Newsletter – March 27, 2018

Pledge by Steve Turner

Invocation by Pastor Earl

Visitors: Andrew Ross (son of Matt), a sophomore at Rio. Our speaker, Brian Baker on Respectology.

Chance to make a difference: Bell Ringer: Tim Cahill to celebrate his 40th wedding anniversary.

Happy Bucks: Rob Olmstead because about a year ago he started looking into his wife’s grandfather’s military record and today the family received the 2 Silver Stars, 2 Bronze Stars and a French Honor Award he earned that the family never knew about. Paula James gave Happy Bucks for the community partnering we have that enabled a former El Camino student to be connected with Paula because as he graduates from Sac State he would like to work for Teichert. Robert Walden from El Camino was able to connect them. Michael Caplan gave Happy Bucks because he sold a home to a person who is donating supplies to the shops at local high schools and in turn receiving hands on work by the students supervised by their teacher to renovate the home to allow a homeless veteran to live there. Michael thinks having this person in as a speaker would be great. Also, Michael told a joke that his son told him about Moses being the first hi-tech person to use a tablet from the cloud …Carolyn Lewis gave Happy Bucks for the great ski season and explained that she and Linda Bigler are Ski Patrol at Sierra at Tahoe. She and Linda have free ski tickets to give to those who want them. Al Cady gave Happy Bucks because it’s 3 months until Tom Goode takes over (sorry Mike.)

Paula asked for a volunteer to chair the speakers committee next year so she can concentrate on Youth areas. Rob Olmstead volunteered and Paula said she would help him.

Paul King announced it’s time for our annual Fireside Meetings to help Prez-elect Tom plan his year. The meetings are held at members homes where they supply snacks and the club provides beer and wine. Paul has 3 dates: Monday, April 9th at Steve Turner’s; Monday, April 16th at Stephen Walker’s (West Sac) and Thursday, April 26th at Linda Bigler’s. Remember—it is required that you attend at least one fireside meeting.

Tim Cahill gave an update on Rotary House. Tim is the board treasurer. He just reminded us that it is a 2 bedroom, 1 bath home we built with some other area clubs to house the family of a sick child hospitalized at UC Med. We have clean-up days to clean the home and yard between families. Patt reminded everyone that this was our Centennial Project when Rotary celebrated 100 years (2005). We went through a lot of trials and tribulations but it has been successfully helping families for years. Paul King was instrumental in keeping it open when the interest began to wane. Arden Arcade Has always been the leader in this ongoing project.

Prez Mike thanked Casey Henderson for being along side him planning 33 trees. Our challenge from the RI President for this year’s project of each member planting a tree is complete.

Tom Goode gave us some preliminary numbers for the very successful Poker Tournament. It looks like the gross is $104,000 with the net about $73,000.

Rob Ford reminded us that the Golf Tournament is on June 18th at Del Paso Country Club. The website is active and taking sponsorships (5 or 6 already sold). Sponsors have the first opportunity for spots to play. Our partners are Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Crisis Nursery. There are sponsorships available from $500 to $5,000.

Stephen Walker sent around printed lists from the Club Runner site and wants everyone to edit their information. He is updating the site (YAY!) and will speak to us next week about using the site.

The District Speech Contest is tonight but our winner is out of town and cannot attend. The District Leadership Assembly is at Natomas High School on April 7th.

Our speaker, Brian Baker worked in the corporate world for 25 years with AT&T and Bank of America. When he retired he founded Respectology a place to recapture the art of civility, kindness, courtesy, politeness and manners. It is a coaching service to help clients to tap in to their Emotional and Social Intelligence and increase their job skills. Emotional and Social Intelligence is the ability to be aware of emotional intelligence in others and ourselves to help man- age our relationships and ourselves. EI starts with an assessment of where the client falls on 26 competencies. It is behavior based. People at work can do better if they are high on the EI scale. There is a 4 quadrant model Brian uses in his teaching that covers the 26 competencies. There is Awareness in self and others; and Management of self and others. E & SI is about behavior. Behaviors can change. A person cannot change their genetic makeup or their base personality or how these are effected by the environment in which you were raised. However, behavior while influenced by personality and environment can be changed by developing greater Emotional and Social Intelligence.

