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.


  • 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!


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
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 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!


  • 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!

Newsletter – May 22, 2018

$5 and a Scratcher!

Pledge by Patrick O’Neil
Invocation by Steve Turner


Guests: Monika Singh (application in). Visiting Rotarian– Bob Mees, Foothill Plymouth Rotary Club. He publishes the newspapers in Rancho Murrieta and Amador County.

Chance to make a difference: Les Gudger paid “late bucks” for being tardy!

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 Club-house) in Campus Commons area. Bill Hambrick is doing the bar, Tim Cahill is work-ing 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. If you are interested call the person in charge of the area.

Prez Mike’s last Board Meeting, June 6th at Howe Park, 5pm

Carolyn Lewis says the individual golfer spot are now available to be filled for the golf tournament at Del Paso. Dimple Drop tickets are available to be sold. Everyone needs to try to sell them to make it a great success. A Title Sponsor has been secured but Greens Sponsorships are still available. Tim Cahill turned in his sponsorship today—thank you, Tim!

Rocklin Rotary is having their 10th Annual Brewfest on June 2nd. It’s at Johnson-Springview Park at 5480 Fifth Street in Rocklin. $30 in advance, $35 at the door.

Rotary Day at the Rivercats is June 5th. A portion of your ticket goes to Polio Plus. 3 price ranges are available, and an all you can eat BBQ is also available for $21.25, includes tri-tip,chicken, or hot dogs, 3 sides and a non-alcoholic drink at the Sactown Smokehouse. Contact Dan Mason for tickets (916) 376-4621. You can also buy the ticket but use it as a voucher for another game down the road—Rotary still gets the donation to Polio Plus. The game is the Rivercats vs the Oklahoma Dodgers starting at 7:05pm—gates open at 6:05pm.

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.

Our speaker today, Tory, is from Peak Adventure an outdoor recreation program of Associated Students at Sacramento State, dedicated to getting you started in outdoor adventures. There is a full service bike shop, equipment rentals, on-campus ropes course, and array of adventure outings guaranteed to boost your confidence in the outdoors! They offer expert guides, equipment, and transportation. The mission is to “determine the future of our world by influencing the people who will lead and design it. Leadership development inspires all individuals to become their best self. We envision a world where people possess heightened personal awareness and acutely understand the interconnectedness of it all, whereby making our world a better place.”

Tory is the Outreach Specialist for Peak Adventures. She tries to bring the awareness of this wonderful program to the community by speaking to organizations such as Rotary. While the program is funded by the student fees at Sac State, it is not entirely run by students. They have experienced professionals on staff who are able to make sure the adventure experience is safe and memorable. The program is open to the general public and is used by companies and corporations as well as schools as a resource.

The 4 main focuses are:
·  Outdoor trips like backpacking, rafting, hiking, rock-climbing, wine tasting. Transportation and equipment are included.
·  Gear Rentals—there are all sorts of outdoor equipment needs for people new to adventures so they have plenty to rent and try out.
·  Bike Shop—one of the gems is “the best bike shop around.” They are known for their good prices but remembered for their service.
·  Challenge Center—this is where many corporate clients have company challenges or team building events. Schools also us this for field trips. When there are corporate team building adventures, they have experienced guest trainers who work along with the student staffing. A 3 hour program is offered along with a 6 hour program.

Peak Adventures also runs Youth Summer Camps which are not your typical arts & crafts day-care. They can include week-long camping trips and white water rafting and experiences that can make memories to last a lifetime. One of Tory’s favorite memories was a 5th grade adventure she had in camp.

The ropes course has a minimum age of 8 years old. All of their programs can go from easy up-ward—Tory says levels 1-4 with 4 being the most difficult. No equipment is needed so it’s easy to try out new experiences.

Thank you, Tory for bringing Peak Adventures to out attention!

Peak Adventures – CSUS

Tori Weber. Peak Adventures
Hidden Gem at CSUS!

We are an outdoor recreation program of Associated Students at Sacramento State, dedicated to getting you started in outdoor adventures. We have a full-service bike shop, equipment rentals, an on-campus ropes course, and an array of adventure outings guaranteed to boost your confidence in the outdoors! Join our adventure trips for an experience of a lifetime. We offer expert guides, equipment, and transportation– just bring a good attitude and prepare to have some fun! Come try us, and have a peak adventure!

