Posted by Jay Lowden on Feb 09, 2018
By: Jay Lowden
On a beautiful sunny February afternoon, the Sacramento Rotary Club gathered for the 26th meeting of its 104th year of existence when President John Lemmon (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky, LLP) called the meeting to order.
President John thanked Dan Fenocchio (Cunningham Engineering) and Bob “the Train Guy” McLean for hosting the wine reception, Mike Bullington (Bullington and Associates) for providing the music, and Ted Grebitus (Grebitus Jewelers), Kathe Nathan (Merchants National Bank), and Jim Leet (Boutin Jones) for greeting everyone at the door.
Past President Ken Noack, Jr (Newmark Cornish & Carey) provided a great opening thought using a cup of coffee to illustrate how you can make the best of your life regardless of what is surrounding you. Disappointed Patriots fan and Sergeant-At-Arms Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products) introduced our guests.
 President John then provide a quick history of The Pulse and showed a copy of the March 26, 1931 edition. The president that year was his grandfather Dal Lemmon, the club’s phone number was 301, there were typeset ads throughout, more than 20 visiting Rotarians were recognized, and it listed members absent from the meeting including Carl Noack. President John also pulled out a copy from 1960 that showed The Pulse reporting about happenings in Sacramento, the “Heart of California.”
Foundation President Jeanne Reaves (Jeanne Reaves Consulting) made the following pin presentations: Michele Amaral (Dick James and Associates, Inc.) – 2nd Eddie Mulligan; Dennis Smith (Tsakopoulos Management Company, LLC) – 1st Paul Harris; Shadi Fox (Dick James and Associates, Inc.) – 1st Paul Harris; Peter Dannenfelser (Architectural Arts) – 3rd Paul Harris; and Jim Phillips – 4th Paul Harris.
Announcements were few and to the point. First up was Michele Amaral promoting the Valentine’s Day luncheon next week and the need to make sure you RSVP.  Todd Koolakian (Sacramento Children's Home) provided an update on the youth speech contest and announced our winner, Mia Steinhart who provided a talk on homelessness; Mia will speak to the club at an upcoming meeting. Past President Susan Sheridan and Roy Alexander stepped forward as event co-chairs to announce that the 5th Annual Sacramento Century will be held on October 6, 2018. We are looking for event sponsors and it is never too early to volunteer with this major club event. President John thanked Nancy Teichert for the wonderful article that she wrote about our club’s response to the wildfires last fall, which was published in the Rotary District newsletter.
President John gave a quick update on a club presidents’ retreat he attended last weekend, where other presidents acknowledged the work of our club in providing Fire Relief. The contributions of our club exceeded all of the other clubs in the district combined. John saluted Kathy Herrfeldt (Home Care Assistance) for what she did in helping the victims of the wildfires. Kathy was also acknowledged for receiving a 2018 Best of Home Care “Provider of Choice Award”.
Laurie Wright (Tri Counties Bank) introduced the Assembly Member Jim Cooper. Jim had a 30-year-career in law enforcement, is a past mayor of Elk Grove and serves as the Assembly Member representing a large area from South Sacramento down through Lodi. Jim is a passionate advocate for collecting DNA from offenders to solve crimes. He is working on gathering signatures for a ballot proposition to require DNA collection from people charged with drug offenses, theft and other serious crimes. He is going the ballot route since the legislature is not inclined to pass his legislation on the issue; since 2007, 20 bills on DNA collection have died in committee. Cooper said many “extremely liberal” legislators feel that collecting DNA is an invasion of privacy. Jim talked about how in California a theft under $950 is merely a misdemeanor and he correlated that laxity with the state’s high theft rate.
With that, another meeting came to an end with Callee providing a commercial for next week and President John ringing the bell.
Thank you John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography) for the photos!