Welcome to the Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans

Veterans and Guests, join us as we celebrate our country and all you've done to protect and serve. For a second year, the Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans is honored to host the Veterans Dinner for our Edina Veterans in conjunction with the Edina 4th of July Parade & the Edina Community Foundation.  
The event will be held Saturday, July 2 5:00pm at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 5421 France Avenue South
There is no cost for veterans to attend. 

This is a great opportunity for our club members to serve other veterans.  You are needed! 

greeting & check-in
parking (helping handicapped with vehicles)
serving beverages (got a big cooler you can bring?)
serving family style catered BBQ dinner from Old Southern
This is a call to action on behalf of community veterans.  If you are willing, please reach out to RotaryMNVeterans@gmail.com. Family members & friends are welcome to assist as well.  If you volunteer, please also register for the dinner so that we have enough food on hand. It would be helpful to register by end of the day Wednesday.

You are invited to our next club meeting: July 14, 2022 7:00 PM
Presenter: Jack J. Grams
ESGR - Employer Support for Guard and Reserve
ESGR, a Department of Defense office, is comprised of dedicated and trained volunteers and staff. They develop and promote employer support for Guard and Reserve service by advocating relevant initiatives, recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of applicable laws, and resolving conflict between employers and service members.
ESGR informs and educates service members and their civilian employers regarding their rights and responsibilities governed by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA). ESGR does not have statutory authority to enforce, but serves as a neutral, free resource to employers and service members. ESGR’s trained ombudsmen provide mediation of issues relating to compliance with USERRA.
Learn more:  ESGR.mil
Attend the meeting in person in the Underground Room at St. Peter's - Edina, 5421 France Avenue South, Edina.
You may also participate in the meeting remotely:  Zoom Link

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

On 1 July, the start of the new Rotary year, John Meyer will take over as Club President.  
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.  We look forward to his leadership in 2022-2023!
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

Do you know that the Edina Morningside RC, together with several 5950 clubs, are sponsors of a Rotary Community Corps?  The Afghan Community in Minnesota is led by our friend & member Shah and his son Tahir.  Inaugural meeting was in February at the Edina Community Center.   
Afghan refugees have come to the Twin Cities by the hundreds.  Many have supported the American mission in Afghanistan either directly or indirectly. We have approximately 40 from this community attend.  The stories are real and heart-breaking including two families that are split up - in one case a mom was unable to evacuate, in another case a dad unable to evacuate.  In the former case, the dad arrived here with a 4-yr old daughter.  In the latter case, the mom is here with five children and expecting her sixth.  Many needs throughout this community - almost overwhelming. Please let Bob know if you are interested in getting involved. 


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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