- 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.
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.
- 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.
Program: Craft Talks, Jack Neal, John Sales
Jack Neal "An Accounting of my Life"
Jack originally hails from Vermont and eventually made it to SoCal where he attended Claremont College and San Jose State, eventually getting a degree in accounting. He worked for the IRS for 5 years before joining a private firm. In 1975 he formed his own firm and the company grew from $170,000 to $5,000,000.
Jack and his wife of 52 years had a weekend home in the Napa Valley and upon retiring, moved to the valley permanently. Jack is a tireless Rotarian and a wonderful supporter of our club.
John Sales "How I Became a Rock Star"
John was born in Canada where his family owned a grocery store. His father landed a job at B. of A and the family moved to CA. John attended San Jose State and worked in several areas before landing at Basalt. He was there for 42 years, rising within the company and overseeing a myriad of projects- transportation, construction, dry docks, dams, tunnels high rises, hospitals, air bases, highways, etc.
John is a board member of St. Helena Cemetery, Grace Church, St. Helena Historical Society and the consummate volunteer.
Guests: Nick Fadelli-First Republic Bank, guest of Tim Doran
Visiting Rotarians: Tim Sharrock, N. Napa
- Norm Mitroff - Fresh eggs are available- $5 a dozen
- Joice Beatty- Friday June 24th "Fun for Funs Golf Tournament" at Aetna Springs, 8am-2pm, benefits St. Helena Hospital. We need volunteers to help with registration, bag hand out, beverage cart drivers, raffle table and hole and tee guards. Volunteers will get free lunch. Please let Joice know if you're able to help.
- Christine Hayne awarded Paul Harris awards to: Ted Bystrowski- 1st, Orville Hammer- 2nd, John Muhlner-3rd, Diane Dillon-3rd
Raffle: Orville Hammer pulled the black marble. Other winners were Rod Ellison and Jack Neal
- Margo Kennedy just returned form Ireland.
- Kathleen Patterson just got back from a trip to Ireland and Scotland.
- John Muhlner's two nieces did a 50 mile race in S. Africa and finished in the top 10%.
Finemaster: Ted Bystrowski quizzed us on"Voter Related" topics
- President Joice Beatty sought signups for the June 24 event at Aetna Springs. She also made note of the Elder Abuse Conference at Napa Valley College on June 16 (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
- Alan Galbraith announced the Calistoga Rotary Harvest Hoedown and BBQ on Saturday, October 8.
- Suzan Rada sought customers for eggs.
- Alan Galbraith, in appreciation for daughter Kate’s employment at the San Francisco Chronicle.
- Ben Hill, in appreciation for the work that Joice Beatty has done in furtherance of the golf tournament.
- Christine Hayne, who headed the scholarship evaluation team, introduced the awardees of four Rotary-sponsored scholarships. Each read from his or her essay, added biographical information, and responded to questions. We could not be more proud of each of them. High School Principal Benjamin Scinto honored us with his presence.
- Hayne International Scholarship: The awardee was Katherine Gaffey. Her essay focused on the imperative need for international harmony to ensure a “safe and tolerant world.” She signaled out the Iran deal a worthy accomplishment. She urged that the need to develop relations with North Korea. She lamented the war in Syria, with its associated refugee crisis. She praised Denmark and Sweden for doing more than their fair share. Her bottom line: “You destroy your enemies when you make them your friends.” She heads to Portland State University in the fall, attracted by its international studies program, including the opportunity to live abroad. (She spent her junior year in Denmark; she learned Danish but, until she did, “English class was a fun class for her.”
- Elwood Mee Agricultural Scholarship: The awardee was Hannah Jones. Her essay focused on the opportunities that opened up to her from joining the Youth Group at Grace Episcopal Church. She wrote about the broadening impact on her from a stay at a small village in New Mexico on the Navajo Reservation, and then on a food line. She heads to Georgetown College in Lexington, Kentucky, a small liberal arts college with an amazing equine program, which she has chosen for her major. She hopes not only to learn all about equine varietals, but also to compete on an equestrian team. She then spoke about her FFA work in St. Helena, which also enabled her to attend conferences that broadened her knowledge.
