Kensington Runestone
Joining the weekly breakfast meetings on Zoom: open the link below and click on Open Zoom Meetings and follow the prompts.
 Meeting ID: 553 980 9296
Password: 489641
With masks mandated for our in-person breakfast (when not eating or speaking to the group), a supply will be available at the meeting, free to attendees.
The Minnesota Department of Health requires that persons receiving a positive test result for COVID-19 notify their recent contacts. For our club, notify Secretary Bob Tholkes at
September 9, 2020
20 members, including 7 Zoomers, heard forensic geologist and author Scott F. Wolter explain his research and conclusions about the Kensington Runestone, notoriously disputed as evidence of Viking penetration in the 14th century into what is now Minnesota since it was dug up near Alexandria in 1898. A believer that it is genuine, Wolter explains its presence and inscribed message in the context of the medieval Knights Templar and Freemasonry.
President Kelli Bourgeois welcomed and inducted new member Ed Higgins of Columbia Heights.
Mark Grotewold announced that the next date for distribution of groceries for SACA is Saturday, September 19. A signup sheet is available at:
Golf Classic summary: Devoted this year to COVID relief,  72 golfers helped raise over $12,000.00 for SteppingStone Emergency Shelter, Hope 4 Youth, and SACA, enjoying sunny, mid-70s weather at The Refuge Golf Club on August 31. Major sponsors were Gold Star Mortgage Financial Group, RAO Manufacturing, Marsh & McLennan Agency, Financial One Credit Union, and the Fridley Lions Club. Thanks to Greg Schraufnagel for again ably heading up the event, and to all volunteers.
The club board approved purchase of a laptop to use at the breakfasts, and contributions to Columbia Heights's centennial celebration in 2021.
District Governor Ed Marek of St. Paul is not available to attend next week's breakfast as scheduled. The club instead will welcome new member Ed Higgins by introducing ourselves individually and remarking on why we are Rotarians.
Scott Lund reminded that the Charter Dinner will be held on the evening of November 4 at Banquets of Minnesota in Fridley. Cost is $36.50 per person. Save the date!