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Serving Humanity 
Strengthening Youth 
Enhancing Lives


October 10 - Jeffrey LaBarre - Feed My Starving Children

October 17 - Club Assembly

October 24 - Tove Lichty -Membership Orientation 

October 31 - Amanda Larson -  Bruce Messelt, Sherburne County Administrator

November 7 - Greg Heinecke/Mark LeLand - Spectrum Update

November 14 - Barry Hohlen - TBD

November 21 - Stewart Wilson - TBD


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Regular Meeting - October 3, 2019
Attendance:     active members - 16 present, 19 absent
                        honorary members - 4 present, 5 absent
                        total membership at 44 members

Guest:  Don Horvath, former Rotarian and all around great guy!  For the past many years, Don has offered his electrical services to us during our Taste of Elk River.  Thank you Don!

Prospective Member: Casey Mahon was with us today!

- There will be a Board of Directors meeting next week, following our regular meeting.

- Clean up at CAER is this afternoon after our regular meeting. They need some help removing an ac unit and putting a window back in and also with some fall yard clean up.
- Molly Hanson told us that the STRIVE members have passed their background tests.  STRIVE will start on Tuesday, October 15th at ERHS.  If you would like to be a mentor, please let Molly know.  Curt Hinkle is not able to assist us with Ice Breakers this year, so we need someone new to handle that and Molly also needs someone to assist her with getting the food lined up for each STRIVE.
- Tove Lichty told us about her experience recently at a Rotary Summit meeting in Northfield.  The message was interesting.  How, as a club/district/organization do we think?  She has a notebook of ideas to share.  Another summit will be held October 26, in Stillwater. The subject is the same and she encourages us to see beyond our Elk River club.
- Membership Committee Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 10 at 11:15 am at Pizza Ranch.  Please come to help plan for the Club Orientation meeting that will take place during our program on Thursday, October 24th.
- Baseball fan, Bruce Tyler, let us know that Cub Foods is selling new Homer Hankies!

Happy Bucks:
- Debbi Rydberg is happy to announce that next week the Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a
Midevil Mischief theme event starting at 5:30 pm at the Crown Room in Rogers.
- Julie Fish had a happy buck because she saw the actual sun, shining!
- Tove Lichty was happy about the upcoming chamber event and is on the planning committee.  She was also happy to be going to Top Golf this afternoon!
- John Osterman was happy that the Elk River Elks won their homecoming football game last week 36 to 8.  Tomorrow they play Cambridge!
- Don Horvath had a happy buck because he is on the CAER board of directors and they are hosting their 40th Anniversary next week on Tuesday, October 8th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.  Please come!
- Bonnie Koste had a happy, sad, emotional buck and shared with us that her special needs brother, who is 56, is going to move to a group home tomorrow.  She is happy for his new start in Elk River!

