Feb. 25 Edina State of the Community - REGISTER TODAY



Edina Mayor James B. Hovland and Edina Public Schools Superintendent John Schultz will present the “2021 State of the Community” Thursday, Feb. 25. The pair will speak about Edina’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The presentation will be emceed by City Manager Scott Neal and is co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Edina, Rotary Club of Edina Morningside and Edina Chamber of Commerce. It will be presented as part of the Rotary Club of Edina’s weekly meeting at the Edina Country Club, 5100 Wooddale Ave.

REGISTER HERE, seating will be limited due to this being a shared and promoted event with the City of Edina, Edina Rotary Morningside, and Edina Chamber of Commerce. Please see the event site for cost information and Edina Country Club safe meeting guidelines. 

Feb. 26 Skate to End Polio - RCE Interact Club
Join the Rotary Club of Edina Interact club for their annual Skate to End Polio event this Friday, Feb. 26 8:30 to 10:00 p.m. at Braemar Arena's Backyard Rink. Tickets will be available at Thursday's meeting with all donations and proceeds going to Rotary International's End Polio Now campaign.  To buy your tickets you can pay with cash or through Venmo at @interactskatetoendpolio. Click HERE for a the details, flyer and Venmo payment code. 
Virtual Fireside Chats
To help keep our members engaged and enhancing a way to introduce and develop fellowship between our members, virtual Fireside Chats will start on Wednesday, Feb. 15 with Susan Johnson at 11:30 a.m. These weekly chats will be hosted by Rotary Club of Edina members throughout February, March and April with a total of 11 dates and various times of day are now scheduled. Please use the Fireside links at the top of the page to register.
Click on the date you'd like to go and registered 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. 
Vocational Happy Hour-March 3 via ZOOM
Join us for the Edina Rotary Happy Hour/Vocational Development Group. The next gathering will be Wednesday, March 3rd, from 6:00 to 7 p.m. via ZOOM.  The event will feature a short social period, with a "formal" program beginning at 6 p.m. Each person will have a brief opportunity to introduce themselves and make new connections. Susan Stiles of Stiles Financial Services will be sharing information that is relevant to her profession followed by a short Q&A period. Rotary Vocational Happy Hour is a collaboration between the Rotary Club of Edina and Edina Morningside Rotary Club. Contact Renee Harberts or Wade Thommen for more information. 
Click HERE to register via ZOOM. Once you registered the ZOOM link will be sent to you.
Mar 16 Leadership Series: Resolving Conflict
Mark your calendar on Mar. 16 to join The Rotary Club of Edina’s Leadership Series as we welcome Jean Morrison of Morrison and Associates, Inc. to share an interactive learning experience entitled “Let’s Work it Out… Resolving Conflict During Trying Times.”  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!

Race & Equity Committee Announce Book Club Dates
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.
New Maternal and Child Health Global Grant
Our club has a new maternal and child health Global Grant project that has begun in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe at United Bulawayo Hospitals in partnership with local NGO MATTER, and the Bulawayo Rotary Club. It will provide much needed medical equipment and supplies to the maternal and pediatric wards of the hospital as well an on-site nutrition garden and egg production that will help feed and nourish patients. Recently, members of the Bulawayo Rotary Club and MATTER staff, gathered to plant over 1000 Chaya trees in the nutrition garden area. Chaya foliage is similar to spinach and is one of the most nutritious vegetables in the world. They are easily added to other foods like soup, beans, rice and eggs and are rich in protein, calcium, iron and Vitamins A and C. 
2,021 Acts of Kindness Challenge
Edina Mayor, Rotary Club Challenge Residents to 2,021Acts of Kindness
Mayor Jim Hovland and the Rotary Club of Edina challenge residents to complete 2,021 acts of kindness.
During this difficult time, it is more important than ever to support one another and give back to our community. For this reason, Hovland has launched the 2,021 Acts of Kindness Challenge.
Submit your act of kindness or nominate someone online at The name of each resident who is nominated will go into a monthly drawing to receive a gift card to a local restaurant from the Rotary Club of Edina to thank them for their kindness and support local restaurants.
“Rotary’s motto is ‘Service above Self.’ The Kindness Challenge supports our desire to put others ahead of ourselves while at the same time helping the restaurants in our community,” said Rotary Club of Edina President Sam Thompson about the group’s support of the project.
For suggested acts of kindness, click "Read More".
Upcoming Events and Links
Feb. 26 - Skate to End Polio, 8:30 to 10:00 p.m. Braemar Backyard Rink
Mar. 3 - Book Club at 5:15-6:15 p.m. via Zoom
Mar. 3 - Vocational Happy Hour (Zoom) - Susan Stiles, Stiles Financial
Mar. 17 - Book Club at 5:15-6:15 p.m. via Zoom
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
Proposed for Membership
At the February 17, 2021 board meeting, the Rotary Club of Edina’s Board of Directors approved two applicants below for membership:
Messan "Marcus" Edorh
Classification: Banking - Asset/Risk Mgmt
Sponsor: Lindsay Smaka
Julie Westbrock
Classification: Financial Services
Sponsor: Kris Maser
Written objections to the application must be submitted and received before 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4, 2020 to Rotary Club of Edina, Attn: Club Administrator 4801 W. 50th St., Edina, MN 55424 or emailed to
In Review - February 18, 2021 Meeting
  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. 
Speaker: Dyanne Ross-Hanson, Exit Planning Strategies
Key Employee Incentive/Retention Plans
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
Wilson, Ryan
Front Desk
Kumar, Raj
Greeter 1
Kleber, Rich
Thompson, Sam
Hendrickson, Jennifer
Rotary Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Deirdre Kvale
February 2
Greg Hanks
February 4
Sue Spalding
February 4
Rebecca Michalski
February 7
John Solberg
February 9
Jennifer Hendrickson
February 12
Bradley Hepp
February 15
Elizabeth Anderson
February 15
Sarah Aydinalp
February 15
Steven Veker
February 15
Harold Hanson
February 21
Renee Harberts
February 24
Susan Johnson
February 24
Lindsey Smaka
February 25
Sharon Chandler
February 25
Mike Martiny
February 26
Mike Kallas
February 27
Steve Buettner
February 28


Basil Pesto Chicken on Toasted Orzo-Rice Pilaf and Steamed Broccoli

Thursday, February 25, 2021 there will be the hybrid version with in-person meeting at the Edina Country Club with doors open at 11:15 p.m. and ZOOM meeting beginning at 11:30. 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.