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The Rotary Club of Chanhassen is proud to present the Annual 4th of July Parade!  Please join us on July 4th at 2:30 pm for this wonderful celebration in downtown Chanhassen.  

Want to be in the Parade? Please follow this link: to register. Fees are $75 for non-profit groups and neighborhoods and $100 for businesses and all other groups.
Once you have registered and received confirmation, you can pay online here:
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We look forward to seeing you on July 4th!

The Rotary Club of Chanhassen seeks to make our community and our world a better place by providing financial support to a variety of worthy nonprofit organizations.  We support local programs and projects that create measurable, sustainable and relevant impact for the communities and purposes they serve.


The 13th annual Above and Beyond Gala this year on May 6, 2017 features a Special Appeal, where a selected nonprofit organization receives donations during a live auction. We will consider the organization our Charity Partner this year, and will continue to seek opportunities to work together.


We invite community organizations to apply as the Charity Partner and Special Appeal recipient.


Please find the Application here in the downloads area of our website  and return via e-mail to

Scholarships are open to graduating seniors who attend Chanhassen High School OR residents of Chanhassen that will be a graduating senior from any high school; public, private or home school. 
You may download the PDF application form in the download area of this webpage
Completed applications should be turned in to your High School Guidance office or e-mailed to:  Applications must be received by February 24th, 2017.



We are proud to announce our line up of speakers, each of whom have made a substantial impact in our community.

February 1st 
Duke Pieper, will share his Inspiring journey of over coming a tramitic brian injury resulting from a youth hocky accident.

February 8th 
Colleen Needles, TV personality and founder of her own entertainment company.

February 15th 
Mike Max will share experiences as a WCCO sport announcer

February 22nd 
Sean Bloomfield & Colton Witte: Adventure North tell their tail of an epic Canoe Trip.

The Influencer Series are breakfast meetings from 7 to 8am and we ask guests and non members to be there by 6:45am for check in. The breakfast is free but guests and community members need to sign up. You can do this here on our our website-by clicking the event title under "Upcoming Events" in the lefthand column.  

Elections were held at the Chanhassen Rotary and we are proud to announce the leadership team for the 2016-2017 year.
President Janet Stanzak
 Vice President Mike Votava​
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 President-Elect Anne Voas​
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Secretary Jackie Coulter​
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 Treasurer Joseph Scott​

