Posted on Sep 11, 2019
Incoming Oak Ridge High School Interact club officers took the lead from bell to bell at our weekly meeting. They did an outstanding job outlining their Interact Club goals, featured a presentation on RYLA and a we all played a Rotary game they created on line. 
Interact Takeover! 2019-09-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 10, 2019
EDH Rotarians, Interactors and our RYE student partnered with the EDH CSD to install several interpretive signs along New York Creek nature trail. These signs provide information about our community's eco system. 
Trail Sign Installation 2019-08-10 07:00:00Z 0
Lucky's No Work Garden Sherie Tobin 2019-06-30 07:00:00Z 0
President Tina's Disco Debunking Sherie Tobin 2019-06-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sherie Tobin
Our 24th Annual Wine at Town Center was a huge success. A big thank you to all of our sponsors, vendors and volunteers who contributed to make it a huge success! 
Brenda and her family enjoying the event.
Band Skyler's Pool featuring Kitty O'Neal put on a great show!
Wine at Town Center Sherie Tobin 2019-06-15 07:00:00Z 0
EDH Rotary Student of the year awards go to one student from each K-8 school in our community to a student that exemplifies the Rotary motto of Service Above Self.
Ian (2nd row, 3rd from left) Marina Village Middle School Student of the Year.
Jayce, Student of the Year for Rolling Hills Middle School.
Jaime, Valley View Charter Montessori School student of the year.
EDH Rotary Students of the year (so far) 2018-12-02 08:00:00Z 0
Our club collects "Happy Bucks" at weekly meeting that contribute to specified causes. Over the past few months the monies collected bought gifts for dozens of children in a needing community somewhere in the world through 'Operation Christmas Child', a project of Samaritan's Purse. Club members invited District Governor Jack Arney and his wife Maureen to help fill gift boxes.
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Blues and Brews for Veterans honored and celebrated area Veterans for the 9th year with a wonderful program, great music, local craft brew and more. Beneficiaries include Wheelers for the Wounded of California, Operation Good 2 Go, Rolling Hills Blue Star Moms, Military Family Support Group and others.
9th Annual Blues and Brews 2018-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 20, 2018
Each October our Rotary members, ORHS Interact, our RYE exchange student, families and firefighters combine forces and canvas El Dorado Hills neighborhoods offering smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and battery replacements to help keep our community safe.
2018 Home Safety Check 2018-10-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 02, 2018
A good time was had by all at the 23rd annual Wine at Town Center. Hundreds of event goers sampled the finest wines in our region, enjoyed tastes from several area restaurants and helped raise thousands for the programs and services our club provides year round. Thanks to all for coming out in support. Visit the wineries, restaurants and sponsors by clicking on their logo at
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Posted on Apr 21, 2018
Help Mito Kids, a 501c3 non profit founded by El Dorado Hills Rotarian Carol Pomares held their 9th annual 5k Run Walk to raise awareness for children suffering from mitochondrial disease. 
Another great turnout with lots of volunteer support from our club and the Oak Ridge Interact Club.
Mitochondrial disease occurs when the mitochondria fail to carry out their primary functions. When they fail, cells lose much of their ability to produce energy and sustain growth.  Without properly functioning cells, entire organs can be damaged or shut down completely. Children are primarily affected by the disease. Their lives can be severely compromised.  Common symptoms include: muscle weakness and pain, gastrointestinal disorders, poor growth, cardiac disease, liver disease, diabetes, respiratory problems, seizures, visual/hearing problems, and susceptibility to infection. There is no cure for Mitochondrial disease.  Treatments given to curtail symptoms vary from patient to patient, and there can be many periods of trial and error.  Because so little is known about the disease, there are only a few hospitals in the world that offer treatment.  
As a result, affected families are sometimes forced to travel great distances to seek care. Help Mito Kids offers support to these families to help ease the financial strain placed on them and also supports research projects at Stanford University to better understand, treat and find a cure for mitochondrial disease. Learn more about Help Mito Kids at
9th Mito Kids fundraiser Mighty Fun 2018-04-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 31, 2018
Rotarians, Interactors, families and friends help spread tens of thousands of eggs for the annual EDHCSD Easter Egg hunt. 
It takes us about 45 minutes to spread them around the field...and about 45 seconds for the kids to scoop them all up!
Eggcellent Eggstravaganza 2018-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 14, 2018
Eight students ranging from 9th to 12th grade competed in the annual Rotary Club Speech Contest. The topic this year is "Making a Difference" which also happens to be the Rotary International theme. Each student gave an impressive 5 to 8 minute speech in front of our Rotary Club members, our distinguished guests and a panel of expert judges.  The winner took home a check for $250 and a spot in the district semi finals. Great job students!
The morning starts off with fellowship, coffee and a great breakfast from West Coast Events.
President Axel welcomes our student speakers
Our panel of judges at work. (L to R) Debbie Manning- President & CEO of El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce, Kevin Kiley, California State Assembly member - 6th District, Tina Ferguson, Rotary Club President- Elect , Owner of Face In a Book.
Our Contestants with President Axel. Our winner is Stephan Bernard, 4th from left.
Speech Contest "Making a Difference" 2018-02-14 08:00:00Z 0
Delicious all you can eat Crab and Tri-tip, fun games, an incredible silent auction and live DJ dancing made our 25th annual fundraiser a rousing success. Thanks to our sponsors - Captain's level: Marshall Medical, El Dorado Disposal, Joe Harn. Triton's level: EDH Town Center, Breaker Glass, EDH CSD, Mercedes Benz of EDH, Doug Veerkamp, Village Life, Herrig and Vogt LLC, Debbie Manning, and Orion Outdoor Media. Funds raised from this event support our programs and projects. We couldn't help others without your assistance. See you all at Wine at Town Center June 2nd
Putting the FUN in Fundraiser at annual Crabfeed 2018-02-03 08:00:00Z 0
Club members enjoyed getting our holiday spirit on with hundreds of seniors from western El Dorado County at the annual Senior Council Holiday luncheon. Entertainment was provided by the Oak Ridge high school's spirit squad, chamber choir and jazz band. Miss California-Teen sang and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus were on hand to spread Christmas cheer. EDH Fire personnel served lunch and then members of our club dished up over 250 banana splits. Such a fun time!
Going Bananas for area seniors 2017-12-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 02, 2017
One of our Club's highlights of the season is hosting a pancake breakfast for children and families who benefit from Big Brothers / Sisters of EL Dorado County. Over 550 "littles", "bigs", families and first responders enjoyed pancakes, sausages and more while waiting for their turns shopping at Target in El Dorado Hills Town Center. Special thanks to our pancake cooks from EDH Fire!
Club supports Big Brothers / Sisters Snowball Spree 2017-12-02 08:00:00Z 0
Our 8th annual event to honor, thank and celebrate Veterans was full of great music, dancing and more.
Our club presented checks to several local Veteran and Military support groups and then Operation V.E.T from Blue Shield of Ca. surprised everyone with a generous $15,000 donation to the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills Community Foundation. Several thousands more was raised during the night for local Veteran programs and projects and supporting local military families.
We were able to gift dozens of tickets to area Veterans thanks to our sponsors; Western Sign, El Dorado Disposal, Roebbelen Construction, Villiage Life/ Mt. Democrat, Putman Real Estate Team, Martinelli Insurance Agency and El Dorado County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn.
Mraz Brewing Company sponsored the beer (Amber Ale and 510 Pale Ale) while West Coast Events catered a tasty taco bar and Milestone restaurant donated much of the wine.
The bands really brought a great vibe to the evening, Opening the show was 19 year old breakout blues artist Ryder Green who really got things going, then Cafe R&B brought the house down with a high energy show that brought everyone out to the dance floor. 
Thank you to all who attended, but especially, thanks to our Veterans.
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EDH Rotarians spend the evening filling boxes to be sent to children in developing nations so they can enjoy a special gift this holiday season. Operation Christmas Child is a program through Samaritans Purse. Boxes are filled with items specific to gender and age and include fun and practical things like soap, toothbrush, math sets, games, jump ropes and toys.
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Rotarians and fire fighters canvassed "The Hills" neighborhood on Oct 21st offering residents a free check of their smoke alarms, Carbon Monoxide alarms and replacement batteries for existing alarms. This is our longest standing service project and has saved lives in our community.
EDH Rotary partners with EDH Fire for annual home safety check 2017-10-22 07:00:00Z 0
Will you be between 15 and 18 next year?
Dream about spending a year living and studying abroad?
Do you live in El Dorado Hills?
The Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills is currently seeking applicants for 2018-19 Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE).
For more information send us an email at and we will send you our information packet.
Bon Voyage!
Study abroad with Rotary Youth Exchange 2017-09-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 17, 2017

