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Friday, August 01, 2014
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Editor:   Jennifer Garske
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Future Speakers
Aug 7 2014
Dr. Robert Sweet
"Simulation: Driving the Future of Healthcare and Patient Safety"
Aug 14 2014
Steve Rummler Hope Foundation
"Premiere of foundation's informative video about the high rate of prescription drug overdoses"
Aug 21 2014
R.T. Rybak
"Former Minneapolis Mayor"
Aug 28 2014
Rob Hiller
"Five Leadership Lessons"
Sep 4 2014
Jim Nelson
"Rotary District 5950 Governor"
Sep 11 2014
Dennis Anderson
"Star Tribune Outdoors Writer"
Sep 18 2014
Colin Barr
"Ryan Companies"
Sep 25 2014
Uwe Kortshagen
"University of Minnesota Mechanical Engineering"
Oct 9 2014
No meeting
"Rotary Foundation Gala Fundraiser is Saturday, Oct. 11"
Oct 23 2014
Patty Schultz, VEAP
"Vocational Meeting"
Oct 30 2014
Dave Nelson and Tom Schmitz
"Edina Police Chief and Edina Fire Chief"

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Dr. Robert Sweet to speak at Rotay Club of Edina Aug. 7 meeting
by Garske, Jennifer


The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Dr. Robert Sweet as program speaker at their Thursday, Aug. 7, meeting. He will speak about "Simulation: Driving the Future of Healthcare and Patient Safety." Dr. Sweet is associate professor of Urology at the University of Minnesota, and is director of the Medical School's Simulation Programs and the Kidney Stone Program. 

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Also at the meeting, new member Yevgeniy "Eugene" Drozdov will be inducted into the Club. Eugene is sponsored by Mary Hustad and joined the Rotary Club of Edina in July.

The Rotary Club of Edina meets at 12:15 p.m. at the Edina Country Club. Lunch is $18. All are welcome.



Join us Thursday, Aug. 7, at the Rotary Club of Edina meeting, where our program speaker will be Dr. Robert Sweet. He will speak about He will speak about "Simulation: Driving the Future of Healthcare and Patient Safety."

Dr. Sweet received his medical degree (alpha omega alpha) from the University of Minnesota in 1997. After a urology residency at the University of Washington in Seattle in 2003, he became attending physician/acting assistant professor of urology and held a two-year Health Policy Scholarship focused on Simulation Sciences from the American Foundation for Urological Diseases (AFUD). In 2004 Dr. Sweet co-founded the Institute for Surgical and Interventional Simulation (ISIS) at the University of Washington. He currently holds the positions of associate professor of urology at the University of Minnesota, and is director of the Medical School's Simulation Programs and the Kidney Stone Program. He is the principal investigator of numerous simulation research and development projects including the University of Minnesota MedSim Combat Casualty Training Consortium.

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At the University of Minnesota, Dr. Sweet practices urology with a focus on robotics and endourology with a clinical emphasis on kidney stones and diseases of the prostate. He has built an Institute that is actively engaged in funded simulation projects including the development of a human tissue property database, advanced real time and predictive modeling of human tissue and tool interactions, creation of virtual reality, hybrid and anaplastology medical simulation models, multi-institutional validation studies of simulation-based curriculum, and delivery systems for the dissemination of simulation technologies.He has leadership positions in the area of simulation and education within the American College of Surgeons, the Endourological Society, and the American Urological Association. He is the president of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. 

Also at the meeting, new member Yevgeniy "Eugene" Drozdov will be inducted into the Club. Eugene is sponsored by Mary Hustad and joined the Rotary Club of Edina in July.

The Rotary Club of Edina meets at 12:15 p.m. at the Edina Country Club. Lunch is $18. All are welcome.

Craig Lamothe will speak to Rotary Club of Edina at July 31 meeting
by Garske, Jennifer


Please join us for the Thursday, July 31, meeting of the Rotary Club of Edina, where the program speaker will be Craig Lamothe, acting project director for Southwest LRT, METRO Green Line Extension. 

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New member Colleen Simpson will also give her classification talk at the meeting.

The Rotary Club of Edina meets at 12:15 p.m. at the Edina Country Club. Cost for lunch is $18. All are welcome.



The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Craig Lamothe of Metro Transit at its meeting Thursday, July 31. Lamothe is acting project director of the Southwest LRT, the METRO Green Line Extension.

The two active projects in the region are the $957 million, recently opened Green Line (Central Corridor) light-rail project, connecting downtown St. Paul with downtown Minneapolis via the State Capitol and University of Minnesota. Second is the $1.65 billion Southwest light rail project connecting four southwest suburbs to downtown Minneapolis and the Central Corridor and Hiawatha LRT line.

Craig Lamothe is a planning graduate of the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He has been with Metro Transit since 2004 serving in various positions in the Service Development, Engineering & Facilities and Transit Systems Development departments. Prior to joining Metro Transit, he worked for SRF Consulting Group. ​

 

New member Colleen Simpson will also give her classification talk at the meeting.

Join us at 12:15 p.m. for the meeting at the Edina Country Club. Lunch is $18 and all are welcome.

Ward Brehm to speak at July 24 Rotary Club of Edina meeting
by Garske, Jennifer


Join us Thursday, July 24, for program speaker Ward Brehm at the Rotary Club of Edina meeting. Brehm is founder of The Brehm Group, which works with family investment offices on life insurance and estate planning. He is a nationally recognized leader in African humanitarian efforts, and a nationally known public speaker and commentator on relief development in Africa.

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July 24 is also prospective member day at the meeting. All Edina Rotarians are encouraged to bring along someone who is interested in Rotary. Lunch is free that day for anyone interested in learning more about our Club. Come and see what Rotary is all about!

And new member Don Hutchison will be inducted at the meeting. Don joined the Club in April 2014.

The meeting starts at 12:15 p.m. at the Edina Country Club. All are welcome. 



The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Ward Brehm as the program speaker at the meeting Thursday, July 24.

Brehm is the founder of The Brehm Group and has been working with family investment offices across the country creating and implementing sophisticated applications of investment grade life insurance in the estate planning area since 1973.

He is a nationally recognized leader in African humanitarian efforts and a nationally known public speaker and commentator on relief and development in Africa. Brehm was appointed chairman of the United States African Development Foundation (USADF) in 2004 by President George W. Bush, and he served in that role until the expiration of his term in 2008. In 2010, Brehm was re-appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as a member of the USADF.  

Brehm brought his message as an advocate for the poor in Africa to the 2008 National Prayer Breakfast, where he gave the keynote address before an audience including the US President, First Lady, foreign heads of sate, most members of Congress, and the Washington diplomatic community. Brehm was the first person from the business community to ever be asked by Congress to address this annual gathering in Washington, D.C.

In 2008, Brehm was awarded the Presidential Citizenship Medal, the country's second-highest civilian honor, for his work in Africa at an Oval Office ceremony. He is also the author of two books on his experiences in Africa, Life Through a Different Lens and White Man Walking.

He and his wife, Kris are lifelong residents of Minnesota and currently live in Orono. They have three adult children, Andy, Michael and Sarah.

And new member Don Hutchison will be inducted at the meeting. Don joined the Club in April 2014 and his sponsor is Joe Arends.

Please join us at 12:15 p.m. at the Edina Country Club to hear Ward Brehm's inspiring message! All are welcome. And July 24 is also prospective member day! All Edina Rotarians are encouraged to bring along someone who wants to learn more about Rotary. Lunch is free for anyone interested in the Club.

Lou Nanne to speak at July 17 Rotary Club of Edina meeting
by Garske, Jennifer


Please join us Thursday, July 17, for the Rotary Club of Edina meeting where our program speaker will be Minnesota sports legend Lou Nanne. Nanne will speak about "The Case for the U of M Athletic Capital Campaign." Nanne is well known in Minnesota for his years playing hockey at the University of Minnesota , as well as his pro-hockey career as a player, coach and general manager with the Minnesota North Stars. He still resides in Minnesota and was color commentator for the 2013 Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament. 

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The meeting starts at 12:15 p.m. at the Edina Country Club. All are welcome. Lunch is $18.



The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Minnesota hockey legend Lou Nanne for their Thursday, July 17, meeting at the Edina Country Club. Nanne will speak about "The Case for the U of M Athletic Capital Campaign." 

A native of Ontario, Nanne attended the University of Minnesota and played hockey under legendary coach John Mariucci. He went on to become an American citizen, and be named captain of the 1968 U.S. Olympic hockey team, along with future U.S. Olympic hockey coach Herb Brooks. Nanne signed with the Minnesota North Stars to play hockey professionally, and stayed with the team his entire pro career. He also was coach and general manager of the North Stars. The Stars would reach the Stanley Cup finals in 1981, the semifinals in 1984, and would make it to the playoffs seven consecutive seasons (1979-80 - 1985-86). This winning run would see the North Stars average over 35 wins per season, and encompass the North Stars sole 40-win season and six of the organization's ten 35-plus-win seasons.

He is a member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame and the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame.

Since leaving his general manager position, Nanne has been involved in hockey broadcasting in Minnesota—most recently being the color commentator for the 2013 Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament. His son, Marty Nanne, was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 8th round of the 1986 NHL Draft. Nanne has three grandsons playing junior ice hockey or high school hockey. One, also named Lou, played for Edina High School before passing up his senior season to play for the Penticton Vees. He had signed to play hockey for the University of Minnesota in the future, but decommited and has now signed to play for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in 2012. Tyler Nanne, who was drafted by the New York Rangers in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, was a member of the Edina High School team that won consecutive Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournaments in 2013 and 2014, and recently committed to play hockey at Ohio State University. 

All are welcome at the meeting, which begins at 12:15 p.m. Cost for lunch is $18.

Andrew Zimmern to be first program speaker of new Rotary year, July 10
by Garske, Jennifer


The Rotary Club of Edina is excited to announce that Andrew Zimmern will be the program speaker at the first meeting of the new Rotary year, Thursday, July 10. Zimmern, a Twin Cities native, will speak to the Club about all of his food adventures, including his hit series on the Travel Channel, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. 

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All are welcome. Lunch is $18. The meeting is held at the Edina Country Club at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, July 10.



Award-winning chef, food writer and TV personality Andrew Zimmern will be the program speaker at the Thursday, July 10, Rotary Club of Edina meeting. This will be the first meeting of the new Rotary year. 

Zimmern is widely regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world. As the creator, host and co-executive producer of Travel Channel’s hit series, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World, and Bizarre Foods America, he travels the globe, exploring food in its own terroir. From world-class restaurants to street carts and jungle markets, it’s all about discovering and sharing the authentic experience.  Zimmern interprets the way we live our lives through food so that we can make better choices for the future.

Zimmern is a six-time nominee and a three-time James Beard Award winner for “Best Television Personality/Host” and “Best Television Program On Location.” His MSN.com web-series, Toyota’s Appetite for Life, received an Effie in 2010. His Bizarre Foods shows have won numerous awards. His podcast, Go Fork Yourself with Andrew Zimmern and Molly Mogren, won the Stitcher Award for Best Food/Cooking Podcast in 2012 and AndrewZimmern.com has been nominated for the last two years for best food website by The Webby Awards.

Zimmern’s food truck, Andrew Zimmern’s Canteen, debuted in the summer of 2012. The carefully curated menu showcases inspired versions of food he’s discovered on the road, from Nicaraguan dulce de leche shaved ice to the Cabrito sausage grinders made with an exclusive all-natural goat blend from Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors. Andrew Zimmern’s Canteen is now at Minneapolis’ Target Field, offering a smoked meat sandwich and crispy belly bacon alongside cucumber mint lemonade. In the coming year, Andrew Zimmern’s Canteen is expanding to multiple trucks and brick-and-mortar locations. In 2013, Zimmern and LaFrieda launched a proprietary line of cured and cooked meats.

Zimmern is a contributing editor at Food & Wine magazine, an award-winning monthly columnist at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and a senior editor at Delta Sky magazine. As a freelance journalist, his work has appeared in numerous national and international publications. Andrew is the author of The Bizarre Truth and Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World of Food published by Broadway Books/Random House.  Feiwel & Friends published Andrew Zimmern’s Field Guide to Exceptionally Weird, Wild & Wonderful Foods in October 2012.

Zimmern has served as a corporate and product spokesperson for Target, Cascal, Pepto Bismol, Toyota, General Mills, Proctor & Gamble, Health Partners and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Zimmern has also partnered with General Mills to host “The Munchies: People’s Choice Food Awards,” a national food awards ceremony that lives online and celebrates the most deserving people in the culinary world. Zimmern is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Babson College’s Lewis Institute. He serves on the board of directors for Services for the Underserved in New York City, The Taste of the NFL, Foodie Tout, and The National Youth Recovery Foundation. He was part of the group that made the successful bid for Minneapolis winning Super Bowl LII and he is currently working on bringing the World’s Fair to the Twin Cities. He resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife Rishia, son Noah and several un-eaten pets.

Join us Thursday, July 10, at the Edina Country Club for our first meeting of the new Rotary year! Meeting starts at 12:15 p.m.

Rotary family picnic set for Wednesday, June 25; no meeting June 26
by Garske, Jennifer


The Rotary Club of Edina will celebrate summer with its annual family picnic from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Hughes Pavilion at Centennial Lakes Park in Edina Wednesday, June 25. Rotarians are invited to bring their significant others, children, and grandchildren to participate in fun games (including facepainting seen below on this picnic participant last year) and picnic food. Cost for the picnic is free for Rotarians, $18 for adult guests, and $5 for children. There will also be a dunk tank to have a chance to send your favorite Rotarian into the water.

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Because of the picnic on Wednesday, there is no Rotary Club of Edina meeting on Thursday, June 26. There is also no meeting the next week because of the Fourth of July holiday. So the next regular meeting for the Club is Thursday, July 10.



Join us for the annual Rotary Club of Edina family picnic on Wednesday, June 25, at Centennial Lakes Pavilion in Edina. The fun will start at 5 p.m. 

There will be entertainment for the kids, so bring your children and grandchildren. There will be face painting, games, and a dunk tank. Get in line to dunk your fearless Rotary leaders! Rotarians are encouraged to attend. Bring the whole family!

The picnic is free for Rotary members, $18 for each adult guest, and $5 for each child. Members will be charged for guests on the next quarterly billing, around July 1.

Registration for the picnic has closed, but for more information, contact Jack Kennefick or Michael Stanzak.

Come and celebrate summer with your fellow Rotarians and their families!

There is no regular Rotary Club of Edina meeting the week of the picnic. And there is no meeting on July 3 because of the Fourth of July holiday. So the next regular meeting will be July 10.

June 19 Rotary Club of Edina meeting marks transition of leadership
by Garske, Jennifer


The Rotary year is coming to a close, and the Rotary Club of Edina meeting on Thursday, June 19, will mark the passing of the presidency from current President Steve Slyce to 2014-2015 President Jeff Ohe. Please join us for this important meeting, where the Club will also honor outgoing board members who worked so diligently with President Slyce, and welcome the new board who will serve with President Ohe.

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Rotary Club of Edina meets at 12:15 p.m. at the Edina Country Club. Cost for lunch is $18.



The June 19 Rotary Club of Edina meeting marks a transition. It is the last meeting for outgoing President Steve Slyce, and the first meeting for incoming President Jeff Ohe. Both Rotarians will speak at the meeting, reflecting on the Rotary year coming to a close, and the year ahead.

Outgoing board members Scott MacDonald (Past President), Tom Bach (Community Service Director—Projects), John Flynn (International Service Director), Mary Hustad (Membership Director—Recruitment), and Marty Kupper (Club Administration Director) will be honored for their service to the Club.

Incoming board members Barbara Born (Club Administration Director), Gary Pedersen (International Service Director), Josh Sprague (Membership Director—Recruitment), and Mary Swendsen (Community Service Director—Projects) will be welcomed. Current Youth Service Director Heather Hansen will be serving another term on the board. Other members who will continue to serve out their two-year terms on the 2014-2015 board are Mike Kallas (Community Service—Grants), Michael Stanzak (Membership Director—Recruitment), and Will Steinke (The Rotary Foundation Director). 

And of course, current board officers will move into new positions. In addition to Jeff Ohe becoming President, Jennifer Bennerotte becomes President-Elect and Ann Platt moves into the Treasurer position. And last, but not least, San Asato will join the board as secretary. 

Join us for this important transition meeting, and celebration of a great Rotary year. The meeting begins at 12:15 p.m. at the Edina Country Club.

Dr. Dan Saltzman will be program speaker at the June 12 Rotary Club of Edina meeting
by Garske, Jennifer


Rotary Club of Edina is proud to announce that Dr. Dan Saltzman will be the program speaker at the June 12 Rotary Club of Edina meeting. He is Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and the Surgeon-in-Chief at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. He will speak about "Project Stealth," a research project at the University of Minnesota.

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The Rotary Club of Edina meets at 12:15 p.m. at the Edina Country Club. Price for lunch is $18. All are welcome.



Dr. Dan Saltzman will be the program speaker at the June 12 Rotary Club of Edina meeting. Satlzman, M.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and the Surgeon-in-Chief at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. He has authored ten book chapters and over 125 published articles and holds five patents. 

Saltzman will speak about "Project Stealth."  Project Stealth is research being conducted by Dr. Saltzman at the University of Minnesota promises to completely transform how we fight cancer. Project Stealth uses altered salmonella to deliver a sneak attack of anti-cancer drugs directly into tumor cells—without causing any of the side effects traditionally associated with cancer treatments.

Mike Ogle welcomed as new member of Rotary Club of Edina
by Garske, Jennifer


The Rotary Club of Edina is proud to announce that Mike Ogle is a new member of our Club. Mike's classification is Aviation and Real Estate, and his sponsor to the Club was his father-in-law Thom Winninger (shown below with Mike at his induction into the Club at a recent meeting). He joined the Club on April 10. Learn more about Mike by clicking on the link below...

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Periodically we feature a new member of the Rotary Club of Edina on our website. This week we meet:

Name: Mike Ogle 

Classification: Aviation and Real Estate

What was your first job? Airline Pilot

Who was your first role model and why? Sherman Levi Ogle (my grandfather)—aviator who was courageous, a problem solver, and hard worker. He flew the first aircraft in for the Berlin Airlift, flew Bob Hope on his tours to meet military personnel, helped detect the jet stream and was a main point of contact for JFK during the Cold War. He was always a role model in my life.


Why did you want to join Rotary? I wanted to join Rotary for three reasons:

  1. In order to give back to the local community by which we live in and love. 
  2. Growing up, we had a foreign exchange student from Brazil through the Rotary student exchange. He was like a brother to me and that experience would not have happened if it were not for Rotary's dedication to connecting international communities.

The community I have felt from the moment I came to my first meeting. I believe this group will be a big part of our lives for a long, long time to come—for not only me, but also my wife and family. 

What do you like best about being part of the Rotary Club of Edina? Connecting with people who are passionate experts in their field means a lot to me. People who commit themselves to Rotary speaks a lot to their foundational values and their diligence to continue to give back even with a full plate. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to form relationships with the Rotary community.

What one piece of advice do you offer other business leaders? The best leaders help to create leaders out of others— through inspiration, coaching and identifying what drives those around them. Through that mentorship we are paving a way for exponential potential!

Welcome to the No. 1 Club in the Universe, Mike!

Rotary Club of Edina welcomes new member Scott Tankenoff
by Garske, Jennifer


The Rotary Club of Edina is proud to announce that Scott Tankenoff is a new member of our Club. Scott's classification is Commercial Development, and his sponsor to the Club was Josh Sprague. He joined the Club on May 8. Learn more about Scott by clicking on the link below...

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Periodically we feature new members on our website. This week we meet:

Name: Scott M. Tankenoff

Classification: Commercial Development

What was your first job? Salad bar “specialist” and cashier at Rocky Rococo Pizza in Hopkins, Minnesota

Who was your first role model and why? My father Gary; my father has always demonstrated that you can be successful and great in business and at the same time respectful, caring, and decent towards others. My father believes in making the world a better place, and that has always resonated with me.

Why did you want to join Rotary? To become more involved within the Edina community, as well as to better “stretch myself” by learning new things about new people.

What do you like best about being part of the Rotary Club of Edina? I am enjoying the programs, and especially the speakers. I have left Rotary each time feeling more informed and with better and more focused perspective.

What one piece of advice do you offer other business leaders? Treat others with the level of respect and courtesy that you would want your children, your spouse, and those closest to you to be treated; respectful interaction should always be prioritized.

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Edina, Scott!

Jeff Tollefson to speak at June 5 Rotary Club of Edina meeting
by Garske, Jennifer


Jeff Tollefson of Genesys Works will be the program speaker at the Thursday, June 5, meeting of the Rotary Club of Edina. Tollefson will speak about "Living a Life That Matters." He is the executive directoar at Genesys Works, a non-profit organization that connects low-income high school students with internships in the corporate world. 

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The Rotary Club of Edina meets at 12:15 p.m. at the Edina Country Club. All are welcome. The cost of lunch is $18.



Rotary Club of Edina is proud to welcome Jeff Tollefson as the program speaker at its meeting Thursday, June 5. He will speak about "Living a Life That Matters."

Tollefson is the executive director of Genesys Works, a non-profit organization helping low-income high school students get on a path towards college and professional careers through meaningful corporate internships. Prior to starting this program in the Twin Cities six years ago, he was a founding general partner of Crescendo Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm with more than $1.1 billion under management. Tollefson is also an active partner in Social Venture Partners Minnesota, where he currently serves as board chair. 

Join us for the meeting at 12:15 p.m. at the Edina Country Club. The cost for lunch is $18.

Women in Leadership Award to be presented at May 29 Rotary Club of Edina meeting
by Garske, Jennifer


Rotary Club of Edina will be celebrating Women in Leadership at the Thursday, May 29, meeting. The sixth-annual "Chrysanne Manoles Women in Leadership Award" will be presented, and the program speaker will be Marci Mattson, executive director of the Edina Historical Society. Edina Rotary's first female member, Chrysanne Manoles (pictured below), will once again attend the meeting to help honor this year's Women in Leadership Award winner. 

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The meeting will start at 12:15 p.m. at the Edina Country Club. All are welcome. Lunch is $18.



The Rotary Club of Edina is proud to celebrate Women in Leadership Day at the Thursday, May 29, meeting. The sixth-annual "Chrysanne Manoles Women in Leadership Award" will be presented to the 2014 honoree.

Reflecting society in 1905, the Rotary organization was limited to male members and remained so officially until 1989, when the Council on Legislation, Rotary’s parliament, voted to eliminate the male-only provision, opening up membership to qualified women across the world. However, the forward-thinking Rotary Club of Edina welcomed its first female member, Chrysanne Manoles, a year earlier in 1988. Manoles continues to be active in Rotary as a member of the Rotary Club of Orono in the western suburbs.

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. Previous winners include Dr. Laurel Wills, Ann Byrne, Donna Tilsner, Katey Taylor and Ruth Valgemae.

Nominees cannot be current Rotarians and must live, work or volunteer in Edina. Female nominees must demonstrate Rotary’s “Four Way Test” of the things we think, say or do: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? Nominations were submitted earlier this month, and the Club then picked the 2014 winner. 

After the Women in Leadership Award is given out at the meeting, Marci Mattson, executive director of the Edina Historical Society, will be the program speaker. She will represent last year’s award winner, Ruth Valgamae, who received the award in large part for her work on the quasquicentennial celebration. 

Join us for this important event recognizing the amazing work women do in our community. 

Rotarians clean up Wooddale and Utley parks in Edina
by Garske, Jennifer


Saturday, May 17, Rotary Club of Edina members came together to do a spring clean-up of two parks in Edina—Wooddale Park and Utley Park. Organized by Matt Boockmeier, the group had a great time cleaning up for summer, and enjoying Tom Pirsch's famous chili after their hard work.

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Some lucky Rotarians got to don safety vests announcing themselves as Rotary Club of Edina members ready to clean that park!

 



Last Saturday a group of 16 Rotarians and family members pitched in to do a spring clean-up of Wooddale Park and Utley Park in Edina.

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Rotarians Hal Harris and Jean Morrison were just two of the volunteers at the park spring clean-up event.

