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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.
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.
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!

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.


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!

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!
For more than 20 years, the Rotary Club of Chanhassen has been dedicated to Rotary International's mission to provide service to others, promote high ethical standards, and to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through its fellowship of business, professional and community leaders.
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