- Mark Terrell Scholarship: The awardee was Sophie Bunge. Her essay was about breaking away from “the bubble” – insular Saint Helena. She discussed the importance of travel, beginning with a trip to Haiti to assist a school community damaged in the 2010 earthquake. She saw goodness under the most adverse of conditions. It popped “the bubble.” She wants to stay uncomfortably aware in her life’s quest. She is headed to the University of Denver, with a major in marketing and possible minor in computer science.
- Roger Adams Scholarship: The awardee was Dominic Collins. He was asked to choose one nice deed but he did not follow direction: his essay showed that nice needs should be part of everyday ritual and routine, and therefore that it was not appropriate to promote a single nice deed. But he also acknowledged the irony of needing to particularize when preparing his college education. He hopes for a college environment where kindness is the norm and students help out each other. He is headed to UCLA, with a planned major in social sciences.
- Interact Scholarship: The awardee was Aaron Cronin. He began his essay with an observation: that his parents had provided him with the gift of life, but he was a poor return on their investment. But his parents were not seeking a “return”: they wanted “payment forward.” By this they meant he was obliged to assist others, and so he did, as he described in his essay: volunteering for Rianda House, working on the Food Drive, serving as president of the Interact Club in his junior year. As he saw it, the more he helped, the more he was also helped. For example, the presidency of the Interact Club helped his public speaking. He is strongly of the view that “positive feedback” will make the world a better place. He is headed in the fall to Colorado College in Colorado Springs. He is “undeclared” as to a major.
- Marsha Terrell, guest of Joice Beatty
- Jack Morgan of Angwin, guest of Donn Black
- Tash Bunge (father of Sophie Bunge), guest of the Club.
- Benjamin Scinto, High School Principal, Guest of Club
Reporter: Cindy Warren
Program: Rotarian Ancestry
- Donn Black shared his family's history going back to the 1700's. The family was originally from Scotland and gradually moved to the US- Philedelphia and then Mississippi. His ancestors, George and Mary Black took off for Salt Lake City to become Mormon Missionaries. Donn was raised in Oregon and was a member of the JAG core in the Air Force.
- Jordan Bentley's family goes back to Sweden, Belgium and Italy. She shared some of her family stories. She has descended from a line of Havemeyers, an East coast wing of the family. The Havemeyers were large art collectors and donated their art collection to the Havemeyer Wing in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Visiting Rotarians: Dale Knight, Rohnert Park. Peter Kalabalah, Uganda,
Guests: Victoria Wastborn, former Rotary Exchange student, Eleanor Wastborn, her mother and a Rotarian in Sweden, Toni Allegra, Jack and Donna Morgan, guests of Donn Black. Victoria filled us in on her life since her year in St Helena. Her mother Eleanor presented our club with a decorative wooden horse from Sweden. Peter Kalabalah told us about his program in Uganda that provides scholarships for children to go to school. Only a primary education is free in Uganda. The program is TOFTA Educational Trust. It's only $750 to sponsor a child for a year.
Birthdays: John Sales, Wendell Laidley, Polly Keegan, Don Thomas
Wedding Anniversaries: Diane Dillon- 30 yrs., Jim Smith- 19 yrs.
Club Anniversary: Wendell Laidley- 14 yrs.
- Suzan Rada has fresh eggs available
- Joice Beatty announced that Jennifer Lamb will match any donations to Pre-School for All, up to $5,000
- Roxanne Schaubhut updated us on the Kentucky Derby Event. More that 70 people attended and the club raised in excess of $10,000
- Andy Bartlett needs Rotarians to help the Interact Class with breakfast serving this Friday at 8:am in the high school culinary building
Raffle: Rod Ellison, Natalie Klug, Charlotte Williamson
Finemaster: Wendell Laidley " Famous Quotes"
Bellringers: Jack Neal announced that the 18th annual Cinco de Mayo golf tournament raised around $50,000
- Cap Lyons, from the Oakland 3 Club
- Kathi Polachek, from Donora, PA (outside Pittburgh)
- Jean Aldinger (real estate), guest of Jordan Bentley.
