Thursday, March 16, 2023
Speaker: Kate Agnew,
Optum Senior Director of Software Engineering
Mar 16 Speaker: Kate Agnew, Kyros VP/Head of Engineering
Kate Agnew is Vice President and head of Engineering for Kyros, a start-up with the vision to increase positive recovery outcomes through a human-centric, technology-enabled approach to substance use disorder treatment. She previously was the Senior Director of Software Engineering for Optum and responsible for a team of 70 engineers in the U.S. and India. 
She’s just completed terms and major leadership responsibilities with the Macalester Alumni Association and the Laura Jeffrey STEM-focused Middle School in St. Paul and has been recently named a public policy fellow by the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute. 
Last fall, she was elected to the Edina City Council seat after serving as Chair of the Edina Planning Commission and is Philanthropies Treasurer for Edina Federated Women’s Club (with whom Edina Rotary is teaming with on service projects). She lives in Edina with her husband, Joe, and their two daughters ages 2 and 3.
Mar 16 Black Business Mixer: Jayanthi Rajasa
Jayanthi Rajasa is multidisciplinary artist, teaching artist, and songstress dedicated to singing from the heart.She has been in more than 10 performing and recording bands in The Twin Cities. She also works with Mama Mosaic on a "Minnesota Girls Are Not For Sale" piece that has been performed for over 9 years seeking freedom for women and girl sex slaves in Minnesota. Jaya currently runs a program for infants and young children entitled “Homies in Harmony at Walker West Music Academy.” Upload Jaya program FLYER for all the details and register HERE to attend. 
Jean and Neal: A Triangle of Love Story
This is an exceptional story of one of our club’s first female Rotarians, Jean Morrison, and her love for her brother Neal and a legacy gift in honor of their shared years of enjoying sensory-friendly family concerts at the Minnesota Orchestra. Pictured below with a triangle is Brian Mount, principal percussionist with Minnesota Orchestra, Neal Breisch on the xylophone; Jean and Neal admiring the triangles; the triangles, Neal playing the xylophone; Neal and Brian. 
To read the Minnesota Orchestra Showcase article, click "Read More" below
Rotary Club of Edina Seeks Nominees for Women In Leadership Award
The Rotary Club of Edina seeks nominees for the 16th-annual“Chrysanne Manoles Women In Leadership Award.”
Nominees cannot be current Rotarians and must live, work or volunteer in Edina. Female nominees must demonstrate Rotary’s “Four Way Test” of the things we think, say or do: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
To nominate a woman for the prestigious award, submit a one- or two-page letter explaining how the person demonstrates the Four Way Test and what she does in the community outside of any professional position she holds. Letters should be sent to or Rotary Club of Edina, 4801W. 50th St., Edina, MN 55424. Letters must be postmarked by Saturday, April 15.
Edina Rotarian, Global Scholars Educator Receives AFS-USA Global Educator of the Year Award
An Edina Rotarian who leads the Edina Rotary Global Scholars program at Edina High School was named the 2023 AFS-USA Global Educator of the Year.
AFS-USA, the largest partner in a worldwide network of non-profit, volunteer-based international education organizations, recently announced Lindsey Smaka, a science and teacher and a global studies leader at Edina High School, earned the award.
ERMC End Polio Now Plant Sale

Edina Morningside Rotary Club Online Gertens Fundraiser! This group will receive 30% of all plant sales and 15% of all plant card sales. Proceeds will go toward Rotary International-End Polio Now.

ORDER HERE. Enter Store 775 to access form and orders must be completed by 10 PM on Thursday, April 6.


Your order will be ready for pick up on May 10 from 5:30-7:00 PM at St. Peter's Lutheran Church (5421 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55410).

If you have any questions or would like your plants delivered for a $25 fee, please contact your fundraiser chair:  Talley Flora,, 612-803-3057.

Thank you for your support!

Spring Service Projects
The Rotary Club of Edina is looking forward to this spring when the following service projects will give our members the opportunity to serve the local community. Saturday, April 15 is a rescheduled event in partnership with MN Involve and their work with the unsheltered Minneapolis population. Grant Snyder and his team are grateful for our help with the assembly of relief kits and the preparation and serving of lunch in Loring Park. Saturday, June 3 will be spent in service to JCS Affective Sober Living who operate two sober homes providing women a safe and healthy transition while in recovery from addition. 
SAVE THE DATE Upcoming Events
Mar 15 -- VEAP Bag Pack -- Filled
Mar 16 -- Speaker: Kate Agnew, Optum Senior Director of Software Engineering
Mar 16 -- Black Business Networking, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Apr 6 -- ERMC End Polio Now Plant Sale Ends, Store 775
Apr 15-- MN Involve Relief Kit Assembly
Apr 15 -- MN Involve Meal Service
Apr 15 - 24 -- Int'l Service: Guatemala Water Filter Trip
Jun 3 -- JCS Landscaping Project
Mar 9, 2023 Meeting Review and Links
Rotary Club of Edina welcomed speaker, Karen Laughlin
Karen shared her story of growing up in a children of deaf adults, CODA.
Meeting records can be view on the Rotary Club of Edina You Tube channel.
Last week's Powerpoint can be viewed here.
Click Read More for additional meeting notes and pictures.
Rotary Club of Edina Facebook Page photo albums.
Facebook posts
Instagram posts
For You Tube recording of meeting PowerPoint - March 9, 2023 HERE
For March 9 meeting photos will post next week
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Club Service (Administration) Director
Membership Director
Public Image Director
Youth Service Director
Social Director
Community Service—Grants Funding Director
Community Service—Projects Director
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
International Service Director
The Rotary Foundation Director
Annual Gala Co-Chair
Annual Gala Co-Chair
Club Administrator/Secretary
Club Service Projects Chair
Executive Secretary / Director
Meeting Duties
Michalski, Rebecca
Front Desk & Guest Intros
Johnson, Doug
Meeting Host
Metzger, Toshie
Greeter & Invocation
Smith, Stefan
Greeter & Thank the Speaker
Beehler, Kayla
Speaker Intro
Schley, Sandra
Jessen, Mark
Rotary Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Ken Larson
March 1
Les Jones
March 1
Michael Norman
March 2
Brad Pearson
March 3
Paul Mooty
March 4
Will Steinke
March 6
Axel Steuer
March 7
Chris Laskowski
March 7
Gary Pedersen
March 9
Bob Hildreth
March 10
David Aase
March 11
Kelley Burnett
March 13
Kayla Beehler
March 15
Sandra Schley
March 16
Joe Hayes
March 25
Greg Rich
March 28
Michael Stanzak
March 30
Thursday, March 16, 2023
Speaker: Kate Agnew,
Optum Senior Director of Software Development
Lunch Buffet featuring Breast of Chicken with Sun Dried Tomato Cream Sauce
DEADLINE for newsletter story and event submission is Monday Noon for Tuesday publication. 
The Rotary Club of Edina's Administrator, Becci Michalski, works part time and will respond to your inquiries within 24 hours. Contact her at