February 4, 2020 Meeting Preview

"Fat Pants Brewery"-- Owners, Anderson Family

Home Craft Brewery Innovation/ "The Story"

We are excited to hear from the owners of "Fat Pants Brewery," the first and only in Eden Prairie! The Anderson Family owners:  Don (head brewer) & Linda (designer) and daughter Elizabeth (operations manager) will share the vision, passion, and story behind this popular new venue.

Duty Roster 4/14/20 - 4/28/20
 April 14thApril 21stApril 28th
GREETERSRoy TerwilligerPraf VeguntaElaine Larabee
INSPIRATIONJay SimpsonAndrea JamisonAdam Sienkowski
BULLETINKelly SalweiJenifer LoonMark Weber
DOOR PRIZEn/an/an/a
VOCATIONALTom Pouln/aSharon Borine
If you cannot be there, please find a sub and notify Aaron Casper
Notes from January 21, 2020

Joe Schmit - Silent Impact

Joe Schmit is an eighteen-time Emmy award-winning sports reporter for KSTP Channel 5 and big supporter of Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He has authored two books Impact Blueprint and Silent Impact. Joe said his dream of being a pro athlete died in Little League but since 1985 he has been witness to the greatest moments in Minnesota sports history. Joe’s wife is a retired attorney who volunteers with youth theater groups.
Joe has spent years studying people who make an impact. He shared a heartwarming stories about Roy Griak, legendary Gopher track and field coach and Bart Starr. His message is that “we make the biggest impressions when we are not trying to be impressive.” Joe challenged us to think about who would be on our Mt Rushmore of Influence for their impact on our careers and lives and to be aware and intentional about the impact we make on those around us. We can make a big impact by showing we care.


We met Toni Larson-Peterson, outbound exchange student to Spain, and her mother Julia Larson
Bev Aho thanked members for helping with Winter Wellness and congratulated Jan Eian for placing 2 nd in her class in the x/c skiing event.
Jon Estall talked about Above and Beyond kickoff meeting.
Jane McGinty talked about signing up for discounted group tickets to Shun Yuen. Available on club runner.

Spotlight on Andrea Jamison

Andrea grew up outside Kansas City (Lawson, MO). She has taught for twenty-two years. She is currently a part-time English teacher in Minnetonka Spanish Immersion Program. She and her husband have a daughter who is a nurse and a son at UMD. They have one grandson. They love to travel and the outdoors. Andrea shared some of the funny things her students have said.

Happy Fines

Elaine Larabee took blame for Packers loss because she forgot to wear scarf during first half. Dennis Kim thanked everyone for birthday wishes. Jeff Jiang talked about Chinese New Year. Irene Kelly congratulated planners on a fabulous Winter Wellness event Saturday. Ron Hughes (visiting member from Excelsior) thankful for last bacon before he undergoes heart bypass surgery. Matt Crane thanked Joe Schmit for giving up their back yard for their theater programs which his kids thoroughly enjoy.
Ricky Arteiro -RYE Student
Tim Conners - Prospective Member
Clementine Depierpont - RYE Student
Ron Hughes - Excelsior Club
Julia Larson - RYE
Toni Larson-Peterson - RYE
Tom Poul - Prospective Member
Mrinalni Iyer and Nicki Kunz - Student Interns
Notes from January 28, 2020

Jason Heintz: The New Scheels Store Coming to Eden Prairie

The manager and person responsible for getting the new Scheels store launched in Eden Prairie, Jason Heintz, was our guest speaker this week. Filling the spot where the Sears store formerly resided at Eden Prairie Center, the new Scheels will be 255,000 square feet, complete with a ferris wheel, deli/sandwich shop, old fashioned candy store, aquarium, and much more. The grand opening date is planned for July 11, 2020. Jason began by giving the club the history of Scheels, which began as a small hardware store in Sabin, MN by
Frederick Scheels in 1902 with money earned from a 3 acre crop of potatoes. Today, Scheels is a major sporting goods retailer with 28 stores in 13 states. Scheels is employee owned, and the 13 th largest ESOP in the nation. They gave back $15 million into local communities last year. They find local people to work in their stores, finding people who are passionate and knowledgeable about their sporting hobbies. Scheels boasts one of the best return policies of any retailer, and offers a price match if a customer finds a lower price somewhere else. Scheels has already become a corporate sponsor of the Eden Prairie A.M. Rotary Club, and provided the raffle prizes for our WinterFest fundraiser.


