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Speakers
Mary Hekl
May 26, 2017
Life at Google
Eleanor Vogelsang
Jun 02, 2017
Close Up Foundation - Foothill High School
Larry Smith
Jun 09, 2017
www.thelasttruerollerderby.com
Julie Anderson
Jun 16, 2017
Want Success - use your brain!
Richard McGowan
Jun 23, 2017
Rotary International Convention
Club Dark for Demotion
Jun 30, 2017
Livermore Valley Opera
Jul 14, 2017
 
 
 
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News from the World's Greatest Rotary Club
Pleasanton North Rotary (PNR) recognized Foothill High School Students of the Month for April, May and June at its May 19 meeting.  From left:  Kevin Greenlee, PNR Student Exchange Chair, Jacqueline Templeman, Paige Burton, William Hartwig, Jason Krolikowski, Principal of Pleasanton Foothill High School, and Dave Eisenhauer, PNR President
This Saturday May 20th 2017 PNR will be doing a cleanup of the Arroyo Mocho between Hopyard and Santa Rita.  We will remove approximately 35 tires that have appeared in the streambed during last winter's storms,  and remove other debris.  We will meet at the Zone 7 parking lot 5997 Parkside Drive next to the Sports Park on Hopyard Rd.  The city of Pleasanton will provide equipment, gloves for us.  Tami Hennegan will be heading this up please contact her for more details.
This post comes with very heavy hearts from our club.  Dave Cherry former president of PNR (2008-2009) of our club passed on Monday.  Dave represented what a model Rotarian and Human being was, and we are all better people for having the chance to have know him, you could not find a more giving and cheerful person we all strive to be like him.  All our PNR member's thoughts and prayers are with the Cherry family.

PNR members sailed on the museum ship Potomac to join the 100th annual Opening Day on the Bay, the traditional start of the summer sailing season. From left:  Jim Brice, Rick Barnes (friend of Susan Dupree, Susan Dupree, Carlos Rodriguez, Caroline Rodriguez, and Erin Steele.  Views of the Opening Day below.

 
 
Last Wednesday 4/12/17  The Ladies of PNR celebrated their first official ladies night out. 
President Slick finally got his ears....when PNR Member Ryan Spuller returned from his Spring Break vacation in Florida. 
 
Congrats on the ears, Slick!
 
And thanks Ryan!

Dear Pleasanton North Rotary Club

It’s been a while since I’ve sat down at my computer, stared at my travel journal, and tried to decide which story to share. It’s an interesting process, attempting to decipher my own scribbles, sketches, and anecdotes, sorting through which ones are appropriate to share with the wider audience of Facebook and beyond. So, here's a note I've been meaning to share.
 
Written on my flight back from my trip to see Clemence and her family in France:
 
Dear Pleasanton North Rotary,
 
 
Thank you.
 
Thank you for listening to me when I asked you to send me to abroad. 
 
Thank you for the opportunity to learn Spanish, which I keep up in small conversations with friends here and there and in my binge-watching of Spanish TV on Netflix (highly recommend ‘The Grand Hotel’ for anyone interested in a Spanish take on Downton Abbey). 
 
Thank you for the opportunity to learn to love foods like octopus salad, grilled squid and fried sardines. 
 
Thank you for introducing me to Europe, a place that I oftentimes feel more comfortable in than I do at home. 
 
Thank you for sending me to a place where I got lost (frequently) on public transportation; I now know that I will always manage find my way with a bit of creativity and by having no shame in asking locals for directions. 
 
Thank you for the opportunity to learn that it’s better to make up a word than be too shy to practice the language, a lesson which I put to use on a daily basis here in Croatia (much to many of my baristas’ amusement). 
 
Thank you, more than anything, for the family that you have created. Since you began the program in 2012, my family has added countless members. Not just my host families or the students that have come to live at the ‘Purple Door Ranch,’ but also the families of those students that my parents hosted, and the wonderful exchange students of District 5170. Two weeks ago, I sent an out-of-the-blue message to Clem, who stayed with my family a year or so ago, asking if I could come visit her in France on my spare weekend. Without hesitation, she send me an enthusiastic “OUI” and we quickly made plans for my trip. Keep in mind, I’d only spent a few afternoons with Clem because I was at school for most of the time that she spent with my family, and I’d never met her parents or little brother who had graciously invited me into their home. Also, my middle school french was more than a bit rusty, and I’d been warned that her family spoke minimal English (though I soon learned that they all spoke very well and were just shy about it!). So, off I went. And it was wonderful. A weekend full of cheese, wine, mountains, lakes, castles, and french jokes followed. Having spent weeks living alone with 20-something year olds, being with a real family again was refreshing and, simply, wonderful. So I guess what I’ve been wanting to say is: thank you. Thank you, PNR, for the family I now have around the world.
 
