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November 30, 2021
Piatti's Lunch Meeting
 
Week #20 - President Patrick O’Neil
(Fighting fire with love)
 
President O’Neil rang the bell to start the meeting at 12:04 p.m. He welcomed everyone to the “Best damn Rotary Club in all of Arden Arcade… that is the Arden Arcade Rotary Club of Sacramento.”   Carroll Cook was asked to lead the club in the pledge to the flag of the United States… which he did in fine fashion.  The Prez then asked Mike Grace to provide the invocation, which he did.
 
Guests
Al Cady proudly introduced his guest and fiancé, Alicia Hubert… (no, there were not two people, they were one in the same.)  She came all the way down from Edmonton.  Al did continue to introduce guests, introducing Assistant District Governor, Leigh-Ann Reinero.
 
The Prez asked Jed Van Wagner what name is his brother going by today.  Jed was proud to introduce him by the name given to him at birth, Scott Van Wagner.
 
Michael Caplan had the honor of introducing Past District Governor Sherry Cotta and her husband Joe Cotta.
 
Matt Ross was pleased to introduce Dr. Laurel Hodson but Matt calls her mom.
 
Bell Ringers - None
 
Happy Bucks, Sad Bucks, Just Because Bucks
Al Cady for a nice drive back to New Mexico and spending Thanksgiving with his fiancé and his 98-year-old dad.  He had a great time… but not a bell ringing great time.
 
Michael Caplan for the arrival of his son the day before Thanksgiving from Israel.  Now if he can only make it back into the country since they have closed the boarders.  If not, he will be in the market for a bigger home.  The Prez offered to help him find a good realtor to help him in his search. 
 
President Patrick O’Neil asked Bill Hambrick if he was attempting to offer up a donation.  Bill, being caught off guard, decided he might as well.  He announced that he participated in the Run to Feed the Hungry on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.  They had over 27,000 participants and raised over $900,000.
 
Matt Ross for his mother being at the meeting and for his daughter playing in the All-Star Volleyball Tournament this Saturday.  Matt went on to warn people that his daughter will now become a full time Rotary International donation enforcer, so get your donations in before she comes and visits you.
 
News, Announcements and Stuff-Like-That
 
Holiday Party
The Prez reminded everyone about the Holiday Party to be held on December 10th at 6:00 PM in the Nepenthe Room in Campus Commons.  There will be a White Elephant Gift Exchange.  There will be live music performed by a father/daughter band.  There will be alcohol and some food.  Help is needed.  Please sign up to help in some way and to let us know if you will be attending.  We will be dark on December 7th.
 
The Prez asked Bill Hambrick to join him at the front of the room.  The Prez awarded him with his Paul Harris +7 pin with two red rubies in it.  The club gave him a rousing round of applause. 
 
George Prather was called on to induct our newest club member, Greg Cotta.  George did his usual stellar job of introducing Greg to the calling of being a Rotarian and invited Greg’s mother, past District Governor, Sherry Cotta, up to pin the Rotary pin on him.  Greg was presented the opportunity to say a few words.  His parents Sherry and Joe have a farm in Galt growing grapes for 40 years.  Their business has changed over the years to include, blueberries, almonds and now coffee.  The have built a café using farm to fork principles here in Sacramento.    His mother suggested that he join Rotary in 2016. Greg thought that Rotary would be a good place to network and increase his business.  His mother, being wiser, and as a past District Governor knowing all-things Rotary, explained that that wouldn’t fly.  After 5 years of maturing, joining Rotary started to make sense.  He now looks forward wot working with like-minded people doing service to make the community a better place in which to live by giving food to the hungry, drinks to the thirsty and educate those in need.  That is why everyone is here today.  He is excited to be here and looks forward to working with everyone.  The club showed their appreciation for his comments clapping loudly and nominating him to be president elect. 
 
Club Board Meeting December 8th
The meeting will be held at Jenny Davini’s house.  Red badgers are encouraged to attend.
 
Dyer-Kelly Coat Drive
Carroll Cook reported that Larry McClure purchased 10 coats and delivered them to the school.  Linda Biggler has seven coats to contribute today.  Christine Jensen has fourteen coats bringing the total up to 90 coats.  We usually shoot for 100 coats and have surpassed that the last few years. You can have the coats delivered to the school, Dyer-Kelly Elementary School, 3101 Bell Street, Sac. CA 95821.
 
Secret Word
Prez O asked, “By a show of hands, who knows the secret word?”  Nobody remembered the secret word.  It was Uber.
 
The club socialized while waiting for lunch to be served.
 
Guest Speaker - Firefighter’s Burn Institute
President O’Neil introduced guest speaker, Joe Pick, Executive Director of the Firefighters Burn Institute and retired Sacramento Metro Fire District Captain.  It is a great time to introduce the Firefighter’s Burn Institute to the club as they ae going to be our Poker Tournament partner and will be receiving $10,000 for helping with the tournament this March. 
 
