August 4, 2022 Meeting
Speaker: Sam Thompson, Transitions in Business
"The Art of Selling and Buying a Business"
Aug 4 Speaker: Sam Thompson, Transitions in Business
Sam Thompson has been successfully guiding business owners through the sale or merger of their businesses for the past ten years. Currently a wave of people are caught up in the “Great Resignation” wanting to be independent business owners. Sam will share his insight on helping owners who want to sell as well as those aspiring entrepreneurs looking to buy a business.
Avocation-Vocational Happy Hour - August 3
Next Avocation-Vocational Happy Hour is Wednesday, August 3, 2022.  5:30 p.m. meet and greet with speaker program beginning at 6:00 p.m.
The speaker for August 3rd will be Raj Kumar of The Rotary Club of Edina. Recently, Raj launched, a practice that helps business teams ‘teamwork on the fly’ by truly understanding themselves and those around them, leveraging their color energies to dialog effectively, and collaborate productively to deliver their business and personal goals.  His practice is powered by the Insights Discovery® and informed by almost three decades of in-market, practical multi-cultural work experience in all forms. For more Raj and meeting details, click Read More below.
NEED for 2022-2023 Host Families
Edina Rotary Clubs are looking for Host Families for 2022-23 School Year
Become a Host Family TODAY!! Just a few months can turn into an experience that lasts a lifetime! Edina’s Rotary Clubs are looking for families that wish to expand their world and learn more about another culture while sharing their culture with a Rotary Exchange Student. The primary requirement is a willingness to open your heart and home to an exchange student and accept him or her as your own. Family makeup is less important than a desire to host. Families with or without kids, empty-nesters, single parents.... it’s all a part of the experience! YOU ARE WHAT WE NEED!!
Women in Rotary to Meet August 10
Women in Rotary will hold their first gathering of  2022-2023 on Wednesday, August 10th beginning at 5:00 p.m. for drinks and apps and concert at Excelsior park.. See the flyer HERE for details. RSVP Katy Campbell at 
Aug 14 -- Annual Torchlight Concert
Join us for a magical evening as Rotary Club of Edina is a proud sponsor of the 1st John Philip Sousa Memorial Band’s Annual Torchlight Concert on Sunday evening, August 14th, at Centennial Lakes in Edina. Bring your entire family to this free, fun-filled evening of timeless entertainment. At 6:30 p.m. on the lake promenade step back in time to watch strolling musicians with a Dixieland sound, a live organ grinder and magician, see model boats and Pennyfarthing bicycles, antique autos, and enjoy 25-cent ice cream cones, 5-cent balloons and more. At 8:30 p.m. is the Sousa Band Concert. Rotary gets a spotlight on stage as the show starts. Fireworks follow the concert. Centennial Lakes Park has free parking at 75th and France Avenue South, Edina.
Sept 10 Attend the Car Show - Mark Your Calendar!
Mark Your Calendars! CAR REGISTRATION NOW OPEN HERE The Rotary Club of Edina is proud to present the Fourth Annual Edina Car Show on Saturday, September 10, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Rotary Club of Edina Car Show will be hosted at Southdale Center parking lot.  This family-friendly event will feature some of the best collector cars and bikes in Minnesota, including classic, vintage, and exotic. Our dealer sponsor, Key Cadillac, will also have some of the hottest new models on display.
Kenya Service Opportunity, Sept 11 to 22, 2022
Sept 11 to Sept 22, 2022 Jon Kaufman, a Rotarian friend of The Rotary Club of Edina, is doing a Kenya trip and would love for us to help promote the trip. Even better, he would love to have someone from our club be a part of the exciting service, soul and safari expedition. A detailed flyer with all the Info can be found HERE. Look in your tray for the pdf.
Edina Rotary Gala is October 1 - Gala Network News Updates


GNN Newscast One HERE 

 GNN Newscast Two HERE 

WHAT: Champagne on Ice, Edina Rotary Foundation Gala and Celebrate 65 Years of Community Giving

WHEN: Saturday October 1, 2022

WHERE: Marriott Southwest (Opus)

*Featured Entertainment will be RFactor! (Former Rupert's house band)

2022 Gala Chairs: Kayla Beehler and Julie Westbrock

Camp Enterprise - Save the Date!
Video Intro HERE
Proposed for Membership
The Rotary Club of Edina's Board of Directors recently approved the applicant below for membership. Pictured here: Catherine Gump, Shelly Loberg, Russ Johnson and Renee Harberts.
Russell (Russ) W. Johnson, Jr.
Classification: Retired Clergy
Sponsor: Catherine Gump
Written objections to the application must be submitted before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 3 to Rotary Club of Edina, 4801 W. 50th St., Edina, MN 55424 or emailed to
!!Join a Committee - Sign Up Today!!
As this year's Rotary service projects and fundraising efforts get started each committee is looking for members to join them in support of our club's mission and theme, "Imagine Rotary".  We are excited to find members who will bringing good ideas to the group and join us in our "Service Before Self" Rotary principle! Take a moment to download the Committee Sign Up sheet HERE and let us know where and how you'd like to help. Sign up today!
SAVE THE DATE Upcoming Events
Aug 3 -- Avocation/Vocational Happy Hour, Speaker Raj Kumar
Aug 4 -- Edina Noon Rotary, Speaker: Sam Thompson, The Art of Buying and Selling a Business
Aug 10 -- Women in Rotary Event, 5:00 p.m. Katy Campbell's Home
Aug 12 -- Summer Concerts on the Green, 7:00 p.m., St. Patrick's Church
Aug 14 -- Torchlight Concert, Centennial Lakes 
Sept 10 -- Car Show, 4th Annual, Southdale Center Parking Lot
Oct 1 -- Champagne on Ice, Edina Rotary Foundation Gala
Nov 3 - 5 - Camp Enterprise, True Friends Camp Courage, Maple Lake, MN
In Review- Week of July 28, 2022
July 28, 2022 
In-Review by Jody Kern
Speaker: Erik Saltvold, "Erik the Bike Man"
Gordy Lewis cruised into the meeting, easily bypassing all those loitering in the hallway (Jack Kennefick).  The meeting started promptly at 12:25 as required to meet our programming needs.
Click "Read More" for meeting review 
Meeting You Tube Videos
Click the "You Tube" links below. In the "Description" are bookmarks/time stamps for jumping to your area of interest. 
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.
All Rotary Club of Edina meetings and promotional videos can be found on our You Tube channel, click HERE for Rotary Club of Edina channel.
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Club Service (Administration) Director
Membership Director
Public Image Director
Youth Service Director
Social Director
Community Service—Grants Funding Director
Community Service—Projects Director
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
International Service Director
The Rotary Foundation Director
Annual Gala Co-Chair
Annual Gala Co-Chair
Club Administrator/Secretary
Meeting Duties
Michalski, Rebecca
Front Desk & Guest Intro
Hutchison, Don
Greeter & Invocation
Veker, Steven
Greeter & Thank the Speaker
Tingum, Mike
Intro Speaker
Neal, Scott
The Barker Writer
Byun, Wooj
Jessen, Mark
Rotary Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Ann Platt
August 1
John Allen
August 1
San Asato
August 2
Michael Eckert
August 3
Bill Carter
August 12
Gay Clapp
August 20
Kip Peterson
August 23
Frank Cardarelle
August 28
Jon Barnett
August 29
Tom Cook
August 29
Thursday, August 4, 2022
Speaker: Sam Thompson, Transitions in Business
The Art of Selling and Buying a Business
Lunch: Chicken Chardonnay or Salmon Caesar 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