- Amy Zuniga, pastor, Grace Episcopal Church, guest of John Muhlner
- John West, in the mortgage business, guest of John Muhlner
- Dave Greene, mortgage broker, guest of Steve Ebersole
- Ben Hill (2 years)
- Lester Hoel (6 years)
- Mike Thomas (15 years)
- Ron McGowan (44 years)
- Setup: Norm Mitroff
- Greeter: Dave Moreland
- Raffle: John Muhlner
- Thought of the Day: Jack Neal
- Finemaster: Kathleen Patterson
- Takedown: Bryan Remer
- Club President Jim Smith and President-Elect Judd Howell advised that the January 31 meeting would be devoted to strategic planning, including the process for taking on and prioritizing service projects undertaken by the Club. Materials will be circulated well in advance of the meeting for member review.
- Polly Keegan, once again, urged members to sign up for Bookmark Napa Valley, a fundraiser benefitting the Saint Helena Public Library. The event is set for January 29 at Krug Winery’s Carriage House. It features successful authors who discuss their works. For more information, go to www.supportshlibrary.org/evetns.
- Norman Mitroff circulated a signup sheet to promote the sale of raffle tickets at the Cameo Theater and at Sunshine Foods.
Reporter: Cindy Warren
Speaker: Jay Greene "Spanning the Golden Gate, the building of a great bridge"
Local historian, Jay Greene, gave us a wonderful history of the Golden Gate bridge. The arch design has been the essence of bridge building since Roman times. Since then, we have the bow bridge (Sydney), cantilever bridge and the suspension bridge (Bay Bridge).
The Golden Gate is a mile wide gap between San Francisco and Marin. Residents took ferries between the two counties. The bridge idea was conceptualized by Frank Doyle, Joseph Strauss, and Michael O'Shaughnessy. A 1923 bill was approved to get going on the bridge. Ten years of opposition and litigation stalled the project. A.P. Giannini (B. of A.) eventually underwrote the bonds and the project was back on.
The design had to account for fog, wind and tides. The construction took less than 4 years and opened on May 27, 1937. The cost of building the bridge was $35,000,000.
Guests: Jim Haslip, Inger Laidley, guests of Wendell Laidley. Claire Ebersole, outgoing exchange student, guest of Steve Ebersole.
Visiting Rotarians: Kathy Polachek
Ben Hill filled in for President Jim Smith.
Birthdays: Dave Brotemarkle
- Norm Mitroff needs Rotarians to help sell Rotary raffle tickets at the Cameo starting Friday Jan.13th. We need to fill slots on Fri., Sat. and Sun. 3:00-4:00, 5:00-6:00 and 8:00-8:45
- Justin Meyer needs volunteers to help with Interact breakfast cleanup next Friday, 1/20 from 8-9. Interact just finished their annual food drive and awards the class with the most donations a breakfast.
- John Sales passed out books about the historical history of St. Helena buildings. The St. Helena Historical Society received funding for these wonderful books.
- John Muhlner said Steve Yost is doing well and would like to attend our lunch.
- Jordan Bentley thanked everyone for supporting the Shelter Box program, which raised $715 from Rotarians.
Raffle winners; Ted Bystroowski, Jim Haslip, Helen Hendrick
Finemaster: Ben Hill quizzed us on "New Years R
- Antonia Allegra, wife of Donn Black
- Claire Ebersole, guest of (and host sister to) Julie Dewattine
- Presiding Officer Judd Howell stressed the importance of new membership, and especially younger new membership (under 55).
- Polly Keegan urged members to sign up for Bookmark Napa Valley, a fundraiser benefitting the Saint Helena Public Library. The event is set for January 29 at Krug Winery’s Carriage House. It features successful authors who discuss their works. For more information, go to www.supportshlibrary.org/evetns.
- Joice Beatty reported on several items:
- She advised that the service for Martha “Marnie” Cunningham would be on Saturday, January 21 (2:00 p.m. at Native Son’s Hall).
- She reported on Saint Helena Rotarian Jim Wright, circulating a card for all to sign.
- She called upon Orville Hammer to report on Steve Yost’s progress.
- She sought contributions for the Napa State Hospital Christmas fund, circulating red envelops for contributions.
- Norman Mitroff advised that he was working with the Cameo Theater to sell the remaining raffle tickets.
Reporter: Cindy Warren
Program: Arnold Kunst "The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln"
Arnold Kunst became interested in Abraham Lincoln when he realized that the young men he had been teaching in the prisons, were hungering for role models. He turned them on to Lincoln, and in the process became an expert on the 16th President. Arnold returned to share more stories about one of our favorite presidents.
Lincoln had a tough childhood and suffered from chronic depression all his life. To combat the depression, he used humor. Lincoln was an ambitious man who wanted to rise above his humble past and circumstances. He had a long career as a lawyer. He aspired to the Senate, and lost three times. Lincoln was a resourceful man who dealt with others fairly and honestly and ultimately became one of our greatest presidents.
Guests: Jeff Warren guest of Cindy Warren
Wedding Anniversary: Mike Thomas, 47 years
- Steve Atherton passed away after a long struggle with heart and stroke issues. There are no details about a service.
- We will meet next Tuesday, Dec. 20th. and be dark on Dec. 27th.
- Helen Hendrick told us Steve Yost is making progress and his spirits are better.
- Mike Thomas said today's dessert is courtesy of Jim and Lee Meehan.
- Charlotte Williamson broke her foot again and is holed up at home. I'm sure she'd love some help or company.
