April 2, 2024
Lunch Meeting at Piatti's
Week #39 - President Richard Goore
Dam Climate Change!
Prez Goore opened the meeting and asked Brandon Stoakely to lead the pledge.  He then shared that someone was celbrating a birthday today.  Even though this person said the blessing last week, in light of the anniversary of his birth, he asked Todd to give the blessing again this week.
Brandond Stoakely
Todd Eichman
Introduction of Visiting Rotarians
(There were no vsiting Rotarians)
Introduction of Guests
Samantha Dye
Sam is a frequent guest and often accompanies Chris Lewis to his meetings, especially when it is his turn to watch her.  Sam and Chris go way back as we learned last week.
Patty Mutchler
Patty is also a frequent guest and is known by several titles including the wife, roommate and the official bed-warmer of club member, Bob Mutchler.
Bell Ringers 
                  Happy Bucks 
                                       Sad Bucks
Tim Cahill, Bell Ringer
Tim was proud to announce that his wife has successfully put up with him for 46 years and it looks promising to make it to 47.
Big Al  Frumkin, Happy Bucks
Easter marked the third anniversary for Lisa Keller and Al.  Nobody is more surprised than Al to have made it that far.  They have a way to go to make it to year 46.
Todd Eichman, Happy Bucks
Todd is happy to have made it to his 53rd birthday.  The club blessed him by not singing Happy Birthday to him.  Todd offered to double his donation if Richard has his challenge coin on him.  Richard told Todd he knew exactly where the coin was but it was not with him.  So close... yet no cigar and no extra donation.
Bill Hambrick, Fining Bucks
Bill was the first to officially take note of an egregious error made in the last newsletter.  It so happened that the newsletter editor, in an attempt to note the passing of beloved Stan Nicholaus, inadvertently used Peter Panton's picture.  This caused quite a bit of confusion.  Many members were left wondering if the picture was correct and the name was wrong or the name was correct and the picture was wrong.  Peter Panton contacted Bill to assure him that he was indeed still alive and that Stan, sadly, was
in fact, the one that is no longer with us.  Let this be a warning to all members that have not attended a club meeting recently.  You might want to attend meetings once in a while or you too could end up pronounced deceased before your time.  Bill felt that this error deserved a $5 fine but... knowing that the editor is working with limited mental faculties, and a Commadore 64 computer, took pity on him and offered to pay the fine. 
Stan Nicholaus
Rotarian for
50 years & 10 months
He is dearly missed!
Peter Panton
Rotarian for
36 years & 3 months
Peter is alive...
but we miss him too!
The Newsletter Editor feels like the picture above for getting this wrong. (If you guessed stud, guess again.)
Many of our senior club members fondly remember Stan. However, most of our club members joined after Stan started limiting his appearance at our meetings.  This may account for the fact that the mistake was discovered and brought to the editor's attention when it was published a second time, not the first.  The secret word is the specific name for the anatomy of the horse featured in the above picture.  The editor has offered to buy Peter Panton a drink, if and when he attends another meeting. 
Announcements and Other Fun Stuff
*News You Can Use*
Off-site Lunch at Mikunis Next Week
The Guest Speaker will be Taro Arai
 April 9, 2024: Meeting starts at 11:45 a.m.
Club members, no additional cost
Guests, $50 each
Space is still available, Contact Prez Richard
to add your name to the list.
Annual Scholarship Lunch
John Gabriel was asked to share details about the upcoming scholarship lunch and he was happy to comply.  He noted that the scholarship lunch will once again be held at Del Paso Country Club.  May 14th is the date and will start at noon sharp.  As is our custom, donations from club members are being requested to help cover the cost of meals for the students, parents and principals.  The lunches cost about $35.  $100 will cover about three meals and that just so happened to be the amount that John started the donation drive with.  He encouraged everyone to participate and reduce the cost of the event so that the
foundation is only paying for the scholarships.  Matt Ross followed John's lead, donating another $100... six meals down and about 34 more to go, give or take.  John will be requesting donations at every meeting until May 7th or until we have sufficient funds to cover the meals. It was at this point that the Prez evidently regained consciousness and asked John to provide the details of the scholarship program.  This redundent request made the club very happy as everyone said, in unison "he just did." The Prez, realizing the error of his ways, fined himself $2 and changed the subject.
