Kick-Start will provide eight volunteers to serve and clean up dinner at Easter Lutheran Church (by the Lake).
Food will be prepared by others during an earlier shift (look here if you are interested in preparing the food, which is separate from Kick-Start's activity).

For details contact Denise Sjoberg or sign up on Clubrunner.

Loaves & Fishes: Dakota County Homeless Shelter Mike Supina 2018-02-26 06:00:00Z 0
Are you curious about the contribution of the Arts to our local economy and quality of life? Then join us for a fascinating presentation and discussion at Eagan City Hall on Monday Feb 26 from 5:30pm-6:45pm.

Sheila Smith, Executive Director of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts and Chair of Creative MN, will share a report on the economic impact of the Arts in Eagan. You'll get an insight into the economic activity generated by the arts and artists in Eagan and the hard data you can use to advocate for your art organization.
Stay after the presentation for a discussion about the Super Block and make your mark on the vision for it.

Creative MN: Eagan Impact Study Mike Supina 2018-02-26 06:00:00Z 0
Join us at Art Works Eagan, 3795 Pilot Knob Rd, on March 11 from 1pm-2:30pm to try a variety of salads, sides, main dishes, and treats celebrating Brazilian and Italian traditions. Proceeds from this buffet style meal will help fund travel for our foreign exchange students over Spring Break in June.
When buying tickets, please select vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, or specify your dietary needs because we want YOU to be able to share a meal with the community.
This meal is brought to you by the 2017-2018 exchange students Isabelle França​ and Giovanni Arriciati with back-up by Rotary friends Ryan Murphy and Jerri Neddermeyer.
Email Jerri to reserve your spot.
Rotary Foreign Exchange: Community Meal Mike Supina 2018-02-19 06:00:00Z 0
Join the Eagan Foundation on this day of celebration: Thur 2/22 from 7:30-9:00am at the Lone Oak Grill. 
  • Since 1990, the Eagan Foundation has contributed more than $1,000,000 to the Eagan community through student scholarships, local initiatives, and community grants.
  • The Eagan Foundation Community Grants Program is intended to directly benefit the Eagan community.
  • Grants are awarded only to nonprofit organizations, although an organization need not be formally incorporated or for general community benefit purposes.
  • The grant is to pay for things, not time or people.
  • Typically, grants are $1,000 or less.
Hope to see you there!
Eagan Foundation Community Grants Coffee Mike Supina 2018-02-12 06:00:00Z 0
Save the date! The Open Door’s 9th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held on Thursday, March 8 from 11am-2pm & 4:30pm-7:30pm at St. John Neumann Church in Eagan.
During this event, guests choose a hand-crafted and hand-painted bowl, share a simple meal of soup and bread, place chances at the ART10 drawing, and make a donation to support The Open Door, your local food shelf serving families and individuals across Dakota County.
Monies raised will help stock the shelves with fresh and healthy foods.
Empty Bowls Mike Supina 2018-02-12 06:00:00Z 0
Eagan Kick-Start Rotary celebrated two new members in January. Today we introduce Robert Schuchman.
Robert has over 20 years of experience in real estate sales and appraisal services. He grew up in Iowa, served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and studied business at the University of Maryland before settling in Minnesota.
Robert and his wife Megan have raised three children in Eagan, two who currently attend the University of Minnesota and a senior at Cretin Durham Hall.
Robert loves to golf and has recently acquired a second home in Naples, Florida.
Welcome to Kick-Start, Robert Schuchman!
Welcome Robert Schuchman! Mike Supina 2018-02-12 06:00:00Z 0
First 100 likes achieved!
Now navigate to Kick-Start's Facebook page so we can get started on the next 100.
Like Us! Mike Supina 2018-02-05 06:00:00Z 0
Saturday Feb. 3 was an unparalleled day of service for Eagan Kick-Start Rotary during which a majority of our membership dedicated the day to serving neighbors in need. Nineteen of our members, plus additional friends and family members, bagged groceries at Eagan's Cub Foods stores to raise money for The Open Door, Eagan's food pantry. And a few liked it so much that they went back on Super Bowl Sunday to bag some more! Thanks friends!
Busy Saturday of Service... Mike Supina 2018-02-05 06:00:00Z 0
American Conversations: Looking Forward Mike Supina 2018-02-05 06:00:00Z 0
On the same Saturday, four ADDITIONAL Kick-Start Rotarians plus family members and friends volunteered for the Days for Girls sewathon hosted by Kick-Start's own Karen Groves. They prepared hygiene kits for girls in parts of the world where feminine hygiene supplies are hard to come by. Thanks, friends, for all you do!
...But Wait, There's More! Mike Supina 2018-02-05 06:00:00Z 0
There once was a man named Verbeke... Mike Supina 2018-02-05 06:00:00Z 0
Eagan Kick-Start Rotary has been recognized by The Rotary Foundation in three categories:
  • Top Three Highest in Per Capita Annual Giving,
  • Every Rotarian, Every Year Giving, and
  • 100% Foundation Giving Club.
Thank you for your generosity!  
Kick-Start Recognized Mike Supina 2018-01-29 06:00:00Z 0
Eagan Kick-Start Rotary celebrates two new members this month. The first we will introduce is Kip Springer. Kip serves as the Deputy Fire Chief for the Eagan Fire Department. He is entering his 29th year in the fire service, the last three with Eagan. He has degrees in Fire Science, Law Enforcement, Emergency Management, and is working toward a degree in Administration. His free time activities include racquetball and golf as well as charitable fundraising for causes including Special Olympics Polar Plunge, Fight for Air Climb for Cystic Fibrosis, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, and St. Baldrick's Foundation for childhood cancer research.
Kip lives in Rosemount with his wife Susie, 18 year-old daughter Anna, and 16 year-old son Kyle.
Welcome Kip!
Welcome Kip Springer! Mike Supina 2018-01-29 06:00:00Z 0
On Thursday Feb 1 Eagan Kick-Start has committed to providing a team of six volunteers to The Open Door to assist in client grocery shopping and checkout. Clients arrive beginning at 5:30pm; volunteers should arrive 20-30 minutes early for orientation. Spouses/partners are welcome.
This is a busy time of year at The Open Door; please consider volunteering if you can, thanks!
Kick-Start Volunteers at The Open Door Mike Supina 2018-01-29 06:00:00Z 0
Kick-Start is pleased to announce two new Paul Harris Fellows - Tom Hofstad and Mike Supina. Paul Harris Fellows are individuals who have contributed, or have had contributions made in their name, totaling $1000 to The Rotary Foundation. This recognition was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to the foundation. Since then over one million Paul Harris Fellows have been recognized. If you want to see your progress toward this goal, go to My Rotary and navigate first to Profile and then Donor History Report.
Kick-Start Honors Paul Harris Fellows Mike Supina 2018-01-22 06:00:00Z 0
SOUP-er Sunday Approaches! Mike Supina 2018-01-22 06:00:00Z 0
The Eagan YMCA is looking for new members for its Community Board.
If you or anyone in your network would be a good candidate, please contact Nate Danielson.
The purpose of the Community Board is to:
  • Align the work of the local YMCA to the community as a whole and communities of interest as well as to the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities.
  • Serve as a voting member of the Board with the authority and responsibility to identify, support, and promote excellence in YMCA programs and services to meet the needs of the entire community.
  • Support YMCA programs and services by leading in planning, monitoring, and evaluating YMCA programs and services.
  • Take an active leadership role in giving and securing financial resources for the YMCA and enlisting volunteer participation.
Apply at Member Services by Jan 31.
YMCA Seeks Board Members Mike Supina 2018-01-15 06:00:00Z 0
Kick-Start's Karen Groves will host a Sewathon on Saturday, February 3 from 9:30-noon to benefit the non-profit Days for Girls.

The sewathon will be held in the Foods Lab room at Eastview High School. A fellow Rotarian, Judy Johnson, will lead the project.  She’s involved with Days for Girls and has organized 60+ sewathons! We’ll be cutting and sewing hygiene kits. Rotarians (and others) will deliver these kits to girls in 20 countries, most recently South Sudan and Guatemala. Judy brings all the supplies; we provide the labor. 
Contact Karen for more details or to sign up.

