Newsletter – October 23, 2018

Pledge: Jenny Davini

Invocation: Earl Heverly

Prez Tommy passed around the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotary Flag that the club had made to fly on member’s yachts….

Do you know what October 24th is? World Polio Day. It celebrates the day Rotary joined with the World Health Organization to eliminate polio. At that time there were 35,000 cases where now there are 20 cases in 3 countries. It also celebrates Jonas Salk’s birthday. World Polio Day tries to bring awareness that the disease still exists and needs to be stopped. Prez Tommy suggested sending out social media posts recognizing the good, hard work still needs to be completed.

President Tommy recognized Jed Van Wagener for all the work he does taking photos and for how much he jumps in and helps all the time.

Bell Ringers: Mike Grace donated $100 of his winnings from last week’s Opportunity Drawing win; Les became a Bell Ringer because he had a great vacation in Cabo with his children and grandchildren and said they are what keeps his heart beating; Jed become a Bell Ringer because he bought a new Tacoma Truck and it’s so much bigger than his old one that he warned us to run if we see him driving! Happy Bucks: Matt Ross donated in Rob Olmsted name because Rob helped a friend of Matt’s get an Internship—way to go Rob!! Rob Olmsted gave happy bucks for the great job 2 weeks ago at Wm. Pond Park. He thought it was a very productive day and really enjoyed working with Bill Hambrick. Bill was late and Rob paid his fine, too!


  •  November 3rd is the Rotary Foundation Dinner. The club pays for you to attend if you are interest-ed. See Matt Ross.
  •  November 6th our meeting is moved to Cannon on 1719 34th Street in East Sacramento. They are opening special for our lunch.
  •  November 9 is Rotary Night at the Howe Avenue Theater for the production of “Echoes in the Heart”, a story of a young Jewish family escaping from Germany with their baby. It was written by the baby in the family. $15 for Seniors, $20 General, all net proceeds go to the Rotary Foundation.
  • November 10, 9am—Rotary House cleanup…see Tim Cahill for info
  • November 10th, Taco About a Fiesta at Mission Oaks Park. The event is from 6-9pm and there will be food, drinks, music, etc.

(Date Change)

  • December 1st—Club Christmas Party at Del Paso. Les would like some help with the arrangements such as decorations, music, etc. No host bar, but no cost for the dinner. 50/50 Raffle tickets will be available soon, $50 each. 50% goes to the winner, 50% goes to the club.
  • December 4th—Laurel Ruff Holiday Party—replaces our regular meeting. Help serve lunch to the students at Laurel Ruff. See Patt for more info. We need everyone to come and help with the craziness that is this day!

Steven Walker was presented with his permanent blue badge after completing all the requirements.

Our speaker today IS Maggi Schubert, COE of GPS Social Enterprises. Their mission is “Transforming Communities One Life at a Time.”

Maggi is a home grown Sacramentan, sister of District Attorney, Anne Marie Schubert. Maggi has worked on the government side of operations in the Youth Authority, and Prison Reentry Program. She retired in December and started GPS because she felt the government couldn’t do it all and wasn’t completely effective helping people.

What is a social enterprise? It is a market driven approach to solve problems. Working with Non-Profits and other organizations who are also working with the at risk and justice involved allows them to use speakers and Facilitators who have been where they are now, so when they speak their truth it is relatable to those going through the same.

We have students that are significantly behind grade level in math, English and language. Many of these students are products of long term trauma. Many are living the same destiny as the generations before them. To break the cycle there needs to be a form of interruption of the cycle. To have facilitators who can speak on their terms because they have relevant life experiences and speak the truth to their situation and show where their actions lead and how hard recovery can be makes a huge impact. Maggi can’t bring that impact because she hasn’t lived it, but the facilitators they have, have been there and know it well.

The value to the community is great. GPS partners with organization who are already doing good work, but they bring leadership and a great background to an organization that may not know or have the resources to have the proven methods GPS brings.

