Posted by Kevin Smith-Fagan on Mar 09, 2018
Written By: Kevin Smith-Fagan
 
“I went from knowing nothing to knowing that I know nothing.”
 
Setting the tone for this eventful luncheon, meeting sponsor Tom Bacon (Bacon Commercial Real Estate) offered examples of his focused, strategic approach to commercial realty, gained over decades in the industry, using anecdotes that mostly proved he’s super gullible. Nonetheless, Tom’s core value in business resonates with Rotarians: service above self!
 
Steve Heath (Capital Health Network), the Club Foundation’s Vice President, presented recognition pins to these generous club members for achieving Eddie Mulligan or Paul Harris status in their donations – Eddies to Jerry Haley, Tim Maurice (UC Davis Health) and Bruce Hester (Colliers Real Estate); a Paul Harris to Mike Gilligan, and both a Paul and an Eddie to President-Elect Diane Woodruff.
 
Past President Susan Sheridan and Roy Alexander presented ceremonial $20,000 checks to the two beneficiaries of last fall’s Sacramento Century cycling fundraiser, Volunteers of America (Leo McFarland) and Boys and Girls Clubs of Sacramento (guest Shannon McPhedran).
 
Todd Koolakian (Children’s Receiving Home) introduced the winner of the club’s youth speech contest, a McClatchy High School junior named Maya Steinhart. Maya delivered her award-winning speech, reminding listeners that even small acts of kindness can make profound effects, and making an impassioned appeal to engage homeless people with dignity and without judgment.
 
President John Lemmon (Lemmon, Knox and Anapolsky) called for applications for the club’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awakening (RYLA) program – a weeklong summer camp excursion near Portola, where rising high school juniors experience dynamic activities that bolster their leadership skills. There is no cost to the RYLA students. Applications are due March 15.
 
Club announcements included:
  • Brown Bag lunch gatherings on April 10
  • Theater Night offerings, outlined by chair Allison Cagley (California Musical Theater), with the next a May 19 dinner at Lucca and viewing of An American in Paris, with summer plans for Singing in the Rain (June) and Mamma Mia! (August).
 
Numerous Rotarians celebrated happy news with donations.
 
Past President Frank Poelman (Poelman Company Ltd) donated $100 for his Eddie Mulligan
Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak) donated $250 for her Eddie Mulligan
Past President Fred Teichert (Teichert Foundation) donated $200 for his Eddie Mulligan
Nancy Teichert donated $200 for her Eddie Mulligan
Sylvia Fitzgerald (AAES - Art Appraisals & Estate Services) donated $200 for her Eddie Mulligan and $100 for Chris Ann Bachtel (First Northern Bank) Eddie Mulligan
Alice Sauro (Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera) donated $100 for her Eddie Mulligan
Jim Streng donated $1000 for his Eddie Mulligan
Mike Bullington (Northwestern Mutual Financial Network) donated $100 for his Paul Harris
President-Elect Dianne Woodruff introduced the day’s guest speakers, club members Margo Fowkes (OnTarget Consulting) and Tina Reynolds (Uptown Studios). The duo offered thoughts on how we can effectively support acquaintances who are grieving, a role that can be challenging for all of us. Empathy and connection are what the grieving person welcomes, said Tina and Margo. Simply acknowledging the person’s loss and being a listener are valuable. Among the keys to remember are: even if it feels awkward, have the fortitude to acknowledge the person’s loss; and avoid the temptation to offer a silver lining. Questioning the loss in any way doesn’t help. It’s enough to show that you care.
 
Along the way, President John thanked these contributors to the meeting:
  •  piano players Dr. Dick Wertz and Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen and Pajak);
  • Past President Scot Sorenson (St. John’s Program for Real Change) for his opening thought;
  • greeters Dave McKie, Jack Anderson (Dick James & Associates) and Bob Rediger (Rediger Labor Law); and
  • wine reception sponsor Steve Ruland (Ruland’s Office Furnishings).
 
Next week’s luncheon will feature legendary columnist Dan Walters, a club favorite who will talk about California’s water issues.
 
Thank you John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography) for the photos!