Pulitzer Prize Nominated Journalists to Speak May 16

A team of Star Tribune journalists was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist recently in the local reporting category for a series of stories on Minnesota’s widespread failings in the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault.

Brandon Stahl, Jennifer Bjorhus, MaryJo Webster and Renée Jones Schneider were selected as finalists for the nine-part series “Denied Justice,” which has spurred local and statewide changes in how police handle sex crimes.

The team analyzed more than 1,500 reports of sexual assault to shed light on the chronic errors plaguing most rape investigations.

Pulitzer judges praised the “illuminating and disturbing” series for exposing how such breakdowns in Minnesota’s handling of rape cases failed victims of sexual assault.

May 15 Deadline Women in Leadership Award Nominee
The Rotary Club of Edina seeks nominees for the 10th-annual“Chrysanne Manoles Women In Leadership Award.” To nominate a woman for the prestigious award, submit a one- or two-page letter explaining how the person demonstrates the Four Way Test and what she does in the community. Letters should be sent to Rotary Club of Edina, 4801 W. 50th St., Edina, MN 55424 and must be postmarked by Wednesday, May 15.
May 17 is District Conference
    Spring Fireside Chats Schedule

    It's time for the Spring Fireside Chats! We have four events scheduled for Rotarians to attend May 21 through May 24. All Fireside Chats begin at 7 p.m.

    The gathering are scheduled as follows: Wednesday, May 22—home of Tim Murphy, 9110 225th St W, Lakeville. Register here.
    Thursday, May 23—home of Gordy Lewis, 6824 Chapel Lane, Edina. Register here.
    Friday, May 24—home of Paul Mooty, 5320 Kelsey Terrace, Edina. Register here.


    Edina Rotaract Meeting, Thurs., May 30
    Rotaract clubs consist of young professionals between the ages of 18 and 30 to take action in their communities, develop their leadership and professional skills, and have fun. Our next meeting will be held at 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thurs., May 30 at The Mezz, 7171 France Ave S, Edina 55435  
    This meeting will feature a preview session of Dale Carnegie led by Bridget Hallstrom, Dale Carnegie strategic account executive, who will lead an interactive session where you will learn to:
    • Learn a process to build relationships and improve memory skills
    • Review the 5 Drivers of Success
    • Understand the Dale Carnegie Course and how it could impact you
    Put the date on your calendar and watch your email for more details.
    Cornerstone Make-A-Meal - June 4

    The Rotary Club of Edina will hold a Make-A-Meal event at Cornerstone from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2019. At this Community Service Committee project, volunteers will prepare and serve a meal for 50 to 60 Cornerstone clients and their children. Cornerstone is located at 1000 E. 80th St., Bloomington.

    This event needs 10 volunteers. Register here. Note that Cornerstone has a no children policy for their volunteers. They were a 2019 recipient of an Edina Rotary Foundation local grant and look forward to our meeting our visiting volunteers. 

    Sat., June 15 Homeless Breakfast Service
    He brought to our club his message of homelessness and his efforts to build relationships and bring safety to those in need. MPD Homeless Liason, Sgt. Grant Snyder's words and actions had a profound impact on many of our members.  We will help the Minneapolis Police Department serve those who are in need a hot breakfast on a Saturday morning.  The date and time is Saturday, June 15, 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  at 1010 Currie St. (Downtown Salvation Army Shelter) to help Sgt. Snyder and his team prepare, serve and clean up breakfast service in a downtown open lot in Minneapolis. We will be serving breakfast with the Minneapolis police to roughly 100 homeless individuals and families. Click here to sign up to volunteer today. This event is scheduled to be held outdoors. An inclement weather update will be emailed or texted to you.  Please contact Ann Platt with any questions. 
    Edina Rotary Family Picnic - June 20th
    Rotary Club of Edina Family Picnic is set for Thursday June 20th at Centennial Lakes Parks Hughes Pavilion, 7499 France Ave South, Edina, 55435.  952-833-9583.    The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and go until 8:30 p.m. The picnic will take the place of our regular Rotary meeting that week. Register here.
    Rotaract Charter Night - Wed., Jun 26

    Save the Date and Attend the Rotaract Charter Night - Wednesday, June 26

    Please join us in celebrating the newly chartered Rotaract Club of Edina. This club is proudly sponsored by The Rotary Clubs of Edina and Edina Morningside. 

