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We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Native Sons' Hall
1313 Spring Street
St.Helena, CA  94574
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Reported by Alan Galbraith
Speaker of the Day:
Mayor Alan Galbraith briefly introduced by Donn Black.   The Mayor focused on the City’s current financial situation.   His starting point was the City Manager’s transmittal letter of June 14, 2016 to the City Council.  The key sentence is on page 4: “If additional General Fund revenues are not secured, service reductions will be required in FY 2017-18.”  He reviewed in detail the projected the current and year-end FY 2016-2017 status of the General, Water, and Wastewater Funds.
The Mayor noted that the City Council was unanimously behind a local sales tax increase of 0.50%.  He stressed that 0.25% of the current 8.00% rolls away on December 31, so that the net increase is only 0.25%.  If the 0.25% sought by the Napa County Parks and Recreation District passes, the new rate would be 8.50%.  This rate is still well below many North Bay Cities, including Santa Rosa (8.75%), Healdsburg (8.75%), and Vallejo (8.65%).  Further, the new rate (whether 8.25% or 8.50%) is below the FY 2009 & FY 2010 rates (8.75%).
Presiding Officer: Past Club President Joice Beatty presided in the absence of Club President Jim Smith.
Thought for the Day: Ben Hill, missing Father Mac and celebrating laughter (poet Maya Angelou).
Exchange Student: Julie Dewattine (Belgium)
  • Dominique Clavel, guest of Wendell Laidley           
  • Inger Laidley, guest of Wendell Laidley                       .
Club Anniversary:  Michele Neumann (five years)     
  • 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
Bell Ringers:
  • 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          
Finemaster: David Brotemarkle on Alaskan subjects: e.g., the capital (Juneau), amount paid in 1867 purchase ($7.2 million), year of statehood (1959), active volcano number (70).

Reported by Alan Galbraith
Speaker of the Day:
Donn Black introduced “Saint Helena’s own anthropologist and historian extraordinaire” Jay Greene.  Jay spoke on “The Dardanelles Campaign of 1915 and how Churchill got blamed for the gross errors of others.”   The British were looking for some way around the static trench warfare that had overtaken the entire western front.  British Secretary of State for War Herbert Kitchener proposed a ground attack on the Austrian Empire through (then) Constantinople.  The hope was to knock Austria out of the war.  Churchill, then First Lord or the Admiralty, became a strong proponent of the plan. 
As Jay explained, the difficulty was in the execution.  The first step was to open up passage to Constantinople through the Dardanelles, a 40-mile narrow stretch between the Aegean Sea and the Sea of Marmara, guarded by a series of Ottoman Empire forts.  In Jay’s estimation, the British Navy was well equipped to clear the way, Admiral Sackville Carden, in charge of the fleet, suffered a nervous breakdown.  His replacement, Vice-Admiral John De Robeck, backed out, 
The British Army then landed on the Gallipoli peninsula but British Army General Monteith Hamilton inexplicably waited a day before ordering the seizing of the high ground beyond the beaches.  By then, the Ottoman troops, under the command of Mustafa Kemal (later Ataturk), were positioned on the high ground, shelling the British ANZAK troops (from Australia and New Zealand). The fighting descended into trench warfare, lasting for months with awful casualties, before the last of the British troops were withdrawn in early 1916.
The disastrous Dardanelle campaign dogged Churchill the rest of his life, as he had been its leading proponent.  Indeed, it was a factor in the Allies’ rejection of Churchill’s “soft underbelly” strategy (landing troops in southern France in place of the Normandy invasion) in World War II.
Presiding Officer: Immediate past president Joice Beatty presided due to the unavoidable absence of club president Jim Smith.
Thought for the Day: Ben Hill, quoting Cato the Elder” “Wise men profit more than fools from wise men; for the wise men shun the mistakes of fools, but fools do not imitate the successes of the wise.”
Exchange Students:
  • 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.
Bell Ringers:
  • 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
Finemaster:  Wendell Laidley, seeking the names of the capitals of each of the eleven countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Switzerland) that Gabby Gomez visited during her student exchange year.  The hardest one: Slovenia (Ljubljana). 


