Minnetonka Rotary Club
The Spoke
The Spoke
Weekly Report
(Photographers - Various)
(Reporter -Bob Hersman)
January 4, 2023
Commercial Furniture Services West and Zoom
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
(Editor - Mike G.)
Editor Notes
Member Submissions - See the end of The Spoke.
Next Meeting January 11, 2023 - President Mike G. called the next weekly meeting in person and Zoom for January 11, 2022 at 7:30 a.m., CFS, 6321 Bury Drive, Ste. 14, Eden Prairie, MN 55346
New Pictures - Send to michaelcglover@comcast.net. Ed.
From the Members and Archives
Mark M. and Terry S.
Glen J.
Alisso O.
IMPORTANT UPDATE to Upcoming Events Below
Important - Check with meeting leaders to confirm date, time and location information for all events below. 
Upcoming Events
Weekly Member Meeting
Jan 11, 2023
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Weekly Member Meeting
Jan 18, 2023
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Minnetonka Rotary Board Meeting
August, October, Jan, Mar + May ZOOM /// July, Sept, Nov, Feb, April, +June INPERSON
Jan 20, 2023 7:30 AM
Weekly Member Meeting
Jan 25, 2023
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Minnetonka Rotary and Rotaracts of Edina Social
Jan 25, 2023
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
View entire list
Happy Bucks and Polio Pitcher Donations
Please send your Happy Buck and Polio Pitcher donations to Mac  H. as follows:
Mac Hardin
Minnetonka Rotary Club
12926 Rutledge Circle
Minnetonka, MN   55305
Rotary International Foundation
Please send your end of year donations to Chris Rosenlund as follows:
          Chris Rosenlund
          8672 Meadowvale Drive
          Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Meeting Minutes - Alexa Rundquist and [Ed.]
Meeting called to order at 7:30 AM; a good group present and on Zoom on a snowy morning.
Speaker today is Sierra Grandy, with her own story and talk about NAMI.
Invocation by Rev Mac; It’s a beautiful winter morning with the fresh snow. Every part of the year has it’s own wonderful colors and days in Minnesota’s Theater of Seasons. We are blessed with the constant change in the year of viewing God’s creation.  Enjoy it!


4-Way Test
International Theme
Mike - thanks for braving the snow and to Chris Carr for the food today. He passed around a Christmas card from the Cookie Cart, in appreciation of our support.
Lenny N. - Tim Macron will be here next week to talk about Polio Plus. We are 66% through our Polio year, but only at 50% of our goal.  Mike reminds us to write a check for Polio, to Mac or Lenny
Alissa O. - on Wed Jan 25, we will go bowling at Tuttle’s with the Edina Rotaract Club. 5:30 to 7:30
Chris Carr - “12 months of Beer” kicks off on Tuesday Jan 10 at a different location each time. The first one is at Luce Line Brewing at 12901 16th Ave N, Plymouth. 4:00 to 6:00
Bob H. - (unofficial) Club meeting was held at Hoagies on Dec 28. 13-14 members crowded into 2 tables, and checked out our new tabletop Rotary Logo. The Q-R code works!
Rotary Minute
None this week.  
The seller (Char) also held the drawn ticket today. Alas, no joker as the New Year pot rolls on.
Happy Bucks 
Sara E. - for our exchange student Gaia babysitting her kids. She read Strega Nona to them, an Italian children’s story. (Always a big hit with our kids, and our grandkids.)
Mark F. - for his parents’ 65th wedding anniversary
Chris Carr - a new plaid winter shirt, and safe arrival and travel of….(someone?)
Bill S. - for his son Brett being in town, and …(some other details) (Recorder obviously distracted today.
Cathy C. - leaves Sunday for her FOUR weeks in the Bahamas. 45th year in a row! Her partner in Hijinks (AKA Char) will be along for part of it.
Frank B. - for a great time in Monterrey with his mother. Heavy rains at times, but a beautiful place.
Jerald S. - for the weather (DUH!)  and for help from Dr Sara. Also, Vanessa is off to Scotland and Cameron will be here next week to talk about his DECA project.
Pete G. -he found a car in Alabama. They are apparently VERY scarce right now.
Mike G. - for success in travel for his son.
Bob H. - happy to be taking notes today without a need for reading help. Life after cataracts is Good!
Jennifer S. - a shout out to those who helped push carts on Dec 23 at Lund's-Byerly's.
Ron U. - stuck in snow in his driveway, stuck on the corner, and safely back home. Good day to Zoom.
Sierra is a law student at the U of M. She has lived with disability and has spoken to over 60 groups on that, especially young people with mental health problems. She is a counselor, facilitator, and advocate for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Sierra is the MN rep for NAMI and has spoken on all this on NPR.
Sierra started with her own story with mental health. It is a gripping history of illness, starting as early as age 11. She went through years of medications, treatment centers, and hospitals. She had the modern equivalent of electro shock therapy, which led to severe memory loss. As of 2019, she is much improved, and in remission. She tells this story to us and others to know how deeply she relates to other young people with similar stories. This is not uncommon, and getting worse with current social disruptions
Many factors contribute to mental illness; stigmatization, not being taken seriously, political polarization, and the spiral of learned helplessness. Failure hurts; young adults stop trying to get better. The last 3 years of COVID and loss of direct contact with friends has been difficult. The first line of defense is usually police and churches, neither of which is especially trained in counseling.  And there are simply not enough professionals, and money is always an issue. 1 in 5 youth from age 3-17 are affected, and only about half receive adequate help.
Suicide is the 2nd most common cause of death in ages 10-14 and 25-34.Positive improvements. Celebrities are now talking about themselves; the stigmas are going down and awareness is improving. NAMI is a very good first step in identifying and treating mental illness sooner than later.
What can we do? Be a mentor. Like the airplane model of using your oxygen first and then help others, take care of your own mental health (eat, sleep, and move). Volunteer, listen, and empathize with people in your life Having someone to connect with, someone to look up to is very important. You have the ability to have more effect than you think.  Elevate the voices of those experiencing mental health issues. Recovery is very possible.
Thank you, Sierra, for your courage in telling your story, and for your dedication to your cause. It is empowering to see what one person can recover from and make a difference in the lives of other young people. This was a memorable talk today.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30am.
Submitted by Bob Hersman.
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