August 4, 2015 Meeting Recap

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It was an especially exciting day for the ONLY Cultural Arts Rotary Club in the World!

Following invocation and pledge, we began with our weekly Paul Harris quote read by Patsy: “The importance of placing and maintaining Rotary standards and ideals aloft cannot be overestimated. The star of hope in the Rotary ethical firmament must be high. It is hardly possible for it to be too high. May it be high enough so that there will always be something to strive for.”


Curlen Phipps, QuiqLabs, instructor for Bitwise Industries Geek Academy, stated he is instructing middle school students through the academy in developing program language and apps, and students Audrey, Jose and Brianna demonstrated what they have created in one day. He talked a little about the program, and noted after they complete the classes they are allowed to keep the laptops furnished for the class.


President Larry introduced visiting Fig Garden Rotarian Stacy Rianda and incoming Central Unified School District Superintendent Mark Sutton, who will succeed Mike Berg, who will be leaving at the end of the year. Mike expressed his appreciation to Mark, and Mark said he is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities with the District. Mark is currently a member of the Sanger Club and we look forward to him joining the ONLY Cultural Arts Rotary Club in the World! Jackie introduced her guest Andrew Gordillo who is Human Resources Assistant with the Housing Authority, and Jerry introduced Marilyn McArthur, wife of Terrance who is being inducted today. Sally C introduced her returning guest niece Rochelle, who has spoken to us in the past, and Tina introduced another returning guest, her daughter McKinsey, who is preparing to return to school.


President Larry noted our incoming exchange student Mateus is flying in from Brazil on Saturday morning and expressed hope for a large delegation to welcome him. When we find out the departure date for outgoing student Martin Cabrera, we hope to have a good sendoff delegation.


President Larry invited sponsor Jerry to present and introduce Terrance McArthur. Jerry noted that Terrance, among many many accomplishments, has teaching credentials, is involved in theater, works with the Library, does performance review, and has 1,300 ties. Larry inducted Terrance, who shared a little more about his community involvement and interests. Welcome, Terrance. We’ve been looking forward to you becoming a member


Sally C introduced Alison Haugen, a nationwide coach and consultant who talks about a topic near and dear to your Editor’s heart – Civility in the Workplace and the value and importance of leading with civility. She shared some great information with a powerpoint presentation (see a few on the album), and emphasized that her subject is not about good manners; it;s about respect and responsibility in a business culture. She stressed the importance of each of us taking personal responsibility. He said this calls for a paradigm shift in the context of global interconnectedness, complex isues, and the increasingly rapid pace with technology and other variables. She said it’s all about loyalty, honesty and truth. She stated we are all here to be our best selves and we must get unified in fundamental principles. She added the active demonstration of respect and responsibility is embodied in seven touchstones of civility:

1. Courage

2. Integrity

3. Vulnerability (demonstrate open and honestly)

4. Investment (in self and others hearts)

5. Listening – with eyes, ears and heart

6. Intuition

7. Temperance

She concluded by charging everyone to always by 100% responsibly for what happens in your life.

Larry thanked Alison and presented her with one of Will’s wonderful cups.


Chair Patsy distributed a survey form and asked everyone to complete and return to her


Treasurer Matt gave an overview of how the process works and how to pay on line, noting he is using Quickbooks Online. All invoices are going out online and that is preferred method of payment; however, visa, cash and checks will be accepted at meetings.


Mike 3 to thank CARC for all it does for Central Unified; thanks to Mark and Laurel for all their work; and for the District going forward

Elva was appointed to the Advisory Board for the CSUF College of Arts and Humanities

Lisa will be in the Canadian Rockies for the next two meetings

Sally C for Stacy being with us today and for getting to work with John Alkire at The Big Fresno Fair

Jerry visited four other clubs, and expressed appreciation for DG Mike Andritch

Jackie 2 for the August 9 Grizzlies Game and her upcoming Art Show at Sorenson’s Studio Sept 3-Nov 30

Brooke 2 being away conducting training, and being in Portland visiting grandchildren; she expressed appreciation for the well wishes for her dad who is ill

Terrance as his first official act and for next week’s beginning of the annual Library Big Book Sale at Sierra Vista Mall

Jon for the scholarship students, one of whom is interning at Arte

Will for being back from Ohio and back to his murals, which he hopes will be inspiration to the youth, teachers and administrators in Central Unified


Storyland & Jazz at the River meeting this evening

Sally has forms for restaurants, silent auction items and donations

Let Terri know your makeups so you can receive credit

Get silent auction items to Elva when Julian not here

What an honor to serve our community together in the ONLY Cultural Arts Rotary Club in the World

Jacqueline L. Ryle
Cultural Arts Rotary of Fresno