VOCATIONAL/AVOCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT HAPPY HOUR

VOCATIONAL/AVOCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT HAPPY HOUR: BOSS- Business Owners Succession Strategies 
Wednesday, June 1, 5:30 social; 6:00 presentation
 
  

Edina Morningside member, Mark Hegstrom, helps business owners that are 3-12 years out from exit to develop a customized plan. His firm, Business Owner Succession Strategies (BOSS), assists the owner to develop a plan around the three legs of the exit planning stool: business owner financial plan, personal plan post-exit, and business attractiveness. Every business owner will exit his or her business. That is why he thinks: exit planning is simply good business planning.

Please join us for this year-end meeting at CW's Bar and Restaurant, 8302 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, MN 55437.  We will meet at 5:30 for happy half hour and our speaker presentation from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. This event is a casually centered around becoming better acquainted with the business and career lives of our fellow Edina Rotary Noon and Edina Morningside Rotary Club members. 

All members of the The Rotary Club of Edina, Edina Morningside and South Metro Minneapolis Evenings Rotary Clubs are invited.  

Because this is a workplace event, REGISTRATION is required (register as GUEST so that Mike has numbers for food/beverage). Thank you!

Contact Wade Thommen at wadethommen@cbburnet.com with any questions. After this meeting, our next Avocation/Vocational Happy Hour will be August 3, 2022.


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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

Welcome New Members James Holmes, Jr., Ted Goltzman and Valentine Smithen!
 
 
 
James Holmes, Jr. is the Executive Director of A Better Chance Foundation (Edina ABC). This nonprofit foundation is committed to increasing the number of well-educated young people, by providing them a quality education at highly rated Edina High School. They provide the scholars with housing and tutoring support to promote their academic success, as they prepare for college. James Holmes, Jr. has 36 years of finance, organizational and project management experience in the corporate investment, financial services and automotive industry. After working several decades incentivized by corporate earnings and profits, his path gravitated toward entrepreneurship fulfillment work. James' classification is Education Director. His sponsors are Dr. Stacie Stanley and Mary Brindle. 
 
Ted Goltzman develops affordable housing throughout the Midwest and Western parts of the US. Ted works with local and state agencies, community partners, and private lenders and investors to develop affordable housing. Ted facilitates all aspects of the development process from site selection, financial structuring, construction, and project lease up. Ted's classification is Affordable Housing Development. His sponsor is Alan Goltzman.
 
Valentine Smithen relocated from Florida in 2018, to join Great Southern Bank in Edina MN as a Personal Banker. His specialties are annuities, home equity lines of credits, and various types of accounts. He is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University. Valentine's hobbies are attending church, listening to music, volunteering, and playing basketball. His goal is to make a difference in the community, and to impact everyone with whom he comes in contact in a positive way. Valentine's classification is Personal Banking. His sponsor is Mary Brindle. 
 
To inquire about membership in Edina Morningside Rotary Club, please contact Membership Chair Eda Rivers.

 
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NEW MEMBER PROPOSAL: TED GOLTZMAN

Ted Goltzman is Vice President of Development at The Commonwealth Companies.
 
Ted attended Marquette University on a LaCrosse scholarship, where he helped the Marquette Athletic Academic Support Team create a culture of support and learning for student-athletes by tutoring multiple subjects including Finance, Microeconomics, and Psychology. Ted committed six to ten hours per week to work directly with student athletes ranging from freshman to seniors. 
 
Ted Goltzman develops affordable housing throughout the Midwest and Western parts of the US. Ted works with local and state agencies, community partners, and private lenders and investors to develop affordable housing. Ted facilitates all aspects of the development process from site selection, financial structuring, construction, and project lease up.
 
Sponsor: Alan Goltzman, father and charter member of our club
Classification: Affordable Housing Development
 
To inquire about membership in Edina Morningside Rotary Club, please contact Membership Chair Eda Rivers.
 

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NEW MEMBER PROPOSAL: VALENTINE SMITHEN

Valentine Smithen relocated from Florida in 2018, to join Great Southern Bank in Edina MN as a Personal Banker. His specialties are annuities, Home equity lines of credits, and various types of accounts. He is a graduate of Johnson& Wales University.
 
Valentine's hobbies are attending church, listening to music, volunteering, and playing basketball. His goal is to make a difference in the community, and to impact everyone with whom he comes in contact in a positive way.
 
Sponsor: Mary Brindle
Classification: Personal Banking
 
To inquire about membership in Edina Morningside Rotary Club, please contact Membership Chair Eda Rivers.
 
 

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ROTARY IN THE WORKPLACE: AMKA SAFETY

Thank you Bocar for your hospitality, hosting us at your business, AMKA SAFETY.
We really enjoyed seeing and hearing about the work you do around Safe Routes to School!

 
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LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT SERIES

Please join The Rotary Club of Edina’s Leadership Series on May 11 as we welcome fellow Rotarian, Mike Martiny to share an interactive learning experience entitled “What is your North Star… Looking Beyond the Horizon to Achieve Your Goals!” 
 

 
This session is open to the public so please forward this to your friends, colleagues, and employees so that can benefit as well. Learn more and register at:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/328311387197  See you there!
 
Save the evening of June 8, 2022 for a special evening Leadership Series and stay tuned for details on a special evening with Khalique Rogers, Topic:  Initiating Change… A Workshop on Racial Justice. Brief intro to Khalique HERE.  In addition to the workshop, we will be serving light appetizers along with a cash bar. Mark your calendars and watch for further details. 

 
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VETERANS CLUB BLOOD DRIVE

ROTARY CLUB OF MINNESOTA VETERANS DRIVE FOR FIVE
Thursday, April 28th, 1:00-7:00pm at Saint Peter's Lutheran Church, 5421 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55410. (952) 927-8408.
 
FIVE DONATIONS IN ONE SITE: BRING DONATIONS WITH YOU TO ST. PETER'S ON APRIL 28th.
Blood - Clothing (2) - Food - Old Electronics 
 
BLOOD DONATIONS AT ST. PETER'S LUTHERAN CHURCH SITE
Thursday, April 28, 1:00-7:00pm at Saint Peter's Lutheran Church, 5421 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55410. (952) 927-8408.
Use Sponsor code: RotaryMNVets.
 
MATERNAL CHILD HEALTH
Campaign runs until Mother’s Day.
Donate maternity clothes (all sizes and seasons), baby wipes, bath, shampoo, skin care, healing ointment, diapers (sizes 2-5), baby and toddler clothing (sizes 18 months, 2-4T).
Donations go to nonprofits assisting women and young children in our communities.
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on April 28, 2022.
For donations after April 28, 2022, please email douglaskuplic@comcast.net for drop-off arrangements.
 
