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19141 Freeport Street

Elk River, MN 55330

General Business, updates and great guest speakers.

Our Club Motto:

Serving Humanity 
Strengthening Youth 
Enhancing Lives


June 1st - TASTE of Elk River Wrap Up and Review
June 8th - Molly Hanson -STRIVE
June 15th - Marilyn Van Patten Chuba
June 22nd - Becky Wiehoff
June 29th - Club Assembly and Gavel Passing from Cal Portner to Molly Hanson. We also welcome Sidney Hanson, 2016-2017 Outbound Youth Exchange student. 
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June 15, 2017 - Regular Meeting

Attendance:  19 present, 21 absent = 40 members

President Elect, Molly Hanson, led our meeting today.  We started off with a fabulous happy birthday song to Bruce “Buck” Tyler!

Happy Bucks:
- Brandon Hanson led us off with a “Marilynesque” type happy buck, but no visual aids!  Two weeks ago, he and his wife both forgot their wedding anniversary; graduation went great, three day trip to the Mayo with Kailey, the graduate for ok test results; he hit a deer; the air conditioning went out, drove home in the storm to get there to no electricity and a dog freaking out, broke into the house to save the dog and as the door opens, the electricity comes back on!  The good news is that he won a trip to Disney through the CAER Classic golf tournament!
- Dan Dixon was happy to have gone fishing on Rainey lake with his son, who managed to capture a 40” northern!
- Pete Reiner was happy for Troy Adams and his crew at Municipal Utilities for helping in his neighborhood during the storm aftermath.  Pete was also happy that yesterday and today, he wasn’t the first person out of the house as his daughter, Erin, has a job as a CNA at Guardian Angels and starts early in the morning!
- Marilyn VanPatten-Chuba was happy to have had a great birthday celebration. There were about 125 people there, her kids were home and she is happy that they have gone home!
- Troy Adams was happy that his crews worked safely through the storm clean up.  He is also happy to be attending the Iron Maiden concert Friday at the Excel Center!

Youth Exchange:
Dan Dixon sent around a collection box for funds for our inbound student Cassandra Lovric, who will be leaving on Saturday for the east coast trip and then back home.  We collected $105.00 for her!   Dan told us that we have a serious need!  We are in need of securing our first host family for our inbound student for the 2017-18 school year.  He passed around flyers and asked us to reach out to as many people as possible.  Our student is a 16 year old female from Denmark.  Please help!   He is also looking for an outbound student for the 2018-19 school year.

Taste of Elk River:

Tricia Downey told us of the winners for the food and beverage vendors at the Taste.  This year, there will be 6 winners and plaques are being made for them.

Molly Hanson passed around a thank you note from Rivers of Hope for our generous donation of $10,000!

We held the card game and once again - no winner! 
The pot is currently at $81.00!  Be sure to come next week to try to win!


Our program today was arranged by Marilyn VanPatten-Chuba.  When asked why she stays in Rotary, she answered “because it’s fun!”
She introduced us to Bruce Price, with Sherburne County Veterans Services.   Bruce is retired from the army after 25 years of service.  He is from OhioCounty Veterans Service Officer, and recognized a few folks in the room!  He was here to speak a few years back. He has a bit of a southern accent and when asked about it, he tells people he is from Albert Lea, the south of MN!  He shared a few stats with us.  Out of 323 million Americans, less than 1% have served in the military.  Out of that 1%, 80% nationwide, have not come in to visit a VA office to get their benefits.  He encourages us to send people to see him.  Lou Gehrig’s disease effects more people in military than the rest of the U.S. population. This information came out in 2009.  Vietnam vets who were physically in Vietnam, could have one of many diseases.   Bruce recently met a man from Sherburne County who served in the Navy for WWII.  The man told him about the ship he was on.  It was built in 1944, commissioned in 1945, decommissioned in 1946, and destroyed and sunk in 1948.  It was used for nuclear testing.  Everyone on the ship was contaminated by nuclear waste!  The gentleman shared a few stories with Bruce about the testing operations.  Bruce’s office sees about 40 to 50 new people each month.  There are both Federal anImage result for armed servicesd State benefits that Veterans may be eligible for.   If you know of someone who served at Camp Lejeune airfare base from 1957 to 1987 (30 years), there was fuel delivered to this base and it contaminated the water.  There are benefits available for these people.  Those who not only served there, but spouses and families that lived there.  It was started in 2012 and was signed into Federal law on 3/14/17.   Bruce also let us know that there are many pension programs available to help out with assisted living payments and that a spouse of a veteran may qualify for a $5,000 grant to get hearing aids for them.  The grant is based on income/assets.    Both Bruce Tyler and Bob Maxwell told us that we are very blessed to have Bruce Price at Sherburne County Veterans Services.  He is very dedicated to veterans.   Bob, through tears of gratitude to Bruce Price, thanked him for his work with Bob’s son-in-law who suffers from PTSD Bruce Price took him under his wing and Bob’s son-in-law is doing well now and has a full time job!   Send your veteran friends to their local county offices to get the benefits they are much deserving of.
June 8, 2017 - Regular Meeting
Attendance:  18 present, 22 absent = 40 members

Our meeting today was led my president-elect, Molly Hanson. She welcomed the STRIVE students and their guests.   We started off with a very special Happy Birthday song for Marilyn VanPatten-Chuba.

Happy Bucks:
- Marilyn VanPatten-Chuba was happy that her husband, Denny is throwing her a birthday party on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. and it will be held at the BeeHive Homes of Elk River.
- Bruce Tyler was happy because he has been a grandfather since March and he was recently left “in charge” and got to perform his first diaper change!
- Molly Hanson was very happy that her daughter, who was our 2016-17 outbound youth exchange student, Sydney, was back home from South Africa.  She has changed over the past few months and they are looking forward to graduation tomorrow night!  Sydney will come and speak to us about her journey on July 20th.  John Osterman asked what her first food request was?  Olive Garden, followed by Buffalo Wild Wings and Pompeii Pizzeria!   Molly was also happy to have STRIVE students and their guests with us today!

