June 3 Meeting
Speaker: Deputy Chief Jeff Elasky
JUNE 3, 2021
June 3 Meeting Speaker: Deputy Chief Jeff Elasky
Jeff Elasky joined the Edina Police Department as a reserve officer in 1986 and worked his way up through the department ranks for the past two decades. After serving as a reserve officer, he became a community service officer before working as an animal control officer. He served as a patrol officer, working as a school resource officer and DARE officer, as a member of the SWAT team and a hostage negotiator, before being promoted to sergeant and then lieutenant. Click Read More for additonal details.
Deputy Chief Elasky's topic will be updating us on the policing and safety in Edina.
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. Our speaker will be Edina Rotary Morningside Club member, Nancy Grazzini-Olson, Owner of Academy College in Bloomington and Thunderbird Aviation in Crystal and Eden Prairie.
Bedding Drive, June 3, My Very Own Bed
We will be collecting the following items for My Very Own Bed at our June 3rd Rotary Meeting:
NEW, twin-sized:
  • Mattress pads
  • Sheets
  • Blankets or comforters  
And NEW:
  • Pillows
  • Small stuffed animal
Thanks so much for your support.  Please reach out to Lisa Walker, Community Service Director at 612.963.1778 with any questions.
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.
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
Rotary Club of Edina Awards EHS Scholarships
The Rotary Club of Edina recently presented two $1,500 scholarships to deserving students at Edina High School.
The Rotary Club of Edina presents scholarships to graduating Edina seniors who exemplify the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self” and have participated in Rotary programs such as Camp Enterprise, Camp RYLA, fall ethics seminar, Vocational Ethics Day, youth exchange, Edina Rotary Global Scholars or the Interact Club of Edina. This year’s scholarships were presented to Divya Danthuluri and Allison Koester.
"Read More" for the details of these amazing students.
Leadership Series - Coaching for Commitment
Please join The Rotary Club of Edina’s Leadership Series on Tuesday, June 15th at 6:00 p.m. as we welcome Robb Breding, Founder and Chief Evangelist of REV Advisory Group to share an interactive learning experience entitled Coaching for Commitment “Creating a People Centered Performance Culture!”
This session is open to the public so please forward this to your friends, colleagues, and employees so that can benefit as well.   See you there!  REGISTER VIA ZOOM
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.

June 26 - Rock n' Rotary
Rotary is throwing one of the first parties of the summer.  Come join us for a fun night listening to a live band!  Yes, live music on June 26th.  If you want to remember what it is feels like to shake your body and have some fun, come join us.  A limited number of tickets will be available.  Bring a friend and PARTY ON. 
Here is the link which will take you to the link to buy tickets for the Rock N Rotary event. 
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

Proposed for Membership
On May 21, 2021 the Rotary Club of Edina’s Board of Directors approved the following applicant below for membership:
Geetu Sharma
Classification: Financial Advisor
Sponsor: Raj Kumar
Written objections to the application must be submitted and received before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 8 to Rotary Club of Edina, Attn: Club Administrator 4801 W. 50th St., Edina, MN 55424 or emailed to
Need Volunteer Help? Call a Global Scholar.
Lindsey Smaka, Edina Rotary Global Scholars Program Coordinator, has a few of her Global Scholar students looking for volunteer opportunities this summer. If you know of an organization looking for help or if anything pops up let Lindsey know and she'll forward the request on to the students looking to help.  Contact her at for further details.
Edina Give and Go Executive Director Job
Are you passionate about making sure every student in our community, no matter their socioeconomic status, has access to opportunities to learn, play and grow? The Edina Give and Go Board of Directors is seeking an Executive Director who will continue to lead and support our mission to bring life and learning opportunities to Edina Public Schools students who are economically disadvantaged. For more information and to apply, visit
Upcoming Events and Links
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
July 1 -- NO MEETING - 4th of July Holiday
July 3 -- City of Edina 4th of July Parade - Morning 
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. 
In Review June 3 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
Sylvester, Fred
Pedersen, Gary
Perkins, Bob
ZOOM Greeter
Wilson, Ryan
Jones, Les
Intro Guests
Hendrickson, Jennifer
Intro Speaker
Hendrickson, Jennifer
Thank the Speaker
Kennefick, Jack
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

Menu -- Glazed Salmon or Salad Announced in Email.

Thursday, June 10, 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.