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PIZZA RANCH 

19141 Freeport Street

Elk River, MN 55330

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March 30th - Robin Skinner
April 6th - Mark Leland
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March 9, 2017 - Regular Meeting
 
Attendance:  19 present, 23 absent = 42 members

Today our meeting was started by President-Elect, Molly Hanson. John Osterman led us in song and Debbi Rydberg had a “top 5” prayer, according to John Osterman!

Visiting Rotarian: Carl Erickson, Princeton Rotary
Guest:  Cassandra Lovric, inbound youth exchange from Germany.  She had a sheet with her for us to sign up to buy cookie dough from her for a fund raiser for track. She enjoyed her basketball season and is having a lot of fun with the Merkling family!

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Happy Birthday was sung to Keith “Coach” Hempel.  It was a special song for his 79th birthday!

Molly Hanson announced that she and Robin Skinner will be leaving Rotary early today to head to Iowa for P.E.T.S. training where they look forward to learning more about Rotary International!
 
Taste of Elk River Updates:
Amanda Othoudt reported that there has not been much activity in the Sponsorship category.  Sportech has signed up for a Silver ($1,000) sponsorship.  If you need packets, please let her know.  The opportunity to be the Signature Sponsor is still available at $7,500.
Bruce Tyler, Food Committee, reports that we now have five vendors signed up.  Goal is 25.
Dave Anderson reminded us to bring him $20 for the Wall of Wine.  He’d like to wrap it up ASAP so he and John are ready for the wine sale!
Tove Lichty is leading the charge for the Silent Auction and is looking for items.  She received the first item from the Sherburne County Fair Board.  Tove will be sending out letters around the first of April, asking local businesses for donations.

 
 
Guardian Angels Gala is this coming Saturday, March 11th.  We have one spot available at the Rotary table.

 
 
 
 
 
Happy Bucks:
Tove Lichty was with a client this morning and had to contact past Rotarian, Paul Motin for a question and was able to reach him.  He is doing well in Chicago!
Alan Sakry was happy to have been in Florida for two weeks, relaxing!

 
Program:
Our program was handled by Debbi Rydberg.  Her rotary moment was 8 years ago, not long after starting her job at the Elk River Chamber of Commerce, when Paul Motin phoned her and asked her to be his rotary program.  Debbi stays for the fun and friendship.  This is a place that she calls each of us, friends!

She introduced us to Ruth Bachman, author and speaker.  Ruth spoke to us to inspire us to “Grow Through the Narrow Spots”, which is the title of her book that was available for purchase at our meeting.  Ruth is a cancer survivor and is passionate about sharing an empowering message about navigating the inevitable changes that occur in life.  Ruth spoke about the one constant in life - change!  She pointed out her missing left arm/hand.  She used to be left handed. She has survived sarcoma in her hand!  She’s happy to be here and to be able to do a lot of things.  It started with a lump on her wrist.  It was the most common form of sarcoma.  There are 28 types and all have less than 1% malignancy.  She lost her sister at 35 years young, to cancer. She knows cancer as a teacher.  She compared cancer to the narrow spot in her hour glass that was sitting on the front table.  Our lives all start with the sand at the top of the hour glass and move to the bottom.  Change is the nature of life.  She went around the room and numbered us off 1-2-3.  All the 3’s were asked to stand up and move chairs.  Ruth then said, “change happens”!  It happens every day.  Some change brings us wonder and awe but not all is controlled how it enters our lives.  Change is the rule, not the exception!  It sometimes requires a change in perspective, to look at it at a different angle.  It creates resilient responses!  Resilience means tough, strength, recover, ability to over come.  Some changes are not always easy to recover from.  Good changes are grand kids and new houses, but both can also be not good changes.  Some change is ugly and accompanied with fear.  Fear makes the journey difficult.  When you experience a narrow spot, others will be there for you!  Isolation is deadly!  We need other people.  Positivity and seeing possibilities keeps us resilient.  We need to put forth effort similar to gardening.  We plant, sow and water.   To be resilient, one must have a positive attitude, a support network, maintain a sense of humor, and faith and understanding the grace in your life.  When you are feeling lost, Ruth suggests that we think about the following three points.  1. What is truly lost?   2. What remains?  3. What is possible?   We should also remember that accepting help is a gift to the giver.

In the absence of the “powers that be”, Debbi Rydberg led us in reciting the Four Way Test and rang the bell with an awesome connection!
 
March 2, 2017 - Regular Meeting
 
Attendance:  23 present and 19 absent = 42 members
 
Our meeting today was led by President Cal Portner.  Our intro song was led by John Osterman, followed by a solid prayer by Pete Reiner.
 
President Cal welcomed all Rotarians - those who attend often and those who appear randomly . . . you know who you are! 
 
 
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- Lynn Caswell announced that he has misplace his “hat order” sheet and has started a new one to send around the room today.
- Lynn Caswell shared a handout with each of us re: a scam involving W-2 forms.
 
 
 
- Amanda Larson invited us to all attend the upcoming Strategic Planning Session on Wednesday, March 8 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
This will be held at Elk River City Hall.  We will review what we’ve done, what we are doing and what we are going to do!
 
Dave Anderson reminded us that he is collecting $20 from each of us for the Taste of Elk River Wall of Wine. 
- Debbi Rydberg announced that Brandon Hanson, herself and a few others will be meeting and talking about how we can have a
community food fight with the Elk River Lions Club.  Stay tuned for details!
Nicole Rasmussen had a request for volunteers to assist at Handke School on Saturday, March 11 from 9 am to noon to help with
Career Exploration Day.  Please RSVP to Nicole if you can assist.  She has 120 students signed up so far.
Nicole Rasmussen announced that a past Rotarian Tim Jeanetta, has been given the honor to run next week as the only representative
from Minnesota, in the law enforcement torchlight run for the Special Olympics Winter Games in Austria!  Go Tim!
Dan Weber announced that he has about 10 sponsorship packets that he has been instructed to hand out and I think he gave them all out!
- Tricia Downey, chair of Taste of Elk River 2017 announced that there will be a Committee Chair meeting today, following our regular
meeting.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  She asked if anyone has a connection to Ebner’s Bait, as she would like to see us get
permission to put a black sign board on their property this year for the Taste. 
- President Cal passed around a thank you note from Open Doors for Youth, thanking us for our gift of gift cards and cash in January.
President Cal passed around brochures about the 2017 District 5960 Conference that will be held April 27-29 at the Holiday Inn East,
2201 Burns Avenue, St. Paul MN.  The brochures have all of the information and registration information.  Be sure to get yours!
 
