Newsletter – August 21, 2018

Pledge by Bruce Stimson
Invocation by Phil Kocycz

Guest: Paula James’s nephew, Christian Walter James, has come to live with Aunt Paula while he’s attending Sacramento State. Visiting Rotarians: Desiree Wilson, Asst. Governor and Point West Rotary, Bill Martin and Lewie Donhost both from East Sac Rotary.

Danny gave the update on softball—we lost to the Sacramento Club. Danny reported that Joe Green was very upset because the Sac Club put on champion t-shirts and he thought they were pretty arrogant to have them already made, but it turned out they came from the Fulton El Camino Park District. Steve Turner chimed in with Happy Bucks and said up until a certain time our team was right in it but the tide took a turn and the Sac Club took advantage of it. Steve felt our team did a great job and he’s very proud of our team! Tim Cahill admitted he’s the oldest member of the team and gave Happy Bucks for the team allowing him to play. Prez Tom says the President of the Sacramento Club has already challenged him to a bet for next year’s championship.

Additional Happy Bucks: Randy because he’s been out with a pinched nerve and has some wicked fuzz on his face, John Gabriel because his daughter and granddaughter stopped by on their way to Sonoma State to return Lexi for her sophomore year.

Those without pins and name badges were fined $1 –each.


  • 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 Dorado 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. Captain Steve could use some help putting it together.
  • Prez Tom announced Paul King will be attending fewer meetings so Al Cady needs a helper setting up and cleaning up the meetings.
  • 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.) and doing some Parkway cleanup. 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.
  • Mike Grace announced that the Theater operating at Howe Avenue Park is doing a children’s play this Sunday at 2pm as well as Friday the 7th at 7Pm and Sunday the 10th at 2pm. Admission is free to all, and Mike says it is a great time!

Our speaker today is Aaron Schlein, Host of Dramatic Travels. Paula says Aaron got his travel fever as a teenager exploring the world with his grandmother. Becoming a father inspired him to become an advocate for youth travel and create media content that encourages parents to travel with their kids.

Aaron told the story of how 9 months ago he knew he wanted to start a business but didn’t have a clue of how to go about doing so. His worst 9 months struggling to figure it out has become the best 9 months of his life (so far)! Aaron discovered that if he wanted to interview people for a book he wanted to write, he got little response. However, if he asked the same people to be on his Podcast they were very willing! At the time Aaron didn’t even have a Podcast, but that didn’t deter him! Why do a Podcast? If you have a message, or a solution to a problem and are having a hard time connecting with people interested in the same issues, a Podcast has become the way to connect. Sometimes people just like to talk and hope someone is interested in listening—a conversational exhibitionist. You use your voice to tell the world who you are and what you believe.

Only 25% of Americans listen to Podcasts, but in 2015 they made 69 million dollars in revenue. In 2017, it had grown to 220 million! The key is you can listen to Podcasts anywhere at anytime—it’s your own personal radio station of entertainment.

In the beginning, Aaron knew he wanted to start a business associated with travel. It expanded to travel with children and then to tell the story of how his travels with his grandmother influenced the rest of his life. He had entered a contest the Sacramento Bee ran about traveling in 2006. He won the contest by writing about his travels with his grandmother and realized, voila(!), his first Pod cast was born!

Previously he had graduated with a degree in Risk Management. For a project he researched how much airlines would save if people didn’t have to carry luggage on board or checked. He had discovered the airlines save $350,00 by no longer providing the “Sky Mall” in the seat pocket. He soon discovered it would take years and millions of dollars to do the research although he is convinced it would save the airlines millions of dollars.

In October of 2017, Aaron discovered “Entrepreneurs on Fire,” the first Podcast he listened to. It completely inspired him as he listened to that day’s speaker, Peter Shankman with great interest. His message was share good and positive things. From Arron’s first podcast where he interviewed Mr. Shankman, Aaron’s followers grew to 165,000. Aaron discovered 3 quick truths on podcasts: 1. Have a message, 2. Have solutions so people learn from you, and 3. Use your voice to connect. Listen to Aaron at Dramatictravels.