Congratulations to our Educators of the Year!!


Margaret Crannell-El Dorado High School District- Oak Ridge High School

Corinne Gulas-Buckeye Union School District- Rolling Hills Middle School

Terry Anderson-Rescue School District- Lakeview Elementary

El Dorado Hills Educators of the Year 2017-05-17 07:00:00Z 0
Community Beautification Project 2017-04-29 07:00:00Z 0
Surf n Turf wasn't all that was going down at the 2017 Rotary Crab and Tri Tip Feed! Dancing, auction, games and smiles were on the agenda too!
A full house enjoyed delicious crab and tasty tri tip at the annual EDH Rotary Crab & Tri Tip Feed on Jan. 21.  Not only did attendees enjoy the food, but bidding at the silent auction was fast and frenzied, especially for the trips to Italy, Hawaii and Las Vegas. The popular purse auction saw lots of action as well! Holly Cody won the "Lucky Hat" drawing and Brenda Hackett and Agrifino Edralin each won $200 in the Heads or Tails game. The Dessert Auction was a huge hit, with attendees bidding generously for delicious treats. The dance floor was bustling until the very last song and everyone went home happy. 
Thank you to the Rotarians who made this happen, as well as the 30+ ORHS Interact volunteer servers and CSUS Rotoract volunteers for a very valuable assist. Special thanks to the a record number of sponsors for the event, including:
Captains Table Sponsors: Marshall Medical Center, Stanfield Systems, El Dorado Disposal, Joe Harn, Vukovich Insurance and Mercy Di Paolo Insurance Services. 
Triton's Sponsors: Future Homes & Real Estate/Land & Home Financial, Mercedes Benz of El Dorado Hills, Realtor Scott Ostrode, Mt. Democrat/Village Life Newspapers, Orion Outdoor Media, El Dorado Hills Town Center, John and Georgi Knight and Nathan Pohl. 
Make sure to join us next January and get your tickets early -- this event sells out every year! 
Crab n Tri Tip Feed 2017 Lourdes Edralin 2017-01-23 08:00:00Z 0
Even with an early morning wake up call Club members (and our Exchange Student Arnold from Belgium) are all smiles as they take a break from serving hundreds of Bigs and Littles a delicious breakfast as part of their Snowball Holiday Shopping event.
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Club goes Bananas for area Seniors 2016-12-01 08:00:00Z 0
The dance floor was occupied all night long at Blues and Brews for Veterans on Nov 5th. The program included a memorial, a ceremony for MIA/POW, acknowledgement of the Veterans in attendance and short speeches by the primary beneficiaries of the evening, Blue Star Moms- Rolling Hills, Wheelers for the Wounded of Ca. and the Veterans Memorial Park-El Dorado Hills project. Next, The Used Blues Band got everyone on the dance floor. After a brief intermission, Tia Carroll entertained everyone with blues, R&B, Soul, Funk and great classics like "At Last". The Club wishes to thank all who attended, our sponsors, Mraz Brewing Company, Western Sign Co. for donating our raffle grand prize, and Veterans everywhere for your service.
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Congratulations to our Student of the Month Elijah Hansen. Eli attends Rolling Hills School. Elijah goes the extra mile to help other students and teachers too. Keep up the good work! 
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Having Fun At Wine@Town Center Event Robert Leon 2016-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Valentine's Year in the U.S. Bill Tobin 2015-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Tobin on Feb 17, 2015

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!

Repeat Winner in our annual Speech Contest Bill Tobin 2015-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Tobin on Feb 10, 2015


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

Rotary Student of the Month Bill Tobin 2015-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Tobin on Jan 31, 2015

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!

