Posted on Mar 04, 2017

projects we're passionate about: Youth

We believe that children are our future. A number of our service projects and many of our donation dollars focus on youth - particularly kids right here in Apple Valley.  

Interact Club

In 2015-2016, Apple Valley High School students launched their own Interact Club (think of it as Rotary for high schoolers). Despite being such a new group, they’ve already begun to change the world. Last year they raised money to assemble Wapis. In places without access to clean water, these are used to purify water, without needing to bring it to a boil. They’ve just wrapped up a blanket drive for those in need in our community, and are gearing up with a fundraiser and food drive that will culminate in some of their favorite teachers and Rotarians being attacked by pies. If that wasn’t enough, they’ve grown their group through marketing, designing their own shirts! Below they're being recognized at the State of the City for their dedication to making this world better.

STRIVE Program

We work with the AVID class at Apple Valley High School through Rotary’s STRIVE program. Rotarians and other community members visit as guest speakers, talking with kids about topics ranging from time management to personal finance. At the end of the year, we award a scholarship to help students continue their education.

Student of the Month

Every month students from the three Apple Valley Middle Schools - Valley, Falcon Ridge, and Scott Highlands - are picked by their teachers and recognized by Apple Valley Rotary. Hearing about their intelligence, kindness, and generosity give us hope.


Dictionary Project

Literacy is another passion of ours. With a few other groups, we ensure that all third graders in District 196 get their own Dictionary. Each fall, we visit third grade classrooms, teach excited kids about Rotary, and uncover fun facts. Did you know the longest word in the English language has 189,819 letters?

Book Drive

In 2015-2016, one of our members spearheaded a book donation drive. We collected 4,000 books. In 2016-2017, we got tired of counting after 6,000. These books are distributed throughout our community – to Head Start classrooms, ELL (English Language Learner) classrooms and more. We are proud to live in a place where literacy is so highly valued and are happy to further the cause!

Cub Scouts

We are the charter organization for Apple Valley’s Cub Scout Pack 227 and love the continued involvement with this great group of future leaders. Together we clean up Redwood Park (and enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers!) and we were honored to be asked to be part of their fundraising efforts for a new trailer. Watch for it soon!


Have ideas for more ways for us to get involved with youth in Apple Valley? We’d love to hear them!

Projects We're Passionate About: Youth Jessica Fields 2017-03-04 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 25, 2017

Thank you, Scott, for your generous donation

Scott Ramsdale donates $85 for the ability to pick the deck we use for our card game. 
Minutes later, he earns the chance to pull the first Iowa Hawkeyes card from the deck. As usual, the Hawkeyes disappoint.
Thank you, Scott, for your generous donation Jessica Fields 2017-01-25 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 06, 2016

Santa visits annual gift wrap

Earlier this month, we raised money, bought, and wrapped gifts through 360 communities' Armful of Love. We enjoyed each others company at our annual holiday/wrapping party, and even got a surprise visit from Santa (he brought chocolate!). What a great night!
Tasha Wells, Santa (similarity to John Dusek is uncanny), and Karen Kirkman
Santa Visits Annual Gift Wrap Jessica Fields 2016-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 14, 2016

2016 Raffle Party Photos

We had such a great time celebrating our fundraising efforts and the winners of our raffle! 
Wayne, Bill, Mary, Jari, and Bruce
2016 Raffle Party Photos Jessica Fields 2016-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 12, 2016

Car Raffle Just Days Away!

Our annual fundraiser wraps up on Saturday, October 15. In case your paper chain is broken, that's in just two days! Join us at Apple Valley Ford as early as 10am. We'll have music, free food, and the last of the raffle tickets for sale on site. The drawing is at 2:30pm and we'd love to have you (but you need not be present to win). And if you can't make but want a $20 raffle ticket to support us, please contact our fundraising chair extraordinaire - Alan Player - at and he'll hook you up. 
Car Raffle Just Days Away! Jessica Fields 2016-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 27, 2016