Special Guest:  Darcy Wilkenson - Darcy is a lead RN at Fairview and she and Jeannie stepped up to volunteer to be STRIVE mentors for our Rotary club!  Thank you!

Molly Hanson
asked each STRIVE student to introduce themselves and their guest, share their future plans with us and make a comment on the STRIVE program.  We were introduced to Monica-Anoka Ramsey for generals and loved STRIVE; Brooke-PCI Academy; Matt-working this year and will get generals the following year; Cullin-going into the Marines; Jake-construction over the summer and getting generals later; Zack-going into the Navy; Josette-Montana Community College for her first year and MSU to follow; Kali-working this year; Tyler-going into the Army and enjoyed STRIVE; Morgan-Bemidji State; Samantha-Anoka Ramsey for generals; Jared-Anoka Ramsey for nursing!  Molly introduced us to Michelle Reimer who is the guidance counselor  /STRIVE coordinator from ERHS.  Many thanks to Michelle for all she does behind the scenes for this program! Molly also thanked Rotarian and ERHS Principal, Terry Bizal, for allowing us to come into ERHS and do our program!  Molly shared some of the results of the evaluation that the students filled out.  Tyler suggested having STRIVE t-shirts printed.  The top three, most loved STRIVE sessions were Alan Sakry’s inspirational speaking, the PACE testing and results and the career panel.  They would like to see Rotarians more than once a month and preferably any hour but first hour.  Jake felt it was a good use of his time and that it broke him out of a rut.  He got a new field of energy from STRIVE!  Tyler said he is yet to use the financial information but has received a lot of other good advise.   Suggestions for future programming:  information on how to apply to colleges.  Michelle said that she heard a lot of students comment on how they liked the small group discussions and enjoyed getting to know the Rotarians and their experiences. Molly talked about attendance.  Attendance is key to success in life!  Students with the best attendance had the best increased GPA’s.  The attendance rules were adjusted a bit this year.  Each student was allowed to miss up to 2 sessions, and those sessions had to be made up with their mentors, initiated by the student.  Those with perfect attendance, received a crispy, new $100 bill!
Molly, with the help of John Osterman, handed out certificates and cash to Monica, Brooke, Matt, Josette, Jake, Kali, Zack, Samantha and Morgan.  There were two others that were reported in late, but they will also receive their $100 bills.  That is a total of 11 students with perfect attendance!  How awesome!   There were not any scholarships given out.  Students were asked to write an essay to be entered into the scholarship draw and no essays were received.  We ended the meeting with a short social gathering!
June 1, 2017 - Regular Meeting
Attendance: 21 present, 19 absent = 40 total

President Cal Portner led our meeting today.  Julie Fish led the song and Molly Hanson said a very solid prayer!
Cal thanked Molly for leading the meeting last week in his absence.
Happy Bucks:
- Marilyn VanPatten-Chuba was happy to invite us all to her birthday party.  It will be held at her new Bee Hive Homes from 2:00 to 5:00 on Sunday, June 11th.  She was also happy because yesterday, she and a friend went to Wisconsin shopping to purchase furniture for the Bee Hive.  On the way there, they counted 20 dead dear along the road side and there were 29 on the way home!
- Julie Fish was happy to announce her 23 year anniversary, owning Elk River Printing with her brother.
- Curt Hinkle was happy his dissertation was completed, and he walked the stage Sunday and now has his degree as a Doctor in Education Leadership!  Congratulations Curt!
- Bonnie was happy to have learned from her son last week that he was two seconds away from breaking the record at Vandenberg school for running the mile!
- Tricia Downey was happy to have driven to Kenosha, Wisconsin to visit family.  Monday she met up with a college roomie for a class on cooking morel mushrooms!  She was also happy that her daughter ended the school with a 4.0 and her son, not so much!
- Molly Hanson was happy because our 2016-17 outbound youth exchange student/daughter Sydney is in Paris and on her way home!  She will be in the U.S.A. Friday!
- Cal Portner was happy for a great road trip to pick up his daughter at college and an upcoming trip to Prague for a trip that is partly family and partly business!  He was also happy to tell that his son has secured an internship job!
- Lynn Caswell was happy that the Taste was successful and that it is done!
- Debbi Rydberg was happy to have had a wonderful weekend where she had the privilege of rocking her great niece on a boat instead of a rocking chair!


