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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 

August 15 - Club Assembly

August 22 - Robin Skinner - Clare D. Lillis, Human Trafficking Task Force

August 29 - Paul Harris Fellowship

September 5 - Julie Fish - TBD

September 12 - Brandon Hanson - TBD

September 19 - Bonnie Koste - District Governor - Paul Perez, Prior Lake

September 26 - Terry Bizal - Dr. Bittman - Distric 728 Superintendent 

October 3 - Tom Sagstetter - Elk River Municipal Utilities - Discussion on Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicles - Chevy Bolt and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT available for inspection.

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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

Announcements:

- RIVER CLEAN UP - WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14 @ 5 PM.  PLEASE MEET AT THE DAM AND BRING A BOAT IF YOU HAVE ONE.
        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.


Image result for playing cardsCard Game - a 2 of spades was pulled . . . no winner.

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.

Program:
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
 
Announcements:
- 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 Rotary.org?   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!
 
Program:
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.
 
Regular Meeting - July 25, 2019
Today at Rotary, President Bonnie Koste ran our meeting.

Attendance:     active status - 17 present, 18 absent
                        honorary status - 4 present, 5 absent
                        total membership at 45 members

Guests: Lane with Great River Young Life, guest of Barry Hohlen
Hailey, daughter and guest of Nicole Rasmussen

Announcements:
- Bill Haring
told us of the last concert of the summer
series for a group he is a part of Medalist Concert Band.  The concert will be held on Tuesday, July 31 @ 7 pm at Town Green Park in Maple Grove.  Come enjoy the music!
- Pete Reiner sent around the sign up sheet for River Clean Up, which will be held on Wednesday, August 14th, starting at 5 pm and meeting at the dam.  The sheet included a column for you to check if you may have a water craft we can use.  Contact Pete if you have any questions.
- District News - President Bonnie Koste told us that our new District Governor, Paul Perez, is about connecting members and clubs.  We are all invited to attend Minnesota Rotary Day at the State Fair on Wednesday, August 30th. The day is a partnership with two other Districts.  Please let Bonnie know if you are interested in attending.
- More District News - Bonnie also shared that there is a Rotary Day at Canterbury for Districts 5950 and 5960.  Cost is $10/day and families are invited.  It will be on Friday, August 9th starting at 5 pm.  It will also include a paddock tour which is an informational tour led by a jockey and includes information as to how to pick a winning horse!   Debbi Rydberg suggest that this be emailed to membership.

Foundation Moment:
Tove Lichty led us in a Foundation Moment and told us about how rotary helps with natural disaster relief through funds.  They help out around the world.  This is another way that your donations are put to good use. She also told us that as we donate, once we reach $1000, we are eligible for a Paul Harris Fellow award.


Image result for playing cardsCard Game - a 2 of hearts was pulled and no winner.

Happy Bucks:

- Nicole Rasmussen was happy for her awesome guest, her daughter Hailey!  She was also happy to tell us that Hailey’s volleyball team did great and had rock star serving and took the tournament!  They play tonight again.
- Debbi Rydberg was happy for a wonderful golf tournament last week and very happy to share news of the birth of her first granddaughter who was born yesterday!
- Tove Lichty was happy to share that she and her husband made it to the gym at 5:30 am, three days in a row and once after an evening with Glen and Jeanette Ertel!
- Pete Reiner
was happy to see Lynn Caswell because it reminded him how happy he was to have had Lynn’s daughter help them with granite while remodeling a bathroom!
- Lynn Caswell was happy to have had the opportunity to take his 97 year old mother and 76 year old brother to see the big Union Pacific Big Boy train, which is the largest steam locomotive in the US.  He was also happy to tell us that he complained about mowing the lawn so much, he bought a new riding mower!
- Julie Fish was happy to be attending Mama Mia at the Chanhassen Theatre with her sister and two great nieces and she was also happy that her new employee keeps coming back to work!
- Bonnie Koste was happy to be back from a trip to Banff.  Fantastic sites, made great memories with family and the kids got to jump off a 30 foot cliff!  She actually ran into someone she knew from here!