The self appointed supervisor (also the chair for the event), Matt Bookmeier, said "I am proud of our crew. I think it takes great management to turn such a lack of talent into a smooth operating trash and brush picking machine." 

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Chair of the park clean-up, Matt Boockmeier, kicks back after a hard day's work.

As usual, it took great food to calm the workers. Tom Pirsch provided what was labeled by all as the "hottest chili this side of 494."

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Thanks to Matt, Tom, and all the volunteers for their hard work on a beautiful Saturday morning!

 

Rotary Club of Edina wins awards at District Conference May 2
by Garske, Jennifer


Not only did Rotarian Wooj Byun win a Service Above Self Award (see story above) at the District 5950 Conference May 2, the Club also won four other awards! Rotary Club of Edina was honored with Awards of Excellence in Community Service, Membership Development, Public Relations, and Youth Service. Congratulations to all the Rotarians who helped make a difference! Click on the link below for more on the awards.

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Rotary Club of Edina members who attended the District Conference May 2 at the Radisson Blu at the Mall of America in Bloomington show off the awards the Club won. Shown here are (left to right) are Jennifer Bennerotte, Wooj Byun, Barbara Born, Steve Slyce, Ann Platt, Scott MacDonald, Josh Sprague, Brad Beard, and Doug Johnson. 



Rotary Club of Edina members were thrilled to pick up four awards at the annual District 5950 Conference, this year held May 2 at the Radisson Blu at the Mall of America. Rotarian Wooj Byun received a Service Above Self Award, and the Club won Awards of Excellence in Community Service, Membership Development, Public Relations, and Youth Service. 

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Rotary Club of Edina President Steve Slyce is congratulated by District 5950 Governor Diann Kirby as he accepts one of the awards at the conference.

COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

The Club also was honored for the work done in the past year by the Community Service (Local Grants) Committee, headed by Mike Kallas. Committee members are Joe Arends, Tom Bach, Keith Benson, Mark Hegman, Kris Maser, Paul Peterson, Mitch Robinson, Sandy Schley, and John Solberg.
 

President Slyce expressed that "Mike Kallas and his outstanding local grants committee (Community Service Award) did a fabulous job of soliciting, reviewing, recommending, and publicizing our many grants that were awarded. In addition, Camp Enterprise (Youth Service Award), headed by John Flynn and many Rotary volunteers, was tremendous this year. We are so proud of our leaders, volunteers, and Club. We want to make a difference, and I believe that we have."

Congratulations to all involved. For more information on the awards see below. 

Community Service: The Rotary Club of Edina raised more than $100,000 at its annual fundraiser and gala. About half of the money is used for committed projects. The other half is given to other organizations in the form of grants. 

This year, the club’s Community Service Committee set out to simplify, streamline, and set standards for local grant applicants. The committee created a new timeline and standard review process. The Committee also added significant weight to those requests where the Club had a good likelihood of obtaining additional funds from District 5950 or from other clubs. The Committee also worked with the Club’s Public Relations Committee to better share the process with the community and future grant applicants.
 
 
Congratulations to the Community Service (Local Grants) Committee on a stellar year!
 
 
MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
 
 
The Rotary Club of Edina received the Rotary District 5950 Award of Excellence for Membership Development.

Congratulations to our Membership Director Mary Hustad and her committee for their great work! Membership Committee (Recruitment) members are Barbara Born, John Flynn, Dave Hatzung, Joe Hayes, Brad Hepp, Bob Hildreth, Melinda Inman, Jean Morrison, Bob Perkins, and Mary Younggren. 
 
 
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(Above) Accepting the award on behalf of the Club and Membership Committee was Josh Sprague, who will be Membership Director in the 2014-2015 Rotary year. He is shown here with District 5950 Governor Diann Kirby.

President Steve Slyce noted that "Our Club is making a concerted effort to maintain and increase our membership. In addition, we are seeking individuals committed to the Rotary four-way test, as well as members that want to make a difference. Our Club has a history of outstanding members and that tradition continues. Thanks to all for their excellent work in keeping our Club strong and growing."

In the presentation of the award, the following comments were shared by the District 5950 representative:

"The Rotary Club of Edina’s Membership Committee envisioned an event exclusively for prospective members. A date was identified and publicized. A Club meeting featuring a top speaker and program was selected. Committee members contacted each member of the Club several times and encouraged them to bring prospective members to that meeting. The meeting was a huge hit. More than 21 prospective members attended. Of those, five pursued membership immediately and another 14 are in the investigation process."
 
Congratulations to Mary Hustad and the Membership Committee on the recognition of all their hard work this past year!
 

PUBLIC RELATIONS AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Public Relations Committee members include Jennifer Bennerotte, Michael Braun, John Flynn, Mark Jessen, Kaylin Martin, Club Secretary Ann Platt, President Steve Slyce, and Skip Thomas. Doug Johnson is the director of the PR Committee and a member of the Rotary Club of Edina Board.

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Pictured here Rotary District 5950 Governor Diann Kirby with Doug Johnson, P.R. Committee Director, accepting the award on behalf of the Club and the P.R. Committee.

President Slyce commented that "With over 160 members and growing, it is critical that we have great communications and public relations. We are proud of our efforts in the area of social media, club photography, news releases...well, just about everything. Our goal is to be able to share information about special events, meetings, etc. and to highlight the great news about what our club is doing to make a difference!"

The award presentation at the District conference is as follows:

"The Rotary Club of Edina’s Public Relations Committee has substantially increased its efforts in growing awareness of the Club’s activities and projects. Committee members are charged with taking photos at weekly meetings and at activities and projects. These are then posted to the Club’s website and Facebook. 

The Committee also ensures the website and Facebook account is updated in a timely manner with speaker and event information as well as Rotarian accomplishments. The club has seen tremendous growth of its Facebook page. In June 2013, the page had 121 fans. Today, it has 175. Weekly reach has mushroomed, thanks in large part to the many photos being posted there. Average daily reach is now close to 200 people. 

Prior to the Club’s Thursday meetings, the Public Relations Director writes and sends press releases to the local media announcing the meeting’s programs. Press releases are also issued when grants are distributed or when the club has a major activity planned. 

The weekly program is summarized in the club’s weekly newsletter, The Barker. The weekly program is also videotaped and posted to YouTube and then aired on local government access channel, Edina Channel 16. The Committee has produced two brochures this Rotary year."

Great job, Doug and the entire PR Committee!

YOUTH SERVICE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

The Rotary Club of Edina was proud to be recognized with the Youth Service Award of Excellence at the District Conference. Highlighted was Camp Enterprise, a joint project of the Rotary clubs of Edina and Edina Morningside. Leadership is rotated between the two clubs. This year, the Rotary Club of Edina took the lead, with Rotarian John Flynn working tirelesslly as director. One hundred seniors and juniors from 50 different high schools around Minnesota and Wisconsin began a three-day, two-night adventure in the Free Enterprise System on Halloween. 

At “Camp E,” each student participated in leadership training, team-building exercises, case study work, and one-on-one coaching to develop their presentation skills. Students had mentors who are members of local Rotary clubs, all who volunteered to share their life and business experience with students at Camp E. This was to help students prepare a business plan, and then present that plan to a venture capital panel at the conclusion of camp. 

Each day was a mix of working on a team, listening to guest speakers and discussions with business specialists.

The goal of Camp E is to develop tomorrow’s leaders by providing students access to established business leaders and an inside look at how the free enterprise system works.
 
 
Congratulations to Camp E Director John Flynn and all the Rotarians who made this event such a success in 2013!
 
Rotary Club of Edina welcomes new member Jodie Jennings
by Garske, Jennifer


The Rotary Club of Edina is proud to announce that Jodie Jennings is a new member of our Club. Jodie's classification is Nutrition Coaching, and her sponsor to the Club was her father, Joel Jennings (shown below with Jodie at a Rotary meeting). She joined the Club on May 8. Learn more about Jodie by clicking on the link below...

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Periodically we feature profiles of new members of the Rotary Club of Edina. This week we meet:

Name: Jodie Jennings

Classification: Nutrition Coaching

What was your first job? Paper Route at 10. Terrified that I was going to be taken by someone at 5 a.m.!

Who was your first role model and why? First-grade teacher Mrs. Monchamp. She was strong and kind and athletic.
Why did you want to join Rotary? Do something with my father, Joel (shown with Jodie at left). Meet other people in the community.

What do you like best about being part of the Rotary Club of Edina? I never know who I am going to meet! Lots of energy, fun, interesting people, new friends…

What one piece of advice do you offer other business leaders? Keep focusing on what is important, and family always comes first.

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Edina, Jodie!

Roy Smalley to speak at Rotary Club of Edina meeting May 22
by Garske, Jennifer


Join the Rotary Club of Edina for their Thursday, May 22, meeting where the program speaker will be former Minnesota Twin Roy Smalley. Smalley is a former member of the Edina Rotary, and is currently president of the board of directors for the Pitch in for Baseball program. He will speak about this important program. 

The meeting starts at 12:15 p.m. at the Edina Country Club. Lunch is $18 and all are welcome.

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The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Roy Smalley as the program speaker at the Thursday, May 22, meeting. Smalley is a former player for the Minnesota Twins, who had a 13-year career in Major League Baseball with the Twins and New York Yankees. He was starting shortstop in the 1979 All-Star Game and a member of the 1987 World Champion Minnesota Twins. He holds the Twins single-season and career records for most homeruns and RBIs by a shortstop. He is now a baseball analyst at Fox Sports.

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Currently, Smalley is a financial advisor/portfolio manager at Morgan Stanley. He is also president of the board of directors for Pitch in for Baseball. Smalley will talk about this valuable program during his presentation.

Join the Rotary Club of Edina for the meeting at the Edina Country Club from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.

Dr. Angela Wandera to speak about The Rotary Foundation at May 15 meeting
by Garske, Jennifer


Dr. Angela Wandera will speak to the Rotary Club of Edina at their meeting Thursday, May 15. She will speak about "The Foundation: Witnessing Service in Action." Wandera is a pediatric orthodontist in Eden Prairie. Through her membership in the Rotary Club of Eden Prairie AM, she has witnessed international service through Rotary District 5950 with The Rotary Foundation.

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The meeting is from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. at the Edina Country Club. Lunch is $18. All are welcome. 



The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Dr. Angela Wandera as its program speaker Thursday, May 15. The meeting is focused on The Rotary Foundation, and she will speak about "The Foundation: Witnessing Service in Action." 

Wandera, originally from Nairobi, Kenya, came to Minnesota 24 years ago for graduate studies in Pediatric Dentistry. After her sojourn through Kansas City, Missouri, and Ann Arbor, Michigan,she returned to the Twin Cities in 2000, for her orthodontic residency and subsequently started her practice in Eden Prairie, where she also lives. She joined the Rotary Club of Eden Prairie AM in 2005 and has been fortunate to witness The Rotary Foundation in action through District 5950's involvement in international service. 

The meeting starts at 12:15 p.m. at the Edina Country Club. Lunch is $18. Please join us!

Don Hutchison welcomed by Rotary Club of Edina as new member
by Garske, Jennifer


The Rotary Club of Edina is proud to announce that Don Hutchison is a new member of our Club. Don's classification is Financial Advisor, and his sponsor to the Club was Joe Arends. He joined the Club on April 10. Learn more about Don by clicking on the link below...

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Periodically we feature new members of the Rotary Club of Edina. This week we meet:

Name: Don Hutchison

Classification: Financial Advisor

What was your first job? In my first job out of college I was a Public Information Specialist with the Montgomery County Health Department, Dayton, Ohio. Much earlier, in middle school, I mowed lawns in the neighborhood for $2-$4, depending on the size of the lot. I did trimming with hand clippers.

Who was your first role model and why? My high school football coach, Mr. Rocco. He helped me understand I could accomplish more working with others as a team and that I had more potential and more to contribute than I realized.
Why did you want to join Rotary? Men and women I know and respect in the community are Rotarians. Every Rotarian I meet is someone who adds value to the community. I want to associate with people who make a difference.

What do you like best about being part of the Rotary Club of Edina? Meeting and learning about people in the community.

What one piece of advice do you offer other business leaders? Talk to others by listening. Ask questions to understand. Do what you’re good at and know your limitations.

What do you like best about being part of the Rotary Club of Edina? Meeting and learning about people in the community.

What one piece of advice do you offer other business leaders? Talk to others by listening. Ask questions to understand. Do what you’re good at and know your limitations.

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Edina, Don!

Wooj Byun received Service Above Self Award at Rotary District Conference
by Garske, Jennifer


The Rotary Club of Edina is proud to announce that member Wooj Byun, a past president of the Club, received a Service Above Self Award at the District 5950 Conference on May 2. Wooj has made it his mission to honor Americans who served in the Korean War. 

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Wooj is pictured here with District Governor Diann Kirby at the awards breakfast at the District Conference May 2.



Congratulations Wooj Byun!

Wooj received one of Rotary District 5950's Service Above Self Award at the annual conference last week.

The theme of the event was "Celebrate Lives Changed," and it was held at the Radisson Blu at the Mall of America in Bloomington. Wooj attended the awards breakfast at the event and accepted his award from District Governor Diann Kirby.

Club President Steve Slyce expressed that "Wooj has impacted many, many people with his service. He gives countless hours to many worthwhile groups, causes, and especially our Rotary Club. His sacrificial giving of his time and talents serves as a model for all of us!"
 

The Rotary Club of Edina seeks nominees for the sixth-annual 'Chrysanne Manoles Women in Leadership Award'
by Garske, Jennifer


The Rotary Club of Edina is seeking nominees for its annual "Chrysanne Manoles Women in Leadership Award." Chrysanne Manoles was the first female member of the Club. She joined in 1988, one year before Rotary International opened up membership to qualified women across the world. The Club honors her legacy with this award, given each year since 2008.

Nominees cannot be current Rotarians and must live, work or volunteer in Edina. To nominate a woman for the prestigious award, submit a one- or two-page letter explaining how the person demonstrates the Four Way Test and what she does in the community. Letters should be sent to Rotary Club of Edina, 4801 W. 50th St., Edina, MN  55424 and must be postmarked by Thursday, May 15.

The 2014 Chrysanne Manoles Women In Leadership Award will be presented at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Edina May 29.

For more information on the Women In Leadership Award, contact Jennifer Bennerotte, 952-833-9520.

 



Reflecting society in 1905, the Rotary organization was limited to male members and remained so officially until 1989, when the Council on Legislation, Rotary’s parliament, voted to eliminate the male-only provision, opening up membership to qualified women across the world. However, the forward-thinking Rotary Club of Edina welcomed its first female member, Chrysanne Manoles, a year earlier in 1988. Manoles continues to be active in Rotary.

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. Previous winners include Dr. Laurel Wills, Ann Byrne, Donna Tilsner, Katey Taylor and Ruth Valgemae.

Nominees cannot be current Rotarians and must live, work or volunteer in Edina. Female nominees must demonstrate Rotary’s “Four Way Test” of the things we think, say or do: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

To nominate a woman for the prestigious award, submit a one- or two-page letter explaining how the person demonstrates the Four Way Test and what she does in the community. Letters should be sent to Rotary Club of Edina, 4801 W. 50th St., Edina, MN  55424 and must be postmarked by Thursday, May 15.

The 2014 Chrysanne Manoles Women In Leadership Award will be presented at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Edina May 29.

The Rotary Club of Edina meets Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. at the Edina Country Club, 5100 Wooddale Ave. For more information about the Rotary Club of Edina, visit www.EdinaRotary.org. For membership information, contact Membership Director Mary Hustad, 952-949-2119. For more information on the Women In Leadership Award, contact Jennifer Bennerotte, 952-833-9520.

Doug Johnson is Edina's Rotarian of the Year
by Garske, Jennifer



Congratulations to Doug Johnson! He received the Rotarian of the Year award at the City of Edina's Volunteer Recognition Event April 29. Doug has been a Rotarian since 2000 and is the director of the Public Relations Committee for the Club. He also serves on boards of several other Edina organizations, truly modeling Rotary's motto of "Service Above Self," according to Rotary Club of Edina President Steve Slyce.

Congratulations, Doug!

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He is shown above with his award.

 

 



Doug Johnson was one of the many residents honored at the City of Edina Volunteer Recognition Event April 29.

He was recognized as the Edina Rotarian of the Year. Rotary Club of Edina President Steve Slyce commented that Doug represents the Rotary motto "Service above Self." He added that Doug is involved in many aspects of the community and serves on the Rotary Board of Directors as the Public Relations Commiitee director. 

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President Steve Slyce (left) congratulates Doug Johnson on being named the Rotarian of the Year in Edina April 29.

Doug said when accepting the award, "What an honor it is to be recognized. I can only accept this award on behalf of the many, many folks in Rotary who give their all to be change agents for this community and world." He also said he was very surprised by the recognition, and said "So many folks in our Club are much more worth of recognition than me. I can only accept this award on behalf of all of our great members. We lovingly refer to ourselves as the "best club in the universe" and I totally believe that is true!"

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Congratulations, Doug! And thank you for all of your hard work on behalf of the Rotary Club of Edina!

Frank Cardarelle and Edina Historical Society win the Mayor's Service Club of the Year Award from city
by Garske, Jennifer


Rotarian Frank Cardarelle, Edina Historical Society Board member, accepted the Mayor's Service Club of the Year Award on behalf of the Society at the City of Edina Volunteer Recognition Event April 29. 

Frank's volunteer contributions are legendary with the Historical Society and Rotary Club of Edina being just two of them.

Congratulations, Frank, for your continued great work!

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Frank (right) is shown at the event with Edina Mayor Jim Hovland.



Rotarian Frank Cardarelle serves on the board of the Edina Historical Society. The Historical Society was recognized with a Mayor's Award as Service Club of the Year. President Steve Slyce noted that "Frank has been an incredible volunteer for many, many years. We are blessed to have him in our Club!"

Rotary Club of Edina welcomes EHS students for Vocational Ethics Seminar April 22
by Garske, Jennifer


The Rotary Club of Edina hosted more than 40 students from Edina High School on April 22 for Vocational Ethics Day at the Church of St. Patrick in Edina. Students, EHS staff, Rotarians, and other guests met from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. to hear speakers and have in-depth discussions on vocational ethics and leadership. The program is spearheaded by Rotarian Jerry Potter, and co-sponosred by the Rotary Club of Edina and the 212 Leadership Group at EHS.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014, was one of those days that we often mark as a stake date, a date to remember. Forty-six students from Edina High School met at the Church of St. Patrick in Edina from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., in deep discussion with 18 Edina Rotarians, exploring the subject of ethics and leadership. The seminar was co-sponsored by Rotary Club of Edina and the 212 Leadership Group of Edina High School. EHS Principal Bruce Locklear, Heidi Howard, and Joseph Deckenbach represented EHS staff at the event.

Rotarian Thom Winninger gave the keynote address, presenting how ethics, branding, and development of an organization's culture are all interwoven. Fellow Rotarian Gary Pederson followed with some examples of relaxed ethics and how reduced ethics can result in a culture leading to disaster. 

A panel of four students, Alex Davis, Sara Aulik, Laura Baker, and Jack Hulstand, responded wonderfully to the challenge of discussing ethical situations that required more than just cursory decision making. 

Rotarian Mitch Robinson closed the day with his unique position as a criminal defense attorney and taught us how undesirable consequences can occur from poor decisions and how recovery can occur even though poor decisions can be made by good people. 

It was a great day and hopefully will be repeated during the next school year.

Thanks to Jerry Potter and his team for their service.

Rotary Club of Edina's Vocational Day is May 8 at the Minneapolis Media Institute
by Garske, Jennifer


The Rotary Club of Edina will hold Vocational Day on Thursday, May 8, at the Minneapolis Media Institute in Edina. Hosted by Rotarian Paul Peterson, he will give members a tour of the Media Institute, where he is the program chair for the Recording and Music Technology department. This meeting is only open to a limited number of Rotary Club of Edina members. The meeting will start at noon at the Minneapolis Media Institute, 4100 W. 76th St., Edina, MN 55435. A box lunch will be provided by the Club. Members can register for the meeting by logging into this website and going to "Events," or by calling Marty Kupper at 952-841-2160. Registration is limited because of space, so if you plan to attend, you must register.

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This meeting Thursday, May 8, at the Media Institute takes the place of the usual meeting at the Edina Country Club.



The Rotary Club of Edina will hold Vocational Day on Thursday, May 8, at the Minneapolis Media Institute in Edina. Hosted by Rotarian Paul Peterson, he will give members a tour of the Media Institute, where he is the program chair for the Recording and Music Technology department. The building is the former home of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis's Flyte Tyme Studios.   Please join us in visiting this exciting facility and enjoy the company of your fellow Rotarians.  

Due to the limited amount of space (and fire codes) we must limit this meeting to 50 people maximum. We ask for only Rotary members to participate, no guests please. Members can register for the meeting by logging into this website and going to "Events," or by calling Marty Kupper at 952-841-2160.

The meeting will start at noon at the Minneapolis Media Institute, 4100 W. 76th St., Edina, MN 55435. A box lunch will be provided by the Club. 

THIS MEETING IS IN PLACE OF OUR NORMAL MEETING AT EDINA COUNTRY CLUB FOR THIS WEEK. 

Professor David Bahn to speak at May 1 Rotary Club of Edina meeting
by Garske, Jennifer


Join us Thursday, May 1, where our program speaker will be Dr. David Bahn, professor of Management Information Systems at Metropolitan State University of Minnesota. He will speak about "The MOOCs (R)evolution?: Massive Open Online Courses." 

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The meeting is at 12:15 p.m. at the Edina Country Club. Lunch is $18, and all are welcome.



The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Dr. David Bahn, professor of Management Information Systems at Metropolitan State University of Minnesota, as the program speaker at the Club's meeting Thursday, May 1. He will speak about "The MOOCs (R)evolution?: Massive Open Online Courses." 

Bahn has been the chair of the undergraduate program in Management Information Systems in the College of Management of Metropolitan State University and currently leads the college’s curricular initiatives with Enterprise Resource Planning software. A former systems analyst, he received his Ph.D in Information and Decision Sciences from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management and an MBA from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Bahn has also taught online extensively and pioneered new methods for online education as well as having trained other business instructors on how to design E-learning.

Please join us for the May 1 meeting at 12:15 p.m. at the Edina Country Club. 


Save the date! Renez-vous in Paris on Oct. 11!
by Garske, Jennifer


The annual Rotary Club of Edina fundraiser and gala will be held on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. This year's event, "Renez-vous in Paris," at the Sheraton Hotel in Bloomington, will be here before we know it. We can't wait for the delicious food, entertaining company, and great auction items. Bring a friend or two with you to enjoy the fabulous evening! 

Au revoir!

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Rotary Club of Edina members, see link for info on how to volunteer to be a member of a gala fundraiser committee!



Sign up now for a Gala Fundraiser committee!

Even if you missed your chance at the April 17 meeting to be recruited to a Gala Fundraiser committee, there is still time for Rotary Club of Edina members to join the beret-wearing volunteers! See below for a list of Fundraiser committees that still need volunteers, and the chairs’ contact information. Please get in touch with the chairs as soon as possible, as committee meetings start in May. Join in the fun and sign up today!

