Newsletter – September 19, 2018

Invocation by Al Cady

Visitors: Antonio Lopez, Dan Hines, Kristina Robinson and Ron Lader.
People without Rotary Pins paid $1.
Our hosts at JJ Pfister Distillery are Kevin and Gail Keck—fun fact, their daughter received an Arden Arcade Scholarship and is now in Pediatric Oncology.

Announcements:

  • On Friday, October 5th, we will have a Fleet Week Boating adventure on Captain Steve’s boat in the San Francisco Bay. More details to come. Tim Cahill is co-chairing with Captain Steve. The bus will leave at 8am. Both the Parade of Boats and the Blue Angels will be there. Steve will prepare his “from scratch” Clam Chowder along with tri-tip, etc. There will be mimosas and Bloody Mary’s on the bus! Cost is $80 per person, guests are welcome but the number is capped at 40.
  • The 13th of October is a Rotary Work Day at William Pond Park. We will be restoring benches (thanks to the wood donated by Al Cady.) A BBQ lunch will follow. Meet at William Pond Park (at the end of Arden Way & the river) at 9am. Steve is getting the fireboat and Sheriff’s ATV to help move items. Arrive at 8:30 to build benches and lunch will be at 12:00.
  • Al still needs a stronger commitment from someone to help with set up and clean up for the meetings.
  • Danny passed out flyers and sponsorship opportunities for the 7th Annual fundraiser which this year is called “Taco Bout A Fiesta!” See flyer and sponsorship opportunities attached.

The first impression of JJ Pfsiter’s was how nice the tasting room is and how cool the artifacts are hanging on the wall. I began speaking with Kevin, the Great-Grandson of John Jacob Pfister. John Jacob was born in Switzerland and came to San Francisco in 1869. He opened JJ Pfister Knitting Company in 1876. He was a very prominent industrialist of his time. He had brought machines from Switzerland which produced 12,000 knit wool bathing suits a month. They were his signature item. He also made baseball uniforms, and outfitted the Klondike Miners.

John Jacob’s mission was to provide quality, value and the best customer service. Ideals adopted by his namesake, JJ Pfister’s Distillery. At the time of the 1906 earthquake, many of the swimsuit styles he made were out of San Francisco on display. Thus, the original swimsuits on display in the tasting room. After the earthquake and fire—which did most of the damage to the factory, JJ Pfister Knitting Company moved to Berkeley.

A friend of the family asked the Keck’s to make vodka from his potatoes. He grows organic potatoes in Oregon, but only 1/3 are acceptable size and shape for Whole Foods to purchase, so the 2/3 left are now being used to make JJ Pfister Vodka. It takes 15 lbs of potatoes to make one liter of vodka. The JJ Pfister vodka is purely organic. When they discovered they needed nitrogen for the process, the farmer flooded his fields while leaving a quarter of the grain behind and it attracted thousands of birds using the Pacific Flyway. Their excrement provided the necessary nitrogen. 1% of the proceeds from JJ Pfsiters is donated to the Miller Refuge in the Klamath Basin.

Our tour of the distillery (the heart of any fermented operation) was very interesting. The fermentation process is an ancient reaction. We learned the process of mashing, cooking, cooling, adding yeast to ferment and storage. It was somewhat surprising to learn that the new oak barrels are only used one time. Afterwards they are sold to breweries because the bourbon in the wood helps flavor beer. Vodka can be made in 8 days start to finish if necessary, bourbon and whiskey need to be aged in the barrels. The remaining “stuff” after distilling is fed to cows at an Elk Grove farm to continue the organic cycle. When the potatoes come in they can be ground 1000 lbs at a time. The farmer plants them in cycles so the potatoes are always freshly picked when the process begins. The peels go in the grinder after the potatoes are washed several times.

Everything that touches the product is organic including the bottles, labels and medallions. The potatoes they use are russet potatoes. We learned that whiskey here is spelled with the “e”, where in Scotland and Ireland it is spelled without the “e” – whisky. Irish whisky is smoother than Scottish because it doesn’t have the heavy peat Scottish distiller’s use. The copper used in making the stills is significant because it takes the sulfur out of the product—if they don’t have copper in the stills they throw copper nails into the product while it is being distilled.

JJ Pfister opened in April. Their products are available at Nugget Markets, Total Wine, and several fine restaurants in the Sacramento area. Currently they are producing Vodka, Gin, Rum and Drakas (a honey based liquor.)

