FCH Rotary president Kim Hiel and Jouni Niemi
August 3, 2022
Joining the FCH Rotary breakfast meetings on Zoom:  open the link below, click on Open Zoom Meetings, and follow the prompts.
PROGRAM 17 members, prospective member Dr. Richard Garcia of Fridley, and guests Ed Hamernik of Fridley and Marcia Hamernik Oltrogge of Colorado Springs, CO heard 1980 Fridley Rotary foreign exchange student Jouni Niemi of Finland, visiting the club while in town for a professional conference, speak about his time as a foreign exchange student (the Hamerniks were one of his host families), the effect it had on his life, and about his family and his professional interests—he is a veterinarian and operates both clinics and a supply company. Mr. Niemi was presented with a club banner, and presented the club with a decorative textile.
Congrats to Dr. Richard Garcia, whose membership application has been approved by the club board. He will be inducted at the next meeting he is able to attend.
The FCH Operation Pollination Committee meets next on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 7:30 a.m. on Zoom. Contact organizer Kristen Stuenkel with any questions at The Zoom link is
The Columbia Heights Monarch Festival takes place on Wednesday, August 17. The club will have an informational table and will receive sponsor recognition.
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 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 10: New member Amy Paez will present her classification talk.