Welcome to the Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans

In the near term, Rotary International recommends that Rotary clubs meet virtually, cancel, or postpone meetings and events following the advice of national and local health officials. Rotary is closely monitoring the pandemic of COVID-19 and continuously assessing the potential impact on Rotary operations, events, and members. Your health and safety are always our top priorities.
The club leaders will continue to communicate with you about virtual meetings. For veteran security, we are not posting Zoom invites publicly. Club members will receive an email for each meeting. We would be honored to have the community and members of other clubs participate. Please reach out to Bob Keller and verify your affiliation and identity and we will send you a link.  Please join us! This is a great opportunity to experience Rotary. 

ZOOM Meeting - Thursday, 14 May 2020, 7-8pm
The focus of our meeting will be vets and community needs. 
Our community speaker will be Hennepin County Sheriff, David "Hutch" Hutchinson who will provide a brief overview followed by a description of community needs.  We will also have a Q&A about how a Rotary Club like ours might become involved - whether time or resources, or a grant project, we will welcome Sheriff Hutchinson's thoughts.  Sheriff "Hutch" is a founding member of the Rotary Club of MN Veterans.
We invite members to be ready to share the following:
  • how are you during this time of covid-19?  Your family, your business? How might we help?
  • do you have any needs or concerns to share?  How might we help?
  • do you know of others with needs?  How might we help?
  • have you been called to duty?  If it means leaving loved ones behind, how might we help?
 You will need a link to attend the meeting. The link was emailed to club members. If you are from the community or another Rotary club and would like to participate, email Bob Keller and verify your affiliation and identity and we will send you a link.  Please join us! This is a great opportunity to experience Rotary. 
For security reasons, we ask that you not post the information on a public forum - but you may pass on the emailed link to friends who are interested in our veterans club. If you are new to Zoom, plan to login a few minutes early and test your video and audio settings.

The Blood Drive hosted by the Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans turned out to be even more of a service event than expected. There is now an extreme shortage of blood and Veterans will always step forward to make a sacrifice.  Thank you to all who have stepped forward to donate blood.  
The Red Cross has added additional staff and appointments, and those were immediately filled. The RedCross suffered a delay due to a technology update, however patience was part of the heart of the donors. We had some walk-ins, long wait times, and people staying late to donate - even past 10:00pm!
When the Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans scheduled the blood drive, we were told that they consider a drive that results in 25 blood units to be successful. We collected 59 units on lifesaving blood at our blood drive March 26! 60 donors presented to donate, 3 donors were deferred, and 3 donors didn’t finish their donations in the allotted amount of time. We also had 33 first time donors!
Thank you Rotarians for all of your hard work preparing for and executing this successful blood drive! Thank you St. Peter's - Edina for offering your sanctuary as a safe place for this event and for so many members who donated - and thank you to our metro community who didn't let the fears surrounding the pandemic keep you away from serving others with the gift of life.
Each blood donation can save up to 3 lives, meaning 177 lives can be positively impacted by the blood collected at just your blood drive!

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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