Newsletter – September 25, 2018

Pledge: Les Gudger                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Invocation: Mike Grace

Bell Ringers: Cathy Skeen for celebrating her birthday and 43rd Anniversary as well as buying a home in Incline Village (but she’ll still be coming to Rotary.) Matt Ross for celebrating his 18th Anniversary on Sunday and for his son, Andrew, who was at this weekend’s airshow with the Robotics Team from Rio and is also half way through with his Eagle Scout Project. Also, Rio beat El Camino in Volleyball! Rob Olmsted for turning 41 on Sunday! And Duane Oliveria gave $25 each Cal win so far and $29 for celebrating his 29th Anniversary for a Bell Ringer at $104!

Happy Bucks:
Ben Fox gave HB for celebrating his birthday by camping with the family, and is now suffering for it (back.) Les gave HB to warn everyone not to leave getting a passport to the last minute. He spent 7 hours in San Francisco yesterday getting it to go to Cabo.

Mike Caplan, Earl Heverly and Duane Oliveria were all late. Prez Tom had them each answer a Rotary Trivia question to get out of a fine. None of them got the question right!

Announcements:

  •  On Friday, October 5th, we will have a Fleet Week Boating adventure on Captain Steve’s boat in the San Francisco Bay. More Tim Cahill is co-chairing with Captain Steve. The bus will leave at 8am from Pavilions. We’ll be leaving from the Marina Bay Yacht Harbor. Both the Parade of Boats and the Blue Angels will be there. Steve will prepare his “from scratch” Clam Chowder along with tri-tip, etc. There will be mimosas and Bloody Mary’s on the bus! Cost is $80 per person, guests are welcome but the number is capped at 40.
  • The 13th of October is a Rotary Work Day at William Pond Park. We will be restoring benches (thanks to the wood donated by Al Cady.) A BBQ lunch will follow. Meet at William Pond Park (at the end of Arden Way & the river) at 9am. Steve is getting the fireboat and Sheriff’s ATV to help move items. Arrive at 8:30 to build benches and lunch will be at 12:00. There is also a pre-work party on October 7th at Al’s home to prep the wood for the benches. Please come and help—9am.
  • Al still needs a stronger commitment from someone to help with set up and clean up for the meetings.
  • November 6th our meeting is moved to Cannon on 33rd Street in East Sacramento. They are opening special for our lunch.
  • The Fall Grant deadline is September 30th. They will be discussed at the October Board meeting on October 3rd at Howe Park.
  • Mike Grace announced the last weekend of the comedy “Oh, He’s Coming Back” at the Howe Avenue Theater. September 28, 29 and 30.

Mike Grace did his joke list while Tom raised a set amount of money—Mike got in 3 1/2 jokes!

Our speaker today is Roger Niello, a local celebrity and former Assemblyman. Roger talked about the political climate and said he is frustrated with the anti-government sentiment present since the Donald Trump victory. Looking forward, Roger thinks the Congressional Elections coming up are the most important. He noted he will be on KFBK at 7pm on election night with others to discuss the election.

There are 25-30% of voters who are rock solid behind Trump. A significant number of voters voted against Clinton rather than for Trump to allow him to pull off the upset. Trump highly energizes the opposition base by making everything all about Trump. Roger looks at the “right of center suburbanites”, and wonders if the Republicans can keep them even though they voted for Trump. Roger says Trump is “his own worst enemy.” He is a thin-skinned, egocentric narcissist. He wears his emotions on his sleeve. Will the anti-Trump movement be enough to cause a split among the Democratic ranks?

Startling fact: 49% in a poll said they favor impeaching President Trump. On a generic ballot, 49% chose a generic Democrat, 42% chose a generic Republican. Historically during a non– Presidential year election, the sitting President’s party loses 18 out of 20 seats. This year, 60 Congressional seats are highly contested. The net loss in 90% of mid-term elections since 1902 is 4 1/2 seats. In California many Politician’s are becoming “decline to state” or “Independent” rather than align with either party.

The Senate is a different story. There are 26 Democrats to 8 Republicans up for election. 10 of the seats are from districts where Trump won in 2016. Could Congress go Democratic, quite likely. The Senate should remain Republican so we will have a split.

The more important election are the Governors races. There are 336 Republican and 16 Democratic and 1 Independent Governors and 6 are up for election this cycle. The key is that in 2020 there will be a census and Governors can redistrict accordingly.

The top 2 voting has made a huge impact in California, where we’ll often see a Democrat against a Democrat in the election because they were the top 2 vote getters in the primary.

Steve Poizner running for Insurance Commissioner says he’ll show Republicans how to win—become an Independent.

The question is how small the majority will be in the Legislature. The significance is the necessary 2/3 majority to increase taxes. Congress will probably go Democratic, and the Senate is up for grabs.

Roger gave us an idea on some of the propositions on the ballot in November. Prop 6 is about the gas tax. A yes removes the gas tax, a no means they stay in place. Is it possible that the sentiment on prop 6 could show a more open election with the possibility of a Republican Governor?

Roger recommended the following web sites: LAO.CA.GOV and Votersedge.org

Both parties are effected by the populists verses the establishment (traditionalists.) Could that dynamic cause a split in the parties? Could 4 parties be possible? Roger says look at Europe, that is not what we would want.

Roger was asked about the Kavanagh confirmation, and Roger says it hinges on the few people on the Judicial Committee. He didn’t give a prediction.

