The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Luke Shimp as program speaker at this week's meeting, Thursday, Aug. 10. Shimp is president and owner of Red Cow, which operates four Red Cow "21st Century Taverns" in the Twin Cities, and Red Rabbit restaurant in the North Loop of Minneapolis. The program topic will be "A Conversation about Growth with Luke Shimp." 
 
For more on the speaker, click on the link below...
 
Luke Shimp of Red Cow to speak this week Jen Garske 2017-08-09 05:00:00Z 0
Photographer Polly Norman will take portraits of Rotarians before the club's meeting this week, Aug. 10. Photos will be used in the Club Directory and in President San Asato's weekly meeting presentation. Please arrive between 11:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., prepared to have your photo taken.
 
If you would prefer to submit a photo, please send it to Past President Jennifer Bennerotte as soon as possible. Photos should be in color, high-resolution and taken in the past three years. Professional portraits are preferred.
 
For more information, contact Bennerotte, jbennerotte@EdinaRotary.org.
Smile pretty! Rotary photos are this week! Jennifer Bennerotte 2017-08-09 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Luke Shimp as program speaker at the Thursday, Aug. 10, meeting. Shimp is president and owner of Red Cow, which operates four Red Cow "21st Century Taverns" in the Twin Cities, and Red Rabbit restaurant in the North Loop of Minneapolis. The program topic will be "A Conversation about Growth with Luke Shimp." 
Luke Shimp of Red Cow to speak at Aug. 10 meeting Jen Garske 2017-08-06 05:00:00Z 0
The next Rotary Vocational Development Group will be Wednesday, Sept. 6. 
 
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 speakers for the Wednesday, Sept. 6, gathering will be Skip Thomas. The Rotary Club of Edina and EMRC collaborate on this event.
Rotary Happy Hour/Vocational Development Group is Sept. 6 Jennifer Garske 2017-08-06 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Mark Coyle as the program speaker at the Thursday, Aug. 3, meeting. Coyle is the Director of Athletics at the University of Minnesota. He will give a "Gopher Sports Update." 

Our "Six-Carat Diamond Talks" will continue this week with Bill Clynes speaking at the meeting. 
 
For more on the speaker, click on the link below...
 
U of M's Mark Coyle to speak Aug. 3 Jen Garske 2017-07-30 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Mark Coyle as the program speaker at the Thursday, Aug. 3, meeting. Coyle is the Director of Athletics at the University of Minnesota. He will give a "Gopher Sports Update." 

Our "Six-Carat Diamond Talks" will continue this week with Bill Clynes speaking at the meeting. 
U of M's Mark Coyle to speak at Aug. 3 meeting Jen Garske 2017-07-30 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina’s Board of Directors recently approved the applicants below for membership:
 
Kelly Anderson
Classification: HR Outsourcing
Sponsor: John Buttolph
 
Bonnie Rolstad
Classification: Online Nursing Education
Sponsor: Greg Yoch
 
Fred Sylvester
Classification: Commercial Banking
Sponsor: Tim Murphy
 
Written objections to the application must be submitted before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, to Rotary Club of Edina, 4801 W. 50th St., Edina, MN 55424.
 
Proposed for membership Jen Garske 2017-07-26 05:00:00Z 0
Clyde Doepner, the curator for the Minnesota Twins, will be the program speaker at the Thursday, July 27, Rotary Club of Edina meeting. Doepner will speak about "How Do I Know a Twins Jersey Is Real?" Doepner has been with the Twins since 2009.
 
For more on the meeting, click on the link below...
MN Twin curator to speak July 27 Jen Garske 2017-07-26 05:00:00Z 0
Photographer Polly Norman will take portraits of Rotarians before the club's Aug. 10 meeting. Photos will be used in the Club Directory and in President San Asato's weekly meeting presentation. Please arrive between 11:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., prepared to have your photo taken.
 
If you would prefer to submit a photo, please send it to Past President Jennifer Bennerotte as soon as possible. Photos should be in color, high-resolution and taken in the past three years. Professional portraits are preferred.
 
For more information, contact Bennerotte, jbennerotte@EdinaRotary.org.
Smile pretty! Jennifer Bennerotte 2017-07-25 05:00:00Z 0
Clyde Doepner, MN Twins curator, to speak at July 27 meeting Jen Garske 2017-07-21 05:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Edina will host Neel Kashkari, president of the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis, as program speaker at next week's meeting, Thursday, Aug. 17, meeting. Our club has invited all Area 3 and 5 Rotary clubs to attend this meeting. For planning purposes, Edina Rotarians are asked to please register here if they plan to attend.  We expect more than 250 Rotarians and guests to attend this meeting, so we need all those who plan to be there Aug. 17 to register online. The deadline for registering is noon Friday, Aug. 11. 

Members of other Rotary clubs are asked to register with their club presidents. 

If you would like to attend as a guest or have other questions on registration, contact Marty Kupper. Thank you!

Neel Kashkari to speak at Aug. 17 Rotary meeting Jen Garske 2017-07-19 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will receive an update on the International Service project in Guatemala at the Thursday, June 20, meeting. Rotarian Gary Pedersen spearheaded our club's water sanitation project in Guatemala, which has achieved a Rotary International Global Grant and involved donations from many area Rotary clubs. Gary and the International Service Committee has been working on the project for three years.
 
Also speaking at the meeting are representatives of OneVillage Partners—founder Jeff Hall and executive Director Jill LaLonde. They will speak about "Rotary Partnership with OneVillage Partners in Sierra Leone," and give members info about another upcoming International Service project with our club.
 
For more on the meeting, click on the link below...
 
International Service projects update June 20 Jen Garske 2017-07-14 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will receive an update on the International Service project in Guatemala at the Thursday, June 20, meeting. Rotarian Gary Pedersen spearheaded our club's water sanitation project in Guatemala, which has achieved a Rotary International Global Grant and involved donations from many area Rotary clubs. Gary and the International Service Committee has been working on the project for three years.
 
Also speaking at the meeting are representatives of OneVillage Partners—founder Jeff Hall and executive Director Jill LaLonde. They will speak about "Rotary Partnership with OneVillage Partners in Sierra Leone," and give members info about another International Service project.
 
 
Update on Guatemala Water Project at June 20 meeting Jen Garske 2017-07-14 05:00:00Z 0
 
President San Asato and his wife, Sheila Asato, rode in Dave Hatzung's convertible in the Fourth of July parade in Edina. Joining San and Sheila were Rotarians carrying the "Rotarians are Every Day Super Heroes" banner and handing out pencils and candy, while accompanied by costumed super heroes! Thanks to Dan Hennen, Josh Sprague and family and Greg Yoch for handling parade duties, along with San and Dave! Other Rotarians also took part in the parade, such as Tim Murphy and Grandview Tire & Auto and Ann and Jim Platt and Pets Are Inn, and many others. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotarians march in Fourth of July Parade Jen Garske 2017-07-11 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Dr. Nancy Cummings as program speaker at the first meeting of the new Rotary year, Thursday, July 13. Cummings is an assistant professor of orthopedics at Mayo Clinic and is the head orthopedic team physician for the Minnesota Lynx. She will speak about "Youth Sports Injuries—Single vs. Multi-Sport Athletes."
 
For more on the speaker, click on the link below...
 
Dr. Nancy Cummings to speak at meeting Jen Garske 2017-07-02 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Dr. Nancy Cummings as program speaker at the first meeting of the new Rotary year, Thursday, July 13. Cummings is an assistant professor of orthopedics at Mayo Clinic and is the head orthopedic team physician for the Minnesota Lynx. She will speak about "Youth Sports Injuries—Single vs. Multi-Sport Athletes."
 
This will be the first meeting of new President San Asato's Rotary year, July 2017 through June 2018. 
Dr. Nancy Cummings to speak at July 13 meeting Jen Garske 2017-07-02 05:00:00Z 0
There is no Rotary Club of Edina meeting this Thursday, July 6, due to the Fourth of July holiday. There will also be no newsletter this week. The Barker will be sent out next week with a recap of the June 29 transition meeting and news from the new Rotary year.
 
There is also no July Vocational Development Group/Rotary Happy Hour. The next gathering will be Aug. 2 with Skip Thomas as speaker. So no Rotary Happy Hour July 5.
 
The next meeting will be Thursday, July 13. 
No Rotary Club of Edina meeting this Thursday, July 6 Jen Garske 2017-07-02 05:00:00Z 0
The final meeting of the Rotary year will be this Thursday, June 29. This is the transition meeting, where the presidency of the Rotary Club of Edina will transfer from Ann Platt to San Asato. Outgoing club and foundation board members will be honored for their service, and incoming board members will be welcomed. Don't miss the chance to congratulate Ann on a successful Rotary year, and wish San luck in the year ahead.
 
There is no Rotary Club of Edina meeting Thursday, July 6, due to the Fourth of July holiday. The first meeting of the new Rotary year will be July 13.
 
Click on the link below for more on the meeting...
 
 
 
Rotary transition meeting is June 29 Jen Garske 2017-06-24 05:00:00Z 0
The final meeting of the Rotary year will be this Thursday, June 29. This is the transition meeting, where the presidency of the Rotary Club of Edina will transfer from Ann Platt to San Asato. Outgoing club and foundation board members will be honored for their service, and incoming board members will be welcomed. Don't miss the chance to congratulate Ann on a successful Rotary year, and wish San luck in the year ahead.
 
There is no Rotary Club of Edina meeting Thursday, July 6, due to the Fourth of July holiday. The first meeting of the new Rotary year will be July 13.
 
 
Rotary Transition Meeting is this Thursday, June 29 Jen Garske 2017-06-24 05:00:00Z 0
Periodically we feature a newer member of the Rotary Club of Edina on our website and in our newsletter. The Rotary Club of Edina welcomed Brandon Azbill as a member in July 2016. Brandon's sponsor to the club was Wooj Byun.
 
Click on the link below to get to know Brandon...
 
Meet a member...Brandon Azbill Jen Garske 2017-06-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann Platt on Jun 21, 2017
Last week Tim and Cindy Murphy, San Asato, David Clynes, Jim Platt and I attended the 112th Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. It was quite an experience and once again Rotary highlighted the great works that we as an organization accomplish in "Doing Good in the World."

A true highlight was having Bill Gates as a keynote speaker. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given over $500 million for the eradication of polio. Mr. Gates said the real difficulty has been finding the kids and now with Google maps it is much easier to find these remote villages and then to establish trust. Over 430,000,000 kids are given the polio drops each year, but we still have work to be done to eliminate the disabling and sometimes deadly disease in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. You can listen to a snippet of Gate’s address here.
100th celebration of The Rotary Foundation Ann Platt 2017-06-21 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Richard Pitino as program speaker at the Thursday, June 22, meeting. Pitino is the head coach of the University of Minnesota men's basketball team. He was the 2017 Big Ten Coach of the Year.
 
Click on the link below for more on the speaker...
Coach Richard Pitino to speak at meeting Jen Garske 2017-06-17 05:00:00Z 0
Gophers Coach Richard Pitino to speak at June 22 meeting Jen Garske 2017-06-17 05:00:00Z 0
Bring your kids and grandkids for the Rotary Club of Edina's annual family picnic in the pavilion at Three Rivers Park District's Bryant Lake Park! The picnic will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 15.
 
There will be NO REGULAR MEETING on June 15 because of the picnic that evening.
 
Sit back and relax while talking with other Rotarians and their families or take part in yard games and other mixers. Children's activities will also be scheduled for this special event. The picnic will be catered by Famous Dave's. A cash bar will be available.

There is no additional charge for regular members. Cost is $20 for senior active and honorary members and adult guests. There will be a charge of $12 per child over 5. There is no charge for children under 5. At the time of registration, please be sure to indicate if any of your guests are children. 
 
Please register by Friday, June 9, for the picnic so we can plan for the event. At that time, all reservations will be firm and no-shows will be billed. The picnic will be held rain or shine. Contact Past President Jennifer Bennerotte for more information.
 
Rotary Family Picnic is Thursday, June 15 Jen Garske 2017-06-09 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina presented Lauren Morse-Wendt with its 2017 Chrysanne Manoles Women In Leadership Award at its May 25 meeting. Morse-Wendt was selected for the 2017 honor for playing a key role in transforming Edina’s role in providing housing for homeless young adults.
 
Chrysanne Manoles joined the Rotary Club of Edina in 1988. She was the club's first female member, and joined our club a year before Rotary International allowed female members. 
In Manoles’ honor and to celebrate the work of women in the community, the Rotary Club of Edina established an annual women’s leadership award in 2008.
Women in Leadership Award presented May 25 Jennifer Bennerotte 2017-06-09 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Jerry Rubino as program speaker at the Thursday, June 8, meeting. Rubino is a musician, conductor and educator in the Twin Cities and beyond who has worked with the MacPhail Center for Music and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Chorale, and many more universities, schools and musical groups. He works every year with Doc Severinsen (shown on the left with Rubino) for the Jingle Bell Doc performance with the Minnesota Orchestra. He is the artistic director of Jerry Rubino Plus and serves as the minister of music at Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church in Golden Valley.
 
Kelley Burnett will be officially inducted into the club at the meeting.
 
Click on the link for more on the speaker...
 
Musician Jerry Rubino to speak June 8 Jen Garske 2017-06-05 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Jerry Rubino as program speaker at the Thursday, June 8, meeting. Rubino is a musician, conductor and educator in the Twin Cities and beyond who has worked with the MacPhail Center for Music and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Chorale, and many more universities, schools and musical groups. He works every year with Doc Severinsen (shown on the left with Rubino) for the Jingle Bell Doc performance with the Minnesota Orchestra. He is the artistic director of Jerry Rubino Plus and serves as the minister of music at Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church in Golden Valley.
 
Kelley Burnett will be officially inducted into the club at the meeting.
Musician Jerry Rubino to speak at June 8 Rotary meeting Jen Garske 2017-06-03 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians and guests held a Make-A-Meal event at Cornerstone Tuesday, May 30. At this Community Service Committee project, volunteers prepared and served a meal for Cornerstone clients and their children.  Cornerstone, located in Bloomington, was the recipient of an Edina Rotary Foundation local grant this Rotary year.
 
Community Service—Local Projects Director Kip Peterson and Nate Wenner chaired the project. 
Rotarians Make-A-Meal at Cornerstone May 30 Jen Garske 2017-05-30 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Rep. Dario Anselmo as program speaker at the Thursday, June 1, meeting. Anselmo represents District 49A in the Minnesota House of Representatives, which includes Edina.
 
New members Don Andersen and Mike Andersen will be officially inducted into the club at the meeting.
Rep. Dario Anselmo to speak at June 1 meeting Jen Garske 2017-05-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jennifer Bennerotte on May 19, 2017
The Rotary Club of Edina recently awarded scholarships to two Edina High School graduates.

Sofia Garduno and Abdigani Abdulkadir were each given $1,250 scholarships at a special breakfast at the Church of St. Patrick Friday, May 19. The presentation was made by the club’s Youth Service Director, Sam Thompson.
 
Edina Rotary awards scholarships to EHS students Jennifer Bennerotte 2017-05-19 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will present the eighth-annual “Chrysanne Manoles Women In Leadership Award" at this week's meeting, on Thursday, May 25. Chrysanne Manoles was the first female member of our club, and is still active in Rotary today. In Manoles’ honor and to celebrate the work of women in the community, the Rotary Club of Edina established an annual women’s leadership award in 2008.
 
New member Jennifer Shinners will be officially inducted into the Rotary Club of Edina at the meeting. And Rotarian Theresa Bea Halverson will give her classification talk at the meeting.
 
For more on the award, click on the link below...
 
 
Women in Leadership Award to be given May 25 Jennifer Bennerotte 2017-05-16 05:00:00Z 0
WHAT: Make-A-Meal event

WHEN: 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 30
 
WHERE: Cornerstone, 1000 E. 80th St., Bloomington

WHO: Rotarians and guests needed as volunteers to prep and serve the meal to Cornerstone clients and their children

REGISTRATION: Online here
 
Click on the link below for more information...
 
Volunteers needed for Make-A-Meal May 30 Jen Garske 2017-05-10 05:00:00Z 0
 
This smiling group of Edina Rotarians, family and friends, packed 23 boxes of meals for families in the Dominican Republic on Saturday, May 6. That is 828 meals going to those in the world who need help the most. Just another example of Rotary Serving Humanity, said President Ann Platt, one of the volunteers. A representative of Feed My Starving Children will attend an upcoming meeting to share the work they do with our club.

Thanks to Mike Sitek, who organized the volunteer effort for our club!
Packing meals at Feed My Starving Children Jen Garske 2017-05-10 05:00:00Z 0
I would like to express my appreciation to the Rotary Club of Edina and its members for the many cards, memorials and expressions of sympathy in the recent passing of my mother. The club memorial gift was donated to the Salvation Army in her honor. Your kindness during this difficult time means a great deal to me. 
 
Jim Ryman
 
Click on the link for more letters...
 
Letter bag Jen Garske 2017-05-10 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Edina Mayor Jim Hovland as program speaker at the Thursday, May 11, meeting. Mayor Hovland is also a member of the Edina Morningside Rotary Club.
 
New member Heather Edelson will be officially inducted into the club at the meeting. And Rotarian Jen Tregarthen will give her classification talk.
 
For more on the speaker, click on the link below...
 
Mayor Jim Hovland is May 11 speaker Jen Garske 2017-05-06 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Edina Mayor Jim Hovland as program speaker at the Thursday, May 11, meeting. Mayor Hovland is also a member of the Edina Morningside Rotary Club.
 
New member Heather Edelson will be officially inducted into the club at the meeting. And Rotarian Jen Tregarthen will give her classification talk.
Edina Mayor Jim Hovland to speak at May 11 meeting Jen Garske 2017-05-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Kunz on May 04, 2017
 
President-Elect San Asato ran the meeting May 4, where the program speaker was Dr. David Odde from the University of Minnesota's Biochemical Engineering Department. Rotary Youth Exchange student Claudio Araya Huerta gave his country talk, telling us about Chile. Our final two Edina High School student visitors told us a bit about themselves and their plans for the fall. And a Edina Rotary Foundation grant was given to Oasis for Youth.
 
Click on the link for more on the meeting...
 
In review David Kunz 2017-05-04 05:00:00Z 0
Edina Rotarians are encouraged to attend the community meeting for the Edina Comprehensive Plan kick-off at 7 p.m. next Monday, May 8, at Braemar Golf Course, 6364 John Harris Drive, Edina. Go here for more information. 
Edina Comprehensive Plan meeting May 8 Jen Garske 2017-05-03 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Edina members are invited to attend the Edina Comprehensive Plan Kick-off Meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, May 8, at Braemar Golf Course, 6364 John Harris Drive, Edina. The kick-off meeting will celebrate the launch of the project and is free and open to everyone. 
 
Edina Rotarians are encouraged to attend to share their vision of Edina for the future.
Edina Comprehensive Plan kick-off meeting is May 8 Jen Garske 2017-05-03 05:00:00Z 0
The next Rotary Vocational Development Group will be Wednesday, May 3. The speaker at the meeting will be Dr. Hannelore Brucker, who has a special "surprise" presentation. 
 
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.
 
Click on the link below for more on the event...
 
Rotary VDG happy hour is tonight, May 3 Jennifer Garske 2017-05-03 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will hold a Vocational Day meeting this Thursday, May 18, at Grandview Tire & Auto–Cahill, 5415 70th St. W., Edina. Check in at the meeting will begin at 11:45 a.m., and the meeting will end promptly at 1:30 p.m. Lunch and beverages will be provided. 
 
Our club holds vocational meetings annually to highlight a vocation and/or business in our community. Grandview Tire & Auto is owned by Rotarian Tim Murphy.
 

We ask that members register for the meeting for planning purposes. Please click here to register. Registration is open through noon today, Tuesday, May 16. Lunches are limited, so if you do not register, you may not be able to have lunch at the meeting.

Contact Club Service Director Marty Kupper with questions or more information about Vocational Day.

Vocational Day at Grandview is this Thursday Jen Garske 2017-05-02 05:00:00Z 0
Thank you for your notes, calls, prayers and flowers during my recent hospitalization for a heart attack and stent surgery. I have to admit that I would much rather belong to the best Club in the Universe vs. being a member of the stent club! Thanks again for your kindness and support. It is all much appreciated!
 
Doug Johnson
 
I would like to thank the Edina Rotary Club and my fellow Rotarians for the cards, memorials and many kinds words following my mother's passing. The support and compassion shown to me was truly appreciated. The memorials are being donated to The Rotary Foundation in honor of my mother.

Bob Stehlik
 
Click on the link below for more letters...
 
Letter bag Jen Garske 2017-05-02 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Dr. David Odde as the program speaker at the Thursday, May 4, meeting. Odde works on cancer research in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Minnesota. 
 
Click on the link below for more on the speaker...
 
Dr. David Odde of the U of M to speak this week Jen Garske 2017-04-29 05:00:00Z 0
Dr. David Odde of the U of M to speak at May 4 Rotary meeting Jen Garske 2017-04-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann Platt on Apr 28, 2017
Rotary Club of Edina member Sandra Schley was awarded the Service Above Self Award at the Rotary District 5950 Conference Friday, April 28! Here she is accepting the award from District 5950 Governor Mark Hegstrom at the conference. This award from Rotary International is only given to 150 Rotarians worldwide each year.
 
Congratulations Sandy! 
Schley awarded Rotary International Service Above Self Award Ann Platt 2017-04-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann Platt on Apr 28, 2017
Rotary Club of Edina member Sandra Schley was awarded the Service Above Self Award at the Rotary District 5950 Conference Friday, April 28! Here she is accepting the award from District 5950 Governor Mark Hegstrom at the conference. This award from Rotary International is only given to 150 Rotarians worldwide each year.
 
Congratulations Sandy! 
 
Click on link below for more on the award...
 
Schley awarded Service Above Self Award Ann Platt 2017-04-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jody Kern on Apr 27, 2017
 
It was a beautiful spring day for April, and I happen to check into the meeting just as Joel Jennings was arriving and checking in. What a delight to have Joel back in our presence and enjoy his warm and positive energy. Welcome back Joel! We look forward to seeing you again very soon. The program speaker at the meeting was Lee Anderson, General Mills Director of Issue Management and State Government Relations, and Frank Cardarelle's nephew! Youth Exchange student Justine Onana gave her country talk, telling us all about Belgium. And the final results of the The Rotary Foundation Bowl were announced! 
 
Click on the link below for more about the meeting...
 
In review Jody Kern 2017-04-27 05:00:00Z 0
The Edina Rotary Foundation recently awarded nearly $25,000 in grants to 15 local organizations. The organizations have been visiting our weekly meetings to pick up the grant checks and share stories about their organizations and the people who will benefit from the funds. 
 
Money for grants awarded by the Edina Rotary Foundation is raised at an annual fall fundraiser and gala and donations made throughout the year.
Edina Rotary Foundation awards local grants Jen Garske 2017-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Jessen on Apr 25, 2017
This baseball season the Edina Noon Rotary Club is the proud sponsor of the Edina Baseball Association's Fifth-Grade Green Baseball Team 11A, coached by Jason Hughes! The 11A Team has its next game at 6 p.m. Monday, May 8, at the Courtney 4 Field (next to Braemar Arena on the east side of Highway 169 off of Valley View Road) vs. Waconia.
 
Find some other Rotarians, family and friends and come cheer on our team!
 
Another 11A Rotary Team game is:
 
  • May 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Countryside vs. Minnetonka White
For more information, contact Public Image Director Mark Jessen.
Support the Rotary-sponsored baseball team! Mark Jessen 2017-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
At this time of sadness, our family thanks you for thinking of us. The flowers were beautiful. Denny enjoyed Rotary Club.
 
Donna M. Bock and family
 
For more letters, click on the link below...
 
Letter bag Jen Garske 2017-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina’s Board of Directors recently approved the applicants below for membership:
 
Don Anderson
Classification: Financial Advisory
Sponsor: Dave Hatzung
 
Mike Anderson
Classification: Financial Advisory
Sponsor: Dave Hatzung
 
Kelley Burnett
Classification: Insurance
Sponsor: Sam Cote
 
Heather Edelson
Classification: Community Advocacy
Sponsor: Josh Sprague
 
Jennifer Shinners
Classification: Men's Clothing
Sponsor: John Buttolph
 
Written objections to the application must be submitted before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, to Rotary Club of Edina, 4801 W. 50th St., Edina, MN 55424.
 
 
Proposed for membership Jen Garske 2017-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
The southbound Highway 100 ramp to West 50th Street/Vernon Avenue will be closed this week, Monday through Friday, April 24 through 28. Crews are painting the new noise wall and adding lighting.
 
Make note if you are heading south on Highway 100 and plan to take that exit to come to the Edina Country Club for the weekly meeting.
 
 
Hwy 100 exit for 50th St./Vernon Ave. closed Jen Garske 2017-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
It is time for the Spring Fireside Chats and we are looking for six volunteers to host events at their homes in the month of May. The desired weeks for the chats are May 15 and May 22. If you would like to host a Fireside Chat, or are a new member and want to know more about these events, please contact Brad Hepp at heppbrad@gmail.com. 
 
Thank you!
 
 
Hosts for Spring Fireside Chats needed Jen Garske 2017-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
This week is Prospective Member Day at the Rotary Club of Edina! Members are encouraged to bring a friend or colleague who is interested in Rotary to the meeting. The program speaker for this week's meeting, Thursday, April 27, is Lee Anderson. Anderson is external relations director for General Mills. He will speak about "General Mills: 150 Years of Serving the World By Making Food People Love." 
 
For more information on Prospective Member Day, contact Membership Director—Recruitment Greg Yoch.
 
Click on the link below for more on this week's speaker...
 
Prospective Member Day is this week Jen Garske 2017-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
This week is Prospective Member Day at the Rotary Club of Edina! Members are encouraged to bring a friend or colleague who is interested in Rotary to the meeting. The program speaker for this week's meeting, Thursday, April 27, is Lee Anderson. Anderson is external relations director for General Mills. He will speak about "General Mills: 150 Years of Serving the World By Making Food People Love." 
 
For more information on Prospective Member Day, contact Membership Director—Recruitment Greg Yoch.
Prospective Member Day is April 27 at Edina Rotary Jen Garske 2017-04-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Eckert on Apr 20, 2017
Thursday, April 20, was the annual Area 3 Rotary Vocational Day meeting featuring keynote speaker Michael Bellotti. He spoke to Rotary clubs from Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina, Richfield and South Metro Minneapolis Evenings, as well as students from area high schools. The theme of his talk was "How Art Saved My Life." As a surprise at the end of the meeting, the Vocational Day Committee presented artwork they had commissioned Michael Bellotti to do of longtime Rotarian Arthur Rouner! 
 
Click on the link for more about the meeting...
 
In review Michael Eckert 2017-04-20 05:00:00Z 0
Periodically we feature a newer member of the Rotary Club of Edina on our website and in our newsletter. The Rotary Club of Edina welcomed Jen Tregarthen as a member in October 2016. But Jen had been a member of a Rotary club in Oklahoma before moving to Minnesota. Jen's sponsor to the club was Greg Yoch.
 
Click on the link below to get to know Jen...
 
Meet a member...Jen Tregarthen Jen Garske 2017-04-19 05:00:00Z 0
Periodically we feature a newer member of the Rotary Club of Edina on our website and in our newsletter. The Rotary Club of Edina welcomed Sarah Aydinalp as an Honorary Member in August 2016. Sarah was invited to be an Honorary Member after she was on outbound Youth Exchange student through our club. Sarah's sponsor was Jennifer Bennerotte.
 
Click on the link below to get to know Sarah...
 
Meet a member...Sarah Aydinalp Jen Garske 2017-04-19 05:00:00Z 0
Thank you so much for the bouquet of flowers. They are beautiful and brightened our day! Can't wait to see all of you when I return.

Libby Schmit
 
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Letter bag Jen Garske 2017-04-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Kallas on Apr 13, 2017
 
The Thursday, April 13, Rotary Club of Edina meeting featured program speaker Mike Max, sports reporter and anchor at WCCO and host of "Sports to the Max" on WCCO Radio. Andrea Thompson Miller gave her classification talk to the club and shared her varied interests and news of her upcoming nuptials! An Edina Rotary Foundation grant was given to YMCA Camp Induhapi. And Brandon Azbill reminded members that they are encouraged to help assemble furniture at 66 West on April 20! The community Room at 66 West is our 2016–2017 Signature Project.
 
For more on the meeting, click on the link below...
 
In review Mike Kallas 2017-04-13 05:00:00Z 0

WHAT: Rotary Club of Edina Prospective Member Day

WHEN: 12:15 p.m. Thursday, April 27

WHERE: regular Rotary meeting, Edina Country Club. The program speaker for the meeting is Lee Anderson, legal counsel at General Mills.

WHO: All Rotarians are encouraged to bring a friend or colleague that is interested in learning more about Rotary and our club to the meeting. Lunch is on the club for all prospective members! 

REGISTRATION: No need to register in advance, but make sure your guest(s) sign in at the front desk when they arrive. Contact Membership Director Greg Yoch for more information. 

Rotary Prospective Member Day is April 27 Jen Garske 2017-04-12 05:00:00Z 0

WHAT: Retirement party for Edina Schools Superintendent Ric Dressen

WHEN: 4 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3

WHERE: Braemar Golf Club, 6364 John Harris Drive, Edina

WHO: All Rotarians are invited to attend this event celebrating the career of Superintendent Dressen, also a Edina Morningside Rotary Club member

More details to come soon!

Superintendent Dressen retirement party set Jen Garske 2017-04-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather Hansen on Apr 11, 2017
Time has gone fast this year, as we are already three-quarters of the way through the school year! Our inbound students, Justine and Claudio, are busy with studies and activities. In the next few weeks they will each be presenting their Country Talks during a meeting—Justine April 27 and Claudio May 4! Please reach out to Justine and Claudio if you wish to invite them to an event or dinner with your family—Heather, Hansen, Mike Kallas or Terry Stevens can help you get in contact with the students. We need host families for our three inbound students next year as well. Contact Heather if you or someone you know is interested!
 
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Rotary Youth Exchange notes Heather Hansen 2017-04-11 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary events around the area Jen Garske 2017-04-11 05:00:00Z 0
On behalf of our entire staff and the families we serve, thank you to the Edina Rotary Foundation for your recent $1,000 grant award to help fund
Cornerstone's Large Group Room chair replacement project. We certainly appreciate your loyal support—and your willingness to consider projects
that are undeniably necessary, yet difficult to fund.
 
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Letter bag Jen Garske 2017-04-11 05:00:00Z 0

WHAT: Rotary Club of Edina Prospective Member Day

WHEN: 12:15 p.m. Thursday, April 27

WHERE: regular Rotary meeting, Edina Country Club. The program speaker for the meeting is Lee Anderson, legal counsel at General Mills.

WHO: All Rotarians are encouraged to bring a friend or colleague that is interested in learning more about Rotary and our club to the meeting. Lunch is on the club for all prospective members! 

REGISTRATION: No need to register in advance, but make sure your guest(s) sign in at the front desk when they arrive. Contact Membership Director Greg Yoch for more information. 

 

Rotary Prospective Member Day is April 27 Jen Garske 2017-04-11 05:00:00Z 0
 
Our club's The Rotary Foundation Director Sue Spalding, with the help of David Clynes, honored more Rotarians as Paul Harris Fellows at the April 6 meeting. The following Rotarians were honored for their donations to The Rotary Foundation:
 
  • Hannolore Brucker, PHF
  •  Jim Ryman, PHF+2
  •  John Solberg, PHF+2
  •  Greg Yoch, PHF+2
  •  Sue Spalding, PHF+3
  •  Les Jones, PHF+3
  •  Marty Kupper, PHF+3
  •  Kris Maser, PHF+4
  •  Brad Pearson, PHF+5
  •  Mike Kallas, PHF +6
  •  John Flynn, PHF+7
  •  Joe Christensen, PHF+8
Thank you to all Rotary Club of Edina members who have generously donations to The Rotary Foundation! Contact Sue Spalding for more information about how to donate this Rotary year, TRF's 100th anniversary!
 
Rotarians honored for TRF donations April 6 Jen Garske 2017-04-11 05:00:00Z 0
Mike Max will be the program speaker at the Thursday, April 13, Rotary Club of Edina meeting. Max is a sports anchor and reporter on WCCO Channel 4 and hosts Sports to the Max on WCCO Radio. 
 
Click on the link below for more on the speaker...
 
WCCO's Mike Max to speak at April 13 meeting Jen Garske 2017-04-08 05:00:00Z 0
WCCO's Mike Max to speak at April 13 meeting Jen Garske 2017-04-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hugh Hadlund on Apr 06, 2017
 
At the Thursday, April 6, Rotary Club of Edina meeting, the program speaker was Mark Stutrud, founder and president of Summit Brewing Co. He shared his story of being a brewing sod-buster, and also shared brews with the lucky attendees. New member Mark Stageberg was officially inducted into the club. 
 
Click on the link below for more about the meeting...
 
In review Hugh Hadlund 2017-04-06 05:00:00Z 0

WHAT: Rotary District 5950 Conference, "Serving Humanity, Together in Harmony"

WHEN: 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 28

WHERE: Westin Edina Galleria

WHO: All Rotarians are encouraged to attend, the club will reimburse members for one of the sessions they attend (up to $60)

REGISTRATION: online hereRegistration accepted through April 21. Register by Friday and let Club Administrator Jennifer Garske know so you can be reimbursed on your Q1 Rotary invoice.

Click on the link to learn more about the event...

 

District Conference deadline is Friday, April 21 Jen Garske 2017-04-05 05:00:00Z 0
The annual Area 3 Rotary Vocational Ethics Day meeting will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. this Thursday, April 20, at the Edina Country Club. All Edina Rotarians are encouraged to attend, and many Rotarians from area clubs, as well as local high schools, will also be in attendance. This year's keynote speaker is Michael Bellotti. He will speak about "How Art Saved My Life."
 
For more information, contact Dan Hallberg at 952-541-0352.
 
Click on the link below for more info on the meeting...
 
Vocational Ethics Day is tomorrow, April 20 Jen Garske 2017-04-05 05:00:00Z 0
Longtime Rotary Club of Edina member Dennis Bock passed away March 28, 2017. His funeral was Monday, April 3, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Edina. Denny was president of our club in 1984–1985.
 
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Club mourns passing of Rotarian Dennis Bock Jen Garske 2017-04-05 05:00:00Z 0
Thank you for your grant award of $2,700. This grant will help fund the purchase of one musical instrument. This instrument will be developmentally appropriate for all the children at Fraser School. This musical instrument will be integrated into our conductive playground environment to further inclusive play, physical play and teaching.
 
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Letter bag 2017-04-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann Platt on Apr 04, 2017
Monday evening, April 3, the City of Edina held the 38th annual Volunteer Awards Reception. This is an opportunity for organizations to recognize outstanding volunteers each year. The Edina Rotary Club recognized Gary Pedersen as Rotarian of the Year for his work on the International Service project in Escuintla, Guatemala.

Also at the reception, Camp Enterprise was recognized with the Mayor’s Service To Youth Commendation. And the Mayor’s Outstanding Senior Commendation was awarded to Rotarian Frank Cardarelle, for serving as liaison for the Rotary Club of Edina and the Edina Historical Society for 48 years. 
 
For more on the awards, click on the link below...
 
Pedersen, Cardarelle, Camp E honored with awards Ann Platt 2017-04-04 05:00:00Z 0
Mark Stutrud, president and founder of Summit Brewing Co., will be the program speaker at this week's, Thursday, April 6, Rotary Club of Edina meeting. Stutrud will speak about "Experiences Being a Brewing Sod-Buster." There will be samples of some of Summit's brews at the meeting.
 
Stutrud has been a member of the St. Paul Rotary Club #10 since 2000.
 
Click on the link below for more information on the speaker...
 
 
Summit Brewing's Mark Stutrud to speak April 6 Jen Garske 2017-04-02 05:00:00Z 0
Mark Stutrud, president and founder of Summit Brewing Co., will be the program speaker at the Thursday, April 6, Rotary Club of Edina meeting. Stutrud will speak about "Experiences Being a Brewing Sod-Buster." There will be samples of some of Summit's brews at the meeting.
 
Stutrud has been a member of the St. Paul Rotary Club #10 since 2000.
 
 
Summit Brewing Co.'s Mark Stutrud to speak April 6 Jen Garske 2017-04-02 05:00:00Z 0
The March 30 Rotary Club of Edina meeting featured program speaker Dr. Mark Kroll. Two Edina Rotary Foundation grants were given out by the Community Service Local Funding Committee at the meeting, and new member Theresa Bea Halverson was officially inducted into the club. The Rotary Foundation Bowl is officially over. Which team squeaked out a victory with slightly more donations to TRF?

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In review Les Jones 2017-03-30 05:00:00Z 0
The next Rotary Vocational Development Group tonight, Wednesday, April 5. The speaker at the meeting will be our own André Brewer. 
 
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.

Click on the link for more on the event...
 
