Posted by Kevin Smith-Fagan on Feb 07, 2019
It was a boisterous time at the weekly club luncheon, but it began on a somber note.
President Diane Woodruff shared the sad news that longtime club member Bob Gaines had passed away. The club observed a moment of silence in his honor. Services for Bob will be held on February 24 at 3pm at Trinity Cathedral.
Rotary Youth Exchange chair John McIntyre (Mercy Foundation) introduced Christian Brothers high school senior Eva Anders, who will be our club’s outbound RYE student next year. Eva, who was hoping for South America as her destination, opened the telling envelope to discover she would spend next year in...Brazil!
Meeting sponsor Larry Gilzean presented an overview of Spare Time Clubs and its mission to provide “the best part of a member’s day.” Larry stressed that his eight clubs (plus tennis center) around the area provide a variety of exercise options - from yoga classes to swimming to basketball to tennis and racquet sports. Being fit, he related, is not a short-term goal but a lifestyle proposition, and Spare Time is a place you can do it.
Blood drive co-chairs Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products) and Kathe Nathan (Merchants Bank of Sacramento) reported that we have made 105 donations and surged ahead of Point West, but that more donations are greatly needed so Rotarians should make sure to sign up.
Past President Brian Van Camp (ADR Services) recounted his thrill-seeking in New Zealand, and backed up his fantastic claims with video footage of his bungee jumps off an Auckland bridge and from the city’s Sky Tower. He contributed $1,000 to the club in recognition, apparently, of surviving. Jeanne Reaves (Jeanne Reaves Consulting) was spotted in a business magazine and was fined by President Diane for it. Chris Ann Bachtel (Exchange Bank) donated to the club in recognition of her 20th year in the club.
Brazil, Bungee, Burlesque, Blood, and Blitzing Kevin Smith-Fagan 2019-02-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Keefer on Jan 31, 2019
From Cupid undies to Olympic softball to fortune cookies, it was just another routine club luncheon under the refined leadership of President Diane Woodruff.
Meeting sponsor Amanda Merz of SAFE Credit Union provided an upbeat presentation about SAFE’s deep involvement in the community. SAFE supports veterans and financial education in the community including high school students. Also, SAFE provides 16 hours of paid volunteering to its employees!
The Rotary Club of Sacramento welcomed its newest member, Strati Vourakis (Calm Computing), who was introduced by Kathy Herrfeldt (Home Care Assistance).
Club Announcements
Brown Bag Day - Several Rotarians teased their presentations for Brown Bag Day on February 12, and all are encouraged to pick a favored location while there’s space.
Theater Group Outing - Allison Cagley (Friends of the Arts) promoted the March 2 gathering, featuring dinner at Lucca and tickets to “Best of Broadway” at the Community Center Theater. Only a few tickets remain and each costs $106.
Sweethearts Dinner - Norm Marshall (Headwaters Construction) and Dave Higdon (California Moving Systems) announced the club’s Valentine Dinner at Mulvaney’s on February 9. It’s $100 per person and they’re looking for at least 10 more participants. Like gentlemen they endured some humiliation from Finemaster John Wood (McGee & Thielen Insurance Brokers), who adorned them in garish Cupid gear.
Mystery Trip - Past President Wes Yee (Yee Dental) provided, as one might expect, little detail on the April 6 Mystery Trip, which is open to spouses and families. He did promise a great time and maybe even a fortune cookie.
Community Grants - Kevin Williams (KVIE PBS) reminded Rotarians that applications for the club’s Community Grants program are available to worthy nonprofits until February 20, with information and the application available at the club website.

Redevelopment Sacramento Style!  Paul Keefer 2019-01-31 08:00:00Z 0
The following applicant has been proposed for membership and has given permission for his name to be published.

Comments relating to this membership must be in writing and received by the Club President prior to February 7, 2019.
         Prospect:           Andrew Mendonsa            
Business:           Pacific Forensic Psychology Associates, Inc.      
Position:            CEO           
Sponsors:         David Brandenburger & Robyn DeLong
New Prospective Member for February 7, 2019 2019-01-31 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jay Lowden on Jan 24, 2019
President Diane Woodruff welcomed everyone to the weekly luncheon of the Rotary Club of Sacramento, which featured remarks by renowned author John Lescroart.
Meeting sponsor April Javist from the Sacramento Public Library Foundation gave a nice plug for foundation’s upcoming gala, Authors on the Move, set for March 2.
President Diane introduced three new members to the Club. Giuliano Kornberg from the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera, sponsored by Alice Sauro (Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera) and Dick Osen; Lynne Van Tilburg and Marcella Cooper from the Girls Scouts Heart of Central California Council, sponsored by Pam Saltenberger and Karen Diepenbrock (Diepenbrock Elkin Gleason).
Club Announcements
Brown Bag Day - Bruce Hester and Laurie Wright (Tri Counties Bank) promoted the Brown Bag Luncheon Day on February 12 and had two of the hosts, Norm Marshall (Headwaters Construction Inc.) and Peter Dannenfelser (Architectural Arts) share a little bit about what they had in store for guests.
Sweethearts Dinner - Dave Higdon (California Moving Systems) and Norm Marshall in their finest valentine attire promoted the Sweethearts Dinner on February 9.
Blood Drive - Kathe Nathan (The Merchants National Bank) and Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products) thanked everyone that gave blood during the blood donation week and let the club know that we are leading the Point West Club in donations year to date.
Fireside gathering - Ed Wright let folks know that a nice evening is planned for February 13 with a Fireside at his residence.
Golf for Kids - Bob Miller (First US Community Credit Union) put in a plug for Golf for Kids and let people know the website is live and people can start signing up at
His Writing is a Mystery  Jay Lowden 2019-01-24 08:00:00Z 0
Saturday, February 9th 2019
6pm Cocktails 7pm Dinner
Mulvaney's B & L
1215 19th Street (comer of L Street)
Red Leaf Lettuce Salad Artisan Breads
Choice of NY Steak, Roasted Chicken, Alaskan King Salmon
or Kabocha Squash Ravioli Dessert
Coffee and Teas
And, of course... a fine selection of Wines!
All this, plus the fun and fellowship of great Rotarian friends
Only $ 100.00 per person
Contact the Rotary office immediately to make your reservation.
Don't wait. .. do it now !
Sweetheart's Dinner - February 9, 2019 2019-01-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allison Cagley on Jan 17, 2019


After being introduced by Chair of the Day Brian Turner (Law Office of Brian H. Turner), Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert, a life-long Sacramentan, started off her talk with recognizing the important Rotary theme – Service Above Self – and how that reflects her work and the work of her department.  The DA’s office includes 175 lawyers who review an average of 45,000 cases annually. The Sacramento DA’s office is recognized nationally as an expert in DNA forensics.  Sacramento is leading the nation in using this science, along with good police work collaborating with multiple agencies.


DA Schubert shared stories of cold cases being solved through DNA and Genealogy including the recently apprehended East Area Rapist suspect. The DA’s department conducts a variety of educational programs including a 12-week Citizen’s Academy and a Youth Academy focusing on a better understanding of how the criminal justice system works. With Sacramento being one of the most diverse cities in the country, a “Know Your Rights” educational program is shared with the immigrant communities scattered throughout our area.


President Diane thanked Paul Stone and Dick Wertz for providing beautiful piano music during the reception time and thanked greeters Joel Hockman  (Pucci’s Pharmacy), Mark Luhdorff (ANPAC Bio), and Kerry Wood (Sacramento Region Community Foundation). President Diane also thanked photographer Mike Bullington (Northwestern Mutual Financial Network) and wine hosts Dan Fenocchio (Cunningham Engineering) and Bob McLean (McLean & Tillotson). President Diane thanked today’s Pulse scribe, Allison Cagley, and Captain Ivan Wild (Salvation Army) for the Thought for the Day, noting his leadership and front-line involvement with the recent fires and the victims.


Service Above Self in Action


Nancy Teichert and Jim Culleton (Strong & Associates) updated the club on the recent dictionary distribution project. They recognized Cameron Law (Social Ventures Partners of Sacramento) and Jaena Nakagawa (Tri Counties Bank) who were instrumental in this project and shared some photos and stories about what a special and important gift the dictionaries are to children who may not have even one book at home to call their own.  Funds from Eddie Mulligans and the Rotary Club Foundation help make the purchase and distribution of dictionaries to third graders possible.


Meeting Sponsor – Dan Cole – January 15, 2019


Thank you for being our Meeting Sponsor and donating your time to Nikki Wardlaw and College Track. The College Track program focuses on college prep, access and completion. The 10-year promise to each student is to assist them from incoming freshman year of high school through college and into a career. College Track is currently serving over 200 students in the Sacramento area and 91% will be the first to graduate college in their family.


DNA & Genealogy Revolutionizes How Crimes Are Solved Allison Cagley 2019-01-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by John McIntyre on Jan 10, 2019


President Diane Woodruff welcomed all to the strains of Kool and the Gang’s “Celebration,” and gaveled the meeting to order at 12:09 pm. She reminded us that Rotary was started to do good in the world and encouraged us to do so.


President Diane led the club through the Pledge of Allegiance and then encouraged members to continue standing as she introduced the club’s “Rotary 4-Way Test” vocal quartet – John McIntyre (Mercy Foundation), Dick Osen, PEN Kevin Smith-Fagan (KVIE PBS) and Kevin Williams (KVIE PBS), who sang a spirited National Anthem.


With sadness, President Diane shared that two past members passed away over the holidays, Past President Bob Crawford (a 44-year member) and Jim McColm (a 16-year member).  The club offered a moment of silence.  Funeral information will be forthcoming.


Introducing the day’s guest speaker, Past President Dr. Wes Yee (Yee Dental) noted that cancer remains a huge medical challenge, which is what engaged his interest in the work of Dr. Chris Yu and Anpac Bio. Dr. Yu is a pioneering inventor with 300 patents to date, with 100+ at Anpac Bio alone.


Dr. Yu, the head of Anpac Bio, an emerging Sacramento-based firm, shared a story of a conversation he’d had with a colleague who noted that identifying cancer through early screening would help to address a persistent and expensive health challenge. Dr. Yu said he accepted that challenge. He shared that Anpac Bio’s screening tools now detect 28 different cancers, typically detecting before they even become cancer or even take pre-cancerous shape.


Anpac Bio, he reported, tested and identified 2,200 individuals whose tests suggested they could potentially have a cancer issue. 450 of these otherwise healthy individuals received a confirmed cancer diagnosis via biopsy – catching cancer much earlier than it would otherwise have been.


Dr. Yu noted that Anpac Bio’s aim is not just to cure cancer, but rather to pre-identify and therefore prevent potential cancer afflictions. Dr. Yu asserted that every $1 spent on screening saves $8 over time in healthcare savings. His firm’s screening is not yet available in the US, as it awaits FDA approval. Trials are now underway in China and should begin in the US soon.


Anpac Bio is also working on veterinary and pediatric tools, as well.


PREVENTING CANCER John McIntyre 2019-01-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Smith-Fagan on Dec 19, 2018
One of the club’s happiest and most treasured traditions was renewed at the club’s annual Daughters Day celebration.
President Diane called the meeting to order and immediately handed the gavel to Amaya Barnes, granddaughter of Steve Heath.
Amaya’s first task was to introduce the talented trio from Sacramento Youth Symphony who had serenaded guests in the lobby during the wine reception. Caitlyn Ohler, Kyle Finley and Benjamin Jiang treated the room to a sublime Haydn movement, which earned them an ovation. The three musicians are students of Susan Lamb Cook, wife of Dennis Cook (Cook Brown LLP).
President Amaya introduced the day’s sergeants-at-arms - Eden Wild, daughter of Ivan Wild (Salvation Army), and Libby and Abbey Pavelchik, granddaughters of Roy Alexander.
Hannah Kaganovich, granddaughter of Nancy Teichert (writer) and Past President Fred Teichert (Teichert Foundation), offered a charming poem as the Thought for the Day.
Bella Solis, daughter of Eric Solis (Solis Financial Strategies), led the pledge of allegiance.
Steve Ruland (Ruland’s Office Furnishings) announced the club holiday toy drive resulted in heaps of donations, and he presented a $1,620 check to Ivan Wild for the Salvation Army.
President Amaya awarded prizes to three daughters of distinction - the one who traveled furthest to attend the luncheon (Rotary Youth Exchange student Anita Ding of Taipei, who qualifies in spirit as a club daughter), the one who has attended the most Daughters Day events (Carolyn Moore Carr, who began attending Daughters Day with her grandfather nearly 70 years ago), and the youngest (Natalie, born August 11, granddaughter of Larry Gilzean of Spare Time Clubs).
Daughters Day Magic!  Kevin Smith-Fagan 2018-12-19 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kerry Wood on Dec 14, 2018
The December 11 meeting served as the club’s Annual Meeting, and as such, current Board members and officers were introduced and thanked for their hard work throughout the year.

President Diane Woodruff presented Jim Leet (Boutin Jones) with his official President-Elect pin; he takes over on July 1. Past President Diane Mizell announced the President-Elect Nominee, to serve after Jim’s term, and it’s Kevin Smith-Fagan (KVIE Public Television). President Diane presented Kevin the PE pin with instructions to shelve it until July.
Brian Turner (Law Office of Brian H. Turner) provided a thought for the day with a beautifully Rotarian sentiment: If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody else.
In honor of recently departed club legend Mead Kibbey, Jamie Furlong (Legacy Investment Real Estate), his granddaughter and club member, paid tribute to his great legacy to the club and shared many memories and special aspects of his life, character, and personal interests. Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak) shared her friendship with Mead – he sponsored her into the club in the 1980s, as just the fifth woman in the club. Today she is the longest standing female member of the club. Mead co-founded the club’s foundation that now has $3.2M to support worthy causes. Jamie ceremonially added his nameplate to the Immortals banner, in recognition of his bequest to the club. His family members in attendance were also recognized.

These Rotarians were recognized for their Eddie Mulligans and other contributions:

Past President Jon Snyder (Snyder Commercial Real Estate) - $100 modeled an “official fellowship of beer drinking” shirt he received at a Rotary International convention, worn in honor of the meeting’s guest speaker.

Ken Noack (Newmark Cornish & Carey) donated $100 in Mead’s honor and recalled Mead asking Ken’s mother to “borrow” her young son, and Ken found himself helping Mead with a variety of tasks. Later, Ken was one of the founding directors of the California Library Foundation and Mead sat on his board. Mead invested the funds for its foundation, which were sometimes bold, but it always turned out well.
Other Eddie Mulligan or Paul Harris donors included:
Elfrena Foord - $100
Horace Wulff - $400
Carolyn Carr - $100
Jim Mattesich - $100
Dan McVeigh (Downey Brand LLP) - $100
Nancy Teichert - $100
Bob Rosenberg (Inve$tnet Inc.)- $200 Eddie Mulligan and $200 Paul Harris
Mike Bullington (Northwestern Mutual Financial Network) - $100
Jeff Setzer (Setzer Forest Products Inc.) - $100
Mead, and Mead!  Kerry Wood 2018-12-14 08:00:00Z 0



We need more Meeting Sponsors for 2019! Please contact Virginia Wade or Judy Kjelstrom if you would like to talk about your company/organization or you would like to donate your 3 minutes to your favorite non-profit. What a great way to share good news for only $300.  


Thank you in advance

Meeting Sponsors - Help Wanted! 2018-12-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Goralka on Dec 06, 2018
The December 4th meeting was Foundation Day! We distributed our annual report which reminds us of the tremendous impact, both in dollars and services, we gave to the Sacramento area and for international projects.
The result of the Big Game (Stanford and Cal) was on the minds of more than a few Rotarians. President Diane and Past President John Frisch (Newmark Cornish & Carey) had numerous wagers to pay after Stanford’s victory over their Bears, and President Diane was reduced to wearing a Cardinal visor at the podium.
Jeff Curcio’s (Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP) thought of the day was “Inspiration” which was a perfect fit for our meeting.
Club Foundation President Steve Heath collaborated with fellow foundation trustees Shirlee Tully (Capital Public Radio), Becki Roberts (Central Valley Community Bank), Dennis Smith (Tsakopoulos Property Management) and Rick Davis to present an inspiring look at the foundation’s successes, its financial position, and to salute “The Immortals,” those departed Rotarians who made bequests to the foundation.
Steve’s team recognized the following members for Paul Harris awards: Leo McFarland (Volunteers of America), Steve Shiflett, Dick Wertz, Rick Davis and Fred Teichert (Teichert Foundation).
These Rotarians were recognized for their Eddie Mulligans: Jackie Kirkwood (Goodwin Cole Company), Lev Kaganovich (Energy, LEED and Commissioning Consultant), Frank Cook (Cook Realty), Norm Marshall (Headwaters Construction), Jeanne Reaves (Jeanne Reaves Consulting), Ed Grebitus, Bob Hall, Eric Solis (Solis Financial Strategies Group), Rick Davis, Lee Castonguay, Fred Teichert, Paul Bystrowski (Hub International) and Past President Skip Lawrence.
Foundation Day!  John Goralka 2018-12-06 08:00:00Z 0
 Help Salvation Army Toy Drive by having a barrel dropped off at your office. Get everyone involved sharing the holiday spirit of giving. Send your name, company name, and address to the Rotary office and we will do the rest. 
Merry Christmas!
Sacramento Rotary Steves 
Salvation Army Toy Drive!  2018-12-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by RCS Staff on Nov 29, 2018

February 5 2019 - The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

February 26 2019 - The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

March 5 2019 - The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

March 12 2019 - The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

March 19 2019 - The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

March 26 2019 - The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

Rotary Club of Sacramento Meetings RCS Staff 2018-11-29 08:00:00Z 0
Once again, we had a great turnout with the undertone of the Big Game (Stanford and Cal) on the minds of more than a few Rotarians.

President Diane asked for a moment of silence for former club member Dick James and his wife Kris, who passed away in a plane accident on November 17. Memorial service details have not been announced.

Nancy Teichert provided a wonderful Thought for the Day around literacy and books.

Meeting sponsor Steve Ruland (Ruland’s Office Furnishings) presented changes at the store including the dropping of the word ‘used’ and market innovations including customized office solutions. Steve also mentioned a need for a volunteer to help steer their service to schools and churches, which are eligible for free furniture from his store. Steve left us with a quote from Kermit the Frog, “It is not easy being green!”

The Fireside gathering last week was a big success co-hosted by Past President Diane Mizell, and Maggie and John Frisch (Newmark Cornish & Carey), with a fantastic Rotarian turnout.

Let’s Educate Someone
Rotary was in pictures with Shirlee Tully (Capital Public Radio) in the Sacramento Business Journal, Bindu Jaduram (Tri Counties Bank) being recognized as a top 40 under 40 young leader in Sacramento, and Jackie Kirkwood (Goodwin Cole Co.) being recognized at Sacramento City Hall as a woman veteran. There was a great outpouring of support for Jackie and her efforts both as a veteran and her work supporting women veterans in the region.

Club members were very generous donating to their Eddie Mulligans and Paul Harrises.

Chair of the Day Jeanne Reaves (Jeanne Reaves Consulting) introduced Rick Niello as an admired, community-centered business owner. Prior to Rick speaking, Dan Cole (CPG West) recounted his youth with the Niello family and pledged the Chancellor level ($1,000) in honor of Rotary Youth Exchange and the importance of family.
Rick Niello began the presentation with a sharp video highlighting the Niello Company. Rick provided both a historical perspective of the company and a forward-looking view of the car industry in general. The company began in San Francisco in 1921 with Pierce-Arrow and Packard cars. In the 1950s, Niello was offered the first VW dealership in Sacramento and now has 14 dealerships and 750 employees. The future is based on the balance of electric, hybrid, and fossil fuel cars - and the taste of the American consumer. The Niello Company is the car industry’s largest philanthropic giver in the area, embraces the region, and believes the people in the organization make the difference.
Cars and More from Rick Niello!  Paul Keefer 2018-11-29 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Smith-Fagan on Nov 15, 2018
The November 13 club lunch featured a presentation on the importance of caring support for those contemplating suicide. Guest speaker David Woods Bartley, who nearly took his own life in 2011, gave a moving talk about his journey back from the brink. His co-presenter Judy Nelsen, mother of a young man who took his own life, shared her experience dealing with tragedy and offered wisdom on supporting those who are grieving. She founded the Sacramento organization Healing Together, a support group for people dealing with the loss of a loved one to suicide.
David stressed the importance of human connections for those who are suffering. “Connection creates hope, and hope saves lives.”
Aiding the victims of the horrific Camp Fire in Butte County became a focus of the gathering. President Diane Woodruff announced the club foundation would be making a significant gift to the District 5180 wildfire relief fund, so club members weren’t being asked for individual donations. They gave anyway. A spontaneous outpouring of generosity resulted in over $3,000 in contributions from nearly 20 club members.
Early in the meeting, President Diane led the room in an ovation for the military veterans in attendance, and she announced the club’s planned Armed Forces Day celebration on May 21.
Exemplifying the Rotary motto of Service Above Self, over 30 Rotarians turned out last Saturday for a community service project, reported committee co-chairs Ted Kappel (Kappel Mortgage Group) and Art Breuer. This Paint the Town outing prepared for foster children 250 backpacks stuffed with items to enrich their lives (from pajamas to books to plush toys to inspirational handwritten notes). The club also chipped in $1,000 to fund this worthy initiative.
Connection Creates Hope, and Hope Saves Lives! Kevin Smith-Fagan 2018-11-15 08:00:00Z 0
 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.   
Rotary Club of Sacramento Meeting Location 2018-11-15 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by John McIntyre on Nov 08, 2018
President Diane Woodruff gaveled the meeting into being at 12:10pm, noting that our club, “the oldest, biggest and best Rotary Club in our region,” had been recognized with an award at the recent Rotary Foundation Dinner.
Thought for the Day:
Steve Huffman shared observations relating to the anticipated presentation of TV guy ‘Rob on the Road’ Stewart, referencing several of the sites Rob has visited, including, memorably, a Donkey Rescue. Amen.
Golf 4 Kids:
President Diane introduced Bob Miller (First US Community Credit Union), intrepid chair of Golf 4 Kids, who provided an update on this year’s event – May 6, 2019. He reminded us that this event is the oldest continuously held fundraiser in all of Rotary, begun in 1922 – before a few of our members were born! He then shared a video featuring our own ‘Rob on the Road’ Scherer, who provided a video tour and interviews with people at the Ralph Richardson Center, one of the beneficiaries of Golf 4 Kids. The video was touching and the help we provide through this event is clearly making a difference for the children in the Center’s programs.  The event annual nets in the range of $40,000, all of which supports the growth of these remarkable kids.
Let’s Education Someone:
·        Dr. Barbara Arnold (Barbara J. Arnold, MD, Inc.) was acknowledged as the first, official “Fairy Godmother” in Rotary history for her support of Fairytale Town. Director Kathy Fleming presented Barbara with her official tiara, royal robe, and magic wand. Barbara recounted how many Rotarians have been (and continue to be) involved with Fairytale Town, acknowledging several by name. She also said she would make a gift to Polio Plus in thanksgiving for this moment.
·        Past President Susan Sheridan (retired-law) and Dennis Smith (Tsakopoulos Investments) celebrated their 20th Anniversary of sneaking off together to Catalina Island and the Avalon Ballroom for a Jazzfest. They eventually confessed they take their spouses along. Each put $100 toward their next Eddie Mulligans, and Dennis put in an extra $100 to Susan’s for her general awesomeness.
·        Jim Phillips (retired-HVAC) shared that he’s now starting his 39th year in Rotary – with perfect attendance – and that he’d be making a gift in acknowledgment of that fact.
·        PP Dan McVeigh (Downey Brand) confessed that he will miss our next meeting because he and his bride will be away at Sea Ranch to celebrate their 41st Anniversary. He put $150 toward his Eddie Mulligan, and $150 toward his Paul Harris.
Club announcements:
·        Virginia Wade (retired-banking) announced that Thursday, November 29, is our next date for serving at Loaves & Fishes – we need workers for both the morning food-prep and midday serving times. If you haven’t done this, make it a point to do so soon. It’s very rewarding!
·        PE Jim Leet (Boutin Jones), Chris Ann Bachtel (First Northern Bank), John Swentowsky, and Ivan Wild (Salvation Army) each shared anecdotes about their experiences as Salvation Army Bell-Ringers and noted that Friday, December 14 is our bell-ringing day – we need two Rotarians per shift throughout the day, in front of Macy’s at Arden Fair Mall. Contact Jim Leet to participate!
·        PP Peter Dannenfelser (Architectural Arts) shared photos of several Rotarians who attended the Foundation Dinner at which our club and district were honored. There are 529 districts in all of Rotary and our District 5180 came in 6th for funding in support of Polio Plus!
·        President Diane noted upcoming events, for which one should sign up on Clubrunner:
o   Community Service Project, Saturday, November 10th, 10am-1pm
o   Next Fireside on Wednesday, November 14
o   Networking Night on Wednesday, November 28.
Speaker Introduction:
Jeanne Reaves (Jeanne Reaves Consulting) assumed the podium and shared that our speaker, Rob Stewart of KVIE’s Rob on the Road, had strep throat and Jeannie took the initiative to banish him from our meeting until he was healthy. President Diane then shared that this was one of a Rotary President’s least-favored circumstances, but because of the creativity of Rotarians and some serendipity, she was ready with solutions – not one speaker, but three! Steve Huffman, Linda Gilbert, Jim Culleton (Strong and Associates Printing) and Kathy Fleming Steve, Linda and Jim speaking as Service Above Self in Action, and Kathy sharing more about Fairytale Town.
Play Every Day!   John McIntyre 2018-11-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shirlee Tully on Oct 31, 2018
The expansive generosity of Rotarians was on full display at our October 30 luncheon, through the numerous examples of our club’s good work throughout the community.
Meeting Sponsor Past President Dave Cohen (Cohen-Durrett, LLP) generously donated his time to Don and Dawn Nahhas, founders of Josh’s Heart, Inc. This organization was created in memory of their son Joshua Brent Moore, who died at 32 in 2016 from complications due to alcoholism. Josh’s Heart reaches out to people in the homeless and addicted communities to show those who feel lost and forgotten that they matter. One way they accomplish the mission is by providing “Blessing Backpacks” filled with items that provide comfort and self-esteem.
Golf For Kids - event chair Bob Miller (First US Community Credit Union) announced the kickoff of G4K, set for May 6 at Valley High Country Club. The effort benefits physically impaired children in the Sacramento area.

Blood Drive - with fangs dripping, Kathe Nathan (Merchants National Bank), Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products) and PP Skip Lawrence (retired) invited everyone to give blood by Friday, November 30 to help us to the goal of 275 pints (and of course, beat Point West!); giving by November 23 leaves enough time for you to give a second time during our big push the week of January 14.

Daughters Day - organizer Alice Sauro (Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera) announced that this special day is coming up on December 18.

Fireside - John Frisch (Newmark, Cornish & Carey) invited members to attend a Fireside on November 14 at John and Maggie’s home in Arden Park.

Books for Kids - Nancy Teichert (Writer) asked for suggestions for children’s book titles for 5th grade book donations, which will put classic books in the hands of children whose bookshelves may be empty.

Paint The Town - Jackie Kirkwood (Goodwin Cole) and Ted Kappel (Kappel Mortgage Group) announced the next Paint the Town project is coming up on November 10 and volunteers are needed to assemble “comfort cases” for foster kids.

Networking Night  - Elena Naderi (family CEO) invited all to join the next Happy Hour on November 28 at 5:30pm at the Diplomat Steakhouse.

Donations to the Club

Some club members shared good news with donations to the club. Dr. Judy Kjelstrom (retired-UC Davis) donated toward her Paul Harris and her Eddie Mulligan to celebrate having received the James Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award at UC Davis. Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen & Pajak) also donated to her PH and EM in recognition of getting a Philanthropist of the Year Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Jackie Kirkwood donated in recognition of her inclusion on the "40 Under 40" achiever list published by the Sacramento Business Journal. Nian Roberts (NSR Inc.) donated to his EM and PH. UC Davis alumnus and dad Paul Bystrowski (Hub International) honored the guest speaker with a club contribution, and John Frisch donated just to remind everyone that, amid this Aggie lovefest, that his beloved Cal still exists.

After a rousing introduction by Dr. Judy Kjelstrom, UC Davis Chancellor Dr. Gary May took the podium as our lunch speaker. Dr. May has a great deal to be proud of as the university’s profile continues to rise - UCD is ranked first in the nation for its agricultural program and first in the world for veterinary medicine!  Dr. May is particularly proud of UCD’s 8th place listing on Money Magazine’s list of “Most Transformative Colleges,” which ranks the social mobility of graduates entering an increasingly diverse and global workforce.

Dr. May related that UC Davis is second only to state government as the largest employer in the Sacramento region. Reinforcing its role as an economic engine, he shared that technologies developed at Davis over the past decade have led to 137 start-up companies in the fields of health and technology.

His central theme was that “we are not a university on the far side of the causeway; we are part and parcel of the Sacramento region.” Dr. May announced the details of a new project, Aggie Square, which will be an innovation hub in Sacramento linking the university’s world-renowned research, faculty and students with the business sector. “Aggie Square will assemble several of our region’s outstanding assets into a coherent whole,” he explained. “Businesses and communities in other urban regions have profited from partnering as hubs of innovation with their local universities, including MIT, Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, and Technology Square in Atlanta.”  Clearly, we are entering a new era of opportunity between UC Davis and Sacramento. Go Aggies!

President Diane thanked the cast for this great meeting. The day’s wine sponsor was PE Jim Leet (Boutin Jones) and pourers were Jackie Kirkwood and Maggie Hopkins (Capital Premier Lending & Premier Realty). Jack Anderson (Dick James & Associates) provided piano entertainment. The door greeters were Susan Schoening (Kennaday Leavitt PC) and Darlene Hailey (retired – Department of Corrections). Eric Solis (Wells Fargo Advisors) provided an inspiring Thought for the Day about gratitude. Speaking of gratitude, appreciation is always due to John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography) for his work behind the lens. PP Skip Lawrence sent the group forth with a Smile for the Day quip. The Pulse reporter was Shirlee Tully (Capital Public Radio).



Aggie Square Coming to Town Shirlee Tully 2018-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jay Lowden on Oct 25, 2018
In just two short weeks we will have the privilege of going to the ballot box to make our voices heard in the upcoming mid-term election. With that in mind, President Diane Woodruff convened the weekly luncheon.
Diane informed the club of the passing of longtime member Ken Stieger and a moment of silence was observed.
Meeting sponsor Paul Keefer (Pacific Charter Institute) introduced his colleague Christine Spratling, who discussed how PCI serves homeless youth through its Families in Transition program.
Still in the afterglow of the best Sac Century yet, President Diane awarded event co-chairs Susan Sheridan (retired-law) and Roy Alexander (retired-nonprofit) with Paul Harris Fellows in appreciation for their tremendous event leadership.
Mary Jo and Jim Streng (retired-residential development) were saluted for establishing a scholarship fund through the club foundation that will benefit a student at Bella Vista High School.

Honoring Mead Kibbey - Jamie Furlong (Legacy Investment Real Estate) shared that on December 11 the club will honor the late Mead Kibbey and she encouraged all to send in memories and stories. 
Walk for Literacy - April Javist (Sacramento Public Library Foundation) and Jim Leet (Boutin Jones) provided a recap on the Walk for Literacy and recognized the 26 club members who participated.
Theater Night - Mike Bullington (Northwest Mutual Financial Network) gave a recap of the Rotary outing to the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera.
Fireside - President Diane encouraged members to attend the November 14 Fireside at the home of John Frisch (Newmark Cornish & Carey).
Chair of the day John McIntyre (Mercy Foundation) introduced Professor Mary-Beth Moylan, from the McGeorge School of Law, to provide her insights on the ballot initiatives on this year’s ballot. Professor Moylan talked about the impressive work of her students in compiling a guide to the ballot initiatives, the California Initiative Review, a non-partisan analysis of the initiatives. You can download it here -
She noted that four of the 11 initiatives would undo initiatives which voters approved in the past, a caution about the handcuffing of the legislature by Propositions and the hassle of modifying outdated ones. Her fast-paced overview helped attendees understand issues ranging from daylight savings time to the comfort of chickens to coffee breaks for ambulance drivers.
She gamely fielded lots of questions. Are funds being repealed in Prop 6 supporting High Speed Rail? No. Do ballot initiatives boost voting? Not sure, but it creates a lot of homework for voters. Where went the money from prior gas taxes? I don’t know! 
Diane thanked the many club members who made the meeting a success. Mark Luhdorff (AnPac Bio) provided fine piano music; Brandon Montalvo (Morgan Stanley), Win Westfall (Willdan Associates) and Margo Fowkes (OnTarget Consulting) served as door greeters; Pam Saltenberger (retired-nonprofit) poured wine along with Norm Marshall (Headwaters Construction); John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography) took photos; and Jay Lowden (YMCA of Superior California) served as the Pulse reporter. Jim Relles (Relles Florist) provided the Thought for the Day, and PP Skip Lawrence (retired-dentistry) provided the Smile for the Day.
Sergeant-at-Arms Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen & Pajak) put in a plug for next week’s speaker, Chancellor Gary May, the head of UC Davis.
Ballot Initiatives in the Upcoming Election Jay Lowden 2018-10-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allison Cagley on Oct 17, 2018

The 2018 Sacramento Century was a resounding success – netting over $100,000 to help children in need.

Under the enthusiastic leadership of President Diane Woodruff and event co-chairs Susan Sheridan and Roy Alexander, the event attracted 1,100 cyclists and grossed over $220,000.  

After expenses, over $100,000 is headed to the Crisis Nursery program at Sacramento Children’s Home to provide care for kids in urgent need. All funds stay in the community – a significant focus for our club’s mission.

Todd Koolakian of Sacramento Children’s Home shared event photos and expressed appreciation for the many Rotarians and community members who made this event successful.

Over the course of many months of fundraising, recruiting riders, coordinating food and beverages, securing permits, mall set up, organizing food trucks, route setup and, of course, clean-up, the Rotary Club of Sacramento members again proved to be a talented, hard-working team all focused on benefiting our community. The meeting celebrated this tremendous spirit of voluntarism.

The club can be proud of the Sacramento tradition this event has become -- thanks in no small part to Todd Andrews, Susan Sheridan and others who began it in 2014.

Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen & Pajak) welcomed guests and prospective members.

In “Let’s Educate Someone,” John Wood (McGee & Thielen Insurance Brokers) honored Tina Reynolds (Uptown Studios) with a “pitch” for future Rotary Club products featuring Tina. Tina donated in recognition of her 70th birthday and some recent Business Journal coverage. Kathy Herrfeldt (Home Care Assistance) presented President Diane with a Statue of Liberty she brought back from a trip to Boston and New York and donated to her Eddie Mulligan. Past President Tim Pinkney shared photos of his recent work with the Girl Scouts to grow a pumpkin weighing 291 pounds and donated a dollar $300. John Phair recognized his grandson's pumpkin weighing in at 336 pounds and donated a dollar per pound.

Club Announcements

The Walk for Literacy (October 20) was promoted by April Javist (Sacramento Public Library Foundation), Steve Huffman (Huffman Strategy) and Jim Leet (Boutin Jones). Coffee and pastries prior to the walk will be hosted by President Diane.

Calling for wine sponsors! Ed Wright (Martensen Wright PC) and Bob McLean (McLean & Tillotson Construction) announced the need for weekly wine reception sponsors. Six bottles of red wine and six bottles of white wine are needed for each meeting.