Crab Feed a sold out show! Bill Tobin 2015-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laurie Edwards on Feb 11, 2014

We had a record breaking year with 9 contestants for our contest. All of the speeches were outstanding. Congratulations to all speakers for doing such a wonderful job, and a special applause for our top finishers: 1st: Mathew Cruz - 10th grade; 2nd: Ashley Abraham - 12th grade and 3rd: Ryan Schwary - 10th grade. Special guests included the parents of our contestants, Jill Lasko from ORHS and Lori Veerkamp, EDUHSD Board Member. Mathew will be competing in the regional semi-finals on April 7, 2014 @ 5:30 p.m. at Roseville Theater. This was his first speech contest.


Speech Contest Laurie Edwards 2014-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laurie Edwards on Jan 24, 2014

We had a fun outing on 1/26/2014, when we watched our RYE student, Julia, act in her first play in English at ORHS. Her character was "Weave Alex" in "The King's Threads," which was written by students in the drama department.  She did a wonderful job.  Afterwards, our club presented her with roses.  All proceeds from the play that evening were donated to Mito's kids.

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RYE Student Julia Garcia in ORHS Play Laurie Edwards 2014-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laurie Edwards on Jan 21, 2014

Bob Stangroom, General Manager of the Serrano Country Club, is our featured speaker on January 29, 2014. 

In 1995, the Parker Development Company acquired 3,500 acres along the eastern boundary of El Dorado Hills to create Serrano, one of the largest master planned communities in Northern California. Serrano is the site of an innovative case of recycled water irrigation on a large scale.

Serrano Country Club fills an important niche in our community.  Included is an excellent restaurant, junior Olympic pool with pool side food and beverage service, an impressive gym and a 7,000 yard Robert Trent Jones, Jr. golf course.   Let your guests know early so that they can save the date, and RSVP with President Coy beforehand so we will have enough breakfast for all.


Bob Stangroom, General Manager of the Serrano Country Club, is our featured speaker on January 29, 2014. Laurie Edwards 2014-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laurie Edwards on Jan 19, 2014

John McGinness retired from his sheriff's post in 2010 after a 31-year career at the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.   He was a highly decorated law enforcement officer with a background in many high profile assignments.  He now hosts his own talk radio show on KFBK on weekdays between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m.  In addition, he is as an adjunct professor at California State University.  John has a wealth of information about current issues whether it is local, regional or national.  This will be a meeting you don't want to miss.

Former Sacramento County Sheriff and current talk radio host is our featured speaker on January 22. Laurie Edwards 2014-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
Our next club meeting on October 23rd - Mystery Speaker(s) - Hint: it has something to do with our club's 23rd anniversary Laurie Edwards 2013-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laurie Edwards on Oct 01, 2013

Last month we inducted two new members.  This month we are inducting four.  Great job! 

Please attend our club assembly to give a warm welcome and learn about our newest members:  Carol Pomares, Tina Ferguson, Grant Cody and Jake Flesher.  PDG Barry Kalar will be doing the inductions.  We will also be awarding Student of the Month.

Pictured below is Carol Pomares with last week's featured speaker Lt. Craig Root of the Placerville CHP.   Carol was his high school Spanish teacher at ORHS!

New Member Inductions and Student of the Month at our next meeting on October 2nd Laurie Edwards 2013-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laurie Edwards on Sep 13, 2013

Past District Governor Barry Kalar has participated in two RotaPlast missions to India.  Rotaplast International is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization providing free reconstructive operations and treatment for children in need worldwide.  Long-term solutions are provided by "funding and mentoring local physicians; launching public education projects; and advancing research. Through collaborative programs throughout the world, Rotaplast efforts expand far beyond surgical intervention and help foster international goodwill, peace and understanding. The goal of Rotaplast International is to eliminate the incidence of untreated cleft lips and palates in children worldwide by the year 2025."

PDG Kalar has experienced firsthand how this wonderful program has positively changed the lives of children.  This will be a very memorable and special presentation.  We hope you can make it!


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PDG Barry Kalar is featured speaker at our next meeting on September 18, 2013 Laurie Edwards 2013-09-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lourdes Edralin on Aug 27, 2013


Honoring our veterans is a priority for the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills. This is evident in our support of the planned Veterans Memorial at Promontory Park.

Veterans Memorial Project and Site Visit Lourdes Edralin 2013-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Hola a todos desde Bolivia! Lourdes Edralin 2013-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lourdes Edralin on Aug 20, 2013


Wheelers for the Wounded reaches out to area veterans to offer thanks, support and excitement.

Wheelers for the Wounded Lourdes Edralin 2013-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Besos from Bolivia Lourdes Edralin 2013-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Youth Exchange Student shares experiences from Japan Lourdes Edralin 2013-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lourdes Edralin on Aug 06, 2013

On August 7, President Coy Baugh inducted Jeff Garrahan to the El Dorado Hills Rotary. 

On August 7, President Coy Baugh inducted Jeff Garrahan to the El Dorado Hills Rotary. 

A little bit about Jeff: He is the owner/ operator of Garrahan Electric, Inc., providing electrical, low voltage and design build services for commercial, industrial, schools and public works projects.

Married 18 years to Jenelle, a real estate appraiser. Together they are raising their 12-year-old son, Jason, who is a competitive soccer player and avid skateboarder. Also in their household: donkeys, goats, chickens, peacocks, cats, a dog and ducks. They obviously live on acreage. 

Jeff keeps occupied with motorsports, including sand duning, ATVs and sand cars. 

Jeff was sponsored by member Mark Foltz. 

On August 7, President Coy Baugh inducted Jeff Garrahan to the El Dorado Hills Rotary. 

A little bit about Jeff: He is the owner/ operator of Garrahan Electric, Inc., providing electrical, low voltage and design build services for commercial, industrial, schools and public works projects.

Married 18 years to Jenelle, a real estate appraiser. Together they are raising their 12-year-old son, Jason, who is a competitive soccer player and avid skateboarder. Also in their household: donkeys, goats, chickens, peacocks, cats, a dog and ducks. They obviously live on acreage. 

Jeff keeps occupied with motorsports, including sand duning, ATVs and sand cars. 

Jeff was sponsored by member Mark Foltz. 

Welcome new member Jeff Garrahan Lourdes Edralin 2013-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Tobin on Jul 28, 2013

Our RYE Student for 2013-14 Julia comes from Brasilia, Brazil and will attend Oak Ridge High School.





