President Dave Doyle made an unexpected appearance as he was scheduled to be out of town on business. However, it was good to see him, and he fulfilled his Rotary duties admirably. Mike Renberg started the meeting with the flag salute and Bob Garcia gave the thought for the day.
Bob Garcia reported on the recent meeting with the club’s new IT manager, Kyle Barnes from Seattle Software Solutions. The club’s website is now up and running at www.fresnosunrise.org. Bob pointed out some of the new features of the site including a calendar which will list events of not only the club but of the district. Bob requested photos from members regarding anything having to do with Rotary, so we may put it on the website. For now, all information and photos will go through the club secretary.
Alan Uyemura reported on the Salvation Army bell ringing which will be held on Thursday, December 6th at the east entrance of J.C. Penney's at the Fashion Fair Mall. He passed out a sign-up sheet to the members who were interested in participating.
Dave reminded the members that the Clubs Christmas party will be held on Wednesday, December 5th at the Old Spaghetti Factory. There will be a gift exchange.
Dave also announced that the November Board meeting will be held at his office on Tuesday November 13th beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Pete Pulos, Principle at Cambridge High School recognized the schools outstanding students and staff member for the month of November. Larry Hopper provided certificates of outstanding performance to Britney Lanier (staff), Oriallana Gutierrez and Jesse Yetes (students). In addition, the students received a $40 gift certificate to Target.
Jacque Smith Garcia introduced her guest and speaker for the morning, Ms. Marilyn Bamford, Executive Director of Uplift Family Services. The company is a private, non-profit agency and is one of the largest mental health treatment programs in the western United States. Ms. Bamford provided a fascinating history of the company which started as an orphanage for rescued Chinese women brought to the United States 150 years ago for illicit purposes. The company provides a myriad of services including individual, family and group therapy, early childhood services, social skill development, psychological testing, case management, crisis intervention, treatment for children, youth and families affected by child sexual abuse and several more.
Next week our featured speaker will be Dawn Golik, Director of the Fresno District Office of the Small Business Administration.
Our greeters will be Mike Renberg and Wayne Thomas. Our thought for the day will come from Jason Obenauf.
Last Thursday Joe Villareal stood in for our President, Dave Doyle. Robert Howk led the flag salute and Larry Hopper gave us our thought for the day. Our guests included Nick Dounias, an alumnus from Sunrise Rotary and Paul Pierce from the Cultural Arts club. Paul announced his club’s fund raiser, A Shinzen Stroll to be held on Sunday, November 11th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This champagne brunch event will offer food, music and champagne at the Shinzen Gardens in Woodwood Park. Tickets are $35 pre-order or $40 at the door. Paul gave two tickets to the club which will be raffled off this Thursday to some lucky member.
Alan Uyemura reported on the Chocolate Run and encouraged all members to attract sponsors as that is where the club will make most of its money. He reported that in-kind contributions will not be necessary this year.
Phil reported on the up coming meeting with our new web site manager. This meeting is scheduled for Saturday, November 3rd beginning at noon at his office. Anyone with pictures of our Rotary events and service club projects is asked to forward them to Phil as we hope to put them on the new web site.
Alan Uyemura introduced Thomas Dodd who is a member of the Sierra Model A club of America. Mr. Dodd, along with two other members provided a picture history of the car including information about its founder, Henry Ford. Mr. Ford produced his first car, a quadracycle in 1896. The sale of this one car led to the production of many more until he founded Ford Motor company in 1903. That year he manufactured the first Model A car and sold it for $800 for a two-seater and $900 for a four-seater. Because of the invention of the assembly line, the cost of the model A cars was significantly reduced in later years, making it affordable for the average person. After the meeting Rotarians were able to inspect three model A cars the members brought with them.
Next week Jacque Smith Garcia will introduce Chris Roup, the Executive Director for NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness). Joe Villareal be our greeter this week and he has the cash box. Our thought for the day will come from Wayne Thomas. We will see all of you then.