Event Types

May 05, 2018
3:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Electric Shock Drowning--Education and Prevention

Ed Lethert is a member of the Lake Minnetonka Power Squadron. 

He teaches classes in Electric Shock Drowning, which was mentioned in Kevin Wehrmann's discussion with us in November. 

Ed Lethert - 612-670-9801





May 09, 2018 7:00 AM

The Impact the Assistance League of Minnesota has on our community

Speaking to the Rotary group about the impact Assistance League of Minneapolis/St. Paul has in our community. We are a unique all-volunteer organization serving children in families in the metro area since 1992. Both Paul Borowski and Charlie Kanan have indicated to me that they feel members would have an interest in learning about our work. Our primary goal in speaking to groups such as yours is to raise awareness about our mission.
ALMSP work to feed and clothe children, enhance and enrich education and support and serve our

May 16, 2018

Impact of Rotary on Women

Biography:  Mari was born in Guatemala and is a biologist, an entrepreneur and founder of the Wakami system. She is also a mother and a firm believer that collective dreams are unstoppable. My life’s work has been to find ways to link people who are stuck in cycles of poverty to markets that can create cycles of prosperity.
She comes from a country that suffered from a  32 year civil war in which much of the infrastructure of the country was destroyed.  The people who suffered the most during the war were always the women and children from our rural communities who faced violence, malnutrition and being displaced from their homes.  The challenges in my country seemed hopeless.
She is a graduate Cornell University as a Fulbright Scholar and with a Masters degree in biology but returned to her home country of Guatemala to help stop the cycle of poverty.
For 25 years Maria has created value chains for different communities that produced a variety of products that could connect these communities to the markets.  These included the Nativos S, A value chain which is now producing over $1 Million annually of fiber bands for Ron Zacapa rum products; the El Conejo de Sacalá wood products project employing over 500 people in helping the reforestation of Guatemala while also producing income from wood products; and Wakami, an international fashion accessories business which currently sell products produced by rural women in 13 countries around the world.
She is a founder of Vital Voices Central American network and the Guatemalan chapter, a member of the Vital Voices Global Advisory Council, the Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Institute and  partners with organizations such as the United Nations Foundation, USAID and Rotary International.
Please make sure to attend this powerful presentation and invite friends and colleagues.
May 23, 2018 7:00 AM

"Update on the International Project in Uganda" and "An Introduction of the new Interact Board"

Program: Update on the International Project in Uganda.  

Description:  Northern Uganda Hip Hop Culture (NUHC) is a youth organization in Kitgum, Uganda that uses the creative arts to engage and empower youth and transform a community decimated by a 20 year civil war that destroyed an entire generation.  The founder of NUHC - Mwaka Benson (Benny)- has used LMERC funding to create opportunities for agri-business, host camps to train the youth on topics like financial literacy, malaria and HIV/AIDS prevention, rebuilding family relationship, income generating activities and empowering girls and disabled youth.  Benny himself is a survivor of the civil war and returned to his community to empower the next generation of community leaders.  Leah who will have just returned from Uganda will provide an update on the projects that LMERC has funded in the last 3 years including the building of a new Youth Center Building!


May 30, 2018 7:00 AM

From Discovery to Recovery the Power of Emotional Grit

Jennifer Fernjack

​952-451-5925, jfernjack@yahoo.com

Making a difference in peoples lives by helping them find a road from discovery to recovery using six key ingredients:

1. Laughter

2. Upbeat Music


4.Facing Fears

5. Random Acts of Kindness

6. Gratitude


Name:  Jennifer Fernjack
From:  Spring Park, but I was raised up in Cloquet, MN
Education:  BA degree from UMD and MBA from the University of St Thomas.
Profession:  I’ve been in the securities industry for 25 years and currently serve as a Compliance Officer at a financial services firm.  


Jun 06, 2018 7:00 AM
Jun 07, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Making a difference for Vets

Recommended by Laura Hotvet

Jon Lovald     

Chief Operating Officer

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans

cid:image003.png@01D36FF8.9BB32DA02700 E Lake Street, Suite #3200 Minneapolis MN, 55406

Office:612-503-5151 | Cell:612-360-3627 | Fax:612.200.9516 |Email: jlovald@mac-v.org

Learn more about our mission @ www.mac-v.org

Jun 13, 2018 7:00 AM

The money raised by The Salvation Army is making a difference and service opportunities

Chris McArdle 
Donor Relations Manager 
The Salvation Army Northern Division 
2445 Prior Ave, Roseville, MN 55113 
Phone - 651-746-3424 

I was born and raised in Anoka Minnesota. I wen to Anoka High School and eventually graduated from Brown College with a degree in Radio Broadcasting. I worked at KILR Radio in Estherville Iowa for 8 years. I fell into alcoholism and now have 3.5 years sober! I now get to help people everyday. I was recently promoted from one of our locations in St.Paul. I have been married just over a year and life is great! I'm very grateful today. I hope some of this helps! I also have a story below in a link that The Salvation Army did on me a few months ago when I was in St.Paul. 

