Welcome to the Rotary Club of Edina!

Edina
We meet Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Edina Country Club
5100 Wooddale Ave.
Edina, MN  55424
United States
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The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Rotary District 5950 Governor Bob Halagan as the program speaker at the Thursday, Dec. 14, meeting. This is the last regular Rotary meeting of 2017. 
 
Rotarian Heather Edelson will give her classification talk at the meeting.
 
There are no other regular Rotary meetings in December. So no meetings Dec. 21 or 28. The annual Holiday Party is Wednesday, Dec. 20.
We had some special guests at the Dec. 7 Rotary Club of Edina meeting. Moses Mwaura and his uncle and aunt, David and Subira Waithaka, visited us from Kenya to give us an update on how Moses is doing, all these years after he first visited Minnesota to have his eyes fixed and work his way into the hearts of so many Minnesotans. Rotarians Tim Murphy and Sandy Schley told us all about Moses and our club's connection to him in a program titled, "A World, a Way, the Story of Moses." 
 
There were some local media in attendance at the meeting to also check in on Moses. To read the story from the Star Tribune, click here.
The Rotary Club of Edina is supporting a water and sanitation project in the Upper East Region of Ghana. 

As part of the project, communities in the area would be provided with 23 deep wells, three small-town water systems, 300 new microflush toilets with hand-washing sinks for homes and one toilet block for a school in the Upper East Region of Ghana.
The annual Thanksgiving Baskets celebration was held on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, Nov. 22, when Rotarians, friends and family from both the Rotary Club of Edina and Edina Morningside Rotary Club gathered at Edina Country Club. Noticeably absent was Henrietta the Turkey…
 
There were 165 Rotarians and guests at the event—113 from our club, 47 from EMRC and 5 Interact students. This was a record-setting crowd, according to Thanksgiving Baskets organizer Michael Stanzak. The clubs assembled and delivered 80 baskets to those in need in the community.
 
Nov. 11, 1918—The "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918 marked the cessation of hostilities in World War I—the war to end all wars. A year later in 1919, the first anniversary of Armistice Day was held at Buckingham Palace as Remembrance Day or Poppy Day, a day to remember the members of the armed forces who died in the line of duty in all wars. At the end of the Korean War, the United States began referring to this day as Veterans Day.
 
On this day, members and guests of the southwest metro Rotary clubs (Bloomington Noon, Eden Prairie AM, Eden Prairie Noon, Edina Morningside, Edina, Richfield and South Metro Minneapolis Evening) gathered for the Area 3 Rotary Veterans Day Luncheon as military anthems were played in the background by the Rotary Brass Quintet, led by Mary Bindle of the Edina Morningside Rotary Club. 
 
To watch video of the Veterans Luncheon, go here
 
Five area high school students won scholarships during Camp Enterprise last month. 

Camp Enterprise, organized by the Rotary Club of Edina and Edina Morningside Rotary Club, provides high school students with a unique opportunity to learn about leadership, business and the free enterprise system.
Camp Enterprise, a business camp for high school students, kicked off Nov. 2 and concluded Nov. 4. This was the 38th annual Camp Enterprise. According to initial feedback from students, it was very successful.
 
Sponsored by the Rotary Clubs in Districts 5950 and 5960, which covers the entire Twin Cities area, Camp Enterprise is an extensive three-day camp offering students the opportunity to participate in leadership activities focusing on the free enterprise system.
The Edina Rotary Foundation recently awarded a grant to The Salvation Army to be used for hurricane recovery efforts.
 
The Foundation in late October awarded a grant of $3,250 to the Salvation Army. In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate, The Salvation Army responded with one of the largest disaster relief operations in its history.
 
The grant was initiated by the Rotary Club of Edina’s Community Service–Local Funding Committee.

The committee is currently accepting grants for other projects in Edina and the communities that border it. Applications are due Oct. 31. Grant applications are available online at www.EdinaRotary.org or by contacting Directors Brandon Azbill, brandon@davidazbillgroup.com, or Paul Peterson,
paul@paulpeterson.com. Completed applications should be emailed to Azbill or Peterson or sent to Edina Rotary Foundation, 4801 W. 50th St., Edina, MN 55424.
The Rotary Club of Edina celebrated the club's 60th Anniversary at their meeting Oct. 5. The Diamond Jubilee was marked with a special meeting featuring a video honoring all the past presidents of the club, special recognition of the longest serving members and the membership pillars, a program on the history of the club by Edina Historical Society Executive Director Jennifer Adam and congratulatory remarks from Irene Kelly, the District 5950 Governor-Elect. For a recap of the celebration, click on the link.
At its 60th anniversary celebration Oct. 5, the Rotary Club of Edina recognized its longest-serving members, Don Erickson and Frank Cardarelle.
 
The Rotary Club of Edina was formed in August of 1957, and its Charter Night held Oct. 7 of that year. Erickson and Cardarelle were both part of that milestone, with Erickson joining on Aug. 26, 1957, and Cardarelle joining on Aug. 27, 1957.
The next Rotary Vocational Development Group will be Wednesday, Jan. 3. 
 
Once a month, Edina Rotarians have a chance to connect with other club members, and any guests, at the happy hour. This Rotary event is held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Mezz at the Lunds & Byerly's in Edina. The meeting will feature a brief presentation from a featured Rotarian, plus time for introductions, networking and questions. The Rotary Club of Edina and EMRC collaborate on this event.
 
 
 
 
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Treasurer
Secretary
Past President
Club Service (Administration) Director
Community Service—Local Funding Co-Director
Community Service—Local Funding Co-Director
Community Service—Programs Director
International Service Director
Membership—Recruitment Director
Social Director
Public Image Director
The Rotary Foundation Director
Youth Service Director
Club Administrator
 
 
 
This week's newsletter
Dec. 13, 2017 Barker
Dec 13, 2017
 
Upcoming Events
 
Rotary District 5950 Calendar Link
 
Speakers
Rotary Holiday Party
Dec 20, 2017
No meeting
Dec 21, 2017
Rotary Holiday Party Dec. 20
No meeting
Dec 28, 2017
Christmas and New Year's holiday
Thom Winninger
Jan 04, 2018
Judy Tullius
Jan 11, 2018
Southdale Center general manager
 
Meeting Responsibilities
Front Desk
Johnson, Susan
 
Greeter 1
Faulk, Nash
 
Greeter 2
Steinke, Will
 
Greeter 3
Sprague, Josh
 
Invocation/Pledge of Allegiance/Four-Way Test
Johnson, Susan
 
Introduce Guests
Stageberg, Mark
 
The Barker writer
Peterson, Ross
 
Photographer
Pavelka, Royce
 
Introduce the Speaker
Ohe, Jeff
 
Thank the Speaker
Hegman, Mark