Posted by John Goralka on Jun 18, 2021
Rotary Meeting: June 15, 2021
PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN called us to order on the same day that California “opened” for business! No masks, just smiling faces! California made one giant step towards normality and allowed Rotarians to gather without the prerequisite of having to provide proof of vaccination or wear masks. Ah! Regularity, what a simple but greatly appreciated pleasure.
If you’re wondering what to do next in response to the newly lifted mask mandate, CLICK HERE for a sense of clarity.
To read the latest State Public Health Officer Order of June 11, 2021 and get an in depth description of current guidelines click HERE
To all the Rotarians who helped make Tuesday’s meeting possible, a big thank you! Special thanks to CHRIS ANN BACHTEL, TOM BACON (Senior Vice President of Bacon Commercial Real Estate), and TED WHITE (President of Sacramento Delta Property Management), for making us all feel welcome as our greeters; and to MARK LUHDORFF (Chief Financial Officer at IMD Path) for providing melodic entertainment on the piano; DEE HARTZOG (Retiree of Weintrab Genshlea Ohediak) for sponsoring the delightful wine reception; KEVIN WILLAIMS (Chief Sponsorship Manager of KVIE) and DEE HARTZOG for pouring the wine; JOHN GORALKA (Founder of The Goralka Law Firm) for documenting the days assembly as the Pulse Reporter; and last but not least, JOHN WOOD (Principal of McGee and Thielen Insurance Brokers), our other weekly scribe, who alerts us of upcoming meeting topics.
Thought for the Day:
KATHY HERRFELDT’s (Owner at Home Care Assistance) thought of the day was especially appropriate because our guest speaker’s topic is mental health. KATHY described how much the pandemic has affected the mental health of the senior community, in particular. KATHY presented this thought of the day as a tribute to their resilience, an acknowledgement of their fear, and an expression of hope for a brighter future for senior citizens.
“To the seniors in our community, I see you struggling and holding on. I see you frightened by the changes around you that you don’t understand. I hear your frustration when what you want today is no longer possible. Please know it’s not your fault and believe me when I say it’s not mine either. We are making it back to a world that was forever changed, and yet, you soon will be the wisest most respected person at the party”
KATHY also gave us a laugh with a shorter and particularly relevant quote for many of the Rotarians in the room:
“I’m very sane about how crazy I am.”
- Carrie Fisher
Club Announcements:
  • Past President DANIEL COLE gave a memorial presentation of our long-time fellow Rotarian and Past President HERBERT RODEBAUGH (“HERB”). HERB lived a long a full life, passing away peacefully at home at the considerable age of 100-years-old. Born and raised in Philadelphia, HERB was a college athlete before being called to serve in the US Army Air Corps during World War II. After his service he became well established in Sacramento as the District Manager of PG&E, where he eventually retired. HERB’s list of life accomplishments and affiliations is far too extensive to list. To name just a few, HERB was the Director of the State Office of Citizen Initiative and Voluntary Action; Commissioner on the Sacramento County Planning Commission; Director of Junior Achievement of Sacramento; Executive Director of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation; and dozens more. You can read his full obituary listing them all, HERE. HERB was a prominent member of the Sacramento community, and the impact of his philanthropy efforts will survive as his legacy. Together, Rotarians joined in a moment of silence as homage to HERB. For anyone looking for an opportunity to pay tribute, in lieu of flowers, his family ask that donations be made to the Sacramento Region Community Foundation or a charity of your choice.
For those of you looking for ways to train, DAVID also shared a cutting-edge cycling training and skills video especially geared to riders seeking to prepare for the Sac Century Challenge. SUSAN SHERIDAN (Sheridan Law Corporation) wisely suggests that those participants using the BRANDENBURG training and skills video provide a long form medical disclaimer of Rotary liability… CLICK HERE to view the training video.
  • KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN reminded us that the 10Th Annual River Clean Up will be taking place Saturday, June 19th. Volunteers will help pick up trash and remove debris from the shores and the body of the Androscoggin River. Don’t forget to register for this timely and important event on the event page where you will find all the needed information.
  • MAGGIE HOPKINS (Loan Officer/Realtor at Capital Premier Lending & Premier Realty) shared the good news of her newly purchased vacation home in the Ozarks! MAGGIE also shared that her mother recently concluded a fulfilling career as a 2nd grade teacher. In celebration of both these events she made a Golden Egg donation!
  • JAMES PHILLIPS (Owner at The Energy Savers) made a Pirate level donation in commemoration of his summit of Mt. Dana in Yosemite. He made this 13,000 ft ascension with our very own HERB RODEBAUGH at the impressive age of 69! Remember that all Pirate level donations will require PRESIDENT KEVIN’s pirate impersonation and voice!
  •  KIEFIE BREUER gave the heartwarming announcement of her and her husband’s upcoming 66th anniversary. We couldn’t be happier for them!  
  • SULAF AL AJEELI (Membership Services Coordinator of Rotary Club of Sacramento) announced the proud and exciting news of her daughter’s admission to U.C. Berkeley where she will be majoring in computer science. In honor of this, she made a Golden Egg donation.
Guest Speaker:
JOHN MCINTYRE (Chief Philanthropy Officer of Mercy Foundation) introduced our guest speaker DR. SCOTT ZELLER who provided an important presentation on the potential 4th Waive of COVID (click here to view power points), which is the looming mental health crisis. DR. ZELLER is the Vice-President for Acute Psychiatric Medicine at CEP America and past President both the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry and The Nation Coalition on Psychiatric Emergencies.


Posted by John Goralka on Jun 11, 2021
Rotary Meeting: June 8, 2021
What a monumental Day June 8th was! Why you ask? This was the first time, in quite some time, that President KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) was able to call our meetings to order, in person! Yes, that’s right. We have returned to our typical in person meetings at The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. A special thanks to all of the many Rotarians that helped make our gathering possible. ROY ALEXANDER (Retiree of the Sacramento Children’s Home), TODD ANDREWS (President of Andrews Construction, Inc.), and KATHE NATHAN (Retiree of Merchants Banks of Commerce), all of which were our greeters; RICHARD WERTZ (Retired Physician) for gracing us with a performance on the piano; JOHN SWENTOWSKY (Owner of Swentowsky Photography) for capturing the event as its photographer; KEVIN WILLIAMS (Chief Sponsorship Manager of KVIE) for donating the wine for our wine reception; CHRIS ANN BACHTEL for pouring the wine; and JOHN GORALKA (Founder of The Goralka Law Firm) for assuring the day’s remembrance as our Pulse Reporter.
Thought for the Day:
PAST PRESIDENT DANIEL COLE had the pleasure of giving our quote of the day. When asked, the first thing that came to his mind was gratitude. PAST PRESIDENT DAN quoted American essayist Ralf Waldo Emerson’s short essay on gratitude:
 “Gratitude… For each new morning with its light, for rest in shelter of the night, for health and food, for love and friends, for everything thy goodness sends...”
PAST PRESIDENT DAN reminded us all that we have so much to be thankful for.
Club Announcements: 
  • PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN called for a standing ovation for our PRESIDENT ELECT NOMINEE LINDA GEERY (Gilbert CPA), the PRESIDENT ELECT NOMINEE who will serve as President of the Rotary Club of Sacramento in the years to come.  
  • We learned about the unfortunate passing of fellow Rotarian HORACE WULFF. HORACE passed away May 30th, 2021 at the age of 95. He was a long-time active member of Rotary and his family’s roots in Sacramento stretch as far back as the gold rush. He was born at Sutter Hospital, went to Sacramento High School, and eventually Stanford University receiving a master’s in engineering. HORACE’S passion for Culinary Arts resulted in the establishment of WULFF’S FRENCH RESTAURANT. His restaurant was a landmark of Sacramento for almost 20 years until HORACE and his wife decided to retire in 1991. This reporter thanks him for the many fine meals enjoyed at his phenomenal restaurant. HORACE’S obituary was featured in The Sacramento Bee and the online article gives you the option to send his family flowers. In his honor, we had a moment of silence. HORACE is deeply missed by us all.
  • CALLE SETZER hits HOLE-IN-ONE with two (2) successful Golf 4 Kids tournaments this year. The Pulse was able to obtain footage from ESPN of CALLE at the Golf 4 Kids Tournament. CLICK HERE to see CALLE’S HOLE IN ONE.
  • CALLE SETZER also brought us up to speed with the success of the Annual Golf 4 Kids at William Land Park, thanking the tournament’s many sponsors. As a result of everyone’s generosity and commitment the education of children, our beneficiary payout reached approximately $35,000. The 2021 beneficiaries were the Ralph Richardson Center, Luther Burbank High School, Sac State Transition Program, and YMCA Snap Program. You can access the full PowerPoint presentation listing all the sponsors HERE.
Thank you to the following sponsors:
JEANNE REAVES (Consulting)
CHRISTIE HOLDEREGGER (Volunteers of America)
GABRIEL GENDRON (Gabriel Gendron Reality Team)
TED WHITE (Delta Property Management)
KATHY HERRFELDT (Home Care Assistance)
JOHN SHELBY (Merchants National Bank)
ED GREBITUS (Grebitus Jewelry and Fine Gifts)
PAUL KEEFER (Pacific Charter Schools)
SUSAN SHERIDAN (Sheridan Law Corporation)
ELFRENA FOORD (Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak)
DAVID BRANDENBURGER (Newmark Knight Frank)
JOHN GORALKA (The Goralka Law Firm)
RED KAPPEL (Kappel Mortgage Group)
KERRY WOOD (Sacramento Region Community Foundation)
BOOBY REED (Capitol Tech Solutions)
  • TODD KOOLAKIAN (Director of Philanthropy of Sacramento Children’s Home) announced that, as of June 1st, registration is open for the Sacramento Century Challenge that is taking place on October 2nd. This is the Sacramento Regions premier cycling event to benefit the Sacramento Children’s Home Crisis Nursery. You can register for the event and find more information HERE.
  • KEVIN WILLIAMS named of few of the people who are already committed to sponsoring Sacramento Century including DIGNITY HEALTH,  BOB MILLER (Business Development Officer of First US Community Credit Union), and JOHN GORALKA. Sponsorship levels ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. If you contribute $2,500 or more by June 16th, your logo will be featured on the back of the new 2021 Sacramento Century Jersey. This is a great event for a most worth while cause.
PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN reminded us that KEVIN WILLIAMS, Chairman of the Wine Reception Sponsorship Effort, is still looking for wine reception sponsors. If you can help sponsor please contact KEVIN WILLIAMS HERE.
ROTARY RETURNS TO THE REAL WORLD!  John Goralka 2021-06-11 07:00:00Z 0

Armed Forces Day

Posted by Jim Culleton on May 28, 2021
Rotary Meeting: May 25, 2021
PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) called us to order on our 71st Tribute to Armed Forces Day. A day where we commemorate the men and woman who defend our freedoms and our liberty. ALLISON CAGLEY (Sergeant in Arms) Executive Director of Friends of Sacramento Arts) welcomed us and asked our guests to introduce themselves. We then heard the warm introductions of BECK CAHILL a friend of NORM MARSHALL (President of Headwaters Construction Inc.); LIUETENANT, JUNIOR GRADE, PARKER MARSHALL of San Diego, Ca.; TOM HUFFMAN, son of STEVE HUFFMAN, and last but not least, Army Reserve member MICHAEL DAVIS, son of RICHARD DAVIS.
Thought for the Day:
PAST PRESIDENT WALTER DAHL presented a thought of the day in special dedication to Armed Forces Day. In an eloquently crafted manner, he encouraged introspection, remembrance, and appreciation with the words that follow:
  • We gather today in tribute to our armed forces. In 1949 President Harry S. Truman established the third Saturday in May as Armed Forces Day and no subsequent administration has tampered with that executive order. As we pause and reflect, we ask God to protect and comfort the men and women currently serving in our nations Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Space Force, and Coast Guard. We also honor and appreciate those who have served. Both in war and in peace, our military veterans have kept the flame of freedom alive. God, we especially seek your blessing for those veterans of the Vietnam conflict as their service and dedication was not then acknowledged. And finally, let us remember and give tribute to those who paid the ultimate price in the service of our Country. As is written in John 15:13, ‘Greater love hath no man been this, that a man lay down his life for his friends,’ in gratitude to all that are service and have served, amen.”
Club Announcements:
DR. PAUL KEEFER (Executive Director of Pacific Charter Institute) announced the exciting opportunity offered by the Rotary Youth Exchange. The Rotary Youth Exchange is offering a virtual 8-week session lasting from June to August that gives children the opportunity to learn about different cultures and civilizations. It welcomes all youth between the ages of 15 - 17 to apply! You can apply by contacting your local Rotary Club. Though it is a virtual experience this session, they hope to be returning to an in-person youth exchange within the next year!   
PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN reminded us that June 8th will be the first back-in-person meeting taking place at our homesite, the Greek Orthodox Church. To add to the excitement, there will be a wine reception prior to the meeting chaired by KEVIN WILLIAMS (Chief Sponsorship Manager of KVIE). KEVIN WILLIAMS also added that they are looking for sponsors and to contact him if you would like to contribute.
Rotary Good News:
JOHN SWENTOWSKY (Owner of Swentowsky Photography) shared with us the accomplishments of his son, Dr. Kyle Swentowsky, who received his PhD from the University of Georgia. Kyle Swentowsky will be allocating his knowledge by researching corn, more specifically, how corn can be grown as a perennial plant. In other words, how corn can be grown for multiple years without replanting. Kyle Swentowsky now works in New York after going to school for approximately 25 years. In honor of his son, JOHN SWENTOWSKY donated 10 dollars for each year his son was in school, equating to the Golden Egg donation of $250.
PAUL KEEFER donated at the Pirate Level ($100) in celebration of his son who declared his intent of enrollment at the prominent University of San Diego (USD).
NANCY TEICHERT gave a Golden Egg donation ($250) to commemorate the promising recovery of her sister, who recently underwent a major heart surgery.
DR. BARBARA ARNOLD (Ophthalmologist at Barbara J. Arnold MD Inc. ) gave a Crooked Mile donation ($1000) in memory of her art mentor Gregory Kondos. Gregory heavily influenced the way DR. ARNOLD interprets landscapes and he was also a former member of the Navy, having served during World War 2.
THERESA WHEELER (Owner of Prevail Public Affairs) has a husband who recently finished his 80th chemotherapy treatment and has been pronounced cancer free! She made a Golden Egg donation of $250 in his honor.
STEVE HUFFMAN provided a Pirate donation ($100) in honor of his grandson who is serving in the U.S. Army.
BECK CAHILL made a Pirate donation ($100) in consideration of his nephew who is enrolled in the Navy.
RICK DAVIS donated a Golden Egg ($250) in recognition of both his son, Michael, and for our guest speaker.
NORM MARSHALL donated a Golden Egg ($250) in honor of the members of the armed service as well as our two guest speakers.
Armed Forces Day :
PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH FAGAN turned the gavel over to BOB DALY (Financial Advisor at the Financial Network Wealth Advisors).  Bob shared a few quick video clips that included: #1 West Point Band video rendition of revelry; #2 A short video of Army tank drills and formations; #3 A Navy video of ships and various water crafts as well as a few “Top Gun” shots, including landing on an Air Craft Carrier; #4 A Marine Corps video recapping troops moving through land, air, and sea; #5 An Air Force video displaying our country’s strength in aviation; #6 A Space Force video displaying the expansiveness of our military; #7 A Coast Guard video sharing daily influences on our world’s waterways. These video clips culminated with the Pledge of Allegiance.
We were then granted with an educational segment on the history of Armed Forces Day and a short recap of Sacramento Rotarians who participated in the Armed Forces. Included in that information were their service records, awards, accomplishments, service dates, and service countries. Many of the bios included photos in full regalia, photos in active duty, and photos of the everyday life of our soldiers.
Guest Speakers:
We were granted with the pleasure of having two guest speakers, MICHEAL DAVIS (U.S. Army) and PARKER MARSHALL (U.S. Navy).
MICHEAL DAVIS recapped a few of his Army assignments including one as an Army recruiter out of College Station, Texas. Michael shared a few stories of the young men and women whom he recruited. He led us through how he had to pre-qualify candidates with exams, background checks, and interviews, sharing the story of one specific young man who wanted to be a Green Beret. The young man originally wanted to be in the Special Forces but after not being selected several times, he expressed interest in infantry and air borne options. The young man’s decision to stay in the military led to a true success story after accomplishing much in his military life. That same man is set to retire soon.
NORM MARSHALL introduced his son, Parker. PARKER MARSHALL thanked Rotarians for their service, recapped his own Naval advancement and touched on his deployments.  He is an enlisted Seal, with specialization as a medic and a sniper. SEAL stands for Sea-Air-Land.  PARKER gave a few definitions of acronyms of programs and his advancement. He informed us that BUD stands for Basic Underwater Demolition school. BUD training includes: Gauntlet phase 1 (including Hell week) in 6-to-7-man boat crews going through rigorous training. The 2nd Phase was intense swimming and survival.  The 3rd phase was learning tactics to shoot, move, and communicate. It takes approximately 6 months to finish SEAL school.  Upon completion, SEALS receive tridents at graduation. PARKER was selected to Seal Team 1.  He recounted his next phase of training which typically lasts 2 years.  The 2 years of training is followed by a 6-month deployment.  Throughout BUD’s phases and deployment, PARKER recounted the difficulty of his training and physical exams.
Closing Comments:
With the images of Sacramento Valley Military Cemetery in Dixon, CA displayed, our meeting was concluded as PRESIDENT KEVIN signed off with an inspired thank you. He asked us to remember the bravery, selflessness, and sacrifice of our service members. Kevin thanked our 2 speakers and the committee that helped put together Tuesday’s program which included DAVE MCKIE, BOB DALY, RICK DAVIS, PAST PRESIDENT TIM PINKNEY (Luxe Aviation, LLC), NORM MARSHALL, and STEVE HUFFMAN.
ALLISON CAGLEY reported that we will not be meeting on Tuesday, June 1st, and as a reminder, our next meeting will be in-person on June 8th. We can’t wait to see everyone’s faces!
A final video tribute our Armed Service members concluded the meeting.
CLICK HERE to watch the entire recording of the Rotary meeting from Tuesday, May 25th, 2021
Armed Forces Day Jim Culleton 2021-05-28 07:00:00Z 0

Substance Abuse Rates Soar During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by Danielle McGarrity on May 14, 2021
Rotary Meeting: May 11, 2021
President KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) called us to order with the promise of a surprise announcement to come, after which, DENNIS SMITH (V.P./Asset Manager-Office & Property Director of Tsakopoulos Management Company) did the honors of leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Thought for the Day
DANIELLE MCGARRITY was over the moon in reaction to our region’s incredible demonstration of generosity at last Thursday’s Big Day of Giving, which shattered giving records for the 2nd year in a row! Collectively, our community generated over $13 million for local nonprofits. After the Big Day of Giving, DANIELLE had one overarching word in her mind: Generosity.
Generosity is defined as being kind and understanding; willing to give others things of value. It is often defined as an act of selflessness; however, studies show that generosity is actually in our own best interest as well, providing a host of health benefits. Living generously is exemplified by giving others the benefit of the doubt, suspending judgment, and maintaining an open heart, something this group knows plenty about! DANIELLE sincerely thanked all Rotarians for embodying generosity in the way we interact with the world.
Meeting Sponsor
TED WHITE (President of Sacramento Delta Property Management), embraced generosity by donating his time to SHARNA BRAUCKS (President and CEO of YMCA of Superior California). SHARNA shared the Y’s main areas of focus: Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility, and reminded us that while some people associate YMCA strictly with serving youth, they have programs and offerings for all ages (and presently are offering memberships with no joining fee). She also noted that the Sacramento fitness center and indoor pool are now open!
Club Announcements
PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH FAGAN shared the surprise announcement and momentous news that our Club will be returning to in-person meetings beginning June 8, at the Greek Annunciation Church. Our first in-person meeting since February 2020 will be complete with a catered lunch. All that you need for entry is proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. Make sure to keep an eye out in your email for the ClubRunner sign up form to reserve your spot or contact MEGAN WYGANT (CLARA Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts).
We are also seeking sponsors!
BOBBY REED (CEO at Capitol Tech Solutions) updated us on fundraising for the Old Sacramento Waterfront sign which will welcome fellows to the city! After the Young Professionals’ (YP) Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day fundraisers, the YPs have raised $21,000 toward their $25,000 goal! The project is expected to begin construction in August. BOBBY showed some of the action shots from this weekend’s Mother’s Day Flower Farm Extravaganza, which featured portraits by JOHN SWENTOWSKY (Owner at Swentowsky Photography), live music by the Rotary Rockers, a tour of the urban flower farm, and a live tutorial by JAMIE FURLONG (Securitized Real Estate Specialist at Bangerter Financial Services) about creating boutonnieres.
The Rotary Rockers, Mother’s Day 2021 at The Urban Farm
CALLEE SETZER (Sales at Setzer Forest Products) gave us one last chance to be a part of Golf 4 Kids coming up on May 21. While we only have until May 14 to reserve tee times, anyone can come by on the day of the tournament to enjoy some lunch from Nash & Proper.
William Land Park Golf Course
NANCY SMITH-FAGAN (Philanthropy Manager, International Bird Rescue) welcomed our Speaker of the Day, DR. JAMES POLO, who is the Medical Director of Behavioral Health for Regence Blue Shield and an expert in Child Adolescent Psychiatry.
COVID’s Impact on Substance Use
DR. JAMES POLO explained why the COVID-19 pandemic is such a unique disaster – it is ongoing, ever-changing, and global. Typically, after a natural disaster, we can surge resources to an affected area but the globality of the pandemic renders us without that option. When affected by disasters, humans often progress from shock and uncertainty, to feeling a loss of control and sense of disillusionment, and eventually achieving recovery and reconstruction (as a nation, we have only recently entered this stage.)
Some of the byproducts of the pandemic unfortunately coincide with the top three stressors that contribute to substance abuse:
  1. Relationship stress
  2. Work problems
  3. Financial challenges
The healthiest ways to cope with these stressors are sleep, exercise, consuming well-rounded meals and plenty of water, and communicating/connecting with other people.
Alcohol is a depressant, which does not necessarily mean that it causes feelings of depression (though it can), but that it acts as a depressant for our Central Nervous System. It is also a mood intensifier, so it amplifies the mood you are in preceding your consumption. In high enough quantities it becomes lethal, and it is addictive for everyone.
Excessive alcohol consumption costs the U.S. $250 billion each year. Statistics show that 85% of adults use alcohol, and 23% binge on occasion. Binge drinking is defined as 4-5 drinks per day. Legally, people are considered impaired after 2 drinks and drunk after 3, though that differs depending on body mass. It takes our bodies one hour to metabolize every drink we consume, and despite popular belief, there is no way to speed up this process. Even people who believe they are “moderate” drinkers can suffer effects to their heart, brain, and liver after many years of regular alcohol use.
Since the arrival of COVID-19, alcohol consumption rates have jumped and many people who had been sober and in recovery have relapsed. DR. POLO shared some self-assessment questions we can all ask ourselves about our alcohol use. DR. POLO reminded us that alcohol use is okay if you are a social or moderate drinker, but use beyond that is a reason for concern. If you do exceed this range, you should consider consulting with your primary care physician.
Next week there will be no Zoom meeting. Ournext meeting will be June 25th, in which we will have the opportunity to honor our veterans for Armed Forces Day.
CLICK HERE to watch the full recording of the Speaker of the Day Dr. JAMES POLO at last week’s Rotary meeting.
Substance Abuse Rates Soar During the COVID-19 Pandemic  Danielle McGarrity 2021-05-14 07:00:00Z 0

May the 4th Be With You!

Posted by Paul Keefer on May 08, 2021
Introduction & Guests Galore
PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) ushered in May the 4th Be with you in dramatic fashion. As it turns out, Darth Vader attempted to take over Presidency – but through a high energy heroic light sabre battle, Kevin was victorious! Whew. We also were pleased to have a visit from our German Rotarian friend KRISTIN OLBERT who will be moving to Sacramento (Folsom) soon. We met KRISTIN a few months ago and she has been very busy getting married and completing her Masters! We look forward to her arrival. DR. PAUL KEEFER was the scribe for the day and MEGAN WYGANT patriotically led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Our Rotarian guests included BRANDON T. (Health & Benefits Consultant at AON), who is interested in our Young Professionals group. We had a colleague of PRESIDENT KEVIN, STEVE CARRILLO, who is part-retired, part-musician, and part-fundraising support team for Fairytale Town. KIMBERLY KEY (CEO at Boys and Girls Club of Greater Sacramento) announced herself and thanked the Teichert’s for inviting her. Finally, BOBBIE HALES, (Shareholder at Gilbert CPAs) was happy to be joining us.
Thought for the Day
NANCY TEICHERT reflected on World Press Freedom Day on May 3rd. NANCY provided insights into the dissemination of local news and its impacts on civic society. Print advertising revenue continues to plummet; Without local news, we are left with the grim picture that it portends for a thriving democracy. NANCY noted the Sacramento Bee ownership changing from McClatchy to a hedge fund that outsources some of its journalism. She concluded with quotes from John Adams and Walter Cronkite, who was one of her favorites.
Meeting Sponsor
PAST PRESIDENT FRED TEICHERT (Executive Director / Teichert Foundation) graciously sponsored KIMBERLY KEY, the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Sacramento, for our meeting. The Boys and Girls Club of Sacramento is one of the many youth led programs the Rotary Club of Sacramento helped to establish in the region. KIMBERLY talked about the development and implementation of Club Connect when schools and locations were closed due to COVID protocols. Club Connect allowed staff and volunteers to deliver boxed programs to the doorsteps of students and parents to keep children  engaged for the upcoming week. 1300 at-risk students across the region at 10 sites are being supported (virtually and in person). Club Connect also distributes over 500 fresh food boxes each week. This Summer, the Boys and Girls Club will work to minimize the effects of the learning gap that is resulting from the disruption in school curriculum since COVID. KIMBERLY invited Rotarians to their club’s “Broke Ball: Tuxedos & Takeout” on June 10th to continue supporting youth that need us the most. The Broke Ball fundraiser will be a drive-thru event; a ticket costs $125 which gets your two (2) dinners, appetizers, drinks, and a top-of-the-line drive-thru experience. A link will be sent to the Rotary members!
CLICK HERE to learn more about the upcoming Broke Ball 2021 by the Boys and Girls Club of Sacramento.
Club Updates and Announcements
  • Loaves and Fishes – Our club did a fantastic job showing our support by preparing and distributing meals at Loaves and Fishes. JOHN SWENTOWSKY (Owner of Swentowsky Photography) really knows how to lead the troops; thank you JOHN for organizing and recruiting Rotarians to participate in our quarterly shift. Please consider signing up for the next Loaves and Fishes opportunity.
  • Pinewood Derby Car Race – PAST PRESIDENT PETER DANNENFELSER II (President of Architectural Arts) could not have represented our Club any better, as he skillfully engineering our Pinewood Derby car and a full presentation for the big showdown with District 5180! His  expertise for Formula One allowed him to maximize the potential for our RCS car successfully beating the Point West car! He was forced to use all of his experience and ingenuity to ensure our car was competitive with the seemingly changing rules. The presentation and execution of a car race has never looked so effortless, thank you PAST PRESIDENT PETER! The full results of the car race will be announced at our upcoming virtual conference.      
  • Golf for Kids – CALLEE SETZER (Sales at Setzer Forest Products) smiled check-to-cheek during her weekly G4K update. May 21st is our 99th annual Golf for Kids. Just over two weeks until the big event and we still have tee signs available at $175 each. This year’s auction is all about experiences, and the bidding begins May 14 through the end of the golf tournament. Top shelf items include: 49er tickets, golf at Rancho Murieta, Del Paso, and Northridge, a trip to Sedona, Dinner for 12 in the fab 40s at the house of FRED and NANCY TEICHERT with a home-cooked meal by chef Teichert, Dinner with PRESIDENT KEVIN and NANCY SMITH-FAGAN (co-hosted by PAST PRESIDENT DAN MCVEIGH and his wife Rebecca). Sign up if you want to play for only $99 or sign up for lunch $25.
  • YP Mother's Day Fundraiser – BOBBY REED (CEO at Capitol Tech Solutions) mentioned Mother’s Day is this Sunday… uh oh? Is this news to you? Don’t break a sweat – the YP’s have got you covered! We still have a few slots for the Flower Farm Extravaganza. Your $50 per ticket includes a professional portrait by our own JOHN SWENTOWSKY, live music by the Rotary Rockers, a tour of the urban flower farm, and a live demonstration by JAMIE FURLONG (Securitized Real Estate Specialist at Bangerter Financial Services) on how to create a boutonniere. If you can’t attend the flower farm, there are bouquets for order ($75) to be delivered on Mother’s Day. Please help us meet the goal of $25,000 for the big sign project!
Rotary Good News
  • PRESIDENT ELECT LINDA GEERY (Shareholder at Gilbert CPAs) was recently able to reunite with her granddaughter for the first time in over a year.  
  • NANCY TEICHERT’s is going to Indiana to support her sister for 10 days as she recovers from a successful, albeit very nerve-wracking open-heart surgery.
  • TIM MAURICE (CFO at UC Davis Health System) celebrated the birth of his granddaughter Madelyn, who joined us on planet Earth on April 23rd.
  • TODD ANDREWS (President of Andrews Construction, Inc.) celebrated his grandson visiting. Additionally, his middle son, who was training to fight in Afghanistan from a Marine assignment, will be coming home soon thanks to the cutback in U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Sierra Health Foundation, The 1300 and YMOC
FRED TEICHERT (Executive Director of Teichert Foundation) introduced CHET HEWITT (President of CEO Sierra Health Foundation). CHET began public service at the YMCA in Stanton Island as a counselor. He has kept his valuable experiences at the YMCA as he works to create equity and access for young men of color.
CHET explained Foundation Health as a health conversion program. He then went on to discuss the social determents of health. He asserted that approximately 80% of health issues are not access to health care but rather determined by where you live, work and play.
Education is the most important and influential of a health determinant over time because your education dictates your economic status and where you live. This is a disproportionately big problem in the greater Sacramento region. CHET discussed the PPIC report and how critical of a matter education is to the general community economic health. To sum it up, the need for the educated person will only continue to grow.
CHET explained the 1300 Campaign is driven with the intent of sending an increasingly higher number of young men of color (YMOC) to and through college. He talked about the many valuable partnerships that have provided assistance in their mission, including: Improve your Tomorrow, My Brother’s Keeper, Sacramento county school districts, Los Rios Community Colleges, Sacramento State, and UC Davis.  
According to CHET, graduation rates are getting better for the target sub-groups but there is still considerable work to be done. The graduation rates and A-G college prep course completion of African American, Latino, and Native American students are lower than the average. Perhaps most surprising of the 1300 YMOC students monitored from 2018 cohort was the staggeringly low number of students enrolled at UC Davis and CSU Sacramento. 
CHET is well positioned to change the narrative and outcomes for Young Men of Color. His partnerships and his laser focus on YMOC student success will see to the positive change that is vital for the youth and our future for Sacramento. Thank you
CLICK HERE to see CHET HEWITT’s entire presentation.
Next Week
ALLISON CAGLEY (Sergeant in Arms) (Executive Director of Friends of Sacramento Arts) stepped in before the meeting came to a final close to announce next week’s guest speaker: DR. JAMES POLO. DR. POLO is the Executive Medical Director at Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon and also the Executive Medical Director of Cambia Health Solutions. He will be talking about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted addiction. We hope to see everyone at the same time next week!
CLICK HERE to read an article about DR. JAMES POLO and his career prospects.
May the 4th Be With You!  Paul Keefer 2021-05-08 07:00:00Z 0

The Complexities of Homelessness and the Joy of a Giving Spirit

Posted by Danielle McGarrity on Apr 30, 2021
Rotary Meeting: April 27, 2021
PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) gaveled us in after some lovely fellowship and a hair-raising tale of ART BREUER’s recent experience pruning some extremely tall trees. ALLISON CAGLEY (Sergeant in Arms) (Executive Director of Friends of Sacramento Arts) was all smiles – she just got her 2nd dose of her COVID vaccine – when she greeted our weekly guests, including MARSHA SPELL (Executive Director of Family Promise of Sacramento). RIVKAH SASS (CEO of Sacramento Public Library) introduced her guest CATHY CROSTHWAITE (Deputy Director at Sacramento Public Library). JUDITH KJELSTROM (Director Emerita of the Biotech Program at UC Davis) led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Thought for the Day
LEO MCFARLAND (President and CEO of Volunteers of America) provided our Thought for the Day, encouraging us to look on the arrival of Spring – a time of renewal, rebirth and bounty – as a time to support those less fortunate in our community. As we tend to our gardens, we must also tend to folks who are struggling. The faces of homelessness can be anyone’s – including parents of small children; veterans; and elderly folks. Homeless people are regular people, and even just a dash of empathy can go a long way.
Meeting Sponsor
Meeting Sponsor KERRY WOOD (Chief Marketing & Donor Engagement Officer at Sacramento Region Community Foundation) shared the 4 key areas of emphasis for the Foundation as:
  • Combating food insecurity
  • Provide equitable education opportunities
  • Supporting the arts & culture
  • Inspiring Philanthropy in our region
The Foundation’s signature initiative, the Big Day of Giving, is only one week away – on Thursday May 6th, this 24-hour online giving challenge will once again bring together the Sacramento region's nonprofit community. This initiative revolves around helping to raise much needed funds and shining a spotlight on the work these organizations do to keep Sacramento robust and well-rounded. Since 2013, donors have contributed $52 million during this one-day event. Advance charitable giving is open now through May 5th at www.bigdayofgiving.org. With over 700 nonprofits participating this year, you are bound to find a cause that matters to you. You can become a philanthropist by making a donation as low as just $15 – making event participation accessible to anyone that is interested. We hope to see you there!
Club Announcements
  • PRESIDENT KEVIN reminded us that our Rotary Foundation makes annual installments to the Club to increase our philanthropic impact in the community. KATHY HERRFELDT (President of Home Care Assistance Sacramento) and SHIRLEE TULLY (Chief Brand & Development Officer at CapRadio) explained that our philanthropic mission this year focused on minimizing the devastating financial impacts of COVID in economically-disadvantaged communities. Furthermore, it was determined that our call to action was utilizing preventive measures to avoid seeing an increase in our homeless population. Funds from our Foundation were donated to Salvation Army, Next Move, Volunteers of America and Family Promise, which all provide rental assistance and support to ensure that individuals secure housing and remain independent once housed. We got to hear directly from one of our beneficiaries, as MARSHA SPELL explained that program participants work with her staff on setting budgets, building new skills and making plans to be self-sufficient. Family Promise has provided shelter, meals, case management, and stabilization services to over 850 family members. Our donation to Family Promise has helped 9 families stay in their homes.
  • PRESIDENT KEVIN updated us on Golf 4 Kids coming up on May 21. We are still seeking golfers, tee sponsors and auction items through May 5.
  • BOBBY REED (CEO at Capitol Tech Solutions) encouraged us to participate in the Young Professionals’ Mother’s Day fundraiser on Saturday, May 8th. The event will take place at Sweet Mabel’s Urban Flower Farm in West Sacramento. The Rotary Rockers will provide live acoustic entertainment, Starbucks will provide caffeine and pastries, and a professional photographer will be onsite to take photos of the whole family!
Chair of the Day
MARLENE VON FRIEDRICHS FITZWATER (Founder & CEO of The Health Communication Research Institute) welcomed our guest speaker, DR. MARGOT KUSHEL is a 20-year veteran healthcare provider and a national expert on the causes of homelessness. She’s a Professor of Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center and Director of The UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations. Her research focuses on reducing the burden of homelessness on health by examining efforts to prevent and end homelessness, but also the ways to mitigate the effects of housing instability on healthcare outcomes.
Guest Speaker, Dr. Margot Kushel
DR. KUSHEL kickstarted her speech by bolding stating the takeaways she hoped to leave us all with by the end of our meeting:
  • Homelessness is a solvable issue
  • Homelessness arose from a set of bad policies, but those practices that are reversible.
  • We already know how to resolve homelessness; however, at the national and local levels, we lack the political will to put an end to this crisis.
She then went on to share the three main causes of homelessness:
1) lack of affordable housing (especially extremely low-income housing)
2) the growth of income inequality since the 1980s; and
On a given day, 160,000 Californians are homeless – and unlike in many other states, 70% of these individuals are unhoused or living outdoors. The highest rates of homelessness are found in the highest-income areas, demonstrating the dire need for low-income housing options in our richest cities.
While mental health and substance abuse are often pointed to in discussions of homelessness, DR. KUSHEL believes that while they can be contributing factors, they are not root causes. She shared a case study of 300 chronically homeless folks in Santa Clara County with serious behavioral challenges. When these people were offered subsidized housing with voluntary behavioral health support, 86% became housed and nearly all remained housed five years later.
COVID had a marked impact on the homeless population, who are far more likely to need hospitalization with even a mild case of the virus, because they can’t recover at home. Half of homeless individuals are age 50 and up and often have pre-existing conditions that make COVID even more dangerous. DR. KUSHEL was an advisor on the state’s Project Roomkey initiative, which utilized 16,000 statewide empty hotel rooms to house high-risk homeless individuals and/or to isolate folks who contracted COVID, keeping more hospital beds available in the community. The federal government has promised to fully reimburse California for all costs associated with Project Roomkey through at least Sept. 30. Now, 6,000 of these units are being converted to permanent extremely low-income housing, including some in Sacramento.
CLICK HERE to view DR. KUSHEL’s presentation.
CLICK HERE to view DR. KUSHEL’s entire Q&A.
Next Week
ALLISON CAGLEY said next week we will hear from CHET HEWITT (President & CEO of the Sierra Health Foundation) who will talk about how his Foundation is helping to solve some of the health problems in our local community. Until then, enjoy the rest of your week and find a way to give back in our community!
The Complexities of Homelessness and the Joy of a Giving Spirit  Danielle McGarrity 2021-04-30 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Takes a Poetic Turn

Posted by Ann Solomon on Apr 23, 2021
Rotary Meeting: April 20, 2021
After a bit of virtual mingling, PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) brought the meeting to order and welcomed everyone! ALLISON CAGLEY (Sergeant in Arms) (Executive Director of Friends of Sacramento Arts) encouraged any guests of the week to chip in briefly and allow us to meet them. CHRISTIE HOLDEREGGER (V/P Chief Development Officer at Volunteers of America) enthusiastically announced the presence of her own guest and colleague, ANA BANKERT (Director of Development at Volunteers of America). BOB ROSENBERG (Inve$tnet Inc.) skillfully lead everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance while concurrently attending two meetings at once –‘Twas an impressive juggling act indeed!
Thought for the Day
PAST PRESIDENT DAN MCVEIGH (Downey Brand LLP) shared his Thought for the Day. To celebrate National Poetry Month in combination with our awesome guest speaker of the week INDIGO MOOR, he recited a series of quotes about poetry derived from famous poets such as W.H. Auden, Carl Sandburg, Rita Dove and Dylan Thomas.
Meeting Sponsor
A big thank you to Volunteers of America (VOA) for sponsoring our meeting this week. The VOA Development Director, ANA BANKERT was introduced by LEO MCFARLAND (President/CEO at Volunteers of America) from a mysteriously remote location somewhere between here and Reno. Established in 1911, VOA moves individuals to independence in loving and compassionate ways, providing shelter and more to families, seniors, veterans and others in the homeless community. ANA was excited to share that they are holding their first virtual Homeless Summit and we are all invited to join. The panel discussing is coming up April 28 at noon via Zoom. The topic is: Understanding Homelessness. Hear the inspirational tales from real, successful individuals that have graduated from VOA’s program and eradicated homelessness out of their personal lives.
CLICK HERE to join the Volunteers of America panel discussion on Understanding Homelessness.
The Passing of a fellow Rotarian
PRESIDENT KEVIN spoke gravely when he announced the passing of PAST PRESIDENT HERB RODEBAUGH. HERB was a member of our club for 50 years, our Club’s President in 1984, and the proud and honorable founder of our former signature fundraiser “Bids for Kids”. We will remember his incredibly full 100 years of life more properly in a future meeting.
Club Announcements
  • Golf 4 Kids – CALLEE SETZER (Sales at Setzer Forest Products) announced that there are still 2 sponsorships up for grabs, the Title Sponsor and the Longest Drive sponsor. If you were considering donating to our online auction, the good news is that we will be accepting donations until May 5th! Registration is still open for you to help us reach our goal of 100 golfers! If you aren’t much into golfing, you can eat your heart out in one (or four) lunch servings of our Nash & Proper food truck! Our event beneficiaries will be in attendance, we hope you can make it out and mingle with everyone.
  • Loaves & Fishes – JOHN SWENTOWSKY (Owner of Swentowsky Photography) discussed the upcoming volunteer opportunity regarding serving lunch at Loaves & Fishes on Thursday, April 29th – he is still short three more volunteers for the morning shift and six for the lunch shift. Please contact JOHN to offer your service.
  • Mother’s Day/Young Professionals Fundraiser – JAMIE FURLONG (Securitized Real Estate Specialist at Bangerter Financial Services) gave us the 411 on the Young Professionals (YP) next fundraising event, which will be just in time for Mother’s Day. The event will take place at Sweet Mabel’s Urban Flower Farm in West Sacramento Saturday, May 8th. The Rotary Rockers will provide live acoustic entertainment, Starbucks will provide caffeine and pastries, and a professional photographer will be onsite to take memorable family photos good enough to frame! Limited tickets are available due to the site’s maximum capacity restriction, so sign up soon. Lastly, a flower delivery to the special mother in your life will also be available.
CLICK HERE to learn more about the YP’s Mother’s Day event.
  • Rotary Survey on In-Person Meetings – PRESIDENT KEVIN, our first leader to preside completely online (with the occasional socially distanced, unofficial happy hours), presented the results of a recent survey polling members about returning to meetings in person. The results indicate we really miss each other. Over 95% of us would present proof of vaccination to be present, 88.1% of us would wear masks, over 73% would attend an indoor meeting and 78% would attend an outdoor meeting. The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church is keen to have us back when we are able and ready to do so.
  • District 5180 Conference and Derby Car Race – PAST PRESIDENT PETER DANNENFELSER II (President of Architectural Arts) followed up on the preparation of our pinewood Derby race car for our District race that is in conjunction with the upcoming annual District 5180 virtual conference. The conference will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 22nd and 23rd, from 10 a.m. till noon each day. The pinewood Derby car will be ranked on Appearance and Performance, and we are going to kick some b-u-t-t in both categories!
  • Park Cleanup – PRESIDENT KEVIN told a story about the most recent Rotary Trash pickup along the American River Parkway, including a series of pictures… long story short, PRESIDENT KEVIN struck a victory in removing the ominous River raft that had been stuck in the river, but suffered a short-term loss in the dynamic battle between PRESIDENT KEVIN vs. PRESIDENT KEVIN’s hat. As if he hadn’t already been mocked by Mother Nature enough, PRESIDENT KEVIN also temporarily lost his glasses! Eventually, PRESIDENT KEVIN found his glasses and hat… he is still on the search to recover his dignity. Come to the next trash pickup for so much drama and excitement, it’s like your very own reality TV show.
Rotary Good News
  • TODD KOOLAKIAN (Director of Philanthropy at Sacramento Children’s Home) was celebrating his sister’s wedding in New Orleans!
  • TODD ANDREWS (President of Andrews Construction, Inc.) gave thanks to his nephew attending his first Rotary meeting with him today!
  • NANCY SMITH FAGAN (International Bird Rescue) celebrated her new job at the International Bird Rescue
  • PAST PRESIDENT DAN MCVEIGH celebrated NANCY’s hard work at Christian Brothers (CB)… and spoke on behalf of all the CB staff when he said that she will greatly be missed.
Chair of the Day
RIVKAH SASS (CEO of Sacramento Public Library) was thrilled to hold the honor of introducing our guest speaker, INDIGO MOOR. Coincidentally, she just happened to serve on the panel when guest speaker applied to be a poet laureate emeritus of Sacramento. Indigo Moor is a multi-genre, award-winning writer and teacher. His second book of poetry, Through the Stonecutter’s Window, won the Northwestern University Press’s Cave Canem prize. His first book, Tap-Root, was published as part of Main Street Rag’s Editor’s Select Poetry Series. His stageplay, Live! at the Excelsior, was a finalist for the Images Theatre Playwright Award. Indigo is a graduate of the Stonecoast MFA Program—where he studied poetry, fiction, and scriptwriting—and a graduate member of the Artist's Residency Institute for Teaching Artists. A musician and photographer, Indigo's collaborations include the Artists Embassy International Dancing Poetry Festival, the Livermore Ekphrastic Project, and the Davis Jazz Arts Festival.
Guest Speaker: Indigo Moor
Joining us from Mendocino, where he is staying after a recent corporate assignment with Micron, Indigo shared a graduate-level short course in how to use poetry as a tool to “empathize in essence,” a social contract in both our lives and relationships. Whether on the flight deck of the USS Ranger, in a classroom or a corporate boardroom, Indigo has employed poetry as a social contract with the reader.
He read to us My Father’s Letters by Yusef Komunyakaa, twice. First to hear the words, and then to feel them. Responding to a question about rioting, he asked “Are they rioting or protesting?” and referred to My Father as a Guitar by Martin Espada, a poem exploring poverty and employment in the immigrant community.
He urged us to take on social contracts in our work together. Rotarians basically commit to form social contracts with everyone that they meet. If you are always looking for what it takes to be a Rotarian, you will always know what to say to those people when you come into contact with them.
Indigo did not read any of his own poetry. To overcome this humble stance, let’s all check out his latest book and add it to our poetry collections.
CLICK HERE to purchase Indigo Moor’s most recent book, Everybody's Jonesin' for Something.
CLICK HERE to view Indigo Moor’s entire speech and Q&A.
Next Week
ALLISON CAGLEY (Sergeant in Arms) (Executive Director of Friends of Sacramento Arts) reminded us our next meeting will be Tuesday April 27, and will feature DR. MARGOT KUSHEL speaking on the ever timely topic of homelessness.
Rotary Takes a Poetic Turn  Ann Solomon 2021-04-23 07:00:00Z 0

The Story of a Family’s Escape and SUCCESS!