Days for Girls Sewathon Mike Supina 2018-01-15 06:00:00Z 0
Please register now to attend the 2018 District 5950 Mid-Term Assembly, on January 27, 2018.
Mid Term Assembly is your chance to:
  • Hear District Governor Bob Halagan summarize the State of the District;
  • Learn about the District’s new initiatives;
  • Visit a showcase of Rotary projects to determine which one(s) you want to get involved in;
  • Attend breakout sessions to learn how to make your club more effective; and
  • Be motivated and inspired by a special Keynote Speaker - Joe Schmit, author of Silent Impact.
Early registrations are appreciated.  The event is free for all District 5950 Rotarians (paid through your club’s Training Fee).
Thank you for all you do for Rotary and for helping District 5950 be the best it can be!
Thomas A. Gump
Rotary International District 5950
District Training Chair 2017-20
Governor-Nominee-Designate 2020-21
Rotary Club of Edina / Morningside, MN, USA
Mobile:  (612) 770-8389
Rotary Mid-Term Assembly Mike Supina 2018-01-08 06:00:00Z 0
Our next Social will be Zentangles - Doodling for Grownups at the Eagan Art House. Julie Andersen offers her assurances that it isn't scary and no experience is necessary!
Appetizers and water will be provided (not dinner). BYOB but please limit it to beer or wine.
The cost is $5 per person and spouses/friends are welcome. There is space for 20-25 people, so first come first serve. 
Please RSVP to Eric Swanson at your convenience and let him know if you have any questions.
A big thanks to Julie for helping to set this up!
Kick-Start Social: Zentangles Mike Supina 2018-01-08 06:00:00Z 0
The subzero temperatures will not deter the Eagan High School Interact Club (mentored by Bill Wirskbinski) from a busy winter of service. Upcoming projects include:
  • Feed My Starving Children on 2/22/2018 from 2:30-4:30PM. Kick-Starters are invited to join. 
  • Making about 50 fleece tied baby blankets out of polar fleece to donate to local shelters.
  • Making up to 200 birthday bags for The Open Door for which they will use Kick-Start's $500 donation for the materials.
  • Coat check at Eagan Rotary Gala on 2/10/2018.
  • Jeans/coat drive at Eagan High School on 2/21-22/2018.
  • Researching 363 event, making sandwiches in partnership with a local grocery store for eight homeless locations (tentative date is 2/20/18).
Kick-Start's Mary Nell Zellner will report periodically on Interact's activities and how Kick-Start can be of assistance.
Interact in Action! Mike Supina 2018-01-01 06:00:00Z 0
The Eagan Rotary Noon Club is selling tickets online for the Eagan Rotary Gala which is February 10, 2018 at the Eagan Community Center.  We hope by then to have adequately recovered from the Twin Cities hosting the Super Bowl and the Vikings winning it!
Once again you can join 350 people raising money that will be used to make a difference in our community and world. This the Noon Club's only fundraiser. It supports the club foundation and the money is spent back in the community on projects and not-for-profits. Last year the Noon Club committed $150,000 to help Art Works Eagan achieve their goal of opening their new space. The Noon Club gives approximately $30,000 in community grants per year.
And new for 2018: Eagan Rotary Gala tickets may now be purchased electronically via our Club’s website! Simply click on the giant red  PURCHASE TICKETS  icon prominently displayed on our home page and complete the simple four-step purchasing process. And you will also have the ability to purchase sponsorships with your credit card via our new electronic ticketing system. We’re absolutely convinced this will be a much easier/less time consuming system for us going forward – and rest assured, we’ll be with you every step of the way should you have questions or encounter any challenges. 
One final note: if you add Scott Swenson's name as the Rotarian in the note section, he will include you as he coordinates seating. 
Contact Scott Swenson with any questions. 
Eagan Rotary Gala! Mike Supina 2017-12-25 06:00:00Z 0
One of the real joys this holiday season is the opportunity to say thank you to all Kick-Starters for everything you do and wish you the very best for the New Year. Spend time together with loved ones and enjoy the greatest gifts of the season - Peace, Joy, and Hope!
Enjoy the Holidays! Mike Supina 2017-12-25 06:00:00Z 0
Kick-Start kicked in funds to purchase warm hats and gloves for residents of Lewis House, a Sexual and Domestic Violence shelter in Eagan. We wanted to send along our friendliest faces with the delivery but they weren't available so instead we sent Buzz and Greg. Thanks guys!
Hats and Gloves to Lewis House Mike Supina 2017-12-18 06:00:00Z 0
Ryan Murphy of the Eagan Noon Club has asked to meet to discuss our club's involvement in Rotary Youth Exchange. We'd like to form a committee of people who are interested in this cause and would like to serve as club champion with the exchange program. If you would like to join this group please let Dave Verbeke know and stay after the 12/21 meeting to talk to Ryan. One person will serve as chair of this group and several others are needed to help out.
Rotary Youth Exchange Mike Supina 2017-12-18 06:00:00Z 0
On Thursday Jan. 4 Eagan Kick-Start has committed to providing a team of six volunteers to The Open Door to assist in client grocery shopping and checkout. Clients arrive beginning at 5:30pm; volunteers should arrive 20-30 minutes early for orientation. Spouses/partners are welcome.
This is a busy time of year at The Open Door; please consider volunteering if you can, thanks!
Kick-Start Volunteers at The Open Door Mike Supina 2017-12-18 06:00:00Z 0
As you contemplate your year-end giving options, consider The Rotary Foundation. Recent contributions have been used to fund a worldwide campaign to eradicate polio which is very close to succeeding. Your contribution can make a difference on this and future initiatives.
Follow this link to donate online.
Or if you prefer a paper form, download the attached.
Eagan Kick-Start Rotary Club info:
District: 5950
Club ID: 86993
Year-End Giving Mike Supina 2017-12-18 06:00:00Z 0
Kick-Start's five volunteers kept themselves hopping at The Open Door Thursday evening by shopping, weighing, logging, and loading 1233 lbs of groceries for 25 families. Since September about 40% of our membership has volunteered at least once at The Open Door. If you haven't yet, give it a try this winter - it's a great way to learn more about your community and your friends. For example, this month we learned how Betty Otto tricks Mike Ferber into eating kale.
Kick-Start at the The Open Door Mike Supina 2017-12-11 06:00:00Z 0
If you have ever wondered what the future of Rotary will be, you need look no further than the Eagan High School Interact Club.  In just the past few months they have served our community with a fall leaf raking project, a winter coat drive, and a grocery bagging fundraiser at Cub Foods. What an inspiration for Rotary Clubs everywhere hoping to up their community service game!
Interact in Action Mike Supina 2017-12-11 06:00:00Z 0
Eagan Kick-Start Rotary has committed to sponsoring one night of the Emergency Winter Shelter when it locates to Easter Lutheran Church in Eagan 2/17-3/17/2018. All proceeds collected from Happy Bucks at our weekly meetings in December and January will be earmarked for this cause; the club will make up any shortfall.
So when you are happy, be really happy!
Homeless Shelter Sponsorship Mike Supina 2017-12-04 06:00:00Z 0
Budget Game Plan 2018 Mike Supina 2017-11-28 06:00:00Z 0
Art: Diverse Perspectives through Local Eyes Mike Supina 2017-11-20 06:00:00Z 0
The Cooks for Kids (CFK) Meal Providers program at Ronald McDonald House in St. Paul is a fun, flexible group volunteer opportunity that makes an enormous difference in the lives of families with seriously-ill children.
Eagan Kick Start Rotary will send a team of volunteers to plan, prepare and serve buffet style meals to Ronald McDonald House families at the Ronald McDonald Family Room located inside Children's Hospitals & Clinics of MN, St. Paul. After a long day at their child’s bedside, families tell us that a hot meal served by friendly volunteers is a highlight of their day.
Check out the Event Calendar for more details or to volunteer!
Cooks for Kids at Ronald McDonald House Mike Supina 2017-11-20 06:00:00Z 0
On Thursday Dec. 7 Eagan Kick-Start has committed to providing a team of six (or seven!) volunteers to The Open Door to assist in client grocery shopping and checkout. Clients arrive beginning at 5:30pm; volunteers should arrive 20-30 minutes early for orientation.
Our November effort resulted in our six volunteers shopping, weighing, logging, and loading 1220 lbs. of groceries for 24 families!
Spouses/partners are welcome. Sign up electronically on Clubrunner.
Kick-Start Volunteers at The Open Door Mike Supina 2017-11-13 06:00:00Z 0
Quick! What do Kick-Start Rotarians Scott Erickson and Dave Verbeke have in common with Boris Yeltsin, Jonas Salk, Jimmy Carter, and Mother Teresa? All are Paul Harris Fellows - individuals who have contributed, or have had contributions made in their name, totaling $1000 to The Rotary Foundation. This recognition was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to the foundation. Since then over one million Paul Harris Fellows have been recognized. If you want to see your progress toward this goal, go to My Rotary and navigate first to Profile and then Donor History Report.
Thank you for all you do Scott and Dave!
Kick-Start Honors Paul Harris Fellows Mike Supina 2017-11-13 06:00:00Z 0
The Eagan High School Interact Club will hold their annual coat drive beginning this week. So clean out those closets and bring any gently used coats to the meeting this Thursday 11/9. Dave Verbeke will collect the coats and deliver them to the high school.
Interact Coat Drive Mike Supina 2017-11-06 06:00:00Z 0
Eagan Kick-Start Rotary sent three representatives to the One Rotary Summit on Sep. 15 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center. Follow the link for the raw notes transcribed from the ideas generated that day. District 5950 will ultimately create a “toolkit” that offers a step by step approach to some of the ideas. As you use or implement ideas, please let Tom Gump know your experience.
Together we can move ideas to action. 
One Rotary Summit Ideation Mike Supina 2017-11-06 06:00:00Z 0

Numerous Kick-Start Rotarians joined TreeHouse at Bald Man Brewing for beer, food, live music, and inspirational words of love, hope, and transformation from those who serve at and attend TreeHouse in Eagan. TreeHouse raised over $40,000 to support at-risk teens in our community.

Special thanks to Kick-Start's own Scott Erickson for helping to organize and publicize the event!

Beer, Fun, and Inspiration with TreeHouse Mike Supina 2017-11-06 06:00:00Z 0

You are invited to attend a Kids 'n Kinship Information Session on Monday, Oct 30 from 6 to 6:45 pm at the Wescott Library in Eagan.

The Information Session is the place to hear about the children who are waiting for mentors, the volunteer screening process and the activities and benefits provided by Kids 'n Kinship. Mentor application materials will be available.
Mentoring is rewarding and you can make a big difference in the life of a child!
Let us know if you can attend via email or phone at: or 651-686-0990. Thank you!


Kids 'n Kinship Informational Meeting Mike Supina 2017-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
Kick-Start Volunteers at The Open Door Mike Supina 2017-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
On October 10, Rotarians from Kick-Start and the Eagan Noon Club joined with around 80(!) Eagan High School Interact Club members to pack food at Feed My Starving Children.
The combined turnout of volunteers for this event was likely the highest of any Rotary event in Eagan, which is good news for the recipients of this food.
The numbers are:
Boxes packed: 254
Total Meals: 54,860
Value of meals: $19,070
Kids fed for a year: 151
Good work, team!
Rotarians Team with Interact at FMSC Mike Supina 2017-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
I grew up in New Ulm, Minnesota and graduated from St. Cloud State in 2000 with a degree in Geology. I am married, and my wife, Laura, is an Accounting Manager for Deluxe Corporation. After 14 years in the Chanhassen area, we moved to Eagan in the summer of 2016. Our house is currently run for the comfort of our two dogs, Rowdy and Bruno.
Laura and I like to travel, with cruises being our method of choice. We have been fortunate to visit 17 different countries, and escape many cold winter weeks via cruise ships. My other interests include geology, paleontology, disc golf, fantasy football, and enjoying time with family and friends.
My 16 years of experience as an Environmental Consultant have found me at Braun Intertec as a Senior Scientist in the Environmental Consulting Group. At Braun Intertec, I enjoy managing projects involving environmental remediation of Brownfields sites to facilitate redevelopment. It is fulfilling to see my work have a positive community impact while supporting my clients. I also support other service areas for Braun, including property transfer environmental assessments, asbestos, and lead-based paint investigations. My professional certifications include Licensed Professional Geologist in the State of Minnesota and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager.
Welcome Derek Schilling! Mike Supina 2017-10-16 05:00:00Z 0

Please join TreeHouse for a fun evening of beer, food, live music, and dancing.
TreeHouse will present an encouraging message of love, hope, and transformation for at-risk teens in our community.