To enrich the Sacramento State learning experience through adventure education and leadership development.

Our vision is to help determine the future of our world by influencing the people who will lead and design it. We believe that leadership development inspires all individuals to become their best self. Then, imagine if we all had the skills to venture into the great outdoors, experiencing both the thrill and serenity of our connections to each other and to our earth. We envision a world where people possess heightened personal awareness and acutely understand the interconnectedness of it all, whereby making our world a better place.

Newsletter – May 15, 2018

Our soon to be newest Member, Monika Singh!

Pledge by John Gabriel
Invocation by Danny Curtola

Guests: Monika Singh (application in.)

Mike reminded us there are only 46 days until his term is over! Remember, May 22nd, Paul King will substitute for Pres Mike who is unavailable and plans to restore dignity and decorum to the meeting!!

Chance to make a difference: Bell Ringer: Jenny Davini because her daughter has finished her last college exam and graduates on Saturday. Happy Bucks: Rob Olmsted is happy to have St. Ignatius represented at today’s meeting (his kids go there and he’s buttering up the principal.) Prez Mike gave Happy Bucks because he was able to spend his birthday at the District Conference in Lake Tahoe and had a great time. Joel gave Happy Bucks because he shared a cigar and wine with Prez Mike for his birthday. Prez Mike announced that Joel is fine free for the remainder of Mike’s year for attending the conference. Matt Ross is happy to see Arden Middle School represented today He gave $5 for each year his kids have spent there. Bill Hambrick gave Happy Bucks for his grandchildren—there are 2 so he gave $2! Duane responded he has one grandchild that just celebrated her 4th birthday and he gave $10 and challenged Bill’s $1 each! John Gabriel gave Happy Bucks because Sac State is going to the NCAA Division 1 Playoffs against UCLA and he and Jackie are going to cheer them on. Both he and wife, Jackie, are big softball fans. Mike Caplan paid Happy Bucks because “it’s not malignant!”

Next weeks pledge: Patrick, O’Neil invocation: Steve Turner.

The Demotion date is now June 30th, we will be dark on June 26th. Details TBD.
Prez Mike’s last Board Meeting, June 6th at Howe Park, 5pm

Joel says the individual golfer spot are now available to be filled for the golf tournament at Del Paso. Dimple Drop tickets are available to be sold. Everyone needs to try to sell them to make it a great success.

This week’s program is “Scholarship Day.” John Gabriel told us that 32 years ago, then President Jack Worthington asked John to come up with an idea different from the scholarships we gave away and never heard from the recipients. As a Middle-School principal, John thought that level was somewhat overlooked. The idea was hatched that middle school Principals and staff would be asked who most represented a “Rotarian-like” attitude from their 8th grade class. We would present that student with a small scholarship but then have them back each of their four years of high school—as long as they continued to meet the criteria.

Each year the students come back to a luncheon meeting and tell us about their year and by their senior year they have earned a $1500 scholarship. This year we have exceeded over 100 students
honored by this program. The first year an eighth grader comes he or she is introduced by their principal and do not have to speak to the crowd. After that first year, the student tries to fit into 2 minutes all the activities and community service they have been involved with over the year.

The senior students this year are:
· Michael Sparre, who is joined by his parents. He began by thanking his parents and the Rotary Club for this honor. He is a senior at Del Campo and maintains a 4.5 GPA. He is part of the Academic Decathlon group which came in 5th in the region. He was the highest scoring person and received honors. He also plays Varsity soccer, varsity tennis and competitive club soccer. He was part of starting an American Red Cross Club at school and put on CPR classes and a Blood Drive. He is planning on attending UC Berkeley in the fall studying Mechanical Engineering.
·  Nathan Maulino says he took his parents advice and fostered his passions. He is joined here today by his parents and younger brother. Nathan is a senior at Jesuit. He played Lacrosse and was surprised by the tight bonds that were formed among the players. He received the Sportsmanship Award, he thinks because when he was about to score an opposing player tripped him and he got up and helped the other player to his feet before getting the ball. Nathan plays the violin in the Jesuit orchestra along with a combined St. Francis and Jesuit orchestra. He is also part of Liturgy Workshop, a senior only group who helps plan liturgies. He is also in choir and helps lead in prayer and song. He worked at Sunrise Assisted Living in Carmichael and spent time playing Yahtzee with elderly residents. He has a 4.0 and plans to attend Cal State Fullerton or Cal State Pomona.
·  Guadalupe Mendoza arrived late because she was taking an AP Calculus test. She attends El Camino High School and is going on to the honors program a Sac State. In her senior year she has taken 4 AP courses and received awards in English and Spanish. She also played softball and soccer. She will be the first person in her family to attend a 4 year University.

