Christine Hutchenson's home located near the Peace Garden/Rose Garden in Minneapolis. Bring your own beverages and snacks, and a chair if you'd like to sit. Check out the Club Calendar for address. 

Aug. 27 Socially-Distanced Social Time 2020-07-23 05:00:00Z 0
Duties: July - August 2020 Sheila Gothmann 2020-07-16 05:00:00Z 0

New Member Application

Posted by Ross Naylor
I am pleased to share the news that we have received a membership application for Mary Pat Cumming.  Mary Pat's sponsor is Jim Vos.
Mary Pat is a High School Principal at the FAIR (Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resource School) School in downtown Minneapolis, the current Secretary for the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals, the President-Elect for the Hennepin Division of MASSP, and President of the Minneapolis Association of School Principals - Secondary Division.
She enjoys ballroom dancing and golf - and wants to join City of Lakes Rotary to engage and provide service to the downtown MPLS community as well as bridge to education and youth engagement for members.
If you would like further information about, or have any objection to, Mary Pat’s application for membership, please contact Ross Naylor before July 27th, 2020.
New Member Application Ross Naylor 2020-07-13 05:00:00Z 0

Volunteer tree planting at Crosby Farm Regional Park

Mississippi Park Connection and the National Park Service are in need of some helping hands to plant trees within the Twin Cities' National Park. If you can spare a few hours, here are the details!
When: Wednesday, May 27 from 4:00 -7:00 p.m.
Who: City of Lakes, EcoClub and #9 Clubs 
Where: Crosby Farm Regional Park in St. Paul
What: Tree Planting! Our job will be to dig the hole (they will have pre-drilled them for us, so it shouldn't be too hard), plant 5-6ft trees, and water in trees as directed by the staff person in our group. We will be responsible for bringing along our own water, a mask or face covering (let us know if you don't have one), gloves if you prefer your own, sunscreen/bug spray, and long pants/close toed shoes. We will be working in the forested floodplain so this job will involve walking over uneven terrain and through some vegetation. 
Register: Contact Jodi Massey

For more information:
Volunteer tree planting at Crosby Farm Regional Park 2020-05-18 05:00:00Z 0

New Member Application

I am pleased to share the news that we have received a membership application for Zal Parakh.  Zal’s sponsor is Russ Michaleltz.
Zal works at Slalom, LLC where he is a client service executive engaged in business and technology consulting. 
If you would like further information about, or have any objection to, Zal’s application for membership, please contact Scott Benson before May 15, 2020.
New Member Application Scott Benson 2020-05-01 05:00:00Z 0

New Member Application

I am pleased to share the news that we have received a membership application for Jennifer Creadick.  Jennifer’s sponsor is Jean Johnson.
Jennifer owns her own business where she makes, repairs and sells violin family instruments and also rents out studio space to string teachers. 
If you would like further information about, or have any objection to, Jennifer’s application for membership, please contact Scott Benson before May 11, 2020.
New Member Application Scott Benson 2020-04-27 05:00:00Z 0

City of Lakes Rotary WILL MEET Wednesday, March 25 — using Zoom!

City of Lakes Rotary WILL MEET this Wednesday, March 25th! But, we're not going to be at the Minneapolis Club. Instead, we'll meet using Zoom.
Join us starting at 7:15 a.m. in our Zoom meeting to hear from Jack Becker, founder and lead principal consultant at Forecast Public Art a 40-year-old nonprofit based in St. Paul. Jack is recognized internationally for his pioneering efforts to make public art more public. He will share an overview of trends and issues in the field, and discuss recent efforts he’s led to help cities address health issues through public art.
To join the Zoom meeting, just go to (If you have not already done so, you will need to create a Zoom account and download the software for your PC, Mac, or mobile device.)
We will also be live streaming the meeting to the club's Facebook group at And if you can't make it during the meeting, we'll post a video recording after it's done.
City of Lakes Rotary WILL MEET Wednesday, March 25 — using Zoom! Brock Ray 2020-03-23 05:00:00Z 0

