Thursday, March 9, 2023
Speaker: Karen Laughlin, "Growing Up C.O.D.A."
Mar 9 Speaker: Karen Laughlin, "Growing Up C.O.D.A."

Karen Laughlin is the wife of Edina Morningside Past President 2014-2015, Rob Laughlin. I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin with parents who were DEAF. My siblings and I are CODA’s (Children of DEAF Adults) and our grandchildren are also CODA’s.

I’ve been a teacher for 35 years and for the last 20 years have taught ASL (American Sign Language) to hearing preschool children. It is an extracurricular activity for them at their childcare center and a fun rewarding job for me.

We are parents of three wonderful children Connor, Meghan and Danny and grandparents to three amazing grandchildren, Slade, Oaklyn and Jett. My hobbies are first and foremost pickleball, followed by bike riding, golf.  I love to walk, read, ski, fish, kayak, play games with my girlfriends, hangout with my husband, children, and grandchildren at the lake.

Mar 11 - Edina Rotaract Polar Plunge
Saturday, March 11: Edina Rotaract team members will be taking the Polar Plunge to raise money for Special Olympics! They'll be meeting at Pub 4&5 beforehand for some liquid courage before quick jumping in the lake in Eden Prairie. Support our Edina Rotaracter Annika, McKenzie, Zack or Daniel and donate HERE. Thank you!
VEAP Volunteer Opportunity

Thank you. The volunteer roster is filled for the March 15, 2023 bag pack event. Please sign up for the next event to be held Wednesday, May 17 to help Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP) pack food bags for local school children who go hungry over the weekends during the school year. Volunteers from the Rotary Club of Edina are needed for afternoon shifts at VEAP, 9600 Aldrich Ave., Bloomington, every other month July 2022 through June 2023. Shifts run from 2:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. A minimum of five volunteers per shift are needed.  Sign up HERE.

Volunteer Dates for the year and further details below:

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. 
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!

District Events - Flip Through for Ideas and Info
Our Rotary District 5950 has created a fun and easy way to reveiw and register for upcoming District and multi-District sponsored events. The current edition includes information on the New Rotary Podcast and April's Tri-Conference. Click 5950FLIP to enjoy this new way to be in the know!
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