Kim Hiel and Don Archibeque
Joining the FCH Rotary breakfast meetings on Zoom:  open the link below, click on Open Zoom Meetings, and follow the prompts.
July 13, 2022
23 (!) members, prospective member Dr. Richard Garcia of Fridley, Area 9 Assistant Governor Julie Gotham of Blaine-Ham Lake Rotary, Fridley STRIVE Coordinator Jim Cummings, and Principal Amy Cochran of Fridley Middle School heard incoming club president Kim Hiel inaugurate her presidential year with a presentation on her vision for 2022-23, using illustrative videos and documents on Rotary visioning. The last club engaged in the Rotary visioning process in 2014-15. President Hiel also presented outgoing president Don Archibeque with his Past President pin and plaque commemorating his presidential year.
Breakfast will not be held next week, Wed. July 20, because of the July 18 Golf Classic fundraiser at The Refuge Golf Course. See you there! Coordinator Greg Schraufnagel happily announcd a significant recent uptick in the numbers of both golfers and diners, but everything—golfers, sponsors, auction items, diners- is still needed for the Golf Classic to bring it up to previous standards.  See the Golf Classic website at The online auction site is up; bidding is online only and bids are now accepted.
President Hiel also announced that meeting programs will be a shared responsibility of the membership, rather than provided by a program director. A schedule and notes on finding and arranging programs/speakers was distributed and will also be emailed.
Response not having been as hoped, the monthly lunch meetings planned for July 27 and August 24 at The Refuge will revert to breakfasts at Shortstop. Thanks to those who participated in the lunches on May 25 and June 29.
The Operation Pollination Committee met on Tuesday, July 12 at 7:30 a.m., members Amada Marquez Simula, Bob Olsen, Kristen Stuenkel, and Bob Tholkes attending along with City of Columbia Heights Forester Liam Genter and Columbia Heights High School’s Blooming Heights program coordinator Wes Nugteren. Attendees reviewed plans for the August 17 Monarch festival in Columbia Heights, which the club is helping to sponsor. Bob Olsen hopes to again exhibit monarchs in various  stages of development. Nugteren provided an update on student activities in the Blooming Heights program. The possibility of providing a Rotary sponsored bench at the new Silver Lake Park Boat Launch was discussed.
The 2022-23 club board will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, August 3, at 9 a.m. at Fridley Community Center. Meetings are open to all members.
Rotarians may volunteer at the Rotary donut booth at the Minnesota State Fair on September 3, 2022. To volunteer please go to:
REMINDERS FCH Rotarians can get their Rotary fix next Wednesday morning, July 20, by attending the Rotary International Operation Pollination meeting on Zoom beginning at 7:00 a.m.; the Zoom link is
The FCH Operation Pollination Committee meets next on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 7:30 a.m. on Zoom. Contact organizer Kristen Stuenkel with any questions at The Zoom link is The Columbia Heights Monarch Festival takes place on Wednesday, August 17. The club will have an informational table and will receive sponsor recognition.
Speaker on July 27: New member Michael Oakley will present his Classification Talk.