District 5960 End Human Trafficking 2024-05-22 05:00:00Z 0

Spring Clean Up

Posted on May 11, 2024
Our club enjoys partnering with DARTS in helping our senior citizen homeowners with their yard work.
Spring Clean Up 2024-05-11 05:00:00Z 0


Posted on May 08, 2024
Tonight was our club's final session with the Rosemount High School STRIVE students. We are very proud of this hard-working group -- with nine earning attendance awards for their commitment to the program. Wishing those students who will graduate next month the very best of luck as they enter the next phase of their lives. And, HUGE thanks to Jeff Ellis and Mrs. Zarghami for their leadership throughout the year.
STRIVE 2024-05-08 05:00:00Z 0

Haiti Outreach

Posted on May 01, 2024
Today we heard from the Executive Director of Haiti Outreach, Ceallaigh Smart.  Haiti Outreach was established in 1997 and its Vision is for Haiti to have sufficient clean water, food, shelter, sanitation, medical care and educational/economic opportunities.  I think that encompasses 6 of Rotary's 7 focus areas.   It was a wonderful presentation  and we learned quickly that with Haiti Outreach's model, they are empowering the Haiti people with the tools to develop their country.  Please visit www.haitioutreach.org for more information.
Haiti Outreach 2024-05-01 05:00:00Z 0

2023 Dakota County Health Assessment

Posted on Apr 24, 2024
Today we heard from Melanie Countryman, Public Health Strategy Supervisor at Dakota County.  Her topic was the 2023 Dakota County Community Health Assessment.   This initiative is completed every 5 years and provides a foundation for setting priorities and effective strategies to improve the health of Dakota County residents.   To see the report, visit https://www.co.dakota.mn.us/Government/publiccommittees/CHA/Documents/2023CommunityHealthAssessment.pdf
2023 Dakota County Health Assessment 2024-04-24 05:00:00Z 0

April Student of the Month

Posted on Apr 17, 2024
Today we met our April Student of the Month, Julia Alex.  She was described by Principal Roback as a "go-getter" and we soon found out why.  Julia was very appreciative of all the opportunities given to her.  At RHS, she is the Student Council President, Captain of the Debate Team, and DECCA.  Julia volunteers at 360 Communites and was instrumental in painting a mural there with 7 other RHS students (one of which was our Feb SOM) which transformed a blank wall into a vibrant display of inclusivity and healthy food.  Along with that, she helped revitalized  the  RHS's powder puff football game into a fundraising event that raised $1900 and several hundred pounds of food for the food shelf at 360.   Julia plans to attend the University of Pennsylvania (prestigious Business School) and major in Finance with a focus on Environmental & Social issues in Business.  Our club wishes her the best and we know she will bring a positive change in the world.
April Student of the Month 2024-04-17 05:00:00Z 0

Jeff Ellis receives his PH + 1 Pin

Posted on Apr 03, 2024
Jeff Ellis today received his Paul Harris Fellow Plus 1 pin, which he is proudly displaying pictured with current President, Amy Eppen.
The Paul Harris Fellow is one of the most prestigious awards in Rotary and is named after the founder of Rotary, Paul Harris.  Jeff, now, a multiple  recepient, is recognized for his commitment to The Rotary Foundation.  Thank you Jeff for your contributions which go along way to eradicate Polio, create Peace in the world,  provide Clean Water, saving mothers & children, growing local communities, and protecting the environment.
Jeff Ellis receives his PH + 1 Pin 2024-04-03 05:00:00Z 0

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Posted on Apr 03, 2024
Today, our club heard from Molly Cihla.  Molly is the Community Advocacy Supervisor at 360 Communities.   April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  The one fact that stood out in Molly's presentation was that 975 out of 1000 perpetrators will walk free.  For more information, please visit www.360communities.org.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2024-04-03 05:00:00Z 0

The Grief Club of Minnesota

Posted on Mar 27, 2024
Today our club heard from Penny Schumacher, Development Director of The Grief Club of Minnesota.  This organization was founded in 2020 and its mission is to provide a place where grieving children, teens, and their families find connections, share their experiences, and heal.  The 2 co-founders themselves, experienced deaths of significant family members as children.  They took their combined 45 years of experience in grief & mental health crisis to form this Club to offer help at no cost to participants and accepting no insurance.
It was shocking to learn that 1 in 12 children in the US will experience the death of a parent or sibling before the age of 18.   We learns how the Grief Club incorporates Art in their therapy.
Thank you Penny for this presentation.  For more information, go to griefclubmn.org.
The Grief Club of Minnesota 2024-03-27 05:00:00Z 0

March Student of the Month

Posted on Mar 20, 2024
Today we met our March Student of the Month, Keertana Addagudi.  Keertana amazingly carries a 3.95 GPA while taking all Advanced Placement and Honors classes.  She is also a Top Speech Team member qualifying for the State Meet and recently received her 4th national bid in the Oratory category and 10th bid in the informative category.
Our club wishes Keertana the very best in her post RHS journey.
March Student of the Month 2024-03-20 05:00:00Z 0

Camp Enterprise

Posted on Mar 06, 2024
Our club sponsored 2 RHS Students to attend Camp Enterprise.   Today they related to us their memorable experience attending.   Fessa Lemessa & Amina Franklin gave a great presentation and afterwards, we knew they were great choices.

Camp Enterprise is a three-day camp for high school juniors and seniors designed to introduce students to the free enterprise system and encourage entrepreneurship and ethical business practices. The experience is often life changing.

At Camp Enterprise, students have the opportunity to:

  • Build new friendships

  • Participate in team-building activities

  • Develop leadership skills

  • Enjoy motivational presentations from a series of keynote speakers

  • Participate in panel discussions with business specialists

  • Discuss ethical business practices

  • Learn the basic skills needed to write a business plan

  • Pitch a business concept to a panel of venture capitalists

  • Negotiate the terms of an investment

  • Network with business professionals and students from other schools

  • Learn about the core values of Rotary, including “Service Above Self” and the Four-Way Test.

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February Student of the Month

Posted on Feb 21, 2024
Today we met our February Student of the Month, Ryan Wahl.  It was a special day for it was Ryan's 18th birthday today.
His introduction described him as the face of RHS....an incredible leader on all fronts.
Ryan does significant volunteering at 360 Communities, a Student Council Officer, Homecoming Royal and maintains a 4.0 GPA which is amazing with his advanced placement & college courses.   It was apparent to us that Ryan is self driven.  He was so gracious in thanking his parents and grandparents.  He even designed a website on his Grandma.  He plans to attend Wisconsin and focus on Biology.  Our club wishes you much success in the years to come.
February Student of the Month 2024-02-21 06:00:00Z 0

January Student of the Month

Posted on Jan 17, 2024
What impressed our club about our January Student of the Month, Michael Thomas, was how humble he was.
In his words, "I want to make a change in the world".  To start off, Michael acknowledged what made him successful.  First, he recognized his teachers at RHS.  Second, his peers, who inspired him to do well.  In addition to his rigorous schedule, Michael is an accomplished French Horn player and tutors other students after school but his favorite activity is the Science Olympiad.
We learned from Calvin Keasling (RHS Assistant Principal) that Michael is a finalist for a Quest Bridge scholarship, which is an extremely high honor.  Our club wishes you the best and we know that you will make an impact in this world.
January Student of the Month 2024-01-17 06:00:00Z 0

December Student of the Month

Posted on Dec 20, 2023
Our club enjoyed meeting our December Student of the Month, Nora Hague.
Chad Terry (RHS Counselor) introduced Nora as a "dream student", "bold" & "a change maker".
Nora explained to us how she searches for meaning in everything she does.   Her life of service was evident in her outside school activities which include serving on the City's Youth Commission, volunteering with 360 Communities and the Food Shelf.  She put together a wonderful PowerPoint of her varied activities.
Nora's enthusiasm was clearly noticeable and our club wishes her the best as she pursues a degree in Computer Science.
December Student of the Month 2023-12-20 06:00:00Z 0

November Student of the Month

Posted on Nov 15, 2023
Today, we met our November Student of the Month, Brayden Herzberg.   He was described to us as extremely kind, caring, intelligent and who embodies the AAA philosophy.  His dream is to become a propulsion engineer (astronaut).  Listening to Brayden, it was apparent he lives a life of service.   He tudors students and coaches with the Dakota Hawks (an adaptive athletic team).  To earn money for his future schooling, Brayden built and sold model rockets on Etsy.   Now he has turned his creative passion to custom T-shirts on Etsy.   Our club is sure that Brayden will boldly go where no one has gone before and that he will realize his dream.  
November Student of the Month 2023-11-15 06:00:00Z 0

October Student of the Month

Posted on Oct 18, 2023
Today, we welcomed our first Student of the Month for the 2023-24 school year.
When Principal Pete Roback asked for nominees from the counselors, Yayra Kpetsu's name was a recurring submission.
Yayra came to Rosemount in the beginning of her sophomore year.   She is originally from Togo, Africa.
What impressed Yayra about school here was that it was free....that there was a personal relationship with the teachers....that there were so many clubs to be a part of.  And speaking of clubs, Yayra has enjoyed the Boxing club @ RHS.   We learned that volunteering is one of her passions.  Yayra is a JAM Captain and mentors students.  Her ambition is to become an attorney.  Our club wishes you the best and know that a bright future awaits you.
October Student of the Month 2023-10-18 05:00:00Z 0

Building Our Future

Posted on Aug 16, 2023
Today we heard from our very own Pete Roback, RHS Principal.  He spoke to us today of the impact of the May bond referendum, the largest successful public school funding request in Minnesota history.  What this means to Rosemount is a new elementary school, a new Middle school, an addition to the High School and a new Activity Center.  It was apparent to us the gratitude that Pete shared with us for the overwhelming support of the community to invest in our community and schools.  Our club thanks you Pete for the work you do and wish you the best with the challenges ahead.
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STRIVE 2023-07-16 05:00:00Z 0
Rosemount Rotary welcomes our new President, Amy Eppen 😊 2023-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

The Wall That Heals

Posted on May 24, 2023
Today, Col. Neil Hetherington, of St Thomas Academy, was proud to tell us that STA will be hosting The Walls That Heal (a 3/4 replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial).  It is free and open to the public.
The Wall That Heals 2023-05-24 05:00:00Z 0

Spring Clean Up

Posted on May 20, 2023
It was a great day to partner with DARTS for Spring Clean Up 😊
Spring Clean Up 2023-05-20 05:00:00Z 0

Omni Winery & Taproom

It was fun having Justin from the Omni Winery & Taproom as our guest.  Omni opened in Rosemount this past December 22nd.   We learned that the hardest decision along their way was coming up with a name that had a Minnesota feel....they came up with Omni that has MN in its name.   To hear their story and learn how they give back to the community, be sure to visit www.omnibrewing.com.  
Omni Winery & Taproom 2023-04-05 05:00:00Z 0

