Hear Moses' story at Dec. 7 meeting
The Rotary Club of Edina will have a special program for the Thursday, Dec. 7, meeting. Rotarians Tim Murphy and Sandy Schley will present “A World, A Way; The Story of Moses.” They will tell the story of how a 3 year-old Kenyan boy's life is changed forever after meeting Past District Governor Schley in the Mathare Valley slum of Nairobi Kenya in 2007. Tim and Sandy will share what led up his trip to the United States for eye surgery and extensive dental work in 2010. Since then, the continued generosity of  Rotarians in the Twin Cities is providing his education and a life outside the slums back in Kenya.   
Special Guests will be Moses Mwaura, his uncle David Waithaka and partner Subira.
Rotarian Susan Stiles will give her classification talk at the meeting.
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Next Rotary Happy Hour is Thursday, Dec. 7
The next Rotary Vocational Development Group is tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 7. Note that the gathering will be held on Thursday instead of the usual Wednesday.
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 speaker for the Thursday, Dec. 7, gathering will be Fred Sylvester, a longtime Rotarian but newer member of the Rotary Club of Edina. The Rotary Club of Edina and EMRC collaborate on this event.
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Holiday Giving begins at this week's meeting

Holiday greetings, Edina Rotarians!

The Rotary Club of Edina is once again 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 and gift cards 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. This year, gift cards were also requested for teen gifts. The donations can be dropped off at the Rotary meetings Dec. 7 or 14, or at the Holiday Party on Wednesday, Dec. 20. Cash or check donations are also welcome. 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.
• 66 West—is 39 apartment homes for youth who have experienced homelessness. Located in Edina, the apartments opened in May 2017. The Community Room at 66 West was the 2016–2017 Signature Project for the Edina Rotary Foundation. 66 West was a project of Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, partnering with the City of Edina, Hennepin County and several local organizations.
If you have questions about the program, or need gift ideas for children or families, contact Jean Morrison at 
Thank you for sharing your holiday spirit with those in need in our community!
Rotary Holiday Party is Wednesday, Dec. 20

Time to get get into the spirit of the season!  Join your fellow Rotarians and their guests for hearty appetizers and a cash bar as you connect with old friends and meet our newest members. 

WHAT: Rotary Club of Edina Holiday Party
WHEN: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20
WHERE: Edina Country Club
WHO: All Rotarians and significant others (no other guests, please)
COST: $20 for Senior Active and Honorary Rotarians, as well as guests. Please pay at the door. All regular Rotary members have already paid for the Holiday Party on their quarterly invoice
REGISTRATION: Rotary Club of Edina website by Friday, Dec. 15
INFO: Contact Marty Kupper or Steve Slyce with questions

There is NO regular Rotary Club of Edina meetings Thursday, Dec. 21 or 28. The Holiday Party counts as the regular meeting for the week, so if you are shooting for perfect attendance this Rotary year, you will need a make up if you do not attend.


Volunteer for Cornerstone Make-a-Meal Jan. 9

WHAT: Make-a-Meal event at Cornerstone. At this Community Service Committee project, volunteers will prepare and serve a meal for 50 to 60 Cornerstone clients and their children.
WHEN: 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9
WHERE: Cornerstone, 1000 E 80th St. Bloomington, MN 55420
WHO: Rotarians and friends and family who wish to volunteer
REGISTRATION: Please register yourself and any family or friends here that would like to help out so we know how many volunteers we have.
INFO: Nate Wenner, with the help of Bonnie Rolstad, is chairing this project. Contact them for more information. 


Chamber/Rotary Mixer set for Jan. 18

WHAT: Prospective member event sponsored by the Rotary Club of Edina, the Edina Morningside Rotary Club and the Edina Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber/Rotary Mixer 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. There will be complimentary appetizers and a cash bar.
WHEN: 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18
WHERE: Edina Country Club
WHO: Rotarians, Chamber members and non-members are welcome to attend and see if Rotary or Chamber membership is for you. There are no hard sells or formal pitches--just a chance to meet great people in our community.
REGISTRATION: Go to the Chamber website and register yourself and any guests. 
INFO: Contact Erica Hollom at the Chamber at or Greg Yoch at​ for more details.

