Speaker Jan. 9th Meeting: Eric Dayton
Eric Dayton is the Co-Founder & CEO of Askov Finlayson, a climate positive outdoor clothing company with the mission to Keep The North Cold. Askov Finlayson has committed $1 million over the next five years to fund some of the world’s most innovative climate action organizations. Eric also co-owns North First Hospitality, which includes The Bachelor Farmer and Marvel Bar.
Eric is the board president of The Great Northern, an annual 10-day winter festival that celebrates Minnesota's signature season. He was named a 2019 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
RCE Women in Rotary - Yoga Event, Jan. 10

Yoga Restore Hour and More.

Rotary Club of Edina Women in Rotary, if relaxing your mind (after the busy Holiday) is on the top of your to-do list, this is the class for you. YogaRestore is rooted in movement that empowers while improving circulation and concentration. Forget the power nap — this will help you refocus and re-energize your routine.

Thanks to the generousity and support of fellow RCE Women in Rotary member, Catherine Gump, this is a no-cost event. Sign up HERE early, there is only space for 30 people. Click "Read More" for location and time information.

Feed My Starving Children, Sat. Jan. 11
WHAT: Feed My Starving Children meal-packing event
WHEN: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, January 11, 2020
WHERE: Feed My Starving Children Chanhassen location, 18732 Lake Drive East
WHO: Any Rotarian along with family and friends. This a wonderful service opportunity for volunteers ages 7 and up. 
INFO: Register here if you plan to attend. Please register HERE soon so we can make sure we have 20 to 25 volunteers. Contact Mike Sitek for more information.
Private Dining  at Bachelor Farmer, Jan. 16
We can't think of a better way to beat the post-holiday gloominess than to join with good friends at one of the Twin Cities' most popular dining venues, Bachelor Farmer. Internationally known for its eco-consciousness Nordic-influenced fare that uses local, organic products, this Rotary event will be the perfect nightcap to your holiday season.
This small group, 20 person, private dining experience is scheduled for Thursday, January 16. Mark your calendar and watch for it to become available for registration near the end of December. For more details about the restaurant please visit: or contact Renee Harberts.
Rotaract to Meet Jan. 9
Rotaract Club of Edina will have their first meeting of 2020 on Thursday, January 9, 6:00 pm at Wooden Hill Brewing. Join them for a casual happy hour and share their insights from 2019 then hear their hopes and plans for 2020.
Mark your calendars for the Eden Prairie Rotary Club's Annual Pong Fest! The date is January 25 from 5 to 9 pm at the Eden Prairie Community Center. This annual event is a beer pong competition, so bring a team and play to win. Details and sign up HERE
Learn More About Rotary at Free Prospective Member Day Jan. 23
Looking to make a difference in the New Year? Get more involved in the community? Meet new people?
Attend the Rotary Club of Edina’s Prospective Member Day 12:15-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Edina Country Club, 5100 Wooddale Ave., to learn more about the organization and hear from guest speaker Sami Reber. Reber is the Edina High School girls’ varsity hockey coach. There is no charge for guests at the luncheon.
Reber has been the head coach of the girls’ varsity hockey team for two years. During her time as head coach, Reber has accumulated a record of 56-3-2 and has helped her team win back-to-back Minnesota State High School League championships; their title in 2017 being the program's first ever. On top of two State Championships, during Reber's time at Edina, their team has been back-to-back Lake Conference Champions and Section 6AA Champions. Reber was named the Section 6AA Coach of the Year in 2017. American Family Insurance also named Reber the All-USA High School Coach of the Year in 2017. Prior to returning to her Alma Mater of Edina, Reber served as an Assistant Coach for the University of Minnesota-Duluth's Women's Hockey Team from 2015-2016. While a part of UMD's program, Reber helped coach the Bulldogs' attack to third in the WCHA in scoring offense, behind only Minnesota and Wisconsin. In addition, she helped the team sweep their way to the WCHA tournament semifinals for the first time since the 2011-2012 season.
Rotary Bowling Night is  Saturday, Feb. 22

The 2020 Rotary Bowling Night will be Saturday, Feb. 22. 

