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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Rancho Cordova

Rancho Cordova

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We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Old Spaghetti Factory
12401 Folsom Blvd
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
United States of America
Currently we are meeting on Zoom. We look forward to being able to return to our normal location in the future.
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Mea Culpa: Apologies to my readers for the tardiness of this bulletin.  It couldn't be helped.

 It wasn't my fault; Clubrunner refused to accept the photos.  Damn...

Well sir, you could have knocked me over with a pin.  First meeting of the New Year and even the senior club members remembered where we meet.  The room was packed.
First meeting of the year at the Ol' Spaghetti Factory...
People begin to gather
Greeted by Mike Passof, we all filed in, paid the Man, and got down to some serious socializing.  

"Hi, I'm Mike.  Get ready to socialize..."
Chase makes fun of Brud as he consults with the doctor...
Before long, yet on time, President Ray began herding the cats that make up our Club and invited young Bill Marlow to lead the pledge, a task to which Bill took like peanut butter to the roof of your dog's mouth.  He was followed by young Gary Spainhower who once again set the standard for God Bless America.  Guests, you ask?  Our Asst Guvnor Joe Scheimer from the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks as well as Matt Sopora from the Laguna Elk Grove club joined us for the festivities.  Glad to have both of you gentlemen.
The Grand Exalted High Poobah readies to begin the festivities as the choir begins to form up behind...
The saying of the day had something to do with the new Roaring 20's, but the one that always stirs my heart is the one about aging: "One way to find out if you are old is to fall down in front of a lot of people.  If they laugh, you're still young.  If they panic and start running toward you, you're old"
There not being a lot more to say on the subject, we jumped right into announcements and here's a picture of some of them.  Don't blame me for the spelling.
In addition to what you may have read above, note that we ARE NOT meeting at the old Spaghetti Factory for lunch next week.  Instead, we're lunching at B&J Body Shop at 11000 Folsom Blvd, if you've never been there.  Lunch will be served by students at the Neil Orchard Culinary Institute.
At this point it became clear that we were going to have what passes for a raffle and it turned out that Pat Orelli managed to yank Mike Passof's ticket from the basket, and so shortly thereafter, Mike got to yank a nice white golf ball from the can and the $847 prize went wanting again, to resume it's real value of $3.84 at next week's meeting (if someone remembers to bring the tickets, the basket and the can over to B&J.)
Pat does his duty...
...and Mike takes one for the team...
Coincidence can play a large part in our lives from time to time, but it was no coincidence that this was the moment that PPPPPPP Sean Twilla made his appearance at the meeting.  Although Sean claimed that he was merely early for next week's meeting, President Ray nevertheless enlisted him to serve as Sarge for a Day before he even had a chance to sit down.  Aided by henchman Bill Marlow, (technically a 'henchman' is the person who carries your hench around for you) the Sarge proceeded to dry clean a number of wallets in the room. 
The surprise Sarge...
Your poor reporter began the bloodletting by throwing in a takehara for his birthday and Clarence Parkins followed with some mumbo-jumbo about his football team (I think).  Paul Schubert entered the fray with some comment about his favorite Niners, and he was followed by Mike Passof who told us about a house he rented where he caught a 15 lb catfish.  I don't know about you, but if your house has a catfish infestation, you're going to need more than Clark Pest Control.  Pat Orelli up and paid for a host of sins, none of which he was willing to explain.  Ross Johnson was just happy to be here and Chase Armer, sitting way in the back of the room, paid for something your poor reporter couldn't make out.
... and his equally surprised bagman
Treasurer Steve Forseth paid for his wedding anniversary (27 years?) and then President Ray jumped in to pay for his new Christmas golf clubs.  Neil Orchard mentioned that he was home alone for Christmas and paid and he was followed by Brud Dufficy who paid for his birthday.  The Sarge himself paid for just being happy (I think it's the cigarettes he's been smoking) and then Navin Naik threw in some dough for his recent cruise.  Tracy McLinn was simply happy, but paid for the privilege and then Bagman Bill chipped in for his recent holiday with his kids at home.  Merlin Mauk claimed to be on the road to happiness and then Gary Spainhower told us about how he had recently gotten his mom into a residential care facility.  Finally, our guest Joe Scheimer added to the take by admitting that he was having a blast.  And suddenly, as quick as it had started the hemorrhaging stopped, since there was no one else in the room to harass.  Good job on short notice.
With that, the room turned to conversation and mastication, two of the skills we have more or less perfected over the years.  After a suitable interlude, the speaker announcer got up to announce our two speaker guests, both of whom work for the City in Community Engagement.  First was Alexis Diaz, an intern with the department who is graduating from Sac State this spring.  Alexis is originally from Lancaster and is a Raiders fan.
Guest speaker Matt Buland
  Her mentor and the main speaker was Matt Buland who has been with the City for over a year and he gave  a very interesting presentation on the role of the Community Engagement program, in spite of our traditional difficulty with our audiovisual system.  Matt explained the wide variety of interactions his unit has with the community of Rancho Cordova, from tree planting to house maintenance and repair to social events to American River Parkway cleanup, to name just a few.  All of this work is in the pursuit of building a better sense of community in Rancho.  Much of Matt's job involves engaging volunteers to come out and work on a variety of projects in order to better the community.  If you want to know more about volunteer opportunities, contact Matt at:
  It was very well done and at the end, after some scrambling, Ray presented Matt with the book and almost adjourned the meeting before everyone had left the room.  Good meeting.
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