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President Susan Sheridan
President Elect David Cohen
Treasurer Linda Geery
Secretary Shelley Mathews
Sergeant-At-Arms John Lemmon
Director, Administration & Membership Bruce Hester
Director, Administration & Membership Amin Elmallah
Director, Administration & Membership Robyn DeLong
Director, Club Service Richard Osen
Director, Club Service John Swentowsky
Director, Communication & Public Relations Mark Huffman
Director, Community Service & Outreach Becki Roberts
Director, Community Service & Outreach Todd Andrews
Director, Community Service & Outreach Virginia Wade
Director, Foundation John Shelby
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Posted by Kevin Smith-Fagan on Jan 28, 2015


President Susan Sheridan opened the meeting by thanking wine reception sponsors Bonnie Plummer and JD Lauppe, with a nod to greeters Jerry Haley and John Phair. Leesa Fons offered a thought for the day, and Dick Osen led the club in singing America the Beautiful.  Among those at the head table were longtime club members John Dowdell (43 years) and Gene Pendergast (33 years), plus newcomer Jeff Setzer (26 years). Meeting sponsor Laura Heintz outlined the important work of Stanford Youth Solutions and we got free SYS pens too!

Memorable moments from the club announcements included Mead Kibbey's salute to John Swentowsky for making Mead look good in a photo portrait, with President Susan chiming in praise for John's tireless shutterbugging for the club. Jim Phillips encouraged the club to join him on a March 14 hike at Yosemite. Randy Friedman invited new members to knock one back after work at the club's new member reception on January 28 at the midtown watering hole Café Plan B.

President Susan had no lack of “Risk Takers” this week making contributions to their Eddie Mulligan and Paul Harris funds.  Jeanne Reaves, Brian Witherell, Todd Koolakian, Ted White, Kathleen Weis, Vince Sales, Jim Craig and Paul Stone all gave to Eddie Mulligan.  Bob Rosenberg and Art and Kiefie Breuer gave to Paul Harris.  Special congratulations to Art and Kiefie on the birth of their first great-granddaughter(Loretta)!

Chair of the day John Wood introduced featured speaker Allison Brennan of Elk Grove, a bestselling author of thriller novels. After 13 years working in the Capitol, she quit a decade ago and embarked on her writing career. Although she claimed to lead "a boring life" as a typical mother (of five), she contradicted herself with lively tales of research trips like morgue tours and SWAT training, and rubbing elbows with superstar authors Catherine Coulter and Lee Child. Allison writes three novels a year, each taking eight to ten weeks and, amazingly, she frequently does not know which character committed the crime, solving it herself only as the narrative unfolds. She spoke about the fundamental human need for storytelling, and recalled the postcard advice Stephen King sent her in response to her adolescent fan letter: "If you want to write -- write!"


Posted by John Swentowsky on Jan 29, 2015

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Posted on Jan 29, 2015

Thank you Laura Heintz for being our Meeting Sponsor!


Stanford Youth Solutions empowers youth and families to solve serious challenges that threaten their ability to stay together. We provide intensive, individualized programs that are proven effective for young people and families in difficult circumstances. They become stable and capable through our research-based, individualized approach.

We are determined to give each and every child a chance at a healthy, productive, and self-sufficient life. It is our unwavering commitment to the sustainable success of our young clients and their families.

Posted on Jan 29, 2015


Larry Baer

President and CEO of the San Francisco Giants

A fourth generation San Franciscan, Larry Baer has gained a national reputation as one of professional sports' leading visionaries. Baer joined the team in 1992 as the executive vice president after he and Peter Magowan led the effort to assemble a new ownership group and negotiate the sale that kept the Giants in San Francisco. A limited partner of the ownership group, Baer was named chief operating officer in May 1996, team president in October 2008 and CEO on January 1, 2012. In his first year as president and CEO, the Giants won their second World Series Championship in three years.

Posted by Stephen Huffman on Jan 29, 2015


Making an Impact in the Life of a Third Grader

My most important activity on behalf of our club is being a reading tutor to a student at Bret Harte Elementary School who started this academic year six months below grade level in reading. We work together two one-hour sessions a week. Including travel time I spend five hours per week.

