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AARC Donates Coats and Helmets to Dyer Kelly

2006 was the first year that we donated coats to Dyer Kelly which included about 50 coats plus 15 bike helmets.
Tod Lindeman on the left was the principal at that time. Paco Martinez on the right is the school counselor and is still at DK.

Newsletter – October 23, 2018

Pledge: Jenny Davini

Invocation: Earl Heverly

Prez Tommy passed around the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotary Flag that the club had made to fly on member’s yachts….

Do you know what October 24th is? World Polio Day. It celebrates the day Rotary joined with the World Health Organization to eliminate polio. At that time there were 35,000 cases where now there are 20 cases in 3 countries. It also celebrates Jonas Salk’s birthday. World Polio Day tries to bring awareness that the disease still exists and needs to be stopped. Prez Tommy suggested sending out social media posts recognizing the good, hard work still needs to be completed.

President Tommy recognized Jed Van Wagener for all the work he does taking photos and for how much he jumps in and helps all the time.

Bell Ringers: Mike Grace donated $100 of his winnings from last week’s Opportunity Drawing win; Les became a Bell Ringer because he had a great vacation in Cabo with his children and grandchildren and said they are what keeps his heart beating; Jed become a Bell Ringer because he bought a new Tacoma Truck and it’s so much bigger than his old one that he warned us to run if we see him driving! Happy Bucks: Matt Ross donated in Rob Olmsted name because Rob helped a friend of Matt’s get an Internship—way to go Rob!! Rob Olmsted gave happy bucks for the great job 2 weeks ago at Wm. Pond Park. He thought it was a very productive day and really enjoyed working with Bill Hambrick. Bill was late and Rob paid his fine, too!

Announcements:

  •  November 3rd is the Rotary Foundation Dinner. The club pays for you to attend if you are interest-ed. See Matt Ross.
  •  November 6th our meeting is moved to Cannon on 1719 34th Street in East Sacramento. They are opening special for our lunch.
  •  November 9 is Rotary Night at the Howe Avenue Theater for the production of “Echoes in the Heart”, a story of a young Jewish family escaping from Germany with their baby. It was written by the baby in the family. $15 for Seniors, $20 General, all net proceeds go to the Rotary Foundation.
  • November 10, 9am—Rotary House cleanup…see Tim Cahill for info
  • November 10th, Taco About a Fiesta at Mission Oaks Park. The event is from 6-9pm and there will be food, drinks, music, etc.

(Date Change)

  • December 1st—Club Christmas Party at Del Paso. Les would like some help with the arrangements such as decorations, music, etc. No host bar, but no cost for the dinner. 50/50 Raffle tickets will be available soon, $50 each. 50% goes to the winner, 50% goes to the club.
  • December 4th—Laurel Ruff Holiday Party—replaces our regular meeting. Help serve lunch to the students at Laurel Ruff. See Patt for more info. We need everyone to come and help with the craziness that is this day!

Steven Walker was presented with his permanent blue badge after completing all the requirements.

Our speaker today IS Maggi Schubert, COE of GPS Social Enterprises. Their mission is “Transforming Communities One Life at a Time.”

Maggi is a home grown Sacramentan, sister of District Attorney, Anne Marie Schubert. Maggi has worked on the government side of operations in the Youth Authority, and Prison Reentry Program. She retired in December and started GPS because she felt the government couldn’t do it all and wasn’t completely effective helping people.

What is a social enterprise? It is a market driven approach to solve problems. Working with Non-Profits and other organizations who are also working with the at risk and justice involved allows them to use speakers and Facilitators who have been where they are now, so when they speak their truth it is relatable to those going through the same.

We have students that are significantly behind grade level in math, English and language. Many of these students are products of long term trauma. Many are living the same destiny as the generations before them. To break the cycle there needs to be a form of interruption of the cycle. To have facilitators who can speak on their terms because they have relevant life experiences and speak the truth to their situation and show where their actions lead and how hard recovery can be makes a huge impact. Maggi can’t bring that impact because she hasn’t lived it, but the facilitators they have, have been there and know it well.

The value to the community is great. GPS partners with organization who are already doing good work, but they bring leadership and a great background to an organization that may not know or have the resources to have the proven methods GPS brings.

The core areas of Sacramento show high substance abuse and homeless issues. GPS has these Three Pillars:

  1. Effective programming for life change.
  2.  Housing that incorporates effective programming.
  3. Enterprises who give people an opportunity to “earn as they learn.”

The hope is that with intervention there can be long-lasting and effective change.

Housing is significant because hard life transitions need some stability which can be a safe place to stay away from the challenges that brought them here. Effective help is Restorative; Relational; Practical; Compassionate & Dependable; Growth; and Safe & Stable. Effective programming cognitive behavior; social and emotional; increasing proactive factors.

Maggi imagines work force programs where companies let them “earn while they learn.’ Schools that have significant attendance and kids stay in school and graduate and break they cycle of dropping out.

Family is the foundation of the community. The best programs deal with the parents not just the kids in school. Their heart and minds need to change to have an effect on the kids and their futures.

Thank you Maggi for and interesting look into what you are building to help our community.

Next Week: Ron Linthicum, our Community Prosecution Officer.

Newsletter – October 16, 2018

Pledge: Carolyn Lewis

Invocation: Earl Heverly

Guests:
Charlie Davis (Rotary Club of Detroit) and wife, Peggy, parents of today’s speaker. Charlie has 50 years perfect attendance!

