Aaron Chirpich
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September 27, 2023
16 members and guest Jim Cummings, coordinator of the STRIVE program at Fridley High School, heard Aaron Chirpich of the City of Columbia Heights provide an update of Community Development activities, including photos of the new City Hall opened this summer, the concept plan for the 13-acre site on Central Avenue for which mixed-use development is under way, and the 13-acre site on 53rd Avenue adjoining Sullivan Lake, on which redevelopment is planned for later in the decade.
Invoices for the account billing for the quarter ending September 30 were emailed yesterday.
Secretary Bob Tholkes announced that the new HYF Birthday Club has enrolled 13 members.
Coon Rapids Rotary invites members to participate in its Rapids Sampler 23 Oktoberfest fundraiser on Thursday October 5 from 6 to 9 pm. see for further info.
District 5960 Rotarians are invited to participate today from 5:30 to 8 pm at Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis in a get-together with RI's Convention Site Selection Team. Minneapolis has applied to host the 2029 RI convention.
District 5960's 2023-24 One Summit sessions(focused discussions on Membership, Public Image, and the Rotary Foundation) are scheduled for Roseville (September 28) and Stillwater (October 5). Register at ONE SUMMIT District 5960 (
The club board meets next on Wednesday, October 4, at 9 a.m. at Fridley Community Center.
Fridley High School STRIVE mentor meetings will begin on Thursday, October 5 at the high school at 9 a.m. Contact Steve Klaers at 612-599-8103 about attending.
The District 5960 Conference of Clubs takes place on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13-14 at St. Olaf College in Northfield.
The Dictionary Project program will be delayed to late October.
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.
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: October 4- Kathleen O'Donnell, Director of the Minnesota Multiple Sclerosis Society; October 11- Jenn Thomas, Stories Foundation; Oct. 18- member Kristen Stuenkel, Columbia Heights Public Schools referendum; Oct. 25- Peggy Strom, The Rotary Foundation; November 1- Stephen Keeler, Club Business Session. November 8- Ryan George, Classification talk.