The December 11 meeting served as the club’s Annual Meeting, and as such, current Board members and officers were introduced and thanked for their hard work throughout the year.

President Diane Woodruff presented Jim Leet (Boutin Jones) with his official President-Elect pin; he takes over on July 1. Past President Diane Mizell announced the President-Elect Nominee, to serve after Jim’s term, and it’s Kevin Smith-Fagan (KVIE Public Television). President Diane presented Kevin the PE pin with instructions to shelve it until July.

Brian Turner (Law Office of Brian H. Turner) provided a thought for the day with a beautifully Rotarian sentiment: If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody else.

In honor of recently departed club legend Mead Kibbey, Jamie Furlong (Legacy Investment Real Estate), his granddaughter and club member, paid tribute to his great legacy to the club and shared many memories and special aspects of his life, character, and personal interests. Elfrena Foord (Foord, Van Bruggen, & Pajak) shared her friendship with Mead – he sponsored her into the club in the 1980s, as just the fifth woman in the club. Today she is the longest standing female member of the club. Mead co-founded the club’s foundation that now has $3.2M to support worthy causes. Jamie ceremonially added his nameplate to the Immortals banner, in recognition of his bequest to the club. His family members in attendance were also recognized.

These Rotarians were recognized for their Eddie Mulligans and other contributions:

Past President Jon Snyder (Snyder Commercial Real Estate) – $100 modeled an “official fellowship of beer drinking” shirt he received at a Rotary International convention, worn in honor of the meeting’s guest speaker.

Ken Noack (Newmark Cornish & Carey) donated $100 in Mead’s honor and recalled Mead asking Ken’s mother to “borrow” her young son, and Ken found himself helping Mead with a variety of tasks. Later, Ken was one of the founding directors of the California Library Foundation and Mead sat on his board. Mead invested the funds for its foundation, which were sometimes bold, but it always turned out well.


Other Eddie Mulligan or Paul Harris donors included:


Elfrena Foord – $100

Horace Wulff – $400

Carolyn Carr – $100

Jim Mattesich – $100

Dan McVeigh (Downey Brand LLP) – $100

Nancy Teichert – $100

Bob Rosenberg (Inve$tnet Inc.)- $200 Eddie Mulligan and $200 Paul Harris

Mike Bullington (Northwestern Mutual Financial Network) – $100

Jeff Setzer (Setzer Forest Products Inc.) – $100


Daughter’s Day – Alice Sauro (Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera) announced that next week’s meeting will celebrate Daughter’s Day and a celebration of family.

Toy Drive – Steve Ruland (Ruland’s Office Furnishings) promoted the club’s toy drive and encouraged everyone to donate.

Blood Drive – Kory Ley (American Red Cross) and Kathe Nathan (The Merchants National Bank) promoted the blood drive and asked members to make a donation

Salvation Army – John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photos) is looking for volunteers to ring the bell for Salvation Army on Friday.

Past President Diane Mizell introduced the speaker, Dr. Charlie Bamforth, known as the beer guy on the UC Davis campus. A world-renowned beer expert, Dr. Bamforth specializes in the science of malting and brewing. He conducts research programs focused primarily on the wholesomeness of beer. He has been honored by the students of UC Davis as one of the top three educators in his college, among other notable distinctions and awards.

He gave a history of beer from its humble beginnings: it’s been around for 8,000 years and has even been used as a shampoo and an enema! His advice for proper beer etiquette: always drink beer out of a glass and never from the bottle to fully appreciate the aroma. He gave tips for enjoying the best beers – from the type of glass to the food that pairs well with it and the etiquette that makes the drinking experience ideal. One of his last thoughts was that beer lasts longer in a can than in a bottle. Store your beer in the fridge and it will last for nine months and again, pour into a glass with vigor! It’s good for your health – better than wine and granola.

He also encouraged everyone to buy Resilience IPA. All proceeds go to relief efforts for victims of the Camp Fire and other California fires.

President Diane made sure to thank wine reception pianist Elfrena Foord; greeters Ruth Tesar (Northern California PET Imaging Center), Jackie Kirkwood (Goodwin Cole) and Marlene Fitzwater (Health Communication Research Institute). Rick Davis served as wine reception sponsor. John Swentowsky handled shutterbug duties.