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Newsletter – February 6, 2018

Pledge by Danny Curtola

Invocation by Steve Turner

Visitors/Guests: Judy Payne, Sacramento Rotary; Lilly Tonkin and guest, Ray Collison.

Bell Ringers: Patrick paid the remaining $90 for an Eagles Super Bowl win! Carolyn Ewing wanted to donate blood but Blood Source wouldn’t let her so she wanted to donate to them, but Randy said donate it to our Rotary Foundation instead and then he donated $100 more on her behalf! Christine wanted to donate blood but couldn’t because she was sick so her boyfriend donated on her behalf and Randy gave the foundation another $100 in his honor. Prez Mike became a Bell Ringer in honor of his father and told about the Celebration of Life family and friends celebrat- ed this weekend. Mike and his brother differed on the vessel for his remains, a pewter urn or a Coleman cooler—the Urn won out but most attendees thought the cooler would have been more appropriate for his dad who loved to camp!

Happy Bucks: Cathy Skeen gave Happy Bucks because her daughter just closed on her new home; Danny Cortola gave “shame” bucks for being gone so much and was very sad he didn’t get a standing ovation when he came in; Rob Ford gave Happy Bucks as a life –long Eagles fan; Carolyn Lewis gave happy Bucks for several reasons, she’s been Fostering a Dalmatian/Pitt Bull mix and just received 2 English Lab puppies and is so happy, also she gave Happy Bucks because Linda Bigler got Fairy Tale Town to join their fast pitch softball team. Randy announced that he gave blood too so he gave Happy Bucks along with his $200 to the foundation. He also challenged Joel that he would donate $120 for “elf” blood. Earl Heverly announced that he donated Plasma, so Randy gave another $100 to the foundation. Big day, Randy—thank you! Tommy Goode announced he spent time at a Super Bowl Party at the former CEO of Apple (who was fired by Steve Jobs.) Tom says the house was amazing and the food over the top! John Gabriel gave Happy Bucks for both his birthday (2-3-45) and anniversary coming up this week—#48! Paul King gave Happy Bucks to honor all the Bell Ringers in the club while noting how important those funds are to the club. Les gave Happy Bucks because he got to go to the Kings vs Warriors game and hang out with his brother! Linda Bigler gave “Sad” Bucks because there’s no snow!

Les reminded us that February 24th is Charter Night at the Del Paseo Country Club. Les says it will be an amazing evening and everyone should come.

Tickets for the All In Poker Tournament are available February 1st. 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. Anne Marie Schubert and Scott Jones are already committed to attend.

Next Board Meeting is February 7th at 5pm at Howe Park.

District Conference is May 11-13 at they Hyatt at Lake Tahoe (Incline). Mike would like to see Arden Arcade have a presence there.

Bill Hambrick announced all four schools dictionaries have been delivered and thanked the sev- eral people who made that happen. Bill was stunned when a 3rd grader named Charles asked him if he was Tim, and Bill replied, no, but I’m smarter than Tim. Charles replied, “you can’t just proclaim that you’re smarter.” Cathy Skeen also said when she was at one of the handouts she said to a student “That’s the President,” when Mike was coming in and the student got very excited and said, “That’s the President?!”

Mike told everyone to report their volunteer hours to Tom Goode. He has everyone for the Laurel Ruff Party as long as you checked in. Things like being President and attending Board Meetings and writing the Newsletter don’t count—these are “service hours.”

The Spring Community Grants are open—there is an online application.

The Golf Tournament is on June 18 at Del Paseo—more info to come after the Poker Tourna- ment. We are partnering with the Crisis Nursery and Big Brothers & Big Sisters.

Tom Goode attended Pre-Pets this weekend and now will give us a sneak peek on the 20th when he subs for Prez Mike.

Dr. Bill Wittich is our speaker today on “Travel like a Pro.” He says what you don’t know can hurt you. The key to being successful is to know you are responsible for everything you do. He doesn’t want to pay full price for any plane, hotel, or car rental and has learned the tricks to avoid doing this.

Currently there are only 4 major airlines in the US: American, United, Delta and Southwest. The reginal carriers that take you on the short hops that look like these airlines really have nothing to do with them—they are contracted by the airline, their pilots are not experienced as the major airline ones and they do not work for the major airline. 47% of flights are by these re- ginal carriers. On these airlines you can encounter added fees like checking a bag, making a reservation on the phone, changing a reservation, cancelling a reservation, getting a seat as- signment, getting on board sooner, getting extra leg room. Bill says ALWAYS buy your ticket at least 21 days in advance, after 3pm on a Tuesday. The airlines start unloading unsold tickets Tuesday afternoon so you get the best price.

