CANCELLED!!  1st Annual Rocktoberfest!! CANCELLED!! 2016-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Thank you Loomis Basin Brewery and Cousins Maine Lobster Food Truck!!
We ended 2015-16 with some fun!! Mary Jo Edmondson 2016-07-04 00:00:00Z 0
We have been busy!   Here we are!!
Speakers Abound in May!!
Rotary at Work Day~Working in the Garden!! April 30!!
We met with Loomis Sunset Club!!
  Meet with Loomis Sunset                Sonbal Aliabadi was our speaker on March 30!   On April 6 we heard Sydnee Hendricks!
Our Newest Member...Miranda Svindland!!
April 20, 2016!!
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Sheriff Ed Bonner
March 16, 2016
It is always a pleasure to have Sheriff Ed Bonner at a Rotary meeting...even though he belongs to another service club!!  We still recognize him for all the good he does in Placer County!
Is this show and tell, Sheriff??  Or just proving you have a vest on??
There is a nationwide initiative, including Placer County, called "Below 100" program for the safety of their people, and all of us!!...they are asking officers & deputies to:
  • Slow down and wear their seat belt;
  • Wear their bullet-proof vest at all times;
  • Focus on what they are doing;
  • Don't become complacent
The objective is that nationwide there should be less than 100 officers/deputies lose their lives in the line of duty if they pay attention to these 4 things!!
Most deputies are highly trained and it has been proven that if they do not have experience, they will always fall back on their training...so they need to have continuous training!!
There's a Sheriff in the Room!! 2016-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson
Be a Gift to the World!!
March 9, 2016
The Speech Contest is the best and this year we had 5 fabulous contestants!  Always so hard to decide...can't they all be 1st, but they are all winners!!!  Thanks to Larry Osborne who once again chaired the event!  These students are all a GIFT TO THE WORLD!
Thanks Rocklin High and Western Sierra Collegiate Academy for sharing your great students!
Speech Contest!! Mary Jo Edmondson 2016-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson
Sacramento River Cats!
Eddie Eixenberger, Sales & Marketing
Did you know that in this area 60% of the River Cats fans are Giants fans and 10% are A's fans?  Wonder why it was an easy transition when the River Cats became a Giants affiliate!  Eddie Eixenberger shared these details with our club when he spoke to us on March 2!!
Eddie also talked about the benefits of membership in season tickets..which are many
In addition, the River Cats will be wearing orange "Sac-Town" jerseys on home Friday games and there will be a new LED screen that is 150 feet long...should be fun!  
Attend a game soon!
Let's Play Ball! Mary Jo Edmondson 2016-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson
Karen Garner, Director
City of Rocklin
Recreation, Arts and Event Tourism
February 17, 2016
The landscape is changing in Rocklin!!  Have you seen Quarry Park, the new amphiteater, B Street Corridor?  Do you know where those landmarks are?  It is time you took a tour of the Quarry District, the focus for our renovations for "downtown"!!  
Karen Garner brought us up to date of the changes happening right in our own backyard!!  It is amazing...go exploring and see for yourself!
Rocklin Rocks!! Mary Jo Edmondson 2016-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson
Barbara Besana, Director
Kid's First
February 10, 2016
We welcomed Barbara Besana who share with us the interesting facts regarding child abuse in Placer County!  
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Ironically, Brooke Lillibridge, our outbound Rotary Youth Exchange student for 2016-17, learned that she will go to Denmark for her exchange!!
It was a very inspiring meeting in our new location!
Kid's Do Come First! Mary Jo Edmondson 2016-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
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It's a Run!!
Aaron Hutchinson, race director for the Color 5K Run, enlightened us on February 3 about what it takes to hold a Color 5K Run!!
We could be ready to get colorful soon!!!  Welcome to our new meeting location, the Window Box Cafe!
Color 5K Run Mary Jo Edmondson 2016-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
Bill Wittich
January 20, 2016
Seeking and earning sponsorship dollars is not an easy task!  Bill Wittich guided us through the process in quick and simple terms!!
And Cherie Tobin talked to us about the Rotary Youth Exchange Program!
Other People's Money!! 2016-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Jim Doherty
January 27, 2016
We got our solar power lesson and learned about the advantages of Solar!  Jim Doherty of Solar City gave us all the details!
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Going Solar!! 2016-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
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January 13, 2016
Club Assembly
President, Cris Vaughan had us "thinking" and Assistant District Governor, Jack Arney, had us "laughing"!!
Is there a better combination for a Club Assembly??  We now have a great focus for the year!!
We Are Focused!!! Mary Jo Edmondson 2016-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson
Ray Ward - District Membership Director
January 6, 2013
Our Club welcomed the new year and District Membership Director, Ray Ward, on January 6!
Following the 4-Way Test, the life-blood of Rotary, is very important in membership!
To find out more about the 4-Way Test, contact a Rotary Club near you!!
Membership & The 4-Way Test Mary Jo Edmondson 2016-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson
Rachel Alvarez ~ American Cancer Society!
Relay for Life in Loomis and Rocklin!!
Our club will once again participate in the Relay for Life in Loomis on April 13 and Rocklin on October 1, 2016!  Come join us!!
It's Time to Relay!! Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-12-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson
Fun Times for the Holidays!!
A fun evening of good food, good friends, and Rotary!!
Holiday Celebration Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-12-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson
Chris Nelson & Dr. McDavid Fly In!
November 18, 2015
The Nov. 18 meeting was held at Go Green Financial offices in Rocklin!  Chris Nelson, pilot, ane Dr. Bill McDavid shared the great work that the Flying Samaritans are accomplishing monthly as they journey to the Baja Peninsula for perform medical, dental and life-skill procedures on the residents who travel from miles around to meet with the Samaritans!!
for more information on the Flying Samaritans, click here!
For complete pictures of the meeting of Nov. 18 click here!
FLYING SAMARITANS!! Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson
Loomis Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine!
November 4, 2015
James Belch PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, enlightened our Club this week on the benefits of physical therapy for everyone!
James Belch                                 Does Rob Kolb need PT?
James and his business practice a Progression of Physical Therapy:
  • Health & wellness screenings
  • Community education and awareness
  • Injury prevention
For more information or to contact James visit www.loomispt.com.  For more photos of this meeting click here!
Let's Get Physical!! Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson
Specialized Training and Employment Program!!
October 28, 2015
Volunteers of America's Program to help those returning to the work force!!
Chris Mann, Volunteers of America, shared the Benefits for Businesses in participating in this program, including that STEP pays 100% of the client wages for 6 months!!  What could be better than that?
 Chris Mann
Handled through a Welfare to Work Grant, Volunteers of America look for businesses who want to put people to work!  Do you have a job opening where this would be a good fit?  Contact information is below!!
To connect with Volunteers of America, email Chris at cmann@voa-ncnn.org or call 916-706-3017 for more information!!  
STEP!! on up!! Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson
Michael Returns from Argentina!!
Michael del Castillo, after a year in Argentina, shared his experience with our Club recently!
With his family present, Michael was able to show his appreciation and excitement about his year in Argentina...from the great food to the beautiful countryside, this future Inner-city Teacher touched on all of the great life-changing adventures he experienced!  Welcome home, Michael!!
Welcome Home! Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson
RYLA Students Break Board!!
Our RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) students who attended the camp this past summer joined our meeting and detailed for us their experience!!
Carli Cutler, Rocklin High (left)
Shannon Lee, WSCA (right)
Both young ladies expressed their experience in a totally different way!!
Carli related her experience to the theme "ife goes by fast" and that she is now going from "have to" attitude to a "get to" one in her every day life!
Shannon says that she "believes in moments" and told a story of the moment that changed her life when at the camp!! 
Both Young ladies shared what it was like to meet new people, learn about themselves and enjoy their time before their senior year!
Congratulations Carli and Shannon!
RYLA Rocks! Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gene Ney
September 30, 2015 ~ Superintendent Stock
What a fitting way to have Roger Stock, Superintendent of the Rocklin Unified School District, as our speaker for our last meeting in the New Generations Month of September.  Roger provided a dynamic, informative presentation, which provided us all a better perspective of how the challenges facing the district are being handled!
Back to School! Gene Ney 2015-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson
Stop Recruiting, Start Attracting!
Most non-profits recruit their members!!  However, Dr. Bill Wittich says that that's not how it works!!
And, one of our new members got his Blue Badge...Stephen Haynes is official!!
For all pictures of this meeting, click here!
WE'RE ATTRACTED TO YOU!! Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson
Diana Ruslin ~ September 16, 2014
As a proud Rocklin resident it was great to hear the "happenings" in Rocklin...2014-15 was a great year for this City!!
Diana also helped our club when we received the Whole Foods sponsorship for our community garden!!
Some interesting Rocklin facts for 2014-15:
  • 13th in the Nation - Top Cities for Young Families;
  • 8th best city in California for job seekers;
  • Population as of 1/1/15 - 60,252
Over 20 new businesses are coming into Rocklin over the next 12 months - many of the new businesses are in the Rocklin Commons area - I80 and Sierra College!
Rocklin Rocks!! Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson
Bill Bowen Creates A Selfie!!
Demonstrating how best to take a "selfie", Bill Bowen help our Club understand the value of having fun and putting yourself out there for all to see...
...and then we ALL (almost) get into the fun!!
For all the pictures from today's meeting, click here!!
Public Image & Rotary!! Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Help us end Polio - World Polio Day, October 23, 2015!!
World Polio Day!! 2015-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Sep 03, 2015
Contact us at 916-497-1321 for tickets; or
visit Skipolini's to purchase tickets!
Join us for Skipolini's Wine & Food Pairings!! Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson
And the Meetings Go On!!
Website Editor has been on vacation...see links below for all pictures of weekly meetings!!
Einar Maisch, PCWA                     Ray Riehle - Antarctica
   August 19, 2015                            August 26, 2015
All pictures of August 19;
All pictures of August 26!
Were YOU There...August 12, August 19, August 26, 2015 Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
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 Where Marketing and Outreach Meet!
According to Ken Course of Explore Momentum, outreach is marketing without a budget!!  In total, marketing is the promise to solve problems and meet the needs of the customer, no matter whether that customer is a donor to a non-profit, a volunteer or a staff member...it is still marketing that gets the end result!!
 Ken Course                               Kylee Mebust - off to Austria!!!
Ken emphasized that it is important to understand the problem of the customer in their language and then you have to track the results!!  Simple as that!
For all pictures of today's meeting, click!
August 5, 2015 ~ Explore Momentum Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson
Motorcycle Bob Rides In and Promotes Being "This Close"!!
The Rotary Club of Rocklin/Loomis Basin had the honor of hearing Bob Mutchler, "Motorcycle Bob", tell about his journey to where he is today...an advocate for the eradication of polio!! And, John and Stacey "deliver" the Best of the Best award to the Club!! 
Bob, who was stricken with polio at 9 months old, lived in an iron lung for 3 years!!  49 years later...post-polio syndrome pays a visit.  Bob started riding his motorcycle across the United States to raise awareness about the Rotary Foundation when he discovered that the publicity he was creating for Rotary was also raising money...almost $1.5M, and this is when he realized that Rotary was more than "just a service club" but a way to educate the public.
Today, Rotary has only 2 countries with active cases of polio - Afganistan and Pakistan!  As of July 26, 2015, there have been no wild polio cases in India for one year, so we are closer with that country!!  Does that mean the work is over?  Absolutely not, as movement among countries enhances the chances of the spread of the disease!!
However, thanks to people like Bob Mutchler and other Rotarians participating in immunization trips, Rotary will continue the fight!!
For all pictures from the meeting of July 29, click here
July 29, 2015 ~ Bob Mutchler, Polio Survivor Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-08-03 00:00:00Z 0
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Induction of New Member and Inspiring Speaker...
What is Better than That??
The 1st new member of the 2015-16 Rotary year was inducted at the July 15, 2015 meeting!  Welcome, Stephen Haynes!!
The speaker for this meeting was Linda Bello-Ruiz and her involvement and advocacy in the area of human trafficking.  Her inspiring story starts with - "During the summer of 1970, nineteen-year-old Linda stops on the way home from work to talk to a handsome stranger. That chance meeting on a San Francisco street corner changes the course of her life. Linda’s compassionate, gripping, and soul-searching memoir tells the story of her remarkable journey from the darkness of despair and crushed dreams to the creation of a house of hope."  Hearing her inspiring story only drove home the challenges that we all face in today's world.  
For more information, click on www.lindabelloruiz.com/about to read about her life, her book and to watch a YouTube video of an interview with her!
July 15, 2015 ~ Linda Bello-Ruiz Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson
1st Club Assembly of the Rotary Year!
The Club held their first Assembly on July 8th with 5 guests present!  It was a great way to introduce these guest to the "inner workings" of Rotary!  This assembly focused on Membership, The Rotary Foundation, Club & Community Service, and MyRotary on the RI website!!  It was fun to have four stations set up for the members to rotate through on 10 minute intervals....sounds like the original rotation of Rotary with its four original members and their office meeting rotation!!
Marlene Sanborn (R), our club Foundation Chair, had the honor of awarding Cris Vaughan his Paul Harris Fellow +2 pin which Cris's wife Candice (middle) surprised him with for his birthday! Congratulations and Happy Birthday to Cris!
Also, Congratulations to our Club for being chosen the "Best Service Club" in the area by the local newspaper.  Stacey Rounsavall and John Nitta will represent the Club on July 22nd at the awards presentation!
For all of the pictures of this meeting, click here!
July 8, 2015 ~ Club Assembly Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson
We welcomed a new year and a great speaker all in one evening!  The newness has not even "hit" now that we are meeting at 5:30 pm at Whitney Oaks Golf Club, when Julie Hirota of Roseville Arts presented a wonderful program about all the great things happening at Roseville Arts!!
We got cultural, and we recognized our own members for all that they do for Rocklin and our club!  Congrats to Conrad, Gene and Bob...and Orley, too!
Some interesting facts about Blue Line Arts...
For all pictures of this meeting...click here!
July 1, 2015 ~ Julie Hirota, Roseville Arts Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
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Past District Governor, Brian Moore, visited our club on Wednesday morning, 7:00 am, to share his wine tidbits with us!  What better way to usher out our morning meetings that to listen to Brian impart his wine knowledge!!
Is that really coffee in those cups?      That's a lot of empty wine??
What a pleasure to be educated by one of our own who also makes his own wine!  Thanks Brian!
For complete photos of this meeting click here!
June 17, 2015 ~ Wine in the Morning!!! Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
The 2015-16 Rotary year came to an end with the annual "demotion" dinner having a little "twist"!  Since the current president, Mary Jo Edmondson, will continue on as president until the end of October, the usual "demotion" became a celebration of her retirement from Rocklin Unified School District.  Thanks to all who attended and wished her well in her role as a retired person!!
Everyone had a good time socializing and enjoying Rotary friends!!
For all pictures of the event, click here!
Bid Farewell to another Rotary year! Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Jun 10, 2015
Rocklin/Loomis Basin and South Placer Rotarians Join Together for Lunch!
Together we can make a difference!!!  What a fun meeting!
The two Rocklin Rotary clubs gathered together at noon for fellowship, comraderie and to hear a great speaker.  
Joey Garcia, a writer and spiritual director, shared with us some of her experiences in helping teens understand that not all adults are offended by them!  Her "take away" was that as an adult we could "be offended by a teen and miss an entire conversation with them!"  All present understood that we have been guilty of trying to "tell" a teen what to do rather than to "hear" what they are saying!  Most teens just want to be loved, and we have opportunities for teachable moments all the time!  When is the last time you misunderstood a teen!
June 10 ~ Chaperone Your Teen into Adulthood!! Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson
Up Front and Personal with Rotary!!
In a manner that only Clarence Parkins can have, interesting information regarding the beginning of Rotary on February 23, 1905 was delivered to our Club.  
Interesting facts:
  • Lawyer, Paul Harris, gathered 3 other professionals in 1905 in Chicago to share leads for doing business;
  • By 1908 there were over 200 members;
  • The 2nd club was in San Francisco, then followed clubs forming in Oakland, Los Angeles, Seattle and Salt Lake City;
  • In 1916 the 1st International Convention was held in Winnepeg Canada;
  • In 1917 the 16th President of Rotary, Arch Klumph, created an endowment fund with $26.50, now called the Rotary Foundation;
  • At the 1985 Atlanta convention, the eradication of Polio was to become the focus of Rotary...over $1B has been contributed to that cause, and we are "this close";
  • Women were allowed into Rotary in 1987;
  • Today we have 1.2M Rotarians worldwide!!
What a wonderful organization to be a part of!
June 3 ~ Clarence Parkins Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
What have you done to make an impact in the community?? Desiree Wilson and Bud Ackerman inspired our Club by responding to that question with a presentation involving high school students and Rotarians gathering with business leaders to talk with the students about leadership!!  Small groups, interactive sessions, and lots of communication did just that!!
The discussions evolved around the topics of ethics, leadership and communication!  Too many of our youth today do not have the real life scenarios that allow them to make the right choices all the time!  This workshop is one more opportunity to "reach out" to those youth who are eager to learn these new skills!!  Congrats to the Point West Rotary Club for making an impact in their community!!!
May 27, 2015 ~ Partners in Leadership! Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-05-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on May 23, 2015
Rita Gordon, Rotarian and Director of Community Service from the Roseville Rotary Club, enlightened our club on the process that they went through starting a community garden in Roseville.  The Roseville Community Garden has partnered with the Placer Food Bank to supply wonderful vegetables to their organization for distribution!
On their 1/5 of an acre in Granite Bay, the club grows peppers, tomatoes, green beans and utilizes the volunteer services of the local Girl Scouts, boys' service clubs and local community people who want to help!  With the aide of Home Depot's donation of materials and labor, they were able to install irrigation and raised beds for growing their crops.  What a wonderful accomplishment!!
May 20, 2015 ~ Rita Gordon, Roseville Community Garden Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-05-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on May 14, 2015
Bruce Capagli, founder of Unimedlink, a company who is partnering with local Medical Staff, Community Leaders and Volunteers to provide Basic medical care to the local rural population.
The projects that are being addressed in Kenya by Unimedlink are:
May 13, 2015 - Bruce Capagli, Unimedlink Int'l. Inc. Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on May 07, 2015
It's always fun when one of our own shares his passion....Rob Kolb did just that on May 6th when he talked to us about how to become wealthy!!  
More importantly, take a look and your tax bracket and ask yourself if that is where you want to be...paying taxes??
May 6, 2015 ~ Rob Kolb Helps us with our Wealth!! Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on May 01, 2015
Gopal Kapur, a member of the Roseville Rotary, frustrated us and fascinated us with solutions to the local hunger challenge!!
This situation shocked us all!!  Gopal's Family Green Survival Inc. has the solution with his packaged meals to feed the hungry!
The Rotary Club of Rocklin/Loomis Basin will participate with this organization during the holidays to feed those who are hundry!!
April 29, 2015 ~ Gopal Kapur, End Local Hunger Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
The newly-chartered, one-of-a-kind in the world Passport Rotary Club celebrated their Charter on May 1, 2015 with 33 members!!
 Congratulations to Passport Club President Michael Reinero and DGE Glenn Fong for their vision and foresight.  Their goal is 1000 members...and they know "all eyes are watching" because this is NEW GROUND they are blazing!!  How Exciting!!!
Passport Club Celebrates Charter ~ May 1, 2015 Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson
Everyone had a great time deciding what their Rotary style was!!  The group dynamics within each style was amazing ("like-minds theory", I suppose) and everyone came up with some great input to some "next steps" for the club!!
Rotarians working together produces great things!!
April 15, 2015 ~ What's Your Style? Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson

Kylee Mebust Goes to Mexico!

Kylee Mebust, Rocklin High School Interact President, recently returned from a trip to Mexico with the Roseville Rotary Club.  They were there to visit the 5 schools that water fountains were installed in as a way to give the children clean drinking water.  When asked what she wants to do after high school, Kylee responded, "I am going on a Rotary Youth Exchange to Austria in August, when I return in June of 2016 I will attend UCLA, and then I will go into some sort of diplomatic profession and become a Rotarian!!"  She is well on her way!
April 22, 2015 ~ Kylee Mebust Goes to Mexico Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0

Joel Parker Whitney ~ Entrepreneur and much more!  1834-1913

Joel Parker Whitney
Bill Marble, local historian, shared his wealth of knowledge about Joel Parker Whitney and what he provided for Rocklin and the surrounding areas.
April 8, 2015 ~ Bill Marble Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Apr 01, 2015

Sistahs??!!  Absolutely!!

Roxanne Snyder, former President of the Roseville Rotary Club, shed light on the perils of life in Haiti!!  Through Mission of Hope (MOH), Haiti, and her newly-formed non-profit organization, Mission Sistahs, Roxanne and her business partner Sonya Aitchison, have made it their passion to support the challenges in Haiti.


For all photos of this meeting, click here!

For more information about this project go to mohhaiti.org

April 1, 2015 ~ Roxanne Snyder, MOH, Haiti Sistahs!! Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Mar 05, 2015

Our International Project!

The Rotary Club of Rocklin/Loomis Basin participated with several other clubs in the surrounding area to supply much needed water filtration systems to the people of Sao Paulo, Brazil!

For more information about this project or to participate in its mission, contact Ralph Felix, ralphfelix@comcast.net

For all pictures from this meeting, click here!

Sao Paulo Water Filtration Project! Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Mar 05, 2015

Best Crab Feast! Around!!

On February 7, 2015, the Rotary Club of Rocklin/Loomis Basin gathered over 300 of our closest friends for an evening of shrimp and crab, raffles, auction and socializing!  Many than thanks to our sponsors, donors, and attendees for making this a great night for everyone!

For the compete slide show of the day from set up to clean up, click here!


Rotary Crab Feast, 2015! Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Feb 07, 2015

Are You a Traveler??

As a person who travels on the average 200 days a year, Bill Wittich gave us some very valuable tips about traveling and ways to save time and money!!  


And, Gene Ney and Verlinda Barnes earned their blue badges!!!  Whoo hoo!!

Some tips that were shared about traveling:

(for all pictures of the meeting, click here!)


February 4, 2015 ~ Bill Wittich, Travel Like a Pro Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-02-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Jan 30, 2015

Rocklin Residents Unite For Fido ~

Vicki Bottini Curtis and Mike Chinnock introduced us to Cappy!!  Cappy has been trained as a service dog for Veterans with PTSD or TBI, and what a great dog he is!  


RRUFF has as its mission:  "To be recognized as a progressive and innovative off-leash dog park"

But they have so much more to offer.  Vicki focused on just one thing - as part of RRUFF's Healing Heroes program, where Cappy comes in, they offer some of the following:

  • Offers scholarships
  • Helps with service dog's training for veterans
  • Opened special needs portion of dog park
  • 4Paws2Freedom
  • ​and other programs

For all pictures of today's meeting, click here!

For more information about RRUFF click here!

January 28 ~ RRUFF Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Jan 26, 2015

Literacy in Our Backyard!

One of Rotary's key focus points is LITERACY!  So it is no surprise that one of the key person's involved in the literacy emphasis in Rotary is the dynamic, Jean Irwin-Hatfield! And, as Rotarians, we can help!  Many programs are available for Rotarians to interact with elementary students to build their reading skills.

Rotary Ambassadorial scholar, Jean Irwin-Hatfield; Jean talking with Rocklin Unified School District Administrator, Marty Flowers.


Are you aware that you don't eyes to read, but you need ears.  It is a fact that the deaf can't read but the blind can!!  Why is that...think about it!!

There are lots of projects that we as Rotarians can get involved in...other club have started some great projects and our Club will too!

For all pictures of the meeting click here!

Jean Irwin-Hatfield, Literacy and Rotary!! Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Jan 15, 2015

Putting Seniors in Placer County First!!

Jamee Horning, Executive Director of Seniors First, talked with us about the vaue of seniors in our community and the services that Seniors First provides for them.


Armed with a wealth of information, Jamee shared these valuable facts:

For all pictures of the meeting of January 14, click here!

To learn more about what they offer, continue...

Jamee Horning, Seniors First - January 14, 2015 Mary Jo Edmondson 2015-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Dec 20, 2014



For all pictures of the fun and festivities, click here!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!!

Merry Christmas, Rotary Fashion - December 17, 2014 Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Nov 20, 2014

Rocklin is "On Fire"!!

Rocklin Fire Chief was the guest speaker on November 19th and indicated why Rocklin Fire Department is one of the best in the area!!


We learned why the Rocklin Fire Department leads the area in ISO rating, response time, customer service and many other ratings!  We are safe with Rocklin Fire on our side!

