Spur. - Livermore Rotary Club

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Feb. 4,, 2015
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The R O T A R Y C L U B of L I V E R M O R E
ROTARIAN
Foundation
of Livermore
Meeting
Photos by
Don Wentz
Bruce Shore
Your Puddingless Spur Reporter
Giacomo Schmidt
Thought for the day
Another
rainless
and
puddingless day as jovial
Rotarians responded to the
ringing of the Rotary Bell by
President Milly.
Captain Morgan led us in the
Pledge of Allegiance.
Songsters Al Frank, Ralph
Sherman,
Beth
Wilson,
Kathy Streeter, Mike Riehl,
accompanied on guitar by
Michael Ferrucci, led us in
singing “Side by Side”, in note
of our program today (the verse
begins “Oh we ain’t got a barrel
of money …”).
Tr i -Va l l e y R o t a r y M a k e - u p O p p o r t u n i t i e s
MONDAY
11:55 AM-12:30
Interact
Livermore High
Room 412
TUESDAY
TUESDAY
7:00 AM
12:15 PM
Livermore Valley Club
Dublin Club
Beeb’s
Dublin Ranch Golf Club
Livermore
5900 Signal Hill Drive
THURSDAY
12:15 PM
Pleasanton Club
Haps Original
Pleasanton
THURSDAY
7:30 PM
Rotaract Club
Handles Gastropub
Pleasanton
THURSDAY
6:00 PM
Tri-Valley Club
Castlewood CC
Pleasanton
FRIDAY
12:10 PM
Pleasanton North Club
Handles Gastropub
Pleasanton
The Meeting
Jim Schmidt gave the thought
today, one credited to Sir
Francis Bacon, historical figure
of empiricism and essays:
"Imagination was given to man
to compensate him for what
he is not; a sense of humor to
console him for what he is.”
Helpers with today’s meeting:
Reporter:
Bruce
Shore;
Photographer: Don Wentz;
Videographer: Pat McMenamin;
Audio/Visual: Al Frank; Room
setup: Manuel Perry; Head
Table: John Sarboraria, Randy
Schlientz; Irv Stowers, Lance
Cavalieri, Debbie Peck; Greeter:
Bruce Shore
Visiting Rotarian: Ivan Morse
(Pleasanton)
Guests of Rotarians: Denise
Bridges (with Paul Brown); Sonia
Sheffield (with TJ Gilmartin),
Scott Kenison (with Kathy
Streeter)
The dynumbing duo of Morgan
and Linn gave their monthly
performance of introducing
birthday honorees (awarded
cupcakes) and anniversaries
(awarded red roses). President
Milly noted that an important
anniversary for our club occurs
on Feb 6, when we mark our
birthday.
Birthday cupcakes
went to Shiela Fagliano, Henri
Frankhouser (who not long
ago traveled to India to help TJ
with a housing project, and to
Afghanistan to help with a Dave
Mertes project), Ted Michels,
Steve Neef, Debbie Peck (our
premier travel agent, who has
arranged great India trips),
Manuel Perry, Bruce Shore
(who’s MIT connection was
grounds for puns concerning
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scout and scout leader, skier
and cook), Paul Szmyd and
Linda Tinny.
Anniversary
roses went to Stu Gary, Bill
Nebo, Evonne Hopkins, Steve
Neef, Bruce Shore and Verne
Green.
Ladies
from
the
Inner
Wheel were at a table today
by the entrance, offering
opportunities to contribute
to their charity of providing
artificial limbs. Cheryl Vargas,
past president, told us about
this.
Paul
Thompson,
our
membership chair, presented
a Red Badge and Rotary
pin, cap and vest to newest
Rotarian Scott Kenison,
sponsored by Kathy Streeter.
He is executive director of
the Bankhead and Bothwell
performing arts centers and
has been involved in theater
in NYC and Washington DC.
President Millie reported that
our job fair of last week worked
very well. Soon our choices of
committee assignments will be
confirmed.
Ken Perine reported that the
Crab Feed, to be held this Friday,
is sold out. Shiela Fagliano
urged us to wear red that day
in recognition of heart ailment
remediation.
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proposed for membership by Paul Brown.
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please contact Paul Thompson immediately.
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The Meeting
Sblend Sblendorio reported on
the Bella Rosa Ball, to be held at
the Garre Windery event center
on Mines Rd on 14 February.
160 tickets have been sold.
Mark Stoker celebrated the
birth of his first grandchild,
Daphne Mari, by donating
$50 to Dictionaries, $50 to
Music Scholarships and $50
to Minigrants.
Beth
Wilson
celebrated
attending a nine concert
with $25 to the Music
Scholarships.
Jacquie Williams-Courtright,
responding to a candid photo
of a moss-gathering
bicycle taken by Al
Frank,
joined
the
President's Club
2155 Las Positas Ct., Suite P
Livermore, CA 94551
Phone: (925) 443-2800
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The Meeting
Manuel Perry will be traveling
to Aspen; he donated $100
to the READY program. Bob
Cowan said that the READY
program last week visited the
Linday Museum.
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Bill Groth and Verne Green
met in Palm Springs, and
each donated $50 to the Local
Foundation
Carol Howell provided a
signup clip board for the
forthcoming distribution of
dictionaries. She joined the
President’s Club.
The Meeting
Our program today was
the Chair of the Rotarian
Foundation of Livermore
(RFL), past President of our
club and standout football star
at Stanford, Chuck Hartwig.
