Event Types

“Days for Girls” Sewing Hygiene Kits for Females

Days for Girls volunteers and enterprises have reached more than ONE MILLION women and girls around the world who now have more days of opportunity, dignity, and health thanks to Days for Girls menstrual health solutions and education— making sure that every single day of her life counts. When we mobilize girls and women through health and education opportunities, their communities and our world grow stronger. Pads are a simple thing that helps girls go to school and women go to work. Judy Johnson of the Maple Grove Rotary will be speaking about the project which provides a washable/reusable product for use during menstrual cycles, enabling girls and women to attend school/work during menstruation when they otherwise could not.

Mar 06, 2018

Youth Determined to Succeed

Melvin Anderson, the founder and president of Youth Determined to Succeed (YDS), is a respected leader in youth development and wellness fields. He has led YDS since it's conception in 1999. The former Gopher and Pittsburgh Steelers receiver is dedicated to building a vehicle to help youth and families live vibrant lives. Melvin's unrelenting passion to help youth enhance their lives is rooted in his own experience and credits his life success to the college scholarship he received. Youth Determined to Succeed is about fighting childhood obesity and creating a healthy lifestyle early.

Mar 13, 2018
Mar 15, 2018
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Environmental Sustainability, Tree Planting projects, and Twin Cities Rotary EcoClub

Steve Solbrack is a 26-year Rotarian in the St. Louis Park Noon Club. He is currently District 5950's Membership Chairman. Steve has held many Club-level and District-level positions over the years. Throughout his Rotary service, Steve has been committed to environmental projects worldwide. He'll provide an update on Environmental Sustainability projects, Tree Planting projects, and Twin Cities Rotary EcoClub.

Mar 20, 2018

Twin Cities Rotaract

Philip joined Twin Cities Rotaract in 2014 and served as president of the club in 2015-16. He currently works at Voya Financial as a Business Analyst where he translates business ideas into working business applications. Philip did his undergraduate degree at University of Minnesota and graduate degree at Concordia University in St. Paul. In the summer of 2015, Philip spent 3 weeks in Brazil first attending the Rotary International convention in Sao Paulo and  then taking part in a Rotary Friendship Exchange with District 4740. In his leisure, he likes going to the gym, biking, and watching sports. Philip is an avid traveler and has visited over 30 countries on 5 continents. He is married to Anika who is also a Rotaractor. Philip is proud to originate from Liberia and has lived in the Twin Cities since 1999.

Mar 27, 2018
Mar 29, 2018
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Joke Day

Tuesday is Joke Day! Bring your (Rotary appropriate) jokes for some good laughs in celebration of April Fool's Day. Can't find a joke? Never fear; Peggy Leppik has pre-approved jokes for sale!

Apr 03, 2018

Suicide Prevention and Depression

SAVE was one of the nation’s first organizations dedicated to the prevention of suicide. Their work is based on the foundation and belief that suicide is preventable and everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide. Through raising public awareness, educating communities, and equipping every person with the right tools, they know we can SAVE lives. SAVE is dedicated to saving lives 365 days a year and their public messages about suicide prevention are distributed across the United States utilizing billboards, TV messages, radio, website, and printed materials. Advocacy for suicide prevention is conducted by SAVE individually and in collaboration with other national groups. Faye Bland, a former member of the Board of Directors for SAVE, will speak on the group's efforts to prevent suicide and depression.

Apr 10, 2018

Storm Chasing

John Wetter, President of SpotterNetwork

John is the Technology Services Manager for Hopkins School District and current President of SpotterNetwork. The SpotterNetwork brings storm spotters, storm chasers, coordinators, and public servants together in a seamless network of information. It provides accurate position data of spotters and chasers for coordination/reporting and provides ground truth to public servants engaged in the protection of life and property. He has been with Hopkins Schools since 2006 and has worked in educational technology since 1997.

Apr 17, 2018
Apr 19, 2018
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Heart Safe Plymouth

Heart Safe Plymouth

Norm Okerstrom and Russ Carlson will give a presentation with a brief AED demonstration (automated external defibrillator)

The Rotary Club of Plymouth has partnered with Allina Hospitals and Clinics to begin a new signature project called Heart Safe Plymouth. The goal is to make the community a safer place to live, work, and play in Plymouth, Minnesota. The core of the program involves the following:

  • Educate and train on the emergency treatment of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) by providing CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) training to individuals and organizations in the community.
  • Encourage and assist with the acquisition of AEDs so the community has more of them readily available if needed.
  • Get AEDs in the community listed on the National AED Registry so their location is available to 911 operators.
Apr 24, 2018

The History of the American Flag

Richard (Dick) Middleton presents “The History of the American Flag,” American history through original, rare American flags.