However, there is a need for more Fire Fighters as the community continues to grow; and there is a need for one more fire station...when will all this happen?

For all pictures of today's meeting, click here!

Rocklin Fire Chief - November 19, 2015 Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Nov 08, 2014

Do You Have Your File of Life?

Wendy Smith, Community Crime Prevention Coordinator with the City of Rocklin, and Mickey Waldrip, City Volunteer, introduced us to some important Senior activities that the City oversees!



Hundreds of times each day across the country seniors and those with serious medical conditions are treated and often transported to local hospitals. All too often, the patient lives alone, has no family members in the area, or is unconscious and cannot provide an appropriate medical history to first responders or emergency room staff.

The "FILE OF LIFE" is a magnetized red plastic pocket which is kept on the refrigerator. Within is the patient's name, emergency medical contact, health history, and other important details about the patient, including a health care proxy. .

Rocklin's Public Safety Volunteers provide free Files of Life and other helpful senior safety information. Senior Safety presentations are available for groups and individuals. If you would like more information, please contact Wendy Smith, Crime Prevention Coordinator, at 916-625-5440 or wendy.smith@rocklin.ca.us. 

For more information on FILE OF LIFE, visit the http://www.folife.org website.
November 5, 2015 - Rocklin City Senior Projects Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Oct 31, 2014

Having Fun Learning About Red Ribbon Week

In support of Red Ribbon Week, our program centered around the history of Red Ribbon Week and the effects of drugs on your system.  


Red Ribbon Week is a great opportunity to expose people to the importance of being drug free.  We all know someone who has had issues with drugs - either themselves, a child, a grandchild, a neighbor, a friend...so the more we educate others about the issues that exist the better our world will be.  After the abduction and murder of Enrique (Kiki) Camarena, a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent, who was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985, a group of people joined together in honor of Camarena's memory and his battle against illegal drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin.  Thus the beginning of Red Ribbon Week, October 23-31, every year.

For a complete album of the meeting, click here!

October 29, 2014 - Red Ribbon Week Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Oct 25, 2014

All for Breaking Down the Walls at Rocklin High School!!

A picture speaks a thousand words...and we had fun!!!


For all the pictures from the fun evening, click here! 


Thanks to Skipolini's!! Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Oct 25, 2014

Growing Local Giving!!

The Placer Community Foundation has as their mission "Growing local giving to strengthen our community"!  And their vision is a healthy, connected community!  Jessica Hubbard talked with our Rotary Club about this very purpose on October 22nd, and did she hit home!!  Both our organizations do "good" in the community we just obtain our resources in different ways!


For a complete album from today's meeting, click here!


October 22, 2014 - Jessica Hubbard, Placer Community Foundation Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Oct 18, 2014

Hit the Road!!  Placer County Transportation Planning Agency will "Keep you Moving!!"


Celia McAdam, Executive Director of PCTPA, enlightened our members with the facts of Placer County's transportation issues!

For all photos of the meeting, click here!

Interesting things happening in transportation in the area:http://pctpa.net/

October 15, 2014 - Celia McAdam ~ PCTPA Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Oct 09, 2014

Come Out And Play in Placer Valley!!

CEO David Attaway enlightened our members about the value that our region (Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln) holds for athletes both young and old who visit this area on an annual basis!!  The numbers are staggering!!

To see all pictures of this meeting, click here!


October 8, 2014 - Placer Valley Tourism CEO, David Attaway Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Oct 05, 2014

Sharing is Good!!

The Loomis Sunset Rotary Club welcomed the Rocklin/Loomis Basin Rotary Club of Tuesday evening, September 30, for a combined meeting to hear the RYLA participants for the summer of 2014!  What a fun time we had having dinner with our neighboring club and hearing from the fabulous RYLA students, Kylee Mebust and Noelle Degrazie!!


These young ladies had their lives "changed" forever after attending the Rotary's Rotary Youth Leadership Awards summer program.  What a great event for your people to experience!

To see all pictures of the combined meeting, click here!

To learn more about RYLA, visit www.rotary.org!

Thank you to Loomis Sunset Rotary, President Dan Palmer, and their entire club for a great dinner and a wonderful program!!  Let's do it again soon!

October 1, 2014 Meeting - With Loomis Sunset Club! Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Sep 20, 2014

The Drought!!!  We Are In It ~ But It's Not The Worst!

Doug Carlson, California Department of Water Resources, shared some interesting facts with us at our meeting about the drought...


Some interesting facts:

  • 49" of rain to date is normal for September - this year we are at 29"
  • Average reservoir storage is 57% compared to normal
  • The greatest threat of the drought to humans is wildfire

For complete pictures of meeting, click here!

Doug Carlson, September 10, 2014 Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Sep 19, 2014

Medicare and Prescription Plan Changes!

Tony Ayoubi, Good Samaritan Insurance Services, walked us through the changes in Medicare and Prescription Plan that are in place.


Did you know that in California:

  • You have a guaranteed right to switch your Medicare supplement plan on your birthday month with no underwriting?
  • You have the guaranteed right to switch Medicare Advantage & Prescription plan during the annual enrollment period?
  • You have a 30-day free look period to change your mind and cancel a newly issued health policy?

Take advantage of what you know to make Medicare work for you!

For all photos of this meeting, click here!

September 17, 2014, Tony Ayoubi Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Sep 19, 2014

Spreading Rotary "service above self" in the community!

This week backpacks were delivered in Rocklin and dictionaries were given out in Loomis!!  This is what it's all about!!

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What a fun thing to do!!

Out in the community! Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Sep 05, 2014

City of Rocklin....Moving Forward Again and so is our Club with a new member!!

The first meeting of September brought us information about the direction that the City of Rocklin is headed, and it is moving on up!!  Diana Ruslin, City Councilmember, was very information about the direction the City is headed!!  To piggyback with that, our Club inducted a new member, Karen Baur!


It was a great day to be a Rotarian, especially for the Rocklin/Loomis Basin Rotary Club!

For all picture of the meeting, see here!

Diana Ruslin, September 3, 2014 Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Aug 20, 2014

How to Resolve Conflict!!

Nancy Milton, local attorney and a member of the Rotary Club of Laguna Sunrise, spoke to our club about resolving conflict...but most importantly how to resolve conflict that exists in Rotary Clubs. We all know that there is always conflict whenever you have groups of people working together!  A group of volunteers is no different!!  So, Nancy was able to provide us with some very interesting tips!!

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Also, Bill Short presented us with our 50 year recognition as a club and Berta Real Estate donated the proceeds from their Grand Opening!

For all pictures of the meeting, click here!


August 20, 2014 ~ Nancy Milton, Conflict Resolution Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Aug 15, 2014

Welcome, Audrey!!

Having an exchange student is a wonderful, exciting adventure for the student and the club.  We are so happy to welcome Audrey Bprgeais from France for this year!  Please join us soon so that you can meet this wonderful young lady!!


I think she is happy to be here after a long flight from France!!  Welcome, Audrey!!!!

Welcome to our Rotary Youth Exchange Student! Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Aug 15, 2014

August is Membership Month!!!

It was exciting to be holding our meeting at Rocklin Golf Club for the 1st time in several years!  We are glad to be back to this beautiful location!  And, what better way to kick off our new location but to welcome our Rotary Youth Exchange student, Audrey Bprgeais from France, and our Interact officers from Rocklin - Kylee, Synha and Danielle!  These young ladies brought excitement and fun to our morning!

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In addition, Larry Gaian, our membership chairman, led us through some fun "games" to encourage us to always be thinking of membership and our club!!  Perhaps you know someone who should be a Rotarian!!  Please join us for breakfast on Wednesday, 7:00 am, at Rocklin Golf Club, 4201 Midas Avenue in Rocklin!  We'd love to have you see what Rotary is all about!!

To see all pictures, click here! 

August 13, 2014 - Membership Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Aug 15, 2014

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Placer Valley Sunrise! 



On July 1, 2017 the Rotary Clubs of Rocklin/Loomis Basin and Roseville Sunrise merged and became the Rotary Club of Placer Valley Sunrise!  This strategic move was a strong bond between the clubs for the good of Rotary.  The Rotary Club of Rocklin/Loomis Basin was established in 1964  and The Rotary Club of Roseville Sunrise received their charter in 1989.  Both clubs have been serving both the local and international communities for many years. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about Rotary International or our club.

Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to improve education, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.


Welcome to our website! Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-08-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Aug 07, 2014


We are so excited that Whole Foods has become a Bronze Sponsor and will be helping with the progress of our Discovery Garden!!  To celebrate, we met at their Roseville location to have our meeting on August 6th and received a warm welcome, a delicious breakfast, and a check!!

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Rob Kolb of the Rotary Club of Rocklin/Loomis Basin, accepts a check from Gustavo of Whole Foods with the support of Diana Ruslin, Rocklin City Councilwoman!

Community support is the life-blood of our club and every Rotary club out there!  Thank you Whole Foods for your support and for such a wonderful facility!!

For all pictures from our meeting at Whole Foods, click here!

August 6, 2014 - Whole Foods Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Jul 15, 2014


It is hard to believe that we don't know all there is to know about our retirement!!  Do you know that there are 386 different ways to receive Social Security??  How can we be comfortable about retirement if we have no purpose - and,  according to Rob Kolb, the purpose of our planning for our retirement is to get to the top and to get back down once we decide to "make the move"!!  Are you prepared?


Whether you are heading toward retirement in a few years or a few decades, a plan is very important!!  Today Rob shared with us the value of planning ahead, looking to the spousal benefits of social security, and talking with your financial adviser so that you make the right choice for your retirement!!

For all the pictures of today's meeting, click here!

July 16, 2014 - Rob Kolb, SSA and Retirement Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Jul 08, 2014

"WAKE UP, KICK BUTT, BE KIND, REPEAT..."  These were some of the thoughts passed on by our speaker at our July 9th meeting, David Bartley.  David, a former NASA employee and currently a loan officer with Vitek Mortgage had a background that all of us hope we never have to face.  However, it was this adversity that has shown him why he is here today and what he has to give to every one of us...and you, and you, and to himself!


When he came to the end of his "rope" in 2010 is when he realized that he was at that end for everyone else except himself.  His reality was that he needed to help himself before he could help anyone else.  He discovered that the question was "what's wrong with you?" as opposed to 'what happened to you?"  

For all pictures of the meeting, click here!

July 9, 2014, David Bartley, "Hope Lives!" Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Jul 02, 2014


Everyone loves a party, and our 1st meeting of the new Rotary year brought the first of many celebrations for the 50th Birthday of the Club!!

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We wore hats and sang Happy Birthday to us!!  And we played games!! And we welcomed several guests!!

The meeting included a report by the Officers and Directors regarding their responsibilities to the members!  Fun and educational - does it get any better than that??

For all pictures of the meeting, click here!

Kickoff of 2014-15 Year Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Jun 28, 2014

Christy Goes on Vacation and Gets Demoted!!

Around the theme "National Lampoon's Vacation", on Thursday evening June 26th, we held our annual Demotion Dinner and Roast!  What a fun time was had by all!!  Christy was her usual good sport, and this time she needed to be because the laugh was on her and with her as well!!  "Pictures speak a thousand words" they say...you form your own impression!!

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For all pictures of this fun event, click here!

June 26, 2014 Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Jun 21, 2014

Bob Deering and Jack Arney solve the mysteries of the Rotary Foundation!!!

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Contact our own Marlene Sanborn if you have Foundation questions!!

Click here for entire set of photos from the meeting!!

June 18, 2014 - Foundation Mysteries!! Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Jun 11, 2014


It was exciting to hear Michael del Castillo, June 5, 2014, graduate of Whitney High School, talk about his vision as he prepares to be our outbound 2014-15 Rotary Youth Exchange student!

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He was excited to get the trading banners from the Rotary Club of Rocklin/Loomis Basin to take with him and his parents are excited to have him grow, mature and experience Argentina!

To see all the photos from this meeting, click here!

Michael del Castillo, June 11, 2014 Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Jun 05, 2014

Our Poster Child for Rotary Youth Exchange, Antoine, offers his best!

He is BRIGHT, ARTICULATE, PERSONABLE, APPRECIATIVE!  What more could we ask for in a foreign exchange student?  And, he put his best foot forward this week when he came and delivered his "Year in Review"!  What a year he has had!

