Nov 5 Speaker: Tim Connelly, ShelterBox
Tim Connelly is a member of the Lake Minnetonka-Excelsior (Morning) Rotary Club and a newly-minted ShelterBox Ambassador for District 5950. In his role as ShelterBox Ambassador, Tim travels the highways and byways of our district sharing the ShelterBox story with Rotary Clubs, churches, schools and community groups.
ShelterBox is the official, and only, project partner of Rotary International in disaster relief. They work to improve the physical and psychological well-being of families displaced by natural disaster and conflict. Warmth and dignity is offered to families left desperate and homeless. Through the provision of tented shelter and other lifesaving aid, families get back on their feet and regain a feeling of safety and security.
Nov. 4 Vocational Happy Hour In-Person and Zoom
Wednesday, November 4 is our next Vocational Happy Hour beginning at 6:00 pm. Our speaker will be Nick Van Beek, Calvary Christian Reformer Church Lead Pastor. You may register for either the live in-person meeting hosted at LIV Chiropractic or visit via ZOOM.  CLICK to for In-Person Registration or get the meeting ZOOM link.
Nov. 12 Veteran's Day Luncheon Registration
Join the Rotary Clubs of Edina and Edina Morningside in recognizing our veterans during our meeting on November 12. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, the in-person meeting can be attended by Edina Rotary Noon and Edina Rotary Morningside members and their guests only. Pre-registration HERE is required. The meeting will also be held via ZOOM and available to all Area 3/District 5950 rotary clubs and their guests. There is no charge to attend via ZOOM and registration for the ZOOM meeting is HERE
Our featured speaker will be Colonel James Wall, Vice Commander, 934th Airlift Wing located at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. 
Nov 19 Prospective Member Day, Speaker: Kat Perkins
Bridget Hallstrom, Membership Chair, is excited to announce the second of this year's prospective member day events to be held on Thursday, November 19. The speaker for this event will be The Voice finalist, Kat Perkins. Kat will speak about her approach to life, how to reframe the things that confront us, and of course, weave in her home run performance on “The Voice”  See Kat's audition HERE. "Read More" below will give you even more Kat Perkins' details.
Guest lunches are paid for by the club and Rotarians are encouraged to bring business associates, friends, and family who are interested in learning more about Rotary and the dynamics of our club.  
Nov. 25 Thanksgiving Basket Assembly and Delivery
ONLY FIVE ASSEMBLY OPENINGS AVAILABLE! SIGN UP TODAY! On Wednesday, November 25, members of the Rotary Club of Edina, along with members of the Edina Morningside Rotary Club, prepare and deliver Thanksgiving meals to families in need throughout the Twin Cities region. A roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberries, potatoes and gravy along with vegetables, oranges, even a delicious pie, make their way to area homes via active Rotarians and their families. With a side of warm knit mittens to help with the coming winter, these Thanksgiving Baskets bring some brightness and joy into the holiday season.  Look for further details, your invitation to sign up and safety procedures delivered to your email this week. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, basket packing teams will be limited to no more than six people per team and a team captain should be assigned. Two different team captains (1 per station) may sign up for each 10 minute assembly period. Registration is now open for assembly times by clicking HERE. Please let Becci Michalski at know if you need assistance with signing up to volunteer.
Rotaract Holiday Light Hanging Dec. 5
The Rotaract Club of Edina is sponsoring a light our community service project, "Lighting The Holiday Season" scheduled for Saturday, December 5th. This holiday light hanging service is looking for community member homes wanting to add some holiday light cheer but not climb the ladder. Shelter Box will receive any donations made for our service.
Edina Global Scholar Program Launched
The Edina Rotary Global Scholars Program officially launched this fall at Edina High School. We are searching for internships and volunteer opportunities for students who are working on their Capstone research projects. Please read the seven students short biographies and research interests here.
If you are able to help place one of these students with a local internship or volunteer opportunity, please email Thank you!
Edina Rotary Foundation Accepting Applications for Grant Money
The Edina Rotary Foundation is accepting applications from non-profit organizations in Edina and its contiguous communities for grants to be used for capital purchases. Applications are due Oct. 31.  Read on for details and contact information.
Upcoming Events and Links
Nov. 19 - Prospective Member Day - Kat Perkins
Nov. 25 - Thanksgiving Basket Assembly - Assigned Times/SignUp Early
Dec. 2 - Vocational Happy Hour - Speaker Kayla Beehler
Dec. 3 -  Meeting, Speaker: John Elder, Mpls Police
Dec. 5 - Rotaract Home Holiday Light Community Project
Dec. 10 - Meeting, Speaker: David Magy
Dec. 17 - Virtual Peterson Family Trio Holiday Party - No Meeting
Dec. 24 - No Meeting
Dec. 31 - No Meeting
Jan. 7 - Meeting, Julie Keyes
In Review - November 12, 2020 Meeting
Due to two different meeting platforms and the excellent talents of C-Vision Productions (Chris Laskowski) it has been decided to make better use of the taped and edited meetings that are posted 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. We will continue to publish several live meeting still photos with captions at the end of each newsletter as a mini-recap.
We will post the link to the current meeting You Tube video (see above) and photos from the meeting. 
Veterans Day - November 12, 2020 - A Tribute to All Who Served
Speaker: Colonel James W. Wall
Registration Links
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
Rotary Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Bruce Templeton
November 3
Wayne Harmon
November 3
Wooj Byun
November 5
Susan Stiles
November 11
Burt Cohen
November 13
Les Wanninger
November 13
Sam Thompson
November 14
Skip Thomas
November 14
Jennifer Shinners
November 15
Sita Dash
November 15
Andy Finsness
November 17
Jim Platt
November 17
Katy Campbell
November 17
Mary Younggren
November 20
John Schwarz
November 21
Mary Swendsen
November 22
John Buttolph
November 23
Kevin Kalal
November 25
Raj Kumar
November 25
Charles McGoldrick
November 28
Jeani Hynes
November 28
2020 Fundraiser & Gala Presenting Sponsor
2020 Around the World!
Edina Rotary Foundation Fundraiser & Gala
September 26 & October 3