I do this because intervening in Marcos’ life at this point can make a huge impact on whether or not he’s successful later in life. After the third grade, teachers assume their students can read assignments, but if they cannot, they fall further and further behind and are more likely to drop out of high school. How many jobs are out there for half-literate young people with no marketable skills? Without jobs they pay little in taxes and need extensive government help just to live. Turning them around early has enormous benefits for our whole community.

I volunteer with Reading Partners, a nonprofit that operates in 12 regions in the country and in 160 schools, including nine in our area. I am no expert in tutoring, but I don’t have to be because at each session I get a lesson plan to guide me. I also receive expert coaching from Kat Hill, an AmeriCorps member at Bret Harte. I am enthusiastic about Reading Partners, and recommend it to you, because they leverage a lot of volunteer time with relatively few staffers. Reading Partners reports that nationwide in the 2013-14 school year, they were able to increase the grade level of students they served by 1.6 grades during the academic year. And in its December 31, 2014 issue, the New York Times singled out Reading Partners as one of four “Social Programs That Work.”

And I am proud to report that while my student began this academic year reading six months below grade level, by January he was only one month below. Similar results occurred for the other students in the program at Bret Harte.

If you can give the time, I urge you consider doing this for the benefit of our community. For more information go to or phone me at 916-214-4500. Your best contact at Reading Partners is Rachel Valler: , 916-996-0830.


Posted by Frank Poelman on Jan 14, 2015


Posted by RCS Staff on Jan 29, 2015

February 3, 2015 - Red Lion Hotel - Woodlake

February 10, 2015 - Red Lion Hotel - Woodlake

February 17, 2015 NO Meeting

February 24, 2015 - Red Lion Hotel - Woodlake

March 3, 2015 - Red Lion Hotel - Woodlake

March 10, 2015 - Red Lion Hotel - Woodlake

March 17, 2015 - Red Lion Hotel - Woodlake

March 24, 2015 - Red Lion Hotel - Woodlake

March 31, 2015 - NO Meeting

Posted by RCS Staff on Jan 08, 2015


Meetings are held the 1st Wednesday of each month.


Rotary Inner Wheel is an international organization that was founded to unite wives, sisters and daughters of RotariansGuests are welcome at all meetings and special events.

The International Inner Wheel objectives are (a) promoting true friendship, (b) encouraging the ideals of personal service, and (c) fostering international understanding.

Posted by RCS Staff on Sep 10, 2014

The 2014 - 2015 club rosters are now available.  You can pick up your copy at the meeting on Tuesday, or they are available at the Rotary office.

Jan 29, 2015
by RCS Staff

The following applicants have been proposed for membership and have given permission for their names and proposed classification to be published.
Comments relating to these proposed members' classification must be in writing and received by the Club President prior to January 30, 2015.

Prospect:           Kresta Daly
Business:           Barth Daly, LLP
Position:            Partner
Classification:    LAW - Criminal Defense
Sponsors:          Chris Ann Bachtel & Susan Sheridan

Prospect:           Kenneth Adamson
Business:           Retired
Classification:     BEVERAGES - Distribution - Retired
Sponsors:          Skip Lawrence & David Murphy


Jun 30, 2011
by RCS Staff
The Roster and Online Directory are provided for the members of The Rotary Club of Sacramento
Nov 19, 2014
by RCS Staff
The new District Newsletter is available for viewing by all Club members.  See the current issue in our "download" section or visit the district website at
Jul 08, 2009
by RCS Staff
May 27, 2009
by RCS Staff
Paul Harris Fellow and Eddie Mulligan Fellow
Aug 02, 2012
by RCS Staff

President Susan's Levels of Risk

$1000 - Bungee Jumping

$500 - Ultra Lighting

$250 - Whitewater Rafting

$100 - Bicycling

Cell Phone Fine - $100

Meeting Sponsor - $300

Club Events
Yosemite Snow Shoe Walk Badger Pass, Yosemite
Mar 14, 2015 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Rotary Ski Trip Mar 25, 2015
Feb 03, 2015
President of the SF Giants
Feb 10, 2015
Africa Hope Fund
Feb 24, 2015
Stop Stigma Sacramento
Mar 03, 2015
The Oscars
Mar 10, 2015
Report on Congress
Mar 17, 2015
St. Patrick's Day
Mar 24, 2015
Joint 20/30 Meeting
Mar 31, 2015
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