Greg Schraufnagel
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March 6, 2024
11 members and guests Jim Cummings, STRIVE program coordinator at Fridley High School and Fridley STRIVE students Robbie and Rafael heard member Greg Schraufnagel, a financial advisor at Thrivent Corporation, review upcoming changes to the federal SECURE Act of 2019 and the changes potentially resulting from the sunset in 2026 of the consumer tax features of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Both require taxpayers to plan for changes to investment strategies, deductions, and tax brackets.
The Operation Pollination (Rotary International’s program to encourage pollination worldwide) committee met virtually on Tuesday, March 5, with Columbia Heights High School Blooming Heights garden program director Melissa Trent joining members Amáda Márquez Simula, Mike Oakley, Kristen Stuenkel (coordinator), and Bob Tholkes. Plans for the 2024 gardening seasons include a program about Operation Pollination at the Rotary breakfast of May 8 and cooperation with Columbia Heights partners for service activities, a picnic, and the annual Monarch Festival. Supporting funding and member participation will be sought from the club.
The next Operation Pollination virtual meeting is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2. 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.
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 Law Enforcement Academy.
The 11th annual Golf Classic, the primary club fundraiser, is set for Monday, July 15, at the Refuge Golf Course in Oak Grove.
Rotary International announced that the 2029 RI 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 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. March 27- Handlers from Sustainable Safaris will bring animals from its facility and describe its program.