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REGULAR MEETING

EVERY THURSDAY

12:05 PM - 1:05 PM

PIZZA RANCH 

19141 Freeport Street

Elk River, MN 55330

General Business, updates and great guest speakers.

Our Motto:

Serving Humanity 
Strengthening Youth 
Enhancing Lives

UPCOMING PROGRAMS  

June 20 - Club Assembly and Passing of the Gavel 

June 27 - David Vinje - TBD

July 4 - NO MEETING

July 11 - Robin Skinner - Clare D Lillus, Human Trafficking Task Force

July 18 - Rogers Tennis Center

July 25 - ISD 728 AVID Coordinator 

 

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Regular Meeting - June 13, 2019
 
Next Social Event - Cowboy Jack's in Otsego 
Thursday June 20th - Also fundraiser for the Montessori School. Help support Leah and her team as they begin their new adventure. 
 
President Robin Skinner led our meeting today . . . only 1 more for her after today and then our President Elect, Bonnie Koste will be in the lead!   John Osterman led us in song and President Robin said the prayer.

Attendance:     active status - 16 present, 21 absent
                        honorary status - 6 present, 3 absent
                        total membership at 46

Guests: John and Tanna Houlton, First National Bank of Elk River; Joy Nadeau - Executive Director - Sherburne County United Way; Mckenzie Cremeans - Bob Maxwell's Granddaughter. 

Announcements:
- John Houlton - Special thank you from him and for allowing First National to participate in the very successful Taste of Elk River. A tremendous event for the community and for the bank. He handed out gifts to Tasting Tent ticket sales winners - Dirk, Molly, Nicole, Leon and Sandy.  
- Joy Nadeau - stopped by to thank the club for their support of Sherburne County United Way. One of their service efforts is going to compliment the clubs emphasis on fighting the challenges of sex trafficing and child exploitation. They will be sponsoring informational seminars in Elk River, Princeton, Zimmerman, Otsego, Now Then (?)and Big Lake.
- Neil Gagnon - Still have the ski school auction item available - $300 Value if you are interested.
 
Image result for playing cardsCard game - Ace of Hearts  - no one won!


Happy Birthday was sung to Marilyn Van Patten Chuba.  She picked the $10 version.  The Rotary Foundation thanks you! Also Bruce Tyler - paid $10 for a $5 tone deaf version of Happy Birthday. Music to HIS ears. 


Happy Bucks -
Pete Reiner - reported from the Rogers Rotary club golf outing. He met up with the gal that the club collected money for her service project. She thank the club for your donation. 
- Marilyn VPC - Grandson story about her saggy chin ...."like a chicken". Also mentioned concerns regarding recent break-ins in and around Elk River. 
- Stewart Wilson - Happy to be back in the club after long absence. Welcome back Stew!
- Leon Barthel - Celebrating 8th grandchild...and proceeded to name them all without skipping a beat. 
- Leah Studaker - Invited us to the fundraiser for the new Montessori School. It will be held at Cowboy Jacks in Otsego next Thursday June 20th in the evening. (It was decided to make that our next social event so plan to attend to support the school and the club.)
- Brandon Hanson was happy to attend a Twins game and special tickets to go see Isbell. 
- Debbi Rydberg - Happy for chamber board retreat success and father out of the hospital. 
- Tricia Downey - Happy to be giving up 3 and a half binders of TASTE of Elk River information to our new chairs - Dirk Barrett and Jeff LaBarre

Program:
Our program today was run by President Robin. We had an informal discussion of many things. From programs completed this year and things to do going forward. Membership goals - doing quite well. Membership orientation improvements - Shadowing and on boarding improvements (check list) for new members. Updating new member and recruiting brochures. Step up the social hour/activities for bringing members (and family members) together.  Short discussion about moving meeting locations but options are limited for our needs. Step up our grant processes and diversify donations. 
President Elect Bonnie - Requested suggestions for donations opportunities as she prepares the upcoming for 2019-2020 budget. Continue to emphasize local opportunities for youth as well as others.  Suggestion to contribute to fireworks and other communities activities to expose the public to Rotary and what we do for others. i.e Elk River Fest. Also suggestion to get updated Rotary Polos and/or T- Shirts as we participate in community activities - photo opportunities. 
President Robin, led us in the 4 Way Test!
 
Regular Meeting - June 6, 2019
President Robin Skinner led our meeting today . . . only 2 more for her after today and then our President Elect, Bonnie Koste will be in the lead!   John Osterman led us in song and Brandon Hanson said the prayer.

Attendance:     active status - 18 present, 19 absent
                        honorary status - 3 present, 6 absent
                        total membership at 46

Visiting Rotarian: Sue Jung, Alexandria Rotary and also a grandmother to one of our strive students!

Announcements:
- Tricia Downey passed around a description of a
Silent Auction item that didn’t get sold.  It is a Ski and Snowboard School.  If no offers come today on it, it will be auctioned off next week during rotary.  
- Tricia Downy also announced that she still has some
of the business cards listing our food and beverage vendors with establishments to remind us where we should go when we are going out for dinner or drinks.
- We are awaiting two managers to turn in their tickets so the totals can be tallied and the winners will be announced.
- Pete Reiner passed the hat for a collection for a young gal, Elaina who is part of the American Heritage Girls group and she is collecting funds to help her build two raised garden boxes for the seniors the Guardian Angels Engle Haus facility in Albertville.  He collected $145.00!


Image result for playing cardsCard game - a STRIVE mentor pulled the card and pulled a 4 of diamonds - no one won!

Happy Birthday was sung to Jen Vassar.  She
picked the $10 version.  The Rotary Foundation thanks you! Robin Skinner also reminded all of those with anniversaries coming up in June.

Happy Bucks -
- Julie Fish was many bucks happy for STRIVE
students with us, her deck and retaining wall are complete, she survived 25 years of business ownership with her brother at Elk River Printing and she was happy for Robin Skinner!
- Sandy Morgan was happy for the beautiful day, to be golfing with friends tomorrow and best of all, she is going to be a grandma!
- Bonnie Koste had multiple happy bucks - happy for STRIVE students, her father who had major surgery is still in the hospital after two weeks, but is doing well and transitioning today!
- John Osterman was happy to present the club with the $24 rebate from wine for the Wall of Wine!
- Linda Christian was happy to have spent time golfing with her kids at Madden’s and happy for a golf tournament tomorrow!
- Brandon Hanson was happy for the STRIVE students, happy to close out this year of STRIVE and this is his favorite rotary meeting of the year!

Program:
Our program today was led by a past rotary president and STRIVE coordinator, Brandon Hanson!  He began by thanking the person who did the most this year, and she isn’t even a Rotarian - Patty Carbajal! Patty really ran the show for us and we could not have done it without her assistance!  She is simply put . . . AMAZING!  Brandon also thanked Michelle, counselor at the high school.  Michelle is the person who contacts the students and helps to identify those who need the extra assistance and she keeps us rolling!  Brandon also thanked Rotarian Terry Bizal, high school principal, for making this program available.  Brandon reviewed the STRIVE year - personality profiles; two college tours - Anoka Ramsey and Anoka Tech; Rotarian Alan Sakry talked about Overcoming Obstacles; Values, Voice and Vision led by past Rotarian Curt Hinkle; career panel discussion; interviewing skills led by Rotarian Bruce Tyler; resumes and applying for jobs; and finances, led by Rotarian Brandon Hanson.   Brandon introduced the mentors for the program, which included Rotarians Cal Portner, Molly Hanson and Julie Fish and outside of Rotary mentors David Black, Darcy Wilkenson, Jessica Schaeffer, Bob Ruprecht, Curt Hinkle, and Liz from Fairview in Zimmerman.  Great group of mentors.  Brandon thanked them for their cheerfulness in the morning and for their time and efforts with the students.   Next was to call up the students who stuck to it with perfect attendance.  The following received $100 for their attendance - Brooke, Josh, Logan, Megan and Saul.   Megan and Saul are also our $1000 scholarship recipients. The other students present were called up for a group photo.

President Robin, with the help of John Osterman, led us in the 4 Way Test!
 
Regular Meeting - May 30, 2019
 
Our meeting today was led by President Robin Skinner!  Julie Fish led us in song and prayer!
 
 
Attendance: active status - 20 present, 17 absent
honorary status - 3 present, 6 absent
total membership @ 46
 
We welcome our newest member today - Deb Bland with Elk River Senior Living!  Deb gave a few words to let us know a bit about her.  She is the marketing director at Elk River Senior Living.  She has over 40 years of work experience, working with seniors.  She is excited to join us.
 
Guest: Denny, manger/boss and guest of Greg Schultz
 
Foundation Moment by Tove Lichty
Tove shared with us today, a bit about the grant giving that Rotary International does with our givings.  In 2018 they gave out $86,000,000 total.  They gave $10.5 million to grow local economies, $18.7 million to water improvements, $10.9 million to education/literacy, $35.6 million to disease prevention and treatment. Tove shares this information with us to let us know what the foundation is about, how to donate and what it does.  Thank you Tove!
 