Follow Roger on Twitter or the web at: @RogerNeillo and RogerNiello.com

Thank you Roger, for your insight into the current world of politics.

Next week: Special Agent in Charge of the FBI, Sean Reagan

Newsletter – September 19, 2018

Invocation by Al Cady

Visitors: Antonio Lopez, Dan Hines, Kristina Robinson and Ron Lader.
People without Rotary Pins paid $1.
Our hosts at JJ Pfister Distillery are Kevin and Gail Keck—fun fact, their daughter received an Arden Arcade Scholarship and is now in Pediatric Oncology.

Announcements:

  • On Friday, October 5th, we will have a Fleet Week Boating adventure on Captain Steve’s boat in the San Francisco Bay. More details to come. Tim Cahill is co-chairing with Captain Steve. The bus will leave at 8am. Both the Parade of Boats and the Blue Angels will be there. Steve will prepare his “from scratch” Clam Chowder along with tri-tip, etc. There will be mimosas and Bloody Mary’s on the bus! Cost is $80 per person, guests are welcome but the number is capped at 40.
  • The 13th of October is a Rotary Work Day at William Pond Park. We will be restoring benches (thanks to the wood donated by Al Cady.) A BBQ lunch will follow. Meet at William Pond Park (at the end of Arden Way & the river) at 9am. Steve is getting the fireboat and Sheriff’s ATV to help move items. Arrive at 8:30 to build benches and lunch will be at 12:00.
  • Al still needs a stronger commitment from someone to help with set up and clean up for the meetings.
  • Danny passed out flyers and sponsorship opportunities for the 7th Annual fundraiser which this year is called “Taco Bout A Fiesta!” See flyer and sponsorship opportunities attached.

The first impression of JJ Pfsiter’s was how nice the tasting room is and how cool the artifacts are hanging on the wall. I began speaking with Kevin, the Great-Grandson of John Jacob Pfister. John Jacob was born in Switzerland and came to San Francisco in 1869. He opened JJ Pfister Knitting Company in 1876. He was a very prominent industrialist of his time. He had brought machines from Switzerland which produced 12,000 knit wool bathing suits a month. They were his signature item. He also made baseball uniforms, and outfitted the Klondike Miners.

John Jacob’s mission was to provide quality, value and the best customer service. Ideals adopted by his namesake, JJ Pfister’s Distillery. At the time of the 1906 earthquake, many of the swimsuit styles he made were out of San Francisco on display. Thus, the original swimsuits on display in the tasting room. After the earthquake and fire—which did most of the damage to the factory, JJ Pfister Knitting Company moved to Berkeley.

A friend of the family asked the Keck’s to make vodka from his potatoes. He grows organic potatoes in Oregon, but only 1/3 are acceptable size and shape for Whole Foods to purchase, so the 2/3 left are now being used to make JJ Pfister Vodka. It takes 15 lbs of potatoes to make one liter of vodka. The JJ Pfister vodka is purely organic. When they discovered they needed nitrogen for the process, the farmer flooded his fields while leaving a quarter of the grain behind and it attracted thousands of birds using the Pacific Flyway. Their excrement provided the necessary nitrogen. 1% of the proceeds from JJ Pfsiters is donated to the Miller Refuge in the Klamath Basin.

Our tour of the distillery (the heart of any fermented operation) was very interesting. The fermentation process is an ancient reaction. We learned the process of mashing, cooking, cooling, adding yeast to ferment and storage. It was somewhat surprising to learn that the new oak barrels are only used one time. Afterwards they are sold to breweries because the bourbon in the wood helps flavor beer. Vodka can be made in 8 days start to finish if necessary, bourbon and whiskey need to be aged in the barrels. The remaining “stuff” after distilling is fed to cows at an Elk Grove farm to continue the organic cycle. When the potatoes come in they can be ground 1000 lbs at a time. The farmer plants them in cycles so the potatoes are always freshly picked when the process begins. The peels go in the grinder after the potatoes are washed several times.

Everything that touches the product is organic including the bottles, labels and medallions. The potatoes they use are russet potatoes. We learned that whiskey here is spelled with the “e”, where in Scotland and Ireland it is spelled without the “e” – whisky. Irish whisky is smoother than Scottish because it doesn’t have the heavy peat Scottish distiller’s use. The copper used in making the stills is significant because it takes the sulfur out of the product—if they don’t have copper in the stills they throw copper nails into the product while it is being distilled.

JJ Pfister opened in April. Their products are available at Nugget Markets, Total Wine, and several fine restaurants in the Sacramento area. Currently they are producing Vodka, Gin, Rum and Drakas (a honey based liquor.)

Thank you Kevin, Gail and the JJ Pfister family for a very fun meeting!

Newsletter – September 11, 2018

Pledge by Paula James                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Invocation by Al Cady

Bell Ringers: Rob Ford: Spent last week in Hawaii to celebrate his 27th Anniversary this coming Saturday. Jenny Davini: her daughter just became a homeowner in the Garden of the Gods! Cathy Skeen: Her son just got married and she found out 3 days before—no work! Happy Bucks: Bruce Stimson had the best 3 day weekend—he and Nancy took their 2 granddaughters to Safari West and went “Glamping” in a tent then drove the next day to Monterey and spent the night in the Monterey Aquarium watching the Enchanted Kelp Forest all night then went to the Zoo the next day. Boy what a treat! Linda Bigler is celebrating a birthday tomorrow. Rob Olmsted has been gone for a while—closing of the legislative session then spent some time in Alaska. Monika said her father who passed away 6 months ago had a bucket list and she and her mom wanted to do something on the list so they went to Loaves and Fishes armed with $250 worth of pies to feed the clients there. They’ve now decided to do something like it each month. Our speaker, Lou Stanfill said his son turns one on Saturday.
Announcements:

