Dr. AnnMarie Thomas to speak March 8
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Dr. AnnMarie Thomas as program speaker at the Thursday, March 8, meeting. Thomas is an associate professor in the School of Engineering and Schulze School of Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas. She is also the director of the Playful Learning Lab. She will speak about "Playing to Learn." 
For more on the speaker, click on the link below...
Rotary Happy Hour is today, March 7
The next Rotary Vocational Development Group will be today, Wednesday, March. 7. 
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 featured speaker at the March 7 gathering will be Kelley Burnett. The Rotary Club of Edina and EMRC collaborate on this event.
Click on the link below for more on the event...
Bring winter gear to donate March 15
The program speaker at the Thursday, March 15, Rotary Club of Edina meeting is Nancy Killilea. Killilea is the founder of Pass Your Parkas,  a non-profit organization that collects cold weather gear to help support the homeless. There will be a donation box at the meeting for members and guests to bring their winter gear to be donated to Pass Your Parkas. 

Please contact Mary Hustad for more information. 

March Madness event—sign up this week

WHAT: March Madness Basketball Championship Bracket and NCAA National Championship game party
WHEN: Sign up for the bracket competition by March 10; pick your winners between March 11–14; party is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 2
WHERE: Party is at Poor Richard's Commonhouse, 8301 Normandale Road, Bloomington. The party will feature appetizers and a cash bar.
COST/INFO: A $10 entry fee gets you into the competition. You will make your picks between March 11 and 14. The organizers of the event can help you with your bracket picks if this is your first time. On March 11, we will send out a link to the online brackets to anyone registered. All you need to do now is sign up to take part! Everyone interested in taking part must register by March 10. Payouts will go to first, second and third place winners in the bracket! We will crown our bracket winner at the party April 2. Cost for the party is $15 per person. Please register online and indicate on the registration page if you are signing up for the bracket, party, or both.

• $10 for just the bracket competition
• $15 per person for just the Championship Game party
• $25 to take part in the bracket and attend the party

Once registered, please send checks payable to Rotary Club of Edina to Scott Hawkins at:

Scott Hawkins
7161 France Ave. S., Unit 501
Minneapolis, MN 55435

You can also hand off payment to Scott Hawkins or Jennifer Garske at meetings. 

Contact Scott Hawkins or Social Director Renee Harberts. Stay tuned for the bracket email on March 11!

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

Sign up for the District Conference

“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 ends April 1, and you won't want to miss this Rotary-tacular event! 

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

Musical instruments ordered for Edina park
The City of Edina’s Parks & Recreation Department has ordered the musical instruments to be placed at Rosland Park as one of the Rotary Club of Edina’s signature projects for 2017-2018.
The Edina Rotary Foundation donated $10,000 to the Parks & Recreation Department for musical instruments at the park, 4300 W. 66th St.
Click on the link for more on the signature project...
ERF Board report
At its February meeting, the Edina Rotary Foundation Board of Directors approved two more local grants.
Earlier this year, the Foundation awarded nearly $24,000 to eight local organizations. With funding still available, the Foundation gave the Muscular Dystrophy Association $800 for custom water bottles to be distributed at its summer camp for children. Better Futures of Minnesota was given $2,000 for various tools to employ men who desire to turn their lives around. Grants will be presented at upcoming meetings of the Rotary Club of Edina.
Click on the link below for more on the meeting...
Proposed for membership
The Rotary Club of Edina’s Board of Directors recently approved the applicants below for membership:
Scott Blake
Classification: Business Law
Sponsor: Greg Yoch
Katy Campbell
Classification: Journalism
Sponsor: Sandy Schley
Kevin Koepke
Classification: Debt Recovery
Sponsor: Ann Platt
Toshie Metzger
Classification: Banking Services
Sponsor: Scott MacDonald
Written objections to the application must be submitted before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, to Rotary Club of Edina, 4801 W. 50th St., Edina, MN 55424 or emailed to
Letter bag
Thank you so much for your generous donation to Transfiguration Lutheran Church in memory of my stepdad, Jim Stooke. Your thoughtfulness is much appreciated by our entire family.
Jody Kern, Sandy Stooke and family
In review
The program speaker at the Thursday, March 1, Rotary Club of Edina meeting was Mike Johnson, senior vice president of operations for SkySnopes. He talked about "Drones—What Can They Really Do?" Mike is the son of Rotarian Doug Johnson.
Past president Jennifer Bennerotte introduced a Legacy Video featuring longtime Rotarian Arthur Rouner.
Josh and Kelly Sprague were honored as Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation by past president Scott MacDonald at the meeting. 
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Upcoming Events
RI Convention final early registration deadline
Mar 31, 2018
March Madness Bracket Competition and Party
Poor Richard's Commonhouse
Apr 02, 2018 7:30 PM
Rotary Happy Hour/VDG featuring Mark Stageberg
The Mezz, Byerly's
Apr 04, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Leadership Training—session 3
Think Mutual Bank
Apr 10, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Area 3 Vocational Ethics Day
Edina Country Club
Apr 19, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Jersey Boys: Pre-Party and Show
Orpheum Theater
Apr 25, 2018 5:30 PM
Meeting Responsibilities
Front Desk
Clynes, David
Greeter 1
Harvey, Bob
Greeter 2
Ries, Thomas
Invocation/Pledge of Allegiance/Four-Way Test
Moore, Terry
Introduce Guests
Younggren, Mary
The Barker writer
Stageberg, Mark
Pavelka, Royce
Introduce the Speaker
Platt, Ann
Thank the Speaker
Kern, Jody
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
Les Jones
March 1
Michael Norman
March 2
Brad Pearson
March 3
Paul Mooty
March 4
Will Steinke
March 6
Axel Steuer
March 7
Gary Pedersen
March 9
Bob Hildreth
March 10
David Aase
March 11
Dale Walker
March 12
Kelley Burnett
March 13
Sandra Schley
March 16
Kelly Anderson
March 22
Thom Winninger
March 24
Joe Hayes
March 25
Michael Stanzak
March 30
Join Date
Andy Finsness
March 1, 1994
24 years
Josh Sprague
March 1, 2008
10 years
Mark Jessen
March 1, 2010
8 years
Susan Stiles
March 1, 2001
17 years
Skip Thomas
March 3, 1994
24 years
Mary Swendsen
March 4, 2010
8 years
Jen Garske
March 6, 2013
5 years
Kip Peterson
March 8, 2012
6 years
Scott Hawkins
March 9, 2017
1 year
Theresa Halverson
March 9, 2017
1 year
Ross Peterson
March 12, 2015
3 years
Terry Moore
March 12, 2015
3 years
Jack Kennefick
March 15, 2013
5 years
Kaylin Eidsness
March 15, 2013
5 years
Michael Eckert
March 15, 2013
5 years
Sam Thompson
March 15, 2013
5 years
Susan Johnson
March 15, 2013
5 years
Brad Beard
March 16, 2006
12 years
Thom Winninger
March 24, 1994
24 years
Tim Fargo
March 24, 2009
9 years
George Lancaster
March 31, 1988
30 years

The Edina Country Club will serve lemon dill salmon or southwestern chicken salad at the Thursday, March 8, 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.