Reported by Alan Galbraith
Speaker of the Day: Our speaker of the day, Phil Miller, deputy public works director for Napa County and chief engineer for the Flood Control District, will be rescheduled. He had an item before the Board of Supervisors, the Board got behind schedule, and Phil was unable to appear. Your reporter must confess that an item in which he was involved drew far more than anticipated public comment, and was the cause for Phil’s postponement. In defense of your reporter, he resisted the opportunity to address the BOS, and was back in St. Helena in time to discharge his reportorial duties. (Note: the BOS was receiving a report from the Groundwater Resources Advisory Committee, on which your reporter served, and the issues involved in the report generated substantial and fascinating comment from residents of Napa County, to their great credit – and your reporter thereby is not indicating agreement or disagreement, only that public comment is a great educator of us all.)
Visiting Rotarians: Brian Walker, Garberville Rotary Club, and chef extraordinaire (per Andy Bartlett)
Guests: Steve and Carol Villano, guests of Roxann Schaubhut. Carol is an educational consultant; Steve is a strategic planner in economic development. They are new arrivals in St. Helena. We truly welcome them – and with the expectation that they will join our club.
Royalty: Princess Anne Damoe of Denmark, our Interact Exchange Student.
Anniversaries: Well, your reporter so blew it that he failed to take notes. Be kinder next year. (Your reporter cannot take notes and think at the same time. Of course, he wishes to understate his age. On account of his rightful humiliation over his marriage anniversary (46 years as opposed to his non thinking guess of 37), he contributed $50 to his Paul Harris. Now, Cindy said that she would so inform Sarah, but your reporter hopes that, in keeping with the Rotarian vow, Cindy will respect that what is said within the Club stays within the Club.)
- Many commented on the District meeting. Fifteen went. It sounded like a revival meeting. Suzan had it right: a great meeting, even if in Ukiah.
- Suzan Rada lamented she had no eggs to sell.
- Alan Fowler is scheduling a golf tournament (avoiding competition with the Masters).
- Cindy Warren scolded members for zero contributions in support of the “Charity Buzz.” She will try again.
- Andy Bartlett advised that our incoming exchange student is from Taiwan, is thoroughly westernized, and is in need of an initial home with children.
Finemaster: Michele Neumann stumped us all on extreme sports events.
- Christine Gorelick Hayne (okay, Christine, what is now correct? – and we love the outcome, whatever it is) updated us on Rotary International and the polio eradication program.
- Suzan Rada reviewed highlights from the District Assembly dinner, reinforcing affectionate collegiality with suggestions. (Suzan is of course example A number one.)
- Margo Kennedy lectured (briefly) on the “recycling” of donated dollars to Rotary International. Basic point: dollars contributed to RI assist our Club with the water project in Kenya.