Speaker Date Topic
Business of the Year Presentation Oct 26, 2021
Business of the Year Presentation
Business of the Year Presentation

October is Rotary International Economic and Community Development Month. The Golden Valley Rotary Club celebrates by naming a local Business of the Year to honor. The 2021 selection is J-HAP and Cornerstone Creek. They will receive their award at our October 26th meeting.


  • Armstrong, Torseth, Skold and Rydeen (ATS&R) 2006
  • Courage Center 2007
  • General Mills 2008
  • Golden Valley Golf and Country Club 2009
  • Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery 2010
  • Golden Valley American Legion, Post 523 2012
  • Winkley Orthotics and Prosthetics 2013
  • PRISM 2014
  • My Music Store 2015
  • Culver’s of Golden Valley 2016
  • Animal Humane Society 2017
  • Tennant Company 2018
  • Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis 2019
  • Best Wishes Floral 2020
Anna Bonavita, Executive Director & Founder Nov 02, 2021
Esperienza: Celebrating and Preserving the Italian Culture
Esperienza: Celebrating and Preserving the Italian Culture

Anna Bonavita is a former scientist with a passion for culture, cuisine, and environment. In 2018, Bonavita read a New York Times article about the plight of many small towns and villages in Italy that are suffering from a devastating population loss due to changing times. With her own history and love of Italy, Anna decided to do something about it, beginning with the region she knew best. From this, Esperienza was born. The non- profit small group tour company researches, educates, and provides authentic, curated experiences in Italian villages that are selected for their exquisite beauty, cultural wealth, and rapidly declining population. Esperienza brings visitors to the historic town of Pennabilli and the Emilia-Romagna region where they immerse themselves in the local community and learn about the language, arts, culture, and cuisine. Bonavita is also the founder and former president of the Italian Cultural Center as well as the Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Born in a small village in Bulgaria, but swept away by the waves of globalization, Anna claims several countries as the source of her cultural identity. She currently resides in Minneapolis, MN.



Angela Grill, Twin Cities Rotary Eco Club Nov 09, 2021
Fire to Frost: A Prairie Story
Fire to Frost: A Prairie Story

Angela Grill graduated from Minnesota State University—Mankato with degrees in ecology and geography. She has a passion for being outdoors and ensuring conservation of the natural heritage of our lands. As a wildlife biologist at Three Rivers Park District, she enjoys working on a wide range of projects from restoring prairies to pollinator surveys. The desire to share stories of nature is made possible by serving as co-host for the podcast, The Wandering Naturalist.


Marshall Tanick Nov 16, 2021
Are You Ready for Some Football? Law and Lore Here in Minnesota
Are You Ready for Some Football? Law and Lore Here in Minnesota

For 45 years, Marshall H. Tanick has represented clients in a wide variety of legal matters, with emphasis on employment law; constitutional law, including defamation, privacy, and other communications; education law; animal law; pet law; land law; and business disputes. Tanick was named “Attorney of the Year” by Minnesota Lawyer magazine in 2019.

As much a student of law as a practitioner of it, Marshall stays abreast of legal trends and the latest case law by teaching at area law schools, conducting continuing legal education classes, and writing extensively for law and business publications. He also welcomes the opportunity to take on difficult cases.

Marshall will present on the topic of “Are You Ready for Some Football? Law and Lore Here in Minnesota"

Ryan Larson, President & CFO Jan 04, 2022
Golden Valley Supply
Golden Valley Supply

Ryan Larson is president and CFO of Golden Valley Supply, a building materials supplier located in Golden Valley. Larson has experience in global asset management and equity trading, with an MBA from DePaul University. He was recently elected to the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota Board of Directors. Ryan will serve on the board through June 30, 2022.