Our Rotary meeting by Zoom was held on Tuesday, July 7th with 22 in attendance including three guests – Jill Holter, Brad sleeper and James Gresham.  All three are interested in joining our club and will meet with our Membership Director Tim Litfin after the club meeting today to go over membership details.
Dick Glover was the opening Marshal.  President Kate Wilinski announced that all the Board members from last year have volunteered to stay on again this year.  Kate noted that the Board has decided to continue doing Zoom Meetings during July as many members want to get back to meeting in person but not comfortable doing so yet.  The goal is to start meeting in August live and by Zoom depending on what is happening with the pandemic.  If we do restart in August we will do so at the Shorewood Community Center with box lunches from Kowalskis.  Kate will survey members about re-starting and also other questions relating to our Rotary Club in general later in July.
Steve Frazier did an update on the 2020 Golf Classic but his signal was lost during the report.  Basically the Rotary Golf Classic will be held on Tuesday, September 15th at Deer Run.  The cost to golf will be $125 with box lunches at the carts and the course is following Covid 19 protocols.  There will be no dinner and live auction this year but rather thee will be an on-line auction daily for the two weeks prior to the 15th.  So far we have six members involved – Kate on Administration, Scott Zerby doing the website BirdEase for registration, sponsorships and on-line auctions, Karen Frazier on Auction Items, Jenny Janson on Graphics as needed, and Steve Frazier serving as Co-Chair, communications and photography.  O.K we need your help and support!  1.  Anyone with on-line auction experience.  2. Golfers – so far Bob Boyer has a 4-some. 3. Event Sponsors for $2,500, 1,200 and $600. 4. Hole Sponsors for $350 – So far Jean Gray and John Ferm. 5. Big ticket Auction Items. 6. Larger General Auction Items.  7. Volunteers!
Upcoming programs are July 21st is Tim Litfin on Tour de Tonka;  August 4th is Club Assembly; no speakers yet for August 18th and September 1st  (Hopefully Dr. Peterson on Fall School Plans)– Any ideas?;  September 15th is golf fundraiser.  Tim Litfin thanked the club for its donation the MCEC and showed three of the signs to help people be safe while they are there.
President Kate then started her part of the program by saying that she is so thankful to have such an amazing board of directors.  Kate went on to give a short bio and said that she is really happy to take on this Rotary responsibility because as a member she has “gotten more than given” and it was her turn to step up.  She and her husband and their three sons live in Minnetonka and have resided there for 16 years.  She loves working for non-profits and has worked for many and most recently it was ICA for 5 years and now at Opportunity Partners in the areas of fundraising, marketing and P.R.  Her family is big into sports, camping and music .  Her husband has played in three bands.  Kate loves doing the newspaper word puzzles and playing cards.  Kate also served at PTO President at Scenic Heights. Kate then called on each member to do a virtual ‘Happy Bucks’ and everyone had interesting things to share.  Except for a few technical internet issues we had a great meeting and Kate smiled and said, “It can only get better from here on!”