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We use our knowledge of local issues to identify areas of need, then apply our expertise and diverse perspectives to the problem. Our Rotary members are most likely at work in your community right now feeding the hungry, tutoring children, maintaining parks, and more. You can help.
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Our recent “Lunchtime Service Project” benefited The Bridge for Youth. We packed 34 school backpacks with supplies that youth will need in the coming months. The impact of our project was increased when our grant was matched by the Rotary District 5950. Rotarians are #PeopleOfAction
Our recent “Lunchtime Service Project” benefited The Bridge for Youth. With support from Culver's and Rotary District 5950, our Club assembled and delivered 48 "Got You Covered" packs (and an additional 79 pairs of wool socks) for youth in need. Each kit contained underwear, pajamas, and socks. #PeopleOfAction
The Golden Valley Rotary Club presented a check for $1,000 to Jaime Belden & Future Roots Project / Raices del Futuro to support their sustainable educational initiatives in Central America. We are proud to be a multi-year donor along with several other Rotary Clubs in Minnesota.
The Future Roots Project is a collective founded in Minnesota that focuses on sustainable educational, artistic, and health initiatives in Central America.
From teachers trainings to designing sustainable classroom materials, Future Roots brings educational and artistic opportunities to impoverished communities that improve literacy rates, creativity, self worth, health, & empowerment in children.
Congratulations to Brian Liedtke on his recent Paul Harris Fellowship! Brian was recognized for his biggest contribution to the Club: grant writing. Brian successfully wrote a number of grants all aimed at bettering the lives of children and people in need. These grants had hands-on elements that allowed club members to work together on projects, leading to increased fellowship as members got to know one another in a different setting. Grants are how the monies we have contributed to The Rotary Foundation get returned to our community. We are grateful to Brian for helping us make a larger impact in the community AND for strengthening the bonds of service among our club members.
"We have the wild poliovirus cornered in the smallest geographic area in history, and now there are just two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, that continue to report cases of the wild virus," said Michael K. McGovern, chair of Rotary's International PolioPlus Committee. "As we work with our partners to apply innovative new strategies to reach more children, and embrace lessons learned thus far, Rotary is doubling down on our commitment to end polio for good."
Golden Valley Rotary and Culver's were out in force for the Golden Valley PRIDE Festival on Sunday, June 9 at Brookview Park. The Rotary Club was a Bronze sponsor of the festival. Volunteers served up frozen custard, root beer, and root beer floats. All proceeds from the event will go to The Bridge for Youth to support their LGBTQ homeless youth programming. Much gratitude to Culver's of Golden Valley for donating all the custard and root beer.
Monies raised at our Winter Warm Up in February are being distributed in the community. One recipient is the New Hope YMCA. The $1,000 donation from Rotary will go toward offering scholarships for their summer camp programs. Rotary has supported this effort in previous years. President-Elect/Treasurer Bryan Palmer presented the contribution to  Past-President Colleen Haubner, who is also executive director of the New Hope YMCA. Other community groups have been selected by the Board, and check presentations will be made in the coming weeks, prior to the end of this Rotary year on June 30.

Golden Valley Rotary's 3rd Annual Winter Warm-Up!

Fundraiser to benefit service organizations that impact lives in our community. Warm up with food/beverage, music, and fun activities. Food, Carnival Games, Live Music, Face Painting, 50/50 Raffle, Wine Wall, and Dine 'n Dash Gift Cards!

Kids are welcome! Kids age 12 years and under are FREE.

$35 online, $40 at the door Tickets Available Here

Sweet Potato Comfort Pie is not a project that falls under a major corporation or national organization. It is an authentic, grass roots vision that intentionally serves community. In response to racial unrest, Rose McGee of Golden Valley was called to the kitchen. McGee said, "When someone is in pain, as a neighbor, you do something." That something became Sweet Potato Comfort Pies. Since 2014, Rose has been spreading peace with pies; in Ferguson, MO, in Charleston, SC, in the Twin Cities, and beyond. The 5th Annual MLK Holiday of Service is right around the corner! This year, they will bake 90 pies to celebrate what would have been Dr. King's 90th birthday. To ensure your piece of the pie, register here.
Hundreds of hygiene kits were assembled by members of Golden Valley Rotary Club and General Mills to benefit PRISM Golden Valley, MN. The 600 kits were funded by grants from Golden Valley Rotary Club, Spirit of Hope UMC, and Rotary District 5950. #PeopleOfAction
Days for Girls volunteers and enterprises have reached more than ONE MILLION women and girls around the world who now have more days of opportunity, dignity, and health thanks to Days for Girls menstrual health solutions and education— making sure that every single day of her life counts. When we mobilize girls and women through health and education opportunities, their communities and our world grow stronger. Pads are a simple thing that helps girls go to school and women go to work. The project provides a washable/reusable product for use during menstrual cycles, enabling girls and women to attend school/work during menstruation when they otherwise could not.
The Golden Valley Taste & Tour took place on Thursday, July 26. Gray skies and intermittent rain couldn't keep away the fun with 482 attendees (up 80 from last year!) enjoying hospitality from 16 local businesses: Mort's Deli, Amy Lea 'n Me LLC, Triple D Espresso, Calvary Center Cooperative, Best Wishes Floral, New Bohemia, Liquor Barrel Golden Valley, Doolittles Woodfire Grill, Rue 48 Salon-Aveda Golden Valley, Pilgrim Dry Cleaners, Mainstream Boutique of Golden Valley, Bassett Creek Dental, Culver's, Davanni's Pizza and Hot Hoagies, Fix My Busted Computer, and Cedar Lake Wine Company! This year's event was co-sponsored by LIVE - Living In the Valley Events and the Golden Valley Rotary Club.
Monday, January 22, 2018 at 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Surly Brewing Co.
520 Malcolm Avenue Southeast, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414
Golden Valley Rotary's 2nd Annual Winter Warm-Up

Fundraiser to benefit PRISM, New Hope YMCA, and other community needs. Warm up with Surly brews, music, and fun activities that are sure to warm you during the long, cold winter. Food, Games, Live Music, Face Painting, 50/50 Raffle, Wine Wall

Kids are welcome! 

Register by January 1 and get your first pint drink (beer or pop) FREE!

Kids aged 12 years and under are FREE.

$25 online, $30 at the door, $45 includes Brewery Tour