Posted by John McIntyre on Apr 18, 2021
Rotary Meeting: April 13, 2021
PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) gaveled the meeting to order at 12:00 pm, noting we’ll introduce a new member and will enjoy a great speaker today! ALLISON CAGLEY (Sergeant in Arms) (Executive Director of Friends of Sacramento Arts) recognized Pulse Reporter JOHN MCINTYRE (Chief Philanthropy Officer at Mercy Foundation and Author Extraordinaire) and invited guests to unmute and chime in with introductions. Guests maintained their anonymity, leaving their mics muted.
Thought for the Day
ANN SOLOMON (Regional Director for Western North America at University of Auckland) presented our Thought for the Day, and her topic was in light of the recently escalated anti-Asian and Pacific Islander hate crimes taking place in our country. ANN’s husband was born in Manila, Philippines. He was treated differently throughout his life, and even she has noticed the discrimination on many firsthand accounts. She noted that when they were born, she and he would have been legally forbidden to marry. She then offered a poignant quote from Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas. ANN closed by noting, “We have a long way to go, until we treat everyone as equal citizens.”
Induction of New Member
After being led in the Pledge of Allegiance by our soon-to-be newest member, JAMES RHODES-DREYER (CEO of the Boy Scouts of America’s Golden Empire Council), JAMES was formally ‘read in’ to the Club and welcomed enthusiastically. He is sponsored by PAST PRESIDENT WALTER DAHL (Partner at Dahl Law, Attorneys At Law) and PAST PRESIDENTS BOB COLE and DAN COLE (Cole Partners Development Co.). He was introduced in song by BOB and his son DAN. “Valderi, valdera…”
JAMES first launched his career into Scouting back in 2005. He is an eagle scout and an honored member in the Order of the Arrow. In his free time, he enjoys swimming, rafting, reading, and of course… outdoor activities! He is blessed with a wife and 2 sons, 8-year-old, Lucas, and 5-year-old, Eric. Welcome aboard, JAMES! We are so excited to get to know you!
PRESIDENT KEVIN stepped in to acknowledge the honor upon JAMES for being sponsored by BOB COLE, who is celebrating his 70th year (yes - you heard that right!) in our Club and therefore our most senior member in the whole Club! Congratulations to BOB for his fantastic, long-term legacy of service!
Club Announcements
  • Loaves & Fishes – JOHN SWENTOWSKY (Owner of Swentowsky Photography) made all aware that the Club will be serving lunch at Loaves & Fishes on Thursday, April 29th – he currently needs three more volunteers for the morning shift and six more for the lunch shift. With COVID protocols abound for everyone’s safety, it’s a great way to offer service amid the pandemic.
  • Park Cleanup – BOBBY REED (CEO of Capitol Tech Solutions) informed us that, in honor of Earth Day (4/22), Club members will again be cleaning up along the American River Parkway (at Discovery Park) this coming Saturday, 9-11am. Please sign up! Bonus points if you can bring rakes, wheelbarrows, work gloves, or ‘trash pickers,’ if you’ve got ‘em!
  • Mother’s Day/Young Professionals Fundraiser – BOBBY then segued to note that the Young Professionals (YP) are planning a tour of a local, urban Flower Farm in West Sacramento. Rotary ‘Unplugged’ Rockers will help bring a musical aesthetic to the visual beauty. Tickets are $75/person (kids are free!). We are looking forward to your anticipated support on Saturday, May 8 from 10am to noon.
    Then – going for the informational trifecta – BOBBY also noted that, for another $75, flowers to your mom can be delivered right to her door on Sunday morning! Get in touch with him or another YP pronto to make this happen for Mother’s Day!
  • Golf 4 Kids – SARAH HODGE (Director of Development at California State University, Sacramento) reminded everyone that this longstanding tradition will tee off once again at William Land Park on Friday, May 21st – the longest-running continuously run fundraising in all of Rotary. All benefits support multiple local schools’ specialized programs for orthopedically challenged students. Reach out to SARAH or CALLEE SETZER (Sales at Setzer Forest Products) for signups to play, to help wrangle one of our unique raffle items, or even just to join for a finger lickin’ good Nash & Proper meal.
Good News
  • KÄTHE NATHAN (Vice President Relationship Manager at Merchants Bank of Sacramento) shared the arrival of her grandson, at the mere age of 17 days, with an adorable zoom cameo.
  • ANN SOLOMON shared her joy of having dog “Laddie Boy” for three months. She also noted she met her husband 21 years ago in Peace Park on Earth Day.
  • In honor of our newest member, JAMES RHODES-DREYER, WALTER DAHL made a $100 gift toward JAMES’ Eddie Mulligan. He also honored BOB COLE, who’s been a mentor to WALTER since he was born.
Speaker Introduction
PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN today assumed additional duties and introduced our speaker today, Councilmember MAI VANG. MAI the daughter of Hmong refugees from Laos, a proud Sacramento native, and the eldest of 16 children. Before her election to represent Sacramento’s Eighth City Council District, Vang served as the Executive Director of the Buck Scholars Association, an organization that offers mentors and scholarships to intelligent high school students who lack the resources needed to achieve their educational goals. She also teaches in the Department of Ethnic Studies at California State University, Sacramento and in the Department of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Davis.   
Guest Speaker
Councilperson MAI VANG started off by acknowledging the good work of Rotary and feeling humbled to be sharing her time with our Club. She shared story with us, going back to the beginning – her parents’ families escaped as refugees from Laos during the mass Hmong genocide that occurred in the time of the Vietnam War. Her father’s family settled in Oak Park and her mother in Meadowview. She shared an early memory of being mocked in elementary school for using food stamps, internalizing that sense of poverty as she continued to grow up in South Sacramento. She graduated from Sacramento High School and was fortunate enough to have had a caring teacher who helped her with college applications, leading her to become a Frank H. Buck Scholar with a full ride scholarship to USF and UCLA.
It wasn’t until college that she learned about her Hmong heritage, which led to her activism on the campus of USF in support of the Hmong and other Asian refugee communities. She became increasingly interested in public health policy and Asian-American studies, which she later studied at UCLA.
The Story of a Family’s Escape and SUCCESS!  John McIntyre 2021-04-18 07:00:00Z 0

A Call to Action on Climate Change

Posted by John Goralka on Apr 01, 2021
Rotary Meeting: March 30, 2021
PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) rang in the meeting commenting on the noticeable difference in his Zoom attire, which reflected the sunnier weather we have all been so lucky to enjoy over this month! Spring is undeniably upon us, and one of PRESIDENT KEVIN’s favorite parts of Spring is the 2021 Major League Baseball season starting up this week.
PRESIDENT KEVIN lightly touched on a question that has been in the minds of many: When might we begin resuming in-person Rotary meetings? Dr. Olivia Kasirye, our Public Health Officer, believes that Sacramento could move up to the Orange Tier sometime in late April. If that’s the case, PRESIDENT KEVIN is hoping we have the option of in-person meetings by May. There have already been some discussions between our Club and our homesite, the Greek Enunciation Church. With all things to consider, we are asking Club members to offer their voice in a survey coming that is coming soon. We want to know what your opinions, concerns, and comments are regarding the possibility of in-person meetups. We look forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts!
ALLISON CAGLEY (Sergeant in Arms) (Executive Director of Friends of Sacramento Arts) gave a warm, virtual welcome to guest KENT LACIN (Owner of Kent Lacin Media Services). FRED TEICHERT (Executive Director of Teichert Foundation) attested to KENT’s superb musical abilities, as evidenced by a lip-synching group performance at one particular Arden Middle School talent show. Everyone has a claim to fame at some point or another, and it just might happen at Arden Middle School. ALLISON also welcomed guest JERRY GRUBER (General Manager & Operations VP at Jackson Hospitality LLC) who is interested in possibly joining our Club! Thank you to all our amazing guests for joining us this week! STEVE HUFFMAN led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Thought for the Day & Meeting Sponsors
BOBBY REED (CEO of Capitol Tech Solutions) presented the Thought for the Day in lieu of this week’s meeting theme and topic of choice: Protecting our Environment. BOBBY selected a quote from 2018-2019 Rotary International President, BARRY RASSIN. The quote discussed Rotary’s important role in addressing climate change and how it affects all our priorities and focus areas.
CLICK HERE to view BARRY RASSIN’s entire discussion regarding environmental preservation.
We did not have a meeting sponsor this week as our list of prospective meeting sponsors is running short, but we still have 3 months left of this term. Please reach out to PAST PRESIDENT DAN MCVEIGH (Downey Brand LLP) or anyone else in the meeting sponsorship committee if you are interested.
Club Announcements
Registration for Golf 4 Kids on Friday, May 21st is already open, contact SARAH HODGE (Director of Development at California State University, Sacramento) or JAMIE FURLONG (Securitized Real Estate Specialist at Bangerter Financial Services) to get your tee time. We have 4 beneficiaries this year: Ralph Richardson Center, Luther Burbank, Sacramento Central YMCA S.N.A.P. Program, and The Community Transition Program at Sacramento State. Our goal is to raise $10K through the online auction, so anyone with wine, items, trips, or anything else you can provide – contact CALLEE SETZER (Sales of Setzer Forest Products) or NORM MARSHALL (President of Headwaters Construction Inc.) to learn how you can help. We still have a few more sponsorships remaining - a title sponsor, a hole in one contest sponsor, a longest drive sponsor, and 1 more tee sponsor available.
Thursday, April 29th is the next date we will be offering our service at Loaves & Fishes. Please reach out to JOHN SWENTOWSKY (Owner of Swentowsky Photography) if you are interested in volunteering.
The DEI Learning group is continuing to explore deep issues through film. On Tuesday, April 13th at 4pm, there will be a Zoom meeting revolving around a film series discussion of the 4-part Netflix documentary series “When They See Us.” It is a dramatized documentary based on the true story of the 5 black boys that were wrongfully accused and convicted for the brutal attack on the highly publicized Central Park Jogger case in 1989. Email ALLISON CAGLEY to join.
CLICK HERE to read the NY Times Article “The True Story of How a City in Fear Brutalized the Central Park 5.”
JAMIE FURLONG gave an update on the upcoming Mother’s Day Event. Some of the logistics are still being worked out, but this event will likely take place in the morning or early afternoon of Saturday, May 8th. Mark your calendars to enjoy a lovely day with fellow Rotarians as well as the rest of our community.
Rotary Good News
ALLISON CAGLEY gave a special shoutout to her nephew Tyler, who is completing his senior recital this week before proceeding to work on his Master of Education at the University of Oregon. Best of luck to you, Tyler!
NANCY TEICHERT mentioned that today is the first time she gets to pick up a grandchild from school and take him home since the pandemic because she is now vaccinated! It really is the little things in life that can bring so much joy, especially after a nationwide crisis.
LATOYA WONG (Executive Director of Rotary Club of Sacramento) proudly mentioned that her daughter is now a graduate of University of Oregon. Congratulations to your family, LATOYA!
JAYDEEP BALAKRISHNAN (Associate Dean at California State University, Sacramento) had a special birthday to celebrate. Wishing the happiest of birthdays to that special someone in your family JAYDEEP.
Chair of the Day
DAVID BRANDENBURGER (Managing Director at Newmark Knight Frank) announced our guest speaker AMANDA HANSEN (Deputy Secretary for Climate Change at the California Natural Resources Agency) brought to us by our club’s Environmental Committee that is sworn to support Rotary International’s new initiative: Protecting the Environment. Today’s focus is on Climate Change, which is AMANDA’S area of expertise at the California Natural Resources Agency. Prior to her current position, she was a director of the Community Reconstruction Program in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Office of Storm Recovery from 2013 to 2017. She was deputy associate director for policy outreach for the White House Council on Environmental Policy and chief of staff to the chairman of the 2010-2011 round of United Nations climate change negotiations. She was special assistant to the Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State and a foreign affairs officer at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. Needless to say, there is no one better to talk with us today about such a prevalent issue as climate change.
Guest Speaker: Amanda Hansen
AMANDA HANSEN graciously appeared on our Zoom platform to first thank all us Rotarians for all committing to positively impacting our community; she was well aware of all the real, hands-on work that Rotarians pursue in our everyday lives.
Looking at things first from a statewide focus, AMANDA acknowledged that California has made major strides in environmental issues; demonstrating an ability to address climate change with ecofriendly regulations and statutes while also still strengthening our economy & leaving room for economic opportunities. We are making headway on many environmentally sensitive subjects and in turn, it is contributing to our economic prosperity. California is proof for many other countries around the world that you can have your cake and eat it too!
As a state, we have inherited an incredible legacy of leadership on action in the energy and transportation sectors. Governor Newsom signed an order for all electric vehicles in California by 2035 to help us reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, which in turn will build our market and create many new job opportunities. Other areas of focus we are homing in on from a state as well as international level include:
a) draught
b) wildfire
c) excessive heat
d) flooding
As the aforementioned issues have become more widespread in recent decades, it is a call to action; we must figure out how we can simultaneously increase our resilience for climate change and natural disasters while also continuing to lower our gas emissions.
Another area of focus nature-based solutions. You may wonder, what is that? Wetland preservation is one example of a nature-based solution. For example, along the coast in California, we have lost about 90% of our wetlands. Wetlands are a crucial landscape for the following reasons:
  • Wetlands sequester more carbon for longer periods of time than forests.
  • They serve as a buffer for sea level rise and high tides, protecting communities that live by the coast from the impact of waves.
  • There is lots of biodiversity that lives and thrives in wetlands.
  • Wetlands filter and clean our water.
Clearly, wetland restoration is a critical investment for us to make at this time. It will help us reduce carbon emissions and increase our climate resilience. In turn, it can stimulate our economy by creating jobs, attracting tourism, etc.
AMANDA HANSEN concluded by offering numerous examples of what we can do to protect and sustain our environment, both as individuals and in groups. Huge thanks to AMANDA for offering her intellect, expertise, and innovation at our meeting.
CLICK HERE to view AMANDA’s entire presentation.
CLICK HERE to view AMANDA’s full Q&A.
Next Meeting
We are dark next week! Join us back on April 13th with City Councilmember MAI VANG from District 8, who will be talking about her role with the City Council and her vision for the Meadowview South Sacramento district she is leading.
A Call to Action on Climate Change  John Goralka 2021-04-01 07:00:00Z 0

A Day in the Life of a Young Professional – the YP Spotlight Meeting!

Posted by Nikki Wardlaw on Mar 26, 2021
Rotary Meeting: March 23, 2021
PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) called the meeting to order, and virtually passed the gavel to PRESIDENT FOR THE DAY JAMIE FURLONG (Securitized Real Estate Specialist of Bangerter Financial Services) to kick off the Young Professionals Takeover. #fire # bougie JAMIE welcomed guests JORDAN OLLANIK (Regional Engineer of Advanced Drainage Systems) and JAMES RHODES-DREYER (Executive Director of Boy Scouts of America, Sacramento).
BRIAN TURNER (Attorney/Owner of Law Office of Brian H. Turner) kept the recent mass shootings in our country in mind when he shared the thought for the day with a quote from John Kerry: “Each and every child in this country is valuable because they are our future as a society. We cannot afford to lose a single child to ill-health, under-education, abuse, addiction, jail, or gun violence. America’s highest goal should be for every child to grow up to be a successful young adult -- healthy, educated, free, secure, and a good citizen.” SARAH HODGE (Director of Development, CSUS) then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
BOBBY REED (CEO of Capitol Tech Solutions) updated the club on the Young Professionals project to raise funding for Sacramento most iconic sign – an Old Sacramento Waterfront sign welcoming people to the city. We also got the grand reveal of what the sign is expected to look like (pictured below)! Their first fundraiser for the sign involved selling goodie bags for Valentine’s Day, and they are now planning a Mother’s Day event! The event will be hosted at an urban flower farm in West Sacramento and includes Mimosa’s, music, photos, and a guided tour! More details about this event will be revealed in the upcoming weeks, so keep an eye out.
PRESIDENT FOR THE DAY JAMIE FURLONG reaffirmed the importance of connections and extending the invitation of Rotary to Young Professionals (“YPs”). She shared a video of YPs explaining how they were introduced to Rotary and encouraged us all to keep in mind those in our network who may be interested in joining Rotary, and simply need an invitation to do so. We probably all know at least one person that would love to attend a Rotary meeting.
Then we met the YPs! Each YP shared about their work background and what a typical day looks like. They also answered a surprise question drawn randomly from a hat and took questions from the chat stream. Thank you to the YPs who shared their stories and allowed us to learn more about themselves:
BOBBY REED (CEO of Capitol Tech Solutions) Random Fact: The aisle he spends the most time in at the grocery store is the children’s snacks aisle. Oh, the joys of the life of a dad!
BRIAN TURNER (Attorney/Owner of Law Office of Brian H. Turner) Random Fact: Brian spent last week skiing down a mountain with his 2 ½ year old son harnessed to him.
NICOLE WILHELM (Co-Founder/Realtor of The Wilhelm Team at Compass) Random Fact: If Nicole were a season, she would be Summer because she loves the sun and the way it can instantly lift a mood.
TODD KOOLAKIAN (Director of Philanthropy of Sacramento Children’s Home) Random Fact: His favorite genre of music is classic rock, pop, country (sometimes), 80’s, 90’s. Ok, so he can’t pick just one. Can you blame him?
SARAH HODGE (Director of Development, CSUS) Random Fact: Her favorite subject in school was Biology and History (she majored in Biology in college). She also admitted that she’s recently become a Starbucks addict!
NIKKI WARDLAW (Senior Director of Development and Partnerships of College Track) Random Fact: She would rather listen than talk. She loves learning a person’s back story and knowing what motivates them.
GIULIANO KORNBERG (Development Manager of Sac Philharmonic and Opera) Random Fact: His favorite phone app is “The Spin,” a scooter app that lets you rent scooters for short-term use around town.
MEGAN WYGANT (Executive Director of CLARA E Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts) Random Fact: She likes to swim, including open water swimming, and she is currently training for a relay swim in Lake Tahoe.
PRESIDENT FOR THE DAY JAMIE FURLONG (Real Estate Investments at Bangerter Financial Services) Random Fact: If she could eliminate one thing from her daily routine, it would be brushing her teeth.
While we were lucky enough to hear the testimonies and personal stories of just a few YP’s, our Rotary Club currently has over twenty members under 40. We hope you take the time to get to know them all!
CLICK HERE to view the entire meeting.
The meeting ending with some Rotary good news! TODD KOOLAKIAN donated $100 since his hometown Syracuse, “The Orange,” is back in the Sweet 16. BOBBY REED donated $100 for Jamie Furlong’s Eddie Mulligan for her work with the YPs, and $100 to his own Eddie Mulligan since his home in East Sacramento sold for $61,000 over asking price… before it even hit the market! PAST PRESIDENT FRED TEICHERT (Executive Director of Teichert Foundation) gave $100 to JOHN MCINTYRE’S (Chief Philanthropy Officer of Mercy Foundation) to Eddie Mulligan for his assistance in the St. Paddy’s Day musical celebration, and PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN a bottle of Paddy’s Whiskey for including him in last week’s meeting.
Next week’s meeting will feature guest speaker AMANDA HENSEN speaking about Rotary International’s newest area of focus: Protecting the Environment.
PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN concluded the meeting and reminded us that Young Professionals are not a novelty or an exception and thanked them for their energy and service. They certainly provide us with a sigh of relief, knowing that the future of our Club is in good hands. Thank you YPs!
A Day in the Life of a Young Professional – the YP Spotlight Meeting!  Nikki Wardlaw 2021-03-26 07:00:00Z 0

Celebration with the Rotary Club of Dublin

Posted by Nancy Teichert on Mar 19, 2021
Rotary Meeting: March 16, 2021
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) brought the Irish to celebrate with our Club. What must be a first was a joint virtual meeting with the Dublin Rotary Club to celebrate the holiday at noon our time and 7 p.m. in Ireland. As PRESIDENT KEVIN said, we are so honored to have an international celebration with our fellow friends from Dublin! Thank you to all our Irish Rotarians for carving out the time in their evening to commemorate all things Irish with us! Not only did we have our honorary Irish guests with us this week, but we were also joined by ANN CASH and ALAN CASH, MARIE O’CONNOR, VICTORIA PLUIMS and DISTRICT PRESIDENT BRENT HASTEY, all welcomed by ALLISON CAGLEY (Sergeant in Arms) (Executive Director of Friends of Sacramento Arts).
We had some green sprinkled on top of our red, white, and blue as our Irish-blooded Sacramento Rotarian SHIRLEE TULLY (Chief Development & Brand Officer OF Capital Public Radio) led our Clubs in the Pledge of Allegiance. PRESIDENT KEVIN featured a backdrop picture of Fagan’s Bar taken during one Irish vacation as he sported a green cap.
After some brief technical difficulties, PAST PRESIDENT FRED TEICHERT (Executive Director of Teichert Foundation) and JOHN MCINTYRE (Chief Philanthropy Officer of Mercy Foundation) started the meeting off with a rousing accordion and singing performance of the George M. Cohan song “Harrigan,” from a 1908 Broadway musical. Not that I’m biased in any way, but it was an amazing performance.
CLICK HERE to watch the musical performance between JOHN MCINTYRE and PAST PRESIDENT FRED TEICHERT.
Dublin Club Overview
TONY MCCOURT spoke on behalf of the Rotary Club of Dublin when he wished all of us in Sacramento a very happy St. Patrick’s Day. He introduced his Club president, ALAN DAVIDSON. PRESIDENT ALAN conceded that he is actually Scottish but is an “adopted son” of Ireland. The Dublin Club was the first Rotary Club to be founded outside of North American in 1911 (meaning this year marks their 110th anniversary!) and the 6th Rotary Club formed worldwide. The Club meets in central Dublin at the Grand Canal Hotel in an area described as the Silicon Valley of Western Europe, because of all the big-name tech companies located nearby. The Dublin Club has many expeditions currently underway, including: a water project in Cambodia, an online auction, the Leonardo DaVinci scholarship program, and building a school in Zambia. PRESIDENT ALAN acknowledged that for the 2nd year in a row now, the St. Patrick’s Day parade will not be taking place. However, holiday or not, he invited all of us to visit the ever-welcoming country of Ireland when the time becomes possible.
Sacramento Club Overview
PRESIDENT KEVIN conceded that the Dublin club is older than ours, which was founded in 1914, and is the 97th Club chartered worldwide with 220 members. He told the Dubliners of our Sac Century Challenge, which attracts about 1,000 riders and raises approximately $100,000 for charity. Golf 4 Kids, which started in 1922 with the charitable mission of raising money for orthopedically challenged children, is the oldest continuously run Rotary fundraiser worldwide. He also praised our international projects for clean water, the new Young Professionals roster, our Covid relief, diversity studies and newly launched environmental sustainability initiatives.
Eddie Mulligan Awards
Fun Fact #1: The surname “Mulligan” originated from Ireland. What a perfect day to award Eddie Mulligan awards. RICK DAVIS awarded 15 pins to our club members, who have donated $1,000 or more for charity. This is the 50th anniversary of the club’s Rotary Foundation. The late Mulligan was known as “Mr. Rotary” who served as secretary of the foundation’s board for decades. Members, who received a newly designed Mulligan pin featuring the original old design in the center surrounded by four gold leaves, included:
  • HAL BARTHOLOMEW (Managing Partner at Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP)
  • PAST PRESIDENT WALTER DAHL (Partner at Dahl Law, Attorneys at Law)
  • SUSAN DRACK (Bank examiner at Restuccia & Harrison)
  • PAST PRESIDENT JIM LEET (Attorney at Boutin Jones Inc.)
  • MARK LUHDORFF (Chief Financial Officer at IMD Path)
  • NORM MARSHALL (President of Headwaters Construction Inc.)
  • DENNIS SMITH (V.P./Asset Manager-Office & Property Director of Tsakopoulos Management Company, LLC)
  • PAST PRESIDENT SCOTT SORENSEN (Program Director at St. John's Program for Real Change)
  • RUTH TESAR (CEO at Northern California PET Imaging Center )
  • DICK WERTZ. Collectively, those 16 members have contributed 350 years of service to Rotary.
Congratulations to all everyone that received the brand-new EM pin! Fun Fact #2: There’s a famous pub in no other than Dublin, Ireland, called Mulligan’s. Maybe one day, all our Eddie Mulligan award winners can celebrate with a beer at Mulligan’s?
Irish imitations and American accents
PRESIDENT KEVIN then invited members of both clubs to a contest to watch the Irish members recite famous movie lines with an English accent and our club members to recite lines from famous Irish films with an accent. The good sports who participated included: BERNADETTE MULVEY of Dublin, who took on Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind; GIULIANO KORNBERG (Development Manager at Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera) who took on the role of Conor MacSweeney from The Young Offenders; PRESIDENT ALAN DAVIDSON of Dublin, who recited Walter Sobczyk from The Big Lebowski, and ANN SOLOMON (Regional Director for Western North America at University of Auckland) who brought the impersonations to a close with her impression of Eilis Lacey from Brooklyn.
Celebration with the Rotary Club of Dublin Nancy Teichert 2021-03-19 07:00:00Z 0

Bending But Not Breaking: The Strength and Resilience of Foster Youth

Posted by Shirlee Tully on Mar 11, 2021
Rotary Meeting: March 9, 2021
PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) called the meeting to order from his Fairytale Town-themed Zoom room. While it wasn’t noted during the meeting, this author is struck by the fact that with a year of shelter in place behind us, we Rotarians have become quite Zoom-savvy, with chats and reaction emojis abounding throughout the meeting.
ALLISON CAGLEY (Sergeant in Arms) (Executive Director of Friends of Sacramento Arts) announced the arrival of meeting guests: JERRY G. (Jackson Hospitality) and THANH HUONG LE (Sports Massage Therapist at Elite Spinal & Sports Care). When prompted by ALLISON, THANH shared with our group that she is currently studying neuroscience in hopes of launching a career into academia & research for post-polio treatment. THANH is actually a polio survivor herself, and she is eager to share her self-proclaimed treatments with the rest of the world. Thanks to THANH and JERRY G. for your interest in our Club!
Thought for the Day
Inspired by International Women’s Day, Home Healthcare Warrior KATHY HERRFELDT (Owner of Home Care Assistance) gave us her thoughts for the day with quotes from several powerful women in history. As Eleanor Roosevelt once said that “well behaved women rarely make history” and according to Gina Cary, “a strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye, and gives it a wink.” Undaunted, PAUL KEEFER (Executive Director of Pacific Charter Institute) volunteered to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. For the record, PAUL did not do it “in high heels,” like Ginger Rogers.
Meeting Sponsor
PRESIDENT-ELECT BOB MILLER (Business Development Office at First US Community Credit Union) was the sponsor for the day. During the pandemic, First U.S. has been helping local businesses recover and rebound through Payroll Protection Program (PPP) and BOB would be happy to help Rotarians learn more about this option. PRESIDENT-ELECT BOB is just an email away at bmiller@firstus.org. As part of his sponsorship, PRESIDENT KEVIN offered BOB a crowd sourced jingle for First U.S. In a burst of club creativity, BOB got six for one. You be the judge:
“Feel the sweet caress of First U.S.”
“Taste the smelly breath of First U.S.”
“Feel flush with cash at First U.S.”
“Feel the sunny side of First U.S.”
“Feel the under belly of First U.S.”
“Feel the great largesse of First U.S.”
“Feel the mirth and girth of First U.S.”
Club Announcements
KERRY WOOD (Chief Marketing & Donor Engagement Officer of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation) announced that the Program Committee is beginning to plan speakers for the 2021-2022 Rotary year and needs your help! As incoming co-chair of the Programs Committee, along with SARAH HODGE (Director of Development at CSU Sacramento), KERRY would be grateful for your thoughts and suggestions on this crucial aspect of the club, so please provide your feedback. Since PRESIDENT-ELECT BOB MILLER’s theme for the year will be recovery, our speakers will be focused on how the Sacramento region is rebounding from the pandemic and what we can do to support our community and help the local economy. Please fill out the survey if you have not done so already - the stronger the lineup, the better our meetings will be!
BOBBY REED (CEO of Capitol Tech Solutions) gave an update on Golf 4 Kids, which will be held on May 21st at the Land Park Golf Course. There are numerous sponsorship opportunities still available, please contact BOBBY if you would like to be a sponsor for this major event. In addition, the American River Parkway Cleanup is coming up on March 20th at 9:00 a.m. and we are still welcoming any interested volunteers.
Good News
In honor of his naming as a 2021 Best in State Wealth Advisor by Forbes Magazine, ERIC SOLIS (Managing Director – Investments Officer at Solis Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors) was inspired to give an Eddie Mulligan for our Rotary! Wow, congratulations ERIC on the well-deserved public recognition by Forbes, and thank you for your generosity! ERIC also touched on the upcoming year of our Young Professionals group and mentioned that we are adding four new students to the group, all freshman at Sacramento High School.
DAVID BRANDENBURGER (Managing Director of Newmark Knight Frank) thanked TODD KOOLAKIAN (Director of Philanthropy at Sacramento Children’s Home) and DAVID BAKER (CEO of Sacramento Children's Home) for the potential listing agent referral. There’s no better person to do business with than a fellow Rotarian!
Chair of the Day/Speaker Introduction
Chair of the Day TODD KOOLAKIAN introduced our guest speaker, MILES COOLEY (Chief Legal Officer/Chief Operations Officer at CMNTY Culture). MILES is currently the Chief Operating Officer of the CMNTY Culture portfolio of entertainment companies and a prominent lawyer, public speaker, and activist on behalf of foster youth. Born and raised in Sacramento and Davis, MILES came through the local foster care system and graduated from C.K. McClatchy High School, before receiving his undergraduate degree at U.C. Berkeley, serving in the Peace Corps in Ecuador, and graduating from Boalt Hall Law School.
Guest Speaker: Miles Cooley
MILE’s presentation topic was "Bending But Not Breaking: The Strength and Resilience of Foster Youth", and his story was so powerful that no Rotarian could have left the meeting without a renewed commitment to service. MILES began with a strong, experience-based claim that resilience is the key ingredient to changing lives for the better of youth in foster care. After a childhood full of unimaginable trauma, which he shared to us without bitterness, he was adopted by a family in Davis. The connection with that “dysfunctional” family was fragile at best and became broken over time.
Through it all, a school psychologist named Leslie Cooley took a special interest in him and provided the “pressure valve” he needed to survive being dismissed by his adoptive family and returning to the foster care system. No matter where he lived from there on out, she stayed in his life and made sure that his Sports Illustrated subscription followed him through all his address changes as a foster youth.
Over the course of his three year stay at the Sacramento Children’s Home, Leslie Cooley was authorized as a “Visiting Friend” and continued to be a steady source of love and support in his life. Eventually, she adopted him and nurtured him through high school, where he did not distinguish himself academically. As MILES stated, there were some bumps down the road – his first-time trying alcohol, navigating dating as a teenager, and all the other troubles one may find themselves in during high school. However, Leslie concurrently showed him that there are consequences for his actions, but it’s okay to make mistakes. She wasn’t going anywhere – and this was the type of support that allowed him to keep going despite everything he’d been through. Once he found himself at Sacramento City College, professors and counselors saw his potential and he graduated with straight A’s. He was later accepted to Cal Berkeley, where he earned a degree in political science.
Bending But Not Breaking: The Strength and Resilience of Foster Youth  Shirlee Tully 2021-03-11 08:00:00Z 0
Meeting Sponsor - Fred Teichert  - May 4, 2021 2021-03-05 08:00:00Z 0

The Science of Human Bias, with Guest Speakers Lt. Sandra Brown and Lt. Scott Wong

Posted by John Goralka on Mar 05, 2021
PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) rang in our first meeting of March 2021 at noon. St. Patrick's Day is approaching us, and we will be joined on the holiday by none other than our international friends over at the Rotary Club of Dublin, Ireland! As if having the luck of the Irish with us isn’t enough, PRESIDENT KEVIN was adamant that it wouldn’t be a true St. Patrick’s Day without a serving of Guinness Beer - after all, Rotary Club is where leaders meet to serve, right?
ALLISON CAGLEY (Sergeant in Arms) (Executive Director of Friends of Sacramento Arts) welcomed our two special guests, KEN and DAVID. Thank you KEN and DAVID for joining us, we hope to see you both in future meetings! ALLISON thanked our Pulse Reporter for this week’s meeting, JOHN GORALKA.
CHRISTIE HOLDEREGGER (V/P Chief Development Officer at Volunteers of America) came to this week’s meeting as a triple threat, serving as our Chair of the Day, volunteering to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance, and providing us with our Thought for the Day. CHRISTIE wanted to honor Women’s History Month as well as Volunteers of America’s 125th anniversary, she chose to acknowledge the legacy behind Volunteers of America co-founder, Maud Ballington Booth. Maud Booth was a revolutionary that had critical efforts in women’s rights, prison reform, and nonprofit leadership. To this day, Maud is an exemplar of the positive impact that just one person can have on an entire community. A celebration of Maud Booth is a celebration of hope, volunteerism, leadership, and commitment to our community; the same values that our Rotary Club holds close to the heart.
CLICK HERE to watch a video detailing the history of Maud Booth and Volunteers of America.
PAST PRESIDENT DAN MCVEIGH (Downey Brand LLP) kindly gave a warming eulogy for his longtime friend and law colleague, PAST PRESIDENT GEORGE BASYE, who passed away on February 6, 2021. GEORGE was recognized as one of the preeminent water lawyers in the State of California, a pillar in the Sacramento community, an active and generous member in Rotary, and a good friend of many of us. Anyone that knew GEORGE, knew that he was linked to all things Swedish. He spoke and read Swedish, studied in Sweden, and drove Volvos exclusively. However, GEORGE was born in Porterville, California. He served in the Navy during WWII and graduated from the College of the Pacific in 1948. Following his graduation, he spent one year studying the Swedish language at the University of Stockholm, Sweden. He spent some time hitchhiking around Europe returning to the U.S. and hitting the road again, only this time playing the double bass with the jazz trio the Krazy Kats. GEORGE first made moves towards what would be his life career when he enrolled at the Boalt Hall at the University of California, Berkeley for his law degree. He graduated from the University at the top of his class in 1954 and quickly landed a position at what was the largest law firm in Sacramento in 1955: Downey, Brand, Seymour and Rohwer. Over the timeline of his career, GEORGE was a major player in shaping the course of water law in California. He was actively involved in negotiations leading to the water right settlement agreements between the Sacramento River water users and the United States in 1964. He formed the North Delta Water Agency and negotiated the agreement in 1981 between that Agency and the State of California, protecting water quality and uses within the northern half of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. He is survived by Mary Alice, his wife of 68 years, and children Anne, Jennifer Basye Sander, John, and Paul and grandchildren Dr. Alex Limanowski, Julian and Jonathan Sander, and Lily Basye. His life serves as an example of a life well lived. He will be missed by all of us who were lucky enough to know him.
CLICK HERE to hear GEORGE BASYE’s full eulogy.
LAURA HEINTZ (CEO at Stanford Sierra Youth & Families) was our meeting sponsor and brought along CHRISTIE SHORROCK to deliver a timely presentation about Stanford Sierra Youth & Families. They serve families in the greater Sacramento region and the general Northern California area. Through a partnership with Sacramento State, they are hosting their 1st virtual Forever Family Fun Run on April 17, 2021, from 8am-12pm. Have you ever wanted to be a mentor for the youth? You are invited to join the Stanford & Sierra Youth Families WONDER mentoring program where they work with children between the ages of 6-12. Please email wonder@youthsolutions.org for more information.
CLICK HERE to visit the Stanford Sierra Youth & Families website.
CHRIS ANN BACHTEL said we are still on the quest of finding meeting sponsors. There debatably has never been a better time to sponsor our meetings; the cost is low, the meeting turnout is high, and the pressure is much lower than it would be talking in-person to an entire room of Rotarians. Please consider sponsoring our meetings if you have not already.
As Chair of the Day, CHRISTIE HOLDEREGGER had the pleasure of introducing our guest speakers, Lt. SCOTT WONG and Lt. SANDRA BROWN of the Palo Alto Police Department. SANDRA BROWN is a former Lieutenant that retired in 2011 after working five years as a Deputy Sheriff for the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and twenty-five years with the Palo Alto Police Department. SCOTT WONG, also a former Lieutenant, was hired as a police officer for the City of Palo Alto in 1982. He was promoted to Agent in 1993, promoted to Sergeant in 1996, and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2009 before retiring in 2011.
SANDRA sparked the discussion to come by first admitting that up until 2009, she had practically never even heard the word “bias.” Nowadays, she is a firm believer that bias should be taught even in elementary school curriculum. As humans, we all have bias. There are two types of bias:
  • Implicit bias = unconscious
  • Explicit bias = conscious
SANDRA stated that as a society, we need to be able to shift the conversation about race and bias by focusing on the science of implicit bias. This begins by recognizing our own bias that is personal to us, and by understanding how implicit biases can affect perceptions and behavior.
SCOTT asserted that bias is a normal human attribute; in fact, the majority of us have biases that we may not even actively be aware of (aka implicit bias). Did you know it is possible to have implicit biases that are incompatible with your own set of core values and beliefs? Yeah, the mind is really that complex! Surely, you must think, there has to be some type of pattern for when we use bias, right? Well, that’s true - we tend to prejudge what we perceive as “ambiguous stimuli” using different group stereotypes. Stereotypes can allow our mind to take a mental shortcut that allows us to come to conclusions quicker. While this doesn’t always result in an unfavorable assessment, the con of making stereotypes/generalizations is that it doesn’t acknowledge the individual differences of each person or thing. In other words, it is best to proceed with extra caution and extra awareness when encountering something or someone that you are unfamiliar with, as you may place a group characteristic to that thing or person that could have a negative impact on your perception.
SANDRA BROWN concluded that this topic is important for everyone - bias excludes no professions! Many people incorrectly presume that bias is only aimed at law enforcement. However, there are current psychological research studies focusing on bias in school teachers, lawyers/prosecutors/judges, doctors/nurses, and more. Everyone can benefit from learning about bias, because it is part of being human.
ALLISON CAGLEY brought the meeting to a close. Next week we will have guest speaker MILES COOLEY (Chief Legal Officer/Chief Operations Officer at CMNTY Culture) with us to discuss the strength and resilience of foster youth, what is was like growing up in the foster care system, and how stress, trauma, and suffering can be turned into self-determination. We hope to see each and every one of you back with us on March 9th!
The Science of Human Bias, with Guest Speakers Lt. Sandra Brown and Lt. Scott Wong  John Goralka 2021-03-05 08:00:00Z 0

Going Global with Rotary International President Holger Knaack

Posted by Danielle McGarrity on Feb 26, 2021
Rotary Meeting: February 23, 2021
PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) was all smiles as he kicked off the meeting by thanking our very special guest, HOLGER KNAACK (Rotary International President) for carving time out of his ever-busy schedule to be with us and staying up so late - we would have never guessed that it was 8:00 p.m. his time! In honor of PRESIDENT HOLGER’s appearance, guest performer and longtime Rotarian WILLIAM SHUBB (Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court) brought out his ukulele and gave a remarkable performance of “I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter” by the Boswell Sisters. PRESIDENT KEVIN mentioned that our meeting with PRESIDENT HOLGER just so happened to fortuitously coincide with the birthday of Rotary (the first Rotary meeting was held on February 23, 1905 in Chicago, IL with our four founding fathers). Happy Birthday to us!
CLICK HERE to watch WILLIAM SHUBB’s ukulele-based performance.
ALLISON CAGLEY (Sergeant in Arms) (Executive Director of Friends of Sacramento Arts) welcomed the many Rotarians zooming in from near and far and thanked this week’s Pulse Reporter, DANIELLE MCGARRITY. Guest Rotarian from Marysville, MARY LANGSDORF, requested that everyone join her in her recital of the Pledge of Allegiance. She came prepared with her own mini U.S.A. flag to wave!
Thought of the Day
NICOLE WILHELM (Co-Founder/Realtor of The Wilhelm Team at Compass) gave our Thought of the Day. Her inspiration was sourced from Black History Month in conjunction with Women’s History Month coming up in March. NICOLE asked us to recall the powerful and poetic words of the poet laureate Amanda Gorman from the 2021 Presidential Inauguration:
When day comes, we step out of the shade, aflame and unafraid.
The new dawn blooms as we free it.
For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it.
If only we’re brave enough to be it.”
Club Announcements
NANCY SMITH-FAGAN (Director of Advancement at Christian Brothers High School) spoke on behalf of the Scholarship Committee to announce that scholarship applications are now open for submission on their website. After the deadline to submit applications on April 15th, they will be needing a few extra volunteer readers. Please contact NANCY for more information!
Rotary’s annual Golf 4 Kids fundraiser (Rotary’s longest continuing fundraiser, which began in Sacramento 98 years ago) is scheduled for Friday, May 21 at William Land Golf Course. CALLEE SETZER (Sales of Setzer Forest Products) shared that we are seeking item donations for the online auction, you may contact NORM MARSHALL (President of Headwaters Construction Inc.) or DAVE HIGDON (Big Cheese of California Moving Systems) to donate. We are still determining our sponsorships, contact BOBBY REED (CEO of Capitol Tech Solutions) to be an event sponsor. Nash & Proper will be our finger-lickin’ good food truck this year. Tee times begin at 10:30 a.m.
Our virtual Speech contest is coming up quickly on Tuesday, March 16. DAVID BRANDENBURGER (Managing Director of Newmark Knight Frank) is seeking additional judges to weigh in on the students’ presentations on how 2020 created opportunities; please contact DAVID to sign up.
The International Service Committee, focused on access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene, has served 300,000 people to-date. JAMIE FURLONG (Securitized Real Estate Specialist of Bangerter Financial Services) shared that Rotary raised $100,000 for a recent project in Uganda and provided clean water at 64 different facilities. Our cumulative contribution to water projects in the last 4-5 years is now estimated to be at $8 million dollars.
The new Sustainability Committee will undertake its first cleanup project along the American River Parkway on Saturday, March 20. To join, contact BOBBY REED. In addition, BOBBY updated us regarding the Young Professionals’ Club Valentine’s Day fundraiser. They raised $9,000 toward the Old Sacramento Waterfront iconic sign project, which aligns with Rotary’s economic and community development area of focus. The sign project will help bolster the local economy and give Sacramento another highly visible landmark at a key gateway to the central city. The first rendition of the sign is finished but not yet ready to be revealed… just know that moves are being made!
This meeting marked the 50th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Sacramento Foundation. PAST PRESIDENT RICK DAVIS introduced a Commemorative Eddie Mulligan (EM) pin that will soon be available. It will be accessible for those that get their EM pin this year. It is 1.5 centimeters in length and a combination of the 2 previously existing EM pins.
Rotary International President Holger Knaack
BRENT HASTEY (District Governor of Rotary District 5180) had the honor of introducing Rotary International (RI) President HOLGER KNAACK. A Rotary member since 1992, PRESIDENT HOLGER has served Rotary as treasurer, director, moderator, member and chair of several committees, representative for the Council of Legislation, zone coordinator, training leader, and district governor. CEO of Knaack KG, a real estate company, he is an endowment/major gifts adviser and was co-chair of the Host Organization Committee for the 2019 Rotary International Convention in Hamburg.
PRESIDENT HOLGER congratulated our club on being large, active, and a strong financial contributor – even better, he said that when he thinks of successful Rotary Clubs in the United States of America, he will now be thinking of the Rotary Club of Sacramento! Can you believe it?
PRESIDENT HOLGER congratulated us all on embracing the spirit of change over the last year. He mentioned that he has been the first 100% virtual RI president, and while he’s probably the first president to never set foot in his office in Chicago, being “all-online” has enabled him to be present at clubs all over the world; often “visiting” multiple countries/continents in one day.
PRESIDENT HOLGER believes that the most inspiring thing about Rotary is the people he has met – people who want to serve the community and be part of a group with shared values. Rotary broadens our perspectives and provides us with new personal and professional opportunities. He stood by his conviction that Rotary is ultimately about personal growth, as well as becoming a better leader. He encouraged us all to regularly reflect upon the Four-Way Test, emphasizing the virtue of honesty – not just with others, but also within ourselves.
One of PRESIDENT HOLGER’s main hope for the future of Rotary is that we will continue to change and grow by recruiting more young professionals and women. A diversity of ages, genders and backgrounds can only make our clubs stronger, and the lack thereof is what he believes to be one of our biggest downfalls as an organization currently. He firmly stated, “There is no wrong age to become a Rotarian, because every age has something to contribute.”
Going Global with Rotary International President Holger Knaack  Danielle McGarrity 2021-02-26 08:00:00Z 0

Is Mars Closer Now? Are Men Really From Mars?... Don’t Forget Your Valentine!