This concept is being embraced by many leading corporations. PepsiCo has seen a 10% increase in productivity and a significant decrease in executive turnover. A leading pharmaceutical company has seen an 18% increase in productivity compared with a control group. Brian states that there is a 70% loss of customers related to the loss of S & EI. 50% of time wasted in business is due to the lack of trust. The top reason careers are derailed are related to a lack of S & EI including poor interpersonal rigidity and inability to work with a team. The benefits of S EI are positive emotions, earnings at about 33% more throughout their working lives, positive health and wellness, lower disease risk, and quicker recovery. People with positive emotions have more satisfying marriages and enjoy more social networks.

An accurate assessment of self-awareness and emotional self-awareness are basis of personal power. They offer the attributes of self-management, self-control, integrity, motivation and creativity, achievement and drive, realistic optimism, resilience, stress management, personal agility, and intentionality. Other awareness’s are sympathy, situational and organizational awareness, service orientation. Relationship management includes communication, interpersonal effectiveness, powerful influencing skills, conflict management, inspirational leadership, catalyzing change, building bonds, teamwork & collaboration, coaching & mentoring, building trust in others. Social & EI competencies are measurable & trainable. They are best learned through coaching because they are grounded in science and have a proven return on investment.

S & EI is a core-skill set that starts with awareness. Coaching allows for accountability and support. It takes about 6 months to see a change. Coaching begins with assessments of where the client is so growth is measurable. S & EI can change the culture by changing the culture of the leaders.

Thank you Brian for a very interesting presentation.


Newsletter – March 20, 2018

Pledge by Jed Van Wagener

Invocation by Mike Grace

Visitors: Dr. Robin Baron, a periodontist (ret.), and friend of Michael Caplan. Michael brought him to a club meeting where he heard about the Flying Samaritans and Robin just returned from a trip with the Flying Samaritans to Mexico. He did 32 extractions in one day and is grateful that Rotary brought him knowledge of the opportunity.

Chance to make a difference: Bell Ringer: Lillie Tonkin because she’s happy to be an Honorary Member of Arden Arcade Rotary! Happy Bucks: Michael Caplan because he’s grateful that his wife, Louise, has made a complete recovery from open heart surgery and is back on track to good health. Matt Ross because his daughter chose to attend Rio Americano and for his son who will be going for his Eagle Scout soon. Patt McCormick because her mom was in the Assistance League for many years in both Lafayette and Sacramento. Paula James for moms including Patt as a mom, Patt’s mom who was in the Assistance League, Patt’s mom’s mom and Paula’s mom who she misses every day. Sheila Romero because she celebrated her 82nd Birthday! Happy Birthday, Sheila! Our guest also gave Happy Bucks because her grandson won the speech contest (Caleb).

Paul King announced it’s time for our annual Fireside Meetings to help Prez-elect Tom plan his year. The meetings are held at members homes where they supply snacks and the club provides beer and wine. Paul has 3 dates: Monday, April 9th, Monday, April 16th and Thursday, April 26th. He asked for volunteers to host and received 3 right away. Linda Bigler on the 26th, Steve Turner on 9th and Steven Walker on the 16th. Addresses and more info to follow. Remember—it is required that you attend at least one fireside meeting.

Matt presented Patt with her 6th Paul Harris Fellow because she wasn’t able to make Charter Night. Matt said our club has donated $17,000 so far this year. $5,000 to Rotary International Foundation, $1500 to Polio Plus and $10,000 to the Uganda Water project. Matt says he is also still hoping for District Grant ideas.

We received thank you letters from our Dictionary distributions, Prez Mike handed them around.

Tom Goode said the numbers look really good for the poker tournament but they aren’t ready quite yet.

Prez-Mike brought up an item for the District to allow the District Governor, Dist Governor elect, and Governor nominee the right to vote. Questions were asked and Prez Mike tabled the discussion until he has the answers.

On May 6th, there is a 38 mile bike ride to Scotts on the River from Folsom. It is $50 per person and the proceeds go to Polio Plus.

