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October 27, 2015 Meeting Recap

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President Larry called the meeting to order and Rotarian Terri read a Paul Harris quote relating to business practices and the influence of Rotary that goes beyond money to the good of stakeholders and customer service


President Larry presented Mark Sutton with his official pin as incoming member of the ONLY Cultural Arts Rotary Club in the World

He presented a Brazil pin to Past President Laurel to add to her extensive collection

He presented a Rotarian Magazine and Seoul, Korea pin to President Elect Elva, as well as a tourist map and guide of important places to see

Larry shared a Proclamation for the Arts and Humanities signed by Mayor Ashley Swearingen which includes Cultural Arts Rotary as one of the key players


Sandy gave a really positive report. Although sponsorship revenue was down by about half of last year, everything else was up, including net income at $24,200. We sold more tickets (didn’t have a method to track, but feel had over 300); fewer restaurants but plenty of good quality food (did not run out); more revenue from both program ads, silent auction and decorations. And cost of venue was higher by $2,000. So, gross income at $36,500, expenses at $12,300, resulted in net income of $24,200. We gave ourselves a hand, appropriately. This revenue all goes to the club foundation, and $10,000 is returned to the club for operating and community service disbursal. We have an ongoing commitment to the Fresno Arts Council of $4,800 annually to keep the Water Tower Arts Shop open which is paid out annually in increments. We have about $9,000 for community service allocation, and need to be thinking about next year. Important to find corporate sponsorship, which is critical to realizing growth of charitable contributions to the community to meet our mission of arts opportunities for youth

Marcy asked if we have considered non fund raiser fund raising, and President Larry that is one good point to consider.


Jackie introduced returning guests Michelle Scott and son Rodney Scott. Michelle spoke of her interest in arts involvement as an artist

Jackie introduced organist Tony Imperatrice and shared his upcoming project of presenting Play it like Virgil for the Rogue Festival in the Tower District the last weekend of February through the first week in March. Tony has developed a remarkable, entertaining and educational presentation, which was seen last year by at least a dozen of our Rotarians, and his costs start at $1,600 and go up. Jackie pledged her support and urged others to support as well. If you would like to support Tony, you can do so through Jackie. He’s not approaching the club for support because as an individual he does not have a 401 (c)3 designation.


We will ring the bell for Salvation Army at Edwards Theater on Friday Dec. 4 and Saturday Dec. 5 at times to be determined

Richard is again chairing the Christmas Family Project with team captains Sue, Tom, Laurel, Elva and Jerry. We’ll get team notices and items needed for the families in the Teague Elementary School area, and will gather at the Fresno Rescue Mission on Saturday Dec. 12 to organize and wrap at 9:00 A.M. and deliver at 10:00 A.M.


Matt distributed and reviewed Profit and Loss Statement for July 2014-June 2015, budget and actual for July 2015-2016, and Profit and Loss July 2011-June 2015. There was discussion on where we need to contain costs and increase revenue (lunch costs, dues, etc.) and Brooke asked each table to discuss the possibilities.

APOLOGIES – Your editor had to leave for Grandma Duty! There will be a special mailing to detail the outcomes of the Survey Monkey and decisions on expenses and revenue and new policies.

It is a pleasure to experience Service Above Self with the ONLY Cultural Arts Rotary Club in the World!

Jacqueline L. Ryle
Cultural Arts Rotary of Fresno

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

September 22, 2015 Meeting Recap

September 22 – Thank you, Becky, for the photos and notes
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1). S&J profit was approx $24,000. Cost of recent location vs prior location, income, expenses and net profit were basically the same as prior years after everything was totaled up. Profit from fundraiser went to the Foundation.

2). as of today only 4 people were confirmed to attend the barbecue on the evening of the 29th. Larry needs to provide final number by this weekend.

3). as of today 2 Rotary shirts had been paid for/ordered. Cutoff date is 10/13. Discussed shirts vs shrugs

4). regarding student exchange program, Larry would like someone to share the responsibility involved as he is acting as counselor and providing oversight to both boys. Our student in Brazil is having a ball and doing well, while Mateos is basically failing in several classes at Buchanan, needs 2 additional host families to volunteer, has had minimal interaction w/our Rotary group while being included in outings w/Clovis Rotary and Kerman Rotary. Richard reviewed the history of our club’s exchange program (not a positive experience, evidently, based upon the lack of involvement and commitment of members). Larry went through costs involved for both kids. After quite a bit of discussion, it was determined there was a need to plan ahead; have things such as host families, events, and who would be responsible for what all planned out, and to work toward the 2017/2018 school year

5.) Robert advised Sue had the schedule for chaperones for Central High students attending the philharmonic performance on Sunday.

