Posted by Fred Rowe on Dec 09, 2017
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Fair Oaks Rotary Activates
Madison Avenue Boulevard Brigade
  
Armed with grabbers (the technical term for those things that pick up trash without getting your hands dirty), and fueled with Rotary fuel (donut holes and coffee, for the uninitiated), the Fair Oaks Rotary sallied forth on a crisp December Saturday on their quarterly mission to make Madison Avenue between Kenneth and Chicago (the street, not the city) as pristine as a really clean street can be.  It's unclear who brought the fuel, but it wasn't the brigade commander, Field Marshal Shepherd, who may be looking at a demotion to Colonel if he doesn't start looking out for the troops.  We'll do this again in Spring 2018.
Madison Avenue Dec 2017 Fred Rowe 2017-12-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Dec 02, 2017
Rotary Float Shines in
Fair Oaks Holiday Parade
Although the Fair Oaks Rotary's float in the annual Holiday Parade truly glistened, it didn't glisten enough to win any trophies this year.  Apparently, the decorating crew wasn't able to turn that big rectangular thing into a believable tree, and even loading the float with really cute kids and signs touting all the great things they do couldn't turn the tide.  But it was all so much fun that they'll be back next year for sure.
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Posted by Fred Rowe on Nov 03, 2017
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It's Del Campo Again in
The Battle for The Oak
It's starting to sound routine, but once again, the Battle for The Oak (the Fair Oaks High School football champioinship) was won convincingly by Del Campo High School and they were presented the Jim Purcell Memorial Trophy.  As usual, the Fair Oaks Rotary paid the admission of all military veterans to the game.
Oak Battle 2017 Fred Rowe 2017-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Nov 02, 2017
Fair Oaks Rotary Participates in
Youth Leadership Mentoring Program
  
  
Fair Oaks and Point West Rotary's joined their talents to plan a Leadership Conference for students at Encina and Bella Vista High Schools.  Combining lecture with one-on-one mentoring and small group discussions about leadership, ethics and the Four Way Test, the conference was well received.  Both clubs plan on working together in the future.
Leadership Mentoring 2017 Fred Rowe 2017-11-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Oct 31, 2017
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Safe Halloween
Fair Oaks Rotary Style
 
 
 
Safe Halloween... that doesn't sound too exciting.  But when it's the Fair Oaks Rotary (and a few partners, to be honest) putting it on, it's a different story.  Games, books, reading stories, and... oh,yeah... candy made for an exciting (and safe) day for kids in Fair Oaks this October 31.  Every year it's more fun, making it likely we'll be back next year.
Halloween 2017 Fred Rowe 2017-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Oct 20, 2017
Fair Oaks Uncorked:
A Great Rotary Fun(d)raiser
 
 
 
For the ninth time in as many years, the Fair Oaks Rotary hosted 300+ guests at the premier autumn tasting event in the Fair Oaks area.  More than a dozen local restaurants and foothill wineries and two local breweries presented their wares, and a "Wine Wall" and silent auction rounded out the evening.  It was a rousing success, both in the enjoyment of the guests and in the funds raised for the club's many projects in the coming year
 
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Posted by Fred Rowe on Sep 16, 2017
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Fair Oaks Rotary
Craft Beer Hydration Program
Is Huge Success!
  
 
  
 
 
Contrary to what you might expect from the photo at the top, the Fair Oaks Rotary had a successful day at the 2017 Fair Oaks Chicken Festival, making a bundle of money for the great projects they do throughout the year by selling sample tastes from the dozen or so breweries who donated their product.  For more photos of the frivolity, click Read More.
Chicken Festival 2017 Fred Rowe 2017-09-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Sep 15, 2017
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Fair Oaks Rotary
Co-Sponsors Family Fun Night
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Although the Folsom Cordova Community Partnership called it Family Fun Night, in truth it looked a lot more like Fair Oaks Rotary Fun Night.  Rotarians had pre-packed bags for the kids to take home and provided some of the "entertainment" for the night, reading to the kids and introducing them to the mysteries of acoustic guitar.  Some of the materials for this project were paid for by a grant from The Rotary Foundation.
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Posted by Fred Rowe on Sep 15, 2017
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Fair Oaks Rotary Assists
Women's Empowerment Graduation
   
 
 
Women's Empowerment is a program that teaches job skills to homeless women.  Recently, the Fair Oaks Rotary has been priveleged to help with the refreshments at the graduation from the program, and we did it again on September 15.  As you can see, taking part in this puts smiles on the faces of out volunteers.
Women's Empowerment Graduation 9-17 Fred Rowe 2017-09-15 07:00:00Z 0
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Join Us at the Fair Oaks Chicken Festival's Craft Beer Garden!
 
The Rotary Club of Fair Oaks is again proud to be hosting the Craft Beer Garden on September 16th from 11 am to 5:30 pm. We will be located at 10123 Fair Oaks Blvd. next to Central Valley Community Bank and in front of Honeymoon Tatoo.
 
We will be serving a selection of beers from 12 different Craft Beer Breweries. In addition, we are providing Live Music by J's House Band and Acoustic Space Travelers.
 
Hope to see you there!
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Posted by Fred Rowe on Jul 15, 2017
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Fair Oaks Rotary Boulevard Brigade
Assaults Trash on Madison Avenue
 
  
 
Under the command of Field Marshal (Hon.) Neil Shepherd, the Fair Oaks Rotary assembled a contingent of road warriors armed with grabbers and orange bags for our quarterly removal of trash on Madison Avenue between Kenneth and Chicago (Ave., not the city).  Despite the apparent lack of Rotary rations (donuts and coffee), the task was accomplished in fine order.  For a look at some of the individual action, click Read More.
 
Mad Ave 7-17 Fred Rowe 2017-07-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Jun 24, 2017
Romines Out; Browning In!
  
For the first time in its 71 year history, the Fair Oaks Rotary saw the handoff off the presidency from one female to another at the annual Demotion of the President.  Despite leading the club to the Best Club in the District title, Karen Romines was subjected to the usual roast before handing the gavel to Anne Browning.  And despite their "not-ready-for-prime-time" status, the Rotarettes made another appearance and once again wowed the crowd, convulsing most of them in laughter.  It was a great end to a great year, and we're all set for next year.
Demotion 2017 Fred Rowe 2017-06-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 01, 2017
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Rotarians Turn Out For
River Dogs Season Finale
 
The mighty River Dogs of the coach-pitch (7-8 year-old) division of the Fair Oaks-Orangevale Little League wound up the 2017 season with a rousing... um, game.  Since no one keeps score, it was hard to tell who won, not that it really mattered to anyone.  Both sponsoring clubs showed up in force.  For more of the action, click Read More.
 