Welcome Julia! Bill Tobin 2013-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laurie Edwards on Jul 21, 2013
Our featured speaker for our July 24, 2013, breakfast meeting is Jacob Starr.  Let's give him a warm welcome home and hear all about his exciting adventures representing our club, district and RI as a foreign exchange student in Northern Japan. 
Our RYE outbound student, Jacob Starr, returns from Japan Laurie Edwards 2013-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary's November Student of the Month Noel Stack 2011-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Tobin on Oct 21, 2011
Each October in support of Fire Prevention Week, our club works with the El Dorado Hills Fire Dept. offering to check, replace and install smoke and CO detectors free of charge. This is the longest standing community service project for our club. Each year we focus on a different neighborhood  This year over 200 homes were visited and dozens of new alarms installed. There have been instances when alarms we have installed have been put to use, potentially saving lives.
Our community service can save your life Bill Tobin 2011-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Tobin on Aug 03, 2011

November 12th -Save the Date-  Blues and Brews II, our annual event to honor Veterans and raise funds and awareness of the planned El Dorado Hills Veterans Memorial.

Join the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills in welcoming two time Grammy award nominee John Lee Hooker Jr. to the El Dorado Hills CSD auditorium.

General Admission tickets are $25 and go on sale Sept 12th. Available at the California Welcome Center in El Dorado Hills Town Center.
On-line tickets and event information (including sponsorships) awailable at

DON'T WAIT- To get the best seats in the house, reserved tables for 10 for $500 that are just off the dance floor become a table sponsor.
Call (916) 616-6973 for information. 

Two Time Grammy Nominee to Headline Blues and Brews II Bill Tobin 2011-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Club shines at annual district awards Bill Tobin 2011-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Noel Stack on May 17, 2011

CONGRATULATIONS to Michael Mello, the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills Student of the Month. 

May Student of the Month Noel Stack 2011-05-17 17:24:51Z 0
Posted by Noel Stack on May 16, 2011

Kind words and praise summed up the accomplishments of three local teachers as administrators gushed over them at the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills’ annual Teacher of the Year ceremony May 4.

Rotary celebrates teachers Noel Stack 2011-05-16 15:05:39Z 0
Interact & Rotary on yard duty Noel Stack 2011-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roberta Long on Jan 13, 2011
Gabe Stribik, 5th grader at Brooks Elementary School, was honored at the Jan. 12 Rotary meeting. Gabe's teacher for the 4th and 5th grades, said Gabe has blossomed from a shy boy to fully participating in class activities. "He has developed great self-confidence," she said. Gabe, his mother, Jessica, 3-year-old sister, Paige, and father, Laszlo, are in the front row. In the back row, left to right, are club president Bill Tobin, Brooks 5th grade teacher Heidi McFarlin, principal Kathi Jensen and Rescue Union School District Superintendent Terry Wenig.
January 2011 Student of the Month Roberta Long 2011-01-13 14:58:14Z 0
We flip (pancakes) for Big Brothers/Sisters Bill Tobin 0
Posted by Bill Tobin

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!

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Posted by Bill Tobin

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.


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Posted by Laurie Edwards

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.Image 







Congressman Tim McClintock speaks to EDH Rotary on September 24 Laurie Edwards 0
Congressman Tim McClintock is our scheduled speaker fo September 24 Laurie Edwards 0
Posted by Laurie Edwards

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.) 



General Manager Jim Abercrombie provides EID update at our 17 Sept meeting Laurie Edwards 0
Posted by Laurie Edwards

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.




At our meeting on 17 September... Laurie Edwards 0
Posted by Laurie Edwards
Our speaker on September 17 is Jim Abercrombie, General Manager of the El Dorado Irrigation District ( Although El Dorado County is a "county of origination" which produces a considerable amount of water, residents and ranchers have limited water rights as the water flows through and on to other users down stream. As a result water conservation and water fees are big issues to residents. You will be very interested to hear what Jim has to share.

Jim Abercrombie, General Manager of EID is our speaker on 17 September Laurie Edwards 0
Posted by Laurie Edwards

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.



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Posted by Laurie Edwards

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.  Image




Great program last week! Laurie Edwards 0
Posted by Laurie Edwards

Hello everyone. Just a friendly reminder that we are going to be dark tomorrow, September 3. Our next meeting is September 10. Thanks!

No meeting on September 3, 2014 Laurie Edwards 0
Posted by Laurie Edwards

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!

What do Dale Adams, Grant Cody and Jeff England have in common? Laurie Edwards 0
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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.  


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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!

RYLA delegates to speak at this week's meeting Laurie Edwards 0
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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.


RYE outbound student Kendall Hoy has fun modeling before she leaves on her exchange to Spain. Laurie Edwards 0
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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! 

Tony Asaro speaks at EDH Rotary Laurie Edwards 0
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Another great meeting this morning. Assistant Governor Bill Tobin was very busy. Not only did he officially introduced Valentine, our Rotary Exchange Student, but he also presided over the meeting in the absence of President John Knight and was our featured program.  Bill's presentation was about “Every Rotarian Every Year,” which is a Rotary Foundation program that asks every Rotarian to contribute to the RI Foundation each Rotary Year.
When a Rotarian contributes $100.00 or more each year to the Foundation’s Annual Fund (AF), he or she becomes a Foundation “SUSTAINING MEMBER.” Every member in our club is a sustaining member.  Contributions enable Rotarians to work together across oceans and vast terrain to find innovative solutions to complex problems that plague villagers in remote areas, as well as city dwellers.

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.
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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!


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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!Image

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Last week Rotarian Laurie Edwards took some pictures of ORHS Interact student Kendall Hoy, our outbound RYE student to Spain. It's been fun getting to know Kendall at our breakfast meetings. She has been attending regularly since the school term ended. She hopes to begin her exchange in 2-4 weeks. Kendall is very sweet and will make an excellent ambassador for EDH, USA and Rotary. We are very excited for her as she embarks on this new journey.Image
Our outbound RYE Student Kendra's "farewell tour" Laurie Edwards 0
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Rotarian Laurie Edwards photographed Julia and her two friends from Oak Ridge High School around EDH and Folsom to give Julia memories when she returns home to Brazil in just under two weeks.  A great time was had by all.  We will definitely miss Julia's enthusiasm, passion for life, kindness and sense of humor.  She has been a wonderful ambassador for Brazil, RYE and Rotary!  We hope she stays in touch.