Thank you Kevin, Gail and the JJ Pfister family for a very fun meeting!

Newsletter – September 11, 2018

Pledge by Paula James                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Invocation by Al Cady

Bell Ringers: Rob Ford: Spent last week in Hawaii to celebrate his 27th Anniversary this coming Saturday. Jenny Davini: her daughter just became a homeowner in the Garden of the Gods! Cathy Skeen: Her son just got married and she found out 3 days before—no work! Happy Bucks: Bruce Stimson had the best 3 day weekend—he and Nancy took their 2 granddaughters to Safari West and went “Glamping” in a tent then drove the next day to Monterey and spent the night in the Monterey Aquarium watching the Enchanted Kelp Forest all night then went to the Zoo the next day. Boy what a treat! Linda Bigler is celebrating a birthday tomorrow. Rob Olmsted has been gone for a while—closing of the legislative session then spent some time in Alaska. Monika said her father who passed away 6 months ago had a bucket list and she and her mom wanted to do something on the list so they went to Loaves and Fishes armed with $250 worth of pies to feed the clients there. They’ve now decided to do something like it each month. Our speaker, Lou Stanfill said his son turns one on Saturday.
Announcements:

  • The window is still open for the Fall Grant applications. By accepting applications twice a year we can be choosier in evaluating requests. The decisions will be made at the October Board Meeting.
  •  Tuesday, September 18th we will meet at JJ Pfister Distilling Company at 9819 Business Park Drive, Sacramento 95827. This is our regular lunch meeting.
  • On Friday, October 5th, we will have a Fleet Week Boating adventure on Captain Steve’s boat in the San Francisco Bay. More details to come. Tim Cahill is co-chairing with Captain Steve. The bus will leave at 8am. Both the Parade of Boats and the Blue Angels will be there. Steve will prepare his “from scratch” Clam Chowder along with tri-tip, etc. There will be mimosas and Bloody Mary’s on the bus! Cost is $80 per person, guests are welcome but the number is capped at 40.
  • The 13th of October is a Rotary Work Day at William Pond Park. We will be restoring benches (thanks to the wood donated by Al Cady.) A BBQ lunch will follow. Meet at William Pond Park (at the end of Arden Way & the river) at 8:30am. Steve is getting the fireboat and Sheriff’s ATV to help move items. Arrive at 8:30 to build benches and lunch will be at 11:30.
  • Al still needs a stronger commitment from someone to help with set up and clean up for the meetings.
  •  The September 5th Board Meeting and Wine Down Wednesday at the Vogel’s home was fantastic and Prez Tom thinks all Board Meetings should be there!

Mike Grace was finally able to give Rob Olmsted his Paul Harris Pin and Certificate for all the help he gave Mike during his year as President.

Paul King and Monika Singh attended a 4 hour seminar on Human Trafficking on Saturday. They learned that human trafficking is a 150 Billion Dollar Business. There are 40 Million victims world wide and over 100,000 in the US. California is a hotspot due to its location. The 100,000 number is probably not accurate because many are not reported. Human Trafficking is “a person who is compelled to do labor or commercial sex acts”—with 80% being in labor and 20% in sex trafficking. Many are promised false jobs and then are held captive by having their passports taken away and then they are paid a pittance but charged huge fees for living expenses. This creates a debt bondage for the victim. Many victims are lured through family members or by threatening the life of family members if they don’t cooperate. In January a law was passed in California with broad programs to help reduce and eliminate human trafficking. Rotary has committed $400,000 to teach programs in 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th grades about what it is and how to avoid becoming a victim.

There was a kick-off rally at the capital and now they are looking for schools to agree to participate in the program. This is “community service at it’s finest.” Monika reminded us that if we see something odd, do something about it. Online sites are especially high for recruitment but also nail salons, convenience stores and such can be as well.

The Rotary District is doing a blood drive and Randy Freidman is again challenging Arden Arcade members to give in the name of Arden Arcade Rotary. When you do you’ll receive a special pound of Sedna Coffee as well as a $20 donation made in your name to the Foundation. Thank you, Randy!

Our speaker today is Lou Stanfill, a 2003 graduate of Jesuit and UC Berkeley graduate where he played Rugby on his way to becoming a US National Team Player. Lou talked about the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and what it meant to him. On that day, September 11, 2011 he was playing in the World Cup of Rugby in New Zealand. In the first game against Ireland, they lost but then went on to beat Russia in the next game before losing to Australia and Italy. Rugby is HUGE overseas, and the World Cup is the 3rd largest sporting event.

