Dave Ostwald
February 21 - February 28, 2024
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Joining the FCH Rotary breakfast meetings on Zoom (request by the previous Monday at  open the link below, click on Open Zoom Meetings, and follow the prompts.
February 21- (Thanks Erik Johnston!) 14 members, and guest Pastor Cassie, listened to long time Fridley resident Dave Ostwald discuss the Fridley Lions program. Ostwald, a Lion member since 2017, and midway through his year term as president, recounted the purpose of the club embodied by the motto, “We Serve.” Ostwald discussed the many ways in which the Lion’s club supports the community, mainly through distribution of proceeds from their charitable gambling operations, as well as conducting various community activities. Ostwald reported over $4 million in community giving since 2009 and over $5 million since they began their charitable gambling program. Recipients of the funds include county programs, food shelves, seniors, with area schools being their largest recipients of around 44% of their donations. He mentioned their upcoming fundraiser the Winter Warm-up to be held this Friday evening. 
February 28 (Thanks Gordon Backlund!) 10 members and guests Heather Tuttle and Stephen Ward of Prodeo Academy in Columbia Heights and Columbia Heights High School STRIVE coordinator Scott Roehm with students Leslie, Solvel, and Mattie, heard former member and CPA Jere Caputa speak about changes to federal and state tax codes for taxes due April 15, 2024. Tuttle and Ward described the Academy’s recent field trip to a concert for music education and received the club’s donation of $525.00 through the Healthy Youth Foundation in support.
STRIVE students will visit Anoka Tech on Wednesday, April 3 at 10 AM. and Hennepin Tech on Tuesday, May 7 @ 10 am, followed by lunch and a 1 hr visit to the adjacent Police Academy. Contact Steve Klaers at 612-599-8103 about accompanying the students.
The next Operation Pollination virtual meeting is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 7. Use Zoom reference
The next club board meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m., Wednesday, April 3, at Fridley Community Center. All members are welcome.
The 11th annual Golf Classic, the primary club fundraiser, is set for Monday, July 15, at the Refuge Golf Course in Oak Grove.
The 2029 Rotary International convention will be held in Minneapolis. It will be organized cooperatively by Districts 5580/5950,5960, and 6250.
Additional mentors for Fridley STRIVE students are sought. Contact Steve Klaers at 612-599-8103. 
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UPCOMING PROGRAMS: March 6- member Greg Schraufnagel, a financial advisor, will provide an update on changes to the Secure Act. March 13- New member Kevin Kaliher will present his classification talk. March 20- Jim Hunt of White Bear Rotary will describe District 5960’s international LIFT program.