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Kyle Haugen has been a Rotarian since October of 2003. In reality, he has been around Rotary most of his life. As the son of a longtime Prior Lake Rotarian, Jack Haugen, Kyle grew up learning what Rotary does and is, and so it was not a question of if but when he would join Rotary. Since 2003, however, Kyle has himself been learning what it really means to be a Rotarian. It is clear that this strong foundation is the reason he will become District Governor in 2017-2018.
A lifelong resident of Prior Lake, Kyle graduated from Prior Lake High School where his mother, Mary, was the school’s Activities Director. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hamline University. Currently, Kyle is an Agent/Registered Representative of Haugen Agency, Ltd providing insurance and financial services to individuals and businesses in Prior Lake and the broader Twin Cities. He resides in Prior Lake with his wife Carrie and their son Cooper, who was born in September of 2015.
After joining the Rotary Club of Prior Lake, Kyle’s first leadership role was as co-chair of the club’s DARE committee. His next leadership position was as Club President in 2009-2010. That year Kyle was involved in planning efforts for the inaugural Lakefront Jazz and Blues Fest. This became Prior Lake Rotary’s Lakefront Music Fest, the club’s signature event. He continues to be involved as a steering committee member, talent committee co-chair, and event spokesperson.
Kyle is a founding member of the Prior Lake Rotary Foundation, where he has served as Vice Chair/Secretary and is currently Chair. He’s also been a longtime member of the club’s Rotary Foundation and International Service Committees, while spending time on virtually all other committees within the Club at some point. Personally, Kyle is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow of The Rotary Foundation, a Paul Harris Society member since 2012, and a Rotary Foundation Bequest Society member.
He has shown a commitment to service by travelling to Haiti in August 2010 with club members to provide earthquake relief, to execute the District Grant sponsored by the Rotary Club of Prior Lake, and to gather information for potential projects. He easily considers it one of his top Rotary moments. He has attended two International Conventions, in Birmingham, England in 2009 and in New Orleans in 2011. In 2011, Kyle also was selected to attend the Zone 28-29 Institute as an invited Young Rotarian representing District 5960. Additional roles in the District have included the Vision Facilitation Team, the Polio Plus committee and Membership Retention committee, which he chaired. He has also served as Area 6 Assistant Governor, Assistant Governor Team Leader, and as a member of the District Board of Directors.
Kyle’s demonstration of “Service Above Self” has gone beyond Rotary. He has given his time and talents to numerous community posts and organizations. These include the River Valley YMCA Community Board, City of Prior Lake Parks Advisory Committee (Chair), Prior Lake Chamber of Commerce (former Board Member), and Prior Lake Amateur Baseball Association (PLABA), where he was a Coach, Board Member and Chair. He has also volunteered his time as a coach in several sports for Prior Lake Athletics for Youth (PLAY).
Kyle’s hobbies include spending time with his family, playing baseball, attending sporting events and concerts, cheering on local sports teams, and travelling.