Rotary Meeting: September 14, 2021
WELCOME/GAVEL IN: Please note that, due to solar flares and the recent SpaceX Crew Dragon Capsule launch, there is no video recording of Tuesday’s meeting.
PRESIDENT BOB MILLER (First US Community Credit Union) attempted valiantly to call the meeting (and the surly horde) to order and finally succeeded at 12:12pm.
PRESIDENT BOB thanked the following at the meeting’s start: GREETERS CRAIG BROWN (Ret., CB Property Inspections), WALTER DAHL (Partner, Dahl Law), and NORM MARSHALL (Headwaters Construction), Pulse Reporter JOHN MCINTYRE (Mercy Foundation), Wine Reception contributor ALLISON CAGLEY (Friends of Sacramento Arts), and he requested that everyone take photos, as KERRY WOOD (Sacramento Region Community Foundation) was unavailable to take photos for today’s meeting.
Apropos of today’s topic, BOB ROSENBERG (Inve$tnet, Inc.) offered a reflection focused on “return” on investment, but also OF investment, the idea of adding value, which Rotarians do perforce.
PRESIDENT BOB led the club in saluting the flag and our country.
It was with sadness and regret that President Bob shared that JIM RELLES (Relles Florist) and the Relles family lost daughter Alicia Relles. The club observed a heartfelt moment of silence and offer the Relles family warmest wishes for condolence for their tragic loss.
1. WALTER DAHL (Partner at Dahl Law, Attorneys at Law) gave $300 — $100 for each of his kids: his eldest became a Navy Lt. Commander, his middle daughter is at George Washington University, and youngest just received her helicopter “golden wings.”
2. MAGGIE HOPKINS (Loan Officer at Capital Premier Lending and Premier Realty) gave $100 — her family lost their cabin in Lake Tahoe to the recent fires, and she opted to do something good in response.
PRESIDENT BOB called on Sergeant-at-Arm GIULIANO KORNBERG (Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera) to introduce guests, visiting Rotarians, and prospective Rotarians, including:
  • Guest MJ of BaconCRE, guest of TOM BACON (Senior VP of Bacon Commercial Real Estate)
  • Guest Brite Bowker, gainfully retired, guest of JOHN BOWKER (John B Bowker & Associates)
  • Visiting Rotarian TIM MALIEPARD of Rotary Club of Point West
  • Visiting Rotarian Assistant District Governor TOMMY PENO of Rotary Club of Orangevale
  • Visiting Rotarian District Governor DESIREE WILSON of Rotary Club of Point West
  • Prospective Member Bryan Murray of Bender Insurance Solutions
PAST PRESIDENT JOHN FRISCH (Newmark) sponsored today’s meeting by telling the story of Cornish & Carey’s name, which expanded and contracted with new names as mergers have occurred. However, sanity and efficiency (and lots more room on the letterhead…) appear to once again reign and the organization has now settled their name as “Newmark.” As JOHN noted, “Out with the old mark, in with the Newmark.”
PRESIDENT BOB invited Assistant District Governor TOMMY PENO to introduce District Governor DESIREE WILSON from the Rotary Club of Point West. ADG PENO shared GOVERNOR WILSON’s impressive credentials and then teased her a bit for not joining our club, which had been recruiting her for years…
GOVERNOR WILSON accepted the ribbing good-naturedly and began by thanking RCOS for its long-standing leadership, especially in raising charitable support through events like the Sacramento Century Ride and Golf 4 Kids. DISEREE will be riding in our own Sacramento Century in a few weeks – that is truly an involved governor- thank you DESIREE. She also shared some tchotchkes with the club – lapel pins and magnets featuring her motto for her governorship year, “Creating Today’s Super Heroes.” She readily acknowledged that this is exactly what Rotary does. GOVERNOR WILSON shared a slide presentation opening with Rotary International’s current PRESIDENT SHEKHAR MEHTA of India, whose motto for this year is “Serve to Change Lives.” CLICK HERE TO SEE THE GOVERNOR’S SLIDES. His goals in keeping with that motto are:
  • Grow Rotary (GOVERNOR WILSON noted that Rotary has held at 1.2 million members for years, losing as many as we gain year after year).