The Juniors students this year are:
·  Daniel Dahlberg from El Camino. Daniel started by thanking Rotary for the opportunity. He said his junior year “grabbed hold of me and took me for a ride!” He was the starting guard in Varsity Football, the Team Captain in Varsity Swimming, he was on the Band Council and went on a mission trip to Honduras. In Honduras they went into the bilingual school and tried to help separate the students into levels so they would have a middle school and high school. They also dug holes for support beams and poured concrete. It was a great experience helping kids who looked up to them. The Pep Band (voted Best in the District) went on a trip to Seattle and played at the Museum of Flight and in Downtown Square. They also went to an amazing Pop-Culture Museum.
·  Gretchen Kerr attends Rio Americano. Her junior year started off with her as the captain of the Water Polo Team which won league and section championships and went on to State. She was the MVP. She then started as the point guard on the Varsity Basketball Team but shortly after the season began, tore her ACL and has spent the rest of the year working hard to get back to the sports she loves. She missed 3 weeks of school with her injury and is very grateful to her coaches and parents for their emotional support. She teaches at a pre-school camp and is Captain of a Club Water Polo team.
·  Isabel Carrillo attends Christian Brothers. She says her Junior year was as hard as everyone told her. She joined a group who went to Arizona to see the other side of immigration and form their own individual opinions about their stand based on facts. It was an eye-opening experience.
She also acts as a Sac Zoo Camp Counselor, a soccer coach for 3-4 year olds, and is a counselor at Camp Recreation where kids with developmental disabilities are matched one on one with a counselor.

The Sophomore Students this year are:
·  Caitlin Jordan from El Camino High School. She is here with her mom and Middle School teacher, Mr. Barnes. She has been elected Junior Class President. She has helped with the Weave Run and other volunteer activities.
·  Mikaila Dacanay attends Christian Brothers. She has a 4.0 GPA and is taking AP classes. She is interested in Broadcast Journalism and will be part of the school’s radio programing. She is a Class Officer, sports medic, a member of the National Honor Society, and started playing softball and is starting at 2nd base.
·  Julia Finnecy attends Rio Americana. She is joined by her parents. She volunteered at Camp Have a Lot of Fun and they hired her for a paid position. She also volunteers at Sacramento Kindness Companions. At school she plays water polo and just completed her swim season. She received a Certificate of Excellence.

The Freshman students are:
·  Katie Norlie attends El Camino. She is active in student government and will be Sophomore Class Treasurer next year. She played Varsity Soccer and received and award. She continues to train with her coach to “progress mentally and physically”. She has a weighted 4.33GPA and loves to take on leadership roles. She has volunteered at vacation Bible School, Shamrock and Half Marathon, and reading with children. She feels community service is an integral part of the high school experience.
·  Gabriel Maulino attends Jesuit. His first impression was it would be all work and no fun but that impression has changed as he got use to high school He carries a 4.78GPA and is in the Jesuit Concert Band. He also tried wrestling for the first time and received the Most Improved Award. He volunteers with the elderly. He feels “high school is the place to learn, grow and develop.”
·  Jazmine Hibbs attends El Camino. She volunteered with her church group to work with at risk youth. She belongs to a leadership group at church to give input of what youth wants from their church. She played volleyball, wrestling and softball and swims for Manor Park & Rec. She is also a member of AVID –Advancement Via Individual Determination. She is also in the choir.