Joe is a retired Fire Captain and has spent most of his career in Arden Arcade finishing his career at the Eastern Avenue station.  He has volunteered his time helping the Institute with boot drives and kid’s camps.  We are coming up to the 50th year anniversary of the Farrells fire caused by a small jet airplane crash. 
 
In 1972, a jet airplane attempting to take off from Sacramento Executive Airport, crashed into a crowded Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor, killing 23 people and burning many others. A Sacramento firefighter, Gene LaVine, and eight members of his family died in the fiery crash.
 
Shortly after, Sacramento Fire Department Captain Cliff Haskell convinced the Sacramento Area Fire Fighters Local 522 to allow him to begin work establishing a specialized burn unit for the area. Cliff’s initial fundraising campaigns formed the FFBI in December 1973.  The secret word is Fire.
 
FFBI’s goal was to help establish a local burn treatment facility in the Sacramento area. Shortly after it’s founding, FFBI collaborated with physicians and administration at the University of California Davis Medical Center to open the UCDMC Regional Burn Center in January of 1974. Over the years, FFBI has expanded its mission to include burn research, public education, fire and burn prevention and burn recovery for survivors and their families, which extends far beyond the firefighting community to any and all burn survivors.
 
Firefighters are instrumental in the planning and execution of all programs and their involvement in the FFBI has been the hallmark of its success. Nearly five decades later, the FFBI participates in local recovery and educational outreach efforts and plays an active leadership role on a national level through its involvement in the Federation of Burn Foundations and the American Burn Association.  Over two million dollars has been raised by the FFBI for the burn unit.  That unit is maxed out and they are looking to create a satellite location.
 
They realized that there was more need than just the burn center.  They developed programs for children including kid’s camps, family camps, peer support programs. They have an online burn survivor support web page to help burn victims communicate and share their stories, issues and troubles.  Their goal is to make sure these individuals are supported throughout their lives.  Children with skin grafts need yearly skin grafts to keep up with the development of their bodies. 
 
They have a kid’s camp in the Sierras and in Livermore that work with children from 7 to 17 years of age.   They also take them on outing to sporting games and places of interest.  Being with peers out in public helps them gain confidence to be seen in the public.  They have started a Little Heroes burn camp addressing the children from 1 to 8 years old.  This program is for the entire family.  This camp addresses the needs of the child that is burned, the siblings of the burn victim and the parents.  Their different needs all need to be addressed separately.   
 
Team BRIGHT is a community reintegration program for burn survivors built on friendship, support, and goal-attainment, organized in collaboration between the Firefighters Burn Institute and Shriners Hospitals for Children–Northern California with help from local firefighter volunteers.
 
Team BRIGHT is designed to encourage community engagement after a burn injury. Firefighter volunteers and patients from Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern CA meet up on monthly coordinated recreational outings during which the firefighters can support goal attainment, help boost survivor skills, and make recovery fun. Young burn survivors in the local community are also invited to outings.
 
Burn survivors will have opportunities to experience the greater Sacramento area and test their new potential with peers with the knowledge that a firefighter has their back.

Team BRIGHT’s first outing in 2020 to an ice-skating rink had one participant feeling transported: “It was like a movie.”  They work with First Tee and other organizations to provide these programs for the children. 
 
FFBI provides a variety of support programs for individuals in need of logistical help and support, individual and group counseling.  They also have a Youth Fire setter program to help deter children from starting fires.  They work with the probation department as they mandate attendance at the program.
 
They boot a fill the boot fundraiser in conjunction with a safety fair in Citrus Heights.  They also man the Camp Smokey exhibit at the Ca. Fair grounds at the State Fair. 
Hot water burns and campfire burns tend to be the greatest cause for hospitalization.
They provide scholarships for individuals that work within the burn community at U. C. Davis and Shriners.  More information is available on their website https://ffburn.org/about.
 
The FFBI is excited to team up with our club to help run the 2022 Poker Tournament.  They are experienced at providing support for existing fundraising efforts and look forward to helping advertise and supply manpower for the event. 
 
Opportunity Drawing
President Patrick O’Neil pulled Rob Olmstead’s ticket.  He did not pick the Ace of Spades. Additionally, he did not select a winning envelope. Not a great day for him to play the lottery.
 
President Patrick O’Neil rang the bell at 1:00 P.M. closing the meeting.
 
Respectfully (more or less) submitted by,
 
Mike Grace
 
 
Joe Peck
Guest Speaker
Leigh-Ann Reinero
Assistant District governor
Bill Hambrick
Paul Harris Fellow Pin 7+
Greg Cotta
Our Newest Club Member
George Prather inducting Greg Cotta into the club
Sherry and Joe Cotta
Greg's proud parents
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