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.

Newsletter – April 10, 2018

Howard – 2nd Level Major Donor

Pledge by Patt McCormick
Invocation by Paul King

Visiting Rotarians: Jack Arney from the Roseville Club and District Governor-elect; Ray Ward from the Fair Oaks Club and running for District Governor along with a prospective member Monika Singh.

Joel was suppose to have a joke of the day but didn’t so he paid a $20 fine and got raffle tickets.

Chance to make a difference: Bell Ringer: Matt Ross became a multiple Bell Ringer because his daughter’s Volleyball team came in 4th out of a huge number of teams in a tournament and he celebrated his 50th Birthday! Happy Birthday, Matt! Happy Bucks: Carolyn Lewis announced 2 bike rides she would like members to join with her on, coming up on May 6th a 38 miler from Folsom to Scott’s on the river. It’s $50 but includes lunch at Scotts. Then on Saturday, June 23rd, the Lunie Luau team will join the Lunar Lunacy bike ride downtown. Bill Hambrick just returned from Virginia and his sister-n-law’s wedding. He said the Chesapeake Bay is over fished and he helped by eating everything he could! Rob Olmstead paid $5 for his daughter’s 5 goals in a tournament.

Howard Stagg was presented with his “Level Two Major Donor” pin by Jack and Ray. Jack said Recognition and gratitude are two elements of Rotary that are important to always keep in mind as we check our self promotion at the door. Howard said the Foundation is close to his heart, especially Polio Plus because his father who serve on Patton’s Staff in WWII contracted polio and was told he’d never walk again. He was hospitalized for 2 years and eventually walked again and became a Rotarian with Ed Best inducting him. Howard made a pitch for the Foundation stating his commitment to the great cause.

Paul King announced the last chance to attend a Fireside Meeting is THIS Thursday, April 26th, at Linda Bigler’s. Remember—it is required that you attend at least one fireside meeting. (4110 Norris Avenue.)

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.
President Mike received an email from the Rotary International President asking if our trees were planted by the deadline (Earth Day, April 22nd). Thanks to Casey and Prez Mike he was able to say “with 6 to spare!” Thank you Casey and Mike!

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

Prez Mike showed a short video showing the Culinary Café at Leo Palmiter School (2040 Ethan Way). We will have our lunch meeting there on May 15th. We will again donate money for the correct shoes for the students.

Prez Mike also noted that the Demotion will be on June 26th—a dinner, so there won’t be a lunch meeting that day.

Matt announced that the District Grant ($10,000), went to El Camino High School to turn an English Room into a theater room. Matt mentioned that El Camino’s population has significantly changed to include 10% English learners, a significant refugee population and a large number of subsidized lunch program 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 TLCS!

Our speaker today is Erin Johansen, the Executive Director of TLCS. She brought along her new External Affairs Director, Jody Dahms. Erin came to TLCS in 2016, with a huge background in Non-Profit management. TLCS is about “transforming and empowering the lives of people with mental illness by supporting independence and preventing homelessness.” They have been around since 1981, mostly supported by government funding. They promote recover,
resilience, hope, support, partnership, housing and are innovative and effective with wrapa-round services. They do what needs to be done to help someone. An example is Jerry, a 45 year old man with mental health issues. He started coming to TLCS for lunch—when asked why he came, he said “for the lunch”. But with the program helping him to seek services he needed, in 2 years he was addressing the Board of Supervisors and speaking on behalf of the most difficult problem in our society—homelessness.

The perfect storm of homelessness happened when the recession and housing problem hit at the same time. Builders stopped building affordable housing and a greater gap emerged in the housing sector for affordable rents.

Another example Erin gave was of an 80 year old man who had worked and was now collecting Social Security, he started having mental health issues when he could no longer afford his rent and found himself on the streets. He was taken to the Union Gospel Mission where he was put in the emergency mental health respite center in collaboration with TLCS. Here he was given the information to navigate the system to find his way through his crisis.

TLCS runs an intensive case management program that helps triage the situation, and help with housing by paying some portion with a voucher, by using HUD funds. They also run the Respite Center where kind and compassionate care is an alternative to going to the emergency room. They leave with a plan for the next time a crisis happens.

Mental health issues begin forming in males in adolescence where in females it is more in the mid twenties. It can take 10 years from the diagnosis until someone is receiving care. In places like TLCS they can experience a social group and not stand out, the dignity of work to build
confidence and experience.

They now have a partnered grant with Wind Youth Services for transition to housing for 18-25 year olds. They call it “Possibilities.” Through this program, they teach them to live in the world through things like conflict resolution, drug & alcohol abuse, learning to live with a roommate, employment programs. Once they are ready they can get a temporary rent subsi-dy. The hope is that be intervening earlier, more can be saved from being lost in society.