Bob Maxwell shared a Rotary moment.  In 1984 his Rotary life began.  There were a couple of years he was out, then in because of work, but Rotary and his friendships have helped him a lot with different things in his life.  He was our 50th president and served his term for a year and a half!  He has a commitment to energy conservation and has recently purchased a hybrid electric vehicle.   This winter, Bob and his wife, Diana, went to a car show and checked out and test drove a hybrid electric vehicle.  They are now the proud leasers of a Mitsubishi PHEV. They worked with Connexus to get things hooked up for the car to charge during off peak hours and enjoys the telephone apps that he uses for it and the car!  You can have 120 volt, 240 volt or 480 volt power.  Bob introduced us to Tom Sagsetter with Elk River Municipal Utilities. Bob shared a video presentation about how his new wheels work.  His lease is a 4 year with 60,000 miles or 15,000 miles per year.  You can use the electric battery, engine or both.   It also renews energy through regenerative braking, saves energy through coasting and of course regeneration of the battery by the engine. Which makes it somewhat unique.  ER Utilities has a Chevy Volt that is 100% electric and gets 238 miles/charge in the summer and around 190 miles/charge in the winter.  Tom said it is fun to drive in electric mode.  They received a $40 grant to partner with the City to study fleets.  It is great for in town driving and if you cut your idle time you have further savings.  All EV charging energy is 100% renewable.  The City/Utilities see a lot of savings and have chosen the lease plan.  Part of the challenge in the midwest is that they are not high in the market.  The East Coast has emission standards to comply with.   Troy Adams shared that downtown Elk River, Coborn’s (Fast Charge) and City Hall all have charging stations.   ER Utilities offers $500 rebates and encourage charging at off peak times to save money.  There are two electric Ford Explorers on order for the Elk River Police Department and they are hopeful that they will arrive this year.
Bonnie Koste thanked Tom for speaking and we recited the 4 Way Test.
Regular Meeting - September 26, 2019
Our meeting today was led by our President Bonnie Koste.   John Osterman led us in song and Terry Bizal had a solid prayer for us.
Guests: Tim Dolan, Sherburne County Commissioner, guest of Dan Weber
Bruce Messelt, Sherburne County’s new Administrator, guest of Dan Weber
**Bruce is a visiting Rotarian and is currently a member at Chicago Lakes Rotary and was previously a Rotarian in Moorhead, MN.
Prospective Member: Heather Kliewer with CAER Food Shelf
Attendance: active status - 15 present, 20 absent
honorary status - 3 present, 6 absent
total membership at 44 members
Next week - Thursday, October 3 - following our regular meeting, we have a SERVICE PROJECT.
A sign up sheet went around looking for volunteers to go to CAER and assist them with some outdoor fall clean up projects to help beautify the property in preparation of their upcoming 40th Anniversary Open House.  If you can attend the clean up, please come prepared with yard gloves, pruning sheers, common yard tools, etc.   They also need some assistance removing an a/c unit and putting the window back in.
- Jeff LaBarre announced that he is involved with the new Elk River BNI Chapter and they are having a visitor day on Wednesday, October 2nd from 11:30 to 1 pm and will meet at Rockwoods in Otsego.  Please RSVP to Jeff at 763-843-6012.
- Dave Anderson gave us an update on the Sex and Human Trafficking program at the District level.  The new website is up and running and suggests that we go try it out!  http:/    He had handouts up front with an up front for us to take with the website address on it.  He also had info sheets from the Sherburne County Area United Way about their ACT United program (Anti Child Trafficking - ACT).  They have teamed up with ACT United to bring a three part FREE speaker series to our community.  Part 1: Sextortion, held Thursday, October 24 from 12 pm to 1 pm at Elk River Senior Living; Part 2: Sex Trafficking of Boys, held Thursday, November 14 from 12 pm to 1 pm at Elk River Senior Living; Part 3: Ending Sex Trafficking and Prevention, held Thursday, November 21 from 12 pm to 1 pm, Elk River Senior Living.
- Service Project Chair, Pete Reiner is firing up the dictionary project and is receiving the duty from honorary Rotarian Lynn Caswell.  Pete will report back in a week or so with his need for volunteers.
- STRIVE has its first date set - Tuesday, October 15th.  Chair, Molly Hanson, has emailed all mentors with information and a link - President Bonnie pointed out that the District Governor left us a stack of postcards with important upcoming dates on it.  He also left a handful of lapel pins with the 2019-20 theme printed on them.  Please help yourself.
- Happy Birthday was sung a little past due, to Mark Leland and a day or two early, with a $15 version of the Beatles version of the birthday song.  However, Brandon Hanson was not there to lead us so it was pretty bad and President Bonnie announced that we will do a do-over when Brandon is there to lead us.  Special thanks to Greg Schultz for his efforts of pulling it up on his phone to assist us!
Image result for playing cards- Card game . . . a 9 of spades was pulled and there was not a winner.
Happy Bucks:
- Dirk Barrett had a happy buck for the MN Twins!
- John Osterman had a happy buck to announce it is Elk River High School’s homecoming this Friday!  Go Elks!
- Greg Schultz had a happy buck for the MN Twins also!
- Bonnie Koste had a happy buck for homecoming and the fact that her house has only been tp’s once so far!
Terry Bizal arranged for our program today.  He became a Rotarian when past Rotarian, John Barth, past activity director at ERHS retired and Terry had the opportunity to be a Rotarian. He has been a Rotarian now for 10 years.  He feels the Rotary mission fits with ERHS and is proud to be a member.  John Osterman pointed out that he is a fabulous lead for the Taste of Elk River duty as our Sanitation Engineer!   Terry introduced us to Dr. Dan Bittman, Superintendent for ISD 728.  Dan has been with ISD 728 for three years now.  He was here to share factual information with us, his 60th presentation!  He shared the top 10 things we need to know for the upcoming levy referendum.  Currently levys expire about every 2 years.  This upcoming levy is for a 7-10 year plan.  ISD 728 is the 8th largest district in Minnesota and the lowest funded, in every category of funding. A successful referendum could bump us up from the bottom, to ninth place. They have done budget cuts every year for 7 years and keep gaining more students.  The funds from the federal and state don’t cover the costs.  They don’t keep up with inflation.  Dr. Bittman wanted us to know that any voter can vote early in person at the Sherburne County Government Center.  The District will continue to grow at about 200 students/year. Adding on to schools is more expensive than new builds.  This referendum is a win-win for Elk River and would include more funds per student, new building, updated on things such as parking lots, roofs, HVAC, etc.  He noted that the football field bleachers have been there since 1984. In Elk River, the three most significant building needs are at Lincoln Elementary, Vandenberge Middle School and the second half of Handke School.  He shared a brief but well done video with us and reminded us to vote on November 5th.  Strong schools = strong communities.  Q and A time.
President Bonnie thanked Dr. Bittman and together we recited the 4 Way Test and were dismissed.
Regular Meeting - September 12, 2019
Our meeting was ran by President Bonnie Koste.   Brandon Hanson led us in an outstanding prayer!

Visiting Rotarian:  Jake Morris, guest of Tove Lichty and Maple Grove Rotarian     
Jake came to tell us about the upcoming Gala for the Maple Grove Rotary.  It is a black tie affair and will be held on November 23rd. Jake passed around info sheets and had a couple of raffle tickets to sell us.

Guest:  Casey Mahon, guest of Debbi Rydberg and prospective member

- STRIVE - Molly Hanson announced that we are in need of a few more mentors.  Please sign up on the board up
front, or contact Molly to let her know.  The first STRIVE will be held October 1st from 8:27 to 9:18 am at ERHS.  Molly reported that Michelle from ERHS is very grateful for us and our efforts for the program.
- Tove Lichty met with Bonnie Koste to discuss the membership committee that Tove is leading.  They want to do an on-boarding program for new members, quarterly. 
- Tove Lichty is going to attend the Rotary Summit on Saturday, September 21st in Northfield.  She is looking forward to connecting with other Rotarians.  Interested in attending, let her know.
-Bonnie Koste talked about doing a service project to the community and Heather at CAER shared that they have some outside fall clean up that they would like done before their open house on October 8th.
- Next Wednesday evening from 6 to 7, is the Sherburne Area United Way “Gathering” program to talk in the community about sex trafficking.  Be sure to RSVP and spread the word.
- The card game had a winner with Neil Gagnon who chose to “roll it’ forward.   Last week, the funds donated to Rotary from our speaker PT with #livin Foundation, totaled to $58!  Thanks PT and Neil!

