No Meeting at Edina Country Club
March 26 Meeting at 12:35 pm - Facebook Live
Speaker: Scott Neal, Edina City Manager
Exchange Student: Ayush Mundra - India
Exchange Student: Rosario Reyes - Chile
Click HERE to Access
Speaker - Scott Neal Facebook Live,
March 26 at 12:35 p.m.
Scott Neal began work as City Manager in 2010. Prior to joining the City staff, he served as City Manager of Eden Prairie since 2002. He also has held the positions of City Administrator for the communities of Northfield, Minnesota; Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; and Norris, Tennessee. Neal is currently President of the Minnesota City/County Managers Association and a member of the Rotary Club of Edina.  Click HERE to access Facebook Live at 12:35 p.m.. Please be patient at the start, the feed may take some time to upload with the quality somewhat dependent on internet speed and traffic conditions. 
Edina Rotary Helping Hands
Edina Rotary Helping Hands 
Expanding the Scope of Help
In this trying time of uncertainty during the Covid-19 virus pandemic, we in Edina Rotary have an opportunity to do what we do best – reach out and serve.  We’re better together.
Edina Rotary Helping Hands is an initiative aimed at supporting others by reaching out to check in, connect and assist with specific needs of our Edina Rotarians in need during this time of quarantine.
As fellow Rotarians, here’s what we can do to help:
  • Check-in call or email
  • Help with running errands, rides to appointments, and trip to Post Office
  • Pick up prescriptions, groceries, deliver take-out
  • Send a postal greeting card to say you're thinking about someone
Of course, we will do all of this in the safest and most responsible ways by following the Red Cross recommendations during this situation.
How this works …
  • Are you interested in helping? 
  • Do you know of an Edina Rotarian who might benefit from this (either yourself or someone else?) 
If you’d like to be a helping hand or need a helping hand contact Jean Morrison at 612-804-2409 or
Thank you for lending your time, hands and heart to Edina Rotary Helping Hands.
It’s important to remember what makes us Rotarians:  Service and connecting the world.  Now is the time to come together and be there for one another.
Month of April ECC Location Meetings Cancelled

Fellow Rotary Club of Edina Members:  

In light of the risks posed by the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) epidemic, and in consideration of group event cancellations by the City of Edina and many other local organizations, we have cancelled all April meetings normally held at Edina Country Club.  All regular members will receive a statement credit of $90 for the missed meals on their Q4 invoice scheduled to go out by April 3. Please see "Important Rotary Club of Edina Meeting Information" as posted on our events page for complete details. Please join us via Facebook Live, on our webpage or You Tube.

I want to thank my fellow officers including Secretary Joe Hayes, Treasurer Michael Stanzak, President-Elect Sam Thompson, and Past President John Flynn, along with Past President Jennifer Bennerotte, for their sage advice and good counsel. 

As this historical event continues to evolve, we will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated about the plan for April meetings. For the moment, please take care of yourselves, and follow the best practices for preventing infections on the CDC website here:

Please feel free to call me anytime at 612-501-0252, or send an email to

Yours in Service,

Josh Sprague, President

Upcoming Club Events and Next Speaker

April 16 -- Facebook Live Meeting at 12:35 p.m. -- NO MEETING AT ECC
April 17-21 -- RYLA Camp - CANCELLED
April 23 -- Vocational Ethics Day -- CANCELLED
May 18 to 22 -- Fireside Chats
May 22 -- EHS Scholarship Breakfast
June 18 -- Edina Rotary Family Picnic
June 25 -- District Governor Installation, Tom Gump
Rotary Happy Hour -- April 1 ZOOM Video Conference
Rotary Happy Hour will go on! Join us for a ZOOM video networking meeting, mix up your favorite drink and share your professional background and your experience with how the Coronavirus epidemic is affecting your business and industry.
Simply click the link in advance of the meeting and it will prompt you to download the desktop or mobile version of Zoom. Once you download Zoom, create an account, then on April 1 at 6:00 p.m. simply click on the link HERE and join us. You have the option of muting your video or your audio. If you feel more comfortable, simply listen.
COVID-19 Community Resources
We've created a hub for COVID-19 community resources on the City's engagement website, Better Together Edina.

Visit to:
  • Sign up to volunteer
  • Tell us if you're able to provide services to residents as an organization or business
  • View senior resources including the Edina Senior Resource Hotline: 952-826-0370
  • View resident resources like open restaurants, utility bill support and child care assistance
  • Learn about business loans, cleaning guidelines and unemployment insurance
  • More