Program:
Lynn Caswell
arranged our program.  Lynn has been a member since 1997 and enjoys the companionship and friendships he’s made through rotary.  He also enjoys working on projects and believes in our mission.   He shared a story about his daughter when she was young and she “helped” him pick peas in the garden.  Lynn picked them and handed them to her to put in a bowl.  When they were finished picking the bowl was empty because his daughter ate them as fast as he picked them!
Lynn introduced us to his program - Erin Sindelir who is a science teacher the wellness champion at Salk.  She was actually Nicole Rasmussen’s daughter Hailey’s, sixth grade teacher and will be her teacher in eighth grade also.    Erin is the wellness champion at Salk.  Each school has a wellness champion.  Rotarian Nicole Rasmussen is the champion at Handke!  Erin’s working on a new project at Salk.  She wrote a grant and received funding to start the program.  Plaisted Companies donated some things and they built four raised garden beds at Salk.  Former and current students came together to build them.  Today with her summer school special ed students, they started seedlings.  Five years down the road, she hopes to see the whole east side of the school be a garden, learning, picnic area. They will use the produce in the cafeteria and classrooms.  It creates ownership for students.  They are looking for volunteers to help out.  They have put down some gravel to meet ADA requirements to assist with walkers and wheel chairs.  They are also in need of picnic tables.  This year they have planted eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, yellow squash, strawberries, chives, peas, lavender and a butterfly garden.  This process began just two weeks ago!  Residence of ISD 728 are welcome to the garden goods.  Erin has some gardening experience from her own home. Funding for this garden is all through donations, grant money and volunteers.  The project is for the whole school to use.   As the Salk wellness champion, she helps teachers come up with ways to incorporate movement in the classroom.  The wellness champion is a volunteer position.

President Bonnie led us through the 4 Way Test and hammered on the dismissal bell!
 
Regular Meeting - July 17, 2019 - Opps.  This is the correct date and its Julie Fish in the program section... but you knew that...right? 
 
In the absence of our new President Bonnie Koste, Past President Robin Skinner led our meeting for us today!  John Osterman led our song and Alan Sakry said our prayer!

Attendance:     active status - 12 present, 23 absent
                        honorary status - 4 present, 6 absent
                        total membership @ 45 members

Membership Note:  We joyfully share that Leon Barthel has recently qualified for Honorary Status!  Congratulations Leon and thank you for your longevity!   We regretfully share that Tricia Downey has taken a leave of absence.

Announcements:

- Pete Reiner announced that our annual River Clean Up event is coming so mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 14th at 5 pm.  Pete will have a sign up sheet soon.
- Bonnie Koste and Robin Skinner are going to meet with Joy Nadeau with Sherburne County United Way to iron out details in a Rotary sponsorship to an event that Joy would like to host for the community re: Human Trafficking.  Stay tuned for more details!

Happy Bucks:

- Molly Hanson was happy for a couple of fun vacations over the summer and tonight she is going to the Aerosmith concert!
- Alan Sakry was happy to have had a great time in Branson, MO over the 4th of July and was happy to be telling us about a new tennis gig coming to Rogers, MN!
- Pete Reiner was happy to have watched the men’s Wimbledon tennis.  It was a classic and epic event!
- Nicole Rasmussen had a good luck buck for her daughter who is in two volleyball leagues and has a couple of tournaments coming up!  She was also happy that she still has her new puppy and it is working out great!
- Troy Adams was $10 happy to tell us about his newly elected position to the National Association Board of Directors of Public Power!   Congratulations Troy!
- Terry Bizal was happy to tell us about his trip to Vermillion State Park where he had the privilege of the exercise of changing a tire skill on his camper!  He was also happy that his daughter, who plays college hockey for Ohio State, will be playing the Minnesota Gophers team for Hockey Day Minnesota in 2020 at Parade Stadium.
- Robin Skinner saved her $5 for last - best for last - to announce that her daughter is getting married!  She said she is one step closer to being a grandma!


Image result for playing cardsCard Game: A 9 of spades was pulled and Stewart Wilson had the match.  The kitty was at $45 and kind person, Stewart, donated his half of the fund, back to Rotary!   Thank you Stew!