Thank you, Aaron for an interesting exposure to Podcasts and entrepreneurship.

Be the Inspiration!

Newsletter – August 14, 2018

Pledge by
Invocation by Michael Caplan

Guest: Miranda Nelson, Recreation Coordinator at Swanston Park. Nice to see Stuart Nelson back—he’s the President of the Insurance Agency Board and his meetings are on Tuesdays so it has been difficult to make Rotary meetings.

Gary and Bonnie Johnson won Best of Show and Fan Favorite at last week’s car show. It was a great time and over $1500 was raised for the Carr Fire!

Happy Bucks: Danny gave Happy Bucks to update us on softball—we won—and playoffs start next Monday! Danny also told us that the Arden Arcade Pasta Feed to benefit SCIP is now going to be a Taco Bar Theme -”nacho average fundraiser!” – “Beans for Teens,” or something like that. It takes place on November 10th and Al Cady of Edward Jones is the Title Sponsor!” Steve Turner wanted to make sure everyone comes to the softball playoffs next Monday 8/20 at Howe Park at 6:30pm. Steve will have “beverages!” Patrick O’Neil paid Happy Bucks to celebrate playing softball on his 31st Birthday next Monday! Bill Hambrick paid Happy Bucks for winning a heatshield for his truck for knowing about the corvette type that Gary has from the Car Pro Show. Tom Goode announced he will pay Shame Bucks for not notifying the Piatti staff that we would not be here last week. OOPS

Those without pins and name badges were fined $1 –each.


  • Past Prez Mike asked Paula Jones to come forward and presented her with his Paul Harris Fellow!
  • On September 5th at the Board Meeting, there will also be a Wine Down Wednesday gathering with drinks and hors d’ouvres at Roy and Linda Vogel’s new house in Serrano. Everyone is invited!
  • Tuesday, September 18th we will meet at JJ Pfister Distilling Company at 9819 Business Park Drive, Sacramento 95827.
  • 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. Captain Steve could use some help putting it together.
  • Prez Tom announced that District Governor Jack Arney was at the Car Show so that took care of this year’s visit from the District Governor! Tom handed out 2 “Be the Inspiration” pins from Jack one to Monica Singh and one to Les Gudger. They exemplify getting involved right off the bat!

Christine went over the club’s financial report (it will be attached to this newsletter.) Christine has done a fantastic job of doing the treasurer’s job for the past 4 years following up one the great job Phyllis Green did. Our new Treasurer is Patrick O’Neil.

Steve Turner presented information on the Foundation accounts. The Arden Arcade Foundation was founded in 2000 at the time of Ray McClure’s death with an anonymous gift. The Ray McClure Fund is part of the Foundation dedicated to scholarship. The Foundation Board is separate from the Club Board, but while the Foundation Board has fiduciary responsibility for the foundation accounts, the Club Board is a committee of the Foundation Board. A memorandum of understanding between the 2 boards exists to have the Foundation Board oversea all charitable giving and take an active roll in over-seeing the investment accounts. There are 7 Directors on the Board: Steve Turner, Patt McCormick, Bruce Stimson, Matt Ross, Tim Cahill, Carroll Cook and Larry McClure. They meet quarterly in January, April, July and October. Steve announced that due to the successful fundraising this past year, the 2018-2019 year is pre-funded so that Presidents can budget knowing their range.

Steve also reported that we will produce an official annual report for the first time this year as well as send official acknowledgements to all donors. There is a 3% fee paid to the club for operational expenses for every fundraiser. Steve also made clear the fact that the Arden Arcade Foundation is not a part of the Rotary International Foundation.