The biggest hurdle is having affordable housing. The hope is that developers in Southern Cali-fornia experienced in building affordable housing, will come to Sacramento and take the op-portunity to expand here. There is a call to give tax breaks to get people to invest in affordable housing opportunities.

Some of the issues are that mental health services are voluntary, and people resist the idea that they need them. We use to have a Mental Health Court which would require them to get services but it is no longer in place, Now there is such a wait for services that you almost have to get arrested to get into treatment. Erin estimates over 50% of the people on the streets are mentally ill or drug abusers.

Thank you for the interesting look into your organization!

Newsletter – April 3, 2018

Pledge by Paul King

Invocation by Michael Caplan

Visitors: Brandon (our waiter at Ruth Chris) came to say HI—he is now the Beverage Manager at Ruth Chris. Steven Walker introduced Ema Adams who will be helping us with Club Runner today.

Chance to make a difference: Bell Ringer: Randy Friedman gave $100 in honor of Prez Mike’s plasma donation. Bill gave Happy Bucks since he and Leigh just returned from a couple of weeks in the Airstream going to Santa Barbara, Lone Pine and Mohave Dessert. They camped at the “Hole in the Wall Campground.”

Prez Mike asked the significance of LXXXVIII. It is 88 and that’s how many days he has left in his term! Tom Goode, are you listening? Prez Mike also told the joke about computers and “auto-correct” – he says many children will hear from Satan this year (not Santa, get it?)

Paul King announced it’s time for our annual Fireside Meetings to help Prez-elect Tom plan his year. The meetings are held at members homes where they supply snacks and the club provides beer and wine. Paul has 3 dates: Monday, April 9th at Steve Turner’s; Monday, April 16th at Stephen Walker’s (West Sac) and Thursday, April 26th at Linda Bigler’s. Remember—it is required that you attend at least one fireside meeting.

Tomorrow, April 4th is a Board meeting at 5pm at Howe Park.

Rob Ford brought us up to date on the Golf Tournament and handed out written information to solicit Sponsors and Players. He also said items for the Auction, and Tee Prizes are needed. Our Partners are the Crisis Nursery and Big Brothers Big Sisters. The tournament will start at 10am and Box lunches will be provided to the players. At the dinner afterwards there will be the auction. Remember this event is at Del Paso and many golfers really want to play the course but can only do so if they know a member. This is a great opportunity for them to play Sacramento’s premier course.

Prez Mike said the Fourth of July Parade for the Fulton Avenue Association is on July 4th. He would like to see our members participate. It’s a great way to highlight your business to the area.

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.

Prez Mike talked about attending the District Conference in Lake Tahoe in May. He’d like to see a presence from our club.

There is going to be a Rotary Day at the Rivercats in May. The Giants vs Dodgers—AAA teams.

This Saturday at Natomas High School is the District Assembly from 8am on.

Steven Walker has finally (thank you, Steven!) brought our ClubRunner database current. Now everyone should receive their Newsletter. Steven and Ema are here today to help everyone log on to ClubRunner and understand it’s worth. In the future, our ClubRunner can serve as our Roster and as a resource for contacting members right from your phone! Steven had sent “homework” for everyone to download the app to our smartphones. Only some followed through. Ema went around and helped people download it and find their login information. Prez Mike said everyone needs to download their picture by May 1st or they will be fined. Steven said he can help anyone who cannot figure it out.

Linda Bigler and Carolyn Lewis are going to try to update information and upload stories about events, etc. If you have information send it to one of them.

Joel asked if we can recapture historical information on fund raisers and mentioned that Facebook would be a good source.

The importance of Club Runner as a tool for our members to use was obvious, but the need for everyone to participate is the main challenge. Now that we have an “expert” we can get the information we need to bring everything up to date and show what a great Club Arden Arcade is! Thank you Steven and Ema for your help in making this our future!

Newsletter – March 27, 2018

Pledge by Steve Turner

Invocation by Pastor Earl

Visitors: Andrew Ross (son of Matt), a sophomore at Rio. Our speaker, Brian Baker on Respectology.

Chance to make a difference: Bell Ringer: Tim Cahill to celebrate his 40th wedding anniversary.

