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Jennifer Jones to Speak on Nov. 21
Jennifer Jones is an incredible engaging story teller who will captivate her audience by sharing her journey in Rotary and showing them ways "Rotary Connects the World".One of Rotary International's most recognized communicators, Jennifer has presented keynote addresses and training workshops at more than 100 conferences across North America and most recently in St Petersburg - Russia, Panama City, Bangkok, Lisbon, Finland, India, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Australia and Germany.

Registration has closed for this event. This is a District 5950 sponsored event and we expect a high volume of visitors. If you have not registered, there may be a few seats and meals available at the door on a first come first serve basis.
 
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Wednesday, Nov. 27 Thanksgiving Basket Day
The event was a fabulous success! 85 Thanksgiving meal baskets, hats, mittens and a Faribault Woolen Mills blanket were delivered to area families today!
Thanks to all our friends and family who made this such a wonderful event!
 
The Rotary Club of Edina will partner with the Edina Morningside Rotary Club again this year for the Thanksgiving Baskets Assembly event on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Plan to bring your family and join your fellow Rotarians at the Edina Country Club for this great event before you celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. We will gather at 11:45 a.m. for lunch. Afterwards, we'll begin assembling the Thanksgiving baskets for area families in need. Volunteers are needed for the basket assembly, as well as deliveries after the event. Registration has closed for this event, however if you'd still like to help or attended lunch, please contact Becci Michalski or Michael Stanzak.
Friendsgiving Happy Hour, Tuesday, Nov. 26

Join your fellow Rotarians for a casual pre-Thanksgiving Happy Hour Tonight

We will gather for a "Friendsgiving" drink or two at Lunds & Byerly's The Mezz, 7171 France Ave. S., Edina. This is an informal event, so stop in any time between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. There is no charge except for whatever drinks you would like to purchase. There is food available downstairs for purchase and share with fellow Rotarians.

Kick off your holiday week with a relaxing glass of wine, beer or other favorite beverage with Rotary!

Contact Wade Thommen for more information. Registration is not necessary.

Holiday Giving Program-Boss Lady is in Town
The Rotary Club of Edina is once again collecting holiday gifts for families in need in our community. Rotarian Jean Morrison is spearheading the Holiday Giving Program, which will be donating to CornerStone and 66 West again this year. Members are asked to bring UNWRAPPED gifts and gift cards for children of any age (infant all the way through teens) as well as gifts for moms, dads, and families served by CornerStone. This year, gift cards to Macy's, Marshalls, Target, Famous Footwear, Torrid were also requested for the residents at 66 West to buy clothing for job interviews. The donations can be dropped off at the Edina Country Club on Thursday's December 12 and 19. Cash or check donations are also welcome. Jean will take the funds donated and buy gift cards or other gifts to be donated as well. 
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Rotarians Serve Chili to the Homeless
On Saturday, November 16th 11 Rotarians gathered near the Franklin Avenue light rail stop to assist Lt. Grant Snyder of the MPD prepare chili and serve about 100 homeless individuals chili, croissants and water.  Snyder added Worscestershire sauce, cocoa and coffee to the chili pot.  It was delicious and many homeless came back for seconds.
 
Snyder was given the 300+ pairs of socks that Rotarians graciously donated.  He will be distributing these in future days. It was a wonderful day of "Service Above Self"
 
Those in attendance were:  Jon Barnett, Jennifer Hendrickson, Jack Kennefick, Toshie Metzger, Jim Platt, Sue Spaulding and her husband, Dave, Mary Swendsen, Jean Morrison, Lisa Walker and Ann Platt.
 
Camp Enterprise 2019 Was a Total Success
After a solid month of planning, recruiting, and preparing Camp Enterprise 2019 wrapped up its annual three-day business camp on Saturday, Nov. 10. In its 39th year, Camp Enterprise is sponsored by the Edina and Edina Morningside rotary clubs.  104 students from Minnesota and western Wisconsin met at the YMCA Camp Iduhapi in Loretto to develop entrepreneuial skills and pitch their created plan to "Shark Tank" type venture capitalists. That’s part of the goal behind Camp Enterprise to teach students entrepreneurial skills, learn about leadership and business ethics.
 