International trips - Clayton Lee (C.K.L. Trust) announced some upcoming international service trips – Africa (Ethiopia, Uganda and Nigeria), Nepal and Germany.

Tim Mattheis (WMB Architects) hosted the wine reception with spirits from Lange Twins Winery. Door greeters were Patrick Furlong (Legacy 1031 Exchange Solutions), Margo Fowkes (OnTarget Consulting) and Virginia Wade (retired-SAFE Credit Union).

A Smile for the Day was offered by Skip Lawrence (retired-dentistry).  

The Thought for the Day was presented by Ted White (Delta Property Management).

Mike Bullington (Pacific Advisors) served as meeting photographer.

Next week's meeting will feature a review of upcoming ballot initiatives by expert Mary Beth Moylan of the McGeorge School of Law.

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Club Pedals to Triumph Thanks to Plethora of Volunteers Allison Cagley 2018-10-17 07:00:00Z 0 Rotary,cycling,donations,october,pumpkin,sacramento century
Posted by Kerry Wood on Oct 03, 2018

President Diane Woodruff convened a packed, energetic luncheon.

Luann Richardson (Re/Max Gold) dedicated her Thought for the Day in honor of club legend Mead Kibbey, who died recently. It’s not your epitaph that matters, she said, but what you did during your life for others.

Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen & Pajak) introduced new club member Ruth Tesar, CEO of Northern California PET Imaging Center. Ruth is a national leader in nuclear medicine and, after many travels, has returned to her Sacramento roots.


Grant Bledsoe (Three Oaks Capital Management) shared the wonderful news that his wife delivered a beautiful baby boy, the family’s second child.


Past President Dan McVeigh (Downey Brand) shared photos from his recent three-week trip to New York and Ontario, with highlights including Niagara Falls, Cooperstown, FDR’s birthplace and a souvenir shop offering three-minute sand timers - a perfect gift for President Diane to keep meeting sponsors to time!


Club Announcements


Germany Trip - Bruce Hester (Colliers International) and Elfrena Foord promoted the club’s group trip in May.


Greek Festival tickets - as thanks for the club’s tenancy, the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church offered free tickets to club members for the church’s big festival this weekend.


Sac Century Update


Past President Susan Sheridan, event co-chair, reported encouraging numbers. 950 riders are signed up toward the goal of 1,000, with registration revenue closing in on its $75,000 goal. Challenge champions are nearing a $50,000 target.


Volunteers are urgently needed! If you haven’t yet, please sign up right away. Tim Mattheis (WMB Architects) was saluted by President Diane for his exhaustive efforts in laying out the logistics. Tim shared these remaining volunteer needs:  Wristbands 6 – 8 am; bike valet, 4 – 6 pm; drink servers 11am – 6pm; set up 7:30 -10:30 am, hospitality greeters, 1 – 3 pm, signage placement early morning; merchandise sales, all day, parking attendants, 6am; clean up 6 – 8 pm.


Jamie Furlong (Legacy Investment Real Estate) and Dennis Smith (Tsakopoulos Properties) recounted the fun from the recent Sac Century benefit held at Todd Andrews’ home, featuring the bands The Yard Dogs (featuring Todd and Dennis) and the Rotary Rockers. It raised $2,400 for the effort.


Chair of the Day Dick Osen introduced the lunch’s featured speaker, Mike Testa, the president and CEO of tourism bureau Visit Sacramento.  


In presenting his overview of Visit Sacramento’s work, Mike stressed the region’s growing reputation as America’s Farm to Fork capital. His team led last weekend’s Farm to Fork Festival, which attracted 80,000 people to Capitol Mall. He reflected upon Sacramento’s evolution this past decade from leaning on its Gold Rush history to today’s vibrant community with great arts, lively music, excellent food, and numerous diversions.


Infrastructure, Mike reported, is a huge issue in growing the number of visitors. Sacramento lags far behind other cities in hotel space, so adding capacity is a prime priority. The convention center building has limited the city’s appeal to convention planners. A bold renovation of the convention center will start in December, and the upgrades and expansion will bolster greatly Sacramento’s capacity to welcome convention traffic.


Music festivals are another key way to bring outsiders to our city, and Visit Sacramento is working to develop a string of music events that will attract tons of out-of-town visitors.


The Golden 1 Center has made a huge impact by drawing top concerts, which fills the restaurants and hotel rooms, and brings much-needed revenue to downtown businesses.

No meeting next week as the club recovers from the massive Sac Century effort - which we’ll celebrate at the next luncheon on October 16.


Along the way, President Diane saluted door greeters Jamie Furlong, Grant Bledsoe, and Gary Bazlen (Nicolaus Optical); Pulse reporter Kerry Wood (Sacramento Region Community Foundation); photographer John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography); and wine reception sponsor Ed Wright (Martensen Wright PC).


Concerts, Conventions and Cuisine Kerry Wood 2018-10-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John McIntyre on Sep 27, 2018
President Diane rang in the meeting at 12:10pm.
Neil MacMullan (FARO Consulting Solutions) offered a Thought for the Day encouraging us to seize the day (which we, as Rotarians, embraced and got busy doing).
The club observed a moment of silence in honor of long-standing and stalwart member Mead Kibbey following his recent passing.
Past Emperor Wes Yee (Yee Dental Care) unveiled our club’s newest honoree to be welcomed into the hallowed Sacramento Rotary Fellow-ship. As his description delved into the honoree’s background at least one face reddened continuously. After an impressive recitation, Wes announced Steve Huffman’s (Huffman Strategy) name, at which time the crowd erupted in a standing ovation and an impressive collection of Huffman relatives emerged from the wings.
 Meeting Sponsor Brian Turner (Law Office of Brian H. Turner) donated his time for an update on the Sac Century. Event chair Past President Susan Sheridan (retired-law) gave an update on stats — 840 riders thus far, accounting for $63K (target is $75K), and ‘Challenge Champions’ have raised an additional $43K (target is $50K). Susan says we’re a short ride away from our targets, with the aim of netting $100K for the Crisis Nursery program at Sacramento Children’s Home.
New Members! Jim Relles (Relles Florist) introduced and welcomed Joel Hockman, owner of Pucci’s Pharmacy; and Jackie Kirkwood (Goodwin Cole Company) introduced and welcomed Maggie Hopkins (Capital Premier Lending and Premier Realty).
Let’s Educate Someone:
President Diane shared the wonderful news of Norm Marshall’s (Headwaters Construction) wedding to longtime partner Francy. To make it Rotary-official, Past President Dan McVeigh (Downey Brand, LLP) presided over an impromptu ceremony with the happy couple and pronounced them Rotarian and Spouse.
Margo Fowkes (OnTarget Business Consulting) shared lovely photos and anecdotes of her recent anniversary trip to the Greek Isles, and she presented trip souvenirs to President Diane.
President Diane asked Jack Bowker (retired) to rise to be recognized for his approaching 96th Birthday. Jack also noted that he has been in the club 53 years. Bob Cole (Goodwin-Cole) then took the mic, acknowledging his long friendship and making a gift to the Rotary Foundation in Jack’s honor.

Sacramento’s Business Climate!   John McIntyre 2018-09-27 07:00:00Z 0
Germany Trip! 2018-09-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Geery on Sep 13, 2018

President Diane welcomed Rotarians to the meeting and thanked Mark Luhdorff (ANPAC Bio) for his piano music; greeters Sylvia Fitzgerald (Art Appraisals & Estate Services), Cameron Law (Social Venture Partners) and Julie Sherry (Watson Roofing); Pulse reporter Linda Geery (Gilbert & Co.); and wine reception host Horace Wulff.

Dick Osen offered the thought for the day, which included a tribute to John McCain and the singing of God Bless America.


The meeting sponsor was YMCA CEO; Jay Lowden, who said, "Inspiring all people to a healthy life, in spirit, mind and body, is the mission that guides the work of the YMCA of Superior California."  Jay invited Rotarians to attend the Y benefit evening Camp Capital City, October 13th from 5:30-9pm, "a nostalgic celebration of all things camp."

Service Above Self in Action: This new meeting segment spotlights members fulfilling the Rotary motto "Service Above Self.”  Virginia Wade outlined the club's tremendous service at Loaves and Fishes.

The club welcomed two new members. Rivkah Sass, CEO of the Sacramento Public Library, was introduced by fellow literature lover Nancy Teichert (writer).  Darlene Hailey, retired from the Department of Corrections and an avid traveler, was introduced by her close friend Robin DeLong (Coldwell Banker Realty).

Arts as an Economic Driver! Linda Geery 2018-09-13 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Grand Germany Tour - May 24 - June 4, 2019 2018-09-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Geery on Aug 30, 2018
President Diane the Magnificent convened the meeting and saluted the triumphant softball team for bringing the championship trophy back home.
Brad Towne (Law Offices of Bradley S. Towne) honored his late father, Ed Towne.  Ed passed on June 14, and Brad's eulogy included highlights of his dad's life and his dad's love for Rotary.  Ed was a member of our club for 52 years.
Meeting sponsor April Javist of the Sacramento Public Library Foundation encouraged all to participate in the foundation’s 5th Annual Walk for Literacy, October 20.  For details check out
President Diane shared details of her upcoming Rotary Grand Germany Tour, May 24 - June 4, 2019.  For more details, contact the Rotary office or go online to
Let's Educate Someone:
Rick Davis shared about his recent trip and thanked everyone in the club for the support he's received over the past 18 months.  He donated $500 to the Sacramento Century.
Dave McKie announced that Maynard Nelson will be celebrating his 96th birthday.  The club sang happy birthday to Maynard. Dave McKie contributed to his PH and EM on behalf of Maynard as well as in honor of Sen. John McCain.
Loaves and Fishes - John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography) announced that Loaves and Fishes is this week; if you signed up, please be sure to show up!
Sac Century - Todd Andrews (Andrews Construction, Inc.) urged everybody to consider becoming a Challenge Champion fundraiser for the Sacramento Century. Please contact Todd, Kathe Nathan (The Merchants National Bank) or Tom Bacon (Bacon Commercial Real Estate) with questions.
President Diane thanked Past President Diane Mizell (retired) for her work on Sacramento Century fundraising efforts!
Networking Night - Mike Bullington (Northwestern Mutual Financial Network) announced the next Networking Night, September 12th from 5:30-7:30 at Mas Taco Bar, 1800 15th Street.
Seersucker Day - organizer Steve Ruland (Ruland's Office Furnishings) provided mint juleps and all members in attendance wearing seersucker were invited up to the front for a photo opportunity. Kiefie Brewer announced that Art Brewer was wearing a seersucker suit he's owned for 63 years and it still fits!
In Defense of the Press Linda Geery 2018-08-30 07:00:00Z 0
California Brewers Festival - September 15, 2018 2018-08-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kerry Wood on Aug 24, 2018
The new CEO of the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Amanda Blackwood, headlined the club meeting of August 21.
Opening the proceedings, Patrick Furlong (Legacy 1031 Exchange Solutions), shared an inspirational Thought for the Day about “why do we stay in Rotary for life”? We stay young by being optimistic and involved, and Rotary is a great way to grow old while remaining young at heart.
Meeting sponsor, Laura Heintz (Stanford Youth Solutions), donated her time to Organic Skin Studio & Day Spa, and Rotarians learned from esthetician Nora Finch about their services that provide all-natural skin care for men and women.
New members Danielle McGarrity who is the Charitable Giving Officer at the Children's Receiving Home of Sacramento introduced by David Ballard (Children's Receiving Home), and Surender Singal who is a retired electrical engineer with the US Army, Corps of Engineers was introduced by Mike Bullington (Northwestern Mutual Financial Network) were formally inducted into the club.
Laurie Wright (Tri Counties Bank) encouraged signups for the September 18 Brown Bag lunches.
After a four-year drought, pitcher nonpareil John Swentowsky (Swentowsky photography) announced that the Sacramento Rotary Club won the district softball championships with a 10-2 win over Arden Arcade! The players were recognized and cheered by all.
Brian Turner (Law Office of Brian H. Turner) announced the birth of his baby boy Liam who was board on August 2 weighing 8 pounds, 5 ounces and 20-3/4” in height and donated $100 towards his Eddie Mulligan.
Jim Mattesich (Greenberg Traurig) announced his retirement after 46 years practicing law and donated $300 towards his Eddie Mulligan.
Past President Ken Noack Jr. (Newmark Cornish & Carey) donated $100 towards his Eddie Mulligan.
Past President Dan McVeigh (Downey Brand LLP) recounted the damage inflicted on his home by the recent Fireside event and Dan shared lively photos of the gathering.
Compassion chair Steve Huffman asked for everyone’s thoughts for Maynard Nelson, a member since 1972, who is ill. Get well soon Maynard!
Steve Ruland (Ruland's Office Furnishings) announced Seersucker suit day and encouraged everyone to wear their suits at next week's meeting.
John Swentowsky asked for additional volunteers to help serve at Loaves and Fishes (August 30) in the morning, (the afternoon shift is full).
Rick Osen (Sutter Builders, Inc.) introduced Roger Gaskin of Point West Rotary, who invited everyone to the Point West Brewfest on September 15 at Discover Park and offered discount tickets at $25 each to members of the Sacramento Rotary (regular ticket price is $45). VIP Admission is $75.00 – your price is $50.00. VIP gets in an hour earlier and they get a special mug and a $10 food voucher. There will be 80 breweries at the event along with music and food, and proceeds benefit WEAVE and other children’s programs.
Kathe Nathan (The Merchants National Bank) and Tom Bacon (BCRE - Bacon Commercial Real Estate) gave an update on the Sac Century fundraiser and encouraged more people to sign up with race lengths ranging from 16 to 100 miles. There are 101 “challenge champions” registered, several of whom are in our Club. It’s not too late, so sign up today.

Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce! Kerry Wood 2018-08-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Smith-Fagan on Aug 16, 2018
Sacramento State isn’t just located here. It’s Sacramento’s university.
So proclaimed school President Dr. Robert Nelsen, who ticked off an impressive list of Hornet accomplishments in his speech at the club’s August 14 meeting.
Meeting Sponsor Linda Geery (Gilbert & Associates) donated her time to Alliance for Education Solutions, represented by Charles Carter. AES advocates for vulnerable California students and opens pathways to success for young people. Among its initiatives is the Davitto Leadership Academy, and AES is seeking mentors to help boost the lives of youth served by AES.
The club warmly inducted two new members.
Neil MacMullan (FARO Consulting & Solutions) was introduced by President-elect Jim Leet (Boutin Jones), who co-sponsored Neil with Jackie Kirkwood (Goodwin-Cole). A Michigan graduate in mechanical engineering and IBM veteran, Neil has expertise in business software. Neil is an avid cyclist.

Brandon Montalvo (Morgan Stanley) was introduced by Patrick Furlong (Legacy 1031 Exchange Solutions); he’s sponsored by Patrick and by Jamie Furlong (Legacy Investment Real Estate). A Texan, Brandon got undergraduate and MBA degrees from Central Arkansas, where he also played baseball. He is active in the youth mentoring program The Playmakers.
President Diane Woodruff explained she is working with the boards of the club and the club foundation to earmark funds for wildfire relief efforts, so the organization will robustly support fire relief while not soliciting individual donations.
Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products) and Käthe Nathan (Merchants National Bank), new chairs for the club blood drive, appeared in vampire outfits to be inducted into Past President Skip Lawrence’s exclusive Society of the Order of Draculas, a shadowy group devoted to the blood drive. Callee announced the club goal of 275 donations this year and encouraged Rotarians to begin giving soon, to build momentum for our big push the week of January 14.
Past President Diane Mizell reported on the fundraising progress of the Sacramento Century fundraiser benefiting the Crisis Nursery Program at Sacramento Children’s Home. A parade of Rotarians responded to her appeal for contributions.
Rotary Youth Exchange chair John McIntyre (Mercy Foundation) introduced the club to incoming RYE student Anita Ding, who comes to Sacramento from Taipei City. The club also hailed farewell to outbound RYE student Adam Severeid, heading to Belgium for his RYE year on August 15.
DEGREES, DONATIONS AND DRACULAS!  Kevin Smith-Fagan 2018-08-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Keefer on Aug 10, 2018
A great crowd was on hand to welcome Mayor Darrell Steinberg to the club’s weekly luncheon.
Arriving club members were greeted to the melodic piano sounds of Mark Luhdorff (ANPAC Bio), and the building was alive with the hard work of Todd Andrews (Andrews Construction, Inc.) and team as we prepare for the best Sac Century ever!
Norma Farr (Fidelity National Title) suggested in her Thought for the Day that “Sometimes it is the journey that is all we have - so make the most of it!”

Meeting sponsor Jon Snyder (Snyder Commercial Real Estate) graciously yielded his time to Mike Galane (Powerhouse Science Center), who presented an overview of this important regional education tool and outlined its ambitious future home near the railyards. Mayor Darrell Steinberg was duly impressed with the involvement of the Rotary Club of Sacramento and its $500,000 contribution to the project.  


Jamie Furlong (Legacy 1031 Exchange Solutions) introduced a twofer of new members. Kory Ley (American Red Cross) is a transfer member who enjoys farming (walnuts in Sloughhouse), hiking, and taking naps. Patrick Furlong, Jamie’s dad, is also a transfer member who was once in the restaurant business and now has found great success in commercial real estate (Legacy 1031 Exchange Solutions). Patrick enjoys biking. He has master’s degrees in business (St. Mary’s College) and gerontology (USC).
Our new Finemaster, John Wood (McGee & Thielen Insurance), unleashed his unbridled creativity for “Let’s Educate Someone” on Judy Kjelstrom, Kevin Smith-Fagan (KVIE Public Television), and Paul Keefer (Pacific Charter Institute). The three unsuspecting guinea pigs were pitted in a cup stacking battle, with Kevin crushing the competition. Paul and Judy will be contributing $50 to their Eddie Mulligans and Kevin's prize is contributing $25 to his EM. More charitable money was garnered from table bets on the contest.

THE MAYOR SPEAKS TO THE CLUB! Paul Keefer 2018-08-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allison Cagley on Aug 02, 2018
This burning question was answered at the July 31st club meeting by featured speaker Adam Schomer, who was introduced by Kelley Moran (Moran and Associates). Adam is an adventurer, philosopher and producer of thought-provoking documentaries covering a wide range of topics and locations across the globe.
Adam spoke about using “conscious media” to empower people, and he discussed his passion for helping people find their true selves. Adam and a guru, Anand Mehrotra, led a motorcycle trip, including Kelley, through the bustle of India and the majesty of the Himalayas. “The Road to Dharma” is Adam’s upcoming television series about the self-discovery trip and the participants.
Virginia Varela (Golden Pacific Bank) was the meeting sponsor. Golden Pacific Bank, a locally owned and locally managed community bank, focuses on serving small businesses in the Sacramento area, Yuba City and Live Oak communities.
Bobby Reed (Capitol Tech Solutions) offered a poem in honor of the firefighters battling the Carr Fire near Redding as well as the other fires throughout California.
RYE chair John McIntyre (Mercy Foundation) welcomed Noah Wadhwani, Rotary Youth Exchange participant, who thanked the club for supporting his life-changing experience in Argentina. Noah shared numerous colorful experiences he enjoyed through RYE.
What do Kelley Moran and a motorcycle in India have in common?   Allison Cagley 2018-08-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Culleton on Jul 26, 2018
Rotarians were greeted by Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak) on the piano upon entering the hallowed halls of the Greek Orthodox Church.  We were greeted by Bindu Jaduram (Tri Counties Bank), John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography),.  Dr. Winston Eddy (Retired Doctor - UC Davis Medical Center) provided the wine for the pre-lunch reception.  Todd Andrews (Andrews Construction, Inc.) kept the mood festive by riding his bike through the tables, almost a Tour de France cobblestone Sacramento version?  Many others were clad in bike jerseys in anticipation of the Sacramento Century push!  This included Mike Gilligan who was accused of wearing and unauthorized Todd jersey!
Marlene Fitzwater (The Health Communication Research Institute, Inc) gave the thought for the day and challenged us to keep doing what we’re doing.  Make the world a better place. Stand up. Don’t sit down.  Keep doing what you’re doing.
Lots of guests, prospective members, and visiting Rotarians were introduced by Elfrena Foord.
We had a moment of silence for Past President Ed Weidner today, how passed away on July 12th.  He was a member of this club for 62 years.
Virginia Wade donated her time as a “Meeting Sponsor” to Anne Descalzo (AVP Community Banking SAFE Credit Union)  promoted Sacramento EDGE (affiliated with the Chamber)  21-40 year olds are encouraged to invest in the community.  “Are you ready to take it to the next level?”  EDGE stands for Engage, Develop, Give and Empower.  These young professionals are donating their time and energy to a different Non Profit each year via events, advice, and support.
“Let’s Educate Someone” was busy!  Norm Marshall’s (Headwaters Construction Inc.) son sent great wishes and thanks back to the club after our “thumbs up” photo reached him overseas.  He had previously sent a photo of his battalion with the American Flag and a huge explosion in the back ground.  Susan Sheridan poked fun at current President Diane Woodruff coaxing her onto a Ferris wheel during the Rotary Convention in Toronto.  No bungee jumping photos were displayed, but a few canned photos elicited groans from the crowd.  Susan graciously donated.  Nancy Teichert donated $700, which equated to $100 for each decade Fred had been a Sacramentan.  Fred, somewhat  tardy, (but no one cared) graciously donated the same amount back to Nancy’s Eddie Mulligan once he wrestled the microphone away from her.  Gabriel Gendron (Lyon Real Estate) and Kelly Moran (Moran & Associates) celebrated a nephew’s graduation from West Point!  A long struggle to get in, much perseverance, ended with a remarkable graduation ceremony back East.  Dr. Barbara Arnold (Barbara J. Arnold MD Inc.) is displaying paintings in the KVIE gallery until August 10th.  She hopes to sell all of her paintings.  40% goes back to KVIE and she also generously donated to Sacramento Rotary.
Announcements included Hal (Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP) and Berverly’s Annual Poolside BBQ at their home in Elk grove on August 5thLuAnn Richardson (Re/Max Gold) and Mike Bullington (Northwestern Mutual Financial Network) lauded President Diane’s ping-pong skills with a short victorious video over Tim Mattheis (WMB Architects) Challengers can step up during the poolside BBQ next month.  Rotary Softball was gain victorious John Swentowsky reported.  Two more games until the playoffs start next month.  We are hoping the trophy returns to the club.
President Diane kicked off the discussion of the Sacramento Century Challenge by declaring bike shorts are like “wearing a girdle with a diaper in it!”  She revealed why Sacramento Crisis Nursery was chosen as this year’s beneficiary. Todd Andrews continues to work the bike trail and Folsom Dam area trying to recruit new riders.  This is a big reason why #’s are up! 
Susan Sheridan provided an overview of past Sac Centuries with a video/photo montage.
Sac Century Kick Off!  Jim Culleton 2018-07-26 07:00:00Z 0
Please extend a warm Rotary welcome to our newest members Strati Vourakis, Lynne Van Tilburg, Marcella Cooper,
Welcome New Members! 2018-07-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Teichert on Jul 19, 2018
Written By: Nancy Teichert
Departing from her planned speech, Beth Ruyak, host of “Insight” on Capital Public Radio, spoke from the heart about the challenges our country faces today. Raising her hands in clenched fists, she said too many of us wake up in that stance to begin our day.
In today’s politically polarized times, she opened her hands and turned her palms up with a tear in her eyes and urged members: “Our world is full of assumptions we make about each other. I think you can wake up with an open heart.”
She hugged President Diane Woodruff and said how pleased she is to be the first guest speaker of her term.
During her 30 years in the news, the Emmy-awarded reporter has covered 5 Olympic games, 3 Tour de France bicycle races and guest-hosted “Good Morning America” before joining Capital Public Radio seven years ago. Her day begins at 4:30 am with coffee, working at her treadmill desk on the script she writes daily and gives to her staff between 6 and 6:30 a.m. for her 9 a.m. broadcast.
Her hour-long show covers national and local news in an in-depth format and also features cultural, musical and literary figures. But, she has to be flexible enough to turn on a dime to include breaking news such as President Trump’s news conference with Russia’s Vladimir Putin minutes before her Monday live show. That morning, she switched gears instantly and Insight focused on that controversy. Beth noted the Putin-Trump press conference as an example of the critical role of the fourth estate. With information produced by independent press coverage, “You get to decide for yourself.”
Ruyak said she is worried about The Sacramento Bee and other newspapers whose futures are in economic jeopardy. Insight is a credible and growing source of news that is researched, truthful, fair and honest.
She reflected on her professional journey and her considered decision to transition to Capital Public Radio after her long television career.
“Maybe it took me 30 years of television to make one really good show on public radio,” said Ruyak, who received a standing ovation.
Radio Host  Nancy Teichert 2018-07-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Smith-Fagan on Jul 12, 2018
It was an energetic, optimistic atmosphere and a crowded room for the inaugural meeting under the leadership of President Diane Woodruff.

Past President Dan McVeigh (Downey Brand) called the meeting to order and introduced the club foundation trustees, the board of directors, and the club officers for 2018-19 - culminating in the ceremonial procession of incoming President Diane Woodruff (Retired - Chancellor California Community Colleges), who now presides over the 105th year in the club’s proud history.
Emcee Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen, and Pajak) introduced guests Barbara Davis Lyman and Ann Cash, longtime friends of President Diane, who shared humorous reflections on the honoree’s life and her career heading Napa Valley College and the California Community College system. Past President Hal Bartholomew (Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP) chipped in offbeat recollections of global Rotary group trips with President Diane.
From them we learned of Diane’s stellar academic and professional career and of her colorful life, all of which made the day “thoroughly embarrassing and fun” for the incumbent. Diane herself confirmed that the love of her life, husband Tom Woodruff seated on the dais, was indeed her “hunka hunka burning love.”
In hopes of salvaging her dignity, Madam President seized the podium and, resplendent in her trademark red blazer, laid out her vision for the club year: “to focus on service above self-activities that make a difference in our Sacramento community and in the world...and to have fun doing them.”
She articulated 10 priorities to guide her term. 1. Great lunch speakers. 2. One-day hands-on community service projects. 3. New website and focus on social media. 4. Fun activities. 5. Membership growth with a goal of 300 members. 6. Literacy. 7. Club trip to Germany (May 20 - June 4). 8. Key fundraisers Sacramento Century (October 6) and Golf for Kids (May 6). 9. Support for RCOS Foundation and Legacy Circle (bequest giving). 10. Fellowship time at the lunches.
Madam President Takes The Helm!   Kevin Smith-Fagan 2018-07-12 07:00:00Z 0
Past President John Lemmon handing off the torch to  President Elect Diane Woodruff on July 1st.  2018-07-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jay Lowden on Jun 28, 2018
Written By: Jay Lowden
A celebration of sons was the theme for the final meeting of the 2017-2018 Rotary year. Dick Osen welcomed everyone to this special meeting where all duties for the day are turned over to sons and grandsons of Rotarians.
Dick introduced our president for the day, and his grandson Will Osen. Will is a fresh graduate of Christian Brothers and will be attending Boise State in the fall.
President Will welcomed everyone to one of our club’s longest traditions, Son’s Day. He recognized the Son’s Day Committee for the work they did in putting the meeting together. Keith Wright, son of Laurie Wright (Tri Counties Bank) provided our thought for the day. Keith’s message - basketball isn’t easy - was right in line with his love for the game.
President Will introduced Nathan Solis, son of Eric Solis (Solis Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors) to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. The head table included Sergeant-At-Arms Benjamin Teichert Kaganovich, grandson of Lev Kaganovich (Energy, LEED & Commissioning Consulting) and Past President Fred Teichert and Nancy Teichert (Teichert Foundation); Sergeant-At-Arms Lars Osen, son of Rick Osen (Sutter Builders, Inc.); and greeters Gabriel Nugent and Mason White, grandsons of Ted White (Sacramento Delta Property Management).
After lunch service, it was time to raise a little money and recognize some of the folks in attendance. The Son’s Revenge tradition empowers progeny to fine their parents or grandparents for a wide variety of transgressions. President Will started off by fining his dad Rick for “making me get a job this summer,” and he fined his grandfather Dick for not yet inviting him to play the revamped North Ridge Country Club. A couple of the older sons in the room got into the act with Jeff Stone (John O Bronson Co/HUB Int'l) recognizing his father Paul Stone for Paul’s 92nd birthday, and Ted Grebitus (Grebitus Jewelers) recognizing his dad Ed Grebitus. Not to be outdone by his son, Rick Osen recognized his own dad with contribution to Dick’s next Eddie Mulligan; Keith Wright fined his mom Laurie Wright for the sin of making him get out of bed early; Nathan Solis fined his dad Eric for a Pokemon violation; Todd Andrews recognized his father-in-law Bob Gaines and saluted the fact that Todd has been married to Bob’s daughter for 40 wonderful years; Lev Kaganovich contributed in recognition of his grandson and then fined the boy’s other grandfather, PDG Fred Teichert, for missing the meeting; and finally Dave Brandenburger (Newmark Cornish & Carey) fined his dad Steve Brandenburger for not showing up.
Son’s Day!  Jay Lowden 2018-06-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Culleton on Jun 21, 2018
Written By: Jim Culleton
“Celebrating a high level of mediocrity.” Demotion chairs Dave Higdon (California Moving Systems) and Past President Walter Dahl (Dahl Law, Attorneys At Law) turned the farewell meeting for President John Lemmon (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky LLP) into a semi-roast! 
Many congratulations were in order for President John. Special guest District Governor Sandi Sava gave congratulations for the district’s award of “Best Large Club” to RCOS among 41 contenders.  Mik Miklaus (Integrity Mortgage) wondered “Why me?” when picked by John to head the Thought for the Day committee.  Bob Miller (First US Community Credit Union) was inspired by the outgoing president on the art of laying blame. Jeff Stone (John O Bronson Co/HUB Int'l) hailed John for showing up to almost all the board meetings.  Past President Dahl’s slide show reviewed the year with many versions of John’s photogenic head tilt and body slant, to lots of laughs.  John was presented with “the best pin in Rotary,” The Past President’s Pin.  The celebration continued with flowers to wife Debbie Lemmon, a tongue-in-cheek letter from John’s law partner, and a makeshift commemorative plaque.
Generosity flowed as everyone wanted to show gratitude to John.  President Elect Diane Woodruff, Past President Skip Lawrence, Past President Tim Pinkney, Past President Rob Scherer (Dale Carnegie Training), Jeanne Reaves (Jeanne Reaves Consulting), Past President Dan McVeigh (Downey Brand LLP), Past President Wes Yee (Yee Dental Care), and Kathy Herrfeldt (Home Care Assistance) all contributed toward John’s Eddie Mulligan.  Art and Kiefie Breuer celebrated 63 years of marriage with a donation to their EM. 
Getting the last word, President John profusely thanked committees and their chairs, and the boards of the club and the foundation.  He emphasized the lifeblood of our club: our weekly meetings.  His gratitude flowed to staffers Sulaf and Barbara, the weekly setup team of Art and Kiefie, Past President Skip Lawrence and Ed Wright (Martensen Wright PC) for the wine committee, demotion chairs Dave and Past President Walter, and lastly to his wife Debbie.
Slicing Up Lemmon: The Demotion of President John!  Jim Culleton 2018-06-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Teichert on Jun 15, 2018
Written By: Nancy Teichert
U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott started his speech with a joke. A guy walked into a bar and someone told him that Lions had sex like ten times a night. “Damn, I just joined Rotary,” the guy answered.
Then, the top federal prosecutor turned to the serious challenges facing the Eastern District which encompasses 34 counties, 87,000 square miles of land - much of it Forest Service or park lands - and 8 million people from Sacramento to Bakersfield.
As U.S. Attorney for a second term, Scott prosecutes all federal crimes and handles civil cases for the U.S. Government. Appointed by President Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he a litigator for the U.S. Attorney General.
First, Scott said his office is working with local law enforcement officials to target the baddest criminals and bring them up on federal charges rather than local charges. It’s a program called Project Safe Neighborhoods.
“We have all the tools in the tool box,” to get the worst offenders in federal prisons where they will get longer sentences for their crimes, serve a higher percentage of their sentences and can be transferred to prisons in other states, severing gang ties.
His staff is working with the Sacramento city and county law enforcement and the District Attorney’s office to say, “Pick your most dangerous offenders and we’ll bring the weight of federal prosecution to take them off your streets as a way to reduce violent crime.”
Second, his prosecutors are zeroing in on the large-scale Mexican cartel marijuana growers who plant their crops on public lands, poisoning the environment, endangering wildlife and diverting precious water to their illegal crops.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has given Scott's office $2.5 million in new funds to work with federal agencies and law enforcement since the cartels have started smuggling a dangerous pesticide banned in California to use on our public lands.
Scott said his office is working with Dr. Mourad Gabriel, a wildlife researcher at UC Davis, to document the environmental damage done by growers including the poisoning of spotted owls and bears, dangerous garbage and debris and the theft of water. One marijuana plant uses 12 gallons of water a day.
Third, the U.S. Attorney has filed a lawsuit to throw out California’s sanctuary city laws because only Congress has the authority to act on immigration laws. “We’re going to win on this lawsuit,” he said.
U. S. Attorney Teams up with Local Law Enforcement Nancy Teichert 2018-06-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Geery on Jun 08, 2018

Written by: Linda Geery


President John (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky, LLP) once again welcomed members to the Rotary Club of Sacramento.  President John thanked Ed Melia (Certified Public Accountant) for the wine reception, Paul Stone for providing music and greeters Jon Stone (company), Ted White (Sacramento Delta Property Management) and Kevin Smith-Fagan (KVIE Public Television).   


Mik Miklaus (Integrity Mortgage) offered the thought-for-the-day.


Sergeant-At-Arms, Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products) introduced guests and prospective members.



Meeting sponsor Marlene Fitzwater of the Health Communication Research Institute shared about the first West Coast hospice home for terminally ill homeless – Joshua House, which will be the 7th facility in the country and have 20 beds.  



President John announced the passing of long-time Rotarian Denny Evans.  Denny was a member of Rotary for 31 years and had been a member of RCOS for six years.


Rita Gibson (Rita Gibson Insurance & Investment Services) and Laurie Rood (Benefits Done Right Insurance Agency) shared about their trip to Ethiopia.  The trip’s primary mission was a water project, but Rita and Laurie showed us that it was also about a beautiful village.  In that community, Rotary is beloved because it is bringing water. The nearby reservoir is at 11,500 feet and water conveyance is currently done by hand.  Rita and Laurie wrapped President John in a handspun Ethiopian blanket.


Jim Mattesich (Greenberg Traurig), chair of our Club’s Scholarship Committee, shared about recipient Ryan Cox, a student at Folsom Lake College.


Eddie Mulligan and Paul Harris acknowledgements:


President John reminded members of the significance of the recognition.  Each milestone represents $1,000 contributed to either our local foundation or Rotary International Foundation.


Len McCandless received his 5th Eddie Mulligan; Ed Melia received his 2nd Paul Harris; Norm Marshall (Headwaters Construction Inc.) received his 4th and 5th Paul Harris; Paul Bystrowski (Hub International) received his 4th Paul Harris; and John Frisch (Newmark Cornish & Carey) received his 4th Paul Harris.  


President John thanked Jeanne Reaves (Jeanne Reaves Consulting) and Steve Heath (Capitol Health Network) for their work on behalf of the foundation.