March Student of the Month 

Posted on Mar 22, 2023
Calvin Keasling (RHS Assistant Principal) introduced our March Student of the Month, Hafsa Haji.  Hafsa was our 2nd student that participated in the District's AVID program (Advancement Via Individual Determination).  AVID is a college preparatory program that helps students reach their full potential.  Hafsa was a very eloquent speaker.  In his introduction, Calvin mentioned that Hafsa's AVID teacher said, "after she graduates, we know we will see her name somewhere".  In addition to being a top student, Hafsa is on the tennis team, volunteers at Dakota County Libraries and also at the South Islamic Center in Rosemount.  She expressed to us the importance of giving back.  Her 2 college choices are the University of Minnesota and Columbia.  Her major will be Chemistry and plans to enter Medical School.   Two issues dear to her heart is the rate of maternal deaths among African-American women and ending female genital mutilation in Somalia.  It was apparent to us that Hafsa will go far in this world.....we look forward to seeing her name in the future.
March Student of the Month 2023-03-22 05:00:00Z 0

The Long Way Home

Posted on Mar 01, 2023
Today we heard from Shauna & Bryan Joas.  They shared with us the story of Bryan's traumatic accident and his long road of recovery.  Shauna is a teacher in ISD 196 and wrote a book detailing not only Bryan's journey but how she survived during this major life event.  Shauna told us how she began journaling while by Bryan's side for the 88 days he was in ICU and her desire was to write this book for their kids.  I haven't finished the book yet but had to share a favorite picture of Bryan escaping the ICU for some sunshine.  Thank you Shauna & Bryan for this incredible story of strength, hope & faith.
The Long Way Home 2023-03-01 06:00:00Z 0

Snow Angels

Posted on Feb 23, 2023
Our snow angels have been busy this winter and this last storm was certainly going to put us to the test.   We had a team of 5 ready to descend on our 2 adoptive Seniors Thursday evening but Lisa and Chris Handley decided earlier in the day to bring out Brutus.  Brutus made light work of the big snow fall.  Chris, Lisa & Brutus spent the rest of the day doing many more driveways.   Now that depicts the Rotary's motto, "Service Above Self".  
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February Student of the Month

Posted on Feb 15, 2023
Jalen Freeman was our February Student of the Month.  In his opening remarks, RHS Principal, Pete Roback, described Jalen as a very focused and driven student and that Jalen truly believes in the philosophy of service.  Jalen helped start a new and emerging club at RHS, BPA (Business Professionals of America).  Last year, Jalen placed 3rd in the BPA's National competition.  In addition to his studies, Jalen is interning at a Financial Services company out of Edina.  For his post secondary education, Jalen received an early acceptance at Yale where he will focus on Economics with a minor in Computer Science.  It was a pleasure meeting Jalen and we wish him much success in his future.
February Student of the Month 2023-02-15 06:00:00Z 0

Hastings Family Service ~ Amy Sutton

Posted on Feb 01, 2023
Amy Sutton was our guest today.   She is a Rosemount resident and Executive Director of the Hastings Family Service.  It was very evident of her passion to serve those in need.    Hastings Family Service has been providing help and hope since 1970.   For more information, visit www.hastingsfamilyservice.org
Hastings Family Service ~ Amy Sutton 2023-02-01 06:00:00Z 0

January Student of the Month

Posted on Jan 18, 2023
This morning, we met our January Student of the Month, Carter Theisen.
Carter was introduced to us by the RHS Athletic Director.  When describing Carter, the A.D. simply told us, "how kind Carter is".  In addition to being a great student, Carter excels in sports.  Voting by team members, Carter received the Pat Tillman Award in both 9th & 10th grade.   He was voted the captain of the Basketball team as a Junior.  Carter received a Baseball scholarship at Augustana where he will focus on Business Administration.
While at RHS, Carter was part of the DP (Developmental Psychology) Program.  This requires a very high level of commitment and responsibility. Carter spent the year teaching the district's drug education curriculum to 6th grade students.
With Carter's award winning smile, we know that he will do great things in the future.
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December Student of the Month

Posted on Dec 21, 2022
Today we met, Kenny (Haopeng) Tie, our December Student of the Month.
Kenny's story is one of tremendous resiliency.  He came to Philadelphia from China in 2016.  Shortly thereafter, he moved to Rosemount to start his Freshman Year.  He did not speak English and felt alone and anxious.  With the help of the RHS's ELD program and his good friend, Jay Wang, Kenny overcame his shyness and obstacles.  We learned the ELD (English Language Development) program provides academic English language support to multilingual learners so they can acquire the skills and knowledge to succeed in school.
He is now an "A" student with hopes of attending the University of Pittsburgh with a focus on Computer Science.
He enjoys sharing his Chinese culture with his classmates and others.
I had the opportunity to visit with Kenny's high school wrestling coach.  He spoke very highly of Kenny.
Thank you Kenny for your inspiring story.   We wish you the best and know that you will do well.
December Student of the Month 2022-12-21 06:00:00Z 0

Snow Angels

With Snow, comes Snow Angels.  Our club was put to the test with the late November storm.  We discovered the way to go is Ego ☃️
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Priority Living

Posted on Nov 30, 2022
Today we heard from Bill Goodwin of Priority Living of Minnesota.  They offers coaching, consulting, and training to businesses small and large, helping them to grow their teams, culture & business.  Bill spoke of investing in ourselves and adding value.  Bill is a Dakota County resident and member of the Lakeville Rotary Club.   For more information regarding the many workshops and classes they offer, visit www.PriorityLivingMN.com.  Thanks Bill for your great presentation!
Priority Living 2022-11-30 06:00:00Z 0


Posted on Nov 02, 2022
Today we heard from Stacy Pike Langenfeld of Rosemount.   She is the co-founder (Feb 2018) and President of KrabbeConnect.  Most of us present had not heard of Krabbe Disease prior to Stacy's presentation.  It was very emotional.  To learn more about this disease and the mission, vision & commitment of this organization, visit krabbeconnect.org.
Thank you Stacy for your story and commitment to those living with Krabbe disease!
KrabbeConnect 2022-11-02 05:00:00Z 0

Fall Clean Up

Posted on Oct 30, 2022
Our club had Fun with Fall Clean Up at our 2 adopted Rosemount Seniors.  It was especially nice to raise a pint afterwards at North 20 Brewing in Rosemount to ease our raking muscle arms.
Fall Clean Up 2022-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

October Student of the Month

Posted on Oct 19, 2022
Today we met our Student of the Month, Allan Uitdenbogerd.
Allan was described as generous, helpful & a person that challenges himself academically which was evident after hearing him speak to us.
Allan can be found in the Library 2 days a week tutoring other RHS students.   He taught early childhood at the YMCA.   He will be teaching Middle School students about Drug Prevention.  In addition, Allan created a video on how to tutor others.  Allan is an officer in the National Honor Society and in process of finishing his Eagle Scout project.
Allan plans to further his education at the University of MN and be part of the delayed entry program with the US Marine Corp.  His goal is to be a pilot.
We applaud your passion of helping others and wish you well on your path.
October Student of the Month 2022-10-19 05:00:00Z 0

Lawn Angels

Posted on Oct 16, 2022
We would like to thank our club's lawn angels that took turns mowing our adoptive Seniors (through DARTS) this summer.  Our attention turns to Fall Cleanup and soon Winter.   We look forward to getting our shovels out once again 😌
Our club has enjoyed partnering with DARTS this past year.  
To learn more about DARTS and how you can help, visit www.dartsconnects.org/volunteer or contact Lindy at  Linda.engelken@darts1.org.
Lawn Angels 2022-10-16 05:00:00Z 0

SMART Center

Posted on Sep 28, 2022
Today our club toured the SMART Center.  Our tour was led by Joe Leko,  Chief Deputy Sheriff  (Dakota County).  It was fun and informative to visit the training site and see the Electronic Crimes Unit area.  We are fortunate to have this state of the art facility serving Rosemount & Dakota County.  Joe, thanks for the tour and your leadership.

Dakota County's Safety and Mental Health Alternative Response Training (SMART) Center offers space for law enforcement and other first responders from across the region to access crisis training.

The 35,000-square-foot facility houses training space for:  

  • Minnesota Crisis Intervention Team
  • Regional public safety training 
  • Dakota County Electronic Crimes Unit (ECU), a partnership with 11 police departments 
  • ​​Sheriff's Office Parks, Lakes and Trails Division, which responds to regional response needs
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September Student of the Month

Posted on Sep 21, 2022
Today we met our September Student of the Month, Meti Negewo.  In her introduction, Principal Roback mentioned that the way she has influenced her school community is amazing.  It became very evident to us her passion for education for all (especially the young girls who are denied their education in certain countries).  Meti has been an avid tutor at RHS's JAM program by being a resource for students that need extra help.  She has also taught in schools in Ethiopia.  In addition to serving on the RHS Student Council, Meti is also the President of the Capital Division Council of Minnesota Association of Student Councils.  Meti's inspiration is from Mahatma Gandhi who said, "You must be the change you wish to see in the world".   We applaud Meti on being such a shining example of positive change.
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The Y

Posted on Aug 24, 2022
Our very own, Josh Schoaf, presented to our club today.   Josh recently took the position as Executive Director of the YMCA of the North.
The YMCA of the North is a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  Josh gave us a brief history and what the future vision is.  Thanks Josh for your leadership in our community and with Youth & Sports.
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The Reel Hope Project

Posted on Aug 17, 2022
Today our guest was Kaycee Stanley,  Executive Director & Founder of The Reel Hope Project.
The Reel Hope Project started in 2016 with one mission: to find a forever family for every child.
We learned from Kaycee that there are 10,000 kids in Foster Care and 1000 kids waiting to be adopted.
Their team travels the state to meet these kids and capture their stories and create a compelling video that celebrate the kid's personality and unique qualities.  To date, they have made 307 videos and from that, 146 kids have been matched with forever families.  To see their videos or to learn more, go to www.thereelhopeproject.org
The Reel Hope Project 2022-08-17 05:00:00Z 0

Golfing for a Cause

Posted on Aug 15, 2022
Our Rotary Club has always been proud to support 360 Communities and their mission.  
Here are 4 of our members at their annual golf event.
To learn more, visit www.360communities.org
Golfing for a Cause 2022-08-15 05:00:00Z 0


Posted on Jul 27, 2022
Today Lindy Engelken shared the story of DARTS and how they enrich aging lives.  Lindy is a member of the Apple Valley Rotary Club and is the Volunteer Manager @ DARTS.  We learned that DARTS has served seniors and their families since 1974 helping them to lead more independent lives.  Our club has partnered with DARTS by being Snow Angels.  This past winter, we adopted 2 seniors in Rosemount and shoveled their driveways.   We currently have one Rosemount senior who we mow her lawn this summer.   To learn more about DARTS and how you can help, visit www.dartsconnects.org/volunteer or contact Lindy at  Linda.engelken@darts1.org.
DARTS 2022-07-27 05:00:00Z 0

Our 2nd Exchange Student returns for a visit

Posted on Jul 27, 2022
Our club has had the pleasure of hosting 4 exchange students.  Sascha from Belgium was our 2nd exchange student and was with us for the 2017-18 school year.  She returned for a visit with her host family and our club.   Here she is pictured with our current President, Jeff Ellis.   The 2 pictures on the right  is her host family greeting her on her arrival at the airport and her presentation to our club in 2017.
It was wonderful to see Sascha and we wish her safe travels.
Our 2nd Exchange Student returns for a visit 2022-07-27 05:00:00Z 0

