Speaker: David Marion, Hope and Healing
Mar 18 Meeting Speaker: David Marion
"Carrying the Message of Hope and Healing"
David Marion is a nationally-known advocate for people struggling to overcome addiction and find recovery.
Using the adversity of his own story to inspire thousands of others to get help, today He is a Certified Intervention Professional and Recovery Coach and motivational speaker who “carries the message” of hope and healing.
TONIGHT Mar 16 Leadership Series at 6:00pm
Mark your calendar on Mar. 16 to join The Rotary Club of Edina’s Leadership Series as we welcome Jean Morrison of Morrison and Associates, Inc. to share an interactive learning experience entitled “Let’s Work it Out… Resolving Conflict During Trying Times.”  This session is open to the public so please forward this to your friends, colleagues, and employees so that can benefit as well.   See you there!

Mar. 31 Next Race & Equity Book Club Date
The Rotary Club of Edina Race & Equity Committee has announced the book club dates. They will be meeting via ZOOM at 5:15 p.m to 6:15 p.m. for five Wednesdays starting February 17, and continuing on March 3, March 17, March 31 and April 7. Please contact committee member, Jennifer Bennerotte at for Zoom link information. 
Several organizations and groups across the country are reading White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism. The New York Times best-selling book explores the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality. Read More for additional details.
Virtual Fireside Chats
Virtual Fireside Chats were created to help keep our members engaged and enhance a way to introduce and develop fellowship between our members. The next virtual Fireside Chat will be hosted by Josh Spring on Thursday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m.  On Monday, March 29, Bonnie Sue Rolstad will host this virtual gathering beginning at 5:00 p.m. Please use the Fireside links at the top of the page to register.
Click on any date you'd like to go via ZOOM. In the spirit of creating an gathering that can more closely connect, we are limiting registration to 8 people per date. An email with a complete list of dates, times and hosts as well as Zoom registration guidelines will be sent soon. Please contact Susan Johnson at 612-718-6303 or with any question regarding registration or attendance. 
Rotary Club of Edina Seeks to Help Minneapolis Business Damaged During Civil Unrest

The Rotary Club of Edina is working to assist a Minneapolis business damaged during civil unrest last summer.

Through a partnership with the Lake Street Council, several Rotary Clubs in Rotary International District 5950 are being paired with Minneapolis businesses damaged or destroyed in late May or early June 2020 to provide them assistance.
The Rotary Club of Edina has been paired with Post Plus, a packing, shipping and mailbox rental store at 2740 Minnehaha Ave. Post Plus is located in Minnehaha Center, a mixed-use development with businesses on the street level and housing above. It is very close to the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct headquarters and the post office that was burned during protests that followed the police killing of George Floyd.
EHS Global Scholars Present to School Board
In 2019, Edina High School (EHS) partnered with two Edina Rotary Clubs and the Edina Education Fund for a new program that will encourage and inspire students to prepare for global careers. The Edina Rotary Global Scholar program provides opportunities for students to connect with the Edina Rotary for mentoring and leadership training. Students will also work with peers from other countries on projects that have a global impact, and follow a learning pathway that will be recognized at graduation. Earlier this month, EHS Global Scholars, Aashna Kumar and Emma Johnson presented to the EHS school board which can be viewed by clicking  HERE
Edina Global Scholars Recognized at Summit
Two Edina High School senior Global Scholars, Aashna Kumar and Emma Johnson, attended the Model G20 Youth Leadership Summit February 12-20. The 2021 theme of the summit was Addressing Climate Change.  Rotary Club of Edina sponsored their admission to the summit.
Both girls won Exceptional Ministerial Delegates awards.
Aashna Kumar won the Best Minister of Energy for representing South Africa
Emma Johnson won the Best Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development (attached) for representing Australia
They did amazing and represented Edina so well! Click the following program name for a link to learn more about the Model G20 Youth Leadership Summit and the Edina Global Scholars program.
EMRC Flower Sale - DEADLINE  Mar 26
Edina Morningside has started their annual End Polio Now spring flower fundraiser. Please click the following link to get the details of the flowers for sale this year, Edina Morningside Rotary Club . Printable flyers and the order form can be accessed by clicking: Flower Order Form  Garden Select Kits Garden Combo Kits  Contact Talley Flora 952-893-0020 or email with any questions. Sale ends March 26, 2021.
2,021 Acts of Kindness Challenge
Edina Mayor, Rotary Club Challenge Residents to 2,021Acts of Kindness
Mayor Jim Hovland and the Rotary Club of Edina challenge residents to complete 2,021 acts of kindness.
During this difficult time, it is more important than ever to support one another and give back to our community. For this reason, Hovland has launched the 2,021 Acts of Kindness Challenge.
Submit your act of kindness or nominate someone online at The name of each resident who is nominated will go into a monthly drawing to receive a gift card to a local restaurant from the Rotary Club of Edina to thank them for their kindness and support local restaurants.
“Rotary’s motto is ‘Service above Self.’ The Kindness Challenge supports our desire to put others ahead of ourselves while at the same time helping the restaurants in our community,” said Rotary Club of Edina President Sam Thompson about the group’s support of the project.
For suggested acts of kindness, click "Read More".
Upcoming Events and Links
Mar. 31 - Book Club at 5:15-6:15 p.m. via Zoom
Apr. 7 - Book Club at 5:15-6:15 p.m. via Zoom
Apr. 7 - Vocational Happy Hour (Zoom)- Afira  Hasan, Insight Vision Care
Mail Bag  - Thank Yous
Our club has received Thank You cards from Lynne (Thom) Winninger and Normandale recognizing our club's meaningful relationship and memorial. Click HERE and HERE to read.
In Review - March 18, 2021 Meeting-NO TAPE
Back to the hybrid version of your choice to attend club meeting via IN-PERSON or ZOOM platforms. The continued excellent editing talents of C-Vision Productions (Chris Laskowski) is allowing us to make better use of the taped and edited meetings posted weekly 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. In-person meeting photos will resume. Keep in mind watching the You Tube video counts as a make-up. Let Becci know what meeting dates you watched and she will mark you as attended.
We will post the link to the last meeting video taped (see above) and photos from the meeting. NO TAPE FOR MARCH 18 MEETING.
March 18 - NO TAPE
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, Becci
AV Support
Wilson, Ryan
Front Desk
Padayachee, Karlen
Greeter 1
Rauenhorst, Charles
ZOOM Greeter
Ries, Erick
Schley, Sandra
Guest Introductions
Smith, Stefan
Speaker Introduction
Gump, Catherine
Thank the Speaker
Smaka, Lindsey
Hendrickson, Jennifer
Rotary Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Les Jones
March 1
Michael Norman
March 2
Brad Pearson
March 3
Paul Mooty
March 4
Will Steinke
March 6
Axel Steuer
March 7
Gary Pedersen
March 9
Bob Hildreth
March 10
David Aase
March 11
Sandra Krebsbach
March 12
Kelley Burnett
March 13
Kayla Beehler
March 15
Sandra Schley
March 16
Mike Hynes
March 20
Joe Hayes
March 25
Michael Stanzak
March 30

Menu -- Woodland Chicken or Oriental Chicken Salad

Thursday, March 25, 2021 there will be the hybrid version with in-person meeting at the Edina Country Club with doors open at 12:15 p.m. and ZOOM meeting beginning at 12:35. Please see our club web page and watch your email for meeting place updates. 

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.