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.
Home Page Stories
On November 1 Shakopee Rotary held the Club Auction.  It was hosted by longtime member Lee Hennen and former member Jim Cook, who was a Shakopee Rotarian for over 40 years!  The auction brought in $1300 to support the Shakopee Rotary shelter at Memorial Park.  Thank you to all the donors and bidders.  A special thank you to Jim Cook for returning to Shakopee to help with the auction, he received a very *thank you* gift!
 
      
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Our Rotary Auction is Tuesday, November 1 at our regularly scheduled meeting.  The auction will raise money for special projects, this year the proceeds will cover the cost of rebuilding and refreshing the Rotary Rest Stop Map/structure in Memorial Park.  
  • The auction is specific to club members.  We bring and donate items (of value) that are then auctioned off to other members.  (Be present to win - or send $$$ with a friend.)
  • Items donated and auctioned off in the past include theme gift baskets, lottery tickets, liquor, restaurant gift cards, home made baked goods, a member-catered meal, and small appliances.
  • Members are asked to pay the day of the sale (if possible) - cash or check.
  • There is no program that day - the auction is the focus of the meeting.
  • The more members in attendance, the more fun had and money raised.  PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE plan to attend!!!
 
Shakopee Rotary Club is pleased to announce that Honorary Shakopee Rotarian Art Quinn was selected as recipient of the 2022 W. Adair Muralt Service Award. Art was a valued member of Shakopee Rotary for 32 years. He was Club President 1997-98 and served as Chair of the club's Rotary Foundation commitment for many years.
Art received the award at Stonebrooke Country Club on Sept. 20. Rotarian Joe Schmidt was the emcee of the event. Tim Whitcomb talked about the Foundation and Erin Quinn spoke about projects the Foundation has funded and the impact of those donations. Tammy Laurent talked about The Million Dollar Dinner. Gary Laurent presented Art with the award. Congratulations Art! Service before self!
 
 
On Saturday, Aug. 27 Shakopee Rotary partnered with ValleyFair (thanks to rotary member and Valleyfair general manager Raul Rehnborg) to help welcome these youth from Ukraine and chaperones. Rotary provided free meal tickets for all, and Raul and his staff provided the park entrance tickets.  These youth range in age from 13-18 years of age and are from all parts of their home country. They are visiting Minnesota for 5 weeks on a cultural and leadership tour. Here is the link to learn more about them  https://www.globalsynergygroup.org/youth-leadership
 
 
 
Shakopee Rotary helped to welcome over 100 new teachers to Shakopee Public Schools! Libby Bergen shared the mission of Rotary, and Kathy Busch let the new teachers know about grant opportunities with SEEF.  A warm welcome to all the new staff!  
 
 
 
Shakopee Rotary Club made a donation to Braden Burger's Eagle Project to create a Gaga Ball Pit at Sun Path Elementary.  The students will be very excited to return to school and see this!  
 
On June 14 we welcomed new Rotary member Rob Whitcomb!  Stephen Huber did the induction.  Congratulations Rob!
 
 
Tim Whitcomb inducted our new Board for the fiscal year 2022-23 which began July 1.  Libby Bergen will be our president again this year, President Elect and International Committee Chair - Kathy Busch, Treasurer  - Miles Lahr, Youth Programs Committee Chair - Sheila McNeill.  Not pictured:  Secretary - Holly Halloran, Membership Chair - Stephen Huber, Public Relations/Social Media Chair - Lisa Rahn.  Thank you to all our volunteers who have taken on these leadership positions for this upcoming year.  
 
Here are the upcoming meeting dates:
   July 12
   July 26
   August 9
   August 23
   September 6
   September 20
   October 4
   October 18
   November 1
   November 15
   December 13
   December 27 - No meeting
We are excited to welcome our newest members Peter Boosalis with Hometown Bank and Tim Zunker with the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce into our club.
On Tuesday, Shakopee Rotary Club donated $800.00 to Sun Path PTO from our gambling funds. Accepting the check on behalf of Sun Path PTO is Braden Burger whose Scout Project is the design and construction of a Gaga Ball Pit on the grounds of Sun Path Elementary School. Sun Path PTO is the 501(c)(3) organization which made the request on behalf of Braden Burger.
Here are the 2022 Loaves and Fishes dates! If this is a favorite event for you, sign up today by contacting Sheila McNeill. 
   October 11th 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.
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
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Tim Zunker
    December 5
  • Stephen Huber
    December 8
  • Craig Swenson
    December 9
  • Kevin OBrien
    December 23
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • MP Marschall
    December 28
Join Date:
  • Mark Brown
    December 4, 2018
    4 years
Speakers
Matt Hanson, Athletic Director
Dec 13, 2022
Shakopee High School Athletic Program
NO MEETING
Dec 27, 2022
Andy Brown, Activities Director
Jan 10, 2023
Shakopee High School Activities Program
Karre Wagner
Jan 24, 2023
Waste Wise - Working with local businesses on waste reduction and recycling improvements
Eric Serbus
Feb 07, 2023
Tokata Learning Center
Elizabeth Duehr, Academies Coordinator
Feb 21, 2023
Shakopee High School Academies and Camp Enterprise Program
 

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