Feb. 4 Meeting: Dr. Paul Campbell, Brown Venture Group
Dr. Paul Campbell is the co-founder and CEO of Brown Venture Group, LLC. Launched in 2018, Brown Venture Group, LLC is a studio venture capital firm exclusively for Black, Latino, and Native American technology startups. Prior to launching Brown Venture Group, Dr. Campbell was a telecommunication sales executive as well as a serial entrepreneur, launching startups in IoT and media production. He holds a Doctorate in Social Entrepreneurship and an MBA in Global Business Management.
Vocational Happy Hour-March 3 via ZOOM
Join us for the Edina Rotary Happy Hour/Vocational Development Group. The next gathering will be Wednesday, March 3rd, 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. Susan Stiles of Stiles Financial Services will be sharing information that is relevant to her profession followed by a short Q&A period. Rotary Vocational Happy Hour is a collaboration between the Rotary Club of Edina and Edina Morningside Rotary Club. Contact Renee Harberts or Wade Thommen for more information. 
Click HERE to register via ZOOM. Once you registered the ZOOM link will be sent to you.
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".
Feb. 16 Leadership Series: Productivity
Create a Culture of Productivity
Create a culture of productivity that eliminates unnecessary interruptions, emails, and non-essential work.  Get everyone focused on their most important priorities and stop the highly reactionary behavior that has become the norm in business today. Join us for a tactical as well as strategic discussion on how to maximize the time, talent and technology in your organization. REGISTER HERE.
Participants will learn:
  • Time management techniques that will revolutionize the way you work.
  • How to manage tasks and set priorities to get your most important work done every day.
  • Lay a foundation for an effective business communication strategy to drive company-wide efficiencies. 
Virtual Fireside Chats
To help keep our members engaged and enhancing a way to introduce and develop fellowship between our members, virtual Fireside Chats will start on Wednesday, Feb. 15 with Susan Johnson at 11:30 a.m. These weekly chats will be hosted by Rotary Club of Edina members throughout February, March and April with a total of 11 dates and various times of day are now scheduled. Please use the Fireside links at the top of the page to register.
Click on the date you'd like to go and registered 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. 
VEAP Update and Call to Action
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP) has continued to provide weekend meals for children in need with assistance from area Rotary clubs.
For several years, Area 3 Rotarians have packaged food for children in need of food on the weekend or when school is not in session. The food had been discretely distributed to the children at their schools on Fridays.
The need for such meals did not go away with the pandemic and, in fact, increased. The schools got creative and found ways to pick up the packages from VEAP and deliver the bags to the students or arrange pickup times at the schools.
Adhering to proper social distancing and other safety guidelines, Rotarians now pack meals just once a month in two 90-minute shifts with four volunteers each. Regular volunteers from the Rotary Club of Edina are Don Hutchison, Mike Kallas and Michael Stanzak. Jody Kern fills in when a volunteer has to cancel due to unforeseen conflicts.
The Rotary Club of Edina has also donated $1,000 to VEAP for this program.
Rotarians will package meals three more times this school year. If you are interested in serving as a substitute like Kern, contact Jennifer Bennerotte,
New Member Induction - Kayla Beehler
Kayla Beehler will give her classification talk and be inducted into the Rotary Club of Edina during our January 28, 2021 meeting. Kayla became a member on December 8, 2020. Her classification is "Senior Services" and Jennifer Hendrickson is her sponsor. Welcome, Kayla and we look forward to getting to know you!
Proposed for Membership
At the February 17, 2021 board meeting, the Rotary Club of Edina’s Board of Directors approved two applicants below for membership:
Messan "Marcus" Edorh
Classification: Banking - Asset/Risk Mgmt
Sponsor: Lindsay Smaka
Julie Westbrock
Classification: Financial Services
Sponsor: Kris Maser
Written objections to the application must be submitted and received before 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4, 2020 to Rotary Club of Edina, Attn: Club Administrator 4801 W. 50th St., Edina, MN 55424 or emailed to
Race & Equity Committee Announce Book Club Dates
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.
Upcoming Events and Links
Feb. 26 - Skate to End Polio, 8:30 to 10:00 p.m. Braemar Backyard Rink
Mar. 3 - Book Club at 5:15-6:15 p.m. via Zoom
Mar. 3 - Vocational Happy Hour (Zoom) - Susan Stiles, Stiles Financial
Mar. 17 - Book Club at 5:15-6:15 p.m. via Zoom
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
In Review - February 18, 2021 Meeting
  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. 
Speaker: Tom Gump, District 5950 District Governor and District Leadership
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
AV Support
Wilson, Ryan
Front Desk
Johnson, Susan
Greeter 1
Thomas, Skip
ZOOM Greeter
Hynes, Mike
Hatzung, David
Guest Introductions
Kalal, Kevin
Speaker Introduction
Kallas, Mike
Thank the Speaker
Martiny, Mike
Jessen, Mark
Rotary Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Deirdre Kvale
February 2
Greg Hanks
February 4
Sue Spalding
February 4
Rebecca Michalski
February 7
John Solberg
February 9
Jennifer Hendrickson
February 12
Bradley Hepp
February 15
Elizabeth Anderson
February 15
Sarah Aydinalp
February 15
Steven Veker
February 15
Harold Hanson
February 21
Renee Harberts
February 24
Susan Johnson
February 24
Lindsey Smaka
February 25
Sharon Chandler
February 25
Mike Martiny
February 26
Mike Kallas
February 27
Steve Buettner
February 28

Menu Selection for February 25, 2021 is:

Orange Glazed Salmon or Roasted Vegetable Salad with Chicken

Thursday, February 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 12:30. 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.