President Desiree rang the bell and welcomed all. Darin Michaels led the Pledge of Allegiance. Marky Mark Mraule presented a pleasant little ditty concerning Santa’s bowel movements. Apparently it’s a favorite of a certain 3 year old. Desiree provided sad news we all feared was coming albeit not so quickly.  Our beloved fellow Rotarian Dick Prater passed away this day.  He was a founding member of Point West Rotary, a Past President, and a great friend to us.  He will be missed. Guests and visiting Rotarians were introduced. At the head table were Board Member Tim Maliepaard, Guest Speaker Cheewa James, Anne Baron and New Member Kristi Kendall.

New Member Induction

Membership Chair Bea Maurer and sponsors Tania Fowler and Keith Tronson inducted new member Karen McClaflin. She is the Chief Development Officer of Goodwill Industries, and has been with several nonprofits throughout the Sacramento area.  She calls herself a Promiscuous Diner, likes beer and beaches.  She was a California State Debate Champion being first in all High Schools in the State. Welcome to the club Karen!

Announcements & Bell Ringers


Maia Schneider and Brad McDowell provided a recap of the Brewfest. Out of the $120,000 gross receipts, a total of $58,772 in net proceeds will be going to community funding.  Many people were thanked and received many accolades.  It was announced Jeniece Thomas is the new Brewfest Chair for 2017!  Such excitement, and an excellent job. The Brewfest committee is having a new member orientation January 11th. Desirée proclaimed Maia, Brad and Tim Davidson PWR Rock Stars!

Tour of Christmas Lights

Past President and Assistant District Governor Jennifer Curtsinger announced the fun committee is sponsoring a Christmas lights tour on December 19th, with limo’s, lights, and food/drink. Cost is $35pp. Contact DeWana Ljung or Gary Pevey.

PWR Foundation Grant - Project R.I.D.E.

On behalf of your Grant Review Committee, Russ Fujii and Tom Harvey presented a $5,000 grant to Tina Calanchini from Project R.I.D.E. (Riding Instruction Designed for Education). Project R.I.D.E. Inc. is a nonprofit institution that provides therapeutic recreational horseback riding instruction to over 500 children and adults with special needs.

Tour of Business – Union Gospel Mission

Tim Davidson reminded the group about the tour of business to Union Gospel Mission that morning.

Holiday Meeting

President Elect Rick Bixler informed us about the holiday meeting December 16th. There will be egg nog, Santa and an Elf, mimosa’s and an ugly sweater contest. Be sure to bring a check(s) for the three donation boxes; The Rotary Foundation, the Point West Rotary Club Foundation and our charity partner this year 50 Bikes for 50 Kids. Breakfast for members and guests is on the club!

Dave Randolph

Dave rang the bell for his and his bride’s honeymoon. They went to Maui and had a marvelous time. Gifts were given. Dave presented a check for The Rotary Foundation.

Board of Directors Election Results

Rich Graber announced the winners. The new board members are Tom Engwer, Paul Freidrich, Brad McDowell, and Drew Reisinger.  The President Elect Elect is Carl Naake.  Congrats and thanks to all who ran.

Guest Speaker - Cheewa James

Cheewa is a Professional Motivational Speaker, and had some wonderful things to say. She spoke about South, West, East and North (the medicine wheel) and how these apply to our lives. I wasn't able to capture her ease nor way of delivery, so if you have the chance to see her somewhere please go.
Gino’s Opportunity
$10 – Dean Wilkie
$10 and a chance at the jackpot – Past President Mark Copeland – No Joker