Tony Paulson
Tony has been joining our club for lunch for the past four weeks and was even at the poker tournament.  He was not at this meeting, by design.  The board reported that they had reviewed his application and approved sending a recommendation to the club for his membership.  The Prez gave the members the opportunity to discuss his proposed membership.  As there were no comments to the contrary the membership was approved and Tony will become our newest member at the next meeting.
Secret Word
The Prez asked for the secret word.  There was much grumbling and the Prez asked for a hand to speak.  Linda Bigler, only second to Lisa Asperger in her desire to win the honor of knowing the secret word, came up with the correct answer... "there was no secret word."  For this she was awarded some beer.
It is a Trivial Matter
As there was another prize available, the Prez offered up a trivia question "How many weeks are left in his presidency?"  The correct answer was blurted out by an un-named member "too many."  However, that was not the answer that the Prez was looking for.  Bill Hambrick raised his hand and said "14."  The Prez noted that 14 was  wrong but would have been right last week. Immediately, John Gabriel raised his hand and, being a former teacher and good at math, said "13."  For this John took home some 2022 Diet Coke.
Auctioning off Whiskey Leftovers!
Todd was asked to help auction off the high quality, high proof whiskey that was left over from the poker tournament.  He shared tasing notes for each of the four whiskeys.  Each bottle was considered to be top-shelf sipping whiskey.  The bidding started off at $100 and quickly jumped to $125.  Rob Olmstead III placed the final winning bid of $150.  Not only did he get the fine whiskey but he also received cigars as a bonus.
Linda Bigler & Luana Fernandez Go Skiing
Linda Bigler, featured to the left in her festive winter skiing attire, took our foreign exchange student, Luana, skiing.  Linda, an excellent skier and trainer, was able to outfit Luana from head to toe with everything a new skier could need.  Luana had only skied a couple of times before.  She had a blast and wanted to ski well above her abilities.  Fortunately for our club, Luana survived her time with Linda and the ski patrol was not needed at any time during Luana's time on the slopes.  Luana told Linda that it was the highlight of her stay in the U.S. so far.  Linda had a good time too.  There was some question as to which of them was serving as the chaperon.  No harm no foul.
Fireside Chats
Christine Jensen announced there will be three Fireside Chats this year.  These chats are designed to let the President Elect, Christine, know what the club liked and disliked about this past year and what things they would like to see in the next year.  This is a mandatory event for all members but alcohol and finger food are provided as an incentive to entice our members to participate.  The schedule for this year's chats is:
                                                April 24, Host,  Linda Bigler 
                                                May 1,    Host,  Matt Ross
                                                May 8,    Host,  Robert Olmstead
These meetings are all being held on Wednesday nights at 6:00 p.m.  You can attend more than one if you remember you forgot to say something... or just forgot that you already attended one.  More details, like addresses, to follow via email... and most likely during the meeting.
Guest Speaker
Scott Shapiro
Sacramento's Flood Risk and Climate Change
Scott Shapiro delivers on short notice!
The Prez introduced Scott Shapiro as a partner at Downey Brand LLC.  Scott has been focused on flood control and water law for over thirty years.  Today he will be sharing interesting information about Sacrament's flood risk and climate change.  
Scott shared that Richard asked him this morning if he could put together a talk for the lunch meeting and this was the topic he had the ability to craft a talk on, on short notice.  
Sacramento had a flood in 1849, the first flood since the city was formed in 1848.  It was reported in the news that the cost for a levy was unwarranted as it would be at least half a century before the water would get that high again.  The city flooded again in 1850.  They decided a levy was a good idea and built it.  In 1852 there was a flood that overtopped the levy.  So, they built a bigger levy. The 1853 flood overwhelmed the city again.  They build an even bigger levy.  That was fine until the 1862/63 flood.  This flood was wide spread and the river channel was indiscernible, except for the trees that lined it. They talked about building even higher levees, but ended up raising the city, turning first floors of buildings into basements.  
Scott gave an interesting overview of the waterways, lakes, dams and flood protection overflow areas we have today.  The City of Sacramento is protected from the Sacramento River by running the river's excess flow into the Yolo Bypass.  Unfortunately, there is no similar flood protection for the excess flows on the American River.  Levees and dams are the main means of flood control for the American River.  
