March 4, 2020
Meeting Responsibilities March 11: Sergeant At Arms- Scott Lund. Invocation- Don Archibeque
17 members heard emergency speaker Luke Cardona, Marketing and Communications Manager for the City of Fridley, speak about the city's outreach effort using the POLCO online civic engagement platform, which sends out periodic brief surveys on specific topics to enrolling residents. Scheduled speaker Mark Skipper is currently hospitalized and may speak at a later date.
Member Craig Malm of Allina provided information and prevention recommendations on the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.
Amada Simula announced that HeightsNEXT hosts its latest Fixit Clinic for small appliances on Saturday, March 7, at Community United Methodist Church, 950 Gould Avenue, Columbia Heights, on Saturday, March 7, from 10 to 1.
Steve Klaers announced that Columbia Heights STRIVE students will work at Feed My Starving Children in Coon Rapids on Wednesday, March 25, leaving by bus at 9:00 a.m. from the high school and returning after lunch.
The club will have an entry at the Lee Carlson Center Chili Cook-off at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 6300 Earle Brown Dr., Brooklyn Center, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thanks to Mark & Liz Grotewold for cooking, and to Scott Lund, Bob Tholkes, Katie Johnson, Greg Schraufnagel, Tim Blank, and Craig Malm for serving.
Early-bird registration for the District 5960 Conference of Clubs closes on March 15. The conference will take place April 30-May 1 at the Mystic Lake Event Center, Prior Lake.
The board approved the purchase of a table for 10 at the Alexandra House Gala, to be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on March 28 at Leopold’s Mississippi Gardens, 9500 W River Rd, Minneapolis, MN 55444. Sign up for a place at the table for yourself and one guest by emailing Bob Tholkes at
The District 5960 Rotary Foundation Grants Management Seminars take place in Stillwater on Saturday, April 4, and in Rochester on Thursday, April 14. Our club needs at least one member to attend in order to pursue a district or global grant in 2020-21. See Bob Tholkes or Roy Goslin if you are interested.
Craig Malm announced that the Bikes for Kids bike giveaway will take place on Saturday, April 25 at Stevenson Elementary School, 6080 E. River Road in Fridley. It will serve as the next club service project, with volunteers responsible for helmet-fitting. 
2020-21 District Governor Ed Marek of the St. Paul Sunrise Club will be installed on Tuesday evening, June 23 at the Wilder Foundation, 451 Lexington Pkwy, St. Paul.
Golf Classic coordinator Greg Schraufnagel announced that the event website,, is up. The 2020 Classic is scheduled for Monday, July 20, at The Refuge Golf Club in Oak Grove, last year’s site.
Speaker March 11 – David Yorks, John F. Kennedy assassination historian, will present on the subject, “The Warren Commission Report: Fact or Fiction?”