Happy Birthday was sung, better late than never, to Greg Schultz.   
Anniversary reminders went to Robin Skinner and her husband Ben at 35 years and to Bob Maxwell and his wife Diane at 43 years!

Happy Bucks:

- Tove Lichty had happy bucks, one for each tornado touchdown in her home town of Sioux Falls.  All of her family is ok.
- John Osterman was happy for homecoming vs. St. Francis.  They’ve won the last two weeks, beating Buffalo 47/36 and beating Brainerd  57/9!  Coach Hamilton was voted coach of the week and there was a player that was player of the week!
- Molly Hanson was happy to have had a great time playing Bingo with Nicole Rasmussen.  The Vikings beat the Falcons and this weekend play the Packers!
- Cal Portner was happy to haves daughter to college and is an empty nester once again.  His daughter made the list for the American Coaches Association All American Scholarship list. There were 5 young ladies from MN who made the last.  Cal was also happy that today is the MN Wild started training camp.
- Debbi Rydberg was happy to have Casey for her guest, she was happy that her niece in Army boot camp, is one of 7 remaining there and they started with 30!
- Nicole Rasmussen had a good luck buck for her daughter’s volleyball team!
- Greg Schultz was happy to be back and was MIA due to working out of town.
- Stewart Wilson was happy to have purchased some new hunting equipment . . . a new truck!
-Troy Adams was happy for a date night at the Fine Line in Mpls. with his wife, on a school night!  He also paid a few bucks to say “Go Packers”!
- Bonnie Koste was happy to have had a business conference in Atlanta and she hung out in their stadium.

Brandon Hanson
arranged our program today.  He joined rotary by invite from past Rotarian Cathy McManus.  He could tell we were caring and he shared that “Rotarian” is his favorite thing to be called!   Brandon’s speakers today were a group from the Great River Young Life, which is our local chapter of Young Life.  Our very own
Rotarian, Barry Hohlen, is our area director.  They are starting a special needs ministry called Capernaum.  Barry introduced us to Lane who is the high school outreach person.  We were also introduced to AJ, Ashton and Deanna Salfrank.  Deanna is the newest team member and will be the one working with the Capernaum program.   The ministry is designed to go into the world of kids and train leaders to go where kids are, to fill kids with experiences of Jesus.  To celebrate, sing, do skits and laugh!  They are to feel safe and find a place where they belong and feel included.  Lane helps reach the kids and hope to reach over 160 kids.  At their first meeting this year, there were 47 youth and 13 adults!  Young Life also leads the Walk With Me program that is held at Ivan Sand High School in Elk River.  An adult spends one hour a week with a struggling child to form life changing relationships with that student. Deanna told us about Capernaum and that it is to help those with developmental disabilities.  To give them the chance to experience the fun and to develop and fulfill friendships.  Deanna went to camp recently with disabled students and she really enjoyed seeing them do things that they never thought they would be able to do.  AJ and Ashton, her sons, read letters to us about their experience.  Barry shared that God opens doors and we walk through them.  Young Life gives students inclusion and makes them feel like they belong.  Barry hosted the first meeting with 60 in attendance and realizes that they need a space to host as this group is a bit too large for ongoing basement meetings.  He is praying for new space to also include Caparnum.    Bonnie Koste thanked our speakers.

