Bulletin 9/1/15

Posted By Jake Fowler

Meeting began with the Flag Salute led by Ken Moulton.

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John Hackenburg provided inspiration with quotes from Will Rogers and Andy Rooney

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Bill Arnone did his research for an inspiration for the song this morning.   There is a holiday every single day of the year.  Today is National Trail Mix day, but yesterday was “Love Litigating Lawyers” day, so we sang God Bless America with robust enthusiasm.


Visiting Rotarians…

Tom Brady, from Southern California, Sierra Madre was in the area for a film shoot at DeLoach Vineyards.

Joy Weems, our honorary member from the Rotary Club of Ashtead, UK, reports that it has rained every day in August at her home in England.  She suggested bottling it up and sending it our way, but it was a “No”.

Guests of Rotarians…

Allen Christensen introduced our Rotary son, Vincent Larson.

Jack Hyde introduced his lovely wife, Janet.

Sue Nelson introduced Leigh Mateas and his daughter, Shannon.

She also introduced her brother-in-law, Jim Scally and her sister, LuAnn Scally.

Induction of New Rotarians — Our Club now has a membership of 65 on our way to our goal of 70.

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Leigh Mateas was introduced to the Club by his sponsor, Marie Coakley, who has known Leigh for over 20 years.  Marie gave a brief summary of his work and life, which most recently was opening of two UPS stores.
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Jill Scally was introduced by his sister-in-law and now Club Sponsor, Sue Nelson. Jim was born in Paisley, Scotland.  His business career started in the home building industry in marketing and sales and has now migrated home lending with a position at First American Title.  Sue reported that she has a photo of Jim water skiing on Lake Como, but chose not to show that photo to the club.  Apparently, what takes place in Italy stays in Italy.

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Recent adventures of our Exchange Student, Vincent Larcin.


Fun trip to San Francisco with Bill Bolster that included a breathtaking view of the Golden Gate Bridge from the Marin Headlands and a visit to AT&T Park to watch the Giants play against the Cubs.  Bill explained a grand slam home run to Vincent and said, “But you’ll never see one”.   And, he did see one and a Giants win as well.


First football experience was a fun trip to a Raiders game with Sergio Sales along with Tom & Megan Hassur — but what truly made the trip memorable was the spirited send-off that included Leslie Lewis donning Raiders spirit wear, including the official Raider tutu. Loudest people in the stands were Tom and Sergio!

Club Member News —


Daniel Myer (who is away on paternity leave) sent photos of his new baby boy, Elijah. President Marc was jealous of Elijah having so much hair that he could use hair products already!

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September Rotarian of the Month is Jack Hyde for his tireless work year-round for all our events — especially storing, setting-up, and working the Rotary Bar during the Summer Concert series on the Town Green.

Jack, in typical fashion, turned to the task of reporting on the Rotary Bar’s success. The last concert of the season set an all time record night of $2,224.00 gross revenue. The following volunteers did amazing work: Wally Krutz, Renee Hyde, Steve Klick, John Hackenburg, Bev Graham, and Leah Hansen.

I didn’t even work in the booth much as I was busy mixing fresh batches of drinks. It was a lot of fun!

The totals for the summer are also all time records even though we were rained-out one night;

Gross sales – $14,499.00.  Net profit – $10,434.16


Concert & Dinner Event

Live Auction item that took place simultaneously next door to the Rotary Bar.

The prize was a dinner and drinks on the Town Green during Beatles Night.

This was Maureen Merrill’s brain child and she brought it off with her usual style. There were 4 tents set up with three large picnic tables to accommodate the guests. I was amazed when the tables were transformed with cloth tablecloths and flower centerpieces. There was a ton of food and the Rotary Bar was pouring drinks non-stop. Clearly, everyone had a great time thanks to Maureen, Dennis and Denise Marks and Pegi Ball. (I hope I didn’t miss any volunteers)

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The slingshot game connected to the weekly raffle sounds easy — lucky Superheroes with the lucky ticket get two-shots to try and knock down the cups that spell CANCER — but has proved to be more challenging than it appears as the pot was at $767.00 — a record!  Dennis Wilkinson and Jack Hyde  took aim this week.  Both knocked some cups off, but no one has knocked all the cups down.  Discussion about continuing this game, and the physics required to succeed.  The Club definitely wants the slingshot game to continue!


Club Member shared fun experiences and special events in their lives that they are thankful with Give-Back-Bucks — where they make a donation to the Club, District or International programs.

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 Reflections on the August 25th talk by Simon Sinek and focusing on the essential question of “Why” we do things.

 Dennis Marks  encouraged the Club to visually tell the story “why” we select the local and international projects we do. By telling our “why story” donors at our events would have felt extra pleasure in knowing the good they had done.  I would like the club membership to think about how we can better promote the why in all our fun raising activities.  I also am of the opinion that our sponsors and donors will be more generous if we better promote the why vs what, when, and how much.

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Sept 1st Program is all about YOU — Each Rotarian getting a chance to learn more about other Rotarians in the Club.

Windsor Rotarians are Community Superheroes!

President Marc introduced Superhero Mission Reports —

Club Members randomly draw a name of someone and the two Rotarians select and time/place for lunch.

During lunch, the Superhero Dynamic -Duo interview each other using a set of questions

The Superhero Team needs to be prepared to report back at an upcoming Club Meeting what they learned about the other.

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Closing Thought for the meeting was provided by Larry Wasem with a thought-provoking quote from Marco Polo.

September 1st Meeting Assignments

Greeters………………………… Tom Holmes & Leslie Lewis

Raffle Tickets………………… Steve Jorgensen & Wally Krutz

Inspiration…………………….. John Hackenburg

Song………………………………. Bill Arnone

Closing Thought……………… Larry Wasem

Scribe…………………………….. Susan Cole

Set-Up…………………………… Kurt Mitchler

Next Week’s Meeting (Sept 8th)

Special Evening Meeting takes place on Tuesday, September 8th from 5:30 -7:00 p.m.

Come enjoy a Community Conversations with James Gore, our Sonoma County Supervisor for District Four. This special event takes place in Charlie’s outdoor reception area. We are looking forward to a series of Community Conversations this year.


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