October 22 Speaker: Nick Harper, Esq., League of Women Voters

Our speaker for the October 22 meeting will be Nick Harper, Esq., Civic Engagement Director, League of Women Voters of Minnesota

During the summer and fall, Nick helps local LWVs provide voter services in collaboration with community partners. During the winter and spring, he serves as the staff lead for state advocacy.

His policy interests cover all aspects of political activity and civic engagement, including legislative process, money in politics, voting rights, redistricting, and other election law. He holds a B.A. in political science from Gustavus Adolphus College and a J.D. with public service honors from the University of Iowa College of Law. He is also a licensed attorney in Minnesota.

In his spare time, Nick watches too much Netflix and eats too much cheese.  "Read More" about LMWV support points.

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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Nov. 25 Thanksgiving Basket Assembly and Delivery
ONLY FIVE ASSEMBLY OPENINGS AVAILABLE! SIGN UP TODAY! On Wednesday, November 25, members of the Rotary Club of Edina, along with members of the Edina Morningside Rotary Club, prepare and deliver Thanksgiving meals to families in need throughout the Twin Cities region. A roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberries, potatoes and gravy along with vegetables, oranges, even a delicious pie, make their way to area homes via active Rotarians and their families. With a side of warm knit mittens to help with the coming winter, these Thanksgiving Baskets bring some brightness and joy into the holiday season.  Look for further details, your invitation to sign up and safety procedures delivered to your email this week. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, basket packing teams will be limited to no more than six people per team and a team captain should be assigned. Two different team captains (1 per station) may sign up for each 10 minute assembly period. Registration is now open for assembly times by clicking HERE. Please let Becci Michalski at know if you need assistance with signing up to volunteer.
Upcoming Events and Links
Nov. 19 - Prospective Member Day - Kat Perkins
Nov. 25 - Thanksgiving Basket Assembly - Assigned Times/SignUp Early
Dec. 2 - Vocational Happy Hour - Speaker Kayla Beehler
Dec. 3 -  Meeting, Speaker: John Elder, Mpls Police
Dec. 5 - Rotaract Home Holiday Light Community Project
Dec. 10 - Meeting, Speaker: David Magy
Dec. 17 - Virtual Peterson Family Trio Holiday Party - No Meeting
Dec. 24 - No Meeting
Dec. 31 - No Meeting
Jan. 7 - Meeting, Julie Keyes
In Review - Oct 15, 2020 Meeting
Due to two different meeting platforms and the excellent 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. We will continue to publish several live meeting still photos with captions at the end of each newsletter as a mini-recap.
We will post the link to the current meeting You Tube video (see above) and photo from the meeting. Due to some technical difficulty photos from the 10/15/20 meeting are not available. Please see Facebook once they are posted.
Upcoming Events
Annual Thanksgiving Basket Delivery
Edina Country Club
Nov 25, 2020
11:30 AM – 1:50 PM
Rotary Club of Edina Board Meeting
Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel
Dec 16, 2020 7:30 AM
Virtual Holiday Party, Dec 17 Peterson Family Trio
ZOOM Platform
Dec 17, 2020
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Rotary Club of Edina Board Meeting
Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel
Jan 20, 2021 7:30 AM
Rotary Club of Edina Board Meeting
Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel
Feb 17, 2021 7:30 AM
Rotary Club of Edina Board Meeting
Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel
Mar 17, 2021 7:30 AM
Rotary Club of Edina Board Meeting
Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel
Apr 21, 2021 7:30 AM
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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
AV Support
Wilson, Ryan
Rotary Birthdays
Member Birthdays
Bruce Templeton
November 3
Wayne Harmon
November 3
Wooj Byun
November 5
Susan Stiles
November 11
Burt Cohen
November 13
Les Wanninger
November 13
Sam Thompson
November 14
Skip Thomas
November 14
Jennifer Shinners
November 15
Sita Dash
November 15
Andy Finsness
November 17
Jim Platt
November 17
Katy Campbell
November 17
Mary Younggren
November 20
John Schwarz
November 21
Mary Swendsen
November 22
John Buttolph
November 23
Kevin Kalal
November 25
Raj Kumar
November 25
Charles McGoldrick
November 28
Jeani Hynes
November 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
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - Speaker: Kat Perkins
Menu Choices: TBD - See Reminder Email Thursday AM

Thursday, November 19, 2020 is  Prospective Member day for the Edina Rotary Club.  Due to updated Covid-19 guidelines our seating capacity has been revised to 50 people. 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.