Most experienced flyers never fly on a Friday morning or Sunday afternoon, try to fly on Tues- day, Wednesday or Saturday to avoid the business travelers. Avoid peak travel times:6, 7, 8am and 4,5,6pm. Non-stop flights are more expensive than ones with connections. Check the small print before you cancel a flight because the times have changed. No it’s 24 hours ahead to change or cancel a flight. Avoid a “Direct” flight—it may have several stops but you won’t change planes. Avoid connecting flights if you can but they’ll be less expensive. Always have at least 2 hours to connect. (airline’s legal limit is 20 minutes.) For International Flight allow even more –4 hours. Avoid the last flight of the day—it is the one that gets cancelled the most. Check alternate airports to save money, John Wayne instead of LAX. Select the best seats –

Use the APP—Seatguru, to help locate the best seat. It gives you clues like half of the exit row seats do not recline and the last row on the plane doesn’t recline. Avoid the back of the plane where people stand for the restroom. When flying alone always pick an isle seat—when fly- ing with a spouse chose an isle and window—most often the middle seat will not be booked. Near the front saves time deplaning. Check your seat assignment and flight number every week before a flight in case they change planes. They will move you but you can change where they put you if you keep checking. 72 hours before a flight they will upgrade high level flyers so you might be able to move to a better seat they vacated. You can always check at the gate for a different seat too.

The reasons to use an airline credit card: no bag fee, board early, discount on airline food, discount on airline club, fee waived for first year. Award miles are now based on the price you pay not the miles traveled.

TSA—never line up behind families or older people, line up behind business people who know what they are doing. NEW: The name on your ticket must match the name on your ID. Also, the spelling must be the same on the ID and ticket. TSA Precheck is definitely worth it— $85 for 5 years—most say they waited less than 5 minutes. Program the Customer Service number for your airline into your phone so that if a cancellation is announced you can get right to customer service to rebook instead of standing line with all the others.

Bill says never check luggage—why—you can change flights or rebook in the event of a can- cellation, you don’t have to wait for it to arrive and most importantly it doesn’t get lost! The added plus– you don’t pay baggage fees. Wear any large outerwear on the plane as it is not counted as an item! How to avoid jet lag—change your clock as soon as you get to the airport or on the plane.

Hotel secrets: join hotel frequent guest programs to get many benefits. Avoid rooms by the elevator or ice machine. Always get a room on the highest floor possible. Watch out for can- cellation policies. Do not make non-refundable reservations. Watch out for split rate reserva- tions—Friday is $150 but Saturday and Sunday are $300. Watch out for resort fees.

Rental car secrets: always book the cheapest car you will often be upgrades. Find the nearest gas station and fill up right before returning. Before you accept a car take a picture of all 4 sides, take a picture of parking spots, too. Very interesting! Thank you, Bill


Newsletter – January 30, 2018

Pledge by Jed Van Wagener

Invocation by Mike Grace

Visitors/Guests: Kathryn Turner, President of the Clarksburg Rotary Club; Judy Paige, Sacra- mento Club; Judy Ratledge, West Sacramento Rotary; Cindy Schaer and Howard Schmidt— speakers and Russell, Stephen Walker’s husband and CPA!

Earl Heverly was late and paid a fine for not being there to do the invocation and save Prez Mike from having to do it!

Happy Bucks: Les Gudger is happy that he got a new job with Mother Lode Van & Storage; Rob Olmstead is happy that his wife is almost healed from her knee surgery and he won’t have to be both mom & dad for awhile.; Tom Griffin is just happy to be here and very happy his Villanova Wildcats are the #1 team in the country right now; Patrick O’Neal paid $10 and says he’ll pay another $90 if the Patriots lose on Sunday to be a Bell Ringer. Bruce Stimson says Joel bought one of his tickets and owes $200 to our local foundation.

Bell Ringers: Bill Hambrick says he won $550 at the Christmas Raffle even though he didn’t attend the party, so he donated $100 to the District fund for Human Trafficking.

Everyone without a Rotary Pin was fined $1.

