Thursday, January 19, 2023
Speaker: Jon Kaufman
Global Water First and H2OpenDoors
"Philanthropic Investments: New Funding Strategies
Jan 19 Speaker: Jon Kaufman
Topic: Philanthropic Investments: New Funding Strategies
Jon Kaufman is a 14-year Rotarian and Major Donor, first in the SF Bay Area and now in Colorado Springs. Recently retired from his Silicon Valley marketing company, Jon is now full time as CEO of Global Water First, an impact investment group. He also heads H2OpenDoors, the project that the Rotary Club of Edina has worked alongside to create purified drinking water at Escuintla Hospital in Guatemala.
Jan 19 Black Business Networking

The business leader, Katherine Lankford, has been in the mortgage industry for over 20 years.  Her background in underwriting, credit and financial services coupled with a Master of Divinity Degree gives her a unique perspective on personal finance. In an effort to share financial literacy with her community, Katherine started financial literacy programing at her church. Katherine now does financial programming with groups in the community who want to increase their financial literacy. She hosted an event in July 2022 called the MedFiDance. It was launched as she considered how many people suffer from financial trauma without even realizing it.  Flyer details HERE.

In partnership with Tomme Beevas and Pimentos Jamaican Kitchen, Black Business Networking will encourage us to continue to expand the efforts of our club's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. The 2023 networking event will be held on Thursdays Jan 19, Mar 16, May 18 from 5:30-7pm at Pimento Jamaican Kitchen, 2524 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404. Contact Sylvester Thomas or Josh Sprague for additional information.

Feb 1 Vocational/Avocation Happy Hour
MEETING LOCATION - The District Edina!! Next Vocation/Avocation Happy Hour is Wednesday, February 1, 2023.  5:30 to 7:00 p.m. meet and greet. Our speaker and host will be Habitation Furnishing + Design founder and host, Gregory Rich. Greg is a member of the Edina Rotary Noon club, radio/podcast celebrity, innovator of style and unpredictably witty. Come and join us at The District Edina, 7777 Washington Ave, Suite 201, Edina MN 55439. Cost to attend is a $15.00 donation for food and beverages. 
2023 Guatemala Trip -  FEB 17 Deadline


The Rotary Club of Edina invites you to join the 2023 International Service trip to Coban, Guatemala.  The purpose of the trip is to deliver 651 life-saving water purifiers to remote villages in the mountains surrounding Coban, in partnership with Resurrection Priory Monastery and the Rotary Club of Coban.  Fellowship and travel to new, exotic places is also part of the journey! This international service and travel opportunity will open to District 5950 club members and the general public. It is limited to 30 people. Register early to secure your spot.

The 2023 Guatemala Service Trip is for a maximum of 30 people, and reservations are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.  See details below and reserve your spot now by registering HERE. Contact: Rotary Club of Edina Past President, Josh Sprague at 612-501-0252 for details and questions.

Jan 30 - Rotary Awareness Day at State Capitol
IT'S OFFICIAL- REGISTRATION IS OPEN and this is the first of its kind Rotary Awareness Day Join us on the hill January 30th at our State Capitol from 9:15 am to 4:45 p.m.. Purpose: To share our Rotary story, and hear from legislators about programs and plans related to Rotary and its values. We have 3 Rotary districts in our state participating. Learn more and register HERE 
Event schedule follows below.
Yoga and Bowling - February Social Events
The Rotary Club of Edina Social Committee will be hosting at least two special social events. Registration to open at a later date. Contact Kayla Beehler at to reserve your spot and get answers to your questions.
Yoga Fit and Social
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023
YogaFit Studio, 4507 France Ave S, Edina
7:00 pm check in / 7:15 pm class begins / 8:15 to 9:30 pm Snack and Social
25 person limit
Annual Rotary Bowling Event
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023
Park Tavern, 3401 Louisiana Ave S., St. Louis Park
7 to 9:00 pm
$25/per person includes bowling & shoes
Food & Beverage is not included
Coke Product Rewards Project Continues
The Edina Rotary Coke Rewards Community Service project is still on-going and full of life. The ERC community service committee will continue to collect and promote this project as a way to give back to St. Jude's throughout 2022/2023. Please collect and turn in your bottle caps and carton/plastic sleeve product codes to the basket located on the registration table. Keep in mind, carton product codes are found on the inside of the cartons (no visible UPC or Scan Codes accepted) and bottle caps codes are printed on the inside of the cap.  Please contact Kris Maser with any questions or comments.
SAVE THE DATE Upcoming Events
Jan 19 -- Jon Kaufman, CEO Global Water First (Guatemala Partner-Guide)
Jan 19 -- Black Business Mixer, Speaker: Katherine Lankford
Jan 26 -- Dana Erickson, Blue Cross Blue Shidel of MN CEO
Jan 30 -- District Rotary Awareness Day at State Capitol
Feb 1 -- Avocation/Vocational Happy Hour, 5:30 pm
Feb 2 -- Prospective Member Day
Feb 2 -- Edina Noon Meeting, Speaker: Belinda Jensen
Feb 15 -- Yoga Fit Fitness and Social Event
Feb 17 -- Guatemala Trip REGISTER by Feb 17
Feb 25 -- Annual Rotary Bowling Event, Park Tavern
Jan 12, 2023 Meeting Review
January 12, 2023 Meeting
Barker Notes by Jim Platt
Speaker: Dr. Kenny Beckman, Director of the U of M Genomics Center
"Genomics is Big Data"
We were warmly welcomed by Lisa Walker who was conducting the meeting while President Joe Hayes was skiing. 
Lisa is our current club & foundation secretary and will be President 2025-26.
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Rotary Club of Edina Facebook Page photo albums.
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Michalski, Rebecca
Front Desk & Guest Intros
Kumar, Raj
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Brucker, Hannelore
Speaker Intro
Sprague, Josh
Barker Writer
Neal, Scott
Eidsness, Kaylin
Rotary Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Mike Hagen
January 6
André Brewer
January 16
Ted Yoch
January 16
Luther Amundson
January 18
Rick Carlson
January 22
Steve Slyce
January 23
Catherine Gump
January 24
Sam Cote
January 24
Kris Maser
January 26
Bob Gubrud
January 27
Charlie Barer
January 28
John Cardle
January 29
Shelly Loberg
January 30
Randy Scharpen
January 31
Thursday, January 19, 2023 
Speaker: Jon Kaufman
Global Water First and H2OpenDoors
"Philanthropic Investments: New Funding Strategies"
Buffet Lunch Menu featuring Beef Stroganoff
DEADLINE for newsletter story and event submission is Monday Noon for Tuesday publication. 
The Rotary Club of Edina's Administrator, Becci Michalski, works part time and will respond to your inquiries within 24 hours. Contact her at