Scroll - January 2016

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


Cathy began the meeting with song, prayer, salute, and Four-Way Test before introduction of guests and announcements.  Announcements included:

  • Tim reminded us that Thirsty Thursday starts on February 11th.  

  • Tim indicated that our meeting next week is at Fineline Industries.

  • Shrimp Feed - You are responsible for will-call tickets says Bob.

  • Betsy is seeking table captains.  Ask your significant other to help out.

  • Board of Directors meeting, February 10th at Cathy's house. 


Mark provided insight into the process to be used in the Speech Contest.  The four contestants would be introduced and provided five minutes to make their speeches.  Kyle, Sam and Bud volunteered as judges, while Alan was the time keeper.  The theme for the speeches was "Be a Gift to the World."  Each contest was awarded a cash prize and David was announced as the 2016 winner for Merced Sunrise Rotary.  Michelle will be assisting as a coach as David moves to the next level to be held at the Elks Club, February 16th.  The District Speech Contest is planned for March 19th. 

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


Bob Casey was tapped to facilitate the meeting today while Cathy addresses grand parenting duty.  Announcements included:

  • Bob indicated that a Shrimp Feed meeting would be taking place Wednesday, 27 January at 5:30pm in the Merced College dining room.

  • Mark is seeking judges for the speech contest next Friday, 29th January.

  • RYLA Camp is taking place 12-15 February.  Gina is seeking women counselors for the event and drivers to get the kids to Atwater.

  • Thirsty Thursday starts next month on February 11th.  Tim indicated that we will be taking the lead this spring.

  • Bruce provided tickets for the Pancake Breakfast supporting Haven of Hope, Women's Recovery Program, on Saturday, 13 February, from 7:30-10:30 am at the First Baptist Church.  


Roy Hoglund gave an encore presentation as our members were so enamored last month that he was immediately invited back to continue the talk.  One of the major efforts at UC Merced is to study Valley Fever.  The disease is caused by a fungus in the soil and dust found here in the Central Valley.  Symptoms are similar to the flu, with many not knowing they have contracted Valley Fever.  It is estimated that upwards of 40% of valley residents have had the disease.  Up to 40% of individuals who contract the disease require extensive treatment and the disease can be deadly.   One primary long term goal of the research is to develop a vaccine for Valley Fever.  In that process it is hoped that the University can obtain a Bio Safety Level 3 (BSL-3) facility to conduct their research.


Roy also spoke about research taking place at other universities that is beginning to provide researchers with alternatives to animal testing.  One such effort used chip technology.  Others involve growing human cell tissues that can be tested to determine the efficacy of a drug or treatment specific to one individual.   


The future holds much promise and will only come to fruition with additional research, such as being conducted at UC Merced.

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


Alan took the reins today in Cathy absence.  Announcements included:

  • Alan welcomed Captain John back, as Alan was handed a serape from John's travels.

  • Galen spoke about the Shrimp Feed and any exchange of tickets should go through him.  Galen also reminded members of the District Mid-Year Assembly Saturday, 13th February, and that we should have as many members possible attending this important event.

  • Mark sought judges and timer for the contest, and mentors for the speech contestants.  The local speech contest will be held on Friday, 29th January.

  • Stuart was awarded is fourth Paul Harris pin!  Congratulations Stuart!!


Mike Altomare presented insight in Vocational Service as the District Chair for Vocational Service.  His empassioned comments can be summarized as follows:  What is Vocational Service?


Vocational Service is one of Rotary’s Avenues of Service.  Vocational Service calls every Rotarian to:

  • Aspire to high ethical standards in their occupation;

  • Recognize the worthiness of all useful occupations, and;

  • Contribute their vocational talents to the problems and needs of society.

Rotarians, clubs, and districts should implement the following strategies in their support of Vocational Service:

  • Strengthen the emphasis on vocation and classification in new member recruitment and induction.

  • Identify means of emphasizing vocation in club activities.

  • Create a stronger emphasis on business networking with integrity in Rotary at the club and district level.

  • Focus more attention on business networking with integrity as a means of attracting and mentoring the new generation.

  • Emphasize the connection between the Four Way Test and the Rotary Code of Conduct and their importance to the values of Rotary.

When professionals join a Rotary club, they do so as a representative of their classification – their particular business or profession.  Rotarians have the dual responsibility of representing their vocation within the club and exemplifying the ideals of Rotary within the workplace.  One of the central goals of Vocational Service is to promote and advance Rotary’s high ethical standards. Two useful tools Rotarians have to assess these standards are The Four-Way Test, Object of Rotary, and The Rotary Code of Conduct.  

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


The following announcements were made before our Club Assembly began:

  • Hank has a new grandchild

  • Doug invited members to a dinner in Modesto supporting a group that protects individuals against human trafficking

  • Steve lost his Shrimp Feed tickets and then found them mangled by his cat

  • Tim is celebrating his 39th wedding anniversary

  • Michelle had a fire at her home


Cathy invited Officers and Directors to report on current issues.

  • Bob spoke about the Shrimp Feed and a meeting to be held in a week or so

  • Galen reminded members that the Mid-Year District Assembly was approaching Saturday, 13th February in Stockton.

  • Mike C. addressed outcomes for the By-Law and Finance Committees.  He then shared specific pages of our web site.  

  • Cathy asked if members were interesting a Rotary shirt.

  • Tim spoke about the Marble Game - Its back!!  He then reminded us that a vocational tour at Fine Line (maker of Centurion Boats) was scheduled Feb 5th, and a potential tour of Merced Screw.  He followed that with upadtes on Thirsty Thursday events, Vocational 180 presenters, and Vocational Scholarships for Merced College students.

  • Theresa brought us up to speed regarding World Water Day on 25 March (for us 19 March), where we would be assembling 2,000 WAPI (Water Pasteurization Indicators) kits.

  • Butch informed us that he and Mark had subdivided the Next Generations Directorship into Athletic and Non-Athletic activities. A number of spring activities are planned.

  • Dortha thanked the members who participated in the Bell Ringing at SaveMart and the homeless dinner in December.  Plans are afoot for several Community events this spring.

  • Stuart passed out brochure regarding the Paul Harris Society and promised that he would speak more at our next meeting.



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