August 24, 2021
Piatti's Lunch Meeting
Week #8 - President Patrick O’Neil
(Christine Jensen is our Super Hero)
President Patrick O’Neil hit the bell to open the meeting at 12:03 p.m.  He then welcomed everyone to the “Best Damn Rotary Club in all of Arden Arcade.”  He asked Duane Oliveira to lead the pledge, which he did. President O’Neil took it upon himself to provide the invocation as he hadn’t asked anyone else to do it. And a fine job he did.
Guests and Visiting Rotarians – District Governor, Desiree Wilson and Assistant District Governor, Leigh-Ann Reinero.
P.P. Cahill interrupted the meeting to ask President O’Neil if he had any idea when Michael Caplan was going to arrive.    President O’Neil noted that it was very early in the meeting and that he should be showing up within the next ten minutes.   He announced that they were going to be implementing a new… and at that moment Michael Caplan arrived with a fellow club member.
Bell Ringers - None
Happy Bucks
President O’Neil – His birthday was on Friday and he is not still in jail.
Matt Ross – For learning just how frigging young the President is.  The last time there was a recall election Patrick couldn’t vote.  The Sacramento Kings are actually older than Patrick.  Top Gun Came out before Patrick was born.  The cell phone the Internet and even Mcaulay Culkin is older than Patrick.
News, Announcements and Stuff Like That
Golf Tournament
John Gabriel reminded the club we have less than 4 weeks before the tournament and that this is the only fundraiser this calendar year and everyone is expected to participate by either being a sponsor, a golfer or a volunteer.  We need donations for the raffle and silent auction.  We have openings for sponsorship opportunities ranging from $200 to $2,000.  The golf tournament is set for Monday, September 20th at 11:00 Sierra View Country Club.  We are partnering with Granite Bay Rotary.  We are seeking sponsorships from $200 to $1,000 which includes golfing.  We need more volunteers to help with the event. The secret word is Volunteers.
Great American River Cleanup
Bill Hambrick was not in attendance to rev up support for the Great American River Cleanup so President O’Neil filled in for him.  The Great American River Cleanup is on Saturday, September 18th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on the American River at the Northgate site at mile marker 2.  There is a lot of debris due to the homeless camps so we need as much help as we can get.  Wear closed shoes and long pants.  The campers have been alerted to the fact that the sites will be cleaned up.  A BBQ and social gathering will be held after the cleanup.
Secret Word
President O’Neil asked if anyone knew the secret word.  There was one person in the room that read the bulletin and knew the secret word was Service and that was Christine Jensen. 
Matt Ross reminded the club that next week’s speaker is Kevin Burdick from the Community Relations department with the Sacramento Republic.  Tucker Bone, a leading scorer with the Republic, a graduate of Jesuit High, may also be speaking.  It was suggested that we hit them up for a raffle prize donation.
Christine Jensen announced that she talked the Sheriff’s office lady and suggested that they donate a buyer’s choice certificate for either a jail visit or a ride-a-long.  She thought that that was a great idea and now we are the first to offer such a certificate… great job Christine!
President O’Neil thanked everyone for the speaker suggestions. We are now booked up almost through the end of the year. 
The club socialized while waiting for lunch to be served.
District  Governor, Desiree Wilson, and frequent Visiting Rotarian to our club, introduced herself.  She is a member of the Point West Rotary Club.
Here are some of the highlights of her presentation:
  • This year’s Rotary International president is Shekhar Metha
    • Member of the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, West BengalIndia
    • Service is his hearts connection to Rotary
    • This year’s theme is “Serve to change lives.”
    • He has three goals for this year:
      • Grow Rotary on
        1. Foundation Giving
        2. Polio Plus Giving
        3. And membership
          • Implementing the Each-one Bring-one program where each member brings one person to an event, luncheon program and increase the membership by 100,000 to 1.3 million
          • We have been at 1.2 million members for over 20 years.  It is time to move the needle
        4. He is also passionate about empowering Girls and is looking
for clubs to do projects that empower girls
  • His Rotary Vision Statement
    • Together we can we see a world where people unite and take action, create lasting change, across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. (Together people create change.)
