Welcome to the Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club!
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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! If you'd like to visit our club and try us out, please RSVP to Tony Stuppnig-Membership at burnsville.am.rotaryclub@gmail.com We'll even provide you with FREE breakfast on your first visit!
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.
The Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club took full advantage of a beautiful evening on Tuesday, May 10th. to do their bi-annual park clean-up of Vista View Park in Burnsville. We had ten Rotarians participate which made quick work of the project. If you enjoy doing civic-minded projects to help your city and make it a beautiful place to live, please check out our website to find out more about what we do and how you can get involved! 
     The Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club welcomed their very own Peter Beaumont as their guest speaker on May 12th. The title of Peter's presentation was "How did I get here, and does anyone care?" The general theme of Peter's presentation was the importance of strong relationships as he navigated his business career with several marquee companies such as Cadbury, Philip Morris, & Coca-Cola. Peter held several international assignments which included Europe, the Middle East, and Russia where he was responsible for managing the key relationships with customers and developing new business opportunities for the company. With the many key learnings that Peter absorbed during his career, he decided to write a book called "The Relationship Roadmap" which is a professional guide for strategically building & maintaining business contacts, and is available in a paperback book on Amazon.
     Peter also started his own consulting firm in 2012 after he exited the corporate world called ConnXN which specializes in helping Fortune 500 companies to improve their customer service management & engagement. If you'd like to find out more about Peter and read his book, please click on the link or paste this address into your browser. https://www.amazon.com/Relationship-Roadmap-Professional-Strategically-Maintaining/dp/1492140732
     The Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club held their meeting today at the “new” Burnsville Fire Station #1 located at 14275 Newton Ave. The planning for this facility started in 2015 and was a collaborative effort between the firefighters, captains, chiefs, architects & construction managers. The new station sits on 4 ½ acres and is just south of Cty. Road 42, and West of Hwy. 5 (behind Caribou Coffee Drive Through) which provides easy access to these major roads and is an area that doesn’t impact neighborhoods from a noise or traffic congestion standpoint. The station has a very welcoming façade and has a dedicated public entrance and parking area which was lacking in the old facility for visitors.
     The new fire station was built with the physical health & mental wellness of the firefighters and paramedic personnel in mind. To help these individuals process some of the tragic events they’re exposed to from fire deaths to vehicle extractions after an accident, the station has a full-time psychiatrist on duty to help them process these experiences and promote emotional wellness. The facility also provides rest & relaxation areas, a full kitchen, workout room, individual bedrooms, and many other amenities to help them make their on-duty time restful & relaxing between calls. The station fields over 8,000 calls per year with the majority of them being medical-related as the population of Burnsville ages. The typical response time is about 6 minutes from the time the call comes in to arrival at the specified location. Firefighters work 24 hours on/48 hours off shift and spend 1/3 of their life at the station.
     Burnsville is one of only a handful of cities in Minnesota that employs full-time firefighters & paramedics/ambulance services to its city, as 93% of the cities across the state are a volunteer-only model. This gives the residents of Burnsville a huge advantage of getting very quick response times due to a fire or medical emergency where sometimes seconds can mean the difference between life & death. The station will be holding an open house on Saturday, May 7th. from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This would be a great opportunity to see this magnificent facility and get a feel for all the hard work and planning it took to make this facility a reality!
The Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club assisted in a DARTS spring clean-up project this past Tuesday evening for an elderly homeowner in Burnsville. The members spent about two hours raking leaves, picking up fallen branches, turning flower beds, and tidying up the yard. This is an annual event for the club, and they get great joy in getting out and making a difference in their community and helping those in need of a hand!
DARTS is a community-based non-profit that supports the independence of older adults by coordinating practical services at home, providing accessible ride services, supporting family caregivers with eldercare resources, engaging all ages to volunteer, and building community through innovative partnerships. To learn more about DARTS and how you can help, please visit www.darts1.org
The Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club held an initiation ceremony for their newest member on April 14th. Our new member is Mr. Greg Ludvigsen, and he's an attorney doing business as Ludvigsen Law Offices in Apple Valley, MN. Greg specializes in general practice, business, estate, and some litigation, and has been in practice for 36 years. Pictured from left to right are Dan McElroy-President of the club and new member Greg Ludvigsen. Please extend a warm welcome to Greg when you see him at our next meeting!
The Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club welcomed Mr. Brian Ryks-CEO of the MAC (Metropolitan Airports Commission) to their April 14th. meeting at the Original Pancake House in Burnsville. Brian provided some interesting information on the history of the MAC and the airport operations that they manage in the Twin Cities area. Some of the information Brian provided were as follows:
- The MAC was est. in 1947 by the State of MN
- The MAC first operated Wold-Chamberlain (now MSP) and Holman Field airport in St. Paul.
