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postheadericon Bloomington Rotary Hosts: Cheers for Charity, The Kick-off Event of the Summer Outdoor Craft Beer Tasting Season


May 18, 2016

Charity-Event (Bloomington, MN) – Bloomington Noon Rotary kicks off summer craft beer tasting with Cheers For Charity, the first major craft beer event of the summer. The event will be held Saturday, June 18th from 3-7 p.m. outdoors at the Mall of America, 8201 Avenue South (corner of 82nd Street and 24th Avenue South) in Bloomington. Admission is $40 per adult ($10 for designated drivers) and includes 50 beer tasting varieties from local craft breweries and international brands.

The admission ticket includes a Cheers For Charity commemorative tasting glass. Proceeds from this event support the Bloomington Rotary Club’s service projects and local community charities. Admission tickets are available online:, sold by Club members and onsite the day of the event.

In addition to the unlimited craft brew tasting, Cheers For Charity includes food, beer games and live music. Visit

The Mall of America location offers ample free parking and easy access to a Metro station. Tasters must be 21 or older with an ID required. Sorry, no pets are allowed. Featured breweries are Surly, Indeed Brewery, Toppling Goliath, Summit, August Schell, 612Brew, and Town Hall.

The event includes 50 beer tasting varieties to sample with unlimited tasting. Here are just a few highlights of the participating breweries:

  • Newly opened U4ic Brewing from Blakely, MN is doing a special tapping of “Blakely Chernilla Stout” which is brewed with cherries and vanilla and served on nitro.
  • Toppling Goliath Brewing of Decorah, Iowa boasts 2 of the top 5 beers on the Beer Advocate Top 250 rankings. They’ll be bringing Pseudo Sue, which has a perfect 100 rating on the site.
  • Surly Brewing will be bringing specialty kegs of Cacao Bender and #Merica.
  • Forager Brewing from Rochester, MN has promised some special undisclosed beers that they will be pouring from crowlers (32 oz cans).
  • Newly opened Modist Brewing is bringing four beers including a cold press coffee lager infused with Two Cousins espresso from Wesley Andrews.
  • Local favorite Town Hall Brewery will be bringing a special double dry hopped version of their West Bank Pale Ale in addition to their specialty IPA “Mango Mama.”
  • In addition to beer, attendees will have the chance to taste four craft ciders: Number 12 Cider House, Milk & Honey Ciders, Lionheart Ciders, and Sociable Cider Werks.


Cheers For Charity is a premier event for craft beer enthusiasts while raising funds for local non-profit organizations. If you love craft beer, are looking for fun outdoor entertainment and enjoy supporting local charities serving our community, this event is perfect for you.

This is the Club’s largest fundraiser of the year with 100% of the net proceeds supporting the Bloomington Rotary service projects and charity grant program.


Cheers-CharityRotary is a service organization whose members are committed to giving back to their community as well as the world. Club members volunteer time, energy and enthusiasm throughout the year, partnering with numerous charitable organizations in our community to make a difference in the lives of others.

Service projects include the VEAP Student Hunger Project, filling backpacks with weekend food for families; STRIVE, a Kennedy High School Mentor and Scholarship Program; Pack to School, backpacks loaded with school supplies for elementary and middle school students in Bloomington; Reading to Children, providing international elementary children and families struggling with the English language the opportunity to learn more language skills in a safe and fun evening of practice, reading, and hands-on activities; Meals on Wheels, delivering hot meals to seniors in their homes; Loaves & Fishes, purchasing, preparing and serving dinner and sharing fellowship with those in need; and Camp Enterprise for high school students participating in a business immersion camp experience.

Charity grant support includes Artistry, Courage Kenny Center, Education Foundation of Bloomington, Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, Normandale Community College and Good in the ‘Hood.

For more information about Cheers for Charity go to www.cheersfor or contact Ken Ritterspach, Event Chair at (952) 457-5292 or

For more information about the Rotary Club of Bloomington Noon go to or contact Mary Kurth, President at (952) 884-8534 or

Press contact:

Carolyn Pratt, Public Relations Chair
(952) 835-2975

postheadericon Health Care Affordability

Heath CarePlease Join the St. Paul Sunrise Rotary for the 9th Annual Community Forum

Health Care Affordability

Learning from History, Moving Forward

Presented in cooperation with Rotary Clubs of Woodbury and St. Paul
  • Thursday, April 24, 2014
  • 7:15-9:15 AM
  • Town and Country Club at Otis/Marshall Avenue, St. Paul, MN


  • Hon. David Durenberger
    U.S. Senator (’78-’95) retired; Chairman, National Institute of Health Policy & Senior Health Policy Fellow, University of St. Thomas
  • Lucinda Jesson
    Commissioner, MN Department of Human Services
  • Sanne Magnan, MD, PhD
    President& CEO, Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement


  • Where did we start?
  • How are we doing?
  • Where are we going?