We are grateful for their gift of time and energy. This group knows how to put "Service Beyond Self" into action.
These recent Chanhassen graduates came to share their experiences at the STRIVE meeting this week. Each were STRIVE participants and spoke to the current students about their lives and the successes they have had since high school. It was a powerful discussion.
STRIVE is a Rotary Club of Chanhassen sponsored mentoring program with emphasis on preparing for post-graduation opportunities and responsibilities while working to improve grade point average. The program's goal is to motivate interested Chanhassen Juniors and Seniors to discover their own strengths and talents while increasing their personal and academic achievement. Incentives are offered through scholarships for the students for their post graduate education. If you want to hear more about STRIVE contact Susan Conrad
The Chanhassen Rotary is proud to have played a part in the work of the Open Hands Foundation. As a 2015 Gala Charitable recipient, Open Hands is able to provide shelter to homeless youth in the South West suburbs. A BIG SHOUT OUT to Susan Conrad​ and Joel Johnson for sharing the story of The Open Hands Foundation during our 11.30.16 meeting. 
Open Hands Foundation raise funds for the Crisis Shelter serving kids in our community. Here's a link to the TV story that Kelcey Carlson​ presented this past week on the Hope House.
Thank you Carol Lee for coordinating the CPR/AED training program last night. We had a great turn out!
We were all grateful for the expert Trainers from the Plymouth Rotary Heart Safe Plymouth Project, Russell Carlson and Norm Okerstrom, helped guide us through the program.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) kills over 400,000 American in the United States annually. SCA strikes without warning and impacts all ages and ethnicities. The survival rate nationally is 8%. In Minnesota the survival rate is 16%, the best of any state in the country. The national rate has not changed in 50 years. The issue is lack of education and the need for broad distribution of AED's (Automated External Defibrillators.) The Rotary Club of Plymouth began the Heart Safe Plymouth service project in 2012 and to date have trained over 3,500 people in more than 150 separate trainings. The training is provided at no charge and teaches bystander CPR (no breaths) and the use of an AED for persons experiencing SCA. The one hour training includes SCA victim recognition, CPR training with manikins, AED training and an end of class simulation to fit it all together. Two DVD's are used in the training. All participants will receive a card signed by the American Heart Certified Instructor saying they have been trained in bystander CPR and the use of an AED for patients suffering from SCA. After the training all participants will know what to do in the event they are present at the scene of a SCA victim. The training is appropriate for teens and above and should be completed every two years. 
The 2016-17 STRIVE program is underway. Susan Conrad  is the Mentor Coordinator and Official Cheerleader/Whip Cracker of the Chanhassen High School STRIVE program. Many of the Chanhassen Rotary members are involved as mentors along with other community members. STRIVE is a one-on-one mentoring and scholarship program sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chanhassen at Chanhassen High School.  It offers students incentives for reaching their potential. Students are selected by their counselors for having high potential that is not reflected in their academic progress. Once each month, Chanhassen Business leaders (who are all volunteers), attend one hour sessions with students. These sessions include topics such as time management, getting organized, networking, job interview preparation, goal setting, etc. They talk about grades and school attendance, offering support to help students succeed. The mentors may also meet students at special programs or present opportunities beyond the regular meetings. Students who participate in STRIVE are eligible for post-secondary scholarships  at technical schools as well as four year universities and colleges."
If you have questions about STRIVE or interest in participation please contact Susan Conrad
Rotary Club of Chanhassen is proud to offer Breakfast with Santa, a Chanhassen tradition for more than 20 years.
This year, The Chanhassen Dinner Theatres will be our hosts from 8am-1pm on Sunday, December 4th.
Kids and adults of all ages will enjoy:
  • Live reindeer
  • Terrific entertainment, all you care to eat pancakes, sausage and toppings from the Chris Cakes crew.
  • A special gift from the Chanhassen High School Interact Club
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 12 or 65 and over. Buy in advance and save $1 per ticket! Claim your tickets when you arrive.
If you did not buy tickets in advance, you can buy tickets in person.  Remember, we will be serving from 8am to 1pm on Sunday, December 4th.
​See you at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres and thank you for supporting the Rotary Club of Chanhassen!!!
Special thanks to our Annual Sponsor and partner for this event - The Chanhassen Dinner Theatres!
Register for the special CPR and AED Training sponsored by Chanhassen Rotary.  Join experts  from the Plymouth Rotary Heart Safe Plymouth Project, Russell Carlson and Norm Okerstrom, as they guide us through the challenges of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.  It you have ever wished you knew how to perform this life saving action, please join us for this event!  Registration is free and open to the public – 8th graders and older.  Hurry – space is limited to the first 75 people who register. 
Register online  (click the CPR training link UNDER upcoming events) or call Carol Lee at 952-240-7172.  
Tuesday Nov 29, 2016 from 6:45 to 8:15 pm at the Chanhassen American Legion , 290 Lake Dr. E Chanhassen MN
Mark your calendars to November 12th!
The Open Hands Foundation was the 2015 charity partner of the Chanahssen Rotary. Come help them continue their great work by supporting their upcoming fundraiser. The Bridge for Youth is one of there most successful and needed projects
Here is a snap shot of WHAT WHY and HOW they make a difference in our community.

Mission: To provide runaway and homeless youth safe shelter, assist in the prevention and resolution of family conflicts and reunify families whenever possible.

Vision: The Bridge for Youth will be a premier resource for diverse populations of youth and families needing help by offering:
– Support that empowers
– Safe shelter
– Sustainable tools for success and restoration of relationships
– When possible, reunification.

Organizational values:
Focus - Our commitment to youth and families drives everything we do.
Excellence - We are relentless in our pursuit of greatness.
Service - Our mission will be at the core of every decision we make.
Village - We cannot do this alone and are part of a broader web committed to protecting runaway and homeless youth.
Integrity - We meet our commitments and are ethical, responsible stewards of our resources.
Teamwork - All of us are part of a team and each of us individually will do everything we can to make sure the entire team succeeds.
Rooted - We will be nimble and adaptable while maintaining our core.
Inclusive - Diversity in thought, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, economic status, political orientations and ideas is our greatest resource.
Bold - We are not afraid to ask hard questions and face difficult realities.
Lighthouse - The clients we serve may be in crisis but our organization will not operate from a crisis point of view.


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By Unsie Zuege | Posted 

When four local Rotary Clubs — Excelsior, Chaska, Lake Minnetonka Excelsior and Chanhassen — collaborated to raise $45,000 for Campfire Minnesota's Camp Tanadoona, Chanhassen, it was a continuation of the special relationship that Rotary has had with Camp Tanadoona since the 1920s.

According to Kelly Abraham, Campfire Minnesota marketing and communication manager, Rotary's relationship with the camp dates back to 1924 when the Minneapolis Rotary Club raised money to gift the then 63-acre property for Tanadoona to the then Camp Fire Girls. Since then, Tanadoona has held 93 consecutive summers of summer camp for girls, and, now for boys, too.

