November 24, 2021
   Henry Charles Smith
Joining the FCH Rotary breakfast meetings on Zoom: open the link below and click on Open Zoom Meetings and follow the prompts.
No meeting today due to Thanksgiving…see photo above.
A musical service celebrating the long life and career in music of Henry Charles Smith, spouse of member Norma Jean Falink, was held on Monday, November 22, at Colonial Church of Edina. The service mixed classical selections, including Smith's own recordings with the eulogies of several family members and colleagues, and concluded with celebratory popular pieces. Smith in previous years attended club social events. The service was streamed at
The club board voted in October to provide a memorial, which, at Norma Jean’s suggestion was a contribution to Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, which Smith helped found.
Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS) acknowledged our memorial contribution by letter as “a thoughtful way to honor Henry’s life and his dedication to GTCYS.”
Mark and Liz Grotewold, Steve and Vicki Klaers, and Bob and Mary Tholkes attended the service.
The club board meets next on Dec. 1 at 9:00 a.m. at Fridley City Hall. All members are welcome to attend.
Bellringing at Sam’s Club in Fridley for the Salvation Army will take place on Dec. 1, 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.
Speaker on December 1: Katy Shutasky of the Thumbs Up Mental Health Foundation will describe the Foundation’s work.