Announcements:
- The Three Rivers Community Foundation is hosting a golf tournament next Friday and is looking for more golfers.  If you are interested, go to trcommunityfoundation.org to get more information.
- STRIVE Graduation is next Thursday, June 6.  Join us as we welcome our finest STRIVE graduates!  The bunkhouse will be full!
- Pete Reiner reminded us of a young lady that came to speak to us, looking for funds for a project to build garden boxes for seniors in Albertville who live at the Guardian Angels Engel Haus facility.  Pete will be taking up a collection next week for the young lady.  Thanks Pete!
 
Happy Bucks:
- Pete Reiner had a happy buck in thanks for the extra help from the spouses of Neil Gagnon and Tove Lichty!
- Tove Lichty was happy to have had a lovely lunch with a friend and she will be going on a wine paddle boating adventure!
- Nicole Rasmussen had a bunch of bucks! Happy for the weather warm up, the school year coming to a close, getting through life changes and her daughter is going on the Salk Middle School trip to Washington DC and is her first trip traveling without a parent.
 Bonnie Koste had a good luck buck for her dad, almost 84 years  young, who had a major surgery last week.  She asked for prayers for his recovery.
- Troy Adams had a happy buck for a vinyl date with his wife where they dug for vinyl and drank beer!  He found a near mint Led Zeppelin vinyl!
- Adam Stumne had his first ever happy buck and was happy for his nephew who is going to State for Tennis.  It has been a long time since someone from his town has made it to state and that someone was Adam!
- Robin Skinner had a few happy bucks for all of the things that went wrong and turned out great on her first of the season camping adventure with her husband, Ben!
 
Program:
Today for our program, Tricia Downey led us in an after Taste of Elk River discussion.  She passed out feed back sheets for us to fill out and then led a discussion about the good things and the things that could use improvement.   • Buck Tyler said he felt is was the best organized ticket handling he’s seen.  • Start conversations about the Taste earlier so everyone knows what’s going on • Glasses - there were 648 beer glasses and 432 wine glasses = 1200 drinking vessels and there was only a case and a half left.  If we had given out glasses right away to the vendors, we would have run out early.  Good thing we gave the vendors old glasses from 2017 to use as their drinking vessels! • Neil Gagnon suggested that we only have one style glass if we are going to give away trays next year.  • Troy Adams shared that folks who like craft beer, don’t like to drink it out of a wine glass so maybe something that fits both? • Ticketing - Leon Barthel shared that the ID at the gate process worked well.  Ticket sales went fine, but they could have used more change towards the end.  He also shared that he had to refund 10 tickets to folks who showed up with children. Leon thought that a lot of people came in due to seeing that something was going on at the fair grounds. • Tove Lichty suggested that we raised the price at the door by $5 to alleviate the having change issue.  • Neil Gagnon reported that the Silent Auction raised $4,200! • Molly heard from someone that $35 was too much and thought the food vendors were down this year.  Amanda Othoudt suggested that we offer the lanyard piece as a sponsorship opportunity. • Glen Ertel suggest we be careful about raising the price, that we don’t price ourselves out of the market.  • Pete Reiner suggested $30 advance and $40 at the door. • Troy Adams shared that some how, a group got through, missed the front and didn’t have wristbands on.  He has an idea to improve the people flow at the welcome area for next year. • Facilities was talked about next.  The commerce building was very crowded again.  Suggestions of adding another tent, cut the number of vendors in the commerce building and add another tent and Terry  Bizal has a layout idea also. • Thank you City of Elk River for assisting with the fencing. • Tricia suggests that next year, a team of Rotarians goes out the day or evening before the Taste to set up tables and do whatever they can do ahead of time. • Troy Adams offered assistance from the City and Utilities departments! • The Wall of Wine raised the same amount of funds as in the past, but this year, a lot of the wine was donated so we will come out ahead from previous years. • Tricia asked thoughts about each Rotarian paying $20 towards the wall of wine and the consensus seemed that this is fine with them. • Again this year, there are 6 prize winners for categories and they will receive their awards in the next couple of weeks.  The winners appear to hang them with pride in their establishments! • Stipends was the next conversation.  Tricia shared that in the past, stipends were given upon request. This year, they were not offered. She received asks from a few and wondering about them.  Someone suggested that we offer them a stipend with the option that they can donate the funds. • Tricia shared that Pompeii Pizza went through 350 pizzas!  As usual, we ran out of time!
 
We recited the 4 Way Test and Robin rang the bell
 
Regular Meeting - May 23, 2019
Today our meeting was led by Robin Skinner.  John Osterman had a special song treat for us today.  Barry Hohlen wrote new words for Rotarians to the tune of I’m Proud to be an American.  The words were great . . . the singing . . . not so much!
 
Guests: John and Tanna Houlton, First National Bank of Elk River
 
Announcements:
- Brandon Hanson reported on STRIVE.  The last meeting with the students was on Tuesday.  We will host them on Thursday, June 6th at Rotary for a graduation from STRIVE celebration!
- Tricia Downey shared with us that Rotary made front page news of the Elk River Library newsletter, for our matching donation of $750! Way to go Rotary!
 
Gift from the floor:
Julie Fish had a gift for Leon Barthel.  Last week Leon enlightened us to the fact that it is not Cracker Jacks, but Cracker Jack so Julie found a bag of them for a gift for Leon.
 
Happy Bucks:
- Tricia Downey was happy to have attended her daughter Ginger’s choir concert and reported that they Rocked!  They sang rock tunes from the 80’s and they were amazing!
- Julie Fish was happy to celebrate with her dad on his 87th birthday!
- Glen Ertel was happy to gift us with 5 one dollar bills.  They were tips he received while driving his tractor for the people mover at the Taste of Elk River!
- Bob Maxwell had a happy, choke him up, buck as he told us of his granddaughter’s concert that he had to miss where she did a solo!
- Tove Lichty is happy to be traveling to South Dakota for a visit to family and friends and noted that a friend they will visit has two sets of twins!
- Brandon Hanson shared with us that he has been mentoring a student through the Walk With Me program for five years.  Today, he attended the students senior portfolio presentation and there were a lot of tears!
- Bruce Buck Tyler had a fine from the floor to John Osterman for the abomination of the song he made us all “sing’!
- Bonnie Koste had a happy buck for Brandon Hanson, for his efforts as a mentor in the Walk With Me program!
 
Card game had a winner - Neil Gagnon won with Image result for playing cardsthe 7 of spaces.  He won $11 and $11 goes to the Rotary Foundation!   Thanks for playing!
 
Student of the Month:
Terry Bizal presented Bennett Jordan to us.  Bennett introduced us to his dad, Ken Jordan, whom most of us knew already! His mom, Melissa was not able to be with us today.  Bennett has two brothers, one older and one younger.  He has participated in several activities and was inducted into the National Honor Society this year, which brings several volunteer opportunities.  He is most involved in Knowledge Bowl and the team advanced to State competition for the first time in ten plus years.  In that competition they placed 13th.  It was a good learning experience.  Terry asked him to share two sample questions!  Bennett’s favorite subjects are history and geography.  He recently has been accepted to St. Cloud State to begin PSEO next year as a Junior in high school.  His hobbies include tennis, reading, writing and drawing.  He loves art class as it helps him to unwind.  He also loves to play cards and one of his favorites is smear, which he referred to a game of the older generation!  He has many heroes as his heroes are general educators who present in an unbiased and objective manner.  The most memorable experience he has had was an amazing Washington D.C. trip that he took through his middle school in 2017. They were able to stand in history and learn so much. It was a really special experience to have, and he is glad he was able to go. The biggest project he has done in school is a health research project. While this is a normal project for students to do when taking health, he took it as an opportunity to go beyond. He decided to research on a topic that really pertained to me, as it was about Growth Hormone Deficiency. A disorder that he once had. It was really interesting to be able to learn more in depth about what it is, and be able to share his story and what he learned to the class. It took six weeks to create, and a lot of research and self-reflection. He feels he received this award because he does his best to make sure he’s successful!
 
Taste of Elk River Update:
Tricia Downey reported in.  She had a questionnaire for each of us to take and fill out and get back to her. This will help with the future Taste of Elk River events.  
Tickets through the front 2018 @ 845 and 2019 @ 955
Front Gate tickets sold 2018 @ 135 and 2019 @ 135
Wall of Wine Funds 2018 @ $1245 and 2019 at $1225
Wheel Barrow of Booze $1000
We will have a more informative update next week.
 