Rotary Happy Hour/VDG is tonight, April 5 Jennifer Garske 2017-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
All Edina Rotarians are invited to attend the Edina Give and Go Fundraiser next Friday, April 7. Executive Director Abigail Lugo extended an invitation to all Rotarians to stop by "A Great Gathering for a Great Cause," from 6 to 8 p.m. at Braemar Golf Course Clubhouse. For more info or to RSVP go here
 
Edina Give and Go is the recipient of donations in honor of each week's program speakers this Rotary year, as well as recently receiving a Edina Rotary Foundation grant from the Community Service Local Funding Committee. 

For more on the fundraiser, click on the link below...
 
Edina Give and Go Fundraiser is April 7 Jen Garske 2017-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann Platt on Mar 28, 2017
Our The Rotary Foundation Bowl Commissioners (Sandy Schley and Tim Murphy) and their team captains are busy contacting all members to ask that everyone donate to The Rotary Foundation (TRF). It doesn’t matter if it is $26.50 (which was the first donation in 1916 to start TRF) or whatever amount you are comfortable with. Several of you have become Paul Harris Society members, which means you are committing $1,000 a year. Congratulations and thank you!

Learn more about giving to TRF by clicking on the link below...
 
Why give to The Rotary Foundation? Ann Platt 2017-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
Dr. Mark Kroll will be the program speaker at the Thursday, March 30, Rotary Club of Edina meeting. Kroll is the retired chief technology officer and senior vice president at St. Jude Medical, and holds more than 340 U.S. patents for medical devices.
 
For more on the speaker, click on the link below...
 
Dr. Mark Kroll to speak at March 30 meeting Jen Garske 2017-03-24 05:00:00Z 0
Dr. Mark Kroll will be the program speaker at the Thursday, March 30, Rotary Club of Edina meeting. Kroll is the retired chief technology officer and senior vice president at St. Jude Medical, and holds more than 340 U.S. patents for medical devices.
Dr. Mark Kroll to speak at March 30 meeting Jen Garske 2017-03-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Johnson on Mar 23, 2017
The Rotary Club of Edina met on a grey, windy and gloomy Thursday, March 23, but our spirits were brightened with the fellowship of Rotarians. The program speaker was Judy Keen, editor at the Star Tribune, and she spoke about “Covering Politics in a New Era.” New members Nash Faulk and Scott Hawkins were officially inducted into the club. And two Edina Rotary Foundation local grants were given out by the Community Service—Local Funding Committee.

For more on the meeting, click on the link below...
 
In review Susan Johnson 2017-03-23 05:00:00Z 0
 
Rotary Club of Edina's TRF Director Sue Spalding recognized members for their donations to The Rotary Foundation at the March 16 meeting.  The Paul Harris Fellows included:

(Pictured)
  • Toni Gerard—PHF
  • Mike Eckert—PHF
  • Ross Peterson—PHF
  • Tom Ries—PHF+4
  • Keith Benson—PHF +5
  • Scott Tankenoff—PHF+6
  • Charlie Barer—PHF+8
(Not pictured)
  • Michael Stanzak—PHF+4
  • Jennifer Bennerotte—PHF+7
  • Joe Christensen—PHF +8
 
 
Rotarians honored March 16 for PHF donations Jen Garske 2017-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Johnson on Mar 21, 2017
 
Over 100 Rotarians gathered for our weekly meeting in the midst of March Madness and the day before St. Patrick’s Day.
 
Our feature presentation was about The Avenue on France by Bob Erickson, senior development manager for the developer Wildamere, and Dean Devolis, chief architect.
 
For more on the meeting, click on the link below...

 
In review Doug Johnson 2017-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
 
Rotarians and guests gathered at Cooks of Crocus Hill in Edina last Saturday, March 18, to do some Italian cooking and enjoy the delicious meal they prepared as teams. A great time was had by all, according to even organizer Rick Carlson, a member of the Membership Retention Committee. Thanks to Rick for planning the event, with Committee Chair Ken Andersen. Cheers!
Rotarians get cooking at March 18 class Jen Garske 2017-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina’s Board of Directors recently approved the applicant below for membership:
 
Mark Stageberg
Classification: Trial Attorney
Sponsor: Keith Benson
 
Written objections to the application must be submitted before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, to Rotary Club of Edina, 4801 W. 50th St., Edina, MN 55424.
 
Proposed for membership Jen Garske 2017-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
Thank you so much for the generous grant you've provided to Give and Go. Even in Edina, some families need a little extra help to reach full academic excellence. The Chromebook computers this grant allows us to purchase will be a game changer for our students. Your support is helping unlock opportunities, one student at a time—thank you! 
 
With gratitude,

Abigail Lugo
Executive Director
Edina Give and Go
 
Letter bag Jen Garske 2017-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Star Tribune editor Judy Keen as program speaker at the Thursday, March 23, meeting. Keen will speak about "Covering Politics in a New Era." Keen was previously on staff with USA Today, and covered three presidents, five presidential campaigns and numerous breaking news stories.

New members Nash Faulk and Scott Hawkins will be officially inducted into the club at the meeting.
 
Click on the link for more about the speaker...
Star Tribune's Judy Keen to speak at meeting Jen Garske 2017-03-17 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Star Tribune editor Judy Keen as program speaker at the Thursday, March 23, meeting. Keen will speak about "Covering Politics in a New Era." Keen was previously on staff with USA Today, and covered three presidents, five presidential campaigns and numerous breaking news stories.

New members Nash Faulk and Scott Hawkins will be officially inducted into the club at the meeting.
Judy Keen of the Star Tribune will speak at March 23 meeting Jen Garske 2017-03-17 05:00:00Z 0
March 16 topic will be France Avenue/66th Street development Jen Garske 2017-03-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Jessen on Mar 07, 2017
 
Rotary Club of Edina members attended the annual joint meeting with the Edina Morningside Rotary Club Tuesday morning, March 7. EMRC hosted our club at the meeting at the Edina Country Club, and welcomed members with balloons, welcome signs and flowers on the tables. The program speaker at the meeting was Dr. Michael Osterholm, former head epidemiologist for the Minnesota Department of Health.
 
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In review...March 7 meeting Mark Jessen 2017-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
Due to the joint meeting with Edina Morningside Rotary Club held Tuesday, March 7, there will be no regular Rotary Club of Edina meeting this Thursday, March 9. The next meeting will be Thursday, March 16. The program speaker March 16 will be Bob Erickson, who will talk about the new development at France Avenue and 66th Street in Edina. 
No Rotary Club of Edina meeting this Thursday, March 9 Jen Garske 2017-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann Platt on Mar 07, 2017
 
Last Wednesday, March 1, Joe Arends, Hannelore Brucker, Rick Carlson and I had an opportunity to take a hard hat tour of 66 West, our signature project for this Rotary year. The 66 West project will feature 39 units of affordable housing for young people who have experienced homelessness between the ages of 18 to 23. 
 
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Rotarians tour 66 West project Ann Platt 2017-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
The annual spring Rotary Club of Edina volunteer effort at Feed My Starving Children is set for Saturday, May 6. Rotarians, family and friends are welcome to register to pack meals for children in need around the world. We will meet at the Feed My Starving Children in Chanhassen from 9 to 11 a.m. 
 
Go to the Edina Rotary website to sign up online. Email Mike Sitek or call 952-836-6326 with questions. 
 
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Sign up now for Feed My Starving Children Jen Garske 2017-03-07 06:00:00Z 0

WHAT: Rotary After Hours

WHEN: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 10

WHERE: Pinstripes, 3849 Gallagher Drive, Edina

WHO: Rotarians and guests

REGISTRATION: online at the Rotary Club of Edina website

Click on the link to read more about the event...

 

Rotary After Hours is March 10 Jen Garske 2017-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
The annual join meeting with the Edina Morningside Rotary Club is at 7:30 a..m. today, Tuesday, March 7, at the Edina Country Club. The program speaker will be Dr. Michael Osterholm, who will speak on "Public Health and Infectious Disease." 
 
There will be no Rotary Club of Edina meeting on Thursday, March 9. 
 
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Joint meeting with EMRC is today, March 7 Jen Garske 2017-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
 
Rotarians were all smiles at the March 2 Rotary Club of Edina meeting, which featured program speaker Craig Warren, COO of Greater Twin Cities United Way. The meeting notes from the March 2 meeting will appear in next week's The Barker
 
 
March 2 Rotary Club of Edina meeting 2017-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
 
Several Rotarians brought significant others, children, grandchildren and friends to participate in the Rotary golf event at Golf Zone in Chaska last Friday, March 3. Organized by Membership—Retention Committee member Dan Hennen, participants could hit golf balls on the driving range from a shared stall, compete in the Mini Masters Golf Tournament, and partake in a catered dinner from Buca di Bepo and a dessert reception. Fun was had by all! Thanks to Dan for his hard work on this great family event.
 
 
Rotarians enjoy golf outing March 3 Jen Garske 2017-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
The annual join meeting with the Edina Morningside Rotary Club will be at 7:30 a..m. Tuesday, March 7, at the Edina Country Club. The program speaker will be Dr. Michael Osterholm, who will speak on "Public Health and Infectious Disease." 
 
There will be no Rotary Club of Edina meeting on Thursday, March 9. 
Joint meeting with EMRC is Tuesday, March 7 Jen Garske 2017-03-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jennifer Bennerotte on Mar 02, 2017
What difference will you make?
 
That’s the question program speaker Craig Warren asked Rotarians and their nine visitors at the March 2 meeting of the Rotary Club of Edina.
 
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In review...March 2 meeting Jennifer Bennerotte 2017-03-02 06:00:00Z 0
The next Rotary Vocational Development Group will be tomorrow, Wednesday, March 1. The speaker at the meeting will be Rotary Club of Edina President Ann Platt. 
 
Once a month, Edina Rotarians have a chance to connect with other club members, EMRC 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 on France in Edina. The meeting will feature a brief presentation from Ann, plus time for introductions, networking and questions. 
 
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Rotary Happy Hour/VDG is tomorrow, March 1 Jennifer Garske 2017-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
 
Rotarian Rick Carlson sent in a photo of Rotarians packing backpacks of food for kids to take home for the weekend at VEAP Feb. 23. Several area Rotary clubs participate in the Community Service project each school year, and Kenny Smith (center) coordinates the VEAP volunteers for our club this year. Thanks to all the volunteers who have helped out with the VEAP food project this Rotary year! 
 
 
Rotarians pack food for kids at VEAP Jen Garske 2017-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
Periodically we feature a newer member of the Rotary Club of Edina in The Barker. The Rotary Club of Edina welcomed Jim Platt as a member in August 2016. Jim's sponsor to the club was Ann Platt.
 
Click on the link to get to know more about Jim...
 
 
Meet a member...Jim Platt Jen Garske 2017-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Craig Warren as program speaker at the Thursday, March 2, meeting. Warren is the chief operating officer for Twin Cities United Way. He will speak about "We Are Humankind. Twin Cities United Way and Our Community."
 
Rotarian André Brewer will give his classification talk at the meeting.
 
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United Way's Craig Warren to speak March 2 Jen Garske 2017-02-25 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Craig Warren as program speaker at the Thursday, March 2, meeting. Warren is the chief operating officer for Twin Cities United Way. He will speak about "We Are Humankind. Twin Cities United Way and Our Community."
 
Rotarian André Brewer will give his classification talk at the meeting.
Twin Cities United Way's Craig Warren to speak March 2 Jen Garske 2017-02-25 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis Hykes on Feb 23, 2017
 
Edina Rotarians arrived for our regular meeting Feb. 23 to find the dining room decorated with helium balloons, and a plate of fancy cupcakes on each table. Turns out it was Rotary International’s 112th birthday. So, Happy Birthday to RI, and to us, and thanks President Ann Platt for adding color to our meeting!
 
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In review Dennis Hykes 2017-02-23 06:00:00Z 0

WHAT: Just Golf It & Mini-Masters Golf Tournament, plus dinner and dessert reception

WHEN: 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 3

WHERE: Golf Zone, 825 Flying Cloud Drive, Chaska

WHO: Rotarians and their families

REGISTRATION: online at the Rotary Club of Edina websiteDeadline to register is 5 p.m. March 2.

Click on the link to read more about the event...

Rotary Golf Event set for March 3 Jen Garske 2017-02-21 06:00:00Z 0

WHAT: Chamber/Rotary Edina State of Community event

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22

WHERE: Edina Country Club

WHO: All Rotarians are encouraged to attend. This does NOT take the place of the regular Rotary meeting Thursday, Feb. 23. 

REGISTRATION: Registration for the event is now closed. Edina residents may attend the meeting as non-lunching guests. An RSVP is appreciated to erica@edina.org. 

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Edina State of Community event is Feb. 22 Jen Garske 2017-02-21 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jennifer Bennerotte
Rotary’s Council on Legislation met last year, resulting in a new standard club constitution, Rotary clubs’ guiding document. The new constitution covers excused absences for senior members. As a result, our club’s bylaws must be amended to conform. At its January meeting, the Club’s Board of Directors recommended a change to Article 13 for “Member Types:”
 
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Board approves Senior Active change in bylaws Jennifer Bennerotte 2017-02-21 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina now has a “B2B Resource Table” for members to share information about their businesses or other organizations at weekly meetings.
 
Members may place business cards, promotional items, handouts or other materials on the table each week for others to take. Such materials are not allowed on luncheon tables, unless it is related to the featured speaker’s presentation or a club activity. Members who bring items for the B2B Resource Table are responsible for taking them at the end of the meeting; any items left will be thrown away or recycled by the Edina Country Club.
 
The table may be discontinued if it is found to be of little interest to members.
 
For more information, contact Past President Jennifer Bennerotte, jbennerotte@EdinaRotary.org.
 
 
B2B Resource Table at meetings Jen Garske 2017-02-21 06:00:00Z 0
 
The Interact Club of Edina held their second Skate to End Polio Feb. 10, to raise funds for The Rotary Foundation and their PolioPlus program. Those in attendance, including Edina Rotarians and their families, skated under the stars, and the event raised more than $1,500 for PolioPlus. Thanks to all who attended and donated money to the Interact Club for their biggest event of the year. 
 
 
Interact Club hosts skating for a cause Jen Garske 2017-02-21 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Edina is on LinkedIn! Jen Garske 2017-02-21 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina’s Board of Directors recently approved the applicants below for membership:
 
Theresa Bea
Classification: Family Law
Sponsor: Sutton McGraw
 
Nash Faulk
Classification: Health & Wellness
Sponsor: Greg Yoch
 
Scott Hawkins
Classification: Health & Wellness
Sponsor: Greg Yoch
 
Written objections to the application must be submitted before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, to Rotary Club of Edina, 4801 W. 50th St., Edina, MN 55424.
 
 
Proposed for Membership Jen Garske 2017-02-21 06:00:00Z 0
Maureen Hooley Bausch, CEO of the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, will be the program speaker at the Thursday, Feb. 23, Rotary Club of Edina meeting. 
 
Rotarian Jack Atnip will give his classification talk at the meeting.
 
Click on the link to read more about the speaker...
Maureen Bausch to speak at Feb. 23 meeting Jen Garske 2017-02-20 06:00:00Z 0
Maureen Hooley Bausch, CEO of the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, will be the program speaker at the Thursday, Feb. 23, Rotary Club of Edina meeting. 
 
Rotarian Jack Atnip will give his classification talk at the meeting.
Maureen Bausch to speak at Feb. 23 Rotary meeting Jen Garske 2017-02-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Melinda Inman on Feb 16, 2017
 
The Rotary Club of Edina met on an unseasonably warm Thursday, Feb. 16. The program speaker was Marna Anderson, development and communications director for Nonviolent Peaceforce, who spoke about "Unarmed Protection of Civilians in Conflict." Rotarian Jody Kern was honored as our club's newest Major Donor to The Rotary Foundation, with special meaning in this 100th year of TRF. And Libby Schmit gave a 2016–2017 Community Service local grant to Hearts and Hands on behalf of the Edina Rotary Foundation.  
 
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In review Melinda Inman 2017-02-16 06:00:00Z 0
 
Members of the Rotary Club of Edina were honored at last week's meeting, Feb. 9, for their donations to The Rotary Foundation. The following Paul Harris Fellows (PHF) were given pins and celebrated by David Clynes, a member of the TRF Committee, and the TRF Director for our club in 2017–2019. Rotarian Jim Roberts also helped with the presentation. Named new PFH distinctions were:
 
  • Ian Colville—PHF
  • Lisa Walker—PHF
  • Doug Johnson—PHF +1
  • Jim Roberts—PHF +1
  • Ann Platt—PHF +5
  • Jack Kennefick—PHF +6
  • Jean Morrison—PHF +6
  • Dan Mott—PHF +7
  • Brad Beard—PHF +8
 
PHF honored at Feb. 9 Rotary meeting Jen Garske 2017-02-14 06:00:00Z 0
Thank you for the beautiful flower arrangement for Kathy [Doty]. Your caring hearts and thoughtfulness is deeply appreciated.
 
The Doty/McClosky family
[Larry Doty, former Edina Rotarian]
 
 
Letter bag Jen Garske 2017-02-14 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Marna Anderson as program speaker at the Thursday, Feb. 16, meeting. Anderson is director of development and communications for Nonviolent Peaceforce. She will speak about "Unarmed Protection of Civilians in Violent Conflict." 
 
Click on the link for more info on the speaker...
 
 
Nonviolent Peaceforce topic at Feb. 16 meeting Jen Garske 2017-02-11 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Marna Anderson as program speaker at the Thursday, Feb. 16, meeting. Anderson is director of development and communications for Nonviolent Peaceforce. She will speak about "Unarmed Protection of Civilians in Violent Conflict." 
Marna Anderson of Nonviolent Peaceforce to speak Feb. 16 Jen Garske 2017-02-11 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Hutchison on Feb 09, 2017
The Rotary Club of Edina gathered Thursday, Feb. 9, to hear program speaker Dr. Michael McAlpine from the University of Minnesota. An associate professor of mechanical engineering, his talk focused on 3D printing and functional materials. Before we heard from Dr. McAlpine, Rotarian Brandon Azbill gave his classification talk, Keith Benson handed out a local grant to the city of Edina Communications Department, and much more! 
 
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In review Don Hutchison 2017-02-09 06:00:00Z 0
Rotarians were busy last week, Feb. 6–10, reading to third-graders at Creek Valley Elementary School in Edina. This is the second year that Rotarians have taken the Andy & Elmer’s Apple Dumpling Adventure books to students in Edina schools. It is the story of a young entrepreneur who starts an apple dumpling business. With the guidance of a mysterious voice, conveying the Four-Way Test, he turns his venture into a wonderful success and makes friends along the way.
 
Rotarians, books and apple dumplings! Jen Garske 2017-02-08 06:00:00Z 0
Rotarians are busy this week reading to third-graders at Creek Valley Elementary School. This is the second year that Rotarians have taken the Andy & Elmer’s Apple Dumpling Adventure books to students in Edina schools. It is the story of a young entrepreneur who starts an apple dumpling business. With the guidance of a mysterious voice, conveying the Four-Way Test, he turns his venture into a wonderful success and makes friends along the way.
 
The story was written and illustrated by Andrew J. Shoup, a children’s book author and illustrator. The book is jointly published by the Rotary Club of Fairborn, Ohio, and TokoBooks.
Thank you to Rotarians Mike Kallas, Jody Kern, Ann Platt, Josh Sprague, Michael Stanzak, Axel and Loreli Steuer and Sam Thompson, who were readers and helpers for the readings at the school.
A huge thank you to Renee Harberts for organizing the readers and coordinating with the school, and to Mary Swendsen, whose excellent apple dumplings were shared with the students.
 
Rotarians, books and apple dumplings! Jen Garske 2017-02-08 06:00:00Z 0
Sign up for the Rotary Cooking Class March 18 Jen Garske 2017-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Dr. Michael McAlpine from the University of Minnesota as program speaker at the Thursday, Feb. 9 meeting. Dr. McAlpine is an associate professor of mechanical engineering with a focus on 3D printing. He will speak about 3D Printing Functional Materials and Devices. 
 
Brandon Azbill will give his classification talk at the meeting.
Dr. Michael McAlpine to speak Feb. 9 2017-02-05 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Dr. Michael McAlpine from the University of Minnesota as program speaker at the Thursday, Feb. 9 meeting. Dr. McAlpine is an associate professor of mechanical engineering with a focus on 3D printing. He will speak about 3D Printing Functional Materials and Devices. 
 
Brandon Azbill will give his classification talk at the meeting.
Dr. Michael McAlpine from U of M to speak at Feb. 9 meeting 2017-02-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Hustad on Feb 02, 2017
 
Assisting with our meeting today were the following:
 
  • Greeters: Libby Schmit, Brad Pearson and San Asato
  • Front Desk: Mike Sitek
  • Invocation/Pledge/Four-Way Test: Sam Cote
  • Guest Introductions: Jennifer Bennerotte
  • Introduce the Speaker: Mike Kallas
  • Thank the Speaker: Josh Sprague
Ann Platt opened the meeting with 2 announcements: 
 
  • Recent former member Katie Bassett’s mother passed away; please keep Katie and family in your thoughts and prayers.
  • Several Rotarians’ businesses received the People’s Choice Award in the Sun-Current: Edina Liquor; Ellingson & Ellingson; Fairview Southdale Hospital; Grandview Tire & Auto; Pearson Orthodontics; Pets Are Inn; Southdale YMCA and Washburn McReavy. Congratulations!
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In review Mary Hustad 2017-02-02 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Deb Anderson as the program speaker at the Thursday, Feb. 2, meeting. Anderson is founder and owner of By the Yard, an outdoor furniture company located in Jordan, Minnesota. 
 
Anderson started By the Yard in 1995. Anderson will share the highs and lows of growing the business, as well as transitioning into retirement. Anderson is the sister of Edina Rotarian Mike Kallas.
 
Renee Harberts will give her classification talk at the meeting.
 
 
Deb Anderson to speak at Feb. 2 meeting Jen Garske 2017-01-30 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Deb Anderson as the program speaker at the Thursday, Feb. 2, meeting. Anderson is founder and owner of By the Yard, an outdoor furniture company located in Jordan, Minnesota. 
 
Renee Harberts will give her classification talk at the meeting.
By the Yard founder Deb Anderson to speak at Feb. 2 meeting Jen Garske 2017-01-30 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Hoffman on Jan 26, 2017
Last week we were warmly greeted by Michael Opitz and Ed Padilla. They are professionals. The front desk was handled by Marty Kupper, Libby Schmit and Axel Steuer. They had a busy day checking in the huuuuuuge number of guests on Prospective Member Day.

Things were a bit stressful for President Ann Platt as she could not contact our speaker. Phone calls, text messages, emails and smoke signals were sent but at 12:32 p.m., still no luck tracking down our speaker, Dr. Penny Wheeler. She even pulled me in for tech support—talk about desperation! Two minutes later the doctor was in the house and all was well. Ring the bell—meeting begins.
 
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In review Peter Hoffman 2017-01-26 06:00:00Z 0
The Edina High School Interact Club is planning a "Skate to End Polio" from 7 to 9 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 10, at Braemar Arena's Backyard Rink. Enjoy open skating with friends and family! All ages are welcome! Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids, and can be bought at upcoming Rotary meetings, the day of the event, or by contacting Josh Sprague.
 
All proceeds go towards Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign, which began in 1985 and has raised more than $1.3 billion towards the elimination of polio around the world. 
 
The skate-a-thon is sponsored by the Interact Club of Edina High School, Rotary Club of Edina, Edina Morningside Rotary Club and Braemar Arena. For more information, contact Josh Sprague.
 
 
Skate to End Polio is this Friday, Feb. 10! Jen Garske 2017-01-24 06:00:00Z 0
Periodically we feature a newer member of the Rotary Club of Edina on our website. The Rotary Club of Edina welcomed Hannelore Brucker as a member in July 2016. Hannelore's sponsor to the club was Josh Sprague. Click on the link to get to know Hannelore...
 
 
Meet a member: Hannelore Brucker Jen Garske 2017-01-24 06:00:00Z 0
Periodically we feature a newer member of the Rotary Club of Edina in The Barker. The Rotary Club of Edina welcomed Hannelore Brucker as a member in July 2016. Hannelore's sponsor to the club was Josh Sprague. Read on to get to know more about Hannelore...
 
Name: Hannelore A. Brucker
 
Classification: Medicine–Allergy (retired). Operated a private allergy office for 32 years, for 20 years with my husband, Dr. Heinrich K. Brucker, and after his passing, for 12 years as solo practitioner. Now I am involved in research for a National Allergy Meeting presentation. I will try to stay in research-oriented activities and will look for further practical work in the allergy field.
 
What was your first job? Helping my father in his medical office when I was a teenager.

Who was your first role model and why? Albert Schweitzer, theologian, physician and renowned organ player. My dream was to join his mission in Lambarene, then Belgish Kongo, in Africa. My contact came through a home town group, called “Friends of Albert Schweitzer.”
 
Why did you want to join Rotary? I am looking forward to the fellowship and hope to contribute doing good for my fellow human beings. 

What do you like best about being part of the Rotary Club of Edina? Every time I attended I was impressed with the friendliness of the members towards me as a newcomer.
 
What one piece of advice do you offer other business leaders? What I learned as a physician in problem solving was listening, listening and again listening. 
 
Thanks for joining the Rotary Club of Edina, Hannelore! 
 
 
Meet a member...Hannelore Brucker Jen Garske 2017-01-24 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Dr. Penny Wheeler as program speaker at the meeting Thursday, Jan. 26. Wheeler has been the president and CEO of Allina Health since 2015. This week is also Prospective Member Day at Edina Rotary! All members are encouraged to bring a friend or colleague that is interested in learning more about Rotary and our club. Rotary Club of Edina will provide lunch for all prospective members Jan. 26!
 
 
Penny Wheeler to speak at Prospective Member Day this Thursday, Jan. 26 Jen Garske 2017-01-22 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Dr. Penny Wheeler as program speaker at the meeting Thursday, Jan. 26. Wheeler has been the president and CEO of Allina Health since 2015. This week is also Prospective Member Day at Edina Rotary! All members are encouraged to bring a friend or colleague that is interested in learning more about Rotary and our club. Rotary Club of Edina will provide lunch for all prospective members Jan. 26!
Penny Wheeler to speak at Jan. 26 Prospective Member Day Jen Garske 2017-01-22 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott MacDonald on Jan 19, 2017
Today I am writing The Barker for Bob Hildreth, only because he bribed me with dinner at a downtown establishment! 

Also, I am going to resurrect The Barker writing style of our former Rotarian and Mayor of Edina, the Honorable Jim Van Valkenburg, and write it the day before the meeting.

The cast of characters helping President Ann Platt today are: Sandy Schley, Scott Neal, Jeff Ohe, Kim Stoner, Bill McReavy, Steve Slyce, Dale Walker and yours truly. You can be assured they all did their jobs satisfactorily. You know the drill, if Ann is happy we all are happy.

Don’t forget to sign up for the bowling event at the Park Tavern Saturday, Jan. 28th. I am sure someone got up and made an announcement about it. I would be there but I will be in Puerto Rico. If you want to come join me, call Marty Kupper at Martin Kupper Travel Services, and he will set you up. 

Also, I know that some of you are thinking of me around 2:45 Puerto Rico time on Feb. 2 when my phone will start ringing (Jon Barnett, Alarms R Us, and Jeff Ohe, Show Me the Money) during the meeting. 

Also, if you haven’t made your pledge to The Rotary Foundation, get on with it. After all, “It’s for the Kids."
 
Steve Buettner introduced two students from Edina High School, Caroline Harmening and Ben Lohrding, who shared their many accomplishments while at EHS and their plans for the future. 

Our speaker today was Will Steger. If you don’t know who Will is and what he has accomplished so far, you have lived a sheltered life! Everyone knows who Will Steger is, right?

A formidable voice calling for understanding and the preservation of the Arctic, and the Earth, Will Steger is best known for his legendary polar explorations. He has traveled tens of thousands of miles by kayak and dogsled over 50 years, leading teams on some of the most significant polar expeditions in history.

Steger led the first confirmed dogsled journey to the North Pole without re-supply in 1986, the 1,600-mile south-north traverse of Greenland (the longest unsupported dogsled expedition in history) in 1988, and led the first dogsled traverse of Antarctica (the historic seven-month, 3,741-mile International Trans-Antarctica Expedition) in 1989–1990. His achievements and awards would take all day to write and read, but if you were to sum everything up, you know that he is a leader in raising awareness of the urgency of climate change and the opportunity for solutions. 

Will spoke on his experiences as an explorer and his work with the Steger Wilderness Center (in Ely, Minnesota) and Climate Generation.

For additional information, please go to www.willsteger.com.
 
Meeting adjourned. 
 
 
In review Scott MacDonald 2017-01-19 06:00:00Z 0
Rotarians and guests gathered Saturday, Jan. 14, for the first Edina Rotary Ice Bowling Championship at the home of Tom and Catherine Gump. Tom is president of the Edina Morningside Rotary Club, and hosted the event, along with help from other members of the Ice Bowling Committee.
 
Rotarians and other attendees at at the Edina Rotary Foundation Fundraiser & Gala last Oct. 1, 2016, had a chance to bid on a spot at the Ice Bowling Championship during the Silent Auction. Lucky winners participated in an evening of food and drinks at the Gumps' home in Edina, with the Ice Bowling Championship taking place on the intricate ice bowling venue located on the grounds. The winning team received a trophy, but accolades are given to all whose participation supported the Edina Rotary Foundation. Congratulations, ice bowlers!
 
 
Edina Rotary Ice Bowling Championship! Jen Garske 2017-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina is excited to welcome Will Steger as program speaker at the Thursday, Jan. 19, meeting. Steger is a polar explorer and educator and founder of the Steger Wilderness Center and Climate Generation (formerly Will Steger Foundation). He will talk about his work with the Steger Wilderness Center.
 
 
Polar explorer Will Steger to speak at Jan. 19 meeting Jen Garske 2017-01-14 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina is excited to welcome Will Steger as program speaker at the Thursday, Jan. 19, meeting. Steger is a polar explorer and educator and founder of the Steger Wilderness Center and Climate Generation (formerly Will Steger Foundation). He will talk about his work with the Steger Wilderness Center.
 
 
Polar explorer Will Steger to speak Jan. 19 Jen Garske 2017-01-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bradley Hepp on Jan 12, 2017
Today our welcoming greeters were Kim Stoner, Dan Mott and David Kunz. Helping at the front desk was Bob Solheim.
 
Brad Beard introduced our guests:
 
  •     Sherre Roberts, wife of Jim Roberts
  •     Callie Roberts, daughter of Jim Roberts
  •     Nash Faulk, guest of Greg Yoch
  •     Dr. Scott Hawkins, guest of Greg Yoch
  •     Theresa Bea, guest of Greg Yoch
  •     Mike Anderson, guest of Dave Hatzung
  •     Koren Nelson, guest of Terry Stevens
  •     Loreli Steuer, wife of Axel Steuer
  •     Kaitlin Lui, student guest of Axel Steuer
Kaylin Eidsness shared a wonderful invocation with a quote from former President FDR, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
 
John Buttolph made an announcement regarding our upcoming bowling event Jan. 28 at Park Tavern in St. Louis Park.

Jim Roberts gave a terrific Classification Talk. As a pilot for Delta Airlines, he has been in aviation over 31 years. Born in Edina, and a graduate of Edina West High School, Jim has a wife and 3 children. Jim shared some of his favorites: Fort Myers Airport, and Fleetwood Mac, the greatest musical group.
 
Sue Spalding kicked off the Rotary International Bowl and introduced the two team captains and members of the Blue and Gold teams. The team members will be contacting club members in the coming months to talk about donations to The Rotary Foundation.

Greg Yoch came forward to announce that Jan. 26 is Prospective Member Day, so bring a guest/future member.

Greg Yoch then introduced our speaker, a terrific business professional, Scott Litman, who is the managing partner for EQUALS 3. Scott provided an introduction to “Lucy,” which is a very unique electronic program that provides new ways for technology to support business development. The values and benefits as to how digital formats can transform all business and websites was astounding. IBM is very involved in the “Lucy” program. As a system that is seven times faster and 75 percent lower in costs, the future looks great for “Lucy."

Dr. Steve Veker provided a “thank you” to our speaker for his very informative presentation.

President Ann Platt provided her closing remarks and “thanks to all” for our Rotarian friendships and creativity.
 
 
 
In Review Bradley Hepp 2017-01-12 06:00:00Z 0

The annual Edina Rotary Bowling Event was Jan. 28. More than 40 Rotarians and guests (including Youth Exchange student Justine Onama) gathered at Park Tavern in St. Louis Park to dine, compare custom bowling shirts and be divided up into teams for the cutthroat competition. Door prizes were given out (many great door prizes!) and gutter balls and strikes were thrown. After the pins had settled, the winners and losers were awarded their trophies. 

They had a ball! Annual Rotary Bowling Night a success Jan. 28! Jen Garske 2017-01-10 06:00:00Z 0

The annual Edina Rotary Bowling Event was Jan. 28. More than 40 Rotarians and guests (including Youth Exchange student Justine Onama) gathered at Park Tavern in St. Louis Park to dine, compare custom bowling shirts and be divided up into teams for the cutthroat competition. Door prizes were given out (many great door prizes!) and gutter balls and strikes were thrown. After the pins had settled, the winners and losers were awarded their trophies. 

Sonja Tengdin was awarded the "Best Bowler" trophy for achieving the highest individual score of the night. Jim Platt cheerfully accepted the award for the lowest individual score of the evening. 

The team with the lowest scores of the night, or the "Biggest Losers," were Arlene Chung (who accompanied Rotarian Jack Atnip to the event), Club Administrator Jennifer Garske and Dave Tengdin. 

The team with the second highest scores of the night were David Aase, Kelly Sprague, Michael Stanzak and Sonja Tengdin. 

And the winning team of the night, with the highest scores, were John Flynn, Paul Mooty, Jeff Ohe and Nancy Slyce. Congratulations to all the winners!

Event chair Mark Jessen received a round of applause for the successful event, as well as his co-chairs, John Buttolph and Sutton McGraw. Thanks for all your hard work!

 

They had a ball! Bowling Night a success! Jen Garske 2017-01-10 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Edina will welcome entrepreneur Scott Litman as program speaker at the Thursday, Jan. 12, meeting. Litman, co-founder of Magnet 360 and the Minnesota Cup, will talk about his latest venture—Equals 3, the use of artificial intelligence with IBM's super computer, Watson.
 
Jim Roberts will give his classification talk at the meeting.
 
 
Scott Litman to speak Jan. 12 Jen Garske 2017-01-06 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Edina will welcome entrepreneur Scott Litman as program speaker at the Thursday, Jan. 12, meeting. Litman, co-founder of Magnet 360 and the Minnesota Cup, will talk about his latest venture—Equals 3, the use of artificial intelligence with IBM's super computer, Watson.
 
Jim Roberts will give his classification talk at the meeting.
Scott Litman to speak at Jan. 12 meeting Jen Garske 2017-01-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dan Hennen on Jan 05, 2017
President Ann Platt opened the this first meeting in 2017 on a beautiful and cold winter day.
 
We were greeted by Paul Mooty, Bob Perkins and new member Kim Stoner. Mitch Robinson helped out at the front desk. 
 
Jody Kern introduced the many guests that joined us:
 
  • Karen B. Herman, guest of Skip Thomas
  • Sean Boylan, guest of David Clynes
  • Grace Fink, guest of David Clynes. Grace played piano for us as before the meeting.
  • Mary Fink, guest of David Clynes. She is the Interact Club of Edina advisor at the high school.
  • Nash Faulk, guest of Greg Yoch
  • Kara Souther, guest of Jen Tregarthen
  • Theresa Bea, guest of Sutton McGraw
  • Sanna Lee, guest of Joe Arends
  • Visiting Rotarian Jodie Tervo Roberts from Superior Rotary Club in Wisconsin, who was checking out our club after moving to the area.
  • Visiting Rotarian Darin Trites from Frazee, Minnesota, also a guest of Royce Pavelka, and also checking out our club after relocating to the Twin Cities. 
The heartfelt invocation was delivered by the Rev. Tom Cook.
 
Salvation Army Bell ringers were thanked for raising a total of $7,068. The Rotary ringing project was once again chaired by Dan Hallberg with assistance from Wayne Harmon.
 
New member Kim Stoner was officially inducted into the club by Past President Brad Hepp. Jody Kern is Kim's sponsor.
 
Sutton McGraw promoted the upcoming Rotary Club of Edina Bowling Night, set for Saturday, Jan. 28, at Park Tavern in St. Louis Park.
 
Community Service—Local Funding Director Keith Benson introduced Lauren Daumueller of Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative at the meeting. Lauren gave an update on the 66 West project (Edina Rotary Foundation's Signature Project for the 2016–2017 Rotary year), including info on hard-hat tours of the building for those interested. Keith mentioned that part of Rotary District 5950's grant approval to contribute to 66 West was that our club put in sweat equity on the project. Those opportunities will be coming soon too!
 
Royce Pavelka gave a very rich introduction for the speaker of the day, Eileen Rice.
 
Rice gave a presentation on the Innocence Project, "Causes of Wrongful Convictions." She is a former FBI agent and is now an investigator with WayPoint Inc. She sits on the board of directors of the Innocence Project of Minnesota, a non-profit organization which seeks to free the wrongfully convicted. Rice welcomes questions on the Innocence Project of Minnesota. To contact her write to erice@waypointinc.com.  
 
Andrea Thompson Miller thanked the speaker for her presentation.
 
