Kim Rathjen: Board President of Onward Eden Prairie

In here role as outreach coordinator at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Kim became aware of the issue of teen homelessness. From 2016-2017, PROP served 40-plus youths 18-24 ages years-old who were self-proclaimed head of household. Onward Eden Prairie was formed in October of 2017 with a mission of “Providing a safe place to sleep and dream for young adults in our community.” The organization rents a home from Immanuel Lutheran where qualified young adults can rent rooms for $300 per month ($150 returned when they move out). While at the residence program participants work with case managers from Oasis for Youth. Youths must be 18-22 years old at time of application.
The average stay is 1-2 years. The home is currently full with four young women. Kim thanked EPAM Rotary for volunteer (half of the board is from our club) and financial support. Visit for information and to donate.


  • 4/3 Plymouth Rotary Brewfest
  • 4/18 Ethics Luncheon @ Edina CC
  • 4/27 EP Gives 2019 “Caribbean Nights” at Bearpath 6-10:30 p.m.

Spotlight on Dick Ward

Dick was born in Spokane WA but soon moved to Iowa where his parents were from. Grew up playing basketball. Started college career at University of Nebraska-Omaha but transferred after a year to a small Lutheran University to study business. Dick’s first job out of school was selling electronics but left to work with Chicago Northwestern RR in their real estate division and he has been working in Commercial Real Estate since then with General Growth Properties and later forming his own Company. Dick and his wife have two daughters who work in the Twin Cities.

Happy Fines

John Crudele grateful for PETs training and recent mission trip to Philippines with FMSC. Josh Swanson grateful for MN Wild visiting Eden Lake, hosting parents who will watch their grandchildren while parents get away for a break. Matt Crane proud of daughters hockey team who were consolation champions at state tournament.


Loren Swanson - Guest of Josh Swanson
Andy Tan and Noah Stuhr - Student Interns