AARC Donates Coats and Helmets to Dyer Kelly

2006 was the first year that we donated coats to Dyer Kelly which included about 50 coats plus 15 bike helmets.
Tod Lindeman on the left was the principal at that time. Paco Martinez on the right is the school counselor and is still at DK.

Rotary goes big with Encina Computer lab!

Arden Arcade, Point West and North Sac Rotary team up to build a state-of-the-art computer lab for Encina Prep School. An amazing project for a well-deserving school!

Rotary Provides Car Education for the Youth of Sacramento

Newscast: http://gooddaysacramento.cbslocal.com/video/3370488-car-czar-on-the-road-pt-2/

It was not a typical Monday morning at Carmichael park. At 6am, with the sun just rising, youth and students from the Sacramento area rolled out of bed earlier than usual to learn something outside of the average high school curriculum. These students arrived at Carmichael park to meet with Rotarians to learn about the ins and outs of car maintenance. With these students only a year or two from owning a vehicle of there own, Rotarians educated and used hands on tactics to show them the appropriate maintenance, care and attention that a car requires.

Rotary Gets a Peek Into Encina High School as Principal for a Day

The Rotary Club of Arden Arcade’s President, Steve Turner, had a great day with Encina High School as their Principal for the Day! Thank you Principal Richard Judge and their amazing staff for giving the community a peek into your work. The students were respectful and “all in” for their future.

Farm to Fork to Rotary!

The Rotary Club of Arden Arcade hosted a great farm to fork presentation today by Kyle Hagerty and Morgan Daily from East Sac Farms! Kyle and the Chef from Ruth’s Chris worked together on our lunch out of their Farm! It was a wonderful presentation, lunch with Rotarians and all for a great cause!


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.

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Newsletter – February 20, 2018

Pledge by Jonathan Kocycz

Invocation by Joe Green

Past President Steve Turner started off the meeting while Prez Mike is away, and turned it over to President-elect Tom to handle the rest of the duties.

Saturday is Charter Night at Del Paso Country Club—you must RSVP ASAP! Mem- bers are free, guests are $50. Pay ahead of time or at the door. 6PM cocktails, 7:30 Dinner. It will be a fun night celebrating our 63rd year!

Happy Bucks: Al Cady gave Happy Bucks to celebrate 23 years with Edward Jones. Steve Turner gave Happy Bucks to celebrate his daughter’s 8th birthday this Sunday. They’re having a Spy Thriller of a birthday party in Old Sacramento! John Gabriel gave Happy Bucks to celebrate his granddaughter, Lexi, making the Honor Society at Sono- ma State. Earl Heverly gave Happy Bucks because he bought a used car from Hertz that immediately need a new transmission and Hertz paid for it! Ben Fox gave Happy Bucks because he is finally finished with the trial that kept him from participating with his Speech Contest duties. He thanked Les and Paul for picking up slack for him and was very grateful it went so well.

Scott Colvin became a Bell Ringer because he found a great new employee and will not have to continue working 16 hour days! Roy Vogel became a Bell Ringer because he and Linda finally moved into their new home.

Everyone not wearing a Rotary Pin gave a $1 to the pot!

Community Grants are due. We have 5 applications in so far but are looking for more.

Joe Green said the Community Grant for Whitney Little League is moving along. They worked on the shade structure and found a shop in West Sacramento who will make them at cost and their employees will install them on a Saturday. Joe also reported that on Saturday they held a baseball clinic with the Lee brothers—one plays for the Mariners—and the necessity of the following project became very apparent. Jonah Matthews told us about his Eagle Scout project to expand the dugouts and replace the dry rotted wood in the box as well as rebuilding it and adding a door to make it secure. Al Cady is supplying the wood, but he still needs $600 to complete the project. We passed the hat and gave him $346.00 to help.

Joel announced we are 3 sponsorships away from selling out all the sponsorships for the poker tournament. The big job now is filling the seats and getting Silent Auction items. People can register online and just check in by name at registration.

Rob Ford announced the Golf Tournament date as June 18th at Del Paso CC.

Randy reminded you there is still the $100 donation to our Foundation for donating blood as well as a $20 gift card to Starbucks.

Joe Green and Paula invite you to attend the Crab Feed at El Camino High School on March 2nd. There is a table for 12 purchased by the Foundation so your $75 ticket goes back to the Foundation.

Joel introduced our speaker today as a local Icon, Gregg Lukenbill. Gregg is best known for bringing the Kings to town in 1985. His topic today involved the evolution of the Sacramento Area. He talked about how the Oroville Dam along with Shasta and Folsom dams allowed for the expansion of the Sacramento Region. The dams allowed us to reclaim the land that had previously flooded. He had interesting maps showing the evolution of Sacramento from John Sutter’s time. He talked about the flood of 1862 which allowed 11 feet of water engulf the city of Sacramento until a levee was broken through and then homes and animals and all sorts of things flooded through the opening.

