Join us May 18, 2023 at 12:35 p.m.
Speaker: Jennifer Zick, Authentic Brand CEO/Founder
"Overcome Random Acts of Marketing"
May 18 Speaker: Jennifer Zick, Authentic Brand
Jennifer Zick is the founder and CEO of Authentic Brand, a national Fractional Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) firm that helps growing businesses to Overcome Random Acts of Marketing® and confidently take the next right step toward healthy growth. 
As a pioneer in the Fractional CMO space, Authentic Brand has built a reputation as a market leader, serving a growing ecosystem of small and mid-sized clients throughout the United States and globally. Additional info below.
May 18 Black Business Mixer Speaker: Damon Jenkins

THIS WEEK - Thursday,  May 18, 5:30-7pm. 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 Thursdays Jan 19, Mar 16, May 18 from 5:30-7pm at Pimento Jamaican Kitchen, 2524 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404. This week's featured business leader is Damon Jenkins, Senior Vice-President and Twin Cities Regional Market President for First Independence Bank (bio below). Click HERE for a Kare11 interview and background on First Independence Bank. Meeting details are:

5:30-6:00 Social & networking time — the rum punch will be flowing! 
6:00-6:15 Introductions around the room, including each attendee's business background
6:15-6:45 Featured Black Entrepreneur presents their business story to the group
6:45-7:00 Q &A session and wrap up

