October 6, 2015 Meeting Recap

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Honorary Rotarian and Tehipite Principal Yvonne presented Students of the Month Joanna Cha and Isaiah Burt for the Character Trait Caring, and shared their most inspiring stories. Terri presented them certificates and congratulated them on behalf of the Club

President Larry introduced District Governor Mike Andritch, who opened his comments by thanking Club and the members for all of our projects and service, and for making a difference in our local communities. He stated that is what Rotary is all about – making friends and making a difference for our local community. He referred to the water crises all over the world, and the efforts of Rotary right here in the Valley to assist the residents of Porterville, where wells have run dry and he has seen as many as 100 people in line to receive cases of bottled water. Eleven Rotary Clubs in the south Valley have joined together to collaborate on a District Grant to get that water project going, the first phase being $27,000 and the hope being to ultimately obtain $150,000 for that project.

He thanked our Club for support of the Rotary International Foundation, noting CARC is 5th of 55 clubs in our level of support. He talked about the history of Rotary in Fresno, and noted that it was through the work of the first three Rotary Clubs in Fresno; namely, the Rotary Club of Fresno, North Fresno Rotary, and West Fresno Rotary (our original name) that our own Disneyland, Rotary Playland, was created here. He emphasized that Rotary is all about people thinking about other people. He shared a most poignant and personal story of how his tiny daughter received life giving blood from a Rotary blood drive, his first exposure to Rotary. He thanked everyone for the love and warmth in the room.

DG Mike shared the details of the District Conference May 13-14, 2016, to be held at the Fairgrounds and designed to include the whole family and good fun times, and thanked Laurel for serving on the District Conference Committee, as well as the Interact students who have been involved. He described what we can expect at that session with an ag theme and value and activities to support farms. He said the youth exchange students and Interact students will be there giving invaluable assistance.

President Larry presented a $500 check to DG Mike for Rotary Foundation, and then gave him a framed tile of Will Portis’ wonderful new downtown Fresno themed work.

President Larry presented Richard with his Paul Harris plus 6 pin, noting that pin contains a Ruby for every Paul Harris Fellow, and added that Richard donates $1,000 to Rotary International Foundation every year. DG Mike stated that level of donation makes Richard a member of the Paul Harris Society, and with that donation, he is saving at least 6 lives every year in terms of polio now eradicated in all countries in the world except Afghanistan and Pakistan. India is now certified polio free. He said polio elimination will be the only second disease eradication in the history of mankind.

President Larry introduced Assistant District Governor Rod Coburn, Past District Governor Lee Blankenship, Exchange Student Mateus, Interact Advisor Erin English, Interact President Cameron Ferraro, Interact Vice President Sarah Holm, and Interact member Sharen Johal, and well as Principal of Central High.

Interact President Cameron drew the tiles with newest Paul Harris Fellow being newest member Terrance McArthur.

Sue noted the success of the Biola Pershing Strings project to get kids to the symphony rehearsal. She said the project was a huge success, due in all respects to the hard work of Rotarian Robert Ware and presented him with a token of appreciation.

President Larry has extra pins with this year’s theme, and is still taking orders for shirts and shrugs

Richard said to save Saturday Dec. 12 for delivery of food and gifts to families

Terri expressed appreciation to Tina for the nice social event at Lomac Winery

Jerry said through the generosity of the Parker-Foster families and Fresno Coin Gallery, we will present two A.J. Parker-Foster Memorial instruments to deserving students on November 3

Sue noted how inspiring and helpful Interacters were last year at the Salvation Army Bell Ringing last year, and expressed the hope they will participate again this year

Sally R thanked Interact for all their volunteer hours at Shinzen Garden and noted the presentation scheduled for October 17-18, inviting everyone to attend

Larry noted he has been talking with Will about using his beautiful new design which features downtown Fresno on such items as jewelry boxes (which he showed – see the photo!) for fund raising


Brooke 2 for husband uncharacteristically enjoying the Lomac Winery event, and for her dad doing better, and she hopes to be here more often now Sue for joining on September 15, 2009 and just having Richard sign her certificate of membership today Laurel to thank Tina for hosting the Lomac Winery event, even through her husband experienced a serious hand wound; and for her daughter becoming a female priest in the Episcopal Church Sally C 3 for completing three major events: Storyland & Jazz, big Italian Celebration, and 50th High School Reunion – she is relieved, and thanked!
Elva 2 to thank Tina for her support, generosity, and going forward even with husband’s injury Susan 2 for the Lomac Winery event and for her granddaughter turning one Sally R is leaving tomorrow for 50th college reunion at University of Kansas Lisa 2 for driving a Miata in fast laps at Laguna Seca and leaving next week for Carlsbad Jerry for Terrance being a Rotarian for a month and becoming a Paul Harris Fellow Richard 2 for DG Mike and the greatest visiting DG speech he has ever heard and for Rod Coburn, his old golfing partner Terrance 2 for the WOW experience today and the Friends of the Library Halloween costume exchange which saves money, recycles and builds community Robert for the leadership everyone is willing to do and doing Patsy for being consecrated as minister at her church, and the next step is ordination; also, she get to design the set for the church Christmas play; and her daughter has straight A’s in an Ivy League college Marcy to thank everyone for the support in the passing of her father; and for being in Barcelona the next two weeks with Jackie Will for Richard’s 7 Paul Harris Fellow and the one Richard donated to him; and his inspiration at Central Unified and how the integrate the arts, noting there are no extracurilicular activities; they are all curicular; and for his pride in completing the latest mural Elva for Robert’s passionate promotion of Fresno State Jackie 3 for going to Barcelona, for all the youth present today, and for her friend DG Mike Andritch Larry for the privilege of working with DG Mike

It really is an honor to live out Service Above Self in the ONLY Cultural Arts Rotary Club in the World!

Jacqueline L. Ryle
Cultural Arts Rotary of Fresno