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Rotary Tuesday Meeting

Welcome to Rotary Club of Sacramento!

Sacramento

1451 River Park Dr. #, Sacramento, CA 95815

916-929-2992....916-929-2299fax

We meet Tuesdays at 12:10 PM
The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Ballroom
600 Alhambra Blvd.
Sacramento, CA  95816
United States of America
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President Jim Leet’s (Boutin Jones Inc.) term kicked off with many heartfelt testimonials from family and colleagues, some terrific fellowship, and a whole lot of rock & roll! Emcee for the day Dick Osen, called the meeting to order at 12:10 p.m. and announced the presentation of the 2019-20 Trustees of the Foundation;  Becki Roberts (Central Valley Community Bank) – President, Rick Davis - Vice President, Linda Geery (Gilbert Associates, Inc.) – Treasurer, Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak), Rick Osen (Sutter Builders, Inc.), Len McCandaliss, Larry Gilzean (Spare Time Sports Clubs), Virginia Wade, Mike Gilligan, Ted White (Sacramento Delta Property Management), Jamie Furlong (Legacy Investment Real Estate), Bob Daly (Financial Network Wealth Advisors),  and Officers of the Club; Kathe Nathan (Merchants Bank of Commerce) – Treasurer, LaToya Wong – Secretary, Heidi Hershenhouse, Jonathan Marz (Terrapin Technology Group), Kelley Moran (Moran & Associates), Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products), John Wood (McGee & Thielen Insurance Brokers) , Margo Fowkes (OnTarget Consulting, Inc.),  Kathy Herrfeldt (Home Care Assistance), Jackie Kirkwood (Goodwin Cole Company), Todd Koolakian (Sacramento Children's Home), John Phair concluding with President-Elect Kevin Smith Fagan (KVIE Public Television), and your 2019-20 President Jim Leet.
 
 
 
MEETING SPONSOR
 
Meeting Sponsor Ed Wright (Attorney, Martensen Wright PC) donated his time to the B Street Theater, represented by Lindsay Burch.  In 2018, B Street moved to its brand new, state-of-the-art-complex: The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for Performing Arts, which has enabled them to double the number of children they are able to serve. Since 1986 1.5 million kids have benefited from B Street’s programming, and this summer their reach goes international as children in Beijing will get to experience their performance of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – part of an international arts festival.
 
 
ENTERTAINMENT
 
During lunch the Rotary Rockers (Kevin Smith-Fagan, John McIntyre (Mercy Foundation), Kevin Williams (KVIE), Mark Luhdorff (ANPAC Bio), Jeff Stone (HUB International) and Tom Bacon (BCRE - Bacon Commercial Real Estate) returned with four crackerjack performances, leading off with “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” to remind us all that you “don’t mess around with Jim.”  They then paid homage to President Jim’s profession with the Beatles’ “Taxman,” set him up for a year of great expectations and successes with the Eagles’ “New Kid in Town,” and wrapped up with Boz Scaggs’ “Lido Shuffle.”
 

 
As a new Rotarian, I participated in the dictionary distribution at Oakridge grade school.  As we paased out these dictionaries, I noted one child had his head on the desk.  The teacher explained that his father was in prison and his mother just learned that she had terminal cancer.  He wondered where he was going.  I spoke to the psychologist about him and the discussion quickly expanded to what did these children need.  The psychologist said they needed to have empathy.  With the pressures of poverty, children were surviving and thankful that whatever bad happened that it did not happen to them.  If it happened to someone else it was not their problem.  The psychologist said that the children need empathy to learn.
 
Since I am not an educator, I researched her conclusion and wondered whether empathy was teachable.  I discovered that empathy was teachable.  So, with the permission of the principal and with the support of the psychologist, I put together a plan with the help of the Grace Foundation to match emotionally injured children at the school with emotionally injured horses that the Grace Foundation had saved.  The school district needed $100 per student to pay for the bus from the school to El Dorado Hills.  I asked my Rotary Club to finance putting children on a bus as we had raised the basic costs for the program.  The hands went freely up and in five minutes, we had enough for the pilot program for these kids.  That was my Rotary moment of trust and gratitude for my club members trusting that the program would benefit these children.
 
In this program, the children chose the horses to work with and visited with them once a week.  Each child was learning how to interact with the horse and learn science lessons from it, such as measuring the horse’s heartbeat then walking with the horse and measuring the heartbeat again. 
 
I leave you with one story of a child’s behavior.  A child’s horse was a partner of a blinded donkey.  The donkey had eyes removed because of mistreatment occurring before abandonment. The donkey was hitting his head against the fence when the child’s horse was removed to be with the child.  The child saw what was happening and offered to give up the horse so that the donkey could have his partner again.  The child gave up what he had that day the horse, the expectations and the fun, so that the donkey could stop suffering.  Rotarians’ generosity created the circumstance for that child to feel the discomfort of others as more important that what was his. 
 
That is the day I felt the Rotary spirit and became a Rotarian believing that together we can make a difference.
 
I am reminded a response from Mother Theresa when someone said that her work with the poor in India was just a drop in the ocean.  Her response was:  “Then the ocean is one drop greater, isn’t it!”  So it is with Rotary’s efforts locally, nationally and internationally, to transform the world one individual at a time.
 The weekly meetings of the Rotary Club of Sacramento are at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, located at 600 Alhambra Blvd; Parking is on 30th Street, Sacramento, CA 95816.   
 
 
 
 
 
The Roster is provided for the members of The Rotary Club of Sacramento.

It is intended for the social and business use of our members and shall not be loaned or given to non-members.
It is not to be used by members in any form of mass mailing or mass electronic communication without the permission of the individual members.
Please be sure to inform the Rotary Office of any address, phone, fax or e-mail changes.
 
Don't Forget...
The Roster is provided for the members of The Rotary Club of Sacramento.

It is intended for the social and business use of our members and shall not be loaned or given to non-members.
It is not to be used by members in any form of mass mailing or mass electronic communication without the permission of the individual members.
Please be sure to inform the Rotary Office of any address, phone, fax or e-mail changes.