February 4th Meeting Minutes

Rotary Newsletter
February 4, 2014
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.