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Upcoming Speakers

June 26, 2024
Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary presents Opera Night at the Woman's Club of Minneapolis

Special Evening EventOpera Night

at the Woman's Club of Minneapolis

July 10, 2024
Sharon Bloodworth


Sharon Bloodworth

Rotary District 5950 Governor

July 17, 2024
Incoming COL President Shaun Irwin


Shaun Irwin

Incoming Club President's Address

 

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Are you or 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 today 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.
 
City of Lakes Rotary is delighted to welcome Lars and Chanda Olson, Liban Kano and Angela Sandok, who have recently joined our Rotary Club.
  • Lars Olson, a seasoned Solution Architect with OSF Digital, brings invaluable expertise in problem-solving and strategic thinking.
  • Chanda Olson’s background as an HR Executive at Aspen Technology brings a wealth of knowledge in organizational dynamics and human capital management. As a couple, Lars and Chanda opened their hearts and home to two of our Rotary exchange students and have lived and traveled extensively around the world with their two sons.
  • Liban Kano’s commitment to fostering connections and bridging communities aligns perfectly with Rotary's values. As the Executive Director of Strangers Meeting Strangers, he will undoubtedly inspire our club's outreach efforts.
  • Angela Sandok is the Director of Programming at the innovative Rise Early Learning Center. By offering childcare adjacent to affordable housing, Rise Early strengthens families by providing a family-centered approach to education while respecting cultural differences.
We are honored to welcome these leaders to our club. Whether they are enthusiastic about giving back to the community, making meaningful connections, or making a difference on a global scale, Rotary provides a platform to pursue their interests and goals. Welcome aboard!
 
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!
On Saturday, April 20, the City of Lakes Rotary Club’s own Rotary Rooters sang for the residents of the Waters of Edina, a senior care residence. As always, the residents were very appreciative of the performance, and many sang along with their favorite songs.
 
Then, on Thursday, April 25, the Rooters followed up with a performance at Ebenezer Towers, a senior apartment facility in South Minneapolis. If that name sounds familiar, Ebenezer Towers was one of the residences for which our club packed food orders for the Community Emergency Service home delivery program.
 
If you like to sing, and want to join the Rooters at rehearsals and care facility performances, let the acting club president know. We would love to have you join us!
 
Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotarians’ food drive is this spring’s initiative for our long-standing foundation partner, Community Emergency Services. Based in the most ethnically diverse neighborhood in Minneapolis, CES staff and volunteers are on the frontlines of providing food, hope, and compassion to multi-generational, multi-cultural, low-income clientele.
 
Our thanks to the COL Community Service Committee for organizing our members to donate financial gifts and packaged food, in addition to our annual grant funding. COL Rotary is committed to helping CES provide healthy and culturally connected access to food with dignity and understanding.
 
Rotary International works to eradicate polio, and we have made incredible progress in the fight to rid the world of it forever. As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we've helped to reduced polio cases by more than 99.9 percent.
 
Minneapolis City of Lakes members generously donated $3500 to End Polio Now and thanks to a 2 to 1 match from the Gates Foundation every donation was tripled. We made it fun in a Minnesota vs. Iowa sports challenge with the Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids.
 
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.