Wednesday, November 1st
6:30 to 9:30pm
Bald Man Brewing
2020 Silver Bell Road, Eagan, MN 55122

Hors d’oeuvres by Andiamo
Big Band tunes by Steam Heat for your listening and dancing pleasure

RSVP to Scott Erickson at

An Evening for TreeHouse Mike Supina 2017-10-15 05:00:00Z 0
Two years of organizing brought Art Works Eagan to a brick and mortar home in the heart of Eagan. Two months of renovation and intense volunteerism have made it possible to open the doors of Art Works Eagan to the public!  Come and celebrate the grand opening with friends and neighbors!

Experience the perspective of featured artists: Kristin Hoelscher-Shacker, Brenda Lyseng, Felix Guadalajara, Becka Rahn and Thomas Schrunk.
Food provided by the Lone Oak Grill. Admission is free!

Art: The Unexpected Application of Skill Mike Supina 2017-10-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Supina
For me, one of the highlights of each meeting is hearing those pearls of wisdom that each of our members finds inspirational.
So I want to try something new - email your inspiration to me after each meeting and I will use it as a header for Kick-Start News the following week.
Gives those who missed it a chance to see it and those who heard it a moment for further reflection. Thanks!
Share Your Inspiration! Mike Supina 2017-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
As most of you know, our sister Rotary Noon Club has made a significant contribution to help support Art Works Eagan. While we don't have the deep pockets they have (yet), we do have plenty of able bodied volunteers who can help AWE open their doors and become a vibrant art space in our home town Eagan. AWE has set up a Sign-Up Genius to help manage the helpers. Please consider joining a shift or 2 to help this dream come true. All donations of time will be counted as service hours for your Rotary membership.  If you bring a friend or family member they add to our hours!
Art Works Eagan Needs Elbow Grease! Mike Supina 2017-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
Many Kick-Starters have loved ones in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska. Imagine if a disaster occurred that left every resident of those three states with no electricity, safe drinking water, or even mobile phone service. 3.5 million people desperate for help, some trapped in isolated locations, some with serious medical needs.
This is not a hypothetical scenario. It is happening right now, not in the Upper Midwest, but in Puerto Rico, where the entire population, equal to that of three nearby states, is suffering with no relief in sight, perhaps for months.
Please check out this link or other organizations dedicated to assisting the Americans of Puerto Rico, and help however you can.
Hurricane Maria Devastates Puerto Rico Mike Supina 2017-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
Join Guild Inc. at their annual benefit lunch to hear unforgettable stories of hope and recovery.
Date: Wednesday, December 6th Registration 11:30 a.m. Program 12:00 - 1:00 p.m
InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront: 11 E Kellogg Blvd St. Paul, MN 55101
RSVP to your table captain - Gary Hansen.

Free parking will be available for guests at the InterContinental and Capital City parking ramps. Parking vouchers distributed at event.
Visit the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront website for detailed directions.
To learn more about the Ladder of Hope, call 651-925-8454 or visit
Guild Incorporated: Integrated treatment and services for people with mental illness. 
Guild Ladder of Hope Mike Supina 2017-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
You should have received an e-mail with your invoice from Tom Hofstad.
Please remit your dues at your earliest convenience.
Contact Tom with any questions.
Invoices are Out! Mike Supina 2017-09-17 05:00:00Z 0
Dianne Miller has proudly worked for the City of Eagan for 16 years. She is the Assistant City Administrator, overseeing several departments within the City, including Human Resources, Information Technologies, Elections and City Clerk functions. She also is the City’s point person on recycling and airport relations. Eagan Forward has been an effort under Dianne’s leadership, as she has a keen interest in community and employee engagement.
Dianne grew up in Burnsville, Minnesota and received her bachelor’s degree in public administration from St. Mary’s University. She went on to earn her master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kansas.
Dianne discovered her passion for public service and community engagement through experience such as working with the Red Cross, interning with local communities, and wielding an ax to dig trenches for water pipes in Guatemala. Her formal career began in the City of Overland Park, Kansas during graduate school. She then had the privilege of beginning her fulltime local government career in the City of Eagan in 2001, where she continues to serve today.
Dianne has been married for 13 years to her husband, Justin, who is the City Administrator of Lakeville and a fellow Rotarian. They are blessed with four spirited daughters, ranging in age from a new middle schooler to a head-strong two year old. The family dog, Sherman, is a neurotic but lovable Goldendoodle.
Away from the office, Dianne is a bit of a sports junkie and typically can be found on the sidelines of her kids’ soccer games, cheering on her Kansas Jayhawk basketball team, or walking the trails throughout Eagan’s parks and neighborhoods.
Welcome Dianne Miller! Mike Supina 2017-09-17 05:00:00Z 0
Celebrating Rotarians at Work Mike Supina 2017-09-11 05:00:00Z 0
On Thursday Sep 7 Eagan Kick-Start Rotary kicked off its volunteer effort at The Open Door. Six volunteers contributed a total of 14 hours assisting 17 client families shopping the aisles of the food pantry, then weighing, logging, and loading the groceries into vehicles. All told, the volunteer team distributed 856 pounds of groceries. Check the events calendar on Clubrunner or in Kick-Start News for future volunteer dates.
Kick-Start Kickoff at The Open Door Mike Supina 2017-09-10 05:00:00Z 0
Hurricane Harvey Relief Mike Supina 2017-09-05 05:00:00Z 0
Once again our own Mike Ferber is involved with Can Do Canines with the wonderful Wooferoo being held Saturday, September 16, 2017. 
Please consider supporting this outstanding organization with a pledge to Mike's team, Dogs R Us.

This event benefits Can Do Canines and helps them to continue to provide assistance dogs free of charge.
Dogs R Us was the top team last year and is gunning for a repeat performance.
Brooklyn was the most recent of Mike's 40+ trainee dogs; she is now off to college for her final training.
All gifts are appreciated! Thank you!
Can Do Wooferoo Mike Supina 2017-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
Kick-Start Volunteers at The Open Door Mike Supina 2017-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
Mary Nell Zellner has been extremely involved and successful in the leadership and direction setting for Zellner Senior Health Consulting and its ever-expanding consulting service lines; client relationships; and functional expertise. She has more than 25 years of experience serving as a trusted strategic business advisor to health care industry chief executive officers, executive management, and boards of directors to aggressively develop vision, mission, strategy, and profitability. As both a consultant and management executive, Ms. Zellner offers a unique blending of business, financial, operational, and marketing strategies to facilitate transformational change management, competitive positioning, and P&L performance.  
Ms. Zellner’s areas of expertise include the following: 
• Strategic planning/facilitation.
• Health care continuum alignments including affiliations, partnerships, joint ventures, and mergers.
• Market growth strategies.
• Clinical service line innovation, development, and diversification.
• Operational and margin improvement and turnaround.
• Payor-provider model innovation including shared savings/risk such as ACOs.
• Interim leadership
Prior to re-starting her practice, she worked with Health Dimensions Group as a Vice President and Senior Vice President of Consulting Services. Ms. Zellner also managed the consulting practice of a Midwest long-term care consulting.  
Ms. Zellner was the James B. Swanson Facility of Excellence winner in 1996, was awarded the Phyllis King Leadership Award in 2002 from Pathway Health Services Corporation, and the 2011 Commitment Award from Face the World.
Welcome Mary Nell Zellner! Mike Supina 2017-08-24 05:00:00Z 0
FMSC Food Packing/Happy Hour Mike Supina 2017-08-20 05:00:00Z 0
Scheduled speaker Jason Viana of The Open Door had an unexpected conflict arise so our own Karen Dare filled in to share what she's learned as a board member at The Open Door.
And the club came through with 216 lbs of food donations!
Plus an unannounced guest.
Dare Homers in Clutch! Mike Supina 2017-08-17 05:00:00Z 0
Are you a person with leadership skills?  Do you share your ideas in your Rotary Club?  Are you a person of action?  Then you should come to your District's One Rotary Summit.  You will learn how membership, public image, humanitarian service and supporting your Rotary Foundation work together in Making a Difference in your local community. 
You will meet fellow D5950 Rotarians who have similar interests in being a "Person of Action" -- which is an exciting phrase to use in sharing about your Rotary efforts.  You will take home ideas that have worked or will be worthy of trying in this and in future years.  Don't miss this event.  There will be breakfast, lunch and beverages to fuel you to be fired up!
Registration Details
  • What:      One Rotary Summit (ORS)
  • Where:    Earle Brown Heritage Center
  • When:     Friday, September 15, 2017
  • From:      8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Breakfast and Lunch provided)
  • Charge:   Free for all Rotary members!  (Funded by club training fee)
Registration Deadline - August 31, 2017.
Participate in a new format of case-study learning and help develop tools for District 5950’s Female Engagement Toolbox!

Questions:  Please call Tom Gump (612) 770-8389
One Rotary Summit Mike Supina 2017-08-16 05:00:00Z 0
Eagan Kick-Start Rotary joins the Eagan Rotary Club in welcoming Isabelle and Giovanni as exchange students this fall. Isabelle is visiting from Brazil; Giovanni comes from Italy. Both students arrive on Aug 26. Rotarians will assemble at the baggage level of Terminal 1 (Lindbergh) to welcome Isabelle when she arrives at 10:45am, and then later that same day to welcome Giovanni when he arrives at 8:30pm.
Come Welcome Isabelle and Giovanni Mike Supina 2017-08-12 05:00:00Z 0
Kick-Start Rotary on LinkedIn Mike Supina 2017-08-11 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Global Rewards, our member benefits program, offers discounts on products and services from local and global merchants, along with opportunities to give back to Rotary. 