Tricia Downey led our discussion.  We did a review of the Taste of Elk River 2017.   She thanked everyone for their participation and for the weather prayers - they worked!  It was a little cool, but the sun came out in time.  Tricia said that she thinks the budget is looking good.  Stay tuned for firm numbers in the near future.  She said with the way that the tickets came through this year, that there should be a an exact count to how many came through this year.  Julie Fish was the greeter at the vendor gate and has a count of 114 blue bands/vendors and 13 yellow/under 21 years old bands given out.   She went through the sign up sheet to hit all of the categories.  Silent auction was first.  2016 we netted $2282 and in 2017 we netted $2625 so that was a nice increase. Someone thought it made a huge difference to have it located in the center tent and to have two people chair the auction.  Tricia suggested that next year it could use a table position change up and she noted her thoughts.  It was suggested that the sign up for the auction numbers be moved to the beginning of the event when they are checking in and getting their wristbands, glasses, etc.  At the end of the night, Tove Lichty noted that we will need a minimum of four people to help with the tally portion of the auction.  Corey Wemple still has four items at his office that people need to pay for and pick up.  The goal for next year would be to get the calculations and items for people, available by 8:30 p.m. Brandon Hanson suggested putting the Rotary table in with the Silent Auction so in the down times, the Rotarian at the table can assist with auction duties.   This year, there were 42 items. Many thanks to Tove Lichty and Corey Wemple for their hard work!  Next was Sponsorships.  Tricia said that a new and more attractive package will be put together next year.  Some have heard from sponsors that were unhappy about the number of tickets received this year.  Some packages were much less that the previous years.  Tricia is thinking that a window cling, plaque or something would e a nice gift to give to Sponsors.   Dave Anderson thought that it was great that the tents were put up the day before and the commerce building was swept the day before.  It gave time for the dust to settle.   Food and Beverage vendors discussion included Blue Egg Bakery and Walmart were in the wrong spots this year.  It did not work for them to be in the craft beer tent.  Bruce said that they were put there because they didn’t require electricity.  He said that the committee chairs will pay due diligence to rotating vendor locations.  Some of the challenge is food vendors have so many choices that they offer.  Maybe they should scale down to one item to sample.  We ran out of ice before 8 p.m. and we need to be sure we can provide ice throughout the night, as stated in our letter to them.  First National at the Private Tasting Tent, went and purchased their own ice because we didn’t follow through with providing it to them, until after 5 pm.  It was noted that we will need an “ice person” to handle ice next year.  The liquor store provides it to us for free so it is an ice runner that we will need.  Do we survey our vendors for feed back?  If not, we should.   Front End was next on the hit list.  There was a lack of chips issue.  Tricia said that we ran out of chips this year, so she has already purchased 2500 new chips to add to our collection next year.   heard it from a few folks that we need to have “ID’s will be checked at the gate” on the tickets next year. She would like to see some research done on how we should be handling checking ID’s.  We need some practical practices.  It should not be done sometimes vs. always.   There were left over glasses and it was said that we should keep them and sell them at the Taste 2018 for those who collect but missed this year or would want an extra.  It was noted to purchase more beer glasses vs. wine glasses for 2018.  It was suggested that we have the sign re: checking ID’s out at the parking lot so people can grab them when near their vehicles.   There will always be grumpier than grumpy people!  People at the gate didn’t question the price of the ticket and it is estimated that around 90 to 100 tickets were sold at the gate.  Two tickets were sold at 8:10 p.m.!  Full price!   Lynn Caswell shared that he didn’t care for the look of the tickets and that it didn’t look like a ticket.  People thought they were flyers.  Bonnie Koste liked the fact that they were not numbered.  The size can be changed.  Dave Anderson loved the new tickets.  We need to work on getting our tickets turned in, in a more mathematically secured procedure.     Wall of Wine was next.  Lynn Caswell noted that the first hour and a half or so went great.  Rotarian Dan DeBruyn spent the whole event working there, but noted that he liked being there.  There was a lack of volunteers.  A suggestion was made that we have a covered cash box.  The new bags worked well!  People wanted to purchase them!  $800 was collected from Rotarians and we netted $1190 from the wall of wine.  Tricia suggested that we only purchase as much wine as we have lines for on the board of winners.  Robin Skinner suggested that we use the left over bottles to create gift baskets to submit to events as Silent Auction items.  Everyone was cool with that great idea!  We will hit out target market.   Facilities worked great - loved the layout.  Terry Bizal reported that garbage detail went great!   Karaoke was the last on the list.  Compliments were made to Bruce Tyler for his bravery for singing karaoke!  It was said that it was in the wrong location to be a hit.  Tricia will be thinking of something new for next year.  If you missed the meeting today and have some thoughts to share, please contact Tricia Downey.

President Cal had his closing guess for us was “TTFN”  TTFN was an initialism for a colloquial valediction, “ta ta for now”, based on a “ta t”, on informal
“goodbye”.  The expression came to prominence in the UK, during the second World War.  Used by the military, it was frequently heard by the British public.  “Ta-ta for now” was brought into popular use in the UK in 1940 in a weekly radio comedy “It’s That Man Again”.  In a 1966 Batman television episode, Catwoman stated “TTFN” to Batman and had to further explain the meaning of the acronym.  In 1968 and from 1988-1991, Winnie the Pooh’s Tigger used the phrase “TTFN” followed by a “hoo hoo hoo hoo!” as he bounces away on his tail.  Tim Horton, the deceased professional hockey player and founder of the Tim Horton’s Doughnut chain, has “TTFN” on his grave stone.  “Ta ta for now” caught on with the British public so much that it was often uttered by dying people as their last words.  It has been the catchphrase of radio personalities such as Jimmy Young, who modified it to BFN: “Bye for now”.  TTFN is still used online chat such as IRC and MUDs.

