Welcome to the Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans

Get ready for FOUR COLLECTION DRIVES on one day!  
  • Blood (American Red Cross)
  • Clothing (Every Third Saturday)
  • Food (Welcome Home Veterans)
  • Electronics Recycling (RTR Recycling)
Thursday, January 27, 1:00-7:00pm
at St Peter's - Edina
5421 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55410.
Learn more about this Rotary Club of Minnesota Veteran's event HERE
This is our 8th vets blood drive that started the week that COVID-19 was announced.  It is all about service above self.

Our club meeting in February will include a presentation from 23rd Veteran. 
Ten years after serving in combat, the founder of 23rd Veteran returned to hope and happiness. Seeing many of his Marine Corps brothers continue that struggle, he vowed to grow an organization that could give them a chance to earn their happiness.
Personal trainers, positive psychologists, and military personnel collectively created the 23V Recon Playbook. A unique 14-week full-exposure and holistic approach to removing the negative effects of trauma. Based on self-reported data, this is one of the most effective programs developed for military and veterans who’ve experienced trauma. 100% of graduates have reported living a happier and higher quality of life. Many graduates have returned to the workforce, healthier family lives, and stronger contributors to their community.
The VISION of 23rd Veteran: give U.S. veterans a future of hope, opportunity, community, and inner peace.
You are invited, Thursday, February 10, 7-8pm at St. Peter's - Edina in the Vets Room.  5421 France Avenue South in Edina. Bring a friend who can relate to this kind of stress.  Is there a veteran in your life? Invite them. There is no charge to attend. Beverages served. 

This picture could reflect almost any Rotary club project...until you first watch the heart-rending video, Brothers In Service, which depicts Afghan families building new new lives in the United States. Then you will truly appreciate the Team Rubicon and Minnesota Veterans Rotarians who abruptly mounted a disaster response mission.
Afghan refugees were arriving by bus loads at Ft McCoy in September 2021. They remained in the same clothing they wore when they fled Kabul two weeks earlier. Huge tents bearing the logo of American Red Cross Disaster Response were set up on the post.  
With only four days of preparation, Team Rubicon and several charter members of the Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans organized a clothing drive that filled an SUV and cargo carrier. There were enough funds to purchase another car load of clothes locally in WI. The Minnesota Veterans Club was instrumental in the success of this impromptu mission project. Thanks to club members, including charter members Bob Keller (left) and Shah and Sayed (center), it was an amazing response that inspired Team Rubicon to set up a clothing drive at Target Field several weeks later.  

Project Got Your Back held two Launch events at Torg Brewery in Spring Lake Park. Rotary Club of MN Veterans members stepped up to help guide vets parking and entering the brewery event. Project Got Your Back was our program at the last club meeting. Jeff Staads, club president, serves on the Board of this effort to help vets discover all the services and resources that exist out there.

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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