Club Executives & Directors
Someone famous once said, "Into every life a little rain must fall..." I believe it was the same guy who invented Club Assembly. Luckily the meeting started late so it limited the punishment, but to be truthful about the whole affair, it was well run and timely, since our Crab Feed is coming up in just a few months and we need to get a head start on putting on our biggest fundraiser of the Rotary year. To start off, we were warmly greeted by Jerry Smuts' greeter stand-in, Navin Naik, since Jerry was pulling duty as Treasurer wannabe at the door in Pat Orelli's absence.
Greetee Steve and greeter Navin
Apparently consorting with convicted felons isn't a thing anymore
"You're kidding, right? You never heard of Pajaro Dunes?!?!?!?"
Good job, door crew...:-) At the President's request Merlin Mauk got us started off on the Pledge. President Sean then asked Neil Orchard to lead the song, a job Neil takes to like Donald Trump and Rosie O'Donnell stuck in an elevator together, and then after the usual awkward standing moment and a quote from Teddy Roosevelt (something along the lines of , "Who's your daddy?") we were all allowed to sit and have conversations and victuals. The lovely Jan provided us with chicken and pasta, accompanied by salad, rolls, drinks and the oh so delicious chocolate chip cookies.
Raise your hand if you'd buy a used car from this man...
Naturally this pleasant state of affairs couldn't last, and sure enough the prez stepped into the void and threw down some announcements. Here's the gist of several of them:
1. Along with a number of other volunteer groups, a bunch of our guys stepped up to the plate, so to speak, and helped out with the Thanksgiving food distribution project at the Cordova Food Locker on the 21st.
We're from the IRS and we're here to help...
Thanks go out to Ross Johnson and all the folks who showed up to help.
2. Christmas tree lighting ceremony went off on a somewhat muddy pitch on the 27th and we had folks there as well.
3. December 16 is going to see the Club Christmas party at the Johnsons. IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE: Don't forget to RSVP to said Johnsons so they know how many to prepare for. Rumor is you can bring your own wine to the affair.
4. December 19 is the Christmas Food Basket project over at the Cordova Food Locker and again we're all invited to go help out.
5. Jan 3 John Germ (that's Mr President to you neophytes) will be speaking in San Jose. You're all invited to go.
6. Jan 28 is going to be the date of our annual Charter Night celebration (58 years in business in R.C.... woo hoo!!!) Location details to follow...
7. February 18 is our 23rd Annual Crab Feed and it is going to require all of us to pitch in and help out in one capacity or another.
8. In an unscheduled announcement, Brud Dufficy highlighted the state of the dictionaries (they're not here yet, but have been paid for , so they could arrive any time. Be ready and be flexible.)
9. B Street Theater play writing workshops in the schools are in progress. This is a hoot: if you can attend one of the workshops and just observe, you'll see the energy that the actors bring to the project and to the kids.
Well, that seemed to wrap up the announcing so we went directly to the weekly drawing and since Ray was not in attendance, it was a foregone conclusion that whoever got their name picked would go home no richer than when they arrived. Well it was Bob McBee whose number got punched and sadly (for Bob anyway) the $96 survived to fight another day. Hard cheese, Robert.
Next Sgt Ross came up, again replacing Sgt Beth,and began by nailing the lates: President Sean's meeting start, Chase, Mel and the Sarge himself. Chase garnered some extra attention for the Food Locker project and then the Sarge noted that he had received a $1000 donation from the daughter of one of our Rotarians, Paul Schubert. Paul's daughter, Misty, surprised a lot of people by her very generous gift to the food locker. One might surmise that Paul and Donna raised her right...:-) Next Neil paid for a trip to the Pajaro Dunes where the Orchards celebrated Thanksgiving.
That was it for the Sarge, so the President smoothly transitioned to the meat of our Club Assembly: talking about our upcoming Crab Feed. After a brief membership report by Secretary Tracy (27 and holding... for the moment)
"Watch it , pal, or I'll give you the back of my hand!"
and an abbreviated treasurer's report (in Pat Orelli's absence) and a delightfully delivered membership recruiting report by our Past President, it was on to the meat of the assembly. First on the agenda was a discussion led by Crab Feed Chair, Paul Schubert on whether we should outsource the kitchen to St John's and have Linda Condon do all the food ordering and preparation (and kitchen cleanup.)
Crab Feed? I'm all ears...
After lively discussion, the Club voted to go ahead with it. Next item was pricing and again after some spirited discussion, it was voted on and decided to raise the ticket price from last year's $45 to $50 this year. Tom Redmon said he would get on the Grapevine to see about getting ad space for the event, and finally chairman Paul mentioned that not all committee chairs had been filled yet, so come ready to next week's meeting prepared to sign up for your work detail of choice.
We were already over our allotted time, so when the prez adjourned the meeting, the room cleared as if Typhoid Mary had just arrived. Good meeting.
Has it occurred to anyone other than your journalist that you never see President Sean and Donald Trump at the same time? Just sayin'... In any event, we were warmly greeted at the door by Jerry Smuts' stand-in, Navin Naik, as Jerry stood by and observed. Nicely done, Jer...
"Like my new ring?"
Dr Merlin Mauk got the call to lead the Pledge, a job he takes to like a fly to a horse barn. Then our musical director, Dr. Bob Adam got the call (again) to lead us in song and as the late great Vince Lombardi once said, "We may play like hell in the beginning, but we finish strong!" Among our Rotary visitors today was Craig Stevenson from South Sacramento, who admitted to being an attorney, a somewhat risky move in our Club if you don't want to sit alone. Also in attendance was Rotaract President Sondra Wildmon, who delivered part of the program later in the meeting.
"I am the President!"
