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May 24, 2016
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Jim Bizal, Rotary in the Workplace
Bizal Built Home Tour
Jun 14, 2016
Barry Zelickson
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Jun 21, 2016
Congressman Keith Ellison
Remarks by Congressman Keith Ellison
Jun 28, 2016
Heather Haen Anderson
EMRC Year in Review
Jul 12, 2016
Jul 19, 2016
Nathan Perez
20 Minute Communications
Aug 09, 2016
Community Service/Rotary in the Workplace
Sep 13, 2016
Mayor James Hovland
State of the City
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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Edina Morningside

Welcome to Edina Morningside Rotary Website

Edina Morningside

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:30 AM
Edina Country Club
5100 Wooddale Ave
Edina, MN  55424
United States
District Site
Venue Map
Thank you for your plant and flower purchases to eradicate Polo.
Pick up is in the East lot at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 5421 France Ave. South from 4:30-6:30pm on Thursday, May 5. If you have any questions - please call Talley on her cell (612)-803-3057.


Join fellow club members and Rotarians from two districts to celebrate our gifts to the world! 2016 District Conference, May 12-13 at Mystic Lake Conference Center.  Great speakers, breakout sessions, service projects and the Friendship Hall are all highlights along with great food and Rotary fun. Bring the family and plan to spend the night - add a round in the Golf Tournament to End Polio on Thursday with a welcome reception following.
The early bird rate has been extended. So sign up now / learn more.


Rotarian Peter Kelley was recognized Wednesday, April 20th at Edina's 37th Annual Volunteer Recognition Reception. Peter has provided outstanding service to the Rotary Club of Edina Morningside and was recognized for his work with young people in Edina and throughout the world.  Peter and his family opened their hearts and home to two Rotary Youth Exchange students this past year. In his first year as a Rotarian, Peter helped organize and manage Camp Enterprise and he will lead the camp in 2016.  Peter is an enthusiastic advocate and advisor for the new Rotary Interact Club at Edina High School, which includes more than 50 members and carries out at least two service projects a year. These are just a few of the activities where Peter's service have an incredible impact on Edina youth. 
Thank you Peter!


Mike Seeger
Edina Morningside Rotary Club's Mike Seeger has been selected the recipient of the 2015 Mike Siitari Officer of the Year by the the Edina Crime Prevention Fund.
The nominations for Mike emphasized his continuous dedication to not only the Edina Police Department, but also his long-standing community involvement. Mike has been the coordinator of the Junior Police program for 15 years touching the lives of nearly 600 children a year. Officer Seeger grew up in Edina, graduated from the Edina High School, and is raising his family in Edina. Mike has be active with the Edina Morningside Rotary Foundation for 15 years and has also been a volunteer firefighter for the past 10 years.
The formal presentation of this award will be a the Edina City Council meeting on May 17th. Congratulations and thanks for your service Mike!


EMRC recently met at the Edina Senior Center  for a service event to assemble sandwiches for 363. Alan Law arrived to share appreciation and the story of what will happen to the sandwiches. We assembled 1000 Turkey Bologna sandwiches with cheese. The plan was to deliver all the sandwiches we made fresh that night to shelters and to many homeless individuals living under the bridges in the Twin Cities.


Jein, President-Elect Tom and Andrew working hard!
Rotarians, family and friends gathered to help clean up Hwy 100 between 50th Street and the Crosstown. With the construction closures, the lack of cars made it a little easier to get the work done. One of the volunteers reported finding 13 golf balls on the West side of the highway, which means there must have been some pretty long drives from the Edina Country Club this past year!


5 students from St. John's University stopped by a recent club meeting to describe their sustainable work through a leadership program to support orphans of Haiti. Happy Bucks were that day were provided for their partnership. $164 was collected. Check out their work: squareoneglobal.org


Every week Rotarians gather to pack backpacks with food so that the students from struggling families in 12 area public schools don't go hungry over the weekend. That keeps them on top of their educational game.
April is the EMRC month with member Mark Shockey serving as the team lead each week. A few of our club members have volunteered each week including Rena, Laura, Kevin, Mike, and Zdenek. Last week an Edina High School student, Eleanor (at the end of the table in a blue shirt), partnered with Rotary for her Service Learning Project. Eleanor is an avid reader (her mom was librarian at St. Peter's School for years) and brought in 168 new books she had gathered to encourage reading. Her project researched and tried to overcome financial hurdles for learning. One book went home with each elementary school student over the weekend.  What a great way to share her gift to the world - reading! 


Mark Hegstrom
District Governor for 2016-2017
Rotary District 5950
Mark Hegstrom shared his insights with the club on April 5.  Mark began by sharing the story of his journey to become District President - He is a volunteer like each one of us!  He spoke about how he gives to the Rotary International Foundation $20 a time, $20 a week. Now he is a major donor. (Talk to Jim Warner of our club about establishing a giving plan). In Mark's mind, he thinks of keeping one girl from becoming handicapped through Polio.
Mark is an energetic speaker whose booming voice impacts everyone in the room. He spoke of how "attraction" is the future of Rotary. He was attracted by the EMRC desire to serve the community. Mark shared how when he first visited Rotary, the club was planning highway cleanup the next weekend. He volunteered long before he became a Rotarian, and never looked back. He wants our club to be attractive!  And even more than that, to be "Great on Purpose."
Mark spoke of some of the traveling that has been part of his training and preparation, giving credit to his wife, Colleen, for her support.  We look forward to a record breaking year for our District under the Governor Elect's leadership. 