- Steve Lundin, president of the St. Helena Hospital Foundation, Club guest
- Sara Cakebread (on behalf of Proposition Y), guest of Kelly Crane
- Rene Cohen, Nationwide Private Client Services, guest of Ted Bystrowski
- David Stoneberg, St. Helena Star editor, guest of Kathleen Patterson
- President Joice Beatty, with reminder for the Saturday singers at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa, 3425 Solano Avenue, Napa. She also noted that there would be a Board meeting before next Tuesday’s luncheon.
- Roxann Schaubhut, with last minute details on Saturday’s Kentucky Derby Party at the Masonic Lodge (above the former Goodman’s downtown store)
- Suzan Rada, again hawking cartons of brown eggs.
- Charlotte Williamson, in thanks for being in medical recovery.
- Natalie Klug, in thanks for being in medical recovery.
- Kathi Polachek, in appreciation for a concert two weeks ago.
- Lester Hoel, in celebration of his wife’s medical recovery.
- Suzan Rada, in anticipation of another trip to Cuba.
- Ben Hill, in happy surprise that Jim Smith returned from Hawaii.
- The Rianda House is sponsoring the “Rally4Rianda”. Join your friends, family and neighbors and rally for Rianda House Senior Activity Center. Donate now throughout the month of May to enrich the lives of UpValley older adults. You can rally by donating directly, celebrating at the open house Wednesday May 4th from 4 to 6 pm, or attending the Velo Vino party on Thursday, May 12 from 12 to 4 pm.
- Rotary Scholarships are going to given out after an interview process by committee led by Cindy Warren. There will be five scholarships awarded.
- Dr. Heather Knight described a new initiative at PUC College called “Live Local, Learn Local” which gives scholarship money to local Napa County residents to attend PUC College.
- Dr. Roxanne Schaubhut needs additional help and volunteers to help with the Kentucky Derby Party! Please join us on Saturday, May 7, 2016 for a very fun event. Our celebration benefits the St. Helena Preschool For All. Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, at the Masonic Lodge - 1335 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574. Cost is $65 per person ($85 at the door). Contact John Muhlner - 707.963.6166 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Roxann Schaubhut - 707.965.9131 or email@example.com
- Bell Ringers: John Muhlner told of his son running the Boston Marathon in 3 hours 10 minutes.
- Dave Moreland gave us an update on his bees which have traveled from California to Mississippi and then to North Dakota multiplying in numbers.
- Jim Smith is officially retired from the innkeeper business and went to Hawaii for a month on vacation to celebrate with Lorinda.
- Suzan Rada, hawking cartons of brown eggs.
- Suzan Rada, strongly urging tomato plant purchases (40 varieties) on Saturday, April 23, in the parking lot next to the Napa Central Valley on Soscol Avenue and across Soscol from the Napa Valley Car Wash.
- Jordan Bentley and Norm Mitroff, discussing the nonprofit fair to be held on the grounds of the Catholic Church on April 21 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with Ted Bystrowski and Jordan Bentley manning the Rotary Booth.
- Roxanne Schaubhut, with a strong plea for volunteers for Kentucky Derby Day (Saturday, May 7), coupled with Derby trivia: the winner’s trophy is 14 carrot gold, weighing four pounds.
- Bryan Remer, noting that our singers open (sharply at 9:00 a.m.) the Annual District Conference at the Napa Marriott Hotel (3425 Solano Avenue). The Conference features Youth Exchange Day. Attendees can stay for brunch.
- Suzan Rada, in promotion of her talk on Cuba at Rianda House on Wednesday, April 20, at 3:00 p.m.
- Ben Hill, in appreciation for Roxanne Schaubhut’s work on the Kentucky Derby fundraiser.
- lan Galbraith, strongly seconding Ben Hill.