Letter from Club President on City of Lakes Response to Coronavirus

Below is City of Lakes Rotary Club President Jewelie Grape's letter updating all of us on the club's response to the Coronavirus:
Hello, City of Lakers. This email contains an update from the Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club board meeting this morning. Please know that your board cares about you and wants to support you however we can during these uncertain times.
1.   In-person club meetings will be cancelled through April 1 (and maybe longer).
2.  If your committee needs the club’s free conference call number, let me know.
3.  We are working to set up virtual meetings (most likely using Zoom) with webinar-like presentations the mornings of Wednesday, March 25 and Wednesday, April 1. Stay tuned for more on this.
4.  We are also looking into virtual happy hours, coffees, etc. Thanks to Brock for this fun idea! 
1.  Social distancing does not mean social isolation. Pick up the phone and call your Rotary friends. Or email them. Or use social media to stay in touch (City of Lakes has a Facebook page - join it!).  I will be sending a weekly email with announcements, updates, jokes, pictures, and ‘Happy Bucks” type news during the weeks we do not meet in person. Please send me information you want to share by each FRIDAY MORNING. Note – I have the right to edit what you send 😊
2.  We all have specialized skills/knowledge that can be shared to support each other during these tumultuous times.  Let me or the vocational service team (Jeff Meacham, Steve Morris) know how you can help and we will figure out a way to make these “internal resources” available to club members who may need them.  As an example, attached to this email is a practical list of HR issues to consider during the coronavirus outbreak that I prepared for my clients. Feel free to re-distribute to anyone who may find this helpful.
It’s difficult to know how to help when we are all supposed to be hunkering down at home.  Our club supports the Sheridan Story, CES, the Jerry Gamble Boys & Girls Club and other worthwhile programs that provide food to our community. As soon as we get the “all clear” to start socializing again, I’m sure these organizations will need volunteers. We will keep you updated on opportunities as they arise.
I’m just a telephone call or email away if you have additional thoughts or need anything…
Stay healthy,
2019-20 Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club President
Letter from Club President on City of Lakes Response to Coronavirus Jewelie Grape 2020-03-20 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Meeting Cancellations

Due to concerns about COVID-19, City of Lakes Rotary is cancelling in-person meetings for the time being, including our regularly scheduled Wednesday morning meeting on March 18. We are working diligiently to conduct our meetings on Wednesday, March 25, and April 1, via Zoom. Watch your email for more information on how to access these meetings.
We look forward to being able to meet together again as soon as it is safe to do so.
Rotary Meeting Cancellations Chad Eslinger 2020-03-16 05:00:00Z 0

City of Lakes Rotary at CES Food Shelf

Rising early the morning after celebrating our 35th anniversary in “service above self” (the Rotary motto), 30 Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club members and their guests spent Saturday morning, March 7 filling bags of requested grocery and sundry items for 162 participants in the Community Emergency Service Food Shelf home delivery program.  This is a bi-monthly event supported by members and their families and friends.  The Club also supports the CES Food Shelf financially with gifts from its foundation, with funds donated by members.
City of Lakes Rotary at CES Food Shelf 2020-03-07 06:00:00Z 0 CES,Volunteer,food shelf

Celebrate 35 years of the best Rotary club on earth!


Thanks to the 80 members and guests who have registered for the City of Lakes 35th Anniversary! We're going to have a great time this Friday, March 6 at our tropical-themed bash in the Shangri- La Lounge at Psycho Suzi's in NE Minneapolis. Registration is now closed, but if your plans change and you can join us after all, please contact Jodi Massey.

Celebrate 35 years of the best Rotary club on earth! 2020-01-29 06:00:00Z 0

Get to know a COL member during a Quarterly Meet Up

Back by popular demand, a quarterly meet up is a chance to get to know another member of the club one on one.
Click here to view the randomly generated list of quarterly meets ups. Have a look for your name, see who is next to yours, and simply reach out to that member to set up time for a coffee, meal, walk or perhaps another other beverage of your choosing between now and the end of March. (We'll route another meet up list in April.)
If you are paired with someone you've previously met with or are a snowbird and won't be in town for the next few months, consider taking it upon yourself to swap partners with other members.
Reach out to Jodi Massey or Aaron Wicks with questions. Happy meeting!
Get to know a COL member during a Quarterly Meet Up 2020-01-08 06:00:00Z 0

COLRC Makes the Season Brighter for Boys & Girls Club Member Families


This December, the Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club (COLRC) partnered with the Jerry Gamble Boys & Girls Club in North Minneapolis to participate in the Boys & Girls Club’s annual Holiday Celebration.  COLRC members purchased gifts that were then made available to kids participating in the Boys & Girls Club’s programs, and from which the kids selected up to four gifts to give to their family members for Christmas.  COLRC members then helped the kids select the gifts that they wanted to give and gift wrap them for the kids to then take home for their families.  