Over 33,000 members have signed in to use Rotary Global Rewards. To raise awareness of this program, you can:
  1. Recommend Rotary Global Rewards to all club members. They can visit from a computer or download the Rotary Club Locator App to use the program on mobile devices.
  2. Post a "Rewards" link to on your club and district websites. This gives members easier access to Rotary Global Rewards.
  3. Encourage club members to post offers on Rotary Global Rewards. 
  4. Suggest that club members help the program grow in their communities by asking local merchants to post offers. 
You can find instructional videos, how-to-guides, and promotional materials on the Rotary Global Rewards page of My Rotary.  If you have any questions about the program, write to 
Rotary Global Rewards Mike Supina 2017-08-09 05:00:00Z 0
Are you storing unused sewing and knitting machines, material, yarn and supplies….they are needed in Uganda!!
The Rotary Club of Maple Grove is collecting sewing machines + supplies (fabric, thread, needles, scissors, etc.), and knitting machines + supplies (yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, etc.)  to create a sewing center in Uganda near one of the largest refugee camps in the world. They are also accepting bed linens and gardening tools. 
The sewing center project will impact the lives of women and their children who arrive in Uganda as economic, political and war refugees.  These refugees have no way of supporting themselves or make a living, and these families ending up homeless and hungry on the streets Kampala and the surrounding area. 
These items will be used in a sewing cooperative and each machine donated will help a family become financially independent.  Many women have been victims of wartime sexual violence and because of a lack of skills, tools and/or supplies, they are trapped in the sex trade.  Learning to sew and knit can liberate them.
Sewing and knitting equipment and supplies will be accepted until September 17, 2017 as the 40’ container will leave Minnesota for Uganda in early October.  In December, several people from Minnesota will be traveling to Uganda to teach people how to sew and knit.
For pick up, please contact Judy Johnson,,  612-296-6658
Supplies for Uganda Mike Supina 2017-08-07 05:00:00Z 0
I grew up in rural southern MN about 20 miles SW of Mankato, in Madelia. I attended Gustavus Adolphus College where I received my Financial Economics Degree. My wife Mary, and I have been residents of Eagan for 26 years, and we have 2 boys, Collin and Krister. Collin is attending the College of St Scholastica in Duluth, and Krister is at Eagan High School. 
Other employment since college has included Dean Witter Reynolds Brokerage, and Norwest Bank. For the past 27 years, I have served south metro Educators and school employees with Horace Mann Insurance. We specialize in all the personal lines of insurance (auto, home, toys), Life Insurance, and retirement programs. I am the Agency Owner/President of the Mark G. Anderson Insurance Agency, Inc. My office is located in Burnsville and includes myself, two licensed producers, and two office assistants.
I am Head Course Marshal for the Twin Cities Marathon TC 10 mile, “Shortcut to the Capitol” and have served on several event committees with TCM, and metro area groups. In my spare time I enjoy running, golfing, triathlons, attending Timberwolves games, supporting the activities/sports of our boys (in basketball, Collin was Freshman of the Year and contributed 36 pts in 4 OT loss in the UMAC Championship Game last season), and helping my wife with the many running events she manages. Highlights of activities include the destination marathons that I have completed in NYC, Honolulu, and Disney World.
Welcome Mark Anderson! Mike Supina 2017-08-05 05:00:00Z 0
Eagan Kick-Start Rotary would like to welcome Jason Viana of The Open Door with contributions of food, household supplies, and gift cards to local markets.
Jason will speak to the club at the August 17 meeting.
The top five needed items are:
* Peanut butter
* Canned tuna or chicken
* 16-48 oz bottles of vegetable oil
* 64 oz bottles of 100% fruit juice
* Toilet paper
In addition, gift cards to Cub, Target, Sam's Club or other local food markets are always welcome.
Bring your donations to the 8/10 or 8/17 meetings where they will be bundled for The Open Door.
Food and Fund Drive Mike Supina 2017-08-04 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International looks forward to welcoming you to the 109th Rotary convention in Toronto. It will be an exciting event, where we’ll celebrate a year of successful service and look ahead to the future.
Not only will you hear captivating speeches and attend lively breakout sessions, you’ll also get to explore the service of others in the House of Friendship while connecting with fellow Rotarians from around the world.
Register today and take advantage of early registration savings!
2018 Rotary Convention - Toronto Mike Supina 2017-08-01 05:00:00Z 0
Registration is open for 2017 Rotary Camp Enterprise, 11/2-4 at YMCA Camp Ihduhapi, 25 miles west of Minneapolis on Lake Independence.
Camp Enterprise is the opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to immerse themselves for three days in understanding the free enterprise system. Presentations are made by business executives and entrepreneurs who share their experiences and answer questions on a variety of fields and interests. You will participate in discussions about business and life after high school including a chance at scholarships totaling approximately $5000!
Check out the schedule of events for this 3 day/2 night residency camp. Register here.
Camp Enterprise Registration Now Open Mike Supina 2017-08-01 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Minneapolis will host a panel on the opioid epidemic on August 4, 2017 @ 12 pm.
Minneapolis is experiencing an opioid epidemic: over prescription, illegal markets, and sadly, overdose deaths. Learn about causes, implications, and potential solutions from three unique and powerful perspectives: law enforcement, medical/personal, and industry solutions.
Rich Stanek, Hennepin County Sheriff
Lori Lewis, Registered Nurse
Rob Reynolds, Deterra Systems

The cost of this event is $20 for visiting Rotarians and guests. Reservations requested.
Windows on the Marquette, IDS Building, 50th Floor
80 S 8th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Panel on the Opioid Epidemic Mike Supina 2017-08-01 05:00:00Z 0

We like to include an introduction to each new member in the newsletter.  Please write up a short little bio/intro (including a photo), and email it to  We will then include a couple each week until we get caught up with all of our new members.  Thanks for your attention, and welcome to Eagan Kick-Start Rotary!  CLICK HERE for a document that will help you navigate our ClubRunner. Updating your information will help us all stay connected!
Attention New Members! Mike Supina 2017-07-26 05:00:00Z 0

Eagan residents, lock your doors and spend the evening outside with your neighbors! Effective Crime Prevention begins with strong neighborhood and community relationships.

National Night Out is designed to:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
  • Generate support for and participation in anti-crime efforts
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back

Neighborhoods celebrate National Night Out many different ways:

  • Block parties
  • Cookouts
  • Potluck suppers
  • Games for children
  • Barbecue
  • Ice cream socials 

National Night Out is sponsored by the Eagan Police and Fire Departments and the Eagan Citizen’s Crime Prevention Association. Visit the website to find a party in your neighborhood.

National Night Out is Aug 1 Mike Supina 2017-07-25 05:00:00Z 0
What: One Rotary Summit (ORS)
When: Friday, September 15, 2017
From: 8:00am to 1:00pm (Breakfast Buffet and Box Lunch provided)
For: Club presidents, officers, Membership chairs, Public Image chairs, The Rotary Foundation chairs, and general membership.
Charge: Free for all District 5950 Rotarians!  (Paid by training fee)
Questions: Please call Tom Gump (612) 770-8389
Recruitment Training Opportunity! Mike Supina 2017-07-24 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Int'l President-elect Sam F. Owori Dies Mike Supina 2017-07-19 05:00:00Z 0

Arrive at 3255 Neil Armstrong Blvd between 6:30 am and 7 am.
Approach main gate, roll down window, press entry button.
Identify yourself as a Rotary member visiting for tour.

Questions? Call Buzz at 651-456-5730

Reminder! July 13 Meeting at Databank Mike Supina 2017-07-12 05:00:00Z 0

The Eagan Kick-Start Rotary Club has earned its second consecutive Presidential Citation, for the 2016-17 Rotary year. Clubs earn a Presidential Citation by achieving milestones in the areas of membership attraction and engagement, contributing to the Rotary Foundation, humanitarian service, mentoring, and maintaining visibility in their communities. Eagan Kick-Start Rotary looks forward to further increasing its impact both locally and beyond in the coming year.

Eagan Kick-Start Rotary Earns Presidential Citation Mike Supina 2017-07-10 05:00:00Z 0
You should have received an e-mail with your invoice from Tom Hofstad.
Please remit your dues at your earliest convenience.
Contact Tom with any questions.
Invoices are Out! Mike Supina 2017-07-06 05:00:00Z 0
Thanks to all who attended out year end celebration at Blackhawk park.  Your Club's Board of Directors for 2017-18 are:
(pictured left to right)
Jerri Neddermeyer- Member at Large
Karen Dare- President Elect
Mike Supina- Secretary
Dave Verbeke- President
Doreen Runquist- Sargent at Arms
Eric Swanson- Past President
Tom Hofstad- Treasurer (not pictured)
Good luck to all in the coming year!
New Club Board of Directors for 2017-18 2017-07-05 05:00:00Z 0

Thanks, Greg Oxley for agreeing to be a mentor for our newest member, Jon Jandro!
Thanks, Greg! Jerri Neddermeyer 2017-06-13 05:00:00Z 0
Your Eagan Kick Start Rotary Club, in conjunction with the Historical Society has sponsored the new Lone Oak Tree planted at the Old City Hall Building on Pilot Knob Drive.  Our thanks to Greg Oxley for making us aware of the opportunity to associate our club with the newest symbol of the city of Eagan.  This project also helps our club demonstrate the Presidential theme for 2017-18 which is Rotary: Making a Difference.  Ian Risely, incoming Rotary International President,  has asked each Club to plant a tree for each of their members during the coming Rotary year.
Eagan's NEW Lone Oak Tree Jerri Neddermeyer 2017-06-13 05:00:00Z 0
Your Eagan Kick Start Rotary Club, in conjunction with the Historical Society has sponsored the Lone Oak Tree that will be planted at the Old City Hall Building on Pilot Knob Drive.  Our thanks to Greg Oxley for making us aware of the opportunity to associate our club with the newest symbol of the city of Eagan.  This project also helps our club demonstrate the Presidential theme for 2017-18 which is Rotary: Making a Difference.  Ian Risely, incoming Rotary International President,  has asked each Club to plant a tree for each of their members during the coming Rotary year.  Please join us for the dedication and planting ceremony at 8:30 AM on Thursday June 8, 2017
Kick Start Sponsors the Lone Oak Tree 2017-06-07 05:00:00Z 0


Eagan High School Robotics Team 2220 Blue Twilight brought their robot from this year's FIRST Robotics Competition.  Each year, the robotics program dedicates time to building solutions to problems and puzzles.  The teams compete with other teams to meet the challenges together.
The team is proud of their accomplishments including their outreach such as support of younger program  and support of teams developing in other countries.
Robots are cool, but they are super fascinating when born from the minds of our local youth.  There is no better educational opportunity than building teams of problem solvers.
Robotics! Jerri Neddermeyer 2017-05-30 05:00:00Z 0

