Happy Holidays!
Dec 17 Holiday Party - Virtual Peterson Family Trio
Due to COVID-19 concerns, the year's Holiday Party will take place virtually. The Peterson Family Trio will perform from their living room on December 17, 2020 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mark your calendar.  Register early and the link will be sent to you with additional details. Register HEREAdd your favorite holiday song to the tag line or comments section.  Paul is generously gifting those who register early the link to his latest digital Chirstmas album, "A Different Kind of Christmas" (a $10 value). All the holiday season classics are included like "White Christmas", "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", "Do You Hear What I Hear" plus seven more "minor" related tunes. Paul will also be taking Holiday themed song requests. Make a list of your favorites and we'll past them along. Register for the Holiday Party today.
Holiday Giving  Program - An Amazing Success
The Rotary Club of Edina has once again collected holiday gifts for families and youth. More than ever, this year there was a need for help and support. Rotarian Jean Morrison organized the Holiday Giving Program which donated to Cornerstone and 66 West again this year. Items wished for and delivered were:
Cornerstone: Gifts for families as they are hunkered down this winter – puzzles, adult and children’s coloring books, small toys, games. They are also in need of plastic snow mittens for kids, coats, and boots for adults and kids and women’s pajamas.
66 West: Gift cards from Target, Cub Foods, Marshalls and WalMart.
For more info on these two organizations below, click Read More.
Board Elections Held Dec.10, 2020 via ZOOM
President Sam Thompson called the Zoom club meeting of December 10, 2020 to order. During the business portion of the meeting, which served as the Club’s Annual Meeting Past President Josh Sprague presented the slate of nominees to serve on the Rotary Club of Edina Board of Directors, as selected by the Nominating Committee, to serve in the following capacities and terms:
Director Nominee List
Ryan Wilson, Board of Director of Community Service Grants, 2-year term from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023
Katy Campbell, Board of Director of Public Image, 2-year term from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023
André Brewer, Board of Director Youth Services, 2-year term from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023
Catherine Gump, Board of Director of The Rotary Foundation Director, 2-year term from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023
Mike Martiny, Board of Director of Club Services, 2-year term from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023
Edina Rotary Foundation Nominee List
Kelley Burnett, Edina Rotary Foundation Past Community Local Grants, 2-year term from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023
Josh Sprague, Edina Rotary Foundation At-Large Board Director, 2-year term from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023
Jody Kern, Edina Rotary Foundation At-Large Board Director 2nd term, 2-year term from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023
Officer Nominee
Paul Peterson, Officer, 5-year term from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2026
Dan Hallberg made a motion to approve the entire slate of nominees for both boards as presented; Jennifer Bennerotte seconded. Motion approved unanimously viva voce.
Rotarians Join Paul Harris Society
Six members of the Rotary Club of Edina recently joined the Paul Harris Society.
The Paul Harris Society recognizes donors who notify The Rotary Foundation of their intention to contribute $1,000 or more every year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund or approved global grants. Globally, more than 20,000 people are members of the society, which was established in 2013. These dedicated donors share a desire to give substantially and empower Rotary clubs to change lives in their community and around the world.
Joining the Paul Harris Society this fall were Dr. Sita Dash, Bob Gubrud, John Mazzara, Charlie McGoldrick, Toshie Metzger and Bonnie Sue Rolstad. There are 53 other Paul Harris Society members in the Rotary Club of Edina.
Rotary International District 5950 is No. 1 in Zone 29 for number of Paul Harris Society members and the Rotary Club of Edina has more members than any other club in the district! 
For more information on the Paul Harris Society or to join, visit; call the Rotary Support Center at 1-866-9ROTARY; or contact Jennifer Bennerotte, coordinator of the Paul Harris Society for District 5950, 612-201-3467 or
Jan. 14 and Jan. 21 – ZOOM Meeting Only
Following guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to help slow the spread of COVID-19 the Rotary Club of Edina will continue to hold ZOOM meetings only on January 14 and January 21. Please register to receive the $10 ZOOM meeting credit on your quarterly invoice. Please contact Becci Michalski at with any question or concern.
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!
Upcoming Events and Links
Jan. 14 - ZOOM Meeting, Prospective Member Day, Speaker: Louis King
Jan. 14 - Human Trafficking ZOOM Meeting @ 7:00 am
Jan. 15 - Book Club Offer Deadline
Jan. 19 - Leadership Series: Emotional Intelligence
Jan. 21 - ZOOM Meeting, Speaker: David Schultz
Jan. 28 - Return of In-Person Meetings, Speaker: Erik Therwanger
Jan. 28 - Human Trafficking ZOOM Meeting @ 7:00 am
Winter Break--Meetings Resume Jan. 7 via ZOOM
Rotary Club of Edina will be taking some time off to enjoy the fresh winter and holiday season. The next meeting will be Thursday, January 7, 2021. In keeping with the latest state Covid-19 gathering guidelines the first two meeting of the new year are scheduled to be held via ZOOM only.  Have a happy, healthy and safe holiday! 
In Review - January 7, 2021 ZOOM Meeting
Back to the ZOOM only platforms and the continued excellent editing 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. In-person meeting photos will resume when we can meet again. 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. 
January 7, 2021, Speaker: Julie Keyes of KeyeStrategies
Donation Link
Dec 17 Holiday Party Registration
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
ZOOM Greeter
Born, Barbara
Loberg, Shelly
Guest Introductions
Sprague, Josh
Speaker Introduction
Thomas, Jr., Sylvester
Thank the Speaker
Ryman, Jim
Rotary Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Mike Hagen
January 6
Ben McPheeters
January 13
André Brewer
January 16
Ted Yoch
January 16
Luther Amundson
January 18
Rick Carlson
January 22
Toshie Metzger
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
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

Thursday, January 14, 2021 there will be no lunch meeting at the Edina Country Club.  Due to updated Covid-19 guidelines there will be no in-person meetings January 14 and 21, 2021. Our next in-person meeting is scheduled for January 28th. 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.