April 28, 2022
Speaker: Dr. Anna Prisacari
Complicated Russia-Ukraine Crisis
"How Did the World Get Here?"
 Next Zoom Meeting - May 5, 2022
Apr 28 Speaker: Dr. Anna Prisacari, Ukraine-Russia Conflict
The increasingly complicated Russia-Ukraine crisis: How Did the World Get Here?
A brief description: Originally from Moldova, Anna lives in Minnetonka and today has family and friends in Moldova, Ukraine, and Russia. Moldova is one of the countries that borders Ukraine. In this talk, Dr. Prisacari will share the historical political events and cultural facts that will help explain the origins of the Ukraine-Russia war.
Apr 28 Black Business and Edina Rotary Mixer
Next Event - Thursday,  April 28, 5:30-7pm. Register HERE In partnership with Tomme Beevas and Pimentos Jamaican Kitchen, the next monthly Black Business Networking event will encourage us to continue to expand the efforts of our club's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (formerly known as Race and Equity committee). April's speaker will be Debra L. Hurston, CAE MBA of the Association for Black Economic Power. This networking event will be held monthly on the fourth Thursday of each month from 5:30-7pm at Pimento Jamaican Kitchen, 2524 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404. Register HERE. For meeting agenda, speaker bio and details, click "Read More".
 May 4 Special Avocation/Vocational HH with Key Cadillac
Register HERE for a special off-site Avocation-Vocational Happy Hour held at Key Cadillac on May 4 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The evening will start with a tour of the facility followed by a presentation and social time that includes food and drinks.  Key Cadillac is located at 6825 York Ave S, Edina. 952-920-4300  This event is casually centered around becoming better acquainted with the business and career lives of our fellow Edina Rotary Noon and Edina Morningside Rotary Club members. Please join us for this special and unique business presentation. 
May 6 New Member Arbor Day Tree Planting
Help celebrate Arbor Day by participating with our new Rotary Club of Edina members in taking on the City of Edina's challenge of planting 200 trees in Rosland Park. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and we'll try to coordinate schedules to have as many Edina Rotarians together at the same time. Read More for additional details or contact Chris Laskowski at or 763-242-7655.
3rd Grade Literacy Volunteers Needed-May 11,13,18

The Rotary Club of Edina’s Youth Service Committee seeks volunteers for its third-grade literacy project. SIGN UP HERE.

As part of the project, Rotarians read the book Andy & Elmer’s Apple Dumpling Adventure to local students and discuss ethics with them. Andy & Elmer’s Apple Dumpling Adventure is the story of a young entrepreneur who starts an apple dumpling business. With the guidance of a mysterious voice conveying the Four-Way Test, he turns his venture into a wonderful success and makes friends along the way. "Read More" has the name of the schools, dates and times for six to eight volunteers per school.
May 9 - 13 Spring Fireside Chats - Registration Open
2022 Fireside chats are scheduled for May 9 to May 13.  Attend one or more -  REGISTER HERE These informal get-togethers are held in our member's home and attended by 10 to 20 Rotarians. During the chats, members get to know each other and about the club. Hosts typically provide appetizer and beverages, however, and while not required to attend, some hosts appreciate guests bringing and sharing treats and beverages. If you'd like to bring something, call ahead.  Chats typically run from 7:00 pm to 9:00 p.m. You may register for one or more chats HERE. Please contact Brad Hepp with any questions or to get further information, Clcik "Read More" for the this year's hosts and schedule.
May 11, Leadership Series, Speaker: Mike Martiny
Please join The Rotary Club of Edina’s Leadership Series on May 11 as we welcome fellow Rotarian, Mike Martiny to share an interactive learning experience entitled “What is your North Star… Looking Beyond the Horizon to Achieve Your Goals!This session is open to the public so please forward this to your friends, colleagues, and employees so that can benefit as well.  Informational pdf can be found HERE. See you there!
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Save the evening of June 8, 2022 for a special evening Leadership Series and stay tuned for details on a special evening with Khalique Rogers, Topic:  Initiating Change… A Workshop on Racial Justice. Brief intro to Khalique HERE.  In addition to the workshop, we will be serving light appetizers along with a cash bar. Mark your calendars and watch for further details. 
Proposed Membership
At the April 20, 2022 club board meeting, The Rotary Club of Edina’s Board of Directors approved the applicant, Dan Hunt, Classification: Real Estate Development Sponsor: Mark Jessen for membership: Written objections to the application must be submitted before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2022, to Rotary Club of Edina, 4801 W. 50th St., Edina, MN 55424 or emailed to
Rotary Club of Edina BYLAW CHANGE NOTICE
The Board has approved a Bylaw Change to the Race & Equity Committee to be moved out from under Membership to its own Committee as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee with a Board Member.
