No In-Person or Zoom Meeting - October 1
Oct 1 - NO MEETING - 2020 Gala Oct 3
There will be no meeting Thursday, Oct 1st. We will be celebrating our annual fundraising Gala in small dinner settings at member's homes on Saturday, September 26 and Saturday October 3. We look forward to sharing the highlights of the dinners on October 8 when speaker Deb Lysholm joins us to tell her personal story, "From Victim to Victorious".
Oct 3 Hosts Around the World Gala
During this exceptional year, registered members and their guests will spend an evening experiencing the culture and flavors of a foreign country. We will be gathering in small groups, hosted by our fellow Rotarians and friends.
The country and host itinerary follows:
Oct 7 - Vocational Happy Hour  - Robb Breding
Join us for the Edina Rotary Happy Hour/Vocational Development Group. The next gathering will be Wednesday, October 7, from 6:00 to 7 p.m. via ZOOM (Link sent to you by Renee Harberts) and an in-person meeting at LIV Chiropractic.
In Person meeting attendance-- REGISTER HERE.  Details for the in-person meeting are within the registration. Read more for additional details on Robb's career path and the purpose of the Rotary Vocational Happy Hour.
EMRC Poinsettia Sales - Oct 8 Deadline
Edina Morningside Rotary Club's annual Poinsettia sale is in progress. Last day to order is October 8th. Funds raised go to the Rotary Polio Fund. Click HERE for order form.
Raffle Drawing Winners
At the October 8th meeting, the 2020 Edina Foundation Raffle Committee with the help of Jennifer Hendrickson drew the winning ticket stubs for this year's event. Check will go out to the winners this week. They are:
$100 Winners --
Jennifer Bennerotte
Paul Mooty
Sharon Chandler
Joe Arends
Shelly Loberg
Grand Prize $1,000 Winner -- 
Ed Bather
THANK YOU to all our members for participating in selling or purchasing this year's Gala Raffle tickets. Grandview Tire and Auto is this year's sponsor. Check the back of the ticket for $10 off an oil change or $25 off any $149 repair. 
October 8 Speaker, Deborah Lysholm
Deborah shares her inspirational journey to risk everything to successfully pursue her dream to build an internationally highly regarded performing arts center with partner studios in Europe and Asia. Her odyssey includes her flight from a physically and emotionally abusive marriage of 23 years that culminated in threats from a rifle aimed at her to winning the first domestic violence law suit in US Civil Court.
Edina Rotary Foundation Accepting Applications for Grant Money
The Edina Rotary Foundation is accepting applications from non-profit organizations in Edina and its contiguous communities for grants to be used for capital purchases. Applications are due Oct. 31.  Read on for details and contact information.
Join Helping Hands Committee. . . 
. . .to connect with and support your fellow Edina Rotarians.
Because, as Edina Rotarians, what we do best is reach out and serve, the Helping Hands initiative is now a part of the Membership Committee.  We want our members to know we care. See how it works. . .
Leadership Series, October 20 - Communications
Communication today is very important in both our professional and personal lives. In this session you will learn what the top five communication skills are and how to improve them! Get the details HERE. Click HERE to register via Zoom and get the link.
Shelly Loberg is currently the Vice President of the Edina Chamber of Commerce and Explore Edina. She possesses a B.A. degree in “Communications” from the University of Minnesota – Duluth. She has been a member of the Edina Rotary Club since 2015 and recently traveled to Guatemala with her club. She loves to be involved with the global grant writing and execution and is the former director of international service. Shelly currently serves on the Edina Rotary board of directors in the secretary position and will be the club’s President in the 2023/2024.Rotary Year.
NEED 4 Volunteers, Oct 24, Clean Gardens
Five volunteers are needed to clean and winterize the “Grow and Give” gardens Oct. 24 at The Sheridan Story. The gardens were built earlier this year with funds from the Rotary Clubs of Edina, Brooklyn Park, Minneapolis and Roseville and Rotary International District 5950. SIGN UP HERE.
The Sheridan Story identified an approximately 4,000-square-foot plot of land at its facility in Roseville to convert into a produce garden to expand its fresh produce program. The majority of this property is owned by Ramsey County. The small portion owned by The Sheridan Story’s landlord, CSM, was approved for use. The Grow and Give gardens were built and planted in May. Because of COVID-19, Rotarians were not able to help with the project. Read more for hours.
Virtual Cooking Class - Thurs., Nov. 12
Cooks of Crocus Hill is taking the virtual happy hour to a whole new level! Connecting in the kitchen is in our DNA. We understand how important it is for folks to connect over food and come together with a common cause. A little learning, camaraderie and a whole lotta fun! Click HERE to read the details. Click REGISTER to pay and attend.
In their Kitchen Connections – Virtual Events, cooking and connecting are a click and a screen away! During the virtual meet-up the chefs from Crocus Hill will do a demonstration, provide insights, answer questions and be there for us while we cook together for a fabulous experience. Everyone will have their cameras and mics on so it’s sure to be a raucous event!
Upcoming Events and Links
THANK YOU! from the Gala Committee
The Gala Committee would like to take a moment to thank all our members for the generosity of their time, financial resources and can-do spirit during this year's fundraising efforts. It's been a challenging year and to pivot to smaller gatherings held in member homes wasn't even a concept this spring. It's amazing how well we've embraced this new way of earning money to share and are making it work for us. We're working hard to put the finishing touches on organizing the dinners, the videos, the fun and games and can't wait to hear about all the special moments during each of these dinners. Please let co-chairs Catherine Gump or Bjorn Freudenthal know if you have any questions or comments. 
In Review - Sept 24, 2020 Meeting - Gala Night Photos
Community Grant Chair, Kelley Burnett, President Sam Thompson and Cornerstone Courtney Poja
Due to two different meeting platforms and the excellent talents of C-Vision Productions (Chris Laskowski) it has been decided to make better use of the taped and edited meetings that are posted 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. We will continue to publish several live meeting still photos with captions at the end of each newsletter as a mini-recap.
We will post the link to the current meeting You Tube video (see above).  Please see Facebook once they are posted.
Bon Voyage!
Sat., Sept 26 and Oct 3
The Travels Begin!
Upcoming Events
Oct 15 In-Person Meeting Registration
Edina Country Club
Oct 15, 2020
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
Oct 15 ZOOM Meeting Registration
ZOOM Meeting Platform
Oct 15, 2020
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Oct. 20 Leadership Series,Topic: Communications
ZOOM Meeting
Oct 20, 2020
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary Club of Edina Board Meeting
Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel
Oct 21, 2020 7:30 AM
Oct 24 NEED Garden Clean Up Volunteers - 4 People
Sheridan Story Gardens
Oct 24, 2020
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Volunteers - HalloBoo Drive-Thru Family Event
Rosland Park Area Parking
Oct 28, 2020
4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Virtual Cooking Class, Nov. 12
Zoom Meeting
Nov 12, 2020
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
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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
Front Desk
Johnson, Susan
Greeter 1
Gump, Catherine
ZOOM Greeter
Breding, Robb
Hatzung, David
Guest Introductions
Thomas, Skip
Speaker Introduction
Arends, Joe
Thank the Speaker
Stanzak, Michael
Carlson, Rick
Rotary Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Sonja Tengdin
October 6
Ron Erhardt
October 8
Daniel Hennen
October 12
Paul Peterson
October 18
Donald Erickson
October 21
Mark Stageberg
October 27
Mark Jessen
October 28
Ryan Wilson
October 28
2020 Fundraiser & Gala Presenting Sponsor
2020 Around the World!
Edina Rotary Foundation Fundraiser & Gala
September 26 & October 3