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Posted by Fred Rowe on May 13, 2017
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Fair Oaks Rotarians
Beautify Fair Oaks Library Park
Fair Oaks Rotary once again had a great turnout for the annual It's My Park Day, sponsored by the Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District (FORPD), and we really showed that we know how to spread wood chips.  Seriously, folks, somebody's got to do it, and who better than a group of business professional and community leaders.  Besides being fun and useful, projects like this make our partnership with FORPD even closer.  For pictures of the action, click Read More.
Park Day 2017 Fred Rowe 2017-05-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Apr 22, 2017
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Fair Oaks Rotary Does
More Arbor Beautification
  
 
As predicted in the story from two weeks ago, the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks continued the maintenance and beautification of their arbor in Plaza Park in beautiful downtown Fair Oaks Village, this time adding some plants along the wall in back of the arbor.  Considering that three Rotarians escaped prior to the press (that would be me) arriving for the culmination photo, it looks like there may have been more than one Rotarian assigned to each plant.  Needless to say, they were done so fast that the lack of Rotary fuel (i.e., coffee and donuts) didn't affect the outcome.
Rotary Arbor II Fred Rowe 2017-04-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Apr 08, 2017
Fair Oaks Rotary Arbor
Gets Needed Maintenance
 
 
The Rotary Arbor in Plaza Park got some well-deserved maintenance today by some Fair Oaks Rotarians and friends, and from the photos, it looks like they were well-supervised.  With no evidence of Rotary fuel in sight (that would be coffee and donuts), it's not clear how they got through the morning.  Look for another work detail in a few weeks.
Rotary Arbor 04-17 Fred Rowe 2017-04-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 24, 2017
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What Were Ten Fair Oaks Rotarians
Doing in Baja?
 
    
 
Well, it was a club service project in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Cabo Del Este in Los Barriles (between La Paz and Cabo San Lucas) and two other northern California clubs, Nevada City and Quincy.  The goals were threefold: spiff up a dormitory at a school for kids from the surrounding mountain ranchos, distribute fleece blankets with edges crocheted by Rotarians and Fair Oaks Inner Wheel, and do some scouting in preparation for a future water project.  All were achieved, as was the hallmark Rotary goal of having fun.  It was all so successful that something similar is likely to happen again next year.
 
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Posted by Fred Rowe on Mar 06, 2017
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As Usual, Speech Contestants
Wow Fair Oaks Rotary Meeting
Four high school students spoke on the topic of "Serving Humanity" at our club level speech contest at the meeting on March 6, and most in attendance were glad that they weren't judging the contest.  Our winner, Bella Vista senior Sara Ostad Rahimi, now proceeds to the regional semifinal contest on March 30.
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Posted by Fred Rowe on Mar 04, 2017
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Fair Oaks Rotary Road Warriors
Spiff Up Madison Avenue
 
Accompanied by #100ActsOfGood mascot Rooty the Rooster, nine stalwart members of the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks braved some pre-storm wind chill and a dearth of Rotary fuel (that would be coffee and donuts to the uninitiated) to perform their magic on Madison Avenue from Chicago to Kenneth by picking up several months worth of trash.  Rooty, as usual, simply tagged along doing nothing but watching and then hogged the post-work photo, for which he almost ended up in an orange bag himself.  Look for us out there again in a few months.
Madison Avenue March 2017 Fred Rowe 2017-03-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 18, 2017
27th Annual Mardi Gras Crab Feed
Is Usual Roaring Success
 
  
 
Fair Oaks Rotary turned a basketball court into NOLA Party Central and used their usual formula of delicious crab and minestrone, wonderful auction and raffle items, and a great crowd to raise funds for their many projects in the coming year.  They hosted 560 enthusiastic partygoers and initial reports of a great time make it likely that they'll put on #28 this time next year.
2017 Mardi Gras Crab Feed Fred Rowe 2017-02-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Jan 31, 2017
Are Fair Oaks Kids Smarter
Because of Rotary Dictionaries?
  
As they do every year about this time, a crew from the Fair Oaks Rotary barged in on two third grades at Northridge Elementary School and gave every child his or her own dictionary.  And as they always do, the kids appeared thankful and excited.  Will it produce a Pulitzer Prize winner for Fair Oaks in the next generation?  Only time will tell.  But it's a pretty good bet we'll be back next year.
Northridge Dictionaries 2017 Fred Rowe 2017-01-31 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Jan 18, 2017
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Fair Oaks Rotary's Senior Luau
Not Hindered by Soggy Weather
  
 
They had to be escorted in by the umbrella platoon, but once inside, the weather was fantastic, the food was yummy, and the entertainment was great.  Fair Oaks Rotary, in partnership with the Recreation and Park District and the Fair Oaks Inner Wheel, once again brought Polynesia to the Community Center for a sold-out room of senior citizens.
Senior Luau 2017 Fred Rowe 2017-01-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Jan 09, 2017
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Rotary Ray Chosen DGD!
OK, who's Rotary Ray, and what's a DGD?  Well, that would be Ray Ward... yeah, the one in OUR club... and he was chosen to be the District 5180... yeah, that's OUR district... Governor in 2019-20, making him the District Governor Designate.  How's that for a mouthful?  And making it even more special, he will become the first District Governor from the Fair Oaks club in our 71 year history!  Congratulations, Ray!  We should have realized something was up when all those Past (and current and future) District Governors showed up at our meeting, which is the usual custom to announce the DGD in our district.
Rotary Ray DGD Fred Rowe 2017-01-09 08:00:00Z 0
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Fair Oaks Rotary Plays Santa and
Fair Oaks Families Eat Better

 
 
 
As is their custom this time of year, the Fair Oaks Rotary, led by Chief Elf Cliff Straehely, with assistance from Chief Elf Emeritus Tom Rains, using financial assistance from a bunch of places and muscle (believe it or not) from club members, packed and distributed over 100 boxes of holiday-related food for low income families at Northridge and Legette Elementary schools.
Holiday Baskets 2016 Fred Rowe 2016-12-22 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Dec 16, 2016
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Fair Oaks Rotary Sings,
"Tis the Season..."
 
 
 
Fair Oaks Rotary's acclaimed renowned hastily-assembled but energetic (that's the phrase I was looking for) Holiday Chorus ventured across the American River today to Eskaton Gold River, where they provided singing and merriment galore for the residents as they performed some Christmas favorites to the guitar accompaniment of Pete Schroeder, who organized the whole thing and claims to be the one responsible for the group's musical direction.  They were joined for the last few numbers by resident Bill (left end of lower right photo), who definitely added some oomph to the group and who actually knew verses 2, 3 and 4 to Jingle Bells by heart.  The group's next performance is being negotiated.
Caroling 2016 Fred Rowe 2016-12-16 08:00:00Z 0
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#100ActsOfGood?  Centennial?
What are you talking about?
 
