District Governor to speak at Sept. 13 meeting
The program speaker for the Thursday, Sept. 13, Rotary Club of Edina meeting is Irene Kelly, Governor of Rotary District 5950. She will share an update about our nationally recognized District. Her presentation is titled, "Be the Inspiration!" Kelly will serve as District Governor from July 2018 through June 2019. She is a member of the Eden Prairie AM Rotary Club.
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Let the games begin: Online Auction preview!

This is what you've been waiting for! It is all about the Fundraiser & Gala Online Auction at this week's Rotary meeting! We will be doing a demonstration using our online bidding system (Greater Giving) at our meeting as the Online Auction goes LIVE this Thursday, Sept. 13!  Jumpstart your bidding, preview our online auction and sign up for some great events while learning about the online bidding process! Most importantly, bring your smart phone! You'll need it at the meeting to follow along with the demonstration, and will definitely need it the night of the event to keep bidding!

There is still time to buy your tickets to "Rotary's Got Talent!" Send back the RSVP, along with payment, that came with the mailed invitation, or go online to purchase your tickets. Invite friends and family! There will be Gala invitations on the tables at meetings this week and next week. Please grab a few and give them to anyone you think might like to attend and help us raise money for local and international service projects while having a rock-solid night of fun! Register and buy tickets online at
All sponsors receive tickets to the event. Please contact a member of the Sponsorship Committee or Club Administrator Jennifer Garske to let us know who is using your sponsorship tickets, if you have not already done so. You can also mail that info back with your RSVP. Sponsors who would like to buy additional tickets for non-Rotarians can purchase them for $100 each.
The Fundraiser Committee reminds members to sell their raffle tickets and turn in stubs and money as soon as possible. We are looking for 100 percent participation in the raffle from members!
In addition, the Committee seeks donations of restaurant gift cards and items for the online auction.
To donate restaurant gift cards or online auction items, contact Tom Bach or Jennifer Hendrickson.
It is just a little more than two weeks until our rock-solid night of fun and evening of giving! Don't miss out—buy your tickets, turn in your raffle tickets and get ready to bid, bid, bid in the Online Auction.
PHF/PHS members honored at meeting
Our The Rotary Foundation Director, David Clynes, honored Paul Harris Fellows (PHF) at the Sept. 6 Rotary Club of Edina meeting. David, with the help of Katy Campbell, acknowledged their generous donations to The Rotary Foundation, including two members who are also Paul Harris Society (PHS) members, giving $1,000 each year to TRF. 
  • George Lancaster—PHF+4
  • Susan Spalding—PHF+5 (PHS)
  • Dan Hallberg—PHF+5
  • Michael Stanzak—PHF+6 (PHS)
Rotaract meeting is today, Sept. 12!
The Rotary Club of Edina and the Edina Morningside Rotary Club are embarking on starting and supporting a Rotaract Club. Rotaract clubs consist of young professionals between the ages of 18 and 30. Starting a Rotaract Club is one of five of our clubs visioning goals. It also is Rotary International President Barry Rassin’s goal this year is to expand Rotaract globally and strengthen the transition from Rotaract into Rotary.
The first meeting of the Rotaract Club of Edina will be held 6 p.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 12, at The Mezz at Lunds & Bylerlys, 7171 France Ave. S. The speakers at the first meeting will be Clare Richards, Past President of the St. Cloud Rotaract Club, and Brandon Richards, St. Cloud Rotarct Financial Committee Head. They will share information on how to be a successful Rotaract club. St. Cloud Rotaract was founded in 2015 and currently has 26 active members. 

Going forward, meetings will be held at the Mezz at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Each meeting will feature a speaker and focus on service projects in alignment with Rotary’s mission of “Service Above Self.”
We need Rotaract members. Please contact Sam Thompson at if you have friends, family, neighbors or work associates that would be interested in joining our Rotaract Club.