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.

Guests: none

Visiting Rotarians: none

Birthdays: Christine Hayne, Jim Smith, Charlotte Williamson


  • President Jim Smith  announced the Rotary dates for Next Tuesday 8/16
Set up: Dave Brotemarkle
Greet: Polly Keegan
Raffle: Kathleen Patterson
Thought for the Day: Justin Meyer
Finemaster: Wendell Laidley
Take down: Brian Remer
  • 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.


Reported by Jonathan Hollister
Speaker of the Day:  Alexandra McGee gave a talk about MCE Clean Energy and the program that they have for electrical power generated by renewable sources.  Anyone in Marin County, unincorporated Napa County and the Cities of Benicia, El Cerrito, Richmond and San Pablo, can choose to power their home or business with MCE’s renewable energy. Call them at 1 (888) 632-3674 or email them at to check on the status of your account. Please have your PG&E account info on hand.
Visiting Rotarians: Pauline Beckfor from the Grand Cayman Island Rotary Club.
Guests: Miles Morino with MCE Clean Energy public relations.
Birthdays / Anniversary: 
Club anniversaries:  Rod Ellison (3 years)
Wedding anniversaries: Andy Bartlett (31 years)
  • 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.
Raffle Winners:  Kathleen Patterson, Tim Doran and another club member were all raffle winners.
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Bell Ringers: 
  • 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.
Finemaster:  Andy Bartlett quizzed club members about movie trivia from the movies Gone With The Wind and Casablanca.

Reported by Jonathan Hollister
Speaker of the Day:  Dr. Judd Howell, Ph.D. gave a talk about his recent visit to Antarctica – the “White Wilderness,” including the logistics of visiting this part of the world, and highlighting the various wildlife species that inhabit this remote region.  The presentation included videos and photographs of penguins, marine mammals and birds.  Judd is a Senior Associate Wildlife Ecologist with H.T. Harvey & Associates.  Judd has a Ph.D. in Wildland Resource Science (wildlife ecology) from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.S. in zoology from Arizona State University and a B.S. in zoology from Montana State University.
Visiting Rotarians: none.
Guests: Donna Morgan, guest of new member Jack Morgan
Birthdays:  Kathleen Patterson
  • Jack Neal is at home recovering from surgery Natalie Klug has set up a meal train link to support Jack and Karen at
  • 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.
New Member Jack Morgan:  John Muhlner, Ted Bystrowski and Donn Black introduced Jack Morgan as a new member of our rotary club.  Jack’s wife Donna Morgan was present.
Raffle Winners:  Ron McGowan, Lester Hoel, Margo Kennedy and Rod Ellison were all raffle winners.
Bell Ringers: 
  • 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.
Finemaster:  Rod Ellison, Kelly Crane, Margo Kennedy, Jon Hollister, John Muhlner, Mike Thomas, and Natalie Klug were all quizzed by Bryan Remer on trivia regarding fireworks.


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.

