Rotary Club of Orangevale

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Fridays 7:00am
9272 Greenback Lane
Orangevale, CA 95662 

A Message from Our President

  Bud Walmer 2014/15

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Orangevale! This year we are striving to aid families in our Orangevale area, as well as supporting Rotary’s projects worldwide. One of my priorities is helping to enlarge the Orangevale Food Bank. Our community still has a number of families that need the food bank’s support, not only for food, but also for daily supplies to fulfill family needs. Another area where we want to continue helping is to aid the schools in our community, from K-12.

Our members range from business owners, managers, retired business people, and young professionals. Our club was founded in 1960. Orangevale Rotary has won numerous awards every year at out District Conference for our outstanding achievements through the years. There are several avenues of service available for our members to contribute their time and talents. There is Club Service, which plans our social activities within the club for all of our members and their families. Vocational Service supports the work of others in our community for the work that they have accomplished. We also hear from our members frequently as they share their vocations and interests with other Rotarians. The avenue of Community Service reaches out a hand in providing financial help and labor to complete projects that make Orangevale a better place to live.

There are hands-on activities in our New Generations committee, which works with youth at all school levels. Our International Service members work on funding projects worldwide and even travel to parts of the world to give their own time and effort. International Service, headed by Jim Buntin for several years, has arranged for water wells in many African countries. In South America, many schools have been supplied with books and materials which have been almost non-existent before. Microcredit helps to fund small loans for small business people in Third World countries who need help to get started.

We meet every Friday at 7:00 a.m. at La Placita near Greenback and Walnut, 9272 Greenback Lane. We invite you to come and join us for breakfast and visit with us—starting around 6:30 a.m. Breakfast for new guests interested in learning more about us is "on the house." We also have great speakers on the most up-to-date subjects each week, thanks to our Program Chair, Bryan Daniel. Rotary offers so many ways to give to others and receive the gift of friendship. In addition, there is the true satisfaction of knowing that you are helping those who are in real need.

Hope to see you soon!


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We meet Fridays at 7:00 AM
La Placita Restaurant
9272 Greenback Lane
Orangevale, CA  95662
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Mar 13, 2015
Jim Burling
Pacific Legal Foundation
Mar 20, 2015
Greg Foell
Director, Orangevale Park District

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Investing in the future of Orangevale youth continues to be a top priority of the Orangevale Rotary Club. Following a fine Orangevale Rotary tradition, $3500 was again designated to fund worthy educational grant projects submitted by Orangevale schools. Educational grant applications were sent out in early October and six teachers sent in their applications by the October 31 deadline. Out of the six grant proposals, five were approved and funded. All grant recipients have been invited to attend a November or December Rotary meeting to meet the very generous Rotarians and describe how the funds will be spent.

ROTARY’S SUMMER LEADERSHIP CAMP:  A life-changing experience!
Orangevale Rotary Club invests in the education and future of local youth in so many ways! Dictionaries for all third graders, educational grants for teachers, essay and speech contests, Rotary Youth Exchange,  senior scholarships, and one of the most outstanding youth programs in Rotary -- RYLA.  Three very fortunate junior girls were selected to attend Rotary’s RYLA summer leadership camp.  On August 29 Ysabel Chavez, Kate Baca and Olivia Riehle came to Orangevale Rotary’s breakfast meeting to thank the club for the opportunity to attend the 6 day camp and to tell personal stories about this life-changing experience.
Every spring Rotary Clubs in Rotary District 5180 (the greater Sacramento area) and District 5190 (northern California and Nevada) select 1-2 junior students to sponsor to this 6-day camp offered over 3 different weeks in June and July.  This year Orangevale Rotary sponsored and funded 3 campers for the first time!  Grizzly Creek Ranch located near Portola is the perfect setting for this educational and recreational retreat.  The 1400 acre ranch is surrounded by forest, bluffs, streams and meadows.
Kate, Ysabel and Olivia showed a PowerPoint collage of photos as they shared their adventures and emotional experiences interacting with 90 other campers and camp volunteers/counselors during the week. Divided into teams, students soon bonded and learned to work together and support each other in a variety of character building and fun activities.  Certainly the most challenging was the “ropes course” which focuses on leadership, effective communication, trust and cooperation.  Relying on teammates to give them encouragement, everyone eventually conquered their fears and completed the long obstacle course, ziplining, belaying and walking a tightrope 80 feet in the air!!
Not surprising—Orangevale Rotary’s 3 RYLA campers are all serving in a variety of leadship positions as seniors at Casa Roble.  They will soon be giving a RYLA presentation to the Casa Roble Interact Club to share their personal experiences and promote this amazing program.   Kate, Ysabel and Olivia also hope to volunteer as RYLA counselors next summer.  Once a RYLA camper, always a RYLA camper! 
Tais is Here!!!


