2021-2022 Rotarian of the Year Ann Wengronowitz

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.

2021-2022 Rotarian of the Year Ann Wengronowitz Nate Rundquist 2022-09-25 05:00:00Z 0

Order Service Above Self Socks 

 
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! 
Order Service Above Self Socks 2022-09-15 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary in Ukraine 


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.
Rotary in Ukraine Alexa Rundquist 2022-06-17 05:00:00Z 0

RYLA 2022

 
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. 
RYLA 2022 Alexa Rundquist 2022-06-17 05:00:00Z 0
Minnetonka State of the City  2022-06-17 05:00:00Z 0
Hopkins Mainstreet Days Alexa Rundquist 2022-06-17 05:00:00Z 0

We took our meeting Off-Site
 

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. 💧💦
We took our meeting Off-Site  2022-05-29 05:00:00Z 0

Miss a Meeting Miss a lot! 

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.
Miss a Meeting Miss a lot! 2022-05-29 05:00:00Z 0
Spring Hwy-7 Clean Up Alexa Rundquist 2022-05-29 05:00:00Z 0
Postal Food Drive - May Service Opportunity Alexa Rundquist 2022-05-21 05:00:00Z 0

A Celebration of a Foundation Grant

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.

A Celebration of a Foundation Grant 2022-05-10 05:00:00Z 0
TreeHouse Hope - March 9th Meeting 2022-03-14 05:00:00Z 0

more PLAID than you want it to be 

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
 
more PLAID than you want it to be Nate Rundquist 2022-02-02 06:00:00Z 0
December 15th Meeting Alexa Rundquist 2022-01-01 06:00:00Z 0
December Social - Bowling At Tuttles Alexa Rundquist 2022-01-01 06:00:00Z 0
December 8th Meeting Alexa Rundquist 2022-01-01 06:00:00Z 0
December Community Service Event - Free Bikes 4 Kidz Alexa Rundquist 2022-01-01 06:00:00Z 0
December 22 - Members share Stories Alexa Rundquist 2021-12-22 06:00:00Z 0
December 1st Meeting Alexa Rundquist 2021-12-01 06:00:00Z 0
November 17 - A Day in the Life of A Pilot Alexa Rundquist 2021-11-17 06:00:00Z 0
November 10th Meeting - Cookie Cart is our Speaker  2021-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
District Governor Marianna Khauv visits Our Club 2021-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
Great Meeting with Chili & Beer 2021-09-20 05:00:00Z 0
Links & Libations Event Highlights 2021-09-20 05:00:00Z 0
Alissa O attend Zone Institute in Houston, TX 2021-09-20 05:00:00Z 0
September 15th Meeting 2021-09-20 05:00:00Z 0
Sky Diving with our Members 2021-09-18 05:00:00Z 0

Links and Libations

Links & Libations Charity Golf Event has wonderful sponsors who make our event possible. Take a minute to browse our sponsors. 
 
Links and Libations 2021-09-03 05:00:00Z 0
Crystal New Hope Robbinsdale Golf Fundraiser - Minnetonka Rotary's Team 2021-08-29 05:00:00Z 0
August 24th Meeting Highlights 2021-08-29 05:00:00Z 0
ResourceWest Back Pack - Community Service Night Out 2021-08-29 05:00:00Z 0
Links & Libations 2021 Registration Now Open 2021-08-05 05:00:00Z 0
Birthday Bag Assembly Alexa Rundquist 2021-07-21 05:00:00Z 0
Hwy 7 Clean Up  2021-05-15 05:00:00Z 0

Virtual Fundraising Events

 
 
WINTER?  Not funny!   But sometimes fun.  Instead of wishing it away, your friends in the Minnetonka Rotary have assembled a package of entertainment events for you. You are invited to laugh, learn new things and relax at one or all private and family friendly events.
Stevie Ray Improv Comedy Show,  Matt Dunn Magician, Cooking Class with Chef Ali, & Meditation and Mindfulness. 
Click "View More" to learn about all four events and register.
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January is End Human Trafficking Awareness month District 5950 Website 2021-01-19 06:00:00Z 0
District adds 52 charter members in Rotary Club of Network for Empowering Women Catherine Gump - Edina Rotary Club 2021-01-19 06:00:00Z 0

2021 Resolution: Grow Rotary!

 
The unprecedented events of 2020-21 have made me even more committed to introduce more people in our communities to Rotary. WE are Rotary! You are people who are caring, thinking and working to improve our communities and our world. I hope, like me, you want your family, friends and neighbors to be part of Rotary.
Read more from  District Governor Tom Gump
2021 Resolution: Grow Rotary! Thomas Gump - District Gov 2021-01-19 06:00:00Z 0

District’s first Environmental Sustainability project is underway!

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With the support of the District Governor Tom Gump and the District Conference Committee, the District 5950 Tree Planting Project is the District’s first environmental sustainability project under Rotary International’s new Area of Focus: Supporting the Environment.
 