Jun 20, 2018 7:00 AM

Retiring in Turbulent Times

Scott Wardell, CFP®, has been a financial advisor for 36 years and has recently written a book entitled Retiring in Turbulent Times. The book features nine stories told from the viewpoints of real people in real retirement situations. It seeks to break down the walls of mystery to saving, investing, and building for retirement. Scott would like to speak with your club about his book and the dilemmas that people face when getting ready for retirement. He is passionate about helping people to feel confident and hopeful about retirement success. Scott is also past president of the St. James Rotary club and is a Paul Harris Fellow. Are you interested in having Scott share his insight and experience with your Rotary Club? Please contact me at donirwin1@gmail.com for more information. I look forward to hearing from you! Thank you, Don Irwin donirwin1@gmail.com Check out our website: http://retiringinturbulenttimes.com/ Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RetiringinTurbulentTimes/?ref=page_internal For scheduling, please contact Shelley at 952-400-0559 or shelley.kasperek@thrivent.com.

Jun 27, 2018

4th of July

Jul 04, 2018
Jul 05, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Training for serving at concerts

Jul 11, 2018

Passing the Baton, Accomplishments of Past Year and Welcome Charlie

Come to celebrate the great accomplishments of our club over the last year and welcome Charlie as the new President

Jul 18, 2018 7:00 AM

Recap of her year in Italy

Maren will be joining us, along with her parents, Tom and Kim, to present to us about her year abroad as an outbound exchange student sponsored by our club.  Maren's family served as a host family to to Cristina from Spain in the 2017-18 year. 


Jul 25, 2018 7:00 AM

Life's Lessons from My Vocation

Aug 01, 2018 7:00 AM
Aug 02, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Run, Hide, Fight

Join us on August 8 as Shakira Campbell from the Community Engagement Team with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office presents about timely topics like Run, Hide, Fight training and #NOverdose initiatives.

Aug 08, 2018 7:00 AM

“Shinning Light in Moments of Darkness”

Travis Eston and Joeleen Kielkucki from Brighton Hospice will present about "Shining Light in Moments of Darkness".   www.brightonhospice.com

Aug 15, 2018 7:00 AM

LMERC, The Beginning

Former Club members will shar how the club started and why. Come and be i npired by this group.



Aug 29, 2018 7:00 AM

Wake Up Do Good!



Steve and Brandy are the founders of Java Relief. 
Java Relief is a special kind of coffee retailer. They sell high quality, fresh roasted organic coffee and other quality merchandise. 
What makes them unique is that they are a volunteer company and 100% of their profits go directly to children at risk around the world and also here in Minnesota. 
The coffee is roasted right here in our hometown by skilled artisan roasters. Most of Java Relief's coffee blends are 100% organic, fair trade certified, high altitude arabica beans. Java Relief coffee not only tastes amazing, it'll warm your heart! 
Steve is an graphic designer, and Partner of DW Creative, an advertising agency in Deephaven. 
After a career in Visual Merchandising and a short time at the Chamber of Commerce here in Waconia, Brandy has been a stay-at-home mom raising their son Shale and their daughter, Jada.
Their passion and desire are to help children at risk around the world. Whether they are orphans, sex-trafficking victims, or living in an unsafe and impoverished environments. Their goal is to raise money through the sale of coffee and other merchandise to provide for these children with meals, clothing, education, and hope. 
Sep 05, 2018 7:00 AM
Sep 06, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Uganda Project

A personal interview with Mwaka (Benny) Benson about the Uganda project. Mwaka will be in town and we get a chance to hear from him in person!

Sep 12, 2018 7:00 AM

Adopton is Love

Hear a heart-warming story from Julie about adoption.

Sep 19, 2018

Inspiration from preparation for the Iron Man

Kyle Depiesse is a speaker, trainer and coach for the John Maxwell Team. He leads courses on personal growth and leadership. He is training for his first Ironman race and will share some of his lessons learned and how it applies to life.

Sep 26, 2018 7:00 AM

Mike Plant, Lauanching a Legacy

Mike Plant was a Lake Minnetonka kid who overcame many challenges to become America's first single handed yachtsman to circumnavigate th globe three times. On his fourth attempt he perished at sea. Mary has kept Mike's legacy alive by raising money for scholarships that are provided to metro area youth and now the inspiration behind the Mike Plant Center.
The center serves over 800 guests in a variety of intergenerational programs from summer camps to clinics, STEM ED and adaptive programs for people experiencing disability for individuals and through Veteran programs and the Courage Center.  We are a service provider for the YMCA, Boy Scouts and IOCP.
Oct 03, 2018 7:00 AM
Oct 04, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

My Hike along the Pacific Trail

Roon Johnson, son of member Katherine Johnson will share his journey hiking the Pacific Trail from Southern California to Canada. Learn about the highs, the lows, the challenges and the interesting people he met along the way.

Oct 10, 2018 7:00 AM

Rotary Initiative to End Human Trafficking in Minnesota - Update

Update on the Rotary Initiative to End Human Trafficking in Minnesota.  The Rotary Clubs in Minnesota have joined together to end human trafficking in Minnesota.  Come to hear an update on the partnerships that have been developed with other organizations around the state and the amazing projects already underway.

Oct 17, 2018
Nov 01, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM