Dr. Sean Ewen to Speak Mar. 14
Sean Ewen is co-owner of the first brewery and taproom in the City of Edina, Wooden Hill Brewery. It began with Sean giving his brother, James, a homebrewing kit for his 21st birthday. This sparked a brotherly passion that grew into years of research to write and brew nearly a hundred unique beer recipes. Along the way, James discovered one of his greatest joys in brewing is sharing his beer with others, so he partnered with Sean to bring his dream to reality.
"Up the Wooden Hill" is an expression our grandfather used to say when it was time to go upstairs to bed. This peculiar name for a staircase always stuck with us. Taking inspiration from family tradition and our grandfather's entrepreneurial spirit led us to name the brewery Wooden Hill and transformed a vacant 9,000 square foot warehouse into a production craft brewery and taproom.
In Sean’s own words, “As an entrepreneur starting my third business, I love how the brewery combines crafting a product with serving the local community in the same space. With degrees in biology and medicine, I'm fascinated with the science of brewing and look forward to helping people learn more about this process.”
Rotaract Packed Sandwiches Mar. 13
Our Edina Club Rotaract group joined the March Emerging Leaders Wednesday, March 13 at LIV Chiropractic to prepare sandwiches for "The Sandwich Man's" homeless outreach program. Last year, Allan Law distributed over 800,000 sandwiches to the approximately 4,000 homeless and people in need. With the exception of sandwich making, Mr. Law does much of the distribution work alone, cat napping in his van and working 20-hour days. He also distributes bus tokens, hygiene products, winter wear, socks and blankets. Mr. Law personally joined us during our packing session and it was an honor to become a part of his story and mission. For a better understanding of Mr. Law’s dedication and program click “More” and watch the video.
Joint Meeting with Edina Morningside Mar. 26
JOINT MEETING with Edina Morningside Rotary
Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30 AM
Edina Country Club
NO MEETING on Thursday, March 28th.
Rotary License Plate - Heather Edelson
UPDATE: Feb. 28,2019
After four years of effort, today, at the Minnesota State Capitol, the Minnesota House Transportation and Finance Committee conducted a hearing on House Bill No. HF0593, which did pass - now it's on its way to the House Ways and Means Committee. 
Hopefully, this legislation will eventually lead to us being able to purchase special, Rotary International, Minnesota license plates for our cars and motorcycles. Thank you to all you Rotarians; especially, Rep. and Chief House Author Heather Alstad Edelson, my co-testifiers PDGs Tim Murphyand Kyle Haugen, our 17 (so far) co-authors of the legislation (including the House and Senate) and those who came out today to support us. — withPaul NelsonHeather Alstad EdelsonTim Murphy,Margaret Kinsella Johnson and Kyle Haugen.
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. 
A step closer to this being 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.
In Review
President John Flynn started the meeting with a video clip whereby Don Hutchinson and Sam Thompson shared their reasons why they joined and like Rotary.   Who among the following are Edina Magazine’s writers/editors: Ann Platt, Kaylin Eidsness, Jeff Ohe?  Answer:  All of the them.
We were greeted by Will Steinke and John Flynn.  Despite his spine injury, Will did a good job greeting everyone with a firm handshake.  Front desk was kept by Royce Pavelka and Becci Michalski.  Our meeting hosts were Kevin Kalal and Mike Kallas.
Chuck Agan moved us with a very inspiring invocation which was followed by Pledge of Allegiance and Rotary’s Four-Way Test.
Deirdre Kvale introduced visiting Rotarians and guests.  Val Burke introduced our two Edina High School student guests.  Lauren Stone has been busy with swimming, cheerleading and Nordic Track. She wants to study biology and become a physician’s assistant.  Jacob Straub was involved in volunteer political campaign, marching band, and debating as well as swimming/diving.  He would like to go to West Point.
Kaylin Eidsness was this week’s official photographer for us.  She was busy taking photos of members and guests. 
Catherine Gump gave her Classification Talk.  After a brilliant career with Cargill (she moved all the way up to Vice President in charge of shareholder relations), she retired early.  She grew up and now lives in Edina Morningside.  One of her biggest achievements was marrying her husband Tom Gump.  Her father had a long career at Pillsbury and her mother was a lawyer. (Her mother came to the meeting, to listen to Catherine!)  After graduating from Robbinsdale High School, Catherine went to Smith College to study Economics.  While working at the Department of Agriculture, she learned about commodity market which led her to pursue a graduate degree at Stanford University.  At Cargill, she made many national and international merger/acquisition deals.  After living in Gainesville (GA) and San Francisco (CA), she came back home to Edina where she and her husband Tom raised a son and hosted 5 Rotary youth exchange students.  After retirement, she has been involved in many non-profit activities.  She is glad that she officially became a Rotarian. 
The program was introduced to us by Don Hutchinson, who has been involved in many committees in our club.
Our speaker Michael Schroeder is a landscape architect and current Assistant Superintendent for Planning Services at the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, where he oversees the planning and design of the MPRB’s 160 neighborhood parks and 19 regional parks and trails.
For ten years, he was a member of the Edina Planning Commission and within months of completing his last term he was asked to facilitate a planning process addressing the future of the Greater Southdale District (GSD). Michael showed us some photo images of Southdale since 1937.  It was incredible to see Southdale surrounded by cornfield even in 1947.  In 1957, a movie theater was added to the shopping mall.  The Planning Commission’s effort, driven by many volunteers and consuming more than four years, resulted in the creation of a fifty-year vision for Greater Southdale now embodied in the city’s 2018 Comprehensive Plan.  The 12-people committee hired a consultant with only one condition:  “Don’t lecture us. Otherwise, you will be fired.”  Both the committee and the consultant made herculean efforts the result of which finally met the minds of the city leaders and citizens.  As part of the greater plan, the building at 7200 France Avenue will have to go and Edina will eventually see a new chapter in its history, with a lot of landscape changes in the GSD area. 
Fred Sylvester lectured about Rotary and thanked our speaker.
President Flynn closed the meeting with his final thought: “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now,” 
Next week’s speaker is Dr. Sean Ewen  of Wooden Hill Brewery Edina.  If you like beer, you don’t want to miss this meeting! Paul and Jean Mooty will also make a surprise appearance with the theme of “Meeting Herder.”  Don’t miss it!
Don't forget the Irish Dinner Event (March 9) is cancelled due to the impending snow storm.
There will be a joint meeting with the Edina Moriningside club on Tuesday, March 26, 7:30 a.m., Edina Country Club. Our regular meeting will NOT be held Thursday, March 28.
There will be Rotary License Plate meeting on March 11, from 9:45 to 11:45 am at #200 State Office Building.  If you are interested in owning a Rotary Plate on your vehicle, please show up and show your support! 
Life is good in Edina Rotary where members are all above average, happy and generous!
Upcoming Events
Joint meeting with Edina Morningside Rotary Club
Edina Country Club
Mar 26, 2019
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
2019 Rotary Brewery Tour
Pryes Brewing Company
Mar 28, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotaract Club of Edina
The Mezz
Mar 28, 2019 6:00 PM
Rotary Bingo - Family Event on Apr. 7
Edina Country Club
Apr 07, 2019
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary Club of Edina Board of Directors meeting
Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel
Apr 17, 2019
Area 3 Vocational Ethics Day
Edina Country Club
Apr 18, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
International Service Trip to Guatemala
Apr 27, 2019 – May 03, 2019
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
Meeting Duties
Front Desk
Sylvester, Fredrick
Front Desk 2
Front Desk Administration
Michalski, Becci
Greeter 1
Hansen, Heather
Greeter 2
Stevens, Terry
Meeting Host 1
Loberg, Shelly
Meeting Host 2
Mazzara, John
Invocation/Pledge of Allegiance/Four-Way Test
Amundson, Luther
The Barker writer
Christensen, Joe
Introduce Guests
Kunz, David
Eidsness, Kaylin
Introduce the Speaker
Born, Barbara
Thank the Speaker
Lewis, Gordon
Rotary Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Les Jones
March 1
Michael Norman
March 2
Brad Pearson
March 3
Paul Mooty
March 4
Will Steinke
March 6
Axel Steuer
March 7
Gary Pedersen
March 9
Bob Hildreth
March 10
David Aase
March 11
Dale Walker
March 12
Kelley Burnett
March 13
Sandra Schley
March 16
Kelly Anderson
March 22
Thom Winninger
March 24
Joe Hayes
March 25
Michael Stanzak
March 30

The Edina Country Club will be serving a lunch menu of Chicken Chardonnay or Cajun Catfish. 

The Rotary Club of Edina's Administrator, Becci Michalski, works part time and will respond to your inquiries within 24 hours. Contact her at or leave a voicemail or text message at 612-234-7390.