April 30th Meeting Preview

Apr 30, 2019

Dr. Josh Swanson, Superintendent of EP Schools

EP Schools upcoming referendum--- long term vision, facilities

Superintendent Dr. Josh Swanson and Communications Director Brett Johnson will present the long term vision for the Eden Prairie school district and background about the upcoming school referendum. They will also share the reasoning behind the referendum for academic excellence and how it will create facility improvements.  


Duty Roster 4/30/19-5/14/19
 Apr. 30May. 7May. 14
GREETERSKevin KraemerSuz KutinaCraig Lacount
 Bev AhoBrad AhoDave Anderson
INSPIRATIONMark WeberBev AhoBrad Aho
CHECK-INCarol BombenDick WardCraig Blixrud
 Bob SolohubJacob Stonesifer Josh Swanson
BULLETINKelly SalweiMark WeberJenifer Loon
DOOR PRIZERick GetschowSTRIVE ProgramJohn Goergen
VOCATIONALJohn EstallAwardsElaine Larabee
If you cannot be there, please find a sub and notify Prafulla Vegunta
Notes from April 23, 2019

Judit Amaros-Marin: A Review of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program and Remarks by Our Inbound 2018-19 Youth Exchange Student from Spain, Judit

Jane McGinty began our program by sharing some information on Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE). A former RYE student who went to Germany for a year, Jane highlighted the international and local impact of RYE. Jane also gave a shout out to Dennis Kim who started the New Generation exchange with young adults from South Korea.
Rotary student exchanges started when European students began studying in different host countries in 1927. The Official RYE program commenced in 1972, and 8,000 students worldwide now travel each year through this exciting and educational program. The Eden Prairie Rotary has sponsored 73 students in RYE since 1978—38 incoming students and 35 outgoing. Currently, our outgoing student is Anya Falk (daughter of EP Noon Rotarian, Bill Falk) and she is living with a host family in Belgium. The club enjoyed a video of Anya being interviewed by our own John Crudele about her experience in Belgium. Anya has taken a gap year after her high school graduation to be a Rotary Youth Exchange participant. She said she has really grown and learned from trying something she was afraid to do, and was grateful to Rotary for the experience.
After the video of Anya and John, Judit took the podium and shared several photos and stories about her home in Spain. Judit’s home town is Moja, which is a small town near Barcelona. She is 16 years old, comes from a family of six, and enjoys tennis, reading and writing. Judit’s family consists of her parents, older brother and two younger sisters, and together they love travelling, cooking, and swimming in the sea. The family also has a pet cat named Lucy. Judit’s father is president of the local Rotary club.
Judit shared a little about her life in Spain. A local festival, which coincides with the seasons, is popular in her home town. Human towers are built which is a significant tradition for the festival. The area around Moja has many vineyards and wineries. Judit’s school experience in Spain is quite different from that of Eden Prairie. Her school in Spain is small, and there are six grades in the high school, which a student usually begins around age 13. The students receive two breaks a day, and must go outside during their 30 minute lunch break.
Since coming to live in Eden Prairie, Judit has enjoyed many wonderful experiences while living with her host families. She went to Las Vegas with hosts Blake and Lori Cadwallader where she visited a friend who is an exchange student there. Judit has played tennis with EPHS, attended football games, went to the Selgae’s dance, enjoyed a school camping trip, and skated on a frozen lake for the first time. Judit is looking forward to Prom (she already has her dress!) and a school canoeing trip in May. She will also accompany Blake and Lori on an upcoming trip to Tennessee. Some things Judit still hopes to experience before departing on June 16 th are visiting the Minnesota Zoo and going to a cabin on a lake to boat and water ski.
Next year, EP Rotary (the morning and noon clubs combined) will have 2 inbound RYE students; one from Belgium and one from Brazil. Rotarians can help support this incredible program and learning experience by either hosting an RYE student, or taking them on an outing.


  • Monday, April 29th at 6:00 p.m. is the Above and Beyond banquet honoring selected students from Eden Prairie High School. Dinner will be held in the East Commons at EPHS, catered by Buca.
  • May 19th will be the kick off for the “Chicken Challenge” to help support PROP. John Goergen is heading the effort up this year, please see sign up sheet on your table and add your name if you can help that day.

Happy Fines

  • Lyndon Moquist shared that Edina Realty would be hosting a client appreciation event at their offices in Eden Prairie on Saturday, April 27th from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring items to donate to those less fortunate, including new or gently used bicycles, furniture, and clothing. Local organizations, including Bridging and the PROP Shop would be benefiting from these donations. Clients, friend and family will enjoy food trucks, music, and a bouncy house for the younger set courtesy of Edina Realty.
  • Holly Link filled in for Irene Kelly, encouraging everyone to register and attend the upcoming Rotary District 5950 Conference to be held on May 17th at the Minneapolis Event Center. It promises to be an action packed day—including the opportunity to hear Irene sing!
  • George Esbensen invited the club to participate in the MNFore Golf Event on May 20th beginning at 11:30 at Bearpath. Proceeds from the charitable event will go towards firefighter well-being.
  • President Matt Crane offered up thanks to the host families for Judit, who attended today’s meeting, and for their significant role in providing a positive experience for our RYE students. Matt was also happy that he and his wife will be taking a vacation and leaving their four children home with their grandparents. Enjoy!


Judit Amaros-Marin: Exchange Student
Blake Cadwallader: Rotarian
Lori Cadwallader: Rotarian
Dave Duca: Rotarian
Bill Falk: Guest of Member
Kris Falk: Guest of Member
Jack Haase: Rotarian
Sandy Kraemer: Guest of Kevin Kraemer
Chris McGinty: Guest of Jane McGinty
Madeline McGinty: Guest of Jane McGinty
Amy Nyren
Nate Nyren
Molly Zeller: Student Intern
Jul 09, 2019
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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