Happy Bucks: Rob Olmstead because about a year ago he started looking into his wife’s grandfather’s military record and today the family received the 2 Silver Stars, 2 Bronze Stars and a French Honor Award he earned that the family never knew about. Paula James gave Happy Bucks for the community partnering we have that enabled a former El Camino student to be connected with Paula because as he graduates from Sac State he would like to work for Teichert. Robert Walden from El Camino was able to connect them. Michael Caplan gave Happy Bucks because he sold a home to a person who is donating supplies to the shops at local high schools and in turn receiving hands on work by the students supervised by their teacher to renovate the home to allow a homeless veteran to live there. Michael thinks having this person in as a speaker would be great. Also, Michael told a joke that his son told him about Moses being the first hi-tech person to use a tablet from the cloud …Carolyn Lewis gave Happy Bucks for the great ski season and explained that she and Linda Bigler are Ski Patrol at Sierra at Tahoe. She and Linda have free ski tickets to give to those who want them. Al Cady gave Happy Bucks because it’s 3 months until Tom Goode takes over (sorry Mike.)

Paula asked for a volunteer to chair the speakers committee next year so she can concentrate on Youth areas. Rob Olmstead volunteered and Paula said she would help him.

Paul King announced it’s time for our annual Fireside Meetings to help Prez-elect Tom plan his year. The meetings are held at members homes where they supply snacks and the club provides beer and wine. Paul has 3 dates: Monday, April 9th at Steve Turner’s; Monday, April 16th at Stephen Walker’s (West Sac) and Thursday, April 26th at Linda Bigler’s. Remember—it is required that you attend at least one fireside meeting.

Tim Cahill gave an update on Rotary House. Tim is the board treasurer. He just reminded us that it is a 2 bedroom, 1 bath home we built with some other area clubs to house the family of a sick child hospitalized at UC Med. We have clean-up days to clean the home and yard between families. Patt reminded everyone that this was our Centennial Project when Rotary celebrated 100 years (2005). We went through a lot of trials and tribulations but it has been successfully helping families for years. Paul King was instrumental in keeping it open when the interest began to wane. Arden Arcade Has always been the leader in this ongoing project.

Prez Mike thanked Casey Henderson for being along side him planning 33 trees. Our challenge from the RI President for this year’s project of each member planting a tree is complete.

Tom Goode gave us some preliminary numbers for the very successful Poker Tournament. It looks like the gross is $104,000 with the net about $73,000.

Rob Ford reminded us that the Golf Tournament is on June 18th at Del Paso Country Club. The website is active and taking sponsorships (5 or 6 already sold). Sponsors have the first opportunity for spots to play. Our partners are Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Crisis Nursery. There are sponsorships available from $500 to $5,000.

Stephen Walker sent around printed lists from the Club Runner site and wants everyone to edit their information. He is updating the site (YAY!) and will speak to us next week about using the site.

The District Speech Contest is tonight but our winner is out of town and cannot attend. The District Leadership Assembly is at Natomas High School on April 7th.

Our speaker, Brian Baker worked in the corporate world for 25 years with AT&T and Bank of America. When he retired he founded Respectology a place to recapture the art of civility, kindness, courtesy, politeness and manners. It is a coaching service to help clients to tap in to their Emotional and Social Intelligence and increase their job skills. Emotional and Social Intelligence is the ability to be aware of emotional intelligence in others and ourselves to help man- age our relationships and ourselves. EI starts with an assessment of where the client falls on 26 competencies. It is behavior based. People at work can do better if they are high on the EI scale. There is a 4 quadrant model Brian uses in his teaching that covers the 26 competencies. There is Awareness in self and others; and Management of self and others. E & SI is about behavior. Behaviors can change. A person cannot change their genetic makeup or their base personality or how these are effected by the environment in which you were raised. However, behavior while influenced by personality and environment can be changed by developing greater Emotional and Social Intelligence.

This concept is being embraced by many leading corporations. PepsiCo has seen a 10% increase in productivity and a significant decrease in executive turnover. A leading pharmaceutical company has seen an 18% increase in productivity compared with a control group. Brian states that there is a 70% loss of customers related to the loss of S & EI. 50% of time wasted in business is due to the lack of trust. The top reason careers are derailed are related to a lack of S & EI including poor interpersonal rigidity and inability to work with a team. The benefits of S EI are positive emotions, earnings at about 33% more throughout their working lives, positive health and wellness, lower disease risk, and quicker recovery. People with positive emotions have more satisfying marriages and enjoy more social networks.

An accurate assessment of self-awareness and emotional self-awareness are basis of personal power. They offer the attributes of self-management, self-control, integrity, motivation and creativity, achievement and drive, realistic optimism, resilience, stress management, personal agility, and intentionality. Other awareness’s are sympathy, situational and organizational awareness, service orientation. Relationship management includes communication, interpersonal effectiveness, powerful influencing skills, conflict management, inspirational leadership, catalyzing change, building bonds, teamwork & collaboration, coaching & mentoring, building trust in others. Social & EI competencies are measurable & trainable. They are best learned through coaching because they are grounded in science and have a proven return on investment.