- The Rotary Board is making progress on the Club budget
- Jim Smith has invited all rotarians for a "think session" on our club priority list and how to present it to our members. Please join Jim and others this Friday, Dec. 16 at Himalayan Sherpa Kitchen at 12:30.
- Norm Mitroff said we've sold 220 out of 500 Rotary raffle tickets. Volunteers are needed to sell tickets at Sunshine and the Cameo.
Raffle Winners: Dave Brotemarkle, Jack Neal and speaker Arnold Kunst
Finemaster: Dave Brotemarkle was a last minute fill-in and stumped us with random trivia.
- Jim Smith is headed to Bangkok for a month of massages and trouble!
- Jordan Bentley has a new nephew thanks to her brother Ross and his wife.
- Ben Hill's granddaughter turned 2 and another grandchild is on the way.
- Alan Galbraith informed us he received more votes than anyone else in the last election.
- Gene Armstead announced the Messiah performances at the new high school Performing Center. Dec. 17 and 18th. Tickets are available at Napa Coffee Roasting Co. in St. Helena
- Alan Galbraith - 2nd award
- John Sales - 3rd award
- Chef Extraordinaire Israel Perez will host a light breakfast, coffee, and donuts (free of charge) at his restaurant, Saint Helena Bistro, 1146 Main Street, on December 26 from 8:00 a.m. to noon.
- Joice Beatty made her annual plea for contributions for the holiday fund for patients at Napa State Hospital.
- Helen Hendrick announced that Christmas ornaments not claimed at the Christmas party were available to any taker.
- Judd Howell (presiding in place of Jim Smith) announced that the Club would be holding its next planning session on January 30 (no speaker that day).
- Judd Howell in appreciation that Joice Beatty took his place as Club President when he was unexpectedly called upon to return for seven months to his former position as Director of the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.
- Donn Black and Toni Allegra: Christmas gifts to their children awarded to the Saint Helena Rotary Foundation
- John Sales (no black marble) (prize declined)
- Ben Hill (prize declined)
- Jack Neal
- Jordan Bentley
- Tony Allegra
- Steve Yost is in a board and care facility in Napa recovering and club members are encouraged to visit him, but should call in advance. Alyssa Samrick is willing to bring items for Steve Yost down in Napa if needed.
- Charlotte Williamson broke her foot and cannot drive her car. Club members are encouraged to call or email her to see what she needs.
- President Jim Smith has formed an Ad Hoc committee to determine how to approach donations and gifting for the Polio Plus charity.
- Setup: John Sales
- Greeter: Alyssa Samrick
- Raffle: Roxanne Schaubhut
- Thought of the Day: Don Thomas
- Finemaster: Mike Thomas
- Takedown: Joel Toller
- President Jim Smith as follows:
- He noted that the Club was “dark” on November 22 (Thanksgiving Week), December 6 (Holiday Party), and December 27.
- He noted that the Interact Club’s semi-annual Food Drive would be held at the Rotary luncheon on November 29. He urged Club members to bring canned foods and packaged foods.
- He advised that the Foundation Board, following a presentation by the Saint Helena Police Department, would fund a tamper proof container for prescription drugs. The container will be located in the vicinity of the police station. He stressed that these drugs need to be disposed of properly and not through the City’s wastewater system, as the treatment plant cannot remove these contents from wastewater.
- Norm Mitroff further promoted the sale of $20 raffle tickets (three prizes are $500, $200, and $100 Lotto Scratchers. The drawing will be in the middle of December.
- Helen Hendrick stated that the Holiday Party (December 6 at Merryvale Winery was open to all (not just Club members).
- Cindy Warren advised that the Club was not asked this year to assist in placing wreaths on City lampposts Thanksgiving Morning (“Bloody Marys” at home).
Reporter: Cindy Warren
Program: Ruy Y. Moreno, President of Rotary Cub Makati West, Manilla, Philippines.
There are 100,000,000 people in the Philippines and Rotary has a strong presence. Ruy's club has 110 active members (all men), with an average age of 47. The Makati Club has 28 International matched or sister clubs around the world. In conjunction with global grants, their club projects include:
- Gift of Life- Open heart surgery performed in collaboration with Duke University, Mt. Sinai and Miller Hospital Group.
- Artificial Limbs program-The club has sponsored over 1,000 limbs.
- Cataract Surgery
- Mass Wedding Program
Guests: Claudia Gambill, Roberta Oswald, Marge Jacobs- St. Helena Soroptimists. Shirley Dean, guest of Paul Dean.
Ben Hill acting for President Jim Smith.
Club Anniversary: Margo Kennedy
- Rotary chores for Nov. 15:
- Set-up: Jack Morgan.
- Greet: John Muhlner
- Thought for the Day: Michelle Neumann
- Finemaster: Kathleen Patterson
- Raffle: Jack Neal
- Take-down: Bryan Remer
- Margo Kennedy announced we just completed our 26th water tank project, 55 tanks in all.
- Joice Beatty said we accept the resignations of Michael Cleaver and Lester Hoel, who is moving to SF.
Raffle winners: Margo Kennedy, Roberta Oswald, John Sales
Finemaster: Norm Mitroff quizzed us on "Government Quotes". Norm also took orders and handed out raffle tickets. The proceeds will benefit the Cameo Theater. $20/ ticket.
Bell Ringers: Ben Hill donated $25 to Judd Howell's Paul Harris for his work collating the dot exercise, creating a spreadsheet and coordinating the dictionary project.
Reported by 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.