  • Ricky, one of our RYE students, is participating in the Polar Plunge to raise money for Special Olympics. Please support Ricky with a donation to this worthy cause.
  • Bob Starr explained to the club a new program in which Members can support our foundation with a donation of money from your IRA or securities. Consider putting the EP AM Rotary Foundation in your will or include it in your estate plan. See Bob or Kevin Kraemer for more information.
  • Roger Jorgensen explained the meaning of the pins given to Paul Harris fellows, and then awarded 5 of them to current recipients—Prafulla Vegunta, Kevin Kraemer, Kelly Salwei, Robb Hiller, and Jenifer Loon. Congratulations!
  • Holly Link and Jenifer Loon shared two fundraising ideas with the club. Holly discussed a potential food event at the restaurants at SWStation, with music and possible wine tasting on a patio area. Jenifer talked about a home brewing contest where people can sample and vote on their favorite. If you have an interest in working on a committee to develop these ideas, please contact Holly, Jenifer or Irene Kelly.

Spotlight on Nathan Nyren

Nathan is one of the newest members of our Rotary Club. Now in his mid-30’s, Nathan grew up in Siren, WI,-- a small town where his graduating class was 30 people. He attended the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire which is where he met his wife, Amy. They don’t have children yet, but wanted to find a way to become more involved in the community. They happened upon an old article about needing host families for Rotary Youth Exchange students and pursued the idea. After connecting with Jane McGinty, she really “sold” Rotary and both Nathan and Amy are hooked! Nathan worked for Hennepin County as the coordinator for housing stability, helping those who are homeless. Nathan is enjoying being a member of our club and loved the WinterFest event. He offered this thanks to Bev Aho for organizing. A few club members were excited to know that another Packer fan has joined us, but Nathan assured us he loves the Twins, too.

Happy Fines

  • President John Crudele celebrated his birthday with an outing to the Horse and Hunt Club. Aaron Casper and son Chase attended and had a wonderful time—best day ever for Chase (or at least since his birthday Rotary boat cruise on Lake Minnetonka).
  • Grandpa Roger Jorgensen is enthralled with grandson Miles, who is 3 ½ months old, giggling and smiling. He also has mastered the sous vide method of cooking.
  • Dan O’Brien offered $20 in thanks for those who helped with WinterFest. Dan was the architect for the new building at Starring Lake where the event was located. Dan is now off to Florida for 3 months. See you next spring, Dan!
  • Mark Weber thanked our friends from Scheels for their very generous gift cards which they donated as the prizes for our WinterFest raffle. Scheels employees also volunteer in the community (including Meals on Wheels delivery)—way to really “walk the walk!”
  • Jane McGinty thanked Irene Kelly for hosting a Rotary women’s gathering last week. .


Ricky Arteiro - RYE Student
Tim Conners - Prospective Member
Bob Jasperson - Prospective Member
Judy Jasperson - Prospective Member
Tom Poul - Prospective Member
Jack Kuehn - Burnsville Club
Kevin Gao and Kayla Keddie - Student Interns
Apr 21, 2020
Recalculating Your Life
Apr 23, 2020
"Vocational Ethics Day" Thurs. luncheon at Edina Country Club
Apr 28, 2020
"Overall Vision for Rotary in 2020." Fundraising tips too
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Upcoming Events
Board Meeting
Apr 28, 2020
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Above & Beyond
EPHS South Commons
Apr 28, 2020 6:00 PM
Women's Gathering at Zoom
May 05, 2020
5:30 PM – 7:00 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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