Homelessness and Efforts to Make a Difference Linda Geery 2018-06-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Geery on May 24, 2018
Written By: Linda Geery
President John (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky, LLP) opened the May 22 meeting by thanking Gerry Dabi (Golden Pacific Bank) for the wine reception, Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak) for providing music, and greeters Pam Saltenberger and Dennis Smith (Tsakopoulos Management Company, LLC).
Dick Noonan (California State Railroad Museum) offered the Thought for the Day.
Mike Bullington (Northwestern Mutual Financial Network) introduced new member Chris Boessenecker, whom Mike co-sponsored with Past President Susan Sheridan
Chris is a 2005 graduate of Sacramento State. He has a passion for community banking and is a manager at Golden Pacific Bank.  Married and father of a daughter, his hobbies include softball and outdoor activities.
Past President Susan Sheridan and Roy Alexander gave a status update on the 2018 Sacramento Century – we need 100 percent participation by our Club and there is a job for everybody! With 5 months to go before the ride, we currently have 100 riders registered, including 36 Challenge Champions.  We are looking for corporate sponsors as well as individual sponsors.  We are in need of volunteers; opportunities are available before the event and the day of the event. 
Clayton Lee (C.K.L. Trust) gave an update from the World Community Service Committee.  He, Dave DeRoos (Citygate Associates, LLC) and Roy Alexander recently returned from a water project in Morocco. They shared about the needs of that community and the hospitality they received.
President John provided an update on the 2018 District Conference, which was held May 11-13 in Incline Village and attended by numerous members from Club.  He began by describing District 5180’s Hall of Fame and then reported that one of our members, Clayton Lee, was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Conference.  Clayton is the first member of our Club to be so honored.  President John then presented Clayton with a plaque commemorating that honor.  President John also described several “First Place” awards our Club received for Club Administration, promoting Rotary’s Public Image, excellence in conducting Service Projects and Programs and Participation in Rotary International Foundation activities.  Lastly, President John announced that our Club was recognized at the Conference as the “Best Large Club of the Year.”
Violence Prevention  Linda Geery 2018-05-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Smith-Fagan on May 18, 2018
Written By: Kevin Smith-Fagan
The hall was awash in red, white and blue for the club’s annual celebration of Armed Forces Day, as we honored the many club members and relatives who have served the country in uniform.
To open the occasion, the U.S. Naval Color Guard presented the flag, and President John Lemmon (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky) led the assembly in the pledge of allegiance. The Club’s singing quartet, the Four-Way Test, commanded the room with its performance of the national anthem.
A contingent from Luther Burbank High School’s ROTC program wowed the crowd with precision rifle drill maneuvers.
Each of the five branches was celebrated in song and its representatives in the room were introduced. Frank Cook (Cook Realty) presented a short overview of the Army’s proud history. Ron Crane (DCA Partners) highlighted the Navy’s greatness, Jackie Kirkwood (Goodwin Cole) extolled the valor of the Marines, Bruce Hester (Colliers International) bragged about the Air Force and Jim Craig hailed the Coast Guard.
Steve Huffman and Past President Thom Gilbert highlighted some Blue Star families in the club - Dennis Cook’s (Cook Brown) two sons and nephew in the service; Jim Streng’s grandson; and the sons of Norm Marshall (Headwaters Construction Inc.), Past President Walter Dahl (Dahl Law), and Past President Susan Sheridan.
The Club also remembered loved ones who served, honoring the dads of Sylvia Fitzgerald (Art Appraisals and Estate Services), Steve Shiflett and President Elect Diane Woodruff; the uncles of Denny Evans and Steve Huffman; and Ron Crane’s grandfather, father, brother and son.

Armed Forces Day!  Kevin Smith-Fagan 2018-05-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John McIntyre on May 10, 2018
Written By: John McIntyre
President John Lemmon (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky, LLP) called the meeting to order at 12:15pm, to the strains of Johnnie B. Goode, following on the musical heels of Mike Bullington’s (Northwestern Mutual Financial Network) piano intonations. President John acknowledged Mike, today’s greeters, Liz McClatchy (Safety Center Incorporated) and Kathy Herrfeldt (Home Care Assistance) and thanked Past President Diane Mizell and Dr. Don Brown for sponsoring the wine reception.
Thought for the Day:
Jim Mattesich (Greenberg Traurig, LLP) shared as his thought a short-but-meaningful essay on “Service Above Self” that was submitted by a high school Rotary scholarship recipient.
Introduction of Guests:
Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Sergeant-At-Arms Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products) introduced several guests for today’s meeting:
  • Capt. Martin Ross of the Salvation Army, guest of the club
  • Starr Hurley of the Sacramento Zoo, guest of Sue Schoening
  • Tony Coz of the Salvation Army, guest of the club
  • Eddie Cervantes of the Salvation Army, guest of the club
  • Lela Meinke of Opal Training Group, guest of Kelley Moran
  • Jason Russell of the Sacramento Zoo, guest of Sue Schoening
  • Christina Wynn, County Assessor, guest of Past President Wes Yee
  • Kellie Dockendorf of Home Aid Sacramento, guest of Tanya Kravchuk
Additionally, we had a bevy of prospective and incoming Rotarians:
  • Kerry Wood of Sacramento Region Community Foundation, sponsored by President Elect Diane Woodruff and Kevin Smith-Fagan
  • Brian Turner of the Law Offices of Brian Turner, sponsored by Past President Peter Dannenfelser
  • Justin Schroer of UC Davis Health System, sponsored by Margo Fowkes
  • Mark Luhdorff of Anpac Bio, sponsored by Heidi Hershenhouse
  • Shawn Sanford of Feastech Data Corp., sponsored by Bob Miller
Visiting Rotarians included:
  • Steven Walker of the Arden-Arcade Club
  • Patrick Furlong of the Fig Garden Club (Fresno)
President John introduced those who joined him at the Head Table:
  • Chair of the Day, Sue Schoening (Kennaday Leavitt PC)
  • Guest speaker, Sacramento Zoo Director & CEO Jason Jacobs
  • Invocator, Jim Mattesich
  • Sam Reep of Kingsley Art Club
  • Ellen Torgerson of Kingsley Art Club
Meeting Sponsor:
President John introduced Sam Reep and Ellen Torgerson, of the Kingsley Art Club, who presented thanks to the sponsorship of today’s meeting by Sylvia Fitzgerald of Art Appraisals & Estate Services. Sam and Ellen shared information about the Kingsley Art Club’s promotion of knowledge, appreciation and teaching of the arts, including their very popular lecture series and Art Club Evaluation Day at the Crocker Art Museum. To learn more, contact them at 916-808-7000.
The Wild Life in the Sacramento Zoo!  John McIntyre 2018-05-10 07:00:00Z 0
Sacramento Century Challenge 2018 2018-05-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Smith-Fagan on May 03, 2018
Written By: Kevin Smith-Fagan
Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn drew a big crowd for the Tuesday club luncheon, and spoke about building a new level of trust between his department and the community it serves. His insights are summarized below.
Saluting the May 1 date, Jim Culleton (Strong and Associates) delivered an opening thought on the roots of May Day - from workers’ rights to the international distress call.
Dr. Paul Keefer (Pacific Charter Institute) was inducted as the club’s newest member. Paul serves as executive director of PCI, which runs four charter schools that emphasize service to students with academic deficits.
Meeting sponsor, Mike Bullington (Northwestern Mutual Financial Network) extolled the reasons for entrusting your finances to Northwestern Mutual, which include trustworthiness, broad resources, focus on the client rather than shareholders, and expertise in retirement planning.
Foundation President Jeanne Reaves (Jeanne Reaves Consulting) presented Eddie Mulligan recognition pins to Judge William Shubb (U.S. District Court), Jim Streng (Streng Bros Rentals, LLC), Larry Gilzean (Spare Time Clubs), Ted White (Sacramento Delta Property Management), and a Paul Harris pin to Jim Leet (Boutin Jones).
The club observed a moment of silence to remember Jack Higdon, a longtime club member who died in April.
The club’s Armed Forces Day is May 15 and Past President Thom Gilbert encouraged strong attendance as we honor the 60+ veterans in our club.
It’s All About Trust! Kevin Smith-Fagan 2018-05-03 07:00:00Z 0
As some of you may know our District 5180 has been working diligently on a Global Grant to Combat Human Trafficking Please see the letter below from the District committee with an update on the grants progress.
Grant to Combat Human Trafficking! 2018-05-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Culleton on Apr 26, 2018
A big thank you to our wine reception host Dave DeRoos (Citygate Associates, LLC). It kicked off a great meeting! Jack Anderson (Dick James & Associates) entertained us on the piano while everyone took their seats.  Sue Schoening (Kennaday Leavitt PC), and Kathe Nathan (The Merchants National Bank) served as greeters.
Dick Osen gave a thought for the day on perseverance, while President John Lemmon (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky, LLP) officially opened the meeting and led the pledge.
Guests included visiting Rotarian Jay Allen, president of the Historic Folsom Rotary Club, which is promoting a tree-planting project. If you would like details, contact the Rotary office.
Meeting sponsor President-Elect Diane Woodruff gave the floor to Jackie “Semper Fi” Kirkwood (Goodwin Cole Company), who discussed issues faced by many of the 785,000 women who have served in the military since 9/11.  Women veterans face a higher unemployment rate and are twice as likely to be homeless as their male counterparts, and VA hospitals across the country are ill equipped to treat women. Spotlighting these problems will hopefully lead our society toward remedies.
Bobby Reed of Capitol Tech Solutions was welcomed as the newest Rotarian in the galaxy. Bobby was sponsored by Kathy Herrfeldt (Home Care Assistance), who introduced him, and by Ted Kappel (Kappel Mortgage Group). In addition to running a fast-growing business with his MIT skills, Bobby is a devoted dad to three kids and is highly involved in their activities.  Welcome aboard!
President John announced that longtime club member Mead Kibbey had been hospitalized, and Mead would surely welcome your cards and calls.
Where Leaders Meet to Serve!  Jim Culleton 2018-04-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Smith-Fagan on Apr 19, 2018
Written By: Kevin Smith-Fagan
Efforts to care for struggling people in our community were the focus of the club’s April 17 luncheon.
Meeting Sponsor Dee Hartzog donated her time to Court Appointed Special Advocates of Sacramento County, represented by Carol Noreen. Carol spoke about the powerful impact that over 250 CASA volunteer advocates make in the lives of abused and neglected children, both by representing the children’s interests and by showing human care that is lacking in those young lives.
The club warmly inducted two new members.
Marlene Fitzwater of Health Communications Research Institute was introduced by Kathy Herrfeldt (Home Care Assistance), who co-sponsored Marlene with Robyn DeLong (Coldwell Bank Realtors). In addition to running HCRI, Marlene is a retired professor both from UC Davis School of Medicine and Sacramento State. She is launching Joshua’s House, a residence for terminally ill homeless in our community.
Jamie Furlong of Legacy Investment Real Estate was introduced by Tim Mattheis (WMB Architects) and sponsored by Tim and by her grandfather Mead Kibbey.  A numbers whiz who studied economics and mathematics at USC, Jamie’s artistic side is evident in her passion for the slow food movement and high-end boutique floral design.
Club Foundation President Jeanne Reaves (Jeanne Reaves Consulting) recognized several club members for their Paul Harris contributions, presenting pins to Robyn DeLong, Len Simpson (2020 Financial Advisors) and John Dowdell (Dowdell Financial Services). Past President Beverly Brautigam (Brautigam Financial Services) was honored for her Eddie Mulligan giving.
CARING FOR THOSE IN NEED! Kevin Smith-Fagan 2018-04-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John McIntyre on Apr 05, 2018
Written By: John McIntyre
Welcome: President John Lemmon (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky, LLP) called the meeting to order to the strains of Johnnie B. Goode, which picked up where Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen & Pajak) left off from her tuneful tinkling of piano keys. She’d followed Paul Stone, who got the musical ball rolling. President John acknowledged Elfrena and Paul, the day’s greeters, Rick Osen (Sutter Builders) and Deborah Rubens (Shriners Hospital) and thanked Dr. Barbara Arnold (Barbara J. Arnold, MD, Inc.) for sponsoring the wine reception.
Thought for the Day: Provided by Amin Elmallah, who encouraged us to be grateful for the clean water we enjoy in this country, and to acknowledge Rotary’s commitment to providing clean water around the world.
Introduction of Guests: Sergeant-At-Arms Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products) introduced several guests for today’s meeting, along with prospective Rotarian Joe Carrillo of SSA Pacific.
President John introduced those who joined him at the Head Table:
  • Chair of the Day, Barbara Arnold
  • Guest speaker, Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli
  • Invocator, Amin Elmallah
  • Jackie Kirkwood, (Goodwin-Cole Co.) who is leading a volunteering initiative organized by our new members.
  • Ted Kappel, (Kappel Mortgage Group), Meeting Sponsor
Announcements: President John noted that iconic Rotarian Hal Shipley – a former club member, staff executive, and 2002-03 district governor who died recently – would be memorialized at 11am on April 12 at the Clarksburg Community Church (site tentative).
Other announcements included:
  • Joe Grant noted that next week’s meeting would be a Brown Bag and that there was still time to register – before end of day Wednesday, April 4th!
  • Jackie Kirkwood announced the community project to improve housing for several low/no income veterans. She’s looking for more volunteers, particularly those new to Rotary!
  • Virginia Wade (SAFE Credit Union) thanked all those who participated in last week’s day serving at Loaves & Fishes. She noted we will do so again on Thursday, May 31, so mark your calendar.
  • Frank Poelman (Poelman Company, Ltd.) noted that, because the ski trip had been scheduled for 4/12 and thus conflicted with Hal Shipley’s memorial service, the ski trip was being cancelled for this year.
  • Jeff Setzer (Setzer Forest Products) announced that he will be hosting the Fireside at his home in Roseville (2525 Vineyard Way) next Thursday (also April 12).
  • Mike Bullington (Northwestern Mutual Financial Network) invited members to attend his trap-shooting event this Saturday – rain or shine!
The River Delta - A Hidden Gem! John McIntyre 2018-04-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Teichert on Mar 29, 2018
Written: By Nancy Teichert

Hoang Chi Truong, the daughter of a South Vietnamese colonel who fled the fall of Saigon to start a new life in America, has a story to tell on behalf of all refugees now fleeing other wars.
“We don’t have a choice,” said Truong, author of her autobiography TigerFish. Refugees are not immigrants who choose to leave their homelands. Refugees face persecution or death so they leave their troubled countries to survive. “It took everything to get me here.”

Her book was started as a record of her family history for her children, but then she saw the Syrians and other refugees today escaping in overcrowded lifeboats and realized her experience has lessons for us today.

Truong urged us to show the same compassion to the refugees from today’s war-torn countries as her family received when they arrived at an airbase in Guam, which became a tent city for the families of those who had fought alongside U.S. soldiers in the Vietnam War.

When she was a child, her father was stationed near the border with North Vietnam and her family slept in a bedroom shelter because of constant bombing. On the day in 1975 when he was ordered to evacuate, the family of nine began a five-week journey by jeep, helicopter and boat to reach Saigon. They flew to the embassy in Guam only five days before the fall of Saigon.

“It was a new dawn for our family,” she said, thanking the veterans who helped them escape and the Red Cross for the safety of their tent city. She remembers wanting to kiss the ground. “I grew up being so scared of the communists.”

Eventually, a church in Fresno adopted her family and she graduated from California State University, Fresno. She worked for the California Office of Emergency Services creating real-time online maps during fires and disasters. When her husband accepted a job at Bogle Winery in 1992, she started to write her memoir and took a creative writing class.

“It’s deeply personal but I have a moral obligation to tell the world what it means to be a refugee,” she said of her book published in 2017. “This is my passion now. Words are all I have to advocate with.”

TigerFish!  Nancy Teichert 2018-03-29 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Ski Day at Sugar Bowl - Thursday April 12th  2018-03-29 07:00:00Z 0
Rotarians! It’s time for one of the favorite events…Brown Bag Day!
For the newer members, Brown Bag Day is when we visit our fellow Rotarian’s host lunch at the location of their choice.
Click on the link below to learn more about the great locations you can visit and REGISTER!
Brown Bag Day! April 10, 2018 2018-03-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jay Lowden on Mar 22, 2018
Written By: Jay Lowden
On a glorious wet March afternoon, President John Lemmon (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky, LLP) called the meeting to order and quickly took care of the formalities, thanking his Jesuit High School Classmate, Gary Bazlen (Nicolaus Optical) for the wine reception; Jeff and Paul Stone (John O. Bronson Co./HUB Int'l) for playing the piano, and Dennis Cook (Cook Brown) and Gene Pendergast, Jr. (Wilke Fleury) for greeting everyone at the door.
Jay Lowden (YMCA of Superior California) provided a couple of quotes as the opening inspiration to set a tone for the speaker’s presentation on human trafficking.
Sergeant-at-Arms Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products) introduced several guests and prospective members, and a visiting Rotarian from Fresno.
Our meeting sponsor for the day, Dan Fenocchio (Cunningham Engineering), donated his time to Laine Himmelmann of Habitat for Humanity. Laine thanked the club for its involvement in a 2015 home construction project, and she updated the club on flourishing Habitat services including its home repair program.
It is always a good day when we welcome a new member to the Rotary Club of Sacramento! President John introduced Gerry Dabi as the newest member of the club. Gerry is a Compliance & Risk Manager with Golden Pacific Bank, and while John provided a nice detailed introduction about Gerry, the only items of importance this reporter heard were that Gerry is a SF Giant, 49er and Warriors fan. Gerry was sponsored by Virginia Varela (Golden Pacific Bank) and President John. 
Steve Heath (Capitol Health Network), vice president of the club foundation, recognized Winston Eddy, MD for his first Paul Harris and Hugo Bogren for his fourth Paul Harris.
President John provided the club with a quick tutorial on Interact and Rotaract clubs.  Interact Clubs are for 12-18 year olds, are usually located at a high school and are sponsored by local Rotary clubs. Every club does two projects per year, one for the school community and one for the international community. Rotarians serve as mentors for the clubs. Rotaract clubs are for 18-30 year olds, are typically located at a college campus, are self-governed and focus on community and international service. If you are interested in learning more about Interact or Roteract, or how we might start one of these clubs, please see President John.
Human Trafficking!  Jay Lowden 2018-03-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Bullington on Mar 15, 2018
Written By: Mike Bullington
The 30th meeting of the 104th term of the Rotary Club of Sacramento came to order on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, with President John Lemmon’s (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky, LLP) proclamation that his was the best club anywhere, a claim that was greeted with thunderous acclamation and calls for a presidency in perpetuity.  
The guest speaker for this auspicious occasion was the former and longtime political columnist for The Sacramento Bee, Dan Walters, warmly introduced by fellow former Bee scribe Nancy Teichert.
Dan’s topic was the commodity foremost in the minds of Californians emerging from drought amid legislative initiatives to increase its distribution and storage: WATER.  
The speaker postulated that the battles over water in California are really about land use. Secondly, the issues are not hydrological or engineering in nature, but rather political and financial.
California, according to our speaker, is a difficult state to govern because residents have local loyalties rather than statewide ones. Such regional identification renders it difficult to achieve consensus on statewide initiatives.
Dan noted that Jerry Brown’s water transfer aspirations date back to his first tenure as governor decades ago, with roots in his father Governor Pat Brown’s aqueduct efforts moving water from NorCal to SoCal. The proposed Delta Tunnel’s political uncertainty – Dan handicapped its chances at 50/50 – is due in part to reluctance from heavyweights like the Westland Water District and the San Diego Water District.
Another pressing water issue is the need to create more water storage. Two proposed sites are bogged down four years in the approval bureaucracy, without any progress.
The next great battle, according to Dan, will be over water rights, which have been established historically based on who gets there first rather than who needs it most. The sparsely-populated Imperial Valley controls 75 percent of the water from the Colorado River. We will need to reconfigure water rights to solve our water management problems.   
Now – back to the meeting’s beginning.
Jim Raney of Raney Real Estate hosted the wine reception.
Mike Bullington of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network did his rendition of a jazz pianist, in tribute to New Orleans’ musical heritage.
Greeting in somewhat flowery fashion were Jim Relles of Relles Florist and the ever-dapper Dan Guth of City National Bank.
Carolyn Carr inspired us with her thought for the day.
Meeting sponsor is Dan Cole (Allegiant Development Company) donated his time to Chuck Brasfeild (Boy Scouts of America) assured us that the Boy Scouts of America are thriving in Sacramento. They are building a new camp of 80 acres in Yuba County. In another new development, girls can now join the Cub Scouts and the Eagle Scouts.
Delta Water Issues!  Mike Bullington 2018-03-15 07:00:00Z 0

Dear Fellow Rotarians.  I am pleased and proud to report that, over the last three weeks, 116 of our Members have pledged nearly $14,000 towards Rotary’s effort to eradicate Polio in the world.  Your contributions have, once again, demonstrated your commitment to bettering the lives of others around the world.  Your genuine concern and willingness to share your gifts with others continue our Club’s 104 tradition of making important and lasting improvements in their lives.  I am truly grateful for, and proud of, your generous response.


President John     

Polio Plus - You Are Making a Difference 2018-03-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Smith-Fagan on Mar 09, 2018
Written By: Kevin Smith-Fagan
“I went from knowing nothing to knowing that I know nothing.”
Setting the tone for this eventful luncheon, meeting sponsor Tom Bacon (Bacon Commercial Real Estate) offered examples of his focused, strategic approach to commercial realty, gained over decades in the industry, using anecdotes that mostly proved he’s super gullible. Nonetheless, Tom’s core value in business resonates with Rotarians: service above self!
Steve Heath (Capital Health Network), the Club Foundation’s Vice President, presented recognition pins to these generous club members for achieving Eddie Mulligan or Paul Harris status in their donations – Eddies to Jerry Haley, Tim Maurice (UC Davis Health) and Bruce Hester (Colliers Real Estate); a Paul Harris to Mike Gilligan, and both a Paul and an Eddie to President-Elect Diane Woodruff.
Past President Susan Sheridan and Roy Alexander presented ceremonial $20,000 checks to the two beneficiaries of last fall’s Sacramento Century cycling fundraiser, Volunteers of America (Leo McFarland) and Boys and Girls Clubs of Sacramento (guest Shannon McPhedran).
Todd Koolakian (Children’s Receiving Home) introduced the winner of the club’s youth speech contest, a McClatchy High School junior named Maya Steinhart. Maya delivered her award-winning speech, reminding listeners that even small acts of kindness can make profound effects, and making an impassioned appeal to engage homeless people with dignity and without judgment.
President John Lemmon (Lemmon, Knox and Anapolsky) called for applications for the club’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awakening (RYLA) program – a weeklong summer camp excursion near Portola, where rising high school juniors experience dynamic activities that bolster their leadership skills. There is no cost to the RYLA students. Applications are due March 15.
Club announcements included:
  • Brown Bag lunch gatherings on April 10
  • Theater Night offerings, outlined by chair Allison Cagley (California Musical Theater), with the next a May 19 dinner at Lucca and viewing of An American in Paris, with summer plans for Singing in the Rain (June) and Mamma Mia! (August).
Numerous Rotarians celebrated happy news with donations.
Past President Frank Poelman (Poelman Company Ltd) donated $100 for his Eddie Mulligan
Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak) donated $250 for her Eddie Mulligan
Past President Fred Teichert (Teichert Foundation) donated $200 for his Eddie Mulligan
Nancy Teichert donated $200 for her Eddie Mulligan
Sylvia Fitzgerald (AAES - Art Appraisals & Estate Services) donated $200 for her Eddie Mulligan and $100 for Chris Ann Bachtel (First Northern Bank) Eddie Mulligan
Alice Sauro (Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera) donated $100 for her Eddie Mulligan
Jim Streng donated $1000 for his Eddie Mulligan
Mike Bullington (Northwestern Mutual Financial Network) donated $100 for his Paul Harris
HOW TO ENGAGE PEOPLE WHO ARE GRIEVING Kevin Smith-Fagan 2018-03-09 08:00:00Z 0
Our Club is actively seeking qualified applicants to attend the Camp RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awakening) during the summer of 2018.  The Camper needs to be an incoming Senior and open to an incredible week of growth. 
Copies of the camp application can be found on our website in the Home Page Download Section.  Contact the Club office by March 15th to apply for consideration.
RYLA 2018-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Teichert on Mar 01, 2018
Written By: Nancy Teichert
Law schools are like the canaries in the coal mine, the early warning that higher education is facing a crisis with dropping enrollments, student debt, graduation taking longer and the promise of a job not so certain anymore.
“Higher education is in a moment of reckoning,” said Mike Schwartz, the new Dean of the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, who outlined steps McGeorge is taking to change that course for future students.
The law school is acting less like the occupant of an ivory tower and more like the businesses run by Rotarians, offering better service to students who are the customers buying a good education. Applications dropped by about half from 2004 to 2013, but now they are up 20 percent at McGeorge while some law schools have closed their doors.
This fall, Schwartz wrote 238 handwritten notes of encouragement to incoming students. The school offers free mock LSAT exams, free mock classes, a webinar on how to apply for law school and a website for pre-law student advisors.
Schwartz has collaborated with a growing number of undergraduate colleges to offer accelerated versions of a Juris degree in hopes of cutting costs by cutting years in school from the traditional 7 to 5 1/2. Students are also offered real life practice in the law with clinics run on campus - only the sixth law school to offer guaranteed clinical experience for students.
McGeorge students are guaranteed alumni mentors. Their chances of passing the tough California Bar exam are improved with the free post-graduation Bar Pass program. Increasing numbers of students are getting summer job experience in the law. A Kickstarter program for solo practitioners is available with alumni offering donated office space and additional training.
More bang for the buck all around. Even Supreme Court Justice, Anthony Kennedy, still calls every month or so to ask how McGeorge is faring. He teaches one of the law school’s international programs.
Schwartz is the author of 10 books and law review articles. He is ranked as the 9th Most Influential Person in Legal Education by National Jurist Magazine. But, he said he was humbled to be speaker of the day following the induction of attorney Dick Osen (retired, McDonough, Holland & Allen) as our newest Rotary Fellow, and the speech by Bill Hollingshead (Rotary Club of Davis) about the PolioPlus program (See box below).
President John Lemmon (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky, LLP) introduced the meeting with a theme of “what we do today matters.”
Forrest Junod gave hints about the newest Sacramento Rotary Fellow before introducing Osen, describing him as a trustworthy person who was once nearly arrested for trying to steal a car because he was coming to aid of the owner with car trouble.
An Eagle Scout, Osen had fundraised for many years for charities like the American Heart Association, Capital Public Radio, United Way and Sierra Forever Families. He has supported our club’s Golf4Kids, the Sacramento Century Challenge, Bids for Kids and has served as sings tenor in the club’s Four-Way-Test quartet. Osen was surprised by the appearance of his wife Judy and children. “I appreciate this award very, very much,” he said to a standing ovation.
Law Schools As Canaries in the Coal Mine  Nancy Teichert 2018-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Teichert on Mar 01, 2018
Written By: Nancy Teichert
In 1951, Bill Hollingshead, 14, fell down in his living room floor in Woodland. He crawled to the couch with a stiff neck and weakened legs. The family doctor diagnosed polio. Transported to a  San Francisco hospital by hearse because there was no ambulance, his first sight was of a long line of iron lungs along the wall.

“I can tell you how happy I am to be here!” said Hollingshead, a polio survivor who has raised over $1 million dollars for the Rotary International Foundation’s PolioPlus.

President John Lemmon encouraged our club to increase our donations to PolioPlus with the promise that we can say in our lifetimes that we helped eradicate polio from the planet.

It’s hard to remember how frightened our parents and grandparents were of polio in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Hollingshead said it was second only to the atom bomb of what families feared most. “I realized no one would come to visit,” he recalled.

After Hollingshead returned home, he invited a girl to a dance and she said yes. Later, she told him she couldn’t go because her parents said he had had polio. Stung, Hollingshead never told anyone for 41 years that he had polio until he joined the Santa Ana Rotary Club in 2000. He didn’t know that eradicating polio was the Foundation’s number one goal, but three months later, he was on a plane to Africa to immunize children.

Let’s backtrack first. After graduation from UC Davis, Hollingshead, a clarinetist, was drafted. He was assigned to the second highest ranking band in the U.S. Army. He went on to have a successful career as a talent agent. He worked at Sea World in San Diego and Knotts Berry Farm. He represented Wolfman Jack, The Righteous Brothers, Fabian, Frankie Avalon, and Ricky Nelson. In 2004, he returned to Davis and married his Woodland High School sweetheart Dianne Fritter.

His service to the foundation’s PolioPlus over the years in Santa Ana and now as a member of the Davis Rotary Club as a speaker and fundraiser has earned him many awards. The International Foundation recognized his work through District 5160. He was named the Capital Region’s “American Red Cross Hero of the Year.” He was a “Founding Funder” of the Polio Virtual Reality Campaign. In 2012, he was named the UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumnus of the Year for Service. He just received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from his Davis club.

As a Polio Victor, he and his wife have raised more than $1 million for a polio free world.

At present at age 81, Bill suffers from the Post Polio Syndrome. “It gets you going in and will get you going out,” of your lifetime, he said. He works with an expert at UC Davis on his physical therapy. He has lost 70 pounds and can’t touch his toes. But he is among 1.5 million polio survivors that include Joni Mitchell, Alan Alda and Itzhak Perlman.

“It’s a lifetime of challenges,” he said. “With you fellow Rotarians, I will see the end of polio in my lifetime.”

President John noted that, in the last Rotary Year, Club members dramatically stepped up to the challenge and contributed almost $12,000 to support Rotary’s effort to eradicate Polio. That ranked us third in tour District, behind the Folsom and Point West Clubs. President John also asked each Club member to make an effort to contribute something this year to end Polio.  If you can, please consider a contribution of $100.00 or more.  If you cannot, please make a contribution now of whatever you can afford.  To make a contribution, simply contact the Office at (916) 929-2992 or e-mail Barbara at  You will also have a chance to sign up at future lunch meetings.