  • The window is still open for the Fall Grant applications. By accepting applications twice a year we can be choosier in evaluating requests. The decisions will be made at the October Board Meeting.
  •  Tuesday, September 18th we will meet at JJ Pfister Distilling Company at 9819 Business Park Drive, Sacramento 95827. This is our regular lunch meeting.
  • On Friday, October 5th, we will have a Fleet Week Boating adventure on Captain Steve’s boat in the San Francisco Bay. More details to come. Tim Cahill is co-chairing with Captain Steve. The bus will leave at 8am. Both the Parade of Boats and the Blue Angels will be there. Steve will prepare his “from scratch” Clam Chowder along with tri-tip, etc. There will be mimosas and Bloody Mary’s on the bus! Cost is $80 per person, guests are welcome but the number is capped at 40.
  • The 13th of October is a Rotary Work Day at William Pond Park. We will be restoring benches (thanks to the wood donated by Al Cady.) A BBQ lunch will follow. Meet at William Pond Park (at the end of Arden Way & the river) at 8:30am. Steve is getting the fireboat and Sheriff’s ATV to help move items. Arrive at 8:30 to build benches and lunch will be at 11:30.
  • Al still needs a stronger commitment from someone to help with set up and clean up for the meetings.
  •  The September 5th Board Meeting and Wine Down Wednesday at the Vogel’s home was fantastic and Prez Tom thinks all Board Meetings should be there!

Mike Grace was finally able to give Rob Olmsted his Paul Harris Pin and Certificate for all the help he gave Mike during his year as President.

Paul King and Monika Singh attended a 4 hour seminar on Human Trafficking on Saturday. They learned that human trafficking is a 150 Billion Dollar Business. There are 40 Million victims world wide and over 100,000 in the US. California is a hotspot due to its location. The 100,000 number is probably not accurate because many are not reported. Human Trafficking is “a person who is compelled to do labor or commercial sex acts”—with 80% being in labor and 20% in sex trafficking. Many are promised false jobs and then are held captive by having their passports taken away and then they are paid a pittance but charged huge fees for living expenses. This creates a debt bondage for the victim. Many victims are lured through family members or by threatening the life of family members if they don’t cooperate. In January a law was passed in California with broad programs to help reduce and eliminate human trafficking. Rotary has committed $400,000 to teach programs in 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th grades about what it is and how to avoid becoming a victim.

There was a kick-off rally at the capital and now they are looking for schools to agree to participate in the program. This is “community service at it’s finest.” Monika reminded us that if we see something odd, do something about it. Online sites are especially high for recruitment but also nail salons, convenience stores and such can be as well.

The Rotary District is doing a blood drive and Randy Freidman is again challenging Arden Arcade members to give in the name of Arden Arcade Rotary. When you do you’ll receive a special pound of Sedna Coffee as well as a $20 donation made in your name to the Foundation. Thank you, Randy!

Our speaker today is Lou Stanfill, a 2003 graduate of Jesuit and UC Berkeley graduate where he played Rugby on his way to becoming a US National Team Player. Lou talked about the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and what it meant to him. On that day, September 11, 2011 he was playing in the World Cup of Rugby in New Zealand. In the first game against Ireland, they lost but then went on to beat Russia in the next game before losing to Australia and Italy. Rugby is HUGE overseas, and the World Cup is the 3rd largest sporting event.

Lou told us why 9-11 is important to him and all of US Rugby. Mark Bingham, a CAL Rugby player was on flight 93 and he was paramount in keeping that plane from going on to Washington DC. He along with his fellow passengers overtook the terrorists and brought the plane down. In addition, Sean Lugano who was a member of the NY Athletic Club Rugby Team was a first responder who lost his life helping others during the attack. Sean’s brother, John, came to New Zealand to address the team prior to their game. He spoke from the heart of how much Rugby meant to him. Lou said all of this just highlights the attitude of “for the greater good.” There was also a Memorial Service in a church in New Zealand and the church was packed. The team also received messages from first responders and firefighters of encouragement. There is a “brotherhood” among rugby players. There is true evil in this world and we should all be proactive in stopping it before it happens.

Rugby Nor Cal is a non-profit organization formed to promote and teach youth rugby. Along with teaching the game of rugby, their mission is to promote higher values. Although rugby is a game of “hit as hard as you can,” it is also the “sport played in heaven.” While rugby is a hard hitting, rough game, the players are held to a high standard. They have respect for the sport as well as for their fellow players. Nor Cal Rugby hopes to raise the awareness of the game. Northern California has had more players on the National Team than any other place. Cal Rugby is big-time as is Jesuit’s team.

Rugby is not like other sports. Football, basketball and baseball players dream of going pro and getting a huge salary. Rugby players can play professional for years and finish in debt. Blaine Scully, a former Jesuit player and Jan Scully’s son, scored the first skin for a tier 1 National team from the US.

How can we help Nor Cal Rugby? Donate, Get Involved, support the teams.

Thank you, Lou, for the insight into Rugby and good luck with Nor Cal Rugby!

Newsletter – August 28, 2018

Pledge by Carolyn Ewing
Invocation by Earl Heverly

We are DARK next Tuesday, September 4th.