Posted by Paul Keefer on Feb 11, 2021
Rotary Meeting: February 9, 2021
PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) successfully warmed the meeting up with informal conversation about all things Mars, including the famous Mars Bar. As it turns out, the Mars Bar is a good friend of our well-known friends at Blue Diamond! We welcomed three guests including VICTORIA PLUIM, who participated in RYAL in 2005 and is fond of the projects and public service that make up Rotary Club. JOHN BUTTZ from HDR Engineering visited and is inquiring into our club as a place to provide service after coming across the positive international impacts of Rotary while doing work overseas. Finally, JOHN DELURE has a serious affliction for space and visited with us to enjoy the Mars presentation. STEVE HUFFMAN successfully led the Pledge of Allegiance and PAUL ‘Scoop’ KEEFER was our Pulse Reporter.
Thought of Day with a Sprinkle of Valentines
NORM MARSHALL (President of Headwaters Construction Inc.) provided an inspiring and cautionary tale about Mars with his reflection on the novel Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus by John Gray. He urged us to have a Happy Valentines Day this weekend and to purchase our Young Professionals Valentines Kit – he already bought his! NORM closed out with a quote from Lester Holt, “Take care of yourself and be kind to others.”
PRESIDENT KEVIN solemnly announced that we recently lost one of our very best, GEORGE BASYE. GEORGE was the founding Vice President of the Rotary Club Foundation. He was an undeniably phenomenal Rotarian and an even better human being. On our March 2nd meeting, we will be holding a virtual memorial to honor and remember his legacy.
BOBBY REED (CEO of Capitol Tech Solutions) gave a final promotion of our Young Professionals Valentines Fundraiser. Bogle Vineyards kindly donated 60 bottles of wine to the cause. With all the fantastic add-ons such as fizz champagne, a private dinner, or a romantic serenade, we hope that all interested Rotarians can purchase a kit for their loved ones! Remember that your purchase includes a single entry into the drawing for a romantic night at the Loch Leven lodge, overlooking the ever-stunning Donner Lake.
Perseverance Landing on Mars
KEVIN WILLIAMS (Chief Sponsorship Manager of KVIE), our Chair of the Day enthusiastically introduced our guest speak Past President ‘Top Gun’ TIM PINKNEY (Luxe Aviation, LLC) on the latest Mars landing. At the age of five, TIM took stick of his first airplane. He flew off aircraft carriers for 24 years. More recently, he served on the board of the Aerospace Museum and served as interim director in the 2017-2018 year. Now he leases and sells aircrafts out of McClellan Airfield. We can expect to look up in the near future when TIM boards the Virgin Galactic Rocket Ship as he booked a seat (date and price to be determined). Thank you, KEVIN WILLIAMS, for the engaging introduction of our soon-to-be Civilian Astronaut and current NASA Solar System Ambassador, TIM PINKNEY!
TIM provided an in-depth review of our efforts going to Mars and specifically the landing of Perseverance on February 18, 2021. We learned several fun facts about Mars including:
  • Mars is red because of rust. There’s a lot of Iron Oxide (FeO) on the planet, and back when Mars had tons of water on the planet, it mixed with soil and created that distinctive red color that we all know so well today.
  • A year on Mars is almost twice as long as a year on Earth (687 Earth days).
  • Earth is twice as big as Mars and Mars is twice as big as the moon.
  • Mars has less gravity, 3/8 earth gravity
  • A day on Mars, called a “sol,” is about the same as Earth at 24 hours and 40 minutes.
TIM provided us with many did-you-know tidbits about Mars, including its surrounding atmosphere, its composition, etc. He compared the planet’s size dimensions, gravity resistance, and composition to Earth and other well-known parts of our solar system. After giving us the history and geology rundown, the conversation shifted in the direction of space exploration via rovers.
Is Mars Closer Now? Are Men Really From Mars?... Don’t Forget Your Valentine!  Paul Keefer 2021-02-11 08:00:00Z 0

Is Mars Closer Now? Are Men Really From Mars?... Don’t Forget Your Valentine!

Posted on Feb 11, 2021
Rotary Meeting: February 9, 2021
PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) successfully warmed the meeting up with informal conversation about all things Mars, including the famous Mars Bar. As it turns out, the Mars Bar is a good friend of our well-known friends at Blue Diamond! We welcomed three guests including VICTORIA PLUIM, who participated in RYAL in 2005 and is fond of the projects and public service that make up Rotary Club. JOHN BUTTZ from HDR Engineering visited and is inquiring into our club as a place to provide service after coming across the positive international impacts of Rotary while doing work overseas. Finally, JOHN DELURE has a serious affliction for space and visited with us to enjoy the Mars presentation. STEVE HUFFMAN successfully led the Pledge of Allegiance and PAUL ‘Scoop’ KEEFER was our Pulse Reporter.
Thought of Day with a Sprinkle of Valentines
NORM MARSHALL (President of Headwaters Construction Inc.) provided an inspiring and cautionary tale about Mars with his reflection on the novel Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus by John Gray. He urged us to have a Happy Valentines Day this weekend and to purchase our Young Professionals Valentines Kit – he already bought his! NORM closed out with a quote from Lester Holt, “Take care of yourself and be kind to others.”
PRESIDENT KEVIN solemnly announced that we recently lost one of our very best, GEORGE BASYE. GEORGE was the founding Vice President of the Rotary Club Foundation. He was an undeniably phenomenal Rotarian and an even better human being. On our March 2nd meeting, we will be holding a virtual memorial to honor and remember his legacy.
BOBBY REED (CEO of Capitol Tech Solutions) gave a final promotion of our Young Professionals Valentines Fundraiser. Bogle Vineyards kindly donated 60 bottles of wine to the cause. With all the fantastic add-ons such as fizz champagne, a private dinner, or a romantic serenade, we hope that all interested Rotarians can purchase a kit for their loved ones! Remember that your purchase includes a single entry into the drawing for a romantic night at the Loch Leven lodge, overlooking the ever-stunning Donner Lake.
Perseverance Landing on Mars
KEVIN WILLIAMS (Chief Sponsorship Manager of KVIE), our Chair of the Day enthusiastically introduced our guest speak Past President ‘Top Gun’ TIM PINKNEY (Luxe Aviation, LLC) on the latest Mars landing. At the age of five, TIM took stick of his first airplane. He flew off aircraft carriers for 24 years. More recently, he served on the board of the Aerospace Museum and served as interim director in the 2017-2018 year. Now he leases and sells aircrafts out of McClellan Airfield. We can expect to look up in the near future when TIM boards the Virgin Galactic Rocket Ship as he booked a seat (date and price to be determined). Thank you, KEVIN WILLIAMS, for the engaging introduction of our soon-to-be Civilian Astronaut and current NASA Solar System Ambassador, TIM PINKNEY!
TIM provided an in-depth review of our efforts going to Mars and specifically the landing of Perseverance on February 18, 2021. We learned several fun facts about Mars including:
  • Mars is red because of rust. There’s a lot of Iron Oxide (FeO) on the planet, and back when Mars had tons of water on the planet, it mixed with soil and created that distinctive red color that we all know so well today.
  • A year on Mars is almost twice as long as a year on Earth (687 Earth days).
  • Earth is twice as big as Mars and Mars is twice as big as the moon.
  • Mars has less gravity, 3/8 earth gravity
  • A day on Mars, called a “sol,” is about the same as Earth at 24 hours and 40 minutes.
TIM provided us with many did-you-know tidbits about Mars, including its surrounding atmosphere, its composition, etc. He compared the planet’s size dimensions, gravity resistance, and composition to Earth and other well-known parts of our solar system. After giving us the history and geology rundown, the conversation shifted in the direction of space exploration via rovers.
Is Mars Closer Now? Are Men Really From Mars?... Don’t Forget Your Valentine!  2021-02-11 08:00:00Z 0

An Interview with Gordon Gravelle, former Steelers Player and Super Bowl Champion

Posted by John McIntyre on Feb 05, 2021
Rotary Meeting: February 2, 2021
PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) gaveled the meeting to order when the clock struck noon. Things were quickly passed over to ALLISON CAGLEY (Sergeant in Arms) (Executive Director of Friends of Sacramento Arts) who recognized Pulse Reporter JOHN MCINTYRE and invited any guests to chime in with introductions. No one unmuted their mic to pitch in. TODD KOOLAKIAN (Director of Philanthropy at Sacramento Children’s Home) shared today’s Thought for the Day by reciting several quotes pulled from NFL legends, Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry, among other football luminaries – all focused on the virtues of perseverance, achievement, and leadership.
PRESIDENT KEVIN asked BOB ROSENBERG (Inve$tNet Inc.) to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance to the virtual flag (resplendent and waving in our minds). BOB asked everyone to unmute their mics so we could all recite the pledge together. Thank you, BOB, for keeping the unity alive even while we’re virtual!
MEGAN WYGANT (Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts or CLARA) was our meeting sponsor this week and took this opportunity to tell us more about her organization. CLARA is an arts education non-profit that, fortunately, came into existence all because of the Sacramento City Unified School District wanting more performing arts programs in their schools. MEGAN shared some statistics confirming the importance and impact of education in the arts, particularly on lower-income children. CLARA has eight cultural tenants, which provide enriched arts learning to children in Sacramento. CLARA also offers summer camps to children from ages 6-18 years, providing the youth with diverse performing arts genres – Ukulele, Stand-up Comedy, Bucket Drumming, and pretty much anything else the mind can think of. The goal is not mastery of any one sector of performing arts, but instead to foster curiosity, resiliency, and self-confidence in the youth. Camp registration for this summer opened last week.
CLICK HERE for access to the CLARA summer camp registration.
We had lots of news to cover during our Club announcements! Here’s a brief overview of the topics covered:
  • DIANE WOODRUFF and NANCY SMITH-FAGAN (Director of Advancement at Christian Brothers High School) announced, on behalf of the Scholarship Committee, that applications are now open – You must be a high school senior and cannot be related to a member of the Sacramento Rotary Club.
CLICK HERE to view the complete list of Rotary scholarship applications.
  • Youth Professionals Valentine’s Day fundraiser – JAMIE FURLONG (Securitized Real Estate Specialist of Bangerter Financial Services), encouraged members to buy a Valentine’s Day Kit, replete with one-of-a-kind, artisanal, and in-all-ways-unique dollops of Valentine’s awesomeness. Get one (or more) immediately! Visit our website to see all your options to find the perfect bundle for that special someone. There are two pick-up locations, or your Kit can be delivered for an additional fee. If you have any questions, please contact JAMIE.
CLICK HERE to view the full list of options for your Valentine’s Day Kit.
  • Golf 4 Kids – PRESIDENT KEVIN was jubilant to provide everyone with an official update on G4K: it’s happening on May 21, with more news to come soon from chairperson CALLEE SETZER (Sales of Setzer Forest Products).
  • By-Laws Amendments Listening Session – PRESIDENT KEVIN noted that there are still a few remaining listening sessions left regarding the proposed amendments to the Club’s By-Laws and he encouraged members to check in and participate. In other words, speak now or forever hold your peace!
  • District 5180 Awards – Past President JIM LEET (Attorney at Boutin Jones Inc.) noted we received several medals for District 5180 – a remarkable haul. He specifically noted the Rotary International Citation at “Platinum” – we were the only club in our entire district to earn that distinction. We left the award ceremony with some pretty nice bragging rights if you ask me!
Rotary Good News started and ended with KATHY HERRFELDT (Owner of Home Care Assistance), who was decked out head-to-toe in 49’ers gear when she shared the good news that her business had once again been recognized as a “Best of Home Care” Provider – well-earned recognition. Congratulations, KATHY!
Past President JIM LEET, arrayed in his Steelers’ garb, introduced Steelers’ star, GORDON GRAVELLE, an offensive lineman who was part of the storied Steelers teams that triumphed in Super Bowls IX and X alongside Terry Bradshaw (and other Steeler stalwarts), and whose eight-year career was capped by his playing in three Super Bowls.
GORDON opened by acknowledging the Rotary Club of Sacramento for having a sizable endowment. From that moment on, PRESIDENT KEVIN pitched – or should we say, tackled? – questions at him like an oncoming linebacker. When GORDON was a rookie, he played in the game that featured Franco Harris’s Immaculate Reception. He was seated next to Steelers head coach Chuck Noll when it happened. It was especially meaningful that it came against their ultimate rival, the Raiders. To this day, the Raiders-Steelers rivalry is known as one of the most intense rivalries in all professional sports, hitting its peak during GORDON’s time as a Steelers player. GORDON said he and the rest of the Steelers took special joy in playing the Raiders. They played those games with a fervor that was matched by the fans in the crowds. He chuckled as he remembered getting booed so loudly by Raiders fans, that it actually sounded like cheering.
CLICK HERE to watch the hall-of-famer play, “The Immaculate Reception”
While on the NY Giants, GORDON was in the play “The Miracle in the Meadowlands,” which loomed large in PRESIDENT KEVIN’s memory. GORDON gave context to that game, noting that the Mara family’s dysfunctions ruined the NY Giants…that game was in its final throes and the Giants were in a position to win and should have taken a knee to end the game, yet the offensive coordinator called a play that resulted in a fumble, which was picked up by the Eagles and run in for a game-changing/ending touchdown. This was GORDON’s least-favorite football memory (thanks, PRESIDENT KEVIN for the salt in that cut…). However, his favorites were the two Steelers Super Bowl victories. He was especially proud of handling (now Hall-of-Famer) Carl Eller throughout the Steelers-Vikings Super Bowl in New Orleans. He also succeeded in blocking Ed “Too Tall” Jones throughout Super Bowl X against the Cowboys.
In response to a question, GORDON relayed his impressions of Terry Bradshaw – that he was bright, personable, and fun-loving. He said the public somehow got misinformed to presume that Terry didn’t call his own plays – in fact, he did – and, because of that, he was “dumb,” a misconception GORDON was pleased to debunk.
An Interview with Gordon Gravelle, former Steelers Player and Super Bowl Champion  John McIntyre 2021-02-05 08:00:00Z 0

What You Need to Know about the COVID-19 Virus: Immunology and Vaccines

Posted by John Goralka on Jan 29, 2021
Rotary Meeting: January 26, 2021
PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) began our virtual meeting with a big thank you to everyone that tuned in early to participate in the wine reception. PRESIDENT KEVIN came to the wine reception with a hot cup of tea… you could say he really knows how to get the par-tea started!
MEGAN WYGANT (CLARA EClaire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts) humbly took the stage to deliver our Thought for the Day. MEGAN proclaimed that her chosen literary piece was inspired by and reminiscent of last week’s emotionally moving inaugural poem by Amanda Gorman, the country’s first youth poet laureate. She read an excerpt from Let America be America Again, by Langston Hughes. The poem outlined what it would mean to live in the America that people want to exist but is not truly actualized – the America that is supposed to manifest through its embodiment of the American Dream, which promises freedom, equality, and opportunity for all people. MEGAN did a superb job of reciting the concluding statements of Hughes, who vowed that we must come together as one to create the America we want to exist… the version of America that already should exist.
CLICK HERE to read the complete poem, Let America be America Again, by Langston Hughes.
TIM MAURICE (Chief Financial Officer of UC Davis Health System) was chosen by PRESIDENT KEVIN to lead our Club in our traditional recital of the Pledge of Allegiance, which he did not once, but twice! The first time he led us in one of the original readings, and his second delivery was the more contemporary and more commonly recited version we hear today. Who knew that there were multiple versions of the Pledge of Allegiance? Thank you TIM!
Today was an especially bright day for our Rotary Club, as we had the pleasure of inducting a new member, JAMES BELLEFEUILLE (Founder of VUGO). For the first time in our Rotary history, we conducted a member induction on a train as JAMES had just recently returned to Sacramento after a trip to Texas! Here’s what you should know about our shining new member:
  • JAMES is an entrepreneur, still new to Sacramento, and a midwestern native. He used his experience as an Uber and Lyft driver in the streets of Chicago to create his own company to help these app-based drivers make more money. JAMES specializes in sales, strategy, and business development. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, traveling, and a solid game of Risk. He is a proud husband and father. He got his undergraduate degree at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, and studied for his MBA at UC Davis. He has a longstanding background in Rotary from his time in the Midwest and held numerous leadership roles in his times of service.
PRESIDENT KEVIN was honored, as Rotary president, to swear in JAMES. JAMES pledged to proudly represent the Rotary Club in both his professional and personal life. Welcome aboard, JAMES! We look forward to getting to know you and hopefully meeting you in person one of these days!
BOBBY REED (CEO of Capitol Tech Solutions) provided an update on what to expect in the Youth Professional Valentine’s Day Fundraiser: Flowers from Sacramento Valley Flower Collective, a bottle of either Red or White wine, a single-entry lottery ticket to win a one night stay at a Lakefront Suite by the beautiful Donner Lake (there will be twenty winners total), chocolates from Annabelle’s Chocolates, a Rotary Sac Century backpack, and an Herbal Tea blend from the Classy Hippie Tea. The collective value of this entire bundle is $120, but it is all yours for only $100! In addition to the $100 V-day Kit, there will be some optional add-ons to your package for additional purchase. A la carte items are listed below:
o  The Rotary Rockers will harmoniously serenade you and your valentine for $250. It can be conducted through Zoom or on your front porch with social distancing       measures in place.
o          A private dinner for up to 4 folks by David English, former head chef at Press Bistro.
o          A Champagne tasting by Fizz Champagne.
o          A liter refillable bottle filled with wine, donated by Revolution Winery.
Please contact BOBBY REED or any Youth Professional with any questions you may have. Check your email for additional updates, as there will soon be a fundraiser email sent out containing all this information and more. Please get all your orders in by no later than February 7th. There will be a couple of pickup locations available for those that do not select the delivery service. The delivery service will be available for $25. This is a tremendous value for a great cause!
PRESIDENT KEVIN gave a final reminder to everyone that the deadline to apply for a community grant is January 31st! Grants will be distributed of approximately $1,000 - $4,000. If you know of a non-profit that could benefit from a grant of that value, make sure they apply! On another note, sign up for one of the listening sessions for the proposed bylaw amendments if you haven’t already! PRESIDENT KEVIN wants to make sure everyone has their voice heard when we take the proposed bylaws into consideration.
To kick off the Rotary Good News, PRESIDENT KEVIN was the first of countless others to donate $50 to welcome our newest Rotarian, JAMES BELLEFEUILLE. Thank you to all our Rotarians for doing your part in making sure JAMES felt welcomed into our club!
SHARNA BRAUCKS (CEO & President of YMCA of Superior California) was the Chair of the Day and was overjoyed to introduce our highly anticipated and returning guest speaker, the esteemed author and scientist, DR. AMY ROGERS!
DR. AMY ROGERS returned to our Zoom-isphere to discuss the COVID-19 vaccinations, the science behind them, and what we can expect to see moving forward. She was very eager to answer our questions and address our concerns regarding these new vaccines.
DR. ROGERS first reviewed the basic ideas and concepts that we should know for the conversation that would follow: what the immune system does for our bodies, what a vaccine is, etc. Our bodies have a multifaceted system to eradicate invading microorganisms of all kinds. She described our bodies as our own AI system; as the body learns, it gets better with experience and recognition. In connection with her previous point, a vaccine is an artificial, manmade object that trains the immune system without the risk of actually getting sick from the virus. Furthermore, the advantage is that a vaccine lets you get immunity without becoming sick, or in some cases, dying.
Currently, there are two vaccines legally authorized and recommended to prevent the spread of COVID-19: ​​
  1. Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
  2. Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine​​
DR. ROGERS explained the different types of vaccines, and then went on to discuss how COVID-19 has led to a brand-new category of vaccines that are different from all other vaccines previously made. Before COVID-19, a vaccine had essentially always contained either part, or all, of the virus that you’re trying to protect against. Both current COVID-19 vaccines are distinguishable in the fact that they contain no actual part of the virus. So how does it work then, you may wonder? In layman’s terms, the vaccines carry “instructions” encoded in the form of mRNA that tell our body how to make one protein from the virus, allowing our cells to produce the spike proteins naturally contained in the Coronavirus on their own. Then our immune system sees that new protein and launches an immune response against it.
After going over some of the key background information of infectious viral diseases, DR. ROGERS moved over to the particularly hot topic revolving around the vaccines: Safety. How do you answer the question of “is a vaccine safe?” Well, we do the only thing we can, and that’s called clinical trials. She went on to describe the FDA approval process for pharmaceuticals as “very rigorous,” and warned us about potentially being “misled by the relative importance of a particular weakness” found in any one clinical trial. Both vaccines have passed their clinical trials with a 94% and a 95% efficacy rate, a staggeringly high success rate for vaccines that were produced in such a short period of time.
What You Need to Know about the COVID-19 Virus: Immunology and Vaccines  John Goralka 2021-01-29 08:00:00Z 0

The SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity is almost here!

Posted by Jim Culleton on Jan 15, 2021
Rotary Meeting: January 12, 2021
Our Zoom-erific meeting was launched by PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town). PRESIDENT KEVIN announced one of this week’s special guests, KRISTIN OLBERT, who will be coming to Sacramento this Summer. We were so honored to have her tune in all the way from her current location of Cologne, Germany! KRISTIN’S parents were Rotarians, which gave KRISTIN and all 5 of her siblings the chance to go on Rotary Youth Exchanges. Her first excursion took her over to Ecuador; eventually, she went on another youth exchange and spent time in South Africa. Over the years, her house was also a welcoming refuge for Rotary Exchange students. Over 30 Rotary Exchange students were estimated to have stayed in her home!
ALLISON CAGLEY (Sergeant in Arms) (Executive Director of Friends of Sacramento Arts) gave a warm welcome to three other guests at this week’s meeting: CHARLA JEANNE LAWSON (Development & Engagement Manager of Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera), KEITH GLEN (Shareholder at Gilbert CPA), and SHAHNAZ VAN DEVENTER (Director of Marketing & Development at MOSAC) who is working alongside today’s guest speaker, MICHELE WONG (Executive Director of MOSAC). What a big day for special guests! We were all humbled and honored to see all of you that joined us for this meeting, thank you!
KERRY WOOD (Chief Marketing & Donor Engagement Officer of Sacramento Region Community Foundation) presented our Thought for the Day, her inspiration sourced from the new name for the Powerhouse Science Center - SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity (her emphasis being on the word “Curiosity”). KERRY’s quote, listed below, can be found in The Once and Future King by T.H. White:
  • “The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting.”
SHAHNAZ VAN DEVENTER “volunteered” to lead the Pledge of Allegiance and called everyone to put their right hand on their heart as she led us in the recital. PRESIDENT KEVIN commented on how moving it was to hear the Pledge of Allegiance during such a turbulent time in our country, as it provided us with a brief moment where we can all remember and agree on what we stand for.
PAUL KEEFER (Executive Director of Pacific Charter Institute) updated the Club regarding an RYE Host opportunity. In light of the pandemic, our District will be holding a virtual exchange. PAUL needs a counselor who can mentor this student and is asking for a volunteer from a fellow Rotarian.
BOBBY REED (CEO of Capitol Tech Solutions) has an update on the upcoming Young Professional project. We are going to help create the most iconic sign in all of Sacramento! The Old Sacramento Water Front sign project is in alignment with the community and economic development focus area of Rotary. The sign will go on top of the California State Railroad Museum, highly visible from the I-5 South, which will be a great view for anyone coming into Sacramento. The Young Professional group will throw a fundraiser where those who would like to participate can purchase a romantic Valentine’s Day kit, which includes a flower bouquet, wine, and more. The target goal is to sell 200 kits for $100 each. Other items available for purchase during the fundraiser include: a private dinner by former midtown Press Bistro chef David English and/or a serenade by the Rotary Rockers. All event proceeds will go towards the Water Front sign.
CHRIS ANN BACHTEL (SVP and Trust Division Manager at First Northern Bank) confirmed that we need meeting sponsors!  $250 is the Zoomisphere price. Please reach out to PAST PRESIDENT DAN MCVEIGH (Downey Brand LLP) or CHRIS ANN if you are interested.
PRESIDENT KEVIN announced that our community grants program is moving forward and the deadline for nonprofits to submit an application is January 31st! Please encourage any of the nonprofits you support to take advantage of this opportunity – this money isn’t going to spend itself!
Rotary Good News was kicked off by JAMIE FURLONG (Securitized Real Estate Specialist at Bangerter Financial Services) who wanted to donate $99 in honor of today being what would have been the 99th birthday of her grandfather and longtime Rotarian, MEAD KIBBY. JUDY KJELSTROM (Director Emerita of the Biotech Program at UC Davis) was happy to say that her youngest sister has beaten back a cancer diagnosis. She contributed in her honor. PAUL KEEFER thanked all Rotary volunteers in our club. PRESIDENT KEVIN shamelessly tried to solicit a Cleveland Brown’s donation, in honor of their recent win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. When no one jumped on the offer, he donated to commemorate his hometown’s win. DAN MCVEIGH contributed towards his Eddie Mulligan in honor of an upcoming milestone birthday (70!). Happy birthday, DAN! KERRY WOOD donated $100 for recognition of Sacramento Regional Foundations leaders who were recently championed for their hard work. A huge thank you to all Rotarians who donated!
As Chair of the Day, JUDY KJELSTROM introduced our guest Speaker, MICHELE WONG, with an introduction full of accolades, noting that she is “the perfect person to lead us to the finish line” through Sacramento’s lineup of community development projects. MICHELE is the Executive Director of the SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity (MOSAC), which you may know by its previous name, the Powerhouse Science Center. The Science Center will be moving into their new facility just North of Old Sacramento on the river.
MICHELE highlighted in her PowerPoint presentation that most of the exhibits are in the historic portion of the museum.  Traveling exhibits, a café, and a retail store will all be housed in the new building.  The iconic dome theater will concurrently serve as a planetarium/classroom (maximum capacity of about 60 students). Here is a brief summary of each of the exhibits that you can expect to see:
  • Nature Detectives: teaches younger children about nature and science
  • Water Challenge: explores the science, technology, and sustainability methods for all things water-based; sponsored by various regional and state water agencies
  • Pictures of Health: features human anatomy displays; reviews the interplay between genetics and environment; showcases the most recent innovation in healthcare
  • Powering Change: addresses climate change, energy conservation, and current environmental issues
  • Destination Space: highlights technologies and strategies that are used for space travel, as well as the concepts and theories for sustaining life on space
  • Digital Dome Theater: 120 seat, full-dome theater with the most advanced digital projection system for star shows and full films
  • Design Lab: hands-on, immersive experience for young engineers and designers
  • Traveling Exhibition Gallery: versatile space containing exciting new content; also functions as a modern space to host corporate and community events
CLICK HERE to visit the official website for the SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity.
Physical construction will be complete by approximately February 1st and their summer camps are anticipated to be held in June this year. A grand opening of the Museum is not expected to take place until Fall. In the meantime, the Museum will hold all kinds of virtual events and opportunities, as it is important that they operate in compliance with the most up to date COVID regulations.
The SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity is almost here!  Jim Culleton 2021-01-15 08:00:00Z 0

UC Davis on the Move – An Update on Aggie Square

Posted by Nancy Teichert on Jan 08, 2021
Rotary Meeting: January 5, 2021
PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) welcomed members with a big “Happy New Year.” January also marks the 2nd half of our Rotary year, which is already filled to the brim with esteemed guest speakers and hot topics. We will be covering the latest COVID-19 news, the Mars Rover, and the Superbowl, just to name a few!
ALLISON CAGLEY (Sergeant at Arms) (Executive Director of Friends of Sacramento Arts) wished everyone a Happy New Year and asked if we had any guests on this first meeting of 2021 that would like to announce themselves. FRED TEICHERT (Executive Director of Teichert Foundation) welcomed SAMANTHA HOSIHDA (Interim Program Supervisor at City of Sacramento), one of the astounding leaders of our District. Her presence at today’s meeting was spontaneous and unexpected, but so greatly appreciated! We hope to see you again this year, SAMANTHA!
JUDITH KJELSTROM (Director Emerita of the Biotech Program at U.C. Davis) articulated our hopes with her Thought of the Day from John O’Donohue entitled For A New Beginning:
“In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.
For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.
It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.
Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.
Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.
Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you”
PAST PRESIDENT JIM LEET (Attorney of Boutin Jones Inc.) lead us in a strong recital of the Pledge of Allegiance. Thank you, JIM!
Our first meeting of the New Year included the announcement of an exciting new community service project. BOBBY REED (CEO of Capitol Tech Solutions) debriefed everyone on the new committee, Protecting the Environment. Environmental preservation is one of the more recently integrated components of Rotary, officially becoming the 7th focus area per Rotary International’s website.
According to BOBBY, we are going to kick off this new initiative locally by joining the American River Parkway Clean-Up. We are sponsoring mile 0 which will consist of regularly scheduled clean-up events. We will be committing 20 volunteer hours per quarter. Working with him in collaboration, we have both DAVID BRANDENBURGER (Managing Director of Newmark Knight Frank) and TODD ANDREWS (President of Andrews Construction, Inc.). Volunteers are still needed.
CLICK HERE to learn more about the Rotary International’s commitment to protecting the environment.
STEVE HUFFMAN spoke in representation of the Compassion Committee, and STEVE was sad to say that Miles Snyder is recuperating from a hip replacement after a bad fall. He is currently going through a physical rehabilitation program and would love to hear from fellow Rotarians. Notes can be sent to his email address: law.milessnyder@gmail.com. PRESIDENT KEVIN also chipped in, stating that PAST PRESIDENT KEN NOACK JR. (Senior Managing Director of Newmark Knight Frank) is mourning the death of his father, honorary member KEN NOACK. A proper, virtual remembrance of KEN NOACK will be coming in one of our upcoming meetings. Our deepest condolences go out to KEN NOACK JR. and the rest of his family.
Anyone with an interest in commenting on the proposed Bylaw amendments is invited to join PRESIDENT KEVIN in his upcoming listening sessions.
On the Good News front, GIULIANO KORNBERG (Development Manager of Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera) was called out by PRESIDENT KEVIN for being listed among the 100 Notable Business Leaders as judged by Sacramento Magazine – what a huge accomplishment! GIULIANO humbly thanked Rotarians for all their help and donated $100 towards his Eddie Mulligan.
JIM LEET is happy to have completed his last radiation treatment for cancer and donated $755 to complete his Paul Harris and Eddie Mulligan. He thanked those who helped the club raise $13,000 in donations for the Salvation Army Red Kettle over Christmas. PRESIDENT KEVIN donated $100 in light of JIM being finished with his radiation therapy.
ALLISON CAGLEY contributed $100 towards her Eddie Mulligan in honor of her upcoming 42nd wedding anniversary, which she will be celebrating with a special Lamb dinner cooked by her very own chef-of-a-daughter!
Chair of the Day, PAUL KEEFER (Executive Director Pacific Charter Institute), was pleased to introduce our speaker for the day who is spearheading the ambitious, exciting, and even controversial, Aggie Square Project: the UC Davis/Sacramento Innovation District in Oak Park.
ROBERT SEGAR, the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Campus Planning and Environmental Stewardship at UC Davis, said Aggie Square is an unprecedented venture between UC Davis (the 13th highest ranked public U.S. university) and the Sacramento community. Aggie Square will be a $1.1 billion private and public partnership to build a hub for research, innovation and education on the land owned by UC Davis in partnership with Wexford Science and Technology, the state of California, and the City of Sacramento.
Located adjacent to the UC Davis Hospital, the first phase will include construction of four buildings on Stockton Blvd between 2nd and 3rd avenues including Life Sciences, Technology and Engineering Labs; Lifelong Learning for job training; Housing and the Food and Health marketplace.
According to BOB, half of the 1 million square feet of the project will be used by the university. The other half will be occupied by privately funded labs, commercial office space, community-based organizations, and start-up business ventures. The six-county region around Aggie Square is anticipated to generate $5 billion in economic growth and $2.6 billion along from the construction of the campus. If any of the start-ups make it big, there would be a shared wealth of an unknown profit in spin-off benefits.
One of the labs in Life Sciences will focus on regenerative medicine which uses stem cells to create new therapies and cures for diseases. Job training for those technical jobs will be provided at the Lifelong Learning Center. Wexford has developed science and technology hubs in other cities across the country in partnership with other major universities.
CLICK HERE to visit the official Aggie Square website.
UC Davis on the Move – An Update on Aggie Square Nancy Teichert 2021-01-08 08:00:00Z 0

Daughter’s Day!

Posted by Shirlee Tully on Dec 18, 2020
Rotary Meeting: December 15, 2020
PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) called the meeting to order and immediately passed the revered gavel to our Host for the Day, JAMIE FURLONG (Securitized Real Estate Specialist of Bangerter Financial Services) for the commencement of Daughter’s Day 2020. Banging the gavel, which was gifted to the club in 1932, JAMIE welcomed all to this nearly 100-year-old holiday tradition that has newly transported into the Zoom-o-sphere. She shared with us her first memories of the Rotary Club, which date back to when she first attended Daughter’s Day with her father, PATRICK FURLONG. As a little kid, JAMIE remembered thinking that Rotary seemed like one big party (and she wasn’t wrong!). As the granddaughter of our beloved MEAD KIBBEY, daughter of past Rotarian, PATRICK FURLONG, and member of our club, JAMIE was well-qualified to take Daughter’s Day into a new dimension - and did so with grace and charm.
To get things rolling, our own Rotary Rockers performed a socially distanced, a cappella version of “Teach Your Children Well,” which was appropriately filmed at Fairytale Town. The live holiday music was followed by our lovely Thought of the Day speaker EVELYN MARSHALL, 8-year old granddaughter of NORM MARSHALL (President of Headwaters Construction Inc.). The Pledge of Allegiance was led by the formidable MILA REED, 3-year-old daughter of BOBBY REED (CEO of Capitol Tech Solutions). MILA is possibly the youngest daughter to ever do so, which portends a stellar future for this young leader. She even brought her own microphone to her performance, like a true pop star!
CLICK HERE to see the Rotary Rockers a cappella recital
JAMIE FURLONG then invited the Rotarians in attendance to take a moment and introduce their daughters and granddaughters from near and far. Thanks to Zoom, they joined us from San Diego to Singapore and Madrid to Loomis. Numerous Rotarians were overjoyed that Daughter’s Day went virtual for the first time, as it allowed many to introduce their daughters who have previously never been able to attend due to distance. After all the introductions that took place, one thing was clear – Rotarian descendants are abundant in talent, intelligence, and diversity of all types. We were fortunate to have learned of some very interesting nicknames for the dads out there. For example, DAVID BRANDENBURGER (Managing Director of Newmark Knight Frank) stated that his children call him “For Money” while PAUL KEEFER (Executive Director of Pacific Charter Institute) is formally known at home as “Sasquatch.”
Next, we were treated to a violin solo by the young and talented ASHLEY BRANDENBURGER, daughter of DAVID. ASHLEY played “Ave Maria” by J.S. Bach as a celestial precursor to the announcement of Daughter’s Day awards. NORM MARSHALL’S granddaughters, NEVAEH and LEAH easily won the Farthest Distance award not only because they Zoomed in from Singapore, but also because they arose at 4:00 a.m. to join us.
CLICK HERE to see ASHLEY BRANDENBURGER’S performance of “Ave Maria”
MARGARET TEICHERT, daughter of FRED TEICHERT (Executive Director of Teichert Foundation) and daughter-in-law of LEV KAGONOVICH (Consultant at Energy, LEED & Commissioning Consulting), took the award for attending the most Daughter’s Day events, clocking in at approximately 43 with her sister, ELIZABETH TEICHERT! Finally, the award for the youngest daughter in attendance went to GRANT BLEDSOE’S (President of Three Oaks Capital Management) daughter MADELINE who is a mere 7 weeks old! She was so excited by the honor that she immediately took a celebratory nap.
JAMIE FURLONG then invited the daughters in attendance to fine their patriarchs to further the good work of Rotary through a good old-fashioned round of Boasts, Toasts, and Roasts. Delivered with aplomb, fines included:
•           PENNY MARSHALL (accidentally) fined grandfather, NORM MARSHALL, $100,000 and we’ve got the whole thing on record, so pay up, NORM!
•           NEVAEH and LEAH also dinged grandfather NORM MARSHALL for failing to visit them in Singapore  - and making them get up so early in the morning.
•           KAELIA OKAMURA fined “G Ma Didi” DIANE WOODRUFF for making her wear a matching set of ugly Christmas sweaters.
•           ELLA KEEFER fined her father, PAUL, for eating all the Christmas cookies on not just one, but two nights in a row now! Save some cookies for Santa, PAUL!
•           EILEEN MCCLARY, daughter of ANN SOLOMON (Regional Director for Western North America of University of Auckland), fined her mom for getting her hooked-on learning languages – she’s on her 190th day of Duolingo!
•           KATHERINE BERNSTIEL fined grandfather, BRUCE HESTER (Senior Vice President / Real Estate Investor of Colliers International), for failing to send his annual Christmas gift of honey, forcing her family to endure a honey-less Christmas!
•           MARY MCVEIGH preemptively fined her father, DAN MCVEIGH (Downey Brand LLP), for his raucous cheering for Notre Dame in this weekend’s game.
•           LISA ARNOLD, daughter of BARBARA ARNOLD (Ophthalmologist of Barbara J. Arnold MD, Inc.), fined her mom for keeping her clinic open and continuing to see patients throughout the holidays.
We took some time to acknowledge Rotary’s work to support the Salvation Army’s vital efforts to make the holidays a bit gentler for the many families in need this year. Under the leadership of JIM LEET (Attorney at Boutin Jones Inc.) and BRUCE HESTER, our club rose to the challenge presented by COVID and helped the Salvation Army in raising a grand total of $12,000 for the virtual Red Kettle – which was $7,000 more than their goal! IVAN WILD (Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army) shared his gratitude and emphasized that there was a huge demand to meet this year, with a 200% increase in first timers needing assistance. The Salvation Army has responded by providing $2.5 million in rental assistance, 1,000 toys for kids and 82 nights of shelter since March.
The next musical interlude came from the singsong voice of AUDREY SOLIS, daughter of ERIC SOLIS (Managing Director - Investments Officer of Solis Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors), who played “Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” She was followed by the renowned stand-up comedian, JOHN SWENTOWSKY (Owner of Swentowsky Photography), who left us all shouting in the chat room, “get the hook!” With jokes ranging from topics of Santa and his reindeers, Frosty the Snowman, Elf-is Presley, and the Grinch, the crowd was no doubt left with enough holiday cheer to smile from ear-to-ear. KATHERINE BERNSTIEL, granddaughter of BRUCE HESTER and ELFRENA FOORD (Partner/Certified Financial Planner of Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak), stepped up to the plate and gave an equally inspiring and motivating speech about pushing your personal limits that left us with the immortal phrase, “try something other than the chicken fingers – you never know what can happen.” ASHLEY BRANDENBURGER did one final violin performance with everybody’s favorite, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” We hope to see all of you young ladies next year for an update on your many musical, athletic, and intellectual advancements!
CLICK HERE to view AUDREY SOLIS’S performance of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.
CLICK HERE to watch JOHN SWENTOWSKY deliver a hilarious list of Christmas jokes.
At last, JAMIE FURLONG welcomed Santa Claus to the scene – you could say he arrived just in the (Saint) Nick of time! Being new to Zoom, Santa had trouble unmuting himself – as it turns out, The North Pole does not have a stellar Wi-Fi connection. Who would’ve guessed? Once Santa fixed his technical difficulties, he used his jolly good voice to lead us all in a rousing rendition of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” While the holiday spirit was still alive and well, JAMIE closed Daughter’s Day with happy holiday wishes for all. JAMIE did such a great job as our Daughter’s Day Host, we couldn’t be happier with her guiding leadership through our last meeting of 2020!
There will be no Rotary meetings for the next two weeks, we will see you all in the new year!
Daughter’s Day! Shirlee Tully 2020-12-18 08:00:00Z 0

