Kim Hiel and Richard Garcia
Joining the FCH Rotary breakfast meetings on Zoom:  open the link below, click on Open Zoom Meetings, and follow the prompts.
Kim Hiel and Fred Bischke
August 17, 2022
20 members, including two on Zoom, heard Mary Anne Rishebarger (also on Zoom) of the Monarch Sister Schools Program describe the program’s process and growth, and discuss the famous insect’s remarkable annual migration and 3-stage (egg, caterpillar, chrysalis) life cycle.
ANNOUNCEMENTS President Kim Hiel awarded longtime member Fred Bischke his Rotary Foundation Three Rubies Paul Harris Award pin. The Three Rubies pin indicates donations to the Foundation totaling at least $9,000.00! Congrats (and thanks) Fred.
Hiel and Gordon Backlund inducted new member Richard Garcia.
Members Bob Olsen, Kristen Stuenkel, and Bob Tholkes staffed an informational table at the Columbia Heights Monarch Festival on Wednesday evening, with Bob O.’s exhibit of monarchs, chrysalises, caterpillars, and eggs attracting a lot of attention.
All members in Rotary District 5960 are invited to attend an All Club Luncheon at which 2023-24 Rotary International President Gordon McInally and Rotary Foundation Trustee Greg Podd will speak in person. The luncheon will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel at the Mall of America on Friday, September 16 from noon to 2 p.m. Register at:
REMINDERS Response not having been as hoped, the monthly lunch meeting planned for August 24 at The Refuge will revert to breakfast at Shortstop. Thanks to those who participated in the lunches on May 25 and June 29.
Columbia Heights Public School invites FCH Rotary members to attend the annual “Scaling the Heights” new staff orientation on Wednesday, August 24, from 9:15-9:45 Hylander Center. Contact FCH Rotary Secretary Bob Tholkes at if you expect to attend.
Rotarians may volunteer at the Rotary donut booth at the Minnesota State Fair on September 3, 2022. To volunteer please go to:  
The Pollination Committee next meets on Tuesday, Sep. 13, at 7:30 a.m. on Zoom. Contact organizer Kristen Stuenkel with any questions at The Zoom link is
The annual Charter Dinner is scheduled for Wednesday, November 2, at Banquets of Minnesota in Fridley, and will feature Rotary District 5960 Governor Dayna Quigley.
The Fridley Public Safety Department requests that FCH Rotary assist in spreading the word about this fall’s Public Safety Citizens’ Academy. Further information at
Speaker on August 24: Pam Powell of the non-profit Moms Haven of Hope describes the organization’s mission.