Gordon Backlund
Joining the weekly breakfast meetings on Zoom: open the link below and click on Open Zoom Meetings and follow the prompts.
 Meeting ID: 553 980 9296
Password: 489641
August 19, 2020
19 members, including 6 Zoomers and Zooming guests/prospective members Halimo Ismail and Ed Higgins, heard Gordy Backlund, emergency substitute for listed speakers Bill and Charlie Bristow, offer updated COVID-19 information. Backlund also called the group’s attention to the videos on Rotary topics offered every other Friday by District 5960. All members receive email notification dir4ctly from the District.
Members Don Archibeque, Tim Blank, Mark Grotewold, Amada Simula, and Bob Tholkes delivered groceries last Saturday for SACA. Thanks! Grotewold noted that the exercise could be repeated on a monthly basis.
Scott Lund noted that 40 attendees (or more) are needed for the November 4 Charter Dinner at Banquets of Minnesota in Fridley. Cost is $45; signup will begin in September.
Steve Klaers read an especially gracious thank-you note from a Columbia Heights STRIVE scholarship recipient.
Greg Schraufnagel noted that 56 golfers are now signed up for the Golf Classic on August 31. The event is now expected to raise upwards of $10,000.00. At least 8 volunteers are needed on the course, and three for registration. Go to to register for golf and/or the following dinner.
Speaker on August 26 (in-person): Kari Haug, Golf Course Designer.
With masks mandated for our in-person breakfast (when not eating or speaking to the group), a supply will be available at the meeting, free to attendees.
The Minnesota Department of Health requires that persons receiving a positive test result for COVID-19 notify their recent contacts. For our club, notify Secretary Bob Tholkes at