We recited the 4 way test and the bell of dismissal was rung.
Regular Meeting - September 5, 2019
President Bonnie Koste led our meeting today.  Brandon Hanson led our song and Julie Fish had the prayer and program.
Guests: Heather Kliewer, Executive Director at CAER food shelf - prospective member and guest of Bonnie Koste
Attendance: active status - 21 present, 14 absent
honorary status - 5 present, 4 absent
total membership at 44 members
- Molly Hanson spoke to us about STRIVE and asked us to consider signing up on the large sign up sheet on the board up front, to be a mentor for STRIVE.  STRIVE meets about every other Tuesday at ERHS at 8:30 am for about an hour and will start around October 1st.
- Bonnie Koste met with Tove Lichty, new membership chair, and they are looking forward to quarterly membership meetings!
- Rotarian Deb Bland had flyers to pass out for the upcoming event that Elk River Rotary is sponsoring for the Sherburne Area United Way - “A Gathering”  to talk about Sex and Human Trafficking, on September 18, starting at 6 pm and held at Elk River Senior Living.  Dinner provided so please register at  This is a free event.
- Bonnie Koste reminded us that our District Governor Paul Perez is going to be at our meeting on September 19th.  Please plan to attend rotary that day so we have a good member representation.
- Board of Directors - we have a meeting next Thursday after our regular meeting.
- We sang Happy Birthday to Amanda Larson ($5 horrible version) and to Bonnie Koste ($10 snappy version).
Image result for playing cards- Card Game - we had a winner!!  Julie Fish bought a card for our speaker, PT and he had the 5 of clubs to match the card pulled.  With his gracious heart - he donated his winnings back to Rotary.
Happy Bucks:
- Molly Hanson was happy for the start of the NFL season and was wishing the Packers a loss tonight!
- Terry Bizal and his wife have returned to empty nester status.  He brought his son out to Boston last week and stopped in Ohio to see his daughter briefly.  He was also happy that school started.
- Leah Studaker was happy to be back. Happy to give an update on the school.  They received the $600,000 grant and will be opening their charter school next year!
- Nicole Rasmussen shared that Sunday, she and her mom laid the rest of her dad to rest by scattering his ashes in the lake that their old cabin was on.  It was his wishes.  Her parents home is on the market this week and her mom is happy to sell and down size.  She was also happy for a good start to the school year!
- Troy Adams was happy about the NFL and stated that the Packers vs. Bears game will set the tone!  He was $10 happy about that!
Julie Fish arranged our program and shared her Rotary Moment.  Her program was PT with the #livin Foundation.  PT is a dj on 102.9 and is a part of The Wolf Wake Up Crew.  He was grateful for the opportunity to speak to us.  He shared how the foundation was born and it was by the loss of his father to suicide on January 21, 2013.   PT shared information with us about his upcoming event at the ERX track on Saturday, September 21st.  It begins at noon with free daytime activities including a BBQ rib competition, kids activities, fencer fair - mental health resources.  At 5 pm it requires a ticket for entrance and there will be a ton of country music.  Kat Perkins, Minnesota gal who was a finalist on The Voice will be performing and will be the keynote speaker.   Tickets are on sale now.  Visit to buy your tickets!
Regular Meeting - August 29, 2019
Today our meeting was ran by our current President, Bonnie Koste.   John Osterman led us in song and Julie Fish was our prayer giver today.
Guests: Gary and Mary, parents of Molly Hanson
Jamie Hanson, husband of Molly Hanson
Curt and Barb Hinkle
Attendance: active status 13 present, 22 absent
honorary status - 5 present, 4 absent
total membership at 44
- Molly Hanson announced that we are in need of more mentors for STRIVE.  If you haven’t signed up yet, please do so.  The sign up sheet is on the front board.  Please consider adding your name and making a difference in a young person’s life!  STRIVE will be held during the school year on Tuesday from approximately 8:20 to 9:30 am at ERHS.  It will start the end of September/beginning of October.
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- Happy Anniversary, today, Marilyn VanPatten-Chuba.  Good thing you came to the meeting today so we could remind you!
-Image result for playing cards Card game - a 7 of clubs was pulled and there was not a winner!
Happy Bucks:
- John Osterman started us off with a happy buck for the Elk River Elks football team.  He is the voice of the Elks and the fun begins to night with their first football game of the season!
- Molly Hanson was happy to have a firm closing date of October 25th on their new home in Otsego!
- Robin Skinner was a couple happy bucks happy!  Her husband, Ben, convinced her to spend this coming weekend in a sail boat on Lake Superior!  He told her to bring a stocking cap and mittens!
- Marilyn VanPatten-Chuba was happy to be back at rotary after missing a few weeks.  She’s been super busy traveling around visiting very old relatives, 96 years old to 104 years old!
- Cal Portner was happy for 20 more years of Marilyn!
- Troy Adams was happy to announce that a crew from ERMU is going to Florida to assist with hurricane damage.  He was also happy to tell us that the Ringo Starr concert was awesome and he has now see all living Beatles!
- Stewart Wilson was happy to tell us that he went fishing with a friend he has been fishing with for 50 years and the caught their walleye limit!  Yum!
- Curt Hinkle had a brag buck and told us about a recent trip to England where he was able to buy a piece of the stage that the Beatles performed on!  Troy was jealous!
- Debbi Rydberg was happy that her daughter who is a teacher in Mexico is teaching 12th grade and will have some students that she taught in younger grades!  She was also happy to be attending the State Fair for Rotary Day on Friday!
- Bonnie Koste was happy that her office manager endured an accident with an umbrella at an event and was smacked very hard in the head.  She is going to be ok, but this was a reminder that life is precious and it can change at any time!
- Dirk Barrett had the last happy buck and he was happy to be traveling to Wisconsin to attend the Viking/Packer football game!