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Coming all the way from Vichy, France to Loomis, California for a 17 year old is quite an experience in itself.  Antoine mentioned that he knew this was hard for his parents, but when he came he arrived full of anticipation and excitement and he is returning to France with some clear direction as to his future, an entire new set of friends and "family", a better command of the English language, and a desire to return to the United States in the very near future!!

For a complete look at the meeting's pictures, click here!

Antoine Echele, RYE, June 4, 2014 Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on May 28, 2014

Need a Workplace Workshop??

Did you know that a place called Blacktop Comedy does workshops for your workplace?  Who would have thought??

Paul Burke is the founder and Artistic Driector of Blacktop Comedy.  He is an improv teacher, facilitator and the Corporate Training and Events Coordinator for Blacktop!

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Did you know??????:

  • 82% of the time people stop doing business with businesses because of poor customer service?
  • 73% of the time because of rude staff?
  • 55% of the time because of issued that are not resolved timely?
  • 51% of the time because of the lack of knowledge of the staff?
  • And that it takes 6-7 times the cost to acquire a new customer as it is to retain that customer?

Blacktop Comedy and Paul Burke can help with those challenges!!

For all pictures from the meeting, click here!

Blacktop Comedy, May 28, 2014 Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-05-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on May 21, 2014

Club Runner's Mysteries Revealed!

The morning began as a mystery but was made clearer as John Sullivan, Rotary Club of Jackson, unraveled the ins and outs of ClubRunner, our club's website.

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With questions and handouts, we are well on our way of our goal...ALL Members are current on our website by July 1!!  

For all photos of this meeting, click here!

May 21, 2014 - John Sullivan Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on May 14, 2014

Two Cars, Two Lines, One Solution!!!!

The Rotary Club of Rocklin/Loomis Basin awards mini-grants every November to teachers with a project that meets our guidelines!  THIS WAS A PROJECT!  Josh Hanosh, a 7th grade algebra teacher at Springview Middle School, used the theory that "When students "do" rather than "memorize", it greatly affects how students learn and what they learn!!  Oh to go back to middle school again - using this method we could all learn algebra!!  Demonstrating this point, Josh used several "do" methods for his students to learn the concept of algebra....then there was this project - using the cars he taught them that if you use two points of data they can find the equation of a line!!!

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        Josh Hanosh                                        Students demonstrating

They also learned that the application of solving a system graphically and algebraically allows them to gain an answer that they can then observe!!  Brilliant!!

It is always rewarding when you realize that all the work we do in Rotary is helping others...service above self!

For all pictures from meeting, click here!

Josh Hanosh, Teacher Mini-grant Recipient Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on May 07, 2014

Rocklin's William Jessup University!

Our Club welcomed Lance Von Vogt, basketball coach at William Jessup University, on May 7th!  With all the motivation and inspiration that a coach should have, Lance gave us a great update on the University, its expansion plans, its athletic progression, and its wonderful academic programs!

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For all pictures of the meeting, click here!


Lance Von Vogt, William Jessup Univ. Basketball Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on May 03, 2014

WOW!  That's all we can say!!

The Annual District Conference was amazing...Reno, fun, awards, fun, friendship, great speakers, fun, good food, fellowship, fun, exchange students and Rotary, Rotary, Rotary!!  Doesn't get any better than that!

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They say a picture speaks a thousand words, so look at these great pictures!!!

WOW! Rotary District Conference Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on May 01, 2014


Randall Burton, Rotary Club of Pocket Greenhaven, was our speaker this week and had us all wanting to "jump in"!!  Randy has made 22 crossings from Alcatraz to San Francisco - anywhere from 1.25 miles to 3.25 miles!!!

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He trains 4 - 5 days a week (that's a stopper for me!!!) and is a Master Swimmer!

For complete pictures of the meeting, click here!


Randall Burton, April 30, 2014 Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Apr 26, 2014

Ed Offers Final Remarks and Richard Kowalski discusses Strange Human Behavior...hmmm!

Ed Krumwiede "temporarily" leaving our club left us with some wonderful thoughts; Richard Kowalski asked us to open our minds; and Mike Reinero, Assistant District Governor, visited as well!!!  This is Strange Human Behavior!!!

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          Ed                                Richard                                 Mike

For all photos from the meeting, click here!

Strange Human Behavior - Richard Kowalski, April 23, 2014 Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Apr 18, 2014

A Fond Farewell!!

Past club President and passionate Rotarian, Ed Krumwiede, is moving to La Quinta!! While he will physically be in Southern California or traveling the US, he will continue as a member of the Rotary Club of Rocklin/Loomis Basin and establish some great relations with the Rotary Club in La Quinta!  Although we will miss his smile, his passion, his love for scotch and cigars, we will be fortunate enough to have him back with us every so often when he comes back this way to visit!!  Several club members were on hand on Friday, April 18th, to give him a final "toast" and wish him well!!

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Ed will definitely leave his mark on this club and on all of us!!  

For all the pictures of the festivities, click here!

Farewell to Ed!! Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Apr 15, 2014


Christy was gone and we couldn't function!!!!  

Thank you to Dave Brenninger for having the foresight to be at our club today when we found ourselves "speakerless"!!  We all needed to hear about the update on the drought!  And, while not all Good news, there is some good about it since Dave talked with us in February!!  After 2013 was the driest year on record, we are grateful that we have water resources available to us!  This area gets its water from two sources:

  • Yuba River 
  • American River!!!!


For all photos from this meeting, click here!

April 16 - Dave Brenninger, Placer County Water Agency Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Apr 11, 2014


Early Wednesday morning is a great time to hear the Rocklin City Manager, Rick Horst, boast about how great volunteerism is...and the Rotary Club of Rocklin/Loomis Basin exemplifies that statement!!

Rick also shared with us the current "state" of the City and what is going well in Rocklin!!


According to Rick, "Volunteerism involves engagement...he believes in it, knows it is at the heart of our City and is critical to the life of a City."

He discussed what is going well in Rocklin:

For all pictures of this meeting, click here!

Rick Horst, Rocklin City Manager - April 9, 2014 Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Apr 04, 2014

We go to be kindergarteners today!!  It was fun to see the great program that The Kids on the Block takes to the schools to talk about safety!  The other programs they offer is about bullying, diversity, teasing and others.  The Assistance League of Greater Placer and their volunteer puppeteers visited us and put on a great show!

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This is Bunraku (Boon-rah-koo is how kindergarteners would have to see it!) - the ancient style of Japanese puppetry.

For all the pictures from the meeting, click here!

The Kids on the Block - April 2, 2014 Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Mar 30, 2014

On March 19 our Club had an opportunity to focus on our goals and opportunities as we move forward as a club!  Thanks to all members who attended this meeting and worked hard to set some guidelines!

ReFire is a strategically sound picture of our club's chosen future!  It shows us what "success" looks like for our club three years down the road!


WE NEED YOU!!  Your help and participation in our club's forward movement is the key to our club's success!!

Stay tuned, you will hear more about ReFire as we move along!


ReFire! Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Mar 30, 2014

Sacramento had the pleasure of hosting a dinner featuring the Rotary International President, Ron Burton as the guest speaker!  What a pleasure to hear him speak!

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Ron Burton, RI President                   Ron Burton, Christy, our President,
                                                      and Bill Short, District Governor

He was very personable, humble, and very much a Rotarian!  His story about his beginning in Rotary is a compelling one for us all!  Building membership is the RI focus!!!

THE TOP BRASS - RI President, Ron Burton!! Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Mar 27, 2014

Judge Brian Van Camp, fellow Rotarian, former Judge and now involved in private practice mediation, provided us with a history lesson of the court system in Europe and America, and then enlightened us with the "whys" of an effective judicial system.


It was interesting that 95% of the jury trials in the world are held in the United States.

For complete pictures of today's meeting, click here!

The Role of Courts in a Free Society - Judge Brian Van Camp Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Mar 16, 2014

As is usually the case, the youth of today are our leaders of tomorrow!!  And the youth who participated in the Rotary Speech Contest this week will definitely be our future leaders!

What an inspiring group!  The topic for the contest this year was "Engaging Youth, Changing Lives"   (Due to RI rules and guidelines, we cannot show their pictures, but trust us, they were great!)

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We were visited by our DGE, Fred Teichert!            Our own speech contest winner!

For complete pictures of the meeting, click here!

Speech Contest Leaves Us Speechless ~ March 12, 2014 Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Mar 08, 2014

At our Club Assembly on March 5 we were excited to welcome Verlinda Barnes into our membership!

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Following the induction of our newest member, a Club Assembly was held!  This is a great opportunity for our Club members to hear what is happening in our Club.  

For all pictures of the meeting, click here!

WELCOME OUR NEWEST MEMBER ~ Verlinda Barnes!! Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Feb 27, 2014

We were excited to have Mike Osborn, Mike on the Mic, for the Sacramento RiverCats (Oakland A's AAA team), bring us up-to-date with what's happening at the RiverCats!!!


Go here for all photos from this meeting!

RiverCats are Here! - February 26, 2014 Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Feb 27, 2014

Happy Birthday to us!!!  We celebrated our 50th birthday, Antoine sang Happy Birthday in French, and we heard about our water needs!!!

We were sorry that Sonbol Aliabadi was ill and could not be our speaker, so thank you to Dave Brenninger, General Manager of Placer County Water Agency (PCWA), and a fellow Rotarian, for stepping up!  Luckily, Dave was available and even planning on attending our meeting this particular day!  

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Click here for the entire photo album for this meeting!

February 19, 2014 - Happy Birthday Rocklin/Loomis Basin Rotary Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Feb 22, 2014

From beginning to end....we had a great event on February 22, 2014!!

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For complete pictures of the event, click here!!


Thanks to everyone who made this happen...Rotarians, sponsors, students, volunteers...EVERYONE!!!

Our Crab Feast was a Success!!! Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Feb 13, 2014

Today's meeting started with a Swedish proverb read by Orley Anderson -

Fear less, hope more,
Whine less, breathe more,
Talk less, say more,
Hate less, love more -
Then all good things
Will be yours!!

Orley  Caoch Roz

Coach Roz - Greg Roeszler - shared his philosophy of using football as a magnet and conduit to get at-risk kids engaged!

For more pictures from today's meeting, click here!

Playmakers, Mentoring At-Risk Kids - Coach Roz ~ February 12, 2014 Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-02-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Feb 08, 2014


According to Gary Zelesky, "Your passion for life creates your position in life."

You needed to be at this meeting....!!!  Gary Zelesky, a high energy speaker with a passion for living, shared with us his philosophies for moving forward...

We also honored Gene Arreguy for his dedicated service to the Club by awarding him his Paul Harris Fellow -

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Gary is donning one of our crab hats!       Gene and his sponsor Ed!!

For pictures of this meeting, click here!

Gary Zelesky - February 5, 2014 Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Feb 02, 2014

At 7:00 am the name of a Rotary Club in Cornwall, England, - Helston Lizard - was a "hit" with our members!  This was where the Shelter Box project was begun...and may be the new name for our Club!!!!

Bill Tobin, Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills, was our speaker this morning, even though he is not from the Rotary Club of Helston Lizard, Cornwall, England, and provided a most interesting program about the Rotary Club Shelter Box Project!

Bill Tobin

A picture of one of the amazing tents is in the picture above!!

For the entire slideshow of the meeting, click here!

Shelter Box Project - January 29, 2014 Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Jan 23, 2014

Steve Lemmon is the inspiration of every Rotary Club's Foundation campaign...he is inspiring, a fabulous role model and a pleasure to have speak at our club.  He did just that on January 22 with his normal enthusiasm and story-telling personality!

 Steve Lemmon

To see all pictures of the meeting click here!

Steve Lemmon, His Foundation Journey - January 22, 2014 Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-01-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Jan 18, 2014

We had a great crowd on January 15th to hear Rocklin Police Chief Ron Lawrence talk with our Club!

Chief Lawrence likened the police department to the grocery business in that he said that the expectations of the police department have to change as all other business have to change as the community changes!!

Ron Lawrence


For all pictures of meeting, click here

January 15 - Rocklin Police Chief Ron Lawrence Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Jan 09, 2014

Our first meeting at our new location...Pete's Restaurant and Brew House!!!  We had a nice turn out and a great speaker... Bill Wittich - fellow Rotarian and renowned author about membership!!


click here for all pictures from meeting!

Bill Wittich - January 8, 2014 Mary Jo Edmondson 2014-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Dec 07, 2013




help a local 

Rocklin family

with their needs

and have ourselves  

a wonderful and Merry

Happy Holiday Season!!!!  


