Newsletter – December 11, 2018

Pledge: John Gabriel

Invocation: Tim Cahill                                                                                           WE ARE DARK ON DECEMBER 25th and JANUARY 1st.

Prez Tommy recognized Al Cady for doing so much to keep the club running and so much of it behind the scenes. Al asked if anyone has seen our stand up Rotary Sign that has been missing since the event at William Pond Park. Please check to see if you picked it up by mistake.

Happy Bucks: Jenny Davini gave happy bucks because her brother just retired from the Air Force and drove cross country to see her. Carolyn Lewis gave Happy Bucks for attending the Laurel Ruff Party and learning that Cathy Skeen is really a “Lunch Lady” at heart! Al Cady gave happy bucks because Paul King and Michael Caplan took over for him doing the cooking and did a tremendous job! Matt Ross gave happy bucks for the opportunity to play Santa again at Laurel Ruff. Patt paid happy bucks to thank everyone who attended the Laurel Ruff party and made it such a successful event.

Randy came in late to find he didn’t have a badge in the suitcase because Carolyn Lewis stole it to wear because she can’t find hers. Carolyn was fined a dollar, so Randy paid a dollar fine and stole another badge for Carolyn!

Rotary work day—on January 5, 2019, as part of our grant to El Camino High School, we will work in the new Black Box Theater doing whatever needs to be done to complete the project. We will have a BBQ afterwards.

On January 29, 2019, we will meet at Fast Break Tech. This vocational visit brought to us by Steven Walker will include lunch at their facility.

Prez Tommy wanted to thank Les Gudger and Randy Friedman for putting together a wonderful Christmas Party at Del Paso. He also thanked Patt, Michael Caplan and Matt for their work on the Laurel Ruff Holiday Party.

Prez Tommy wanted to pass the hat once again for Dyer Kelly Coats. Carroll Cook says we have delivered 104 so far and he will match any donations made today.

Linda Bigler and Carolyn Lewis are updating the website and would like any pictures you may have taken from events or meetings to put on the site.

Matt Ross made his first appeal for Rotary International Foundation. It’s that time of year to think of making 2018 donations and Matt is ready. He will also send out a link where you can do it by credit card. Remember, he will hound you with emails until you donate something—we want to continue our EREY status—Every Rotarian, Every Year. There are no matching funds this year, the funds have been allocated elsewhere. Remember, anything you donate goes towards your next “Paul Harris Fellow.”

Dr. Tina Jordan is our speaker today. We welcomed her back to talk more about the Guardian Scholarship Program she is involved with at Sacramento State University. Dr. Jordan received her Masters at Sac State and her Doctorate at UC Davis. She has been involved with the Guardian program since 2006.

The program is for students who have spent time in the Foster Program and are having difficulty negotiating the college process without guidance. Dr. Jordan is pleased to work with Dr. Nelson, the President of Sac State whose goal it is to increase 4-year graduations from the low of 8%.

During her undergraduate schooling, Dr. Jordan spent 2 years in Koto, Japan. This experience taught her about living in a different culture and learning to assimilate into the culture. The Guardian Program takes former foster youth, some with traumatic pasts like attending 12 different schools, and helps them assimilate into the “college culture.” They do this first by helping them with the admissions process, housing, support both emotional and financial. Many of these students go into Social Work because that is what they know best after going though the foster program.

One of the major priorities of the guardian program was to have their own home community. On January 25, 2019, they will hold the Grand Opening of a new center dedicated to the Guardian Program. There will be counselors, lab work space with computer stations. This will provide a safety net for the students in the program. This space was made possible by donations from “Ticket to Dream”, and “Power to Soar.” In a space like this they can have peer to peer workshops to learn how to navigate the college culture and using grades to direct their pro-grams to fit their needs. It is important for the counselors to keep in contact with the students as well as mentors who are assigned to them.

They have held 2 retreats at the Embassy Suites to start this work before this new space was finished. Now this work can continue on a constant pace. There is a 90% retention in the program with a 94% graduation rate. The average grade point is 2.74.

The program is looking for mentors who would like to volunteer to help students in the program. A mentor can help with guidance a parent might offer like help thinking of where to find a summer job, or what type of class schedule would lead towards the final goal.

Thank you Dr. Jordan, for bringing us up to date on this important program.

Next week: Member Social……eggnog included!

Newsletter – November 27, 2018

Pledge: George Prather

Invocation: Al Cady

Bell Ringers: Danny became a Bell Ringer to celebrate his son’s successful kidney surgery for an issue they detected in utero. Also for the great success of the Taco’bout a Fundraiser, and all the tremendous support from Arden Arcade Rotary along with Al Cady (the major sponsor), and Steve Turner who ran the bar. Al Cady became a Bell Ringer because he just returned from a GREAT vacation. He drove to Edmonton Canada, flew to Copenhagen then drove all the way to Seville Spain before driving back to Copenhagen and flying to Edmonton then driving back to Sacramento through Santa Fe, New Mexico! Jenny Davini became a Bell Ringer because her daughter’s floors are finally finished so she and her fiancé can move out of Jenny’s house! Duane Oliveria became a Bell Ringer because Cal has had 2 more victories and because he is celebrating his Birthday! He gave $50 for the 2 Cal victories and $69 for his 69th birthday!