Love from somewhere in the sky above Europe,
 
Shonabell
At our April 7th Meeting We got to hear from 2017 PNR Speech Contest winner Andi Li about a cause that was near to his heart.  To hear more about his cause and the PNR's Speech contest please see the continued story below.
 

At our Friday April 7th Meeting, PNR welcomed our newest member, Erin Steele.   Erin is a home mortgage consultant with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and was sponsored by Gina Piper.  Welcome to the worlds greatest rotary club Erin.

The Deadline to submit your 2017 PNR Scholarship Application is May 1st 2017.  A PDF download is available in our Download Files section.
PNR celebrated our 30th club charter night March 31st.  The event was a huge success. 
Ryan Spuller, is awarded a PNR blue badge by president Slick at the club's April 24th 2017 weekly lunch meeting.  A blue badge signifies that new members have completed a series of tasks that make them familiar with the history, traditions, and obligations associated with Rotary membership. Ryan has distinguished himself with frequent participation in PNR events. 
On Saturday, March 4th a lively group of PNR members came together at Shepherd’s Gate in Livermore with helping hands and hearts to present a $7,000 fund-a-need check and to help with some maintenance work around the facility. Volunteers split into small groups and moved dryers, cleaned dryer vents, power washed sidewalks, installed new key pad based door systems, and fixed blinds and smoke detectors in the residents rooms. 
 
Shepherd’s Gate is a lovely, well-maintained facility providing Christian-based counseling, work training and a safe home to woman and children. The program builds confidence, and a road to recovery from homelessness, addiction and abuse. It was a rewarding way to start out the weekend. The program exists thanks to generous organizations and individual donors and volunteers. 
 
Attendees were: Kevin, Lara, André, Stacey, Gina, Phil, Frank, Mike, President Slick, Tammy and Richard.
 
President Slick with PNR Speaker Joe Christiano who spoke on Mentoring at the March 10th meeting.
PNR's Ryan Spuller won the fantasy football league!
Congratulations Ryan! 
 
Ryan is on the right here, being awarded his trophy by past-president Fester.
What is our PNR bell up to now?  It sure has missed a lot of meetings.
And now, an update from our inbound student from Italy, the delightful Ms. Beatrice Sanna. Beatrice is from the lovely island of Sardinia, and her time here is making an indelible mark on her. Here is an update directly from Bea: 
 
"It’s been more than six months since I left home to come to the US. I think that every single one of these months, every single day, taught me something, made me a more mature person, richer, stronger, less selfish, more tolerant. I always say that one of the thing I love the most of these country is its diversity. I came from a country with a rich and various culture, but I arrived to a country with an extremely diverse mixture of people, that made me able to realize how meetings of different cultures make a country rich and beautiful. This also allowed me to realize that the word “normal”, this word that so often generates division when something or someone does not apply to it, has in reality a very relative meaning. Normal is only what applies to the majority of people, and what I have considered normal for my whole life, may be completely different from the “normal” of someone that lives somewhere else, but that doesn’t mean that is wrong. I believe that this is one of best lesson of the exchange, to learn how to understand and appreciate people and situations when they are different from what we are used to.

In these six months I lived a lot of amazing experiences. Especially since the Christmas break, I feel like I’ve finally reached an equilibrium and I’ve adjusted to pretty much everything, forgetting the homesickness and loneliness. When I was still with my first host family, I went skiing to Kirkwood. I had never seen the snow before, except from another single time that I barely remembered, and I had never been on a pair of skis. I was very excited but also scared of trying this new sport, not knowing what to expect. My host dad and my host aunt, which are formidable skiers, taught me the bases and between one fall and another I managed to survive the mountains, also being able to go to a few blu runs! I loved it and since I’ve been with my second host family I went skiing other two times, and now I’m looking forward to the ski trip we’ll have at the end of February with the other exchange students of the district. The next months I’ll have a lot of trips and many other events I’m very excited for, such as my parents’ visit during spring break, graduation, senior ball… but the more I want to live the next adventures my exchange reserves for me, the more I wish I could stop the time not to get to the day when I’ll have to say goodbye to the life I’ve built in this country, to Pleasanton, to the beautiful places I’ve visited, to the amazing people I’ve met. But I know for sure that I’ll always carry in my heart all of this, and I’ll always be grateful in future for the life changing experience I will have lived."
 
Here are some photos of Bea's adventure so far:
 
Bea--It's great to have you in our community this year. 
One of our two inbound exchange students this year is Daniel Costa from the beautiful land of Brazil.
Daniel shares an update on his exchange so far, below.

Look for word from Bea from Italy soon!
 
"When I decided to go on exchange, I knew that I was going to meet new people and make new friends, but as it wasn't my focus during my exchange year, I didn't expect it to be like it has been. I have to say that the best part of my exchange is the people I met! Here I made best friends who are part of my family now, our connection is so strong that it's like I was supposed to find them one day. Also, everyone around me has been really welcoming and friendly, I'm still amazed by the hospitality. 
 