May 25, 2017 - Regular Meeting
Attendance: 25 present, 16 absent = 41 members
Today our meeting was ran by our President-Elect, Molly Hanson as President Cal Portner is traveling out east to pick up his youngest from college.  
Visiting Rotarians: Carl Erickson, Princeton Rotary
Ellen Schreder, Brooklyn Center Rotary (also part of our program today)
Guest: Don Starry, Sherburne County Sheriff Office
Roxanne Schreder, Sherburne County Sheriff Office
Don Starry was with us today in place of Rotarian Joel Brott.  Don led us in a fabulous prayer!   We all think he would make a great Rotarian!
- Dave Anderson brought in 4 bottles of wine with intentions of a raffle that turned into a simple giveaway!
- Image result for playing cardsThe card game continues . . . the ace of hearts was pulled and there was not a winner!
- Youth Exchange - Molly informed us that her step-daughter, Sydney Hanson, will arrive home next week from South Africa.  She was there as our outbound youth exchange student.  It is a 19 hour flight home!  Molly and Jamie have her cap and gown ready for her graduation from Elk River High School!   Sydney will come to us sometime in July to give a presentation about her experience.
- STRIVE graduation will be held on Thursday, June 8th at our lunch meeting at Pizza Ranch.  It will be a full house!
- Robin Skinner shared some preliminary numbers from the Taste of Elk River.  Silent Auction $2625; Sponsors $12,500; Gate $3290; Lanyards $330; Karaoke $50; Wall of Wine $1190.
Happy Bucks:
- Debbi Rydberg was happy and informational as she received a cell phone update that would not sync with her new Ford.  It is still in the process of working out the kinks as she is in metric format!   Dan Dixon suggested that she buy a Chevrolet next time!
- Nicole Rasmussen was happy for memorial day weekend and looking forward to staying at their camper, playing golf and the pool opens!
- Julie Fish was happy to brag about her sweet dad turning 85 years young this week!
- Marilyn VanPatten-Chuba was happy that her 99 year old aunt is recovering nicely from a broken hip!
Don Starry and Roxanne Schreder from Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office were with us today, in place of Rotarian Joel Brott.  Joel was out of town for his son’s college graduation.  Don Starry introduced us to Roxanne’s sister-in-law, Ellen Schreder.  Ellen is a partner in a law firm in Brooklyn Center and also does various mission work for Haiti.  She currently is involved with a non-profit called “Helping Haiti Work - www.helpinghaitiwork.orgwhich provides microcredit loans to women in Haiti to help them learn skills and provide funding to be businesswomen, and in essence, then provide for their families.  $200 goes an extremely long way in Haiti!   We were also introduced to Dr. Leslee Jaeger who is a doctor at North Clinic in Maple Grove. Ellen has served Haiti for twelve years. Dr. Jaeger has been been making medical trips to Haiti since 2006 and has performed 50 to 60 surgeries over the years. Her husband is a dentist and has also made the trip to Haiti numerous times.    Dr. Jaeger always felt that a one week trip was never enough and in 2010/11, she began doing research and collection donations for this project.  This program helps the women of Haiti with menstrual issues.  They sew and distribute kits for young girls and women in Haiti.  The cost is subsidized by Ellen and Dr. Jaeger.  Ellen passed a few of the kits around the room so we could see them.   Dr. Jaeger has screened many women and performed hysterectomies and realized the lack of supplies needed or after care and for their menstrual cycles.  It was a huge problem that needed help.  They have found groups of women with sewing skills and with the help of Father Charles from a city up in the hills, were able to provide women with sewing skills and machines.  Ellen was the first teacher.  Many had electric sewing machines, but no electricity so the machines had to bel transformed into treadle machines.   Each kit contains two shields and 8 liners made out of flannel so they can be washed, dried and used over and over again.   They have trained the older women to teach the younger women how to sew the kits.  Ellen’s husband is from Haiti.  Everything moves slow there.  Her husband has turned a rough, half built house into a beautiful home and they are now adding on a second story to accommodate the sewing center.  To get things down to Haiti, they buy older vehicles and pack them full of things.  The vehicle is loaded on a trailer and brought to Miami and shipped from there to Haiti.  They host sewing days in Minnesota and the seamstresses gather and sew pads to send to Haiti to show them how it works.  Kits sewn during “sewing days” go to the young girls.  They also do a lot of sewing prep work on “sewing days”.  They have also sent a public health nurse to Haiti to teach women about menstrual health and hygiene and about human rights.   May 28th is Menstrual Hygiene Day world wide.  This is also an issue in India, Africa and most other third world countries.  Girls with better educations tend to have smaller families and less relationship issues.   Ellen and Dr. Jaeger are seeking contributions and brought business cards to pass around.  
May 18, 2017 - Regular Meeting
Attendance: 24 present, 17 absent = 41 members

John Osterman started us off with a prayer for a great Taste of Elk River and a song of Celebration by Cool and the Gang!

President Cal Portner shared his weekly quote at the beginning of the meeting, rather than the end.  It was a quote from Dolly Parton “without rain, you can’t have rainbows”!

We had a Student of the Month with us from ERHSRotarian Terry Bizal introduced us to Sydney Redepenning. Sydney introduced us to her parents, Ross and Tracy.  Terry led the interview with Sydney.  She has participated in cross country running, nordic skiing, track, National Honor Society a
nd has played the piano for 12 years!  Her proudest accomplishments are receiving all conference honorable mention in skiing, her freshman year and winning the MMTA (Minnesota Music Teachers Association) State Piano contest for the last three years!  Her favorite class is AP English, but she loves math.  She enjoys the AP English class because the teacher encourages them to think freely.  She is not sure of her future plans, but does plan on attending college after she graduates from high school.  When asked about her hero, she replied that her hero is her ski coach, Kirsten Anderson because she works very had at both teaching and coaching.  She is always there for her athletes and students and is always showing that she cares about them.  She has made a big impact in her life!  She shared a memorable experience about a Nordic ski trip to Grand Marias over a Christmas vacation.   She feels she is good with asking questions and asking for help because she gets good feed back.  She finds it is easier to ask ahead of time than to re-do work.   She has also helped raise money for juvenile diabetes.  This weekend, they are having a huge garage sale at their home and the proceeds go to juvenile diabetes.  She has a part time job at Varty’s Greenhouse in Elk River.  When asked who inspires her - Ed Sheeran was the answer!  She hopes to one day teach piano lessons and inspire her students!  President Cal presented Sydney with her Student of the Month certificate and a photo moment was had!

We sang a couple of awesome Happy Birthday songs to Debbi Rydberg and to Lynn Caswell!
President Cal announced that the strategic planning meeting was held Wednesday morning, May 17th and there was a great turnout to chat about the future of Elk River Rotary.  Thanks everyone who participated!

Image result for playing cardsThe card pulled to win was an ace of spades . . . no winner so the stash pile grows!


Tricia Downey, Taste of Elk River Chair, announced that we have electricity!  Things are coming together out at the fair grounds.  Fencing is up and bodies are needed to move around and cover tables.  The table skirts from previous years are M.I.A. so Tricia rigged up something for4 this year.   She sent around the volunteer sheet once more so everyone could look at their places and times.  Debbi Rydberg suggested that if you are in a work area and their are extra folks, please go find somewhere else that is in need of assistance.  It is muddy out there so wear yucky shoes!  Tricia let us know that Facebook shows that we have reached 6,000 people!   Leon Barthel reviewed the I.D. checking process with the group and stressed that everyone must be I.D. checked - even if they are 85!

