Scroll - April 2016

Paul's Place - Friday, April 29th, 6:30 am


Acting President O'Neill ably began the meeting with announcements: 

  • Mike A - Introduced Leticia Rivero, 2011 Miss Merced County, who is working at establishing a Rotaract Club at CSU Stanislaus.
    Ideal of Service Recognition Award - five application submitted, now to select and award those who demonstrated outstanding service. 

  • Rich-  Honoring Our Veterans petition and brochure were circulated.  Rich is asking that Rotarians canvas their neighborhoods for signatures.

  • Butch - 3rd Annual, All Star Game Dinner - May 7th. Butch needs assistance at the door and in the kitchen.

  • Butch - Friday, May 13th, Oasis Dinner, The Merced County Rescue Mission Annual Fundraiser

  • Tim - Final Thirsty Thursday, May 5th, Branding Iron, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

  • John - Made reservation for Korea.  He will be attending the Rotary International Convention and celebrate 55 years since his start in the newspaper business as a military reporter.  Congratulations John!

Steve Benner introduced our guest speakers Dave Silvera and Alice Christenson from Hinds Hospice.  A trusted hospice care provider since 1981, Hinds Hospice provides services in Fresno, Madera and Merced counties. Hinds Hospice consists of a professional staff of 190, over 300 devoted volunteers. They are here to help those living with a terminal condition, their caregivers and those who have lost a loved one.  Hinds Hospice Pediatric Care Team specializes in the needs of children, infants through early adulthood, who suffer from a variety of life limiting conditions.  Their pediatric team works with your child’s existing medical caregivers and encourages their continued involvement in your child’s care.

Paul's Place - Friday, April 22nd, 6:30 am


The meeting began as acting President Casey sought announcements: 

  • Betsy - Seeking children’s books as a component of District literacy project.

  • Bob - May 6th, Family of Rotary, Rotary Cove

  • Tim - Last Thirsty Thursday, May 5th, Branding Iron, 5:30 pm

  • Frank - Special Olympics, May 6th, Mariposa H.S.

  • Steve/Bob - N/S Football, Jun 24th, Seeking Ticket Handlers

  • Rich - Renaming of "M" Street to "Veterans Boulevard" Citizens Committee, Tuesday, 26 April, 5:30 pm, United Way


Bob Casey called sponsor Dan Caris and to be Sunrise Rotarian Eric Moore to the podium.  Eric was administered a hearty welcome to the club by Bob, pinned by his sponsor Dan and was provided an opportunity to say a few words.  Eric sized the opportunity to make us all smile through his humorous anecdotes.  We all welcomed Eric with a rousing applause.  


Betsy Donovan introduced a longtime friend and family optometrist Matthew Lee, O.D.  Dr. Lee provided a overview of the Big Three - Age Related Macular Degeneration, Cataracts and Glaucoma in his presentation entitled "Aging And the Effects On Our Eyes."   He spoke of the risk factors and what we can do to minimize those risks, as well as what he looks for as he performs an eye examination.  Facebook - Dr. Matthew Lee


Paul's Place - Friday, April 15th, 6:30 am


Bob Casey filled in as acting President and began the meeting: 

  • John Derby returns!! 

  • Bob - District Leadership Assembly, 21 May, 8:00 AM -1:00 PM, Golden Valley High School, signup sheet going around

  • Mike A - Consider our Ideal of Service Recognition Award

  • Ken Cooper - Tenaya Middle School, Assistant Principal, is seeking individuals fo their College Making It Happen Day, 5:30-7:30, Multi-Purpose Room, business presenters and assistance for the event.

  • Theresa - Many thanks for the participation at the "Every Last Child" event and the Homeless Dinner.

  • Bruce - 13th May Fund Raiser for the Merced Rescue Mission

  • Rich - Progress is underway for the remaining of "M" Street as "Veterans Boulevard" committee.  A web site is active, brochures are being printed as well as posters. Sign our petition please!


Bruce introduced our speaker Jason West. Jason spoke to us about his work with the "HOPE Medical Respite Care" program at the Rescue Mission.  Medical respite care is short-term residential care that allows homeless individuals the opportunity to rest in a safe environment while accessing medical care and other supportive service.  Jason spoke about the benefits, specifically, that homeless patients who participate in medical respite programs are 50% less likely to be readmitted to a hospital at three and twelve months' post-hospital discharge.  This generates significant savings for hospitals and communities.  This program has shown significate benefits to patients and savings to hospital nationwide and now locally!

Paul's Place - Friday, April 8th, 6:30 am


Bob got the meeting got underway, announcements given: 

  • Mike A - “Ideal of Service Recognition Award” Know someone who provided extraordinary service?  Write it up, as 10 nominees are needed by 15 April. Web site TBA.
    Fund raising dinner for a Western Poultry Association Scholarship will be held at Mike's house 16 April, tickets $50.

  • Gina - Youth Scholarships, Merced H.S. 

  •  Theresa - "Every Last Child" Event 14 April, Merced Theater, starting at 5:30 pm, catering by Melissa’s Catering. District Governor is coming

  • 2016-17 President Elect by acclimation

  • Bruce - Oasis Dinner, $35 per ticket, 13 April 


Mike Altomare was elected as President Elect by acclimation!

Theresa received her 2nd Paul Harris, congratulations Theresa!


Butch introduced our guest speaker Spence Boelter.  Spence is the Area Director for Young Life Merced County and provided his message about what Young Life is, how it operates, who it serves, what it does and how many kids it impacts.


To make the program grow and serve more kids in our county, Spence needs adult volunteers.  Individuals committed to be a presence, a role model, a person toturn to for a young adult who may not have family that can support them in the manner necessary to foster appropriate growth and development.


You may contact Spence at (209) 628-4576 or

The Young Life Merced County web site is:


Paul's Place - Friday, April 1st, 6:30 am


The meeting began as President Cathy sought announcements: 

  • Alan - TGTSFIO at Valley's Mike's House.  Bring your favorite toppings! 

  • Cathy - Board meeting, 6th April at 5:30, Cathy's house

  • Rich - Renaming of "M" Street to "Veterans Boulevard" Citizens Committee, Tuesday, 5 April, 5:00 pm, United Way

  • Frank - Special Olympics, May 6th, Mariposa H.S.

  • Theresa - "Every Last Child," Thursday, April 14th, 5:30 pm Merced Theater, District Governor will be attending
    WAPI Day, Saturday, 2 April, Theresa's house, 10-2
    Homeless Dinner, Monday, 11 April, 5:00 - 6:30 PM, D Street Shelter

  • Eric Moore - "Paint the Town," Leadership Merced project to beautify downtown Merced

  • Cathy - Mike Altomare indicated he would be willing to take leadership role as President Elect as Betsy is leaving the community

  • Michelle - PBS showing of Jackie Robinson, then PBS will be here in Merced at the Boys & Girls Club, April 18th  


Rich Miller introduced our three guests from the UC Merced Rotaract club.  Rotaract members Brenda Rojas, Chanh Nguyen and Stevenson Ton provided insight into their home town, year in school, club responsibilities, educational goals, and career aspirations. 

UC Merced Rotaract web site video:

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