Service Above Self
We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Native Sons' Hall
1313 Spring Street
PO Box 211
St.Helena, CA 94574
Now that you've gone out and picked out that perfect tree with the family.... It's the moment you all have been waiting for... It's time to PARTY!!! Come one, come all and join us for some holiday cheer Wednesday December 11 at 6pm at V. Sattui Winery for the Rotary event of the winter season! Good food and great wines to share with friends, family, and friends of family.
Posted on Dec 03, 2013
Alyssa Samrick, Reporter
Speaker of the Day:
Today’s speakers were Virginia and Justin Meyer from Project Hope. Virginia and Justin moved to St Helena five years ago from So Dakota. They live in town with their four children, ages 6, 8,10 and 12. Justin is the Pastor of Calvary Christian Church.
In 2012, The Meyer’s Co- Founded Amazon Adventure a humanitarian project that they created through Project Hope, their non-profit organization that offers humanitarian excursions and adventures around the globe to Napa Valley residents. Project Hope exists to spread hope to people living in poverty by providing the basic necessities of life...clean water, food, shelter, clothing, and medical care. They currently have two projects/trips coming up with Project Hope. Their Brazil Trip also known as the Amazon Humanitarian Trip focuses on taking a group of Napa Valley locals and a medical team, on a five day excursion where they live on a boat and set up water filtration systems in villages along the Amazon. This trip is said to change the world and open your mind about the incredible poverty and hardships suffered by the villagers which populate this undeveloped tropical rainforest. You can help make a difference by supporting this project financially by donating funds to Project Hope to buy supplies or to help send someone on this adventure. The second trip that the Meyer’s take is a trip down to Baja Mexico, this trip typically includes about 50 Napa Valley residents travelling to Baja to work hard for 5 days, to build 3-4 homes for 3-4 families living and working in Baja. Part of this project also includes delivering thousands of pounds of clothing and food for the locals. According to the Meyer’s Mixtecan, Trique and other indigenous peoples in Baja work 60 to 80 hours a week for as little as $5 per day. These fieldworkers provide most of the produce for the western US during the winter. These people live without running water and sanitation and their diet consists mostly of beans and rice.
The Meyer’s focus in life is to help people in need. They are focused on staying informed of people living in poverty and doing anything they can to help. They created Project Hope to simply build on the ideas of other non-profits and to be able offer a humanitarian opportunity for the residents of Napa Valley.
Richard Hyde, our e-Rotarian.
Birthdays and Club Anniversaries:
Jim Wright (Nov. 24) Doug Ernst (11/28), and Joel Toller (11/30 anniversary) Norm Mitroff, 10 years – Club Anniversary.
- Rotary Holiday Party: Dec. 11 (6:00 p.m.) at Satuii Winery, with special entertainment to satisfaction of all, guaranteed, per Suzan Rada, deadline to get in your RSVP 12/3/13.
- Margo Kennedy – A big Rotary THANK YOU, 3 “Shelter Box’s” will be purchased with the support of our clubs donations, we raised $3K from our club. (sponsored by Rotary International), in support of Philippine Typhoon Relief.
- Charlotte Williamson - Wappo Park Update, Thank you to all who helped out in planting the tree’s. It took us a total of 10 minutes, as we had more than 8 Rotarians, 5 City workers and 10 kids to help in this effort.
- Jack O’Neal - Report on Israel, he is at home recuperating and getting better every day, however it looks like he will be off work for six months.
Raffle: Ted Bystrowski
- Michael Layne - $20 for his Trip to Italy with his wife, in search of white truffles, they came home with 4. $5 per truffle.
- Natalie Klug - Announced her Retirement after 38 years of preparing taxes. $25 to her Paul Harris.
Posted on Nov 24, 2013
Reported by Alan Galbraith
Speaker of the Day:
Today’s speaker was Kate Galbraith, an environmental and energy reporter. Her father and your reporter introduced Kate. Kate has reported for the Economist, the New York Times, the Texas Tribune, and the International Herald Tribune. Today, she is a freelance reporter, living in San Francisco. She co-authored a recent book on wind power, which was the subject of her talk. The story begins with the old water windmills that helped settle the West 150 years ago, with wind power becoming a powerful force in electric generation following the 1970 energy crisis. California was an early adopter; by the end of the 1980s the state had about 90 percent of the world’s wind capacity. But in 2006 California was passed by Texas, which remains the national wind power leader.
Nonetheless, wind power in California continues to provide more electricity to California than solar power. Kate illustrated her talk with a series of slides, including photographs of iconic windmills, along with key statistical information. Of course, those with an intense interest in the subject can read The Great Texas Wind Rush (UT Press 2013). It has received fine reviews. As for bird/blade interaction, Kate reported the Texas attitude: “we will get smarter birds.” The good news is that a combination of better blade design and slower blade movement is reducing the toll of wind turbines on birds.
Thought of the Day:
Chinese Proverb: “Dig the well before you are thirsty.
Tom Tanaka of the Napa City Sunrise Rotary Club and Richard Hyde, our e-Rotarian.
