Meetings of the Rotary Club of Edina Morningside now happen virtually.  Club leadership will reassess hybrid/virtual meetings at the end of March 2021. We welcome you to our meetings.
The Zoom link for our meetings is here: Click here to join the virtual meeting via Zoom.

  • Wednesday, January 6th
    • NO VOCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT - will resume in February
  • Tuesday, January 12th @ 7:30 a.m.
    • ​​​​​​​Club Meeting - Ainsley Schwerr - AmeriCorps VISTA at Normandale Community College
  • Tuesday, January 19th @ 7:30 a.m.
    • ​​​​​​​Club Meeting - Heidi Lee - City of Edina Race & Equity Coordinator
  • Tuesday, January 19th @ 6:00 p.m.
    • ​​​​​​​Leadership Development Series - Emotional Intelligence
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Isaac Orr, Policy Fellow at the Center for the American Experiment
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Ainsley Schwerr, Americorp VISTA at Normandale Community College
Ainsley Schwerr is a 19-year-old graduate of Normandale Community College with an Associate’s Degree with an emphasis in Global and Environmental Studies. Graduating and making further education plans amidst a pandemic was difficult for her as she has a genetic immune deficiency disorder. With college deferred for a year, she decided to try to give back during her “gap” year, and took a position with AmeriCorps (the domestic Peace Corps). She is working at Normandale as a Student Resources Center Coordinator where she connects students to resources to meet their basic needs, like housing, food, healthcare, etc. She felt it as a great way to spend a gap year while giving back to a community that helped her become the young woman she is today.

  • ​​​​​​​April 10th - District Assembly
  • April 23rd - District Conference

Tom Gump Appointed Assistant Rotary Coordinator for 2021-22
Rotary Club of Edina / Morningside's own Tom Gump has just been appointed by Rotary International (RI) to serve as one of eight Assistant Rotary Coordinators for Region 36/Zones 25B and 29, which together has 23 districts and over 51,800 Rotarians. 
Tom's position will entail being responsible for supporting membership in RI Districts 5580, 5950 and 5960.  Tom's term will begin on July 1, 2021, when he has completed his service as District 5950 Governor.     Congratulations Tom!
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Here are the bags that EMRC provided to the Normandale Center for Healing and Wholeness.  Thanks to Afira Hasan and the Community Service team for organizing this project and to Afira for providing these pictures!

The team wants to thank everyone for sending in the lovely notes!  They were very heartfelt ♥️.     Thanks also to Cheryl Nickelson who was the volunteer coordinator that picked them up.

‘Twas the night before Christmas and spread out all
Through the house,
No masked family members were stirring,
Not even a mouse.
The stockings were sanitized, by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas be allowed to come there.
The children nestled all snug in their beds,
They had dreams of travel and parties dancing in their heads.
And Mama in her mask and I with my COVID protective cap,
Had just settled in for a long, long, long winter’s nap.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window – with anti-bacterial spray in hand– I flew like a flash,
Decontaminated the shutters and, sprayed some on the sash.
The moon on the ground of the green and brown lawn,
Highlighted shadows that kind of looked like fawns,
When what to my shield-covered, wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh with eight masked reindeer.
With a little old driver, so old and so thick,
I hoped that it wasn’t a Covid St. Nick.
More rapid than media rumours his coursers they came,
He croaked and he mumbled as he whispered their names
Now Covid! Now Corona! Now Fauci and Cuomo!
On Quarentine! On Pfizer! On Astra- Zaneca and Moderna!
To the people Get Ye – Get Ye to one and to all!
Now dash away, dash away, dash away all!
And then in a twinkling, I heard on the roof,
The prancing and pawing of each protective bootied hoof.
As I drew in my ever-sanitized hands, I turned around and,
Down came St. Nick with a bound.
He was dressed all in Kevlar and fur, from his head to his foot,
And his protective robe was all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of medicine he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a mailman opening his pack.
His eyes how they twinkled! However, rest of his face
Was covered by a red and white mask,
But it didn’t stop him from getting right to his task.
He had a happy, but serious face and a little round Covid  belly,
That shook when he laughed like a bowl full of sanitizer jelly.
He was chubby and plump for a right jolly old nisse
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know that I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work.
Filling the stockings with Qvikk Lunsj, vials of vaccine and hope,
He turned with a jerk, and laying his surgical glove finger to the side of his nose,
Gave a nod and up the chimney he rose,
He sprang to his sleigh and, to his team he gave a mask-muffled call
And away they all flew, like blowing leaves in the Fall.
Now Covid! Now Corona! Now Fauci and Cuomo!
On Quarentine! On Pfizer! On Astra-Zaneca and Moderna!
To the people Get Ye! – Get Ye to one and all!
And I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight;
“There is hope for all!  And Hope comes tonight!”
Merry Christmas to all and to all a peaceful night!
Please note:
  • Nisse is a Norwegian elf
  • Qvikk Lunsj is Norway’s Kit-Kat candy bar
Credit - John Sorteberg
The Bizal family spent the day in service.  Jim and his family spent 5 hours sorting and boxing toys for children.  Thanks for serving the kids in our communities!

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Jan 12, 2021
AmeriCorps VISTA at Normandale Community College
Jan 19, 2021
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Joe Sullivan
January 2
Gerry Mimick
January 8
Dave Wendt
January 10
Margaret Johnson
January 10
Mike Andersen
January 11
Mike Seeger
January 11
Andrea Humphrey
January 16
Mark Arnold
January 16
Mark Sifferlin
January 30
Jeremy Newhouse
Jessica Newhouse
January 7
Rena Feldman
Michael Feldman
January 11
Joe Ott
Kristina Ott
January 23
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Andrea Humphrey
January 5, 2016
5 years
Margaret Johnson
January 5, 2017
4 years
Jeremy Newhouse
January 7, 2014
7 years
Sue Mickelberg
January 16, 2007
14 years
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