Register HERE for Sept 3 Live-In Person Meetings
Register HERE for Sept 3 ZOOM Meeting
Sept 3 Speaker Michael Wright
Michael W. Wright, is an international CEO, COO and CMO, author, business professor, thought leader, speaker, and proven entrepreneur.  Over the course of his career he has developed widely adopted new products, new systems and new technologies and he holds two patents in micro-fluidics. He is a published author of The New Business Normal and has written more than 30 articles on technology and business. He has developed advanced industry educational courses for SEMI, the largest trade association in high technology, and academic courses in marketing and productivity for the University of Minnesota where he is a Sr. Fellow. He has been a featured speaker at several companies and organizations from AT&T, Ernst & Young to UMN/TLI Signature series and the MHTA. He is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power Program, and Kellogg and RIT Executive Programs.
OPEN -- Around the World Gala Dinner Registration
It’s time to make your reservation for the 2020 Rotary Gala.  During this exceptional year, you have the opportunity to spend an evening at the “country” of your choice on either Saturday, September 26th or Saturday, October 3rd.  Instead of gathering to support our foundation in a ballroom, we will be gathering in small groups, hosted by our fellow Rotarians and friends.
Click HERE for a copy of your brochure, we have some very special evenings planned.  You will be receiving a paper invitation later this week, but we know many of your “travel” calendars are filling up fast.  Click on the picture or you can use this LINK to register right now!  Events are already filling up, we urge you to go on-line and sign up right away!
Vocational Happy Hour-Sept. 2 via ZOOM
Join us for the Edina Rotary Happy Hour/Vocational Development Group. The next gathering will be Wednesday, September 2nd, from 6:00 to 7 p.m. via ZOOM.  The event will feature a short social period, with a "formal" program beginning at 6 p.m. Each person will have a brief opportunity to introduce themselves and make new connections. A featured presenter will have 15 minutes to share information that is relevant to his or her profession followed by a short Q&A period. Rotary Vocational Happy Hour is a collaboration between the Rotary Club of Edina and EMRC. Contact Renee Harberts for more information. 
September 2 Featured Edina Rotary Morningside Club: John Sorteberg, President, Commercial Furniture Services. The ZOOM link has been sent to you by Renee Harberts.
Rotary and Chamber Mixer - Sept. 9
The Rotary Clubs of Edina and Edina Morningside and the Edina Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a joint prospective member event at Pinstripes. This will be a fun evening of community connection. All Rotarians and Chamber members should bring a guest to the gathering. Guests will learn more about these great local organizations and have a chance to network with membership!  Click "See More" for details.
Rotary Club of Edina Car Show - Sept. 12, 2020

The Rotary Club of Edina is proud to present the Second Annual Edina Car Show on Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Rotary Club of Edina Car Show will be hosted at Southdale Center parking lot (in front of the old Herberger’s).  This family-friendly event will feature some of the best collector cars and bikes in Minnesota, including classic, vintage, and exotic. Our dealer sponsor Key Cadillac will also have some of the hottest new models on display.  We will be giving away a free weekend lease of a new Maserati luxury sports car for the winner of our “Best in Show” contest, with attendees voting for their favorite car on the lot.

Click "Read More" for additional information and registration details.


Leadership Series, Sept 15 - Dealing with Adversity
Mary Younggren, owner of Advent Talent Group will present "Dealing with Adversity. How Hardship Makes Us Better People". A flyer with details can be found HERE.
The adversity caused by the financial downturn, racial unrest, Covid-19, and the political climate seem insurmountable at times. How do you deal with adversity? Mary will share her personal experience with hardship and its impact on her business career and personal life. We will explore the lessons that have helped her to keep climbing those mountains as they arise. You’ll come away with some action steps that, instead of running away, will help you to embrace adversity and use it to improve your life experience and become a better person! There is NO cost to register HERE and attend this third in a series of 12 session that will improve your professional effectiveness and expand your network of growth minded leaders.
Edina Rotary Morningside Golf Tournament, Sept 14
The annual Patrick D. Kennedy Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Monday, September 14th at the Braemar Golf Center. Tournament proceeds help to maintain Edina Morningside Rotary Foundation's support to programs such as Polio Eradication, International efforts including clean water and women's health initiatives, COVID-19 relief efforts including health and food organizations. For more information and to register visit
Sept 17 End Human Trafficking, The Rotary Initiative

On Thursday, September 17, learn about human sex trafficking in Edina and the surrounding area. The pandemic has increased human trafficking. Learn to identify who is most at risk and the steps you can take to prevent sexual assault in families and in our backyard. This workshop is being presented by the Rotary Club of Edina and Rotary Club of Edina Morningside.

