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My Rotary Youth Exchange Experience: From Paraguay to Eden Prairie
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Upcoming Events
April Board Meeting
Apr 18, 2017
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
11th Annual Vocational Ethics Day
Edina Country Club
Apr 20, 2017
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
STRIVE Meeting
Eden Prairie HS Performing Arts Center Atrium
Apr 21, 2017
7:45 AM – 9:15 AM
Eden Prairie Park Cleanup
Flying Cloud Ball Fields
Apr 22, 2017
8:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Above and Beyond Awards Dinner
Eden Prairie High School East Commons
Apr 25, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Give Gathering
Eden Prairie Education Center
Apr 27, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Meals on Wheels Week
Pick up meals at EP Senior Center
May 01, 2017 11:00 AM –
May 05, 2017 12:00 PM
STRIVE Meeting
Eden Prairie Community Center - Cambria Room
May 09, 2017
7:45 AM – 9:15 AM
Swallowship "Happy Hour"
May 11, 2017
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
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National Awards Services Inc.
March 21, 2017 Meeting Preview

Beverly Aho and Mark Weber

Update on the Eden Prairie Community Foundation

The Eden Prairie Community Foundation is celebrating its 35th year of enriching our community through philanthropy, collaboration and leadership.  Throughout our history, our volunteer organization has worked to improve the quality of life in Eden Prairie and has awarded $1.6 Million in grants to more than 85 different organizations – literally touching the lives of everyone who lives or works in Eden Prairie. Join Mark Weber and Bev Aho as they share an update on this important community partner.

Duty Roster 3/21 - 4/4/17 - click READ MORE
 Mar. 21Mar. 28Apr. 4
GREETERSBill GaddisJohn GoergenGreg Olson
Rick GetschowCathy HaukedahlDave Hellmuth
INSPIRATIONBev AhoBrad AhoCraig Blixrud
CHECK-INOrv SietsemaDick WardCarol Bomben
John GoergenGreg OlsonCheryl Eastbourne
BULLETINKelly SalweiMark WeberRoger Jorgensen
DOOR PRIZEJay SimpsonBob SolohubCarol Sundet-Meeker
VOCATIONALIrene KellyBill GaddisJohn Goergen
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Notes from March 14, 2017
Steve Elliot became a Rotarian in New York. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and carries the 4 way test in his wallet. In 1849 Minnesota became a territory. The fifth thing the new territorial legislature did was to establish the Historical Society. The motto of the Minnesota Historical Society is “History Matters”. Minnesota’s historical society is unique in its formation. At the time historical societies were gentlemen’s clubs but in Minnesota it was intertwined with government, culture and all aspects of Minnesota life. The Minnesota Historical Society published its first book in 1859 which was a Dakotah dictionary partnered with the Smithsonian Institute.
Every newspaper has given a copy of their daily issues to the historical society. One television station has given every news broadcast for 50 years. The Historical Society has over 300,000 photographs, ½ million books, and even several forts. But it is not just the collection of “stuff” but it is the organization and communication of that stuff that is applied to our lives today. There has been a transition from traditional audiences to newer audiences that don’t look like traditional Minnesotans.

Things happening this year:
  • The Margaret Cargill foundation gave a second donation of a half million dollars over 3 years to provide a Native American Artist Residency Program.
  • State Capital reopening – 10 million dollar renovation
  • Pneumbra Theatre – 40th Anniversary of one of three African American companies in America.
  • World War I America opens on April 8th . Cenntenial anniversary of entering the war.
  • In December the 50th Anniversary of the 1968 exhibit
  • National Historic Oliver Kelly farm will reopen on May 6th in Elk River
  • Getting Fort Snelling ready for it’s tri-centinnial celebration in 2020.
Steve ended his presentation with the following, “History imparts a sense of one’s place in time and it can give us a sense of personal attention and agency. It provides context for communities. It frames tomorrow.”
  • EPHS Career Speakers program
  • EP Reads –Mar. 20th Racial Bias in MN Panel at City Ctr
  • Board Meeting March21 st
  • Meals on Wheels week of March 27th
  • Maria Friedman – RYE Alum update.  Leaves April 20th for a 16 week internship with 8 weeks in Columbia and 8 weeks in Argentina
  • Ale Pena Gonzalez: Opportunities to connect
  • District Assembly – April 8th at Crown College
  • Park Clean Up – April 22nd at Flying Cloud
  • District Conference – April 28th - early bird rates
  • EP Gives – April 29th 6:30-11 at Oak Ridge Conf. Center
Spotlight on Jay Simpson
Jay Simpson is known to some as the largest, longest-surviving stomach tumor alive today.  Initially diagnosed as a stomach tumor, Jay was born and raised in Austin MN.  He attended St. Olaf College and Drake Law School and began practicing law in the Twin Cities in 1985.  Jay worked as an in-house attorney for 15 years for both public and privately held companies before starting his solo practice in 2000.  Jay is a transaction attorney helping private clients buy and sell businesses; selecting and forming corporations and LLC’s; negotiating, drafting and advising clients regarding leasing, licensing, employment and independent contractor agreements.  Jay is married to his wife Cathy (27+ years and ongoing) and they have 2 adult children; i) daughter Taylor with a Master’s degree in Medical Illustration from Augusta University and working in San Jose CA for a medical device company and ii) son AJ with an undergraduate degree from the U of M Carlson School of Business in Finance and Marketing and working for wealth management and financial planning company (AYCO) in Chicago.  Jay noted how Rotary is one of his main connections to the local Community and that he greatly values his relationship with Rotary (specifically the STRIVE Program) and the personal relationships developed over the years that he has with each of the members of our club.” 
New Member Induction 
We at Eden Prairie AM Rotary proudly inducted into our club Bill Gaddis, sponsored by Irene Kelley, and Greg Olson, sponsored by Frank Sherwood.
Happy Fines
  • Jane McGinty – New job with Donaldson Corporation.
  • Dan O’Brien – Week of childcare for grandchildren. Several memorable events.
Maria Friedman - Past Rotary Youth Exchange Student
Ale Pena Gonzalez - Exchange Student
Stella Lindbergh and Carter Mason- Student Interns

Eden Prairie AM Rotary Club meets on Tues. mornings from 7:30-8:30 a.m.
at Bearpath Golf and Country Club, 18100 Bearpath Trail, Eden Prairie MN 55347

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