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Congratulations to EMRC past-president Rob Laughlin who was recently recognized for both past and current service to EMRC.  Rob received an Annual Volunteer Award at the 38th Edina Annual Volunteer Awards Reception, which took place April 3rd at Braemar Golf Course.   
Thank you Rob for all that you do for our club, Rotary and those that we serve!

CONGRATULATIONS ROB! 2017-04-16 05:00:00Z
Last Tuesday, the Rotary Club of Edina Morningside welcomed a visitor from Rotary Club Kyiv Multinational.   Mark Erjavec joined our meeting and posed for a photo opportunity with our own President Tom Gump.
Here is a little more about Mark's Club.  In the fall of 2005 Rotarian Roman Shwed brought together a group of individuals to initiate the start an English speaking Rotary Club in Ukraine's capital, Kyiv. After many meetings in different locations and at different times, as well as with a great deal of hard work and effort the group completed all of its paper work and sponsorship of support from other Rotary Clubs both in Ukraine as well as in Holland. When all this preliminary work had been completed, it was clear that Kyiv would have an English speaking Rotary Club.

On June 12, 2006 Kyiv Multinational Rotary Club received its charter from the President of Rotary International, Carl Whilhem Stenhammer in a ceremony at the President Hotel in Kyiv.

Unlike the other 39 already existent Rotary Clubs in Ukraine, KMRC was the first English speaking Rotary Club in Ukraine. Another aspect which differentiates us from other Rotary Clubs in this country is the composition and the origin of its members. While most Ukrainian Rotary Clubs are composed of Ukrainian nationals, KMRC started out with members from Canada, the Netherlands and the United States of America. Since it's inception KMRC has added members from across the World: Australia, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and more.

A SPECIAL VISITOR 2017-04-02 05:00:00Z
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation with your fabulous Edina Morningside Rotarian friends and guests.  We’ve been doing good in the world for 100 years and want to roll out the red carpet for you, as we revel in our own club’s accomplishments and toast to the next hundred.
Wednesday, February 22  6 to 8 p.m.
Continental Diamond West End
1600 Utica Ave S #130, St Louis Park, MN 55416
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Atrium. Cocktail party attire, please.
Cost: $40 a person
Anniversary Sponsor:  Mark Arnold & Continental Diamond

CELEBRATE 100! 2016-12-26 06:00:00Z
The Rotary Club of Edina Morningside 2016-17 President, Tom Gump, has been appointed to District 5950’s Leadership Team, in the role of “District Trainer.”  Part of Tom’s duties will include serving as the Emcee at the District 5950 portion of the President-Elects Training Session this year, which will be held on Thursday, March 9 through Saturday, March 11, 2017, in Ames, Iowa.
District 5950 District Governor Hegstrom has also requested Tom to work a booth at the upcoming District Mid Term Assembly, on January 28, 2017, to showcase "Achieving the Presidential Citation." Tom will work on our Club’s 2016-17 Presidential Citation live, on line, while projecting his work on a screen, so others can learn how to complete the application.  He will also create some handouts to distribute to others that visit the booth that detail how to navigate the process and make a brief announcement about "Achieving the Presidential Citation" at the Mid Term Assembly.  
Congrats Tom.  Thank you for setting an example of service above self!

Band students from Edina's Valley View Middle School gathered at Barnes and Noble on Saturday, December 10th to entertain shoppers.   The students, under the direction of Ms. Melody Snyder and Mr. Chris Gumz, participate in Harmony Bridge Club where they meet after school each week.
Harmony Bridge is a project created by Michael Levine and is proudly supported by the Edina Morningside Rotary Club.   Mr. Levine is the founder and director of the Dallas Brass, one of America's foremost music ensembles.  One of Michael's latest projects is Harmony Bridge, which brings student musicians of all ages to senior communities to perform for and interact residents living in senior communities.  
Harmony Bridge bridges generations, brings joy and love to the elderly and others in need.  It provides an opportunity for middle school and high school students experience being of service using skills they are leaning in school.  It also significantly contributes to improving students’ musicianship, the enjoyment of making music, and a lifelong appreciation for music and the arts.
The students will continue playing for seniors in our community in January 2017.

HARMONY BRIDGE CLUB 2016-12-10 06:00:00Z
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International (TRF). The number of Paul Harris Fellows globally reached the one million mark in 2006.  During the 100th Anniversary Year of The Rotary Foundation, District Governor Mark Hegstrom has been encouraging Rotarians to become Paul Harris Society members (committing to contribute $1000 annually).  There are now 250 PHS members in Rotary District #5950.
DG Mark's home club is the Rotary Club of Edina Morningside.  Under 2016-2017 President, Tom Gump, the club has taken the $365 per member contribution goal seriously. Tom has received commitments from 16 club members to become new PHS members. That brings the total number of PHS members to 24! In addition, on November 15, The Rotary Club of Edina Morningside became a 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club. DG Mark Hegstrom together with Club President, Tom Gump (l) and Jim Warner, Club TRF Chair, (r) proudly display the new recognition flag. Congratulations to all the club members and the District Governor on this honor.
While the Edina Mornginside club has a history of generosity, some of their Multiple PHF members used "points" to add to the cash contributions of newer members to reach the goal of every club member becoming a PHF.  The Edina Morningside currently has 79 members. Join something powerful... will you be our 80th member?

