Minnetonka Rotarian awarded Rotarian of the Year for leading fundraising efforts for Building Responsible Youth

Rotary member Ann Wengronowitz was recognized by Minnetonka Rotary for helping lead fundraising efforts which helps support  Building Responsible Youth in the Minnetonka/Hopkins Area and through out the world.

2021-2022 President Nate Rundquist said “Coming out of the pandemic, it was critical for the club to return to its main fundraiser, the Links & Libations Charity Golf Event.  Ann stepped up to the challenge of chairing the committee with no time to spare for preparations.  Through her leadership and the efforts of the fundraising committee and club at large, Minnetonka Rotary was able to pull off a successful fundraising event to support charitable missions including building responsible youth.” 2021 Links and Libations raised over $36,000 which went directly to the Minnetonka Rotary Foundation.

An outstanding leader in fundraising and volunteer work, Ann was the perfect candidate for Minnetonka Rotarian of the Year. 

Wengronowitz, a charter member, has been a member of the Rotary Club of Minnetonka for 32 years. Ann is a resident of Minnetonka and is Senior Financial Planner and Founding Partner at ConfidereFinancial.

After a long wait - Minnetonka Rotary is excited to announce our Rotary Service Above Socks are available for order!
All proceeds will go to support the Minnetonka Rotary Foundation and their mission of Building Responsible Youth! 

On May 25th, the Rotary Club of Chanhassen arranged a Zoom meeting for Dr. Jambor Igor Roland of the Rotary Club of Miskolc, Hungary to present on the Ukrainian Relief Efforts, partly funded by our club and foundation. Minnetonka members arrived 30minutes earlier than our normal meeting to join in via zoom. The stories that Dr. Roland shared from half way around the world brought many to tears. It was amazing to see how the funds we raised were being used to serve others in need. Thank you Rotary Club of Chanhassen for arranging and bring together The Rotary Club of Waconia-West Carver and Rotary Club Miskolc together.
Minnetonka Rotary Foundation sponsored two Hopkins High School students to attend RYLA. Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where you develop your skills as a leader while having fun and making connections. 
Miss a Meeting - Miss A LOT! On May 18, long-time member, Mark Forsberg, shared his vocational and career. We included a photo of the quote he kept on his desk reminding him of all those "in the arena". Jerald Stiele gave happy buck for his daughter's birthday which also reminds him each year of his Rotary anniversary - here's to 20 years and 20 more! Mark Magney & Mary Catherine Carlson shared about the youth exchange program in Rotary and how Minnetonka Rotary is involved.

Early this spring, the Minnetonka Rotary Foundation invited ICA Food Shelf for an update on the changing needs of the community due to the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic. Recent surveys revealed transportation was a major barrier, especially for those facing health issues, isolation and unemployment. ICA had to pivot operations quickly to provide food resources through home deliveries, resulting in an increase of over 40% in this area alone.

In response to this data, the Minnetonka Rotary Club, the Hopkins Rotary Club, the Lake Minnetonka Excelsior Rotary Club and the Excelsior Rotary Club came together to raise funds for a delivery van. With the addition of a grant from Rotary District 5950, the Rotarians were able to garner $27,000.

On May 21st, we had a service opportunity helping collect and organize food from the Postal Food Drive at the ICA Food Shelf. Residents were generous with their donations and kept us busy.
In April, we took our meeting off site for a tour of the Eden Prairie Water Treatment Plant. Our members were so interested and had so many questions we barely made it out of the lobby for the tour. Thank you Eden Prairie - City Government for hosting us and Mark Magney for arranging. We will never water our lawns in the same way again. 💧💦
10 years ago Dr. Bob stood in front of the room as the Club President, he passed his "presidential plaid" on to President Elect Mike Glover
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