Decorations    

Ann Ahrends      952-920-8478 or jharends@aol.com

Ann Goebel       952-818-8889 or ann.goebel@mnsu.edu

Jodie Jennings     612-454-9909 or jodiejennings@me.com

Kris Maser         952-925-4147 or kmaser@maserlaw.com

World of Wine           

Terry Stevens     612-799-8311 or terrystevens42@yahoo.com

Nate Wenner     612-385-6726 or nwenner@wipflihewins.com

Live Auction   

Dan Mott           612-839-2970 or dmott@towlefin.com

Sam Thompson  612-282-1750 or sthompson@calhouncompanies.com 

Silent Auction

Susan Johnson    763-476-2692 or susan@fidelitybankmn.com

Norberto Moran            952-486-1780 or norberto@moranfinancial.com

Bob Perkins       952-941-2938 or rcperkins@comcast.net 

Photo Booth   

Michael Braun     612-644-3023 or braunmike@comcast.net

Sam Cote          952-932-9925 or sam@lincoln-lakehubert.com

Public Relations         

Doug Johnson    952-270-8518 or djkjspmj@msn.com

Rotary Purpose/Ask    

John Flynn          612-819-5517 or j.flynn@mchsi.com

Mike Kallas         612-597-2225 or mkallas@kallas-law.com

Friends with Benefits 

John Buttolph     952-470-4700 or johnebuttolph@yahoo.com

Jack Kennefick    952-922-0151 or jkennefick@rwbaird.com

Venue/Tasting/ Beverages      

Ken Andersen    612-964-9000 or borntodanc@comcast.net

Sutton McGraw   952-688-2641 or sutton_mcgraw@yahoo.com

Hospitality/Thank you

Patti Ellingson-Solheim 952-926-4372 or patti@ellingsoncpas.com

Bob Solheim      612-619-9003 or director@littlehospice.org

YMCA
Val Burke           952-848-3960 or valerie.burke@edinaschools.org

Nate Whittier     952-926-9852 or whittier@sksonline.org

Clean Up        

Brad Pearson      952-922-8699 or brad@pearsonorthodontics.com 

Rotary Club of Edina welcomes new member Axel Steuer
by Garske, Jennifer


The Rotary Club of Edina is proud to announce that Axel Steuer is a new member of our Club. Axel's classification is Higher Education Administration, and his sponsor to the Club was Gordy Lewis. He joined the Club on April 10. Learn more about Axel by clicking on the link below...

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Axel is shown at a Rotary Club of Edina meeting with his wife, Loreli Ann Steuer.



Periodically we feature profiles on new members of the Rotary Club of Edina. This week, we meet:  

Name: Axel Steuer

Classification: Higher Education Administration

What was your first job? After many part-time and temporary jobs from junior high through graduate school (from which I learned a lot), my first permanent job was in college teaching.

Who was your first role model and why? Two outstanding teachers, one during my undergraduate years and one who was a colleague at Princeton when I first began teaching. Both really cared about students and both had a flair for dramatic and effective teaching. Yes, my mother was a great role model for high aspirations, hard work, and persistence.

Why did you want to join Rotary? I had a great experience at a small-town Rotary Club in Illinois and greatly appreciate the "service above self " commitment of Rotary in action.

What do you like best about being part of the Rotary Club of Edina? Edina is again our home town, and the people I have met at Edina Rotary are thoughtful and professional.

What one piece of advice do you offer other business leaders? Integrity is not only the key to success but also essential for real happiness.

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Edina, Axel!

Rotary Club of Edina will host Vocation Ethics Day April 24
by Garske, Jennifer


Join the Rotary Club of Edina for the annual Vocational Ethics Day program Thursday, April 24, at the Edina Country Club. The meeting will start at 11:30 a.m., concluding at 1:30 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Jermaine Davis. All Area 3 Rotarians and guests are invited. Students from Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina, and Richfield will also be attending. 

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All Area 3 Rotarians and guests are invited to the annual Vocational Ethics Day on Thursday, April 24, hosted by the Rotary Club of Edina at the Edina Country Club. The meeting, which will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., will feature keynote speaker Jermaine Davis. The program will discuss "Values-Based Leadership: What does that mean to me? Why is that important to me? How do I do that?"

Davis grew up on the west side of Chicago in the Henry Horner's housing projects, and was raised by a single mother of four children. After the unfortunate loss of six family members to violent deaths, he began studying motivational principles and success strategies and enrolled at Elmhurst College to change the direction of his life. He completed college, earning a BA in speech communication and completed a MA in speech communication, and a second Masters in education. He held several corporate positions out of college, but decided to honor his vocation and follow his passion of teaching individuals to communicate appropriately, competently, and effectively. He became a college professor of communications studies.

He has authored and co-authored 10 books in the area of academic success, diversity, motivation, inspiration, leadership, and women's leadership. Davis is CEO, founder and co-founder of two companies: Seminars & Workshops, Inc. and The Stand Out Leadership Company. He is a professor of communication studies at Century College, and is a doctoral candidate studying and researching in the area of organizational leadership. He is also a documentary film maker. Davis delivers keynotes and workshops to thousands of people each year and has worked with hundreds of organizations across the United States and internationally.

Specials guests at the meeting will be students from Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina, and Richfield high schools. 

 

Greg Krauska of ShelterBox to speak at April 17 Rotary Club of Edina meeting
by Garske, Jennifer


The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Greg Krauska as the program speaker at their Thursday, April 17, meeting at the Edina Country Club. Krauska is a volunteer ambassador for ShelterBox, a global disaster relief charity and Rotary's first recognized project partner. He will speak about "Beyond the Box: Delivering Shelter, Warmth, and Dignity." 

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The meeting starts at 12:15 p.m. Lunch is $18 and all are welcome.

The Rotary Club of Edina does not have a meeting April 10.



Greg Krauska will be the program speaker at Rotary Club of Edina's meeting Thursday, April 17. He will speak about "Beyond the Box: Delivering Shelter, Warmth, and Dignity." 

He is a volunteer ambassador for ShelterBox, a global disaster relief charity and Rotary’s first recognized project partner. Since its founding in England in the year 2000, ShelterBox Response Team Volunteers have responded to more than 200 natural and man-made disasters in more than 90 countries (including the United States), delivering shelter, blankets and other essentials to more than 150,000 families. Krauska will explain what is in a ShelterBox, and will also bring to light the complexities of global disaster relief—how a ShelterBox goes from donation to delivery—and beyond.

Krauska is chairman of the ShelterBox USA Youth Council, which is focused on engaging youth groups, schools, scouts and exchange students in the work of ShelterBox. Greg is a member of the Chanhassen Rotary and has served as District 5950 Membership Chair. He is also president of The Change Agent Group, which helps clients rethink their customer strategy to create better customer experiences, increase customer loyalty and to win bigger and better business with less effort.

Please join us at the Edina Country Club at 12:15 p.m. for luncheon meeting. All are welcome. Lunch is $18.

There is no April 10 meeting for the Rotary Club of Edina, due to the joint meeting held April 8 with the Edina Morningside Rotary Club.

Rotary Club of Edina to hold joint meeting with EMRC Tuesday, April 8
by Garske, Jennifer


The Edina Morningside Rotary Club (EMRC) will welcome the Rotary Club of Edina to its Tuesday, April 8, meeting at the Edina Country Club at 7:30 a.m. The joint meeting will feature program speaker Katie Clark Sieben, the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. 

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There will be no usual Thursday Rotary Club of Edina meeting this week. No meeting on April 10. After the joint meeting on April 8, the next Rotary Club of Edina meeting will be Thursday, April 17.



The Rotary Club of Edina will join the EMRC for its annual joint meeting on Tuesday, April 8, at 7:30 a.m. at the Edina Country Club. The program speaker for the meeting will be Katie Clark Sieben, the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). 

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Clark Sieben was appointed DEED commissioner in October 2012. Prior to that, she served as executive director of the Minnesota Trade Office (MTO). MTO promotes the creation and retention of jobs and economic prosperity of the state by assisting Minnesota companies to export manufactured goods and services and attract foreign direct investment. As executive director, Katie was responsible for managing the overall strategic direction of the MTO which includes promoting the State of Minnesota and its companies in the global marketplace, introducing Minnesota companies to foreign buyers and investors, building diplomatic relationships with international delegations and managing a staff of international trade representatives.

She brings years of experience in business development and recruitment in the private sector, including with one of Minnesota's largest corporations, Target Corporation. She has managed large-scale, multi-million dollar operations; built strategic partnerships at the highest levels of business and philanthropy; and created and implemented nationwide marketing campaigns.

Clark Sieben serves on the board of SIDO, the State International Development Organization. She also serves on the advisory boards for the University of Minnesota's Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), the University of Minnesota Carlson School Global Institute, and the Minnesota Department of Education Global Competencies Advisory Board.

She graduated from the University of Minnesota and was a recipient of the 2012 MSP Business Journal's "Forty Under 40" Award.

DEED is the state’s principal economic development agency. DEED programs promote business recruitment, expansion, and retention; international trade; workforce development; and community development.

Jean LaFavor of HealthEZ will be program speaker at April 3 Rotary Club of Edina meeting
by Garske, Jennifer


Join us for the Thursday, April 3, Rotary Club of Edina meeting, where the program speaker will be Jean LaFavor of HealthEZ. She will speak about "Self-Funded Health Plans—Rx for Health Reform." 

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The lunch meeting is at the Edina Country Club from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. on April 3. Lunch is $18. All are welcome.



The Rotary Club of Edina welcomes program speaker Jean LaFavor to the April 3 meeting at the Edina Country Club. She has worked in health care for more than 25 years, and will speak about "Self-Funded Health Plans—Rx for Health Reform."

LaFavor has significant experience with self-funding as well as in the managed care arena. She joined HealthEZ in 1998 and is responsible for TPA sales and business development. Prior to that, she held senior level positions with EBP Health Plans and First Health.

Her career in health care began as a risk manager for a large multi-state employer, where she got to know HealthEZ as a client—so she has come full circle. She has spoken at numerous conferences about self-funding, PPO discount myths, and health reform.

Jeanie has a B.A. degree in Sociology, Psychology and Business from St. Cloud State University and has also done graduate work at the University of Minnesota. She is a member of the Self-funded Institute of America (SIIA), Healthcare Administrators Association 9HCAA), Minnesota Association of Health Underwriters (MAHU), National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) and Minnesota Medical Group Management Association (MMGMA).

Please join us for this informative program on April 3!

Joe Schmit to speak to Rotary Club of Edina March 27
by Garske, Jennifer


Please join us for our meeting on Thursday, March 27, where our program speaker will be Joe Schmit. He is the sports anchor at KSTP Ch. 5 in the Twin Cities, and is the author of a new book, "Silent Impact." He will speak about the book in a presentation titled, "Silent Impact: Influence Through Purpose, Persistence, and Passion."

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The Rotary Club of Edina is proud to welcome Joe Schmit as the program speaker at the Club's March 27 meeting. Schmit, sports anchor at KSTP in the Twin Cities, will speak about "Silent Impact: Influence Through Purpose, Persistence, and Passion." 

Schmit has had a front row seat at some the greatest sports events in Minnesota history. He has interviewed the biggest names, covered the biggest events and turned in some of the biggest expense accounts in TV history. 

His new book is titled "Silent Impact," and he will be speaking about that topic during his presentation. 

Join us at the Edina Country Club at 12:15 p.m. for the lunch meeting. All are welcome. Lunch is $18.

Susan Spalding is newest member of the Rotary Club of Edina
by Garske, Jennifer


The Rotary Club of Edina is proud to announce that Susan Spalding is the newest member of our Club. Sue is CEO of the Alzheimer's Association. Her classification is Non-Profit Administrator, and her sponsor to the Club was Michael Stanzak. She joined the Club on March 13. Learn more about Sue by clicking on the link below...

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In the spirit of getting to know our new members, we'll feature a profile and photo of new members periodically. This week, we meet: 

Name: Susan Spalding (most people call me Sue, but either is fine)

Age: 47

Classification: Non-Profit Administrator

What was your first job?  Baby sitter

Who was your first role model and why? Kay Ahrens (one of my bosses growing up, I worked for her for years). She owned her own business and was very successful. She truly enjoyed what she did. She worked hard and played hard and she was involved in the community. But mostly because she was caring and nurturing of me.
Why did you want to join Rotary?  One of my former board chairs at a different non-profit got me involved and I realized what a wonderful way it was to meet people. I also love the mission of Rotary and the amazing projects it does and how it gives back to the community. 

What do you like best about being part of the Rotary Club of Edina? It's a large and diverse club with many active people. I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone more.

What one piece of advice do you offer other business leaders? I always try and treat people like I would want to be treated. I think that respectful customer service always comes back to you.

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Edina, Sue!

Bruce Richardson of PolyMet Mining to speak at March 20 Rotary Club of Edina meeting
by Garske, Jennifer


Please join us for the Rotary Club of Edina meeting on Thursday, March 20, where the program speaker will be Bruce Richardson. He is the vice president of corporate communications and external affairs at PolyMet Mining, and he will be speaking on "Copper, Nickel, and Precious Metals in the U.S." 

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The Rotary Club of Edina invites you to join us for the meeting on March 20, where the program speaker will be Bruce Richardson of PolyMet Mining. He is the vice president of corporate communications and external affairs at PolyMet, and he will be speaking on "Copper, Nickel, and Precious Metals in the U.S." 

Richardson joined PolyMet in 2013 to lead the company’s internal and external communications efforts, as well as to guide its community outreach and partnership initiatives. He is also a member of the senior executive leadership team, contributing to the overall strategic direction of the company. A 30-year veteran of corporate communications in the utility, retail and mining industries, Richardson has worked with numerous permitting and development teams, most recently for Rio Tinto’s Resolution Copper project and previously for Phelps Dodge Mining Co.’s Safford Project in Arizona. He started his career with Arizona Public Service Co., the state’s largest electric utility, leaving after 12 years to manage communications for Phelps Dodge Mining Co.’s North American copper and molybdenum operations. He served a brief stint as director of the Office of Information and Public Affairs for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in Bethesda, Md., and six years as director of corporate communications for PetSmart, North America’s largest pet retailer.

He earned his bachelor of science in mass communications from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

He is now with PolyMet Mining, a mine development company located on the Mesabi Iron Range in Northeastern Minnesota. PolyMet plans to bring a new copper, nickel and precious metal industry to the state of Minnesota. Polymet has been working with federal and state regulators to ensure the project meets all standards. The environmental impact statement will be made public early this December for review by the public which marks a large milestone for the company. 

Jenny Knudson of PolyMet will also be at the meeting to answer questions after the program. 

The meeting begins at 12:15 p.m. at the Edina Country Club.

Rotary Club of Edina mourns member Don Brauer
by Garske, Jennifer


The Rotary Club of Edina is mourning the loss of long-time Rotarian Don Brauer. He passed away Feb. 28 after a long battle with Parkinson's. Don was a 50-year member of the Rotary Club of Edina, as well as being instrumental in the formation of the Eden Prairie Rotary Club.

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We are sad to announce that Rotarian Don Brauer passed away Feb. 28, 2014. Don joined the Rotary Club of Edina in 1964 and
was President in 1967. He was a Paul Harris Fellow, Charter Chairman of Edina Rotary Foundation and still an active member, making him a 50-year member of Edina Rotary.

According to his friend and Edina Rotary sponsor Frank Cardarelle, Don, a civil engineer, was assistant park director for the City of Edina in the 1950s, prior to going into private practice. He was instrumental in the planning of the Braemar Golf Course, and also did the first comprehensive plan for the city of Eden Prairie. Frank also mentioned he was prominent at the University of Minnesota. His firm did work all over the country. Frank said Don owned a private plane and would fly it frequently. His firm is still in business in Hopkins as The Brauer Group. Frank and Don worked together on projects for more than 50 years, and at one time, their offices were in the same building. Don and Frank helped to get the Eden Prairie Rotary Club up and running.

Services were March 4 at Normandale Lutheran Church in Edina. Don is survived by his wife, Gudrun, of 58 years; three children, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. The family has asked that memorials be sent to the Edina Rotary Foundation or donor’s favorite charity.

Belinda Jensen to speak at Rotary Club of Edina meeting March 13
by Garske, Jennifer


Please join the Rotary Club of Edina for the Thursday, March 13, meeting when KARE 11 chief meteorologist Belinda Jensen will be the program speaker. Jensen, an Ediina resident, will address our winter weather in a talk titled "Wow!! What a Winter!" The meeting starts at 12:15 p.m. at the Edina Country Club.

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The Rotary Club of Edina is proud to welcome Belinda Jensen as the program speaker March 13. Jensen is chief meteorologist at KARE 11, as well as co-host of KARE 11 News Saturday for more than 20 years. She has been an Edina resident for more than 21 years, and has two children, ages 6 and 11. Jensen loves going to schools and talking to children about science and weather. 

Her talk will be on "Wow!! What a Winter!" Please join us for the 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. meeting. All are welcome. Lunch is $18. 

Rotarian John Flynn honored with youth leadership award
by Garske, Jennifer


Congratulations to Rotary Club of Edina member John Flynn on his Connecting With Kids leadership award! John was honored for his work with Rotary's Camp Enterprise at the Connecting With Kids Leadership Breakfast on Friday, Feb. 28.

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Rotarian Tim Murphy (left) was on hand at the awards breakfast to help honor John Flynn.



Rotary Club of Edina is proud to announce that member John Flynn was recognized Feb. 28 at the Edina Connecting With Kids Leadership Breakfast. John received the CWK Leadership Award for his work directing Camp Enterprise for the Rotary Club of Edina and Edina Morningside Rotary Club in 2013, along with him many activities that support youth in the Twin Cities.

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John Flynn accepting his award from Edina's Connecting With Kids on Feb. 28.

Attending the breakfast were many Rotary notables including District 5950 Governor Diann Kirby, Edina Mayor Jim Hovland, and other Rotary Club of Edina members including Tim Murphy, Ann Platt, Jody Kern, Jean Morrision, Brad Beard, Jon Barnett, and Doug Johnson.

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(Left to right) Rotary District 5950 Governor Diann Kirby, and Rotary Club of Edina members Tim Murphy, Jean Morrison, John Flynn, and Ann Platt pose for a photo at the awards breakfast.

The event was keynoted by former NFL player, Ben Lieber, who spoke on leaders in his life and what it takes to be a leader.

Connecting With Kids is part of the Edina Community Foundation. Every year it honors individuals, groups, or organizations who share the Connecting With Kids vision that healthy kids lead to a healthy community. The nominees for the Leadership Awards must have had an impact on kids within the city of Edina. Winners of the awards were selected by the Connecting With Kids Advisory Council.

Rotary's Camp Enterprise is a three-day camp for area high school students that emphasizes leadership. More than 100 students attended the camp in 2013. Many local Rotary clubs sponsor students to attend the retreat, and many Rotarians volunteer their time planning and speaking at the event. Flynn organized the event this year.

Thanks John for your great work. Also, thanks to all of our leaders that worked on Camp Enterprise and made it such a great success.


 

Auctioneer Karen Sorbo to speak at March 6 Rotary Club of Edina meeting
by Garske, Jennifer


The Rotary Club of Edina is pleased to welcome Karen Sorbo as the program speaker at the March 6 meeting. Sorbo will speak about "Becoming a Compassionate Auctioneer." The meeting is at 12:15 p.m. at the Edina Country Club. 

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Please join us for our March 6 meeting, where the program speaker will be Karen Sorbo. She will speak about "Becoming a Compassionate Auctioneer." 

Sorbo is one of the leading benefit auctioneers in the country. Since graduating from Missouri Auction School and the world-wide college of Auctioneering in 1993, she has received numerous awards and honors. Over the last 20 years, Sorbo has conducted more than 2,500 auctions, raising over 500 million dollars for deserving organizations.  In 2011, she was recognized by the Minnesota Monthly as a “Woman of Influence.”  In 2012, Sorbo was recognized by the WSA (Women’s Speaker’s Association) as the “Woman You Need to Know.” Karen recently became an author, publishing her first book, “Your Inner Butterfly.”

Meet Rotary Club of Edina's new member: John Buttolph
by Garske, Jennifer


The Rotary Club of Edina was happy to welcome John Buttolph to the Club as a new member in December 2013. We thought we'd have John fill out a questionnaire so that his fellow Rotarians could get to know him better.

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In the spirit of getting to know our new members better, Rotarian John Buttolph kindly filled out a questionnaire so that Rotary Club of Edina members could get to know him better.

Name: John Buttolph

Age: 61

Classification: Restaurant franchisor

What was your first job? inventory in plumbing supply house

Who was your first role model and why? My grandfather Stan Werner. He always wore a secret inner smile and put the happiness of others ahead of his own.

Why did you want to join Rotary? To give service to the community with like-minded men and women.

What do you like best about being part of the Rotary Club of Edina? fellowship and humor

What one piece of advice do you offer other business leaders?  "You can't hit the ball until you step up to the plate."

Welcome to Rotary Club of Edina, John! You've already made a difference!

Cardiologist Rebecca Cogswell to speak at Feb. 27 Rotary Club of Edina meeting
by Garske, Jennifer


Join us for our meeting Thursday, Feb. 27, where the program speaker will be Dr. Rebecca Cogswell, a heart failure cardiologist with the University of Minnesota. She will speak about "The Prevention and Treatment of Heart Failure." 

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The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Dr. Rebecca Cogswell as program speaker at the Club's Feb. 27 meeting. Cogswell, a heart failure cardiologist, will speak about "The Prevention and Treatment of Heart Failure." 

Cogswell graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and went on to complete internal medicine training at University of California, San Francisco. She then completed chief residency, cardiology fellowship, and a one-year intensive clinical research program. She came to the Twin Cities for Advanced Heart Failure Training at the University of Minnesota and was hired on as faculty. 

Her husband is a Minnesota native and they have two small boys and a large extended family here in the Twin Cities. 

The meeting begins at 12:15 p.m. at the Edina Country Club.

Leadership trainer Chris Brooks to speak at Feb. 20 Rotary Club of Edina meeting
by Garske, Jennifer


Join the Rotary Club of Edina for their Thursday, Feb. 20, meeting, where the program speaker will be Chris Brooks. He is on the faculty at North Central University, and teaches Youth and Community Development in the Center for Youth and Leadership, as well as working with a few outside organizations. He will speak about "First Things First: Protecting Kids and Families." 

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The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome leadership trainer Chris Brooks as the program speaker at the Club's Feb. 20 meeting. Brooks is a values-driven leader who has provided leadership for large organizations, primarily in the social/nonprofit sector. He is a sought-after trainer, consultant, public speaker and strategist, who is a passionate advocate for economic justice and the well-being of children, youth and families. 

Brooks serves full time on the faculty of North Central University. He teaches Youth and Community Development in the Center for Youth and Leadership, and manages a small portfolio of strategic external relationships. His subject matter expertise includes: leadership development, community development, strategic planning, networking, public relations and public speaking. 

Join us at 12:15 p.m. at the Edina Country Club this Thursday, Feb. 20.

Scott MacDonald honored as Membership Pillar by Rotary Club of Edina
by Johnson, Doug


Scott MacDonald, Past President of the Club, was awarded the Membership Pillar distinction at the Jan. 30, 2014, meeting. He has sponsored more than 15 currently active members in the Rotary Club of Edina. 

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Here, MacDonald (left) is shown with his certificate and Club President Steve Slyce at the Jan. 30 meeting.



The Rotary Club of Edina was proud to honor Past President Scott MacDonald as a Membership Pillar at the Jan. 30, 2014, meeting. MacDonald has sponsored more than 15 currently active members in the Club, which has 150 members. 

Rotary President Steve Slyce recognized MacDonald for his membership recruiting efforts. He noted that "Scott not only has sponsored members to our club but he is also responsible for getting others interested in Rotary and joining other clubs thru out the United States".

MacDonald said about his award, "When you love the club, the activities, the making a difference, the getting-it-done spirit, and above all the friendships, it's pretty easy to get others to come on board."

The Club thanks Scott for his passion and leadership in Rotary!

Rotary Club of Edina will welcome speaker Bill Gray to Feb. 13 meeting, also "Bring a Prospective Member to Rotary Day"
by Garske, Jennifer


Bill Gray of Uponor North American will be the program speaker at the Rotary Club of Edina's Feb. 13 meeting. He will speak about "Uponor Innovations." The Club is also encouraging members to bring guests to the Feb. 13 meeting, as it is "Bring a Prospective Member to Rotary Day." All guests interested in membership in the Club will eat for free. Join us to learn more about the good work done by the Rotary Club of Edina!

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Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Bill Gray of Uponor North American as the program speaker at the Feb. 13 meeting. He will speak about "Uponor Innovations." 

Gray has been the president of Uponor North America since February 2012. He has 20 years of experience in the HVAC and industrial supply industries. Gray joined Uponor in 2008 as the general manager for Uponor, Ltd., responsible for all Canadian operations, including sales, marketing, demand management and technical and customer service. In 2011 he was promoted to vice president of Sales for Uponor North America, leading sales efforts in the U.S. and Canada. He has a bachelor of commerce from Dalhousie University and a bachelor of arts from the University of King’s College. Bill lives in Rosemount with his wife Heather and their two daughters.