Meet one of our newest members, John Diedrich!  He is the first one of the new batch to submit his photo and information for the newsletter!  Thanks, John, and WELCOME!
John writes:
I grew up in West St Paul, attending St Michael’s and St Joseph’s grammar schools and Archbishop Brady High School (now St Croix Lutheran).
Following high school, I joined the US Navy, serving in the Navy Nuclear Program for seven years (1971-1978). After the Navy, I moved to the civilian nuclear power industry, first with the Tennessee Valley Authority in Chattanooga, TN; then stint with Westinghouse Electric in Atlanta, Georgia, where I worked as a non-degreed engineer.
Westinghouse eventually discovered that they could hire a fully-degreed engineer for less money than they were paying me, so they provided a nice severance package, including money to go back to school for a degree. I took the hint, moved in with my in-laws in Eagan, Minnesota, and enrolled at the University of Minnesota, eventually earning a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering.
After graduating from the U, I worked as a Project Engineer with several system integrators, designing and installing industrial control systems in various industries. I’ve put systems together for fossil fuel plants, fire detection/suppression systems for refineries, semiconductor fabrication systems for Intel and Motorola, and water/wastewater systems across the United States.
In 2009, the Idaho National Laboratory offered me a position in a new group they were starting to support the Department of Homeland Security cyber-security effort. I have been part of the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) for eight years: 2.5 years in Idaho Falls, ID; 2 years in Arlington, VA; and the last 3.5 years working remotely from Mendota Heights. My primary function is as a subject matter expert (SME) for water/wastewater control systems. I also provide support to the Production Group, which finalizes the various products that ICS-CERT publishes (mostly on the website).
As interesting as my current position is, it won’t last forever; and I plan to retire within the next five years. In the past three months I’ve begun taking courses to prepare myself for my retirement career as a futures/options trader.
Meet New Rotarian: John Diedrich 2017-05-23 05:00:00Z 0
Ice Cream Party with Eagan High School Interact Club 2017-05-23 05:00:00Z 0

Team 2220 Blue Twilight is an FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) team out of Eagan High School. Students work alongside experienced mentors on one of three subteams to learn about topics ranging from electronics and programming, to design and build, to grant writing and social media. The team runs all year long, spending summers focusing on community outreach, training students during the fall, and then building a competition robot during the winter which is used at tournaments in the spring. This past year, Blue Twilight won numerous awards at both the regional and world championship levels. 

Welcome Our Speakers May 25, 2017 2017-05-17 05:00:00Z 0

Thanks, volunteers, for being good neighbors!

Eagan Kick-Start Rotarians got out to do a little yard work to help out a neighbor.  What a great way to celebrating beautiful weather, able bodies, and time to give back to the community!
Huge thanks to the volunteers: Jason, Eric, Cathy, Steve, and Karen
(Jerri sends apologies for missing anyone not in pictures)
Way to be good neighbors!
Keep it simple: Just help out when and where you can! Jerri Neddermeyer 2017-05-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerri Neddermeyer
Eagan Kick-Start Rotary sponsored 10 bowlers to support Kids N Kinship on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Cedarvale Lanes.
If you are planning a bowling league, rumor has it that our President Eric Swanson and Luther Wynder are good picks for your team!
Early Squad Bowlers = Karen Dare, Doreen Runquist, Scott Swenson, Andrew Pimental, Jerri Neddermeyer
Late Lanes Bowlers = Mike and Olivia Supina, Eric Swanson, Luther Wynder, and Denise Sjoberg
Kick-Start Rotary Bowls for Kids N Kinship Jerri Neddermeyer 2017-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
True Blue Gala Invitation: Support DCTC and our own Michelle Davis Jerri Neddermeyer 2017-04-18 05:00:00Z 0
She has volunteered to mentor TWO new Rotarians!
Thanks for all you do to get our new members kick-started!
Give Karen Groves a HIGH FIVE! 2017-04-18 05:00:00Z 0
Spring Clean-up Service Project with DARTS 2017-04-18 05:00:00Z 0
Our adopted street, O'Neill Drive, is under construction.
Good news: we get out of cleaning it on April 30!
Bad news: when we do get to clean it, it will be extra dirty!
Bring your work gloves, friends!
Adopt-A-Street Clean-up is Delayed Jerri Neddermeyer 2017-04-18 05:00:00Z 0

Support our community youth, Eagan Funfest and get your burrito all at the same time!  Show the flyer on your phone or just tell the cashier that you are supporting Funfest Ambassadors.
Monday, April 24, 2017 
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Chipotle at 3324 Promenade Ave, #107, Eagan, MN
Support Eagan's Funfest Ambassadors: April 24 @ Chipotle Jerri Neddermeyer 2017-04-10 05:00:00Z 0
Eagan Kick-Start Rotary Club is committing to 10 bowlers at the Bowlathon to support Kids 'n Kinship.  We are inviting all who wish to participate to register through ClubRunner or sign-up at meetings until April 6.  Help us support this wonderful nonprofit while having fun together!
Sunday, April 23, 2017
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Cedarvale Lanes
3883 Cedar Grove Parkway
Eagan, MN
Cost: $25/Bowler
Eagan Kick-Start Club is planning to support 10 bowlers.  If you would like to contribute by "paying your own way," please write a check to Eagan Kick-Start Rotary.  If we have more than 10 bowlers interested, we will need to have participants contribute.  We look forward to solving that logistical "problem" when we have 100% club participation for this worthy event!
Bowlathon: April Social to Support Kids 'n Kinship Jerri Neddermeyer 2017-03-28 05:00:00Z 0

Thanks to our Program Committee: Buzz, Karen, and Julie for organizing our weekly engagements.  A special thanks to Buzz Anderson, Laurie Halverson and Paul Hicks for their time and expertise.  The Capitol is beautiful and the tour was memorable!

Capitol Tour March 23, 2017 Jerri Neddermeyer 2017-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
Newest Mentors for Newest Members:
Barry Minsker - John Diedrich
Karen Groves - Julie Farrell
Karen Dare - Kim Heckmann
Thank you mentors for this very important service. 
More mentors are needed.  Contact Mike Ferber at or 651-454-3066 if you are willing to be a mentor.
Newest Mentors for Newest Members 2017-03-21 05:00:00Z 0


Eagan High School Interact Club and Eagan Kick-Start Rotary Club volunteered at Feed My Starving Children on March 14, 2017 packaging 24,960 meals...enough food to feed 68 children for one year.  Thanks to our EK-S Volunteers: Mike Ferber, Jerri Neddermeyer, Doreen Runquist, Eric Swanson, Mike Supina, and David Verbeke

Feed My Starving Children: EK-S and Interact Jerri Neddermeyer 2017-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
Be a mentor, you can...
 and help the Kick-Start Club thrive, you will!
Current mentors and new members/soon to be new members are:
Mark Bonstrom—Andrew Pimental
Mike Supina—Keevan Kosidowski
Gene Kuppenbender—Nate Danielson
David Bullock—Mike Fedde
Karen Groves—Michelle Davis
Gary Hansen—Tarryl Clark
Jason Madson—Denise Sjoberg
Thank you mentors for this very important service. 
More mentors are needed.  Contact Mike Ferber at or 651-454-3066 if you are willing to be a mentor.
Be a mentor! 2017-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
Are you ready to tour the MN State Capitol??????
We’ll meet this Thursday, 3/23, at 6:30AM at Granite City, and leave for our field trip to the Capitol.  Drivers, if anyone has trouble walking, Buzz says you can drop off riders at the Promenade under the Capitol steps.  There’s metered street parking on John Ireland Blvd and Cedar St, but be prepared in case the meters just take quarters.  You might want to look for a Lot.  We’ll meet in the Rathskeller, basement/tunnel level at 7AM for coffee and doughnuts.  Please look at the list below to make sure your name is included if you need a ride.  Email Karen Groves at with any changes ASAP.
Meeting at Granite City at 6:30 a.m.
Dave Verbeke (Driving)
Barry Minsker
Julie Andersen
Doreen Runquist
Andrew Pimental (Driving)
Eric Swanson
Karen Groves
Karen Dare
Mike Ferber (Driving)
Pat Geagen
Sue Geagen
Mark Bonstrom (Driving)
Mike Supina
John Diedrich
Sharon Diedrich
Driving Separately: Buzz Anderson, Tarryl Clark, Keevan Kosidowski, Jerri Neddermeyer, Gary Hanson, David Bullock
Capitol Tour March 23 Jerri Neddermeyer 2017-03-21 05:00:00Z 0

Connecting with the community through service: Eagan Kick-Start Rotary

March 6, 2017: City of Eagan hosted a Community Connections Event with 40 community organizations present.  Eagan Kick-Start Rotary spent the afternoon chatting with neighbors, friends, and future Rotarians about the service provided by our club members.

Vikings Cheerleaders with Mike Ferber, Scott Swenson, and Mike Supina


Putting tutorials by Cathy McCoy


Friendly faces: Cathy McCoy, Doreen Runquist, and Greg Oxely


Future and Past Presidents: Dave Verbeke and Mike Ferber

EK-S Rotary at Eagan Community Connections Event Jerri Neddermeyer 2017-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
Eagan Business Council Round Table MARCH 8 Jerri Neddermeyer 2017-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
Reminder: EARLY START TIME 6:45 a.m. March 16 Meeting Jerri Neddermeyer 2017-03-07 06:00:00Z 0

Thanks to our newest volunteer mentor, David Bullock!  He has stepped up to mentor our newest member Mike Fedde.  As we gain more members, we will be looking for more mentors.  Are you ready to step up too?
Thanks, Dave! Way to Step Up! 2017-03-02 06:00:00Z 0
Rosemount Rotary Fundraiser: Irish for a Day Soiree 2017-02-26 06:00:00Z 0
Empty Bowls Event to Support The Open Door Food Pantry 2017-02-21 06:00:00Z 0
Help us connect with our community by volunteering to represent Eagan Kick-Start Rotary at the "Community Connections" event hosted by the City of Eagan.  Local organizations will be present to talk with the guests about the cool happenings in our wonderful city.  Our Board of Directors is putting together some materials and an activity for our table, and we need volunteers to hang out, answer questions, and talk about Rotary!  Sign-ups will be available at the upcoming meetings between now and March 4.  The event is held at the Eagan Community Center from 12-4 p.m.  Make sure you allow yourselves enough time to make the rounds and meet representatives from other cool organizations too!
Community Connections Event March 4, 2017 2017-02-21 06:00:00Z 0

There are two upcoming opportunities to support Eagan High School Interact Club and the causes they impact:
1.  EHS Interact Annual Jean Drive
Please bring your extra jeans of any size to the Eagan Kick-Start Rotary meeting on Thursday, February 23, and Doreen Runquist will transport our donations to Eagan High School.  Donations ultimately support The Union Gospel Mission and the Aid Dah Yung Center in St. Paul.
2.  EHS Interact at Feed My Starving Children
Save the date to assist EHS Interact at Feed My Starving Children on March 14 at 2:30 p.m.  Sign-up at the EK-S Rotary Meeting this week to help out!  Mr. Wirsbinski tells the Interact students, "Have a Cause other than yourself."  They are a remarkable group of young people!
Little Ways to Make a Big Impact with INTERACT Jerri Neddermeyer 2017-02-21 06:00:00Z 0

Dear Friends,

On Super Bowl weekend we undertook the single largest community outreach event in the history of The Open Door, and thanks to your help the event was a tremendous success. You joined over 200 community members who volunteered their time to bag groceries, sell Cub Cares bags of food, and spread the mission of The Open Door to thousands of shoppers at all 3 Cub Store locations in Eagan.