Prez Tommy congratulated Bill Hambrick, Al Cady and Earl Heverly for a job very well done at Saturday’s Rotary Work Day. There were a couple of close calls but fortunately no one was injured. Bill says the Parkway Foundation folks are very pleased with the results. The BBQ was awesome and it was great for the Boy Scouts and some parents to join in and help out.

The Boat Trip during Fleet Week was a huge success. Bills are still coming in but it looks like there will be a bit of profit to the club. Prez Tommy tried to exchange Steve’s flag in Toronto for a new one but couldn’t so instead they made up some Arden Arcade International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians flags. Steve has one as does Roy to fly on his yacht.

Happy Bucks: Patrick thought the Rotary Work Day was great and was sad the 49ers lost a great game and happy his friends had a healthy baby; Carolyn Lewis was sad she couldn’t be at the work day but was in China for her son’s wedding; Randy was sad he couldn’t be at work day but was in Carmel celebrating his 38th Birthday; and is proud of his friend Debbie who is speaking up for herself; Cathy because she’s happy to announce that Friday is the 9 year anniversary of Brooke’s liver transplant; Howard because he attended the Pilots Convention in Kansas City and saw the WW1 Memorial and WW1 is featured on the cover of the Rotary Magazine. Stuart is happy to celebrate Brooke’s anniversary, Bill Hambrick is happy for Brooke and happy Saturday’s work day went so well and was such fun; Mike Grace gave sad bucks because he wasn’t at the work day but is happy that Al removed a dead tree from the park; Earl sang the praises of the crew who worked the kitchen for the BBQ on Saturday.

Everyone not wearing a Rotary Pin and a Rotary Badge was fined $1 each by Prez Tom.

Announcements:

  • Al is gone from mid-October through November, Steve will help with the Rotary Meeting Prep.
    November 6th our meeting is moved to Cannon on 1719 34th Street in East Sacramento. They are opening special for our lunch.
  • November 10th, Taco About a Fiesta at Mission Oaks Park. The event is from 6-9pm and there will be food, drinks, music, etc.
  •  Two dates to put on your calendar: December 4th—Laurel Ruff Holiday Party, December 8th—Club Christmas Party.

Danny and Julie’s son had to have Kidney surgery so please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers for a complete and speedy recovery.

Monika Singh was presented with her permanent blue badge. Prez Tommy was also sporting a “new” blue badge with the name TOMMY on it instead of Tom. When Patt said it should cost him $5, he said he had a better idea. He called up Christine and Al (Co-conspirators with Michael Caplan (who is currently in Israel.) Tommy decided that they could answer 3 quiz questions and if they did they wouldn’t have to pay a fine, but if they didn’t answer correctly they would pay $8 for each incorrect answer. $8 was the actual cost of the new pin. So Christine missed all three of her questions and Tommy settle for $20 from her, Al missed all three of his and paid $20 as well! Net profit: $32! Yay, Prez Tommy!

Steve gave Happy Bucks just because he enjoyed the game!!!

Randy mentioned he’d love to give you a special pound of coffee and a $20 donation to the Foundation in your name for donating blood.

Tim Cahill announced a cleanup day at Rotary House is Saturday, November 10th, 8am. Many hands male light work!

Our speaker today is Torey Byington, the Executive Director of Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Effie Yeaw was founded in 1976 by Effie Yeaw, an educator and environmentalist, to provide educational and interpretive programs and information about the natural environment, principally the American River Parkway.

Prior to 2010 it was run by the Park District, but with budget cuts came the need to start a non-profit to run the center through the Natural History Museum. There is a staff of 18 (full and part-time), a 14 member board, 230 Volunteers, 1100 members and 1500 donors.

Many of the experiences are funded through donations. It is a natural wildlife oasis in Ancil Hoffman Park. There are 100 acres of wooded oaks. There is a naturalist on staff as well as a Natural History Museum and Gift Shop.

It is a wildlife and Nature preserve covering 77 acres with 2 miles of walking trails and lots of “watchable wildlife.” There is interpretive signage along the trails. There is also a replica Maidu Village for educational programs as well as a Butterfly Garden stocked with native plants attracting pollinators. They have over 100,000 visitors a year.

Many of their visitors come through school groups where 18,200 students are served annually along with 603 programs delivered to schools who cannot make the trip to the site. Most of these programs are funded by grants and donations and are delivered to Title 1 schools where over 6,000 students sometimes have their first experience in a natural wilderness setting.

The Effie Yeaw Center has Group Tours, Scout Tours, Weekend Public Tours along with a series of talks for adults on the “nature of Things.” The center also has a University of California Naturalist program, nature camps for kids, Deer and Fawn stories for little ones. There are also many events put on to raise money for the center:

Bird & Breakfast in conjunction with the Sacramento Audubon Society; The Spring Gala and Art Auction under the stars; Nature Fest, a community educational event with local organizations also in attendance and businesses exhibiting; a Holiday Sale on December 1st from 9am-4pm, a festive event and sale of unique gifts and books.

There are many animal ambassadors at the center who are unable to be returned to the wild for some reason. There are rattlesnakes, owls, a falcon and others. Usually they arrive here injured or once they’ve become too use to humans. Today, Torey brought with her a newt and a king snake. A newt can be deadly if you ingest it’s venom or if it is absorbed through a cut, the king snake is very strong and loves to be warm.

How can you help?

  •  Become a member
  • Adopt an animal (just financially)
  •  Sponsor at an event
  •  Volunteer

Thank you Torey for a fun presentation and quite a bit of information!