Reporter: Cindy Warren
Program: Candidates for St. Helena City Council
Sharon Crull has been on the Council for 8 years. She is a former Cal grad, an attorney and has lived here permanently since 2001. Her family owns The Terraces Winery and Vineyard and she is the only person on the Council in the wine industry. She believes in continuity and feels the current council is on the right track with an outside auditor, new finance director and a records management system.
- Promote economic sustainability.
- Complete the General Plan
- Secure our water supply
- Improve customer service and communications with community
- Adams St : Favors a project to address financial needs
Geoff Ellsworth is a St. Helena native and artist. He has been involved in city politics for a long time. He feels the city needs to start using language the residents can understand, which will improve communications.
- Fiscal oversight
- Quality of life for residents
- Protect small businesses
- Water security. Partner with people who buy/use our water
- Pass Measure D- 1/2 cent sales tax.
- Proceed with a Real Estate Transfer Tax
- Tax large businesses
- Adams St: Against it, wants open space.
Mary Koberstein spent most of her life in Evanston. IL. and later on in Wilmette, IL. She is an attorney and has a background in planning and zoning. She was a City Planner and later became a Real estate Transactional lawyer.
- Housing- work force, elder housing, affordable.
- Citizen participation and engaged neighborhoods through better communication.
- Streamline City hall to make more effective
- Study economic sustainability options
- Adams St: Selling is a means to attain financial goals. Promotes more research on options, costs and benefits
Greg Pitts has been in St Helena for 15 years and has been on the City Council for 4 years. He was formerly on the Planning Commission and the General Plan committee. He works in hotel finance and is involved in coaching, scouting and raising his family.
- Continue to build the solid operating platform that is in place now.
- Financial stability
- Tertiary water project for water security
- Promotes an in-fill housing model
- Promotes Measure D-
- Promotes Real Estate Transfer Tax
- Achieve economic stability by raising hotel rates on existing hotels.
- Adams St: Look at all options- Open space, sell, etc.
Visiting Rotarians: Elizabeth Kroft-Anderson, Portland. Kathy Polachek
Ben Hill as acting President for Jim Smith
Announcements: Justin Meyer- Interact is selling t-shirts today for $20 each
Reporter: Cindy Warren
Program: "Rotarian Ancestry"
Judd Howell was able to trace his roots back to the Ashleys and the Culvers in the early Mass. days. Ancestor, George Heinselmen fought many battles in the Civil War. Grandpa Davidson was a flight instructor and also taught at Carnegie Hall. The Howell side of the family has been in NJ since the 1600's.Judd found his ancestry included Irish, English, Danish Scandinavian and the Iberian Peninsula. He then submitted samples to 23and Me and found he has strong Neanderthal markers.
Joice Beatty, nee Joice Morrell, traced her family back to Ohio and then Winnemucca, NV. Her grandparents had a store in NV, C.B.Brown and Co. , which is still run by family. Joice's dad was in the Navy and went into insurance after his military retirement. The maternal side of Joice's family had an interesting past. Her grandmother was born in the Winter Palace in Russia. Her great-grandmother was a Lady in Waiting at the palace. Joyce's grandfather, J.K. Joice ( an American) left Russia with his bride, her grandmother, and moved to Canada to escape the deplorable conditions in Russia.
Guests: Chuck Griffin, guest of Kathleen Patterson. Max Raymond, VP of the SHHS Interact Club
Birthdays: Brian Remer, Margo Kennedy
Club Anniversaries: Steve Yost, Andy Bartlett
- Dave Brotemarkle presented us with a Rotary flag from the Victoria B.C.
- Brian Remer updated us on Michael Layne. He's still in the hospital but improving.
- Jim Smith filled us in on the board meeting.
- Natalie Klug will be extending her LOA.Any new membership ideas would be appreciated.
