Minnetonka Rotary Club
The Spoke
The Spoke
Weekly Report
(Photographers - Various)
(Reporter - Frank Babka)
May 24, 2023
The Marsh, Second Floor, Minnetonka, Minnesota
(Editor - Mike G.)
Editor Notes
Member Submissions - See the end of The Spoke.
Next Meeting May 31, 2023 - President Mike G. called the next weekly meeting in person and Zoom for May 31, 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
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 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
Weekly Member Meeting
Jun 14, 2023
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Minnetonka Rotary Board Meeting
August, October, Jan, Mar + May ZOOM /// July, Sept, Nov, Feb, April, +June INPERSON
Jun 16, 2023 7:30 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 - Frank Babka
Meeting called to order at 7:30 AM
Shauna Kieffer, who was a longtime member of our club.
Also, Scott Brink, who will shortly be inducted as a new member.
Also, congrats to our latest (44th and 45th) club members, Carl and Ryan!
Ryan was also our raffle winner.
Our invocation was nicely done by Jennifer St. Clair.


4-Way Test
International Theme
Rotary Minute - Cathy C.
None this week.
Jennifer S. - Highway 7 cleanup is June 3 at 830AM. We'll have a Minnetonka tree project in July. Our wonderful annual charity golf tournament is Sept. 14, and we're hoping to net $45K this year, an increase from the fine result of $40K last Sept.
Ryan was also our raffle winner.
Happy Bucks 
Dale Feste, Ryan, Alexa Rundquist, Shauna, Jim Martin, Bill Sorteberg, Lenny Newman, and Mark Magney. Lots of travel going on this time of year, for vacation and graduation ceremonies, etc.
Our club member Sara Edwards introduced Alex Burns, who works with an advocacy group know as Our Streets MPLS.
Their website is www.ourstreetsmpls.org (http://www.ourstreetsmpls.org) and Alex's email is alex@ourstreetsmpls.org (mailto:alex@ourstreetsmpls.org) Alex has a fine background as an environmental and social justice advocate, and had previously worked for the Nat'l Park Service, and as a staffer at the Minnesota Legislature. His group is involved in advocating for improvements in the very complex urban transportation and social environment that we have in the Twin Cites, especially the inner city and inner ring suburb areas. He talked particularly about "Rethinking I-94."
Our Streets MPLS is proposing a "Twin Cities Boulevard" that would replace the I-94 corridor between Mpls and St. Paul. I-94 construction was completed in the year 1964, with the idea that it had a 60-70 year life span. The construction cut through various traditional neighborhoods, and there have been controversies involving redlining, traffic congestion, pollution, heat domes, etc. The Boulevard would involve more pedestrian and two-wheel traffic, in addition to modern light rail and bus systems, and would give local neighborhoods more access.
These ideas have to be balanced with the massive need to transport huge amounts of passenger and freight traffic, in a metro area that has continued to grow steadily.
However, more working from home since the pandemic is helping situations somewhat. Alex's talk highlighted all these various complicated issues, and his organization continues to make its opinions known to MNDOT and the Minnesota state legislature.
Meanwhile, our speaker next week will be Gaia, our exchange student from Italy!
Meeting adjourned at 8:30 a.m.
Submitted by Frank Babka.
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