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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!

Wednesday was Veterans Day in America.  It's a federal holiday for the purpose of honoring military veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
As a non-vet member of the first Rotary club established by veterans to honor veterans, I want to take a moment to express a word of appreciation.  This week our nation honors those who have served.  Many of you are numbered among our honored few.  Some of you continue to serve.  Many others never made it home but left behind grieving parents, siblings, spouses, children, and other loved ones and friends.
Perhaps the most visual support I, and other Americans, can provide is to stand.  To stand in honor of our veterans - to stand in honor of those who have served under our flag.  Please watch this short video clip:
Thank you veterans for your dedication, service, and sacrifice.
Mark Shockey
Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans Member

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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