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John F. Germ
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Kathy Gailey
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Jul 28, 2016
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Schedule of Greeters
August 4
Litteral, Stacy
August 11
Livingstone, Jim
August 18
Marrs, Jerry
I am currently the Executive Director of Kids’ Country.  I was born and raised in the San Ramon Valley and have live here most of my life.  After graduating from California High School, I attended Saint Mary’s College in Moraga and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in economics in 2003.  I began my career working in the Human Resources department of an international transportation line in San Ramon.  I met my husband Shaun while playing on the company’s softball team.  In 2005 we were married and we bought our first house in Livermore, CA.  In 2006, my son Mason Robert Litteral was born.  I was a stay at home mom for 18 months during which time I started evening classes toward my MBA.   In 2008, I joined Kids’ Country as the Human Resources Director.  Later that year I completed my MBA program as well.  In 2011, my daughter Emma Kathryn Litteral was born.  She was born very prematurely and had a respiratory disease at birth that kept her in the hospital for a period of time.  Dealing with that time was definitely my biggest challenge.  However, she recovered beautifully and came home healthy.  In 2012, I was promoted to the Associate Executive Director positon and we began the succession planning process as our Executive Director was planning to retire within the next couple of years.  In 2013, I attended Stanford’s Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders.  It was a huge success for me and a life changing opportunity I learned so much from.  In June 2014, Chris Erbe, our Executive Director retired and the Board of Directors offered the position to me.  Besides having my children, this was definitely my greatest accomplishment.  I am very excited to be taking on the new challenge and leading such a wonderful non-profit organization that is based in my home community.
Kids’ Country is a 30-year old non-profit organization that was originally built by a group of parents who saw the need for on campus before and after school programs.  Over the last 30 years, Kids’ Country has grown into an organization with 13 sites across the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.  We currently employ about 170 employees and serve over 1,700 children daily and about 500 children during the summer.  This fall, all of our 13 locations will have achieved national accreditation by the Council on Accreditation, making Kids’ Country the only fully accredited child care organization in the state of California.  We are currently working on a $8 million fundraising campaign to build the Kids’ Country Center for the Arts & Sciences in the heart of Danville.  The center will allow the community to have a 250 seat performing arts center as well as specialized instructional space for S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math), visual arts, culinary arts and performing arts.
In my free time, I enjoy reading non-fiction books by inspirational leaders, cooking, swimming and travelling with my husband and kids.  As a family, we are Disneyland season pass holders and try to escape there at least three times a year.  I am currently a board member of the Twin Creeks PTA and a member of San Ramon Rotary.
In the near future, I hope to successfully continue an appropriate work life balance and be the best mom and leader I can be.  I hope to successfully raise the funds to complete the Center for the Arts & Sciences.  My professional goal is to grow and expand Kids’ Country as much as possible programmatically and be recognized nationally as a premier after school program.  Eventually, I hope to be a leadership professor in a collegiate MBA program.
Greeter Protocol
When you are assigned the duty of being our greeter, you should remember the following:

1. You should be at the meeting by 11:45 AM in order to greet everyone as they come to the meeting.

2. You should bring a "Greeter's Gift" for the raffle. The gift should be approximately $20.00 in value.

3. You will be leading the giving the inspiration of the day, leading the salute to the flag, and introducing the visiting Rotarians. It is a good idea to watch the visiting Rotarians sign in, so that you can ask them about any complicated names or classifications.

