- President Joice Beatty: Natalie Klug recovering from a skiing accident and Charlotte Williamson from pneumonia. Jim Smith noted that former Rotarian Lisa Marie Anderson is also recovering from a severe skiing accident. The President encouraged members to contribute to the Hayne scholarship through the sign-up sheet. She also circulated a letter of appreciation from dictionary recipients.
- Suzan Rada announced that she has black copper eggs – highly prized literally and figuratively.
- Andy Bartlett reported on Interact Club activities.
- Mike Thomas, in recognition of a memorable trip in the Far East.
- Jordan Bentley, in celebration of the opening of her business office (top floor, Baldwin Building).
- Doug Ernst, in appreciation for his part-time (and hopefully soon full-time) position at Napa Valley College.
- Ted Bystrowski, in honor of Doug Ernst (who is taking a leave from Rotary)
- Far Niente Winery – first “floatovoltaic” system in the world Sutter Home Winery – first large scale fuel cell installation in the wine industry
- Gasser Foundation – first solar power purchase agreement for a small non-profit
- Saintsbury Winery – first solar installation in PG&E’s right-of-way
- United Cerebral Palsy – among the first general market virtual net metering projects
- Napa Education Center – among the first meter aggregation projects
- You can learn more about Récolte Energy at http://www.recolteenergy.com/about.html
- Jim Smith will do an Author Talk at the Rianda House on January 27 at 3:00 pm on his new book “40 Years as an Inn Keeper”.
- Polly Keegan announced that Kal Edwards will be giving a seminar series at the Rianda House called “Renewal is the New Retirement.” The four part workshop takes place from 6:00 – 7:30 pm on February 4, 11, 18, and 25
- A new Rotary scholarship will be established in the name of W. Alston “Otty” Hayne for a high school student with international interests. Donations will be given by club members.
- Suzanne Rada would like all members to attend the Calistoga Theatre Company’s new play, “The Other Place” which will be performed at the St. Helena Presbyterian Church, 1428 Spring St., St. Helena. Ticket price is $25 for adults and $15 for students. On Jan. 21, preview night, tickets are $15. The show runs Jan. 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31, and Feb. 4, 5, 6 and 7. All shows begin at 7 p.m. except Sunday matinees, which begin at 5 p.m. For ticket reservations, call 707-341-3278 or go to CalistogaTheaterCompany.com. Online ticket-holders have priority seating. There will be a post-show discussion with the director and cast.
- Christine Hayne would like to thank the club members and community for attending the memorial service for Alston Hayne that was held on January 16 at Grace Episcopal Church.
- Ron McGowan read a letter from July 15, 1981 written by Stan McGaffrey to Ron’s parents which shed light on the past activities and accomplishments of these important St. Helena Rotarians.
- President Joice Beatty would like all members to log on to Clubrunner and update all of their contact and personal information. This is necessary to accurately report birthdays, anniversaries, addresses and phone numbers.
- Polly Keegan would like all Rotary members to buy tickets for “Bookmark Napa Valley” which is a big fundraising event for the St. Helena Public Library. The event is Sunday, January 31 at 5:30 pm at the Charles Krug Winery.
- President Joice Beatty: 1. The Club would schedule sessions in February and March to discuss Club issues. 2. She continued her plea for the return of the cabinet keys (on a key ring with a monkey). 3. She continued her plea for the return of tablecloths. 4. Members should bring in raffle prizes.
- Justin Meyer advised that there remained openings in a humanitarian trip to Brazil in March.
- Alyssa Samrick expressed her opposition to a private helicopter landing-pad close to her home in east Napa (near the Napa Country Club)
- Christine Hayne reminded that the service for Alston was Saturday at 3:00 at Grace Church. Rotarians should wear their pins.
- June 24, Golf Tournament at Aetna Springs. This event will be hosted by our club, other local service clubs and SH Hospital. The fund will go toward a Hybrid Operating Room at the hospital. Fee is $250 per person. A lunch will follow and tickets just for the lunch will be offered.
- May 7-Kentucky Derby event. The club will host a reception, betting and viewing of the Kentucky Derby. Location to be determined.
- Today's attendance was 27, out of 68 members. The club pays for 50 lunches every week.
Please make attending the meetings part of your New Years Resolutions.