100 Layer Poultry Project

Posted on Jul 20, 2022
Today was our first meeting in the new Rotary year.  Assistant Governor, Ken Moser, presented our club President, Jeff Ellis with a new banner announcing this years theme, "Imagine Rotary".
Our speaker today was Jim Plucker from the Red Wing Rotary Club.  He told us about their project in Nicaragua, 100 Layer Poultry.  The purpose is to improve protein nutrition for the children in that area by providing 1 egg per day.
100 Layer Poultry Project 2022-07-20 05:00:00Z 0

Community Dental Care

Posted on Jun 29, 2022
Today we heard from Community Dental Care.  Founded in 1982 by 2 dentists, Community Dental Care became one of the first private clinics that focused primarily on serving low income patients from all walks of life.  Today this non-profit has 5 clinics and their staff speak more than 25 languages serving 50,000 people annually.
Our very own, Matt Schaap, serves on their Board of Directors.  To learn more about Community Dental Care, their mission and work, head to www.cdentc.org.
Community Dental Care 2022-06-29 05:00:00Z 0

360 Communities ~ 50 years!

Posted on Jun 22, 2022
Today our guest was Jeff Mortensen, CEO of 360 Communities.  360 is celebrating their 50th year delivering safety and stability that improves lives.  Jeff entertained us with 360 trivia that included history of the organization.  He always gives an inspiring presentation and examples how 360 provides help in the moment and hope for the future.  We are grateful for our very own member, Lisa Lusk, who is the Director of Program @ 360 Communities as well as the Rosemount Family Resource Center.   To learn more about 360 and how you can help, visit www.360communities.org
360 Communities ~ 50 years! 2022-06-22 05:00:00Z 0

Updates from the Dakota County Sheriff's office & Rosemount Police Department

In the first half of June, we heard from Joe Leko, Deputy Chief at the Dakota County Sheriff's office.   Joe has been there 25 years and gave us an overview of the office and all the tasks assigned to that office including court security, jail, transport (1400 per month), drug task force, water patrol, parks along with patrolling the 355 sq miles of rural Dakota County.  Joe is running unopposed for Dakota County Sheriff as the current Sheriff, Tim Leslie, is retiring.
Then we heard from our very own Rosemount Police Chief, Mikael Dahlstrom and we were introduced to our new Deputy Chief, Carson Thomas.  It was interesting to learn of Carson's varied background and how his career took him from California to Rosemount.
It's always great to hear from those that protect and serve.  We take a lot for granted sometimes but are grateful for the work of both the Sheriff's Office and our Police Department.
Updates from the Dakota County Sheriff's office & Rosemount Police Department 2022-06-15 05:00:00Z 0

We Make Normal Happen!

Posted on May 25, 2022
Today we heard from our new (Fall 2021) Public Works Director, Nick Egger
We learned several interesting facts (see below).  We talked about how we take these things for granted.
*  127 miles of local roads
*  166 cul de sacs
*   30 Parks
*   47 miles of trails
*   66 miles of public sidewalks
*  1600+ fire hydrants
*  122 miles of storm water pipe lines
*  600 basins
*   98 miles of sanitary sewer
Welcome to Rosemount Nick and thank you & your department for keeping things normal!
We Make Normal Happen! 2022-05-25 05:00:00Z 0

Student of the Month

Posted on May 18, 2022
Today we heard from our May Student of the Month, Jeb Blair.  Jeb gave a very inspiring talk.  He told us how he lost his sister in 2021.  How he channeled his grief to be a better person.  He would ask himself, what would my sister want me to do....his motivation was to make her proud.
Jeb started a new club @ RHS, Business Professionals of America, and was the chapter President.
Jeb will attend the U of MN Carlson School of Management next Fall majoring in Finance with a minor in Business Analytics.
Jeb went out of his comfort zone his senior year and participated in OnStage, a song and dance show put on the the RHS Performing Arts Department.
We could tell Jeb was all business as well as a very thoughtful and caring young man.   We know you will do well and be a valuable asset in the Business Community.
Student of the Month 2022-05-18 05:00:00Z 0

The Rosemount

Posted on Apr 27, 2022
Today we heard from our friends from The Rosemount, Shelly Krueger & Diana Jorgensen.  The Rosemount Senior Living Community opened in 2015.    It is located by the Steeple Center and was our club's meeting location for several years until COVID.  We enjoyed our weekly breakfasts from Chef Shaun then and glad to hear is is still at The Rosemount.  We learned that 91 of 92 apartments are currently occupied with about 40 on the waiting list.  Thanks Shelly & Diana for your work helping our Seniors live a fuller life!
The Rosemount 2022-04-27 05:00:00Z 0

April Student of the Month

Posted on Apr 20, 2022
Today we heard from our April Student of the Month, Valeria Irenze.
Valeria was described as "one of the kindest students", "great smile" and "a leader" in Principal Roback's introduction.
We also learned that she participated in the District's AVID program all 4 years.  The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program is a college preparatory program that implements research-based strategies and rigorous curriculum at all grade levels to help students reach their full potential.  It was clear that Valeria took advantage of this program as she is a member of the Nat'l Honor Society and has a very high GPA.  Valeria has her sights on becoming a Midwife and will attend Saint Catherine University.
In her talk, Valeria told us how she enjoys giving back to her community.  She attributes her success to the support she has received from her parents as well as her teachers @RHS.
It was apparent to us that Valeria will be a great leader in her field.....we wish her the very best!
April Student of the Month 2022-04-20 05:00:00Z 0

Rosemount Community Survey

Posted on Mar 30, 2022
Today, our club heard from one of our own, Logan Martin.  Logan is Rosemount's City Administrator.
Logan gave us an update on the city's 2021 Community Survey.  There was a 22% return rate of randomly selected Households.  9 in 10 rated Rosemount excellent or good.  To learn more about the survey, please visit https://ci.rosemount.mn.us/591/Community-Survey.
Rosemount has a lot to be proud of.....thank you Logan for the work that you do!
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North 20 Brewing 2022-03-23 05:00:00Z 0

Braver Angels

Posted on Mar 02, 2022
Today, our club heard from Bruce Morlan (Red) & Richard DeBeau (Blue).  They are part of the Braver Angels which is a National Citizen's Movement (2017) with the goal of reducing political polarization....to bring liberals and conservatives together....to understand each other beyond stereotypes.
They spoke about the growing animosity towards the other political party.....how social media has weaponized the echo chambers allowing us to isolate by interests....how emojis has fueled this fire....that it's not just politics that are getting messed up by our addiction....suicide rates have increased dramatically especially for girls in the 10-14 & 15-19 age range.
Braver Angels offers Skills Training, Workshops, Alliances, Debates, a Library & a Film Club all with the purpose of bringing us together at a grassroots level - not to centrist compromise, but to find one another as citizens.  It was a very thought provoking presentation.  Check out braverangels.org
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Fast For Hope

Posted on Feb 23, 2022
Today, we heard from Rick Heidick.  He is a member of the Stillwater Rotary club and is a team leader for our District's initiative, Fast For Hope.  The mission is to foster the means to end extreme poverty and sustainably improve lives.  The community that is being helped is El Corozo, Nicaragua.  
There are 120 families there.  To find out more, please check https://www.rotary5960.org/Page/fast-for-hope
Rick has made 7 trips to El Corozo and encouraged us to visit.   Thanks Rick for the update and your dedication to this wonderful project.
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February Student of the Month

Posted on Feb 16, 2022
Today we heard from our Student of the Month, Dan Ewing.  He has to be one of the most talented musicians to ever come out of RHS.  Dan is in marching band, jazz band & heavy metal band....he loves to create, change and build upon music he's written and has even created full ensembles from scratch.  Dan is also an accomplished singer and member of the RHS Choir.  Academically he maintains a 3.9 GPA while a member of the Ultimate Frisbee Team, Math Team and National Honor Society.  Dan is a founder and leader of the RHS Faith Club.  It sounds like Dan has several options for next year but he is leaning toward Southern Methodist University as they have 3 faculty members who are sitting members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.  Thanks Dan for sharing your story....we hope and know that you will continue to make beautiful music in the years to come.
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Gangster History ~ Dakota County Edition

Posted on Feb 02, 2022
Today our club was entertained by Cynthia Schreiner Smith & Bick Smith.  They talked of an era gone bye.....when gangsters were given free rein.
Check out their website, CynCity Tours.....sign up for one of their tours....you will be as entertained as we were and in the process receive a history lesson.  Be sure to check out Cynthia's book too....it's a great read.   Thanks Cynthia & Bick for your presentation!
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The Drawer

Posted on Jan 26, 2022
Today, our club heard from Stew (co-founder) &  Gina (Executive Director) of The Drawer.
The Drawer is a non-profit organization that collects and distributes new socks and underwear to those in need.
Their story was wonderful and our group hopes to volunteer at one of their upcoming bundling events.  
Check out who they are at https://www.thedrawer.org/about_us/
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Student of the Month

Posted on Jan 19, 2022
Today, we were greeted by our January Student of the Month, Jayden McIntosh.
Dr Tim Conboy (RHS administrator) described Jayden as an outstanding role model and mentor for others students due to her work ethic, positive attitude and generosity.
Some things we learned about Jayden:
  • She is an honor roll student graduating with 82 credits, which is 18 credits more than needed!
  • 4-year letter winner in Track & Field – focuses on throwing shotput and discus
  • Signed Letter of Intent with Black Hills State University in South Dakota – plans to compete in hammer throw, discus, and shotput
  • Will pursue a business degree and cosmetology certificate – she plans to open a full service hair/eyelash/nail salon after college with a specific focus on hair types that are currently underserved in the Rosemount area
It is obvious that Jayden will have a bright future.....we wish you the very best!
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Snow Angels

DARTS is a nonprofit organization that has been providing much needed services for older adults since 1974.
Through DARTS, our club has adopted 2 seniors in Rosemount to be their snow angels (shoveling their property's driveway and walkway).  Our club was immediately put to the test with our 18+ " of snowfall.  If you or your organization would like to volunteer with seniors, please visit  https://dartsconnects.org
We wish all a Merry Christmas and hope that you experience an angel this Holiday Season.
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DCTC Food Pantry

Posted on Dec 20, 2021
Our club was proud to donate $1000 to the DCTC Food Pantry.  We learned in September that many of the students do not know where their next meal will come from.  DCTC has a partnership with Open Door to run this store on their campus.  Pictured is Eric Becker, our club President,along with Anna Voight, Director of Student Life at DCTC.  We are very happy to support this worthy cause.
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Student of the Month