Our speakers today are from the Sacramento Assistance League, a national non-profit organization with 120 chapters throughout the US dedicated to serve women and children. The Sacramento Chapter has 284 members and together they volunteer over 75,000 hours a year. Their programs are all geared to helping women and children and they coordinate with schools, churches, emergency shelters to help make things happen.

They run several programs throughout the year:

1.Operation School Bell—is a program to help supply clothing and a backpack to children in need. This is the primary program that every chapter runs. Since 1995, they have served over 50,000 children. Sometimes they find that a family only has 1 pair of shoes so children alternate the days they can go to school. In cases like these, they will make sure everyone has their own shows along with clothes, coats and a backpack.

2.Literacy Program—they have distributed over 1700 books as well as supplying reading buddies to read to them.

3.Bears—They distribute teddy bears to emergency responders, emergency rooms and chil- dren in crisis to the tune of over 3000 last year.

4.Clothes for Careers—they work with Women’s Empowerment to help women get nice looking outfits for job interviews. The Assistant League volunteers act as personal shoppers for their guests. They clothed 90 women last year.

5.History in a Trunk—they used to do lessons at the Governor’s Mansion to teach history to grade-schoolers, but now they take the information to the 4th grade classrooms. The volunteers use slides and props to teach California History and then the students write an essay about what they learned. The essays are judged and for winners receive cash prizes. They impact 750 students a year.

6.Eyes Right—volunteers are trained to screen preschool children for “lazy eyes” to detect the problem early—they have detected 80 out of 1200 students that needed help.

7.Kids on the Block—large puppets are used by the volunteers at class assemblies to teach “stranger danger”, “bullying” and other concepts including inclusion and why some people look different and have different abilities.

8.Scholarships– Community College students are selected based on a written essay. Amounts of $1000 and $1500 are available.

9.Senior Friendship—the Assistance League provides yarn to older women who then make knitted items to donate. They make so many items that the Assistance League thought they might partner with us to distribute them. We suggested the Crisis Nursery.

10.Fresh Start– they partner with agencies to help in the areas of sex trafficking, assault and rape to provide clothing when the victim’s clothing is needed for evidence. Sutter Hospital is the Rape Crisis Center for Norther California.

11.Starter Kits—Foster Children reaching 18 are often left with no where to go. The Assistance League packs a laundry basket full of items they might need.

12.Reaching Out—another population in need are people who have gone through the courts system and may need a one time help up to get back on track. Each person has a unique need and the Assistance League tries to help with that need. For example, a young man who landed a job but needed steel toe boots to be able to accept it so the Assistance League provided them for him.

The other main thing the Assistance League does is run Fabulous Finds on Fulton Avenue. Their store is run completely by volunteers. They call themselves “the Nordstrom of Thrift Shops!” How can you help? Shop, Donate, volunteer, join and tell people you know about the Assistance League.

Thank you Betty Lou Beyer, Mikey McMullen and Pat Davis for joining us today and sharing the Assistance League with us.

Newsletter – March 6, 2018

Pledge by Ben Fox

Invocation by Rob Ford

Visiting Rotarians: Cory Ley from Stockton Rotary (who just moved to Sacramento.) Art Deardorff from Lincoln Rotary..

Chance to make a difference:

Happy Bucks Randy gave Happy Bucks because he attended the Play at the Howe Avenue Theater and thought it was great and wanted everyone to know how great it was. He thought the play was well written and preformed well. Prez Mike added that this is the last weekend and it is worth seeing. Jenny Davini paid Happy Bucks because this is going to be a great weekend—her husband’s birthday is Friday, the Poker Tournament is Saturday and her birthday is Sunday! Happy Birthday, Jenny.

Everyone not wearing a Rotary Pin paid a dollar fine.

Tom Goode went to PETS this past weekend and says it was a lot more fun than he expected. He loved the Hospitality Rooms. He unveiled next year’s theme, “Be The Inspiration” and the banner which looks like the Mozilla Foxfire logo, so Tom says next year we’ll be constantly buffering. He also mentioned buying his girlfriend a halter top for “Service Above Self.”