Roughly 80 Rotarians from around the state volunteer their time and business leaders in the community serve as speakers and mentors. There is no cost for the student to attend camp with the $375 fee being paid by nearly 60 different area Rotary clubs. At the end of camp, five students each receive a $1,000 scholarship. Click on the following links to view the WCCO news piece and visit this year's Camp Enterprise web page for more information. WCCO and Camp Enterprise
In Review - November 11 Veterans Day Lunch
Fellow Rotarians, friends, veterans and guests from Rotary Area 3 clubs gathered Monday, Nov. 11 to celebrate Veterans Day.
 
November 11, 2019 | Edina Country Club | Veteran’s Day
 
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In Review - November 7 Meeting Detailed
Josh Sprague, President of the number 1 club in the universe, wrestled a boisterous, engaged crowd to order via the initially confusing but now highly anticipated 'Moon Landing' theme music.  Jellyfish would be proud their work lives on long after MTV abandoned music.
 
Josh recognized Paul Peterson and The Peterson Family for their overdue and richly deserved introduction into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame.  Although many could argue the timing - one year after The Replacements, but only ten years after the iconic Land O'Lakes Choirboys - no one can challenge the joy The Peterson Family have brought to Minnesota!
 
Josh also gave a short history of Camp Enterprise, which was launched in its current form by Dan Hallberg and Dennis Hikes 39 years ago.  The Alexandria Rotary deserves 'founding status' for originally initiating this annual event which bring hundreds of motivated high school students from dozens of schools around the state to grow and practice their leadership and business building acumen. 
 
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In Review - November 7 Meeting
Due to some technical difficulties there are no words to note the absolutely fantastic meeting on November 7th. So, as they say -- a picture is worth a thousand of them!
 
 
Our speaker was our very own, Heather Edelson, MN State Representative.
She is standing with Wade Thommen, Social/Vocational Committee.
 
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Club of Edina Holiday Gift Giving Program
Edina Country Club
Nov 29, 2019 – Dec 19, 2019 11:00 PM
 
Rotary Club of Edina Board Meeting
Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel
Dec 18, 2019 7:30 AM
 
ERC Holiday Cocktail Party - Dec. 19
Edina Country Club
Dec 19, 2019
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
 
Holiday Cocktail Reception
Edina Country Club
Dec 19, 2019
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
 
Happy Hour/Vocational Development
Lunds & Byerlys The Mezz
Jan 01, 2020
 
Rotary Club of Edina Board Meeting
Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel
Jan 15, 2020 7:30 AM
 
Private Dining at Bachelor Farmer
The Bachelor Farmer
Jan 16, 2020
 
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Metzger, Toshie
 
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Kalal, Kevin
 
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Veker, Steven
 
Invocation
Thommen, Wade
 
The Barker Writer
Shinners, Jennifer
 
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Hendrickson, Jennifer
 
Rotary Birthdays
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Don Hutchison
December 1
 
Joe Christensen
December 9
 
Patti Ellingson-Solheim
December 9
 
Rich Kleber
December 13
 
Scott Blake
December 24
 
Eli Groenendyk
December 25
 
Wade Thommen
December 25
 
John MacLennan
December 30
 
 

2019 That's Entertainment! 
Edina Rotary Foundation Fundraiser & Gala
October 5, 2019

 

Presenting Sponsors

Tankenoff Families Foundation

Dr. Dash Foundation

 
Platinum Sponsors
Katy and Ralph Campbell
Carl M. Hansen Companies
Tradition Mortgage
The Jennings Family Foundation
Washburn-McReavy
Faribault Woolen Mill Company
Lakes Sotheby's International Realty
Stiles Financial Services
Interested in being a sponsor?
Download the website sponsorship guide

On Thursday, December 12th the Edina Country Club will be serving Pork Tenderloin or Chicken and Berry Salad. The children's lunch menu will be Chicken Fingers, Mac and Cheese and fruit with Christmas cookies for dessert. In the spirit of the holiday season a cash bar will be available for adult libations.

The Rotary Club of Edina's Administrator, Becci Michalski, works part time and will respond to your inquiries within 24 hours. 

Contact her at rmichalski@EdinaRotary.org or leave a voicemail or text message at 612-234-7390.