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Well, sir, we were this close to starting the meeting on time (again), but once President Sean got the bit in his teeth, he stopped off at the dentist and then it was off to the races. Opening the meeting, the Prez thanked scheduled greeter Ray Wyatt's alter ego, P.E. Brett Shreiner (P.E. = President Elect to the uninformed), who capably stood in for the absent Ray. Then it was on to everyone's favorite Rotarian, the big guy, to lead the Pledge and then ... uhhhh... Brett led us in the song. Well done. Soon Rotarians and their guest were consuming mass quantities of victuals, which consisted of pork chops, mashed potatoes, green beans and salad. Kudos to Dave and Jan for another marvelous repast.
Undated announcement pic...
We all know that the Prez never saw an announcement he didn't fall in love with, and today was no exception, with the list growing even longer in spite of the fact that the Rotary year is growing shorter. The big one (the elephant in the room, so to speak) was our upcoming Crab Feed in under two weeks and so Mel and Chapman and others had a lot to say about it. One important announcement for those on the setup committee: setup will begin at 9:00 A.M. on the day of the feed, February 18; you'll want to be there in plenty of time. Our format is somewhat different this year, what with the Rotary Club not engaged in any kitchen activities so we'll need to be flexible as the event unfolds.
"Here's the deal on the Crab Feed..."
'Twasn't long after that the traditional weekly drawing was held and since Ray was in the room for this one, everyone just assumed he'd take home the moolah. However, when Bob Adam's ticket was called by our guest speaker, we all realized that Bob didn't have a snowball's chance in hell of actually pulling the orange ball and carting off the $173 pot. Hard cheese, Bob... keep plugging away at it... keep believing... keep your nose to the grindstone and eventually you'll see Ray walk off with all the money.
Bob's used to sticking his hand where it doesn't belong... Alas and alack...
Since it was the Orange Team's turn to set up the meeting, Orange Team captain, Ross Johnson was Sarge for the month and he almost skipped to the front of the room to begin exacting vengeance. Aided by bagman Steve Forseth, Ross almost began with happy fines, but digressed momentarily to nail Ray for not showing up to be the scheduled greeter. Then the happy fines began to flow: Tom Redmon threw in some happy bucks for getting to go to a relative's funeral (?), then Clarence admitted to being a guest speaker at Pre-PETS (which was attended by P.E. Brett Shreiner.) Paul Schubert and Bob Adam threw in for no particular reason, when out of the blue, Neil Orchard confessed to a Vegas trip where he witnessed his granddaughter April play in her first collegiate softball tournament, which her team won 5 - 0. Way to go April! Steve Forseth related a very amusing roofing story and paid and then the Sarge himself threw in for getting a cell call from his son. Ross MacCarty added to the pile of filthy lucre for something having to do with Hillary Clinton and then Melody got nailed (don't read that too literally...) for having her phone erupt during the meeting. The big guy chipped in for some undefined transgression and that was pretty much it. Game over.
Author Kris Calvin
Then, following a long and hallowed Club tradition, the Prez got up and introduced a volunteer introducer, Chapman, who proceeded to ... uhhh... introduce our guest speaker, Kris Calvin, from Davis. Kris is bipedal... no! wait! she's ambidextrous....hmmm, that's not it either... well, she wears two hats (she's two-headed, that must be it...): she is a writer whose first novel was published recently to rave reviews and she is also the CEO of the California chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
"Hmmm... I thought I had a book here somewhere..."
In a most engaging presentation, she expounded on the art of advocacy, highlighting a number of tips we can all use when advocating for a cause. At the end, she delved into her personal journey into the creative world, having never really thought of herself as a creative person. Her admonishment to 'just do it' was the reason she was able to break out of a conventional thinking mind frame. In an unprecedented gesture, Kris offered a signed copy of her book to every Rotarian who donated $10 to the Club and a number of folks took her up on the offer. Very well done, Kris.
Kris appreciates not letting the Prez introduce her...