Kathryn Turner from Clarksburg told us about a terrific project Norm Johnson’s (formerly a long-time member of our club) granddaughter brought to her club. Jennifer Cavalari is taking medical supplies to Honduras with a group named SELF— Sustainable Empowerment Leadership Foundation. They provide humanitarian aid to communities in need. Their next trip is next week so instead of collecting items we passed the hat and raised $279 to help in their efforts. Just before she came today, Kathryn learned that the Folsom Prison is donating 500 pair of reconditioned (by the prisoners) eyeglasses. If you want to know more about what they do, go to www.selfhn.org.

Les reminded us that February 24th is Charter Night at the Del Paseo Country Club. Les says it will be an amazing evening and everyone should come.

Tickets for the All In Poker Tournament are available February 1st. 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. Anne Marie Schubert and Scott Jones are already committed to attend.

Randy is still offering $100 to the Foundation and a $20 Starbucks card for your dona- tion to Blood Source. He wanted to praise Matt Ross for being in charge of the Foun- dation and also donating blood.

Next Board Meeting is February 7th at 5pm at Howe Park.

District Conference is May 11-13 at they Hyatt at Lake Tahoe (Incline). Mike would like to see Arden Arcade have a presence there.

Mike attended the mid-year retreat last weekend. He thought it was full of good information and Brought Pres-elect Tom Goode his own “ding-a-ling” (bell) for fun! Tom will be going to pre-pets this weekend and then PETS in May.

Bill Hambrick announced they dictionary deliveries are starting right away and he needs helpers. First delivery is tomorrow at Whitney School, 4248 Whitney Blvd., at 1:45. The next delivery is on February 5th at Cottage School, 2221 Morse, at 2pm. Everyone who has done these deliveries says they are a lot of fun!

Word has it Louise Caplan is under the weather so Michael has been taking care of her—get well, Louise!

For those of you who know Hal Shipley, he suffered a stroke and now is dealing with congestive heart failure. He is out of the hospital though.

Howard Schmidt, Chief of Staff for Susan Peters, introduced Cindy Schaer, Project Manager, from the Office of Planning and Environmental Review. Cindy came to the County Department from Rocklin where she worked in economic development and the private sector. She now tries to work on Susan Peters most challenging projects. Today she brought us updates on area like Howe Bout Arden, Country Club Plaza, Arden Town, and Arden Creek Town Center. The Arden Creek Town Center where Watt and Arden meet is being refurbished and renewed with new stores and placement of stores as well as land- scaping upgrades. The hope is to provide a gathering place for outdoor dining and neighborhood beau- ty. There were many challenges that took special development permits. The developer wanted to have people look at the bigger picture and how it benefits the neighborhood. Some of the issues they had to fight for were moving buildings closer to the street, a drive through, larger signage and better trash en- closures. While the community fought most of the new proposals, they were passed and the rendering show a much more esthetic appeal to the center. One of the other issues was the wall that needs to separate commercial from residential. The neighborhood wanted a sound wall but the developer said a prefab wall would work much better. It was also approved. Additionally, 3 monument signs were ap- proved instead of 2. Deviations to codes are site-specific and take into account existing utilities and oth- er existing structures. The developer is eliminating 2 of the 5 driveways on Watt to make is more es- thetic and also safer.

Country Club Plaza is also going through another renovation adding theaters and a Rebounders Gym (trampolines). The owner of most of the property was finally able to purchase the Macy’s building so now the parcels are owned by the same entity.

Cindy is also working with the owner of the Walmart Sam’s Club Center to reuse those buildings once they’re closed. The changing landscape in retail due to the internet and online shopping is making a big impact on traditional shopping centers. They now are coming multiuse centers called Lifestyle Enter- tainment Centers.

Cindy also spoke about the Butano Apartments and pointed out that they are not low income housing but Affordable Housing. She suggested a family of 4 living on $60,000 is the target tenant. Most often when tenants move out is because they earn too much to continue to qualify. There is a minimum and maximum salary level to qualify. It is a great project with all the parking, park and such on the interior of the buildings. They have 24 hour security. There was a fight to get these built even though the prop- erty had been zoned apartment for 50 years. When the heirs took it over to sell, the community sued so that it couldn’t be developed into apartments. The community lost. There have been no issues there

They have 24 hour on site management that is very responsive.

Another project Cindy is working on in our are is the Plaza de La Fuente homes. This project is on Estates and is a 2 acre parcel with plans for 8 homes.

Cindy says to look for the Development Proposal signs around on properties which indicate there is a proposal before the County. If you have the project number you can search www.planningdocuments.saccounty.net and find out all the information that Cindy has at her disposal about every project.

