The McGlasson Family Award for Leadership in Community Service is a distinguished and unique Award of Excellence for a lifetime of community leadership. Sponsored by the Excelsior Morning Rotary Club, this award recognizes outstanding leaders who have a long history of serving volunteer organizations in the South Lake Minnetonka Area.

The award is named in honor of long time South Lake residents, Ross and Martie McGlasson, both known as “leaders of leaders” within the community.  Criteria for selection are focused on a nominee’s leadership contributions and impact to multiple volunteer organizations over the past several years. The award recipient receives a plaque and a $1,000 donation from the Excelsior Morning Rotary to the recipient’s charity of choice. Nominations will be accepted until midnight on May 15, 2021.
Award Criteria
  • The degree to which the nominee’s leadership and actions have made a lasting or meaningful contribution to and impact upon the volunteer organization(s) and the South Lake Minnetonka Community.

  • The length, depth, and breadth of leadership in community volunteer organizations.

  • The extent to which their leadership service or actions might be considered above and beyond the call of duty.

  • The extent to which their leadership would be recognized and valued by their peers and community leaders.

Past Recipients
  • 2020 - Charlie Kanan
  • 2018 - Nick Ruehl
  • 2017 - Frank Kuzma
  • 2016 - Tom Stevens
  • 2015 - Ron Kamps
Nomination Process
To make a nomination, answer the following questions. Here is a link to submit a nomination.
  • Nominee’s name and contact information.
  • List of the community organization(s), school(s), program(s) and/or activities where the nominee has volunteered.
  • Description of the leadership contributions and the results of their leadership. Detail of involvement in multiple organizations and specific leadership positions.
  • Description of the leadership characteristics that sets this nominee apart.
  • Share any additional reasons this nominee should be considered for this award.
  • Submit the nomination by May 15th, 2021 online, by emailing, or mailing: Andrew Punch 561 3rd St. Excelsior, MN 55331
About Ross & Martie McGlasson

Ross and Martie McGlasson have been residents of the south Lake Minnetonka area for 50 years, first in Minnetonka, then Tonka Bay and now Excelsior. They have three adult children and six grandchildren, and the whole family is fully engaged in the community. 

Both Ross and Martie have served in leadership positions for many volunteer organizations over five decades. Ross served on the Minnetonka School Board for seven years, four as Board Chair.  He also served in leadership positions in Rotary (Club President and Assistant District Governor), Mount Calvary Lutheran Church (Church Council President and Foundation Chair) and the steamboat Minnehaha.

Martie served on the initial Minnesota Council for Gifted and Talented, the Minnetonka Community Services Advisory Council, and created and led the Junior Board of Directors at Minnetonka High School.  She was President of the Excelsior Area Chamber of Commerce for two years, and established the Chamber Ambassador program - a volunteer "greeter" program to welcome visitors to the Excelsior area.  In 2014, Martie was named the Chamber’s "Person of the Year."