Photographic evidence based
on a Wheaties breakfast
cereal box, found by Marty
Plone, made it evident that the
gridiron prowess of Charles
Hartwig dates back to 1934
when he was a collegiate allamerican guard at Pittsburgh
(Don Hutson was that year an
all-American end).
Chuck
explained
the
workings of the Foundation,
referred to as variously The
Local Foundation
and the Rotarian
Dick Warga
Registered Representative
Foundation,
to
Life Planning Strategist
distinguish
it
from the Rotary
Foundation
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Investing in your Future
operated by Rotary
2021 Las Positas Ct., Ste 165
International
Livermore, CA 94551
and
to
which
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rwarga@foothillsecurities.net
each
Rotarian
Investment Securities Since 1962
contributes
annually. The LRF
was started by our
club in 1987, when Marty
Plone was our club president,
as a means of tax exempt
contributions to local needs,
notable you, service, and the
creation of opportunities,
as expressed by the words
“Building the future here
today”. A few years later the
Morning Club joined, and now
the two clubs run this; The
two club presidents, Millie
from our club and Charles
Crohare from the Morning
Club, are on the board of
directors, which includes
Carol Howell, Al Lewis, Dave
Greiner, Lori Souza and Beth
Cassidy from our club.
The RFL has now a corpus
in excess of one million
dollars, a goal that was set
at the outset. This has been
built
from
contributions
from individual Rotarians,
corporations and bequests
as well as fund-raisers. The
major fundraiser this year is
the Bella Rosa Ball, co-chaired
by Sblend Sblendorio of our
club and Nadine Horner of the
Morning Club. It will benefit
JACK O. MILLS, D.D.S., Inc.
ORAL AND MAXILLO-FACIAL SURGERY
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60 FENTON ST., SUITE 7
LIVERMORE, CA 94550
925-443-4211
The Meeting
the Axis Community Health
Center (not to be confused with
the Axis Powers against which
our country and many others
fought in World War II.)
Amongst the many local
charities that have received
assistance, typically in grants of
$5K to $7K, are the Dictionary
Project headed by Carol Howell,
that gives a dictionary to every
Livermore third grader, and
the Holiday Party chaired by
Kathy Coyle. The RFL is also
supporting the Bandstand, to
be erected in Carnegie Park.
Dennis Gambs is the chair, Steve
Neef the Architect, and Mike
Thompson is organizing the
fundraising, which will include
opportunities to purchase name
plaques.
The RFL had, a few years ago,
purchase a mobile health unit
which it gave to Valley Care
Hospital. The annual cost of
maintaining that, some $200K,
is beyond the means of Valley
Care now, and Al Lewis is
looking at what the next step
should be.
Local Rotarians involved in the
administration and operation
of the RFL include Dave Greiner
(the donor program and
financial management), Lori
Souza (bylaws) and Kathy Coyle
(web site), and Beth Cassidy
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(financial management). The
foundation has hired Rosso
Accounting Service.
The foundation has funded
some 766 grants. In 2014
they gave $58K in grants
that included Hoofprints on
the Hear, Reins in Motion,
childhood abuse intervention,
Open Heart kitchen, LHS
band uniforms and Livermore
Opera student outreach.
Beth Cassidy is chair for the
awards in 2015, which will
amount to $70K. Again there
will be support for Open Heart
Kitchen, Reins in Motion,
Axis, CALICO, and various
schools projects including
STEM,
underprivileged
assistance and purchase of
musical instruments.
The RFL has returned $1M to
our community, establishing
a record of which we can be
very proud.
I believe that once again Sam
Steele won the raffle.
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Livermore CA 94551
COMING ATTRACTIONS
2-11 Meeting InterAct Auction
2-17 Board meets at Noon, RFL Board meets at 5:30
2-18 Meeting Area Speech Contest
2-25 Meeting Speaker, Joe Montana (or not) "Levi's (49ers) stadium"
3-4 Meeting - Presentation by Livermore Valley Opera
3-11 - Meeting Mini Grants Awards
3-17 Board meets at Noon, RFL Board meets at 5:30
Bella Rosa Ball Sat., February 14
Rotarian Foundation of Livermore
DIST. 5170 GOVERNOR
Ed Jellen
ASSISTANT GOVERNOR
Pamela Philbert
PRESIDENT - Milly Seibel
PRESIDENT ELECT - JR Romero
SECRETARY - Bob Cowan
TREASURER - Irv Stowers
CLUB SERVICE DIRECTOR
Linda Kime (14-16)
MEMBERSHIP - Paul Thompson
PARLIAMENTARIAN
Sblend Sblendorio
SERGEANT at ARMS
John Sarboraria
PUBLIC RELATIONS - Lee Younker
COMMUNITY SERVICE DIRECTOR
Christian Chukwuma (13-15)
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE DIRECTOR
Laura Mercier (14-16)
INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION
Stu Gary
MAJOR EVENTS DIRECTOR
Ryan Renard (13-15)
VOCATIONAL SERVICE DIRECTOR
Stacy Linder (14-16)
NEW GENERATIONS DIRECTOR
Evonne Hopkins (13-15)
PAST PRESIDENT - Phil Dean
The Bella Rosa Ball
Sponsored by the Rotarian Foundation of Livermore
benefitting Axis Community Health
Celebrate with your Valentine
with a gourmet dinner and dancing
Saturday, February 14, 2015
6:00 PM to 10:30PM
Bella Rosa at Garré Winery
7986 Tesla Road, Livermore
Gourmet three course dinner
Champagne reception
Wine with dinner
Night of dancing in vineyards
with Cool Tones Big Band
$125/person