Our inbound RYE Student Julia's "farewell tour" Laurie Edwards 0
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A good time was had by all for Past President Coy Baugh's debunking party at the Cary House on June 24, which was catered by West Coast Events (our wonderful caterers).  We first gathered in the Milton room for cocktails and appetizers while Josh Tharp played banjo music from the Gold Rush era.  Proprietor Lanny Harding gave us an interesting overview of the colorful characters who have stayed there and also told us of the interesting artifacts.  He also told us that if we could open the safe, he would share the contents with us.  Several members tried without success.  Dinner was served and then incoming President John Knight thanked Coy for his service and gave him several gifts in appreciation.  Coy also thanked members, and his board and presented them with gifts of appreciation.  Members had a such a good time that they spoke of returning for Mystery Night in November.  Thank you for such an outstanding year Coy!







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Outgoing President Coy Baugh rings the bell the final time after presiding over his last regular club meeting for the 2013-2014 Rotary year.  Speaker Linda Lewis of All About Equine Animal Rescue in EDH told us about the wonderful work being done by this non-profit organization.  Representatives from our sponsored Boy Scouts were also present.  One of the scouts also told us about his Eagle project consisting of building goat shelters for All About Equine Animal Rescue.  




President Coy Baugh presides over his last "official meeting" on June 11 Laurie Edwards 0
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We will have our social and debunking party for our outgoing President Coy Baugh on Tuesday, June 24th, at 6:00 p.m. at the Historic Cary House, Main Street, Placerville. One of our favorite speakers, Lanny Harding, will show us around before dinner as his side kick Josh Tharpe will entertain us with banjo music from the Gold Rush days. This will definitely be a memorable evening.
We will be then dark for our next two meetings on June 25 and July 2.

We hope you can join us on July 9 @ 7:15 am, at the CSD Pavilion, as incoming President John Knight presides over his first meeting for the 2014-2015 term.

Debunking at the Cary House on Tuesday June 24, @ 6:01 p.m.; dark on June 25 and July 2 Laurie Edwards 0
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What a fantastic meeting this morning!  First, we were honored to have outbound RYE Student, Kendall Hoy, as our guest.  She will be leaving in the near future on her exchange to Spain, and will be an excellent ambassador for our club, community and country.  

We honored Student of the Month, Heidi Jaerger, from the Buckeye School District.  What a delightful and hardworking student!  

Vocational Chair David Roth and Placerville CHP commander Craig Root then presented the Officer of the Year award to CHP Officer Sean Nichols.  Commander Root said Sean's father was also awarded Officer of the Year when previously assigned to the Placerville CHP Office.  

Next, Secret Service Agent Warren Read provided an outstanding program on counterfeiting.   It is amazing how sophisticated some of the counterfeiters have become.  We learned some good tips on spotting counterfeit bills.  Thank you, Warren!








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This will be a very special meeting. First, we will present "officer of the year" to an outstanding CHP officer. Secondly, Special Agent Warren Read will provide a very interesting program about counterfeiting. Special Agent Read has been employed with the Secret Service for 15+ years with assignments in the Los Angeles Field Office, Reagan Protective Division, and now the Sacramento Resident Office. Prior to this, he worked as a U.S. Customs officer for 6 years at LAX. He has served active duty in the Army and is now retiring with the Army Reserve. He will also provide information about the dignitary protection unit if time permits. 
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The FBI will be providing an impressive one-hour program on cyber crimes.  We will learn about the latest schemes and the best way to protect ourselves, families, and businesses from becoming victims of computer, credit card and identity-theft crimes. We are honored to have Placerville CHP Commander Craig Root as our guest, and introduce the speaker. 

This will be a great meeting to invite guests.  Please have guests RSVP to Coy or Laurie no later than Monday so we can alert our caterer.

Please plan on arriving earlier than usual so the agent has sufficient time for his presentation.  Per President Coy, the bell will ring at 7:03 am. and our meeting will adjourn on time at 8:30 am. 

This week's meeting (May 28) begins at 7:03 a.m. for an impressive one hour presentation on cyber crimes Laurie Edwards 0
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Last Thursday was the end of the year pizza party for the ORHS Interact Club, which is youth club with approximately 150 members sponsored by our Rotary Club.  What an outstanding group of community-minded leaders!  A big thank you to adult advisors:  Mr. Hodges (teacher), Bill Tobin, Carol Pomares, Wayne Lowery and Laurie Edwards.

Congratulations to President Uma Dingankar and Senior Class representative Jack Vorster for being this year’s EDH Rotary scholarship recipients.  Uma is also this year’s valedictorian.  In addition, congratulations to incoming Interact officers Mansi Gupta and Jennifer Sink for being selected to attend RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) camp this June.  RYLA will be a life changing experience for them, and we look forward to their presentation in either July or August. 

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End of Year Pizza Party for Interact on May 22 Laurie Edwards 0
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At our meeting last Wednesday, our outbound RYE student extraordinaire, Brock Bastain, gave us a wonderful presentation about his experiences living abroad in Bolivia.  We just don’t know how he found time to be involved in so many activities while keeping up with his schoolwork and remaining in touch with us!  On a side note, Brock will be attending BYU Provo next year.  We know he will do well, and hope he keeps in touch.




Brock Bastain, our outbound RYE student, spoke at our May 21 meeting Laurie Edwards 0
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Our outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Brock Bastain, will give us a very exciting presentation about his experiences and impressions living abroad in Boliva.  Brock has been an outstanding ambassador for the US and Rotary, and it has been fun hearing about his day to day experiences on Facebook.  Let's give Brock a warm welcome home before he is off to BYU-Provo! 

Brock Bastain, our outbound RYE student, will speak at our May 21 meeting Laurie Edwards 0
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We also had the best program for our meeting on May 14. We learned what John Studebaker, Mark Twain, US President Grant, John "Cockeye" Johnson, Charley Parkhurst, Hank Monk and Bette Davis all had in common. They stayed at the historical Cary House in downtown Placerville. It was exciting having Lanny Hardy tell the colorful stories of our past while Josh Tharp played banjo music of that period. Everyone had fun trying to identify the persons in their presentation. Afterwards, President Coy Baugh presented Lanny with a special matted photo of the Cary House, which was taken by member Laurie Edwards.