CLOTHING DRIVE
The drive supports Every Third Saturday (ETS).
Donate all types, gender, and size of clothing & shoes.
ETS fosters hope and supporting post traumatic growth. They believe there is no better medicine than being in a community with other veterans and their families, rediscovering purpose, and serving a cause which is greater than ourselves. Since 2007, Every Third Saturday has sought to meet the needs of Veterans in all walks of life. What is now a full-service operation started simply as an outreach on the streets of Minneapolis. https://youtu.be/wcDiVjwt5GA ETS’s new facility Open House is May 25, 2022.
Help us fill the clothing racks.
 
FOOD DRIVE
Help us feed veterans. The Hopkins Elks Lodge is working with local and state organizations to provide “Welcome Home Kits” to veterans from homelessness into new housing. The Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans assists with the kit delivery and food collection, helping ensure each veteran gets three bags of groceries.
 
ELECTRONICS RECYCLING
Unload old cell phones, PDA's, GPS's, digital cameras, gaming systems and controllers, laptops, tablets, e-readers, MP-3 Players, ROKU, etc. Devices are erased for your privacy and safety by RTR Recycling.
Drop off site – St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, April 28, 2022. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

 
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CAMP ENTERPRISE 2022

Thursday - Saturday, November 3-5, 2022
We need YOU to volunteer - lots of opportunities for a few hours or all three days.
Take a look at this video ... and then contact Mary Brindle for details.
 
 

 
 
 
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SPRING PLANT SALE A SUCCESS!! 2022-03-30 05:00:00Z 0

DAYS FOR GIRLS COLLECTION - APRIL 12

Tuesday, April 12 - Item Collection Event - This date coincides with our joint meeting with the Edina Rotary Club. Items may be dropped off at our regular meeting before the event. Items needed:
  • 100% cotton fabric (dark and wild colors to hide stains)
  • Flannel (dark and wild colors to hide stains) 
  • Washcloths (grays and dark colors)
  • Girls briefs only panties in size 8, 10, 12 and 14
  • Cash donations for the purchase of supplies HERE

 
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2022 ROTARY/PAT KENNEDY GOLF CLASSIC SPONSORS

Thanks to these 2022 GOLF SPONSORS!
 
Our annual Rotary/Pat Kennedy Golf Classic will take place Monday, June 27th, at Braemar Golf Course.
Scroll down ... and recognize our sponsors ... for information and details.
 
Want to sponsor the Rotary/Pat Kennedy Rotary Golf Classic?
 
GOLD SPONSOR
 
 
SILVER SPONSORS
  
   
 
 
BRONZE SPONSORS
        
 
 
 
    
 

 
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VISIT ROTARY MEETINGS WHEN YOU TRAVEL

EMRC member John Pastor visited Portland last week, but was disappointed having just missed the chance to join the Portland Rotary Club Meeting.  He noted that Portland was "Club #15 -- chartered not too far after Minneapolis #9!" 
 
Visiting Rotary Clubs connects members to people throughout the world. When traveling, use the you can find Rotary meetings near you! Just go to www.rotary.org and click Club Finder.
 
Rotary is Rotary everywhere. You will receive a hearty Rotary welcome!
 
 
 

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HIGHWAY CLEAN UP

We need YOU!
 
Saturday, May 7th, 7:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Park and meet in the Edina City Hall Parking lot located at 4801 West 50th Street.
Look for Bob Schriver who will have a vest and plastic refuse bags for you.
Bob Schriver is always on hand beginning at 7:00 a.m. so if you have things to do on May 7th, come out early and Bob will get you started.
 
Once the snow has melted, it's time to pick up the detritus that accumulated over the winter.
 
Since 1995, Edina Morningside Rotary Club has dutifully picked up litter along Highway 100 as part of MN-DOT's Adopt-A-Highway Program. It's time for 2022 Spring Highway Clean Up. Our section of Highway 100 stretches from Benton Avenue on the South and 50th Street on the North.
 
Bring your friends and family for a morning work out that benefits the community!
 
 

 
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LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT SERIES

 
 
Please join The Rotary Club of Edina’s Leadership Series in March as we welcome local business owner and coach Amy Hudson. 
 
Amy will share an interactive learning experience entitled “Maximize Business Effectiveness … Coaching Employees to Peak Performance.” 

 

 

 

What to Expect:

Have your employees bought in? How effectively are you at leading them? Does your business foster their professional development? What would happen to productivity and quality if you needed to be away from your business for an extended period? In her talk Amy will reveal:

  •  How to identify your WHY and how YOU define success as a business owner.
  • Why creating a healthy company culture is critical and how to do it.
  • How to empower your employees to buy in to the company’s mission and reach their full potential.

Speaker: Amy Hudson

Amy Hudson is the owner of 3 top-performing fitness franchises here in the Twin Cities. She has a team of 15 plus employees and is the co-host of the popular podcast: “Strength Changes Everything.” Amy has coached dozens of business owners on how to develop a high performing and autonomous team. Allowing them to move away from the day-to-day operation of their businesses (Working IN the business) into a more effective leadership position (Working ON the business). She is a firm believer in the mantra "You run your business; your business doesn't run you."

VENUE UPDATE: Coldwell Banker Building, 7550 France Ave S, Edina See you there! 
 
This session is open to the public so please forward this to your friends, colleagues, and employees so that they can benefit as well. Click HERE for more info. Registration for online and in person:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/275800866817
 

 
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TEDx EDINA

TEDxEdina is looking for speakers!
Application deadline: March 11, 2022.

On Saturday, October 29, 2022, TEDxEdina will bring fresh insights, new perspectives, inspiration, hope and growth to our community.

The heart of TEDxEdina is our community, and we need your help to make it a success! Currently, we are searching for a few exceptional speakers eager to deliver a crisp, clear, compelling “idea worth spreading.”

Do you know someone who’s up to the challenge? Please encourage them to apply to speak at TEDxEdina!  (www.tedxedina.com).  Application deadline: March 11, 2022.

Here’s a bit of background info on TEDxEdina

Please help us harness the power of ideas to change lives and ultimately, the world. Share this speaker application widely with your networks, and reach out to give someone the nudge they may need to make this leap. 

October’s event will be the 4th event we’ve organized. I’ve been the lead organizer all of those years, and have collaborated with a powerful, diverse committee dedicated to harnessing the power of ideas to change lives and ultimately, the world. You can see photos from previous events here. You can read about TEDxEvents here.  

Want more info?
Contact Cheryl Gunness at cheryl.gunness@edinaschools.org


 
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BREWTARIANS ARE BACK!

Greetings Brewtarians! 
 
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The full Brewtarian Schedule through August:
 
26-MayBad  Weather BrewingSt. Paul414 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102
    
23-JunWooden Ship Brewing Co  Minneapolis3300 W 44th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410
    
28-JulBoom Island Brewing CoMinnetonka5959 Baker Rd #320, Minnetonka, MN 55345
    
25-AugDual Citizen BrewingSt. Paul725 Raymond Ave, St Paul, MN 55114
 
As always, please invite others, bring guests, and enjoy the company.  You don't have to be a Rotarian to join Brewtarians (but expect to be asked to join!).  You don't have to be a member of Minneapolis Club 9 either.  
🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺
 
Peace and good cheer until we meet next!   If you would like to be on the distribution list, please email the pubmaster directly @ brewtarians@gmail.com.
 