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Walk to End Alzheimer's is this Saturday!
WHAT: Walk to End Alzheimer's
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 15, registration at 8 a.m., ceremony at 9:30, with walk immediately following
WHERE: Meet fellow Rotarians at Gate 29, Target Field, Minneapolis from 8  to 8:30 a.m. 
WHO: All Rotarians, friends and families
INFO: Our club, along with other District 5950 Rotarians, are encouraged to join the Rotary Rally for Alz team and join us for the Walk to End Alzheimer's! Sign up to participate, donate to the team, or do both! Watch our video for more info!
REGISTRATION: Go here to register or donate. Contact Rick Carlson, Brad Hepp or Jennifer Hendrickson for more info. 
Walk either a three-mile route or a one-mile shortcut route through the city. Both routes begin and end at Target Field directly outside of Gate 29. Streets will be closed off for walkers between 9 and 11:30 a.m. Routes are stroller and handicap accessible.
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Join us in giving blood at Rotary Blood Drive

Please RSVP To Be A Blood Donor on Thursday, Oct. 25, at Edina Country Club!

Every two seconds someone needs blood. Volunteer donors like you are the only people who can help. Please consider helping and Give Forward at our Edina Rotary Blood Drive on Thursday, Oct. 25! Memorial Blood Centers will have their bloodmobile in the parking lot of Edina Country Club.

Please register online if you are willing to help...we will accommodate your schedule and set appointments once we know who can help. (It takes less than an hour...complete with treats). Please invite family members, friends and neighbors to join you. 

Please contact President John Flynn or event chair Katy Campbell if you have questions. Thank you for your service to humanity!!


Feed My Starving Children event is Oct. 13
WHAT: Rotary Club of Edina's fall visit to Feed My Starving Children
WHEN: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13
WHERE: Feed My Starving Children, 18732 Lake Drive East in Chanhassen, right off Highway 5 and Dell Road
WHO: All Rotarians, family and friends. We need at least 30 volunteers for the event.
INFO: Sign up online! Contact Mike Sitek, chair of the event, with questions.

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Leadership Ethics Seminar—volunteer now!

The Rotary Club of Edina will host the Leadership Ethics Seminar for Edina High School students on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at St. Patrick's Church in Edina. This all-day session features small group discussions, speakers, and a case study discussion for the entire group. 

The Leadership Ethics Seminar is chaired this year by John Buttolph and Sutton McGraw. The seminar was started by longtime Rotarian Jerry Potter, who initiated this seminar for Edina students years ago. It was originally called "Do the Right Thing."

Twenty adults, mostly Rotarians, will be table leaders for the Edina High School students who are participating. We need Rotarians to volunteer to serve as Table Leaders. Please contact Sutton McGraw if you would like to volunteer or for more information.


In review
The program speaker at the Sept. 6 Rotary Club of Edina meeting was Dr. John Wald from Mayo Clinic. He spoke about "Mayo Clinic—Destination Medical Center." 
We heard about several upcoming Rotary events and activities, including the Edina Rotary Foundation Fundraiser & Gala "Rotary's Got Talent!" Check the calendar in The Barker or on the website for more info on all the events this fall!