Ted Bystrowski recapped our membership. In 2015 we gained 3 new members, and 4 people left the club. Ideas for increasing membership were discussed, which included:
- Having daycare at meetings to encourage younger members to join.
- Have 3 regular meetings with a speaker and 1 meeting that is social.
- Members are encouraged to bring prospective members to meetings.
- Ted has done an amazing job and needs your help in recruiting new members.
- Joice Beatty-
- Lester Hoel's wife, Uni, fell and broke her back. A get-well card was passed. Lester will be handling her care and any help would be appreciated.
- Joice is looking for the key ring that opens our Rotary area.
- Please return any red tablecloths you may have taken to launder.
- Christine Hayne: Alston Hayne's service is on Sat. Jan. 16th at 3:00, Grace Episcopel Church. Thank you to those Rotarians who have volunteered to bar tenders
- Mary Sikes passed around a SH Star article about our Kenyan water tank project.
- Polly Keegan announced that the SH Library is having a Book Author's Dinner at Charles Krug on Jan. 31. tickets are $150 each. Four authors will attend the event.
- Norm Mitroff just closed escrow on a hone in town, which is available for rent.
- Matt Endriss let us know that Central Valley has been selected as the 2015 Business of the Year. Congrats!
- Margo Kennedy just came back from a People to People trip to Cuba.
- President Joice Beatty advised that District Governor Erin Aaron was requesting our singers at the District Conference.
- Steve Yost advised that Otty Hayne was in deteriorating health.
- Warren Warner advised that September and October billings were delayed due to a computer breakdown, now straightened out, with the bills arriving soon.
- Morm Mitroff passed out raffle tickets for sale by members, with a deadline of December 15. More than 200 remain to be sold.
- President Joice Beatty reminded that the annual Christmas Party would be on December 8 at Merryvale Vineyards.
- Rod Andreae announced that Alyssa Samrick was replacing him on the Vine Trail Board. Alyssa will represent the Napa County Rotary Clubs.
- President Joice Beatty sought volunteers for Christmas wreath hanging on Main Street, Thanksgiving morning, 6:00 a.m.
- Wendell Laidley announced that Cindy Warren had earned her second Paul Harris award.
- Polly Keegan announced the second TG Turkey Trot on TG morning, 10:00 a.m. at Rianda House (sponsored by Rianda House and Friends and Foundation of the St. Helena Library).
- Kathleen Patterson, in celebration of Central Valley’s sixtieth birthday (with many Rotarians in attendance) and St. Helena Hospital fundraising for new imaging equipment.
- Joel Toller, in thanks for a listing reference from David Brotemarkle.
- Jordan Bentley, in thanks for the two-week visit of her son’s paternal grandparents (as the son turns two).
- Rob Andreae, in celebration of daughter Caitlan’s recent creative accomplishments, including a Cleo Award.
- Alyssa Samrick, in appreciation of the soccer accomplishments of her daughter and the entire, awesome team.
- Alan Galbraith, in appreciation for daughter Kate’s recent employment by Politico.
- President Joice Beatty advised that the Club had received notes of thanks for its fire relief contribution and also for its contribution toward roof repairs at Native Sons Hall. She continued her plea for contributions for Napa State Hospital. Joice is in her 22nd year of fund raising for the Hospital’s holiday fund. She also made a strong plea for the prompt return of missing blue table clothes.
- Suzan Rada reminded that today was the last day for signing up for the Christmas Party on December 8 at Merryvale Winery. It is a dressed up affair, with dancing shoes a must.
- Donate money for filters- $50 per filter.
- Go on as trip as a volunteer. Cost is $3,500 per person and includes airfare, all food and lodging.
- Help someone else pay for their volunteer trip.
- Suzan Rada told us about the Rotary Pot Luck held on Sunday at the Pestonis. Lots of Calistogans showed up for food and games.
- We are not dark on Nov. 17th
- Matt Endriss invited everyone to the Central Valley 60th Anniversary Celebration this Sat. Nov. 7, 10:00-5:00. Event is open to the public. Highlights include a car show, food, raffle, BBQ and music. Matt could use some fellow Rotarians as helpers on Saturday. Contact John Muhlner if you are able to help for a few hours.