Reporter: Cindy Warren
John Sales served as acting President for Joice Beatty
Speaker: Jeanie Kerr, Julio Olguin " St. Helena Preschool for All"
Julio Olguin, executive director of St. Helena Preschool for all, gave us a brief history of the non-profit program. The program is devoted to giving all St. Helena children a preschool opportunity. Studies have shown the benefits of preschool for children entering kindergarten. The average cost per year/child is $4,000, which is a hardship for many families.
The program participates with five local preschools and day care facilities. The facilities provide spots for students who qualify for scholarships through the program. Parents are required to participate through fundraising, parent education and participation in events. The program is supported/ funded by grants, and foundations, the community and SHUSD. The goal is to provide scholarships for 20-25 children per year.
Visiting Rotarians: Kathy Polachek
Birthdays: Jack Neal
Club Anniversaries: Tim Doran- 31 years, Mike Cleaver -1 year, Paul Dean- 9 years, Donn Black-12 years
- President Joice Beatty was hospitalized again and is back home recovering.
- Name badges are missing. Please return yours if you have it.
- Roxanne Schaubhut gave us a quick update on the Kentucky Derby Fundraiser on May 7th. Please RSVP on Club Runner. Tickets are $65 per person and $80 at the door. All money raised goes to " St. Helena Preschool for all".
Raffle Winners: Tim Doran, Michelle Holman, Dave Moreland
Finemaster: Justin Meyer " Rotary History"
Bell Ringers: Wendell Laidley informed us that his wife Inger had a successful surgery last week and the prognosis is good.
- Justin Meyer, back from ten days in the Amazon, with 60 or so water filtrations systems installed.
- Roxann Schaubhut, reminding members of the Kentucky Derby fundraiser (May 7).
- Suzan Rada, hawking eight dozen eggs.
- Donn Black, seeking a rental room for an architect
- Margo Kennedy, putting the membership on alert for forthcoming assignments.
- Kathleen Patterson, looking for a naming sponsor for the golf tournament.
- Kelly Crane, in celebration of the marriage of his oldest son.
- Judd Howell, in appreciation for support for the work of Wildlife Animal Rescue.
- Kathleen Patterson (substituting for Joice Beatty) urged members to review the redesigned web page, praising the work of Dick Gourley.
- Jordan Bentley advised that today was the last day for InterAct food collection.
- John Muhlner advised that Jon Hollister and Joice Beatty would join him at the District Assembly meeting on April 9 in Ukiah. He urged further attendance.
- Mike Thomas sought support for the Rebuild St. Helena vision at this evening’s City Council meeting.
- Roxann Schaubhut continued her outreach for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Party at the Masonic Lodge. She seeks a 50” TV screen for one day’s use at the Party.
- Suzan Rada stressed she had colored eggs for sale (brown).
- Joice Beatty advised that she had committed the Club to a $37 monthly fee for internet service at Native Son’s Hall.
- John Muhlner and Roxann Schaubhut discussed the planning for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Fundraiser (1:00 to 5:00 p.m.) at the Masonic Lodge (courtesy of members of the Lodge). The beneficiary is the St. Helena Preschool Program for All Program. John and Roxann encouraged Rotarians to sign up as soon as possible to facilitate planning for the event. They stressed that there were significant remaining manpower needs, and sought volunteers for various tasks. They stressed that there was a strong array of prizes.
- Ben Hill reviewed the planning for the June 24 Golf Event, a joint sponsorship of the Rotary Club and the St. Helena Hospital.
- John Muhlner (substituting for Joice Beatty) reminded the membership of the District meeting in Ukiah next month. He also advised that Joice was on the mend.
Reporter: Cindy Warren
Program: St. Helena Boy Scout Troop 1
Former Scoutmaster, Dewitt Garlock, introduced current scoutmaster Jodie Hunt. The meeting was also attend by Stu Smith, chairman and parents of the "Scout of the Year" awards. Jodie gave us a brief update on all the trips and community service projects the troop has been involved in.
