Predatory Remodeling
Joining the FCH Rotary breakfast meetings on Zoom: open the link below and click on Open Zoom Meetings and follow the prompts.
With masks mandated for our in-person breakfast (when not eating or speaking to the group), a supply is available at the meeting, free to attendees.
April 28, 2021
19 members, including 9 on Zoom, heard member Frost Simula explain the problem of predatory remodeling by house flippers, which is the remodeling of houses to inflate their value by hiding code and safety issues. His expertise on the subject was painfully and expensively acquired by spending thousands of DIY hours and paying a six-figure expense for materials (almost equaling the amount of the purchase price) to repair plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and structural problems in the house he purchased in Columbia Heights in 2013, after learning that he had no other recourse.
The presentation left no time for the many questions that doubtless arose for his hearers. Contact him at if you heard the presentation and had no opportunity to follow up.
Kristen Stuenkel announced that the next meeting in regards to collaboration with Operation Pollination will be held via Zoom at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 11. Join the Zoom meeting at An updated presentation to the club on progress is scheduled for August.
Bob Tholkes announced that the prospective Global Grant project with Club Rotario Ensenada Calafia in Ensenada, Mexico would concern supplementary educational and vocational training for youth in a disadvantaged section of that city. Preparation of a proposal meeting grant requirements by the May 21 deadline is in progress.
Greg Schraufnagel thanked member Lois McCarron for her services over the past several years to the success of the Golf Classic fundraiser, announced that last year’s change to a noon tee time would be repeated, and urged every member to contribute by contacting potential sponsors, golfers, and dinner attendees, by working at the event, and making silent-auction contributions. The Refuge golf course has been reserved for July 19. The event’s site is at
The final STRIVE tour for the year, to Hennepin Technical College, will take place from 11:30 – noon today, Wednesday, April 28. Join the Zoom meeting at
Members may sign up to deliver groceries for SACA on any Saturday in April at If you will be driving, provide your insurance card and driver’s license for SACA to copy for its records.
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.
The club has purchased a foursome at SACA’s Charity Golf Tournament on Friday, June 11, at Fox Hollow Golf Club in St. Michael. The club invites members to enter a drawing for places in the foursome. The fee to be charged for entering the drawing will also be donated to SACA. Further info:
As more Minnesotans are vaccinated yet practice pandemic safety, District 5960 is planning an OUTDOOR, FAMILY-FRIENDLY Conference of Clubs on Saturday, June 5th, 10am - 2pm at the Rotary Pavilion  in Levee Park in Hastings. Register at: President-Elect Don Archibeque has been invited to collaborate on an environment-themed event for the conference with the neighboring Blaine-Ham Lake and Arden Hills-Shoreview Rotary clubs.
Speaker on May 5: State Senator Mary Kunesh will present on the topic “Murdered and Missing Native American Women.”