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

President Bob Casey started the meeting, introduced guests and sought announcements: 

  • Nancy indicated the Kick-Out Party is tonight at Lake Merced Yacht Club.  Set-up 5:00 PM, festivities at 5:30 PM.  Alan indicated that the dinner would be Tri-tip sandwiches, bring a salad or side dish.  

  • Steve reminded us that the Giants game is tomorrow! The bus departs at 7:30 AM from the park. 

 

We welcomed a new member into our club.  Steve Hobbs has been a member of the Atwater Club.  He is transferring as his job is now in Merced as Principal in the Merced Union High School District.  Welcome aboard Steve!

Mike Altomare passed along a message from Rich.  We are now members of Amazon Smile. If you indicate so on Amazon purchases, our club benefits financially.  Give it a try, we can all benefit!

Bob provided an update to the Citizens Committee regarding Veterans Boulevard.  The City Planning Commission has provided some preliminary costs estimates.  At this time the estimate is about $61K.  The City Council has verbally endorsed the concept.  The Council told the city staff to (1) proceed with the project and (2) set up a public hearing.  More work is needed, but the project is progressing.  Many thanks to Rick Miller for his efforts to move this project along!

Mike Altomare made a request to the membership.  He is seeking a Secretary to take over the duties in the 2017-18 Rotary Year as he becomes President.  Galen has been doing a terrific job for the past two years as our current Secretary and this will complete this three-year commitment to the position.  The overall duties were described and involve taking attendance, addressing make-ups, posting said information on DACdb, tracking membership and developing minutes of Board meetings.  Interested?? Contact Mike A.   

Galen was next on the agenda.  His presentation provided members with an overview of DACdb.  How do you access the resource?  What an you find on the site?  How do you edit information?  How do you send email or PMail?  Do we have direct access to our club web site?  How do you access the Rotary International web site?    A most informative presentation that all members should take to heart.  Learning to access these resources can keep you informed about club activities, mechanisms to contact club members, and garner greater understanding of Rotary, its components, its goals, and how you can assist.  Well done Galen!!!   (Get the full presentation!)

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

President Bob Casey started the meeting, introduced guests and sought announcements: 

  • Janet Appling-Kasper, Merced County Human Services Agency - Volunteer Program, is seeking volunteers to assist seniors who do not have family to assist them.  Volunteers serve two (2) hours per month.  Contact Janet at 209.354.2525

 

Anthony Thomas, manager of the Merced Union High School District Information Technology Service Department was welcomed to speak about the Connected Imitative. Students are now using Chrome Books throughout the District and have connectivity while at school.  Students in lager communities have access to WiFi connectivity at local establishments such as McDonalds, Barns & Noble and Starbucks.  However, students from smaller communities have difficulty connecting either at home or in the community.  The Connected efforts is to join forces - education, business, government, and community to seek ways that students in smaller communities can gain access.  One way that has been discussed is outfitting school busses with WiFi.  Another is to have a traveling WiFi hot spot that could journey on a regular schedule to various communities such as public transportation busses.

 

Should you have any ideas that might assist or if you would like to become involved with the effort, contact Anthony at the MUHSD District Office

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

President Bob Casey started the meeting, introduced guests and sought announcements: 

·    Butch Hughes introduced Kristie Dunham, a teacher and Head Water Polo Coach at El Capitan H.S. who, in turn, introduced Alexis Smith, Alexander Jasso, Cullie Norton, Natalie Fromtellua and Amika Jones, students currently under her tutelage. Kristie took 5 minutes to explain a few aspects of the game of water polo.

·    Mike Cuchna revealed that President Bob was recently recognized in the County Times with a quote and asked if it were possible for him to fine himself. Steve Benner mercifully intervened to pay the fine for Bob.

·    President Bob provided an update on DG Tia and announced that her visit had been postponed until September 1st and 2nd. He also announced that members should check the club calendar routinely to remain well informed. It is currently displaying programs through September 2nd.

 

     Mike Cuchna introduced Sara Sandrik, the Public Information Officer for the Merced City School District.  Sara previously served for nearly a decade as the North Valley Bureau Chief and Weekend Anchor for ABC 30 News.

     Sara gave an overview of the myriad reconstruction and modernization projects currently in progress throughout the school district. A paramount element of these projects is safety; therefore, the scope will include upgrading of water systems, installation of surveillance cameras, revision of parking arrangements and nearby traffic flow.

     Sara also highlighted several aspects of the instructional curriculum, including the STEAM Academy (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). She announced that five new technology teachers have been hired to bolster the academy’s staff.  Groundbreaking for the academy is planned for September at the Ada Givens school site. We also learned that new Language Arts material will be in use this fall.

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