Ryan Stice, who has graduated to asst. scoutmaster put together a slide show highlighting the past year, which included: Boy Scout camp, Eagle Scout Projects, Whitewater raft trip, Ski Trip, Wilderness Survival, Snow Camp Scout of the year recipients were introduced and highlighted their best moments of scouting.
Guests: Norma Hayes, guest of Steve Yost
Visiting Rotarians: none
Birthdays: Steve Yost, Orville Hammer
Club Anniversaries: Steve Ebersole- 12 years, Jon Hollister- 4 years
- Update on Joice Beatty's health. She will be released from the hospital and is looking at 60 days or recovery.
- Charlotte Williamson is having major surgery April 11 at UCSF.
- Polly Keegan brought back Rotary banners from Delhi from her trip to India distributing polio vaccines.
- Roxanne Schaubhut announced a Derby Day committee meeting for next Tuesday @3:30
- Jordan Bentley announced the board is putting together programs ti increase communication between members.
- Andy Bartlett and Mike Thomas will be sharing their thoughts on the Adams Street property project and prosed City Hall development at next Tuesday's meeting. Make sure you attend this important discussion.
Raffle: Judd Howell, Norma Hayes, Mike Thomas
- Kelly Crane didn't make it in time to share his political Thoughts for the Day and gave them to us.
- "One should be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them better." -F. Scott Fitzgerald
- "Stand up, look 'em in the eye and tell them what you know"- Dan Rather
- "Say as little as possible while appearing to be awake" - Will Rogers
- Judd Howell will be doing a slide show July 19th about his recent trip to Antarctica.
- Alyssa Samrick said her daughter has switched form softball to Lacrosse. She assisted with the Vichy school auction and won the Golden Ticket- A set of Braces!
Finemaster: Ted Bystrowski quizzed us on the "Guiding Principles of Rotary"
- President Joice Beatty is at home recovering and doing a lot better.
- Suzanne Rada is offering eggs for sale a $5 per dozen.
- Paul Dean encourages all club members to attend CabFest of Napa Valley talking place March 4-6 in Yountville. More information can be found at www.CabFestNapaValley.com.
- Ben Hill reminds club members to bring in raffle prizes. Many members have not brought in raffle prizes and we are running low.
- Jim Smith reminds members that we are participating in the Interact Club food drive starting next week. Please go through your pantry and pull out a few of those items that have been clogging it up!! Please help our Interact group in having an awesome food drive.
- Polly Keegan just returned from India where she helped with polio vaccinations. Polly impressed the club by describing the efforts of the rotary team and how she personally dispensed oral polio medication to over 200 children! Way to go Polly!
- Don Thomas reminded members to check their options when selecting between Marin Clean Energy and PGE because there is variation in the rates and you may be overpaying for electricity.
- Suzanne Rada is offering eggs for sale a $5 per dozen.
- John Muhlner announced that here will be a Rotary Meeting in San Francisco on Saturday April 9, and that we need 9-12 members to attend. It would be great if new members would come and participate.
- Jim Smith announced that the club will be sponsoring an aid/water station for the Napa Valley Marathon near Bale Lane and Silverado Trail on March 6 between 6:30 and 8:30 am. We need six volunteers to work the marathon at that time.
There was a session on Social Media Awareness, which helped the young people understand the advantages and disadvantages of what they "share" on social media sites.
They also participated in a session of "Tearing away the Words" which focused on not judging people by their outside appearances.
- Steve Yost offered pictures from a SF Giants outing.
- Suzan Rada- Eggs are available again for $5 per dozen.
- Norm Mitroff gave a big thank you to Suzan Rada for the Valentines Day decor.J
- Jim Smith and John Muhlner gave an update on Joice's condition. She's not ready for visitors. A card was passed for members to sign.
Raffle: Winners were Helen Hendrick, Jack Neal, Rob Andreae, Ben Hill, April Duge
Finemaster: Ben Hill " Are you smarter than a 5th Grader?"
Bell Ringers: Ben Hill donated $25 to Suzan Rada's Paul Harris for the Valentine's Day decor