Fine from the Floor:   President Cal fined anyone without their round name badge on.  There were a few!
 
Happy Bucks:
Marilyn VanPatten-Chuba shared a story with us about a near scam when she received a phone call from a young man, claiming to
be her grandson needing bail money.  She didn’t fall for it!  
Curt Hinkle had a happy to be here $10 bill!  He filled us in.  He is heading toward retirement and working on his dissertation. 
- Tricia Downey was happy to have had her special necklace returned.  She had left it behind at a doctors appointment.  The lost was found and returned.
Lynn Caswell was happy to have assisted a few students from Spectrum High School, with building mini libraries.  Project complete!
- Nicole Rasmussen had a sad buck because Joel Brott and Amanda Larson will not be running with her in the Earth Day Marathon, but she was
happy to announce that she is once again running the Twin City Marathon.  Go Nicole!
John Osterman was happy to be back from Lake of the Woods where 15 folks were very successful at catching fish.  Only one burbot was caught.
Marilyn VanPatten-Chuba was also happy because her building builder had his trailer stolen and it was recovered with the help of the
Sherburne County Sheriff’s office.
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- Amanda Larson was happy to tell us that baby Larson #2 is due to arrive in August 2017!  Congratulations to Amanda, Brian and Cash!
 
 
Program:
Our program today was arranged by Pete Reiner.  Pete has been aware of Rotary most of his life, as his dad was a Rotarian in South Dakota and took Pete to meetings on occasion.  Pete stays in Rotary for the great friends and enjoys the projects.  He always looks forward to Thursday!
He introduced us to Pam Tschida.  Pam has been a Rotarian in White Bear Lake for three years and serves as their treasurer.  She has been a hair dresser for 50 years.  She is a volunteer with Fast for Hope, the Nicaragua project.   She has been to Nicaragua three times, most recently, last fall.  She had a video presentation that she shared with us.  The purpose of Fast for Hope is to raise awareness, raise money and take action.  A couple of years ago, a group from Nicaragua came to Minnesota and she spent a lot of time with them and they now have a great connection.   Fast for Hope is an annual fund collection and it started about 25 years ago. Rotarians collect funds and send to Rotary International  for the Fast for Hope project.  In 2006/07, they began sending the funds to Nicaragua.  It is the second poorest country in the world, with the poorest being Haiti.  Nicaragua is about a three hour flight from Atlanta and it is a Spanish speaking country.  The goal is to help them be sustainable, self sufficient and have a quality life.  They work with people and teach them how to work together.  They have volunteers on the ground, indigenous materials/labor, a minimum of 3 years to maximize their resources and community reward so they can identify and quantify results.  District grants support literacy and health in Nicaragua.  Each day, they must walk one to three hours a day for water.  They get up between 2 and 4 a.m. to begin the journey to get water before it runs out.  They have a big dream to some day have a nice main road.  The current road is awful and treacherous to travel or walk.  It is very muddy and unsafe.  Pam stated that “it takes them all day, to simply live their lives.”   They are building relationships and there are now three Rotary clubs there.  This project is done through our District 5960.
 
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President Cal closed with a quote “Be well, do good work, keep in touch” and right away someone guessed Garrison Keillor.
 
 
 
 
February 23, 2017 - Regular Meeting
 
Attendance:  25 present, 17 absent = 42 members
 
Present:  Troy Adams, Dave Anderson, Jim Babcock, Dirk Barrett, Leon Barthel, Patty Carbajal, Lynn Caswell, Tricia Downey, Julie Fish, Brandon Hanson, Keith Hempel, Bonnie Koste, Mark Leland, Bob Maxwell, Amanda Othoudt, Cal Portner, Nicole Rasmussen, Debbi Rydberg, Lori Severson, Robin Skinner, Bruce Tyler, Marilyn VanPatten-Chuba, Dan Weber, Becky Wiehoff
 
Absent:  Josh Anderson, Terry Bizal, Joel Brott, Dan DeBryun, Dan Dixon, Mary Eberley, Glen Ertel, Curt Hinkle, Don Horvath, Amanda Larson, Tove Lichty, John Osterman, Pete Reiner, Alan Sakry, Corey Wemple, Stewart Wilson, Nick Zerwas
 
Guest: Karla Forde, Business and Cents, guest of Bruce Tyler, prospective member
Jim Acres, Boy Scouts - came to announce the upcoming April 27thBanquet. 7 a.m. at the Elk River American Legion
this year’s speaker is Sherburne County Sheriff, Joel Brott
 
Announcements:
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
- March 8th, Strategic Planning Session, 8 a.m. at Elk River City Hall.
Please let President Cal Portner know if you plan to attend.
 
 
 
 
March 11th, Guardian Angels Gala.  Rotary has sponsored a table for 8 people.
Please let President Cal Portner know if you would like to attend this fun event and represent Elk River Rotary.
 
 
 
 
TASTE OF ELK RIVER!
- Amanda Othoudt has Sponsorship packets.  She brought 30 of them and asked each of us to take one and give to our
business associates and help promote sponsorships!  She has a spread sheet and is looking for recommendations.
- Nicole Rasmussen announced that she signed up to co-chair the food vendors with Bruce Tyler and is no longer able to
do so.  She asked the group for assistance and Lori Severson stepped up to assist Bruce Tyler.  Any one else that might
be interested, please contact Tricia Downey or Bruce Tyler.  Nicole will still assist, but is not able to co-chair.
Dave Anderson is collecting $20 from each of us for the Wall of Wine. The funds are used to purchase the wine used for the
Wall of Wine.   Each Rotarian is obligated to donate $20 to Dave’s collection so be sure to do so.
- Food Vendor, co-chair, Bruce Tyler got an idea from Shiver Elk River and is pursuing a couple of food trucks to have at
the Taste of Elk River.  He would like to see four of them.  If you have a contact, please share it with Bruce.
 
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- Lynn Caswell was modeling a newly purchased baseball cap, showing the Rotary wheel and the word Rotary.  It is a blue
baseball cap with the yellow/gold lettering.  He is taking orders.  If you would like to order one, please give him $13
and he will get an order together!
 