COLRC is very familiar with the Jerry Gamble Boys & Girls Club through a previous donation of $30,000 and “sweat equity” to renovate two spaces in the Jerry Gamble facility dedicated specifically to literacy and education.  While COLRC has participated in similar holiday gift-giving programs in the past, this is the first year in which the club has had the opportunity to join hands with the Jerry Gamble Boys & Girls Club for such a project.

COLRC Makes the Season Brighter for Boys & Girls Club Member Families 2019-12-21 06:00:00Z 0

2020-21 Minneapolis City of Lakes Board Slate Announced!

Following is the proposed slate of candidates for the 2020-21 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 8, 2020 meeting.
2020 – 2021 
Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club Slate
Carol Russell
Past President
Jewelie Grape
Scott Benson
Vice President/Membership Chair
Ross Naylor
Membership Co-Chair
Jean Johnson
John Coskran
Assistant Treasurer
Cindy Lennie
Maria Bavender
Tom Tamura
Club Administrator
Assistant Club Administrator
Dick Mosman
Projects Chair
Terryl Brumm
Foundation Chair
Bill Klein
Foundation Co-Chair
Bob Baker
Programs Committee Chair
Matthew Prediger
Programs Committee Co-Chair
Jim Vos
At Large – Social Media
Sangam Napit
At Large
Patrick Joyce
At Large – District Liaison/Strategy
Gayle Noakes
Web Master
Brock Ray
Avenues of Service:
Community Service Committee Chair
Ellen Archibald
Community Service Committee Co-Chair
Kathy Kuehl
International Service Committee Chair
Chris Hutcheson
International Service Committee Co-Chair
Bill Jackson
Vocational Service Committee Chair
Steve Morris
Vocational Service Committee Co-Chair
Club Service Chair
Jodi Massey
Club Service Co-Chair
Anna Prisacari
2020-21 Minneapolis City of Lakes Board Slate Announced! Jewelie Grape 2019-12-20 06:00:00Z 0

COLRC Holiday Gift Drive 2019

Posted by Lisa Moncrief on Nov 22, 2019
2019 Holiday Gift Drive and Volunteer Event! 
 We are partnering with Boys & Girls Club of the Twin Cities in the Kids Can Give program.
The Kids Can Give Program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities provides Club kids with the opportunity to shop for gifts for family members and get each gift wrapped on site.  Volunteers sign-up to help kids shop, wrap gifts or assist in running a holiday craft or cookie station. 
Individuals, corporations, and organizations collect gifts for all ages, donating to the local Twin Cities Clubs.   The City of Lakes Rotary has ‘adopted’ the Jerry Gamble Club this holiday season. 
How much should I spend?: Most people spend approximately $50.00, with a maximum of $75.  Choose gifts in the $15-20 range for all ages from birth to 100+years. 
* Wrapping paper/gift bag donations are also appreciated.
Unwrapped Gift Drop-off: at City of Lakes Rotary meetings
December 4th
December 11th
Volunteer Opportunity:  Jerry Gamble Kids Can Give Holiday Sale
When:  December 18th from 2pm – 7pm
Where: Jerry Gamble – 2410 Irving Avenue North, Minneapolis
What: Shop with kids; Wrap gifts; Assist with holiday crafts and cookies!
Questions:  contact Lisa Moncrief 612-747-9455
*Registration for this event will be requested. Click here to register. Happy hour at Pyscho Suzi's to follow.
COLRC Holiday Gift Drive 2019 Lisa Moncrief 2019-11-22 06:00:00Z 0

2019 City of Lakes Rotary Club Awards

On Wednesday, November 13th, we held our annual City of Lakes Rotary Awards Ceremony. This is the day each year when we recognize outstanding club members for contributions to our club, to our community, and to Rotary. We celebrated a number of individuals at the meeting:
  • Dick Devore Fellows — those who have given in excess of $1,000 to the City of Lakes Rotary Foundation
  • Paul Harris Fellows — those who have given in excess of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation (TRF)
  • Awards for volunteer service and leadership throughout the year
  • 2019 Richard Parrish Emerging Leader Award – Christine Hutcheson
  • 2019 Merle Else Heart of Rotary Award – Jean Johnson
  • 2019 John Fischer Rotary Hope Award – Jessica Bartholomew of ACT United
Congratulations to all of this year’s award winners. We are exceptionally grateful for their commitment to Service Above Self.
2019 City of Lakes Rotary Club Awards 2019-11-15 06:00:00Z 0