Program:
Rotarian Leah Studaker presented herself to us and gave us an update on the Three Rivers Montessori School.  The school will serve Elk River, Rogers, Zimmerman, Otsego and the surrounding areas.  It is a public tuition-free elementary school for students and parents interested in an authentic Montessori school experience.  Montessori is based on the philosophy of education and human development. They see the child as a motivated participant in their education learning through self-instigated actions on the environment. Because of this belief, we emphasize hands on learning, individualized lessons, and cooperative social interactions. Our curriculum is comprised of practical life, language, and mathematics. Geography, history, science, art, music, literature, and physical education are also included.  They are planning to open Fall of 2019, and will begin with grades K-6. In its first five years, Three Rivers Montessori intends to establish a thriving 1st through 8th grade program . Mission: Three Rivers Montessori empowers each student to reach their full potential as engaged citizens within their communities through caring for our planet and each other, bringing forth their gifts to meet the world’s great need.  Vision: Through the Montessori method of education and rich outdoor experiential education, Three Rivers Montessori school educates students to be curious and reflective, skilled and creative, empathetic and compassionate.  Members of their board of directors are:  Leah Studaker, Lisa Andrican, Angela Guse, Chris Castagneri, Jannell Johnson Thiele and Troy Hanson.    Check out their very informative website at: threeriversmontessori.org
 
President Robin had us recite the 4 Way Test and she rang the bell of dismissal and wished everyone a good holiday weekend.
 
May 16, 2019 - Regular Meeting 
 
Our meeting today was ran by President Robin Skinner!  John Osterman led us in a round of Take Me Out to the Ballgame and Julie Fish had a solid prayer for us.

Attendance:     active status - 23 present, 13 absent
                        honorary status - 4 present, 4 absent
                        total membership - 44 members

Guests: a young gal was with us today, seeking funds for her American Heritage Girl project.  American Heritage Girls is a character development organization.  Her project is equivalent to a Eagle Scout project.  She is building raised gardens for seniors.  Two will be for residents with memory loss and two will be for residents without memory care.  The project cost is $1090 and they are going to be given to Guardian Angels Engle Haus in Albertville.  She had flyers that she passed around if you are interested in donating.  President Robin thanked her and congratulated her on her idea and endeavor.

More Guests:    Dana Anderson, guest, wife and current driver for Rotarian Dave Anderson
Adam Lichty, husband and Taste of Elk River helper, guest of Rotarian Tove Lichty (thank you, Adam!)

Announcements:
- Molly Hanson announced that the local YMCA is
again offering free membership for high school students - grades 9, 10, 11 and 12, who have not been a YMCA member for 60 days, can register for the membership.  They can register online or in person.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
- Nicole Rasmussen announced that on Saturday at Handke Stadium, the Two Rivers Pow Wow will be held.
- The ace of hearts card was pulled and on one won.


Happy Birthday song was sung to Debbi Rydberg (today, May 16!) and to Lynn Caswell (tomorrow, May 17!).

Happy Bucks/Fine from the Floor:
- Leon Barthel had a very good fine from the floor.  He
shared that in the song we song, he heard a lot of people sing “buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks” and it really is “cracker jack”, not plural.  He fined everyone who sang in in plural form!
- Julie fish had a fine from the floor to John Osterman for signing up to help wash glasses and being a now show!
- Debbi Rydberg, birthday girl, was happy for her niece who is graduating in Kansas and they are going there to help celebrate.  She also had a please pray buck for her dad who is having surgery on Sunday.
- Greg Schultz was happy that dance for his daughter is done on Saturday and he already feels he’s money ahead!
- Amanda Othoudt had a couple happy bucks for us.  Her oldest son finished his first year of college at University of MN Duluth,  her second oldest son finished his post secondary at St. Cloud State University, and a final happy buck for the renovation of their cabin on Thunder Lake - the sheetrock is being delivered today!
- Troy Adams paid a buck for wearing a blue shirt, instead of white, with his Taste of Elk River vest. He was also happy that his wife got them concert tickets!
- Nicole Rasmussen was happy that her daughter had a spring choir concert and due to illness Hailey had to lip sync.  All went well.  She was also happy that the Taste of Elk River has a beautiful weather day and happy to be spending the weekend with her mom!

Program:

Today, our fearless leader, Tricia Downey led our pre-Taste meeting!  The work schedule was sent around.  She asked each of us to observe things tonight and make notes as to how we can make it better next year.   The electricity is up and running - thanks to Lynn Caswell, Dirk Barrett and past Rotarian Donnie Horvath!  When you are done selling and collecting funds for your tickets, please return the whole packet at one time, to your team captain.  Only turn them in when you have it all together.  Neil Gagnon  spoke about the Silent Auction part of the Taste.  We are $700 in value of items ahead of last year.  There are 15-20 new participants.  So far at 63 items!   Terry Bizal, head of sanitation, spoke about clean up and the end of the night festivities.  Leon Barthel, spoke about the I.D. process and how to check if they are 21.  We need to make sure that there are no minors allowed in.  No dogs and NO ONE under 21, no babies!   Special thanks to Barry Hohlen for offering to put up all of our signage!   Tricia told us that we have four cases of left over glasses from the 2017 Taste and they will be put on the vendor tables for them to use for drinking glasses.  At the end of the night, if there are 2019 glasses left, they may have one of those.  We want to be sure all of our attendees receive glasses first.   Glen Ertel saves the transportation day!  He and his tractor, will drive the people mover that the Sherburne County Fair has!  Barry Hohlen, “the ice man” will start ice deliveries at 4 pm.  We have 30 free bags and have purchased 30 bags of ice this year.  Tricia asked for 20 bags and 3 deliveries.    Bonnie Koste reported that the all new Wheel Barrow of Booze is under control!  The wheel barrow was donated by Home Depot and the booze was gifted to us by Elk River Liquors.  Debbi Rydberg is in charge of cash so see her if you should need help in that area!

We recited the Four Way Test and President Robin rang the dismissal bell.

AFTER THE TASTE REPORT:
Editor/Club Secretary Julie Fish reports that we had
one of the BEST EVER Taste of Elk River events!  Thanks to EVERYONE for your participation to pull off this amazing event that our town of Elk River loves and looks forward to!    Rest up - next year is our 15th event by our upcoming leaders of Dirk Barrett and Jeff LaBarre!   Thank you Tricia Downey for your 4th round of fearless leadership!
 
 
 
May 9, 2019 - Regular Meeting 
 
We had an early start today with a full agenda.  John Osterman led us in a tune of Take Me Out to the Ballgame and Linda Christian had a very solid prayer and acknowledged our Mothers for Mother’s Day.  Robin Skinner, president, ran our meeting today.
 
Attendance: active status - 23 present, 13 absent
honorary status - 5 present, 3 absent
total membership - 44 members
 
Following our regular meeting today, the board had a meeting and gratefully accepted a new member!  Welcome Deb Bland with Elk River Senior Living!
 
Visiting Rotarian: Jake who works with Tove Lichty at Edward Jones and is a Maple Grove Rotarian joined us today.
Jake told us about an upcoming event on Saturday, May 18th at Central Park in Maple Grove, they will be hosting a 5K. Registration is from 8 to 9 am.  The funds raised are for MN Military Foundation.  Flyers were passed around.
 
Guest: Zach Ertel, grandson of Glen Ertel  
 
Announcements:
- Robin Skinner and Brandon Hanson attended scholarship night at ERHS last night and handed out our 4 scholarships at $1,000 each.  Monday, they will go to Spectrum High School and present one at $1,000 to a student there.
- Happy Birthday song was sung to Leon Barthel.  He paid a $20 version to have Francis Stockwell with North Star Boys Choir sing and we were his back up!
 
Happy Bucks:
- Leon Barthel was happy that he has a special birthday this year and now we all help pay is health insurance!  
- Terry Bizal was happy for ERHS prom this weekend!
- Bonnie Koste was happy because her daughter is attending prom this weekend!   She was also had a buck for her heavenly mom’s 77th birthday on Mother’s Day and it is the day before she passed away.  Hugs Bonnie!
- Glen Ertel was happy to brag about his grandson, Zack.  Zack was 1 of 1000 out of 20,000 applicants chosen for his internship in Corpus Christi this summer!
- Alan Sakry told us that snow is coming!  May be a happy buck to him, but not to me!
- Marilyn VanPatten-Chuba finished ironing her husbands shirts.  She was also happy to tell us that her Taste vest fits great this year!
- Linda Christian was happy for her beautiful mom!  She was casually dressed today because KW where she works, are serving lunch today for service people in Elk River and Rogers.  Cheers to them!
- Jen Vassar was happy because last week she got married and this week, she is moving to a new home!
- Tove Lichty was happy to have visited her brand new niece and was happy for her sisters who are mothers!
 
Taste Update:
Bruce “Buck” Tyler gave his spiel and called up   managers to give reports.  It was a lot of blah, blah, blah!   Lol!
Tricia Downey was next and share with us that in 2015, we had 44 vendor tables and over the years it has grown.  There are some not returning from last year, but we also have new ones.  She sent around the vendor layout so everyone could see who is coming.  She was looking for volunteers to help wash glasses on Monday, May 13th.  Julie Fish, John Osterman, Linda Christian and Tricia will meet at 2 pm at the BeeHive Homes to wash them up.  This is her last year chairing this event.  She had candy for answers to questions today.  No injuries were had!  
 
