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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Rancho Cordova

Rancho Cordova

Service Above Self- Rotarians In Action

We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Old Spaghetti Factory
12401 Folsom Blvd
Rancho Cordova, CA  95670
United States of America
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Yessir, we're closin' in on the end of 2018, but first a word (or some pictures) about the dictionary labeling party over at Mike Passof' s place.  Here they are: read 'em (or view 'em) and weep
President Paul's daughter Misty and her squeeze Carl came to help
Hey, who's in charge here?  Oh yeah, Neil...
Impressive teamwork here reminds one of the defensive line of the Chicago Bears...
Our host with the new District Dictionary Chair for Life Brud
The Club photo bomber in action...

Next subject: today's meeting and it was a fine one... Phil the invisible greeter showed up again today, but President Paul (PP) got the meeting going anyway and asked young Becky Harvey to lead the Pledge and then young Gary Spainhower to lead the song and both of them excelled at their task.  Off to a good start.  We did have a guest today, John Carr of the former Rotary Club of Rancho Cordova Sunrise and we were glad to see him.  John has been active in District projects for a number of years, including Rotary Youth Exchange, among others.
Visiting Rotarian John Carr
Departing from tradition, we took right off with the weekly drawing and young Neil Orchard managed to draw PP's ticket number from the basket.  Sadly for PP, 'twas for naught as another sad white ball emerged from the can in his not-so-nimble fingers.  Better luck next time, chief.
Rotarians coagulating
Rotarians snoozing, praying and plotting...
Rotarians celebrating World Cardiac Day...
Statistics show that one out of every three people is paying attention at any given time
Mo's replacement for the day, Raeanne, did a terrific job
Well, in any event, with the sadness that swept the room over PP's bad ball handling, up popped our Sarge for the Month, Clarence, today assisted by young Becky Harvey.  There was a pin infraction, but your poor reporter didn't catch the offending party.  Next however was Ross Johnson saying something about Mike Passof and the Dictionary Labeling Party and Ross paid for it.  Gary Spainhower paid for being a scooter today and for heading to Florida tomorrow.  Vaya con Dios, my friend.  When your poor reporter made light of the Marshall football team going to the Bad Boy Mower Gasparilla Bowl, the Sarge saw fit to levy a fine (what is this world coming to?)  Young Jerry Smuts had an anniversary and I think some other  stuff as well.  Brud celebrated his safe return from South East Asia (so did I, Brud, about 40 years ago,) and being named District 5180 Dictionary Project Chair for Life recently.  Way to go, Brud
The Sarge at work
Pat Orelli got recognized for his 40 years in Rotary and he then volunteered that he had a birthday this month.  Congrats, Pat.  By this time, feeling a pang of conscience for fining his best friend about the Sasparilla Bowl, Sergeant Clarence finally forked over some cash representing the pride he has in his Marshall team (at least the non-incarcerated members.)  Naturally, when the topic of football comes up, the lone Chicago Bears fan in the crowd got to contribute as well.  Next the Sarge dealt a low blow to a number of college graduates over their alma mater's sports programs: Indiana - Jerry Smuts; Notre Dame - Tom BlinnNeil then volunteered that he spent Thanksgiving in or near Fort Bragg and so he paid.  Navin jumped into the fray and paid for his recent trips to Chicago and Houston (yes, on purpose.)  Becky reported that her son had just called from Europe and in two months over there, he's spent only about $2200.  Way to raise 'em right, Bex...:-)   Ross Johnson crowed about the recent success of the Ross Johnson Jazz Band at Koreana Plaza, playing holiday music and he paid.  PPP Sean Twilla paid for America's team apparently fighting above their weight recently, and his cohort PP paid for his daughter (see photo above) returning for Thanksgiving (I used to return home when I was in college - usually to get my laundry done.)  Finally our visiting Rotarian John Carr chipped in for his joy at eating with the best Rotary Club in Rancho Cordova and that was it... finito...
If there is one thing I've learned about our fine RotaryClub, it's this: you cannot get away from a Rotary meeting without a pantload of announcements being made.  So... here they are...
The sharp-eyed among the readers will note that Jan 1 is conspicuously not listed as being dark, but we are... (see below)
With that, Neil Orchard got up and announced that he has Crab Feed tickets and asked everyone to stop by his table on the way out the door and get their allotment (10).  If you need more, just ask Neil for them.
Along the way during the meeting someone asked to see the list of schools getting dictionaries and the dates that the books are scheduled to be delivered.  Here is the most current list that your poor reporter has been able to piece together (keeping in mind that not all schools have been scheduled yet)::
Cordova Meadows - December 7 at 9:30 A.M. - Team Captain Chapman
Peter J. Shields - December 14 at 9:30 A.M. - Team Captain Chapman
St John Vianney - December 5 at 10:15 A.M. - Team Captain Johnson
Cordova Villa - December 10 at 2:00 P.M. - Team Captain Johnson
Navigator - December 11 time? - Team Captain Johnson
Williamson - Dec 5 at 9:30 - Team Captain Orchard
If you'd like to come out and see one of the best, funnest things we do in Rancho Cordova, come on out to one or more of the school deliveries.
Hello children.  Sadly, your poor reporter is suffering from flu-like symptoms after getting his flu shot 10 days ago.  I thought the shot was supposed to prevent it.  In any event going to Rotary today seemed like a bad idea, so your editorial staff is falling back on an old favorite: pictures of people in compromising situations.  First section: some recently completed school dictionary deliveries.  N.B.: Thanks go out to staff photog Ross Johnson for providing most of today's content.  This will go on your permanent record, Ross.
St John Vianney
Cordova Meadows 
The team carries in a book or two as Clarence warms up to carry in all the rest...
The early arrivals pose for...                                                                                                                    Treasurer Tracy
The kids ask when the show is going to start...                                                                                 and so we started
We got to schmooze with Principal Pawlek at the close and then President Paul certifies to Principal Pawlek that almost everyone on the team passed the Youth Certification Program...
(see if you can pick out the one that didn't for $5)

And now for today's meeting:
Mike Passof warms up the crowd
With arrival of announcements, things are now at a fever pitch...
Even the non-felony table was full...
"I'm fine; leave me alone!"
Chris Clark from the former Sunrise Club was our guest
Who's the guy who walked away with one of our precious white golf balls?
It is the fervent hope of your Bulletin editor and staff that all of you Rotarians and your families have the most wonderful Christmas you could possibly have.  Following the bash at Clarence's on Saturday, enjoy some time off with kids, grandkids, parents, or whoever suits your fancy.  We look forward to seeing you again in 2019.
Here are some pics from recent activities:
Christmas Party at the Parkins estate:
Coupla big shot past District Governors with spouses
Pat and Carole enjoying the holiday eats
Sandy, Donna and Paul studiously avoid talking with Clarence
Our hosts, Sharon & Clarence
Good grub; good fellowship as Ray finishes doing his taxes

Christmas Food  Locker Project at St John Vianney:
The line was long and stretched down the street
The buffet table
The Orchard family was well represented (that's Neil's ball cap, not Paul's Hitler mustache)
Walt Little runs the show
Walt and his right hand (or left hand) man Ross and another volunteer
This man knows turkeys
Jennifer at one of the sign-in tables
A distinguished Rotarian hands out candy
A lot of volunteers made light work of the task
Everybody gets a basket
Deputy Assistant Staff Chief with an unidentified young lady
Kirsten Spainhower
Feb 26, 2019
Treating Difficult and Chronic Health Conditions
May 28, 2019
Jun 25, 2019
Dark (Demotion)
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