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!!!

Newsletter – April 17, 2018

$1000 Donation

Pledge by Jonathan Koycz

Invocation by Mike Grace

Visiting Rotarians: Sherry Tobin, wife of our speaker Bill both from El Dorado Hills Rotary. Guest: Austin Schlocker from the Arden Chamber of Commerce.

Les and Howard each donated $5 to keep Prez Mike from telling jokes….Cathy said she likes his jokes so she got to spin the wheel!

Chance to make a difference: Happy Bucks: Cathy gave Happy Bucks because she just spent a week in Sedona and played golf and got a 205’ drive. Steve gave happy bucks in honor of Linda Bigler and Carolyn Lewis who gave him free lift tickets which he and Audrey took advantage of and had a ball. Audrey took a private lesson and then a special lesson from Linda. Carolyn Ewing went on a cruise from LA to Canada with 26 girl-friends! Randy gave happy bucks because he got a bill reforming hazardous waste material disposal through.

Paul King announced the last chance to attend a Fireside Meeting is Thursday, April 26th, at Linda Bigler’s. Remember—it is required that you attend at least one fireside meeting.

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 Broth-ers Big Sisters. Remember this event is at Del Paso and many golfers really want to play the course but can only do so if the know a member. This is a great opportunity for them to play Sacramento’s premier course. Individual players do not really cover the cost of playing, prizes, lunch and dinner. It is very important to get the sponsor-ships to make it a profitable fundraiser. Dimple Drop tickets will be handed out next week. Carolyn Lewis and Linda Bigler are organizing the volunteers.

Foothills Highlands Rotary is celebrating Administrative Assistants Week by having Anne Marie Schubert speak. As we know she is under a lot of pressure right now, you may want to hear her and offer your support. It takes place on April 23rd at 5411 Luce
Ave., in McClellan Park at their meeting.

The Rotarians not wearing a pin today had a choice of paying $1 or singing “It’s a Small World”. They sang!

Tom Goode attended the District Leadership Conference on April 7th. He said it was a great way to reinforce the things he learned at PETS. Matt Ross also attended.

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

Carolyn Ewing says to look at your roster page and if anything needs to change let her
know. New members need a picture taken and their information turned into Carolyn.

Tim Cahill is the Treasurer of the Rotary House Board. They have a meeting tonight. There is a new tenant, a leukemia patient. Tim said for those of you who’ve never seen the house it is a very nice 2 bed-room 1 bath home and the Rotarians maintain it in good condition.

Bruce Stimson wanted to acknowledge the Poker Tournament and the contribution to First Tee which was over $21,000. The tournament grossed $106,000 and the Club received about $45,000 and Crisis Nursery received about $10,000. 98.3% of the money that came in went to the charities.

Danny Curtola asked Prez Mike to let everyone know it’s time for softball but we need players. If you are interested let Danny know.

Our speaker today is Bill Tobin, an Ambassador for Shelter Box. He has been involved with Shelter Box since 2010. When he learned about Shelter Box through Rotary, he loved the concept and now loves working as an ambassador for them. Through Shelter Box International he has met people from all over the world. Shelter Box was a Millennium Project started by a Rotary Club in England (ours was Rotary House) in 2000. The first place they sent Shelter Boxes to was India after a large earthquake and after that they were hooked and became Shelter Box International. Their purpose became immediate relief in times of disaster. They have served over 300 times in 100 countries since they began. 1.3 million people have benefited from receiving a shelter box.
A Shelter Box includes things like: blankets; ground mats; mosquito nets; water filtration—up to 300 gallons; solar light; a children’s activity pack; tools; hat, gloves and scarves; water containers; cooking equipment; plastic box; a relief tent. There are several sizes of tents: relief tent is most common but there are also larger ones—a Flex 3 with room for a fire, a midi one for nomadic populations, and an UN Spec tent when they can’t have any identification on them.

After the hurricanes last year, Houston used tents for infrastructure to house medical operations (breastfeeding and an autistic child). They provided a moment of contentment in the midst of chaos.

Sometimes Shelter Boxes are made without tents which allows 10 families to be helped instead of one when the need is great. They can even construct a shelter with the instructions in the box. Some area require local sourcing for items like plywood or reeds. They will even use the tarps to make a shelter. These shelters don’t last as long as tents but can be a Godsend during heavy rain. The tents are suppose to be a temporary solution but people in Haiti are still living in them 8 years later.

In Barramundi they used tents to shelter aid workers as well because the island was so devastated. One of the biggest needs for Shelter Boxes comes from refugees fleeing their country or the country’s regime. The need is great in refugee camps and Shelter Box is trying to meet that need. Things like floods, hurricanes and earthquakes are also where Shelter Box helps supply the need. All the boxes are housed in storage facilities mostly donated by Rotarians in strategic places.