The Club is also encouraging members to bring guests to the Feb. 13 meeting, as it is "Bring a Prospective Member to Rotary Day." All guests interested in membership in the Club will eat for free. For more information or to register a guest, contact Membership Director Mary Hustad.

Patty Peterson to speak at Feb. 6 Rotary Club of Edina meeting
by Garske, Jennifer


Please join us for our Feb. 6 meeting, where the Rotary Club of Edina will welcome singer and radio personality Patty Peterson as the program speaker. The title of Peterson's presentation is "Live Your Gift." The meeting begins at 12:15 p.m. at the Edina Country Club. 

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The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Patty Peterson as the program speaker for the Thursday, Feb. 6, meeting. She will give a presentation titled "Live Your Gift." 

Peterson was born into Minnesota’s First Famiy of Music, the Petersons. She is an award-winning singer and radio personality. On Feb. 12, 2007, she thought she might never sing again. While driving her car home after a long day, she felt a burst in her chest and called 911. The ER doctor treated her for a heart attack but later found out that she had something very serious called Aortic Dissection. She was in emergency open-heart surgery for seven hours, a surgery only 1 percent of people survive. Well, she did, and not only is she singing again, she is speaking and singing to people about heart and aortic health awareness and reminding them to do one thing in this lifetime, and that is to "Live Your Gift."

Patty Peterson is the sister of Rotary Club of Edina member Paul Peterson.

Rotary clock installed at Centennial Lakes Park
by Garske, Jennifer


The heirloom clock donated to the City of Edina by the Rotary Club of Edina has been installed at Centennial Lakes Park! The clock was installed on June 27 by the Verdin Company. The donation is a culmination of more than a year of work by the Club to coordinate the gift to the city in honor of the city's 125th anniversary.

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The Club raised $26,000 to donate the 15-foot-6-inch, two-faced "heirloom clock" to Centennial Lakes Park. The "Howard Replica" clock was erected in the Hughes Pavilion at the park on Friday, June 27. The aluminum, weather-proof clock will feature a Rotary emblem on its 3-foot-8-inch diameter face to symbolize "the longtime partnership between our service club and the City of Edina," Scott MacDonald, Past President of Rotary Club of Edina, wrote in a letter to the city. MacDonald and others in the Club worked with city officials to make this gift come to fruition. 

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This is a photo of the clock at Centennial Lakes Park.

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The clock was custom-made made by the Verdin Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, which has installed over 400 post clocks across the country over its 170-year history.

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The clock face features the Rotary wheel. 

Julie Brekke of Project for Pride in Living to speak at Jan. 30 Rotary meeting
by Garske, Jennifer


Please join us for our Jan. 30 Rotary Club of Edina meeting where the program speaker will be Julie Brekke, vice president of Programs, Fundraising, and Communications for Project for Pride in Living. She will speak about "PPL: Helping People Help Themselves-Four Elements of Self Sufficiency." 

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The Rotary Club of Edina meets at 12:15 p.m. at the Edina Country Club. 



The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Julie Brekke of Project for Pride in Living as the program speaker at the Jan. 30 meeting. She will speak about "PPL: Helping People Help Themselves-Four Elements of Self Sufficiency." 

Brekke is the vice president of Programs, Fundraising, and Communications for PPL. She has more than 23 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, concentrating on fundraising, orchestrating capital campaigns, program development, evaluation and measurement, and nonprofit management. She has worked in various sectors of the nonprofit world, including human service, social change, and the arts. Brekke works closely with program staff, nonprofit colleagues, funders, donors, volunteers, and community members to advance the organization’s mission. She has directed PPL’s fundraising and communications work since 2000, and in 2008, expanded her work in the oversight of PPL’s human services, youth development, and employment skills training programs. She also oversees PPL’s volunteer program as well as data and evaluation at the organization. 

Brekke earned a B.A. in Art History from the University of Minnesota. She lives in the Linden Hills neighborhood with her husband, two children, and Australian Shepard puppy.

Rotary welcomes Dirk DeYoung as program speaker on Jan. 23
by Garske, Jennifer


Join us for the Rotary Club of Edina meeting on Thursday, Jan. 23, where the program speaker will be Dirk DeYoung. He will speak about "Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal's Industry Outlook." DeYoung is the editor of the MSP Business Journal. The meeting is at 12:15 p.m at the Edina Country Club.

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The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Dirk DeYoung as program speaker at their Jan. 23 meeting. DeYoung will speak about "Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal's Industry Outlook." He is the editor of the MSP Business Journal, the Twin Cities' premiere source of breaking local business news in its morning and afternoon e-mail additions, and deep business analysis and information in its weekly print edition. 

DeYoung joined the Business Journal in 1995, and has been editor since 1999. He's also been managing editor, reporter and research director at the newspaper. Prior to his work at the Business Journal, DeYoung was a reporter for daily newspapers in Mason City, Iowa, and Fergus Falls. He has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Minnesota and lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two children. 

Join us at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Edina Country Club.

Rotary Club of Edina honored by District for TRF giving
by Garske, Jennifer


Members of the Rotary Club of Edina were honored at the Rotary District 5950 Mid-Term Assembly on Jan. 11 for generous giving to The Rotary Foundation. The Club was third in the District for giving to TRF.

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Here Club members accept a Rotary banner from Past District Governor Bob Stowell for the giving distinction. They are (left to right): Sandy Schley, Barbara Born, Ann Platt, Tim Murphy, Bob Stowell, John Flynn, Jennifer Bennerotte, Josh Sprague, and Mary Swendsen.



The Rotary Club of Edina was proud to be honored at the District 5950 Mid-Term Assembly Jan. 11 in Brooklyn Center for the members' generous giving to The Rotary Foundation. The Club was third in the District in per capita giving to TRF in the 2012-2013 Rotary year. Last Rotary year, Edina Rotarians averaged a giving of $417.31 per member to TRF.

Rotary Club of Edina announces new board members for 2014-2015 Rotary year
by Garske, Jennifer


The Rotary Club of Edina recently announced the new board members for the 2014-2015 Rotary year. The Club voted on the new board members at the Dec. 12, 2013, meeting. They will serve from July 2014 until June 2015, or beyond.

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New board members pictured above are (left to right) Josh Sprague, Barbara Born, Heather Hansen, San Asato, and Mary Swendsen. Not pictured is Gary Pedersen. Click on the story to learn more about each member and what role they will play on the Rotary Club of Edina Board.



The Rotary Club of Edina is excited to welcome new members to the board for the 2014-2015 Rotary year. Below are the newly elected members, with some information about their background, and what they will contribute to the board. 

San Asato—Incoming Officer

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San was elected as an incoming officer and ultimately the President of the Rotary Club of Edina. Starting in June 2014, he will serve as secretary of the board.

San has served Rotary in many capacities including being Chair for the International Services Committee for three years, volunteering at Camp Enterprise for the past six years in various capacities (Co-Chair of Marketing, Chair Mentors, Mentor, and Venture Capitalist) as well as many volunteer service jobs.

San is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM, Financial Advisor, and Managing Partner with McNellis & Asato, Ltd., an independent retirement income planning and wealth management firm. He has been in finance as an investment manager and a financial advisor for over 30 years. 

He has lived and worked in New York, London, Tokyo, and Twin Cities. As a CFP®, Financial Advisor, he brings his unique blend of experience as an investment manager and internationalist to help his clients understand and manage money and risk. At McNellis and Asato, San meets with each client and prospect for a personalized review and analysis of their current financial picture. He then develops a clear and comprehensive financial plan that allows clients to retire with confidence, and the ability to remain in retirement with confidence. 

San is an active member of the Edina Chamber of Commerce and an avid golfer.

Barbara Born—Director of Club Service

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Barbara will join the Rotary Club of Edina Board in the Club Service position. She will take over for Marty Kupper.

Barbara has been in Rotary for three years. Her Rotary service includes:

• Membership Committee
• Social Committee
• Decorations Committee for the past three Rotary Gala events.

Barbara has worked in the financial services industry and is currently in transition between positions.
 

Heather Hansen—Director of Youth Service

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Heather returns for another year on the Rotary Club of Edina Board. Last year, Heather became Chair of the brand new Youth Service Committee. 

Heather serves many roles in the Club, and also has a deep sense of commitment to her neighbors, community and clients. This is evident in Heather’s involvement with many organizations as an advocate for others. In 2009, Heather became a Rotarian with the Edina Rotary Club where she currently serves as the Director of Youth Programs. 

Professionally, Heather started out in the financial markets industry, working in US equity sales and trading, syndication and later in private investment management. Currently Heather serves as the marketing manager with Carl M Hansen Companies located in Edina. She joined Lakes Sotheby’s International Realty in 2012 and serves clients in new construction, vacation properties, and traditional real estate sales services. 

Heather hails from Indiana, earned a BA in Economics and Communications from Denison University, and spent several years in Chicago working in equity sales and trading before moving to the Twin Cities over a decade ago where she worked in the financial business for several years. Heather has settled in Edina with her husband, Carl, where they are raising their three children. 

Entertaining with family and friends is one of Heather’s favorite activities. She enjoys golf, tennis, skiing and snowmobiling. And in her spare time, Heather is not only an active Rotarian, but she volunteers at her kids’ school and advocates for several local charitable organizations and neighborhood associations.

Gary Pedersen—Director of International Service

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Gary Pedersen will be joining the Rotary Club of Edina Board for 2014-2015 as Chair of the International Services Committee.

Gary shared the following information about himself:

I am married to Ruth and have two daughters, Megan and Sara. Both of our daughters are married and each have two children, so we have four grandchildren, William, Ryan, Sophie and Evan.

I first joined Rotary in 1986, sponsored by Tom Gabbert. During that time, I served on the Camp Enterprise team and was Chairman of Camp Enterprise Committee in 1989. I left Rotary for a few years because of business commitments and was subsequently sponsored by Tom McNellis and re-joined the club in about 2002. Subsequently, I have served on the fundraiser committee, primarily with the Silent Auction team.

For 25 years, I served as Chief Financial Officer of Gabberts Furniture, leaving in 2006 to begin a career in the publishing field. After publishing magazines for a few years, I took a year off to work with a local non-profit, Think Small, that served the developmental, care-taking and safety needs of small children. In 2009, I joined Rotarian Ted Yoch at his company, ARAnet, Inc. and currently serve as CFO.

I grew up on a dairy farm near Northfield and graduated high school there. I went on the get my undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota (Go Gophers!) and an MBA from the College of St. Thomas. Ruth and I have lived in Edina for most of our married lives and appreciate being a part of the community and a part of the Edina Rotary Club.

Josh Sprague—Director of Membership (Recruitment)

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Josh Sprague will serve as Chair to the Rotary Club of Edina’s Membership Committee, in the retention area! 

Josh is an active member of Rotary and has served in several capacities including: 

• Student Speaker Committee Chair
• Community Grants Committee
• Annual Gala Co-Chair
• New Generations Committee
• Chair, Camp RYLA
• Paul Harris Fellow +3
• Currently on the Board of Directors as the Membership Chair.

His bio includes:

• Realtor with Edina Realty
• Edina City Council Member
• Southdale YMCA Board (and former Chair)
• Business Ambassador withEdina Chamber of Commerce
• Edina Hockey Association Youth Coach
• Elementary School Liaison for the Edina Education Fund
• League of Minnesota Cities Improving Local Economics Policy Committee
• Rotary Rocks the Y Volunteer
• Homework Helpers Literacy Program Volunteer
• B.A. from Bowdoin College
• J.D. from Brooklyn Law School

Mary Swendsen—Director of Community Service Projects

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Mary will be in charge of the Community Service Projects Committee next Rotary year. She will take over for Tom Bach.

She has been a member of the Noon Rotary Club for three years, and served as a Co-Chair for this year’s Fundraiser Decorations Committee. 

Mary is married, has two sons, and lives in Indian Hills in Edina. Her career started in Kansas City with AT&T as an Operations Supervisor and College Recruiter. Her division later became AVAYA, where she served as a National Account Sales Manager for customers like Medtronic. She also worked for an AVAYA and Cisco Business Partner selling Information Technology Solutions to global accounts such as Guidant/Boston Scientific. After taking time off to address elderly parent issues, Mary is looking forward to returning to the workforce. 

These new members will join these current board members:

• Steve Slyce, current President; Past President in 2014-2015

• Jeff Ohe, current President-Elect; President in 2014-2015

• Jennifer Bennerotte, current Treasurer; President-Elect in 2014-2015

• Ann Platt, current Secretary; Treasurer in 2014-2015

• Mike Kallas, Director of Community Service (Grants)

• Michael Stanzak, Director of Membership (Social)

• Doug Johnson, Director of Public Relations


Beehive PR founder Lisa Hannum to speak at Jan. 16 Rotary Club of Edina meeting
by Garske, Jennifer


Join us for our meeting Thursday, Jan. 16, where program speaker Lisa Hannum will speak on "New Year, New Ideas: How PR and Digital Marketing Can Grow Your Business." Hannum is found and CEO of Beehive PR in St. Paul.

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New Rotarian John Buttolph will give his classification talk at the meeting.



The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Lisa Hannum as program speaker at their noon meeting on Thursday, Jan. 16. Hannum is founder and CEO of Beehive PR based in St. Paul, and will speak on "New Year, New Ideas: How PR and Digital Marketing Can Grow Your Business."

At Beehive PR, a strategic communications boutique, Hannum and her team of 12 employees represent clients in a wide range of industries and business stages—including Verizon Wireless, 6PM.com, Christopher & Banks, Peters Billiards, Rasmussen College, Coloplast and Deluxe. She will talk about getting out of the gates fast in 2014 by infusing your marketing plan with new energy and ideas.

John Buttolph, who joined the Rotary Club of Edina in December, will give his classification talk as well. 

Join us at 12:15 p.m. at the Edina Country Club on Jan. 16!

Bill Levin from Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare will speak at Jan. 9 Rotary meeting
by Garske, Jennifer


Join us for our first meeting of 2014, on Jan. 9, when the program speaker will be Bill Levin from Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. We meet at 12:15 at the Edina Country Club. 

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There are no Rotary Club of Edina meetings on Dec. 26 or Jan. 2. 

 



The Rotary Club of Edina program speaker at the first meeting of 2014 will be Bill Levin from Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. At the Jan. 9 Rotary Club of Edina meeting at the Edina Country Club, Levin will talk about "Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare: What Sets Us Apart." He will be joined by Brandon Wittrock, a Gillette patient. In 2009, at age 12, Brandon represented the hospital and Children's Miracle Network in the CMN Champions Across America in Orlando, Florida, and Washington, D.C.

Levin joined Gillette's development staff in 2009, following 24 years with Piper Jaffrey's bond department. He is a member of Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary. 


Happy holidays from the Rotary Club of Edina!
by Garske, Jennifer


The Rotary Club of Edina celebrated the holidays as a season of giving! From assembling and delivering Thanksgiving baskets to local families in need, to donating gifts for children and families to three local organizations, as well as ringing the bell at the Salvation Army red kettle outside the Byerly's in Edina, Rotarians gave back this holiday season. For more photos from December Rotary events, see the Photo Album section on the right of this page. 

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Happy Holidays from our Club to all of you!

 



Members of the Rotary Club of Edina also celebrated the season at the Holiday Party held Dec. 19 at the Edina Country Club. Rotarians and guests ate, drank, and made merry while listening to the wonderful music of Paul Peterson and his sisters. Happy New Year everyone!

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Paul Peterson plays his guitar at the Holiday Party, while Mike Kallas gives him some tips?

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Rotarians Jody Kern, Mark Jessen, and Jeff Ohe pose for a photo at the party, while Paul Mooty jumps in the photo in the background. Photobomb!

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Rotarian Mary Swendsen, guest Toby Timion, and future Rotary District 5950 governor Tim Murphy enjoy the party.

Author and tennis expert Jim Holden to speak at Dec. 12 Rotary meeting
by Garske, Jennifer


Join us for the last meeting of 2014, where the program speaker will be Jim Holden, author of "Tennis in the Northland: A History of Boys' High School Tennis in Minnesota (1929–2003)." Holden will talk about Edina's boys high school tennis history.

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Jim Holden, author and former tennis coach, will be the program speaker at the Rotary Club of Edina's final meeting of 2014 on Dec. 12. Holden will speak about "A History of Minnesota (and Edina) Boys' High School Tennis." 

A baseball and basketball player in high school and college, Holden was an adult convert to tennis. He became a tennis coach before he knew much about the game. Holden accepted the challenge and coached the Northfield High School boys' tennis team for 17 years, leading them to five state tournament appearances. During those years, his team had several unsuccessful encounters with Edina teams coached by John Matlon and Les Szendrey. Holden is author of the book "Tennis in the Northland: A History of Boys' High School Tennis in Minnesota (1929–2003)."

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Rotary Club of Edina collecting gifts for annual Holiday Giving Program
by Garske, Jennifer


Once again this holiday season, the Rotary Club of Edina is asking for unwrapped gifts for children of any age, as well as moms, dads, and families, as part of the Edina Rotary Holiday Giving Program. Share your holiday spirit with those in need in our community, and bring gifts to any Rotary Club of Edina meeting in December. 

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Well, the snow came down in earnest today, reminding us the holiday season is upon us. Again this year, the Rotary Club of Edina will be 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 for the next three Thursdays. The gifts can be dropped off at the regular Rotary meetings on Dec. 5 and 12, or at the Holiday Party on Dec. 19.

This year, the organizations benefitting from the Edina Rotary Holiday Giving Program are:

• VEAP—a non-profit, social service agency that assists low-income families in Bloomington, Edina, Richfield, and south Minneapolis.

• Oasis for Youth—a resource center for homeless that houses youth in Bloomington, Edina, and Richfield.

• Veterans' Family Group—serving the needs of veterans of all ages.

Take this opportunity to bring some holiday light and cheer to families in our community that need it most. If you have questions about the program, or need gift ideas for children or families, contact Jean Morrison at jean@jeanmorrisonhr.com

Thank you!

Rotary Club of Edina seeks applications for local grants
by Johnson, Doug


The Rotary Club of Edina is seeking applications for their local grants program. The Club's Local Grants Committee recently adopted a new procedure for awarding local grants, including a new Grant Application Form, as well as a plan to make all annual gifting in January and February of each year. 

Go to the "Download" section on the lower left of this web page to read the Local Grants Guidelines, as well as download the new Grant Application Form.

Please note that there is a deadline of December 31, 2013.



Are you interested in a grant from the Rotary Club of Edina?

The Edina Rotary Foundation and the Local Grants Committee has recently adopted a new procedure for awarding local grants.  The changes include a new Grant Application Form and published guidelines and a plan to make all annual gifting in January and February of each year. 

If you are interested in receiving a grant from the Edina Rotary Foundation, please complete the newly revised Grant Application Form found here on this website. And this is where you can find the new guidelines: Local Grant Guidelines. The links to those documents are in the lower left corner in an area designated “Downloads" on the Club website.


Please note that there is a deadline of December 31, 2013.

 

 

Hennepin County Commissioner Jan Callison to speak at Dec. 5 Rotary meeting
by Garske, Jennifer


Join us for the Thursday, Dec. 5, Rotary Club of Edina meeting, where the program speaker will be Hennepin County Commissioner Jan Callison. She will speak about "Counties: Minnesota's Invisible Level of Government." 

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Rotarian David Wohl will also give his classification talk at the meeting. 



Hennepin County Commissioner Jan Callison will be the program speaker at the Dec. 5 Rotary Club of Edina meeting. She will speak about "Counties: Minnesota's Invisible Level of Government." 

Callison has represented District 6 since 2009. Hennepin County District 6 includes Edina and 15 other cites west towards Lake Minnetonka. Commissioners are responsible for a the $1.7 billion county government, providing a variety of state-mandated services. She serves as vice-chair of the full county board, chair of its Budget Committee, and treasurer of the Regional Railroad Authority. She is one of two county commissioners who also serve on the external Board of Directors for Hennepin Healthcare System, which operates Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC). She was previously mayor of Minnetonka, where she and husband, Fred Reuning, raised three children, who all attended Minnetonka Public Schools. 

For more information, go to www.hennepin.us/jancallison.

Rotarian David Wohl will give his classification talk at the meeting.

Ridgeview Medical Center President/CEO to speak at Nov. 21 Rotary meeting
by Garske, Jennifer


Join us for the Rotary Club of Edina meeting at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21. The program speaker will be Robert Stevens, president and CEO of Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. He will speak about the medical center's footprint in the health care world, as well as recent health care changes.

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There will be no Rotary meeting this Thursday, Nov. 14, due to the Veterans Day Luncheon held Nov. 11.



The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Robert Stevens as the program speaker on Nov. 21. The meeting will be held at 12:15 p.m. at the Edina Country Club. 

Stevens is the president and CEO of Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. He will speak about the medical center's footprint in the health care world, as well as recent health care changes. 

Stevens has a masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota. In 1993 he was recognized by the Healthcare Forum as one of the country’s emerging leaders in healthcare and, in 2008, was one of 20 to receive the University of Minnesota School of Public Health’s Annual Service Award. He has held numerous healthcare positions throughout his career including executive director of the first healthcare cooperative in the United States. He is currently the chair of the Minnesota Department of Health Provider Peer Grouping Advisory Committee and the Minnesota Hospital Association Public Policy Committee. 

Ridgeview Medical Center is an independent, nonprofit, regional healthcare network. Ridgeview has more than 1,800 employees and 11 sites. 

There will be no Rotary meeting this Thursday, Nov. 14, due to the Veterans Day Luncheon held Nov. 11.

Southwest Metro Veterans Day Luncheon is Nov. 11
by Garske, Jennifer


The Rotary Clubs of Area 3 in the southwest metro will honor our veterans at a special event Monday, Nov. 11. The Veterans Day Luncheon will be at the Minnesota Valley Country Club in Bloomington on Veterans Day. The program speaker is Rotary Club of Edina member retired General Dennis Schulstad.

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Registration for this event is now closed. This counts as the regular meeting that week for Edina Rotarians. There is not Rotary Club of Edina meeting on Nov. 14.



Rotary Club of Edina will join with other Clubs in Area 3 to honor our veterans at a special event on Nov. 11. The annual Southwest Metro Rotary Veterans Day Luncheon will be Monday, Nov. 11, at the Minnesota Valley Country Club in Bloomington. The program will begin at 11:30 a.m. The keynote speaker this year is Brigadier General Denny Schulstad and the emcee is Boyd Huppert from KARE 11. 

The Southwest Area Rotary Clubs consists of the following Rotary clubs of Area 3 in District 5950: Rotary Club of Edina, Edina Morningside, Bloomington Noon, Bloomington Daymakers, Eden Prairie AM, Eden Prairie Noon, Richfield and the South Metro Evening Rotary Club. We come together each year to honor the men and women who have served in our military services. Veterans Day recognizes the many sacrifices that have been made to protect our nation and our freedom. This meeting is always one of the highlights of the year and is sure to be fantastic again with Denny as the keynote speaker!

Registration for this event is now closed. Edina Rotarians who registered to attend will have their lunches paid for by the club, since this counts as the regular meeting that week. There is not Rotary Club of Edina meeting on Nov. 14.

Camp Enterprise 2013—100 students attend and engage
by Johnson, Doug


Rotary's Camp Enterprise was held Oct. 30 through Nov. 2, 2013. More than 100 juniors and seniors from 50 area high schools attended the three-day/two-night event at YMCA Camp Ihnduhapi. This year's Camp E was organized by Edina Rotarian John Flynn, as well as many volunteers from both Rotary Club of Edina and Edina Morningside Rotary Club.

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Camp Enterprise is a leadership training experience with a business twist. One hundred high school juniors and seniors from 50 schools attend this three-day/two-night program. At the conclusion many students are recognized for achievement. In this photo below, all the campers pose with organizer John Flynn in the front.

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Above, Rotarians Jody Kern (second from left) and John Flynn (far right) helped plan and organize Camp Enterprise this year. John Flynn was in charge of Camp E this year, and he along with volunteers from Rotary Club of Edina and Edina Morningside Rotary Club (EMRC) worked tirelessly to contact Clubs in Districts 5950 and 5960 to contribute to Camp E both monetarily and with students from their communities.

