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Social Meeting today at noon at Maynards.  We are not at the South Shore Center because of Primary Elections.  We will meet outside weather permitting.  Snacks will be provided by the club and drinks are on your own.  Bring an auction items that you have and give to Karen for next Wednesday's Rotary Classic and Fundraiser.  Tad and Steve will be available to answer and questions you may have on the amended bylaws that will be voted on at the August 28th meeting.  
 
BE SURE TO GET OUT AND VOTE!
Our program on July 31st was a presentation on the state of the Minnetonka School District given by Dr. Dennis Peterson, the school superintendent.
In a nutshell, the condition is great. Dr. Peterson showed a number of comparison charts in which the district’s students excelled in comparison to other school districts and countries. There were 10,750 students enrolled in the district last year, with 3800 of those students coming from other districts. The out-of-district students brought in $24 million in revenue, which helped to balance the budget. Without those students, the financial picture would be quite different.
 
He talked about the language immersion programs, now 12 years old and including 55% of the students, and the four recent initiatives: computer coding classes, the Vantage Program, the Minnetonka Research program, and Tonka Online.
 
One of the concerns Dr. Peterson has is that there is a serious shortage of teachers developing.
He provided a packet with a great deal of additional information that he didn’t have time to discuss.
Our program on the 24th was a talk by Dr. Richard Painter.
He is a law professor at the U of M, and has been in Washington as a member of ethics committees.
He started out by saying that “ethics in government” is an oxymoron. He cited some of his experiences as ethics advisor to the president, and went on to say that ex- senators and representatives should not be allowed to become lobbyists after their terms of office.
 
Most of the group stayed until 1:30 to hear his answers to questions from the group.
Our meeting  on July 17th was all about Tour de Tonka, the bicycle ride sponsored by Minnetonka Community Education. Tin brought along his staff members who are involved with the program, and they were introduced and filled in many of the details of the annual event.
 
This year is the 13th anniversary staging of the event, and almost 3500 riders participated last year. With eight routes ranging from 6 miles to 100 miles, there is an event for all bike riders. In the past, there have been rides from 45 states, and the routes go through 24 different cities.
 
Volunteers are needed – 616 were used last year, and because of an added route, more are needed this year. Contact Tim Litfin to volunteer – short hours, and only one time!  Proceeds from the event go to ICA Food shelf.

Our program on July 10th was the Rotary Club of Excelsior’s new President Nick Wegleitner discussing his priorities for the Rotary year of 2018-19.  His first priority is to focus on the Brand Exposure of our club.  Nick wants to improve our club’s exposure in the community.  He said, “Our club is the best held secret in Excelsior.”  Club identity and visibility are important components that we will work on this year if we wish to be a club that endures into the future. 
President Nick’s second priority is to grow our organization.  He says if we want to continue as a club we have to grow our membership.”  How will we do that?  Nick says that we and that means every member has to go out and find the right people who will make the commitment to being regular members and appeal to potential members of all age groups but especially young professionals.  And then, he goes on to say that we need to be the inspiration in our community so that people see that we are really doing things and create some excitement about our club.                                                                                      
 
His third priority is to maximize our impact on the community.  This means to co-op with the AM club on events; create avenues for fundraising and sponsor community events; keep doing what we do well like STRIVE, the Dictionary Project, Many Hands – Many Meals; and then to go and create new avenues where we can be successful.  Beyond the three priorities Nick noted that we need to be open to change and get up and go for it this year.
Our program at our last meeting on June 26th was presented by John Ferm, our out-going president.
President John individually thanked all of the members that had assisted him and mentored him during his presidency.  John talked about his year and the support he received from his board and from the club. He talked about the club’s donations to various charities, and about the effectiveness of the STRIVE program this year.  John’s Power Point presented the activities of the year and the significance of member involvement.  John also highlighted the importance of the Golf Fundraiser and the charities that were the focus of this year’s giving.
At the end of the meeting, he presented President Elect Nick Wegleitner with his official Rotary President Pin and turned the gavel over to the incoming President, Nick Wegleitner.