Polio Plus Nancy Teichert 2018-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Culleton on Feb 16, 2018
Written by: Jim Culleton
We kicked off Cupid’s Day with Mike Bullington (Bullington and Associates) on the piano – while Michele Amaral, Shadi Fox and Jack Anderson (Dick James and Associates) loosened everyone up with a few mimosas. 
Our greeters Cheryl Marcell (CA State Railroad Museum Foundation), Alan Markis (Deja Blue Dive & Tour) and Jonathan Marz (Diepenbrock Elkin Gleason LLP) ushered in many guests and spouses. 
President John Lemmon (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky, LLP), with his wife Debbie at his side, welcomed one and all to our festive Rotary Tuesday lunch meeting.
Michele Amaral gave us the thought for the day, a “definition” of love and closed with a poem by E.E. CummingsCallee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products) introduced our guests and spouses en masse.  Dennis Smith, our meeting sponsor, gave a brief history of the Tsakopoulos Management Company, some of their portfolio holdings and the prospects of future development.
Nian Roberts celebrated his 90th birthday with a huge slice of cake!  He recounted a funny story of his name.  Having two older brothers, his parents wanted a girl to be named Nina.  Well Nian showed up so they just switched the last two letters for their 3rd son.
President John showed us a mystery photo that surfaced up in our e-mail.  Although it first looked like someone had mistakenly forwarded a shot of some 80’s era “Dancing With the Stars” contestants, further examination revealed that the folks pictured were Rick Bixler, President of the Point West Rotary Club, and his wife, MaryPresident John thanked Rick (who apparently had a prior career as a Las Vegas Elvis Impersonator) and Mary for being present at our meeting.
Valentine’s Day  Jim Culleton 2018-02-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jay Lowden on Feb 09, 2018
By: Jay Lowden
On a beautiful sunny February afternoon, the Sacramento Rotary Club gathered for the 26th meeting of its 104th year of existence when President John Lemmon (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky, LLP) called the meeting to order.
President John thanked Dan Fenocchio (Cunningham Engineering) and Bob “the Train Guy” McLean for hosting the wine reception, Mike Bullington (Bullington and Associates) for providing the music, and Ted Grebitus (Grebitus Jewelers), Kathe Nathan (Merchants National Bank), and Jim Leet (Boutin Jones) for greeting everyone at the door.
Past President Ken Noack, Jr (Newmark Cornish & Carey) provided a great opening thought using a cup of coffee to illustrate how you can make the best of your life regardless of what is surrounding you. Disappointed Patriots fan and Sergeant-At-Arms Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products) introduced our guests.
 President John then provide a quick history of The Pulse and showed a copy of the March 26, 1931 edition. The president that year was his grandfather Dal Lemmon, the club’s phone number was 301, there were typeset ads throughout, more than 20 visiting Rotarians were recognized, and it listed members absent from the meeting including Carl Noack. President John also pulled out a copy from 1960 that showed The Pulse reporting about happenings in Sacramento, the “Heart of California.”
Foundation President Jeanne Reaves (Jeanne Reaves Consulting) made the following pin presentations: Michele Amaral (Dick James and Associates, Inc.) – 2nd Eddie Mulligan; Dennis Smith (Tsakopoulos Management Company, LLC) – 1st Paul Harris; Shadi Fox (Dick James and Associates, Inc.) – 1st Paul Harris; Peter Dannenfelser (Architectural Arts) – 3rd Paul Harris; and Jim Phillips – 4th Paul Harris.
DNA Revolution  Jay Lowden 2018-02-09 08:00:00Z 0
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Meeting Sponsor - Larry Gilzean - February 5, 2019 2018-02-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Smith-Fagan on Feb 01, 2018
Written By: Kevin Smith Fagan
Super Bowl Week took center stage at the club’s weekly luncheon, as we welcomed former NFL referee Mike Pereira as the meeting’s guest speaker.
After President John Lemmon (Knox, Lemmon and Anapolsky LLP) opened the proceedings, Past President Thom Gilbert delivered an opening thought drawing parallels between football and life.
John McIntyre (Mercy Foundation) presented an overview of the club’s Rotary Youth Exchange program, and introduced district RYE organizer Vicki Bencken. Vicki presented our club’s outbound RYE student, Adam Severeid, for a dramatic reveal of his destination next year. Adam is headed to….Belgium! Which happens to be the home of the RYE student our club is currently hosting, Eduard Goffart-Winkin.
Margo Fowkes (OnTarget Consulting, Inc.) showed some photos from her family trip to Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands, and she presented President John a souvenir tee shirt.
Club announcements included:
  • reserve your spot for the club’s Valentine’s Day luncheon on February 13, and don’t forget to send in a photo of you and your sweetheart, said
Michele Amaral (Dick James and Associates, Inc.)
  •  try your hand at skeet shooting, encouraged Mike Bullington (Bullington and Associates), who has organized an outing this coming Saturday.
  • Mike also reported that Luann Richardson will undergo surgery on Friday and is expected to be absent for several weeks.  Mike encouraged Members to reach out to Luann once she is home and recuperating.
  • President John noted that Anne Ferguson is also recovering at home from back surgery and encouraged Members to let Anne know we miss her.
Super Bowl Week Kevin Smith-Fagan 2018-02-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Bullington on Jan 25, 2018
Reported By: Mike Bullington
The January 23 meeting of the 104th term of the Rotary Club of Sacramento began at precisely 12:15pm with President John Lemmon of Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky, LLP ringing the bell and establishing order in the room. He thanked cardiac surgeon, Dr. Forrest Junod for hosting the wine reception, evidently cognizant of the beverage’s contribution to heart health.  President John also thanked Michael Bullington of Pacific Advisors LLC for effectively channeling Duke Ellington on the piano. Our greeters were acknowledged: Don Ellwanger of Sperry Van Ness, Ted Grebitus of Grebitus Jewelers, and Tim Maurice of UC Davis Health System.
Steve Heath of Capitol Health Network provided a “Thought for the Day”.
Sergeant-At-Arms Callee Setzer of Setzer Forest Products recognized guests Frank Gontarski, guest of Wes Yee and Valarie Piotrowski, guest of Rita Gibson of Rita Gibson Insurance & Investment Services Inc.  The Club also recognized prospective members Gerry Dabi and Chris Boessenecker of Golden Pacific Bank who had been invited by Virginia Varela of Golden Pacific Bank.
Judy Payne (Real Estate Forum) graciously donated her three minutes to Alice Sauro of the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera, who announced the lineup for its 4th season. It will feature a sumptuous feast of Beethoven in two parts – the 5th and 6th symphonies and the 4th piano concerto – Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major, perhaps the most sublime contribution to violin virtuosity ever written, and Verdi’s Rigoletto. Alice reported that there have been no empty seats at this year’s performances. Wow!
President John took us back to 1960, when he showed us pictures of his dad and fellow Rotarians Eddie Mulligan and Glenn Lawlor aboard one of two refitted Navy boats.  Those “new boats were our Club’s major donation in 1960 and allowed countless Boy Scouts to more conveniently reach BSA Camp Harvey West at the far end of the lake.
At the request of our District Governor, President John also presented a slide depicting the Object of Rotary and reviewed its four main goals.
World Community Services  Mike Bullington 2018-01-25 08:00:00Z 0
Meeting Sponsor - Judy Payne - January 23, 2018 2018-01-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Geery on Jan 18, 2018
As reported by Linda Geery
President John welcomed members to the 23rd meeting of the 104th term of the Rotary Club of Sacramento.  President John thanked Ed Wright (Martensen Wright PC) for pouring during the wine reception and greeters from Tri County Bank.  In addition, he offered a special welcome back to Judy Payne (Real Estate Forum) and Dick Ryder.
Mik Miklaus (Integrity Mortgage) offered the thought for the day, which was an excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The thought conveyed among other things, “that in order to have Peace on Earth we must have ecumenical loyalties” and that “we must learn to live as brothers or perish as foes.”
Sergeant-At-Arms Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products) introduced guests and prospective members.
President John introduced the head table, Dr. Forrest Junod, guest speaker Anthony Wright, new member Jim Raney (Raney Real Estate), Past President Skip Lawrence and Laurie Rood (Benefits Done Right Insurance Agency).
The Meeting Sponsor was Laurie RoodLaurie offered a presentation on the importance of employee benefit packages and proper compliance.
New member Jim Raney, sponsored by Jim Phillips and Past President Skip Lawrence, was introduced to our Club.  During the introduction, Past President Skip Lawrence thanked members for their cards and calls of well wishes during his absence.
Past President Skip then introduced Jim Raney. Jim was born and raised in Sacramento.  His work is in land development, with an emphasis in suburban and easements.  Jim is a fourth generation Cal graduate; his hobbies include tennis and college football.
President John welcomed Jim to the Club and encouraged him to become involved with the Club and its many committees and activities. 
Jack Anderson (Dick James & Associates) announced that on February 13th we’ll have a special Valentine program, including a mimosa bar, live music and other Valentine fun.  He asked members to submit photos of a first date, or some funny occasion, for the special program.  Be on the lookout for an email with further details. Past President Diane Mizell announced our next Fireside will be at the home of Jim Craig on February 8th from 5:30-7:30pm.
Health Access California  Linda Geery 2018-01-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by John McIntyre on Jan 12, 2018
No mellows were harshed at today’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Sacramento.
Welcome: President John Lemmon (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky, LLP) called the meeting to order at 12:15pm, to the strains of Johnnie B. Goode, which picked up where Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen & Pajak) left off from her elegant piano ministrations. President John acknowledged Elfrena, as well as Ed Wright (Martensen Wright, PC), who organized today’s Wine Reception. President John thanked today’s greeters, Tina Reynolds (Uptown Studios), Robyn DeLong (Coldwell Banker), and Jaena Nakagawa (Tri Counties Bank), and also made special note of the triumphant return of Mead Kibbey.
Thought for the Day: Provided by Nancy Teichert (Writer and Conscience), who expressed her pride in being part of a free press and made us mindful of how vital it is to our society.
Introduction of Guests: Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Sergeant-At-Arms Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products) introduced several guests for today’s meeting:
  • Mike Appezzato from GOOD, guest of Steve Johansen (Johansen & Associates)
  • Karen McDougal from McDougal & Co. and her son Duncan McDougal, guests of Robyn DeLong and Steve Huffman
  • Mary Barber of Legacy Law Group, guest of Denny Evans (Northwestern Mutual Financial Network)
  • Debbie Lemmon, guest of President John Lemmon
  • Bret Rossi of KMTG, guest of Robyn DeLong
  • David Song, newly accepted to Stanford, guest of LuAnn Richardson (Re/Max Gold)
  • Eduard Goffart-Winkin, RCOS Rotary Youth Exchange student (Belgium), guest of John McIntyre (Mercy Foundation)
  • Tim Bystrowski of HUB International, guest of Paul Bystrowski (HUB International)
  • Stephanie Mann of USPS, guest of Kelley Moran (Moran & Associates)
  • Laura Mason-Smith and Colin Smith, guests of Dennis Smith (Tsakopoulos Management Company, LLC)
  • Grant Taylor of Stonebridge Properties, guest of Dan Fenocchio (Cunningham Engineering)
  • Keri Thomas of Sutter Health, guest of today’s speaker Joe Devlin (Pot Czar)
Additionally, we had one visiting Rotarian, Hans Haesslein from the Passport Club.
While Sergeant-At-Arms Callee went in search of refreshment after that lengthy recitation of guests, President John introduced those who joined him at the Head Table:
  • Chair of the Day, Past President John Frisch (Newmark Cornish & Carey)
  • Speaker, Joe Devlin, Chief of Cannabis Policy & Enforcement, City of Sacramento
  • Writer Nancy Teichert
  • Bob Daly (Financial Network Wealth Advisors)
  • Bob Miller (First US Community Credit Union)
Recognition: Following several minutes of fellowship among members, President John took the opportunity to recognize Hugo Bogren (UC Davis Medical Center) on the occasion of his 85th birthday, which caused Dick Osen (law, retired) to spring up, as if possessed, to lead us in the birthday song in Hugo’s honor.
President-Elect Diane Woodruff was then called forward to recognize members who cleared a new Eddie Mulligan threshold – Bob Daly and Bill Proffit (Land Park Ski & Sport), each for their first EM, Dick Osen for his second, and overachiever Elfrena Foord for her seventh!
Local Pot Czar John McIntyre 2018-01-12 08:00:00Z 0
ANTHONY E. WRIGHT has served as Executive Director for Health Access, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition since 2002. Health Access has led state and national efforts to win consumer protections, fight budget cuts and invest in our safety-net, encourage prevention, and advance coverage expansions and comprehensive health reform. Wright led California’s coalition effort to help pass the Affordable Care Act and state laws to implement and improve it, and campaigns to successfully pass first-in-the-nation laws to ensure timely access to care, and to stop hospital overcharging of the uninsured.
As a consumer advocate and community organizer, Wright has been widely quoted in state and national media. He has also worked for New Jersey Citizen Action, the Center for Media Education, The Nation magazine, and in Vice President Gore's office in the White House.
Born and raised in the Bronx, Wright graduated from Amherst College magna cum laude in both English and Sociology. He lives in Davis with his wife Jessica, and his son Jefferson.
Guest Speaker - Anthony Wright - January 16, 2018 2018-01-12 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Smith-Fagan on Dec 21, 2017
Written By: Kevin Smith-Fagan
One of the club’s happiest and most treasured traditions was renewed at the club’s annual Daughters Day celebration.
President John Lemmon (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky, LLP) called the meeting to order and immediately handed the gavel to his daughter Liz Tucker, who, as a middle school administrator, seemed particularly equipped to guide our club as the Daughters Day chair.
President Liz’s head table included sergeant-at-arms Amaya Barnes, the granddaughter of Steve Heath (Capitol Health Network); Libby and Abby Pavelchik, granddaughters of Roy Alexander (Sacramento Children's Home); Brooke Brandenburger, daughter of David Brandenburger (Newmark Cornish & Carey) and granddaughter of Steve Brandenburger; Bella Solis, daughter of Eric Solis (Solis Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors); and Eden Wild, daughter of Ivan Wild (The Salvation Army).
Brooke offered the Thought for the Day, and Abby led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance. Eden and Bella assisted Amaya in arms sergeantry.
Steve Ruland (Ruland's Office Furnishings) who chaired the club’s holiday toy and fund drive for the Salvation Army, proudly announced the club had raised $1,497 and barrels of toys, and he presented a ceremonial check to Ivan Wild.
President Liz invited President John to the podium, so he could introduce special guest Kailey McCarthy from the Peace Corps. Kailey thanked the club for supporting her service in Costa Rica. She described the new children’s library the club made possible in the community of San Francisco de Peña Blancas.
After a lunch break, sergeant-at-arms Amaya awarded prizes to three daughters of distinction - the one who traveled furthest to attend the luncheon (Cecilia, daughter of Hugo Bogren, having arrived from Madrid), the one who has attended the most Daughters Day events, Cynthia Towne, daughter of Ed Towne (and with an incredible 57 years of attendance), and the youngest (three-week-old Ella Grace, the great-granddaughter of Bob Gaines).
The club’s Four-Way Test singing quartet took the stage and harmonized through a pair of holiday favorites, with John McIntyre (Mercy Foundation) singing alto, Dick Osen the tenor, Kevin Smith-Fagan (KVIE) as baritone and Kevin Williams (KVIE) handling bass.
Daughter’s Day Joy!  Kevin Smith-Fagan 2017-12-21 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Smith-Fagan on Dec 14, 2017
At the annual Club Assembly luncheon on December 12, amid an atmosphere crackling with anticipation, Jim Leet (Boutin Jones Inc.) was announced as the President-Elect nominee for the Rotary Club of Sacramento.
Past President Walter Dahl (Dahl Law, Attorneys At Law) made the dramatic announcement and extolled the many achievements Jim brings to the job, including his outstanding work on the club board and the RCOS Foundation board, plus his bartending degree. PEN Jim’s term will begin on July 1, 2019, at the conclusion of President-Elect Diane Woodruff’s year.
The room greeted the news with a standing O for this beloved, brave, naïve soul.
President John Lemmon (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky) also announced the election results for two-year board terms beginning July 1. Elected were: Heidi Hershenhouse (Land IQ), Jonathan Marz (Diepenbrock Elkin Gleason LLP), Kelley Moran (Moran & Associates), Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products) and John Wood (McGee & Thielen Insurance Brokers). The vote formally approved PE Diane as incoming president. The Sergeant-At-Arms during PE Diane’s term will be Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen & Pajak) and the club treasurer, in a stunning twist, will be current treasurer Käthe Nathan (Merchants National Bank of Sacramento).
David Baker (Sacramento Children’s Home) elicited further celebration as the Club welcomed him as its newest member, and he was introduced by his colleague Todd Koolakian. Their organization sponsored the meeting, and retiring CEO Roy Alexander (Sacramento Children’s Home) talked about the Club’s long support of the Children’s Home, with special mention of a simple literacy program the club initiated nearly a decade ago under Past President Fred Teichert (Teichert Foundation) – the transformative “read to dogs” program in which their children sharpen their literacy by reading aloud to floppy-eared companions.
Ryan Royster is a 32-year-old successful sports agent, but that’s not why he attended the meeting as Joe Grant’s (Vantage Points, LLC) guest. Back in 1998, Ryan was in the first YIP mentee class in the club’s Youth Incentive Program. Does YIP make a difference? Aided by his mentor Joe Grant, Ryan graduated from McClatchy, was the first in his family to go straight to college, and earned his degree at UC Davis. Ryan embarked on his current career after playing seven years of minor league baseball.
LEET SEAT ELITE FEAT!  Kevin Smith-Fagan 2017-12-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by John McIntyre on Dec 07, 2017
WELCOME: President John Lemmon (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky, LLP) called the meeting to order at 12:15pm and thanked Dave Higdon (California Moving Systems) for sponsoring today’s wine reception. He further thanked Dr. Dick Wertz and Paul Stone for their piano artistry, and our greeters, John Wood (McGee & Thielen Insurance Brokers), Clayton Lee (C.K.L. Trust) and Michael GilliganPresident John also thanked John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography) for his leadership of our service at Loaves & Fishes last Thursday.
INVOCATION: The Thought for the Day was offered by Jim Leet (Boutin Jones Inc.), who beautifully channeled his inner St. Francis.  Following the Pledge of Allegiance, President John noted that we had no guests today, making it light duty for Sergeant-At-Arms Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products).
NEW MEMBER INTRODUCTION: Tina Reynolds was introduced by sponsor Jeanne Reaves (Jeanne Reaves Consulting) (and Margo Fowkes - OnTarget Consulting, Inc.) and announced by President John as the newest member of the Rotary universe and given our traditional standing-ovation welcome, which she immediately captured in a photo for social media.
President John also thanked several new members who have stepped immediately into leadership roles.   These included Ed Wright (Martensen Wright PC) who has been organizing our wine reception , Julie Sherry (Watson Companies, Inc.) and Jaena Nakagawa (Tri Counties Bank) who have served as Greeters,  Laurie Wright (Tri Counties Bank) who began working on the Sacramento Century and Golf 4 Kids even before becoming a member, Margo Fowkes who is working with Jeff Stone to recruit Meeting Sponsors, and Carol Christie (Lyon Real Estate) for her moxie for arranging a meeting with new Sacramento Police Chief Dan Hahn to explain about our Club’s long history of working in the Sacramento community and to invite Chief Hahn to both to speak at the club and to join as an honorary member; he assented to both!
President John explained that ballots were mailed out two days late and asked members for a one-time waiver of the late mailing. Amin Elmallah made a motion to that effect which was seconded by Walter Dahl (Dahl & Dahl Attorneys). The motion was approved by unanimous voice vote.
Prior to some member fellowship, President John acknowledged that it was Diane Woodruff’s birthday which was celebrated in song.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: President John announced that the next Networking Night would be on Dec. 13th at 5:30pm at Hot Italian (1627 16thStreet).  Bob Miller (First US Community Credit Union) announced that Bowling Green School, which we support through Golf 4 Kids, will be hosting its annual Holiday Play on December 20th. Bob says it is usually around 9am with details to follow. He urged Rotarians to attend to see how these remarkable kids overcome their challenges to perform – often using tools supplied by proceeds from Golf 4 Kids.
Foundation Day!  John McIntyre 2017-12-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Teichert on Nov 30, 2017
Riverfront street cars, rapid bus lanes, self-driving cars and trucks, and other transportation improvements combined with mixed-use housing and civic amenities to attract industries is the prescription for a successful Sacramento region.
That was the good news delivered by James Corless, Chief Executive Officer for the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), which provides planning and pass-through funding for six counties including Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer, Yolo, Sutter and Yuba.
President John Lemmon (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky, LLP) and Rotarians at Tuesday’s meeting saw a glimpse of futuristic changes as explained by the man who will oversee our needed infrastructure improvements.
“How we grow matters,” said Corless, warning that valuable farmland has been encroached upon and our rent increases are among the highest rent increases in the nation because of our housing shortage.
Before joining SACOG, Corless was the founding director of Transportation for America, a bipartisan alliance of community leaders across the country committed to transportation solutions.
Gridlock on I-80 and highways 50 and 99 is evidence of the changes that   need to be made. The Downtown Riverfront Streetcar project will cut traffic congestion around the river and Golden 1 Center with a 3-mile loop of streetcars connecting West Sacramento and downtown.
It’s too late to think of building trains to connect the six counties. “Buses are the future,” said Corless because they are cheaper and faster and can work like trains to get people from the suburbs to work. Bus Rapid Transit is a simple technology that has worked in other cities.
“We have these corridors and we can make them work,” while protecting residential neighborhoods, he said. Zoning codes need to allow mixed-use office and multi-family living spaces for compact growth.
Corless predicted we will see self-driving trucks before we see automated cars so we’ll need a strategy for truck drivers who will lose jobs. Also, Uber is losing money with today’s labor cost but won’t with self-driving cars in the future. “This is coming. It will profoundly change how we think of transportation,” said Corless.
SACOG is working with 15 cities to develop test products to cut traffic congestion. In Denver, a smart phone app allows drivers now to get free Lyft rides to light rail stations. Next May, SACOG will offer 900 electric bikes to be shared.
Internet shopping is threatening the future of our malls. One third of all malls in the U.S. are at risk of losing their anchor stores in the next year, he said. In Lakewood, Colorado, a one-mile long shopping mall was turned into a lifestyle center with a mixture of retail and housing. Roseville Galleria is discussing how to bring in housing.
The region needs more walkable, bike able pathways, civic amenities and less gridlock to attract industry headquarters and their employees, Corless said.
The meeting opened with a wine reception provided by Jeri Swift of Cooper Vineyards of Amador County. The piano was played by Jack Anderson (Dick James & Associates). Greeters included Roy Alexander (Sacramento Children’s Home), Chris Ann Bachtel (First Northern Bank) and Jaena Nakagawa (Tri Counties Bank).
Transportation in the Region Nancy Teichert 2017-11-30 08:00:00Z 0
The following applicant has been proposed for membership and has given permission for his name and proposed classification to be published.

Comments relating to this proposed new member's classification must be in writing and received by the club president prior to December 7, 2017.
Prospect:                  David L. Baker           
Business:                 Sacramento Children's Home
Position:                   CEO (1/1/2018 – Taking over for Mr. Roy Alexander)
Classification:          CHILDREN'S HOME    
Sponsors:               Roy Alexander & Todd Koolakian 
New Prospective Member for December 7, 2017  2017-11-28 08:00:00Z 0
Past President Peter Dannenfelser (Architectural Arts) stepped into the role of current President while John Lemmon (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky, LLP) attended to out of town business.  Peter thanked our greeters Käthe Nathan (The Merchants National Bank of Sacramento), Dee Hartzog  and Bob Miller (First US Community Credit Union).  Attendees were also welcomed by Mike Bullington (Pacific Advisors) on the piano.  Jeff and Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products) hosted the wine reception, which was quite popular today.
Steve Brandenburger reflected on past speeches and gave us our thought for the day while Callee Setzer introduced our guests.  Buddy Hubbert (Public Consulting Group) sponsored the meeting and donated his time to the Sacramento Entrepreneurship Academy.  Christy Serrato, Executive Director of the Academy, presented a short program celebrating this organization’s innovation, spirit, and forward thinkers.
Past President Peter reminded everyone of the Fireside Chat on 11/16, which has only 3 spots left.  Becki Roberts (Central Valley Community Bank) asked for RSVPs to Daughters Day on 12/19.  Galena Street East will be performing and Santa is expected to make an appearance.  David Brandenburger (Newmark Cornish & Carey) implored us to give blood at any Blood Source location from now through the holidays.
Instead of John Lemmon’s “Let’s Build Something,” Past President Peter suggested “Design It!”  Nian Roberts celebrated his 66th wedding anniversary.  Their first date was blind and it happened during breakfast.  David Brandenburger was recognized for an article on market research in the Business JournalJeff Setzer donated to his daughter Callee’s Eddie Mulligan for his tardiness during the wine reception.
Juries from 1215 to Today—the Role of Independent Courts in a Free Society  Jim Culleton 2017-11-16 08:00:00Z 0
James Corless is the chief executive officer for the Sacramento Area Council of Governments. He was previously the founding director of Transportation for America, a bipartisan alliance of elected, business and civic leaders from communities across the country that worked together to ensure states and the federal government invest in smart, locally-driven transportation solutions. While at Transportation for America, Mr. Corless worked with regions across the U.S. to develop and implement transportation performance measures that improve health, increase access to opportunity for vulnerable populations, protect the environment and promote economic prosperity. Mr. Corless created Transportation for America’s nationally recognized transportation leadership academies as well as the Smart Cities Collaborative to help local governments prepare for rapid changes in transportation technologies while ensuring that local ridesharing and bike-sharing projects include and engage disadvantaged communities. His commitment to inclusive and thoughtful transportation investment that address equity has resulted in numerous successes around the country including leading on creative place making in disadvantaged communities, integrating health and regional planning, place-based planning the better connects jobs, housing and amenities, and performance-based planning.
Mr. Corless has come full circle with his return to California. Before Transportation for America, he was a senior planner for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) in the San Francisco Bay Area. At MTC, he developed and managed the agency’s grant programs that promote jobs, retail, and mixed- income residential construction along public transit corridors and target investments in low-income communities.
Guest Speaker - James Corless - November 28, 2017 2017-11-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Smith-Fagan on Nov 09, 2017
Three New Members!
A highlight of the action-packed November 7 club luncheon was the club’s embrace of three new members, all from Tri Counties Bank – Bindu Jaduram, Jaena Nakagawa, and Laurie Wright. Heidi Hershenhouse (Land IQ) introduced the new members, who were sworn in by President John Lemmon (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky).
Rick Osen (Sutter Builders) shared a Thought for the Day on optimism and hope.
Meeting sponsor, Allison Cagley (California Music Theatre) encouraged everyone to see CMT’s current smash, “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical,” which runs until November 12; Allison also lauded one of Sacramento’s great summertime traditions, the Music Circus, which will be back in 2018 with a tremendous lineup.
Recognizing Veterans Day this week, President John asked the numerous Rotarians who have served in the armed forces to stand and be recognized.
Elena Naderi also got a nod from the president for her excellent work organizing the club’s Networking Nights. President John also called attention to the glorious spread about Golf for Kids in a recent issue of Comstock’s, and thanked Nancy Teichert, Kevin Smith-Fagan (KVIE) and John Wood (McGee & Thielen Insurance Brokers)     for submitting articles to the District 5180 newsletter about various club successes.
Sacramento State - College of Natural Sciences and MathematicsScience Complex   Kevin Smith-Fagan 2017-11-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jay Lowden on Nov 02, 2017

President John Lemmon (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky, LLP) rang the bell and called the meeting to order to start the 15th meeting of his tenure. He thanked Dick and Rick Osen (Sutter Builders, Inc.) for hosting the day’s wine reception; and Julie Sherry (Watson Companies, Inc.), Jim Streng (Streng Bros Rentals, LLC), and Denise Santiago (F&M Bank) for greeting at the door.

The Thought for the Day was provided by Ed Wright (Martensen Wright PC) who, in keeping with the wine theme of the day, gave thanks for the recent harvest and thanked friends who made it possible.

Sergeant-At-Arms Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products) introduced our guests, prospective members and a large cadre of visiting Rotarians which included our District Governor Sandy Sava along with the District Governor of 5130, Bob Rogers, and 5130’s District Governor-Elect, Barbara Spangler.

President John then introduced folks seated at the head table including  Elena Naderi, Linda Bisson (Professor of Viticulture and Enology - UC Davis), Ed Grebitus, Ted Grebitus (Grebitus & Sons Jewelers), and Jeff Setzer (Setzer Forest Products Inc.).

A new member, Ted Grebitus was welcomed to the Club with an introduction by Jeff Setzer. Ted was sponsored by his father Ed Grebitus and Jeff Setzer. Without missing a beat, Ted jumped right in along with his dad as the sponsors of the day and talked about Grebitus Jewelers. 



Last week was a Brown Bag luncheon week, and thanks were given to those who hosted Brown Bag sessions as well as to Joe Grant and Tom Bacon who organized the event.. 

Just a few short weeks ago, Northern California was devastated by wild fires, especially the community of Santa Rosa. Thanks to the generosity of members of our Club, a check in the amount of $22,600 was presented to Bob Rogers, District Governor of 5130, for its fire relief fund. 61 Rotarians lost their homes in 5130, and the fund will help those families and many others. Bob and Barbara Spangler then shared stories of heartache and joy from the fires and thanked the Club members for their generosity. 

Establishing a Tradition of Innovation Jay Lowden 2017-11-02 07:00:00Z 0
The following applicants have been proposed for membership and have given permission for their names and proposed classification to be published.

Comments relating to this proposed new members' classification must be in writing and received by the club president prior to October 26, 2017.
  1. Prospect:                 Laurie Wright  
         Business:                 Tri Counties Bank
         Position:                  Sr. Banker
         Classification:         BANKING      
         Sponsors:               Heidi Hershenhouse & Callee Setzer
  1. Prospect:                 Bindu Jaduram  
          Business:                 Tri Counties Bank
          Position:                   Regional Manager
          Classification:         BANKING      
          Sponsors:               Heidi Hershenhouse & Callee Setzer
  1. Prospect:                 Jaena Nakagawa   
         Business:                Tri Counties Bank
         Position:                  VP Business Relations Manager
        Classification:          BANKING      
        Sponsors:                 Heidi Hershenhouse & Callee Setzer
New Prospective Members for October 26, 2017 2017-10-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Bullington on Oct 20, 2017
If you missed last luncheon, you should be kicking yourself over and over. It was throwback Tuesday, with Past President Walter Dahl (Dahl Law, Attorneys At Law) back at the helm. His boundless energy and sparkling wit were on display, as he rallied the members, obviously crestfallen at the absence of their dearly beloved leader, John “Walking Tall” Lemmon (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky, LLP). He spoke and our sadness dissipated like the early morning dew.
He thanked Kathe Nathan (The Merchants National Bank), assisted by her VP, Madelyne Carpenter, for the wine reception. He praised Bob McLean (McLean & Tillotson Construction) and Don Ellwanger of (Sperry Van Ness) for greeting the attendees.
Gary Bazlen (Nicolaus Optical) gave the thought for the day, using the analogy of bifocal lens to look at our world at both close range and from a distance, and then to act on what we see. Past President Walter led the still standing Rotarians in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Past President Walter introduced Sergeant-At-Arms Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products) with a measure of ejaculatory praise rarely witnessed in any venue. Filled to the brim with Rotarian pride, Callee announced our guests as the aforementioned Madelyne Carpenter, Bill and Kim Moran, the parents of Kelley Moran (Moran and Associates), and Mia Lopez, the guest of speaker Tina Reynolds, the president of Uptown Studios.
Past President Dahl announced the Chair of the Day, of Jeanne Reaves (Jeanne Reaves Consulting), Speaker Tina Reynolds of Uptown Studios, Gary Bazlen, Joe Grant (Vantage Points, LLC), and the meeting sponsor, Roy Alexander (Sacramento Children’s Home).
Roy explained the grief cycle and how we should interact with the victims of tragedies like the Santa Rosa fire. His most cogent advice was to just listen.
Tom Bacon (Kidder Mathews) explained how the Brown Bag lunches worked and reminded us NOT to show up next week at Rotary. Those who do may want to consider wearing a brown bag over the heads at the next meeting. Nancy Teichert encouraged us to get out and support the Walk for Literacy this Saturday. Contact Nancy or April Javist for details.
Uptown Studios!  Mike Bullington 2017-10-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Geery on Oct 12, 2017
President John (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky, LLP) welcomed Rotarians to the 13th meeting of the 104th term of the Rotary Club of Sacramento.
An inspiring thought for the day was offered by Leo McFarland (Volunteers of America).  The thought was two-fold:  1) to express deep appreciation to all who helped with the Sacramento Century Challenge and 2) he asked that Rotarians consider the families of California affected by the fires raging in our beautiful state.  “Rotarians put service above self.  When called upon, we will respond.”
Past President Dave Cohen was the meeting sponsor and donated his time to FairyTale Town. 
Kathy Fleming of FairyTale Town shared that they were celebrating 20 years as a non-profit organization, after spinning off from the city. FairyTale Town is experiencing a renaissance and is undertaking many renovations.  Ms. Fleming thanked our Club for supporting FairyTale Town with a recent grant from our Foundation that was processed through our Community Grants Committee.
Past President Wes Yee (Yee Dental Care) gave a special presentation and inducted Norm Marshall as our newest Sacramento Rotary Fellow.  Norm, surrounded by his family and friends, explained how very much Rotary means to him.  He expressed his appreciation to Clayton Lee (C.K.L. Trust) and Steve Ruland (Ruland's Office Furnishings) who brought him into the Club.
President John indicated that December 12 would be our annual membership meeting.
Joe Grant (Vantage Points, LLC) encouraged participation in our upcoming Brown Bag Luncheon on October 24.
April Javist (Sacramento Public Library Foundation) encouraged everyone to join in the Walk for Literacy on October 21.   We currently have 30 Rotarians signed up and another 10 would be great!
Tanya Kravchuk (Children's Receiving Home of Sacramento) announced that Mead Kibbey had been hospitalized, but is home now with nursing support. 
Kathy Herrfeldt (Home Care Assistance) asked that Rotarians keep the communities and families affected by the fires in their thoughts.  She will be driving donations to the affected areas this weekend.  Drop off donations at Kathy’s office 5363 H Street, Sacramento.
President John indicated that we will be creating a committee to develop a list of needs and priorities for victims of the fires.  Expect further information on that later.
Margo Fowkes (OnTarget Consulting,Inc.) announced “Good Grief,” a series to provide support for those dealing with grief in the workplace.  The first session is October 26.  See Margo for details.
Let’s Build Something Together:
Past President Peter Dannenfelser (Architectural Arts) recognized the Teichert and Gerbitus families for their founding work at FairyTale Town.
President Elect Diane Woodruff made a contribution on behalf of Margo for her work on the Sacramento Century.
Tom Engel made a contribution in honor of family celebrations.
Chris Ann Bachtel (First Northern Bank) encouraged blood donations; go on line to to sign up.  Chris Ann indicated she would contribute $25 for the first 25 to sign up.  Please mention our club number (6569) when you register.
President John transitioned the meeting back to the Sacramento Century and invited Past President Susan Sheridan to recap the event.  The event beneficiaries were Boys and Girls Club of Sacramento and Volunteers of America.
Past President Susan Sheridan gave a heartfelt thank you to everybody involved and for their efforts which, for many people, went way beyond the day of the event. 
Some numbers to think about:
  • It is estimated that 850 riders participated at some level
  • We had 300 volunteers, many were Rotarians and their friends and family
  • Many of the volunteers were non-Rotarians
  • The temperature was perfect, a beautiful 90 degrees with 4MPH wind.
Next year’s Sacramento Century is scheduled for October 6. Mark your calendars!
Sacramento Century Challenge Bike Ride! Linda Geery 2017-10-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Culleton on Oct 05, 2017
President John Lemmon (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky, LLP) welcomed a boisterous crowd.  Ted Kappel (Kappel Mortgage Group) and Jerry Haley were our greeters.  Gabriel Gendron (Lyon Real Estate) gave us the thought for the day, which centered on the importance of relationships.  Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products) handled the introductions of guests Bob Sanford, Greg Briscoe and Pat Pathipati.  Lauri Wright was introduced as a prospective member and Tom Engle, the President of the West Sacramento Centennial Club, was our lone visiting Rotarian.  Eduard Goffart is a current RYE student from Belgium, and was introduced by John McIntyre (Mercy Foundation).
Past President Frank Poelman (Poelman Company Ltd), who launched the YIP program during his presidency, sponsored the meeting and donated his time to current YIP Chairman, Eric Solis (Solis Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors).  Eric ran through a slide show of current and past YIP enrollees. 100 % have graduated from high school.  Eric explained that our YIP Committee has spent $154,000 of the $300,000 originally raised by the program.  Our Committee plans to spend a further $192,000 during the next 10 years.  Eric read a nice letter from Doug Crumley’s YIP student praising him for the help when he needed it.  Fritz Engle, an original YIP mentor, passed away a few years ago and his mentee flew from Atlanta to speak at his funeral.
Jeanne Reeves (Jeanne Reaves Consulting) recognized two Rotarians, John Dowdell (Dowdell Financial Services) (15th) and Jim Leet (Boutin Jones Inc.) for their generous Eddie Mulligan contributions.
Todd Andrews (Andrews Construction, Inc.) "Mr. Biker", declared, “Weather will be great on Saturday!  Warm at 85 degrees and sunny!”  Our Sac Century Challenge Bike Ride kicks off at daybreak on October 7.  Come out, volunteer and join the fun.  John McIntyre said Kings tickets for the December 10th game, at which our own Four-Way Test will sing the anthem, are still available but going fast.  Joe Grant (Vantage Points, LLC) and Tom Bacon (Kidder Mathews) are leading “Brown Bag Day” on October 24th and would like a few more hosts.  President John Lemmon passed along an invitation from the East Sacramento and Pocket Greenhaven Clubs to attend their joint meeting at the Casa Garden Restaurant on October 12, at 11:30am.  Past President Skip Lawrence urged blood donations next week to help our sister blood bank in Las Vegas after the recent shooting tragedy.  On behalf of our Literacy Committee, April Javist (Sacramento Public Library Foundation) urged Members to show up for the upcoming “Walk for Literacy” on October 21st.
Dr. Barbara Arnold (Barbara J. Arnold, MD Inc.) announced she will have a painting at the upcoming KVIE Gala available for auction.  Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak) donated in recognition of Dr. Arnold’s continued support of local community programs including a scholarship Barbara has funded benefitting students at Delta High School.
StoveTeam International  Jim Culleton 2017-10-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Teichert, Photos by John Swentowsky on Sep 28, 2017

District Governor Sandi Sava showed up with her bike at Tuesday’s meeting sporting her Sac Century cycling shirt, hat and bicycle shorts, all ready for the upcoming event on Oct. 7. “Good day Sacramento!” she cheered. “How happy I am to be riding next week in your Century Challenge. I love it!”


President John Lemon (Knox, Lemmon and Anapolsky, LLP) introduced Sava (Meissner, Joseph and Palley law firm), who joined the Sacramento Breakfast Club in 1996, is a Paul Harris Fellow + 8, a major donor who also travels the world and has a passion for shoes. Lemmon offered up a pair of very dirty and enormous sneakers as a gift, which was declined.


DG Sava timed her official visit to our club in recognition of the big bike trek through the Delta wine region. The event will raise money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento and the Volunteers of America. A bicycle enthusiast, DG Sava even rode in the first Sac Century four years ago in the rain.


Not only will she be riding, but she has enticed two of 17 Zone Directors for Rotary International to join her. John Matthews, from the Rotary Club of Mercer Island (WA) and another district director will be participating in our cycling excursion that starts and ends on Capitol Mall.


She began her visit on a humorous note. On screen was a portrait of Paul Harris saying in a cartoon bubble: “Please show DG some respect. OK?”


Rotary International President Ian Riseley of Australia has chosen as his theme for this year: “Rotary: Making a Difference,” portrayed visually by a circle of what look like popsicle sticks of different colors to depict people of all races joining together to improve the world. A vegetarian who grows his own food, Riseley is asking each Rotarian to plant a tree, to contribute to sustainable growth, to promote peace and to increase the membership of women.


It has been 30 years since women were admitted to Rotary in 1987. DG Sava asked if anyone was a member then and what they thought about it. Mik Miklaus (Integrity Mortgage) volunteered that women have been good members and that eliminating ashtrays might have been more controversial.


DG Sava asked if anyone could guess her district theme and Mike Bullington (Pacific Advisors), who also played the piano to welcome members, correctly guessed her theme is two wheels of a bicycle. Printed along the back Rotary wheel are the words “Reflect Back,” and printed on the front wheel is “Embrace the Future.”


Reflecting back, she noted that our club was the first chartered in our district on Feb. 1, 1914 with 300 members. Our most senior members are Bob Cole from 1951 and Mead Kibbey from 1953. The longest standing female member is Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen and Pajak Financial Services) since 1988. The newest member is Laurie Rood (Benefits Done Right Insurance Agency) since July 25, 2017. One family has a fourth generation as a member of the club. Sergeant-At-Arms Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products) teared up when she responded: “It’s very important for me to carry on the tradition.”