 
CONFERENCES - If you would like to attend either of these, please let President Cal Portner know of your desires.
- The Rotary International Conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia this year.  Bill Gates will be one of the keynote
speakers.
- The District Conference is coming up at the end of April and will be held in St. Paul.
CHALLENGE - it was suggested that we challenge the Elk River Lions Club to a “food fight” to collect food for CAER!
 
HAPPY BUCKS:
Debbi Rydberg was happy that Shiver Elk River is over.  $18,000 was raised for non-profits, which brings a total of $120,000 over 7 years time!
Amanda Othoudt was happy that her oldest son is going on a high adventure, dog sled Boy Scout weekend and her middle son is starting driver’s education!
Julie Fish was happy to have enjoyed time last week in Harlingen, TX, visiting her folks and was happy that Bob Maxwell filled in as Rotary Scribe and took attendance and notes.  She had a final happy buck for us to sing a song to President Cal Portner, in honor of President’s Day.  We sang a round of “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow”!
Bruce Tyler was happy because he owns two fantasy baseball teams and it is draft night tonight!  He shared his first picks with us, but shhhhhh, don’t tell!
Jean Johnson, our speaker today, was happy for the opportunity to share with us!
 
PROGRAM:
Amanda Othoudt lined up our program today.  She gave her Rotary moment.  A couple of years ago, she attended a Rotary meeting with Dan Weber, who was presenting on broad band.  She thought we were a fun and energetic group and it was easy to join and remain a member.  Amanda has taken on a leadership roll with the Taste of Elk River and is our Sponsor Committee Chair!   She introduced us to our speaker, Jean Johnson.  Jean is the founder and chair for Farm Friends Barn Project.  They are currently located in the ag facility, north of the Sherburne County Court house and hope to build in Becker, Minnesota.  This project is being built to strengthen agriculture through education.  Jean was born in Washington, DC and moved to North Minneapolis.  When she was 17 years old, she moved to Becker.  She graduated at 18 years old, met a farmer and got married.  They have been married for 35 years, have two children and own Triple J Farm and Norm’s Farm Market off Highway 25, just out of Becker.   She also has worked for 28 years at the Department of Agriculture in Elk River.  A family from Becker donated 260 acres of land in 1995 to Sherburne County. There are covenances on the property and the land is designated for park, in 2008, the History Center was built and there are 40 acres set aside for future fair grounds and other ag activities.  This is where the project will be built.  Sherburne County gave them 5 acres.  They are raising money and have $60,000 raised to build the barn.  Breakdown as follows:  barnat $200,000, grain bin at $15,000, site prep, parking, plumbing at $35,000, revenues and operations at $30,000.  After it is built, it will be donated to Sherburne County and leased back.  The History Center will be the gate keepers and it will be operated by volunteers.  It will be available for meetings that are ag related, such as 4-H groups, etc.  Inside the barn, there will be ag related stations, similar to the State Fair grounds.  Sherburne, Benton, and Stearns Counties will participate.   Rotarian Amanda Othoudt has been on the board of directors for four years and helps to raise funds.  Last year they raised $13,000 through Becker Freedom Days Parade and taco sales, Palmer Township concession stand, a three of a kind fund raiser and they have a clay shoot that raised around $10,000.  Jean finished with a couple of trivia questions.  The average age of a farmer is 58 years old.  Less than 2% of the US consists of farmers. The first crop using GMO’s was petunias.   To contact Jean - 320-248-2615, jjohnson@farmfriendsbarn.org
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Cal’s close was from Red Green - “If the women don’t find you handsome, they should at least find you handy!”
 
 
 
 
 
February 16, 2017 - Regular Meeting
 
Attendance:  22 Present, 20 Absent = 42 members
Present:  Troy Adams, Dave Anderson, Josh Anderson, Jim Babcock Dirk Barrett, Leon Barthel , Terry Bizal, Lynn Caswell Leon, Patty Carbajal, Tricia Downey, Julie Fish,  Molly Hanson, , Tove Lichty, Bob Maxwell, John Osterman, Cal Portner, Nicole Rasmussen, Alan Sakry, Robin Skinner, Bruce Tyler, Marilyn VanPatten-Chuba, Corey Wemple, Becky Wiehoff
 
Absent:  Joel Brott , Dan DeBryun, Dan Dixon, Mary Eberley, Glen Ertel,Julie Fish, Brandon Hanso,  Keith Hempel, Curt Hinkle, Don Horvath,  Amanda Larson, Mark Leland, Amanda Othoudt, , Pete Reiner, Debbi Rydberg, Lori Severson, Dan Weber, Stewart Wilson, Nick Zerwas
 
“My Country….” was led by John Osterman and President Cal gave our meeting prayer.
 
Guest:  Jennifer Mueller - Anytime Fitness introduced by Bonnie Koste.
 
Birthday Greetings:
Image result for birthday wishesDirk Barrett ….with a little different twist. Dirk wanted the standard “club stand up and birthday person sits down” but the song to be sung as poorly as possible. OOOOOK….then? We did our best/worst birthday song ever. Collecting the money was another issue. Unaware of the “fee” paid to the Rotary Foundation for the generally a nice song was $10 Dirk will be allowed to pay at the next meeting. I’m sure he will not forget but in case he does……
 
Student of the Month:
Our student this month was Dani Stewart from Elk River High School. Dani’s parents Dawna and Scott Stewart joined us for the presentation. Dani is a super student - academically and athletically. She has an exceptional GPA.  She plays high school softball and was voted captain by her teammates. She plays for an elite softball club as well. She is also involved in her youth group at church. Her favorite classes are AP Chemistry and Pre Calc/Math. She plans to attend St. Scholastica in Duluth. She loves photography and exploring new places. Her hero is her Grandpa Stewart. He always tried to show her that she was capable of so much and she is convinced that has made her who she is today. Her participation in softball has meant so much to her with respect to her leadership skills and the opportunity to pass that along to the younger players. She believes she won the award because she worked really hard in school and that it gives her reassurance that her good works are not going unnoticed….giving her motivation to continue working hard.   
 
