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Welcome to Point West Rotary!

The Best Damn Rotary Club on the Planet!

We meet Fridays at 7:00 AM
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2330 Fair Oaks Blvd
Sacramento, CA  95825
United States
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Our Work in the Community
                              
Congratulations to Sean Harris - PWR's Rookie Rotarian of the Year for 2017-18!  Sean, CEO of A Leap Ahead IT,  joined Point West Rotary in January 2017 and jumped right into helping out on many of our activities.  For the 2017-18 term, Sean has used his IT skills to serve as our A/V coordinator each week at our meetings.  Service Above Self - that's how he rolls!
 
Point West Rotarians were out "doing good in the world" again! On Saturday, April 14th, we planted trees at the Sunriver Park in Rancho Cordova and the neighboring area. Good for the environment, good for the community! President Rick Bixler was definitely needed for his strength to pound in the stakes to hold up the trees.  Also in attendance was Christine Cahill-Reams, Jerry Avila and his wife, Don Levin, Bob Tilly, Rich Fathy, Rita Gordon, Jesse Nix, Desirée Wilson and Greg Garcia who organized our team!
   
 
   
 
       
 
Our annual speech contest was held on Friday, February 9th with 5 students from Encina High.  The topic was "Making a Difference" and these students certainly are!!!  (l to r) Mariam Saleh, Jada Grove, PWR Prez Rick Bixler, Demarrya Tucker, PWR Speech Contest chair Sam Brown-Dawson, Jacqueline La Cour and Ariana Perez. As the winner of our club contest, Ariana will be competing in the regional semifinals on March 27th. Congrats to all!
 
February 1st was the Charter Night for the new Rotary Satellite Club of Point West - Sacramento!  The Satellite Club, part of Point West Rotary, welcomed 8 new members - Sondra Wildman (Chair), Lawana Welch (Chair-Elect), Mike Bede (Secretary/Treasurer), Scott Osborne, Janice Kelley, Kevin Deacon, David Tremblay and Dina Levkov.  The Charter Night celebration was held at the Dante Club and the new members were honored to have District Governor Sandi Sava, DGE Jack Arney and DGN Ray Ward in attendance.  The Satellite Club meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at the Black Bear Diner, 6:30 pm.  New members are always welcome!  For more info, contact Chair Sondra Wildman at pwrsatellite@gmail.com
 
     
Point West Rotarians were out helping the community as they delivered over 100 dictionaries to all 3rd graders at Thomas Edison Language Institute on Friday, February 2nd.  The kids were so excited to get the dictionaries...and even more excited to know that they got to keep them and take them home!  President Rick Bixler was assisted by Mike Garcia, Cy Rickards, Greg Garcia, Monte Watson and Desirée Wilson in handing out the dictionaries.
          
                  
 
                  
 
On Monday, January 15th, six members of Point West Rotary donated their time to help build brand new bikes for deserving children in the community.  In addition, PWR donated $5,000 to support the project and help purchase the bikes.  Mike Garcia, Don Levin, Chris Taylor, Gary Pevey, Rich Price and Carl Naake worked with the North Natomas Transportation Management Association on their 50 Bikes for 50 Kids project.
 
               
 
This is a community service event held on Martin Luther King Jr Day each year that matches teams of volunteers with well-deserving kids to assemble 50 new quality bikes. Kids in 5th - 12th grades are nominated
Point West Rotarians were out in force this holiday season serving in our community!  Several members stood by the red kettle and rang the bell at Macy's at Arden Fair Mall and raised money for the Salvation Army.  We also helped out at the annual Salvation Army Food and Toy Distribution at Cal Expo...providing boxes of food, bags of potatoes and chickens to those in need.  Oh, and we had a lot of fun doing it all...that's how we roll!
 
              

The Ugly Truth brings attention to human trafficking / Kinetic Worldwide

You can DO SOMETHING.

HumanTrafficking...It's NOT OK. You can DO SOMETHING today to fight it.  Check out the contact info below for more information on how you can help the District in their fight against human trafficking.

District 5180 just received official notice by The Rotary Foundation of a global grant award to combat sex trafficking in the greater Sacramento area.  With the grant award and other local funding, the District has $340,000 to fight human trafficking in our community through two components:  education and public awareness.  The sex trafficking education program is aimed at 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th graders and will be conducted by 3Strands Global Foundation using their PROTECT program (http://3strandsglobalfoundation.org/get-involved/education/). 
 
The public awareness piece will be conducted by the Voices and Faces Project in Chicago through their "The Ugly Truth" campaign (http://www.voicesandfaces.org/).  This 3-month outreach campaign will roll out in the spring to help bring awareness of the problem, considered modern day slavery, to our area.
 
If you want to be part of the team to help us in the fight, contact one of the following Rotarians:
Congratulations to the four members who were elected to the Point West Rotary Club Board of Directors at our meeting on December 8th.  The four members who will start their two year term on July 1, 2018 are:
 
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       Beth Schatz            Russ Fujii        Dorthé Wright   John Price
 
 
                            
 
   
                     
  
                      
 
Point West Rotary presented its 6th annual youth leadership conference "Partners in Leadership" on November 2, 2017.  Fair Oaks Rotary Club members joined us this year and brought students from Bella Vista High to join our students from Encina High. PWR members were excited to partner with them this year to make the conference even bigger and better!
Point West Rotarians enjoyed friendship, an early morning walk and giving back to the community at the Run to Feed the Hungry on Thanksgiving Day!  Tom Engwer and family, Greg Garcia and family, Glen Cheron and family, Samantha Hoshida, Desiree Wilson, Beth and Ed Schatz, and Dave Black all walked or ran to help feed the hungry!
 
 
Point West Rotary and the Active 20/30 Club joined forces on Nov. 9th 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.  Over 200 cases were packed and are being donated to local foster youth organizations in our area.  video
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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. 
 
 
 
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