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The dynamic happenings in Sacramento construction were the focus of the day, as President Diane Woodruff and the club welcomed back commercial developer Mike Heller for his insights.

Up front, meeting sponsor Ruth Tesar (Northern California PET Imaging) donated her three minutes to the Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation. Executive Director Amanda Nelson outlined the important work of the organization in preventing breast cancer and in supporting individuals afflicted with the disease, especially in underserved communities.

Past President John Lemmon (Knox, Lemmon & Anapolsky) introduced new member Danny Gemma (HUB International), who is co-sponsored by John and Jeff Stone (HUB International). A graduate of College of Charleston, Danny comes with a collegiate baseball background and President Diane alerted the softball team of a promising new recruit.

District Governor Jack Arney recognized two of our Rotarians with inspiration awards for exceptional service. Callee Setzer (Setzer Forest Products) and Käthe Nathan (Merchants Bank of Sacramento) were recognized for their service to the club, especially their dedication to the club blood drive. Under their leadership this year, our club is leading the district in blood donations, including a significant lead to date over archrival Point West Rotary!

The Fast Pitch program of Social Venture Partners was saluted by President Diane, who recognized SVP head Cameron Law and numerous fellow Rotarians who participated in the recent event. Giuliano Kornberg (Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera) wowed the crowd with his Fast Pitch presentation.

Let’s Educate Someone:

Ed Wright (Martensen Wright PC) donated $200 for his Eddie Mulligan and $100 for Bob McLean.

Bob McLean donated $100 for his Eddie Mulligan.

Nancy Teichert donated $100 for her Eddie Mulligan.

Surender Singal donated $200 for Golf4Kids

Club Announcements

. Golf for Kids – Bob Miller (First US Credit Union) beat the drum to build support for this important club fundraiser on May 9

. Compassion Committee – Steve Huffman encouraged club members to write a note of encouragement for Jim Craig, who’s undergoing a knee replacement

Chair of the Day Rick Osen (Sutter Builders) teed up guest speaker Mike Heller, a successful local developer who outlined several ambitious construction projects blooming in Sacramento that will transform the city landscape — from micro-apartments in midtown to a soccer stadium in the railyards to the PowerHouse Science Center.

Pianist Jack Anderson (Dick James & Associates) offered a terrific medley during the pregame reception. Door greeters were Theresa Wheeler (Prevail Public Affairs) and Dr. Mike Burman. John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography) memorialized our Rotary meeting with his outstanding photographs. Ted Grebitus (Grebitus Jewelers) and Ed Wright (Martensen Wright PC) contributed to the well-attended wine reception. David Brandenburger (Newmark Knight Frank) delivered a lighthearted Thought for the Day.

Next week’s luncheon speaker will be television personality Rob Stewart from Rob on the Road (KVIE PBS).