Presenting ($10,000)

  • Sita Dash, Dr. Dash Foundation

Platinum ($5,000)

  • Sam Thompson, Transitions In Business
  • Joel Jennings, Jennings Family Foundation
  • Bill McReavy, Washburn-McReavy
  • Paul Mooty, Faribault Woolen Mill
Gold ($2,500)
  • Jack and Anne Kennefick, RWBaird
  • Susan Stiles, Stiles Financial Services
  • San Asato, McNellis & Asato
  • Kelley Burnett, American Family Insurance
  • Scott Tankenoff, Tankenoff Families Foundation
  • Heather Hansen, Carl M. Hansen Companies
  • Jeff Ohe, Cahill Financial Advisors
  • Joe Arends, North American Banking Co.
Silver ($1,000)
  • Michael Stanzak, Key Cadillac
  • Tim Murphy, Grandview Tire & Auto
  • Catherine & Tom Gump
  • Gerry Norton, The Brookshire Co.
  • John & Lisa Solberg
  • Bonnie Sue Rolstad
  • Steve Slyce, Peters Billards
  • Stefan Smith, Smith Financial Group
  • Bob & Rosie Gubrud
  • Steve Veker, 44th Street Dental
  • William Steinke, Christensen Group Insurance
  • Joe Christensen, Christensen & Laue PLLC
  • Ryan Wilson, Tradition Bank
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - Speaker: Kat Perkins
Menu Choices: TBD - See Reminder Email Thursday AM

Thursday, November 19, 2020 is  Prospective Member day for the Edina Rotary Club.  Due to updated Covid-19 guidelines our seating capacity has been revised to 50 people. The ballroom doors open at 12:15 p.m. with the meeting beginning at 12:35 p.m. sharp. Please remember for the safety of our members and guests we require masks be worn while not eating or drinking and follow strict social distancing guidelines.

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.