    When: June 26, 2019 -- 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
    Where: Edina Country Club, 5100 Wooddale Ave., Edina 
    Hor o'euvres will be served wtih a cash bar.
    Cost: Rotarians and guests - $20/person
    4th of July Parade - 1st Annual Car Show
    Mark your calendars and plan to join us for the Edina 4th of July parade and Rotary Club of Edina 1st Annual Car Show. Details coming soon. This event is chaired by Joe Mahoney and Anna Stratton.
    In Review - May 9
    The meeting was opened and chaired by Past President Ann Platt in President Flynn’s absence. Our invocation and Pledge of Allegiance was led by Tom Bach, who provided an inspiring commentary. Based on John D. Rockefeller, Jr.’s quotation on the need for public service which mirrors Rotary’s  4 Basic Tenets.
    Introductions were then done of 6 visitors and hopefully future members. Beth Blaisdell, a former Minnesotan, was introduced coming from the Tyler, TX. Club. Special announcements were made of the recent Feed My Starving Children event which was very well attended.
    Upcoming Events
    Peters Billiards Distribution Center - May 30
    Peters Billiards-Distribution Center
    May 30, 2019
    11:45 AM – 1:30 PM
    Rotaract Club of Edina meeting
    The Mezz
    May 30, 2019 6:00 PM
    Cornerstone Make a Meal
    Jun 04, 2019
    4:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Rotary Happy Hour - The Mezz
    The Mezz
    Jun 05, 2019
    Homeless Breakfast Service
    Salvation Army Shelter - Downtown
    Jun 15, 2019
    7:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    Rotary Club of Edina Board of Directors meeting
    Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel
    Jun 19, 2019
    Edina Rotary Family Picnic
    Hughes Pavilion, Centennial Lakes Park
    Jun 20, 2019
    5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
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    Executives & Directors
    President Elect
    Past President
    Club Service (Administration) Director
    Community Service—Local Funding Co-Director
    Community Service—Local Funding Co-Director
    Community Service—Local Projects Director
    International Service Director
    Membership Director
    Public Image Co-Director
    Public Image Co-Director
    The Rotary Foundation Director
    Social Director
    Youth Service Director
    Edina Rotary Foundation Board Director
    Edina Rotary Foundation Board Director
    Edina Rotary Foundation Board Director
    Edina Rotary Foundation Board Director
    Edina Rotary Foundation Board Director
    Edina Rotary Foundation Board Director
    Meeting Duties
    Front Desk
    Kupper, Marty
    Front Desk Administration
    Michalski, Rebecca
    Greeter 1
    Greeter 2
    Meeting Host 1
    Meeting Host 2
    Invocation/Pledge of Allegiance/Four-Way Test
    The Barker writer
    Freudenthal, Bjorn
    Introduce Guests
    Campbell, Katy
    Introduce the Speaker
    Introduce the Speaker II
    Thank the Speaker
    Rotary Birthdays
    Member Birthdays
    Gerry Norton
    May 1
    Alan Mogck
    May 2
    Dennis Hykes
    May 3
    Ross Peterson
    May 5
    Adam Stanzak
    May 7
    Bob Harvey
    May 9
    Daniel Mott
    May 11
    Joe Arends
    May 12
    Nate Wenner
    May 14
    Erick Ries
    May 15
    Bonnie Sue Rolstad
    May 17
    David Kunz
    May 17
    Arthur Rouner
    May 21
    Jack Kennefick
    May 23
    Joel Jennings
    May 24
    Tom McNellis
    May 31

    The Edina Country Club will be serving Beef Tip Burgundy or Strawberry Almond Chicken Salad at our May 23 meeting. Lunch begins at 12:15 p.m. with the meeting to follow and ending at 1:30 p.m. 

    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 leave a voicemail or text message at 612-234-7390.