City of Lakes Rotary Rakes Yards for Seniors

Posted on Nov 03, 2019
Braving a light dusting of overnight snow, on Saturday morning, November 2nd, 46 members and guests of the Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club raked 15 yards for seniors and other residents of South Minneapolis who are unable to do so themselves.  This year marks the 20th year that the Club has completed this much-appreciated service project.  In keeping with tradition, the hardy rakers then adjourned to Matt’s Bar to enjoy their famous Jucy Lucy burgers and fries.
City of Lakes Rotary Rakes Yards for Seniors 2019-11-03 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Kickoff Dinner

On the evening of Wednesday, October 16, City of Lakes Rotary Club gathered at Jax Cafe to kick off a new year for the City of Lakes Foundation. While enjoying a wonderful dinner, club members and guests heard from a number of fellow members and community leaders about the great work being done with the support of our club foundation. We look forward to another great year ahead as we continue to partner with a variety of organizations doing good work both locally and around the world.
Rotary Foundation Kickoff Dinner 2019-10-20 05:00:00Z 0

Read & Feed Surpasses Goals!

Quickly surpassing our initial goal of 10,000 meals, we set a new goal of 40,000 meals, which we exceeded, with a final tally of 53,890. Our feed initiatives have included partnering with Sheridan Story to stock weekend food bags for students at Jefferson School, the popular Saturday mornings at CES Food Shelf and building large projects out of food cans designed by Kodet Architects to benefit Second Harvest.
The Literacy Champs committee took on the 10,000 book challenge. Result: 12,793 books have been donated from our club. From an initial start of collecting used books from members & partnering with City of Minneapolis’ 4th Police Precinct and Project for Pride in Living to design, build & fill Little Free Libraries (special thanks to Kodet & O-A Design), our focus has narrowed to providing diverse books for young kids, working with Minneapolis organizations with a successful history & key focus on literacy. We have hosted book & book bag give-aways at schools and preschools, sorted books, read to kids, celebrated reading success at various celebrations, provided books to kids at an author party, stocked a middle school library and created books for kids at a morning meeting. We have brought in authors to speak, books to buy, and added books to our holiday gift drive present.
Over the last three years, City of Lakes Rotary Club has partnered with the following organizations as part of the Read & Feed initiative:

Boys & Girls Club
Edison High School
Hennepin County (Holiday Gift Drive recipients)
Hennepin County Corrections (through Hennepin County Library)
Jefferson School
Joyce Preschool (dual immersion preschool)
Kerlan Library at the University of Minnesota
Minneapolis Parks & Recreation
Minneapolis Police, 4th Precinct
Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute
New Horizon (N. Penn Ave)
Project for Pride in Living
Reach Out & Read MN
Reading Partners
Way to Grow
CES Food Shelf
Second Harvest Food Shelf
Sheridan Story
Read & Feed Surpasses Goals! 2019-06-14 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Africa Magazine Coverage of Our Water Project 2019-05-30 05:00:00Z 0

Young learners enjoying new resources in the classroom

The Minneapolis City of Lakes Foundation provided $1,500 to Joyce Preschool in south Minneapolis to support reading and related learning tools for the 3, 4 and 5 year olds. Supplies and books were purchased in both English and Spanish and these young learners and their teachers are excited to have these new resources to inspire learning in their classrooms. Thanks for your support of the Minneapolis COL Foundation, we are able to continually support great organizations like Joyce. Thank you!
Young learners enjoying new resources in the classroom Jodi Massey 2019-04-05 05:00:00Z 0

South Africa Travel Opportunity

Posted on Jan 07, 2019
You are invited to join Sheila Gothmann and Maria  Bavender to travel to Pietermaritzburg South Africa to celebrate our water and sanitation project for the SAVF home.  The Rotary Club of Pietermaritzburg Azalea  is organizing a celebratory cheese and wine event in the evening Wednesday, March 27.  We plan to be in the area March 25-28.  South Africa has an immense range of opportunities for travelers, whether you are looking for rugged adventure, a food and wine tour or an historical experience.  Please contact Sheila or Maria for more information,,
South Africa Travel Opportunity 2019-01-07 06:00:00Z 0

Warm Hands, Warm Heads, Warm Hearts program update

Posted by Gary Mosiman on Nov 18, 2018
On Wednesday, November 14, the Community Service Committee of The Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club (COLRC) delivered 750 much-needed hats and pairs of gloves to eight Minneapolis social service organizations.  This Warm Hands, Warm Heads, Warm Hearts program is an annual event and is made possible by COLRC members who so generously donate to the COLRC Foundation in support of numerous “service above self” initiatives throughout the year.
Warm Hands, Warm Heads, Warm Hearts program update Gary Mosiman 2018-11-18 06:00:00Z 0