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Fundraiser & Gala tickets! Buy online now! 
Upcoming Events
Rotary Club of Edina Board of Directors meeting
Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel
Sep 19, 2018
Fundraiser & Gala meeting
Edina Country Club
Sep 20, 2018 11:30 AM
District 5950 One Rotary Summit
Earle Brown Heritage Center
Sep 22, 2018
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Edina Rotary Foundation Board of Directors meeting
Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel
Sep 26, 2018
Rotaract meeting
The Mezz
Sep 26, 2018 6:00 PM
Edina Rotary Foundation Fundraiser & Gala
Sep 29, 2018 6:00 PM
Rotary Happy Hour/VDG featuring Royce Pavelka
The Mezz, Byerly's
Oct 03, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Prospective Member Day
Edina Country Club
Oct 04, 2018
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
Women in Rotary event
Home of Bonnie Rolstad
Oct 09, 2018
Rotaract meeting
The Mezz
Oct 10, 2018 6:00 PM
Feed My Starving Children
Feed My Starving Children
Oct 13, 2018
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Rotary Club of Edina Board of Directors meeting
Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel
Oct 17, 2018
Leadership Ethics Seminar
Church of St. Patrick
Oct 23, 2018
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Edina Rotary Foundation Board of Directors meeting
Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel
Oct 24, 2018
Meeting Duties
Front Desk
Hustad, Mary
Greeter 1
Amundson, Luther
Greeter 2
Milota, Bill
Meeting Host 1
Edelson, Heather
Meeting Host 2
Platt, Ann
Invocation/Pledge of Allegiance/Four-Way Test
Stevens, Terry
The Barker writer
Aase, David
Introduce Guests
Christensen, Joe
Kupper, Marty
Introduce the Speaker
Kallas, Mike
Thank the Speaker
Platt, Jim
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Club Service (Administration) Director
Community Service—Local Funding Co-Director
Community Service—Local Funding Co-Director
Community Service—Local Projects Director
International Service Director
Membership Director
Public Image Co-Director
Public Image Co-Director
The Rotary Foundation Director
Social Director
Youth Service Director
Edina Rotary Foundation Board Director
Edina Rotary Foundation Board Director
Edina Rotary Foundation Board Director
Edina Rotary Foundation Board Director
Edina Rotary Foundation Board Director
Edina Rotary Foundation Board Director
Club Administrator
Rotary Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Chrysanne Manoles
September 4
Bill McReavy
September 7
Jeff Ohe
September 7
Jim Ryman
September 8
David Clynes
September 9
Marty Kupper
September 11
Jean Morrison
September 19
George Lancaster
September 21
Stefan Smith
September 21
Brandon Azbill
September 23
Harry Weingartner
September 23
Scott Neal
September 24
Sutton McGraw
September 25
Doug Drake
September 27
Bob Stehlik
September 28
Heather Hansen
September 28
Dan Hallberg
September 29
Ken Andersen
September 29
Join Date
Dave Phillips
September 7, 2017
1 year
Jake Johnson
September 7, 2017
1 year
Jim Ryman
September 11, 2014
4 years
Scott MacDonald
September 12, 1996
22 years
Jen Tregarthen
September 15, 2009
9 years
Ed Bather
September 20, 1973
45 years
2018 Rotary's Got Talent! 
Edina Rotary Foundation Fundraiser & Gala
Sept. 29, 2018
Rock Star Sponsors

Lead Guitar Sponsor
The Jennings Family Foundation
Bass Guitar Sponsor
The Brookshire Co.
Faribault Woolen Mill Company
Drums & Sticks Sponsors
Grandview Tire & Auto
Jack & Anne Kennefick
Key Cadillac
McNellis & Asato
North American Banking Company
The Tankenoff Families Foundation
Backup Singer Sponsors
American Family Insurance
Cahill Financial Advisors
Carl M. Hansen Companies
Christensen & Laue P.A.
Les Jones Roofing
Peters Billiards
Smith Financial Group
Dr. Steven Veker, DDS—44th Street Dental
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage—Jody Kern
Groupie Sponsors
Abdo, Eick & Meyers
Advent Group
Hannelore A. Brucker, M.D., F.A.C.P., active as Scientific Fellow of the ACAAI
Woodrow Byun Law Office
Lois & Frank Cardarelle
Carpathian Capital Management
Brett & Heather Edelson
Edina Liquor
End Polio Now! Katy & Ralph Campbell
John Flynn
Rosie & Bob Gubrud
Wayne & Dana Harmon
Hatzung Insurance
Jessen Press
Kallas Law Office
Dave & Lori Kunz
Gordy Lewis
Mac & Mac
Dan & Stacy Mott
Bob & Rhoda Perkins
Kip & Rebecca Peterson
Pets Are Inn
David & Sandy Phillips
Bonnie Rolstad
In Memory of Babby Schwarz
SideKick Inc.—Advanced Document Services
Sue & Dave Spalding
Harry & Angie Spell
Josh Sprague, Realtor—Sotheby's International Realty
Bob & Vianne Stehlik
Will & Lottie Steinke
Axel & Loreli Steuer
Terry & Marilee Stevens
Think Bank
Skip Thomas, Realtor—RE/MAX Results
Transitions In Business
Les & Mary Wanninger
The Wooddale Team of American Mortgage & Equity Consultants 

The Edina Country Club will serve burgundy beef tips or chicken wild rice salad at the Thursday, Sept. 13, Rotary Club of Edina meeting.

The Rotary Club of Edina's Administrator, Jennifer Garske, works part time, mainly on Wednesday and Thursday. She attends the Rotary meetings on Thursday from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. to answer questions. Contact her at or leave a message on the Rotary cell phone at 612-875-3109.