Annual Meeting with a Little Theatre on the Side

Posted by Paul Keefer on Dec 11, 2020
JAMIE FURLONG (Securitized Real Estate Specialist of Bangerter Financial Services) gave us a warm up by presenting impressive trivia that was just as seasonal as it was fun! Topics included: space trivia, writing letters to Santa (and getting a response!), the number spellings for Hanukkah (14) and the top selling toy in 1980: the Rubik’s Cube. Thank you for the weekly trivia, JAMIE! We look forward to it each week.
As the clock struck noon, PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) kicked things off with a ring of the Rotary bell. PRESIDENT KEVIN excitedly announced that this week has a little bit of everything – a glimpse into the life of a Broadway star, a tension-building reveal of our 2022-23 President-Elect, and more!
ALLISON CAGLEY (Sergeant in Arms) (Executive Director of Friends of Sacramento Arts) thanked JAMES SNYDER for being our special guest of the day! ALLISON thanked our Pulse Reporter of the week, PAUL KEEFER (Executive Director of Pacific Charter Institute)
FRED TEICHERT (Executive Director of Teichert Foundation) presented our thought for the day, a reminder to us all of the historical importance of December 8th as the first day of the United States entering WWII in 1941. December 8th also marks the 40th anniversary of John Lennon’s death, and the 81st birthday of legendary flute player, James Galway. FRED wholeheartedly reminded us of PAUL HARRIS, our Rotary founder, and his firm conviction that the foundation of the Rotary club is built on friendship. When FRED and NANCY TEICHERT told PAST PRESIDENT JON SNYDER (Broker at Snyder Commercial Real Estate) that they would be attending his son’s Broadway play: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, they were truly given the full VIP experience, courtesy of JAMES SNYDER! This just goes to show that behind all of our hard work, lies long-lasting bonds that are both intergenerational and intercontinental.
MAGGIE HOPKINS (Loan Officer / Realtor of Capital Premier Lending & Premier Realty) led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Thank you for taking the lead, MAGGIE!
PAST PRESIDENT JIM LEET (Attorney of Boutin Jones Inc.) and PAST PRESIDENT DIANE MIZELL doubled up as our meeting sponsors for the week. JIM took the floor first by putting up a brief video on behalf of the Rotary Red Kettle and Salvation Army, titled “3 Easy Ways to Support The Salvation Army this Christmas.” After the video, JIM stated that currently the Salvation Army’s Toys for Tots is 2,200 toys short of their goal. Rotarians and friends together have already contributed $12,000 and we ask that you all continue to contribute to ensure that no family is deprived of Christmas cheer this season. The pandemic is taking an extra toll on families this year; in Sacramento, 1 in 15 families are currently being served by the Salvation Army (compared to 1 in 48 last year).  Contact BRUCE HESTER (Senior Vice President/ Real Estate Investor of Colliers International) or JIM LEET if you are interested or have any questions. Rotary member’s donations can be billed as part of the Rotary Christmas Red Kettle initiative.
CLICK HERE to see JIM LEET’S video from The Salvation Army.
PRESIDENT KEVIN thanked JIM, BRUCE, and DIANE for going above and beyond in all their efforts this Christmas season. He then went over our Rotary Club leadership for the upcoming term with a PowerPoint presentation. One thing is guaranteed - it is going to be a dynamite term with such a high-quality board of esteemed members!
CLICK HERE to see PRESIDENT KEVIN’S presentation that revealed the upcoming Rotary Club Board of Directors.
PAST PRESIDENT DIANE MIZELL was pleased and honored to announce LINDA GEERY (Shareholder/V.P. of Gilbert CPA’s) as our president-elect nominee for the 2022-2023 year. Thank you to DIANE and her team as the President Elect Nomination committee to put forth such an exceptional member. LINDA is native to Sacramento and is both a four-time member of the Eddie Mulligan and Paul Harris Fellowship Club. She has raised significant funds for our Sacramento Century event. LINDA joined Rotary in 2010 and currently is the Vice President and Partner of Gilbert CPA’s. She is married with 2 sons, Nick and Ryan, and recently adopted a 16-month-old golden retriever named Aspen. Perhaps she can have either her golden retriever Aspen or her cat Ruby be present at one of our Zoom luncheons! Congratulations LINDA!
PAST PRESIDENT JON SNYDER was incredibly excited to have the chance to introduce a guest speaker close to his heart, someone that he has known since they came into the world – and we mean that quite literally!
JAMES SNYDER apologized for being late – he was busy casting a few spells on a few evil wizards in his neighborhood! After thanking his father, JON SNYDER, for the introduction, JAMES greeted the Rotary from Palm Springs and briefly shared his first few memories of the Sacramento Rotary Club (from Son’s Day as a kid). He stated that one of the only differences now is everyone’s attire has suffered a slight decline (we blame you, COVID-19) and chuckled that he better see some suits and ties next time he makes a guest appearance.
We were so very fortunate to have actor JAMES SNYDERtake the time out of his jampacked life to provide us all with his insights, songs, laughs, and many anecdotes of his career. JAMES provided the cornerstones to his acting from locally based Christian Brothers High School, to USC, and finally onto Hollywood and Broadway. While he was in school, he primarily dabbled in television gigs in Los Angeles. He had a humble start on the road to stardom – what his first taste of Hollywood fame was like, you may wonder? Sitting in his trailer for 12 hours before he was even asked to go on set!
JAMES detailed how his post-university work experience is what got the ball rolling in the realm of theater, which is what ultimately led him to the fortuitous timing of landing his first Broadway show: Cry-Baby. Once he realized the amount of hard work and training that he was going to have to put forth to succeed moving forward, he never underestimated the theater industry from there on out. He boldly described his experiences as “trial by fire” whilst trying to make it big in Broadway as an LA actor.
Annual Meeting with a Little Theatre on the Side Paul Keefer 2020-12-11 08:00:00Z 0

Foundation Day – An Opportunity to Celebrate Giving

Posted by Danielle McGarrity on Dec 04, 2020
PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) rang the Rotary bell with his gavel to call to order the first Sacramento Rotary Club of December 2020! PRESIDENT KEVIN mentioned that this meeting just so happens to fall on Giving Tuesday, a day where we encourage Rotarians and other community members alike to donate to causes that matter to us. What better day to be acknowledging the achievements of our club’s foundation, he stated.
ALLISON CAGLEY (Sergeant in Arms) (Executive Director of Friends of Sacramento Arts), asked any guests to please announce themselves. JAMES BELLEFEUILLE introduced himself as a first timer and prospective club member!
PRESIDENT KEVIN recruited JAMES to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance. PRESIDENT KEVIN then asked JAMES to share a little information about himself. JAMES is an entrepreneur who originally relocated from Minneapolis and just recently moved to Sacramento with his wife after living in Los Angeles as well as Oakland.Throughout his life he has been involved in Rotary and other service clubs.
The gavel was passed to our honorable Chair of the Day and Sacramento Rotary Foundation President, RICK DAVIS. RICK presented our Sacramento Foundation Board of Trustees to properly introduce our 2020-2021 Board of Trustees and then offered a brief overview of the agenda for Foundation Day.
CLICK HERE to view RICK DAVIS’ PowerPoint Presentation
TED WHITE (President of Sacramento Delta Property Management) doubled up today as our meeting sponsor and presenter for the thought for the day. TED dedicated his reading to the Rotary Club, as he often finds himself deeply moved by the universal generosity that he constantly sees from everyone in our Club! He then spoke about the Jordan River in Israel, which feeds both the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. The Sea of Galilee is beautiful and alive while the Dead Sea is barren and lifeless. The difference? The Sea of Galilee takes water from the Jordan River, and then it gives water back to the same river and other streams. On the other hand, the water in the Dead Sea goes nowhere. The Dead Sea keeps all the water it gets from the Jordan River to itself. TED stated the moral of the story is in receiving and then giving back that life and hope are sustained. TED closed with a quote by Winston Churchill:

"We make a living by what we get, but what make a life by what we give.”
CLICK HERE to hear TED WHITE’S entire thought for the day
MIKE GILLIGAN presented Rotary’s investment portfolio. Rotary’s asset allocations come largely from 3 focal points:
  1. Small and large-cap stocks: 37%
  2. Fixed income: 30%
  3. International market: 25%
CLICK HERE to view MIKE GILLIGAN’S accompanying PowerPoint
MIKE then discussed the key issues that, in support of local and international projects, are held close to the heart of both the Rotary International Foundation and the Sacramento Rotary Club Foundation.
Long ago, Rotary International established 6 focus areas in the name of fostering constructive international relationships:
  1. Promote peace
  2. Fight disease
  3. Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
  4. Save women and children
  5. Support education
  6. Grow local economies
Additionally, the Sacramento Rotary Club has 4 principle functions that guide us in all our expeditions:
  1. Receive funds generated by our Club and to distribute funds for charitable purposes
  2. Receive gifts, bequests and other funds to become a part of the endowment fund
  3. Implement prudent investment and distribution policies which generate income
  4. Inform members regarding the Foundation, its mission and its operation
By continually achieving our 4 main functions, we are able to maintain a local and international presence. Internationally, the Rotary Foundation supports efforts to provide clean drinking water to villages and underserved communities in Africa and Asia, with the Rotary International Foundation providing matching funds. Locally, we focus on supporting the youth and education in the Sacramento region.
Before going over the 2019-2020 Annual Report, BOB DALY (Financial Advisor of Financial Network Wealth Advisors) gave a Happy Birthday shoutout to MIKE GILLIGAN. While putting up the Annual Report, BOB DALY gave thanks to TINA REYNOLDS (President of Uptown Studios, Inc.) and her staff for putting together the report design and layout. Among other highlights, throughout the2019 and 2020 years, Rotary gave $227,403 back to the community and volunteered 900 hours with Loaves & Fishes alone. Way to go, Rotarians! Our Young Professionals Group played a heavy part in volunteer work this year – our hat’s off to you! Another big accomplishment came in February 2020 of this year at the annual Winter Festival, which raised a whopping $25,809 for Sierra Forever Families.
JAMIE FURLONG (Securitized Real Estate Specialist of Bangerter Financial Services) presented two major fundraisers, the 2019 Sacramento Century Challenge and the 2020 Golf 4 Kids, which she accompanied with a lovely voice-over slideshow The 6th Annual Sacramento Century functioned as a riding festival at Capitol Mall and generated $105,000 (yes, really!) for the Sacramento Children’s Home’s Crisis Nursery Program. As we all know, moving into 2020 presented its own set of challenges (we’re talking to you, Coronavirus!) but even a pandemic couldn’t stop the our Rotary Club. The 97th Annual Golf 4 Kids is currently estimated to have raised $38,000 for multiple local agencies serving physically impaired children. We hope to see all fellow Rotarians attendance for the next Golf 4 Kids event coming May 2021. Collectively, these two fundraisers demonstrated the Rotary motto within our local community: “Service above Self.”
CLICK HERE to view JAMIE FURLONG’S PowerPoint presentation
RICK DAVIS helped us see the bigger picture while sharing his presentation reviewing our impacts on international philanthropy in 2019-2020, which was in no shortage of accomplishments . RICK took a moment to acknowledge our International Community Service Committee members from the 2019-2020 year. He then discussed our global efforts which included bringing clean drinking water to 29,000 people in Guatemala, 40,000 people in Ethiopia, and other projects in Jamaica and Pakistan. During the last 20 years Rotary’s contributions have improved the lives of tens of thousands of people on four continents! In this 2019-2020 year Rotary donated over $40,000 alone to overseas projects, and the results of these projects is saving lives; in fact, an estimated 1,000+ children and babies were saved per project! Clean water is ultimately of the utmost importance out of all our focus areas for global projects.
DENNIS SMITH (V.P./Asset Manager - Office & Property Director of Tsakopoulos Management Company, LLC) presented a great summary of Rotary’s local giving through community grants during the last fiscal year. 14 applications were received for community grants. After virtual interviews and meetings with applicants, the Foundation granted an overarching sum of $18,500 to six different organizations that all make their own unique impacts on our local community. Based on reports received by the six grant recipients, we can see how they used the grant money to continue making a difference:
  • City Year: Received $3,000 which directly supported AmeriCorps members serving within the Sacramento City Unified School District at schools that struggle with achieving high academic student performance.
  • CollegeTrack: Received $2,500 that went towards scholarship funds for low-income Sacramento families with high school seniors and college students in need of financial support to continue their education.
  • FairyTale Town’s Adventure Playground: Received $5,000 that funded operational costs of child playground services such as summer camps, Dirty Kids Obstacle Race Camp, and general drop-in activities.
  • The LGBT Community Center’s Housing Program: Received $1,500 in support of various community engagement activities over summer, such as virtual “pop-up” events and in-person discussion groups.
  • St. John’s Program: Received a total of $6,000 which primarily served to cover food costs for formerly homeless women and their children during the pandemic crisis. Leftover funds were used towards the original, pre-pandemic requests such as CRP training/renewal courses for employees and new area rugs for the childcare center.
  • Volunteers of America: Received $4,000 that directly funded 2 VOA formerly homeless foster youth selected as recipients of the 2020-2021 VOA Dare-to-Dream educational scholarship.
RICK DAVIS honored the 13 Legacy Circle Immortals who have made bequests to support the Club’s work in perpetuity and further help us greatly in sustaining our mission of service. Collectively, over 500 years of service is represented through the 13 Legacy Circle Immortals. RICK congratulated the 43 outstanding members to have achieved their Eddie Mulligans this year (representing $43,000 in support!)
CLICK HERE to view Rotary’s list of the 13 Legacy Circle Immortals
PRESIDENT KEVIN thanked RICK DAVIS and the rest of our Rotary team for their wonderfully moving presentations. He acknowledged that as he was looking at the faces of all our Eddie Mulligan Fellows, he was specifically struck by DR. DON BROWN, who passed away in July 2020. PRESIDENT KEVIN announced that DR. DON will be added to the Legacy Circle Immortals in time for next years’ Foundation Day. He admitted that it was DR. DON he was thinking of during TED WHITE’S phenomenal comparison of the two seas. PRESIDENT KEVIN thanked all Sacramento Rotarians for the perpetual generosity, giving, and philanthropy that gives us the ability to make such a substantial impact on not just our own local community, but internationally as well. Each one of you is a superstar!
Moving into end-of-the-meeting announcements, RUTH TESAR (CEO of Northern California PET Imaging Center) briefly took the floor to express her gratitude for Rotarians’ support as she recently recuperated from COVID-19, and asked us all to follow health guidance and stay safe! On a more positive note, she was overjoyed to announce the birth of her 2nd grandchild this year! She donated $250 in honor of her newborn grandchildren. Congratulations on the full recovery from COVID and the births of your healthy grandkids, RUTH! We are happy to have you here and thank you for your donation!
Foundation Day – An Opportunity to Celebrate Giving  Danielle McGarrity 2020-12-04 08:00:00Z 0

A Little Gratitiude – And a Review of Interscholastic Sports in 2020 and Beyond

Posted by Ann Solomon on Nov 20, 2020
PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) began the meeting by using a ceremonial gavel to ring the Rotary bell presented to the Sacramento Rotary Club 97 years ago! ALLISON CAGLEY (Sergeant in Arms) (Executive Director of Friends of Sacramento Arts) gave a warm welcome to our guests of the day, LAURA B., NANCY SMITH-FAGAN (Director of Advancement of Christian Brothers High School), and speaker DR. RON NOCETTI. Thank you to everyone that joined us this week!
SHARNA BRAUCKS (President and CEO of YMCA of Superior California) kicked off our thought of the day with the underlying theme of November: Thankfulness. SHARNA reflected on how we as humans often focus on showing appreciation when we are reminded to – these reminders come in the form of holidays, birthdays, etc. It is important, SHARNA states, to remember that we can and should express gratitude every day! Put different acts of kindness on your To-Do list for November. Take time to journal and reflect, tell others you appreciate them and always focus on what you are grateful for, even though it is hard right now. SHARNA shared a quote by Melody Beattie:
“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow”
NANCY SMITH-FAGAN led us in The Pledge of Allegiance. PRESIDENT KEVIN congratulated NANCY “on scoring a perfect 10” and for being a perfect 10 herself!
Our meeting sponsor for the day, TODD KOOLAKIAN (Director of Philanthropy of Sacramento Children’s Home), spoke about the Sacramento Children’s Home during the time of COVID. The Sacramento Children’s Home continues to provide a safe haven for children and infants through age five while their families are experiencing the crisis. Their Residential Program has around the clock care for local foster youth by providing them not only a loving home but the support and counseling services that they need to be happy and healthy. Their Mental Health Programs continue to still provide a full array of mental health services to children and young adults through virtual appointments. The Sacramento Children’s Home’s staff has safely delivered essential items such as diapers, formula, food, cleaning products and more to the children and families that desperately need them now more than ever. They are also holding the Luxe for Life virtual event this Saturday, November 21st at 7 PM.
CLICK HERE to learn more about the Sacramento Children’s Home
CLICK HERE to register for the Luxe for Life event
PRESIDENT KEVIN announced the passing of long-timer Rotarian, ENLOW OSE. DICK OSEN graciously provided a lovely Eulogy for ENLOW OSE. ENLOW OSE was a graduate of Iowa State University. He was married to his loving wife, MELENA, for 73 years and produced four children, all of which inherited his passion for giving and contributing to their community. ENLOW was enlisted in the Navy for two (2) years and afterwards went to receive his Electrical Engineering Degree. In 1955 his family moved to Sacramento where he started with Coldwell Banker and five (5) years later began his own successful business. He served on many boards including KVIE, the Sacramento Chamber of Commerce, Sacramento State University, and the Sacramento Regional Foundation. ENLOW and MELENA established the Ose Gallery at the Crocker Art Museum and provided the land for the KVIE building and its campaign. He was also a supporter of Iowa State and the McGeorge School of Law. ENLOW made an even more generous gift of $10 million to expand the Sutter Medical Center. DICK commented that he used to joke with ENLOW, encouraging him to add the N to the end of ENLOW’S last name so he could be someone. However, we are all reminded of ENLOW OSE’S remarkable legacy as we pass the Ose Adams Medical Pavilion.
CLICK HERE to hear ENLOW OSE’S full Eulogy
PRESIDENT KEVIN reminded everyone that Daughter’s Day is upcoming on, December 15th. All daughters are welcome to join this meeting! If you would like to have your daughter speak or share a special moment with the Rotary Club, please contact Gerry.dabi@gmail.com. We are also requesting that you send a photo of you and your daughter(s) to info@rotarysacramento.com so we can honor them all with a special video presentation.
PRESIDENT KEVIN sadly informed all Rotarians that, until further notice, Pints and Pinots with the President will be cancelled due to the county going back to purple status. He hopes to see you all at the future non-gatherings and will let us know when we are able to resume this informal happy hour.
PRESIDENT KEVIN spoke on behalf of JOHN SWENTOWSKY (Owner of Swentowsky Photography) stating that if JOHN was present, he would thank everyone for volunteering to ring the bell outside of Macy’s, but would still request everyone sign up to volunteer for future bell ringing! Please contact JOHN SWENTOWSKY if you would like to volunteer.
BRUCE HESTER (Senior Vice President/Real Estate Investor of Colliers International) reminded all Rotarians that while we cannot collect toys to donate this year, we will be collecting donations via our Virtual Red Kettle. This is an important charity as there are many people that will go hungry this year and the food banks will not have enough food for everyone. So far, we have successfully raised over $3,000! Remember the Rotarian motto, “Service about Self,” and let’s make this a great holiday season for all.
CLICK HERE to donate to Rotary’s Virtual Red Kettle
JOHN MCINTYRE (Chief Philanthropy Officer of Mercy Foundation) introduced our newest Rotarian, NANCY SMITH-FAGAN! Since 2010 NANCY has managed to triple the giving at Christian Brothers High School, an amazing feat in itself. NANCY is the graduate of the University of San Diego but met her husband, PRESIDENT KEVIN in Philadelphia and they were married in 1991. She is also a hula dancer and speaks fluent Hawaiian. Welina (welcome), NANCY!
STEVE HYMAS (Partner of Downey Brand LLP) shared that the Downey Brand received the first-place award from the Sacramento Business Journal for being one of the best places to work. In honor of this award STEVE has donated $100. Congratulations to Downey Brand LLP and thank you for the donation!
CLICK HERE to read the article awarding Downey Brand LLP one of the best places to work
BOB MILLER (Business Development Officer of First US Community Credit Union) announced that his wife, Marina, and him recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. On behalf of that occasion and the patience that his wife has had for him over the 25 years of marriage, BOB has donated $100. Congratulations on your anniversary and thank you for your donation, BOB! We wish you both many more happy years of marriage.
GRANT BLEDSOE (Chair for the day) (President of Three Oaks Capital Management) donated $100 in honor of his 3rd child being born. GRANT is now the proud father of not only two (2) boys but also a new girl named Madelyn! He stated that this may be the last time he has any free income. Congratulations on the newest addition to your family, GRANT!
DAVID BAKER (CEO of Sacramento Children’s Home) announced that his son recently received a baseball scholarship to San Diego Christian College. He donated $100 in honor of his son’s scholarship. Congratulations to you and your son, DAVID, and thank you for the donation!
GRANT BLEDSOE introduced our guest speaker, DR. RON NOCETTI. DR. RON is the current Executive Director of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) that oversees the operational areas for the state’s governing body of high school athletics. Previously, he was the Director of Athletics at Jesuit High School and a member of the board of the California State Athletic Director’s Association. DR. RON was named the California Athletic Director of the Year in 2005 and before moving to the Sacramento region, he spent nine (9) years teaching and coaching at Sacred Heart Cathedral. At Sacred Heart Cathedral DR. RON also served as the dean of students and assistant principal for student services. With over 18 years of coaching experience in a variety of levels and sports, DR. RON has also presented over 200 workshops to coaches, parents, and student-athletes on behalf of the Positive Coaching Alliance. He received his master’s in sport management and a doctorate in education leadership from the University of San Francisco.
A Little Gratitiude – And a Review of Interscholastic Sports in 2020 and Beyond  Ann Solomon 2020-11-20 08:00:00Z 0

A Walk through the Presidential Cabinet with Dr. Lindsay Chervinsky

Posted by John McIntyre on Nov 06, 2020
ALLISON CAGLEY (Sergeant at Arms) (Executive Director of Friends of Sacramento Arts) thanked our Pulse Reporter, JOHN MCINTYRE (Chief Philanthropy Officer of Mercy Foundation). Our guests joining us today included DISTRICT GOVERNOR ELECT DESIREE WILSON as well as four members of the Rotary Club of Rancho Cordova. Thank you all for joining us and we hope you can join us again!
ROBYN DELONG (Coldwell Banker) presented our thought for the day but also reminded us that it was not only her birthday, but also THOMAS GILBERT’S birthday on the day of the meeting. Happy birthday and we hope you both enjoyed the day! ROBYN shared a Native American parable, the Tale of Two Wolves, a story about a wolf representing magnanimity and good intentions and a wolf representing jealousy, avarice and bad intentions, noting that the winner is “the one you feed.” ROBYN also noted that every bird has a right wing and a left wing, but it takes both wings for the bird to fly…
One evening, an elderly
cherokee brave told his
grandson about a battle that
goes on inside people.
He said "My son, the battle is
between two 'wolves' inside us all.
One is evil. It is anger,
envy, jealousy, sorrow,
regret, greed, arrogance,
self-pity, guilt, resentment,
inferiority, lies, false pride,
superiority, and ego.
The other is good.
It is joy, peace love, hope, serenity,
humility, kindness, benevolence,
empathy, generosity,
truth, compassion and faith."
The grandson though about
it for a minute and then asked
his grandfather:
"Which wolf wins?..."
The old cherokee simply replied,
"The one that you feed."
CLICK HERE to view ROBYN DELONG’S insightful and much needed thought for the day
PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) asked DISTRICT GOVERNOR ELECT DESIREE WILSON to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance, which she enjoyed so much, she did twice! PRESIDENT KEVIN noted that hearing the words, “…one nation, under God, indivisible…” seemed especially moving and relevant.
Our meeting sponsor for the day, RUTH TESAR (CEO of Northern California PET Imaging Center) was unfortunately ill, but her colleague, DR. JAIDEEP SOHI, was able to take her place to speak about the PET Imaging Center on her behalf. The Northern California PET Imaging Center is a not-for-profit that has been in business for close to 30 years. The acronym PET is for Positron Emission Tomography, which is a system enabling visualization of metabolic processes in the body.
CLICK HERE to view RUTH TESAR and DR. JAIDEEP SOHI’S PowerPoint presentation
PAST PRESIDENT JIM LEET (Attorney of Boutin Jones, Inc.) reminded everyone that Rotary’s Virtual Red Kettle is ongoing and to please donate as this Christmas and holiday season there will be many families in need. The Rotary Club of Sacramento is currently ranked number 55 on the Team Rankings with $620 donated thus far. Let us all remember the motto, “Service above Self.”
CLICK HERE to donate to Rotary’s Virtual Red Kettle
JOHN SWENTOWSKY (Owner of Swentowsky Photography) needs volunteers on December 11th from noon to 6 PM for bell ringing at the south entrance of Macy’s. Grab your holiday wear and contact JOHN to get your bell ringing on!
PRESIDENT KEVIN is holding another Pints and Pinot with the President! On November 6th at 4 PM, you can find PRESIDENT KEVIN sipping some smooth drinks outside of La Venadita located in Oak Park. If you would like to join then feel free to just show up!
CLICK HERE to view La Venadita’s website
PAST DISTRICT GOVERNOR FRED TEICHERT (Executive Director of Teichert Foundation) and his wife, NANCY TEICHERT, donated $100 in honor of their grandson volunteering to work at the polls. Thank you for your donation and many thanks to your grandson for volunteering!
STEVE HUFFMAN shared great news that the mass found in his lung is not cancerous. He was given this information October 30th, the day of his 81st birthday. STEVE has donated $100 in honor of returned medical diagnosis. Happy belated birthday, STEVE! We are so glad that you can join us, healthily, for many more meetings.
MARK LUHDORFF (Chief Financial Officer of IMD Path) donated $100 in the chat stream. Thank you, MARK!
JOHN LEMMON (Chair for the Day) (Managing Partner of Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky, LLP) eloquently introduced our speaker, DR. LINDSAY CHERVINSKY, who is an historian of the presidency and Early America and who writes about politics, government institutions, and the cabinet. JOHN noted DR. CHERVINSKY is Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies at Iona College and a Senior Fellow at the International Center for Jefferson Studies. Additionally, DR. CHERVINSKY teaches about the presidency at the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. Previously, she was a historian at the White House Historical Association and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. DR. CHERVINSKY is also the author of the award-winning book, The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution.
DR. CHERVINSKY opened by noting that her topic, the President’s Cabinet, is found nowhere in the Constitution. Indeed, the participants in the Constitutional Convention were wary of any such advisory body, as it reminded of the British cabinet and thus they were opposed to its creation. However, it was agreed that a president should be able to call upon trusted advisors and after ample discussion, the cabinet was out of the Constitution, yet established in practice by Washington as first president. His cabinet first met on November 26, 1791.
DR. CHERVINSKY then turned our attention to Article II of the Constitution, which focuses on the powers of the President, which includes a reference to the President’s power, “by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties…” DR. CHERVINSKY shared an anecdote about President Washington’s first visit with the Senate to discuss a proposed treaty with one or more of the Indian nations. President Washington shared the plans detail with the Senate and upon concluding, asked if they had questions or comments. He was met with silence and then, after an interminable several minutes, was asked to return in a week so the Senate could confer in committee about it. Washington was apparently so furious, even after agreeing to return in a week, as he departed, he is alleged to have said he would never again return to the Senate for advice.
Also among President’s Article II powers is the role of “Commander in Chief of the military…[and] may require the opinion, in writing, of the principal officer in each of the executive departments…” DR. CHERVINSKY noted how Washington acted on this, saying that for every major military decision, Washington convened a “War Council.” He drew his military leaders together and developed several executive strategies for ensuring he received the best, well-conceived and documented counsel. Prior to every War Council, Washington sent the leaders his questions in advance, so that those arriving at the council could be prepared. He then used the questions as an agenda for the War Council. While Washington encouraged active discussion at the Council, he also required that participants provide written opinions, so plans and discussion were well documented.
Returning to the Cabinet, DR. CHERVINSKY observed that Washington made his Cabinet diverse – at least for the times; they were all white men, yet diverse in their education, background and philosophies. That original cabinet included Secretary of War Henry Knox, Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, and Attorney General Edmund Randolph. Over time as these extraordinary men stepped away from the Cabinet, they were replaced by less capable/accomplished men, which DR. CHERVINSKY referred to as “the B Team.” President Washington was aware that they were not up to the task, and is documented to have said so, and thus he held fewer and fewer Cabinet meetings as his presidency endured.
As further presidencies occurred, DR. CHERVINSKY observed that some had good cabinets, and some bad, yet that was not always an indicator of whether they served successfully. DR. CHERVINSKY noted that the cabinets of Presidents James Madison, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt and Barack Obama were effective. Less effective, were the cabinets of Presidents Jackson, John Adams, Andrew Johnson and John F. Kennedy. Each of these was marked by high turnover and, in some cases, scandal. DR. CHERVINSKY blithely observed that “Cabinets do better when there’s little scandal.”
DR. CHERVINSKY also shared a ‘bad Cabinet’ story regarding the Cabinet of President James K. Polk, which counseled the President to push the Mexican-American War on and fired Nicholas Trist, who was negotiating for peace between the US and Mexico. The Cabinet’s aim had been to take over all of Mexico. Nicholas Trist, however, continued negotiations and successful forged the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the war. 
DR. CHERVINSKY shared that her book, The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution was released on April 7th and because of the pandemic, agreed to send anyone purchasing her book a signed book plate featuring an image of her American Foxhound, John Quincy Dog Adams (Quincy for short). After Quincy was adopted by DR. CHERVINSKY, she learned that he is an American fox hound which were originally brought over to America by John Quincy Addams. Clearly DR. CHERVINSKY has a knack for picking dog names!
A Walk through the Presidential Cabinet with Dr. Lindsay Chervinsky  John McIntyre 2020-11-06 08:00:00Z 0

A Primer to Our Initiative Process and a Review of the Propositions on the Ballot – Be Sure to Vote!

Posted by John Goralka on Oct 30, 2020
ALLISON CAGLEY (Sergeant in Arms) (Executive Director of Friends of Sacramento Arts) welcomed our guest speaker, PROFESSOR MARY-BETH MOYLAN, as well as our newest Rotary member, NICOLE WILHELM (Co-Founder/Realtor of the Wilhelm Team at Compass). A warm and friendly welcome to both of you!
STEVE HUFFMAN presented the thought for the day, a few facts about initiatives and when they started as well as how they came to be. Believe it or not, initiatives go back to Georgia in 1777, their first state constitution permitted initiatives. However, it was not until progressive era in the early 20th century that initiatives took hold, beginning in Oregon in 1902. Thank you for the history lesson, STEVE!
CLICK HERE to view STEVE HUFFMAN’S thought for the day!
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by our newest member, NICOLE WILHELM.
PAST PRESIDENT JIM LEET (Attorney of Boutin Jones, Inc.), our meeting sponsor for the day, brought up the Christmas committee consisting of BRUCE HESTER  and himself and their virtual efforts moving forward. Historically, the Christmas committee has provided toys during the club meetings in December but due to the pandemic we will likely not be able to continue that this year. However, since the need will be even greater this year, Rotary will be holding a Virtual Red Kettle and all money raised will be used in the community. We are currently ranked at number 53 on the team rankings, so let’s show our philanthropic attitude and get our number up, Rotarians!
CLICK HERE to donate to Rotary’s Virtual Red Kettle
PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) thanked everyone who attended the past Pints and Pinot with the President. If you missed the previous one and would like to meet with PRESIDENT KEVIN, you still have a chance! He will be holding Pints and Pinot with the President at Florez Bar and Grill on South Land Park Drive on Friday, October 30th at 4:30 PM. PRESIDENT KEVIN reminded everyone that this is not a gathering but simply a time and place where he will be where you can meet with him.
CLICK HERE to view Florez Bar and Grill’s website
JAMIE FURLONG (Securitized Real Estate Specialist of Bangerter Financial Services) introduced our newest Rotary member, NICOLE WILHELM. NICOLE is transferring from the Oakland Rotary Club and her mother is also the President of a Rotary Club in the Philippines. She has a daughter named Olivia and is the owner of the real estate group that was founded with her husband, Michael. NICOLE also has a Masters in Marketing Communications and was featured on the show Extreme I Do’s for getting married on a volcano in Hawaii. The Network Group, the Wilhelm Team, and East Bay Advisors are ranked #1 in California and #3 in the nation. NICOLE has a natural passion to create a better world for the future and we look forward to seeing you use that passion in Rotary. Welcome, NICOLE, and thank you for joining our club!
VIRGINIA VARELA (President/CEO of Golden Pacific Bank) shared that Golden Pacific Bank was recently honored in the Sacramento Business Journal for a citizenship award. Golden Pacific Bank won the Corporate Citizenship Award due to their efforts in the local community for philanthropic work, especially for their work with the arts. In honor of this award, VIRGINIA has donated $200. Congratulations to you and Golden Pacific Bank, VIRGINIA, and thank you for your generous donation!
CLICK HERE to read the article featuring Golden Pacific Bank
RICK DAVIS donated $100 to kick off Rotary’s Virtual Red Kettle, a great start to a great cause. Thank you, RICK!
PAST PRESIDENT PETER DANNENFELSER II shared that him and his wife spent 10 days up in Lake Tahoe celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary. PETER met his wife on a blind date setup by JEAN RUNYON, the first woman to join Rotary of Sacramento. PETER is also on the board of directors for Fairytale Town as well as the sub-committee for Adventure Playground. Earlier this October, 150 kids ran through an obstacle course, which included a mud pit that he helped build. In honor of both of these achievements, PETER has donated $100 towards Rotary’s Virtual Red Kettle and $100 towards Polio Plus. Congratulations to you and your wife, PETER! Thank you for both your donations and we wish you many more happy anniversaries.
PAST PRESIDENT WESLEY YEE (DDS of Yee Dental Care) donated $250 in honor of his new grandson, WESTLEY, who was born 10 days prior to the day of the meeting. Congratulations on becoming a grandparent and thank you for your donation, WESLEY!
RICHARD NOONAN (General Manager of Railroad Operations at California State Railroad Museum) donated $100 in honor of the California State Railroad Museum’s re-opening. This will be the 3rd weekend in a row that they were able to run the trains. We can’t wait to tour the museum again, RICHARD. Thank you for your donation!
KERRY WOOD (Chief Marketing & Donor Engagement Officer of Sacramento Region Community Foundation) contributed $100 in honor of becoming the newest member of the Rotary board of directors. Congratulations, KERRY! Your donation of your time for the board and this current donation are both greatly appreciated.
JOHN MCINTYRE (Chair for the Day) (Chief Philanthropy Officer of Mercy Foundation) introduced our guest speaker, PROFESSOR MARY-BETH MOYLAN. PROFESSOR MOYLAN is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Experiential Learning and Professor of Lawyering Skills at McGeorge School of Law. Besides having a long and extraordinary professional title, PROFESSOR MOYLAN also has a depth and breadth of legal and electoral knowledge that is deeply impressive.
PROFESSOR MOYLAN thanked STEVE HUFFMAN for his thought for the day as she was also going to mention the initiatives and some history about them. PROFESSOR MOYLAN stated it is good to have a conversation to know what you are voting on. She proceeded to give a quick snapshot of the propositions we are currently facing.
This Proposition comes on the heels of Proposition 71, passed in 2004. This will help to sell $5.5 billion in bonds to continue the research they have already begun regarding stem cells. The pro side to this Proposition is that there is still much work to be done regarding stem cell research. However, it will take $260 million per year for the state to pay this back over time.
This is a split-role initiative that would leave Proposition 13 alone with respect to residential properties, but would change the formula for taxes on commercial properties. This would cause commercial properties to move to a fair market value instead of an acquired value assessment when looking at what the property tax will be. There are concerns that this will be harmful to small businesses but really only applies to properties that are valued at $3 million or more. The idea is that increased tax revenue will be targeted for schools and community projects such as housing and parks and recreation.
PROFESSOR MOYLAN mentioned that Propositions 16, 17, 18, and 19 are constitutional amendments placed on the ballot by the legislature and are not direct initiatives through the people.
This Proposition repeals the language of Proposition 209 that was placed in the California constitution. Proposition 209 placed language in the California constitution that said state and local entities could not consider race, color and nationality origin in public education, public employment, and public contracting. The removal of this language will allow affirmative action in hiring, education and more. It would not mandate affirmative action, but would remove the barrier and allow for affirmative action in state and local programs.
This will allow parolees to vote. Currently probationers, those who are out on probation from serving their sentence and have finished parole, are allowed to vote. Parolees are currently not allowed to vote so this Proposition would allow those who are released on parole to vote.
This Proposition will allow certain people that are 17 years of age to vote in primary and special elections. This is a very limited and narrow change to the law. PROFESSOR MOYLAN gave the example of her son who recently turned 18 this past June. Her son was not eligible to vote in the primary election due to his birthday falling after the primary election but will be eligible to vote in the general election. If this initiative had been in place before that date, then he would have been eligible to vote in both elections. The idea behind this Proposition is to engage younger people to vote.
This was originally proposed by a direct initiative in 2018 but failed. It would allow property tax transfer for homeowners 55 or over that are severely disabled or victims of natural disasters to transfer their property tax base to a new home that they purchase. This would work for homes of greater or lesser value. The revenues from this would go towards fire fighter funds as well as fire protection funds.
PROFESSOR MOYLAN paused to say that these and all future initiatives should not embrace more than one subject, but most of these initiatives seem to stretch that fact.
This Proposition is brought to us by Propositions 47 and 57 as attempts to make some changes to parole considerations for individuals that are convicted of certain types of crimes. It would require DNA collection for some misdemeanors for crimes that were previously felonies but now are characterized as misdemeanors. This Proposition also adds some additional new crimes such as organized retail theft and serial retail theft. It is a criminal justice reform measure, but it is attempting to tighten up some things that some feel may have some loose ends.
This is the Rental Affordability Act and is a different version of an attempt to allow local governments to allow rent control ordinances.
This Proposition would allow companies such as Uber, Lyft, etc. to side-skirt AB5 which says that app-based drivers are employees. The companies do not want them to be employees due to the cost and protections associated with it. This Proposition would categorize drivers as independent contractors but give them light employee rights in the California statutes.
This is the “you die either way” initiative. It is called so due to both the vote yes and vote no ads showing that someone dying by the end of the ad. This Proposition would require that a physician be on-call around the clock for each dialysis center. The CDC would then have to spend more to have a physician present and on-call.
A Primer to Our Initiative Process and a Review of the Propositions on the Ballot – Be Sure to Vote!  John Goralka 2020-10-30 07:00:00Z 0

A Lesson of Gratitude

Posted by Jim Culleton on Oct 23, 2020
PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) kicked off the pre-meeting with some fun trivia. How many questions did you get correct?
ALLISON CAGLEY (Sergeant in Arms) (Executive Director of Friends of Sacramento Arts) introduced RIVKAH SASS (CEO of Sacramento Public Library) who gave our thought for the day. RIVKAH thought we could all use some wise and encouraging words about living life and making the most of things by learning and growing no matter what your age. This list is adapted from an article that was in the San Francisco Bay Guardian a few decades ago. Unfortunately, the author is unknown.
Fourteen Points To Live By
  1. Never cook on Friday.
  2. Working while pregnant is a drag and should be avoided if at all possible.
  3. Always have fresh flowers in the house, even if all you can afford are daisies.
  4. Not going barefoot at least once a day causes mental illness.
  5. Oppressed people really will always strive towards freedom.
  6. Allowing your son to play with guns will not necessarily cause him to become a war monger.
  7. Love is more powerful than hate, even if it is a lot slower.
  8. Baby Boomers are not the coolest generation in history.
  9. If your marriage isn't fun, fix it or get out.
  10. Racism still stinks and progress against it is too slow.
  11. The purpose of life is to enjoy.
  12. Despite the fact that men are frequently annoying, male energy is needed to balance the universe (or vice versa).  Learn to live with it.
  13. Despite the fact that children are frequently annoying, they are life's greatest gift.
  14. Peace is possible.
GRANT BLEDSOE (President of Three Oaks Capital Management) led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
KELLEY MORAN (President of Moran & Associates) was our meeting sponsor of the day and explained the joys of Bajrang yoga. KELLEY not only practices but also teaches yoga. He led us all in some calming breathing exercises that put us all at peace. KELLEY encouraged all Rotarians to join his happy hour with Bajrang on Thursdays at 5 PM, a 20-minute guided mediation held on the Zoom platform. If you are interested in KELLEY’S Bajrang happy hour, please reach out to him.
CLICK HERE to read more about Bajrang yoga
CLICK HERE to watch PRESIDENT KEVIN’S beautiful medley dedicated to KELLEY
JON SNYDER (Broker of Snyder Commercial Real Estate) led us in a eulogy for ERNIE FARRINGTON who recently passed from complications of a stroke. ERNIE was born in Nebraska and nicknamed “Moose.” Some of his early jobs included working as a forklift operator and TV repairman. ERNIE then moved on to UPS and up through the ranks of the company. At one point, he negotiated the union contract with Jimmy Hoffa! ERNIE moved his family to east Sacramento where he started Capitol Delivery Systems as well as Heaven’s Gate Pet Crematorium. He had a deep involvement in youth sports and youth philanthropy. ERNIE joined Rotary in 1975 and was best known for his “telegrams” during meetings. ERNIE was not only a successful businessman and family man but also an all-around fun guy who will be terribly missed. We all offer our condolences to ERNIE FARRINGTON’S family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.
PRESIDENT ELECT BOB MILLER (Business Development Officer of First US Community Credit Union) reminded us that the term end is rapidly approaching. If you would like to nominate someone for a position, please contact BOB MILLER.
PRESIDENT KEVIN encouraged members to donate $100 before October 24th because that money will be matched by our Rotary District and the Gates Foundation to increase it to $600 in the fight against polio. Polio is eradicated in all but two (2) countries which are Afghanistan and Pakistan. Your contribution will help enable Rotary to achieve the eradication of polio everywhere.
CLICK HERE to donate to the fight against polio. Your $100 donation is worth $600!
JOHN SWENTOWSKY (Owner of Swentowsky Photography) needs three (3) more volunteers for meal services at Loaves & Fishes for Thursday, October 29th 10:30 AM to 2 PM.. Loaves & Fishes are taking precautions in light of COVID with social distancing and sanitization so please do not let that stop you from volunteering. Please contact JOHN SWENTOWSKY if you would like to assist. JOHN is also getting into the holiday spirit by ringing the bell for the Salvation Army. Thank you, JOHN!
PAUL KEEFER (Executive Director of Pacific Charter Institute) is continuing his weekly volunteer opportunities with the River City Food Bank. SMUD has been volunteering in force, but we need more Rotarians to show everyone our giving attitude! The River City Food Bank currently needs volunteers from 8:30 to 10:30 AM or 10:15 AM to 2:15 PM for food distribution.
CLICK HERE to volunteer for the River City Food Bank between 8:30-10:30 AM
CLICK HERE to volunteer for the River City Food Bank between 10:15 AM-1:30 PM
JON SNYDER shared that his son, JAMES, and JAMES’S lovely wife, will be coming over from New Jersey to spend the month with JON. JON has donated $100 and stated that he may feel differently at the end of the 30 days. We hope you all make it through the 30 days and thank you for your donation, JON!
KATHY BREUER donated $100 as well, in honor of ART BREUER’S birthday. Happy birthday, ART and thank you, KATHY!
RIVKAH SASS reminded everyone to please vote and drop your ballots off at the Sacramento Public Libraries. Volunteers are outside the libraries on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 AM to 6 PM. Not only will you receive a friendly smile upon arrival, but also a courteous reminder to sign your ballot as well as an I Voted sticker. Consequently, if you are still making your decisions and need an explanation of the initiatives, Sacramento State currently has videos with in-depth explanations. RIVKAH donated $100 as well as a reminder to show some love to your local libraries! Many thanks, RIVKAH!
CLICK HERE to view Sacramento State’s initiative explanations
PAUL KEEFER stated that his son turned 17 recently and donated $100 in honor of that day. PAUL reminded Rotary that he will soon have two (2) children in college so squeeze as many donations out of him until that day. Happy birthday to your son and thank you, PAUL. Good luck to him when he does make the college journey!
JIM LEET (Attorney at Boutin Jones Inc.) is currently in the process of learning Latin with his 10-year-old granddaughter. JIM’S daughter is extremely interested in Greek and Roman mythology. JIM suggested to her that since she wanted to learn so much about it that she might as well learn the Roman language. She agreed to do one lesson a week with JIM. He donated $100 for the occasion. Thank you, JIM, et bonam fortunam (and good luck) on your Latin learning journey!
CHRIS ANN BACHTEL (Chair for the Day) introduced our guest speaker, PROFESSOR ROBERT EMMONS. PROFESSOR EMMONS, a UC Davis Professor, has written eight (8) books on generosity and gratitude as it relates to our happiness and his research has been published in dozens of major publications.
PROFESSOR EMMONS studied gratitude for over 20 years and calls it a life transforming view of the world with both science and data to back it up. Gratitude works and gratitude matters as it is one of the touch points of human nature and fundamental to understanding life itself. Gratitude has the power to heal, energize and change lives. While this may sound like a hyperbole, PROFESSOR EMMONS wanted to put this to the test. What is gratitude? You may think it is about saying thank you, being appreciate, or praising those who did something for you, but it is much more than that. Gratitude is a celebration of the good and recognition that this good is sourced outside the self. If you choose to focus on the good and notice the good, you can say yes through the affirmation of life and recognize that the good comes to us from outside ourselves.
A Lesson of Gratitude  Jim Culleton 2020-10-23 07:00:00Z 0

Virtual Sac Century is a Success!