President Ann Platt closed the meeting. 
 
 
In review Dan Hennen 2017-01-05 06:00:00Z 0
Edina Rotarians, family and friends rang the bell at the Salvation Army red kettle at Jerry's Foods in Edina from Dec. 19 through 23. Dan Hallberg once again chaired the project for our club with the help of Wayne Harmon, and has shared the final results the bell ringers raised. Our kettles gathered a total of $7,068 during the five days, including $2,631 on "Ring for Joel Day" Dec 21. 
Rotary bell ringers have success at red kettle Jen Garske 2017-01-04 06:00:00Z 0
Edina Rotarians, family and friends rang the bell at the Salvation Army red kettle at Jerry's Foods in Edina from Dec. 19 through 23. Dan Hallberg once again chaired the project for our club with the help of Wayne Harmon, and has shared the final results the bell ringers raised. Our kettles gathered a total of $7,068 during the five days, including $2,631 on "Ring for Joel Day" Wednesday, Dec 21. Our club honored longtime Rotarian Joel Jennings by ringing in his name, and all the donations received in the red kettle that day were matched.
 
Dan and Wayne wanted to thank everyone who covered the 14 two-hour shifts all that week. The volunteers included:
 
  • Monday, Dec. 19—Ann Platt, Jim Platt, Sam Cote, MJ Cote, Greg Yoch, and Gary Pedersen
  • Tuesday, Dec. 20—Bob Perkins, Terry Stevens, Les Jones, Teresa Christensen, Jennifer Garske and Karla Wennerstrom
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21—Tom Ries, Valerie Burke, Paul Mooty, Paul Peterson, Marty Kupper, André Brewer, Terry Stevens and Hannelore Brucker
  • Thursday, Dec. 22—Bob Solheim, Dave Hatzung, Brad Beard, Skip Thomas, Jody Kern and Kim Stoner
  • Friday, Dec. 23—Jon Barnett, Dan Hallberg and Josh Sprague and family
 
This is our 10th year of Edina Rotary serving the Salvation Army in our community. Dan and Wayne look forward to keep ringing for the Salvation Army in the future!
 
Thanks to Dan and Wayne for their efforts coordinating the volunteers, and providing support each day at the red kettle. Also thanks to everyone who stopped by to toss in some change and support your fellow Rotarians and the Salvation Army!
 
 
 
Bell ringers have success at red kettle Jen Garske 2017-01-04 06:00:00Z 0
Periodically we feature a newer member of the Rotary Club of Edina on our website. The Rotary Club of Edina welcomed Andrea Thompson Miller as a member in June 2016. Andrea's sponsor to the club was Josh Sprague. Click on the link to get to know Andrea...
 
 
Meet a member: Andrea Thompson Miller Jen Garske 2016-12-21 06:00:00Z 0
Rotarians and guests gathered at the Edina Country Club Thursday, Dec. 15, for the annual Rotary Club of Edina Holiday Party. More than 120 people enjoyed food, drink and warm conversation by the fire as they celebrated the holidays. Many holiday-themed ties and sweaters were worn, as well as one amazing suit that was the very definition of holiday spirit! Christmas cheer was evident and a good time was had by all.
 
Thanks to party chairs Marty Kupper and Steve Slyce for once again organizing such a wonderful evening. 
 
Merry Christmas Rotarians! We'll see you in 2017!
 
Merry and bright: Rotary Holiday Party Jen Garske 2016-12-21 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann Platt on Dec 21, 2016
It is almost 2017 and I thought I would review some of the highlights of the first six months of this Rotary year. I think you'll agree that we've been busy! If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me!
 
July—December 2016
 
Community Service Projects
  • Special Olympics bowling event
  • Feed My Starving Children food packing
  • Edina Rotary Adopt-a-Park cleanup day
  • VEAP Student Food Packing for weekend meals for students on school lunch program
  • Thanksgiving Baskets assembled and delivered to 77 families in need
  • Salvation Army bell ringing at Jerry’s Foods, with matched donations on “Ring for Joel Day” in honor of longtime Rotarian Joel Jennings
  • Holiday Giving Program donates gifts to Cornerstone and VEAP
  • Daily delivery of day-old bread to food shelves from Jerry's Foods
Social Events
  • Peter Frampton concert at the Orpheum with pre-concert cocktail party
  • St. Paul Saints baseball game
  • Fall Fireside Chats hosted at members' homes
  • St. Paul Chamber Orchestra concert and dinner
  • Holiday Party with over 120 guests
  • Monthly Vocational Development Group/Happy Hour to network and socialize
Edina Rotary Foundation Fundraiser & Gala
  • More than 270 people in attendance
  • “New York State of Mind” theme with dueling pianos entertainment
  • Raised over $100,000 for the Edina Rotary Foundation to fund special projects, youth programs and grants
Local Grants and Youth Service Programs
  • Both inbound and outbound Youth Exchange students for 2016–2017 school year
  • Ongoing support of the Interact Club at Edina High School 
  • Camp Enterprise with over 100 high school students in attendance
  • Leadership Ethics Seminar for 63 Edina High School students
  • Signature Project: Community Room at 66 West, an apartment building for 39 young adults who have experienced homelessness, which will open in June 2017
  • Local Funding Committee is in process of reviewing over 25 grant requests
Meeting/Program Speaker Highlights
  • Doug Baker, CEO of Ecolab
  • Rhoda Olson, CEO of Great Clips
  • Patrick Hunt, Director of the Ryder Cup
  • Richard Schulze, Founder of Best Buy
  • Jonathan Finnoff, Director of the Mayo Clinic Minneapolis
  • Jennifer Smith, CEO of Innovative Office Solutions
  • Joe Puishys, CEO of Apogee Corporation
  • Jennifer Jones, Rotary International Vice President
  • Scott Wolter, The History Channel
A donation is made each week in the speaker’s name to Edina Give and Go, a non-profit that ensures that all Edina students are able to participate in activities that they may not be able to afford.

I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday season and I look forward to working with you next year to ensure that we continue to “Do Good in the World!”
 
 
From the President Ann Platt 2016-12-21 06:00:00Z 0
Periodically we feature a newer member of the Rotary Club of Edina in The Barker. The Rotary Club of Edina welcomed Andrea Thompson Miller as a member in June 2016. Andrea's sponsor to the club was Josh Sprague. Read on to get to know more about Andrea...
 
Name: Andrea Thompson Miller
 
Classification: Employer Consulting; PEO Business Consultant for Doherty/Oasis in Edina. I also am a custom jeweler making diamond and colored stone jewelry in my free time. 
 
What was your first job? My first paid job was babysitting for all the neighborhood kids but my first W-2 came from Byerlys in Burnsville. I was a grocery checker on weekends and after school sports.

Who was your first role model and why? My first role model aside from my parents/grandparents has to be my High School Dance Coach Mauri. She taught me how to channel my drive and determination into competition dancing and helped me win trophies and top awards all across the country. My 8-year-old daughter is attending Mauri's School of Dance at the very same studio and I couldn't be more thrilled!
 
Why did you want to join Rotary? My journey with Rotary began a few years ago when my business partner joined and brought me as a guest a few times. I since have done my due diligence and found that the camaraderie, volunteer efforts, faith and patriotic base along with eradicating Polio really spoke to me and I had to be a part of this Edina Club. 

What do you like best about being part of the Rotary Club of Edina? Having countless opportunities to give back and get involved in what's going on in my backyard and the world. 
 
What one piece of advice do you offer other business leaders? Integrity, kindness and being proactive about internal business practices and external products and services will determine your future success. Develop a network of likeminded business owners and friends. 
 
What a wonderful addition to the club you are, Andrea! 
 
 
Meet a member...Andrea Thompson Miller Jen Garske 2016-12-21 06:00:00Z 0
I would like to take the opportunity to thank Rotary once again for providing me with the opportunity to learn, build teamwork skills, and challenge myself [at Camp Enterprise]. I would especially like to thank you for awarding me with the scholarship.
 
Thank you so much!
 
Madi Drent
Lakeville
2016 Camp Enterprise participant
 
 
Letter bag Jen Garske 2016-12-20 06:00:00Z 0
Your generous support provides hope for children around the world. Thank you for your faithful partnership. It is an honor to feed God's children side by side with you.
 
You are a blessing!
 
Lisa Pederson
Site Manager
Feed My Starving Children, Chanhassen
 
 
Letter bag Jen Garske 2016-12-20 06:00:00Z 0
The next Rotary Vocational Development Group will be tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 4. The speaker at the meeting will be Dick Crockett of the Edina Community Foundation. He is a member of the Edina Morningside Rotary Club. 
 
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.
 
Contact Renee Harberts for more information.
 
 
Rotary VDG/Happy Hour is tonight, Jan. 4 2016-12-20 06:00:00Z 0
Several members of the Rotary Club of Edina were honored at the Dec. 8 meeting as multiple Paul Harris Fellows, having donated multiple gifts of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation. TRF Director for our club, Sue Spalding, handed out the PHF pins to members, with the help of David Clynes. It was also announced at the meeting that David will be the 2016–2017 TRF director for our club.
 
The following members were honored:
 
  • Kaylin Eidsness, PHF+1
  • Sam Thompson, PHF+1
  • Mark Jessen, PHF+2
  • Scott Neal, PHF+2
  • Gary Pedersen, PHF+3
  • Keith Benson, PHF+4
  • Rick Carlson, PHF+5
  • Rick Burrock, PHF+6
  • Wayne Harmon, PHF+7
  • Dan Mott, PHF+7
  • Steve Slyce, PHF+7
  • Sam Cote, PHF+8
Congratulations to these members! There will be several PHF recognition ceremonies at meetings during the Rotary year.
 
 
Members honored as PHF at Dec. 8 meeting Jen Garske 2016-12-20 06:00:00Z 0
Incoming Rotary District 5950 Governor Bob Halagan is encouraging all Rotarians to take the District 5950 Membership Survey! If you have not done so, please fill out your survey. Survey results and analysis will be shared with the membership as soon as it becomes available. The deadline for completing the survey is now Dec. 29, so click on this link and share your opinions on Rotary and District 5950.
 
You can also find the survey link on the District 5950 home page. The survey will only take about 5 to 10 minutes to complete. 
 
Thank you!
Take a few moments for Rotary District survey Jen Garske 2016-12-20 06:00:00Z 0
The next Rotary Vocational Development Group will be tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 1. The speaker at the meeting will be Sutton McGraw. 
 
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, 7171 France Ave. S., 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.
 
Contact Renee Harberts for more information.
 
 
Rotary Happy Hour/VDG is tonight, Feb. 1 Jennifer Garske 2016-12-13 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Youth Exchange students Claudio and Justine had a bird's eye view of Edina and the surrounding area in November when they got a ride with Rotarian, and Delta Airlines pilot, Jim Roberts. They are shown here with the plane they flew in with Jim, taking off from Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie.
YE students take flight with Rotarians' help Jen Garske 2016-12-13 06:00:00Z 0
Former FBI agent Eileen Rice will be the program speaker at the first Rotary Club of Edina meeting of the New Year, this Thursday, Jan. 5. Rice, now an investigator with WayPoint Inc., will speak about "Causes of Wrongful Convictions," and her work with the Innocence Project. She sits on the board of directors of the Innocence Project of Minnesota, a non-profit organization which seeks to free the wrongfully convicted.
 
New member Kim Stoner will be officially inducted into the club at the meeting.
 
 
Eileen Rice is speaker at Jan. 5 meeting Jen Garske 2016-12-13 06:00:00Z 0
Former FBI agent Eileen Rice will be the program speaker at the first Rotary Club of Edina meeting of the New Year on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. Rice, now an investigator with WayPoint Inc., will speak about "Causes of Wrongful Convictions," and her work with the Innocence Project. She sits on the board of directors of the Innocence Project of Minnesota, a non-profit organization which seeks to free the wrongfully convicted.
 
New member Kim Stoner will be officially inducted into the club at the meeting.
 
There is no Rotary Club of Edina meeting Dec. 29 due to the New Year's holiday.
Eileen Rice to speak about Innocence Project at Jan. 5 meeting Jen Garske 2016-12-13 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Edina members will be ringing the bell at the Salvation Army red kettle at Jerry's Foods in Edina this week. Volunteers were there Monday and Tuesday, and will continue ringing Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 21–23. Stop by and support the volunteers as they brave the cold and last-minute holiday food shoppers! 
 
Rotary ringers will be at Jerry's Foods from 2 to 8 p.m. today, Wednesday, Dec. 21, for "Ring for Joel Day," in honor of longtime Rotary Club of Edina member Joel Jennings. Joel rang the bell at the red kettle with Rotary many times over the years. We'll honor Joel by ringing in his name, and all the donations received in the red kettle that day from 2 to 8 p.m. will be matched. Thursday, Dec. 22, Rotary ringers will be at Jerry's from 2 to 8 p.m., and Friday, Dec. 23, Rotary volunteers will ring from 2 to 6 p.m.
 
Thanks to all the Rotarians, Interact members and others who volunteered to take part in this Rotary tradition. Special appreciation goes to Dan Hallberg and Wayne Harmon for once again coordinating this year's volunteers, and providing support each day at the red kettle. Stop by and toss in some change and support your fellow Rotarians and friends as they ring for a great cause! 
 
 
Rotary ringers at Jerry's Foods this week! Jen Garske 2016-12-13 06:00:00Z 0

This Thursday, Dec. 15, is the annual Rotary Holiday Party from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Edina Country Club. Join your fellow Rotarians for a chance to celebrate the holidays with a variety of hearty appetizers and a cash bar. There will be lots of room to sit and relax in the living room to catch up with old and new friends in Rotary. You can bring gifts to donate to the Holiday Giving Program as well.

Registration for the Holiday Party has now closed. If you would still like to attend, please contact contact Marty Kupper or Steve Slyce.

We hope to see you Thursday evening!

Holiday Party is this Thursday, Dec. 15; bring gifts to donate Jen Garske 2016-12-13 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Edina members will be ringing the bell at the Salvation Army red kettle at Jerry's Foods in Edina Monday through Friday, Dec. 19–23. Stop by and support the volunteers as they brave the cold and last-minute holiday food shoppers! 
 
Rotary ringers will be at Jerry's Foods from 2 to 8 p.m. Dec. 19 through Dec. 22, and from 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 23. Wednesday, Dec. 21, is "Ring for Joel Day," in honor of longtime Rotary Club of Edina member Joel Jennings. Joel rang the bell at the red kettle with Rotary many times over the years. We'll honor Joel by ringing in his name, and all the donations received in the red kettle that day from 2 to 8 p.m. will be matched.
 
Rotarians ringing bell at red kettle at Jerry's Foods all next week Jen Garske 2016-12-13 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Hegman on Dec 08, 2016
 
Following President Ann Platt calling the meeting to order, Wooj Byun gave us some very thoughtful words related to “What is giving?" The Pledge of Allegiance was followed by the recitation of the Rotary Four-Way Test.
 
Jim Roberts helped at the front desk. You were greeted by Alan Mogck and Terry Moore.

Kris Maser introduced 10 visitors and one visiting Rotarian (from the Uptown Rotary Club).
 

 
President Ann, in the spirit of the holidays, then recognized the seven members of the Edina Country Club wait staff, along with both Club accountant Patti Ellingson-Solheim and Club administrator Jennifer Garske. Patti and Jen were given very festive floral arrangements!

Steve Slyce followed with the reminder of the Rotary Holiday Party being held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at the ECC. You can count on good food and conversation at this event! (Registration has now closed, but contact Steve or Marty Kupper if you would still like to attend.)

Our Past President, Jennifer Bennerotte, next reviewed the Nominating Committee’s various board nominations for the 2017–2018 Rotary year:
 
Club Board
  • Sam Thompson, Officer
  • Joe Arends, Community Service—Local Projects
  • Renee Harberts, Social
  • Dan Hennen, Public Image
  • Marty Kupper, Club Service
  • Shelly Loberg, International Service
  • Kip Peterson, Youth Service
  • Jim Ryman, Community Service—Local Funding  
Edina Rotary Foundation Board
  • Jennifer Bennerotte, At-large Director
  • Steve Slyce, At-large Director
Sam Thompson next introduced Claire Swift, an outbound Youth Exchange student last school year, 2015–2016. Claire outlined her 2015–2016 experience living in a small town close to Milan, Italy. Claire showed off her host families, many new friends and reviewed her travels all over Italy, along with the fun time she had during "Carnival."
 
Finally, our Club's The Rotary Foundation Director Sue Spalding spoke to the fundraising success of the club currently reaching almost 50 percent of the goal for donations to The Rotary Foundation in the 2016–2017 Rotary year. Also, Sue spoke of the latest Paul Harris Fellows. Eleven members were recognized, many being multiple Paul Harris Fellows (PHF). They were:
 
  • David Clynes
  • Sam Cote
  • Steve Slyce
  • Wayne Harmon
  • Rick Carlson
  • Mark Jessen
  • Gary Pedersen
  • Scott Neal
  • Sam Thompson
  • Rick Burrock
  • Kaylin Eidsness
 
Interestingly, Sue shared that our club has 80 Paul Harris Fellows.

After Jennifer Bennerotte’s speaker introduction, our two speakers, Andrew Lutaya and Kate Meredith each did an admirable job of educating us on the upcoming Highway 169 Improvement Project. Mr. Lutaya is the West Area Engineer with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). Ms. Meredith is with the 494 Corridor Commission.
 
We learned that the project extends from Highway 62 in Edina to Highway 55 in Plymouth. The anticipated duration is nine months—Jan. 10 through October 2017.  
 
Andrew itemized the four Highway 169  improvements that will be addressed during this nine-month project:
 
  1. Replacement of the Nine Mile Creek Bridge (between Bren Road and 7th Street).  This will include a pedestrian tunnel.
  2. Repair the pavement from Highway 62 to Highway 55, and the noise walls. There could be noticeable lane closures during this process.
  3. Lengthen the acceleration/deceleration lanes to/from Cedar Lake Road. 
  4. Close the 16th Street ramp (southbound). There have been many crashes and traffic interruptions in this area. 
Our other speaker, Kate Meredith represented the Commuter Services Outreach Program of the 494 Corridor Commission. This commission deals with commuter parking, coordinating van and car pools, ride matching, bike rack availability, etc. Kate reviewed the many local companies that have been very cooperative in working with this Improvement Program, including Best Buy, Mall of America, Normandale Lake Office Park, Normandale Community College, Starkey Labs, Cargill, and more.
 
For additional information on this project, the speakers recommended that we go to: http://www.mndot.gov/metro/projects/hwy169hopkins
 
 The speakers were thanked by Axel Steuer and the meeting was adjourned by President Ann at 1:30 p.m.
 
In review Mark Hegman 2016-12-08 06:00:00Z 0
The upcoming construction project on Highway 169 will be the program topic at the Thursday, Dec. 8, Rotary Club of Edina meeting. Melissa Madison, Executive Director of the I-494 Corridor Commission and Commuter Services, and Andrew Lutaya, a senior project manager with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, will speak about the scope and timeline of the project that begins in January 2017. Their program is titled "State of the Commute." 
 
New member Kim Stoner will be officially inducted into the club at the meeting.
 
The Dec. 8 meeting is the last regular Rotary meeting of the year. The Rotary Holiday Party will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Edina Country Club. Due to the holidays, there are no Rotary meetings Dec. 22 and 29. The next regular meeting will be at the usual time and place Jan. 5, 2017.
 
 
Highway 169 project is Dec. 8 program topic Jen Garske 2016-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
The amazing work that The Rotary Foundation does throughout the world was honored recently. The Rotary Foundation was named the World's Outstanding Foundation for 2016 by the Association of Fundraiser Professionals. Rotary Club of Edina members support TRF with their yearly donations, and our club develops and contributes to TRF projects around the world. 
 
For more information on The Rotary Foundation, go here, or contact our club's TRF Director, Sue Spalding.
TRF named World's Outstanding Foundation for 2016 Jen Garske 2016-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
The upcoming construction project on Highway 169 will be the program topic at the Thursday, Dec. 8, Rotary Club of Edina meeting. Melissa Madison, Executive Director of the I-494 Corridor Commission and Commuter Services, and Andrew Lutaya, a senior project manager with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, will speak about the scope and timeline of the project that begins in January 2017. Their program is titled "State of the Commute." 
 
New member Kim Stoner will be officially inducted into the club at the meeting.
 
The Dec. 8 meeting is the last regular Rotary meeting of the year. The Rotary Holiday Party will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Edina Country Club. Due to the holidays, there are no Rotary meetings Dec. 22 and 29. The next regular meeting will be at the usual time and place Jan. 5, 2017.
Highway 169 project topic of Dec. 8 meeting 2016-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Hayes on Dec 01, 2016
We were greeted today by our newest inducted member and the only Boomer Sooner in the club, Jen Tregarthen, the Unstoppable Dave Hatzung and, I guess, Billy McReavy. Just around the corner the fun begins with Mr. & Ms. Claus, or better known as Tom Pirsch and Jean Morrison, collecting gifts for the Rotary Holiday Giving Program, which will be given to Cornerstone's Holiday Shop and VEAP's Holiday Toy Drive. Donations can also be brought to the Dec. 8 meeting and to the Rotary Holiday Party Dec. 15. Cash and check donations are accepted.
 
 
Diligently working the front desk with Jen Garske was Tom Ries. Madame President Ann Platt began the meeting with a sincere thank you to Michael Stanzak and Mary Hustad for all their work on another successful Thanksgiving Basket meeting. Great job Mary and Michael.
 
A very thoughtful invocation was brought to us by John Buttolph, with an excellent quote from Ben Franklin. Chuck Agan introduced the following guests and visiting Rotarians: 
 
  • Greg Yoch's guest was Gary Johns 
  • Dave Hatzung's guest was Tim Soterberg 
  • Scott Neal's guest was Tara Brown
  • Keith Benson's guest was Marlo Stageberg
  • Hokyn Lee from South Korea was a visiting Rotarian at the meeting. 
  • Edina Morningside Rotary Club member Dick Crockett was also in attendance.
Dan Hallberg announced the dates and location of this year's Salvation Army’s Bell Ringing for our club, and that one day of the bell ringing will be in honor of Joel Jennings. All donations collected that day during our club's time ringing the bell will be matched! Members will be ringing at Jerry's Foods on Vernon Avenue in Edina from 2 to 8 p.m. Dec. 19 through 22, and from 2 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 23. Wednesday, Dec. 21, is Ring for Joel Day.
 
 
Membership Committee Member and Past President Steve Slyce inducted our newest member, Jen Tregarthen, at the meeting. Jen is sponsored by Greg Yoch. Jen is new to our club but not to Rotary as she was a member of the Norman Sooner Rotary Club in Oklahoma. Welcome Jen.
 
Mike Kallas introduced one of our 2015–2016 outbound Youth Exchange students, Walter Sullivan, who gave an informative review of his experience in Sweden. Steve Buettner brought our Edina High School students guests, Eric Etukyo and Emily Neville, (former neighbor and talented kid).
 
 
Our program was brought to us by Tom Bach, Edina West Class of '79, who has had a distinguished career with Northwest Airlines and United HealthCare. Tom introduced Scott F. Wolter who is a forensic geologist and petrographer. Wolter graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Geology and Earth Science from the University of Minnesota–Duluth in 1982. Professionally, he has worked as a petrographer since 1985. 
 
Wolter is the host of History channel's hit show "America Unearthed," which follows him on his quest to uncover the truth behind controversial historic artifacts. He also co-hosted History’s "Pirate Treasure of the Knights Templar" about late 17th century pirate shipwrecks, Freemasons and the Knights Templar.

Scott did an excellent job of tailoring his program to fit our timeline. Scott has an ongoing quest to uncover the mysteries of the controversial Kensington Rune Stone he examined in 2001. We discovered only about half of the members and guests present knew about the Kensington Rune Stone. As Scott explained, the Kensington Rune Stone is a medieval document carved in rock. Scott proposed it is a land claim, carved in Minnesota in 1362. It is said to have been written by a party of Templar Knights. The rune stone was found in Kensington, Minnesota, by Olof Ohman in 1890 in the roots of an Aspen tree. As said, the runes were caked with mud so Olof used a nail to scratch them out and attempt to read them. Those scratch marks would haunt the rune stone as detractors claimed that they were the marks of recent carving. In fact the scratches are down in the runes and the remainder of the carved surfaces show obvious weathering compared to the scratches. The runes were quite old, certainly older than the 20 years Olof had been in the area. Scott conducted a study to compare the weathering of the rune stone to other similar stones exposed to similar climate for a known period in order to deduce an age. Tombstones of slate in Maine that were approximately 200 years old were selected. Samples were taken with permission and studied. The carvings on the tombstones did not have complete mica deterioration and the rune stone did. This made it possible to conclude that the rune stone was carved more than 200 years ago. This of course, rules out any any hoax and any conclusion other than the rune stone is an artifact of pre-Columbian European contact. More information can be found at http://scottwolteranswers.blogspot.com/2016/02/kensington-rune-stone-deception.html
 
In 1990, Scott founded American Petrographic Services and continues to serve as president. He has been the principal petrographer in more than 7,000 material forensic investigations throughout the world, including the evaluation of fire-damaged concrete from the Pentagon following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Scott quest to find Jeff Ohe's heart has come up empty, but he did find a big ego. 
 
Leann Stessman thanked Scott, and Madame President Platt concluded another successful meeting.
 
 
 
In review Joe Hayes 2016-12-01 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina joined with Edina Morningside Rotary Club and the Interact Club of Edina High School Nov. 23 to assemble and deliver 77 Thanksgiving Baskets to families in need in our community. Almost 170 Rotarians, friends and family gathered to help with the event!
 
Click on the link to see more photos from this wonderful joint project between our club and EMRC...
Record number of Rotarians, guests help at Thanksgiving Baskets Ann Platt 2016-11-29 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Scott F. Wolter as the program speaker at the Thursday, Dec. 1, meeting. Wolter is a forensic geologist and petrographer and will speak about "The Kensington Rune Stone Mystery Solved."
 
Wolter, best known as the host of History channel's hit show "America Unearthed," which follows him on his quest to uncover the truth behind controversial historic artifacts and sites found throughout North America, and beyond. He also co-hosted History’s "Pirate Treasure of the Knights Templar" about late 17th century pirate shipwrecks, Freemasons and the Knights Templar.
   
Wolter is also the author of several books including "Akhenaten to the Founding Fathers: The Mysteries of the Hooked X" and "The Hooked X: Key to the Secret History of North America." Together these books cover the story of his continuing research and resulting discoveries made over the last 15 years, beginning with his ongoing quest to uncover the mysteries of the controversial Kensington Rune Stone he examined in 2001. The Kensington stone is a medieval document carved in rock which Scott proposed is a land claim, carved in Minnesota in 1362, by a party of Templar Knights.  
 
Wolter graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Geology and Earth Science from the University of Minnesota–Duluth in 1982. Professionally, he has worked as a petrographer since 1985. In 1990, he founded American Petrographic Services and continues to serve as President. He has been the principal petrographer in more than 7,000 material forensic investigations throughout the world, including the evaluation of fire-damaged concrete from the Pentagon following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. 
 
New member Jen Tregarthen will be officially inducted into the club at the meeting.
 
 
Scott Wolter to speak Dec. 1 Jen Garske 2016-11-29 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann Platt on Nov 29, 2016
It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror and the winter holidays are fast approaching. As Edina Rotarians, we have many blessings that we can count. Last Wednesday, Nov. 23, Michael Stanzak, with assistance from Mary Hustad, made arrangements for 77 Thanksgiving Baskets to be delivered to families in need in our community. More than 100 Rotary Club of Edina members with family and friends, along with 55 Edina Morningside Rotary Club members and guests, as well as eight members of the Edina High School Interact Club, assembled and delivered the baskets. This was a record number of helpers—almost 170! 

Our Community Service—Local Funding Committee is busy vetting grant requests. These monies are available due to the success of this year’s Edina Rotary Foundation Fundraiser & Gala, which netted $105,000. This would not have occurred without the leadership of gala Co-Chairs Sam Thompson and Leann Stessman. They put together an amazing evening with both exciting silent and live auction items and lively entertainment so that we could meet our revenue goal while having fun. Kudos to both Sam and Leann.
 
Congratulations also to Marty Kupper and Mike Opitz, who organized another successful raffle as part of the 2016 Fundraiser & Gala. They have coordinated the distribution and collection of the raffle tickets for the past 10 years, and it is estimated that the club has netted over $160,000! Marty and Mike are the Raffle Kings!  

There are many activities coming up in December and hopefully each of you will donate a gift for those less fortunate through our Rotary Holiday Giving Program (bring donations to the Dec. 1 and 8 meetings), sign up for Salivation Army bell ringing (contact Dan Hallberg) and attend the Rotary Holiday Party on Dec. 15 (register now!).
 
 
From the President Ann Platt 2016-11-29 06:00:00Z 0
Edina Rotarians are invited to participate in an Edina Chamber of Commerce survey that is collecting stakeholder and community input to direct the economic development strategy for the city of Edina. This strategy is expected to guide activities in the community over the next ten years. This survey is not a city project, but is from the Chamber.

Future iQ Partners is collecting this information for area organizations and you may answer the survey anonymously.

The survey link can be found here.

The survey will only take five minutes to complete. Deadline to participate is tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 30.
 
 
Rotarians invited to take Chamber survey Jen Garske 2016-11-29 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Scott F. Wolter as the program speaker at the Thursday, Dec. 1, meeting. Wolter is a forensic geologist and petrographer and will speak about "The Kensington Rune Stone Mystery Solved." He is founder and president of American Petrographic Services, headquartered in St. Paul. He is also an author and host of History channel's television show, "American Unearthed."
 
New member Jen Tregarthen will be officially inducted into the club at the meeting.
Scott Wolter to speak at Dec. 1 meeting Jen Garske 2016-11-29 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Hatzung on Nov 23, 2016
A total of 169 people were greeted by our Chairman of this event of many years, the Honorable and Ever Enthusiastic Michael Stanzak. We also had three District 5950 Governors in attendance, and a crew from Korea filming this event—more about that later.
 
Helping out at the front desk for the Thanksgiving Baskets Assembly meeting were Wayne Harmon and Mary Hustad.  
 
Michael Stanzak thanked Mary Hustad, who organized and planned the distribution of the Thanksgiving Baskets. He then thanked some of the people that prior to lunch, picked up some of the food that we packed into our Thanksgiving baskets. Our partners in the Thanksgiving Baskets project, the Edina Morningside Rotary Club, contributed to the event in many ways. Michael thanked Jane Ehresmann, who brought the bread and oranges for the baskets and organized her club's participation. Ted Field, who donated hats and mittens to the baskets through his Warm Hands, Warm Heads, Warm Hearts project. Tom and Erick Ries, Tom Bach, Sam Cote, André Brewer and others put together the boxes for the food distribution. Tom Pirsch and Ted Yoch picked up the pumpkin pies for the baskets. He also thanked Zdenek Kratky of EMRC, who helped with all the canned goods donated by Del Monte, thanks to Rick Brannen.

 
 
Wooj Byun, in his most humbled manner, then told about the film crew that has been following him around and were here today. Because he is one of the most successful Rotary Scholars to ever come out of Korea, he is being honored for that and Korea sent this crew here to film him for a few days. Way to go Wooj!

 
Michael introduced the eight Interact students from Edina High School who were here to help. The Interact Club members told us about some of the current and upcoming projects, including the Skate to End Polio coming up on Feb. 10.

Mark Hegstrom, 2016–2017 Rotary District 5950 Governor, talked for a few minutes about community service and about his Thanksgiving Basket delivery last year and how emotionally rewarding that was to him and his wife, Colleen.
 
Michael Stanzak then shared the following story, a classic familiar to those who have attended Thanksgiving Baskets in past years:
 
A Father, a Daughter and a Dog
A true story by Catherine Moore
 
"Watch out! You nearly broad sided that car!" My father yelled at me. "Can't you do anything right?"
 
Those words hurt worse than blows. I turned my head toward the elderly man in the seat beside me, daring me to challenge him. A lump rose in my throat as I averted my eyes. I wasn't prepared for another battle.
 
"I saw the car, Dad . Please don't yell at me when I'm driving..."
 
My voice was measured and steady, sounding far calmer than I really felt.
 
Dad glared at me, then turned away and settled back. At home I left Dad in front of the television and went outside to collect my thoughts...dark, heavy clouds hung in the air with a promise of rain. The rumble of distant thunder seemed to echo my inner turmoil. What could I do about him?
 
Dad had been a lumberjack in Washington and Oregon. He had enjoyed being outdoors and had reveled in pitting his strength against the forces of nature. He had entered grueling lumberjack competitions, and had placed often. The shelves in his house were filled with trophies that attested to his prowess.
 
The years marched on relentlessly. The first time he couldn't lift a heavy log, he joked about it; but later that same day I saw him outside alone, straining to lift it. He became irritable whenever anyone teased him about his advancing age, or when he couldn't do something he had done as a younger man.
 
Four days after his sixty-seventh birthday, he had a heart attack. An ambulance sped him to the hospital while a paramedic administered CPR to keep blood and oxygen flowing.
 
At the hospital, Dad was rushed into an operating room. He was lucky; he survived. But something inside Dad died. His zest for life was gone. He obstinately refused to follow doctor's orders. Suggestions and offers of help were turned aside with sarcasm and insults. The number of visitors thinned, then finally stopped altogether. Dad was left alone..
 
My husband, Dick, and I asked Dad to come live with us on our small farm. We hoped the fresh air and rustic atmosphere would help him adjust.
 
Within a week after he moved in, I regretted the invitation. It seemed nothing was satisfactory. He criticized everything I did. I became frustrated and moody. Soon I was taking my pent-up anger out on Dick. We began to bicker and argue.
 
Alarmed, Dick sought out our pastor and explained the situation. The clergyman set up weekly counseling appointments for us. At the close of each session he prayed, asking God to soothe Dad's troubled mind.
 
But the months wore on and God was silent. Something had to be done and it was up to me to do it.
 
The next day I sat down with the phone book and methodically called each of the mental health clinics listed in the Yellow Pages. I explained my problem to each of the sympathetic voices that answered in vain.
 
Just when I was giving up hope, one of the voices suddenly exclaimed, "I just read something that might help you! Let me go get the article.."
 
I listened as she read. The article described a remarkable study done at a nursing home. All of the patients were under treatment for chronic depression. Yet their attitudes had proved dramatically when they were given responsibility for a dog.
 
I drove to the animal shelter that afternoon. After I filled out a questionnaire, a uniformed officer led me to the kennels. The odor of disinfectant stung my nostrils as I moved down the row of pens. Each contained five to seven dogs. Long-haired dogs, curly-haired dogs, black dogs, spotted dogs all jumped up, trying to reach me. I studied each one but rejected one after the other for various reasons—too big, too small, too much hair. As I neared the last pen a dog in the shadows of the far corner struggled to his feet, walked to the front of the run and sat down. It was a pointer, one of the dog world's aristocrats. But this was a caricature of the breed.
 
Years had etched his face and muzzle with shades of gray. His hip bones jutted out in lopsided triangles. But it was his eyes that caught and held my attention. Calm and clear, they beheld me unwaveringly.
 
I pointed to the dog. "Can you tell me about him?" The officer looked, then shook his head in puzzlement. "He's a funny one. Appeared out of nowhere and sat in front of the gate. We brought him in, figuring someone would be right down to claim him. That was two weeks ago and we've heard nothing. His time is up tomorrow." He gestured helplessly.
 
As the words sank in I turned to the man in horror. "You mean you're going to kill him?"
 
"Ma'am," he said gently, "that's our policy. We don't have room for every unclaimed dog."
 
I looked at the pointer again. The calm brown eyes awaited my decision. "I'll take him," I said. I drove home with the dog on the front seat beside me. When I reached the house I honked the horn twice. I was helping my prize out of the car when Dad shuffled onto the front porch.
 
"Ta-da! Look what I got for you, Dad!" I said excitedly.
 
Dad looked, then wrinkled his face in disgust. "If I had wanted a dog I would have gotten one. And I would have picked out a better specimen than that bag of bones. Keep it! I don't want it!" Dad waved his arm scornfully and turned back toward the house.
 
Anger rose inside me. It squeezed together my throat muscles and pounded into my temples. "You'd better get used to him, Dad. He's staying!"
 
Dad ignored me. "Did you hear me, Dad?" I screamed. At those words Dad whirled angrily, his hands clenched at his sides, his eyes narrowed and blazing with hate. We stood glaring at each other like duelists, when suddenly the pointer pulled free from my grasp. He wobbled toward my dad and sat down in front of him. Then slowly, carefully, he raised his paw.
 
Dad's lower jaw trembled as he stared at the uplifted paw confusion replaced the anger in his eyes. The pointer waited patiently. Then Dad was on his knees hugging the animal.
 
It was the beginning of a warm and intimate friendship. Dad named the pointer Cheyenne. Together he and Cheyenne explored the community. They spent long hours walking down dusty lanes. They spent reflective moments on the banks of streams, angling for tasty trout. They even started to attend Sunday services together, Dad sitting in a pew and Cheyenne lying quietly at his feet.
 