None are stored in the US because sending them from here is too difficult. Shelter Box will not accept government funds because there are too many regulations attached. The one item they will accept is help with transportation. If a military plane is going to a hard hit region they sometimes transport Shelter Boxes. When the earthquakes hit Japan, Shelter Box was only able to help because of local Rotary Districts in Japan, not because of the government. When countries have a government that relies on bribes, we sometimes cannot ship Shelter Boxes to them unless they will accept them without a bribe. Volunteers do not work in places like Syria. They use local people who will then get the boxes to the people in need along with plywood and nails.
The latest effort is School Boxes filled with school supplies to help children regain normalcy by going to school. Bill showed a picture of a Syrian classroom with girls attending school.
What can we do? Volunteer, donate , spread the word, be an ambassador, join the response team. Be a voice—this is a Rotary Club project that went viral.
In order to respond to disasters as they happen, it is necessary to have sustained donations ready when needed. Usually people hear of the disaster and then contribute, but Shelter Boxes are needed immediately. A sustained giving program is a 3 year pledge at:
Bronze: $1,000 per year
Silver: at $3,000 a year or
Gold: at $5,000 a year
Arden Arcade presented Shelter Box with a check for $1,000 today. Thank you, Bill, for another great presentation for such a worthwhile project.

February 4th Meeting Minutes

Pledge and Invocation by Howard Stagg
January Birthdays: Michael Caplan, Larry McClure;  Anniversaries: Stan and Carole Nicolaus
Phyllis introduced Maura who is substituting for Gary (Gary should be fined for making her late.)
Phyllis also introduced John Green, her handsome husband.
Prez Bill mentioned how great last week’s meeting was, and thanked Katie for providing such great programs. Bill also mentioned that he received many comments about how much people liked having the bar open early before the meeting. We took a vote on having it once a month or every week. We chose to try having it open every meeting.
Sheila announced that Charter Night is our 63rd celebration of Arden Arcade Rotary, we are starting the 64th year of our club. The event is to be held at Del Paso on February 22nd. Sheila is passing up a sign-up sheet –  choose pork, salmon or chicken. Members pay for their attendance with their dues, but guests or spouses will be charged $50 each.
Maura updated us on the Poker Tournament. The key words to remember are SELL TICKETS! She passed around the volunteer sign-up sheet and reminded us there are still sponsorships available.
John Gabriel updated us on the Super Bowl pool. He started it at noon and the 100 spots were sold by 3PM! Bill drew the numbers. Larry McClure won quarters 1 & 2 for $300, Ed Crutchley won quarters 3 & 4 for $300, and Peter Panton won the final overall for $300.
Bill reiterated some important dates to remember:
The District Assembly is March 29th at Inderkum High School. This is a great way to learn more about Rotary.
The International President of Rotary will be at the Doubletree Hotel on March 30th. Dinner is $55.
The District Conference is in Reno at the Silver Legacy, May 2-4. Great hospitality suites!
The International Conference is in Sydney Australia, June 1-4. The Sacramento Club has a trip with airfare and excursions planned if you are interested.
Rotary at Work Day is April 26th, Mike Grace says if you have any ideas let him know.
Paul King updated us on the Rotary House. He says it is functioning well now after a rough start. They do have a tenant, but have had some issues with her. The Board wrestled with kicking her out but decided to let her stay. One issue they have is Rotarians who think they can stop by and tour the home. They don’t realize this home becomes the tenant’s sanctuary and it is not open for tours. They have a source to provide them the next tenant once this one has moved out. Steve Turner says he has had some dealings with the Rotary House Board and finds that they, and Paul King in particular, have done a wonderful job making the Rotary House a viable resource in the community.
Katie Pexa brought us up to date on programs. She thanked everyone for their ideas and asked them to keep coming.
February Programs:
2/11 – Anne Marie Schubert: she is running for Sacramento District Attorney
2/18 – Katrina Anderson: Safety Training
2/25 –The Beer Guy (Ryan Fry from Sudwerk Brewery
3/4 – Monica Miller – FBI Agent in Charge
3/11 – Speech Contest run by Jason Borg
3/18 – Doug Ose
3/25 – Alumni Day – Everyone is invited
In April we will have Nancy Milton on conflict resolution
Some other ideas were brought up:
  • Leo Palimeter School – Culinary Arts Program…Lunch?
  • St. John’s Shelter for Women – excellent work done to train homeless women to renter the workforce.
  • Members sharing about themselves
  • Mindy Russell from the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy
  • Kevin Snyder from the Fire Chaplaincy
Michael Caplan updated us on our International Projects:
We have a project in India for medical training which we have partnered with the Rancho Cordova Club.
Our original Israeli contact was dropped but we are now in touch with a new contact. Michael is going to Isreal in April to visit the school and advance the project.
The Costa Rica Wheelchair Project which we supported is now complete.
Danny Curtola updated us on the web site. He has been working hard to get it up and running. He is going to a training on the 18th.
We discussed the trials of getting the new Roster out. The roster information will eventually be on the web site (password protected), along with the calendar, and newsletter.
$10 Rob Ford
$10 Tom Griffin
$10 Paul King and he did not pull the ace.