Thursday, January 26, 2023
Speaker: Dana Erickson, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN
President and CEO
"The Future of Healthcare"
Jan 26 Speaker: Dana Erickson, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN, President and CEO

Topic: "The Future of Healthcare". 

Dana Erickson, president and chief executive officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, is responsible for overseeing the strategy and operations of the state’s largest non-profit health plan.

Erickson joined Blue Cross in 2015 and has served in leadership roles in the organization’s health services division, most recently as senior vice president. Before coming to Blue Cross, Erickson held clinical and medical leadership roles at Univita Health and Optum Health. Additionally, Erickson spent two years serving in Anoka County as a nursing leader. Erickson is a registered nurse and respiratory therapist.

Erickson studied social work at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She serves on the board of Portico Healthnet, a Minnesota-based nonprofit that helps uninsured individuals and families access affordable coverage and care. She is also a member of the Blue Cross Board of Trustees.

Jan 30 - Rotary Awareness Day at State Capitol
IT'S OFFICIAL- REGISTRATION IS OPEN and this is the first of its kind Rotary Awareness Day Join us on the hill January 30th at our State Capitol from 9:15 am to 4:45 p.m.. Purpose: To share our Rotary story, and hear from legislators about programs and plans related to Rotary and its values. We have 3 Rotary districts in our state participating. Learn more and register HERE 
Event schedule follows below.
Feb 1 Vocational/Avocation Happy Hour
MEETING LOCATION - The District Edina!! Next Vocation/Avocation Happy Hour is Wednesday, February 1, 2023.  5:30 to 7:00 p.m. meet and greet. Our speaker and host will be Habitation Furnishing + Design founder and host, Gregory Rich. Greg is a member of the Edina Rotary Noon club, radio/podcast celebrity, innovator of style and unpredictably witty. Come and join us at The District Edina, 7777 Washington Ave, Suite 201, Edina MN 55439. Cost to attend is a $15.00 donation for food and beverages. 
The Rotary Club of Edina and Edina Rotary Foundation's USPS mailing address and Becci's email contact information has been updated. Please make these changes to your contact information immediately.
USPS Mail Address:
Rotary Club of Edina
PO Box 24481
Edina MN  55424
Edina Rotary Foundation
PO Box 24481
Edina MN  55424
Becci Michalski
  • Alternate Becci email contacts are: or
2023 Guatemala Trip -  FEB 17 Deadline


The Rotary Club of Edina invites you to join the 2023 International Service trip to Coban, Guatemala.  The purpose of the trip is to deliver 651 life-saving water purifiers to remote villages in the mountains surrounding Coban, in partnership with Resurrection Priory Monastery and the Rotary Club of Coban.  Fellowship and travel to new, exotic places is also part of the journey! This international service and travel opportunity will open to District 5950 club members and the general public. It is limited to 30 people. Register early to secure your spot.

The 2023 Guatemala Service Trip is for a maximum of 30 people, and reservations are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.  See details below and reserve your spot now by registering HERE. Contact: Rotary Club of Edina Past President, Josh Sprague at 612-501-0252 for details and questions.

Yoga and Bowling - February Social Events
The Rotary Club of Edina Social Committee will be hosting at least two special social events. Registration to open at a later date. Contact Kayla Beehler at to reserve your spot and get answers to your questions.
Yoga Fit and Social
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023
YogaFit Studio, 4507 France Ave S, Edina
7:00 pm check in / 7:15 pm class begins / 8:15 to 9:30 pm Snack and Social
25 person limit
Annual Rotary Bowling Event
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023
Park Tavern, 3401 Louisiana Ave S., St. Louis Park
7 to 9:00 pm
$25/per person includes bowling & shoes
Food & Beverage is not included
Mar 1 -  2023 Annual State of City
The Edina Chamber of Commerce and the City of Edina present our annual State of City in partnership with the Rotary Club of Edina and the Rotary Club of Edina Morningside. Edina Mayor James B. Hovland and Edina Public Schools Superintendent Stacie Stanley will address city issues and present upcoming plans.

