Event Types


We're All Digital Start-ups Now

Don Smithmier is the founder and CEO of two companies: GoKart Labs and The Big Know. He will speak about "We're All Digital Start-ups Now."
GoKart Labs is a digital innovation consultancy with offices in Minneapolis and Washington, D.C., and is among Inc. magazine’s fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. The Big Know is a start-up invented within GoKart Labs that helps leading employers and brands deliver new and better online learning for their employees and consumers.
A serial entrepreneur, Smithmier has helped start six companies since 2008 that have attracted more than $17 million in investment capital.
He spent the first 14 years of his career as a pioneer in online education with Capella Education Company. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and his MBA from the University of Minnesota. He’s also an active musician/songwriter, youth coach and non-profit board member.

Jul 26, 2018
Jul 26, 2018
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM

Canterbury Downs

Mark Irving was a professional jockey for 20 years. He began working with horses at a very young age. He started riding in Europe with over 200 wins. During his career he had over 600 wins in the United States. He was the leading turf rider at Canterbury Park.

Irving also finds replacement homes for retired thoroughbreds. 

He has a new role as Racing Ambassador for Canterbury Park. This consists of hosting corporate events and speaking about my experiences as a professional jockey, booking private events for corporate meetings, company picnics and social gatherings. 

Irving's hobbies include mountain biking, motorcycle riding and horse breeding.

Aug 02, 2018

CEO, Fraser School

Diane Cross has been President and CEO of Fraser since 1989. Fraser is a Minnesota nonprofit that provides healthcare, housing and education to thousands of children and adults with special needs and their families.

Cross has built Fraser from a $1.0 million operation serving 200 clients annually, to become a nationally recognized multi-service organization with an annual budget of nearly $70 million and 1,500 employees who serve 10,000+ clients each year. Fraser is the largest provider of autism services in the Midwest. She has a great story to share about Fraser making a difference in our community.

Aug 09, 2018


Dr. Nancy Hutchison is a physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation and she is a national expert in helping patients recover from the physical side effects of cancer and cancer treatment.

Dr. Hutchison has encouraging and helpful information to share about cancer patients getting back into the game following cancer treatment. She has practiced in the Twin Cities since the mid-1980s, and she served as the first Medical Director of Cancer Rehabilitation for AllinaHealth, where she developed an award-winning program with over 100 clinicians including physicians, nurses and rehabilitation therapists.

She is regularly named as one of the Top Doctors by Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine. Of particular interest to Rotary, Dr. Hutchison in the 1980s and 1990s regularly treated polio patients through Sister Kenny Institute’s (now Courage Kenny) post-polio clinics.

Aug 16, 2018

The MVP Program/The Champion's Way

Ben Utecht has always chased his dreams, finding his way from a small river town in Minnesota to a Super Bowl championship field. He has established himself as a prominent corporate and motivational speaker in the areas of leadership and culture.

Utecht has found success in many realms, sitting on the prestigious board of the American Brain Foundation, authoring "Counting the Days While My Mind Slips Away" with Simon and Schuster, and releasing award-nominated albums as a professional singer. However, without question, he would tell you his greatest accomplishment is being a husband to his beautiful wife and a father to their four daughters.

Aug 23, 2018
Aug 29, 2018

Mayo Clinic—Radiology

Dr. Wald is a consultant in the Department of Radiology at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. His subspecialty training is in Neuroradiology with a focused interest in interventional spine and skull base procedures. He holds the academic rank of Professor. He will speak about "Mayo Clinic—Destination Medical Center."

Dr. Wald was born in Morristown, New Jersey. He attended Medical School at Georgetown University and completed his internship at Naval Hospital Bethesda. He pursued advanced training at the Naval Undersea Medical Institute and Naval Diving Training Center and served three years in the United States Navy as a Submarine/Diving Medical Officer. He completed his Radiology residency at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut. In 1995 Dr. Wald completed his fellowship training at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, where he has been a senior staff consultant for the past 22 years.

Dr. Wald is a proven innovator, researcher and educator. He helped develop Mayo Clinic’s Neuroradiology image guide procedural program with a focus on head, neck and spine image guided interventions. He pioneered early adoption of spine augmentation procedures at Mayo Clinic at a time when few centers in the United States were performing these procedures. His published works are focused on conditions of the spine, but his portfolio spans Neuroradiology and also extends into the “Business of Health Care."

In addition to his clinical roles, Dr. Wald is also an active leader at Mayo Clinic. In 2013 he was named Mayo Clinic’s first Medical Director for Public Affairs and Marketing. Dr. Wald oversees a department of approximately 270 constituents.  As medical director, he provides physician leadership of marketing, sales, public relations and related business operations. He is responsible for maintaining and improving Mayo Clinic’s competitive position, developing brand equity and raising public awareness of Mayo Clinic’s objectives, initiatives and products.

Sep 06, 2018

Rotary District 5950 Governor

Irene Kelly, Governor of Rotary District 5950, will share an update about our nationally recognized District. She is a member of the Eden Prairie AM Rotary Club.

Sep 13, 2018

Sex Trafficking in Minnesota and Community Response

Laura Mulliken works for Source Anti Trafficking in the Whittier neighborhood of Minneapolis, where they have a restoration home for survivors of sex trafficking and outreach programs to both victims and exploiters. She is a frequent speaker on sex trafficking awareness and prevention, the impact of pornography, outreach and restoration for the sexually exploited; and is a gifted bible teacher.

Mulilken and her husband, Todd, reside in Edina and are parents to three amazing young adult women and proud in-laws of two great guys. 

