Rotary Meeting, March 15, 2022
PRESIDENT BOB MILLER (First US Community Credit Union) gaveled in the meeting at 12:09pm, welcoming all to today’s Ides of March meeting. Et tu, Bob?
PRESIDENT BOB thanked this meeting’s greeters the esteemed and musically talented JUDGE BILL SHUBB (US District Court), CHRISTIE SHORRLOCK (Stanford Sierra Youth and Families), and BOB ROSENBERG (Inve$tnet Inc.). He also thanked Pulse Reporter JOHN MCINTYRE (Mercy Foundation), Wine Reception sponsor BOBBY REED (Capitol Tech Solutions), and photographer JOHN SWENTOWSKY (Swentowsky Photography) for capturing images from today’s meeting.
KATHY HERRFELDT (retired for the past three minutes) offered today’s thought, saying what impresses her about Rotarians is that…“we take on challenges that sometimes seem insurmountable and we never give up. We set a goal and embrace the power of intention to achieve it. Eradicating Polio is a perfect example of this and, given our keynote speaker’s experience and history, my thought is for all of us to recognize and claim our power of intention.” She then left us with a quote from New York Times bestselling author GLORIA FELDT: “What’s your vision of what you think should happen? How can you make it happen? Go stand in your power and walk with intention to make it so.”
PRESIDENT BOB led the club in saluting the flag and our country.
PRESIDENT BOB did his best Phil Donahue, walking into the crowd to find guests to be introduced:
  • Visiting Rotarian JOE SCHEIMER, Elk Grove Rotary
  • Prospective Rotarian JEFFREY DRISCOLL (New York Life)
  • Prospective Rotarian JOSEF GRAY (Anti-Recidivism Coalition)
  • JOSEF GRAY’S guest SELENE NEHME (Anti-Recidivism Coalition)
PRESIDENT BOB announced those who graced the dais today:
  • Meeting Sponsor PAST PRESIDENT JON SNYDER (Snyder Commercial Real Estate)
  • Speaker BOB ROGERS (Airline Pilot, retired)
  • Chair of the Day PAST PRESIDENT DIANE WOODRUFF (California Community Colleges, retired)
PRESIDENT BOB introduced PAST PRESIDENT JON SNYDER, who was in a celebratory mood as he announced the opening of the new Museum of Science and Curiosity (MOSOC), which has emerged after $60+ million investment from the husk of the historic PG&E power station between the Sacramento River and I-5. The new facility has 23,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space and they anticipate approximately 250,000 visitors per year. JON thanked the club and its members for their role in helping make this project the success it is.
PAST PRESIDENT/EMPEROR WES YEE (Yee Dentistry) made his way to the mic and began describing the latest Rotary Fellow, sharing details of the Rotarian’s life, until it became obvious that only one red face was present in the crowd. As his name was announced, the crowd stood and acknowledged native Sacramentan and famously nice guy TED WHITE as a “man who has no enemies,” a successful businessman, and a leader who serves and has served on myriad boards and Rotary committees. Typically low-key and self-effacing, it wasn’t clear Ted enjoyed the attention, but he was clearly touched by the honor and having his family appear to join in recognizing him.
We are exceedingly lucky to have TED as a member of our Rotary Club.
New member MARY DELEO (Weintraub Tobin) was introduced by sponsor DEE HARTZOG (Attorney, retired). MARY’S other sponsor is PAST PRESIDENT PETER DANNEFELSER (Architectural Arts) and welcomed into the club with a standing ovation.
  • JOHN SWENTOWSKY thanked the club – our Loaves & Fishes morning-prep and lunchtime-service teams are set for this month.
  • BOBBY REED announced that they were ‘shaking it up’ and having the American River Parkway Cleanup this Friday afternoon – come out to help! While he had the mic, BOBBY also reminded all of Golf 4 Kids on May 6th. There are still sponsorships available!
  • SARAH HODGE announced the “YP takeover” of next week’s meeting – finally, a “fun” meeting…
  • DAVID BRANDENBURGER (Newmark) announced the winner of the club’s Speech contest, JORDAN MARIE KEENAN, who will represent our club in the District competition. He thanked the club members who served on the ‘judging’ team.