Brandon DeGuaria, guest (and cousin) of Ricardo Galvan.
Earle Presten, guest of Alan Galbraith
Birthdays and Club Anniversaries:
Stevenson Atherton (Nov. 17), Margo Kennedy (22 years), and Norm Mitroff (10 years).
- Rotary Holiday Party: Dec. 11 (6:00 p.m.) at Satuii Winery, with special entertainment to satisfaction of all, guaranteed, per Andy Bartlett.
- Margo Kennedy sought contributions via a sign-up sheet to purchase a “Shelter Box” (sponsored by Rotary International), in support of Phillipine Typhoon Relief.
- Cindy Warren reminded that volunteers should gather at 7:30 a.m. at Bison’s to hang 45 holiday wreaths in the business downtown.
- President Muhlner advised that caterer Israel was headed home from the hospital in Santa Rosa where he has been recuperating from a serious auto accident.
- Andy Bartlett advised that Mike and Ann Thomas were attending to a seriously ill daughter in the Portland area.
- President Muhlner reminded of the workday morning at Wappo Park on November 22..
Ricardo Galvan in recognition of passage of a teacher examination enabling him to engage in vocational instruction; Alan Galbraith in honor of a new grandson; and Phil Toohey for finishing third in his age division in a one-half marathon.
November 22 Remembrances:
Instead of the finemaster program, Rotarians of a suitable age were called upon to give their recollections of November 22, 1963. The remembrances were clear and sad, with always the thought of what might have been. Cynthia Warren provided a strong defense of the Warren Commission findings, which included the confirming results of forensic rifle testing at the Warren ranch property. Your reporter would add that to his information and recent forensic work (with techniques of great precision) confirm the basic findings of the Warren Commission.
Rotarians not wearing their badges at our next meeting will be FINED $20.00. THIS IS A NO EXCEPTION POLICY! TAKE HEED!!
Posted on Nov 13, 2013
Phil Toohey, Reporter
Speaker of the Day: Dr. Steve Herber, Interim CEO, St. Helena Hospital
Today we were visited by Steve Lundin who is head of the St. Helena Hospital Foundation. He introduced Dr. Steve Herber who is the Interim CEO of the hospital. Kathleen Patterson was the sponsor of the talk.
Dr. Herber is a plastic surgeon, which brought to my mind a little bit of Hollywood make over in our little bit of tinsel town. He quickly dispelled the thought when he spoke of saving a man’s hand in reconstructive surgery from a chainsaw accident. The man was flown in from Ukiah. Dr. Herber spoke with passion about how in a population of 5000 people in our town, St. Helena Hospital is getting a state wide reputation for outreach and help to other hospitals. One of the most catching phrases was the fact that he was unwilling to give up his practice to be a surgeon to be an administrator. He felt that most hospitals were run by business people and that St. Helena should have actual doctors on the board.
I will admit to a basic lack of substance to Dr.Herber’s talk, but the passion for community was clear. What I think he wants to steer the board toward is the wellness side of the hospital and make that available to the entire community. Rehabilitation from drugs and addiction of any sort are his main goals.
Dr. Herber is a local boy. He graduated from PUC, studied at Loma Linda and graduated from Yale Medical. Dr. Herber had a private practice in St. Helena at Southbridge for 13 years. In a time where rural hospitals are closing and medical care is being reorganized, it is nice to know there is someone on the board who wants to make wellness relevant.
Announcements: The most chilling news was that our caterer Israel was in a very bad car accident near Santa Rosa. He has two broken legs and was in a car accident where the front passenger died and the driver is in critical care also. Cynthia Kee is sending flowers and a card. The restaurant crew took over for Israel.
- Peter Scott resigned as he moves out of the area to find new employ.
- Charlotte Williamson said that the Wapo Park has been disked and on November 22, there will be tree planting with the Montessori school. See Charlotte for details.
- President Muhlner acknowledged that both Roteract and the cleanup of Centennial Park made it into the St. Helena Star.
- Cindy Warren wanted to express her thanks to those who helped out with the chamber of commerce and joined the assembly line of putting the wreaths for main street back to presentable shape. 2 hours and 56 wreaths later, the job got done. Thanks to all who helped.
- Susan Rada said thanks for the food bags contributed to the High School food drive for the St. Helena food pantry. Andy Bartlett chimed in that if we could find a pickup truck next week, all the contributions needed to be weighed and dropped off at the high school as part of one big donation from the High School to the pantry project. President Muhlner offered his truck.
- Susan Rada said the Christmas dinner is going to be the 11th of December at V. Sattui. Sign up will be coming on club runner.
- Susan Rada also gave a high five moment to the new web site now with a new front page. Thanks to Margo Kennedy, Jason Diaz and committee members.
- Joice Beatty did bell ringers only, no fines and Charlotte Williamson did a good job with the thought for the day. No guests, except our speakers or visiting Rotarians. The Welcome singers sang happy anniversary to the clubs Veterans / Warriors in honor of yesterday’s Veterans Day.