About Minneapolis University Rotary Club

The Minneapolis University Rotary Club is part of Rotary International, a global service organization made up of 35,000 clubs around the world.  Rotarians are committed to high ethical standards, service to others, and building goodwill around the world.  Rotary is non-partisan, non-denominational, and open to all.

Minneapolis University Rotary was founded in February of 1991 by a group of active citizens, many of whom were associated with the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.  While we are not formally affiliated with the University of Minnesota, we enjoy the university environment and the love of learning and discovery it represents.

Over the years we have been involved in a broad range of service initiatives in the Twin Cities and internationally. We have sponsored educational programs in the local community; scholars around the world; and projects in India, Rwanda, Chile, Mexico, and the Palestinian Territories.  These activities connect us to the world and each other   They reflect Rotary International’s focus in these six areas:

  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution.
  • Disease prevention and treatment.
  • Water and sanitation.
  • Maternal and child health.
  • Basic education and literacy.
  • Economic and community development.
We welcome your visit to the Minneapolis University Rotary Club! We are open to all.


Recognizing Leadership Each Year

Members of Minneapolis University Rotary honor a Citizen of the Year and Rotarian of the Year each June at their annual club celebration.  Honorees represent the ideals of Rotary service.  The Citizen of the Year award honors a Twin Cities resident who has made an outstanding contribution to the regional community in their profession.  Citizen of the Year honorees since 2016 are:

Dr. Osterholm
  • Dr. Michael Osterholm, Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, University of Minnesota
  • James Hainlen, Educator, Musician, and Poet
  • Jeylani Hussein, Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations-Minnesota
  • Dr. Lawrence Jacobs, Professor, McKnight Presidential Chair in Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • Dr. Steven Miles, Physician and Professor of Medicine Emeritus, University of Minnesota

The Rotarian of the Year award recognizes a member of the Minneapolis University Rotary club who made an outstanding contribution to the club’s mission over the previous twelve months.  Honorees since 2016 are:

  • Kriti Argawal
  • Carole Peterson
  • Jerry Yang
  • Jean Westberg
  • Ellen Kennedy