Dad and Cheyenne were inseparable throughout the next three years. Dad's bitterness faded, and he and Cheyenne made many friends. Then late one night I was startled to feel Cheyenne's cold nose burrowing through our bed covers. He had never before come into our bedroom at night. I woke Dick, put on my robe and ran into my father's room. Dad lay in his bed, his face serene. But his spirit had left quietly sometime during the night.
 
Two days later my shock and grief deepened when I discovered Cheyenne lying dead beside Dad's bed. I wrapped his still form in the rag rug he had slept on. As Dick and I buried him near a favorite fishing hole, I silently thanked the dog for the help he had given me in restoring Dad's peace of mind.
 
The morning of Dad's funeral dawned overcast and dreary. This day looks like the way I feel, I thought, as I walked down the aisle to the pews reserved for family. I was surprised to see the many friends Dad and Cheyenne had made filling the church. The pastor began his eulogy. It was a tribute to both Dad and the dog who had changed his life.
 
And then the pastor turned to Hebrews 13:2. "Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.
 
"I've often thanked God for sending that angel," he said.
 
For me, the past dropped into place, completing a puzzle that I had not seen before: the sympathetic voice that had just read the right article... Cheyenne 's unexpected appearance at the animal shelter...his calm acceptance and complete devotion to my father...and the proximity of their deaths. And suddenly I understood. I knew that God had answered my prayers after all.
 
Life is too short for drama or petty things, so laugh hard, love truly and forgive quickly. Live While You Are Alive. Forgive now those who made you cry. You might not get a second time.
 
But do share this with someone. Lost time can never be found.
 
God answers our prayers in His time...not ours.

 
Michael closed with how "not what we say about our blessings in important, but how we use them is the true meaning of Thanksgiving."

 
Mary Hustad then announced the 25 groups of Rotarians and friends and relatives who then each packed three of the Thanksgiving boxes they were to deliver.  And the two Edina Rotary clubs, as our Past President Bob Stehlik used to say as he closed each of his meetings—"Sow[ed] the Seeds Of Love"—delivering more than 75 Thanksgiving dinners to families in need in our community.
 
In review David Hatzung 2016-11-23 06:00:00Z 0
Around 25 Rotary Club of Edina members and guests enjoyed a musical evening out in St. Paul last Saturday, Nov. 19. Organized by Wade Thommen, as part of the Membership Retention Committee, the group enjoyed a social hour followed by dinner at Bonfire Wood Fire Cooking, and then walked to St. Paul's United Church of Christ on Summit Avenue for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's "Dvorak's Serenade for Winds" concert. 
 
In the New Year, Director Ken Andersen and the Membership Retention Committee have many fun events planned for members, kicking off with the annual Rotary Bowling Night Jan. 28! Stay tuned for more info on upcoming social events for Rotarians and guests!
 
 
A Rotary musical evening Nov. 19 Jen Garske 2016-11-22 06:00:00Z 0
Periodically we feature a newer member of the Rotary Club of Edina on our website. The Rotary Club of Edina welcomed Tom Cook as a member in April 2016. Tom's sponsor to the club was David Clynes. Click on the link to get to know Tom...
Meet a member: Tom Cook Jen Garske 2016-11-22 06:00:00Z 0
Periodically we feature a newer member of the Rotary Club of Edina in The Barker. The Rotary Club of Edina welcomed Tom Cook as a member in April 2016. Tom's sponsor to the club was David Clynes. Read on to get to know more about Tom...
 
Name: Tom Cook
 
Classification: Ministry
 
What was your first job? I was a grocery clerk and cashier with Winn-Dixie grocers in central Florida.

Who was your first role model and why? My father was certainly my earliest role model. His positive approach to life, good natured relationships, and care for us as a family were (and remain) inspiring.
 
Why did you want to join Rotary? My father introduced me to Rotary many years ago, and his long experience with the club was very meaningful for him. That planted a seed in me for the same experience. And Rotary Club is a chance to know many of the great people of my new home city and its people in ways that allow us to support the community and each other.

What do you like best about being part of the Rotary Club of Edina? Definitely a fun, well-organized and welcoming group of people. The weekly camaraderie is energizing, and I’m learning a lot about Edina and the area.
 
What one piece of advice do you offer other business leaders? Successful enterprise begins and thrives where relationships are firm, honest and helpful. Take the time to know the people with whom you work and serve, and be sincere in all you do with them.
 
We are lucky to have you as a member of the Rotary Club of Edina, Tom!
 
 
Meet a member...Tom Cook Jen Garske 2016-11-22 06:00:00Z 0
Thanks again for remembering me with an invitation to the Veterans Day Luncheon. [A] really nice tribute each year or all the vets. Good program, speakers, food and fellowship. 
 
Dan 
Edina
 
 
Letter bag Jen Garske 2016-11-22 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina’s Board of Directors recently approved the applicant below for membership:
 
Kim Stoner
Classification: IT Consulting
Sponsor: Jody Kerns
 
Written objections to the application must be submitted before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, to Rotary Club of Edina, 4801 W. 50th St., Edina, MN 55424.
 
 
Proposed for Membership 2016-11-22 06:00:00Z 0

This Thursday, Dec. 15, is the annual Rotary Holiday Party from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Edina Country Club. Join your fellow Rotarians for a chance to celebrate the holidays with a variety of hearty appetizers and a cash bar. There will be lots of room to sit and relax in the living room to catch up with old and new friends in Rotary.

Payment for guests, as well as Senior Active and Honorary Members, can be made at the door by cash, check or credit card (there is a fee for credit card payments). Cost is $20. Make sure you check in at the registration table when you arrive that evening.

Valet parking will be offered at the ECC. Note that only cash will be accepted to purchase beverages at the bar. The ECC does not have a cash machine on site.

Registration for the Holiday Party has now closed. If you would still like to attend, please contact contact Marty Kupper or Steve Slyce.

 

The party is your last chance to donate to the Holiday Giving Program! Please bring UNWRAPPED gifts for children of any age (infant all the way through teens) as well as gifts for moms, dads, and families, to the Edina Country Club during the Holiday Party on Thursday. Benefitting from this year's program are Cornerstone's Holiday Shop and VEAP's Holiday Toy Drive. Contact Jean Morrison if you have questions or need ideas for gifts to donate. Thank you!
 

We hope to see you Thursday evening!

 

Holiday Party is this Thursday, Dec. 15 at ECC; bring gifts to donate to Holiday Giving Program Jen Garske 2016-11-19 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Edina members are encouraged to bring unwrapped gifts, gift cards or cash or check donations to the Dec. 8 meeting! Rotarian Jean Morrison is once again spearheading the effort to spread holiday cheer in our community by donating gifts to families in need this holiday season. This year the Rotary Holiday Giving Program will donate gifts to Cornerstone's Holiday Shop and VEAP's Holiday Toy Drive. Donations can also be brought to the Rotary Holiday Party Dec. 15. 
 
Contact Jean for ideas for gifts or more information about the program.
Donate gifts to the Holiday Giving Program Dec. 1, 8 and 15 Jen Garske 2016-11-19 06:00:00Z 0
This Wednesday, Nov. 23, the Rotary Club of Edina will join with the Edina Morningside Rotary Club and friends and family to assemble Thanksgiving Baskets to deliver to families in need in our community this holiday season. We will gather for lunch at 11:45 a.m. at the Edina Country Club, with a short program by Michael Stanzak about the event. Then everyone will work with their team to assemble the baskets with all the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner. The teams will then deliver the baskets to families in the community. 
 
Registration for the meeting has closed. Please contact Michael Stanzak if you have questions.
 
There is no Rotary Club of Edina meeting on Thursday, Nov. 24.
Annual Thanksgiving Baskets Assembly is Wednesday, Nov. 23 Jen Garske 2016-11-19 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Harvey on Nov 17, 2016
Our Nov. 16 meeting was called to order by President Ann Platt. It was announced that the annual Edina Rotary Foundation Fundraiser & Gala held Oct. 1 raised nearly $105,000, which brought a round of applause and whoops and hollers. Well done! Ann thanked Gala Co-Chairs Sam Thompson and Leann Stessman.

Greeters for the meeting were John MacLennan, Kris Maser and André Brewer. Bob Stehlik and Erick Ries helped at the front desk. Valerie Burke gave a lovely invocation with a theme of “gratitude.” She also lead the Pledge of Allegiance and the Rotary Four-Way Test. 

David Aase introduced the guests that were present:
 
  • Preston Schmidt was a guest of John Mazzara.
  • Viras Narula was a guest of Royce Pavelka.
  • Dr. Gary Johnson was a guest of Michael Stanzek.
  • Theresa Bea was a guest of Sutton McGraw.
  • Zavier Bicott was a guest of David Clynes.
  • Kim Stoner was a guest of Jody Kern, and was approved by the board as a member earlier in the day.
  • Ted Manderfield and David Eichholt were guests of Scott MacDonald.  Ted and David, the performers known as Deuces Wild, entertained us at this year's Fundraiser & Gala.
  • Jackie Harvey was a guest of Bob Harvey.
 
It was an entertaining lunch, complete with “ingredients” for a perfect Thanksgiving meal.  Member Bob Solheim encouraged all to sign up for assembling and delivering Thanksgiving meals to local families in need. Bob announced that over 1,000 families have received Thanksgiving baskets over the years. Join together for lunch on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 11:45 a.m., then assemble the baskets and deliver them. 
 

Two Edina High School students were guests for this meeting. Member Steve Buettner introduced the students, Christina Orth and Ty Dowda, who each shared a short bio with us. Both students are very involved both in and out of school and have hearts for service. Both will graduate next June and will attend college in the fall of 2017. Clearly, Christina and Ty have bright futures ahead of them. Congratulations to both Edina High School students.

A new member was inducted officially into the club by one of our past presidents, Brad Hepp. André Brewer is sponsored into the Edina Rotary by Sam Cote. André is involved with Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert and his classification will be Youth Development/Camps. Welcome André. 

Our club’s The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Chair, Sue Spalding, introduced the speakers for this meeting. Sue is a former TV news affiliate in the Ames and Des Moines, Iowa, area and is the current CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association of Minnesota and North Dakota. Sue shared that The Rotary Foundation is celebrating 100 years this year and is a “vast source for doing good in the world.” The goal for TRF is “every Rotarian, every year” so that with sustained funding, many more projects around the world can be completed and lives can be changed and dramatically improved. The goal for the TRF campaign this year is 100 percent participation to raise $100,000 for the 100th year. Letters are in the mail to members to promote the campaign.
 
Sue introduced Past Rotary District Governors Tim Murphy and Jim Nelson. These men shared the importance of supporting TRF each Rotary year. A short clip of a video by Joel Jennings was played. Joel explained that “people who give are happier people.” In the spirit of the motto of the TRF, “Doing Good in the World,” Tim and Jim encouraged all to give generously to the fund. Some examples of the types of projects that are funded by the TRF and matching funds by the District Designated Funds are: water purification and sanitation; disease prevention and treatment; peace and conflict prevention and resolution; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; economic and community development. This is all in addition to the Polio Plus effort. A suggested minimum donation by each Rotarian is $365 per year or “a dollar a day.” The Rotary Club of Edina has traditionally given the biggest portion of the District’s annual funds to TRF. Way to go Edina Rotary! Tim and Jim thanked all who already give to the TRF and encouraged those who have not given in the past to do so. The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to “enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.”  
 

 
Will Steinke thanked Tim and Jim for their informative presentation. President  Ann Platt closed the meeting.
 
 
In review Bob Harvey 2016-11-17 06:00:00Z 0

Join us for the Edina Rotary Happy Hour/Vocational Development Group. The December Rotary Happy Hour will be held at a different date and time than usual. The next gathering will be Monday, Dec. 12, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Mezz, located upstairs in Lunds & Byerly's at 7171 France Ave. S. in Edina. Access The Mezz from the entrance closest to France Avenue (SW corner of the store). Wine and craft beer is available at your own cost. A limited menu may be available, but you can also purchase food in the grocery deli and bring it upstairs.

The event will feature a short social period, with a "formal" program beginning at 6 p.m. Each person will have a brief opportunity to introduce themselves and make new connections. A featured presenter will have 15 minutes to share information that is relevant to his or her profession followed by a short Q&A period. The speaker at the Dec. 12 gathering is Dick Crockett of the Edina Community Foundation. Dick is a member of the Edina Morningside Rotary Club. 

Other upcoming speakers are:

  • Jan. 4, 2017—Dan Hennen
  • Feb. 1, 2017—Sutton McGraw
  • March 1, 2017—Ann Platt

Rotary Happy Hour is a collaboration between the Rotary Club of Edina and EMRC. Contact Renee Harberts for more information. 

Come and check out this Rotary event! 

 

No Rotary Happy Hour this week; set for Dec. 12 2016-11-16 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina is collecting holiday gifts for families in need in our community. Rotarian Jean Morrison is spearheading the Holiday Giving Program, and asks that members bring UNWRAPPED gifts for children of any age (infant all the way through teens) as well as gifts for moms, dads, and families, to the Edina Country Club in December. The gifts can still be dropped off at the Dec. 8 meeting, or at the Holiday Party on Thursday, Dec. 15.  Gift cards, cash or check donations are also welcome at the Dec. 8 meeting. Jean will take the funds donated and buy gift cards or other gifts to be donated as well. This year, the organizations benefiting from the Edina Rotary Holiday Giving Program will be:
 
Cornerstone—every year for the holidays, Cornerstone hosts the Holiday Shop for the families they serve. The Holiday Shop gives children from abusive homes the opportunity to shop for gifts for their parents and siblings. Cornerstone is a nonprofit agency that serves adults and children who  have been impacted by domestic violence, sexual violence and/or human trafficking. Cornerstone believes that together, we can ease the stress of the season and make the holidays brighter for families who are rebuilding their lives.  
 
VEAP—the annual Holiday Toy Drive collects gifts for children for the holidays. The holidays can be a challenging time for low-income families. Often, parents must choose between purchasing holiday gifts or maintaining the basic necessities of every day life. The goal of VEAP's Toy Drive is to provide one toy (a $10–$20 value), one book and two winter-wear items per child and one game per household for low-income families in Bloomington, Richfield, Edina and south Minneapolis. VEAP is a non-profit, social service agency that assists low-income families in these communities.

If you have questions about the program, or need gift ideas for children or families, contact Jean Morrison at jean@jeanmorrisonhr.com. 
 
Thank you for sharing your holiday spirit with those in need!
 
 
Donate to the Holiday Giving Program this week! Jen Garske 2016-11-16 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina meeting this Thursday, Nov. 17, will focus on The Rotary Foundation. With the 2016–2017 TRF campaign kicking off, the program at the meeting will be introduced by our club's TRF Chair Sue Spalding. Past District 5950 Governors Tim Murphy and Jim Nelson will speak about TRF, sharing with members the importance of supporting TRF each Rotary year. 
 
See below for info about next week's Thanksgiving Baskets Assembly, Wednesday, Nov. 23. 
 
There is no Rotary meeting Thursday, Nov. 24. 
Murphy, Nelson to speak about TRF Nov. 17 Jen Garske 2016-11-13 06:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina meeting this Thursday, Nov 17, will focus on The Rotary Foundation. With the 2016–2017 TRF campaign kicking off, the program at the meeting will be introduced by our club's TRF Chair Sue Spalding. Past District 5950 Governors Tim Murphy and Jim Nelson will speak about TRF, sharing with members the importance of supporting TRF each Rotary year. 
 
New member André Brewer will officially be inducted into the club at the meeting.
 
Next week's Rotary meeting is Thanksgiving Baskets Assembly, with the Edina Morningside Rotary Club, Wednesday, Nov. 23. Please sign up yourself and any guests here by Nov. 17 to join in for this special event. We will assemble baskets with all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal, and then teams will deliver the baskets to those in need in our community. This annual project is a great way for you and your family to give back before the holiday. Contact Michael Stanzak for more information.
 
There is no Rotary meeting Thursday, Nov. 24. 
Past District Governors to speak about TRF at Nov. 17 meeting Jen Garske 2016-11-13 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dan Hallberg on Nov 11, 2016
The eight southwest metro Rotary clubs hosted our annual Rotary salute to veterans on Friday, Nov. 11, at Bearpath Golf and Country Club in Eden Prairie. Greeters for our club were Shelly LobergScott MacDonald and Brad Hepp. Helping sign in guests and members at the front desk were San Asato and Marty Kupper. 
 
District 5950 Governor Mark Hegstrom welcomed the more than 250 Rotarians and guests and introduced Edina Rotarian Brigadier General Dennis Schulstad (Ret) as the emcee for the program promptly at 11:30 a.m.

After the Presentation of the Colors by the Chanhassen American Legion Post No. 80 Color Guard, our emcee led the Pledge of Allegiance.  The Rotary Brass Quintet, led by Edina Morningside Rotarian Mary Brindle, accompanied us in our National Anthem. Chaplain Lt. Col. Jerome Fehn then gave the invocation. 

Following lunch, our emcee introduced Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who gave a salute to our veterans. She noted that while we have just finished one of the most difficult elections of our time, we must focus on things that bring us together, not what divides us. Patriotism is a good example—it is the love of country that brings us together. 

Emcee Schulstad asked all of the veterans present to stand as their service song was played. The highlight occurred when he asked the four WWII vets to stand and be recognized. That quartet included our own Edina Rotarian Harold Hanson.  They were greeted by a standing ovation from everyone in the room.  
 
 
 
He then introduced our keynote speaker, Brigadier General Sandra Best. She is the first female general in the history of the Minnesota Air National Guard, and comes from a family of service veterans. Her grandfather served in WWI in1918.
 
General Best emphasized several key points:
 
  • Service in the military parallels our Rotary motto—Service Above Self.
  • We need to also recognize our veterans’ families.
  • Many more women are now serving in the military.
  • 22.8 percent of Minnesota Air National Guard and 17 percent of Minnesota Army National Guard are women.
  • We work to separate the politics from the participants.
  • Memorial Day is a time for somber remembrance.
  • Veterans Day is a time of triumph.
Our emcee thanked the speaker and ended the program at 1:05 p.m. after the Colors were retired.
 
 
In review Dan Hallberg 2016-11-11 06:00:00Z 0

This Wednesday, Nov. 23, the Rotary Club of Edina will join with the Edina Morningside Rotary Club and friends and family to assemble Thanksgiving Baskets to deliver to families in need in our community this holiday season. Almost 100 members of our club and guests have registered to attend, along with more than 20 Interact students! We will gather for lunch at 11:45 a.m. at the Edina Country Club, with a short program by Michael Stanzak about the event. Then everyone will work with their team to assemble the baskets with all the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner. The teams will then deliver the baskets to families in the community. 
 
Registration for the meeting has closed. Please contact Michael Stanzak if you have questions.
 
There is no Rotary Club of Edina meeting on Thursday, Nov. 24.
 
 
Thanksgiving Baskets is this Wednesday Jen Garske 2016-11-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kelley, Camp E Chair on Nov 08, 2016
The light drizzle Saturday, Oct. 29, could do nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of almost 100 Camp Enterprise students and the dozens of Rotarian volunteers as they cheered the final keynote speaker and waited to learn who wowed the volunteer venture capitalists and who would be awarded scholarships. With only five winners, the latter was a tough choice because every student hit it out of the park. According to one venture capitalist, "This group is going to fix the world's problems!"
 
Many thanks to the dedicated group of volunteers who made 2016 Camp Enterprise a rousing success. Sam Thompson is already on the lookout for help for 2017!
 
For more photos from the event, click on the link below or go to our Camp E Facebook page. Give the Camp E Facebook page a like while you are there!
 
 
Camp Enterprise 2016: Success and thanks Peter Kelley, Camp E Chair 2016-11-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kelley, Camp E Chair on Nov 08, 2016
The light drizzle Saturday, Oct. 29, could do nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of almost 100 Camp Enterprise students and the dozens of Rotarian volunteers as they cheered the final keynote speaker and waited to learn who wowed the volunteer venture capitalists and who would be awarded scholarships. With only five winners, the latter was a tough choice because every student hit it out of the park. According to one venture capitalist, "This group is going to fix the world's problems!"
 
Many thanks to the dedicated group of volunteers who made 2016 Camp Enterprise a rousing success. Sam Thompson is already on the lookout for help for 2017!
 
Camp E 2016: Success and thanks Peter Kelley, Camp E Chair 2016-11-08 06:00:00Z 0
The Area 3 Rotary Veterans Luncheon will be Friday, Nov. 11 at Bearpath Golf and Country Club, 18100 Bearpath Trail, Eden Prairie. Registration begins at 11 a.m. with live music, with the luncheon beginning at 11:15 and concluding at 1:15 p.m. 
 
Our club is one of eight southwest metro Rotary clubs in District 5950 to sponsor this special Veterans Day Luncheon to honor those who have served our country. The keynote speaker at the luncheon will be Brigadier General Sandra Best. She was named the first female general in the history of the Minnesota National Guard earlier this year. Emcee of the luncheon is General Denny Schulstad, U.S. Air Force (retired), a member of the Rotary Club of Edina. 
 
Registration for the luncheon has closed. For questions, contact President-Elect San Asato.
Rotary Veterans Luncheon is Nov. 11 in Eden Prairie Jen Garske 2016-11-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Renee Harberts on Nov 03, 2016
Our Nov. 3 meeting was called to order by our very capable president, Ann Platt. With the help of media giant Paul Peterson, we watched and listened to a video of the history of Rotary, 100 years of doing good both globally and in our own communities.  
 
We were greeted by members of Edina Rotary Club as well as members from the Edina Morningside Rotary Club. Steve Buettner lead us in the invocation, where he asked us not bow our heads, but instead to take a look around the room at all the men and women dedicated to helping improve the lives of others. He then lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Rotary Four-Way Test.

As this was a large and special Rotary meeting—shared with members from area Rotary clubs including Bloomington Daymakers, Bloomington Noon, Eagan Kick-Start, Eden Prairie AM, Eden Prairie Noon, Edina Morningside, Minneapolis City of Lakes, Minneapolis University, Minneapolis Uptown, Minnetonka and Richfield—guests and visiting Rotarians were asked to stand and be recognized as a group rather than being individually introduced. We were honored to have in attendance District 5950 Governor Mark Hegstrom and his wife, Colleen Hegstrom, as well as past District Governors Tim Murphy, Jim Nelson, Diann Kirby, Holly Callen and Sandy Schley.  

Kip Peterson, 2015 chair of Camp Enterprise and a volunteer at this year's Camp E, gave a re-cap of the successful three-day leadership camp. Ninety-nine students attended the camp at the end of October, and Edina High School student Ava Lusty thanked both Edina Rotary clubs for the opportunity to attend 2016 Camp E and explained how much she learned and what fantastic experience it was. 
 
 
Kim Ross, Eden Prairie Noon President and chair of this year's Area 3 Rotary Veterans Luncheon, announced the event will be Friday, Nov. 11, at Bearpath Golf and Country Club in Eden Prairie. The speaker will be Brigadier General Sandra Best.
 
President Ann Platt reminded us to sign up for Rotary Chamber Mixer Nov. 9 and Thanksgiving Baskets Nov. 23, both at the Edina Country Club.  

Past District Governor Tim Murphy introduced our esteemed speaker, Rotary International Vice President Jennifer Jones. Jennifer serves on the Rotary International Board of Directors and is a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland in Ontario, Canada. She spoke about the “Future of Rotary." She reminded us that what separates Rotary from other service organizations comes down to three key findings:
 
  1. We are leaders—leaders by mindset.
  2. Connectivity—we make global connections.
  3. We are a community service club scaled globally—we go as big or as little as we want.  

Jeff Ohe thanked Jennifer for her inspirational talk.  Ann closed the meeting with a quote about friendship and reminded us that we join Rotary for the networking but stay for the friendships we make.  
 
In review Renee Harberts 2016-11-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann Platt on Nov 02, 2016
I had the opportunity to spend some time at Camp Enterprise this past week and I was so elated to see so many long-time Rotarians, and new members, who were volunteering to ensure that 100 high school students had a learning experience about leadership roles and techniques in team development. All Rotarians should consider volunteering at this event. Next year Sam Thompson from our club will be chairing Camp E.
 
 
I'm excited that this week we have the rare opportunity to host a Rotary International Vice President and trustee, Jennifer Jones. Some of the clubs in our area are cancelling their meetings this week and attending our meeting. This will give their members the privilege of hearing Jennifer's talk about "The Future of Rotary." She is an inspirational speaker and you will not walk away disappointed. Members of Bloomington Noon, Edina Morningside, Eden Prairie Noon, along with other club's members, will be in attendance. Early arrival is encouraged.
 
Be sure to wear your Rotary pin to this week's meeting!
 
 
From the President Ann Platt 2016-11-02 05:00:00Z 0

Join us for the Edina Rotary Happy Hour/Vocational Development Group. The next gathering will be tonight, Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Mezz, located upstairs in Lunds & Byerly's at 7171 France Ave. S. in Edina. Access The Mezz from the entrance closest to France Avenue (SW corner of the store). Wine and craft beer is available at your own cost. A limited menu may be available, but you can also purchase food in the grocery deli and bring it upstairs.

The event will feature a short social period, with a "formal" program beginning at 6 p.m. Each person will have a brief opportunity to introduce themselves and make new connections. A featured presenter will have 15 minutes to share information that is relevant to his or her profession followed by a short Q&A period. The speaker at the Nov. 2 gathering is Jim Bizal of Bizal Built. Jim is a member of the Edina Morningside Rotary Club. 

The December Rotary happy will be moved to Monday, Dec. 12. The speaker will be Dick Crockett of the Edina Community Foundation. He is a member of EMRC.

Rotary Happy Hour is a collaboration between the Rotary Club of Edina and EMRC. Contact Renee Harberts for more information. 

 

Rotary happy hour is tonight! Jen Garske 2016-11-02 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Rotary International Vice President Jennifer E. Jones as program speaker at the Thursday, Nov. 3, meeting. Jones serves as Rotary International Board of Directors Vice President in 2016–2017 and is a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland in Ontario, Canada. Jones will speak about "The Future of Rotary." 
 
Jones is president and CEO of Media Street Productions Inc. She actively participates on many boards in her community, including as chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Windsor.
 
Before serving on the Rotary International Board of Directors and becoming Vice President, Jones served Rotary as RI president’s representative; RI training leader; committee adviser, member, and vice chair; Rotary public image area and zone coordinator; leaders’ seminar trainer; moderator; and district governor. Jones is a recipient of RI’s Service Above Self Award. She and her husband, Nicholas Krayacich, are members of the Arch Klumph Society, Paul Harris Society, and Bequest Society of The Rotary Foundation. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland,Ontario, Canada.
 
We will welcome Rotarians from area clubs to our meeting to hear Vice President Jones speak. Cash and check payments are accepted at the front desk. Credit card payments will not be accepted at the Nov. 3 meeting. 
 
All Rotarians are encouraged to wear their Rotary pins to the meeting Nov. 3!
 
Next week is the Area 3 Rotary Veterans Luncheon on Friday, Nov. 11. Today is the last day to register to attend the Veterans Luncheon. There is no meeting Thursday, Nov. 10. 
 
 
RI Director Jennifer Jones to speak Nov. 3 Jen Garske 2016-10-29 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Rotary International Vice President Jennifer E. Jones as program speaker at the Thursday, Nov. 3, meeting. Jones serves as Rotary International Board of Directors Vice President in 2016–2017 and is a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland in Ontario, Canada. Jones will speak about "The Future of Rotary." 
 
We will welcome Rotarians from area clubs to our meeting to hear Vice President Jones speak. We gather at 12:15 p.m. at the Edina Country Club.
Rotary International VP Jennifer Jones to speak Nov. 3 Jen Garske 2016-10-29 05:00:00Z 0
A wonderful performance on the violin by Ellie Kile, a senior at Edina High School, was given as members and guests arrived and were served lunch. Steve Slyce stepped in for President Ann Platt, opening the meeting with the professionalism and performance considered to be on par with that given by the Ohe children. 
 
You were greeted by David Kunz, André Brewer, Susan Johnson and Jen Tregarthen. Helping at the front desk was Ross Peterson. Stan Brown gave our invocation and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Rotary Four-Way Test.
 
Jeff Ohe introduced guests and visiting Rotarians:
 
  • Libby Schmit introduced her "guest," a baby due March 17! Congratulations, Libby!
  • Greg Schwartz—guest of Wooj Byun
  • Lisa Loushin Kroskin—guest of Bjorn Freudenthal
  • Margaret Li—visiting Rotarian from Plymouth Rotary Club
Steve Buettner introduced our student guests, MacAllister Balcer and Frances Bray. Both are seniors at Edina High School. 
 
Ross Peterson gave his classification presentation. Ross is founder and president of Multiventure Properties, Inc. Started in 1984, from a spacious office space located in the Hatzung Insurance Offices complete with the cutting edge Apple 2 computers, Ross grew the full-service Association Management for Condominiums and Townhome Common Interest Communities business. Ross and his wife, Gail, currently reside in Prior Lake. They raised three children, who all currently reside in Eden Prairie, and spend every Sunday with Gail and Ross. Ross enjoys theater and is currently involved with the board of Full Circle Theater Company.

Wade Thommen and Ken Andersen introduced Ellie Kile, who performed a piece composed by Bach as an introduction for the upcoming Rotary musical evening in St. Paul set for Saturday, Nov. 19. Rotarians and guests can enjoy dinner and drinks at Bonfire Wood Fire Cooking starting at 5 p.m. with a social hour, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Then everyone will take a short two-block walk to St. Paul United Church of Christ for a performance by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s wind section at 8 p.m. Cost is $52 per person for dinner and tickets (food ordered during the social hour is paid by members/guests with a cash bar). Register here or contact Wade for more information.
 
Jean Morrison was then introduced by Steve to present our speaker for the day, Jennifer Smith, founder and CEO of Innovative Office Solutions (IOS). Jennifer began IOS in 2001 with a vision of making working professionals more productive. Since then her entrepreneurial spirit has helped expand IOS to touch on every area of office life and become a single-source office solutions company. This year, IOS was named one of the fastest growing companies in the United States, with sales growth of 84 percent in the last three years.  

Jennifer noted Slyce’s “on-time” anxiety and launched into a synopsis of what she has learned in the 15 years of leading IOS. She said there were many entrepreneurs in the room, and that there are three things entrepreneurs have in common: Risk, Reinvention and ROL.  
 
  • Year 1—launched IOS during a recession. Learned about mitigating risk.
  • Year 2 and 3—marketing: partnered with sports teams, thus associating with a more powerful brand and wrapping in charitable programs.
  • Year 4—acquired a company.
  • Year 5—culture: the purpose around culture is that relationships matter. This realization led the company to understand how to scale and treat clients and build relationships 
  • Year 6—reinvent: entered the school market. 
  • Year 7—feeling good! IOS voted one of the best places to work in Minnesota!
  • Year 8 (9,10 and 11)—2008—BIG RECESSION: IOS was an efficient and well run company. There was no fat to be cut—$15 million in sales, 25 employees (only four more than when they started!). What to do? DOUBLE DOWN! Opportunity was to bet on “things." So IOS invested in people, technology and branding. IOS grew 50, 75, and 50 percent consecutively over the following three years.  This is where Jennifer brought in ROL, the third thing she believes entrepreneurs have in common—Return on Luck!
  • Year 12, 13, 14—movement toward a paperless society. With 50 percent of revenue generated in paper sales, this was a challenge to overcome. How to retain clients, make up for a 5 percent annual decline in paper sales? IOS added furniture to their product line and created a new category. This action led to winning the US Bank Stadium business of furnishing the offices.
  • Year 15—another acquisition.
  • Year 16—reached $100 million in revenue and now have 100+ employees!
Jennifer closed her presentation with the question: “What risks are you taking? What would happen if your 'paper' were gone—how would you reinvent? Relationships are VERY important! Always be aware of opportunities—may be complementary product mix or customer-driven.
 
Jennifer then took questions from the audience:
 
What is next for IOS? Take products into solutions and services—IOS is working on building a service business of moving furniture for events, etc., for large clients as a result of their relationship with US Bank Stadium, and the opportunity to assist the client with this need. IOS is also exploring opportunities to provide service for 3-D printers.

How does IOS plan for online competition, such as Amazon? IOS already provides next-day delivery. In addition, IOS provides a “desk-top” service that goes above a simple delivery service. 
 
Some accomplishments of IOS, according to the speaker:
 
  • Ranked for four years on the Minnesota Business 100 Best Places to Work.
  • Ranked for four years in the 50 Fastest Growing Women Owned/Led Companies in North America, presented by the Women's Presidents Organization.
  • Ranked for seven years on the Inc 5000 fastest growing privately held companies in America
  • University of Minnesota Supplier of the Year Award in 2011 and 2013
Jennifer’s progressive thinking extends beyond her own business. She is also a tireless participant in local business and community organizations. As a leader and a woman working in business, she is very active as a mentor with the Women Venture Organization and as a member of the Forum for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).  Jennifer recently traveled to Rwanda to support, bring awareness and fundraise for female-owned businesses there. IOS supports and funds several charities and programs throughout the Twin Cities. 

Married for 29 years, Jennifer remains active in her family and the community. With two children growing up fast, her involvement with their athletics has turned into a track record of coaching, fundraising and volunteering.
 
Josh Sprague thanked Jennifer for joining us and sharing her wisdom.  
 
Steve Slyce closed with this quote from Thomas Edison: “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

Meeting adjourned “on time.” An anxiety-free Steve rang the bell!
 
 
In review Heather Hansen 2016-10-27 05:00:00Z 0

The annual Area 3 Rotary Veterans Luncheon is this Friday, Nov. 11, at Bearpath Golf and Country Club, 18100 Bearpath Trail, Eden Prairie. Registration begins at 11 a.m. with live music, with the luncheon beginning at 11:15 and concluding at 1:15 p.m. 

Our club is one of eight southwest metro Rotary clubs in District 5950 to sponsor this special Veterans Day Luncheon to honor those who have served our country. The keynote speaker at the luncheon will be Brigadier General Sandra Best. She was named the first female general in the history of the Minnesota National Guard earlier this year. Emcee of the luncheon is General Denny Schulstad, U.S. Air Force (retired), a member of the Rotary Club of Edina. 

Each Rotarian was invited to bring up to two veterans as guests of our club, and Senior Active and Honorary Rotarians who are veterans may attend free of charge. Cost for guests that are not veterans will be $25. Payment can be made at the door, or charged on members' next quarterly invoice. The Veterans Luncheon will take the place of our club's regular meeting that week, so there is no additional charge for regular Rotary Club of Edina members to attend. Senior Active or Honorary members who are not veterans will be charged the usual $20.

For more information about the Veterans Luncheon, contact President-Elect San Asato

There is no Rotary Club of Edina meeting on Thursday, Nov. 10. 

 

 
Rotary Veterans Luncheon is Friday, Nov. 11; no meeting this Thursday, Nov. 10, at ECC Jen Garske 2016-10-25 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina, along with the Edina Chamber of Commerce and Edina Morningside Rotary club, will host a mixer for members and prospective members tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Edina Country Club. The gathering will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. and will be a fun evening of connection and cross pollination.
 
All Rotarians and Chamber members should bring a guest to the gathering. Guests will learn more about these great local organizations, and have a chance to network with membership. This is a great opportunity to meet area business leaders who actively serve our community and learn more about each organization's upcoming programs and activities. Non-members are cordially welcome to attend and see if Rotary or Chamber membership is for you. 
 
Registration for the mixer ended Monday, Nov. 7. Contact Erica Hollom at the Chamber or Greg Yoch for more details.
 
 
Chamber/Rotary mixer is tomorrow, Nov. 9 Jen Garske 2016-10-25 05:00:00Z 0
You have two more chances to take part in the annual Fall Fireside Chats! Gordy Lewis will host members at his home tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 25. And Josh Sprague will host the final Fall Fireside Chat on Thursday evening, Oct. 27.
 
The Fireside Chats are informal social exchanges for members to enjoy and learn about Rotary and get to know one another or reconnect. All members are encouraged to attend one or more of the Fireside Chats. New members are especially encouraged to attend and get to know your fellow Rotarians in a relaxed atmosphere.
 
Fall Fireside Chat hosted by Gordy Lewis
7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25
6824 Chapel Lane, Edina
Registration is still open and Gordy would love for you to attend! Click here to register.
 
Fall Fireside Chat hosted by Josh Sprague
7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27
4720 70th St. W., Edina
Don't miss the final Fall Fireside Chat at the home of Josh Sprague. If you aren't scheduled to be at Camp E, click here to register.
 
Thanks to all four of our hosts for this fall's Fireside Chat gatherings!
 
 
Join us for two Fall Fireside Chats this week! Jen Garske 2016-10-25 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Jennifer Smith as program speaker at the Thursday, Oct. 27, meeting. Smith is the founder and CEO of Innovative Office Solutions. She will speak about "Reinvention, Risk and ROL." 
 
Rotarian Ross Peterson will give his classification talk at the meeting.
 
 
Jennifer Smith is speaker at Oct. 27 meeting Jen Garske 2016-10-25 05:00:00Z 0
Register now for a musical night out in St. Paul with your fellow Rotarians! The Membership Retention Committee invites Rotarians and guests for a social hour and dinner followed by a St. Paul Chamber Orchestra concert. We will gather at Bonfire Wood Fire Cooking, 850 Grand Ave. in St. Paul at 5 p.m. for the social hour. From 6 to 7:30, we will have dinner at the restaurant, which is only two blocks from the concert venue and is in the premier dining and entertainment area of St. Paul.
 
