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Newsletter – February 13, 2018

Pledge by Patrick O’Neil

Invocation by Mike Grace

Today is the Annual Speech Contest—we welcome 5 students from El Camino High School and 2 of their mothers as well as their Principal, Randy Halcomb.

Happy Bucks: Steve Turner is happy is daughter got the lead in “Little Red Riding Hood” at Fairy Tell Town. Rob Ford is happy his daughter, Molly, was moved up to varsity for the playoffs in basketball. Lind Bigler is happy she qualified as a Certified Emergency Response Team Member (CERT) this past weekend.

Les reminded us that February 24th is Charter Night at the Del Paseo Country Club. He sent a sign up around to choose your menu item. Prez Mike sent out an email with a challenge and several members who signed up through the email are fine free for February!

Joel said Arden Arcade has stepped up for the Poker Tournament: Al is sponsoring both bars, Dunnigan Realtors and Excel Bonds & Insurance are table sponsors. 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. We need people in the seats to make it a suc- cess! First Tee and Crisis Nursery are doing their part as well.

We received letters from the 3rd grade class at Greer Elementary tanking us for the dictionaries. We also received thank you letters from Amigos de Guatemala.

Duane Oliveira is running the Speech Contest because Paula James’ mother passed away last week and she is taking care of those matters. Please keep Paula in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you also to timekeeper: John Gabriel; Tellers: Tom Goode and Danny Curtola; and Judges: Paul King, Patrick O’Neil and Steve Turner. Duane explained that we need to hold applause until all 5 speakers have spoken. He also mentioned there will be short talks from Rotarians during the break between speakers.

The theme for the Speech Contest is “Making a Difference.”

The first speaker was Maggie Kauderur, a Junior from El Camino High School. In fact, all 5 speakers are from El Camino High School. Maggie started by thanking her mom for being a “list” person because that’s how she attached her speech. She had 3 main needs in society to point out where a difference could be made: a need for inclusion and acceptance in society for everyone, gender equality and opening ourselves to be friends with everyone. Her plan to help accomplish this is to:

1.make conversation wherever you are—standing in line., waiting for a bus, etc.

2.Approach a lonely person, someone sitting alone at lunch, in the gym, etc.

3.Encourage others—cheer on the others on your team, congratulate

someone’s good grade, etc.

4. Get involved, wherever and whenever you are able. Make a difference by including others!

During the break between speakers, Duane asked Earl to tell what he thinks about surveys. Earl said the are nonconsequential. He doesn’t like them and does not find them to have any value.

The second speaker is also a Junior at ECHS, Jacob Lee. Jacob emphasized that people are known for large changes, a major invention, a major political success, but then you think how can I make a difference? You can make a difference by stop saying no and beginning to do something no matter how small the effort seems to be. Then he went on to when should I start? Now is the perfect time. Any effort is better than none. Doing the small gestures can make you feel good and make you want to do more and bigger things. There are 2 types of a difference to make—a short term difference and a long-term difference.

During the break, Carroll Cook talked about Fellowship and coming to Rotary to do good things.

The third speaker was Blake Moser, another Junior at ECHS. Blake spoke about making things better by taking an action. As in Colin Kapernick who chose to kneel during the Star Spangled Banner. He used his celebrity to try to make a point, but relied on others to make that point for him by following him. In contrast, JJ Watts took action after Hurricane Harvey and raised 37 million dollars to help out the victims. Who in these examples made a difference? Colin Kaper- nick was “all talk, no walk.” Even though we do not possess the large platform of these NFL players, everyone has someone who looks up to them and can make a difference.

During the break Patt McCormick was asked how she makes a difference. Patt said I get up eve- ry morning and put a smile on my face and say hello to those I encounter along the way. A smile can go a long way.

The fourth speaker is Caleb Wahl, another Junior from ECHS. Caleb talked about how his mother showed by example how you can achieve a goal. His mother left teaching and went back to school to become a Principal. It took her 2 years, but she accomplished her goal and gave Caleb a great example to live by. He learned it again when his father lost his job and through responsibility, integrity and perseverance was able to move on to a new one. Caleb learned hard work can accomplish anything. He felt his history teacher, Mr. Waldo, believed in him and it gave him the courage to be here today. Caleb volunteers to teach leadership skills to others.

During the break, Larry McClure was asked what he thought about surveys. Larry felt much the same as Earl, they have no value and he doesn’t mess with them. He also doesn’t trust them.

Our fifth and final speaker is a Senior at ECHS named Vladimir Matias. Vladimir started off by listing many well-known people who have made a big difference, but went on to say everyone

has it in him to make a difference. He said everyone can stand up to a bully and everyone can pitch in as they did in the wake of the Sonoma fires to collect 8 tons of food, water and toilet paper in 2 days. Get engages, be involved learn where your help is needed. To make a differ- ence, start by looking at yourself. Vladimir is helping immigrants who have language barriers to get help and get acclimated to their new home. This is how you can use your abilities to help others. Helping others brings happiness and prosperity into your lives. Choose to be effective in the world, or chose to be affected by the world!

There are no winners or losers in our speech contest, only places to be named: 5th Place: Jacob Lee

4th Place: Vladimir Matias

3rd Place and a $50 check: Blake Moser

2nd Place and a $100 check: Maggie Kauderur 1st Place and a $200 check: Caleb Wahl

Thank you to all the speakers, every speech was great and you really got the message to be involved!

Thank you again to all the Rotarians who helped make the contest happen today! Remember, keep Paula James in your heart and prayers in the loss of her mother.

At the end we had a discussion of whether or not to cancel next week’s meeting because Prez Mike is going to be away, but decided to have it with Steve Turner as “Past President Host”, and Tom Goode has “speaker”.

Celebrate the 63rd Anniversary of the beginning of Arden Arcade Rotary! Don’t forget to sign up for Charter Night, February 24th, at Del Paso Country Club.

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