 

Each student at Camp Enterprise participated in leadership training, team-building exercises, case study work and one-on-one coaching to develop their presentation skills  Students had mentors who are members of local Rotary clubs that volunteer to share their life and business experience as students prepare a business plan and present the plan to a venture capital panel at the conclusion of camp. Each day was a mix of working on a team, listening to guest speakers and discussions with business specialists. The goal of Camp E is to develop tomorrow’s leaders by providing students access to established business leaders and an inside look at how the free enterprise system works.

 

All participating students were also eligible for five $1,000 scholarships for post secondary education. The $5,000 in scholarships were awarded based on student participation and essay writing while at camp.

 

By the numbers: 100 students attended representing 55 different Rotary Clubs and 90 Rotary members volunteered during the event.  

 

As a next step, the students, who were sponsored by their local Rotary Club, will be making a short presentation about their Camp Enterprise experience to their local club. 

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Many Rotarians gave their time and energy in the planning of Camp Enterprise, as well as volunteering in various capacities at the event.

 

Guest speakers for the event included:

 

John Crudele, Eden Prairie Morning Rotary, professional speaker 

This is the second year John was a mentor and speaker at Camp Enterprise. John was very well received last year. With more than 25 years experience, John Crudele is known as a speaker, author and coach who relates to his audience in a very personal and profound way. More than two million people have been inspired by his stories, attracted to his authenticity and challenged by his candor.  More information: www.johncrudele.com.

 

Chris Pears, Vantage Program Director, Minnetonka School District 

After a very successful career at Cargill, Chris is now developing the VANTAGE program for the Minnetonka Public Schools. In this innovative new program, students will work on a project team, on location, solving real-world problems and learning about the challenges of project-driven work. Under the direction of a licensed teacher and in partnership with business professionals, these project teams will strive to make a contribution to a partner-defined project while gaining invaluable experience in today's marketplace. More information: www.tonkaVANTAGE.com.

 

Paul Mooty, Rotary Club of Edina, Faribault Woolen Mills

Paul Mooty and his family became the owners of Faribault Woolen Mills in 2011 after it had closed in 2009 and appeared destined for the history books. Opened in 1865, the year Lincoln died and the Civil War ended, Faribault has played a part in history. Whether traveling in covered wagons with the frontier movement West, covering our troops during the war years, or providing warmth for those in need, Faribault blankets and woolen products have been woven into the fabric of American history. At a time when most textile production has moved overseas, the Faribault mill is thought to be North America's only fully-integrated facility with equipment that washes, cards, spins and weaves wool into Faribault brand blankets and throws. More Information: www.faribaultmill.com.

 

Angela Champagne-From, volunteer 

Angela Champagne-From relied on her self-defense training to fend off a knife-wielding attacker. She wants to make sure other women can fight back, too. She was attacked at 4 p.m. on a Thursday in a downtown Minneapolis parking garage. Her assailant camouflaged himself in a business suit. She was parked just steps from the elevator on her way from work to school. As he put a knife to her throat and hissed in her ear, “We’re going for a ride,” Angela Champagne-From had one thought: She was not going to get into that car. Instead, the longtime Anoka County resident and former beauty queen fought back. Remembering moves she learned in a Spring Lake Park High school self-defense course, she stomped his feet, clawed at his face, bit his hand and jabbed at his crotch, kicking and screaming. She suffered a 10-inch stab wound to her abdomen that cut so deep the tip of the blade reached her back muscles.  As her assailant, a sex offender, fled, he said, “You’re lucky you’re a fighter.” She lost half her blood as she ran down four levels of the parking garage, but she survived. A year after the attack, she has made it her mission to educate women and girls about the importance of self-defense by sharing the details of her survival.

 

Champagne-From, 30, has launched the “Fight Like a Girl” campaign. It’s intended to reclaim the negative, mocking views that society has about fighting, hitting—doing anything—like a girl, Champagne-From said. She hosted her first public event last week at Blaine City Hall. More than 70 people—mostly women and teenage girls—attended, listening as Champagne-From shared her frantic 911 call to police as well as photos of the crime scene and her injuries. She discussed the attack, her recovery, the criminal trial and her campaign to teach other women to fight like a girl.

 

“I believe if he’d gotten me into that car, I wouldn’t be here today,” Champagne-From said.  “I want to be remembered as an intelligent fighter who survived every woman’s worst nightmare and go on to touch the hearts of as many woman as possible by sharing my survival story and advocating for silent victims.”

 

Champagne-From grew up in Blaine. She’s a 2001 graduate of Spring Lake Park High School and was crowned Miss Blaine 2002-03. More information: www.facebook.com/pages/Angelas-Story-Fight-Like-a-Girl/468294123242801?fref=ts

 

Jermaine Davis, teacher, speaker and author 

Jermaine M. Davis is the son of Carolyn “Charmaine” Davis, single mother of four children. He grew up on the west side of Chicago in the Henry Horner’s housing projects. After the unfortunate loss of six family members to violent deaths, Jermaine began studying motivational principles and success strategies and enrolled at Elmhurst College to change the direction of his life. Jermaine completed college, earning a BA in Speech Communication and continued his education to complete a MA in Speech Communication and a second Masters in Education. He began his career in corporate America as a snack food sales rep. After holding several corporate positions, he decided to honor his vocation and follow his passion of teaching individuals to communicate appropriately, competently and effectively: Jermaine became a college professor of Communication Studies.

 

Jermaine has been actively teaching college adults for more than 15 years, during which he received the prestigious student-nominated College Instructor of the Year Award. He has authored and co-authored 10 books in the areas of academic success, diversity, motivation, inspiration, leadership, and women’s leadership. Jermaine is CEO, founder and co-founder of two companies: Seminars & Workshops, Inc. and The Stand Out Leadership Company. He is currently a professor of Communication Studies at Century College and is a Doctoral Candidate studying and researching in the area of Organizational Leadership. Jermaine is also a documentary filmmaker and is currently working on the release of his debut documentary Breaking the Cycle

 

Jermaine delivers keynotes and workshops to thousands of people each year and has worked with hundreds of organization across the United States and Internationally. Managers, executives, college and high school students, educators and other workshop participants describe Jermaine as entertaining, enthusiastic, engaging, knowledgeable, authentic, passionate, motivational, inspirational, content-focused, professionally fun and a little silly at times. More information: www.jermainedavis.com

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Above, participants listen to one of the speakers at Camp Enterprise.

 

Business specialists participating in Camp E were: 

 

Jack Lee, Business Specialist: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Jack is a member of the Edina Morningside Rotary Club and the Executive Director at Voyageur Outward Bound School. At Outward Bound, they help build character and leadership skills through challenge and adventure. In the Twin Cities, they're bringing the Outward Bound experience to the metropolitan community by partnering with schools and community organizations.  More information: www.vobs.org

 

Randy Sparling, Business Specialist: Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Randy Sparling is a member of the Lakeville Rotary Club and practices commercial law and estate planning. He has substantial experience in representing clients engaged in business acquisitions and dispositions. He also has assisted clients in debt and equity financing transactions and advised businesses with respect to compliance with franchise and distribution regulations. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Sparling served as Compliance Officer for the First National Bank of St. Paul.  More information: www.felhaber.com

 

Jean Morrison, Business Specialist: Human Resources

Jean is a member of the Rotary Club of Edina and owner of Morrison and Associates, Inc. a human resource management-consulting firm based in Minneapolis. With over seventeen years of experience serving businesses and organizations, founder and president Jean Morrison is renown for her work in the area of employee relations. Morrison and Associates, Inc. specializes in:  Conflict resolution, performance management, team building, employer/employee relations, executive/individual coaching, organizational transitions. More information: www.jeanmorrisonhr.com

 

Samantha Metcalf, Business Specialist: Operations (Production, Distribution, Development)

Samantha Metcalf is a Partner with the CliftonLarsonAllen in the Manufacturing and Distribution Group and provides assurance, tax and consulting services to closely held companies, including retail, emerging growth and manufacturing entities. Metcalf has extensive experience assisting companies with regard to their stock option accounting, revenue recognition practices, inventory management and a variety of other accounting issues, including due diligence and operational consulting engagements. Her professional affiliations include the Minnesota Society of Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association, TwinWest Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Alliance. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. Mary’s University.  More information: www.claconnect.com

 

Daniel Shannon, Business Specialist: Sales and Marketing

Daniel is not your average speaker. Imagine a man whose earliest childhood memories are characterized by poverty. A man who, as a child, tested into the Gifted and Talented educational program in the country’s number one school district; and yet this same child somehow managed to secure his own reserved seat in the school’s “behavior room.” Imagine that same man’s best friends grew to be drug dealers and inmates, yet despite what seemed to be an inevitable fate…he escaped. Daniel Shannon is a visionary. From humble beginnings, the prospect for a prosperous future was bleak. Rather than succumbing to the circumstances around him, he developed a vision for the life and success that he wanted, he invested himself in that VISION and now he’s living it out!

 

Daniel, a magna cum laude graduate from the prestigious Howard University has overcome countless obstacles in order to arrive in his position as one of the country’s leading authorities in Visionary Transformation. Daniel has traveled the world, from Ethiopia to Japan, competed with and against some of the world’s most talented athletes as a Division 1 Track and Field star, has more than a decade of leadership experience in corporate sales with a fortune 50 company, has authored a book and has owned multiple properties all before the age of 30 years old. The culmination of experiences from Daniel’s meteoric rise in his personal and professional life creates an undeniable value added experience for any audience that invests in his services. This motivational guru is the perfect speaker for any organization seeking to produce and perform at the peak of its potential. Daniel specializes in Motivation, Conflict Management, 21st Century Diversity (Traditional, Intergenerational, Socioeconomic and Educational), the Millennial Generation, and Personal Branding. Daniel’s audiences are quickly captivated by the stories he shares. The depth of his content coupled with his signature style of incorporating language arts into his presentations has made Daniel a dynamic and lively speaker, much loved by his audiences.  

More information: www.danielshannonspeaks.com

 

Tom Gump, Business Specialist: Law

Tom is a member of the Edina Morningside Rotary and a licensed attorney in the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, California and Georgia.  As a Development Principal in The Beard Group, Tom is a licensed attorney with land acquisition, governmental approvals and financing expertise. His focus is on business development; specifically, the identification, structuring and financing of qualified project opportunities. Tom is well recognized in the land development industry. He has written for industry publications and lectured on real estate issues for numerous educational services. Before joining The Beard Group, Tom co-founded another development company and served as General Counsel for a regional land development company. Tom started his real estate career in Minnesota as a Real Estate Attorney at the Minneapolis Law Firm of Larkin Hoffman, where he represented builders, contractors, developers and homeowner associations. More information: www.beardgroupinc.comherine and son Andrew. 

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Pictured above, Camp Enterprise attendees enjoy a meal during the event.

 

 

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Above, Rotarian Paul Mooty was a speaker at Camp E, and gifted each camper with a scarf from Faribault Woolen Mills. The scarves were made especially for the event. Here, Mooty (front row, center) poses with all the campers wearing their scarves.

 

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Above, these five students who attended Camp Enterprise were each awarded a $1,000 scholarship for post secondary education.

 

A Night at the Sands—Rotary Club of Edina's gala fundraiser raises more than $100,000 to be donated to local and international causes
by Garske, Jennifer


Rotary Club of Edina members and their family, friends, and community members spent "A Night at the Sands" Oct. 12, 2013. The annual Fundraiser Gala to benefit the Edina Rotary Foundation was held at the Hotel Sofitel in Bloomington. The Fundraiser raised more than $100,000 this year! Click the link for photos from the event, or go to the Club's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rotary-Club-of-Edina/128619107201615  to view all the photos from the spectacular evening!

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Rotarian Kaylin Martin poses with the "Cigarette Girls" at the Fundraiser Gala. The girls sold chocolate cigars and candy cigarettes to guests, with all money going to the Edina Rotary Foundation.



The Rotary Club of Edina held their annual fundraiser gala on Oct. 12, 2013, at the Hotel Sofitel in Bloomington. The fundraiser benefits the Edina Rotary Foundation. This year, the Gala Fundraiser raised more than $100,000. This is $18,000 more than last year's record-breaking fundraising event.

President Steve Slyce commented, "All of our members, co-chairs and the team they put together made this event one of the most financially successful fundraisers ever for our club. We are happy that our Local and International Directors will be able to donate 100 percent of the proceeds to the many that are in need of it." 


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Above left, Rotary Club of Edina President Steve Slyce and his wife, Nancy, attended the Gala.

Above right, Rotarian Les Jones and his wife, Nancy, were the Presenting Sponsors of the event.

The theme, A Night at the Sands, was played out in the invitations, decor, programs, and some attendees fun attire. 

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Above, Rotarian Matt Boockmeier and his wife, Vivian, were dressed perfectly for A Night at the Sands.

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Also above, Past President Scott MacDonald and his wife, Ann, came dressed for a fun evening.

Fundraiser co-chairs Rick Carlson and Dave Hatzung (below), along with their committee members, worked long and hard to pull off this amazing evening.

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Photographs were taken by Rotarians Michael Braun and John Flynn. For more photos of the event, go to the Rotary Club of Edina's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rotary-Club-of-Edina/128619107201615. You can also go to the Photo Albums section on this website and see more fun photos of the Fundraiser.

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Rotarian Jon Barnett once again was the auctioneer during the Live Auction part of the evening, with the help of Peter Hoffman.

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Rotarian John Flynn helps get one of the Rotary Youth Exchange students ready for the big event.

Engage Rotary, Change Lives
by Garske, Jennifer


Recently, the Rotary Club of Edina held their annual Fundraiser. This video was produced for the event, with the help of Rotarian Paul Peterson. Take a look to see what our Club and Rotary is all about.



The Rotary Club of Edina takes seriously the Rotary mission of Service Above Self. This year, Rotary's theme is "Engage Rotary, Change Lives." Watch this video produced for our annual Fundraiser to see all the ways Rotary Club of Edina is engaged in the community, and helping to change lives. Rotarian Paul Peterson produced this video for the Club.

Rotary Club of Edina meetings are held every Thursday at 12:15 p.m. at the Edina Country Club. 

Edina Rotary Clubs seeking Host Families for 2013-2014 school year
by Johnson, Doug


The Rotary Club of Edina and the Edina Morningside Rotary Club are looking for Edina families to host a Rotary Youth Exchange student this school year. Click on the title to read more...



Edina MN, Oct. 31, 2013Become a Host Family TODAY! 120 days can turn into an experience that lasts a lifetime! Edina Rotary Club and the Edina Morningside Rotary Club are looking for families that wish to expand their world and learn more about another culture while sharing their culture with a Rotary Youth Exchange student. The primary requirement is a willingness to open your heart and home to an exchange student and accept him or her as your own. Family makeup is less important than a desire to host. Families with or without kids, empty-nesters, single parents...it’s all a part of the experience! YOU ARE WHAT WE NEED!

 

The two Edina Rotary Clubs are hosting two international students this school year and we are looking for two additional families to open their hearts and homes and share our wonderful community with these kids. Each family has the opportunity to spend about three months with the student, increasing the students’ exposure to our rich and diverse culture via three different host families over the course of one school year. We are currently looking for two families to host one of our two students for the spring term.  If this spring does not work for your family, consider hosting during the 2014-2015 school year!

 

Learn more at www.northstaryouthexchange.comVisit our Web site for specific details on our program for inbound and outbound students or on becoming a Host Family. Call Sutton McGraw for more details at 952-688-2641 or send an e-mail to sutton_mcgraw@yahoo.com.

 

Begin an adventure...for an experience that lasts a lifetime!

Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe. The 1.2 million Rotarians who make up more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in nearly every country in the world share a dedication to the ideal of Service Above Self. Rotary clubs are open to people of all cultures and ethnicities and are not affiliated with any political or religious organizations.

The Rotary Club of Edina meets Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. at the Edina Country Club, 5100 Wooddale Ave. For more information about the Rotary Club of Edina, visit www.EdinaRotary.org. The Edina-Morningside Rotary Club meets Tuesdays at 7:15 a.m. at the Edina Country Club. For more information about the Edina-Morningside Rotary Club, visit www.EMRotary.org.

General Larry Shellito to speak at Nov. 7 Rotary Club of Edina meeting
by Garske, Jennifer


Please join us for the the Nov. 7 Rotary Club of Edina meeting at the Edina Country Club, where the program speaker will be General Larry Shellito. He will speak on "Military Cutbacks and the Impact on Veterans." 

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Rotarian Jack Kennefick will give his classification talk at the meeting.



General Larry Shellito will be the program speaker at the regular meeting Thursday, Nov. 7. Shellito is serving as Minnesota's Commissioner of Veteran Affairs. He will speak on "Military Cutbacks and the Impact on Veterans." 

Shellito Also served as Minnesota’s Adjutant General from 2003 to 2010). He also served for 39 years in the Minnesota National Guard. Shellito served for three years in Active Army, including a tour of duty in Vietnam serving as a Mobile Advisory Team Leader. His civilian work includes 31 years at Alexandria Technical College, ending as President for the last nine years.  He has several degrees, including BA, BS, MS, EdD, US Army War College.

Rotarian Jack Kennefick will also give his classification talk at the meeting.

Join us at 12:15 p.m. at the Edina Country Club Nov. 7!

Scott Tankenoff will be program speaker at Oct. 31 meeting
by Garske, Jennifer


Please join us for our Oct. 31 meeting to hear program speaker Scott Tankenoff talk about "Pentagon Park: Reborn." Tankenoff is the managing partner of Hillcrest Development, LLLP.

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Scott Tankenoff of Hillcrest Development, LLLP, will be the program speaker for Rotary Club of Edina's Oct. 31 meeting. Tankenoff has been managing partner of Hillcrest Development since 1990. During his 24-year commercial real estate career, Tankenoff has brought creativity and innovation to the profession. He is directly responsible for all leasing, redevelopment, management, construction, and acquisition for all Hillcrest properties, as well as the day-to-day operation of Hillcrest. 

Since 1948, Hillcrest Development has specialized in creating spaces for companies to evolve, mature and succeed. From biotech labs to office to commercial artist studios, and to both large and small industrial properties, Scott has led Hillcrest to complete over 80 successful project.

Jeanne Crain will be program speaker at Oct. 24th Rotary Club of Edina meeting
by Garske, Jennifer


Join us for the Oct. 24th meeting, where the program speaker will be Jeanne Crain, president and CEO of Bremer Bank. She will speak on "Bremer Bank in the New World of Community Banking."

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Rotarian Kaylin Martin will give her classification talk.



Jeanne Crain will be the program speaker for the Oct. 24th meeting. Crain will speak on "Bremer Bank and the New World of Community Banking."

Crain joined Bremer in June 2012, and is responsible for leading an independent bank charter with over $2.8 billion in assets. Bremer Bank Twin Cities is part of the larger Bremer Financial Services holding company with over $8 billion in assets. She has more than 30 years of banking experience. Prior to joining Bremer, Crain was Minnesota Regional President for BMO Harris Bank, N.A. (previously M&I Bank). She began her banking career with First Bank, now U.S. Bank, in Grand Forks, N.D., after attending the University of North Dakota and receiving her undergraduate degree in Banking and Finance. She received her Masters in Business Administration at Marquette University in Milwaukee. 

In her role as president and CEO at Bremer Bank Twin Cities, Crain and her team work to create opportunities to grow the bank's presence in the marketplace as a best-in-class commercial bank providing comprehensive financial solutions. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three sons, ages 19, 16, and 13.

Rotarian Kaylin Martin will give her classification talk at the meeting.

100 High School Seniors Expected at Rotary Camp Enterprise
by Johnson, Doug


Rotary Camp Enterprise will take place from 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, until 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2.  The goal of Camp E is to develop tomorrow’s leaders by providing students access to established business leaders and an inside look at how the free enterprise system works.     

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At 10 a.m. this Halloween, 100 seniors and juniors from 50 different high schools around Minnesota and Wisconsin will begin a three-day/two-night adventure in the Free Enterprise System. Each student will participate in leadership training, team-building exercises, case study work and one-on-one coaching to develop their presentation skills. Students will have mentors who are members of local Rotary clubs that volunteer to share their life and business experience as students prepare a business plan and present the plan to a venture capital panel at the conclusion of camp. Each day is a mix of working on a team, listening to guest speakers, and discussions with business specialists. The goal of Camp E is to develop tomorrow’s leaders by providing students access to established business leaders and an inside look at how the free enterprise system works.

 

Participating students are also eligible for five (5) $1,000 scholarships for post secondary education. The $5,000 in scholarships will awarded based on student participation and essay writing while at camp.

 

Rotary Camp Enterprise will take place from 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 through 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. Students are sponsored by their local Rotary Club and are asked to make a short presentation to their local club once they have completed camp. Interested students should contact their local Rotary club or find their local club at www.rotary.org.  In Edina, contact Rotary Club of Edina member and organizer of the event, John Flynn at j.flynn@mchsi.com

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(Above) Students at Camp Enterprise meet with a business mentor at the 2012 event.
Join us for our Oct. 17 meeting featuring Julie Steen of the National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota
by Garske, Jennifer


Please join us for our Oct. 17 Rotary Club of Edina meeting, which will feature Julie Steen. She is the executive director of the National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota, and will be speaking on "Serving the Parkinson's Community in Minnesota." 

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There will be no Oct. 10 Rotary meeting. The Rotary Club of Edina Fundraiser Gala, A Night at the Sands, will be held Oct. 12.



Julie Steen, executive director of the National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota (NPFM), will be the guest speaker at the Oct. 17 Rotary meeting. She will speak about "Serving the Parkinson's Community in Minnesota." 

Steen joined the NPFM in 2012. Prior to taking on that role, she assisted technology companies in building marketing strategies to penetrate new market segments. Her expertise is in building relationships, marketing and organizational developments. Steen says she is thrilled to be putting her expertise and skills to work in the Parkinson's community. When she started her work with NPFM, she had one friend with Parkinson's. Now she has many.

Dave Mona to be guest speaker at the Oct. 3 Rotary meeting
by Garske, Jennifer


Join us on Thursday, Oct. 3, for a joint meeting with the Edina Morningside Rotary Club (EMRC). The guest speaker will be Twin Cities public relations pioneer Dave Mona. He will speak on "Learning from the Best."

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Member Ann Goebel will give her classification talk as well.



The Oct. 3 Rotary meeting will be a joint event with the Edina Morningside Rotary Club (EMRC). The Rotary Club of Edina and the EMRC get together twice a year to hold joint meetings. 

The guest speaker at this fall's joint meeting is Dave Mona.  A member of both the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame and the Twin Cities Volunteer Hall of Fame, Mona retired in 2013 from the public relations firm he founded in 1981. A former reporter for both WCCO TV and The Minneapolis Tribune, Mona has co-hosted the WCCO Radio Sunday Morning Sports Huddle with Sid and Dave for 32 years. He played a key role in bringing both the Super Bowl and Men’s Final Four to the Twin Cities. He co-chaired the 2008 U.S. Open Women’s Golf Championship and Interlachen and he also is co-chair of the 2015 U.S. Senior Games in Minnesota. Mona will speak on "Learning from the Best."

Member Ann Goebel will give her classification talk at the meeting as well.

Jim Dolan to speak at Sept. 26 Rotary meeting
by Garske, Jennifer


Join us for our Sept. 26 Rotary Club of Edina where the guest speaker will be Jim Dolan. Dolan is founder, chairman, president and CEO of The Dolan Company, based in Minneapolis. The company provides information and outsourced services to the legal profession. The Dolan Company operates nationwide, and its local media properties include Finance and Commerce, Minnesota Lawyer, Politics in Minnesota and the St. Paul Legal Ledger.

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Member Michael Eckert will also give his classification talk at the meeting.



The Dolan Company is a NYSE-traded public company. Previously Jim Dolan was a partner in a media-specialty M&A firm on Wall Street, worked for Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation for 12 years, and was an award-winning reporter and editor for several metropolitan daily newspapers. He and his wife moved to Minnesota from New York in 1993 to start The Dolan Company.

Thom Olson of FreedomWorks to speak at Sept. 19 meeting
by Garske, Jennifer


Please join us for our Sept. 19 meeting, where the guest speaker will be Thom Olson, a Minnesota native and teacher at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, and executive director of FreedomWorks Reentry and Aftercare in North Minneapolis. 