Well, it's The Rotary Foundation's 100th birthday in June, and what better way to celebrate than by doing something good for someone.  Rotary International is encouraging all Rotarians worldwide to "get caught in the act of doing good", then posting what they do on social media and tagging it with the hashtag #100actsofgood.  For a look at what our club is doing, click here.
100 Acts of Good Fred Rowe 2016-12-05 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Dec 03, 2016
Rotary Welcomes the Season
in Fair Oaks Holiday Parade
  
Showing off Rotary's 100 Acts of Good theme, the Fair Oaks club did a little bragging about all the good things we do here and around the world as we participated in this year's parade through the Village opening the holiday season.  The festivities concluded with the lighting of the new Village Christmas tree... that's the conical one, not the palm trees.  Happy Holidays!  (For a look at the decorating of our "float", click Read More)
Holiday Parade 2016 Fred Rowe 2016-12-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Nov 04, 2016
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Fair Oaks Rotary's
"Battle for The Oak"
Not Much of a Battle
 
 
The 2016 football game between Del Campo and Bella Vista High Schools, AKA the Battle for The Oak, had an outcome pretty similar to the last ten or so games, and it wasn't pretty.  Del Campo's Cougars kept the Jim Purcell Memorial Trophy by beating Bella Vista's Broncos 69-0.  As usual, the Fair Oaks Rotary had a crew there passing out flag lapel pins to all military veterans (and paying for their admission to the game), and President Karen Romines and Jim's widow Bev Purcell were there at the end for the presentation of the trophy.  Del Campo HS will also be presented with $1,000 to award to a graduating senior next spring.  We sports fans know that the Cubs were proof that all streaks end, but hopefully this game will become competitive again before 108 years.
Oak Battle 2016 Fred Rowe 2016-11-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Oct 31, 2016
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Rotary Makes Halloween
Scary Fun & Safe
For Fair Oaks Kids
 
 
 
Fair Oaks Rotarians, with help from Inner Wheel and some great high school helpers, once again made Halloween safe... AND FUN... for kids and parents who came to Fair Oaks Village for a little early trick-or-treating.  Games, three reading stations, free children's books and, of course, candy made for a great day for the kids, and another great year for their dentists. devil  
Safe Halloween 2016 Fred Rowe 2016-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Sep 17, 2016
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Fair Oaks Rotary
Hydrates the Masses at
Fair Oaks Chicken Festival
 
 
They may not get credit for saving lives, but Fair Oaks Rotarians (and some friends and family) poured craft brew samples from almost a dozen local breweries to raise funds for the many service projects they do here and around the world.  It was hot, it was work, it was fun, and it was profitable, so I suppose we'll probably do it again next year.  NOTE:  apologies to the many who worked but whose photos aren't here. frown
Craft Beer Coop- 2016 Fred Rowe 2016-09-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Aug 27, 2016
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Madison Avenue Spotless After
Fair Oaks Rotary Cleanup
Neil Shepherd and his crew of members with nothing better to do on a Saturday morning in August performed our quarterly duty of beautification (trash collection) on Madison Avenue between Chicago and Kenneth, right in front of Bella Vista High School.  Without the usual help from our high school affiliate, the Bella Vista Interact Club, it took a few more Rotarians than usual to get the job done.  Rumor has it that Rotary fuel (coffee and donuts) were provided.
Madison Ave- Aug 2016 Fred Rowe 2016-08-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Aug 09, 2016
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Fair Oaks Rotary
Welcomes Joao Vitor Veri!
  
The usual suspects were on hand when Rotary Youth Exchange student Joao Veri arrived at Sacramento International from his home in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on August 9 for his year (well, school year) in the United States.  His first American "mom" and "brother" joined Youth Services Chair Maggie Hoy in welcoming him.  We're looking forward to a great year!
Welcome to the US, Joao! Fred Rowe 2016-08-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Jul 20, 2016
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Fair Oaks Rotary Helps
Family Promise Become More Tech Savvy
 
Family Promise is a Sacramento program to assist homeless families with finding housing and improving the chances that this will be a permanent solution, by improving job skills and taking other steps leading to employment.  When Fair Oaks Rotarian Geri Beck made our board aware of the lack of tech hardware at their headquarters, the board and its tech guru Keith Walter stepped up.  We purchased, delivered, set up and provided instruction on three Chromebooks and a wireless printer for families currently in the program, with plans to follow up as needed.  For a look at the typical day of Rotarian Geri Beck as she volunteers there. click Read More.
Family Promise 2016 Fred Rowe 2016-07-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Jun 25, 2016
Schroeder Out, Romines In
                              
In a tradition dating back as far as anyone in the club can remember, 2015-16 president Pete Schroeder was unceremoniously demoted from on high back into the ranks, while Karen Romines was given the title Madame President, making her the fourth female to head this illustrious organization and its 71st president.  Before he felt the love of all the club members, Cubs-Bears-Bulls fan Schroeder was decked out in a White Sox T-shirt, Giants hat, and 49er boxers.  Poor guy.  Stay tuned for a great year in 2016-17.
Demotion 2016 Fred Rowe 2016-06-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe

Our club is pleased to announce grant funding for up to $1,000 per project for charitable and educational activities to benefit children and senior citizens in the local community.

Application deadlines are October 1, January 1, and April 1.

Funding is budgeted annually July 1 to June 30 and is available until funds are depleted.  Click Here to Download the application. 

Community Grants Available Fred Rowe 2016-06-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Jun 06, 2016
Quite a Day for Fair Oaks Rotary
at the Annual River Cats Game
It was 98 degrees, the Cats lost, and the bus broke down on the way home.  Did that make the annual outing to Raley Field for Rotary District 5180 (which includes the Fair Oaks club) a bust?  Not according to President Pete and the folks who collected the donations for polio eradication.  Maybe it had something to do with the contents of the coolers on board the bus.  For a few more photos of the "action" (or lack thereof), click here.
River Cats 2016 Fred Rowe 2016-06-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Apr 30, 2016
Fair Oaks Rotary
Adopts A Nest
   
What the heck does that mean?  Well, on a nice Saturday in April, a bunch of Fair Oaks Rotarians (and a pint-sized supervisor) with your basic gardening implements went out to River Bend Park and cleaned the overgrowth from a campsite, making it usable for children's programs this upcoming summer.  The before and after photos (they would be #1 and #3, above) show what a great job they did.  For a look at even more photos of the work that went into this, click here.
Adopt-a-Nest Fred Rowe 2016-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Apr 17, 2016
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Fair Oaks Rotary Makes
Madison Avenue Sparkle
 
 
OK, we had a little lot of help from our high school affiliate, the Interact Club of Bella Vista High School.  And once again, we were forced to work without the usual Rotary fuel, coffee and donuts.  But the weather was good, the kids were great, and Madison Avenue between Chicago and Kenneth looked great afterward.  I think Sacramento County will let us keep participating in their Adopt-A-Street program, as we have for about ten years now.
Mad Ave 04-16 Fred Rowe 2016-04-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 04, 2016
First Little Free Library "Planted" and Stocked...
AND USED!
 
