Our two youth exchange students have arrived!  Please help us in welcoming Davi Barbosa from Brazil and Judith Prieto from Spain to Minnesota.  Davi will be living in Northeast Minneapolis attending Edison High School and Judith will be living in Southwest Minneapolis attending Washburn High School.  Take the time to introduce yourself to the students and let the committee know if you have any ideas of activities to offer to the students this coming school year.
Youth Exchange students are here! Christine Hutcheson 2019-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
Want to be happy? Be grateful! Jewelie Grape 2019-07-07 05:00:00Z 0
City of Lakes Rotary contributes to provide clean water in Cuba 2019-06-14 05:00:00Z 0
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
Posted on Jun 12, 2019
September 18, 2019
  • Day Chair:  Jodi Massey
  • Greeter:   John Rent
  • Check-In Desk:   Blake Shelton
  • Reflection:    Grant Robinson II
  • Opening Song:   Alex Falenczykowski
  • Happy Bucks:  Marc Mosiman
Duties: July- Sept 2019 Maria Bavender 2019-06-12 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Africa Magazine Coverage of Our Water Project 2019-05-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 04, 2019
On May 4, over a dozen City of Lakes Rotary Club members and family members came together at Community Emergency Services (CES) to prepare meals for families in our community. Besides providing volunteer support, City of Lakes is also proud to support the work of CES financially.
City of Lakes volunteers on a bi-monthly basis. Please see below for a list of upcoming dates.
July 6, 2019
September 6, 2019
October 26, 2019
January 4, 2020
Community Emergency Services Food Shelf Event Chad Eslinger 2019-05-04 05:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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

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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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