- Duties next week:
- Set-up: Gene Armstead
- Greet: Christine Gorlick
- Raffle: Joice Beatty
- Though for the Day: Polly Keegan
- Finemaster: Matt Endriss
- Takedown: Helen Hendrick
Raffle Winners: Wendell Dinwiddie, Dave Brotemarkle, Charlotte Williamson
Finemaster: Jim Smith, filling in for Norm Mitroff, "Culinary"
- Judd Howell's daughter # 3 is getting married on Friday
- Jack Morgan's daughter, Suzanne, was recognized by NVUSD as an outstanding teacher.
- Jim Smith is having his first Rotary beer since retirement
- Dominique Clavel, guest of Wendell Laidley
- Inger Laidley, guest of Wendell Laidley .
- Joice Beatty announced that the Club would present a $12,000 check (proceeds from Kentucky Derby fundraiser) to Pre-School for All at next week’s luncheon.
- Joice Beatty announced that the Club was confirmed to use the Masonic Lodge for its Kentucky Derby fundraiser on May 6, 2017.
- Joice Beatty asked Club members to verify the accuracy of their information on Club Runner.
- John Muhlner announced that Club members would cook and serve dinner for the American Legion on Wednesday, September 14.
- John Muhlner encouraged Club members to help themselves to leftover items from Club storage in boxes on the front table.
- David Brotemarkle enlisted Joice Beatty and Judd Howell to discuss their ancestries at the Club luncheon on September 13.
- Dominique Lavel (no black marble)
- Michele Neumann
- Mike Thomas
- Judd Howell, in celebration of daughter’s marriage and promise of a February grandchild
- David Brotemarkle, in celebration of a recent 3500 trip, including to Alaska
- Gabby Gomez, returning from Switzerland
- Julie Dewathine, newly arrived from Belgium
- Dale Ebersole, about to depart for Belgium
- Tim Doran
- Matt Endriss
- Norm Mitroff successfully solicited volunteers for the Harvest Festival (Saturday, October 15), with Matt Endriss, Judd Howell, John Muhlner, Polly Keegan, Kathleen Patterson, Mike Thomas answering Norm’s call.
- Ted Bystrowsky invited company to join him on a membership training session in Santa Rosa on September 24.
- Andy Bartlett, in custody of a $100 refund (Gabby Gomez’s application fee), returned it, in front of the assembled group, to the Club Treasurer.
- Jack Neal, in appreciation for the cards he received while in the hospital and his successful recovery.
- Jordan Bentley, in appreciation for her stepped up role in the exchange program.
- Jack Morgan, in celebration of an achievement by his daughter.
- Alan Galbraith, in recognition of money saved due to no opponent this fall.
- Margo Kennedy (no black marble)
- Alan Galbraith
- Judd Howell
Reporter: Cindy Warren
Speaker: Tom Spink "The History of Moffett Field"
Tom worked at Moffett Field and currently runs the Museum at Moffett. He gave us an interesting history of the field and its beginnings. After WWI a group of citizens got together and raised money to purchase 1000 acres in Sunnyvale, which they sold to the Navy for $1. In 1933 the Naval Air Station Sunnyvale was commissioned.
Dirigibles were the first aircraft at the field. They carried recon planes in the rigid airship. The Macon was over 700 feet long, solid and can house people, unlike a blimp, which is a bag of air.
Moffett was the Navy's first jet base, but noise complaints from neighbors led to the jet base's move to Lemore in the Central Valley. In 1994 the Sunnyvale property became Moffett Federal Airfield, and is currently monitored by NASA.
The Moffett Museum gives visitors a hands-on experience and is filled with aircraft, memorabilia and wonderful history.
Visiting Rotarians: none
Birthdays: Christine Hayne, Jim Smith, Charlotte Williamson
- President Jim Smith announced the Rotary dates for Next Tuesday 8/16
- Charlotte Williamson has fresh eggs for sale at $5 per dozen
- Jordan Bentley announced the inbound student from Belgium arrives on Weds. 8/10. She will be hosted by the Steve Ebersole family.
- Polly Keegan announced another Polio trip to Nigeria on Oct. 15-24. Contact Polly for details
- Jim Smith filled us in on the membership discussion at the board meeting. Clubs are now allowed to have corporate members. He would like to focus this year on "Clean Water: Provide, Refresh, Conserve, Replenish". He would also like to have Rotarians mentor an Interact student on thesis writing.