Thank you for the great information on our area and it’s changing appearance.


Newsletter – January 23, 2018

Pledge by Jed Van Wagener

Invocation by Les Gudger

Visitors/Guests: Paul Sorensen who did an Eagle Scout project at Whitney Little League with an update. The bench he did at Whitney Little League is finished and is ready to welcome you to sit. Paul has spent the first semester at BYU Idaho and now is leaving for his 2 year mission is Louisville Kentucky.

Due to Sherriff Jones’ schedule he is going to speak first. Joel introduced him and said he is now running for a third term. He wants to speak about the challenges he sees to public safety.

As he has spoken to previously, the prison realignment act has turned around the crime pic- ture. The realignment came from the state needing to empty the prisons because they were severely overcrowded but the only way was to “open the back door and close the front door.” The result is now the local jails are severely overcrowded and many people who should be in prison are on the streets. There are people in the Sacramento County jail serving 17 yrs when it was designed for stays of 1 year or less.

Proposition 47—the “safe neighborhood and schools act” changed many felony charges to misdemeanors. It was also retroactive which wiped many felonies from the records of habitu- al criminals by changing them to misdemeanors. Now that these have been wiped from their records, many convicted felons are able to apply for jobs they couldn’t have before and there is no way to know they had been convicted of a felony. Along with this the Governor has de- cided there should be elderly parole, and parent (if you have children at home) parole. Charlie Manson was considered under the elderly parole but was denied.

The 3 Strike Law has become ineffective because no it only applies to committing a serious third crime, not just a crime. This law came into being because violent crime was out of con- trol. Now low level offenders often spend only 1/3 to 1/2 of their sentence in jail. The Depart- ment of Corrections has added Rehabilitation to their name to show that rather than incarcer- ating everyone they want to rehabilitate them and give them credit of time for attending pro- grams that are suppose to help them on the outside. What it has done instead is increase re- cidivism to 70%. Violent Crime is up 15% and Property Crime is through the roof. Even shop- lifting has to be over $950 before it is considered a felony. The law is so crazy now that if you have a gun stolen from your car you can be charged with a crime as well as the thief.

Sherriff Jones was asked about the Sanctuary State Act and reacted by saying they never work with ICE to do raids. Often, illegals use false names to keep from being found out by ICE and deported. So the benefit to work with ICE in the jails is to share databases and have a more reliable system to make sure illegal felons don’t return to society.

Sherriff Jones talked about their Intelligence Lead Policing policy where they keep officers in smaller geographic areas so they get to know the area and it’s residents. They also use a very powerful intelligence analytic platform to help combat gang issues and try to disrupt crime before it takes place. This platform helps them predict where things might happen. In 2 years of use, crime has gone down 15% while statewide, crime has gone up 15%.

The great divide—where the media shows law enforcement and where our area values law enforcement. The satisfaction rating is 83% locally where it is 79% nationally. The news media would have us believe something very different. Sherriff Jones likes to share this information

with his officers to help boost their morale. There are 1500 sworn officers in the Sacramento Sherriff’s Department, and 2100 overall employees. It is the 7th largest law enforcement agency in the country covering 1000 square miles.

Sherriff Jones was asked why there is a push to remove the bail bonds system. He explained that bail is not set by ability to pay but it is a constitutional right and the only real purpose is to make sure the per- son shows up in court. In Sacramento County there are over 50,000 failure to appear warrants out- standing. What happens now is someone is picked up for a crime and their outstanding warrants are cleared and then they are given a new court date and the person starts the cycle again by not showing up in court again.

Sherriff Jones talked a little about the conflict between state and federal laws on marijuana, but basi- cally mentioned the crime that surrounds it like home invasions. He also talked about concealed weap- ons permits and how he approves them. There is a person who is pushing for a legislative audit of the CWP, and the fight goes on between the Sherriff and Kevin McCarty who thinks the Sherriff should be prosecuted Another issue brought up in questions was the Homeless population in Sacramento. Sherriff Jones says the homeless should be identified and handled differently. Felons getting out on parole may want to be homeless so no one can find them. Some people just choose to be homeless, while some are mentally ill and need to be provided applicable services. No we have the issue of providing so many ser- vices that out of state homeless people come here to get services.

Thank you, Sherriff Jones for a great presentation.