Brian Bethune, Pubmaster
Minneapolis Rotary Brewtarians
Building Good Will and Better Friendships... one pub at a time.
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SPRING SOCIAL EVENT: MN UNITED FC 2022-02-16 06:00:00Z 0

TIMOTHY LAUGHLIN VISITATION AND FUNERAL

Our sympathies go out to Rob Laughlin and his family on the death of Rob's father, Tim Laughlin.
Timothy Laughlin passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on February 13th, 2022.
 
Visitation Monday February 21st, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, February 22nd, 10:00 a.m.
Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, February 22nd, 11:00 a.m.
Church of St. Patrick of Edina, 6820 St. Patricks Lane, Edina
 
Timothy was preceded in death by his wife, Pamela; son, Danny; daughter-in-law, Heidi.
He is survived by special friend, Mary Doherty; sons, Patrick (Anne), Rob (Karen), Tim (Lisa); grandchildren, Connor, Meghan (Ben), Danny (Christina), Ryan (Rachel, Trevor (Briana), Molly, Sean, Charlie, Maggie; great-grandchildren, Slade, Oaklyn, Jett; siblings Kate Williams, Peg Woog, Paddy Skwira, and Mike; extended family, Maymol, Raju, Joe and Tia Cyriac and many loving relatives and friends.
 
Private interment, Resurrection Cemetery.
Friends of Bill W. can send memorials to the 24 Hour Club, 1509 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, FL 34109 and to The Greater Minneapolis Intergroup, 7204 West 27th Street Suite 113, St. Louis Park, MN, 55426-3112.
All other memorials can be directed to Church of St. Patrick's Legacy Gift Program, 6820 St. Patrick's Lane, Edina, MN 55439.
 

 
 
 
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VOCATIONAL HAPPY HOUR: MARCH 2nd- PAUL NELSON

EMRC'S Paul Nelson will talk about his role as Director of Business Development at Donlar Construction and work in commercial building during the pandemic.
 
Please join us at CW's Bar and Restaurant, 8302 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, MN 55437.
 
We will meet at 5:30 p.m. for happy half hour and our speaker presentation from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
 
This event is a casually centered around becoming better acquainted with the business and career lives of our fellow Edina Rotary Noon and Edina Morningside Rotary Club members. Please feel free to bring a guest!
 

 
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SERVICE PROJECTS: JOIN IN!

VEAP FOOD DONATION: Tuesday, June 7th
EMRC Community Service Committee members will collect your non-perishable food donations and and get them to VEAP.
Every month.
 

 
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DISTRICT SURVEY

District Governor Alexa Rundquist reminds all members to complete the District Survey. Below are some points she would like all members to know.
 
I wanted to highlight three additional items regarding our District Survey. 
 
  • Reminders are sent to everyone regardless if they have already completed the survey. The survey is anonymous and being tracked by a third party. We do not know who has completed the survey and who has not, therefore reminders are sent to all Active and Honorary Rotarians in District 5950. There will be a third and final reminder. No one should do the survey more than once.
     
  • The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete. Not the one minute I said in the email. You can not pause the survey. There are about 30 questions. 
     
  • Rotary International is also conducting a membership survey. These are two different surveys. Please participate in both surveys. Both surveys are important. 
 
Thank you,
Alexa
 
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OUR NEXT MEETING

Tuesday, May 24th, 7:30 a.m.
Joe Cavanaugh
Youth Frontiers Founder and CEO
 
    
A young person’s character shapes their destiny and impacts their community. Research shows that students with high social-emotional learning and character skills perform better academically and take responsibility for the culture of their school. Character traits are built and enhanced by experiences throughout our lifetimes.

Youth Frontiers reaches kids at critical ages and provides dynamic experiences that enhance self-awareness, empathy and connectedness.

The Zoom is link HERE.

 
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VOCATIONAL HAPPY HOUR: BOCAR KANE

EMRC member Bocar Kane will be the vocational development speaker on December 1, highlighting his company, AMKA Safety.
 
Bocar is owner and president of AMKA Safety in Edina, a manufacturer/distributor of products specializing in mine and roadway safety equipment, including safety vests, apparel and traffic control signage.
 
The location is CW's Bar and Restaurant, 8302 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, MN 55437  We will meet at 5:30 for happy half hour and our speaker presentation from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for the December 2021 Vocational Happy Hour featuring EMRC member Bocar Kane,

Have we mentioned that we have fun at these events?

 

 


 
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CONCERT FOR A CAUSE

 
Fellow Rotarian, Brian Kimmes, of the Minneapolis Downtown Club, reached out to EMRC to give members a heads up on the Concert for a Cause on Monday, October 25th, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in Edina High School’s Fick Auditorium.
 
Money raised from this concert will go toward The Family Partnership’s mental health therapies programs. People can order tickets at the Edina High School bands website.
 
Brian is the Development Officer for The Family Partnership.

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OUR NEWEST MEMBER: DR. CHERYL GUNNESS

Eda Rivers inducted our newest member Dr. Cheryl Gunness with the help of Mary Brindle and Steve May. Cheryl is the Program Coordinator at Edina Community Education. She lives in Edina with her husband and sons. EMRC member Valerie Burke was her sponsor.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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HOLIDAY WREATH SALE: BOY SCOUT TROOP 68

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ORDERS!
 
Proceeds will help Logan Seeger attend Sea Base, a unique Scouting program that offers aquatics programs found nowhere else. Whether your interests lie in sailing, scuba diving, rustic camping on an undeveloped barrier island, fishing or a combination of all, this is the place for your Troop, Crew, Sea Ship or Explorer Post. Sea Base serves around 16,000 participants annually.  
 
 

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HIGHWAY CLEAN-UP

THANK YOU TO
ALL WHO HELPED
WITH HIGHWAY CLEANUP!
 
And a great big thanks to our leader Bob Schriver for organizing!
 
And of course, thanks to Mark Moore our Director of Cleanliness!
 

 
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WELCOME NEW MEMBER MICHAEL BIRDMAN

Welcome Michael Birdman to Edina Morningside Rotary!!
 
Michael has served as the Chief Executive Officer and President at a number of health technology and sales engagement organizations. In those roles, he has managed large and diverse teams and multi-million dollar budgets. He works through toward a common purpose and the power of collaboration with broad stakeholders.
 
Michael has served on the City of Edina Heritage Preservation Commission. Michael was recently elected to serve on the Edina School Board to a term that will run from 2022-2026. 
  • Experienced in strategic planning, operational process flows, financial management, human capital, and risk management.
  • Successful in strategies that drive long-term growth, business and market repositioning, financial and operational accountability, and managing expectations of boards of directors, entrepreneurial investors, clients, and communities.
  • Master of Business Administration - Carlson School of Management, U of MN Twin Cities
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Adminerivers@edinacommunityfoundation.orgistration  - University of Arizona, Tucson - Economics & Finance
Michael and his wife, Marissa moved to Edina almost 20 years ago. They have two kids, Alexander (7th grade) and Mackenzie (5th grade), and a dog, Louis. On any given weekend, you’ll find Michael walking to Jerry’s for their famous donuts, cheering his daughter’s basketball game, working towards his black belt in taekwondo, or enjoying outdoor activities year round.
 