- Suzan Rada announced the club Xmas party for Tuesday Dec. 8th at Merryvale. There will be live music and a delicious dinner prepared by the Culinary students. Members are encouraged to bring family and friends to this fun event. RSVP on Club Runner
- Mary Sykes is putting together inscriptions for those who purchased water tanks. If you have purchased a tank, pleas let her know what you would like for the inscription.
- Norm Mitroff hocked raffle tickets for our December drawing. You can win big!
- Mary Sykes said dictionaries are labeled and ready to be distributed. If you would like to help distribute them up valley, contact Mary.
Raffle: Ron Magowan, Steve Yost, Dave Moreland
Bell Ringers: Suzan Rada is headed to Cuba this week with her daughter.
Finemaster: Mike Thomas quizzed us on Political Quotes.
- Matt Endriss announced the details of Central Valley’s 60 Anniversary celebrating on Saturday, November 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., including a vintage car show, food (Charlie’s BBQ), music, and an ATV raffle prize (Honda 4x4). The venue is Central Valley, 1100 Vintage Avenue, St. Helena.
- Norm Mitroff touted $800 in Lotto Tickets,
- President Joice Beatty sought more attendees for the October 25 Polio Dinner with the Calistoga Club. She reminded members that we were “black” next Tuesday (October 27).
- Suzan Rada, in appreciation for first and second prizes for her tomatoes that stood out among 100 entrants in this year’s tomato tasting contest.
- Ben Hill and Norm Mitroff, designating Matt Endress and Kathleen Patterson as beneficiaries, in appreciation for the substantial charitable contribution to be made by Central Valley in connection with its 60th celebration.
- The Harvest Festival is this Sat. October17th. Rotary will be selling margaritas and raffle tickets.
- ON Oct. 25th we will partner with the Calistoga Rotary Club to celebrate the eradication of Polio. Pot luck is at 4:00 at Rutherford Grove Winery.
- Kathleen Patterson announced the St. Helena Hospital Auction Gala. Proceeds will go towards a breast cancer machine. Auction items go online October 20th.
- Mary Sikes needs some burly men after the meeting next Tuesday, to help transfer dictionaries from storage to the Wine Country Inn for personalizing.
- Rotary Foundation Dinner is October 24th in Rohnert Park. The Club will pay for you if you choose to go.
Raffle Winners: Lester Hoel, Steve Yost and Margo Kennedy
Bell Ringers: Jim Smith will have a Reading and Book Signing on Thursday Oct. 17 at 7pm. at the St. Helena Library.
Finemaster: Dave Brotemarkle stepped in and quizzed us on Hawaii facts.
- Volunteers are needed to staff the Rotary Booth for the Harvest Festival October 17. The club will sell raffle tickets and margaritas. Please volunteer to take a shift at our table sometime between 10 am and 4 pm.
- All members are invited to attend a picnic with Calistoga Rotary Club to celebrate the end of polio. The picnic will be held at the Rutherford Grove Winery at 3:30 on Sunday, October 25th. We need club volunteers to set up, tear down, and cook the main course of tri-tip steak. Members should bring side dishes to share in a pot-luck style family get-together.
- There will be no Rotary meeting on Tuesday October 27. We will be dark that day.
- Central Valley will be celebrating its 60th Anniversary at the St. Helena store on November 7, 2015 starting at 9:00 am. Our Rotary Club will be selling raffle tickets for a free ATV vehicle as the winning prize. The Club will be entitled to the proceeds from the raffle and members will need to help with selling $20 raffle tickets. If anyone has a classic car or tractor, or access to one, please talk to John Muhlner about possibly parking the vehicle at the store that day as a theme prop.
- Our club will be sponsoring a Christmas Party on Tuesday, December 8th in the evening. The location has not been selected. Please stay tuned for more details.
- Father Mac announced that the Labyrinth being constructed on the Grace Episcopal Church grounds is nearly complete and will be dedicated on November 15th at 10:00 AM. All are welcome as they dedicate this beautiful resource to the spiritual health of the Napa Valley community and all who visit here. See the church website for more information.
- Andy Bartlett, Suzanne Rada, John Muhlner and Jim Smith announced that the St. Helena High School Interact Club is working on raising funds for the What If Foundation. Their goal is to raise another $1,500 for a concrete building in Haiti. Some students will be asking for donations on Halloween night.