Bell Ringers: Carroll Cook donated $100 even though he hasn’t received his winnings from the Reverse Raffle yet. Happy Bucks: Carolyn Lewis gave happy bucks because her son set his wedding date and picked the venue. Carolyn wants to know if anyone has an in at Ruby Hill in Pleasanton. Al Cady gave $10 for hosting the dictionary labeling party last week. Larry McClure gave Happy Buck to announce his 70th Birthday on January 30th—Happy Birthday, Larry! Howard gave $5 Happy Bucks for spending 5 days in Scottsdale and NOT buying anything at the auction!

Several members were not wearing Rotary pins and were fined $1.

Joe Green was called up to receive a $9000 check for Whitney Little League to help with many of their long term maintenance needs including shade structures at the dugouts. Rotary will be prominently displayed on the Welcome Scoreboard as well as on the side of the snack bar. The check was the result of 4500 from our club and a District matching grant.

Hidden Gems: Matt Ross and Jenny Davini. Turns out they are neighbors! Jenny grew up in the area, attended RIO and Sac State and met he husband there in an accounting class—go figure! Matt grew up in Southern California and then attended UCSB. Matt met his wife through a co-worker and was an hour late to their first date. They have been married 17 years and have 2 children, Andrew and Katy. Jenny has been married 24 years and has 3 children. Jenny recently opened her own accounting firm, Cor- nelius Davini where she can give the personalized attention she wants to give. Matt has worked around the Capital and then opened his own firm, Ross & Associates where he “helps people frame their de- bates so they can win their arguments.” Both Matt and Jenny are devoted to their families and love their work.

Update on the Poker Tournament: The date remain on March 10th—it turned out to be the best date all around but leaves us a shortened planning cycle. The Rocklin Mercedes Show- room will be the venue. First Tee and The Crisis Nursery are our two partners, and Walmart is our Major Sponsor. It is now incumbent on all of us to get involved and pitch in to make it a successful event.

The Arden Arcade Board has decided that the Poker Tournament Proceeds go to the Arden Arcade Foundation to help in local projects while the proceeds from the Golf Tournament will go to the Ray McClure Scholarship Fund.

There are 200 seats for the tournament, we want all seats filled. Last year the tickets were sold but only 160 players showed up.

Les Gudger reminded us to put February 24th on the calendar for Charter Night at Del Paso Country Club. More information to come.

Bill Hambrick will take sign ups next wee for dictionary deliveries to 4 schools.

Newsletter – January 16, 2018

Pledge by Paula James

Invocation by Pastor Earl Heverly

Who wants to make a difference?

Duane Oliveira wanted to take a chance to make a difference by becoming a Bell Ringer! He donated $50 for 2 Cal victories he had not acknowledged yet,

and because he celebrated his 68th Birthday he donated another $68.

Tom Goode gave Happy Bucks for flying to Arizona to visit family and being de- layed for 3 1/2 hours—better to be delayed than the alternative with mechani- cal issues!

Randy says giving money away is like trying yo get blood out of a turnip but he acknowledged Matt Ross’s donation to the Blood Source and lived up to his most recent challenge and gave Matt $100 to donate to the Foundation as well as a $20 Starbucks card. Randy says the challenge goes on—give blood and get $100 to do- nate to the Foundation and a $20 Starbucks card.

John Gabriel gave Happy Bucks because he and Pat got to see their 5’11” grand- daughter pitch in a softball tournament and it was awesome.

Joe Green had a bet with Steve that his team would beat CB but they lost be one so Joe Paid up.

George Prather gave Happy Bucks for his 73rd Birthday and informed us he had a wonderful weekend of great wine, great food and great company.

Howard gave $1 to inform President Mike that many of us were here to have a Rotary Meeting on January 2nd. Rob, Patt and Howard stayed and had lunch!

Paula mentioned the www.ardenarcaderotary.org site has the schedule on it and we could have discovered there was no meeting!!!

Prez Mike informed us of his father’s passing last week. Our condolences to you and your family, Mike. The board meeting was cancelled due to Mike’s absence so it will be rescheduled by email.

Paul King told us about the International Projects Forum he attend last weekend. He was able to see sessions on Global Grant Writing where we could combine to receive a 2 1/2 times match from both the district and Rotary International. There were also presentations on working with other countries and other cultures, as well as on Hu- man Trafficking. Sacramento is in the top 10 in the country for Human Trafficking. Ro- tary is trying to start a program of educating middle and high school students about Human Trafficking.

