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Weekly Program
Meeting Notes for May 6, 2021
The meeting was called to order by President Top Gun (Chris Gallagher) after the passing of Star War’s Day (May the 4th be with you) and Cinco De Mayo Day.  However, this is a special day since our President will be off in Hawaii for the next few weeks leaving only six meetings to conduct during the remainder of his term.  Chris acknowledged and welcomed our teachers being honored today.  During the past year, Chris has reminded us that Holger Knaack, RI President Rotary theme this year is “Rotary Opens Opportunities” but few members remember due to varying degrees of dementia. 
Steve Wilcox was the Greeter for the day providing the club with Seven Rules in Life:
  1. Smile – It always works out in the end
  2. Be Kind – You have the power to make people feel good
  3. Don’t give up – If it doesn’t work the first time, find another way
  4. Don’t Compare – Everyone’s on a different journey
  5. Avoid Negativity – Avoid negative thoughts, situations, people
  6. Make Peace with Your Past – Focus on being present and making a better future
  7. Take care of your body and mind – One struggles to survive without the other
Steve could not stop smiling during the meeting having returned from his honeymoon in Hawaii marrying Gina.  Between the two of them, there are, count them, six children.  Steve’s eldest works in LA in the film industry.  His middle child is graduating from MVHS this year and off to University Arizona. Steve’s youngest is a sophomore at MVHS playing on the baseball team.  (Neglecting to mention, we all assumed that Gina’s three kids that she brings to the marriage are alive and well).  Steven is a partner at Summit Financial Group which has grown to 37 people.  Recently moved to Blackhawk, Steve loves to golf, travel and making a difference in the world.
Top Gun welcomed everyone to this May meeting with the short version of the Welcome Song: “Aloha”.  Top Gun announced that the Month of May was Youth Service Month.
Interact Update                                 Thomas Files, VP Communications                    
  • Game Night Fundraiser resulted in $90 in funds
  • Homeless Care Package Making  (March 31 - April 21)
Interactors made packages with one drink, three snacks, and one non-food item which will be donated to San Francisco City Impact
  • Iron Horse Trail Clean Up (April 24)
First in-person service event of the school year! 20 interactors participants.
Picked up plastic, glass, waste near Iron Horse Middle School section of the trail
  • Panera Bread Fundraiser (April 24)         
Dog Toy Event Part 2 (April 30)  Made dog toys out of old t-shirts with 15 interactors in attendance. Donating to a local animal shelter
  • Cards for Teachers Appreciation Week (May 2)
Made physical and digital cards for teachers with 10 interactors participating
  • Earth Day Gardening (April 21)
     Supplied each interactor with a small pot of purple kale sprouts to grow
  • Prep Book Drive (May 3 – June 4)
We are collecting donations of prep books for AP exams, SAT, ACT
Donating to a low-income school
  • Iron Horse Trail Clean Up Part 2 (May 22)
This time at Richard Fahey Village Green Park
-     T4 Fundraiser (May 22) - 10% Off
-     Design Workshop (May TBD)
      Working with San Ramon Youth Art Committee to create art workshop
Scholarships and stoles                                         Gary Sloan
San Ramon Rotary distributed stoles and scholarship checks and certificates to 13 stole recipients and 7 scholarship winners at the Cal High Turnaround where pictures were taken and the accomplishment of these outstanding students was celebrated.  A dozen Rotarians were on hand to insure a safe but celebratory atmosphere.  All names of the honorees were displayed on the electronic marque in front of the school.
Trinity Center                                                       Kerry Richards
Kerry reported on the very successful drive for food and clothing for the Trinity Center. Over $3,500 was donated to the Trinity Center.  In honor of our dear departed Don Jones, thousands of socks were collected along with a variety of essential items for the homeless.
Dublin Rotary Club                                                        Michael Robert
Michael announced that the Dublin club was conducting a “Lobster mania event” for $35 each which you can pick up or have delivered to your home. Not a lobster lover, consider donating a $50 bike sponsorship.
Children Hospital                                                                      Cheri Braga        
There will be a silent auction for the Children’s Hospital with a live event at 6pm.  Cheri’s daughter was crushed under a tree some years ago, requiring multiple surgeries and a 6-month hospitalization.  This is Cheri’s way to give something back.
Chris temporarily suspended recognitions and acknowledgement to recognize our educators of the year.
Educators of the Year
Melanie Emig – Educator of the Year
For more than a decade Rotary has conducted this event to recognize the best among our local teachers.  Principals nominate worthy candidates for this award.  Teachers are recognized with a plaque, a letter and a check.
Pine Valley:
Teacher: Larissa Herrera
Principal: Sandy Kontilis
Highlights:  This 8th grade science teacher was recognized for her extraordinary skills in motivating and inspiring students.  Larrisa is an engaging teacher with patience who built strong relations with her students even in a virtual environment.  Larissa has been teaching for 15 years.
