Our Program for Tuesday, March 1st was Mayor of Shorewood Jennifer Labadi.  Jennifer is in her 1st year as Mayor of Shorewood.  She thanked Scott Zerby for being her mentor and designer of her mayoral website.  Mayor Labadi is very passionate about traffic safety on public streets, highway #7 and trails.  She noted that she has testified twice at the Legislature on traffic safety on Highway #7 and safety of pedestrians on abutting walking trails. In particular is the trail along Galpin Lake Road all the way to the connecting trail in Chanhassen and its deplorable condition.  This includes safety of pedestrians crossing from the trail to Excelsior Elementary School and downtown Excelsior.  Her first attempt did not get funded but after her second testimony Highway #7 was placed on the review list by MN DOT for a Traffic Study covering traffic and pedestrian safety from St. Louis Park to Hollywood Township.  She credited her Fab Four social media moms for helping create the buzz and ensuing coverage on Fox 9 to draw awareness to the safety issues and hopefully attract capital funding for the projects.  
Other exciting things going on in Shorewood include possible electric auto chargers in various locations, Strawberry Lane and Birch Bluff Roads to be improved and widened to the legal 26 Foot right-of-way and completed by 2023.  Her “Coffee with the Mayor” programs and speakers at Shorewood Landing Senior Center have been well received.  She is excited about the National Mayors Water Challenge sponsored by the Weiland Foundation and small ways we can all do to save on water use.  She smiled and she is enjoying the experience as Mayor and always available to talk with residents about their ideas and concerns.                                       
During Q&A she spoke of her family and that she has three children – two at MHS and one at the junior high, two dogs and a cat.  She enjoys running and works out at Lifetime Fitness.  She favors Round-a-Bouts but will take any suggestions that MN DOT   offers.
Also at our Club Meeting on Tuesday, March 1st our Opening Marshal Steve Frazier and he did a remembrance of his wife Karen Frazier and her 26 years with Excelsior Rotary.  Karen’s Celebration of Life service was March 12th starting at 10AM with Service at 11AM.  There will also be a Rotary Celebration of Life Party in her honor on March 22nd and details will be sent out to members later.  Karen joined Rotary on November 12, 1996 – February 15, 2022 and had perfect attendance for 26 years! She was sponsored by Ron Hughes and in Past President 2009-2010 and on the Board as Community Services Director as Sunshine Lady, and served on every Golf-Auction Committee. Projects she loved to organize were: Highway Cleanups, Rotary Classic Auctions, Resource West’s Warm Hands & Warm Hearts and Teen Christmas Gifts, Many Hands Many Meals, Tree House Rotary Dinners, Salvation Army Bell Ringing, ICA, and loved going to Rotary parties and socials!  We will miss her lovely and welcoming smile, optimistic attitude and her passion for serving others.  Most of all we’ll miss her personal joy and friendship.  The Board of Directors accepted Tiffany (Karen’s Daughter) Frazier’s offer to act as Community Service Quasi-Director as a nonmember for the rest of President Lou’s year.
Following the speaker President Lou presented Dick Glover with a Paul Harris Award and thanked him for his support to the TRF and his great work with the STRIVE Program.