Program:
Linda Christian introduced our guest, Francis Stockwell, Artistic Director with North Star Boys Choir.   Francis is originally from New Zealand and you can hear it in his voice! He left New Zealand at the age of 19 to study music in Switzerland, Germany and Austria.  He moved to the USA in 1997.  He studied concert piano, voice and latin. He knows four languages.  He formed a choir in Switzerland where he lived for 30 years.  In 1984 he hooked up with the Land of Lakes Boys Choir from Elk River, where he toured with them in Europe.  After the tour, he was invited to Elk River to be their Artistic Director. It took 14 years to get him here and worked with them until 2011.  In 2011, he switched jobs to the North Star Boys Choir.  They have toured Europe twice and will be leaving soon for another tour.  Francis invited us to attend their upcoming concert that will be held on Sunday, May 19th at Lord of Live in Corcoran, MN.  He had VIP tickets for us for free!   Do you know a young boy who likes to sing?  Sign him up!  Francis had posters for us with concert information on it.  He shared five facts about singing.  1. Never breathe to sing. 2. You don’t need air. 3. No such thing as high and low notes. 4. There is no such thing as volume.  5. You don’t train the voice, but train the body.  They teach boys to sing.  The body radiates sound in the skull, chest, back and cheek bones.  They are all resonating chambers.  This is the European style of teaching and it is a 500 year old concept.  The boys are aged 8 to 14. They come in at 5, 6, 7 years old as timid and shy boys and leave at 10, 11, 12 years old and are young adults.   Francis brought CD’s for sale at $15 ea. or 2 for $25 or 3 for $30.  The group leaves June 9th for Switzerland, France, Germany and Austria.  They are supported by donations.  For more information - northstarboyschoir.org
 
We recited the Four Way Test and Robin rang the dismissal bell!
 
May 2, 2019 - Regular Meeting 
 
Today at Rotary, President Robin Skinner led our meeting.  John Osterman led us in song and Greg Schultz had a very solid prayer!

Guests: Dana Anderson, wife of Dave Anderson
                John and Tanna Houlton,
First National Bank
                Deb Bland, Elk River Senior Living - Prospective Member with Application turned in and awaiting Board vote

Announcements:
- Elk River Rotary participated in a fund raiser recently with the Elk River Library.  We agreed to match up to $750
so the Library could purchase STEM kits. They hit the marker and this afternoon, President Robin and Tricia Downey will meet with the Library and present them with the funds!   Our Rotary Dollars At Work!
- Robin passed out registration slips for us to all put our names in for a drawing from John Houlton with First National Bank.  He joined us again today to share more information with us about what will be in the Private Tasting Tent.  He brought some samplings and had six drawings for wine and stadium blankets.  The winners were Dana Anderson, Bob Maxwell, John Osterman, speaker Katie Shutusky, Brandon Hanson and Alan Sakry!
- Jeff LaBarre announced that he is in a start up BNI group and extends invitation to each of us to join him on Wednesdays at 11:30 am at Spire.

-Image result for playing cards A 4 of hearts was pulled and there was not a winner!

Taste of Elk River:
- Dirk Barrett
brought the extra black Taste of Elk River vests.  If you don’t have one, please dig in and get
yours.  We will have them next week also.   Robin Skinner modeled her outfit for us to show us what proper attire is for our “uniform” for the event.
- Bruce “Buck” Tyler went up front and gave his usual B.S. rally talk!  He called on John Osterman,  Bob Maxwell and Cal Portner for their B.S. rally talks and then the Drug Czar, Brandon Hanson, was called on and all hell broke loose!  Bruce accused Brandon of not catching anyone for over four years and Brandon didn’t like that and he got right in Buck’s face . . . it was like a real baseball game where the player gets into the umpire’s face!   It got quite heated and the Czar reached across and tore the shirt right off Buck’s right upper body!  As Buck stood there speechless, Brandon walked away, then turned around and came back at him and kicked carpet dust at him!  It was a great stand off!   Next we heard a team rally from Nicole Rasmussen with the Cocoa Crispers and there was no B.S. there!  The Crispers are on fire!  It’s crazy!  They boast 6 grand slams!  Go Crispers . . . eat our dust, Nicole says!     Dirk Barrett, Taste Co-chair then asked for a new Drug Czar because ours acts like he is on drugs!  All in fun and for the love of baseball and the Taste of Elk River!    Tricia Downey talked about the sign up sheet going around and encouraged everyone to sign up or be signed up!  Come early, take at least one 2 hour shift, stay for clean up and we will be good!  She is looking for four volunteers on Monday, May 13th at 2 pm to help wash glasses at BeeHive Homes of Elk River.  If you can help out please let her know.

Fine from the Floor:
- Robin Skinner fined Debbi Rydberg for suggesting Robin may be dressed like a Walmart greeter.

Happy Bucks:
- Pete Reiner was happy because he won Arby’s certificates at the Scout Breakfast!

- Robin Skinner was happy that she won two Taste of Elk River tickets at the Scout Breakfast!
- Debbi Rydberg paid her fine from the floor buck, with explanation.  She had a happy buck because she has been asked to be a Vikingland Band Festival Grand Marshall of the parade in Alexandria on June 30th!
- Jen Johnson was happy to tell us that she is got married last Thursday and she is now Jen Vassar!  Congratulations!
- Tricia Downey had a happy and sad buck as her son returns home from college for the summer and she had a happy buck for her daughter who lettered in academics!
- Cal Portner had a couple of bucks because his two girls are coming home for a family wedding and he is happy they will be leaving a couple of days later. He was also happy that the youngest child has received a company grant for an externship with Judge Anderson in Hennepin County.  She is a pre-law student. He is going to be missing the Taste of Elk River because he will be going on vacation to Italy.
- Lynn Caswell was happy that his son and daughter-in-law have sold their house with no where to go but Lynn’s and then they found a house.  He was also happy to have gotten his truck back from the repair shop from being broadsided by a deer!
- Nicole Rasmussen was happy to have had hang time with her mom for five days over the anniversary of her dad’s passing.  She was also happy that her daughter made the A honor roll and was asked to join the Junior National Honor Society!

Program:
Our program today was arranged by Greg Schultz.  He introduced us to Katie Shutusky and Brenda Rue with
Thumbs Up 5K & 10K.  They create awareness for mental health and suicide.  Katie founded the group in 2014.  Brenda has been on the committee and board of directors for four years. Katie shared some mental health facts with us.  Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death to those aged 10 to 24. 90% of those who died by suicide had mental health issues.  Mental health affects everyone regardless of culture, race, ethnicity, gender, etc.   Who is Thumbs Up?  It is a group of volunteers helping those with mental health issues.  They consist of a 12 member committee, 7 board members and 3 founders.  2019 marks their 6th year!  In 2010, Katie’s grandfather died by suicide.  He was 72 years old.  That was very hard on Katie and in 2014 she began running to help with her mental health. She also met Jessica Hackenmueller who also lost someone by suicide and they, together, started a 5K to raise funds to raise awareness.  They held their first meeting in June 2014 and held their first event in October.  Their keynote speaker was Joe Schmidt from Channel 5 who was also a good friend of Katie’s grandfather.  The first event was held in downtown Elk River and after that, it has been held at Orono Park.  They had over 500 registrants the first year!  They do a lot of outreach throughout the year.  They participate in Shiver Elk River, Just One, Family Fun Night, Elk River Fest, Sherburne county Fair Parade, Partner on many things with ISD 728, partner with Open Doors for Youth where the funds raised at Shiver Elk River were used to hire a part time staff person!  They give back what they raise.  They have purchased a group therapy dog for a family, donated $2500 to first responders in Elk River to help fight PTSD, donated over $15,500 to ISD 728 for youth such as the Yellow Ribbon Club and H.U.S.H, donated $2,000 to Open Doors for Youth, donated $2,000 to TXT$LIFE, give out scholarships to ISD 728 youth who are heading to college into a mental health related career with a total of $12,500 given out thus far!   What can we do to help others?  Listen to them, offer to help them and don’t take no for an answer, educate yourself on mental health.  Someone who talks about it needs help.  Don’t leave them, call 911 or take them to a hospital. Get mental health first aid training through NAMI so you can help others and finally, try not to say “committed suicide” but rather “died by suicide”.  Their next event will be held on Saturday, September 14th at Orono Park.  You can run, walk, bike or blade!  She invites each of us to join in the fun!  She shared a part of a video with us.  This video can be found on their web page also.

We recited the four way test and Robin rang the dismissal bell!
 
April  25, 2019 - Regular Meeting 
 
Attendance: active status - 22 present, 14 absent
honorary status - 3 present, 5 absent
membership total - 44
 
Visiting Rotarians: Scott Munger and Dave Christian from Rogers Rotary
Scott and Dave were visiting us to promote their Rotary Golf Tournament.  They have hole sponsorships and the title sponsor spot is available.  They also have plenty of room for us to have a team in their tournament.   Dave hit us hard with their raffle tickets.  They were $10 each and only 500 are being sold and there will be four winners drawn.
 