The core areas of Sacramento show high substance abuse and homeless issues. GPS has these Three Pillars:

  1. Effective programming for life change.
  2.  Housing that incorporates effective programming.
  3. Enterprises who give people an opportunity to “earn as they learn.”

The hope is that with intervention there can be long-lasting and effective change.

Housing is significant because hard life transitions need some stability which can be a safe place to stay away from the challenges that brought them here. Effective help is Restorative; Relational; Practical; Compassionate & Dependable; Growth; and Safe & Stable. Effective programming cognitive behavior; social and emotional; increasing proactive factors.

Maggi imagines work force programs where companies let them “earn while they learn.’ Schools that have significant attendance and kids stay in school and graduate and break they cycle of dropping out.

Family is the foundation of the community. The best programs deal with the parents not just the kids in school. Their heart and minds need to change to have an effect on the kids and their futures.

Thank you Maggi for and interesting look into what you are building to help our community.

Next Week: Ron Linthicum, our Community Prosecution Officer.

Newsletter – October 16, 2018

Pledge: Carolyn Lewis

Invocation: Earl Heverly

Charlie Davis (Rotary Club of Detroit) and wife, Peggy, parents of today’s speaker. Charlie has 50 years perfect attendance!

Prez Tommy congratulated Bill Hambrick, Al Cady and Earl Heverly for a job very well done at Saturday’s Rotary Work Day. There were a couple of close calls but fortunately no one was injured. Bill says the Parkway Foundation folks are very pleased with the results. The BBQ was awesome and it was great for the Boy Scouts and some parents to join in and help out.

The Boat Trip during Fleet Week was a huge success. Bills are still coming in but it looks like there will be a bit of profit to the club. Prez Tommy tried to exchange Steve’s flag in Toronto for a new one but couldn’t so instead they made up some Arden Arcade International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians flags. Steve has one as does Roy to fly on his yacht.

Happy Bucks: Patrick thought the Rotary Work Day was great and was sad the 49ers lost a great game and happy his friends had a healthy baby; Carolyn Lewis was sad she couldn’t be at the work day but was in China for her son’s wedding; Randy was sad he couldn’t be at work day but was in Carmel celebrating his 38th Birthday; and is proud of his friend Debbie who is speaking up for herself; Cathy because she’s happy to announce that Friday is the 9 year anniversary of Brooke’s liver transplant; Howard because he attended the Pilots Convention in Kansas City and saw the WW1 Memorial and WW1 is featured on the cover of the Rotary Magazine. Stuart is happy to celebrate Brooke’s anniversary, Bill Hambrick is happy for Brooke and happy Saturday’s work day went so well and was such fun; Mike Grace gave sad bucks because he wasn’t at the work day but is happy that Al removed a dead tree from the park; Earl sang the praises of the crew who worked the kitchen for the BBQ on Saturday.

Everyone not wearing a Rotary Pin and a Rotary Badge was fined $1 each by Prez Tom.


  • Al is gone from mid-October through November, Steve will help with the Rotary Meeting Prep.
    November 6th our meeting is moved to Cannon on 1719 34th Street in East Sacramento. They are opening special for our lunch.
  • November 10th, Taco About a Fiesta at Mission Oaks Park. The event is from 6-9pm and there will be food, drinks, music, etc.
  •  Two dates to put on your calendar: December 4th—Laurel Ruff Holiday Party, December 8th—Club Christmas Party.

Danny and Julie’s son had to have Kidney surgery so please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers for a complete and speedy recovery.

Monika Singh was presented with her permanent blue badge. Prez Tommy was also sporting a “new” blue badge with the name TOMMY on it instead of Tom. When Patt said it should cost him $5, he said he had a better idea. He called up Christine and Al (Co-conspirators with Michael Caplan (who is currently in Israel.) Tommy decided that they could answer 3 quiz questions and if they did they wouldn’t have to pay a fine, but if they didn’t answer correctly they would pay $8 for each incorrect answer. $8 was the actual cost of the new pin. So Christine missed all three of her questions and Tommy settle for $20 from her, Al missed all three of his and paid $20 as well! Net profit: $32! Yay, Prez Tommy!

