Brian Henneken
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October 18, 2023
14 members heard Brian Henneken, Director of Finance and Operations for Columbia Heights Public, Schools, describe the need for and scope of the request for an increase in the school district's Operating Levy to be voted on at the Nov. 7 referendum. The Operating Levy, he pointed out, was last increased in 2005, and that the district compares poorly in Operating Levy revenue with neighboring and similar districts in the metro area. Renewal of the existing Capital Projects levy is also on the referendum.
Steve Klaers announced STRIVE program fields trips both locally and to St. Cloud. The St. Cloud Field trip is scheduled for Thursday, January 11.
Kristen Stuenkel of the Operation Pollination committee announced that a grant has been obtained to provide a pollinator garden at Columbia Heights High School.
The Dictionary Project program will be delayed to early November.
The annual Charter Dinner social event on Wednesday, November 15 at Banquets of Minnesota in Fridley will again feature the Rotary District Governor. The DG for 2023-24 is Patricia McCleese of Rochester.
Bellringing for the Salvation Army! Wednesday Nov. 29, Wednesday Dec. 6, Wednesday Dec. 13 4-7 p.m. at Sam's Club, 8150 University Avenue, Fridley. Sign up for 90-minute shifts with Gordon Backlund at 612-296-0375!
The Operation Pollination program for 2023 has been concluded, and will resume meeting in early 2024.
Additional mentors for Fridley STRIVE students are sought, and potential mentors next year at Columbia Heights High School are encouraged to sign up early. Contact Steve Klaers at 612-599-8103.
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UPCOMING PROGRAMS: Oct. 25- Peggy Strom, The Rotary Foundation; November 1- Stephen Keeler, Club Business Session; November 8- Ryan George, Classification talk. November 15- because of the Charter Dinner, the breakfast meeting is cancelled. November 22- because of Thanksgiving, the breakfast meeting is cancelled.