  • Four strategic priorities
    • Increase our impact
    • Expand our reach
    • Enhance participant engagement
    • Increase our ability to adapt
      • The pandemic gave us the opportunity to increase our adaptability
      • Rotarians did just that putting on our masks, socially distancing and still went out to help the community.  Some of the things your club did
        • Oak Park Rotary House
        • Cottage Park Clean-up
  • At the district level the theme is Rotary, creating today’s Super Heros
    • Rotarians are busy professionals that still find time to serve
    • If you want to get something done you ask the busiest person to do it and it gets done because it is the right thing to do.
    • Desiree presented an award to our club’s Super Hero, Christine Jensen
      • For her work as Treasurer for many years, putting many practices in place that still benefit the club today.  She helped with all of the club’s fundraisers. 
  • District goals for this year
    • Grow our membership
      • We need more people to help grow the good we do in the world.  Share the gift of Rotary. When Desiree joined Rotary she thought she had been given a gift.  She found purpose and found the Rotary family and it has meant the world to her.   We need to share that gift of Rotary.
    • Grow our Foundation
      • The more money that goes into the foundation the more that comes back to us to be able to do projects.
    • Member engagement
      • To make sure they want to still come to the meetings and continue doing the work that we do.  Reaching out to members that we have not seen in a while. People need to know that they are missed and that we are thinking about them.   Making sure we have a lot of service activities for them to be involved with.  Service projects are great things to invite prospective members to.
    • Develop a leadership training program        
      • We owe this to our members and prospective members to give them leadership training
    • Connect with and engage our Rotary Alumni, RYLA, Rotary Youth Exchange Programs, Scholarship recipients
      • These may become members but at least could be good speakers to tell the club what Rotary meant to them and how it impacted their lives. Desiree would like to know of any alumni we are aware of that might like to participate in starting an Alumni Club. 
    • Eradicating Polio
      • Desiree participated in a trip to India where she helped immunize children, five and under.  It was a life-changing experience.
      • Desiree will be participating in this years Bicycle Ride to End Polio in Tucson Arizona, a 100-mile bike trip.  She will be looking for pledges to go towards ending polio now.  You can donate at: Raise.Rotary.0rg  Donations get matched and matched and matched.  If you give $100 it will be matched 100% by our District.  Rotary International will match the district’s amount by 50%.   That total will be matched by the Gates Foundation 2 to 1.  A $100 donation turns into a $750 donation.
      • This year we have only two reported cases of polio and it has been 29 weeks since the last case.  We have never been this close to eradication.
      • In 1985 there were 350,000 cases of polio a year. We are now down to two.  If there are no more cases one year after last case, then the certification process starts.  After three years of no cases, we can certify the world as polio free.
      • Our District has developed a custom-made game called RotoryOpoly, designed after Monopoly.  Clubs can purchase different properties and have their name on the game board for the price listed on the board with a minimum of $160 so you can’t cheap out with the cheap properties.  Once the properties have al been sold the games will be produced for sale.  All net proceeds will go to Polio Plus.
    • District Conference
      • Will be held in the spring of 2022 in South Lake Tahoe at the Montblue Casino Resort and Spa from April 29th to May 1st.
      • Guest speakers
        • Adrienne Bankert former news reporter with channel 3 and then on Good Morning America. 
        • Father Boyle, from Homeboys Ministries, a priest assigned to one of the worst areas in Los Angeles.  Started working with gang members and started a whole industry around it. 
        • Past District Governor, Wade Nomura, the ex-mayor for Carpentaria and a professional BMX rider.
      • Dinner cruise Friday night on the MS Dixie.  Dinner, dancing and fun.  We will be combining the event with District 5190. 
      • Saturday morning a mile walk to end polio
      • A video was shown promoting the conference.  This was very well done in the style of a news show. 
      • For more information and to sigh up go to
A question was asked about the RotoryOpoly and what property our club has purchased.  It was noted that our club had not yet selected a property.  President O’Neil asked the club board members present to authorize the purchase and the board voted in favor of a purchase and empowered the President to make the selection of any property up to $400.
President Patrick O’Neil reached into the wire drum and retrieved Duane Oliveira’s ticket. Duane selected the Ace of Spades out of 40 plus cards.  He won $606.   
President Patrick O’Neil rang the bell at 1:03 P.M. closing the meeting.
Respectfully (more or less) submitted by,
Mike Grace
Desiree Wilson
Guest Speaker
Leigh-Ann Reinero
Assistant District Governor
Christine Jensen
Club Super Hero
Matt Ross
Happy Buck
John Gabriel
Golf Tournament is near
Duane Oliveira
Is a winner!
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