The eighth graders were introduced by their principal.
·  Mimi Vitullo was introduced by Chris Houger. She attends Arcade Middle School. She will be attending St. Francis in the fall. She is hardworking and volunteers to do “anything to help.” She plays soccer, softball and volunteers at the Community Library.
·  Sierra Witte attends Arden Middle School. She enjoys many activities and volunteers a lot. She has worked on her Silver Award for Girl Scouts, plays basketball, lacrosse and belongs to her church group. At summer camp volunteers to do “whatever you have for me.” She is a member of Science Olympiad. She’ll be attending Rio in the fall.
·  Sam Kesich attends St. Ignatius and was introduced by Principal, Patty Kochis. Patty says—”if you need anything done, Sam’s the one!” He truly embodies the “Men for Others” Jesuit code. Sam is an Alter Server, and will attend Jesuit in the fall. Sam has done a year-long service project to raised money for the Sacramento Children’s Receiving Home.

What an impressive group of young people! They would all be great future Rotarians! Thank you, John for organizing and hosting the Annual Scholarship Luncheon. As always it is one of the best meetings of the year!

Newsletter – May 8, 2018

Water Project in Uganda

Pledge by Christine Jensen
Invocation by Mike Grace

Guests: Colleen Waters, Monika Singh (3rd visit). Visiting Rotarians: Dick Bauer and Richard Olebe. We presented then with a check for their water project in Uganda for $10,750. This project will provide fresh water for 5 villages—over 10,000 people!

Chance to make a difference: Bell Ringer: Danny Curtola was here for the first time since his baby boy, Vinny was born. Congratulations to Danny and Julie and big sister! Danny also reminded us about softball and said the league hasn’t started yet because there aren’t enough teams yet.

Happy Bucks: Howard paid HB because he’s bummed that Gary wasn’t here today because he took his Corvette out of moth balls to show Gary how fast a car could go with a skilled driver. Les paid happy bucks for being tardy and leaving early. He says his work is crazy busy and just wanted to say HI and get back to work. John Gabriel paid Happy Bucks because he just met with First Tee and they are going to have the girls at the designated hole to shoot for best ball—he says they schooled him last year! John also reminded everyone that next week is our Scholarship Luncheon with our 16 students and family members. It is such an inspirational meeting for us all. John said to be sure to sit among the students to show them what Rotary is about and have the chance to speak with them. Randy gave Happy Bucks because in 3 weeks he will be getting his Model 3 Tesla. The car will run off the solar panels on his roof! Paula gave happy bucks for double scheduling next weeks meeting, and because her yard is blooming!

Next weeks pledge: John Gabriel, invocation: Danny Curtola. On May 22nd, Paul King will take over Prez duties for Mike who will be unavailable.

The luncheon next week at the Culinary Café is Cancelled due to the schedule.
We are DARK on May 29th due to the Memorial Day Holiday
The Demotion date is now June 30th, we will be dark on June 26th. Details TBD.

Rotary Day at the Rivercats is June 5th. Mike will email the flyer when he gets it.

If you want to see the survey of things that were discussed at the firesides it was attached to last week’s minutes.

Tom says the two main things that were brought up that Rotarians in this club want are: Doing a Service Project (hands-on) and better Communication.

The Rotary Peace Center is looking for Fellowship candidates, applications for 2020 are available.

Our speaker today is Dianna Poggetto, Executive Director of the American River Parkway Foundation. Dianna has been involved in Non-Profit work and Public Policy for 26 years. She is the mother of 2 boys, one is a World Champion and 5 time gold medal winner in Disabled Water-skiing and Wake-boarding.

The American River Parkway is 4,800 acres and twenty three miles of land and river that runs through the urban core of Sacramento. The mission of the Foundation is “To support the preservation & enjoyment of the America River Parkway by fostering environmental education, stewardship & volunteer opportunities.”

It is the largest parkway in the United States and is used as a “blueprint” for other communities to use for urban parks. $364, 218, 973 is generated annually from the American River Parkway. The ARP Foundation was established to protect and ensure a sustainable resource for all. There are 21 members on the Foundation Board and there can be up to 25. They have a volunteer arm to provide volunteer opportunities, and an educational arm to provide enrichment to local schools.

