Joining the FCH Rotary breakfast meetings on Zoom: open the link below and click on Open Zoom Meetings and follow the prompts.
December 8, 2021
19 members, including 6 on Zoom, heard club Rotary Foundation committee Norma Jean Falink detail the work of the highly regarded foundation, which annually earns a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for its record of using 91% of its proceeds for grants. Falink described the foundation, which operates all major service activities, as the “heart of Rotary”, combining compassion and action to achieve Rotary’s several service missions. The foundation received $96 million dollars in 2020-21. Following the presentation, members Steve Klaers and Ed Higgins added their names to the list of members contributing quarterly through their billing invoices. Contact Secretary Bob Tholkes to take advantage of this longtime club service.

Steve Klaers reported that the STRIVE field trip last Friday was very well attended. The next trip is scheduled for mid-January, to Minneapolis College and Augsburg College, also in Minneapolis. The two schools cooperate in offering programs. Contact Steve Klaers at 612-599-8103 if you can accompany the group.
The club has received thank-you letters (delayed in transmission) from the 3rd graders at Immaculate Conception School in Columbia Heights for the dictionaries supplied in October. They will be shared at the next breakfast.
The club will not meet on December due to the Christmas holiday. The club will meet on Decemebr 29.
Bellringing at Sam’s Club in Fridley for the Salvation Army will take place today and on Dec. 15 at Sam’s Club in Fridley. Bellringing slots at present are filled, but members are welcome to add themselves to the service. Contact Gordon Backlund if interested at 763-574-0369.
Rotary Youth Exchange: a member is needed to become Youth Exchange Officer. The board has voted to participate in the program, which expects to resume for the 2022-23 Rotary year. Recruitment of host families must be accomplished during the current school year. Contact Bob Tholkes 763-913-4453 if interested.
Program on December 15: a club business session led by President Don Archibeque will address several issues of interest.