Minnetonka Rotary Club
The Spoke
The Spoke
Weekly Report
(Photographers - Various)
(Reporter - Beth Young)
April 26, 2023
Room 223 - Eisenhower Community Center, Hopkins, MN
(Editor - Mike G.)
Editor Notes
Member Submissions - See the end of The Spoke.
Next Meeting May 3, 2023 - President Mike G. called the next weekly meeting in person and Zoom for May 3, 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 03, 2023
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Weekly Member Meeting
May 10, 2023
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Bingo at Tuttle's
May 10, 2023
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
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
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 - Beth Young
Mike opened the meeting at 7:30 a.m.
Patrick Hanlon – Hopkins Mayor
Jerald S.


4-Way Test
International Theme
Rotary Minute - Cathy C.
None this week.
Bill S. - May 2 5-7 Bearcave Service Above Self and Socialize, looking for one more greeter to cover 30 min, starts 5:00, every 15-20 min will have a speaker, lot’s of food, buy your own beer.
Alexa R. – passed around Bearcave cards for May 2 to pass out to friends/guests. 50 people have indicated that they are coming via social media.  Post a reminder next week and also call people to remind them to come
Jennifer S. –
ICA postal drive Sat May 13 is full
Tonka Trail Tot - Thurs May 4 at Deephaven Elementary School, May 20 Highway 7 Cleanup, May 20 Tonka Triathalon if interest.  Still needs 3 slots filled on May 4.
Minnetonka Youth Triathalon – 8-10:30 at MME, 6 volunteers needed, Saturday May 20, shall we do this – vote came back no
Famous Dave's – June 3 – 8:30 – 9:45 – please sign up
Lenny N. - 5 slots left for U of M Tour  - make checks to Minnetonka Rotary – this Saturday, he ran through names to confirm all signed up
Foundation  1.5-2 hour tour. Meet in Maroon lot.  Gather in front of Benton entrance.
22 in attendance.  Can fit more, sign up with Lenny
Mike G. –
Northstar [youth] exchange, will not sponsor someone for full year, but half a year is still available
Application for new member, will be announced next month
Social media messaging – please like, share
BOD Meeting was good – thank you to those who participated
Moving to THE MARSH next week for meetings, may need to help bring things to the new location
Golf Tournament organizational meeting May 8 for those on the active committee, target week after labor day, Ann will lead committee THANK YOU
Look over Fliers for district events
Ron U.  – wear Rotary shirts to the event next week
Nate R.  - Foundation – gave out funds for grants for this year.  Can take submissions for next year after July 1.
Ann W. had the chosen raffle ticket, she did not draw the winning card this week.
Happy Bucks 
Frank B. collected happy bucks from 10 Rotarians.   $29
Char introduced Patrick Hanlon, Mayor of Hopkins.  
Spoke on Hopkins priorities. 
Hopkins mainstreet on National Registry of Historic Places, façade improvement funds available to mainstreet businesses, murals being added. Revamped zoning code, affordable housing initiatives
Green step cities 3 since 2013, last year took step 4 and this year working towards step 5.  Parks plan being put in place working with Minnetonka.
Inclusion and Equity:
Reignited Hopkins race and equity, doing events, advising city, increase communication to renters in the city
Financial Management:
Working on affordability by making changes on taxes, lowering taxes, target getting to reasonable level “middle of the pack”
Added Funding including comprehensive list of community safety including focus on youth in conjunction with police
Other items:
Comprehensive Development Blake and Excelsior – including access to Minnehaha Creek; 1500 more units over the next 10 years
Crime has dropped in 2023 over last year due to a lot of hard work including funding at State, Federal and local level
Southwest Light Rail – was not happy to see delay to 2027, meets regularly with Met Council, pushing to open trails back up
Meeting adjourned at 8:30 a.m.
Respectfully submitted, 
Beth Young
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