Posted on Dec 15, 2021
Today our guest was the December Student of the Month, Ben Ellis.
Rosemount HS principal described Ben's character, "as kind of a student as one can be".  An example was that Ben gave up his last Spring Break to stay and mentor/tutor students who were behind in their classes.
Ben scored a perfect 36 on his ACT test and is a National Merit Semifinalist.
Ben is also musically inclined playing several instruments and is part of RHS's award winning Marching Band.
He plans to take up Chemical Engineering and his #1 choice as of today is Northwestern.
Ben's proud parents are Jeff & Katie Ellis.  Jeff is a member of our club and our President-Elect.  Ben is the 2nd Ellis to be awarded Student of the Month by our club so the pressure will be on the other 2 younger siblings.
Hearing Ben speak, it became very clear that he does embody kindness.   We wish you the very best on your next journey!
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Posted on Dec 01, 2021
Today our club had the pleasure of a lesson on Cryptocurrencies.  Our guest speaker was Marshall Mullett.  Marshall is the owner of Inbound Studio in Eagan.  His company helps businesses wrangle technology, from marketing and business automation to eCommerce and web development.  He is also a member of the Eagan Kick-Start Rotary Club.
Marshall's presentation kept us engaged as he went through the history of cryptocurrencies and explained to us, "what is Bitcoin?"
Thanks Marshall for taking the time from your busy schedule to teach us about this subject.
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Dakota County update with Joe Atkins

Posted on Nov 03, 2021
Today we heard from Joe Atkins, Dakota County Commissioner.  Joe serves 6 precincts in Inver Grove, 6 precincts in Eagan & 5 precincts in Rosemount.  Joe answered the question, "what does Counties do".   He touched upon the County Roads, Sheriff's Dept, Libraries, Parks along with Mental Health & Environmental issues.  He was very proud that Dakota County is debt free (only 12 of 3083 counties can say that).  He was also proud of the many Grants that Dakota County strived for and received.  These grants help preserve our open land and helped built our SMART Center.  Be sure to sign up for his e-newsletters.   Joe can be reached at joe.atkins@co.dakota.mn.us
Thanks Joe for your service to Dakota County!
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Student of the Month

Posted on Oct 27, 2021
Our students of the month never cease to amaze our club.  Mia Donnay certainly does that.  In the words of her Assistant Principal at RHS, "she does not run away from challenges".  Mia has a 4.0 and is the Student Council President.  Mia told us that her purpose is to serve.  Listening to her, it was evident that she loves people and wants to help.  Early in her life, her mother brought her to a Gigi's Playhouse (non-profit that works with children affected with Down syndrome) for a fun & fulfilling activity....it was then she realized her passion.  Although she does not have a major picked, she wants to concentrate on Public Policy and the Social Sciences.   We wish her the very best for a bright future.
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Dakota County

Posted on Oct 20, 2021
Today we heard from Mary Hamann-Roland, Dakota County Commissioner.  She services Apple Valley and the western part of Rosemount.
Most people remember her has Mayor Mary as she was the Mayor of Apple Valley for 22 years 10 months.
Mary had a great story beginning as one of 9 children growing up on a farm in Ohio.  Learning to work together and service was instilled in Mary at an early age. 
She acknowledged her great relationship with Rosemount Mayor, Bill Droste (a Rosemount Rotarian) and his work.  She recognized Rosemount's Money Magazine recent award at one of the top 50 Best Places to live (which we already knew before the survey).
Mary covered many of Dakota County issues - upcoming transportation projects, public safety & parks.  We learned that 97% of Dakota County's 439,882 residents gave Dakota County an Excellent/Good rating for Quality of Life and that the county taxes have the lowest levy per capita.
Thank you Mary for your service, passion & dedication to Dakota County and Rosemount!
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Fight Against Cancer

Posted on Oct 06, 2021
Today, we heard from Any Countryman, a Senior Development Manager with the American Cancer Society.  We learned how they are fighting cancer from every angle - research, direct service, public education, behavior change & advocacy.  We learned that 1 in 3 people in the US will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.  We learned about Hope Lodge with 30+ lodges across the US providing a nurturing, home-like environment for those affected by cancer.  We learned of a vaccination for teens (13-17) that help prevent 10 different cancers.  Like Rotary's hope for a world without Polio, the American Cancer Society's hope is for a world without Cancer.
Our very own President, Eric Becker, is part of the Real Men Wear Pink campaign.  He has also put together a Pickleball Tournament fundraiser for Cancer at the Hope Fieldhouse in Rosemount on Saturday, October 30th.
To hear Eric's story and donate, please visit http://main.acsevents.org/goto/ericbecker
To register a team for the Pinkleball Tourney, visit https://raiseyourway.donordrive.com/event/RMWP-PINKleball and click purchase.
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Domestic Violence Awareness

Posted on Sep 29, 2021
Shelly Peters-360 Communities Violence Prevention Community Educator and Advocate spoke to our club today to kick off Domestic Violence Awareness month which begins October 1st. Shelly shared the wonderful work 360 Communities is doing to support victim survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Did you know both  1 in 4 women and men are victims of domestic violence? Shelly also shared about the power and control wheel and the cycle of violence. If you or someone you know needs support reach out to 360 Communities 24 hour crisis line anytime at 651-452-7288
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Student of the Month

Posted on Sep 15, 2021
Today, our club heard from Matthew Condon, our September Student of the Month.
Matthew exemplifies Rotary's motto of Service Above Self.   He has dedicated his life to service after losing his father to cancer at a young age.  His father taught him by word and example that kindness matters and he continues his dad's legacy.
A fun fact we learned about Matthew is that he set a record by earning every possible Scout badge and became an Eagle Scout at an early age.
Matthew was RHS's EXCEL Award winner in 2020.
Matthew hopes to attend one of our Military Academies with a career in Law Enforcement/FBI.
It was very enjoyable meeting Matthew and we wish him the very best.
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DCTC Food Support

Posted on Sep 01, 2021
Today our club heard from Anna Voight, Associate Director of Student Life.
Anna, a DCTC alum, gave us the history of the college's food support program.
What started as a partnership with Open Door in 2012 transitioned to a Food Pantry in 2020 due to COVID.
In 2014, they had 192 food pick-ups....in 2020, that number was 1603!
It was heartbreaking to hear that 1 of 3 students do not know where their next meal is coming from.
Pictured below is the student store run by volunteer students.
Thank you Anna for your presentation and the work that you do!
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Protecting the Environment & the Challenge of Climate Change

Today our club heard from Alan Anderson.  Al is a member of the Northfield Rotary Climate Action Team.
He gave us a very compelling presentation and showed us Rosemount future warming projection.  Although his talk was depressing to hear, he did end on some very good news and what we as Rotarians can do to protect our environment for future generations.  Thank you Al for your passion and your club's dedication by forming this Action Team.
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Serve to Change Lives

Rotary's new theme for the new Rotary year is "Serve to Change Lives".
Our club is excited to meet in person again and at a new location.
Eric introduced us to Adam Kienberger, Rosemount's new Community Development Director.
Adam's presentation was Rosemount's Vision 2025.
We were excited to hear of all the positive things happening in our community.
Serve to Change Lives 2021-07-21 05:00:00Z 0

Meet our new President 🤗

Posted on Jul 21, 2021

Rosemount Rotary President Eric Becker lives in Apple Valley with his amazing wife, Melissa, and lovable daughter, Dakota (5).  Eric originally grew up in Southeastern Wisconsin, then came to the University of Minnesota over 20 years ago where he graduated from the Carlson School of Management.  As a result, Eric has resided in the Twin Cities for the last 23 years, making Apple Valley his home for the last 12 years.  

After spending many years in corporate finance and analytics with some of the most well-known brands in the world, Eric started his own wealth management practice with Raymond James in 2019, and feels extremely fortunate to be in a position of helping members of his community achieve their financial goals and provide them a sense of confidence to live the lives they desire.  

Additionally, as an adoptive father to his dear Dakota, Eric also serves on the Board of Directors of MN Adopt, an organization that provides resources and support to adoptive, foster, and kinship families.  He currently serves as the Board’s Treasurer.

As a devout family man, Eric enjoys exploring new areas of Minnesota, traveling to the Disney Theme Parks with his family, and getting involved with all of Dakota’s activities. 

Meet our new President 🤗 2021-07-21 05:00:00Z 0

May - June topics

Posted on Jun 30, 2021
During the months of May & June, our club was privileged to hear from:
Steve Ramsey, Music Director & Conductor of the Dakota Valley Symphony and Chorus
Bryan Donaldson, Exec Director of the Boys and Girls Club of MN
Tom Neumann from Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Rosemount
Joseph Berninger, Founder, Guatemala Literacy Project
We learned so much from each of these organizations.
*  our very own, Peggy Sherman, is a board member for Dakota Valley Symphony, plays violin and is their legal advisor.
*  the Dakota Valley Symphony & Chorus is back and will be performing at the Ames Center....for their 21-22 schedule, visit www.dakotavalleysymphony.org
*  founded in 1860 as "The Boys Club", it has grown to 4500+ locations nationwide.  The Boys & Girls Club of MN has 12 member associations  that form the Minnesota Alliance.  Their mission is "whatever it takes to give every kid a chance".  The average cost of care at a MN Club for one child, per year is $396.  To learn more, visit www.bgcminnesota.org
*  we learned from Tom how Beyond The Yellow Ribbon supports deployed troops and the families left behind.  Tom is a major organizer of their annual Golf event at Cannon Golf Club.  Visit www.rosemountbtyr.org to learn when and where they meet and how you can help.
*  the Guatamala Literacy Project is supported by 600+ Rotary Clubs from 8 different countries.  It has benefited 225,500 students through 207 textbook projects, 53 computer centers,  & 94 reading programs.  Their mission is to bridge the gap with education.  Visit www.guatemalaliteracy.org 
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May Student of the Month

Posted on May 19, 2021
Today, we heard from our May Student of the Month, Tanvi Adige.
She was described to us as "very remarkable"....."kind".....very involved and just an all around person.
Tanvi spoke to us how she lost her 4.0 GPA her senior year and that it felt good to let that go.  In addition to her many AP classes, she was active in Tennis, Speech/Debate & Quiz Bowl.  Her plans are to attend the University of MN as a Biochem major.  Tanvi was very grateful for the opportunities/experiences she had at RHS...so much, she plans to continue to be involved as a coach/mentor with the Speech/Debate teams while at the U of MN.  Tanvi impressed our group by how articulate she was.  Our club wishes you the very best in your next journey.
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April Student of the Month

Posted on Apr 21, 2021
Today we heard from our April Student of the Month, Blaine Thomas.
He was described to us a "most engaging" student and the most remarkable thing about Blaine was the variety of classes he took which included a heavy load of AP classes.  One of the classes he took was Vehicle Services so he could learn how to fix cars.
It was clear to us that Blaine wants to serve our country.  He plans to attend the University of St Thomas in the ROTC program majoring in electrical or mechanical engineering.
In accepting this award, Blaine confessed he did some research about Rotary.  Like our members, he likes to serve as evident in his activities outside the classroom
Blaine has a passion for life and we wish him the best in his life after RHS!
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Trials & Tribulations of a Restaurant during COVID