Go - Fight - Win!
May 11, 2017 - Regular Meeting
Attendance:  26 present, 15 absent = 41 members
Visiting Rotarians: Bill Herring, recent past Rotarian in Forest Lake, recently moved to Otsego
(Bill is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and will be back in a few weeks to visit with us again and maybe join our group!)
Tim Buck, Rogers Rotary President & Golf Tournament Chair
Tim Buck from the Rogers Rotary let us know about their upcoming golf tournament.  It will be held on June 13th at Fox Hollow Golf Course,  It is a Big Cup Tournament and begins at 12:30 p.m.  For further information, contact
Guest: Chris Pomerenke from Rivers of Hope  
Chris thanked us for our long time support as Rivers of Hope was started in 1989 by Elk River residents.
Happy Birthday to Jim Babcock and to Leon Barthel!  Leon had us play a guessing game to earn $10 additional to his song money.  We were 50/50 on the answers so he rewarded us with an additional $5!
Image result for announcements- Patty Carbajal gave a STRIVE update.  Last Tuesday was the last STRIVE meeting.  They did a STRIVE evaluation and received good feedback for some positive changes next year.  On Thursday, June 8th, the students and their parents will come and join us for a lunch graduation celebration!   Patty reported that there are about 15 students with perfect attendance who will be rewarded with $100 bills!
- Robin Skinner attended scholarship night and suggested that we invite the 3 students from Elk River and the 1 student from Spectrum to join us for a luncheon in June.  Bonnie Koste, program coordinator is going to get that scheduled.
- Brandon Hanson reported that he is selling raffle tickets for a trip to Disney World and other prizes.  It is a fund raiser for CAER and he would appreciate it if you would buy your tickets from him!
Image result for playing cards- The card game had a successful winner this week!  Patty Carbajal won half the pot and received $13!  The other $13 goes towards our Paul Harris Fellow awards.
Happy Bucks:
- Lynn Caswell was happy that his mother’s 95th birthday party went well and worked out well despite the stress from his wife, who was planning and worrying about the food!  He had an unhappy buck because his mother’s driver’s license doesn’t expire for another year!
- Curt Hinkle shared $5 bucks because next week, he will be official retired and his dissertation will be turned in, the following week, he will be defending the dissertation and the following week, it should be over and he will be retired, but a doctor!
- Terry Bizal was happy that Robin Skinner and Brandon Hanson were able to attend the awards night at ERHS and represent Elk River Rotary.  147 students received $101,000 in scholarships.
- Debbi Rydberg was happy to get an education last week - it was awesome!  She travelled from Sioux Falls to St. Paul!
Taste Team Updates:
Image result for rotary caps- Bruce Tyler led us in another round of team manager rivalry!  Silent Cal, well, he was silent!  Next was John Osterman, who was a bit worried about Silent Cal being silent!  John was leary to share, but told that three of his team players have over 30 ticket sales each!  Corey Wemple reported in next and he said that he was going to visit Bonnie for more tickets after Rotary today.  Dan Dixon was absent so no report!  Drug Czar Brandon Hanson thought that things were a bit unusually clean this season.  Things are a little subdued and he would like to see more activity this week!   Presale tickets are of most importance so get out there and sell, sell, sell!
Tricia Downey, Taste of Elk River Chair, led our meeting today.  She sent around the volunteer sign up sheet again.  If you don’t sign up, you will be assigned.  Things are going nicely.  We will be selling lanyards, raffles for the wall of wine and karaoke entries will all be $5. Be sure to bring some cash so you an participate in all of the fun events!   Plan to turn in your money to your team manger the following week after the Taste. Tricia thanked Chris from Rivers of Hope for coming to visit us today.  She called out to each of the committee chairs to share some information. Tove Lichty spoke about the Silent Auction. She and Corey Wemple are still accepting items.  They are currently at 25 items and last year were at 35 so hoping to gather a few more.  John Osterman let them know that he has a few items from the beverage vendors.  Amanda Othoudt reported in that the Sponsorships filled in nicely, despite the fact that we did not have Fairview this year at $5,000 level.  Food Vendor Chair, Bruce Tyler reported in 21 food vendors this year and Julie Fish had a list and read off their names. Debbi Rydberg is managing the entrance area and reported that the glasses are coming soon and will be washed and ready!  The fine folks from RE/MAX will be assisting us this year and will be handing out the glasses and the booklets.    Bonnie Koste stressed the importance of turning in your money to your mangers asap so she can get her work done to get us totals.  When handing in your money, please be sure to designate regular tickets vs. the Private Tasting Tent tickets.  Managers - if you can’t be at Rotary the week after the Taste, May 25, please assign someone from your team to take your place as manager to collect money from your players.  John Osterman has sponsored karaoke this year.  It will cost $5 to sing and your name will be entered into a drawing for prizes at the end of karaoke.  Marcus Elk River Theatre will be handing out popcorn in this area.  Tricia confirmed with Chris from Rivers of Hope, that they can be there at 6:45 for a check presentation and that works for her!  Dave Anderson and John Osterman have purchased the wall for the Wall of Wine!  This year, we will have bags donated by the Liquor Store to pack up the Wall of Wine winnings.  Winners must collect their prizes by 9 p.m.
Garbage duty is handled by Terry Bizal and he said “garbage is good” and asked that we all stay through the end to help with clean up!  Facilities master, Lynn Caswell told us that we have a couple of 40x80 tents this year.  Don Horvath, electricity master, conversed about where the electrical boxes are stored.  Finally, Tricia discussed dress code!  Black pants, white dress shirt under your black Taste of Elk River vest.  She has a box of them if you should need a size adjustment.
President Cal closed the meeting with “May all your consequences be happy ones!”  Debbi Rydberg figured it out - Truth or Consequences TV show.
May 4, 2017 - Regular Meeting
Attendance:     25 present and 16 absent = 41 members

Guest:  Mark Johnson, business partner of Brandon Hanson

Image result for announcements- Dan Dixon attended the District Conference with our inbound youth exchange student, Cassandra.  He attended Friday and enjoyed the parade of flags.  He reported in that they have really stepped the conference up and had great speakers.  He challenged each of us to get involved to change the world!
- The cards went around the room again and this week we had a winner!  Cal Portner won half the pot at $35.

