Serving Humanity - Strengthening Youth - Enhancing Lives
Rotary Club of Elk River Meeting Information
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Elk River Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:05 PM
CHOW Grill
14043 Business Center Dr. NW
Elk River, MN 55330-1076
United States of America
Zoom meetings have returned in addition to our in person meetings at CHOW Grill


Elk River Rotary Accepting

Community Grant Requests

The Elk River Rotary is accepting written requests through Oct. 15, 2021 from and for local non-profit and eligible organizations with service projects that support Elk River community needs.  Approved grants totaling $10,000, with individual approvals ranging from $250 to $1,500, will be announced by Nov. 30, 2021.

To apply for a grant complete the Charitable Donation Guidelines and Application prior to Oct. 15, 2021. All written requests must include a description of the value of the service the non-profit or eligible organization will provide to the Elk River community.  

Examples of grants that may be approved including projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene, protect the environment, support education, save mothers and children and grow the local economy.  Elk River Rotary most recently approved 10 local grants.     

Donation Criteria: 

  • Requests must be made in writing by October 15, 2021
  • Charitable donations must be used for services/projects/events that benefit the communities served by the Elk River Rotary Club (generally zip code 55330)
  • Please include a description of the value of the service the organization or project provides to the local community
  • Financial requests over $1,000 must be sponsored or supported by a member of the Elk River Rotary Club

The Elk River Rotary Club does not generally support the following:

  • Religious or Fraternal organizations
  • Political organizations, campaigns or projects
  • Memorial or endowments or multi-year pledges
  • Fundraising efforts to benefit other organizations 
  • Organizations that discriminate based on race, creed, color, sex or national origin

The Elk River Rotary will evaluate requests as consistently and objectively as possible, consistently with the expressed priorities of the club. 

The Rotary Club requests recognition through acknowledgement in writing to the club, and if possible through a verbal or print acknowledgement through the recipient organization.  

For additional questions, call Deb Rydberg at 763-441-3110 or email to

Page to end of the application to complete your request....

Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action in our world's most persistent issues. Our clubs work together to:
Promote Peace - Fight Disease - Provide Clean Water, Sanitation and Hygiene - Save Mother's and Children - Support Education - Grow Local Economies - Protect the environment
Elk River Rotarians inspiring leaders with passion to serve humanity: strengthening youth for tomorrow's leadership: enhancing lives in our world. 

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The Elk River Rotarians what to express our
sincere appreciation to all those that
participated in making this special community
"family reunion" such a tremendous success. 
To all those that purchased tickets a great big
Also a very special thank you to the vendors
that gave of their time, talent and resources to make
this a deliciously fun experience for everyone.
Please support them because they support us.  
Also the "Loons" for their great musical addition. 

The Taste of Elk River is a community-based event hosted by the Elk River Rotary to bring local dollars to local nonprofits through an evening full of tasting a variety of wines, beer, and delicious local cuisine! Our Taste would not be a success without the support from area business sponsorships.

Your generous sponsorship support the Elk River Rotary's mission to inspire leaders with passion, serve humanity, strengthen youth for tomorrow's leadership, and enhance lives in the world.

This coming year, it is our goal to raise $40,000 to make an even bigger difference in the lives of Elk River citizens and families through healthy nonprofits; by helping them continue the important services they each provide through dollars raised by the Taste event. 

This coming year, it is our goal to raise $40,000 to make an even bigger difference in the lives of Elk River citizens and families through healthy nonprofits: by helping them continue the important services they each provide through dollars raised by the TASTE event. The Signature Donation Recipient for 2021 is the CAER Food Shelf. In addition to helping families/individuals with food, CAER Food Shelf provides financial assistance to people experiencing housing instability and possible utility disconnection. Working one-on-one with the staff through an application process, CAER was able to help 16 households avoid homelessness and 19 households retain their utilities last year. With the continued economic impacts as the result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization is projecting an increase need for financial assistance to households in our community this year. With your help, CAER Food Shelf can continue to provide financial assistance and help families secure stable housing. "A family of 6 behind on several medical bills and the check they were sending in for rent was sure to bounce. We were able to pay the rent for this family and they could avoid returned check and late fees and get their medical bills paid!" Help us help CAER Food Shelf make a difference!