On that same note…Matt Ross is looking for projects within the Arden Arcade area to write a grant to get matching funds from the District. The suggestion was made

to look into Kirt Lewis’s World Relief Project as well as Jan Scully’s project for women and children.

Tom Goode brought us up to date on the Poker Tournament—the Mercedes Dealership on Howe is out for a location due to the fire. It is possible that Mercedes of Rocklin will step in. He also said Walmart has accepted the Title Sponsorship again.

Bill Hambrick said this Thursday at Al Cady’s home they are labeling the dictionaries (400) with the Arden Arcade stickers. Al Cady also has the Rotary Liquor cabinet so there may be libations available! Be at Al’s between 5:30 and 6.

Duane and Ben are working on the Speech Contest but are behind due to the kids being out of school—is changing the date possibility?

The District Conference is May 11-13—Prez Mike is hoping for a good turnout. See the District website for information and registration.

There is a Membership Meeting on January 20th in Gold River. Check with Prez Mike for more information.

The Mid-Year Retreat is on January 27th—Mike and Tom will attend.

The District Newsletter wants stories and pictures of happenings around the District. They can’t just lift it from the newsletter because it is in PDF form.

Carroll Cook gave an update on the Coats for Dyer Kelly—102 coats were delivered this year and they were all purchased or donated with funds received along with the $20 challenge for Joel wearing the elf costume.

Our program today is by Chemane Rene from LifeMap will talk with us about a chapter in life each of us will pass through at some point in life as our loved ones age. LifeMap is the trusted advocate for helping your employees navigate the rough waters associated with caring for aging family members. Our employee wellness program focuses on helping parent caregivers reduce the impact of caring for an aging parent with family-ready tools, intuitive programs, educational videos and support systems. LifeMap is designed from the ground up to help your workforce prepare for an aging crisis BEFORE it takes hold of their family and their work performance.

Chemane says, “it all starts with a conversation.” She experienced the sudden change in her father’s life after he was badly beaten and left for dead. All of a sudden he needed care and had never set up a plan for his future. The inspiration came—have the conversation while they still can! Chemane is a specialist in Gerontology. Almost everyone experiences a crisis of sorts, either emotional or circumstantial.

Baby boomers are turning 65 at a rate of 10,000 a day and this will continue until 2029. People are working longer and the strain on employers due to healthcare is tremendous. This not only takes in the older employee with medical issues, but the younger employee who is taking care of an older relative. 26% lose time due to health issues. And employee issues take the form of Absenteeism as well as presentism.

2,800,000 work days are lost due to caregiving and work interruptions. The “Silver Tsunami” is not going to blow over soon. We are not only dealing with an aging population, but a work- ing population of your best employees having to take care of their parents or older relatives along with their own children. The unanticipated caregiving costs are staggering.

LifeMap is a program that employers can use to help their employees have “the conversa- tion” before is becomes necessary. By building a plan and being prepared there is less likeli- hood of missed time getting things planned and organized if a crisis occurs. Not all situations come up gradually, an accident, a fall, even seemingly minor occurrences can through a loved one into a situation where care is needed. Not everyone has a supportive network of employ- er, spouse, siblings who can pitch in in a crisis. To help employees create the plan that elimi- nates panic under these circumstances, the conversation needs to happen before it is need- ed. This plan is different that planning you do with an estate lawyer. There you plan for your financial needs and how you want your estate settled. In a LifeMap plan, you plan for what happens when you are still alive but need help. The who, what, where type of plan that al- lows family members to know what is expected of them and how together they will manage things when they become needed.

Chemane says the cost of doing nothing is high. Invest in yourself, your employees and your community by helping to make the conversation happen before it’s too late.

Thank you, Chemane for a great presentation.