Steve gave Happy Bucks just because he enjoyed the game!!!

Randy mentioned he’d love to give you a special pound of coffee and a $20 donation to the Foundation in your name for donating blood.

Tim Cahill announced a cleanup day at Rotary House is Saturday, November 10th, 8am. Many hands male light work!

Our speaker today is Torey Byington, the Executive Director of Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Effie Yeaw was founded in 1976 by Effie Yeaw, an educator and environmentalist, to provide educational and interpretive programs and information about the natural environment, principally the American River Parkway.

Prior to 2010 it was run by the Park District, but with budget cuts came the need to start a non-profit to run the center through the Natural History Museum. There is a staff of 18 (full and part-time), a 14 member board, 230 Volunteers, 1100 members and 1500 donors.

Many of the experiences are funded through donations. It is a natural wildlife oasis in Ancil Hoffman Park. There are 100 acres of wooded oaks. There is a naturalist on staff as well as a Natural History Museum and Gift Shop.

It is a wildlife and Nature preserve covering 77 acres with 2 miles of walking trails and lots of “watchable wildlife.” There is interpretive signage along the trails. There is also a replica Maidu Village for educational programs as well as a Butterfly Garden stocked with native plants attracting pollinators. They have over 100,000 visitors a year.

Many of their visitors come through school groups where 18,200 students are served annually along with 603 programs delivered to schools who cannot make the trip to the site. Most of these programs are funded by grants and donations and are delivered to Title 1 schools where over 6,000 students sometimes have their first experience in a natural wilderness setting.

The Effie Yeaw Center has Group Tours, Scout Tours, Weekend Public Tours along with a series of talks for adults on the “nature of Things.” The center also has a University of California Naturalist program, nature camps for kids, Deer and Fawn stories for little ones. There are also many events put on to raise money for the center:

Bird & Breakfast in conjunction with the Sacramento Audubon Society; The Spring Gala and Art Auction under the stars; Nature Fest, a community educational event with local organizations also in attendance and businesses exhibiting; a Holiday Sale on December 1st from 9am-4pm, a festive event and sale of unique gifts and books.

There are many animal ambassadors at the center who are unable to be returned to the wild for some reason. There are rattlesnakes, owls, a falcon and others. Usually they arrive here injured or once they’ve become too use to humans. Today, Torey brought with her a newt and a king snake. A newt can be deadly if you ingest it’s venom or if it is absorbed through a cut, the king snake is very strong and loves to be warm.

How can you help?

  •  Become a member
  • Adopt an animal (just financially)
  •  Sponsor at an event
  •  Volunteer

Thank you Torey for a fun presentation and quite a bit of information!

Newsletter – October 2, 2018

Pledge: Paula James

Invocation: Tim Cahill

Michael Johnson, Michael Caplan’s friend and sailing partner. Dr. Tina Jordan a Sac State Faculty member and a future speaker on the Sac State Guardian Scholars Program.

Happy Bucks: Les gave HB because he had to get a valid birth certificate in order to get his passport, and finally he received it and got the passport in San Francisco so now he’s ready to head to Cabo—except, Howard Stagg just returned from there yesterday and he tells Les that he’s told all the Border Control Agents about him and to be on the lookout! Rob Ford because they held the first Golf Tournament meeting and our Partners, Big Brothers Big Sisters said don’t worry about the silent and live auction they have it all covered. Monika Singh because on Sunday, her 8 year old step-grandson was missing and she was on the phone with 911 when his friend’s father brought him home at 10:30pm. She’s happy he’s alright but is restricting his activities now. Patt McCormick because her skin cancer surgery is behind her and all is well. Matt Ross because he wasn’t the last to arrive to today’s meeting. Earl Heverly tried to answer the same trivia question he had last week but couldn’t so he paid a fine for being late. Rob Olmsted because he loved the exchange of Prez Tom and Earl where Earl could remember the question and not the answer he heard last week. Steve Turner who thought it was interesting that Rob Olmsted put himself in the same “young” age category as Prez Tom.

