Highway Clean Up
Bethel Baptist ChurchMay 06, 2017
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Board Meeting 5-9-17
Southview Country ClubMay 09, 2017
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
WSP Days Root Beer Floats
WSP City HallMay 17, 2017
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Loaves & Fishes 5-30-17
St. Matthews Catholic ChurchMay 30, 2017
3:33 PM – 6:30 PM
Loaves & Fishes
St. Matthews Catholic ChurchJun 01, 2017
3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Board Meeting 6-20-17
Southview Country ClubJun 20, 2017
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Home Page Stories
The Cottage Grove Inclusive Playground is going to become a reality! Thanks to our District Grant, the Inclusive Playground, which is a playground that will benefit children (and adults) of all ages, abilities and mobilities, will include two zip lines which will come with chairs so that anyone can enjoy them, even if they can't stand up or can't hold a handle. Thanks to our Rotary partners who also donated to our project: Stillwater Sunrise, Roseville, Lakeville, Prior Lake, New Brighton/Mounds View, and Chisago Lakes. We received the District Grant check at our meeting on April 5, shown here being given by District Grant Board member Dayle Quigley.
We then barely let the funds hit the bank, when we turned around and gave a $21,000 check to the Cottage Grove City Council.
Here is a picture of what our funds will buy for the playground:
Here's one of things we were able to help accomplish with our $29,000 contribution to Heartline Maternity Center in Haiti. Our contributions purchased certain mechanical items that will allow the Maternity Center to expand and complete a major renovation of its facility so that it can serve a larger population with better equipment. Before and After:
For more photos, check out the Heartline Photo Album.
At our meeting on March 2, President Scott introduced our newest members, Ron Solheid, Bob Westrup and Bill Lesher. Welcome them (they have paid their dues!) and treat them nicely.
We hold a fundraiser in September each year called Moonstruck, during which golfers enjoy a nice plated dinner at Southview Country Club, bid on silent auction items, buy raffle tickets to try to win fabulous bottles of wine and then go into the darkness of night and swing at glow in the dark golf balls to hurl them toward an unseeable destination that they hope involves a pin and a cup. At last year's Moonstruck, a portion of the proceeds we collected from the generous donations were used to buy Comet. Comet, after he is trained, will be given away to just the right family. Comet will become a service dog and Can Do Canines will make sure that he has the right skills to meet the needs of his new owner. The owner might have epilepsy or autism. The owner might be in a wheelchair or have a condition that limits the ability to get out in this world and become part of it. Comet will be there to make life more meaningful for that one special person. Each year we feature a different non-profit as the beneficiary of a portion of our fundraiser. Because of last year's event, we bought Comet. He will make a difference in someone's life.
Our motto at the West St. Paul/Mendota Heights Rotary Club is: "Have fun while making a difference." Here are some of the awesome activities in which we are involved...
We conduct the annual inventory at Neighbor's Inc.'s food shelf, a local non-profit in South St. Paul that provides food, clothing and resources to needy families in northern Dakota County.
We prepare and serve meals at Loaves & Fishes at St. Matthew's on the west side of St. Paul. As you can see from the faces of the people we serve, that's the reason we love what we do.
Some of our volunteers: Colleen Watson, Sue Albrecht, Nancy Desmond and Johanna Mohwinkel
We serve Free Root Beer Floats at West St. Paul City Hall during its annual Open House as part of West St. Paul Days.
We pick up trash on our Adopted portion of Delaware Ave. in WSP.
We host a free Ethics Day class for juniors and seniors at Henry Sibley High School to teach them how to make the right responsible, ethical and moral decisions that they face today and that they will face tomorrow. Here is a photo from the last graduating class.
Feel free to join us at any of our community service activities by clicking on the events page and finding out when our next activity is taking place. Then, show up and we will put you to "work."
Why should you come visit our Rotary Club and consider becoming one of our friends? Not only do we give back to the community through our community service activities and financial donations to local and global causes, we also have interesting speakers each week, including St. Paul Pioneer Press Columnist Ruben Rosario (shown below), MN State Trooper Chris Erickson, Ret. Lt. Col. David Fulton, who spoke to us from Germany via Skype and State Rep. Rick Hanson.
We offer a nice buffet breakfast every Wed. from 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. and then listen to interesting, diverse, and quality speakers each week from 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. We promptly adjourn at 8:30 so that everyone can get off to work or play. We appreciate and value our Club members and respect their time and commitment to Rotary. We do so by providing great community service events, quality meetings and fantastic friendships. Come join us and check it out! The first breakfast is on us!