Rotary 101 - Learn what Rotary is all about and more!

Retention Russ, District Governor – would like to warmly welcome you to one four identical 2.5 hour workshops. The Rotary 101 training will be offered in four locations throughout District 5950 – Eagan, Chaska, New Ulm, St. Cloud. Rotary 101 has been designed for new members, less than 4 years, or anyone looking for a refresher to learn more about Rotary and the many aspects of Rotary!  It is a chance to increase the value of Rotary by increasing members level of knowledge!

Attend any of the four identical sessions that works with your schedule:

Session #3: New Ulm
Wednesday, Oct 2nd - (5:00 – 7:30 PM)
New Ulm Country Club, 1 Golf Drive
Session #4: St. Cloud
Saturday - October 5 - (8:00-10:30 AM)
Great River Regional Library, Bremer Room, 1300 W. St. Germain St.
Your district dues have paid for your attendance at this event. There is no cost to you or your club.
Russ and his talented team look forward to traveling District 5950 to offer this great free training. Retention of Rotarians allows for more connections and opportunities in our communities for “Service Above Self”.
If you have questions please contact Alexa Rundquist.
Thank you
Retention Russ and the District 5950 Training Team
ROTARY 101 TRAINING 2019-09-05 05:00:00Z 0
We have an amazing club!  EMRC members, check out the findings of our recent survey. Thanks to President Zdenek for guiding us through this process and implementing initiatives to make our club even better.  Click below to review the responses to 65 questions.

CLUB HEALTH CHECK 2019-05-14 05:00:00Z 0
STATE OF THE COMMUNITY 2019-02-19 06:00:00Z 0
FRAUD & CONSEQUENCES 2019-01-04 06:00:00Z 0
Of the 35,000+ clubs across the globe, Rotary International chose only a few clubs to obtain membership tips from - and EMRC was one of them!
EMRC Past-President & D5950 Governor Nominee Tom Gump
During Tom's year as EMRC president (2016-2017), our club added 31 members and went from a medium-sized club to a large club in D5950 - with only four clubs larger than ours.  Truly amazing and a role model for clubs across the globe.  If you haven't had a chance to read the article, or just want to see it again, you can find it here - "STEP RIGHT UP".

INTERESTED IN ROTARY? 2018-07-22 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary serves children around the world through the Polio Plus program. Today is your opportunity to beautify your home AND protect a child against this crippling disease.  View this year's selections.  And don't forget to share the link with your neighbors and businesses.  Spring really is just around the corner!
In partnership with:

PLANT FLOWERS - FIGHT POLIO 2018-03-16 05:00:00Z 0
We enjoyed record breaking attendance as we hosted a joint meeting of the Edina Rotary Clubs, November 28, featuring a Panel Discussion on the opioid epidemic. The discussion was moderated by our own John Pastor, System Director for Fairview Pharmacy Services. 

Guests included Rich Stanek, Hennepin County Sheriff; Lexi Reed Holtum, Executive Director, Steve Rummler Hope Network;
Rob Reynolds, Advocacy Director, Verde Technologies & former Eden Prairie Police Chief.

OPIOID AWARENESS 2017-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
From Past-DG Jim Nelson, who along with EMRC Rotarians Tom Gump and Paula Schwartz recently returned from Honduras.
We saw the good – generated by the previous Honduras project that many helped to fund – and the bad – additional communities in the same general area that are still waiting hopefully for help.  
HONDURAS 2017-09-24 05:00:00Z 0
We are collecting items for the kits at Rotary meetings:
  • Girls cotton underpants (sizes 8-14)
  • Washed flannel (dark & wild patterns best)
  • 100% cotton (smallest size 5”x5” and dark & wild patterns are best)
  • Washcloths
  • Hotel-size soap
  • Ziploc bags – gallon size, freezer, with slide-closure
Need more details?  Julie Madison – or Chris Kennedy –
For more information on the Days for Girls program -
DAYS FOR GIRLS DONATIONS 2017-07-23 05:00:00Z 0
Each week, at the end of our club meetings, we tell our program speaker, “A donation has been made to our Foundation that provides local and global grants to a variety of organizations that assist others.”  Here is the proof!  Pictured is last year’s President, Tom Gump, presenting Foundation treasurer Jane Ehresmann with a check for $3,500 from the club in recognition of the 35 speakers in 2016-2017.  $100 per speaker is contributed to the Edina Morningside Rotary Foundation and will be available for distribution as we seek to “Make a Difference” in 2017-2018.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE 2017-07-03 05:00:00Z 0
This June, The Rotary Club of Edina Morningside voted to dedicate the remaining balance ($2,250) of its 2016 International Projects Budget to a “WASH” (i.e., water, sanitation and hygiene) project located in western Honduras.  The ambitious project plan presented entails raising $800,000, with project partner World Vision, to benefit thousands of families, schools and health care facilities, by providing access to lasting sources of clean water.
If you would like to participate in the project, or go with PDG Jim Nelson, PDG Tim Murphy and Tom Gump to Honduras in September, please contact Tom Gump.  The multi-club, multi-district project is being spearheaded by The Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club and The Rotary Club of Edina Morningside is the first club to vote to contribute dollars to this important project.   

Rotary Friendship Exchange 2017- Living the American Way

Joining the Rotary Friendship Exchange between RID 5950 and RID 3810 this Rotary Year 2016-2017 of Rotary Serving Humanity and Rotary Foundation's 100th year of Doing Good in the World is a very wonderful experience of a lifetime I will never forget.

Living and interacting with the Rotarians from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA from May 26, 2017 to June 8, 2017 together with other Filipino Rotarians from RID 3810 is an experience so worth remembering and to treasure forever.

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!

Posted on Dec 10, 2016
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 0
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?

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 0
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! 

CONNECT WITH ROTARY 2015-09-28 05:00:00Z 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
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 0
25th Anniversary Presentation 2015-01-26 00:00:00Z 0