Orangevale Rotary

We Meet Friday Mornings, 7:00am at La Placita Mexican Restaurant
 
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A Message from Our President
 Russ Rheams 2016-2017
 
  I am happy to say that I have the best job in Rotary—Orangevale Club President.  When I look at our club members, I see a dedicated group of people willing to give of themselves to help our community and the world.  The things that we are accomplishing together are mind-boggling.  Dictionaries for every Orangevale third grader.  $6,000 in college scholarships for local high school seniors.  Help for the Orangevale Food Bank, the Orangevale Library, women’s empowerment groups, Special Olympics, and the homeless.   Christmas baskets for the needy.  American River Bike Trail cleanup.  Recognition of community leaders.  And that’s only local.
 
  Internationally, we assist the Flying Samaritans in their efforts to bring medical service to our neighbors to the south.  Micro loans to women in third world countries to help them start their own businesses and become independent.  Purchase and help distribute wheelchairs in other countries.  And our biggest of all—eradicate polio everywhere in the world!  After almost thirty years, the job is almost done.
 
  Mainly, though, this job is wonderful because I look around and see more than thirty people who have become a second family to me.  As one new member once commented, “This is far beyond a club; it’s a real community.”  Each week, we get up at a terrible hour to go to a meeting at 7 am on Friday, but there are no complaints.  Instead, we laugh and have the best time of our lives because we enjoy our time together so much.
 
If you enjoy laughing and doing good for your fellow man, I hope you will join us for breakfast one Friday morning. After that, I hope you will consider sharing your talents as we do some good in the community.  Be prepared, though; it is addicting.

 

 
Speakers
Upcoming Speakers
Sep 02, 2016
Mark Davidson
The History of Orangevale
Sep 09, 2016
Trudy Harris
Team Giving
Sep 16, 2016
Clay Sigg
Hometown Heroes
Sep 23, 2016
Gabrielle Hawkins
My Year in Belgium as a Rotary exchange student
Past Speakers
Aug 26, 2016
Ann Hively
Her trip with Flying Samaritans in San Quintin
Aug 19, 2016
Christopher Trews
Orangevale Library
 
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Recent Happenings
What a delightful, heart-warming Canine Companion For Independence vocational tour was enjoyed by 6 Rotarians last Friday morning after the meeting!  Thanks to Vocational Chair Patty Wolff and the warm welcome from Joan and Jim Buntin, we were able to step inside the puppies’ garage play enclosure and hold the 8 adorable puppies in our arms! The 6 yellow/2 black five-week old Labrador puppies greeted us with licks and nibbles on our toes! When Patty sat down on the floor she soon had 4 puppies in her lap! What fun for all of us!
 
After this wonderful “glimpse” into the training of Canine Companion puppies, I asked Jim and Joan to explain more about this amazing program to which Joan has dedicated so much loving care and training throughout the past 21 years. Here’s what Jim replied.
 
 
Twenty-seven years ago, in the Fall of 1989, our club joined the Citrus Heights Rotary club in sponsoring an RYE student from Hinnerup, Denmark. Anna Brams lived in the homes of two Citrus Heights Rotarians and one Orangevale Rotarian over the course of the school year. Anna attended Bella Vista High School, and became fast friends with our family and our daughter Jodi.

 
 
We have a new club photo!  As usual, we may to Photoshop some (missing) members in, perhaps floating in space, but we are happy to have recognized Jesse and Aileen from La Placita, as well as our RYE student, Malu.
 
 

 
 
 
 

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