Reported by Alan Galbraith
Speakers of the Day:
Donn Black introduced our two craft speakers, Natalie Klug and Andy Bartlett
Natalie was born to Russian immigrants of strong work ethic.  She was “a military brat,” which she saw as a badge of honor.  The greatest hardship in her youth was developing friendships that did not last, as military families moved around.  She came away thinking how small this world is.  Natalie has been a Rotarian for 23 years, with journeys abroad in furtherance of Rotary’s polio vaccination program. She credited Joice Beatty for her involvement.  She stressed the camaraderie that developed on her trips.  She hosted an exchange student, who became a third daughter.  As for work, Natalie stated that she enjoyed her CPA career but that it in no way defined her.   She closed by underscoring the importance of friendships that we build – and Rotary’s role in that process for her.
Andy grew up in Tulsa, then in a small town in Wisconsin, then back to Tulsa for high school.  He spent his college years mostly in the Dartmouth College Library.  At Harvard Law School he suffered through classes taught by the Socratic method.  Andy also spent a year in business school.  He went to work for an oil drilling company and, in time, was assigned to projects in Asia (Indonesia and then Singapore).  He especially marveled as Singapore evolved into the richest independent city in the world.  Eventually, he returned, and found St. Helena.  His sense of community was greatly aided by Rotary Club.  He poignantly recalled the cancellation of Rotary lunch on September 11 – just when he needed the fellowship following the attacks of that day.  Andy has been involved with the Youth Exchange Program for the last 12 years.  In closing, Andy noted that law school does not teach how to practice law.  He stressed the immediate access to vast legal resources today, in comparison to the large libraries operated by major firms years ago.        
Thought for the Day: Club President Jim Smith: “Great day, sun is shining, lots of fellowship, let’s eat.”
Visiting Rotarians: Kathi Polachek, Dono Pennsylvania Club
  • Roger Shwiger, retired, guest of Steve Yost 
  • John Stitt, civil engineer from Medford, Oregon, guest of Steven Ebersole.
Birthday: Donn Black
Wedding Anniversaries:  
  • Wendell Dinwiddie (51 years)
  • Tim Doran (35 years)
Rotary Anniversary: Kelly Crane (12 years with St. Helena Rotary; 24 years total)
Announcements: Joice Beatty announced that the golf tournament raised $40,000 for the Hybrid Cardiac Operating Room at the Hospital.
  • 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.
Bell RingerRob Andreae, in celebration of European travels with his wife Linda (walking 420 miles over 97 days in various cities).
Raffle: Cindy Warren (no black marble), Roxanne Schaubhut and Paul Dean


Reporter: CindyWarren

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

Bell ringers:

  • 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


Reported by Alan Galbraith
Speaker of the Day:
            Carlene Moore, CEO of the Napa County Fair Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization was our speaker, introduced by Donn Black.  Donn reviewed her long experience in fairground work, both in management and as a consultant.  Her organization operates the Calistoga Fairground pursuant to a contract (with no funding) since 1937 with the County of Napa, the owner of the Fairground.  Carlene explained that her organization puts on the annual July 4 County Fair (“a celebration of community”) and maintains the Fairground, including the facilities.  It earns revenue from a large RV park at the Fairgrounds, as well through a wide range of other activities, including numerous special events.  Her organization has not received any public funding since 2011, when the State withdrew funds that supported about 20& of its annual budget.
            The main subject of Carlene’s presentation was her organization’s response to the Valley Fire in the summer of 2015.   The property had the right attributes: it is large (70 acres), it is equipped with utilities, and it was in the right location.  Initially, the site was opened as an evacuation center for Napa residents (when it was feared that the fire might spread into Angwin) but evacuees and their pets (large and small) from Lake County immediately overwhelmed the site – including a Corolla or Camry with a cow in the back seat.  She described the role of her organization in bringing order over two days to the immediate chaos as it dealt with volunteers, donations, food suppliers, animal rescue organizations, entertainers, the Red Cross, and government agencies, among others.   She singled out the response of business; e.g., the Calistoga pharmacy that opened at 2:00 a.m. to provide prescription drugs free of charge.  She especially praised the response of the County.  Above-all, the evacuees were well fed: three meals a day for 1,000 people over 14 days, prepared under the supervision of great chefs, bringing much applause from diners. 
            Carlene advised that her organization has been reimbursed for all expenses relating to the shelter operation but has not been reimbursed for lost business (about $57,000).  The County provided a no-interest loan, but the loan needs to be repaid, Her organization plans a fall fundraiser.  Finally, she noted that fairgrounds are there for emergencies, that much was learned from the Valley Fire experience, and that work is underway on a written transition plan that will take advantage of the learning as chaos was transitioned into order.
            Carlene was a fast-moving and most engaging speaker.  
Thought for the Day: Rod Ellison, invoking Mark Twain: “A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives he habitually uses in conversation.”
Guests: Jack Morgan of Angwin, guest of Donn Black
Wedding Anniversary:  Paul and Shirley Dean (48 years), David and Leslie Moreland (43 years), Wendell and Inger Laidley (52 years)
Rotary Anniversaries: Christine Hayne (8 years), Alyssa Samrick (8 years), Andy Bartlett (8 years – the second time)
Birthdays: Richard Hyde
  • 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.                                   
Raffle: Matt Endriss (no black marble), Rod Ellison, Alan Galbraith
Bell Ringers:
  • 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.
Finemaster: Jordan Bentley, quizzing of Father’s Day trivia:  When was the word “dad” first used? (Answer: sixth century).  What was the year of the first Father’s Day? (Answer: 1910).  What is the most common Father’s Day give?  Answer; necktie.)