Presenting ($10,000)

  • Sita Dash, Dr. Dash Foundation

Platinum ($5,000)

  • Sam Thompson, Transitions In Business
  • Joel Jennings, Jennings Family Foundation
  • Bill McReavy, Washburn-McReavy
  • Paul Mooty, Faribault Woolen Mill
Gold ($2,500)
  • Jack and Anne Kennefick, RWBaird
  • Susan Stiles, Stiles Financial Services
  • San Asato, McNellis & Asato
  • Kelley Burnett, American Family Insurance
  • Scott Tankenoff, Tankenoff Families Foundation
  • Heather Hansen, Carl M. Hansen Companies
  • Jeff Ohe, Cahill Financial Advisors
  • Joe Arends, North American Banking Co.
Silver ($1,000)
  • Michael Stanzak, Key Cadillac
  • Tim Murphy, Grandview Tire & Auto
  • Catherine & Tom Gump
  • Gerry Norton, The Brookshire Co.
  • John & Lisa Solberg
  • Bonnie Sue Rolstad
  • Steve Slyce, Peters Billards
  • Stefan Smith, Smith Financial Group
  • Bob & Rosie Gubrud
  • Steve Veker, 44th Street Dental
  • William Steinke, Christensen Group Insurance
  • Joe Christensen, Christensen & Laue PLLC
  • Ryan Wilson, Tradition Bank
Bronze ($500)
  • Mark Jessen, Jessen Press
  • Mike Kallas, Kallas Law Office
  • Bjorn Freudenthal, New Spaces
  • Bob and Rhoda Perkins
  • Matt Boockmeier, State Farm Insurance
  • Renee Harberts and Dave Wendt
  • Gordy Lewis
  • Axel and Lori Steuer
  • Bob and Vianne Stehlik
  • Terry and Merilee Stevens
  • Jon Barnett EdinAlarm
  • Lisa Walker, CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC
  • Kevin Kalal, Abdo, Eick & Meyers, LLP
  • Deirdre Kvale,DMK Intellectual Property Law, PLLC 

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - Speaker: Sondra Samuels, Northside Achievement Zone

Look for menu in reminder email.

Thursday, October 15, Speaker is Sondra Samuels, Northside Achievement Zone.   The ballroom doors open at 12:15 p.m. with the meeting beginning at 12:35 p.m. sharp. Please remember for the safety of our members and guests we require masks be worn while not eating or drinking and follow strict social distancing guidelines.

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.