Taste of Elk River:

- Bruce Tyler, Food Chair announced that we are currently at 18 food vendors and that two more are coming.  He thanked those who have assisted him!
- Tricia Downey, Taste of Elk River Chair sent around the volunteer sign up sheet.  Please sign up!  She stressed how important it is that we go on Facebook and “like” and “share” things.   She also asked that all committee chairs check their lists for supplies they may need and let her know.  Her biggest fear is that she may have forgotten something that she doesn’t know about.
- Corey Wemple spoke on behalf of the silent auction.  Please turn in your items to him at The Bank of Elk River.
- Bruce Tyler led our ticket sales and called on managers to report in.  Corey, Dan, John and Cal all reported in great sales!  Bruce reminded us that advanced ticket sales are key!
- Dave Anderson and John Osterman announced that they will be shopping for wine for the Wall of Wine this weekend.

Happy Bucks:

- Tricia Downey had $2 - her daughter was in a volleyball tournament and they took it all!  First out of 16 teams!  Her other happy buck was because she is going to the Oliver Kelley Farm Grand Opening this weekend!
- Lori Severson had a $20 happy buck!  She announced that her mentee from Ivan Sand School has graduated!  Congrats!  She also announced that she has switched real estate companies and is now employed by RE/MAX Results!
- Lynn Caswell was happy to be having many relatives come to town to help celebrate his mother’s 95th birthday!

Fines from the Floor:
- John Osterman was fined because his phone rang during our meeting.
- Cal Portner fined Robin Skinner for delivering the invite to the Boy Scout breakfast late.
- Brandon Hanson was fined for bringing the Culinary Team to Pizza Ranch instead of having them cook for us.
- Cal Portner fined anyone who was sitting in the same spot that they sat last week!  Wowza!  The dollars were flying!

Our program was arranged by Brandon Hanson.  He introduced us to the ERHS Culinary team.  He is very proud of their accomplishments. His daughter Kaylie is a member of this team and she has found her passion for cooking through this high school class.  Elk River High School Culinary Team is 7th in the Nation!  They recently won this by attending National in South Carolina.  Brandon introduced us to the teacher/coach Monique.  She thanked us for the invite.  Six students attended our meeting and each took a turn to introduce themselves and tell about the team.  Over the years, they have greatly improved their skills.  They participated at the State Competition at the Sysco Plant in St. Paul.  They have to create a detailed book including all ingredients and costs, recipes, final menus and more!  They made an entree, appetizer and dessert.   They won 4th in State which advanced them to Nationals.  The Culinary program started in 2009 and they have been to Nationals five times!  They had great success at Nationals this year, coming in 7th out of 50!  They have traveled to top notch restaurants in Minneapolis and worked with mentor chefs from all around.  In February they travel to Brainerd for a friendly competition.  This helps them meet restaurant owners and chefs and creates team bonding.  Most importantly to connect with others and form friendships, not just to win.  They practice after school and on Sunday mornings at 7 a.m.for a few hours.  They have to work hard and keep up on their school work because they miss school for events, such as Rotary!   We recently sent them a donation of $700 to help with expenses of going to Nationals.  Monique thanked us for that.  They have success for four years in a row!  Every year is different.  Monique said “These kids here are the best of the best!”  This group also runs the Hallway Cafe at ERHS.  All six students with us today, are seniors and they shared their future plans with us.  They are a crew of leaders!

Cal Portner ended with this sign off:  May the 4th, be with you!
April 27, 2017 - Regular Meeting

Attendance:  20 present, 21 absent = 41 members

Guests: Joni Astrup, Elk River Star News
                Brett Weber, Weber Interiors

John Osterman led us in song and Troy Adams led us in prayer . . . a fine from the floor prayer!

Lynn Caswell had some research to share with us.  It was information found on the internet about Ole and church, so you know it must be true info!

Taste of Elk River Update:

- Julie Fish announced that she has the sign up sheet for the name tags if you should need one.  She will be ordering soon.
- Bruce Tyler led the teams in manager updates.  Corey Wemple went first, telling that his teammates are asking for more tickets.  John Osterman went next and it was reported that he picked up 60 regular and 20 more private tasting room tickets from our ticket queen - Bonnie Koste.  Cal Portner was next and his team is line a horse race.  Additional tickets are going out to a couple of star players.  Dan Dixon was not present to give an update.  Bruce reminded us that advance sales are key!
- Tricia Downey, Taste Chair reported that she attended the recent chamber of commerce seminar about Facebook.  She asked us to please go to the Taste of Elk River Facebook site, find the event and like it and share it.  Last week she asked us to like all things and share them on Facebook.  She passed out a few treats to those who listened to her request!  She sent around the volunteer sign up sheet today and pointed out a couple of changes to the sign up.  She shared something exciting and new!  Lynn Caswell and Julie Fish are designing an Instagram sign to be used at the Taste!   Karaoke is also coming back, compliments of John Osterman, who is the sponsor of the event and also the event coordinator!  Way to go John!
- Brandon Hanson, our Drug Czar announced that he should have, but didn’t!
- Corey Wemple is working on the Silent Auction with Tove Lichty.  There were handouts on the tables listing many unique and awesome ideas for silent auction gifts.
- Bob Maxwell announced that he is about ready to send out his email blast!  Watch the ticket sales soar!

Happy Hour Update:
Last week, Bonnie Koste arranged for our happy hour to be held at Boondox!  There were 8-10 in attendance and a very fun time was held!

