Don Archibeque, Fridley and Columbia Heights Rotary President for 2021-22.
Joining the FCH Rotary breakfast meetings on Zoom: open the link below and click on Open Zoom Meetings and follow the prompts.
July 7, 2021
18 members, including 4 on Zoom, and guest Nick Novitski, member of the City of Columbia Heights City Council and the Columbia Heights Lions Club, heard incoming President Don Archibeque preview the 2021-22 club year. Archibeque named the club board members set to serve for the year and set out his priorities for his presidential year, which include strengthening the club’s service to its members and to its service area and increasing our membership, currently at 33.
Golf Classic coordinator Greg Schraufnagel announced that all items (sponsors, golfers, diners, silent auction items) are still sought for the July 19 Golf Classic. The Refuge golf course in Oak Grove has been reserved. The event’s site is at Event home page - 2021 Fridley/Columbia Heights Rotary Golf Classic ( Classic info also now appears on the home page of the club website, The Director of SACA, Dave Rudolph, will be attending our golf banquet and will give a short talk. Presently, Greg expects that about 90 golfers will attend.
Gordon Backlund’s 2020-21 Paul Harris award (his 6th!) was omitted from last week’s list of recipients.
Members may sign up to deliver groceries for SACA on any Saturday in July at If you will be driving, provide your insurance card and driver’s license for SACA to copy for its records.
The club will provide an informational table at the Columbia Heights Centennial Celebration on July 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; members are needed to staff the table. Please contact Kelli Bourgeois if available at
The annual charter dinner takes place on Wednesday evening, August 25 at Banquets of Minnesota in Fridley. Cost is $32 per person for the meal and facility rental. For $17, attendees can purchase a bottle of wine from member Roy Goslin. Contact Scott at or phone 612-860-3235 to register.
Service project coordinator Mark Grotewold reminded that with the loosening of COVID restrictions other service projects can be planned. Please contact him with your ideas.
Club business cards with the club logo and contact information will be available at the meetings, and by request through the club email, Carry them around to give to prospective members!
Program on July 14: Corey Benson is the owner of Curbside Productions of Columbia Heights, an AV production company that handles all of the technology behind large events, such as conferences, trade shows, corporate functions, music festivals, and more. Over the years, events like these have needed to adapt to attract modern audiences. As such, Corey has become a subject matter expert in best practices for organizations like ours to accommodate and retain new members using technologies like Zoom, YouTube, and social media. He's also a great speaker and will present to our club on how his business was transformed by the pandemic, and also train us on some simple tools we can use to keep our membership engaged as well.