Guest: Alicia, Al Cady’s fiancée; Maggie Schubert, who works with at risk children; Antonio Lopez who attended the car show and may be seeking membership!

Bell Ringers: George Prather because he raced twice in Salt Lake City and then drove straight home to be in his bowling league championships—and he bowled a perfect game (300)!!! Cathy Skeen because she and a group of fellow Rotarians purchased a dinner at the Golf Tournament and they attended Saturday night and had a spectacular time—it was a fabulous, “fancy” dinner! Then on Sunday she and her husband Dave drove to Fresno to attend Dave’s nephew’s wedding—it had been 20 years since Dave has seen his family! Carolyn Lewis because her son was married on Sunday as well and even though the amazing Dim Sum Brunch Carolyn planned for the Rehearsal was fabulous they ended up 4 seats short in a very crowded restaurant…all turned out well and it was wonderful.

Happy Bucks: Steve Turner because he was explaining to a friend what Rotary is all about and our Rotary Van drove by and just emphasized our impact! John Gabriel because he shot his age in golf! Christine Jensen because she missed last week because her boyfriend whisked her away to an Ed Sheering Concert in San Francisco! Al Cady because Alicia is here! Rob Ford because he’s feeling an emptier house with one daughter off to University of Delaware for her senior year and the second off to Sonoma State for her sophomore year! Randy gave shame bucks because he donated blood at a Jewish Food Festival and they got the credit not Rotary! Paula because her nephew emptied the dishwasher!

Those without pins and name badges—THERE WERE NONE!!!

Announcements:

  • The window is officially open for the Fall Grant applications. By accepting applications twice a year we can be choosier in evaluating requests. The decisions will be made at the October Board Meeting.
  •  On September 5th at the Board Meeting, there will also be a Wine Down Wednesday gathering with drinks and hors d’oeuvres at Roy and Linda Vogel’s new house in Serrano. 4761 Gresham, El Dora-do Hills. Please bring an hors d’oeuvre to share. Everyone is invited!
  • Tuesday, September 18th we will meet at JJ Pfister Distilling Company at 9819 Business Park Drive, Sacramento 95827. This is our regular lunch meeting.
  • On Friday, October 5th, we will have a Fleet Week Boating adventure on Captain Steve’s boat in the San Francisco Bay. More details to come. Tim Cahill is co-chairing with Captain Steve.
  • Prez Tom announced Sandy Zales is retiring from Rotary as she has moved to a memory care facility at Eskaton. Her family made a $250 donation to Rotary.
  • The 13th of October is a Rotary Work Day at William Pond Park. We will be restoring benches (thanks to the wood donated by Al Cady.) A BBQ lunch will follow. Meet at William Pond Park (at the end of Arden Way & the river) at 9am.
  •  Tim Cahill also announced a Rotary House Clean-up Day will take place in November. We are one of several clubs to operate the Rotary House and it’s our turn to do some light maintenance. It’s light work for many hands and very satisfying to see how our Centennial Project has added a much need resource to the community.
  • Al still needs a stronger commitment from someone to help with set up and clean up for the meetings.
  •  Dictionaries are on order and will be delivered in December. The hand out dates will be in January and
    February. Bill Hambrick will take sign ups later.
  • Mississausa Meadowvale Canada sent us their club flag for using Tom’s Toronto video!
  • Mike Grace was prepared to tell jokes but Michael Caplan became a Bell Ringer for him not to!

Linda Bigler introduced today’s speaker, Mery Santos from SEDNA Specialty Coffee Company
Mery was born and raised in Venezuela. She came to the US to complete her college education at the University of Missouri. She was introduced to the coffee industry in 1999. Coffee became her passion. She is the immediate past President of the International Women Coffee Alliance, a non-profit organization with the mission to “empower women in the international coffee community to achieve meaningful and sustainable lives.” Mery’s company, Sedna Coffee Company was started in 2016 to source and roast coffee from women producers.

Mery is familiar with Rotary. She has worked with San Diego Rotary to provide Micro Loans for women coffee producers. She thinks the micro-loan program is amazing! She also volunteered for the Rotary Youth Incentive Program in Sacramento and her mentee just started pre-med studies at UCLA!

Mery quizzed us on our knowledge of coffee: The first coffee beans were discovered in Ethiopia. A farmer noticed goats eating the berries and getting stimulated and decided to make a “tea” out of the berries. This was the beginning of the coffee industry. A cup of regular drip coffee has more than (95ml.) of caffeine than espresso (63ml). The reason you seem to get a bigger kick from espresso is because it is concentrated. Is coffee a fruit or nut? It is a fruit—a berry. Is there more caffeine in dark or light roast? Light roast has more caffeine. Sedna means abundance and it was the last named start to be found. Who is the biggest coffee producing country? Brazil is number 1 followed by Vietnam and Columbia. Decaffeinated coffee is not truly “caffeine free”. If you drink 10 cups of decaffeinated coffee you’d be consuming the equivalent caffeine of 2 cups of caffeinated coffee.

Mery says that we may not have enough coffee production in 10 years unless we help support the farmers and pay them a livable wage. The fair trade process doesn’t really help the farmers unless they can become certified and that is a very expensive process. Doing business directly with the farmer is the best way to ensure a fair wage to the farmer.

Americans drink 3.2 cups of coffee a day. 59% of them are gourmet or specialty coffees. 46% are drunk away from home. There is an age correlation between where someone drinks coffee and which type with 65 year old and older people more likely to drink brewed coffee at home. Over 4,000,000 cups of coffee are drunk every day.