Dick was born and raised in Kansas City and earned Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Kansas State University in Computer Science and Statistics. Because of his education in the burgeoning field of computers, Dick was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army and selected to be an instructor at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY shortly after graduation. For Dick, the concept of patriotism is not something that is reserved for national holidays or military ceremonies, rather, it has remained one of the overarching principles that have guided his life since the time he stepped on the West Point campus. Dick has done extensive research on the American flag and presents on the flag and other topics relating to U.S. history throughout Minnesota.

May 01, 2018

Opioid Epidemic

Lexi Reed Holtum, Executive Director, and Frank Hennick, Administrative Assistant, Steve Rummler Hope Network, will speak about the Opioid Epidemic.

The mission of the Steve Rummler Hope Network is to heighten awareness of the disease of addiction as it relates to the physical and emotional burdens of chronic pain and to improve the associated care process.

Lexi Reed Holtum, Executive Director and lobbyist of the Steve Rummler Hope Network, has been with the Network since its inception. Lexi was instrumental in the passage of Steve’s Law and the 2015 appropriation enabling first responders to have the resources they need to implement the law. She is also responsible for the creation of the Network’s Overdose Prevention Program and for fostering partnerships between hospitals, treatment and sober living facilities, and communities to reduce opioid overdose deaths. In addition to the contributions Lexi makes in the state of Minnesota, she is also a sought-out speaker and advocates federally. Lexi’s testimonies in Washington DC offer necessary perspective to agencies like the CDC, FBI, DEA, and FDA in order to push for necessary changes to our country’s current prescribing practices, treatment of addiction, and available resource. Lexi is a person in long-term recovery from the disease of addiction, she is the proud mother of one child, and she was Steve Rummler’s fiancé.

Frank has a passion for writing and editing, with several years of experience working with nonprofit organizations. He served in the Peace Corps for two years, teaching English to students of all ages in Macedonia. Frank has a Bachelors of Arts in International Studies and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Frank also has a Masters of Arts from the University of Michigan.

May 08, 2018

Retired Warden, MN Correctional Facility – Faribault

Connie Roehrich joined the Affinity Plus Board of Directors in 2008 and most recently served as Board Chair. Roehrich worked for the MN Department of Corrections for over 30 years; she served as a warden at three different correctional facilities over the past 20 years. Roehrich has been a member of numerous criminal justice organizations and currently is involved with MN Partners of the America, working closely with the correctional professionals in Uruguay, South America. Roehrich has a Bachelor of Science degree from Bemidji State University in social work and a Master of Science degree from Mankato State University in sociology.

May 15, 2018
May 17, 2018
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Innocence Project of Minnesota

A native of Kemp, Texas, Nick obtained his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Texas at Arlington before moving on to several positions in the criminal justice field, including law enforcement and court administration. He went on to graduate from Texas Tech University School of Law where he first joined the Innocence Project of Texas as a volunteer student. Nick went right to work after law school, first serving as the Case Director and then the Executive Director.  Nick was instrumental in IPTX’s efforts to combat junk science, including important work on the Dog Scent Lineup Report and the Statewide Arson Review partnership with the Texas State Fire Marshal's Office. After leaving IPTX in 2015 he served as the Assistant General Counsel to the Texas Forensic Science Commission where he managed the Commission’s hair microscopy and bite mark comparison case reviews. Nick is excited to once again be an advocate for the innocent working to free the wrongfully convicted in Minnesota and the Dakotas.

The Innocence Project of Minnesota represents people who were wrongfully convicted for crimes they did not commit. We also educate attorneys and criminal justice professionals on best practices, and work to reform the criminal justice system to prevent wrongful convictions and other unjust results in criminal cases.

May 22, 2018

Tour of PRISM's new building

Golden Valley-based nonprofit PRISM has opened its doors at a new location. Staff say the new space allows them to better serve clients as well as offers a chance to generate more revenue through a larger thrift store.

The new location at 1220 Zane Avenue North is just east of the roundabout on Douglas Drive and Golden Valley Road. A donor purchased the building and gave it to Jewish Family and Children’s Services, who leased space to PRISM.

The new location has a storefront for a larger, more shopper-friendly thrift store. The nonprofit hopes the thrift store will generate more revenue.

The food shelf also offers a better-feel for clients. Instead of the large warehouse that served as storage and shopping space, the shopping area looks like a grocery store. There are more coolers and more fresh fruits and vegetables.

PRISM embarked on a two-year campaign to raise $350,000 for this move.

