Victoria Rose Tholkes, Irondale High School Class of 2020 (see Happy Fine Announcement below)
Inaugurating a request for photos to use in place of the venerable "FCH Rotary not meeting at Shortstop Grill" photo!
April 29, 2020
Steve Klaers: COVID-19: A Prayer of Solidarity
For all who have contracted coronavirus, we pray for care and healing.
For those who are particularly vulnerable, we pray for safety and protection.
For all who experience fear or anxiety, we pray for peace of mind and spirit.
For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or
public safety, we pray for policies that recognize their plight.
For those who do not have adequate health insurance, we pray that no family will face
financial burdens alone.
For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status, we pray for
recognition of the God-given dignity of all.
For our brothers and sisters around the world, we pray for shared solidarity.
For public officials and decision-makers, we pray for wisdom and guidance.
Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all.
           Grant peace,
           Grant comfort.
           Grant healing,
           Be with us, Lord.
Vern Hoium: The biggest lie I tell myself is "I don't need to write that down, I'll remember."  
Bob Tholkes- Soldiering on despite the loss of a feature performance at the Roseville Figure Skating Club Ice Show, senior prom, a solo feature at the Irondale Symphonic Orchestra Spring Concert, and trips to Italy with the Irondale band and the Greater Twin Cities Youth symphony, a salute (one of several Happy Fine announcements these past few years) to my older granddaughter Tori.
Craig Malm- My son Eric Malm lives in Omaha working for NEHII (Nebraska Health Information Initiative) and they were asked to take over COVID reporting for the state of NE.  Eric was chosen to take the lead for NEHII, and will be working in Lincoln 3 days week with the Governor’s task force.
Mark Grotewold- I am happy that we signed a new listing today by Hamline University.
Amada Simula- I attended the weekly Friday Feature – The Rotary Foundation and Positive Peace with Kyle Haugen. I also attended the Saturday morning the Grants Management Seminar Training with Kyle Haugen and Margie Horning, and the Tuesday night Global Grant Workshop. This qualifies our club to move forward with signing an MOU and Addendum to the Mou for 2020-2021 Grant Applications. I attended these trainings to learn more about the process, not to write a grant. The deadline for grant applications is May 1.
n.b. the announcements of District 5960 Friday Features and other video events are emailed to all members.
From District 5960: Hello District Rotarians and Rotaractors! We are excited to present a special District event, "A Special Night of Connecting!" This will be held virtually through Zoom so everyone can participate. The date is May 1 and the night will feature two speakers that we had lined up to be our keynote speakers for the District Conference of Clubs. Rotary International General Secretary and CEO John Hewko will be our keynote speaker, and Rotary Geek Tiffany Ervin will be our special guest and opening speaker. Register in advance for this meeting: 
 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
The District 5960 Conference of Clubs scheduled for this weekend, April 30-May 1 at the Mystic Lake Event Center, Prior Lake, has been cancelled.
The district Awards Team needs Rotarians to help determine which clubs should be the winners of our annual District Club Awards. This task is completed by email. It offers a glimpse into the activities of other clubs in our area. Contact Mitch Popple, District Awards Team Leader at ( if you will help. The process has been postponed until mid-May.
2020-21 District Governor Ed Marek of the St. Paul Sunrise Club will be installed on Tuesday evening, June 23 at the Wilder Foundation, 451 Lexington Pkwy, St. Paul.
The event website,, is up for the 2020 Classic is scheduled for Monday, July 20, at The Refuge Golf Club in Oak Grove, last year’s site.