Oct 15 Speaker: Sondra Samuels, Northside Achevement Zone
Sondra Samuels is the President & CEO of the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ), a collaborative of over 40 partner nonprofits and schools. Along with parents, students, partners, and staff, Sondra is leading a revolutionary culture shift in North Minneapolis focused on ending multigenerational poverty through education and family stability. The NAZ Collaborative is working toward a single goal—to prepare low-income North Minneapolis children to graduate from high school college- and career-ready. NAZ has scaled up in support of over 1,000 parents and 2,300 students as they turn the social service model on its head and lead the creation of a college-bound culture throughout the community.
Leadership Series, October 20 - Communications
Communication today is very important in both our professional and personal lives. In this session you will learn what the top five communication skills are and how to improve them! Get the details HERE. Click HERE to register via Zoom and get the link.
Shelly Loberg is currently the Vice President of the Edina Chamber of Commerce and Explore Edina. She possesses a B.A. degree in “Communications” from the University of Minnesota – Duluth. She has been a member of the Edina Rotary Club since 2015 and recently traveled to Guatemala with her club. She loves to be involved with the global grant writing and execution and is the former director of international service. Shelly currently serves on the Edina Rotary board of directors in the secretary position and will be the club’s President in the 2023/2024.Rotary Year.
TODAY! 4 Volunteers, Oct 24, Clean Gardens
Five volunteers are needed to clean and winterize the “Grow and Give” gardens Oct. 24 at The Sheridan Story. The gardens were built earlier this year with funds from the Rotary Clubs of Edina, Brooklyn Park, Minneapolis and Roseville and Rotary International District 5950. SIGN UP HERE.
The Sheridan Story identified an approximately 4,000-square-foot plot of land at its facility in Roseville to convert into a produce garden to expand its fresh produce program. The majority of this property is owned by Ramsey County. The small portion owned by The Sheridan Story’s landlord, CSM, was approved for use. The Grow and Give gardens were built and planted in May. Because of COVID-19, Rotarians were not able to help with the project. Read more for hours.
4 Volunteers, Oct 28, Halloboo Drive Thru
Put on your costumes, decorate your cars, and get goody bags or treats from local organizations as you drive through the spooktacular route at the City’s HalloBoo Drive-Thru from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28.  4 Volunteers Needed to Represent Rotary Club of Edina – Sign up HERE. Contact Jennifer Hendrickson with questions or help to sign up at or 515-451-1858.
The route will take participants from the Edina Art Center to Rosland Park by the Edina Aquatic Center parking lot and provide an alternative option to door-to-door trick-or-treating. DJ Bob will be at the Rosland Park shelter ready to entertain as participants near the end of the route.
Raffle Drawing Winners
At the October 8th meeting, the 2020 Edina Foundation Raffle Committee with the help of Jennifer Hendrickson drew the winning ticket stubs for this year's event. Check will go out to the winners this week. They are:
$100 Winners --
Jennifer Bennerotte
Paul Mooty
Sharon Chandler
Joe Arends
Shelly Loberg
Grand Prize $1,000 Winner -- 
Ed Bather
THANK YOU to all our members for participating in selling or purchasing this year's Gala Raffle tickets. Grandview Tire and Auto is this year's sponsor. Check the back of the ticket for $10 off an oil change or $25 off any $149 repair. 
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.
Rotary Provides Funding to Cambia Hills Playground and Thinking Park
The foundation of the Rotary Club of Edina has provided $500 for the Cambia Hills Playground and Thinking Park in East Bethel. 
Cambia Hills built a state-of-the-art psychiatric residential treatment facility in the northern Twin Cities metro area. The facility opened in March and serves children ages 6-17 with complex mental health conditions. Medically managed care is provided 24/7.
Rotary Provides Funding for Hospital in Madagascar
The foundation of the Rotary Club of Edina provides much needed grants for local and international causes. The most recently funded international grant will provide $5,000 for the Ejeda Hospital in Madagascar.
Ejeda Hospital in Ejeda, Madagascar, is a Lutheran Christian Mission Hospital that provides healthcare for an area of more than 125,000 people living in extreme poverty in a remote area. Currently, the hospital does not have access to reliable and sustainable electricity or water to serve its thousands of patients each year. The next closest hospital is 90 kilometers north and does not staff full-time surgeons.
Join Helping Hands Committee. . . 
