Welcome to the Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club!
Burnsville Breakfast

Rotary Opens Opportunities 

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 7:00 AM
Original Pancake House
14351 Nicollet Ct
Burnsville, MN 55306
United States of America
We meet on the 2nd. and 4th. Thursday of each month! Meeting Time: 1 hr.
WE ARE ROTARY
Rotary brings together people like you- from all walks of life- who want to use their expertise for good. People whose sense of responsibility inspires them to give back. At Rotary, we connect for the benefit of our community -  and form life long friendships in the process.
 
Together, we empower youth, improve health, promote peace, and advance our communities in all corners of the globe. With 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs worldwide,  our global community's impact has never been greater - and it continues to grow.
This morning the Burnsville Breakfast Rotary welcomed our guest speaker Pamala Voight who is the program director for BrainPower in a Backpack and the Dist. 191 Community Pantry in Burnsville.  BrainPower in a BackPack is a Volunteer Hunger Relief Project through ISD 191 Community Education and Burnsville High School benefitting all students, staff, and families in District 191. The high school students and community volunteers assemble hunger relief packages via three programs:
 
1) BrainPower in a Backpack
Provides weekend food packages for families who struggle to put enough food on the table. Because academic performance is related to nutrition, our goal is to improve the student learning experience for children with the greatest need in ISD 191.
 
2) Dist. 191 Community Pantry
This is a family grocery bag style food distribution available to all community members on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at Diamondhead Education Center. Each grocery bag has 10-15 nonperishable items designed for a family of 4 including a box of assorted fresh fruits and vegetables when available. The Pantry is open to the public.
 
3) Dist. 191 Fresh Produce Distribution
This program is available July - October and provides a box of assorted fresh fruits and vegetables distributed on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at Diamondhead Educational Center and is available to all community members.
 
The primary program, BrainPower in a Backpack runs 9 mo./32 weeks per year when school is in session and is provided to students who qualify for the program. Nearly 50% of Dist. 191 students qualify for free or reduced lunches, so the need is great to help families who are trying to extend their budgets and to provide nutrition for their children.
 
Where the need is greatest for volunteers is to either help transport the BrainPower in Backpack bags from the Burnsville High School to the (8) elementary/middle school dropoff locations or to help with the distribution of food bags at the Dist. Community 191 Food Pantry which is located at the Diamondhead Educational Center. To find out more about how you can help, please click the link below:
 
https://sites.google.com/a/isd191.org/brainpower-in-a-backpack/
 
The Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club and spouses volunteered for the Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack event on Monday, 1/24/22 held at Berean Baptist Church. Feed My Starving Children is a Christian non-profit organization dedicated to helping alleviate hunger in some of the most food-insecure areas of the world. FMSC meals are developed by food science and nutrition professionals to supplement nutritional needs and reduce problems with malnutrition. Nutrition allows children to grow, thrive, and develop to their full potential. It is estimated that 6,200 children die every day from causes related to undernutrition which is heartbreaking!
 
As part of Rotary's mission statement to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship, the Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club donated $1,000 and volunteer hours to help support the mission of FMSC. The check was presented to Ms. Heather Hecht-Developement Director from FMSC after the event. 
 
During the Monday evening packing session, the volunteers from many clubs, church groups, scouting groups, and individuals packed 296 boxes of food that will provide 63,936 meals which will feed 175 children for one year! A fun time was had by all!
 
If you'd like to find out more about Feed My Starving Children, please click here. https://www.fmsc.org
 
Philmont, NM.  Hiking Trip
 
The Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club welcomed our own Doug Johnson this morning who presented his scouting trip with his grandson to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico last summer. Doug discussed all the preparation that was necessary to make the trip successful which encompassed several days covering 54 miles with elevations between 6,500-11,736ft and hiking 4-8 miles/day. There were a total of 11 individuals who made the journey with 8 scouts between the ages of 14-18 yrs. and 3 chaperones ages 53-68 years. This was a true scouting experience that challenged them on endurance, navigation (no signage whatsoever), and living without their cell phones! 📱 🤪 At the end of the day, a great time was had by all!
 