To address topics of urgent concern to the public. Forums seek peaceful solutions through understanding dissenting views and are grounded in Rotary’s 4-Way Test – seeking the truth, fairness, beneficence to all concerned, and promoting good will and better friendships.


  • $25.00

Registration or Questions:

Visit St. Paul Sunrise’s Rotary website:

Contact Steve Baker: or by phone at: 651-646-7521


postheadericon Plunge at the Grumpy Old Men Days in Wabasha, MN

Grumpy Old Men Festival

Support the Wabasha Rotary Club (District 5960) at the Grumpy Plunge, which is held during Grumpy Old Men Days in Wabasha, MN on Feb 22, 2014. All the profits are split between the Local Rotary and Great Rivers Homes!

Festival Events

  • 6th Annual Grumpy Plunge
  • Chili Cook Off
  • Ice Fishing Contest
  • Cribbage Tournament
  • Minnow Races
  • Bingo
  • Texas Hold ’em Poker Tournament
  • Ice shack ‘n Plaid Parade

Grumpy Plunge Brochure and Pledge Form

This year we are providing the opportunity to Vine your jump. For $50, the Vine will be uploaded to the website and played during the jump day. Jump from anywhere for a great cause!! Will you be taking the Grumpyplunge this year?! Don’t worry if you can’t make it to Wabasha, MN to plunge, share your plunge anywhere in the world with us on Vine! Follow the Grumpy Plunge on Vine and share your plunge anywhere you are! For more information, visit: Grumpy Old Men Festival 2014 or on Facebook!

Grumpy Plunge
137 W. Main Street
Wabasha, MN 55981

T: (651) 565-4158
F: (651) 565-2808


postheadericon Ramsey Rotary Presents Oktoberfest

Ramsey Rotary

Thursday October 3rd; 2013 6:00-8:30 PM
McDuff’s @ Rum River Hills, Ramsey, MN


Please join us for this fun evening of fellowship, good food and drink.

Tickets are $15 per person in advance, and $20 at the door.

This is your chance to sample over 25 fine craft beers with appetizers. There will also be raffled items: 3 large walls of bottled craft beer, deck of cards and various meat raffles.

Proceeds are used to support charitable programs in the City of Ramsey and surrounding Anoka County Area, such as the following organizations we have sponsored in the past: Youth First Community of Promise Ramsey Neighborhood Center, dictionary distribution to local 3rd Graders, the Ramsey Police Junior Explorer Law Enforcement Program, Shelter Box support for disaster victims, and other local and national organizations.




postheadericon Come Fly With Us with Major Tamara Barlette

Come Fly With Us | Two women. Two pilots. Two extraordinary stories.

University of Minnesota graduate Tamara Barlette, became an Air Force Major, pilot, and is now the director of training at Laughlin Air Force Base.

Elizabeth “Betty Wall” Strohfus was a Women Air Force Service Pilot.

Now, you have the opportunity to hear Major Barlette and Elizabeth Strofus speak at Come Fly With Us – a unique conversation with two women pilots, hosted by Deputy Director of the Minnesota Historical Society, Andrea Kajer.

This event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required!

Come Fly With Us
Monday, July 15
10:00 – 11:30 am
Saint Paul, MN

Registration: contact Laura Lee Goblirsch at

Submitted by:

Don Craighead
Roseville Rotary Club

postheadericon Rotary Club Radio Interview with GSE Team from Czech Republic and Slovakia – April 10 at 10am CST

Rotary Club RadioPlease visit: Rotary Club Radio Episode 39 to view the recording of Episode 39 and view the show notes.


postheadericon Rotary Global Peace Forum in Londonderry, Northern Ireland

The Rotary Club of Londonderry, Northern Ireland, is hosting a Rotary Global Peace Forum on May 24-26 2013.

Derry-Londonderry is the UK City of Culture 2013 and to celebrate this and as this city has come through many years of conflict, we have undertaken to host this Peace Forum. We have a website which is and our club website is

Our Facebook is and Twitter is @LDerryRotary. We would be so grateful for a like/follow!

Press Release

Global Peace Forum Derry~Londonderry Coming at the Right Time

 The Rotary Club of Londonderry in partnership with the University of Ulster’s International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE), will host a Global Peace Forum from 24th – 26th May 2013.  The Forum is part of Rotary’s year of Peace through Service.   The aim of the Derry~Londonderry Forum is to contribute to Reconciliation, Learning and Full Self Expression for those involved in peacemaking and peacebuilding throughout the world.

