June 2, 2022
EARLY START - 11:30 a.m.
Panel Discussion Format - Open to Public
Building An Inclusive Economy in MN
Deadline TODAY at Midnight
June 2 - Race and Equity Series Register TODAY
EARLY START -- 11:30 a.m. with a Panel Discussion Format
"Building An Inclusive Economy in Minnesota", Race & Equity Series with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis series will be sponsored by District 5950, Rotary Club of Edina, and the Federal Reserve of Minneapolis.  This mini-series will take place at Edina Country Club on June 2 and October 6, 2022, 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. It will opened as a district-wide event.  Event details and registration can be found HERE
Rotary Club of Edina's meeting fees cover the cost of this event and counts toward meeting attendance. Please register as an Edina Rotary Club Member. Senior actives and guests of members may register and pay online HERE. Cost is $20.00 for senior actives, guests, other Rotary club members and the public. Space is limited to 300 participants.  Press release can be found HERE
June 1 Avocation/Vocational Happy Hour
Edina Morningside member, Mark Hegstrom, helps business owners that are 3-12 years out from exit to develop a customized plan. His firm, Business Owner Succession Strategies (BOSS), assists the owner to develop a plan around the three legs of the exit planning stool: business owner financial plan, personal plan post-exit, and business attractiveness. Every business owner will exit his or her business. That is why he thinks: exit planning is simply good business planning. Please join us for this year-end meeting at CW's Bar and Restaurant, 8302 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, MN 55437  We will meet at 5:30 for happy half hour and our speaker presentation from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. This event is a casually centered around becoming better acquainted with the business and career lives of our fellow Edina Rotary Noon and Edina Morningside Rotary Club members. Contact Wade Thommen at with any questions. After this meeting, our next Avocation/Vocational Happy Hour will be August 3, 2022.
June 8 - Engage and Lead Edina Leadership Series
Please join the Rotary Club of Edina and Edina Chamber of Commerce as we welcome speaker, Khalique Rogers, to share an interactive learning experience titled "Initiating Change” a workshop on racial justice.
This special Leadership Series evening session will be held Wednesday, June 8 at the Edina Country Club, doors open at 4:30 p.m., a mixer with complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. One-hour program begins at 6:00 p.m. This session is open to the public, so please forward this to your friends, colleagues, and employees so that they can benefit from Khalique’s message as well.
Register HERE
If you have questions or are interested in learning more about the Edina Rotary Club Leadership Development Series, please contact:  Robb Breding at or 612.202.2485.
Jun 10, Open Arms Volunteer Event


Open Arms of MN has scheduled an opportunity for Edina Rotary Club members and ERC member guests to work in their kitchen on Friday, June 10th from 1:30pm-4pmDeadline for sign-up is June 3, 2022.

In order to best accommodate our group and serve Open Arms of MN's growing number of+1300 clients, they are asking us to confirm how many volunteers we will have in our group. Due to COVID-19 social distance guidelines, they can accommodate a maximum of 12 people. To cover cancellations, we are asking for 14 volunteers to sign up, 12 assigned and 2 alternate. Alternates will be asked to work if an assigned member must cancel. Please note in "Tag Text" if you and/or your guest would like to be "Assigned" or "Alternate".  Review additional details below then Sign up HERE.  