Thanks to your generous gift of time, energy, and enthusiasm we raised nearly $30,000 in cash and food donations!

The collective impact of your efforts goes far beyond the dollars raised and the food collected...your time and efforts helped bring the issue of hunger in our community front and center on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year, and helped hundreds of shoppers learn about our mission of ending local hunger through access to healthy food.

This event took more than volunteer also took financial support. Home Federal and Cub Foods laid the ground work as title sponsors, and are deserving of our gratitude as well as our support. Superior Service Center and Liberty Title, and all of our sponsors listed on the right side of this page gave to make this event the success that it was.  Please support the companies and individuals who support The Open Door.  

Thank you. Thank you for giving up time on your weekend, thank you for putting yourself out there and talking to strangers, thank you for representing The Open Door with compassion and class.

With Deepest Gratitude,

Jason Viana, Executive Director The Open Door

Scott Swenson, Market President Home Federal

Thanks from The Open Door and Scott Swenson 2017-02-14 06:00:00Z 0
Coming soon to a SPRING near you!
Get ready for a fundraiser that is going to paint the roses red!  We plan to offer Gertens Plant Cards this year to prepare for Mother's Day and the upcoming outdoor season.  Plan your perennial purchases with Kick-Start Rotary!
Stay tuned for details!
Prepare to Garden with Kick-Start Rotary 2017-02-14 06:00:00Z 0
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Past President Mike Ferber and Current President Eric Swanson both attended the Eagan Rotary Gala Fundraiser on Saturday, February 4, 2017.  Don't they clean up nicely?


Future President Dave Verbeke and Webmaster Jerri Neddermeyer rocked table 13 at the Gala.  Other Kick-Start Rotarians in attendance: Julie Andersen, Mike Supina, Keevan Kosidaowski, and of course our very own frequent-flying visitor Scott Swenson.
From Bagging to Bling! Jerri Neddermeyer 2017-02-07 06:00:00Z 0

Super Rotarians at the Super Bagging Event to Support The Open Door Food Pantry


Eagan Kick-Start Rotarians rocked more than two full bagging shifts to support the Super Bagging Event on February 4-5, 2016.


The event expanded to all three Cub Foods stores in Eagan, and bagging shifts ran all day for two straight days.


Customers could purchase donation bags with food to be directly donated to The Open Door Food Pantry.  Donations support the community's need for food year round...not just at peak donation times surrounding holidays.


Baggers helped the community prepare for their super bowl parties while earning cash tips donated directly to The Open Door.  The coming weeks will tell how successful this year's event really was.  Thanks to all who organized, bagged, and donated!  The community benefits from every ounce of your generosity.

It's all in the BAG! Jerri Neddermeyer 2017-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerri Neddermeyer
Thanks to Mark Bonstrom, Mike Supina, and Gene Kuppenbender for stepping up to be mentors for our newest Rotary members!  Your service and dedication to making Eagan Kick-Start Rotary a welcoming club are appreciated.
Mentoring Program Jerri Neddermeyer 2017-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
Keevan Kosidowski, Vice President, Regions Hospital Foundation
Keevan is a native Iowan and has spent her career in philanthropy, primarily working in higher education and healthcare. In 2006, Keevan joined Regions Hospital Foundation, part of the HealthPartners system, as Director of Major and Planned Gifts and has provided leadership for three capital campaigns and a growing team of development professionals.  Keevan serves on the Regions Hospital Senior Leader Team. 
Prior to joining Regions Hospital, Keevan worked at the University of Northern Iowa Foundation in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  During her tenure there, her husband Mike obtained his teaching degree and started teaching elementary and middle school.  Math is his specialty.  Keevan received her bachelor of business administration from the University of Iowa and is enrolled in the Masters in Public and Non-Profit Administration Program at Metropolitan State University. 
Keevan and Mike along with their three children moved to the Twin Cities in 2005. Mike is originally from Winona, MN and many of his siblings live in the metro so he returned to his roots.  He also began teaching at Faithful Shepherd Catholic School.  In 2011, Keevan and Mike and their family were overjoyed by the arrival of CarLee, their little unexpected blessing, who brought their family to six and also gave Mike the opportunity to become a stay-at-home dad.  Ally, their oldest daughter, lives and works in Rochester and is engaged to be married; Danielle is completing her teaching degree and lives in Eagan and Jack is serving our country in the United States Navy and is stationed in San Diego.  CarLee is a kindergartner at Northview Elementary.

Keevan and Mike, are active at their church Hosanna! and with their four kids.  They enjoy camping, volunteering, golfing and swimming.  Keevan serves on the Eagan YMCA Board, Neighborhood Development Center's Development Committee and is now a member of the Eagan Kick-Starter Rotary.  Rotary is a great opportunity for Keevan and her family to become more engaged in the Eagan community.  After Ramsey County, Dakota County is also the second largest service area for Regions Hospital so Rotary also provides an opportunity for her to serve as an ambassador in her own community.
Meet New Rotarian: Keevan Kosidowski 2017-01-26 00:00:00Z 0

Nate Danielson, Director of Healthy Living at Eagan YMCA

Nate currently lives in Eagan with his wife Jodi Danielson and two kids Asher (5 at Pinewood) Ada (3 at YMCA ECLC). He works at the YMCA as Director of Healthy Living.  Nate is a long term YMCA employee for more than 15 years in various roles from Youth Development, Facility Management, and Aquatics. He am currently serves as Interim Executive Director of the Eagan YMCA until April. Nate and his family live very close to Lebanon Hills and love to ski, run, hike, paddle board and swim in the park. His other hobbies include building websites ( and other general “geeky” things.  With family and friends are here in Eagan, Nate and his wife have put down roots.  He is ready to serve this community, and he is excited to serve Eagan Kick-Start Rotary.

Meet New Rotarian: Nathan Danielson 2017-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerri Neddermeyer
Thanks to all who have brought soup for the drive to benefit The Open Door Food Pantry!  In week one, EK-S Rotary donated 43 pounds of soup, and in week two, combined donations from both Eagan Rotary clubs brought in more than 50 additional pounds of soup.  We have TWO more meetings to complete the drive.  Challenge yourself and your network to flex their SOUPER muscles and bring more soup.
There is a special this week at Hy-Vee with tomato and chicken noodle soup for 29 CENTS per can!
Two more weeks to be SOUPER!
Souper Drive Update Jerri Neddermeyer 2017-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerri Neddermeyer
Dear friends,
As we grow, new members will be joining our ranks and we need seasoned members to help get them settled and keep them involved.  Please consider volunteering to mentor a new Rotarian and build one-to-one relationships with other members of our club.  You could meet outside of Rotary if that would help, or just check in through email.  As we develop a mentor program, we welcome your ideas for how to fold new members in to active service.   If you are interested, please talk with Mike Ferber.
With joy on the journey,
EK-S Rotary Board of Directors
Mentor a New Rotarian Jerri Neddermeyer 2017-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerri Neddermeyer


Our January social was held at the Eagan Art House.  We worked on a clay mosaic project that we can donate to the Eagan Rotary Gala Fundraiser.  We cut clay, used colored clay to create surface decoration, and tried a technique called mocha diffusion to create little tree patterns on tiles.
The clay will dry, be fired the first time in the kiln, and then glazed and fired for the final time.  Finished tiles will be added to the project and grouted in place to create a whole pattern.  In all, there were 12 participants with Rotarians and guest.  We look forward to more socials to get us all out of our comfort zones and learn new things with great friends!
The Eagan Art House has monthly "Mystery Art Nights" for adults.  You can register for Eagan Art House classes through Eagan Park and Recreation Department.  Try something new every month and get involved in the art community.  There are classes for every age group in a wide variety of creative media.
January Social: Mystery Art Night Jerri Neddermeyer 2017-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerri Neddermeyer


Way to go, Kick-Starters!  The sign-up list for the Super Bagging Event on Saturday, February 4 the super bagging at the Cub Location on Diffley event is full!  Soooooo, Mike Supina started a new slot to volunteer on Sunday, February 5, 2017, 12-2pm at the Cub Location on Cliff Lake Road.  If you are available, sign-up for more bagging online here.  Hang out with Mike at that time or volunteer for another slot available.
More Opportunities to Support the Super Bagging Event Feb 4-5 Jerri Neddermeyer 2017-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Verbeke


Sign up for a shift at the Cub store on Diffley from 1 to 3 on Saturday Feb 4.  We need at least 10 volunteers.  You can pickup a 1 or 2 hours shift to help bag groceries.  All donations will go to The Open Door.  See Jason for sign up times.
Sign up for a Shift to End Hunger in Our Community David Verbeke 2017-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Verbeke
The Eagan Kick-Start Rotary Board has approved Andrew Pimental for membership in our club.  Welcome, Andrew!  Here's a short biography on Andrew:
Andrew was born and raised in Colorado, near the small town of Castle Rock.  Andrew attended Colorado State University where he received two degrees, a bachelors in Sports Medicine and a Masters in Exercise Physiology.  Began his career in the Recreation industry in 1998 in a small town in Southwestern Colorado named Pagosa Springs.  Shortly after that he moved back to the Denver area and for eight years worked for one of the top award winning special park districts in the Denver area.  He then moved his career to Special District Management and ran the GVR Metropolitan District in Northeast Denver for 5 years.  Andrew met his wife Kristin Anderson in 2007 and with Kristin being a Minnesota native, they decided to move the family back to Minnesota in summer of 2013.    Andrew and Kristin have three daughters:  Elin age 5 and twins Amelia and Olivia age 2.
Most recently Andrew worked for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and now Andrew serves the City of Eagan as their Director of Parks and Recreation since May of 2016. 
Andrew is passionate about serving others through his job and during his leisure time.  He helped establish the Far Northeast Denver Optimist Club in 2011 and served as the Charter President until moving to Minnesota.  Andrew enjoys the outdoors with his hobbies being fishing, hunting, camping and golf. 
Meet Our Newest Rotarian! David Verbeke 2017-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
SoupPerBowl Drive: Collect and Donate Jerri Neddermeyer 2017-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerri Neddermeyer



We had a very full meeting for the last Thursday of 2016.