In the past three years, the four local Rotary clubs raised money to help Camp Tanadoona in its capital campaign. Rotary's donation of $45,000 helped build one of three overnight cabins.

The cabin will be dedicated to these Rotary clubs on Tuesday, Sept. 13, with Rotary members and leadership present to celebrate Rotary's history and commitment of supporting youth in discovering and enjoying nature.

"Rotary is all about service above self," said Char Weber, Chaska Rotary president. "It's a way of looking in our own community and recognizing that our youth is really important to us. We give scholarships, and have a global mission to eliminate polio, but we are also focused on groups like Camp Tanadoona that inspires children, and in turn they go on to inspire others."

"One of the Rotary Club of Chanhassen’s key missions is to create life-changing experiences for youth," said Tim Mulcrone, Chanhassen Rotary Club president. "Camp Tanadoona is a unique place with an incredible staff who do just that."

"Camp Tanadoona has also been a great place for our members to do some hands-on volunteering, from dismantling and creating a new archery range, building a yurt and hosting a disaster relief camp for teens and young adults.

"We are really excited to support the Rotary Cabin to help preserve and renew Camp Tanadoona. We are proud to continue a great tradition of Rotary support."

Being local makes supporting Camp Tanadoona even more meaningful, according to Mark Williams of the Lake Minnetonka Excelsior Rotary Club.  

"Our Rotary chapter works very hard to raise money to donate to worthy causes while having fun along the way," Williams said by email. "Camp Tanadoona fits the bill perfectly. The camp is local, benefits a number of kids, and we can actually see it in operation. This is a very good use for our donation funds."

"We have a personal connection, not only as Marnie Wells (Camp Fire Minnesota CEO) is a member of our club," said Randy Schumacher, Excelsior Rotary Club. "While we don't show favoritism," Schumacher quipped, "it turns out we do have some members who once were Camp Tanadoona campers, and then their kids attended, and now their grandkids do.

"While the Rotary has had a long relationship with the camp, beginning in 1924 when the Minneapolis club donated land for the camp, and over the years, our clubs have supported it by meeting there, having our Christmas parties there, and donating scholarships. Molly  Swenson, our club president a couple years ago [2013-14], suggested taking on Camp Tanadoona as a local fundraiser, and she and Marnie got other clubs involved, too. We wrapped it up last year, to help them complete their Bluebird [overnight] cabin. The camp is a jewel in our city. It's one of our charities and we're happy to do it." 

About Camp Fire

Camp Fire Minnesota, a non-profit organization founded in 1912, provides year-round activities, as well as outdoor programs to Minnesota youth. Camp Fire Minnesota operates two camp properties, Camp Tanadoona in Chanhassen,  and Camp Bluewater in Grand Rapids, Minn., offering summer camps, nature education and rental opportunities year-round. Registration is open for fall and winter camps; summer camp registration opens in January. Visit to learn more.


The Rotary Club of Chanhassen is excited to introduce our newest exchange student. Her name is Katarina and is arriving in just a few weeks. Here is a short introduction she wrote about herself.

Hi, I'm Katarina. I'm from Slovakia and I'm going to spend my next year in Minnesota, in Chanhassen. I'm 17 years old and I study in high school in Slovakia and I am in Bilingual Spanish Section. All subjects that I study are taught in Spanish. Everyone from my school is very friendly... and I'm friends with most of my classmates because we have the same interests and we spend a lot of time together, either in school or after classes. One of my greatest passions is traveling. I travel a lot with my family and friends through Europe, since I study in Spanish I participated in student exchange with students from Madrid. Since then I visited Spain twice, once as a part of a big school road trip in south Europe, me and my friends visited Monaco, Geneva lake and beautiful city Barcelona. I like to try new things and new activities. I'm a funny and cheery person. My biggest desire is to get to know new friends and culture. I am certain my exchange will bring me a lot of exciting experiences and a lot of friendships. I'm looking forward to meet my host families. I believe that after this exchange I will be more prepared for my professional life.


Come Join the Chanhassen Rotary July 28th as we cheer on the Redbirds. This special night has been designated the Redbirds Chanhassen Rotary evening. Look for Rotary members wearing our Blue club shirts.

Starts at 7:30 Pm and it's a home game with the the Chanhassen Redbirds vs the Hutchinson Huskies.
2200 Lyman Blvd, Chanhassen

Chanhassen Rotary members get in Free and our own Tim Mulcrone will throw out the first ball. !!!!

Should be a great evening!

