Swing for STRIVE: Golf Event July 21

IMG_0730This year’s Swing for STRIVE was a great day of golf, event contests, give-aways, prizes, silent auction, and dinner.

On Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Majestic Oaks Golf Club in Ham Lake 100 people enjoyed the sunshine and camaraderie and raising funds for STRIVE students.

Thanks to our host and sponIMG_0726sors for a great event.Majestic Oaks

The Fridley-Columbia Heights Rotary STRIVE program motivates eligible seniors to discover their own strengths and talents so as to increase their personal and academic achievement. STRIVE challenges these students to improve their work, gain self-confidence and discover the satisfaction of achievement. It is a scholarship program that recognizes and rewards students in the lower range of class standing who show the greatest improvement in grades in their senior year.

A week of Rotarians Providing Service!

This has been a wonderful week of service for the Fridley-Columbia Heights Rotary Club. On Wednesday we volunteered to sort donated food and label jars of peas (!) at the Southern Anoka Community Assistance (SACA) program http://www.sacafoodshelf.org  . This organization provides food, clothing and resources for community members. Then on Friday we participated in the 2nd Annual Chili Cook-off for Bridgeview at Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health http://www.leecarlsoncenter.org . It was so much fun sampling chili, meeting new friends, identifying potential speakers for upcoming Rotary meetings, and visiting with Anoka Rotary Club who had a table next to us! Fridley-Columbia Heights Rotarians also volunteered with Student Art Show at Banfill-Locke Art Center http://www.banfill-locke.org   which our club sponsored. Members helped to hang student art work and provided hospitality at the weekend reception for participating students and their families. Rotarians motto is “service above self” and this was a great week to live that motto!

Transfer of President Role

At the July 6 meeting at Shortstop in Fridley, Outgoing President Bob Tholkes passed the gavel to the 2016-17 President Kristen Stuenkel.  Bob served the club with great leadership and a special knack for making our visiting Rotary Exchange student Carlos welcome. The club looks forward to a productive year with Kristen at the helm.

The club also recognized Gordy Backlund for his many years of serving as Secretary of the club and the numerous Rotemporary issues he has penned.  With this new year of Rotary, his role will change, but he will remain an important keeper of the history and will also continue to serve on the board.

2 Mile Fridley 49er Days Run For Fun

Join us for the annual 2 Mile Family Fun Run on the parade route, immediately preceding the Fridley 49er Days parade.

Date: Thursday, June 16, 2016
Time: Registration starts at 5:30 pm
Race starts at 6:25 pm
Location: On the Fridley 49er Days parade route immediately preceding the parade.
Registration: Registration at St. Philips Church, 6180 Hwy. 65, Fridley
Runners under age 18 require signed parent’s permission.
There is no pre-registration.
Cost: Still just $10 per person; $7 for additional family members
T-Shirts: Included for the first 80 registrants
Trophies: Trophies for the winner in each class

More Information: Contact Bob Olsen 651-338-8253 or Email
or Fred Bischke 763-571-2248.

Download the FunRun Flyer 2016

Race Results will be posted here after the race.

Be sure to check out all the other Fridley 49er Days Events

This Fun Run and other community activities are generously supported by:

Z Wines USA
The Landmark of Fridley
Steven A. Miller Agency LLC
Norma Jean’s Tax + Accounting
RAO Manufacturing Company
The Grotewold Real Estate Team
Allina Health

Join us Wednesday Mornings

We’d love to have you as a guest of the Fridley Columbia Heights Rotary Club.  We meet at at 7:30 am on Wednesdays for breakfast, camaraderie, and a chance to hear from an interesting individual doing good work in our community.  Our location changes as we seek a perfect spot for our group, so see the sidebar or contact our President Kristen to confirm our meeting spot for the week. Come check us out and see if this is the Rotary Club for you.rotary photo