The presentation will be emceed by City Manager Scott Neal and will be recorded and later broadcast on Edina TV.
For additional details, click HERE If you plan to attend as a non-lunching guest - please contact for registration. 
SAVE THE DATE Upcoming Events
Jan 26 -- Dana Erickson, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN, President &  CEO
Jan 30 -- District Rotary Awareness Day at State Capitol
Feb 1 -- Avocation/Vocational Happy Hour, 5:30 pm
Feb 2 -- Prospective Member Day
Feb 2 -- Edina Noon Meeting, Speaker: Belinda Jensen
Feb 15 -- Yoga Fit Fitness and Social Event
Feb 17 -- Guatemala Trip REGISTER by Feb 17
Feb 25 -- Annual Rotary Bowling Event, Park Tavern
Mar 1 -- 2023 Annual State of City - Braemar Golf Course
Barker Writer Meeting Duty Change
The meeting duty "Barker Writer" is being eliminated and will become "Guest & Meeting Host".  The general description of the duties of the meeting host are as follows:
Guest & Member Host – Please arrive at the Edina Country Club no later than 12:00 pm. In this role you should be available to guests and new members when they arrive at the front desk. Your role is to ensure our guest’s and new member’s presence is recognized and engage with them to find out if they have any questions, comments or perceptions regarding our club and Rotary. After a brief conversation, scan the room and introduce them to a member in attendance who can further enhance their meeting experience. Look for member matches who may have similar life experiences in the areas of career, hobby, leisure time activity or community involvement.
The ability to post and access club Powerpoint presentations on the club and foundation You Tube channel, our social media posts, "The Barker" newsletter, club website and email communication are the many resources for our club membership to keep up to date on club activities. Contact Mike Martiny if you have any questions or concerns.
Mail Bag
Thank You and Holiday greeting notes from Adopt-A-Family, Little Hospice and Hope Academy..
Adopt-A-Family - Jamie Morrison
Dear Joe and Rotary Club of Edina, Thank you very much for your generous donation of 74 $25 and 2 $50 gift cards to our Adopt a Family program. Your donation brought joy and mode Christmas much merrier for families in need. We are sincerely grateful! 
Two more notes of gratitude. Read More.
Coke Product Rewards Project Continues
The Edina Rotary Coke Rewards Community Service project is still on-going and full of life. The ERC community service committee will continue to collect and promote this project as a way to give back to St. Jude's throughout 2022/2023. Please collect and turn in your bottle caps and carton/plastic sleeve product codes to the basket located on the registration table. Keep in mind, carton product codes are found on the inside of the cartons (no visible UPC or Scan Codes accepted) and bottle caps codes are printed on the inside of the cap.  Please contact Kris Maser with any questions or comments.
Jan 19, 2023 Meeting Review
January 19, 2023 Meeting
Barker Notes by Scott Neal
Speaker: Jon Kaufman, Global Water First and H2Open Doors
"Philanthropic Investments: New Funding Strategies"
With our fearless leader Joe Hayes (Joe Hayes) unable to be with us today, the leadership vacuum was filled quite elegantly by Shelly Loberg.  Shelly regaled us with tales of travel of our members to the wilds of the Caribbean to the jungles of Central America and finally to the mountains of The West.  It was brilliant. Click "Read More" for additional meeting notes and photos.
Click Read More for additional meeting notes and pictures.
Rotary Club of Edina Facebook Page photo albums.
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
Meeting Duties
Michalski, Rebecca
Front Desk & Guest Intros
Rubio, Danny
Meeting Host
Allenburg, Erica
Greeter & Invocation
Tingum, Mike
Greeter & Thank the Speaker
Padayachee, Karlen
Speaker Intro
Hepp, Bradley
Jessen, Mark
Rotary Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Mike Hagen
January 6
André Brewer
January 16
Ted Yoch
January 16
Luther Amundson
January 18
Rick Carlson
January 22
Steve Slyce
January 23
Catherine Gump
January 24
Sam Cote
January 24
Kris Maser
January 26
Bob Gubrud
January 27
Charlie Barer
January 28
John Cardle
January 29
Shelly Loberg
January 30
Randy Scharpen
January 31
Thursday, January 26, 2023 
Speaker: Dana Erickson
Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN, President and CEO
"The Future of Healthcare"
Lunch Choice: Chicken Parmesan or Cobb Salad
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