Happy Bucks:
Steve Turner gave Happy Bucks because Al is home. Steve along with several helpers tried to do Al’s job as Sargent at Arms and truly realizes how much work Al does to prepare for the meetings. Carolyn Lewis gave Happy Bucks because she has a 3-Thanksgiving weekend with a car trip thrown in for good measure! She is very thankful and noted that green bean casserole was served at all three! Rob Olmsted gave Happy Bucks because he has a super soccer player for a son who scored 10 goals in a tournament this weekend.

Michael Caplan was late so Prez for the Day, Mike Grace asked him “why did the turkey cross the road?” Michael didn’t know so he paid $1, it was “because the chicken had the day off!”

Fire Victim Relief through Rotary: send checks to:
Rotary District 5180 Foundation
4917 Olympia Court
Carmichael, CA 95608
Please note that it is for Fire Victims in the memo.
Or you can click on this link to donate electronically:
https://www.paypal.com/cgi- bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick& hosted_button_id=22P69BNQYD9ZN

 Announcements:
Christmas Party is Saturday, December 1st at Del Paso. Cocktails at 6, dinner at 7. The 50/50 Raffle tickets are available and the drawing will be held that evening.

Carroll Cook updated the Dyer Kelly Coat Drive. He has delivered about 70 coats so far with another 20 coming from Larry McClure and 8 from Patt McCormick. Can we pass the hat again? Remember it is “Giving Tuesday!” Over the years we have donated more than 1200 coats to Dyer Kelly.

Patt McCormick reminded everyone not to come to Piatti’s next week. The Laurel Ruff Holiday Party takes place next week at 5325 Garfield Avenue. Please arrive at 10:00am and plan to stay until 12ish. Everyone is needed to put on this event.

There will be an important Budget Workshop next Monday (12/3) at 5pm at Howe Park. Tom would like as much input as possible. This is not a board meeting—it is open to all.

The next Board Meeting is on Thursday, December 6th at 5pm at Howe Park.

Tom Griffin has asked to retire from the Club. Thank you Tom, for your many years of service!

Randy reminded us he will still donate $20 to the Foundation in your name plus give you a special pound of coffee for your blood donation.

Our speakers today come from the new non-profit, Aging Up. April Johnson and Kacia Sakazaki are the Co-Founders of the program which received it’s 501 C3 in the Fall of 2017. April started by telling us a Story of Anthony who at 7 years old along with is twin 5 year old sisters entered the Foster Program. He was asked what was the best and worst things about the program and he replied that he felt so alone, unwanted and sometimes with placement changes he wasn’t even able to be with his sisters. He grew bitter and did poorly in school. His 8th placement was a man and he credits his foster dad and a mentor with changing his life around. His is now 23 and serves on the Aging Up Board.

Aging Up exists to empower youth with experience in the foster care program to successfully transition to adulthood. They achieve this through matching the foster child with a “mentor” who is a well-trained volunteer committed to helping youth. Without this opportunity, many foster children run the risk of homelessness, substance abuse, incarceration, human trafficking and much more. Without help to develop coping skills along with life skills and close human ties, a foster child is often left to fend for themselves when they are aged out of the system. “Every kid is one adult away from being a success story.” Aging Up tries to provide that one adult in the form of a mentor. One on one mentoring is at the heart of what they do at Aging Up. Mentors are selected carefully. They must be able to provide one on one mentoring, positive recreation and independent living skill training. There is a strong healing power that comes from these relationships. The foster youth can use their time with a mentor as a lab to learn the skills they have not been taught. Once the exterior shell comes off they are able to connect, grow and succeed.

Aging Up also uses group activities like Meet Ups and group activities to strengthen the mentor/mentee relationship. The mentor provides a healthy adult role model.

Where do the foster children come from, how are they referred to Aging Up? They come from referrals from schools, teachers or social workers. The Foster Family is involved at the beginning and works with the mentor to forge the relationship. A child presented with the opportunity does not have to accept it, they have to want to be in the mentoring program. Aging Up spends a lot of time matching Foster children with the correct mentor. More male mentors are needed for the program. The youth in Aging Up’s program are generally 13-17 years old. All the various safety first rules are followed like going no more that 2 miles from home, expanding to Sacramento County and then after 6 months maybe a special requests approved. All mentors are background checked and have FBI clearance. Once they’ve been selected they receive 24 hours of training. They are expected to devote at least one year to the program.

REMEMBER—Laurel Ruff on Tuesday, December 4th, 10:00 AM.

Coats for Dyer Kelly still being collected

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!

Announcements:

  •  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

Guests:
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.

Announcements:

  • 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

Guests:
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.

Announcements:

  •  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!

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!