COLRC Holiday Gift Drive 2018

Posted by Lisa Moncrief on Nov 14, 2018
It is time once again for our annual City of Lakes Rotary Gift Drive! Our generous COL members, in partnership with Hennepin County, provide anonymous gifts to individuals and families that are in need of extra help this Holiday season. We ask all COL members to participate, and have assigned a recipient to each member who hasn't yet declined.  If you would like to decline, please let Lisa Moncrief know by sending an e-mail to 
On the attached list, each COLRC member is given the name of an individual to purchase a gift for, along with gift ideas. Please see the family story on the right column, you may have to look at a previous page.  We ask you to purchase a gift, wrap it, and include a name tag indicating the family letter (A,B, etc.) and the recipient’s name. Please bring your wrapped gift to one of the next Wednesday meetings on November 28th or December 5th.  Click 'Read More...' below for additional information.
COLRC Holiday Gift Drive 2018 Lisa Moncrief 2018-11-14 06:00:00Z 0

Rake, Rattle, and Roll Update!

Posted by Gary Mosiman on Nov 05, 2018
15 senior and home-bound homeowners in South Minneapolis are able to enjoy leaf-free yards this winter thanks to the efforts of Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotarians and their friends and relatives.  Despite a gloomy forecast of rain, 35 volunteers showed up on Saturday, November 3 to help these people out with their fall yard cleanup. Fortunately, the rain held off and the temperature rose into the upper 30°s so that the task was not so daunting.

The Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club has been doing fall cleanup for elderly and infirm homeowners in South Minneapolis for 25 years and our efforts are always greatly appreciated by the homeowners who, without our help, would be unable to remove the leaves from their yards and get them bagged for pick up.  Said one homeowner: “Thank you so much! You are such a help to us.”

Following the raking, we all adjourned to Matt‘s Bar for a well-deserved feast featuring their famous Jucy Lucy burgers and fries.

Thanks to all of our members who continually put forth the extra effort to make life a little better for those in need in our community.
Rake, Rattle, and Roll Update! Gary Mosiman 2018-11-05 06:00:00Z 0

Literacy Project Iniatives

Posted by Jean Johnson on Nov 01, 2018
Hi all,
Check out all these immediate opportunities below to get in on the literacy action! Each project is estimated to take 2-4 hours total and can be done on your own schedule. Great feel-good opportunity to make a positive difference for kids. Lots of context & background information available from Jean Johnson and/or Hugh Pruitt.
  1. Reach Out & Read MN - Coordinate with matching grant person to make a donation on behalf of COL, coordinate a book sorting in late February.  This one is HOT and we’d like to get someone to adopt it as soon as possible so that we can get our $2K matched right away.
  2. Way to Grow  - Coordinate book purchase with agency & bookstore.  Contact our ongoing partner to determine their needs, provide the funding we’ve already budgeted. Explore opportunities for club engagement.
  3. Reading Partners - Coordinate with our bookstore partner to purchase diverse books identified by the organization & ensure they’re delivered.  Possibly arrange participation in year-end graduation. We have an ongoing relationship with the organization & bookstore. 
  4. Joyce Preschool - Get a list of desired titles from the Preschool, order & deliver books to the school for the kids.  Receive lots of hugs. 
  5. New Horizon - Coordinate a family book giveaway.  Contact the organization to learn when their upcoming Family Night will be & what kind of books they’d like. Use/modify existing book list, order books, pick up from bookstore & encourage club members to attend Family Night to help families pick out books. 
Contact Hugh or Jean today to get involved!
Literacy Project Iniatives Jean Johnson 2018-11-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rake, Rattle, and Roll

Posted by Gary Mosiman on Oct 26, 2018
Save the date - our annual Rake, Rattle, and Roll event will be happening on Saturday, November 3! We'll meet at 8:30am in the US Bank parking lot (2800 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406) and finish raking by 11am followed by an optional (but, oh so delicious) lunch at Matt's Bar. 
Rake, Rattle, and Roll Gary Mosiman 2018-10-26 05:00:00Z 0