Reported by Alan Galbraith
Speakers of the Day:
  • 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.                    
Thought for the Day:  Orville Hammer, referring to our student guests: “Great day, great people, and let us hear what they will do with their lives.”
  • 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
Wedding Anniversary:  Jordan Bentley (4 years)
Rotary Anniversaries: Steve Carbone (33 years)
Birthdays: Ted Bystrowski, Michael Lane, Paul Dean
Announcements: President Joice Beatty announced a need to fill an open slot for Rotary Team at the June 24 Golf Tournament.  Jim Smith, now retired, responded to the call.
Raffle:  Bryan Remer (no black marble), Ted Bystrowski, Jordan Bentley


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


Reported by Alan Galbraith
Speaker of the Day :  Ben Hill drew from the “rock star” resume of our guest speaker, Dr. Gan Dunnington, a cardiothoracic surgeon at St. Helena Hospital.  Ben noted that Dr. Dunnington received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia, completed his residency at Stanford University, and was an assistant professor at Stanford as well as assistant director of cardiothoracic surgery at El Camino Hospital, a Stanford affiliate.  Dr. Dunnington, further noted that he was drawn to St. Helena Hospital after becoming familiar with the Napa Valley from weekend stays at a home in Yountville.  Dr. Dunnington specializes in minimally invasive cardiac and thoracic surgery, with emphasis on treating patients with arrhythmias (such as atrial fibrillation).  Dr. Dunnington illustrated through slides the fast moving changes in cardiac surgery as it has moved from open-heart procedures to minimally invasive procedures.  He spent much of his time describing new treatments for atrial fibrillation, the most common form of heard disease, with significant risk of stroke and bleeding.  He performs and advises on the Hybrid Maze Procedure, which is performed more often at St. Helena Hospital than any other hospital, with 95% success.   This treatment not only ends the risk of stroke from atrial fibrillation but also ends the need for various medications.  He is especially pleased with the quality of life difference in patients who have had the procedure.  The Hybrid Operating Room, combining a high-level operating room with a catheter lab, including great imaging, will be a great addition to the St. Helena Arrhythmia Center at the Hospital.
Thought for the Day:  Ben Hill provided the thought for the day, drawing upon Nikola Tesla, a scientist and engineer: “The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly.  One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.”
Special Presentation:  Rene Cohen, with Nationwide Private Client Services, presented a $5,000 check to the Rotary Foundation for the benefit of the Hybrid Operating Room (see above), which was graciously acknowledged by Steve Lundin, president of the St. Helena Hospital Foundation.  Ms. Cohen in her remarks noted that Nationwide works with independent insurance brokers, including Malloy Imrie & Vasconi.  Ted Bystrowski (of MIV) was on hand to celebrate the gift from Nationwide.
Visiting Rotarians: 
  • 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
Wedding Anniversary: Norm Mitroff (16 years)
Rotary Anniversaries: Jack Neal (6 years) and Jim Smith (10 years)
Birthdays: Ted Bystrowski, Michael Lane and Paul Dean
  • 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.                     
Bell Ringers:
  • 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.          
FineMaster: Mike Thomas, with diverse stumpers from the interaction of men and women (some not fit to print).   E.g., “The problem with life is, by the time you can read women like a book, your library card has expired”; “Here’s the only thing you  need to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid, and the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid.”  Of course, Mike could not resist one from Yogi Berra: “Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.”
Raffle: Ron McGowan (no black marble), Lester Hoel and Kelly Crane