  • KATHE NATHAN (Banker, retired) noted that the Vitalant ‘Bloodmobile’ just outside the meeting still had a couple of available appointments, so, if you haven’t given in the last 8 weeks, it’s time! There is a blood shortage across the country, so your help is needed.
  • KATHY HERRFELDT (Home Care Assistance, retired) shared that she had sold her business to CRAIG CARES – congratulations, KATHY!
  • SARAH HODGE (Association of California Water Agencies) became a ‘half marathoner’ to
  • Past-president WES YEE stood to honor his daughter who successfully represented a young Chinese man in an asylum case, which allowed this young man to remain in the US.
  • Past-PRESIDENT JOHN FRISCH (Newmark) rose to honor his mother’s 95th birthday and his daughter’s approaching 39th birthday on March 17th.
Past-president KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Fairytale Town) and JOHN MCINTYRE came to the mics to share some Irish ‘deep cuts’ in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, which arrives in a couple days. Their tuneful whimsy included The Black Velvet Band and The Waxies Dargle. Many wept. Some for joy.
PAST PRESIDENT DIANE WOODRUFF provided a warm introduction of speaker BOB ROGERS of the Sebastopol Rotary, and a former district governor, who retired as an airline pilot in 2007 and focused his recent years on eradicating polio through his efforts with Rotary’s Polio Plus initiative.
Speaker BOB ROGERS opened his presentation with thanks to the Sacramento Rotary for the club’s generous response to the Santa Rosa fires in 2017 – Sacramento Rotary at a meeting in October 2017 raised more than $21,000 to help the communities who suffered losses from those fires, including many Rotarians. BOB was touched by that act of generosity, which led naturally into his discussion of what’s been accomplished by Rotary since the inception of the “Polio Plus” initiative to eradicate polio from the earth.
He started by sharing a video about National Immunization Day in India, where Rotarians attempted to provide 100 million vaccinations in five days – a herculean effort, yet BOB encouraged every Rotarian to see if it was possible for each to participate in such an effort, which is both life-changing and life-saving. The video indicated that in 1988, polio was present in 125 countries, yet it’s now found in only two countries – Pakistan and Afghanistan.  There are three types of polio; types 2 and 3 have been eradicated, with only Type 1 still present – only 6 cases were reported globally in 2021 and Pakistan has now gone nearly 1-1/2 years without a case.
However, to describe a recent concern, BOB went technical in the next section, that of circulating vaccine-derived polio (CVDP), which can occur, rarely (one in every 2.3 million inoculations), when the attenuated polio molecule in the vaccine mutates in communities where there is low vaccination. As a result, the person bearing the mutation is safe (vaccinated), but other unvaccinated children could be exposed.
Recently, a novel oral vaccine, which has attributes that keep the polio molecule from mutating, has developed that appears to address this problem: 200 million doses of the novel oral vaccine have been given with no negative impacts.
BOB asked if we should be satisfied with 99.9% of polio eradicated from the earth – then answered his own question with a resounding NO! The job isn’t yet done! To make that point, BOB shared two sobering points: first, that (a small number of) polio workers have been killed for doing their work, because some factions believe Polio Plus is a western plot to sterilize their children and, second, the recent polio case found in Malawi (and linked to Pakistan) makes it clear that “Polio is only a plane trip away!” With those warnings against global backsliding, BOB encouraged members to consider joining the Polio Plus Society — $100/year until polio is eradicated. The money counts toward a PAUL HARRIS and is matched two-to-one by the Gates Foundation.
Please see link below of the PowerPoint use for this presentation.
After thanking BOB OLSON for his presentation, PRESIDENT BOB called on Sergeant-at-Arms GIULIANO KORNBERG (Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera) announced that our next meeting would be at the usual spot and would be “YP Takeover” week, and we are to anticipate fun heretofore inconceivable at a Rotary meeting.
PRESIDENT BOB concluded the meeting at 1:30pm.
3/18/2022 – Discovery Park 3:00PM -5:00PM -American River Parkway Cleanup
3/22/2022 – Young Professionals at the helm! / Scott Ford
3/29/2022 – Robert Nelson / Sac State
04/05/2022 – Pride Industries
04/12/2022 – Dark