Minnetonka Rotary Club
The Spoke
The Spoke
Weekly Report
(Photographers - Various)
(Reporter - Bob Hersman)
May 10, 2023
The Marsh, Second Floor, Minnetonka, Minnesota
(Editor - Mike G.)
Editor Notes
Member Submissions - See the end of The Spoke.
Next Meeting May 17, 2023 - President Mike G. called the next weekly meeting in person and Zoom for May 17, 2023 at 7:30 a.m., The Marsh, 15000 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN.
New Pictures - Send to michaelcglover@comcast.net. Ed.
From the Members and Archives
Student Triathlon Volunteers
Gaia at Tri District Conference. 
B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-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
May 17, 2023
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Minnetonka Rotary Board Meeting
August, October, Jan, Mar + May ZOOM /// July, Sept, Nov, Feb, April, +June INPERSON
May 19, 2023 7:30 AM
Weekly Member Meeting
May 24, 2023
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Weekly Member Meeting
May 31, 2023
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Weekly Member Meeting
Jun 07, 2023
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
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 - Bob Hersman
Meeting called to order at 7:30 AM
Guests, and there were plenty
Ryan Rydell, brought by Char, and an interested member.
Ms. Valvado (? Sp), brought by Alexa. Also an interested [potential] member
Carl Teresi, brought by Mark Magney
Randy Sercombe, attended our membership event, and also an interested member
Scott Brink, almost a member.
Jim Benshoof from Crystal/Robbinsdale Rotary
Phil Handy; technically NOT a guest, as Phil is now a member of our club.
Karen Hoppe ; also, not a guest, but a big welcome back Karen; Great to see you again
Invocation by Ron Usem


4-Way Test
International Theme
Rotary Minute - Cathy C.
None this week.
Jim Benshoof; reported on great success with Ukrainians in MN, and for our collaboration with Future Roots. Their club golf event is on June 27 at Edinburgh GC.
Ann W. -  our Links and Libation Event is on Thursday, Sept 14 at Glen Lake Golf Center. Mark your calendars and get on Board for the planning.
Mark Marlin; Mtka Summerfest is on Saturday, June 24. We’ll be selling beer and hope to make about $5000. for our club foundation.
Tony N . - We have a new Youth Exchange officer for next (2024-2025) year, and there is conversation with a new Club Service officer for his term.
Alexa R. - tells us that we can take part in up to 4 District service events in the future.
Jennifer S. - the USPS food drive is this Saturday at Hopkins Post Office. Volunteers are filled and were named.
Nate R. - reported on some giving recently made by our club foundation.
Alexa R. - More shirt orders AND hats are coming. Get your team uniforms. District training is on May 20, and Installation of our next DG is on June 14.
Alissa O. - Bingo night is TONIGHT at Tuttle’s. Arrive early for a 7:00 start.
A  healthy pot was drawn for, and WON by Don! He generously gave $30 back to the club, and the balance to Gaia for some spending money. Way to go Don.
Happy Bucks 
Sam S. - for a friendship with Jim Benshoof, and something else
Frank B. - for seeing his 93 yo mother this weekend, and again in June. Also for Rotary’s resettlement of many Ukrainians.
Phil H.  - for his 1st official happy buck, and for all the talents in our club.
Beth Y.-  for her Saturday Music Concert on Fremont Ave in North Mpls. It’s a terrific program for music and kids, that Beth is very involved with.
Mac H. -  for his son Kevin, and his family, in town for a while.
Jim Benshoof -  $10 thank you bucks for the free beer last week.
Cathy C. - the youngest Golden Child graduates from the U of M, and off to Colorado for more school.
Lenny N. - off to Ohio with his sister, so their parents can check in on THEM! Thank you to Alexa for some help
Alexa R. - for Volvado here as a guest, and her teen-age 9 year old, coming around after a ‘moment of un-cooperation’
Mark Magney - their new baby twins and family are here from Idaho; Twin Falls, ID I believe.
Jerald S. - 21 years ago, just moved to this location, daughter Vanessa born, and now she just returned from Scotland
Char M. - for Jerald’s help with what he does best (dents), and also help from Ryan with jewelry.
Lisa Myhre and Reid Oertli, from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS)
LLS is the largest support organization for blood cancers in the country. Started by a family in NY, it supports families in several ways; Education, Advocacy, Financial, and through Research. They raised $19 million just in 2022 for all this support.
The U of M is a strong player in L and L; there are many new and effective treatments being used more and more.
40% of children’s cancers are blood cancers.
Reid is a junior at HHS and was named the Student Visionary of the Year. These high schoolers get a 7-week training in all aspects of fund raising. Reid did not deal with cancer himself, , but formed a team of 15 friends and together they raised $75,000 to support LLS. Lisa is very happy to see that result, and especially the generosity and confidence in these young people.
Light the Night, their annual fundraiser is upcoming in the fall
Thank you, Lisa and Reid, for a great program today, and the wonderful work you are all doing.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30 a.m.
Submitted by Bob Hersman
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