Adopt A Family Mary Jo Edmondson 2013-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Nov 26, 2013

Our November 6 meeting was an introduction to the month of November - Foundation month!  We were lucky to have our exchange student, Antoine, and Superintendent Gordon Medd present.  Antoine joined us in Loomis, and Gordon Medd accepted checks for the Loomis teachers who were awarded the Teacher Mini-Grant!  Congratulations to all of those teachers!

Antoine     Gordon Medd     Foundation chair Marlene   

Sign up for the Foundation match before its too late!!!

Rotary Foundation Month - Nov. 6 Mary Jo Edmondson 2013-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Nov 26, 2013

It was the 1st of many....and what a good time was had by all that attended!!

Even though it was threatening rain, it was fun to have dinner at the "diner" and enjoy some camaraderie with other Rotarians and community people!!

Food truck 11-20-13
Celebrate Rocklin Food Truck - Nov. 20th!!! Mary Jo Edmondson 2013-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Nov 03, 2013



Celebrate Rocklin!

Food Truck Event

Riebes Auto Parts, Pacific Street

Benefitting the Rotary Club of Rocklin/Loomis Basin

Celebrate Rocklin Food Truck Pop Up Mary Jo Edmondson 2013-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Nov 03, 2013

Jeremiah Miller was our guest speaker on October 30 and came with tips and insight about how to "Become the hero in your own life story!" 


Forging Leaders, Jeremiah Miller, Oct. 30, 2013 Mary Jo Edmondson 2013-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Oct 22, 2013

As Corry Ann March began she asked us all to look at our feet!  Our feet, you say!!  Yes, we looked at our feet and reflected on our past year, week and day AND our future year, week and day!!


October 23, 2013 -What Do We Want To Do With Our Time??!! Mary Jo Edmondson 2013-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Oct 22, 2013

It was a cold morning in October when the Club meeting was moved to William Jessup for a tour of their beautiful campus.  Those in attendance were greeted by Jim Jessup and given a bit of history of the campus - from the thought of relocating from San Jose to the purchase of the Herman Miller plant in Rocklin and the ensuing renovation to the campus that 1100 students call "home"!!

Jim Jessup
William Jessup Tour, October 16, 2013 Mary Jo Edmondson 2013-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Oct 12, 2013

ImageThe winning ticket for the Wine Refrigerator was drawn on Wednesday, October 9th!!

Congratulations to the winner, Brent Pfitzer, and thank you to everyone for your participation!  We were able to earn $3425 for our Teacher Mini Grants and Scholarships!!

Wine Refrigerator Raffle WINNER!! Mary Jo Edmondson 2013-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Oct 12, 2013

Our club welcomed the District Governor, Bill Short, his lovely wife, Alma, and Assistant Governor, Bill Smith, to our weekly meeting on October 9th.  

        Bill Short

DG Short gave us some very detailed information about the Club, the District, and Rotary International and its status in the world, including our Polio Plus campaign


District Governor Pays a Visit, October 9, 2013 Mary Jo Edmondson 2013-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Oct 02, 2013

With a hint of fall in the air, our first meeting in October was held at the Ugly Mug in Loomis.  Dr. Dean Forman shared his passion, vision and focus for the future leaders of our country - the scholars of the John Adams Academy, a local charter school!


October 2 - Dean Forman, John Adams Academy Mary Jo Edmondson 2013-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Sep 25, 2013

A very proud Dad talked of young Nicolas Come being a picky eater... and it seemed that the answer to get him to enjoy food was to start growing fresh vegetables in his own garden.  With the Farm to Fork & Healthy Kids movement alive and well, Nicolas ceased the opportunity and shared his ideas with friends, investors, social media and the like.


September 25, 2013 - Stephon Come - Nicolas' Garden Mary Jo Edmondson 2013-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Sep 25, 2013


With a heartfelt story to tell, Susan Kolb, wife of Rotarian Rob Kolb, shared her definition of unconditional love.  Susan has been very blessed in her life with a loving family, a wonderful husband, two amazing twin boys, and an outreach that stretched beyond her imagination.

September 18, 2013 - Susan Kolb, PFLAG Mary Jo Edmondson 2013-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Sep 10, 2013

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As one of our Rotary goals, backpacks have been delivered to 7 schools in the Loomis and Rocklin school districts.

Recipient schools...Left to right - Ruhkala, Valley View, H. Clarke Powers, Sunset Ranch, Placer Elementary and Breen!

Everyone was excited to receive the donated backpacks!!

Backpacks to Students Mary Jo Edmondson 2013-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Sep 10, 2013

After a moment of silence recognizing those affected by September 11, 2001, and all others upholding the freedom we enjoy as Americans, Placer County Sheriff, Ed Bonner, was once again welcomed to our weekly meeting.

Sheriff Ed Bonner, September 11, 2013 Mary Jo Edmondson 2013-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Sep 10, 2013

During a combined meeting with the South Placer Rotary Club and members of the Rocklin Chamber of Commerce, Congressman Tom McClintock spoke to the large group at lunch on September 4th at Whitney Oaks Golf Club.

Introduced by Rocklin Mayor, Diana Ruslin, Congressman McClintock...


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Congressman Tom McClintock speaks on September 4th!! Mary Jo Edmondson 2013-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Aug 29, 2013


Congressman Tom McClintock speaks on September 4th!! Mary Jo Edmondson 2013-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Aug 27, 2013
Being that August is Rotary International Membership Month, we were joined today by District 5180 Membership Chair, Glenn Fong. 

 Glenn Fong
Membership Month - Glenn Fong and Membership - August 28, 2013 Mary Jo Edmondson 2013-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Aug 26, 2013

Don Brown, Executive Director of The Eternity Challenge in Rocklin, passionately shared this non-profit organization that focuses on Programs/Services and Businesses for those in need.



The Eternity Challenge was created to help people in need in these ways:

The Eternity Challenge - Don Brown, Executive Director - August 14, 2013 Mary Jo Edmondson 2013-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Aug 20, 2013

On August 21st we gathered at the lovely home of Janice Gage in Loomis for our first Fireside Chat and Social of this Rotary year!!

Fireside Chat & Club Social Mary Jo Edmondson 2013-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Aug 06, 2013

At our August 7 meeting in Loomis we had the pleasure of hearing Shelby Wilson, our exchange student who just returned from a year in Germany!



Exchange Student Returns from Germany Mary Jo Edmondson 2013-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Jul 30, 2013

The meeting of July 31 was moving and inspirational as Suzi deFosset, Executive Director of the Gathering Inn, shared her passion, the history and the mission of the Gathering Inn.

The Gathering Inn provides a community-based response to people in need in south Placer County by offering hope, dignity and a secure place to rest at night, in addition to a wide range of services that help clients get back on their feet again.

The Gathering Inn is a drug and alcohol free program and random tests are administered. Additionally, each guest must participate in some self enhancement activity to maintain their stay. 


Meeting of July 31 features The Gathering Inn Mary Jo Edmondson 2013-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Jul 23, 2013


The meeting of July 24th opened with Christy Barros, President, singing for her bell.  That being the challenge, all Rotarians listened intently as the latest ransom note for the bell was read – 100% attendance and the bell will return!!!  That’s a great challenge!!

July 24, 2013 Club Meeting - Focus on the Garden Project! with Larry Gaian Mary Jo Edmondson 2013-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Jul 16, 2013


The second meeting of the new Rotary year was action packed! 

After Christy started the meeting, which was difficult because her bell was still missing, 6 visitors and 4 visiting Rotarians were introduced.

July 17th Club Meeting Speaker Steve Snyder Rotary International Director Raymond Ward 2013-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Jul 09, 2013


A new Rotary Year, a New Rotary President.

Our new President Christy Barros rang in her year right on time and with a new meeting format. After the Pledge, introductions, and happy bucks, we broke for breakfast. During those brief few minutes our new President lost her bell! Maybe the nomination committee should re-evaluate their selection?

New Rotary Year, July 10th Club Assembly Raymond Ward 2013-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Jun 30, 2013

Looking forward to
a great year with
New Club President
Christy Barros.

Click Here for read her Presidential Message. 

2013 - 2014 President Christy Barros Raymond Ward 2013-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Jun 27, 2013





Thank You

for the Great Year!

2012 - 2013 President Brad Meacham Raymond Ward 2013-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Jun 25, 2013


The June 26th meeting was Brad's last meeting as President of the club ans after the fun of Demotion Dinner carried over to the meeting.

The speaker for our meeting were Gail and Gail (nicknamed Gail Squared) from the Rocklin Public Safety Volunteers who were at the meeting to teach us how to perform the Hands Only CPR method. 

June 26th Club Meeting Learning CPR Raymond Ward 2013-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Jun 18, 2013


The club celebrated another outstanding year at the Demotion dinner for President Brad Meacham.

With all the mouse ears in the room, you could tell that this year theme was Disneyland, Brad favorite place to visit. 

The evening started with everyone enjoying great friendships as they discussed all of the accomplishments over the past year.

Demotion Dinner - It’s a Brad’s World After All!! Raymond Ward 2013-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Jun 14, 2013


When someone bids on a Rotary dinner during the Live Auction at our Annual Feast for Rotary Fundraiser, they get their money's worth of great food and entertainment. That is exactly how this year's winner bidders felt.

The dinner was a traveling feast that was served at four different homes in Rocklin's Springfield Community. At the first house French appetizers were served. While the group enjoyed their appetizers, Rocklin City Manager Rick Horst discussed local issues and answered questions. The party then moved to the next house where the group was treated to Greek salads. The 3rd course was held at another home and features a Thai BBQ. The group finished the evening at the final home with an Italian dessert.

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International Progressive Dinner Raymond Ward 2013-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Chapman on Jun 11, 2013


Brad opened the meeting by reminding us all that today is his second to last meeting; and we will not have a morning meeting next week - Wednesday night is his Demotion Dinner. 

Mark Reemer, Retired Director of Community Services for the City of Rocklin announced that October 11, 2013 is the First Annual Friends of the Library Mayors Golf Tournament will be held at Whitney Oaks.  Of course, this year, our very own Mayor Diana Ruslin will participate.  Mark also stated the need for sponsors and players.  They have set a goal of raising $10,000.

June 12th Club Meeting, Whit Woodard Cindy Chapman 2013-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson on Jun 04, 2013


The meeting of June 5, held at the Ugly Mug in Loomis, was a meeting of those who are making changes in our Rotary club!  President Brad is wrapping up his year (only two more meetings before he hands over the gavel!) and the speaker, our exchange student from Brazil, Beatriz Moitinho, is preparing to reluctantly return to Brazil on June 9th!  Also in attendance was Iitza Soto, our outbound exchange student from Del Oro who will be leaving for Italy in early September. 

June 5th Club Meeting w Beatriz Moitinho Rotary Youth Exchange Student Mary Jo Edmondson 2013-06-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on May 30, 2013


For the second year in a row, our Rotary club worked with the Rocklin Kiwanis Club to provide the thirsty participants of beer and wine.

Our members enjoyed the time working with other members and interacting with the community.

Special thanks to some non-club members for their help Bryan Badger, Janice Gage (prospective member), Stacy Graham (member of Auburn Daybreak Rotary Club), Gary and Kelly Hambly, Jason Vaughan, and Rusty Vaughan.

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Rocklin Community Festival Raymond Ward 2013-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on May 29, 2013


Enjoy us for a Beer or Some Wine!

If you are attending the Rocklin Community Festival (Johnson Springview Park), on May 30th, 31st, or June 1st, please stopby the Beer Garden and support our club.

Rotary at the Rocklin Community Festival Raymond Ward 2013-05-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on May 28, 2013



This week our special guest was Immo from the Rocklin PD along with his translator Officer Lewis. 

During the meeting, we learned that Immo speaks 2 languages English and German. And when he runs after a suspect, he must breathe only thru his nose. Think how hard it would be if you ran and only breathed thru your nose.

Also did you know that Officer Lewis must know CPR? If Immo accidentally get meth on his nose, he must get treatment in 5 minutes.

For more pictures, Click Here

May 29th Club Meeting, Immo from Rocklin PD Raymond Ward 2013-05-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on May 21, 2013


At our meeting today, Emily Leonhardt and Rachel Kim of Rocklin High School discussed their experiences at RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) camp. RYLA is more than a leadership camp, it is a place where students can learn about themselves. Both girls seemed to get a lot our of the camp.

Click Here to learn more about RYLA

Click Here to see more pictures.

