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03/23/2023 - Bob Maxwell -Katie Harstad - Meeting at Rockwoods and guests ER Football Coaches

03/30/2023 - Bonnie Koste - The Reel Hope Project - Kaycee Stanley

April 6, 2023 - Dr. Laura Mullennex - Traci Larson - CEO Guardian Angels

04/13/2023 - Cal Porner - TASTE of Elk River Kick off

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Thursday, March 16, 2023 
imageToday, President Theresa Slominski ran our program for us!
Jay Calhoun, Neil Gagnon, Molly Hanson, Heather Kliewer, Mark Kuyava, Dr. Laura Mullennex, Debbi Rydberg, Theresa Slominski, Marv Sorvala, Nicole Wojcik, honoraries Dave Anderson, Bob Maxwell, John Osterman and Bruce Tyler

Member Jay Calhoun joined us and had been missing for quite a bit of time!  President Theresa took the opportunity to officially induct him into membership!  Welcome Jay!

Today our program was arranged by Tove Lichty.  She introduced us to John Purves with the Glencoe Rotary Club.  John shared information with us about Camp RYLA.  Camp RYLA is a four day leadership camp for High School sophomores and juniors.  It is held at the YMCA Camp outside of Hudson, WI.  Through interaction with other students and adult supervisors, engaging with outside speakers and program experts, problem solving, communication challenges and other activities, students gain great insight into leadership basics; communication; problem solving and decision making; conflict management and resolution; personal strengths; community and global citizenship.  The camp is open to sophomores and juniors who are sponsored by local Rotary clubs from the greater Minneapolis and St. Paul areas.  Students come from schools within an area that includes North Branch, Amery Wisconsin, Rochester, Glencoe and more!  They get a diverse population of students from different backgrounds and this ser4ves to enhance the experience for everyone!  Cost to attend is at no cost to the student.  Each sponsoring rotary club pays for their student to attend.  For 2023, the fee will be $450.    How can Elk River Rotary participate?  Sponsor a student and provide transportation to the event, including attending the Tuesday noon rotary luncheon in St. Paul.  Club members are welcome to attend Sunday night dinner at camp and observe or help lead ethical discussions after. Club members also have the opportunity to help to present on Leadership Toolbox items Saturday morning and may also volunteer as an Adult Counselor for the five-day four-night event. John shared a couple of stories and photos with us.   Camp RYLA dates are April 21-25, 2023 and registration is open now.  Please visit, click on the “PARTICIPANTS” tab at the top of the page, then click on the “ROTARY CLUB REGISTRATION FORM” box.  Complete the three pages of this form. You can either reserve a spot for your students now and resubmit with names later, or fill in your names now if you have them.  Direct your students to the same page and also have the parent/guardian go in and do this also.   There are separate application forms for students and for their parents.

-President Theresa Slominski and Honorary Rotarian John Osterman
both reported on the Rogers High School Reality Fair.  It was very interesting, students were awesome!

Happy Bucks
Nicole Wojcik, Molly Hanson, Theresa Slominski and Debbi Rydberg all had happy bucks.
Together we recited the 4 Way Test and were dismissed!