Literacy Project

We woke up early to get to work Wednesday morning. Before breakfast, we put Rotary stickers on 6,000 books we had collected this summer, and 1,800 dictionaries.
Thank you to Wings and Savers for being our partners in supporting literacy right here at home. Thanks Sharon LaComb for organizing our book drive, Mark Bodin for organizing the Dictionary project, District 196 for getting these books to children, and to all our Rotarians for putting in such hard work raising the money for the Dictionary project during our annual car raffle, and doing the work to collect so many children's books.
District 196 Superintendent Jane Berenz will join us for a photo op at the end of our meeting on Wednesday, September 28th.  We thought it would be a good time to have a professional picture taken of our entire club.  So dress appropriately........(knobby knees in the back row!). 
What a huge success! It feels so good to make a difference.
Francois Paradeise, Brandon Liebe, and Tasha Wells
Bruce Nordquist, Tom Lawell, Leslie Ahlers, and Chris Massoglia
Literacy Project Jessica Fields 2016-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 15, 2016

September Board Meeting

Every month, our club board meets to talk about how to imp rove our club. Want to share your ideas on how our club can continue to improve? Let us know or join a committee! 
Clint Hooppaw, Bruce Nordquist, Wayne Hilbert, Robert Braun, and Kevin Braun*
*third generation Rotarian and future Rotary president
September Board Meeting Jessica Fields 2016-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 11, 2016
Community Service Survey is Open!
We're getting 2016-2017 off to a great start. Please give us feedback on our community service efforts so we can continue to improve them. Below is a link to a four question survey. We're looking forward to hearing your responses.
Community Service Survey is Open! 2016-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2016

Inducting our New President, Jari Hamlin

Jari Hamlin begins her year by presenting outgoing President Eva Cheney-Hatcher with a farewell gift.  Congratulations President Hamlin and best wishes for a successful and fun year!  Thank you Past President Cheney-Hatcher!

Jari Hamlin and Eva Cheney-Hatcher
Inducting our New President, Jari Hamlin Eva Cheney-Hatcher 2016-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 28, 2016

Annual President's Dinner

At the end of June, we headed over to Vivo Kitchen in Apple Valley for some amazing food (seriously love that lasagna) and our annual awards banquet. Here's to a wonderful 2016-2017!

Francois Paradeise and Bruce Nordquist
Annual President's Dinner Jessica Fields 2016-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
A visit from future Rotarian Maya Eva Cheney-Hatcher 2016-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 15, 2016

Scheduling Time for Service

Pat Selchow, Jessica Fields, Ed Holmes, and Clint Hooppaw figuring out when to get together
Scheduling Time for Service Jessica Fields 2016-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 14, 2016

Lending a Hand to a Local Veteran

Apple Valley Rotarians joined forces with volunteers from Beyond the Yellow Ribbon to help a disabled veteran and his family move to a new home.  Many hands made light work of the job, and the truck was loaded in an hour.
Tom Lawell and Joe Sterling
Lending a Hand to a Local Veteran Eva Cheney-Hatcher 2016-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 07, 2016

Interact Students Recognized at State of the City

Apple Valley High School's Interact Club was recognized at Mayor Mary's State of the City. We are so proud of the work they have been doing! Thank you, Robert Braun, for getting their club started this year!
Interact Club students with Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland, Jane Berenz, Robert Braun, Michael Bolsoni, and Eva Cheney-Hatcher
Interact Students Recognized at State of the City Jessica Fields 2016-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Apple Valley Rotary Members at Rotary International Conference-Seoul, Korea 2016-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Convention Eva Cheney-Hatcher 2016-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 31, 2016
Highway Cleanup a Success
Thank you to our members Tom Goodwin, Roger Huber, Jon Rechtzigel, Scott Ramsdale, and Merv Nordstrom - and to Mark Bodin and his kids (not pictured) for cleaning up McAndrews on Wednesday. It looks great! Sorry you weren't allowed to play with the heavy machinery.
Highway Cleanup a Success 2016-06-01 00:00:00Z 0