The railroad was significant to the foundation of Sacramento. Theodore Judah built what was called the Freeport Railroad that went from the river to what is now the intersection of Folsom Blvd. and Hwy 160. He threatened to expand it to what would become Folsom, Roseville, Lin- coln and Yuba City. The Sacramento Valley and Central Railway fought him and scared the Pa- cific Railroad enough to get them to expand the railroad to the Sierras. Roseville used to be called Junction because it was the junction between the two railways. In the 1860’s, Sacramen- to was a powerful city but by the 1920’s it had lost a lot of that luster.

Sacramento actually became the export link between New York and China and was an im- portant trade location. The city expanded in 1911 and remained much the same way until 1967. What happened in 1967 to allow for Sacramento to expand? The Oroville Dam was com- pleted! As the city expanded so did the County and by the time Gregg and partners were trying to bring the Kings to town, the County ruled the city. Also at that time there were 4 big manu- facturing companies, like Campbell Soup as well as the huge Military population on 3 bases. The railroad did big business. Having these attributes to the city made it a lot easier than it is now to bring the Kings to town. Heather Fargo was not a good mayor for business and she al- most didn’t make it happen. To try to get the Major League Soccer deal now is next to impossi- ble because there is not the business community to support it. We have the fan base, but not the business infrastructure. Especially since we are going up against Cincinnati with major com- panies like Proctor & Gamble and Detroit with many Franchises already in place. The competi- tion for a larger TV market is one of the downfalls of Sacramento. Green Bay gets as much rev- enue as New York City for their TV. It is one reason Greg tried to get the Raiders to move to Sacramento to increase our TV Market share.

When the Dot Com Boon of the happened, Bay Area housing was so expensive Sacramento be- came the bedroom of the Bay Area. At that time we didn’t have the fluidity to have enough housing and businesses ready to accept all who wanted to come. Now we have plenty of hous- ing and commercial properties, but the business climate is so poor they don’t want to come.

To continue to grow and expand the city there is a real need for the big businesses to move to our area, but the California environment is so unfriendly to business that is not going to happen. We live in the best state, but cannot attract big businesses and be competitive.

Gregg says Sacramento is the 4th most historic city in the US, but cannot attract the business- es needed for the profile to be high enough for major league sports. Gregg came up the idea of naming rights for the arena like Arco Arena. He was trying to connect the dot between the interest of the community and local businesses. He says he didn’t really know how lucky they were in 1985 to land the Kings. The deal needed a lot of economic cooperation and as he says, “desperation is the mother of invention.”

In the 1980’s, Sacramento was rated the 20th or 21st economic market, now it languishes in the 30s somewhere and falling. Thank you, Gregg, for an interesting perspective!


Newsletter – January 23, 2018

Pledge by Jed Van Wagener

Invocation by Les Gudger

Visitors/Guests: Paul Sorensen who did an Eagle Scout project at Whitney Little League with an update. The bench he did at Whitney Little League is finished and is ready to welcome you to sit. Paul has spent the first semester at BYU Idaho and now is leaving for his 2 year mission is Louisville Kentucky.

Due to Sherriff Jones’ schedule he is going to speak first. Joel introduced him and said he is now running for a third term. He wants to speak about the challenges he sees to public safety.

As he has spoken to previously, the prison realignment act has turned around the crime pic- ture. The realignment came from the state needing to empty the prisons because they were severely overcrowded but the only way was to “open the back door and close the front door.” The result is now the local jails are severely overcrowded and many people who should be in prison are on the streets. There are people in the Sacramento County jail serving 17 yrs when it was designed for stays of 1 year or less.

Proposition 47—the “safe neighborhood and schools act” changed many felony charges to misdemeanors. It was also retroactive which wiped many felonies from the records of habitu- al criminals by changing them to misdemeanors. Now that these have been wiped from their records, many convicted felons are able to apply for jobs they couldn’t have before and there is no way to know they had been convicted of a felony. Along with this the Governor has de- cided there should be elderly parole, and parent (if you have children at home) parole. Charlie Manson was considered under the elderly parole but was denied.

The 3 Strike Law has become ineffective because no it only applies to committing a serious third crime, not just a crime. This law came into being because violent crime was out of con- trol. Now low level offenders often spend only 1/3 to 1/2 of their sentence in jail. The Depart- ment of Corrections has added Rehabilitation to their name to show that rather than incarcer- ating everyone they want to rehabilitate them and give them credit of time for attending pro- grams that are suppose to help them on the outside. What it has done instead is increase re- cidivism to 70%. Violent Crime is up 15% and Property Crime is through the roof. Even shop- lifting has to be over $950 before it is considered a felony. The law is so crazy now that if you have a gun stolen from your car you can be charged with a crime as well as the thief.