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At our meeting on Wednesday, May 14, our Asst Governor and member, Bill Tobin, presented the awards our club received at the recent District Conference. We received the Presidential Citation award with distinction, and were honored for membership growth.

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We had a very fun breakfast meeting this morning on April 30 with featured speaker Lon McEachern, the "poker guy....not the "pizza guy." Covering a wide variety of sporting events for ESPN including the X Games and World Cup Skiing, he is best known as the "voice of poker," calling hand by hand action at the annual World Series of Poker tournament in Las Vegas. We learned so much about poker and poker players.  Thank you, Lon for such an interesting  perspective and program! 


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One of the service activities that our club and the ORHS Interact Club volunteered for the April 26 "Rotary at Work Day" was the Help Mitos Kids 5K Run/Walk at Town Center.  Mitrochondrial disease in a non-curable genetic disorder, which the body is unable to convert food into energy.  Rotarian Carol Pomares, who has three grandchildren afflicted with this disorder, initiated this annual fund raiser to help support families who have been affected by medical hardship and to raise funds for research.  

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We have some exciting programs in the next three weeks:

April 30  Lon McEachern :  announcer for ESPN World Series of Poker tournament 


Lon McEachern, right, served as a local sports news anchor for three television stations in California during the the 1980’s and early 1990’s.  In addition, he was awarded a “Golden Mic Award” for radio work.  Beginning in 1994, Lon began broadcasting for ESPN.  He has covered a variety of events including the X Games, World Cup Skiing, bowling, billiards, kickboxing, mixed martial arts, and scrabble.  He is best known as the “voice of poker” for ESPN, calling play by play action at the annual World Series of Poker tournament in Las Vegas.  This will be a fun meeting to bring your poker buddies as guests.

May 7 : Teachers of the Year / Student of the Month

You won't want to miss this special assembly when we honor our student of the month and the top teachers from ORHS, Buckeye Elementary School District and Rescue Union School District. 

May 14 : Lanny Hardy:  Local Colorful History you May not Know

What local establishment in our county served as the Wells Fargo stop during the Gold Rush Days, has the second oldest elevator west of the Mississippi, a 1853 Chickering Square Grand Piano and is reportedly haunted by ghosts?  It also has its share of famous guests including a former US President, Mark Twain, John Studebaker and Bette Davis.  Come to this very special meeting to hear Lanny Hardy tell fascinating stories about our past while Josh Tharp plays banjo music of that period. This “little known presentation” will probably be one of our most impressive programs this year.  Please invite guests, especially history buffs.    
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Rotary International is governed by a board of directors composed of the international president, the president-elect, the general secretary, and 17 zone directors. The international board meets quarterly to establish policies and make recommendations to the overall governing bodies, the RI Convention and the RI Council on Legislation.

Our director for the 2013-15 term is Steve Snyder.  Steve is responsible for Zones 25 and 26, which comprises of 23 districts in seven states and portions of Canada.  We are very fortunate he has found time in his extremely busy schedule to be our featured speaker this week.

After enlisting in the Marine Corps Reserve, Steve married Sharron in 1966.  They have two children and three grandchildren. 

Steve joined Rotary in 1980.  He is past president of the San Rafael and Auburn Rotary Clubs, and is Past District Governor for district 5190.  Steve is a member of the Paul Harris Society, a Major Donor and Benefactor. 

This will be an exciting meeting as this is the first time we have been able to schedule a Rotary International Director as our featured speaker!  We are very fortunate Steve has found time in his extremely busy schedule to join us.




Steve Snyder, RI Director 2013-2015, is our featured speaker at the Fire Department on 4/16/2013 at 7:15 a.m. Laurie Edwards 0
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This is going to be a great meeting.  First we will see glamor photos of our RYE student Julia on the screen that were taken last Saturday when she was a model for a college photo class.  Then, we will be introduced to next year's outbound RYE student, Kendall Hoy.  Crafts talks will follow from David Roth and Laurie Edwards.

This week program is crafts talks and meet our new outbound RYE Student Laurie Edwards 0
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The El Dorado Hills Teen Center at EDH Community Service District opened on January 20th, 2007.  The El Dorado Hills Rotary Club raised and donated $105,000 for this center. The Center offers classes and after school homework assistance.  It has a pool table, Playstation 2, Xbox 360, Karaoke machine, air hockey, ping pong, foosball, computer with internet access, a snack bar and a big screen TV. This is a place where teens can interact and have fun in a safe environment.

This will be a fun meeting to see firsthand the benefactor of some of our hard fund raiser efforts like the Crab Feed and Wine at Town Center.  We will hear from member Wayne Lowery and employee Becca about the history of the Teen Center and then be given a tour by staff members. We will also be celebrating Student of the Month.

This week's meeting is at the Teen Center (north end of parking lot, north of Pavilion) Laurie Edwards 0
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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.


Crab Feed March 8th Bill Tobin 0
CA Military Department Inspector General David Kauffman was our featured speaker Laurie Edwards 0
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 According to PDG Steve Lemon, there have only been 2 occasions that a RI President has spoken in our district, the last occurring in 2006.  

On March 30, 2014, at 5:00 pm, RI President Ron Burton will be speaking at the Double Tree Hotel.  We will have a sign up list at our meeting.  It would be great if we can at least fill a table of "ten."  If you would like to attend this dinner but will miss our next meeting, please let Sherie know.  The sooner we make our RSVP, the better table selection we will get.

I attended the last "local" presentation of a RI President in Sacramento.  It was truly inspiring, and I enjoyed the fellowship with other Rotarians.  This will be a fun event.  I encourage you to join us.






Dinner with RI President Ron Burton on March 30, 2014 Laurie Edwards 0
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We are so excited to have a record breaking year in the number of entrants (10) for our speech contest!  To accommodate this number, we are asking members and guests to arrive by 6:50 a.m.  The bell will ring at 7:00 a.m. sharp and the contest will begin at 7:15 a.m.  We may have to end a few minutes late so please be sure to consider this with your schedule planning.  If you absolutely must leave early, please leave in between speakers.

Please note that rules prohibit us from addressing the contestants and their parents by name until after the results are announced.  The contestants are supposed to sit together away from their parents and school officials.  Also, rules require us to hold our applause until after the last speech.

This is one of our most exciting meetings of the year to see our local students shine!   Education dignitaries have been invited as our guests.  Let's pack the room and support our contestants!