Then we will walk over to St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 900 Summit Ave., for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's "Dvorak's Serenade for Winds" concert, which begins at 8 p.m. The SPCO's wind section is featured in this lively program, featuring works from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 
 
Cost for dinner and the concert is $52 per person. The social hour will have a cash bar and any food ordered from 5 to 6 p.m. will be at the member's or guest's own cost. 
 
Go here to register soon, as space is limited. Contact Wade Thommen with any questions.
 
 
Rotary musical evening planned for Nov. 19 Wade Thommen 2016-10-25 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Jennifer Smith as program speaker at the Thursday, Oct. 27, meeting. Smith is the founder and CEO of Innovative Office Solutions. She will speak about "Reinvention, Risk and ROL." 
 
Rotarian Ross Peterson will give his classification talk at the meeting.
Jennifer Smith to speak at Oct. 27 meeting Jen Garske 2016-10-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Hanks on Oct 20, 2016
 The always effervescent President Ann Platt (definition: lively, enthusiastic; not the giving-off-bubbles, fizzy definition) opened the meeting, with the aid of her capable media and musical side-kick Paul Peterson, by presenting a video of the tremendous service and support the club provides in our community and globally.
 
 
You were greeted by Jack Kennefick, Jody Kern and Jen Tregarthen. Helping at the front desk were Marty Hustad, Susan Johnson and Paul Peterson. Royce Pavelka, Kenny Smith and Greg Yoch helped welcome prospective members to the meeting. 

The invocation was provided Barbara Born, sharing sage words (and a bit of a precursor to our speaker) from the current Minnesota Nobel Literary laureate, Bob Dylan, and his lyrics from “Forever Young." Barbara then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Rotary Four-Way Test.

Ann then stepped back to the podium to introduce our guests on Prospective Member Day, including:
 
  • Greg Fink, guest of David Clynes, and a participant in this year's Camp Enterprise
  • Kim Stoner, guest of Jody Kern
  • Debbie Townsend, guest of Kaylin Eidsness
  • Leah Bryd, guest of Val Burke
  • Chris Amundson, son and guest of Kris Maser
  • Nick Cardarelle, grandson and guest of Frank Cardarelle
  • Lisa Christianson, guest of Mary Younggren
  • Claudio Huerta, Youth Exchange student from Chile and guest of Mike Kallas
 
Club Announcements
 
Rotary Leadership Ethics Seminar
Joe Hayes shared a wrap-up on the Rotary Leadership Ethics Seminar, also known as "Do the Right Thing," that recently took place. Joe noted what a meaningful experience this day is with 65 students actively engaged with 30 volunteers from Rotary, community and civic leaders and school personnel.  The students worked on case studies, had panel discussions and listened to very well-received presentations by Rotarians Brad Beard and Thom Winninger.
 
Joe extended his thanks to all those that made the seminar so successful and noted that he will be seeking a co-chair in 2017—and will do whatever it takes to find one —ethically of course.

Veterans Luncheon
San Asato reminded folks about the Veterans Luncheon on Friday, Nov. 11, at Bearpath Country Club in Eden Prairie. Registration begins at 11 a.m. with live music. Lunch and the program will be from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. You can register here. Rotarians are also encouraged to bring up to two past/present military guests for free. Make sure to register your guests as well. And send in photos of yourself or veterans you might be bringing as guests for use in the slide show before the meeting. You can email photo to San. 
 
Camp Enterprise
Ann stated that Camp Enterprise begins on Thursday, Oct. 27, and runs through Saturday, Oct. 29.  Sam Thompson shared they are still in need of mentors.  If you are interested please contact Sam.
 
Thanksgiving Baskets
Ann wrapped up the announcements reminding Rotarians about the upcoming packing boxes for Thanksgiving Baskets, scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 23, at the Edina Country Club from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Plan to attend this event with your family before the holiday. We were reminded if you know of a person or family who may need some support over the Thanksgiving holiday, contact Mary Hustad or Michael Stanzak.
 
Sam Thompson was then introduced by Ann to present our featured speaker for the day. Sam had the pleasure of introducing our guest speaker, Mr. Randy Stenger. Randy is the founder and CEO of Extreme Sandbox, which he characterized as “a heavy equipment adventure company that lets people play.”

Randy (aka: Peter Pan—“never grow up”) enthusiastically stated that his presentation would focus on:
 
  • How he came up with the concept for Extreme Sandbox
  • His three learnings
  • His "Shark Tank" TVeExperience
He started his presentation with a video of the first minute of when he appeared on the TV show "Shark Tank" in January or 2016. Randy baited the hook (sharks, hook, fishing for money, worth a try) and caught all our attention with that first minute. He then moved into his presentation, leaving those of us not having seen the show and what took place hanging—but more on that later (keep reading if you want to find out the ending).

Randy’s concept first starting percolating in his very active and creative mind when he was driving by a construction site with his three boys and the oldest boy, stated “Wouldn’t it be fun to play on that stuff?” So from the mouth of babes, the genesis for a new concept formulated in Randy’s head.  

Randy had no prior experience with heavy equipment and in fact had been in law enforcement for six years in Colorado and was at that time working for Target management in the Wisconsin area.  But after, as he characterized, some “bar talk” with his brother, Randy felt like it all made perfect sense and jumped into this new venture.

In 2012, he started the business on a part-time basis. Leasing 10 acres of land in Hastings, leasing three pieces of heavy equipment, getting a variance from the city and figuring out the insurance—he began Extreme Sandbox on the weekends.

Eight months later, with business starting to take off, Randy plowed ahead and moved the business into a full-time venture. He bought the 10 acres, built a 6,000-square-foot facility and added additional equipment to the lease. He currently has two sites, the one in Hastings and one north of Dallas on a resort property. Randy shared that they continue to see tremendous growth, with an emphasis on marketing for corporate team building. The company is also currently exploring the possibility of starting a third operation in the Phoenix area.

Randy shared that he has three primary lessons he follows as an entrepreneur and business person:
 
  1. Take Risks—but smart risks, and don’t be afraid to ask.
  2. The Balloon and the Rock Concept—you need to have a balance with the “big-idea," person—the one “lifting-off" who is the visionary or the Balloon. Then the person that keeps things grounded, the concrete—the Rock.   
  3. Understanding Relationships—you need to always look for not only how you benefit in the relationship, but how the other party can benefit from the relationship. You will not succeed if you only think about what you can get out of the relationship.
Randy completed his presentation with an important point about “know your story and be able to tell it well and stand for something.” He stated that he wants Extreme Sandbox to be the Walt Disney of Heavy Equipment. (I knew there was a tie into the Peter Pan concept and Tinkerbell was also effervescent—what synergy to this meeting!)
Also, “Now, the rest of the story." Randy did get two of the “sharks” to bite on his concept when he was on the TV show back in January 2016. Mark Cuban and Kevin O’Leary shared investing a $150,000 to the Extreme Sandbox business plan.

Michael Stanzak thanked Randy for his energy and great entrepreneurial spirit. Ann then closed the meeting with a fitting quote from George Bernard Shaw: “We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
 
In review Greg Hanks 2016-10-20 05:00:00Z 0
Heartfelt thanks to my Rotary friends for the lovely blooming begonia that has brightened my post-op days. I was also deeply touched by the many lovely cards and warm, friendly wishes. Your caring words and thoughtfulness are greatly appreciated.
 
I’m in a boot and on a scooter, but hope to graduate to a lovely athletic shoe soon. I hope to see you in November.
 
With warmest regards and gratitude, 
Colleen Simpson
 
 
Letter Bag Jen Garske 2016-10-19 05:00:00Z 0
Periodically we feature a newer member of the Rotary Club of Edina on our website. The Rotary Club of Edina welcomed David Aase as a member in November 2015. David's sponsor to the club was Josh Sprague. Click on the link to get to know David...
Meet a new member: David Aase Jen Garske 2016-10-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann Platt on Oct 19, 2016
This past week has been a week of Rotary Serving Humanity!
 
 
It started last Wednesday when Joe Hayes coordinated the Leadership Ethics Seminar for Edina High School students. The 65 students gathered with 30 Rotarians and other community leaders who acted as table captains to facilitate case study discussion. What a fabulous day! I know the students at my table walked away with a greater appreciation of “Doing the Right Thing” as they deal with ethical questions.
 
 
On Saturday about 30 Rotarians and family members packed meals at Feed My Starving Children. In less than 90 minutes 36 boxes were packed, which meant 7,776 meals will be shipped to Haiti this week. Thank you, Brad Beard, for scheduling and recruiting all of these volunteers. I’m sure everyone left feeling great that we were are able to help those folks in Haiti whose lives have been ravaged by Hurricane Matthew.
 
On Sunday, new member Tom Cook took the lead on the lead on the fall clean-up of Utley and Wooddale Parks in Edina. Another great service project!
 
Thank You Joe, Brad and Tom for your service!
 
There are more opportunities to get involved:
 
  • Fall Fireside Chats are this week and next, including the first one tonight! Invitations have been sent and this is a wonderful way to get to know your fellow Rotarians in a casual setting.  We encourage everyone to register.
  • Camp Enterprise is Oct. 27 to 29 and volunteers are still needed. Contact Sam Thompson or Kip Peterson to sign up.
  • A musical evening out is set for Nov. 19, with dinner before a St. Paul Chamber Orchestra concert.
  • Thanksgiving baskets will be prepared for those less fortunate on Wednesday, Nov. 23.  We encourage all members and their family members to participate.
 
From the President Ann Platt 2016-10-19 05:00:00Z 0
Periodically we feature a newer member of the Rotary Club of Edina in The Barker. The Rotary Club of Edina welcomed David Aase as a member in November 2015. David's sponsor to the club was Josh Sprague. Read on to get to know more about David...
 
Name: David Aase
 
Classification: Commercial Real Estate
 
What was your first job? Working in my mother’s retail store in Northfield, Minnesota.

Who was your first role model and why? My mother. She was a single mom who had to overcome a lot in her life. She instilled a lot of drive and creativity in both my brother and I to become the men we are today.
 
Why did you want to join Rotary? After residing in Fargo, North Dakota, for 3+ years, my family and I decided to finally put down roots in Edina. I wanted to join Rotary to be a part of something bigger than myself, and to meet and connect with like-minded people.

What do you like best about being part of the Rotary Club of Edina? John Flynn’s laugh. Seriously, though humor is a big part of my life. I enjoy the fact that most Edina Rotarians do serious business while not taking themselves too seriously.
 
What one piece of advice do you offer other business leaders? Persistence always pays off, do not give up on something you’re passionate about and believe in. 
 
Thanks for being such a great member, David!
 
 
Meet a new member...David Aase Jen Garske 2016-10-19 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will hold a Prospective Member Day at the Thursday, Oct. 20 meeting. All Edina Rotarians are encouraged to bring a colleague or friend that is interested in learning more about Rotary and our club. Lunch is on the club for all prospective members at this week's meeting! Make sure to have your guests check in at the front desk when they arrive.
 
The program speaker at the meeting will be Randy Stenger, founder and CEO of Extreme Sandbox, a heavy equipment adventure company that lets clients play on construction equipment. Stenger and the Extreme Sandbox concept were featured on the ABC network's show "Shark Tank" in January 2016.
Prospective Member Day at this week's meeting Jen Garske 2016-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will hold a Prospective Member Day at the Thursday, Oct. 20 meeting. All Edina Rotarians are encouraged to bring a colleague or friend that is interested in learning more about Rotary and our club.
 
The program speaker at the meeting will be Randy Stenger, founder and CEO of Extreme Sandbox, a heavy equipment adventure company that lets clients play on construction equipment. Stenger and the Extreme Sandbox concept were featured on the ABC network's show "Shark Tank" in January 2016.
 
 
Randy Stenger to speak at Oct. 20 Prospective Member Day Jen Garske 2016-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dan Hare on Oct 13, 2016
President Ann Platt opened the annual joint meeting with the Edina Morningside Rotary Club with her usual charm and good humor, thanking the full house of attendees for their dedication and commitment as representatives of the Edina community to the Rotary International organization.
Edina Morningside Rotary Club President Tom Gump led us in a thoughtful invocation, the Pledge of Allegiance and the Rotary Four-Way Test. Steve Slyce introduced the guests and their hosts, including:
 
  • Andy Bach, son of Tom Bach, and Adrian Hill, both guests of Tom and signed up to attend Camp Enterprise this year
  • Kim Stoner, guest of Jody Kern
  • Kevin Fischer, introduced by Sandy Schley
  • Beth  Dienst, guest and niece of Ann Platt
  • Mary Helen Bosquez, a visiting Rotarian from the Maple Grove Rotary Club, who graciously invited all to their annual Gala in November and passed around raffle tickets for purchase.
Announcements and volunteer opportunities included:
 
  • The Rev. Tom Cook spoke of the clean-up at Wooddale and Utley Parks scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 16.
  • EMRC President Tom Gump gave information on the upcoming Area 3 Rotary Veterans Luncheon on Nov. 11 at Bearpath Golf and Country Club in Eden Prairie. 
  • Peter Kelly of EMRC, chair of this year's Camp Enterprise, spoke of the Camp E program for high school students and the unique opportunity volunteers have to work with these future business and community leaders. He told the story of two past camp attendees, having met at the camp, became good friends, started a successful business together in college and recently married. Proof Camp E provides young people opportunities well beyond what is taught in the schools!
  • Dave Hatzung and Brad Hepp provided a light-hearted and well-prepared announcement about the Thanksgiving Baskets meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 23. The parody left many fellow Rotarians asking, “Where do these veteran insurance executives find the time to rehearse their scripts for these speaking engagements? It’s simply astounding!”
Mary Younggren introduced the guest speaker, Joe Puishys, President and CEO of Apogee Enterprises, Inc. 

Apogee Enterprises designs, engineers, and manufactures window systems for commercial and security buildings. They also manufacture glass for the auto industry, film coatings, picture framers and others. Their commercial glass can be found on buildings around the world, including the tallest building in the western hemisphere, One World Trade Center in NY and our own US Bank Stadium. 

Joe provided an inspiring speech, talking about influential people he has met throughout his business career providing him with valuable lessons he hopes to instill in his employees. He told the story of a slightly intimidating boss he had early in his career asking him for a one-on-one presentation. After preparing a full presentation including visual aids, his boss pushed the presentation aside and said "I just want to talk." Joe, to this day, does not believe in presentations and warns his employees, "You are going to hear me talk." Judging from his short time at our meeting, I’m sure his employees look forward to hearing him speak anytime.

Sue Spalding thanked our speaker.
 
 
 
 
In review Dan Hare 2016-10-13 05:00:00Z 0
Fall is a busy time for the Rotary Club of Edina! We have already enjoyed our biggest event of the year—the successful Edina Rotary Foundation Fundraiser & Gala Oct. 1. The members of the Rotary Class of 2015–2016 organized a volunteer activity with Special Olympics of Minnesota and invited others to join in Oct. 8. We continue the busy month this week as Joe Hayes and his team of volunteers host Edina High School students at St. Patrick's Church in Edina today, Oct. 12, for the annual Leadership Ethics Seminar "Do the Right Thing." Rotarians and other volunteers will spend the day guiding students in small-group discussions about ethical decisions, and students will hear from a speaker and take part in a case study discussion with the entire group.  Our club's participation in the VEAP food backpack program is ongoing during the school year, along with other Rotary clubs. Contact  Kenny Smith for more information. 
 
Below is a listing of other upcoming service projects, social events and special meetings this fall that Rotarians are encouraged to take part in. If registration is required, the link is included below. You can also click on the event in the calendar listing to the right and get to the registration page. Don't let autumn pass you by without spending some time giving back to the community and getting to know your fellow Rotarians! 
 
Feed My Starving Children
9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 15
18732 Lake Drive East, Chanhassen
Rotarians, along with their friends and family members, will make our club's annual fall visit to Feed My Starving Children in Chanhassen. They will pack enough food to feed over 60 people for a year in just two hours! Chair Brad Beard has enough volunteers for the event at this time. If you are interested in chairing this event in the future, contact Community Service—Local Projects Director Kip Peterson.
 
 
Edina Rotary Adopt-a-Park Day
2 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16
Wooddale and Utley Parks, Wooddale Avenue and 50th Street, Edina
Many hands make light work! The Rotary Club of Edina serves the community by caring for these local parks with clean-up activities in the fall and spring. We could use 6 to 10 members willing to come out for an hour to do light clean up in the parks. Benefits include fresh air, great company and the all-around good feeling you get when making our city a more beautiful place. Meet on Sunday afternoon at the southwest corner of Wooddale Avenue and 50th Street. Parking is available in city lots on either side of 50th Street. No need to register, just bring your family and help out!
For more information email Park Clean-up Chair Tom Cook or call him at 215-796-8955.
 
 
Fall Fireside Chat hosted by Dave Hatzung
7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19
6708 West Shore Drive, Edina
As the leaves show their glorious autumn colors and the air turns crisp, it is time for the annual Fall Fireside Chats. The first of the four fall gatherings will be at the home of Dave Hatzung Wednesday, Oct. 19. The Fireside Chats are informal social exchanges for members to enjoy and learn about Rotary and get to know one another or reconnect. All members are encouraged to attend one or more of the Fireside Chats. New members are especially encouraged to attend and get to know your fellow Rotarians in a relaxed atmosphere.
Click here to register for this event.
 
 
Prospective Member Day
12:15 to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20
Edina Country Club, 5100 Wooddale Ave., Edina
Rotary Club of Edina will hold the fall Prospective Member Day at next week's meeting. Prospective Member Day was moved up one week because Camp Enterprise starts Oct. 27. Rotarians are encouraged to bring a colleague or friend that is interested in learning more about our club and Rotary to the meeting. Lunch is on the club for all prospective members Oct. 20! 
For more information, contact Membership Director—Recruitment Greg Yoch.
 
 
Fall Fireside Chat hosted by Paul Mooty
7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20
5320 Kelsey Terrace, Edina
The second Fall Fireside Chat will be at the home of Paul Mooty Thursday, Oct. 20. Click here to register for this event.
 
 
Fall Fireside Chat hosted by Gordy Lewis
7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25
6824 Chapel Lane, Edina
The third Fall Fireside Chat will be at the home of Gordy Lewis Tuesday, Oct. 25. Click here to register.
 
 
Camp Enterprise
Thursday, Oct. 27 through Saturday, Oct. 29
YMCA Camp Ihduhapi, 3425 Ihduhapi Road, Loretta
Rotary Camp Enterprise is a joint youth project between our club and the Edina Morningside Rotary Club. This year's Camp E chair is EMRC member Peter Kelley. Edina Rotarians Sam Thompson, Kip Peterson, Jody Kern, John Flynn and many others have worked for months to organize this three-day camp for more than 100 high school students. Juniors and seniors from Rotary Districts 5950 and 5960 are sponsored by their local Rotary club and will spend three days participating in leadership activities and learning about the free enterprise system. We are still looking for volunteers for Camp E. Rotarians can be mentors, essay readers or venture capitalists. Go to www.campenterprise.org to learn more about our signature youth service project and get involved in this event that is rewarding for both the students and volunteers. Contact Sam Thompson or Kip Peterson to volunteer.
 
 
Fall Fireside Chat hosted by Josh Sprague
7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27
4720 70th St. W., Edina
The final Fall Fireside Chat will be at the home of Josh Sprague Thursday, Oct. 27. If you aren't scheduled to be at Camp E, click here to register.
 
 
Rotary happy hour, Vocational Development Group
5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2
The Mezz, Lunds & Byerlys, 7171 France Ave. S., Edina
Rotarians are invited to attend the Rotary happy hour, also known as the Vocational Development Group, on the first Wednesday of each month. The next gathering will be Nov. 2 at The Mezz, located upstairs in Lunds & Byerlys. The event features a short social period, with a "formal" program beginning at 6 p.m. The speaker at the Nov. 2 gathering is Jim Bizal of Bizal Built. Jim is a member of EMRC. Each person will have a brief opportunity to introduce themselves and make new connections. Each month's featured presenter will have 15 minutes to share information that is relevant to his profession followed by a short Q&A period. The meeting will conclude no later than 7 p.m. Please feel free to extend an invitation to friends, prospective members, as well as members from other clubs. For more information, contact Renee Harberts.
 
 
Edina Chamber/Rotary Prospective Member Event
5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9
Edina Country Club, 5100 Wooddale Ave., Edina
This event is part of quarterly get-togethers sponsored by both Edina Rotary clubs and the Chamber and will be a fun evening of connection and cross pollination. All Rotarians and Chamber members should bring a guest to the gathering. Guests will learn more about these great local organizations, and have a chance to network with membership. This is a great opportunity to meet area business leaders who actively serve our community and learn more about each organization's upcoming programs and activities. Non-members are cordially welcome to attend and see if Rotary or Chamber membership is for you. 
Go to the Chamber website and register yourself and any guests. Please register by Monday, Nov. 7.
Contact Erica Hollom at the Chamber or Greg Yoch for more details.
 
 
Rotary Area 3 Veterans Luncheon
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11
Bearpath Golf and Country Club, 18100 Bearpath Trail, Eden Prairie
Our club is one of eight southwest metro Rotary clubs in District 5950 to sponsor this special Veterans Day Luncheon to honor those who have served our country. The keynote speaker at the luncheon will be Brigadier General Sandra Best. She was named the first female general in the history of the Minnesota National Guard earlier this year. Registration is open for the event. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks, along with a link to register yourself and any guests.
There is no Rotary Club of Edina meeting on Thursday, Nov. 10. All members are encouraged to attend the Veterans Luncheon Nov. 11.
 
 
Dinner and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19
Bonfire Wood Fire Cooking and St. Paul United Church of Christ, St. Paul
Register now for a musical night out in St. Paul with your fellow Rotarians! The Membership Retention Committee invites Rotarians and guests for a social hour and dinner followed by a St. Paul Chamber Orchestra concert. We will gather at Bonfire Wood Fire Cooking, 850 Grand Ave. in St. Paul at 5 p.m. for the social hour. From 6 to 7:30, we will have dinner at the restaurant, which is only two blocks from the concert venue and is in the premier dining and entertainment area of St. Paul.
Then we will walk over to St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 900 Summit Ave., for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's "Dvorak's Serenade for Winds" concert, which begins at 8 p.m. The SPCO's wind section is featured in this lively program, featuring works from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Cost for dinner and the concert is $52 per person. The social hour will have a cash bar and any food ordered from 5 to 6 p.m. will be at the member's or guest's own cost. 
Go here to register soon, as space is limited. Contact Wade Thommen, a member of the Membership Retention Committee, with any questions.
 
 
Thanksgiving Baskets Assembly and Delivery
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 23
Edina Country Club, 5100 Wooddale Ave., Edina
Bring your family and join your fellow Rotarians for this special event before you celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Our club will gather with members of EMRC at 11:30 a.m. for lunch, and then will begin assembling the Thanksgiving baskets for area families in need. Volunteers are needed for the basket assembly, as well as deliveries of the baskets to families in the area after the event. Stay tuned for an email in the coming weeks with more info and a link to register yourself and any guests for the event.
For more information, contact Michael Stanzak. There is no meeting on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24.
 
 
Rotary Club of Edina Autumn Events Jen Garske 2016-10-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Hagen on Oct 11, 2016
President Ann Platt opened the meeting with a recap of the Edina Rotary Foundation Fundraiser & Gala held Oct. 1 including a wonderful video clip showing several members doing their best to impersonate the Village People dancing to their song Y.M.C.A.. The video is a clear demonstration that these Rotarians should abandon any thought of a possible dance career and stick to their day jobs.
 
Matt Boockmeier provided a warm invocation and lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Four-Way Test.

Ken Andersen introduced our guests and their hosts, including:
 
  • Hunter Pribyl-Huguelet, son and guest of Marie Pribyl
  • Lisa Wiens Heinsohn, guest of Tom Cook
  • Mark Stageberg, guest of Keith Benson
  • Paul Notermann, guest of Andrea Thompson Miller
  • Rosella DePetro, guest of Deirdre Kvale
  • Barb Huibregtse, guest of John Mazzara
  • Mike Fischer, guest of Doug Johnson
Toni Gerard gave her classification talk. Her primary reason for joining Rotary was she enjoyed how much fun our club has. She was born in Tokyo while her father served our country in the U.S. Air Force. She attended the University of Minnesota and St. Thomas. She works for RBCU, which has three locations with assets of $270 million. Toni lives in the Linden Hills area of Minneapolis with her husband and son. Toni shared that she was turning in her donation to The Rotary Foundation today, making her a Paul Harris Fellow.
 
Past President Jennifer Bennerotte asked membership to vote on a change to our club's bi-laws regarding past-due accounts. The change was unanimously approved, and Treasurer John Flynn will provide enforcement.
 
Ann Platt informed us of the many volunteer opportunities that are available to us. See this week's round-up of projects and events in The Barker, as well as the club's website, www.EdinaRotary.org, for more information.
 
Leann Stessman introduced our speaker, Caryn Sullivan. Caryn is an award-winning author, columnist and inspirational speaker. Her presentation was titled “Living in the Moment, Preparing for the Inevitable.” She provided encouragement in preparing our families that outlive us by discussing and organizing the many unfinished items that we will leave behind. She recommends creating a “Box of Love” that will provide details about our wishes regarding these items. Some of the items she discussed were cremation vs. burial, how our monies will be divided up amongst our children, small business succession, and creating a password file for our family and executors. 

Bob Solheim thanked our speaker.
 
 
In review Mike Hagen 2016-10-11 05:00:00Z 0
The two Rotary clubs in Edina will gather for their annual fall joint meeting this Thursday, Oct. 13. The Rotary Club of Edina will host members of the Edina Morningside Rotary Club at 12:15 p.m. at the Edina Country Club. The program speaker will be Apogee Enterprises, Inc. CEO Joe Puishys. 
 
Puishys was named Apogee Enterprises, Inc. chief executive officer, president and a member of the board of directors in August 2011. With more than 30 years experience in manufacturing businesses, direct industry experience and a proven track record of success in leadership positions, he has developed strategies to grow Apogee to $1 billion in sales. Before joining Apogee, Puishys served for three years as president of Honeywell's Environmental and Combustion Controls division.
 
 
Joint meeting with EMRC is this week, Oct. 13 Jen Garske 2016-10-10 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will hold the annual fall joint meeting with the Edina Morningside Rotary Club this Thursday, Oct. 13, at 12:15 p.m. at the Edina Country Club. The program speaker for the meeting will be Joseph Puishys, CEO of Apogee Enterprises, Inc. 
 
The Oct. 20 Rotary Club of Edina meeting will be a Prospective Member Day. All Rotarians are encouraged to bring a guest to the meeting that is interested in learning more about Rotary and our club. 
Joint meeting with EMRC is this Thursday, Oct. 13 Jen Garske 2016-10-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sam Thompson on Oct 04, 2016
The dust has settled and Deuces Wild has packed up and we now have memories of how we once were in a New York State of Mind. Thanks to those of you who attended our annual Edina Rotary Foundation Fundraiser & Gala Oct. 1 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomington.
 
We had nearly 280 attendees with fun entertainment and laughs by many. We are getting close to budget yet still need help meeting our Playbill/Donation goal. If you were not able to attend this year’s Gala and would like to contribute to our fundraiser, use the Playbill/donation form to make a donation. Even if you did attend the Gala and feel inclined to contribute again, we would appreciate it!
A special night in a New York State of Mind! Sam Thompson 2016-10-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sam Thompson on Oct 04, 2016
The dust has settled, Deuces Wild has packed up and we now have memories of how we once were in a New York State of Mind. Thanks to those of you who attended our annual Edina Rotary Foundation Fundraiser & Gala last Saturday at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomington.
 
 
 
We had nearly 280 attendees with fun entertainment and laughs by many. We are getting close to budget yet still need help meeting our goal. If you were not able to attend this year’s Gala and would like to contribute to our fundraiser, use the Playbill/donation form to make a donation. Even if you did attend the Gala and feel inclined to contribute again, we would appreciate it!
 
We want to once again thank all of our volunteers who made this a very memorable evening. In the program we had listed the volunteers that helped contribute multiple hours to our Gala. Unfortunately, we omitted some very important people from the list. Marty Kupper and Mike Opitz did an incredible job with the raffle tickets. They exceeded their ticket sales by about 23 percent. Jon Barnett did a great job as auctioneer. Edina Interact students Julia, Lauren and Sofia also helped out at the Gala. 
 
The following volunteers also should have been listed in the program as they contributed in many ways to making the fundraiser a success:
 
  • Joe Arends
  • Matt Boockmeier
  • Rick Carlson
  • David Clynes
  • Jennifer Garske
  • Bob & Rosie Gubrud
  • Mary Hatzung
  • Mary Hustad
  • Nancy Hutchison
  • Jody Kern
  • Steve & Nancy Slyce
  • Katie Wanninger Smith
  • Lisa Walker
  • Dave Wendt
Thanks also to our sponsors. This area exceeded our expectations.
 
Our Co-Chairs for next year, Don Hutchison and Lisa Walker, are already working on the plans for the 2017 Fundraiser & Gala. If you’d like to join the fun and be part of next year’s Gala committee, feel free to contact Don or Lisa.  
 
The Edina Rotary Foundation Gala & Fundraising Committee would like to thank all of your for your support.
 
Sam and Leann
Gala Co-Chairs
 
 
 
A Special Night in a New York State of Mind! Sam Thompson 2016-10-04 05:00:00Z 0
Join us for the Edina Rotary Happy Hour/Vocational Development Group. The next gathering will be Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Mezz, located upstairs in Lunds & Byerly's at 7171 France Ave. S. in Edina. Access The Mezz from the entrance closest to France Avenue (SW corner of the store). Wine and craft beer is available at your own cost. A limited menu may be available, but you can also purchase food in the grocery deli and bring it upstairs.
 
The event will feature a short social period, with a "formal" program beginning at 6 p.m. Each person will have a brief opportunity to introduce themselves and make new connections. A featured presenter will have 15 minutes to share information that is relevant to his or her profession followed by a short Q&A period. The speaker at the Oct. 5 gathering is Rena Feldman of Inview Interior Design. Jim Bizal of Bizal Built is scheduled as the Nov. 2 speaker. Both are members of the Edina Morningside Rotary Club. Rotary Happy Hour is a collaboration between the Rotary Club of Edina and EMRC. 
 
 
Rotary happy hour is this Wednesday, Oct. 5 Jen Garske 2016-10-04 05:00:00Z 0

Join us for the Edina Rotary Happy Hour/Vocational Development Group. The next gathering is this Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Mezz, located upstairs in Lunds & Byerly's at 7171 France Ave. S. in Edina. Access The Mezz from the entrance closest to France Avenue (SW corner of the store). Wine and craft beer is available at your own cost. A limited menu may be available, but you can also purchase food in the grocery deli and bring it upstairs.

 
The event will feature a short social period, with a "formal" program beginning at 6 p.m. Each person will have a brief opportunity to introduce themselves and make new connections. A featured presenter will have 15 minutes to share information that is relevant to his or her profession followed by a short Q&A period. The speaker at the Oct. 5 gathering is Rena Feldman of Inview Interior Design. Jim Bizal of Bizal Built is scheduled as the Nov. 2 speaker. Both are members of the Edina Morningside Rotary Club. Rotary Happy Hour is a collaboration between the Rotary Club of Edina and EMRC. 
 
 
Rotary happy hour is this Wednesday, Oct. 5 2016-10-04 05:00:00Z 0
Marty Kupper and Past President Jennifer Bennerotte picked three winning raffle tickets at the Edina Rotary Foundation Fundraiser & Gala Oct. 1. The winners are:
 
Bob Stehlik
Ken Andersen
Paul Peterson
 
Thanks to everyone who purchased raffle tickets to support the fundraiser! And congratulations to the winners!
 
 
Fundraiser raffle ticket winners! Jen Garske 2016-10-04 05:00:00Z 0
Caryn Sullivan will be the program speaker at the Thursday, Oct. 6, Rotary Club of Edina meeting. She will speak about "Living in the Moment, Preparing for the Inevitable." 
 
Sullivan is an inspirational speaker, award-winning columnist and author of Bitter or Better: Grappling With Life on the Op-Ed Page, winner of a 2015 Midwest Book award. A recovering attorney, she weaves her intellectual curiosity and her empathetic heart into her writing and speaking. A cancer survivor, widow and mother of both a bone marrow transplant survivor and her donor, Caryn’s passion is helping others to find the “better” in and out of life’s experiences. Her columns can be read in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
 
Rotarian Toni Gerard will give her classification talk at the meeting.
 
 
Caryn Sullivan to speak at this week's meeting Jen Garske 2016-10-04 05:00:00Z 0
Youth Exchange Committee member Mike Kallas shared this update from Catherine Lee, one of our 2016–2017 outbound Youth Exchange students.
 
Things in Korea are great! I really love my host family, school is fun and we have lots of Rotary activities that keep us busy and introduce us to lots of Korean culture.

My host family is really amazing. I have my two parents, a little sister who is 3, a brother who is 17 and another exchange student from Taiwan (pictured at right with Catherine), who they're hosting. Not all of them know English, so it's been really helpful in being forced to learn the language because without it, I literally can't communicate with some of them. They've been so great with bringing me to festivals, events, restaurants and always trying to explain their significance. They've all, at different times, sat down with me (and the other student) to give me some Korean tutoring and teach me new words. They're very supportive and I'm so excited to keep living with them for the next months! (Catherine is shown in photo below visiting a tea plantation in Korea.)
I started school last week. It has been quite an adventure! Many of the students have never seen an American in person before, so everyone is very excited to see me in the hallways. The students couldn't be more friendly and welcoming. They know some English, but they don't have very good speaking skills so we communicate in broken sentences of a combination of Korean and English. This is fun, and has really helped my Korean language skills along.

Besides taking us to lots of events and festivals, Rotary has organized a weekly schedule for us after school. Two days a week we go to Gwangju International Center, a place with lots of resources for foreigners in Gwangju, and have a language class to improve our Korean. We also have a weekly traditional Korean drumming lesson (photo below) and a taekwondo lesson. Every other week, we also have archery. These are all fun and keep us busy and immersed in Korean culture.

I'm so excited to hear how Claudio and Justine's year at Edina High School go!

Also: I have a blog that you and everyone at Rotary can feel free to follow if you want more information beyond my periodic updates to you: https://catherineleeinkorea.wordpress.com/
Hope everything is well in Edina!

—Catherine Lee
 
 
YE student shares experience in Korea Mike Kallas 2016-09-27 05:00:00Z 0
There is no Rotary Club of Edina meeting this Thursday, Sept. 29, due to the Edina Rotary Foundation Fundraiser & Gala this Saturday, Oct. 1. 
 
The next regular Rotary meeting will be Thursday, Oct. 6. The program speaker will be award-winning author, columnist and inspirational speaker Caryn Sullivan.
 
 
No Rotary meeting this Thursday, Sept. 29 Jen Garske 2016-09-27 05:00:00Z 0
Thank you for your contribution [in August and September in honor of the program speakers at meetings]. Your gifts will help us bring life and learning opportunities to Edina Public Schools students who are economically disadvantaged.
 
As suburban poverty increases, Edina is not immune. Edina Give and Go provides resources and financial support for students throughout their time in the Edina Public Schools. We help narrow the opportunity gap so the schools can narrow the achievement gap. The generosity of committed donors like you makes it possible to support our students in our great community. Together, we can create awareness of this growing need and GIVE all Edina students the opportunity to GO far in our community and in life. 
 
Edina Give and Go is honored to partner with you to help Edina students in need.
 
Gratefully,
 
Abigail Lugo
Executive Director 
Edina Give and Go
 
 
Letter bag Jen Garske 2016-09-27 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Caryn Sullivan as the program speaker at the Thursday, Oct. 6 meeting. Sullivan is an award-winning author and columnist and an inspirational speaker. Her presentation is titled, "Living in the Moment, Preparing for the Inevitable." Her columns can be read in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
 
Rotarian Toni Gerard will give her classification talk at the meeting.
Caryn Sullivan to speak at Oct. 6 Rotary meeting Jen Garske 2016-09-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hugh Hadlund on Sep 22, 2016
Club President Ann Platt opened today’s meeting by welcoming us to the first day of fall.

Ann extended a warm “thank you” to Jennifer Bennerotte and her team from the City of Edina for the wonderful video production work provided to our Club for the past 10 years. Due to the increased workload at the City of Edina, they will no longer provide those video recording services. Thank you for the great P.R. that has been provided by the video services.
 
Ann went on to say that on Sept. 5, the Minneapolis Star Tribune recognized one of our members, Amir Gharbi, who was featured in an article about the 22 Special Deputies in the Hennepin Sheriff’s Surface Water Patrol Unit. The Unit oversees boating law enforcement and provide boating education in the West Metro lakes and rivers area. Be sure to let the Club know if you see a news article about a Club member so it can be shared with the rest of the Club.
 
Helping with today’s meeting were: assisting our Club Administrator, Jennifer Garske, at the front desk was Gary Pedersen. You were warmly greeted today by Mark Jessen, Susan Johnson, Doug Johnson and Jim Platt. Matt Boockmeier provided the invocation and lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four-Way Test. Hugh Hadlund wrote this week’s Barker. Greg Yoch introduced our speaker and John Solberg thanked our speaker. 
 
