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The Lake Elmo Rotary Club

General Information

  • Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 263, Lake Elmo, MN 55042
  • Club #70275
  • Chartered on June 30, 2005
  • The Lake Elmo Rotary Club is one of about 32,000 clubs in 172 countries and geographic regions.
  • Our club is one of 68 clubs in Southeast Minnesota and Western Wisconsin with over 3400 members, which comprise Rotary District 5960, one of 526 Districts worldwide.
  • As Rotarians, we are part of a worldwide group of over 1,200,000 members committed to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.
  • Rotary was organized in Chicago in 1905 by Paul Harris. The first club met in rotation in the member’s offices, thus the name Rotary.
  • Each District elects a District Governor, and each autonomous Club elects its own governing body.

Meeting Time and Place

The weekly meetings are held at the Lake Elmo Inn beginning at 7:00 a.m. and adjourning at 8:00 a.m.

The address is Lake Elmo Inn in the Old Village of Lake Elmo.  3442 Lake Elmo Ave N. Lake Elmo, MN 55042

Visitors are always welcome!  Please RSVP by Monday at noon for the current weeks meeting with Liz at $20 cash at the door.

The Object of Rotary

The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

  • The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.
  • High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying by each Rotarian of his/her occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
  • The application of the ideal of service by every Rotarian to his/her personal, business, and community life.
  • The advancement of international understanding, good will, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional men/women united in the ideal of service.

The Four-Way Test

Of the things we think, say or do...

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Membership Requirements

Members must be adults of good character with good professional or business reputations, who are actively engaged in the business or profession in which they are classified within the club. They shall hold an important position in an executive capacity, or be engaged as owner, proprietor, partner, corporate officer or manager of any worthy and recognized business or profession.


Each active member shall have a classification describing the principle and recognized activity of the firm, company, or institution with which he or she is connected.

Each Member of the Lake Elmo Rotary Club has Obligations and Responsibilities

Play an active role and get involved in at least one Club activity, Rotary is more meaningful and important with involvement.

Rotarians exemplify “Service above Self”.  Rotarians are expected to provide leadership in our community, as well as our profession or business, on an individual basis as well as a part of a Rotary sponsored project.
100% meeting attendance is encouraged.  Rotarians try to attend each weekly Club meeting or make it up at another Rotary Club within the period of 14 days before or after the missed meeting.  A list of Rotary Clubs in the metropolitan area, together with their meeting places, data, and time is provided on the district website (  When you make up a meeting, turn in your attendance card from that Club to our Club secretary for attendance credit.

Membership Responsibilities


  • Dues includes club, district, and international dues, and breakfast.
  • Rotary International requests that each member contribute a minimum of $100 per year to the Rotary International Foundation annual fund.
  • Our club has a tradition of each member making a contribution to the Fast for Hope District project.
  • Cost of special events is charged to participants.


  • Club members are expected to work on at least one fund raiser during the year and to help with one club service project.