Posted by Gary Mosiman
Rake Rattle & Roll 2021 service project
In the span of one week, Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club members performed three community service projects in South Minneapolis.
The first was our bi–monthly food shelf event where we fulfill non-perishable food requests for 80 home delivery clients of Community Emergency Service (CES). This project was completed by member volunteers on Saturday, October 30. While most of the items are hand-picked from the food shelves at CES, member participants often bring other food items to supplement the stock on the shelves.

On that same day, the club picked up 900 hats and 900 pairs of gloves from a distribution center for repackaging and delivery later in the week. Earlier in the summer, club members raised funds to enable the purchase of these hats and gloves. Then, on Thursday, November 4, the hats and gloves were delivered to six local, social service agencies for distribution within their communities. With winter just around the corner, all of these hats and gloves will get distributed and are much appreciated by the recipients! This is also an ongoing, annual event of the club.
Finally, the triple play was completed on Saturday, November 6 when 35 members and guests raked yards for 12 senior citizens in South Minneapolis. This raking event has been an annual club service project for over 25 years and is enthusiastically embraced by club members. As is tradition, many of the participants in this event adjourned to Matt‘s Bar in South Minneapolis afterward to enjoy a meal of their famous “Jucy Lucy” burgers, fries, and beverages.
In addition to regular, weekly meetings with breakfast and stimulating speakers, and numerous opportunities for social events, the Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club is deeply committed to service. Our motto is “Service Above Self,” and we embrace it through the areas of Community Service, International Service, and Vocational Service.