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2330 Fair Oaks Blvd
Sacramento, CA  95825
United States
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Our Work in the Community
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
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


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 ( 
The public awareness piece will be conducted by the Voices and Faces Project in Chicago through their "The Ugly Truth" campaign (  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. 
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!

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