Posted by Nancy Teichert on Oct 16, 2020
Rotary Meeting: October 13, 2020
The fall air was crisp and clear outside our Zoom screen boxes as PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) brought our meeting to order in celebration of the successful Sac Century Challenge which raised $108,000 for the Sacramento Children’s Home Crisis Nursery.
PRESIDENT KEVIN asked SHARNA BRAUCKS (President & CEO of YMCA of Superior California), who would be inducted as a new member later in the meeting, to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
ALLISON CAGLEY (Sergeant at Arms) (Executive Director of Friends of Sacramento Arts) introduced NANCY TEICHERT to give the Thought of the Day. She relieved us by announcing that she would read, not sing, the lyrics to American Anthem by Norah Jones. The song was sung at the funeral services for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It concludes with the reprise: “Let me know in my heart when my days are through, America, I gave my best to you.”
CLICK HERE to view NANCY’S beautiful reading of American Anthem by Norah Jones
Our meeting sponsor, STEPHEN JOHANSON (Johanson & Associates) donated his time to KRIS MARTIN, Executive Director of Quinn Cottages and Serna Village which provide services for the homeless. Their clients may struggle with issues like substance abuse or incarceration. KRIS said the goal is to move people from “the streets to self-sustainability.”
CLICK HERE for more information on Quinn Cottages. Your contribution helps out people in need on the road to self-sustainability.
PRESIDENT KEVIN announced that the first quarter of his term evidenced an amazing amount of activity given the restrictions from the pandemic. He encouraged members to donate $100 before October 24th because that money will be matched by our Rotary District and the Gates Foundation to increase it to $600 in the fight against polio. Polio is eradicated in all but two (2) countries which are Afghanistan and Pakistan. “This is how it happens,” PRESIDENT KEVIN stated. Your contribution will help enable Rotary to achieve the eradication of polio everywhere.
CLICK HERE to donate to the fight against polio. Your $100 donation is worth $600!
ALLISON CAGLEY announced that the book club meeting will be later in the day on October 13th. The book club will finish its discussion of How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. They will be picking the next book to discuss during that meeting. ALLISON gave a friendly reminder that anyone is welcome to join the book club even if you have not completely read the book. Please contact ALLISON CAGLEY if you would like to join the book club.
SHIRLEE TULLY (Chief Development & Brand Officer of Capitol Public Radio) relayed that the Pandemic Relief Committee decided the best use of their funds is to help prevent people who have lost their jobs from becoming homeless with a rental assistance program. One recent person helped through Volunteers of America was the widow of a veteran who was living in her car with her son. Our club provided $2,500 to pay the first month’s rent and security deposit. Thank you to our committee members SHIRLEE, KATHY HERRFELDT (Owner of Home Care Assistance) and CHRISTIE HOLDEREGGER (V/P Chief Development Officer of Volunteers of America)!
JOHN SWENTOWSKY (Owner of Swentowsky Photography) needs volunteers for meal services at Loaves & Fishes for Thursday, October 29th. Loaves & Fishes are taking precautions in light of COVID with social distancing and sanitization so please do not let that stop you from volunteering. JOHN needs 8 more volunteers. Please contact JOHN SWENTOWSKY if you would like to assist. Let’s help out, Rotarians! PRESIDENT KEVIN thanked members for their contributions during these difficult times. “We’re not going to let the pandemic stop the good work we do,” he said.
PAUL KEEFER (Executive Director of Pacific Charter Institute) is developing a list of weekly volunteer opportunities including the River City Food Bank and the Homeless Assistance Resource Team (HART). Midtown HART has opened a daytime, drop-in center for folks experiencing homelessness to come inside and seek refuge from the weather and relax for a bit. There is water, light snacks, a phone charging station, resources, and one service provider from an agency or local nonprofit every week.
CLICK HERE to volunteer or donate for HART
CLICK HERE to volunteer for the River City Food Bank between 8:30-10:30 AM
CLICK HERE to volunteer for the River City Food Bank between 10:15 AM-1:30 PM
With only one quarter of his term completed, PRESIDENT KEVIN reminded all Rotarians that the club is officially taking nominations for the next President elect. If you or someone you know would like to become the next club President, they must have at least six (6) years of experience with the club, meaning they must have joined before July 1st, 2016. On the other hand, if you would like to spend time with our current President, you may meet PRESDIENT KEVIN for pints or pinot at the Piatti Restaurant patio on Friday, October 16th at 4:30 PM. Just in time for Happy Hour!
CLICK HERE to view Piatti’s website
BOB MILLER (Business Development Officer of First US Community Credit Union) introduced our newest member SHARNA BRAUCKS. PRESIDENT KEVIN swore her in and, jokingly, asked if she would pledge to join our polar bear swim in the American River on Jan. 1st. Quick on her feet, SHARNA replied, “Maybe.” Welcome to the club, SHARNA! We look forward to seeing you at future meetings and events.
The 7th annual Sac Century Challenge, lead this year by PAST PRESDIENT SUSAN SHERIDAN (Chair for the day) and ROY ALEXANDER, was a huge success! TODD KOOLAKIAN (Director of Philanthropy of Sacramento Children’s Home) gave many thanks to all the riders, members and corporate sponsors who helped the club exceed its goal of $100,000 by raising $108,433. Donations will continue to be accepted through October 31st or longer in honor of this year’s riders. “We really came through and made it happen,” said TODD of the 100-mile ride, which could not take place as a group event because of the pandemic. Riders, including many club members, tailored their own unique 100-mile challenge and shared their videos on the club’s Facebook page. TODD brought up a few members who raised some of the most funds including: TOM BACON (Senior Vice President of Bacon Commercial Real Estate) raising $7,698 by choosing to swim, bike and play golf in his own triathlon; DENNIS SMITH (V.P./Asset Manager-Office & Property Director of Tsakopoulos Management Company, LLC) and LAURA MASON raising $5,525 in a Hike-N-Bike adventure with their dog Baxter; The Goralka Law Firm Team consisting of JOHN GORALKA (President of the Goralka Law Firm) JOSEPH GORALKA (JOHN’S older and wiser brother), and JIM KAMMERER raising $4,275 completing the 100-mile bike ride; and STEPHEN AUSTIN raising $1,922. TODD sincerely thanked the Planning Committee and PAST PRESIDENT DIANE MIZELL for her work as the “solicitor-in-chief” asking members for their support.
CLICK HERE for a complete list of contributors
JAMIE FURLONG (Securitized Real Estate Specialist of Bangerter Financial Services) reminded those who contributed to use their Vendor Discount Card included in their swag bag. This was a new idea brought about this year which included 13 businesses that agreed to offer discounts on their meals or services by having their name publicized. Whether you are looking for a cocktail, meal, or a relaxing dip with Capitol Floats, don’t forget to use your coupons!
Virtual Sac Century is a Success!  Nancy Teichert 2020-10-16 07:00:00Z 0

A Visit With Our District Governor

Posted by John Goralka on Sep 25, 2020
Our meeting kicked off with a special musical presentation by WILLIAM SHUBB (Judge for U.S. District Court) as a welcome to DISTRICT GOVERNOR BRENT HASTEY. WILLIAM graced us all with an amazing medley of 1920’s songs performed on his ukulele. Aloha BRENT and welcome!
CLICK HERE to view WILLIAM’S exceptional performance!
ALLISON CAGLEY (Sergeant at Arms) (Executive Director of Friends of Sacramento Arts) introduced our guests for the day including TOMMY PENO (Assistant Governor), JOE SCHEIMER (Assistant District Governor), and DISTRICT GOVERNOR BRENT’S daughter, BETH HASTEY (Chief of Staff). Welcome to our meeting and we hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we enjoyed having you!
PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) thanked TOM BACON (Senior Vice President of Bacon Commercial Real Estate) for his amazing effort in receiving donations totaling over $5,000 as a Sac Century Challenge Champion. You are a true inspiration to us all, TOM!
TOM BACON presented our thought for the day, a Facebook post that is relevant to our current times dealing with COVID.
“What I discovered and what has been revealed to me, first off, while some may contend that this is not affecting them, everyone, and I mean everyone, is impacted. Yesterday, at Safeway in Midtown a stocky red-faced mom in black smiled as she tampered her blonde preschool daughter in pink. “It’s okay,” I thought, not towards the daughter but towards the mom. I asked how it was going and how her daughter learning away from school was going. As it turns out, she starts preschool this year. I think that we are all learning. The mom and her daughter were in the process of moving to Sacramento, I wished them well and said to the little girl, who was wearing the cutest pink shoes, “Be sure to take care of your mom and help her with things.” She smiled, twirled, and said, “Bye-bye.” Well, it’s been a long time since I had a conversation like that with a stranger, but you know what? It was welcomed with a smile and rewarded with the realization that it doesn’t take that much to make a difference. Period.”
PRESIDENT KEVIN chimed in that it does not take much for any of us to make a difference. Food for thought, Rotarians.
FORMER PRESIDENT TIM PINKNEY (Luxe Aviation, LLC) led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Our meeting sponsor, RICK DAVIS, generously donated his speaking time for JOE SCHEIMER (Assistant Governor of District 5180) to inform us of Rotary’s upcoming scholarships. There are 2 amazing opportunities to apply for: Global Grant Scholarships and Rotary Peace Fellowships. Rotary District 5180 has 3 endowments that can fund up to 6 scholarships. Four of these scholarships are available for local students ready to study aboard and the other two scholarships for students that are arriving to our area from another country. These scholarships will cover tuition and living expenses and students will earn either a master’s degree or a professional certificate in peace and development studies located at one of the seven Rotary Peace Centers.
Global Grant Scholarships
  • Three D5180 endowments available (current account of $230K)
  • Program funds up to 2 years of an overseas advanced degree program
  • Seven Areas of Focus for study:
    • Disease Prevention & Treatment
    • Maternal & Child Health
    • Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
    • Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention
    • Basic Education & Literacy
    • Supporting the Environment
  • Application deadline October 31, 2020; more info at rotary5180.org
  • For non-Rotarians only, but requires a Rotarian sponsor.
Rotary Peace Fellowships — 2 Types
  • Master’s degree in peace & development.
    • Study 15-24-month at one of 5 Rotary Peace Centers in Australia, Japan, Sweden, Thailand, or UK
    • Includes 2-3 months field study experience
    • Fully funded up to $75K
  • Professional Development Certificate Program
    • Study 1-year, based in Thailand or Uganda
    • Program includes preliminary online course, 10-week on-site course, field studies and a 1-week on-site seminar
  • Applications for both available from February 2021; more info at rotary5180.org 
  • For non-Rotarians only, but both degree and certificate require a Rotarian sponsor.
For Rotary Club of Sacramento members -- Check rotary5180.org for details or contact Rick Davis, RCS Foundation president 2020-21 (916-996-0607, rdavis9000@aol.com). 
CLICK HERE to learn more about these incredible scholarships or contact RICK DAVIS
KATHY HERRFELDT (Owner of Home Care Assistance) presented the Jean Runyon Community Service Award, an award for truly outstanding individuals in the same light as Jean Runyon, who was the first woman to join the Rotary Club of Sacramento. Do you know someone who: serves the community, blazes trails, creates opportunities, gives generously, and champions women in business? You may know the perfect candidate to receive the award! Rotarians have until December 1st to submit a candidate for this award. The committee will review the applications and will announce their decision on January 4th, 2021. The award will be presented on March 2nd, 2021. Please submit all applications to latoya@rotarysacramento.com
CLICK HERE to view the guidelines for the Jean Runyon Community Service Award
CLICK HERE to download the application
SARAH HODGE announced Brown Bag is one week from the 22nd! We have 5 amazing hosts for you, ALLISON CAGLEY, PRESIDENT KEVIN, PAUL KEEFER (Executive Director of Pacific Charter Institute), JOHN GORALKA and MEGAN WYGANT (Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts). We will discuss many topics ranging from the arts to education during this time and much more you definitely will not want to miss.
CLICK HERE to sign up and receive e-mails regarding Brown Bag
The Annual Rotary Laguna Sunrise Clothing Drive needs our help! They need light jackets, new socks, and underwear (of all sizes), mechanical pencils, screen wipes and earbuds. The Clothing Drive began on September 7th and is ongoing until October 9th, so grab your donation gear and let’s help all we can.
CLICK HERE to view the flyer including the drop-off locations
FORMER PRESIDENT SUSAN SHERIDAN reminded us that we are in the home stretch for the Sac Century Challenge. Packages including your Sac Century swag went out on Monday, September 21st and everyone should be receiving them soon. You have 10 days to make up your mind on what activity you will do for the 100-mile challenge. Fellow Rotarians have elected to hike and bike, but you are welcome to swim, skip, jump, etcetera in order to complete your miles. Let’s be healthy and help raise money for the Sacramento Children’s Home Crisis Nursery! Consequently, if you would like to sit out this challenge, please donate or sponsor one of our Challenge Champions!
CLICK HERE to register for the Sac Century Challenge
CLICK HERE to view a slideshow of some of our current participants including our official Sac Century mascot, Norman the dog!
FRED TEICHERT (Executive Director of Teichert Foundation) spoke about a fond memory of visiting other Rotarian meetings and in particular one at BRENT HASTEY’S headquarters. The meeting guest speaker was absent and so a member stepped up to say a few words and gave an amazing speech. If you google BRENT HASTEY you will start to get an idea of all his amazing accomplishments but above all, FRED says BRENT is a wonderful Rotarian and a good friend.
TOMMY PENO (Area Governor of Rotary) introduced our guest speaker DISTRICT GOVERNOR BRENT HASTEY. BRENT was born and raised in the Plumas Lake area and is the 5th generation of his family to live in the Yuba County area. BRENT was first elected in 1987 to a seat on Reclamation District 784 as the Secretary Treasurer and then moved up to Vice President in 1989 and again to President in 1990-1991. He then served as President again during 2010-2011 and Assistant Governor in 2013-2017. BRENT and his lovely wife, Alisan, have been married for 35 years and raised 4 outstanding children, two of whom are also Rotarians.
BRENT HASTEY began his speech by thanking FRED TEICHERT for all he does for Rotary. You are a model Rotarian, FRED! Rotary is FFF’n amazing! What do all these F’s stand for? Family, friendship, and foundation. BRENT believes we embody that as Rotarians especially with our efforts to continue to raise money and our fantastic job of reaching out to the community during COVID.
BRENT joined Rotary in 1986 when he was introduced to the club by the father of a girl he was dating in high school. 3 months into joining, BRENT was offered the job of Secretary Treasurer when the current individual left the position. 3 years later he was told the only way out of that position is to become Vice President which is exactly what BRENT did.

A Visit With Our District Governor John Goralka 2020-09-25 07:00:00Z 0

An Update on Raley’s and the State of Retail Grocery in the Pandemic

Posted by Danielle McGarrity on Sep 18, 2020
PRESIDENT KEVIN (Executive Director for Fairytale Town) noted that 45 years ago this past Monday, September 14th, former President Gerald R. Ford visited Sacramento. President Ford was a long time Rotarian and visited the Rotary office where Eddie Mulligan, Club Secretary, would have been in office that day. Unfortunately, Lynette Squeaky Fromme was also in town and attempted to shoot President Ford. Thankfully, she could not work the gun correctly and Ford was unharmed. However, just 17 days later President Ford returned to California to the San Francisco area where Sara Jane Moore also attempted the same feat and also failed. President Ford then lost the election to Jimmy Carter who later became Rotary’s International Leader.
KERRY WOOD (Sergeant in Arms) (Chief Marketing & Donor Engagement Officer for Sacramento Region Community Foundation) requested for any guests to speak up. We all welcome JIM HENDERSON, guest of DAN MCVEIGH (Downey Brand LLP) who is currently looking to join DAN’S firm. Best of luck to you, JIM!
GIULIANO KORNBERG (Development Manager for Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera) shared a poem named Only a Dad By Edgar Albert Gust which revolves around thoughts of GIULIANO’S dad. His dad has had some recent health issues that GIULIANO is currently assisting him with. Your dad is in all our thoughts and prayers.
Only a dad with a tired face,
Coming home from the daily race,
Bringing little of gold or fame
To show how well he has played the game;
But glad in his heart that his own rejoice
To see him come and to hear his voice.
Only a dad with a brood of four,
One of ten million men or more
Plodding along in the daily strife,
Bearing the whips and the scorns of life,
With never a whimper of pain or hate,
For the sake of those who at home await.
Only a dad, neither rich nor proud,
Merely one of the surging crowd
Toiling, striving from day to day,
Facing whatever may come his way,
Silent whenever the harsh condemn,
And bearing it all for the love of them.
Only a dad but he gives his all
To smooth the way for his children small,
Doing with courage stern and grim,
The deeds that his father did for him.
This is the line that for him I pen:
Only a dad, but the best of men.
PRESIDENT KEVIN reminded us that the International Day of Peace, a Rotary staple, is September 21st. We encourage everyone to perform random acts of kindness, not just on Peace Day, but every day! Stay tuned to next week when for a further discussion on the International Day of Peace.
CLICK HERE to view an inspiring video about the International Day of Peace!
PRESIDENT KEVIN was sporting his Sac Century Challenge jersey to the envy of us all. This is a great reminder that you too can sport the same jersey by signing up for the Sac Century Challenge. We have already raised $255,000, but the families and especially the children of those families at the Sacramento Children’s Home Crisis Nursery still need our help! Your donations or time are greatly appreciated and supporting an amazing cause. Let’s get active! SUSAN SHERIDAN gave a special shoutout to TOM BACON (Senior Vice President for Bacon Commercial Real Estate), LINDA GEERY (Shareholder for Gilbert CPAs), RUTH TESAR (CEO for Northern California PET Imaging Center), and JUDITH KJELSTROM (Director Emerita of the Biotech Program for UC Davis) who have all raised over $1,000 in donations. Way to go, Rotarians! By participating in the Sac Century Challenge, you will receive amazing swag including: a neck gaiter, string backpack, participation medal, and vendor cards which you can use at many clothing boutiques, coffee vendors, frozen yogurt establishments and more! SARAH HODGE (Director of Development for California State University, Sacramento) reminded us to sign up for the Strava app to track our miles. You can also join Rotary’s Sac Century Challenge club on the app. If you have any questions regarding Strava, please contact SARAH HODGE.
CLICK HERE to register for the Sac Century Challenge
JOHN SWENTOWSKY (Owner of Swentowsky Photography) led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Our meeting sponsor for the day, STEVE HYMAS (Partner of Downey Brand LLP) relinquished his speaking time so CHELSEA MINOR, Corporate Director of Public Affairs for Raley’s, could speak a bit about Raley’s charitable acts. Raley’s is an 85-year-old, Sacramento based company with a 3rd generation of family ownership. Raley’s has been able to open three (3) new locations during the pandemic as their desire to serve still burns brightly. Food for Families, a non-profit stared in 1986 by Joyce Raley, has every donation go directly to the food banks. You may recognize the name as it pops up to ask if you would like to donate during checkout at all stores. The food banks also work with Raley’s in order to not only receive food at cost but receive the food and items they are actually in need of. Raley’s has been inspired by our efforts with the Sac Century Challenge and pledged to contribute $10,000 to help and support the cause in hopes that is will encourage others to participate and join. Thank you for your amazing contribution, Raley’s!
DAVE BRANDENBERGER (Chair for the Day) (Managing Director of Newmark Knight Frank) introduced KEITH KNOPF, our guest speaker, and CEO of Raley’s. MR. KNOPF joined Raley’s in 2017 and was named Chair Executive Officer in 2018 and also recognized as a Fortune 500 leader. The story of how Raley’s has not only survived but thrived during the pandemic is an inspiring story to us all.
MR. KNOPF has been with Raley’s for 5 years and in the retail universe for over 31 years. The highlight of his career is his current position as CEO at Raley’s. Raley’s has an amazing team of dedicated employees that are 13,000 strong. MR. KNOPF couldn’t be prouder of how everyone has stepped up during this time as Raley’s is considered an essential business. The hourly team members who come to work each day and are still navigating everything during this time are truly an inspiration. Raley’s has come a long way since the spread of COVID and MR. KNOPF is proud of the practices they have instilled to keep standards high and the improvements they are still working on.
Raley’s was quick to act during COVID, by putting provision in place as the first person who was afflicted with COVID in Sacramento, was treated by the wife of a member of the Raley’s team. Raley’s quickly started to realize what they need to learn and what they need to do. This past February, they put sanitation stands in place and began ordering plexiglass shields. Asking customers to wear masks was a known challenge as they were still waiting on guidance from the CDC. Luckily, it grew to become common knowledge to wear a mask, but Raley’s still faces this challenge as they cannot and do not want to enforce customers to wear masks.
As the challenge of asking customers to wear masks started to fade, the inventory demand grew. As everyone was driven by the unknown, especially at the beginning stages of quarantine, many were driven by a fear that the grocery stores would close. MR. KNOPF was particularly curious as to why people purchase what they do during a pandemic. He saw the demand shift from paper products to products that have a longer shelf life such as soup and frozen packaged seafood. Manufacturers also faced challenges as need for inventory shifted from restaurants and other similar channels to mostly grocery stores. Manufacturers have struggled to not only produce the content, but they also lack the plastic to package the content in order to send it out. MR. KNOPF thinks most consumers have a mindset that the world is built on notion of just in time and that there are warehouses full of items waiting to be shipped out when it is actually the opposite. The distribution model for grocery stores is based on what models they had a year back. For example, if Proctor and Gamble are producing the product, they will also allocate how much a retailer can buy from them based on their previous year purchases. They can also only produce so much product and then have to allocate what goes to who. The reason why so many items are missing from a store is because the previous year they did not have the demand that they have now and are therefore also not getting the amount of product they need since the manufacturers are basing their need on the previous year’s need. MR. KNOPF believes this is an issue that the manufacturers will need to deal with in case there is ever a similar pandemic again.
Nothing is more important to Raley’s than team safety. While Raley’s has stopped short of forcing customers to wear masks, they do choose to remind and encourage all customers to wear a mask. There are many team members that are not trained to deal with an issue that could arise if they were asked to force customers to wear a mask. Not only are they not trained, but to request the employees to take this task would also be a tremendous amount of pressure put upon them. Raley’s appreciates their employees and although they did not want these to be incentives for employees to work, they did still want to offer paid out appreciation awards.
An Update on Raley’s and the State of Retail Grocery in the Pandemic  Danielle McGarrity 2020-09-18 07:00:00Z 0

Dr. Ami Bera Provides An Update On The State of Sacramento

Posted by Ann Solomon on Sep 04, 2020
PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) provided a musical alternative as an opening to the meeting by encouraging fellow Rotarians to name 10 songs that have a September reference. Looks like we all have a creative mind here, as we were easily able to accomplish this! Give these songs a listen to truly get you into the September mood.

1.       Try to Remember by Jerry Orbach, a song from the Fantasticks
2.       September by Earth, Wind & Fire
3.       September Morn by Neil Diamond
4.       Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day
5.       See You In September by The Happenings
6.       Really Rosie by Carole King
7.       Calendar Girl by Neil Sedaka
8.       Come September by Natalie Imbruglia
9.       Pale September by Fiona Apple
10.     September Grass by James Taylor
ALLISON CAGELEY (Sergeant at Arms) (Friends of Sacramento Arts) thanked JOHN WOOD (McGee & Thielen Insurance Brokers) for writing the meeting reminders and ANN SOLOMON (Western North America at the University of Auckland) for being our Pulse reporter for the day. A big thank you to both of you and keep up the good work!
FORMER PRESIDENT JIM LEET (Boutin Jones Inc.) shared the thought for the day, a poem Pandemic by Lynn Ungar. A choral version of this poem is also available, but make sure you have tissues ready as this beautiful rendition will leave you in tears.
“What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.
And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.
Promise this world your love–
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.”
CLICK HERE to watch the choral rendition of Pandemic by Lynn Ungar
RIVKAH SASS (Sacramento Public Library) led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
RIVKAH introduced today’s meeting sponsor, APRIL JAVIST (Sacramento Public Library Foundation). APRIL’S sponsorship today is especially exceptional since it is the beginning of Sacramento’s Literacy Month. Last year, Sacramento and the surrounding areas proclaimed September as Literacy Month and September 8th as Literacy Day. September also marks the 7th Annual Walk4Literacy! Feel free to register yourself, your family, or a group for this great event. If you are unable to participate or volunteer, there are also options to donate to or sponsor a team. 51% of Sacramento County’s children cannot read at grade-level, please join us to help curb this issue!
CLICK HERE to join, sponsor, or donate to Walk4Literacy!
APRIL also presented an upcoming webinar with the Sacramento Public Library Foundation. DR. JANAY BROWN-WOOD, Author and Associate Professor at Sacramento State and ELISE SPANG, Reading Specialist and Senior Learning Advisor at the James B. McClatchy Foundation, will present the Science of Reading, a thought-provoking discussion about literacy. A webinar you surely do not want to miss!
CLICK HERE to register for the Science of Reading webinar
PAUL KEEFER (Pacific Charter Institute) introduced us all to Hands On Sacramento, the regional center for volunteerism. Hands On Sacramento is a simple way to volunteer with many different organizations. All you need is your name, contact information and what area you would like to volunteer in to get started. Surely there is no better way to promote Rotary than to show what great volunteers we are! PRESIDENT KEVIN requested that PAUL pick a particular volunteering activity where fellow Rotarians can all volunteer together. We look forward to volunteering alongside you, PAUL.
CLICK HERE to sign-up for Hands On Sacramento
Brown Bag is still searching for volunteer hosts for outdoor spaces that can safely hold 10 people for social distanced events. PRESIDENT KEVIN volunteered his space, what fellow Rotarian will be the lucky next host? Please reach out to SARAH HODGE, if you would like to volunteer as a host for an outdoor space or if you know of an outdoor space for future events.
We are one month away from the Sac Century Challenge! TODD KOOLAKIAN (Sacramento Children’s Home) clarified that it is not mandatory to ride, walk, skip, etc. 100 miles or 100 hours. You are able to complete this on your own time and within your own time frame, so please do not let the 100-hours scare you into not participating in this monumental event! Everyone that registers will receive: a participation medal, a neck gaiter, drawstring sling backpack, and vendor discount card.
CLICK HERE to register for the Sac Century Challenge before it’s too late!
PRESIDENT KEVIN announced the East Sacramento Rotary Foundation’s upcoming silent auction. This silent auction benefits City of Refuge, providing weekly meals to the surrounding community, and St. John’s Women and Children’s Shelter. There are many items to bid on including Sabina Vineyard’s Virtual Wine Tour (including 2 bottles of wine), virtual paint night for 20 people, champagne basket, and much, much more! The East Sacramento Rotary Foundation is also holding a virtual comedy night on September 10th at 6 PM. Let’s support our fellow Rotarians!
CLICK HERE to bid on the many fantastic items in the silent auction
Interested in the next Rotary Book Club Meeting? It’s quickly approaching! Our next meeting is September 8th at 4 PM. We will be discussing How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi which ALLISON CAGELEY states the book contains interesting history and background about racism. Even if you do not have time to read the entire book, ALLISON encourages all to join. Please reach out to ALLISON CAGELEY if you are interested in joining the upcoming book club meeting.
ALLISON CAGELEY excitedly announced that her son has finished and passed his first CPA test. In honor of her son’s achievement, she has graciously donated $50. We wish your son the best on the rest of his upcoming tests!
VIRGINIA VARELA (Golden Pacific Bank) was named one of the region’s most admired CEO’s with Golden Pacific Bank. This award is especially extraordinary as it is voted on by VIRGINIA’S peers. In honor of this moment, VIRGINIA has donated $100. Thank you, VIRGINIA, we would vote you most admired CEO as well!
BOB MILLER (Chair of the Day) (First US Community Credit Union) introduced our guest speaker, DR. AMI BERA. DR. BERA is currently serving is 4th term and is the longest-serving Indian American in Congress. He is a leading public health expert for the region, state, and nation, and has lived in Elk Grove for over 20 years with his wife and daughter.
DR. BERA opened with speaking about the current pandemic. As a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, which focuses on health and security, he has a deep interest in responding to and preparing for issues such as Ebola and pandemics. It became very clear that there was worse than a SARS outbreak when Wuhan, China shut down, as it is unusual for a city of that size to completely shut down. When you are not in the middle of a pandemic it is especially difficult to get people to focus on making changes that will prepare us for said pandemic even if it would not take much to build a system to support this.

DR. BERA feels Sacramento did a fairly good job with its early response and shutting down quickly once everyone started to grasp that COVID was not going away. For example, the decision to move an early spring break in Elk Grove schools was the right call and Sacramento had the lowest case rate nationally for large cities. However, coming out of that Sacramento did not fend as well. There is a real need for contact tracers, which DR. BERA sees as a potential jobs program to build local public health structures that will respond to future pandemics. Currently, hospitalization and ICU rates are starting to decrease, as death rates lagging are indicators of this. DR. BERA believes this is an opportunity to move through this and open up slowly but in a safer way.

Dr. Ami Bera Provides An Update On The State of Sacramento  Ann Solomon 2020-09-04 07:00:00Z 0

A Visit with Mayor Steinberg

Posted by John McIntyre on Aug 28, 2020
PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) called the meeting to order, noting that it is currently Wizard of Oz day at Fairytale Town, which makes him Mayor of the Munchkin City and the Land of Oz. A magical start to our meeting!
Polio has been eradicated in Africa, through the leadership of Rotary and other charities. There are 2.5 billion inoculations since 1979 and Polio currently only survives in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Hopefully, we can eradicate it everywhere soon!
ALLISON CAGLEY (Sergeant at Arms) (Friends of Sacramento Arts) welcomed LAINE HIMMELMAN of Habitat for Humanity, who is an esteemed guest of PAST PRESIDENT SUSAN SHERIDAN. We hope you join us again LAINE!
With schools getting started again (even if only virtually), BOBBY REED (Capitol Tech Solutions) provided the 2020 “survival kit” for students. BOBBY’S backpack “survival kit” is for kids and grandkids alike and includes the following:
  • Pop Rocks – To remind them that they rock
  • Glow Stick – To remind them to not shy away from sharing their bright ideas
  • Starburst – To remind them to always be a star in the classroom
  • Stickers – To remind them to stick together
  • Bookmark – To remind them to read everyday
  • Smarties – To remind them that they will learn a lot this year
  • Pencil – To remind them to show what they have learned
  • Eraser – To remind them that it is okay to make mistakes
  • Chocolate Hugs – To remind them that their teachers care about them very much
PRESIDENT KEVIN warmly appreciated BOBBY’S thoughts but cautioned us all with the tale of “Mikey,” from an old Life Cereal commercial whom, according to breakfast urban legends, succumbed to a Pop Rocks incident. Poor Mikey…
KEVIN WILLIAMS (KVIE) lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
PAST PRESIDENT SUSAN SHERIDAN recognized PAM SALTENBERGER, NORM MARSHALL (Headwaters Construction, Inc.), DAN FENOCCHIO (Cunningham Engineering), ROY ALEXANDER, and RICK EYTCHESON (Capital Public Radio), who have each served as chairs and/or board members for Habitat for Humanity. Many thanks, Rotarians! SUSAN introduced Habitat for Humanity’s development director, LAINE HIMMELMANN. LAINE shared Habitat for Humanity’s purpose which is home ownership and security for families, particularly families that have historically been disadvantaged or denied access to homeownership. LAINE noted that, because of the 500 hours of ‘sweat equity’ required of those in line for homeownership, the cost of a Habitat for Humanity home is much less than a house on the standard market. Habitat for Humanity is both the builder and the bank, so during the pandemic, they are flexible and helping support their mortgagees. Habitat for Humanity will soon begin construction at Mandolin Estates, a 13-home development that will provide housing for 60 people, including 40 children.
CLICK HERE to learn more about Habitat for Humanity’s upcoming “35 Minutes to Build” virtual gala!
Our Chair of the Day, GIULIANO KORNBERG (Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera), made this a national meeting by Zooming in from Minnesota. GIULIANO introduced our speaker, SACRAMENTO’S MAYOR DARRELL STEINBERG, and extolled the mayor’s virtues while running through a series of MAYOR STEINBERG’S achievements as a visionary legislative and civic leader. MAYOR STEINBERG is one of Sacramento’s most accomplished public servants, who has served the Sacramento community for over 28 years. He previously served on the Sacramento City Council, State Assembly, and State Senate, where he became the first Sacramentian to serve as president in over 125 years. MAYOR STEINBERG is a not only a proud supporter of the arts, but as mayor helped win the passage of Measure U and created new investors for Sac Republic.
MAYOR STEINBERG recognized young leaders participating, GIULIANO KORNBERG and LAINE HIMMELMANN, in particular, and called out several other Rotarians for their good works. He noted that COVID-19 has knocked us all back on our heels, yet “We can still connect, and we can still give back, despite the current crises.” As bad as these times are, they are not as bad as the 2009 crash, which led to four difficult years before recovery took hold. MAYOR STEINBERG believes that once COVID-19 is corralled, we will recover much more swiftly than we did with the 2009 crash.
MAYOR STEINBERG’S time as mayor has been particularly challenging, noting the Stephon Clark incident as a telling example. He sees the same set of challenges today that he saw when he first became mayor in 2016. Sacramento has long been seen as a smaller city of clichés: not very “driven,” largely a government town, but which sees itself as a beautiful city of trees. MAYOR STEINBERG’S ambition is to diversify the economy, enhance the presence of professional sports, and build the vitality of the city through economic equity and inclusion. He also wants to address homelessness issues by enhancing the supply and availability of homes to help keep people from falling into homelessness.
MAYOR STEINBERG suggests the city needs a paradigm shift, to build neighborhood-based economies and move the city in a more expansive direction. In 2017-18, he proposed a half-cent sales tax (Measure U), which would annually result in $40 million earmarked for economic development, but then COVID hit and hammered the businesses and nonprofit community. Thus, those funds are no longer available. However, since Sacramento cleared the 500,000 population threshold, the city qualified to receive $89 million from the federal government, which MAYOR STEINBERG and the city council proposed to split in four ways: $20 million for tourism, $20 million for housing, $20 million for workforce development and youth, and $20 million for small business loans and tech-assistance. This leaves $9 million leftover for other essentials.
MAYOR STEINBERG has become increasingly comfortable in his position of being where “the buck stops.” However, he feels his ‘accountability’ without the executive tools to take independent action, limits his effectiveness. He is working toward a new city charter defining a “strong mayor” system. The city manager would report to the mayor, rather than to the nine members of the city council, the mayor could then introduce a budget. The charter would require that every major decision in the city would be reviewed through an equity lens, and the mayor would be more directly accountable for progress. MAYOR STEINBERG posits that this would modernize the city and help address the imperatives it faces. He believes Sacramento can do more than one thing as a time and that it is worth having this and other vital conversations now.
A Visit with Mayor Steinberg  John McIntyre 2020-08-28 07:00:00Z 0

The Ride, Run, Walk, Skip of the Century

Posted by Danielle McGarrity on Aug 21, 2020
This week’s meeting opened with a surprise rendition of Sweet Virus Time, set to the musical stylings of Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline. This stunning performance was given by ELFRENA FOORD (Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak) and FORMER PRESIDENT DICK OSEN and was a lovely reminder to us all to propel California forward so we can get to the other side of this pandemic.
CLICK HERE to watch the performance you won’t want to miss!
Want to be the next Rotary meeting sponsor? PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) described the difficulties in finding meeting sponsors. The current sponsorship amount has been lowered to $250 and is a great way to advertise your business or company to fellow Rotarians! To become an upcoming meeting sponsor, please reach out to CHRIS ANN BACHTEL.
ALLISON CAGLEY (Sergeant at Arms) (Friends of Sacramento Arts) announced the next Rotary Book Club meeting on September 8th at 4 PM. How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi will be the next book being discussed. If you would like to join the upcoming meeting, please e-mail ALLISON.
CLICK HERE to e-mail ALLISON CAGLEY and join the Rotary Book Club!
SARAH HODGE (California State University, Sacramento) reminded everyone of the upcoming social-distanced Brown Bag, to be held on September 29th. We are still in need of volunteers for hosts! If you, or someone you know, would like to host up to 10 people for a future Brown Bag event at your place of business or a local venue, please reach out to SARAH HODGE. This is a great event and an awesome way to get your business name out there!
CLICK HERE to e-mail SARAH HODGE and become the next Brown Bag host!
PAST PRESIDENT SUSAN SHERIDAN kicked off the 2020 Sacramento Century Challenge discussion. While the challenge is looking much different this year, due to social-distancing practices being upheld, the event will ultimately be more accessible than previous years. Looking for a way to log your activity? Use www.strava.com to track your hours of movement. Whether you like to bike, run, walk, hike, or skip, this event is open to all! A huge thank you to the Rotary team who have been meeting weekly to find creative solutions to transform this event. Become a Challenge Champion and you too could be sporting the same jersey as PRESIDENT KEVIN!
CLICK HERE to view photos from the previous Sac Century Challenge!
JAMIE FURLONG (Bangerter Financial Services) reminded all Rotarians that you do not need to ride in the Sacramento Century Challenge in order to participate. All are welcome to participate as riders or Challenge Champions, but if your bike still has training wheels then donations are always welcome. Looking to get your company or business name out there? This event is also in need of sponsors.
CLICK HERE to register for the Sacramento Century Challenge and become a Challenge Champion!
The Ride, Run, Walk, Skip of the Century  Danielle McGarrity 2020-08-21 07:00:00Z 0

Stinger’s Up – A Visit with CSUS President Dr. Robert M. Nelsen

Posted by John Goralka on Aug 14, 2020
PRESIDENT KEVIN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) calls the meeting to order and welcomes our guest speaker, DR. ROBERT M. NELSEN. DR. NELSEN’S review of Sacramento State’s accomplishments and goals is truly inspiring.
ALLISON CAGLEY (Sergeant in Arms) (Friends of Sacramento Arts) introduced our guest ELLEN DAHL, WALTER DAHL’S (Dahl Law, Attorneys at Law) daughter. Welcome ELLEN! We hope you join us again.
MARGO FOWKES (OnTarget Consulting, Inc.) presented the thought of the day. MARGO looked to Louise Erdich’s novel, Blue Jay’s Dance. Margo reflects on pregnancy and the author’s first year with her daughter. The passage below reminds MARGO of sending her children off to college.
            “It would seem she has everything she could want – she is fed, she is carried, she is rocked, put to sleep.  But no, walking is the thing, the consuming urge to seize control.  She has to walk to gain entrance to the world.  From now on, she will get from here to there more and more by her own effort.  As she goes, she will notice worn grass, shops or snow or the shapes of trees.  She will walk for reasons other than to get somewhere in particular.  She’ll walk to think or not to think, to leave the body, which is often the same as becoming at one with it.  She will walk to ward off anger in its many forms.  For pleasure, purpose or to grieve.  She’ll walk until the world slows down, until her brain lets go of everything behind and until her eyes see only the next step.  She’ll walk until her feet hurt, her muscles tremble, until her eyes are numb with looking.  She’ll walk until her sense of balance is the one thing left and the rest of the world is balanced, too, and eventually, if we do the growing up right, she will walk away from us.”
MARGO’S thought for the day about learning and how knowledge allow us all to seize control is particularly timely as an introduction to our speaker, DR. NELSEN.
DARLENE HAILEY led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
PRESIDENT KEVIN announced that a new tradition for Rotary International will begin in the 2022-2023 year. JENNIFER E. JONES, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland in Canada, was elected as Rotary’s International’s President. JENNIFER will be the first woman in the 115-year history to lead the organization, a truly great milestone for all Rotarians.
Today’s meeting sponsor is JIM RELLES, (President of Relles Florist). PRESIDENT KEVIN announced that Relles Florist is open and available for walk-ins, curbside pickup, and delivery of beautiful and fabulous arrays of flowers. PRESIDENT KEVIN reminded us of, “If you’re gonna buy flowers, buy them from me.” View JIM on KVIE!
CLICK HERE to view and purchase Relles Florist variety of flowers!
The next Brown Bag, coming up on September 29th, was announced by SARAH HODGE (California State University, Sacramento). SARAH needs Rotarians to host socially distanced, outdoor Brown Bag events. Virtual Brown Bags are also being explored. Brown Bag events are an excellent way to introduce your Rotary Brothers and Sisters to your business or services. Please contact SARAH today to sign up to host a Brown Bag or with an idea for an interesting and fun Brown Bag location. We appreciate any Rotarian who is willing to volunteer!
PAST PRESIDENT WALTER DAHL shared that, in honor of the Al Ajeeli and Al Azzawi family being sworn in as citizens and his son Morgan’s wedding, WALTER contributed $250 to the Rotary Foundation of Sacramento. Many thanks to WALTER for the contribution and congratulations again to the Al Ajeeli and Al Azzawai families as well as to Morgan and his new wife!
RIVKAH SASS (Sacramento Public Library) was honored as the 2020 Charles Robinson Award recipient for 2020. This national award is given annually to a public library director who, over seven (7) or more years, is a risktaker, innovator and a change agent in a public library. The award is named after Charles Robinson, a public library director of the Baltimore county library. This award is particularly meaningful to RIVKAH because Charles Robinson was a dear friend and mentor of RIVKAH, whom she lost in 2016. RIVKAH donated $100 to the Rotary Foundation of Sacramento. Thank you, RIVKAH SASS!
RUTH TESAR (Northern California PET Imaging Center) is a first time grandmother to her daughter and son-in-law’s new baby. The family is currently residing in Chile. Congratulations to you and your family, RUTH! In honor of this moment RUTH donated $250 to the Rotary Foundation of Sacramento.
KATHE NATHAN (Merchants Bank of Commerce) donated $100 in honor of her father who turned 94 on July 31st. He still enjoys riding his bike, which is a big motivation for KATHE to join the Sac Century race. Her father took a spill on his wheelchair recently and is in all of our thoughts and prayers. KATHE says her father is currently doing well and we hope that continues so we can all see him on his bike once more.
Stinger’s Up – A Visit with CSUS President Dr. Robert M. Nelsen  John Goralka 2020-08-14 07:00:00Z 0

Magical Winter Celebration

For those of you that placed bids on event items at the Magical Winter Celebration we still anticipate holding the events in the future when gathering is possible. Stay tuned for future posts regarding dates and times. Thank you very much for your patience as we navigate through the challenges associated with COVID-19 restrictions. 
Thank you!
Magical Winter Celebration 2020-08-07 07:00:00Z 0

In An Age of Disinformation, Misinformation and Fake News – How Do We Keep Local News Alive?

