Club Information
Welcome to the Shakopee Rotary Club
Shakopee Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 12:10 PM
Dangerfield's Restaurant
1583 1st Avenue East
Shakopee, MN 55379
United States of America
We are currently meeting every other week in person at Dangerfield's Restaurant.
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Here are the 2022 Loaves and Fishes dates! If this is a favorite event for you, sign up today by contacting Sheila McNeill. 
February 8th 2022
April 12th 2022
June 14th 2022
October 11th 2022
 
Here are the upcoming meeting dates:
   Nov. 30th 2021
   Dec. 14th 2021
   Dec. 28th 2021
   Jan. 11th 2022
   Jan. 25th 2022
   Feb. 8th 2022
   Feb. 22nd 2022
 
District 5950 will provide funding for at least two Global Grant Scholarships annually.
 
Criteria
  • Funding amount:  $30,000, which can be used for one or more years of study.
  • Graduate study in a degree program in a country other than the United States, where the institution of study is located in a Rotary District, but is not one of Rotary’s five Peace Centers.
  • Cannot use the scholarship to fund studies that have already begun.
  • The area of study and the applicant’s planned vocation must be in one of The Rotary Foundation’s seven areas of focus:
For more information, click here 
Thank you to our member and executive director, Raul Rehnborg of ValleyFair for taking our club members on a fun outing for our meeting today! We got to ride on the carousel and listen to a great presentation on the history of the park and its contributions to our community. Then we got a walking tour to learn more about the park and particularly see their preparation for the very fun new “ Grand Carnivale” event starting this week running through August. The social responsibility of this corporation is exemplary and our community is lucky to have this asset here. Thanks again Raul for a very fun meeting!
 
Shakopee Rotary once again sponsored the Shakopee Celebrates Reading event. This week the first graders in the Shakopee School District are receiving a free backpack filled with a book and other goodies – almost 600 students in total! Below are some photos of classrooms receiving their backpacks and free books! Typically, the Shakopee Rotary meets in person for this event but we were thrilled we could still do this virtually with the help of the videos and our great teachers.
Shakopee Rotary recently donated to the following:
  • Shakopee Senior Grad Party (SSGP). It’s for a safe & fun activity held locally at Canterbury this year. Our club donated $1000.
  • Esperanza-CAP Agency. For their needs including summer programs, food distributions, and mental health support. Our club donated $2500.
  • Shakopee Community Education Race for the 2021 Celebration of Children Run/Walk. Proceeds promote academic, social, and personal growth. Our club donated $500.
Thank you Lee Hennen for coordinating another year of our Club participation in donating to Bridging. It’s always great to get our volunteers together to help provide household goods for those in need.
Dr. Johnson was appointed to Vice President of Medical Affairs in February 2016. Dr. Johnson came to St. Francis from Lakeview Clinic and Ridgeview Medical Center, where he served as a family medicine provider and held a number of medical leadership roles since 2002. In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Johnson served as the credentialing chairman, coding and documentation physician liaison, and a medical staff leader at Ridgeview. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota, Morris; a Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Minnesota, School of Medicine; and completed his Residency in Family Medicine at Methodist Hospital, St. Louis Park, Minnesota.
Mr. Morris was appointed Director Business Development in December 2007. Prior to joining St. Francis, Mr. Morris worked in strategy and business development for Catholic Health Initiatives, based in Denver, Colorado and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, based in Eagan, Minnesota. Mr. Morris has a Bachelor of Arts degree in health promotion from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and a Master of Health Administration degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.
Amy Jerdee has been the President of St. Francis Regional Medical Center since June 2019. Amy leads the hospital’s focus and commitment toward providing highly reliable quality, patient-focused, safe care to the city of Shakopee and the surrounding communities. Prior to joining St. Francis, she worked at Aurora Bay Care Medical Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where she was responsible for leading more than 600 employees in multiple areas including surgical services, diagnostics and radiation oncology, rehabilitation/sports medicine and pharmacy services.
 
Ms. Jerdee earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Michigan State University, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Minnesota Law School and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and certified in Healthcare Risk Management. Jerdee enjoys reading and spending time with her husband, Jeremy, and two children, JJ and Abby.
Michael Klemm joined our club this month and is excited to be a part of our club and Rotary International!  Michael is a real estate attorney and partner at Hellmuth & Johnson, assisting clients with residential and commercial development, purchase and sale transactions, leasing, financing, and homeowner associations.  He is certified as a Real Property Law Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association, and he was recently named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 list for his work in real estate. He and his wife, Amy, have lived in Shakopee since 2001.  Their oldest son recently graduated from U of MN-Twin Cities with a degree in mechanical engineering, their daughter is studying speech and language pathology at UMD, and their youngest son is a freshman at Shakopee High School.
 
In his free time Michael enjoys serving on the board and chairing the public policy committee of the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce, volunteering as a Boy Scouts merit badge counselor, reading the Wall Street Journal, listening to NPR, and helping his children navigate school and job hunting during the pandemic.

We are deeply saddened to tell you that Joan Lynch passed away on February 28th. Joan was a tireless Rotarian who joined our club in 1992 (over 29 years ago.) She was one of the first women to join Shakopee Rotary and until her death was one of the longest serving members of our club. She spent over 40 years volunteering especially with the school district for which she was inducted into the Shakopee School District "Hall of Fame" in 2014. Joan worked 20 years for the CAP Agency helping local communities and individuals in Scott, Carver and Dakota with social services and supporting those in need. Some of Joan’s Rotary volunteering included STRIVE (a scholarship program for Shakopee High School 12th grade students), Loaves and Fishes, Shakopee Celebrates Reading Program for 1st graders, and Bridging along with constant support of all the Rotary fundraising activities through the years. She also served as Shakopee Rotary Club President 2000-01.  Additional information can be found at https://www.mcnearneyfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Joan-Florence-Lynch?obId=20140972#/obituaryInfo
Shakopee Rotary recently donated to the following:
  • River Valley YMCA. Our club donated $1000 to fund indoor gardens for schools age children.
  • Majestic Hills Ranch Foundation. Our club donated $1000 for veterinary services for horses used in therapeutic riding for adults and children with special needs.
  • South Valley Alliance. Our club donated $1000 to purchase emergency TracPhones for clients in a domestic violence situation which allows them to safely communicate with others and formulate plans to leave a violent situation.
Today several of us were lucky enough to be a part of a photo shoot at the Tokata Learning Center to celebrate the recent new fencing behind the school. Shakopee Rotary made this fence possible through their donations for the materials. The students pictured here were the workers that actually planned and built the fence into how it looks today. Wonderful space for the students to experience some time outdoors and relax from their studies. Thanks everyone for your participation!
Thank you  to the wonderful Loaves and Fishes volunteers we had tonight.  We had Mark Brown, Michele Dahl , Tammy Laurent, Terry Pederson, and myself on the first shift. Second shift was Barb Brekke, Jenny Ames, Tim Whitcomb, Tara McNeally and her daughter Gracie. It is truly inspiring to see what Rotarians can do when they get together.  Despite the COVID restrictions, we  still provided outreach to a community in need.
  
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Stephen Huber
    December 8
  • Craig Swenson
    December 9
  • Kevin OBrien
    December 23
  • Barbara Weckman Brekke
    December 29
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • MP Marschall
    December 28
Join Date:
  • Terry Pederson
    December 3, 2019
    2 years
  • Mark Brown
    December 4, 2018
    3 years
  • Cheryl Johnson
    December 18, 2018
    3 years
 

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