Tom Gump proudly sponsors Michael's application for membership in Edina Morningside Rotary Club. For information about Michael's application, please contact Eda Rivers.

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JEREMY NEWHOUSE: YOU MATTER

 
EMRC member Jeremy Newhouse, Senior Vice-President of Operations at MATTER, finishes his daily prayers with these words, "God help me make this day matter for eternity." What matters for Jeremy are people.
 
Throughout the pandemic, MATTER has continued to partner with Rotary clubs, locally, and internationally, and the NGO Love for Africa, to ship needed medical equipment to Victoria Falls Hospital in Zimbabwe. They finished a second oxygen plant there, so that an ICU could be opened. It was just in time for the COVID pandemic. Currently, MATTER is working with the Rotary Club of Edina and the Rotary Club of Bulawayo on a large hospital project in Bulawayo.
 
MATTER has planted 15,000 Chaya trees in Zimbabwe, a country of food scarcity. These trees have edible leaves that are a superfood and drought resistant. They plan to plant 120,000 more of them.
 
Jeremy, his wife, Jessica and their four children, Orion, 10 years, Oscar 7 years, Selah, 5 years, and Keziah, 2 years, will be moving to Victoria Falls on October 29th. He will build Innovation Hubs in schools. There students will learn STEM and STEAM techonologies. Currently, MATTER has 3 Innovation Hubs in  Zimbabwean schools. Jeremry plans to create ten more. He and his family plan to return Minnesota in December of 2022.
 
If you want to learn more about MATTER's work in Zimbabwe, particularly their work to fight cervical cancer at Victoria Falls Hospital, consider attending or donating to the MATTER Benefit Concert for Women & Children in Zimbabwe on October 3. Check it out at https://zimbabweconcert.funraise.org/.
 
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DAVE HAWN - URBAN VENTURES

August 31st Speaker - David Hawn
 
 
David Hawn is the President and CEO of Urban Ventures. Dave Hawn has held this position since 2016. Urban Ventures focuses its primary efforts on families living in the 25-block core area of South Minneapolis, in the Phillips neighborhood, from 26th street to 35th street, East of I-35W. The Urban Ventures Mission Statement is “Educating kids, strengthening their families and building a healthy community.”
 
The organization has one big goal: “To break the cycle of poverty by sending every child in our neighborhood to college or other post-secondary education.” The strategy is to provide a cradle to career pipeline of support for kids and their families. Dave Hawn’s office and the newly created Early Learning Center are located in the Colin Powell Center at Cristo Rey High School at 2924 4th Avenue South in Minneapolis.
 
The website for Urban Ventures is www.urbanventures.org
 
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PINTS FOR PEOPLE

What a fun evening, celebrating Oktoberfest while paying tribute to the good that we do as Rotarians.
 
Thanks to all the volunteers from South Metro Minneapolis Evenings Rotary Club and Edina Morningside Rotary as we gathered for the 8th nearly-annual Pints for People, benefiting both clubs and local non-profit organizations.
 
 
Lesli and Mike Andersen
 
Silent auction and prizes being awarded
 
Evan Pastor, Paul Nelson, Skip Nelson
 
Gerry and Amy Mimick
 
Silent Auction Table

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IRON WILL: POLIO ERADICATION

 
Our foundation joined the polio fight almost 15 years ago. And in all that time, I cannot think of a more important moment than right now.
In my new Gates Notes post, I write about the amazing progress the world has made against the crippling disease, but also why we are at risk of losing the gains we have fought so hard for.
We still aren’t reaching areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan, the only countries where polio remains endemic. Outbreaks of other forms of polio continue to crop up in under-immunized communities across Africa and parts of Asia. And the pandemic continues to interrupt polio campaigns and routine immunizations.
But thanks to the iron will of the thousands of polio workers and an improved strategy to end this disease, I’m confident that with sufficient financial resources and political support we can create a world where no child will ever be paralyzed by polio again.
I hope you’ll take a few minutes to learn more about this effort.
Thanks for being an Insider!
 
 

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LAKEFRONT MUSIC FESTIVAL 2021-05-20 05:00:00Z 0

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: EDINA GIVE & GO

ATTENTION!! ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT EVERY STUDENT IN THE EDINA COMMUNITY?
Are you passionate about making sure every student in our community, no matter their socioeconomic status, has access to opportunities to learn, play and grow?
 
The Edina Give and Go Board of Directors is seeking an Executive Director who will continue to lead and support our mission to bring life and learning opportunities to Edina Public Schools students who are economically disadvantaged.
 
For more information and to apply, visit the website here.
 
Afira Hasan, O.D
Insight Vision Care
 

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WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBER!

On Tuesday, May 25, 2021, Zhanhua Wen "Z" was inducted as the newest member of Edina Edina Morningside Rotary Club. Welcome Z!! Thanks to Dan Hunt for spotting Z while walking the dog in the neighborhood!!
Here's Z's story.
 
I am a Singaporean and was born in Inner Mongolia, China in 1986.
 
Graduated in 2011 from National University of Singapore with BBA (Accountancy) Degree and a Second Major in Finance. I started my professional career as a Credit Analyst in BNP Paribas Singapore branch, before moving on to Cargill’s Trade and Capital Markets (“TCM”) team in 2014. I am currently the Assistant Director of Risk Investor Group overseeing roughly 20+ TCM banking relationships in the Americas region. I am also a Chartered Accountant (Singapore), and Chartered Financial Analyst (“CFA”).
 
We are a family of four. My wife name is Mengjiao (Alice) Yang, she holds an Electrical Engineering Degree from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. We have two beautiful kids Nicholas (six) and Nicole (four) named after our favorite actor/actress.
 
Being blessed with a supportive family, incredible friends, and the opportunity to travel around the world, I value diversity and differences. I hope to set a good example for my children and people around me about the importance of honesty, humility, and the ability to care for others.  
 
Want to sponsor a new member? Please contact Membership Chair Eda Rivers for assistance.
 

 
WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBER! 2021-05-18 05:00:00Z 0
NOT GOLFING? JOIN US TO ASSEMBLE HYGIENE KITS 2021-05-17 05:00:00Z 0

ROCK 'N ROTARY

WE BEAT THE RAIN!!
THANK YOU SO MUCH, JOHN SORTEBERG AND COMMERCIAL FURNITURE SERVICE FOR HOSTING ROCK/N ROTARY!!
 
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE EMRC TEAM WHO PUT ALL THIS TOGETHER: JOHN SORTEBERG, STEVE MAY, BOB SCHRIVER, STEVE LYON, PAUL NELSON.
 