Posted by Jim Culleton on Aug 07, 2020
In the words of Aretha Franklin: Who’s Zoomin’ Who?
PRESIDENT KEVIN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) virtually gaveled the meeting to order introducing participants while heckling WALTER DAHL’S (Dahl Law, Attorneys At Law) cartoon voice, recapping his recent camping trip, praising TOM BACON’S (BCRE - Bacon Commercial Real Estate) golf game, and confirming JEFF STONE’S (HUB International) love for cats.
PRESIDENT KEVIN extends his thanks to JIM CULLETON (Strong & Associates) for writing the Pulse newsletter.
ALLISON CAGLEY (Sergeant of Arms) (Friends of Sacramento Arts) thanked JOHN GORALKA (Goralka Law Firm) for his work organizing and implementing the weekly Pulse Newsletter.
RICK DAVIS led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
A moment of silence was held in memory of DR. BROWN who we recently lost. We send our deepest condolences to DR. BROWN’S family during this time.
FORMER PRESIDENT DAN MCVEIGH (Downey Brand LLP) introduced our meeting sponsor, STEVE SAFFOLD, a semi-retired dentist, who educated us about Solar Cookers. Solar Cookers retain sunlight and heat for cooking and also pasteurizing water. These reflective panels are not only inexpensive and efficient, but the cookers can also fry an egg! 3.9 million Solar Cookers have been distributed worldwide, with over 14 million people directly impacted by thermal cooking. This type of cooking prevents almost 30 million tons of CO2 emissions! There is a potential of $200 billion in savings and benefits annually.
BRANDON MONTALVO (Morgan Stanley) reported that Golf4Kids was a driving success! A big thank you was extended to all the vendors, golfers, and participants. Food trucks were stationed at the event and provided lunch. The silent auction was able to raise over $6 thousand but it is safe to say we raised approximately $30 thousand, collectively! However, don’t miss out, there is still time to support this effort. DAN MCVEIGH donated $200 post tournament, and no one even had to witness him tee off! We are still unsure if anyone was able to make the $250 prize putt, but PRESIDENT KEVIN reminded everyone to thank the tee sponsors and that the chat line will remain open to accept donations.
Thank you to BRANDON MONTALVO, his team, and everyone who came out to support this great cause!
This week’s Club Announcements included, JOHN SWENTOWSKY (Swentowsky Photography) leading a few Rotarian volunteers to lend a hand at Loaves and Fishes Homeless Shelter last week. We’d like to extend a special thank you to SURENDER SINGAL, DEE HARTZOG, APRIL JAVIST (Sacramento Public Library Foundation), ALISON CAGLEY, JOHN MCINTYRE (Mercy Foundation) and his daughter Cara for their help in prepping and serving lunches. With their efforts we were able to serve 500 lunches that day. Temperatures were taken upon arrival with COVID-19 in mind and social distancing was also practiced. The guests did not come in contact with any Rotarians as they picked up their lunches from a pass through the window. The next date will be in October, JOHN SWENTOWSKY will announce more details are the date nears.
CLICK HERE for photos of our Rotarian’s in action!
TODD KOOLAKIAN (Director of Philanthropy at the Sacramento Children’s Home) gave us an update on our virtual Sac Century Bike Ride. We are only two months away from this event! This will also be our 7th annual Sac Century Bike Ride and critical funds are raised for the Sacramento Crisis Nursery.   CLICK HERE to learn more about this great cause! The event will span 100 hours, with riders participating between the time frames of Thursday October 1st at 8 AM to Monday October 5th at 12 PM. Whether you are a rider, walker, or fellow Rotarian, you are able to choose your own distance. JAMIE FURLONG (Bangerter Financial Services) introduced the swag for the event, which will include: a cinch sack, a medal, a vendor discount card, and a neck gaiter. Sponsorship begins at $1,000 and increases from that point. This is a great way to have your company associated with what is sure to be a rewarding and fun occasion as well as a great opportunity for advertisement! Information about the event was e-mailed to 3,400 of the past riders and also advertised via Facebook.
CLICK HERE to get a see the awesome swag for the registering for this event!
JAMIE, NIKKI WARDLAW (College Track) and SARAH HODGE (California State University, Sacramento) will contact local businesses to increase participation in the vendor card network. SARAH encouraged everyone to download the Strava App in order to track your progress, join up with other teams and improve our overall participation. Please consider becoming a Challenge Champion by raising $350 and you will receive a unique jersey!
CLICK HERE for more information on the Sac Century Challenge flyer and HERE to visit the Sac Century website for more information about this great cause!
In An Age of Disinformation, Misinformation and Fake News – How Do We Keep Local News Alive?  Jim Culleton 2020-08-07 07:00:00Z 0


Posted by John McIntyre on Jul 31, 2020
ALLISON CAGLEY (Friends of Sacramento Arts) offered welcome to the following guests:
  • Jennifer Martindill, of Cambria Solutions: Information and Technology Services;
  • Lea Miller, CEO -Habitat for Humanity, guest of PAST PRESIDENT SUSAN SHERIDEN;
  • Jud Riggs, Manager of Teichert, guests of PAST DISTRICT GOVERNOR FRED and NANCY TEICHERT.
JAMIE FURLONG (Bangerter Financial Services) shared her thought for the day, a short poem by Nikki Giovanni, author of 28-some books, called Allowables:
I killed a spider
Not a murderous brown recluse
Nor even a black widow
And if the truth were told this
Was only a small
Sort of papery spider
Who should have run
When I picked up the book
But she didn’t
And she scared me
And I smashed her
I don’t think
I’m allowed
To kill something
Because I am
JAMIE suggests we not be frightened, because fear kills creativity and collaboration.  For example, if we fear public speaking and avoid those engagements, we miss a multitude of opportunities.  Safety should not be our goal, we need to be brave and to take advantage of the many opportunities that come our way.  JAIME provided a practical illustration by describing how to safely remove a spider from her garden with a paper cup – without harming the spider.  JAIME’S seemingly simple thought for the day has very profound implications when this fear is related to competing political beliefs or different ideologies or race.  This is explained further by our speaker MS. CASSANDRA PYE, as she discussed ho to combat racial and other bias or prejudice.
In other very exciting news, rather than lead the club in the pledge, PRESIDENT KEVIN noted that today’s meeting was truly special.  Early that morning, PRESIDENT KEVIN witnessed SULAF AL-AJEELI (Rotary Club of Sacramento - Staff) and her family: husband Saad Al Azzawi, daughter Anne Al Azzawi and son Mohammed Al Azzawi, take the oath and be sworn in as American citizens. Then, KEVIN called upon SULAF to lead the Pledge of Allegiance, which brought the mists to this writer’s eyes.
PRESIDENT KEVIN reminded the club that the longest-running fundraiser in all of Rotary worldwide, Golf 4 Kids, is damning the COVID19 torpedoes this Friday in a new and different guise – PRESIDENT KEVIN encouraged everyone bid on great bid items and, of course, to golf in social-distanced, staggered fashion. He also reminded that there is a special putt opportunity – with the winner who sinks the putt extracting $250 from PRESIDENT KEVIN’S wallet in support of the cause.  There are time slots still available, so come out and have some fun with us and benefit kids in our community!
The first special Club Announcement for the day came from the Diversity/Inclusivity Committee; a reminder that the Inaugural Meeting is August 11, 2020, at 4 P.M. via zoom – contact ALLISON CAGLEY, if you’d like to participate!
The second special announcement came from Loaves & Fishes – PRESIDENT KEVIN noted with admiration that we have a full crew to serve meals this week!  PRESIDENT KEVIN commended those serving for their untarnished resolve to serve the homeless and less fortunate in our community despite the ongoing pandemic.
Recapping the good news of the day, we have the following Rotarian who gifted today, overwhelmingly in honor of Sulaf and her family becoming US Citizens.
Giving Levels:
  • Crooked Mile $1,000
  • Excalibur $500
  • Golden Egg $250
  • Pirate $100
  • Magic Beans $25-$99
  • STEVE HUFFMAN (Huffman Strategy, retired) committed $100, saying that the new RI president is a gent from Germany, who, allegedly, is a “fun guy.” While wondering if that was possible, he suggested that our local fun guy (or fungi?), PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN, was every bit as good – and, to drive that point home, STEVE and PRESIDENT KEVIN spoke like pirates. German pirates? I think not.
  • JOHN GORALKA (Goralka Law Firm) contributed $250 to become a Golden Egg in honor of SULAF.
  • FRED TEICHERT and NANCY TEICHERT each contributed $250 in honor of SULAF.
  • TOM ENGEL (Sacramento Airport, retired) contributed $100 in honor of first great-grandchild, and another $100 in honor of SULAF.
  • DIANE WOODRUFF (CA Community Colleges, retired) – did her best pirating sans eyepatch to honor SULAF with a $100 contribution.
  • RIVKAH SASS (Sacramento Public Library) contributed $100 to honor SULAF, but opted to wait for ‘Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day” in September.
  • MARK LUHDORFF contributed $100 honoring SULAF and another $250 to celebrate starting a new job.
  • BOB MILLER (First American Community Credit Union) acknowledged that his beloved Dodgers and a Giants Little League team battled to a draw, so he’s in for $100 for Golf 4 Kids and he’s also adding an extra $100 toward his Eddie Mulligan in honor of a recent work promotion.

A Primer on Education in the Midst of a Pandemic

Posted by Nancy Teichert on Jul 23, 2020

Sporting a Rotary baseball cap, President Kevin Smith-Fagan (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) opened the meeting with enthusiasm for the opening of Major League Baseball with the San Francisco Giants playing the Los Angeles Dodgers.



President Elect Bob Miller (First U.S. Credit Union) dressed in his Dodgers cap, shirt and even blackened squares under his eyes as if he were to head out of the dugout, bet his money that the Dodgers will win 3 out of 4 games to claim its 8th National Title. Shaking his team’s bobble head, President Elect Bob challenged Giants fans to pony up. He pledged a $50 donation to Golf4Kids if they do and will donate $100 if they fail in winning 3 out of 4. Giants fans, where are you?





The musical interlude to begin the meeting via Zoom was provided by Kerri Woods (Sacramento Region Community Foundation) playing the lovely Irish “Paddy’s Waltz” on her flute in her car because a rodent had bitten through their home internet wiring. Now, that’s going on with the show!




Past President Fred Teichert (Teichert Foundation) gave the Thought of the Day about opening our hearts and minds in the face of racism and police brutality. Quoting the late Congressman John Lewis:



“When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something. You have to do something…We are one people with one family. We all live in the same house…And through books, through information, we must find a way to say to people that we must lay down the burden of hate. For hate is too heavy a burden to bear.”


Only ten days remain until our Golf4Kids tournament, announced co-chair Brandon Montalvo (Morgan Stanley). The silent auction is already underway online and accepting bids. Brandon invited Rotarians to go outside and safely spend time together for the day. Non-golfers are invited to enjoy lunch. All the proceeds will go to benefit five local schools that serve physically impaired students. President Kevin pledged a $250 donation on behalf of anyone who can sink a putt on the specially designated hole.


A Primer on Education in the Midst of a Pandemic Nancy Teichert 2020-07-23 07:00:00Z 0
Welcome New Members! 2020-07-15 07:00:00Z 0


Posted by Nancy Teichert on Jul 15, 2020

PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) started his first meeting after inauguration with his usual humorous comments enjoyed by all. BILL SHUBB (U.S. District Court) put us in a good mood with the song “Ain’t Misbehaving” on his ukulele and led the Pledge. CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO!  Members with musical talents were invited by PRESIDENT KEVIN to volunteer to open our next meetings.


          Meeting sponsor BRIAN TURNER (Law Office of Brian H. Turner), who has been a member of the club for a little more than two years, told us of his enjoyment in sponsoring a YIP student and then about his practice in personal injury cases.

          The Golf4Kids tournament is on July 31 and there are still tee times and sponsorships available, announced BRANDON MONTALVO (Morgan Stanley). Members who don’t golf can come for lunch at the burger wagon and participate in the silent auction.

          Sergeant-At-Arms ALLISON CAGLEY (Friends of Sacramento Arts) said she will be leading a new reading group focusing on diversity, equity and inclusivity to make us better people. JOHN SWENTOWSKY (Photographer) will be leading volunteers to Loaves & Fishes on July 31.

          Yours truly, NANCY TEICHERT (Writer) gave the invocation on keeping perspective about the worrisome rise in coronavirus infections. “Keep Calm and Carry On,” inspired the British during WWII. Faced with the Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt told us, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Wear a mask and stay safe.


          Chair of the Day MEGAN WYGANT (CLARA Center) introduced our speaker Dr. Amy Rogers, an author of science thriller novels and expert on immunology. CLICK HERE FOR A CLIP OF AMY’S PRESENTATION! In February, she wrote a treatise, “The Coming Pandemic,” about the coronavirus. On her website, AmyRogers.com, she offers calm and understandable facts about the pandemic.

          On the day after Gov. Gavin Newsom took steps to close down activities because of our state’s rising case rate, Rogers explained that we are entering a dangerous phase. The national 7-day average for new cases is 59,000, a significant rise after lockdowns eased up in the West and South. The pandemic is more out of control in the U.S. than in the European Union possibly because its lockdown lasted longer or was more severe, she said.

          Our nation’s rise in cases is not due to more testing but an increase of the number of people with the virus, she explained. More significantly, the number of hospitalizations has increased. “We don’t want to have a New York in our neighborhood,” she said. “We cannot let our hospitals get swamped.”


          The dream has been that the population will develop a herd immunity, meaning that 60 to 80 percent will have become immune through exposure and there will be less spreading of the virus. Dr. Rogers compared it to a forest fire where the number of dead trees have been thinned out. But that hasn’t happened yet.

          The other hope is a vaccine. She thinks scientists will have one or more by the end of the year. But, there are caveats.

          The factors are how effective a vaccine will be, possible side effects and how safe will it be to give to billions of people around the world who are not sick yet. There may be different vaccines for older people. The vaccines may need booster shots. The pandemic will not end with the flip of a switch.

          Testing in Sacramento for a virus often spread by people who have no symptoms has stopped at community centers. Because of backlogs, she said, probably only people will get one if they have been exposed and it is ordered by their doctor.

          People are eager to restart our economy and school is about to start. Yet, the number of cases has to go down, she said.

          “The economy is crippled by the fact that the pandemic is still raging,” she explained. For the economy to recover, she said, “You have to get a grip on those cases.”

          The pandemic is raging in some places yet there are huge regional variations which will create a need for different restrictions on activities in different communities.


DR. AMY ROGERS ON CORONAVIRUS AND ROTARY GOOD NEWS Nancy Teichert 2020-07-15 07:00:00Z 0


Posted by Paul Keefer on Jul 10, 2020
The Rotary Club of Sacramento elegantly ushered in KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) as the 107th President of the Club. It was a sunny day in Zoomland and the backdrops of our Rotarians varied from lakes in the Trinity Alps to FairyTale Town. The smell of lavender, mint, and baked chicken filled the….oh, wait, we are on Zoom. KERRY WOOD (Sacramento Region Community Foundation) successfully led the meeting with movies, guests, and slide shows with over 96 participants from around the world (including ROB SCHERER from Puerto Vallarta 85 degrees but feels like 95 with clouds).
Our Foundation and Rotary Board
KERRY swiftly moved the meeting along with presentation of the directors of the Foundation:
  • RICK DAVIS -President
  • BOB DALY (Financial Network Wealth Advisors) - Vice President
  • MIKE GILLIGAN -Treasurer
  • RICK OSEN (Sutter Builders, Inc.)-Secretary
  • JAMIE FURLONG (Bangerter Financial Services),
  • LARRY GILZEAN (Spare Time Sports Clubs),
  • TED WHITE (Sacramento Delta Property Management)
  • APRIL JAVIST (Sacramento Public Library Foundation),
  • STEVE JOHANSON (Johanson & Associates) and
  •  LEV KAGANOVICH (Energy, LEED & Commissioning Consulting).
KERRY also introduced the 2020-2021 officers of the club:
  • KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN - President
  • MARK LUHDORFF (IMD Path) Treasurer
  • ALLISON CAGLEY (Friends of Sacramento Arts) -Sergeant-at-Arms
  • LATOYA WONG (Rotary Club of Sacramento) - Secretary
  • BOB MILLER (First US Community Credit Union) – President Elect
  • CHRISTIE HOLDEREGGER (Volunteers of America)
  • JOHN MCINTYRE (Mercy Foundation)
  • BOBBY REED (Capitol Tech Solutions)
  • ALICE SAURO (Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera)
  • MARGO FOWKES (OnTarget Consulting, Inc.)
  • KATHY HERRFELDT (Home Care Assistance)
  • TODD KOOLAKIAN (Sacramento Children's Home)
Thought of the Day
The Thought of the Day was provided by MAGGIE HOPKINS (Capital Premier Lending & Premier Realty) as she looked to Fred Rogers of the famed Mr. Rogers Neighborhood for the timeless quote that when times are bad “look for the helpers,” you can always find people helping.  MAGGIE’s quote serves to reaffirm the Rotary’s overall principle and motto, “service above self.”
ALLISON CAGLEY provided a warm welcome to the first family including NANCY SMITH-FAGAN, AIDEN SMITH-FAGAN, BRENDON SMITH-FAGAN, and EAMON SMITH-FAGANALLISON expressed her concerns about the pandemic, social unrest and the true meaning of KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN’s presidency.
Top 10 List – the Apocalypse is Truly Upon Us  CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO!
Yes, we know that end is near as the Rotary Rockers World Tour was canceled, an asteroid just missed the Earth, the Cleveland Lakes (formerly Indians) have not won since 1948, and of course, KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN is our 107th President!
THE INAUGURATION OF OUR 107TH PRESIDENT  Paul Keefer 2020-07-10 07:00:00Z 0


Posted by John Goralka on Jul 05, 2020
On the 366th and final day of the Leet Administration, DICK OSEN welcomed his fellow Rotarians in honor of PRESIDENT JAMES L. LEET.  This historic event was the first virtual Rotary demotion in the zoomisphere.
PRESIDENT JIM’s special guests in attendance were:
Patricia Mccarty-Leet
Elizabeth Leet Jackson
Christopher Leet
Don R. Leet
Karen Van Parys
Donna Courville
Jon Christianson
Nicole Gonzales
Jim McNairy
Dan Stouder
Mike Chase
Dr. David Lehman
Patrick Vogeli
Bob Rubin
Laura Lystrup
EDWARD E. WRIGHT, ESQ. (MARTENSEN-WRIGHT) provided our thought for the day. ED worked with and was PRESIDENT JIM’s partner in days gone by.  In thinking back on JIM’s presidency, ED looked to Carl Robinson’s and Peter Drucker’s definitions of an effective leader.
Carl Robinson’s Definition:
“The effective executives I’ve met come in all shapes and sizes.  Effective to me means that they run financially successful organizations, are respected by their employees and customers and are good corporate citizens.  They’re human, with human frailties and imperfections.  They try to do their jobs well, care about their people and try to leave a good corporate footprint.”
Peter Drucker believed that to be a truly effective leader follows the following eight (8) practices:
  • They asked, “What needs to be done?”
  • They asked, “What is right for the enterprise?”
  • They developed action plans.
  • They took responsibility for decisions.
  • They took responsibility for communicating.
  • They were focused on opportunities that than problems.
  • They ran productive meetings.
  • They thought and said “we” rather than “I.”
The first two practices gave them the knowledge they needed.  The next four helped them convert this knowledge into effective action.  The last two ensured that the whole organization felt responsible and accountable.  I’m going to throw in one final, bonus, practice.  “This one’s so important that Drucker elevated that to the level of a rule: “Listen first, speak last.”
PAST PRESIDENT JIM exemplifies both definitions of an effective leader.  JIM runs a highly successful business and tax law group, is greatly respected by his clients and employees, and is a good corporate citizen and role model.  JIM demonstrates daily all 8 of Drucker’s practices.  Perhaps more importantly, JIM is often referred to as quiet, but this is because he “listens first, speaks last.” Thank you, PRESIDENT JIM.
Our own BECKI ROBERTS then recognized and thanked the following Rotarians who received Paul Harris Awards for the year: 
Paul Harris Award Winners
FAREWELL PRESIDENT JIM! John Goralka 2020-07-05 07:00:00Z 0

President Jim Leet – Innovative President Succeeding in Challenging Times

Posted by John Goralka on Jun 26, 2020
Our esteemed President James L. Leet (Boutin Jones) called to order the last regular meeting of the Leet Administration. Despite many rumors to the contrary, Jim assured the attending Rotarians that military intervention would not be required for him to leave office. Jim noted that June 30th is his 366th day, so he must have a European hike in his plans soon.

Soon-to-be Past President Jim thanked our Chairperson of the day – Jeanne Reaves (Jeanne Reaves Consulting). Our thought of the day was provided by Sam Peters (Construction Testing Services) who looked to Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken.”
“The Road Not Taken”
By Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost’s description of our lives being played out in the choices and roads we take seems particularly relevant today. “The Road Not Taken” asks us to consider choices between joining mainstream conventional ideas or to go it alone. Sam Peters’ Thought for Today highlights these times in life when a decision must be made. It’s very timely with the uncertainty surrounding us all.
Our meeting sponsors – Nancy Teichert and Past President Fred Teichert (Teichert Foundation) donated their time for the presentation of a performance review of Olive and Mabel – troubled dogs evaluated by a Scottish Sportscaster. Click here to see this one of a kind review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moux8wQC1lQ
Past President Dan McVeigh (Downey Brand LLP), Chris Ann Bachtel  and Steve Johanson (Johanson & Associates) thanked all of our sponsors from the past year. We’re especially grateful for the sponsorships during these difficult times. Special thanks to Past President Diane Woodruff for sponsoring 3 of our meetings, Nancy & Fred Teichert who also sponsored 2 meetings, and Dee Hartzog for sponsoring 3 meetings. “Service Above Self” is a motto we live by, and these sponsors provide our Club the ability to continue meetings virtually while staying connected.

Click below for a presentation of our sponsors:

A special Happy Birthday to Jeanne Reeves who is both r and a birthday girl!
Sarah Hodge (California State University, Sacramento) reminded us that Golf 4 Kids is on! This year’s event is being held on July 31st at William Land Park. The $70 per person for a 9-hole game provides financial sponsorships for orthopedically challenged or physically impaired children. Contact Past President Diane Mizell for details.
Chris Ann Bachtel notified us that Kim Mueller (Chief United States District Judge / Eastern District of California) was severely bit by a pit bull while walking her dog for the second time within a month. Virtual care would certainly be appreciated by Kim after this very traumatic injury. Kim – please know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Presidential Demotion:
Dick Olsen announced that ongoing investigation into the Leet Administration have not yet been resolved. More information should be available at the formal, virtual Demotion of President James L. Leet next Tuesday. This historic event should not be missed.
Thoughts and Prayers
We should all reflect thankfully and remember our Rotarian Titans who passed this year. We lost a combined 209 years of Rotary fellowship, experience, and service. Click here for our lost members, who remain in our thoughts and prayers:
President Jim opened the meeting (meaning we remained somewhere in the cloud) to Rotary fellowship. Some other topics discussed were:
  • A trip to Carmel and an open air lunch
  • A visit to Sea Ranch with his daughter and his first golf outing since the pandemic began
  • How to keep an adventurous 16-year-old safe at home
  • Homeschooling – while a village is needed to raise a child, a vineyard is needed to homeschool a child
Rotary Good News!
Tom Engel :
  • Thanked soon-to-be Past President Jim for his excellent job under most unusual and trying circumstances this year.
  • Thanked Jim for help with a legal matter.
Thanked Jim Relles (Relles Florist): for the beautiful flowers sent to his daughter.

Chair Person Jeanne Reaves then introduced our Speaker Emily Rooney (President / Agriculture Council of California). Emily joined the Agriculture Council in 2008 and became its President in 2010. She manages the organization and handles regulatory and budget policy matters on behalf of the Ag Council members.
Prior to her work with the Ag Council, Emily served as director of farm policy for the California Farm Bureau Federation where she represented the interests and objectives of California’s farmers and ranchers as they relate to farm policy, tax and biotech issues before the U.S. government and administrative bodies. In addition, Emily has legislative experience in Washington, D.C. where she worked for 2 members of Congress advising on issues including agriculture, budget, taxes and judiciary matters.
Emily comes from an agricultural background in San Joaquin County where her family owns a beef cattle and sheep operation just outside of Lodi. Emily is a graduate of the University of California, Davis and Class 39 of the California Agricultural Leadership Program.
The Agriculture Council of California just celebrated their centennial in 2019. Click here for a video on their celebration of its history and mission during the last 100+ years.

Emily provided an excellent and timely discussion of how the Agriculture (Ag) business has been affected by both the pandemic, the trade wars, and other current events.  
For many years, the Ag industry developed multiple lines of distribution for schools, restaurants, and grocery stores. These specific chains of distribution created great efficiency, but were found to be
very fragile when affected by the pandemic and the trade wars. The products themselves and how they are packaged and designed for each of these different distribution chains created new challenges and bottlenecks.
President Jim Leet – Innovative President Succeeding in Challenging Times John Goralka 2020-06-26 07:00:00Z 0

The Young Professionals at the Helm… with an Update on Our State Parks

Posted by John Goralka on Jun 19, 2020
Young Professionals President Jamie Furlong (Bangerter Financial Services) welcomed Rotarians both young and not so young. President Jamie thanked the Chair of the Day YP Sarah Hodge (California State University, Sacramento) and led us through the Pledge of Allegiance. President Jamie introduced Jeff Stone (Hub International) for the Thought of the Day.

Jeff noted that age brings wisdom based upon a lifetime of experience. Jeff provided sage advice intended for the (Young Professionals) YPs in our group. Jeff recognized many of our YPs built solid careers and are valued members of our community, successful in their own right! However, Jeff’s words of wisdom are key principles for us all to guide our daily lives. Jeff’s principles to consider are as follows:
1. Take your career seriously. Pursue your goals and discuss your ambitions with your supervisors. But please, have realistic expectations.
2. Seek out the mentoring and advice from proven professionals and leaders that you admire. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

3. Be happy and don’t let others drag you down. The REAL secret to being happy is choosing to be so! Remember that it is YOUR attitude that counts!
4. Learn to manage your time. When Jeff was young, Jeff thought about the coming of Y2K, the looming Centennial and how old Jeff would be. 42 YO – wow – it seemed like a lifetime away! Jeff woke up and realized that Y2K passed 20 years ago! Time passes QUICKLY so use it wisely. Invest time developing your career and don’t let social media, friends, or fun derail your professional goals.
5. Honor your commitments. Keep your word and ALWAYS be honest. The biggest trick in selling anything is to always tell the truth. Respect others and be kind. If it doesn’t feel right, then it probably is not.
6. Be patient. Great things generally take time. And again, don’t have unrealistic expectations.
7. Money is important. The sooner you learn the principles, the better you’ll be. Learn how to make a budget. Do it monthly and stick to it. SPEND LESS THAN YOU MAKE. Commit to regular savings in good times AND bad. Learn about investing and the concept of compound interest. Put it AND your youth to work for YOU! Use debt responsibly. Use it only to acquire appreciating assets and not for consumer purposes.
Finally, be humble. Don’t try to emulate the latest internet sensation, sports star, or Hollywood hotshot. Don’t tell people how great you are. It’s OK to self-promote, but don’t make outrageous claims. Remember that it is not what we say, but what we do that defines us. Actions DO speak louder than words.

The Rotary Club of Sacramento is lucky to have our Young Professionals. YPs are some of the brightest stars in our Club and we are proud of them!
Club President Jim Leet (Boutin Jones) shared an email from Rotary International Director Johrita Solari thanking President Jim for his outstanding services as club president. Director Solarti noted that Rotary is more relevant and impactful than ever… “Rotary connects the world.”
Director Solari congratulated our Club for our successful fundraising and development. Out of 34 zones in the world, our Zone 26 is included as number 1 in polio donations.
Director Solari asked for our help one more time before the June 30th year end. We need to increase donations in order to maximize the 3:1 match from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Please see the video at the following link for more information https://www.facebook.com/rotaryzones26.27/videos/3654241417926237/. The video is 10 minutes long and explains the importance of donations now to meet the match before June 30. Donating just $20 to the Take Out Polio fund provides a benefit of $60 after the match available to beat polio.
Donations must be made before June 30 to qualify for the match. Contact Bob Roger crobertrogers@comcast.net for details.
The Young Professionals at the Helm… with an Update on Our State Parks  John Goralka 2020-06-19 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Statement 2020-06-15 07:00:00Z 0

An Update on the Future of Travel in Sacramento

By: Danielle McGarrity and John Goralka
Rotarians were greeted by sweet tunes on the ukulele by our own Bill Shubb (U.S. District Court). More than a few Rotarians were singing along and tapping their fingers. Thank you, Bill!
President Jim Leet (Attorney, Boutin Jones) called the meeting to order. President Jim turned to a more somber topic to discuss the civil unrest downtown. Jim opined that the violence and the destruction of already-struggling small businesses must stop. President Jim noted that now is the time to listen and learn how to make our diverse community safer. Quoting Martin Luther King, President Jim reminded us “The time is always right to do what is right.”
Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak) exceeded all expectations once again by providing 6 thoughts on travel instead of the usual single thought. These thoughts of travel may be wishful thinking with the pandemic restrictions in place. Her thoughts included:
  • “Travel brings modesty.”
  • “With age comes wisdom, with travel comes understanding.”
Elfrena’s travel advice: lay out all the clothes you need, then only pack one-half. Budget how much money you need, then bring twice that amount.

Dick Osen announced a historic Rotary event: the first ever virtual demotion. President Jim’s historic, innovative demotion will occur in the Zoomisphere on June 30th. Be sure to save the date! Dick promises a truly unique experience.

President Jim then opened the floodgates of Rotary Good News:

* Past President Diane Woodruff thanked the members of the Scholarship Committee during President Jim’s term.  
  • Jim Mattesich, Co-Chair
  • Diane Woodruff, Co-Chair
  • Chris Boessenecker
  • Jaydeep Balakrishnan
  • Robyn Delong
  • Darlene Hailey
  • LaToya Wong, staff
  • Sulaf Al Ajeeli, staff
Past President Diane provided special thanks to a key member of the Rotary Brain Trust: Latoya Wong (Rotary Club Executive Director). She single-handedly converted a cumbersome, complicated paper application system for scholarship applications to an efficient, online process. Thank you, Latoya!
The criteria for the selection of successful scholarship recipients were:
  • Financial need
  • Scholastic ability and achievement
  • Demonstrated leadership ability in school activities
  • Community service exemplifying “Service Above Self”
  • Must be a high school senior
  • Must enroll full-time in undergraduate studies in an accredited four-year university or college in  the U.S.     

Diane highlighted a few scholarships, including:
  • Derek Ian Arnold Scholarship-Delta High School
    • Recipient Adrian Duenas Ramirez-$1400 to attend UC Davis to become a medical doctor
  • Jim and Mary Jo Streng Scholarship: Bella Vista High School
    • Recipient Skyla Yoho-$5000 to attend Colorado State University to major in Nursing
Brandon Montalvo (Morgan Stanley) announced Golf 4 Kids is on! Brandon announced the return of Golf 4 Kids on July 31st at Land Park with nine holes and very limited access to carts. Highly coveted Tee sponsorships are needed and available for $175 – contact Diane Mizell. Golf 4 Kids provides financial sponsorships for orthopedically challenged or physically impaired children.

Bob Rosenberg (Inve$tnet Inc.) contributed $100 to his Eddie Mulligan in honor of his daughter, Precious Ramirez,  for (graduating/getting accepted) to Sacramento State University.

Lev Kaganovich (Energy, LEED & Commissioning Consulting) contributed $100 in honor of his 10-year-old grandchild’s birthday.
Dan McVeigh (Attorney, Downey Brand) contributed in honor of his 6-year-old grandson.

Rick Davis contributed $100 in honor of this birthday Thursday (his age was undisclosed) and an additional $100 in honor of the outstanding and superlative year of service from our esteemed President Jim Leet. Jim guided our club through the pandemic and was able to not only keep Rotary Club of Sacramento together, but developed new and innovative methods for the Club to thrive. Thank you, President Jim!
Eric Solis (Solis Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors) contributed in honor of her daughter who was accepted to all 6 of the east coast colleges to which she applied – a tremendous accomplishment!
Past President Diane contributed in honor of Eric Solis for his outstanding service overseeing the Youth Incentive Program (the YIP Program).

An Update on the Future of Travel in Sacramento  2020-06-12 07:00:00Z 0


A Sacramento City Councilman’s View of the Existing Political Challenges and Differences



Posted by Shirlee Tully on Jun 05, 2020
President Jim called the meeting to order from his private Zoom room and welcomed the 80+ Rotarians who were on the call, each in their respective Brady Bunch squares with Coronavirus coifs on full display. Our Chair of the Day was Kathy Herrfeldt (Owner/Home Care Assistance).
Forest Junod (Retired, MD) shared his thought for the day by reading Winston Churchill’s poem, The Influenza, which was written when he was 15 years old. Though the poem included 12 verses, Forest gave us just a taste of the lofty linguistics including the following:
Oh how shall I its deeds recount
Or measure the untold amount
Of ills that it has done?
From China’s bright celestial land
E’en to Arabia’s thirsty sand
It journeyed with the sun.
“Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose” ("The more things change, the more they stay the same.")
A couple on the streets of London wear masks during the Spanish Flu outbreak – look familiar?
Steve Hymas (Downey Brand LLP) donated his time to Erin Puckett, Business Development Director of the American Heart Association (AHA). As Erin explained, the mission of AHA is to “be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.” Specifically, the AHA is working to bring the healthy life expectancy from 66 to 68 years by 2030, begging the obvious question – will we all be around to see it? Heart disease is the number one killer of men, women and children – and it is 80% preventable through diet and exercise. Erin encouraged Rotarians to go to www.heart.org and get educated about what you can do to save lives.
Erin has invited us to this exclusive virtual gala:
Sacramento Heart & Stroke Ball, Thursday, June 11th from 5:30-6:30pm
Attached is your invite with all the details. Here is what you can expect during our time together:
  • High energy
  • Powerful story from our mission family
  • Exclusive opportunity to hear about the impact of your dollars and how we are investing in cutting-edge research and treatments
  • Live auction, paddle raise, and entertainment!
Where: Via ZOOM, where you can attend from the comfort of your home
How: Register online here (this is the same link in your attached invite) or via email here. Please register to secure your spot by Friday, June 5th!
Please send this email and attached invite to your guests or send me their first name, last name, email address and if they require closed captioning.
Erin also invited us all to show that we have a heart and attend the 2020 Virtual Heart Walk ending June 30th. You can register for the Walk by clicking the following link: https://www2.heart.org/site/TR/?fr_id=4853&pg=entry
A Sacramento City Councilman’s View of the Existing Political Challenges and Differences Shirlee Tully 2020-06-05 07:00:00Z 0

Can Theatre Survive in the Midst of a Pandemic? The B Street Theatre has plan…

Posted by John Goralka on May 29, 2020
President Jim Leet (Boutin Jones) called the meeting to order.  President Jim utilized executive privilege to call this rare post Memorial Day meeting for an additional opportunity to meet during the Order to Remain at Home.
After leading us all through the Pledge of Allegiance, Jim introduced Past President and Past District Governor, Fred Teichert (Teichert Construction), who provided our thought for the day.  Fred sought to honor our fallen heroes and to express our gratitude for those still serving, including the scientists, first responders, medical professionals and all those affected by Covid-19.  Past President Fred looked to the Rockefeller Foundation for the following quote in remembrance of Memorial Day:
“Every year on Memorial Day, we honor and remember Americas fallen heroes – the military men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country in uniform. We rededicate ourselves to the common democracy and community for which they gave their lives, so that this nation and its people might live. And we are grateful to those still serving our country overseas to defend our freedoms, often in harms way.
This weekend, let us also remember and mourn those heroes who have lost their lives in the fight against Covid-19: the thousands of doctors, nurses, scientists, first responders, public health professionals, and community health workers, as well as National Guard members and military medical teams, who answered the call of duty and rushed to the frontlines of this battle, knowingly risking their lives in the hopes of saving others. Many succeeded. Too many paid the ultimate price.
As we pay tribute to fallen heroes past and present, let us also rededicate ourselves to upholding the passion and purpose they so bravely fought for and died for, so that others might live. Let us keep faith with their service, and sacrifice, by renewing our own commitment to serving each other and all of humanity.”
President Jim thanked our meeting sponsor and Past President Diane Woodruff .  Diane donated her time to Volunteers of America.
Volunteers of America – Greater Sacramento is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides a wide array of essential services including:
  • Emergency shelters
  • Supportive housing to bridge the gap from homelessness to permanent housing
  • Affordable housing communities for families, seniors, veterans, and those with disabilities
  • Employment and empowerment services
  • Addiction recovery for parenting women
  • Veterans’ services
Christie Holderegger, Vice President. and Chief Development Officer of Volunteers of America provided a description of these services and narrated a video detailing a compelling story of one family helped by the many services provided by the Volunteers of America professionals.  The video can be viewed at the following link: Kimberly, Juanita and Joey's Journey from the River to Housing.  The increased needs in our community from Covid-19 has both created greater use of the services of Volunteers of America and made more difficult the task of raising funds to provide these services.  Christie invited us all to join Leo McFarland as his personal guest at VOA's First Virtual Shelter From the Storm event on June 4th from 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Register here to be Leo's guest on June 4th.  If you can't join Leo on June 4th, but you would like to help VOA close their $900,000 gap by June 30th please use this link: https://www.voa-ncnn.org/covid19
Can Theatre Survive in the Midst of a Pandemic? The B Street Theatre has plan… John Goralka 2020-05-29 07:00:00Z 0


Posted by Theresa Wheeler on May 22, 2020
Sacramento Rotarians enjoyed yet another innovative Zoom meeting on Tuesday, May 19. We are grateful for the opportunity to connect and see each other’s faces during the pandemic stay-at-home order!
President Jim Leet (Boutin Jones) opened the meeting by greeting members and announcing that Dr. David Randal Hessl of the U.C. Davis Mind Institute had a family emergency and would reschedule for another time. This disappointment provided additional time for Major Wild of the Salvation Army’s presentation.
Jamie Furlong (Bangerter Financial Services) shared the Thought for the Day with a story from the book The Art of Possibility by Benjamin and Rosamund Stone Zander. The story was about a young Taiwanese boy seeking to understand labels and self-worth. The moral of the story was that labels are human inventions and that we all have the ability to “invent something ourselves that brightens our lives and the lives of others.” A very fitting message for these times!   
President Jim then continued the meeting by leading us in a group Pledge of Allegiance.
Next, our meeting sponsor, Chris Ann Bachtel, donated her time to Salvation Army Del Oro Divisional Commander and Rotarian Major Ivan Wild. Chris Ann, a Salvation Army Board Member, noted that this week is National Salvation Army Week, making it a perfect time to reflect on the incredible outreach services provided by this outstanding organization for our most vulnerable populations.
Major Wild shared that the Del Oro Division has been serving communities in Northern California and Northern Nevada for 135 years - starting their work in the building that now houses the Firehouse Restaurant.
The Major described the Salvation Army as an “Army of Good” whose mission is to “meet human needs without discrimination,” including providing food, shelter, recovery and spiritual guidance in our communities. During this time of massive unemployment, their services are needed more than ever. Indeed, the Salvation Army food bank has experienced a dramatic increase in need, serving 10,000 area residents just in the month of April, as compared to 1500 families last April. Major Wild reported that 60 percent of the food bank clients this spring were availing themselves of the food bank services for the very first time.
With increased need comes a need for additional resources and the COVID crisis has made fundraising a challenge as the organizations regular in-person fundraising events were cancelled. However, the charity organization made due by holding 12-hour Facebook live fundraising sessions on the Big Day of Giving on May 7th. The sessions were a great opportunity for the Salvation Army to highlight their many programs designed to get people off the streets and provide them with the services they so desperately need.
Major Wild then shared a very informative video narrated by Kitty O’Neal that highlighted the great work and successes of our area Salvation Army, including that 65 percent of their clients go on to find permanent housing and nearly 100 percent go on to find permanent employment. The link to the video is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DI_w2bgko0w&t=5s
We send out our thanks to Major Wild for the amazing and critical work he and his colleagues at the Del Oro Division of the Salvation Army continue to provide for our community.
And speaking of helping those in need, President Jim Leet noted that on the Big Day of Giving our local communities raised more than $12 million for charities in our area. It’s so wonderful that we are surrounded by such generous people!
Following Major Wild’s presentation, President Jim announced a time of fellowship through Zoom breakout sessions. In LaToya Wong’s very capable hands, meeting attendees were virtually broken up into small groups so we could visit and also discuss how we were getting on during this time of crisis. Group discussions were lively and interesting and included:
  • Concern for small business and that people that are hungry.
  • Concern about the safety of grandparents interacting with grandchildren.
  • The need to be innovative as, we as a club and as a community, work toward more connection but with safe social distancing.
  • The hope that RCS fundraising events and services would be able to go forward, including the international clean water program of which the Rotary Club of Sacramento is a leader among all other Rotary Clubs (kudos!).
  • And importantly, how team work is key and will remain so as we work together to improve our community under any and all circumstances.
President Jim closed the meeting by inviting us back next week when Lindsay Burch from the B Street Theatre is our speaker. The B Street Theatre is 501(c)3 non-profit theater founded by actor Timothy Busfield in 1986. The B Street Theatre’s name is a reminder of its humble beginnings on B Street by the railroad tracks. Actors would stop in mid-sentence as a train passed. B Street recently moved into its modern venue at The Sofia – only to be closed by the pandemic. More information on the B Street Theatre can be found at the following link: https://bstreettheatre.org/.
Human connection is now more important than ever and we hope you’ll join us!  
AN ARMY OF GOOD IS MARCHING IN SACRAMENTO!  Theresa Wheeler 2020-05-22 07:00:00Z 0

Success Stories from Rotary’s Youth Incentive Program

Posted by Nancy Teichert on May 14, 2020


President Jim Leet (Boutin-Jones) welcomed us all to what was to be one of the most inspiring Zoom meetings as we heard from the young people our club aided in pursuing their education. Dick Noonan (California State Railroad Museum) started us off with the Thought of the Day on National Nurses Day on the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, a pioneer of modern nursing. He noted “She would have been a great Rotarian.”



