The Rotary Spoke
Rotary Club of Minnetonka



by Mac Hardin


Rotary Minute

Cathy Carlson








Happy Bucks

Jim Martin


Char Murphy

Mac Hardin




Upcoming Events


Meeting Responsibilities

Aug. 8, 2018

Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.

August 1, 2018

We unite, because we know that we are far stronger together than we could ever be
alone. We take action, because we are not dreamers, but doers. We work to create
lasting change that will endure long after our involvement has ended – across the globe
and in our communities. And perhaps most important of all, we work to create change in
ourselves – not just building a better world around us, but becoming better people
President, Rotary International
She completed the thought by stating “This is why we are Rotarians.”
Guy introduced Rick Seaburg, a prospective member
Jennifer introduced Mike Glover who has submitted his application
Mike Glover picked the ticket
Ben won....but didn’t.
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2. Fred has resigned from our club due to work conflicts
3. Devin transferred to the Plymouth club
4. Katie and Carolyn will be inducted as new members next week
5. Community Service event set for December 22 or 23 (TBD) for pushing carts at the Ridgedale Lunds and Byerly’s
6. Golf Fund Riser is September 13 at Glen Lake Golf and Practice Center. Please continue to get sponsors and sell your raffle tickets!
7. Silent Auction Baskets should be brought to Glen Lake Golf and Practice Center the day of the event FULLY ASSEMBLED...please don’t bring them directly to Char.
8. Polio Race Day is a Canterbuy Park on August 10. Tickets available from Nancy or
Stacy for $10. This buys entrance, a hot dog and soda. Proceeds come back to our club toward polio.
9. THIS FRIDAY is the social outing at Brookview Golf and Lawn Bowling. We will be LAWN BOWLING at this beautiful facility. Its FREE. Food and beverages available for
purchase. Don’t miss it.
10. Youth Exchange students are arriving this month!
11. Rock Ridgedale is September 22. Minnetonka Rotary will be selling Beer, wine and hard seltzer from 5-9:30. The free concert is by The Johnny Holm Band. Very little work required with a very big financial return for our club. Sign up to serve!
1. Pete: His work neighbor has been selling raffle tickets on our behalf. Doing a great job!
2. Dane: Back after time off for arrival of new daughter, Izzy (Congratulations!)
3.Mac: Tool basket chair. Give him $15 and he’ll do the rest
4. Bob: acknowledging Twins trades yesterday, his son moving to Greensborough, NC
5. Katie: returning back after a lot of family and summer commitments and thanking former member Robin for hosting one of the exchange students this year
6. Donna: announcing new grandson, Jack Robert born on Sunday
7. Frank: lost a cousin who was one of the longest living recipients of a heart transplant. She was very accomplished in her life even through the health challenges she lived with daily.
8. Diana: husband enjoying a bucket list fishing trip up north, her sister is here visiting, her son is coming to visit and her daughter is surprising everyone with a visit from Chicago.
9. Tony: Thanks Mac for invocation
10 Guy: loves job as membership chair.
11. Ann: going to Vegas...hoping for some luck!
12. Regina: hosted a successful dinner for Gubernatorial candidate
13. Chris: saw a Nashville band at Turf Club and leaving for a country western concert event
14.Cathy: celebrated her 50th
WEDDING ANNIVERSARY! Congratulations! Enjoyed celebrating at the Chan with her family.
Program: two vocationals by long standing Rotarians
Char Murphy
: Home town girl, born and raised in Hopkins, Char shared her story which included the peaks and valleys in her life. Her education consists of many certifications ranging
from business to pastoral support and her careers ranged from Administrative work for a family business to working at St. David’s.
She enjoyed a very wonderful 40-year marriage to husband Jim, who passed away in 2012 after several years of health challenges. They enjoyed a blended family which resulted in 2 sons, 3 daughters, 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Their work for the Catholic Diocese
brought them great happiness along with their pride in their Irish heritage. Char’s own health battles have earned her “tough woman” status!
Char is a second-generation Rotarian, and the 5th woman to join the Hopkins noon club before transferring to the Minnetonka morning club.
Mac Hardin:
Mac, whose real name is William McCaleb Hardin, was born at Abbot in 1951. He’s the third of four children and grew up on Highway 7 and 101 (When that intersection only had a stop sign!)
Mac spoke of his wife, Kathy’s current health condition of mild cognitive impairment, which has proven challenging this year and why Mac now works from home. Many years ago, Kathy’s daughter Cheryl (Mac’s step daughter) passed away and left behind a 5-year-old son, Kevin, whom Mac and Kathy adopted. Mac pointed out that he started out as a step-dad and went to a grandfather and then became a father. Not many people can say that! Mac’s career path is succinct. After starting at Normandale and moving on to Mankato, he earned an accounting degree (this from a man who got a D minus in high school math!) He met a man at his gas station job who worked for the Hardware Association just month before his graduation. He interviewed and got the job where he has continued to work for 43 years. Mac has held many titles and performed many roles and seen some changes, but Mac plans to be there for a few more years before thinking of retirement.
Char Murphy - Ready for Anything!
The ever eloquent Mac Hardin
Upcoming Events
Club meeting
Eisenhower Community Center
Aug 01, 2018
Lawn Bowling at Brookview Golf Course
Brookview Golf Course
Aug 03, 2018
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
ICA Food Shelf
Aug 04, 2018 10:30 AM
Minnetonka Rotary Foundation Mtg
The Moline
Aug 07, 2018 5:00 PM
MTKA Rotary Foundation Meeting
Char's at The Moline Appt's
Aug 07, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Club meeting
Eisenhower Community Center
Aug 08, 2018
Race for Polio
Canterbury Park
Aug 10, 2018 5:30 PM
Club meeting
Eisenhower Community Center
Aug 15, 2018
Special board meeting with DG
Eisenhower Community Center Rm 215
Aug 15, 2018 6:45 AM
Board mtg
Minnetonka Commons
Aug 17, 2018 7:30 AM
Meeting Responsibilities
Presiding Officer
Davis, Nancy
Sargeant At Arms
Carlson, Cathy
Sargeant At Arms
Babka, Frank
Ruekert, Donna
Rundquist, Nate
St. Clair, Jennifer
Moritz, Todd
Happy Bucks
Martin, Jim
Wengronowitz, Ann
Club Information
Welcome to the Minnetonka Rotary Club !
Building Responsible Youth
We meet Wednesdays at 7:15 AM
Eisenhower Community Center
1001 Highway 7 in Room 233
( above portico entrance )
Hopkins, MN  55305
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