Posted on Apr 07, 2021
On April 7th, our club heard from Jen & Ryan McGunnigle, owners of Las Tortillas in Rosemount.
In spite of the shut down and loss of business, Jen & Ryan remained positive.  A saving grace was that they had an online ordering process in place prior to the shut down which was a major hurdle for many restaurants.  There were constant webinars with information coming in daily from the State of MN.  Jen pointed out it was an opportunity to give the restaurant a facelift.  Both Jen & Ryan are graduates of RHS and very community minded.  During the shut down, realizing they did not want the food to go to waste, they decided to put together 50 meals and brought them to the Rosemount Family Resource Center....within 2 weeks, they were putting together 115 meals per day.  They then started a nonprofit called the Las Tortillas Community Fund and continue to provided needed meals on Wednesdays.  During COVID, they estimate that they have served 8000 meals to children.  
It was great to hear their story.  They turned a negative event into a positive one.   Ryan & Jen are truly to be commended for their passion to serve the community and their love to cook, host, & eat good food.  Check out LasTortillas and see why it is a favorite among many of the locals.
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RHS National Speech Qualifier

Posted on Mar 31, 2021
On March 31st, our club heard a speech prepared by RHS Senior, Hermela Solomon.  Hermela qualified for the upcoming National Competition with her talk titled,  Design Justice.  Although she competed in the Informative Category (not persuasive), she did make a case for the need of proper urban planning for healing and for justice.  We learned of where the term, "red lining" came to be....that an unjust plan creates an unjust design.  Hermela began preparing her speech in November with competition starting in January.  Needless to say, our club was "wowed" by her speech.   We wish you the best in your National Competition.
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March Student of the Month

Posted on Mar 17, 2021
On March 17th, we heard from our March Student of the month, Quynh Mai.  In addition to a heavy load of AP classes, Quynh is also taking College Spanish and Composition through the U of MN.   She enjoys dance as both a student and volunteer.  Her parents encouraged her to do Band as she entered high school.  Quynh admitted she didn't like Band then but participated in the RHS Marching Band for 3 years and was happy for the experience and her parent's encouragement.  Band & Dance taught her to "build connections".  It was clear to our group that Quynh has a high level of maturity....that she is humble....that she is very appreciative....and she has a high dedication to family.
Her plans are to focus on Neuro Science and I have been told that she has already been accepted by her top 2 choices, Yale & USC!  Our club wishes you the best Quynh....keep on dancing.
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February Student of the Month

Posted on Feb 17, 2021
On Feb 17th, we heard from our Student of the Month, Claire Chumbley.  I missed most of her talk due to a bad connection during our Zoom meeting so I am relying on notes from the RHS Principal.  Most memorable was Mr Roback's comment that she has impacted our community in a positive way.  In addition to her many AP classes, Claire also took College classes in Anatomy & Physiology.  She is also in Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir, Marching Band, Science Olympiad, Environmental Science Club.  I loved when Claire mentioned participating on the Golf team to try something new.  Claire is thinking of focusing on Chemistry or Exercise Science and her top 3 colleges are Chicago Loyola, UNC & Wisconsin.  Our club wishes you the best!  It's clear you have a bright future ahead.
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January Student of the Month

Posted on Jan 20, 2021
Today we met our January SOM, Virinch Pandari.  He was described to us as one of the "best & brightest".
Some of the things we learned about Virinch:
*  He was the founder and President of the RHS Cubing Club.  He qualified for the 2017 World        Championships in Paris (personal best 7 seconds).
*  He earned recognition as one of the top 3 debaters in MN.
*  He volunteered in India to help underprivileged children (both teaching and writing curriculum) and also studied infrastructure systems in Mumbai.
*  His dream job would be a professional gamer but he plans to study Economics & Finance hopefully at the U of Chicago.
Virinch's passion for community service became evident to us.   We wish him the best on his journey.
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December Student of the Month

Posted on Dec 16, 2020
Today we heard from Jamison Ahlstrom, our December Student of the Month.  His story was very inspirational as he faced many bumps in the road.  Jamison was very open about his struggles with depression and anxiety.  He told how he felt welcomed at RHS when he transferred there his freshman year...how his anxiety worsened and he dropped out his sophomore year...he completed an 8 week program and came back to RHS in Jan 2020 to complete his junior year.  Jamison participates in Lacrosse and Swim and has a 3.7 GPA going into his senior year.  His passion is working on vehicles and making a difference by helping others.  His plans is to pursue a career in Law Enforcement when he attends the U of MN Duluth this Fall.  Thank you Jamison for sharing your story.....we wish you the very best.
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Host Homes

Posted on Dec 02, 2020
Today our club heard from Tony Compton (Director of Communications @ 360 Communities) & Stephanie Plaster (Program Manager @ The Link).  Their topic was about a program that supports Dakota County homeless youth called Host Homes.   The Host Homes action team is made up of volunteer community members, service providers, and members of the faith community.  The Link supplies youth to the YMCA and the YMCA will match the youth to a Home.  We learned that 51% of the 16-24 yr old homeless are couch hopping and the rest are hard to find as they fly under the radar.   That on any given night, an estimated 6,000 Minnesota youth and young adults experience homelessness with only around 100 youth shelter beds.  We also heard of success stories and that kids want 1. Safety 2. Security 3. Love.
See the photo for more information on how you can help.   Thanks Tony & Stephanie for your presentation and work with Host Homes!
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Tina Rexing of T-Rex Cookies

Posted on Nov 04, 2020
On Nov 4th, at our club's first hybrid meeting, we were visited by Tina Rexing, founder and owner of T-Rex Cookies.
She gave a very inspirational presentation of her quest to take her passion of baking cookies to the next level.  Her story is so cool, it would be hard to summarize so I hope you google her and her story.
We learned about her competitiveness with baking starting at the State Fair.   That she supplied cookies to Orchestra Hall, US Bank Stadium, restaurants & more.  How COVID affected her business.
We learned about her experience with the popular show, Shark Tank.  She applied on a whim and did not hear from anyone for 10 months.....they wanted 300 lbs of cookies as a backdrop....spent $6k in preparing....10k applicants, only 80 are invited to fly out....they air 60 of those....45 minute video gets edited down to 7 minutes.
We also learned that she starts all her employees  as both bakers and retail and that she buys all her employees lunch.
Thanks Tina for your wonderful presentation!  For our members that zoomed in, we were unable to taste the cookies you brought to the meeting so we will have to order online at trexcookie.com or stop in at 525 Diffley Rd (NW corner of Hwy 3 & Diffley).   Best wishes on your future!
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October Student of the Month

Posted on Oct 21, 2020
Today, we got to meet our October Student of the Month via Zoom.
Kien (Miya) Che transferred to RHS from a small girls boarding school in Cameroon in 10th grade.
She enjoys challenging herself with her course work and is a member of the Nat'l Honor Society, Speech/Debate Team, Math Team, Quiz Bowl Team, Student Ambassador among other clubs.  Miya hopes to attend the U of Chicago and has also applied at Harvard, Northwestern & John Hopkins.  She plans to study Forensics and/or medicine. 
In her words, "I try to make small changes to make an impact" & "enjoy helping people".  She didn't seem thrilled about being inducted into the NHS until she found it to be a service society along with being academic.
Miya's name means "thank you".  We thank you Miya and applaud you for who you are.   You certainly are a living example of Rotary's motto, Service Above Self.  We wish you the very best in 2020 and beyond.
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Oct Breast Cancer Awareness

Posted on Oct 07, 2020
Today we heard from Matt Flory, Strategic Partnerships Manager of American Cancer Society.
Oct is Breast Cancer Awareness and Matt taught us many things:
* Breast Cancer is the most common of cancer and that 1 in 8 women will get it  *  that it is the 2nd cause of death but with early detection, it can be treated successfully  *  99% 5 Year Survival Rate locally  *  women are delaying care during COVID  *  Reach to Recovery program supports people facing breast cancer  *  in 2017, our Rosemount Police Dept became the first law enforcement agency in MN to join the nationwide Pink Patch Project!
Thanks Matt for your great presentation!   Also thanks to our very own, Eric Becker, who is participating in Real Men Wear Pink campaign!  Visit https://secure.acsevents.org/site/STR/RMWP/RMWPCY20NOR?px=51634123&pg=personal&fr_id=97825 to hear Eric's story and consider supporting his efforts.
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Dakota County Workforce

Posted on Sep 23, 2020
Today we heard from Mark Jacobs.  He has been the Director of the Dakota-Scott Workforce Development Board since 2001.  Their mission is to lead, collaborate and provide linkages that facilitate workforce planning and supports economic development providing individuals, families, employers and the community opportunities to transform lives through optimal employment.
Just some of the services they provide include: Dislocated worker program ~  Drive Through Job Fairs ~  MN Family Investment Program ~ Resource Rooms & Workshops.
We also learned that the unemployment rate in Dakota County is higher than the State's rate and that this was not the case pre-COVID.
That pre-COVID, there were 5 job seekers for 10 jobs....now 8 job seekers for 1 job.
We heard about Traitify, a 90 second personality assessment (see photo)....give it a try.
Thanks Mark for your great presentation and all the work you and the Workforce Board do!
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Greg Johnson

Posted on Sep 16, 2020
Today Greg Johnson gave his Classification Talk.  That is when we learn about his vocation, hobbies & interests.   Greg came to us from the Sioux Falls Rotary Club.  After retiring from the South Dakota Dept of Labor, he and his wife moved to Rosemount to be close to their daughter and grandchildren.  Prior to his work with the Dept of Labor, Greg was with Target Corp and was helpful in opening the 1st store in Omaha (#31 Target store).   He is a big fan of the MN State Fair and hosted a mini State Fair for his family during COVID.  The reason Greg joined Rotary was, "I wanted to network with people who care about Community".  Greg is also passionate about his family as evident in the photo.   Thank you Greg for your commitment to the Rosemount Community and to family!
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Minnesota State Fair

Posted on Sep 02, 2020
Today our club heard from Jeff Hawkins.  Jeff was a prominent business man in Dakota County, now retired but not inactive.  Two of our members have worked under him.   Jeff's topic was the Great MN Get Together (MN State Fair).  Jeff serves on the Board of Managers.  He told us of the rich history of our State's Fair, the economic impact that it has made, the behind the scenes work that has to be done and how COVID has affected the Fair.  
Some of the things we learned were:
*  The Fair is governed by the MN State Agricultural Society represented by delegates from all 87 County Fairs in MN.
*  The Fair receives NO State funding.
*  The 10 member Board is responsible for all capital work and maintenance of the Fairgrounds.
*  Showtime magazine listed the MN Fair as the best State Fair 2 years in a row.
*  Newsweek listed the MN State Fair as the #2 best late summer festival in the WORLD!
*  There are 220 events that take place on the Fairgrounds during the non-fair time.
*  They have their own Full Recycling Center.
*  90% of their revenue is made during this 12 day event.
*  Jeff has 30 grandchildren.
There were so many other interesting facts/trivia to mention.
Thanks Jeff for that great presentation....we hope to see you next year when you help plan the Great MN Get Back Together Fair.
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Make It OK

Posted on Aug 26, 2020
Today our club heard from Marna Canterbury, MS, RD.  Marna is the Director of Community Health and Well-being @ Lakeview Health Foundation (HealthPartners).  Her topic was "Make It OK".   "Make It Ok" is a campaign to reduce the stigma of mental illnesses.  We learned about the symptoms and that recovery is possible.   We were given tips for supporting someone and what to say.  During our Stigma quiz (agree or disagree), I was especially reflective on the following question, "I am more comfortable helping a person who has a physical illness than I am helping a person who has a mental illness".
Thanks Marna for your presentation and challenging us to take the pledge to Make It OK.
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MN Adopt

Posted on Aug 19, 2020
Today, our club heard from Rachel Walstad.  Rachel is the Executive Director  (since 2014) of MN Adopt.  