Coffee is a shrub which flowers once a year except in Brazil and Columbia where a plant can flower twice a year. Erna Knutsen was the first to coin the “specialty coffee” term in 1974. She was very passionate about specialty coffee and elevated it’s stature!

How are the coffee beans processed: honey, dry washed, pulped natural…

  • Washed coffee is put through a depulper then it is washed and dried.
  • Dry process is where they just dry the beans in their natural state (sweeter and fruitier)
  • Honey is somewhere between natural and washed—the outer shell is removed then it goes through the pro-cess (sweeter)

Natural and Honey are of a higher premium to a roaster. The coffee roasting effects the coffee profile. Mery says you can listen to the bean pop and know it’s ready. Mery has traveled to coffee producing countries for 20 years. Her company is a small batch specialty coffee roaster delivering fresh roasted beans to your door. She does not have a brick and Mortar storefront, she prefers to use her private model of personal delivery, corporate gifts and fundraising events. Her corporate gifts are all custom made and sometimes include other women owned local, natural products.

Her main product is the subscription of specialty coffee freshly roasted beans. She can be reached at 916 412-9436, or mery@sednacoffee.com.

Thank you, Mery, for a very interesting look at coffee!

Newsletter – August 21, 2018

Pledge by Bruce Stimson
Invocation by Phil Kocycz

Guest: Paula James’s nephew, Christian Walter James, has come to live with Aunt Paula while he’s attending Sacramento State. Visiting Rotarians: Desiree Wilson, Asst. Governor and Point West Rotary, Bill Martin and Lewie Donhost both from East Sac Rotary.

Danny gave the update on softball—we lost to the Sacramento Club. Danny reported that Joe Green was very upset because the Sac Club put on champion t-shirts and he thought they were pretty arrogant to have them already made, but it turned out they came from the Fulton El Camino Park District. Steve Turner chimed in with Happy Bucks and said up until a certain time our team was right in it but the tide took a turn and the Sac Club took advantage of it. Steve felt our team did a great job and he’s very proud of our team! Tim Cahill admitted he’s the oldest member of the team and gave Happy Bucks for the team allowing him to play. Prez Tom says the President of the Sacramento Club has already challenged him to a bet for next year’s championship.

Additional Happy Bucks: Randy because he’s been out with a pinched nerve and has some wicked fuzz on his face, John Gabriel because his daughter and granddaughter stopped by on their way to Sonoma State to return Lexi for her sophomore year.

Those without pins and name badges were fined $1 –each.

Announcements:

  • The window is officially open for the Fall Grant applications. By accepting applications twice a year we can be choosier in evaluating requests. The decisions will be made at the October Board Meeting.
  • On September 5th at the Board Meeting, there will also be a Wine Down Wednesday gathering with drinks and hors d’oeuvres at Roy and Linda Vogel’s new house in Serrano. 4761 Gresham, El Dorado Hills. Please bring an hors d’oeuvre to share. Everyone is invited!
  • Tuesday, September 18th we will meet at JJ Pfister Distilling Company at 9819 Business Park Drive, Sacramento 95827. This is our regular lunch meeting.
  • On Friday, October 5th, we will have a Fleet Week Boating adventure on Captain Steve’s boat in the San Francisco Bay. More details to come. Captain Steve could use some help putting it together.
  • Prez Tom announced Paul King will be attending fewer meetings so Al Cady needs a helper setting up and cleaning up the meetings.
  • The 13th of October is a Rotary Work Day at William Pond Park. We will be restoring benches (thanks to the wood donated by Al Cady.) and doing some Parkway cleanup. A BBQ lunch will follow. Meet at William Pond Park (at the end of Arden Way & the river) at 9am.
  • Tim Cahill also announced a Rotary House Clean-up Day will take place in November. We are one of several clubs to operate the Rotary House and it’s our turn to do some light maintenance. It’s light work for many hands and very satisfying to see how our Centennial Project has added a much need resource to the community.
  • Mike Grace announced that the Theater operating at Howe Avenue Park is doing a children’s play this Sunday at 2pm as well as Friday the 7th at 7Pm and Sunday the 10th at 2pm. Admission is free to all, and Mike says it is a great time!

Our speaker today is Aaron Schlein, Host of Dramatic Travels. Paula says Aaron got his travel fever as a teenager exploring the world with his grandmother. Becoming a father inspired him to become an advocate for youth travel and create media content that encourages parents to travel with their kids.

Aaron told the story of how 9 months ago he knew he wanted to start a business but didn’t have a clue of how to go about doing so. His worst 9 months struggling to figure it out has become the best 9 months of his life (so far)! Aaron discovered that if he wanted to interview people for a book he wanted to write, he got little response. However, if he asked the same people to be on his Podcast they were very willing! At the time Aaron didn’t even have a Podcast, but that didn’t deter him! Why do a Podcast? If you have a message, or a solution to a problem and are having a hard time connecting with people interested in the same issues, a Podcast has become the way to connect. Sometimes people just like to talk and hope someone is interested in listening—a conversational exhibitionist. You use your voice to tell the world who you are and what you believe.

Only 25% of Americans listen to Podcasts, but in 2015 they made 69 million dollars in revenue. In 2017, it had grown to 220 million! The key is you can listen to Podcasts anywhere at anytime—it’s your own personal radio station of entertainment.

