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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
District Assembly, April 8, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. St. Bonifacius
District Conference, April 28th, Westin Edina Galeria 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Hygiene Sew-A-Thons
  • Sew-A-thon
    J's Arthur Shop
    Apr 09, 2017
    2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Sew-A-thon
    J.Arthur's Coffee Shop
    May 14, 2017
    2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Sew-A-thon
    J.Arthur's Coffee Shop
    Jun 11, 2017
    2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Gala Table Sponsors
Strive Steak Dinner 2017
Maple Grove Rotary News
What makes Rotary so special? It is the support from other clubs and Rotarians to accomplish good in the world.  We have a great partnership with the Rotary Club of Rogers.  Our club with the support of so many clubs has been actively involved with the feminine hygiene project led by Judy Johnson.  She advocates for this project and so many have just jumped in where needed to support the sewing, donating materials and time to organize and help at sew-a-thons, and distribution of 1,300 kits to 11 countries in need. Rogers has donated $1000 to go for this project for material and supplies that are needed.
Rogers Rotary also have donated $500 to be used for the remaining balance left on the playground in Sasabe, Mexico that was installed in February, 2017.  We showed them the video of the kids playing on the playground. They loved the idea of a playground from Maple Grove being repurposed and given a new home in Mexico, and watching the joy of the children playing.  A HUGE Thank You to this club for their support.

The Rotary club of Maple Grove working together with Students Connecting through International Service ( SCTIS) and Kids Around the World, were recently to fulfill a dream two years in the making by building two playgrounds in the small town of Sasabe Mexico, just across the border from Arizona. Judy Johnson, Susan Pryce, and Mary Helen Bosquez were there representing the Rotary Club of Maple Grove. The organization, Kids around the World, refurbishes playgrounds and installs them in third world countries.  They were able to get a playground from one of our Maple Grove sites for this project. The second playground was from Sahuarita, Arizona.

The installation week consisted of unloading a semi truck of playground equipment on Sunday at the US border into 10 pickup trucks for transport .6 mile to the school. Monday was the day to auger and dig holes, 50 in total. Tuesday saw the completion of the hole-digging and the swings set in place. Wednesday the second playground was set up and the cement was mixed and poured.

Friday morning was the dedication of the playground. This was Flag Day in Mexico, and there was a special program at the school to honor the national flag. Then came the inauguration ceremony for the playground. The Mayor Chito Lopez gave a brief speech of gratitude. Principal Pedro then told the children that this was the realization of a dream that had begun more than a few years ago. He said that with the end of the ceremony, this playground would be theirs. He asked them what was the most important word to remember, and they all shouted "Cuidado!" (careful). He urged them to be careful as they played, but also to care for the playground, so that it would last for many more years. We gave the go-ahead, they rushed onto the field with many happy exclamations. It is hard to convey the sheer delight in their faces as they explored their new playground.

"Be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great." A blessing felt.  The team added “A heartfelt thank you to all of the great souls who have contributed in so many ways to this labor of love.”


Mar. 5,  2017

This fundraising dinner is to support a very important program at Osseo and Maple Grove High Schools called STRIVE.  The STRIVE program has proven to be successful in motivating about 70 students each year who are academically at risk. We mentor them and help turn their lives around. Over the past 14 years, 84% of the STRIVE participants have significantly increased their GPA’s and over 60% have gone on to college and technical schools. Not bad for kids who stood a chance of not graduating from high school. 
STRIVE recognizes and rewards students who show the greatest improvement in their grades during their senior year of high school by giving the scholarships to college and technical school.
Your generous donation, along with about 17 volunteer mentors (each donating over two hours/month) means a great deal to the STRIVE participants. The cost for this program is $7,000 per year for scholarships, $1,500 for the materials and the celebration banquet. All of which is paid for by the Maple Grove Rotary Club when we collect donations at events like this.
We are very proud of our partners who match our scholarship dollars when the kids attend North Hennepin Community College, Anoka Ramsey Community College, Dunwoody College of Technology, Hennepin Technical College. 






The Rotary Club of Maple Grove distributed 850 dictionaries to 3rd graders in the ISD 279 school district.   The dictionaries were packaged and distributed to 8 different elementary schools. The school children were so excited to get their very own book.  The students have an opportunity to put their name in the book and learn that a dictionary is not just for looking up words but the appendix has information on the State Capitals, units of measure and information and maps of the world.   Why do we do this? Many of the students don’t have computers and love to use this book as their reference to information.  The thrill to see the excitement of the kids, teach them how to use it to look up words.  They enjoy looking at it and letting us know what their favorite word or part of the dictionary is for them.   For many of these students they will continue to use this book into high school.
The students pictured are students from the 3rd grade class at Rush Creek elementary.
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:
Klein Bank Mortgage a Division of Klein Bank
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
First Class Mortgage
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 18,2017
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.

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
  • 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!