Our program today was to honor two new Paul Harris Fellows.  These were achieved on past president, Robin Skinner’s time, so she was a participant and called up Stewart Wilson to lead our celebration!  Stewart began by telling us that the Paul Harris Fellow award is the highest award given to a Rotarian.  Most Rotarians focus on doing and not receiving so this is quite an honor to receive this award!   Today, we honor two very deserving people who embrace the motto “Service Above Self”.  A $1,000 donation has been given by our club to the Rotary Foundation, in the honor of these two new PHF winners!  Today we honor an outstanding past Rotarian and member of our community, Curt Hinkle and we honor one of our Rotarians, Molly Hanson.   Stewart enlightened us with “who is Paul Harris”?  Paul Harris was born in 1868 and died in 1947.  He was quite a prankster in his younger days and was expelled from high school and was kicked out of the University of Vermont!  He moved to Des Moines, Iowa in 1881 where he received his law degree.  After receiving his degree, he didn’t do lawyer work, but dabbled in odd jobs - newspaper worker, cattle worker, etc.  In 1905 he had the idea of starting a social organization for business professionals and recruited three people.  They rotated meeting locations by moving from office to office.  A couple of years later, they completed their first project of building toilets in Chicago.   The first Rotary club was in Chicago and the second was in San Francisco, CA.  By 1910, there were 15 clubs and one was in Winnipeg Canada, sponsored by St. Paul Rotary.  This club made Rotary an international organization.  There are not 1.2 million Rotarians, 35,000 clubs across the world.  Rotary improves lives locally and nationally!  The greatest achievement was to eradicate polio.  This campaign was launched in 1988 and as of today, we are 99.9% eradicated. The Rotary Foundation is the most trusted and fiscally responsible non profit with 90% going straight to the Rotary Foundation.  Stewart hopes that each of us see fit to give donations.   With our donations, we move closer to world peace and understanding.   Stewart called up Brandon Hanson to introduce us to Curt Hinkle.  Brandon’s known Curt for quite some time and Curt is Brandon’s mentor.  Curt supports our community youth and is Service Above Self with the kids he has mentored for over 40 years.  He is a face of God to many.  Young Life has made a difference in many lives, because of Curt.  Brandon talked about Curt’s impact on him and on many others.  Curt formed relationships with ERHS and started the Walk With Me program at Ivan Sand School.  Adults volunteer to spend time with students as mentors. Curt was also active in STRIVE, both as a Rotarian and a non-Rotarian!  He has provided the best ice breakers at STRIVE!  Curt retired from Young Life, but he really didn’t retire as he consults and teaches still, about God.  He mentors others to do the same.  Brandon was proud to call up Curt Hinkle as a Paul Harris Fellow award recipient!   Next up was Cal Portner to present
to Rotarian Molly Hanson.   He was proud to present to Molly!  They got to know one another at the first ever Rotary happy hour!  They were the last two there and he believes, they got rides home!  Molly served as Cal’s president elect.  She is a very active Rotarian and even sent her daughter on an exchange student year!  Molly is a strong community member, leader of the local YMCA, active in Youth in Government program and has chaired STRIVE and will chair it again this coming year.  She works and lives in our community and works with people of all ages.  She has a lot of energy and a gift to connect with others and a quick responder!  At STRIVE recently, she had the courage to share “her story” with the group and she really impacted all of us, not just the students!  Cal is proud to call her “friend” and more proud to announce her as our newest Paul Harris Fellow!  Stewart Wilson thanked all of us for attending!  CONGRATULATIONS CURT HINKLE AND MOLLY HANSON!
President Bonnie Koste had us recite the 4 Way Test and we were dismissed.
Regular Meeting - August 22, 2019
President Bonnie Koste ran our meeting.  John Osterman led our song and Robin Skinner led us in a prayer where we had a moment of silence in honor of the passing of Honorary Rotarian, Keith “Coach” Hempel. 
Guests: McKenzie, granddaughter of Rotarian Bob Maxwell
Joy Nadeau and Kat Sarff with the Sherburne Area United Way
Max Koste, son of Rotarian Bonnie Koste
Olivia Goske and Jules Bollinger, new employees at the Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce, guests of Debbi Rydberg
Kathy Lillis, wife and guest of speaker Clare Lillis
Attendance: active status - 13 present, 22 absent
honorary status - 4 present, 5 absent
total membership at 44 members
Keith Hempel, age 81, of Zimmerman, passed away peacefully in his sleep with his family by his side on August 11, 2019. Keith was born on March 10, 1938 in Kenmare, ND to Rev. Willhelm and Margaret Hempel. Preceded in death by parents, siblings, and son Keith Jonathan II. He will be deeply missed by his loving wife Colleen of 51 years; daughter Bridget (Dan) Titterud; son Tobin (Katie) Hempel; daughter Lucia (Chris) Higgins; grandchildren Dillon, Jackson, Elijah, Elsie, Caitlyn, Clara, Meara, Kellan, and Della. Keith established Hempel Income Tax Service, Inc. of Elk River in 1983. Visitation 10 a.m. followed by service at 11 a.m. will be on Monday, August 19th at Faith Community Lutheran, Zimmerman, MN. Keith joined Rotary in 1984 and served many areas.
President Bonnie Koste sent around a sympathy card for us to sign and send to Keith’s family.
Rotary Foundation Moment
Tove Lichty had a “throw back Thursday” and went retro to her past rotary club in South Dakota and told us how they fined people who did not wear their rotary lapel pins. Everyone without a lapel pin was fined $1.  She quickly raised $13.  These funds go to the Rotary Foundation, on behalf of our club.  Fair warning . . . be prepared and wear your lapel pin.   Our guest speaker, Clare Lillis shared that he wears his rotary lapel pin every day - it is a great conversation starter.
Paul Harris Fellows
Next week, we will induct two new outstanding individuals to our slate of Paul Harris Fellows.   Those who are PHF members are reminded to wear their special PHF lapel pin!
Committees Forming
President Bonnie Koste pointed out to us that the new committee sign up sheet will remain on the board for folks to sign up on and be reminded of their committees.  If you have not signed up yet, please choose a category and sign up.  Bonnie was in need of a leader for the Service Project category and thank you to Pete Reiner for taking the lead!
Happy Bucks:
- John Osterman had $2.  On the way to our meeting today he was reminded that in one week, the first ERHS football game will take place.  His second buck was in honor of Keith Hempel and he shared a story of how he acquired the nick name of “Coach”.  John had a funeral folder and passed it around the room to share with us.
- Robin Skinner had a few bucks to be happy.  She was happy to have camped in her home town of Chisholm, MN and celebrate her parent’s 63 wedding anniversary!
- Tove Lichty was happy to tell us about canoeing in Canada on a crystal clear lake, compared to canoeing on the river for Rotary clean up.  She learned that they are very different from each other.  She admitted the canoe went backwards a couple of times in the river!
- Brandon Hanson had a story and happy buck in honor of Keith Hempel.  Keith asked Brandon to ask for prayers at Rotary once because “Brandon was the closest thing to a minister” that Rotary had!
- Debbi Rydberg had a sad buck and two happy bucks!  She was sad that long time employee Victoria, was leaving her job next week, and two happy bucks for the two new employees - Oliva and Jules.   Debbi was also happy that her son, Boomer, made it safely from Cleveland to Oregon with a car trade up in between the two!
- Nicole Rasmussen was happy that her daughter’s summer volleyball was done, fall tryouts were done and Hailey made the 8th grade A team with a bunch of her friends.  Nicole also shared with us that she, herself, is going to be a volleyball player for a fall outdoor league at Boondox on Thursdays . . . hint, hint, social committee!  Nicoles final happy buck was because she and her daughter are going to the State Fair tomorrow.
- Bruce Tyler was happy to be going to the State Fair tomorrow also!  He was also happy that Sunday they are hosting a family gathering and his wife has been cleaning everything.  Today, they are even cleaning the freezer!
