The Rotary Club of Excelsior met on May 18th with 22 members in attendance.  We had a great meeting that included Make a Difference Scholarships, The 2021 Golf Classic and Raffle, a presentation by Don Draayer, a pitch on the Rotary Foundation’s Every Member Every Year, a vote on returning to Redsauce and getting members shirt sizes for our updated Rotary Shirts and Happy Bucks!
President Kate called the meeting to order and turned it over to John Hotvet who took us through the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four Way Test.  John reflected on his 52 years as a Rotarian and the 2,700 meetings he has attended and only missing a few but always made them us.  He talked about the great things that our club and Rotary International has done over the years and what it continues to do today.    He ended by saying, “I am humbled and profoundly honored to be a member of the Rotary Club of Excelsior.”
Kate announced that she was going to send around two sheets for members to give their shirt size for our new Rotary
shirts and also about going back to Redsause Rebellion for our meetings.  She got everyone’s shirt sizes and members chose to return to Redsauce!
Kate then turned the floor over to Jim Cada our Make A Difference Coordinator who introduced Phil Trout from MHS who is the College Advisor.  Phil had great praise for our Rotary Club and the great work of STRIVE and how we have made a big difference at MHS and have the respect of the administration, teachers and students.  Trout said this was the largest Make a Difference Scholarships in MHS history with four $1,500 and three $1,000 scholarships to deserving and needy students.  He noted a bit about each of the seven students and that they will receive these wonderful scholarships on May 27th at Veteran’s Field Award Ceremony.  He ended on a personal note saying that he was never a Rotarian but his two daughters were both Rotary Exchange Students and the experience made a significant difference in their lives.  And finally he said that the “Excelsior Rotary is living up to its mission by making a real difference in student’s lives.  Your generosity and commitment is a real testament to your club.”
President Kate then called on Steve Frazier to kick-off this year’s Rotary Golf Classic and Raffle.  Steve showed our members a Power Point covering all aspects of this year’s fundraiser.  The Rotary Golf Classic will be held on Wednesday, June 9th at Deer Run in Victoria with lunch at 11AM and a shotgun start at noon.  Steve urged members to register for golf, buy and sell raffle tickets and to attend the After Party at Enki Brewery in Victoria around  5PM. 
Steve Called on President Kate who designed our website at and registration of golfers and promotion of all aspects of the event.  Kate covered the costs of the event and how to register on-line for golf and that the proceeds go to local charities. 
Steve then called on Karen Frazier to describe the Rotary Raffle of 2021 and she explained that we have six great prizes – 1st Prize is $1,000, 2nd Prize is $500 and 3-6th Prizes are $300 Gift Cards to Kowalskis Market!  She thanked everyone for bringing their checkbooks and collected $1,200 at the meeting.  Deadline for returning stubs, and unsold tickets is the June 1st Club Meeting.  She explained that each member is receiving a packet of 5 tickets and they are $20 each.  She noted that she had extra tickets if members needed more.  She said …You can buy them for yourself, make them out to family members, sell to your friends and relatives.  All we ask is that you buy and/or sell them all and return the stubs at our June 1st meeting!”
Nick Ruehl was next to Explain the Sponsorship Opportunities and explained the different levels of Sponsorship – Eagle at $2,500 (we have one so far), Birdie at $1.200 (we have 6 so far), Premium Hole Sponsor at $600 (we have 3 so far) and many hole sponsors.  He explained how previous and new perspective sponsors were contacted and asked members of the club to talk with him or Steve about becoming a sponsor.  Nick then showed the aggressive marketing plan to highlight the sponsors through email and facebook and at the event. 
Steve continued to show Deer Run and many of the course benefits.  Steve showed all of the charities our club has done in the last year including Padee Yang our Global Scholar for $32,000, MCEC -$2000, STRIVE/MAD-$7,000, His House-$2,000, ICA-$2,500, Elementary STEM Program-$2,000, Salvation Army $500 and each of us giving to the Rotary Foundation.  Steve pointed out that our goal this year is to raise $36,550 all in 6 weeks!  Steve thanked the members from our club who are serving on the golf committee this year, President Kate, Lou Graber, Scott Zerby, Karen Frazier, John Ferm and Nick Reuhl.    Steve and Nick then discussed the After Party at Enki in Victoria and members were urged to attend even if they didn’t golf that would start about 5PM.  Steve ended the report by urging members to register early to golf, sell and/or buy all their raffle tickets and to become an event or hole sponsor in the next 3 weeks!
Don Draayer then did a short presentation on how we can make a difference even if we are not golfing this year.  Don is a Premium Hole Sponsor and has chosen to highlight Reach Out and Read, Hospitality House and his two books on parenting and getting parents to read to their children and a book to get children reading in impoverished areas of Minnesota.
President Kate then highlighted her last two meetings as president.  On June 1st – David York will speak on the JFK Assignation and the discrepancies between the Warren Report and other investigations.  Then on June 15th at her last meeting she will bring her family and do some special things to end her presidency.  She also announced that there is a vacancy in our area for an Assistant District Governor and urged any interested member to speak with her.  We ended with a great Happy Bucks session!