S & EI is a core-skill set that starts with awareness. Coaching allows for accountability and support. It takes about 6 months to see a change. Coaching begins with assessments of where the client is so growth is measurable. S & EI can change the culture by changing the culture of the leaders.

Thank you Brian for a very interesting presentation.


Newsletter – March 20, 2018

Pledge by Jed Van Wagener

Invocation by Mike Grace

Visitors: Dr. Robin Baron, a periodontist (ret.), and friend of Michael Caplan. Michael brought him to a club meeting where he heard about the Flying Samaritans and Robin just returned from a trip with the Flying Samaritans to Mexico. He did 32 extractions in one day and is grateful that Rotary brought him knowledge of the opportunity.

Chance to make a difference: Bell Ringer: Lillie Tonkin because she’s happy to be an Honorary Member of Arden Arcade Rotary! Happy Bucks: Michael Caplan because he’s grateful that his wife, Louise, has made a complete recovery from open heart surgery and is back on track to good health. Matt Ross because his daughter chose to attend Rio Americano and for his son who will be going for his Eagle Scout soon. Patt McCormick because her mom was in the Assistance League for many years in both Lafayette and Sacramento. Paula James for moms including Patt as a mom, Patt’s mom who was in the Assistance League, Patt’s mom’s mom and Paula’s mom who she misses every day. Sheila Romero because she celebrated her 82nd Birthday! Happy Birthday, Sheila! Our guest also gave Happy Bucks because her grandson won the speech contest (Caleb).

Paul King announced it’s time for our annual Fireside Meetings to help Prez-elect Tom plan his year. The meetings are held at members homes where they supply snacks and the club provides beer and wine. Paul has 3 dates: Monday, April 9th, Monday, April 16th and Thursday, April 26th. He asked for volunteers to host and received 3 right away. Linda Bigler on the 26th, Steve Turner on 9th and Steven Walker on the 16th. Addresses and more info to follow. Remember—it is required that you attend at least one fireside meeting.

Matt presented Patt with her 6th Paul Harris Fellow because she wasn’t able to make Charter Night. Matt said our club has donated $17,000 so far this year. $5,000 to Rotary International Foundation, $1500 to Polio Plus and $10,000 to the Uganda Water project. Matt says he is also still hoping for District Grant ideas.

We received thank you letters from our Dictionary distributions, Prez Mike handed them around.

Tom Goode said the numbers look really good for the poker tournament but they aren’t ready quite yet.

Prez-Mike brought up an item for the District to allow the District Governor, Dist Governor elect, and Governor nominee the right to vote. Questions were asked and Prez Mike tabled the discussion until he has the answers.

On May 6th, there is a 38 mile bike ride to Scotts on the River from Folsom. It is $50 per person and the proceeds go to Polio Plus.

Our speakers today are from the Sacramento Assistance League, a national non-profit organization with 120 chapters throughout the US dedicated to serve women and children. The Sacramento Chapter has 284 members and together they volunteer over 75,000 hours a year. Their programs are all geared to helping women and children and they coordinate with schools, churches, emergency shelters to help make things happen.

They run several programs throughout the year:

1.Operation School Bell—is a program to help supply clothing and a backpack to children in need. This is the primary program that every chapter runs. Since 1995, they have served over 50,000 children. Sometimes they find that a family only has 1 pair of shoes so children alternate the days they can go to school. In cases like these, they will make sure everyone has their own shows along with clothes, coats and a backpack.

2.Literacy Program—they have distributed over 1700 books as well as supplying reading buddies to read to them.

3.Bears—They distribute teddy bears to emergency responders, emergency rooms and chil- dren in crisis to the tune of over 3000 last year.

4.Clothes for Careers—they work with Women’s Empowerment to help women get nice looking outfits for job interviews. The Assistant League volunteers act as personal shoppers for their guests. They clothed 90 women last year.

5.History in a Trunk—they used to do lessons at the Governor’s Mansion to teach history to grade-schoolers, but now they take the information to the 4th grade classrooms. The volunteers use slides and props to teach California History and then the students write an essay about what they learned. The essays are judged and for winners receive cash prizes. They impact 750 students a year.

6.Eyes Right—volunteers are trained to screen preschool children for “lazy eyes” to detect the problem early—they have detected 80 out of 1200 students that needed help.