Sherriff Jones was asked about the Sanctuary State Act and reacted by saying they never work with ICE to do raids. Often, illegals use false names to keep from being found out by ICE and deported. So the benefit to work with ICE in the jails is to share databases and have a more reliable system to make sure illegal felons don’t return to society.

Sherriff Jones talked about their Intelligence Lead Policing policy where they keep officers in smaller geographic areas so they get to know the area and it’s residents. They also use a very powerful intelligence analytic platform to help combat gang issues and try to disrupt crime before it takes place. This platform helps them predict where things might happen. In 2 years of use, crime has gone down 15% while statewide, crime has gone up 15%.

The great divide—where the media shows law enforcement and where our area values law enforcement. The satisfaction rating is 83% locally where it is 79% nationally. The news media would have us believe something very different. Sherriff Jones likes to share this information

with his officers to help boost their morale. There are 1500 sworn officers in the Sacramento Sherriff’s Department, and 2100 overall employees. It is the 7th largest law enforcement agency in the country covering 1000 square miles.

Sherriff Jones was asked why there is a push to remove the bail bonds system. He explained that bail is not set by ability to pay but it is a constitutional right and the only real purpose is to make sure the per- son shows up in court. In Sacramento County there are over 50,000 failure to appear warrants out- standing. What happens now is someone is picked up for a crime and their outstanding warrants are cleared and then they are given a new court date and the person starts the cycle again by not showing up in court again.

Sherriff Jones talked a little about the conflict between state and federal laws on marijuana, but basi- cally mentioned the crime that surrounds it like home invasions. He also talked about concealed weap- ons permits and how he approves them. There is a person who is pushing for a legislative audit of the CWP, and the fight goes on between the Sherriff and Kevin McCarty who thinks the Sherriff should be prosecuted Another issue brought up in questions was the Homeless population in Sacramento. Sherriff Jones says the homeless should be identified and handled differently. Felons getting out on parole may want to be homeless so no one can find them. Some people just choose to be homeless, while some are mentally ill and need to be provided applicable services. No we have the issue of providing so many ser- vices that out of state homeless people come here to get services.

Thank you, Sherriff Jones for a great presentation.

Bell Ringers: Carroll Cook donated $100 even though he hasn’t received his winnings from the Reverse Raffle yet. Happy Bucks: Carolyn Lewis gave happy bucks because her son set his wedding date and picked the venue. Carolyn wants to know if anyone has an in at Ruby Hill in Pleasanton. Al Cady gave $10 for hosting the dictionary labeling party last week. Larry McClure gave Happy Buck to announce his 70th Birthday on January 30th—Happy Birthday, Larry! Howard gave $5 Happy Bucks for spending 5 days in Scottsdale and NOT buying anything at the auction!

Several members were not wearing Rotary pins and were fined $1.

Joe Green was called up to receive a $9000 check for Whitney Little League to help with many of their long term maintenance needs including shade structures at the dugouts. Rotary will be prominently displayed on the Welcome Scoreboard as well as on the side of the snack bar. The check was the result of 4500 from our club and a District matching grant.

Hidden Gems: Matt Ross and Jenny Davini. Turns out they are neighbors! Jenny grew up in the area, attended RIO and Sac State and met he husband there in an accounting class—go figure! Matt grew up in Southern California and then attended UCSB. Matt met his wife through a co-worker and was an hour late to their first date. They have been married 17 years and have 2 children, Andrew and Katy. Jenny has been married 24 years and has 3 children. Jenny recently opened her own accounting firm, Cor- nelius Davini where she can give the personalized attention she wants to give. Matt has worked around the Capital and then opened his own firm, Ross & Associates where he “helps people frame their de- bates so they can win their arguments.” Both Matt and Jenny are devoted to their families and love their work.

Update on the Poker Tournament: The date remain on March 10th—it turned out to be the best date all around but leaves us a shortened planning cycle. The Rocklin Mercedes Show- room will be the venue. First Tee and The Crisis Nursery are our two partners, and Walmart is our Major Sponsor. It is now incumbent on all of us to get involved and pitch in to make it a successful event.

The Arden Arcade Board has decided that the Poker Tournament Proceeds go to the Arden Arcade Foundation to help in local projects while the proceeds from the Golf Tournament will go to the Ray McClure Scholarship Fund.

There are 200 seats for the tournament, we want all seats filled. Last year the tickets were sold but only 160 players showed up.

Les Gudger reminded us to put February 24th on the calendar for Charter Night at Del Paso Country Club. More information to come.

Bill Hambrick will take sign ups next wee for dictionary deliveries to 4 schools.