August 30, 2022
Lunch Meeting at
Seasons Coffee Roasters
Week #8 - President Robert Olmstead III
(We Cotta break from the usual)
Offsite Lunch Meeting #1
Seasons Coffee Roasters
The Arden Arcade Rotary Club was invited to hold their
August 30th Rotary Club Meeting at
Rotarian, Greg Cotta's, newly established
Seasons Coffee Roasters 
located at the CLARA  Arts Center 
The meeting started in the Seasons Coffee Roasters Cafe with non-alcoholic drinks of your choice.  President Olmstead III introduced Rotarian, Greg Cotta, and allowing him to do the honors of welcoming everyone to this newly opened restaurant (put the finishing touches last night!) Greg likes working under pressure with tight deadlines.  Greg introduced his parents Joe and Sherry Cotta.  He also acknowledged Cacio Restaurant for providing the chicken pesto, ham and Swiss and three cheese sandwiches for today's lunch.  The meeting moved from the restaurant to the CLARA auditorium where lunch was served. 
Greg Cotta gave a quick background on CLARA.  The Director of CLARA is Megan Wygant and she is our guest speaker today. CLARA is a nonprofit that Greg is very committed to and passionate about and Megan will tell you more about that.  
President Robert Olmstead III thanked Greg for hosting the meeting and putting everything together.  It was argeed that the meal was phenominal as were the facilities.   
Announcements and Other Fun Stuff
Great American River Clean-up
The Great American River Clean-up service-day event scheduled for September 17th from 9:00 am to noon.  We will be meeting at 8:45 at the Northgate entrance off of the Garden Highway.  This is a tough section of the river and is an adult only event as the environment is not kid friendly.  Participants are encouraged to wear good boots, gloves and appropriate pants and shirts.  This is a great opportunity for our club members to get involved.  The more volunteers we have the better.   We will be crashing the Point West Rotary Club’s beer tasting event that will be in progress right after the clean-up.  Interested members are encouraged to change their clothes prior to attending the beer tasting. 
5180 Rotary Foundation Dinner, September 17th
Our club has purchased a table at the event and would like to know who would like to attend.  Jenny and Ted Davini will be attending and completing the table of eight.  
Rotary Charities Open Golf Tournament                                                           
The Golf Tournament is just around the corner.  This tournament is sold out.  Great job John and Christine!!!  We need your golfers to sign up. The Rotary Charities Open website is to sign up to golf.  We also need raffle and silent auction prizes.  We also need volunteers.  Volunteer opportunities include a morning shift, an afternoon shift and an all-day option. A volunteer sign-up sheet will be passed around at the next meeting.
Rotary Offsite Lunch, October 18, 2022
President Robert thanked Tom Goode for putting together an awesome offsite lunch opportunity at Brasswood Winery in Napa Valley on October 18, 2022.  A flyer was handed out that detailed the event.  Transportation will be provided as part of the event. However, those wishing to drive on their own may do so.  The day will start at Piatti’s at about 8:00 or 9:00 am.  The event will be affordably priced at $60 for members and $80 for additional people. That price includes food, wine and transportation.  It will be a great event; one you will not want to miss; 25 to 50 people will enjoy this event. Make sure you save space on your calendar.
El Camino High School Poker Tournament
Joe Green let the club know that the El Camino High School is holding a fundraising poker tournament on Saturday, September 17th.  Proceeds to defray the cost of the uniforms for the football team.  Contact Joe for more information.  
Blue Badge Presentation
Steve Turner called Emily Ballus to the front of the room to turn her Red Badge to Blue. New members are under probation and when the necessary steps have been taken to complete probation you get a blue badge letting the club know you are now officially a full-fledged member. One of the requirements towards a blue badge is being on a committee.  Emily is on the Speech Committee again this year and we hope to actually have speeches this year.  Emily has brought many things to the club and has been a great partner.  We look forward to continuing the community connection through the Fulton-El Camino Park District.  Emily was officially welcomed as a Blue Badge member with loud applause.  
Guest Speaker, Megan Wygant 
Megan Wygant is the Executive Director for CLARA — the E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts. CLARA is a 501(c)3 organization with a mission of providing education and resources to unleash the creative potential of local arts and culture in Sacramento.  Arts exist to create community. 
The Seasons Coffee Roasters cafe is an important element that will help bring the community together.  CLARA’s programs provide the resources and supports necessary to keep local creative workers here at home, while also building the next generation of Sacramento’s creative thinkers.  
Megan played a video for the club that gave a great overview of who and what CLARA is and does and why arts are important to the students and the community.  President Olmstead III thanked Megan for the informative presentation and assured her that our club looks forward to working with her in the future.
Michael Caplan was holding a very cute little teddy bear like a proud papa.  He was pleased to introduce the bear to the club and let us know that 599 more just like it in 24 boxes.  We need to transport them to a storage facility.  We also need to decide what we are going to do with 600 cute little teddy bears.  Some suggestions were to donate them to local area Emergency Rooms, to the CHP and other first responders to give to children involved in unfortunate events. We are looking for other suggestions.   Michael suggested that we invest in embroidering a Rotary logo on them or sew little Rotary vests for them.  The first thing is getting them picked up and transported to the storage facility.  Les Gudger volunteered to help.  Details will be finalized offline.
President Robert Olmstead III rang the club bell closing the meeting at 1:09 p.m.
Respectfully (more or less) submitted by,
Mike Grace
Greg Cotta
Delighting in his Cafe
Seasons Coffee Roasters Cafe
Seasons Coffee Roasters Cafe
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