Iron Horse:
Teacher: Michelle Hamon
Principal: Demetrius Ball
Highlights:  Michelle who teaches Core 7 and 8the grade is an enthusiastic educator.  His oversight of the Yearbook this year was noteworthy and despite the challenges of the year was completed on time.  Michelle assured that students on campus interacted safely while providing the best mid school experience possible.  Michelle shared that she had a passion for making school an enjoyable experience.
Neil Armstrong:
Teacher: Paula Tye
Principal: Jared Gagnon
Highlights:  Principal Gagnon introduced Paula, as a dedicated, passionate teacher. Despite a difficult year, she successfully shifted practice to a digital format.  Paula is an absolute delight embracing the virtual environment and extending herself to communicate to students on a frequent basis.  A second-grade teacher, Paula shared that she appreciates this Rotary honor and the support she received from peers, teachers and students.
Bollinger Canyon:
Teacher: Denise Kretzinger
Principal: Christine Offerman
Highlights:  Denise has been a kindergarten teacher for 19 years. She is the first face of public education who take great pride in working to develop parent confidence.  Even in a virtual setting, she has been a great role model with a vigorous curriculum.  Denise thanks Rotary, and is truly honored to be surrounded by amazing teachers and administration. Denise took up teaching in mid-life. She loves teaching kindergarten kids sharing with us that “it is a hoot”.
Twin Creeks:
Teacher: Denise Fox-Garcia
Principal: Shelli Kravitz
Highlights: Denise was described as an amazing teacher who is respected and loved by students. She teaches 5th grade and volunteered for a combo classes of 4-5th graders.  Viewed as a caring, dedicated teacher who puts student interests first, building a community in her classrooms.  She runs after school programs to help math and reading students.  Principal Kravitz said that she was “such a blessing to have her in our lives, teaching from heart and personalizing teaching” an “absolute treasure”.  Denise has been teaching for 15 years and looks forward to teaching in the future.
Golden View:
Teacher: Angelique Mcintosh
Principal: Meredith Bullock
Highlights:  Angelique, a 4th grade teacher goes above and beyond and embodies exemplary educator.  She stepped up as art teacher as a result of the school difficulty in recruiting. She touched over 600 kids in addition to her regular 4th grade duties. Angelique expressed her delight at having been selected for this honor.
Teacher: Janelle Melin
Principal: Katie Witt
Janelle is an outstanding educator meeting needs of all of her students.  She uses cutting edge technology and new forms of teaching such as bringing in art materials to engage students.  She oversaw the school Yearbook this year, a time-consuming enterprise.  She was described as a community builder.  Janelle is a product of San Ramon education, having attended elementary, middle and high school and growing up in the community with all her children going to local schools.  Janelle was unafraid to express her emotional appreciation for the award leaving many Rotarians in tears.
Walt Disney:
Teacher: Stephanie Matkins
Principal: Kelly Walton
Highlights:  Principal Walton congratulated all teacher award winners.  His nominee, Stephanie Matkins went beyond the call of duty taking on every committee assignment and expanding her 3rd grade duties to a 2nd and 3red grade.  The principle played a student video thanking Stephanie for her work.  Stephanie was surprised to be nominated and grateful for  being included among these other amazing teachers.
Melanie concluded the Rotary Club awards expressing our appreciation for the opportunity to recognize our teachers and their support Administration.  President Top Gun share with the teachers that Rotary can validate the fruits of their labors through the student products that have graduated from their classes.
Recognitions:  Much to the chagrin of some, President Top Gun indicated we had time to recognize special occasions of some of our members.
Geoff Disch wakes up to be recognized for his recent birthday.  He went to Piatti’s for dinner to celebrate and spend time with the family earning him an $80 recognition.
Kathy Gailey:  Kathy celebrated her May 3rd birthday with dinner and went to the lake.  Scott’s birthday was also celebrated with a dining experience resulting in a reasonable $40 recognition.
Chris Gallagher asked that all gifts for his upcoming birthday be held until he arrives back from Hawaii with fellow Rotarians Gary Sloan and Barry Toby.
Chris offered a sincere congratulations to Melanie on great job in presenting the Teacher Awards.
Gary Sloan indicated his surprise at having received a $500 check from Glen Weber thinking that Glen’s telephone hack last week ended with a contribution to Gary.  However, upon further review the donation was made out to the San Ramon Rotary Foundation as our first Auction Sponsor.
Raffle Results
Terry Koehne wins the draw but the blue marble is pulled.
Next Meeting Greeter – Herm Welm - May 13th
Next Week’s Program – John Coleman, EBMUD – Rates, Reservoir,
Respectfully submitted
Gary Sloan
A faithful scribe
Greeter Checklist
When you are called to be a Greeter for a Zoom meeting, take a sec to review the checklist Priya put together. Thank you, Priya!
Upcoming Events
Top Gun Demotion Party
Rotarian Julie McKinney's Backyard
Jun 10, 2021
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
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