Happy Bucks:
Bonnie Koste - Son going with Jennifer’s daughter to MORP – What is MORP you asked? It is PROM spelled back words where the gals asked the guys out. I guess it’s like a Sadie Hawkins dance for us older folks.  
Robin Skinner – Glad Shiver Elk River is over and the disappointing weather for the hockey tournament.  Also her retirement from hockey leadership. Thanked Dirk for carpet for the Shiver Tourney.
Jim Babcock – Happy with the weather with the gorgeous sunrise and singing birds.
Lynn Caswell - Completion of his “drawer project” for the pantry. He was “a bubble off” in his first attempt but recovered nicely with them fitting perfectly after the changes.
Cal Portner – Happy to be traveling to Birlington, Vermont for his daughters’ college hockey games.
John Osterman – Traveling to Lake of the Woods to seek out his Taste of Elk River team mascot – A Fighting Burbot. Good luck Oster.
Dirk Barrett – Has a St. Patricks Day gig at the Legion Club with Robin’s husband.
Tricia Downey – Celebrated with dear friends, Thursdays YMCA GALA and Sioux Falls trip to see new nephew.
Cal Portner – Pitchers and catchers reported to camp for the TWINS.
 
Announcements:
 
Image result for announcementsLynn Caswell – Kelly Farm and its new improvement programs are in need of volunteers. Greeters, visitor specialists, kitchen associates, golf cart driver, lunch liaison and office organizer. Contact at 763-441-6896 or visit mnhs.org/volunteers.
Dave Anderson – Indicated it is not too early to get your $20 contribution for the purchase of wine for the famous TASTE of Elk River Wall of Wine. It must have been the weather that got him going.
Reminder there is a social gathering at 4:30 PM at Cowboy Jacks in Otsego.
 
Club Assembly:
Cal Portner – Reminder of club planning session on Wednesday March 8th at 7:30 – 9:00 AM at City Hall.
Tricia Downey – Seeking TASTE of Elk River Sponsorships – handed out a card to fill out and return with companies and contact persons you may know that can help. Return to her, Amanda Othoudt or Dan Weber.  
Cal Portner – Club is seeking board members/directors – If you can help please contact him for more information.  
Troy Adams – Think of new member possibilities for “new blood” to build on our community service opportunities. Our ultimate objective is to serve others and to continue to “give back”.
Cal Portner – Help in establishing a future marketing budget for promoting our club including member expansion and service projects. “Pay it forward”.  We have a Fund Balance from the TASTE and we need to develop some “brick and mortar” ideas. Temporary housing for people, downtown water tower plaza/park (with grant possibilities) and if a new Community Center is ever built to prepare to sponsor a Rotary/Community Meeting Room ideas were shared. Get those funds working in our community.
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Meeting Closing: Who said “Good Night and God Bless” – Dirk Barrett was the quickest  and correct with Red Skelton.
 
 
 
 
February 2, 2017 - Regular Meeting
 
Attendance:  17 present, 24 absent
Present:  Troy Adams, Leon Barthel, Patty Carbajal, Dan Dixon, Tricia Downey, Julie Fish, Brandon Hanson, Molly Hanson, Keith Hempel, Bonnie Koste, Bob Maxwell, John Osterman, Debbi Rydberg, Alan Sakry, Lori Severson, Bruce Tyler, Marilyn VanPatten-Chuba
 
Absent: Dave Anderson, Josh Anderson, Jim Babcock, Dirk Barrtett, Terry Bizal, Joel Brott, Lynn Caswell, Dan DeBryun, Mary Eberley, Glen Ertel, Curt Hinkle, Don Horvath, Amanda Larson, Mark Leland, Tove Lichty, Amanda Othoudt, Cal Portner, Nicole Rasmussen, Pete Reiner, Robin Skinner, Dan Weber, Corey Wemple, Becky Wiehoff, Stewart Wilson, Nick Zerwas

Incoming President, Molly Hanson, led our meeting today in the absence of President Cal Portner.  Molly thanked Troy Adams, past President, for leading the group last week, in the absence of both incoming and current presidents.

Guests: Cassandra Lovric, inbound youth exchange student from Germany
Cassandra had a golden opportunity for us today . . . she sent around an envelope of tickets for sale.  They were tickets to a Girls Basketball fund raiser, pancake breakfast.  It will be held Saturday, February 11 from 8 to 10 a.m. and will be held at the Elk River Country Club.

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- Youth Exchange - Sidney Hanson, in South Africa, will be moving to her second host family on Sunday.  She is excited for the new experience. She misses the snow and cold, but is doing well!
Membership Committee is having a meeting on Wednesday, February 8th at 8 a.m. at Old Main Eatery.  A prospective member list will be made.  Everyone is welcome to attend this meeting.
Taste of Elk River - Tricia Downey reports that the Sponsorship Committee has met and is on a running start!  Tricia met with the Food and Beverage Committee Chairs and had a meeting with Roger at the Fair Grounds.
- STRIVE is next week on Tuesday, February 7th.  Bruce Tyler will be the presenter and will speak about human resources.
Bonnie Koste reminded us to mark our calendars for Thursday, February 16 at 4:30 for a happy hour at Cowboy Jacks.

Happy Bucks:
Dan Dixon sat with Julie Fish today and she share with him that Elk River Printing celebrated 35 years as a company, yesterday!
Lori Severson was happy to tell us that her mentee, has completed and turned in projects towards her goal. She will attend college at Anoka Ramsey and continue on to St. Cloud State to pursue a degree in Elementary Education, which is her dream!
- Leon Barthel had a happy buck because he and his wife, met one of their sons and daughter-in-laws in San Diego for a short vacation!
- Bob Maxwell was happy to tell us that he had his annual pacemaker check up and all is well!
- Marilyn VanPatten Chuba was happy to have gotten her Christmas decorations down.  She was also happy for Julie Fish and Elk River Printing’s anniversary!
Troy Adams was happy that his first music single was released on i-tunes!
- Debbi Rydberg was excited that she learned about Spotify and has listened to Troy’s new tune.  She was also happy that her grandson visited last weekend and they went to the zoo.  She thanked Brandon Hanson for getting her dessert and finished off with a Shiver Elk River commercial.  Still looking for volunteers for the event.  Please sign up online!
- Brandon Hanson had a happy buck, but he had to wait so long, he forgot what it was!
Julie Fish was $35 happy and gave $1 for each year of the success of Elk River Printing!