January 28th Meeting Minutes

Pledge and Invocation by Linda Bigler
Visiting Rotarians: Joanne Lemmon, past District Governor.
Guests: Tim Harrington, Bear Communications introduced by Bruce Stimson; James March, heating and air and Jessica Attia, home lending both guests of Tom Goode introduced by Joel Archer. Carmello as frequent guest introduced his guest John Lansing from Eternity Real Estate
Prez Bill also acknowledged Will Jerrell from Encino High School.
Prez Bill told about the great meeting we had last week at the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Museum. We had the opportunity to see many interesting machines and paraphernalia.  Bill also sent around a sign up to do the pledge and invocation. Please choose a day!
Charter Night is at Del Paso on February 22nd. Sheila will be taking sign up and menu choices next week. Sheila also reports we are only missing 9 donations to make our club an Every Rotarian Every Year club. For those 9 who have yet to donate, please consider making one soon.
Gary updated us on Poker night – his 2 words to remember are SELL TICKETS! Be sure to submit names and addresses too to make the check-in so much easier. There are still a few sponsorships left as well. Also, if anyone knows a celebrity who may enjoy playing, let Gary know. Gary sent around the sign-up sheet for volunteers.
Joanne Lemmon wanted to correct a mistake at the Foundation Dinner. Arden Arcade was 2nd in per capita giving and FIRST in total dollars!
Tom Goode became a Bell Ringer because he announced his younger brother just landed a 96% scholarship to get his Master’s Degree.
Igor Birman is our program speaker and his Chief of Staff, Richard Hoffman was also in attendance.
Mr. Birman was raised in the Soviet Union and has developed a strong dedication to freedom. He worked with Tom McClintock as a senior policy and strategy advisor. He loves speaking to Rotary Clubs because he loves witnessing all walks of life organized around service to others. He was amazed at how in the US, citizens could gather and discuss topics due to freedom of speech we enjoy. He feels freedom is rare and fleeting.
While in the Soviet Union, the US Embassy encouraged his family to flee to the US. He celebrates the courage of his parents who dreamed of living in a land in freedom and had the courage to leave all their friends and Family to make that a reality. He says in the Soviet Union, making everyone equal means making them comrades in misery. The health care plan means they ask the age of the patient before sending an ambulance. During the Russian Revolution in the Ukraine, the Red Army took his father and all of their possessions. Then again, the Secret police raided their apartment in the Soviet Union and tore open their packed bags as they were getting ready to flee to the US. His father said “do not cry, in a few days we leave for America and this will never happen in the US.”
When Mr. Birman’s family arrived in the US his parents flourished in their spheres of business, and he was 13 years old. He started high school knowing very little English, but knew he needed to learn it as fast as he could. By the 2ndsemester he tested out of ESL. They accepted food stamps to get started but both his parents wanted to work. In 5 years they owned their own home. Mr. Birman started at UC Davis at 16, and at 19 became a US Citizen. He took the oath of citizenship with his blind, 83 year old grandmother. She memorized the naturalization exam on a tape recorder because she wanted to die “an American”.
In 2009, Mr. Birman became Chief of Staff for Tom McClintock. He felt the oath of Congress was very similar to the oath for citizenship. He feels he knows personally what it is to lose your freedom, and how important it is to keep that strong in America. In Russia, the government would choose your profession. In the US, Mr. Birman chose the law, he became a pilot and public policy became his forte. He feels he knows from the inside through receiving food stamps, being an immigrant, college student and such how important public policies are.
Mr. Birman believes tomorrow will be better, and the American Dream is worth the effort and the labor to preserve it. America is the last stand on earth for some immigrants, they feel so lucky to have a place to come.
He feels strongly that LEGAL immigration is necessary and good and can work well. Illegal immigration is a whole other story, they don’t integrate into society He would like to see legal immigration streamlined, and expedited, but feels amnesty is an insult.
He also feels our government is in crisis now because our individual freedoms awarded to us in the “We the people….” pinnacle of government as it should be is becoming “We the government…” Public policy is making it harder to get full time jobs, bad public policy can translate into misery. He has seen it firsthand. When there is less freedom there is less prosperity. He wants to stand on principal, for the best interest of the country. He doesn’t believe the higher minimum wage will help because he feels that allowing people to start in the workforce at the lower level gives them incentive to work hard and move up the ladder. He feels the only reason the employment rate has dropped is because more and more people are leaving the workforce. Government is standing in the way of their success.
He is running for 7th District Congressman. He is a Republican who believes you fight for what you believe in. Every generation is required to fight for freedom. He will appeal to the voters to stand for their principals and freedom and propose solutions and compromise. He feels government policy is keeping people unemployed. He thinks they should pass the extension of unemployment insurance but with legislation in place to reduce governmental policies keeping them unemployed.
How will he raise the money to run for office? He had support throughout the nation. He raised money for Tom McClintock ($10,000,000) and has those connections to go to and feels he will gain their support as well.
Thank you Mr. Birman for an informative and interesting presentation!
$10 Tom Griffin
$10 Bill Hambrick
$10 Patt McCormick and I did not pull the ace!