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Elk River, MN 55330

Our Club Motto:

Serving Humanity 
Strengthening Youth 
Enhancing Lives


November 23 – Happy Thanksgiving
November 30th – Bob Maxwell - Troy Bondy - "Troy is known as 'PT' to many area teens. He served as a youth pastor for a local church for 6 years before taking on being the director of Elk River Timber Bay 2-1/2 years ago. Timber Bay is an outreach to at-risk youth that has been in Elk River for over 15 years, and over 45 years in other Minnesota communities.
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Inspiring leaders with passion to serve humanity; strengthening youth for tomorrow's leadership and enhancing lives in our world.

November 16 , 2017 - Regular Meeting
Attendance:     active status - 19 present, 15 absent
honorary status - 5 present, 3 absent
total membership at 42 members

President Molly Hanson led our meeting today.  We had a lot of guests.

Guests: Tracy Torval, guest of Tricia Downey
                Dr.  Dan Bittman, Superintendent of Schools,  ISD 728
                Bill Hjertstedt, past president, Elk River Education Association
                Carole Boelter, current president, Elk River Education Association

Carole spoke for a few moments and told us that it is American Education Week and their office at 555 Railroad Drive is having an open house today from 3 to 6.

Molly welcomed back Neil Gagnon, who has been absent for a few weeks, healing from knee surgery!  Great to have you back, Neil!

Image result for announcementsTricia Downey, Taste of Elk River Chair, passed out some cards for us to write on.  She would like suggestions for our signature recipient for the 2018 Taste of Elk River.  Please turn your votes in to Tricia.   Bob Maxwell is sending an email to each of us, with Tricia’s email address.  Please take a moment to email her with your idea!  We will vote on Thursday, November 30th.
- Debbi Rydberg, treasurer, announced that she will be emailing us our invoices for the upcoming half of the year.  This payment is for membership dues for 1/1/2018 - 6/30/2018.  She would like to have payments received by 12/31/17 as we have to pay our dues in mid January.    STRIVE sponsorship invoices have also been sent out.
Social Hour is coming up on December 21st!   Mark your calendars and invite a guest to join in the fun!  We will NOT have a noon meeting that day, but will gather, beginning at 5 pm at Rockwoods in Otsego.  Lori Severson is the organizer and is taking RSVP’s.  Please contact her to let her know you and your guest will be attending.   Rotary will treat us to appetizers and there will be a cash bar.   SAVE THE DATE!
Image result for playing cardsThe card game had a winner with the 9 of spades!  Julie Fish won $7 and the Rotary Foundation fund received $7!

Happy Bucks:
Molly Hanson was happy to be traveling to Nashville with her husband to celebrate 10 years of marriage!  Congrats!
Terry Bizal had a happy buck to say GO ELKS!
- John Osterman had a happy buck to say a louder GO ELKS!
Bonnie Koste was also a GO ELKS happy buccaneer!
- Neil Gagnon was happy to be back and to be off crutches!
Debbi Rydberg was happy to be traveling to Kansas to see family for Thanksgiving!
- Julie Fish- Nicole Rasmussen was happy to be going to Arizona and has never been there!
- Leon Barthel was $5 happy for his travels to visit his daughter and her family in Alberta!
Troy Adams was $5 happy for seeing the fastest three touchdowns against STMA, his son’s great performance in the musical Cinderella at STMA and because the Packers beat da Bears!
-Julie Fish - was $5 happy - happy for our student of the month, happy for Dr. Bittman being here, happy for her garage progress, happy for an upcoming road trip to Texas and happy that Elk River Printing was chosen by MidwestOne Bank to be the Elk River Chamber of Commerce’s “Big Deal” winner!
Student of the Month:
Our student of the month for November was with us today.  Terry Bizal introduced us to Johanna Breyen.  Johanna introduced us to her parent, Julie and Mike.  Johanna was selected in recognition of her leadership, academic achievement and other special talents.  Comments made by staff regarding her selection are are as follows:  “Johanna is an exceptional math student. She is always fully engages in the lesson. She is detail oriented and studious. She has the organizational skills that allow her to excel in challenging courses while staying involved in athletics and French Club.  She is a delight to have in class.”  “Johanna works well in group activities and takes the lad to assist others within the group.”   Johanna participates in Elk River softball and volleyball, and MN Force softball. She is also in French Club in ERHS.  English is her favorite subject because I enjoy writing.  She does not yet have a major in mind, but she will plan to go to college and hopes to play softball wherever that might be.  She also enjoys writing, shopping and hanging out with friends. Her most memorable experience was this past summer when her softball team worked hard all summer to end with making the top ten at our nationals in Illinois. Johanna demonstrates leadership by pushing her teammates and classmates to be the best they can be and helping them achieve their goals.  She feels she won this award because she is a hard worker, she cares about others and she cares about her education.  She is honored to have been chosen for this award!  It means a lot to know that her hard work does pay off.

Our program was arranged by our new member, Bill Harring.  Bill joined us at Elk River Rotary recently.  He began Rotary in Forest Lake, MN about 14 years ago and was very active.  He retired from teaching and moved to Otsego.  He knew this area well through his work travels.  Near and dear to his heart is Rotary International and PolioPlus.  After retiring to Otsego, he felt it was only natural that he would join the Elk River Rotary club.  We are happy to have you, Bill!   He introduced us to his speaker, Denise Specht.  Denise is the president of Education Minnesota. Bill and Denise met in Forest Lake. Both of her parents are retired educators as were her grandparents.  This week is American Education Week so the timing of her speaking is perfect!  She thanked Bill for the invite to come and share with us. She is an elementary teacher on leave.  Education Minnesota has 86,000 members across the state in their union.  Currently, she is a teacher of big people as she travels and speaks to adults across the state of Minnesota.  The first American Education Week was in 1921.  It started with the National Education Association and the American Legion.  Their theme was “Public Schools are for All”.  During American Education Week, they are recognizing people each day.  Monday was teachers day, Tuesday was parents’ day, Wednesday was school support professionals day and today and Friday are to celebrate the good work that educators do.  Elk River public schools are strong and thriving!  Celebrating public schools is not new to Minnesota. Minnesota teachers gathered in Rochester in 1861 and 1862 to talk about the significance of public schools.  In 1862, the business leaders in the community gave teachers discounts.  The stage coach and steamboat operators gave discounts so the teachers could get to the conference.   Teachers get support from communities and it is most important for each and every student to thrive!   Denise opened it up for question/answer time.

Molly Hanson thanked Denise and presented her with the key chain with the 4 Way Test on it and as a group we recited it together and Molly rang the dismissal bell.
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