Speaker at Sept. 5 Meeting, Marty Bassett
Martin (Marty) Bassett has been involved in the optical industry for 31 years, working in the areas of finance, accounting, and operations. The first six years of his optical career were spent in the equipment and manufacturing sector. For the past 25 years he has served in a variety of positions with the Walman Optical Company, including Corporate Controller, Chief Operating Officer and his current role as President and CEO. Since 1995, Walman has grown from a regional optical laboratory business into the largest independent wholesale optical company in the United States. As a diversified wholesale optical firm Walman provides products and services to independent optometric practices, insurance plans, retail eye care centers and ophthalmic manufacturers. Walman has 1,100 employees and serves 9,500 customers through 41 offices located throughout the United States. Walman is recognized as one of America’s 100 largest employee owned companies.
Click "Read More" for the details of Mr. Bassett's service.
Next Rotary Happy Hour is Wed., Sept. 4
The next Rotary Vocational Development Group will be Wednesday, Sept. 4.
Once a month, Edina Rotarians have a chance to connect with other club members, and any guests, at the happy hour. This Rotary event is held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Mezz at the Lunds & Byerly's in Edina. The meeting will feature a brief presentation from a featured Rotarian, plus time for introductions, networking and questions. The Rotary Club of Edina and EMRC collaborate on this event.
For additional details click "Read More" below.
Sip and Serve Event, Sept. 12
363© Days Food Program partners with volunteers across the Twin Cities to distribute sandwiches to the homeless and hungry!  Come join your fellow Rotarians for an early evening of fun and service as we prepare 300 sandwiches for our neighbors in need. Allan Law, a retired teacher, who is the inspiration behind and founder of  363© Days Food Program will join us to and pick up the sandwiches and give us more information about the program. Sign up to volunteer here. If you're interested in helping talk with Renee Harberts or Lisa Walker.
Human Trafficking Panel Discussion on Sept. 19
TAKING ACTION TO PREVENT HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING: Learn what you can do to increase the safety of our children!  The Edina Rotary invites you to join us on September 19th, 11:30-1:30 p.m. at a weekly meeting that will start early as we present a workshop on Human Sex Trafficking Prevention. Online guest, club and visiting Rotarian registration has closed for this event. We may be able to accommodate last minute attendance requests. Please contact Becci Michalski at for current seating and meal availability.
MEMBERS: Arrive early. Doors open at 11:30 am with lunch being served at 12:00 sharp. The room will be at near capacity, good seats will go quickly. Media coverage is anticipated with Fox 9 and Kare 11 expressing strong interest in covering this event. 
We recommend guests sign in early as all Clubs in the District and key Human Trafficking Prevention agencies have been invited. Cost for the event is the same as a regular Rotary Club of Edina meeting: Senior Active and Honorary members pay $20 at the door, as do any guests. Regular members have already paid for the meal on their quarterly invoice. 

Click "Read More" to read the short biographies of our workshop speakers.
Gala Invites - Dinner and Program Tickets Available
Check your USPS mailbox, the 2019 Edina Rotary Foundation Gala invitations and RSVPs have been sent out.  Dinner and program tickets cost $150 each with September 25, 2019 being the reservations deadline. This date is firm and no refunds will be given. There are some great silent auction items, top of the chart entertainment, great food, fun venue and quality and productive time will be spent with Rotarian friends. You don't want to miss this very special evening. 

Walk to End Alzheimer's - Sept 28 Target Field

WHAT: Walk to End Alzheimer's
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 28, registration at 8 a.m., ceremony at 9:30, with walk immediately following
WHERE: Target Field, Minneapolis
WHO: All Rotarians, friends and families
INFO: Our club, along with other District 5950 Rotarians, are encouraged to join the Rotary Rally for Alz team and join us for the Walk to End Alzheimer's! Sign up to participate, donate to the team, or do both! Watch our video for more info!
REGISTRATION: Go here to register or donate. Contact Rick Carlson, Brad Hepp or Jennifer Hendrickson for more info.
Proposed for Membership
The Rotary Club of Edina’s Board of Directors recently approved the applicants below for membership:
Sandra Krebach
Classification: Professional Assistant
Sponsor: Wooj Byun
Written objections to the application must be submitted and received before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 10 to Rotary Club of Edina, 4801 W. 50th St., Edina, MN 55424 or emailed to

Sold All Your Gala Raffle Tickets? We Have More!

Additional Gala Raffle Tickets are still available for purchase. This year's Raffle is sponsored by Wooden Hill Brewing Company and features a $1,000 Grand Prize and five (5) $100 Second Prizes. 
Members who haven't purchased a Hassle-Free Sponsorship Package are expected to purchase at least $150 in tickets (10 tickets @ $15/each) for their own use or for gift or sale to friends, neighbors, or customers.
Payment must be made by cash or check payable to the Edina Rotary Foundation. Ticket stubs and payment must be received no later than Thursday, September 30th. State law requires that all tickets be returned to the Raffle Committee, whether sold or unsold.
See Tom Bach or Kip Peterson with questions.

Camp Enterprise - Nov. 7 - 9 

Camp Enterprise is a three-day camp for high school juniors and seniors designed to introduce students to the free enterprise system and encourage entrepreneurship and ethical business practices. The experience is often life changing. Each year, at least five (5) $1,000 higher education scholarships are awarded to students of exceptional merit. In total, Camp Enterprise has awarded more than $80,000 in scholarships since its inception. We are looking forward to another successful year.

Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans

Dear Rotary District 5950 Club Executives and Directors:
I am very excited to share with all of you the news that our district is launching The Rotary Club of Minnesota Veterans!  This will be the first Rotary Club for veterans serving veterans in the world!
Click "Read More" for all the details and first meeting date.
Upcoming Club Events and Next Speaker
September 19  --  Human Trafficking Workshop
September 21 - District Training-Rotary 101
September 25 - Gala RSVPs Due
September 27 - Pints for People - EMRC Event
September 27 - Deadline for Gala Night Room Reservation
September 28 -- Walk for Alzheimer's
October 3 -- No Meeting
October 5 -- "That's Entertainment" Gala
October 16 - Rotaract Speaker, Jerry Holl
November 7 to 9 -- Camp Enterprise
November 11, Monday Meeting -- Veteran's Day Program
November 14 -- No Meeting
November 27 -- Thanksgiving Day Baskets
November 28 -- No Meeting
December 19 -- Holiday Party
December 26 -- No Meeting
January 2 -- No Meeting
In Review - August 29, 2019
President Josh (Rocket Man) Sprague using his ‘out there’ Rotary Rally Style kicked off with lots of great energy. Pictured here with Thom Winninger (The Barker) and Paul Mooty (The Greeter).
Food Fair: Your choice Hungarian Beef Tips or Quinoa Chicken Salad
Upcoming Events
Edina Rotary Foundation Board Meeting
Edina City Hall
Sep 25, 2019 7:30 AM
Rotary Happy Hour at Mezz
Lunds & Byerlys The Mezz
Oct 02, 2019
Annual Gala: "That's Entertainment"
Oct 05, 2019 6:30 PM
Rotary Club of Edina Board Meeting
Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel
Oct 16, 2019 7:30 AM
Rotaract - Amazing Speaker, Jerry Holl
Oct 16, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:15 PM
Fireside Chats (tentative)
Oct 22, 2019 - Oct 25, 2019
Edina Rotary Foundation Board Meeting
Edina City Hall
Oct 23, 2019 7:30 AM
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Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Club Service (Administration)
Community Service (Grants)
Community Service (Projects)
International Service
Public Image
The Rotary Foundation
Youth Service
Club Administrator
Annual Gala
Annual Gala
Meeting Duties
Front Desk Administration
Michalski, Rebecca
Front Desk
Hutchison, Don
Greeter 1
Asato, San
Greeter 2
Carlson, Rick
Greeter 3
Christensen, Joe
Barnett, Jon
Guest Introductions
Harberts, Renee
Speaker Introduction
Loberg, Shelly
Thank the Speaker
Dash, Sita
Thank the Speaker 2
Pedersen, Gary
The Barker Writer
Kallas, Mike
Hendrickson, Jennifer
Rotary Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Chrysanne Manoles
September 4
Bill McReavy
September 7
Jeff Ohe
September 7
Jim Ryman
September 8
David Clynes
September 9
Marty Kupper
September 11
Gregory Gable
September 16
Jean Morrison
September 19
George Lancaster
September 21
Stefan Smith
September 21
Brandon Azbill
September 23
Harry Weingartner
September 23
Scott Neal
September 24
Sutton McGraw
September 25
Doug Drake
September 27
Bob Stehlik
September 28
Heather Hansen
September 28
Dan Hallberg
September 29
Ken Andersen
September 29

2019 That's Entertainment! 
Edina Rotary Foundation Fundraiser & Gala
October 5, 2019


Presenting Sponsors

Tankenoff Families Foundation

Dr. Dash Foundation

Platinum Sponsors
Katy and Ralph Campbell
Carl M. Hansen Companies
Tradition Mortgage
The Jennings Family Foundation
Faribault Woolen Mill Company
Lakes Sotheby's International Realty
Stiles Financial Services
Gold Sponsors
Les Jones Roofing
North American Banking Co.
McNellis & Asato
American Family Insurance
Grandview Tire & Auto
Cahill Financial Advisors
Silver Sponsors
Tradition Bank
Smith Financial Group
The Brookshire Co.
Christensen & Laue
Bob and Rosie Gubrud
Peters Billiards
John and Lisa Solberg
Key Cadillac
Scoopy Poo
44th Street Dental
Bronze Sponsors
New Spaces
Doug and Kathe Drake
The Wooddale Team
Raj and Teena Kumar
Kip and Rebecca Peterson
SideKick Inc.
Christensen Group
Edina Liquor
State Farm Insurance
Woodrow Byun Law Office
Frank and Lois Cardarelle
Heather and Brett Edelson
Renee Harberts and Dave Wendt
Hatzung Insurance
Abdo Eick & Meyers
Kallas Law Office
Gordy Lewis
Bob and Rhoda Perkins
David and Sandy Phillips
Alzheimers Association
Bob and Vianne Stehlik
Axel and Lori Steuer
Dick and Evie Teegan
Skip Thomas, Realtor-Re/Max Results
Transitions In Business
DMK Intellectual Property Law
Sylvester Thomas, Jr. and Tanya Thomas
Interested in being a sponsor?
Download the website sponsorship guide

The Edina Country Club is pleased to present the following lunch menu selection on Thursday, Sept. 19th. Beef Tips Stroganoff over White and Wild Rice Blend. Lunch service begins at 12:00 p.m. sharp with the Human Trafficking Workshop to follow and ending at 1:30 p.m. Visiting Rotarian's and non-Rotarians are welcome to join us. Cost is $20 per guest for lunch and program. 

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.