Speaker: Tomme Beevas, Pimentos Jamacian Kitchen
Mar 25 Meeting Speaker: Tomme Beevas
A Port in the Storm
After turning his Pimento Jamaican Kitchen into a safe space for protestors during the George Floyd uprising, then into a community food bank in the days following, Tomme Beevas knew the real work would begin when the cameras left. A former Cargill executive who left the corporate world to grow his restaurant beyond the original Food Network reality show-winning location, Beevas speaks the language of organizing. He started by launching Pimento Relief Services, a public benefit corporation providing operational resources to leaders on the front lines of the racial justice movement, and then created the Pimento Foundation. This fall, the Global Summit on Everything Food named him to the top 100 Leaders in the Food Industry. Join us for this inspirational speaker.
EMRC Flower Sale - DEADLINE  Mar 26
Edina Morningside has started their annual End Polio Now spring flower fundraiser. Please click the following link to get the details of the flowers for sale this year, Edina Morningside Rotary Club . Printable flyers and the order form can be accessed by clicking: Flower Order Form  Garden Select Kits Garden Combo Kits  Contact Talley Flora 952-893-0020 or email with any questions. Sale ends March 26, 2021.
Virtual Fireside Chats
Virtual Fireside Chats were created to help keep our members engaged and enhance a way to introduce and develop fellowship between our members. The next virtual Fireside Chat will be hosted by Josh Spring on Thursday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m.  On Monday, March 29, Bonnie Sue Rolstad will host this virtual gathering beginning at 5:00 p.m. Please use the Fireside links at the top of the page to register.
Click on any date you'd like to go via ZOOM. In the spirit of creating an gathering that can more closely connect, we are limiting registration to 8 people per date. An email with a complete list of dates, times and hosts as well as Zoom registration guidelines will be sent soon. Please contact Susan Johnson at 612-718-6303 or with any question regarding registration or attendance. 
Mar. 31 Next Race & Equity Book Club Date
The Rotary Club of Edina Race & Equity Committee has announced the book club dates. They will be meeting via ZOOM at 5:15 p.m to 6:15 p.m. for five Wednesdays starting February 17, and continuing on March 3, March 17, March 31 and April 7. Please contact committee member, Jennifer Bennerotte at for Zoom link information. 
Several organizations and groups across the country are reading White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism. The New York Times best-selling book explores the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality. Read More for additional details.
Apr 1 Prospective Member Day, Speaker: Josh Guyse
Sergeant First Class Joshua Guyse comes from central casting as a senior infantry instructor for the Minnesota National Guard: A sturdy six-foot-three, haircut high and tight, a feared-but-respected reputation as “the right hand of Satan,” in Guyse’s words. When he talks, you listen. One morning, the 48-year-old stood in front of the 175th Regiment Regional Training Institute here and spoke about something that has gone from relatively unspoken to top of mind in the military: Mental health and suicide prevention. “Nobody’s afraid to ask for help if they have a broken leg,” he said. “But if somebody has a mental health issue, are they comfortable coming to ask for help? Why not? Pride. Stigma. Shame. Afraid it might affect their career.”
EHS Global Graduation Day, April 13th, Joint Meeting
On  Tuesday, April 13th we will be joining with the Edina Morningside Rotary Club at 7:30 a.m. to celebrate the graduation of our Edina High School Global Scholars. Mark your calendars to attend this special event. This meeting will take the place of our Thursday, April 15th meeting. Additional details will be published at a later date. 
Edina Global Scholars Recognized at Summit
Two Edina High School senior Global Scholars, Aashna Kumar and Emma Johnson, attended the Model G20 Youth Leadership Summit February 12-20. The 2021 theme of the summit was Addressing Climate Change.  Rotary Club of Edina sponsored their admission to the summit.
Both girls won Exceptional Ministerial Delegates awards.
Aashna Kumar won the Best Minister of Energy for representing South Africa
Emma Johnson won the Best Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development (attached) for representing Australia
They did amazing and represented Edina so well! Click the following program name for a link to learn more about the Model G20 Youth Leadership Summit and the Edina Global Scholars program.
EHS Global Scholars Present to School Board
In 2019, Edina High School (EHS) partnered with two Edina Rotary Clubs and the Edina Education Fund for a new program that will encourage and inspire students to prepare for global careers. The Edina Rotary Global Scholar program provides opportunities for students to connect with the Edina Rotary for mentoring and leadership training. Students will also work with peers from other countries on projects that have a global impact, and follow a learning pathway that will be recognized at graduation. Earlier this month, EHS Global Scholars, Aashna Kumar and Emma Johnson presented to the EHS school board which can be viewed by clicking  HERE
May 1, District Conference Registration
REGISTER HERE for District 5950 conference being held outdoors at Central Park in Brooklyn Center on Saturday, May 1. The year's theme is 'Rooted in Service, Growing in New Ways". The cost per person is $35 for adults; $15 for youth (18 and younger); $25 to attend via Zoom. Your in-person registration fee includes a Rotary mask and lunch. The Rotary Club of Edina will reimburse up to 20 club members for the cost of registration. Please send your confirmation of registration to Becci Michalski at to receive credit on your next quarterly billing. 
To see the agenda for the day and hear from District Governor, Tom Gump, please click "Read More" below.
Rotary Club of Edina Seeks to Help Minneapolis Business Damaged During Civil Unrest

