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June 7, 2022
Piatti's Lunch Meeting
 
Week #47 - President Patrick O’Neil
(Rotary Built on a Solid Foundation)
 
President Patrick O’Neil, rang the club bell at 12:03 and welcoming everyone to the Arden Arcade Rotary Club, the Best Damn Rotary Club in all of Arden Arcade.”  He asked Les Gudger to lead the pledge.  Michael Caplan arrived early enough to enter the door at precisely the same time as the Prez was looking for a member to provide the invocation, so Michael provided one.
 
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians and Guests  
None
 
Bell Ringers
Roy Vogel for surviving 96 hours on the Pacific Coast.  It was a fun trip and now he’s back. The wheel was spun for Roy and he received 2 tickets for being a participating Bell Ringer. 
 
Matt Ross for officially no longer having any high-schoolers in his house as his daughter graduated on Friday.   The wheel was not kind and gave him nothing, no tickets.
 
Happy Bucks, Sad Bucks, What the H#!! Bucks
Steve Turner was happy because he and his daughter are leaving on a big USA Plane, Train and Automobile trip on Friday night.  They are heading out first class to New York to see Hamilton.  Then they will be traveling down the east coast and then across the US back home.  The wheel and gave up 1 ticket.
 
Rob Olmstead reminded the club that they needed to go out and vote today.  Rob informed Roy Vogel that today was election day and because Roy was out to sea for so long he didn’t know that today was the day he needed to do his civic duty and vote.    Rob noted that this election will have an extremely low turnout so vote early and often to help take up the slack.  20% of the electorate will be deciding major races.  If you are not on the table, you are on the menu.   The wheel liked Rob and gave him 3 tickets.
 
Les Gudger was happy in advance of his cruise to Alaska.  The cruise is taking all his money so he only had $2 worth of happiness.  As it takes a minimum of $5 to spin the wheel Les was not allowed to touch it.
 
Golf Tournament
Rob Olmstead reminded everyone that we need signups for volunteers and sponsors for the Rotary Charities Open.  You can use this web address, https://birdease.com/RotaryCharitiesOpen to sign up to golf and/or be a sponsor.  Last year late commers were disappointed. Weekly reminder notices will be sent out. John is looking for additional help on the golf committee. Secret word is “Golf.”
 
Rotarians of the Month, Pick a Month, Any Month
The Prez, seeing that his time is short and he needed to catch up with the monthly Rotarian honors, decided to double down on the awards.  He called up Greg Cotta to receive his Rotarian of the Month award for transporting the Rotary Trailer to the meeting and setting things up in Al Cady’s absence. He then called Linda Bigler to the front of the room to receive her Rotarian of the Month pin for great attendance and a wonderful presence with a great smile.  Both R.O.T.M. recipients received a heartfelt round of applause.
 
Secret Word – Christine Jensen came up with “crab” as the correct word and was awarded 1 ticket by the wheel.
 
Guest Speaker
Matt Ross, Foundation Chair, was asked to give a Foundation Update.  Matt came prepared with a PowerPoint presentation that illuminated the minds of even the old-timers.  He started off with a bit of a recap, Rotary Foundation 101 if you will, to help the new members and the old ones that haven’t been paying attention.  This presentation is broken up into two parts, how it is funded and where does the money go.
We have three accounts within the club: Club Account, Club Foundation Account, and Rotary International. 
 
Club Account holds the quarterly payments, membership dues and day to day operations such as paying for lunch as well as the fees we pay to Rotary International. 
Rotary Foundation (Our Club Foundation) holds the revenue from our fundraisers to pay for the fundraising expenses as well as the community grants such as Project Lifeline, running shoes for Encina High, Dictionaries for the schools, Parkway Clean-up, Park Clean-up, Santa Clause, Coats for Kids etc.
 
Rotary International Foundation (AKA The Rotary Foundation.) This is the foundation set up by Rotary International To enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment, and alleviating poverty. Our club has raised $963,043 over the past sixty years.  Only two clubs in our district have broken the million-dollar mark and they are double or triple our size.  Point West Rotary Club is about $80,000 behind our club and they have triple our membership.   Our club delivers, time-and-time again. 
 
Commonly used terms associated with Rotary International:
 
EREY – Every Rotarian, Every Year.  To be an EREY Club every member needs to donate a minimum of $25 to Rotary international each year. 
 
Paul Harris Fellow - That is a Rotarian that has donated at least $1,000 to Rotary International. You advance in rank in $1,000 increments
 
Major Donor - A Rotarian that has donated at least $10,000 to Rotary International.  This has different levels that are obtained by $25,000 increments.
 
Paul Harris Society – These are Rotarians that donate $1,000 to Rotary International every year. 
 