We welcomed club members, families, visiting Rotarians and their families, prospective Rotarians, along with new DG Mariana Khauv and DG Elect Lloyd Campbell.
 
THE BAND P.Y.T. PLAYED OLDIES AND GOODIES
 
THE FOOD WAS GREAT!
Edina Rotaract members were on hand to help with grilling
 
AND TOM GUMP WAS SUCH A GOOD SPORT IN THE DUNK TANK!
the button was a little sticky .. we have some funny video
 
THERE'S SOME THOUGHT TO MAKE THIS AN ANNUAL EVENT. IF TONIGHT'S FUN AND GAMES IS ANY INDICATION, THAT'S NOT A BAD IDEA!!
Thanks again everyone!
 

ROCK 'N ROTARY 2021-04-03 05:00:00Z 0

EDINA COUNTRY CLUB GUIDELINES FOR IN-PERSON MEETINGS

EMRC began meeting in person at Edina Country Club Tuesday, April 6th.
 
 
 
 
A reminder for everyone attending In-Person meetings. Please be diligent with distancing and wearing a mask. Rules for indoor meetings are evolving. It's up to each and every one of us to ensure the safety of ourselves and others around us.   Here are the guidelines that will be attached to all In-Person meeting registrations and linked to In-Person Mask announcement on club website home page. Advance reservations will be required for the In-Person Live meeting. 
 
Edina Country Club Guidelines for In-Person Meeting attendees. 
  • We have the Inverness South ballroom reserved.
  • The room is limited to a total of 40 people.
  • Please be mindful of the 6-foot safety distance during the entire visit.
  • Masks must be worn. When you are not eating or drinking, you must wear a mask. If needed, we will remind you to wear a mask.
Check-in and Meeting Attendance Guidelines 
  • As you enter Edina Country Club, you will be greeted at the top of the steps. You must be wearing a mask to proceed further.
  • Proceed to the meeting room. 
  • As you enter, you will see cards on a table with the three breakfast options: eggs and bacon/sausage, oatmeal with fixin's, and pancake/french toast. Take the card of your choice.
  • Give your name to the Ambassador and proceed to a table.
  • Please stay at your table to wait for the meeting to start. Moving around to other tables will not be allowed. 
  • Edina Country Club staff will serve your breakfast to you.
  • Your meals will be billed on the next invoice. We will not be collecting meal payments at the meeting. Guests and Visiting Rotarians pay at the meeting.

 
EDINA COUNTRY CLUB GUIDELINES FOR IN-PERSON MEETINGS 2021-03-30 05:00:00Z 0
ROTARY AFRICA CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION 2021-03-23 05:00:00Z 0

2021 SPRING FLOWER SALE

THE 2021 SPRING FLOWER SALE PICK UP- THANK YOU!
Tuesday, May 4th, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
 
St. Peter's Lutheran Church located at 5421 France Avenue South. Go to East parking lot.
 
Questions? Contact Talley Flora at talley@redseat.com or 952-893-0020.  Watch for emails from Talley Flora in your Inbox.
     

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2020-21 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT SERIES

Next Topic: Coaching and Developing Others
Tuesday, June 15th, 6:00 p.m.

Please join The Rotary Club of Edina’s Leadership Series on Tuesday, June 15th at 6:00 p.m. as we welcome Robb Breding, Founder and Chief Evangelist of REV Advisory Group to share an interactive learning experience entitled Coaching for Commitment “Creating a People Centered Performance Culture!”

 
This session is open to the public so please forward this to your friends, colleagues, and employees so that can benefit as well.   
 
See you there! 
 
 
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SPONSOR OUR WEBSITE!

We invite all EMRC members and friends to sponsor our club website.
You pay just $5 per quarter.
 
Include your company logo on our club website and we will link the logo to your website.
 
Contact Mary Brindle, Club Admin, for details.
 
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VOCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT HAPPY HOUR

Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 6:00 p.m.
 

SPEAKER: Lindsey Smaka, Edina Noon Rotary Member an, Science Teacher and Global Scholar Program Coordinator at Edina High School

Hybrid Zoom Happy Hour Vocational Development meeting AND live meeting this month.  The live meeting will be held at CW's Bar and Restaurant, (the old Poor Richard's) located at 8302 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, MN 55437.

Schedule:

5:30 Happy Hour

6:00 Speaker Presentation

If you're attending in-person, registration HERE will be greatly appreciated.  If you'd prefer, you can attend via Zoom without registering by clicking the link below.

Our speaker will be Lindsey Smaka of the Noon Rotary club. 

Join Zoom Meeting Link is here

Meeting ID: 869 4908 7057

Passcode: 436699

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CLUB MEETING DUTY ROSTER

DutyMay 17May 24
AmbassadorD. WendtD. Wendt
AmbassadorB. HatchB. Hatch
Greeter
T. GoltzmanT. Goltzman
GreeterJ. HolmesJ. Holmes
Thought of the Day
B. SeegerM. Smith
FFF/VocationalP. KelleyB. Beaver
All club members are
rotated through
the schedule
  
 

 
 
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ROTARY IN ACTION: FEBRUARY SERVICE PROJECTS 2021-01-15 06:00:00Z 0

LAKE STREET COUNCIL PROJECT - UPDATE

Mireya Bustamente, owner of Sol Travel, is excited to have visibility from the street and attract more customers to her store on Lake Street in Minneapolis.
 
Pictured are Edina Morningside Rotary Club members Mike Seeger, Jim Bizal and Bob Schriver installing the banner signs. The banners were designed and made for Mireya by Presswrite Printing where business owner and EMRC member Alan Goltzman procured donated materials for the project.
 
This project is part of the Lake Street Council/District 5950 Partnership Project, started in 2021, to help businesses return to providing products and services to their communities, and to help their employees return to work.
 
Project coordinator for Edina Morningside Rotary Club is John Sorteberg. Sorteberg, owner of Commercial Furniture Services in St. Louis Park, is working with Mireya on technology, furniture, facility and marketing needs for Sol Travel.
 
Want to contribute to this project? Contact John Sorteberg for information.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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2021 STATE OF THE COMMUNITY ADDRESS

 
 
The Edina Chamber of Commerce and the City of Edina present our annual State of Community in partnership with the Rotary Club of Edina and the Rotary Club of Edina Morningside. Edina Mayor James B. Hovland and City Manager Scott Neal will address city issues and present upcoming plans. 11:30 to 1:00.
 
Click here to register for this event with the Edina Chamber of Commerce.

 
2021 STATE OF THE COMMUNITY ADDRESS 2020-12-28 06:00:00Z 0

FOOD DONATIONS: THANK YOU!

 
 
Thank you to all Edina Morningside Rotary members who made food donations- groceries, monetary donations and Thanksgiving baskets- during November! Your generosity is appreciated more than you know.
 