    
 
No sooner had the Fair Oaks Rotary's first little free library been planted on Pennsylvania Ave just north of Sunset, than a young local resident was seen inspecting it and availing himself of some reading material.  Now we've got about nine more to "plant" so that literacy can grow in Fair Oaks.  That's the plan, anyway.  For more of the fun, click Read more...
First Little Free Library Fred Rowe 2016-04-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 30, 2016
Fair Oaks Rotary Helps Stop Hunger Now
(with a little help from Citrus Heights Rotary)
 
 
Alright, alright!  It was their project, and we helped, with some funding and nine semi-able bodied volunteers.  In 90 minutes, we (that would be everyone there) filled over 17,000 14-oz. bags with a nutritious rice-soy-vegetable mixture, with each bag providing a meal for six people, which will be shipped to places in the world where the need is greatest.  It provided camaraderie, the satisfaction of service, and a good laugh from looking at each other with hair covers on.
Stop Hunger Now 2016 Fred Rowe 2016-03-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Mar 26, 2016
Fair Oaks Rotary Builds
Little Free Libraries
 
 
 
After a couple of projects with the "big" Fair Oaks Library, club literacy-meister Bruce Hagel found a "little" library project to work on this year.  After getting the wood shop kids at Del Campo High School to do the woodwork, he talked new-ish member Reid Gustafson into using his garage and driveway for the work parties to prime, paint and shingle the things.  I guess that's what happens when you put an attorney in charge of a work project.  For lots of photos of all the "work", click here.
Little Libraries 2016 Fred Rowe 2016-03-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 20, 2016
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Fair Oaks Rotary
Feeds the Masses at
26th Annual Crab Feed
 
 
February in Fair Oaks means the Rotary will feed 500+ at their biggest fundraiser of the year, the Mardi Gras Crab Feed, and 2016 was no exception.  From Caesar salad to minestrone to that tasty crab, attendees left with a satisfied palate, as usual.  A silent auction and several raffles attracted the usual generous crowd, enabling the club to finance the myriad of projects for the next year.  Thanks to all who helped and attended.  For lots of photos of all the fun, click here.
Crab Feed 2016 Fred Rowe 2016-02-20 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Jan 20, 2016
A Luau in January?
Fair Oaks Rotary says, "Why Not?"
 
What better way to warm up 100+ Fair Oaks seniors than some pulled pork and Polynesian music?  The luau's sponsors (Fair Oaks Rec & Park, Rotary and Inner Wheel, and the Bella Vista Interact Club) decided to move the luau from its customary September date (too close to that Chicken Festival) to January, where the only conflict was the Rotary's distribution of dictionaries to LeGette third-graders.  Hey, no problem... youth service in the morning, seniors at lunch.  For more of the action, click "Read more..." 
 
Senior Luau 2016 Fred Rowe 2016-01-20 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Jan 19, 2016
Are Fair Oaks Third-Graders Smarter
Because of Rotary?
 
The answer to that question is that they likely will be smarter in the future, and at least partly because of Fair Oaks Rotary.  As they do about this time every year, Fair Oaks Rotarians visited Northridge and LeGette Elementary schools and gave every third-grader their own personal dictionary.  Even in the age of iPads and Google, the kids looked pretty pleased about their new acquisition.  For more photos, click "Read more..."
Dictionary Project 2016 Fred Rowe 2016-01-19 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Nov 06, 2015
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It's Del Campo Again in the
Battle for the Oak
 
 
Almost buried in that mass of young, sweaty testosterone is Rotary Club of Fair Oaks honorary member Bev Purcell, on hand to present the trophy named after her deceased husband, past president Jim Purcell, to the winner of the Del Campo-Bella Vista football game, AKA the Battle For The Oak, so named because it decides the Fair Oaks high school football champion for the year.  By a 49-26 margin, and for consecutive years that are getting hard to count, Del Campo won the game.
 
In addition to the trophy, a $1,000 graduation award is presented to a senior at the winning school by the Rotary club, and since the game usually occurs in close proximity to Veterans Day, the club also pays for the admission to the game of anyone who identifies themselves as a military veteran.  For a look at the trophy and the crew at the gate, click the link...
Battle for The Oak 2015 Fred Rowe 2015-11-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Oct 31, 2015
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Who Had the Most Fun
at Fair Oaks Safe Halloween?
 
 
 
Books and games and... oh,yeah, candy... made for another great Safe Halloween in Fair Oaks Village.  As usual, the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks was among the organizations having fun working hard to make the day a success.  For a further look at the frolicking, click the link...
Safe Halloween 2015 Fred Rowe 2015-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
Fair Oaks Uncorked 2015:
A Success by Any Measure
 
 
With a lineup of about a dozen wineries and restaurants, and a few brewers thrown in for good measure, this year's edition of Fair Oaks Uncorked provided the over 270 attendees with the usual high quality food and drink, making it a stunning success.  Oh, and that's not even considering the funds raised for the community projects of the Fair Oaks Rotary.  A big thanks goes to Marlow Simonetto and her crew, and to volunteers from the District 5180 Passport Club, whose work allowed more Fair Oaks Rotarians to actually nosh and imbibe a little.
 
For those of you who care, the dessert police reported that 37% of attendees were seen eating dessert before "real food".
FO Uncorked 2015 Fred Rowe 2015-10-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Oct 10, 2015
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Fair Oaks Rotarians Fight Thru Lack of Coffee and Donuts
To Beautify Madison Avenue
  
 
 
Despite a glaring lack of the usual morning project fuel, a valiant crew of Fair Oaks Rotarians and Bella Vista High School Interactors, led by the intrepid Cliff Straehely, were on duty today restoring Madison Avenue from Chicago (Avenue, not the city) to Kenneth to its usual pristine shape.  In an unusual development, the Rotarians actually outnumbered the high schoolers.  The name of the person who neglected to bring coffee will remain confidential.  For more details, click the link.
Madison Avenue Cleanup-Oct 2015 Fred Rowe 2015-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Oct 06, 2015
Fair Oaks Rotary and Bella Vista Faculty
Team Up for Another Great Career Day!
 
 
 
Who are all these folks lounging around the Bella Vista High School library on an October Tuesday morning?  Well, they are among the 70 or so speakers from diverse occupations recruited by the Fair Oaks Rotary and Bella Vista faculty to speak to the students about their vocations at Bella Vista's second biannual Career Day.  The students were polled about their preferences, and each speaker spoke to three groups of about 30 students in the course of the morning.  The consensus of all involved: let's do it again in 2017!  For more, click the link...
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Craft Beer Booth Fundraiser At The Fair Oaks Chicken Festival

If you didn't make the chicken festival this year, you missed a beautiful day and a lot of fun. Although a number of us weren't exactly up with the chickens, it felt close enough that early Saturday morning. Setting up the area for microbrew tasting is an exercise in teamwork. If you have not experienced the joy and challenge of setting up the various awnings we use, you are missing out. It's necessary and fun to duct tape and otherwise do "orthopedic repairs" on some of the old awnings we utilize. Even one of our mascot, metal chickens needed some "medical attention" in ord be able to er to stand up. Perhaps it had had a rough night, the night before. It all came together and we sold a lot of beer to a lot of happy and satisfied customers. I thought the band was great. Apparently, they also play heavy metal, but I was happy that they chose to use their acoustic instruments for the chicken festival.
The Craft Beer Coop Cliff Straehley 3 2015-09-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Aug 10, 2015
Camping Fair Oaks Rotary Style
 
  
          
  
 
Over the weekend of August 7-9, a hardy group of Fair Oaks Rotarians, along with family, wannabes and other assorted folks, headed for Lake Francis Resort near beautiful Dobbins, CA, for our club's fourth annual "camping" trip, organized by the irrepressible Maggie Hoy.  Our Danish exchange student Stine was introduced to the Fair Oaks Rotary version of roughing it; I think she liked it.
 