In the beginning, Aaron knew he wanted to start a business associated with travel. It expanded to travel with children and then to tell the story of how his travels with his grandmother influenced the rest of his life. He had entered a contest the Sacramento Bee ran about traveling in 2006. He won the contest by writing about his travels with his grandmother and realized, voila(!), his first Pod cast was born!

Previously he had graduated with a degree in Risk Management. For a project he researched how much airlines would save if people didn’t have to carry luggage on board or checked. He had discovered the airlines save $350,00 by no longer providing the “Sky Mall” in the seat pocket. He soon discovered it would take years and millions of dollars to do the research although he is convinced it would save the airlines millions of dollars.

In October of 2017, Aaron discovered “Entrepreneurs on Fire,” the first Podcast he listened to. It completely inspired him as he listened to that day’s speaker, Peter Shankman with great interest. His message was share good and positive things. From Arron’s first podcast where he interviewed Mr. Shankman, Aaron’s followers grew to 165,000. Aaron discovered 3 quick truths on podcasts: 1. Have a message, 2. Have solutions so people learn from you, and 3. Use your voice to connect. Listen to Aaron at Dramatictravels.

Thank you, Aaron for an interesting exposure to Podcasts and entrepreneurship.

Be the Inspiration!

Newsletter – August 14, 2018

Pledge by
Invocation by Michael Caplan

Guest: Miranda Nelson, Recreation Coordinator at Swanston Park. Nice to see Stuart Nelson back—he’s the President of the Insurance Agency Board and his meetings are on Tuesdays so it has been difficult to make Rotary meetings.

Gary and Bonnie Johnson won Best of Show and Fan Favorite at last week’s car show. It was a great time and over $1500 was raised for the Carr Fire!

Happy Bucks: Danny gave Happy Bucks to update us on softball—we won—and playoffs start next Monday! Danny also told us that the Arden Arcade Pasta Feed to benefit SCIP is now going to be a Taco Bar Theme -”nacho average fundraiser!” – “Beans for Teens,” or something like that. It takes place on November 10th and Al Cady of Edward Jones is the Title Sponsor!” Steve Turner wanted to make sure everyone comes to the softball playoffs next Monday 8/20 at Howe Park at 6:30pm. Steve will have “beverages!” Patrick O’Neil paid Happy Bucks to celebrate playing softball on his 31st Birthday next Monday! Bill Hambrick paid Happy Bucks for winning a heatshield for his truck for knowing about the corvette type that Gary has from the Car Pro Show. Tom Goode announced he will pay Shame Bucks for not notifying the Piatti staff that we would not be here last week. OOPS

Those without pins and name badges were fined $1 –each.

Announcements:

  • Past Prez Mike asked Paula Jones to come forward and presented her with his Paul Harris Fellow!
  • On September 5th at the Board Meeting, there will also be a Wine Down Wednesday gathering with drinks and hors d’ouvres at Roy and Linda Vogel’s new house in Serrano. Everyone is invited!
  • Tuesday, September 18th we will meet at JJ Pfister Distilling Company at 9819 Business Park Drive, Sacramento 95827.
  • On Friday, October 5th, we will have a Fleet Week Boating adventure on Captain Steve’s boat in the San Francisco Bay. More details to come. Captain Steve could use some help putting it together.
  • Prez Tom announced that District Governor Jack Arney was at the Car Show so that took care of this year’s visit from the District Governor! Tom handed out 2 “Be the Inspiration” pins from Jack one to Monica Singh and one to Les Gudger. They exemplify getting involved right off the bat!

Christine went over the club’s financial report (it will be attached to this newsletter.) Christine has done a fantastic job of doing the treasurer’s job for the past 4 years following up one the great job Phyllis Green did. Our new Treasurer is Patrick O’Neil.

Steve Turner presented information on the Foundation accounts. The Arden Arcade Foundation was founded in 2000 at the time of Ray McClure’s death with an anonymous gift. The Ray McClure Fund is part of the Foundation dedicated to scholarship. The Foundation Board is separate from the Club Board, but while the Foundation Board has fiduciary responsibility for the foundation accounts, the Club Board is a committee of the Foundation Board. A memorandum of understanding between the 2 boards exists to have the Foundation Board oversea all charitable giving and take an active roll in over-seeing the investment accounts. There are 7 Directors on the Board: Steve Turner, Patt McCormick, Bruce Stimson, Matt Ross, Tim Cahill, Carroll Cook and Larry McClure. They meet quarterly in January, April, July and October. Steve announced that due to the successful fundraising this past year, the 2018-2019 year is pre-funded so that Presidents can budget knowing their range.

Steve also reported that we will produce an official annual report for the first time this year as well as send official acknowledgements to all donors. There is a 3% fee paid to the club for operational expenses for every fundraiser. Steve also made clear the fact that the Arden Arcade Foundation is not a part of the Rotary International Foundation.

Our speakers today, Jessica Fielding and Gao Xiong from the Sacramento County Coalition for Youth. The coalition mission is the health and safety of the Arden Arcade area. They have been named the 5th agency concerned with the prevention of drug and alcohol . They work as part of SCIP but their mission is first and foremost a resource in the community for awareness and prevention of youth drug and alcohol abuse. Arden Arcade has been named the worst area in our region for drug and alcohol abuse. The SCCY tries to link teenagers to resources. Since October 2017, 101 community stakeholders have come on board. They have made presentations to over 1000 youth. Drug and Alcohol abuse affects everyone, but this agency targets their message to teenagers—6th grade and up. They have made presentations at many liquor stores and outlets to help them identify how they can lesson the attraction of drugs and alcohol. Things like not placing alcohol next to energy drinks or toy isles. The Arden Arcade Chamber of Commerce is presenting awards to merchants who choose to protect teens.

