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Scroll - October 2016

Paul's Place - Friday, October 21, 2016, 6:30 am

 

President Casey opened the meeting with announcements.

Field of Honor – Nancy indicated that FOH meeting took place and we are on target with respect to preparations.  She reminded us that on October 29th at 1:00 pm we at Mike Altomare's house to assemble 500 flags – pizza to follow.  Posters are still available! 

Foundation Dinner - 100th Anniversary, San Joaquin County Country Club, 5 November.  Mike Altomare suggested that Rotarians could made a donation to the Foundation even if they were not able to attend.  He would be glad to forward you donation.  Frank thought this would move us toward the club goal for this year.


N/S Football – Bob Greene spoke about the scholarship goal for 2017.  They hope to award $30-33K with the help of Chowchilla Carl’s Jr.  More information will be forthcoming.

 

Program – We have heard of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, but today we had an opportunity to hear from Haipeng Li who was a participant in the Chinese Cultural Revolution as a young man.  For the next three years after completing high school in 1974 Haipeng became one of 16 million young adults that were moved by the communist government to rural communities to work on farms as a part of the cultural revolution.

Haipeng told of the hardships endured during these three years.  Cold, hunger, and hard manual labor were three things he spoke about.  While working on the farm he met a medical doctor.  The doctor took Haipeng under his tutelage and taught him English from an English medical textbook.  After Haipeng’s time on the farm the communist policies changed again allowing individuals to attend college.  Haipeng was fortunate to be admitted to college to study English.

 

In addition to his personal experiences during the Chinese Cultural Revolution Haipeng provided a brief history of China.  This included an overview of the various Chinese dynasties and current demographic information.  Additionally, he reviewed the political changes that took place in China from 1912 until today.

Haipeng Li joined UC Merced as University Librarian (UL) September 2015. Before coming to UC Merced, he was University Librarian at Hong Kong Baptist University from 2011-2015.  He has also held positions at other academic libraries including the John Cotton Dana Library at Rutgers University-Newark, New Jersey, Oberlin College in Ohio, University of Arizona and Arizona State University.

Paul's Place - Friday, October 21, 2016, 6:30 am

 

President Casey opened the meeting with announcements.

Field of Honor – Nancy indicated that FOH meeting took place and we are on target with respect to preparations.  She reminded us that on October 29th at 1:00 pm we at Mike Altomare's house to assemble 500 flags – pizza to follow.  Posters are still available! 

Foundation Dinner - 100th Anniversary, San Joaquin County Country Club, 5 November.  Mike Altomare suggested that Rotarians could make a donation to the Foundation even if they were not able to attend.  He would be glad to forward you donation.  Frank thought this would move us toward the club goal for this year.


N/S Football – Bob Greene spoke about the scholarship goal for 2017.  They hope to award $30-33K with the help of Chowchilla Carl’s Jr.  More information will be forthcoming.

 

Program – We have heard of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, but today we had an opportunity to hear from Haipeng Li who was a participant in the Chinese Cultural Revolution as a young man.  For the next three years after completing high school in 1974 Haipeng became one of 16 million young adults that were moved by the communist government to rural communities to work on farms as a part of the cultural revolution.

Haipeng told of the hardships endured during these three years.  Cold, hunger, and hard manual labor were three things he spoke about.  While working on the farm he met a medical doctor.  The doctor took Haipeng under his tutelage and taught him English from an English medical textbook.  After Haipeng’s time on the farm the communist policies changed again allowing individuals to attend college.  Haipeng was fortunate to be admitted to college to study English.

 

In addition to his personal experiences during the Chinese Cultural Revolution Haipeng provided a brief history of China.  This included an overview of the various Chinese dynasties and current demographic information.  Additionally, he reviewed the political changes that took place in China from 1912 until today.

Haipeng Li joined UC Merced as University Librarian (UL) September 2015. Before coming to UC Merced, he was University Librarian at Hong Kong Baptist University from 2011-2015.  He has also held positions at other academic libraries including the John Cotton Dana Library at Rutgers University-Newark, New Jersey, Oberlin College in Ohio, University of Arizona and Arizona State University.

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Paul's Place - Friday, October 14, 2016, 6:30 am

 

President Casey opened the meeting and sought announcements.

 

Board Meeting Summary - RYLA expenses have increased and the Board found funds to cover this additional cost so that the same number of students might attend RYLA leadership training. 

Field of Honor – Nancy indicated that FOH posters and post cards are available.  Mark your calendar for Saturday, 29 October at 1:00 pm.  Mike Altomare will be hosting a Flag Assembly Day at his house.

 

Foundation Dinner - 100th Anniversary, San Joaquin County Country Club, 5 November.

2020 Ground Breaking -- Kyle announced that the UCM 2020 groundbreaking would be taking place today at 1:00 pm.

Blanket Drive - Tim O'Neill announced that Image Masters is sponsoring a blanket drive.  Any donations would be appreciated.

Senior Brown Bag Program - Eric Ekizian, North Merced Rotary, announced the 3rd Annual "Sharing the Harvest with Grateful Hearts Party.  Finds will be used to support the Senior Brown Program.

Program – Our program today was provided by Stacie Dabbs the Public Information Officer at Merced County Association of Governments.  Stacie provided information regarding Proposition V, on the ballot this November.  Proposition V is a measure that would increase our tax rate by $.05 (1/2 cent) on purchases we make locally.  