Meeting sponsor John Goralka (Goralka Law) donated his time to Richard Lewis, President and CEO of the nonprofit Broadway Sacramento, which had to cancel its summer season because of the pandemic. Music circus is dark for the first time since 1951 and needs help to survive this hiatus. Click on this link to see Richard’s recent letter to supporters and friends: https://www.broadwaysacramento.com/letter-richard-lewis/


Please plan to see the next show, which will be “Anastasia” on Dec. 29 at the Safe Credit Union Performing Arts Center. Richard also provided a virtual musical performance, which can be seen (and now heard) at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vI0m52tHgAI


Following Zoom fellowship, Leet thanked Past President Frank Poelman (Poelman Company Ltd) for creating our club’s Youth Incentive Program (YIP) during his term in 1997. Rotary’s YIP matches at risk seventh graders with mentors for five (5) years to help kids establish and meet academic, athletic, social and self-esteem goals.  Poelman raised $300,000 for scholarships for students and members mentor them through their graduation.



Eric Solis (Wells Fargo) now runs YIP which has helped 76 students overcome obstacles to graduate from high school, 9 graduated from college and another 9 are attending college. Today, there are 15 high school students being mentored. Students with limited means can receive a $10,000 scholarship to attend college or technical schools.


Solis encouraged members to consider volunteering to mentor a student or contribute more to the $186,000 in scholarships given out so far. Then, those who have benefitted from the program told their stories.


Success Stories from Rotary’s Youth Incentive Program Nancy Teichert 2020-05-14 07:00:00Z 0

Young Professionals Take Over (and Make Cocktails)

Posted by Danielle McGarrity on May 08, 2020
President-for-the-day Jamie Furlong (Bangerter Financial Services) greeted all of us in our individual Zoom windows and called the meeting to order. She informed us that the Young Professionals now represent 7% of our club’s membership, with 19 members. Megan Wygant (Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts) shared our thought for the day, a quote from the “original social distancer,” Henry David Thoreau: “Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life...aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.” Brandon Montalvo (Morgan Stanley) led us through the Pledge of Allegiance and introduced meeting sponsor Todd Koolakian (Sacramento Children’s Home).
Todd shared that SCH operations have been impacted by COVID-19 but they remain 100% operational and are proud to have been able to retain all staff members. He reminded us about SCH’s mission to open doors to the future by maximizing the potential of kids & families and said that during the time of COVID, the Crisis Nursery and Family Resource Center clients are in need of essentials including diapers, toilet paper and infant formula. Todd reminded us that the Sacramento region’s Big Day of Giving is Thursday, May 7! www.bigdayofgiving.org
Brandon Montalvo told us that unfortunately Golf 4 Kids will need to be postponed. The committee is investigating potential ways to transform it into a different type of golf event and is accepting any and all creative ideas from members.
Our first speaker Clare Price is CEO of Octain and an expert in remote work. She shared some best practices for being effective and productive at home, including:
  • Having a dedicated place to work
  • Setting dedicated hours in order to establish boundaries
  • Tracking your time via online productivity tools (ex. TimeCamp, EverNote)
Rotarians are invited to call or Email Clare for her e-book Make Remote Work: (530) 363-2043 Clare@octaingrowth.com
Then Chris Sinclair, professional bartender and owner of the wine and spirits store the Good Bottle Shop, walked us through making the perfect margarita, in honor of Cinco de Mayo (1 oz. good tequila, ½ oz orange liqueur, the juice of 1 lime and a dash of sugar – all shaken over ice and served with a lime wedge).
The Good Bottle Shop specializes in wine and spirits you won’t find at regular stores, and their team are happy to talk you through cocktail recipes, gift ideas, etc. They are delivering around Sacramento; so email or call to arrange your delivery
(916) 309-4868; info@goodbottleshop.com
If you haven’t yet, download Zoom and get ready for next week’s meeting when we’ll hear from Eric Solis and the YP students.
Young Professionals Take Over (and Make Cocktails) Danielle McGarrity 2020-05-08 07:00:00Z 0
Meeting Sponsor - Dee Hartzog - April 28, 2020 2020-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

Our First Small Group Break Out Meeting

Posted by John Goralka on May 01, 2020
As our meeting began, Past President Diane Woodruff financially incentivized our own Bill Shubb (U.S. District Court) to perform on his ukulele a George Burns and Dean Martin Classic – “Old Bones Inside An Old Raincoat.” This lively time was a perfect introduction to the meeting. President Jim Leet (Boutin/Jones Inc.) then called the raucous crowd to order. President Jim thanked the Rotary Brain Trust – LaToya for coordinating and effectuating the technology for our first group breakout session. President Jim presided over the Pledge of Allegiance and our meeting was under way.
Allison Cagley (Friend of Sacramento Arts) provided our thought of the day, Allison reminded us all that “Philanthropy is the rent that we pay for the time and space that we spend on this rock called Earth.”
Allison noted that philanthropy is actually an opportunity for us all to become more active in giving and become more involved with our communities. This advice is all the more timely in the midst of the unprecedented need so that many of our neighbors endure.
Allison reminded us to examine how we all give or donate our time, treasure and talents to those providing critical services to help our neighbors to survive and heal from the challenges of our newly socially distant world.
The Big Day of Giving is Thursday, May 7. Ms. Cagley asked us to remember the essential, critical services being provided every day by the employees and volunteers of the non-profit organizations in our community. One such cause near and dear to Allison’s heart is providing education and exposure to the Arts in our struggling school system. Friends of Sacramento Arts is committed to the complete restoration of Arts education or all students in the Sacramento County Public Schools by providing funding, mobilizing Arts advocacy and developing strategic partnerships. With a minimum donation of $15.00 to any one of the many charitable organizations involved with The Big Day of Giving, we can all afford to be philanthropists. More information about The Big Day of Giving can be found at the following link; https://www.bigdayofgiving.org/.
President Jim appeared in a video with gourmet recipes for an entire week’s worth of meals designed especially for ease of shopping and preparation for those under quarantine. John Wood (McGee & Thielen Insurance) noticed that these menu items were offered at The Kitchen Restaurant for $45.99. Jim Leet’s (Boutin/Jones Inc.) “How To” video is expected to be available for purchase soon on Hell’s Kitchen. Jim has graciously offered to provide pre-release copies for an appropriate contribution to ­­­­Your Paul Harris Award.
Dee Hartzog donated her time to Laura Heitz (Stanford Youth Solutions’ CEO) of Stanford Youth Solutions which focuses on helping our struggling youth survive the many challenges that are deepened by this new socially distant world.
In July, 2019 Stanford Youth Solutions merged with Sierra Forever Families to better serve our youth in need as Stanford Sierra Youth and Families (“SSYF”) SSYF is providing phone and tele-health services and taking new referrals during the Shelter-At-Home Order.
More information on the mission and success stories of Stanford Sierra Youth and Families can be found at https://www.youthsolutions.org/what-we-do. SSYF is participating in the Big Day of Giving on May 7. Donations can be provided at https://support.youthsolutions.org/give/141997/#!/donation/checkout.
The meeting then broke off into a number of small groups of approximately 6 members each. Each small group was able to talk about how they were dealing with the crisis. We all shared new activities being pursued while being sheltered at home. Some were reading more, playing the guitar. Many were cooking more. Some, including this reporter, are seeking social distance from our refrigerators in an effort to flatten the curve.
We all agreed that the small group breakout session was of great value to provide both Rotarian fellowship and to personalize the meeting experience. Thank you again President Jim, LaToya and Sulaf.
Tune in next week as we visit with the Young Professionals who will oversee our meeting.
Our First Small Group Break Out Meeting John Goralka 2020-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Zooms Into The Cloud

Posted by John Goralka (The Goralka Law Firm) – Voted most likely to be wearing a mask by his law school graduating class. on Apr 24, 2020
As we begin month two (2) of the economic shutdown, President Jim Leet (Boutin/Jones Inc.) called to order our second prudent and socially distant meeting.
Pulitzer prize winning Author Nancy Teichert  provided our thought for the day as she reminded us all to help others during this unprecedented time of need. Nancy thanked the many Rotarians who are doing great things behind the scenes. One small group of Rotarians included Karen Diepenbrock (Diepenbrock Elkin Dauer McCandless LLP) who gathered with others at the Royal Oaks Post Office to insure the delivery of 59 hard cover classic books to a grade school in need.
Nancy also noted that Past District Governor Fred Teichert’s (Teichert Foundation) Shelter-In-Place grooming may be preparation for a new Santa look for Christmas.
Past President Walter Dahl (Dahl Law) introduced Past President Rob Scherer who won the award for traveling electronically the furthest to attend. Rob Scherer was able to virtually attend from his new residence in Puerto Vallarta. Rob noted that Mexico, including Puerto Vallarta, is in heavy lockdown through the end of May. Rob and his wife, Sharon, are healthy, but remain at home. We wish Rob and Sharon continued health and safety.
David Brandenburg (Newmark Knight Frank) won the award for the cutest guests as he had a picture of 7 Vizsla puppies that recently joined his family. Due to the new puppies, David and his family were remaining home for a few months and thanked all of us for remaining at home as well to support him.
President Jim’s good news of the day was that our Chaplaincy Van is now in operation. We teamed with other local Rotary Clubs to fill this very important and timely need for the community. The Chaplaincy Van provides a mobile location to help those affected by adverse circumstances to grieve and receive counseling. Our Club contributed $5,000.00 with a matching contribution of $4,700.00 from the District for the acquisition and refurbishing of a van to enable on-site counseling and assistance.
President Jim reminded us all of the great speakers and opportunities available from attending the Rotary International Conference. Our speaker for today was Dr. Marianne Azer who is one of the top 10 public speakers in Egypt, a member of the Egyptian Parliament and the Global Advisory Board. Marianne is devoted to politics, women’s issues, and cultural affairs. Marianne is also a past speaker from the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg.
Dr. Azer’s topic today was inclusion in a diverse world. She noted that the average person takes about 7 seconds to judge another in an initial meeting. This quick, seemingly automatic, process may lead to the exclusion of others perceived to be different from ourselves.   
Diversity represents the differences that make each of us unique and should be celebrated. Marianne even cited examples from antiquity in the design of the Ancient Egyptian Tombs that evidenced gender equality and diversity. She noted that inclusion starts with “I” and is what makes the mixture in diversity work.
Dr. Azer is an entertaining and passionate speaker with a unique perspective that she tied to Rotary’s goals in making the world a better place. A recording of her presentation is available on the Rotary International site. Google “Dr. Azer Rotary International Hamburg Vimeo.”
Tune in next week as President Jim promises a different and unique program.
Rotary Zooms Into The Cloud  John Goralka (The Goralka Law Firm) – Voted most likely to be wearing a mask by his law school graduating class. 2020-04-24 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Goes Virtual!

Posted by John Goralka on Apr 16, 2020
President Jim began by thanking Rotary’s own heroes: Latoya, Barbara, and Sulaf who have single-handedly kept our club going throughout the COVID-19 Stay-At-Home Order. Jim Leet (Boutin Jones, Inc.) pushed enter and Rotary’s first virtual meeting began. Jim quoted the Greek Philosopher Heraclitus and noted that “There is nothing permanent except change.” Those words especially ring true today in our socially distant world.
Rivkah Sass (The Sacramento Public Library) provided our thought for the day. Rivkah has a more worldly perspective as she recently returned from a Syrian Refugee Camp. Rivkah looked to Madame (Marie) Curie (The First Woman To Win The Nobel Prize In Physics). For our Thought For The Day:  
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less.”
Past President Wes Yee (Yee Dental Care) provided a tribute for Skip Lawrence who recently passed away. Skip was a wonderful friend to us all and will be greatly missed. Skip had a remarkable life far beyond his dental practice. He attended Stanford University on a baseball scholarship. He played second base and was recruited by professional baseball teams. Skip was a true Rotarion whose entire life was devoted to service for others.
President Jim Then Reviewed The Club Announcements:
Compassion Committee Reporter Steve Huffman reminded us that many Rotarians in the high risk groups and up may need help. Please let Steve know of any Rotarians that may be effected by this Order to Remain Home and are in need.
President Elect’s Report: Kevin Smith-Fagan (Fairytale Town) is excited about the slate of speakers in process for next year. He is interested in a speaker idea or suggestion that you may have. Kevin indicates that he may take Rotary meetings on the Road next year and meet offsite. Ideas for interesting locations would be appreciated. One idea was the new Sacramento Community Theatre when it re-opens. Kevin is a true innovator and is considering occasional magical interludes at future meetings.
Ray Ward, the Rotary District Governor noted that the District Awards Dinner is postponed. He indicated that when held the dinner will have a Hawaiian Luau Theme when held.
Our own Kathy Herrfeldt (Home Care Assistance) provided a very timely discussion of the options, consideration and COVID-19 challenges to home health care. Assistance can be provided for virtually any task that needs to be done, beyond simply health care.  
Kathy has one mission is "To Change The Way That The World Ages". Tune in next week as Rotary visits the Nile. Our speaker is a member of the Egyptian Parliament who will be discussing Diversity.  
Rotary Goes Virtual! John Goralka 2020-04-16 07:00:00Z 0

Time To Rise Against Hunger

Posted by John Goralka on Mar 12, 2020
President Jim Leet (Boutin Jones, Inc.) called our meeting to order by giving special thanks to Mike Bullington (DOJ Certified Firearms Safety Instructor) for greeting us with a few melodies on the piano and for capturing the day with photos, to our greeters, Ted White (Sacramento Delta Property Management), Lonnie Martin (Vistage International), and Mark Luhdorff (IMD Path). Todd Andrews (Andrews Construction, Inc.) & Megan Wygant (CLARA/ Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts) for the wine reception and John Goralka (Goralka Law Firm) for reporting this week’s Pulse. Thank you, Lonnie Martin, again for sponsoring our meeting!
Get well wishes to Skip Lawrence who is in the hospital. We hope and pray for a speedy recovery!
Sarah Hodge (California State University, Sacramento) provided our Thought of the Day with a quote from The World According to Mr. Rogers – “The greatest deeds are not the flashiest, but simple acts of kindness that yield the best results yet go unnoticed”.
Lonnie Martin of Vistage International sponsored the meeting. Vistage is the world’s largest executive coaching organization for small and midsize businesses. For more than 60 years Vistage has helped CEOs, business owners and key executives solve their toughest challenges through a comprehensive approach to success. At the heart of their proven formula is confidential peer advisory groups and executive one-on-one coaching sessions. Vistage helps create better leaders by guiding them to better decisions in order to get better results.
Rotary Youth Exchange Guests:
Nine (9) members of the Rotary Youth Exchange from 8 different countries visited, those guests are:
First Name/ Nickname
Last Name
Host Rotary Club
Fair Oaks
Dos Anjos
El Dorado Hills
Delsalle Granados
Foothill Highlands
Lizondo Parada
South Placer Sunrise
Elk Grove
Time To Rise Against Hunger John Goralka 2020-03-12 07:00:00Z 0

Jean Runyon Day!

Posted by Mike Bullington on Mar 05, 2020
President Jim Leet (Boutin Jones Inc.) kicked off the month of March by acknowledging the role of women in history. Accordingly, March 8 is International Women’s Day. 
Robyn Delong (Caldwell Banker) regaled the members with tales of King Arthur’s days, when chivalrous knights and damsels in distress roamed the land. How Arthur, finding himself in a royal pickle, had to answer the eternal quandary of “what does a woman want,” or forfeit his crown - head attached.
To make a longgggg story short, he solved it by persuading his nephew Sir Gawain to marry the homely, nay repugnant, Ragnelle, who then revealed the answer that any enlightened Rotarian would have given. What does a woman want? “Sovereignty over her own decisions,” she told the King.
On their wedding night, Ragnelle turns into the most ravishing beauty eyes ever beheld, having broken the old spell in part. She tells Gawain that the other condition of the spell is that she can only maintain her ravishing looks half the day. She asks him to pick which half. He smartly replies that it is “her” choice, at which the spell is broken completely.
The moral? If you don’t respect a woman’s sovereignty, things might just get ugly.
The record reveals that the Sacramento Club of Rotary heeded Ragnelle’s advice, when on September 29, 1987, it conferred membership on its first female member, Jean Runyon. And now, through the inspiration of President Jim Leet and Steve Ruland (Ruland’s Office Furnishings), we are acknowledging the accomplishments of women in Rotary with the annual “Jean Runyon Award.”
Kathy Herrfeldt (Home Care Assistance) took the podium to inaugurate the festivities. She praised Estelle Saltzman and Kathleen Smith for sharing their memories of Jean, whom Kathy lamented not having had the chance to meet. She then introduced Estelle, who had been Jean’s partner since 1976.
Estelle acknowledged Jean’s family: Liz Mulligan and husband Terry and son Jack, President Chris Holben, Vice Presidents Paul McClure and Scott Rose, and former Rotarian Kathleen Smith. President Holben announced a gift from the firm to our club of $1,000 to be used for mentoring.
Estelle explained the phenomenon of Jean-itude, the attitude of service to the community, celebrated every March 6 at the company. We then watched a slide show of Jean’s life set to the music of “One Singular Sensation” from the musical “Chorus Line.” Featured in the slide show was our beloved Mead Kibbey, singing Jean’s praises.
Kathy then described the trailblazing feats of the Jean Runyon Award winner, and how the award recipient had fulfilled each of the criteria for the award, before finally revealing her identity: Dr. Barbara Arnold (Barbara J. Arnold MD Inc.) 
Dr. Arnold was feted with the first red coat and given a thousand-dollar check to use at her discretion, which she promptly dedicated to Fairytale Town.  In her acceptance, Dr. Arnold recalled Jean’s role as a matchmaker and her efforts in bringing her together with husband Dr. Henry Goh, who had been working at Jean’s ranch. Incidentally, Jean also matched Lori and Peter Dannenfelser (Architectural Arts) Yowser!
Barbara recounted her trailblazing ways and her most recent love, Fairytale Town, to which she promptly dedicated her $1000 check. She also recognized Kevin Smith-Fagan as the newly appointed Executive Director of Fairytale.
Our special thanks to Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak) who opened the meeting’s festivities with some lively tunes on the piano. Our greeters were Ann Solomon (University of Aukland), Todd Koolakian (Sacramento Children’s Home) and Clayton Lee (CKL Trust). John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography) was our photographer. Lev Kaganovich (Energy, LEED & Commissioning Consulting) provided a lovely selection of reds and white. Mike Bullington (DOJ Certified Firearms Safety Instructor) was our Pulse reporter.
We have many guests attended the meeting.
Jean Runyon Day!  Mike Bullington 2020-03-05 08:00:00Z 0

The Superbowl Revisited

Posted by John Goralka on Feb 13, 2020
Our esteemed President Jim Leet (Boutin/Jones Inc.) called the meeting to order. He thanked Mike Bullington for his introductory piano recital, and our greeters, Danny Gemma (HUB International) and Neil MacMullan (FARO Consulting & Solutions). Jim also thanked Cheryl Marcell (CA State Railroad Museum Foundation) for sponsoring the wine reception and tending bar, John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography) for capturing the meeting with photos, Rick Eytcheson (Capital Public Radio) for sponsoring the meeting and John Goralka (The Goralka Law Firm) for reporting this week’s Pulse.
The Thought of the day was brought to us by Paul Keefer (Pacific Charter Institute), Paul reviewed the history of the 4-way test, which was adopted by Rotary International in 1943. The 4-way test asks: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? In 1932, Hebert Taylor, a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago, attributed the survival of his aluminum business during the depression to application of the 4-way test. Taylor faced adversity with courage and put the 4-way test into action. Paul challenged us to all courageously employ the 4-way test.
Our meeting sponsor was Rick Eytcheson of Capital Public Radio. Rick was pleased to report that Capital Public Radio is thriving despite challenges faced by many others in the industry. They enjoyed substantial increases with each of the impeachment hearings. Podcasts were becoming increasingly more popular. Capital Public Radio will be expanding with a new station in Chico “NPR – Time to Listen”.
Alice Sauro (Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera) introduced Megan Wygant (Executive Director/ CLARA Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts) as a new member. Among Megan’s many skills, Megan is a uniquely talented open water swimmer whose accomplishments include swimming the English Channel. Welcome Megan! Megan was sponsored by Allison Cagley (Friends of Sacramento Arts) and Alice Sauro.  
Ray Ward, our District Governor announced the new District Governor elect – Brent Hasley. Ray also reminded us of the Rise Against Hunger campaign. Please mark your calendars for Saturday, April 18th to pack meals for students in need. A donation of $75 will feed one child for an entire school year. Donations can be made at the Rotary 5180 website. 
The Superbowl Revisited John Goralka 2020-02-13 08:00:00Z 0
Rise Against Hunger! Save The Date 4/18/2020 2020-02-12 08:00:00Z 0

Dale Carlson – Giving Much More Than a Good Night’s Sleep

Posted by Mark Luhdorff on Feb 07, 2020
February 4th’s meeting began with a warm welcome by President Elect Kevin Smith-Fagan (Fairytale Town). Special thanks were given to our greeters, John Shelby (Merchants Bank of Commerce), Julie Sherry (Watson Companies, Inc.) and Paul Keefer (Pacific Charter Institute). Kevin also thanked Jeff Setzer (Setzer Forest Products, Inc.) for sponsoring the wine reception, John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography) for photographing the meeting, and to Mark Luhdorff (IMD Path) for being our Pulse reporter & piano player.
In honor of our guest speaker of the day, Invocator Rivkah Sass (Sacramento Public Library) reminded us of the importance of sleep – particularly the importance of naps. After the salute to the Flag and introduction to our guests, prospective members, and visiting Rotarians, Kevin provided a moving tribute and moment of silence for the passing of long-time member of the Club and Sacramento Rotary Fellow, Paul Stone.
Chair of the day, Steve Horton (UCP of Sacramento and Northern California) gave an overview of the history UCP of Sacramento (opening its Sacramento office in 1955 and its Foundation in 2009), its programs (including bussing of children in wheelchairs over 1.3 million miles a year to various activities), and  the population of those served (primarily children with autism in addition to cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, and Down Syndrome).  Steve then encouraged everyone to attend UCP’s annual Humanitarian of the Year Award Dinner on April 23, 2020 honoring Arlen Orchard for his leadership in our community.
Robyn DeLong (Caldwell Banker) led the announcements by informing us that the next Fireside Event, at the home of Kathy Herrfeldt (Home Care Assistance), is on March 11. Callee Setzer (Setzer Forrest Products) let us know that Golf 4 Kids registration is open, sponsorships are available, and both can be found on the Club’s website. Callee then urged us to sign up quickly for one of the five locations for the February 25 Brown Bag Day as space is limited. Buddy Hubbert (Mother Lode Capital) announced the postponement of February 12th’s Entrepreneurship meeting until sometime in late March. Bruce Hester reminded us to get our signups in by next Tuesday for February 22nd’s Magical Winter Celebration to be held in the Elks Tower downtown. Peter Dannenfelser II (Architectural Arts) informed us of the Rotary Club of South Sacramento’s crab feed on February 8th. David Brandenburger (Newmark Knight Frank) let us know that judges are needed for the upcoming Speech Contest.
Dale Carlson – Giving Much More Than a Good Night’s Sleep  Mark Luhdorff 2020-02-07 08:00:00Z 0

A Visit With Kitty O’Neal

Posted by Nancy Teichert on Jan 29, 2020
The meeting began with a welcome by President Jim Leet (attorney for Boutin/Jones Inc.). Special thanks was given to our greeters, Robert Fuller (Delfino Madden), Theresa Wheeler (Prevail Public Affairs) and Lev Kaganovich (Energy, LEED & Commissioning Consulting). Jim also thanked Surrender Singal for sponsoring the wine reception, John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography) for keeping a photographic record of the meeting and our Pulse reporter, Nancy Teichert.
Invocator Tina Reynolds (Uptown Studios, Inc.) reminded us of the recent Martin Luther King Jr. Day events and suggested that members invite people of color to help diversify the club. A moment of silence was devoted to the passing of members Bob Hall and Cyrus Johnson.
Chair of the day was Jeanne Reaves (Jeanne Reaves Consulting). The meeting was sponsored by Past President Fred Teichert (Teichert Foundation) who donated his time to Kenn Altine, CEO of the Sacramento Society for the Protection of Animals. Created in 1892, the SSPCA is a nonprofit funded entirely with donations which finds homes for 4,000 animals every year and offers free or low-cost vaccinations and spaying and neutering.
Just one week before walking down the red carpet at the Academy Awards, Sacramento KFBK broadcaster Kitty O’Neal reflected on her concerns about how news coverage has changed during her career. When she was starting out at two local television stations before moving into radio, her editor had cautioned her about the use of certain adjectives that could reflect a bias in a story. Reporting was objective and based on facts, not favoring one political.
Listeners now seem to prefer hearing the news from a broadcaster who shares their opinions, she said, warning that it can make for a divisive society. “Facts are very important to me,” said O’Neal, a broadcaster for 35 years. “That’s not what people do in news anymore. I really make an effort to just tell a story.”
Many people today like the news reflected back to them through their own political filter like Fox or MSNBC. She said all listeners have their own lives that have formed the narratives they want to hear and can become angry when others see things differently. “Be kind to everybody,” she said.
Rush Limbaugh, who is one of those broadcasters who offers his own view of the news based on his friendship with President Trump worked with O’Neal in Sacramento. Kitty reminded us that we need to be friends with people that may disagree with our views on political issues. She said Limbaugh is a kind and generous man. When Limbaugh made it to the big time, she said Limbaugh flew a group of his former co-workers to New York to share his good fortune.
A Visit With Kitty O’Neal Nancy Teichert 2020-01-29 08:00:00Z 0

A Rotary Story  -  When I became a Rotarian


Posted by Kelley Moran on Jan 29, 2020

In the past 16 years as a member of the Rotary Club of Sacramento, there have been countless opportunities for Service Above Self.

There was a project when I was a relatively new member that really ignited my Rotary Spirit.  The Reading, Rover and Rotary Committee brought our Rotary Club members and their dogs to an elementary school in Del Paso where we sat with students one-on-one and listened as they read to us and our dogs.  For many of these students, english was not their native language.

The dog I brought with me was our German Shepherd named Kobe who was quite large and could be misconstrued as menacing but was really a softie who loved to spend time with the kids.  As we listened to the students read aloud it allowed them to build their confidence in a non-judgmental, safe environment. The program also created a positive experience to help many kids get over their fear of dogs. Kobe became a fan favorite with many of the students. I’ve included a picture at an awards ceremony the school held for us and the students.

A Rotary Story  -  When I became a Rotarian  Kelley Moran 2020-01-29 08:00:00Z 0

An Update On Pain Management And The Opioid Crisis

Posted by Jim Culleton on Jan 16, 2020
Mike Bullington welcomed us with a few piano melodies as President Jim Leet (Boutin Jones, Inc.) tried to quiet a raucous Rotary crowd for our 2nd meeting of 2020! Greeters included Sam Peters (Construction Testing Service), Steve Huffman, and Kelly Huffman (Safety Center Inc.). Bullington pulled double duty and acted as our photographer for the day as well. Ed Melia hosted the wine reception and Nancy Teichert (writer) gave us the thought for the day.
Four guests included Jim McCollum, Pat Juneau, Lisa Caulk and Katie HoffmanSteve King attended as a prospective member.
Thank you, Kelley Moran, (Moran and Associates) for sponsoring our meeting! In the wake of the Stephon Clark shooting, Kelley Moran is motivated to get Rotary more involved with the community. He joined the Sacramento Police Foundation as a board member. Kelley encouraged us to sponsor, support and attend the Red, White and Blue Festival on June 20, 2020. This fun event which will feature a mile race, festival and concert.
SAVE THE DATE - Golf 4 Kids is on May 4th, 2020! Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products) and Brandon Montalvo (Morgan Stanley) walked us through easy –to-use website tabs providing event history, partners, gallery, auction details and contact information. This is one of Rotary’s longest standing philanthropic events, plan on attending even if just for dinner!
Sac Century Recap: Roy Alexander and Tim Mattheis (WMB Architects) presented a huge check (literally and figuratively) to the Sacramento Crisis Nursery for $100,217.00! Todd Koolakian (Sacramento Children’s Home) graciously accepted the check and reminded us that the Crisis Nursery benefits our most vulnerable children and families. Well done Rotary!
Gerry Dabi (Golden Pacific Bank) reported that we were among the top Salvation Army Bell Ringers this past holiday season with $956.02! Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen & Pajak) and Bruce Hester invited us to the Magical Winter Celebration on February 22, 2020 at the Elk’s Temple. $95 per person includes dinner, cocktails, an auction with 6 special items, and dancing to the Rotary Rockers. A magician will also be performing…. Laura Heintz (Stanford Youth Solutions) explained a 3 year long Rotary District project to address human trafficking. There will be upcoming events and sponsorship opportunities that will promote education and awareness.  Dennis Smith (Tsakopoulos Management Company, LLC) told us the Community Grants deadline is January 21, 2020 to the Rotary Office. Thom Gilbert explained RYLA, YIP and REGAL. These programs are crucial to our young up and coming leaders. They develop leadership skills, mentor, and interact with advisors. He concluded by reading a letter from Myra Washington praising the Rotary Club for its involvement with youth. Christie Holderegger (VOA) promoted a Volunteers of America Jazz benefit Concert on Sunday January 26, 2020. Cost is $80 at Biba’s Restaurant (2801 Capitol Ave) The Henry Robinett Group will perform a concert to benefit Sacramento’s Homeless Veterans. The event includes a reception at 5pm with a dinner to follow at 6pm. You can buy tickets @ www.tiny.cc/jazzconcert Dan McVeigh (Downey Brand LLP) and Chris Ann Bechtel are looking for 11 more sponsorship chairs as we have 11 open dates left in President Leet’s term. Cost is $350, please contact them or the Rotary office.
An Update On Pain Management And The Opioid Crisis Jim Culleton 2020-01-16 08:00:00Z 0

Factfulness – A Difficult Perspective With Optimism For The Future

Posted by Paul Keefer on Jan 09, 2020
President Jim Leet (Boutin Jones, Inc.) called our meeting to order by giving special thanks to the following members who served during the meeting: Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak) for greeting us with the piano and introducing the handsome, erudite speaker. Also, thanks to the greeters including Maggie Hopkins (Capital Premier Lending & Premier Realty), Steve Horton, and Winston Eddy. Thanks also to Paul Keefer (Pacific Charter Institute) for his continued lowbrow reporting. Thank you, Gerry Dabi (Golden Pacific Bank), for teeing up Factfulness with your "Thought for the Day". Gerry reminded us that a mistake is an opportunity to learn and improve. Much gratitude to John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography) for memorializing the event with pictures. Thank you to Don Fenocchio (Cunningham Engineering) and Bob McLean (McLean & Tillotson Construction) for handling the rowdy full bar at the wine reception!
Our own Professor Bruce Hester mesmerized the Rotarians with Factfulness - factoids packed with facts and fact graphs! Bruce is a prolific reader running his book club for over 18 years and staying current through his 16 hobbies including oratory design and speeches. His 9th speech focused on the ideas presented in the book Factfulness by Dr. Hans Rosling. Bruce was also influenced by Steven Pinker (Enlightenment Now) and the world’s state of affairs. Out of the gate we were caught flat footed as only one person successfully answered the 3-question quiz 100% correct (and it was because he read the book Factfulness)! The quiz focused on the global quality of life referencing three key factors. The rest of us suffered in the darkness of half facts!
The foundational data for Bruce’s speech includes the World Bank, JP Morgan, UNESCO among many others. Bruce successfully wove the current condition of the people in the world and how much better we are today than 200 years ago as recognized through a variety of metrics including literacy, food production, child mortality, income, and safe water. Bruce also addressed the global population as a whole and the good news going forward. We look forward to future speeches from Bruce as he continues to build his library of science and history books!
“And that’s the fact Jack!” – Bill Murray in Stripes
Factfulness – A Difficult Perspective With Optimism For The Future  Paul Keefer 2020-01-09 08:00:00Z 0

Daughter’s Day!

Posted by Danielle McGarrity on Dec 20, 2019
A day of music, celebration and fun! Daughter’s Day organizer Alice Sauro (Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera) introduced President for the Day Carleigh Osen (Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies); daughter of Rick Osen (Sutter Builders, Inc.) and granddaughter of Dick Osen. President Carleigh introduced and thanked our Greeters Bella Solis, Eden Wild and Cara McIntyre; and Sergeants-at-Arms Bella Solis and Libby Pavelchick; Margaret Teichert (Berkshire Hathaway); daughter of Fred (Teichert Foundation) and Nancy Teichert, share a poem she wrote for her daughter encouraging her to “Live Happy, Be Strong.”
Bella Solis, daughter of Eric Solis and Libby Pavelchick, daughter of Roy Alexander helped President Carleigh identify the youngest daughter/granddaughter in attendance (7 months old); the daughter/granddaughter who has attended the most Daughters’ Days (45 years straight!) and the daughter/granddaughter who traveled the furthest to attend (400 miles).
President Carleigh fined her dad Rick for leaving one single cracker in the box and fined her grandpa Dick for his support proofreading her case brief for a Law class she took. Past President Brian Van Camp (Van Camp ADR) donated $1000 on December 3, in recognition of his anniversary of 40 years of membership in our Club. The Salvation Army received a generous check from the Rotary Club of Sacramento – Toy Drive $755. Thank you to all who contributed!
Eden Wild, granddaughter of Ivan Wild (The Salvation Army) recognized and thanked Sarah Son, Caitlyn Ohler and Benjamin Jiang, a string trio from the Sacramento Youth Symphony, who performed for the group. Hanna Kaganovich, granddaughter of Fred and Nancy Teichert, performed Christmastime by Vince Guaraldi on the piano. Rotary’s own The Four-Way Test, aka the Rotary Rockers, John McIntyre (Mercy Foundation), Kevin Williams (KVIE Public Television), Kevin Smith-Fagan (KVIE Public Television) and Dick Osen serenaded us with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Winter Wonderland and Jingle Bells.
Daughter’s Day! Danielle McGarrity 2019-12-20 08:00:00Z 0

Live Happy, Be Strong!

Advice and everyday wisdom for my Daughter

Make your bed every day; even if it's right before you get in it.
•             Find your tribe and love them hard. True friends are hard to come by.
•             Seek out the people and places that resonate with your soul.
•             Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should.
•             Happiness is not a permanent state. Wholeness is. Don’t confuse the two.
•             Be sugar AND spice. Don’t compromise your personal recipe for the tastes of others.
•             Hold your heroes to a higher standard.
•             HUG like you mean it, with both arms, and put some squeeze into it. Insincerity is nothing to                 aspire to.
•             Never lie to yourself.
•             Your body, your rules. No exceptions.
•             It’s okay to cry when you’re hurt or angry. It’s also okay to smash things; but when you’re done, wash your face, clean up your mess, and get up off the floor. You don’t belong down there.
•             You can’t always control what happens to you. You can control what you decide to do about                  it.
•             A good attitude will get you farther than you think. So will resilience and resourcefulness.
•             If you have an opinion, understand why. Always listen to the other side and keep an open                     mind. You could be the one who is wrong.
•             Practice your passions.
•             Ask for what you want. The worst anyone can do say is no.
•             Speak up for what you need.
•             Don’t be afraid to make mistakes - they’re some of your best teachers.
•             Don’t value trophies you didn’t earn. And if you did earn them, don’t let them stand in the                      way of striving to do more great things.
•             Wish on stars and dandelions, but then get to work to make those wishes come true.
•             Ask for help when you need it. Your circle is wider and more compassionate than you know.
•             Fall in love often. Particularly with ideas, art, music, literature, food and far-off places.
•             Say what you mean and mean what you say.
•             Say “Please”, “Thank You”, and “Excuse Me” whenever the situation warrants it. Reserve                    “I’m sorry” for when you truly mean it.
•             Naps are for grown-ups, too.
•             Question everything except your own intuition.
•             You have enough. You are enough.  You are amazing! Don't value anyone’s opinion who                      makes you feel differently.
•             Spread your wings and remember your roots. The best ideas reach above the clouds, but                    are  built on strong foundations.
•             No one will ever love you more than I do, but love yourself more.
Live Happy, Be Strong!  Margaret Teichert 2019-12-20 08:00:00Z 0

Our Annual Meeting

Posted by Shirlee Tully on Dec 12, 2019
Led by President Jim Leet (Boutin Jones Inc.), yesterday’s luncheon was our club’s annual meeting, which happens every year. (Everybody is a comedian). During the meeting, we welcomed a returning member and a brand-new member. After his tenure at another club, which shall remain nameless, John Shelby (Merchants Bank of Commerce) has returned to the best Rotary club ever (#BRCE)! President Leet also heartily welcomed Jaydeep Balakrishnan (CSUS College of Business) to our ranks.
There was great fanfare as the new board of directors was announced for President Elect, Kevin Smith-Fagan’s term of office. Mark Luhdorff (IMD Path) will serve as Treasurer and Allison Cagley (Friends of Sacramento Arts) will be our Sergeant at Arms. The new board is an accomplished group including Gerry Dabi (Golden Pacific Bank), Christie Holderegger (VOA), John McIntyre (Mercy Foundation), Alice Sauro (Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera) and Bobby Reed (Capitol Tech Solutions).
There wasn’t a sound in the house as we sat on the edge of our seats waiting for Past President Diane Mizell to announce the nominee for President Elect-Elect. Not to bury the lead, but our candidate is a native Californian who was raised in one of the smallest incorporated towns in the state, Point Arena. After a high school career graced by academic and athletic excellence, our nominee attended Sacramento State, where they played 3 years of football with the mighty Hornets and received a B.A. in history. Somehow, this northern California resident became a huge fan of USC football, the LA Dodgers and the LA Rams. Perhaps a geography lesson is in order.
Lest you think our nominee is not well rounded, this person has run one marathon, fifteen half-marathons, completed six sprint triathlons and one Olympic distance triathlon, and is a red wine afficionado and craft beer maker. He is a legendary baker due to his fascination with the Great British Baking Show. Our nominee also had a brush with fame by being an extra in the 5-time Oscar nominated film, Ladybird, and is celebrated for soulful renditions of James Taylor songs at local karaoke venues.
Our nominee has worked in the banking industry for 25 years, currently as the commercial and small business lender for First U.S. Community Credit Union. This person also serves on the board of the YMCA and the Partnership Council for the American Cancer Society and will chair the board of directors of the Elk Grove Chamber of commerce in 2020.
As for Rotary service, this person joined our club in 2013, is a 2-time Paul Harris recipient, serves on the current board of directors, and is our championship Rotary softball team’s longtime third baseperson. And now for the biggest clue, this person is best known for being on the Golf 4 Kids committee for 5 years and chairing the committee for the past 3 years. So, with no further avoidance of pronouns, our nominee for the president who will serve from 2021-2022 is…. BOB MILLER!  
Our Annual Meeting Shirlee Tully 2019-12-12 08:00:00Z 0

Foundation Day!

Posted by John McIntyre on Dec 05, 2019
President Jim Leet (Boutin Jones, Inc.) gaveled the meeting to order and introduced our own Rotary Rockers, who started off the annual Foundation meeting with a Beatles-oriented bang, performing “With a Little Help From My Friends,” and “Help!”. President Jim thanked Mark Luhdorff (IMD Path) for his Piano ministrations Wine Receptionists Rick Davis and Ted White (Delta Property Mgmt.), Pulse Reporter John McIntyre (Mercy Foundation), Photographer John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography) Greeters, Mike Gilligan, Len McCandliss, Virginia Wade, and our meeting sponsor Danny Gemma (Hub International).
Rick Osen (Sutter Builders, Inc.) provided an inspiring reflection on the importance of transforming lives through giving, noting what an important part of the Rotary priorities and legacy such giving has been over the decades.
President Jim led the Club through a Pledge of Allegiance to the virtual flag (resplendent and waving in our minds)
Sergeant-at-Arms John Wood (McGee & Thielen Insurance Brokers) introduced guests and prospective members, and special acknowledgment was accorded Assistant District Governor Dave Veden.
President Jim then turned the meeting over to Becki Roberts to oversee the presentation of the Rotary Club of Sacramento Foundation.
Becki began by noting that the RCOS Foundation was begun in 1971 with an initial corpus of $1,100 and since that time, with careful management and continued investment by Rotarians, the Foundation has grown to nearly $3.4 million! Becki then introduced members of the Foundation Board and had them stand to be recognized. She then asked Mike Gilligan to share about the relationship of the RI Foundation and the RCOS Foundation, with the former focused on global/national level initiatives, and the latter focused primarily on local priorities and action. Rick Davis was then called forward to provide an annual report of the RCOS Foundation. Among highlights was the $150,000 raised in 2019 through events – primarily the Sacramento Century bike ride and Golf 4 Kids. Among prominent expenditures was $48,000 on youth and community needs and $36,000 for international water/food-literacy initiatives. Rick also noted with appreciation the $16,000 raised spontaneously at club meetings to support emergencies, such as the recent fires in Northern California.  Linda Geery (Gilbert CPAs) then stepped forward to share about the management of the Foundation’s investments, handled very effectively by True North. As the presentation was reaching its zenith, President Jim then asked that the Rotary Rockers bring everyone back down to earth with some music. The Rockers performed The Foundation’s classic “Build Me Up, Buttercup,” and an evocative rendition of Bill Wither’s “Lean on Me.”
Now again in control of their emotions, Becki and team continued the Foundation presentation. Bob Daly (Financial Network Wealth Advisors) then strode to the mic to detail how Golf 4 Kids has continued as the longest-continually-running event in all of Rotary, begun in 1922 and continuing to this day. Funds from this event help children with spina bifida, cerebral palsy and severe autism at selected Sacramento schools. $33,000 went to this purpose in 2019 and more than $480,000 since the event began.  Mike Bullington showed a slide show of a recent WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) initiative in the Dominican Republic, where he and others participated. Todd Koolakian (Sacramento Children’s Home) encouraged Rotarians to consider leaving a legacy with the RCOS Foundation in their estates, noting that anyone who makes lifetime contributions at $10,000 or more, or who leave at least that amount in their estates for the Foundation can earn their place among “The Immortals,” while anyone leaving a legacy of any amount can be part of the Club’s “Legacy Circle.”
Becki opened the floor to encourage members to make gifts to the Foundation to continue its excellent work and several members rose to accept that opportunity to make gifts, particularly to complete their next Eddie Mulligan and/or Paul Harris.
Foundation Day! John McIntyre 2019-12-05 08:00:00Z 0

If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium….The Travels of Brian Asher

President Jim Leet (Boutin Jones Inc.) began by thanking Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak) for greeting us with her musical talents on the piano and to our greeters, Giuliano Kornberg (Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera), Darlene Hailey, and Dave Higdon (California Moving Systems). Thanks also to Ann Solomon (University of Auckland) for reporting on this week’s Rotary Club meeting. Much gratitude to John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography) for capturing memorable moments. Thank you, Forrest Junod, for pouring a lovely selection of wines, also a big thank you to our meeting sponsors President Jim Leet & Grant Bledsoe (Three Oaks Capital Management).
Our Thought of the Day was presented by Amanda Nelson (Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation) who reminded us that, “When you travel, a new silence goes with you and if you listen, you will hear what your heart would love to say.” (Quoting Mr. John Donohue)
John Wood (McGee & Thielen) introduced guests, prospective members and visiting Rotarians. Robert Fuller, (Delfino Madden O'Malley Coyle & Koewler, LLP), was welcomed as our newest Rotarian. Robert was sponsored by President Jim Leet and Grant Bledsoe.
John McIntyre (Mercy Foundation) was honored as a Sacramento Rotary Fellow, earning his second Paul Harris pin. John - Congratulations on this great honor and thank you for your continuing service to Sacramento Rotary!
President Jim recognized our birthday Rotarians with a PowerPoint presentation.
Chair of the day Kiefie Breuer introduced speaker Brian Asher (A Journey to Every Country in the World/Spanish Teacher/Rio Americano High School). He is a Sacramento native and Spanish teacher at his alma matter Rio Americano High School. Brian took us on a fascinating journey through 191 countries, which was inspired by his late brother. He has six countries left to complete his journey to visit every country in the world. Travel allows Brian to grow, learn, trust in strangers, and be patient. In particular, travel reminds us all that it is important to recognize the good that many different and diverse cultures have to offer. We should truly not postpone our dreams. Only by stepping out of our comfort zone can we learn how truly capable we are. You can Follow Brian at theworldhiker.com and The World Hiker on Facebook. Thank you, Brian, for the story of your journey and the sage advice.

