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In an attempt to be more relevant to a changing demographic and increase membership, the Greater Mankato Rotary has decided to try changing the format of meetings. Instead of noon meetings with a guest speaker each week, the club will transition this month to a cycle that includes two traditional meetings, one meeting for committees, and one wild card meeting that may include service to the community, networking opportunities, or a club social. These wild card events will be held on the fourth week of the month but may not be at the traditional day and time of noon Wednesdays. In addition, months with five Wednesdays will host an evening social or happy hour. Social events may include family members so that members can connect more fully and better support each other.
Members of the Greater Mankato Rotary Club hosted about 40 kids from the My Place program in the Dog Pound at ISG Field for a MoonDogs game on July 13, 2021. In addition to a meal and pop, they also enjoyed the first five innings of an exciting game with the visiting Duluth Huskies. In addition, new club president Steve Jameson started the game with the first pitch. Photos by JO Guck Bailey. 
As was presented by long-time member Herb Kroon at the Noon meeting on June 16, the Mankato Rotary has been around in some fashion since 1935 when it was chartered with 15 members. Thirty years earlier Paul Harris founded Rotary International. Judge Milt Mason was one of the first members and remained in the club until the early 1980s. Eventually, the club, like the area, grew and morphed into offshoots. The St. Peter club in 1938, the New Prague club in 1945, Waseca in 1960, and North Mankato in 1969.  At its peak in the late 1990s, the Mankato Rotary Club had more than 100 members, perhaps attributing to the fact that women were allowed to join in 1987 (prior to this the “wives” were in Rotary Auxilliary clubs). JO Guck Bailey and Denise Zernechel, current active club members, were among the first to join. Both would later become presidents, following the lead of the first female president Carol Larson in 1993.
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Greater Mankato (Mankato/North Mankato)

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
WOW! Zone
2030 Adams St
Mankato, MN 56001
United States of America
Rotary-Service Above Self
 
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