imageThursday, March 9, 2023 
Today our meeting was led by President Theresa Slominski! 
Dirk Barrett, Julie Fish, Neil Gagnon, Katie Harstad, Heather Kliewer, Bonnie Koste, Mark Kuyava, Dr. Laura Mullennex, Pete Reiner, Debbi Rydberg, Theresa Slominski, Nicole Wojcik, Bill Yueill, honoraires Dave Anderson, Bob Maxwell, John Osterman and Bruce Tyler
We had a speaker cancellation, so Theresa ran an open meeting/club assembly for us today.  We talked about many things!
-Board of Directors, Debbi Rydberg presented a slate of directors.  Pete Reiner was nominated and accepted the Service Project Director board position.  Debbi Rydberg moved for approval of the slate, with the addition of Pete Reiner. Nicole Wojcik second the motion.  All in favor.  Board of Directors Slate for 2023-24 has been approved as follows:
President – Debbi Rydberg
President Elect – Heather Kliewer
Past President – Theresa Slominski
Secretary – Theresa Slominski
Treasurer – Neil Gagnon
Membership Director – Julie Fish
Youth Services Director – Molly Hanson
Service Project Director – Pete Reiner
Foundation Director – Tove Lichty
Communications Director – Cal Portner
Taste of Elk River Director – Katie Harstad
-Taste of Elk River
Sponsorship Packets are at the front table and have been emailed to all members.  The sign up sheet for sponsors was passed around the room.  All Rotarians are encourage to capture a sponsor or two or six!  The packet is also on the website.   We have a few sponsorships lined up – BOB FM, Metal Craft and Elk River Heating & AC, Homerun Human Resources are in!  Treasurer Neil Gagnon said if the sponsor needs an invoice and to pay with a credit card, to let him know so he can handle the paperwork. 
Food vendors are being asked.  Katie Harstad has received two no’s and 2 yeses!  Rockwoods and Cowboy Jack’s are in!
Beverage vendors are now up to 20 confirmed!
Pete Reiner reports that the fairgrounds and the tents have been secured!
Gambling license is secured!
Liquor license has been applied for at the City of Elk River!
Silent Auction will be firing up soon!
-Bylaws have been combed through by the Board of Directors.  At the next board meeting, they will be reviewed and approved.  After approval from the board, they will be emailed to all members for voting.
-CAER Food ShelfCAER Foodshelf has their upcoming Fools Run coming up on April 1st.  it starts at 9 am and is $40/person. The after event will be held at Aegir Brewing Company. Heather is looking for three Rotarian volunteers to handle passing out the water!  Neil Gagnon and Angela Nies volunteered.
-Meeting location discussion was held again.  Bruce Tyler suggested that we wait to decide until after we have our meetings on March 23 and 30 at Rockwoods.  Great idea!  Stay tuned!
-Meeting Location Changes  for Thursday, March 23 and Thursday, March 30 – our meetings these two Thursday’s will be held at Rockwoods!
-Happy Bucks!
-Bonnie Koste was happy for a crazy, busy life and for a get away to Mexico with her daughter, which was the nicest thing they have done together!
-Heather Kliewer had a shamless plug for the CAER Foodshelf Fools Run event and passed out flyers with a QR code for sign up and donations!
-Debbi Rydberg was happy for her upcoming event for the Chamber which will be two weeks today and held at the Crown Room starting at 5 pm.  Tickets are $65/person and reservations are a must!
-Katie Harstad was happy to tell us about an event Rockwoods is catering this weekend for 750 people in Elk River at the Furniture & Things Community Center!
-Pete Reiner was happy for a conference tournament for college basketball followed by March Madness where he will be happy to take money from Neil Gagnon!
-Bill Yueill was happy to tell us about his volunteer job as secretary/treasurer for a group he belongs to and shared brochures for an upcoming event!
-Mark Kuyava was happy for high school hockey tournament time!  He was also happy that he and his wife got to attend a Springstein concert!
- Theresa Slominski was happy for her daughter to come home for a visit this weekend!   She was also happy to have gone to the movie Jesus Revolution and reports that it was great and everyone should check it out! 
-imageCard game – a 3 of clubs was pulled and there was not a winner!
Together we recited the 4 Way Test and were dismissed!
Thursday, March 2, 2023 
Dirk Barrett, Julie Fish, Neil Gagnon, Katie Harstad, heather Kliewer, Mark Kuyava, Debbi Rydberg, Theresa Slominski, Nicole Wojcik, Bill Yueill and honorary members Dave Anderson, Bob Maxwell, John Osterman and Bruce Tyler