If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium….The Travels of Brian Asher  Ann Solomon 2019-11-22 08:00:00Z 0

A Rotary Salute to Our Armed Forces

Posted by Paul "Scoop" Keefer on Nov 07, 2019
President Jim Leet (Boutin Jones Inc.) gaveled the meeting to order and began by thanking members who served during the meeting. Special thanks to Mike Bullington for greeting us with the piano and to our greeters, Christie Holderegger (VOA), Joel Hockman (Pucci’s Pharmacy), and Marcella Cooper (Girl Scouts). Thanks also to Paul ‘Scoop’ Keefer (Pacific Charter Institute) for the low brow reporting. Much gratitude to John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography) for memorializing the event with pictures. Thank you, Don Brown, for the delightful wine reception. Finally, thanks to Thom Gilbert who presented a prayer in honor of our Veterans and ‘D-Day’.
The Rotary Club of Sacramento celebrated our veterans with honor and class. Past President John Lemmon (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky LLP) welcomed the five branches of our United States military and our fellow Rotarians that served representing their branch. This moving ceremony was captivated by our very own 4-Way Test Quartet of Kevin Smith-Fagan (KVIE Public Television), Dick Osen, John McIntyre (Mercy Foundation), and Kevin Williams (KVIE Public Television) singing the branches songs. Our singers also sang the Star-Spangled Banner. Many thanks go to Jackie Kirkwood for sponsoring and organizing this spectacular event and to John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography) for organizing the parade of military branches.

We were honored to have Christopher Conlin (City of Sacramento, Assistant City Manager for Public Safety) share the story of his military service. Chris has a long resume of both serving our country and our community. Chris spoke to his memories as a Colonel in the Marines and of his service in Iraq. His honesty, the extraordinary details of his missions and his values as a Marine Corp veteran impressed us all. Beyond sharing his memories, Chris also described how important our veterans are to our communities and the many skills that may not show up on a resume. He reminded us that veterans have critical baseline skills that they can fall back on to be successful in any industry that they pursue. He also iterated that our veterans are trained leaders.
A Rotary Salute to Our Armed Forces Paul "Scoop" Keefer 2019-11-07 08:00:00Z 0

Another Century Ride Success!

Posted by John Goralka on Oct 31, 2019
President Jim Leet (Boutin Jones, Inc.) brought the meeting to order and began by thanking Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak)for her piano recital and our greeters Kathy Herrfeldt (Home Care Assistance), Jerry Haley and Ted White (Sacramento Delta Property Management), Pulse Reporter John Goralka (Goralka Law Firm, PC) Photographer John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography) Wine Reception presented and poured by Ann Solomon (University of California, Davis).
Margo Fowkes (OnTarget Consulting, Inc.) provided our thought of the day - In keeping with our Century Ride theme, Margo shared quotes about cycling from those who don’t ride including:
  • Albert Einstein – “Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance you need to keep moving.”
  • Mark Twain – “Learn to ride a bicycle, you will not regret it if you live…”
President Jim led the club through the Pledge of Allegiance
Sergeant-at-Arms John Wood (McGee & Thielen Insurance Brokers) introduced our guests including two prospective members.
Past President Susan Sheridan is our meeting sponsor and donating her time to Inner Wheel.  Inner Wheel is an international group devoted to true friendship, personal service and fostering international understanding. Our own Kiefie Breuer explained that Inner Wheel is a woman’s group with a rich history dating back to 1924 in Manchester England.
Originally affiliated with Rotary as a support group, Inner Wheel is now open to all women. Inner Wheel has over 130,000 members in more than 104 countries. Contact Kiefie to learn more about the Inner Wheel projects and activities.
  • Robyn DeLong announced the next annual Fireside December 4th, to be hosted at the home of Past President Fred and Nancy Teichert. Thank you, Fred and Nancy!
  • Buddy Hubbert, Ron Cane and Elena Naderi are hosting Entrepreneurship Event, please join us at the Sutter Club on Wednesday, Nov 6th from 5:30 – 7:30. Attend to meet with other entrepreneurs, future entrepreneurs, and knowledgeable support professionals. Whether you are looking for answers, or if you are available to provide valuable support and knowledge, take advantage of this opportunity for Rotary fellowship and exchange ideas and experience with other Rotarians.  And maybe partake in a beverage or two. This is an opportunity to meet fellow Rotarian and learn about all things entrepreneurial. Look for a separate email invitation.
  • John Swentowsky and Virginia Wade noted that Rotary is at Loaves & Fishes this Thursday October 31st. We need four more volunteers for the lunch shift from 10:30am to 1:30pm. Please contact John or Virginia.
  • Past President John Lemon (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky, LLP) announced that our next meeting Tuesday (November 5th) will be Veteran’s Appreciation Day. John promised our own Veteran’s parade. See you there!
Another Century Ride Success! John Goralka 2019-10-31 07:00:00Z 0

An Update on Rotary’s Campaign to Fight Polio

Posted by John McIntyre on Oct 24, 2019
President Jim Leet (Boutin Jones, Inc.) gaveled the meeting to order and began by thanking Mark Luhdorff (IMD Path) and Kerry Wood (Sacramento Region Community Foundation) for their Piano & Flute duets Greeters Dee Hartzog, Steve Heath, Laura Heintz (Stanford Youth Solutions) Pulse Reporter John McIntyre (Mercy Foundation) Photographer John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography) Wine Reception presented and poured by Jamie Furlong (Legacy Investment Real Estate)
Becki Roberts (Valley Community Bank) provided an inspiring reflection on the role of Rotary in taking on the fight against polio and getting us ever nearer the finish line – investing $1.9 billion and countless volunteer hours in the pursuit.
President Jim led the club through the Pledge of Allegiance
Sergeant-At-Arms John Wood (McGee & Thielen Insurance Brokers) introduced guests and prospective members, and special recognition was accorded Assistant District Governor Dave Veden.
Joining President Jim on the dais were Chair of the Day Judy Kjelstrom (UC Davis Biotechnology Program) Speaker Dr. Carol Vandenakker-Albanese (UC Davis Professor) Becki Roberts, who provided the Thought for the Day
New Member Sam Peters (Construction Testing Service) Brandon Montalvo, Sam Peters’ sponsor (with Jamie Furlong)
As the Theme from Jaws established a sense of foreboding in the crowd, Past President David Cohen (Cohen & Durrett) assumed the microphone to share the news that it will soon be safe to return to the water, as Cohen & Durrett is merging to become a larger firm, now named: YOUNG MOLOHAN COHEN & DURRETT, LLP. Past President Dave introduced new law partner Jill Molohan, and congratulatory cheers ensued.
President Jim called Brandon Montalvo forward to introduce our newest member, Sam Peters. Sam has a variety of useful expertise, including archery (perhaps a future Sgt. at Arms?) and tailgating (the pre-game kind, not the ride-your-bumper kind), AND he brings down our average age, having nudged Brandon aside as our new youngest member. Sam was warmly welcomed to the Club.
After showing a special video on Rotary’s role in combatting polio, President Jim lightened his own wallet of $500 and invited others to make their own gifts, which will be matched multiple times over – every $1 is matched by up to $7 from other sources, including Rotary International, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, our District funds, etc. Others from the club chimed in as President Jim called out names from the podium – in about two minutes, more than $4,000 was raised – which, with a 7x multiplier means more than $28,000 in the final push to eradicate polio. This was a great moment to be a Rotarian.
April Javist (Sacramento Public Library) encouraged additional Rotary participation in the Walk 4 Literacy coming up this weekend – still time to join us in support of the important cause of childhood literacy in Sacramento. Kathryn Herrfeldt (Home Care Assistance) urged members to consider nominating a fellow Rotarian for the Jeannie Runyon Award, and noted that the nomination form is on the club website. Buddy Hubbert (Mother Lode Capital) encouraged any Rotarians interested in starting or improving a business to attend the Entrepreneurship Fireside event on Nov. 6 at the Sutter Club. Past President John Lemmon (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky) encouraged all veterans to attend the November 5th Rotary Meeting, at which the club will honor all its veterans. They have been working on this event for some time and it will be a terrific opportunity to honor veterans.
An Update on Rotary’s Campaign to Fight Polio John McIntyre 2019-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

If You Think You Can, You Can – A Mountain Climber’s Story

Posted by Jim Culleton on Oct 17, 2019
President Jim Leet (Boutin Jones) called the meeting to order with a big thank you to Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak) on the ivories… to Robyn DeLong (Coldwell Banker), Dan Guth (American River Bank) and Sarah Hodge (California State University, Sacramento) for greeting incoming Rotarians, after which they hit the wine reception hosted by Jerry Kelly (Retired/ State Farm). Jim also thanked John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography) for memorializing the meeting with his excellent photography.
Past President Wes Yee (Yee Dental Care) gave us the thought for the day while recapping his recent trip That Seven Sisters sponsored.  He recounted the colors and images of prayer flags.
Sad news Leo McFarland’s wife, Laurel, passed recently.  As did Charles Preston, Rita Gibson’s (Rita Gibson Insurance & Investment Services Inc.) husband.  Both will be missed. Please extend condolences if possible.
Guests included visiting Rotarians from Point West and the Passport club, as well as Sam Peters a prospective member.
Becky Roberts recapped Central Valley Community Bank virtues.  Headquarters is in Fresno, Ca.  Sacramento Headquarters has been relocated to Folsom, CA.
Care grams to Surender Singal who had surgery recently would be appreciated.
Applications for the Jean Runyon Service Award are being accepted. Contact the Rotary office for more info.
Walk for Literacy is 10/26.  We are looking for 40+ Rotarians, so sign up!
Debby Lott of the Passport Club spoke of a June 2020 volunteer trip to Zambia, Africa.  She is hoping to build two libraries!  Flyers were handed out….
Networking night is 10/23 at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel.
Buddy Hubbert (Mother Lode Capital) announced an Entrepreneurial Committee has been formed, and there will be a meeting on 11/6
John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography) put the next Loaves and Fishes on the calendar, 10/31.
Rotary Generosity continues….
Bob Rosenberg (Inve$tnet Inc.) donated in honor of a hiking trip to Spain and Portugal that he took with his wife, ShirleyCameron Law (Social Ventures Partners of Sacramento) and Bobby Reed (Capitol Tech Solutions) were honored for upcoming executives 40 under 40!  Eric Solis (Solis Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors) donated for EACH new YIP mentor totaling 5!
If You Think You Can, You Can – A Mountain Climber’s Story Jim Culleton 2019-10-17 07:00:00Z 0

New Prospective Member for April 8, 2021

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 April 8, 2021.
Prospect:           James  Rhodes-Dreyer
Business:           BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA - Golden Empire Council
Position:            CEO
Sponsor:            Walter Dahl & Bob Cole
New Prospective Member for April 8, 2021 2019-10-14 07:00:00Z 0

New Prospective Members for October 1, 2020

The following applicants have been proposed for membership and have given permission for their names to be published.

Comments relating to this membership must be in writing and received by the Club President prior to October 1, 2020.
Prospect:           Nancy Smith-Fagan
Business:           Christian Brothers High School
Position:            Director of Advancement
Sponsor:            Kevin Smith-Fagan & John McIntyre
Prospect:           Nicole Redding Wilhelm
Business:           The Wilhelm Team at Compass
Position:            Co-Founder/ Realtor
Sponsor:            Chris Boessenecker & Jamie Furlong
Prospect:           Sharna Braucks
Business:           YMCA of Superior California
Position:            President and CEO
Sponsor:            Bob Miller & Bob McLean
New Prospective Members for October 1, 2020 2019-10-14 07:00:00Z 0

A Rotary Update on International Affairs

Posted by Mike Bullington on Oct 03, 2019
President Jim Leet (Boutin Jones Inc.) called our meeting to order. Extending a warm Rotary greeting were Norma Farr (Fidelity National Title), and Linda Geery (Gilbert Associates, Inc.) John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography) had the members in his sights at all times. Mike Bullington was the wine sponsor, with an assist from Dick Osen and Dan Fenocchio (Cunningham Engineering). Bobby Reed (Capitol Tech Solutions), encouraged us with the Thought for the Day. 
Our beloved Bonnie Plummer (National University / Sanford School of Education) sponsored the meeting and donated her time to the Ground and Field Theater Festival with UC Davis.
Our esteemed speaker was Markos Kounalakis, a Hoover Institute Fellow and the husband of California Lieutenant Governor, Eleni Kounalakis. He was the guest of proud Stanford graduate and immediate Rotary Past President Diane Woodruff. One need not wonder long if there is some kind of Cardinal connection between the two, although Markos nevertheless received his undergraduate degree from “ahem” Cal.
The Mr. Kounalakis prefaced his presentation with a commendation for Rotary in its local and international roles. He acknowledged of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China. He described in a slightly foreboding tone the ceremonies that took place in Tiananmen Square framing the relevance of the topic he was about to explore.
Our speaker explained that the President exercises almost sole control of policy in the international sphere. He declared that the President deserves accolades for his role in creating better relations with North Korea. He credited the President’s ability in personal politics as a key component in the process. At the same time, Markos expressed disappointment at the lack of a diplomatic next step that would build on our initial success and result in a greater likelihood of peace that would affect the interests of neighboring countries.
Next he extolled the President’s success in creating a bi-partisan awareness of China as a competitor. He explained the National Security Strategy’s posture toward both China and Russia as vying against the US for leadership in an interdependent globalized world. On the flip side, he was critical of the single-minded approach of using tariffs to put us on a more balanced footing.
Praise was again forthcoming for the President’s strong focused efforts to end the war in Afghanistan, the longest in our nation’s history. Mr. Kounalakis believes that this president is close to accomplishing a promise that neither of his predecessors had been able to fulfill. However, he expressed concern that we are not laying the groundwork for establishing an infrastructure and lasting peace after the opposition has been vanquished. He doesn’t see Mr. Trump as a consensus builder among other nation states that could be helpful to us in achieving lasting peace in the region.
A Rotary Update on International Affairs Mike Bullington 2019-10-03 07:00:00Z 0


Posted by Danielle McGarrity on Sep 26, 2019
President Jim Leet (Boutin Jones) thanked our Greeters, Amanda Nelson, (Albie Aware Cancer Foundation), Julie Sherry, (Watson Companies, Inc.), and Mike Gilligan; Wine Host Steve Johanson (Johanson & Associates), Pianist Mark Luhdorff (IMD Path), Pulse reporter Danielle McGarrity (Children's Receiving Home of Sacramento), and Photographer John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography); then introduced Ann Ryan Solomon (UC Davis) to share a vivid poem from Canadian author Marge Piercy celebrating the splendors of Autumn.
Meeting Sponsor Past President Walter Dahl (Dahl Law) shared his firm’s expertise in in commercial law, bankruptcy, business reorganization, secured transactions and real estate, and reminded us that “before you’ve lost it all, call Dahl!”
Clayton Lee (CKL Trust) provided a World Community Services update; presenting President Jim with a flag from Rotary International President Mark Daniel Maloney and shared that Starbucks’ new Siren’s Blend™ will dedicate a portion of its sales to the “Days for Girls” program focused on improving school attendance among girls in developing countries.

Past President Susan Sheridan and Maggie Hopkins (Capital Premier Lending) updated the club on the Sacramento Century Classic – so far $163,500 has been committed for the Crisis Nursery at the Sacramento Children’s Home, nearly 35% of which has come from our generous club members! Susan shared that this year’s route will unfortunately not include a ferry ride over the river, due to the ferry being out of commission.
Maggie encouraged members to sign up for volunteer shifts and encourage your friends and family to do so as well! www.sacramentocentury.com/volunteer/
Networking Event Chair Elena Naderi reminded us to register for the first Networking Night of the year – October 23 from 5:30-7:30 at Revival (in the Kimpton Hotel downtown).
HAPPY FALL!  Danielle McGarrity 2019-09-26 07:00:00Z 0

Save Money and Save Lives Through “CCTRP”

Posted by Nancy Teichert on Sep 19, 2019
Our own member Past President Scot Sorensen (St. John's Program for Real Change) gave us real hope for the future of women who are in prison to return home, work and raise their children rather than return back to prison someday. “Save money and save lives,” said Sorensen, who runs a program of intensive rehabilitation for those about to be released.
The Custody to Community Transitional Reentry Program (“CCTRP”), is one of only five intensive rehabilitation programs in the state for female prisoners. CCTRP is funded by Corrections, in partnership with the St. John’s Program for Real Change, a nonprofit group which assists homeless women and children.
Of people imprisoned, 95 percent will be released to their communities after they serve their sentences. About 36 percent of the women inmates will return to prison for other crimes within three years. However, that recividism rate drops to 3 percent for women who complete the reentry program, through CCTRP. Sorenson then described three (3) success stories: Zephrine, Virginia and Amanda.
Zephrine described herself as a “ghetto rat” when the state prison sent her to the program. Sorensen wasn’t sure she would last two weeks. But with counseling and vocational training, she got clean, paroled and now works as a forklift operator.
Virginia’s first job was selling drugs. She never had a real job that did not involve some form of illegal activity. In prison in her 40s, she entered the CCTRP, overcame her addiction, earned parole and got a job. “She loved who she was when she worked,” Sorensen said.
Then came Amanda, a young girl from a well-off family who had been kicked out of her home because of drugs and arrests. She got clean, re-united with her family and is now attending Community College.
The 50-bed program is monitored by both correctional and parole officials. The rehabilitation starts with two months of intensive therapy and drug and alcohol counseling. “They do a lot of hard work. We’re going to help people get and stay clean and sober by choice,” said Sorensen.
After four to six months, they are permitted to leave during the day for vocational training and jobs. Their finances are controlled by the program on a 55/75/25 ratio. 55% of any income or funds paid are used to pay restitution for their crimes. 75% of the remainder is allocated for savings leaving only 25% of the remainder to be currently spent. Participants find jobs with business partners and then start saving money. Some have returned home with a job and as much as $12,000 in savings for a fresh start.
“We care for you so much that we hold you accountable,” is Sorenson’s theme for the women’s program. “CCTRP saves lives, saves money and strengthens the Community.”
Save Money and Save Lives Through “CCTRP” Nancy Teichert 2019-09-19 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Sacramento Meeting Location

 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.   
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Are You Ready For The Sacramento Century?

Posted by Paul ‘Scoop’ Keefer on Aug 29, 2019


Our esteemed President Jim Leet (Boutin Jones) called the meeting to order. Rotarians helping Rotarians was the theme of the day. Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products) kicked off the presentation offering a fantastic overview of the Sacramento Century including last year’s success; 1,150 registered riders and $115,000 earned on behalf of the Sacramento Crisis Nursery (Sacramento Children's’ Home). Callee reminded us that the Sacramento Century is only six weeks away with many volunteer opportunities that are still available and vital to a successful event. Callee passed the presentation to Todd Koolakian (Sacramento Children's Home) who expressed that the mission of the Crisis Nursery is helping families in crisis for a few hours or a few days. Ebony White -Douglas (Sacramento Children’s Home) congratulated Rotary for last year’s contribution. Ebony described the hardship families faced when transitioning to Sacramento County. Finally, a former recipient of services, Mia Nera, expressed how grateful she was for the transformative experience provided by the Crisis Nursery. Mia is a transplant from North Carolina with her son. The support of the Crisis Nursery allowed Mia and her son Nicholas to thrive in Sacramento.



The presentation was capped off with the generosity of the Rotary Club of Sacramento including a $5,000 gift by President Jim and a $5,000 gift by Dave DeRoos (Citygate Associates, LLC). Be sure to keep your eye out for President Jim in a girdle and a diaper also known as bike shorts as required by former President Diane’s gift.


Meeting Sponsor

Dee Hartzog sponsored John Macintyre (Mercy Foundation). John has raised over 20 million dollars for Mercy Foundation during his time there. John highlighted the important efforts of the Sisters of Mercy including four hospitals, neo-natal innovations, human trafficking intervention, MS achievement Center, Mather Veterans Center, and Christo Rey High School for low-income families.


BBQ Swim Party

Len Simpson (2020 Financial Advisers of Sacramento, L.L.C.) provided the breakdown of the successful Rotary BBQ Swim Party at the Brautigam and Bartholomew’s. Highlights included wine, kids, grandkids, wine, Mike Bullington painted toenails (thank you for the $250 Mike), and fun for all.


Guest of Rotarians

Ursula Wertz, Annet, Rachael Hahn, Hannah Hassleman

Prospective Members

Sam Peters and Joe Buchannan



Steve Huffman presented the CareGram for Larry Cassidy with a hip replacement.


Maggie Hopkins (Capital Premier Lending & Premier Realty) and Becki Roberts (Central Valley Community Bank) presented the opportunities for volunteering at the Sacramento Century.

Callee Setzer took off her cape to promote the Brown Bag Day on September 10 emphasizing everyone to sign up ASAP.

Robyn DeLong (Coldwell Banker) announced the upcoming Fireside Chat and alerting everyone that there are only 25 slots.


Are You Ready For The Sacramento Century?  Paul ‘Scoop’ Keefer 2019-08-29 07:00:00Z 0

Reading Partners

Posted by Steve Huffman on Aug 28, 2019
Our Community’s Problem
According to the California Standards Tests only 45 percent of third graders read at or above grade level. More sadly still, the majority of them never catch up. That is because they are expected to learn to read through the third grade. After that they are expected to be able to read to learn. When that does not happen, students are more likely to drop out of high school and face a job market that offers ever fewer unskilled jobs. Thus our whole community suffers long-term.
An Opportunity for Rotarians, Spouses and Friends
We are a well-educated group. Many of us are retired or semi-retired, and many are parents and grandparents and have experience reading with children. Rotarians can make a huge difference in the lives of students who are falling behind by tutoring them weekly.
What is Required
A member, spouse or friend who wants to participate has to be willing to spend at least two hours a week, including travel time, with an elementary school student who reads a half –year to two-and-a half years below grade level. They would meet at an elementary school reading center for at least a semester. Of course they can take time off for trips, family matters, etc. Lesson plans and on-site help are provided.
Other requirements:
  • A negative tuberculosis test. You go to a location in the district twice. At the second visit you get a certificate.
  • Fingerprinting and a LiveScan background check
  • Take a 20 to 30-minute online orientation.
  • Go to a reading center to shadow a tutor for an hour.
The Literacy Committee makes it easy
Through Reading Partners, a Rotarian, spouse or friend can easily fulfill the requirements. Steve Huffman will help you select one of 8 schools in our area and put you in contact with the Reading Partners site coordinator there. Email him today at steve@huffmanstrategy.com or phone him at 214-4500.
Reading Partners Steve Huffman 2019-08-28 07:00:00Z 0

An Update on Local Education

Posted by Theresa Wheeler on Aug 22, 2019
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” - Mahatma Ghandi
This Quote for the Day, shared by Bob Miller (First US Community Credit Union), set the stage beautifully for the August 20th Rotary Club of Sacramento meeting as our guest speaker Dr. Steven Winlock, Executive Director of the Sacramento County Office of Education Leadership Institute, shared with us his thoughts about the importance of including the creative arts in a well-rounded, inspirational education for our youth.
President Jim Leet (Boutin Jones Inc.) welcomed Dr. Winlock, a long-time educator, singer, dancer, and performer who also chairs the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. Dr. Winlock discussed how the county office of education is working to ensure that an arts education, which is proven to result in more engaged students overall, is integrated into school curriculum throughout the county. Because of funding challenges for these programs, Dr. Winlock is collaborating with Mayor Steinberg and our local community through the Creative Edge program to bring visual and performing arts programs into our schools to “educate the whole child” and advance cultural equity for students from all walks of life.  Part of this effort is to provide schools with a Creative Edge arts directory so that teachers and administrators can discover which programs and partners are available and the right fit for their schools and students.
Dr. Winlock ended his talk by singing a short, lovely rendition of This Little Light of Mine – and it’s clear he will make ‘letting it shine’ a reality for our local students.
An Update on Local Education  Theresa Wheeler 2019-08-22 07:00:00Z 0


Posted by Mark Luhdorff on Aug 15, 2019
Thank you to our meeting sponsor, Past President Diane Woodruff (California Community Colleges). Diane donated her time to Joey Johnson, Board President of Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Effie Yeaw Nature Center offers quality education experiences in nature for people of all ages, backgrounds, and incomes; believing that, by doing so, those participating become better stewards of our planet.
Accompanied by ambassador owl “Echo,” Joey described many of the wonderful programs the Center offers. She also encouraged individuals and businesses to get involved by outlining sponsorship opportunities. To support the Center, please visit sacnaturecenter.net/support/.
Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggin, & Pajak), as Legacy Chair of the Foundation announced the next person to be added to the immortal flag: Ed Towne. Ed epitomized loyalty and commitment in his marriage, his company, and in his devotion to our club. Ed’s son, Bradley Towne (Law Office of Bradley Towne), secured Ed’s pin to the flag. A moment of silence was observed in Ed’ honor.
Past President Beverly Brautigam graciously invited all members and their families to her and Hal’s home this Sunday, August 18th, from 3-7pm at 9696 Elk Grove Blvd for the annual BBQ Swim Party. Hal will be BBQing and Beverly promises shade and chilled beverages!
John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography) informed us that the morning shift for Loaves & Fishes on Thursday, August 29 is full, but they do need four more volunteers for the afternoon serving between 10:45 and 2:00. Please contact John at (916) 488-1130 for more information.
The Sacramento Century team of Ruth Tesar (Northern California PET Imaging Center), Todd Andrews (Andrews Construction, Inc.), Tim Mattheis (WMB Architects), Tom Bacon (Bacon Commercial Real Estate), and Becki Roberts (Central Valley Community Bank) gave us a detailed update on this fall’s fundraiser; highlighting the promotion successes to date, but also the need for more volunteers to promote the race, assist before/during/and after the race, and in Challenge Champion recruiting/fundraising. The fundraiser supports the Children’s Receiving Home’s Crisis Nursery and ALL members are encouraged to participate!
Robyn DeLong (Coldwell Banker) asked us to “Save the Date” for the September 18 Fireside meeting at the home of Strati Vourakis (Calm Computing) and his wife, Kadie.
Our Rotarians were so generous in their donations:
Leo McFarland (Volunteers of America) donated $300. That is $100 to Jim Olsen's Paul Harris, $100 to Christie Holderegger's (Volunteers of America) Paul Harris, and $100 for himself.
Rick Osen (Sutter Builders, Inc.) $350
Dick Osen $250 to his son Rick's Paul Harris.
Rivkah Sass $100
Surender Singal $100
Jim Craig donated $250 to Past President Thom Gilbert Eddie Mulligan
Chris Ann Bachtel $595 to her Eddie Mulligan
Liz McClatchy donated $200.

A Different Kind of Health Care

Posted by John Goralka on Aug 08, 2019
President Jim Leet (Boutin Jones Inc.) gaveled the meeting to order and began by thanking Mike Bullington for sharing his musical talents on the piano. The greeters were Margo Fowkes (On Target Consulting), Rita Gibson (Rita Gibson Insurance & investment Services, Inc.), and Ted Grebitus (Grebitus fine Jewelry). The Pulse Reporter was John Goralka (The Goralka law Firm), expert photography was provided by John Swentowsky (Owner/ Swentowsky Photography), wine was provided by Robyn DeLong (Coldwell Banker) & Darlene Hailey (Retired- Analyst/ State of California- Dept. of Corrections)
Thought of the Day
The thought of the day came from, Rita Gibson, she began with a description of the health care services provided by Elica Health Centers for the underprivileged and the homeless community in Sacramento, she then quoted Mark Twain: “The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not.”
Meeting Sponsor
Thank you to today’s meeting sponsor, Norm Marshall (Headwaters Construction). Norm dedicated his time to Lane Himmelman (Director of Fund Development for Habitat for Humanity), Habitat for Humanity helps families build strength and self-reliance through shelter. We are aware of their ability to build new homes. Habitat for Humanity will now also focus on home repairs to existing structures. Their Habitat ReStore is described as a Home Depot meets Goodwill. Donations of cash, goods, materials and even vehicles are needed. With donations and volunteers, they are able to grow and rehabilitate affordable housing.
Guests of Rotarians
Joe Joshua attended as a guest as well as perspective members, Helen Melevich and Owen Marshall.
Jackie Kirkwood – 8/31 at 9am Paint or supervise and eat donuts – calling all Rotarians to help paint a fence at the Children’s Receiving Home. Report to 3555 Auburn Blvd. Sacramento, CA
Loaves & Fishes; Thursday, August 29th 7:30am morning shift or10:00 AM afternoon shift. Please contact John Swentowsky, (916) 488-1130 for more information. Look for a separate email from John.  
Todd Andrews (Andrews Construction) reminded everyone that the Sacramento Century ride will be on October 5, 2019. Todd stated that we need support marketing the ride from 7:30-11:30 on Saturdays on the bike trail at the fish hatchery, Arden Pond, Sac State, and all points between!
A Different Kind of Health Care  John Goralka 2019-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

Protecting the Delta

Posted by John McIntyre on Aug 01, 2019
The meeting opened to the strains of The Pointer Sisters’ “We Are Family.” President Jim Leet (Boutin Jones) gaveled the meeting to order to begin the fun.
President Jim began by thanking the following persons:
  • Pre-meeting piano: Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak)
  • Greeters: Steve Horton (UCP of Sacramento and Northern California) and Dan Fenocchio (Cunningham Engineering)
  • Pulse Reporter: John McIntyre (Mercy Foundation)
  • Photography: John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography)
  • Wine Reception: Skip Lawrence
Thought for the Day/Invocation
Judy Kjelstrom (UC Davis), in keeping with the Delta Water theme, spoke to the importance of water to all life.
Sergeant-At-Arms Extraordinaire John Wood (McGee & Thielen Insurance Brokers) introduced our guests:
  • Guests of Rotarians: Sharon Snyder, guest of Miles Snyder.
  • Visiting Rotarians: Hanns Haesslein from the Passport Club, and Asst. District Governor Dave Veden from the Natomas Club
  • Prospective Members: Debbie Larkin, guest of Darlene Hailey
  • Prospective Young Rotarians: Hannah Peskin, guest of Cameron Law (Social Ventures Partners of Sacramento), Eva Zhou, guest of Jamie Furlong (Legacy Investment Real Estate), and Sarah Hodge, guest of Margo Fowkes (OnTarget Consulting, Inc.)
Meeting Sponsor
Dr. Barbara Arnold (Barbara J. Arnold MD Inc.). Dr. Arnold is an accomplished artist and shared her passion for the Delta. Barbara provided a tour of the Delta through her paintings. She described the family histories for many of the properties in her paintings and the need to protect this delicate environment.
Introduction of New Member
Gerry Dabi (Golden Pacific Bank) introduced new member Amanda Nelson, Executive Director, Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation, who was welcomed to the club by President Jim Leet. Amanda was sponsored by Tina Reynolds (Uptown Studios) & Margo Fowkes
Club Announcements
  • Jackie Kirkwood (Goodwin-Cole Company) announced that Aug. 31 at 9am she and as many Rotarians as are willing to join her (and who’ll respond to the call of coffee and donuts) at the Children Receiving Home to paint a fence there. Let’s do this for these kids in Rotary fellowship – report to 3555 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95821 at 9am on Aug. 31!
  • Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products) announced Brown Bag Day – September 10th – and she is looking for Rotarians willing to host at their place of business!
  • Todd Andrews (Andrews Construction) wants others to join him on the American River Bike Trail to cajole, wheedle, and persuade cyclists to participate in the Sac Century Bike Ride on October 5th. Watch for his email and respond with a yes!
Let's Go on A Journey!
  • Kathe Nathan (Merchants Bank of Commerce) rose to honor her father on the occasion of his 93rd birthday
  • Jim Phillips stood to acknowledge his son John’s recent hole-in-one on the 6th hole at a course in Cabo San Lucas!
  • Dan McVeigh (Downey Brand LLP) rose to honor the memory of Monsignor Brenda O’Sullivan, who recently passed at 88.
  • Fred Teichert (Teichert Foundation) shared that he and Nancy had recently attended a Downey family reunion in Laramie, WY, and honored the memory of ancestor Stephen Downey, who is widely recognized as the “Father of the University of Wyoming” and a source of pride for Fred and clan.
  • Judy Payne thanked the club for keeping her seat warm while she recovered from challenges including a broken femur, and then acknowledged her son who recently climbed Denali.
Protecting the Delta John McIntyre 2019-08-01 07:00:00Z 0

Unconstrained Fellowship

Posted by Jim Culleton on Jul 25, 2019
President Jim Leet (Attorney/ Boutin Jones Inc.) kicked off this meeting like an old pro!
Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak) played the Titanic theme twice on her opening piano set only to Leet’s chagrin – thinking that might be an omen……Greeters Ann Solomon and Amin Elmallah welcomed Rotarians.  Jackie Kirkwood (Goodwin Cole Company) handled the photographs in John Swentowsky’s absence during the wine reception, which was hosted by Todd Andrews (Andrews Construction, Inc.), who incidentally came in full biking regalia, including in the bike!
Tom Bacon (BCRE - Bacon Commercial Real Estate) shared a touching text from his RYE mentee as he outlined the thought for the day centered on three topics: Belief, Love and Trust.
Elfrena had double duty today as she handled the sergeant-at- arms duties during John Woods’ vacation. 
Boutin Jones was the meeting sponsor of the day and donated the time to the Children’s Receiving Home, which just celebrated their 75th Anniversary.  The original location was near the current Music Circus.  The gala included many alumni stories and resolution presentations.  CRH has temporary shelters, emergency care and comprehensive care for foster youth.
Marjorie Porter was sworn in as a new member today.  A Palo Alto native who attended Cal Poly is a manager for Hewlett Packard.  She focuses mainly on contract negotiations which include market benefits, compensation, and relocation.  Her territory covers 165 countries.  She is a horse lover and lives with her family in Rocklin.
Heidi Hershenhouse recapped her service trip to Guatemala.  Sacramento Rotary donated $5,000 in the form of two grants.  64 Rotarians attended the week long trek, only 3 from California and the majority from Texas.  They refurbished schools focusing on construction, painting, and furniture.
Virginia Wade announced the next Loaves and Fishes day to be August 29.  Kathe Nathan (Merchants Bank of Commerce) gave some blood donation stats. We doubled our donations from previous years!  55 donors provided 178 pints.  Steve Huffman encouraged us to write a care gram to Tom Engel who is suffering from a pulmonary problem.  Todd Koolakian (Sacramento Children's Home)   promoted the Sac Century Challenge for business exposure.  Signage and sponsorships for $1,000-$15,000 are available.
Nancy Teichert (Writer) attended the boys and Girls Club gala and Comstock’s snapped a few candids of her.  Also caught on film was Cheryl Marcell (CA State Railroad Museum Foundation) at the 150th Anniversary of the Trans-Continental Railroad.  Cheryl also contributed to Past President Walter Dahl (Dahl Law, Attorneys At Law) and Past President Wes Yee’s (Yee Dental Care) respective Eddie Mulligan as they are on her board at the Railroad Museum Foundation.  Past President Beverly Brautigam (Brautigam Financial Services) donated, as she was a rotary exchange student in Guatemala as a youth.  She also reminded us of the Swim BBQ on August 18thSurender Singal donated in honor of Past President Diane Woodruff’s presidency.
Unconstrained Fellowship Jim Culleton 2019-07-25 07:00:00Z 0

From Sacratomato to Internationally Renowned Art Town 

Posted by Paul 'Scoop' Keefer on Jul 18, 2019
Art Makes You Smile
Thank you to Allison Cagley (Friends of the Sacramento Arts) for her introduction of David Sobon. David presented Wide Open Walls, the mural projects across Sacramento. His enthusiastic presentation described the growth of the program with over 90 permanent installations in the last three years. David’s skills at development allowed Sacramento to bring in top talent and pay the artists for their work. We expect 50 artists painting 30 new mural locations in the coming year. David was quick to thank the Friends of the Arts Commission for the launch of Wide Open Walls. Visit Sacramento has been a valuable partner in growing the initiative. The Wide Open Walls (“WOW”) Mural festival in midtown Sacramento, features artists from around the world and continues to gain international acclaim. The WOW festival is from August 8th to August 18th and is a unique opportunity to watch artists create large scale works of art.
Meeting Sponsor
John Frisch (Newmark Knight Frank) provided an outstanding pitch for Rotary members to support Rotary members through business. The historical perspective that he provided demonstrated the sound roots that Rotary planted. He then discussed his own life history and how Rotary saved him in so many ways including timely Rotarian attorneys, insuring the uninsurable, surviving his divorce without having to sleep in his car.
The Denny Evans Immortal Pin
Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak) presented the plaque that would remain on the Rotary Legacy Circle Immortals Banner to commemorate Denny Evans $10,000 gift from his estate plan. Elfrena described the background of the foundation and how legacy gifts from your estate plan to Rotary provides an opportunity to help our community by supporting the ideals of the Rotary Club of Sacramento. Please contact Elfrena if you would like to discuss a legacy gift to Rotary. John Wood (McGee & Thielen Insurance Brokers) successfully pinned the plaque after multiple attempts.
President Jim’s Inauguration…. Continued
Dick Osen continued the inauguration of President Jim (Boutin Jones Inc.) with a slide show. High points to the show include Jim’s hair, mustache, hiking like a billy goat, mustache, Arden Little League, hiking like a billy goat, President Jim with his office portrait complete with his Rotary pin, and sitting at George “W’s” desk in his replica oval office.

From Sacratomato to Internationally Renowned Art Town   Paul 'Scoop' Keefer 2019-07-18 07:00:00Z 0

A Rotary Story  -  When I became a Rotarian


Posted by Jim Leet on Jul 11, 2019
As a new Rotarian, I participated in the dictionary distribution at Oakridge grade school.  As we paased out these dictionaries, I noted one child had his head on the desk.  The teacher explained that his father was in prison and his mother just learned that she had terminal cancer.  He wondered where he was going.  I spoke to the psychologist about him and the discussion quickly expanded to what did these children need.  The psychologist said they needed to have empathy.  With the pressures of poverty, children were surviving and thankful that whatever bad happened that it did not happen to them.  If it happened to someone else it was not their problem.  The psychologist said that the children need empathy to learn.
Since I am not an educator, I researched her conclusion and wondered whether empathy was teachable.  I discovered that empathy was teachable.  So, with the permission of the principal and with the support of the psychologist, I put together a plan with the help of the Grace Foundation to match emotionally injured children at the school with emotionally injured horses that the Grace Foundation had saved.  The school district needed $100 per student to pay for the bus from the school to El Dorado Hills.  I asked my Rotary Club to finance putting children on a bus as we had raised the basic costs for the program.  The hands went freely up and in five minutes, we had enough for the pilot program for these kids.  That was my Rotary moment of trust and gratitude for my club members trusting that the program would benefit these children.
In this program, the children chose the horses to work with and visited with them once a week.  Each child was learning how to interact with the horse and learn science lessons from it, such as measuring the horse’s heartbeat then walking with the horse and measuring the heartbeat again. 
I leave you with one story of a child’s behavior.  A child’s horse was a partner of a blinded donkey.  The donkey had eyes removed because of mistreatment occurring before abandonment. The donkey was hitting his head against the fence when the child’s horse was removed to be with the child.  The child saw what was happening and offered to give up the horse so that the donkey could have his partner again.  The child gave up what he had that day the horse, the expectations and the fun, so that the donkey could stop suffering.  Rotarians’ generosity created the circumstance for that child to feel the discomfort of others as more important that what was his. 
That is the day I felt the Rotary spirit and became a Rotarian believing that together we can make a difference.
I am reminded a response from Mother Theresa when someone said that her work with the poor in India was just a drop in the ocean.  Her response was:  “Then the ocean is one drop greater, isn’t it!”  So it is with Rotary’s efforts locally, nationally and internationally, to transform the world one individual at a time.
A Rotary Story  -  When I became a Rotarian  Jim Leet 2019-07-11 07:00:00Z 0


Posted by Danielle McGarrity on Jul 11, 2019
President Jim Leet’s (Boutin Jones Inc.) term kicked off with many heartfelt testimonials from family and colleagues, some terrific fellowship, and a whole lot of rock & roll! Emcee for the day Dick Osen, called the meeting to order at 12:10 p.m. and announced the presentation of the 2019-20 Trustees of the Foundation;  Becki Roberts (Central Valley Community Bank) – President, Rick Davis - Vice President, Linda Geery (Gilbert Associates, Inc.) – Treasurer, Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak), Rick Osen (Sutter Builders, Inc.), Len McCandaliss, Larry Gilzean (Spare Time Sports Clubs), Virginia Wade, Mike Gilligan, Ted White (Sacramento Delta Property Management), Jamie Furlong (Legacy Investment Real Estate), Bob Daly (Financial Network Wealth Advisors),  and Officers of the Club; Kathe Nathan (Merchants Bank of Commerce) – Treasurer, LaToya Wong – Secretary, Heidi Hershenhouse, Jonathan Marz (Terrapin Technology Group), Kelley Moran (Moran & Associates), Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products), John Wood (McGee & Thielen Insurance Brokers) , Margo Fowkes (OnTarget Consulting, Inc.),  Kathy Herrfeldt (Home Care Assistance), Jackie Kirkwood (Goodwin Cole Company), Todd Koolakian (Sacramento Children's Home), John Phair concluding with President-Elect Kevin Smith Fagan (KVIE Public Television), and your 2019-20 President Jim Leet.
Meeting Sponsor Ed Wright (Attorney, Martensen Wright PC) donated his time to the B Street Theater, represented by Lindsay Burch.  In 2018, B Street moved to its brand new, state-of-the-art-complex: The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for Performing Arts, which has enabled them to double the number of children they are able to serve. Since 1986 1.5 million kids have benefited from B Street’s programming, and this summer their reach goes international as children in Beijing will get to experience their performance of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – part of an international arts festival.
During lunch the Rotary Rockers (Kevin Smith-Fagan, John McIntyre (Mercy Foundation), Kevin Williams (KVIE), Mark Luhdorff (ANPAC Bio), Jeff Stone (HUB International) and Tom Bacon (BCRE - Bacon Commercial Real Estate) returned with four crackerjack performances, leading off with “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” to remind us all that you “don’t mess around with Jim.”  They then paid homage to President Jim’s profession with the Beatles’ “Taxman,” set him up for a year of great expectations and successes with the Eagles’ “New Kid in Town,” and wrapped up with Boz Scaggs’ “Lido Shuffle.”

THE NEW KID IN TOWN  Danielle McGarrity 2019-07-11 07:00:00Z 0