This article was taken from the District 5950 Newsletter.
District’s first Environmental Sustainability project is underway! Bill Sierks (Edina/Morningside) 2020-10-19 05:00:00Z 0
"Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt" is World Polio Day event Tim Mucrone, District PolioPlus chair 2020-10-19 05:00:00Z 0
Clubs' creativity and vision inspire DG 2020-10-19 05:00:00Z 0
2019-2020 International Projects Nancy Davis 2020-10-14 05:00:00Z 0

Celebrate 2020 Graduates 

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Minnetonka Rotary Celebrates the graduates in their lives, the Minnetonka Rotary Foundation Scholarship Winners, and the Graduates of Adult Options in Education. 
Celebrate 2020 Graduates 2020-06-05 05:00:00Z 0

June 17th - Register for North Star Youth Exchange presentation

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North Star Youth Exchange encompasses two Rotary districts (5950 and 5960), which are large geographical areas in south-central Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. The area includes the entire Twin Cities metropolitan area, Rochester, St. Cloud, and Mankato (Duluth is part of the Central States Rotary Youth Exchange program). The outer part of our districts includes Albert Lea, Hayward, WI, Alexandria, and Redwood Falls.
June 17th - Register for North Star Youth Exchange presentation 2020-06-05 05:00:00Z 0
Once in a lifetime opportunity: FREE International Convention 2020-06-05 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Ask: What Can We Do? 2020-06-05 05:00:00Z 0

District Gov. Russ reflects on his year.

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Being able to see Rotary from the larger district lens, rather than just a club view, is its own reward. The value of Rotary to our society becomes clearer the bigger view you create for yourself. I encourage all of our district members, when the time is right in their careers, to expand their Rotary horizon by supplementing their club experience with a district role. You, too, will be very proud of District 5950! -- District Governor Russ
District Gov. Russ reflects on his year. 2020-06-05 05:00:00Z 0
2020 District Conference 2020-03-04 06:00:00Z 0
New 5950 district - Rotary Business Network 2020-03-04 06:00:00Z 0
Days for Girls 2020-01-20 06:00:00Z 0
District 5950's Clubs gain media coverage 2020-01-20 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary's Core Values

See RI’s Core Values in action in D5950
Rotary’s core values represent the guiding principles of the organization’s culture, including what guides members’ priorities and actions within the organization. Values are an increasingly important component in strategic planning because they drive the intent and direction of the organization’s leadership. Read these value summaries and appreciate the example some of our District 5950 leaders show in each area. Russ Michaletz Rotary District 5950 Governor 2019-2020 Service We believe that our service activities and programs bring about greater world understanding and peace. Service is a major element of our mission. Through the plans and actions of individual clubs, we create a culture of service throughout our organization that provides unparalleled satisfaction for those who serve.
Rotary's Core Values 2020-01-20 06:00:00Z 0
NCPETS - Training our Future Leaders 2020-01-12 06:00:00Z 0
Toastmasters and Rotary International 2020-01-12 06:00:00Z 0
Mid-Term Assembly Registration Open 2020-01-04 06:00:00Z 0

District Governor shares mid-term observations

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District Governor shares mid-term observations

I am now officially half done with my term as your District Governor. It has been a true privilege to serve the Rotarians of our district, all wonderful people. Here are a few observations about what I have learned in the process:
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Welcome Our New Exchange Student

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Introducing Pau Velardebo Garcia
 
Our inbound exchange student this year is Pau Velardebo Garcia from Barcelona, Spain.  He is a well-traveled 17 year- old young man whose father was also a Rotary exchange student.  The family has hosted Rotary exchange students from Taiwan and Vancouver.  Pau lives with his well-traveled parents and his brother Alex, age 15.  His older brother Robert, age 22, lives on his own and is a train driver.  His mother is a pharmacist and his father is a businessman and CEO of several companies.  His extended family of maternal and paternal grandparents plus many cousins live nearby.
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Links & Libations Sponsors

Posted by Alexa Rundquist

Learn all about the generous donors of Links & Libations!

                                                                                                                                                      
 
Links & Libations Sponsors Alexa Rundquist 2019-09-07 05:00:00Z 0
Are you thirsty? Libations will be there!  2019-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians worldwide are taking action to sustain our environment! 2019-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
Veterans become Rotarians to help Veterans 2019-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
Mentorship is Key 2019-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary at Canterbury for Polio Plus 2019-07-24 05:00:00Z 0
Join the Rotary Blitz Alexa Rundquist 2019-07-24 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary 101 - District Training Alexa Rundquist 2019-07-23 05:00:00Z 0

2018-2019 State of the Club

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During the last meeting of the Rotary year, President Davis took some time to share the State of the Club.  President Nancy shared details of all the work that had been accomplished under her leadership. 
2018-2019 State of the Club 2019-06-26 05:00:00Z 0

If you have an opportunity to go to a RI Convention GO!

