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03/09/2023 Molly Hanson - YMCA and Camp Manitou

03/16/2023 Tove Lichty -John Purves - Camp Ryla

03/23/2023 - Bob Maxwell - Rescheduled Meeting at Rockwoods

03/30/2023 - John Osterman

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 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!
imageThursday, February 16, 2023 
Today, President Theresa Slominski led our meeting.  John Osterman led our song and Mark Kuyava led our super solid prayer . . . best ever!
Julie Fish, Mark Kuyava, Tove Lichty, Cal Portner, Debbi Rydberg, Kat Sarff, Theresa Slominski, Marv Sorvala, honorary Dave Anderson, Bob Maxwell, John Osterman and Bruce Tyler
Today our program was arranged by Mark Kuyava.  He introduced us to Ken Beaudry, owner of Beaudry Oil & Propane, Beaudry Express and more!  Ken is the CEO.  He and his wife, Kari, founded their company in 1981, 41 years ago!  They have 4 children and 7 grandchildren and more to come!   Beaudry Oil & Propane is a diesel, gas, heating oil and propane distribution throughout Minnesota.  They do refilling of tanks and are a metro supplier.  They also supply lubricants for shops/garages.  They are trying to build a lubrication spot in Elk River.  They are a residential propane supplier.  They have 116 employees at this time, that serve 18,000 plus customers.  They service a lot of lake homes around Detroit Lakes and Bemidji.  They are the largest heating oil supplier in Minnesota.  14 months ago, they did an acquisition of a company in Stillwater.  Ken went on to speak to us about the culture of his business as theirs is unique.  In 1982, he and his wife realized that they needed more than to own a business and attend church weekly.  They needed God in their daily lives.  Together, they invited the Lord into their lives.  As they grew in the Lord, they were sensing that God was speaking to them.  In 1992, Ken heard God say that He wanted Ken’s business.  Ken and Kari gave the business to the Lord to see what would happen.  Ken liked control, and giving his business to the Lord, meant giving up control. God called him to the business and wants to walk with him.  In the late 90’s Ken said – he caught on!  Now, how does he run his business?  It started with a culture of honor and focused on the people around him, who honor and respect others.  The culture of Honor is huge!  People are very important to him and his business.  Ken shares with each staff member, how valuable each one is.  Their company received a lot of compliments from clients about the people they employ.  His staff members are servant leaders.  Ken asks his managers how he can help along side staff and noted that he, never has received a complimentary note!  Those are for staff!  He and his wife and family thought about changing the name, but staff encouraged them to keep it the same.  Ken’s family sets the culture in the business.  Ken shared a few books with us.  One was called The Business of Honor.  Ken wants to hire people who love what they do and are great to get along with.  There is a no swearing rule in the company and you are only given one very firm warning!  Culture in the company is different than other places and there is a lot of effort in hiring someone.   Another book Ken shared was called the Fred Factor by Mark Sandborn.  He gave out the books to Mark Kuyava and to John Osterman and asked them to pass them around the group for all who are interested to read.  Everyone is important!  You need a great team and network.  Customers will pick up on your kindness shown.  Bruce “Buck” Tyler shared a story about a great experience with Beaudry Oil staffCal Portner shared a story about his dad being a distributor for many years.  Ken and his company, also care about the Elk River community and are always giving back in many ways!  President Theresa Slominski thanked Ken for speaking to us today and said that he is truly a rotarian at heart!
-February is Rotary’s Share the Love month and funds are being raised!, the hit the Donate button.  This month, if you give $100 or more, your points will be matched.  if you give $365, you will receive 1000 points, which is enough for a Paul Harris Fellow recognition.  If you give $1000, you will receive 2000 additional points and would be eligible for three Paul Harris Fellow recognitions.  Thank you for your gift!
-President Theresa informed us that we will NOT be staying at Broadway Bar & Pizza for our future meetings, but it has not been determined yet, as to where we will go.  Stay tuned!
- NEXT WEEK – we are meeting on Thursday, February 23rd at Rockwoods in Otsego!  President Theresa will not be in attendance and Past President Tove Lichty will lead our meeting!
Happy Birthday song was sung to Kat Sarff!
image-Card Draw was a 5 of clubs and there was not a winner!
Happy Bucks!
-Theresa Slominski was happy to be going to AZ for a vacation with her mom and siblings!
-Cal Portner was happy to be going to Happy Valley for a Penn State vs. MN Gophers hockey event with his son!
-Marv Sorvala was happy to be late to the gym in Monticello this morning because right before he got there, a person with a health issue, drove through the front door entrance!
-Debbi Rydberg was happy for the Kansas City Chiefs superbowl victory!
-Kat Sarff was happy for a check presentation to the non-profits who participated in the United We Shiver event.  There were 137 jumpers (double from 2022) and raised $41,000!  She was also happy for her daughter’s 3rd birthday this weekend and happy for an upcoming trip to Great Wolf Lodge where she will travel without her phone!
- Angels Nies was happy to have received a check from United We Shiver. She was also happy to be going on a cruise tomorrow and will experience Belize and Rotan! She was also happy about Ken’s presentation and testimony!  Final happy buck is for a fund raiser for Spark 2 Hope where you can hire them to come to your house and hid Easter eggs for your family!
-Tove Lichty was happy for a niece that turns 3 years old!
-Julie Fish was happy for Ken to be our speaker and told how many years ago, he shared words of wisdom with her that she carries and uses daily!  Give to God!
-Mark Koyava was happy to celebrate his business 1 year anniversary on February 14th!  He proudly employees 5 staff members, has 475 clients and has received 108, five star reviews.  Mark was also happy for Ken to speak today!
Together we recited the 4 Way Test of the things we think, say and do and  President Theresa rang the dismissal bell.