Program:
Alan Sakry arranged our program today and started
with his Rotary moment.  He is in Rotary because of good friends and good people.  He was introduced to Rotary though past Rotarian Deb Urista.   Alan introduced us to his good friend, partner in crime, and also known as his brother from another mother - Del Bauers.  Del is one of the owners of Chuba Company Del came to speak to us about a new adventure happening in Rogers, MN.  He shared with us, three tennis balls and told us a bit about each of them.  He is involved in building a facility in Rogers for the tennis community.  It is located on the back side of the Rogers High School football field.  There will be 7 courts under a fabric structure with a metal frame that will hold up the building and fabric material.  It will include an open area for check in and check out, locker rooms, elevator and stairs to an upper level mezzanine to overlook the courts below.  There will also be opportunities for Pickle Ball which is a popular sport.  Del shared with us, how he was taught tennis by Randy Running and that he was tossed into a group of young kids for his lessons.  Now he has taught the children of those children!  Del shared a couple of stories with us about students throughout his experiences.   They are hopeful that the new center will be open in December or January.  They area bit behind due to the spring weather.  Rogers High School is adding 8 new tennis courts.  They’ll have membership and will rent courts to non-members. Tennis is a passion of Del’s and he enjoys doing this as his passion, it is not a job.   Alan asked about wheel chair tennis and Del told us that they will have wheel chair tennis events also.  The center does not have air conditioning, but will have a lot of air flow.  It will be open 7 days a week.  There is also room in this center for yoga, body pump, senior classes, etc.  Ashley Darkenwald from In-Fit in Albertville, will be leading the classes there.  They have plans for the future for two clay outdoor courts.  Del and Alan met several years ago while group bow hunting.  They were stranded due to weather and they spent a lot of time sharing stories with each other and sharing their dreams.  That is when the tennis center dream started for Del.  Two weeks later, Alan had his stroke and in the first few days of having it, wanted to tell desperately tell Del something.  With tears in his eyes, Del shared with us that Alan wanted to tell him to retire from his real job and follow his passion of the tennis center.  And so he did!
 
 
Regular Meeting - July 11, 2019
Attendance:     active status - 18 present, 19 absent
                        honorary status - 6 present, 3 absent
                        membership at 46 members
 
Today our meeting was lead by President Bonnie Koste. She also lead us in prayer. 

Guests:  Mckenzie Cremeans, Bob Maxwell's grand daughter and PTSA essay winner from Otsego Elementary. Joy Nadeau - Sherburne County United Way. Cindy Wiegel - Sex Trafficing Awareness. Suzie - Running for Justice. Katie LaPage - Vulnerable Kids 

Announcements:

- Pete Reiner - shared a thank you letter from Guardian Angels for the construction of their elevated plant garden from the donation to Elianna Kuehn she received from the Rotary Club.
- Tove Lichty - Reminded us of the ability to donate to the Rotary Foundation. Reminding us that it was formed in 1917. Also that the Endowment Fund established in 1981. More info on the Rotary International website. 
- Lynn Caswell requested help as he continues to keep our display booth up and working. This time working on two panels. 

We sang happy birthday to Cal Portner. He paid full price for the bad version. Go figure. Thanks Cal

Image result for playing cardsCard game - There was not a winner.

Happy Bucks:

Cal Portner - started us off with a happy bucks. Breaking ground on the new arena. Elk RiverFest - Great turnout (7,000 people)....and he is headed to the Hamel Rodeo this weekend. 
- Nicole Rasmussen was $3 happy - Helped her mom get ready for home sale. Spent time at her camper where she won golf card scavenger hunt where she came in 2nd place as a Rookie. 
- Deborah Bland  was happy they celebrated their 1 year anniversary for the Elk River Senior Living Center. Only have 36 out of 98 yet to rent. 
- Troy Adams - was happy his son was able to go to the Bahamas on High Adventure Scouting trip. He also passed his drivers test and went to a Scouting leadership Camp in Wisconsin. Oh and planning a troop trip to Philmont Scout Camp in Cimmaron NM. And finally, they have a new puppy. 
- Bonnie Koste was happy she completed her 2500 mile travels. Traveling to Banff Canada with American Family Insurance.  