We ate and drank too much, but we solved a lot of world problems and we worked off many of the calories playing Maggie's dumb sophisticated games on Saturday afternoon.  Did we have fun?  Hey, it was a Fair Oaks Rotary event... of course we did.  There are more pictures if you click the link.
 
 
Camping 2015 Fred Rowe 2015-08-10 07:00:00Z 0
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What's Happening At Blood Source
 
Fred Rowe took the microphone to introduce a mighty nice speaker, our own Elaine Roc.  After being successful at an earlier career for about 20 years, she resigned to do something else that touched her heart. She has been working for Blood Source, in which she was rapidly promoted. Currently she is the director of automated recruitment, at which post she uses her considerable people skills to raise awareness about donating to Blood Source. She also serves with the central California hemophilia foundation.


Blood Source was initially founded in 1948 as a nonprofit, at the impetus of some physicians at Sutter Hospital who needed more blood to do their work. Elaine decided to focus mainly on one aspect of the wonderful work done by Blood Source, namely "Source Plasma".  Plasma is the liquid part of blood.  Both whole plasma and its components are vital to the treatment of at least 80 different diseases.  The number of uses for plasma and its components is sure to increase because there are numerous on-going research projects on plasma. 
 
There is a worldwide need for the Blood Source products. Blood banks around the world need plasma and its components because these are scarce commodities in many foreign countries.  About 65% of the source plasma obtained in the United States is sent to other locations around the world.  

 
To prepare for a plasma donation, a person should avoid caffeine during the day before, eat a good meal, and drink a lot of water. Although it takes only about five or 10 minutes to donate whole blood (depending on the size of your veins), it takes about 45 minutes to donate for "source plasma".  During this process, the donor is entertained by recent movies and delightful company. Temporarily some of the donor’s  blood leaves the donor, while it is being subdivided into components, and then it is returned, minus "the goodies". Theoretically one could donate source plasma every other day but to be more conservative, plasma donations are limited to twice a week.
 
One of the most important products is Immunoglobulin.  These are a variety of antibodies in immunoglobulin which can be utilized to combat diseases.  Since different people have been exposed to different diseases, these different diseases stimulate the production of various different antibodies, making immunoglobulin products very versatile and valuable.  The Common denominator of these various diseases is that the patient has an impaired immune system.  Some people are genetically unable to form any antibodies at all, and infusion of these immunoglobulins, beginning shortly after birth, prevents the death of these babies, although we don't know how long these patients will ultimately live. However, one recipient mentioned by Elaine has completed medical school and is the oldest living recipient of this treatment, so far.  
 
Our club now is categorized as one of the "big clubs" in our district and records have been kept about the frequency of blood donations in the various clubs in the District.  We rank sixth among the big clubs which is not anything to brag about. Elaine distributed cards which can be utilized, so that our friends and relatives can also donate and credit our club. Some people (about 38% of the population of the United States) are unable to donate because of various FDA restrictions.  For example, there is a weight minimum of 110 pounds. Women are not allowed to donate.  Elaine ended early but remained afterwards to answer the many questions.
 
Reporter:  Cliff Straehley
 
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July 13, 2015 Meeting Bruce Vincent 2015-07-15 07:00:00Z 0
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Lester Snow Talks Water

Lester Snow spoke on the California water system, its history, the drought and other potential problems with our water delivery system.  Lester is Executive Director of the California Water Foundation.  He has been the Director of the California Department of Water Resources and our region’s Director for the Bureau of Reclamation. 
 
Lester began his talk with a brief description of the statewide interconnected water storage and delivery system which serves 30 million people and irrigates over 5 million acres of farmland.  The system includes the State Water Project, the Central Valley Project, and several major aqueducts.   Wikipedia is recommended for an excellent overview of the system. 
 
The water system in California is faced with several severe challenges:
* Aging infrastructure, designed when California’s population was less than half of today’s population.
* Overdrawn and, until recently, completely unregulated groundwater supplies
* Climate change.
 
At this moment, California is in the midst of the worst drought in its history.  Snowpack is nonexistent. Reservoirs are very low and there will be little runoff from the mountains into the reservoirs.  Up to 80% of the water the state uses this year will be groundwater, which is being depleted too fast.  (Some areas in the Central Valley are sinking one foot per year as water is pumped from the underlying aquifers and San Jose is now 14 feet lower than it was years ago.)  Locally, the Folsom reservoir will probably be drawn down to the lowest level in its history because the Bureau of Reclamation is withholding releases from Shasta to reduce water temperatures and protect salmon – and increasing releases from Folsom to compensate. 

As an example of aging infrastructure, Lester cited the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta.  The Delta has existed since the end of the last ice age and was originally a large freshwater marsh.  Beginning in the late 1800s, Chinese labor and then dredgers were used to create levees, channel the flow of water through the Delta and convert most of the Delta for agriculture.  The Delta now produces about $500 million in crops.  The levees are not completely adequate and it is feared that a combination of high water and an earthquake could break the levees and flood much of the Delta, rendering it useless (Ed note:  supposedly) for agriculture. 
 
Lester briefly discussed the Delta tunnel project, which has been proposed by the Jerry Brown administration.  He cited reasons for building the tunnels but, in general, did not mention the many objections raised by opponents of the Delta tunnels. 
 

Meeting Highlights

 
Ray Ward is recognized by Membership Director Alice Rowe.  Ray brought six new members to the club during the past year and half.  
 
Emeritus member Charley Blatchford celebrated his 80th birthday.   In the photo, Charley is paying a generous birthday fine. 
 
James Mann, who has been undergoing dialysis, was able to attend the meeting.  James reports that he is doing better. 
 
 
New members Shelley Weisman and Gus Ballis had their red ribbons removed and became full-fledged members.  They are shown with their sponsor, Ray Ward, and their mentors, Peter and Karen Romines. 
 

Pete Schroeder reported on Camp Winning Hands, where Pete was a counselor last week.  The photo is from the Shriner’s website.  It shows Pete teaching a youngster with hand differences to play guitar.  Pete spent five days working with the kids at this camp.  The Shriner Hospitals for Children of Northern California sponsored the camp and paid for everything.  Pete reported that Rotary made the camp possible. 
 