Everyone not wearing a Rotary Pin and a Rotary Badge was fined $1 each by Prez Tom.


  •  Al is gone from mid-October through November, who will pull the trailer with the Rotary Stuff?
  •  November 6th our meeting is moved to Cannon on 33rd Street in East Sacramento. They are opening special for our lunch.
  • Two dates to put on your calendar: December 4th—Laurel Ruff Holiday Party, December 8th—Club Christmas Party.

Mike Grace did his joke list while Tom raised a set amount of money—Mike got in barely 2 jokes!

Are we interested in “Ringing the Bell” for the Salvation Army? There were several who will do it.

Danny reminded us about the Park Fundraiser “Taco ‘Bout a Fiesta” on November 10th. Edward Jones (Al Cady is the key sponsor and Rotary is also a sponsor. The event is from 6-9pm and there will be food, drinks, music, etc.

Randy mentioned he’d love to give you a special pound of coffee and a $20 donation to the Foundation in your name. Mike Grace and Earl Heverly both received coffee and donations in their name.

Michael Caplan introduced his friend and sailing buddy, Michael Johnson. Michael Caplan said he has sailed to Hawaii 9 times, but Michael J. has done many more, 19 in fact. He met Michael Johnson at a Rotary Golf event and discovered they had both been raised in Hawaii and actually attended the same high school although not at the same time. They discovered their shared love of sailing and soon Michael C. became an inspector on Michael J.’s boat. Michael C. explained the flags they brought and their meanings.

Michael J. even crossed the finish line backwards in one race because the Main mast snapped and they only had the Jib, so attaching a spinnaker to the aft mast they were turned around by the wind and sailed through back-wards. This happened in 1969 in the Trans Pac on a 78’ boat.

In 2016, Michael J. figured it might be the last time both daughters would be available to sail the race, so his wife, their daughters along with boyfriends headed out for the Pacific Cup event. With the inexperienced crew, they suffered 25-30 knot winds and grey rough seas the whole time. Larger boats in the same race did okay because their weight held them steady in spite of the conditions.

Michael J. explained that during a race, if anything breaks it stays broken and they improvise. He once had the water pump break so that they had to run salt water through the engine by hand pumping to get potable water. Michael C. mentioned he was once on a boat in bad weather where there was a small hole below the deck and they had to continuously pump water out of the bilge.

Michael J. was asked if he’s ever had a trip that nothing went wrong on and the answer was an emphatic NO! He was also asked if any boats are ever lost at sea. He said even his mom was lost one time, but nowadays there is less chance of it happening. He uses a flotation device that gives off a signal when it hits the water and inflates so it would show up on other boat’s charts. He was also asked in the 2200 miles from California to Hawaii how often they see another boat, and he said almost never.

Michael J. estimated they go about an average of 10 knots and hour when sailing and the fastest they got to Hawaii was 9 1/2 days and the longest was 15 days. He said the newer boats now can make it in 5 days. He just spent $100,000 refitting his boat with new sails ($50,000), rigging ($40,000) and electronics ($10,000.) He was asked how long a sail would last. Sailing in the San Francisco Bay and the like they can last about 5 years sailing in a race once a month. Out in the open sea it is much less.

They only use the engine on board to recharge the batteries, they don’t put it in gear. Michael J. was asked by our resident yachtsman Roy about radar and he replied that most sailboats don’t have radar.

Thank you Michael Johnson and Michael Caplan for the brief glance into Yacht racing.

Dr. Tina Jordan gave us a brief idea of what the Guardian Scholar Program is all about. This program is to help Foster Children who have aged out of the system find help and resources to complete college and find employment. The program has been at Sac State since 2006. These students don’t have a lot of stability in their lives, but getting an education can signal everything will be all right. There are currently 104 Guardian Scholars at Sac State and overall there are 3% former foster kids in colleges nationwide. Sierra College has a model program and Dr. Jordan tries to use it for guidelines. U. C. Davis and other 2 year schools in the area have programs as well. When she comes as our speaker, Dr. Jordan will share some of their stories with us. Looking forward to that program!