Posted by Sam Thompson
The next meeting of the Rotaract Club of Edina will be Thurs., Mar 28, at The Mezz in Lunds & Byerlys on France Avenue in Edina. The meeting begins at 6 p.m.
Speaker: Leadership Coach John Crudele
The main topic of his presentation/workshop is going to be, "creating the bridge from possibility to purpose". With over 30 years experience, John Crudele is known as a speaker, author and coach who relates to his audience in a very personal and profound way. More than two million people have been inspired by his stories, attracted to his authenticity and challenged by his candor.
Rotaract clubs consist of young professionals between the ages of 18 and 30. Usually meetings will be held at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at The Mezz. Each meeting will feature a speaker and focus on service projects in alignment with Rotary’s mission of “Service Above Self.”  There are 10,904 Rotaract Clubs in the world consisting of 250,792 members in 184 countries.  There is only one Rotaract Club in District 5950.  Plenty of room for growth! 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.
Rotaract brings together adults ages 18 to 30 to take action in their communities, develop their leadership and professional skills, and have fun. The Rotary Clubs of Edina and Edina Morningside are sponsoring the new Rotaract Club of Edina, but Rotaract members will manage its club independently.

As Rotaract members connect with other young leaders, they can take advantage of all Rotary has to offer, including scholarships and peace fellowships, RYLA events, and friendship exchanges or vocational training teams.

There is no charge to attend meetings. Eventually, the Rotaract Club of Edina may charge its members nominal annual dues.

“Rotaract is our future – our AAA team,” said Sam Thompson, an officer of the Rotary Club of Edina and one of the organizers of the new Rotaract club. “We are committed to the current Rotary International President’s goal of expanding Rotaract globally and strengthening the transition from Rotaract into Rotary. Today’s Rotaract members are tomorrow’s Rotarians.”

Mark Gasner is the first Edina Rotaract President. Nash Faulk is President-Elect. Members Jake Johnson and Scott Hawkins have agreed to be on our founding Rotaract board.  Please contact Sam Thompson at if you have friends, family, neighbors or work associates that would be interested in joining our Rotaract Club.