Rotary: Making a Difference Nancy Teichert, Photos by John Swentowsky 2017-09-28 07:00:00Z 0
Our speaker next Tuesday is Nancy Hughes. She was an inspirational speaker at the last Rotary District conference and she has been featured on CNN, PBS and also in the latest issue of National Geographic.  The organization she started called StoveTeam International has improved the lives of over 500,000 individuals in Guatemala, Mexico, and several other countries.  She has a fascinating story to tell you that I know you won’t want to miss it next week.
Guest Speaker - Nancy Hughes, October 3, 2017 2017-09-28 07:00:00Z 0
The East Sacramento and Pocket Greenhaven Rotary Clubs have invited Members of our Club to attend their upcoming joint meeting and hear a talk by guest speaker, Robin Fisher, a Professor of Voice at Sacramento State.  Professor Fisher, who has both a “Rotary story” and a beautiful voice, will sing after she tells her story. The Clubs will hold their joint meeting on October 12, at the Casa Garden Restaurant at 2760 Sutterville Road, Sacramento, CA (next to the Sacramento Children’s Home) beginning at 11:30 am.  The meeting will conclude by 12:45 pm. The cost for lunch is $16, and guests are welcome to purchase raffle tickets if they wish. There are three options on the menu for that day: ginger-soy salmon, tequila-lime shredded chicken tostada salad, and a soup and sandwich combination.
If you are interested in attending, please let LaToya Wong know by October 5 and give her your meal choice.
Join East Sacramento and Pocket Greenhaven as they Welcome Speaker Robin Fisher  2017-09-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John McIntyre on Sep 21, 2017
Welcome: President John Lemmon (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky, LLP) called the meeting into order at 12:15pm, welcoming all to the 10th meeting of the 104th year of the Rotary Club of Sacramento. He thanked David Brandenburger (Newmark Cornish & Carey) for the Wine Reception and acknowledged Jack Anderson (Dick James & Associates) for working the ivories. President John also recognized today’s greeters, Shadi Fox (Dick James & Associates), Cheryl Marcell (CA State Railroad Museum Foundation), and Michelle Amaral (Dick James & Associates).
Thought for the Day: Jay Lowden (YMCA of Superior California) offered wry observations related to Citizen Kane, in honor of our guest speaker whose memoir is titled Citizen Cohn.
Introduction of Guests: Sergeant-At-Arms Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products) introduced:
  • Jamie Furlong, guest of Mead Kibbey
  • Laurie Wright, guest of Heidi Hershenhouse (Land IQ, LLC)
  • Malcolm Hotchkiss, guest of Virginia Varela (Golden Pacific Bank)
Prospective Members:
  • Joe McClure (Golden Pacific Bank), guest of John McIntyre (Mercy Foundation)
  • Ali Coleman (Merrill Lynch), guest of Bob Miller (First US Community Credit Union)
  • Malonn Barnes (Merrill Lynch), guest of Bob Miller
  • Megan Wygant (E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts), guest of Allison Cagley (California Musical Theatre)
Visiting Rotarians: None this week (very much their loss…)
Meeting Sponsor: Margo Fowkes (On Target Consulting, Inc.) shared an image of her son Jimmy, whose loss to brain cancer sent Margo on a search for a supportive community of those who are grieving loss as she was.  From this need came a nonprofit, Salt Water, which she founded in Jimmy’s memory, creating a “safe harbor” for those who are grieving the loss of “someone they can’t live without,” so they can find comfort, support, and tools for overcoming their loss. More information can be found at:
Recognitions: Jeanne Reaves (Jeanne Reaves Consulting) and President John acknowledged Bob Gaines for his 6th Eddie Mulligan and Mead Kibbey for his second Paul Harris.
  • April Javist (Sacramento Community Library Foundation) encouraged members and provided all they need to know in order to participate in the Walk for Literacy on October 21st.
  • Jeff Stone (John O. Bronson Co./HUB International) encouraged members to become Meeting Sponsors.
  • Kathe Nathan (Merchants National Bank) and Callee Setzer asked members to take on volunteer roles in support of the Sac Century Ride – our biggest fundraising event of the year.
  • Joe Grant (Vantage Points LLC) announced the year’s first brown bag, looking for hosts!
  • John McIntyre (Mercy Foundation) announced this year’s “Rotary Day at the Kings” – a 12:30pm game December 10th against the Toronto Raptors. Last year’s success meant we were able to get a better deal on tickets this year!  Watch for an email with a link for tickets.
  • Susan Sheridan announced that she and Todd Andrews (Andrews Construction, Inc.) would be at Farm to Fork events, supporting and encouraging participation in the Sac Century.
  • Lastly, President John shared that next week our speaker will be District Governor Sandi Sava who will respond to questions/concerns of Rotarians, rather than providing “the typical blah, blah, blah…”  President John suggested some potential questions, including one relating to macaroni and another relating to synchronized swimming. Questions should be sent in advance to LaToya Wong at the Rotary office (  If the questions posed to the DG are in the same spirit, it should be a meeting not to miss…
Citizen Cohn John McIntyre 2017-09-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jay Lowden on Sep 15, 2017
With a ringing of the bell, President John Lemmon called to order the 9th meeting of his Presidency of the Sacramento Rotary Club. John thanked Steve Huffman for hosting the wine reception, Mike Bullington (Pacific Advisors) for tickling the ivories, and Christie Holderegger (Volunteers of America), Alice Sauro (Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera) and Kathe Nathan (The Merchants National Bank of Sacramento) for serving as today’s greeters.
Ron Crane (DCA Partners) provided the thought for the day by reflecting on his father’s 98th birthday and the impact that his father has had in people’s lives over the years. He wrapped up by reminding us to make a difference, share a smile and give a kid a hug.
President John took a moment to express appreciation to the members of the club that contributed last week to help buy six Shelter Boxes for hurricane relief in Texas. He then provided us a brief history of Rotary’s 4-Way test. John shared some old Sacramento Union articles about our club and the importance of the 4-Way test. He noted that a dark-haired gentleman in the 1960 Union photos was none other than his father Vince Lemmon, who was the club’s president at that time.
Never lacking in announcements, we heard from Susan Sheridan and Tom Bacon (Kidder Mathews) who were encouraging participation in the Sac Century ride through the Challenge Champions program. Their presentation included the debut of Tom Bacon’s first feature film, the Jiggling Bike Rider (you would need to see the film to understand it). Peter Dannenfelser (Architectural Arts) talked Chicken Coops, built thanks to Rotary at Fairytale Town. The final announcement was to promote the District’s Rotary Foundation Dinner on October 28 in Citrus Heights. The featured speaker is Paul Netzel, Chair of the RI Foundation Board. Our club has purchased a table and if you would like to attend please let President John know.
President John announced that it was time to build something together, and he started by recognizing one of our newest members, Laurie Rood (Benefits Done Right Insurance Agency) for the wonderful article in the Sacramento Business journal, including a couple of nice photos. Laurie then made a nice contribution to both her Eddie Mulligan and Paul Harris Funds. And before she could sit down she threw in another nice contribution in recognition of her son’s engagement. Ron Crane made a gift to both Eddie and Paul in recognition of his father’s 98th birthday. With no other building taking place, President John introduced the Chair of the Day, Bob Daly (Financial Network Wealth Advisors), who introduced our guest speaker, Dale Carlsen, founder of Sleep Train and CEO of the Tickets to Dream Foundation.
Sleep Train! Jay Lowden 2017-09-15 07:00:00Z 0
Sandra (Sandi) L. Sava is originally from Alaska and lived near Denali National Park as a child.  She graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in Political Science and later obtained her J.D. from McGeorge School of Law.  She currently lives and practices law in Sacramento.
Sandi joined the Rotary Club of Sacramento Breakfast in 1996 and served as President in 2005-2006.  In addition to Club Secretary, Foundation Chair, International Chair and Club Information Officer, Sandi has chaired her Club’s annual Poinsettia Fundraiser for the past 16 years.  She is a Paul Harris Fellow + 8, Major Donor and member of the Paul Harris Society.
Within District 5180, Sandi has served as Assistant Governor, chaired the District Conference in 2014, chaired one District Assembly and co-chaired another, and was the alternate GSE Team Leader to Austria.  She also has been a team-member on two Rotaplast International missions  --  one to India and one to Colombia.
Although Sandi has a passion for shoes, her true passion is traveling.  She was an exchange student to Germany and has traveled extensively in Europe, Central America and South America.  After law school, she bought an around-the-world plane pass and circled the globe for seven months.  She and Barry Kalar enjoy cruising and have sailed through the Panama Canal and around Cape Horn.  When Sandi is not practicing law or serving Rotary, she teaches water aerobics and indoor cycling. 
Guest Speaker - DG Sandi Sava,  September 26, 2017 2017-09-08 07:00:00Z 0
A heartfelt thanks to the many club members who, at last Tuesday’s meeting and afterward, have donated to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
So far we’ve donated over $6,100 – that’s six ShelterBox units to house displaced families.
The spirit of Rotary is shining brightly in Sacramento!
Thank You Rotarians! 2017-09-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Smith-Fagan on Sep 08, 2017
At the club’s September 5 lunch meeting, visiting Rotarian Katherine Turner of the new Clarksburg Rotary Club threw down the gauntlet to her hosts when she took the microphone and issued a challenge – that her club would purchase a Shelter Box if we would “match” their purchase for victims of Hurricane Harvey.
The Sacramentans stepped up and exceeded Katherine’s expectations. Our members ponied up over $4,700 on the spot. Kudos to the 35+ club members who chipped in enough to purchase and send more than 4 Shelter Boxes to Texas.
As further evidence of the club’s generosity, Jeanne Reaves (Jeanne Reaves Consulting), President of the Club’s Foundation, presented Eddie Mulligan award pins to Buddy Hubbert (PCG), and Bill Niemi (Niemi Development Partners). 
Just a few club announcements this week:
. Sacramento Century Challenge – April Javist (Sacramento Library Foundation) encouraged club members to consider becoming tent vendors at the event
. Walk 4 Literacy – April Javist encouraged club members to participate in the October 21 fundraiser
. Fireside gathering – Past President Diane Mizell invited club members to attend the September 13 Fireside reception at the Land Park home of Steve Brandenburger.
President John Lemmon (Knox, Lemmon and Anapolsky LLP) urged club members to attend the periodic Networking nights and thanked Elena Naderi for chairing the effort.
Service Above Self!  Kevin Smith-Fagan 2017-09-08 07:00:00Z 0
Meeting Sponsor - Jim Craig - September 5, 2017 2017-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Smith-Fagan on Aug 31, 2017
39 days until the Sacramento Century Challenge! The club’s signature public fundraiser is set for October 7.
Event chair Past President Susan Sheridan and Todd Andrews (Andrews Construction, Inc.) presented an overview of the event and announced the worthy beneficiaries, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento and Volunteers of America.
Volunteer coordinator Barbara Thompson (Sky Ridge Ranch) underscored the extensive need for volunteers and called upon every club member to sign up for volunteer duty at
Party animal Tim Mattheis (WMB Architects) highlighted the attractions at the 11am-6pm “after party” on Capitol Mall – wines from Clarksburg, Yolo Brewing Company, and live music from rockers Playback and Unsupervised.
Tanya Kravchuk (Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento) encouraged Rotarians to spread the word through social media and their personal networks: 400+ Sac Century riders have signed up so far, but many more are needed.
 President John Lemmon (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky) announced the club board had approved a dues hike. After a decade without any fee increases, the club’s dues revenue has not kept pace with rising expenses and must be adjusted. To make it easier on club members, the increase will be phased in over four years. President John stressed the dues increase was not a result of any recent site or catering changes: it is just high time. The revised amounts will be reflected on the forthcoming invoices.  
 Generous club members lined up to share good news and support Rotary. Virginia Varela (Golden Pacific Bank) got called out by President John for a run of deserved praise in the local press, and responded with a $250 gift. In donating $100, Nancy Teichert encouraged club members to support the community Walk for Literacy on October 21. Dick Noonan (California Railroad Museum) donated $100 in honor of his daughter’s elevation to grand matron of the Order of the Eastern Star in Arizona. Jack Anderson (Dick James and Associates) celebrated his son’s marriage with a $100 contribution. Past President Susan Sheridan toasted her daughter’s recent marriage with $100 to “each of the boys” (Eddie Mulligan and Paul Harris). With her $100 donation, Tanya Kravchuk set the record straight on some bogus bad publicity that had erroneously tarnished the Children’s Receiving Home: it was, Tanya reported, a case of mistaken identity, and CRH continues to serve foster children ably.
Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art! Kevin Smith-Fagan 2017-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Bullington, Photos By: John Swentowsky on Aug 25, 2017
The meeting started promptly at 12:15, with President John acknowledging Laurie Rood (Benefits Done Right Insurance Agency) for hosting the wine reception. He praised Dr. Dick Wertz’s mastery at the piano – there was at least one Gershwin piece that was absolutely enchanting. The greeters were Ivan Wild (Salvation Army), and Steven Johansen (Johansen & Associates).
Luann Richardson (Re/Max Gold) provided the thought for the day, evoking the advice of a father through the images of potatoes, eggs and coffee beans and their varied reactions to the adversity of boiling water. If you missed the story, be sure to shoot Luann an email. It was terrific stuff. President John then led us in the Pledge.
Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products), our Sergeant-At-Arms extraordinaire, announced with sparkling pronunciation our guests of Rotarians: Teri Bullington, wife of Michael Bullington of Pacific Advisors LLC, Gloria Pluskanski and Bruce Meissner, guests of Carolyn Carr. Vanessa Oleski; guest of Tanya Kravchuk (Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento). Debbie Urenholt; guest of Becki Roberts (Central Valley Community Bank), and visiting Rotarians, Doug Clifford of the Roseville Club and an admirer of President john, Dave Soto, from the Passport club and a guest of Bob Miller (First US Community Credit Union).
President John introduced the Head table:
Chair of the Day Past President John Frisch (Newmark Cornish & Carey),
Speaker Andrew Grant (CEO and President of the Northern California World Trade Center). Invocator Luann Richardson.  Jaclyn Kirkwood (Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento) and 18-year Marine veteran. Kevin Williams (KVIE), who was acknowledged for his untiring service to the club as one of its sound technicians.
Jeff Curcio (Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP) was wished a Happy Birthday today.
Jeanne Reaves (Jeanne Reaves Consulting) recognized three Paul Harris recipients:
  • Laura Heintz (Stanford Youth Solutions), 8 years in the club, receiving her first Paul Harris.
  • Eric Solis (Solis Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors), 14 years in the club, receiving his second Paul Harris.
  • Carolyn Carr,  17 years in the club, receiving her fourth Paul Harris.
The next Rotary Fireside will be hosted by Steve Brandenburg at his home.
Sep 13, 2017 
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
The Importance of International Trade!  Mike Bullington, Photos By: John Swentowsky 2017-08-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Geery - Photos By: John Swentowsky on Aug 17, 2017
President John welcomed everyone to the 5th meeting of his term.  Sergeant-At-Arms Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products) thanked the greeters and introduced guests, prospective members and visiting Rotarians.
Jim Relles of Relles Florist was the meeting sponsor and he gave a thorough overview of the 70-year history of his family company.
President John shared some photos from the Golf 4 Kids Event and introduced Bob Miller (First US Community Credit Union), co-chair of the Event.  Bob gave an overview and recap Golf 4 Kids, which is the longest running fundraiser in Rotary International history.  Bob said that the preliminary numbers indicate $40,000 was raised for the four beneficiaries: Ralph Richardson Center, Fern Bacon Middle School, Bowling Green Elementary and Luther Burbank High School.  The funding request for the four schools was $38,400, so it’s anticipated that their requests will be fully funded!
Bob Miller thanked:  Golfers, sponsors and volunteers.  Premier Sponsor – Gilbert Associates, Dinner Sponsor – Ted White (Sacramento Delta Property Management), Deli Delicious provided 130 free lunches, Hole in 1 Sponsor - Safe Credit Union, Fun Hole Sponsor Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak) and Susan Sheridan, Raffle Prize Sponsor – Steve Ruland (Ruland's Office Furnishings),  Beverage Cart – Gabriel Gendron (Lyon Real Estate), Jeanne Reaves (Jeanne Reaves Consulting) and Rob Scherer (Dale Carnegie Training), Wine Sponsor – Dave and Kathy Higdon (California Moving Systems), $10,000 Shoot-Out – JD Lauppe, Longest Drive – Laura Heintz (Stanford Youth Solutions) and Kelley Moran, Bloody Mary Hole – Kathy Herrfeldt (Home Care Assistance) , Closest to the Pin – Dick James Associates, Breakfast Sponsor – Fred & Nancy Teichert (Teichert Foundation), Prizes – Jon Snyder (Snyder Commercial Real Estate) and Foursome Sponsor, Forrest Junod, Bruce Hester (Colliers International) and Ted White and our Putting Contest sponsor – Safe Credit Union.
Also, a Big Thank You to the committee members, Callee Setzer, Bob Daly (Financial Network Wealth Advisors), Dick Osen, Rick Osen (Sutter Builders, Inc.), Mike Bullington (Pacific Advisors), Christie Holderegger (Volunteers of America), Heidi Hershenhouse (Land IQ, LLC), Diane Mizell, Diane Woodruff, Leigh White (KTXL TV FOX 40) , Jay Lowden (YMCA of Superior California), Walter Dahl (Dahl Law, Attorneys At Law), Dave Higdon, Event Volunteers, and our Rotary Staff, LaToya, Ema and Sulaf.
Bob Miller closed out his comments by conveying that the event has gone from “Charity to Passion, What A Day!”
Importance of Service to One’s Community! Linda Geery - Photos By: John Swentowsky 2017-08-17 07:00:00Z 0
Meeting Sponsor - Jim Relles 2017-08-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Culleton, Photos By: John Swentowsky on Aug 03, 2017
Rotary – Where Leaders Meet to Serve
Welcome to our 4th meeting of the Lemmon Era.
Allison Cagley (California Musical Theatre) hosted the wine reception.  Guests were greeted by new member Sylvia Ambrogio (Sacramento County Department of Airports) and by Luann Richardson (Re/Max Gold).  Dick Wertz played the piano during the wine reception.
Jim Culleton (Strong & Associates) gave us the Thought for the Day, while President Lemmon (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky, LLP) led the pledge.  Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products) announced two guests.
Past President Fred Teichert (Teichert Foundation) and Nancy Teichert were the meeting sponsors.  Fred gave an overview of Teichert Construction’s history and its ongoing pledge to maintain its excellent track record.  They also have a history of supporting the arts and Fred emphasized the importance of kids in drama. “Arts can tell us truths,” he declared. He thanked a multitude of Rotarians who also serve on many boards throughout the area supporting performing and creative arts.
Tim Pinkney paid homage to our late club member Bill Stone by presenting Bill’s widow Millie with a historical photobook depicting his life in the military and his lifelong effort of serving others.  Tim recapped Bill’s career in the PTO (Pacific Theater Operation) explaining the difference between a B-25 and B-24.  Bill flew a B-25 in WWII.  Of the 17,000 planes made, only one remains still flying. Tim was able to check a bucket list item and flew that surviving 74-year-old plane right over the Golden Gate Bridge.  Passengers included his daughter and a select few of his flight school classmates.  Millie loaned him Bill’s flight jacket for that historic remembrance.
Dennis Smith (Tsakopoulos Management Company, LLC) recapped the bands playing at Sac Century Bike Ride 2017. He urged everyone to come out and volunteer.  Bob Miller (First US Community Credit Union) is championing the Golf for Kids Tournament again this year.  Please come out and support the event even if you are not a golfer.  There is a Foundation Seminar on 8/19 focused on the question “How do I get involved?” See President Lemmon or club manager LaToya Wong for information.  John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography) recruited players for a softball game on Aug 7th at 8pm, a desperation move as many team regulars will be playing golf.  The 5180 District Family Picnic will be August 27th, from 11-3pm. 
Becki Roberts (Central Valley Community Bank) recognized Eddie Mulligan Fellows: Frank Cook (Cook Realty), Todd Andrews (Andrews Construction, Inc.), Jim Streng and John Frisch (Cornish & Carey Commercial). Paul Harris Fellow Nancy Teichert was also recognized.  President Lemmon went deep into the archives for childhood photos of these generous donors.
The Changing Market for Live Entertainment Jim Culleton, Photos By: John Swentowsky 2017-08-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jay Lowden, Photos: John Swentowsky on Jul 28, 2017
Three weeks down and only 49 to go in the presidency of John Lemmon (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky, LLP) and the 104th year of the Rotary Club of Sacramento.
President John called the meeting to order and quickly took care of the formalities, thanking Jim Craig for the Wine Reception; Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak) for playing the piano, and Theresa Rogers (St. Francis Catholic High School), John Goralka (The Goralka Law Firm) for greeting everyone at the door.
Kiefie Brewer provided much more than a Thought for the Day, she provided a Thought for a Lifetime about the values of Rotary. Before leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance, President John took a moment to thank (complete with photos) Hal Bartholomew (Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP) and Beverly Brautigam (Brautigam Financial Services) for hosting the annual Swim and BBQ at their “Hawaiian type” backyard resort. Sergeant-at-Arms Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products) introduced a few guests of Rotarians and a couple of prospective members. Following introductions, President John announced that it was Diane Mizell’s 39th birthday, once again.
John introduced the head table, which included Elfrena Foord, Brue Hester (Colliers International), Dr. Dick Wertz, Laurie Rood (Benefits Done Right Insurance Agency) and Rita Gibson (Rita Gibson Insurance & Investment Services Inc.).
Our meeting sponsor was Dr. Dick Wertz who provided a recap of his career in medicine and as an entrepreneur.
It is always a pleasure to welcome a new member to the Rotary Club of Sacramento and after a brief introduction from Rita Gibson, we welcomed Laurie Rood with the classification: Insurance – Employee Benefits as the newest member of the club. Laurie was sponsored by Rita and Wes Yee (Yee Dental Care).
We then had the pleasure of hearing from Clayton Lee (C.K.L. Trust) and Kneath Heard, CEO of “Journeys Within Our Community” (JWOC). JWOC has been an international partner with the Rotary Club of Sacramento for more than 10 years on projects in Cambodia.
The History of Glass Jay Lowden, Photos: John Swentowsky 2017-07-28 07:00:00Z 0
Buck arrived in Sacramento in the summer of 1986 to help brother Timothy start the B Street Theatre as a touring theater for children. 
In the 31 years since its founding, Buck has overseen the expansion of B Street programming adding The Mainstage Series (for adults); the B-3 Series (for adults); the Family Series (for the entire family); the Conservatory (for adults); and the Studio for Young Actors including Summer Acting Camps. 
Buck is currently overseeing B Street’s latest and largest endeavor: a new, $30M, two-theater performing arts center on Capitol Avenue.  Buck is also a playwright whose plays have been performed in many theaters throughout the country.  
Guest Speaker - Buck Busfield - August 1, 2017 2017-07-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Teichert on Jul 21, 2017
The first regular meeting of President John Lemmon (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky) opened to the rock and roll strains of Chuck Berry singing “Johnny B. Goode,” and just kept picking up speed. Wine in the expansive bar at our new luncheon location, the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, was provided by Ed Wright (Martensen Wright PC). Dr. Dick Wertz, played the piano, as Allison Cagley (California Musical Theatre) and Past President Susan Sheridan and her mentee Tamara Gutierrez greeted members and guests.
 Jim Leet (Boutin Jones Law) gave us the thought of the day and Sergeant-At-Arms  Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products) introduced many guests including participants  in the Youth Incentive Program (YIP) founded by Past President Frank Poelman  (Poelman Company Ltd), who received a standing ovation.
 Gizzel Yanez thanked her mentor of 8 years April Javist (Sacramento Library Foundation) for the good advice she needed to finish high school and become a freshman at San Francisco State in the fall. “A mentor has to be someone you can count on,” she said. “I have gained a lifelong friend.”
President Elect Diane Woodruff shed tears along with Sandra Nava, her mentee, describing their close friendship through the YIP Program over the past ten years. Nava, who graduated from Sacramento State University one month ago, is headed for the Peace Corps. “I am so proud of her,” said Woodruff, who said being a mentor has been one of her most important Rotary experiences and joy of her life. Nava said, “You have someone with you. We love her so much.”
Eric Solis (Solis Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors) needs more volunteers to be mentors this school year. Lemmon concluded: “What we do matters!”
Seated at the head table were Lev Kaganovich (Energy, LEED & Commissioning Consulting), speaker Oleg Kaganovich (CEO of Wyndow Company), Lemmon, Leet, Norm Marshall (Headwaters Construction Inc.) and new member John Goralka (Goralka Law Firm). Marshall, sponsor of the meeting, spoke about his firm’s concrete products and new buildings like a recent one in Rocklin.
Sacramento and Innovation!  Nancy Teichert 2017-07-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jay Lowden on Jul 14, 2017
If the first meeting of a new Rotary year is an indication of what lies ahead then the Rotary Club of Sacramento is in for a great deal of fun and accomplishment over the next 12 months.
 Under the direction of John Wood (McGee & Thielen Insurance Brokers) and Dave  Higdon (California Moving Systems), the installation of President John Lemmon  (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky, LLP) was a tremendous success. Dave called the  meeting to order to start the 104th year of the Sacramento Rotary Club. The meeting  began with a parade of stars as the members of the Rotary Club of Sacramento  Foundation Trustees and Board of Directors were introduced with the last introduction saved for John who entered the room to a standing ovation.  Dave then thanked Skip Lawrence for the Wine Reception, Aaron French (Zanker Recycling) for spinning the tunes, Jack Anderson (Dick James & Associates) for playing the piano, and Mike Bullington (Pacific Advisors), Kathe Nathan (The Merchants National Bank) and Diana Spencer (Shriners Hospital) for greeting everyone at the door.
Mik Miklaus (Integrity Mortgage) provided the opening thought talking about the nomadic nature of our Club during his 38 years of membership and commenting on the evolution of the food that we have been eating over that time. He summed it up nicely with the simple phrase “take it or leave it.”
Dave then introduced our new Sergeant-At-Arms, Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products), who with the help of an amazing pair of glasses made the introductions of guests Mike & Dee Geremia and Dennis Raymond; Prospective Members Gary Giri and Lincoln Snyder; and visiting Rotarians Rick Bixler, Drew Houghton and Russel Fuji from Point West and Katherine Turner from Clarksburg.
 Dave introduced the Head Table, which included John Frisch (Cornish & Carey  Commercial), John Wood, Tom Knox, Debbie Lemmon and John Lemmon.
 Dave then introduced Bessie Papailias from the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church  to provide some welcoming remarks as we have our first meeting in the facility.
Time for some announcements: Beverly Brautigam (Brautigam Financial Services)  invited everyone to the annual BBQ and Swim Party at the Bartholomew’s on July 23.  Skip Lawrence encouraged everyone to stop by Blood Source and give blood and the need is critical during this time of year; Tom Bacon (Kidder Mathews) put in a plug of the Sacramento Century Bike Ride; Bob Miller (First US Community Credit Union) encouraged everyone to hit the links at the Golf 4 Kids event on August 7; and John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography) thanked the Loaves and Fishes volunteers and announced that the Sacramento Rotary Club Softball Team currently sits atop the standings in first place, much to the chagrin of the visitors from the Point West Club.
Welcome President John Lemmon!  Jay Lowden 2017-07-14 07:00:00Z 0
As the wife of Rotarian, Bob Rosenberg, I heard about YIP at a Rotary social gathering.  I was an educational consultant working with middle schools, high schools, and colleges and felt that, upon retirement, it would be a perfect fit with my skills and interests.  I was paired with Precious Ramirez in spring of her 7th grade year at California Middle School.  With a stated goal of ‘going to college’, she did not have the family role models or knowledge of what was required to make that a reality.  We met almost weekly through the remaining year of middle school, with the goal of Precious starting her freshman year at Christian Brothers, a long-held dream of hers.  Enrollment with a full-ride scholarship at Christian Brothers, did not guarantee Precious’ academic success.  After a rocky freshman year, she began the path toward graduation and meeting college admissions requirements. We toured colleges campuses, and we spent time discussing the ‘best fit’ for her career interests and the economic realities of college.  Precious is about to enter her 5th and final year at Sac State with a major in Social Work and a minor in Counseling.  She has worked very hard, is focused and has completed 8 consecutive full-time semesters, with a cumulative GPA of 3.7.  She has had all A’s for the past 3 semesters!  
Precious is now a confident young woman who is still considering which direction her social work career will take and graduate school options.  Her success is largely due to her availing herself of resources that were provided to her by the YIP program.  Not only the academic and emotional support provided by Bob and I, but the peer group interaction and events that the Rotary mentors organized, helped provide all YIP mentees with a sense of community.   Most importantly, the $10,000 scholarship she has received (by fulfilling all the YIP academic requirements) has made the difference of her being able to attend 4 years of college without the need for student loans!  A huge factor when she considered the economic realities of attending a 4-year college.
This is just one of YIP’s many success stories.  You will learn of more in the future.  Not every YIP student has entered or completed college, but all have graduated from high school and benefited from group interaction, events, and the support of Rotary mentors.   Precious recently helped her youngest sibling become a Christian Brothers freshman, a great example of “paying it forward” and sustaining Rotary’s ‘service above self’. The Rotary Club of Sacramento should be very proud of the YIP program.  Please continue that support and consider expanding it to make funds available to more deserving first-generation students.  Bob and I encourage Rotarians to become mentors.  It has been a very rewarding journey, one that is not yet done. Precious is now part of our family, as we have become part of hers.
Shirley Rosenberg
Spotlight on Rotary’s Y.I.P. (Youth Incentive Program)  2017-07-14 07:00:00Z 0
Oleg Kaganovich is CEO of a local tech company called Wyndow-that’s W-Y-N-D-O-W. 
Yep, Microscoft came after him and he won as his product hasn’t anything to do with Microsoft Windows.  He’ll tell us what his product is and it’s something that doesn’t exist now.
Oleg is an entrepreneur and innovator who loves creating something new. He has great stories to tell about working in Sacramento and in Saudi Arabia. 
He developed an entrepreneurship academy in Saudi Arabia and will highlight some ways entrepreneurship is similar there as well as in the United States. This is a speaker you won’t want to miss!
By the way, he is the son of our Rotarian Lev Kaganovich who is chairman of the day.  He’s looking forward to hearing his son speak as even he doesn’t know everything he’s up to!
Guest Speaker - July 18, 2017 - Oleg Kaganovich 2017-07-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Teichert on Jun 29, 2017
 President Dan McVeigh (Downey Brand LLP) went down as smooth as a glass of Irish Whiskey in a stunt-filled raucous yet affectionate and appreciative farewell of his presidency as his term ended at Tuesday’s meeting. More toasts were sure to follow at the evening’s party at de Vere’s Irish Pub.
Past President John Frisch (Cornish & Carey Commercial) took the podium and donned a red wig for a humorous look back at Dan’s term as we prepared for the “bloodless transition of power” to incoming President Elect John Lemmon (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky). Posing as President Dan, Frisch jokingly recounted his Monday emails to members as a “stream of consciousness” writing that he would repeat at Tuesday’s meeting. Sargent-At-Arms Tom Bacon (Kidder Matthews) announced a new potential member, an attorney named Sue Yu.
Past President Walter Dahl (Dahl Law, Attorneys At Law) took a microphone to expose the scandal of the McVeigh presidency as a photograph appeared on the video screen of McVeigh and President Elect Elect Diane Woodruff smiling in their bathrobes. “Isn’t it true you were in a Japanese Bathhouse with this woman!” Dahl accused.
Wearing a traditional robe acquired during Rotary’s International Convention last year in Seoul, South Korea, and tour of Japan, Woodruff rushed through the room to his defense. “I was not Dan’s concubine,” she proclaimed as a new photograph of the two with their spouses in bathrobes appeared on screen. “Dan is a man of honor,” she said. “He was a perfect gentleman.”
Woodruff recounted their wonderful adventures on the tour and Dan’s love of ice cream. She presented him with a gift certificate for a year of free ice cream and praised his warm sense of humor, love of family and his Irish eyes.
Past president Rob Scherer (Dale Carnegie Training ) then pretended to interview Past President John Hamlyn (retired managing partner at Downey Brand) about why he had hired McVeigh to work at the reputed law firm of Downey Brand and posed the question if the Russians had been involved in Dan’s demotion.
Hamlyn, retired and attired in a top hat and Hawaiian shirt, said he couldn’t recall as the hiring took place only a couple of hours before his family convinced him to enter rehab.
“I’m still not sure he is a licensed attorney,” Hamlyn opined, saying that Dan was still taking the bar every year until Hamlyn had retired. Dan did show up every day in clean clothes and all the contributions the firm made to Rotary had won him the presidency. Hamlyn then conceded that McVeigh had been an excellent lawyer and Rotary president.
President Dan’s Demotion!  Nancy Teichert 2017-06-29 07:00:00Z 0
Be sure to join us for President Dan's Demotion meeting, June 27th at the Dante Club 12:15 pm.  We look forward to seeing you all there!
President Dan's Demotion 2017-06-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Huffman on Jun 23, 2017

President Dan McVeigh opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and thanking Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen Pajak) for getting us started with her piano set, Kevin Williams (KVIE) for his additional musical selections, and greeters Kathe Nathan (The Merchant’s National Bank), Chris Ann Bachtel (First Northern Bank), and Jeff Curcio (Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP).  Special thanks also went out to Elfrena Foord and Bruce Hester (Collier’s International) for sponsoring the wine reception.

The Thought for the Day was given by Bob Rosenberg (Inve$net Inc.) who advocated for the importance of “lifelong learning.”  He read Ten Tips “that can help you stay connected, motivated and identify new ways to grow and develop:

1.     Know your interests

2.     Acknowledge your learning style

3.     Set goals

4.     Develop good reading habits

5.     Seek resources

6.     Join a group of like-minded learners

7.     Get Involved

8.     Share your skills and knowledge

9.     Take an online course or attend a course at your local college/university

10.   Stay curious

After the Pledge of Allegiance, Sargent-At-Arms Tom Bacon (Kidder Matthews) introduced our Guests, Prospective Members and Visiting Club members who were welcomed warmly.

President Dan introduced the head table:  Chair of the Day President Elect Elect Diane Woodruff, speaker Jacob Jackson, Invocator Bob Rosenberg, New Member Julie Sherry (Watson Companies, Inc.), and New Member Steve Hymas (Downey Brand LLP).

 President Dan then had the honor of inducting our new members.  Julie Sherry was  sponsored by Becki Roberts (Central Valley Community Bank) and Jeff Vonkaenel  (Sacramento News & Review), and Steve Hymas by Pres. Dan McVeigh and Jim Paul  (Paul Benefits Law Corp).



Jim Leet (Boutin Jones Inc.) and Anne Ferguson (ChamberChic Interior Redesign &  Decorating Services) representing the Rotary Club of Sacramento Foundation had the honor of presenting its scholarship to Emma Ceja.  Emma graduated from Vista Del Lago High School, in Folsom, and will be attending Folsom Lake College in the fall.  Congratulations Emma!

President Dan then recognized recent Polio Plus contributors during his term as president.  Two donations that were particularly notable were from Nancy Teichert (Writer) who made a $1,000 contribution, and Jim Streng (Streng Bros Rentals, LLC) who made a $900 contribution.  In all, $10,365 was donated by the Club to Polio Plus during the 2016-2017 term.

