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About SMME Rotary

We are a group of dynamic and energetic individuals who share one goal: to give back!

South Metro Minneapolis Evenings Rotary Club is a vibrant Rotary Club chartered in June 2010 in the Rotary District of 5950. Our club is focused on helping young professionals in the Twin Cities get involved in local communities, become engaged in global initiatives, and build relationships and life-long friendships!

We are just one of thousands of clubs world-wide.  We belong to District 5950, which serves Minneapolis along with Central and Western Minnesota.  Our District is one of the top Districts in giving to The Rotary Foundation, which funds all the grants provided to clubs to complete the work we do.  District 5950 is also home to Minneapolis #9, which was the 9th club formed in Rotary International History.

2021-22 Leadership Team

PRESIDENT

Angela Schwartz

I joined SMME Rotary as a way to create personal connections and to give back to the communities in which I live. I was a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Nagasaki, Japan from 20011-2012 and have been involved in the North Star Youth Exchange program ever since. I have a passion for traveling to new places and being artistic in as many mediums I can get my hands in.

President elect

Stefi Jessen

I have been involved with Rotary for a year and have truly enjoyed the friendship, service opportunities, and experiences since joining. I have a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology and work with pediatrics. I love going on adventures, spending time with family and friends, knocking things off my bucket list!

Treasurer

Robert Timmerman

Outside of Rotary, I am the Vice Chair of the City of Burnsville’s Planning Commission and also serves on the Dakota County Planning Commission. I’m passionate about public service and overall government responsibility.

Membership Chair

Kathleen Uygun

I have been involved with Rotary since 2012 through Interact Club, Roteract, and now SMME Rotary! Volunteering has always been a passion of mine, and I am so happy to have found a club where friends can get together and practice “service above self”. I have a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Global Studies, and I am currently studying herbalism. In my free time I like to paint and experiment in the kitchen!

Community Service Chair

Krysta Peterson

I joined Rotary in 2011 after moving to a new city. It was a great way to meet people and continue to give back to the community. Rotary has provided leadership opportunities and travel for global projects. I work at 3M and enjoy getting outside and exploring new foods/cultures!

grants & Foundation Chair

Kristen Schlough

Contributions to the Cause

As a non-profit, SMME Rotary’s success has been defined by the generous contributions of time from its leadership and members, along with volunteers, grants, and donations.

Our Stories

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Pints for People 2021

Raise a Pint, Change a Life!

SMME partners with Edina Morningside Rotary Club to co-host our annual Pints for People Rotary Charity Beer Tasting.  This Oktoberfest-themed event is our major fundraiser and all proceeds go towards our Foundation to fund the projects we sponsor throughout the year.

In addition to local beer and local craft beer tasting, there is also a silent auction, including items from local businesses. 

Centennial Lakes Park Hughes Pavilion, 55435

Friday, October 1, 2021 – 5-9PM

Our Partners

The ICA food shelf partners with the USPS to collect canned goods for the Minneapolis area. Since SMME’s inception, SMME has volunteered with ICA to help support and store the goods collected.

SMME has partnered with Friends of Ngong Road (FONR) as part of our international grant bringing a laptop lending program to children affected by HIV-Aids in Nairobi, Kenya.

Contact Us

South Metro Minneapolis Evening Rotary meets bi-monthly on the second and fourth Tuesday from 6:30PM to 7:30PM at the Hilton Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport in Bloomington, Minnesota. We partake in a ‘Happy Half-Hour’ starting at 6:00PM – come see us!