- MAC now has (7) metro airports under its wing, and is one of the largest airport systems in America! (MSP, STP, Lake Elmo, Anoka, Crystal, Flying Cloud, & Airlake (Lakeville)
Pandemic Impact on Industry Operations
- March 2020 - 2022 $40 B rev. losses to US airports
- Global Airports 2021 $82B rev. losses
- Global Airports 2022 Proj. $60.8 B in losses
- MAC operation rev. losses since 2019=$310M
CARES ACT assists airports
- $295 M awarded in total
- $274 M for MSP & reliever airports
- $ 21M to assist with concession relief/rental car operations
Passenger totals-last (3) years @ MSP
- 2019 39.5M 2020 14.8 M 2021 25.2 M
Airport landing/takeoff operations @ MSP-last (3) years
- 2019 406.1K, 2020 245.0 K, 2021 303.8K
- Airlines are operating at 75% of pre-pandemic levels
- Airlines adding (11) new routes from MSP in 2022 (9 domestic & 2 international)
- International service to Canada nearing 2019 levels
Thank you to Mr. Brian Ryks for his interesting & informative presentation!
The Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club welcomed guest speaker Jan Belmore who's the Executive Director of Kids 'n Kinship this morning to their bi-monthly meeting at the Original Pancake House in Burnsville, MN. This is a community-based mentoring program that matches individuals, couples, and families with children between the ages of 5-16 yrs. in need of a supportive adult relationship to minimize isolation and prevent or reduce at-risk behaviors. Through their Kinship relationship, children develop a sense of self-worth that is essential for success in school, in relationships, and eventually the workforce. KNK serves children in the communities of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Lakeville, and Rosemount. They also provide a school-based mentoring program at four elementary schools and one middle school.
     In recognition of the great work that Kids 'n Kinship provides to the community, the Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club Board of Directors authorized a grant of $1,000 to KNK to help continue their mission of helping young children & teens to secure positive mentoring relationships in their lives. If you'd like to find out more about Kids 'n Kinship and how you can become a volunteer, please click the link, or visit their website at
Pictured below from Left to Right is President Dan McElroy, Jan Belmore-Exec. Director from KNK, and Rob Heimerman who is a rotary member and sponsor for KNK.
The Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club welcomed Jennifer Harmening who’s the President of the Burnsville Chamber of Commerce as our guest speaker on Feb. 24th. at the Original Pancake House. The mission of The Chamber of Commerce is to represent and connect businesses serving Burnsville with a vision to help build a vibrant & prosperous community. Jennifer reviewed all the various ways that the chamber helps with public policy programs, business education & networking, economic & workforce development, as well as community engagement through relationships with clients, vendors, peers, and the community. If you’d like to learn more about the Burnsville Chamber of Commerce and how it can help your business, please click this link or paste into your browser: https://burnsvillechamber.com/ 
The Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club had an action-packed meeting today featuring our guest speaker from Feed My Starving Children, and also the presentation of grants to M.O.M.S. and Can Do Canines which are non-profits that we support with our club Rotary Foundation.
Our guest speaker, Mr. Rich Kyllo from Feed My Starving Children gave a wonderful presentation concerning the mission of the organization, how volunteers help to provide nutrition for starving children around the world by packing food at various fixed and mobile site locations in the Twin Cities, and the shear cost efficiency that they're able to generate through the many volunteers who help to make it a success! He also shared how the food that's donated is impeccably tracked to make sure the food gets to where it needs to go and isn't stolen or sold. Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club recently made a $1,000 donation to FMSC at their recent mobile pack at Berean Baptist Church that many of our club members volunteered for.
Our 2nd. guest was our very own Kathryn Archambault who is the Exec. Director of the M.O.M.S. Program/Home-In-Stead in Burnsville. M.O.M.S. is an organization that helps provide mentoring to single-parent families in both Dakota & Scott County, MN., and provides them with structure, accountability, and support to set and achieve individualized goals to support family health. In support of M.O.M.S, the Board of Directors approved a grant of $1,500. To learn more about M.O.M.S., please click here.
Our last guest was Sheila Cross who is the Development Director from Can Do Canines which is an organization that is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities by creating mutually beneficial partnerships with specially trained dogs. Their goal is to provide a dog to anyone who needs and wants an assistance dog and to provide one at no cost to them. The avg. cost of a trained assistance dog is $45,000! In support of Can Do Canines, the Board of Directors approved a grant of $1,000 to purchase a microscope they needed for their program department. If you'd like to find out more about Can Do Canines, please click the link below.
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:
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
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!
Dr. Theresa Battle, ISD 191 Superintendant
May 26, 2022
One91 – The District Vision and Outlook
Mayor Elizabeth Kautz
Jun 09, 2022
The Mayor's View: Burnsville Now and in the Future
Dan Kealey
Jun 23, 2022
Community Celebration - The Fire Muster
Jake Reint VP Pub Affairs Flint Hills Resources
Jul 14, 2022
Update on Energy and the Environment - Pine Bend Refinery
Kathy Keena, Dakota County Attorney
Jul 28, 2022
Criminal Justice Issues: From the View of a County Attorney
Lindy Engelken
Aug 11, 2022
DARTS! Update on our long term partner, providing services to Dakota Seniors.
Heidi Hammond
Aug 25, 2022
Travel presentation about a journey to the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon
District Governor Lloyd Campbell
Oct 13, 2022
Annual Club Visit by the District Governor
Club Officers & Directors
Past President
District Liaison & Club Advisor
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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