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Welcome to Point West Rotary!

The Best Damn Rotary Club on the Planet!

We meet Fridays at 7:00 AM
Dante Club
2330 Fair Oaks Blvd
Sacramento, CA  95825
United States
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We will NOT be having our regular meeting on Friday, November 3rd.  Instead, we will be having a joint evening meeting with the Active 20/30 clubs on Thursday night, November 2nd, 6:30 - 8:00 pm.  We will still be at the Dante Club.  Please join us!
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Our Work in the Community
To celebrate "World Polio Day" on Tuesday, October 24th, Point West Rotary has rented the Tower Theatre for a one-night exclusive showing of the movie "Breathe" - the inspiring true life story of Robin Cavendish who contracted polio at the age of 28 and what he did to change the world.  While polio has been eradicated from the US, it is still prevalent in two countries in the world...Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Rotary's #1 goal is to eradicate polio in the world and of the $30 ticket price, $20 will go towards fighting this disease and preventing any more children from contracting it.  The Bill and Melinda will also provide a 2-to-1 match of the $20, for a total of $60 for polio eradication. For more information and to register...
Can you believe that foster youth have to put their few personal belongings in a trash bag when they are moved into or out of a foster home?  What kind of message does this send to those children?  Obviously not a positive one.  But Point West Rotary and the Active 20/30 Club are joining forces to bring pride and dignity to local foster youth by providing them with backpacks/suitcases full of essential items a child needs while in foster care...their own blanket, pajamas, stuffed animal, books, etc.  How can you help? 
Our new Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) student has arrived!  Samuel Peña, 15 1/2, is from Spain - Rotary District 2202, Barcelona.  Samuel lives in Solares, a small town near the province capital, Santander.  He wants to be a pilot or aeronautic engineer when he gets older, so it is perfect that he will be attending Kennedy High School.
His father is a civil engineering manager and his mother is an industrial engineer - health & safety manager.  Although young, he's traveled to England four times, Portugal and New York with his family and is mature for his age.

Samuel being greeted at the airport - with Mary Lyn Kagan!
Human trafficking is the second biggest issue in the world (only behind drug trafficking) according to the FBI and is more than a $150 billion industry.  The Sacramento region is considered a hotbed for sex trafficking in the United States.
Point West Rotary is working with our Rotary District 5180 to create a sustainable large-scale project in the Sacramento region to combat human trafficking.  Towards this goal, we  are working with leaders in the field to develop a holistic education program that creates and disseminates education and awareness information to children, healthcare workers, law enforcement, educators, and the public at large to prevent human trafficking. 
What a great evening at Lunar Lunacy on Saturday night!  Hundreds of riders dressed in costumes, lit up their bikes, enjoyed the pre-ride festival...and rode in the glow of an almost-full moon through the iconic areas of downtown Sacramento!  The 6-mile course took riders through Capitol Mall, Miller Park, Old Sac, the Amtrak station, the Railyards and back to the Capitol Mall.  Lunar Lunacy Ride was in support of foster youth and other children's charities in the local area. 
Getting ready for the ride!
The Start Line
Some of our colorful riders!
Check out the article in the latest San Juan Unified School District's online newsletter about Encina's Drumline…and Point West Rotary's contribution!

Drumline Launches at Encina Preparatory High

Leveraging a series of grants and donations from Point West Rotary Club, San Juan Education Foundation, Carmichael Kiwanis and private donors, Encina Preparatory High School is now once again home to a drumline.

The Encina High Drumline is led by director Erron Smooth and is being offered as an after school activity for interested students. The grants and donations have enabled the group to purchase new drum equipment and supplies set to arrive soon.  “Most importantly, the donations will help provide the youth at Encina an opportunity to be a part of something greater than themselves,” shared Smooth. “They have a chance to work towards a common goal to be great together.”  Through their participation, students are learning valuable skills, including life lessons in the areas of respect, discipline, teamwork, responsibility, pride and leadership.

Launched on March 2, the drumline now consists of ten students, mainly eighth-graders, who practice after school twice a week. Currently, the group is in practice mode and hopes to begin performing by in the fall. The goal is to expand the drumline up to 25 students next year. 

It was an exciting and rewarding weekend at the District Conference…just look at all of the "hardware" we picked up!

We won OVERALL CLUB OF THE YEAR for the District!
Past President Bob Porter was inducted into the District Hall of Fame.
Mary Lyn Kagan was named the District Rotarian of the Year.
We also won the Governor's Citation with Distinction and the most blood donors for a large club (which came with a $400 check)!  We always knew it, but this proves it…we are The Best Damn Rotary Club on the Planet!!!
Point West Rotarians did it again!  Helping to make our community better…about 35 members, family and friends helped to fix up a house in Rancho Cordova for Rotarians at Work Day.  We painted the outside of the house, fixed the fence, installed new appliances and enjoyed the opportunity for fellowship!
Our Mission: The Rotary Club of Point West - Sacramento is a vibrant community service organization promoting service to those in need, goodwill, peace and fellowship
The club's Strategic Plan for 2017-2020 was unveiled at last week's meeting.  To view our vision, values, brand and goals, as well as the actions steps below the goals, please Click here.  The Strategic Plan committee consisted of Rick Bixler, Mike Cendro, Tom Engwer, Paul Friedrich, Samantha Hoshida, Paul Snyder and Desirée Wilson.
So proud of our speech contest students from Encina! The topic...Serving Humanity. Left to right...Mya Worko (1st place), Fernanda Cadena Palacios, Antoine Gashema, Amaria Norris and PWR Speech Contest Chair, Tom Knox.
Due to the generosity of our club members, we raised $5,000 for this great organization at our holiday meeting on December 16th.  And on Monday, several members from our club actually helped the deserving kids build their bikes!

3rd Annual Point West Rotary Team on Thanksgiving morning at Run to Feed the Hungry! We had the Active 20-30 #1032 club join us!

Held last Thursday, the 5th "Annual Partners in Leadership" youth leadership conference was another resounding success! Bringing together students from Encina High and business leaders/mentors to discuss leadership and ethics resulted in some great discussions and bonding among the participants.  Tania Fowler, this year's conference chair person, did a fabulous job putting together a day of interactive discussions providing students insight into what it takes to be a leader and learning from the mentors some of the pitfalls that they faced in their lives and careers.  Most mentors come away from the conference feeling that they got more out of it than the students did!

Tania will be doing a more in-depth recap of the conference in a few weeks (enjoy your vacation Tania…you deserve it!), but I wanted to share some pictures from the day.  If you didn't get an opportunity to participate this year, I hope you'll consider it next year…you'll be glad you did!

Another productive day for Rotarians helping one of our own…building fences, replacing decking, bringing in rock and more!  All topped off by a fabulous lunch served by an ever-appreciative Mollie!
On Thursday November 3rd, the Connecting For Good Tour stopped in Sacramento! The Connecting for Good Tour is part of the Zone 25/26 largest goodwill tour on the West Coast of the US, and it will travel through 6 states and 14 cities in 14 days! 


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