7.Kids on the Block—large puppets are used by the volunteers at class assemblies to teach “stranger danger”, “bullying” and other concepts including inclusion and why some people look different and have different abilities.

8.Scholarships– Community College students are selected based on a written essay. Amounts of $1000 and $1500 are available.

9.Senior Friendship—the Assistance League provides yarn to older women who then make knitted items to donate. They make so many items that the Assistance League thought they might partner with us to distribute them. We suggested the Crisis Nursery.

10.Fresh Start– they partner with agencies to help in the areas of sex trafficking, assault and rape to provide clothing when the victim’s clothing is needed for evidence. Sutter Hospital is the Rape Crisis Center for Norther California.

11.Starter Kits—Foster Children reaching 18 are often left with no where to go. The Assistance League packs a laundry basket full of items they might need.

12.Reaching Out—another population in need are people who have gone through the courts system and may need a one time help up to get back on track. Each person has a unique need and the Assistance League tries to help with that need. For example, a young man who landed a job but needed steel toe boots to be able to accept it so the Assistance League provided them for him.

The other main thing the Assistance League does is run Fabulous Finds on Fulton Avenue. Their store is run completely by volunteers. They call themselves “the Nordstrom of Thrift Shops!” How can you help? Shop, Donate, volunteer, join and tell people you know about the Assistance League.

Thank you Betty Lou Beyer, Mikey McMullen and Pat Davis for joining us today and sharing the Assistance League with us.

Newsletter – March 6, 2018

Pledge by Ben Fox

Invocation by Rob Ford

Visiting Rotarians: Cory Ley from Stockton Rotary (who just moved to Sacramento.) Art Deardorff from Lincoln Rotary..

Chance to make a difference:

Happy Bucks Randy gave Happy Bucks because he attended the Play at the Howe Avenue Theater and thought it was great and wanted everyone to know how great it was. He thought the play was well written and preformed well. Prez Mike added that this is the last weekend and it is worth seeing. Jenny Davini paid Happy Bucks because this is going to be a great weekend—her husband’s birthday is Friday, the Poker Tournament is Saturday and her birthday is Sunday! Happy Birthday, Jenny.

Everyone not wearing a Rotary Pin paid a dollar fine.

Tom Goode went to PETS this past weekend and says it was a lot more fun than he expected. He loved the Hospitality Rooms. He unveiled next year’s theme, “Be The Inspiration” and the banner which looks like the Mozilla Foxfire logo, so Tom says next year we’ll be constantly buffering. He also mentioned buying his girlfriend a halter top for “Service Above Self.”

Joel told everyone he is so impressed with the generosity of this club. The Poker Tournament is sold out and will have more tickets sold and more sponsorships sold than previous Poker Tournaments. Volunteers will hear by email what their assignment is. Set-up begins at 10:30 at the Rocklin Mercedes Benz Dealership. The First Tee and Crisis Nursery partners have been doing an awesome job and this looks to be our best ever Poker Tournament The Board has designated all proceeds from this event will go to our local foundation to help all our projects in the Arden Arcade area.

Rob Ford talked about the Golf Tournament coming up at Del Paso on June 18th. Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the Crisis Nursery are our partners for this event. Larry McClure has already sold a $5000 sponsorship. There will be a Dimple Drop and Putting Contest. The proceeds from this event go to the Ray McClure Scholarship Fund.

Don’t forget the next Board Meeting is tomorrow, March 7th at 5pm at Howe Park.

The District Conference is May 11th at Lake Tahoe. Mike would like to see us all there.

World Water Day is coming up…students from Mira Loma need a sponsor for the grant proposal they would like to present to our club. Tom Goode stepped up and will sponsor them.

Mike reminded us that every Rotary member is suppose to plant a tree this year – there is an opportunity to fulfill this requirement in Rancho Cordova…see Prez Mike for details.

Randy encourages everyone to donate blood and the offer of $100 to the Foundation and a Starbuck’s card still exists.

Art Deardorff has been in Rotary for 11 years. He belongs to Lincoln Rotary and is a past- president. He has been the District Webmaster since 2015.

Art asks: ”Why do you need a web presence?” Having a web site or social media account like Facebook allows the club to get important information out to it’s community—members as well as non-members. It is where people can find meeting location and time, what the program will be and which fundraisers are happening and when. It only works if it is current and kept up to date. It should show members as friends having fun, members doing good work in the community, it should show this with lots of pictures not just words.

A good web site can attract new members while a poor one can drive them away. If Rotary doesn’t look up to date, there’s always an Elks Club or Lyons Club not far away. The web site should show club officers, how to contact the club as well as interesting information and stories. It is a platform to tell people the good things we do for our community.