Spring Fireside Chats Schedule
The Rotary Club of Edina Spring Fireside Chat schedule will begin Thursday, May 11.  Club member hosted these small and casual social gatherings give experienced and freshman Rotarians the opportunity to get to know each other and learn about Rotary. Usually held in the host member's home as a come and go timed gathering, it's a nice way to conversationally and personally connect with your fellow Rotary friends. You're invited to attend all the scheduled chats or pick one that works best with your schedule. To allow the host to prepare, please register for each gathering you plan to attend. Please let Kayla Beehler know if you any questions or would like to added to the Spring or Fall Fireside host schedule.
The schedule is:
Wednesday, May 24th EARLIER TIME from 5:30pm-7:30pm: Kelley Burnett's House REGISTER
Tuesday, May 30th from 7:00-9:00pm: Geetu Sharma House REGISTER
Annual Picnic - June 1 - Register Today
Rotary Club of Edina Annual Family Picnic - REGISTER
Thursday, June 1, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Bush Lake Park Picnic Shelter #3
9098 Bush Lake Road, Bloomington MN 55438.  
The picnic will take the place of our June 1 noon Rotary meeting. Registration deadline is Friday, May 26. REGISTER
The caterers this year will be Old Southern Smokehouse Catering who will be providing a fantastic menu including beverages, beer and wine. Games, facepainting and more will be available. 
There is no additional cost to members (this event is included with quarterly meeting fees). Attending senior active, family members and guests cost $20 per person. Children 6 to 16 are $12 per child. Children 5 and under are free. Guest fees will be charged to the member's July 2023  invoice.
Please register online for yourself and all guests by Friday, May 26.  Indicate in the registration comments your guests who are children and their age. REGISTER
FREE Shred Event, June 10
On Saturday, June 10, 2023, 9 am to Noon, fellow Rotarian John Mazzara is sponsoring a  FREE Shed Event in the parking lot of Re/Max at 7700 France Ave S.  Bring your paper documents only for disposal. Please feel free to invite a friend, a large truck has been ordered. Go to the South side of the Building and look for the inflatable Re/Max Balloon and ShredIt truck. Let John know you're coming at Flyer with details HERE
TRF Challenge Number Update 50% to 42%
We are close to 50% participation. EMRC is at 42%! Too close for comfort!! This year there is a challenge between The Rotary Club of Edina and Edina Morningside Rotary Club to see which club will get the highest percentage of members to donate $25 or more to The Rotary Foundation. We would like to get 100% participation during this campaign and show EMRC we are the "Best Club in the Universe". Please Read More on how you can participate.
Tanzania Villagers See Improved Eye Care with $20,000 Rotary Club Project
Thousands of children and adults in remote villages of Tanzania will see a brighter future with improved access to medical eye care examinations, screenings and provision of prescription eyeglasses, thanks to a $20,000 humanitarian grant project sponsored by the Rotary Club of Edina with support of local clubs in Rotary District 5950, Dodoma (Tanzania) Rotary Club and Tanzania Health Partners.
May-June District Events - Flip Magazine
The Spring edition of Rotary District 5950 Flip digital magazine is ready for review. Looking to serve? Many service opportunities are list in this edition. You will also find program information on the District Annual Meeting, District Assembly, District Rotary Social, and District Governor Installation. Click HERE to browse and find your district service calling.
Stolen Grill - $5,396 Raised "Go Fund Me" Link
GO FUND ME LINK HERE  $5,396 of $15,000 goal raised so far. Grant recipient, Involve MN, had one of their outdoor grills stolen from its parking spot at the Women's Club in Minneapolis. The grill was used to cook for and feed the Minneapolis/St. Paul unsheltered population in places they gather like light rail stations, parks and minimum shelter camps. Involve MN along with our club's Community Service Committee is urgently hoping to raise enough money through the Go Fund Me page to purchase another grill to continue their mission and sharing the word of need for help with friends and family. All donations are tax-deductible, will go directly to the organization and you will receive a receipt for your donation.
You Tube link to WCCO news story:
SAVE THE DATE Upcoming Events
May 24 -- Fireside Chat, Kelley Burnett - REGISTER
May 25 -- Rotary Noon, Speaker: Carol Malnati, Retired Medtronic
May 30 -- Fireside Chat, Geetu Sharma - REGISTER
Jun 1 - Annual Family RCE Picnic - REGISTER
Jun 3 -- JCS Affective Sober Living - Landscape Project SIGN UP
Jun 6 -- Youth Exchange Student Farewell Party
Jun 7 -- Vocation-Avocation Happy Hour w/BBQ
Jun 10 - Document Shred Event, John Mazzara
Jun 14 -- Progressive Dinner III - Detail 
Jun 29 -- Transition to New Rotary Year and Board
May 18 Meeting Review
May 18 meeting speaker was Jennifer Zick, Authentic Brand and we also celebrated
the achievements of 26 Edina Rotary Global Scholars who will be graduating from
Edina High School this year. Pictured here: Emma Brenner, Joely Emerson, Logan Fiol,
Shayaan Ghandi,  Alper Guvenen, Alanna Halloran, Elizabeth Halloran, Abid Hasan, Parker Hughes,
Yeshe Jangchup, Elodie Jones, Greta Kerekes, Anand Khariwala, Khai Jed Koo, Ingrid Koehler,
Emily Leung, Naima Mohamed, Camille Morton, Eliza Neumann, Emma Rapallini, Ananya Sri Sarangalwar,
Jacob Tietz, Rowan Ungerman, Evelyn Yang, Lauren Zawoyski and Natasha Zettler. Rotary leadership:
Past President Josh Sprague, Lindsey Smaka, President Joe Hayes, Past President Sam Thompson
Click Read More for additional meeting notes and pictures.
Rotary Club of Edina Facebook Page photo albums.
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Meeting Duties
Michalski, Rebecca
Front Desk & Guest Intros
Kennefick, Jack
Meeting Host
Greeter & Invocation
Jones, Les
Greeter & Thank the Speaker
Barer, Charlie
Speaker Intro
Hunt, Dan
Eidsness, Kaylin
Rotary Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Gerry Norton
May 1
Dennis Hykes
May 3
Ross Peterson
May 5
Adam Stanzak
May 7
Bob Harvey
May 9
Daniel Mott
May 11
Joe Arends
May 12
Dan Hunt
May 13
Erick Ries
May 15
David Kunz
May 17
Joel Jennings
May 24
Randy Smasal
May 28
Thursday, May 25, 2023
Speaker: Carol Malnati, Retired Medtronic VP
"Adversity: Building the Scaffolding of Our Souls"
Lunch Menu Options: Chicken Parmesan or Chef's Salad
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