Welcome to the Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans


You are invited to our next club meeting: Thursday, February 9, 2023 7:00 PM

Presenter: Tom Goodrich
Organization: Fishing4Life

Tom Goodrich was activated to go to Afghanistan in 2003, where his job with the Army was to persuade representatives of international armed forces to participate in the war on terror in Afghanistan to free up U.S. forces to focus on Iraq. But there was a lot of downtime in the war on terror, and Goodrich had to decide what to do with his life. He was sitting in an Army tent in sweltering, dusty Afghanistan, typing an e-mail to his family when he got a message from God. It was a feeling in his head and his heart that he didn’t understand at first. Something about 10,000 kids. 

At the time, the Army captain was writing a book for his son and thought, “Cool—10,000 kids will read this book.” He meditated on it; God elaborated. Goodrich discerned that he was supposed to go home and motivate 10,000 kids to raise money for the inner city.

He returned to Minnesota in April 2004 with the rank of major and a Bronze Star. And the avid sportsman came home determined to start an organization called Fishing for Life and start an annual Fish-A-Thon through which young people raise money for church-based programs for inner-city youths.

Founded in 2004, Fishing for Life has spent more than a decade serving youth, families, veterans & communities through fishing and outdoor programs.

Attend the meeting to learn more and check out their website: Fishing for Life



Attend the meeting in person in the Rotary Room at St. Peter's - Edina 

5421 France Avenue South, Edina

You may also participate in the meeting remotely:  Zoom Link

All are invited. There is no cost to attend a meeting.  A warm welcome and refreshments served.


As Veterans Day rolls around, I want to let you know that you are not alone.  The Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans is made up of people who have experienced a variety of military settings. You did so much. The camaraderie you experienced was real.  At times you might feel alone.  You aren't. 
We are here to walk beside you. Be part of learning together.  Be part of serving together.  Be part of making a difference for fellow veterans.  That is what participating in the Rotary Club of MN Veterans is all about.
I was asked to lead the prayer for the Area 3 Rotary Veterans Lunch this year.  Here is what I prayed... with you in mind!
Join me as we take a moment to prepare our hearts to remember the impact of conflict in our world and the heroes who have fought for the freedoms we enjoy.
We pray for those who have lost loved ones;
We pray for those who can’t forget what they have seen;
We pray for those impacted by wars today;
We pray for an end to division and hatred;
We pray for our armed forces and government.

Today we assemble to give thanks for our veterans:
Those who have served on our behalf;
Those who have sacrificed;
Those who were determined to make a better life for their families and country.

We give thanks for their example of service above self.
We give thanks for Rotary and our impact upon the world.
We ask Your blessing upon all those gathered here today and those veterans in our hearts.
Grant us all Your peace. Amen. 
You are not alone,
Mark Shockey
Club XO
On 1 July, the start of the new Rotary year, John Meyer began a one-year term as Club President, succeeding Jeff Staads. 
John is an Army veteran and currently serves as an officer in the Minnesota Army National Guard.  He is an extensive traveler, homebrewer, and spends free time at home in Woodbury with his wife and young family.
He found his passion while deployed with the Minnesota Army National Guard in 2011.  Working with unemployed soldiers before returning home, John worked hard to help those who wished to start their own businesses chart a path toward success.  He carried that passion and focus from the sands of Kuwait and Iraq, through law school, into practice as an Attorney.  John is a graduate of Hamline University and Mitchell Hamline School of Law (formerly William Mitchell College of Law).  John focuses primarily on business and commercial real estate law using his expertise in private practice, part of the Morris Law Group in Edina, and now with Guaranty Commercial Title in Minneapolis. John jokes that this is his “fifth career,” having spent time working as a federal employee, full-time with the Minnesota National Guard, business owner, and in professional politics. 
John brings his experiences into his role as club president along with a family history of Rotary involvement that dates back to when he was a boy participating in service events with the Rotary club when John's father was club president!
If you are interested in being part of John's leadership team or just have a question for him, reach out to him at john.thomas.meyer@gmail.com

View a listing of upcoming speakers.  Guests are always welcome.  Come check out one of Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans meetings. While most of our members are veterans, we also have members who didn't serve in the military but are just passionate about serving veterans.  We also have couples who have joined the club together.
Club meetings with program are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month
Service events or socials take place on the 4th Thursdays of the month
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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