Future Rotarian Emery Oakley
May 1, 2024
Stephen Keeler and Ron Steiner
Breakfast meetings are 7:30-8:30 at Shortstop Bar & Grill, 1298 E Moore Lake Dr, Fridley. Drop in! Guests Welcome!
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16 members heard club president Stephen Keeler provide information on four current club topics: the district grant proposal, ‘English Instruction for New Immigrants’, for funding of additional classroom instruction for new immigrants through the Adult Learning Center in Columbia Heights; the July 15 Golf Classic fundraiser; suggestions for amending the annual fall literacy program, the Dictionary Project; and plans for the annual Rotary Fun Run at Fridley’s 49er Days town festival. Volunteers to participate in any of these current efforts are welcome—send an email to or text Keeler at
Keeler and Gordon Backlund inducted new member Ron Steiner, manager of Magnifi Credit Union in Columbia Heights, the club’s banking partner.
Mike and Lindsey Oakley welcomed Emery Oakley into the world on April 27. Congratulations Mike and Lindsey!
A shout-out to the Fridley Lions Club, which has stepped up as a Hole-In-One sponsor for the Golf Classic at the $5000.00 level. The Lions donation will benefit the club’s STRIVE program through the Healthy Youth Foundation.
The District 5960 2023-24 Celebration of Clubs gathering is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, in Hudson, WI. Register at
The next Operation Pollination virtual meeting is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7. Use Zoom reference
STRIVE students will visit Hennepin Tech on Tuesday, May 7 @ 10 am, followed by lunch and a 1 hr visit to the adjacent Law Enforcement Academy.  Contact Steve Klaers at 612-599-8103 about accompanying the students.
The club is offered a chance for a service activity to let us literally get our hands dirty: garden prep at the Columbia Heights High School Pollinator Garden, accompanying students in raking mulch out of the beds and adding fresh compost, on Monday, May 13, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. The school is located at 1400 49 Ave NE.
The next club board meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5, at Fridley Community Center. All members are welcome.
The annual Rotary Fun Run at Fridley’s 49er Days town festival takes place on Thursday, June 13.
Installation of the 2024-25 District Governor, Ed Boeve of Stillwater Sunrise Rotary, will take place on Saturday, June 29, at 5:00 p.m. at Rustic Roots Winery in Scandia. Register at
The 11th annual Golf Classic, the primary club fundraiser, is set for Monday, July 15, at the Refuge Golf Course in Oak Grove.
The Operation Pollination committee plans to participate in the Columbia Heights Monarch Festival on Thursday, August 8.
Rotary International announced that the 2029 RI convention will be held in Minneapolis. It will be organized cooperatively by Districts 5580/5950,5960, and 6250.
Additional mentors for Fridley STRIVE students are sought. Contact Steve Klaers at 612-599-8103. 
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UPCOMING PROGRAMS: May 8- The Operation Pollination Committee will present information and an update on its 2024 activities. May 15- new member Kevin Kalihers will present his classification talk. May 22- Jill Chisholm and Norma Jorgensen of Be Safe Gun Safety provide an informational talk.