Jan. 28 Meeting: Speaker, Erik Therwanger
Erik is the founder of Think GREAT and the Think GREAT Foundation, which awards scholarships to military spouses. He draws from his experiences as a U.S. Marine, executive business leader, sales professional, and entrepreneur to help organizations achieve new levels of success. He uniquely combines leadership development, sales performance, and strategic planning into strategies and techniques that empower team members and leaders to exceed expectations.
Erik has inspired audiences across the country in nearly every industry Think GREAT is a Certified Veteran-Owned Business and Erik is also author of The Think GREAT Collection.
End Human Trafficking - Jan 28 Early Morning Event
January is National End Human Trafficking and Slavery Awareness Month This coincides with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000  The Minneapolis based Rotary Club Ending Human Trafficking is hosting two ZOOM meetings to share information on this topic of Human trafficking. which has reached historic numbers. 
Please plan to join these 2 zoom meetings in January to hear from our speakers.  Registration is required by all attendees.
January 28, 2021, at 7 a.m. CST – Matt Friedman, CEO of Mekong Club, will offer a comprehensive update on human trafficking and its relevance to the private sector. Matt is a leading, internationally renowned global expert on modern slavery and human trafficking. An award-winning public speaker, author, filmmaker, and philanthropist, Matthew regularly advises heads of governments and intelligence agencies.  
Rotaract Skating Social - Jan. 30
Rotaract Club of Edina is hosting a Skating Social event on Saturday, January 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Centennial Lakes Park. Please call Annika at 612-718-8029 to RSVP or with any questions. The Rotaract Club of Edina is proudly sponsored by The Rotary Club of Edina and Rotary Club of Edina Morningside.
Rotaract clubs bring together people ages 18-30 to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service. In communities worldwide, Rotary and Rotaract members work side by side to take action through service, but Rotaract members manage their club independently.  Rotaract is changing communities like ours. 
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.
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.