Folsom Lake holds approximately 1-million-acre feet of water.  In 1994 it was commonly thought that it took 1 acre foot of water to last a Northen California family one year.  Now, two families can survive on an acre foot of water due to conservation methods.  They say that four families can live on an acre foot of water in southern California due to their water conservation requirements. Folsom Lake is primarily a flood control lake that attempts to keep as much water as it can for summer use.  This is a delicate balancing act, rarely done to everyone’s satisfaction.
Scott provided an interesting slide showing Folsom Lake and the new high velocity emergency spillway pictured below.
New spillway provides a means to release larger quantities of water in advance of major inflows into the lake.
The levees downstream from Folsom Lake were originally designed to accommodate 115,000 CFM flows.  In 1964 peak inflow into Folsom Lake was 280,000 CFS, more than double the rate that could safely leave the lake.  In 1986 they released 134,000 CFS to prevent the dam from overtopping.  The dam and levees held and the rain stopped, avoiding major flooding. However, major levee damage resulted from the high flows.  In 1997, over a five-day period, 1-million-acre feet of water entered Folsom Lake.  There was now, no question about needing to address the problem.  They could do one or all of the following: improve the levees, increase the capacity of Folsom Lake, and or figure out how to evacuate water faster out of Folsom Lake.  The new spillway at Folsom Lake allowed for the evacuation of water earlier and at higher volumes.  This actually increased the holding capacity of the lake. The levee design prior to these improvements was for flows of 115,000 CFS and provided a 100-year event protection.  With the new emergency spillway, we have 200-year event protection at the same 115,000 CFS flow rate.  While this is twice as good as it was, the norm for populated cities is 500-year protection.  The new design flow rates for the levees after improvements is now 160 CFM.  This provides 300-year flood protection.  
This graph identifies the rise in minimum tempuratures for the state. 
How does climate change impact flood protection? Regardless of what you may think is causing the climate to change, the graph clearly shows the minimum temperature has been steadily climbing over the past 40 years.  How does this impact water storage?  Scott showed the following graph:
This graph shows that the rain patterns in the early 19th century were consistent with an average temperature of 56.3 degrees.  The last 30 years the average rain is roughly the same but the rain events are spread out and not consistent with grater amounts of water being delivered in fewer storms.  This results in wet and dry years.  Atmospheric river frequency has increased over the past few years. This makes forecasting water releases from the lake much more difficult as you can't be sure that you will have sufficient capacity to contain the inflows into the lake.  Our weather goes from one extreme to another. Every year is different.  There is no normal average anymore due to climate change.  Water control systems based upon averages no longer work.  
What lessons have we learned? Don't make flood control decisions based upon averages.  Past results are no indication of future performance.  Understand the odds.  Flood insurance is not that expensive and the odds of having a flood are higher than of having a fire.  Whether or not you flood, a flood will have a very negative impact on you.  
President Goore thanked Scott Shapiro for the informative presentation.  He then thanked everyone for coming and rang the bell closing the meeting at 1:13 p.m.
Future Meetings & Events
  • April 9 2024: Off-site Lunch at Mikunis,                                                          Meeting starts at 11:45.  Sign-up, Maximum of 45 people
  • Aprill 16 2024: TBA, Guest Speaker Suggestions are Welcomed
  • April 23, 2024: Austin Ramos-Founding Partner Brand Velocity Group-Private Equity Firm
  • Aprill 30, 2024: TBA, Guest Speaker Suggestions are Welcomed
  • May 7, 2024: TBA, Guest Speaker Suggestions are Welcomed
  • May 14, 2024: Annual Rotary Scholarship Lunch, Del Paso Country Club
  • May 21, 2024: TBA, Guest Speaker Suggestions are Welcomed
  • May 28, 2024: Dark?
  • June 4, 2024:  TBA, Guest Speaker Suggestions are Welcomed
  • June 11, 2024:  TBA, Guest Speaker Suggestions are Welcomed
  • June 18, 2024:  TBA, Guest Speaker Suggestions are Welcomed
  • June 25, 2024:  TBA, Guest Speaker Suggestions are Welcomed
Please send your speaker recommendations to Rob Olmstead.
Respectfully (more or less) submitted by,
Mike Grace

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