The kids camped overnight and Pete was housed in a cabin full of 7 – 11 year old boys.  Pete reports that he is now, as a result, an expert on zombies and possible the health hazards that can result when a normal person is touched by a zombie, with urinary contamination of the blood being number one on the list.
 

 
Our club was chartered on March 7, 1946 and will celebrate its 70th anniversary this fiscal year.  With that in mind, Club Historian, Ralph Carhart,   provided a brief history of the club’s first 40 years of existence. 
Details below.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Announcements

It is difficult to determine meeting attendance in advance, which makes it difficult to buy and serve the right amount of food.  Diana Cralle asked that all members RSVP at least two days before a meeting.  Suggested mechanisms for RSVPing were contacting Ray Ward via Facebook or Nancy Regan by email. 
Perhaps the easiest method might be to RSVP to the weekly meeting notice sent out by Ray Ward every week.   
Bob Walters announced that Club Foundation will be holding its annual election of members at its next meeting on August 15.  Anyone interested in being on the Foundation Board should submit a short written application, in the form of a letter or email to Bob.  The application should summarize, along with anything deemed pertinent by the applicant, experience with 501(c)3 organizations.  Campaign speeches will not be allowed. 
Details below.
Club Services Director, Dawn Abatamarco, asked for volunteers to serve food at each meeting (2 per meeting) and others to do the center pieces at each table.  
Marlow Simonetto is managing this year’s Fair Oaks Uncorked.  We still need wineries and restaurants.  Please help Marlow and her committee recruit them. 
Also, tickets are now available.  Please start selling them.  
 
Maggie Hoy is the organizer for Saturday’s Mystery Trip.  Maggie revealed three clues:
  1. This will be an outdoor event.
  2. It may be cold (the weather, that is)
  3. Bring a camp chair so you have something to sit on. 
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Fair Oaks Rotary + Bella Vista Interact =
 
A Sparkling Madison Avenue
 
 
As good stewards of Madison Avenue from Chicago (the street, that is) to Kenneth, May 9 found the Fair Oaks Rotary Club out in force, along with the Interact Club from Bella Vista High School, to rid the avenue of several months of accumulated litter.  The unusual thing about this particular day was that Rotarians outnumbered Interactors, perhaps due to the availability of donuts procured by Dino Sammakieh, the honcho of the trash patrol.
May 2015 Madison Ave Cleanup Fred Rowe 2015-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 17, 2015
Sailor Bar Access More Accessible,
 
Thanks to Fair Oaks Rotary (and a little help)
 
 
 
It's rumored that President Jim Cralle was upset by the potential dangers of the pedestrian access to the area around his favorite fishing hole, prompting him to arrange a project of the club, its Interact affiliate at Bella Vista High School, and some folks from the local Americorps on a sunny Saturday morning in April.  I'm sure there were donuts involved somewhere, but no one took a picture of them.
 
 
2015 Sailor Bar Project Fred Rowe 2015-04-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 13, 2015
Phoenix Park - More Usable
 
Thanks to Fair Oaks Rotary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Valentine weekend saw President Jim Cralle and the Fair Oaks Rotary working hard on their joint project with the Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District and Honorary Mayor Bob Clouse to lengthen walking trails at Phoenix Park, making them more usable for baby strollers, wheelchairs and other conveyances that may not perform well on grass.  The project was partially funded by a matching grant from The Rotary Foundation.
2015 Park Project Fred Rowe 2015-02-14 00:00:00Z 0
25th Annual Mardi Gras Crab Feed
 
As usual, we sold this event out... 550 crab lovers feasting on minestrone, pasta, and scrumptious crab, washed down by margaritas, hurricanes, fine wine and other assorted beverages, playing heads-or-tails, taking a chance on the FunDraw and MegaDraw and bidding in the silent auction.  A big thanks to our sponsors and donors and everyone who spent the money that allows us to do all the good stuff we do in Fair Oaks and around the world.
 
Active Sponsors: 
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks for the support, we had another successful year.
Check out our video of the event and our pictures.
2015 Annual Mardi Gras Crab Feed Beth Wilcoxen 2015-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 27, 2015
Dealing in Dictionaries the Fair Oaks Rotary Way
 
          
As is their custom about this time of year, Rotarians from the Fair Oaks club distributed brand new dictionaries purchased by the club to every third-grader at Northridge Elementary School, after doing the same at Legette Elementary last week.  The Legette crew were either shy or left their cameras at home, because no photos could be found.  For more pictures of happy kids, click "Read more".
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Rotary and Interact Beautify Madison Avenue
 
    
If Madison Avenue from Chicago Avenue to Kenneth Avenue was looking a little cleaner recently, thank the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks and the Bella Vista High School Interact Club, under the supervision of Karen Romines and John White.  The two organizations cooperate on this quarterly project as part of the county's Adopt-A-Street program.  The big find this time: a car bumper!
Dec 2014 Mad Ave Cleanup Fred Rowe 2014-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
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For the sixth consecutive year, the Fair Oaks Rotary hosted the premier autumn wine-and-food tasting event in the area, Fair Oaks Uncorked, at St. Mel's Parish Hall.  Attendees were treated to vintages from ten wineries and delicacies from ten local restaurants.  If you missed it, make a note to check next October's calendar for the seventh edition.

Rotary's 2014 Fair Oaks Uncorked Sparkles Again Raymond Ward 2014-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
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On a beautiful Saturday, the Fair Oaks Village celebrated local businesses with food, music, and beer. The Rotary Club of Fair Oaks helped by providing thirsty patrons at the beer wagon and at the craft beer booth. The proceeds from this event will be used for local schools and other local projects.

Check Here to see more pictures.

Even the Chickens Enjoyed Our Craft Beer Booth Raymond Ward 2014-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
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Fair Oaks Seniors Whoop It Up at the 2014 Rotary Luau

Last year, the Interact Club learned the Hukilau; this year, it was a half dozen or so spry seniors... all women... what does that mean?... who jumped at the chance.  And once again, for the 11th straight year, the Rotary Club, the Inner Wheel, and the Recreation and Park Department of Fair Oaks put on a great luau for the seniors in the community.  If you're wondering who all the really young looking people in the linked album are, that's the Bella Vista Interact Club, without whom we'd probably still be passing out the lunch trays.  For a closer look at the festivities, click here.

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Posted by Fred Rowe on Sep 14, 2014

Hold your hat... here's the Fair Oaks Rotary story in two minutes!

Updated stuff, quicker pace and new music, but I still get tired just watching it.  Do we really do all that?  Enjoy!

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How Many Rotarians Does It Take To Paint a House?

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Last Rotary year, we fixed a lot of the insides of this house on Winding Way, which was occupied by a disabled senior citizen with a long history of volunteering in the Fair Oaks community, and now we returned to make it look as nice outside as it is inside.  Our own Geri Beck was the driving force on this one.  The answer to the question in the title would seem to be seven... or was it eight?  In case you haven't figured it out, the photo on top is BEFORE.