At the conclusion of her remarks, President Sean got up and apologized for not having a book for her to sign and that was about it as Rotarians abandoned the room as if a 10 kiloton warhead was about to detonate in the next room. Good meeting.
Who doesn't enjoy a good ol' birthday party with cake and ice cream and everything? This reporter, for one, enjoyed the festivities immensely and was observed by a few actually smiling from time to time. Enough suspense; let's get on with it. We met Saturday night at City Hall to celebrate 58 years of service to our community and we had some special guests too. President Sean banged on the gavel (if he had actually had one...) more or less on time and we opened with the Pledge but this reporter doesn't recall the song. Nevertheless, we all sat down and then had to stand up again and introduce the various guests that were scattered amongst the crowd. The delicious dinner was prepared as usual by Chefs Dave and Jan.
Sean and his Dad...
At the bottom of this newsletter you can see pictures of our distinguished guests. President Sean had planned a pretty full evening, so we skipped a few of the usual events: the weekly drawing and the Sarge (whew...), but the first presentation was none other than our Cordova High Interact Club, giving us a very complete picture via Powerpoint of their Club and its activities. In doing so, four members of the Club accompanied Interact Adviser Conrade Mayer to the dinner (in spite of Conrade's restraining order.... hmmm...) A very engaging presentation, it was clear to everyone in the room that Interact at Cordova has a high energy group and some very strong leadership. Well done.
Two of our four Interacters
...and two makes four...
The next presentation was due to be Rotaract, but the audiovisual system turned balky and so while it was being repaired, Rotary Community Corps chief Sherry Briggs got up and gave us an update on the comings and goings of our Community Corps group. This group of approximately 30 volunteers goes out into the community at various community events and provides translational services to those whose English is still a work in progress and the Corps has made its presence felt in such venues as the food basket program, the Christmas tree lighting, iFest, etc. We couldn't be prouder of this group of non-Rotarian volunteers who freely give their time to improve their community.
Sherry Briggs and her 'escort'...
No stranger to our Club, Sondra Wildman, president of the Sac State Rotaract Club , accompanied by two fellow members, then gave us an update on their activities, only interrupted once by a very untimely comment by a Rotarian who doesn't have the common sense to keep his mouth shut when he has the chance... Although the Rotarians in the room get regular updates on Rotaract from Sondra, I suspect that most of our other guests had no idea the quality of the leadership and the effort that Rotaract puts into our community. Again a very enlightening presentation well delivered.
Sondra Wildman, President Sac State Rotaract
Well, just as were were about to begin saying our goodbyes, President Sean surprised everyone by asking PDG Clarence Parkins to the front of the room to give us a brief oral history of our Rotary Club. Most of us know that Clarence never met a microphone he didn't like and so he proceeded to enlighten us all on the beginnings of Rotary back in Chicago in 1905 and then spent 5 minutes summarizing each year of Rotary history leading up to today. Actually, if you've ever heard Clarence talk about Rotary and his Club, you know that he is one of the most committed Rotarians you'll ever meet and his talk was very well received in spite of the late hour.
"What? He's only up to 1943???"
That just about wrapped things up when President Sean announced ha had one more item to cover. In following the lead of President Trump, President Twilla has signed an executive order naming our very own Club Secretary, Tracy McLinn, as the Club Paul Harris Fellow for 2017. Although Tracy was not in attendance, she received a rousing round of applause for what she has brought to the Rancho Cordova Rotary Club. This was one very well-deserved award.
A special award went to a special person...
With that, President Sean thanked everyone, particularly our guests, for coming and released us all on our own recognizance. A fun meeting; we should do them ore often.
The 'Drunk for Lunch Bunch' gets together for dinner...
At least the guys thought something was funny...
"I'm a little teapot, short and stout..."
"What, no drawing?!?!? Well this was a waste of money..."
Spot the criminal for $5...
As of November 17, here are our members who are already Sustaining Paul Harris Fellows for the year:
Dr. Bob Adam
(We're 18 out of 31 members so far... let's keep it up)
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