Foundation Dinner - October 17th at Jax Cafe

Posted by Kurt Nelson on Oct 07, 2018
Hello everyone,
We are excited to host the annual Foundation Dinner this year at Jax Cafe.  We are keeping the program short and the fun high - with great food, wonderful fellowship, and Karaoke to top it all off. 
It all starts at 6:00 PM at Jax Cafe in North East Minneapolis and will last until 8:30 or so.  Bring a guest and learn more about what great work we do at COLRC.   
Click here to register so we have a good estimate for food! 
See you there!
Foundation Dinner - October 17th at Jax Cafe  Kurt Nelson 2018-10-07 05:00:00Z 0

Follow up from April Forum - Beyond Political Polarization

Did you attend the community forum in April hosted by the St. Paul Sunrise Club?  Due to the overwhelmingly positive feedback from the April Forum, the Rotary District 5960 ethics team is hosting Better Angels' workshops. Better Angels is a national bipartisan citizen's movement, dedicated to depolarization and unifying our divided nation by bringing liberals and conservatives together to understand each other beyond stereotypes and to form working alliances.
Thursday, October 18 at 630pm in Roseville - Register on the Rotary District 5960 website:
Follow up from April Forum - Beyond Political Polarization Jewelie Grape 2018-10-02 05:00:00Z 0

Talk & Tour at American Refugee Committee exclusive for Rotarians of D5950 and D5960

Posted by Brock Ray on Sep 24, 2018
Talk & Tour at American Refugee Committee exclusive for Rotarians of D5950 and D5960
In June of 2016, the Roseville RC, Kiwatule RC (Uganda) and American Refugee Committee (ARC) partnered to start the world’s first Rotaract Club in a refugee camp - the Nakivale Rotaract Club in Nakivale Refugee Settlement, Uganda.  D5950 worked with the Nakivale Rotaract Club on the creation of a new sewing center.  With the energy and success of Nakivale, there is a growing momentum to build on the collaboration between ARC and Rotary to be able to develop more Rotaract Clubs in refugee camps throughout the world.  RI President Barry's #1 goal for 2018-2019 is to double Rotaract clubs in the world.  
ARC is inviting us to their Minneapolis headquarters for a private Rotary tour and talk!  ARC President Daniel Wordsworth will host this in-depth look at the organization and update on the Rotaract Club of Nakivale Refugee Settlement.  Plus, you’ll be one of the first to hear about exciting opportunities that may  be possible between ARC and Rotary!  Things will kick off at 5:30PM, and the program will begin at 6PM.  Appetizers and drinks are hosted by ARC and it’s free to attend, but we ask that you register so we can give an appropriate count.
Questions?  Please reach out to Amanda Ottman – or 612-607-6496.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2: Talk and Tour at American Refugee Committee!
Time: 5:30pm -7:30pm
Program: 6:00 pm 
Location: American Refugee Committee (ARC)
* Registration page is through D5960 Club Runner, so please register by clicking on GUEST
Talk & Tour at American Refugee Committee exclusive for Rotarians of D5950 and D5960 Brock Ray 2018-09-24 05:00:00Z 0

CANstruction WON!!

Posted by Ken Stone on Sep 19, 2018
A big congratulations to Team Kodet for winning 'Best Original Design' at the 2018 CANstruction event. An incredible 7000 cans of food were donated to 2nd Harvest Heartland Food Bank!  Thank you City of Lakes Rotary, especially all who helped on Build Day and Practice build day!
CANstruction WON!! Ken Stone 2018-09-19 05:00:00Z 0
COL featured in District Governor's Letter! Brock Ray 2018-09-05 05:00:00Z 0

Celebrate our legacy project Sept. 6 at Jerry Gamble B&GC

It's finally here! Funds raised during our club's 30th Anniversary helped to remodel three areas at the Jerry Gamble Boys & Girls Club in North Minneapolis. Please join us to celebrate the opening of these shiny new spaces that will help make learning fun for the club kids, just in time for the new school year. Free, no rsvp required. Questions: contact Jodi Massey.