Program:
Our program was arranged by John Osterman.   John shared with us his Rotary story.  Back in 1990, past Rotarian, Tom McNair approached John to help him put flyers for the Rotary Pancake Breakfast on cars at churches for advertising.  The next year, John joined Rotary and still enjoys every minute of it.   John introduced us to the interim Superintendent for ISD 728, Bruce Watkins.   Bruce has a wife and four adult children who live in Minneapolis.  He comes to Elk River with a lot of experience in districts with multiple schools to manage.  He was an Assistant Superintendent in Duluth from 1999 - 2004; Superintendent in St. Cloud 2004 - 2008.  In 2008 he retired and began consulting.  St. Cloud needed his help again and he went back to Superintendent from 2010 - 2013.  He has been an Interim Superintendent in Foley recently and is now with ISD 728.  Bruce thanked us for clapping for him in advance and thanked us for having him visit and speak to us today.  He explained that the previous Superintendent, Mark Bezek, left ISD 728 in June and that is not a good time of the year to hire.  The School Board was also going to be transitioning members in January and switching 3 out of 7 members so the decision was made to hire Bruce.   Bruce shared some stats with us.  There are 13,000 students in ISD 728, today.  Zimmerman is stable, Elk River shows stability with partial growth, and Rogers and Otsego are fast growing areas.  Otsego is currently building a K-8 school.  ISD 728 serves 8,000 lunches daily and 2,000 breakfasts daily.  Vision Transportation handles the bussing and transports 8,500 students per day.  That is 1.2 million miles per year, put on the busses.   ISD 728 is 89.5% caucasion, 10.5% minority, 2.8% of 13,000 students have a different native language.  There are 40 different languages in ISD 728, most prevalent are Spanish, Russian and Laotian. 13,000 students brings Elk River to the 8th largest district in Minnesota. Anoka is the largest and boasts around 30,000 students!  ISD 728 is rated #1 in the state for all grades in math and #3 in the state for all grades in reading and science.  Minnesota encourages all students to take the ACT test for a gauge. The average ACT score in ISD 728 is 21.9, which is above State and National averages.  The superintendent search is on.  They have hired a consulting firm to help them find a superintendent.  The District has a fund balance and is in good financial shape.  It also high achieving and always has been.  He credits that to Jana Hennen-Burr for her efforts with curriculum.  This will attract good candidates.  They will have well over 20 candidates and the time line is great!  ISD 728 is ahead of the hunt for the superintendent.
Bruce informed us that there are many schools, such as Edina, Lakeville, St. Louis Park, and Eagen looking for superintendents.  ISD 728 should have their search completed before the other schools begin their searches.

Molly ended our meeting with the 4 way test!
 
 
January 26, 2017 - Regular Meeting
 
Attendance:  23 Present, 21 Absent
Present:  Troy Adams, Dave Anderson, Josh Anderson, Jim Babcock, Dirk Barrett, Lynn Caswell, Dan Dixon, Tricia Downey, Julie fish, Brandon Hanson, Bonnie Koste, Tove Lichty, Bob Maxwell, John Osterman, Cal Portner (board meeting), Nicole Rasmussen, Pete Reiner, Debbi Rydberg, Alan Sakry, Lori Severson, Robin Skinner, Bruce Tyler, Marilyn VanPatten-Chuba
Absent:  Leon Barthel, Terry Bizal, Jim Boyle, Joel Brott, Patty Carbajal, Dan DeBryun, Mary Eberley, Glen Ertel, Molly Hanson, Keith Hempel, Curt Hinkle, Don Horvath, Amanda Larson, Mark Leland, Cathy McManus, Amanda Othoudt, Dan Weber, Corey Wemple, Becky Wiehoff, Stewart Wilson, Nick Zerwas
 
Guest: Nate Bialke, All State Insurance, guest of Lori Severson
 
In the absence of President Cal Portner, who was not able to make the meeting portion but was in attendance at the board meeting that followed, Past President Troy Adams took charge and ran our meeting!  He did a fabulous job and it was apparent that he enjoyed himself!  We started off with John Osterman leading our song and Troy Adams read a prepared prayer from Molly Hanson, who’s program it was, but she could not be with us.  
 
Announcements:
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- Membership Committee Meeting - Wednesday February 8 at 8:00 am at Olde Main Eatery. The meeting will be to discuss membership growth/sustainability and developing member engagement.  All are welcome!
 
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- We sang happy birthday to “Maxie”, Bob Maxwell!
 
 
 
Student of the Month:
Our Student of the Month this week was presented to us by Josh Anderson.  He introduced us to Emma Galligher who is a sophomore student at Spectrum High School.  Emma brought quite a fan club with her and introduced us to her mother, father, and two grandmothers who were proud as could be!  Emma was nominated by her science teacher and Josh shared many of the teachers’ comments.  Emma is a 100% class investment, she is enthusiastic, has no fear of academics and is not afraid to ask questions.  She shows kindness and is compassionate.  After high school, she would like to be a neuro scientist because she thinks the brain is super interesting!  Her choice of college is to be determined.  Her hero is probably Rosalind Franklin (1920 - 1958)
She was an English chemist and X-ray crystallographer who made contributions to the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal, and graphite. (Wikipedia)
 
Happy Bucks:
Marilyn VanPatten-Chuba was happy that she was not hurt in a recent car accident when someone pulled out in front of her.  She was also happy because the panels are being installed this week and rafters next week, on her building.  She was also happy to have had her doctor figure out why she was so tired . . . her vitamin D level was very low.
Debbi Rydberg was happy to have acquired a volunteer for Shiver Elk River on Saturday, Feb. 11th.  If you could help volunteer, please go to shiverelkriver.com to sign up.
Bonnie Koste was happy to be back after missing last week.
Julie Fish was happy to congratulate and thank Brandon Hanson for completion of getting Rotary emblems up on the entrances to Elk River.  A long project in the making!
John Osterman had a couple of happy bucks because he is proud of Emma and her family!  He was also happy to have participated in the mock interviews at ERHS.  The kids were solid!
Brandon Hanson was happy that his business office will be official back in Elk River on Wednesday, February 1st!
Troy Adams was happy for his wonderful employees.  Troy is a guitar player and it’s a big part of who he is.  Eddie VanHalen turned 62 today and in honor of that, one of his employees gifted Troy a dish of M&M’s with the brown ones removed, just like Eddie VanHalen requests at a concert performance.  It is in his contract as a trick to see if they read the contract.
 