With marijuana being legal, how do we prevent teenagers from using it. The marijuana sold not is significantly stronger than that sold in the 1970’s. A new type, Wax– is 99% THC—the ingredient that creates the high but also creates anxiety and paranoia.

SCCY has a “Future Forward” campaign to continually update information through PSA spots and being out in the public with the van trying to educate and protect young people. The hope is to educate young people that their brains can be effected as well as their future. Another way the SCCY people reach out is through Town Hall Meetings. They have held 4 so far, 1 each at Safetyville, Swanston Park, Highlands High School and Job Corps. Their message is healthy brain, healthy life! SCCY also trains community leaders to share their message.

Future strategies are to hold neighborhood talks, merchant awards for protecting youth, red ribbon week activities, and attendance at the Washington D. C. Youth Prevention Summit The future is to include OPIODs and prescription drugs in their prevention education.

Thank you, Jessica and Gao for a great presentation and for all you are doing to help our neighborhood youth!

Be the Inspiration!

 

ROTARY CLUB OF ARDEN ARCADE
&
ROTARY FOUNDATION OF ARDEN ARCADE
Treasurers’ Year-End Financial Summary Report
June 30, 2018

Dear Arden Arcade Rotarians:
Under Mike Grace’s leadership, we enjoyed the year and raised money for both our community and beyond. The following is a brief summary of our financial activity for the past year.

Club Accounts:
Administrative Revenue: $68,900
SocialActivityRevenue: $ 4,600 $73,500
Administrative Expenses: $49,600
Social Activity Expenses: $ 6,800 ($56,400)
Reserve from prior year $5,200
Reserved for next year ($7,500)
Donation from Club to Foundation Investments: $14800

Foundation Accounts:
RI Member Donations $14,500
Misc Memorials etc $ 6,500
Grants $ 4,500
Golf Tournament (net) $49,700
Poker Tournament (net) $84,900 $160,100
Community Donations $20,900
Grant Project — Whitney LL $ 9,000
Event Partners:
Crisis Nursery $26,400
First Tee $21,200
Big Brother/Sisters $12,500
International Donations $ 4,000
Scholarships $11,050
RI Donation $19,300
Administrative Expenses $ 300 ($124,650)
Reserve from last year $21,950
Reserved for next year ($50,800)
(we are implementing a new budget process 2018-19)
Donation to Foundation Investment Funds: $ 6,600
Yours in Rotary, Christine Jensen
American River College — Scholarships
American River Math Bee
American River Parkway Foundation
Amigos De Guatemala
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Boy Scouts
Dyer Kelley Elementary School
First Tee of Sacaramento
Friends of the Crisis Nursery
Laurel Ruff
Oak Park Rotary House
RI Dictionary Project
Rotary International
Shelter Boxes
Sherriffs Community Impact Program
Whitney Little League — Special Community Grant Project
RYLA
Speech Contest Winners
Various High School Scholarships
Various Community Grant recipients

Newsletter – July 31, 2018

 

Pledge by John Gabriel
Invocation by George Prather

Guest: Phyllis Green visiting from Montana! Welcome, Phyllis!

Prez Tom wanted to remind everyone to check out our new updated website at www.ArdenArcadeRotary.org and thank again Steven Walker from FastBreak and Linda Bigler and Carolyn Lewis for all of their efforts to get it up and running!

Bell Ringers: Randy was honored with a civilian ceremony by the Navy, and will be picking up the Admiral in his new Tesla next week instead of showing it off at the car show.
Happy Bucks: Christine bought herself a new Toyota Highlander (white) and she’s very happy – she also donated her BMW to Make a Wish! Phyllis gave VERY Happy Bucks to announce her daughter Kirsten is expecting their first grandchild in 3 weeks! Tom reported that his International Convention video was put on the District Facebook Page and has received over 2800 views! George Prather made it to the semi-finals at Sonoma Raceway this past weekend – Congratulations, George! Ben Fox announced he suffered through competing at Eppie’s Great Race and may be glad it was the last one! Howard Stagg went to the largest western art auction in Reno and saw Willy Nelson perform!

Those without pins and name badges were fined $1 – Joel Archer asked how much to opt out for the year and Prez Tom said $50 – each for pin and badge. Joel opted out of paying!

Prez Tom reminded everyone to “like” the Rotarians United to Stop Human Trafficking page on Face-book– our district committed $350,000 to this cause.

Steve Turner updated us on the upcoming Car Show: It takes place on Tuesday, August 7th at Ruth Chris. Members and registrants get lunch. Two prizes are awarded: Best in Show and Fan Favorite. Steve wants everyone to know that no alcoholic beverages can be brought out to the parking lot this year as we were able to do at the last show. We need more cars to participate – remember how much fun it was last time! Prez Tom says all the proceeds will go to the Carr Fire. District 5160 called for clubs to participate. We will also accept donations. The Car Show will benefit the Carr Fire – started by a car!

Announcements:

  • Prez Tom asked Stan Nicolaus to come forward and presented him with his Paul Harris +3 pin!
  • Softball update – playoffs in 2 weeks – we beat Point West last night!
  • Next Board meeting tomorrow, August 1st at 5pm at Howe Park

Our speaker today is introduced by Linda Bigler. Meghan Adamski is the Assistant Executive Director of A Touch of Understanding, Inc. After working in speech therapy, Meghan realized her passion was educating others about people with disabilities. As Linda introduced her, she also told the story of attending a “dark meal” event put on my ATOU. Linda said it was an amazing experience to eat in a totally black space trying to find your silverware and not spilling your food.