Our speakers today, Jessica Fielding and Gao Xiong from the Sacramento County Coalition for Youth. The coalition mission is the health and safety of the Arden Arcade area. They have been named the 5th agency concerned with the prevention of drug and alcohol . They work as part of SCIP but their mission is first and foremost a resource in the community for awareness and prevention of youth drug and alcohol abuse. Arden Arcade has been named the worst area in our region for drug and alcohol abuse. The SCCY tries to link teenagers to resources. Since October 2017, 101 community stakeholders have come on board. They have made presentations to over 1000 youth. Drug and Alcohol abuse affects everyone, but this agency targets their message to teenagers—6th grade and up. They have made presentations at many liquor stores and outlets to help them identify how they can lesson the attraction of drugs and alcohol. Things like not placing alcohol next to energy drinks or toy isles. The Arden Arcade Chamber of Commerce is presenting awards to merchants who choose to protect teens.

With marijuana being legal, how do we prevent teenagers from using it. The marijuana sold not is significantly stronger than that sold in the 1970’s. A new type, Wax– is 99% THC—the ingredient that creates the high but also creates anxiety and paranoia.

SCCY has a “Future Forward” campaign to continually update information through PSA spots and being out in the public with the van trying to educate and protect young people. The hope is to educate young people that their brains can be effected as well as their future. Another way the SCCY people reach out is through Town Hall Meetings. They have held 4 so far, 1 each at Safetyville, Swanston Park, Highlands High School and Job Corps. Their message is healthy brain, healthy life! SCCY also trains community leaders to share their message.

Future strategies are to hold neighborhood talks, merchant awards for protecting youth, red ribbon week activities, and attendance at the Washington D. C. Youth Prevention Summit The future is to include OPIODs and prescription drugs in their prevention education.

Thank you, Jessica and Gao for a great presentation and for all you are doing to help our neighborhood youth!

Be the Inspiration!


Treasurers’ Year-End Financial Summary Report
June 30, 2018

Dear Arden Arcade Rotarians:
Under Mike Grace’s leadership, we enjoyed the year and raised money for both our community and beyond. The following is a brief summary of our financial activity for the past year.

Club Accounts:
Administrative Revenue: $68,900
SocialActivityRevenue: $ 4,600 $73,500
Administrative Expenses: $49,600
Social Activity Expenses: $ 6,800 ($56,400)
Reserve from prior year $5,200
Reserved for next year ($7,500)
Donation from Club to Foundation Investments: $14800

Foundation Accounts:
RI Member Donations $14,500
Misc Memorials etc $ 6,500
Grants $ 4,500
Golf Tournament (net) $49,700
Poker Tournament (net) $84,900 $160,100
Community Donations $20,900
Grant Project — Whitney LL $ 9,000
Event Partners:
Crisis Nursery $26,400
First Tee $21,200
Big Brother/Sisters $12,500
International Donations $ 4,000
Scholarships $11,050
RI Donation $19,300
Administrative Expenses $ 300 ($124,650)
Reserve from last year $21,950
Reserved for next year ($50,800)
(we are implementing a new budget process 2018-19)
Donation to Foundation Investment Funds: $ 6,600
Yours in Rotary, Christine Jensen
American River College — Scholarships
American River Math Bee
American River Parkway Foundation
Amigos De Guatemala
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Boy Scouts
Dyer Kelley Elementary School
First Tee of Sacaramento
Friends of the Crisis Nursery
Laurel Ruff
Oak Park Rotary House
RI Dictionary Project
Rotary International
Shelter Boxes
Sherriffs Community Impact Program
Whitney Little League — Special Community Grant Project
Speech Contest Winners
Various High School Scholarships
Various Community Grant recipients

Newsletter – July 31, 2018


Pledge by John Gabriel
Invocation by George Prather

Guest: Phyllis Green visiting from Montana! Welcome, Phyllis!

Prez Tom wanted to remind everyone to check out our new updated website at and thank again Steven Walker from FastBreak and Linda Bigler and Carolyn Lewis for all of their efforts to get it up and running!