Program:
Our program today was Jessica Schaffer, Community Program Director at the YMCA.  Jessica is in her third year at the YMCA, is a graduate of Mankato State and has a part time job driving school bus for Vision Transportation and is highly requested!   Jessica came to us today with an update on Youth in Government.  It took place January 5-8, 2017 and was held at the Minneapolis Hilton and the MN State Capital.  It is for students in 8-12 grades and there were 107 youth participating from Elk River.  The cost of the weekend is $460 per student.  Elk River Rotary donated $3000 to go to scholarships to help in part or full to assist students financial needs to attend.  Jessica shared the detailed information on everything involved from start to finish!  They run this program true to life.  Students run for offices and hold a vote. They have a full media, newspapers, radio, television and also digital media as well.  This year students from ISD 728 filled in positions such as Director of Media, Head of Lobbyists, and Speaker of the Lower House.   A few students were going to attend today, but ended up having finals at school so they may come in the future. Jessica shared how amazing this program is and how adult like the students behave.  She thanked Rotary for the scholarships.  She shared a couple of video presentations with us.  The first was a video showing the overview of Youth in Government and the other was a promo type video that is shown to students in ISD 728 to generate interest.  Youth in Government is a great tool for training future leaders.  For more information - ymcamn.org
 
Troy Adams read a closing statement, sent to him from Cal Portner, for our meeting today.
“We ran into a buzz saw.”  John Osterman guessed it - Packers Coach Mike McCarthy.
 
Troy closed with a leadership quote and had us recite the 4 way test
 
January 19, 2017 - Regular Meeting
Attendance: 17 present, 27 absent = 44 members
Present: Troy Adams, Dave Anderson, Leon Barthel, Terry Bizal, Lynn Caswell, Tricia Downey, Glen Ertel, Julie Fish, Brandon Hanson, Molly Hanson, Keith Hempel, Bob Maxwell, John Osterman, Cal Portner, Pete Reiner, Alan Sakry, Lori Severson
 
Absent:  Josh Anderson, Jim Babcock, Dirk Barrett, Jim Boyle, Joel Brott, Patty Carbajal, Dan DeBryun, Dan Dixon, Mary Eberley, Curt Hinkle, Don Horvath, Bonnie Koste, Amanda Larson, Mark Leland, Tove Lichty, Cathy McManus, Amanda Othoudt, Nicoel Rasmussen, Debbi Rydberg, Robin Skinner, Bruce Tyler, Marilyn VanPatten-Chuba, Dan Weber, Corey Wemple, Becky Wiehoff, Stewart Wilson, Nick Zerwas
 
Guest: Jessica Schaffer, Community Program Director at the YMCA, guest of Molly Hanson
 
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We sang a fabulous happy birthday to Brandon “Hunkster” Hanson!
 
 
 
Student of the Month:
Today, Terry Bizal introduced us to another outstanding sophomore from ERHS.  We honored Charlie Eldredge as our Student of the Month for January. We were introduced us to his parents - Charlie and Jennifer.   Charlie receives his recognition for his leadership, academic achievement, and other special talents!  Although he is not sure of his future after high school, his favorite classes in school are math and science and he loves baseball.  He is a member of the National Honor Society and has a 4.0 GPA  He finds math a challenge, but enjoys figuring it out himself rather than copy from others.  Thru sports and baseball he’s learned by playing the outfield.  Baseball is a thinking game due to the many situations one can be in.  He’s also the king of backyard wiffle ball!  He does not have one hero, but considers all people that help him learn and improve in baseball, to be his hero!  One of his favorite memories was traveling to Cooperstown, NY to play baseball for a week and touring the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  He met a lot of people from around the country and enjoyed the stories and memorabilia in the Hall of Fame.   At school he leads by example.  He is very focused and works hard to meet his deadlines.  He gets good grades and helps others out when he can.  In sports, he is always at practice on time, he shows respect to his coaches and teammates and is constantly working hard to get better.  He also enjoys doing volunteer work at CAER, National Honor Society projects, Elk River Youth Baseball camps and clinics.  Principal Terry Bizal said “This guy is solid!"
 
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Molly Hanson announced that she had in her hands, to pass on to treasurer Robin Skinner, two transcripts from two STRIVE students who are looking to collect on their awarded scholarships! Reiney is attending Anoka Ramsey Community College and Kiera is attending the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.
Tricia Downey, chair for Taste of Elk River gave an update and things are getting rolling.  Amanda Othoudt is chair of sponsors and is looking for some help.  Tricia has also been busy gathering and securing different licenses needed for the event that will be held on Thursday, May 18th.
 
Happy Bucks:
Lynn Caswell started akito (a form of martial arts) last week and he can still move!
- Glen Ertel is happy for the good weather we have been having and he is heading to Texas in two days!
- Molly Hanson is happy to be at rotary after being gone for a few weeks and happy for the weather!
Lori Severson had a $5 happy buck to say Green Bay and how the game was a big adrenaline rush! 
Terry Bizal was happy that pre Hockey Day MN is coming up!
Troy Adams was happy with our efficient discussion about Green Bay but had a happy buck for his wife’s book that is coming out in April.  Her book received a great review from Amazon, which is rare.  The title of the book is “The Last Think You Said”.
- Brandon Hanson was happy to see our speaker as she is the Director of Youth Ministry at the church he attends.
 
Fine from the Floor:
Cal Portner fined anyone who may have received a parking ticket this week . . . Pete Reiner!  He also fined anyone who was wearing their lapel pin!
 
Program:
Today our program was arranged by Bob Maxwell  Bob has been in and out of Rotary for about 30 years.  He enjoys and stays around because of the good work we do collectively in the community and the friends he’s made through Rotary.  Bob introduced us to Kaycee Stanley who is the Youth Pastor at Central Lutheran Church here in Elk River.  She and her husband Pete married last summer and want to adopt children through the foster care program.  She shared a few stats with us and the one that sticks with me is that 80% of the people in the prison system were once in foster care.  There were many other awful stats to go along with that one!  She stated the solution:  Jesus and families in the lives of all children throughout the world!  She had a video presentation to share with us.  There are 400,000 in the foster care system throughout the USA.  100,000 of them are waiting for someone to come for them, to make them part of their family.   They are forgotten, deserted and told that they are dispensable.  How awful!  Real Kids - Reel Hope.  The video shows why they are on this mission.  Orphans are not just babies or kids over seas.  There are 1000 here in Minnesota.  Reel Hope makes videos of foster kids who are looking for their forever homes.  She shared a video clip of one of the children, Meah, and her vision of what a perfect life/family would be like.   There are 4000 churches in MN and 1000 kids in foster care.  Only 6 in 10,000 open their homes to foster care.  Reel Hope’s mission is to  make a video presentation for each child.  They will bring the videos to churches each Sunday and show the videos.  They can use our help in three levels.  Level One:  adopt a child through foster care.  Level Two:  become a village to help support the newly adopted family.  This “village” gives the family support for 12 week sessions, for two years.   Level Three: Financial support to make videos.  One time giving or monthly giving.  Adopting through foster care has a time line of about 6 to7 months and is virtually free.  It includes training a home study and background checks.  Older kids aren’t shot commodity so the videos help out a lot!  MNadopt.org shows about 100 of the 1000 kids.  She asked us to pray for the kids in foster care, visit their website thereelhopeproject.org and give a donation and ask your church to allow her to come and give a 10 minute presentation.    She can be reached at 218-343-9863 or kaycee.stanley@clcelkriver.org Real Kids.  Reel Hope.
 