6). Richard L. will be contacting Laurel for families for our Christmas family giving program.

7.) Howard Watkins reviewed his photograph project, distributed contribution forms, and was generally his sweet, kind self.

8). No brag board this week.

REMEMBER: No noon meeting next week! Family Picnic 6-9 pm at LoMac Winery at 2674 W. Westlawn Avenue RSVP 999-0877 by Sept 25

It is so good to serve together in the ONLY Cultural Arts Rotary Club in the World!

Jacqueline L. Ryle
Cultural Arts Rotary of Fresno

September 15, 2015 Meeting Recap

Sincere condolences to our member Marcy for the passing of her father

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September 15

Paul Harris quote: “Perhaps dreaming is not so bad if one dreams good dreams and they come true”


President Larry presented plaque and pin to newest Paul Harris Fellow Jim Page

Well wishes: cards were circulated and we send best wishes for recovery to Jon Morse

The Masumotos hang out with President and Mrs. Barack Obama

Marcy shared the experience of attending the presentation of arts and humanities medals at the White House, and circulated the program and a nice towel from the White House. She said it was a real treat and honor, that everyone was very humble, and her take home from the experience is that you don’t have to be wealthy or from grand places like New York City to have such achievements and experiences

Visiting North Fresno Rotarian Rich Lord was introduced and welcomed

PROGRAM: Sally introduced Bruce Batti, CEO of Jeffrey Scott Advertising and Chair of the Chaffee Zoo Board and Co-Chair with Scott Miller of the Storyland and Playland Restoration Committee. Bruce gave a wonderfully informative and entertaining update on Storyland restoration, starting with thanking the club for its past and ongoing support for the facility. He gave a brief history of the chronology of Storyland and Playland, noting Storyland was closed for the first time in its history this year. Now there is a new board, a strong fund raising campaign, and a community turning out with volunteers, financial support, and attendance to a park that is newly landscaped with repaired and painted attractions and upgraded audio tour. He cited the importance of legacy, and shared some meaningful examples of support such as the $1,800 from Thomas ES Transitional Kindergarten; $200,000 match donation from the Dan Martin Foundation, and other support totaling some $500,000 toward the goal of $800,000. He said there are about 1,000 manhours invested. The train has been fully restored with about 6,000 riders in the past 8-9 days. He talked about the major cleanup, beautification and new key themed logo. He talked about the successful opening weekend and showed photos of what has been done. He cited the dream to restore the Jack in the Beanstalk slide. He said there are at least two roaming storybook characters roaming the grounds each weekend with interactive activities in the theater, with such things as ethnic dancers and performances by the Junior Company Players from Good Company Players. He said the 800 pound gorilla is sustainability. He talked a lot about the combined efforts to restore the park, crediting Sally Caglia and her family for the electrical and other park work. He said the plan in to reopen Playland Aril 2016, and they are working on the goal to bring the teacups back, looking at exploratorium ideas, and looking at genre of boardwalk with wristbands idea. More information is available at

Michelle noted the EOC Sanctuary operates Safe Place for at risk and runaway youth, currently has 270 sites, and asked if the parks might be such a site? Bruce said it could, and Michelle will contact Elaine Robles McGraw, whom Bruce characterized as Angel of Mercy for her countless volunteer hours at the park.


Amy announced National Endowment for the Arts Chair Jane Chu will lead a town hall at Arte on Sunday and urged everyone to attend. (NOTE: the town hall and reception were attended by Cultural Arts Rotarians Marcy (the Masumoto family hosted Jane Chu through Mas’ service on the NEA Advisory board, and Mas moderated the event), Elva, Jackie, Robert, Paul, Amy, and Lilia.

Elva noted the Valley Cultural Coalition CARC sponsored event will be held at Arte on October 3. Tickets are $40. Elva has them

Larry again showed the Rotary shirts and shrug, stating the District gathering in April will be at the Fairground and it would be nice to have matching Rotary attire.

Larry noted the September 29 family night at LoMac Winery – thanks to Tina Engleman for the wine. There is no noon meeting on that day.

April 24 Afterparty at the Grand 1401 Tuolumne; there will be a CARC table. More details coming

Biola Youth Music project: There is need for two more volunteers on Saturday September 26 to meet the children at the Saroyan and chaperone at 2:20 P.M. Elva volunteered and one more is needed

Julian noted the Fresno Arts Council is accepting applications for the City Hall Exhibit of Art Hop

We were reminded to support the End Polio Now Campaign by putting change (or folding) into the cartons on every table


Larry because it’s a brand new board

Sally C for Marcy’s trip to Washington D.C. and being so close to Sally Field, and for Bruce’s program and wonderful work at Storyland

Jim because it’s good to be back and feeling better. He missed us

Marcy for everyone’s graciousness and on behalf of the President (Love it!)

