Minnetonka Rotary Club
The Spoke
The Spoke
Weekly Report
(Photographers - Various)
(Reporter - Bob H. )
April 24, 2024
The Marsh, Second Floor, Minnetonka, Minnesota
(Editor - Mike G.)
Editor Notes
Member Submissions - See the end of The Spoke.
Next Meeting May 1, 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
Links and Libations First Meeting (Open to All)
Apr. 25, 2024
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
City of Minnetonka Tree Planting
Apr. 26, 2024
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Test - Happy Hour
Bar 123
Apr. 26, 2024 6:00 p.m.
Highway 7 Spring Clean Up
Famous Daves Restaurant Parking Lot
Apr. 27, 2024
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Tour of The Grief Club
The Grief Club
May 06, 2024
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.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 - Bob H.
Called to order at 7:30 AM
Emily Huebner Dehn and Kelly Jans from the National Blood Marrow Donor Program
Sarah Johnson form Mtka HS, accepting a grant from our Foundation.
Invocation by Glenn Junti: Good fortune plays a big part in our lives. From time and place of birth, to parents, to schooling, to family and friends, we are very grateful for the blessings we have had. We have much more in common than we are different from other people. We pray that we are thankful for all this goodness as we start our day today.


4-Way Test
International Theme
Tony N. - a thank you note from Gretchen of Urban Boat Builders was read, our speaker last week.
Bob H. - thanks to all the club members and their guests who donated blood yesterday. The turnout was strong, and we have come very close to our goal of 100 pints for the Rotary year. This will be a semi-annual event
in April and October. Also, a thank you note from Alicia of Memorial Blood.
Mike G. -  Tree Planting on Friday, April 26 10:00-12:00. Post Office/ICA Food pick-up on Saturday, May 11. We could use a few volunteers for the later shifts
Jerald S. - our opening meeting for Links and Libations in Sept (TBA) Meet tomorrow, April 25 at Tuttle’s    Bowling at 5:30. EVERYONE is invited, as EVERYONE needs to be involved with our Major Fundraiser
Mark Magney - Highway 7 Clean-Up on Saturday, April 27. Famous Dave’s 8:30-10:30
Ryan R. -  thank you to all who attended the event at his Jewelry Works last week.
Bill; Service above Self on Tuesday, May 7 at the Bear Cave. REGISTER that you will be coming, and we need a little more help with registration.
Chris Rosenlund-  we will be walking Hopkins Mainstreet and inviting business people to the Bear Cave on May 7. Meet in the US Bank parking lot tomorrow, April 25 at 4:00. Then on to Tuttle’s at 5:30
Alexa R. - with Social Events
May 6; The Grief Club visit and Happy Hour at Chanhassen Legion
May 7; Service above Self; Bear Cave
May 18; Coffee and Doughnuts, location TBA
May 30; LTD Brewery
Upcoming; Tour of St. Davids, Winery, KiddyWampus, Peony Gardens
Pete G.  June 1 Pottery Day (Night?) at Feste Auto
New Member Induction
None this week.
Rotary Minute
None this week.
Cathy (ho-hum) held the ticket AND the cash, as she raked in a tidy amount today. We’re happy for you, Cathy. Give someone else a chance, will you?!
Foundation Award Checks
Mike introduced Sara Johnson from Mtka HS Services Program; We donated $650 for the impressive volunteer work of their ‘Seniors Serve’ program. 900 Senior students helped at a wide variety of 90 or more sites; police, fire, senior housing, businesses.
This is not a required program, yet almost all seniors are involved.  Enthusiasm, working together, and Service above Self at a formative age. Thanks VERY much, Sara
Happy Bucks
Happy Bucks with Alexa.
Jerald S.  - for St. David’s (?), and his daughter, Lilly. finishing as FIRST soloist in a recent program
Mark Magney - $36 for the blood drive, going to Idaho and Oregon, and especially for the long-planned sale of his Magney Construction business to two employees. It’s 30 years since he opened it. Congrats!
Amy S. - happy to attend our recent Board meeting.
Cathy C. - her replaced ankle is ‘almost perfect’ and walking without support.
Mike G. - for having Sara Johnson here today, and her terrific Seniors Serve program
Frank B. - for some recent repair of a long-time front tooth problem
Tony N. - for working with his son on the famous Dale Feste truck; ‘headers?, cutouts? Careful of the noise.
Paul Harris Award
Chris Rosenlund handed out some rubies today; Chris Carr is Paul Harris Society member X EIGHT!
Speakers Today; Emily and Kelly, with the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP)
Their motto is “Be The Match” NMDP has created a very large database of millions of possible donors.
The most needed ages of donors is 18-40.  Blood cancers (leukemia etc) are prevalent and the exact need for a donor match is essential. NMDP is based in Minneapolis, but their reach is world-wide. 181,000 lives have been helped since 1987. There were 7,435 cases in 2023 alone. Their mission is to save lives through stem cell therapy.
Because young adults are the bet matches, NMDP seeks them out where they are; colleges, athletic teams, frats and sororities, and workplaces. Social media is a very useful tool. Future health care workers are especially aware and involved with NMDP.
Once a match is found, all costs of travel and missed work time are covered. Blue Cross is especially generous with funding.
The 4 avenues to matching donors are, Grow the Registry, Engage the Youth, Partner with other groups, and Provide the means to move the donor and the patient together.
Thank you, Emily and Kelly for the work you do to save lives. We have now had the Blood Drive yesterday and Bone Marrow transplants today to further educate us on these essential needs for human blood donations.
It is really the only solution; let’s get behind this, as anyone close to us may need life saving transplant care.
Meeting ended at 8:35/
Submitted by Bob Hersman
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