World Polio Day was established over a decade ago by Rotary International in honor of the birth of Dr. Jonas Salk.  Dr. Salk led the first team to develop an effective vaccine against poliomyelitis.    In 2016, we continue to fight to eradicate polio across the globe.   According to GPEI, there have been 30 cases documented this year worldwide (through October 30).  Twenty-seven of these are wild poliovirus type 1 and three are circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus cases.  The following countries have reported cases in 2016 - Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Lao People's Democratic Republic.
Rotary International is a proud member of the GPEI (Global Polio Eradication Initiative).  Launched in 1988 after the World Health Assembly passed a resolution to eradicate polio, the GPEI, along with its partners, has helped countries to make huge progress in protecting the global population from this debilitating disease. As a result, global incidence of polio has decreased by 99% since GPEI’s foundation and an estimated 10 million people today are walking who would otherwise have been paralysed by the disease. Now the task remains to tackle polio in its last few strongholds and get rid of the final 1% of polio cases. Read more about how GPEI, Rotary International and others supporters continue to team up in the fight against this deadly disease.

WORLD POLIO DAY 2016 John Pastor 2016-10-30 05:00:00Z
2016 BEER TASTING 2016-10-17 05:00:00Z


Congratulations Ted Field, Heart of the Community Recipient!  Minneapolis Area Association of Realtor's Heart of the Community Award Recipient, Ted Field, a MAAR REALTOR® founded Warm Hands, Warm Heads, Warm Hearts in connection with Edina Morningside Rotary Club, over 20 years ago. This program has kept many local families warm during the winter months by distributing over 300,000 hats and gloves to those in need.
Over the past 18 months, Ted has volunteered 100+ hours of his time and raised $40,000 for this cause. MAAR's Heart of the Community program will contribute $500 to Warm Hands, Warm Heads, Warm Hearts on behalf of Ted's leadership in the community.  Ted, a Rotarian for 23 years, is also a past-president of the Rotary Club of Edina Morningside.  

TED FIELD, AWARD RECIPIENT John Pastor 2016-09-04 05:00:00Z
The official Rotary Club of Edina Morningside RC Car
Youth Impact Racing is 100% committed to the next generation by teaching young people the value of responsibility, friendship, and teamwork.  In 2016, the Rotary Club of Edina/Morningside provided a local grant to fund a remote control “Rotary” Car for the youth of our community. They shared pictures of the two new Rotary RC cars that were purchased. The second car is red.  The YIR Director is scheduled to speak to our club on February 7 and to give you an opportunity to drive one of the RC cars! 

ROTARY RC CAR 2016-08-29 05:00:00Z
What a great year we have had -- 8 new Rotarians already!  This week, Tom, our Club President, came up with another great Rotary idea (he has Rotary on his mind 24/7).  When you arrive at the meeting this week, our newest members will serve as table hosts. Look for one of the table signs (pictured above) and join that person for breakfast. Feel free to ask questions so you can get to know him/her. Help them discover the true Rotary spirit. Thanks in advance for being welcoming, interested, and interesting.

NEW MEMBER TABLE HOSTS Mark Shockey 2016-07-27 05:00:00Z
Son Joe Machacek, Colleen and DG Mark Hegstrom, Colin Regis (Jaclyn's fiancé), Daughter Jaclyn Machacek
VIEW A NEW PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE INSTALLATION (send Mark Shockey any pictures you took to add)
What an honor for our club.  Just a few years ago Mark Hegstrom was club President, he went on to be the chair of the district membership committee, and now is the 2016-2017 District Governor.  On June 16, the Edina Morningside Club President Elect, Tom Gump (center) emceed a celebration of the effective year of 2015-2016 District Governor, Tim Murphy (right) of the Rotary Club of Edina and the installation of Mark Hegstrom (left).  The event included thoughts from both the current Governor and the Governor-Elect as well as the handing off of the "Home of the District Governor" flag from the Rotary Club of Edina President-Elect, Ann Platt, to our President-Elect, Tom Gump, and presentation of huge bouquets of flowers to the first ladies designed by our own Janine Krieter. Interlachen Country Club was host to this celebration including entertainment by Rotarian Tim Mulcrone and The Jazz Cats. Many club members participated to make this an outstanding and memorable event.
Look for a year of vibrant clubs as our the leader of District 5950 begins his term on July 1, with his District theme of Great on Purpose.