From today’s meeting:
  • Joe Hayes presented the bylaw change for approval
    • “This committee should develop and implement plans to increase diversity in the club’s membership, bring awareness of race and equity issues in Edina and the Twin Cities metropolitan area, develop leaders of color, and support organizations that assist people of color.”
    • This change will appear in the Barker 2 times
  • Joe Hayes motioned to accept the bylaw change as presented, Shelly Loberg seconded; motion passed unanimously viva voce
SAVE THE DATE Upcoming Events
Apr 28 -- Edina Noon Rotary Meeting, Speaker: Dr. Anna Prisacari, Ukraine-Russia Conflict
Apr 28 -- Black Business Networking, Speaker: Debra L. Hurston
May 4 -- Avocation-Vocational Happy Hour - Michael Stanzak, Key Cadillac Tour
May 4 -- VEAP Volunteer Bag Packing Shift
May 5 -- Diversity, Eqity, Inclusion Workshop, Speaker: Sheila Qualls
May 6 -- New Member and Next Gen Trees Arbor Day Project
May 11 -- Leadership Series, Mike Martiny, What is Your North Star?
May 12 -- Prospective Member Day Meeting, Speaker: Scott Welle
May 9 to 13 -- Fireside Chats
May 26 -- Black Business Networking
Jun 1 -- VEAP Volunteer Bag Packing Shift
Jun 8 -- Evening at ECC Leadership Series with Khalique Rogers
Jun 23 -- Black Business Networking
Jun 29 -- Annual Family Picnic - NOTE DATE CHANGE
In Review- April 21, 2022 Meeting
April 21, 2022
IN-REVIEW by Dennis Hykes
Sspeaker: Jeff Meitrodt,
StarTribune Investigative Report and Editor
Rotarians and their guests arriving for the meeting on the 21st were especially noisy and boisterous, maybe due the bright sunshine outside, or conversations while in line for the buffet lunch.  Nevertheless, President Michael Stanzak brought the meeting to order with his usual over-the-top enthusiasm.  Michael’s Member Spotlight included Scott MacDonald, Jennifer Bennerotte, Theresa Halverson, Tim Murphy, Kelley Burnett, Katy Campbell, Kaylin Eidsness, San Asato, and Stefan Smith.  Rotary in the News included promotions for the Earth Day Clothing Exchange on April 23rd, the Arbor Day Tree Planting on May 6th, and the VEAP Volunteer Bag Packing Shift on May 4th.  Michael complemented the Club on its good turnout for the joint meeting with the Edina Morningside Rotary Club on April 12th.  He then shared the names of twelve Rotarians with birthdays in May, followed by another twelve celebrating their Rotary anniversaries in May.
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April 7 -- Speaker: Don Johnson, VP Business Development, Shapco Printing
March 31 -- Speaker: Michael Brindisi, Resident Artistic Director and President, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre
March 24, 2022 -- Speaker: Dr. Stacie Stanley, Edina Public Schools Superintendent
March 17, 2022 -- Speaker, Chris Newhouse, MATTER (Edina International Grant Partner)
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Club Service (Administration) Director
Community Service—Grants Funding Director
Community Service—Projects Director
International Service Director
Membership Director
Social Director
Public Image Director
The Rotary Foundation Director
Youth Service Director
Annual Gala Co-Chair
Annual Gala Co-Chair
Club Administrator
Executive Secretary / Director
Meeting Duties
Michalski, Rebecca
Front Desk & Guest Intro
Peterson, Ross
Greeter & Invocation
Barnett, Jon
Greeter & Thank Speaker
Ellingson-Solheim, Patti
Speaker Introduction
Younggren, Mary
The Barker Writer
Amundson, Luther
Campbell, Katy
Rotary Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Jennifer Bennerotte
April 1
Heather Edelson
April 4
Marie Pribyl
April 7
Scott MacDonald
April 10
Mary Hustad
April 13
Royce Pavelka
April 14
Jennifer Garske
April 16
Kaylin Eidsness
April 17
Kirstin Huepenbecker
April 25
Nick Van Beek
April 28
Gerry Norton
May 1
Dennis Hykes
May 3
Ross Peterson
May 5
Adam Stanzak
May 7
Bob Harvey
May 9
Daniel Mott
May 11
Joe Arends
May 12
Erick Ries
May 15
Bonnie Sue Rolstad
May 17
David Kunz
May 17
Joel Jennings
May 24
Randy Smasal
May 28
April 28, 2022
Speaker: Dr. Anna Prisacari
Complicated Russia-Ukraine Crisis
"How Did the World Get Here?"
Menu: Roast Pork Loin or Summer Berry Chicken Salad  -- Meeting Starts at 12:35 p.m. Sharp
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.