Club Runner is a powerful tool for us to use to maintain and manage our membership. Most of the clubs in District 5180 use it. It links information with Rotary International as well as at the District level. Every member should have a profile including a picture on the Club Runner site. It is important for every member to access their profile to make sure their listed information is correct.

The communications tab allows for items to be sent by email to all listed club members along with attaching a file or pictures—or the newsletter. There is also a support center which helps members access information as well a webinars to learn about the site. There is a way to send a ticket to Club Runner to ask for help with something and they will give you the help needed.

The District web site is a resource for members and club leadership. On it you will find lists of members, committees, a calendar of activities, and what is happening at the District level.

A Facebook Page (not a group—which is what we have), allows more people to view your information. As items are posted to the Rotary page, members and “share” them and they then go to that members contacts as well. When your item is “liked” it develops a broader outreach. A Facebook page can also link to a web page like one for the Poker Tournament which gives it greater exposure. Adding new posts several times in the week helps to increase the followers to your page. It is important to use lots of pictures and less wordy posts. You can also set up separate pages for fundraisers and then link them to the club page. Sometimes paying a little will allow for you to get an even broader distribution.

Rotary also has it’s own page at It shows that Rotary members are people of action. It is also were records of your membership are kept along with the amount you have

Donated to the Rotary International Foundation. Again, pictures are very important here. The pictures show what Rotary is all about and shows the fun our members have helping others. It also gives a snapshot of the different clubs.

Your smartphone is the best tool for adding pictures to Rotary web sites or social media pages. Be sure to take pictures of events or Rotarians in action and post them or make them available to the Web Master.

Club Runner has a mobile app which gives you all the information you need in the palm of your hand. Power Point is another great tool for putting pictures in a page you’d like to them make a JPEG of and upload. Canva is a photo editing app that works like Photoshop but is online and free.

Thank you , Art, for a very interesting look into today’s technology! ( And a bit of a kink in the butt to get our web page and Facebook page in better shape.)


Newsletter – February 27, 2018

Pledge by Randy Freidman

Invocation by Joe Green

Visiting Rotarians: Judy Payne from Sacramento Rotary Club. Guests: Pat Grace, Prez Mike’s wife. Guest Speakers: Dale Schornack and Cristina Mendonsa.

Great to see our friend and fellow Rotarian, Stan Atkinson back at lunch!

Chance to make a difference: Bell Ringers: Prez Mike became a Bell Ringer because he just returned from a trip with his 3 grandchildren to Disneyland and he bought a new Tacoma Truck. Stan Atkinson became a Bell Ringer because his son Alex just took an excellent new job with Exelon Corporation as their Senior Manager. Carolyn Ewing became a Bell Ringer for sharing that her son turned 50 and bought a fancy new race- car—it’s his new baby and mom is happy for him! Joe Green gave Happy Bucks be- cause Teichert donated the concrete for the shelters at Whitney Little League and Joe was there with them for 8 hours to pour the concrete. Next the welders go in and post the supports. Les gave Happy Bucks because he spent time “supervising” Joe. Bill Hambrick gave happy bucks for missing meetings and Charter Night because he was “glamping” at Pt. Reyes and Bodega Bay. Paula gave Happy Bucks thanking her fellow Rotarians for help with her need for a special insurance.

Hidden Gems: Carolyn Ewing and Cathy Skeen

Cathy introduced us to Carolyn—”a sister from another mother.” Carolyn was born in Arizona but her family was really from Texas—Comanche Nation. Her great-greatgrandfather was known as the Scourge of the Comanche. Carolyn was an only child, and was hired out of the University of Arizona by the CIA as an analyst. Carolyn moved to Yorba Linda, CA, with her husband and by age 30 was on the City Council. She has a daughter Susan and a son John. Carolyn started the Ewing Group which does transportation consulting. Carolyn introduced Cathy who as one of five children was born and raised in Sacramento. Cathy is a Native Daughter of the Golden West because her family settled in California in 1846—before the gold rush. Cathy is a go getter and gets what she wants! It doesn’t come easy, but Cathy has achieved a lot including the highest award from the Association of Contractors—a special award for service. Cathy has 2 children, a son who is an inventor and a daughter who works with Cathy at Excell Bonds and Insurance. Cathy has been in Rotary 20 years and is a past president of Midtown Rotary.

Joe Green reminded us of the El Camino Crab Feed this Saturday and noted we had 7 seats available at the table and before he knew it the table was full! It’ll be a great time for those who attend.