Joel told everyone he is so impressed with the generosity of this club. The Poker Tournament is sold out and will have more tickets sold and more sponsorships sold than previous Poker Tournaments. Volunteers will hear by email what their assignment is. Set-up begins at 10:30 at the Rocklin Mercedes Benz Dealership. The First Tee and Crisis Nursery partners have been doing an awesome job and this looks to be our best ever Poker Tournament The Board has designated all proceeds from this event will go to our local foundation to help all our projects in the Arden Arcade area.

Rob Ford talked about the Golf Tournament coming up at Del Paso on June 18th. Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the Crisis Nursery are our partners for this event. Larry McClure has already sold a $5000 sponsorship. There will be a Dimple Drop and Putting Contest. The proceeds from this event go to the Ray McClure Scholarship Fund.

Don’t forget the next Board Meeting is tomorrow, March 7th at 5pm at Howe Park.

The District Conference is May 11th at Lake Tahoe. Mike would like to see us all there.

World Water Day is coming up…students from Mira Loma need a sponsor for the grant proposal they would like to present to our club. Tom Goode stepped up and will sponsor them.

Mike reminded us that every Rotary member is suppose to plant a tree this year – there is an opportunity to fulfill this requirement in Rancho Cordova…see Prez Mike for details.

Randy encourages everyone to donate blood and the offer of $100 to the Foundation and a Starbuck’s card still exists.

Art Deardorff has been in Rotary for 11 years. He belongs to Lincoln Rotary and is a past- president. He has been the District Webmaster since 2015.

Art asks: ”Why do you need a web presence?” Having a web site or social media account like Facebook allows the club to get important information out to it’s community—members as well as non-members. It is where people can find meeting location and time, what the program will be and which fundraisers are happening and when. It only works if it is current and kept up to date. It should show members as friends having fun, members doing good work in the community, it should show this with lots of pictures not just words.

A good web site can attract new members while a poor one can drive them away. If Rotary doesn’t look up to date, there’s always an Elks Club or Lyons Club not far away. The web site should show club officers, how to contact the club as well as interesting information and stories. It is a platform to tell people the good things we do for our community.

Club Runner is a powerful tool for us to use to maintain and manage our membership. Most of the clubs in District 5180 use it. It links information with Rotary International as well as at the District level. Every member should have a profile including a picture on the Club Runner site. It is important for every member to access their profile to make sure their listed information is correct.

The communications tab allows for items to be sent by email to all listed club members along with attaching a file or pictures—or the newsletter. There is also a support center which helps members access information as well a webinars to learn about the site. There is a way to send a ticket to Club Runner to ask for help with something and they will give you the help needed.

The District web site is a resource for members and club leadership. On it you will find lists of members, committees, a calendar of activities, and what is happening at the District level.

A Facebook Page (not a group—which is what we have), allows more people to view your information. As items are posted to the Rotary page, members and “share” them and they then go to that members contacts as well. When your item is “liked” it develops a broader outreach. A Facebook page can also link to a web page like one for the Poker Tournament which gives it greater exposure. Adding new posts several times in the week helps to increase the followers to your page. It is important to use lots of pictures and less wordy posts. You can also set up separate pages for fundraisers and then link them to the club page. Sometimes paying a little will allow for you to get an even broader distribution.

Rotary also has it’s own page at It shows that Rotary members are people of action. It is also were records of your membership are kept along with the amount you have

Donated to the Rotary International Foundation. Again, pictures are very important here. The pictures show what Rotary is all about and shows the fun our members have helping others. It also gives a snapshot of the different clubs.

Your smartphone is the best tool for adding pictures to Rotary web sites or social media pages. Be sure to take pictures of events or Rotarians in action and post them or make them available to the Web Master.

Club Runner has a mobile app which gives you all the information you need in the palm of your hand. Power Point is another great tool for putting pictures in a page you’d like to them make a JPEG of and upload. Canva is a photo editing app that works like Photoshop but is online and free.

Thank you , Art, for a very interesting look into today’s technology! ( And a bit of a kink in the butt to get our web page and Facebook page in better shape.)