September 17, 2019 Meeting Preview

George Esbensen, former Fire Chief of Eden Prairie

MN Fire Initiative


MN Fire Initiative is dedicated to providing tools to protect its Firefighters' health by focusing on 3 main problems: cardiac, cancer, and emotional wellness.


Duty Roster 9/3/19-9/17/19
 Sep. 3Sep. 10Sep. 17
GREETERSAdam SeidelFrank SherwoodAdam Sienkowski 
 Patrick DonohueMark FreibergBill Gaddis
INSPIRATIONGeorge EsbensenJohn EstallMark Freiberg
CHECK-INCraig BlixrudCarol BombenDick Ward
 Aaron CasperMatt CraneSteve Cwodzinski
BULLETINJenifer LoonKelly SalweiMark Weber
DOOR PRIZEHolly LinkJon MelanderLyndon Moquist
VOCATIONALMark FreibergPatrick DonohueJacob Stonesifer 
If you cannot be there, please find a sub and notify Prafulla Vegunta
Notes from August 27, 2019

Ed Johnson: Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge

Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge’s work in the area of drug and alcohol prevention, treatment, and recovery are was outlined to Eden Prairie A.M. Rotarians on Aug. 27.
The work is substantial. At any given time, the nonprofit organization is helping 700-plus individuals in Minnesota through 11 facilities and approximately 500 employees around the state, according to Ed Johnson, who serves as director of development. About 1 in 9 persons struggles with drug or alcohol addiction, and many of those get help from Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge.
The organization has four main areas, including: a “Know the Truth” prevention program presented in school assemblies and classrooms; a licensed treatment program that is typically 7-90 days; a faith-based recovery program that lasts 12-15 months; and a transition and after-care program.
These programs are critically important for several reasons, among them the fact that drug-overdose deaths have been trending upward and every $1 spent on prevention saves $18 in future costs. 
About 75 percent of those who graduate from Challenge’s long-term program are still clean six months later, according to Johnson. “Seventy-five percent is pretty significant, and we’re proud of that,” he added.
You can learn more about the organization and its services at


We met Ricky, our newest exchange student, who is from Brazil. Our Sept. 3 meeting will be at Boulay. The Sept. 10 meeting will serve as town hall assembly meeting. On Sept. 17 the program is by club member George Esbensen and feature the MnFire Initiative. A joint Swallowship meeting with the Noon Rotary Club will be held Sept. 26 at Tavern 4 & 5. The next meeting of EPAM Rotary women is Oct. 3.

Happy Fives

We’re happy and we’ll happily pay to share our stories. Jenifer Loon is happy about her youngest daughter landing a new job following college graduation in May. Jane McGinty is happy to present two Rotary club flags from Shanghai, China, obtained during a business trip. Jon Melander is feeling a bit of empty-nest syndrome after having delivered his youngest daughter to Arizona State University. Steve Cwodzinski is happy to report that he spent part of his trip to Europe reconnecting with Germans who had earlier visited Eden Prairie. Dan O’Brien is happy to have celebrated another trip around the sun. Jeanne Zetah is happy to be visiting her former club after having settled in Tucson where she has – to no one’s surprise – become involved in Rotary. Cathy Carlson, Jon Melander’s mother-in-law, is happy to relay information about a Sept. 12 fundraiser by Minnetonka Rotary.


Rick Artiero - RYE Student
Todd Bollig - Rotarian
Cathy Carlson - Rotarian
Clementine - RYE Student
Jeanne Zetah - Rotarian
Mrinalni Iyer and Nicki Kunz - Student Interns
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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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