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Rotary Club of Lincoln
PO Box 663
Lincoln CA 95648
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Nite at the Races
Two hundred plus community supporters attended ourthird annual Rotary “Nite at the Races” at the Sun City’s Orchard Creek Ballroom. A live auction raised $5,600 from donated items such as vacations to the Grenadines and Maui, along with a Gourmet Pizza and a Texas BBQ dinner for eight. Combined with proceeds from the “faux gambling, a total of over $12,000 was raised to support our community projects.
The “Races” are footage of actual horse races and are shown on three large ballroom screens. Participants are given $10.00 in play money with their dinner/ entertainment ticket, and can purchase additional money for wagering on the ponies. A staffed “betting” window was there for placing bets and collecting winnings. After a superb dinner, the action started on the eight races that were to be broadcast that evening. For the first start, the crowd was attentive but moderately quiet. That quickly changed as the horses turned for the home stretch and the noise built. From there on out, the decibel level just kept on getting louder. One would think there was real money to be made here!
After the last race it was time to turn “winnings” into raffle tickets from which winners were drawn for each of the twelve “goodie” baskets, which included an Apple Watch and a private flight over San Francisco and Napa Valley. Event organizer Clark Osterhout said “This has been our largest Races night and we’ll definitely do it again next year. Most importantly, however, win or lose as individuals, the real winner was the Lincoln community”.
Community Garden Support
For several years, our Club has been a fiscal sponsor for the Lincoln Community Gardens J. J. Tofft Memorial Garden. Our Foundation has provided the banking and bookkeeping for all funds collected and disbursed for the garden. Last spring we provided funding to rent two garden plots that are used to provide fresh vegetables to the Salt Mine. Our participation also allowed collection of a donation from Rogers Family Coffee Company to provide fencing and improvements at the garden.
We recently purchased and installed a new Rotary Logo for installation at the park sign, allowing us show our community support for assistance that we provide at the community garden.
Rotary - 90 Years in Lincoln
It was a terrific party. The fun began in the courtyard, where Dan Johnson and Ed Prokopic set up a tent for Nite At the Races tickets and Art extorted money for "End Polio Now." Inside the Woman's Club the table was laden with an enormous selection of food and the drinks were plentiful. Huge thanks to those who organized the event. Special thanks to Karen Ulijohn whose piano playing was a delightful addition to the evening. Since it was our club's 90th birthday we had a cake and Jay Holland led us in a somewhat ragged rendition of 'Happy Birthday." The club has survived worse.
District Governor Glenn Fong and his wife Elise joined the festivities, as did a number former club members. The "Past Presidents Parade" was interesting in that Charles Keller, Jay Holland, Gerald Langle, Kris Wyatt, David Bonillo, George Dawson, Dick McDaniel, Larry Whitaker, Clark Osterhout and Art Deardorff had a chance to introduce themselves and offer a comment or two on a highlight of their year as club president.
Lincoln Rotary Rocks!
Sarah Sheridan on her
RYE Experience in Brazil
Our speaker was Sarah Sheridan who we sponsored as a Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) student for nearly a year in Brazil. It's very obvious that the exchange really impacted her life and it was terrific to have her share her experiences with the club. In addition to learning to speak Portuguese, she had a chance to see the Amazon, Rio de Janiero -- both beaches and Carnival -- and in addition, she had a chance to meet many interesting people along the way. Her depiction of her host Rotary club was captivating. Our club is fortunate to be able to participate in the RYE youth programs.
All About Youth Service
Today's awesome lunch meeting speaker was our own Kris Wyatt, 37 yrs as Teacher, Student Counselor and School Board member. And, by popular vote, Lincoln's Volunteer of the Year. She was also Lincoln Rotary's first Woman President and is our long-time Youth Services Chair.
Her speaker topic was the many Youth Services projects that our club does. And what an impressive list (for the 2014-2015 Rotary year):
- Sponsored three students to Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp
- Sponsored Sarah Sheridan as RYE outbound exchange student to Brazil
- Sponsored Beatrice Galletto as RYE inbound exchange student from Italy
- Sponsored Interact/Key Club at Lincoln High (with Kiwanis)
- Collected and distributed school backpacks to Sheridan Elementary School
- Books for Bikes literacy project - 7 schools with 21 bikes awarded
- Book Buddies literacy project, reading with 20 students at Creekside bi-weekly
- Participated in Character Building Projects at Creekside and 1st Street schools
- Honored LHS Students of the Month at Lunch meetings
- Scholarships to LHS students committed: 4 @ $1,000 each
- Scholarships to LHS students from Bradford Fund committed: 2 @ $1,000/yr for 4 years
- Support for Sober Grad Event (6/5)
- Additional Scholarships for continuing students from Lincoln: 2 @ $3,800 total
- Other Gifting
- GEMS School Booster Club - $100
- Lincoln Little League - $500
- Lincoln Girls Softball - $500
- Lincoln Sober Grad - $1,001
- Emmaus Church Community/Axiom - $5,000 to start Lincoln Youth Center
- Every 15 Minutes Drinking and Driving Program at LHS - $500
- Financial assistance for ReDirect students attending college - $1,500
- Elementary School Character Building Projects - $3,400
- Western Placer USD Pay It Forward Fund - $100
- Salt Mine (for Youth Activities) - $500
Truly, we should all be proud of these accomplishments and be grateful for Kris' dedication and efforts. She certainly exemplifies our motto Service Above Self.