Club Meeting, May 22 RYLA Students Raymond Ward 2013-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on May 14, 2013


Judy and Bud Wolf from the Rotary Club of Davis shared their passion for Child Abuse Prevention. Their mission is to encourage Rotarians and clubs to help local groups that specialize in Child Abuse Prevention. 

Did you know that 80% of children that die from child abuse are under the age of 4 year old?

Also that 21% of children with Shaken Baby Syndrome die.

To contact Judy, Click Here 

To see more pictures for the meeting, click here

Club Meeting May 15th Judy & Bud Wolf discuss Child Abuse Prevention Raymond Ward 2013-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on May 07, 2013


Do you have Passion for Life?

Gary Zelesky gave us great examples of why we need passion in our lives.  But he also explained that we should know the passions of the people around us!

Gary left us with a challenge: For the next 24 hours, do not let a negative thing out of our mouth. I hope everyone at the meeting was able to complete this task.

Immediately following our meeting: the Board of Trustees of our Foundation had their Annual Meeting. First, Ray Ward provided some updates on our Foundation. Then we had an election for open Trustee positions beginning 7/1/2014. The shareholders approved Orley Anderson and Larry Gaian to the Board.

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Club Meeting May 8, 2013 w/Gary Zelesky on PASSION for Life Raymond Ward 2013-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on May 03, 2013


For the third year in a row, the Rotary Club of Rocklin/Loomis Basin helped the Loomis Soap Box Derby.

Our club members were responsible for the pit area. We were responsible for ensuring the kids had their helmets and seat belts on and they knew how to use the brakes.

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Loomis Soap Box Derby, May 4th Raymond Ward 2013-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Apr 30, 2013


This week our own Ray Ward discussed the importance of Family for the future of Rotary.

Ray suggested that we could increase our membership by recruiting families. In return, the children of the Rotarians will gain great experiences, be around excellent role models, and will develop leadership skills. To prove his point, he showed what Alyssa has gained from Rotary.

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May 1 Club Meeting Ray Ward discussing Rotary & Family Raymond Ward 2013-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Apr 26, 2013


Every year, during a two week period, most Rotary clubs throughout the world find a local project to support the community. This year the Rotary Club of Rocklin/Loomis Basin decided to clean up Loomis by picking up trash along Sierra College Blvd. Click Here to see more pictures. 

In the upcoming weeks, the club will also be helping at the Loomis Soap Box Derby (May 4) and the Rocklin Community  Festival (May 30 - June 1).

April 27th Rotarians at Work Day Raymond Ward 2013-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Apr 23, 2013


Today, our club had an Informational meeting about Rotary and great things our club does to give back to the community. The meeting was designed to remind our members and guests about the importance things we accomplish. We were pleased that 6 people from the community joined us.

The presentation was lead off with Cris discussing "What Makes Rotary Unique". John followed giving us an update on the "Garden Project", then Christy explained some the programs that we provide to "Local Schools", and Marlene ended the presentation discussing the "End Polio Now" program.

Click Here to see more pictures.


April 24th Club Informational Meeting Raymond Ward 2013-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Apr 19, 2013


Who says that Rotarians can not have FUN!

On April 20th, members and their spouses attended a high spirited game of Bunco. After food, drink and a few hours of intense competition, we had some winners. Gena won the big prize, most Buncos. Ed had the most wins with Orley coming in second. After a playoff, Candice beat John for most losses.

At the end of the evening, everyone was a winner because we had lots of fun and Rotary friendship.

Bunco Night April 20th Raymond Ward 2013-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Apr 16, 2013


 For the third Rotary year, our club had a joint meeting with the South Placer club. This week, we attended their lunch meeting.   

After everyone introduced themselves, we had a nice lunch together without any fights, only a few good humor zingers. It did seem like our club had more members attend the meeting than the South Placer club.

The speaker was State Senator Jim Nielsen. Senator Nielsen provided us with an update of the workings of our state governement.

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April 17th Club Meeting with the South Placer Club Raymond Ward 2013-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Apr 10, 2013

On April 24th, the Rotary Club of Rocklin/Loomis Basin welcomes the community to learn more about the ways our club supports the community.

At this meeting, we will discuss:

· What makes our club and Rotary International unique

· The Rotary Discovery Garden Project

· Support for Local Schools

· The “End Polio Now” Project

· Learn some of our Upcoming Events

· Plus you get a Free Breakfast!

The meeting begins Promptly at 7am on April 24 at the Whitney Oaks Golf Course Clubhouse 2305 Clubhouse Dr. Rocklin CA

Click Here to View Flyer

To RSVP Click Here

Informational Meeting Raymond Ward 2013-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Apr 09, 2013


Dr Bill Wittich of the Rotary Club of Laguna Sunrise, joined us and provided the club with some great fundraising ideas.

Some of his suggestions: 1) develop a relationship first, 2) ask them face to face, 3) acknowledge the donor, and 4) ask for larger donations.

By the end of his presentation, many members were looking for new ways to approach local sponsors. 

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April 10th Club Meeting w Bill Wittich Raymond Ward 2013-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Mar 26, 2013


This week our club welcomed Nancy Milton a Rotarian from the Laguna Sunrise club to discuss the 2012/2013 Rotary Theme "Peace Through Service".

Club Meeting Mar 27 with Nancy Milton Peace Through Service Raymond Ward 2013-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Mar 26, 2013


Our members posing for the World's Biggest Commercial to end polio.

Click Here to see more pictures. 

Click Here to see the World's Biggest Commercial

World Biggest Commerical Raymond Ward 2013-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Kavanaugh on Mar 19, 2013


Village girls at the Rotary well in Cambodia

In a program on international service, Larry Kavanaugh and Ed Krumwiede told and showed how individuals and small Rotary clubs can improve and impact the lives of people thousands of miles away.  After the disastrous 2004 earthquake and tsunami in Southeast Asia, Larry and Ed turned a planned vacation tour of Thailand and Cambodia into an opportunity to shelter the homeless tsunami survivors and see the evidence a small club had on the health of rural villagers In Cambodia.

March 20th Meeting - BEYOND THE COMFORT RANGE Larry Kavanaugh 2013-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Mar 19, 2013


This week our club hosted our Annual High School Speech Contest. All of the participants used this year’s theme “Peace through Service” to demonstrate their passion for Peace. This year’s winner was Wendy Wong who had to leave before the announcement because she needed to get back to school to take a test.

We wish Wendy well at the Area Semi-Finals!

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March 13th Club Meeting, Annual High School Speech Contest Raymond Ward 2013-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Mar 12, 2013


The Pink Pig has invaded the Rotary Club of Rocklin/Loomis Basin. To learn more Click Here

To follow the Pink Pig journey go to our Facebook Like Page.

What is the Pink Pig? Raymond Ward 2013-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Mar 05, 2013



This week’s meeting saw the induction of our newest member: Larry Gaian. Larry is a long time resident of Rocklin; works in the document imaging field; and, has been a volunteer for the Boy Scouts.  Larry is a welcomed addition to our Club.
Our speaker this week was Kathy Sussman of Children’s Choice for Hearing and Talking (CCHAT) Center. Kathy first showed us an amazing video of children who were diagnosed with severely-profound hearing loss as a baby; and, with the help of digital hearing aids and schooling, were able to hear and speak normally.  
Mar 6 Club Meeting with Kathy Sussman of CCHAT Raymond Ward 2013-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Feb 26, 2013


On February 27th, some of our members were interviewed about our garden project, Rotary Discovery Garden. Rotary Districts were asked to summit 3 major projects one in the beginning stage, one in progress and one which is completed to Rotary International. We are very proud that our project was chosen as the in progress project.

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Feb 27 Rotary Discovery Garden Interviews. Raymond Ward 2013-02-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Chapman on Feb 26, 2013


We were pleased to have Tony Asaro join us this week.  Tony is the Director of the Rivercats Foundation and numerous other non-profit organizations in the Greater Sacramento region. 

Feb 27 Club Meeting with Tony Araro of the Sacramento River Cats Cindy Chapman 2013-02-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Feb 22, 2013


On Feb 23rd, the Rotary Club of Rocklin/Loomis Basin held their 20th Annual Feast for Rotary Crab Feed.

The event was a near sell out again this year; and the participants left happy and full of their favorite shell fish. The dinner started with green salad and clam chowder; followed by a pasta course; and was completed with all you can eat tiger shrimp and crab.


Feb 23 - Feast for Rotary Raymond Ward 2013-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Chapman on Feb 19, 2013


Last week we were joined by the energetic and 8th degree black belt, Linda Reid. Linda is a Master in martial arts with over 35 years of experience.  She is founder of "NEVER A VICTIM" a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women through education and self-defense.  She considered to be one of the foremost women's self-defense instructors in the nation.  
Feb 20 Club Meeting with Linda Reid on Self Protection Cindy Chapman 2013-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Feb 12, 2013


This week Peter Dannenfelser from The Relationship Skills Center joined us to discuss the problem with our youths and the relationships they form as adults.

A few statistics: 46% of all children born in Sacramento County are born out of wedlock. In the African American community it is over 70%.

Why is this important?

Feb 13 Club Meeting Peter Dannenfelser From The Relationship Skills Center Raymond Ward 2013-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Feb 05, 2013

Today we heard from Carl Guttermann from the California Automobile Museum. Carl gave a history lesson of the museum which started as the Towne Ford Museum to present day. The museum has currently reached an agreement to buy their location and are raising funds to rebuild on their property.

Feb 6 Club Meeting w the CA Car Museum Raymond Ward 2013-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Jan 31, 2013


As part of our literacy objective, the Rotary Club of Rocklin/Loomis Basin  provided dictionaries to the 2nd grade students at Cobblestone and Rocklin Elementary Schools. Local Rotarians understands the importance of students learning to read at a young age. Students learn to read until the 3rd third grade.  If students have not mastered this skill by this milestone, they entire futures are adversely affected by their lack of literacy.  Our Club is committed to helping our young students learn to read in order to realize a brighter future. The dictionary project is just one of the ways we are assisting the students in our community. 

Feb 1st Dictionary Delivery Raymond Ward 2013-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Chapman on Jan 29, 2013
Tom Burress joined us this week as our speaker.  Tom is a retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant, former motivational speaker for National Education Centers, and continues to serve as the Director for the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. March in Sacramento where he has served for the past 24 years.  The annual "March for the Dream" was established to eliminate the achievement gap, by bringing into the community what everyone needs. 

Tom reminded us of the importance of community service, and challenged us to ask ourselves where our involvement and commitment levels lie within our communities. 
Jan 30th Club Meeting with Tom Burruss Cindy Chapman 2013-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Jan 22, 2013

Today we had the pleasure of having LCDR Ted Robinson speak again about his WWII experiences. Since he previously recounted his rescue of JFK, this time he decided to tell about a fellow sailor under his command.
Earl was a trouble maker from Harlem and from a tough upbringing. Early in his career, Earl was caught stealing and LCDR Robinson had to make a decision on Earl’s future. He decided to give him another chance. Later, while trying to rescue troops, LCDR Robinson was stuck in a bay and his only chance of getting out was for one of the smaller wooden boats to ramp his boat. It was a suicide mission. 
Jan 23rd Club Meeting w/LCDR Ted Robinson Raymond Ward 2013-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Jan 15, 2013
Today Bill Tobin, Past President of the El Dorado Hills Club and ShelterBox USA representative, spoke to us about the ShelterBox Program.
ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter, warmth, and dignity to people affected by disaster worldwide. Shelterbox is not a Rotary International Program, but it was started by Rotarians and is now an official partner.
Unlike Rotary International programs that are designed as long-term relief, ShelterBox is designed for immediate relief after a disaster. Last year, they had deployments for 31 different disasters worldwide.
For more information check out their website: www.shelterboxusa.org

More pictures, click here

Jan 16th Club Meeting Bill Tobin of ShelterboxUSA Raymond Ward 2013-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Chapman on Jan 08, 2013




This week's meeting was a Club Assembly.  Our president guided us throughout a reflection of accomplishments for the first half of the year which included earning the title of "Premier Club" - achieved by only four other clubs in the district.  He also shared the upcoming goals and events to be accomplished in the second half.  The biggest of those, is our upcoming "Feast for Rotary". 

Ray Ward directed members to the new and improved website.  Unfortunately, the Clubhouse's wi-fi was non-cooperative, leaving members to their own visualizations as Ray guided us through the specifics. 