MN ADOPT serves adoptive, kinship, and foster families by providing information, resources, education, public awareness, and support in an effort to find stable and permanent homes for Minnesota’s Waiting Children.

Our very own, Eric Becker, serves on their Board.

We learned that there are approximately 900 kids that need homes and that 40% are between 12 & 18 years old.  Be sure to watch Kid Connection on KSTP (ch 5) every other Tuesday on Twin Cities Live.  Kids Connection features waiting children.  Since introducing Kids Connection to TC Live, more than 30 kids have found homes.

Thank you Rachel & MN Adopt for the work you do every day.


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Fast For Hope - El Corozo, Nicaragua

Posted on Aug 05, 2020
Today we heard from Jim Hunt.  Jim is a member of the White Bear Lake Rotary Club, a past District Governor and is a member of the Fast For Hope (FFH) steering team.  Jim presented an update for our District's FFH initiative which began in 2007 and is focused on El Corozo, Nicaragua.  El Corozo is a rural village of about 80 families.  The goal of FFH is to create a replicable and sustainable model to address extreme poverty.  FFH is entirely supported by volunteer contributions from Rotary Clubs within our District and their members.  
Thank you Jim for your presentation and the work of you and the FFH steering committee!
The Rosemount Rotary Club is proud to support Fast For Hope.
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Tammy Block - Wings For Widows

Posted on Jul 29, 2020
Today we heard from Tammy Block and her work with Wings for Widows.
This is another amazing non-profit.  We found out that they do NOT charge for their services.  Their only expense is a part-time office administrator....the rest volunteer their time and energy.  They have a virtual Gala this coming October.  The following pictures show the work of this group and how you can help.
Thanks Tammy and your group for giving Widows Wings!
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John Huot - Legislative Update

Posted on Jul 22, 2020
Today, we heard from John Huot.  John represents Rosemount and the surrounding area in the State House of Representatives.  John just finished his first term.  John's  past experience has been with Life Link and Fairview Health Services as an EMT.  He currently is a business consultant as well as a Realtor.
One of John's biggest frustration was that the Bonding Bill did not pass.   He is optimistic that the Legislature will meet in the next 30 days to get that done.
One of John's joyous accomplishments was working with the Mayor and City of Rosemount on 2 projects...one involved the current downtown project (hazardous waste clean up) and the second was a surprise to some of us...Broadband funds so that all areas of Rosemount could be connected....evidently NE area of Hwy 3 & McAndrews is a dead spot.....this was a concern for distant learning with the homes in that area.
Thank you John for your willingness and passion to serve.
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Meet our new Club President 🤗

Rosemount Rotary President Josh Schoaf lives in Apple Valley with his 3 kids Hailey (12) Jonah (4) Lydia (9mo.) and beautiful wife Sara. Josh was born and raised in Rosemount where he spent most of his time playing sports. After graduating from Rosemount High School Josh went to University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he played football (winning 2 National Championships) and studied Elementary Education. After college Josh taught for 2 years at Sky Oaks Elementary in Burnsville MN before opening his own financial practice with Thrivent Financial. Currently, Josh is the Director of Business Development at Hope Fieldhouse in Rosemount. Hope Fieldhouse is a new non-profit Community Center geared towards giving youth and adaptive athletes a place to play while also giving community members a state-of-the-art fitness and wellness center. Josh is currently a High School football coach at Rosemount High School as well and a DII and DIII football and basketball official. Josh was also on the Board of Directors for Suburban Officials Association for 5 years as the VP of Basketball Officials.  During his limited free time Josh and his family love traveling as well as going to family cabins in Park Rapids MN as well as Alexandria MN.
Our club is fortunate to have someone like Josh at our helm....looking forward to the new Rotary Year!  
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Beyond The Yellow Ribbon

Posted on Jul 15, 2020
Today our club heard from Tom Neumann.  Tom is a humble veteran who works tirelessly (along with the rest of the committee) to help members of the military and their families as they prepare for, serve on,  and return from overseas deployment.
Things our club learned today about BYR-Rosemount:
*  BYR was started by Annette Kuyper in 2008, who worked with Gov Tim Pawlenty, who proclaimed Farmington as the first BYR City.
*  Rosemount became the 2nd Community to adopt the BYR mission (in 2010).
*  There are currently 90 BYR community networks in 250 cities in MN.
*  Rosemount BYR receives no outside funding....their Admn expenses are less than $100/year with an annual budget of $16k.
*  they recognize RHS Seniors going into the Military every Spring and sponsor 2 DCTC scholarships.

The organizers of Rosemount's effort typically meet at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of the month at the Rosemount Community Center.

For more information, visit the website https://rosemountbtyr.org/, send an email to rosemountyellowribbon@gmail.com or call (651) 322-2079. 

Thank you Tom for your past and current service!

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Listen & Change

Posted on Jun 24, 2020
Today, our club heard from Karoline Buck.   Karoline is a Rosemount resident and a co-founder of the group, Listen & Change.  The Listen & Change group is a place to grow and provide forward momentum toward social and racial justice in our community and country.  The first event hosted by Listen & Change was on June 6th at Rosemount Central Park.  It was a well attended event and attendees heard from 12 different speakers.  A movie night is being planned for the Fall.  During her presentation, Karoline, also gave us recommendations for books, podcasts and movies related to racism.  Listen & Change also has a Facebook page.
Our Club applauds the work and mission of the Listen & Change group and hope that we can partner with them in a future event.
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Logan Martin & Bill Droste

Posted on Jun 03, 2020
Our very own Logan (Rosemount City Administrator) & Bill (Rosemount Mayor) spoke to our club today.  Their topic was originally going to be how COVID 19 affected Rosemount but discussion quickly turned to the George Floyd tragedy.  The pictures show some of their talking points.  Logan mentioned that this was his most trying time in his 15 year career as a city administrator.  Some other points that came up:
* Rosemount Police in April performed CPR on an active COVID patient.
* City's COVID page showed real time data and was a model for other cities.
* There were 2 COVID related deaths in Rosemount.
* There were 550 calls in one night to the Dakota County 911 after the death of George Floyd causing the cities in Dakota County to set up a coordinated command center to handle the new influx of calls and issues.
This is a trying time for all and we thank Bill & Logan for their leadership and all the work of our Police & Fire Departments!
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Joshua Hoyt - Prevention of Veteran suicide

Posted on May 27, 2020
Joshua Hoyt gave a heartfelt & passionate presentation about suicide and his work to prevent suicide among Veterans.
Joshua was 19 and serving in the Marine Corp when his father, a Navy Veteran, took his life.
He shared some alarming statistics with us:
* 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime.
* suicide is the #3 cause of death among 10 - 35 year olds.
He challenged us to have a meaningful conversation with our children.
Below are some resources he shared with our club.
Joshua is a Farmington High School grad...currently serving on the Farmington City Council (he was elected in 2018 as a write-in candidate).....is running for Mayor of Farmington this Fall.
Thanks Joshua for sharing your story and for all the work you do in the prevention of suicide!
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Rosemount Rotary Scholarship Winners

Posted on May 20, 2020
The annual RHS Scholarship Tea Awards Ceremony was held today (online version).  Our club sponsored 2 scholarships this year.   The recipients of our "Service Above Self" award went to George Grunklee & Kaitlin McKenzie.  We are proud of their hard work and their dedication to service to others.  We wish them (as well as the rest of the RHS Seniors) the very best!
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Eric Becker

Posted on May 06, 2020
Today, Eric Becker, our newest member, gave us a Classification Talk.  That is when we learn more about him, his vocation, family & interests.
Eric is a financial advisor with Raymond James.   Prior to that, he was a Sr Mgr-Retail Analytics for The Walt Disney Co. (note the Mickey ears on his lovely daughter).  Eric also had stints with Honeywell and Best Buy.   He is a graduate of the Carlson School of Mgmt.  Eric and his wife, Melissa, have been married 12 years and are the proud parents of Dakota.  They only had 6 weeks to prepare when they found out they were going to be parents.
Eric is an active member of the Dakota County Regional Chamber and a Board Member of MN ADOPT as well as being The Greatest Showman for his family.  Thank you Eric for your membership and commitment to family & community!
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Pietro's send off

Posted on May 04, 2020
Today, we said goodbye to Pietro, our Rotary Exchange student this past year.
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MN Adult & Teen Challenge

Posted on Apr 29, 2020
Today, via Zoom, we heard from Edwin Johnson, the Donor Relations Director of Adult & Teen Challenge Minnesota.
Adult & Teen Challenge is a worldwide network of Christian faith-based corporations intended to help teenagers, adults, and families with problems such as substance abuse or self-destructive behavior.  There are 240+ centers in the US and 1400+ centers in 120 countries.  There are 5 locations in MN (see photo).  It was founded in 1960 by a rural PA pastor who left to minister to the gang members in the streets of New York.  In looking David Wilkerson up, I discovered he was the author of The Cross and the Switchblade, a book I had read in high school.
During the 2018-19 school year, MN Teen Challenge connected with 130 schools reaching out to 60,000 students.   An interesting fact brought up in Ed's presentation was that liquor sales is up 50% during COVID 19.  The people being served in their Long Term Recovery program have formed a 400 member choir and part of their recovery is visiting churches around the state to sing worship songs and share testimonies.
To read more about this wonderful organization, please visit www.mntc.org
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Community Dental Care

Today, via Zoom, we heard from Karen Flanagan Kleinhans, MHA.  Karen is the CEO of Community Dental Care.  CDC is a not-for-profit serving patients from all walks of life.  They normally see 8500 patients per month but during COVID 19, they are seeing 300 patients per month.  So far, none of the clinic teams have been infected.  We learned that MN ranks 49th in reimbursement rates of children needing dental care.

An interesting tidbit I found on their website:  Languages that are spoken by our staff include Amharic, Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bosnian, Burmese, Croatian, Dinka, English, Farsi, French, German, Hindi, Hmong, Karen, Laotian, Luganda, Mandarin, Marathi, Nepali, Oromo, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Ukrainian, Urdu, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese. For more information, see www.cdentc.org

Our very own, Matt Schaap, serves on the Board of Directors for CDC!
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April Student of the Month

We celebrated our Student of the Month via Zoom today.
Cecilia is a Senior at Rosemount High School.  She is an accomplished student and active member of the Arts community at RHS.  In addition to her full class load of Advanced Placement and College in the Schools courses, Cece is part of the RHS Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir, Women’s Ensemble and Chamber Singers.  She has been part of OnStage productions, jazz bands and musical theater at RHS too.

Cece is a member of both the National Honor Society and Tri-M Honor Society.  She is also a National Merit Scholarship Finalist and is one of about 100 seniors from throughout Minnesota invited to apply for the 2020 United States Presidential Scholars Program.