St. Paul Peterson Record Release Event, Jun 24
Our very own Paul Peterson alerted me to an awesome event he will be doing at the Dakota on Friday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m..  It is a record release party and concert.  Here is a link with all of the details:
Joe Doermann at the Dakota and has reserved a block of 20 tickets for us for the 7:00 show.  It will operate like it did for the holiday show, members who are interested can purchase their tickets through the box office.  Phone orders only are being accepted during the following business hours 10-6 M-F and 12-4 Sa & Su at 612-332-5299. Deadline for buying tickets is June 5th After that time they will be released to the general public.
SAVE THE DATE Upcoming Events
Jun 1 -- VEAP Volunteer Bag Packing Shift
Jun 1 -- Avocation/Vocational Happy Hour, Mark Hegstrom
Jun 2 -- Edina Meeting Early Start, 11:30 a.m., Race & Equity Panel,. Session One, Register HERE
Jun 8 -- Evening at ECC Leadership Series with Khalique Rogers, Register HERE
Jun 9 -- Edina Noon Meeting, Women in Leadership
Jun 10 -- Community Service Event -- Open Arms MN Kitchen 
Jun 16 -- Edina Noon Meeting, Speaker: Peter Schmidt 
Jun 23 -- Edina Noon Meeting, 21-22 Recognition and Board Transition
Jun 23 -- Black Business Networking
Jun 24 -- Record Release for St. Paul Peterson, Dakota
Jun 27 -- EMRC Pat Kennedy Memorial Golf Classic, Braemar
Jun 29 -- Annual Family Picnic - NOTE DATE CHANGE
Jul 4 - Edina 4th of July Parade - Plan to Participate
23 Set to Graduate as Rotary Global Scholars
Edina, Minnesota, May 24, 2022 — Twenty-three students are set to graduate from Edina High School as Rotary Global Scholars.
The Rotary Global Scholars program, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Edina and the Edina Education Fund, was designed to help students develop global competency skills, prepare for a global career, develop understanding of world issues and learn to apply academic content to solve social and global issues.
To see the complete press release in pdf, click HERE
EMRC Pat Kennedy Memorial Golf Classic, June 27
Mark Monday, June 27th for the Edina Morningside Rotary's Pat Kennedy Memorial Golf Classic. This event is one of the morning club's largest annual fundraising events. Click HERE to read their sponsorship letter and HERE to review the promotional flyer. Registration is HERE. Please contact EMRC committee chair, Jim Bizal at or 952-649-1525 with any questions.
Rotary Club of Edina Little League Team
Do you love watching Little League? A $500 Rotary Public Image Grant funded uniforms for an Edina Baseball Association 3rd-grade travel league Gold Team of 9 year-old players. Click HERE for summer schedule.
Rotary International 10-Page Lake Street Project Spread
“Extra! Extra!” Have you seen the May 2022 international “Rotary” Magazine? — Amazing and rare, 10-page beautiful spread photos/story on the healing transformation of Rotary District 5950 work with Lake Street business partners. Read about our partner, Amina with Post Plus.  Full article HERE
In Review- Week of May 26, 2022
May 26, 2022
Speaker, Sgt. Grant Snyder, Melanie Snyder and Ethan Snyder
Involve MN, Women's Club of Minneapolis
Please Click HERE to view the meetings and subscribe to our club You Tube channel.
View to catch up on your favorite Rotarians through Member Spotlight, Rotary happening through Rotary in the News, inspirational Invocation, who brought guests and more.
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Meeting You Tube Videos
Click the "You Tube" links below. In the "Description" are bookmarks/time stamps for jumping to your area of interest. 
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. 
May 5, 2022 -- Speaker Sheila Qualls, Executive Director, TakeCharge MN, "Overview of Critical Race Theory"
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
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Meeting Duties
Michalski, Rebecca
Front Desk & Guest Intro
Kern, Jody
Greeter & Invocation
Thomas, Jr., Sylvester
Greeter & Thank the Speaker
Dash, Sita
Intro Speaker
Bennerotte, Jennifer
The Barker Writer
Swendsen, Mary
Jessen, Mark
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
Bob Solheim
July 1
Matt Boockmeier
July 3
Josh Sprague
July 5
Gordy Lewis
July 7
Mike Tingum
July 8
Erica Allenburg
July 10
John Flynn
July 10
Lisa Walker, Ph.D.
July 12
Terry Stevens
July 13
Thomas Pirsch
July 13
Dave Phillips
July 14
David Hatzung
July 14
Tim Murphy
July 14
Charles Rauenhorst
July 18
Michael Opitz
July 18
Sylvester Thomas
July 19
Bob Perkins
July 25
Bill Milota
July 26
John Mazzara
July 26
Ed Bather
July 29
Dick Teegen
July 30
June 2, 2022
EARLY START - 11:30 a.m.
Panel Discussion Format - Open to Public
Building An Inclusive Economy in Minnesota
Registration Required - HERE
Lunch menu not available at press and will be included in the meeting reminder email.
The Rotary Club of Edina's Administrator, Becci Michalski, works part time and will respond to your inquiries within 24 hours. Contact her at