Matt Halley to speak Dec. 6
The Rotary Club of Edina will welcome Matt Halley as program speaker at the Thursday, Dec. 6, meeting. He joined Cookie Cart as its 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.
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Next Rotary Happy Hour is tonight, Dec. 5
The next Rotary Vocational Development Group will be Wednesday, Dec. 5.
Once a month, Edina Rotarians have a chance to connect with other club members, and any guests, at the happy hour. This Rotary event is held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Mezz at the Lunds & Byerly's in Edina. The meeting will feature a brief presentation from a featured Rotarian, plus time for introductions, networking and questions. The Rotary Club of Edina and EMRC collaborate on this event.
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Holiday Giving Program continues this week
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 or Marshalls 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 at Rotary meetings Dec. 6 or 13, or at the Holiday Party on Thursday, Dec. 20. 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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Next Edina Rotaract meeting is Dec. 12
The Rotaract Club of Edina will host two local authors at the Wednesday, Dec. 12, meeting. Colton Witte and Sean Bloomfield will speak about their book, "Adventure North." The two Chaska High School graduates canoed 2,200 miles up the Minnesota River to Hudson Bay when they were teenagers. 

The club will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Lunds & Byerly's in the 50th and France area of Edina. Rotarians are welcome at this special gathering! 
Contact Rotaract President Mark Gasner at for more info. 
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Rotary Holiday Party is Dec. 20
Baby, it's cold outside! So the Rotary Club of Edina Holiday Party must be right around the corner! The annual holiday gathering will be Thursday, Dec. 20, starting at 5:30 p.m. Join your fellow Rotarians and their guests for hearty appetizers and a cash bar at the Edina Country Club. Linda Peterson, of the incredibly talented Peterson Family, will be performing to put everyone in the holiday spirit!
Please register if you plan to attend so we can plan for the party. The registration deadline is Friday, Dec. 14. We have had record registration so far—so don't miss out celebrating the holidays with your fellow Rotarians!
There is NO regular Rotary Club of Edina meeting Dec. 20 or 27. 
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Letter bag
On behalf of our board of directors, nursing staff and volunteers, and most of all our patients and their families, THANK YOU for the Rotary Club of Edina's exceptional generosity once again through bringing us the gift of three boxes of Thanksgiving food...and so much more! We are so pleased with your kindness. The food was absolutely terrific, as can be attested by the 40 or more guests we had for our main meal on Thanksgiving. And if that isn't enough, the leftovers carried us into the next days in various ways. 

So my dear friends, I say "thank you" for your continued kindness and generosity to our Little Hospice and each of us. You make a difference. We are all so blessed by your special friendship. 

Robert J. Solheim
N.C. Little Memorial Hospice, Inc.
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In review
The program speaker at the Nov. 29 Rotary Club of Edina meeting was Harvey Newcomb, Director of Principal Gifts for The Rotary Foundation. 
John Schwarz was honored with a Major Donor award at the meeting for his generosity in giving to The Rotary Foundation. Joel Jennings presented John with the honor. Congratulations, John!
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Club of Edina Holiday Gift Giving Program
Edina Country Club
Nov 29, 2018 – Dec 20, 2018
Rotaract—'Advenure North' author event
Lunds & Byerly's
Dec 12, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Peterson Family Christmas Concert at the Dakota
The Dakota Jazz Club
Dec 16, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Rotary Club of Edina Board of Directors meeting
Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel
Dec 19, 2018
Edina Rotary Foundation Board of Directors meeting
Edina City Hall
Dec 20, 2018 7:30 AM
Meeting Duties
Front Desk
Kupper, Marty
Greeter 1
Smith, Stefan
Greeter 2
Veker, Steven
Meeting Host 1
Johnson, Susan
Meeting Host 2
Kallas, Mike
Invocation/Pledge of Allegiance/Four-Way Test
Thommen, Wade
The Barker writer
Barnett, Jon
Introduce Guests
Erhardt, Ron
Bennerotte, Jennifer
Introduce the Speaker
Thompson, Sam
Thank the Speaker
Shinners, Jennifer
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
Club Administrator
Rotary Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Don Hutchison
December 1
Joe Christensen
December 9
Patti Ellingson-Solheim
December 9
Rich Kleber
December 13
Afira Hasan
December 20
Scott Blake
December 24
Wade Thommen
December 25
John MacLennan
December 30
2018 Rotary's Got Talent! 
Edina Rotary Foundation Fundraiser & Gala
Sept. 29, 2018
Rock Star Sponsors


The Edina Country Club will serve beef tips burgundy or Caesar salad at the Dec. 6 Rotary Club of Edina meeting. 

The Rotary Club of Edina's Administrator, Jennifer Garske, works part time, mainly in the afternoons and evenings, and all day Thursday. She attends the Rotary meetings on Thursday to answer questions. Contact her at or leave a message on the Rotary cell phone at 612-875-3109.