Opening Ceremony At RI Conference-Seoul, Korea

The Flag Ceremony at the Opening of the RI Conference in Seoul, Korea.  Representatives from each country proudly carry their flag into the arena, and the flags remain there for the length of the Conference.
Opening Ceremony at RI Conference-Seoul, Korea 2016-05-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 18, 2016
May Students of the Month
Congratulations to our May students of the month from Falcon Ridge, Valley, and Scott Highlands Middle Schools.
May Students of the Month JLF 2016-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 17, 2016
AVHS Students Earn STRIVE Scholarships
Congratulations to some very talented AVHS students on earning STRIVE Scholarships from Rotary. You deserve it! Best of luck on your future endeavors!
AVHS Students Earn STRIVE Scholarships 2016-05-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 22, 2016
AVHS' "The Diamonds" Robotics Team Visits
On Wednesday, we had a visit from one of Apple Valley's Robotics Teams - The Diamonds. What amazing work these students are capable of! Click the link to see what their robot can do. 
AVHS' "The Diamonds" Robotics Team Visits 2016-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 15, 2016
AVHS LinkedIn Workshop
Apple Valley Rotarians Robert Braun, Jessica Fields, and Eva Cheney Hatcher mentored students in the Apple Valley High School STEM program, helping them set up accounts on LinkedIn. Just one of the many ways AV Rotary connects with community youth.
AVHS LinkedIn Workshop 2016-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
Apple Valley Rotarian Named Senior of the Month 2016-03-30 00:00:00Z 0

360 Communities President & CEO Visits Apple Valley Rotary

Sal Mondelli (left), President and CEO of 360 Communities, will be handing off his role to Jeff Mortensen (center/right) at the end of 2016.  Both men were guests and speakers at the Apple Valley Rotary meeting this week.  Also shown are Eva Cheney-Hatcher, President, and Rotary member Gwen Aaberg, Administrative Manager for 360 Communities. 

360 Communities posted a news release on its website, which includes the following excerpt:

360 Communities President & CEO Sal Mondelli has announced that he will retire at the end of 2016. The board of directors has approved the promotion of Chief Operating Officer Jeff Mortensen to President & COO, effective immediately, with a transition plan for him to succeed Mondelli as CEO later this year.

“Sal has been instrumental in ensuring 360 Communities’ long-term sustainability and in positioning this incredible community resource for greater impacts in the years ahead,” said Board Chair Samuel Edmunds. “He will leave behind a legacy of open communication, positive leadership, and organizational growth.”

360 Communities President & CEO Visits Apple Valley Rotary 2016-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 01, 2016
Feed My Starving Children Mega-Pack
On February 1st the Apple Valley Rotary Club participated in the Feed My Starving Children South Metro Meal Pack being held at the former Rainbow Foods.  During our two hour shift, we helped to pack 978 boxes containing 211,248 meals which is enough to feed 579 kids feed for a whole year. Thank you to all the Rotarians who helped out!
Feed My Starving Children Mega-Pack 2016-02-02 00:00:00Z 0

Salvation Army of Rotarians

A small "army" of AV Rotarians volunteered to "Ring the Bell" for the Salvation Army at the AV Walmart.  President Eva Cheney-Hatcher and clubmember Paul Heil smiled for the camera during the "changing of the guard" from one hour to the next.  In all, 8 Rotarians spent the day volunteering.  This is an annual event for Apple Valley Rotary spearheaded by Merv Nordstrom.  With bright sunshine and warm temperatures, it was a BEAUTIFUL day in Minnesota to be vounteering and giving back to the community!
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Apple Valley Ford Lincoln Presents Check for Polio Plus


On October 24th, as part of our Apple Valley Rotary fund raiser/raffle and in acknowledgement of World Polio Day, Apple Valley Ford donated $50 to Polio Plus for every car sold that day.  They sold 20 cars, and donated $1,000.  This donation will be matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 2:1, which results in a total donation to Polio Plus of $3,000.  Apple Valley Ford has been an incredible partner with Apple Valley Rotary in our annual fundraiser, and this year went above and beyond with their Polio Plus donation.

Pictured left to right are:

Mark Matijasevich-Apple Valley Ford Sales Manager and Rotarian, Chris Gulbrandson- President of Apple Valley Ford, Eva Cheney-Hatcher- President of Apple Valley Rotary, and Bill Tschohl- Rotarian.