Eagan FunFest Ambassadors accept the BIG CHECK from President Eric Swanson.


Manalee Johnson, President - Eagan Citizens Crime Prevention Association

James McDonald, Eagan - Chief of Police


Save the Date!

Can you organize a group to take a two hour shift?

Last Week's Meet: 12/29/2016 Jerri Neddermeyer 2017-01-02 00:00:00Z 0
Invitation: Join Home Federal and DCRC for Coffee Jerri Neddermeyer 2017-01-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerri Neddermeyer
Coming Soon!  Keep your eyes open!  Starting in January, Eagan Kick-Start Rotary will be helping The Open Door gear up for the big game!  It will be simple, it will be easy, an it will impact so many people!  
Your SOUPER mission, should you choose to accept:
1.  You can put out a box with a SOUPER flyer at your work place (yes, the flyer will be wonderful and soon as I make it)
2.  You can bring the box and its SOUPER contents to Rotary meeting weekly and load it into a car for transport.
3.  You can take your box back to the work place for more SOUPER refills.
4.  You can sign-up to bag groceries at a participating CUB foods to support this SOUPER organization: The Open Door.
5.  You can sign-up SOUPER friends and network of SOUPER groups outside of SOUPER Kick-Start Rotary to help get this done for the SOUPER needy in our own SOUPER community.
More details to come!  Be ready!
SoupPerBowl Drive: Help TOD suit up for the big game Jerri Neddermeyer 2016-12-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerri Neddermeyer


Friday, December 23, 2016
When others were doing the last minute holiday scramble, these six members of the Eagan Kick-Start Rotary Club were preparing home cooked meals for families tending to someone in the hospital.  Cooks for Kids at the Ronald MacDonald House is open for service every day of the year.  A huge thank you to Anchor Bank and Steve Dobin for sponsoring the event.
After a long day at the hospital, families look forward to a “home-away-from-home” cooked meal. Cooks for Kids groups who plan, purchase, prepare and serve meals are bright spots in the day of a family staying at the Ronald MacDonald House.  They encourage volunteers to gather a group of friends, family or co-workers to sign-up to serve a meal at any of the four locations. The kitchens have everything needed to chop, slice, sauté, roast and bake your way into a family's heart.

Check out this cool opportunity for your own group outside of Rotary:

Twin Cities Cooks for Kids

Serving Families through Cooks for Kids Jerri Neddermeyer 2016-12-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerri Neddermeyer


December 22, 2016
Speaker Dale Weeks talked with Eagan Kick-Start Rotary about the need for benchmarking and review of past business resources.  High tech industry in Minnesota would benefit from reviewing what has and has not worked in the past in order to avoid the typical failure rate of start-up efforts in entrepreneurship.  His work with  Global Leadership and Benchmarking Associates informs his work to support high tech industry trends in Minnesota.
Speaker Dale Weeks Jerri Neddermeyer 2016-12-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerri Neddermeyer


Last week's speaker talked with Eagan Kick-Start Rotary about the Secret Service branch, his own service in the protective detail for a variety of people of importance, as well as his work with counterfeit currency.  The program committee works to gather the most varied speakers for the weekly meetings.  Buzz Anderson (pictured here) serves on the program committee with Karen Groves and Julie Andersen.  If you have an idea for an engaging and knowledgeable speaker, please share with our committee.  
Don't know what a counterfeit $100 note looks like?  Find a Rotary Meeting, and learn something new.
Speaker for December 22, 2016
He will speak about the need for more high tech jobs in Minnesota.
Need for more high tech jobs in Minnesota
Superhero Speaks on Secret Service and Counterfeit Money Jerri Neddermeyer 2016-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerri Neddermeyer on Dec 07, 2016

Business Meeting December 8, 2016


Eagan Kick-Start Rotary awarded $500 to Cheryl Caponi in support of the new construction of an outdoor classroom at Caponi Art Park.  The total cost of the project was $30,000.  CAP looks forward to being able to offer programming rain or shine in the coming season!


Eagan Kick-Start Rotary sponsored three local students in Camp Enterprise.  Two students from Eagan High School and one student from Eastview High School spoke at the business meeting about their experiences at the event.  


Eagan Kick-Start Rotary welcomes Luther Wynder as the newest member of the club.  He moved to the area following a job opportunity with the Minnesota Valley Transport Authority.  Eagan Kick-Start Rotary supported the MVTA food drive to "Stuff the Bus" which benefits local food shelves.

We bid farewell to our very own Christina Royal and Kristin Reither.  They move on to exciting new career chapters, and we will miss them both!  This photo was taken during a happy hour held in their honor on December 7, 2016.
L-R: Chritina, Dave, Julie, Jason, and Kristin
Getting Down to Business Jerri Neddermeyer 2016-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Verbeke
Tuesday morning several club members attended the EHS Interact club to present a check to help sponsor the activities of their club.  Doreen Rundquist, Jerri Neddermeyer, Eric Swanson and Dave Verbeke were on hand to make our $250 donation to the club.  Jerri called on network to gather donations for the Interact baby blanket project.  The Interact club hopes to create 100 blankets for local charities.
Donation to Eagan High School Interact Club David Verbeke 2016-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Verbeke
Batman ( Buzz Anderson) and his loyal sidekick Robin (Greg Oxley) delivered the Club's donation of hats and gloves to 360 Communities.  No word if the Joker also attended but knowing Buzz there was were a few bad jokes made during the delivery.   Adam West was the best Batman followed by George Clooney and then Buzz Anderson.
Warm Hearts and Hands Donation to 360 Communities David Verbeke 2016-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Verbeke
Do you have ideas for making District 5950 more vibrant?
All Rotarians received a November 22 email inviting them to complete an online survey about why we join Rotary, why we stay, and what can be improved. Your responses are confidential. District leaders will use this information to improve our membership approach and public image.
If you haven’t completed the survey yet, please follow this link and spend 5-10 minutes sharing your opinions: The survey is available until December 30. Data will be compared to similar questions from the October 2013 survey when 1,205 Rotarians responded. Results will be shared with members on the District 5950 website, DG newsletter, and at District gatherings such as Mid-Term Assembly and Pre-PETS. Clubs can also request a club-specific compilation of responses.
District leaders sincerely thank you for investing your time and thought in this survey
Help Rotary improve-Take the Online Survey David Verbeke 2016-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Verbeke
Make plans now to attend the upcoming District Mid Term meeting on a Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 at Earle Brown Center in Brooklyn Park.  Attending the District meetings with other Rotary members from across the metro is a great way to learn more about Rotary and the projects that are going on.  Our club would like to see 10 members attend the meeting.  The cost is free and includes lunch.  Look for more details in an upcoming newsletter
Mid Term Assembly Meeting on January 28th David Verbeke 2016-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Verbeke
Inver Hills News at the Community College published an extensive article about Career Day that Eagan Kick-Start Rotary supported.  Many students benefitted from talking with professional in many business areas.  One student secured a internship recommendation with the Minnesota Vikings!  Read the complete article at:
Career Day Success for our Club David Verbeke 2016-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Verbeke
During its regular monthly meeting the Board of Directors approved the following changes to the officer positions.  Dave Verbeke has accepted the position of President-elect replacing Kristin Reither who has left the club due to a promotion and transfer to the Y in Shoreview.  Karen Dare has been appointed to the Secretary position replacing Dave.  An additional position of Member at Large was created and filled by Jerri Neddermeyer.  Jerri will assist Karen with the newsletter and will serve as the Club's Webmaster.  We wish all of our new Directors good luck in their new position!
Changes to the Kick-Start Board of Directors David Verbeke 2016-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Some Thanksgiving trivia to impress your guests with:
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Minnesota is the top turkey-producing state in America, with a planned production total of 46.5 million in 2016. Six states—Minnesota, North Carolina, Arkansas, Missouri, Virginia, and Indiana—account for nearly two-thirds of the 248 million turkeys that will be raised in the U.S. this year.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest pumpkin pie ever baked weighed 2,020 pounds and measured just over 12 feet long. It was baked on October 8, 2005 by the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers in Ohio, and included 900 pounds of pumpkin, 62 gallons of evaporated milk, 155 dozen eggs, 300 pounds of sugar, 3.5 pounds of salt, 7 pounds of cinnamon, 2 pounds of pumpkin spice and 250 pounds of crust.
Originally known as Macy’s Christmas Parade—to signify the launch of the Christmas shopping season—the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in New York City in 1924. It was launched by Macy’s employees and featured animals from the Central Park Zoo. Today, some 3 million people attend the annual parade and another 44 million watch it on television.
No meeting this week-Happy Thanksgiving David Verbeke 2016-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) is sponsoring a food drive for the holidays.  They are asking riders, drivers and everyone else to help them Stuff the Bus  Help them fill the needs of local food shelves during the busy holiday season.  Proceeds will be donated to 360 Communities.  "I am committed to MVTA being part of the community" said Luther Wynder MVTA Executive Director and Kickstart member.  " I've have been involved in a similar promotion in Delaware and believe this will be very successful for MVTA. 
Highest need items are canned fish & meat, peanut butter, canned fruits and vegtables, rice & pasta and cooking baking items.  Personal items such as toothpaste, deodorant and feminine hygiene products are also in demand.  Cash donations will also be accepted.
Items will be collected at meetings on 12/1 and 12/8.  Donations will be delivered to the MVTA after our meeting on 12/8.  Please be generous and support the MVTA and fellow Rotarian, Luther Wynder's project.
Stuff the Bus David Verbeke 2016-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
The Eagan High School Interact club has asked for some adult volunteers to help with their fundraising event on Monday 11/21 at the Cub Foods on Diffley.   They are bagging groceries from 4:00 pm until 9:00 and would like some adult help to supervise the students.  Stay for a couple of hours or all night.  Let Dave Verbeke know at if you can attend and what hours you can be there.  This is an important event for the Interact Club as it helps fund their budget for this year.
Volunteers needed for Cub Grocery Bagging Event Monday 11/21 David Verbeke 2016-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
The following events will be added to the calendar but I also wanted to bring them to everyone's attention so we can get our members signed up to help.
1.    Walk to End Hunger
Date :   11-24-16
Location:   Mall of America (Kick off = MOA Rotunda)
Time:   7:30 am
                Registration Fee:  $25.00