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President Cal Portner had our sign off trivia prepared for us as he tugged his ear and said “g’night” like Carol Burnett did at the close of her TV show.
 
 
 
January 12, 2017 - Regular Meeting
 
Attendance: 24 present, 20 absent = 44 members
 
Present:  Troy Adams, David Anderson, Josh Anderson, Leon Barthel, Patty Carbajal, Lynn Caswell, Dan Dixon, Glen Ertel, Julie Fish, Curt Hinkle, Bonnie Koste, Tove Lichty, Bob Maxwell, John Osterman, Cal Portner, Nicole Rasmussen, Pete Reiner, Debbie Rydberg, Alan Sakry, Lori Severson, Robin Skinner, Bruce Tyler, Marilyn VanPatten-Chuba, Becky Wiehoff
 
Absent: Jim Babcock, Dirk Barrett, Terry Bizal, Jim Boyle, Joel Brott, Dan DeBryun, Tricia Downey, Mary Eberley, Brandon Hanson, Molly Hanson, Keith Hempel, Don Horvath, Amanda Larson, Mark Leland, Cathy McManus, Amanda Othoudt, Dan Weber, Corey Wemple, Stewart Wilson, Nick Zerwas
 
Guests: Aurora Sabin, student from Ivan Sand High School who is being mentored by Rotarian Lori Severson
Aurora took a moment to apologize for missing her opportunity to present to us last week.  No worries!
Jim Deschenes, owner of Superior Tool Grinding Inc. - prospective member and guest of Bonnie Koste
Jim told us a bit about himself.  He has been in business for 27 years and is located here in Elk River off Railroad Drive.  He has a wife
and five children.  He is friends with Rotarian Robin Skinner and has helped Rotary a couple of times with river clean up.
 
Announcements:
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Dan Dixon gave a Youth Exchange update and told us that our inbound student from Germany, Cassandra will be playing a basketball game on the b-squad tonight at 5:30.  Please come and cheer her on!   Dan also let us know that her current host family, the Merklings, would love to host her through the end of her stay here in June.  Great news!
 
Bonnie Koste informed us of our next Social Hour!  Thursday, February 16th at 4:30 p.m. at Cowboy Jacks.  Please RSVP to Bonnie Koste so we know how much space to reserve at Cowboy Jacks.
 
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Happy Birthday, the $10 version, was sung to both Becky Wiehoff and Tove Lichty!  The Rotary Foundation thanks you for your donations!
 
 
Happy Bucks:
Marilyn VanPatten-Chuba was happy that December is over because it gets dark too soon and last night, sunset was at 5:15 p.m.
Lynn Caswell was happy to tell us that he missed Rotary last week because he was ice fishing up at Lake of the Woods.  They caught a lot of walleye and one 31 inch burbot!  He had another happy buck, but couldn’t remember what it was about, so just gave a bonus buck!
Tove Lichty was happy to have celebrated her 6th wedding anniversary and she cooked a fancy Julia Child bolognese recipe and it turned out!
- Robin Skinner had a happy buck that Debbi Rydberg paid for!  It was to announce that Shiver Elk River hockey tournament has filled the 12 team tourney and the happy buck was because the MidwestOne Bank mascot - which is a pig - will be attending the hockey tournament and will be a pig on skates!
Troy Adams had a happy buck for “hail mary’s”!
 
Fine from the Floor:
President Cal Portner fined everyone not wearing their lapel pin.
- Julie Fish fined someone who drove a green and yellow set of wheels to Rotary.  Glen Ertel was assessed a buck a wheel for his John Deere tractor!
 
Program:
Our program today was arranged by Tove Lichty.  When asked why Tove stays in Elk River Rotary, her answer was because we are a fun group that gives back and she values Rotarians and those who are met through rotary.  She is thankful that Rivers of Hope could come to be her program.  Rivers of Hope was chosen to be our signature donation recipient for the Taste of Elk River.  Tove introduced us to their new Executive Director, Lisa Chernick.  Lisa has been on the job for only 8 days! Lisa was a member of the St. Cloud Rotary, so she knows what Rotary is all about.  She said that she felt stressed going to rotary meetings, but when she left, she came out feeling stress free and inspired.  She thanked us for having them today.  She asked around about Elk River Rotary working with Rivers of Hope and was told that we have been involved “forever”! Rivers of Hope was started 28 years ago by Dawn Moyer from Elk River. They have accomplished a lot for domestic violence over the years. They serve Wright and Sherburne counties and they are in need of volunteers for their crisis phone lines.  Lisa comes from Chicago and she has worked with alzheimers and has served for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.  She was introduced to and fell in love with, Minnesota!  Why did she choose Rivers of Hope?  She has been an advocate for women issues and domestic violence over the years.  She wants to help give them a foundation and tools. She brings to the table, love and compassion to bring people together to help domestic violence.  Wouldn’t it be great to eliminate domestic violence?  We work together to offer tools to those in need.  That, is her 8 day report!  She then turned it over to Jody Mowry, Director of Community Advocacy and Outreach to give us an update on Rivers of Hope.  In March of 2016 they opened their first safe house and have host 16 families who have stayed from 3 days to 3 weeks of time.  Most of the families had children.  They hope to have a couple more safe houses open.  Over the last six months, Rivers of Hope has had over 400 new clients with about half and half from Wright and Sherburne counties.  Their Crisis Line has taken over 500 calls in the last 8 months and they have three volunteers that take calls.  The need for more volunteers to help do this is huge!  Their office is located in Monticello. She spoke about their safe house.  It is sponsored by an individual and was created to protect men, women and children.   They provide support groups and find it tough to find shelters at times. Jody went through a scenereo  of how the safe house is used.  Volunteers are currently needed for the crisis call lines and they are also looking for help in planning their 2017 Gala that will be held on October 14th.  Save the date and plan to attend!   They have 6 person paid staff to handle all tasks.  They also have an outreach program and have a youth advocate in schools in Wright and Sherburne counties.  There are 29 children that they work with in 11/12 schools.  They are currently developing this plan.  Their advocate goes to middle and high schools currently, but they are receiving calls for elementary schools also.   There was a question/answer session and she brought brochures, business cards and fliers for us to take with us.  For more information, www.riversofhope.org or you may contact Jody Mowry at jmowry@riversofhope.org or Lisa at lchernick@riversofhope.org
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President Cal closed with “You stay classy San Diego” - someone guessed it right away - Anchor Man!
 