Before making guest and visiting Rotarian introductions, Harry Weingartner announced to the Club that he and his wife, Betty, have moved back to Edina after 18 years in Eden Prairie and are glad to be back.

Guest were as follows:
  • David Clynes introduced his good friend Colton Straus and his brother, Tony Straus. The brothers have a company called One Nation Under Geese, a water fowl guidance service.
  • John Flynn introduced Kim Stoner, an I.T. consultant and friend of Jody Kern, visiting for the second time.
  • John also introduced Ava Lusty, a junior at Edina High School who signed up to attend this year's Camp Enterprise.
  • Josh Sprague introduced Baird Johnson, who owns four Learning Rx locations.
  • Mike Eckert introduced his good friend, Greg Stauffert, a retired Wells Fargo Banker.
  • Ian Colville introduced Raj and Garima Jain, who live in Edina. Ian met them when he was looking for a convertible to be used for this year's Youth Exchange students in the Edina Homecoming Parade.
  • Jari Hamlin, President of the Apple Valley Rotary Club, announced the Apple Valley Club's big fundraising event, which includes the raffling off of a Ford Focus. Raffle tickets were available on each table.
  • Chip Cheney of the Lake Minnetonka/Excelsior Rotary Club, who commented he was not here to sell anything.
  • Jeanne Zetah, President of the Eden Prairie AM Rotary Club, announced her Club's big fundraiser (a week after our Gala) Oct. 8—a wine and beer tasting event.
Ann announced that it is Harry Weingartner’s 80th Birthday tomorrow. Congratulations to you, Harry. Wishing you many more.
 
Ann announced that October is a very busy month, with many service project taking place, including:
  • Kip Peterson told us about the 2015–2016 New Member Class Service Project. This year’s New Members Class are participating in a Special Olympics bowling event on Saturday, Oct. 8. The entire Club was invited to participate. Contact Kenny Smith to volunteer.
  • Kip also announced, in Brad Beard’s absence, that the Club is going to be volunteering at Feed My Starving Children on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Camp Enterprise is a large project for our Club, a three-day event where 120 high school juniors and seniors attend sessions learning about all aspects of the free enterprise system. This year's Camp E is from Oct. 27 to 29. About 100 volunteers are needed for the event, and our club is still looking for volunteers, mainly as either mentors, venture capitalists and essay readers. Contact Kip Peterson or Sam Thompson for more information or to volunteer.
  • At Joe Hayes' request, Ann Platt announced the annual Leadership Ethics Seminar, “Do The Right Thing," held in conjunction with Edina High School Oct. 12. The need for volunteers ranges from moderators to table leaders and a featured speaker. The event is an ethics workshop, which helps high school students access their options with life’s gray areas.
Terry Stevens, a member of the Youth Exchange Committee, gave a little background on the Rotary Youth Exchange program, started in the early 1970s, providing student exchange opportunities all over the world for students, ages 15 to 18. Terry reminded us we have two inbound students in Edina this year and two outbound students. He asked Club members to sign up to entertain the students—giving them a flavor for this area of the world—by inviting them to a play, dinner, going to your lake place or other options you think of. Contact someone on the Youth Exchange Committee to plan an event with our YE students Justine or Claudio. Members of the committee include Terry, Ian Colville, Heather HansenMike Kallas, Deirdre Kvale, Chrysanne Manoles and Sonja Tengdin. Edina Morningside Rotary Club's Jenn Glass is the Youth Exchange Officer for the second year.
 
Greg Yoch introduced today’s speaker, Dr. Jonathan Finnoff, director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center in downtown Minneapolis, who spoke about “Regenerative Medicine: Treatments for Osteoarthritis." He is also a team physician for the Timberwolves and Lynx basketball teams and one of the head team physicians for the U.S. Ski and Snow Board teams. He is also a member of the Board of Governors for American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
 
Dr. Finnoff began his remarks by indicating that Mayo Clinic has been around for 150 years and is the quality benchmark for research, clinical practice and education as verified by U.S. News, which indicates Mayo Clinic as the No. 1 hospital in the country. The Sports Medicine Center has existed since 1990. With 26 years of experience, the clinic is the largest sports medicine clinic in the country.
 
Mayo Clinic’s first venture outside of Rochester was the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center located in downtown Minneapolis, next to the Target Center (where Block “E” used to be located), partnering with the Lynx and Timberwolves and as such, provide their medical care and sports performance services. While the goal is to set a very high bar for excellence in service, anyone can access the clinic’s care.
Prior to Dr. Finnoff joining the Mayo Clinic Minneapolis, he had worked at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester for five years, then moved to Lake Tahoe, where he lived for 3 years. He had worked with the U.S. Ski Team. A common patient was a 32-year-old professional athlete, still making a living by making skiing movies around the world. He recounted a female patient who had multiple impact injuries, various surgeries and was in constant pain. When she contacted Dr. Finnoff, they talked about regenerative treatment options that may be available.
Regenerative medicine uses multiple, different specialties and used different bio-materials including stem cells, scaffolds and different things, to try and either regenerate tissue or replace tissue or improve function of a non-functional tissue.
Most research is currently being done in bio-scaffolds, to try and create a new type of cartilage or identifying optimal cell sources, finding stem cells that can become new cells and growth factors.

In sports medicine there are two primary regenerative products: platelet rich plasma and stem cells.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) 
In this regenerative product, blood is taken, spun in a centrifuge and concentrate platelets. The concentration of platelets can vary, as well as the other things that are in it, such as white blood cells (involved in infection fighting but also inflammation) or red blood cells (that carry oxygen, but can also be somewhat caustic to joints and other tissue).
 
  • The PRP is pulled from the “buffy coat," the thin middle layer of the centrifuged blood sample.
  • PRP is then administered via an ultra-sound image-guided needle injection into the target tissue.
  • PRP is used to treat a variety of problems, including tendon problems (tennis elbow), muscle injuries and in particular osteoarthritis.
  • Osteoarthritic environment in the knee promotes breaking down the knee and blocks the body’s ability to regenerate the knee tissues.
  • The objective is to inject platelets, which can be a vehicle to deliver anti-inflammatory and growth factors to inhibit the inflammatory environment and regenerate tissue. Experience has indicated that this can be done successfully.
  • There are two types of PRP, the difference is one has a higher concentration of white blood cells than the other. 
  • PRP with lower white cell count is used in the treatment of osteoarthritis because of the reduced tendency for inflammation and more regeneration.
Research and trials have proven that PRP therapy works better than other traditional treatment methods including the injection of lubricating agents into the effected joint. The benefits of PRP treatment lasts about 12 months, decreasing inflammation and promoting tissue regrowth. However, over time, the body overwhelms the PRP and treatment is required again. It is deemed healthier and provide better outcomes than other traditional treatment options. It is also one of the first treatments that tried to address the root cause of the problem instead of simply treating symptoms.
 
Stem Cells
Stem Cells are cells that can differentiate into different types of tissue.
 
  • There are two types of stem cells: embryonic, present when you are born or in utero and can become any cell; and adult cells, which have more limited use but still can become some different cell types.
  • Stem cells have various effects possible. They can differentiate into the target tissue and start to make new tissue. They also secrete factors which attract other stem cells to the site where they are placed (they recruit other stem cells) and also release factors which decrease inflammation. 
  • For orthopedic purposes stem cells are derived from either bone marrow or fat. The FDA has ruled fat stem cells are not useable for orthopedic care, thus bone marrow is the remaining, allowed choice.
  • Bone marrow is primarily harvested via a drill from hip region. It is then treated with a centrifugation process similar to that used with PRP, it then gets into different layers. In the same layers that have a large quantity of platelets also contain a high concentration of stem cells (the result has lots of growth factors and lots of seeds that grow the new tissue). 
  • Injecting stem cells into a knee slows the degeneration process and makes the cartilage healthier than it was prior to the injection and also suppresses inflammation. In various trials it has also been noted that the injections did not cause any adverse events.
  • It has been found that stem cells harvested from like areas have better results regenerating the targeted cells (i.e. bone marrow stem cells do a better job of regenerating knee cartilage).
  • There have been and are various studies done combining stem cell injections with surgery, but many fewer studies with injections alone. One injection-only study, conducted by Dr. Cintino, took bone marrow stem cells, which were then cultured and then injected into the effected knee. He found the cartilage thickness was greater. Four other studies have found that the injection/bone marrow stem cell therapy significantly reduced pain and improved joint function and quality of life post stem cell injection.
Dr. Finnoff, stressed that when considering the use of stem cell therapy, that it is very, very early and promising, but because of its newness there is no long-term outcome evidence available. He went on to say that of 2,000 patients treated with bone marrow derived stem cells over a 12-year time period, none of the patients had adverse reactions (no cancers, or other significant complications).
 
Looking towards the future, there is more focus on clinical studies. Mayo Clinic is looking at funding to study and compare PRP vs. stem cell treatment vs. saline in the treatment of osteoarthritis (randomized, double blind, placebo control trials), the highest level of evidence for stem cells. Other studies are being conducted where adipose derived stem cells, culturing them and expanding them, giving them some factors that help them differentiate into cartilage and injecting those into knees. Lastly, Mayo Clinic is doing a study in which a viral vector has a gene placed in it, which is then injected into the patient, where it goes to the target tissue and splices the gene into the patients DNA causing the reversal of arthritis. To say the least, it is unbelievable what is being done at Mayo Clinic in terms of research.
In conclusion, regenerative medicine is a very exciting area of medicine where we are starting to harness our body’s own ability to heal itself. This is a new frontier in medicine.
 
John Solberg thanked Dr. Finnoff for his presentation and noted that a donation will be made in his name to Edina Give & Go.
 
Ann Platt encouraged everyone to register for the Gala, which is Saturday, Oct. 1. There will be no meeting next week, Sept. 29. In honor of today’s speaker, the meeting was concluded with a quote from Dr. William Mayo, “It is a great thing to make a scientific discoveries of rare value, but is even greater to be willing to share these discoveries and to encourage other workers in the same field of scientific research.”
 
 
In review Hugh Hadlund 2016-09-22 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will hold a Prospective Member Day at next week's meeting, Thursday, Oct. 20. Prospective Member Day was moved from the Oct. 27 meeting to not conflict with the first day of Camp Enterprise.
 
All Rotarians are encouraged to bring a friend or colleague that is interested in learning more about Rotary and our club to the Oct. 20 meeting. Lunch is on the club for all prospective members that day! The program speaker for the meeting is Randy Stenger, founder of Extreme Sandbox, a heavy equipment adventure company. Stenger and Extreme Sandbox were featured on the TV show Shark Tank in January 2016.
 
For more information, contact Membership Director—Recruitment Greg Yoch.
 
 
Prospective Member Day is next week Jen Garske 2016-09-20 05:00:00Z 0
We are still looking for volunteers for 2016 Camp Enterprise and need help from Rotarians! We specifically need mentors, VCs and essay readers. Contact Sam Thompson or Kip Peterson if interested in volunteering or for more information.
 
Camp Enterprise is set for Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 27–29, at YMCA Camp Ihduhapi. Hope to see you there!
 
Thank you!
 
 
Camp Enterprise help needed Sam Thompson 2016-09-20 05:00:00Z 0
Don't waste a New York minute!
 
The deadline for purchasing tickets to the 2016 Edina Rotary Foundation Fundraiser & Gala is Thursday, Sept. 22. You can go here to buy your tickets online, or mail a check and your RSVP to:
 
Edina Rotary Foundation
c/o Jennifer Bennerotte
4801 W. 50th St.
Edina, MN 55424
 
And make sure to turn in your raffle ticket money and ticket stubs to Marty Kupper or Mike Opitz at this week's meeting. 
 
We'll see you Saturday, Oct. 1, for the Fundraiser & Gala "New York State of Mind!"
 
 
Last chance to buy Gala tickets! Jen Garske 2016-09-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann Platt on Sep 20, 2016
We are working with Edina Country Club to resolve the audio issues, which I agree are very distracting at meetings. ECC staff have found issues with some defective cords and are checking out their total audio system. We will also be discontinuing the taping of our speakers effective at this week's meeting.
 
We are 10 days away from our annual Fundraiser & Gala! This is the club's only fundraiser for the Edina Rotary Foundation and its success will determine the amount of grants that can be awarded both locally and internationally. Through your gifts, our club is committed to supporting projects in our local and global communities that will improve the lives of those less fortunate. Examples of local organizations that have benefited from our support include: Alzheimer's Association, Cornerstone, Edina Give & Go, CornerHouse, Fraser Center, VEAP weekend lunch program, and Southdale YMCA, to name only a few. Our 2016–2017 Signature Project is the furnishing of a community room at 66 West, an apartment complex for young adults who have experienced homelessness. On a global level, our club has initiated and completed several water and sanitation projects in East Africa and Central and South America. We have also collaborated with clubs and districts throughout the world in addressing issues such as polio eradication, maternal and child health and economic development.
 
The 2016 Fundraiser could not have happened if it were not for the leadership of Co-Chairs Sam Thompson and Leann Stessman. Thank you, Sam, Leann and the team that have planned a memorable evening. Hope to have all of you in attendance or in spirit at the "New York State of Mind" Fundraiser & Gala Oct. 1!
 
 
Notes from the President Ann Platt 2016-09-20 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina’s Board of Directors recently approved the applicant below for membership:
 
Andre Brewer
Classification: Youth Services
Sponsor: Sam Cote
 
Written objections to the application must be submitted before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, to Rotary Club of Edina, 4801 W. 50th St., Edina, MN  55424.
 
 
Proposed for membership Jen Garske 2016-09-16 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Dr. Jonathan Finnoff, DO, as program speaker at the Thursday, Sept. 22, meeting. He is an internationally recognized expert in sports medicine and is the Medical Director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center in downtown Minneapolis. Finnoff is also the Program Director for their Sports Medicine Fellowship. He is a professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine. 
 
Finnoff is also a member of the Board of Governors for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. He is a team physician for the Timberwolves and Lynx basketball teams, and one of the head team physicians for the United States Ski and Snowboard Teams.
 
Toni Gerard will give her classification talk at the meeting.
 
There is no Rotary Club of Edina meeting next Thursday, Sept. 29.
 
 
 
Dr. Jonathan Finnoff will be program speaker at this week's meeting, Sept. 22 Jen Garske 2016-09-16 05:00:00Z 0
Dr. Jonathan Finnoff, director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center in downtown Minneapolis, is the program speaker for the Thursday, Sept. 22, Rotary Club of Edina meeting. He will speak about "Regenerative Medicine Treatments for Osteoarthritis." Finnoff is also team physician for the Timberwolves and Lynx basketball teams, and one of the head team physicians for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Teams. 
 
Toni Gerard will give her classification talk at the meeting.
 
There is no Rotary Club of Edina meeting next Thursday, Sept. 29. We'll see everyone at the Edina Rotary Foundation Fundraiser & Gala, "In a New York State of Mind," Saturday, Oct. 2!
Dr. Jonathan Finnoff to speak at Sept. 22 Rotary meeting Jen Garske 2016-09-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Gubrud on Sep 15, 2016
President Ann Platt opened the meeting mentioning the Edina Rotary Foundation Signature Project for 2016–2017—66 West, an apartment complex in Edina for 39 youth that have experienced homelessness. She showed a clip of the facility from KSTP News.
 
Mike Norman handled the front desk at the meeting. Greeters were Gordy Lewis, Jim Platt and Libby Schmit. Keith Benson gave us an inspiring invocation, and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Four-Way Test. Bob Gubrud is writing the meeting notes for The Barker
 
Nate Wenner introduced our guests at the meeting:
  • Andre Brewer was a guest of Sam Cote. Andre was approved by the board Sept. 15 as a new member of our club!
  • Lauren Altshuler was a guest of Brad Hepp.
  • Jim Fischer was a guest of Jody Kern.
  • Cynthia Johnson was a guest of Kris Maser.
  • Tom Gump, president of Edina Morningside Rotary Club, was a guest and participated in Silent Auction ice bowling excitement before the meeting.
  • Paul Nelson, also of EMRC, was a guest and encouraged members to take part in the Patrick Kennedy Memorial Golf Tournament Monday, Sept. 26. 
  • Gleason Glover, secretary for Minneapolis #9 Rotary Club, was a guest.
  • Patrick Knight, president of the Plymouth Rotary Club, was a guest and asked members to come to the Plymouth Rotary Club's annual fundraiser after Plymouth on Parade Saturday, Sept. 24. 
  • Bala Guntipalli, also of the Plymouth Rotary Club, was also a guest.
Keith Benson, chair of the Community Service—Local Funding Committee, asked for help in finding grant candidates. The due date for grant submissions is Oct. 31. Guidelines and applications available on the Rotary website, www.EdinaRotary.org.
 
Mike Opitz announced that sales of 2016 Fundraiser raffle tickets were halfway toward goal and asked that all members raffle ticket stubs and payments be mailed or brought to the next Rotary meeting. 
 
Susan Johnson and Royce Pavelka, co-chairs of the 2016 Fundraiser & Gala Silent Auction Committee, provided a partial listing of Silent Auction items and said that last call for items was this week. 
 
President Ann Platt introduced Jim Ryman, noting he joined Rotary in September 2014 and is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. Jim introduced our speaker, Dirk DeYoung, editor of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, whose presentation was titled "Marrying Print & Digital" and he also spoke about "what we're watching in the Twin Cities economy." 
 
Jim gave the background on the speaker: Dirk joined the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal in 1995, has been editor since 1999, held positions of managing editor, reporter and research director. Prior to joining the Business Journal, Dirk was a reporter in Mason City, Iowa, and Fergus Falls, Minnesota. He received his BA in Journalism from the University of Minnesota, is an avid bike rider—including commuting to work on his bike, and loves music.
 
Dirk opened his remarks noting the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal is a member of a chain of 40 print business journals around the United States. The Journal publishes a weekly edition and two daily email editions—a morning edition with 20,000 subscribers and an afternoon edition with 22,000 subscribers. The Journal is thriving by providing a print edition for their core audience of paid subscribers and is transitioning to digital media. The Journal distinguishes itself by providing breaking news before company's issue a press release. National as well as local content can be accessed online. Their webpage makes extensive use of social media.
 
Dirk discussed reporters that cover specific subjects such as investigating political contributions by local business leaders, a feature article on the "Apartment Boom—Bust Ahead?", the most admired CEOs, exclusive data on Top 100 Private Minnesota Companies, information on real estate transactions, new restaurants, hotels, and a People on the Move section.
The Journal also follows activities of individuals in metro area. He mentioned Scott Neal, Edina City Manager, and asked for help from Rotarians to provide news, information for People on the Move, awards and other company events. The editors and reporters of the Journal are watching developments in Edina: apartments, medical offices, orthopedic centers, upgrade of Southdale, the Galleria; as well as activity along the western light rail and the grocery store glut with grocers building new stores. The Journal is expecting a shakeout sometime in the future. He noted following General Mills and the changes in food production in response to America's changing diet. The Journal is also following the soccer stadium in the midway district in St. Paul, and US Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis, with the resulting development catalyzed by the stadiums.
 
Another trend being monitored are changes in employment by the top 50 Minnesota employers. This includes coverage of where the jobs are, such as top five increases in jobs were in health care—the Mayo Clinic, Boston Scientific, Fairview Health Services, Hennepin County Medical Center and United Health Group. The largest decreases in employment were at Target, 3M, United States Postal Service, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and Cargill. He noted the growing need for workers in the metro area driven by retirements of baby boomers. There is also the need to adapt to more diverse workforce creating challenges for employers.
 
He concluded his presentation by indicating the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal is not sure of what is coming in 2017. However, he is confident the Journal is ready to identify, monitor and report to readers to maintain their leadership in providing breaking news and exclusive data on businesses. He then opened the floor to questions before he was thanked for his presentation by Kenny Smith.
 
 
In review Robert Gubrud 2016-09-15 05:00:00Z 0
Periodically we feature a newer member of the Rotary Club of Edina in The Barker. The Rotary Club of Edina welcomed John Mazzara as a member in November 2015. John's sponsor to the club was Jim Roberts. Read on to get to know more about John...
 
Name: John Mazzara
 
Classification: Residential Real Estate
 
What was your first job? Caddy at Southview Country Club in West St Paul for a season when I was 12. When I was 13 I successfully self-taught myself how to run a trap line from a book. I did that for three years in Eden Prairie (when it was a prairie)

Who was your first role model and why? Ronald Regan. Peace through strength. He returned greatness to America and made us proud to be an American.
 
Why did you want to join Rotary? Camaraderie and fellowship and the desire to give back to others.

What do you like best about being part of the Rotary Club of Edina? I get a “TED talk” every week on top of a wonderful healthy lunch with really nice people. I leave better than when I arrived.
 
What one piece of advice do you offer other business leaders? Let’s work together and leave the world a better place. Together we can accomplish much. What do you want to be remembered for when you’re gone?
 
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Edina, John!
 
 
Meet a new member...John Mazzara Jen Garske 2016-09-12 05:00:00Z 0
Gala planning is in full swing and we expect a great turnout. Our Silent Auction inventory is low and we need your help. Please contact Susan Johnson at susan@fidelitybankmn.com if you have a Silent Auction item to donate.
 
Also, remember to get your raffle tickets in! Checks and ticket stubs should be returned to Marty Kupper or Mike Opitz.
 
Thank you! See you Oct. 1 in a New York State of Mind!
 
 
Gala help needed! Sam Thompson 2016-09-12 05:00:00Z 0
Periodically we feature a newer member of the Rotary Club of Edina on our website. The Rotary Club of Edina welcomed John Mazzara as a member in November 2015. John's sponsor to the club was Jim Roberts. Click on the link to get to know John...
Meet a new member: John Mazzara Jen Garske 2016-09-12 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Dirk DeYoung, editor of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, as the program speaker at the Thursday, Sept. 15, meeting. DeYoung will speak about "The Business Journal: Marrying Print & Digital." He will also discuss what the Business Journal reporters are watching in Twin Cities business activity.
 
DeYoung joined the Business Journal in 1995 and has been editor since 1999. He’s also been a managing editor, reporter and research director at the newspaper. Prior to that, he was a reporter for daily newspapers in Mason City, Iowa, and Fergus Falls. He has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Minnesota. 
 
 
Dirk DeYoung of the Business Journal to speak at this week's Rotary meeting, Sept. 15 Jen Garske 2016-09-09 05:00:00Z 0
Dirk DeYoung, editor of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, will be the program speaker at the Thursday, Sept. 15, Rotary Club of Edina meeting. DeYoung will speak about "The Business Journal: Marrying Print & Digital." He will also discuss what the Business Journal reporters are watching in Twin Cities business activity.
 
 
 
Dirk DeYoung to speak at Sept. 15 Rotary meeting Jen Garske 2016-09-09 05:00:00Z 0
Edina High School is back in session and Joe Hayes continues to recruit volunteers for the annual Rotary Club of Edina Leadership Ethics Seminar, “Do the Right Thing." 
 
Do the Right Thing was a vision put into action by longtime Rotarian Jerry Potter, who passed away in 2014. In conjunction with Edina High School, we will be again presenting the seminar for students. For those new to the club, it is a fantastic day of presentations and discussions of ethical cases, great speakers, panel discussions and in-depth conversations about ethics in our time with EHS students.
 
The Leadership Seminar will be Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Patrick's Church on Valley View Road in Edina. Joe is looking for moderators, table leaders, a featured speaker, and case studies. If you are able to participate in some capacity please email or call Joe. If you know of other Rotarians or colleagues you feel would be an asset to this seminar and they would like to participate, have them contact Joe as well.
 
Joe can be reached by email or by phone at 952-334-9909.
 
 
'Do the Right Thing' and volunteer Oct. 12 Jen Garske 2016-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
Join the Rotary Club of Edina and the Edina Chamber of Commerce for the Walk to End Alzheimer's! The walk is Saturday, Sept. 17, at Target Field in Minneapolis.
 
Walk either a three-mile route to Loring Park, or a one-mile shortcut route through the city. Both routes begin and end at Target Field directly outside of Gate 29. Streets will be closed off for walkers between 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.  After arriving at Target Field, enter at Gates 14, 29 or 34, and visit one of two Check-In Tents to pick up your event wristband and t-shirt coupon (for walkers who have raised $100+ by Walk day). Check out the Target Field Walk Day Map here! Routes are stroller and handicap accessible. Keep in mind, the walk starts immediately following the program, and walkers will not be permitted to begin walking before 9:30 a.m.
 
If you have any questions, contact Rick Carlson at 952-835-5425. You do not need to be a Rotarian or Chamber member to walk with the team!
 
Click here to Register, Volunteer, or Donate. 
 
 
Walk to End Alzheimer's set for Sept. 17 Jen Garske 2016-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
Bill Sullivan will be the program speaker at the Thursday, Sept. 8, Rotary Club of Edina meeting. Sullivan is the executive vice president for Basic and Applied Research in Surgery (IBARS). He will speak about "Advances in Organ Transplantation." 
 
He has 38 years of senior management experience in medical non-profit research foundations. For the past 32 years, Sullivan has run Dr. John Najarian's medical research foundation within the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota, focusing on issues relating to organ transplantation. 
 
In addition, Sullivan is chair of the Diplomats Committee for the Edina Chamber of Commerce; chair of the Board of Directors for the St. Paul Fire Department Foundation; and lead director for an international cardiovascular surgical society, the Lillehei Surgical Society. 
 
Terry Moore will give his classification talk at the meeting.
 
 
Bill Sullivan to speak at this week's meeting Jen Garske 2016-09-03 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Bill Sullivan as the program speaker at the Thursday, Sept. 8, meeting. Sullivan is the executive vice president for Basic and Applied Research in Surgery (IBARS). He will speak about "Advances in Organ Transplantation." 
 
Terry Moore will give his classification talk at the meeting.
Bill Sullivan to speak at Sept. 8 Rotary meeting Jen Garske 2016-09-03 05:00:00Z 0
We were greeted by Dennis Hykes, Melinda Inman and Jim Platt. Royce Pavelka handled the front desk duty. Scott Neal shared a special invocation with us (more on that later), and led the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four-Way Test. 
 
We had a busy and exciting meeting with lots of guests. Lisa Walker introduced the following guests who attended the meeting:
  • Susan Gunderson, CEO of LifeSource, guest of the speaker
  • Robert Emery, surgeon, guest of the speaker
  • Ari Malek of Impact Web Solutions, guest of the speaker
  • Denise Nelson, owner of VIP Expert Nurse Consulting, guest of Josh Sprague  
  • Turner Neal, son and guest of Scott Neal
  • Jeff Hall, founder of One Village Partners, guest of Dan Mott. Jeff shared an update on a Rotary and One Village Partners project.
  • Jill LaLonde, executive director of One Village Partners, guest of Dan Mott
  • Visiting Rotarian Erica Hollom, with the Edina Chamber of Commerce, member of the Edina Morningside Rotary Club  
We heard from David Clynes and his recent visit to Rotary clubs in both London and Stockholm. Rotary members are welcomed and encouraged to visit other clubs throughout the world and share our fellowship. Consider visiting another club when traveling and bring a part of our club with you to share. Edina Rotary has representative material from our club to present to the host club. See President Ann Platt for these items.

Ron Kalich and Mike Sitek, chairs of the Live Auction committee for the 2016 Fundraiser & Gala, presented a sneak preview of auction items for our upcoming New York State Of Mind-themed Gala Oct. 1. Members of our club have been very generous with their donations to the Live Auction, so save your dollars for the following items:
  • New York, New York—a trip to New York City with roundtrip airfare for two included (donated by Tom Bach), a two-night hotel stay, and two tickets to see Late Night with Seth Meyers (donated by Paul Peterson).
  • Broadway in Chicago—a trip to Chicago that includes roundtrip airfare for two, two-night lodging at Union League Club of Chicago, dinner in the club's elegant dining room, and tickets to a Broadway-class presentation at one of the nearby theaters (all donated by Ron Kalich).
  • Grandview Villa and Golf—enjoy three days and two nights in the Golf Villa, which easily sleeps six (donated by Ed Bather), and two rounds of golf for four at the Pines or Preserve (donated by Sam Cote). 
  • Full Week Winter or Summer Escape to Caribou Lake—A week lodging in a private home on Caribou Lake by Lutsen on the North Shore (donated by Mike Sitek). The vacation home sleeps up to 10, and guests can enjoy golf, skiing, fishing, snowmobiing and much more depending on the season.
  • Dinner for 10 at the Bridgewater—Tomato Vine restaurant will prepare dinner, and your hosts Dan Mott and Sam Thompson will serve the food! The meal from Tomato Vine, winner of 2016 Taste of Edina, will be multiple courses, and will include wine and cocktails for 10. The eighth-floor room where guests will dine features a beautiful view of downtown, and an outdoor patio with a fire pit for after dinner enjoyment.
  • Personal appearance at your home by Paul Peterson—our own Rotary member, and incredible musician, is just off the road after touring with Peter Frampton this summer. His next stop will be the lucky winner's home for a one-hour performance! Don't miss out on the chance to bid on this priceless item, and an evening you will always remember.
What a list for the Live Auction! If you have items to donate to the Silent Auction, please contact Susan Johnson at susan@fidelitybankmn.com. 

Terry Moore gave his classification talk at the meeting. He is primarily a small business attorney and works at Hellmuth & Johnson. He has worked with other firms prior to Hellmuth & Johnson, and also as a solo practitioner. Terry is a 1985 graduate of St John’s University, where he studied government, rugby and beer, but not necessarily in that order.  After St John’s he went on to receive his law degree from University of Minnesota in 1988. Terry lives in Edina with his wife, who is a physician at TRIA, a daughter and two sons. Interestingly, we learned that the radio station WAYL was actually started by his father. Radio station ownership became a family business. Because of his exposure to radio stations, Terry has represented a number of clients in that field. Besides radio stations, Terry worked in the ND oil patch for awhile helping with the creation and dissolution of various companies in that area. Terry is also one of the owners of 4 on 4 hockey, which is played at Braemar.
 
We also learned at the meeting that John Flynn has been a passionate photographer since the age 8. This explains why he is so good! Ann Platt shared that since retiring from Lifetouch, John has continued to pursue another of his lifelong passions, which is golf. In fact, he has played on major courses worldwide. John introduced our speaker at the meeting, Bill Sullivan.
 
Bill has run Dr. John Najarian’s medical research foundation for the past 32 years. He shared some interesting information with us about organ transplantation. Recipients of donations are determined by medical need as well as proximity to the donor. Money, prestige or race are not qualifying or disqualifying factors in determining who shall receive an organ. A doctor will determine the viability of an organ given for donation, so age of the donor is not a restriction either. The immunological system of the body has to be regulated to accept the organ and not reject it. Today, better training, 3D printing and xenotransplantation are all contributing to a higher success rate.

Scott Neal, the city manager for Edina, talked in his invocation about the topic of waiting for an organ transplant. Later in our speaker’s presentation we learned that Scott’s son, Turner Neal, actually had a heart condition that made him a candidate for a heart transplant when he was 12 years old. After a successful transplant and recovery he has lead a normal life. Turner is the athletic director of the International School in Eden Prairie. As a recipient of an organ transplant, the Neal family can speak first hand to the impactful gift of organ donation.  

Susan Gunderson, CEO of LifeSource (www.life-source.org), spoke throughout the presentation as to the importance of becoming a donor and shared some interesting facts. If you haven’t become a donor yet, you may want to consider it. It is an easy process. We learned that the largest continuous organ donation chain was 67 donations. A chain is where a spouse or relative of a donated organ decides to give an organ of their own—such as a kidney. Another website to visit is http://www.DonateLifeMN.org. The organ donation need is great. Please help expand the awareness and organ availability. In fact 21 people die every day due to a lack of available organs. There is a 96 percent success rate with kidney transplants and an 87 percent success rate with heart transplants. All states are “opt in."  You have to make the effort to indicate you wish to be a donor. Consider doing so while you are healthy and can then share your wishes with your family.

Our speaker leases office space in Edina from fellow Rotarian Ed Bather. During the presentation, Bill promised to explain to Ed through the presentation the actual duties of his job. But, I sat next to Ed at lunch, wherein he told me still doesn’t know! So, it looks like Bill and Ed need to get together for a follow-up discussion.
 
Deirdre Kvale thanked the speaker. President Ann Platt adjourned the meeting.
 
 
In review John Mazzara 2016-09-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Hustad on Sep 01, 2016
Ann Platt opened our meeting today and had two very important announcements. Member Renee Harberts and Edina Morningside Rotary member Dave Wendt were married on Saturday. And member David Aase and his wife welcomed a new baby boy to their family. Congratulations to all!
Les Jones and yours truly greeted members and guests as they arrived. Les made sure everyone knew the menu options for today’s meeting. Jen Garske and Ed Padilla handled the front desk. Brad Beard gave a heartfelt invocation, and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four-Way Test. We are getting better at that, but it’s probably best not to take the banner away just yet.
Lisa Walker introduced our guests and visiting Rotarians:
  • Patti Phillips, Chief Development Officer at the Weisman Art Museum; guest of Wooj Byun
  • Angie Dahl, Director of Corporate Giving at Be The Match Foundation, guest of Brad Hepp
  • Mike Johnson, U.S. Air Force Major, son and guest of Doug Johnson
  • Don Stiles, visiting Rotarian from Bloomington Noon Rotary Club
  • Paula Heikell, visiting Rotarian from Rio Grande Rotary Club in Las Cruces, NM
Ian Colville, one of our new members, gave his classification talk. Ian was born and raised in Rochester, MN. He graduated from Carleton College, received his MBA from Wharton, and also received degrees in International Affairs and Russian. He spent 10 years living in Russia, where he worked in banking, invested in construction in Ukraine, and then worked at Citibank in Moscow. He met his wife, Svetlana, in Russia, and they have a daughter Sasha. Ian and his family have been back in the United States for three years. He runs Carpathian Capital Management, which manages properties in the Twin Cities, Quad Cities*, St Louis area, and Detroit area. Ian’s hobbies are “whatever Sasha is interested in," and he has run several marathons. He joined Rotary in order to “work a little less, and contribute more.” Welcome, Ian!
 
(*I discovered there are actually five cities in the Quad Cities—can anyone name them?)
 
Visiting Rotarian Don Stiles spoke about a collaborative project that six area Rotary clubs and VEAP have been working on for the past couple of years. Each Thursday, Rotarian volunteers meet at VEAP to pack food bags for a student hunger project. The food bags are sent home with students in need each Friday to carry them over the weekend. Last year, we filled 6,312 bags of food and served 14 schools. Don is looking for volunteers to commit to one or two Thursday evenings this school year to pack food. Kenny Smith will be this year’s crew leader for our club.
 
Joe Hayes is recruiting volunteers to participate in the Leadership Ethics Seminar, "Do the Right Thing," for Edina High School students, to be held Oct. 12 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please contact Joe if you are interested.
 
Brad Hepp introduced today’s speaker, Joy King. Joy is Executive Director of the Be The Match Foundation, headquartered in Minneapolis. Their annual gala is coming up on Sept. 16.
 
The mission of Be The Match is to save lives through cellular therapy. Seventy percent of patients do not have a family member who is a suitable donor match, so must rely on an unrelated donor. Be The Match finds the perfect donor match, contacts the donor, collects the cells, and transports the cells to a transplant center where they are given to the patient. They are able to find a match most of the time. Be The Match provides support to patients from initial diagnosis, through the transplant process and treatment until they no longer need support. The foundation provides three key services:
  • Financial assistance to patients and their families.
  • Funding of life-saving research, with a focus on graft vs. host disease.
  • Targeted recruitment to the registry (minorities, in particular, are needed in the registry).
Be The Match has a number of volunteer opportunities available. One key opportunity is to recruit young people, ages 18 to 24 to join the registry. Males in particular are needed, as they are typically healthy and have more cells.
 
There are two methods for obtaining donor cells: Aspiration from the hip while the donor is under anesthesia, and a peripheral method where blood is drawn, the needed cells are removed, and the remaining blood is returned to the donor (similar to donating plasma). Recovery for the donor is about seven days for the aspiration method, and much less for the peripheral method. 
 
Cells should be delivered to the transplant center within 24 hours, and are administered to the patient through an IV. This must be done at a transplant center, due to treatment such as chemotherapy needed prior to the transplant, and possible complications afterward. Locally, the University of Minnesota is a transplant center. It was also suggested that Brad Beard does this himself at Fairview Southdale Hospital, but this could not be immediately confirmed.
 
Occasionally, a potential donor’s cells cannot be used due to the donor’s health status, or issues such as military deployment, which make it difficult or impossible to reach them when needed. 
There are a large number of donors in Germany, probably due to many of us in the United States having similar heritage and genetic makeup. With more people in the registry, the likelihood of a match increases. Targeted recruitment of young males is ongoing at college campuses through the “Be the Guy” campaign. If you would like to join the registry, please go to the Be The Match website.
 
Steve Slyce thanked Joy for her presentation, and noted that a donation will be made in her name to Edina Give & Go.
 
Ann Platt ended the meeting with a quote: “You were born with the ability to change someone’s life. Don’t waste it.”
 
 
In review Mary Hustad 2016-09-01 05:00:00Z 0
The Edina Rotary Foundation is accepting applications from non-profit organizations in Edina and its contiguous communities for grants to be used for capital purchases. Applications are due Oct. 31.
 
