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Maple Grove

“ Rotary Serving Humanity”

We meet Tuesdays at 6:45 AM
3 Squares Restaurant
12690 Arbor Lakes Pkwy N
Maple Grove, MN  55369
United States
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Upcoming Events
Hats and Mittens on Nov. 30th at 5:00 p.m.
New Gen. meeting Dec. 2, 7:00a.m. H&S
Dictionary Drop off Dec. 6, at Rice Lake at 2:00 p.m.
 
 
 
 
Gala Table Sponsors
 
2016 Gala photos
 
Maple Grove Rotary News
On Saturday, November 19, 2016, the Rotary Club of Maple Grove held its 26th annual fundraising gala that supports our community and international projects including college scholarships, youth exchange programs, Maple Grove Days Parade and local school supply donations. We hope you all had a wonderful time. We had lively music from Rag Time and dancing to finish off our wonderful celebration. We also had a visit from our own State Senator Amy Klobuchar.  The Rotary Club of Maple Grove embodies the international motto of Service Above Self and follows the guiding principles of providing humanitarian service, encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations and building good will and peace in the world.
 
 
 
We want to Thank the following Sponsors:
INTERNATIONAL SPONSOR
Medtronic
NATIONAL SPONSOR
Klein Bank Mortgage a Division of Klein Bank
REGIONAL SPONSORS
Raymond James Financial Services, Inc/Steve Plant*Medtronic*Malmborgs’s Inc.*Keller Williams Classic Realty NW/Jane Schmidt*Piper Jaffrey and Company/Susan Pryce*Henningson and Snoxell, Ltd*Osseo Maple Grove Press*Jenson & Co. CPA Advisors*Luther Brookdale Toyota/Ron Murray
WINE POUR SPONSOR
First Class Mortgage
OTHER
Minneapolis Northwest Tourism
 
Our event contributors: Malmborg’s Garden Center, Arnolds’s, Princeton Liquors-Osseo, Photographer-Adrienne Peppin, Clip N Save, Mark Michael Jewelry and all who helped make our Gala a success!
Hope to see you next year November 11, 2017
 
 
Ethics Workshop for our Future Leaders
  
Each Fall the Rotary Club of Maple Grove in partnership with the Eagan Rotary Club, hosts a one day Ethics workshop for 60 emerging leaders from Maple Grove, Osseo and Heritage Christian Academy High Schools.  These high performing students are hand-picked by the High School administration.  This program, held in one of the beautiful conference rooms at Boston Scientific Corporation in Maple Grove who is our gracious host, was designed by and licensed from the St Thomas University Ethics Master’s Program.  It teaches the students ethical behavior and has these students work on actual business case studies.  Several of the Rotary Club’s members organize the event and serve as mentors for the day, in addition to being table mentors, the Rotary Club members help the students to understand The Four Way Test to help guide their decisions during the case studies.  The Four Way Test is what guides Rotarians through everyday decisions and is as follows:  The Four Way Test of the things that we think, say, or do:  1. Is it the TRUTH?  2.  Is it FAIR to all concerned?  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?  4.  Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
 
As a result of this workshop, High School staff members, who were impressed with the results that the students came up with during the case studies, have organized these students to serve in a problem solving group at each of the schools.  A Career Development Specialist at Osseo Senior High School said:   “Our trained students meet monthly to discuss what’s working at Osseo Senior High and what’s not. This is a valuable application of the content and a great benefit to our students and staff.”  One of the students in our most recent workshops said:  “The case study really showed us all how hard it is to make ethical decisions when there are so many varied interests and sides of the problem.” 
      
CS McCrossan is a wonderful partner in this program and has made an annual commitment to help with the sponsorship of the Ethics workshop.  The Rotary Club of Maple Grove’s Vocational Service team continually looks for workshop volunteers and funding to help us continue this great event.
 
We want to Thank the following sponsors: CS McCrossan, Boston Scientific, District 279 Foundation, RBC Wealth Management-The Strehlow Enright Group, Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., Duffy Development and Northland Binders for your support in creating future ethical leaders.
 
