Justin Navratil
Joining the FCH Rotary breakfast meetings on Zoom: open the link below and click on Open Zoom Meetings and follow the prompts.
December 29, 2021
17 members, including 6 on Zoom, and Zoom guest Mike Neeley of New Brighton-Mounds View Rotary (minus a few early departees) heard Justin Navratil, Public Health professional at Anoka County, provide an update on the effects in the county of the COVID pandemic. COVID has caused 660 deaths in the county since its beginning in March 2020, including 21 in the past month, and a total of 70,000 cases. Notable outbreaks have been among residents in congregate living and health care workers. The heaviest spike was during the 2020 holiday season, with another during the current holiday season. Emphasizing that vaccination and masks are still the best preventatives, Navratil noted that the county’s vaccination rate has reached 70.5%, and continues to increase. The county in providing vaccinations seeks to fill availability gaps through service to schools. The county’s online COVID dashboard is updated weekly.
A Shortstop call-in tech support rep was on hand before the meeting to investigate the recent problem with accessing the Zoom website; naturally, the problem didn’t occur.
Scott Lund noted the Fridley Lions “Winter Warm Up” fundraiser on Feb. 25 at Banquets of Minnesota. Contact Scott at (612) 860-3235 for tickets.
The calendar year-end donation of the monies in the fine can to Polio Plus amounted to $329.00. Thanks to all who contribute. 
The Operation Pollination  group resumes meeting on Zoom on Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 7:30 a.m. Members wishing to participate for the first time should contact Stuenkel at to receive the link.
Treasurer Greg Schraufnagel reminded that club account payments can be made with credit card by phoning him at 612-242-4748.
Rotary Youth Exchange: a member is needed to become Youth Exchange Officer. The board has voted to participate in the program, which expects to resume for the 2022-23 Rotary year. Recruitment of host families must be accomplished during the current school year. Contact Bob Tholkes at 763-913-4453 if interested.
Program on January 5: Samantha Markman, Anoka County Eceonomic Development Director, will provide an update.