- Michael Layne has left Rotary due to other obligations
Raffle Winners: John Muhlner, Orville Hammer, Charlotte Williamson
Finemaster: Mike Thomas quizzed us on Olympics trivia.
- Jordan Bentley reminds members to bring raffle prizes to the club. We are running out. If you have brought raffle prizes in, check with Jordan to make sure she marks you off the list.
- Judd Howell noted that a friend of our club at the Veteran’s home recently passed away.
- Joice Beatty noted that the lunch consists of leftover food from the recent golf tournament.
- Kathleen Patterson celebrated her grandson’s 17 year birthday at the Giant’s game.
- Judd Howell is celebrating his middle daughter’s recent engagement.
- Jim Smith is celebrating his son’s recent promotion to an executive position with a large Boston hotel company.
- Jack Neal is at home recovering from surgery Natalie Klug has set up a meal train link to support Jack and Karen at http://mealtrain.com/vv7v48.
- Charlotte Williamson announced that our club needs volunteers for the September 14, 2016 dinner at the American Legion Hall where our club will be responsible for serving 75 guests. Please let Charlotte know if you can help with this important event.
- President Jim Smith announced that we need a chairperson for the upcoming Harvest Festival where the club will have a table and will be selling raffle tickets to win an assortment of lottery tickets.
- President Jim Smith also announced that we need anyone who attended the debunking dinner but who did not sign up and/or did not yet pay to please get in touch with him to pay for the dinner cost.
- Joice Beatty announced that the club will be donating $40,000 from the Golf Tournament to the St. Helena Hospital next week, $12,000 to Pre School for All.
- Ben Hill announced that his daughter has passed her exam and has become a board certified radiologist, donating 25 dollars to his Paul Harris.
- Ted Bystrowski contributed 25 dollars to the club in honor of Donn Black bringing Jack Morgan to the club as a new member.
- Roger Shwiger, retired, guest of Steve Yost
- John Stitt, civil engineer from Medford, Oregon, guest of Steven Ebersole.
- Wendell Dinwiddie (51 years)
- Tim Doran (35 years)
- President Jim Smith invited email discussion with him over the qualifications for membership. He might form an Ad Hoc group to address the matter in detail.
- President Jim Smith also encouraged members to bring in raffle prizes.
Reporter: Cindy Warren
Program: New President, Jim Smith "My Rotary Vision"
Our new president recently retired form 40 years of inn keeping at Wine Country Inn. Jim originally joined Rotary because his company paid for it; he knew a lot of people in the club and the food was good! Jim didn't realize all that Rotary does and learned a lot from speakers, community events and the club. Jake's Nicaragua baseball field story inspired Jim to become more and more involved in the club.
Jim would like to see a more robust club, greater participation and a renewed interest in our service. He encourages networking and feels we should recognize and use the services our members have to offer.
His fundraising ideas include bringing back the " Valley Men who Cook", the Derby Party and more creative fundraisers. He would especially like to focus on Justin Meyer's Amazon water project. It looks like this year will be bold, fun and engaging under Jim's leadership.
Guests: Sylvia Seals Brown, HR Director at St. Helena Hospital, guest of Ben Hill
Visiting Rotarians: Karen Hunt,Napa Rotary, new Lt. Governor
Birthdays: Judd Howell, Alan Galbraith, Bob Trinchero
Club Birthdays: Dave Brotemarkle- 26 yrs, Cindy Warren- 9 yrs.
Wedding Anniversaries: Tim Doran-35 yrs., Warren Warner- ? yrs.
- Joice Beatty, Queen of De-Nile, would like any photos from the debunking.
- New President, Jim Smith-Please bring in two $25 raffle items and try to get creative.
Raffle Winners: Judd Howell, Kelly Crane, Joice Beatty
Finemaster- Ben Hill
- Ben Hill gave $25 to Joice Beatty for being the "wiener woman" at the golf tournament.
- Jack Neal said the tournament raised about $41,000 for SH Hospital for the Hybrid OR.