Here is a message from a recipient of your generosity.
"Thank you VEAP. Without you, my family of six would not eat most of the month. We are the working-poor, making some money but not enough to survive on."
 
 

 
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VOCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT 2020-11-04 06:00:00Z 0

HYBRID TECH CREW

 
John Crudele (Eden Prairie AM Rotary), our Hybrid Mentor, is  joined by President Margaret Johnson, her fiance and tech assistance Bob Rose, and EMRC members Joe Kirk and Mary Brindle. We're going to get better and better at this Hybrid thing!!
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2020 EDINA ROTARY CAR SHOW

The Rotary Club of Edina is proud to present the Second Annual Edina Car Show on Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 
The Rotary Club of Edina Car Show will be hosted at Southdale Center parking lot (in front of the old Herberger’s).  This family-friendly event will feature some of the best collector cars and bikes in Minnesota, including classic, vintage, and exotic. Our dealer sponsor Key Cadillac will also have some of the hottest new models on display.  
 
We will be giving away a free weekend lease of a new Maserati luxury sports car for the winner of our “Best in Show” contest, with attendees voting for their favorite car on the lot.

 
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GOLF SPONSORS!

A big thank you to our sponsors for the 2020 Patrick D. Kennedy Memorial Golf Tournament. We had a great day for golf at Braemar Golf Course. Thanks to all to played and participated. Special thanks to the staff and Braemar and Red River Kitchen who helped to make our day fun and a great success! Special thanks to Miss Heart of the Lakes Angelina Amerigo for beautiful photographs. She raised $400 at the tournament, which we will match. Her charities are Children's Miracle Network and cleaning up our lakes. Please take time to visit our sponsors and tell them "Thank You!"
 
 
Silver Sponsors:
 
    
 
 
Bronze Sponsors:
 
Bizal Built
 
Associated Insurance Professionals
 
Logan Consulting
 
 
Hole Sponsors:
 
 
Steve May - 
in honor of Jack May
 
Gump Family  
Inview Interior Design   
Thunderbird AviationEdina Law  
 
Ellingson & Ellingson CPA  
Sunburst Chemicals  
Waterfront Financial GroupEdina Community Foundation  
 
 
 
GOLF SPONSORS! 2020-08-18 05:00:00Z 0

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!
 
In this strange pandemic time, we have some new members that are meeting with us virtually.
Please take time to reach out to these new members with a warm EMRC welcome.
It will be a while before we are all together in person. Please make welcome these new members!
 
    
 
 
 
Welcome to Dr. David Johnson
chiropractor and owner of Moore Chiropractic.
 
David takes Dr. Casey Moore's place as a
member of Edina Morningside Rotary Club.
 
 
 
    
Another continued welcome to
Bob Keillor of CorTrust Bank.
Bob joined EMRC in March, just
before the pandemic. Please
welcome all our new members!
 
 

 
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS 2020-08-18 05:00:00Z 0

BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE

Thank you for the donations!
We had a little over $750 in donated money and supplies. STEP of St. Louis Park was very appreciative.
In the photos below you see EMRC members Afira Hasan and Carolyn Jackson and Afira's son Abid Hasan.
 
   
 

 
BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE 2020-08-18 05:00:00Z 0

THANK YOU FOR BRINGING US TODAY'S SPEAKER

THANK YOU ALAN GOLTZMAN!
 
 
Avrum Spira, M.D., M.S.C. (left)
Vladimir Makatsaria, Company Group Chairman, Ethicon, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices (right)
The COVID-19 Pandemic
Dr. Spira, a pulmonologist, explained both the impact and the treatment of this disease.  Mr. Makatsaria described the business side of vaccine development.
 

THANK YOU FOR BRINGING US TODAY'S SPEAKER 2020-08-18 05:00:00Z 0

EDINA ROTARY CLUB TO HOST JOINT MEETING SEPTEMBER 17

  
SEPTEMBER 17th - JOINT MEETING WITH EDINA NOON ROTARY TODAY
Speaker Topic: Human Trafficking
 
The Rotary Club of Edina Morningside will meet in a Joint Meeting on Thursday, September 17.At the Edina Country Club. Doors open at 11:45. The meeting will end promptly at 1:30.Program will featurea workshop about "End Human Trafficking".
 
IN-PERSON REGISTRATION IS LIMITED!!
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
Register Today! In-Person Seats are limited to 96 people.
EMRC members register as Guests. You will enter your First/Last Name, Email, Phone and Tag Text (put EMRC here or EMRC Guest if you are bringing a guest).
Guests of EMRC members must pay at the door. No money is taken during registration. The cost for lunch is $20 or $25 per guest. Cash or check please.
 
ZOOM Registration is also required in order to get attendance credit for this meeting.
 
Click the flyer to register.
 
 
 

 
EDINA ROTARY CLUB TO HOST JOINT MEETING SEPTEMBER 17 2020-08-11 05:00:00Z 0

AN INVITATION: DISTRICT 5950 ONLINE FIRESIDE CHAT AND TRF DONOR RECOGNITION EVENT

 
Dear District 5590 Rotarians:
 
Please join us on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 7 PM, for District 5950's Online Fireside Chat & Donor Recognition Event.  The district will be recognizing last year's new donors to The Rotary Foundation: Major Donors, Bequest and Paul Harris Society members.
 
Click Read More to see the detailed schedule.
 
Speakers will discuss why The Rotary Foundation is so important and how both annual and endowment funds have a positive impact on our district.
 
ZOOM Link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86405371870.

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The event is limited to the first one hundred people to join.  We look forward to seeing you.
 
Your Host Commitee,
DG Tom Gump, The Rotary Club of Edina / Morningside;
Catherine Gump, The Rotary Club of Edina; and
Eldon and Addie Tessman, The Rotary Club of Brooklyn Park   
 

 
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ROTARY + CHAMBER MIXER

Here is an opportunity to introduce friends, business partners and family members to Edina Rotary Clubs and to the Edina Chamber of Commerce.
 
The Rotary Clubs of Edina and Edina Morningside and the Edina Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a joint prospective member event. This will be a fun evening of community connection. All Rotarians and Chamber members should bring a guest to the gathering. Guests will learn more about these great local organizations and have a chance to network with membership!  
 
WHERE: Pinstripes, 3849 Gallagher Drive, Edina MN 55435
WHEN: Wednesday, September 9, 4:30 to 6:30 pm
 

Complimentary appetizers will be served; cash bar for all beverage purchases.

City/State-compliant safety measures due to COVID-19 will be in place. If you have any questions about the structure of the event, please don't hesitate to reach out to Caitlyn Quast at caitlyn@edina.org
 

ROTARY + CHAMBER MIXER 2020-07-27 05:00:00Z 0

FROM DG TOM GUMP

 
Dear District 5590 Rotarians:
 
Please join us on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 7 PM, for District 5950's Online Fireside Chat & Donor Recognition Event.  The district will be recognizing last year's new donors to The Rotary Foundation: Major Donors, Bequest and Paul Harris Society members.
 