 In -person registration is closed. The "REGISTRATION" button above will let you register for the "Zoom" Human Trafficking experience right up to to the meeting time. Please "Read More" to get details on the speakers, the two ways to access this workshop and guest cost.

Walk to End Alzheimer's, Sept. 26
Walk to End Alzheimer's is Saturday, September 26 starting at 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sign up to participate, donate to the team, or do both! Please bring a mask and observe social distancing during the entire event. Click HERE for complete details, to register on the Walk to End Alzheimer's site, donate or print the flyer to distribute. If planning to stay for lunch at Pinstripes or have additional questions please contact Rick Carlson at 
Upcoming Events and Links
Club and Foundation Board Meeting Minutes
On the 3rd and 4th Wednesday of each month the Rotary Club of Edina Club Board and the Rotary Club of Edina Foundation Board respectively meet as a governing body to discuss and review the aspects of club organization and finances. The minutes of these meetings are located on our club website at, "Organization" "Documents" Folder named: "Club Minutes (Year)" or "Foundation Minutes (Year)". You will need to sign into your Rotary Club of Edina account to view these folder OR a LINK to these folders is located on Home page in the left column under "Membership".
!!Join a Committee - Sign Up Today!!
As this year's Rotary service projects and fundraising efforts get started each committee is looking for members to join them in support of our club's mission.  We are excited to find the next crop of members who will bringing good ideas to the group and join us in our "Service Before Self" Rotary principle! Take a moment to download the Committee Sign Up sheet HERE and let us know where and how you'd like to help. Sign up today!
In Person and ZOOM Meetings Info
Edina Country Club is open and allowing us to meet in person. REGISTRATION and MASKS ARE REQUIRED. Please register HERE if you plan on attending in-person and will be having lunch with us. Doors open at 12:15 p.m.  Register HERE is you would like to attend via ZOOM beginning at 12:30 p.m.
As we plan to meet live during these very unpredictable times, we need to adhere to guidelines established by the Edina Country Club, the city of Edina and our Governor. Your safety is our number one priority and we understand that not everyone will feel comfortable attending our in-person meetings. With this in mind, we will continue to offer the virtual meetings via Zoom for our July/August meetings and extend them for a longer period of time if needed. Advance reservations will be required for both the live and Zoom meeting options.  Click "See More" to review the guidelines.
In Review  - Sept 10
Click the "You Tube" logo above. In the "Description" are bookmarks/time stamps for jumping to your area of interest. 
Due to two different meeting platforms and the excellent talents of C-Vision Productions (Chris Laskowski) it has been decided to make better use of the taped and edited meetings that are posted to You Tube and use them as our new "In Review" format. This will eliminate the duty of "The Barker" note taker/writer and we will, for the time being, no longer publish written reviews. We will continue to publish several live meeting still photos with captions at the end of each newsletter as a mini-recap.
We will post the link to the current meeting You Tube video (see above). Due to some technical difficulty. Still photos from the 9/10/20 meeting are not available. Please see Facebook once they are posted.
Upcoming Events
Walk to End Alzheimer's
Virtual with Meeting at Pinstripes
Sep 26, 2020
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Rotary Club of Edina Board Meeting
Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel
Oct 21, 2020 7:30 AM
Rotary Club of Edina Board Meeting
Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel
Nov 18, 2020 7:30 AM
Rotary Club of Edina Board Meeting
Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel
Dec 16, 2020 7:30 AM
Rotary Club of Edina Board Meeting
Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel
Jan 20, 2021 7:30 AM
Rotary Club of Edina Board Meeting
Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel
Feb 17, 2021 7:30 AM
Rotary Club of Edina Board Meeting
Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel
Mar 17, 2021 7:30 AM
View entire list
Executives & Directors
Past President
Club Service Director
Community Service Grants Director
Community Service Projects Director
International Service Director
Membership Director
Social Director
Public Image Director
The Rotary Foundation Director
Youth Service Director
Club Administrator
Annual Gala Co-Chair
Annual Gala Co-Chair
Meeting Duties
Michalski, Rebecca
Front Desk
Loberg, Shelly
Greeter 1
Thomas, Skip
ZOOM Greeter
Rolstad, Bonnie Sue
Platt, Ann
Guest Introductions
Thommen, Wade
Speaker Introduction
Platt, Ann
Hendrickson, Jennifer
Rotary Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Chrysanne Manoles
September 4
Bill McReavy
September 7
Jeff Ohe
September 7
Jim Ryman
September 8
David Clynes
September 9
Marty Kupper
September 11
Gregory Gable
September 16
Jean Morrison
September 19
Andrea Fahrenkrug
September 21
George Lancaster
September 21
Stefan Smith
September 21
Brandon Azbill
September 23
Harry Weingartner
September 23
Scott Neal
September 24
Sutton McGraw
September 25
Doug Drake
September 27
Bob Stehlik
September 28
Heather Hansen
September 28
Dan Hallberg
September 29
Ken Andersen
September 29
2020 Fundraiser & Gala Presenting Sponsor
2020 Around the World!
Edina Rotary Foundation Fundraiser & Gala
September 26 & October 3

