April 16, 2019 Meeting Preview

Roy Terwilliger

History of Eden Prairie and Eden Prairie Rotary Accomplishments

Our esteemed Roy Terwilliger will take us for a trip down memory lane and enlighten us on the proud beginnings, growth of our Rotary group as well as weave in the history of Eden Prairie growth milestones.

Duty Roster 4/16/19-4/30/19
 Apr. 16Apr. 23Apr. 30
GREETERSRoger JorgensenDennis KimKevin Kraemer
 Mark WeberBill YeagerBev Aho
INSPIRATIONRoy TerwilligerDick WardMark Weber
CHECK-INDick WardCraig BlixrudCarol Bomben
 Adam SienkowskiJay SimpsonBob Solohub
BULLETINMark WeberJenifer LoonKelly Salwei
DOOR PRIZEMark FreibergBill GaddisRick Getschow
VOCATIONALJohn EstallElaine LarabeeJohn Crudele
If you cannot be there, please find a sub and notify Prafulla Vegunta
Notes from April 9, 2019


As VP of Development, Kathy is responsible for oversight for individual donors and volunteers, special events, grants, in-kind donations and marketing opportunities. Her personal connection to the mission of Angel is that her mother died of multiple myeloma and her oldest daughter was diagnosed with invasive melanoma at age 22. Her daughter is doing well but Kathy knows firsthand how quickly a family sees the financial impact. The Angel Foundation was founded in 2001 with funds from Minnesota Oncology Hematology, P.A. Angel Foundation provides assistance to families under two programs (Emergency Financial Assistance and Facing Cancer Together). Emergency Financial Assistance assists families dealing with financial stress of cancer with non-medical expenses like housing payments, food, utilities or fuel. Facing Cancer Together provides parents and caregivers the tools they need to parent through cancer including education, social gatherings, self-care and relaxation, Camp Angel, Teen Outreach and one-on-one phone conversations. Angel has reached 19,000 families with $9 million dollars in assistance. For more information visit


  • 4/18 – Vocational Ethics Luncheon at Edina CC
  • 4/27 – Park Clean-up at Flying Cloud Fields 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • 4/29 – Above and Beyond Award Dinner
  • Check the events calendar for upcoming social and service events.


Adam was born in Edina and his family moved to Eden Prairie when he was five. He attended EP Schools participating in Football, Baseball and Theater. He attended Northwestern in Chicago where he got into sports broadcasting which he continued after college including some minor league baseball. Until very recently, Adam was employed by Minnesota House of Representatives. He just left there to join the Minnesota Conservative Energy Forum as its Executive Director. Adam is engaged and will be married in January. He is currently an EP School Board Member and enjoys being an part of the EP Community.


Roger Jorgensen visited Jeanne Zetah and attended a meeting at her Tuscon Rotary Club, from there he and his wife traveled to CA to visit son and then on to wine country. Jon Melander won office final four pool. Brad Aho promoted Lions pancake breakfast. Suzanne Kutina visited relative in Palm Dessert and excited about the kickoff of Superhero Training.


Susan Lee
Notes from April 2, 2019


Rudy Boschwitz was born in Berlin, Germany. His father moved the family from Germany after Hitler came to power. Settling in New Rochelle, New York, young Rudy attended Johns Hopkins University and then received a law degree from New York University, all by age 22. He joined his brother in a plywood manufacturing business, and started Plywood Minnesota in Fridley, Minnesota in 1963. Rudy Boschwitz was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1978 and served until 1991. He served both President George H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush, first as Emissary to Ethiopia in 1991 and then in 2005 as Ambassador to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights. Senator Boschwitz and his wife Ellen have 4 sons, two granddaughters and five grandsons, considering their family their greatest success.
Senator Boschwitz’s presentation, entitled “Magnificent America,” traced the history of the world since WWII, noted the growth of Democracy, the rise of 4 billion people world-wide out of poverty into the middle class and the longest period of time in history that there have been no wars between major powers. After WWII ended, 12 countries in the world were democracies. According to ratings from Freedom House, there are now 88 “free” countries, or democracies. The significance of this development is that there has never been a war between two democracies. Democracies embrace free economic institutions, civil rights and human rights. The poverty rate, (formerly half of the world’s population lived in poverty) has been cut in half, now as 25%.
The leadership of the United States has been critical in spreading democracy. Some of the lessons learned from Presidents like Lincoln and FDR in healing nations after a war is to “let them down easy.” Helping war torn countries to rebuild their economies has led former enemies to become friends. Senator Boschwitz pointed to the 1919 Treaty of Versailles as an example of what can happen when not following this policy. Germany was treated harshly in the treaty, and felt they were penalized. Hitler rose to power in the aftermath and 24 years later, WWII began. The Marshall Plan, considered by the Senator as one of history’s most unselfish acts, rebuilt friend and foe alike. A monetary system, based on the dollar, was created to help nations recover from war, and trade barriers were lowered to help build economies. The Senator concluded that the “world is a better place because of the actions of the U.S.”


Craig was born in Alexandria, MN, the 4th of 5 children. His family moved to Burnsville, MN when Craig was 5 years old where he grew up loving and playing sports. His father was in the golf business, and Craig was allowed to travel with his father, which he enjoyed. Craig graduated from Burnsville High School, where he met his future wife. They will be celebrating their 36th wedding anniversary this year and live in Apple Valley. Craig’s son Peter works in the battery business with Craig, and daughter Sarah is getting her masters in accounting from St. Thomas University. They have a growing number of grandchildren to dote on, and especially enjoy their family time at their cabin on Potato Lake near Park Rapids. Craig and his wife love to travel and have been all over the U.S. Last summer the LaCount’s took their first trip to Europe, visiting Munich, Germany. This summer, they may go to Norway or France. Craig’s wife is retired from Delta Airlines, so they often take last minute trips by catching a “hop” on a Delta flight. Craig was introduced to Rotary by his father-in-law who was active in the Burnsville Rotary.


  • P.G. Narayanan reminded members that the EP Community Foundation Gala is Saturday, April 27th at Bearpath. You can get tickets from any Foundation Board member.
  • Craig Blixrud is happy his daughter Rachel, who will be graduating from college in May, has gotten a job. Congrats Rachel!
  • George Esbensen encouraged members to support the golf event on May 20th raising funds for our firefighters and their families.
  • Irene Kelly was excited to be taking a tour of Apple Valley with the local police chief, and taking her grandchildren along for the experience.
  • John Estall invited the club to sign up to attend and support the Above and Beyond banquet honoring Eden Prairie High School Students. The event will be April 29 th at 6:00 p.m. at EPHS.
  • Suz Kutina encouraged Rotarians to bring guests to our upcoming social events. She is also happy to be escaping the Minnesota winter by taking a trip to California to visit her sister.
Ellen Boschwitz - Guest of Speaker
Wooj Byun - Guest of Speaker
Dave Duca - Rotarian
Whitney Hall - Guest of John Crudele
Janet Kang
Mary Jo Sherwood - Guest of Frank Sherwood
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Insights on the MN Economy
Jul 16, 2019
Athentic Leadership & Communication Strategies
Jul 23, 2019
Club Assembly
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Upcoming Events
EPAM Rotary Women's Meeting
Jan Eian's House
Jul 25, 2019 5:30 PM
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Bulletin Editor
Adam Sienkowski
Russell Hampton
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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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