Reported by Jonathan Hollister
Speaker of the Day:  Marylou K. Wilson gave a talk. Wilson has a doctorate in organizational leadership from the University of La Verne in southern California, as well as a master’s in curriculum and instruction and a bachelor’s in liberal studies from San Diego State University.  Before joining St. Helena last year, Superintendent Wilson held various positions in education throughout the state of California. She taught elementary and middle school in Cajon Valley; served for ten years as a principal in various school districts throughout Southern California; and served as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District, where she was also a member of the Superintendent’s Executive Cabinet.
St. Helena Unified School District is comprised of a primary school (238 students) and elementary school (236 students), both with alternative programs, a middle school (288 students) and a high school (507 students). Students from two nearby elementary districts also attend.  The staff is comprised of 91 certificated teachers, 5 counselors and 85 classified employees. There are 4 principals, 2 vice principals, a CBO, Director of Student Support Services and the Superintendent serving as the District's Administrative Council.  The District is a Basic Aid District with a yearly budget of approximately $22 million.  Through parent groups, the St. Helena Public Schools Foundation and unmatched gifting, the local community augments the athletic and fine arts programs, enriches classrooms and provides an impressive number of scholarships to high school graduates. There is strong community support for the schools, including a tremendous volunteer support program.
Visiting Rotarians: Kathi Polacheck of Donora, Pennsylvania.
Guests: Kelly Denny, daughter of Jim Smith from the California Cadet Academy encouraged members of the Club to attend the Napa Valley Comedy Experience on April 30, 2016 hosted by Castello di Amorosa.  To reserve a table or for tickets call (707) 429-2800.
Club Anniversary:  Club anniversaries include:  Alan Galbraith (6 years), John Sales (17 years plus additional years in other clubs)
  • 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; or Roxann Schaubhut - 707.965.9131 or
Raffle Winners:  Dave Brotemarkle, Jack Neal, and Ted Bystrowski were all raffle winners.
  • 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.
Finemaster:  Cindy Warren humored the club with trivia about the Kentucky Derby.  Victims of her “horsing around” questions included Jordan Bentley, Kelly Crane, David Brotemarkle, Judd Howell, Ted Bystrowski, Wendell Laidley, and Dave Moreland.

Reported by Alan Galbraith
Speaker of the Day:  Without ado, President Joice Beatty introduced our Speaker, Father Mac, who spoke on how the labyrinth t Grace Cathedral Church, a long cherished dream, came to fruition.   A labyrinth (so unlike a maze) is for meditation.  It is a step-by-step walk from the outside to the center, and then the return on the same path.  The labyrinth walker stays focused on the path; the walker is not worried about getting lost, or confused or scared.  It is an opportunity to discard immediate concerns.  It opens a pathway into the mind and heart.  It helps to pause upon reaching the center.  The expectation is that a good thought will stay with the walker during the return, and also beyond, incorporated into daily life.  Father Mac noted that the Grace Cathedral labyrinth is an exact replica of the labyrinth on the floor of the most magnificent of European cathedrals, the Great Cathedral at Chartres, France.   Father Mac stressed that meditation is hard.  A labyrinth assists the meditative process, especially for those who cannot stay still.  Father Mac thought about a Rotarian group walk but rejected the idea as not conducive to personal meditation.  He urged all Rotarians to make time for the walk.
Thought for the Day:  Bryan Remer, quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Finish every day and be done with it.  You have done what you could.  Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can.  Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.  This is all that is good and fair.  It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on yesterdays.”
Visiting Rotarian:  Kathi Polachek
Wedding Anniversary:  John Muhlner (48 years)
Rotary Anniversary:  Suzan Rada (20 years)
  • 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.          
Bell Ringers:
  • 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.     
FineMaster: Alan Galbraith, drawing on past presidential races, including invective from the 1884 Cleveland-Blaine race (Blaine supporters: “Ma, Ma, where is my Pa?”  Cleveland supporters: “Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine, the continental liar from the State of Maine.” )
Raffle:  Mike Thomas (no black marble), Ben Hill and David Moreland