Posted by Stacey Quinn on Jun 18, 2019
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If you have an opportunity to go to a RI Convention GO! You will not forget it.
 
Having just attended my first RI Convention it was so different than I though it would be, the fun, the fellowship and all of the activities went beyond my expectations.It was held in Hamburg, Germany this year and the city went all out to make us  Rotarian's feel welcome.
If you have an opportunity to go to a RI Convention GO! Stacey Quinn 2019-06-18 05:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Society 2019-05-29 05:00:00Z 0

Youth Exchange Photos

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Check out Photos of our Youth Exchange Students - Click the photo below to see our whole album of Youth Exchange in 2019 and over the years!
Youth Exchange Photos 2019-05-08 05:00:00Z 0

What does 2025 look like to our Club?

Posted by Nancy Davis on Apr 30, 2019
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Minnetonka Rotary members ask themselves what does our club look like in Club Visioning Session.
The Club visioning session was led by District 5950 leaders and open to all Minnetonka Rotarians. 
What does 2025 look like to our Club? Nancy Davis 2019-04-30 05:00:00Z 0
1000 Sandwiches in 30 minutes Alexa Rundquist 2019-04-17 05:00:00Z 0
2019 District Conference 2019-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
4 Free District Assemblies Alexa Rundquist 2019-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
Incoming RI President to speak in St. Paul Alexa Rundquist 2019-02-05 06:00:00Z 0
Ending Polio Eradication Pint Night Fundraiser avr 2019-01-16 06:00:00Z 0 Beer,Brewery,End Polio Now,Fundraiser,Polio,Social,Unmapped

Golf Outing a Success 

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The Minnetonka Rotary’s 2017 Golf Outing was a tremendous success.  The results look like the Minnetonka Rotary has raised over $30,000 to go into the Minnetonka Rotary Foundation to support our communities with Grants that are targeted for organizations in need of funding to accomplish worthwhile goals that might otherwise not be completed.
 
The companies are listed on the picture above, but in the event that you cannot read them, they are listed here.  We extend our thank you to the people and organizations below for their support to make this event a success.
 
Platinum Plus Sponsors
Signature Bank
Doran Companies
Frank Babka
 
Platinum Sponsors
Restwell Mattress Factory
Land Home Financial Services
LenServ Title
Hopkins Auto Body
Streeter & Associates Inc.
Culligan Water
Magney Construction Inc.
Ellingson & Ellingson
Dale & Cathy Feste
 
Gold Sponsors
Securian Retirement
Securian Trust Company
Securian
Minnesota Eye Consultants
ReMax Real Estate Nation
Nagel Team Realty
 
Silver Sponsors
Advantus Capital Management
Commercial Furniture Services & Herman Miller
Partner’s Title
Inspirity Inc.
 
Bronze Sponsors
Hance Hardware
JA Counter
Dunn Brothers Coffee / Richard & Norma Gunderson
Joey Nova’s Pizza
Opitz Outlet
TruStone Financial Credit Union
Willis Towers Watson
Guy Marzanno & Christine Leick
Golf Outing a Success Bill Goldsbury 2017-10-05 05:00:00Z 0

September 26, 2012 Speaker Jose Acuna - Youth Link

Posted by Mary Carlson
Youth Link's mission is to empower youth to shape their own futures by providing a safe, supportive, respectful and responsive community.  It is the place "where the END of homelessness and the END of poverty begin for youth served".
Jose Acuna has been involved with Youth Link for 18 years.  He is so totaly committed to going into the streets, building trust and break down barriers to foster relationships with the homeless youth in our area.  The goal is to teach young people that have been abandoned, abused, and neglected that they can gain control over their own lives by promoting social, emotional cognitive and behavioral competencies. Teaching self sufficiency means providing for themselves, managing their own affairs and making their own judgements.  This agency is a "one stop shop" that provides housing, job opportunities,intervention services, education (GED assistance), drop in center, medical referrals, and much more. One way Jose has helped make this happen is through Street Soccer, a program which has become a very big part of the local Youth Link initiative.  To learn more about Youth Link go to youthlinkmn.org It was a pleasure to host Jose and learn about this worthy crisis intervention project in our own community.
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September 26, 2012 Meeting

Posted by Mary Carlson
Today club members shared a very heavy heart as we paid tribute to our Club Statesman, Allen Kerr, who passed away this week while in Florence, Italy with his best friend and wife, Char.  They had just completed a 60th Anniversary cruise with friends who live in Florience.  Daughters, Cindy and Betsy, were with us as many were moved to share their "Allen" stories and accolades, because he was a member who truly lived the Rotary motto "Service Above Self".  Although he became an official member of our club 06/2010, he joined us for meetings many years before that when he visited his family here in MN.  His former club was Raleigh-Durham, N.C.  As someone said this morning "This was one of the hardest meetings I have ever attended".  Rest in peace, Allen.  You will certainly be remembered as a Rotarian who raised the bar for all of us.

Other club meeting news will be posted separately.
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