John Nitta provided an update on the "Feast" and those areas still needing volunteers.  He also re-iterated the need to secure major/corporate sponsors to further the Rotary Discovery Garden project.

Click Here for more pictures 

Jan 9th Club Assembly Cindy Chapman 2013-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Jan 01, 2013

For the first meeting of 2013, Brad called the meeting to order at the Ugly Mug in Loomis.

Our speaker was Don Kleinfelder, Executive Director of Child Advocates of Placer County. This group is the eyes and ears of the court for Foster Children in the Placer County. Their job is to report to the judge what they feel is in the best interest of the child, given the circumstances, and to be a consistent, reliable adult in the child’s life.
To learn more about this organization, go to www.casaplacer.org.

An excellent start to the new year! 


Jan 2nd Club Meeting Don Kleinfelder of CASA Raymond Ward 2013-01-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Dec 18, 2012


The Rotary Club of Rocklin/Loomis Basin had their annual Holiday Party at Whitney Oaks Country Club. 



The evening began with socializing between members and their guests. Brad began the meeting by thanking members for a successful first months of the Rotary year.   

Dec 19th Annual Club Holiday Party Raymond Ward 2012-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Chapman on Dec 11, 2012

This week we were joined by guest speaker Carrie Beth Bowin, Executive Director of For One Another Foundation, Inc.  In 2007, Carrie Beth suffered a life changing event that prompted her to leave the real estate business in order to serve those that were less fortunate.  In 2008 she ventured off to Honduras where she spent two months in order to learn to speak Spanish while working at the local orphanages filling in the gaps of necessary supplies that were not covered by the local government. 

During a medical relief mission to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, the dire need for clean water became apparent.  Dehydration and diseases borne from the parasite infested waters was the predominate health concern.   

Dec 12th Club Meeting w/Carrie Bowin 'For One Another' Clean Water Cindy Chapman 2012-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Dec 07, 2012
Saturday, December 8th was a busy day for the Rotary Club of Rocklin/Loomis Basin. At 8am, 12 of our Rotarians and six guests showed up at Gary Doupkin Manufacturing to help with the Loomis Basin Christmas Basket Program.
First, we worked hard sorting hundreds of bags and boxes of food onto tables that we set up in a warehouse. Once the food was sorted, everyone lined up to grab a box of specific food items, and placed a certain amount of each item into over 400 boxes. The boxes of food that we helped create were distributed to needy families in Loomis and Rocklin the next day.



Dec 8th, Busy Day for our Club Raymond Ward 2012-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Dec 05, 2012


On December 6th, the Rotary Club of Rocklin/Loomis Basin awarded $1,142.46 to teachers of the Loomis School District through our Teacher Mini-Grant Program.
For the last five years, this Club has provided over $2,500 annually to teachers in the Loomis and Rocklin School districts to help further projects in their classrooms that are not funded from other sources. As a club, we are thrilled to help local teachers in their classrooms.
We will make the official presentation to the winning teachers in the Rocklin Unified School District soon.

From left to right: Glenn Lockwood, Principal H. Clarke Powers Laurel Nichols, grant winner, 2nd grade Kristy Brown, grant winner, 1st grade Ruth Shykowski, grant winner, Resource Teacher Jennifer Wood, grant winner, Kindergarten Mike Edwards, Board Member Kurt Turner, Board Member Jim Foster, Board President Ann Baker, Board Member, Brad Meachan, Rotary Club President

Dec 6th Mini-Grants for Loomis School District Teachers Raymond Ward 2012-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Chapman on Dec 04, 2012
This week we were joined by soon to be fifth time Mayor of Loomis, Walt Scherer.  In addition to his long term career as a local politician, Walt has also served the great state of California as a fraud investigator for the Department of Conservation, Division of Recycling.  There is an astounding $1.7 billion dollars worth of funds that exchange hands through Beverage Container Recycling Program on an annual basis.  

The Program concentrates on the recycling of aluminum, glass, plastic, and bimetal (imported beers) containers.  Interestingly, containers holding wine, distilled spirits, dairy, or grape juice are exempt from participation in the Program.

Walt walked us through the detailed process of container recycling which opened our eyes to the possibilities for fraud.

Dec 5 Club Meeting with Walt Scherer Cindy Chapman 2012-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Nov 27, 2012
This week, we had the pleasure of having Brian Gladden, a past President of the Roseville Club, speak to our club. It was amazing that Brian, at only 45 years old, has had an association with Rotary for over 30 years.
Brian started his Rotary experience as an Interactor (Rotary high school club) serving as the District Interact Governor. During college, he joined Rotaract (Rotary ccollege club), and eventually become a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.
Brian’s main subject for the day was his Nation Immunization Day (NID) trip to India to vaccinate children. Brian explained to us how on the first day they immunized children at the medical center, and how on the second day, they went out into the community and immunized the children.  
Nov 28 Club Meeting w Brian Gladden Raymond Ward 2012-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Chapman on Nov 13, 2012

This week we tested our luck with our meeting being held at Thunder Valley Casino - while Whitney Oaks Clubhouse is undergoing a facelift. 

Two of our members, Ray Ward and Ed Krumweide, were presented with Ignite Awards for sponsoring two new members each to our Club.

We were also pleased to have two new members inducted into our Club this week.  Larry Kavanaugh, who took a short hiatus from membership and has returned; and Jeff Gordon, who has transferred from the Folsom Lake Club.  

This week's meeting was the official kick-off for the areas most elegant "Feast for Rotary" crab feed event to be held on February 23, 2013.  This is the Club's 20th Anniversary event!  Save the Date!

Nov. 14th Club Meeting with Past District Governor Steve Lemmon Cindy Chapman 2012-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Chapman on Nov 06, 2012

This week, we were honored to be visited by our District Governor, Bob Deering, his wife Chris, and Assistant District Governor, Bill Smith.  Bob voiced his concerns for the direction our country has taken with the citizens apparent lack of ethics.  He reminded us of Rotary's "Four Way Test" and our responsibilities in teaching our children, and the younger generation, of these important values. 

Bob shared with us the background of our current president of Rotary International, Sakuji Tanaka, and how he came to be a Rotarian. 

We were encouraged to spend time reading to children.  Statistics point to the jaw dropping fact that two thirds of our countries children cannot read past a third grade level. 

Ray Ward was presented with a Rotary 4-Way Test Pin to acknowledge the fact that he was selected as the Club member who best exemplifies the definition of a Rotarian.  Congratulations and thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to our Club!



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Nov 7th Club Meeting with District Governor Bob Deering Cindy Chapman 2012-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Nov 01, 2012

Groucho Marx once said:  “I refuse to belong to a club that would have me as a member.”  That is NOT how I feel about being back in the Rotary Club of Rocklin/Loomis Basin.  Thank you for allowing me to return.  I’m aware of some of the projects you have in play and applaud you for them.  I often walk for exercise in a park in Rocklin and see the benches the club installed there and I am especially impressed with the community garden you have been working on. 

I have been working on a project of my own for some time but I now feel ready to return to the good work Rotary does in the community and in the world.  I promise my best effort as long as it does not involve heavy lifting or large donations.  I’m just a humble pensioner as you know. 

I know people are and should be judged by what they do and not what they say.  I will try to be worthy.

Larry Kavanaugh 

Message from Returning Member and Former District Governor Larry Kavanaugh Raymond Ward 2012-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Oct 30, 2012
Do you have a bucket list? This week’s speaker Steve Bender had one, and on top of that list was climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro .
After our Mickey Mouse President, Brad (just returned from the Happiest Place on Earth) struggled because of a cook who overslept.  We stretched out the announcements, watched a video from Shelby our RYE Student in Germany , and played a little trivia - all before we ate.
After breakfast, Steve, a Rotarian from the Roseville Lunch Club, described how he and his daughter accomplished this feat. Steve trained walking the stairs at the Galleria, practiced on Mt. Shasta, researched a climbing company, and developed a cause “Climbing for Cancer" before he left.  Then he shared pictures of the climbing team, and their trip from the jungles at the base of the mountain, up to the snow covered peaks. He also described how the change of altitude affected their breathing and bodies. 

 All in all, he had a great time! Check that one off the Bucket List.

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Oct. 31 Club Meeting with Steve Bender Raymond Ward 2012-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Chapman on Oct 23, 2012

Our president elect, Christy Barros, was able to showcase her leadership skills by filling in for President Brad in his absence, at this week's meeting.  She announced that although we would like to be able to fund all of the teachers that were selected to receive mini-grants last week, the budget proved to be short by $128.  She challenged the Club members to dig deep, and open their wallets wide, when the the "Happy Bucks" bucket is passed around later in the meeting.  Of course, the members rose to the challenge, and we are happy to announce the needed funds were raised.  

Oct. 24 Club Meeting with Steve Lack District Govenor Elect 5160 Cindy Chapman 2012-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Oct 21, 2012


In honor of World Polio Day, which is widely recognized on 24 October, the ROTARY CLUB of Rocklin/Loomis Basin is collecting donations as part of Rotary’s 27-year mission to eradicate the crippling childhood disease polio.

On World Polio Day (Oct. 24), Rotary International will also launch the “World’s Biggest Commercial”, an innovative, interactive campaign at endpolionow.org, that gives everyone a chance to join Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bill Gates, Jackie Chan, Amanda Peet and other world figures and celebrities already participating in Rotary’s “This Close” campaign (as in, “this close” to ending polio) in raising awareness and support for polio eradication.

Also on World Polio Day, Rotary will make available for purchase “End Polio Now,” an eclectic album of songs performed by its celebrity polio eradication ambassadors from the music industry, including polio survivors Itzhak Perlman (classical violin); Donovan (folk rock); and Staff Benda Bilili (Congolese soukous). The album will be available via iTunes and at shop.rotary.org.

World Polio Day follows a succession of significant developments that have made 2012 one of the most important years in the history of the polio eradication initiative.

World Polio Day Raymond Ward 2012-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Oct 16, 2012
Did you know the California Community College System is the least expensive college system in America? This is just one the interesting facts we learned when Sierra College President, Willy Duncan, (a fellow Rotarian) spoke at our meeting this week.
In addition, Willy Duncan shared with us the history of the higher education system in California, Sierra College curriculum, location of their campuses, and the financial situation the school is facing. It seemed everyone found the information very interesting.

John and Willy also discussed our Club working with the Sierra College Veteran Group again in the future.

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Oct 17 Club Meeting with Willy Duncan, Sierra College President Raymond Ward 2012-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Oct 09, 2012
The racing Rotarians of Rocklin/Loomis Basin made a pit stop this week at Bill McAnally Racing (BMR) in Roseville .
Bill recited his story of turning a hobby into a successful, five time championship racing team. Bill explained that his team operates in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series which is a developmental series for NASCAR. BMR is also a promoter and is holding a race on October 12th and 13th at Roseville All American Speedway.
Bill also gave us a tour of his huge facility. We saw rows of race cars as well as the service area where anyone can bring their cars in to be worked on by Bill’s expert mechanics. James inquired what it would cost to have them swap out the engine in his BMW. Sorry James - you could not handle the extra power and speed.   
Watch for Bill's special auction item at the Feast for Rotary event in February. 

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Oct 10 Club Meeting at Bill McAnally Racing Raymond Ward 2012-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Oct 02, 2012
This meeting was our monthly meeting in Loomis at the Ugly Mug.
We were joined by leaders of the Del Oro Interact Club (high school version of a Rotary Club). Their Presidents discussed their goals for the upcoming year.  
In addition, our speaker this week was Janis Wikoff from the Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center. Janis provided us with the history of the building, and their future plans, as they continue to renovate the building. She was happy to report that they recently finished a $200,000 re-roofing project.
To learn more about how you can support the center through membership, or by watching a movie or performance, please visit www.livefromauburn.com

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Oct 3 Club Meeting with Janis Wikoff of the Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center Raymond Ward 2012-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Sep 25, 2012
This week’s meeting had everything.  Ron Tompt finally graduated from Red Badge status to Blue Badge; and we learned many interesting facts about wine.
Ron’s promotion was well deserved and the Club appreciates all the hard work Ron is doing to help us achieve our 501 (c)3 status.
Our guest speaker was former District Governor, and wine expert, Brian Moore. Brian upgraded our knowledge on our favorite beverage. Unfortunately, samples were not provided.  Now our Rotarians know how to act in a restaurant when we order wine. I guess no more chewing on the cork when the waiter opens the bottle.

