July 28, 2021
Erik Johnston and Past President Kelli Bourgeois
Joining the FCH Rotary breakfast meetings on Zoom: open the link below and click on Open Zoom Meetings and follow the prompts.
21 members, including 3 on Zoom, heard newest member Erik Johnston, captain in the Columbia Heights Police Department, deliver his classification talk, including his biographical, family, educational, and career backgrounds. Erik is in his 20th year at CHPD, having advanced from patrol officer to the captaincy, after switching fields from computer science in 2000. Additional certifications obtained in his profession have also led to an adjunct professorship teaching law enforcement at Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis. He expects that his Rotary membership will increase his opportunities to engage with community members and leaders and to provide community service.
Rotary apparel was awarded under club board policy to four members volunteering in the club’s participation in the Columbia Heights Centennial community event on July 17: Kelli Bourgeois, Josh Callahan, Vern Hoium, and Bob Olsen.
Social Committee Scott Lund announced that sign-ups for the charter dinner (see below) have reached 36, close to the goal of 40.
Social Committee Craig Malm reminded of the club’s goal of increasing membership, and 2021-22 president Don Archibeque announced that his presidential project will be a campaign to enroll in Rotary business owners in our service area.
The club board will meet at Fridley City Hall after next week's breakfast.
Members may sign up to deliver groceries for SACA on any Saturday at If you will be driving, provide your insurance card and driver’s license for SACA to copy for its records.
The annual charter dinner takes place on Wednesday evening, August 25 at Banquets of Minnesota in Fridley. Cost is $32 per person for the meal and facility rental. For $17, attendees can purchase a bottle of wine from member Roy Goslin. Contact Scott at or phone 612-860-3235 to register.
Service project coordinator Mark Grotewold reminded that with the loosening of COVID restrictions other service projects can be planned. Please contact him 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!
Program on August 4: Honorary member Joe Lapinski will provide a reappraisal of the controversial life of American Declaration of Independence author and Mount Rushmore honoree Thomas Jefferson of Virginia.