Speaker Date Topic
Mike Johnson Feb 27, 2018

Mike is a 2000 graduate of Edina High school and is the son of Edina Rotary member, Doug Johnson.  After Edina, he attended the United States Air Force Academy and became an Air Force C-17 pilot after training on multiple aircraft.   Eventually becoming an instructor pilot, Mike led missions and deployed across Europe, Asia, Africa, the Pacific Rim, and the Middle East in support of the President of the United States, Department of Defense, and humanitarian assistance missions.  Following two operational tours in the C-17, he transitioned to the RQ-4, Global Hawk, unmanned aircraft in Grand Forks, ND.  There he served as the 69th Reconnaissance Group, Chief Evaluator Pilot and Flight Standards Director for five RQ-4 locations around the globe.  Mike separated from the Air Force in 2016 and joined the SkySkopes team and currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Operations where he leads a team of professional pilots who focus on providing innovative solutions to the energy industry.  

Karen Smith, Verizon Mar 06, 2018
Wireless Network Technology
Wireless Network Technology

The digital world is here and Karen Smith has been working in the industry since the first network transition from analog  to digital and brick/flip phones to smartphones.  She currently serves as a a national corporate communications manager for Verizon. Previously she served  as a regional PR manager.

Karen has been on the ground floor in two growth fields: the wireless industry and the start of women’s intercollegiate athletics. She was a trailblazer in the publicity and promotion of women’s sports serving as the first sports information director at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. At the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities she served as sports information director and then assistant athletics director for external relations. She is an avid Minnesota Lynx WNBA fan.

Karen served on the Minnesota Governor’s High-Speed Broadband Task Force and was named One of 25 “Women to Watch” by the Twin Cities Business Journal. She holds a masters degree from Temple University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa where she was a four-year letterwinner in field hockey. Originally from Waterloo, Iowa, she currently resides in Saint Paul, Minn.

MY CONNECTION TO ROTARY - A former member of the University club near U of Minnesota, my dad was a Rotarian and when I was a child my Aunt died prematurely of polio.  And, I am a former colleague and friend to Holly Callen! 

Rep. Dario Anselmo Mar 13, 2018
Remarks from Rep. Dario Anselmo
Remarks from Rep. Dario Anselmo

Rep. Dario Anselmo is in his first term in the Minnesota State House of Representatives, representing District 49A. He serves on the Education Finance, Higher Education and Career Readiness Policy and Finance, and Legacy Funding Finance committees.

Russ Carlson, Norm Okerstrom Mar 20, 2018
Heart Safe Plymouth

HEARTSafe Communities is a program designed to promote survival from sudden out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. It is a general concept focused upon strengthening the “chain of survival” as described by the American Heart Association; it recognizes and stimulates efforts by individual communities to improve their system for preventing sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) from becoming irreversible death.

In the basic HEARTSafe model, a region (generally a US state, but county-based and international programs also exist) establishes a set of minimum criteria its communities must meet in order to achieve HEARTSafe status. These should be goals that support the chain of survival, such as widespread CPR instruction, public access defibrillators, and aggressive resuscitation protocols for first responders and area hospitals. Individual communities in each region which meet the established criteria—such as cities, towns, counties, even neighborhoods or campuses—can apply to their home office and become designated as a HEARTSafe Community. Street signs proclaiming this status are usually posted at the edge of town. If a community does not meet minimum criteria, it can take steps to work toward compliance and eventually earn accreditation.

No Meeting Apr 03, 2018
Come to joint meeting with noon club on April 5
Eric Perkins Apr 05, 2018
Joint Meeting with Noon Club - Thursday @ 12:00
Mary Lenard Apr 10, 2018
Giving Voice Chorus
Giving Voice Chorus

Giving Voice Initiative (GVI) inspires and equips organizations around the world to build choruses that bring joy, well-being, purpose, and community understanding to people with Alzheimer’s and their care partners. The only organization of its kind, GVI is triggering a movement to build choral music communities that celebrate the potential of people living with dementia.

Mary Lenard, Co-President of Giving Voice Initiative, recently served as the Executive Director of the Minnesota Leadership Council on Aging, a consortium of nonprofit groups that advocates for older adults. Previously she was the Director of Aging Programs at the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation and Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association MN-ND Chapter. Mary is inspired by her father, who passed away in 2009 after a 14-year journey with Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia.