Program:
Clare Lillis was unable to make it due to a flat tire so Bonnie improvised with our guests. 
Joy Nadeau, Katie LaPage and Cindy Wiegel spoke of their efforts with their organizations to help expose and support efforts to assist those that get caught up in the horrors of sex trafficing. Informational meetings planned in cities around the area including Big Lake, Otsego, Zimmerman, Nowthen and Santiago. 
 
 
TASTE of Elk River Update -
Starting with Debbi Rydberg - Treasurer - She was excited to report we smashed all previous years by almost $10,000 dollars. Total Income of $57,213.53. Expenses of $14,470.87 with a net profit of $42,742.66.
Debbi thanked EVERYONE for the TEAM WORK that made this record breaking total possible. 
 
Commissioner Bruce "Buck" Tyler  took over to award the ticket sale winners. Team and individual. 
 
Team Sales - #5 - Maxwell Silver Hammers - One Man Team - Bob Maxwell
#4 - CoCo Crispers - Top Sales - Robin Skinner and Al Sakry
#3 - Cal Portner - Whatever His Team Name Was - Top Sellers - Bonnie Koste and Lea Studaker 
#2 - Terry Bizal's Team - Top Sellers- Terry Bizal and Dirk Barrett 
And  #1 The Fighting Burbots - Top Sellers - John Osterman and Molly Hanson. Honorable mention Pete Reiner. 
 
 
Bob Maxwell - One Man Team was not a total loser - Top Individual Sales - 98 Tickets 
 
 
Bonnie lead us the the 4 Way Test. 
 
Regular Meeting - June 27, 2019
Today our meeting was led by our Past, Past President Molly Hanson.

John Osterman led our song and David Vinje led us in prayer.

Guest:  Bree - Molly Hanson’s niece

Announcements:
- Bill Haring announced that there are cards on the
table for the schedule of performances for a concert band that he is and has been a part of for 51 years.  He plays the baby tuba!  He shared with us that there is a concert in Bloomington on July 3rd at 8 pm and it will be followed by some spectacular fireworks!  Please come!
- Cal Portner announced that a gathering of the Paul Harris Fellows will be held next week, Tuesday, July 2nd at 7:30 am at Perkins in Elk River.  We will meet to select two people to be new Paul Harris Fellows. 


We sang happy birthday to Pete Reiner, the $10 version.  Thanks Pete!

Image result for playing cardsCard game - a 4 of spades was pulled and there was not a winner.

Happy Bucks:

Adam Stumne started us off with a happy buck for his engagement last week!  Congrats!
- Nicole Rasmussen was $3 happy - a new puppy named Toby, a great Carrie Underwood concert and a great Alabama/Charlie Daniels Band concert!
- Brandon Hanson was happy to be coaching his last game for the 7 year old baseball team where the kids pitch!
- Debbi Rydberg was happy that on Saturday, her daughter Amanda who teaches in Mexico, arrived home for the summer and they enjoyed dinner in Minneapolis. She also shared that her son “Boomer” is moving from Cleveland to Oregon.  She was also happy that her dad’s is doing well!
- Stewart Wilson was happy to have played tennis last Thursday during a summer solstice get away to Jeff Gongoll’s cabin in Grand Marais.  He shared that Pete Reiner convinced them to play 45 holes of golf at Superior Golf Course.
- Julie Fish was happy to have a date with her dad and her four sisters to go fishing on the pontoon on Sunday.