Tim Cahill reminded us how supportive our club was in the development of the Howe Avenue Theater. They are currently performing “Family Cabins,” a play written by a local

Sacramentan and played by local actors. Tim says it is quite good at 8pm on weekends for $20. Tim also shared a page of the Playbill which acknowledges Arden Arcade Rotary.

The Poker Tournament is March 10th and may be our best attended ever. Our partners First Tee and Crisis Nursery are kicking it out of the park!

Prez Mike thanked Les for his hard work on Charter Night. Those of you who missed it missed a great time. Les thanked Steve and Christine and others who helped make it happen.

Next Board Meeting is March 7th at 5PM at Howe Park.

There is a need for guest readers on March 2nd for a special event at Thomas Edison. See Mike if you’re interested.

Stan Atkinson introduced our speakers by saying “if you miss the news for a day you miss eve- rything, but if you miss the news for a year you miss nothing.” According to Stan, the quality and content of the news has diminished and our country is less well as a result. He introduced Dale and Cristina as intelligent, deeply thoughtful and committed people who are seasoned, experienced and credible.

Dale came here from Seattle, Dallas and Phoenix markets. He spent 19 years at Channel 10 be- fore the chose to not renew his contract last February. Christine was at Channel 10 for 20 years and is an Edward R Murrow Award winner. She was recognized for an investigative report on the onset of mental illness in college students. Christina began working for the Fair Oaks Post. She started a fitness business to pay for college. She has 2 daughters.

In the Era of Women going on now, Christina is one who has inspired younger women to enter the business. There are really good journalists coming up in the business.

Christina and Dan have stayed really close friends. They went through the same non-renewingof their contract last spring, they left a day apart in June 2017. Channel 10 went through a big format change trying to appeal to millennials who get most of their news on devices rather than TV.

In February of 2017, when the Oroville Dam almost broke and 180,000 people were evacuated, Channel 10 sent an inexperienced reporter with a satellite backpack to cover the story. Chan- nel 10 was unable to get any pictures or sound out because they couldn’t get the feed and the station was unwilling to send a satellite truck there. This was a huge problem and the channel didn’t respond to it as if it mattered. Their focus is to provide content to the smart phones and I pads of millennials rather than present a news cast for those who still enjoy Network and Lo- cal News.

At this time, Channel 10 had a Consulting Firm from out of town and a first time news director which created a perfect storm of issues.

Media is struggling to know what the next news programming should be. There are 2 audi- ences to serve, the millennials as well as the over 30-40 group who still uses the evening news as their source for news . Local news stations are in the middle trying to figure it out. There are still opportunities for reporters. Christina’s daughter gets her news from Phil on UTube who does a newscast about 3 times a week. Management doesn’t really realize how much a part of watching the news are the anchors presenting it.

What are they doing now? Christina started Mendonsa Media, producing videos for business- es. She also still investigates stories and freelances them as well as doing video documen- taries. She also substitutes at KFBK and has an agent looking for another anchor spot. Dan is working for the California Department of Public Health doing video production. He says “when public health works, bad things don’t happen.” He also works with emergency prepar- edness and with public information officers in risk communication.

Thank you both for an interesting look into the tricky world of TV news.

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Newsletter – February 20, 2018

Pledge by Jonathan Kocycz

Invocation by Joe Green

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Newsletter – February 13, 2018

Pledge by Patrick O’Neil

Invocation by Mike Grace

Today is the Annual Speech Contest—we welcome 5 students from El Camino High School and 2 of their mothers as well as their Principal, Randy Halcomb.

Happy Bucks: Steve Turner is happy is daughter got the lead in “Little Red Riding Hood” at Fairy Tell Town. Rob Ford is happy his daughter, Molly, was moved up to varsity for the playoffs in basketball. Lind Bigler is happy she qualified as a Certified Emergency Response Team Member (CERT) this past weekend.

Les reminded us that February 24th is Charter Night at the Del Paseo Country Club. He sent a sign up around to choose your menu item. Prez Mike sent out an email with a challenge and several members who signed up through the email are fine free for February!

Joel said Arden Arcade has stepped up for the Poker Tournament: Al is sponsoring both bars, Dunnigan Realtors and Excel Bonds & Insurance are table sponsors. Each Rotarian is asked to sell at least 5 tickets. Remember, the event is at Mercedes of Rocklin and it will be on March 10th. We need people in the seats to make it a suc- cess! First Tee and Crisis Nursery are doing their part as well.

We received letters from the 3rd grade class at Greer Elementary tanking us for the dictionaries. We also received thank you letters from Amigos de Guatemala.