Sheryl Lynn Apr 17, 2018
Safe Travels
Lois Thompson Langer Apr 24, 2018
Hennepin County Libraries
Hennepin County Libraries

Lois Langer Thompson is Director of Hennepin County Library, which is recognized as one of the top public library systems in the United States. She oversees 41 libraries, one law library, a collection of over 5 million items, and community-embedded library services.

A recipient of Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers leadership award, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Gustavus Adolphus College and a Master of Arts in Librarianship and Information Management from the University of Denver.

Her focus is innovative, sustainable and accessible library service to ensure residents have the opportunity and resources they need to read, graduate, engage, work and learn.

Gary Braley May 01, 2018
Money and Technology
Money and Technology

Gary Braley has been a techie and a teacher his entire working life. After a short and enjoyable stint as a math teacher, he received his MS in mathematics from Ohio State University just in time to begin working on the earliest aerospace and healthcare information systems for Honeywell. He worked as a programmer on the Apollo guidance system and as a developer and project manager for hospital information systems including the first such system installed at the National Institutes of Health. He then became an independent consultant and participated in over a hundred major projects in the US, Canada and Mexico. 


Because technology was new everywhere, Gary assumed the role of educator explaining what it was all about to diverse organizations including the Air Force, NASA, and hundreds of healthcare facilities and associations. In addition to helping first time users implement technology, he spoke at hundreds of conferences across the country and abroad. Gary also published numerous articles in professional magazines and journals.


As technology has transformed into a personal experience due primarily to smartphones and other mobile devices, Gary has focused on the exciting new capabilities and also the serious consequences of misuse these developments raise. We can no longer rely on Fred the "IT guy" to make the decisions and solve the problems. A simple mistake by an employee can subject an entire organization to a growing variety of threats. In addition to lecturing on a variety of modern tech related topics, Gary publishes a newsletter and blog. Beyond technology, Gary is active on the boards of the local and Metropolitan Meals on Wheels programs and he participates regularly in career days at several high schools.


Sandwich Making for Allen Law May 08, 2018
At the Edina Senior Center
Antonio Rosell May 15, 2018
Edina Bike and Pedestrian Transportation Plan
Edina Bike and Pedestrian Transportation Plan

Antonio M. Rosell, PE, AICP

Antonio Rosell is founder and Director of Community Design Group (CDG), a consulting firm specializing in bicycle and pedestrian planning, placemaking and urban design, and community engagement. In 2015, he was recognized as "Minnesota Planner of the Year" by the Minnesota Chapter of the American Planning Association.

An Urban Planner and Civil Engineer with more than twenty years of professional experience, Antonio integrates innovation and best-practices in Active Transportation, community design, and citizen participation to facilitate community learning, consensus-building and project implementation. He has led numerous sustainable mobility planning, design and community engagement projects in Minnesota and neighboring states, and also internationally in Mexico and Peru.

Antonio serves as Principal-In-Charge in all CDG projects, and also leads trainings for engineers, planners and other design professionals on pedestrian and bicycle transportation topics. He also serves as Adjunct Professor in the Urban and Regional Planning Program of the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School, where he teaches a graduate course on sustainable transportation.

Stew Thornley May 22, 2018
Official Scoring in Baseball; SABR
Official Scoring in Baseball; SABR

Stew Thornley is the author of more than 40 books for adults and young readers on sports history and other topics. He recently edited Minnesotans in Baseball, a collection of biographies of Minnesota natives written by members of the Halsey Hall Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research. In 2006, his book, Baseball in Minnesota: The Definitive History was published by Minnesota Historical Society Press.

Stew's first book, On to Nicollet: The Glory and Fame of the Minneapolis Millers, received a national baseball research award, sponsored by Macmillan Publishing Company and the Society for American Baseball Research, in 1988. Holy Cow! The Life and Times of Halsey Hall, was named the Best Regional Book of 1991 at the Midwest Book Achievement Awards. Both of these books were finalists for Minnesota Book Awards as was a book he co-authored with his now-wife, Brenda Himrich, Electrifying Medicine: How Electricity Sparked a Medical Revolution.

A former batboy for the Minnesota Gophers baseball team, Stew attended broadcasting at Brown Institute following high school and worked as a sportscaster for radio stations in DeSoto, Missouri and Sauk Centre, Minnesota.

Since 1993, he has worked in communications for the Minnesota Department of Health's drinking-water program. He does the public- address announcing for the St. Louis Park men's basketball team. He also covers Minnesota Twins games for mlb.com and is one of the official scorers for Major League Baseball for Twins home games.

No Meeting May 29, 2018
Enjoy the Memorial Day Weekend
Jenn Glass Jun 26, 2018
Year-End Celebration