Each year, the Rotary Club of Edina raises money at a fall fundraiser to support its projects and award grants. This year, more than $100,000 was raised for the Club’s service projects and local and international grants.
 
The Foundation’s Community Service—Local Funding Committee favors grant requests for projects that are tangible and self-perpetuating, will be completed in Edina or a bordering community, create partnerships with other organizations, provide benefits to many and can be leveraged over time.
 
“Our service funding vision framework is to create partnerships with other organizations and clubs and to increase our participation in sustainable projects as well as provide funding for smaller grant requests,” said Keith Benson, Director of Community Service—Local Funding for the Rotary Club of Edina. “Our club focuses on funding for tangible items, rather than funding designated for operating expenses.”
 
After a grant application is submitted, it is assigned to a member of the committee for review. The committee makes recommendations to the Foundation’s Board of Directors, which makes the final decision on all awards.
 
Recent grant recipients include Erik’s Ranch & Retreat, Fraser, CornerHouse, Majestic Hills Ranch (Heroes on Horseback), Cornerstone, Edina Give & Go, Oasis for Youth, Alzheimer’s Association of Minnesota, Open Arms of Minnesota, Hearts & Hands and the Assistance League of Minnesota.
 
One of the Foundation’s largest grants this year will be given to assist with construction of a Community Room at 66 West, apartments for young adults who previously experienced homelessness. The new apartment building is scheduled to open in the spring of 2017.
 
Grant applications are available online at www.EdinaRotary.org or by contacting Benson, kabenson99@gmail.com. Completed applications can be emailed to Benson or sent to Edina Rotary Foundation, 4801 W. 50th St., Edina, MN  55424.
 
 
Edina Rotary seeking grant applicants Jennifer Bennerotte 2016-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarian David Aase has announced the birth of a new potential member! David and his wife, Lauren, welcomed their second son, Calvin James Aase, on Aug. 18, 2016. Calvin weighed in at 7 lbs, 13 oz and was 21 inches long. Mother, baby and big brother are all doing well, according to the proud dad. 
 
Congratulations to the Aase family!
 
 
Baby news... Jen Garske 2016-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary’s Council on Legislation met earlier this year, resulting in a new standard club constitution, Rotary clubs’ guiding document.
 
As a result, our club’s bylaws must be amended and our practice strengthened for following up with members who are delinquent in paying their dues. At its August meeting, the club’s Board of Directors approved the following change to the bylaws:
 
Probationary members are Rotarians who have broken one or more of the Rotary Club of Edina’s policies or who have fallen behind in payments by 90 days. Unless the Board of Directors decides otherwise, a member is classified as “Probationary” for six months after the Board determines that he or she broke a policy or until his or her account is paid in full.
 
Any Probationary Member who breaks a Rotary Club of Edina policy or fails to provide payment within 10 days of the date of notification of non-payment shall be deemed to have resigned as a member of the club. The Board may reinstate a former member to membership upon the former member’s petition and payment of all indebtedness to the club.
 
The majority of the club membership in attendance at a Thursday luncheon meeting must ratify the change to the bylaws. 
 
If you have any questions about the change prior to the vote, please contact Past President Jennifer Bennerotte, 612-201-3467 or jbennerotte@EdinaRotary.org.
 
 
Board approves change to bylaws Jen Garske 2016-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Joy King as program speaker at the Thursday, Sept. 1, meeting. King is the senior vice president of philanthropy and executive director for Be The match Foundation. The title of her presentation is "To be Determined." 
 
King joined Be The Match in 2016 and is responsible for leading the foundation staff and its Board of Directors to significantly grow revenue to advance the life-saving mission of Be The Match. Revenue raised by the Foundation is used to expand access to cellular therapy, provide support for patients and their families experiencing transplant, and fund life-saving research.  
 
Ian Colville will give his classification talk at the meeting.
 
 
Joy King, executive director of Be The Match, is this week's program speaker Jen Garske 2016-08-27 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Joy King as program speaker at the Thursday, Sept. 1, meeting. King is the senior vice president of philanthropy and executive director for Be The match Foundation. The title of her presentation is "To be Determined." 
 
Ian Colville will give his classification talk at the meeting.
Joy King of Be The Match to speak at Sept. 1 meeting Jen Garske 2016-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

Edina, Minnesota, Aug. 24 — The Edina Rotary Foundation is accepting applications from non-profit organizations in Edina and its contiguous communities for grants to be used for capital purchases. Applications are due Oct. 31.
 
Each year, the Rotary Club of Edina raises money at a fall fundraiser to support its projects and award grants. This year, more than $100,000 was raised for the Club’s service projects and local and international grants.
 
The Foundation’s Community Service – Local Funding Committee favors grant requests for projects that are tangible and self-perpetuating, will be completed in Edina or a bordering community, create partnerships with other organizations, provide benefits to many and can be leveraged over time. Click on the link to learn more.
 
Edina Rotary Foundation grant applications due Oct. 31 2016-08-26 05:00:00Z 0
Edina Rotary Foundation Accepting Applications for Grant Money
Edina, Minnesota, Aug. 24 — The Edina Rotary Foundation is accepting applications from non-profit organizations in Edina and its contiguous communities for grants to be used for capital purchases. Applications are due Oct. 31.
 
Each year, the Rotary Club of Edina raises money at a fall fundraiser to support its projects and award grants. This year, more than $100,000 was raised for the Club’s service projects and local and international grants.
 
The Foundation’s Community Service – Local Funding Committee favors grant requests for projects that are tangible and self-perpetuating, will be completed in Edina or a bordering community, create partnerships with other organizations, provide benefits to many and can be leveraged over time.
 
Edina Rotary Foundation Accepting Applications for Grant Money 2016-08-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Clynes on Aug 25, 2016
Meeting reflections:
 
Another amazing meeting—a full parking lot, nine guests, two visiting Rotarians, social time to catch up with friends and make new ones, a nice meal and a quality program. Our fearless leader Ann Platt is doing a grand job keeping our train on the tracks. I think I’ll come back next week and maybe bring a friend.
We were greeted by Peter Hoffman and Deirdre Kvale. Mike Opitz helped out at the front desk. The Rev. Tom Cook gave the invocation.
 
Dale Walker introduced the following guests at the meeting:     
  • Kevin Bergman and John Morrissey, guests of the speaker and Jon Barnett
  • Don Anderson, guest of Jon Barnett
  • Loreli Steuer,  wife and guest of Axel Steuer
  • Bill Neuendorf, guest of Scott Neal
  • Annie Meehan, guest of Ann Platt
  • Kim Stoner, guest of Jody Kern
  • Max Rymer, guest of David Clynes
  • Judy Jandro, guest of Scott MacDonald
  • Mayor Jim Hovland, Visiting Rotarian from Edina Morningside Rotary Club
  • Lenny Newman, Visiting Rotarian from Minnetonka Rotary Club
 
Each week I am reminded and guided by the gift we receive in the wonderful stories of our presenters. Stories that encourage and help us with perspective and gratitude—they help to make our lives rich. This experience I receive each week is a big reason I frequently try to bring a guest. I gain a lot from my weekly Rotary experience and I want to share this opportunity with others. 
 
We are very fortunate to have Dr. Hannelore Brucker in our community. Wow, what a life story, and what incredible work she has been doing throughout her career treating allergies and helping the afflicted understand their condition. Retired from her practice at Southdale Allergy and Asthma Clinic in October of last year, the loving connection she had with her patients and her pride in their successes overcoming their conditions is easy to see. Hearing her classification talk, I get the sense that although retired, Hannelore has a deep desire of service to others and that she is one very active lady. And now—in addition to our Norwegian master of illusion and presentation, Korean improvisational sax man and our world famous, soon to be back from tour, base guitarist—we now have a harmonica and accordion virtuoso in our midst.
 
We were fortunate to have Dick Schulze present to our meeting as our main speaker. Thanks, Jon Barnett, for setting this up—your thorough introduction rivaled the eloquence and harmonic prose of our dear departed club fixture and Edina institution from years past, John Diracles.
Mr. Schulze very honestly illustrated some of the significant events and lessons learned in his 50 years in consumer electronics retail. Starting with Sound of Music in 1966 to the Best Buy corporation of today, it is easy to see how his infectious enthusiasm rallied the troops to grow a world-class company.
He shared some management styles that he’s found really matter. Reading these now they seem almost obvious, but we all know they are often overlooked.
  • Empower employees. Employees appreciate the opportunity to make a contribution. Be certain they know their input is valued.
  • Be willing to try new things. Failure is ok—learn from mistakes.
  • Recognize and reward extraordinary contribution.
  • Go to where the customer is and, in the store or on the website, it is all about improving the customer experience.
  • Be a leader, not just a fast follower.
Mike Sitek thanked Mr. Schulze for the presentation. 
 
I had the opportunity to speak briefly with Mr. Shulze after the meeting. Turns out I tutored his oldest grandchildren in math and science several years back. His face lighting up and the detailed stories of their current accomplishments showed me a gentleman that although a very successful entrepreneur, he has what is most important and very high on his list.
 
I looking forward to next week’s meeting, how about you?
 
 
In review David Clynes 2016-08-25 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Richard M. "Dick" Schulze as the program speaker at the Thursday, Aug. 25, meeting. He is the founder and chairman emeritus of Best Buy. Best Buy is celebrating its 50th anniversary this week.

A St. Paul native, Schulze founded his own company, The Sound of Music, in 1966. The business expanded to six stores in Minnesota by 1983, when Schulze renamed it Best Buy, adopted a warehouse format, and expanded into many more kinds of consumer products. The company soon went public and began a period of remarkable growth when Schulze revolutionized the industry by introducing the superstore to electronics. He served as Best Buy’s Chief Executive Officer from 1983 to 2002 and then as Chairman until 2012. He rejoined the company in 2013 as Founder and Chairman Emeritus. 

Schulze has long supported nonprofit organizations in the Twin Cities and Minnesota, as well as made significant donations to the University of St. Thomas and other institutions. Schulze started The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation in 2004. In June 2013, Schulze announced plans to gradually expand the Foundation from $100 million to about $1 billion. Schulze chairs the Foundation’s board of trustees. In years to come, Schulze hopes to be remembered by a personal legacy involving three major contributions through business, entrepreneurship education and philanthropy.
 
Hannelore Brucker will give her classification talk at the meeting.
 
 
Founder of Best Buy, Richard Schulze, to speak at this week's Rotary meeting Jen Garske 2016-08-20 05:00:00Z 0
Richard M. Schulze, founder of Best Buy, will be the program speaker at the Thursday, Aug. 25, Rotary Club of Edina meeting. Best Buy is celebrating its 50th anniversary this week. A St. Paul native, Schulze serves as Chairman of the Board and Founder Emeritus of Best Buy, along with roles as founder, chairman and/or president at three other companies. Much of his focus is on his philanthropy work, and he established the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation in 2004 to extend the reach of his charitable work. He is also the chairman of the board for the foundation.
 
Hannelore Brucker will give her classification talk at the meeting.
Best Buy founder Richard Schulze to speak at meeting Jen Garske 2016-08-20 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina’s Board of Directors recently approved the applicant below for membership:
 
Jen Tregarthen
Classification: Insurance Brokerage
Sponsor: Greg Yoch
 
Written objections to the application must be submitted before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, to Rotary Club of Edina, 4801 W. 50th St., Edina, MN  55424.
Proposed for membership Jen Garske 2016-08-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bjorn Freudenthal on Aug 18, 2016
One of the last summer Rotary lunches, Thursday’s was a warm and humid one with temperatures in the high 20s—28C to be exact (82F).  

Dan Hennen, Brandon Azbill, Royce Pavelka and Kevin Strandberg greeted at the door and Royce enthusiastically handed out Edina Rotary Foundation Fundraiser & Gala Silent Auction donation forms to all people as they entered.

Past President Jeff Ohe helped out at the front desk, and Michael Opitz and Marty Kupper handed out raffle tickets for the Fundraiser & Gala to each member as we walked in. (Talk to Mike or Marty if you didn't yet receive your tickets to sell!)

Our esteemed President Ann Platt opened the meeting at 12:36 p.m. and the Invocation was read by Jon Barnett, who shared a powerful reading with our group about the value of a smile, and also conducted the Pledge of Allegiance, along with the Rotary Four-Way Test.

Steven Veker introduced our guests. Mike Kallas, a member of the Youth Exchange Committee, introduced the new Youth Exchange students to Edina High School—Claudio Huerta from Chile and Justine Onana from Belgium. They are sponsored by both our club and the Edina Morningside Rotary Club. Mike encouraged members to meet the students, and invite them to events, gatherings and even just over for dinner. 
 
David Clynes introduced Mike Lehman as his guest at the meeting. Brandon Azbill introduced his father and wife, who were there to see him be officially inducted into the club at the meeting. Brad BeardSutton McGraw, Bill Milota and Mary Younggren also had guests at the meeting.

Ann Platt reminded us of the Oct. 1 Fundraiser & Gala, with the theme "New York State of Mind." Ann even had “two celebrities flown in” to pitch the Gala to the crowd—Billy Joel and Elton John in full costume flew in and gave us their best plug of why we all need to be there Oct. 1.
 
Marty Kupper and Michael Opitz also gave a brief shout out from the podium about the importance of selling Fundraiser raffle tickets and a Q&A about raffle ticket fun facts. 

Ann announced the induction of two new members and asked one of our past presidents, Steve Slyce, to come up and formally induct the new members—Brandon Azbill, sponsored by Wooj Byun, and Jim Platt, sponsored by Ann Platt.

Ann then welcomed Brad Beard to the podium, who introduced our speaker—Dr. Michael Howell. Dr. Howell gave us the highly interesting presentation “Sleep & Performance,” where he taught us how sleep helps us become healthier and more successful in all areas of our life.

Colleen Simpson thanked our speaker and told Dr. Howell about the donation in his honor to Edina Give & Go.

Ann Platt also thanked the speaker, warmly welcomed the new members and reminded the group of the raffle tickets as she closed the meeting at 1:34 p.m.

Next week’s speaker is Richard Schulze, founder of Best Buy, so we should surely expect a full house on Aug. 25.
 
 
 
In review Bjorn Freudenthal 2016-08-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann Platt on Aug 17, 2016
August is Membership Month for Rotary International and Edina Rotary Club, and we want to ensure that our club members are engaged and committed to the club. This all starts with attracting the right members! Yes, many of us joined with the thought of networking our businesses but soon discovered that there was more satisfaction in giving vs. receiving.
 
Many of you have stated that you have stayed for the friendship and fellowship. That is great to hear! It takes all of us working together to make our club vibrant and attractive to new people so they can feel the camaraderie we have. Whether you are a Rotary “veteran” or a new member, ask yourself these questions:
  • Have you sat with someone new at a meeting lately?
  • Have you chatted with someone different before the meeting starts?
  • Have you met someone for coffee to get to know them better?
  • Have you volunteered for a committee? There are many opportunities to get involved with the Fundraiser just around the corner and may not be the time commitment you think.
  • Have you attended a social event? Fireside chats will be coming up this fall and they are a great way to get to know your fellow members. The Gala on Oct. 1st will be a fun event and you can get dressed up and bring your significant other.
At last week’s meeting District 5950 Governor Mark Hegstrom talked about vibrancy and staying relevant. We are the largest club in the district, but we cannot rest on our laurels. We must continue to ensure that all of our members are engaged and feel welcome!
 
I have re-instituted a gold sticker on new members' name badges so that they can be identified. Please make sure that they feel a part of our club. In this way we can continue the reputation that Bob Hildreth instituted during his presidency, that “We are the #1 club in the universe."
 
 
From the President: Membership Month Ann Platt 2016-08-17 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Dr. Michael Howell as the program speaker at the Thursday, Aug. 18, meeting. Dr. Howell is the division head of Sleep Medicine, Department of Neurology, at the University of Minnesota, as well as the medical director at the Fairview Sleep Center in Edina. He will speak about "Performance Enhancing Sleep."
 
New members Brandon Azbill and Jim Platt will be officially inducted into the club at the meeting.
Dr. Michael Howell to speak at Aug. 18 Rotary meeting Jen Garske 2016-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Dr. Michael Howell as the program speaker at the Thursday, Aug. 18, meeting. He will speak about "Performance Enhancing Sleep."
 
Dr. Howell is the division head of Sleep Medicine, Department of Neurology, at the University of Minnesota, as well as the medical director at the Fairview Sleep Center in Edina. He is also the program director at the Clinical Sleep Medicine Fellowship and co-founder and CEO of the Sleep and Performance Institute.
 
New member Brandon Azbill will be officially inducted into the club at the meeting.
 
 
Dr. Michael Howell to speak on performance enhancing sleep at this week's Rotary meeting Jen Garske 2016-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Buttolph on Aug 11, 2016
Another glorious midsummer day—blue skies, bird calls, puffy white clouds, and a blessed silence from both major parties! How sweet it is!!

On arrival at our Aug. 11 meeting, your writer was greeted by none other than Marty Kupper himself, in the unaccustomed role of Rotary photographer in place of John Flynn. Giving thanks for one meal at least when chewing with an open mouth need not become the subject of Flynn’s eagle eye and the resulting photo in The Barker. Phew!

Greeters at the meeting were Dave Hatzung, Kevin Strandberg and Andrea Thompson Miller. Bob Stehlik helped out at the front desk. 
President Ann Platt opened the meeting at 12:35 p.m. with a crisp bang of the gong, and Charlie Barer shared an inspiring invocation from the Costco Collection. Sam Thompson introduced guests Brett McReavy (guest of his father, Bill McReavy) and Dario Anselmo (guest of Heather Hansen). When visiting Rotarian Zdenek Kratky was introduced, he invited everyone to attend the Patrick Kennedy Memorial Golf Tournament at the Mendota Country Club on Sept. 26, hosted by his Edina Morningside Rotary Club. 

Former 5950 District Governor Tim Murphy reported on the success of Rotary’s International Youth Exchange Program, then introduced Eleanor Hastings, who shared photos and heartfelt reminiscences of her academic year in the Czech Republic.  
 
Brad Hepp then formally inducted a new member, Hannelore Brucker, whose skills on the accordion and harmonica will surely make her one of the most highly coveted guests at our next round of Fireside Chats. Hannelore's sponsor to the club is Josh Sprague.

The Oct. 1 date of our New York-themed Gala is fast approaching, and Royce Pavelka urged the members to donate items to the Silent Auction, with forms available this week. C’mon folks, whose idyllic lake house would be just right for a prize-winning family of Rotarians? 

Returning to the podium, our President Ann Platt called former President Steve Slyce up for the speaker introduction. Steve then introduced Mark Hegstrom, a former president of the Edina Morningside Club and our new District 5950 Governor. 

The theme of District Governor Hegstrom’s presentation was “How the Greatest Club in the Universe Can Get Even Better." And how might that be, you may well ask? By becoming what Mark calls “a vibrant club” that engages its members, conducts meaningful projects, is flexible, tries new and fun ideas, and has a unique identity. Rotary thrives as an organization as it engages the younger generation, the “under 40” group. What got us here won’t keep us here, and Rotary must either evolve or perish.  

Mark urged the assembly to think deeply about new forms of engagement and new types of service. The “blink” of an idea is all it takes to attract new members, so consider what images of the Rotary experience does a prospective member see at first “blink?" Mark closed with this insight—images are symbols of the substance that defines Rotary.
 
Libby Schmit thanked the speaker and presented our club's donation to Edina Give & Go in his name.

A call to the membership of the No. 1 Club in the Universe—let’s ponder deeply and creatively the symbols that will define Rotary to the next generation. 

Our President returned to the podium to thank Eleanor for the presentation of her experiences in the Czech Republic, to welcome Hannelore as a new member, to thank District Governor Hegstrom, and to announce next week’s speaker as an expert on sleep disorders. Too many sheep to count?  
 
Ann closed the meeting with a sports quote from the Pope—such a cool Pope—and tapped the bell gently to ring us out till next week’s meeting.
 
 
In review John Buttolph 2016-08-11 05:00:00Z 0
Periodically we feature a newer member of the Rotary Club of Edina in The Barker. The Rotary Club of Edina welcomed Toni Gerard as a member in March 2016. Toni's sponsor to the club was Josh Sprague. Read on to get to know more about Toni... 
 
Name: Toni Gerard
 
Classification: Retail Banking
 
What was your first job? Burger place in Omaha.

Who was your first role model and why? When I was only 9, I was impressed by Peg, the base commander’s wife, when my family was stationed in Germany. She was poised, friendly, smart, and had a cool charm bracelet. I have been very lucky throughout my life to have had many people help me along my way. Each of those people are role models for me in particular ways—offering examples and advice ranging from education and work to joie de vivre.
 
Why did you want to join Rotary? I joined Rotary to build lasting business and personal relationships within the community in which I work and that is close to my home.

What do you like best about being part of the Rotary Club of Edina? I was first struck by how friendly and welcoming the professional members of the Edina Rotary were to me. It is clear to me that members take business seriously but not themselves. They are supportive and effective and seem to love to laugh. The luncheon speakers are energizing and informative. I know I’ll find my place to contribute.
 
What one piece of advice do you offer other business leaders? Be curious always, pay attention, engage, and laugh.
 
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Edina, Toni!
 
 
Meet a new member...Toni Gerard 2016-08-10 05:00:00Z 0
Periodically we feature a newer member of the Rotary Club of Edina on our website. The Rotary Club of Edina welcomed Toni Gerard as a member in March 2016. Toni's sponsor to the club was Josh Sprague. Click on the link to get to know Toni...
Meet a new member: Toni Gerard Jen Garske 2016-08-10 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 5950 Governor Mark Hegstrom will be the program speaker at the Thursday, Aug. 11, Rotary Club of Edina meeting. He is the 2016–2017 District Governor for District 5950, which includes Minneapolis and suburbs, central and western Minnesota. Hegstrom is a member of the Edina Morningside Rotary Club. 
 
Hegstrom grew up in Edina and graduated from Edina High School in 1983. He went on to study Economics at the University of Minnesota, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree. He joined the Rotary Club of Edina Morningside in 2002. Hegstrom served as President of his club in 2008–2009, and has since worked in District 5950 on numerous committees for the District Foundation, the District Conference and Membership. As a champion of The Rotary Foundation, Hegstrom and his wife are Major Donors and Paul Harris Society members.
 
New member Hannelore Brucker will be officially inducted into the club at the meeting.
 
 
Rotary District 5950 Governor Mark Hegstrom is this week's program speaker Jen Garske 2016-08-08 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 5950 Governor Mark Hegstrom will be the program speaker at the Thursday, Aug. 11, Rotary Club of Edina meeting. He is the 2016–2017 District Governor for District 5950, which includes Minneapolis and suburbs, central and western Minnesota. Hegstrom is a member of the Edina Morningside Rotary Club. 
 
New member Hannelore Brucker will be officially inducted into the club at the meeting.
District Governor Mark Hegstrom to speak at Aug. 11 meeting Jen Garske 2016-08-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Andy Finsness on Aug 04, 2016
The Aug. 4 Rotary meeting was held under a tent on a beautiful afternoon at Express Metals, 8094 Excelsior Blvd., Hopkins, not so far from Bunnies if any of you need to get your bearings.
 
The meeting was called to order by President Ann Platt, to a thunderous applause. Ann recognized those helping at the meeting and Buzz Bainbridge gave the invocation. What he also mentioned was that on this day in the year 1693, Dom Perignon invented champagne and was known to have said, “Come quickly, I am drinking the stars!”
 
Our host and speaker for the event was our own Libby Schmit, general manager of Express Metals.
 
Express Metal’s motto is “Cash in a flash for your metal trash." The company lives by that motto and continually strives to improve their processes so that commercial and residential customers alike can drive in, unload metal products and get paid in a very short amount of time. 
 
Now you are wondering, what exactly can I bring to Express Metals and get paid for bringing it? Ready? Lawn mowers, snow blowers, engines, BBQ grills, washers, dryers, electric motors plumbing pipe, car batteries, extension cords, Christmas lights, and the list goes on! Very few things are not accepted—check the website.
 
The presentation was very interesting and well-presented, including a complete tour of the facility.
 
The best part; keeping scrap metal out of the landfill and getting paid for doing it!
 
Notes:
 
The Fundraiser is Oct. 1. 
  • See Sam Thompson to volunteer.
  • See Sandy Schley and Libby Schmit to be a table host, there are a few spots left.
Walk to End Alzheimer's is Sept. 17 at Target Field. See Rick Carlson to sign up on the Rotary Club of Edina team.
 
 
In review Andy Finsness 2016-08-04 05:00:00Z 0
This year’s Edina Rotary Foundation Fundraiser & Gala is almost here! The annual fundraiser is set for Saturday, Oct. 1, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomington!  
 
We plan to put you in a “New York State of Mind” with creative food and entertainment. From the minute you enter the hotel and the New York City subway to the lively Central Park silent auction to the bright New York City lights for dinner and the dueling pianos of Deuces Wild in the ballroom we’re sure you’ll enjoy every New York minute! Registration ended Sept. 22. 
 
For more information about the event go here. If you have questions, contact Co-Chairs Sam Thompson or Leann Stessman.
Edina Rotary's Annual Fundraiser & Gala is Oct. 1 Jen Garske 2016-08-03 05:00:00Z 0

The Rotary afternoon at the ballpark is fast approaching! The deadline for registering for the St. Paul Saints game and picnic is this Friday, Aug. 5. 
 
The Membership—Retention Committee has reserved 40 seats at CHS Field near third-base Sunday afternoon, Aug. 14, for Rotarians and guests. And we also have made arrangements for a picnic on-site catered by the ballpark. The picnic starts at 3:30 p.m. and the game begins at 5:05 p.m. It should be a great afternoon and evening for one and all! Bring your significant other, your kids or your grandkids!
 
The cost is $30 for adults for the combined picnic and game. People 15 and under or 65 and older will pay $29 to attend. Please register yourself and any guests online. 

If you have questions on the event or payment, please contact Event Chair Don Hutchison at 952-428-7850 or dhutchison@HutchFinancial.com.

See you at the ballpark!

 

 

Registration deadline for Saints game is Friday Jen Garske 2016-08-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Fargo on Jul 28, 2016
The July 28, 2016 meeting was assisted by the following Rotarians:

Front Desk—Scott Neal and Barbara Born; Front Desk Administration—Deirdre Kvale; Greeters—Bob Harvey, Brandon Azbill and Ian Colville; Invocation/Pledge of Allegiance/Four-Way Test—Jody Kern; Guest Introductions—Ann PlattThe Barker writer—Tim Fargo; Speaker Introduction—Joe Arends; Thank the Speaker—Sandra Schley.
 
The meeting was designated as Prospective Member Day and thus there were many guests. Guests included: Heidi Stinson (Sam Thompson), Jamie Nelson (Jennifer Bennerotte), Frank Foti (Mike Sitek), Jim Hazlett (Kevin Strandberg),  Chuck Cooley and J. Raab (Jim Perkins), Bob Sandilla (Tom Ries), Lisa Byrne (Jody Kern), Roger Pust (Keith Benson), Betsy Bisanz (Kaylin Eidsness), Sasha Colville (Ian Colville), Ryan Flynn (San Asato), Mike Johnson (Doug Johnson), David Holtz (Barbara Born),  Lindsay Pritzl (Tim Fargo),  Kristopher Williamson (Andrea Thompson Miller). The following visiting Rotarians were in attendance: Kyle Schrieffer (South Metro Minneapolis Evenings Rotary Club), Paul Mork (Golden Valley) and Mark Williams (Lake Minnetonka/Excelsior).
 
The meeting began with a ceremony to honor those Rotarians with perfect attendance for the 2015–2016 Rotary year. There were too many to name in limited space, but suffice it to say that there were 59 Rotarians who satisfied the requirements to have “perfect attendance” per Rotary International’s standards. Jon Barnett topped the list with either 25 or 26 years of perfect attendance.
 
Shelly Loberg gave her classification talk. Shelly is the director of Explore Edina, which is affiliated with the Visitors Bureau for the City of Edina. Shelly was born in Owatonna, attended the University of Minnesota–Duluth, where she majored in Communication and French. She studied abroad in France and now has two sons, Dane and Evan, who are the lights of her life. She loves fishing, yoga, outdoor activities, food and wine. She concluded by saying that she loves serving on the International Committee for Rotary.
 
Our speaker was Patrick Hunt, the founder and CEO of Hunt Adkins, a full-service brand communications and digitally focused advertising agency. Mr. Hunt was with us to share his experience as the current chairman of the 2016 Ryder Cup Golf tournament, which will be held at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska Sept. 27 through Oct. 2. Mr. Hunt is a 27-year member of Hazeltine, a course which was established with the express purpose of playing host to national and international golf events.  
 
The Ryder Cup is unique among professional golf tournaments in several important respects. It pits the best U.S. players against the best of Europe. It is the only professional tournament that is actually a team event and the players are not playing for a purse. Rather, the players play for team, for captain and country. The atmosphere is like no other in golf: the patrons are given a license to cheer while watching the event. After the practice rounds there is a three-day format with different events on each day. Each of the first two days includes one four-match session of four-ball and one four-match session of foursomes. The final day is reserved for 12 singles matches. The pairings of all matches are assigned randomly.  
 
Mr. Hunt pointed out that his committee works alongside the PGA of America to put on the tournament and there is local staffing of around 4,000 volunteers. More than 250,000 spectators are expected to attend. It is anticipated that the event will be viewed by over 500 million people in over 160 countries. Per Mr. Hunt, this will be the largest Ryder Cup in history and will bring very significant attention to the Twin Cities, to Chaska and to Hazeltine. The tournament is expected to infuse over $135 million into the local economy. As a tip for those attending, Mr. Hunt suggests that on the first day you should run—don’t walk—to the first tee and then go to the back side where you can watch the action.
 
This year's fundraising for the Edina Rotary Foundation began with a live auction organized by the 2016 Fundraiser & Gala committee. Our own Jon Barnett served as auctioneer as bids came in for two tickets to the Ryder Cup. Bill McReavy was the lucky winner with a $2,500 bid. It was a very interesting meeting and made me want to go to the Ryder Cup. I will be watching it on television this time; the lottery was unkind to me and the scalpers will be worse.
 
 
In review Tim Fargo 2016-07-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Hutchison on Jul 25, 2016
What's more fun and entertaining than a Sunday afternoon watching our own St. Paul Saints baseball team?! And a picnic at the ballpark to boot! There is still time to reserve your spots to watch the St. Paul Saints at CHS Field near third-base Sunday afternoon, Aug. 14. And we also have made arrangements for a picnic on-site catered by the ballpark. The picnic starts at 3:30 p.m. and the game begins at 5:05 p.m.
 
There are a limited number of seats available for this event. Please register yourself and any guests online by Friday, Aug. 5. 
 
 
Still time to register for Rotary outing to Saints game Don Hutchison 2016-07-25 05:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Edina will hold a Vocational Day meeting this Thursday, Aug. 4, at noon at Express Metals, 8094 Excelsior Blvd., Hopkins. Lunch and beverages will be provided.

Express Metals recycling is a family-owned and operated business which opened in January 2010. Todd Bollig, an Eden Prairie Rotarian, is the owner. The meeting will include a presentation about the business and tours of the facility.

Registration was required to attend the Vocational Day meeting. Due to limited space, attendance is limited to Rotary Club of Edina members. Parking is limited at the business, so please carpool with fellow Rotarians if you can. 

This counts as the meeting for the week, so there is no additional cost for regular members. Senior Active and Honorary members will be charged $20 at the door as usual. 

Contact Club Service Director Deirdre Kvale for questions or more information about the meeting.

 

This week's meeting, Aug. 4, is a Vocational Day at Express Metals in Hopkins Jen Garske 2016-07-24 05:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Edina will hold a Vocational Day meeting at noon, Thursday, Aug. 4, at Express Metals, 8094 Excelsior Blvd., Hopkins. Lunch and beverages will be provided.

Express Metals recycling is a family-owned and operated business which opened in January 2010. Todd Bollig, an Eden Prairie Rotarian, is the owner. The meeting will include a presentation about the business and tours of the facility.

Rotarians are encouraged to carpool to the meeting with other members of the club if possible. Registration was required to attend the meeting, due to space limitations. Contact Club Service Director Deirdre Kvale if you have questions. 

Vocational Day meeting will be Aug. 4 at Express Metals Jen Garske 2016-07-24 05:00:00Z 0

Join us for the Edina Rotary Happy Hour/Vocational Development Group. The next gathering will be Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Mezz, located upstairs in Lunds & Byerly's at 7171 France Ave. S. in Edina. Access The Mezz from the entrance closest to France Avenue (SW corner of the store). Wine and craft beer is available at your own cost. A limited menu may be available, but you can also purchase food in the grocery deli and bring it upstairs.

The event will feature a short social period, with a "formal" program beginning at 6 p.m. Each person will have a brief opportunity to introduce themselves and make new connections. A featured presenter will have 15 minutes to share information that is relevant to his or her profession followed by a short Q&A period. The speaker at the Aug. 3 gathering will be Edina Morningside Rotary Club member Dr. Casey Moore. Rotary Happy Hour is a collaboration between the Rotary Club of Edina and EMRC. Renee Harberts has recently taken over the planning of the speakers from Kip Peterson. 

Come and check out this Rotary event! 

 

Rotary Happy Hour Returns Aug. 3 2016-07-24 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina’s Board of Directors recently approved the applicant below for membership:
 
Jim Platt
Classification: Pet Lodging
Sponsor: Ann Platt
 
Jim will share his membership with Ann Platt. Written objections to the application must be submitted before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, to Rotary Club of Edina, 4801 W. 50th St., Edina, MN  55424.
 
 
Proposed for Membership Jen Garske 2016-07-24 05:00:00Z 0
The Thursday, July 28, meeting of the Rotary Club of Edina will be a Prospective Member Day! All Rotarians are encouraged to bring a friend or colleague that is interested in learning more about Rotary and joining our club. All prospective members get a free lunch on July 28! 
 
Speaking at the meeting July 28 is Patrick Hunt, General Chair of the 2016 Ryder Cup. Hunt is a member volunteer for Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska. Hazeltine will host the Ryder Cup Sept. 27 to Oct. 2, 2016. Hunt's primary role is representing Hazeltine in its partnership with the PGA of America as they recruit and manage over 4,000 volunteers from Minnesota in welcoming 250,000 golf fans and a worldwide television audience to the grounds of Hazeltine and the Twin Cities community during Ryder Cup week.
 
Hunt has been a member of Hazeltine since 1994. In that time, he has served in a number of roles including Board member, Executive Committee member and Chair of the Nominating, House and Clubhouse Design Committees. In addition, Hunt served on the Executive Committee of the 2002 and 2009 PGA Championships.
 
In his professional life, Hunt is the founder, President and CEO of Hunt Adkins, an award-winning brand strategy and advertising firm with clients including Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic Health System, iWireless, Federal Premium and Canterbury Park.
 
The Rotary Club of Edina will honor members that had Perfect Attendance in the 2015–2016 Rotary year at the July 28 meeting. A record number of Rotarians attended all or most meetings of the club, and did make ups throughout the year at committee meetings, Rotary happy hour or other Rotary activities to achieve the Perfect Attendance Award. Congratulations to everyone for their dedication to Rotary!
 
Rotarian Shelly Loberg will give her classification talk at the meeting.
 
 
Chair of Ryder Cup to speak at this week's Prospective Member meeting Jen Garske 2016-07-24 05:00:00Z 0
The Thursday, July 28, meeting of the Rotary Club of Edina will be a Prospective Member Day! All Rotarians are encouraged to bring a friend or colleague that is interested in learning more about Rotary and joining our club. All prospective members get a free lunch on July 28! 
 
Speaking at the meeting July 28 is Patrick Hunt, General Chair of the 2016 Ryder Cup. Hunt is a member volunteer for Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska. Hazeltine will host the Ryder Cup Sept. 27 to Oct. 2, 2016.
 
Perfect Attendance Awards for the 2015–2016 Rotary year will be given out at the meeting. Rotarian Shelly Loberg will give her classification talk at the meeting.
Chair of Ryder Cup to speak at Prospective Member meeting Jen Garske 2016-07-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Kallas on Jul 21, 2016
Our meeting began with President Ann Platt asking the audience if anyone knows what was published in the latest Rotary magazine. The answer (promptly provided by Barbara Born) was an advertisement for Wooj Byun’s book My Rotary Story. Congratulations Wooj!
 
Greeters at today’s meeting were Hal Harris, Kevin Strandberg and Andrea Thompson Miller. Tim Murphy helped Deirdre Kvale at the front desk. Gary Aulik gave an invocation, Pledge of Allegiance and Four-Way Test.  
 
Wade Thommen introduced the following members and their guests:
 
  • Dan Hennen and his guest, Sue Anderson
  • Brad Beard and his guests, Joe Steany and John Fujitake
  • Greg Yoch and his guest, Jim Platt
  • Patti Ellingson-Solheim and her guest, Luke Randall
  • Sue Spalding and her guest, Rebecca Justin
  • Gary Aulik and his guest, Sarah Michielson
We were also joined by visiting Rotarian Jen Tregarthen of the Sooner Rotary Club.
 
Greg Yoch announced that next week, July 28, is Prospective Member Day. Rotarians are encouraged to bring prospective members as guests. All prospective members are free that day. Greg also announced that next week there will be a raffle for Ryder Cup tickets, another reason to bring guests.  
 