The Major Donors in our club are:  Al Cady, Carroll Cook, John Gabriel, Peter Panton (level 3), George Prather, Bruce Stimson and Roy Vogel.  The club erupted into a heartfelt appreciative round of applause to honor all of our Major Donors. Members no longer attending Gary Johnson and Kathy Skeen as well as two members who recently passed away Howard Stagg and Sheila Romero have been and still are Major Donors.
Every club members receive Matt’s donation reminder emails, except for those that donate automatically.  Once you donate you are taken off Matt’s email list and do not have to deal with his requests for donations or the threat of having his daughter , the enforcer, come visit you. 
 
Over four-billion dollars has been raised since the inception of Rotary International.  In 2021, $440 million was raised by Rotarians.  $152 million went to Polio Plus, $130 million went to global grants, $31 million on District Grants, and more than $5 million on local Disaster Grants.  The funds utilized in 2021 were collected in 2018.  The interest on the donations is collected for three years and is utilized to pay the Rotary International’s operating expenses. 
 
Examples of past Club Rotary International Grant Projects:
Uganda Well Water Project, a partnership grant with Carmichael Rotary Club and a few others.  The grants usually result in a 4 to 1 funding ratio.  The local clubs provided about $50,000 towards the grant and the project was about $200,000. 
 
District Grants - Out of eight District Grants that Matt has worked on we have partnered with other clubs on five of them.  District Grants are matched dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000.
 
Examples of District Grants:
Encina High School Computer Room, The Rotary Room, was a project that we partnered with three clubs to make the needed improvements (the project shortfall for window blinds was personally funded by our Rotarian, Tim Cahill.) 
 
Rotary Van Project, we partnered with two other local clubs to raise over $25,000.  Provided a van to transport children to recreational opportunities.  This van is still shared by two park districts and the Sheriff’s Community Impact Team six years later.
 
Howe Park Community Theater, Rotary helped fund the lighting for the Howe Park Theater created at the Conzelmann Community Center in Howe Park.
 
Whitney Little League Project, we partnered with Carmichael Rotary to raise over $15,000 to help with field and dugout improvements.  The project ended up being over $100,000 worth of improvements due to community buy in and donations of time and money. 
 
El Camino High School Black Box Theater Project that provided a great opportunity for club involvement providing sweat equity.  All the projects require some form of club involvement.  This one required a lot of painting and over $8,000 to modify a classroom into a theater. 
 
Covid Meal Distribution Project, spearheaded by Danny Curtola, a partnership to help keep restaurants in business and help the community with great food during the early stages of the pandemic.    
 
Arcade Middle School Library Project, over $6,000 was invested in turning two rooms into one room with proper shelving and painting the room.
 
River City Food Bank Project club members volunteered one day to help handout food.  We also helped clean up the area at the main food bank in midtown.  A large covered area was created to facilitate the distribution of food outside the building to keep the distribution process going during the pandemic. 
 
Human Trafficking Prevention District Grant, over $300,000 to fund an education campaign to 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 9th grade students to prevent human trafficking in the Sacramento area.
 
In short, we have received eight local grants and one district grant yielding more than $120,000 back to the community which is more than we contributed during the same time.   
 
What can you do to help the club you may ask?  Donate, ask about being a Paul Harris fellow and keep an eye out for local grant ideas. 
 
Club Foundation Projects are separate.  We have repaired benches and tables on the American River Parkway utilizing the skill and lumber of Al Cady.    We will be helping Effie Yeah Nature Center with a Tortious Enclosure in the fall partnering with Carmichael Rotary.    
 
Steve Turner thanked Matt for doing a great job with the Foundation ever since he took the duties over from Sheila Romero. Other clubs are very envious of our club’s expertise with the grants and that is all thanks to Matt.  The club brought their hands together making the noise of appreciation.
 
Opportunity Drawing
Steve Turner was the lucky opportunity drawing winner.  His daughter picked the 10 of diamonds and selected an envelope that did not have anything in it. Better luck next time Steve.
 
President O’Neil rang the club bell, closing the meeting at 1:05.
 
#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*  B-R-A-K-I-N-G  #*#*  N-E-W-S  #*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*
 
This Just In………………
 
Les Gudger & his pickup, Greg Cotta & his pickup and Johnathan Barker were seen helping Michael Caplan early on the morning of  June 9, 2022, loading 3 pallets of valuable goods onto the two pickup trucks.  It is believed that they have conspired to transport the valuable goods to a ROTARY Club warehouse in Clarksburg on the Delta.  
 
Dozens of crates were loaded into the pickups and the smaller vehicle owned by the ring leader, Michael Caplan, reported to be an Outback.  It is feared that the aforementioned individuals offloaded the valuables at the warehouse by hand in haste in hot and dusty conditions in an effort to avoid being spotted by the local authorities.   
 
If these individuals are seen, approach with caution, at least until they have had a chance to take showers.  These noted Rotarians are wanted for exhibiting a Service Above Self-ishness attitude and deserve the undying gratitude for doing what has to be done for the ultimate benefit of others.  They have made The Rotary club of Arden Arcade PROUD.
That is all.
 
Respectfully (more or less) submitted by,
 
Mike Grace
 
Matt Ross
Guest Speaker, Sort of
The Prez and Christine, Keeping it Real
God Bless
our Major Donors
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