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Fair Oaks Rotary Roughs It Again

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If you don't see any tents, there's a reason for that.  We didn't bring any... well, at least the adults didn't.  For the third year in a row, in spite of prior violations of the campground noise curfew, Lake Francis Resort in Dobbins allowed the Fair Oaks Rotary to spend a weekend there.  If you're dying to see people having too much fun, go to our Facebook posting of August 17.  Just don't say you weren't warned.

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Bella Vista Faculty + Fair Oaks Rotary + 6 months planning =

BV Career Day

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Presenters meet in the library to take attendance... after all, this is school.

On October 11, from 9 am to noon, the 2,000+ students at Bella Vista High School attended the first Career Day at BV in over a decade.  Each student attended three successive small group sessions of 30-40 students presented by over 70 presenters representing a wide variety of professions and jobs.  It was a massive undertaking and by all accounts, it came off pretty well at all levels.

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Fair Oaks Rotarians provide hydration...

then the rains came.

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President Mike Delivers

(looks like he's participating also)

Some times, the best laid plans... you know the rest.  And Chicken Festival 2013 was one of them.  At first the cool refreshments offered by Fair Oaks Rotary's beer booth and micro-brew tasting area were well appreciated, but just about the time that sales usually pick up, the skies opened up, and in spite of the "fun" reported by those on scene, the bottom line looked like it was going to be affected.  For a complete look at developments, click here.

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Fair Oaks Rotary Takes 140 Seniors To Polynesia

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For the tenth year in a row, the Fair Oaks Rotary co-sponsored the Fair Oaks Senior Luau, in conjunction with the Fair Oaks Rec & Parks Dept, Fair Oaks Inner Wheel and Fair Oaks Foundation for Leisure and Arts.  The Bella Vista High School Interact Club provided the table servers, and 140+ seniors were treated to Polynesian cuisine and entertainment, some of it by Rotarians and Interactors.  For the full monty, click here.  To see our Bella Vista Interactors dance the Hukilau, click here.  To see President Mike shake his thing, click here.

10th Annual Senior Luau Fred Rowe 2013-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Sep 06, 2013

We Took the Bus to Amador Cellars

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On September 7, the "Fair Oaks Rotary" bus... actually, we rented it... took us, along with members from a few adjoining clubs, to Amador Cellars for some tasting and a BBQ dinner in their new barn.  For a full report and photos, click here.

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HE MADE IT!!!

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Fair Oaks Rotarian Dave Claugus at the top of Mt Whitney as he celebrates the completion of his 200+ mile trek along the John Muir trail to raise funds for Polio Plus.  He just helped make us "this much closer" to polio eradication.  Congratulations, Dave!

Claugus Hikes to End Polio Fred Rowe 2013-08-03 00:00:00Z 0
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Yard Makeover by Rotary

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 BEFORE                     AFTER

Problem: falling down fence, overgrown yard, lack of resources.  Solution: nine Fair Oaks Rotarians and an hour and a half, followed by a mighty construction job by our newest member.  Just another example of Rotarian community service in action.  To see Fair Oaks Rotary in action, click here.

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Village Park is looking better, thanks to Rotary!

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On Saturday, July 13, Fair Oaks Rotarians, relatives and friends were treated to a demonstration of proper watering technique by new club president Mike Maddox after several hours of beautifying Village Park as part of the Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District's It's My Park Day.  For a FULL report, click here.

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Madison Avenue Lookin' Good

So if you've noticed that Madison Avenue around Bella Vista High School looks pretty clean every three months or so, then thank the team of BV Interactors and Fair Oaks Rotarians that does the work.  April 6 was the latest Beautification Day, aka trash pickup.  Click here to see how it went.

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Madison Avenue Beautification Project Fred Rowe 2013-04-06 00:00:00Z 0
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Encouraged by the sitting ovation our group of Rotarian warblers received at our Christmas performance at Eskaton Fountainwood, Pete Schroeder assembled a quartet and we did it again.  To see a few photos of what it was like to be there, click here.

Rotarian Quartet Wows Eskaton! Fred Rowe 2013-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Mar 28, 2013

Rotary Animals Invade Fair Oaks Library Prior to Celebration

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Buddy (the Raccoon) and Bunny (the Energizer... well, bunny) made an appearance at the Fair Oaks Library on March 29, one day prior to the big celebration to open the new Families and Books Center, a joint project of the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks, Friends of the Library, and the library itself.  

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They even talked some kid into reading a book to them.

Join us on March 30 at noon as we dedicate the place.

Library Project Complete - Let's Celebrate!!! Fred Rowe 2013-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
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Our meeting on Monday, March 25, was special for several reasons.  Past President Warren McWilliams celebrated a special birthday; contrary to popular opinion, he was NOT one of the founders of Rotary International in 1905... after all, he's just a kid at 80 years young! And our program was brought to us by our newest member, Natasha Owen, who described the development of the Russian consular system and her role as the first ever Russian consul in Sacramento.  Following this, we were treated to four traditional Russian songs by two members of the Russian community.  So our club's immersion into local cultural diversity continues!

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Russian Consul Helps Warren Turn 80! Say What??!! Fred Rowe 2013-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
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We're Done!  Let's Celebrate!

On Saturday, March 23, the finishing touches were put on our Family and Children's Center project at the Fair Oaks Library, just in time for the celebration scheduled for Saturday, March 30.  Lots of hands-on work and $6,000... half of that as a grant from The Rotary Foundation... went into creating an area specifically for kids under 5 and their parents.  We partnered with Friends of the Library on the project.  The final work crew members couldn't resist being the first to actually use the area.

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We finished our library project!!! Fred Rowe 2013-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
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Think Global, Act Local

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On March 15, a group of Fair Oaks Rotarians and spouses ventured to the Little Saigon area of South Sacramento for the 2nd annual Gala Dinner of the Greater Sacramento Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce.  That's a mouthful of initials, and the Rotarians enjoyed many mouthfuls of delicious ethnic food served at the New Happy Garden Restaurant.  What were they doing there besides eating?  Well, it was the kickoff of new member Dave Barr's program of experiencing diverse cultures without the cost of international airfare.  Where will it lead?  Hey... come along for the ride and find out!

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FO Rotarians Attend GSVACC Gala! What??!! Fred Rowe 2013-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
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On March 11, astrophysicist and NASA scientist Tobias (Toby) Owen, who is also the spouse of newly inducted member Natasha Owen, presented a dryly witty summary of the search for life in the universe, especially intelligent life, and showed us remarkable photos from the recent Mars rover Discovery.  One of the questions he posed was why another intelligent life form would identify themselves to us Earthlings if they were able to observe the current state of affairs on this planet.  All in all, a remarkable presentation!

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With well over a hundred Rotary club banners, collected during our members travels, sitting in storage, it was time to hang them on the wall!  And who made the display for us?  

Vicki Walter!