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New member Jim Brindley will also give his classification talk at the meeting. And we will have the induction ceremony for our newest member, Sonja Tengdin.

The guest speaker at our Sept. 19 Rotary meeting will be Thom Olson, executive director of FreedomWorks in North Minneapolis.

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Olson teaches criminal justice and psychology at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul and serves as executive director of FreedomWorks Reentry & Aftercare in North Minneapolis.

FreedomWorks is a faith-based, nonprofit organization serving male former offenders and their families by providing a residential facility where they can find fellowship, mentoring, housing, clothing, employment, transportation, and counseling.

 

Olson was born and raised in Becker, Minnesota, and is now married with two girls. He has a BS in Psychology and Political Science from Liberty University in Virginia and Master’s of Divinity Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has been the artistic director for Trinity House Theatre in Detroit, Youth Counselor at the St Cloud Children’s Home, and addiction and recovery counselor at the InnerChange Freedom Initiative at the Lino Lakes Prison.

New member Jim Brindley will also give his classification talk at the meeting. And we will have the induction ceremony for our newest member, Sonja Tengdin.

Bringing safe water to people in rural Malawi
by Johnson, Doug


Rotary Club of Edina partnered alongside Water Missions International to bring safe water to 16 communities, 25,000 people in rural Malawi. Edina Rotarian, and former club president, Tim Murphy (pictured below at a well dedication) and another former club president, Sandy Schley, were part of the project.

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Rotary Club of Edina partners alongside Water Missions International to bring safe water to 16 communities, 25,000 people in rural Malawi 

WASRAG Newsletter Bylined Article

by Mollie Williams
Water Missions International

mwilliams@watermissions.org

When Tim Murphy, past president of the Edina, Minnesota Rotary Club (District 5950), and then District Governor Sandy Schley, also a member of the Edina Club), were approached by long-time friend and philanthropist Foster Friess to take part in a large-scale water project with Water Missions International, they didn’t know that clubs in their district would be providing sustainable safe water to more than 25,000 people.

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Edina Rotarian Sandy Schley is show above with some of her friends in Malawi.

In rural Malawi, dirty drinking water contaminated with harmful diseases is the only source of water. Drinking unsafe water means days spent at the local clinic, money spent on medicine instead of food, and school days lost as children walk miles to fetch water that makes them sick. Contaminated water hinders progress, halts education, and perpetuates the poverty cycle.

This reality has been forever changed for 16 communities in Central Malawi. Between 2011 and 2012, all Rotary clubs of District 5950 with the Edina Rotary Club as the international sponsor, Bwaila-Llongwe Rotary Club as host club, and Rotary International through a Rotary Matching Grant carried out a $466,700 project that will now provide safe water for generations.  

Such a large-scale project called for customized safe water solutions for 16 communities complete with comprehensive WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) promotion and micro-enterprise training to ensure project sustainability. As the implementing partner, Water Missions International used their engineering expertise and experience working in Malawi to lead the project assessment, design, implementation, and community training.

“Rotary International strives for strong relationships between Rotary partners, both host clubs and international sponsors,” said Murphy. “Water Missions International was a pivotal link to foster that relationship through the course of this project.”

A Rotary Matching Grant helped fund this initiative along with additional funding from Water Missions International. Every dollar given by Rotarians at the club level was multiplied into five dollars for this project. According to Murphy, this exponential giving provided great incentive for Rotarians to give to the Rotary Foundation in general and to this project, as they realized a great return on their investment. 

“Our district already had a strong focus in Africa, but we had not yet worked in Malawi. This project presented the large-scale impact we wanted to achieve,” said Murphy. “The Friess family had visited Malawi and seen the desperate need for safe water first-hand. We were confident in the project’s success when learning of Water Missions International’s extensive experience working inside Malawi.”

Water Missions International engineered solutions based on each community’s needs through multiple project phases, including:

·       Community assessments, which allowed engineers to identify the most appropriate and effective water system for each individual community.

·       Community mobilization through the installation of Safe Water Committees, which ensured that each of the projects would be properly maintained, operated, fiscally sound and cared for throughout the future.

·       Project installation, which featured state-of-the-art solar-powered water treatment equipment, pumps, chlorination, water storage and distribution piping systems to tap locations strategically placed throughout each community.

·       Community development, which included a sound sustainability plan and micro-enterprise system, so that each village can take ownership of, operate and self-sustain their system indefinitely. Additionally, influential community members were trained in WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) promotion and tasked with teaching it throughout their community.                                                                                                 

The entire project was completed over the course of two years, and since its start these communities have seen true transformation take place.

Before our project, the community of Chisanja had only one water source. Women and children collected water while livestock used the well as a watering hole, furthering contamination. If you asked community members what life is like now, they would tell you safe water has transformed Chisanja. Attendance has increased at the local primary school as students no longer miss due to water-related illnesses or walking long distances to fetch water. “It’s such a welcomed development in the village,” one woman explained. “We cherish the water system as if it was our baby.” Notably, this project was also honored with the national Energy Globe Award for Malawi for innovation in sustainability.

Another of the projects was so successful that the Bwaila Rotary Club of Lilongwe produced a documentary and won an award for best project in District 9120, which includes Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The club then had the opportunity to present their project to their Zone (20A) conference which includes every district in Africa. To view the documentary, click here.

Reflecting on the project, Murphy stated, “Beyond the goal of humanitarian aid, Water Missions International played a significant role of fostering good will between Rotary clubs across the world from one another. This was undoubtedly due to their experience working on the ground in Malawi – and was integral to the success of this enormous project.”

Together the clubs of District 5950 in Minnesota, Bwaila-Llongwe Rotary Club and Water Missions International transformed the lives of more than 25,000 people in Malawi through multiple Rotary International objectives. No longer will people in these communities struggle daily because of unsafe drinking water, but now can embrace a future of possibility secured by safe water. Thanks to Rotary connections from around the world, these communities have access to one of the most basic human rights championed by Rotary International: sustainable access to clean, safe water.

Amanda Ottman, Rotary World Peace Fellow, to speak at Sept. 12 meeting
by Garske, Jennifer


Please join us for our Sept. 12 Rotary Club of Edina meeting, where our speaker will be Amanda Ottman. She will be speaking on "Do You Want to Change the World? Experiences of a Rotary World Peace Fellow.

Rotary Club of Edina member Lloyd Pearson will also be giving a Past President Modified Millennium Talk (PPMMT) at the meeting. 

 

 



Please join us for our Sept. 12 Rotary Club of Edina meeting, where our speaker will be Amanda Ottman. She will be speaking on "Do You Want to Change the World? Experiences of a Rotary World Peace Fellow.

Ottman is a Minnesota native who started with Rotary as a Youth Exchange Student to Argentina. A proud graduate of the University of Minnesota, she spent two years after graduation working in the Dominican Republic at Doulos Discovery School, a K-12 bilingual school that seeks to educate children of all backgrounds. Back in Minnesota, Ottman most recently worked with CLUES as a community social worker with the Latino community. In 2011 Amanda was accepted as a Rotary World Peace Fellow to study her Masters in International Relations in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Amanda returned at the beginning of this year from her Rotary-sponsored internship with Save the Children Spain.

Rotary Club of Edina member Lloyd Pearson will also be giving a Past President Modified Millennium Talk (PPMMT) at the meeting. 

Slyce begins his term as Rotary Club of Edina President
by Johnson, Doug


Steve Slyce was recently inducted as the new President of Rotary Club of Edina. He will serve as President for the 2013-2014 Rotary year.

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Steve Slyce was recently inducted as President of the Rotary Club of Edina.

 

Rotary International begins its fiscal year July 1. At a year-end meeting June 27, the Rotary Club of Edina’s officers and committee leaders were introduced. Officers include Slyce, President-Elect Jeff Ohe, Treasurer Jennifer Bennerotte, Secretary Ann Platt and Past-President Scott MacDonald. Members of the Board of Directors are Tom Bach, Heather Hansen, Mike Kallas, Marty Kupper, Doug Johnson, Michael Stanzak, Mary Hustad, John Flynn, and Will Steinke.  The Club Administrator is Jennifer Garske

 

Slyce is the Manager at Peters Billards and has been with the company 37 years.  Peters Billiards is a retailer of pool tables and related game room products as well as patio furniture, kitchen, and bar stools, leather seating with a retail store in Minneapolis and a Distribution Center in Edina.  He currently serves on two industry suppliers dealer advisory boards.

 

Slyce has been a member of Edina Rotary since 2001.  He has chaired or co-chaired the Rotary annual fundraising event, Model UN, annual picnic, and the Rotary Foundation Fun Drive.

 

Slyce shares that “Belonging to Rotary enables me to help make a difference in both World Wide issues like eradicating Polio and the many at home issues like literacy and education.  Also, the many members that I have made lifelong friendships with are a very valuable part.”

 

Among his many Rotary highlights, he lists attending the Rotary International Convention in Lisbon, Portugal this past June.  He met many Rotarians from around the world who are so dedicated to making the world a better place.

 

Slyce and his wife, Nancy, have been married for 28 years and have two daughters, Alison 26, and Katherine 23.  They reside in Excelsior.

 

The Rotary Club of Edina is one of approximately 32,000 in over 200 countries and geographical areas. The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the idea of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; high ethical standards in business; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society; the application of the ideal of service in personal, business and community life; and the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace.

Edina Rotarian receives Medal of Honor from Korean government
by Johnson, Doug


At the Rotary Club of Edina meeting on August 15, 2013, long time member Harold Harris received a special recognition from the Korean government of Korea and its people. Harris was presented with the Korean Medal of Honor for his military service during the Korean War and this contribution to restoring peace and democracy in Korea over 60 years ago.

 

Presenting the award was Edina Rotarian Woodrow Wooj Byun. 

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At the Rotary Club of Edina meeting on August 15, 2013, long time member Harold Harris received a special recognition from the Korean government of Korea and its people.

 

Harris was presented with the Korean Medal of Honor for his military service during the Korean War and this contribution to restoring peace and democracy in Korea over 60 years ago.

 

Harris has been a member of the Rotary Club in Edina since 1994.

 

Presenting the award was Woodrow Wooj Byun.  Byun was born in Korea and is also a past president of the Rotary Club.  In his presentation, Byun shared that “I would not be standing here if Minnesota didn’t send over 9,000 solders among whom over 4,000 of them lost either their lives or were seriously wounded to Korea in 1952 alone.”  He also noted that “since then, South Korea’s economy made a meteoric jump from the bottom 10 to the top 10 economies around the world. Image

 

Pictured above are Edina Rotary Club of Edina members Wooj Byun, Harold Harris, and Club President Steve Slyce, after Harris was awarded a special recognition from the Korean government.

After his military service, Harris finished his degree at MIT and became a successful business man.  He has also been recognized as a major donor to Rotary International.

 

Harris resides in Edina with his wife, Beverly.

 

The Rotary Club of Edina is one of approximately 32,000 in over 200 countries and geographical areas. The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the idea of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; high ethical standards in business; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society; the application of the ideal of service in personal, business and community life; and the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace.

District 5950 Governor Diann Kirby to speak at Sept. 5 Rotary meeting
by Garske, Jennifer


Join us for our Sept. 5 meeting where the speaker will be Rotary District Governor Diann Kirby. Diann is a member of the Rotary Club of Bloomington, and the 2013-2014 Governor for District 5950.

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New member Susan Johnson will also be giving her classification talk at the meeting.



The speaker at the Rotary Club of Edina's Sept. 5 meeting will be Rotary District Governor Diann Kirby. Diann has been a member of the Rotary Club of Bloomington since 1999, and has served the club in various roles, including president in 2006-2007. She is the 2013-2014 Governor for District 5950.

Diann was appointed the Director of Community Services for the City of Bloomington in 2007.  She oversees Bloomington’s communications, human services, parks and recreation and public health services.

New member Susan Johnson will also be giving her classification talk at the meeting.

Two past presidents of Rotary Club of Edina to speak at Aug. 29 meeting
by Garske, Jennifer


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Join us for our meeting on Aug. 29, where Tom McNellis and Michael Norman, both past presidents of the Rotary Club of Edina, will present a program on "Retirement Sense, Common & Preferred." And new member Sam Thompson will also be giving his classification talk at the meeting.



 

The Rotary Club of Edina will present a program by members and past club presidents Tom McNellis and Mike Norman on "Retirement Sense, Common & Preferred" at the Aug. 29 meeting.

Norman was the owner of Norman and Associates from 1972-2010. He is best known locally as the President of Dale Carnegie Training from 1984-2010. Among his many community activities, he is a member of the Rotary Club of Edina and served in many capacities including its president.

McNellis is the Chairman and Financial Advisory of McNellis & Asato, Ltd. He has over 50 years of industry experience, including 27 years with Raymond James. He too is an active member of the Rotary Club of Edina and has served in many capacities including its president.

Current Rotary Club of Edina President, Steve Slyce, noted that “it is rare to see such incredible talent sharing the same venue. Our Club is very excited and looking forward to this event!” 

New member Sam Thompson will also give his classification talk.  

 

 

Michael Swanson, Wells Fargo economist, is speaker at Aug. 22 meeting.
by Garske, Jennifer


Join us for our Aug. 22 meeting, where Michael Swanson, an economist at Wells Fargo, will speak on "Minnesota's Agricultural Place in the Global Market." 

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Join us for our Aug. 22 meeting, where Michael Swanson, an economist at Wells Fargo, will speak on "Minnesota's Agricultural Place in the Global Market." Swanson is an agricultural economist and consultant for Wells Fargo in Minneapolis. His duties include analyzing the impact of energy on agriculture, forecasting for key agricultural commodities, such as wheat, soybeans, corn, and cotton, and livestock sectors, such as cattle, dairy, and hogs. He also helps develop credit and risk strategies for Wells Fargo's customers, and performs macroeconomic and international analysis on agricultural production and agribusiness. 

Swanson received his undergraduate degrees from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, and both his master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Minnesota. 

Also speaking at the meeting will be Edina Rotarian, and past president, Jon Barnett. He will give the PPMMT at the meeting.

 

Join us for our meeting Aug. 15
by Garske, Jennifer


Scott Neal, Edina city manager, will speak about the latest happenings around the city at today's Rotary meeting. 



The scheduled speaker for today's (Aug. 15) Rotary meeting is unable to attend. WCCO Sports Director Mark Rosen called this morning and had to cancel because of illness.Edina City Manager and Rotarian Scott Neal has graciously accepted our invitation to speak at today's meetingScott will talk about the latest happenings in Edina. We will reschedule Mark Rosen as speaker at a later date.

Aug. 8 speaker: Dr. Steve Battista, cardiologist at Fairview Southdale Hospital
by Garske, Jennifer


Please join us for our Aug. 8 meeting, where Dr. Steve Battista, M.D., will speak about the Carl Platou Emergency Center at Fairview Southdale Hospital. 

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Dr. Steve Battista, M.D., is a cardiologist with University of Minnesota Heart at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina. In addition, he is the Chairman of the Board at Fairview Southdale. In 2013 he was recognized by his peers with the Charles Boles-Boles Award, the most prestigious award given to a physician practicing in Hennepin County. Steve is a wonderful advocate for his patients and has been named a Top Physician by Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine. Steve resides in Eden Prairie with his wife and four children.

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Join us for our August 1, 2013 meeting to hear Tom Horner, Principal, Horner Strategies, talk on "NextMinnesota: A New Voice for Minnesota’s Future"
by Braun, Michael


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Tom Horner has a four-decade career in public policy, public relations, politics and community service. He served as chief of staff to former U.S. Sen. Dave Durenberger, created one of Minnesota’s most influential public affairs firms, Himle (HIM-lee) Horner, and was the 2010 Independence Party candidate for governor of Minnesota. Today, Horner is a principal in the consulting firm Horner Strategies, an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas, a contributing columnist to the Minneapolis Star Tribune and a frequent speaker on politics and public policy.

Join us for our July 25, 2013 meeting to hear Rose McKinney, Founder & CEO, of PineappleRM, speak about "Reputation Management"
by Braun, Michael


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After enrolling in journalism school at Drake University in the mid-1980s with aspirations of becoming the next Jane Pauley, Rose quickly realized she did not want to report the news – she wanted to create it. Some might call that Strategic Thinking!
Rose's influence and accomplishments – which range from establishing a national Millennium celebration to saving a Shriners Hospital from closure – are not only notable, they are also newsworthy. Her career includes business, community, professional and academic facets. She has helped hundreds of organizations, from entrepreneurial startups to international conglomerates to vital non-profit organizations tap the power and potential of brand-reputation.
Rose has spent her career at agencies, serving as director of public relations at Foley Sackett, vice president client services at Karwoski & Courage, and president of Risdall McKinney Public Relations. Her peers and clients know her for being Engaging, Sincere, and Thoughtful in all she does.
And, Rose is also known as being a Talented Leader. In 2011, Rose launched PineappleRM Inc., a communications firm focused on reputation management that has been growing and evolving for nearly 25 years just waiting to launch.
PRSA, IABC, CIPRA, SABRE and PR Week have recognized Rose and her teams with nearly 100 industry and business awards. The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal recognized Rose with its annual Women in Business "Woman to Watch" award. Since 2006, she's been an active member of the Women Presidents' Organization.
More words to describe Rose: Caring and Likes to Give Back. An adjunct faculty member at Metropolitan State University since 2005, Rose is a four-time recipient of the President's Circle of Engagement for developing community-based curricula in her courses. She has served numerous community organizations: Miracles of Mitch Foundation, Minnesota Zoo, Junior League of Minneapolis and Salvation Army.
Long-time residents of Brooklyn Park, Minn., Rose and her husband Kelly have two adult children and one middle-school child.

Join us for our July 18, 2013 meeting to hear Richard W. Stanek, Hennepin County Sheriff, speak about "Gun Control and Recent Mass Murders"
by Braun, Michael


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Richard W. Stanek became the 27th Hennepin County Sheriff on January 1, 2007.

Stanek served from 1986 to 2006 as a police officer in Minneapolis, served from 1995 to 2003 in the Minnesota House of Representatives, and served from 2003 to 2004 as Commissioner of Public Safety under Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.


Join us for our July 11, 2013 meeting to hear Lee R. Anderson Sr., owner and chairman of APi Group, Inc., speak about "Business and Philanthropy"
by Braun, Michael


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Lee R. Anderson Sr. is owner and chairman of APi Group Inc., the holding company for more than 40 independent fire protection, and industrial and specialty construction companies, headquartered in New Brighton, Minn., and operates from national and international locations. The fire protection and alarm division is the largest such company in Canada and the second largest such company in the U.S. 

Anderson graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a bachelor's in civil engineering in 1961. Assigned to Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, Anderson was responsible for materials procurement and construction services and was promoted to first lieutenant. He envisioned a career in the military but returned to work in the family business after his father's heart attack.  

Anderson is a director of Pan O'Gold "Country Hearth" Baking Co. and a member of the Minnesota Executive Organization, the Chief Executives Organization and the World Presidents Organization.  

He is also a lifetime trustee at Breck School and a trustee of the Naples Children & Education Foundation. His other board service includes the Board of Governors of the University of St. Thomas School of Law, the Naples Wine Festival, and the Board of the Foundation for Wild Sheep. Additionally, he is a Heritage Member of Ducks Unlimited, a regular member of the Boone & Crockett Club, a Golden Club member of the U. S. Sportsmen's Alliance and a member of the "Thomas Jefferson Society" which represents the highest level of giving at West Point.  

In April 2002, Anderson received the John F. Cade Award for entrepreneurial excellence from the John M. Morrison Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas. He also received the L. B. Hartz Professional Achievement Award from Minnesota State University Moorhead College of Business and Industry.  

In 2005, Anderson earned an Honorary Doctor of Law degree from the University of St. Thomas, and in 2008 he was inducted into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame. In 2009, Anderson earned the national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award in the real estate, hospitality and construction category. In the spring of 2010, Mr. and Mrs. Anderson earned the Minnesota's Outstanding Individual Philanthropist Award from the Minnesota chapter of the American Fundraising Professionals; and was honored for significant contributions to Catholic education with the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Award. In 2011, Anderson was awarded the Donor of the Year Award from the National Association of Athletic Development Directors.  

For all of his philanthropy, one topic is dear to his heart: U.S. veterans. Anderson ensures his company, APi Group Inc., creates employment opportunities for U.S. veterans and wounded warriors. In 2011, Mr. and Mrs. Anderson gifted $2.5 million to build the Lee and Penny Anderson Defenders Lodge in Palo Alto, Calif. Once built the defenders lodge will provide short-term housing for veterans whom receive medical treatment at the Veterans Affairs Health Care System. In 2011, during the first national event recognizing companies that have gone above and beyond to support U.S. veterans and their families, the Lee Anderson Veterans Center was revealed in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Anderson had gifted seed money to fund the Hiring Our Heroes initiative to support the first three years of the program.  

In 2013, Anderson was honored with the Distinguished Graduate Award by the United States Military Academy at West Point. He was honored for distinguished service, excellence, integrity, spirit and character, and for keeping with the U.S. Military motto: "Duty, Honor, Country." In 2013, Anderson was also awarded the Joel Labovitz Lifetime Achievement Award with his real estate partner, Robert Link. The award was presented by the University of Minnesota's Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial School of Business for a lifetime of entrepreneurial success. 

Minnesota Veteran Lee R. Anderson Sr., owner and chairman of APi Group, Inc. was recently awarded by his alma mater, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with their Distinguished Graduate Award. This is the highest honor a graduate can receive. Anderson received this award for his lifelong commitment to charitable causes especially his devotion to hiring and helping Veterans.

"The honor is the most significant that I have been given during my life. To be recognized by the institution that has become such a great part of my very being in almost beyond description. I am humbled by the award and recognition," said Anderson.

A Minnesota native, Anderson graduated from West Point in 1961. He was then assigned to Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, Arizona where he became a first lieutenant before returning to Minnesota in 1964. From there, Anderson took over his father’s company, Asbestos Products, Inc. and began acquiring other firms in the construction and fire protection industries. The company was renamed to APi Group, Inc. in 1997. APi Group, Inc. is the parent company to forty fire protection, industrial, and specialty construction companies throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. It’s headquartered in New Brighton, Minn. with offices located nationally and internationally.

Anderson is a proud Veteran and ensures that his company honors military Veterans with employment opportunities. He is also very philanthropic to military Veteran causes. In 2011, the Lee Anderson Veterans Center was revealed in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce during the first national event recognizing companies that have gone above and beyond to support U.S. Veterans and their families. Anderson had gifted money to fund the Hiring Our Heroes initiative to support the first three years of the program. In 2011, Anderson and his wife gifted two and a half million dollars to build the “Lee and Penny Anderson Defenders Lodge” in Palo Alto, Cali. The lodge will provide short term housing for Veterans whom receive medical treatment through the Veterans Affairs Health Care system. 

Join us for our June 27, 2013 for the Edina Rotary Officer Transition, President Scott MacDonald will pass the gavel on to Steve Slyce
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Join us for our June 20, 2013 for the Rotary Club of Edina Family Picnic, 5:30 p.m. at the Centennial Lakes Park Pavilion
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You are invited to the Rotary Club of Edina Family Picnic!

Join us for an old-fashioned picnic on Thursday, June 20, at Centennial Lakes Pavilion in Edina, 7499 France Ave. S

The fun will start at 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. This catered event will feature traditional picnic food such as hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken and much more!

There will be entertainment for the kids, so bring your children and grandchildren! Rotarians are encouraged to attend this family friendly event. Bring the whole family!

The picnic is free for Rotary members, $18 for each adult guest, and $5 for each child. Members will be charged for guests on the next quarterly billing.

Please register by Saturday, June 15. 

For more information, contact event chair Brad Pearson. 

Come and celebrate summer with food, fun, and festivities! We'll see you there!


Join us for our June 13, 2013 meeting to hear David W. MacLennan, President and COO of Cargill, speak about "The World of Cargill"
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David W. MacLennan has served as president and chief operating officer of Cargill since June 2011 and was elected to the Cargill Board of Directors in 2008.  He was chief financial officer from 2008 to 2011.

 MacLennan is currently a member of the Corporate Leadership Team and several corporate committees.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors’ Executive Committee, Finance and Risk Management Committee, Food Ingredients platform, and is the Latin America regional tag.

