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Rendleman receives Rotary Leadership Award

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Rendleman receives Rotary Leadership Award

Kathy Rendleman, executive director of the Edina Education Fund has received the Rotary Club of Edina’s Chrysanne Manoles Women in Leadership Award. The award honors and celebrates the work of women in the community.

Rendleman has served in her role since 2016 and has been a collaborative partner with Edina Public Schools, Edina Give and Go, and the founders of the Edina Meal Fund. In the nomination, her work leading the Edina Education Fund and fostering key community partnerships was noted. “During her tenure, she has been able to provide sound financial management, an updated website, and a secure means of accepting donations. This year, she was instrumental in leading the sponsorship of the Edina Meal Fund COVID-19 Response. Throughout the meal response, Rendleman personally purchased grocery gift cards, and fresh produce for the meal bags and assisted with packing.”

“The connections she forms in the community allow her to fulfill the mission of the Edina Education Fund. Rendleman is often the lead representative in communicating with individual donors, corporate donors, and community partner organizations. In addition to her responsibilities with the Edina Education Fund, Rendleman also is a strong supporter of dance programs, band, and theater at EPS. “

The Chrysanne Manoles Women in Leadership Award was established in 2008 in honor of the first female member of the Rotary Club of Edina. To be selected as a recipient, nominees must demonstrate Rotary’s Four Way Test of the things thought, said, and done by answering the questions is it the truth, is it fair to all concerned, will it build goodwill and better friendships, and will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Regina Neville and Karen Gabler, who serve alongside Rendleman in the Edina Education Fund as co-chairs, firmly believe she meets the Rotary’s Four Way Test in her thought process and actions. “She is an extraordinary leader who builds community and partnerships for the benefit of every student in EPS,” said Neville and Gabler. Rendleman is appreciative of the recognition. “I am honored to receive this leadership award from the Edina Rotary,” said Rendleman. “I feel so fortunate to live in our community of leaders and supporters that truly make it easy to give of my time and energy.”