The usual ballroom was doubled and filled with balloons this week to make room for the incredible displays by our fellow Rotarians. Several of our members participated by showcasing their hobbies.
President Dave welcomed us all and began his introductions. Our greeters were Cheryl Marcell (CA State Railroad Museum Foundation) and Jerry Haley (Out by the pool). Today’s wine reception sponsor was Judy Payne (Real Estate Forum). Kevin Williams (KVIE) and Aaron French (Zanker Recycling) provided the music for today’s event. Our thought of the day, by Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products) told us to love what we do, it’s not work, if we are passionate about it. Introduction of the Head Table included Leesa Fons (HealthPoint CA), Roy Alexander (Sac Children’s Home), Jay Lowden (YMCA of Superior CA), Todd Andrews (Andrews Construction), and Chuck Brasfeild (Golden Empire Council Boy Scouts of America).
Breaking with tradition, club announcements were up next: Roy Alexander informed us the dinner and theater night on November 14th, will be family friendly. The play this year is “Elf”. Tickets are available and going fast so contact Roy if you are interested. The Sac Century Ride is this Saturday and we still have a few critical volunteer areas to fill. Rest Stops, Bike Valets and Parking are the areas in need. We have 1,400 riders signed up and the weather forecast will be far warmer than last year, so come help out our Rotary Club, if you haven’t signed up already. All volunteers need to check in 15min. prior to your shift at the “Volunteer Tent” on 5th and Capital.
We had several contributors this week: Eric Solis (Wells Fargo Advisors) for the Youth Incentive Program (YIP), Fred Teichert (Teichert Foundation) and Linda Geery (Gilbert Associates, Inc.) both honored the Boy Scouts of America. Seven of our members made the Best of the Bar category in the Sacramento Magazine: Walter Dahl (Dahl Law), Brian Van Camp (ADR Services), Dan McVeigh (Downey Brand Attorneys), Karen Diepenbrock (Diepenbrock Harrison), John Lemmon (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky), Hal Bartholomew (Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP), and Jim Leet (Boutin Jones Inc.) – each of them made contributions in their honor.
Dave released us into our Fellowship time and to peruse the displays set up in the back of the room. Fifteen members showcased their Passions this year: Let’s start with the collectors - Carolyn Carr (Cook Realty) brought in several of her Vintage Wedgewood pieces along with history books about the collection. Rick Davis displayed his history pieces from the Civil War Era. Richard Kowaleski (Richard Kowaleski Magician) had a beautiful display of his geological findings. The artist in our club, Dr. Barbara Arnold had a beautiful display of her own water color paintings, including flowers and regional landscapes. Our Sports and Adventure members included – Jim Leet (Boutin Jones Inc.) who brought everything for his hiking adventures from poles to walkie talkies to photos and maps. Jim Culleton (Strong & Associates) showed off his love of swimming. Mike Bullington (Pacific Advisors) loves to Ballroom Dance and brought his instructor as a guest too. Todd Andrews (Andrews Construction) had a bright pop up tent to not only show off the Century Ride this weekend, but he was also outfitted in his long distance cycling gear, which is his standard out of the office uniform. Randy Friedman (US Navy) enjoys motorized biking, not your standard street or road bike, but definitely cool. Bill Proffit (Land Park Ski and Sport) certainly had the largest display including skii’s and demo gear, he encourages us all to practice our rain dance and send “el nino” through northern California. Our Exotic travelers Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen & Pajak) and Bruce Hester (Colliers International) made us slightly jealous displaying the world map with colorful flag pins of all the exotic destinations they have visited together. Wes Yee (Yee Dental Care) wore his passion for the Chinese American Family and included a display of the culture. There were two members who love to spend time in the kitchen. Luann Richardson (Re/Max Gold) baked up a beautiful array of delicious homemade cookies, several members enjoyed dessert both before and after lunch. Tom Bacon (Bacon Commercial Real Estate) got us into the fall spirit with his homemade chili. Tom also enjoys playing his guitar. And finally, the fun included a few spots in the parking lot where several vintage cars were on display thanks to Dick Ryder and his love of old vehicles.
“We want to thank all our presenters and collectors for taking time to share their passions, and a special thanks and kudo to Leesa Fons for putting together such an interesting and entertaining lunch event…great job Leesa!”