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Maple Grove

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We meet Tuesdays at 6:45 AM
3 Squares Restaurant
12690 Arbor Lakes Pkwy N
Maple Grove, MN  55369
United States
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Maple Grove Rotary News
Rotary Club of Maple Grove had a very busy week with sponsoring and participating in Maple Grove Days.   We began the week on a Wednesday night with making over 900 sandwiches for  participants in the parade. Thursday we were ready to go when Mother Nature decides to open up the sky with torrential rains that flood the streets.  We don’t let that stop us, since we have sandwiches to hand out and beds to push in our parade.  The decision is made to Go on with the parade since the skies turn blue and the “Show must go on.!”  Surprisingly enough, the crowds show up and Maple Grove Days begin with cheers and the tossing of candy to the kids in the crowd. We introduce our new club president, Joel Meyer, to the crowd.  We then end the evening with the winners of the marching band award.
The fun continues on Saturday with events throughout the city and the infamous Bed Races, sponsored by the Rotary club of Maple Grove.  The crowds gather on the street looking at the wonderfully decorated beds.  We begin with the National anthem and the flag presented by color guard handled by the boy scouts.  The runners are anxious to get going in their costumes and participating in the skills events in minimal time. The newly crowned Maple Grove Ambassadors are the judges for the teams that show spirit and enthusiasm. Our objective to raise funds to build beds for children and families in need is accomplished with crowd donations.  We hope you all had a great time and if you missed it, you always have next year!

To help provide beds for local children and families in need, the Rotary Club of Maple Grove has been building 20 beds to deliver to CROSS Services The Maple Grove Quilters are providing original hand-made quilts to go with every bed. 

Each summer, the Maple Grove Rotary Bed Race is held during Maple Grove Days. Funds raised, along with a grant from Rotary District 5950, are used to help build the beds - complete with mattresses, mattress covers, sheet sets, blankets and pillows. Books, including coloring books and teddy bears made by Rotary member Judy Johnson, are delivered on top of the beds. 

“When the Maple Grove Quilters were asked to make quilts for the Rotary Club beds, we were delighted to pitch in,” Maple Grove Quilters member Peg Lindberg said. “Each quilt is uniquely made by one or more of our members to provide warmth, comfort, and vibrant color for a special child. We are thrilled to know our quilts, along with their new beds, will help children define their unique, comfortable personal spaces within their homes.” 

Local families in need are identified by CROSS Services. The beds are delivered and assembled by Maple Grove Rotarians and Quilters. 

“It’s been a privilege to make and deliver these beds to needy children,” Maple Grove Rotarian Jim Betzold said, “Our reward comes when we get a hug and thank you from the family and smiles from the children’s faces.”

The Rotary Club of Maple Grove, working with the Maple Grove Park Service, donated and planted 61 trees on Friday, October 6 th . The tree planting was in support of a Rotary International Challenge to have a tree planted for every member of the club. The trees were planted around the practice fields at the Maple Grove Middle School Community Playfield. Members were taught how to plant the potted trees correctly to avoid tree girdling, then filled
pre-dug holes with trees and soil.
The Rotary Club of Maple Grove meets at 6:45 a.m. every Tuesday morning at 3 Squares Restaurant in Maple Grove. The meetings end promptly at 8 a.m. Guests are welcome. For more information call Tim Deets, 763-710- 0351. The Rotary Club of Maple grove is one of 35,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries across
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