Announcements:
- Taste of Elk River - Tricia Downey, chair, passed around the duty sign up sheet for the first round.  Please get your name on there in a spot that you would like to work.  If you don’t get your own name on there, you will be assigned.  If you aren’t sure what you’d like to do, contact Tricia and she can help you find the perfect fit.  Tricia is out and about getting the Sponsors their tickets and getting tickets to the ticket sales locations.   She met with John Houlton from First National Bank and they discussed the Private Tasting Room sales contest that John spoke to Rotarians about last week.  He will have prizes for one person per team who sells the most Private Tasting Tent tickets.  He will come next week to see who is in the lead and give out a prize.  John Osterman said that Team ReMax will be there to hand out glasses as in the past, but again, have a time frame issue and will need rotarians to cover the area after 7 pm.   Tricia went on to the next subject - transportation.  We do not have access to the GA van this year so she is in need of ideas of who we can solicit for assistance.  Ideas?  Contact Tricia.
- Bruce Buck Tyler led a ticket sales update and talked about discipline issues.  Bob with the Silver Hammer team had a grand slam and a couple of doubles, but it’s early!  Nicole with the Cocoa Crispers had a “Go Crispers”.  We heard from Brandon, the drug czar and he told us he has his eye on the skippers with good sized files!  He’s looking for informants.  John with the Fighting Burbot hates to brag, but Molly has asked for 15 additional regular and 15 additional private tasting room tickets!  Go Molly!  There was no report from Cal and Terry ended reports on a high note . . . he has data!  He’s had four calls that each needed 10 additional tickets!
- President Robin Skinner announced that we will have a table at the Scouts Breakfast.  Who can join?  Let her know if you’d like a spot.  It will be held on Thursday, May 2 at 7 am at the Elk River American Legion.
- President Robin told us that there were no other nominations received last week, so the ballot from last week will be ratified at the board meeting and we will have the following board for the 2019-20 year.  President-Bonnie Koste; President Elect-Nicole Rasmussen; Secretary-Julie Fish; Treasurer-Debbi Rydberg; Directors-Taste of Elk River-Dirk Barrett and Jeff LaBarre with Tricia Downey as mentor; Director of Youth-Molly Hanson; Director of Membership-Dan Weber; Director at Large-Tove Lichty.  Congratulations to all!
 
Happy Bucks:
- Leah Studaker had a happy buck because Three Rivers Montessori is kicking off their giving tree capital campaign.
- Dave Christian, visiting rotarian, had $2 bill to give and he was happy to be here.  We are so generous!
- Sandy Morgan was happy to be double pickles!  She was also happy to that she is grandma to another fur baby!
- Neil Gagnon was happy that the Taste of ER Silent Auction portion is going well and he already has 20 pledges and of the 20, 6 of them are new to us.  Bring your items to Neil at the Main Street Bank of Elk River location.  Greg Schultz stepped forward with an item that included St. Paul Saints tickets . . .
- David Vinje was happy to tell us that he was chosen as the Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year!  Congrats David!
- Debbi Rydberg was happy to be following her daughter through social media!  She is on a trip through Europe with 30 students.  They are leaving Italy tomorrow.  She also thanked Tricia for delivering the tickets.  Happy that the meeting went well yesterday and finally congratulations to the Bank of Elk River for being selected as Employer of the Year!
- John Osterman was happy that he and Dave Anderson will be buying the wine for the Wall of Wine today at 30% off!
- Scott Munger, visiting rotarian, was happy to be performing in a concert to raise funds for others!
 
Image result for playing cardsA 5 of clubs was pulled and there was not a winner.
 
Program:
Our program today was arranged by Dan Weber.  Baseball is his passion so this speaker is perfect for him as Dan spent a lot of time at the Metro Dome!  He introduced us to Bob Showers, independent author and resident of Bloomington, MN for 30 years.  When he was a kid, he would road trip from Iowa to attend Minnesota sports games.  He eventually landed a job working for the North Stars.  He was stay home dad at the time when the Stars left MN for Dallas.  He formed a great relationship with Lou Nanne with the Stars.  Bob thought the story of the North Stars would make a great book.  When his kids went off to school, he announced his book writing thoughts to his wife.  He found someone to help first time authors with the how and the funding and he created his first book on North Star history with Lou Nanne.  His second book was about the MN Twins and he worked with Dave St. Peter with the Twins to preserve memories at Metropolitan Center.  They gave him access to photos and access to old players who agreed to talk to him and signed off on the interviews.  Part of the book sales proceeds go to the MN Twins.  It then became apparent that their was need for a Metro Dome book - the third book!  He’s looked through thousands of photos.  The books are all photo driven. He uses photos to drive memories and records the interviews of things that come to mind for the different players.  Bob remembers Torii Hunter sharing a few secrets about the Dome.  There were 424 Twins players in the history of the dome and all 424 players have headshots in the book.  Bob heard “I’ve never told this before” many times and has a ton of great stories.    Q and A time at the end with lots of questions!  Many of the Rotarians have a book or two from Bob.  He had all of his books to sell to us at a special rotarian price of $20 each. Bob can be contacted at showers34240@msn.com This was a great program and it was suggested that we have him return and tell us more!
 
April 18, 2019 - Regular Meeting
President Robin Skinner led our meeting, John Osterman led us in “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” song and Tricia Downey had a fabulous prayer for us!
 
Attendance was Amazing!
active members - 25 present, 11 absent
honorary members - 4 present, 4 absent
total membership at 44
 
Visiting Rotarian: Duane Gates from Monticello Rotary
 
Guests: John and Tanna Houlton, First National Bank
Dana Anderson, wife and escort to Rotarian Dave Anderson
Jim Acres with Scouts
Jim came to invite us to the Annual Scout Breakfast that will be held on Thursday, May 2 at 7 am and will be held at the Elk River American Legion.  This event begins with welcome and presentation of colors, followed by a delicious breakfast and a program with a completion time of 8 am.  The speaker this year will be Barbara Burandt, Sherburne County Commissioner. 
 
We had four birthday songs to sing and all four of them picked the $10 version!  We sang to Molly Hanson, Sandy Morgan, Leah Studaker and Bill Haring!   The Rotary Foundation thanks you!
 
Image result for playing cardsCard was drawn and there was not a winner!
 
Happy Bucks were next!
- Doc Anderson was happy to tell us about his son Joe.  Joe is his son who suggested that Doc join Rotary because we are “his people”!    So Joe,  being the outstanding youth he is, recently took First Place in State Speech!  Congratulations Joe!
- Cal Portner was happy because on his way to work and home each day, he gets to see Pete Reiner’s face on a billboard!  He also was happy that while watching the Twins game, during a commercial, he saw Neil Gagnon!
- Dirk Barrett was happy to hear hockey talk that UMD is a National Champion!
- Nicole Rasmussen had a $5 happy - a good luck buck because she is running the Earth Day Marathon on Saturday, she is off work for 4 days, 1 extra to spend with her mom to honor the anniversary of her dad’s passing on Tuesday!
- Tove Lichty was happy to tell us that her brother and sister-in-law are expecting any day!  She was also happy to tell us that her business is growing and expanding and they are adding a second financial advisor and assistant!
- Dana Anderson, Dave Anderson’s wife, had a happy buck to report that Dave’s surgery went better than expected!  
- Bob Maxwell was very happy to announce the birth of another Granddaughter within the last 24 hours!
- Molly Hanson was happy for a great birthday celebration and happy to have sold her house in one day!  A new house is being built in Otsego and in the interim, they will reside with her parents!
- Brandon Hanson was happy to see the Student of the Month and the Simmonds family, whom he knows from church!
- Leah Studaker was happy that they have 114 students registered for fall.  She also shared that they have found an investor to build them a building, but are in need of land to build on so please pray for a referral!
 
 
Terry Bizal, Rotarian and Principal at ERHS, introduced us to another outstanding sophomore Student of the Month.  We met Harrison Simmond .  Harrison introduced us to his mom, Tina Marie and his dad, John, who is called Jack!  He has 2 older brothers and 1 older sister.  He had his left arm in a sling as he is repairing a shoulder tear that started last year.  He enjoys football, wrestling, karate, dance and scouts.  He is working on his Eagle Scout project.  He is also involved in Central Lutheran Youth, National Honor Society and band, which also includes jazz band!  He started band and began with alto sax, then moved on to baritone sax, and also plays tenor sax.  His Eagle Scout project is to raise funds to acquire a trailer for the 728 Cadets as that is something that is much needed.   His favorite subject is science and aspires to be a medical student to be an OBGYN doctor!  He also enjoys video games, reading, camping and mystery trips through church.  His hero is his mom.  She does so much for everyone around her, by far she is the most selfless person he knows.  He admires her drive and passion towards every day things, like her job.  When asked why he won this award, he replied “his leadership, character, smiling face and people connections" have won him this award.
 
Ballots: President Robin Skinner passed out the blank ballots so Rotarians could write themselves or someone else in on the ballot.  Robin asked that the suggestions be turned in to her today.
 