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.
The Rotary Club of Edina has been paired with Post Plus, a packing, shipping and mailbox rental store at 2740 Minnehaha Ave. Post Plus is located in Minnehaha Center, a mixed-use development with businesses on the street level and housing above. It is very close to the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct headquarters and the post office that was burned during protests that followed the police killing of George Floyd.
Quarterly Billing Emailed April 2
On April 1st, our club will enter the 4th quarter billing cycle and your membership dues and meeting fees invoice will be emailed to you on April 2nd. If you'd like to experience the convenience of automatic payment from your checking account, please contact our club administrator, Becci Michalski at 952-215-7924; Email: or in-person at the front desk. Payment can also be made by credit card through your member account at the Rotary Club of Edina website. Keep in mind there is a 5% convenience fee for this service. 
Upcoming Events and Links
Mar. 31 - Book Club at 5:15-6:15 p.m. via Zoom
Apr. 7 - Book Club at 5:15-6:15 p.m. via Zoom
Apr. 7 - Vocational Happy Hour (Zoom)- Afira  Hasan, Insight Vision Care
Mail Bag  - Thank Yous
Our club has received Thank You cards from Lynne (Thom) Winninger and Normandale Lutheran Church (Schley) recognizing our club's meaningful relationship and memorial. Click Winninger and Schley to read.
In Review - March 18, 2021 Meeting-NO TAPE
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. NO TAPE FOR MARCH 18 MEETING.
March 18 - NO TAPE
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, Becci
AV Support
Wilson, Ryan
Front Desk
Padayachee, Karlen
Greeter 1
Rauenhorst, Charles
ZOOM Greeter
Ries, Erick
Schley, Sandra
Guest Introductions
Smith, Stefan
Speaker Introduction
Gump, Catherine
Thank the Speaker
Smaka, Lindsey
Hendrickson, Jennifer
Rotary Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Les Jones
March 1
Michael Norman
March 2
Brad Pearson
March 3
Paul Mooty
March 4
Will Steinke
March 6
Axel Steuer
March 7
Gary Pedersen
March 9
Bob Hildreth
March 10
David Aase
March 11
Sandra Krebsbach
March 12
Kelley Burnett
March 13
Kayla Beehler
March 15
Sandra Schley
March 16
Mike Hynes
March 20
Joe Hayes
March 25
Michael Stanzak
March 30

Menu -- Woodland Chicken or Oriental Chicken Salad

Thursday, March 25, 2021 there will be the hybrid version with in-person meeting at the Edina Country Club with doors open at 12:15 p.m. and ZOOM meeting beginning at 12:35. 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.