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Newsletter – February 6, 2018

Pledge by Danny Curtola

Invocation by Steve Turner

Visitors/Guests: Judy Payne, Sacramento Rotary; Lilly Tonkin and guest, Ray Collison.

Bell Ringers: Patrick paid the remaining $90 for an Eagles Super Bowl win! Carolyn Ewing wanted to donate blood but Blood Source wouldn’t let her so she wanted to donate to them, but Randy said donate it to our Rotary Foundation instead and then he donated $100 more on her behalf! Christine wanted to donate blood but couldn’t because she was sick so her boyfriend donated on her behalf and Randy gave the foundation another $100 in his honor. Prez Mike became a Bell Ringer in honor of his father and told about the Celebration of Life family and friends celebrat- ed this weekend. Mike and his brother differed on the vessel for his remains, a pewter urn or a Coleman cooler—the Urn won out but most attendees thought the cooler would have been more appropriate for his dad who loved to camp!

Happy Bucks: Cathy Skeen gave Happy Bucks because her daughter just closed on her new home; Danny Cortola gave “shame” bucks for being gone so much and was very sad he didn’t get a standing ovation when he came in; Rob Ford gave Happy Bucks as a life –long Eagles fan; Carolyn Lewis gave happy Bucks for several reasons, she’s been Fostering a Dalmatian/Pitt Bull mix and just received 2 English Lab puppies and is so happy, also she gave Happy Bucks because Linda Bigler got Fairy Tale Town to join their fast pitch softball team. Randy announced that he gave blood too so he gave Happy Bucks along with his $200 to the foundation. He also challenged Joel that he would donate $120 for “elf” blood. Earl Heverly announced that he donated Plasma, so Randy gave another $100 to the foundation. Big day, Randy—thank you! Tommy Goode announced he spent time at a Super Bowl Party at the former CEO of Apple (who was fired by Steve Jobs.) Tom says the house was amazing and the food over the top! John Gabriel gave Happy Bucks for both his birthday (2-3-45) and anniversary coming up this week—#48! Paul King gave Happy Bucks to honor all the Bell Ringers in the club while noting how important those funds are to the club. Les gave Happy Bucks because he got to go to the Kings vs Warriors game and hang out with his brother! Linda Bigler gave “Sad” Bucks because there’s no snow!

Les reminded us that February 24th is Charter Night at the Del Paseo Country Club. Les says it will be an amazing evening and everyone should come.

Tickets for the All In Poker Tournament are available February 1st. Each Rotarian is asked to sell at least 5 tickets. Remember, the event is at Mercedes of Rocklin and it will be on March 10th. Anne Marie Schubert and Scott Jones are already committed to attend.

Next Board Meeting is February 7th at 5pm at Howe Park.

District Conference is May 11-13 at they Hyatt at Lake Tahoe (Incline). Mike would like to see Arden Arcade have a presence there.

Bill Hambrick announced all four schools dictionaries have been delivered and thanked the sev- eral people who made that happen. Bill was stunned when a 3rd grader named Charles asked him if he was Tim, and Bill replied, no, but I’m smarter than Tim. Charles replied, “you can’t just proclaim that you’re smarter.” Cathy Skeen also said when she was at one of the handouts she said to a student “That’s the President,” when Mike was coming in and the student got very excited and said, “That’s the President?!”

Mike told everyone to report their volunteer hours to Tom Goode. He has everyone for the Laurel Ruff Party as long as you checked in. Things like being President and attending Board Meetings and writing the Newsletter don’t count—these are “service hours.”

The Spring Community Grants are open—there is an online application.

The Golf Tournament is on June 18 at Del Paseo—more info to come after the Poker Tourna- ment. We are partnering with the Crisis Nursery and Big Brothers & Big Sisters.

Tom Goode attended Pre-Pets this weekend and now will give us a sneak peek on the 20th when he subs for Prez Mike.

Dr. Bill Wittich is our speaker today on “Travel like a Pro.” He says what you don’t know can hurt you. The key to being successful is to know you are responsible for everything you do. He doesn’t want to pay full price for any plane, hotel, or car rental and has learned the tricks to avoid doing this.

Currently there are only 4 major airlines in the US: American, United, Delta and Southwest. The reginal carriers that take you on the short hops that look like these airlines really have nothing to do with them—they are contracted by the airline, their pilots are not experienced as the major airline ones and they do not work for the major airline. 47% of flights are by these re- ginal carriers. On these airlines you can encounter added fees like checking a bag, making a reservation on the phone, changing a reservation, cancelling a reservation, getting a seat as- signment, getting on board sooner, getting extra leg room. Bill says ALWAYS buy your ticket at least 21 days in advance, after 3pm on a Tuesday. The airlines start unloading unsold tickets Tuesday afternoon so you get the best price.

Most experienced flyers never fly on a Friday morning or Sunday afternoon, try to fly on Tues- day, Wednesday or Saturday to avoid the business travelers. Avoid peak travel times:6, 7, 8am and 4,5,6pm. Non-stop flights are more expensive than ones with connections. Check the small print before you cancel a flight because the times have changed. No it’s 24 hours ahead to change or cancel a flight. Avoid a “Direct” flight—it may have several stops but you won’t change planes. Avoid connecting flights if you can but they’ll be less expensive. Always have at least 2 hours to connect. (airline’s legal limit is 20 minutes.) For International Flight allow even more –4 hours. Avoid the last flight of the day—it is the one that gets cancelled the most. Check alternate airports to save money, John Wayne instead of LAX. Select the best seats –

Use the APP—Seatguru, to help locate the best seat. It gives you clues like half of the exit row seats do not recline and the last row on the plane doesn’t recline. Avoid the back of the plane where people stand for the restroom. When flying alone always pick an isle seat—when fly- ing with a spouse chose an isle and window—most often the middle seat will not be booked. Near the front saves time deplaning. Check your seat assignment and flight number every week before a flight in case they change planes. They will move you but you can change where they put you if you keep checking. 72 hours before a flight they will upgrade high level flyers so you might be able to move to a better seat they vacated. You can always check at the gate for a different seat too.

The reasons to use an airline credit card: no bag fee, board early, discount on airline food, discount on airline club, fee waived for first year. Award miles are now based on the price you pay not the miles traveled.

TSA—never line up behind families or older people, line up behind business people who know what they are doing. NEW: The name on your ticket must match the name on your ID. Also, the spelling must be the same on the ID and ticket. TSA Precheck is definitely worth it— $85 for 5 years—most say they waited less than 5 minutes. Program the Customer Service number for your airline into your phone so that if a cancellation is announced you can get right to customer service to rebook instead of standing line with all the others.

Bill says never check luggage—why—you can change flights or rebook in the event of a can- cellation, you don’t have to wait for it to arrive and most importantly it doesn’t get lost! The added plus– you don’t pay baggage fees. Wear any large outerwear on the plane as it is not counted as an item! How to avoid jet lag—change your clock as soon as you get to the airport or on the plane.

Hotel secrets: join hotel frequent guest programs to get many benefits. Avoid rooms by the elevator or ice machine. Always get a room on the highest floor possible. Watch out for can- cellation policies. Do not make non-refundable reservations. Watch out for split rate reserva- tions—Friday is $150 but Saturday and Sunday are $300. Watch out for resort fees.

Rental car secrets: always book the cheapest car you will often be upgrades. Find the nearest gas station and fill up right before returning. Before you accept a car take a picture of all 4 sides, take a picture of parking spots, too. Very interesting! Thank you, Bill

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