Sept 1, 2022 Meeting
Speaker: Grace Hancock & Cory Lukens
City of Edina
Sustainability and Energy & Environment Commissioners
Frist meeting of the month will be broadcast via Zoom
Sept 1 Speakers: Grace Hancock and Cory Lukens
Topic: Edina a Deeper Shade of Green.
Grace Hancock, Sustainability Coordinator, joined the City of Edina in Fall 2020 to lead the Sustainability Division. Since then, the City has passed a Green Fleet Policy which is the City’s first Climate Action Plan which aiming to reduce Edina’s greenhouse gas emissions 45% by 2030.
Cory Lukens is the Edina Energy & Environment Commissioner. He is passionate about addressing our current climate crisis and helping to make an impact at a local level.  Topic details can be found HERE.






GNN Newscast 8/30/22 HERE

GNN Newscast 8/23/22 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)

Interested in sponsorship? Contact 2022 Gala Chairs: Kayla Beehler and Julie Westbrock or Sponsorship coordinator, Jennifer Hendrickson

Avocation-Vocational Happy Hour - Sept 7
Next Avocation-Vocational Happy Hour is Wednesday, September 7, 2022.  5:30 p.m. meet and greet with speaker program beginning at 6:00 p.m.
The speaker for September 7 will be Paul Peterson of The Rotary Club of Edina. Prince discovered Paul Peterson, aka “St Paul,” at the age of 17. He enlisted him as a keyboard player in “The Time” for the movie “Purple Rain”. Paul took the led vocalist spot in the Prince produced group “The Family” before becoming a solo artist and scoring hits for MCA and Atlantic Records.  For more on St Paul and meeting details, click Read More below.
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.
Sept 17, Rotary Rally Walk to End Alzheimer's
Join fellow Rotary Club of Edina friends and family at Target Field for the annual Walk to End Alzheimer's. Here are the details:
WHAT: Walk to End Alzheimer's
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 17, Walk starts 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 
WHERE: Target Field   Gate 29 
WHO: All Rotarians, friends and families
INFO:  Come and join us for the social event of the season! 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!
REGISTRATION: Go HERE to register or donate. Contact Rick Carlson, Brad Hepp or Jennifer Hendrickson, Susan Johnson for more info.
ZONE 25B & 29 NEWS 
Sept 15 to Sept 18 Minneapolis. The 2022 North Star Zone Institute for Zones 25B and 29 will take place September 15 to September 18 at the Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. 
REGISTRATION on District 5950 calendar HERE
2022-2023 VEAP Volunteer Dates Set

Sign up todaty to help Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP) pack food bags for local school children who go hungry over the weekends during the school year. Volunteers from the Rotary Club of Edina are needed for afternoon shifts at VEAP, 9600 Aldrich Ave., Bloomington, every other month July 2022 through June 2023. Shifts run from 2:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. A minimum of five volunteers per shift are needed.  Sign up HERE.

Volunteer Dates for the year and further details below:

Here are the projects currently available:
Saturday, September 17 -- Alheimer's Walk
Saturday, September 24 -- Lake Street Taco Tour
Thursday, October 27 -- HalloBoo Trick or Treat
Saturday, November 12 -- MN Involve Feed the Homeless
2022-2023 VEAP Bag Pack Dates Available
As this year's Rotary service projects and fundraising efforts get started each committee is looking for members to VOLUNTEER 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! Each week there will be volunteer opportunities on the tables and a sign up board at the entry near the attendance sheets. See John Buttolph at for details.
Rotary Club of Edina to Host Fourth-Annual Edina Car Show 
The Rotary Club of Edina will host the fourth-annual Edina Car Show noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Southdale Center.
The Edina Car Show will be held rain or shine in the parking lot in front of the old Herberger’s store. The family-friendly event will feature some of the best collector cars in Minnesota, including classic, vintage and exotic. Key Cadillac, the dealer sponsor of the event, will also have new models on display. Restrooms and food are available inside the shopping mall.
Rotary Club of Edina Awards EHS Scholarships
The Rotary Club of Edina recently presented scholarships to deserving graduates of Edina High School.
The Rotary Club of Edina presents scholarships to graduating Edina seniors who exemplify the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self” and have participated in Rotary programs such as Camp Enterprise, Camp RYLA, fall ethics seminar, Vocational Ethics Day, youth exchange, Edina Rotary Global Scholars or the Interact Club of Edina.
The club presented $1,500 scholarships to Eleanor Karthaus and Olivia Tran and a four-year renewable $1,000 scholarship to Kate Brown. All three women are Edina Rotary Global Scholars.
Area Rotary Clubs Aid Health of Mothers and Infantsin Guatemala and Zimbabwe
Guatemala and Zimbabwe, Africa, lie oceans and continents apartfrom each other – and Minnesota. But thanks to the global reach of Rotary International, its local and area clubs and non-profit partners, both countries are now better equipped to provide maternal health and wellness of newborn babies and children. Hospitals in both countries this summer received containers of essential medical equipment for infant delivery, and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, also received supplies to create a sustainable farm garden to combat malnutrition. A $210,000 international grant, originating and managed by the Rotary Club of Edina, made these projects possible.
Letter Bag
Thank you from Olivia Tran, 2022 Edina High School College Scholarship recipient.
"Dear Jennifer, I am sincerely honored to be selected for the Edina Rotary scholarship. Thank you so much for your generosity. This will allow me to expand my studies and pursue a degree in business analytics at University of St. Thomas.
My experience with the Interact Club and the Global Scholars program has opened my eyes to the impact of helping others. I plan to continue my involvement with Rotary and join Rotaract in college. Your scholarship makes it possible to enhance my college experience. Thank you so much for your thoughtful decision. Sincerely, Olivia Tran
NEED for 2022-2023 Host Families
Edina Rotary Clubs are looking for Host Families for 2022-23 School Year
Become a Host Family TODAY!! Both students, Sam and Ivo, have arrived and we are looking for two additional host 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!!
Camp Enterprise , Nov. 3 to 5, 2022
Video Intro HERE
SAVE THE DATE Upcoming Events
Sept 1 -- Edina Rotary Noon, Speakers: Grace Hancock & Cory Lukens
Sept 7 -- Avocation/Vocational Happy Hour, St. Paul Peterson, Peterson Music
Sept 10 -- Car Show, 4th Annual, Southdale Center Parking Lot
Sept 17 -- Walk to End Alzheimer's, Rally with Rotary HERE
Sept 15-18 -- Zone 25B & 29 Institute (North Star Zone)
Sept 21 -- VEAP Bag Pack, 2:15 to 5:15 p.m. HERE  
Oct 1 -- Champagne on Ice, Edina Rotary Foundation Gala
Oct 27 -- HalloBoo Trick or Treat Trail
Nov 3 - 5 - Camp Enterprise, True Friends Camp Courage, Maple Lake, MN
In Review- Week of August 25, 2022
August 25, 2022 
In-Review in Pictures by Chris Laskowski
Speaker: Bill Keegan, Dem-Con Companies President
"Where Does Your Waste and Recycling Go When It Goes Away?"
Click "Read More" to see more of Chris' meeting review in photos. 
Meeting You Tube Videos
Click the "You Tube" links below. In the "Description" are bookmarks/time stamps for jumping to your area of interest. 
August 4, Meeting- Speaker: Sam Thompson, The Art of Buying and Selling a Business
July 7, Meeting - Speaker: Mike Vacanti, Catalyst for Positive Change
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
Pearson, Brad
Greeter & Invocation
Burnett, Kelley
Greeter & Thank the Speaker
Bennis, Matthew
Intro Speaker
Platt, Ann
The Barker Writer
Hallstrom, Bridget
Carlson, Rick
AV Support
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
2022 Fundraiser & Gala Presenting Sponsor
Diamond Level Sponsorship
Dr. Sita Dash
Thursday, Sept 1, 2022
Speakers: Grace Hancock & Cory Lukens
City of Edina
Sustainability and Energy & Environment Commissioners 
Lunch: Burgundy Beef Tips and Summer Berry Chicken 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