Welcome to the Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans

Meet our new club leadership:
President:  Guy Marzano - comes with Rotary experience.  Has been a previous club president and held other district roles.  He is a good recruiter for our vets club and has been very active since joining.  Lives in Wayzata
President Elect:  Benjamin Eby – an Air Force Vet and golfer who works in financial planning for New York life.  Lives in Plymouth. (Was featured in the Rotary District Newsletter this month)  His desire is to be a good resource for the club. He will be training to be club president in the 2024-2025 Rotary year.
Congrats to both for being elected to club leadership positions at our annual meeting in August.

Meet Don Kelly, the newest member of the Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans!  His membership was approved at the last club meeting.
Don's Bio:
A California native, I met a young lady from East Saint Paul while in Minnesota for business. I lost her to ovarian cancer in 2004, but I have a son, two daughters, and seven grandchildren that tie me to Minnesota. I live full-time in a motorhome--in East Bethel in the summer and warmer places in the winter. I was in the US Air Force 1961-1965 as a Russian-language Voice Intercept Processing Specialist. While in the Air Force I became active in Amateur Radio which morphed into an electronics-related career. Since 1968, I have developed computer software--focusing on “cloud” telephone services for the last 20 years or so. I joined the Excelsior Rotary Club in the 1990s and was a charter member of the Lake Minnetonka--Excelsior Rotary Club in 1996. Moving to Saint Paul in 2005, I joined the Saint Paul Sunrise Rotary Club which disbanded in 2022.
Don has already served as a volunteer at the 4th of July Dinner; at the golf event; and as a blood donor.
Welcome Don!

We had a seasonally comfortable sunny/windy day for our golf event.  The Royal Golf Club was gorgeous, food was plentiful, and the prizes and drawings worth waiting for!  
Jeremy & Jessica and the team from Twin Cities Auto Glass were exceptional to work beside and extremely generous in all they did.  Appreciation to Jeff Staads who headed up the partnership and put great effort into making it successful. Mark Shockey made sure registration went smoothly.  Gary White made the initial connections and brought a foursome to the course.  Also thanks to the RCMNV members & Hopkins Elks members who worked the course games, helped get the golfers registered, and smiled throughout the day.
We are thrilled to announce that $6517.73 was raised to leverage resources/projects through Rotary for vets and their families!  Come share how you would like to see the proceeds be invested into veteran initiatives.  If you were not able to participate and want to contribute to the Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans Foundation, here is the link for donations.



Since the founding of our club we have partnered with Welcome Home Veterans to welcome kits to veterans moving from homeless shelters into permanent housing.
Rick and Gretchen shared an update on all the organization is doing and how our club can continue to be involved. They have provided more than 880 Welcome home  Learn more about Welcome Home Veterans

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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