For information about the City’s response to COVID-19, including what City facilities are open and closed, please regularly check the City’s website at, sign up for City Extra emails at or sign up for text updates at
Walker Art Tour, April 16, Two Small Groups Only
Tour of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden & permanent collection exhibition, 5 Ways In. This is a small, 20-person group tour lead by an experienced and very knowledgeable Walker curator. There will be a total of 3 groups (60 people). Cost will be $13.00 per person for the two-hour tour. The Esker Grove restaurant serves cocktails, bar snacks and dinner until 9 PM, phone 612-375-7542 taking reservations before or after your tour. Meal accommodations and cost are member choice and not included in the tour price. Parking is available in the attached ramp for $6.00. Due to the Walker's advance planning policy, we are required to provide attendance counts by March 25th. If this event is of interest, please reserve your spot(s) as soon as possible. See Renee Harberts with questions or additional information. Click REGISTER to sign up and reserve your tour spot.
Apr 11 Homeless Lunch Service
8 to 10 people are needed to serve. Click here to sign up and volunteer today. The date and time is Saturday, April 11, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  at open lot to be determined. 
Sgt. Grant Snyder, MPD Homeless Liason,brought to our club his message of homelessness and his efforts to build relationships and bring safety to those in need.  His words and actions had a profound impact on many of our members.  In a downtown Minneapolis open lot, we will help the Minneapolis Police Department and Sgt. Snyder prepare a hot breakfast, serve roughly 100 homeless individuals and families then clean up on a Saturday morning. This event is scheduled to be held outdoors. An inclement weather update will be emailed or texted to you.  Please contact Ann Platt with any questions
Apr 23 is Vocational Ethics Day - CANCELLED
Fellow Rotarians, our 2020 VE day program on April 23 has been cancelled. Please inform your club officers and school personnel involved. Will look forward to our next meeting in 2021. Please reply with any questions or suggestions.
Dan Hallberg
Committee Members Needed for Two Youth Service Committees
Committee members are needed for two Youth Service Committees that will complete its work this spring.
Rotarians are needed on the Scholarships Committee. Committee members will review applications from seniors at Edina High School and award at least one scholarship for post-secondary education to someone who has participated in one of the club’s programs. The scholarship will be presented Friday, May 22, at a special breakfast at the Church of St. Patrick.
If you are interested in evaluating scholarship applications or participating in the reading program, or for more information, contact Jennifer Bennerotte, If you’d like to be part of the Third-Grade Literacy Committee, indicate your preferred date for reading to a classroom or if you’d like to do it both days.
Proposed for Membership
The Rotary Club of Edina’s Board of Directors recently approved four applicants below for membership:
Jeani Hynes
Classification: Executive Search
Sponsor: Renee Harberts
Michael Hynes
Classification: Executive Search
Sponsor: Renee Harberts
Andrea Fahrenkrug
Classification: Biotechnology
Sponsor: Jennifer Shinners
Mike Tingum
Classification: Law-Business
Sponsor: Joe Christensen
Written objections to the application must be submitted and received before 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 3 to Rotary Club of Edina, Attn: Club Administrator 4801 W. 50th St., Edina, MN 55424 or emailed to
June 25 ERMC Tom Gump to be Installed as District Governor
Save Thursday, June 25th to attend the District Governor Installation. Look for event details and registration information in the near future. The theme of Tom's installation will be a Luau and Pig Roast being held at the Edina Country Club from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. 
In Review -- April 2 Meeting
Via You Tube watch the full April 2 meeting by clicking on the above photo or HERE.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak our April 2 Rotary meeting became an interview style and well put together Facebook Live session held at 12:35 p.m. If you were unable to attend, this meeting has been posted to the Rotary You Tube channel and can be accessed by clicking HERE. Click "Read More" for a program script that includes links to organizations in need of assistance, Josh's introduction, speaker notes, and closing remarks. Speaker, Ashok Dhariwal, YogaFit Studios covered the topic of how innovation can be used in business during this time. Join us Thursday, April 9th at 12:35 p.m for our next Facebook Live meeting.
Upcoming Events
IMPORTANT Rotary Club of Edina Meeting Information
Mar 29, 2020 1:48 PM –
May 01, 2020 11:48 PM
Rotary Club of Edina Board Meeting
Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel
Apr 15, 2020 7:30 AM
CANCELLED-Walker Art Tour
Walker Art Center
Apr 16, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
CANCELLED-Andy & Elmer’s Apple Dumpling Reading
Cornelia Elementary School
Apr 20, 2020
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Rotary-Chamber Mixer
Apr 22, 2020
CANCELLED-Area 3 Vocational Ethics Day Luncheon -
Edina Country Club
Apr 23, 2020
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Rotary Club of Edina Board Meeting
Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel
May 20, 2020 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- No Meeting
Rotary Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Jennifer Bennerotte
April 1
Keith Benson
April 1
Hal Harris
April 3
Heather Edelson
April 4
Marie Pribyl
April 7
Audri Schwarz
April 10
Scott MacDonald
April 10
Mary Hustad
April 13
Royce Pavelka
April 14
Sarah Line
April 14
Jennifer Garske
April 16
Scott Hawkins
April 16
Kaylin Eidsness
April 17
Nick Van Beek
April 28

Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

No April 2020 Meetings at ECC

Please join us on Facebook Live at 12:35 p.m.

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.