Contact Information
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 pm at Tavern 4&5 in Eden Prairie.
 
If you have a question, are interested in joining or have a comment on our website, please contact:
    John Urbanski
    952-949-0744
 
If you'd like to speak to our club at an upcoming meeting, please contact:
    Mike Thomas
 
Speakers
Amanda Ottman
Feb 21, 2019 12:00 PM
The Ground Truth about the Caravan and Immigration
Conn McCarten
Feb 28, 2019 12:00 PM
Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools
Robb Virgin
Mar 07, 2019 12:00 PM
The State of Education at Eden Praiire High School
Liz Andress
Mar 14, 2019 12:00 PM
Professional skills training transforms lives in the Congo
Linda and Tom Herzog
Mar 21, 2019 12:00 PM
Building a Rose Bowl Parade Float
Laura Bishop
Apr 25, 2019 12:00 PM
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Greg Olson
May 23, 2019 12:00 PM
Warship Indianapolis
Nick Rogers
May 30, 2019 12:00 PM
Rib Fest Logistics
 
 
Weekly Update
At this week's meeting, we had a casual meeting and the privilege of ordering off the Tavern 4&5 menu. We also heard from our president, Marcus Beyer, and his son, Colin. They both shared about Colin's once in a lifetime opportunity to attend a USA Olympic Training camp in New York for luge racing. Colin had a memorable experience and it was very interesting learning about luge racing!
Thursday, our own Tim Engstrom, editor of the Eden Prairie News came to inform us about how EP News functions and all of the behind the scenes work to make the newspaper run smoothly.
At this week's meeting, we discussed this year's My Book Day. We are looking for a couple of Rotarians to be a part of different committees for planning My Book Day this year. "The Eden Prairie Noon Rotary is committed to promoting the importance of reading and funding this annual event. My Book Day is a program which provides 700+ first graders bus transportation to the Eden Prairie Library where they are taught how to utilize the library's many resources. A few months after their library visit, they attend the My Book Day event. On that day every first grader in the EP school district is given a hard cover book and library card of their very own. My Book Day is designed to  promote the idea that reading is fun as well as an important, life-long skill."
Doug Lobdell, a member of the Eden Prairie Noon Rotary Club, came to speak with us about the work of the Rotary Foundation focusing on how contributions to the Rotary Foundation are leveraged to make many of our club’s projects possible. 
At this week’s meeting, Paul Smaby came to speak with the Eden Prairie Afternoon Rotary Club about the Benefits of Stress. When most people first think of stress, we think about the negative side of stress. Today we learned that stress can be harmful but it can also be enhancing. 
PingPing Yu spoke to the Eden Prairie Noon Rotary Club about the traditional Chinese culture, some of the challenges facing the Chinese traditional culture, and what makes the Chinese culture unique. PingPing Yu shared a preview with us of the show Shen Yun and explained how Shen Yun is being used to revive the Chinese traditional culture.
Ben Grabski, Healthplan CEO for Medicare at United Healthcare, came to speak with us this Thursday about the healthcare landscape. He first mentioned that Medicaid enrollment went up by 63% from 2006-2016 because of the affordable care act. Medicaid also provides for half of the births. As for Medicare, it is for 65+ or under 65 with certain disabilities, and there are four parts: hospital insurance, medical insurance, Medicare Advantage plans, and prescription drug coverage. There are 400,000 in Minnesota with these cost plans- whereas only 200,000 additional scattered across the United States. It was interesting to hear that in U.S. healthcare, there are 172 million commercial members (43% of whom are fully insured), 74 million use Medicaid, and 60 million in Medicare.
 This week’s speaker, Carlee Kjeldahl, is a sustainability specialist of the City of Eden Prairie. Carlee is passionate about reserving energy in our community. She shared with us simple ways to reduce the amount of energy we use every day.
 
Opioids in Eden Prairie: It's Happening in Our Community
 
We continue to fight the opioid epidemic. Recently, the Eden Prairie Police Department funded a short video that chronicles the lives and unfortunate deaths of two young men from Eden Prairie. Please do everything you can to prevent these tragic events from happening to anyone else.