- Troy Adams was happy for a great vacation in Hayward, WI, tonight a concert - Ringo Starr and one happy buck for Coach memories!
- Bonnie Koste was happy to have her son, Max, with us today, and a buck because her phone rang during the meeting!
Robin Skinner shared her rotary moment with us, as she said, with one question - “Who wouldn’t want to be in Elk River Rotary?”  She shared that before being a Rotarian, she attended a Taste of Elk River and decided that she wanted to “be one of us”!
Her program today was Clare Lillis.  Clare is a part of the Rotary Human Trafficking Task Force.  Our Elk River Rotary representatives are Dave Anderson (honorary) and Bob Maxwell.   This Rotary innovative program is titled “Out of the Shadows - Ending Human Trafficking in MN/WI/Ont/ND.  It is a tough subject to talk about but we need to.  He encourages us to get behind this and talk about it in our community.    Clare shared a PowerPoint presentation filled with information.  Too much to list here.  Here is a summary.  There is an estimated 25-40 million victims of human trafficking globally.  In the US< 300,000 youth are at risk of being trafficked every day.  The average age a sex trafficking victim is first sold is 13.  On average, a victim of sex trafficking is raped over 6,000 times.  The odds of escaping are 1 in 100.  For those who don’t escape, the average life span once trafficked is 7 years.  Victims come from all demographics, all communities.  Annually, human trafficking is a $150 billion industry, worldwide.  It is the fastest growing and second largest criminal enterprise in the world.  In Minnesota, the FBI identified the Twin Cities as one of 13 US cities with a particularly high rate of child prostitution.  MN Safe Harbor laws recognize that children under 18 who are exploited for sex are not criminals, but rather victims, and cannot be persecuted.  The law also provides funding, services, shelter and resources for victims and survivors under 25, and increases the penalties against commercial sex abusers or buyers.   How can Rotary help?  Bring together 150 Rotary Clubs in MN.  Mobilize over 5,000 Rotarians to raise awareness of this issue throughout MN.  Focus on awareness, education and prevention.  Partner with local organizations to support their anti-trafficking work with funds and volunteer efforts.  Engage local communities and raise awareness.  For more information about the Rotary Initiative to End Human Trafficking, or to schedule a speaker for your Rotary Club or community group, please contact:  District 5950, Karen Walkowski, Chair at  or District 5960, Clare Lillis at  Day One Hotline: 1-866-223-1111 or Text:  612-399-9995.
Elk River Rotary is sponsoring this event put on by Sherburne Area United Way.  The program will be an educating event on the Sex and Human Trafficking subject.  Please plan to attend.
We recited the 4 Way Test together and Bonnie dismissed us.
Regular Meeting - August 15, 2019
Today at Rotary, President Bonnie Koste ran our meeting.  John Osterman led us in song and Julie Fish led us in prayer.
Attendance: active status - 21 present, 14 absent
honorary status - 4 present, 6 absent
total membership at 45 members
Guests: Bree, niece of Molly Hanson
Jessica with Thurber Jewelers, guest of Molly Hanson
McKenzie Cremeans, granddaughter of Bob Maxwell
We sang a couple of happy birthday songs!  One to McKenzie Cremeans and one to Terry Bizal!
Bob Maxwell came with a video presentation of the Taste of Elk River 2019!  The photos and music were perfect!  Thank you Bob!  It was fun to see our accomplishments unfold before our eyes!  Way to go everyone!
- Pete Reiner thanked everyone for helping out with River Clean Up.  
There was a very large group of volunteers this year.  Pete also thanked Robin Skinner for the hospitality that she and her husband Ben offered us after clean up.  We had brats, Elk River Meats hot dogs, buns, chips and all the fixings!   Also thanks to Pete Reiner for being getting us together!  Pete estimates that we collected around 100 pounds of trash!
- Molly Hanson talked about STRIVE and she will have the sign up sheet with her next week for those who are interested in being mentors.  She is also looking for Sponsors and will have a sign up sheet for that.  Sponsorship minimum is $100 so let her know if you are interested.
- Bonnie Koste reminded us that on September 19th, our District Governor will be our program. Please plan to attend so we can show him what an amazing group of people we are!
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Rotary Foundation Moment:
- Tove Lichty was prompted to encourage us to give to the Foundation when she learned that our Rotary club didn’t qualify for a grant due to the non-giving of our club members.  This month’s magazine reminds us to give now for possible grant offers in our future.
Happy Bucks:
- Molly Hanson was happy that she had lunch with Barry Hohlen’s wife, Maggie.  She learned a lot about Barry!  She was also happy to be going on a motorcycle trip to Door County, Wisconsin.
- Leon Barthel was happy about Bob’s video and the music was the sound of $42,000 raised!
- Tove Lichty had happy bucks for a trip to Canada that was so much fun and happy that her husband texted her of the birth of a new baby in the family and happy to have the house to herself this weekend!
- Barry Hohlen was happy to have spent a week at camp with 30 high school students, including a few special needs students and it went great!  He thanked Rotary for our continued support to Young Life!
- Julie Fish was happy to have her 2nd anniversary at her cottage home on the river in Monticello, for all of the wonderful folks that showed up for River Clean Up and for life being bright and shiny!
- Bonnie Koste was happy for her neighbor Jim DeChene who helped us with river clean up, is a great neighbor and put a chair up for her in downtown for the concert tonight!
Our program was organized by President Bonnie Koste.  She led us in a Club Assembly.   She shared that the Rotary District has a Club Citation and she would like to achieve that goal as a club.  She has formed 5 committees:  Membership (led by Tove Lichty), Social Events (led by Robin Skinner), Donations (led by Julie Fish), Service Projects (needs a leader) and Taste of Elk River (led by Dirk Barrett and Jeff LaBarre).   The membership goal is to have a 10% or 5 member increase this year.   Social Events are to unite members and have fun!  Donations committee will decide where our giving funds will go in our community.  Service Projects are to give back to our community perhaps once a month, create Rotary awareness.  Projects can be big or small.  We have done river clean up and will do dictionaries, and assist with the upcoming United Way event in September.  Taste of Elk River is to continue the momentum and grow our event and make it better.  Bonnie would like to see the Sponsorship Committee for the Taste start up this fall in hopes of encouraging new sponsorships.   Bonnie would also like to see us each purchase some type of club apparel.  She is working on gathering information for that.   Molly Hanson spoke about STRIVE and how she is looking for someone to co-chair STRIVE with her.  It is definitely a two person job.
Regular Meeting - August 8, 2019
Today our President Bonnie Koste led our meeting.  John Osterman led us in song and Leon Barthel had a very solid prayer for us!