- Norm Mitroff returned from a wonderful trip to Washing D.C. to visit his new grandson and immediately upon his return had dental work done by Dr. Rod Ellison. Norm donated $25 to Rod’s Paul Harris and Rod in turn matched this amount.
- Polly Keegan spoke well of Dr. Michael Cleaver and donated $25 to Dr. Cleaver’s Paul Harris.
- Ben Hill was impressed by Father Mac and Grace Church’s work with the Labyrinth and donated $25 to Father Mac’s Paul Harris.
Reporter: Alyssa Samrick
Speaker: Erin Dunn District Governor, District 5130Erin gave a lighthearted and fun presentation on her background as a theater major and graduate of University of Oregon “ Go Ducks”!! Erin shared about her background after college and working in Washington DC and New York City as a Theatrical Press Agent. She has worked on over 100+ Broadway Productions and absolutely loves theater, music and entertainment. After spending years in the big cities Erin realized her deep desire to move back to her home town of Fortuna. Erin loved living in a small town and soon after moving back to Fortuna Erin decided to join Rotary. She became a Rotarian in 2006 and has never looked back, she loves Rotary. In fact, Erin loves Rotary so much, she had buttons made that say I love My Rotary Club and she left them for our group.The theme for the 2015-2016 year is Explore Rotary. Erin talked about her invaluable experiences throughout her years as a Rotarian and her trips to India and Uganda and several District Conferences where she has met so many great Rotarians. She also shared with the group a very candid story about how she never had a desire to be a parent and so she and her partner do not have kids but a few years ago as the club President for Fortuna Rotary, she offered to take their exchange student shopping for shoes for an upcoming school event. Erin went on to say how this experience changed her forever and she realized how taking in an exchange student and getting involved can make all the difference as a Rotarian, she has since housed 5 exchanged students.
- Erin announced a Polio update for District 5130, our district is #1 in Giving for Polio in the 2014 year. *October 24th is Day of Polio around the World.
- Erin is urging our District to partner with other local clubs to form a Rotoract Club for 18-30 year olds, she feels Rotoplast trip and that Rotoplast is a great vehicle for the next Rotoract club.
- Friendship exchange coming up with India, a team of 10 will head to India ( Airfare is at your cost) all other expenses paid by the District.
- Rotary’s International Conference 05/28/16- 6/1/2016 in Soul Korea, open to all Rotarians.Guests: Paul Bystrowski ( Ted’s father), Jeff Stone ( Ted’s uncle), Paul Stone ( Ted’s grandfather) & Carol Gruetzner ( Rianda House)No Birthdays or AnniversariesAnnouncements:
- Carol Gruetzner – Rianda House , announced the Rally4Rianda ( Annual Fundraiser) Saturday October 24thNoon to 3pm. It’s a classic, vintage & luxury car show with Grand Marshall: Elaine Hudson. Local food trucks will be there for yummy snacks, silent auction items with adventures and exciting opportunities and the Dixieland & Jazz music provided by the St Helena Community Band. FREE Admission.
- 10/17/15 – St Helena Harvest Festival, Look out for volunteer opportunities to assist with our Rotary table, serving refreshing spirits.
- Rotary District 5130 Club Conference Save the Date… May 6-8 2016, Napa Ca, at the Napa Valley Marriott for reservations call 707-253-8600
- Saturday….10/10/15 Calistoga Rotary Club Hoedown starts at 5:30 pm, for tickets $75.00 Per. call 942-4179Wendell Laidley awarded Paul Harris Awards to several Rotarians including Polly Keegan, Cindy Warren ( 2nd Paul Harris), Lester Howell, Mike Thomas (4th Paul Harris) Alyssa Samrick & Andy Bartlett ( 5th Paul Harris)
- President Joice Beatty advised that the Lakeport Rotary would be distributing contributions for Valley Fire victims raised through various Rotary Clubs. She also noted that the District Governor would be in attendance next week, starting with the Board meeting at 10:30 at Grace Church.
- Doug Ernst provided an update on the Valley Fire, including that the current count of lost homes stands at 1,238.
- Margo Kennedy, noting that Angwin had a close call, cited three sources of up-to-date information: the CDF Incident Site, the Angwin FD (through its tweets), and Nixle (which provides emergency information).
- Kelly Crane, in appreciation for his recently completed trip to Hawaii (with of course Cynthia Kee)
- Ben Hill, in gratitude for a win in the golf tournament.
