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.
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.
We invite you to take part in the 2017 Chanhassen Rotary Influencer speaker series.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.
Rotarians and Friends of Rotary, mark your calendar for Tuesday Nov 29th
Don’t miss this valuable and amazing opportunity to become trained to potentially save a life!
Register now for the special CPR and AED Training sponsored by Chanhassen Rotary
This life saving opportunity is FREE of charge but you must pre-register at www.chanhassenrotary.org
Tuesday Nov 29, 2016 from 6:45 to 8:15 pm at the Chanhassen American Legion , 290 Lake Dr. E.
Join expert Trainers 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 on on the Chanhassen Rotary Website ) www.chanhassenrotary.org or just call or text Carol Lee at 952-240-7172. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Again, please register to let us know you will be there!
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
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.
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 www.campfiremn.org to learn more.
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. !!!!
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!
Rotary Club of Chanhassen's 2nd Annual Influencers Series
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.
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!
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:Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â http://tinyurl.com/maztec
Again, thanks to everyone who took part in Chanhassen Rotary's July 4th effort.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â You not only helped out on our biggest community service project of the year, you played a big part in shaping this community.
The Chanhassen Rotary Club, in conjunction with 59 other Rotary Clubs in Minnesota, has co-sponsored an important international project in Southern India to provide mobility to victims of polio or other diseases or accidents who are unable to walk.
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'Â and $2000 were presented to repesentatives of Meals on Wheels and PROP. Thank you Women of Today for all of your help and support!
Chanhassen Rotary Awards $2500 to Eden Prairie WOT