Click Read More to see the detailed schedule.
 
Speakers will discuss why The Rotary Foundation is so important and how both annual and endowment funds have a positive impact on our district.
 
ZOOM Link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86405371870.

Meeting ID: 864 0537 1870
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Meeting ID: 864 0537 1870
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbWZORT2n2
 
The event is limited to the first one hundred people to join.  We look forward to seeing you.
 
Your Host Commitee,
DG Tom Gump, The Rotary Club of Edina / Morningside;
Catherine Gump, The Rotary Club of Edina; and
Eldon and Addie Tessman, The Rotary Club of Brooklyn Park   
 

 
FROM DG TOM GUMP 2020-07-10 05:00:00Z 0

COVID MASKS REQUIRED IN EDINA

Masks must be worn. To slow the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Jim Hovland has signed an Executive Order requiring people to wear face masks inside public spaces in Edina.
 
Click HERE to download City of Edina Mask Requirement materials that best fit your business, Generic, Retail and Food Service. Theses materials includes one of three types of logos, 8 x 11 Flyer, 11 x 17 Poster,  Facebook/Instagram and Twitter ready photos.
 
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CONDOLENCES TO STEVE MAY

John M. (Jack) May, father of Steve May, formerly of Muscatine, Iowa, passed away June 23, 2020, at his home in Roseville, California. He was 83 years old. Pictured you see Jack May, left, and Steve and his Dad visiting the Rotary Club of Lahaina, Hawaii.
 
 
Jack was born May 13, 1937, in Mineral Point, Wisconsin.  He thoroughly enjoyed a successful 42-year career with Kent Feeds where he retired as President in 2003.  Jack was an active Rotarian with Rotary Club of Muscatine, Iowa, and Granite Bay (California) Rotary. Steve shared that Jack felt it was important for all four of his sons to be Paul Harris Fellows. To that end, Jack worked with EMRC TRF Chair Jim Warner. Jack came to town and a ceremony was held during an EMRC meeting. He thought it was important.
 
CONDOLENCES TO STEVE MAY 2020-07-02 05:00:00Z 0

RI CONVENTION

2019-20 Virtual Rotary International Convention
June 20-26, 2020
 
If you have never attended an International Convention, this is your chance.
You can attend without leaving home!
 
Get connected at www.riconvention.org
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2020 SPRING FLOWER SALE

 
 
Rotary serves children around the world through the Polio Plus program. Today is your opportunity to beautify your home AND protect a child against this crippling disease.  View this year's selections.  And don't forget to share the link with your neighbors and businesses.  Spring really is just around the corner!
 
In partnership with:
 

 
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CONDOLENSCES TO EMRC MEMBERS

Edina Morningside Rotary Club extends sympathies to members Liisa and Steve Schmitt at the passing of Liisa mother on Thursday, January 9, 2020, and to Mamie Segall and Bill Sierks at the passing of Mamie's mother on January 1, 2020. 
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CONDOLENSCES TO MAMIE SEGALL AND BILL SIERKS

 
Story about Shirley Daskow, mother of Mamie Segall, published in her obituary in Madison, Wisconsin.
 
When Shirley Daskow was 9, she was riding her bike in her South Milwaukee hometown with a precious nickel in her hand for an ice-cream cone, when a car hit her. She was rushed to a hospital, but wasn’t hurt; held on to that nickel; and got that cone.
 
Shirley loved to tell that story and her four children and eight grandchildren loved to hear it because it was emblematic of the strength and spirit with which she lived her 93 1/2 years, and of her lifelong love of ice cream, especially Dairy Queen Dilly Bars and Babcock butter pecan and chocolate turtle.
CONDOLENSCES TO MAMIE SEGALL AND BILL SIERKS 2020-01-08 06:00:00Z 0

ROTARY 101 TRAINING

Rotary 101 - Learn what Rotary is all about and more!

Retention Russ, District Governor – would like to warmly welcome you to one four identical 2.5 hour workshops. The Rotary 101 training will be offered in four locations throughout District 5950 – Eagan, Chaska, New Ulm, St. Cloud. Rotary 101 has been designed for new members, less than 4 years, or anyone looking for a refresher to learn more about Rotary and the many aspects of Rotary!  It is a chance to increase the value of Rotary by increasing members level of knowledge!

Attend any of the four identical sessions that works with your schedule:

 
Session #3: New Ulm
Wednesday, Oct 2nd - (5:00 – 7:30 PM)
New Ulm Country Club, 1 Golf Drive
 
Session #4: St. Cloud
Saturday - October 5 - (8:00-10:30 AM)
Great River Regional Library, Bremer Room, 1300 W. St. Germain St.
 
Your district dues have paid for your attendance at this event. There is no cost to you or your club.
Russ and his talented team look forward to traveling District 5950 to offer this great free training. Retention of Rotarians allows for more connections and opportunities in our communities for “Service Above Self”.
If you have questions please contact Alexa Rundquist.
 
Thank you
Retention Russ and the District 5950 Training Team
 
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CLUB HEALTH CHECK

We have an amazing club!  EMRC members, check out the findings of our recent survey. Thanks to President Zdenek for guiding us through this process and implementing initiatives to make our club even better.  Click below to review the responses to 65 questions.
 

 
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INTERESTED IN ROTARY?

Of the 35,000+ clubs across the globe, Rotary International chose only a few clubs to obtain membership tips from - and EMRC was one of them!
 
EMRC Past-President & D5950 Governor Nominee Tom Gump
 
During Tom's year as EMRC president (2016-2017), our club added 31 members and went from a medium-sized club to a large club in D5950 - with only four clubs larger than ours.  Truly amazing and a role model for clubs across the globe.  If you haven't had a chance to read the article, or just want to see it again, you can find it here - "STEP RIGHT UP".

 
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OPIOID AWARENESS

We enjoyed record breaking attendance as we hosted a joint meeting of the Edina Rotary Clubs, November 28, featuring a Panel Discussion on the opioid epidemic. The discussion was moderated by our own John Pastor, System Director for Fairview Pharmacy Services. 

Guests included Rich Stanek, Hennepin County Sheriff; Lexi Reed Holtum, Executive Director, Steve Rummler Hope Network;
Rob Reynolds, Advocacy Director, Verde Technologies & former Eden Prairie Police Chief.
 

 
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HONDURAS

From Past-DG Jim Nelson, who along with EMRC Rotarians Tom Gump and Paula Schwartz recently returned from Honduras.
 
 
We saw the good – generated by the previous Honduras project that many helped to fund – and the bad – additional communities in the same general area that are still waiting hopefully for help.  
 