Lunch was Dave Maestas' famous meat loaf with mashed taters and salad, followed by apple pie and it was delicious.
Chow hound central...
As one has come to expect, we had more announcements than Carter ever had Little Liver Pills. Here's a few:
1. Nov 21 - Thanksgiving Food Basket at the Cordova Food Locker - volunteers needed - sign up with Brud
2. Nov 22 - We're dark (i.e. no meeting that week - if you show up anyway, it's going to get expensive...)
3. Nov 27 - Christmas Tree Lighting at Village Green Park
4. Dec 16 - Christmas Party at the Johnson's
5. Jan 28 - Club Charter Night at a location TBD (that makes 57 years in business in Rancho Cordova)
6. Feb 18 - Crab Feed at St John Vianney - start lining up your ticket sales
Call it what you want; I call it a cabal...
Next up was the weekly payday for Ray Wyatt, but apparently the $80 pot wasn't large enough for Ray to bother with, so it turned out to be Jerry Smuts who pulled the white ball, just to build some momentum for Ray when it gets up around $500 or so. Tough luck, Jerry.
Another lost opportunity, but Ray will thank you for it, Jerry
About that time,the Prez got up to introduce Ross Johnson as the stand-in Sarge for Beth, but Ross had vacated the room, so Sondra Wildmon got up and brought us up to speed on what Rotaract at Sac State has been up to, and it's been a lot, from working with United Way on an urban garden (they rounded up 82 volunteers!), marketing Rotaract to the students on campus and adopting a polling station as a fund raiser. Well done, Sondra and Rotaract.
This just screams "Conspiracy to defraud!"
Well, the Sarge suddenly reappeared and it was off to the races. 1. Ray admitted to being elected to the Rules Committee of the Senior Legislature; 2. Navin paid for a 'big event' which he was reticent to share; 3. Chase Armer's son Trevor took his dad to the cleaners during a recent soccer game, where Trevor blocked 17 goal attempts (at $1 per save); nice going, Chase; 4. the big guy paid for a successful election; 5. Bob Adam paid for his grandson's recent success in woodworking; 6. Clarence crowed about Marshall's big win over the weekend against the Eskaton Warriors from St Petersburg; 7. Sean paid for being a Cowboys fan (Jerry Jones to his young grandson, "Bobby, what do you want for your birthday?" Bobby, "Grampa, I want a Mickey Mouse outfit!" Jerry, "Sorry, Bobby, I already own the Cowboys..."); 8. Sgt Ross fessed up to blowing it out his ... eye, when he oversped his horn during a recent concert and it turned a nasty red...; 9. Ross MacCarty threw in $4 for some unspecified violations, well... unspecified until Sgt Ross reminded him of a Community Corps faux pas; 10 . Merlin paid for a family reunion; 11. and then Tracy paid for her joy at finding out there is no meeting next week.
Former prison guard delights in 'punishment'...
12. Tom Redmon chipped in in sympathy for Tracy having to sit next to Pat Orelli during meetings and it then turned out that she likes it over there... (so she's the one...); 13. Brett Shreiner chipped in for being happy generally (don't ask); 14. Pat Orelli threw down some bucks for being outed by the ever popular "Accounting Today" magazine which said that if you follow the Rotary 4-Way Test, you can be arrested for not using GAAP; 15. President Sean bled a little for Golden State Water's press coverage of a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway; 16. Brud paid for his personal hero becoming President-Elect and that was about it.
We were scheduled to hear (and see) Courtney Blake from the Sacramento Kings (their new point guard?), but she failed to materialize, so the President, well known for his flexibility in such situations, invited his predecessor to come up and deliver the first of two classification talks. Well, the big guy did just that,reminiscing about his trials and tribulations in the service of his country and his transition to the financial business at the close of his military career. It was pretty dull stuff, but it was last-minute. At the conclusion of his remarks, Ross MacCarty got up and regaled the crowd with a report on our Rotary Community Corps program. Well done. Neither speaker got any kind of remuneration in the form of, say, a coffee mug, but they were happy to participate as are all true Rotarians. With that, the room cleared as if Two Ton Baker had just broken wind.
You call this a board?!?!?!?
There was a board meeting after the Club meeting and some highlights emerged:
1. According to Secretary Tracy, we are holding steady at 27 members
2. According to Membership Chair Chapman, we are trying to expand our social media presence as a way to attract folks to our Club. We currently have a prospective member waiting in the wings to join (more details after she's published)
3. Tom Redmon and Brett Shreiner are going to confab to optimize our Facebook page (if you know anything about Facebook, I'm sure they'd love your assistance)
4. Treasurer Pat says it's a good thing the Crab Feed is coming up because the Club treasury can stand some replenishing. Also, Pat recommended we move our bank account to a closer location now that Linda Aseltine, our personal banker, has retired
5. Club Admin Chief Brett Shreiner is going to coordinate speakers with Anthony and Bob McBee going forward
6. Community /Service Chair Brud says the B Street Theater project is in full swing, as is the Dictionary project (dictionaries by Thanksgiving?... perhaps)
7. International Service Chair Navin Naik updated us on the water filter project in his native India (it's very close) and also volunteered to be our new Club Scholarship Chair.
8. Foundation Chair Clarence expressed his pleasure at the Club's donations thus far to the Rotary Foundation. With a goal of $6750, we have already collected $5150! Kudos to you Rotarians out there who are confirming your commitment to improving our world.
By this time, it appeared that a number of board members were suffering from 'flat butt syndrome', so when Clarence moved for adjournment, the 'ayes' were not only unanimous, but loud... Good meeting.
As of November 17, here are our members who are already Sustaining Paul Harris Fellows for the year:
Dr. Bob Adam
(We're 18 out of 31 members so far... let's keep it up)
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