- The club has sent $1,000 to the Rotary organization in charge of the Valley Fire relief effort for evacuees. There will likely be more donations going towards this effort. Watch for emails regarding the Rotary effort to help these people.
- The Redwood Credit Union is offering special unsecured loans of up to $5,000 at 0% for 60 days for people displaced by the Valley Fire.
- Eggs can be purchased for $5.00 per dozen.
- Please take a moment to read the letter from the St. Helena High School student who won the Mark Terrell Scholarship.
- The Meru, Kenya water tank project will not be funded by Rotary International so the club is seeking support from District 5130 and may seek out other clubs in the District to join this effort.
- Volunteers are needed to staff the Rotary Booth for the Harvest Festival October 17. The club will sell raffle tickets and margaritas.
- Byran Remer is happy to announce that he purchased a new house in the Silverado Country Club.
- Cyndi Warren announced the birth of a new grandson, and the wedding of her daughter.
- Ben Hill is asking for volunteers for the service club team. Last year the club won an award for its service team and this year we need more volunteers to help out. Contact Ben Hill to find out more.
- President Joice Beatty is going to have the service roster re-written and updated to reflect actual available volunteers.
- Linda Andreae’s mother passed away recently and we need to give some support to Rob during this difficult time. The Native Son’s Hall is getting a new roof and the club is going to contribute $400 towards the roofing cost.
- Building Career tech
- Preparing a STEM workforce ( Science, Tech, Engineering, Math)
- Expansion of Culinary and Viticulture classes
- Interest in creating the only " Hops to Beer" courses in CA
We are blessed to have this wonderful asset in our community.
- Jordan Bentley gave us an update on exchange student Gabby. She left for Switzerland and is doing well. Lina is arriving this weekend and will be hosted by Jon Hollister and his family.
- President Joice Beatty announced our $530 donation to the Salvation Army Wi-Fi project for their Canteen truck. The truck goes to remote areas and enables people to come in and use the wi-fi and internet.
- The Tooth Fairy dollars that were collected went towards a man's dentures and a woman who had not been cared for properly in 3 weeks. A caregiver came in and helped her bathe.
- Suzan Rada said there are no eggs as the egg supplier lives in the area of the devastating fire. Did someone say "fried eggs"!
Raffle Winners: Ben Hill, Margo Kennedy, Richard Hyde
Finemaster: David Brotemarkle, "My Tour of France" Dave quizzed us on interesting facts from his recent trip to France.
- Natalie Klug rode in a bike race through Sebastopol and met Joanie McQuiddy's daughter at a fruit stand.
- Suzan Rada gave Mike Thomas $5 for his job as finemaster last week.
- David Moreland announced that he has 20 cases of wine to sell at $12 per bottle, proceeds will go to the Rotary Foundation. Contact him if you are interested.
- President Joice Beatty announced each member is required to bring two raffle prizes to the club valued at approximately 25 dollars each. Deadline is September 31 to bring your prizes or be fined.
- Suzanne Rada announced she has fresh eggs for sale at $5 per dozen.
Yvonne has been involved with the well-being of seniors for a long time. Fifteen years ago she started the magazine/ directory " Born to Age" as a resource for older adults and their caregivers. Topics include: Estate planning; end-of-life issues; dementia; long-term care, hoarding, medical cannibis, etc.
Medical equipment donations can be dropped off at : 3205 Montclair Ave, Napa (across form Queen of the Valley hospital)
- Tom Stumpert, Calistoga Club (and a past president)
- Michelle Locsin, San Jose Club
- Tessi Hanson of Napa, guest of Michelle Locsin
- Queen Ann Damoe of Denmark (past exchange student), guest of Natalie Klug
- President Joice Beatty advised that good tickets were for sale for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera on September 17, which is being promoted at least in part by Napa Rotary. Contact Karen Hunt: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Wendell Laidley asked that members attend the Frog’s Leap Peach Festival on July 25, with proceeds from ticket sales going to the UpValley Family Centers – but only if they are mentioned when buying tickets. Contact Wendell (968-9594) with any inquiries.
- Norm Mitroff in appreciation for member support during his presidency.
- Mike Thomas in atonement for a hacked email (a plea for money to depart the Philippines)