Debra Syhre Receives First Ever Maple Grove Rotary Business Ethics and Leadership Award
 
The Maple Grove Rotary Club has just recognized Debra Syhre with its first ever Maple Grove Rotary Business Ethics and Leadership Award. The award was presented by Maple Grove Rotarians Tim Zastoupil and Jeff Berg.
 
Debra is the president of the Maple Grove Community Organization (MGCO) and chairperson of the Maple Grove Days Festival. “Deb is an active community leader and well known for her commitment to the very successful Maple Grove Days Celebration”, Berg said, “Her commitment to serve the community creates business engagement opportunities and her friendly approach with whomever she encounters are examples of how Deb lives the Four Way Test of Rotary”.
 
The Maple Grove Rotary Business Ethics and Leadership Award recognizes an individual or
leader of a business or organization that exemplifies high ethical behavior and/or strong leadership in their conduct and operations. They’re actions also need to meet Rotary’s Four Way Test of the things ethical people should think, say and do: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
 
Debra was nominated for the award by former Maple Grove City Administrator Al Madsen and Administrative Supervisor for Maple Grove Parks and Recreation Patty Anderson.
 
Debra was also honored as a Paul Harris Fellow during the presentation. The Paul Harris Fellow is an important award in Rotary and includes  $1,000 being donated to the Rotary International Foundation in the name of the recipient.   
 
The Maple Grove Rotary Club meets at 6:45 a.m. every Tuesday morning at 3 Squares Restaurant in Maple Grove. The meetings end promptly at 8 a.m. Guests are welcome. For more information call Tim Deets, 763-710-0351.
 
The Maple Grove Club is one of 32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries across the globe with 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide.
Building Beds for Children in Need and Sponsoring CROSS
 
These busy Rotarian's are at it again with another project.  It seems that there is no rest for the weary.  We have committed to build 15 beds with the funds raised during the Maple Grove Days Bed Race.  The wood has been bought, measured, cut and work stations put in place to make the production process run smoothly.  The many thanks to our design and construction crew of Jeff Lentz, Jim Betzold, John Duffy, Conrad Grev, Kirk Moleski and Eric Werner for getting all the parts cut and ready for assembly.
We now have the rest of the club members working hard to sand, nail and screw the parts in the correct order to make these beautiful beds for kids to enjoy and have a good night sleep and security to know they have a place to rest their weary head.  Hopefully our Rotarians will feel the same way after doing this good work and knowing they are making a difference in the world one dream at a time.
Building Community & Encouraging a Healthy Lifestyle

Maple Grove 5K Race/Walk and Beer Bash Fundraiser, 

Saturday - September 24, 2016
Thank you!! to all that came out and supported our first 5 K Fun Run/Walk event in the Elm Creek Park Reserve.  Mother nature was on our side and held off the rain for us to have a great temperature morning.   The participants young and old, came out and were excited to start the race.  For many this was a first time event and walking through the beautiful paths at Elm Creek was a wonderful experience in its self.  While getting the route ready for the walkers and runners, we saw two minks running around, almost warming up for us to come bye.  

After the race the participants received their medals, ate some ice cream, had some treats and of course quenched their thirst with water donated by First Class Mortgage.  We all had a wonderful time and for many this was a first time goal that was met.  After the race, many of the participants went to Wild Bills for a beer bash. We had 3 door prizes for gift cards to local businesses.  
We want to thank our sponsors: First Class Mortgage, Medtronic, Jill Hennesen, Mike and Mary Bosquez, and  Steve and Suzanne Plant
 
The goal of this event was to raise funds to install a bike repair kit on the Rice Lake Park bike loop and to build a playground for a small town in Sasabe, Mexico.  Over the years we have been able to help the town of Sasabe with school supplies and sports equipment – just the basics to be successful in school.  This community and these students have never had a place to play, other than the streets.  Understanding the important role that parks and playgrounds play in building communities and bringing people together, we will be partnering with other local Rotary Clubs, and Maple Grove 5th graders to build a playground next to the school.  We were able to get closer to meeting our goal with this event but we are not there yet.  
 