Card Game:

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The card game was a hold out again this week with no one winning the treasure pot! The pot thickens . . .
Bruce Tyler suggested that if a person doesn’t buy their card before the meeting starts, as they should, that when the bucket is passed around for them to purchase, they should have to pay $2 for their card.   Stay tuned . . .

Happy Bucks:
- Le
on Barthel was happy that his daughter and granddaughter from Canada are coming today for a visit.
- Leon Barthel also had a Fine from the Floor for $5 to Troy Adams for mixing advertising with prayer!
- Brandon Hanson had a happy buck for the Elk River Culinary team who are on a flight to nationals!
- Tricia Downey was happy to have made it to the gas station while taking her daughter to school and driving on empty!
- Troy Adams was $5 happy to say “good luck in the draft Packers”!
- Nicole Rasmussen was happy to announce that she ran the Earth Day Half Marathon and improved her time by 2.5 minutes!  She was also happy to have had time to spend the weekend at her camper.
- Molly Hanson was happy to be going to Palm Springs to visit a friend.  She also announced that Sportech/ERX is sponsoring a Feed My Starving Children event on May 8/9.  Stay tuned for further information.
- Cal Portner was happy to be going to Winona where his son is in the honors program.  He graduates May 13th!

 Our program today was arranged by Troy Adams.  He introduced us to his wife, Sara Sara grew up in Fletcher, attended Rogers Elementary and Elk River High School. She came today, to tell us about her journey to having her first book published.  Her book is a young adult based novel.  That doesn’t mean it is written necessarily for young adults, but it is about young adults and is a great read for young to old!  It is a contemporary romance.  It also addresses the grief of the young people and their relationship.  She started writing it in July 2011.  Writing about grief, is not easy.  Her book is dedicate to a high school friend who passed away.  Her raw emotion comes from her experiences.  It took a year and a half to get the first draft.  Prior to this book, she tried for an agent and was unsuccessful.  It took her about six months to find an agent.  They got going and the agent quit the business!  It then took her about 3 more months to find a new agent and that has worked out to be the best thing!  He is funny and they get along great.  For 15 months, they submitted to publishing houses and finally found one that was interested.  The contract was signed in May 2015 and the book “The Last Thing You Said” came out April 4, 2017.  It’s been great and the reception to
her book has been better than she expected.  She is happy with the turn out.  The next book (or 3) are written!  Troy stated that he was very proud of Sara and how she handled and has overcome many obstacles and still sticks to her dream!  Her book takes place in Minnesota in the Brainerd lakes area.  She shared her cover design and told us how the author normally has no say on the cover design, but that she was able to adjust a few things.   Sara is a past STMA rotarian.  Her book, “The Last Thing You Said” can be purchase at Target online, Amazon and Barns and Noble stores.

President Cal stumped us this week with his close.  “Glad we could get together” - nightly sign off of newscaster, John Cameron Swayze for NBC network in the 1950s.
April 20, 2017 - Regular Meeting 
Attendance:  21 present, 21 absent

Guest:  Kevin Bargstrom, manager/broker at Edine Realty of Elk River, guest of Alan Sakry

President Cal Portner ran our meeting.  He announced that he only has 10 weeks left to lead us!

He told of the card game that was started last week and sent the box around for those who wanted to purchase a card.
At the end of the meeting, Cal had speaker, Connor Armstrong pick a card and there was not a winning match so the pot grows!

Image result for announcementsAnnouncements:
- The Strategic Planning meeting has been sent for May 17th from 7:30 - 9 a.m. at Elk River City Hall.  Please RSVP to Cal.
- Bonnie Koste announced that we will have a Rotary Happy Hour today, starting at 4:30 p.m. at Boondox in Otsego.

Taste of Elk River:
- Julie Fish sent around a sign up sheet for those who may need a name tag that holds the Rotary pin for their Taste of Elk River vests.
- Tricia Downey told of a couple bumps int he road, but things are smoothing over.  Sign permits have been expedited at the City of Elk River and Tricia wanted to point out how helpful and kind the City employees were.
- Facebook:  Tricia would like to see more likes and shares on our Taste of Elk River Facebook page.  If you haven’t “liked” the page yet, please go do so.
- We should be each be prepared to wear our vests, name tags, white shirt under the vests and black pants for the big event!
- Bruce led us in team updates.  John Osterman talked about the fact that if you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying and announced that amazingly, Terry Bizal has sold 18 tickets so far!  Cal Portner announced that his team, The Black Sox, are off to a good start and had I.O.U. tickets sold before they were in hand.  He his hoping his team goes from worst to first this season!
- John Osterman, beverage chair announced that beverage vendors are coming along nicely with 22 committed.  He told of some of the vendors coming and that there will be four tables of non-alcoholic beverages this year!  Awesome!
- Brandon Hanson, Drug Czar, has his ear to the air and his nose to the ground, which is sometimes a gift!  He picked on Lynn Caswell who earlier, spoke about having a personal trainer and “beefing up” for his gorilla plan.  The Drug Czar found this suspicious!

Happy Bucks:

- Bonnie Koste was $6 happy!  She survived a trip to Orlando with three teenagers!
- Lynn Caswell was happy because he met with his personal trainer last night for the first time and he could still walk when he was done. However, not so good today!
- Troy Adams was happy because he successfully got his two kids on the bus this morning!
- Bruce Tyler said getting Food Vendors was youth!  They are working hard and gave thanks to Debbi Rydberg for doing it all these years and making it look so easy.  It is not easy!
- Debbi Rydberg will be happy when the rain stops!
- Bob Maxwell was happy to have been in communications with past Rotarian, Paul Motin re: hockey!