The reason for this voter proposition simple.  Our roads county wide need improvement and we as a county cannot compete with other counties for state and federal funds unless we ourselves have a stake in the grant process that is competitively used to derive funds for such purposes.  Other surrounding counties have already passed a local tax to provide highway funds and are competitive for limited state and federal grant funding. 

If this measure should pass in November, it is estimated, that our county would derive approximately $450 million dollars over a period of 30 years.  This could then be leveraged into $1.1 billion for state and federal sources over that same period.  

A plan is in place for the expenditure of any funds derived by this proposition and is overseen by all appropriate county and city constituents.  The plan considers needs for roads and transit systems within the county based on population and regional needs.   


For more information about Proposition V, see the web site below:
http://www.mcagov.org/240/Measure-V---Transportation-Expenditure-P

For general information about MCAG click here: http://www.mcagov.org/

Paul's Place - Friday, October 7, 2016, 6:30 am

 

President Casey opened the meeting and sought announcements.

Board Meeting - 5:30 pm, Wednesday, 12 Oct, Rich's House 

Field of Honor – Nancy indicated that FOH posters will be available later today or Monday of next week.  Please contact her or Dewayne if you need posters before next Friday.

Foundation Dinner - 100th Anniversary, San Joaquin County Country Club, 5 November.

27th Annual Pancake Breakfast – Merced City Firefighters are hosting their 27th annual Pancake Breakfast at Fire Station 55 located at 3520 N. Parsons Ave Saturday, October 8th from 7:00 am until 11 am.  Tickets: $7 for 6 years and up, free if under 5 years.

 

Program -Today we toured the Merced City Fire Department Station 51.  We were all excited to hear and see the facilities, learn about the equipment (fire trucks) and hear the stories like the grown up kids that we all are.  

We learned that October is National Fire Prevention Month.  The firefighters are busy going to schools and providing kindergarten and second graders information and training about fire prevention and safety.  What a cool thing to do!  Some even call it work!

 

The City of Merced Fire Department has a staff of 65 full time employees: a Fire Chief, a Fire Deputy Chief, three Fire Battalion Chiefs, 57 firefighters, one Fire Inspector, and two secretaries.  Personnel are divided and assigned in three shifts consisting of 19 personnel.  They staff 5 engines and can respond to calls from 5 strategically located fire stations within the City, 24 hours per day within 4-6 minutes from the time a call is received.

In 2015, the City of Merced Fire Department responded to 9,282 calls and this year are well on tract to have responded to over 10,000 calls for service. most of which are calls for medical emergencies.

One very interesting video that was shown highlighted showed two rooms, identically build, that had fires started under the same set of conditions.  The big difference related to the materials used for the furniture coverings.  In the instance of newer materials, the fire accelerated very quickly compared to the fire where materials were from many years ago.  This is certainly cause for concern, not only for our firefighters, but also for consumers purchasing furniture.  Seems that plastics are incorporated into many newer materials and we should all be cognizant of the potential hazard they pose in fire conditions.

At any hour of the day, Merced City Fire Department firefighters can be seen outside any of the City's 5 fire stations cleaning and maintaining the City's investment in emergency apparatus, conducting training exercises, assisting citizens and visitors, performing repairs, conducting public fire education classes, installing smoke alarms, and a wide array of other activities that enhance the public's safety.

Thank you Merced City Fire Department, you are always present when called and your services to the community are most appreciated. 

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Paul's Place - Friday, October 28, 2016, 6:30 am

 

Bob Casey, President, opened the meeting for announcements.

 

Foundation Dinner - 100th Anniversary, San Joaquin County Country Club, 5 November.  Mike Altomare suggested that Rotarians could donate to the Foundation even if they were not able to attend.  He would be glad to forward you donation.  Make checks out to the Rotary Foundation, your Foundation account will be credited.

 

Field of Honor – Nancy reminded members that tomorrow, October 29th at 1:00 pm we meet at Mike Altomare's house to assemble 500 flags – pizza to follow.  Volunteers for the week of 6-12 November still needed.

 

RYLA – Butch announced that 21 potential RYLA
participants were interviewed.  From the 21, six and
perhaps eight will be selected to go to the RYLA
(Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) Camp in February.

 

Vocation Inspiration – Mike Cuchna delivered the second Vocation Inspiration.  His comments related to a professor at his alma mater California State University, Chico (AKA Chico State).

 

Program – Lillian Sanchez-Ramos, Community Health Educator for Mercy Medical Center, did a wonderful job filling in for her boss Bob McLaughlin who was called away at the last minute.  Lillian initially spoke to us regarding some recent statistics of the hospital and the increases in services rendered – emergency room, surgeries, stroke alerts and patients. 

 

Lillian then spoke about how the leadership of the hospital are making weekly rounds, somewhat like doctors do, to ascertain potential improvements in patient services to optimize the patient experience.  

 

The hospital has recently upgraded its patient care software.  Over 800 staff and 200 doctors participated in training to garner still necessary to implement the new system.  The cost of the upgrade included the software, back fill of employees while training took place and exceeded $1M locally.  This upgrade has taken place in the 41 hospitals within the Dignity Health System and cost over $1B to implement.

 

After presenting some information about expansion and facility upgrades Lillian took questions from the audience.  Some great questions were posed and some wonderful answers provided.  One take-away is that we should all know the extent of insurance coverage we have and how it relates to potential hospital visits or stays.  Additionally, because our community has fewer physicians that in more affluent communities we should understand the relationship between our primary care physician and the local hospital, specifically as it relates to communication between the parties – patient, primary care physician and hospital.

For more information visit:

http://www.dignityhealth.org/mercymedical-merced/

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