Newsletter – June 19, 2018

Pledge by Gary Johnson
Invocation by Al Cady

Visitors: Pat Grace, who came to Mike’s first meeting and now his last. Thank you for loaning him to us this year!

Happy Bucks: Cathy Skeen gave happy bucks to complement Prez Mike on his year as President for the many good things he did for the community, running  interesting meetings, the majorly successful poker and golf tournaments! Monica Singh gave happy bucks because she’s happy she’s becoming a member of our club! John Gabriel gave happy bucks because he’s happy the golf tournament is over and everyone did a magnificent job. There was plenty of help and he’s amazed so many who worked all day yesterday at the tournament are here today! Where are the golfers? Patrick O’Neil gave happy bucks because he had too much fun yesterday at the tournament. He mentioned he met someone who was so grateful that his daughter was given a Rotary Scholarship 15 years ago and now she’s a Dermatologist. Randy gave happy bucks because he drove a golf cart for the first time and had a ball, he also purchased the Woodland Firehouse Dinner and is thrilled. Rob Olmsted gave happy bucks for being late and for missing the golf tournament because he was tied up all day in the legislature. Michael Caplan gave happy bucks because he was driven to his station (hole—the wrong one) by Linda Bigler in a golf cart and thought he was going to end up in the pond but she turned at the last minute. He ran the Margarita hole for the 7th or 8th year and is training Ben Fox to take over when he’s President. It’s the best place on the course, and a coveted assignment! Prez Mike gave happy bucks for the great weather we had yesterday for the tournament and because he’s happy his wife is here! Duane wanted to give happy bucks because his experience driving the golf cart was amazing. He tried to keep up with John while delivering lunches to the golfers, but when he missed one John wouldn’t let him go back. Bill Hambrick had to chase him down to get the missing lunch!

Prez Mike inducted our newest member, Monica Singh. Monica is a Real Estate agent, and a mother and grandmother. Mike told her she was now one of 1.2 million Rotary members world-wide who are dedicated to making the world a better place for all. Mike charged her with continuing the Rotary tradition to encourage and foster the ideals of service, uphold the highest ethical standards, and using her occupation as an opportunity to serve. Mike explained the 4-Way Test and encouraged her to make it a way of life in everything you think, say and do. And as we all now realize you get out of Rotary by putting your effort into it. WELCOME, Monica!

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. Please let Paul King know if you are coming. Also, Carolyn Lewis is organizing the Pot Luck portion of the event, if you haven’t signed up she will be calling you. There will be barbecued chicken and tri-tip as well.

There will not be a meeting on July 3rd. If 2 weeks off is too much, East Sac Rotary invites you to come to their meeting next Wednesday the 27th at Evans Kitchen at 12noon. Their speaker is Deputy Chris Nelson, with the canine unit.

Two volunteers for the Rotary Van at the 4th of July Parade are Paula James and Tim Cahill. Tim also explained that the Howe Park Theater is offering a Children’s Theater with Peter Bond who is an amazing puppeteer. They are going to try to have one of his puppets at the parade and promote the Children’s Theater.

The softball Team played last night but lost to the Downtown Club Team.

Our speaker today is Lisa Quaschnick. She comes from a Real Estate background, and then met and married her husband, Jim, who is a Real Estate Broker. Together they managed a small team of agents and employees but by 2015 a deeper calling came to Jim. Along with Lisa and two other investors, they started a non-profit called KAVANAH with the mission to change the way people get into homes. Over the past 3 years they have sold over 30 properties to Veterans and low to moderate income families through “Project Sweet Home.” Another program “Destination Home” has also provided affordable housing to dozens. They have also provided shelter to seven Veterans who were previously homeless, by offering Tiny Houses built by high school students and at-risk youth.

The shell of the home is 7’3” by 12’. It is finished with drywall and insulation and has a solar panel for some electricity. There is no kitchen or bath. It is a place to sleep and be safe and lock up their stuff. Luther Burbank High School was the first school to use their construction program to build a tiny house. Previously they built bird houses, sand boxes and garden sheds. Now they are learning real life skills which could translate into meaningful employment. The first completed house was placed in Del Paso Heights in a church parking lot. The occupant was a member of the church and well-liked. He is a Navy Veteran and has over 5,000 hours volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. After living in the tiny home for 9 months he has moved into a more permanent location and has full time employment. Since he had an address he was able to apply for veteran’s benefits and has purchased a van to get to work. This gentleman had lived in a tent along the river previously and spent days washing all of his belongings (sleeping bags, blankets, tent, etc.) to leave for someone else. Moving into the tiny house is a “hand-up, not a hand-out.”

Now they have 8-9 high schools using their construction programs to build tiny houses. They cost $7,000 each to build and furnish with a bed. There are 20 schools on the wait list to build tiny houses as there are funds to do so. 5 have so far been placed, one in Del Paso Heights, one in South Sac, and 2 at a residence in Folsom and another at a property owned by KAVANAH.

What can we do? We can sponsor a school and pay for materials, host a tiny house. It is a big step from homelessness to a job and permanent housing. A tiny house is just one step in the right direction.

Lisa told us about “safety sex,” where a homeless woman offers sex to someone who will protect her from all the others. Having a tiny home protects a homeless woman from this humiliation.

5K in 5 is a program that hopes to employ 5000 young people in construction jobs during the next 5 years. Many home builders like Lennar are offering paid summer internships to youth who have worked on the tiny homes. At least 90% of those who’ve worked on the project have gone into paid internships or full time employment.

Where did the name come from? Lisa wanted a Hebrew name because she felt it needed to be and a cousin who is a Rabbi told her Kavanah means “intention or direction of the heart.”

While many high schools have gotten rid of the trade classes with the push for a college education, many are now finding that they have a valuable place in education.

Thank you, Lisa, for bringing the KAVANAH story to us.

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.

From Prez Mike:
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve you this year. I am pleased the club is still operating and did not disband during my watch. I know that President Elect Tom Goode will take our club to new heights… and tell better jokes. See you at the demotion!

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