 Joining Cargill in 1991, he has held management positions within the financial, risk management, energy, and animal protein platforms, living abroad in both London and Geneva.  Prior to joining Cargill, he worked in the financial services sector in Chicago and for U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray in Minneapolis.

 Outside of Cargill, MacLennan serves on the boards of C.H. Robinson Worldwide, the Minnesota Business Partnership, and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Amherst College and an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Chicago. 


Join us for our June 6, 2013 meeting to hear Norwood Teague, Athletic Director at the U of M, speak about "The Power of College Athletics"
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Norwood Teague was introduced as University of Minnesota’s director of athletics on April 23, 2012. 

   In his short time in the Twin Cities, Teague has already begun implementing strategies that have the potential to dramatically change the landscape of Golden Gopher Athletics, including developing the department’s first-ever master facilities plan and strategic plan. Gopher teams continue to flourish under Teague's leadership. 

   Teague, who has degrees from the University of North Carolina and Ohio University, came to Minnesota after an ultra-successful, six-year run as director of athletics at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. Prior to VCU, the Raleigh, N.C., native spent time working at Arizona State, North Carolina and Virginia.


Join us for our May 30, 2013 meeting to hear Katey Taylor, President and Co-founder of the Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation
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Katey Taylor is President and Co-founder of the Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation. Katey had been a “typical” stay-at-home mom until June 29, 2007. It was on that summer evening that one of her four daughters, 6-year-old Abbey, was disemboweled by a faulty drain in a wading pool. Over the next nine months Abbey would endure 16 surgeries and a triple-organ transplant, before finally losing her battle in March 2008.

Abbey's hope was that what happened to her would never happen to another child. In her name, the Taylors formed Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation in July 2008. To fulfill Abbey’s legacy, Katey and her husband, Scott, work to advocate for children and to educate parents, community leaders and others of the dangers in and around pools.

Katey has a Bachelor of Science degree in family education, child protection and public health from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. In December 2008, Katey received her Certified Pool/Spa Operator (CPO) certification from the National Swimming Pool Foundation. She serves on the Advisory Board of Minnesota SafeKids, is a member of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, and a member of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.


Join us for our May 23, 2013 meeting to hear Susan Brower, State Demographer, speak about "Drowning In, or Surfing On, the Silver Tsunami"
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  Susan Brower became the State Demographer in February 2012. In that capacity, she travels the state talking with Minnesotans about the new social and economic realities that are brought about by recent demographic shifts. Susan joined the State Demographic Center after working as a researcher on the Minnesota Compass project at Wilder Research in St. Paul.

  Susan is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Michigan, specializing in demography and family sociology. She also has a master’s degree in public policy from Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. 

Join us for our May 16, 2013 meeting to hear Mike Hansberry, Program Manager at 3M, speak about "3M Innovation"
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Mike Hansberry Program Manager 3M IBG Research and Development.  Mike has been with 3M Company for nearly 18 years. Currently, he is a R&D Program Manager in the Industrial Business Group. Each day Mike works with customers to solve significant problems by applying innovative techniques an 3M core technology platforms.

Join us for our May 9, 2013 meeting to hear Angela Champagne, a paralegal at Sieben, Grose, Von Holtum & Carey, speak about "Fight Like A Girl"
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Angela Champagne-From is from Blaine, Minnesota.  She works as a paralegal at Sieben, Grose, Von Holtum & Carey, LTD. and is graduating Summa Cum Laude from Hamline University this month.  Her studies of concentration were conflict studies, legal studies and women studies.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, being a newlywed, training for races and lifting weights.  

Join us for our May 2, 2013 for "Vocational Day" at the Weisman Art Gallery, on the U of M campus - bus departs ECC at 11:20 am
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Join us for our Apr 25, 2013 meeting to hear Jean Morrison, member of our club speak about "Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro"
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Join us for our Apr 18, 2013 meeting to hear Julie Gilbert Newrai, founding Principal of WOLF speak about "Vocational Ethics"
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Julie is a successful entrepreneur that's driven new business growth of over $11 billion for organizations like Best Buy and Deloitte. She has an unmatched track record of catalyzing and driving significant business gains in her 18 years as a corporate senior executive as well as the past 4 years with her own firm WOLF, building growth for companies such as Motorola, Lifetouch, Microsoft, Major League Baseball, and Target. Julie not only draws from her experiences serving as founding Principal of her globally recognized firm WOLF and affiliate PreciouStatus, she is also a senior strategic advisor for The White House Project and the Harvard School Women's Board. Currently she serves as an adjunct professor in New York University's graduate school of human resources and an educator at the University of Minnesota, Cass Business School in London, MIT, and Wharton

Join us for our Apr 11, 2013 meeting to hear John Christakos, Blu Dot Furniture's CEO & founder speak about "Blu Dot Furniture"
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Being the son of an artist and an entrepreneur, John’s career has been a blend of art and commerce.  John was a double major in Studio  Art and Economics at Williams College.  While a management consultant at Bain and Company in the late eighties, John was also exhibiting sculpture in New York.  After receiving an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University in 1993 he moved to Minneapolis where he cofounded Blu Dot in 1996.  Blu Dot designs and manufactures modern furniture ranging from their own branded line to custom designed products for large retailers such as Crate &Barrel and Target.  Their designs have been exhibited at numerous museums such as the Walker Art Center and the Museum of Modern Art. Blu Dot sells its collection at retailers around the world and through their own stores in NYC, LA, Sydney and soon to be San Francisco, as well as online at www.bludot.com


Join us for our Apr 4, 2013 meeting to hear Terry Larkin, consultant at Larkin Consulting, talk about "Global Risk-Are We All Alone or All Together?"
by Braun, Michael



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Over forty years of developing Insurance Programs (Work Comp, Product Liability, Property, Directors & Officers) for the 200 largest corporations in the Twin City Area.

In the late 60's, I created the first Product liability claims unit, defending insured's against a new law being developed by Plaintiffs bar 

Today I act as an expert witness for Defense rims defending Agent Errors & Omissions Claims.

Mankato State Graduate, Vietnam Veteran, Married to Reverend Dr. Lusie Forseth, (the fisherman in the family) , three somewhat grown children.
Join us for our Mar 28, 2013 meeting to hear Tim Mulcronen, Rotary District Polio Chair speak about "Rotary's Polio Plus Program"
by Braun, Michael


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Having been inspired as a GSE Team Member to Chile in 1985, Tim Mulcrone became a charter member of Chanhassen Rotary in 1987.  He is a Past President, Multiple Paul Harris Award Recipient, has served on the District’s Group Study Exchange Committee, Club Visioning Team and as Assistant District Governor of Area 6.  He has also played an active role in Chanhassen Rotary’s relief efforts in Chimbote, Peru.  Tim has taken an interest in moving Rotary closer to completing our commitment to eliminate polio worldwide and was recently asked to lead the District’s polio fundraising effort.


Join us for our Mar 21, 2013 meeting to hear Julie Sampson, consultant with TheraRising speak about "Creating Cultures of Cohesiveness or Mistrust"
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Julie Sampson is a consultant and trainer with TheraRising Inc. , she will be speaking about "Creating Cultures of Cohesiveness or Mistrust" - discover how seemingly insignificant interactions shape organizational culture

She has 15 years experience in training and coaching individuals, teams, and executives for excellence in leadership and communication skills.  Julie has a passion for partnering with organizations to build and maintain positive cultures of cohesiveness and trust. 

TheraRising Inc. has been featured in dozens of publications including The New York Times, HR Magazine, Harvard Management Update, Oprah Magazine, and MSNB


Join us for our Mar 14, 2013 meeting to hear Edina's Mayor, James Hovland speak about the "State of Edina"
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Join us for our Mar 7, 2013 meeting to hear Tim Murphy & John Flynn speak about their travels with Rotary to “Africa”
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Join us for our Feb 28, 2013 meeting to hear Dave Stead, Executive Director - MSHSL, speak about "YOUR Minnesota State High School League"
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Dave Stead has served as the Executive Director of the Minnesota State High School League since March of 1988. During his tenure, he has been proactive in promoting the educational aspect of League-sponsored activities for Minnesota’s 500 member schools. He is a Past-President of the Board of Directors of the National Federation of State High School Associations, is Past-President of the Minnesota Twin’s Community Fund Board, and has been a member of the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission Board since its inception in 1987, and he has spoken at conferences and conventions, authored articles for local and national publications and is an advocate for student-centered educational athletic and fine arts activities. 

Join us for our Feb 21, 2013 meeting to hear Mark Simenstad, VP, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, speak about "Capital Market Perspectives"
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Mark Simenstad, Vice President – Head of Fixed Income Funds and Separate Accounts  at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

Mark Simenstad, CFA, serves as Thrivent Financial for Lutherans vice president and head of fixed income funds and separate accounts. In this role, he oversees the investment management of all fixed income mutual funds and separate accounts. Simenstad also serves as a co-manager of the organization’s four asset allocation funds and the Thrivent Diversified Income Plus Fund. He joined the organization in 1983 as a securities analyst. He held a variety of positions, including head of fixed income research and portfolio manager, before leaving the organization in 1993.  He rejoined the organization in 1999 and assumed his new position in October of 2002. Before rejoining Thrivent Financial, Simenstad was employed by Investment Advisers Inc. as vice president and portfolio manager from 1993 to 1996. He subsequently joined Voyageur Asset Management as chief investment officer - fixed income from 1996 to 1999.  He is a chartered financial analyst and received a bachelor’s degree in economics from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., in 1981. He earned an MBA from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 1983.  

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is a not-for-profit, Fortune 500 financial services membership organization helping approximately 2.5 million members achieve financial security and give back to their communities. Thrivent Financial and its affiliates offer a broad range of financial products and services including life insurance, annuities, mutual funds, disability income insurance, bank products and more. As a not-for-profit organization, Thrivent Financial creates and supports national outreach programs and activities that help congregations, schools, charitable organizations and individuals in need. For more information, visit www.thrivent.com


One Day Fun Day
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It is time for district conferences!  This year the format will change from a two day event to One Day Fun Day!  Flexible meal options (a la carte or full meal plans) and early bird specials are available.  At the event there will be Relavant speakers, Awards Presentations, performance by our very own District Choir the "Rotary Rooters", Live Music, Comedy, and even a Canine Demostration!

This event is open to all Rotarians, so if you have not attended a district conference in the past, try it out this year!  Follow www.Register5950.com to register today!

Join us for our Feb 14, 2013 meeting to hear Paul Grangaard, CEO Of Allen Edmonds, speak about "Allen Edmonds Going Beyond the Turnaround Stage"
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Paul Grangaard has been President and CEO of Allen Edmonds Corporation since September 2008.
We've gone beyond the turnaround stage.  2011 was a record revenue year, up 25% from 2010 (which was
the turnaround year) and 2012 was another record year -- as we celebrated our company's
90th anniversary -- with sales  up 20% from 2011.  We now have 43 stores with two opening over the next
couple of months and a total of 7 on the docket for 2013.  Our e-commerce business has grown six-fold
since 2009 and is still growing at a 40+% clip.  Our product line has tripled in terms of offerings.  
Our employee base has grown by over 200 people in Wisconsin in the past 2 years.
 
Prior to Allen Edmonds, Paul spent 3 years as a partner at Goldner Hawn Private
Equity, 19 years in consumer investment banking and senior leadership positions at Piper Jaffray
Incorporated, and 6 years at First Chicago Corporation in Chicago and Frankfurt, Germany.
 
Active in the Twin Cities community, he has served as Chair of the Minnesota Orchestra Board of
Directors, as Chair of the Orchestra Board's Finance, Investment and Hall Redevelopment Committees,
on the Board of Family & Children's Services of Minneapolis, two elected terms on the Edina Board of
Education finishing as Chair, and on the Congregation Council and the Foundation Board at his church.
 
He is currently also becoming involved on a committee of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
He graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of
Chicago, Graduate School of Business.
 
Paul and Margot, his wife, met in college and have four children. 

http://www.allenedmonds.com



Welcome to Camp Enterprise! This year's dates are Thursday, October 31 - Saturday, November 2, 2013
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Camp Enterprise is an incredible opportunity that can change your life! Sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of District 5950 and 5960, Camp Enterprise is an extensive three-day camp offering students the opportunity to participate in leadership activities focusing on the Free Enterprise System. 
Camp Enterprise provides High School Students with:  
Face to Face Opportunity to Discuss Issues 
• Insight to Business Concepts 
• Build Skills in the Art of Negotiation 
• Presentations on the Private Enterprise System 
• Develop Teamwork Skills » Challenging Team Games 
• Panel Discussions 
• Chance to Meet and Speak with Today's Business Leaders 
• Inspirational Speakers 

For more information go to http://campenterprise.org
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Join us for our Feb 7, 2013 meeting to hear Marcia Page, Founder at Varde Partners, speak about "Distressed Debt and Event-Driven Investing"
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Marcia Page is a founder, Managing Partner and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Värde Partners.  Värde is an alternative investment manager headquartered in Minneapolis, with additional offices in London and Singapore.  Marcia has been actively involved in distressed debt and event-driven investing for 25 years.  Marcia is responsible for setting global investment strategy and managing the firm along with Värde’s other managing partners.  She specializes in corporate and special situation investing and oversees the firm’s corporate investing in Europe.  Under her leadership, Värde has invested billions of dollars in publicly traded securities, and been actively involved a wide range of corporate restructurings and reorganizations.

 http://www.varde.com 

Join us for our Jan 31, 2013 meeting to hear Judy Rummler and Dr. Charlie Reznikoff speak about "Opioids For Pain...A Prescribing Epidemic"
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Judy Rummler is President of The Steve Rummler Memorial Foundation which she and her husband Bill established to honor their son Steve who suffered with chronic pain for 15 years and who became addicted to the opioids which were prescribed to him for his pain.  He died in July 2011 from an accidental drug overdose.

Dr. Charlie Reznikoff earned his medical degree in 2002 from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He completed his Internal Medicine residency, followed by a chief residency, at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.  Dr. Reznikoff then completed an Addiction Medicine fellowship at the University of Minnesota in 2007.  He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School and an award-winning teacher of medical students and residents. 


Join us for our January 24, 2013 meeting to hear Becky Lindemann, from Wakefield Pork speak about "Food: Our Fundamental Right"
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Rebecca Lindemann is the marketing and public relations manager for Wakefield Pork, a vertically integrated, farrow (birth)-to-finish (market) pork producer based in Gaylord, Minnesota. The company has more than 40,000 sows throughout central Minnesota and northern Iowa and markets approximately 850,000 hogs annually. Rebecca is responsible for media outreach and events. She joined Wakefield in 2001.

wakefieldpork.com 

Join us for our January 17, 2013 meeting to hear John P. Gainor, President & CEO of IDQ speak about "International Opportunities"
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John P. Gainor  - International Dairy Queen, Inc., President & CEO   

"International Opportunities – An Avenue for Growth - a Dairy Queen Case Study " 


John Gainor became President and Chief Executive Officer of International Dairy Queen, Inc. (IDQ), a Berkshire Hathaway company, on July 1, 2008.  He is responsible for overseeing 6,200 restaurants in the Dairy Queen®, Orange Julius® and Karmelkorn® systems throughout the United States, Canada and 19 other countries.  John began his career with IDQ in September 2003, as Chief Supply Chain Officer for Unified Supply Chain, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of IDQ.  Prior to joining IDQ, John held various executive positions in the food service industry, working with franchisors as well as the distribution side of the quick-service and casual dining restaurant business.

Thank You Edina Rotary:
by Hansen, Heather


Dear Edina Rotary Club,
I want to extend my deepest thanks to the Rotary Club of Edina for the generous grants given to the City of Edina's Communications & Technology Services Department for the purchase of equipment. Your continued support of the City's communications and production staff is greatly appreciated, and the equipment we are able to purchase due to these grants will give us the ability to grow our productions and events even further. Our partnership with the Rotary Club has been a great experience, and I look forward to working on future projects with you!

Sincerely,
Scott Denfeld,Video Production Coordinator

City of Edina...For Living, Learning, Raising Families & Doing Business


Make Your Mark!
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On February 9, 2013, 8,963 people will gather at the University of Minnesota Duluth to break the Guinness Book of World Records's standard for the most snow angels made simultaneously.   This event is called, Make Your Mark, which is organized by the Rotary Club of Duluth 25 and Proctor DECA, who share the goal to raise money for clean drinking water. 

Rotary Club of Edina will participate in this event and several Rotarians and their friends and family are planning on making the trip up to Duluth to participate in making our mark to break the Guinness Book of World Record!

For more information on how you can participate, contact John Flynn, Director of Community Service at 612-819-5517.



Join us for our January 10, 2013 meeting to hear Jen Wilson, Private Investments at Thrivent Financial speak about "Private Equity Investing"
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I plan on talking about private equity facts and fiction as well as how Thrivent Financial invests in private equity. I invest in smaller businesses, typically $30 - $200 million in revenue. We assist in growing the businesses which can be through appropriate sales introductions, operating assistance, etc.

Jen joined Thrivent Financial in 2006.  Thrivent Financial is a Fortune 500 financial services organization with more than $75 billion in assets under management.  At Thrivent, Jen is involved in sourcing, evaluating, executing, and monitoring partnership and direct investments.  She currently sits on several partnership advisory boards and is a Board Observer for 5 companies.  Jen is also a member of Thrivent’s private debt investment committee.  Prior to joining Thrivent, Jen worked at ING Investment Management where she was focused on making private debt investments.  Jen began her career at Arthur Andersen in their mergers and acquisitions department.  She received a BBA in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin and an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota.  Jen is a Chartered Financial Analyst. 


Join us for our January 3, 2013 meeting to hear Fred Senn speak about "Behind the scenes; Launching the Cadillac ATS in the London Olympics"
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Fred Senn, Founding Partner, Fallon Worldwide

Fred began his advertising career by managing advertising for First Bank System. Pat Fallon recruited Fred to the agency side at Martin/Williams Advertising and then asked him to be one of the founding partners of Fallon in 1981.

Since then, Fallon Worldwide has grown to become one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and creatively driven branding companies.  Clients include Cadillac, General Mills, Nestlé Purina, Travelers, TIME Magazine, and H&R Block. Fallon Worldwide is a member of the global network of Publicis Groupe, based in Paris. The company has offices in Minneapolis, London, and Tokyo.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the firm they founded together, Fred teamed with his partner, Pat Fallon, to write Juicing the Orange, a book about applied creativity to business problem-solving, published by Harvard Business School Press.

A native of Minnesota, Fred has directed the successful advertising efforts of the Minnesota Business Partnership, and the Minnesota Department of Tourism, as well as two gubernatorial campaigns. He is involved as an adviser or board member to several children’s organizations, and serves the Governor’s Early Learning Council.  He graduated from St. John’s University and now serves on their Board of Trustees.

In the automotive category, Fred has directed the advertising of Porsche, and BMW.  He is an amateur road racer, having campaigned a Porsche 911 for a decade and served as a high performance driving instructor for both the Porsche and BMW Clubs.


No Regular meeting December 27 - Happy Holidays!
by Braun, Michael


Join us for the Edina Rotary Holiday Party 2012 - Thursday, December 20, 4:30-8 p.m., Edina Country Club Living Room - Hors d'oeuvres and Cash Bar
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Join us for our Dec 13, 2012 meeting to hear David Arbit speak about "Real Estate Market and Outlook for the Future"
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David holds a Masters in City and Regional Planning, specializing in Housing and Economic Development, from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.


His undergraduate degree is in Urban Geography and International Politics from Macalester College. He has spent time in the public, private, nonprofit and counseling worlds, including the City of Minneapolis Economic Development Agency, the Family Housing Fund and the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs.

David has been analyzing housing data since 2003 and helping people to better understand complex market trends and conditions. In his limited spare time, he enjoys bicycling, alpine skiing, investing, cartography and cooking. David lives in Southwest Minneapolis and is the Research Manager at 10K Research.

Join us for our Dec 6, 2012 meeting to hear John DeSanto from Keystone Specialty Risk
by Braun, Michael


Our speaker this Thursday will be John DeSanto, a long-standing insurance professional who reviewed insuring the Nortwestern National Bank building in 1982.  John is a Senior Production Specialist with Keystone Specialty Risk which is a wholesale broker focusing on Property Insurance placement and consulting services.  John has been active in the insurance business for nearly 40 years and also dedicates time to providing educational services to the insurance industry.

Service - At the Heart of all we do at Rotary
by Hansen, Heather


Through local and international service projects and activities, Rotarians give back to the communities they serve. The Rotary Club of Edina promotes peace and good will internationally through projects in Kenya, India and Panama. Locally, Edina Rotary members participate in projects at Jeremiah House and pack meals with Feed My Starving Children. Click on the title to see a video on Rotary Club of Edina service—at the heart of all we do.



Through local and international service projects and activities, Rotarians give back to the communities they serve.  The Rotary Club of Edina promotes peace and good will internationally through projects in Kenya, India and Panama.  Locally, Edina Rotary members participate in projects at Jeremiah House and pack meals with Feed My Starving Children.  By fostering partnerships with YMCA and Cornerstone we support and serve our youth.  Edina Rotarians also serve youth in our community through Camp Enterprise, Rotary International Youth Exchange and STRIVE.  This is just to name a few of the more than 20 projects and services that the Edina Rotary clubs support in our effort to make a positive impact on the world around us.

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Join us for our Nov 29, 2012 meeting to hear Brock Nelson speak about "Mental Health"
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President and Chief Executive Officer, Regions Hospital

 

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Transforming how health care is provided is fundamental to improving the health of our community. As a leader in the transformation, Regions Hospital is a critical community asset. We provide critical and specialty services that other hospitals do not because we believe it is essential for patients to have access to life-saving services. Regions’ critical care and surgery programs are strong because they are offered in tandem with our excellent trauma, emergency and burn center programs. Our medical community, academic and research partnerships allow us to be leaders in focusing on providing the best care through an integrated approach to hospital and clinic-based care that extends to home, as well as transitional and skilled nursing services. And, as a ‘safety-net’ hospital, we provide care to everyone, regardless of ability to pay. Transforming health care will ensure our mission of providing the best care and experience for all members of our community.

Career

Brock Nelson joined Regions Hospital as president and chief executive officer in February 2003. Prior to that he served as chief executive officer of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minneapolis and St. Paul and as a vice president of United Hospital of St. Paul. He currently serves on the board of directors for The Courage Center, the Greater Minneapolis YMCA, The Capital City Partnership, Achieve/Minneapolis, the St. Paul Regional Red Cross and Omnicell. He is co-chair of the Healthy Learners board. Nelson is a past board member of CornerHouse, Phillips Partnership, Roosevelt High School Medical Magnet Program, Minnesota Hospital Association, National Association of Children’s Hospitals, the Child Health Investment Corporation, St. David’s Child and Family Services, St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church and the White Bear Yacht Club.

Education

B.A., Economics, St. Olaf College
Master of Health Care Administration, University of Minnesota

Personal

Born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota, he is married with four children. Recipient of the Healthcare Emerging Leader Award (1989), St. Olaf College Distinguished Alumni Award and Fargo North High School Hall of Fame Award. Hobbies include travel, lake activities and golf.


Edina Rotary to host GSE team from India in May 2013
by Hansen, Heather


ImageEdina, Minn., Nov 8, 2012 –  The Rotary Clubs of Edina along with the Rotary clubs of Maple Grove, Plymouth, Eden Parairie, Rogers, City of Lakes, Richfeild  and Chaska will be hosting a Groub Study Exchange team from India in April, 2013. 

 Since 1965, the Group Study Exchange  program has provided inspiring vocational, educational, and cultural experiences for more than 70,000 men and women.  The Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange (GSE) program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for businesspeople and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers. The program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits in paired areas of different countries. For four to six weeks, team members experience the host country's culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas.

Edina Rotary has been involved with GSE teams from Thailand, Korea, Finland and Brazil and has sent teams to Lebanon and Korea, to name a few.  For more information on GSE, click here.

