Golden Valley Rotary News

  • Winter Warm-Up for the Y
    Monday, January 30th, 2017
    6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Help to support the New Hope YMCA while you warm up with Surly brews, music by Dan Israel, and camp activities that are sure to warm you with memories from your youth.
    • Fun games such as a Bottle Pull and Head's or Tails.
    • Kids are welcome! 
    • Register by January 16th and get your first pint drink (beer or pop) FREE 
    • Kids aged 12 years and under are free. 
    • $25 online, $30 at the door 
    Dan Israel performing! Dan Israel is a longtime fixture on the Minneapolis music scene. He was the first guest on 89.3 The Current’s “Local Show” and has been called “the hardest working singer-songwriter in Minnesota.” He won Song of the Year (for “Come to Me”) in the 2005 Minnesota Music Awards and Songwriter of the Year in the 2006 MMA’s. He formed Dan Israel and The Cultivators in 1996 and has released 13 critically acclaimed albums, including his latest, 2015’s “Dan.” He received a 4-star review from the UK’s “Uncut” magazine for his 2007 album “Turning.”

  • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 - 7 P.M.

    Limited tickets available, don't delay!

    We suggest a FREEWILL OFFERING to attend; suggested value of $100.  Proceeds benefit the Golden Valley Rotary Club and its community giving.

    Featuring the talented Miss Myra & the Moonshiners along with incredible clarinet players: Paul Fonfara, Richard Lund, and Fred Richardson; prepare to be dazzled!

    Desserts and Cognac served.

    A unique event that you won't soon forget!

    Proceeds support the Golden Valley Rotary Club and its community giving to organizations such as PRISM, New Hope YMCA, Golden Valley Library, Golden Valley Historical Society, and scholarships to local high school graduates.

    Desserts, Cognac, and Clarinets!  You can't go wrong!


  • Crawfish Boil Collage
    The cajun Crawfish Boil to benefit PRISM was great fun, despite the weather. When Rotarians get together in fellowship and community service, nothing can stop them! Huge thanks to Peggy & Ilo Leppik for hosting and Peggy's incredible bread pudding; the New Hope YMCA for the tables and chairs, Culver's of Golden Valley for dessert & rolls, Mark "Spider" Friederichs for being the master chef, and the Rotary committee for all their hard work to put the event together. Laissez les bon temps rouler! (let the good times roll!)

  • Cajun Crawfish Boil
    C'mon y'all! You can't miss it!
    Laissez les bon temps rouler! (let the good times roll!)
    Hosted by the Golden Valley Rotary Club
    All net proceeds benefit PRISM
    6-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19
    ***NEW LOCATION*** at 7500 Western Ave, Golden Valley, MN 55427
    Tickets are $50 for adults 13+, 12 & under are free. Ticket price includes: all-you-can-eat crawfish, corn, sausage & spuds; rolls & dessert provided by Culver's Golden Valley plus incredible bourbon bread pudding; kegs of beer; water; non-crawfish dinner option of hotdogs with side options. 
    Kid-friendly event, bring the whole family! Bouncy house fun! Bean Bag/Cornhole game!
    50-50 Raffle, proceeds benefit PRISM.
    Interested in purchasing a $20 ticket for a chance at up to $5,000 pay out? Contact for information.
    Friday, August 19, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    ***NEW LOCATION*** at 7500 Western Ave, Golden Valley, MN 55427

    photo montageMore than 50 bowlers raised more than $2,500 for the Rotary Club of Golden Valley at the Rolling for Rotary event April 17. 
    Thank you to everyone who participated and to our business partners! The event was held at Park Tavern in St. Louis Park, who donated 10 lanes and bowling shoes for everyone. Bowlers also enjoyed a trivia contest and a beautiful and fun prize drawing featuring tons of great items and gift cards from local businesses.

    Golden Valley Rotary event raises funds for charities

    Bowling and a silent auction will help raise funds for area non-profit organizations at the Rolling for Rotary event sponsored by the Rotary Club of Golden Valley. The event is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 17 at Park Tavern, 3401 Louisiana Ave S, St. Louis Park.

  • We mourn the passing of Golden Valley Rotarian Ernie Hallgren.
    Ernie was invited to become a member of the Golden Valley Rotary in 1977, four years after the club was chartered.
    He served as President of the Club in 1982-83. Ernie co-chaired the STRIVE program for several years. He was a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. Ernie was a Senior Active member of the club. Rest in Peace, Ernie.

  • Linda Morris and Jim Harms, of My Music Store, receive the award from Dr. Tim Klesk
    A commitment to customer service and community service are the reasons the Rotary Club of Golden Valley presented My Music Store with its annual Business Organization of the Year Award on Oct. 27. The award recognizes service above self, Rotary's motto. The award was presented by Dr. Tim Klesk (above, right) of ChiroCenter to Linda Morris (left) and Jim Harms, business partners.

  • Xaver at airport
    Golden Valley Rotary's youth exchange student, Xaver D., arrived Wednesday on a flight from his home country, Austria. Xaver will spend much or all of his stay with Mark and Jan Friederichs, attending Hopkins High School for the entire school year. 
    Xaver is excited about exploring other cultures through the Rotary youth exchange program. He wants to “get to know that American school spirit which I just know from movies” and improve his English skills.

  • Mary AndersonA librarian and a financial planner are this year's Golden Valley Rotary award winners. Mary Anderson, manager of the Golden Valley Library for 10 years was named this year's recipient of the Rotary Club of Golden Valley's Citizen of the 
    Year Award at a June 23 luncheon. Gary Aiken, president of Tonka Financial, was named the Rotarian of the Year.

    These outstanding people have contributed greatly to the community through their work and service. They join a long list of Rotarians and community members to be honored by Golden Valley Rotary.