Guest Speakers
At each meeting we feature insightful presentations from community members who share their expertise, experiences, and visions.
 
Please join us as you are able.
 
Our club meets from noon - 1pm on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Thursdays at Tavern 4&5 located at 16396 Wagner Way, Eden Prairie, MN.
 
If you have questions, are interested in visiting or joining the club, or if you would you like to speak to our club please contact:  John Urbanski, jaurbanski@comcast.net, 952-949-0744
 
 
June 20
Water Filtration in Columbia and Liver Cancer Project in Egypt
Bill Falk, Rotarian
 
Bill will discuss two Rotary international projects funded in part by the Eden Prairie Noon Rotary Club. The first is a water filtration project in Columbia and the second is a Liver cancer project in Egypt.  Bill visited both projects in person this spring.  He will show how our club’s generosity is helping to save and change lives
 
 
July 11
Bill Hooke
President & Leadership Change Over Ceremony
We thank our past President, Nick Rogers, and leadership team for the past year an welcome our incoming President, Bill Hooke. Read Bill's welcome message...
 
July 18
Global Grant - India
Sandhya Gupta
 
August 1
District Governor, Sharon Bloodworth
Sharon is the CEO of Minneapolis-based White Oaks Wealth Advisors  and has been with the company since February 2001. Her experience in the financial services industry dates back to 1993 and includes positions at American Express Financial Advisors as a Financial Advisor and Lord, Abbett & Co LLC as a Client Liaison in New York.
 

Sharon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in European Community Studies from the University of Wales, College of Cardiff, with a focus on European political economics and languages. In continuing education, she received a certificate in International Business Practice from the Mountbatten Program and Oxford University, and in 2019, she completed the Vistage Executive Leadership Program in collaboration with the Stanford Graduate School of Business

She was honored as a 2013 “Top Women in Business” and a 2010 “40 under 40” recipient by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

 
August 15
Leading the Rotary Initiative to Stop Human Trafficking in Minnesota
Karen Walkowski MHA, PMP
 

Ms. Walkowski is a retired healthcare executive with over 40 years of experience in the healthcare industry.  In her career she has worked in several different organizations but developed her expertise in new program development and implementation and strategic and business planning. She has been very involved in her community throughout her life and believes strongly in making a difference wherever she can. She served in the Minnetonka School District for over 15 years in a variety of roles, ending that service as a school board member for eight years including 2 years as chair of the board.  She has travelled extensively to many countries and gained a passion for supporting several global organizations especially in East Africa.

She joined Rotary in 2012 because of Rotary’s commitment to International projects.  Rotary International has been raising awareness around Human Slavery which has captured her passion as both a global and local issue. She is the past president of her local Rotary club in Excelsior. In 2017 she was asked to lead the Rotary Initiative to end Human Trafficking in Minnesota where she worked with over 150 other Rotary clubs in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota and over 6000 other Rotarians. In May of 2020, she worked with others to  launch a new cause-based Global Rotary Club focusing on Ending Human Trafficking  and served as the Charter President of the club from 2020-2022.  She truly believes that Rotary can end Human Trafficking and is honored to be part of this solution.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science/ International Relations from Grinnell College, a Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health and is a certified Project Manager.