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Every year, our Club donates two $2,000 scholarships to deserving Henry Sibley High School Seniors who are involved in ALMAS.  Congrats to this year's winners!
Perla Flores, Rotarian Ben Kusch and Makayla Delise
Instead of giving them a mug or a pen, we tell our speakers that our Club donates books to kids in their honor.  Most of our speakers think that's pretty cool.  On the last day of school this year, President Bridget Nason and President Elect Katie Lowe delivered 120 books with our Rotary logo on the inside cover to Moreland Elementary in West St. Paul for their book give-away for summer reading! 
We served our famous free Root Beer Floats at WSP Days on May 18, 2019. Since we were inside, regardless of the chilly weather outside - any day is a good day for root beer floats!
On November 13, our Club conducted an ethics seminar to 60 Henry Sibley High School Juniors and Seniors at Thompson Park in West St. Paul.  In this world where teens are faced with a million choices, some good and some bad, we attempt to give them a little guidance to better navigate this place we call planet Earth.
Let's hope we are helping groom the next generation of leaders to make good decisions that can meet all the elements of the Rotary 4-way Test!
The Cottage Grove Inclusive Playground is a reality!  Thanks in part to our $21,000 matching Rotary District 5960 Grant, the Inclusive Playground, which is a playground that benefits children (and adults) of all ages, abilities and mobilities includes two zip lines which come with chairs so that anyone can enjoy them, even if they can't stand up or can't hold a handle. 
 
Many 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 that night and gave a $21,000 check to the Cottage Grove City Council. 
 
We put our money into action on July 27, 2017 as we helped with the construction of the equipment.
 
Here is the zip line that our $21,000 purchased for the playground:
 
A playground that used to look like this: 
 
 
Now looks like this:
What a great success story! Check out all the photos in the Inclusive Playground photo album. Go visit Woodridge Park in Cottage Grove and bring your kids!
 
 
 
A few years ago, one of our members had a fantastic idea for a beneficiary of our fundraiser Moonstruck! - Can-Do Canines.  With the proceeds from Moonstruck, we bought a dog named Comet.
But Comet was not born to be just any dog.  He is a service dog.  He went through foster care with one of our members, Foster Dad, Marv.  He then went to prison where he underwent service dog training by real prisoners. When he was released from prison, he met his new master, Alex, who is autistic, and then they continued their training together until finally, on Feb. 24, 2018, he graduated!
Comet has been a trooper along the way...
What a fabulous idea, fantastic program and awesome result!