Fridley and Columbia Heights Rotary Club not meeting at the Shortstop Grill.
March 25, 2020
Vern Hoium (our usual supplier): "I still find each day to short for all the thoughts I want to think, for all the walks i want to take, for all the books I want to read, and for all the friends I want to meet." 
Craig Malm: “We’ll get through this, but please stay safe and maintain social distancing!”
Mrs. Bob Tholkes (Mary) was pictured on the front page of the Star & Tribune “Inspired” section on March 21, helping at a charity event, Days for Girls. The event was sponsored by Minneapolis Rotary. She has also sewn and donated 25 face masks.
Bob’s granddaughter Victoria, despite the loss of long-anticipated senior-year events with the Roseville Figure Skating Club, the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony, and at Irondale High School in Moundsview, is celebrating letters of acceptance and financial-aid offers from two selective schools, the University of California at San Diego and Colgate University.
The district Awards Team needs Rotarians to help determine which clubs should be the winners of our annual District Club Awards. This task is completed by email. It offers a glimpse into the activities of other clubs in our area. Contact Mitch Popple, District Awards Team Leader at ( if you will help.
The Alexandra House Gala, to be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on March 28 at Leopold’s Mississippi Gardens, 9500 W River Rd, Minneapolis, MN 55444, has become a virtual event. Pending board approval, the club’s purchase of a table will be converted to a straight donation.
The club board (usually 6 people at most) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday April 1 at 9:00 a.m. at Fridley City Hall.
The District 5960 Rotary Foundation Grants Management Seminars to take place in Stillwater on Saturday, April 4, and in Rochester on Thursday, April 14’ have been postponed.
The club’s next social event, a mystery evening, scheduled for Wednesday, April 15, has been postponed, and will be rescheduled.
The Bikes for Kids bike giveaway is scheduled to take place on Saturday morning, April 25 at Stevenson Elementary School, 6080 E. River Road in Fridley. It will serve as the next club service project, with volunteers responsible for helmet-fitting. Contact Craig Malm if you can help.
The District 5960 Conference of Clubs, scheduled to take place April 30-May 1 at the Mystic Lake Event Center, Prior Lake, has been cancelled.
2020-21 District Governor Ed Marek of the St. Paul Sunrise Club is scheduled to be installed on Tuesday evening, June 23 at the Wilder Foundation, 451 Lexington Pkwy, St. Paul.
Golf Classic coordinator Greg Schraufnagel announced that the event website,, is up. The 2020 Classic is scheduled for Monday, July 20, at The Refuge Golf Club in Oak Grove, last year’s site.