May 20 Meeting
Speakers: James and Stephanie Pierce
May 20, 2021
Prospective Member Day
Free Program and Lunch for the Guest of a Member
May 20 Meeting Speakers: James and Stephanie Pierce
"Equity and Inclusion"
Stephanie Pierce is a passionate mom, wife, connector, and coach, originally from Chicago, IL. After a 24-year career in Engineering & HR, Stephanie re-invented her work life to bring her passion for building communities together with her strong HR expertise.
James Pierce is a dedicated dad, husband and mentor, originally from Montgomery, AL.  James is in the midst of a 30-year career in Information Technology and Business Development with Cargill and is currently one of your elected City Council members. 
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May 20 Prospective Member Day
May 20 will be a club prospective member day. The speakers will be Edina residents, James and Stephanie Pierce. In 2019, James was recognized as a community leader by Mayor James Hovland for his outstanding leadership as Co-Chair of the Edina Race and Equity Task Force. He has been and is currently serving as a board members on Metropolitan Economic Development Association and Minorities in Agriculture,  Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS). Stephanie serves on the board of Edina Give and Go and is a member of the COVID-19 Relief Committee. Both are deeply involved with the Junior Diabetes Research Fund Organization. Bring a guest or two, this dynamic duo is sure to bring new insight and knowledge to the relevant and discussion worthy subject of race, equity and inclusion. 
Mask Guidelines at Edina Country Club
The City of Edina including the Edina Country Club will follow the lead of national, state and local health authorities, and will not enact a city-wide mask requirement. In accordance with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health authorities, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order Friday, May 14 that no longer requires masks or facial coverings statewide. 
May 20th Rotaract Summer Kickoff Social
Thursday, May 20th is our Spring into Summer Kickoff! Join us for food, games, and chance to socialize as a club!
We will also be sharing news regarding the opportunity to go to a Rotary leadership conference this September in Houston (lodging and conference fees paid for).
To RSVP, please email President Elect Annika at
We hope to see you there!
Zhou Receives Women in Leadership Award
The Rotary Club of Edina presented Melody Zhou with its 2021 Chrysanne Manoles Women In Leadership Award at its May 6 meeting.
Click "Read More" to get complete details on Ms. Zhou's nomination, her extensive involvement in our community and the historical significance of this award. 
Service: 10 Members Visit Guatemala

The Rotary Club of Edina had ten members taking part in the 2021 International Service trip to Coban, Guatemala. The service trip will ran May 15 through May 22, 2021 and included visits to Guatemala City, Coban, Escuintla and Antigua. Much of this trip was documented through photos and comments on the club's Facebook page at

Volunteer to Deliver Beds - June 4
On Friday, June 4, 2021 Rotary Club of Edina members will have the opportunity to work with My Very Own Bed in this hands-on outreach opportunity for families with kids, individuals, clubs, teams, youth groups, or work groups to assemble dream kits and help deliver beds and dream kits to children in our community in need of beds. If you're interested in helping, please add your name and the names of those coming with you to the volunteer list located HERE. My Very Own Bed received a 2021 Edina Rotary Foundation grant and is looking forward to working with member of our club. Contact Community Service Director, Lisa Walker, with any questions.
June 2 - Vocational Happy Hour
We are happy to announce that we will be having a virtual Zoom Happy Hour Vocational Development meeting AND live meeting this month.  The live meeting will be held 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. If you're attending in-person, registration HERE will be greatly appreciated.  If you'd prefer, you can attend via Zoom without registering by clicking the link below.
FREE Shred Event, June 5
On June 5, 2021, 8 am to Noon, fellow Rotarian John Mazzara is sponsoring a  FREE Shed Event in the parking lot of Re/Max at 7700 France Ave S.  Bring your paper documents for disposal. Please feel free to invite a friend, a large truck has been ordered. Go tothe South side of the Building and look for the inflatable Re/Max Balloon and ShredIt truck. Let John know you're coming at
Post Plus, Aminia Osman, Visited May 27

The Rotary Club of Edina is working to assist a Minneapolis business damaged during civil unrest last summer.

Through a partnership with the Lake Street Council, several Rotary Clubs in Rotary International District 5950 are being paired with Minneapolis businesses damaged or destroyed in late May or early June 2020 to provide them assistance. Our club member's response has been swift and so very helpful for the owner, Amina Osman, visited our club on Thursday, May 27.

Upcoming Events and Links
May 27 -- Amanda Brinkman, Small Business Revolution!
June 2 -- Vocational Happy Hour, Nancy Grazzini-Olson
June 3 -- Edina Noon Meeting, Speaker: Deputy Chief Jeff Elasky
June 4 -- Community Service - Bed Delivery Volunteer
June 5 -- FREE Shredding Event -- John Mazzara
June 10 -- Edina Noon Meeting, Speaker: Kit Welchlin
June 15 -- Leadership Series, Robb Breding, Coaching for Commitment
June 17 -- Edina Noon Meeting, Speaker: Don MacPherson
June 24 -- Edina Noon Meeting -- Transition to 2021-2022 Leadership
June 26 -- 2020-2021 District Governor Tom Gump Celebration, Rock n' Rotary
In Review May 20 Meeting
Click the "You Tube" logo above. In the "Description" are bookmarks/time stamps for jumping to your area of interest. 
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. 
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
Blake, Scott
Front Desk
Hayes, Joe
Solheim, Bob
Hykes, Dennis
ZOOM Greeter
Brewer, André
Hagen, Mike
Intro Guests
Loberg, Shelly
Intro Speaker
Hendrickson, Jennifer
Thank the Speaker
Freudenthal, Bjorn
Carlson, Rick
Rotary Birthdays
Member Birthdays
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
Marcus Edorh
May 14
Erick Ries
May 15
Bonnie Sue Rolstad
May 17
David Kunz
May 17
Arthur Rouner
May 21
Joel Jennings
May 24

Menu -- Chicken Chardonnay or Avocado Chicken Salad

Thursday, May 27, 2021 there will be the hybrid version with in-person meeting at the Edina Country Club with doors open at 12:15 a.m. and ZOOM meeting beginning at 12:30 a.m..  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.