 
The Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club welcomed Mr. Tom Foley who was the guest speaker at our December 23rd. meeting at The Original Pancake House. Tom is the Executive Director of the Dakota County 911 Communications Center which handles all 911 calls for service within Dakota County, MN. Due to the importance of this building to handle emergencies during major weather events, the building was constructed to withstand wind speeds of up to 150 MPH (F-2 tornado), and the data room and backup area can withstand winds of 300 MPH (F-5 tornado). The communications center has 66 employees of which 53 are dispatchers to service a county of 440,000, and is located at the SE corner of 160th St. and Hwy. 3 in Rosemont, MN.
 
Key Statistics
• Handled 311,000 phone calls in 2020, with 55-60% being 911 calls for service
• About 85-90% of all calls come from wireless phone lines which can be difficult to pinpoint if there aren’t enough cell towers near to triangulate a caller’s position
• Texts to 911 are a very small part of emergency 911 communications
• Approximately 90% of all calls are for law enforcement response, and 10% for fire/rescue
• The radio dispatch system is a statewide trunked 800MHz system and allows interoperability throughout the state of Minnesota to communicate in real-time to all agencies
 
If you’d like to learn more about Dakota County’s 911 Communication Center, please click here: https://www.mn-dcc.org/
Volunteers from the Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club rang the bell for the Salvation Army of Minnesota & North Dakota today outside Lunds/Byerly's in Burnsville.   We had so many generous donors that helped to make a financial impact to assist those in need during these trying times.
 
The Northern Division of the Salvation Army includes 700 employees and 28,500 volunteers who serve thousands of people in every county of Minnesota & N. Dakota.
 
Statistics of what the Salvation Army provides each year:
 
- Hot meals served: 447,000
- People receiving groceries: 42,000
- Nights of lodging: 129,000
- Items of clothing: 137,000
- Christmas toys provided for children: 127,000
- Rent & energy assistance: 5,000
- People provided disaster assistance: 24,000
 
When you give to the MN./North Dakota Salvation Army, 82 cents of every dollar goes directly to help people in need. If you'd like to donate, please copy the below link and paste it into your browser and visit the giving page, as they really need your help!
 
https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/northern/
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club welcomed Garrett Zaffke who’s the Community Relations & Volunteer Coordinator for Dakota County, MN. as our guest speaker at our December 9th. club meeting at the Original Pancake House. Garrett walked us through a very interesting presentation of the many wonderful volunteer opportunities available for residents of Dakota County to get involved and make our community a better place to live! The program manages over 7,000 volunteers who contribute over 40,000+ hours annually with a value of one million dollars. Pictured from left to right is our 2021-22 Club President Dan McElroy and Garrett Zaffke from Dakota County. If you’d like to learn more about volunteer opportunities in Dakota County, please visit the link below: https://www.co.dakota.mn.us/Government/Jobs/Volunteering/Pages/default.aspx
 
Annual Christmas Party!
 
The Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club held its annual Christmas party on Saturday, Dec. 3rd. at Q. Cumbers Restaurant at 7465 France Ave. S. in Edina, MN.   The restaurant is owned by one of our members Mickey McCabe, and provides a quality buffet dining experience!   The restaurant has been in business since June 15th., 1990!   A fun time was had by all members and spouses who attended!  
 
The Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club teamed up with other south metros Rotary Clubs and volunteers for a two-day bed building event at Northern Tool & Equipment Corporate offices in Burnsville, MN. on Nov. 18th & 19th. The event was sponsored by the Lions Club of Savage, MN. in support of a non-profit called Sleep in Heavenly Peace-Twin Cities South.  The volunteers joyfully helped build beds for children 3-17 yrs. that are sleeping on the floor and in other uncomfortable situations in Dakota & Scott Counties. Beds are assembled in the child’s sleeping area and come with a mattress, pillow, and bedding so they are "sleep ready" the same day of install. The Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club donated $1,000 towards helping with material costs and supplied labor from several of our Rotarians and spouses. To learn more about “Sleep in Heavenly Peace”, please click the link below.  https://www.shpbeds.org/chapter/mn-twin-cities-s  To learn more about Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club, please follow the link.
https://www.burnsvillebreakfastrotary.org/ 
 
The Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club welcomed guest speaker Jenna Rogers from Faith’s Lodge on November 11th. which is a non-faith-based organization that helps families cope with the death or medically complex condition of a child.  Faith’s Lodge Retreat Center is located in Danbury, WI., and provides a year-round peaceful escape for families to refresh their minds and spirits while spending time with others who understand what they are experiencing.  The organization provides programming for both infant & toddler loss, as well as for older loss of children into their mid-twenties.  First-time attendees are provided a very affordable nightly rate during their retreat weekend, but no one will be turned away due to financial reasons.  The Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club has authorized a $500 donation to Faith’s Lodge in support of its mission.  To find out more information about Faith’s Lodge, please visit https://faithslodge.org/       To find out more about Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club, please visit https://www.burnsvillebreakfastrotary.org/
On Wednesday, November 3rd., the Burnsville Breakfast Rotary and Burnsville Noon Rotary Clubs teamed up to host their 18th. annual "Burnsville Uncorked" Wine Tasting Event that was held at the Ames Center in the Heart of the City. Approximately 250 people participated in this year's event, and a fun time was had by all! The purpose of this event was to help raise money that will be used on service projects that make a positive impact on communities locally and worldwide! 
The Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club held their 27th. annual charity golf outing at Crystal Lake Golf Club in Lakeville, MN. on Wednesday, August 18th. There were 92 golfers who participated in the 18 hole scramble, and we raised $13,380 to support local non-profits in the south metro that will be announced later this fall. Without the support and dedication of the players, sponsors, and volunteers, this event wouldn’t have been possible! Also, special thanks to Crystal Lake Golf Club for the exceptional support & facilities, and the wonderful food they prepared for our awards banquet! A great day was enjoyed by all!
Two Join Burnsville Breakfast Rotary
 
Burnsville Breakfast Rotary inducted two new members at their Sept. 23rd meeting at The Original Pancake House in Burnsville. They are Jason Sellers and Annette Bellows.
The Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club held their October social at Lucky 13 Pub located at the Burnsville Center on Thursday, Oct. 21! It's a great opportunity to get to know each other better outside of our regular bi-monthly meetings at The Original Pancake House. A fun time was held by all!
On Thursday, Oct. 28th, Rotarians from the Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club assisted children to carve pumpkins for Halloween who are staying at the Lewis House which is a shelter for women escaping domestic violence. This is an annual event that the club participates in, and a great time was had by all! The club also provided a pizza party for the children after the pumpkin carving which they enjoyed immensely! 🎃🍕  Photos compliments of JA Gregg Photography.
 
P.S. Children not shown due to privacy rules.
Speakers
Jennifer Harmening
Feb 10, 2022
Burnsville Chamber of Commerce
Amie Burrill
Feb 24, 2022
Experience Burnsville! Travel and tourism in our community and the outlook for 2022.
Jan Belmore
Mar 10, 2022
Kid's and Kinship: An Update on their Program
Officers Huston and Yakovlev
Mar 24, 2022
BPD Mental Health Unit
Brian Ryks, CEO, Metropolitan Airports Commission
Apr 14, 2022
Our Airports - Now and in the Future
Mayor Elizabeth Kautz
Apr 28, 2022
An update on the Mayor's work in city government and on broader national issues.
Club Officers & Directors
President
Past President
District Liaison & Club Advisor
Treasurer
Club Secretary
Foundation Chair
Community Service Co-Chair
Public Image and Membership
Sergeant At Arms
Golf Event Committee Chair
Social Co-Chair
Social Co-Chair
Programs Chair
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