Service Above Self
Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills


Sunday, August 30, 2015
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Rotary Student of the Month
by Tobin, Bill


The Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills honored Lakeview Elementary fifth-grader Juliette Geney at its Feb. 11 meeting.

“She’s such a wonderful student,” Principal Judy Chance said. The teachers and staff like her so much, they don’t want to let her go to middle school next year, Chance joked.

Juliette enjoys art and math and is a kind student who “demonstrates the deepest respect to her peers and her teachers,” said fifth-grade teacher Roxanne Simmons.

The 10-year-old has overcome more challenges than most children her age.  Several years ago, the community rallied behind the Geney family when young Juliette was diagnosed with leukemia. She fought hard to beat her illness and has never forgotten the love and support she received. Wednesday morning she walked to the podium and spoke after receiving her award, thanking her teachers, school officials and most especially her parents “for always being there to support me through the highs and lows.”- Story by Rotarian Noel Stack, Editor Village Life Newspapers

Repeat Winner in our annual Speech Contest
by Tobin, Bill

Five El Dorado Hills teens participated in our annual speech contest Wednesday, sharing their thoughts on this year’s theme: Leadership Through Service. Oak Ridge High School junior, Mathew Cruz, 16, took home first place for the second consecutive year, winning $200 and a spot in the regional semifinal. All five participants did an outstanding job.Image

The speeches from this years contest were so impressive, it left our Rotarians speechless!

Crab Feed a sold out show!
by Tobin, Bill

Our club took a chance with a new date, a new venue, new caterer, and new menu for our annual Crabfeed and Dance fundraiser. This chance paid off with a sold out event, excellent reviews all around and raising funds to be used for our programs and projects. Thanks to all our attendees, our caterers Rudy's Hidaway and Hot Rod Randy's BBQ, and our event sponsors: Village Life, Mt. Democrat, El Dorado Disposal, Otto Construction, Garrahan Electric, El Dorado Hills Town Center, Marshall Medical, Debbie Manning EDH Chamber of Commerce and John and Georgi Knight.


After all you can eat Crab and Tri Tip attendees had a lot of fun dancing!

We flip (pancakes) for Big Brothers/Sisters
by Tobin, Bill

We sponsor the pancake breakfast for area littles and their Big Brothers/Sisters. Santa was there and a few other superheroes too!Image

Batter Up!


We go BaNaNaS for area seniors
by Tobin, Bill

We served over 250 banana splits to area seniors as part of the Senior Holiday luncheon presented by the El Dorado Hills Senior Council.

A great time was had by all!

Blues and Brews for Vets
by Tobin, Bill

Blues and Brews is a festive night of world class blues, dancing, local craft brews, wines, food and more to honor and celebrate our Veterans, Active Service, and Fallen Warriors. Blues and Brews for Vets is presented by The Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills as a fundraiser for local projects and programs that support our Veterans.
Headlining this year’s event is Alvon Johnson, former vocalist in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group The Coasters. Two time regional winner and 2005 Blues Guitar Player of the Year in the national King of the Blues contest. Alvon has released many critically acclaimed CDs and is currently nominated for 2014 Entertainer of the Year by the International Music and Entertainment Association.  Plus, returning this year are two time top 20 International Blues Competition finalists The Used Blues Band.
Back by popular demand is El Dorado Hills award winning brewer Mraz Brewing Company. They will be on hand with a selection of their craft beers. West Coast Events is also returning with their delicious small plate selections.


Tony Asaro speaks at EDH Rotary
by Edwards, Laurie

ImagePictured here left to right at last week's meeting are speaker chair Wayne Lowery, RYE outbound student Kendall Hoy and Motivation Speaker Tony Asaro who used to work for the Sacramento River Cats organization.

Tony gave the best presentation with an emphasis on character, courage, and commitment.  He has boundless positive energy and left a lasting impression on members and guests.  We look forward to part 2 of his presentation when our speaker chair is able to re-schedule.  

Thank you Tony for your inspiration, enthusiasm and insight! 

Rotary at River Cats Day
by Edwards, Laurie

On Sunday, August 3, members in our district participated in Rotary at River Cats Day, which is a fund raiser for Polio Plus. A portion of each ticket was earmarked for the End Polio Now campaign. Thank you Fair Oaks Rotary Club for hosting the tailgate party in Fair Oaks and for arranging the bus to and from the game.  A good time was had by all but unfortunately the home team lost to Las Vegas 7-2.





Our next meeting (on June 18) will be at the Purple Place
by Edwards, Laurie

Come and join us for breakfast, fellowship and R&R at the Purple Place for our June 18 meeting.  We hope to see you there!

Crab Feed March 8th
by Tobin, Bill

Tickets are now on sale for our 21st annual Crab feed, Auction and Dance on March 8th at the EDHCSD Gym 1021 Harvard Way. Doors open at 6PM Dinner is served at 7PM. In addition to an all you can eat dinner, the evening includes a Silent Auction, No host Bar, dancing to a Live DJ and a few surprises. Our menu includes Fresh Garden Green Salad, French Baguettes, Pasta with our club's award winning red plum tomato basil sauce, Iced Dungeness Crab and dessert.

Tickets available at the Ca. Welcome Center in Town Center, or at Fire Station 85 (Wilson Way & EDH Blvd.), Face in a Book and Mechanics Bank (both in Town Center), EDHCSD registration office and on line at

Get crackin' and buy your tickets early, this event sells out.