We wish the best for Cece as she pursues her dreams.
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Better Angels

Our club heard from Bruce Morlan (Red) & Ed Marek (Blue) today about a national citizens' organization working to reduce political polarization.  Better Angels (soon to change name to Braver Angels) brings liberals and conservatives together....not to change their minds about key issues, but to give all Americans a chance to better understand each other, to absorb the values and experiences that inform our political philosophies, and to recognize our common humanity.
It was a timely presentation.   Thanks Bruce and Ed!  For more information, visit https://www.better-angels.org
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Project Justice & Courageous Love

Jackson Erdmann gave a very inspirational message today about his time in Thailand with Project Justice & Courageous Love.  Jackson is a RHS graduate & Collegiate All-American Quarterback that is passionate about social justice.
Edmund Burke said, "Example is the school of Mankind"......thanks Jackson for being such a great example.
We wish you the best as you pursue your Football dream!
Jackson is pictured with our President, Lisa Franxman & Josh Schoaf.   Josh is our President Elect and coached Jackson in high school.
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February Student of the Month

Akash Shiri is our February Student of the Month.   He was described as a "quiet leader".   Just some of his activities include DECA, Math Club (which qualified for the State Tourney) and Science Olympiad (Akash was the Captain).  Akash was a National AP Scholar with distinction along with being a National Merit Semi-Finalist!  His plans are to major in Aerospace Engineering and hopefully at Georgia Tech or MIT.   We wish Akash the best as he pursues his dreams.
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2020-21 Outbound Exchange Student

Olivia Kusch introduced herself to our club today.   Our club is sponsoring her as an Outbound Exchange Student.   Olivia is a senior at Rosemount High School where she has been active in Choir & Band.  She is excited about making connections around the world.  She will be heading to either the Czech Republic or Slovakia.  After her outbound experience, Olivia hopes to attend either the U of Minnesota or the U of Wisconsin at Madison and focus on Foreign Service and/or International Relations.  She is pictured here with her father, Ben Kusch.
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January Student of the Month

Vivian Hark has been selected as the Rotary Student of the Month for January.  Vivian is the daughter of Paul and Beth of Inver Grove Heights.  Vivian is a well-rounded student at Rosemount High School and excels in many different areas.  She is currently engaged in five different Advanced Placement or Honors courses and also in Wind Symphony band.  
Vivian’s activities beyond the school day include Marching Band, Drum Line, Irish Nation, Taekwondo, and Model United Nations.  A passion of Vivian’s includes serving others.  She accomplishes this through her role as Vice President of National Chinese Honor Society and also tutoring English Language students.  Providing individual help and support to students has been a highlight and source of satisfaction during her time at RHS.
After graduation Vivian plans to take a gap year and study in China.  Upon returning home she plans to enroll at a four-year university and study International Politics.  Her top choices are University of Wisconsin-Madison, George Washington University, American University, George Mason University, and the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
Congratulations to Vivian!
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December Student of the Month

Our SOM for December is Jonathan Wise.  He is an impressive young man. Jonathan was nominated by RHS for the ExCEL (Excellence in Community, Education & Leadership) Award.  Some of his activities include Student Council, Math Team, Varsity Swim Team, Pep Band, DECA, Nat'l Honor Society & French Honor Society,Church SS teacher & mentor.   He helped start Best Buddies at RHS.   Best Buddies provides the opportunities for long-lasting meaningful friendships between people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities.
His hope is to attend Pomona College (private liberal arts college in Claremont, CA)....founded in 1887, Pomona is the founding member of The Claremont Colleges, a unique consortium of seven colleges.
We wish Jonathan the best!
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Kyle Haugen - 2019 Polio Trip to India

Kyle Haugen shared the trip he and his wife, Carrie, went on to India.  They were joined by Rotarians from around the globe to vaccinate children against Polio.  Later, Kyle (former District 5960 Governor & current District Foundation chair), presented Lisa Franxman the Paul Harris Award for her contributions to The Rotary Foundation.  

Giving to the Rotary Foundation makes you a part of the eradication of Polio, a partner in creating PEACE, a person who supports Clean Water and Sanitation where water is worth more than gold. It makes you someone who believes that all babies, children and mom's should have good medical resources and equal rights.  Congrats Lisa!

Kyle also presented our club with a District 5960 Club Award as runner up for Membership Growth for 2018-19.

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November Student of the Month

Today we heard from our November Student of the Month, Mariana Pliego Cuautle.
She truly exemplifies the Rotary Motto, Service Above Self.
She will be attending the U of MN Rochester for the Mayo laboratory science program.
UMR was founded in 2006 with first graduating class in 2013.  It is located downtown Rochester in the heart of Mayo.
Congrats to Mariana for this well deserved recognition.
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Mikael Dahlstrom

Posted on Nov 13, 2019
Our speaker today was Rosemount's newest Police Chief as of June 5th.
Mike grew up in Rosemount and was a 13 year veteran of the Rosemount Police Department before being named it's Chief.
He spoke of his values and his goals for the Department.
Mike graduated from University of St Thomas with a degree in Criminal Justice....went on to get his Master's Degree, Leadership in Criminal Justice, from Concordia University...was the recipient of the Franklin M Kremel Award at Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command (voted by his peers).
Mike played football at St. Thomas.
Rosemount is fortunate to have Mike as it's police chief!   Thanks for visit and presentation.
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10th Year Anniversary

Posted on Oct 30, 2019
Our club celebrated 10 years of service with a joint meeting with our parents, the Farmington Rotary Club.
Our District Governor, Paul Perez, attended and gave a wonderful presentation on how Rotary Connects the World.  Thanks to Lisa Franxman (Rosemount Rotary President) for her creative gift bag (see photo).
Thanks to Ryan and his staff at Black Diamond Event Center and thanks to our members for all you do. 
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Minnesota Zoo Foundation

Posted on Oct 23, 2019
Brenda Teats, of the MN Zoo Foundation, gave a very interesting presentation of the MN Zoo and how the Zoo changes lives - both animal and human - every day!  She explained how the Foundation works hard to ensure the animals and keepers have the resources they need to make amazing possible.
The mission of the Minnesota Zoo is to connect people, animals and the natural world to save wildlife.  Learn more about actions you can take to support the Zoo and to help animals in the wild.
Contact the Minnesota Zoo Foundation at donations@mnzoo.org  or 952.431.9237 with any questions.
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Oct Student of the Month & MRCI 

Posted on Oct 16, 2019
At our Oct 16th meeting, we heard from Regan Hansen, our SOM.  Her hope is to either follow her father's footsteps by being appointed to the Naval Academy or follow her sister to the Air Force Academy.  With her impressive resume, we hope her dream comes to fruition.
We also heard from Rhonda Kalal of MRCI.  We learned of how MRCI creates innovative and genuine opportunities for people of disabilities or disadvantages at home, at work and in the community.
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Pietro Conti

Pietro Conti, our Exchange Student from Italy, spoke to the club today about his hometown, family, hobbies & interests.  
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August 28th Meeting

Michelle Hoff ~ Rosemount Elementary Band Director ~ presented to us information regarding her MusicFirst program and ISD 196's "Band for All" program.   Our Club presented her with a check for $500.
We were also introduced to our new Exchange Student, Pietro Conti, from Italy.
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Logan Martin shared with us the work of the REST (Rosemount Environment & Sustainability Task force).  The purpose of Task Force is to advise the city council on issues related to the environment and sustainability.   They are to look for creative ways to engage residents through education and opportunities to improve neighborhoods.
For more information, please see https://ci.rosemount.mn.us/640/Environment-and-Sustainability-Task-Force
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Matt Schaap earns Paul Harris Fellow plus 1 pin 2019-08-10 05:00:00Z 0
Food For His Children 2019-08-07 05:00:00Z 0
Hope For Tomorrow 2019-07-31 05:00:00Z 0
Rosemount Leprechaun Days Parade 2019-07-27 05:00:00Z 0
Lisa Franxman begins her term as President for the 2018-19 Rotary year. 2019-07-10 05:00:00Z 0
Rosemount Rotary presents a check to RFRC 2019-06-26 05:00:00Z 0
Rosemount Service Above Self Scholarship Recipient 2019-05-23 05:00:00Z 0
Paul Eggen Begins Term as President of Rosemount Rotary Club 2018-08-01 05:00:00Z 0
Service is What We Do: Leprechaun Days 2018-07-28 05:00:00Z 0
September 2017 Student of the Month: Michael Stefanko 2017-09-22 05:00:00Z 0

March 2017 Student of the Month: Kaitlyn Stock

The Rotary Club of Rosemount is pleased to announce that Rosemount High School senior Kaitlyn Stock is its March 2017 Student of the Month.

Kaitlyn lives in Farmington with her parents Rick and Kristen and her sister Ashley, a freshman at RHS.

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February 2017 Student of the Month: Kiera Newson 2017-02-17 06:00:00Z 0

January 2017 Student of the Month: Margaret Tulay

The Rotary Club of Rosemount is pleased to announce that Rosemount High School senior Maggie Tulay is its January 2017 Student of the Month.

At the beginning of her high school career, Maggie’s grandmother told her she would “get out of it what she put in.”  Maggie took this advice to heart, taking seven honors classes, five AP classes and one CIS class during high school.

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November 2016 Students of the Month: Alec and Luke Loehr

Rosemount Rotary Club is pleased to announce that Rosemount High School Seniors Alec and Luke Loehr are the November 2016 Students of the Month.
Twin brothers Alec and Luke Loehr are difficult to miss. At 6-8, these brothers are a powerhouse both in the classroom and on the basketball court.
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October 2016 Student of the Month: Lizzie Johnson

Rosemount Rotary Club is pleased to announce that Rosemount High School Senior Lizzie Johnson is its October 2016 Student of the Month.
Lizzie has been a top academic performer at RHS. She is currently ranked at the top of her class and has a 4.0 GPA.  She has repeatedly received the “Top 10” award and academic letters during each year of high school. During her junior year, she won the Yale Book Award.
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September 2016 Student of the Month: Anna Peterson

Rosemount Rotary Club is pleased to announce that Rosemount High School Senior Anna Johnson is its September 2016 Student of the Month.
Anna lives in Rosemount with her parents and three siblings.  She credits her parents’ support and guidance for her success, and family plays a major role in Anna’s life.
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May 2016 Student of the Month: Caden Hill

Rosemount Rotary Club is pleased to announce that Rosemount High School Senior Caden Hill is its May 2016 Student of the Month.
The Rotary Student of the Month Program is sponsored by Dakota County Technical College and Inver Hills Community College.              
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April 2016 Student of the Month: McKenzie Samson

The Rotary Club of Rosemount is pleased to announce that Rosemount High School senior McKenzie Samson is its April Student of the Month.

The Rotary Student of the Month Program is sponsored by Dakota County Technical College and Inver Hills Community College.

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March 2016 Student of the Month: Elizabeth Pascuzzi

The Rotary Club of Rosemount is pleased to announce that Rosemount High School senior Elizabeth Pascuzzi is its March Student of the Month.

