Posted on Jul 16, 2019
Our Program on July 16th was Tour de Tonka with Tim Litfin and a celebration of Reach Out and Read.  Tim and his staff challenged the Club with Tour de Tonka trivia and presented prizes to the winners.  Tour de Tonka has grown from 819 riders in 2006 to nearly 3,500 riders annually. Riders from more than 166 Minnesota cities and 42 states have participated in the event. Tim had all of the volunteers from our club stand (eight!) and said that they have need for more volunteers.  The event draws all kinds of Riders that can choose between eight distances from 16 to 100 miles. There are 12 rest stops along the routes, where riders enjoy food, live music, rest and conversation. Tour de Tonka’s routes move through 24 west metro communities– all of which showcase beautiful roads, trails, and scenic views of farms, lakes, and rivers.  A portion of the proceeds goes to help the ICA Food Shelf.  This is a great community event and we are proud of the work of our own member Tim Litfin for his enthusiasm and dedication to making this event such a great success!
Also part of our Program was devoted to celebrating our club’s Reach Out and Read Grant and Dr. Don Draayer’s tenacious work in raising $44,490 for the project.  Our club also collected over 2,000 recycled books in partnering with Scenic Heights Elementary.  The Minnesota Legislature also became involved and dedicated $150,00 to ROR over the next two years to encourage children’s literacy.  On hand for the honors and cake were ROR’s Director Kris Hopin and Dr. Sylvia Sekhon.
The Rotary Golf Classic Committee is hard at work preparing for the golf fundraiser and auction to be held on Wednesday, August 21st at Deer Run golf Course in Victoria.  Members have been selling raffle tickets at the Farmers Market and Wednesday Night Concert in the Park events. Sign-up today to golf, attend the dinner, or donate an auction item for the event.