Program:
Today we had a Club Assembly, focused around the Taste of Elk River.  We started with Bruce Buck Tyler tell us a story, then the managers took turns giving updates.  John Osterman reported that we have many varieties of beverages again this year and they include wine, beer, spiked seltzers and new craft breweries.  The craft beer tent is “going to be something special!”    It was stressed that Advanced Sales are Key!   Tricia sent around a couple of sign up sheets.  The first one was to sign up to visit a local rotary club to sell tickets and the second was to sign up for locations to hang posters.  This is a team project so thank you to all who took posters and flyers to hang around town.  Tickets have been distributed to all Rotarians.   We then took a few minutes to hear from John Houlton with First National Bank.  They came to tell us about the Private Tasting Tent that they sponsor.  They are happy to be here and this is their 5th or 6th year, sponsoring the tent.  It is unique and started with high end wine tasting and has really grown!  They have live music and upscale appetizers. They invite us, who are working the event and have our official vests on, to come and take a tour through their tent and check it out this year!   In the past years, we have sold 100 - 150 tickets.  John challenges us to sell at least 200 tickets this year.  It is well worth the additional $15.  He put up a contest and the top 5 people who sell the most Private Tasting Tent tickets, will win prizes from First National Bank.   Lynn Caswell has ordered tables and chairs!   Bonnie Koste will be chairing the Rotary Table and this year, at that table, there will be a new game!   We will have a "Barrel of Booze” game where we will have a wheelbarrow (donated by David Vinje/Attics to Basements) full of booze (donated to us from Elk River Liquors) and will sell a deck of cards for $20 each.  Once all cards are sold, we will draw a card from another deck and whoever has the matching card will win the Barrel of Booze!  We will swiftly raise $1040! 
 
Time was up and we recited the 4 Way Test and off we went!
April 11, 2019 - Regular Meeting 
 
Our meeting today was led by President Robin Skinner.  John Osterman led our standard song and Robin had a solid prayer - The Serenity Prayer - for us.

Next week, we will share the ballots for nominations for the Board of Directors.

Attendance:     active status - 19 present, 18 absent
                        honorary status - 2 present, 6 absent
                        total membership @ 45 members

Guests: Lane with Great River Young Life, guest of Barry Hohlen
Becky, co-worker and guest of Bonnie Koste


We sang a couple of Happy Birthday songs!  One to Linda Christian and one to our guest, Lane!  The Rotary Foundation thanks you!
Nicole Rasmussen (16 years) and Terry Bizal (23 years) were reminded of their wedding anniversaries!

Image result for playing cardsCard game - an Ace of clubs was picked and there was not a winner!

Happy Bucks:
- Debbi Rydberg
was happy to tell us that her hubby had a birthday this week and they went to dinner to celebrate!
- Julie Fish was happy because she was asked to tell a lie for a STRIVE game and she lost and was out of the game before she actually had to lie!
- Brandon Hanson was happy to have tickets to a concert tomorrow and is hopeful that he can get there through the sprint storm we are having!
- Pete Reiner paid a buck for Linda Christian’s birthday song so she would have enough funds for the birthday song and a happy buck!
- Terry Bizal was happy to have had a great vacation in Punta Cana with his wife of 23 years!
- Linda Christian was happy to tell us about her surprise from a cousin - a first class airline ticket to go to Arizona for Easter!
- Nicole Rasmussen is happy to carry on her tradition of modeling for the United Way True Colors Fashion Show!
- Bonnie Koste had $4 happy because she survived Orlando with 4 teenagers!
- Greg Schultz was happy to update us on his young daughter and her cooking challenge!  She competed against 268 schools, each with 8 students and she made it in the top 40 and will advance to the next level!

Program:
Our program was arranged by Dan Weber, and was supposed to be Bob Showers, Author “The Twins in the Dome”, but Mother Nature had other plans and Bob had to cancel and Dan choose to work from home, due to the weather!   In place of that, the program had a “pitch hit” and the Team Managers were each called up front to give some words and hand out tickets to their team players.    Tricia Downey, co-chair of the Taste of Elk River, spoke first and explained the two different tickets.  The large ticket is $30 in advance and $35 at the gate.  You must have a ticket to enter.  The smaller ticket can be purchased after purchasing the large ticket.  The smaller ticket is for the First National Bank’s Private Tasting Room and is $15 in advance or at the gate.   It is requested that we each sell 10 tickets of both sizes.  Tricia also announced that any Rotarian that donates $20 to the Wall of Wine and helps out at the event, will not have to purchase their ticket to enter.  Manager Terry Bizal was on vacation for the draft and has to take what he gets!  Nicole Rasmussen went first for the Cocoa Crispers and passed out tickets to those players that were present at the meeting.  Go Crispers!  John Osterman with the Fighting Burbot went next, followed by Cal Portner, manager for the Las Tortugas team who was pretty pumped up about his new branding and announced that his player, Amanda the Commanda has three tickets already sold!   Brandon Hanson, Drug Czar reminded us that this is going to be a good year so don’t lie, and keep it fair and on the up and up!    Cal Portner updated us that he has been in contact with BOB FM re: commercials for the Taste of Elk River.   Neil Gagnon, Silent Auction Chair, gave us an update.  He passed out a letter to each of us, requesting silent auction items.  This letter will be mailed next week to the Elk River area business community. Tove Lichty is on the committee, but not as a chair as she wanted to try something new this year.  Others on this committee are Julie Fish, Adam Stumne and Alan Sakry.   Tricia Downey then led a discussion about glasses and in the end, the decision was to order both wine glasses and beer glasses.  Marilyn VanPatten-Chuba has offered the use of the commercial glass washing machine at the Beehive.  Thank you, Marilyn!  We also chatted about opinions on having a lanyard to hold the wine glass, vs a plastic plate to hold the wine glass. The plate won the vote, so Tricia will get those ordered.  At this point, we do not have a means of transportation from the gate to the building entrance.  Tricia is working on it and was given suggestions to try Trim-Cap and Vision Transportation.  Tricia has also contacted the Sentence to Serve folks and at this time, they have no inmates to assist us and won’t know if they will until the week of the Taste of Elk River. Barry Hohlen suggested that perhaps the Great River Young Life group could help out.

We recited the 4 Way Test and Robin Skinner dismissed us.
 
April 4, 2019- Regular Meeting
 
Today was Taste of Elk River Baseball Theme Kick Off Day!
 
President Robin Skinner led our meeting.  John Osterman was present and led our kick off for the Taste of Elk River special song  . . .  Take Me Out To The Ballgame!   Bruce/Buck Tyler had a fabulous prayer and reminded us that baseball is mentioned in the bible. . . in the big inning!
 
Attendance: active status - 19 present, 18 absent
honorary status - 5 present, 3 absent
total membership - 45 members
 
President Robin presented our newest member Sandy Morgan with her official Rotary badge!  Welcome Sandy!
Reminder to introduce ourselves to our new members.
 
Lori Severson announced that she will be resigning, with board approval.   She is moving up to the St. Cloud area.
We will really miss you, Lori!  You are always welcome to visit or return!
 
Help Wanted:  In the future absence of Lori Severson, we are in need of a new SOCIAL organizer to organize our bi-monthly gatherings.  Any volunteers?  Please let Robin Skinner know of your 
  
Visiting Rotarian: Carl Erickson, Princeton Rotary
 
Guests:
Brandon Hanson brought his son Nick today
Bob Maxwell brought his granddaughter Mckenzie
Katie and Brenda from Thumbs Up 5K & 10K - they came to check out Rotary and to invite us to an event!
Wed., April 10, 6:30-8 pm at Spectrum High School.  It is called Just One - Just One Life Matters. 
 
Foundation Moment: Tove Lichty told us the purpose of the Foundation Moment is to help us to each become more involved in Rotary International.  If we would like a grant from them, we need to be involved with them.  She challenges each of us to be a Sustaining Member, which means that each of us gives at least $100 per year.  We’ve been challenged!
 
Taste of Elk River:  Tricia Downey and Dirk Barrett have been meeting and organizing and met with the Sherburne County Fair Board person.  They reviewed the contract of items and have discovered that we have been overcharged in the past, so this year should end up less expensive.  The spot that First National has their special tent, is now under construction for a new building so they will have to figure out a new spot for them to have their tent.    Treasurer, Debbi Rydberg, has invoiced all sponsors.  If you have not received your emailed invoice, please contact Debbi.   She is in need of a couple of volunteers to help her stuff envelopes with Taste tickets.  Contact her if you can help on Monday.   Dave Anderson is having shoulder surgery next week and will be MIA for two weeks.  In his absence, you can turn in your $20 for the Wall of Wine, to John Osterman.  
 
Happy Bucks:
- Debbi Rydberg was happy to have been Nick Zerwas’ guest at the State of the State.  It was quite interesting!
- Julie Fish was $5 happy for having a very fabulous week with a journey to Nevada, California and Arizona!
- Marilyn VanPatten-Chuba was happy for their new dog that they got from PetSmart.  It is a rescue dog from Arkansas!  She was also happy to have attended a lunch with her classmates!
- Troy Adams was happy to have been on a work trip to Colorado where everyone seemed to be doing “good”!  His author wife, was not able to attend with him, as she was called to Washington DC and next week to LA for her new book!
- Guest Katie, was happy because her new children’s book, Lady Bug Hug is going to host a book signing event this Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm at the Trout Brook Barn.
- Nicole Rasmussen was happy to have hung out with her teenager daughter for two days at the Mall of America, and also attended Mamma Mia with her mom and daughter and she is running a race this weekend.
- Brandon Hanson was happy to be kind of working today, but mostly hanging out with his son Nick and having fun playing games!
- John Osterman happily reported that his wife Lynn had a very successful knee replacement surgery!
- Greg Schultz was happy that the maple trees are tapped and running!  Need syrup?  Contact Greg!
- Cal Portner was happy to have played a hockey tournament with his son recently.
 