Lou told us why 9-11 is important to him and all of US Rugby. Mark Bingham, a CAL Rugby player was on flight 93 and he was paramount in keeping that plane from going on to Washington DC. He along with his fellow passengers overtook the terrorists and brought the plane down. In addition, Sean Lugano who was a member of the NY Athletic Club Rugby Team was a first responder who lost his life helping others during the attack. Sean’s brother, John, came to New Zealand to address the team prior to their game. He spoke from the heart of how much Rugby meant to him. Lou said all of this just highlights the attitude of “for the greater good.” There was also a Memorial Service in a church in New Zealand and the church was packed. The team also received messages from first responders and firefighters of encouragement. There is a “brotherhood” among rugby players. There is true evil in this world and we should all be proactive in stopping it before it happens.

Rugby Nor Cal is a non-profit organization formed to promote and teach youth rugby. Along with teaching the game of rugby, their mission is to promote higher values. Although rugby is a game of “hit as hard as you can,” it is also the “sport played in heaven.” While rugby is a hard hitting, rough game, the players are held to a high standard. They have respect for the sport as well as for their fellow players. Nor Cal Rugby hopes to raise the awareness of the game. Northern California has had more players on the National Team than any other place. Cal Rugby is big-time as is Jesuit’s team.

Rugby is not like other sports. Football, basketball and baseball players dream of going pro and getting a huge salary. Rugby players can play professional for years and finish in debt. Blaine Scully, a former Jesuit player and Jan Scully’s son, scored the first skin for a tier 1 National team from the US.

How can we help Nor Cal Rugby? Donate, Get Involved, support the teams.

Thank you, Lou, for the insight into Rugby and good luck with Nor Cal Rugby!

Newsletter – August 28, 2018

Pledge by Carolyn Ewing
Invocation by Earl Heverly

We are DARK next Tuesday, September 4th.

Guest: Alicia, Al Cady’s fiancée; Maggie Schubert, who works with at risk children; Antonio Lopez who attended the car show and may be seeking membership!

Bell Ringers: George Prather because he raced twice in Salt Lake City and then drove straight home to be in his bowling league championships—and he bowled a perfect game (300)!!! Cathy Skeen because she and a group of fellow Rotarians purchased a dinner at the Golf Tournament and they attended Saturday night and had a spectacular time—it was a fabulous, “fancy” dinner! Then on Sunday she and her husband Dave drove to Fresno to attend Dave’s nephew’s wedding—it had been 20 years since Dave has seen his family! Carolyn Lewis because her son was married on Sunday as well and even though the amazing Dim Sum Brunch Carolyn planned for the Rehearsal was fabulous they ended up 4 seats short in a very crowded restaurant…all turned out well and it was wonderful.

Happy Bucks: Steve Turner because he was explaining to a friend what Rotary is all about and our Rotary Van drove by and just emphasized our impact! John Gabriel because he shot his age in golf! Christine Jensen because she missed last week because her boyfriend whisked her away to an Ed Sheering Concert in San Francisco! Al Cady because Alicia is here! Rob Ford because he’s feeling an emptier house with one daughter off to University of Delaware for her senior year and the second off to Sonoma State for her sophomore year! Randy gave shame bucks because he donated blood at a Jewish Food Festival and they got the credit not Rotary! Paula because her nephew emptied the dishwasher!

Those without pins and name badges—THERE WERE NONE!!!

Announcements:

  • The window is officially open for the Fall Grant applications. By accepting applications twice a year we can be choosier in evaluating requests. The decisions will be made at the October Board Meeting.
  •  On September 5th at the Board Meeting, there will also be a Wine Down Wednesday gathering with drinks and hors d’oeuvres at Roy and Linda Vogel’s new house in Serrano. 4761 Gresham, El Dora-do Hills. Please bring an hors d’oeuvre to share. Everyone is invited!
  • Tuesday, September 18th we will meet at JJ Pfister Distilling Company at 9819 Business Park Drive, Sacramento 95827. This is our regular lunch meeting.
  • On Friday, October 5th, we will have a Fleet Week Boating adventure on Captain Steve’s boat in the San Francisco Bay. More details to come. Tim Cahill is co-chairing with Captain Steve.
  • Prez Tom announced Sandy Zales is retiring from Rotary as she has moved to a memory care facility at Eskaton. Her family made a $250 donation to Rotary.
  • The 13th of October is a Rotary Work Day at William Pond Park. We will be restoring benches (thanks to the wood donated by Al Cady.) A BBQ lunch will follow. Meet at William Pond Park (at the end of Arden Way & the river) at 9am.
  •  Tim Cahill also announced a Rotary House Clean-up Day will take place in November. We are one of several clubs to operate the Rotary House and it’s our turn to do some light maintenance. It’s light work for many hands and very satisfying to see how our Centennial Project has added a much need resource to the community.
  • Al still needs a stronger commitment from someone to help with set up and clean up for the meetings.
  •  Dictionaries are on order and will be delivered in December. The hand out dates will be in January and
    February. Bill Hambrick will take sign ups later.
  • Mississausa Meadowvale Canada sent us their club flag for using Tom’s Toronto video!
  • Mike Grace was prepared to tell jokes but Michael Caplan became a Bell Ringer for him not to!

Linda Bigler introduced today’s speaker, Mery Santos from SEDNA Specialty Coffee Company
Mery was born and raised in Venezuela. She came to the US to complete her college education at the University of Missouri. She was introduced to the coffee industry in 1999. Coffee became her passion. She is the immediate past President of the International Women Coffee Alliance, a non-profit organization with the mission to “empower women in the international coffee community to achieve meaningful and sustainable lives.” Mery’s company, Sedna Coffee Company was started in 2016 to source and roast coffee from women producers.

Mery is familiar with Rotary. She has worked with San Diego Rotary to provide Micro Loans for women coffee producers. She thinks the micro-loan program is amazing! She also volunteered for the Rotary Youth Incentive Program in Sacramento and her mentee just started pre-med studies at UCLA!

Mery quizzed us on our knowledge of coffee: The first coffee beans were discovered in Ethiopia. A farmer noticed goats eating the berries and getting stimulated and decided to make a “tea” out of the berries. This was the beginning of the coffee industry. A cup of regular drip coffee has more than (95ml.) of caffeine than espresso (63ml). The reason you seem to get a bigger kick from espresso is because it is concentrated. Is coffee a fruit or nut? It is a fruit—a berry. Is there more caffeine in dark or light roast? Light roast has more caffeine. Sedna means abundance and it was the last named start to be found. Who is the biggest coffee producing country? Brazil is number 1 followed by Vietnam and Columbia. Decaffeinated coffee is not truly “caffeine free”. If you drink 10 cups of decaffeinated coffee you’d be consuming the equivalent caffeine of 2 cups of caffeinated coffee.

Mery says that we may not have enough coffee production in 10 years unless we help support the farmers and pay them a livable wage. The fair trade process doesn’t really help the farmers unless they can become certified and that is a very expensive process. Doing business directly with the farmer is the best way to ensure a fair wage to the farmer.

Americans drink 3.2 cups of coffee a day. 59% of them are gourmet or specialty coffees. 46% are drunk away from home. There is an age correlation between where someone drinks coffee and which type with 65 year old and older people more likely to drink brewed coffee at home. Over 4,000,000 cups of coffee are drunk every day.

Coffee is a shrub which flowers once a year except in Brazil and Columbia where a plant can flower twice a year. Erna Knutsen was the first to coin the “specialty coffee” term in 1974. She was very passionate about specialty coffee and elevated it’s stature!

How are the coffee beans processed: honey, dry washed, pulped natural…

  • Washed coffee is put through a depulper then it is washed and dried.
  • Dry process is where they just dry the beans in their natural state (sweeter and fruitier)
  • Honey is somewhere between natural and washed—the outer shell is removed then it goes through the pro-cess (sweeter)

Natural and Honey are of a higher premium to a roaster. The coffee roasting effects the coffee profile. Mery says you can listen to the bean pop and know it’s ready. Mery has traveled to coffee producing countries for 20 years. Her company is a small batch specialty coffee roaster delivering fresh roasted beans to your door. She does not have a brick and Mortar storefront, she prefers to use her private model of personal delivery, corporate gifts and fundraising events. Her corporate gifts are all custom made and sometimes include other women owned local, natural products.

Her main product is the subscription of specialty coffee freshly roasted beans. She can be reached at 916 412-9436, or mery@sednacoffee.com.

Thank you, Mery, for a very interesting look at coffee!