Lace up those stylish shoes and polish up your personalized bowling ball and come join your fellow Rotarians for a fun-filled evening of bowling! The evening will feature friendly competition, door prizes, fine dining and liquid refreshments. See the details, register and pay by clicking HERE.

Chair of the event is Rotarian Sutton McGraw, please contact her if you have any questions. 

Thank You's from the RARE Committee
From Bob Gubrud:

Please express my thanks to the Rare Committee and Noon Rotary for this lovely and thoughtful day brightener bouquet!
I’m looking forward to returning soon.
Best wishes for a successful, healthy, and happy New Year to all!

From Sharon Chandler:
Thank you to the Edina Rotary Club for the absolutely lovely flower arrangement! It was so nice to come home from surgery last Friday to a fresh bouquet of flowers!!
I can’t wait to be better!
Sharon Chandler
Baby News: Ryan and Tori Wilson
Congratulations are in order for Ryan Wilson and  his wife, Tori.  Their baby daughter arrived as an early Christmas present!
Leona Lakatos Wilson was born on 12/13 at 8:41pm. She was 8lb 3oz and 21” long. Both mom and baby are doing great!  All are trying to get used to new sleep patterns!
2020-2021 New Board Member Election Results
President Josh Sprague called the regular club meeting of December 12, 2019 to order. During the business portion of the meeting, which served as the Club’s Annual Meeting Past President John Flynn presented the slate of nominees to serve on the Rotary Club of Edina Board of Directors, as selected by the Nominating Committee, to serve in the following capacities and terms:

Lisa Walker, Board Director of Community Service – Projects, 2-year term from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022;
Susan Johnson, Board Director of Social, 2-year term from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022;
Bonnie Rolstad, Board Director of International Service, 2-year term from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022;
Bridget Hallstrom, Board Director of Membership, 2-year term from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022;
Shelly Loberg, Officer, 5-year term from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2025

Past President John Flynn also presented the slate of nominees to serve on the Edina Rotary Foundation Board of Directors, in the following capacities and terms:

Dan Mott, At-Large Board Director, 2-year term from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022;
Ann Platt, At-Large Board Director, 2-year term from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022;
John Flynn, At-Large Board Director, 2-year term from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022;
Tim Murphy made a motion to approve the entire slate of nominees for both boards as presented; Les Jones seconded. Motion approved unanimously viva voce.
Duty Roster - January - June 2020 Emailed
A copy of the club's January to June 2020 meeting duty roster was delivered to your email on December 24. Please review this document and mark your calendar for the dates you've been assigned to help. Due to the size and scope of our membership, we have adopted a “team” scheduling format. This allows club services to better manage duties based on member’s seasonal availability, committee participation, leave of absence, etc. Most members are assigned at least one duty on the roster. If they only have one this half of the year, they will be scheduled close to the beginning of the July-December 2020 schedule. An alphabetical schedule has also been provided to help you locate your date of required service and duty.
If you need to find a replacement because you cannot attend a meeting you are assigned, please let Fred Slyvester (Club Service Director) or me know who is covering for you. It is a member's responsibility to find someone to take their place if they cannot attend a Rotary meeting where they have an assignment.
The Duty Roster is stored in the member area of the club website. Just log in to the website and go to "View Club Documents" in the column on the left. From there, you will see a folder titled "Meeting Assignments." The Duty Rosters are available to download there. The meeting assignments for the week are shown on the club website homepage, in the middle on the right of the page and published in the newsletter, “The Barker”.
Please let Becci Michalski or Fred Slyvester know if you have any questions. 
3rd Quarter Invoices Emailed Jan. 3
3rd Quarter Rotary Club of Edina invoices covering next quarter membership dues and meals were emailed on Jan 3.
This invoice will also include the cost of regular meeting guest meals, special speaker event guest meals, Vets Day guests (over one), Thanksgiving Day basket guests, family and cocktail holiday party guest attendance for those member who asked to be billed.
Please review your invoice and let Becci Michalski know if you have any questions or concerns. NOTE if you've opted in for automatic payment from your bank account, do not remit payment. These funds will be withdrawn from your bank account automatically around Jan. 10.  Automatic payment remittance is a very convenient, easy and free of service charge way to pay your Rotary dues and meals invoice each quarter. Your invoice can be paid by credit card. A 5% service charge will be assessed and added to your next quarter's invoice.
The Rotary Foundation Sets A 100% Goal
As your TRF (The Rotary Foundation) Director, I want to inspire you to participate in our TRF campaign.  Our goal is 100% participation.  So, everyone of us counts! Please give within your means.  You should know that we are one of the top districts and clubs in the world in our long time giving and participation in TRF. We could be number 1 with just a little help from you. So, let’s make this happen.