Once again the Orangevale Rotary Club was happy to award $6000 in scholarships to five very worthy seniors at Casa Roble and Bella Vista High Schools. Honored at Bella Vista’s Senior Awards Night were Claire Williams ($1000 Laird Smith Community Service Scholarship) and Courtney Reimche ($1500 Academic Scholarship). Three outstanding seniors were awarded scholarships at Casa Roble’s Senior Awards Night: Chris Seeley ($1000 Laird Smith Community Service Scholarship), Nadia Choban ($1500 Academic Scholarship) and Aleksey Navrotskiy ($1000 ROP Scholarship).

Orangevale Rotarians are still on “Cloud Nine”!! 447 tickets were sold for our first crab feed fundraiser at Divine Savior Church on January 25.  Our guests were so impressed with the great food and service, that we expect our second crab feed  scheduled for January 24 next year to sell out!
Casa Roble graduate, Donna Mohr, returned to the Orangevale Rotary Club on Friday, August 9, to thank the Rotarians for sponsoring her as their outbound Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) student to Liege, Belgium (August 2012 to July 2013).  After spending nearly a year in Belgium, Donna had many amazing stories to tell and wonderful slides to show of the exciting, cultural adventure she had experienced.
Continuing to focus on literacy in the Orangevale community, Orangevale Rotary has launched a children’s book drive for August and September.  Rotary’s goal is to collect at least 500 “gently used” or new children’s books to donate to the Orangevale Food Bank which serves 700+ families each month.  Families with children will receive free books as well as food to nourish both their bodies and the love for reading.
Jeff Valtman Proudly Displaying his Awards at the 2013 Presidential Demotion.
Local high school graduates receive scholarships from the Rotary Club of Orangeville. 


1st place: Mark McKibbin with President Ann Hively

2nd place: Kwame Porter
3rd place: Selena Chavez
2 other participants: Ben Schuessler and Olivia Riehle
On February 8 our French Rotary Youth Exchange student, Martin LeNouy, gave a very interesting Power Point presentation on his life in France. What beautiful photos of his region, Brittany, his home and family, and his small town on the coast. Following the presentation, members asked about his experiences to date in California. Jim Shoemake was pleased to hear that he "loves" Casa Roble and prefers school here. One of Martin's best experiences at Casa Roble this year was playing on the school's water polo team -- and earning a "letter"! We learned that Martin has signed up for the baseball team, although he has never played baseball... Yes, our Martin has a very "can do" personality! Martin's family arrives April 19 to spend 2 weeks touring the West with Martin. Our club will be hosting a welcome party for the LeNouy's on April 20. We all look forward to meeting his parents and sister and thanking them for sharing their son with us this year!



Annie Tautz became Orangevale Rotary's newest member!

Annie is in charge of business development at Schaubmayer Painting, Inc.

We're Glad to have Annie in our Organization!

Welcome to our club Annie!



Casa Roble Principal, Jim Shoemake was surpised at the February 8th meeting, to be honored with a plaque and appreciation for his outstanding efforts and accomplishments in his 2 1/2 years as Casa's Principal. Sadly, (for our community) the District has recognized Jim's worth and has rewarded him with an administrative position. Congratulations Principal Shoemake! We look forward to all of the great things that you'll do for San Juan Unified!

Thank you for you service!




 Ottomon teachers and students are the very happy recipients of a Rotary Literacy Grant. Orangevale Rotary was awarded a $2000 grant to purchase sets of leveled readers for the school library.  Since the arrival of the books in October, the children have enjoyed reading the creative stories and varied topics of the many colorful books.



A very big surprise and honor were in store for Brad Squires, Director of the Orangevale Food Bank, at Orangevale Rotary’s January 18 meeting. Brad was invited to attend the meeting to give an update on the progress and needs of the food bank. Following his short presentation, President Ann Hively began sharing a list of Brad’s many philanthropic endeavors both in Orangevale and worldwide, at the end of which he was honored with Rotary’s Citizen of the Year Award and a standing ovation.

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