 
 
 
January 5, 2017 - Regular Meeting
 
Attendance:  26 Present, 18 Absent = 44 members

Present: Troy Adams, Dave Anderson, Josh Anderson, Jim Babcock, Dirk Barrett, Leon Barthel, Patty Carbajal, Dan Dixon, Glen Ertel, Julie Fish, Curt Hinkle, Bonnie Koste, Tove Lichty, Bob Maxwell, John Osterman, Amanada Othoudt, Cal Portner, Pete Reiner, Debbi Rydberg, Alan Sakry, Lori Severson, Robin Skinner, Bruce Tyler, Marilyn VanPatten-Chuba, Dan Weber, Corey Wemple
 
Absent:  Terry Bizal, Jim Boyle, Joel Brott, Lynn Caswell, Dan DeBryun, Tricia Downey, Mary Eberley, Brandon Hanson, Molly Hanson, Keith Hempel, Don Horvath, Amanda Larson, Mark Leland, Cathy McManus, Nicole Rasmussen, Becky Wiehoff, Stewart Wilson, Nick Zerwas

President Cal Portner ran our meeting today.  John Osterman led the song and Lori Severson said a solid prayer for us!

Youth Exchange - Dan Dixon gave us an update.  Our inbound student, Cassandra, had a great Christmas and with her host family, experienced Minnesota “up north” and traveled to Oklahoma for another celebration.  She participated in wood splitting - in a t-shirt!  She is playing and loves ERHS girls basketball.  She is on the b-squad and would love our support!  We still need to secure a host family for the third section from March to June.  If you know of someone, please let Dan Dixon know.  We will host an inbound student next year.  We will have a female student from Denmark.  We will need three host families for this student also and she will arrive in August.  Outbound student, Sidney Hanson will be home in July from South Africa.  After she returns, she will want to give us a presentation on her experience.

STRIVE - Dan Dixon also gave a briefing on STRIVE.  The next get together is next Tuesday, January 10 at 7:30 a.m. at ERHS.  Alan Sakry will be the motivational speaker!

Bruce Tyler announced that we are all invited to join him next Wednesday, January 11th from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Guardian Angels Corporate office for a talk on severance pay and employment release agreements.  The program is sponsored by Northstar SHRM and it is FREE!

Debbi Rydberg reminded us of the upcoming Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce event - Shiver Elk River.  It will be held on February 11th and will be a great day for kids!  Games, 5K, 10K, treasure hunt, warming tent, plunge in the lake fund raiser, hockey tournament with 12 teams at Handke Stadium, bean bag tournament and more!  Register online.

Cal Portner brought up something that we talked about at our Christmas gathering.  We said that we were going to all chip in and gather things for Open Doors for Youth.  Cal brought a few gift cards to start off the collection. The are in need of gift cards, gas cards, full sized toiletries, soda, etc.  He asked us to bring items next week or bring things to Robin Skinner at MidwestOne Bank.  Thank you in advance for your generosity and thank you Robin, for coordinating!

Happy Bucks:
- Bruce Tyler was happy to have finished addressing 118 Christmas cards and got them in the mail this week!  He was harassed for being late and exclaimed that the 12 days of Christmas are after Christmas so he is just fine!
- Dan Dixon shared a story that tickled his heart!  His wife and two grandsons (4 and 5 years old).  The youngest was explaining something to them and said that “it just tickles his wee-wee!”  Dan bit his tongue and confirmed with his wife later that the grandson really said that!  His wife thanked him for not laughing!
Bruce Tyler then shared a story about some friends of his that were watching their 3 and 4 year old granddaughters and the 3 year old got a hair cut and the 5 year old asked her if she got new lips!
Corey Wemple paid a happy buck in hopes that wee-wee is the worst thing that his kids say!
Troy Adams paid $12 happy bucks - Go Packers!
Lori Severson was happy to have worked with Julie Fish and Elk River Printing and got a project completed for less than expected!
Tove Lichty was happy to have spent New Years Eve in downtown Mpls. They went to dinner then back to the hotel room where they both took naps and set alarm clocks, only to sleep through them and miss the show start at 10:30.  They awoke around 10:45 and made it to the show!
- John Osterman paid a happy $10 and said thank God that Dan Dixon’s recent procedure went well and that Bob Maxwell is feeling well.  He then said to go to Sportsman’s Lodge Lake of the Woods to check out the huge 19 lb. 10 oz. burbot picture. It is a MN DNR record breaker!
Glen Ertel said - “since we were killing time and there are no kids at our meeting and Dan Dixon started it!”  Glen shared a very funny story about a Christmas goose that ate popcorn!
Lori Severson then shared her mom’s new yearly joke!  It was a long joke and it is no wonder that she only learns one joke a year.  It had to do with a spider dropping 5 inches, to be eaten by a salmon, who was eaten by a bear, who was shot by a hunter who dropped his cheese sandwich and the mouse ate his cheese and the cat ate the mouse!   But way funnier than what I just said!!
Marilyn VanPatten-Chuba shared her Christmas story.  She has been quite tired due to radiation treatments and her son in law took her out grocery shopping and when she came home, her whole family was there and did all of her Christmas prepping and they had a great celebration!
Julie Fish gave a happy buck because she loves rotary and this was the BEST MEETING EVER!


Program:
Our program did not show up, hence all of the goofing around with happy bucks!  It was great fun!

President Cal finished with “Happy Trails” and immediately “Roy Rogers” was yelled out!