Posted By Jake Fowler
President Marc led us in the Flag Salute
Tom Boylan stepped up and covered for missing Tom Holmes, which was an inspiration in itself. Tom reminded the club Ken Moulton was having surgery today; he was inspired and grateful to the surgeons who were trained and dedicated to taking on the task.
Allen Christenson led us in a rousing version of: “I’m a Yankee Doodle”
Guests: Paul McKinne: Windsor High School Arete Digital Media Teacher
Natalie Christani: Student of the Month
Ali Batchelder: Rebound YE
Sue McQuiddy: Ali’s Mom & member of “Daily Acts”
Kellen Watson & Trathen Heckman: Program Speakers
Introduced for the last time as a guest Jason Black,
Jason was welcomed by the club as our newest Rotarian. Jason said he was attracted to Rotary as he was looking to give back and be involved with the community. Jason is a Sonoma County native, and has lived in Windsor with his wife Megan and two sons for 14 years. Welcome!
Warin Parker & Allen Christenson awarded 18 students Rotary Scholarships Thursday night at Windsor High Schools Senior Awards Night. The Rotary Club of Windsor has awarded $132,000. In scholarships over the past 15 years!
April Rotarian of the Month: Leigh Mateas
Youth Exchange: 2017-2018 Outbound info night: Renee Hyde borrowed the idea from our Rotary friends in the North to do one open information meeting on our Youth Exchange Program for students and Parents interested in participating. Windsor partnered with Santa Rosa Rotary, & brought in current YE students and Rebounds. The Rotarians presented the well-attended meeting with the somewhat dry details, when the students began to share the ups & downs but mainly the passion they all had for the program, the energy in the room came to life. Great Job
Chili Chef, Steve Klick with the help of Maureen Merrill and Wally Krutz served chili at the Town of Windsor Chili Cook off Saturday, Steve said he didn’t win, but everyone enjoyed it and they had a good time while raising funds for the Windsor Fire Department.
Sunday April 24th was a hands on day at Cali’s Scholar Garden, many plants were planted, drip system created and the Rotary Plaque put in place. May 19th will be the Garden Ribbon Cutting.
Lobster Feed: In the last stretch, Wine & Silent Auction items needed. Next Tuesday last meeting to bring a bottle of wine or $20.00
Jack has collected less than half the needed silent auction items needed; going to dinner or maybe picking up clothes at the cleaners; ask for a gift certificate, tickets to a local event? We can put packages together once we collect some items.
Maureen Merrill had the winning ticket, when given a choice of the creepiest jobs she choose taxidermist, the correct answer was Clown.
Trathen Heckman & Kellen Watson presented program on “Daily Acts”
Trathen discovered his passion for leadership 15 years ago when he was chosen to participate in Rotary Youth Leadership Award Program (RYLA)
Daily Acts has a unique approach to water conservation: their goal is to inspire people to act to make a difference. They have worked with students from WHS to do a transformation at Robins Park, and are working with Cali to install food grade barrels to catch rain water.
Daily Acts offers tours and workshops to inspire individuals to transform their water thirsty landscaping to beautiful gardens that provide food, save water and reconnect people with the soil.
They are working with Cali and the town of Windsor to install food grade barrels to catch rain water at the school and use to water the garden.
The technique suggested is more than barrels catching water, it is landscaping in a manner rain water can be redirected, used and saved.
The Community Resilience Challenge (the Challenge) is a community mobilization campaign that inspires thousands of citizens, leaders and groups to take action to save water, grow food, conserve energy, reduce waste and build community.
Over the past six years, over 21,500 resilience building actions have been registered in Sonoma County. Participants in the Challenge chose from over 40 suggested actions (everything from installing a greywater system, to planting a fruit tree to unplugging unused electronics) and no matter where folks are on the journey to lighten their footprint, there’s something for everyone!
Go to their web site Daily Acts and take the challenge!
Closing Thought: Dennis Marks
Purpose of life is a life with a purpose