The announcements were as follows:

 -John Wood (McGee & Thielen Insurance Brokers) announced that as of July 11, 2017 the Rotary Club of Sacramento will begin a four-week trial period of our weekly meetings at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, located at 600 Alhambra Blvd; Parking is on 30th Street, Sacramento, CA 95816.           

-Past President Hal Bartholomew (Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP) announced the “Annual Swim/BBQ” on July 23 at 3:00 PM.

-Dick Osen: Golf 4 Kids on August 7

-Roy Alexander (Sacramento Children's Home): Theater Night, June 23.

Higher Education in California! Mark Huffman 2017-06-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Smith-Fagan on Jun 15, 2017
 The annual Sons’ Day meeting was our annual celebration of club dads and their boys.  President Dan passed the gavel to the presider for the meeting, high schooler Stephen  Stone (son of Jeff Stone) (John O Bronson Co/HUB Int'l). Nine-year-old Caleb  Kravchuk (son of Tanya Kravchuk) (Children's Receiving Home of Sacramento)  delivered the opening thought, and eight-year-old Mason White (grandson of Ted    White) (Sacramento Delta Property Management) led the pledge of allegiance.
Prizes were awarded to Caleb Eddy (son of Winston Eddy) for traveling furthest for the event; to the youngest guest Beau Brandenburger (toddler grandson of Steve Brandenburger) and to longtime club member Jeff Stone (son of Paul Stone) for attending the most Sons’ Day gatherings with approximately 50! Poor John Murphy (John O. Bronson Company) has finished runner-up in this category for about four decades, but at least his father Dave Murphy was saluted for bringing the most guests, John plus seven grandsons - including Dave Ryan, who later introduced the guest speaker.
Roast, Boast and Toast:
  Jeff Stone – $100 for making his son do manual labor, even though he got paid for it.
  Dave Murphy - $25 for giving 5PM bedtime,
  Ken Shepherd - $100 in honor of his 1st grandchild,
  Dave Murphy - $200 for only allowing “3 minutes” of TV,
  Dan McVeigh - $300 to polio plus in honor of his grandson’s 3rd birthday,
  Paul Stone - $100 to polio plus.
Son's Day! Kevin Smith-Fagan 2017-06-15 07:00:00Z 0
Dr. Jacob Jackson is a research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) Higher Education Center. His research includes work on college costs, college readiness, access to higher education, and college completion. Before joining PPIC, he was a postdoctoral scholar in the School of Education at the University of California, Davis.  Dr. Jackson is also a former middle school and high school mathematics teacher. He holds a PhD in education from the University of California, Davis, and a master’s degree in education from the University of Missouri.
Guest Speaker - Jacob Jackson - June 20, 2017 2017-06-15 07:00:00Z 0
We want our sons to know that in addition to being an exemplary service organization, Rotary is a wonderful place to make friends that are talented and caring members of your community.
Our annual Son's Day meeting will be next Tuesday, June 13, at the Dante Club! Come and enjoy a meeting where "our son's" take over for the day.
Hope to see you there!
Son’s Day! June 13, 2017 @ The Dante Club! 2017-06-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Smith-Fagan on Jun 08, 2017
 At the club meeting of June 6, the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, club member Mead  Kibbey briefly recounted his experience aboard a US minesweeper at the fore of the  massive invasion fleet. The club once had perhaps a dozen D-Day veterans, but Mead  now suspects he's it. The club gave him a standing O.
 In opening the meeting, President Dan called upon Stephen Huffman for the Thought  for the Day. 
Meeting sponsor Jeannie Reaves (Jeanne Reaves Consulting) donated her time to Project Lifelong, and Representative Sean LaTour outlined the program's work in youth leadership development. 
Ron Crane (DCA Partners) introduced the club's new member, John Goralka. John is an estate-planning attorney.
Jim Mattesich (Greenberg Traurig) presented two $2,500 RCOS Foundation scholarships to college students Ezra Baurle and Matthew Huddlestun.
 Shadi Fox (Dick James & Associates, Inc.) and  Michele Amaral (Dick James &  Associates, Inc.) shared photos and stories from last  Saturday's Mystery Trip, an  excursion to Amador wine country.
Randy Friedman (US Navy) presented President Dan a club pennant from Randy's visit to a Rotary club in Klamath.
Ed Wright (Martensen Wright PC) gave President Dan souvenir headphones from Ed's recent trip to see the Grand Prix in Monaco.
Develop Innovative Leaders  Kevin Smith-Fagan 2017-06-08 07:00:00Z 0
Meeting Sponsor - June 6, 2017 - Jeanne Reaves  2017-06-08 07:00:00Z 0
The following applicants have been proposed for membership and have given permission for their names and proposed classification to be published.

Comments relating to this proposed new members' classification must be in writing and received by the club president prior to June 15, 2017.
Prospect:                 Laurie Y. Rood
Business:                Benefits Dione Right Insurance Agency 
Position:                 Founder / President
Classification:       INSURANCE – Employee Benefits    
Sponsors:               Rita Gibson  & Wes Yee  
Prospect:                 Steven B. Hymas
Business:                Downey Brand LLP
Position:                 Partner
Classification:       LAW    
Sponsors:               Dan McVeigh & Jim Paul  
Prospect:                 Julie Sherry
Business:                Watson Companies, Inc.
Position:                 Marketing Director
Classification:       COMMERCIAL     
Sponsors:               Becki Roberts & Jeff Vonkaenel 
New Prospective Members for June 15, 2017  2017-06-06 07:00:00Z 0
Recently chosen to serve the City of Citrus Heights as City Manager, Christopher W. Boyd (50) is only the second to do so in the city’s 20- year history. Prior to taking over as City Manager in October 2016, Boyd served for eleven years as the city’s first-ever Chief of Police for the then- newly formed Citrus Heights Police Department (CHPD) in Sacramento County. Boyd’s long history with the city as Chief of Police uniquely positioned him to transition to City Manager.
In 2005, as the newly appointed Chief of Police for CHPD, Boyd was tasked with the significant undertaking of developing a new, fully functioning police department from the ground up. Now in its eleventh year, CHPD is nationally recognized for its creative approach to employee leadership development, significant work with youth, innovative community policing programs, and cultivating a quality of life in which the Citrus Heights community takes great pride.
In 2012, under Boyd’s leadership, CHPD received the prestigious James Q. Wilson Award (a statewide recognition for innovative approaches in community policing) for its unique Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT), pairing local domestic violence counselors with dedicated officers. In 2013, CHPD was again honored with the James Q. Wilson Award for integrating strong community partnership with problem-oriented policing to revitalize a troubled, crime- ridden neighborhood. No other agency in the history of this award has received it back-to-back, two years in a row.
Over his long career, Boyd has been a member of many associations, chaired numerous committees, and risen through the ranks of innumerable executive boards. He has served as president for several prestigious organizations, the most recent of which was the California Police Chiefs’ Association. He is also a recipient of the Barbara Hammerman Award for distinguished leadership.
Boyd obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from the University of Idaho, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the College of Notre Dame. He is a graduate of the 105th Session of California’s Supervisory Leadership Institute, the 197th session of the National FBI Academy, and the 62nd Session of the Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS). Boyd lives in Granite Bay with his wife, Marci, and their two young sons.
Guest Speaker - Chief Boyd - June 6, 2017 2017-06-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Smith-Fagan on Jun 02, 2017

“It’s about money,” pronounced guest speaker Allan Zaremberg, perhaps stating the obvious when it comes to health care reform (and other political issues).

 Zaremberg, the CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce, sprinted across a wide  range of political hot buttons in his comments. Tax reform in 2017 seems unlikely. The  Republicans will probably hold Congress in the midterm elections. The state’s new gas  tax might be loathed, but it was overdue. California’s high-speed rail may never be  realized. Tunnels or not, the state needs some conveyance of water from NorCal to  SoCal. Immigration, impeachment and road repair also got covered in Allan’s sweeping commentary.

Earlier in the meeting, Robyn DeLong (Coldwell Banker) delivered “The Optimist’s Creed” as the Thought for the Day.

Several generous club members were recognized for their giving. Steve Heath (Capitol Health Network), treasurer of the RCOS Foundation, presented Eddie Mulligan recognition pins to John Wheaton (Mariposa Petroleum), Brian Van Camp (ADR Services), Thom Gilbert, and Ed Willey. Steve presented a Paul Harris pin to Nian Roberts.


Kelley Moran (Moran & Associates) cleaned up with two Eddie Mulligan pins and a Paul Harris pin.


Though competing with meatloaf servings the size of doormats, the club announcements nevertheless held the room rapt. Some key takeaways were:

. Mystery Trip this Saturday (June 3, 9:30am-3:30pm) has a few slots remaining at $95 - a great time and bottomless mimosas were promised by Jack Anderson (Dick James & Associates)

. Sons Day on June 13 will feature SR-71 Blackbird pilot Jerry Glasser, said chair Dennis Cook (Cook Brown LLP)

. a Rotary medical mission trip to Jamaica is slated for February 2018, reported Past President Dr. Wesley Yee (Yee Dental Care), who encouraged attendees regardless of medical background.

California, The Economic Powerhouse! Kevin Smith-Fagan 2017-06-02 07:00:00Z 0
"Service Above Self " is the official motto of Rotary and is one of our personal commitments.
We joined the Rotary Legacy Circle because we believe our estate gift leverages our resources to make the biggest long term impact on both our local and international communities.
- Thom & Linda Gilbert
What Will Your Rotary Legacy Be? 2017-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jay Lowden on May 26, 2017
President Dan McVeigh opened the meeting by noting that there are only six more weeks to enjoy his leadership of our wonderful club. He then went on to give us account of the greatest hits from 1914 – the year our club was founded – with special acknowledgment of It’s a Long Way to Tipperary.
   President Dan then thanked Aaron French (Zanker Recycling) for handling the Music,    Paul Stone and Jeff Stone (John O Bronson Co/HUB Int'l) for the terrific piano      playing,  and Ted Kappel (Kappel Mortgage Group) and Past President Scot    Sorensen (St.  John's Program for Real Change) for being today’s greeters.
 Doing double duty Past President Scot Sorensen provide the thought for the day by  asking the Lord to disturb us with a prayer written by Sir Francis Drake in 1577 and in  honor of deceased member Bob Biko, who shared the same prayer at a meeting a number of years ago.
Sgt-At-Arms Tom Bacon (Kidder Mathews) introduced our guests including seven prospective members. Three visiting Rotarians were acknowledged; Sherry Tobin from El Dorado who is the Rotary District Rotarian of the Year, and Wyn Spiller from Grass Valley who is the Rotary Regional Foundation Coordinator and her husband Steve Spiller. Following their introductions, we were admonished by President Dan to be on our best behavior due to having a couple of Mucky Mucks in the room.
President Dan continued with the introductions as he welcomed his guests at the head table that included our speaker Dr. Jan Aileen Nolta, Judy Kjelstron (UC Davis), Past President Scot Sorensen (St. John's Program for Real Change), new member Christie Holderegger and Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak).
Following introductions, Christie Holderegger from Volunteers of America was welcomed as the newest member of the club.
 Tim Pinkney stepped to the podium to introduce our newest Rotary Fellow, Bob Daly (Financial Network Wealth Advisors). For the past 10 years, Bob has been one of the go to guys in the club in terms of involvement. Most notably was numerous years as chair of the Golf for Kids Tourney and the founder and Chair of the Pony Express Marathon. A well-deserved honor for an individual that was left speechless.
  President Dan acknowledged and thanked Past President Fred and Nancy Teichert   (Teichert Foundation) for opening their home to host the annual Legacy Circle Dinner.  During the dinner two new names were added to the list of Legacy Immortals, Bill  Stone and Oleta Lambert.
 The highlight of any meeting is the numerous announcements. Bob Daly started off by  thanking the Boy Scouts for letting us use their warehouse to store club materials. Regrettably, we need to move and he thanked Dave Higdon (California Moving Systems) for helping put our supplies in containers and now we need to clean up the remnants and haul it off to the dump. If you have, a truck and can help out please contact Bob. Dennis Cook (Cook Brown, LLP) gave a pitch for Son’s Day on June 13th where we will be treated to a presentation by a former SR71 pilot; Roy Alexander (Sacramento Children's Home) let us know that there are 2 tickets still available for the Phantom of the Opera this Saturday; Bob Miller (First US Community Credit Union) put in a plug for Golf for Kids on August 7th at Valley Hi Country Club; and President Dan invited everyone to the President’s Breakfast on this Friday at Ettore’s. He also let us know it is called the President’s breakfast because the President will be there.
Stem Cell Therapy  Jay Lowden 2017-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
Allan Zaremberg is president and chief executive officer of the California Chamber of Commerce. He took over the top staff position in 1998 after six years as executive vice president and head of CalChamber’s legislative advocacy program.
Enhancing the state’s economic growth has been the goal of Zaremberg’s activities. He has headed statewide ballot campaigns to close the legal loophole that permitted shakedown lawsuits, to assure adequate funding for transportation infrastructure and to oppose anti-business proposals that would have raised the cost of health care, electricity and public works. He led negotiations culminating in comprehensive reforms of workers’ compensation, endangered species laws, and other key issues.
He oversees the CalChamber Business Services Division, which provides employment law expertise through handbooks, services and products, including HRCalifornia, a continually updated website.​
Before joining CalChamber, Zaremberg served as chief legislative advisor to and advocate for Governors George Deukmejian and Pete Wilson.
Zaremberg served as a captain and flight navigator on a KC-135 jet air refueling tanker while in the U.S. Air Force from 1970 to 1975.
He holds a B.S. in economics from Penn State University and a J.D. from the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, where he was a member of the Law Journal.
Guest Speaker - Allan Zaremberg - May 30, 2017 2017-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Bullington on May 19, 2017
Our Armed Forces Day celebration was preceded by the announcement that our favorite top gun, LaToya Wong (Club Manager), had been injured in a motor vehicle collision. The good news, that her main outcome was soreness, which was a great relief to hear.
 At 12:15 Top Gun Commander and Past President Tim Pinkney got us started with a  bugle call to Assembly, followed by President Dan’s welcome to the attendees and  recognition of the wine sponsor, April Javist (Sacramento Public Library Foundation), the  greeters Denise Santiago (Golden Pacific Bank), and Carol Christie (Lyon Real Estate),  the elder Stone at the piano, and Aaron French (Zanker Recycling) for the sound.
 Sergeant-At-Arms Tom Bacon (Kidder Mathews) announced our guests: Greg Holt, invited  by Leo McFarland (Volunteers of America); Steve Raymond, invited by Virginia Wade (SAFE Credit Union); Tracy Jackson, another guest of Virginia Wade; Heather and Natalie King, invited by Past President Tim Pinkney; Frankie Nelson, Maynard’s wife; Rob Border, Melissa Amaro and Julie Baumgartner, invited by Leo McFarland; and Steve Hymas, guest of President Dan McVeigh.
Officer-In- Charge (OINC) Pinkney relieved President Dan and promptly sounded the Mess Call by bugle, explaining for the new recruits that it meant, “Meals are served.”
The OINC had all of the veterans march to the back, something they never did in battle, to assemble for parade. The OINC kept us spellbound with stories of glory and the cost of war, highlighted by the remarkable story of a soldier named Mead, who was the last vet of the Civil War, who reached the age of 106 in 1956.
PO3 Swentowsky, a Navy man, followed the orders of our Top Gun, an Air Force man, and brought the colors forward, at which point the room stood in rapt silence. Then the parade began, with flags waving from all assembled as the veterans marched through the room in the order of their service branch: Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard.
Past President Scot Sorensen (St. John's Program for Real Change) gave the invocation, citing the Bible verse, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends,” and invoking the protection of the Almighty for all those serving in our armed forces.
Armed Forces Day! Mike Bullington 2017-05-19 07:00:00Z 0
  Jan A. Nolta, Ph.D., is the Director of the Stem Cell Program at UC Davis School of    Medicine, and directs the Institute for Regenerative Cures. She also serves as the Scientific  Director of the large UC Davis Good Manufacturing Practice Facility, and as Scientific  Director of the California State Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program. She has been  ranked as one of the “Global Top 50 Most Influential People in the Field of Stem Cells.”
 The UC Davis stem cell program has over 150 basic, translational, and clinical scientists  collaborating to work toward regenerative medicine-related cures for a spectrum of  diseases and injuries. Dr. Nolta is helping UC Davis teams develop numerous clinical trials  of gene and cell therapy, with sixteen adult stem cell therapies already in the clinic, and  over twenty in the pipeline.
 A scientist with more than 25 years’ experience with human stem cells and clinical trial  development, Dr. Nolta has published over 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts in the stem cell  field, with over 9,000 citations, and has authored 30+ book chapters. She has served on over 200 review panels for the National Institutes of Health and other grant-funding agencies, is Editor for the Journal “Stem Cells” and was editor of the Book "Genetic Engineering of Mesenchymal Stem Cells". Dr. Nolta received a prestigious five –year Transformative Grant Award from the NIH office of the Director and has been funded as Co-PI on three large disease team grants that have the goal of developing and delivering novel Phase 1 clinical trials. In these teams she works closely with physician/scientists who will deliver the treatments to patients who need them.
Dr. Nolta is a native of Northern California, trained in Los Angeles and Washington University, and has been back at UC Davis now for nearly a decade. A major driving force throughout her career has been to provide service to teams working toward novel cures, and to foster a strong sense of community and teamwork. Team training is her passion and she leads several training initiatives at UC Davis and beyond. The fields of stem cells, immunotherapy, gene therapy and regenerative medicine are poised to change the face of healthcare. The new “living medicine” preparation and delivery will be performed by large teams of experts with different expertise and backgrounds. Dr. Nolta’s Stem Cell Program is committed to fostering teamwork, training the science and healthcare work force of the future, and to continuing to improve and deliver these novel cutting edge therapies that can offer cures for patients who currently have few other options.
Guest Speaker - Dr. Jan A. Nolta - May 23, 2017 2017-05-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Culleton on May 12, 2017

President Dan McVeigh gave us our call to order and briefly recapped a splendid District Conference in San Jose, CA.  A big thank you for the Wine Reception courtesy of Jerry Haley,   Also, a thank you to Musical Director Kevin Williams (KVIE) & Aaron French (Zanker Recycling)  Our greeters were Joe Grant (Vantage Points, LLC), Linda Geery (Gilbert Associates, Inc.), Susan Sheridan.  Our Thought for the Day was delivered by Tanya Kravchuk (Children's Receiving Home of Sacramento).

Sergeant at Arms Tom Bacon (Kidder Mathews) read off his list: Guest of Rotarians - Steve Hymas (Downey Brand), Heidi Herst, Dominic Cirincione, Lillie Jones, Kyra Jones, Gina Andersen, Daman Christensen, Mike Well, Dave Jones, Rickey Jones, Jacqueline Jones, and Michael Jones, Jeremy Garrison and Steve Hymas.  Prospective Member Nicole Ortega and visiting Rotarians - Diane Ebbitt (Citrus Heights) & Ray Riehle (Citrus Heights).

President Dan welcomed our new member; Elizabeth Cassin - Medical Services – Sponsors were Jeanne Reaves (Jeanne Reaves Consulting) & Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak).  Elizabeth is from Southern Ireland, raised with five siblings, she pursued an Econ Degree in London, and a Masters/PHD in France.  She will be a welcome contributor to our endeavors.

Jim Leet (Boutin Jones Inc.) introduced our recipient for the Service Above Self Award:  Detective David Jones of Citrus Heights Police Department, who started his career in 2006.  He has been involved in Police Activities League and has logged countless volunteer hours for the department.  His passion is making the community better for children.  He has created an eight-week all-inclusive leadership program, which addresses conflicts in daily life.

District Conference recap by Diane Woodruff & John Lemmon (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky, LLP) had everyone wishing they had gone and will be sure to sign up for the next one.

Current Public Safety Concerns Jim Culleton 2017-05-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Callee Setzer, Photos By: John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography on May 05, 2017
  While the temperature outside is hitting the 90’s on this 2nd day of May, President Dan      McVeigh welcomed us to our weekly meeting at the Dante Club.  Following President Dan’s   opening monologue, he thanked a few key Rotarians for helping facilitate today’s meeting.     Jim Craig provided the wine reception, Kevin Williams (KVIE) was our musical director,   Michael Bullington (Pacific Advisors) took to the ivory keys and our trio of greeters were   Amin Elmallah, Dan Fenocchio (Cunningham Engineering) and Joe Grant (Vantage    Points, LLC).  Randy Friedman (US Navy) gave our thought of the day about Pepin County,   Wisconsin’s election results.  Tom Bacon (Kidder Mathews) introduced our guests,    prospective and visiting Rotarians. 
Today’s meeting sponsor was John Wood (McGee & Thielen Insurance Brokers) who donated his time and money to a former speaker Mike Pereira.  While Mike was a guest today, he returned to give us an update on the progress of his Battlefields to Ballfields program.  During the meeting in January, he described the need for this type of foundation.  Providing financial backing, training and placement of US Veterans in the community by becoming officials at sporting events in local communities.  His foundation officially launched on February 28th with the goal of 100 veterans applying by September.  As of May 1st, a total of 321 veterans had applied, a few of which were from Sacramento.  An inaugural golf tournament on June 19th is being held at Del Paso Country Club to help support Battlefields to Ballfields.
Our newest member, Margo Fawkes (President of OnTarget Consulting Inc.), was introduced, and some of you may remember her, as she was a member of our club 16 years ago.  Her motto is “close isn’t good enough”, sponsor and friend Pam Saltenberger said.  Welcome back Margo! 
Jeanne Reaves (Jeanne Reaves Consulting) presented awards to eight Rotarians today.  Sylvia Fitzgerald (Antiques, Appraisals & Estate Service), Laura Heintz (Stanford Youth Solutions), and Jeanne Reaves, each received their first, second and third Eddie Mulligan’s.  Paul Bystrowski (Hub International) received his 10th Eddie and PP Skip Lawrence received his 11th EM.  Len Simpson (2020 Financial Advisors) and Bruce Hester (Colliers International) received their 3rd and 6th Paul Harris awards.  Rounding out the bunch was our President Dan, who took home his 4th Eddie and 5th, and 6th Paul Harris.
Living in the People's Republic of Davis! Callee Setzer, Photos By: John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography 2017-05-05 07:00:00Z 0
Anne Marie Schubert is a career prosecutor with over 25 years of law enforcement experience.  As the Sacramento County District Attorney Schubert has prosecuted some of the area's most notorious and dangerous criminals - murderers, rapists and child molesters. She has also created innovative programs for the District Attorney's Office focused on catching killers and criminals using DNA evidence, helping the children of our community by combatting truancy, and honoring those citizens who have provided service to justice with the development of the annual Outstanding Citizen Awards . Anne Marie has received the Prosecutor of the Year Award and the POST ICI Instructor of the Year Award.
One of Anne Marie's passions is the pursuit of justice through forensic DNA evidence and cold case prosecution. She formed the DA's Cold Case Prosecution Unit in 2002, and served as its first prosecutor. She is nationally recognized as a forensic DNA expert.
Anne Marie was elected as Sacramento County's District Attorney in 2014 with the support of former District Attorney Jan Scully, Sheriff Scott Jones, law enforcement associations, and crime victims' organizations. Anne Marie was sworn into office in January 2015.
Guest Speaker - May 9, 2017 -  District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert 2017-05-05 07:00:00Z 0
Meeting Sponsor - May 2, 2017 - John Wood 2017-05-05 07:00:00Z 0
The following applicant has been proposed for membership and has given permission for his name and proposed classification to be published.

Comments relating to this proposed new members' classification must be in writing and received by the Club President prior to May 12, 2017.
Prospect:                John Goralka
Business:                The Goralka Law Firm 
Position:                 President
Classification:       LAW - Business 
Sponsors:              Ron Crane & Thom Gilbert
New Prospective Member for May 12, 2017  2017-05-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Teichert on Apr 28, 2017
Sacramento never looked so good. The glossy pages of “Inside Sacramento,” the 200-page book published by Cecily Hastings are filled with photos of the faces and the businesses that make Sacramento the place we all love.
Inside Sacramento!  Nancy Teichert 2017-04-28 07:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to the Winners of "Wear a Hat to Rotary Day"! By:John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography) 2017-04-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Huffman - Photos By John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography) on Apr 21, 2017

President Dan McVeigh opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and thanking Dick Wertz for setting the mood with his piano interlude, Kevin Williams (KVIE) for the additional musical selections, greeters Kathe Nathan (Merchants National Bank) and Past President Dave Cohen (Cohen-Durrett LLP), and Ed Wright (Martensen Wright PC) for his generosity in sponsoring the wine reception.

In observation of the Club’s first ever “Wear a Hat to Rotary Day,” President Dan provided an overview of the history of the hat over the millennia.  Through the assembled throng, beau chapeaus of every description nodded in fascination.  Leigh White (KTXL TV FOX 40) was then invited to the podium to offer her “Thought for the Day”, a thoughtful ode to paying attention to the important things in life.  Dick Osen got everyone in a boisterous mood by leading us all in a rousing chorus of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” it being spring and all.

After the Pledge of Allegiance, stand-in Sargent-at-Robyn DeLong (Coldwell Banker) introduced our Guests, Prospective Members and Visiting Club members, all of whom were welcomed warmly.


President Dan introduced the head table:  Chair of the Day Past President Scot Sorensen (St. John’s Program for Real Change), our Speaker Steve Swatt, Invocator Leigh White, New Member Ted Kappel (Kappel Mortgage Group), and member Rita Gibson (Rita Gibson Ins & Invstmt Svcs Inc.).

The Meeting Sponsor was Randy Friedman (U.S. Navy), who donated his time to Pam Whitehead, Executive Director of the Triumph Cancer Foundation.  Pam provided background on the organization which is a Sacramento-based nonprofit organization whose mission is empowering cancer survivors to recapture their lives after cancer treatment through physical fitness. Pam was followed by Angela Chindgren, Board Member of Triumph Cancer Foundation and a program graduate.  Angela described her battle with breast cancer and how essential Triumph Cancer was to managing her treatment and eventual recovery.

President Dan then had the pleasure of inducting our newest member, Ted Kappel.  His sponsors were Rita Gibson, Dave Higdon (California Moving Systems) and Steve Ruland (Ruland’s Office Furnishings), Rita had the honor of introducing Ted whose father was a proud Rotarian.  Ted has been a mortgage broker since 1995, starting his own company in 2004.  He managed to guide the business through the financial crisis, is now thriving and has several offices in the Sacramento area.

Wear a Hat to Rotary Day! Mark Huffman - Photos By John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography) 2017-04-21 07:00:00Z 0
Meeting Sponsor - Randy Friedman - April 18, 2017 2017-04-21 07:00:00Z 0
Clubrunner Training Video – April 18, 2017  2017-04-18 07:00:00Z 0
District Conference  2017-04-13 07:00:00Z 0
High culture was the theme at the April 11 RCOS luncheon, as club member and violin virtuoso Alice Sauro (Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera) topped the bill as our featured speaker.
 First up, President Dan McVeigh called the meeting to order, thanking Luann Richardson (Re/Max Gold) for sponsoring the day’s wine reception.
 Bonnie Plummer (National University / Sanford School of Education) offered a thought for the day. President Dan hailed the return of club stalwart Maynard Nelson, who had been away while mending from an auto accident.
 Robyn DeLong (Coldwell Banker) introduced Carol Christie as the club’s newest member. A longtime Rotarian, Carol (Lyon Real Estate) recently relocated from San Francisco, where she amassed an impressive array of accomplishments with her former club. Carol was sponsored by PP Susan Sheridan and Judy Kjelstrom (UC Davis).
 PP Jon Snyder (Snyder Commercial Real Estate) presented President Dan with souvenirs from Jon and his wife Susan’s recent road trip – a Route 66 license plate, and a Texas Ranger “Danny” badge.
 Allison Cagley (California Musical Theatre) introduced the day’s guest speaker, our own Alice Sauro. Alice serves as Executive Director of the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera. Alice highlighted the recent successes of the symphony and the opera since reorganizing and unifying a couple years ago. She noted the region’s appetite for classical music and cited the extraordinary renewal rate for subscribers to the opera performances.
 Alice welcomed her colleague Julian Dixon, whose duties range from tuba solos to heading the organization's ambitious outreach to underserved youth in the region. He recounted that just last week, 5,000 youth musicians participated in the group's "Link Up" culminating performance.
Opera & Symphony! 2017-04-13 07:00:00Z 0
The following applicants have been proposed for membership and have given permission for their names and proposed classification to be published.

Comments relating to this proposed new members' classification must be in writing and received by the club president prior to April 14, 2017.
  1.       Prospect:                Ted Grebitus
               Business:                Grebitus Jewelers
              Position:                   President
             Classification:          JEWELRY – Retail   
             Sponsors:                Ed Grebitus & Jeff Setzer
  1.       Prospect:                Christie Holderegger
                Business:                Volunteers of America
               Position:                   VP/ Chief Development Officer
               Classification:          ASSOCIATIONS   
               Sponsors:               Elfrena Foord &Dan McVeigh
  1.       Prospect:                Margo Fowkes
                Business:                Ontarget Consulting Inc.
               Position:                    President
              Classification:           CONSULTING – Business   
             Sponsors:                  Pam Saltenburger & Elfrena Foord
  1.       Prospect:                Elizabeth Cassin
                Business:                Elica Health Centers
                Position:                 CEO
               Classification:       MEDICAL SERVICES  
               Sponsors:               Jeanne Reaves & Elfrena Foord
  1.       Reinstate              Julia Ciano
              Business                Dr. Julia Ciano
              Classification        CHIROPRACTIC
              Sponsors               Elfrena Foord & Bruce Hester
New Prospective Members for April 14, 2017 2017-04-07 07:00:00Z 0
Meeting Sponsor - April 4, 2017 - Jeanne Reaves 2017-04-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Geery, Photos By: John Swentowsky on Apr 07, 2017
  President Dan welcomed Rotarians to our meeting at the Dante Club. 
  President Dan thanked music director Aaron French (Zanker Road Resource      Management); he thanked Paul Stone for Piano music and Ed Willey for Wine Reception. 
 Greeters were Leigh White (KXTL TV Fox 40), Tim Mattheis (WMB Architects) and Anne  Ferguson (ChamberChic Interior Redesign & Decorating Services). 
The thought for the day was offered by Ron Crane (DCA Partners) who reminded us that we are all perfectly imperfect and that like snowflakes we are all different, but perfectly shaped for our journeys, driven by the same force and headed toward the same destination.  We are 100% perfect, perfectly imperfect for the required journey that we each have.
President Dan introduced his head table: Jack Anderson (Dick James & Associates), David Brandenburger (Newmark Cornish & Carey), Sylvia Ambrogio (Sacramento County Department of Airports), Elana Naderi and Dr. Patel, our speaker for the day.
Sgt at Arms, Tom Beacon (Kidder Mathews) welcomed guests Robert Richardson, Andrea and Kaitlin Reymond, perspective members: Clayton Spruce, BJ Snowden and Janet Anderson as well as visiting Rotarian Russell White from the Laguna Sunrise Club, who mentioned that they were hosting a “Taste of Elk Grove on April 22nd”.
Meeting Sponsor was Jeannie Reeves (Jeanne Reaves Consulting) and she introduced Sandy Smoley, an icon not only to Sacramento, but the State of California.  Ms. Smoley shared about a new project, “Re-Power the Tower”, which is an effort to raise private donations to replace the lighting on the Tower Bridge with LED.  Although the bridge isn’t changing colors, the LED lights will enable the use of colored lights for special occasion, while also reducing consumption and maintenance by 75%.  This is to be a big community event!  Donations are tax deductible and should be sent to:  Friends of the Arts Commission.
President Dan welcomed Rotarians to our meeting at the Dante Club. 
President Dan thanked music director Aaron French (Zanker Road Resource Management); he thanked Paul Stone for Piano music and Ed Willey for Wine Reception. 
Greeters were Leigh White (KXTL TV Fox 40), Tim Mattheis (WMB Architects) and Anne Ferguson (ChamberChic Interior Redesign & Decorating Services). 
The thought for the day was offered by Ron Crane (DCA Partners) who reminded us that we are all perfectly imperfect and that like snowflakes we are all different, but perfectly shaped for our journeys, driven by the same force and headed toward the same destination.  We are 100% perfect, perfectly imperfect for the required journey that we each have.
President Dan introduced his head table: Jack Anderson (Dick James & Associates), David Brandenburger (Newmark Cornish & Carey), Sylvia Ambrogio (Sacramento County Department of Airports), Elana Naderi and Dr. Patel, our speaker for the day.
Sgt at Arms, Tom Beacon (Kidder Mathews) welcomed guests Robert Richardson, Andrea and Kaitlin Reymond, perspective members: Clayton Spruce, BJ Snowden and Janet Anderson as well as visiting Rotarian Russell White from the Laguna Sunrise Club, who mentioned that they were hosting a “Taste of Elk Grove on April 22nd”.
Meeting Sponsor was Jeannie Reeves (Jeanne Reaves Consulting) and she introduced Sandy Smoley, an icon not only to Sacramento, but the State of California.  Ms. Smoley shared about a new project, “Re-Power the Tower”, which is an effort to raise private donations to replace the lighting on the Tower Bridge with LED.  Although the bridge isn’t changing colors, the LED lights will enable the use of colored lights for special occasion, while also reducing consumption and maintenance by 75%.  This is to be a big community event!  Donations are tax deductible and should be sent to:  Friends of the Arts Commission.
Hello to Allergies, 2017 - The Great Bloom Linda Geery, Photos By: John Swentowsky 2017-04-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rick Davis on Mar 31, 2017
Passion. Compassion. The two are related beyond simple alliteration. The latter drives Rotary’s urge to serve. The former drives the Rotarian.
It comes in many forms, this passion. At today’s meeting--Passions Day--eight of our fellow Rotarians displayed their passions--their interests, their hobbies, those extras in life that engage our minds, inform our imaginations, and shape who we are. And we had an opportunity to share in their delight.
More of that in a moment.
President Dan gaveled us in more or less on time with his genial, eloquent style. He took a few minutes to note the start of spring and that some folks still debate the heliocentric model of our solar system. He then offered an allegory as introduction to Passions Day, musing rhetorically about “trap shooters shooting down skydivers.”
Bringing us back to earth was Mik Miklaus (Integrity Mortgage), whose “Thought for the Day” spoke to diversity--not just of race or creed, but of interests and skills and--indeed--passions. We are different as individuals, yet we come together bound as Rotarians by one common fundamental value: Service Above Self.
Next, we welcomed new member Diana Spencer (Operating Room Nurse, Shriner’s Hospital), sponsored by Luann Richardson (Re/Max Gold), and Robyn DeLong (Coldwell Banker). Diana has a comprehensive background and is a great addition to the club. Welcome Diana!
Bob Daly (Financial Network Wealth Advisors) and Bob Miller (First US Community Credit Union) (“Bob squared”) then stood to acknowledge sponsors and supporters of Golf4Kids and to profile our beneficiaries: Ralph Richardson Center, Bowling Green, Fern Bacon and Luther Burbank High School. The very successful event funded all requests for donations! (Great job!) 
Thence to the procedural:
Calendar and announcements (Make sure to call the office to sign up!)
  • 31 March (this Thursday). Loaves and Fishes this Thursday! John Swentowsky says we need (as of this meeting) four more still for the afternoon.
  • 1 April (this Saturday). Rotary District 5180 Assembly, 7:45 am to 1:00 pm. The assembly provides important leadership training and assistance to clubs in the district. 
  • 21 April (Friday). Theater Night for “The Bodyguard.” Contact Roy Alexander (Sacramento Children's Home).
  • 5-7 May. Rotary District 5180 Conference at the Marriott in Santa Clara.
  • 20 May. Rotary Foundation Dinner at the Folsom Community Center.
  • 23 July. New Member Fellowship Afternoon at home of Hal Bartholomew (Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP) and Beverly Brautigam (Brautigam Financial Services) --and not just for new members! It’s a “swim barbecue!” (Picture that.)
Roast, Boast and Toast (shades of Ping Pong Diplomacy)
  • PEE and future Chancellor Diane Woodruff confessed to losing shamelessly in ping-pong to Past Emperor Wes Yee (Yee Dental Care). She donated 3@$100 to Eddie Mulligan (EM) for PP Wes, Tim Mattheis (WMB Architects), and Mike Bullington (Pacific Advisors) ($300 total).
  • Past Emperor Wes Yee stood to reciprocate, offering another $100 to EM….
  • As did Tim Mattheis, confessing also to a ping-pong “smack down” and pledging $100 to Diane’s EM….
  • And Michael Bullington, echoing Tim’s lament and pledging $100 to Polio Plus.
  • Not to be outdone, Todd Andrews (Andrews Construction, Inc.) stood to pledge $100 to his EM, and also try to sell an XXL-sized Sac Century jersey for “$65 or $75.” (Good luck with that, Todd.)
Passion's Day! Rick Davis 2017-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Bullington - Photos: John Swentowsky on Mar 17, 2017
President Dan’s Irish eyes were smiling, as he reminded us of his humble but proud beginnings as the son of immigrants from the Isle of Eyre, recounting emerald embroidered memories of his Dad’s bar – the finest in North San Francisco, I tell ya – and his own stairway through a different kind of bar and onto legal stardom.
PP Hal Bartholomew (Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP) provided a different kind of spirit, as our erstwhile vintner and sommelier. Kevin Williams (KVIE) adroitly spun the vinyl, doing his part to evoke a melancholy Irish mood. Greeting the Rotarians as they came in were Randy Friedman of the United States Navy, Cheryl Marcell of the CA State Railroad Museum Foundation.
Bob Miller of First US Community Credit Union touted the power of laughter as the best medicine for what ails ya, but even more, the best remedy for our soul. And if there were still a dry eye in the house, not to mention a dry glass, Dick Osen left nary a dry one with his soulful rendition of “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.”
Celine Spencer, Mark Quartarolo and Matthew Voreyer visited us from the Sacramento Convention Center. Jeremy Kroptin came at the invitation of John Wood (McGee & Thielen Insurance Broker). Bruce Meissner came as a guest of Eric Solis (Solis Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors). Brian Beauchamp was invited by Jim Craig. Mike Pease joined us at the behest of Forest Junod. Mary Euretig was Dave McKie’s guest.
Prospective members included Steve Cammack, Carol Christie, David Brandenburger, Will McMullen, Ted Grebitus and Sylvia Ambrogio. Our visiting Rotarian came all the way from LaCrosse Wisconsin, Mr. Ben Wedro.
Jeanne Reaves, our meeting sponsor, donated her time to the Salvation Army. Ivan Wild talked at length about the organizations history, dating back to the founding in 1865 in England to its present-day mission of “Serving suffering humanity without discrimination.” He cited a number of unique accomplishments, highlighted by the E Claire Transitional Living Family project in Sacramento.
Susan Sheridan gradually introduced our newest Rotary Fellow by telling us about his upbringing in the French speaking Belgian Congo, where he became trilingual. She talked about his musical talent and ambition to be a cowboy, then his less glamorous work as a “construction” guy, formerly working for Continental Heller. She finally gave him away when talking about his love for cycling. At that point, there was little doubt that it was the indubitable, intrepid and irrepressible Todd Andrews (Andrews Construction, Inc.)
When Irish Eyes are Smiling!  Mike Bullington - Photos: John Swentowsky 2017-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
The following applicant has been proposed for membership and has given permission for her name and proposed classification to be published.