Signature Sponsor 

 Private Tasting Tent Sponsor 

First Bank of Elk River

Gold Sponsor 


Hudson Hardware of Zimmerman

Silver Sponsor

MidwestOne Bank

Edward Jones - Tove Lichty


The Bank of Elk River

Elk River Senior Living

American Family Insurance - Bonnie Koste Agency, Inc

Bronze Sponsor 

Connexus Energy

Results Mortgage

Weber Interiors

Beehive Homes

Gateway Financial Strategies

Local Hero 

Bell Mortgage

North Central Insurance 

Elk River Printing 

Additional Donations 

John Lemm and Joseph Koltes (RE/MAX)


Questions please call: Dirk Barrett at 763-954-1471, Jeffrey LaBarre at 763-260-4127 

Donations can be sent to Elk River Rotary, PO Box 8, Elk River, MN 55330

Initial Vendor Selections.... with more to follow

Mexican Moonshine “Cancion” with their tequila mixtures
Isanti Spirits – whiskey blends
Panther Distillery – whiskey blends
Aegir – craft beer
Lupulin – craft beer
Lift Bridge Brewery – craft beer
Founders Brewery – craft beer
Indeed Brewery – craft beer
Jack Pine Brewery – craft beer
Omni Brewing – craft beer
Spilled Grain Brewery – craft beer
Surly Brewery – craft beer
Kona Beer – craft beer
Little Round Still Distillery
Deschutes Brewery – craft beer
Non – alcoholic
1919 root beer, Buddy’s craft soda’s, Zoa energy drink, B10 Steel Hydration drinks
California cider co.
Press Seltzers 

Canteen, Drinkworks, Sparkling Ice

Coborn's Liquor


Additional Vendors 

Cub Foods , Olde Main Eatery, CHOW, Mama D's, Rockwoods, Pompeii Pizza, Coborns, Tipsi Chicken, Papa John's  


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Founded in 1979, CAER was established by 13 area churches to provide emergency food assistance to Elk River, Zimmerman and Otsego families in need. CAER is still supported by local churches as well as schools, civic and business organizations and individuals. 
They have all joined hands in a community effort to ensure that hunger is not a barrier to the well-being of people in our community.
CAER is...
Committed to the community
Assisting with resources
Empowering families and most of all
Relieving hunger.
CAER, or Community Aid of Elk River, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit guided by an executive director, staff and volunteers with oversight by a Board of Directors. CAER's Board of Directors is made up of 12 volunteers who represent the communities CAER serves. Composed of retired and current business leaders, religious leaders and community members, CAER's Board strives to utilize CAER's resources in a fiscally responsible way.

CAER Food Shelf's mission is to fight hunger in the local communities it serves -      Elk River, Otsego, and Zimmerman.  

For more than 40 years, CAER has opened its doors to families and has reached deep into the community to provide healthy and nutritious food.
Recent Elk River Rotary Donations - Due to COVID 19 restrictions there was no TASTE of Elk River in 2020
Sherburne County United Way, The Reel Hope Project, Rivers of Hope, Walk With Me/Young Life/ISD 728, Open Doors for Youth, CAER Food Shelf, Great River Family Promise, Boys and Girls Club of Northstar, YMCA- Youth in Government Program, Third Grade Dictionary Program, Boy Scouts, Elk River High School DECA, Young Life, Elk River High School Grad Party, Spectrum High School Grad Party, Sherburne History Center, Elk River Library, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, Granny's Closet, Northstar Boys Choir, Three Rivers Montessori Charter School, ABBA Pregnancy Center, Thumbs Up 5K, Ivan Sand High School Prom, Elk River High School Scholarships, Spectrum High School Scholarships, Ivan Sand High School Scholarships, STRIVE Program and Scholarships, Polio Plus - Rotary International Project, Magnus Veterans Foundation, Gifts Anonymous, Girls on the Run, Ivan Sand Prom celebration.....and other local charities and educational organizations. 


Rotary Club of Elk River

Your support makes it possible for students in Elk River area to receive a dictionary for their own personal use that they will be able to use for a lifetime. For some children, this may be the very first book that they have owned. You are truly making a difference in their lives by giving them such an important tool.

Our goal is to reach every third grade student in the United States and you are helping us make this possible. So far this school year, we have reached an estimated 1,281,480 students. Cumulatively, we have been able to reach an estimated 32,975,281 students.