Upcoming Club Events and Next Speaker

January 23 -- Speaker, Sami Reber, Edina Girls Hockey Varsity Team Head Coach
January 23 -- Prospective Member Day
February 5 --Rotary Happy Hour - The Mezz at Lund's & Byerlys
February 14 -- Skate to End Polio - Interact Club of Edina
February 22 -- - Rotary Bowling Night
March 11 -- Leadership Breakfast with Stephanie Urchick
Joy and Celebration at Annual Holiday Cocktail Party
On December 19, Rotarians and guests gathered at the Edina Country Club for the annual Rotary Club of Edina Holiday Cocktail Party. More than 135 people enjoyed food, drink and warm conversation by the fire as they celebrated the holidays. Many holiday-themed ties and sweaters were worn, as well as one amazing suit that was the very definition of holiday spirit! Christmas cheer was evident and a good time was had by all.
Thanks to party chairs Marty Kupper and Steve Slyce for once again organizing such a wonderful evening.
Merry Christmas Rotarians! We'll see you in 2020!
Upcoming Events
Happy Hour/Vocational Development
Lunds & Byerlys The Mezz
Feb 05, 2020
Skate to End Polio - Interact Club of Edina
Braemar Outdoor Rink
Feb 14, 2020
8:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Rotary Club of Edina Board Meeting
Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel
Feb 19, 2020 7:30 AM
Rotary Bowling Night - Park Tavern
Feb 22, 2020
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Edina Rotary Foundation Board Meeting
Edina City Hall
Feb 26, 2020 7:30 AM
Happy Hour/Vocational Development
Lunds & Byerlys The Mezz
Mar 04, 2020
Leadership Breakfast with Stephanie Urchick
Mar 11, 2020
8:30 AM – 11:00 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
Chambers, Peyton
Front Desk 2
Hutchison, Don
Greeter 1
Ohe, Jeff
Greeter 2
Hawkins, Scott
Greeter 3
Wilson, Ryan
McReavy, Jr., Bill
Speaker Introduction
Thomas, Skip
Thank the Speaker
Pavelka, Royce
The Barker Writer
Hennen, Dan
Campbell, Katy
Rotary Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Mike Hagen
January 6
Ben McPheeters
January 13
André Brewer
January 16
Ted Yoch
January 16
Luther Amundson
January 18
Jack Braun
January 19
Rick Carlson
January 22
Toshie Metzger
January 22
Steve Slyce
January 23
Catherine Gump
January 24
Sam Cote
January 24
Kris Maser
January 26
Bob Gubrud
January 27
Charlie Barer
January 28
John Cardle
January 29
Shelly Loberg
January 30

Our January 23rd lunch meeting at the Edina Country Club will be Salmon with Lemon, Dill Cream or Chicken and Poached Pear Salad .

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.