Minnetonka Rotary Club
The Spoke
The Spoke
Weekly Report
(Photographers - Various)
(Reporter - Bonnie W. )
March 13 , 2024
The Marsh, Second Floor, Minnetonka, Minnesota
(Editor - Mike G.)
Editor Notes
Member Submissions - See the end of The Spoke.
Next Meeting March 13, 2024 - President Tony N. called the next weekly meeting in person and Zoom at The Marsh, 15000 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN.
New Pictures - Send to michaelcglover@comcast.net. Ed.
************* See Social and Service Activities Below **************
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
Minnetonka Rotary Board Meeting
Mar. 15, 2024
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Foundation Board Meeting - Zoom
Mar. 21, 2024 11:00 a.m.
Social - Bowling at Tuttle's
Mar. 26, 2024
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Social - Jewelry Works Happy hour
Jewelry Works
Apr. 18, 2024
Foundation Board Meeting - Zoom
Apr. 18, 2024 11:00 a.m.
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 - Bonnie W.
Angela  Gautheir, executive director of MoveFwd, a non-profit organization formerly known as Teens Alone.
By Ron Usem.


4-Way Test
International Theme
Jerald S. - The Minnetonka Rotary’s Polar Plunge on March 9 raised $15,485.
Glen J. -  ResourceWest, which is moving from downtown Hopkins to a spot on Minnetonka Blvd., is looking for volunteers to help with painting. Specifically, they are looking for help in the afternoons of March 19th and 20th.  They are seeking volunteers in groups of 4.
Bob H. -  2 blood drive events are being planned for April 17 and April 23. On April 17, our Rotary speaker will be someone from Memorial Blood Centers to talk about the shortage of blood currently.  April 23 is our donation day at the Marsh in our meeting room.
Alexa R. - distributed some handout literature for the Minnetonka Rotary’s Service Above Self social to be held May 7, 2024 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Bear Cave Brewing (2nd floor), 1201 Mainstreet, Hopkins 55343. Refreshments and appetizers will be provided.
Bill S. - Thomas Richards is our newest member – our 50th!


New Member Induction

Rotary Minute
None this week.
Ryan Rydell won $60.  
Foundation Award Checks

None this week.

Happy Bucks

Ben M. - son participated in state championship
Jerald S. - happy with Polar Plunge
Bill S. - happy that Thomas Richards is now a club member. Happy about Char Murphy’s St. Patrick’s Day party 2 days ago.
Ron U. - happy with the weather and for Char Murphy’s St. Patrick’s Day party
Phil H. - enjoyed the sunrise this morning, and happy about heading to Tucson, AZ soon
Char M. - granddaughter at Mankato received another leadership accomplishment that could lead to future job opportunities and scholarships
Scott B. -  grateful for tradespeople.
Dale F. -  says he “doesn’t guilt” easily, but lost sleep triggered a monetary donation for the Polar Plunge
Jim M. - happy that his son is home from spring break
Jennifer S. - happy that her mother’s house is finally ready for sale
Mark Marlin -  happy about the food packing event last Saturday at Second Harvest.  He also noted that he left Char’s St. Patrick’s Day party early after spotting writing on her sweater that said: “let the shenanigans begin”
Ryan R. - also thanked Char for the party, and noted that his oldest daughter’s DECA involvement
Tony N. - educated club members that an “Irish steak” is a hot dog, which were served at Char’s party. He’s also happy that his daughter is home for spring break
Bob H. - suggested that Tucson, AZ is becoming Minnetonka Rotary SW given several visits there by Rotarians.
Angela Gauthier, executive director of MoveFwd. This organization works with youth and families to create a safe and stable community. The non-profit was founded in 1990, and earlier was known as “Teens Alone”.  They serve around 200 youth annually. Ages range from 12-24. MoveFwd provides barrier-free therapy to youth and family, housing assistance for young people experiencing homelessness, and outreach to connect young people to house and basic needs resources. They also have a drop-in center at Eisenhower Community Center in Hopkins for young people ages 15-24. They also offer a housing program for young adults learning how to live on their own.
Submitted by Bonnie W.
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