Apple Valley Ford Lincoln Presents Check for Polio Plus 2015-11-17 00:00:00Z 0

Highway Cleanup

Twice a year Apple Valley Rotarians don their orange vests and gloves, grab some garbage bags, and clean up garbage along McAndrews between Cedar and Johnny Cake.  This year they braved dreary skies and cold temperatures.

AV Rotarians do a lot of "hands-on" service projects throughout the year, and do them with a smile,  camaraderie and fun.  

How many people driving by could have guessed that this group was made up of   accountants, bankers, lawyers, council members, insurance representatives, and even a guy from Scotland! 

Highway Cleanup 2015-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
November 2015 Students of the Month 2015-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clint Hooppaw on Oct 24, 2015

2015 Foundation Raffle Winners Announced!

Thanks to everyone who purchased a ticket, provided a sponsorship, and otherwise support this years' fundraiser, which netted over $42,000 to support the work of the Apple Valley Rotary Scholarship Foundation.
Thanks also to Apple Valley Ford Lincoln, who helped sweeten the success on World Polio Day by donating $50 for every car sold on 10/24 to support the eradication of Polio.   The Gates foundation will match these donations 2 for 1 - making each car sold worth $150 toward Polio eradication.
The following prizes were awarded:
A 2015 Ford Focus - Ticket # 740.
A new gas grill - Ticket # 1085
$100 - Ticket # 1047
$100 - Ticket # 1227
$100 - Ticket #2799
2015 Foundation Raffle Winners Announced! Clint Hooppaw 2015-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Apple Valley Rotary Thanks Bill Tschohl for Commitment to Polio Eradication 2015-10-19 00:00:00Z 0

October 2015 Students of the Month

Receiving the Student of the Month award from President Eva Cheney-Hatcher and Vice President Jari Hamlin-
Valley Middle School:  Student Dallas Mahal - parents Gina and Scott Mahal - Principal Dave McKeag
Falcon Ridge Middle School:  Student Monica Wohlhuter - parents Mark and Mary Wohlhuter.  Teacher Mary Hoffman

October 2015 Students of the Month 2015-10-19 00:00:00Z 0

Apple Valley Rotary Donates 4,000 Books to Literacy Programs

Busy morning at Apple Valley Rotary Club meeting. We collected 4000 children's books for ELL and Headstart in District 196, spearheaded by member Sharon LaComb




Everyone pitched in to put Rotary stickers on each book so that kids will know that Rotary cares about them! Some members also did the "heavy lifting" getting the books to the meeting for "processing" and then off again for "delivery"
Apple Valley Rotary Donates 4,000 Books to Literacy Programs 2015-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Teaming with Rosemount Rotary Club
Apple Valley Rotary Club teamed with Rosemount Rotary Club to purchase a commercial refrigerator for the Rosemount Family Resource Center.  
Teaming with Rosemount Rotary Club 2015-09-30 00:00:00Z 0

Kevin Braun receives Literacy Award in recognition of his donation

Kevin Braun, son of Apple Valley Rotarian Robert Braun, received the Literacy Award this morning at our weekly meeting. Apple Valley Rotary collected over 4000 books to donate to ELL and Headstart programs in District 196. Kevin heard about the project and wanted to donate some of his very own books. If this isn't the definition of heartfelt giving, I don't know what is! For his generosity, Kevin received recognition from Rotary.
Kevin Braun receives Literacy Award in recognition of his donation 2015-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 19, 2015
Vino in the Valley Road Trip
Rotary Members, spouses, and friends enjoyed a beautiful day for the road trip to Vino in the Valley.  

Lined up and Ready to Go!


Tom & Debbie Lawell leading the Caravan!



Eva Cheney-Hatcher and Richard Hatcher following Tom's lead....including putting the top down!


Good friends...                          

Good Food...                  

Good Wine...         

Good Times!


A Serenade for Mike Maguire's birthday!

Ready to head back, and do it again Next Year!
Vino in the Valley Road Trip 2015-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2015
Thank you, Bruce and welcome, Eva!
Our 2014-15 Club President, Bruce Nordquist, was thanked in style at our June 22 President's Dinner, during which he "passed the gavel" to our 2015-16 president, Eva Cheney-Hatcher.
Thank you, Bruce and welcome, Eva! Heather Voorhees 2015-07-01 00:00:00Z 0