Elva for being involved with the Scholarship Committee (among many other tasks) for the Women’s Conference

Robert on behalf of DG Mike Andritch and the District Newsletter (CARC is mentioned)

Will 2 for Storyland (he offered to help in any way) and the 6 foot mural he completed for Central Unified – it is right in front of the District Office

Paul to wish everyone happy Rosh Hashanah Year 5776

Sandy for all the work on Storyland and the marvelous renovation

Jacqueline L. Ryle
Cultural Arts Rotary of Fresno

September 8, 2015 Meeting Recap

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After opening shakes, bumps and hugs (thanks, Paul), President Larry read a Paul Harris quote relating to stimulating around the world, and said that is what we are doing today, with presentations by our incoming exchange student Mateus from Brazil; a visit from Sally C.’s 1992 exchange student Carlinos also from Brazil, and program about African WAVSchool by Chris and Emily.

Larry announced sign ups are still available for the Alzheimer’s Walk ad sponsorship, and read a card from member Jon Morse that he is experiencing health issues and would appreciate prayer. Larry will bring a card for us all to sign, and we all wish Jon a speedy recovery.


Mateus showed a series of slides and a video, and told about the Brazilian flag colors, design and symbols; states and maps; and his school. He responded to questions about his experiences, and everyone is encouraged to include Mateus in activities, trips and events. He expressed interest in Interact, and Laurel said he is welcome to be a part of any Interact activities, adding that if he is interested in visiting Southern California attractions, she will help figure out how to get him there.

Carlos, who was exchange student from Brazil in 1992 with Sally Caglia, talked about the good things from exchange to, in his words, “take back to the rest of your life.” He emphasized that half of what he does is due to Sally, calling himself really really blessed that her and that experience. He showed a great video of Brazil, and said his advice to Mateus is to get into the culture of the Fern family; help in the home, and get thoroughly involved. He suggested Mateus visit colleges and see what is interesting.

Our returning guest Chris Collins introduced new program associate Emily and gave a brief update on the School. There were 108 students enrolled in the spring; 50 in the summer; and fall enrollment is just beginning. When they were last here, the Prime Minister of the country was a Fresno State graduate. Since then, he was fired by the country President and everything is back to square one. He said that does not diminish their belief in the youth and future of the country and they will continue to invest in the youth. He thanked the club for the $1,500 donation for the vehicle fund to transport students, and Emily talked about the upcoming fundraiser on October 2 from 6:00 to 9:00 at Moravia Winery, 3620 N. Bishop in Fresno. Tickets are $150 a couple and $90 individual. More information at or (206) 552-8151. They passed Karen’s hat for business cards to draw to tickets to the event, and Linda Hightower won. Congratulations, Linda. Have a great time!


President Larry called Paul forward. Paul had received his second Paul Harris Fellow plaque, but not the pin, and Larry presented him with his pin. Congratulations, Paul


Elva announced Valley Cultural Coalition has its event at Arte on October 3 and shared the activities. The gorgeous flyer is Will’s artwork (see the photo!)

Jerry announced the September 29 All Arts Network of FCOE. He and Jackie staffed a CARC table last year, and he will staff it again this year

Robert noted the brochures for the Fresno State Keyboard Concert 44th year, the longest running in the nation outside Carnegie Hall, and went on for quite some time about the program. Your editor heard master pianist Charlie Albright this weekend and can attend to the incredible talent involved. Robert also noted the program for the Philharmonic and Ted Kuchar’s last season as conductor


Jackie 2 for our guess and all 17 members who were able to attend her Blue Tech Valley exhibit on the 3rd (that’s a make-up!)

Paul for picking up some young people who missed the bus, and it turned one was carrying a binder from attending Camp Royal two years ago, who also carries the certificate and talked about how good the experience was for him

Elva 2 for donating wine for the upcoming event, and for spending time with her son, who is an artist

Marcy 2 for visiting the African American exhibit by McLane students (they will perform it at Oct Art Hop) and for going to Washington, D.C. tomorrow to attend the gala for the National Medals of Arts Ceremony

Sally C for having exchange “son” Carlinos visit her while in the United States on business, calling it an honor for her and her family

Jerry signed the last square on the board to congratulate Jackie on her Blue Tech Valley exhibit, noting he purchased two pieces to hang in their home

Isn’t it great to be a part of the ONLY Cultural Arts Rotary Club in the World!

Jacqueline L. Ryle
Cultural Arts Rotary of Fresno