Would you consider opening your home 
and your heart to an international teenager? 

This is an opportunity for your family to grow and learn 
as much as it is for the exchange student.
Our incoming Rotary Youth Exchange Students:

• Are from Belgium (French Speaking) and Chile (Spanish Speaking)

• Will attend Edina High School

• Will arrive curious about and engage in learning about American culture
We need 6 host families:
2 from August to November
2 from December through March
2 from April through July
Time frames can be flexible to suit your family's needs.
Host families get proper support from Rotary AND get the chance to make lifelong international friendships without leaving Edina/SW Minneapolis!
Please consider this opportunity, and contact Jenn Glass at 612-961-4045 or jennglass45@gmail.com if you have questions or would like to talk about the process to become a host family in Edina.

Rob Laughlin
Past-President and EMRC Foundation Liaison
We are pleased to announce that The Edina Morningside Rotary Club Board approved $19,500 of funding for all 15 service organizations that applied during the 2015-2016 grant process.


Bringing music and joy to seniors in our community!  Edina High School and Middle School band members continue to entertain seniors across Edina.  Thanks to Edina High School Band Director Mr. Paul Kile and the students for your efforts!
Harmony Bridge is a project created by Michael Levine and is proudly supported by the Edina Morningside Rotary Club.   Mr. Levine is the founder and director of the Dallas Brass, one of America's foremost music ensembles.  One of Michael's latest projects is Harmony Bridge, which brings student musicians of all ages to senior communities to perform for and interact residents living in senior communities.  
Harmony Bridge bridges generations, brings joy and love to the elderly and others in need.  It provides an opportunity for middle school and high school students experience being of service using skills they are leaning in school.  It also significantly contributes to improving students’ musicianship, the enjoyment of making music, and a lifelong appreciation for music and the arts.


Visit the RI website. or click on the icons below to see Rotary at a Glance:

Our new President, Heather Haen Anderson, introduced the Edina Morningside Rotary club to the theme of the 2015-2016 Rotary year: "Be a Gift to the World." Throughout the year, Heather will be highlighting club members who are a visible gift to the world.  Using your talents, expertise, and leadership, Rotary members worldwide are asked to be gifts to the world throughout this Rotary year. 
President Heather and President Elect, Tom Gump
Heather presented her goals for the coming year.
Duty Tuesday, May 3rd Tuesday, May 10th
Sergeants at Arms J. Warner, K. Barrett J. Warner, K. Barrett
Greeters M. Brindle, B. Laue M. Brindle, B. Laue
Thought of the Day Bernie Beaver Jim Bizal
Happy Bucks Mike Nelson Paul Nelson
Classification Susan Brott  
Speaker Host Iam Nemerov Ian Nemerov

Rotary shop on new platform
As of 1 May, the Rotary shop will be available on a new platform. We may experience some downtime during the transition and apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions, please contact us at shop.rotary@rotary.org or at 847-866-4600.
Rotary districts mobilize to support survivors of Ecuador, Japan quakes
After a series of three earthquakes -- two in Japan and one in Ecuador -- killed hundreds of people, injured thousands, and caused billions of dollars in damage late last week, Rotary members in those regions have created disaster relief funds to help survivors. In Ecuador, the powerful 7.8-magnitude quake that struck Saturday night has killed more than 400 people, with 2,500 injured. Those figures are expected to rise. Rotary District 4400 established a service fund to raise money for relief efforts. Contact District Governor Manuel A. Nieto Jijon for information on how to donate. In Japan,...
Get live updates from the Council on Legislation
Get live updates and vote totals from the Council on Legislation on Rotary.org beginning on 11 April. Representatives from Rotary clubs worldwide will gather in Chicago 10-15 April to consider changes to the policies that guide Rotary International and its member clubs.  Many of this year’s proposed changes are designed to increase membership by giving clubs greater flexibility in the timing and the nature of their meetings. Other proposals would amend membership requirements.
UNESCO-IHE scholarship applications now available
The Rotary Foundation and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education are offering up to 10 scholarships for graduate study at UNESCO-IHE's Delft campus in the Netherlands. The aim is to increase the number of trained professionals who can devise, plan, and implement water and sanitation solutions in developing areas. The scholarships also are designed to promote long-term relationships between Rotary members and skilled water and sanitation professionals. Scholars will receive a Master of Science degree in urban water and sanitation, water management, or water science and engineering. The...
Ensure recognition for your Interact clubs
Interact clubs are making a positive difference in schools and communities around the world. Leaders of sponsor Rotary clubs and districts should make sure their Interact clubs get the recognition they deserve by verifying that they qualify for a Presidential Citation. First, ensure that the Interact club status is active in Rotary's database by checking the Listing of Club-Sponsored Organizations report in Rotary Club Central. If a sponsored club is not listed, submit the Interact Club Certification Form by 1 March. Then, verify by 15 April that your Interact clubs have qualified for the...