Presenting ($10,000)

  • Sita Dash, Dr. Dash Foundation

Platinum ($5,000)

  • Sam Thompson, Transitions In Business
  • Joel Jennings, Jennings Family Foundation
  • Bill McReavy, Washburn-McReavy
  • Paul Mooty, Faribault Woolen Mill
Gold ($2,500)
  • Jack and Anne Kennefick, RWBaird
  • Susan Stiles, Stiles Financial Services
  • San Asato, McNellis & Asato
  • Kelley Burnett, American Family Insurance
  • Scott Tankenoff, Tankenoff Families Foundation
  • Heather Hansen, Carl M. Hansen Companies
  • Jeff Ohe, Cahill Financial Advisors
  • Joe Arends, North American Banking Co.
Silver ($1,000)
  • Michael Stanzak, Key Cadillac
  • Tim Murphy, Grandview Tire & Auto
  • Catherine & Tom Gump
  • Gerry Norton, The Brookshire Co.
  • John & Lisa Solberg
  • Bonnie Sue Rolstad
  • Steve Slyce, Peters Billards
  • Stefan Smith, Smith Financial Group
  • Bob & Rosie Gubrud
  • Steve Veker, 44th Street Dental
  • William Steinke, Christensen Group Insurance
  • Joe Christensen, Christensen & Laue PLLC
  • Ryan Wilson, Tradition Bank
Bronze ($500)
  • Mark Jessen, Jessen Press
  • Mike Kallas, Kallas Law Office
  • Bjorn Freudenthal, New Spaces
  • Bob and Rhoda Perkins
  • Matt Boockmeier, State Farm Insurance
  • Renee Harberts and Dave Wendt
  • Gordy Lewis
  • Axel and Lori Steuer
  • Bob and Vianne Stehlik
  • Terry and Merilee Stevens
  • Jon Barnett EdinAlarm
  • Lisa Walker, CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC
  • Kevin Kalal, Abdo, Eick & Meyers, LLP
  • Deirdre Kvale,DMK Intellectual Property Law, PLLC 

Thursday, September 17, 2020 is the End Human Trafficking, A Rotary Initiative event. This event begin early at 11:45 a.m. with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. Please remember for the safety of our members and guests we require masks be worn while not eating or drinking and follow strict social distancing guidelines.

Menu choices were not available at press time.

Check your meeting reminder on Thursday. 

The Rotary Club of Edina's Administrator, Becci Michalski, works part time and will respond to your inquiries within 24 hours. Contact her at or voicemail /text message at 612-234-7390.