Image result for playing cardsThe card was played without a winner when a 10 of clubs was pulled!
 
Program:
Today our program was arranged by Buck Tyler.  We held our baseball themed team draft.   Buck shared the history of the team concept. This year we will have 5 teams rather than 4 teams.  We were introduced to the Drug Czar, Brandon Hanson.   Brandon spoke for a few moments.  This is his 5th year as the Czar and he explained to the new members, what his description of PED is and that it is anything to enhance a team as questioning impact.  He used Greg Schultz’s maple syrup stash for an example a secret code and now Greg is on the suspicious list.  Lol!  It’s gonna be a great year!  Next was team announcements!
Fighting Burbot - John Osterman, manager
Team: Barry Hohlen, Molly Hanson, Becky Wiehoff, Tricia Downey, Pete Reiner, Linda Christian, Tove Lichty, Lori Severson, Dan Dixon, Amanda Othoudt, Sandy Morgan and Greg Heineke
Crispers - Nicole Rasmussen, manager
Team: Brandon Hanson, Lynn Caswell, Alan Sakry, Robin Skinner, Kari Steinbrecher, David Bakken, Margie MacGlaghlen, Julie Fish, Jennifer Johnson, Annie Deckert, Mark Leland and Patty Carbajal
Las Tortugas - Cal Portner, manager
Team: Doc Anderson, Troy Adams, Leon Barthel, Bonnie Koste, Dave Anderson, Bill Haring, Adam Stumne, Corey Wemple, Jeff LaBarre, Curt Hinkle and Amanda Larson
Oops I Did It Again - Terry Bizal, manger
Team: Don Horvath, Jim Babcock, Neil Gagnon, Dan Weber, Mary Eberley, Tony Mikols, David Vinje, Debbi Rydberg, Dirk Barrett, Marilyn VanPatten-chuba, Glen Ertel, Bruce Tyler and Greg Schultz
Maxwell Silver Hammers - Bob Maxwell, manager
Team:  He, Himself and Him and those that purchase tickets through our online service!
 
Bruce reminded us of the importance to sell our tickets in advance to make sure our event is a success!
 
March 28, 2019- Regular Meeting
 
Attendance: active status - 23 present, 14 absent
honorary status - 4 present, 4 absent
total membership at 45 members
 
President Robin Skinner was back this week and was sporting her MN Twins shirt because today is the Twins home opener!
 
We had a visiting Rotarian today!  We welcomed Jeff Hage.  Jeff is our current Assistant Area Governor and is a Monticello Rotarian!
 
Julie Fish has a birthday coming up on the 30th so we sang to her.  She had $20 if we would sing to her backwards.  Everyone was quite worried how they were going to do that and low and behold, Leon Barthel got the group to turn around and sing to her backwards!  The Rotary Foundation thanks all of you for her $20!
 
Image result for playing cardsThe card game had a winner in Cal Portner who had the 5 of diamonds and won half the pot at $9!  Congratulations Cal and the Rotary Foundation thanks all of those who played.  $9 also goes to the Foundation!
 
Rotary Foundation Moment:
Tove Lichty had more foundation information for us.  She spoke about Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary and how the Paul Harris Fellow award works. Paul Harris passed away in 1947 and in lieu of flowers, he requested donations.  $1.3 million was raised at that time!  Ten years later, the first Paul Harris Fellow was started.  It takes $1,000 to achieve the award.  In 2006, there were over a million Paul Harris Fellows.  Our rotary club traditionally gives out two Paul Harris Fellow awards each year.  We raise funds for this through happy bucks, birthday money and the card game.  You can acquire your own by donating $1,000 and can give monthly at only $83.34/month.  Check out Rotary.org and set up your account.  See what you can learn!  Thanks Tove!
 
Announcements:
- John Osterman’s wife, Lynn, had knee surgery today and it went well!  Please keep her in your thoughts for a speedy recovery and a good nurse, in John!
- Molly Hanson reminded us about our commitment to volunteer at CAER tomorrow from 1 to 2:30 pm.  Those who are signed up to volunteer are to go through the back door.  Read the signs.  Those volunteering are Molly Hanson, Tricia Downey, Dirk Barrett, Brandon Hanson and Dr. Dave Anderson’s wife, Kim.  Thank you volunteers!!
- Brandon Hanson reported on STRIVE that was held this week on Tuesday. We had a guest speaker, Bruce Tyler, who spoke to the students on interviewing.  The students received a 50 question packet about interviews that was prepared by past Rotarian Patty Carbajal from First National Bank of Elk River. The end is near for the STRIVE program 2019 and graduation will be in June.  Brandon reports that there are 3 students that have applied for the STRIVE scholarship of $1,000.   Thank you Brandon and Patty for all that you do to make this program work!   It is greatly appreciated!
- COMING SOON   .. . Election of Officers!  If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, please let President-Elect, Bonnie Koste know of your desire.  
- The board of directors has voted to give a donation to the Elk River Library for STEM programs.  They are having a fundraiser in April to raise up money for these programs.  We have agreed to match up to $750.  Elk River Rotary’s name will be printed on marketing pieces and the Elk River Star News is doing an article where we will also get some good PR. 
 
Taste of Elk River:
- Honorary Dave Anderson reminded us to bring our $20 donation for the Wall of Wine.  This money is used to purchase the wine used for the fundraiser at the Taste of Elk River.  Dave has made his list and is checking it twice, at least!
- Julie Fish had a clip board go around the room to order a name tag to go on your Taste of Elk River vest.  It will be sent around a few more weeks so be sure to get your name on it if you need a tag.
- Amanda Othoudt shared the current Sponsorship list!  Wow!  We have 30 sponsors!  RE/MAX, First National Bank of Elk River, BOB FM Radio, American Family Insurance-Bonnie Koste, Cornerstone Automotive, Edward Jones-Tove Lichty, Elk River Senior Living, MidwestOne Bank, Sportech Inc., The Bank of Elk River, Mosford, Barthel & Co., LLC, BeeHive Homes, Connexus, Elk River Heating & AC, Landform, Inc., Spire Credit Union, Gateway Financial Strategies, Franklin Outdoor Advertising, Classic Acrylics, Elk River Printing, Hardin Companies, Home Run Human Resources, North Central Insurance, Orluck Industries, Sherburne County Abstract & Title, State Farm - Wayne Swart, Ralphie’s Minnoco, Northbound & Westbound Liquors, Kennedy Vision, Metal Craft.  
 
Happy Bucks:
- Bruce Tyler was happy it is baseball opening day!
- Sandy Morgan is happy that when she was in line to pay for lunch, she saw her daughter who was leaving from having lunch!
- Tove Lichty was happy that life is good!
- Cal Portner was happy for a few reasons.  He and the Mayor testified yesterday for our upcoming sales tax bill and they weren’t asked too many questions.  He had a rebound buck because the teams that matter to him, are done playing hockey, but happy that baseball starts.  His last happy buck was to announce that he won’t be here for the Taste of Elk River, as he will be traveling with his parents on a trip to Italy!
- Dan Weber had a happy $5 to remind him that the St. Cloud Huskies Hockey is still going strong and that they play this weekend in Fargo. 
- Robin Skinner was happy to have had a great trip to Austin to visit her daughter.  She also thanked Molly Hanson for filling information her in her absence.  She also had a sad buck for  the MN Gophers men’s basketball team for their loss and for the tears shed by Murphy on the court at the end of the game.
 
