A YEAR IN REVIEW and A LOOK AHEAD
Although it flies in the face of our motto, "Service Above Self", once a year it’s nice to reflect on all the things we have accomplished as a Rotary Club. President Jane thanked the club and the Board of Directors and opened her presentation with a reflection on the impact of Rotary on her. Jane shared how much further her own Rotary branches have grown from her Rotary roots.
Her childhood experiences included being raised in a Rotary family with a 35-year perfect attendance dad and club administrator mom, meeting amazing RYE students in her small home town of La Crescent, MN throughout grade school, and becoming a Rotary Youth Exchange student to Germany. She didn’t realize at the time what positive influences she truly had through Rotary and living the 4-way test in her daily life.
She also shared about her most recent 6 years’ experience as a “real” Rotarian through many EP club opportunities, from delivering Meals on Wheels and building our club’s RYE program, to taking advantage of family activities like Salvation Army bell ringing, our club holiday party and Twins game outing. She and her husband have been appreciative of taking advantage of Rotary international experiences, like our District’s Safewater Plus trip to Kenya and Tanzania in 2010, attending the RI Convention in Bangkok, Thailand in 2012, and personally revisiting her RYE Germany experience with her family in 2011.
In Jane's own words: "But these past 12 months, serving as our Eden Prairie AM Club President, has enriched my understanding of Rotary even further to truly see the very near and very far reaches all of our branches extend throughout our global community. And it all starts and ends with all of you in this room. From our Board members to our weekly meeting volunteers, to our high school interns and RYE student to our community partners we have collaborated with, this is what makes our own Rotary club vibrant, unique, and strong."
Here are some of the highlights:
Our club received 5 awards at the District Conference including the Presidential Citation, Community Service, Public Relations, Club Administration, New Generation and Cathy Haukedahl received a “Service Above Self” honor.
The Rotary Foundation
Dick Ward recognized 4 new Paul Harris Fellows: Cheryl Eastbourne, Jeff Olson, Carol Sundet-Meeker and Jeanne Zetah.
· Paul Harris +1 – Gene Storms
· Paul Harris +2 – Bill Yeager and Chuck Martz
· Paul Harris +3 – Jane McGinty and Bob Starr
· Paul Harris +6 – Matt Carpenter
· Paul Harris +7 – Bob Solohub and Dave Sundet
In addition we presented honorary Paul Harris Fellowships to 5 individuals: our interns, Layla Safinia, Emily Xie, Erin St. Clair, Shannon St. Clair, exchange student and fill-in intern, Anne-Rachel Gayibor and STRIVE co-coordinator and high school teacher, Karen Brettingen.
· We had two interns dedicated to P.R. who helped prepare a new brochure, calling card, display signs, Vino Classico ads, etc.
· We placed 3 ads promoting polio eradication in the Eden Prairie News
· We had an active presence on Facebook (which means those of you who "liked" our page got newsfeeds of special happenings)
· We have made significant enhancements to our website on Clubrunner including posting members' company logos (www.epamrotary.org)
· We acquired stylish new polo shirts which 40 members bought and will be wearing at functions.
Special thanks to PR board director, Jan Eian, who took over the fine work started by Mary Jane Crocker.
· The Legacy Project, public art at the Eden Prairie Center “Soaring Bird, Peace Through Service” has been undertaken and will need our help to be completed by June 30
· We made significant contributions to PROP and the PROP Shop.
· We contributed to and participated by packing food for Feed My Starving Children.
· We held our annual “Above and Beyond” banquet.
· We held our annual “Golden Eagle Awards” breakfast and granted two scholarships.
· We supported local Boy Scout troops.
· We drove Meals on Wheels every fifth week.
· We helped clean up Pioneer Park.
· We rang the bells and collected donations for the Salvation Army
· We served breakfast at the Relay for Life.
· We supported the local Beyond the Yellow Ribbon project.
· We sponsored STRIVE, mentored students and, with the noon club, granted 10 scholarships.
· We participated in Camp Enterprise as mentors and judges.
· We supported the Interact Club at the High School.
· We, along with the other area clubs, sponsored the annual Ethics Day for high school students.
· We supported 4 interns this year, or should we say they supported us!
· Once again we made significant contributions to The Rotary Foundation and this year we had 100% participation (Every Rotarian Every Year) by virtue of our happy bucks contributions.
· We participated in a Friendship Exchange to India.
· We helped host a visiting Group Study Exchange team from India.
