Fridley and Columbia Heights Rotary not meeting at the Short Stop Grill today.
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May 6, 2020
Gordon Backlund: During this period of dealing with the pandemic let us remember the 4 Way Test and give us the guidance to use our time and talents to help others where we can.
Vern Hoium: Here is a thought by Winston Churchill that he made in l940 which is equally valid today.  "I see great reason for intense vigilance and exertion, but none what ever for panic and despair." 
Brian Weierke- On May 29 the FPD donated 16 bikes to Bikes 4 Kids on behalf of the Fridley/Columbia Heights Rotary Club.  The club purchases the bikes from the City of Fridley for $2.00 each. 
Amada Simula- I joined District 5960 for the Special Edition weekly eature, "Testing: the Key to Our Future" Sponsored by Blaine Ham Lake and Prior Lake Clubs. I learned about what is happening on the front line on COVID testing from Kate Johansen, Director of State Policy and Government Engagement for Mayo Clinic, and Dr. Tim Schacker, Vice Dean of Research at the Medical School - University of Minnesota. It was interesting and hopeful but also scary that we aren't able to do anything to halt the virus. Stay safe everyone. 
n.b. the announcements of District 5960 video features are emailed to all members.
Craig Malm- The MN Air National Guard will be conducting flyovers TODAY of MN hospitals as a tribute to medical professionals tomorrow.  Mercy, both Coon Rapids and Fridley campuses, will be flown over between 11:15-11:30am.
Greg Schraufnagel- Due to the challenges presented to us with the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have decided to reschedule our 2020 Rotary Golf Classic event.  The new date will be Monday, August 31, 2020.  Please reach out to those you know who have supported this event in the past and let them know about the new date.  I'll get revised email flyers out in the next few days.
The district Awards Team needs Rotarians to help determine which clubs should be the winners of our annual District Club Awards. This task is completed by email. It offers a glimpse into the activities of other clubs in our area. Contact Mitch Popple, District Awards Team Leader at ( if you will help. The process has been postponed until mid-May.
Mark your calendars for 20-26 June for an exciting opportunity to gather online with the family of Rotary for our first online convention. Now More Than Ever, Rotary Connects the World: The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention will join you with Rotary participants around the world during a time of unprecedented challenges. Together, we’ll still experience the spirit of Rotary, be inspired by innovation, celebrate our resilience, and explore how clubs are addressing COVID-19. Experience Rotary in action during our Flag Ceremony, witness the power of connection during our general sessions, learn new ways to engage with Rotary during our breakout sessions, find inspiration from our global speakers, and much more.
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.
The event website,, is up for the 2020 Classic is scheduled for Monday, August 31, at The Refuge Golf Club in Oak Grove, last year’s site.