The Dark Meal is one of the 2 events ATOU does that doesn’t include working in the schools. The main outreach ATOU does is hold disability workshops to create a safe space to ask questions and learn about what people with disabilities go through. The effects of the workshop carry on for long past the workshop. Through having a hands on experience trying to negotiate a wheelchair through the cafeteria to walking with a cane blindfolded, school children gain an empathy for their classmates they never realized before. Also, volunteers (many from their own class or school) share their stories and answer any questions the kids want to ask. Much of our lack of empathy for people with disabilities comes from a lack of knowledge (is it contagious?).

This experience is presented in 8 counties to 8-10,000 students a year. Teachers report an immediate change in students after attending the workshop. In one school a student with cerebral palsy became the expert answering questions about her condition and shared how she could never play tetherball like the other kids. On the Monday following the workshop, her teacher observed this young girl standing in line to play tetherball with her walker. As she reached the front of the line she put her walker aside and got on her knees to play, her opponent immediately got to his knees to play against her.

Meghan also read a letter from a 6th grader who says he was changed forever by the workshop. Hearing the speaker’s stories and experiencing using a wheelchair helped him understand how tiring it must be to have to use a wheelchair or cane along with all the other obstacles a disabled person goes through. He referred to the participants as “differently abled”. Meghan says one of the cherished remembrances from the workshop is a pin that each child receives which says “I choose to be kind.”

There are two non-school related parts to ATOU. One is called Youth Force where people can join with friends for inclusive activities. Another is for businesses – “A Spirit of Inclusion Workshop.” At this workshop employers and employees learn the benefits of employing people with disabilities and to create a culture of kindness.

Thank you, Meghan for your presentation and bringing this wonderful non-profit to our attention!

Next week: Car Show at Ruth Chris – starts at 11:00!

Be the Inspiration!

Newsletter – July 24, 2018

Pledge by Phil Kocycz
Invocation by Mike Grace

Guest: Theresa from Big Brothers Big Sisters
Bell Ringers: Monika Singh had a birthday last Thursday and bought herself her first new car – a Subaru! Gary Johnson has been RVing around the country and has had too many adventures to mention except how he almost lost his tow vehicle! The Johnson’s really enjoy RVing!

Happy Bucks: Randy finally has his Tesla Model 3 – he’s showing it off at the car show! Linda Bigler wanted to thank Mike Grace for fixing the scorekeepers ledge so her stuff doesn’t slide off while she’s keeping score! Howard Stagg attended Stan Affanso’s 80th Birthday Party and had a great time. Al Cady drove to Oregon to witness the engagement of his 92 year old aunt to her younger man (91)! Lou gave happy bucks saying if she can do it at 92, I sure should be able to do it at 60!
Those without pins and name badges were fined $1 – Gary Johnson paid $ each because he knows he won’t wear them!

Earl was late so he was fined $2 unless he can answer the question – who is this year’s RI President? He couldn’t answer but it’s Barry Rassin – Howard paid his fine because he believes that if someone comes it’s better than not coming even if they’re late! On Facebook, look up Rotarians United to Stop Human Trafficking – our district committed $340,000 to this cause.

Mike Grace called upon Jenny Davini, Les Gudger, and Patrick O’Neil to honor them each with a Paul Harris Fellow for their over and above work during his Presidential year. Congratulations to you all! Steve Turner updated us on the upcoming Car Show: It takes place on Tuesday, August 7th at Ruth Chris. Steve is looking to wrap up some sponsorship’s, and the registration materials are available on the web page. Members and registrants get lunch. Two prizes are awarded: Best in Show and Fan Favorite. Rob Ford, Michael Grace and Tom Goode presented Theresa from Big Brothers Big Sisters a check for $12,514.43 for their participation in the Golf Tournament. Tom mentioned he has been a Big Brother for 5 years!

Chris Sanchez was introduced by Steve Turner as our speaker today. We remember Chris from past Tequila Tastings and Scotch Tastings. Currently Chris is COO of CAN CAN Cocktails. He and his partner have brought restaurant quality cocktails to convenient packaging. He brought 4 varieties for us to sample:

White Linen (a cocktail developed at the Shady Lady in Sacramento) – the ingredients are Vodka, Cucumber, Elderflower, Lemon Juice and natural flavors. Raspberry Fizz with Raspberries, Vodka, Lemon Juice, Mint and natural flavors. Boar’s Bourbon Root Bear made with Bourbon Whiskey, Angostura Bitters, Cane Sugar, Spices, and natural flavors. And Jenny and the Mule made with Vodka, Ginger, Lime, Honey, Mint, Saffron, Himalayan Pink Salt, Black Pepper, Pineapple, Chili Powder, Cardamom and natural flavors.
We all had a chance to taste each of the cocktails over ice and they were quite good. Chris says they are made in batches of 600 gallons at a time with pure natural ingredients from local sources when available. Ryan Seng is his partner. Ryan has many years of mixology as a bartender under his belt. They opened their business at 15th and C Street. It is the first distillery since prohibition allowed in Sacramento. They cannot offer tastings at their site because they don’t actually run a distillery. To do so would mean they would have to distill all the different types of liquor they use and it would be cost prohibitive.

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!

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!