Anuradha Shah

The Rotary Club of Edina Morningside has a new intern, for the 2016-2017 Rotary year, which begins July 1, 2016 - Anuradha Shah.  Anu is an M.B.A. student, at the Carlson School of Management (with a Healthcare emphasis).  She is very interested in working with us.  She is familiar with Rotary and appreciates the great work it does.  Anu is from India, and it is a great connection to share our Rotary experience with someone from another country.  
Anu's primary responsibilities will include working with our Speaker Chair, Ian Nemerov, to secure speaker's presentation materials (along with coordinating classifications, exchange students, thought-of-the-day and Happy Bucks presenters, "Rotary Serving Humanity" spotlights, etc.) and preparing weekly meeting agendas and slideshow presentations. Anu also has experience securing speakers and running events, including coordinating logistics and budget for those events - so let Tom Gump know if you would like her help on a special project and we can see if she is interested in helping out with a particular project.

MEET OUR NEW INTERN 2016-06-09 05:00:00Z
Every week Rotarians gather to pack backpacks with food so that the students from struggling families in 12 area public schools don't go hungry over the weekend. That keeps them on top of their educational game.
April is the EMRC month with member Mark Shockey serving as the team lead each week. A few of our club members have volunteered each week including Rena, Laura, Kevin, Mike, and Zdenek. Last week an Edina High School student, Eleanor (at the end of the table in a blue shirt), partnered with Rotary for her Service Learning Project. Eleanor is an avid reader (her mom was librarian at St. Peter's School for years) and brought in 168 new books she had gathered to encourage reading. Her project researched and tried to overcome financial hurdles for learning. One book went home with each elementary school student over the weekend.  What a great way to share her gift to the world - reading! 

Rotarians and their families and guests enjoyed a wonderful breakfast and games at Dave and Busters for the annual holiday party.   Thanks to Bob Laue for organizing a fun and successful outing!

HOLIDAY PARTY 2015 2015-12-19 06:00:00Z
Visit the RI website. or click on the icons below to see Rotary at a Glance:
CONNECT WITH ROTARY 2015-09-28 05:00:00Z
Another great travel experience from one of our Rotary Youth Exchange students, Sarah Aydinalp (left) 2014-15, who just returned from Brazil. We also are hosting new students from South Korea and Norway; as well as sending one of our Edina youth to Italy. Safe and happy journeys to all of you!
EMRC EXCHANGE 2015-08-18 05:00:00Z
In April, President Rob Laughlin conducted an online survey of EMRC members to refresh our findings of the April 2013 Visioning process. Please view the summary below and how this will be used in the 2015-2016 Rotary year to improve our club.  Click below to view the survey:
CLUB VISIONING 2015 SUMMARY 2015-06-22 05:00:00Z
MN Demographic Presentation
Our program speaker, Andi Egbert, the Assistant Director of the MN State Demographic Center recently briefed our club on some demographics that effect us. The State Demographic Center promotes data-informed decision-making for the benefit of the state. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION she made to the club.
Check out data by topic from the State Demography Website:
MN Demographic Presentation 2015-02-09 00:00:00Z
Celebrating 25 Years!
Our Club Charter - "This Certifies that the Rotary Club of Edina/Morningside, Minnesota, U.S.A. having been duly organized and having agreed, through its officers and members, to be bound by the Constitution and By-Laws of Rotary International, which agreement is evidenced by the acceptance of this certificate, is now a duly admitted member of Rotary International and is entitled to all the rights and privileges of such membership."
The Rotary Club of Edina Morningside was sponsored by The Rotary Club of Edina and chartered on December 29, 1989. We celebrated the club's Silver Anniversary with a hangar dance at Thunderbird Aviation on January 24, 2015. We are proud of the work of our club and will continue to mark this special occasion at meetings, projects and special events throughout 2015.
Celebrating 25 Years! Mary Brindle 2015-02-02 00:00:00Z
25th Anniversary Presentation
Click here to view Heather Haen Anderson's presentation from the Anniversary event of founding of the Rotary Club of Edina Morningside 25 years ago.
25th Anniversary Presentation 2015-01-26 00:00:00Z
Highway Cleanup Sets a New Record
Bob Schriver, point lead on the Highway Cleanup Project, reported that 30 men, women, and children reported for duty for Highway Cleanup along Highway 100 splitting the heart of Edina.  For the last several years, the EMRC highway cleanup has been part of the Edina Day of Service in October of each year. This was one of a variety of projects around town coordinated by Connecting with Kids - Edina and the Edina Community Foundation.  Special appreciation to club members, family members, our team of ABC kids, and a team from St. Peter's who came and worked hard.
Highway Cleanup Sets a New Record 2014-10-27 00:00:00Z


Thank you for your interest in the Edina Morningside Rotary Flower Sale

100% of proceeds will benefit Polio vacinations - full eradication is in sight!


We ask that you PAY ONLINE - or send a check to the address on the order form.

Orders & payments must be received by Friday, March 31

Pick up will be Thursday, May 11, 4-7pm  St. Peter's Church East parking lot
5421 France Avenue South, Edina