Comments relating to this proposed new member's classification must be in writing and received by the club president prior to March 31, 2017.
Prospect:                Carol Christie
Business:                LYON – Real Estate
Position:                 Realtor
Classification:       REAL ESTATE – Sales - Residential 
Sponsors:              Susan Sheridan &  Judy Kjelstrom
New Prospective Member for March 31, 2017 2017-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
Meeting Sponsor - March 14, 2017 - Jeanne Reaves 2017-03-10 08:00:00Z 0


For most of his life, Jack Gallagher has been entertaining.

First as a kid for his family and then for his friends and teachers at school.

Jack started his professional comedy career in Boston during the early 80's. As part of that explosive comedy scene, Jack helped establish such clubs as The Comedy Connection, Stitches and the legendary Ding-Ho Comedy.

After moving to Los Angeles, Jack became a regular at The Improv and added big screen credits to his resume by landing a major role in the feature film Shakes the Clown with Bob "Bobcat" Goldthwait. He has also appeared in Heartbreak Ridge with Clint Eastwood and was featured in the made for television movie Incident at Ruby Ridge

Jack can currently be seen as the co-host of the popular nationally
syndicated Public television show MoneyTrack.

Gallagher's work on network television includes his own ABC sitcom Bringing Up Jack as well as a recurring role on the HBO Original Series Curb Your Enthusiasm.

A favorite of talk/variety show hosts and audiences, Jack made numerous appearances on The Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno as well as NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

In addition to headlining virtually every major comedy club in the country, Gallagher has appeared in concert with Dolly Parton, The Four Tops and Tony Bennett to name a few.

Jack has written and continues to perform his four critically acclaimed one-
man shows "Letters to Declan," "Just The Guy," “What He Left” and “A
Different Kind Of Cool” in theaters and at corporate events across the

Jack is a three-time Emmy award winner for his work as host of the PBS shows Money MovesOff-Limits and Kids, Cash and Common Sense. And was also honored with the NATPE IRIS award in the category "On-Camera Talent."

When he's not working, Jack can be found at home with his wife Jean and sons Declan and Liam trying to figure out ways to stay off the road.

Guest Speaker - March 14, 2017 - Jack Gallagher 2017-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Culleton on Mar 10, 2017
Can you remember when you used to Rock out to K-ZAP 98.5?
We were welcomed with a wine reception hosted by Steve Johanson .  Greeters were Steve Shiflett (CA State Parks) and Ivan Wild (The Salvation Army).  Ambient music was courtesy of Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak) on the piano.
Leo McFarland (Volunteers of America) gave us a humorous thought for the day.  Four things he learned as a child that still hold true today.
Guests included John Saltnes, Pat Junod, Natalie Bustamante, and Carl London.  Prospective members were Jennie Outland, Dr. Winston Eddy, Diana Nelson, Bill Walters and Janet Anderson.  Visiting Rotarian (and past member), Hanns Haesslein also joined us.
Meeting Sponsor Bill Niemi (Niemi Development Partners LLC) donated his time to Home Aid Sacramento CEO Beth Kang.  HomeAid builds and maintains homes for those less fortunate. Needy families and homeless are served in conjunction with Volunteers of America and Sacramento Children’s Home.  The North State Building Association charitable arm also contributes to HomeAid.  Beth is very fortunate to wake up every day loving what she does – helping families.
 This month’s Fireside could feature a ping-pong match between Past President Wes Yee (Yee Dental Care) and Diane Woodruff on March 16, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  Elfrena Foord challenged us to come to the Spring Fling at the Elks Tower on March 24.  District Conference is set for May 5-7 in Santa Clara. See President Dan for details. 
Bill Niemi extended a golf tournament invitation, benefitting HomeAid Sacramento, in Edgewood Lake Tahoe next month. Steven Walker (Fast Break Tech, Inc.) will be demonstrating the simplicity and indispensability of having the ClubRunner App on your phone at the April 4th meeting.  Jeff Setzer (Setzer Forest Products Inc.) said Passions Day will be March 28th, if you have something to share please contact him.  Norm Marshall (Headwaters Construction Inc.) invited us to come ski!  Northstar on April 3rd with a private dining room for lunch. Price will (probably) be just under $100.  Rick Davis (University of Phoenix/SVC) tried to give away two tickets to Broadway’s “BodyGuard” on April 19th.
Bruce Hester (Colliers International) and Rick Davis presented President Dan with a few trinkets from Cuba.  A small “necklace vial” of rum and a few cigars.  Norm Marshall recounted his son’s Bronze Star for Valor in Iraq.  He tried to save a fallen soldier in his unit amid gunfire.
The Return of K-ZAP Station Jim Culleton 2017-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Ski Trip - Monday, April 3, 2017 2017-03-08 08:00:00Z 0
Meeting Sponsor - February 28 , 2017 - Elfrena Foord 2017-03-03 08:00:00Z 0
Dennis graduated from CSU Sacramento with a BA in Theatre Arts and a minor in what was called “Broadcasting” that is now part of Communications. Over the past thirty years, Dennis has specialized in audio and video production, editing, on-camera, and voiceover work. Dennis started his professional radio career at the legendary rock station KZAP. He subsequently headed two other stations in the Sacramento area. He segued out of radio into audio production and then video production working on projects with a variety of education-related clients including the Association of California School Administrators, West Ed, WASC, and school districts throughout California. Recently, he started a record label and a non-profit low power FM radio station where expertise in digital media is essential. Dennis manages the administrative functions of the firm and coordinates digital media projects.
Guest Speaker - March 7, 2017 2017-03-03 08:00:00Z 0
The following applicants have been proposed for membership and have given permission for their names and proposed classification to be published.

Comments relating to this proposed new members' classification must be in writing and received by the club president prior to March 10, 2017.
Prospect:                Diana Spencer
Business:                My Jewelry Box
Position:                 Owner  
Classification:       JEWELRY - Retail
Sponsors:               Luann Richardson and Robyn DeLong
Prospect:                John E. Anderson
Business:                Dick James Associates
Position:                 Property Management  
Classification:       PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
Sponsors:               Michele Amaral and Shadi Fox
Prospect:                Sylvia Ambrogio
Business:                Sacramento County Department of Airports
Position:                 CAO – Finance / Admin  
Classification:       FINANCIAL SERVICES  
Sponsors:               John Frisch and Judy Daru
New Prospective Members for March 10, 2017  2017-03-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jay Lowden on Mar 03, 2017
President Dan McVeigh opened the meeting by noting that today is the eight-month point in his term and that there are only four more months until Lemmon Time. He acknowledged Bob Daly (Financial Network Wealth Advisors), and Bob Miller (First US Community Credit Union) for joining him in visiting the local schools that are beneficiaries of the annual Golf Tournament where they distributed $30,000. He announced that at least for the remainder of his term we will continue to meet at the Dante Club and to a round of applause announced that the pre-meeting Wine Receptions will resume starting on March 7.
President Dan then thanked Aaron French (Zanker Recycling) for handling the Music, and Jeff Setzer (Setzer Forest Products Inc.) and Karla Weymouth (Homewood Suites by Hilton) for being today’s greeters.
Mike Miklaus (Integrity Mortgage) provided an opening thought that included a call for opening thinkers. If you have a thought to share contact Mike at
We had a slew of guests including Gary Kuntz, Matt Bartok, Vincent Beiderbeck, Chris Rockwell, Larry Dane, Laura McHugh and Aracelli Solis. We love having prospective members and joining us today were Sylvia Ambrogio, guest of John Frisch (Cornish & Carey Commercial); John Gzoralka, guest of Ron Crane (DCA Partners); Diana Spencer, guest of Luann Richardson (Re/Max Gold); Paul Ioanidis, guest of Ted White (Sacramento Delta Property) and Ted Kappel, guest of Rita Gibson (Rita Gibson Ins & Invstmt Svcs Inc.); John Toney, guest of Chris Ann Bachtel (First Northern Bank); and Ted Grebitus, guest of Ed Grebitus (Grebitus & Sons Jewelers).
Gary McDonalds from the E Club and Christine Cahill-Reams from the Point West Club joined us as visiting Rotarians.
President Dan continued with the introductions as he introduced the head table that included Past President Ken Noak (Newmark Cornish & Carey), our speaker Greg Lucas, Mike Miklaus, Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak and April Javist (Sacramento Public Library Foundation).
Elfrena Foord was the sponsor of the day and she invited everyone to attend the Social Venture Partner’s annual Fast Pitch program on Wednesday, February 8th at the Golden One Center. Two of our club members, April Javist from the Sacramento Library Foundation and Jay Lowden from the YMCA will be among the ten local nonprofits competing for $80,000 in cash and in-kind awards. Tickets can be purchased at and if you use the special code “rotary” you can get a $20 discount on a $40 ticket.
Jim Leet stepped forward to recognize a number or Rotarians for their commitment to the Rotary Foundation. Recognized were Bonnie Plummer (SPG), for her 1st Paul Harris (PHF) and 1st Eddie Mulligan (EM); Linda Geery (Gilbert Associates, Inc.) – 2nd EM; Eric Solis (Solis Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors) – 4th EM; Tim Maurice (UC Davis Health System) – 1st PHF; Dr. Barbara Arnold (Barbara J. Arnold MD Inc.) – 5th PHF; and Jim Streng (Streng Bros Rentals, LLC) – 4th and 5th EM.
The highlight of any meeting is the numerous announcements. Elfrena Foord and Peter Dannenfelser (Architectural Arts) announced the Spring Fling on March 24 at the Elks Building; Jim Phillips (The Energy Savers) let us know that the Yosemite Snow Shoe Walk was cancelled due to too much snow; Elena Naderi announced a Networking night that by the time you read this it will be over and done with; Linda Geery gave a pitch for kids interested in attending Camp RYLA; Todd Koolakian (Sacramento Children's Home) invited everyone to the Rotary Speech Contest on March 7th. If you are interested in judging please see Todd or Elfrena; and special guest announcer Christine Cahill-Reames from the Point West Rotary Club invited everyone to their annual Festa di Vino on March 25th.
Life In The Library Economy Jay Lowden 2017-03-03 08:00:00Z 0
Wine Reception is Back at the Dante Club!  Wine Sponsors Needed!  2017-02-24 08:00:00Z 0
Meeting Sponsor - February 14, 2017 - PP Hal Bartholomew 2017-02-17 08:00:00Z 0
This is a reminder that there is NO Rotary meeting on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 28, 2017 at the Dante Club!
Our guest speaker will be Greg Lucas - CA State Librarian
RCOS Staff 
February 21, 2017 - DARK 2017-02-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Huffman, Photos By: John Swentowsky on Feb 17, 2017

        President Dan McVeigh opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and thanking Mike Bullington (Pacific Advisors) for his piano interlude, Kevin Williams (KVIE) for his additional musical selections, and greeters Diane Schachterle (American Civil Rights Institute) and Sylvia Fitzgerald (AAES (Antiques, Appraisals & Estate Services).

In observation of Sweetheart’s Day, Tanya Kravchuk (Children’s Receiving Home) Thought for the Day appealed to the highest aspirations of love:  “Valentine’s Day – The Big Romance Day – is a wonderful day for gifts, and if you celebrate it, I hope you enjoy the day to the fullest.  For me, loving someone is a daily exercise, a daily celebration, a daily acknowledgement beyond chocolates, flowers or jewelry.  I try to celebrate love all year long, every day.”  She ended by reciting that ultimate expression of love set forth in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.  A great start!

After the Pledge of Allegiance, Sargent-At-Arms Tom Bacon (Kidder Matthews) introduced our Guests, Prospective Members and Visiting Club members who were welcomed warmly.

President Dan introduced the head table:  Chairs of the Day Dave Higdon (California Moving Systems) and Becki Roberts (Central Valley Community Bank), Dave Higdon’s wife Kathy Higdon, Becki Robert’s husband Gary Roberts, and President Dan’s own wife Rebecca Baumann.

The Meeting Sponsor was none other than Past President Hal Bartholomew (Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP), a well-known and respected family law attorney.  Past President Hal spoke particularly of his divorce practice whose goal is to get through the divorce process with dignity.  He works with couples who want a divorce but what to do so in an orderly, non-adversarial, and respectful way.

With that, it was announcements time followed by the ever favorite Roast, Boast and Toast.  Sylvia Fitzgerald (AAES - Antiques, Appraisals & Estate Services) rose and donated $1,000 for incredible sales in her business.

President Dan then invited Todd Koolakian, Director of Philanthropy at the Sacramento Children’s Home and guest of Roy Alexander (Sacramento Children’s Home), to the podium.  Todd announced that on this day 150 years ago, February 14, 1867, the Sacramento Children’s Home was incorporated.  In celebration, he brought with him two birthday cakes from Ettore’s, a gesture that was eagerly appreciated by all assembled.  Of the various programs the Home offers, Todd spoke about one in particular its Crisis Nursery Program whose mission is “to prevent child abuse and neglect by providing support to families at times of crisis.”  To demonstrate the power of the Crisis Nursery Program, Todd invited Rayne McKenzie, an alumnus of the program to tell her story.

Valentine's Day Mark Huffman, Photos By: John Swentowsky 2017-02-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rick Davis, Photos By: John Swentowsky on Feb 10, 2017
If you were not present today, you missed a real Rotary meeting. We captured during our hour-plus together a little of what we as an organization do and the tangible, unquestionably positive effects of our efforts.
President Dan started us out with his familiar warmth and gentle humor, then introduced Luann Richardson (Re/Max Gold) as Invocator. She spoke of heroes and the quiet, confident certainty of doing the right thing, especially in the face of adversity.
And, speaking of heroism, nothing can better capture its sense than what we heard from our guest speaker. Ably introduced by PP Judge Brian Van Camp (ADR Services, Inc.), Mr. Craig Needham (Kepner & Fish LLP) at once commemorated and celebrated the memory of his mother, Jane Boyle Needham. Mrs. Needham was stricken with polio at age 29 and spent the next 13 years of her life in an iron lung. An Iron Man athlete and no less a hero himself, Mr. Needham shared a powerful, moving message of her courage, commitment and purpose. Neither he nor his audience could escape the feelings evoked by the story. She remained first and foremost a mother, despite her disability. “No matter how tight the cocoon,” Jane Needham said, “There is always a butterfly.”  She died 2 October 1962, age 42.
The message, of course, reminded us of what Rotary has done—and still does—to conquer polio worldwide. After Mr. Needham spoke, President Dan felt moved to offer a renewed pledge to Polio Plus. A lot of our members stood in response to join him.  

Rotary Continues Fighting Against Polio! Rick Davis, Photos By: John Swentowsky 2017-02-10 08:00:00Z 0

Please extend a warm Rotary welcome to our newest members Theresa Rodgers and Leigh White.
Welcome New Members! 2017-02-10 08:00:00Z 0
Meeting Sponsors - February 7, 2017 - President Dan McVeigh and Dennis Cook 2017-02-10 08:00:00Z 0

Our Club is actively seeking qualified applicants to attend the Camp during the spring of 2017.  The Camper needs to be an incoming Senior and open to an incredible week of growth. 
Copies of the camp application can be found on our website in the Home Page Download Section.
Camp RYLA 2017 2017-02-01 08:00:00Z 0
Balance is the order of the day - every day -for Craig Needham . Whether it's stabilizing his caseload or weighing the merits of a potential client or steady­ing himself for a steep incline on his fa­vorite mode of transport -his bicycle - Needham always strives to maintain equi­librium in his life.
Cycling is perhaps the likeliest of metaphors for balance, so it's not surpris­ing that Needham took to the sport with ease and fervor, although it came rela­tively late in his life. The senior partner  at San Jose-based  Needham  Kepner & Fish has clocked thousands of miles across the United States and Europe on his bike since he started riding in his mid-50s.
Guest Speaker -  February 7, 2017 - Craig Needham 2017-01-26 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Teichert, Photos By: John Swentowsky on Jan 26, 2017
Wow! Lunch became an adventure as we flew around the globe with Dr. Charley Kurlinkus, a Sacramento physician, whose hobby is free falling in a lime green wing suit from the tallest buildings and cliffs in the world.
He is an emergency room doctor at Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center who is also known as “Doctor Daredevil,” for more than 2,300 BASE jumps. (“BASE” is an acronym for the objects he jumps off: Buildings (e.g. Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world in Dubai), Antennas (e.g. Eiffel Tower), Spans (e.g. bridges) and earth (e.g. Grand Canyon). He is one of the world’s Top 10 BASE jumpers.
Kurlinkus has made his jumps in 18 countries, soaring down rocky cliffs, stepping off skyscrapers, flying a few feet off the ground or between trees in what is sometimes called a Squirrel Suit, which inflates with air as he drops to allow him to fly.
It is an extreme sport, but as a child, he always dreamt of flying. “In those dreams, I was never sitting in a cockpit,” he told a rapt audience. “To get up there and swirl around, to fly. It is hard to put into words. It’s quite fun.”
A skydiver for 12 years, he began flying the wing suit ten years ago. The videos of his jumps in the wing suit were amazing. Dr. Kurlinkus just stepped off the Grand Canyon as his wing suit instantly inflated into a rigid frame, which he could direct with small precise movements to soar along before making a safe landing. He has flown at 120 miles an hour at three and a half feet off the ground so the margin for error is very small.
“Bad things can happen quickly,” said Dr. Kurlinkus, 32. The jumps can take less than seven seconds. He has known 73 people who have died in flying accidents.
But, Dr. Kurlinkus married three and a half months ago so he has given up the sport for now. The risk tolerance and acceptance of the danger changes with age and circumstances. He said he wants to stay alive and doesn’t want his wife to leave him.
President Dan McVeigh (Downey Brand LLP) opened the meeting with the announcement that he had survived his 66th birthday. He also announced that Maynard Nelson had been in a serious car accident and that cards would be welcomed. Seated at the head table were PP Tim Pinkney (BGM TruNorth Wealth Partners), Dr. Kurlinkus, Michael Bullington (Pacific Advisors) who gave the thought of the day, Mead Kibbey, and PP Ken Noack (Newmark Cornish & Carey).
Adventures in BASE Jumping With Doctor Charley Kurlinkus Nancy Teichert, Photos By: John Swentowsky 2017-01-26 08:00:00Z 0
Meeting Sponsor - January 24, 2017 - Mead Kibbey  2017-01-26 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Callee Setzer, Photos By: John Swentowsky on Jan 19, 2017
President Dan McVeigh’s introduction to Tuesday’s meeting noted the celebration of his 66th birthday last weekend, to which he said, “I am officially getting old”.  He also referenced the correlation between the 1968 election of Richard Nixon and this weeks’ change of power at the inauguration. 
Our thought of the day given by PP John Frisch (Cornish and Carey Commercial RE) was a reference to our guest speaker.  No matter what sport we all love to support there is always a call or two that we blame on the officials.  John reminded us that we should “give them a break, their jobs are tough”.
President Dan introduced the head table and thanked the musical director Aaron French (Zanker Recycling), our pianist Randy Friedman (US Navy), and our greeters Diane Schachterle (American Civil Rights Institute) and Denise Santiago (Golden Pacific Bank).  Our Sergeant-At-Arms, Tom Bacon (Kidder Mathews), introduced 20 guests, 9 perspective Rotarians and 1 visiting Rotarian.  Several comments were made that our packed meeting was most likely due to our guest speaker, Mike Pereira. 
Tuesday’s meeting sponsor was Dennis Smith (Tsakopoulos Management) who donated his money and kindly gave his time to Gina Smith, the Director of Education for the California Musical Theater.  She spoke about the outreach and educational programs the Musical Theater offers throughout the year, from youth training to internship programs earning college credit.
President Dan returned to the podium requesting PDG and PP Fred Teichert (Teichert Foundation) to join him. Benefactor Award presented to Fred for his lifelong generous commitment to the Legacy and the Foundation of Rotary.
The introduction of our newest member followed.  PP Dave Murphy (Retired) and Ken Adamson (Beverage Distribution) co-sponsored Theresa Rodgers, the President and Principal of St. Francis High School.  She began her Rotary journey on a scholarship in 92-93 in Bath, England, which she noted, “was the basis for a life changing appreciation for Rotary.”
John McIntyre (Mercy Foundation) came up next to introduce Karen Cendro of the Rotary Youth Exchange program.  Our Club has sponsored outbound student Noah Wadhwani and his family were called to the front of the room.  Noah loves to play the guitar and tennis.  He is passionate about foreign affairs, climate change and ISIS.  Karen also noted he was the top student in this year’s group.  She handed him the envelope containing the country to which he was awarded.  His top three countries were Argentina, Spain and Germany.  He opened the envelope and a huge smile covered his face, he will indeed be off to Argentina during the next school year.  He thanked the club and shared his hopes that the experience will shape his future.
A unique Rotary funded experience was shared with us by PP Walter Dahl’s (Dahl Law) daughter, Ellen Dahl, the Mama Maji Kenya Water Project.  The project is the building of rainwater collection systems for sanitary usage by women in Kenya.  She spent two weeks in Kenya meeting with the chief and women’s groups for support on the project.  She and her group promoted the use of local construction workers to create the water collection system, assuring Fred Teichert they will not be competition.  Ellen shared several pictures of the systems installation, one of which included her digging the ground hole for the system.  She also thanked the Rotary club for her experience. 
Live Tour with NFL Officiating Expert - Mike Pereira Callee Setzer, Photos By: John Swentowsky 2017-01-19 08:00:00Z 0
What do an emergency Room Doctor at Kaiser Medical in Sacramento, a bright green squirrel suit and the word BASE all have in common?  The answer is Tuesday’s speaker, Dr. Charley Kurlinkus.
Known in some circles as “Doctor Daredevil”, Dr. Kurlinkus has made over 2,100 jumps off of “stuff”. The technical term for such stuff is B.A.S.E.  Written another way, "BASE" is an acronym standing for four categories of fixed objects from which one can jump: Building, Antenna, Span, and Earth (cliff).
Due to the lower altitudes of the jumps, BASE jumping is significantly more dangerous than skydiving from a plane. In the U.S., BASE jumping is currently regarded by many as a fringe extreme sport.
Wearing only a $1,200 nylon suit that fills with air and is shaped like stubby wings, hence the name “squirrel suit”, our speaker has leaped from Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest building in the world, free falling for 8-10 seconds, then opens his parachute to safely land.
His videos will amaze you as he ‘flys’ down a canyon over 100mph and only 4-6 feet above the rocky terrain. They also are majestic to watch as you see a human speck glide along rugged rocky mountain cliff faces appreciating the beauty of nature. One also realizes the legacy the mankind’s very inquisitive mind seeking to fly unaided since the time of Icarus in Greek mythology.
So bring your Dramamine, find a steady chair and dine with one of the World’s Top 10 BASE jumpers this week.
  • Dr. Charles Kurlinkus, MD is a board certified emergency medicine physician in Sacramento, California. He is currently licensed to practice medicine in California. He is affiliated with Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center.
Education & Training
University of California Davis School of Medicine Medical School
Certifications & Licensure
  • CA State Medical License 2011 - 2017
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine Emergency Medicine
Guest Speaker - January 24, 2017 2017-01-19 08:00:00Z 0
Meeting Sponsor - Dennis Smith 2017-01-19 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jay Lowden, Photos By: John Swentowsky on Jan 12, 2017
President Dan McVeigh opened the meeting and wished everyone a happy new year. Along with the new year, he is celebrating the midway point of his term as our Clubs President. With the head table, including two prominent jurists he proposed that we might consider a new theme for our club “join Rotary and go to jail.”  Thanks were given to Aaron French (Zanker Recycling), for being musical director for the day and handling the AV chores; Sue Schoenig (Kennaday Leavitt PC) and Denise Santiago (Golden Pacific Bank) were thanked for serving as greeters for the day.
We now know that inclement weather will not keep guests and visitors away as Tom Bacon introduced eight guests, three prospective members and one visiting Rotarian. Jim Leet was introduced to provide the thought for the Day with a terrific reading about service and what it means to be a service organization. President Dan then introduced the head table which included the honorable Bill Shubb (U.S. District Court), the honorable Kim Mueller (U.S. District Court), Jim Leet (Boutin Jones Inc.) Rita Gibson (Rita Gibson Insurance & Investment Services Inc.) and Past President Walter Dahl (Dahl Law, Attorneys At Law).
Rita Gibson was the sponsor of the day and provide an overview of Rita Gibson Insurance and Investment Services, including announcing that she just received her RICP (Retirement Income Certified Professional) Certification. 
In 2016, we lost a long time Rotarian and Past President, Charlie Gray. Bob Cole (Goodwin Cole Company) provide a wonderful tribute to “Good Time” Charlie Gray. Through his actions, humor, and commitment to others, Charlie lived a life of service and has left a legacy that will live on through rotary, the YMCA and the community.
The meeting was turned over to Jim Leet to recognize a number or Rotarians for their commitment to the Rotary Foundation. Recognized were Jeanne Reaves (Jeanne Reaves Consulting), and Past President David Cohen (Cohen – Durrett, LLP), who all received their 2nd Eddie Mulligans; Barbara Arnold (Barbara J. Arnold MD Inc.) for her 3rd & 4th Eddie Mulligan and Jeff Setzer (Setzer Forest Products Inc.) for his 3rd Paul Harris Fellow.
Ted White (Sacramento Delta Property Management) was recognized for his company being the No. 2 Property Manager in Sacramento with more than 2,000 properties. Jeanne Reaves made a gift in acknowledgment of forgetting to mention Larry Gilzean (Spare Time Clubs) during the Foundation Day meeting in December; John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography) summed his “Good Year” of 2016 with a gift; Tom Gilbert (Gilbert Associates, Inc.) made a gift to acknowledge the terrific work of Dave Higden (California Moving Systems) and his company in quickly moving his belongings to higher ground; and Todd Andrews (Andrews Construction, Inc.) made a gift in memory of Charlie Gray.
One of the highlights of the meeting was a presentation to St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Todd Andrews and Susan Sheridan presented  Robyn Raphael from St. Baldrick’s a check in the amount of $70,000 which represented the proceeds from the Sacramento Century event in October of 2016. In return, St. Baldrick’s presented the Rotary Club of Sacramento their Hero Award. Get ready for Sac Century 12017 on October 7th.
A Journey Through The U.S. District Courts  Jay Lowden, Photos By: John Swentowsky 2017-01-12 08:00:00Z 0
Former vice president of NFL officiating Mike Pereira joined FOX Sports in 2010 in the unique position of a multi-platform NFL rules analyst. Pereira contributes regularly to the FOX NFL SUNDAY pregame show,, FOX Sports Radio and is available to join NFL on FOX game broadcasts. He retired from the NFL after 14 years with the league in 2009.
If circumstances warrant a rules interpretation or explanation, Pereira is on hand throughout FOX Sports’ NFL broadcast day to provide viewers with his exceptional insight into the situation and process in making the calls on the field. Each Sunday he monitors the day’s NFL action from his own control room at the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles, giving him visual access to all games played. Pereira is available to interact with FOX NFL SUNDAY studio personalities during pregame, halftime or postgame segments and also communicate with NFL on FOX game crews at stadiums across the country, either on- or off-camera.
In addition to his responsibilities on Sundays, Pereira is a regular guest on FOX Sports Radio’s national lineup and pens a weekly column titled “Under Review” for “Under Review” ranks the 10 most impactful calls made during the previous week's games.
Pereira has been involved with the game of football dating back to 1982 when he was an NCAA Division 1 official.  Pereira spent 14 years officiating college football beginning with nine years in the Big West Conference (1982-91) followed by five years in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) (1992-96).  During that time, Pereira officiated eight postseason Bowl Games including the Aloha Bowl and Cotton Bowl twice each, Citrus Bowl, Gator Bowl, Holiday Bowl and Freedom Bowl.  Pereira made the jump to the NFL as a sideline judge in 1996 while also holding the title of supervisor of officials for the WAC. After two years patrolling the sidelines in the NFL and overseeing WAC officiating, Pereira was promoted to NFL supervisor of officiating in 1998. In 2001 Pereira became director of officiating for the NFL and then was promoted to vice president of NFL officiating in 2004. He spent a total of 14 years with the NFL.
Pereira was born and raised in Stockton, Calif. and graduated from Santa Clara University in 1972 with a B.A. in Finance. Pereira now lives in Sacramento with his wife Gail.
Guest Speaker - January 17, 2017 2017-01-12 08:00:00Z 0
Loaves & Fishes changing dates to Thursdays!  2017-01-12 08:00:00Z 0
Meeting Sponsor - Rita Gibson - January 10, 2017 2017-01-12 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Bullington on Dec 29, 2016
Perhaps the warmest, sweetest day of the year for Rotarian parents, grandparents and great grandparents of the wonderful young women that graced the Dante Club on this special day.
The event started with photographs by Bill Smith Photography, with Santa, who betrayed a slight limp, handing out candy canes at the door.
Anne Al Azzawi, our beloved Sulaf’s daughter, a junior in Mira Loma’s International Baccalaureate Program, a singer and an actor, was our President for the day. She introduced Cara McIntyre, John’s daughter, to share the thought of the day. Cara is a 6th grader at Sacred Heart School and a leader of the NorCal Acrobatics Team. Cara reminded of us the three great pillars of the day: Rotary, Holiday and Rotary.
Roy Alexander’s granddaughter, Libby Pavelchik, a fifth grader, an athlete, a singer and performer, led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Asia Wong, LaToya’s daughter, a senior at Vista Del Lago High and co-editor of this year’s yearbook, an avid reader and volunteer (she served energetically on the writer’s Sac Century Isleton rest stop, as did Anne Al Azzawi) served as our Sargent-At-Arms. She recognized all of our Rotary guests, which included Lynne Tracy, Anne’s principal, who sat next to your correspondent. Then she asked all of the daughters, daughters-in-law and granddaughters to stand up.
Asia then encouraged us to just get to know each other at our tables.
Anne recognized Steve Ruland for his efforts in getting us all in a giving mood with his “Toys for Smiles” program, which he does faithfully and energetically, year after year. He presented Ivan Wild of the Salvation Army with contributions totaling $1,410. Asia, assisted by Elise Stoffel, granddaughter of Steve Ruland, a 13-year-old in the 8th grade at Arden Middle School and an a straight A student who is a three sport athlete, brought us to one of the special moments in our annual event, the awards for furthest distance, the longest attendance and the youngest:
Danielle, granddaughter of Judge Bill and Sandy Shubb, who had travelled from Melbourne, along with Lia and Nevaeh, granddaughters of Norm Marshall, who had come in from Singapore, shared the recognition for the 8,000+ mile efforts.
Daughter's Day! Mike Bullington 2016-12-29 08:00:00Z 0
This is a reminder that there is NO Rotary meeting on January 3rd 2017.
Our next meeting will be on January 10, 2017, and will be at the Dante Club. 
Our guest speaker will be Judge Kim Mueller.
Have a very Happy New Year!         
RCOS Staff
Happy Holidays! 2016-12-22 08:00:00Z 0
What Will Your Rotary Legacy Be? 2016-12-19 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Culleton - Photos By: John Swentowsky on Dec 15, 2016
Journey's Lights of the City welcomed Rotarians to our December 13th meeting at the Dante Club.  Greeters Clayton Lee (C.K.L. Trust) and Liz McClatchy (Safety Center Incorporated) spread warm holiday cheer.
Dennis Cook (Cook Brown, LLP) provided a lengthy thought of the day recounting a John Dunne Story.  Tom Bacon (Kidder Mathews) introduced a Guest Rotarian Martin Garozzo, a respiratory specialist from West Sacramento.
PP Susan Sheridan and PP Dave Murphy are chairing Daughter's Day on 12/20.  They highlighted our next meeting with Irish Dancers and a Children's Chorus. Please RSVP to the "Not to Miss" event.
Roast Boast and Toast was healthy today!  Nine Rotarians spoke up with Lev Kaganovich (Energy, LEED & Commissioning Consulting) leading the way.  He is proud of his son and the development of a new mobile app.  Jim Mattesich (Greenberg Traurig) celebrated a new grandchild as did President Dan McVeigh.  Bob Rosenberg (Inve$tnet Inc.) highlighted his son's achievement as CEO of Accent Foods in Texas.  Todd Andrews (Andrews Construction, Inc.)  has a wedding coming up where he will welcome a new Son-in-Law to the family.  Jerry Haley (State Farm Ins.) stood up just because and donated generously.  Michelle Amaral (Dick James and Associates, Inc.) mourned a great Aunt.  Liz McClatchy's (Safety Center Incorporated) grandchild will graduate from Purdue University in a few weeks.  Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak) is also celebrating a new graduate in the family.
Membership Day! Jim Culleton - Photos By: John Swentowsky 2016-12-15 08:00:00Z 0
The following applicants have been proposed for membership and have given permission for there names and proposed classifications to be published.