4. If you cannot attend, it is your responsibility to find a replacement.
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Welcome to the Rotary Club of San Ramon
Service Above Self
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Crow Canyon Country Club
711 Silver Lake Dr.
Danville, CA  94526
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Meeting Notes for July 28, 2016
By: Gary Sloan
Following the announcement of a wonderful lunch replete with salad, fruit, vegetables, pasta and the perennial chicken dish, the meeting was called to order at 12:17 p.m.  The African Queen, a.k.a. Kathy Gailey, this year’s engaging president rang the bell and welcomed everyone to the Rotary Club of San Ramon reminding us that this year’s R.I. President was John F. Germ and that this year’s theme is “Rotary Serving Humanity”.  You can only imagine how much our R.I. President was chided as a child with a last name of Germ!
Our greeter, substituting for Judy Lewis was our own Fred Nevarez who decided that it was too hot to fish today so he showed up to treat us all to an indecent joke that featured two women in a park, a naked man, and one of them having a stroke. For those not present, you will have to figure it out.  It was a good joke but Fred had to explain it to some of the slower members.  We learned that Fred graduated from UCLA, owed a Jewelry Design business after a stint flying.  The members had to remind him that an important part of his profile was that he was married to an amazing woman.
Don Jones led the group in a poor rendition of “My Country ‘tis of Thee”.  Despite Don’s considerable talent, the rest of the group really let him down.  There were no visiting Rotarians and apparently no guests as there were no traditional table introductions.
The Meeting
The meeting was resumed with an announcement from Guy regarding the Canine Companions Project.  Our Rotary Club has been invited to the Canine Companion graduation on Friday August 12th which begins at 11 am in Santa Rosa.  Guy was willing to organize a car pool for interested Rotarians.  Lunch and a tour of the Children’s library will be the included in the day.  Our past contributions and support of this worthy cause resulted in this invitation.  As it turns out, Steve Wilcox, an esteemed past Rotary President is arranging a Charity Golf Tournament through his company, Summit Financial to support the Canine Companion Project.
Kathy shared a “Rotary Moment”.  Did you know that a charity that spent 60% on its mission was considered a “worthwhile charity” and those who spend 79% on its mission is considered “highly efficient”?  And did you know that Rotary Foundation spends 92% of its funds on its mission?  Bottom line, our contributions to the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund is a truly worthy of our support.  A pledge card was handed out to all members the results of which will be shared with our District Governor during his visit on August 18th.  All members were encouraged to support the Rotary Foundation at the Double Sustainer level ($200), the Super Sustainer level ($500), the Paul Harris Society level ($1000) or pay a monthly Rotary Direct amount of $25 per month.  This activity was followed by a terrific Video extolling the impact Rotary Foundation has had over the decades:  Children’s Health and the eradication of Polio (1930s), to implementing International Study (1940s)  to International Study (1950s), to Global response (1960s to present),  in health, hunger, water and economic conditions.  The video clearly showed how Rotary is seeking to transform the world.
  • The Board will meet on August 18th at Crow Canyon Country Club at 10 am
  • The Inauguration Party for our President will be August 27th.  Please RSVP.
  • Jerry was asked to update the club on progress with the upcoming Auction.
The Club has been separated into 7 teams to obtain auction items:
River Cats:  C. Gayler(Captain) plus Welm, Harvey, Johnson, Remmich, Port, Tucker, Walz and Thelen
Athletics: S. Litteral (Captain) plus Thames, Disch, Duarte, Harlan, Hennigan, Koehne, Tatum, Katiby
Giants:  N. Voss (Captain) plus Tontz, Gailey, Galbo Greco, Gross, Mitchell, Toby, Hillyer
Angels:  B. Brodie (Captain) plus Wilcox, G. Gayler, Jones, Smith, Patterson, Trembley, Lewis
Blue Jays:  L. Sandhu (Captain) plus Weber, Bronzini, Giles, Sloan, Livingstone, Riopelle, Sramek, Spike
Bad News Bears:  C. Gallagher (Captain) plus Fielder, Dominquez, Garrison, Gunning, Nevarez, Perkins,     Probert and Mark Von
Online Auction Donation Forms are available on our Website.
Jerry also reviewed prizes that will be awarded including Top Team being treated to a dinner for 10 by Marie Galbo.  Best Golf package, Best Family Package, Best Dining Package, Most Sophisticated package, Best sports package, Best Entertainment package and the elusive $30,000 plus raised by any individual member is given the privilege of shaving Chris Gallagher’s Head under the supervision of Patti Hennigan.
Jerry also discussed school specific donation items where schools might try to out-bid each other as a group for needed or unique items.
Program:  Climate Change
Marv Remmich introduced our speaker, Jim Boots who graduated from MIT, worked for Chevron, is an engineer by “education and inclination” but also has a degree in Humanities.  After retiring he became a Process Management Consultant and writer.  Jim has been a Danville resident for 16 years. 
To guard against the possibility of his presentation crashing and burning, Jim shared a joke about a priest, lawyer and engineer which was pretty funny but he got serious quickly with the goal of answering three questions:  1) Is global warming really happening 2) Is global warming caused by humans and 3) what can we do about it.
Jim’s presentation was based on science and facts that he had gleaned from his extensive reading.  As evidence that Global warming is indeed real, Jim illustrated the sharp rise in temperatures since 1981.  Indeed, from 500 A.D. to 1890 temperatures were relatively flat after which a consistent rising spike in temps have been realized.  The 10 of the warmest recorded years have occurred since 2000.  The oceans have risen 7” in the last 10 years.  The graph of temperature rising over the past few hundred years was pretty convincing and enough for Jim to conclude that Global warming is really happening.
An explanation of the Greenhouse effect creating CO2 and methane originating from electricity, autos and industry was basic enough for even the slowest Rotarian to understand.  Jim explained that CO2 and methane were incorporated into our atmosphere.  The heat resulting from such a phenomenon is equal to four Hiroshima bombs every second!  While the ocean absorbs a great deal of this heat, the global agreements starting in 1988 are expected to stabilize the ozone layer by 2070.   In the meantime, ocean acidity, higher sea levels, drought and species extinction will occur.  Based on the demonstration of Greenhouse Gas action and that 97% of climate experts agree, Jim concluded that humans do indeed contribute to global warming.
Mr. Boots finally promoted the idea of a carbon fee on carbon producing entities (industry, car owners and others) at $15 per ton of carbon produced then raise the rate $10 per year.  This would equate to an additional 15 cents per gallon in the first year and 10 cents every year thereafter.   However, Jim proposed that the funds collected be given back to tax payers.  If any of this makes sense to Rotarians, Jim urged us to talk to our representatives and support the carbon fee.
After a few questions, Kathy thanked Jim and presented him with a Certificate indicating that a donation will be made to the Wheelchair Foundation in his honor.
Concluding Activities
The raffle was won by Paula Sue, an unspecified gift from our local jeweler.  And the progressive raffle was WON by Geoff Johnson for over $200!  No one was thrilled but we congratulated Geoff all the same.
Next week’s Greeter is Stacey Litteral and the meeting was adjourned on time at 1:30 pm.
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