Welcome to the Rotary Club of Edina!

We meet Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Edina Country Club
5100 Wooddale Ave.
Edina, MN  55424
United States of America

(612) 819-5517
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Greg LaVallee is a speaker and advocate working to end distracted driving.

In 2013 Greg's 19 year old son, Phillip, was killed by a distracted driver.  Since then he has worked along side his wife Amy to change driving attitudes and habits and raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. 

Greg has given more than 40 presentations to date and educated new drivers from Annandale, Bloomington, Buffalo, Elk River, Monticello, Rogers, STMA, and Zimmerman.  Recently he has begun to reach out to businesses and community groups. 

Greg is a founding member and Director of Just Drive Inc., an organization dedicated to bringing awareness to the deadly epidemic of distracted driving.

Edina Mayor James B. Hovland and Edina Public Schools Superintendent John Schultz will present the “2019 State of the Community” Wednesday, Feb. 27. Edina City Manager Scott Neal will emcee the program.
The presentation is co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Edina, Rotary Club of Edina Morningside and Edina Chamber of Commerce. It will be presented as part of the Chamber of Commerce’s monthly general membership meeting at Edina Country Club, 5100 Wooddale Ave. The speech will later be broadcast on Edina TV and available for streaming online. It will be broadcast 7 p.m. Sundays, 3 and 11 a.m. Mondays, 5 p.m. Tuesdays, 1 and 9 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Thursdays and 3 and 11 a.m. Fridays through March 31.
Cost for the luncheon, which is open to the public, is $35. People may attend the meeting as non-lunching guests. For more information, call the City of Edina’s Communications & Technology Services Department, 952-826-0359. To register, call the Chamber of Commerce at 952-806-9060 or visit edinachamber.com.
It's exciting and it's official, Rotaract Club of Edina, sponsored by Rotary Club of Edina, has received its charter certificate from Rotary International. 
Upon learning the news, Irene Kelly, District Govenor 2018-2019 wrote: 
How heartwarming to open this message on a cold Friday afternoon! 
Congratulations to each of you for being “People of Action” …
            Sam, for your dedication to young professionals and growing Rotaract
            Mark, for taking the lead in your club and inspiring your members
            John, for serving as president of your club and supporting the effort to charter a new club
I’m honored to be serving with Rotarians who have so much passion and energy for doing good in the world.  And, most importantly for “Be(ing) the Inspiration”. 
Truly Inspired … and grateful!
Congratulations to all who worked to make this "big deal" happen. 
On January 31, 2019, thanks to State Representative Heather Edelson, Rotary License Plate Legislation was reintroduced or as they say in the Legislature "dropped," which is a good thing.  Generally the word "dropped" usually has a negative connotation; but, in this case, it is exactly what we wanted to happen. 
This could be Minnesota!
HF 593 A bill for an act relating to motor vehicles; establishing Rotary International special license plates;​ proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 168.

Representative Edelson (District 49A) did an incredible job by securing a total of ten, bi-partisan authors for the Bill, which is more than we have ever had in years past.  This includes Representative Steve Elkins (District 49B). It has been referred to Transportation Finance and Policy.
The goal of the Rotaract Mentorship Program is for Rotaractors to obtain support and information related to their roles and to foster an understanding related to the Rotaract/Rotary experience. Each Rotaract member will be paired with an Edina Club Rotary member. The Rotarian mentor has experience in a similar role to the Rotaract mentee and shares specific Rotarian knowledge and information to enhance the Rotaract member's overall club experience. During the last few Rotaract mentor/mentee exchanges the following perspectives were shared. 
Rotaract Mentee, Marge Kajer, wrote:
Like many of the members of the Edina Rotaract Club, I am a recent college graduate. This new chapter of our lives that we have begun to establish – fondly and colloquially referred to as ‘adulting’ - can be daunting. And although we are done with the exams, grades and group projects, we realize that our education never stops. My most recent lesson, and perhaps the most valuable, is that there is always something to learn from our encounters with others. Cue Edina Rotaract Club and the Rotary Mentorship Night. It was inspiring to see so many Rotarians - a business owner, a journalist, a realtor- eager to engage with our Rotaract Club. Individuals across sectors and industries came to share advice, stories, dialogue and questions. That evening I learned to never stop asking questions. It was an opportunity to connect in a meaningful and impactful way as well as a reminder that our possibilities are endless. We can steer this new chapter in whatever direction we choose, and as we go, this community of support, wisdom and guidance will be there along the way.   
Mentor, Katy Koch Campbell, shared her perspective.
“What’s a great question you ask?” My new Rotaract Club friend posed this, curious about my experience interviewing people in my career writing for newspapers and magazines. Great question! What a meaningful conversation this inspired at our table at the first mentorship night. Another Rotaractor at the table, age 22 and a recent college graduate, said he has a question he likes to ask when it appears a buddy is not in a good place: “What’s keeping you up at night?” We all savored the depth and importance of that one. His question for our table was, “What’s a good question to break the ice in a social conversation?” One suggestion was to ask a knowledge question in an area of known expertise, which would presumably be within a person’s comfort zone. What was my “great question?” I shared a favorite that had been asked of me once during a job interview. “What books are on top of your nightstand, waiting for you to read?” What are your great questions, Rotarians?
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Club Service (Administration) Director
Community Service—Local Funding Co-Director
Community Service—Local Funding Co-Director
Community Service—Local Projects Director
International Service Director
Membership Director
Public Image Co-Director
Public Image Co-Director
The Rotary Foundation Director
Social Director
Youth Service Director
Edina Rotary Foundation Board Director
Edina Rotary Foundation Board Director
Edina Rotary Foundation Board Director
Edina Rotary Foundation Board Director
Edina Rotary Foundation Board Director
Edina Rotary Foundation Board Director
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This week's newsletter
Feb 19, 2019 Barker
Feb 19, 2019
Upcoming Events
Rotary District 5950 Calendar Link
Greg LaVellee
Feb 28, 2019
Distracted Driving
Michael Schroeder
Mar 07, 2019
Greater Southdale District Plan
Sgt. Grant Snyder
Mar 21, 2019
Police and the Homeless Advocacy
Meeting Responsibilities
Front Desk
Kalal, Kevin
Front Desk 2
Front Desk-Club Service Committee member
Greeter 1
Hallberg, Dan
Greeter 2
Sprague, Josh
Meeting Host 1
Hendrickson, Jennifer
Meeting Host 2
Hepp, Bradley
Invocation/Pledge of Allegiance/Four-Way Test
Platt, Ann
The Barker writer
Burnett, Kelley
Introduce Guests
Flynn, John
Carlson, Rick
Introduce the Speaker
Jessen, Mark
Thank the Speaker
Stageberg, Mark