Comments relating to this proposed new members' classifications must be in writing and received by the Club President prior to December 22, 2016.
1. Prospect:                   Leigh White
    Business:                   KTXL Fox 40
    Position:                   VP and General Manager
    Classification:           TELEVISION - Public
    Sponsors:                  Diane Mizell & Susan Sheridan
2.  Prospect:                Theresa Rodgers
    Business:                 St. Francis Catholic High School
    Position:                  President
    Classification:          Education
    Sponsors:                Dave Murphy & Ken Adamson
New Prospective Members for December 15, 2016 2016-12-15 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jay Lowden, Photos by: John Swentowsky on Dec 09, 2016
You know that Christmas must be just around the corner when Steve Ruland and the gang are welcoming Rotarians and collecting toys and cash before the start of a Rotary Meeting. Once inside President Dan McVeigh called the meeting to order and provided a brief history of the Feast of St. Nicolaus and how appropriate it is that the annual Rotary Foundation meeting is held on this day. Thanks were given to Kevin Williams (KVIE) was recognized for spinning the tunes and handling the AV chores; Clayton Lee (C.K.L. Trust) and Bob Rosenberg (Inve$tment Inc.) were thanked for serving as greeters for the day.
Becki Roberts (Central Valley Community Bank) provided the “Thought for the Day) that focused on philanthropy, followed by President Dan who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 Tom Bacon (Kidder Mathews) introduced a variety of guests and two visiting Rotarians: Christopher Johnson from the Georgia Southern University Club, who exchanged a banner with President Dan, and Bob “Motorcycle” Mutchler from the Rotary Club of Folsom. The head table was then introduced which was filled with Trustees of the Rotary Foundation.
President Dan made a point of asking the volunteers from the Loaves & Fishes work day to stand and be recognized and thanked them for their efforts.
Foundation Day! Jay Lowden, Photos by: John Swentowsky 2016-12-09 08:00:00Z 0
Toy Drive - Next Week!! 2016-12-01 08:00:00Z 0
Meeting Sponsor - David Ballard 2016-12-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Callee Setzer on Dec 01, 2016
After a brief hiatus away from our weekly Tuesday luncheons, President Dan welcomed us all back from our Thanksgiving break.  He noted a series of thanks for several events in his own life, including a photo of himself with his grandson over the holiday.  After moving to the Dante Club our meetings were in dire need of a piano.  Heeding the call for help several Rotary members were able to locate, secure and move a piano into the meeting room for our weekly pre-meeting gatherings.  Musical notes were joyfully played by Dick Wertz for our listening pleasure.  Today’s greeters were Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products) and Dennis Smith (Tsakopoulos Management Company).  Steve Ruland (Ruland’s Office Furniture) also helped welcome us into the meeting, providing candy canes to serve as a reminder to bring unwrapped toys to next Tuesdays meeting.  JD Dannenfelser (JD Enterprises) was our AV Director.
Michael Bullington (Pacific Advisors) provided our thought for the day, referring to the Rotarian magazine.  Every issue includes a side bar dedicated to Rotary’s core Service Above Self.  Seamlessly Michael tied the object of Rotary to today’s speaker John McGinness.  Tom Bacon (Kidder Mathews) followed by welcoming our guests and prospective members of the day.
David Ballard (Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento) generously was today’s Meeting Sponsor.  During the holiday season he asked us to spread our generosity throughout the community.  The success of non-profits are reliant on our donations to grow programs and continue to make a difference in the community.
We observed a Moment of Silence honoring JoAnn Setzer, wife of past member Cal Setzer, mother of Jeff Setzer (Setzer Forest Products) and grandmother of Callee Setzer who quietly passed away on October 29th.
It’s that time of year again to fill out ballots for the 2017-2018/19 election of Officers and Directors.  Please return your completed ballot to the Rotary office by Friday, December 9th.
Our one and only club announcement, made by PP Susan Sheridan and PP Dave Murphy, was for Daughters Day on December 20th.  Be sure to RSVP for this special event as the preview of entertainment looks very festive, including a visit from Santa Clause.
Thank you to the People in Blue!! Callee Setzer 2016-12-01 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Twin Rivers - Sacramento 1st Annual Crab Feed 2016-11-21 08:00:00Z 0
“For me, leaving a Rotary legacy is meaningful because my gift to our Foundation will be added to the gifts of others to make a difference in the lives of community members and people all around the world - forever.   It is wonderful to know that that the things I appreciate about our club in the present – the fellowship and good work - will continue into the future.” - Shirlee Tully
What Will Your Rotary Legacy Be? 2016-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
The Rotary is DARK next week, November 22, 2016.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at the Dante Club.  Our guest speaker will be Mr.John McGinness.
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving Holiday!
DARK - November 22, 2016 2016-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
John McGinness spent more than 31 years with the Sheriff's Department and has served in every service area of the Department. He is a highly decorated veteran with a background in many high profile assignments.
McGinness served for many years as a member of the elite Sheriff's Motorcycle Detail where he was a training officer and team leader. He also served as a CSI investigator, homicide detective and department spokesman. McGinness was promoted through the ranks and ultimately commanded the Centralized Investigation Division until he was appointed under-sheriff in March of 2001. McGinness served as under-sheriff until elected sheriff in 2006.
McGinness is an adjunct professor of criminal justice, communications, leadership and professional studies with the California State University.
McGinness hosts his own show on Sacramento's top rated NewsRadio KFBK on AM 1530 and FM 93.1.
McGinness holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Public Administration and a Master of Science Degree in Emergency Services Administration from the California State University, Long Beach, and is a graduate of the prestigious West Point Leadership Institute.
McGinness was appointed to the POST Commission by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2007.
John lives in Folsom, California with his wife, Peggy, and their two children.
Guest Speaker - November 29, 2016 2016-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Smith-Fagan, Photos By: John Swentowsky on Nov 18, 2016
It was the triumphant return of the “Big Game Day” meeting to the club’s schedule. School spirit was on full display for the upcoming college football rivalry games of Cal-Stanford and Sac State-UC Davis.
In a bipartisan vein, Dick Osen led the club in a song everybody could get behind, a rousing rendition of California Here I Come. In less detached fashion, Stanford grad PP Skip Lawrence offered a thoroughly biased “Thought for the Day”.
Chair of the Day PP John Frisch (Newmark Cornish & Carey), #61 for the 1973 Cal Bears, shared some thoughtful insights on college football (“the N on the Nebraska helmet stands for knowledge”). 
PP John Hamlyn, who served as a Stanford yell leader more than 15 years ago, led the room in the hallowed Axe Yell (with no one commenting on the irony of Stanford wielding an axe that poses no threat to bears but does cut down trees).
Bruce Hester (Colliers International) and Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak) reported on their unusual excursion to the Turks and Caicos Islands, and brought back some singular trinkets for President Dan.
Guest speaker Solly Fulp, a Cal executive who previously served as a former assistant AD at both Sac State and Cal, entertained the group with rivalry memories from Big Game and the Causeway Classic. Not a risk-taker on the predictions front, Solly opined that Cal should try and stop Stanford’s best player Christian McCaffrey, while Cal’s QB should avoid throwing interceptions.
In an impromptu costume contest, among those feted were Jim Relles (Relles Florist) in his Hornet apparel, and Diane Woodruff in her Cal cheer outfit and pompoms.
Big Game Day!! Kevin Smith-Fagan, Photos By: John Swentowsky 2016-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
Daughter's Day - December 20, 2016 - 12:00 PM-1:30 PM 2016-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
One of Cal’s most winning quarterbacks of the modern era … directed the Bears to bowl games in each of his two seasons as a starter in 1990 and ’91 …
As a senior, won Pac-10 Co-Offensive Player of the Year accolades after leading the Bears to a 10-2 record and No. 7 national ranking – the school’s best mark in 41 years dating back to Pappy Waldorf’s 1950 team  …  completed 60.4 percent (191-of-316) of his passes for 2,517 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior … carved up Clemson for 230 yards (21-of-32 passing) with no interceptions in a 37-13 win in the 1992 Citrus Bowl …
completed 194-of-325 attempts for 2,241 yards and 18 TDs as a junior in propelling Cal to a 7-4-1 mark and 19-17 victory over Wyoming in the 1990 Copper Bowl … concluded his career with a 17-6-1 record as a starting quarterback … later played one NFL season with Tampa Bay before starring for the Albany Firebirds in the Arena Football League for several years … finished his professional career as the starting quarterback for the 2001 San Francisco Demons of the XFL, a league that folded after one season  …  has gone on to a successful broadcasting career.
Guest Speaker - November 15, 2016 - Mike Pawlawski 2016-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
Meeting Sponsor - PP Dave Cohen - November 08, 2016 2016-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Huffman on Nov 10, 2016

President Dan McVeigh opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and thanking Kevin Williams (KVIE) for the introductory musical interlude, audio/visual director JD Dannenfelser (JD Enterprises) for his efforts, and greeters Kevin Williams and Luann Richardson (Re/Max Gold)

In observation of Election Day, Shirlee Tully’s (Sacramento Region Community Foundation) Thought for the Day appealed in a subtle way to the angels of our better natures and asked us to remember the importance of coming together after such a difficult election season.

 After the Pledge of Allegiance, President Dan introduced the head table:  Chair of the Day Rick Eytcheson (Capital Public Radio), our guest speaker Gregory Favre, Meeting sponsor P.P. Dave Cohen (Cohen Durrett, LLP), Katherine Wallen, Director of Programs for the Southside Art Center, and invocator Shirlee Tully.

Sergeant-at-Arms Tom Bacon (Kidder Mathews) then introduced our Guests, Prospective Members and Visiting Club members who were welcomed with a warm round of applause.

President Dan announced that the Sponsor of the Day was P.P. Dave Cohen who graciously donated his time to Katherine Wallen of the Southside Art Center.  The Southside Art Center works with developmentally disabled individuals to be full citizens of the community who have the ability and the opportunity to contribute to society, prosper financially, and make decisions that affect their lives.  It has been in existence for 30 years and has since expanded with locations in Elk Grove, Auburn and Roseville.  They have a variety of programs intended to provide meaningful and purposeful work for people with disabilities.

A Visit from an Old Friend - Election Day 2016!  Mark Huffman 2016-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Geery on Nov 03, 2016
President Dan welcomed Rotarians to our first meeting at the Dante Club.  We will be meeting there for a three-month trial.  He also wished everybody a Happy Halloween and All Saints Day.
President Dan thanked music director Aaron French (Zanker Recycling), he noted that no piano is available, so if anybody has access to a piano, please let the club office know.  He also thanked our greeters Judy Duru (J A Collins Properties) and Virgina Varela (Golden Pacific Bank) as well as audio visual director J.D. Dannenfelser (JD Enterprises).
The thought for the day was offered by Calle Stezer (Setzer Forest Products), who shared a fun weather antidote in honor of our Speaker of the Day, Dave Bender.
President Dan introduced his head table: “Chair of the Day”, Bill Proffit (Land Park Ski & Sport) Sports), Dave Bender, speaker of the day, Callee Setzer, Shirlee Tully (Sacramento Regional Community Foundation), and Dan Fennocchio (Cunningham Engineering Corporation).
Announcements:  Ken Noack Jr. (Newmark Cornish & Carey) announced the return of “Big Game Day”, which will be November 15th, celebrating the Causeway Classic as well as the Cal vs. Stanford Game.  Where your Big Game Colors and come out for a fun meeting.
Virginia Wade (SAFE Credit Union) shared that our club will be out at Loaves and Fishes on November 29th, both morning and lunch shifts are available.  For details, watch for her e-mail.
Roy Alexander (Sacramento Children's Home) reminded us about theater night, Saturday, November 5th, dinner at Lucca followed by The Sound of Music.  He has two tickets available, contact Roy if you’re interested in attending.
President Dan invited Rotarians to the President’s breakfast on November 18th, Evan’s Kitchen – 7:30.  Attendance is limited to 25, so reserve your spot.
All Hail The Weather Guy! Linda Geery 2016-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
PIANO 2016-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Gregory Favre learned early that transformational change in journalism was a fact of life.
When he was 8 years old, it was his mission to fold the newspapers at the paper his dad owned in Bay St. Louis, Miss. And, according to Favre, no one ever folded newspapers better.
When he was 10, his dad bought a machine to take over the folding. Young Gregory was distraught. Then he had a revelation: The skills that made him the best folder also made him the best machine operator.
"Change is inevitable," Favre says. "You have to embrace change."
And so he has. Long a distinguished figure in print journalism, Favre is launching a digital news operation to cover California government. At age 79.
With backing from donors concerned about the decline in reporting on statehouse news, Favre is setting up the non-partisan, non-profit CALmatters. Favre, a former executive editor of the Sacramento Bee and vice president for news of McClatchy Newspapers, is interviewing potential hires now. He hopes to publish CALmatters'first story in late May or early June, when the venture's extensive database will also debut.
The news outlet will focus on longform explanatory journalism whose aim is to help Californians better understand the machinations of the Golden State's politics and government.
"We've got to get people more engaged with what is happening in Sacramento," he says.
Guest Speaker - November 8, 2016 2016-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Darrell Steinberg is one of Sacramento’s most accomplished public servants, serving the Sacramento community for over 20 years.
As a young man, Steinberg bought his first home in Tahoe Park, where he and his wife Julie started their family. When Tahoe Park was having trouble with gangs, the neighborhood began to organize and formed the Tahoe Park Neighborhood Association, electing Darrell Steinberg as its first President.
After a time, things turned around and Darrell was encouraged to run for City Council. On the Council, Darrell focused on making neighborhoods safe, creating good jobs and providing quality after-school programs for kids. Steinberg founded Sacramento START, a program to help kids in our most challenged schools improve their test scores. Today, START is a model after-school program statewide.
Darrell later ran for State Assembly and then State Senate, becoming the first Sacramentan to serve as President of the Senate in over 125 years. As a leader of the state’s upper house, Darrell got things done by building coalitions and finding common ground among opponents to deliver real results including guiding the state back to fiscal solvency during the economic downturn.
As a state legislator, Steinberg championed economic development, education reform, building sustainable communities and major investments in healthcare and education. He fought to ensure a portion of Cap-and-Trade funding be used to help cities invest in local transit improvements. Through all of this, his work has always focused on Sacramento.
Steinberg played a key role in the downtown revitalization, obtaining state funding for the new courthouse in the Railyards, which is expected to create 1,800 good paying jobs to the city. Steinberg also fought for state monies for career pathways to connect high school students to 21st century jobs, delivering millions of dollars to Sacramento area schools in the first round of funding.
Today, Steinberg is working to leverage the state mental health dollars for permanent supportive housing to help end the cycle of homelessness for good in Sacramento.
Darrell Steinberg and his wife, Julie, have two children Jordana, 21 and Ari, 19. Darrell is a graduate of UCLA and UC Davis Law School. He is a founder and Board Chair of the Steinberg Institute for Advancing Mental Health Policy and is the Director of Policy and Advocacy and a visiting professor for the UC Davis Behavioral Health Center of Excellence.
Guest Speaker - October 18, 2016 - Darrell Steinberg 2016-10-13 07:00:00Z 0
Meeting Sponsor - Brian Van Camp - October 11, 2016 2016-10-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Bullington on Oct 13, 2016
President Dan opened the meeting with a light commentary of the presidential debates, indicating that he had at least watched it. He then thanked Bill Proffit (Land Park Ski & Sport) for the wine and Norm Marshall (Headwaters Constructions Inc.) for bringing it. He acknowledged the tunes spun by Kevin Williams (KVIE) and Aaron French (Zanker Recycling), and Michael Bullington (Pacific Advisors LLC) for piano accompaniment. Also acknowledged were greeters Bob McClean (McClean & Tillotson Construction) and “always a Marine” Jaclyn Kirkwood the (Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento).  Set up was done by Steve Horton (United Cerebral Palsey Association of Greater Sacramento) and the indefatigable Ted White (Sacramento Delta Property Management).
The thought for the day was provided by Steve Huffman. He led us in a prayer for Almighty God’s wisdom, charity and justice in our public servants, especially acknowledging out guest speaker.
President Dan led us in the Pledge. Our sergeant of arms, Robin DeLong (Coldwell Banker) introduced our guests: Jamie Furlong, the granddaughter of Mead Kibbey, and Isabelle Gaillard, the aid for Ms. Ashby; prospective members: Eric Dewey of the Group Dewey Consulting, sponsored by Linda States (Law Office of Linda D. States), Leslie Hayes of the Lymphoma Leukemia Society, sponsored by Jim Streng and Shaye Shrick of Delfino Madden, sponsored by President Dan.
Our meeting was sponsored by the honorable Brian Van Camp (ADR Services), who as rider in the Sacramento Century, treated us to an entertaining slide show of the event. We travelled with him through sun-dappled sloughs and tree shaded lanes, perfect weather, a saloon in Clarksburg, and then suffered with him as he recounted his flat tire caused when he was run off the road into prickly weeds by a truck driver near Bogle Winery. He wandered into a property that advertised Cox’s Cycle Repair (or something of that nature) and found himself being attended by the owners of College Cyclery on Freeport Blvd., a business Brian has frequented. They worked on the special stem in his tire and had him on his way with a Swedish designed pump that he could later return. Ever the intrepid cyclist, he refused SAG wagon assistance so that he could complete his century ride. He later returned the pump with a bouquet of flowers from Relles to Allison Cox, his hero.   
The Pulse - October 11, 2016 Mike Bullington 2016-10-13 07:00:00Z 0
Councilwoman Angelique Ashby is the District One Sacramento City Councilmember, having been elected to office in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. Councilwoman Ashby is the sole female on the City Council.
Councilwoman Ashby is a graduate of Sacramento High School and obtained her B.A in Sociology with an emphasis on Law and Society from the University of California at Davis and her Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. She is a business owner in Sacramento and lives with her husband and three children in Natomas.
For an unprecedented four years straight, Councilwoman Ashby was selected by her peers to serve as either Vice Mayor or Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Sacramento. She is also the only Councilmember in Sacramento history to give birth while in office.
Councilwoman Ashby has received many accolades for her dedication and service including:
  • Being named the 5th Assembly District Woman of the Year in 2012 and;
  • Sacramento Magazine and Sacramento News and Review have each named her as a top elected official and;
  • The Sacramento Business Journal selected her for their prestigious 40 under 40 Award which recognizes leaders and entrepreneurs under the age of 40 and;
  • The Governing Institute of Washington, D.C. selected her as one of 25 National honorees, recognized as women leaders in Government from across the country
Councilwoman Ashby also serves on 9 different boards and commissions including:
  • Immediate Past Chair, City of Sacramento Personnel and Public Employees Committee
  • Member, Sacramento Public Library Authority
  • Member, Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency
  • President, Downtown Sacramento Revitalization Corporation
  • Chair, City of Sacramento Water Ad-Hoc Committee
  • Membership Committee; Association of California Water Agencies
  • Member, Sacramento Regional County Solid Waste Authority
  • Member, Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District
  • Governing Institute’s California Leadership Forum Advisory Board
Guest Speaker - Councilwoman Angelique Ashby - October 11, 2016 2016-10-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Culleton on Oct 06, 2016
Paul Stone on the piano and Lights of the City by Journey (courtesy of J.D Dannenfelser from J.D. Entrprises) welcomed Rotarians as they entered the first meeting of President Dan’s hairless era.  Official greeters were Kathe Nathan (The Merchants National Bank) and Jim Culleton (Strong & Associates).  Norm Marshall (Headwaters Construction) supplied the wine for the pre-reception.  Big thank you’s went out to our set up committee John McIntyre (Mercy Foundation), Ted White (Sacramento Delta Property Management) and Art BreuerFred Teichert (Teichert Foundation) led us in the invocation.
Sergeant of Arms, Tom Bacon (Kidder Mathews), introduced three guests Kathryn Turn of KVO Holdings Tom Amoruso of Wells Fargo and Suzette Riddle of CSUS.  He also included our guest of honor / speaker District Governor Barbara Tracy.
Susan Sheridan and Todd Andrews (Andrews Construction) led a humorous recap of our biggest fundraiser, Sacramento Century Bike Ride.  Susan included photos and believe it or not human hair!  She returned the locks to the brave souls who went under the razor for St. Baldrick’s.  Walter Dahl (Dahl Law, Attorneys At Law), Mike Bullington (Pacific Advisors), Kevin Smith-Fagan (KVIE) and President Dan McVeigh seemed a little more streamlined than usual.  Kudos went out to all of the volunteers.  Friday check in and Saturday morning set up were labor intensive but the Rotarians pulled it off.  Mark your calendars for October 7, 2017.  It just keeps getting better….
The Pulse - October 4, 2016 Jim Culleton 2016-10-06 07:00:00Z 0
Meeting Photos - October 4, 2016 2016-10-06 07:00:00Z 0
Sacramento Century Challenge - Volunteers Needed! 2016-09-29 07:00:00Z 0
Wine Sponsors Needed! 2016-09-29 07:00:00Z 0
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Meeting Sponsor - April Javist - September 27, 2016 2016-09-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Teichert on Sep 29, 2016
Sacramento Bee Columnist Marcos Breton doesn’t expect everyone to agree with his opinions. Vivek Ranadive, the owner of the Sacramento Kings, had a special meeting with his boss to complain about him. Star player DeMarcus Cousins has blocked him from his twitter account.
An elected officially recently referred to him as a “dim bulb.”
Par for the course, he says. “A columnist is supposed to write honestly about issues, no matter who gets upset,” he explained to our club Tuesday. “A columnist is supposed to be loyal to one constituency only: you the readers.”
“I truly love Rotarians. You all care about your community. You work hard to try to make it better. You read the Sacramento Bee. You read me,” said Breton, who was introduced by Jeff vonKaenel (Sacramento News & Review). “What’s not to love?”
A journalist for 30 years including the last nine as a columnist, Breton also has written two books about baseball and has qualified for a vote in the Baseball of Fame. He switched from writing about sports to news in 2007. “The column has to either make you think, make you mad, make you laugh or make you understand something or someone better than you did before,” he said.
Recently, he has written about a mentally ill African American man shot 18 times and killed by the Sacramento Police and has been accused of convicting the officers in his column. He said no one knows if the shooting of Joseph Mann was justified because of the lack of transparency. He said the investigations are conducted by the police or colleagues in the District Attorney’s office and can take a year or longer. A video of the shooting was not released by the police until the Sacramento Bee obtained a video from another source.
His recent columns about a lawsuit against the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department by four female deputies for sexual discrimination have focused on the cost to taxpayers of $10 million in damages and legal fees after the county closed ranks and tried to protect the offending officers.
The Pulse - September 27, 2016 Nancy Teichert 2016-09-29 07:00:00Z 0
Meeting Photos - September 20, 2016 2016-09-23 07:00:00Z 0
Meeting Sponsor - Ted White - September 20, 2016 2016-09-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Huffman on Sep 23, 2016

President Dan McVeigh opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and thanking Jon Snyder (Snyder Commercial Real Estate) for donating the wine for the wine reception, thanking Kevin Williams (KVIE) and Aaron French (Zanker Road Resource Management) for the introductory musical interlude, Set Up Crew Ted White (Sacramento Delta Property, and Art Breuer, and greeters Laura Heintz (Stanford Youth Solutions) and Kathy Herffelt (Home Care Assistance).

In preparation for our speaker’s topic on the question of legalizing marijuana, Robyn DeLong’s (Coldwell Banker), “Thought for the Day” consisted of both thoughtful and hilarious quotes around the theme of keeping an open mind and challenging one’s assumptions when discussing a controversial issue.  Very mind expanding!  Thanks Robyn!

After the Pledge of Allegiance, President Dan introduced the head table:  Chair of the Day P.P. John Frisch (Cornish & Carey Commercial), our guest speaker Jeff Hastings, meeting sponsor Ted White, member Jay Lowden (YMCA of Superior California), and New Members Virginia Varela, Denise Santiago, and Mike Cook. 

Sargent-at-Arms Tom Bacon (Kidder Mathews) then introduced our Guests, Prospective Members and Visiting Club members.  Of particular note was Sanar Singh Karki visiting from Kathmandu, Nepal, whom we heard from later in the meeting.

President Dan announced that the Sponsor of the Day was Ted White who graciously donated his time to Jay Lowden of the YMCA of Superior California.  In particular Jay urged everyone to consider attending the Camp Capital City event on September 24.  Camp Capital City is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for adults to relive beloved camp days - featuring a gourmet barbecue dinner and s'mores dessert bar beer by Bike Dog Brewing, wine by Bogle Vineyards, live music by Ross Hammond, and your favorite camp games and activities - including archery, rock climbing, horseshoes and more! PLUS, a wine-pull and live auction with packages including a Disneyland family getaway, a 7-night Oregon coast retreat, a weekend stay at Bear Valley Y Camp in the High Sierra, and more!

It was time for one of the best parts of any meeting which is the induction of new members, all three of which are in leadership positions for Golden Pacific Bank.  They are President and CEO Virginia Varela, AVP and Branch Manager Denise Santiago, and Senior Vice President Mike Cook.  Welcome all!

Rotary Club of Sacramento Foundation President Jim Leet (Boutin Jones Inc.) was invited to step forward to recognize several longtime members for their generosity.  Len McCandless was honored for his 30th year with the RCOS and his 4th Eddie Mulligan, P.P. Hal Bartholomew (Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP) for his 31st year with the RCOS and his 5th Eddie Mulligan, P.D.G. Fred Teichert (Teichert Foundation) for his 30th year with the RCOS and his 7th Eddie Mulligan, and Don Brown for his 35th year with RCOS and his 7th Eddie Mulligan.   That’s a total of 126 years and 23 Eddie Mulligans for those of you keeping score at home!

The Pulse - September 20, 2016 Mark Huffman 2016-09-23 07:00:00Z 0
What Will Your Rotary Legacy Be?   2016-09-15 07:00:00Z 0
Meeting Sponsors - Elfrena Foord & Bruce Hester - September 13, 2016 2016-09-15 07:00:00Z 0
Foundation Dinner 2016-09-15 07:00:00Z 0
Meeting Photos - September 13, 2016 John Swentowsky 2016-09-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Smith-Fagan on Sep 15, 2016
The club was treated to an entertaining address by best-selling thriller novelist John Lescroart at its September 13 meeting. A Bay Area native now based in Davis, John recounted his circuitous journey to the New York Times bestsellers list, noting that he wrote five complete novels before getting one published. He’s now working on his 30th book, “Fatal,” to be released in early 2017.
Earlier in the meeting, a breathtaking potpourri of Rotary goodness unfolded. Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products) provided the Thought for the Day, quoting Maya Angelou: “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
President Dan McVeigh led the club in a moment of silence in remembrance of the victims of 9/11.
Visitor Elena Denisova-Radzinsky, from a Rotary club in Moscow, delivered comments worthy of Tolstoy. Through an interpreter with assistance from Tanya Kravchuk (Children’s Receiving Home), she shared her story of advocating for autistic children amid difficult circumstances in Russia.
Meeting sponsors Elfrena Food (Foord, Van Bruggen and Pajak) and Bruce Hester (Colliers International) returned from a Baltic cruise bearing gifts for President Dan. They were joined on that journey by fellow club members Marilyn Park (Doncaster), Pam Saltenberger, and PP Susan Sheridan, and each presented President Dan with a curious souvenir. Elfrena and Bruce encouraged traveling club members to bring back a fun gift for President Dan!
The Pulse - September 13, 2016 Kevin Smith-Fagan 2016-09-15 07:00:00Z 0
Meeting September 06, 2016 - President Dan, Jim Mattesich and Patty Garcia 2016-09-09 07:00:00Z 0
Our Meeting on September 27, 2016 will be offsite at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West Hotel.
Parking passes will be issued for entry into the parking lot, and must be validated before leaving the Hotel to exit.
The address is: 
2200 Harvard St.
Sacramento, CA 95815
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John Lescroart is a New York Times bestselling author known for his series of legal and crime thriller novels featuring the characters Dismas Hardy, Abe Glitsky, and Wyatt Hunt. His novels have sold more than 10 million copies, have been translated into 22 languages in more than 75 countries, and 18 of his books have been on the New York Times bestseller list.

Before becoming a full-time writer in 1994, Lescroart was a self-described “Jack of all trades", who worked as a word processor for law firms as well as a bartender, moving man, house painter, editor, advertising director, computer programmer, and fundraising executive.

Through his 20s, he was also a full-time singer-songwriter-guitarist, and performed under the name Johnny Capo, with Johnny Capo and his Real Good Band.

Guest Speaker - September 13, 2016 2016-09-08 07:00:00Z 0
Meeting Photos - September 6, 2016 2016-09-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Smith-Fagan on Sep 08, 2016
President Dan opened the meeting by thanking wine reception sponsor Jim Craig, and recognizing music director Kevin Williams (KVIE Public Television), along with A/V director J.D. Dannenfelser (JD Enterprises).  Also saluted were greeters Dee Hartzog and Todd Koolakian (Sacramento Children's Home), plus the setup crew of Ted White (Sacramento Delta Property Management) and Mike Bullington (Pacific Advisors).
Tanya Kravchuk (Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento) provided the meeting invocation.
Meeting sponsor Jim Mattesich (Greenberg Traurig) recounted that 50 years ago, to the day, the Stockton Record reported a $1,000 college scholarship awarded to Jim by a local Rotary club. Jim calculated the present day value of that award at nearly $7,500 – and repaid Rotary’s investment in his future with a $7,500 donation!
 The day’s recognitions included a Paul Harris pin for Dianne Woodruff, and Eddie Mulligans to Larry Cassidy (Northern CA Collection Services) and Ted White.
The club announcements offered the usual array of Rotary good works.
. the Sacramento Century event on October 1 is looking for volunteers, reported Todd Andrews (Andrews Construction) and Bridget Tarzwell (Print Infinite)
. the club’s literacy committee is backing an October 15 “Walk for Literacy” and Jeff Curcio (Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP) encouraged club members to participate.
. Point West Rotary is raising money for the Boys & Girls Club with a performance by the touring group “Up with People”, and is hunting for Rotarians to house members of the traveling troupe, said Past President Susan Sheridan.
Keynote speaker Robyn Raphael of St. Baldrick’s Foundation underscored the importance of the money to be raised through the club’s Sacramento Century event. Childhood cancer is the #1 cause of child deaths (besides accidents), and while 80 percent of afflicted children survive, most of them suffer lifelong complications from the harshness of treatments. St. Baldrick’s to date has funded over $200 million in childhood cancer research, working toward the day children no longer suffer the ravages of cancer.
Chair of the Day Walter Dahl (Dahl Law, Attorneys At Law) appealed to Rotarians to get their heads shaved on October 1 – or keep your hair, and donate to support the club members who are getting shorn. Among those getting clipped are Kevin Smith-Fagan (KVIE Public Television), Bob Miller (First US Community Credit Union), ANNNND, if we get 10 Rotarians on board, president Dan himself will also submit to the abjection!
The Pulse - September 6, 2016 Kevin Smith-Fagan 2016-09-08 07:00:00Z 0
Meeting Sponsor - Jim Mattesich - September 6, 2016 2016-09-08 07:00:00Z 0
The following applicant has been proposed for membership and has given permission for her name and proposed classification to be published.
Comments relating to this proposed new member’s classification must be in writing and received by the club president prior to September 9, 2016.
Prospect:              Alice Sauro
Business:              Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera
Position:               Executive Director
Classification:      Art - Music
Sponsors:             Fred Teichert & Richard Osen
New Prospective Member for September 2, 2016 2016-09-02 07:00:00Z 0
Robyn J. Raphael, MPA
Robyn currently holds the position of Director of Corporate Relations at the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. In 2003 Robyn decided to “Be Brave and Get Bald” by shaving her head and becoming a Volunteer Organizer for the Foundation. Robyn’s efforts have raised more than $5 million dollars for childhood cancer research.
Robyn’s childhood cancer journey began in 1998, after the loss of her 5-year-old son, Keaton, to neuroblastoma stage IV. Robyn founded the Keaton Raphael Memorial in Roseville, Ca and served as CEO until 2012. Among Robyn’s accomplishments at the Memorial she created an innovative Childhood Cancer Family Navigator model which has served more than 8,000 families in northern ca with safety net services and named Keaton’s Korner, at the UC Davis pediatric oncology outpatient playroom.
Robyn is a passionate local and national advocate for children’s cancer. For more than 17 years, she has participated in over 500 legislative meetings and served on numerous local and national childhood cancer committees. Robyn has represented the state of Ca at Childhood Cancer Advocacy Days in Washington D.C. as well as testified in front of the National Childhood Cancer Committee.
Robyn currently serves as member of the Ca Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan’s Childhood Cancer Committee as a parent advocate.
As a graduate of Ca State University, Long Beach, Robyn holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master’s in Public Policy Administration. 
Robyn resides in Roseville, Ca and enjoys spending time with her 16 year-old daughter, Kiana and awaits weekend visits from her 22 year old son, Kyle, who attends Chico State.
Guest Speaker - September 6, 2016 2016-09-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Geery on Sep 02, 2016
President Dan thanked:
Steve Ruland (Ruland’s Office Furniture) – wine reception, Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak– piano), Kevin Williams (KVIE) and Aaron French (Zanker Recycling), AV directors,
Ted White (Sacramento Delta Property Management) & Mike Bullington (Pacific Advisors) - for setup.
Today’s greeters were Len Simpson (2020 Financial Advisers of Sacramento, L.L.C.) and Scott Ratcliff (Alves Jacobson Radcliffe LLP)
The thought for the day was offered by Kevin Smith-Fagan (KVIE Public Television), a tribute to Labor Day.  He reminded us of the ideals of Labor Day – make it much more than last day of summer. 
Jon Snyder (Snyder Commercial Real Estate) led us in singing “This Land is Your Land”
Tom Bacon (Kidder Mathews) introduced our guests, visiting Rotarians & potential members.
President Dan introduced his head table – Kevin Smith-Fagan, Judy Kjelstrom (University of California Davis), Speaker of the Day, Dr. Charlie Bamforth, Becki Roberts (Sierra Vista Bank,), Past President Walter Dahl (Dahl Law, Attorneys At Law), our new member Jim Paul (Paul Benefits Law Corp.), and Past President Susan Sheridan.
President Dan tanked Loaves & Fishes volunteers for their service today.
Announcements:  Susan Sheridan shared that she sold her ranch to downsize and utilized many club members for various aspects of the transaction, including Robin DeLong (Coldwell Banker), Dave Higdon (California Moving Systems), Carl Schubert, Mike Miklaus (Integrity Mortgage) and Art Brewer.  The message, use your Rotary Roster, do business with fellow Rotarians.
Our Club received new member Jim Paul – who was introduced by Past President Walter Dahl.  J