One of my dreams is to become a professional actor and in my school here, Foothill High School, I've been learning a lot with choir and drama. And being a part of the school productions has been an incredible experience and full of learning. 
 
Of course, a great part of the exchange program is the trips we make. I still haven't traveled a lot, because most of my trips are now, in the second semester. However, I always love to go to San Francisco. I can't wait for my choir tour to Disneyland and for my New York trip with other exchange students. 
Going on exchange is an amazing experience! You learn a new language and a new culture. You meet people from all over the world and make awesome friends. And, what I find the most beautiful part of it, you see how you can help the world become one big unit, help other people to see that differences are a good thing!! I can say without hesitation that my exchange year will always be one of the best years in my life, the memories I'm making will always make me happy and hopeful."
 
PNR is very active sponsoring and hosting high school students as part of the outstanding Rotary International Youth Exchange program.
 
The students are now five months into their exchange, and ups and downs occur, yet in the end it balances out to be an amazing adventure that influences students the rest of their lives. I know from experience. I'm still in touch regularly with friends and families from my own exchange as a high schooler 30 years ago. 
 
Currently, Antoinette Pouteau from Foothill High School here in Pleasanton is living the dream as a student in Sarreguemines, France. She is learning about the culture and sights of France firsthand and documents her experience  on the following blog, which you should check out: http://patch.com/users/antoinette-pouteau

Antoinette (right) and her Argentinian friend Agustina (left) at the cathedral in Nancy, France. 
 
Our club is also sponsoring San Jose's Nicole Solomon, who is attending school in Italy and improving her Italian day by day!  Read more about Nicole's time in Italy on her blog here: https://nicolesolomon.blogspot.it/
 
Nicole and friends made this fun video "grading" American candies from the distinguished Italian palate perspective.

Look for updates soon from our inbound (hosted here in Pleasanton) students Bea from Italy and Daniel from Brazil.
Pleasanton North Rotary's annual Pasta Feed was again a great success.

The event brought together local citizens and students, Rotarians and family members for a enjoyable evening of food fun and community.

Here are a few pictures from the fun evening. Speak with Tina Oellrich to find out about how you can be involved in next year's event.






Rotarians are a busy, service-minded bunch. That said, there are some PNR members that stand above and beyond through their efforts.
 
Each month during his presidency, Slick has awarded a Rotarian of the Month pin to a certain committed PNR member.

Today was a day of “catch up” for Slick, and multiple Rotarians of the Month were recognized. 
 
Congratulations to the following Rotarians of the Month:
Mark Linsky - Rotarian of the Month, December 2016
Kevin Greenlee - Rotarian of the Month, November 2016
Dave Pitcher - Rotarian of the Month, October 2016
Dominic Pipitone - Rotarian of the Month, September 2016

President Slick and the one and only Dominic Pipitone

President Slick and Dave "Fiscal Responsibility" Pitcher

President Slick and Mark "Youth Services Dynamo" Linsky
In today’s meeting we had three PNR members receive their Paul Harris pins.

Paul Harris pins represent a concrete, monetary commitment to Rotary International, and our global organization’s goals and activities.
 
Congratulations Celia Mason, Ryan Spuller and Kevin Greenlee on the recognition and thank you for your commitment!
On January 13th Pleasanton North Rotary officially welcomed Michelle Mikatarian to our club.
  
Welcome, Michelle—You’ve just joined the World's Greatest Rotary Club!

 
 
Esteemed PNR colleagues:

The Pasta Feed is right around the corner. We are well on our way to finishing everything up for this  great annual event. Please attend, and invite your friends and family, drop it at church, your hairdresser, you name it. It will be an outstanding and old-fashioned family evening of fun.

Come join us!


On Saturday, January 14th, Pleasanton North Rotary members and supporters staffed the Rotary booth at the annual "Make a Difference Festival" event, held at the Pleasanton Library. 
 
Throughout the busy four-hour event there was a constant stream of Pleasanton and Tri-Valley citizens young and old alike, looking to engage with Rotary and make their own unique contribution to community service.   
 
Our booth at the event had something for everyone:
 
Pleasanton students learned about scholarships, speech contests, the exchange program, RYLA and of course the Interact Club at their high school.
 
Working professionals and retirees checked out the work and community support we do locally, regionally and farther afield, as they consider attending and joining our club.
 
For others with a unique background or affiliation, including the many groups exhibiting at the Festival, we discussed having the organization's leader potentially coming to speak at an upcoming PNR meeting
 
From beginning to end, the booth was a beehive of activity and interested citizens looking to "put a little bit in" and make a difference. 
 
Thanks to all who helped in some way, and especially to Mark Linsky, Lara Golden and Nagisa Smalheiser for taking time out of your busy schedules to staff the booth.  
 