A total of 4,632 were sponsored by the Rotary Club of Elk River 

With Gratitude,

The Dictionary Project

African Boys Adopt America's Pastime

KARE 11 STORY - Click the image for the story.


The Tom McNair Memorial Benches....on the river he loved.





Thomas Jay McNair

      March 3, 1955 - June 26, 2012


Tom McNairThomas McNair, VP and Director of Lending. Thomas graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He attended the Minnesota School of Banking at St. Olaf in 1981. The Minnesota Bankers Association Commercial Lending Graduate School at the University of Oklahoma in 1987 and Graduate Schoool of Banking at the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1995. Tom worked at the First Bank Minneapolis from 1977 to 1978 in the sales finance department. From 1978 to 2004, he worked with First National Bank of Elk River in various roles, including Executive Vice President/Manager of Lending. From 2004 to the present, Tom has been the Director of Lending for The Bank of Elk River. Tom has served on various civic boards including ELK RIVER ROTARY, Elk River EDA Finance Committee, Elk River Area Arts Alliance and The Elk River United Way. 

Tom loved everything to do with nature and the outdoors. His appreciation for all plants, animals, lakes and rivers was immense. He loved to work and play hard. He loved tree cutting, working around the house, golf, cribbage, Tuesday night pool, wood carving, playing the harmonica and piano. He was a great storyteller. He loved games and always played to win. 

He was by far the most proud and honored to be the father of his sons - Adam and Andrew. His happiest times were spent together as a family. 

Tom and Mary started dating in 10th grade and married in 1975. They loved to do many things together, including biking, golfing, canoeing, going out to eat, cross country skiing, going to Ottertail, vacationing, sharing anniversaries with Jim and Kathy, tubbing with Bev and Dale, throwing Labor Day island parties, early morning coffee by the river, campfires, and spending time with family and friends. He was the best son, husband, father, brother, uncle and friend.  We love Tom with all our hearts and will miss him with all of our being!

Click this link to see some of the many contributions Tom made to our club and our community.  



You’ll enjoy the fellowship and become involved in projects  that make the community a better place.

Rotarians meet weekly at 12:05 PM CHOW Grill in Elk River.   The meetings include lunch, paid for through dues or individually, announcements, and an interesting program by persons and organizations from our community.

Rotarians are business and professional leaders who take an active role in their community, while enriching their personal and professional lives.

The Rotary International has 1.2 million members serving communities in 160 countries.

It has a Rotary Foundation that finances projects throughout the world.

For more information or joining,





Our Mission -

Inspiring leaders with passion to serve humanity; strengthening youth for tomorrow's leadership and enhancing lives in our world  


What is the Elk River Rotary Club About?

The women and men of the Elk River Rotary Club have served our community and the mission of Rotary International for the past 61 years. With a membership representing members of our business community, not-for-profit organizations, active residents, and government leaders, the club's mission is inspiring leaders with a passion to serve humanity; strengthening youth for tomorrow's leadership, and enhancing lives in the world.

The club meets weekly for a high-spirited lunch hour to engage with other local leaders and organizations who seek to build community. The Elk River Rotary currently has a focus to enrich our community youth and youth programs. With just one primary annual fundraiser. The TASTE of Elk River, the club has donated tens of thousands of dollars to encourage the growth of local organizations and volunteered many more hours of volunteer time to mentor our community's youth.

If you are interested in learning more about the Elk River Rotary Club, Rotary International, our mission, or our weekly shenanigans, please visit a meeting! We meet Thursdays from 12:05 until 1:05 PM at Chow Mixed Grill and BBQ.

If you would like to become a member, please contact Tove Lichty at 763-241-5572 or Adam Stumne at 952-220-2402.









ELK RIVER, MN 55330 

  • Paul Harris - Rotary Founder

A gift by an individual or in an individuals name of $1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund may become a Paul Harris Fellow. Each new Paul Harris Fellow receives a commemorative certificate, a Paul Harris Fellow pin, and a medallion. Donors are eligible for Paul Harris Fellow recognition when their cumulative giving reaches $1,000.00.

President Elect
Immediate Past President
Secretary/Bulletin Editor
Club Administration / Youth
Director/At Large
Director/Membership & Programs
Director/Taste of Elk River Co-Chair
Foundation Chair
Director/Taste of Elk River Co-Chair
Service Chair
Director/At Large
September 2021

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