2.    Ronald McDonald House – Cooks for Kids Dinner
Date 12-22-16
Location:   Children’s Hospital – St. Paul – 345 Smith Ave N., St. Paul
Rotaries needed:   6
Time:   3:00 to 7:30
3.    The Open Door – Cub Food Bagging Event
Date:     02-04-17 and 02-05-17
Time:     TBD
Location:   Cub Foods, 1020 Diffley Road, Eagan
See Jason Madson for sign up details.
Upcoming Service Projects David Verbeke 2016-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Groves
Hi Kick-Starters!  I’m a supporter of the Eastview Community Foundation.  The foundation helps students at Eastview and it’s feeder schools with funds for Random Acts of Kindness, Grants, and Scholarships.  Here’s an example!  The foundation provided funding for an elementary student to rent a band instrument they wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford.  On November 12/13, I’ll be helping with the inaugural “Deck the Halls Holiday Home Tour”.  I’d love to see you there!  Questions?  Call Karen Groves: 952-693-1049.  Tickets can be purchased at
Deck the Halls Holiday Home Tour Karen Groves 2016-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Our Happy Bucks from September will keep 21 kids happy an warm this winter.  Our club collected $357 from our generous members.  Proceeds will be used to buy new winter coats for kids.  Our donation will be pooled with the Knights of Columbus to help kids in need this winter.  Thank you for contributing Happy Bucks over the last month.
Coats for Kids Donation David Verbeke 2016-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
Our Club had explored the idea of securing a grant from the District to help support the construction of outdoor classroom space at Caponi Art Park.  When we approached the District for grant help, we found out that the available funds were already committed for the year.  While this was disappointing for the Club, Caponi decided to move ahead with the project with the hopes that funding would be in place by the end of the year.  Grants from other organizations helped fill some of the need but they are still a few dollars short of their goal.  Our Board of Directors has agreed to a $500 donation to the project.  Caponi Art Park is also running a crowd funding campaign to help make up the short fall.  If you are interested in making a personal donation, please visit their Indiegogo site:
Caponi Art Park Open Classroom Space 2016-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Verbeke
Our first Adopt a Street cleanup was held on Saturday October 8th on O'Neill Drive in Eagan near the Vikings new training center. David Bullock, Mike Ferber, Gary Hansen, Jerri Neddermeyer, Mike Supina Eric Swanson and Brooklyn from Can Do Canines helped with the cleanup!  Our commitment to the the city is for two clean ups per year.  Look for another opportunity to help out in the Spring!  Thanks to all who helped!
Kick-Starters Clean Up the Neighborhood David Verbeke 2016-10-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gary Hansen
Guild Incorporated, a St. Paul non-profit organization that provides integrated services for persons with mental disabilities, has a major fundraiser, the Ladder of Hope luncheon, scheduled at noon on December 7 at the Intercontinental St. Paul Riverfront. Gary Hansen, a table captain for this event, invites Rotarians to join him for lunch to learn about Guild’s programs and hear inspiring messages from a few who benefit from them. Ask Gary about this event at a club meeting or contact him at More information about Guild is available at
Guild Incorporated Luncheon Gary Hansen 2016-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Thank you to all who attended the Tree House benefit at Vivo.  Eagan Kick Start's version of Ringo Starr provided the entertainment.  Please make sure to support this worthy cause.
Tree House Event is a Big Success 2016-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Hear Jennifer Jones speak to the topic of the Future of Rotary.
Tuesday November 1
Area 4 Breakfast 6:30 AM @ Edinburgh Country Club $18/person (registration not required)
District Event Noon @ Doubletree Hotel St. Louis Park $25/person (register:
Thursday November 3
Area 6 Breakfast @ Hazeltine Golf Course Chaska $15/person contact Char Weber at or 612-730-8210
Area 3 Lunch @ Edina Country Club Edina $20/person (registration not required)
Young Professionals Forum @TBA in northwest Twin Cities contact Mary Kurth at
Jennifer Jones- The Future of Rotary David Verbeke 2016-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Interact event at Feed My Starving Children David Verbeke 2016-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Walk for Water is on Saturday, September 17 at Upper Landing Park in St. Paul. It is sponsored by PENTAIR and Pace Analytical, supporters of Rotary International’s goals to provide safe water, proper sanitation, and economic development to those who are most in need.
Let’s be a significant Rotary presence at the walk! I HAVE SET UP A TEAM:  "ROTARY 5950"  To get more information and register to walk at  Remember, to register under our team!  The cost to register is $20.  [Can't make it, you can donate if you like.] You get a tee shirt (pick your size when you register), snacks and entertainment.   I am bringing my wife Colleen and our two grandchildren.  Kids participate free.   Our group is trying to raise $2,500, but I would like us to swamp the top team!  Can you imagine 250 Rotarians, that's $5,000!  
Water Missions invites Rotarians to walk David Verbeke 2016-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Verbeke
Treehouse is a metro-wide 501(c)(3) wired into the large public high schools.  With the help of guidance counselors and social workers, Treehouse identifies and reaches out to youth struggling mightily with addictions, dysfunctional families, bullying, etc.  Treehouse helps youth rebuild their lives, stay in school and focus on serving others.  Check out the record of success at  It's amazing work!
The event will be held October 3rd, 630-830 pm at Vivo Kitchen in Apple Valley.  provided free will be heavy hors d' oeurves, good wine, and music by Thick Friends.  That will be the fun!  TreeHouse director, Paul Maloney,  will deliver the message about Treehouse' work, and we hope to stir up some generosity with an ask for a free-will offering...a very simple approach. We want to fill Vivo with 100+ generous souls.  100% of the money raised will go to Treehouse to help youth!
We're asking for RSVPs to Scott Erickson at, or by text to 651-283-8627, by 9/26.
TreeHouse Gala Benefit on Oct. 3 David Verbeke 2016-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Our youth exchange student welcome party is coming up so please mark your calendar.  Come and help welcome Arianna from Italy to Eagan!  Please join us for an open house from 4 to 6 pm.
3763 Denmark trail W
Eagan, MN 55123
September 18th at 4-6 pm
Call, text or email
Ryan Murphy
Meet our Youth Exchange Student David Verbeke 2016-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Verbeke
Have you signed up yet for our new Fall Training called One Rotary Summit?  
September 23, 2016
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Lafayette Country Club
This program will be delivered in a NEW FORMAT that you will really like!  You will come away from this training with fresh ideas to understand how Membership, Foundation and Public Image - when coordinated together - powerfully impact your club.  You can expect to get concrete ideas to put into action in your club right away, making your club "Great, On Purpose!"
Food will be served! Enjoy both breakfast and lunch!
Cost:  Your club has already paid for you to attend, so it doesn't cost anything out of pocket, but you do need to register!
Sign up at:
Sign up for the District Meeting David Verbeke 2016-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Retro Camera Stock Photos - 35192173
Our overworked and underpaid webmaster needs some help to keep our website and newsletters fresh and vibrant!  We need 2 or 3 helpers to take photos at meetings and events and upload those images to ClubRunner.  From that library I can update the website and create all sorts of flashing, eye catching photo montages to keep our website new and appealing.  We need several people to help out to cover meetings and events since not everyone can make it to every meeting.  See Dave Verbeke if you'd like to help out.  I will set up a lead and two backups to document the history that we are creating!
Videographer Needed to Document our Club Activities 2016-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Looking for Millennial Volunteers David Verbeke 2016-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
We've been fortunate to have many interesting and informative speakers.  Help keep our meetings interested by recruiting a speaker for our weekly meeting.  Coordinate through Buzz Anderson or Karen Groves.
Help our Program committe find great speakers 2016-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
December 15 Steve Dobin
December 22 Scott Erickson
December 29 Mike Ferber
January 5 Karen Groves
INSPIRATION Kristin Reither 2016-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Bring a Friend and help our club reach it's membership goals!  During the first quarter, if you bring a friend to Rotary breakfast is free for the guest.  From our Visioning process we set a goal of 50 members.  Do your part by inviting a guest who is interested in joining Rotary.
BRING A FRIEND TO ROTARY 2016-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
You should have received an e-mail with your invoice from Tom Hofstad! Please Note: The invoice has the mailing address as Granite City. Please make sure all checks are mailed to Eagan Kick-Start Rotary Club 2805 Dodd Rd., Suite 160, Eagan, MN 55121 Please see Tom with any questions! 

INVOICES ARE OUT!! 2016-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome to our new website! Kristin Reither 2015-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kristin Reither on Apr 23, 2015
ClubRunner secures all your private information using the latest security technologies. Hosted in a world class data centre with redundant power, Internet backbones and 24/7 security and monitoring, you can rest assured that your club data is safe and protected. Your members' contact information is secured behind unique logins and passwords. Access to information is also restricted, for example, a member can only view the list of members, but can modify his or her own personal information.

Data on the server is protected by TCP/IP filtering, firewall and anti-virus software that protect against any unauthorized intrusion. Backups of data are made daily and stored off-site.
Security and Integrity of Your Data Kristin Reither 2015-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
Quote of the Week - Who Said It? Karen Dare 2015-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
Integrated eBulletin for Easier Communication Karen Dare 0