Scroll - March 2016

Paul's Place - Friday, March 25th, 6:30 am

 

The meeting got underway and announcements provided: 

  • Alan - A TGTSFIO Pizza Party will be held at the home of Mike and Janice on 2 April starting at 6:00 PM.  Bring your favorite topping!

  • Mike A - Know someone who provided extraordinary service?  Write it up, as 10 nominees are needed by 15 April.

  • Mike A - Fund raising dinner for a Western Poultry Association Scholarship will be held at Mike's house 16 April, tickets $50.

  • Cathy - District Assembly 21 May at Golden Valley HS
                   Board Meeting, 5:30 PM, 6 April at Cathy's house

  • Rich - New project approved b the Board to rename "M" Street - Veterans Boulevard.  Meeting to be held at United Way, 5 April at 5:30 PM

  • Theresa - WAPI, Saturday at 1:00 PM at Theresa's
                       "Every Last Child" tickets available, posters on hand, and
                       catering by Melissa’s Catering. Our District Governor is coming

  • Bylaw amendments were approved

  • 2016-17 Slate of Officers approved

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

Patrick Lunney, Chief of Investigations for Merced County, was introduced as our guest speaker.  Pat had much to offer with respect to changes coming down the pike on crime prosecution. As the State law changes who will be proscute?  Those that we are "mad at" or those that we are "afraid of."  The implementation of Assembly Bill 109 – the 2011 Public Safety Realignment,  effective October 1, 2011, mandates that individuals sentenced to non-serious, non-violent or non-sex offenses will serve their sentences in county jails instead of state prison. This shifts the burden of incarnation from state corrections facilities to local county facilities.  All correctional facilities are overcrowded, hence the need to determine who do we prosecute - what level of crime? This is an undoing discussion and changes continue to come down from the state only adding to the dilemma.

 

For more see - 60 Minutes, 3 April 2016

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Paul's Place - Friday, March 11th, 6:30 am

 

The meeting began as President Cathy sought announcements: 

  • Atwater Rotary is hosting a tour of the Merced College
    Botanical Gardens 24 March

  • By-Law revisions will be voted upon at the Match 25th meeting

  • Theresa reminded Rotarians of the
    WAPI gathering at her house, 26 March
    Film 14 April entitles "Every Last Child" at the Merced Theater
    18th March a D Street Dinner is planned

  • Tim reminder Rotarians to consider individuals who
    "Who Influenced You Most" as this will become the new topic as we end the Vocational 180 with Ross Simonet this week

 

Ross then provided his Vocational 180.  It is always amazing to recognize the background of our club members.  Where they came from, what education and career paths they choose.  The path that Ross has taken is no exception.

 

Bob Casey then was asked to provide a Shrimp Feed update as part of our Club Assembly.  From his report all is going well.  Tickets sold exceeded 400 to date, the bar is ready to open, permits have been obtained, table seating is almost complete, table captain assignments have been assigned and directions prepared.  Pasta will be cooked this afternoon and table decorations will begin.  Individual tables may be decorated tomorrow afternoon.  Here we go! 

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Paul's Place - Friday, March 4th, 6:30 am

 

What a treat it was to have a Vocational tour of Merced Screw Products.  President, Steve Centivich, provided an overview of his company including its origins, products produced, number of employees, wages and companies they manufacture for.  Steve then allowed us to tour the manufacturing floor.  Here we saw one of the two shifts using CNC techniques with machines over 50 years old working like clockwork producing metal components ranging in size from a mere one inch, to parts several feet in length and inches in diameter.  Crew training is ongoing as new employees are hired and new manufacturing techniques are brought online to meet the ever growing demand of high quality components for customers as the shop is ISO 9000 compliant.  It was a surprise to many Rotarians that precision manufacturing occurs here in Merced.  To learn more visit, the Merced Screw Products web site.

 

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