January 4, 2023
Joining the FCH Rotary breakfast meetings on Zoom:  open the link below, click on Open Zoom Meetings, and follow the prompts.
Breakfast was not held today, Wednesday, January 4, due to the winter storm, during which uncounted snowflakes fell, and had to be picked up again.
The speaker, David Van Wagner of Humana, has been rescheduled to May 10.
UPCOMING PROGRAMS: Speaker on January 11: Betsy Hoium, daughter of member Vern Hoium, will speak about the trials and rewards of her position as a hospital chaplain. Speaker on Jan. 18: Former STRIVE student Wendy Tocachi will recount her STRIVE success story.
The Pollination Committee met on Tuesday, January 3 at 7:30 a.m. on Zoom, with Amada Márquez Simula, Mike Oakley, and Bob Tholkes joining host Kristen Stuenkel, Wes Nugteren of Columbia Heights High School’s Blooming Heights program and Stephanie of the Greater Mankato Rotary Eco Club. Stephanie summarized her club’s activities, including a district grant obtained for starting a pollinator garden. Márquez Simula updated the group on the ongoing Mississippi Watershed Management Organization grant process undertaken by HeightsNEXT Community Foundation with the club’s support.
Rotary District’s annual free midterm event takes place January 7. See for details.
The next Fridley High School STRIVE mentors meeting will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 11:30. Contact Klaers at 612-599-8103 if planning to attend. Additional mentors for Fridley STRIVE students are sought, and potential mentors next year at Columbia Heights High School are encouraged to attend.
The Pollination Committee will meet next on Tuesday, February 7 at 7:30 a.m. on Zoom. The Zoom link is Contact organizer Kristen Stuenkel with any questions at
Social Committee Scott Lunds is planning a limited-capacity mystery event for April or May.
Save The Date: the annual district 5960 conference is scheduled for April 29, 2023, a joint conference with District 5950 at Madden’s Golf Resort on Gull Lake in Brainerd.
Rotary International produces podcasts on various subjects, available at