Attendance:     active status - 14 present, 22 absent
                        honorary status - 5 present, 5 absent

Guest:  McKenzie, Bob Maxwell’s granddaughter


        River Clean Up will be followed with a BBQ at the Robin and Ben Skinner residence.

- Molly Hanson started up a sign up sheet for people who would like to be mentors for 2019-20 STRIVE at Elk River High School.  Molly shared that it is a rewarding experience and we have seen great success. 

- Bonnie Koste reminded us of Rotary day at the State Fair - Friday August 30th.  She is going and so is Debbi Rydberg.

- President Bonnie Koste told us that our theme this year is about Rotary connecting the world.  She wants to see us do our part this year and is looking to connect us with other service clubs in Elk River.

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Happy Bucks:

- Debbi Rydberg had a couple happy bucks.  Leadership Elk River is half full with 10 more to go.  It is a nine month program to connect you to the community.  A happy/sad buck because her daughter is flying back to Mexico, where she is a teacher and her son is flying from California to Ohio and then moving to Oregon.  She was happy to be going “glamping” this weekend.
- Nicole Rasmussen was happy to tell us about her rock star daughter and her adventures in sand volleyball where she played 2/2 and won the silver division.  Tonight is the last night of club volleyball.  She was also happy to be having a family reunion with her new found family!
- Bonnie Koste was happy for the beautiful day and happy for the upcoming concert with the Fabulous Armadillos.

Our program today was arranged by Leon Barthel. Leon shared that he joined rotary because of its long term existence.  He joined in 1984, right after our club’s 25th year anniversary.  Honorary members, Glen Ertel joined in 1981 and Stewart Wilson in 1979.  Leon stays in Rotary for the causes it serves.   He introduced us to Jim Huvda with the topic of The Old Guard. Jim is retired from a career of 23 years with the Minneapolis Police Department.  He served in the army in 1960 in Korea, then Vietnam then the Army reserves.  He is a part of the oldest US Military
unit that exists.  The Old Guard has been a part of the US Army since 1784.  Jim was stationed out of Fort Snelling.   Jim told us about every day soldering.  The Old Guard performs at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, DC.  It was the only federal military unit on the frontier and they performed mostly fort building and helping farmers.  They were spread out throughout the west.  They served in the War of 1812.  They were also in a war with Mexico. During this time, the Old Guard was involved in battles on a large scale.  There were a lot of casualties.  1848 - Winfield Scott was the first person to demand respect for The Old Guard.  The Old Guard is the only unit allowed to march in parades with bayonets.  They marched in the Aquatennial parade in the 1990’s.  In 1890 they were sent to Fort Snelling to settle a disturbance of Chippewa on Leach Lake.  It was the last Indian war on the continent.  The Old Guard fought in WWI, WWII, Korean Wars.  July 1951, it was formally assigned to cemetery duty in Washington DC.  July 1966, the second battalion formed and went to Vietnam.  1967 the third battalion was formed at Fort Snelling.  Jim was a part of this.  He was moved to New Prague and had to get through a tough Minnesota January and sleep/camp in 37 below zero temps.  They lived in squad tents and had to arise at 3:30 am. Frozen boots, treck for a mile for food.  It was not easy at all.  Troops did a good job.  The average soldier did what was needed to be done.  Cold weather creates great thirst and water intake was very important.  His job was to elevate all people.  He loves to be impressed with The Old Guard.  He shared stories with us and then left it open for question/answer time.