Joe Hayes made an announcement concerning the upcoming Leadership Ethics Seminar, or "Do The Right Thing." The event is scheduled for Oct. 12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Joe is seeking volunteers to join the planning committee and to participate in the event. 
 
Joe Hayes, as a member of the RARE Committee, announced that Rob Laughlin’s mother has passed away. Rob is a past president of the Edina Morningside Club. 
Don Hutchison announced that the club is planning a fun-filled day at the new St. Paul Saints Stadium (CHS Field). The event will be Sunday, Aug. 14, for a game between the Saints and the visiting Sioux Falls Canaries and a picnic before the game. Members are encouraged to bring guests. Contact Don about tickets.

Bradley Hepp introduced our speaker—Rhoda Olson. Ms. Olson is the Chief Executive Officer of Great Clips. Ms. Olson described the struggles and triumphs in her life and in the business of Great Clips. Great Clips is coming up on 4,000 salons across the United States and has experienced 48 quarters of continuous steady growth!
 
She introduced her husband, three sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren to our membership. She spoke about the nature of Great Clips as a family-owned business and described added elements of emotion, strength and stress coming from the family-owned business.
Ms. Olson spoke about the power of personal vision and identified her personal vision as including:
  • Being a healthy role model.
  • Being an impactful and courageous leader.
  • Providing every “stakeholder” an opportunity for financial success.
  • Showing gratitude and humility.
  • Learning and growing.
Ms. Olson also shared with us the action-orientated mission statements that have helped Great Clips succeed: “We are kind, we keep it simple, we focus on execution, we exceed expectations and we have fun.”

Following the presentation and questions from the audience, Jim Ryman thanked our speaker.

Our meeting concluded with the following quote from Eleanor Roosevelt: “A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong she is until she is in hot water.” 
 
 
In Review Mike Kallas 2016-07-21 05:00:00Z 0
Don't miss the chance to attend several upcoming events for Rotarians at the end of July and early August! Registration is open now!
 
First up is Prospective Member Day at the Thursday, July 28, Rotary Club of Edina meeting. Members are encouraged to bring a friend or colleague that is interested in learning more about our club and Rotary to the meeting. All prospective members eat free on July 28! For more information, contact Membership—Recruitment Director Greg Yoch. We will also honor members that had Perfect Attendance in the 2015–2016 Rotary year at the meeting.
 
Aug. 3 is the return of the Rotary happy hour! This vocational development group meets the first Wednesday of each month, but took a hiatus in July. The August gathering will feature EMRC member Dr. Casey Moore. The event is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Mezz in Lunds & Byerly's on France Avenue in Edina. There will be a short presentation by the featured Rotarian, plus time for introductions, networking and questions. The happy hour is a collaboration between our club and Edina Morningside Rotary Club. Contact Renee Harberts for more information.
 
Thursday, Aug. 4, is the first Vocational Day of the new Rotary year. We will meet at Express Metals in Hopkins Aug. 4 at noon for the chance to learn more about this metal recycling business. Express Metals is owned by Todd Bollig, an Eden Prairie Rotarian, and our own Libby Schmit is the general manager at the company. Lunch and beverages will be served, and Senior Active and Honorary members pay at the door like a regular meeting. Please register by Friday, July 29, so we can plan accordingly. Parking is limited, so carpools are encouraged. For questions on the meeting, contact Club Service Director Deirdre Kvale.
 
Finally, there is still time to register for the St. Paul Saints baseball game and Rotary picnic at CHS field in Lowertown, St. Paul, Sunday, Aug. 14. Cost is $30, and that gets you into the game and pre-game picnic to boot! Seniors and kids get $1 off the price. Picnic time is 3:30 p.m with the game starting at 5:05 p.m. It should be a great afternoon and evening for one and all! Bring your significant other, your kids or your grandkids! Please register yourself and any guests online by Friday, Aug. 5, so that we can plan for the event. If you have questions, please contact Event Chair Don Hutchison.
 
 
Upcoming events for Rotarians! Jen Garske 2016-07-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann Platt on Jul 19, 2016
On Tuesday evening, July 12, a group of Rotarians attended the groundbreaking ceremonies for 66 West Apartments, which is located at the old TCF Bank building on 66th Street in Edina, between Xerxes and France. A year from now that facility will open to accommodate 39 young adults who have experienced homelessness. This project is spearheaded by the Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, with support from many churches and organizations in Edina and the surrounding suburbs.

Our Community Service—Local Funding Committee, headed by Keith Benson (shown here second from left at the groundbreaking with fellow Rotarians Jim Ryman, San Asato and Tom Cook), has been working hard on obtaining a $9,000 matching grant from District 5950 for the $30,000 Community Room at 66 West. This is our Signature Project for the 2016–2017 Rotary year. We found out last Monday that the grant request has been approved by the district. The project was able to receive this large of a matching grant due to collaboration with six other Rotary clubs. As we we get closer to the open date for 66 West, we will have to provide "sweat equity," which will involve setting up furniture along with other tasks.

The contribution from our club, which will total just under $15,000, will be the result of the Edina Rotary Foundation Fundraiser & Gala, set for Oct. 1, 2016. This is just one of many projects that our club can be part of because of the fundraiser.

We are excited that 66 West will call it the "Rotary Community Room" and the room will feature a sign recognizing all the clubs that are involved. This project is truly evidence of "Rotary Serving Humanity."
 
 
From the President Ann Platt 2016-07-19 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Great Clips Chief Executive Officer Rhoda Olson to the Thursday, July 21, meeting. She was named CEO of Great Clips in 2011, after being promoted to President/Chief Operating Officer in 1998. Olson has been with Great Clips, headquartered in Minneapolis, since 1984.
 
During Olsen’s tenure as President/COO, Great Clips grew from just over 1,000 salons in 1998 to over 3,700 salons in 2013. During that time, Great Clips also grew system revenues four-fold increasing from $200 million to just over a billion dollars. Today, Great Clips is the world’s largest salon brand with locations in more than 180 markets across North America.
 
 
Great Clips CEO Rhoda Olsen to speak July 21 Jen Garske 2016-07-17 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Great Clips Chief Executive Officer Rhoda Olson to the Thursday, July 21, meeting. She was named CEO of Great Clips in 2011, after being promoted to President/Chief Operating Officer in 1998. Olson has been with Great Clips, headquartered in Minneapolis, since 1984.
Great Clips CEO to speak at July 21 meeting Jen Garske 2016-07-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Doty on Jul 14, 2016
Club President Ann Platt called the meeting to order by sharing some recent updates of Rotarian participation in the community. Recently club members have participated and supported the groundbreaking of 66 West in Edina, the 2016–2017 Signature Project for the club. And Paul Peterson performed at the Peter Frampton concert, with more than 60 Rotarians in attendance to support Paul. A pre-concert cocktail party for Rotarians at Rock Bottom Brewery was also well attended.
 
Dan Mott attended the front desk, while Wayne Harmon, Ian Colville, and Tom Cook served as greeters. San Asato provided the invocation, Pledge of Allegiance and Four-Way Test.  Skip Thomas introduced and acknowledged our guests in attendance, including:
  • Roberta McNellis, wife and guest of Tom McNellis
  • Shelia Asato, wife and guest of San Asato and daughter of Tom McNellis
  • Howard Cocks, guest of Bill Milota
  • Lexi Reed Holtum, executive director of the Steve Rummler Hope Foundation, guest of Ann Platt
Sam Thompson, 2016 Fundraiser & Gala Co-Chair, provided an update regarding this year's event. The Gala will be Oct. 1, 2016 at the DoubleTree Hilton. The club is fortunate to auction off two tickets to the Ryder Cup as a fundraiser prior to the gala. Because this event is in the near future, the auction will be held July 28. If you cannot be in attendance, you can email Sam directly to place a bid on the tickets.
July 28 is also Prospective Member Day. Rotarians are encouraged to bring a guest to the meeting who may be interested in joining the club. Prospective members are not charged for their meal on Prospective Member Day.
 
Libby Schmit, a  member of the Community Service—Local Funding Committee, announced a grant to the Edina Police Department. Edina Police Detective David Linen thanked the club for providing the Edina Rotary Foundation grant to the department this spring. The funding was used to acquire a software package that allows imaging of digital technology without altering evidence. This is extremely important knowing how technology evidence is now part of many legal cases.
 
Abdi Ali shared his experience from Camp RYLA. The Rotary Club of Edina sponsors students each year to the camp in Wisconsin, and Abdi was one of those students in 2015. Abdi stressed how much the camp helped him develop relationships and leadership skills for the future. He learned that knowledge is a path, and wisdom is a purpose. He was grateful for the opportunity to attend the camp and grow as a leader.
 
The Rev. Thomas Cook gave his classification talk at the meeting. Rev. Cook’s classification is Ministry. He has spent 19 years in the Episcopal Church. His service in the church is aligned with the principles of service to human kind that Rotary represents. Tom was raised in Florida and is a 1989 graduate from the University of Florida. Early in his career, he was a lobbyest for the State University System in Florida. He was later called to service in the ministry of the church. His father, Robert Cook, was a founding member of the Rotary Club in Tavares, Florida. Tom has three children. His oldest son is in the restaurant industry in Pittsburgh. His other son, the middle child, serves as an Army Ranger, and his 15-year-old daughter plays hockey for Edina and is preparing to get her driver's license. Rotary has been a part of Tom’s life since he was a boy and he continues to enjoy the values of Rotary as an adult.
 
Tim Murphy introduced guest speaker William Moyers. Moyers, vice president of public affairs and community relations at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, spoke about "Broken: My Story of Addiction and Recovery."  
 
Moyers joined Hazelden in 1996 and has dedicated his career to eliminating barriers to recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. As Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's vice president of public affairs and community relations, he carries the message of hope, health and healing to policy makers, the media and communities across the nation.
 
Moyers is also the best-selling author of “Broken: My Story of Addiction and Recovery” and “Now What? An Insider’s Guide to Addiction and Recovery.” He has appeared on Larry King Live and Oprah and is a regular contributor to Good Morning America. As a former journalist for CNN, his work has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today and Newsweek.
 
William shared that nearly 20 years ago he joined the Hazelden Foundation. Years ago, he prepared a speech for a group of Rotarians about addiction in the workplace. As he began to speak and share statistics and expert opinion, he soon realized the need for personal connection. William shared that he is an addict in recovery. He was living proof that anyone can be susceptible to addiction and that an individual's brain processes addiction differently. While we are all wired differently, there is a solution—personal responsibility. It took William four stints in rehab for his addiction to go into remission. The Minneapolis/St. Paul community serves as a crossroads in America for recovery and support. The problem of addiction has never been more serious, and it is important to understand empathy and support for people who struggle with personal addiction. 
 
Scott MacDonald thanked Mr. Moyers for his moving and genuine message with a club donation on Moyers' behalf to Edina Give & Go. Club President Ann Platt adjourned the meeting. 
 
 
In review Larry Doty 2016-07-14 05:00:00Z 0
As part of the annual fundraiser for the Edina Rotary Foundation, Jon Barnett will auction off tickets to the Ryder Cup at the Rotary Club of Edina's July 28 meeting.
 
The package includes two tickets for:
  • practice rounds Tuesday through Thursday
  • opening ceremony Thursday
  • Ryder Cup rounds Friday through Sunday
The ticket holder will have access to the sports-themed International Pavilion where there is air conditioning, protection from the rain, an outdoor patio and an excellent selection of food and beverage to purchase.
 
There is free parking at Centerbury Park with a complimentary shuttle to and from Hazeltine. The tickets can be transferred, so you can give away or otherwise do what you want with the tickets.
 
For more information or to bid in advance of the meeting, contact Fundraiser Committee Co-Chair Sam Thompson, 612-282-1750.
 
 
Don't Miss The Chance to Bid on Ryder Cup Tickets! Jen Garske 2016-07-12 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome William Moyers as program speaker at the Thursday, July 14, meeting. Moyers, vice president of public affairs and community relations at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, will speak about "Broken: My Story of Addiction and Recovery."
 
Moyers joined Hazelden in 1996 and has dedicated his career to eliminating barriers to recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. As Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's vice president of public affairs and community relations, he carries the message of hope, health and healing to policy makers, the media and communities across the nation.
 
Moyers is also the best-selling author of “Broken: My Story of Addiction and Recovery” and “Now What? An Insider’s Guide to Addiction and Recovery.” He has appeared on Larry King Live and Oprah and is a regular contributor to Good Morning America. As a former journalist for CNN, his work has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today and Newsweek.
 
New member Tom Cook will give his classification talk at the meeting.
 
 
William Moyers to speak at July 14 meeting Jen Garske 2016-07-09 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome William Moyers as program speaker at the Thursday, July 14, meeting. Moyers, vice president of public affairs and community relations at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, will speak about "Broken: My Story of Addiction and Recovery." Moyers is also an author and former journalist.
 
New member Tom Cook will give his classification talk at the meeting.
William Moyers to speak at July 14 meeting Jen Garske 2016-07-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kaylin Eidsness on Jul 07, 2016
Ann Platt kicked off her first meeting as president by wishing Gordy Lewis a happy 89th birthday! She then thanked Josh SpragueGreg Yoch and David Hatzung for their help and participation in the Edina Fourth of July parade, where they walked with the superhero crew again this year. They reminded everyone that Rotarians are “everyday super heroes!” 
 
Tom Cook and Andrea Thompson Miller greeted Rotarians and their guests. John Flynn worked the front desk. Royce Pavelka stepped in to lead the invocation, Pledge of Allegiance and Rotary Four-Way Test. Sonja Tengdin introduced guests, including:
  • Adrian Valle, guest of Brad Hepp, and employee at Ecolab
  • Kyle Wheaton, guest of Dave Hatzung, and his son-in-law
  • Stephen Hazulia, guest of Bill Clynes and Jim Roberts
  • Rolf Henze, guest and father of Sonja Tengdin
  • Jim Platt, guest of Tim Murphy and husband of President Ann Platt
  • T.J. Moore, guest and son of Terry Moore
  • Joe Stearly, guest of Brad Beard, and working under Brad at Fairview Southdale Hospital
  • John Fujitake, also a guest of Brad Beard, an intern with Brad at Fairview Southdale Hospital
Don Hutchison invited everyone to attend the St. Paul Saints game Sunday, Aug. 14, at their new CHS Field in Lowertown St. Paul! The cost is $30 and includes a picnic before the game. Go to www.EdinaRotary.org and register now!
 
Representatives from the Alzheimer’s Association accepted a $2,000 check from the Edina Rotary Foundation. Community Service–Local Grants Committee member Jim Ryman presented the check. The grant will be used to purchase Medic Alert Safe Return bracelets or pendants. If an individual with Alzheimer's or a related dementia wanders and becomes lost, caregivers can call the 24-hour emergency response line to report it. A community support network will be activated, including local Alzheimer Association chapters and law enforcement agencies, to help reunite the person who wandered with the caregiver or a family member. With this service, critical medical information will be provided to emergency responders when needed. In the photo at right with the Alzheimer's Association grant recipients and Jim Ryman are Rotarians Rick Carlson and Sue Spalding (both on left)
 
New member Bjorn Freudenthal, originally from Finland and now a resident of Northfield, Minnesota, gave a fascinating classification talk on his family, work and values. He is shown at left with (left to right) Rotarians Sutton McGraw, Andrea Thompson Miller and Josh Sprague.
 
Ann introduced the speaker, Doug Baker, CEO of Ecolab, who gave an interesting presentation on what Ecolab is doing to preserve water and make sure the world’s growing population gets fed. He brought to light how much water is used to create certain things. For example, it takes 169 gallons to make your average six-pack of beer; 450 gallons to make a cheeseburger; and a whopping 39,000 gallons to make a new car. 
 
Jim Roberts thanked the speaker. Jim shared that this Rotary year, a donation would be made in the program speaker's name to Edina Challenge, a collaborative effort of 14 community organizations led by the Edina Community Foundation to support disadvantaged youth so they are able to access Edina's great resources and develop as healthy productive adults.
 
Ann closed the meeting with a quote from John F. Kennedy: “Anyone who can solve the problems of water will be worthy of two Nobel prizes—one for peace and one for science.” 
 
 
In review... Kaylin Eidsness 2016-07-07 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary gives awards for 2015–2016 year Jen Garske 2016-07-07 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina held its transition meeting, and the final meeting of the 2015–2016 Rotary year, June 30. The presidency of the club transferred from Jennifer Bennerotte to Ann Platt at the meeting. Ann officially took over as the 60th president of the Rotary Club of Edina July 1. 
 
Outgoing Club and Foundation Board members were also honored at the meeting, and incoming board members were announced.
Club presidency transitions to Ann Platt Jen Garske 2016-07-07 05:00:00Z 0
Periodically we feature a newer member of the Rotary Club of Edina on our website. The Rotary Club of Edina welcomed Meg Boehne as a member in January 2016. Meg's sponsor to the club was Scott MacDonald. Click on the link to get to know Meg...
Meet a member: Meg Boehne Jen Garske 2016-07-06 05:00:00Z 0
Periodically we feature a newer member of the Rotary Club of Edina in The Barker. The Rotary Club of Edina welcomed Meg Boehne as a member in December 2015. Meg's sponsor to the club was Scott MacDonald. Read on to get to know more about Meg...
 
Name: Meg Boehne
 
Classification: Encore career in Luxury Real Estate after retiring from a 25-year career with General Mills
 
What was your first job? As a 13-year-old, I detasseled corn for Funks G. Hybrid Corn Company

Who was your first role model and why? Margaret Watson. My lovely and courageous mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 39. She passed away at the age of 85 after demonstrating that you can live a full and happy life despite having a chronic illness for 46 years. 
 
Why did you want to join Rotary? Edina Rotary members use their time and talent to give back. I value organizations that do good and that is the primary reason I decided to join the Edina Rotary Club. The other reason is that Scott MacDonald invited me!

What do you like best about being part of the Rotary Club of Edina? Meeting people and making new friends.
 
What one piece of advice do you offer other business leaders? Challenge and push yourself to learn new skills. Always add value and contribute. Be a life-long learner.
 
The Rotary Club of Edina welcomes you, Meg!
 
 
Meet a member...Meg Boehne Jen Garske 2016-07-06 05:00:00Z 0
For the first meeting of the new Rotary year, the Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Doug Baker, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Ecolab Inc., as the program speaker. Baker will speak at the Thursday, July 7, meeting about "Water Scarcity: A Report from the Front."
 
Bjorn Freudenthal will give his classification talk at the meeting.
Doug Baker of Ecolab to be first speaker of new Rotary year Jen Garske 2016-07-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Eckert on Jun 30, 2016
It was a very festive atmosphere for the final meeting of the Rotary year—the transition meeting—with balloons, flowers, posters and an in-and-out microphone!
Outgoing President Jennifer Bennerotte welcomed fellow Rotarians to the meeting sporting a #1 baseball jersey representing the sixth-grade team our club sponsors. She reminded us to keep Joel Jennings in our thoughts and prayers.
 
Jeff Ohe handled the front desk, and Tim Fargo and Andy Finsness greeted members and guests. Mike Norman gave an Independence Day invocation. Will Steinke introduced our guests of whom there were many family, friends and coworkers. 
 
New members Jack Atnip and Kevin Strandberg were inducted to the club by Past Presidents Brad Hepp and Steve Slyce.
 
Outgoing District Governor Tim Murphy spoke about joining Rotary 21 years ago and found that he was rubbing shoulders with individuals of significance. Tim thanked Jennifer for what he said was an extraordinary year. He also presented her with a Gold Presidential Citation that is given to a very few Rotary Clubs by the Rotary International president.
 
Jennifer gave special shout outs to our Rotarian of the Year, Marty Kupper, calling him her right- and left-hand man. Marty was accompanied by his wife and two daughters. Also, Josh Sprague was lauded for his efforts to establish a Rotary Interact Club at Edina High School. Rotary Rookies of the Year were Royce Pavelka and Greg Yoch. Jennifer Garske was honored with a Paul Harris Fellow for all her above-and-beyond efforts as club administrator.
 
President Jennifer thanked all the outgoing Club and Foundation Board members and introduced the new members. Rotarians who have fulfilled their commitment on the club and foundation boards were honored. They include: Jeff Ohe, Past President; Barbara Born, Club Service Director; Gary Pedersen, International Service Director; Josh Sprague, Membership Director—Recruitment; Mary Swendsen, Community Service Director—Local Projects; and Foundation Board members Joe Christensen, Sandy Schley and Paul Mooty. Thank you for your service!
 
Incoming members of both boards were welcomed to their new roles, including: Deirdre Kvale, Club Service Director; Ed Padilla, International Service Director; Kip Peterson, Community Service—Local Projects Director; Greg Yoch, Membership Director—Recruitment; and new Foundation Board members Scott MacDonald, at-large member; and Gary Pedersen, International Service. Jeff Ohe will continue on the Foundation Board, now as an at-large member. And Josh Sprague will stay on the Club board and join the Foundation Board in his role as Club Secretary. Good luck to all the Rotary directors and officers in the new year!

In keeping with the jersey theme Jennifer, a bit emotionally, read a letter that was written by a former player to the person who was next in line to wear her number. After that she told us how proud and honored she was to serve as our President this past year, and how she will miss being in on the little things. She thanked us all.
 
Jennifer then introduced our next President, Ann Platt, and presented her with a #1 baseball jersey of her own.
 
Ann said she was excited and honored to be our President and introduced this year’s Rotary theme: “Rotary Serving Humanity." She then presented Jennifer with a Past President's pin, a special plaque and a poster that all members in attendance had signed on their way into the meeting. This was followed by a standing ovation for Jennifer.
 
Ann outlined a few of her goals for this year. She wants us to develop greater friendships with fellow Rotarians through working together on various committees, increase our membership, including many new female members, and collaborate with other local and international clubs, the Edina Chamber, Explore Edina and the Interact Club.
 
President Platt then closed the year and began her term with a resounding ring of the bell!
 
 
 
In review Michael Eckert 2016-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

There is no Rotary Happy Hour in July! Join us for the next Edina Rotary Happy Hour/Vocational Development Group. Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Mezz, located upstairs in Lunds & Byerly's at 7171 France Ave. S. in Edina. Access The Mezz from the entrance closest to France Avenue (SW corner of the store). Wine and craft beer is available at your own cost. A limited menu may be available, but you can also purchase food in the grocery deli and bring it upstairs.

The event will feature a short social period, with a "formal" program beginning at 6 p.m. Each person will have a brief opportunity to introduce themselves and make new connections. A featured presenter will have 15 minutes to share information that is relevant to his or her profession followed by a short Q&A period. The speaker at the Aug. 3 happy hour will be Edina Morningside Rotary Club member Dr. Casey Moore. 

Rotary Happy Hour is a collaboration between the Rotary Club of Edina and EMRC. Renee Harberts has recently taken over the planning of the speakers from Kip Peterson, who started the monthly gathering back in 2014. 

 

No Rotary Happy Hour in July; Next Gathering is Aug. 3 Jen Garske 2016-06-27 05:00:00Z 0
The final meeting of the Rotary year will be Thursday, June 30. This is the transition meeting, where the presidency of the Rotary Club of Edina will transfer from Jennifer Bennerotte to Ann Platt. Outgoing club and foundation board members will be honored for their service, and incoming board members will be welcomed. Don't miss the chance to congratulate Jennifer on a successful Rotary year, and wish Ann luck in the year ahead.
 
New members Jack Atnip and Kevin Strandberg will be officially inducted into the club at the meeting.
Rotary Club of Edina transition meeting is June 30 Jen Garske 2016-06-24 05:00:00Z 0
The final meeting of the Rotary year will be this Thursday, June 30. This is the transition meeting, where the presidency of the Rotary Club of Edina will transfer from Jennifer Bennerotte to Ann Platt. Outgoing club and foundation board members will be honored for their service, and incoming board members will be welcomed. Don't miss the chance to congratulate Jennifer on a successful Rotary year, and wish Ann luck in the year ahead.
 
At the meeting, outgoing President Jennifer Bennerotte will reflect on the progress the club has made in the last year. Jennifer will serve on the club and foundation boards next year as Past President.
 
Rotarians who have fulfilled their commitment on the club and foundation boards will be honored. They include: Jeff Ohe, Past President; Barbara Born, Club Service Director; Gary Pedersen, International Service Director; Josh Sprague, Membership Director—Recruitment; Mary Swendsen, Community Service Director—Local Projects; and Foundation Board members Joe Christensen and Paul Mooty. Thank you for your service!
 
Incoming President Ann Platt will go over her plans and goals for the new Rotary year. Her presidency will run from July 2016 through June 2017. The theme for her Rotary year is "Rotary Serving Humanity."
 
New members of both boards will be welcomed to their new roles, including Deirdre Kvale, Club Service Director; Ed Padilla, International Service Director; Kip Peterson, Community Service—Local Projects Director; Greg Yoch, Membership Director—Recruitment; and new Foundation Board members Scott MacDonald, at-large member; and Gary Pedersen, International Service. Good luck to all the Rotary directors and officers in the new year!
 
New members Jack Atnip and Kevin Strandberg will be officially inducted into the club at the meeting.
 
Rotary Transition Meeting this Thursday, June 30 Jen Garske 2016-06-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patti Ellingson-Solheim on Jun 23, 2016
A full house of Edina Rotarians and guests gathered together in friendship and purpose to congratulate President Jennifer Bennerotte on this next-to-the-last meeting she will be leading, to be privileged to hear our guest speaker, to be brought up to date on what’s happening in our Club and to share valuable time with our friends.  

President Jennifer was again the recipient of her customary applause from our membership as she brought our meeting to order at 12:35 p.m. She thanked greeters Patti Solheim and Ron Erhardt; front desk, Deirdre Kvale and Jen Garske; invocation, Scott Neal; guest introductions, Mary Swendsen; speaker introduction, Heather Hansen; and thank-you to speaker, Tom Ries.

Jennifer focused her opening comments by stating next week she would be acknowledging the contributions to our club by our current board members and officers but that Community Service—Local Projects Director Mary Swendsen would be unable to attend next week. In her always thoughtful way, she recognized and thanked Mary for her leadership in so many ways, including the new literacy program for third-graders. Mary followed by thanking all of her committee members for their outstanding service and support.

Scott Neal delivered a most creative invocation, at the same time lamenting and extolling the extraordinary frustration and importance of road construction in our community, while offering a modified and timely version of St. Francis of Assisi’s "Serenity Prayer" that applied so well to our modern day experience with traffic and road construction.

Following Scott’s invocation our guests and Rotarians alike were amazed to see a walking/talking version of the statue of liberty and a reincarnated Yogi Berra walk through our dining room. These clever characters (Fundraiser co-chairs Leann Stessman and Sam Thompson) threw baseballs to the audience while "New York, New York" was playing loudly and raising our spirits! Leann reminded us that the annual Fundraiser will be taking place this year on Oct. 1 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington—SAVE THE DATE! Sam recited a dozen or more “Yogi-isms,” including a reminder that Yogi said he never said most of the words he said. As he continued quoting Yogi, it seemed to this writer like deja vu all over again.

Jim Ryman represented the Community Service—Local Funding committee in presenting Cornerstone Advocacy Services with a grant to purchase a work station and printer for their client’s use. He proudly stated that our club this year has donated some $50,000 to 13 different organizations. 
 
Chanhassen Rotarian Tim Mulcrone, Polio Eradication Chair for District 5950, reported that globally, last year there were only reported 17 cases of polio in two countries. He was here to present an award to Tom McNellis for his generous gift to The Rotary Foundation for polio eradication in honor of Tom’s brother, Jerry, a childhood victim of polio who died this past year.  

Once again our club was honored to induct a new member—Andrea Thompson Miller. She was sponsored by Josh Sprague and inducted by Past President Steve Slyce. Andrea’s classification is Employer Consulting. Welcome, Andrea!We look forward to getting to know you in the years ahead. 

At precisely 1 p.m., Heather Hansen stepped to the podium to offer a heartfelt and informative introduction of our special guest speaker, Sister Mary Madonna Ashton. Her introduction was so good and complete that Sister Mary Madonna quipped that she probably wouldn’t have to say anything beyond what’s already been said about her!!!!!

We were the recipients of hearing about one of the nicest success stories that had more “forks in the road” for our speaker than most of us ever encountered or could ever imagine encountering. She referred several time to the fact that “God writes straight with crooked lines,” and how trusting in God has guided her path through life in such a special way, time and time again. She said it isn’t easy to “let go and let God,” but that when we trust in Him and turn the outcome over to Him, things have a way of working out. A child growing up in an Episcopalian family, “forks in the road” brought her to a Catholic high school, later to the College of St. Catherine, becoming a nun, later obtaining an MHA from the U of M and MSW from St. Louis University.   

Among Sister Mary Madonna’s many accomplishments include serving as president and CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital in Minneapolis. She was appointed by Gov. Rudy Perpich as Minnesota Commissioner of Health, from 1983–1991. After that experience she joined the Sisters of St. Joseph to establish what is now St. Mary’s Health Clinics, located throughout the Twin Cities, serving those who have nowhere else to turn for medical care.  

Sister Mary Madonna, now 92, is the oldest living recipient to be honored as a National Women’s History Month Honoree. She received this prestigious national award March 19, 2016, in Washington, D.C., joining the ranks of such previous recipients as Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Dorothy Day, Eleanor Roosevelt and a host of others.

After a remarkably inspirational talk, at 1:25 p.m. Tom Ries thanked our speaker with his usual aplomb, and Jennifer reminded us to go about our days being a "Gift to the World!" The meeting adjourned with all of us being better for having attended!
 
In Review ... Patti Ellingson-Solheim 2016-06-23 05:00:00Z 0
Lunch at a Rotary Club of Edina meeting will now be $20 starting July 7. Regular members will see this increase on their Q1 billing (July–September), to be sent out this week. Senior Active and Honorary members, as well as guests, will pay $20 at the door. 
 
Our club now accepts credit cards for payment for meals at meetings. Members and guests can pay for lunch at the door using credit cards, in addition to the usual cash or check. Club Administrator Jennifer Garske will be using Square, which gives the club the ability to swipe magstripe cards and take chip cards at meetings, and use a point-of-sale app to charge customers. There is an additional $1 service charge on each meal, so you will be charged $21 for each lunch if you pay by credit card.  
 
Please see Jen at the front desk if you wish to pay by credit card. A receipt will be emailed to you after purchase. 
 
Please let Jennifer Garske or Past President Jennifer Bennerotte know if you have any questions. Thanks!
 
Lunch now $20, pay with cash, check or credit card Jen Garske 2016-06-21 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Sister Mary Madonna Ashton as program speaker at the Thursday, June 23, meeting. Sister Mary Madonna was a 2016 National Women's History Month Honoree. This is the second-to-the-last meeting of the Rotary year.
 
Here is more about Sister Mary Madonna from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet & Consociates:
 
March is National Women's History Month and the Sisters of St. Joseph are proud to announce Sister Mary Madonna Ashton, CSJ, is a 2016 National Women’s History Month Honoree. The 2016 theme established by the National Women’s History Project is “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.” 
 
"Sister Mary Madonna, at age 92, is oldest living recipient to be honored and only the second woman religious (Sister Aloysius Molloy, OSF, honored in 2007) to be honored since the project began in 1980” explained Molly Murphy MacGregor of the Women’s History Project (NWHP). NWHP is a clearinghouse providing information and training in multicultural women’s history for educators, community organizations, parents or anyone seeking to expand their understanding of women’s contributions to U.S. history.
 
Sister Mary Madonna has an impressive Minnesota-based career in public and private service. She served as president and CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital in Minneapolis, State Commissioner of Health under Governor Rudy Perpich, and founded St. Mary’s Health Clinics. 
 
She worked in medical social work and hospital administration, ultimately serving as president and CEO at St. Mary’s Hospital in Minneapolis. 
After resigning her CEO position, she was contacted by then Minnesota Governor-elect Rudy Perpich who asked her to serve as Commissioner of Health. “There was a tremendous amount of opposition,” recalls Sister Ashton. She wasn’t a doctor. She was a woman and a nun! During consecutive terms she addressed smoking cessation and AIDS, becoming a highly respected and successful Commissioner of Health. 
 
After her term, she founded St. Mary’s Health Clinics for people without access to healthcare. The free clinics, run by volunteer physicians and nurses, still serve the Twin Cities metropolitan area. “We opened our first clinic in January of 1992. We thought it would be temporary,” said Ashton. By the time she retired in 2000, SMHC had 11 clinics. Today, the clinics continue operating. “Even after Obamacare, there are still people without access to healthcare.” 
 
Sister Mary Madonna holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of St. Catherine (now St. Catherine University) and servies as a University trustee emerita, a Master of Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science in social work from St. Louis University. She received honorary doctorate degrees from The College of St. Catherine in St. Paul in 1996 and Hamline University in St. Paul in 1997.
 
Mary Madonna received her award in Washington, D.C. March 19, 2016. 
 
The Rotary Club of Edina meets at 12:15 p.m. Thursdays at the Edina Country Club. All are welcome to attend the program and have lunch. Cost for the meal is $19 for adults and $12 for children.
 
Sister Mary Madonna to speak at this week's meeting 2016-06-17 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Sister Mary Madonna Ashton as program speaker at the Thursday, June 23, meeting. Sister Mary Madonna was a 2016 National Women's History Month Honoree. She also served as president and CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital in Minneapolis, State Commissioner of Health under Governor Rudy Perpich and founded St. Mary’s Health Clinics. 
 
Rotarian Stan Brown will give his classification talk at the meeting.
Sister Mary Madonna to speak at June 23 Rotary meeting Jen Garske 2016-06-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Clynes on Jun 14, 2016
Strong community and the joy of being together with friends and family outshines any clouds or rain.
 
More than 60 Rotarians and enthusiastic family and kids enjoyed a fun evening of community and fun at Bryant Lake Park tonight. Table after table was a mix of old friends and new friends, little kids and veterans. Each one with a special story, each one enjoying the fun.
 
Lisa Walker and Hugh Hadlund outdid themselves with the amazing caterer, Divine Swine, and their delectable pulled pork and turkey. Oh, the barbecue sauce - they have the touch! Plenty of napkins, but this was finger-licking good. I saw more than one big kid with a touch of the red sauce on their nose or a dollop of the special frosting on the delicious cupcakes on their cheek.
 
I’ve never seen so many prizes—each of us stuffed a card with our name into a basket, each one of us hoping against hope that our name would be drawn...this card, no the next one, no the next. Certificates for fine gourmet sandwiches, exotic Italian cuisine and haute cuisine baking and coffee—where did they find these prizes? Wow, I don’t want to miss next year.
Entertainer Tuey Wilson—what an amazing juggler1—wowed the crowd doing complex and death-defying feats. Even the special mood lighting that warmed the latter part of our evening didn’t seem to deter his ability to awe and inspire all of us. There was even audience participation, showing we have a lot of talent in our midst.
 
New Generations Exchange student Andrea, here from Korea for a few weeks to meet Minnesota and grow her community of sports medicine professionals—ready or not—got a big taste of our club’s spirit and joy. Little kids and big kids all having a fabulous time.
 
Other responsibilities required that I leave before the last jug was juggled but the room was full of wows and awes and I can just imagine that things kept rocking with joy long after I left.
 
Lisa and Hugh—you really out did yourselves. Many thanks for a special evening for everyone.
 
 
In Review David Clynes 2016-06-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Carter on Jun 09, 2016

The June 9, 2016 meeting began promptly at 12:25 p.m. after all were greeted by Michael Eckert and Toni Gerard. The front desk duties were handled by Jack Kennefick and Mary Hustad. President Jennifer Bennerotte welcomed a full house and shared with us her own personal adventure in "Entrepreneurial Land." While in elementary school, she and a friend grew $2 into $100 as part of a class challenge, donating the proceeds to a charitable cause. Nice work Jenn! You can handle my portfolio anytime.

Jean Morrison offered a memorable invocation using a Gandhi devotion. During this, all attendees formed circles at the their tables by holding hands during the reading—a very special time. Bob Stehlik introduced the 15 guests and three visiting Rotarians who chose to be with us on this day. Our former Youth Exchange student Kat Fink then shared her time in Denmark (in the 2014–2015 Rotary year) with us and thanked the club for the opportunity.

Keith Benson, Community Service—Local Funding Director, presented a grant check from the Edina Rotary Foundation to Fraser. Fraser is Minnesota's largest and most experienced provider of autism services. Fraser also provides services for mental health and other developmental disabilities for children and adults with special needs through healthcare, education and housing. 

TRF Director Sue Spalding presented our newest and multiple Paul Harris Fellows as follows: 

  • New PHF: Renee Harberts, John Mazzara, Kelly Sprague, Charles Sprague and Mary Swendsen
  • Multiple PHF: Dan Hennen, Sonja Tengdin, Bill Carter, Keith Benson, John Flynn, Skip Thomas, Joe Christensen and Tom Pirsch

Wooj Byun (limited to one minute!) succinctly reviewed his time in Seoul where Rotary's international convention was held and he was a featured speaker. He encouraged all of us to try to attend one of these gatherings.

Finally, at this very busy portion of the meeting, our 170th member, Ian Colville, was inducted into our club by our firest female club president, Patti Ellingson-Solheim.

Michael Eckert introduced our program speakers with a slow poetic version of "Sp