Rotary meeting: August 31, 2021 INTRODUCTION Rotarians were formally welcomed by JOEL HOCKMAN (Owner of Pucci’s Pharmacy), SARAH HODGE (Director of Resource Development/ NeighborWorks Sacramento), and BUDDY HUBERT (Mother Lode Capital). Special thanks to our Pulse reporter Danielle. JOHN SWENTOWSKY (Owner of Swentoesky Photography) was on hand to capture the festivities with these pictures […]


Rotary Meeting: July 6, 2021 Last Tuesday’s meeting started off with a mysterious greeting and wine & beer service by the Rotary Secret Service [BOB DALY (Financial Advisor at Financial Network Wealth Advisors), DAN FENOCCHIO (President at Cunningham Engineering, SARAH HODGE (Director of Development at CSU Sacramento), MAGGIE HOPKINS (Loan Officer at Capital Premier Lending […]


Rotary Meeting: June 29, 2021 PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) called our festive group to order with words of appreciation for PAST PRESIDENT BOB COLE, who was unable to attend the meeting but is celebrating his 70th year of Rotary membership (let that sink in). Congratulations, Bob – thank you for your […]

Substance Abuse Rates Soar During the COVID-19 Pandemic

  Rotary Meeting: May 11, 2021   Introduction President KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) called us to order with the promise of a surprise announcement to come, after which, DENNIS SMITH (V.P./Asset Manager-Office & Property Director of Tsakopoulos Management Company) did the honors of leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance.   Thought […]

The Complexities of Homelessness and the Joy of a Giving Spirit

  Rotary Meeting: April 27, 2021   Introduction PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) gaveled us in after some lovely fellowship and a hair-raising tale of ART BREUER’s recent experience pruning some extremely tall trees. ALLISON CAGLEY (Sergeant in Arms) (Executive Director of Friends of Sacramento Arts) was all smiles – she just […]

Going Global with Rotary International President Holger Knaack

    Rotary Meeting: February 23, 2021   By: DANIELLE MCGARRITY (Development Director of Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento)   PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) was all smiles as he kicked off the meeting by thanking our very special guest, HOLGER KNAACK (Rotary International President) for carving time out of his ever-busy […]

Foundation Day – An Opportunity to Celebrate Giving

  Rotary Meeting: December 1, 2020   PRESIDENT KEVIN SMITH-FAGAN (Executive Director of Fairytale Town) rang the Rotary bell with his gavel to call to order the first Sacramento Rotary Club of December 2020! PRESIDENT KEVIN mentioned that this meeting just so happens to fall on Giving Tuesday, a day where we encourage Rotarians and […]

An Update on Raley’s and the State of Retail Grocery in the Pandemic

  Rotary Meeting: September 15, 2020   PRESIDENT KEVIN (Executive Director for Fairytale Town) noted that 45 years ago last week, on Monday, September 5th, 1974, former President Gerald R. Ford visited Sacramento. President Ford was a longtime Rotarian and stayed at the Senator Hotel, where Eddie Mulligan, our Club Secretary, would have been in […]

The Ride, Run, Walk, Skip of the Century

      This week’s meeting opened with a surprise rendition of Sweet Virus Time, set to the musical stylings of Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline. This stunning performance was given by ELFRENA FOORD (Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak) and FORMER PRESIDENT DICK OSEN and was a lovely reminder to us all to propel California forward […]

An Update on the Future of Travel in Sacramento

An Update on the Future of Travel in Sacramento By Danielle McGarrity and John Goralka   Rotarians were greeted by sweet tunes on the ukulele by our own Bill Shubb (U.S. District Court). More than a few Rotarians were singing along and tapping their fingers. Thank you, Bill! President Jim Leet (Attorney, Boutin Jones) called […]