Celebrate our legacy project Sept. 6 at Jerry Gamble B&GC 2018-08-22 05:00:00Z 0

City of Lakes 'Farewell to Summer' Picnic

Posted by John Rent on Aug 21, 2018
Wish as we may, we are fast approaching the end of summer. The State Fair is right around the corner, pre-season NFL football is on the air, and school children everywhere have that look of impending doom about them.
Fear not. The City of Lakes “Farewell to Summer” Picnic is Thursday, September 13th, beginning at 5:30PM at the home of Gary Stang (2174 Lakebrook Drive; New Brighton). You and your family will not want to miss it!
Please bring an item to share plus your favorite adult beverage. The club with provide a main dish and non-alcoholic beverages. Please send an e-mail to if you can make it, so we have a rough idea on food to order.
Mark your calendars now and we’ll welcome fall with a healthy dose of Rotary fellowship! 
Register here to attend!
City of Lakes 'Farewell to Summer' Picnic John Rent 2018-08-21 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Race Day

Attention Rotarians - Rotary Race Day is almost upon us! Districts 5950 and 5960 are hosting an evening of live horse racing, silent auction, kid's activities, and cards at Canterbury Park!
Who:   Everyone is welcome! Bring your friends, family and kids!
When:   Friday, August 10, 2018
Where:   Canterbury Park - Silks Party Area (1100 Canterbury Rd, Shakopee, MN)
Time:   Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Live racing starts at 6:15 p.m.
Cost:   $10.00 per ticket which includes admission, hot dog and soda. (coupon will be handed out at event)
Children 17 and under are free, but must buy $10 ticket if they want hot dog and soda.
How:  Purchase tickets from any Rotarian (Rotary president has access to more tickets)
100% of Ticket Sales will benefit Polio Plus!
Thank you to Canterbury for donating admission, hot dog and soda!
Rotary Race Day Brock Ray 2018-08-10 05:00:00Z 0

Canstruction(r) 2018!

Posted by Ken Stone
Please join other Rotarians and Kodet Architectural Group, Ltd. on Saturday, Sept. 15, at MOA for Canstruction 2018!  Canstruction(r) is the construction of creative structures made of canned goods to benefit Second Harvest Heartland food shelf.   Our theme this year is "Button up Hunger," based on the children's book, Corduroy.

Canstruction(r) Event at Mall of America (Main Rotunda)
*Saturday, September 15th - 10:00 a.m. - approx. 5:00 p.m. - Team Canstruction Building
(Likely to be 1 hour building shifts; more detailed schedule to follow after practice build)

Monday, September 17th - 6:00 p.m. - Team Awards Event (This will be an informal gathering with teams to announce awards. Food and drink will be provided and it will be held at an MOA restaurant. Exact location TBD.)
Monday, September 17th - 7:00 p.m. - Decanstruction
(Help us pack all of the cans so they can be delivered to Second Harvest Heartland)

*Participants must be 18+ to participate in the Team Canstruction Building at MOA.

Note that you don't need to be building on the competition day at MOA to participate in the practice build, and vice versa. If you are interested in doing the practice build or helping to build at the Mall of America, please email Ken Stone at
Canstruction(r) 2018! Ken Stone 2018-08-03 05:00:00Z 0

New Member Application - John Coskran

Posted by Carol Russell on Jul 24, 2018
I am very pleased to share the news that we have received a membership application from John Coskran.  He is proposed for membership by Anna Coskran. 
John is SVP in Accounting and Finance at YA, an end to end engagement and promotions marketing company. He is a member of the senior leadership team and oversees accounting, financial operations, financial planning and pricing. A graduate or Carleton College with a BA in Economics, an MS in Accountancy from Depaul and an MBA from Augsburg, he was previously with Capella. In addition to his work, he is a board member for Consumer Advocacy in American Real Estate, and also enjoys travel and metalworking.
If you would like further information about, or have any objections to, Bill's application for membership, please contact Carol Russell before August 7, 2018.
New Member Application - John Coskran Carol Russell 2018-07-24 05:00:00Z 0

Read & Feed Update!

Posted by Jean Johnson
A huge congratulations to our Read & Feed effort for ALREADY surpassing our 'feed' goal with last week's CES! We're currently sitting at 8,843/10,000 books and 40,970/40,000 meals. Please take a minute to say thank you to those leading this charge and DON'T FORGET to purchase your ticket for our upcoming Books & Beers event. This event will be instrumental to reaching our 'read' goal! If you have any questions or want to help out, please reach out to Jean Johnson or Jodi Massey.
Read & Feed Update! Jean Johnson 2018-07-11 05:00:00Z 0

Last chance: grab tickets to 10K Books and Beers

Our club's first-ever literacy fundraiser, The Land of 10,000 Books and Beers, is this Tuesday, July 24.  Thank you to everyone who has bought a ticket, invited a friend, donated a silent auction item, sponsored the event, donated to purchase an extra book, secured a growler, visited another club to promote the event and more. 