At this week's Club meeting we held our annual youth speech contest.

There were five outstanding participants who clearly worked very hard to prepare and practice for their presentations. A hearty congratulations to you all. This year's participants and winners were all from Foothill High School here in town. 
 
Winner Andy Li will advance to the next round and speak at the regional contest to be held at the Tri-Valley Rotary Club meeting on March 16th from 5:30pm at Castlewood Country Club here in Pleasanton. 
 
Our Club meeting that week may be pulled off the calendar so all members can instead support and attend the speech contest. 
 
1st Place - Andy Li - $100 prize
2nd Place - Mikayla Tran - $50 prize
3rd Place - Samantha Do - $25 prize
 
Again congratulations to all participants for your efforts and speeches. We were all very impressed.
Left to Right: PNR president David Eisenhauer, PNR Youth Services lead Mark Linsky, students Justin Huang, Andy Li, Mikayla Tran, Samantha Do, Daniel Costa
Today we welcomed two new Rotarians (Red Badgers) to the Club Vineet Sharma and Carlos Rodriguez.

We look forward to learning more about you and to working shoulder to shoulder with you both on upcoming community service projects.
 
And Welcome to the World's greatest Rotary Club, gentlemen. 
In December, we announced our December student of the month Mikayla Tran. 
 
Mikayla is Co-President and Area Director of the Foothill High School Interact Club, and has been a very active youth leader in the community, participating in a number of community service events.
 
Mikayla was praised for her academic drive, passion for learning, and her insatiable interest in both supporting and leading others, particularly those in need.
Earlier this week a hearty group of PNR Rotarians and their kinder visited a Berkeley men’s shelter and cooked a meal for the residents.
 
Despite the inclement weather and multiple challenges, chicken was fried outside in Ed's turkey fryer (in the chilly rain and wind!) by Ed and PNR’s newest member, Sean Kyle. Shelter patrons and staff greatly enjoyed PNR’s visit.
 
The menu of the day:
Homemade fried chicken
Homemade fresh coleslaw
Homemade mashed potatoes
Homemade cornbread
Fresh corn

The group that cooked at men's shelter in Berkeley during this most recent visit. Left to right: Andres Hall, Tom Hall, André Wright, Ariana Hall, Ed Golden, André Wright II, Sean Kyle
At our Dec. 2nd meeting we were pleasantly surprised by the Amador Valley High School Music for Change Club and the wonderful Christmas carol from the ensemble, in three-part harmony.

Thanks Mr. Aubel and the Club--it was fantastic.  

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 
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Amador Valley High School graduate Lexi Ewanich spent the last school year abroad in France as one of Pleasanton North Rotary’s exchange students.
 
Through her slideshow and presentation today as our featured speaker, Lexi shared that she lived with multiple families in Valence and the surrounding areas, and had an outstanding experience overall. The slideshow was fabulous and Lexi is a very poised, confident young speaker.
 
Lexi is off to college in Boston after the holidays.

From your PNR family here in Pleasanton, we wish you the very best of luck with your next adventure Lexi!



Today Pleasanton North Rotary officially welcomed Sean Kyle to the club.
 
Sean comes to PNR via good friend Ed Golden, and has made many new friends from attending meetings and participating in multiple service projects. 
 
Professionally, Sean is a systems engineer at Dimension Data, a well-regarded global tech firm.  
 
Welcome, Sean—You’re a fantastic addition to our club!

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow
October's high school student of the month is Tamara "T" Wilson.
 
Among reasons for nominating Tamara, Foothill staff note her strong spirit of giving and leadership in the peer advocate group. Tamara goes out of her way daily to support students in need, is a tutor for special education students and heads up Foothill's buddy program for special education students. 
 
Congratulations on the award, Tamara, you deserve it!
Above: Tamara Wilson is awarded a Pleasanton North Rotary Student of the Month certificate by PNR member Meera Parikh and Foothill Principal Jason Krolikowski.
 
 
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Bruce Jones
    May 5
  • Erin Steele
    May 9
  • Thomas Hall
    May 12
  • Jerry Prettyman
    May 13
  • Dave Pitcher
    May 22
Spouse Birthdays:
  • Hollis Bascom
    May 13
  • Janice Spuller
    May 30
Anniversaries:
  • Jerry Prettyman
    Hathi Winston
    May 18
  • Ed Golden
    Lara Golden
    May 21
  • Lara Golden
    Ed Golden
    May 21
  • Lauri Pearce
    Brian Pearce
    May 21
  • Susan DuPree
    Hollis Bascom
    May 26
Join Date:
  • Susan DuPree
    May 7, 1997
    20 years
  • Colleen Ewanich
    May 8, 2015
    2 years
  • Gina Piper
    May 20, 2011
    6 years
 
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