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Join us for our Nov 15, 2012 meeting to hear Tom Hayes speak about "Matter: The Art of Becoming Relevant"
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Join us for the SW Metro Rotary Club's Veteran's Day Luncheon, November 8th, 2012, Bearpath Golf & Country Club, Eden Prairie, MN, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
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Directions to Bearpath

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Join us for our Nov 1, 2012 meeting to hear Wayne Kostroski speak about "Taste of the NFL"
by Braun, Michael


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Wayne Kostroski, 2010 James Beard Humanitarian of the Year, is founder of the Taste of the NFL, a non-profit organization that raises awareness and dollars for hunger relief. Now entering its 22nd year, the Taste of the NFL has distributed more than $12 million for local and national food banks across America.  


Kostroski founded the Taste of the NFL in 1992 while serving as chair of the Restaurant Committee for the Super Bowl XXVI Task Force. He created the TNFL’s first “Party with a Purpose®” that has since become a coveted event of Super Bowl weekend. On the eve of Super Bowl Sunday, 32 of the nation’s best chefs (one from each NFL city) and a current or alumni player from each NFL team come together for a night of food, fun and football. All event proceeds support local and national hunger organizations.  

A well-known Twin Cities’ restaurateur, Kostroski is co-owner of Cuisine Concepts, which includes Bar Abilene and Franklin Street Bakery in Minneapolis. His entrée into the food and hospitality industry began in the late 1970s. A professional musician at the time, he was lured into the restaurant business as the beverage and entertainment manager for the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres and the St. James hotel in Red Wing, Minn. Since then he has played an instrumental role at several of the Twin Cities’ premier dining establishments, including Figlio’s, Tejas and Goodfellow’s. 

Kostroski resides in Edina, Minn. with his wife Eda. He has two daughters, Lya and Judith, and a son, Peter.



Affiliations and Associations 

Kostroski has served in many board positions, which include: 

Board of directors for Share Our Strength (SOS), a national organization of chefs and restaurateurs that support regional, national and international hunger relief agencies. 

National board of the End Hunger Network, which was founded in 1983 by Jeff Bridges. 

Chaired the Minnesota Taste of the Nation, which raised more than $1 million for hunger relief in the initial 10 years. 

Member of the board for the Second Harvest St. Paul Food Bank.

Board of directors of the 50th & France Business Association in Edina, Minn. 

Past chair of the Edina Chamber of Commerce in Edina, Minn. 


Awards and Recognitions 

For his successes, industry involvement and dedication to the community, Kostroski has received local and national recognition. These honors include: 

2010 James Beard Humanitarian of the Year 

National Distinguished Service Award by Foodchain, a network of hunger relief programs 

The “Entrepreneur of the Year” award in the Socially Responsible category from Ernst & Young 

America’s Second Harvest Hunger’s Hope Award 

The Pope John XXIII Humanitarian Award from Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wis. 

The Vanguard Award from Hospitality Magazine 

Minnesota Vikings Quarterback Club Award for outstanding community service 

The “Cornerstone Humanitarian of the Year” award from the National Restaurant Association Mpls. St. Paul Magazine named Kostroski “Restaurateur of the Year” 

Join us for our Oct 25, 2012 meeting to hear Ruth Bachman speak about "Growing Through Life’s Narrow Spots"
by Braun, Michael


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February 2003 


I was a left-handed woman, wife and mother in apparent good health. I ate reasonably well, was physically active, had annual checkups, practiced meditation and yoga, attended church regularly, volunteered in the community and even read to 4 year olds weekly! There was a soft lump on my left wrist that I tried to ignore, hoping that it would go away. In March of that year, I learned that I had soft tissue sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. In June, my left hand and forearm were amputated. 

Today 

I am a right-handed woman, wife, mother and grandmother in apparent good health. I eat reasonably well, am physically active, have annual checkups, practice meditation and yoga, attend church regularly, volunteer in the community and read to my grandchildren as often as possible.



A nationally respected writer, author, educator, cancer advocate and inspirational speaker, Ruth brings a timeless message to diverse audiences about the one constant in life - change. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Ruth has served as a kindergarten teacher, children's choir director, aerobics instructor, international travel guide and volunteer coordinator. Her 25 years of public speaking experience includes work with the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. However, it was her 2003 encounter with a life changing cancer diagnosis that lead Ruth to the most demanding and rewarding role of her life—that of an advocate for integrative care for cancer survivors and a role model for managing change with resilience, courage, integrity and grace. Ruth serves as Chair of the Community Advisory Board of the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, and co-conducts workshops, with well-known author Richard Leider on behalf of the Center for Spirituality & Healing, University of Minnesota. She is a member of the Minnesota Cancer Alliance Steering Committee, a contributor to the MN Cancer Alliance Cancer Support Network, a speaking ambassador for Community Health Charities Minnesota, a team member of Above + Beyond Cancer’s 2012 pilgrimage to Nepal, and a spokesperson for the Rein in Sarcoma Red Flags of Sarcoma Campaign. Ruth has a deep sense of gratitude for all of the support and the opportunities she has received and donates all of her speaking honoraria and book royalties to support cancer education, advocacy and research. Recipients include the Hourglass Fund at the Minnesota Medical Foundation, University of Minnesota, and The Karen Wyckoff Rein in Sarcoma Foundation (RIS).

Join us for our Oct 18 , 2012 meeting to hear Paul Mooty speak about "Faribault Woolen Mill Company"
by Braun, Michael


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Paul R. Mooty, President & Chief Financial Officer, Faribault Woolen Mill Company  

THE REVIVAL OF AMERICAN EXCELLENCE

The revival of American excellence is underway here in Faribault, Minnesota. The oldest manufacturing entity in the state of Minnesota dating back to 1865 is again open for business. The Faribault Woolen Mill's tremendous history and longevity is unmatched by most in the textile business. Our success has always been rooted on the company's commitment to quality and durability. And as we move forward this focus will not waiver one bit. However, we recognize that in today's highly dynamic and competitive international marketplace, the ability to meet our customer's expanding expectations for exceptional service, value and unique product design is absolutely critical. Our fully vertically integrated processing here at the Mill ensures the ability to be a viable domestic supplier for large and small customers alike. Our legacy as a family run business will continue and the Mooty's are proud to be the brand stewards for generations to come.




Paul is a born and raised Minnesotan.  He received his BSB in Business from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and his JD from the University of Minnesota Law School.  Paul’s professional career includes working in the tax department of Arthur Andersen & Company and in the private practice of law focusing on closely held businesses.  He also served as President and CEO of Custom Rock, a St. Paul based manufacturer and architectural concrete contractor.  Paul is also actively involved with a number of business interests including serving on the Board of Directors.

Paul has been involved in a number of community and civic organizations including serving as the President of the Rotary Club of Edina and as member of its Board of Directors and Foundation Board.  He is currently a member of the Fairview Southdale Hospital Board of Directors and the Edina Community Foundation Board of Directors.

Paul and his wife Jean live in Edina and have three children; Melissa, Michael and Alexandra.

SW METRO ROTARY CLUB’S VETERAN’S DAY LUNCHEON November 8th, 2012, Bearpath Golf & Country Club, Eden Prairie, MN 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
by Braun, Michael


Featured Speaker - Lieutenant Colonel Michael Wickman

Deputy Commander Wickman is a highly decorated military veteran, having served both in Iraq and Kuwait as a member of the Army Reserve National Guard.  His current assignment is Deputy Commander, 1-34 Brigade Combat Team, Minnesota National Guard. 

His rise through the ranks has included military training at the Army War College, Command and General Staff College, Combined Arms and Services Staff School and Airborne School, to name a few. His civilian education includes a BA in International Relations from St. Thomas University and a degree in Minor-Middle East Politics from American University Cairo, Egypt.

Please join us on November 8th, 2012 at the SW Metro Rotary Club’s Veteran’s Day Luncheon to hear about Lieutenant Colonel Wickman’s experiences and insights associated with the military conflicts in the Middle East.


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Emcee for this luncheon will be Reg Chapman, WCCO TV

Reg joined WCCO-TV in May of 2009 following most recent assignments with WNBC-TV, New York City, KSTP-TV, Minneapolis, WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh.  Reg is a Gulf War Veteran himself and an active volunteer in many community organizations including the Urban League, NAACP and YMCA.  He has also been recognized for his work throughout his career, including an Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting, several Associated Press awards and honors from the Society of Professional Journalists. He has also been nominated for several regional Emmy Awards from the National Television Academy for investigative reporting.  Reg graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in broadcast journalism.

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We are in need of 6 more Rotarians to fill out our time at the Chanhassen Feed My Starving Children on October 27th from 9 - 11:00 am.
by Braun, Michael


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Please consider joining us at the Chanhassen Feed My Starving Children site on October 27th, Saturday from 9:00 am - 11:00 am. 

Please come, bring your friends, children, grandchildren and join us on the 27th for a wonderful time helping to feed those less fortunate across the world.   Please respond to this e-mail if you are planning on attending. 

Last spring we had a highly efficient and focused group who packaged over 6,000 meals.  Participants need to be in the 3rd grade or above.  I will send you directions to the Chanhassen location. 


Bradley Beard
Rotary Club of Edina


Join us on Saturday October 13, 2012 for Our Rotary Foundation Fundraiser and Gala
by Braun, Michael


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Join us for our Oct 4, 2012 meeting to hear Terry Larkin speak about "Global Risk-- Are We All Alone or All Together."
by Braun, Michael



Over forty years of developing Insurance Programs (Work Comp, Product Liability, Property, Directors & Officers) for the 200 largest corporations in the Twin City Area. In the late 60's, I created the first Product liability claims unit, defending insured's against new law being developed by Plaintiffs bar Today I act as an expert witness for Defense rims defending Agent Errors & Omissions Claims. Mankato State Graduate, Vietnam Veteran, Married to Reverend Dr. Lusie Forseth, (the fisherman in the family), three somewhat grown children.
BED & MATTRESS PROJECT - A BIG THANK YOU!!!
by Braun, Michael


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17 September 2012

Dear Rotarians, 
On behalf of the board, staff and residents of St. Anne’s Homes, I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the Rotarians in the Minneapolis and Cape Town who generously contributed to make our dream of new beds come true. Your action speaks volumes about your commitment to those most vulnerable. 

This project not only beautifies St. Anne’s Homes but more importantly it adds value to human life and dignity, understanding what these women and children have been exposed to. 

The goal of St. Anne’s Homes is to continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of abused and destitute women with their children. With the help of supporters such as you, we will continue to see improvement in victim empowerment and domestic violence. More importantly, through our programme, we are breaking the cycle of violence. 

We can safely say that we have a 60% to 70 % success rate of empowering women and have many examples of women who have transcended abuse and have established themselves as meaningful fellow citizens. Of the 100 women that come through our shelter per annum, 99% come from previously disadvantaged communities. 

Thanks once again for your generous donation. 

In gratitude, 
Joy Lange 
Director, St. Anne's Homes Cape Town, South Africa
Join us for our Sept 27, 2012 meeting at Minnestoa State University, Mankato at Edina
by Braun, Michael


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Our meeting next week will be a Vocational Day at Minnesota State University, Mankato at Edina. The meeting will begin at 12:00 Noon, with check in starting at 11:45 AM. After a brief presentation and box lunch, we will be given a tour of the Mankato at Edina facilities. We hope you will be able to attend. Since this is an off site meeting, it is important that you RSVP so that we can have the proper number of meals to service everyone. Please RSVP by Tuesday, September 25, by 1:00 PM 

For more information on Minnesota State University, Mankato at Edina go to http://www.mnsu.edu/7700france/

Directions to Minnesota State University Mankato at 7700 France in Edina / MSU Suites 7700 France is 2 blocks north of Interstate 494. 

Coming from the South on 169 it is best to take the Old Shakopee Road, go East and left (North) on France.

From the North on France Turn right into 7700 France Ave South (after light at 76th) visitor parking lot right by the 7700 France sign; 7700 shows at the top of the building. Park in that parking lot and come in the front entrance (east side of building) to Security at the front desk and sign in. Follow hallway on left, turn right by television on wall and follow around to the North Elevators. Go to third floor off elevators for Suites B, C & D (Reception Area), go to right and at the end of that hall, straight ahead is Suite D, go right and down the hallway and go left to Suite C and right to Suite B; off elevators for Suite A, go left and through open hall doors and first right into Suite A.

From the South on France Turn left on Minnesota Dr (corner building is Fidelity; we are building right behind 7700 shows at top of building) and get in right lane. Take first right into large parking lot (west side of building) and then an immediate right and drive around to the east side of building; park in visitor parking and come in the front entrance (east side of building) to Security at the front desk and sign in. Follow hallway on left, turn right by television on wall and follow around to the North Elevators. Go to third floor off elevators for Suites B, C &D (Reception Area), go to right and at the end of that hall, straight ahead is Suite D, go right and down the hallway and go left to Suite C and right to Suite B; off elevators for Suite A, go left and through open hall doors and first right into Suite A.

Camp Enterprise 2012, Leadership Camp for High School Seniors
by Hansen, Heather


ImageTo provide high school seniors with a unique opportunity to learn about leadership, business and the free enterprise system, the Rotary Districts of Minnesota 5950 and Wisconsin 5960 will host Camp Enterprise Minnesota in late October. The cost of this unique business camp is free to the students involved. Students can register now with their local Rotary Club and find additional information available online at www.CampEnterprise.org .



Local Rotary clubs work to organize Camp Enterprise Minnesota

Edina, Minn., Sept. 19, 2012 – To provide high school seniors with a unique opportunity to learn about leadership, business and the free enterprise system, the Rotary Districts of Minnesota 5950 and Wisconsin 5960 will host Camp Enterprise Minnesota in late October. The cost of this unique business camp is free to the students involved. Students can register now with their local Rotary Club and find additional information available online at www.CampEnterprise.org .

During the three-day autumn camp, scheduled for Thursday, October 25th through Saturday, October 27th, presentations will be made by business executives and entrepreneurs who share their experiences with the students and answer questions about a variety of fields and interests. In addition, students will participate in a series of customized teambuilding experiences facilitated by YMCA leadership.

The students break into teams and focus a majority of their time at camp on a business case study which culminates in team presentations to a board of directors. At the conclusion of camp, five students will each be awarded a $1,000 scholarship. The scholarship awards are based on the students’ entrepreneurial essay, case study work, leadership, overall participation, and camp staff and counselor recommendations.

About 120 students from Minnesota and western Wisconsin are expected to participate in Camp Enterprise, representing more than 50 high schools. Each student is sponsored by a Rotary Club. Camp Enterprise utilizes the YMCA Camp Ihduhapi facility on the shores of Lake Independence, located west of the Twin Cities near Loretto, MN. It is rustic, but a perfect setting for this experience. Everyone stays in either a male or female dormitory/cabin with his or her counselor. Meals and general sessions are in the main building, staffed with cooks from Camp Ihduhapi. Rotarian mentors and staff oversee all of the camp activities.

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Students interested in attending should contact their local Rotary club to request a sponsorship and then register. Registration is available online at www.CampEnterprise.org.

Camp Enterprise of Minnesota has been organized by the Rotary Club of Edina since 1980. When the Edina-Morningside Rotary Club was chartered in 1990, they became equal partners in the project. The educational enrichment project has now grown to involve Rotary Clubs across Minnesota and Wisconsin. There are approximately 25 such programs nationwide.

The Rotary Club of Edina meets Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. at the Edina Country Club, 5100 Wooddale Ave. For more information about the Rotary Club of Edina, visit www.EdinaRotary.org. The Edina-Morningside Rotary Club meets Tuesdays at 7:15 a.m. at the Edina Country Club. For more information about the Edina-Morningside Rotary Club, visit www.EMRotary.org.

For more information on Camp Enterprise Minnesota, contact planning committee chairman Paul Nelson of The Edina-Morningside Rotary Club, pnelson@shawlundquist.com. Additional information can be found online at www.CampEnterprise.org.

Join us for our Sept 20, 2012 meeting, and hear Shel Mann's program titled "For The People: Fantasy Politics".
by Braun, Michael



Shel Mann will be discussing how Facebook/ social media gaming is evolving and how he will be taking advantage of this trend with his platform and just released first game "For The People".

President Truman once said, "Politics is a fascinating game."  For The People: Fantasy Politics, gives you the chance to play that game! Live out your fantasy political career and exercise your voice on the most important issues facing our country today!  Start as a freshman member of Congress, pass legislation on the issues that you’re most passionate about, participate in debates and manage your re-election campaign! Eventually, you'll be able run for the Senate and for President of the United States! Show Washington how it’s done.  For The People: Fantasy Politics will be available will be available on Facebook for now. Look for browser based mobile applications in the near future.

Shel Mann founded the company "Rocket Surgeon" in April 2011 with the mission of creating fun and engaging games that model the real world. As a serial entrepreneur, Shel started two other successful companies. In 1996, he founded Big Island Publishing, Inc., a console-based video game publisher that published games with Atari, Vivendi, THQ and others. In 1983, he co-founded J3 Learning, a developer of interactive education tools and training software, which was sold in 1996 to Gartner Group (NASDAQ: GART). Shel attended the University of Minnesota and is a volunteer “ lobby leader” for AIPAC in DC and Minnesota.
Join us for our Sept 6, 2012 meeting, and hear District Governor Nominee Diann Kirby's program titled "Rotary 101"
by Braun, Michael



Diann's program "Rotary 101" will unravel the mystery behind how Rotary is organized on the local, district, regional and international level. She will discuss the current state of Rotary, current statistics about Rotary International, and give us a preview of the major branding initiatives Rotary International is planning. 

District Governor nominee Diann Kirby will serve as a District 5950 Governor in 2013-2014. She joined Rotary in August 1999, and is a member of the Bloomington Noon Club.

Diann is the Community Services Director for the City of Bloomington. She is married to Newton, and their son, Newton, just finished his first year of college in Florida.
Join us for our Aug 30, 2012, and hear Captain Brad L. Bennett, Ph.D., retired USN 2007, talk on "Combat Casualty Care: Recent Advancements
by Braun, Michael



Brief Bio: Spent 27 years of active duty serving in the areas of applied physiology, pre-hospital emergency medicine, military medicine, combat casualty care and executive management. From 2000-2004 CAPT Bennett he served as a member of the Executive Steering Committee, Office of the Director, Navy Medical Service Corps. From June 2001 to April 2004, CAPT Bennett served as Commanding Officer, Field Medical Service School, Camp Pendleton, Ca. From June 2004 to June 2007, he served as the Commanding Officer, Naval School of Health Sciences, Portsmouth, VA.   Recently Dr. Bennett served as the Research Director for combat casualty care, and Senior TCCC Trauma Instructor, Deployment Medicine International. He also served as the Combat Casualty Care Research Coordinator, CIRD, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Portsmouth, VA, and now serves as a trauma and wilderness medicine consultant. Brad currently resides on the York River in Bena, Virginia, and is often found kayaking or boating on the river.
Join us for our Aug 23, 2012 and meet Bob Stowell, District Governor 5950
by Braun, Michael



Dear District #5950 Rotarians:

We are embarking on another exciting Rotary year, filled with anticipation of growing clubs, rising membership and increased Rotary Foundation giving.  I am very honored and excited to serve all of you this Rotary year and, considering our legacy of service, I expect we will have great success.    

 Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka has chosen our annual theme, “Peace through Service.” This theme fits so well with our international mantra of “Service above Self.”  I am asking each of you to personalize this theme to your Rotary actions and continue your great work so you too can experience “Peace through Service.”  As we go through this Rotary year together, I also ask you to reflect on when you were first invited to join Rotary, and consider offering someone else the gift of Rotary by inviting them to join, as well. 

 I want to thank all of our club and district leaders for your countless hours of Rotary service. We simply could not do all the great deeds we do—locally and internationally—without the significant contributions each of you make.

Our district has several critical committees who serve our clubs. Sandy Schley will be leading us through the Future Vision process. Heather Voorhees will lead our public relations/communication area. Bruce Hedblom will be leading the Humanitarian Services area and Tom Thorfinnson will lead Club Support. Our clubs will be well served by all four of these very special leaders.

Our District Conference celebration will take place on April 19, 2013. I know we will have much to celebrate, so get this on your calendar as a ”must attend” event.

Willis Klatt Arrives in Thailand!
by Hansen, Heather


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Last weekend, our outbound exchange student, Willis Klatt, arrived in Thailand to a warm welcome from his host Rotary club, Charoen Nakorn District 3350!  Watch for updates on Willis' adventures.
Join us for our Aug 9, 2012 meeting to hear Alan Koehler speak about the "Unite Edina 273" petition
by Braun, Michael



Our speaker on August 9 will be Alan Koehler, Senior Market Analyst at QuinStar Investment Partners, LLC which is based in Edina.  Alan will be speaking on the Unite Edina 273 petition whose purpose is to detach property from the Hopkins School District and then annex the property to the Edina School District # 273.  Since its initial development commencing in the early 1950s, the greater Parkwood Knolls has been designed to be an Edina neighborhood and consequently an integral part of the Edina community.  However, due to school boundaries created seventy years earlier during Edina's agrarian age, the entirety of this neighborhood has not been part of the school system that is best situated to serve the vast majority of these families.  Literally since the start of the neighborhood, parents have been seeking to change the school district boundaries.  Alan Koehler will be speaking about the efforts being made by Unite Edina 273 to finally make the change so long-desired by the families in the neighborhood.  In addition to providing an update on these efforts, Alan will also be speaking about the steps that have been taken to organize and engage the members of the neighborhood.
Alan, an Edina resident currently in the Hopkins School District, is leading the efforts of the Unite Edina 273 petition.  This group is an independent, nonpartisan neighborhood group representing over 400 families in the greater Parkwood Knolls neighborhood in northwest Edina.
By way of background, Alan is graduate of Colgate University and George Washington University.  He has been a member of serveral Board of Directors for private companies and maintains a true passion for the private business sector.

For more information see: 

www.facebook.com/pages/Unite-Edina-273/154541747897785

edina.patch.com/topics/Unite+Edina+273

http://www.startribune.com/local/west/108306259.html?refer=y

www.startribune.com/local/west/147472035.html

http://current.mnsun.com/2012/05/hopkins-edina-superintendents-discuss-possible-district-boundary-change/

http://sailor.mnsun.com/2012/05/public-notices-5242012-minnetonkadeephavenhopkins/

Rotary Youth Exchange
by Hansen, Heather



Three of our outbound exchange students attended the "bon voyage" party earlier this summer.  Willis Klatt, Mackenzie Dykstra and Regan Wagner and Rolf Tengdin are our four outbound students this year.  They will be traveling to Thailand, Italy and Japan.   Watch for visits from these students in the coming weeks before they leave for their trips!

Edina Rotarian Jennifer Bennerotte recognized as Edina Chamber's "Business Person of the Year"
by Weber, Jill


Edina Rotarian Jennifer Bennerotte was recognized as the Edina Chamber of Commerce's Business Person of the Year at the Chamber's Annual Meeting on May 23. Jennifer is only the third Edina City employee to receive this award, and the first City employee who is not a City Manager. Congratulations to Jennifer on her outstanding service! Well-deserved!

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Highlights from our May 24, 2102 Meeting
by Braun, Michael



The 2012 Chrysanne Manoles Women In Leadership Award was presented to Katey Taylor, president and co-founder of the Abby's Hope Charitable Foundation. Dr. Terri Rose of Baby Space was our featured speaker after the award presentation.

Katey Taylor is president and co-founder of the Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation. Katey had been a "typical" stay-at-home mom until June 29, 2007. It was on that summer evening that one of her four daughters, 6-year-old Abbey, was disemboweled by a faulty drain in a wading pool. Over the next nine months Abbey would endure 16 surgeries and a triple-organ transplant, before finally losing her battle in March 2008.

Abbey's hope was that what happened to her would never happen to another child. In her name, the Taylors formed Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation in July 2008. To fulfill Abbey's legacy, Katey and her husband, Scott, work to advocate for children and to educate parents, community leaders and others of the dangers in and around pools.

For more information about Katey Taylor and Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation go to http://abbeyshope.org

See photos from this meeting in the Photo Album section of this website.

Jambo from Kenya!
by Weber, Jill


Tim Murphy and John Flynn are in Kenya, and Tim sent along two photos from their trip. The first is a photo of the construction at the New Heshima Children’s Center. Tim notes that they hope to move into the completed first building in about a month. The second photo shows the group leaving Nairobi for Amboseli Safari.

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