Speaker Date Topic
Jeff Molby Jun 18, 2024 12:15 PM
ChemoRiders: A Rotary Journey of Hope
ChemoRiders: A Rotary Journey of Hope

Jeff Molby is from Caro, Michigan. After becoming treasurer of his son's boy scout troop, Jeff went to visit the troop’s sponsor: the Rotary Club of Caro, Michigan. He was blown away by the warm welcome and the values embodied in the Four-Way Test, so a couple weeks later he had his red badge. Around the same time, Jeff attended his first Relay For Life. He loved the way they fight the global scourge of cancer in a profoundly local way. He started small and eventually took on an outsized role to help restart things after Covid. He recently turned his attention to the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program. They too needed a post-pandemic boost, so Jeff combined his love of traveling and cycling to his fight against cancer, setting off on a multi-year bike tour around the country in order to raise money and recruit drivers to get patients to their lifesaving treatments. https://chemoriders.org/Rotary/

Annual Awards Luncheon Jun 25, 2024 11:45 AM
Annual Awards Luncheon
Annual Awards Luncheon

The Golden Valley Rotary Club will gather with members of the community to celebrate all things Rotary during the 2023-2024 year. We will present the Citizen of the Year award and the Rotarian of the Year award. Our high school scholarship recipients will be honored. Shep Harris, Club President, will pass the gavel to incoming Club President, Bryan Rossi. A great celebratory event in the fifty-one year history of the Golden Valley Rotary Club!

RSVP here: https://forms.gle/s367ieyq7qauoWE3A

No Meeting - Happy 4th of July! Jul 02, 2024
No Meeting - Happy 4th of July!
No Meeting - Happy 4th of July!

No meeting on Tuesday, July 2 due to the 4th of July holiday. Happy 4th of July!

Avonna Starck, State Director Jul 09, 2024 12:15 PM

Avonna received her bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and her master’s degree in political management and advocacy from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She currently serves her community as a member of the Fridley School Board and as a member of the Fridley Environmental Quality and Energy Commission.

Avonna became the Minnesota State Director of Clean Water Action Minnesota in November 2022, having worked in politics for almost two decades. A former legislative staffer, she has worked with dozens of candidates in Minnesota, including running the successful campaigns of the first woman of color to sit on the Anoka County Commission and the first Muslim woman of color to sit on the Blaine City Council. Prior to joining Clean Water Action, she spent five years as a campaign manager with a national political consulting firm where she worked on nearly 2,000 different candidate and issue campaigns across the country. She has an extensive background in campaign management, voter targeting, fundraising, and community outreach.

With Avonna’s leadership, Minnesota became the first state to pass the most comprehensive PFAS bans in the world, known as Amara’s Law. Her work to bring industries, agencies, lawmakers, and advocates together has set an example for states across the country to pass similar legislation. As an advocate, Avonna strives to raise the voices of those who are typically left out of the political process.

Avonna lives in Fridley, Minnesota with her partner Mike and 2-year-old son, Huntley. They also have a 20-year-old, Dylan, who is doing his best to conquer the world in his first apartment nearby. They have one clingy pitbull mix who loves to snuggle.

Cozy Wittman, Education and Partnerships Leader Aug 20, 2024 12:15 PM
College Inside Track
College Inside Track

As Education and Partnerships leader at College Inside Track, Cozy Wittman speaks nationally about college search, educating families, and training financial advisors. College search has become increasingly complex, the nuances hard to understand; Cozy is passionate about dispelling myths that cost families money! She’s been featured in The Journal of Financial Planning on the subject of college planning.

Cozy is excited to connect with organizations and families interested in learning more about the complex college search process. She is a mom of 5 kids with very different goals for college so she is no stranger to the challenges around college search.

Mary Maus Kosir, Executive Director Sep 17, 2024 12:15 PM
Concordia Language Villages
Concordia Language Villages

Mary Maus Kosir is the Executive Director of Concordia Language Villages, a flagship program of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Since assuming this role in October 2020, she has spearheaded all facets of the Language Villages, including enrollment management, building the organization back post-pandemic, fostering donor relationships, and engaging with a vibrant international community.

With a diverse background spanning education administration, international program development, and entrepreneurship, Mary brings a wealth of experience to her leadership. Prior to her tenure at Concordia Language Villages, she excelled as entrepreneurial executive at Log House Foods and founded and led WholeMe, LLC. Her remarkable journey also includes over two decades at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, where she served in pivotal roles such as director of international programs and assistant dean of the undergraduate program.

Hailing from Bemidji, Minnesota, the very locale of Concordia Language Villages' residential site, Mary's deep-rooted connection to the community fuels her passion for language and cultural learning. Her unique blend of higher education expertise and strong business acumen continues to drive the Language Villages forward as the foremost destination for immersive language experiences in the United States.

Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and German from the College of Saint Benedict, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota. Her academic achievements include being awarded a prestigious Fulbright scholarship in Austria and a Bosch Fellowship in Germany.

Mary resides in St. Paul with her husband, Michael, and golden doodle, Bennie. She has two children, Margaret (resides in NYC) and Max, a graduating senior at St. John’s University. In her spare time, Mary enjoys traveling with her family, hiking, and gardening.