Wow - What a Week (or so)
The August Blood and Platelet Drive on August 21 was a very busy event. More than 50 people showed up with 44 donors. Dan Johnson, assisted by other Rotarians, did a great job publicizing and conducting the drive. Kimberly is shown getting her new tee-shirt after giving platelets.
At our lunch meeting on the 27th, District Governor Glenn Fong, his wife Alise and daughter Katy were our guests. Glenn is an outstanding DG, having been previously an Assistant DG and President of Roseville Rotary. Glenn awarded "Gift to the World" awards to Dan Johnson and Kimberly Fricke for all that they do for our club and for our community. Congratulations. Pete Walker, assisted by Glen, awarded Paul Harris awards to Kris Wyatt (PH+3), Frank Neves (PH+4) and Joann Hilton (PH+5). These awards are given to each recipient based on contributions to the Rotary Foundation (and award of recognition points for service above self for our club).
On Friday the 28th, many members attended a "firepit" social at Clark, Janet and Heather Osterhout's home. Clark fired up the Rec-Tech and provided exellent pulled pork on Hawaiian rolls; other Rotarians and spouses/guests brought their favorite finger food for an awesome feast.
On Saturday the 29th, we went to the Salt Mine to help with sorting and distribution of food for needy families in the Lincoln area. This is an activity that the club stared in the Spring and we will plan to keep doing it every few months. Thanks to Kimberly Fricke for organizing this event
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Rotary Work Days
At the Salt Mine
Rotary Work Day is a day when all Rotary Clubs do a project. It is normally the last Saturday of April. Since our District Rotary Conference was on that weekend , we elected to have our Work Day on May 9th. And we chose to assist the Salt Mine with food sorting of food donated by Placer Food Bank and others so that it could be distributed to those in need. We expect to continue our association with the Salt Mine in other similar projects.
We continued to with a second Work Day on August 28th. We expect to continue our association with the Salt Mine in other similar projects.
For those unaware, the Salt Mine at 590 Lincoln Blvd. is a California nonprofit public benefit charity, with a purpose and mission of enhancing and improving the lives of the young people and their families in Lincoln and surrounding communities. The Salt Mine offers children’s programs, youth programs, and adult training and teaching, as well as an aggressive feeding program that provides emergency food, clothing and household items for needy families in our area. In addition to accepting food, they accept other donations for sale and distribution at their two area thrift stores. www.SaltMine.Org
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Our August 6th Meetings
At our Lunch meeting, members learned about the District 5180 Passport Club from Joann Tanner (Passport Club) and Dwight Chapman (Point West Rotary). The Passport Club is an eClub formed last spring. There are no specific meetings to attend. Instead, each member must commit to "Save a Life," a combination of meeting attendance, service and contributions. These members are available to help with our events. See Passport Website.
At our Sunset Meeting, Clark led a discussion of Rotary's second area of focus, disease prevention and treatment. Following the meeting we all made contributions to Polio Plus. Art came to the meeting with his End Polio Now tee shirt. For a $5 contribution, members could have their picture taken with him to have the $5 donated to Polio Plus. What a deal since the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match this 2 x 1, resulting in $105 total for Polio Plus and eradication of this terrible disease in the world.
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The Rotary Club of Lincoln Sunset meeting was set up to accommodate those members and potential members who have difficulty attending our Thursday Lunch meetings. We meet the 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 5:30-6:30. Service and friendship is stressed as compared to meeting attendance. If you are not a member, contact a Rotarian or come to one of our Lunch or Sunset meetings to find out what Rotary can do for you.
Lincoln Service Clubs
We are Best of the Best
Again, Rotary Club of Lincoln was chosen as the Best Service Club in Lincoln at Lincoln News Messenger's annual event. This is another feather in our cap, as our award represents the choice by our community based on a "people's choice" voting process by the LNM. We have won this honor for at least the last three years, but who's keeping track. Click on this link to see what we did this last Rotary year.
Tour de Lincoln
Ophir Road Rest Stop
As we have been doing for many years, Rotarians woke up early to get supplies at the McBean Pavilion and set them up on Ophir Road (near I-80 west of Auburn). We handed out fruit, drinks and other goodies as the Tour de Lincoln riders readied themselves to go up the hill and return to Lincoln. Thanks to Ed Prokopik for taking the lead on organizing this and to the others who volunteered.
We Sponsor Axiom Youth Center
At our May 14th meeting, we presented a check for $5,000 to Emmaus Church Community. Nate Oats and Sandie Haskins accepted the check and said that this will enable them to get the matching grant that will start the Youth Center in August. They already have the facility at 420 Lincoln Blvd essentially furnished and the Axiom sign is on the door. See their website www.TheAxiom. Axiom means "an assumed truth" and this is that the kids of this community matter.
Service Project - Visit to VillaDelRey and Lincoln Meadows
Thanks to the leadership of acting Service Chair Kimberly Fricke, ~9 members and a friend ventured to these two senior care facilities on Saturday morning to deliver Easter Gift bags. The gift bags contained puzzle books, crossword puzzles, pinwheels and small boxes of candy. Most of the residents were very pleased with our visit and appreciated the gift bags, conversations, and attention that members gave. A very rewarding experience.
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Lincoln Community (Blood Platelet Only) Drive
Nov 30, 2015
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Womans ClubDec 10, 2015
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Lincoln Community Blood Drive
Dec 11, 2015
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Claire's HomeDec 16, 2015
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Claire's HomeJan 20, 2016
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
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