The main ARPF events are:

Spring Cleanup—2nd Saturday in April
¨ Howlin’ on the Parkway—dog walk with vendors and food trucks
¨ Summer Solstice-an outdoor dinner and auction to support the greatest recreational civic amenity.
¨ Ride the Parkway-3 different routes with post-ride BBQ, Beer and Music
¨ Run the Parkway-they partner with the SRA with training runs for the CIM
¨ Great American River Clean-up-3rd Saturday in September largest annual cleanup
The main ARPF Programs are:
¨ Outdoor Education Site-for environmental education for local youth
¨ Clean-ups-year round clean-up of the parkway
¨ Invasive Plant Management– volunteers and staff work to reduce the non-native plant population along the American River Parkway
¨ Trail Maintenance-30 miles of multi-use trails
¨ Volunteer & Financial Mile Stewards– some groups fund the maintenance while volunteer steward maintain the mile.
¨ Native Plant Garden-Highlights and showcases regional native plants
¨ Internships-volunteer internships with hands-on experience in the environmental science, marketing & PR fields
¨ Pups in the Park-Provides “mini-mitts” doggy stations to reduce animal waste
¨ Wildfire restoration-ARPF works with the Parks, local utility companies and universities to develop research and restoration plans for areas burned by wildfires.
¨ Parkway Partners-a marketing program to connect local businesses with the thousands of visitors that use the Parkway each year.

The Campfire area at River bend Park started with a District Rotary project. They have been improving it over time with shade structures and benches but are in need of a permanent bathroom to make the site available for overnight class experiences. Title One schools use this area for classroom experiences in the outdoors. 2600 children have been served by the Campfire Area. Point West Rotary donates during Spring clean-up.

ARPF is a relatively small non-profit but only gets a mall amount of their funding from government grants. The rest of their $75,000 budget is raised through fund Rising. They also sell a Park Pass for $50 which gets you into all the park areas. There are many opportunities for volunteering. The county does the mow & blow, supplies the Park Rangers and controls the permits and they work with the ARPF and Fire Department for burn prevention. They do control burns, grazing and some invasive plant removal. The majority of the fires are 10 acres and less, but sometimes there are larger ones that can take out power to nearby residences.

The homeless on the parkway have been a problem for over 30 years. Some of the homeless camps are deep in and they really don’t want to be disturbed. The State Water Board regulates the water safety to make sure the river is safe for swimming. They have Park Rangers on 7 days a week and Maintenance 7 days a week. Beer & wine are allowed in the Park in designated areas.

Thank you, Dianna, for a very informative and interesting presentation.

Newsletter – May 1, 2018

David Davini explains his Eagle Scout Project

Pledge by Tim Cahill
Invocation by Paula Jones

Guests: David Davini, son of Jenny, Monika Singh (2nd visit).

Chance to make a difference: Bell Ringer: Gary Johnson became a multiple Bell Ringer because his son graduates from Loyola Marymount next week and his daughter graduates from Boston College with her Master’s Degree shortly after that. Les Gudger gave Happy Bucks because he has such a great time at the Fireside at Linda Bigler’s. home. Jenny gave Happy Bucks because she’s happy her son, David, is here today, and also because she was able to attend her daughter’s last college concert (bittersweet.) Cathy Skeen gave Happy Bucks for hosting the Anne Marie Schubert event last night at her home which raised $30,000 for Anne Marie. Al gave Happy Bucks because he attended the nice event and Howard gave Happy Bucks because he feels guilty to have taken Dave’s last 2 beers last night. Paula gave guilt dollars for missing the Fireside. Tom told his joke which fell flat so Gary jumped in and told one which was not much better.

We heard from 2 Hidden Gems: Carroll Cook and Casey Henderson:
Carroll told us about our new member, Casey who was born in San Jose but moved to Sacramento shortly thereafter. He attended Presentation School and Mira Loma where he loved all sports but particularly tennis, golf and skiing. His Grandfather was Gordon King, Brian Wiese’s partner, so Casey chose to join Arden Arcade and Brian was his sponsor. Casey was a USTA player and spent a lot of time at the family ski in ski out lodge in Mammoth Lakes. His first job was at 31 Flavors and the Julias Clothing Store. After college he joined his mother in the mortgage loan business. Carroll Cook is a third generation Sacramentan. He attended St. Philomene’s with his future 2nd wife, Karen, but didn’t know her then. Carroll got a business degree from Chico and looked at 3 options for future employment: Architecture, Law or Real Estate. Over his varied career he has employed them all. The Cook family business was Real Estate—Artz and Cook, back in the days of no MLS, no lock boxes, no fax machines, etc. In-stead, agents had a book published weekly of all the current listings. Carroll has always had a love of cars and still owns his first car a 1931 Model A convertible. He then had a Chevelle Super Sport which he raced without his parents knowledge. Carroll formed a construction company with his brother-in-law and built homes ahead of their time in Santa Cruz where he incorporated all his favorite aspects of business. When his father passed away he returned to Real Estate and ran the Artz and Cook and then the Cook Companies. Currently Carroll and Karen love to travel and spend time with their 10 grandchildren. He has been in Arden Arcade since 1993.

