Stories about our Service and Members

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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.
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
Links & Libations Charity Golf Event has wonderful sponsors who make our event possible. Take a minute to browse our sponsors. 
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.

Minnetonka Rotary Club Foundation supported a District grant led by the Rotary Club of Crystal-New Hope-Robbinsdale for a project led by Jaime Belden and the Future Roots Project to distribute 135 water filters to impoverished families in Nicaragua. The photos are from one of the three communities that were helped. La Fe is the smallest population, around 200 people and the majority are children. The 35 filters donated were enough to provide everyone in La Fe with filtered water, including the school.  
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

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.

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. 💧💦
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.
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. 

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.
Tim Murphy reappointed as Zone 29 End Polio Now Coordinator
PDG Tim Murphy (Edina) is the current Zone 29 End Polio Now Coordinator. (Our Zone encompasses 16 districts.) His great work in this position has earned him a reappointment by Rotary International (RI) to that position for an additional three-year term. Tim received an email from Past Rotary International President John Germ notifying him of this great news.
Tom Gump appointed as Region 36 Assistant Rotary Coordinator
DG Tom Gump (Edina / Morningside) has just been appointed by RI to serve as one of eight Assistant Rotary Coordinators for Region 36/Zones 25B and 29. (This territory represents 23 districts and nearly 52,000 Rotarians.) Tom will be responsible for supporting membership in RI Districts 5580, 5950 and 5960 beginning July 1 with the 2021-22 Rotary year.   
Carol MacDonald appointed Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator
Carol MacDonald (Burnsville Breakfast) has been appointed by RI to serve as  Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator for Region 36/Zones 25B and 29. She will be responsible for supporting the Foundation in RI Districts 5580, 5950 and 5960 beginning July 1 with the 2021-22 Rotary year. The new position requires that Carol resign as District Rotary Foundation Chair (DRFC) The district welcomes Sharon Bloodworth (Mpls #9) who has agreed to complete the third year of Carol's DRFC term.
May 03, 2019
Glen Juntti, a member who actively seeks out opportunities to give back and expand the reach of Minnetonka Rotary. HIs work is not defined by titles but the impact in our Club and community. 
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