· We hosted an inbound Rotary Youth Exchange student, Anne-Rachel Gayibor. Jane presented Anne-Rachel with a gift from our club, a pendant with a state charm so Anne Rachel “would always have Minnesota close to her heart.”
· We sponsored two outbound Rotary Youth Exchange students.
Membership and Social Events
· We added 11 new members while losing 7, raising our ranks from 69 to 73.
· We conducted two new member orientation meetings.
· We started a mentorship program.
· We supported our members through Rotary Cares.
· We had fun, including the Progressive Dinner, golf outing and several “swallowship” gatherings.
· We had a couple of networking luncheons.
· We took in a Twins Game as a club.
· We had a Holiday Party with family members, with songs by HS carolers, readings by Pastor Rod and a special visitor from the North (Minnetonka).
Administration (Club Service to us old-timers)
· We had an amazing array of speakers at our weekly meetings.
· We had a super successful Vino Classico that raised over $25,000 as well as a Golf Ball Drop that netted about $1700.
· Rotarians shared in club duties with invocation, greeting, sergeant at arms, raffle prizes, bulletin writing, photography, etc.It was a great year! Congrats to President Jane McGinty who will cut her reign a little short as the first Eden Prairie AM Rotary president to take a maternity leave of absence. Jane passed the gavel to incoming President, Craig Blixrud, who will serve a baker’s dozen of months as Commander in Chief.
· Come celebrate Anne-Rachel’s graduation at the Lincoln Park Suites Community Room on Mon., June 10 from 5-7:00 PM. Sign up at next week's meeting or on ClubRunner.
· Worker bees are needed for the Legacy Project. Sign up for one, two or three days: Thursday, June 6 from 1-5 PM, Saturday, June 8 from 8 AM to noon and Monday, June 10 from 1-5 PM. Sign up with Cathy Haukedahl for a shift at the EP Community Center.
· Caryl Hansen reported that Meals on Wheels needs background info on drivers, she'd like a new co-coordinator to work with her on it this coming year, and especially to help cover the first week of July when she will be gone for our club's shift.
· Be the first family on your block to host Harsh, our inbound Rotary Youth Exchange student from Pune, India. Contact Jeff Olson or Dan O’Brien if you are interested.
· Celebrate Independence Day with style and panache at the Annual Golf Ball Drop and bottled water sale. Members are needed for the planning committee. Contact Jared Chester if you want to help. Look for raffle tickets to sell next week.
· From the noon club: Enjoy fine ribs and jazz at the annual Rib Fest/Jazz on the Prairie, Sunday, June 9.
· Be a mentor for STRIVE, our program to encourage high potential students facing difficult obstacles at school. Karen Brettingen from Eden Prairie High School was on hand and encouraged more of us to participate. Contact Jay Simpson or Greg Albrecht if you’d like to join the team.
· Just thirty days left to honor your pledge or make a contribution to The Rotary Foundation if you haven’t done so this Rotary year.
Joy Abounds ... and Happy Bucks will go to the Rotary Foundation:
· The dog days of August were fertile times for the parents of Rotarians. 10 Eden Prairie AM Rotarians celebrate their birthdays in May.
· Elizabeth Petry-Lee has a new job with Carlson Wagonlit Travel.
· Carol Sundet-Meeker has two graduations to celebrate, her son this June and her daughter in December (although she has already “walked.”)
· Mark Lewis thanked Yvonne Selcer and Jenifer Loon for showing the GSE team the ropes in St. Paul and Glenn Olson for all his help during the Group Study Exchange visit.
· Jeff Olson predicts baby boy McGinty will be born on June 15, weigh 10 pounds, 2 ounces, be 23 inches long and named Guntar. Jane just shuddered.
· Jeanne Zetah’s husband, Pete Bellus, has an uncle who is turning 100 so they're visiting him and his wife in Florida this weekend.
· John Crudele has a family of foxes (a mother and 5 babies) living in his yard, entertaining him and lifting his spirits. “The Lord works in mysterious ways,” he said. “I prayed for a foxy mama and this is what I got.” He’s currently building a jungle gym from twigs and sticks for the little ones.
Visitors on May 28, 2013
Visiting Rotarians (club): Jack Haase (LaCrosse, WI and Jane's dad) and Chris McGinty (Edina and Jane's husband)Guests: Ann Haase (Jane's mom), Karen Brettingen (HS teacher/STRIVE coordinator)
Students: Madeline and Kristen McGinty (Jane and Chris's daughters), Layla Safinia, Emily Xie, Erin and Shannon St. Clair (Interns); Anne-Rachel Gayibor and Josephine Dufour(exchange students); Haley Vinup (HS student)