Hola a todos desde Bolivia!
by Edralin, Lourdes


Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Brock Bastian, has gained acceptance and popularity among his peers at his Bolivian high school. He was one of 8 students nominated for Prom King. Brock's poster hung in the school grounds during prom season.

Hey, everybody!


My package from Rotary arrived. I waited 44 days for that package, and the wait was well worth it!  The package contains some highly-appreciated and life-saving candy.  Sherrie Tobin from EDH Rotary sent me lots, and lots, and lots of Jelly Belly packets, and a big bag of assorted candy.  My mom told me that the Jelly Belly packets are to share with my friends and the people of Bolivia.  Part of being an RYE exchange student is to share your culture, and since there is a Jelly Belly factory near Sacramento, the Jelly Bellys are basically something from my hometown.  So taking up the challenge, I took my Jelly Belly packets to school and handed them out to my classmates.  They absolutely loved them. Some of them even asked me if I could order some more on the Internet for them!

With the candy also arrived my Rotary flag and my RYE business cards.  I was looking at my photo on the cards, and I totally look different, as I have lost some weight.  About 15 pounds.  You might be able to tell from the attached photo.  You may be thinking that I'm dying of hunger over here, but I'm just fine.  It's the fact that none of the food I eat here is processed, and that I walk everywhere I go.  Also, the fact that I am living at 12,000 feet, and that my body has to work harder as I walk around, also helps.  It's actually quite funny, because my host brother, David, who is an RYE student in Canada, looks like he is getting chubbier! 

The highlight last week was Prom. Just to clear things up, Prom here isn't exactly like Prom in the U.S. where you go with a date, have dinner and spend all your time with your date. There is a contest for Prom King and Prom Queen but the voting here is done individually and not in pairs. There are 8 girl and 8 boy contestants, ranging from freshman to senior.

So lets get to the chase, and figure out the results......DRUM ROLL......I took 2nd place in the voting.  One of my best friends, Andrés, won Prom King and beat me by one (1) vote!  I don't necessarily mind losing, because it means a lot more to one of these kids down here to win Prom King than it would to me.  It is a very big deal to them, so I am glad that one of my friends won.  But to lose by one vote . . .  After the Prom King and Queen ceremony, we all just danced. It was fun!  It was basically just a big discoteca dance! 



EDH Rotary Welcomes Four New Members
by Knight, John


Welcome new members! Pictured are sponsors and inductees: John Knight, PDG Barry Kalar, * new members Jake Flesher, Carol Pomares, Tina Ferguson and Grant Cody,* and members Lesley Tucker and Sherie Tobin

"It's incredible!" said Past District Governor Barry Kalar, as he inducted four new member to the El Dorado Hills Rotary Club on Oct. 2. "You will be joining the oldest service organization in the world, with 1.2 million members providing service locally and internationally." 

Jake Flesher is an attorney sponsored by EDH Club President Coy Baugh. Jake and his wife Kassy are raising Grant (11) and Grace (9). He keeps active by coaching Little League Baseball (he was league president last year). Currently, Jake is running for EID Board. He is "excited to get started" on Rotary service.

Grant Cody manages the Elk Grove branch of Belfour Property Restoration. Together with his wife Jill, he is raising two daughters, Sarah (16) and Lauren (14). Grant is active at Rolling Hills Church, where he leads a small group and is involved in the High School ministry. Grant is an avid mountain biker, and also teaches cycling at the El Dorado Hills Sports Club. "I'm grateful to be a part of Rotary," says Grant.

Tina Ferguson is the owner of Face in a Book, a quaint book store at the Town Center. Tina and her husband Dave have two daughters, Abbey (19) and Emily (16). Tina grew up in El Dorado Hills and is looking forward to having fun with the group.

Carol Pomares is a Spanish teacher, recently retired from Oak Ridge High School, where she taught 6,000 students como se habla en Espanol for 32 years. She has two grown children, Mariah and Michael. Upon retiring, Carol missed her connection with teenagers and decided to join Rotary and jumped in to be an Interact Club Advisor. "Teenagers give me energy," she says. Interact plans the annual Mito Kids Walk each spring. Carol's grand children are afflicted with mitochondrial disease and she is active with Help Mito Kids, Inc. Carol has taken up cycling on the Folsom bike trails and loves it! 

Student of the Month - Abigail Brown
by Roth, David


Congratulations Abgail Brown— pictured with BUSD Superintendent David Roth, RUSD Superintendent David Swart, Marina Village Principal George Tapanes, Mom Laura Brown, Dad Justin Brown and sister Sarah Brown, back row left to right, celebrate Abigail Brown's Student of the Month award. 

Marina Village eighth-grader Abigail Brown has a full schedule but school counselor Myrna Harp noted, “She’s never too busy to lend a helping hand.”

For this and many other reasons the 13-year-old received the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills Student of the Month award Wednesday morning. Nominated by Harp, Abigail was commended for her love of history and English as well as her participation in the middle school’s Club Live and the Where Everyone Belongs programs. Abigail also volunteers at Jackson Elementary and service as a counseling aide at her school.

The stellar student’s parents Laura and Justin Brown, along with little sister Sarah, also attended the Rotary breakfast. New Marina Village Principal George Tapanes congratulated the proud parents on raising a great daughter.