Lia Spaniolo
Anoka County Extension Master Gardener Program Coordinator
Joining the FCH Rotary breakfast meetings on Zoom: open the link below and click on Open Zoom Meetings and follow the prompts.
September 1, 2021
18 members, including 3 on Zoom, prospective member Brad Gudim, and former member Earl Hendricks heard Anoka County Extension Master Gardener Program coordinator Lia Spaniolo and Fridley Master Gardener Sue Sherek speak about the Extension Master Gardener program. Lia gave an overview: a University of Minnesota Extension program,  every county has an extension service, and most have a Master Gardener program. Lia reviewed its mission and priorities, the duties and requirements of the volunteer Master Gardeners (there are presently over 2,500 in the county and about 130 in Columbia Heights and Fridley), and the benefits of the program. Her presentation can be viewed at file:///C:/Users/rjtho/Downloads/Rotary%20Club%20Meeting%20Presentation.pdf.

Sue described the program’s emphases in our service area: they focus on growing food and gardening basics rather than traditional horticulture.



Director Dave Rudolph of SACA attended and received a check for $10,000.00 from the Golf Classic proceeds. He noted that the funds will purchase approximately 100,000 pounds of foodstuffs. See photo on home page.
Members may sign up to deliver groceries for SACA on any Saturday. If you will be driving, provide your insurance card and driver’s license for SACA to copy for its records. Volunteer at
With the loosening of COVID restrictions other service projects can be planned. Please contact Service project coordinator Mark Grotewold with your ideas.
Club business cards with the club logo and contact information will be available at the meetings, and by request through the club email, Carry them around to give to prospective members!
Speaker on September 8: Mark Maher, City of Fridley Community Services Director, will provide a program update.