June 17 Meeting
Speaker: Don MacPherson
June 17 Meeting Speaker, Don MacPherson
Don MacPherson is CEO of 12 Geniuses, a company that helps organizations better understand and prepare for the social and technology trends changing the world. For the 12 Geniuses podcast, Don interviews exceptional people around the world about trends like aging, AI, virtual reality, leadership, trust, privacy, and social media. His topic will be "12 Trends Shaping the 2020s".
June 26 - Rock n' Rotary
Rotary is throwing one of the first parties of the summer.  Come join us for a fun night listening to a live band!  Yes, live music on June 26th.  If you want to remember what it is feels like to shake your body and have some fun, come join us.  A limited number of tickets will be available.  Bring a friend and PARTY ON. 
Here is the link which will take you to the link to buy tickets for the Rock N Rotary event. 
4th of July Parade Date - July 3rd
Edina’s summer parade is back and happening the morning of Saturday, July 3 this year —  official details are evolving. Please contact Rotarian Katy Campbell if you are interested in participating with Rotary. 
Rotary Club of Edina Awards EHS Scholarships
The Rotary Club of Edina recently presented two $1,500 scholarships to deserving students at Edina High School.
The Rotary Club of Edina presents scholarships to graduating Edina seniors who exemplify the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self” and have participated in Rotary programs such as Camp Enterprise, Camp RYLA, fall ethics seminar, Vocational Ethics Day, youth exchange, Edina Rotary Global Scholars or the Interact Club of Edina. This year’s scholarships were presented to Divya Danthuluri and Allison Koester.
"Read More" for the details of these amazing students.
Need Volunteer Help? Call a Global Scholar.
Lindsey Smaka, Edina Rotary Global Scholars Program Coordinator, has a few of her Global Scholar students looking for volunteer opportunities this summer. If you know of an organization looking for help or if anything pops up let Lindsey know and she'll forward the request on to the students looking to help.  Contact her at for further details.
Post Plus, Aminia Osman, Visited May 27

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. Our club member's response has been swift and so very helpful for the owner, Amina Osman, visited our club on Thursday, May 27.

Service: 10 Members Visit Guatemala

The Rotary Club of Edina had ten members taking part in the 2021 International Service trip to Coban, Guatemala. The service trip will ran May 15 through May 22, 2021 and included visits to Guatemala City, Coban, Escuintla and Antigua. Much of this trip was documented through photos and comments on the club's Facebook page at

May Recipient of 2,021 Acts of Kindness Gift Card
The May Mayor’s Kindness Challenge Winner selected Papa John’s for his restaurant gift card. Finn Johnsen's Concord Elementary garden bed rebuild story can be found online at and was also posted in May on social media.
During this difficult time, it is more important than ever to support one another and give back to our community. For this reason, Edina Mayor James Hovland launched the 2,021 Acts of Kindness Challenge.

Submit your act of kindness or nominate someone by visiting the "Submit an Act of Kindness". 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.

Upcoming Events and Links
June 24 -- Edina Noon Meeting -- Transition to 2021-2022 Leadership
June 26 -- Lake Street Rotary Partnership Project OPEN HOUSES
June 26 -- 2020-2021 District Governor Tom Gump Celebration, Rock n' Rotary
July 1 -- NO MEETING - 4th of July Holiday
July 3 -- City of Edina 4th of July Parade - Morning
July 8 --  Edina Noon Meeting -- Speaker Ian Leonard, MY Fox 9 Meteorologist
Mail Bag
Rotary Club of Edina grant recipient, Affective Sober Living by JCS, sent words of gratitude. Click read more to see :
Mask Guidelines at Edina Country Club
The City of Edina including the Edina Country Club will follow the lead of national, state and local health authorities, and will not enact a city-wide mask requirement. In accordance with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health authorities, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order Friday, May 14 that no longer requires masks or facial coverings statewide. 
In Review June 17 Meeting
Click the "You Tube" logo above. In the "Description" are bookmarks/time stamps for jumping to your area of interest. 
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. 
Click "Read More" to see pictures with captions that share some of the people who attended and the meeting events .
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
Hallstrom, Bridget
Hykes, Dennis
Harvey, Bob
ZOOM Greeter
Wilson, Ryan
Solheim, Bob
Guest Introductions
Padayachee, Karlen
Speaker Introduction
Thank the Speaker
Carlson, Rick
Rotary Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Charles Agan
June 1
Scott Tankenoff
June 2
Jody Kern
June 4
Bridget Hallstrom
June 7
Robb Breding
June 7
Tom Ries
June 7
Theresa Halverson
June 8
Karlen Padayachee
June 11
Bjorn Freudenthal
June 17
Doug Johnson
June 25

Menu -- Bone-In Oven Roasted Chicken or Mandarin Orange Shrimp Salad

Thursday, June 24, 2021 there will be the hybrid version with in-person meeting at the Edina Country Club with doors open at 12:15 a.m. and ZOOM meeting beginning at 12:30 a.m..  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.