Reported by Alan Galbraith
Open Meeting (No Speaker of the Day)
            President Joice Beatty conducted an open meeting that started with a report from Club members (Matt Endriss, Justin Meyer, and John Muhlner) who attended the District Assembly in Ukiah.  John and Justin stressed the importance of proper youth certification of Club members to minimize legal risk in “one-on-one” situations.    Matt reflected on Rotary’s larger sense of purpose, as addressed by the District Governor during the assembly.  His overall theme was peace, including in the local community.  Matt noted that common concerns were expressed in the breakout sessions: how do we bring energy to our Club?  How do we make outsiders feel welcomed in the Club?  What is next?  Dick Gourley reported on the updating of Clubrunner, with Joice remarking that it looks “modern.”  Roxann Schaubhut reported on the status of monies in the several scholarship funds.   The open meeting closed with a detailed review of Triple Crown History by Roxann and the state of current planning for the Club’s Kentucky Derby Day fundraiser.  A fun statistic: 4180 horses have run in Triple Crown races, 289 have won one race, 52 two races, and 12 the Triple Crown, with 10 0f 12 Triple Crown winners owned by people who bred them. 
Thought for the Day:  Ben Hill: “If everyone is happy with you, surely you have been making compromises in life.  If you are happy with everyone, you have ignored the faults of others.”
Visiting Rotarian: Kathi Polachek
            David Hollister, guest (and father) of Jon Hollister
            Chuck Nile, guest of John Muhlner
            Jennifer Muhlner, guest (and wife) of John Muhlner
            Gemma Youst, guest (daughter) of Steve Yost
Birthday: Joice Beatty
Wedding Anniversaries: 
            Donn Black
            Alan Galbraith
            Andy Bartlett, reciting current travel exploits of former Youth Exchange student Christina Ericson.  He also introduced Interact student (St. Helena High junior) Marieli Rubio who, in turn, advised that she had recently received a $500 award from the Soroptimists which she is evenly dividing between the Interact Club and Project Hope.
Bell Ringers:
            Justin Meyer, in a plea for a host family for a Belgium exchange student.
            Judd Howell, in appreciation for Mike Thomas’s recent letter in the St. Helena Star.
FineMaster: Ben Hill, with tough (and arguably tricky) questions from the world of rock and roll.  E.g., what is Paul McCartney’s middle name?  Answer: Paul!  What was the birth year of David Lee Roth?  Answer: 1954.
            Rod Ellison (no black marble)
            Jordan Bentley
            Richard Hyde


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. 

Guests: None

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. 


Reported by Alan Galbraith
Speaker of the Day:  Our speaker of the day, vigorously introduced by Donn Black, was Concord Club Rotarian and former Catholic Missionary Priest Michael Barrington.  He regaled us with vivid tales from his ten years in the Diocese of Makurdi, Nigeria.  He was there in the late 1960s and 1970s during a period of exceptional violence, as Biafra Province sought to separate from the rest of Nigeria.  Oil was at the root of the conflict in a federal/state confrontation, won by the State.  His posting was in the war zone.  He was fortunate to survive – and much aided by his language skills, especially in the Hausa dialect.  His experiences are brought together in his book, The Bishop Wears No Drawers.  The title is a metaphor for taking the reader behind the scenes. 
Thought for the Day:  Kelly Crane, taking inspiration from the baseball season soon upon us:  E.g., Babe Ruth: “Every strike brings you closer to the next homerun; Ted Williams: “Baseball is the only endeavor where you succeed three out of ten times and your performance is good.”
Birthday: Justin Meyer
Anniversary:  Tim Doran (Rotary)
  • 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.             
Bell Ringers:
  • Kelly Crane, in celebration of the marriage of his oldest son.
  • Judd Howell, in appreciation for support for the work of Wildlife Animal Rescue.          
FineMaster:  Joice Beatty, generally stumping the members with questions about the forthcoming Kentucky Derby Fundraiser (e.g., who is the beneficiary ((answer: ”Pre-School for All”)) and also the Golf Fundraiser( same question (answer: Hybrid Cardiac Operating Room at St. Helena Hosptical)).
Raffle: Mike Thomas (no black marble), Alan Galbraith and Michele Neumann