Did you know: in addition to drinking beer for a great cause, you'll have a chance to win a wall of growlers from 10 local breweries, plus bid on incredible silent auction items including a private plane ride, three night stay on the North Shore, boat cruise and dining on Lake Minnetonka, beekeeping experience, private tour of the Russian Museum, photography session, tickets to the Hennepin County Library Pen Pals series and more? It's true! 

Now's the time - if you plan to attend but haven't yet purchased a ticket, please do so today. Can you also invite three friends to join you? We'd love a great turn out from both Rotarians and non-Rotarians! If you are attending and willing to volunteer for a short shift at the event (4:30-6:15p or 6;15p-8p), please contact me. (You can still drink beer!)

We only have 1,100 more books to go to reach our 10,000 book goal. Let's make a dent in this number on Tuesday!

Special thanks to our sponsors Gray Plant Mooty and The Lantern Group.

Contact Jodi Massey with questions.
Last chance: grab tickets to 10K Books and Beers 2018-06-28 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary After Dark - June 26th

Posted by John Michaletz

Join us at our next Rotary After Dark, with guest Margaret Anderson Kelliher!

Margaret Anderson Kelliher is the President and CEO of the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA). Together with the associations 350-member companies and organizations, Margaret works to fuel Minnesota’s prosperity through innovation and technology. United behind a common vision to make Minnesota one of the country’s top five technology states, MHTA members represent various technology sector, including IT, bio-sciences, advanced manufacturing, clean, green and edtech.

Where: The Pub at the Minneapolis Club

When: Tuesday, June 26th, 5:30 pm

Rotary After Dark - June 26th John Michaletz 2018-06-22 05:00:00Z 0

Literacy Legacy Project Update

Minneapolis COL is supporting a literacy project with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities, (finally!) using funds raised during our club's 30th anniversary year. We are excited to provide an update on both the literacy initiatives happening at the Jerry Gamble Club and our COL project. Click "read more" to get the latest scoop.
Literacy Legacy Project Update 2018-06-15 05:00:00Z 0

Help Grow Way to Grow

Help COLRC help Way to Grow reach their goal of 50 books in the homes of their client families. It’s EASY and it makes you feel good. Here’s how:
1. Go to this link: CLICK HERE
2.  Pick from a variety of books and educational games selected by Way to Grow Preschool Teachers and Family Educators.

3.  Checkout online. BE SURE TO ADD " COLRC' in the line after your name so we can count these books toward our goal of providing 10,000 books to kids in Minneapolis.
4. All done! All items will be delivered directly to Way to Grow.
Questions? contact Jean Johnson,
Help Grow Way to Grow Jean Johnson 2018-05-25 05:00:00Z 0

Give Books to Preschoolers Update

COLRC was warmly welcomed by students and teachers at Joyce Preschool to give books & bags to students heading to first grade. Hugs & smiles galore! Thanks for the chance to be part of the great work you're doing!
Give Books to Preschoolers Update Jean Johnson 2018-05-04 05:00:00Z 0

Finding Common Ground Within
Today's Divisive Political Landscape

Posted by Carol Russell
Political and social divisiveness permeates national and local news every day. While the issues are complex, finding shared values is possible. An annual event will take place soon to discuss this topic. "Beyond Political Polarization: Finding Common Ground for the Common Good" will take place April 12 at the St. Paul Town and Country Club. Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club is an annual sponsor of this event along with event founder St. Paul Sunrise Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Woodbury.
JUST DAYS AWAY!Finding Common Ground Within Today's Divisive Political Landscape  Carol Russell 2018-04-02 05:00:00Z 0

Jim Eaton - Reflection

Last Wednesday I offered The Reflection on the subject of "gratitude", a topic that can be appreciated by all people, but especially Rotary members.  
I drew my comments from a which was later introduced through a YouTube video link this way...  
Nature's beauty can be fleeting -- but not through Louie Schwartzberg's lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day. 
Jim Eaton - Reflection 2018-03-27 05:00:00Z 0
“Beyond Political Polarization:Finding Common Ground for the Common Good” Carol Russell 2018-02-26 06:00:00Z 0

Rooters at Abiitan Senior Living

The Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Rooters performed at Abiitan, a senior living community in the Mill City neighborhood of Minneapolis.  See photo's below:
Click Read More... for more images.
Rooters at Abiitan Senior Living 2017-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
Join us July 5 to help kickoff the Diversity & Inclusion Task Force Jodi Petrich 2016-06-21 05:00:00Z 0