Posted on Mar 16, 2018

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 a float 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 received confirmation of your registration from our parade committee, you can pay online here:
Parade Entry Types
Annual Chanhassen July 4th Parade Karey White 2018-03-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 10, 2018

Rotary Club of Chanhassen is pleased to provide scholarships to students who reside in Chanhassen.

Scholarships Awarded
Approximately 20 scholarships will be awarded, amount will vary, from approximately $500 up to  $2500

Scholarship Selection is based on the following:
1. Volunteer service (Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self”)
2. School activities, extra-curricular activities, etc.
3. Achievement (personal and scholastic)

While grades are considered for the award, they are not a significant criterion for the scholarship. Volunteer service and essay answers are more important. Strongest consideration will be given to students involved in volunteer service.

Applications with full instructions are available at the Guidance offices at Chanhassen, Minnetonka and Holy Family High Schools.

You may also download the fillable PDF here on  the Rotary Club of Chanhassen’s web site – in the Download area to the right

Applications are due March 1st, 2018

DeeDee Kahring, SFO
Director of Finance & Operations
Eastern Carver County Schools | 11 Peavey Road, Chaska, MN 55318

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Strive Students in ACTION 2017-01-27 06:00:00Z 0
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
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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.
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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
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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.
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November is Rotary International Foundation Month 2016-11-05 05:00:00Z 0
Now available: ENHANCED Version of the 2016 July 4th Parade Program 2016-07-02 05:00:00Z 0
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!
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Thank You for attending our 2014 Breakfast with Santa!
This year's event was held at a NEW LOCATION:  The Chanhassen Dinner Theatres in downtown Chanhassen.
Flying pancakes, LIVE reindeer and of course, Santa himself!
Thank you to the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres for sponsoring this event.
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The 10th Annual Chanhassen Community Gala is May 3, 2014. Carol Pitz 2014-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
2012 July 4th Chanhassen Parade Joe Scott 2012-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Who are the Sponsors of the Rotary Club of Chanhassen?
We encourage community businesses who would like to be an integral part of our exciting community-focused endeavors to become sponsors.
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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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Posted by Carol Pitz

Please SAVE THE DATE for the 10th Annual Chanhassen Gala, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chanhassen.

Plan to join us on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center in Chaska for an evening of celebration, community and FUN!

We look forward to seeing you!

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Posted by Carol Pitz


To all who registered for our parade or volunteered for our Rotary-sponsored 2013 July 4th events. We simply couldn't do it without you. Your generous commitment of time, energy and spirit made this 30th annual Chanhassen event even better!

Yours in gratitude,

Rotary Club of Chanhassen


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2012 8th Annual Chanhassen Rotary Tulip Gala Bob Rosenberg 0
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Posted by Greg Krauska

On behalf of Parade Committee Co-chair Jeff Anderson, I would like to extend a special thank you to everyone involved with the July 4th effort, and especially those involved with the Parade.

In particular, please acknowledge the members of the Parade Committee:

Entries:  Carol Lee (who did a great job with the lineup and announcer's script for the first time)

Paid Entertainment: Dean Breitbach

Treasurer:  Rollie Neve

Volunteers:  Tom Hughes

Also, Joe Scott did a great job helping us communicate with all of the parade entrants and Tim McGee helped with PR.  There are many more folks who helped out. 

If you attended the July 15th meeting, you saw the video recap of the Parade.  You can now find it on YouTube at this link:

Also, if you are interested in any of the photographs that my wife Cindy shot during the parade, you can find them at Windows Live using this link:

Again, thanks to everyone who took part in Chanhassen Rotary's July 4th effort.  You not only helped out on our biggest community service project of the year, you played a big part in shaping this community.


Greg Krauska, Parade Committee Co-chair

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Posted by Greg Krauska

Here are the results from our volunteer judges for the Fourth of July Parade entries.  Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all the entries for their time, effort and creativity.


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Rotary Club Sponsors Adult Wheelchair Tricycles for Severely Disabled in India Tim McGee 0
Chanhassen Rotary Awards $24K in Scholarships Tim McGee 0
Distinguished Service Awards Presented at Annual Tulip Gala Tim McGee 0
Chanhassen Rotary Sponsors Food Shipments Tim McGee 0
Posted by Dr. Mike Leonard

Chanhassen Rotary presented checks totalling $2500 to Katie Castro, president of Eden Prairie Women of Today for their help with our 4th of July and Tulip Gala fundraiser. The presentaion was made Nov 15th Checks for $500Ã' and $2000 were presented to repesentatives of Meals on Wheels and PROP. Thank you Women of Today for all of your help and support!

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