Welcome to the Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans


APRIL 22, 1:00-7:00pm -  Trifecta of Community Service Projects:  Join us in donating blood as well as collecting food & clothing.  Donation/drop off center will be at St. Peter’s - Edina,  5421 France Ave.

  1. Blood Drive with the American Red Cross – Shortly after our chartering we started hosting bloods drive at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Edina. Each time collecting more life-saving blood than the previous drive. This will be our fifth blood drive during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  1. Food Drive for Welcome Home Vets – This is our third food collection for Welcome Home Vets.  Additionally, we provided manpower and delivered dozens of home starter kits to Veterans moving into permanent housing.  Learn more about Welcome Home Vets 
  1. Clothing Drive for Every Third Saturday (ETS) – Right after our club chartering, we sponsored a multi-month clothing drive for ETS. Later this year, ETS is opening a new facility and they are looking for a semi-trailer full of clothes. Any type, gender, or size of clothing and shoes are acceptable.  Learn more about Every Third Saturday The new store will be designed from the ground up with the goal of creating an actual retail experience. Infusing dignity into the process is the #1 goal.
 “People of Action” helping neighbors and friends create lasting change.
The Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans is honored to announce our club officers:
Jeff Staads, Club President
(President 2021-2022)
Dustin Speed, President Elect
(President 2022-2023)
John Meyer, Secretary
(President 2023-2024)
Gary White, Past President
(President 2019-2020)
Join us for a social gathering this month - a PRESIDENTS' RECEPTION, hosted at the workshop of Club President, Jeff Staads.  It will be an opportunity to learn more about Rotary informally from the past, present, and future presidents. 
The event will be held, Thursday, March 25 at 6pm.  2435 Magnolia Lane N, Plymouth.  All club members & spouses are invited - bring a guest!

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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