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DAYS FOR GIRLS DONATIONS

 
We are collecting items for the kits at Rotary meetings:
  • Girls cotton underpants (sizes 8-14)
  • Washed flannel (dark & wild patterns best)
  • 100% cotton (smallest size 5”x5” and dark & wild patterns are best)
  • Washcloths
  • Hotel-size soap
  • Ziploc bags – gallon size, freezer, with slide-closure
Need more details?  Julie Madison – juliemadison@mac.com or Chris Kennedy – ckennedy3@comcast.net
 
For more information on the Days for Girls program - https://www.daysforgirls.org/
 
 
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MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Each week, at the end of our club meetings, we tell our program speaker, “A donation has been made to our Foundation that provides local and global grants to a variety of organizations that assist others.”  Here is the proof!  Pictured is last year’s President, Tom Gump, presenting Foundation treasurer Jane Ehresmann with a check for $3,500 from the club in recognition of the 35 speakers in 2016-2017.  $100 per speaker is contributed to the Edina Morningside Rotary Foundation and will be available for distribution as we seek to “Make a Difference” in 2017-2018.
 
 
MAKING A DIFFERENCE 2017-07-03 05:00:00Z 0

EMRC SUPPORTS CLEAN WATER PROJECT

This June, The Rotary Club of Edina Morningside voted to dedicate the remaining balance ($2,250) of its 2016 International Projects Budget to a “WASH” (i.e., water, sanitation and hygiene) project located in western Honduras.  The ambitious project plan presented entails raising $800,000, with project partner World Vision, to benefit thousands of families, schools and health care facilities, by providing access to lasting sources of clean water.
 
If you would like to participate in the project, or go with PDG Jim Nelson, PDG Tim Murphy and Tom Gump to Honduras in September, please contact Tom Gump.  The multi-club, multi-district project is being spearheaded by The Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club and The Rotary Club of Edina Morningside is the first club to vote to contribute dollars to this important project.   
 
 
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ROTARY FRIENDSHIP EXCHANGE

Rotary Friendship Exchange 2017- Living the American Way

Joining the Rotary Friendship Exchange between RID 5950 and RID 3810 this Rotary Year 2016-2017 of Rotary Serving Humanity and Rotary Foundation's 100th year of Doing Good in the World is a very wonderful experience of a lifetime I will never forget.

Living and interacting with the Rotarians from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA from May 26, 2017 to June 8, 2017 together with other Filipino Rotarians from RID 3810 is an experience so worth remembering and to treasure forever.

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EMRC MEMBER APPOINTED TO DISTRICT POSITION

 
The Rotary Club of Edina Morningside 2016-17 President, Tom Gump, has been appointed to District 5950’s Leadership Team, in the role of “District Trainer.”  Part of Tom’s duties will include serving as the Emcee at the District 5950 portion of the President-Elects Training Session this year, which will be held on Thursday, March 9 through Saturday, March 11, 2017, in Ames, Iowa.
 
District 5950 District Governor Hegstrom has also requested Tom to work a booth at the upcoming District Mid Term Assembly, on January 28, 2017, to showcase "Achieving the Presidential Citation." Tom will work on our Club’s 2016-17 Presidential Citation live, on line, while projecting his work on a screen, so others can learn how to complete the application.  He will also create some handouts to distribute to others that visit the booth that detail how to navigate the process and make a brief announcement about "Achieving the Presidential Citation" at the Mid Term Assembly.  
 
Congrats Tom.  Thank you for setting an example of service above self!
 

 
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HARMONY BRIDGE CLUB

Posted on Dec 10, 2016
Band students from Edina's Valley View Middle School gathered at Barnes and Noble on Saturday, December 10th to entertain shoppers.   The students, under the direction of Ms. Melody Snyder and Mr. Chris Gumz, participate in Harmony Bridge Club where they meet after school each week.
 
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.
 
The students will continue playing for seniors in our community in January 2017.

 
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100% PAUL HARRIS FELLOW CLUB RECOGNITION

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International (TRF). The number of Paul Harris Fellows globally reached the one million mark in 2006.  During the 100th Anniversary Year of The Rotary Foundation, District Governor Mark Hegstrom has been encouraging Rotarians to become Paul Harris Society members (committing to contribute $1000 annually).  There are now 250 PHS members in Rotary District #5950.
 
DG Mark's home club is the Rotary Club of Edina Morningside.  Under 2016-2017 President, Tom Gump, the club has taken the $365 per member contribution goal seriously. Tom has received commitments from 16 club members to become new PHS members. That brings the total number of PHS members to 24! In addition, on November 15, The Rotary Club of Edina Morningside became a 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club. DG Mark Hegstrom together with Club President, Tom Gump (l) and Jim Warner, Club TRF Chair, (r) proudly display the new recognition flag. Congratulations to all the club members and the District Governor on this honor.
 
While the Edina Mornginside club has a history of generosity, some of their Multiple PHF members used "points" to add to the cash contributions of newer members to reach the goal of every club member becoming a PHF.  The Edina Morningside currently has 79 members. Join something powerful... will you be our 80th member?
 

 
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ROTARY RC CAR

The official Rotary Club of Edina Morningside RC Car
 
Youth Impact Racing is 100% committed to the next generation by teaching young people the value of responsibility, friendship, and teamwork.  In 2016, the Rotary Club of Edina/Morningside provided a local grant to fund a remote control “Rotary” Car for the youth of our community. They shared pictures of the two new Rotary RC cars that were purchased. The second car is red.  The YIR Director is scheduled to speak to our club on February 7 and to give you an opportunity to drive one of the RC cars! 

 
 
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VEAP STUDENT HUNGER INITIATIVE

 
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! 
 

 
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CONNECT WITH ROTARY 2015-09-28 05:00:00Z 0

EMRC EXCHANGE

Another great travel experience from one of our Rotary Youth Exchange students, Sarah Aydinalp (left) 2014-15, who just returned from Brazil. We also are hosting new students from South Korea and Norway; as well as sending one of our Edina youth to Italy. Safe and happy journeys to all of you!
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CLUB VISIONING 2015 SUMMARY

In April, President Rob Laughlin conducted an online survey of EMRC members to refresh our findings of the April 2013 Visioning process. Please view the summary below and how this will be used in the 2015-2016 Rotary year to improve our club.  Click below to view the survey:
 
 
 
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MN Demographic Presentation

Our program speaker, Andi Egbert, the Assistant Director of the MN State Demographic Center recently briefed our club on some demographics that effect us. The State Demographic Center promotes data-informed decision-making for the benefit of the state. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION she made to the club.
 
Check out data by topic from the State Demography Website:
 
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Celebrating 25 Years!

 
Our Club Charter - "This Certifies that the Rotary Club of Edina/Morningside, Minnesota, U.S.A. having been duly organized and having agreed, through its officers and members, to be bound by the Constitution and By-Laws of Rotary International, which agreement is evidenced by the acceptance of this certificate, is now a duly admitted member of Rotary International and is entitled to all the rights and privileges of such membership."
 
The Rotary Club of Edina Morningside was sponsored by The Rotary Club of Edina and chartered on December 29, 1989. We celebrated the club's Silver Anniversary with a hangar dance at Thunderbird Aviation on January 24, 2015. We are proud of the work of our club and will continue to mark this special occasion at meetings, projects and special events throughout 2015.
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