Gordon Backlund
Joining the FCH Rotary breakfast meetings on Zoom: open the link below and click on Open Zoom Meetings and follow the prompts.
January 5, 2022
Nine members on Zoom joined five (Gordon Backlund, Brad Gudim, and Bob Tholkes, who live nearby; and President Don Archibeque and Producer Kelli Bourgeois, who do not) defying this morning’s inclement weather. They heard a substitute speaker, member (and program coordinator) Backlund. The scheduled speaker, Samantha Markman, Anoka County Economic Development Director, informed Backlund yesterday that she had contracted COVID and could not deliver her talk. Backlund delivered a talk about a favorite personal topic, the Mississippi River: its creation in glacial times and features of its present navigation as engineered for commercial purposes.
The Rotary Operation Pollination group opened for 2022 at a Zoom meeting yesterday. Members Amada Simula, Bob Olsen, and Bob Tholkes joined coordinator Kristen Stuenkel. Wes Nujteren of Columbia Heights High School’s Blooming Heights garden program also attended. Simula reported on the city of Columbia Heights’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge Program’s plans, Nujteren on his plans to seek appropriate school projects for the spring and summer, and Olsen on issues in butterfly-raising here and in Florida. Simula last year joined the Rotary Operation Pollination Ambassadors program, which presently represents about 50 interested clubs in North America. Information about District 5960 club act[RT1] ivities will be sought. The group meets next via Zoom on Tuesday, Feb. 1. Contact Stuenkel at to receive the Zoom link if you have not previously attended.
Steve Klaers announced that the STRIVE group will visit Minneapolis College and Augsburg College, also of Minneapolis, on Wednesday, January 19. Rotarians are welcome to accompany the group. Contact Steve at 612-599-8103.
Casey Mahon of Elk River Rotary has notified us that the passenger cart we provided funds to help furnish to Magnus Veterans’ Foundation of Dayton, MN, will be presented on Wed., Feb. 12 at 4 pm; contributing clubs are invited to attend.
Rotary Intl. & TRF have issued the following position statement on vaccination. Read it at
Program on January 12: Mary Bunnell of the Ebenezer Society will provide an update on its plans for its new facility in Fridley.