Program:
Our program was arranged b David Vinje.  He introduced us to Amanda, Environmental Coordinator and Brandon, Stormwater Coordinator for the City of
Elk River.  They came to present to us today on the Lake Orono History and Lake Dredging. They had a powerpoint for us.   The dam is owned by Elk River Municipal Utilities and Highway 10 splits the north and south bays of the lake.  The upper basin is very shallow. Rotarian John Osterman recalled that back in 1998 when it was last dredged, that some
Rotarians helped pull junk out of the lake basin.  He recalls a large pile on the shore!   It is a 611 square mile watershed and goes from Elk River to Mille Lacs.  The phosphorus load is 40 million to 60 million lbs/year.  Sediment load 3.7 million lbs/yr and the annual volume is 140,000 - 200,000 ac ft.  Lake Orono Home Improvement Association is a group of active residents that meet monthly.  They work closely with Sherburne Soil and Water Conservation District.  They receive grant funds and DNR permitting annually.  They help with vegetation management, water quality and more.  In 1998 when the last dredging took place, there were 120,152 cubic yards removed and the project ran in the $400 million range.  It was 50% funded by the City and 50% by property owners. They expected it to last 20 years before the sediment would accumulate again.  The last time, a development area took the sledge so it was much less expensive to do the project.  There is a LORE - Lake Orono Restoration Environment group.  In 2020, they will need to dredge it again at a price of $3.25 million.  They will remove 125,000 cubic yards of sledge.  $1.5 million will be paid by the State of MN, $1 million will be paid through the local option sales tax and the remaining amount will be assessed to the property owners.  They have been working with the DNR staff for the past three years.  Draw down potential start is August of 2020.  it needs to be completed by September 15, 2020 for the blending turtles.  They will also be doing a turtle relocation plan.  They are hoping to handle this situation every 5 to 7 years in the future, rather than 20 years in between.  They have created a Lake Orono Improvement District (OLID) or Lake Improvement District (LID) with the homeowners association.  They will have an annual budget and the City will appoint a board of directors and approve the budget.  Funding will be through assessment, service charges and taxes.  The boundary will include the adjacent property owners of Lake Orono.  Those who don’t agree with this plan can file a petition and it would have to include signatures of 55% lakeshore owners.   Sherburne Soil and Water Conservation helps pay for and has volunteers at the boat landings to help with the spread of things from boats going in and out of the lake.  One seventh of the shoreline is owned by the City.  Question and answer time.  

Molly had us recite the 4 Way Test and rang the bell of dismissal!
 
 
Regular Meeting - June 20, 2019
Today, President Robin Skinner led us for her last meeting as Club President!   John Osterman led us in song and Robin had a wing and a prayer!

Attendance:     active status - 18 present, 19 absent
                        honorary status - 4 present, 5 absent
                        membership at 46 members

Visiting Rotarian: Duane Gates, retired community education director, Monticello Rotarian

Announcements:

- Treasurer Debbi Rydberg announced that she has emailed invoices so if you haven’t gotten one and/or can’t find it in your email, please contact her.  The dues are for July 1 - December 31, 2019 and are due July 1, 2019.

- Tove Lichty shared a Rotary Foundation moment.  She shared with us some information she found on the inside cover of our Rotarian magazine.  It was about a community in Durango Colorado who received a grant to purchase 200 solar lights for a Navajo community.  All funds to the Rotary Foundation are meaningful.  Are you giving?

- Tricia Downey, chair Taste of Elk River 2019 has gift cards for a couple of people who were not here last week when John Houlton from First National Bank handed out gift cards to those who sold the most Private Tasting Room tickets.  She will get them to you.


- We sang a $10 version of Happy Birthday to Dan Weber and David Anderson was reminded of his upcoming wedding anniversary.  He told us it is their 47th anniversary . . . congratulations!

Image result for playing cards- Card game - a king of clubs was pulled and there was not a winner.

Happy Bucks:

- Robin Skinner was happy that her daughter Megan is home for a week, visiting from Austin, TX.
- Nicole Rasmussen was happy for her daughter who had a great trip to Washington DC.  She had a blast and was exhausted when she came home.  Nicole was also happy to have the week of the 4th of July off work!
- Brandon Hanson was happy to attend a concert last Friday.  His wife was supposed to attend with him, but she ended up in the emergency room with pleurisy, got some meds and went home.  Brandon attended the concert as he was on the guest list and his wife was able to live stream the show so she was happy too!
- Tove Lichty was happy that last weekend she attended an annual retreat for work that included family.  They spent 4 days and she had the opportunity to lip sync to Lady Gaga and the awards dinner was a special night.  She was also happy to tell us that this weekend, she is traveling to Sioux Falls for her parent’s 40th wedding anniversary and to celebrate with her brother who recently opened a business!
- Lynn Caswell had a happy buck for the sale of his sail boat!
- Cal Portner had a happy buck to tell us that bid openings are open for the hockey arena project!
- Debbi Rydberg was happy that her daughter is coming home from teaching in Mexico for the summer on Saturday!  She was also happy to tell us about the Chamber’s new employee Olivia!  She has come back four days in a row!
- Amanda Othoudt was happy to attend an Economic Development conference in Duluth which gave the opportunity to visit with her son who lives there!
- Bonnie Koste was happy for the seat she is sitting in this week . . .  President Elect!   She was happy to tell us that her dad is now at home and doing well and getting stronger.  She is not so happy to miss leading rotary next week as she will be a passenger on a road trip to New York.  Past, Past President Molly Hanson will fill in for her.
- Nicole Rasmusson had another happy buck as she is attending the Carrie Underwood concert Friday and the Alabama concert next week!

Program:
Today was the Gavel Passing meeting!  President Robin Skinner talked about her year in review.  She shared a bit of her PETS (president elect training seminar) with us.  She shared how membership panned out with 9 new members gained and 5 members lost, making a net gain of 4 new members!  She was also please to have Stewart Wilson back with us as an honorary member.  The Taste of Elk River went great, ran beautifully and she thanked Tricia Downey. The community loves our event!  Robin shared that before she was a Rotarian, she attended the Taste of Elk River and was impressed by the gold vests and those who were wearing them and at that point, decided that she wanted to be a Rotarian.    She feels the Rotarians are committed and this is the best event/fundraiser in the community.  She moved on the service projects and talked about STRIVE and thanked Brandon Hanson for his leadership, river clean-up was held in August, in October we did the dictionary project, thanks to Lynn Caswell and Tricia Downey for their coordination efforts.  December sported a holiday gathering for us and we volunteered at CAER food shelf a couple of times.  Brandon Hanson represented us with Faith in Auction by helping some folks move.  Next year will hopefully do more service projects.   The Taste of Elk River has allowed us to donate a lot of funds!  In the past five years, we’ve donated $10,000 to each Open Doors for Youth, Walk With Me Program, Rivers of Hope, Reel Hope and this year the United Way.  Besides this great donation, we also gave $750 to Rotary International for Polio Plus to eradicate polio world wide and $750 to the Fast for Hope program to help feed those who are starving.  Robin shared a whole list of groups we’ve donated to in the past year.  They include Youth in Government, Scouts, Young Life, ERHS grad party, Spectrum HS grad party, Rivers of Hope, Open Doors for Youth, Prom at Ivan Sand Community School, 728 Cadets, Boys and Girls Club, Great River Faith in Action, United Way, Deca, Reel Hope, Grannie’s Closet and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon to name a few.   Robin had a surprise floral arrangement for someone for all
that she does as secretary for our club.  Julie was very surprised and most grateful for the flowers, card and standing ovation!  Speechless!   Robin then called up President Elect Bonnie Koste and they gifted lapel pins to each other - Robin as Past President and Bonnie as Club President.  Bonnie gifted Robin with a personalized gavel plaque in thanks for her year of leadership.  The gavel was then passed from Robin to Bonnie!   Round of applause!!   Bonnie spoke for a bit and thanked us for the opportunity to lead us. She’s a little nervous but looking forward to the year.  We are not just a club to her, but we are friends and she loves the comradery. We made it comforting!  She had sheets on the tables for each of us listing the places we have donated to in the past and asked each of us to take a sheet and suggest others to her.  The sheet also asked for monthly/yearly service project suggestions and asked if you’d like to be a part of the membership/initiation committee.  Please let her know if you are interested.  Bonnie then announced her board of directors - Robin Skinner/Past President, Nicole Rasmussen/President Elect, Julie Fish/Secretary, Debbi Rydberg/Treasurer, Dirk Barrett and Jeff LaBarre/Taste of Elk River, Dan Weber/Membership, Molly Hanson/Youth and Tove Lichty/at large board member snd leader of the newly forming membership committee.   Bonnie led us in the 4 Way Test and gave the dismissal bell a good first time ring!
 
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