Read her story here: http://www.villagelife.com/news/a-very-american-holiday/
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.
The speeches from this years contest were so impressive, it left our Rotarians speechless!
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
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 sponsor the pancake breakfast for area littles and their Big Brothers/Sisters. Santa was there and a few other superheroes too!
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 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.
Thank you Congressman Tom McClintock for your most interesting program at our breakfast meeting this morning. Afterwards, Congressman McClintock was introduced to our inbound RYE student Valentine Daendliker from Switzerland, and Kendall Hoy, our outbound RYE student to Spain. We appreciate you taking time from your busy schedule to update us on local, national and international issues.
We hope you can attend our next week's meeting on September 24th when Congressman Tim McClintock is the featured speaker.
Jim Abercrombie, General Manager of El Dorado Irrigation (EID) and Past President of Placerville Rotary, was our speaker this morning. Director of Communications Mary Lynn Carlton and Board of Director Greg Prada were also present as guests.
Jim gave an outstanding presentation with updates on EID projects, fees, water availability, conservation efforts and how the district is efficiently managing its budget. We also finally got a bit of good news about the King Fire. Firefighters have thus far been able to protect EID's infrastructure. (Some of you may recall that the 20,000+ acre Cleveland Fire in 1992, just east of the King Fire, destroyed part of EID’s infrastructure.)
At our meeting on September 17 before the speaker's presentation, Robert Leon updates us on the Wheelers for the Wounded Rubicon trip and Scott Draper tells us of his new business venture. Wayne Lowery also provided information on his efforts at conserving water during our historic drought.
Jennifer Bassett, the founder and executive officer of Hands4Hope and two student volunteers, Chieme Dhanele and Haley Lehtola, provided an outstanding presentation last week on September 10 about the volunteer services by their organization.
Hands4Hope, a local community service non profit for youth, started in local elementary schools and evolved to Oak Ridge High School just a few years ago. Rotary can share some accolades for being one of the first El Dorado Hills organizations supporting their highly successful effort to provide opportunities for area youth of all ages to identify and actively provide needed services to the El Dorado and Sacramento area.
At our meeting last week we learned some interesting facts about three members during the “crafts talk” program arranged by magnificent speaker chair Wayne Lowery.
Dale Adams is a rocket scientist (chemical engineer). He served as vice president at Aerojet doing defense and NASA work after his stint in the US Army as an expert in ordinance, explosive and ammunitions. He achieved a rank equivalent to a 3-Star general.
Jeff England attended the University of Oregon majoring in journalism while working 2 or 3 part-time jobs and living a “rock-n-roll” lifestyle. He learned the art of supervision as a manager for Crystal Dairy, which helped him be successful in his current job at Waste Connections. Jeff has a passion for writing and is about done with his first novel. It is short story is about running into a female “Big Foot” while camping and finding God through nature.
Grant Cody was raised in Woodland. He has a BS degree in Construction Management from CSU Chico, and is currently a general manager for Belfor USA. Grant showed a slide show showing restoration work by Belfor USA for residences and businesses that had water, fire and natural disaster damages. One of his hobbies is brewing beer and he ended his presentation by having a drawing for one of his home-brewed beers.
Hello everyone. Just a friendly reminder that we are going to be dark tomorrow, September 3. Our next meeting is September 10. Thanks!
They are EDH Rotarians who will be giving "crafts" talks at our next breakfast meeting on August 27th. A crafts talk is a short presentation about a member's family, job, interesting hobby and/or life experiences. This is one of our favorite meetings because we learn interesting things about our members we wouldn't otherwise have known. We hope to see you there!
Pictured left to right in the front row is Interact Advisor Carol Pomares, Interact Treasurer Mansi Gupta and Interact Vice President Jenny Sink. Back row is RYLA chair Paul Burke, Interact Advisor Wayne Lowery and Club President John Knight.
This summer we sponsored ORHS Interact officers Mansi Gupta and Jenny Sink to Camp RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards). At our breakfast meeting this week, August 20, a full house enjoyed their enthusiastic presentation about their life changing experiences at Camp RYLA. They cited examples about how they learned more about themselves, stretched what they thought were their limitations, developed leadership skills, increased confidence and gained a network of new friends.
We are very proud of our two delegates and also of our Rotary sponsored Interact Club, which has approximately 160 members.
ORHS students and Interact officers Mansi Gupta and Jenny Sink are our featured speakers next Wednesday, August 20. We were their sponsors to Camp RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) this summer. They will enthusiastically talk about their life changing experiences and leadership training at the camp. Each year, we are amazed by the outstanding presentations provided by our camp delegates. This is a meeting you won't want to miss!
Our outbound RYE Student Kendall Hoy and her best friend, Cassie, enjoyed modeling for Action Camera's Portraiture Workshop at Griffith's Quarry on Saturday. Thank you Pedro Perez and Action Camera in Roseville for the fun day! We will miss Kendall when she leaves for Spain in a couple of weeks as our Rotary Youth Exchange Student. She will be on this exchange for about a year.
Pictured 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!
There are thousands of charitable organizations working throughout the world that make a positive impact on people in need. However, the Rotary Foundation is the only charitable organization funded by contributions from Rotarians, for programs and projects identified by Rotarians, and administered by Rotarians at the project site.
Our exchange student, Valentine, attending her first Rotary event: Rotary at River Cats Day. (She arrived the previous evening.) Valentine caught a t-shirt that was thrown into the stands. She also enjoyed riding the slide. Welcome Valentine!
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.
Program chair Wayne Lowery scheduled another wonderful program for this morning's meeting. Assistant Governor Bill Tobin introduced Dan Hiney of Wheelers for the Wounded, and then Bill showed the multi-media piece he made about the last trip. Dan updated us on how they have expanded the program to include vets from Nevada and how they want to expand the program to serve vets in eleven more western states. He cited examples how this powerful program has positively impacted the lives of combat vets. This is the organization's 5th year in Northern California. President John Knight presented this year's donation, and Dan concluded by thanking us for our ongoing support over the last five years. What a terrific cause!