Katie Shatusky, Thumbs Up Mental Health
Joining the FCH Rotary breakfast meetings on Zoom: open the link below and click on Open Zoom Meetings and follow the prompts.
December 1, 2021
13 members and guests Jim Cummings, STRIVE coordinator at Fridley High School, and Fridley STRIVE students Nya Walker and Olivia Curtis heard Katie Shutarsky, director of ThumbsUp, a non-profit mental health services organization, describe its work. Thumbs Up, founded by Shutarsky in 2014, focuses its services on educating about and raising awareness of the mental health issues underlying the increasing problem of suicide among both adolescents and adults. Several of its programs focus on adolescents by offering support through area schools, while others reach out to the families of suicides. 
After initial success in accessing our Zoom connection through a hotspot after Shortstop’s wifi failed to connect, the hotspot was lost, so that most of the meeting was inaccessible. The problem will be reported to Shortstop.
At its scheduled meeting after the breakfast, the club board approved four donation requests:
Fridley Schools Foundation Black & Gold Gala: $400 (through the Healthy Youth Foundation)
Alexandra House Hope Gala: $500
Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Club District Grant water project in El Corozo, Nicaragua: $250
Thumbs Up Mental Health Services: $500 (through the Healthy Youth Foundation)
Bellringing at Sam’s Club in Fridley for the Salvation Army will take place today and on Dec. 8 and 15. Bellringing slots at present are filled, but members are welcome to add themselves to the service. Contact Gordon Backlund if interested at 763-574-0369.
STRIVE students will visit area technical colleges on Friday, December 3. Contact Steve Klaers at 612-599-8103 if you can accompany the group.
Rotary Youth Exchange: a member is needed to become Youth Exchange Officer. The board has voted to participate in the program, which expects to resume for the 2022-23 Rotary year. Recruitment of host families must be accomplished during the current school year. Contact Bob Tholkes 763-913-4453 if interested.
Program on December 8: member Norma Jean Falink is scheduled to lead a program on the work of the Rotary Foundation.