The Rotary Student of the Month Program is sponsored by Dakota County Technical College and Inver Hills Community College.
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February 2016 Student of the Month: Olubusola Adams 2016-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
January 2016 Student of the Month: Natalie Stoner 2016-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
December 2015 Student of the Month: Brandon Menne 2015-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
November 2015 Student of the Month: Abby Linnett 2015-11-20 00:00:00Z 0

October 2015 Student of the Month: Michael St.Ores

The Rotary Student of the Month Program is sponsored by Dakota County Technical College and Inver Hills Community College.

The Rotary Club of Rosemount is pleased to announce that Rosemount High School senior Michael St.Ores is its October 2015 Student of the Month.

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September 2015 Student of the Month: Madison Morehouse

September 2015 Student of the Month: Madison Morehouse
Sponsored by Inver Hills Community College and Dakota County Technical College
The Rotary Club of Rosemount is pleased to announce that Rosemount High School senior Madison Morehouse is its September 2015 Student of the Month.
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May 2015 Rotary Student of the Month: Eric Udermann 2015-05-23 00:00:00Z 0

April 2015 Students of the Month

The Rotary Club of Rosemount is pleased to announce that Rosemount High School students Christian Alderman, Kyle Barck, Muriel Knudson, Trustee Tasiame and Deanna Wuellner are its April 2015 Students of the Month.
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March 2015 Rotary Student of the Month: CeCe-Amari Gaines 2015-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
January 2015 Student of the Month: Brandon Sawyer 2015-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
December 2014 Student of the Month: Luke Dahl 2014-12-20 00:00:00Z 0
November 2014 Student of the Month: Nicole Hutchinson 2014-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Helping the Rosemount Family Resource Center 2014-11-01 00:00:00Z 0

Haunted Woods Trail

Rotarians volunteered and donated candy to partner with lots of other businesses and organizations to help make the Haunted Woods Trail a success again this year.  It's a new record: more than 3,700 parents and children attended the event this year!  Attendees also donated 2,000 pounds of food.
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Birthday Bash 2014-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
September 2014 Student of the Month: Ryan Poehler 2014-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Kody's Closet: Rosemount Rotary Club Receives Grant to Benefit Rosemount High School Students Matthew Schaap 2014-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
May 2014 Student of the Month: Ryan Condon Matthew Schaap 2014-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
April 2014 Student of the Month: Madison Holtze Matthew Schaap 2014-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
March 2014 Student of the Month: Emily Brossart Matthew Schaap 2014-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
February 2014 Student of the Month: Jacob Alex Matthew Schaap 2014-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
February 2014 Member Spotlight: Erin Edlund Erin Edlund 2014-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
January 2014 Students of the Month: Zach Eichten, Jake Koeslter and Andrew Smeed Erin Edlund 2014-01-31 00:00:00Z 0

Gearing Up for Soiree 2014

Posted by Erin Edlund on Jan 08, 2014
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The Rotary Club of Rosemount is pleased to announce it will host its annual Irish for a Day Soiree fundraising event on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at the Rosemount Community Center.

Gearing Up for Soiree 2014 Erin Edlund 2014-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
January 2014 Member Spotlight: David Block Erin Edlund 2014-01-01 00:00:00Z 0
November 2013 Student of the Month: Sarah Bruber Matthew Schaap 2013-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
December 2013 Member Spotlight: Joelle Chouliaris Erin Edlund 2013-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Rosemount Rotary Proud to Support RHS At Tournment of Roses Parade Erin Edlund 2013-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
October 2013 Student of the Month: Emily Severson Matthew Schaap 2013-11-18 00:00:00Z 0

November 2013 Member Spotlight: Ryan O'Gara

Posted by Erin Edlund on Oct 31, 2013
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While Ryan O’Gara is relatively new to Rosemount Rotary, he is certainly not new to being an engaged citizen through his work as divisional government affairs manager at SKB Environmental and his involvement in the Dakota Regional Chamber.

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Join Us for Our Open House!

Posted by Erin Edlund on Oct 16, 2013
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The public is invited to attend the Rosemount Rotary Open House scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 5:30-7 pm at the Fireside Restaurant in Rosemount.
Join Us for Our Open House! Erin Edlund 2013-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
October 2013 Member Spotlight: Nickie Carrigan Erin Edlund 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
April 2013 Student of the Month: Natalie Hillerson Erin Edlund 2013-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
April 2013 Member Spotlight: Denise Kniefel Erin Edlund 2013-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
March 2013 Student of the Month: Meghan Olson Erin Edlund 2013-03-29 00:00:00Z 0

March 2013 Member Spotlight: John Wollersheim

Posted by Erin Edlund on Feb 28, 2013
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While his credentials might lead you to assume that Rosemount Rotarian John Wollersheim bleeds purple and gold, a quick peek at his veins would lead you to discover that his blood courses maroon and gold.

March 2013 Member Spotlight: John Wollersheim Erin Edlund 2013-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
February 2013 Student of the Month: Allison Fischbach Erin Edlund 2013-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
February 2013 Member Spotlight: Laura Briggs Erin Edlund 2013-02-01 00:00:00Z 0

November 2012 Member Spotlight: Jim Friend

Posted by Erin Edlund on Oct 31, 2012
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Rosemount Rotarian Jim Friend is a vice president business banker at Anchor Bank in Apple Valley, Minn., who has spent his entire 30+-year career working in the banking industry.
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A Spooktacular Evening

Posted by Erin Edlund on Oct 28, 2012
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Rotary Club of Rosemount provided a booth and volunteer clean-up efforts for the 30th annual Rosemount Haunted Woods Trail on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2012.

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October Student of the Month: Paul Wollersheim

Posted by Erin Edlund on Oct 25, 2012
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Kicking off the 2012-2013 Student of the Month program for October is Rosemount High School senior, Paul Wollersheim. Paul is the youngest of four children belonging to John and Mary Wollersheim of Rosemount.

October Student of the Month: Paul Wollersheim Erin Edlund 2012-10-26 00:00:00Z 0

Mentors and Mentees STRIVE Toward the Future

Posted by Erin Edlund on Oct 04, 2012
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Now in its third year, the Rosemount Rotary Club’s STRIVE mentorship program with Rosemount High School kicked off at the Fireside on Friday, Oct. 5. The program is designed to pair RHS students with Rosemount Rotarians to embark on a seven-month process of exploring higher education and career options, goal-setting and other skills designed to prepare them for life after high school.
Mentors and Mentees STRIVE Toward the Future Erin Edlund 2012-10-05 00:00:00Z 0

October 2012 Member Spotlight: Paul Eggen

Posted by Erin Edlund on Sep 30, 2012
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Each month, Rosemount Rotary is proud to highlight one of its valued members. This month's member spotlight features charter member and current Rosemount Rotary president Paul Eggen.
October 2012 Member Spotlight: Paul Eggen Erin Edlund 2012-10-01 00:00:00Z 0

Club Visioning

Posted by Erin Edlund on Jun 11, 2012
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Bring your ideas to our upcoming visioning meeting (tentatively set for Friday, July 13).
Club Visioning Erin Edlund 2012-06-12 00:00:00Z 0

School's Out for Summer!

Posted by Erin Edlund on Jun 10, 2012
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Rosemount Rotarians celebrated the end of the academic year with kids and their families at the Rosemount Family Resource Center.
School's Out for Summer! Erin Edlund 2012-06-11 00:00:00Z 0

STRIVE Wraps Up for 2011-2012

Posted by Erin Edlund on May 20, 2012
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It was an afternoon filled with smiles, tears and pride as the Rotary Club of Rosemount brought the 2011-2012 STRIVE program with Rosemount High School to an end.
STRIVE Wraps Up for 2011-2012 Erin Edlund 2012-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
May 2012 Student of the Month: Lydia Karlson Erin Edlund 2012-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
April Student of the Month: Alexandra McLaughlin Erin Edlund 2012-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
RCR Collects 2,500 Pounds of Food for Rosemount Family Resource Center Erin Edlund 2012-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
Soiree Success Erin Edlund 2012-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
March Student of the Month: Adam Jackson Erin Edlund 2012-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
February Student of the Month: Kyle Weiler Erin Edlund 2012-02-29 00:00:00Z 0
A Little Glitter, A Lot of Fun Erin Edlund 2012-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Rosemount Announces Inaugural Fundraising Event Erin Edlund 2012-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
January Student of the Month: Lisa Beard Erin Edlund 2012-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
December Student of the Month: Stephen Sawyer Erin Edlund 2011-12-22 00:00:00Z 0
A Very Merry Rotary Gathering and Service Event Erin Edlund 2011-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Members Paint the Rosemount Family Resource Center Erin Edlund 2011-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
International Service Update Erin Edlund 2011-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
November Student of the Month: Natalie Busher Erin Edlund 2011-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
October Student of the Month: Andrew Rome Erin Edlund 2011-11-11 00:00:00Z 0

Ramble Jam A Success

Posted by Erin Edlund on Nov 10, 2011
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Rotary Club of Rosemount earns more than $2,500 assisting the Rotary Club of Farmington with Ramble Jam.
Ramble Jam A Success Erin Edlund 2011-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Central Park Autumn Clean-Up Lindsey Brotzler 2011-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Ramble Jam Country Music Fundraiser 2011 Lindsey Brotzler 2011-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Country Rockin' at Leprechaun Days Lindsey Brotzler 2011-08-03 00:00:00Z 0
New Member Induction - June 2011 Lindsey Brotzler 2011-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
May 2011 Student of the Month Lindsey Brotzler 2011-05-25 00:00:00Z 0
Rosemount Rotary Receives Volunteer Recognition Lindsey Brotzler 2011-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
April 2011 Student of the Month Lindsey Brotzler 2011-04-18 00:00:00Z 0
Rosemount Rotary's First Paul Harris Fellow Lindsey Brotzler 2011-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
State of the City Address Lindsey Brotzler 2011-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
March 2011 Student of the Month Lindsey Brotzler 2011-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
February 2011 Student of the Month Lindsey Brotzler 2011-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
Coffee For A Cause Lindsey Brotzler 2011-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
January 2011 Student of the Month Lindsey Brotzler 2011-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
December 2013 Student of the Month: Christine Crosfield Matthew Schaap 0
STRIVE Kicks Off Erin Edlund 0
December 2010 Student of the Month Lindsey Brotzler 0
November 2010 Student of the Month Lindsey Brotzler 0
New Member Induction Lindsey Brotzler 0
October 2010 Student of the Month Lindsey Brotzler 0
Visitors Day at Rosemount Rotary Lindsey Brotzler 0
New Meeting Location: September 2010 Lindsey Brotzler 0
Rosemount Rotary STRIVES for Excellence Lindsey Brotzler 0
Rosemount Rotary Win Presidential Citation Award Lindsey Brotzler 0
May Student of the Month Lindsey Brotzler 0
April Student of the Month Lindsey Brotzler 0
Rosemount Rotary Coffee "FUN"draiser Lindsey Brotzler 0
March Student of the Month Lindsey Brotzler 0
Rosemount Rotary & Social Networking Lindsey Brotzler 0
Rotary Feeds Starving Children Lindsey Brotzler 0
Plunging for Polio! Lindsey Brotzler 0
Get to Know Rosemount Rotary Night! Lindsey Brotzler 0