Speaker Date Topic
No Meeting Sep 26, 2017
Sleeping off the excitement of last night's golf event
John Schultz Oct 03, 2017
Edina Superintendent of Schools
Andy Wallmeyer Oct 10, 2017

Andrew Wallmeyer is MinnPost's publisher, overseeing the organization's business operations and guiding development of its long-term financial strategy.

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Bob Halagan Oct 17, 2017
District 5950 Governor 2017-18
Liz Ogren Oct 24, 2017
Pedal and Roll
Pedal and Roll

The mission of Pedal and Roll for Parkinson’s is to encourage people with PD to live well through education and structured opportunities for exercise.

Liz Ogren was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2007 after several years of subtle yet remarkable changes that were odd for a “young” active person. Her family convinced her to get off the couch and start biking and walking.

She founded Pedal and Roll For Parkinson’s in spring 2011. The inaugural event took place on September 24, 2011 at Cleary Lake Park in Prior Lake.

Her goal is to organize and motivate other people with Parkinson’s to get off the couch and “Pedal and Roll for Parkinson’s”. We hold bicycling events, weekly group bike rides, and Nordic walks. We travel to communities in greater Minnesota to share the benefits of exercise. And we have a bike “lending library” at Extra Space Storage in St Louis Park.


Katie Clark Sieben, Economic Development Project Oct 31, 2017
Lid Project over Highway 100
Lid Project over Highway 100

The City of Edina is in the early stages of the Grandview Green project. This project aims to develop a green lid (2-3 acre park) over Highway 100 near the Vernon and Eden bridges. This is an exciting project which is serving as a case study for the city, MnDOT, Hennepin County and Met Council and laying the groundwork for how we develop highway lids in Minnesota.  We are also working to uncover what purpose the lid could serve in connecting neighborhoods, enhancing bicycle and pedestrian routes, increasing sustainability practices and enhancing the economic productivity of the land and airspace surrounding highway systems.

The initial concept will be presented as well as an opportunity to provide thoughts/ feedback at this early stage in the process!

Katie Clark Sieben, Economic Development Project Consultant



Merrill Burgstahler Nov 07, 2017
World War Two Veteran
World War Two Veteran

World War Two veteran, member of Patton's army, participant in liberation of Buchenwald

Mary Utoft Nov 14, 2017
Yoga for Kids
Misti Binsfeld Jan 09, 2018

Misti Binfield is the 2017-18 Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter.

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!