Volunteers will hand out printed copies of the Parade program starting about 1:30, or about one hour before the Parade.
If you want your copy now, click here for the full 2016 Parade lineup, plus tips and ideas on where to watch, where to eat and where to park.

The Rotary Club of Chanhassen is proud to present the Annual 4th of July Parade!  Please join us on July 4th at 2:30 pm for this wonderful celebration in downtown Chanhassen.  

Want to be in the Parade? Please follow this link: to register. Fees are $75 for non-profit groups and neighborhoods and $100 for businesses and all other groups.

We look forward to seeing you on July 4th!

Registration is now open for our annual Above & Beyond Gala at Oak Ridge Conference Center on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.
Get your tickets and preview auction items here:
Tickets are: $125 per person, $900 for a table of 8; or $1,125 for a table of 10.
May the Force be with you!
Everybody is a leader in that everybody influences someone or something.  Some people are capital 'L' leaders and some are small 'l' leaders.  The difference may be seen in the size of the mountain one climbs, or the complexity of problems to be solved, or the number of people one leads.  But everyone is a leader.
The Rotary Club of Chanhassen is excited to announce the line-up for our 2nd Annual Influencers Series!
Wednesday, February 3rd - Andrew Zimmern - Food writer, TV personality, Chef and Teacher - RSVP Here
Wednesday, February 10th - Kelcey Carlson - Fox 9 News Anchor - RSVP Here
Wednesday, February 17th - Nick Rogers - President of Minnesota United FC - RSVP Here
Wednesday, February 24th - Michael Jordan - Corban Labs - Leading Change - RSVP Here
Wednesday, March 2nd - Bill Miller - Co-Founder Carver Distillery - RSVP Here
The Influencers Series will be held during our regular meetings each Wednesday morning from 7:00-8:00 am at the Chanhassen American Legion (290 East Lake Drive, Chanhassen, MN)   Guests are welcome to attend and enjoy a free breakfast - please RSVP using the links above!
The Chanhassen High School Interact Club presents the ShelterBox Anti-Freeze Camp out on Friday and Saturday January 22-23, 2016.
The camp out is a fundraiser for ShelterBox, which provides shelter and other non-food essentials to global survivors of natural and man-made disasters. For starters, the Interact Club's goal is to raise at least $500 in donations to earn a matching grant from both the Rotary Club of Chanhassen and Rotary District 5950. Every $1000 raised sponsors one ShelterBox, which provides a family a tent, blankets, water filters, solar lights, tools and other essentials.
Campers bring their own tents and sleeping gear to the Chanhassen Recreation Center starting at 5pm on Friday. After 6pm dinner, campers will learn about the challenges of responding to major disasters worldwide through a series of team-based activities using actual ShelterBox gear. After debriefing, campers will enjoy s'mores and camp fires. Breakfast will be provided on Saturday morning.
The cost to camp out is $15. Those who wish to enjoy the Friday night program, but not camp out, can also participate for $15. Participants can also buy a LuminAID solar light, that was recently featured on Shark Tank, for an additional $30. All participants are asked to bring a can of non-creamed soup for dinner on Friday night. Any extra cans of food will be donated to PROP, which provides emergency food to families in Chanhassen and Eden Prairie.
ShelterBox is a global disaster relief charity that provides shelter, warmth and dignity to disaster survivors. ShelterBox has served more than 1 million disaster people since its founding in 2000. In 2015, ShelterBox responded to 22 disasters in 19 locations around the world, providing more than 28,000 families with lifesaving aid. Learn more at
Questions can be directed to Greg Krauska, ShelterBox Ambassador, at 612-801-7821. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the link below.
Can't camp out with the Interact students? Donate to their team page here. All donations will go toward the matching grant pool!
You can camp out or join in the indoor Friday night program
Leadership is about influence.
Everybody is a leader in that everybody influences someone or something.  Some people are capital 'L' leaders and some are small 'l' leaders.  The difference may be seen in the size of the mountain one climbs, or the complexity of problems to be solved, or the number of people one leads.  But everyone is a leader.
You are invited to Chanhassen Rotary's "Influencers" series to hear high capacity leaders speak about their significant arenas of influence. 
Where: Chanhassen American Legion
When: 7:00-8:00 AM Wednesdays, February 4th-March 4th
Chanhassen Rotarian and Rotary District 5950 Polio Chair, Tim Mulcrone, was recently featured in a Minneapolis Star Tribune story about "the monster that is polio". 
A very talented friend of Tim's carved this 1,000 pound pumpkin which is on display at the Hilton in Bloomington. 
Rotary is THIS close to ending polio worldwide!
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