Duane Oliveira is running the Speech Contest because Paula James’ mother passed away last week and she is taking care of those matters. Please keep Paula in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you also to timekeeper: John Gabriel; Tellers: Tom Goode and Danny Curtola; and Judges: Paul King, Patrick O’Neil and Steve Turner. Duane explained that we need to hold applause until all 5 speakers have spoken. He also mentioned there will be short talks from Rotarians during the break between speakers.

The theme for the Speech Contest is “Making a Difference.”

The first speaker was Maggie Kauderur, a Junior from El Camino High School. In fact, all 5 speakers are from El Camino High School. Maggie started by thanking her mom for being a “list” person because that’s how she attached her speech. She had 3 main needs in society to point out where a difference could be made: a need for inclusion and acceptance in society for everyone, gender equality and opening ourselves to be friends with everyone. Her plan to help accomplish this is to:

1.make conversation wherever you are—standing in line., waiting for a bus, etc.

2.Approach a lonely person, someone sitting alone at lunch, in the gym, etc.

3.Encourage others—cheer on the others on your team, congratulate

someone’s good grade, etc.

4. Get involved, wherever and whenever you are able. Make a difference by including others!

During the break between speakers, Duane asked Earl to tell what he thinks about surveys. Earl said the are nonconsequential. He doesn’t like them and does not find them to have any value.

The second speaker is also a Junior at ECHS, Jacob Lee. Jacob emphasized that people are known for large changes, a major invention, a major political success, but then you think how can I make a difference? You can make a difference by stop saying no and beginning to do something no matter how small the effort seems to be. Then he went on to when should I start? Now is the perfect time. Any effort is better than none. Doing the small gestures can make you feel good and make you want to do more and bigger things. There are 2 types of a difference to make—a short term difference and a long-term difference.

During the break, Carroll Cook talked about Fellowship and coming to Rotary to do good things.

The third speaker was Blake Moser, another Junior at ECHS. Blake spoke about making things better by taking an action. As in Colin Kapernick who chose to kneel during the Star Spangled Banner. He used his celebrity to try to make a point, but relied on others to make that point for him by following him. In contrast, JJ Watts took action after Hurricane Harvey and raised 37 million dollars to help out the victims. Who in these examples made a difference? Colin Kaper- nick was “all talk, no walk.” Even though we do not possess the large platform of these NFL players, everyone has someone who looks up to them and can make a difference.

During the break Patt McCormick was asked how she makes a difference. Patt said I get up eve- ry morning and put a smile on my face and say hello to those I encounter along the way. A smile can go a long way.

The fourth speaker is Caleb Wahl, another Junior from ECHS. Caleb talked about how his mother showed by example how you can achieve a goal. His mother left teaching and went back to school to become a Principal. It took her 2 years, but she accomplished her goal and gave Caleb a great example to live by. He learned it again when his father lost his job and through responsibility, integrity and perseverance was able to move on to a new one. Caleb learned hard work can accomplish anything. He felt his history teacher, Mr. Waldo, believed in him and it gave him the courage to be here today. Caleb volunteers to teach leadership skills to others.

During the break, Larry McClure was asked what he thought about surveys. Larry felt much the same as Earl, they have no value and he doesn’t mess with them. He also doesn’t trust them.

Our fifth and final speaker is a Senior at ECHS named Vladimir Matias. Vladimir started off by listing many well-known people who have made a big difference, but went on to say everyone

has it in him to make a difference. He said everyone can stand up to a bully and everyone can pitch in as they did in the wake of the Sonoma fires to collect 8 tons of food, water and toilet paper in 2 days. Get engages, be involved learn where your help is needed. To make a differ- ence, start by looking at yourself. Vladimir is helping immigrants who have language barriers to get help and get acclimated to their new home. This is how you can use your abilities to help others. Helping others brings happiness and prosperity into your lives. Choose to be effective in the world, or chose to be affected by the world!

There are no winners or losers in our speech contest, only places to be named: 5th Place: Jacob Lee

4th Place: Vladimir Matias

3rd Place and a $50 check: Blake Moser

2nd Place and a $100 check: Maggie Kauderur 1st Place and a $200 check: Caleb Wahl

Thank you to all the speakers, every speech was great and you really got the message to be involved!

Thank you again to all the Rotarians who helped make the contest happen today! Remember, keep Paula James in your heart and prayers in the loss of her mother.

At the end we had a discussion of whether or not to cancel next week’s meeting because Prez Mike is going to be away, but decided to have it with Steve Turner as “Past President Host”, and Tom Goode has “speaker”.

Celebrate the 63rd Anniversary of the beginning of Arden Arcade Rotary! Don’t forget to sign up for Charter Night, February 24th, at Del Paso Country Club.