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 9/10/19-9/24/19
 Sep. 10Sep. 17Sep. 24
GREETERSFrank SherwoodAdam Sienkowski Jay Simpson
 Mark FreibergBill GaddisRick Getschow
INSPIRATIONJohn EstallMark FreibergBill Gaddis
CHECK-INCarol BombenDick WardCraig Blixrud
 Matt CraneSteve CwodzinskiPatrick Donohue
BULLETINJenifer LoonMark WeberKelly Salwei
DOOR PRIZEJon MelanderLyndon MoquistPG Narayanan
VOCATIONALPatrick DonohueJacob Stonesifer PG Narayanan
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Co-Hosted Reception at Tavern 4 and 5

Join Us On September 26th to Hear Special Guests Dr. Willy and Sofia Menendez

On September 26th, Rotary Clubs in the area with co-host a reception at Tavern 4 & 5 from 5-7 pm with Dr. Willy and Sofia Menendez from Escuintla,  Guatamala. These special guests will lead the efforts associated with our future Global Grant.  Dr. Willy heads up the Pediatrics Departments, including the PICU and NICU, of the Escuintla National Hospital which has approximately 14,000 births a year. The water at the hospital runs for 20 minutes every two hours and is not clean.
Come hear the compelling story from our Guatemalan friends, Dr. Willy and Sofia and learn how we will team up with the Edina Noon and other clubs help make a difference for these communities in need! Cost for each attendee is $15/person which includes hors d'oeuvres and Cash Bar. 
Click HERE to sign up to attend this event!
Notes from September 3, 2019

Mario Rodriguez - Authentic Leadership

Mario is a Minnesota native who recently returned from a stint in Columbus Ohio. Mario is a consultant with Integrated Leadership Systems. He holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Capella University and is currently working on his PhD in the same field. His Bachelor’s Degree is in Psychology from St. Cloud State University. He also holds certifications in Hogan Assessments and The Leadership Circle Profile 360 assessment. Before joining Integrated Leadership Systems (ILS), Mario worked as an Organizational Psychologist for the State of South Dakota working with executive leaders and teams to improve the state’s workforce in areas including leadership, culture, employee engagement, selection, and performance.
Mario led us through an exercise in the importance of authentic leadership and how to use emotions effectively in leading others. He talked about the path to authenticity and touched on development of personal mission and vision statements.


  • 9/26 – Join EPAM and Noon Rotarians at Tavern 4 and 5 for joint swallowship with Edina Rotary and Dr Willy and Sophia Menendez who will talk about an exciting hospital project they are working on. 5-7 p.m.
  • 10/10 – EPAM Rotary Women’s Meeting at Holly Link’s house. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Spotlight on Mark Frieberg

Mark came to Minnesota from Roslyn, NY when his father’s job transfer brought the family to St Louis Park. Mark took us through his career beginning with losing his job right before his wedding. Decided to try real estate at age 21 and became successful and after ten years he started a mortgage company which was very successful up until the recession. At that point he started an e-commerce business which also became very successful. Mark’s community service career began with a seat on EP Heritage Preservation Committee, then Happy Fines the EP Planning Commission and last year ran for and was elected to EP City Council. Mark is on the lookout for the next “door to build”.


John Rettenath - Guest of Roy Terwilliger
Nicki Kunz - Student Interns
Jan 21, 2020
Silent Impact: "Influence via Purpose, Persistence, Passion"
Jan 28, 2020
Scheel's new 250,000 sq. ft. EP Store-- 400 employees
Feb 04, 2020
Home Craft Brewery Innovation/ "The Story"
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Upcoming Events
EPAM Rotary Women's Gathering
At the home of Irene Kelly
Jan 23, 2020
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
EP Noon "Pong Fest"
Eden Prairie Community Center
Jan 25, 2020
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Board Meeting
Jan 28, 2020
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Feb 12, 2020
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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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