Bell Ringers: Randy was honored with a civilian ceremony by the Navy, and will be picking up the Admiral in his new Tesla next week instead of showing it off at the car show.
Happy Bucks: Christine bought herself a new Toyota Highlander (white) and she’s very happy – she also donated her BMW to Make a Wish! Phyllis gave VERY Happy Bucks to announce her daughter Kirsten is expecting their first grandchild in 3 weeks! Tom reported that his International Convention video was put on the District Facebook Page and has received over 2800 views! George Prather made it to the semi-finals at Sonoma Raceway this past weekend – Congratulations, George! Ben Fox announced he suffered through competing at Eppie’s Great Race and may be glad it was the last one! Howard Stagg went to the largest western art auction in Reno and saw Willy Nelson perform!

Those without pins and name badges were fined $1 – Joel Archer asked how much to opt out for the year and Prez Tom said $50 – each for pin and badge. Joel opted out of paying!

Prez Tom reminded everyone to “like” the Rotarians United to Stop Human Trafficking page on Face-book– our district committed $350,000 to this cause.

Steve Turner updated us on the upcoming Car Show: It takes place on Tuesday, August 7th at Ruth Chris. Members and registrants get lunch. Two prizes are awarded: Best in Show and Fan Favorite. Steve wants everyone to know that no alcoholic beverages can be brought out to the parking lot this year as we were able to do at the last show. We need more cars to participate – remember how much fun it was last time! Prez Tom says all the proceeds will go to the Carr Fire. District 5160 called for clubs to participate. We will also accept donations. The Car Show will benefit the Carr Fire – started by a car!


  • Prez Tom asked Stan Nicolaus to come forward and presented him with his Paul Harris +3 pin!
  • Softball update – playoffs in 2 weeks – we beat Point West last night!
  • Next Board meeting tomorrow, August 1st at 5pm at Howe Park

Our speaker today is introduced by Linda Bigler. Meghan Adamski is the Assistant Executive Director of A Touch of Understanding, Inc. After working in speech therapy, Meghan realized her passion was educating others about people with disabilities. As Linda introduced her, she also told the story of attending a “dark meal” event put on my ATOU. Linda said it was an amazing experience to eat in a totally black space trying to find your silverware and not spilling your food.

The Dark Meal is one of the 2 events ATOU does that doesn’t include working in the schools. The main outreach ATOU does is hold disability workshops to create a safe space to ask questions and learn about what people with disabilities go through. The effects of the workshop carry on for long past the workshop. Through having a hands on experience trying to negotiate a wheelchair through the cafeteria to walking with a cane blindfolded, school children gain an empathy for their classmates they never realized before. Also, volunteers (many from their own class or school) share their stories and answer any questions the kids want to ask. Much of our lack of empathy for people with disabilities comes from a lack of knowledge (is it contagious?).

This experience is presented in 8 counties to 8-10,000 students a year. Teachers report an immediate change in students after attending the workshop. In one school a student with cerebral palsy became the expert answering questions about her condition and shared how she could never play tetherball like the other kids. On the Monday following the workshop, her teacher observed this young girl standing in line to play tetherball with her walker. As she reached the front of the line she put her walker aside and got on her knees to play, her opponent immediately got to his knees to play against her.

Meghan also read a letter from a 6th grader who says he was changed forever by the workshop. Hearing the speaker’s stories and experiencing using a wheelchair helped him understand how tiring it must be to have to use a wheelchair or cane along with all the other obstacles a disabled person goes through. He referred to the participants as “differently abled”. Meghan says one of the cherished remembrances from the workshop is a pin that each child receives which says “I choose to be kind.”

There are two non-school related parts to ATOU. One is called Youth Force where people can join with friends for inclusive activities. Another is for businesses – “A Spirit of Inclusion Workshop.” At this workshop employers and employees learn the benefits of employing people with disabilities and to create a culture of kindness.

Thank you, Meghan for your presentation and bringing this wonderful non-profit to our attention!

Next week: Car Show at Ruth Chris – starts at 11:00!

Be the Inspiration!