Derry or Londonderry – one place with two names – has an intriguing story and a special place in the history of Ireland, Britain and the world. From Colmcille through the siege of Derry and the plantation of Ulster to World War II; from the Civil Rights Marches through Bloody Sunday to the emerging Peace Process and the cessation of violence – Derry is the place where these significant episodes were thought about, fought about and worked through, shaping the histories of Ireland, Britain, America and the rest of the world.

2013 is a landmark year for the Derry~Londonderry, the Rotary Club of Londonderry, Peace studies at the local University and the Northern Irish peace process.  It is:

  • The 15th anniversary of the Belfast or Good Friday Agreement;
  • The year that Derry will celebrate its designation as the UK’s first ever City of Culture;
  • The 400th anniversary of the granting of the city’s charter and the name Londonderry;
  • The 90th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Londonderry; and
  • The 20th anniversary of the founding of INCORE, the University of Ulster’s centre of excellence in peace studies; and

President of the Club, Gavin Killeen says ‘We have designed a stimulating programme, which will provide delegates with the opportunity to engage with local and international peacemakers, political, community and business leaders, in the context of the ongoing culturally-led regeneration underway in this historic city’.

Sessions on the Northern Irish peace process will offer delegates a unique opportunity to witness peacebuilding as it unfolds, with participation from many of those who have made, and continue to make peace in Northern Ireland a reality.

Speakers confirmed include Rotary International world president Sakuji Tanaka, Roelf Mayer (Chief Negotiator for the South African National Party), Juan Jose Ibarretxe (former Basque President); ChouChou Namagabe (Gender Activist in Congo) and John Cullinane (US Entrepreneur involved in the Northern Irish Peace Process).  These speakers will be joined by political, business and community leaders from Ireland, North and South.

President Killeen adds ‘Although much has been achieved in making peace in Northern Ireland, there are still sensitive issues to deal with so we can embed the peace and build social cohesion here. This Forum provides Rotarians with a chance to observe Northern Ireland’s journey from conflict, through reconciliation to peace, in the context of other International Peace Initiatives’.

Details on the event can be accessed via   where you can register online for the Forum and the Gala Dinner.

postheadericon Upcomming Conversations About Health Care

Press Release

Citizen's League

by Citizen League

St. Paul, MN – Few issues have a bigger impact on the lives of Minnesotans than healthcare, and critical decisions about the future of our healthcare system are being made in St. Paul this year.

Citizens like you need to be a part of the conversation. Here’s why…

The bipartisan Minnesota Health Care Reform Task Force has asked for guidance directly from Minnesota citizens on the tough decisions that need to be made related to improving our healthcare system.

Citizens Solutions is designed to do just that.  Sponsored by the Citizens League and the Bush Foundation, Citizen Solutions is a series of forums taking place across the state to engage thousands of Minnesotans in a different kind of conversation about health and health care.

Please join us for a meeting at a location convenient to you.

See Schedule

Light refreshments will be provided.  Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend!

See the article in the West Central Tribune about our meeting in Wilmar, MN | Click Here!

For more information, please contact:
Amanda Stewart

(612) 770-7860

postheadericon Rotary Club Radio welcomes 6 Russian delegates from the Open World Leadership Center

St. Croix Falls, WI – On February 8, 2012, Rotary Club Radio will host 6 Russian delegates for a live interview that will be broadcast over the internet all over the world!

Open World Leadership

About the Open World Leadership Center

The Open World Leadership Center administers the Open World program, one of the most effective U.S. exchange programs for countries of the post-Soviet era.  Begun as a pilot program in 1999 and established as a permanent agency in late 2000, the Center conducts the first and only international exchange agency in the U.S. Legislative Branch and, as such, has enabled more than 17,000 current and future leaders from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan to meaningfully engage and interact with Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and thousands of other Americans, many of whom are the delegates’ direct professional counterparts.

Mission Statement:
To enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and the countries of Eurasia by developing a network of leaders in the region who have gained significant, firsthand exposure to America’s democratic, accountable government and its free-market system.

Open World Website

Rotary International is a Host Organization and active supporter of the Open World Leadership Center.  It is a privilege to have the opportunity to interview the delegates and look forward to finding out more about the program.

Rotary Club Radio Live!

On February 8th, 2012, Rotary Club Radio will broadcast our first ever live show from the St. Croix Falls Library and will have the honor of interviewing 6 delegates from the Open World Leadership Center.  The delegates are being hosted for their 8 day stay in America by the White Bear Lake Rotary Club in White Bear Lake, MN.

