Thursday, January 12, 2023
Speaker: Dr. Kenny Beckman, Ph.D
Director of the U of M Genomics Center
"Genomics is Big Data"
Jan 12 Speaker: Dr. Kenneth Beckman
Topic: Genomics is Big Data
Genomics is the study of the total or part of the genetic or epigenetic sequence information of organisms, and attempts to understand the structure and function of these sequences and of downstream biological products. It includes the scientific study of complex diseases such as heart disease, asthma, diabetes, and cancer because these diseases are typically caused more by a combination of genetic and environmental factors than by individual genes.
Kenneth Beckman, Ph.D. is the Director of the University of Minnesota Genomics Center (UMGC), a 40-person core facility which provides genomic technology and consulting, carries out technology innovation, and delivers clinical (CLIA) next-generation sequencing in collaboration with Fairview Health System / MHeath.
Jan 14 Fun Fitness Social at Basecamp Edina
New Year, New Social! Let's Get Stronger. Join us at Basecamp Fitness Edina and Rotary Club of Edina for a Fun Fitness Social on Saturday, January 14 at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $10 per person. RSVP Kayla Beehler at
2023 Guatemala Trip -  FEB 17 Deadline


The Rotary Club of Edina invites you to join the 2023 International Service trip to Coban, Guatemala.  The purpose of the trip is to deliver 651 life-saving water purifiers to remote villages in the mountains surrounding Coban, in partnership with Resurrection Priory Monastery and the Rotary Club of Coban.  Fellowship and travel to new, exotic places is also part of the journey! This international service and travel opportunity will open to District 5950 club members and the general public. It is limited to 30 people. Register early to secure your spot.

The 2023 Guatemala Service Trip is for a maximum of 30 people, and reservations are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.  See details below and reserve your spot now by registering HERE. Contact: Rotary Club of Edina Past President, Josh Sprague at 612-501-0252 for details and questions.

VEAP Jan 18 Volunteer Opportunity

We need FIVE volunteer to fill the roster for January 18. HELP we lost our sign up sheet to a computer glitch. Please sign up today to help Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP) pack food bags for local school children who go hungry over the weekends during the school year. Volunteers from the Rotary Club of Edina are needed for afternoon shifts at VEAP, 9600 Aldrich Ave., Bloomington, every other month July 2022 through June 2023. Shifts run from 2:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. A minimum of five volunteers per shift are needed.  Sign up HERE.

Volunteer Dates for the year and further details below:

Jan 30 - Rotary Awareness Day at State Capitol
IT'S OFFICIAL- REGISTRATION IS OPEN and this is the first of its kind Rotary Awareness Day Join us on the hill January 30th at our State Capitol from 9:15 am to 4:45 p.m.. Purpose: To share our Rotary story, and hear from legislators about programs and plans related to Rotary and its values. We have 3 Rotary districts in our state participating. Learn more and register HERE 
Event schedule follows below.
2023-2024 Officer-Committee Election Results
On December 8 the members of the Rotary Club of Edina achieved quorum to nominate and elect club and foundation committee chairs and add a member to the Rotary Club of Edina board of directors. Gerry Norton will join the board as secretary on July 1, 2023 rising through the ranks each year to become our 2026-2027 President. Click “Read More” to see a list of future club and foundation officers and committee chairs.
Gently Used Eyeglass Cases Needed
Our club's small international grant committee led by Dick Teegen, Dan Mott and Tim Murphy is in the process of working the Rotary District 5950 to secure a grant to supply prescription eyeglasses to the people of Tanzania. Should the grant be approved, it will only cover the pair of eyeglasses. We would like to show additional care to the DCMC eye patients and also supply an eyeglass case. We will be collecting these cases during the next few meeting. Look for a basket or box near the reception desk.
Club Quarterly Billing
The Rotary Club of Edina bills quarter forward according to the Rotary fiscal year beginning July 1 to June 30. 3rd Quarter Rotary Club of Edina invoices were delivered to your email on file on January 7, 2023. Your account balance can be reviewed via your Rotary Club of Edina member profile. A 5% convenience fee will be accessed for payments made by credit card via the website. To avoid the charge, please consider signing up for auto withdrawal or mail your check before the end of the month. Here are some helpful tools for log in: VIDEO (4 min) and PRINT.  Instructions to update your PROFILE
Alzheimer's Throw by Faribault Mill
Made in the USA blanket manufacturer Faribault Mill is supporting the fight against Alzheimer's disease with a new specialty wool blanket featuring the Alzheimer's Association mission symbol pattern. Now through 2023, Faribault Mill will donate 20% of sales from each blanket, with a minimum donation of $50,000 to the Association.
Learn more at
Coke Product Rewards Project Continues
The Edina Rotary Coke Rewards Community Service project is still on-going and full of life. The ERC community service committee will continue to collect and promote this project as a way to give back to St. Jude's throughout 2022/2023. Please collect and turn in your bottle caps and carton/plastic sleeve product codes to the basket located on the registration table. Keep in mind, carton product codes are found on the inside of the cartons (no visible UPC or Scan Codes accepted) and bottle caps codes are printed on the inside of the cap.  Please contact Kris Maser with any questions or comments.
SAVE THE DATE Upcoming Events
Jan 12 -- Speaker: Dr. Kenny Beckman, U of M Genomics Center
Jan 14 -- Fun Fitness Social at Basecamp
Jan 18 -- VEAP Bag Pack - Sign Up HERE
Jan 19 -- Jon Kaufman, CEO Global Water First (Guatemala Partner-Guide)
Jan 26 -- Dana Erickson, Blue Cross Blue Shidel of MN CEO
Jan 30 -- District Rotary Awareness Day at State Capitol
Feb 17 -- Guatemala Trip REGISTER by Feb 17
Jan 5, 2023 Meeting Review
First Meeting of 2023
January 5, 2023
Speaker: Fellow Rotarian and Minnesota State Representative,
Heather Edelson, "Sneak Peek: Minnesota Capitol and 2023 Session" 
Speaker and fellow Rotarian Heather Edelson
New Member, Vinita Steffl, was inducted and gave her classification talk.
New member, Todd Milburn, Edina Chief of Police was inducted
and gave his classification talk.
 Our club attendance has been averaging 75 to 80 member throughout 2022.
It's great to spend time in fellowship with are Rotarian friends. 
1/5/2023 Meeting Zoom Recording to be posted at a later date.
Rotary Club of Edina Facebook Page photo albums.
Executives & Directors
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Club Service (Administration) Director
Membership Director
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Youth Service Director
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Community Service—Grants Funding Director
Community Service—Projects Director
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
International Service Director
The Rotary Foundation Director
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Annual Gala Co-Chair
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Michalski, Rebecca
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Roberts, Natalie
Greeter & Invocation
Martiny, Mike
Greeter & Thank the Speaker
Johnson, Doug
Speaker Intro
Loberg, Shelly
Campbell, Katy
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Blake, Scott
AV Support
Wilson, Ryan
Video Recording and Editing
Laskowski, Chris
Rotary Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Mike Hagen
January 6
André Brewer
January 16
Ted Yoch
January 16
Luther Amundson
January 18
Rick Carlson
January 22
Steve Slyce
January 23
Catherine Gump
January 24
Sam Cote
January 24
Kris Maser
January 26
Bob Gubrud
January 27
Charlie Barer
January 28
John Cardle
January 29
Shelly Loberg
January 30
Randy Scharpen
January 31
Thursday, January 12, 2023 
Speaker: Dr. Kenny Beckman, PhD
Director of U of M Genomics Center
"Genomics is Big Data"
Lunch Menu: Meatloaf or Roasted Vegetable Chicken Salad
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