In the absence of Corey Wemple, Troy Adams introduced us to our guests.  Dennis Alexander and Connor Armstrong from Troop 111.  They came to talk to us about the upcoming adventure to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.  Dennis is an adult scout leader.  He has a 19 year old eagle scout and a 13 year old who is working towards his eagle scout.  Connor Armstrong is an eagle scout and his project was to work on the Handke Stadium.  Their trip to Philmont Scout Camp in New Mexico is a high adventure outing.  Connor is the crew leader.  There are four youth crew members and two adult crew members.  By vehicle, they will travel 1,104 miles to Philmont.  Philmont and boy scouts have worked together for decades.  Wade Phillips from the oil company, owned and donated the acreage for this camp.  Scouts maintain it and it came with a horse and a camel that were there to live out their lives.  It is ran as an active ranch and 25,000 scouts go through camp each year.  It is 223 square miles in the mountains, up about 6500 feet.  There are 35 different trails to encounter.  By day 4, they are at 12,500 feet and work their way down.  They travel 69 miles in 12 days!  There are a lot of fun activities along the way.  This adventure includes a 3 day drive, 12 days at camp and a 2 day return.  They have been training and do practices at Woodland Trails, the Sand Dunes and also have a couple of “shake downs” over a couple of weekends.  They use the equipment that they will use at Philmont so they will be familiar with things.  Connor will attend as a crew member, due to the fact that he is 18 years old and has his eagle scout.  They handed out a brochure with pricing information and notes about their equipment.

Cal’s closing statement:  “Go Home!”   No one figured it out!  It was closing words of the multi-talented British actress Tracey Ullman on the comedy variety show The Tracey Ullman Show on Fox from 1987-90.

April 13, 2017 - Regular Meeting 
Attendance was Excellent again this week with 25 present, 17 absent = 42 members

Cal Portner, Club President, led our meeting today.

Guests: PJ Fanberg with Fanberg Auctions, guest of Tove Lichty (prospective member)
                Hailey Rasmussen, beautiful daughter of Rotarian Nicole Rasmussen

Birthday Boy, Curt “Tinkle” Hinkle was with us today so we sang a wonderful Happy Birthday song to him!

Image result for announcements- Membership Committee Chair, Troy Adams took a couple of minutes to explain to the club, the details of a new card game that we will be playing.  The funds raised, will go towards Paul Harris Fellow Awards.   Today, the winner was Corey Wemple who won $15!

- Cal Portner reminded us to get our registrations in for the District Conference.

- Taste of Elk River

- Team updates were led by the one and amazing, Bruce “Buck” Tyler!  The team managers, Dan Dixon, John Osterman, Cal Portner and Corey Wemple each took their turn at giving mostly B.S. updates!
- Bruce emphasized that we get our pre-sale tickets sold!  When you are sold out, ask your team manager for more!
- Drug Czar, Brandon “Hunk” Hanson picked on Corey Wemple because of his tan and gave Marilyn VanPatten-Chuba, the “eye”!
- Julie Fish took a moment to thank Amanda Othoudt for the fabulous job she and her team did in getting Sponsorships. She then read off the list of Sponsors and asked each of us to be sure to thank and patronize each of them.
- Tricia Downey, Taste Chair 2017, asked if anyone would like a button to help sell their tickets.  Julie Fish will get a dozen made for next week.
- Tove Lichty reminded us to gather our Silent Auction items and get them to her.  She told us that she went to a business recently and asked them if they would give a donation for the Silent Auction and she received an immediate “yes”!  She suggested that we each give a couple of personal asks.

Happy Bucks:

- Julie Fish was $5 happy!  She was happy for Bruce “Buck” Tyler’s baseball enthusiasm, happy to see PJ Fanberg here as he is her much younger cousin and happy to have had the pleasure to have bumped into Elk River Rotary’s first female Rotarian - Rin Rich Rin says hello to those who are still here and knew her!
- Nicole Rasmussen was happy to have her daughter Hailey with us for lunch today.  She was also happy to have celebrated her 14th wedding anniversary yesterday with dinner last night!
- Troy Adams was happy because on 4/4/17, his wife’s book came out and for the opening party in Minneapolis, Troy’s band got to play!
- Lynn Caswell was happy that his computer server came back to life!
- John Osterman was happy to share that his neighbors celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary and John and his wife Lynn helped them celebrate with a bottle of champagne!
- Debbi Rydberg was happy that last Friday night her husband celebrated a round birthday number  . . . 60!
- Corey Wemple was $5 happy - one dollar for each day spent in Jamaica!
- Brandon Hanson was happy to have his business signs up at the new office location!
- Marilyn VanPatten-Chuba was happy because Dan Dixon sent three ladies down to spy at the Bee Hive in Excelsior!  The three liked it so much that they are now going to work for Marilyn!  Lol!
- Dan Dixon had to pay a happy buck and paid a compliment to Bee Hive Homes in Excelsior!
- Alan Sakry had a happy buck for Diane and Jordan going to Dallas next week!
- Robin Skinner was $8 happy because she took third place in the NCAA tournament bracket at work!  Leon Barthel asked if she had to report it on her income!?

Our program today was facilitated by one of our past presidents, Amanda Larson.  In 2011, our Rotary Club hired someone from District to come and lead us in a planning session.   In 2013, when Amanda was president, she led us on a revisit of that planning session, that was held at Guardian Angels.  We had a fabulous turnout with about 25 Rotarians participating.  This year, about a month ago, a session was held and only 5 or 6 Rotarians attended.  Those that met, came up with four main objectives.  Youth/International/Community Enhancement/Membership/Increase & Sustain Club Fundraising.  Amanda went through each category briefly and told us that from her experience at the District level, we are a very solid, mid-sized club.  Amanda asked us to step up to the large white sheets at the front of the room, and add our ideas either via post it note, or to write on the sheets.   She will gather and compile the information and we will have a follow up meeting.  She hopes that we can have 25 Rotarians in attendance at this meeting.   Today was a brainstorming session, not a decision making time.  Please stay tuned for the future date and plan to attend.

President Cal’s closing comment was:  “Remember, I’m pulling for ya - we’re all in this together” by Red Green