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A New Banner for All Our Banners! Keith Walter 2013-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
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As usual, our annual Spaghetti Feed with our Fair Oaks Inner Wheel affiliate was packed and energetic.  IW President Janet McWilliams described the great work IW does locally and internationally, and the members lightened our wallets bidding on an assortment of items in a fun raffle.  Check out the rest of the details in this weeks ACORN.

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We packed 'em in for the Inner Wheel Spaghetti Feed! Fred Rowe 2013-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
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In an amazing display of literary prowess, ten Fair Oaks Rotarians participated in the annual Read Across America Day at Northridge Elementary School by actually reading to students in their classrooms.  Read Across America Day is celebrated nationwide on or near the birthday of the late Dr. Seuss and was established to promote the joy of reading.  Member Bruce Vincent recorded this reaction to his efforts, later reporting that he set it up.

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Fair Oaks Rotarians Read Across America Fred Rowe 2013-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Feb 24, 2013

Five BV Seniors Give Five Great Speeches

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Five seniors from Bella Vista High School... in the picture above, Dustin Mueller, Tim O'Shea, Anna Ustinova, Jessica Terry and Kara Zeman, along with club president Beth Wilcoxen and speech contest chairs Bill Wagner and Karen Romines... each gave their interpretation of the theme "Peace Through Service" at the annual speech contest of the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks on Monday, February 25.  The annual speech contest is always one of the most enjoyable programs of the Rotary year and this year was no exception.  The contest was won by Kara Zeman, who will now compete in a regional semifinal against eight other club level winners on Monday, April 8 at 6:00 at the Roseville Theater on Vernon Street in Roseville, with the eventual goal of competing in the District Finals on Saturday, May 11 at the District Conference at the Hyatt Lake Tahoe in Incline Village.

Five Great Contestants in Our Club Speech Contest Fred Rowe 2013-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
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If you missed this year's Fair Oaks Rotary Crab Feed because it sold out and caught you by surprise, click here or scan the QR code at the top left, then fill out the form and we'll contact you next year before the ticket sales open to the general public.  Here's a little picture of the party we threw on February 9.

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Did Our Crab Feed Sellout Catch You By Surprise? Fred Rowe 2013-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
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A team of ten departed for Iquitos, Peru on December 1-2 and returned on December 9-10.  Who were they?  Three from our club, two from Rancho Cordova (plus one spouse), two from Whirlwind Wheelchair, designer of the RoughRider, one physical therapist and one Spanish interpreter.  What did they do?  In conjunction with the Rotary Club of Iquitos, they brought the gift of mobility to 176 people in the Amazon basin in the form of RoughRider wheelchairs.  

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To save reading another 100,000 words, click here for about 100 photos of their adventure.

Peru Team Returns from the Jungle Fred Rowe 2012-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
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On December 17, ten Fair Oaks Rotarians, led by the intrepid Pete Schroeder, warbled our way through a half dozen or so Christmas carols at the Eskaton facility where long-time member John Yetto resides.

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Two more members, who shall remain nameless, arrived just as we finished singing.

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SAFE HALLOWEEN

FAIR OAKS-STYLE

When the Rotary Club, Inner Wheel, Women's Thursday Club, Merchants' Association and Theatre Festival of Fair Oaks combine with the Bella Vista Interact Club to put on Halloween festivities for the village's kids, you can figure that it will be quite an event.  It was.  Check it out by clicking here.  And check our Facebook Page for even more.

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Safe Halloween Fred Rowe 2012-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
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But it was only for a night (October 29) so not to worry.  Ms. Energizer kept us all safe, and we heard our outbound RYE student, Isabel Jacobson, tell us about her year in Denmark.  Click here for the hard photo evidence, but it's not for the faint of heart.  Look for details in this week's ACORN.

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Ghouls Take Over Fair Oaks Rotary Fred Rowe 2012-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Oct 25, 2012
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For the tenth year in a row, Del Campo High School was victorious over Bella Vista High School in this game, the Fair Oaks high school football championship.  The Rotary Club of Fair Oaks gives a perpetual trophy named after the Rotarian who started this tradition, Jim Purcell, and also a $1,000 graduation award to a senior at the winning school, as well as paying the admission of all military veterans to the game.  For a look at this year's fun, click here.

Del Campo Again in the Battle for the Oak Fred Rowe 2012-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Oct 11, 2012
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What could be better on an autumn evening than great food accompanied by great wines?  That's what the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks delivered on Friday, October 12, to the delight of the 200+ in attendance at the Fair Oaks Community Clubhouse.

Fair Oaks Uncorked Fred Rowe 2012-10-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Sep 18, 2012
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If it's mid-September, it's Luau time in Fair Oaks as the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks, Fair Oaks Rec & Park Dept., the Fair Oaks Inner Wheel and the Bella Vista Interact Club all combine to treat our local seniors to an afternoon of island culinary delights and entertainment.


Fair Oaks Senior Luau Fred Rowe 2012-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Keith Walter on Sep 14, 2012
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By almost any measure the 7th Annual Chicken Festival on Saturday was a huge success with over 12,000 people estimated to have attended. Many Rotarians contributed to this years' festival including Shelley Mathews, Bob Walters, and Dan Smallhouse. Dan reported that gross sales at both Rotary booths exceeded $5,000 this year - congratulations and thanks to the many volunteers who made this possible.

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Fair Oaks Chicken Festival Keith Walter 2012-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Aug 18, 2012
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Steve Hoverman, celebrating a birthday, put up a tent.  The rest of us were in other structures.  But if Maggie says it's camping, then it's camping.  We swam, played "games" of Maggie's devising, made s'mores, and violated the 10 pm quiet time.  To see all the ugly details, click here.
One Rotarian in a Tent Equals Camping Fred Rowe 2012-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Aug 11, 2012
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For those of you who missed it, the Fair Oaks Rotary achieved its fundraising goal of $3,000 for this years Relay For Life.  As usual, we made our fun-raising goal also.  And I think we were one of the few teams to keep someone on the track for all 24 hours... did someone check those Interactors between midnight and 3 am?  For photographic proof, click here
Relay For Life--- We Did It! Fred Rowe 2012-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe on Jul 13, 2012
On Saturday, July 14, Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks worked at Phoenix Park as part of the Fair Oaks Rec and Park Dept's My Park Day.  If you don't think the park looks more spiffy as a result, click here to check out actual photographic proof.
Rotarians At Work in Phoenix Park Fred Rowe 2012-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Latest from the Literacy Project Debra Price 2012-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fred Rowe
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Bella Vista Interactors

(and a few Rotarians)

Beautify Madison Avenue... again

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Just like every three months, Madison Avenue in front of Bella Vista High School is CLEAN, thanks to the Bella Vista Interact Club and the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks.  Usually the trash is on the ground, but these two seem to have located some in a tree.  For a look at the whole crew and a more standard trash pick-up technique, click the little blue "More..."

Madison Avenue - Clean Again Fred Rowe 0