Program:
Our program today was arranged by Dirk Barrett.  He introduced us to Ricky and David with the Boys and Girls Club of the North Star.  David is a professor at St. Cloud State, so a Huskies fan and Ricky is from Nebraska so he is a Huskers fan!  David spoke first. He has been involved in the Boys and Girls Club since 1997 in the Twin Cities.  He has been 10 years with Elk River.  His career was working for the Coke-Cola company.  9 of those years, he was Vice President of Sales and Marketing in St. Cloud.  He retired from that in 2017 then was asked to be a professor at St. Cloud State and thought “why not”?  He is excited about Husky hockey also!  David is on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of the North Star.  They are located in Elk River, Zimmerman and Little Falls.  Their mission:  To enable all young people, especially those whined us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.  The club focuses on academic success, good character & leadership and health and life skills. They provide their members with a safe, positive, fun environment, supportive relationships, opportunities, expectations and recognition. They support nearly 2,700 kids. Their current needs include spiffing up their building that was built in 1999.  New carpet, replace the roof on the entire building, install energy efficient lighting in they gym, update the kitchen to USDA code, and more! They are having a capital campaign coming up to total their need to $150,000. They are reaching out for corporate sponsors and have many levels from Platinum at $10,000 annually to Bronze which is a one time donation. It has not been confirmed, but there is a possibility that the Elk River Lion’s Club will match the capital funds raised. They need to raise $75,000 by August of 2019.  They have a couple of Workforce Development programs.  Career Launch encourages club members 13 to 18 to access their skills and interests, explore careers, make sound educational decisions and prepare to join our nation’s work force.   Job Ready sessions are targeted for use with members 14 and older.  These members are at the age where preparing for the world of work is most relevant and designed sessions address how to find, obtain, keep and excel in a job.  These programs prepare teens for the work force and careers. In 2018, they report that 49 out of 70 teens or 70% demonstrated an increase knowledge of career exploration and graduated from the Career Launch program.  51 out of 71 teens or 72% attended at least 70% of the sessions and graduated from the Job Ready program.  They have a Golf Event coming up!  May 21 at The Links at Northfork.  10 am check in and 11 am shotgun start.  A golf foursome is $450 and includes golf, cart, lunch, dinner and a swag bag. There are raffles, games and tons of on course fun!  Sign up online at bgclubsnorthstar.org
 
Robin had us recite the 4 Way Test and we were out the door!
 
March 21, 2019- Regular Meeting
 
Today, John Osterman led us in song, Dr. Dave Anderson said our prayer and past president, Molly Hanson led our meeting!
 
Attendance: active status - 19 present, 18 absent
honorary status - 2 present, 6 absent
total membership now at 37!!
 
Welcome new member Sandy Morgan!
 
Guests: - Logan with American Family Insurance, Princeton was Bonnie Koste’s guest
Deb, Marketing Director and Kylie, Executive Director from Elk River Senior Living, guests of Amanda Othoudt
Kylie spoke for a few minutes - they are a new Taste of Elk River Sponsor
Shane Green with Spire, co-worker and guest of Greg Schultz
Adam Willard with Boy Scouts, invited himself to introduce himself to us.
 
They have their annual breakfast coming up so mark your calendars for Thursday, May 2nd.
 
Student of the Month:
Mark Leland from Spectrum High School introduced us to our March Student of the Month, William Koch and his mom Lisa and his step-father.   Will has a 3.76 GPA and has been on the A Honor Roll consistently since 7th grade. He has letters in both athletics and academics. His classmates voted him as Jr. Winter Royalty.  He participates in soccer, and track and field.  Is favorite class is AP Biology.  It requires higher thinking, it’s self learning and the teacher is cool and laid back and wants to see the students succeed.  The teacher loves to have fun and they have a lot of labs and experiments.  In the future, he plans to be a veterinarian/surgeon.  He’s ready for the 10 plus years of schooling that takes!   His hobbies include soccer, snowboarding, long boarding, fishing, and video games with his friends helps him to relax after a stressful day.  His hero is his Grandma Linda!  She is always busy doing something through volunteering or activities.  He wants to be like her!  He shared a memorable moment with us and feels he demonstrates leadership at school by leading a group project, rather than wait until the last minute and have to scramble.  He enjoys public speaking and is wiling to speak for his groups.  He demonstrates leadership at Pizza Ranch when he works.  He has been promoted to Shift Lead, which gained him a title and a new name tag!  His approach to academics is to work hard.  He prefers to accomplish projects in one sitting rather than an hour a day for a few days.  He is not a procrastinator!  While participating in service projects through school, he has enjoyed raising funds, working in thrift stores and last year, he volunteered at a hotel for homeless and did floor sweeping and window washing.  This year, he is participating in a project through the DNR to adopt a part of the Mississippi River.  When asked what this award means to him, his answer was it means that his teachers and school actually care!  That is sort of cool!    Molly Hanson presented him with his certificate!
 
Rotary Foundation Moment -
Tove Lichty is back from her amazing trip and had some information for us!  She read a letter from the April 2019 Rotarian Magazine from the Rotary International President.   “Every two minutes, somewhere in the world, a woman dies from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.  And babies whose mothers die within the first six weeks of their lives are far more likely to die themselves than babies whose mothers survive.”  Inside the back cover, there is an article about Midwives for Haiti.  Give it a read!  See what The Rotary Foundation is doing to lower maternal and neonatal mortality rates in countries such as Brazil, Latvia and Mongolia!  Be The Inspiration!
 
Announcements:
- President Elect, Bonnie Koste told of her attendance last weekend at PETS (President Elect Training Session).  It was really good and she learned a lot about Rotarians coming together. She looks forward to her new roll and will be reaching out to some of us.
 
- CAER Volunteering!   We will be volunteering for CAER on Friday, March 29th from 1 to 2:30 pm.  Those who signed up for the shift are:  Tove Lichty, Tricia Downey, Dr. Dave Anderson, Molly Hanson and perhaps Bonnie Koste.   Thank you for your service above self!
 
-Because of our River Clean Up program, Pete Reiner attended a celebration at Summit Brewery that included speakers and shared a  lot of great stats that are also on their website.  Pete met the executive director who would like to come and speak to us some time.  Pete will have some postcards to share in the near future.  The postcards are for us to sign and send to our representatives for funds both at State and Federal level.  
 
Happy Bucks:
- Pete Reiner continued with his "Pete Reiner Hour” and shared another story with us about something that happened to him.  He went to see Rotarian Leon Barthel to get his taxes done, then was going to go to the American Legion to watch the MN Gopher game and the parking lot was so full!  He saw Molly and a friend of hers (Dr. Dave Anderson’s wife, Kim) at the front door and pulled up to them.  They thought he was their Uber driver, but he wasn’t, and they talked him into giving them a ride out to Broadway Bar & Pizza.  When they got there, Molly tossed a $20 to Pete and thanked him for the ride.  Pete tried to give it back, but she wouldn’t take it.  A very, very, very long and confusing short is that the money was donated back and ended up with CAER!
- Greg Schultz had a happy buck for his 10 year old daughter who recently won the #1 spot in a cooking contest.  She is now on the regional level!
- John Osterman had a smiling happy buck because Re/Max Results will once again be a $5,000 sponsor for the Taste of Elk River!
- Debbi Rydberg was happy that she didn’t have to wear a coat to come here!
- Molly Hanson seconded that and
- Julie Fish gave it a third!
- Nicole Rasmussen was happy that her trip to New York City was awesome!
- Tove Lichty was happy to be back from a trip to Morocco  for two weeks.  They have no trash service there and garbage is everywhere!  It is good to be home!
- Dr. Dave Anderson was happy to have been in Arkansas for his daughter, who is a college senior, last and finally gymnastics meet!  It was the end of a 17 year adventure!
- Tricia Downey was happy for her college son, Jack, who’s college girls’ basketball team made it to the Final Four in Mississippi!  Her son told her to watch for him on the television tomorrow during the game!
 
Program:
Dr. Dave Anderson has been in rotary for about a year and a half.  He is “Joe’s Dad”!  Joe, his son, has attended a few rotary meetings through school and he went home and told his dad that he needed to join rotary because the Rotarians are just like him!   Dr. Dave introduced us to our speaker today, Amy Lord, from ISD 728.  Amy was employed by ISD 728 over a year ago to help with the Career and Technical Education department.  It provides students with the academic, technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners.  They created the Pathways Program and a Career Wheel to help students determine the classes they should take.  They also offer student leadership classes.  DECA is one of these programs and Rogers HS has 33 students going to Nationals and ERHS has 17 students headed there.  They are great kids and work hard.  It is fun  to see them grow.  The program partners with Wright Technical Center.  Any business can host a student meeting and show students your work place and it’s details.  The Pro Start program is in all three high schools.  They have huge industrial kitchens and the ERHS students swept the competition recently and hare now headed to Nationals.  Principal Terry Bizal told of his experience cheering them on and how they have to bring every piece of equipment needed, with them.  It is technical, right down to the cleaning solution used to whip down the tables. They also have a Communications Program.  Ivan Sand School has a student led business in which they have purchased a color printer the they print posters on for the school district.  ERHS students have the professional software programs to create quality graphic design and they have some CNC equipment to print on wood and metal.  They offer photography classes and the students are able to use the equipment on weekends to do photo shoots for family and friends.  They are always looking for internships!   They have a Health Science Program which is a growing program on the tech side.  They have an advisory committee and are having a Scrubs Camp with Anoka Ramsey Community College and they also work through Guardian Angels for training and jobs.    Jobs are in demand and they are good paying careers such as construction, transportation and electrical.   Amy shared some of the intern jobs they are currently doing - machining, salon and spa, assembly, welding, trucking firm with mechanics needs, small engine repairs and more.  They started with 6 and now have 37 internships!  They have a lot of unique things going on with local businesses and are thankful for the efforts from Catepillar and Cornerstone Auto.  You may contact Amy Lord at 763-241-3400, ext. 5016 or amy.lord@isd728.org   Molly Hanson, acting president, thanked Amy and presented her with a certificate of appreciation.
 
We recited the 4 Way Test and Molly rang the bell of dismissal.