Speech Contest on February 12 @ 7:00 a.m. sharp Laurie Edwards 0
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Just a friendly reminder we will be dark next week, November 27, for Thanksgiving.
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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.

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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

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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. 

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A short video re: our annual smoke detector project Laurie Edwards 0
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 We are honored to have Lieutenant Craig Root, Office Commander, and Quinn Cuthbertson, Public Information Officer, speak about the Placerville CHP, its programs and current traffic issues in El Dorado Hills. 

Lt. Root was raised in El Dorado Hills, graduating from Oak Ridge High School in 1987.  He followed his father’s foot steps by enlisting in the CHP.  He began his career in the Los Angeles area and moved throughout the state as he promoted.  In May of 2012, he was selected to run the Placerville area office.  He has been married for more than 20 years to his wife, Denise, and they have three children.

In 1999, Officer Quinn Cuthbertson began his CHP career in central Los Angeles.  After several moves, he transferred to the Placerville office in 2007.  In 2012, Officer Cuthbertson took over the duties as PIO (Public Information Officer), which allows him to become more involved with the media, public education and volunteer programs.  He and his wife of 13 years, Teresa, have two sons. 
Lieutenant Craig Root, CHP Office Commander, and Quinn Cuthbertson, Public Information Officer, are the featured speakers for our 9/25/13 meeting Laurie Edwards 0
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Firefighter's dedication to youth rewarded Noel Stack 0
Student of the Month: Blake Fabian Noel Stack 0
Peruvian guests get whirlwind tour of El Dorado County Noel Stack 0
Rotary's March Student of the Month Noel Stack 0
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Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills welcomes Chief Dave Roberts Noel Stack 0
Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills welcomes David Roth Noel Stack 0
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 The Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills' exchange students share banners from their home countries.
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Wine at Town Center a sunny success Noel Stack 0
President Tobin gets one last new member Noel Stack 0
Rotary honors Mike Gygax as 'Firefighter of the Year' Noel Stack 0
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The members of our club will join Rotarians all over the world in a day of community service. Rotarians At Work Day happens the last Saturday in April each year.
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Rotary congratulates its March Student of the Month, Arya Aziz. The Oak Meadow Elementary fifth-grader received mountains of praise for her efforts inside and outside of the classroom.
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Rotary Youth Exchange student tells his story Noel Stack 0
Rotary crab feed 'legendary' Noel Stack 0
Speech contestants 'Dare Mighty Things' Noel Stack 0
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SUPERSTAR STUDENT- Rotary Student of the Month Ryan Manriques received nothing but praise at Wednesday's Rotary breakfast. Lakeview Elementary School teacher Julie Ryan said Ryan always has a smile on his face and an entourage as he makes his way around campus. Pictured are: Back row left to right, Rescue Union School District Superintendent Dr. Carol Bly; proud dad Tom Manriques; beaming mom Carrie Manriques; teacher Julie Ryan and Principal Judy Chance. Front row Rotary Club President Bill Tobin and Ryan Manriques.
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New member Jamie McDaniels, center, is congratulated by District 5180 Governor JoAnne Lemmon, left, and club president Bill Tobin, right.
Other recent new members welcomed to the club are: Coy Baugh, Mark Foltz, Lourdes Edralin, Sherie Tobin and Lynn Talbott, Jr.
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On Nov. 10, Rotary welcomed Marty Owen, from Sierra Wildlife Rescue, with an American Kestral, one of the more abundant birds of prey seen around El Dorado Hills. The Kestral is often referred to as a sparrow hawk, but is actually a member of the falcon family.
If you ever come across an injured wild bird or animal, do not approach it, instead call the Sierra Wildlife Rescue hotline (530) 621-4661.

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The Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills wishes to thank our community for your great support for the "Blues and Brews" event on Nov. 13
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Mary Irani, from Marina Middle School, is November's Student of the Month.

Mary received a certificate of recognition and a $100 savings bond from the El Dorado Rotary Club.

Back row: Carol Bly, Superintendent Rescue Union School District; Myrna Harp, Counselor, Marina Village Middle School; Jeff Warshaw, Principal Marina Village Middle School; Bill Tobin, President El Dorado Hills Rotary Club

Front row: Mary Irani, student, Marina Village Middle School; Linda Irani, mother; Feraidoon Irani, father.


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Rotary President Bill Tobin presented the club's Peace Officer of the Year award to Deputy Steve Klang at the Oct. 20 meeting. Deputy Klang has been with the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office since 1997 and served as school resource officer for the last four years.
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Today I begin my record of our time in China. Hope you are amused…

John and I moved here on the 4th of July, 2010. We brought the kids: Ty, Jake, and Victoria for the month of July. The hottest month on record for Beijing. (The day we landed it was 41 degrees Celsius!) With China's long recorded history, this is really saying something. Plus side: The air is so moist here that wrinkles look healthy and full, about 5 years younger. Way cheaper than Botox!

It's always difficult to describe in words the differences living in another country.

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Archita Bhattacharya, 5th grade student at Jackson Elementary School, was honored as Student of the Month on Oct. 6. Archita impressed the 2001 Rotary International President Rick King, who was guest speaker at the meeting, and included Archita in his remarks. Archita is pictured at left with Carol Bly, Rescue Union School District Superintendent; Michele Miller, Jackson Elementary School Principal; Susan Macaluso, Archita's teacher, and Anirban Bhattacharyam, Archita's father;  EDH Rotary President Bill Tobin.