Bonnie thanked him for coming.  We recited the 4 Way Test and Bonnie rang the dismissal bell.
Regular Meeting - August 1, 2019
Today, our President, Bonnie Koste led our meeting.  Julie Fish led our song and Adam Stumne had a super solid prayer.
Attendance - summer time attendance - some are here and some are not.  
Active Status - 15 present, 20 absent
Honorary Sat us - 5 present, 5 absent
Guest: Past Rotarian, Don Heinzman paid us a visit
- Lynn Caswell has the last two cabinet panels refurbished and asked if someone could led him a hand getting them in and back to gather.  Thank you Lynn!
- Bonnie Koste reminded us of River Clean up, which will be held on Wednesday, August 14th.  Meet at the dam at 5 pm.  Let Pete Reiner know if you are attending and if you have a canoe or boat to use also.
- Robin Skinner and Bonnie Koste met with Joy Nadeau with the Sherburne Area United Way and would like us to mark our calendars for an event that Rotary is sponsoring.  The event will address human trafficking and will be held on Wednesday, September 18th from 6 to 7 pm.  Location to be determined.
- Bonnie Koste reminded us of Rotary Day at the State Fair on Friday, August 30th.
Rotary Foundation Moment by Tove Lichty -
Tove asked - who’s donated this year?  Then she asked - do you have a sign in at   If you have never been there, go to it and create a password and log in to learn things about Rotary and see how you can give and how your donations can go across the world.
Image result for playing cardsCard Game - a 10 of spades was pulled and Bonnie Koste was the winner.  She donated her half back to rotary!  Thanks Bonnie!
Happy Bucks:
- Tove Lichty was happy to be going on vacation Sunday with family to Banff and happy for a long weekend before vacation!
- Robin Skinner was happy to tell a camping story!  She and her husband, Ben went to camp at William O’Brien State Park and arrived on Friday to find out that their reservation was for Saturday and Sunday, not Friday and Saturday.  So they went home and went back on Saturday.  They decided to head home on Sunday afternoon and left in time to be missed by a tornado in the area!
- Molly Hanson was happy to be here after missing a couple of weeks. She was also happy about the great weather!
- Brandon Hanson was happy for a family trip to Madeline Island, Wisconsin. His 7 year old did great with the canoe trip.
- Bonnie Koste was happy that a couple of years ago, Rotarian Bruce Tyler, gave her an old lawn mower to use on her river bank and recently her son tried it out.  It fired right up and worked beautifully.  It did take a dip in the river, but dried out and works great!
- Lynn Caswell told us about a lawn mower that he paid a happy buck for a couple of weeks ago.  He took it for a test drive after he got it and it hasn’t worked since so he had to return it to Home Depot!  Sad buck!
Our program was organized by Adam Stumne.  Adam shared that when he worked in Albertville, he attended a Rotary function there and when he transferred to Elk River, he joined Rotary right away!   Adam introduced us to Tanya Rice, owner of Azltala Yoga.  Tanya introduced us to her daughter Abigail.  Azltala has been in business for 5 years.  They recently moved and expanded.  They moved from 1000 square feet to 4000 square feet and are located between Buffalo Wild Wings and the movie theatre. They offer hot yoga and non hot yoga classes.  Classes for kids and classes for seniors.  Tanya asked each of us to sit straight in our chairs, feet flat on the floor, hands on our thighs, shoulders soft, close eyes, inhale and focus on the belly and your shoulders will straighten out.  Breath again through the belly.  Can you feel the relaxation and peace with 5 deep breathes?  Use this method when you are anxious and stressed.  Focus on belly breathing.  Do you have stress or trouble sleeping?  You can do yoga!  It only takes a try and everyone should do it.  All of the teachers at Azltala Yoga are licensed and insured.  Everyone’s body can do different things and they are there to help you figure out how to move your body.  They sponsor a lot of sports teams to start kids early with  yoga.   She gave out a class brochure, pens and a coupon for a free session.  Trying a class is your only investment.  Why hot yoga?  It is better for you to some degree.  If your body can’t do it, don’t do it, but do try it before you say that you can’t.  It is not scary, it is just hot!  Heat helps to make the muscles more healthy.  Build your way up and try hot yoga three times before you say that you hat it.  Molly Hanson has attended classes there and said that she felt amazing after a hot yoga class. They offer classes as early as 5:30 am and have evening classes as well.  Evening classes will help you sleep well.  Summer class sizes are around 2 to 12 members and winter months have around 18 to 20 in attendance.    Tanya is an engineer by trade.  The job is high stress and full of deadlines.  She took up running to help with her stress and ended up destroying her knees.  She turned down many invites to try yoga from a friend and one day she tried it and fell in love with it!  They will be starting a new class in September - Slow Flow.  It starts with posture and mobility of the waist.  It is to help with proper spine alignment and build core strength.  There is not an age requirement however, the hot room will allow 10-13 year olds accompanied by an adult.  All of the teachers, no matter what class, offers modifications for all moves to accommodate all members.  Yoga is about breathing and could possibly change sleep apnea issues.  The male population in classes is growing and they are seeing 2 to 4 men per class now.  Most classes run one hour.
President Bonnie Koste thanked Tanya for speaking and we recited the 4 Way Test and were dismissed.