Reported by Alan Galbraith
Speakers of the Day: 
Our speaker of the day was Calistoga Rotarian Dr. Frank Leake, enthusiastically introduced by Donn Black.  Dr. Leake spoke about the Rotaplast program, which though its own entity has had a long affiliation with Rotary, not just from financial support but also in Rotarian involvement.  Today, it runs fourteen trips a year, each of about two-weeks duration.  Its principal goal is to fix cleft lips and palates in children in some of the poorest countries in the world (e.g., in Central America and Bangladesh).  Each trip consists not just of surgeons and nurses but also of other volunteers who are trained to perform various needed tasks (e.g., managing medical records, sterilizing instruments, and so forth).   The lives of children, often ostracized, undergoing the surgeries are changed forever.  The concentrated effort brought immediate results, apparent in the appreciation of parents.  Dr. Leake illustrated the work of a team through a remarkable series of photographs that highlighted the appearance of children before and the after their operations.  The overall theme: “Saving smiles, changing lives.”
Thought for the Day: Father Mac:  He reminded us of the approach of Easter Sunday, giving thanks for living in paradise and blessing homes, families, friends, and the Club.
Visiting Rotarians: Frank Leake, Calistoga Club and Richard Testa, Calistoga Club
Birthdays:  Orville Hammer, Steve Yost
  • 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.
RaffleWendell Dinwiddie (no black marble), Ted Bystrowski, and Father Mac.
Bell Ringers: Ben Hill, in appreciation for the return of Joice Beatty.
FineMaster:  Ben Hill, with such teasers as what was the first domesticated bird (a goose), why does a duck’s quack not echo (“no one knows”), and what is the only metal not solid at room temperature (mercury).

Reported by Alan Galbraith
Speakers of the Day:  Our speakers were Andy Bartlett, Oliver Caldwell, and Mike Thomas.  They presented their plan entitled “Rebuild St. Helena” Plan.  The Plan entails the sale of the City-owned Adams Street property to a hotel developer for a five-star hotel.  They propose that the City-owned Lyman Park and City Hall be redeveloped with a small recreation center (“Lyman Hall”) toward the back of Lyman Park and a Community Center with second-floor City offices on the City Hall site.  The details for their plan can be found at  The site features a video illustrating their vision/plan.
Thought for the Day:  Rod Ellison: “Don’t give up; the last key on the ring opens the door.”
            Scott Anderson, guest of Tim Doran
            Oliver Caldwell, Shannon Kuleto, and Anne Thomas, guests of Mike Thomas
Birthdays: Charles Bell, Helen Hendrick, Orville Hammer
  • 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.
Bell Ringers:  Justin Meyer, in anticipation of his forthcoming service trip to Brazil.
FineMaster:  Jordan Bentley, with widely divergent trivia, mostly stumped her victims.  She did begin with an easy one: “Which State is closes to Russia?”  Sarah Palin would have no problem with that!


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

Bell Ringers:

  • 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"


Reported by Jonathan Hollister
Speaker of the Day:  Ben Hill gave a talk about a fundraising effort at the St. Helena Hospital in order to become a destination for patients suffering from atrial fibrillation.  Outside of St. Helena, the closest medical center offering this specialized surgery is in Sacramento.  St. Helena Hospital Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Gan Dunnington is one of few surgeons specializing in the treatment of atrial fibrillation through a minimally invasive surgical procedure — called vats maze.  Atrial fibrillation is an electrical disorder of the heart that causes an irregular and often rapid heart rate. The condition can be caused by high blood pressure or abnormal heart valves, while some patients have no apparent causes. Symptoms of atrial fibrillation include heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and weakness.  Among doctors, atrial fibrillation is often described as an “irregularly irregular heartbeat.”  During the vats maze, a thoracoscopic surgery, four tiny incisions are made on each side of the chest. Small, lighted instruments are then used to create lesions on the heart, which makes scar tissue that blocks the electrical short-circuits causing the irregular heart rhythm.  The operation takes about two and a half hours and is followed by a hospital stay of three to four days. The majority of patients immediately notice a difference in their mental clarity and energy level. It can take patients “a couple weeks” to “a couple months” after surgery to resume their normal activities.  Left untreated, atrial fibrillation can lead to stroke and heart failure.  Please support the efforts of St. Helena hospital to expand their cardiac unit to offer this important medical treatment option.
Visiting Rotarians: Kathi Polacheck of Donora, Pennsylvania and also Lynn Cederquist of the Calistoga Rotary Club.
Guests: Joel Dickerson of Madrone Engineering.
Birthdays / Anniversary: 
Club anniversaries include:  Steve Ebersole (12 years), Jon Hollister (4 years)
  • 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
  • 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.
Raffle Winners:  Dave Brotemarkle, Kelly Crane, and Norm Mitroff were all raffle winners.
Bell Ringers:  Suzanne Rada encourages members to join her and Dr. Richard Hyde for a five day tour of Washington D.C. led by Dr. Richard Hyde April 4-9.  The tour will highlight many historical sites and will be timed perfectly with the cherry blossom scenery.  Please talk to Suzanne if you are interested in joining this fabulous tour of D.C.
Finemaster:  Don Thomas, Paul Dean, Norm Mitroff, Father Mac and Ted Bystrowski were all struck by Margo Kennedy’s shillelagh as she demanded answers and handed out fines amounting to hundreds of Irish pounds for failure to give correct answers as to Irish trivia.