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 El Dorado Hils Rotarians joined local service and nonprofit organizations to make the 4th of July a Big Blast in El Dorado Hills. The fun started in the afternoon with a Chili Cook-Off and other enjoyable events and lasted until the last fireworks faded from the sky. Rotarians staffed the two information booths. For our volunteer work, the Rotary received a donation to benefit our community projects.
Celebrating the 4th of July at Town Center Roberta Long 0
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El Dorado County's finest wines, brews and cuisine brought out an appreciative crowd on a warm summer evening, June 12. Music accompanied the noshing, sipping and socializing into the moonlight. The annual event, co-sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park, benefits local and international projects sponsored by the clubs.
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Bill Tobin officially took the leadership reins of the El Dorado Hills Rotary Club on July 1 at Promontory Park. The informal barbecue was a family affair as Prez Tobin stood on a picnic table to deliver his inaugural address. 2009 President Kathy Witherow received kudos for her service.
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On April 24, a crew of volunteers from Oak Ridge High School Interact Club, Oak Ridge staff, El Dorado Hills Rotary and other individuals and organizations spent the day improving the home of How Au-Yeung and Anita Perez in Sacramento. Even the garage got a complete redo.
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Garrett Portela, 5th grader at William Brooks Elementary School, was honored as Student of the Month at the June 2 El Dorado Hills Rotary meeting. In recognition of his selection, Garrett received a certificate and a $100 savings bond. With Garrett are: Principal Kathi Jensen, teacher Kelly Werly, parents Eric and Debbie Portela, Rotary President Kathy Witherow and Buckeye Supt. Terry Wenig.
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Rotary International Past President Rick King (2001-2002)has had to postpone his visit with our club due to upcoming hip surgery. He will now be speaking to us on October 6th. We wish him all the best and a speedy recovery!
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Capt. Hank Ferlini, from the El Dorado Hills Fire Department, received the El Dorado Hills Rotary Community Service Award on May 12. In the photo he is flanked by Fire Chief Brian Veerkamp and Rotary President Kathy Witherow.
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Jake Mitchell, 9, shows his pitching form on the field memorializing his father at Bertelsen Park in a Little League game Friday evening, April 23.
Photo courtesy of Mike Roberts
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Kevin Taylor was honored as Student of the Month at the April 7 club meeting. Kevin is in 5th grade at Lake Forest Elementary School. He was selected for his leadership in helping other students in his class. Left to right, front row: younger brother Ethan and Kevin; back row: parents Caroline and Steve Taylor, Rescue Union School Distrist Superintendent Carol Bly, 5th grade teacher Rob McClurg and Lake Forest Principal Bruce Peters.
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Robert Leon was the club's liaison for  Senior Scam Stoppers, a two-hour program that teaches seniors how to protect themselves from fraud. Assemblywoman Alyson Huber coordinated the El Dorado Hills program, which took place on Feb 2 at the Moni Gilmore Senior Center.
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Oak Ridge High School freshman John Haskins won 1st place in the El Dorado Hills Rotary Club Speech Contest on Feb. 10. The theme for this year's speech is "The Future Is in Your Hands." Second place went to sophomore Kaleah Galleguillos and freshman Mia Brower took third.

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Richard Esposito, Mountain Democrat and Village Life publisher, digs into some delicious crab at the El Dorado Hills Rotary annual Crab Feed while club president Kathy Witherow, right, makes sure everyone has what they need.
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Incoming president Bill Tobin passed not one, but three, hats at a breakfast meeting in January to raise money for the people in Haiti who are recovering from a devastating hurricane. The three hats gathered $2,410. The money will go for Shelter Boxes. Wayne Lowery announced the EDHCSD Employee Association has joined the Shelter Box effort. Donations received after the collection brought the total to over $2,500

Tobin spearheads club's Haitian relief Roberta Long 0
Rotary gives mobility to homebound Peruvians Roberta Long 0
Bevyn Cassidy - Student of the Month Gary H. Heller 0
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This Christmas, the El Dorado Hills Rotary members joined the Optimist Club of El Dorado Hills and the El Dorado County Department of Human Services in sponsoring the Adopt-a-Family program.
Dave Jacobs, Secretary of the Optimist Club of Cameron Park, says: "With your kindness, we helped 36 families (134 adults and children) in El Dorado County have a Merry Christmas this year. Your sponsorship of a family in need touched many people who otherwise would not have had a Christmas at all this year.
"Thanks, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year"!
We support Adopt-a-Family Roberta Long 0
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Kim Tomerlin and her husband, Darryl Tucker, hosted a Christmas party on Dec. 11 at their beautifully-decorated home. The party honored our president, Kathy Witherow, for her excellent work directing the club this year. Members and guests had a wonderful time socializing as they prepared for the holiday season.
Rotary members were asked to bring a present for a child in El Dorado Hills who otherwise would have a very meager Christmas.
Kim's heartwarming report follows.
Children's presents gathered at President's party Roberta Long 0
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For Veterans Day this year, we asked the members of our club who served in the Armed Forces to tell us when and where they served. At our meeting on Nov. 11, Dale Adams, Lou Rain, Robert Leon and Terry Wilson (member of Rotary Club of Cameron Park) were honored with a flag pin from President Kathy Witherow. Following are comments from our club's veterans in their own words. We thank each one of them and are proud to have them as members.
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The morning of Saturday, Nov. 2, was chilly and overcast. Nevertheless, members of the El Dorado Hills Rotary Club and family gathered at Town Center to walk and jog around the lake four times. This was the third Walk for Hunger, a benefit for the Food Bank of El Dorado County. EDH Rotary has participated since the beginning. Front row: Janice Fralek. Second row: Roberta Long, Kathy Witherow, Joy Knight and Nicole Lowery, holding KC. Back row: Joe Harn, Greg Witherow, Cynthia Lowery, Wayne Lowery and Marie Lowery. Photo courtesy of Mike Roberts

Rotary joins Walk for Hunger Roberta Long 0
Jodi’s trip to Peru. Gary H. Heller 0
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Instead of meeting at the CSD, we will meet at the Purple Place. Same time, same price as our regular  breakfast through Patrick. We will be ordering from a restricted menu of three choices with juice and coffee.
Purple Place Nov 11 Gary H. Heller 0
Jeff Mitchell Memorial Field opens Aug. 29 in El Dorado Hills Roberta Long 0
Gerry Tryhane profiled at Folsom Lake College Gary H. Heller 0
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Changing of the guard: Past president Brian Veerkamp was debunked (not dunked) at the home of Norb and Judi Witt on July 1. With him is Kathy Witherow, all prepared and ready to take over for 2009-10.
Changing of the guard Roberta Long 0
Deputy Dennis Planje receives the Vocational Firefighter of the Year award from President Brian Veerkamp on May 6. Gary H. Heller 0
EDH Community Cleanup Gary H. Heller 0
A founding principle of Rotary was to meet periodically to enjoy camaraderie and enlarge one's circle of business and professional acquaintances. As the oldest service club in the world, Rotary club members represent a cross-section of the community's owners, executives, managers, political leaders, and professionals. People who make decisions and influence policy.
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