Today our meeting was led by President Theresa Slominski!    We had an open type meeting due to the program not being able to come due to technology reasons, or lack there of!    Theresa did a fine job filling in with important rotary information!
Today is the first Thursday of the month and according to our bylaws, the ballot was presented and nominations accepted for the 2023-24 board of directors slate.  We did not have a quorum to vote, so a vote will not be taken until a quorum is in attendance.  The ballot was presented and President Elect, Debbi Rydberg shared that she has spoken to the people on the slate and if you have nominations, please let her know.  At the meeting, there were no nominations presented.
It is with very sad news, that we share that Rotarian, Molly Hanson’s sister, Anna passed away unexpectedly at 43 years young.  Please keep Anna and her family and friends in your prayers!  A card was sent around the room for Rotarians to sign. 
Taste of Elk River Sponsorship Packets have been emailed to each Rotarian and there are printed packets if you prefer that.  They will be at the meetings so please take one to share.  It would be great if each Rotarian could pull in one sponsorship!  Theresa sent around the room, a sheet listing our current sponsors and a place for Rotarians to sign up to commit to contacting that person or persons.  If you know of a new sponsor, please write it on the sheet.   Debbi Rydberg will get the information into the Elk River Area Chamber of commerce electronic newsleter! 
Food Vendors – led by Katie Harstad.  Katie has gotten out the food vendor letters and has already reached out to a few.  If you have contact with a food vendor or know of someone, please contact Katie for information.
Beverage Vendors – led by John Osterman.  John reports that the beverage vendors letters have been sent out and he has already received 14 confirmations!
We are on our way!
Yard signs - Debbi Rydberg has received the yard signs for rotary and will bring them in the next few weeks.  Watch for an email from Treasurer Neil Gagnon, with your invoice for payment for the sign(s) you ordered.
Meeting Location
-A discussion was held on locations for our meeting to be held.  We missed our try out date at Rockwoods, but it is rescheduled for Thursday, March 23rd so mark your calendars for that.
-Rockwoods and Pizza Ranch locations were discussed, weighing in on the pros and cons of each.  There are a few things to be checked out in each location before the decision can be made.  If you have an idea, please reach out to President Theresa Slominski.
Bruce Tyler announced that he has read the book The Fred Factor, received from speaker Ken Beaudry, and has passed it forward to Bob Maxwell!
John Osterman shared that he’s been watching and announcing for ER Girls Basketball and he told us to keep an eye on them as they enter tournament time.  He shared a little play by play!
President Theresa led us in a fun game next!  Each Rotarian rolled the dice and the number they got had a corresponding number with a question on a card.  You were to answer the question!
Happy Bucks
-Theresa Slominski was happy for a trip to AZ with her siblings and her mom.  They had good weather!  Yesterday, they had 2 inches of snow there!
-Julie Fish was happy to tell of the birth of her family friends who had child number 8, a girl, born on 2/27/23!  She was also happy to have come across the book Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret, from her childhood.  She is happy to read the book because the movie is coming out soon!
-Heather Kliewer was happy to have singed up for the Chamber’s big event on 3/23!  She also told us to sign up for the CAER Food shelf’s Fools Run.  It starts at CAER and ends at Aeigir.  Heather had a sad buck for the world’s loss of Molly’s sister, Anna.  She had happy bucks for trips to Florida and Colorado to visit family!
-Nicole Wojcik was happy to be here after not being here!  Her mom’s procedure went well and soon her mom will travel to New Mexico, then in May to South Africa!  She was happy that she and her daughter were able to attend the Blake Shelton concert and in May they are going to see Luke Combs.  She attended a great conference in St. Cloud and the snow day last week was happy too!  Her friend Connie is coming to visit for an overnight tomorrow and her health is improving.  Connie is done with chemo!
-Katie Harstad is attending a friend’s wedding in Montana and received a Save the Date for a cousin’s wedding in Alaska!
imageCard draw was a 7 of diamonds and there was not a winner.
Together we recited the four way test!