We are DARK on May 29th due to the Memorial Day Holiday

Paul King announced the last Fireside Meeting at Linda Bigler’s was a great success.
Attached to this newsletter are future President Tom Goode’s notes from the Firesides.

Rob Ford brought us up to date on the Golf Tournament. He also said items for the Auction, and Tee Prizes are needed. Our Partners are the Crisis Nursery and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

We will have our lunch meeting on May at the Culinary Café at Leo Palmiter School (2040 Ethan Way). We will again donate money for the correct shoes for the students.

May 3rd is the Annual Big Day of Giving—keep Rotary (Rotary House Foundation, Rotary Inter-national, Polio Plus, etc.) in your thoughts along with our speaker’s organization Sacramento Running Association!

David Davini tried to explain the murals he is planning to paint in the Math Courtyard at Rio Americana High School—we were all very confused! His Eagle Scout project idea is to bring math into the open and celebrate how much he loves math. He feels math is very under celebrated at Rio. Along with the murals he is also going to redo the planter boxes and bring elegance and beauty to the area. His cost will be about $1300 and he has raised $800 so far. We passed the hat and gave him $500 for his worthwhile project!

Board Meeting—tomorrow, May 2, 5pm at Howe Park.

The Demotion date is now June 30th, we will be dark on June 26th. Details TBD.

Our speaker today is Scott Abbott, Executive Director of the Sacramento Running Association since 2014. Scott is from Sacramento, attended Jesuit and UCLA and got a Master’s in Sports Management from USF. Scott has coached at UCLA and USF and trained with some of the premier runners in Sacramento (Michael Stember, an Olympic hopeful who ran for Stanford after Jesuit.) Scott is married to a runner and has 2 children.

Scott noted that he is well acquainted with Rotary as he won an essay contest held by Rotary when he was in middle school, he won $100. Also his father is a member of Point West Rotary. The Sacramento Runners Association began 35 years ago when 2 runners—Sally Edwards and John Mansour were running in Folsom and noticed they could see the State Capitol from where they were. The idea crystallized into the California International Marathon and formed the Sacramento Running Association. The topography of our area made laying out the course very easy with a net downhill run. They chose to set the first weekend in December as the time because there are not many places as favorable to running as Sacramento in December! In it’s second year, the CIM became the US Marathon Championship. It was again in 2017 and will be in 2018.

The SRA grew as the running industry grew in Sacramento. They grew from putting on the marathon to a year round running calendar of events. Sacramento is blessed with running re-sources like the American River Parkway and Fleet Feet Stores which run running programs. Over a million dollars is spent each year to fund program and events.

The CIM has become one of the top 10 marathons in the US. It is internationally recognized as the #1 Boston qualifier. Last year 30% of runners qualified for the Boston Marathon. More athletes qualified for the Olympic Trials from the CIM than any other race. The CIM brings in $11,000,000 in revenue for the city.

The growth in the running industry helped SRA expand, however the influx of corporate sponsored event has change the landscape and makes it much harder for a non-profit like SRA to continue to grow events. The lack of corporate headquarters hurts our city when it comes to sponsored events. SRA is one of the few local clubs able to put on running events.

The CIM physically connects 7 communities in our area: Folsom, Orangevale, Citrus Heights, Carmichael, Fair Oaks, East Sacramento, Midtown and Downtown. There are 20,000 participants and over 50,000 spectators. Unfortunately the CIM brings funds to the City but no support is given by the city in terms of funding. When there are issues like Union Pacific going through the course, the City is not available to help. SRA does not want to wait until a public safety issue causes a problem and would rather head them off. What CIM brings to the city: Civic Pride, running community. The down side is no corporate support and no city advocate for the running association.

Thank you, Scott, for the informative presentation—and for the t-shirts!!!