May 29, 2018

John Mackey has spoken on many occasions on the topics of credit, FICO scoring, and debt collection defense. Said Mackey, “There is so much misinformation on credit, credit scoring, and debt collection that has been perpetrated by our professional institutions, credit bureaus, and advertisements. Nobody recognizes what the truth is anymore. Credit is one of the most important factors in American’s lives now. It determines where we live, what we drive, and how much we pay for items, even items that don’t even appear on the credit report (mobile phones, for example). We are penny wise and pound foolish and how we purchase items. I am here to shed light on the truth.” Mackey is founder of, Master Credit Solutions, US Credit Project, and Give Me Credit Media. John is a former radio show host of “Give Me Credit”, heard both locally and nationally. Author of the current book, "Debt Collectors: Lies, Damn Lies, And Deceit", currently being sold on Amazon and Barnes & Noble online.

Jun 05, 2018

MN Twins History

Clyde Doepner, the official Minnesota Twins curator, will bring alive the history of the Twins through stories and baseball memorabilia.

Before he became the only full-time curator in Major League Baseball, a position he has held with the Twins since 2009, Clyde Doepner was both an avid collector of Twins memorabilia and a longtime history teacher at Tartan High School.

His association with the Twins grew out of a chance encounter with former owner Calvin Griffith, and his collection of team memorabilia became particularly notable when the organization had its first TwinsFest at the Metrodome in 1989. Being hired in 2009 as a full-time employee, he said, was a dream job.

Doepner has logged memorabilia from all generations of Twins baseball — Harmon Killebrew to Kirby Puckett to Joe Mauer and now the new generation with Miguel Sano and co. Among his favorite pieces are those from Killebrew, a player he considers his hero. But the collection still is growing, as evidenced by an addition from the very recently retired Torii Hunter.

Jun 12, 2018

Annual Awards Luncheon

The Golden Valley Rotary Club will gather with members of the community to celebrate all things Rotary during the 2017-2018 year. We will award the Citizen of the Year award and the Rotarian of the Year award. Our high school scholarship recipients will be honored. Paul Harris Fellows will be given for extraordinary service. And Colleen Haubner, Club President, will pass the presidential gavel to Julie Peterson, President-Elect. A great celebratory event in the forty-five year history of the Golden Valley Rotary Club!

Jun 19, 2018
Jun 21, 2018
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Heart Safe AED Training

All are welcome! Feel free to invite friends and family.


Jun 26, 2018

Jul 03, 2018

Health Effects of Climate Change

Doctor of Nursing Practice Student, University of Minnesota


Jul 10, 2018

Future Roots Project



Jul 17, 2018
Jul 19, 2018
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Irene Kelly (Eden Prairie AM) was elected to lead District 5950 in Rotary year 2018-19.

Irene is a familiar face, serving as District 5950 training chairperson for several years. She also contributes her training skills in planning the annual District Conference and Grant Management Seminars. She was Eden Prairie AM Club President in 2010-11 and served as Assistant Governor for Area 3.

Professionally, Irene is a leadership and academic coach. As a consultant, she supports rising leaders moving up in their careers and accomplishments.

Jul 24, 2018



Jul 31, 2018

University of Minnesota Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

Peggy Nelson, Ph.D. is a professor of audiology in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at the University of Minnesota, where she has taught and conducted NIH-funded research since 2000. Her research focuses on hearing loss and the problems of understanding speech in noise by a variety of populations, including children in schools, second-language learners, hearing aid users, and cochlear implant listeners. She is currently the founding director of the University of Minnesota’s new Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Science (CATSS). There she oversees interdisciplinary research in vision, hearing, balance, and tinnitus. As Center director, Professor Nelson and colleagues have engaged the community in a discussion of sensory loss and sensory aids. Dr. Nelson served on the EHDI Advisory Board for 10 years and served on the US Access Board committee that developed acoustic guidelines for schools. Over the years, she has testified for the Commission on many different pieces of legislation. Fun fact: she used to be a certified sign language interpreter.

Aug 07, 2018

Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)

The Executive Director reports to a fifteen-member Board appointed by the Governor. Mr. Gove directs the licensing system for Minnesota's 10,500-plus state, county and municipal peace officers and part-time officers. The licensing system includes components of minimum selection criteria, professional standards, continuing education, complaint investigation, and the rule-making process. He also collaborates with law enforcement agencies, higher education programs, the legislature, and the Office of the Governor on issues germane to POST functions and responsibilities. 

Nathan Gove took over as the 7th Executive Director of the MN POST Board after retiring from a nearly 29 year police career in Minnesota. Most recently, he was a police officer for the Golden Valley Police Department for over 20 years, spending the last 6 years as a commander. During his career at Golden Valley, he was a member of the West Metro S.W.A.T. Team for 19 years and held the positon of team commander for approximately 14 years.

He has a B. A. from Gustavus Adolphus College, law enforcements credits from Mankato State University, a Master’s Degree from the University of St. Thomas, and he’s a graduate of the 245th Session
of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.


Aug 14, 2018

TreeHouse Update

Aug 21, 2018