Sep 20, 2018

Edina Rotary Foundation Fundraiser & Gala is Sept. 29

Sep 27, 2018

NCAA 2019 Final Four

As president and CEO of the 2019 Minneapolis Final Four Local Organizing Committee, Kate Mortenson will play a key role in efforts to ensure the next huge sporting event headed for the Twin Cities is a big success. 


Oct 04, 2018
Oct 04, 2018
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM

Paul Mooty shares "The Faribault Woolen Mill Story"

Paul Mooty is a born and raised Minnesotan. He received his BSB in Business from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and his JD from the University of Minnesota Law School. Mooty's professional career includes working in the tax department of Arthur Andersen & Company and in the private practice of law focusing on closely held businesses. He also served as President and CEO of Custom Rock, a St. Paul based manufacturer and architectural concrete contractor. Paul is also actively involved with a number of business interests including serving on the Board of Directors.

He is a partner and serves as Chairman of Faribault Woolen Mill Company. Founded in 1865, the year Lincoln died and the Civil War ended, Faribault woolens are renowned for their comfort and quality. The Mill is one of the last fully integrated mills in the United States producing woolen goods from raw fiber to finished goods under one roof—a truly Made in America product.

Mooty has been involved in a number of community and civic organizations including serving as the President of the Rotary Club of Edina and as member of its Board of Directors and Foundation Board. He is currently a member of the Fairview Community Advisory Committee and the Edina Community Foundation Board of Directors.

Paul and his wife Jean live in Edina and have three children and two grandchildren.

Oct 11, 2018

Director of Manufacturing, Shutterfly

Oct 18, 2018

The Economic Power of Clean Energy

J. Drake Hamilton is Fresh Energy’s science policy director. An expert in climate and energy policy at the state and national levels, her work has helped make Minnesota a leader in the clean energy economy. Her responsibilities include scientific analysis and policy development of clean energy solutions to global warming that will maximize economic opportunities. Hamilton represents Fresh Energy at global climate summits, and witnessed the historic 2015 Paris Agreement; she showcased Minnesota’s nation-leading deep carbon reductions at the 2017 Bonn Climate Summit.

Each year, J. Drake Hamilton gives more than 50 invited presentations on the economic and health benefits of clean energy to businesses and civic organizations. Her recent business audiences have included 3M, Target, Allina Health, and Medtronic. Her frequent media appearances include television, Minnesota Public Radio, and business press as well as the Washington Post and New York Times.

J. Drake Hamilton earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in physical geography from Dartmouth College and the University of Minnesota, with an emphasis on climatology and water resources, and was formerly assistant
professor at The George Washington University. She ranks among the top 12 climate communicators internationally. Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine named Hamilton “one of Minnesota’s 100 influential people who make things happen.” She also grows organic peaches, pears, apples, and plums that have won blue ribbons at the Minnesota State Fair.

Oct 25, 2018
Nov 01, 2018 - Nov 03, 2018

Senior Vice President of Business Development, Mall of America

As Senior Vice President of Business Development and Marketing with mall of America, Jill Renslow oversees Mall communications, marketing, strategic alliances and partnerships, advertising, digital media, group sales, and theme park marketing. She is responsible for working with new and existing tenants to create unique experiences and drive sales and traffic. Working with various innovative partners, the goal is to develop and integrate emerging technologies into both Mall of America retail and entertainment environments. Renslow brings more than 20 years of valuable experience at Mall of America to her current role. 

Nov 01, 2018

Edina Economic Development

Lori Syverson, Executive Director of the Edina Chamber Commerce, and our own Tim Murphy, past Rotary District 5950 Governor, are both members of the Edina Economic Development Committee. They will be sharing about their work, and what Edina looks like moving forward.

Nov 08, 2018

Area 3 Rotary Veterans Luncheon is Monday, Nov. 12

Nov 15, 2018
Nov 21, 2018
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Nov 29, 2018

Cookie Cart: A Youth Social Enterprise

Matt Halley joined Cookie Cart as it’s Executive Director in 2004. Under his leadership Cookie Cart has grown from grass roots organization in North Minneapolis to one of the largest youth employment training program in the Twin Cities.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Augsburg College. He has worked in a variety of direct service and leadership roles at Twin Cities youth-serving organizations. Prior to Cookie Cart, Halley had a 10 year career at YouthLink, where he began as a case manager for homeless teens and left as the Executive Director. His areas of expertise include crisis intervention, GLBTQ youth, “learn to earn” training and youth social enterprise.

In the early 1980s Sr. Jean Thuerauf recognized that North Minneapolis teenagers needed a safe and engaging place to spend their time. The streets offered them crime, violence and gang involvement. Sister Jean decided to invite them into her kitchen for help with schoolwork and to learn to bake cookies. From those humble beginnings Cookie Cart has grown into a leading Twin Cities youth development program that utilizes a social enterprise nonprofit bakery to engage teens in building meaningful work, life and leadership skills. 

The bakery serves as an incubator that provides teens from communities of color with a safe, nurturing place to learn hand-on job skills. Teens learn through doing, and Cookie Cart gives them a chance to experience sales, production, inventory, leadership and marketing through the bakery and classes. Supervisors are teachers, and teaching takes priority over cookie production. Mistakes are learning opportunities, and all lessons presented in the context of how to meet the expectations at traditional jobs. As a “earn while you learn” program teens earn a wage at Cookie Cart that has a positive economic benefit to families and the neighborhood.

In May 2017, Cookie Cart opened its second bakery on Payne Avenue in Saint Paul. It will employ 100 East Side teens annually.

Dec 06, 2018

Co-founder, Bachelor Farmer restaurant

Dec 13, 2018

Holiday Party is that evening

Dec 20, 2018
Dec 20, 2018
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Development in Edina

Jan 17, 2019