Reported by Jonathan Hollister
Speaker of the Day:  Suzanne Rada gave the club a firsthand account and slideshow of her November 2015 trip to Cuba.  She traveled with her former husband and her two daughters to the island via Mexico City.  Clearance was obtained by the State Department as a family visit.  Her visit was primarily centered in Havana but also included a trip to the city of Trinidad.  Suzanne had a fabulous time and showed the club many slides of Havana showing the people and events taking place there. Suzanne encourages club members who are interested in traveling to Cuba to consult with her beforehand to plan the best times of year to visit and the best ways to obtain travel and lodging.
Thought of the Day: Matt Endriss gave thanks to have President Joice Beatty return to the club and referenced an inspiring thought from St. Bernard.
Visiting Rotarians: Tom Stimpert, Assistant Governor, from the Calistoga Rotary Club
Guests: None
Birthdays / Anniversary: 
Club anniversaries include:  Dewitt GARLOCK (9 years), Justin Meyer (1 year) and Gary Jaffee (13 years)
  • 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.
Raffle Winners:  Paul Dean, Christine Hayne, and Jon Hollister were all raffle winners.
Bell Ringers:  None
Finemaster:  None

Reporter: Cindy Warren
Program: RYLA Leadership Camp 2015 at Westminster WoodsSophie Bunge and Marieli Rubio
Sophie and Marieli showed a slide show and told us about their experience at the RYLA Leadership camp last summer. Camp leaders are all former attendees. The girls had a wonderful experience getting to know other RYLA members. Activities included: Keynote Speakers, Talent Show, Career Night,,Hiking and Tournaments. 
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. 
Guests: John Hendrick, guest of Helen Hendrick. Ann Thomas, guest of Mike Thomas. April Duge, guest of Michele Neumann. Jennifer Phillips and Chris Patrick, guests of Andy Bartlett
Visiting Rotarians: Kathi Polacheck
John Muhlner served as acting President for Joice Beatty 
  • 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


Welcome Jim Smith!
St. Helena Rotary Club is very pleased to announce that our new President for FY 2016-2017 is Jim Smith.
Jim is a long-time native of St. Helena, and an active leader in our community.
He was the Innkeeper and Owner at the renowned Wine Country Inn until April 2016,  
Jim is the author of "40 Years An Innkeeper" and is recognized as a thought leader on hospitality excellence.
Today, Jim is Owner-Operator at Blue Jeans Hospitality Consulting.
Jim's focus this year will be Clean Water in addition to our current initiatives in the community.
We are excited to have him leading the Club and look forward to a fun and productive year!
Congratulations Jim!
Jack C. Morgan Joins St. Helena Rotary Club
St. Helena Rotary Club is very pleased to announce that Jack C. Morgan has joined the Club. Jack was sponsored by longtime member and St. Helena resident Donn Black. Jack is President of Scripps Enterprises, Inc. and his member classification is Newspaper Publishing. 
Jack is a longtime Rotarian having served with Rotary Clubs in Klamath Falls, Oregon and Hanford, California. We are delighted to have Jack as a member of our Club, and look forward to working with him as we serve the Napa Valley Community.