We hope to see you at our next event!!
 


 

Revitalization of a Playground

On August 31, 2016, several Maple Grove Rotarians along with members of an organization called Kids Around the World, and personnel from the City of Maple Grove Park and Recreation, met at Wood Crest playground in Maple Grove to uninstall an old playground to make room for a new playground.  

This useful playground will be sent to the KATW warehouse in Illinois where it will be refurbished with new paint and hardware.  It will be making its way to a small school in Sasabe, Mexico as part of an initiative with Students Connecting Through International Service  and the Rotary Club of Maple Grove to be installed in February of 2017.

Students Connecting Through International Service was created by Tammie Epley.  Six 5th graders from District 279 become junior ambassadors from Minnesota to Sasabe, Mexico.  Our fifth graders fundraise all year to buy school supplies for the Sasabe students so they can go to school.  In this pueblo town, if a child does not have school supplies not even a pencil, they cannot attend school.

Our students along with Rotary members will be traveling to Sasabe, Mexico in April with the school supplies.  The funding for the playground was made possible by SCTIS, generous Rotarians and other organizations.  We are looking forward to making a difference in the lives of these children and the community.

To learn more about this playground project and implementation in other countries go to : www.KidsAroundTheWorld.com 

The Rotary Club of Maple Grove sponsored and organized the 9th annual Bed Races held on Saturday July 16th.  The very successful event provided racers and observers with lots of entertainment and competitive spirit. Mother Nature was even in our court as the rain held off until the end of the competition. Funds raised during the race benefit CROSS Services’ Peace of Mind Housing Fund, and are used to buy beds for children, whose families are struggling with significant housing concerns. Last year the Rotary Club built 25 beds for kids, and this year will build 15 more that in addition to the bed frame, include a mattress, bedding (sheets, blanket, pillow, mattress pad) books and a teddy bear.  The Maple Grove Quilters also donate a hand-made quilt for each bed.
 
Local businesses, organizations, churches and families who compete as part of this great cause make the event a success every year!  This year’s theme celebrated the Olympic Games in Brazil. In addition to pushing the beds, teams also competed in “Olympic-type” activities which calculated into their overall times.  
 
The winners of this year’s fun but very competitive races were:
  • 1st Place-Jimmy John’s- after losing their first 2 heats, were Freaky Fast in the end!
  • 2nd place-First Class Mortgage
  • 3rd Place-Precision Remodeling
Additional winners were recognized for their outstanding efforts in the following areas:
  • Best Bed & Team Design:  Seed to Seedling for their Ghostbusters theme
  • Best New Team:  Maple Grove Eye Care
  • Best Spirit:  Rotary Club of Maple Grove Sasabe, Mexico partnership
  • Most Funds Raised:
  • 1st Place:  Seeds to Seedlings ($500 raised)
  • 2nd Place: Henningson Snoxell’s Wheels of Justice ($250 raised)
 
The Bed Race entry fees, special donations, and funds raised during a special event at 3 Squares Restaurant earlier this year, raised over $7,000 that will be used to build beds for kids, and donated to CROSS Services to serve families who need assistance with housing.
Thank you to all the following businesses/organization for their creativeness, enthusiasm and participation in this year’s event:
 
  • Broman Chiropractic
  • CROSS
  • First Class Mortgage
  • Henningson & Snoxell Law Offices
  • Jimmy Johns
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Lord of Life
  • Maple Grove Covenant
  • Maple Grove Eye Care
  • Maple Grove Evangelical Free
  • Precision Modeling
  • Pump It Up
  • Rose Arbor
  • Rotary Club of Maple Grove – Sasabe, Mexico partnership
  • Wild Bills
  • Whirly Ball
And a very special THANKS to the community, for coming out to have a good time and cheer on the teams.  We look forward to seeing you next year!