Letter bag
On behalf of the patients, staff and volunteers of Little Hospice, "thank you" for the incredible generosity, once again, of the Rotary Club of Edina and its members. Your donation of three turkeys along with all the fixings and canned goods and desserts and Faribault Woolen Mill blankets are deeply appreciated...and have been put to excellent use! We had a full complement of patients on Thanksgiving Day, and an extraordinary number of family that day and still had leftovers for sandwiches later on. In all, we served 61 patients and family members/friends.

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In review
The Rotary Club of Edina had their annual fall joint meeting with the Edina Morningside Rotary Club Tuesday, Nov. 28. EMRC hosted our members at their usual 7:30 a.m. start time at the Edina Country Club. The program at the meeting was a panel discussion on the opioid crisis, featuring Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek; Lexi Reed Holtum from the Steve Rummler Hope Network; and Rob Reynolds, director of advocacy for Verde Technologies. John Pastor, director of Fairview Pharmacy Services and a member of EMRC, moderated the discussion. 
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Meeting Responsibilities
Front Desk
Johnson, Susan
Greeter 1
Faulk, Nash
Greeter 2
Steinke, Will
Greeter 3 (new member)
Stolfa, Dan
Invocation/Pledge of Allegiance/Four-Way Test
Johnson, Susan
Introduce Guests
Stageberg, Mark
The Barker writer
Peterson, Ross
Pavelka, Royce
Introduce the Speaker
Ohe, Jeff
Thank the Speaker
Hegman, Mark
Upcoming Events
Rotary Club of Edina Holiday Gift Giving Program
Edina Country Club
Dec 07, 2017 12:15 PM –
Dec 14, 2017 1:30 PM
RI Convention early registration deadline
Dec 15, 2017
Peterson Family Christmas Concert at the Dakota
The Dakota Jazz Club
Dec 17, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Ring for Rotary! Salvation Army bell ringing
Jerry's Foods
Dec 18, 2017 – Dec 22, 2017
Rotary Club of Edina Holiday Party
Edina Country Club
Dec 20, 2017
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Rotary Happy Hour/VDG
The Mezz, Byerly's
Jan 03, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Cornerstone Make-A-Meal
Jan 09, 2018
4:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Edina Chamber/Rotary Prospective Member Event
Edina Country Club
Jan 18, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
District 5950 Mid-Term Assembly
Crown College
Jan 27, 2018
7:30 AM – 1:00 PM
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
Don Hutchison
December 1
Joe Christensen
December 9
Patti Ellingson-Solheim
December 9
Rich Kleber
December 13
Wade Thommen
December 25
John MacLennan
December 30
Buzz Bainbridge
December 16
Jim Roberts
Sherre Roberts
December 29
Join Date
Bill Milota
December 1, 1990
27 years
Burt Cohen
December 1, 1980
37 years
Harry Spell
December 1, 1966
51 years
Gordon Lewis
December 3, 1981
36 years
John Allen
December 3, 1992
25 years
John Flynn
December 7, 1989
28 years
John MacLennan
December 7, 1989
28 years
Lisa Walker
December 10, 2015
2 years
Raj Kumar
December 10, 2015
2 years
Brad Pearson
December 11, 1997
20 years
Charles Agan
December 12, 1996
21 years
John Buttolph
December 12, 2013
4 years
Michael Norman
December 15, 1988
29 years
Wade Thommen
December 15, 2005
12 years
Jack Braun
December 18, 1957
60 years
Les Wanninger
December 22, 1988
29 years
Arthur Rouner
December 23, 1964
53 years
Bob Stehlik
December 23, 1982
35 years
Keith Benson
December 23, 2011
6 years
Kris Maser
December 23, 2011
6 years
Tim Murphy
December 28, 1995
22 years
Axel Steuer
December 31, 2003
14 years
2017 Diamond Jubilee 
Edina Rotary Foundation Fundraiser & Gala
Presenting Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor
Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapels and Cremation Services
Wool Sponsor
Faribault Woolen Mill Co.

The Edina Country Club will serve beef stroganoff or chicken, apple and pomegranate salad at the Thursday, Dec. 7, 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.