. . .to connect with and support your fellow Edina Rotarians.
Because, as Edina Rotarians, what we do best is reach out and serve, the Helping Hands initiative is now a part of the Membership Committee.  We want our members to know we care. See how it works. . .
Virtual Cooking Class - Sign Up by Oct 28 
Event Date is Thursday, November 12 - 6:30 to 7:30 pm - $69 per household
Cooks of Crocus Hill is taking the virtual happy hour to a whole new level! Connecting in the kitchen is in our DNA. We understand how important it is for folks to connect over food and come together with a common cause. A little learning, camaraderie and a whole lotta fun! Click HERE to read the details. Click REGISTER to pay and attend.
In their Kitchen Connections – Virtual Events, cooking and connecting are a click and a screen away! During the virtual meet-up the chefs from Crocus Hill will do a demonstration, provide insights, answer questions and be there for us while we cook together for a fabulous experience. Everyone will have their cameras and mics on so it’s sure to be a raucous event!
Club Earns Platinum Rotary Citation
Edina Rotary Club earned the 2019-2020 Rotary Citation Platinum for achieving goals that strengthen Rotary and our club. Goals include increasing club membership, developing sustainable service projects, giving to The Rotary Foundation, and building awareness of Rotary in your community. For more information on the prestigious award and the goals we met visit and click on the Goal Center, 2019-2020 year, and Rotary Citation tab.
Upcoming Events and Links
Nov. 12 - Veteran's Day - Edina Noon and Edina Morningside Only
Nov. 25 - Thanksgiving Basket Assembly - Assigned Times/SignUp Early
In Review - Oct 8, 2020 Meeting
Click on the Logo above to access the Oct 8, 2020 recording of the meeting. 
Bookmarks have been added in the description to allow you to skip to those areas of interest.
Bjorn Freudenthal, 2020 Gala Co-Chair, Kaylin Eidsness and Wade Thommen
joined 42 fellow Edina Rotarians on Oct 8 for fellowship and a hot meal.
Upcoming Events
Oct 22 In-Person Meeting Registration
Edina Country Club
Oct 22, 2020
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
Oct 22 ZOOM Meeting Registration
ZOOM Meeting Platform
Oct 22, 2020
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Oct 24 NEED Garden Clean Up Volunteers - 4 People
Sheridan Story Gardens
Oct 24, 2020
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Volunteers - HalloBoo Drive-Thru Family Event
Rosland Park Area Parking
Oct 28, 2020
4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Virtual Cooking Class, Nov. 12
Zoom Meeting
Nov 12, 2020
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Rotary Club of Edina Board Meeting
Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel
Nov 18, 2020 7:30 AM
Annual Thanksgiving Basket Delivery
Edina Country Club
Nov 25, 2020
11:30 AM – 1:50 PM
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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
Front Desk
Harberts, Renee
Greeter 1
Hepp, Bradley
ZOOM Greeter
Campbell, Katy
McGraw, Sutton
Guest Introductions
Hayes, Joe
Speaker Introduction
Johnson, Doug
Thank the Speaker
Kallas, Mike
Bennerotte, Jennifer
Rotary Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Sonja Tengdin
October 6
Ron Erhardt
October 8
Daniel Hennen
October 12
Paul Peterson
October 18
Donald Erickson
October 21
Mark Stageberg
October 27
Mark Jessen
October 28
Ryan Wilson
October 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
Bronze ($500)
  • Mark Jessen, Jessen Press
  • Mike Kallas, Kallas Law Office
  • Bjorn Freudenthal, New Spaces
  • Bob and Rhoda Perkins
  • Matt Boockmeier, State Farm Insurance
  • Renee Harberts and Dave Wendt
  • Gordy Lewis
  • Axel and Lori Steuer
  • Bob and Vianne Stehlik
  • Terry and Merilee Stevens
  • Jon Barnett EdinAlarm
  • Lisa Walker, CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC
  • Kevin Kalal, Abdo, Eick & Meyers, LLP
  • Deirdre Kvale,DMK Intellectual Property Law, PLLC 
Thursday, October 22, 2020 - Speaker: Nick Harper, Esq.
League of Women Voters of Minnesota
Menu Choices: Basil Pesto Chicken or Apple Pecan Chicken Salad

Thursday, October 22, Speaker is Nick Harper, Esq., League of Women Voters of Minnesota.   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.