Prospective Member Day at April 12 meeting
The 2018 St. Paul Winter Carnival Royal Family will be the program speakers at the Thursday, April 12, Rotary Club of Edina meeting. The St. Paul Winter Carnival Royal Family is part of the St. Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation's Winter Carnival. The family represents the festival and the city of St. Paul at other festivals and community functions across North America. 
It is also Prospective Member Day at the April 12 meeting! Plan to bring a colleague or friend to the meeting and introduce them to Rotary! All prospective members will receive lunch on the club at the meeting. Please make sure your guest(s) check in at the check-in table as they arrive. Share the Rotary love and bring an interested guest to the meeting! Contact Membership Director Greg Yoch for more info.
Area 3 Vocational Ethics Day is next week
The Area 3 Vocational Ethics Day is planned for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. next Thursday, April 19, at the Edina Country Club. The speaker at this year's event is Nancy M. Dahl. She will speak about "My Decisions Matter." She is a speaker on leadership, leading change, innovation and professional development across the nation for a wide range of business and educational audiences. Dahl released a book in 2017, "Grounded: Leading Your Life with Intention."
You do not need to register for this event. All Rotarians are encouraged to attend. Note the earlier meeting start time!
Held every year for all clubs in Rotary Area 3, Vocational Ethics Day is organized by Dan Hallberg, along with a committee of Rotarians from area clubs. For more information, contact Dan Hallberg at 952-541-0352.
For more on this year's speaker, click on the link below...
Celebrate Arbor Day at event April 27
WHAT: Arbor Day celebration with a ceremonial planting of trees
WHEN: 1:45 p.m. Friday, April 27 (NOTE TIME CHANGE)
WHERE: Countryside Elementary School, Edina
WHO: All Rotarians are encouraged to attend the brief ceremony. Go here to register. 
INFO: Rotary International President Ian Riseley challenged Rotary Clubs around the world to plant trees in honor of its members this year. To meet Risely’s goal, the Rotary Club of Edina and Rotary International District 5950 are providing funding to Edina Public Schools to plant 39 trees of 18 varieties on the grounds of several schools. Six trees will be planted at Countryside Elementary School. The Rotary Club of Edina will also provide 600 Scotch Pine, White Pine, Black Hills Spruce and Meyer Spruce seedings to Countryside Elementary students on Arbor Day.
For more information on the event, click on the link below...
Opioid Workshop is May 3 at the ECC

WHAT: Opioid Awareness Workshop, sponsored by our club, District 5950 and five other Rotary Clubs
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3 (takes the place of our regular meeting). Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Edina Country Club
WHO: All Rotarians are encouraged to attend. Rotarians from the sponsoring clubs of Bloomington, Buffalo, Eden Prairie Noon, North Minneapolis and Rogers are also invited. After registration ends for our club and the other sponsoring clubs, it will open to all area Rotary Clubs. If there is still room, the general public will be invited. The deadline for Edina Rotarians to register has passed. If you are interested in attending, contact Josh Sprague.
COST: Same as a regular meeting for our members: $20 at the door for Senior Active and Honorary members, regular members will already have been billed for the meeting on their quarterly invoice. Rotarians from other clubs will sign up and pay the $20 through their home club. Anyone from the public attending will pay $20 at the door.
INFO: The workshop will feature representatives from the Steve Rummler Hope Network, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, TRIA, Hennepin County Sheriff's Department and Verde Technologies sharing information and answering questions about the opioid epidemic. There will be small group discussion and a panel discussion. Contact organizer Josh Sprague at or 612-501-0252 for more information.

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Volunteer at Moving Day Twin Cities!

It takes the assistance of almost 200 volunteers to make Moving Day Twin Cities possible. The Parkinson’s Foundation is looking for individuals or groups who are available Saturday, May 5, to join us in Plymouth at Hilde Park and volunteer to support this Walk for Parkinson's Disease.

Volunteer roles include assisting with set up, registration, greeting guests, cheering on the crowd during the walk and more! There are various shifts available, for varying lengths of time throughout the morning.

If interested, check out opportunities and sign up to volunteer here. Questions? Contact Jennifer Hendrickson at 763-317-1303 or


Spring Park Cleanup set for Sunday, May 6

WHAT: Edina Rotary Spring Park Cleanup
WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6
WHERE: Wooddale and Utley Parks in Edina
WHO: Any Rotarians and family or friends who wish to help. This is a great family service event. 
INFO: Register here if you plan to help out. Contact Cleanup Chair Tom Cook at 215-796-8955 or via email for more information.

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Feed My Starving Children event is May 12
WHAT: Feed My Starving Children meal-packing event
WHEN: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12
WHERE: Feed My Starving Children Chanhassen location, 18732 Lake Drive East
WHO: Any Rotarian along with family and friends. This a wonderful service opportunity for volunteers aged 5 and up. 
INFO: Register here if you plan to attend. Please register soon so we can make sure we have enough volunteers. Contact Mike Sitek for more information.
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District Conference registration still open

“You'll laugh, you'll cry, you may see Tim Murphy fly!”

—Bob Halagan, 2017–2018 District 5950 Governor

Join us Monday, May 21, at the Guthrie Theater in downtown Minneapolis for the 2018 District 5950 Conference—a year-end celebration of all the incredible work our District 5950 Rotarians have done this Rotary year. The event is split into three "acts," and members can sign up for all three acts, or pick and choose what works best.

All Rotarians are encouraged to attend the District Conference. The club will reimburse regular members for the cost of one session (or "Act") at the conference, up to $50. Sign up today on the District website. ​Then send an email to Club Administrator Jennifer Garske that you are signed up. You will be credited for the reimbursement amount on your next quarterly invoice (up to $50 per member, depending on the session(s) you registered for). Please let Jen Garske or President San Asato know if you have questions. Early bird pricing has ended, but you can still sign up to attend. You won't want to miss this Rotary-tacular event! 

Click on the link below for more on the conference...

In review
The Rotary Club of Edina welcomed members of the Edina Morningside Rotary Club to the joint meeting Thursday, April 5. The program speaker was Eric Perkins, sports director at KARE-11. 
The Community Service—Local Funding Committee gave out two checks for this year's local grants. Edina Give and Go and Inner City Christian Ministries were both on hand to speak briefly about their organization and accept the grant checks. 

Two Interact Club of Edina members, Aarathi Garimella and Rania Kalaaji, were each given an honorary Paul Harris Fellow for their hard work for the Interact Club. 
Click on the link below for more about the meeting...
Upcoming Events
Area 3 Vocational Ethics Day
Edina Country Club
Apr 19, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Community Volunteer Recognition Reception
Braemar Golf Course Clubhouse
Apr 23, 2018 5:30 PM
Jersey Boys: Pre-Party and Show
Orpheum Theater
Apr 25, 2018 5:30 PM
Rotary Open House at LIV Chiropractic
LIV Chiropractic
Apr 26, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Arbor Day celebration
Countryside Elementary School
Apr 27, 2018
1:45 PM – 2:00 PM
Rotary Happy Hour/VDG featuring Kelley Burnett
The Mezz, Byerly's
May 02, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Opioid Awareness Workshop
Edina Country Club
May 03, 2018
11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Moving Day Twin Cities
Hilde Park
May 05, 2018
7:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Rotary Spring Park Cleanup
Wooddale Park
May 06, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Leadership Training—session 4
Think Mutual Bank
May 08, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Tree Planting on the North Shore of Lake Superior
North Shore of Lake Superior
May 10, 2018 – May 11, 2018
Feed My Starving Children
Feed My Starving Children
May 12, 2018
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Women of Rotary gathering
Kelley Burnett's home
May 17, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Meeting Responsibilities
Front Desk
Ellingson-Solheim, Patti
Front Desk 2
Johnson, Susan
Front Desk Administration
Kupper, Marty
Greeter 1
Hustad, Mary
Greeter 2
Platt, Ann
Greeter 3 (New Member)
Blake, Scott
The Barker writer
Stevens, Terry
Eidsness, Kaylin
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Club Service (Administration) Director
Community Service—Local Funding Co-Director
Community Service—Local Funding Co-Director
Community Service—Programs Director
International Service Director
Membership—Recruitment Director
Social Director
Public Image Director
The Rotary Foundation Director
Youth Service Director
Club Administrator
Rotary Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Jennifer Bennerotte
April 1
Hal Harris
April 3
Kenny Smith
April 6
Audri Schwarz
April 10
Scott MacDonald
April 10
Kevin Koepke
April 13
Mary Hustad
April 13
Royce Pavelka
April 14
Jen Garske
April 16
Scott Hawkins
April 16
Kaylin Eidsness
April 17
Join Date
Buzz Bainbridge
April 1, 1993
25 years
Mike Hagen
April 1, 2008
10 years
Paul Mooty
April 1, 1999
19 years
Sandra Schley
April 3, 1997
21 years
Mark Stageberg
April 6, 2017
1 year
Tom Cook
April 7, 2016
2 years
Dan Hennen
April 9, 2015
3 years
David Clynes
April 10, 2014
4 years
Don Hutchison
April 10, 2014
4 years
Mark Hegman
April 12, 1985
33 years
Eduardo Padilla
April 20, 2000
18 years
Jean Morrison
April 20, 1989
29 years
Thomas Pirsch
April 22, 1969
49 years
Harold Hanson
April 25, 1991
27 years

The Edina Country Club will serve bacon-wrapped pork loin or chicken salad with fresh fruit at the Thursday, April 12, Rotary Club of Edina meeting. 

The Rotary Club of Edina's Administrator, Jennifer Garske, works part time Monday through Friday, and attends the Rotary meetings on Thursdays from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. to answer questions. Contact her at or leave a message on the Rotary cell phone at 612-875-3109.