Be Part of the Show

Rotary Club Radio invites the members of the St. Croix Falls Rotary Club and other interested person to attend the show.  If you would like to be a part of the audience, please come to the St. Croix Falls Library on February 8th – the show starts at 10 AM. Space is limited, so please RSVP by emailing: kirk(at)

The show will be broadcast live on our website, so you if you prefer, you can watch the program at  If you miss the show, don’t worry – we’ll post the replay.

The Delegates

The delegates are all educators, with an emphasis on Special Education.  During their stay in America, they will experience a wide variety of both cultural and educational learning experiences.  They will arrive in Minneapolis/St. Paul on February 3 and depart on February 11th with a greater understanding of American culture and experiences.

Some of the activities they will take part in are:

  • Minnesota ‘Special’ Ice Hockey Game
  • Super Bowl Party
  • Multiple School Tours
  • College Tour
  • Rotary Clubs
  • Golf day with Disable War Veterans
  • Feed My Starving Children Packing
  • Hiking Interstate Park
  • NHL Hockey Game – MN Wild
  • MN Supreme Court Visit
  • MN State Capitol Tour

Meet the Delegates:

  • Yevgeniya Cherepovskaya – Facilitator
  • Zoya Berdnikova
  • Larisa Falkovskaya
  • Yuliya Vitalyevna
  • Yelena Levina
  • Olesya Romanova

Delegates will speak at the St. Croix Falls Rotary Club

After the live Rotary Club Radio broadcast, the delegates will be escorted over to the St. Croix Falls Rotary Club meeting for a delicious lunch at the Dalles House Restaurant.  They will also be speaking to the club about their experiences in Russia and the United States over the last week.

Due to the number of Members & visitors on February 8th – if you are interested in visiting the club, please email

Watch Live Here @ 10 AM CST – Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

If you didn’t catch the live show, you can watch it here or download the audio on the website or from iTunes!

Thanks for listening to Rotary Club Radio.


postheadericon Rotary clubs worldwide meet US$200 million fundraising challenge

Rotary International has succeeded in meeting the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s US$200 million match in funding for polio eradication, raising more than $202.6 million as of 17 January.

“We’ll celebrate this milestone, but it doesn’t mean that we’ll stop raising money or spreading the word about polio eradication,” Rotary Foundation Trustee John F. Germ told Rotary leaders at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. “We can’t stop until our entire world is certified as polio-free.”

The fundraising milestone was reached in response to $355 million in challenge grants awarded to The Rotary Foundation by the Gates Foundation. All funds have been earmarked to support polio immunization activities in affected countries where the vaccine-preventable disease continues to paralyze children.

“In recognition of Rotary’s great work, and to inspire Rotarians in the future, the [Gates] foundation is committing an additional $50 million to extend our partnership,” said Jeff Raikes, chief executive officer of the Gates Foundation. “Rotary started the global fight against polio, and continues to set the tone for private fundraising, grassroots engagement, and maintaining polio at the top of the agenda with key policymakers.” Raikes also addressed Rotary leaders at the International Assembly.

The new $50 million grant from the Gates Foundation is not a challenge grant.

Since 1988, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99 percent, from about 350,000 cases annually to fewer than 650 cases reported so far for 2011. The wild poliovirus is now endemic in only four countries: Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan. However, India on 13 January marked a full calendar year without a case, paving the way for its removal from the endemic list.

But other countries also remain at risk for polio cases imported from the endemic countries. In Africa in 2011, Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo had significant outbreaks. Also in 2011, a small cluster of polio cases in China, which had been polio-free for a decade, was traced to Pakistan.

Rotary club members not only reached into their own pockets to support the Gates challenge, but also engaged their communities in a variety of creative fundraising projects, such as a fashion show in California that raised $52,000, benefit film screenings in New Zealand and Australia that netted $54,000, and a pledge-supported hike through Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, that brought in $38,000. Many events were planned around 24 October, widely observed as World Polio Day.

To date, Rotarians worldwide have contributed more than $1 billion toward the eradication of polio, a cause Rotary took on in 1985. In 1988, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention joined Rotary as spearheading partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. More recently, the Gates Foundation has become a major supporter. In 2007, the Gates Foundation gave Rotary a $100 million challenge grant for polio eradication, increasing it to $355 million in 2009. Rotary agreed to raise $200 million in matching funds by 30 June 2012.

Reaching children with the oral polio vaccine in the disease’s remaining strongholds is labor- and resource-intensive due to a host of challenges, including poor infrastructure, geographical isolation, armed conflict, and cultural misunderstanding about the eradication campaign.

For more information: Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio