Diane Cross of Fraser to speak Aug. 9
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Diane Cross, CEO of Fraser, as program speaker at the Thursday, Aug. 9, meeting. Cross will share the story about Fraser's making a difference in our community.
New member Dr. Sita Dash will be officially inducted into the club at the meeting.
Click on the link below for more on the speaker...
Members honored as Paul Harris Fellows
Several Edina Rotarians were honored for their donations to The Rotary Foundation at the Aug. 2 Rotary Club of Edina meeting. Our TRF Director David Clynes presented the following Rotarians with their PHF pins:
  • Gary Pedersen—PHF+4
  • Susan Stiles—PHF+5
  • Kris Maser—PHF+6
  • Bonnie Rolstad—PHF+7
Congratulations and many thanks to these members for their generosity.
Night to Unite—Rotarians' service in action
Rotarians and family volunteered to hand out Deterra packets (which are a safe way to render drugs inactive, allowing people to easily dispose of drugs) Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Night to Unite parties across Edina. We partnered with the Edina Police Department to deliver the packets. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped out, and to Fred Sylvester for coordinating the event for our club.
Click on the link below for more photos from the parties...
2018 Gala news: Silent Auction strategies
Intrepid and Fabulous 50th & France Team (Joe Arends, Katy Campbell and David Clynes) set out last month to find donations for the 2018 Rotary Club of Edina Fundraiser & Gala Silent Auction. Using all their "talents," these volunteers share their strategies and snacks. 
Don't forget—the annual Fundraiser & Gala "Rotary's Got Talent!" is Saturday, Sept. 29! Be on the lookout for your invitation in the mail soon. And contact Tom Bach or Jennifer Hendrickson about donating a Silent Auction item!
Click on the link below for more...
Rotary Race Day at Canterbury Aug. 10
WHAT: Rotary Race Day at Canterbury Park will raise money for PolioPlus!
WHEN: Friday, Aug. 10, doors open at 5:30 p.m., live horse racing begins at 6:30
WHERE: Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Road S., Shakopee
WHO: All Rotarians, family and friends
INFO: $10 ticket gets you admission into the park, a hot dog and soda. Organized by Rotary District 5950, 100 percent of ticket sales will benefit PolioPlus! 
TICKETS: Buy your tickets at this week's Rotary meeting, Aug. 9. Contact Social Director Renee Harberts or TRF Director David Clynes with questions.
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Lawn bowl with Rotarians Aug. 29
WHAT: Lawn bowling!
WHERE: Brookview Golf Course, 316 Brookview Parkway S., Golden Valley
WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29
WHO: All Rotarians, significant others and families
INFO: We have 48 spots reserved at the newly remodeled Brookview Golf Course for this fun family event! Cost is $14 per person. Click on the link below to find out where to send payment.
REGISTRATION: Go here. Please send in payment after registering.
For more on the event, click on the link below...
Rally with Rotary at Walk to End Alzheimer's
WHAT: Walk to End Alzheimer's
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 15, registration at 8 a.m., ceremony at 9:30, with walk immediately following
WHERE: Target Field, Minneapolis
WHO: All Rotarians, friends and families
INFO: Our club, along with other District 5950 Rotarians, are encouraged to join the Rotary Rally for Alz team and join us for the Walk to End Alzheimer's! Sign up to participate, donate to the team, or do both! Watch our video for more info!
REGISTRATION: Go here to register or donate. Contact Rick Carlson, Brad Hepp or Jennifer Hendrickson for more info.
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First Rotaract meeting is Sept. 12
The Rotary Club of Edina and the Edina Morningside Rotary Club are embarking on starting and supporting a Rotaract Club. Rotaract clubs consist of young professionals between the ages of 18 and 30. Starting a Rotaract Club is one of five of our clubs visioning goals. It also is Rotary International President Barry Rassin’s goal this year is to expand Rotaract globally and strengthen the transition from Rotaract into Rotary.
The first Rotaract meeting with be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at The Mezz in the Lunds & Byerlys on France Avenue in Edina. The meetings will be the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, starting Sept. 12.
We need Rotaract members. Please contact Sam Thompson at if you have friends, family, neighbors or work associates that would be interested in joining our Rotaract Club.
Click on the link below for more information...
Letter bag
Thank you for your contribution to Rotary's Annual Fund. By making this gift, you're supporting positive change in your community and communities around the globe.
Rotarians answer the call to action where they are needed most. Whether it's promoting peace and economic growth, establishing health clinics in rural villages, or providing schoolchildren
with educational resources, your support helps Rotarians take action against the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges.

Your gift is being transformed into life-changing service projects. As the global landscape grows ever more complex, your contributions ensure that Rotary clubs can carry out our mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace. Thank you for making Rotary's mission a part of your own.


Eric Schmelling
Chief Philanthropy Officer
The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International


In review
The program speaker at the Aug. 2 Rotary Club of Edina meeting was Steve Irving, a former jockey and now racing ambassador at Canterbury Park in Shakopee. His visit coincided with our club selling tickets to Rotary Race Day at Canterbury, to be held Aug. 10. The $10 tickets are still available, so don't hesitate to purchase one or two or more. All proceeds go to The Rotary Foundation's PolioPlus.

Two new members—Bridget Hallstrom and Afira Hasan—were officially inducted into the club by Past President Brad Hepp. Greg Yoch was sponsor to both new members.
Wade Thommen, a member of the Social Committee, gave us a recap of what the committee has planned for this Rotary year. First up is Rotary Day at Canterbury (see above) Aug. 10, lawn bowling Aug. 29 and the Walk to End Alzheimer's Sept. 15, followed by Fall Fireside Chats in October.
A "dance off" was held to find someone to move on to the talent portion of the 2018 Edina Rotary Foundation Fundraiser & Gala. Many Rotarians took part and danced their way into our hearts, if not into the finals. 
Click on the link below for more on the meeting...
2018 Fundraiser & Gala tickets and info! Click below!
Upcoming Events
Rotary Club of Edina Board of Directors meeting
Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel
Aug 15, 2018
Edina Rotary Foundation Board of Directors meeting
Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel
Aug 22, 2018
Insight Vision Care open house
Insight Vision Care
Aug 23, 2018
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Lawn Bowling
Brookview Golf Course
Aug 29, 2018
Rotaract meeting
The Mezz
Sep 12, 2018 6:00 PM
Walk to End Alzheimer's
Target Field
Sep 15, 2018
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Rotary Club of Edina Board of Directors meeting
Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel
Sep 19, 2018
Edina Rotary Foundation Board of Directors meeting
Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel
Sep 26, 2018
Rotaract meeting
The Mezz
Sep 26, 2018 6:00 PM
Edina Rotary Foundation Fundraiser & Gala
Sep 29, 2018 6:00 PM
Meeting Duties
Front Desk
Hawkins, Scott
Greeter 1
Amundson, Luther
Greeter 2
Asato, San
Greeter 3 (new member)
Hasan, Afira
Greeter 4 (new member)
Drake, Doug
Meeting Host 1
Byun, Wooj
Meeting Host 2
Swendsen, Mary
Invocation/Pledge of Allegiance/Four-Way Test
Stanzak, Michael
The Barker writer
Wanninger, Les
Introduce Guests
Burnett, Kelley
Kupper, Marty
Introduce the Speaker
Hutchison, Don
Thank the Speaker
Peterson, Kip
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
Club Administrator
Executive Secretary / Director
Rotary Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Ann Platt
August 1
John Allen
August 1
Harry Spell
August 2
San Asato
August 2
Michael Eckert
August 3
Mike Sitek
August 3
Bill Carter
August 12
Fredrick Sylvester
August 17
Thomas Bach
August 21
Kip Peterson
August 23
Andrea Thompson Miller
August 27
Frank Cardarelle
August 28
Jon Barnett
August 29
Tom Cook
August 29
Forest Green
August 31
Join Date
Mike Hagen
August 1, 1996
22 years
Hal Harris
August 4, 1994
24 years
Sutton McGraw
August 7, 2012
6 years
Bonnie Sue Rolstad
August 10, 2017
1 year
Jim Platt
August 11, 2016
2 years
Sarah Aydinalp
August 11, 2016
2 years
Sonja Tengdin
August 15, 2013
5 years
Kelly Anderson
August 17, 2017
1 year
Jody Kern
August 18, 2006
12 years
John Schwarz
August 20, 1987
31 years
Ann Platt
August 22, 2002
16 years
Bob Perkins
August 26, 1982
36 years
Donald Erickson
August 26, 1957
61 years
Frank Cardarelle
August 27, 1957
61 years
Gary Pedersen
August 29, 2002
16 years
2018 Rotary's Got Talent! 
Edina Rotary Foundation Fundraiser & Gala
Sept. 29, 2018
Rock Star Sponsors

Lead Guitar Sponsor
The Jennings Family Foundation
Bass Guitar Sponsor
The Brookshire Co.
Drums & Sticks Sponsors
Grandview Tire & Auto
Key Cadillac
McNellis & Asato
North American Banking Company
The Tankenoff Families Foundation
Backup Singer Sponsors
American Family Insurance
Cahill Financial Advisors
Carl M. Hansen Companies
Christensen & Laue P.A.
Peters Billiards
Smith Financial Group
Dr. Steven Veker, DDS—44th Street Dental
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage—Jody Kern
Groupie Sponsors
Abdo, Eick & Meyers
Advent Group
Hannelore A. Brucker, M.D., F.A.C.P., active as Scientific Fellow of the ACAAI
Lois & Frank Cardarelle
Carpathian Capital Management
Brett & Heather Edelson
End Polio Now! Katy & Ralph Campbell
Wayne & Dana Harmon
Hatzung Insurance
Kallas Law Office
Gordy Lewis
Mac & Mac
Dan & Stacy Mott
Bob & Rhoda Perkins
Kip & Rebecca Peterson
Pets Are Inn
David & Sandy Phillips
In Memory of Babby Schwarz
SideKick Inc.—Advanced Document Services
Sue & Dave Spalding
Harry & Angie Spell
Josh Sprague, Realtor—Sotheby's International Realty
Will & Lottie Steinke
Axel & Loreli Steuer
Terry & Marilee Stevens
Skip Thomas, Realtor—RE/MAX Results
Les & Mary Wanninger
The Wooddale Team of American Mortgage & Equity Consultants 

The Edina Country Club will serve grilled Reubens or chef salad at the Thursday, Aug. 9, Rotary Club of Edina meeting.

The Rotary Club of Edina's Administrator, Jennifer Garske, works part time, mainly on Wednesdays and Thursdays. She attends the Rotary meetings on Thursdays from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. to answer questions. Contact her at or leave a message on the Rotary cell phone at 612-875-3109.