Welcome to the Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans

The Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans is partnering with the Hopkins Elks Lodge in working with local and state organizations to provide Welcome Home Kits to homeless veterans moving into new housing. The kits provide the veterans with a jump start in furnishing a new place to live... with a stocked pantry.
Food Drive trailer in the parking lot during the October blood drive

Here is a list of items needed AND monetary donations are welcome in person or online!! (please let Welcome Home know you are a Rotarian when donating online)

Food Items needed for the “Welcome Home Veterans” food drive:
Mac & Cheese
Elbow or spaghetti noodles
Canned tuna and canned chicken
Spaghetti sauce
Canned vegetables
Canned fruit
Canned pasta
Instant oatmeal
Hamburger helper
Instant mashed potatoes
Peanut butter and jelly
Hygiene Products needed:
Toilet paper
Shaving cream
Soap (hand soap, bar and bottle)
Body wash
The Blood/Food Drive runs from 1:00-7:00pm on Thursday, January 28.
Bring your food/hygiene items to the parkinglot at St. Peter's - Edina -- 5421 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55410 or donate here.

American Red Cross
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It is time to do it again!
Participate in our 4th Rotary Club of MN Veterans / Red Cross Blood Drive
During COVID-19 the need is even greater... and our club has stepped up over and over again. Hosting blood drives began after a presentation from the Red Cross at a club meeting. Our first drive was the initial week of the MN pandemic stay at home executive order in March. While other drives cancelled due to fear, our vets showed up to serve others.
Let's do it again. EXCITING NEWS: all appointments are already booked! Walk-ins are no longer allowed during blood drives per Red Cross COVID distancing guidelines. However, if you volunteer, if there are no-shows you can donate blood in their place. Will you volunteer to provide a smooth running drive to provide blood products for veterans and their families? 
Upcoming opportunity to give blood hosted by the Rotary Club of MN Veterans:
St. Peter's - Edina
5421 France Ave S
Edina, MN 55410
Thursday, January 28, 1pm-7pm

Gather your friends, family and neighbors to support the Minnesota Rotary Club of Veterans at BIRDI Golf for the first annual indoor Rotary Golf Classic!
When: 18 February, 2021
Format: 2 Person Team Scramble (lowest team score)
Prizes: BIRDI Gift Cards, Merch and Swag
Ticket Package: $125 Per Player
Tee Times: 9am - 12, 12 - 3pm, 3pm - 6pm and 6pm to 9pm
Where: BIRDI Golf, Woodbury
Ticket Package Includes:
18 Holes - Golf Bay Rental (3 Hours per group of 4)
Free 1 Hour of Golf for a return visit to BIRDI ($50 value)
$15 Food & Beverage Credit
For Non Golfers:
For people not interested in playing golf, they can participate by booking a reservation for dining and 10% of all food orders will go towards supporting the Rotary Club program. 
The event supports the Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans Foundation.  Put the date on your calendar and start inviting your golf team partner - a great way to introduce Rotary.  Sign up now on the BIRDI Golf Website.

On Wednesday, November 11th, two members of the Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans were invited to participate in a Veterans Day Recognition Event hosted by the Eagan Rotary Kick-Start Club and the Eagan Rotary Noon Club.
Veteran's Rotary President, Gary White, was honored for his many years of service in the U.S. Army.  He spoke to the group about the humanitarian side of his deployments.
Veteran's Rotary Secretary, Bethany Danner, received a plaque on behalf of the entire Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans recognizing the group's commitment to supporting veterans.
Thank you to both Eagan Rotary clubs for hosting this great event and including our club!

In September, members of our club presented a grant to Haven For Heroes.  In partnership with Rotary International, District 5950, and area Rotary Clubs we are honored to provide a grant of $20,000 to serve veterans by updating and furnishing a family room for years to come.  The Anoka Community has preserved, restored, and provided these historical Cottages and Auditorium for the purpose of helping our veterans. This is a grateful community filled with those who have served, past and present, and civilians who are appreciative, thankful, and eager to give back to our heroes. 
Learn more about Haven for Heroes.  The project, while slowed by the pandemic, has moved forward.  We partnered with other companies who helped provide labor and materials to repair the century old building.  Thanks to all our club members and families and other Rotarians who have pitched in during our service days. There is still much work to do on the building.  The roof has been rebuilt. New windows and the boiler are next.  Then our grant will be used to furnish the family room.  Watch for more work day opportunities and then the ribbon cutting ceremony.

The Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans Foundation has partnered with with Orono Rotary and other Rotary clubs on a War Memorial Park.  With a Rotary District Grant, implementation is underway which will include six reflection benches and benches and 150 Flags for Heroes to be posted Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July and Veterans Day.  The desire is for an official groundbreaking on Veterans Day 2020.  
Thank you to our officers who participated on this great project by helping form and pour cement for the benches.

About Rotary Veterans
We are a group of Veterans and other service minded men and women living in Minnesota who were chartered as a service club within Rotary International in October, 2019.  Our sense of service derives from military core values of "Service before Self"  that parallels those of Rotary International "Service above Self." 
Service includes: actively caring for one another and our extended families - especially during times of hurt; serving in our communities - youth, civic organizations, schools and the elderly; duly honoring other veterans & their families - especially during times of grief; and serving those in area/regions where we have served, such as projects in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, etc.  


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