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Sept 26 Brian Moore PDG "Wine Smarts" Raymond Ward 2012-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Sep 18, 2012
This week, our President was spared of his recent theatrics, as his bell remains in his possession.
Ed auctioned off some items donated by Riebes Napa Auto Parts at the Hot Chili/Cool Cars Event last weekend.  All remained calm until the fleece jacket was offered.  This brought out the competition among our members, and the bidding became a little heated.  Christy prevailed, and walked away the proud new owner.
Our speaker was Rocklin City Manager, Ricky Horst, who discussed the state of our wonderful city. Ricky offered a detailed explanation on the statuses of the new shopping centers; the financial condition of the City; his philosophies on running the City; and why a city should plan for it's retirement (complete use of land). Everyone found him very informative. Thank you City Manager Horst.
Sept 19 Club Meeting Ricky Horst "State of Rocklin" Raymond Ward 2012-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Sep 14, 2012


Our Club was out again this year promoting the great principles of Rotary while serving outstanding chili at the 19th Annual Hot Chili Cool Cars event.

This year, in addition to our chili booth, Riebes Napa Auto provided us with an opportunity to partake in their amazingly creative storefront display.  With Riebes' generous donations of t-shirts, baseball caps, etc., our Club raised much needed funds by peddling their wares.  All profits will be returned to our local community by way of donated dictionaries to the elementary schools, food baskets during the holidays, and our community garden at Lonetree Park.  Please show your support of this community oriented, local business by shopping at your nearby Riebes Napa Auto Parts location, or visiting at www.riebes.com.

Thank you to Riebes Napa Auto for your continued support!

Hot Chili Cool Cars Raymond Ward 2012-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Chapman on Sep 11, 2012
This week, Judge Judy Meacham called the meeting to order.  Her husband, President Brad, was taken to task for allowing the priceless bell out of his sight long enough to be "borrowed" and held for ransom.  Mr. President endured a line of questioning from his daughter, Laurie, where he was challenged to convince the "jury" (the Club members) that he could be intrusted to protect the beloved bell for the remainder of his presidential term.  Our president vowed to treat the bell as one of his own, bringing it home with him on a weekly basis.  Once the judge and jury were convinced he will remain responsible
for the bell's safety, and that he was, in fact, a ROTARIAN (not, a ROTATARIAN)- the bell was returned.

Our speaker for today was Coach Villiam Tuirai (Coach V) who provided an energetic and motivational speech on "The life characteristics that yield championship results".  Coach V is a former football coach for U.C. Davis and is now a full-time motivational speaker.  The entire Club was fully motivated and prepared to take on life's challenges from a positive perspective by the end of the meeting.

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Sept 12 Club Meeting with Coach Viliami Cindy Chapman 2012-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Sep 07, 2012
 Image This year our club again sponsored the Rocklin Relay for Life.

In addition to our Bronze Sponsorship, members worked our booth, walked the track and raised additional funds for this worthy cause.

Our Rocklin High Interact club (high school version of Rotary), also raised funds and walked for our club.

In May of 2013, look for us at the Loomis Relay for Life event.
Support for Rocklin Relay For Life Raymond Ward 2012-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Aug 31, 2012


Our club became the first club in the District (41 clubs) and the 3rd in the Zone (25 Districts) to achieve the status of Premier Ignite Club!
If you were not aware, the Rotary Zone Director, Ken Boyd, developed this program to help grow Rotary club memberships. This program was designed to create the activity that would help us grow and retain members.
Depending club size, each club needed to score a certain number of points in order to qualify for the premier status.  We needed 310 points to qualify.  On August 29th, when we inducted Conrad Spadero and Phil Stein, we achieved exactly 310 points.  At the Fireside Chat and Social, we scored another 25 points.  Bringing our total to 335.
How can you help? Continue to share with others what Rotary is all about, and invite them to one of our meetings.  Remember, we became a Premier Club by working together; and in order to achieve Brad's goals, we need to keep the momentum moving forward.
1st Club to Hit a District Goal Raymond Ward 2012-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Aug 30, 2012
The Club had its first Membership Social of this Rotary year.
The evening began with a Fireside Chat (without a fire) where Rotarians discussed how they transitioned from being a Rotary club member to a Rotarian.  Both new members, and prospective members, listened to President Brad’s vision for this year; how John uses his talents in Rotary; why Ray
invests his time to Rotary; and Mary Jo explained value of treasury to Rotary.

After the presentation, we switched gears and joined the rest of the Club for food, drinks, and friendship. Current members and guests; our four new members; and three prospective members enjoyed Ed’s solar cooked meatballs and other fine food.
Mary Jo was awarded her #1 Sponsor Pin for sponsoring Marlene into the Club.
Thanks to everyone who made this a wonderful evening.

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August 31st Membership Social Raymond Ward 2012-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Aug 28, 2012
At this weeks Rotary Club meeting, we inducted two new members.
Phil Stein is a local business owner of Stein & Sons Cremation and Burial Service. Phil is an active member of the Rocklin Chamber of Commerce and part-time musician.
Conrad Spadero is an active member of the Rocklin Volunteer Police Department and a former lobster salesperson.
We look forward to helping both these gentlemen get more involved in the community.
Our speaker this week was fellow Rotarian Bruce Hester of the Sacramento Club. Bruce shared with us how many of the states borders were created. His presentation was both entertaining and informative. For those of us that attended, we now have a better appreciation when traveling throughout our great nation.

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August 29 Club Meeting with Bruce Hester Discussing States Borders Raymond Ward 2012-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Aug 21, 2012
This week, our president, Brad, received another ransom note from the Bell-nappers; that required him to wear a stunning pair of glasses. Probably, so he could see the bell better.  To view additional shots of Brad in his new glasses check out the pictures.
Later in the meeting, Dave Breninger of the Placer County Water Agency (www.pcwa.net), and Rotarian for over 39 years, told us stories of missing Rotary bells and the history of water in Placer County. Everyone learned more about how the agency moves water throughout the county to satisfy every communities needs.
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August 22 Club Meeting with Dave Breninger of the Placer County Water Agency Raymond Ward 2012-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Aug 14, 2012
At our August 15th meeting, we inducted new member, Marlene Sanborn. Marlene has been a Rotarian for 5 years and transferred her membership from the Rotary Club of Elk Grove to our club. She will bring experience and many talents to our club.

Our speaker was Gary Buckmann, who was a National Rated Gymnast and has been a Coach for the US Olympic Gymnastic Team.

But, what was more incredible is his story. During a practice session at Chico State , he suffered an accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down. His inspirational story is how he used a positive attitude and hard work to recover and again compete at higher level than before the injury, placing 11th at Nationals. 

Gary has proved that Anything is Possible! 
To learn more about Gary visit: www.GaryBuckmann.com

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August 15 Club Meeting with Gary Buckmann Raymond Ward 2012-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Aug 07, 2012

At our August 8th meeting, as Brad was learning how to pronounce Rotarian, Ruth Burgess from the District Membership Committee presented him with a special Rotary pin for sponsoring our club's first new member of the Rotary year.

Then Dave Cannon. a recent graduate of Rocklin High School, shared with us his experince with helping to create the "Every 15 Minutes Program" (that our club sponsored) this last school year. This program reenacts what can happen when students drink and drive. He also showed us a video of the event.

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August 8 Club Meeting with Dave Cannon Raymond Ward 2012-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Jul 31, 2012
If you forgot to join us for this week's meeting, then you are the person that should have attended. 

Our President received another ransom note from the BELL thieves. This week, he was required to conduct the meeting with his right hand on his head. Boy did he get some strange looks from the customers of the Ugly Mug.

Our featured speaker was Nick Lynch who did a wonderful job helping us increase our memories. One of his main points was that you must exercise your memory. He explained like exercising your body, if you spend time each day working on your memory, it will improve.

Unfortunately, Ed could not remember how to get home after the meeting.

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August 1 Club Meeting with Nick Lynch Raymond Ward 2012-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Jul 24, 2012

The July 25th meeting was lots of fun.

Brad received a ransom note from the evil kidnappers of our bell. Sheriff Ed Bonner read the note and assured us that his department was beating the street to solve this crime as quickly as possible.

We also had the pleasure of inducting our newest member, Constantine Perakis. Constantine is a former member of the Granite Bay club and is currently is a VP at California Bank & Trust.

Placer Co. Sheriff Ed Bonner was our speaker today and his topic was "Everything is Caused by Dope, and I Don't Mean the Drug". As usual, he had everyone in stitches. He also updated us on the new jail and the current state of the Sheriff's Department. Thanks, Ed for another entertaining presentation. 

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July 25 Club Meeting with Sheriff Ed Bonner Raymond Ward 2012-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Raymond Ward on Jul 17, 2012
This week our speaker was Mark Soto of Battle for Veterans.

Mark discussed how and why he started this cause. The upcoming fundraiser includes a battle between some of the top high school football teams in the CA (8/24-8/25 2012), a game between the Nevada County Sheriff and the Placer County Sheriff Departments (8/25/2012), and Evening of Honor (8/23/2012) where wounded veterans share their stories.

To learn more about this event, to buy tickets, or to volunteer please go to: http://battleforveterans.org/  
July 18 Club Meeting with Mark Soto of Battle for Veterans Raymond Ward 2012-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson

Do You Put Your "Kids First"??

There are many programs out there to protect the children who are not properly cared for...Kids First is a local program whose main objective is the health and safety of our children.  Barbara Besana, Executive Director, played a jeopardy game with our members to determine how much we know about the program...we did poorly!!  


According to Barbara Besana, their vision is "Our vision is that all children live in a safe, healthy and nurturing home.  Established in 1989, KidsFirst has three sites: Roseville, Auburn, and Citrus Heights.  We provide services to families across the Sierra-Sacramento region."  What a great way to teach us more about the way to get involved!  For more information go to www.kidsfirstnow.org !

Kids First - Barbara Besana, December 10, 2014 Mary Jo Edmondson 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson

Has Your Identity Been Stolen?

Don't mess with Detectives Scott Alford and Ross Byers...they are out to protect the public from identity theft!  There are lots of protective actions you can take to prevent this from happening to you!


Would you mess with these 2?  Do you know the answers to these questions?...if not you need to contact the Placer County Sheriff's Department to learn more!

December 3, 2014 - Placer County Detectives Mary Jo Edmondson 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson

What is this guy doing??

Jeff Arreguy was an interesting guy, however, I am afraid he has had one too many natural disasters ... floods, earthquakes, fires...whatever!!!

November 12 - Jeff Arreguy, Natural Disasters Mary Jo Edmondson 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson

We're Getting Crabby!!

On September 24th we kicked off our Crab Feast - its time to get busy so we can have another great event this year!!


Co-head Chairs, Marlene Sanborn and John Nitta handle the "kicdkoff"!!  Want to buy tickets?  Contact us at 917-497-1321!!

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Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson


It was an exciting morning as we welcomed the District Governor, Fred Teichert and his wife, Nancy!  To add to the excitement, DG Fred inducted our newest member, Gene Ney!

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      Fred Teichert                        Our newest member, Gene Ney!

Fred shared with us his BUILD philosophy for Rotary:

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Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson

As a former RYE student to Bolivia, Angelica del Castillo told her amazing story of her experience in Bolivia during the 2011-12 year!!

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July 30, 2014 - Angelica del Castillo Mary Jo Edmondson 0
Posted by Mary Jo Edmondson


From Crisis Line to a full-service agency, Stand Up Placer creates an environment where everyone needs to be ready to stand up for the cause - the community, the agency and the victim!  This non-profit agency has been a part of this community for the past 36 years, even though it has had several different names - Peace for Families, Placer Women's Center and now Stand Up Placer!

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This facility is survivor driven as violence is a cycle that the victim need to retreat from...if the survivor learns how to build for the future the agency has done their job!

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July 23, 1024 - Michelle Coleman, Stand Up Placer Mary Jo Edmondson 0
Posted by Raymond Ward
  It is a new Rotary year and with that we have a new President, Brad Meacham. Brad began his year with a Club Assembly.

Brad shared his passion for improving Literacy in our schools. Ray discussed our club’s membership goals. Ed provided us with a list of upcoming speakers and his plans for fun socials. Mary Jo explained the importance of the Rotary Foundation to the club.

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July 11th Meeting - Club Assembly Raymond Ward 0
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