Newsletter – June 12, 2018

Pledge by Paul King
Invocation by Carolyn Lewis

Visiting Rotarians: District Governor Sandy Sava and Asst. District Governor, Desiree Wilson. Welcome to long-time Rotarian, Dave Dahmen, good to see you, Dave! Andrew Ross, son of Matt, Jed’s brother Scott Van Wagener. Our speaker today, First Tee Executive Director, Angie Dixon and Tonya Goins.

Bell Ringers: Jed became a Bell Ringer to celebrate his 35th year anniversary with Sally. Oh and his daughter graduated from Sac State and his son is getting married on the 23rd! Dave Dahmen became a Bell Ringer because he sponsored Sheila when she joined Rotary. Howard became a Bell Ringer in honor of Sheila and Dave Dahmen. Happy Bucks: Linda Bigler gave Happy Bucks to announce the softball team’s first win last night. They play at Howe Park on Monday nights usually at 6:30. John Gabriel gave Happy Bucks because he and Jackie were on TV several times during the Women’s College World Series they attended. Gary Johnson gave Happy Bucks for celebrating his Anniversary (27th) and Birthday (56th)! Bill Hambrick gave Happy Bucks because he was eating frozen yogurt and Stan Atkinson came in and they had a nice chat. Stan says Hi to all!

District Governor Sandy came forward to make a significant presentation. She said that 3 years ago the District decided to recognize significant members of our Rotary District who exemplify the highest level of Rotary membership. They must have been in Rotary for a minimum of 20 years, 10 in District 5180. They have served both at the club level as well as at the District level and are dedicated to their involvement in Rotary. Sandy called Sheila Romero forward and presented her with a plaque welcoming her to the District 5180 Rotary Hall of Fame. Sheila has been a member of Rotary for 30 years as she was one of 8 women who joined the first year Rotary admitted women—and has always been a rare, much-loved and respected member of Arden Arcade Rotary.

Assistant District Governor Tanya also presented Mike Grace with a “Rotary Rock Star” Award.

Our partners from the Poker Tournament, First Tee of Sacramento, were presented the largest check ever to a partnering organization for $21,212. Joel says the great success of the poker tournament was in great part due to the partnership with First Tee. There will also be members of First Tee at the Golf Tournament.

Please note: the finance committee is announcing that dues are going up to $275 (from $250). This will be effective for the 2018-19 dues due beginning in June 2018.

Andrew Ross told us about the special needs swing set project he plans to install at the Aldar Academy for his Eagle Scout Project. The swing set will include a 5 point harness which will allow kids with special needs to be able to swing like the others. We passed the hat and Matt said his wife told him to match all the donations so Andrew raised $1,020 for his project. Good job Andrew!

NOTES: Monica Singh’s application was approved by the Board and voted on today and she will be inducted next week. We received a nice thank you card from St. Ignatius for including them in the scholarship program. We have the van available for the Arden Arcade 4th of July Parade, all we need is a driver and possibly some passengers. This is not a large time commitment. The parade starts at 9:30 and ends at about 10:30 . Please let me know if you would like to help us strut our stuff in the parade this year. RYLA needs counselors this year—can you help?

The Golf Tournament is next Monday! We still have a few spots for golfers, still need some raffle, silent auction and Live auction items, Dimple Drop sales and volunteers to help set up and clean up. The important thing is to turn in NAMES—for your foursomes, and your Dimple Drop Tickets. Contact Carolyn Lewis to volunteer, Joel for Dimple Drop Tickets and Rob for gifts. The event starts at 10am with breakfast and “breakfast beverages”, then lunch is delivered to the golfers on the course, than a BBQ dinner afterwards. No one is going to go hungry—that’s for sure!

The Demotion date is June 30th, we will be dark on June 26th. The location is the Nepenthe Clubhouse at 1131 Commons Drive (Not the Campus Commons Clubhouse) in Campus Commons area. Bill Hambrick is doing the bar, Tim Cahill is working on a skit, Michael Caplan is cooking and Les and Tom are going to make comments. It is an important event recognizing Prez Mike and his board and welcoming incoming Prez Tom and his new board. Volunteers are needed to set up and break down and help with the event.

Our speaker today is the Executive Director of First Tee of Sacramento, Angie Dixon. Angie “grew up” in the program and attended University of Washington on a golf scholarship. The First Tee organization is so much more than golf, it is a youth development association teaching life skills and core values while learning the game of golf. Currently 73 elementary schools are served and 51,000 participant are involved. 49,000 of those attend for free due to the generosity of donors. Young people are changed by the program. We saw a video of a speech given by one such student who exemplifies the First Tee graduate. Nora Amid was very shy and bullied because of her Muslim faith. When she first attended First Tee she wouldn’t even attend the life skills classes because she was too shy and timid. Angie saw what was going on and took her by the hand and said “I’ll go with you.” Nora began to blossom and play exceptional gold and is now attending University of Nebraska on an academic scholarship. She talked about learning to greet a new person by looking them in the eye, saying her name clearly and distinctly, shaking their hand and telling them it is nice to meet you with sincerity

First Tee works with children 3 years old (Tots on the Tee) and up to 18 years old. There are 12 location around town. They also run a long list of summer programs. Transportation to tournaments and events is almost always tricky but they rely on the parents quite a bit. They work with a “Youth on Course” program to get courses to allow kids to pay for $5—over 60 courses now have this available. Bruce suggested Angie tell the story of one First Tee’r, Kristin Redhourse. Kristin attended Loretto and tried out for the golf team and was cut, she tried again the following year and made it. Kristin flourished after that and ended up attending NYU on an academic scholarship and is currently a Producer in New York.

Thank you, Angie, for the update on First Tee and for sharing your stories! Keep up the great work!

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