  • Each One, Bring One – a means of growing Rotary is for every member to reach out and encourage someone to join them at a Rotary meeting and encourage them to join.
  • Empowering Girls – this is a powerful means of growing Rotary, yet also making the world a better, more equal and inclusive place with positive ripple effects spreading all around us.
GOVERNOR WILSON then shared her personal passion – Polio Eradication. She found her cause through the personal experience participating in a Rotary mission to inoculate children in India. This mission continues to this day. DESIREE noted that Rotary’s work nearly achieved our goal – only 2 cases of polio identified this year (one in Pakistan the other in Afghanistan) since the last polio case was identified 32 weeks ago. Part of her success is in fundraising – she does a ride in Arizona focused on polio and shared that, because of matching-gift support, every $100 given through Rotary to address polio is matched up to amount to $750!  Lastly, GOVERNOR WILSON encouraged everyone to attend the annual Rotary District Conference in Lake Tahoe and she earned our undying devotion by sparing us the video commercial about the event!
President Bob reminded all that he started his year with the following questions: “What got you into Rotary, and what keeps you in Rotary? He offered the floor to anyone inspired to respond and PETER DANNENFELSER (Past President/Architectural Arts) stepped forward to share that he was introduced to Rotary through a Rotary Study Exchange which sent him to Turkey. As part of that exchange, he was welcomed to present at Rotary Clubs throughout Turkey. When he returned, he similarly presented at clubs in our region and settled on RCOS as his home club.  What keeps him in Rotary, among other things, is his pride and admiration for the leading work RCOS does in providing clean water to communities in need around the world. This effort, which has partnered RCOS with other clubs and organizations around the world keeps him inspired and in Rotary!
BOBBY REED (CEO of Capitol Tech Solutions) – noted that this coming Saturday is the River Cleanup in Discovery Park along Mile 0 of the Bike Trail. He suggested to come work for a couple hours in the morning, then hang around for the BrewFest put on in Discovery Park put on that afternoon by the Point West Rotary.
TIM MALIEPARDRotary Club of Point West announced that he was in possession of tickets to the BrewFest, which he was letting go at a discount for early purchase. If you didn’t get tix then, go to the event website:
PAST PRESEIDENT JOHN FRISCH serving as Chair of the Day also served as our moderator. PAST PRESIDENT JOHN moderated a panel of experts on commercial real estate to review the state of affairs and to pontificate on what to expect in the future, in light of the impact of COVID. Our panel included local “heavy hitters:”
  • TOM BACON of Bacon CRE
  • KEN NOACK JR. of Newmark
PAST PRESIDENT JOHN opened by noting that there are six primary areas of focus in commercial real estate (CRE): Investment, Industrial, Land, Retail, Office, and Multi-Family (apartment complexes). He asked the panel to rate each on a 10-pt. scale and the consensus was that most were thriving – “11 out of 10” – although office and retail are struggling some. Some key takeaways:


  • While much of CRE is “on fire,” there are potential clouds on the horizon:
    • Recovery in office space may take a few years to recover from COVID and the resultant shift to working from home.
    • Growing fees (for permits, utilities, etc.) are now making current and future development more expensive, potentially dampening new development even as we need more of it.
    • While Multi-Family is at the top of its growth pace, at some point the impact of people leaving the Bay Area for Sacramento will stop and that market may then pull back.
  • Retail is challenged to figure out what to do with malls, especially as they lose anchor stores. Many mall spaces are being reimagined/repurposed, with the aim of staying relevant.
  • Investment in land is good business – there’s money to be made in CRE whether the market is going up or down.
  • CRE prices rising in some part because residential is pushing up all the markets. Market demand for homes is still rising.
It is no surprise to us that the beautiful area of Sacramento is not just surviving, it’s thriving!
If you didn’t make it to the September 14th meeting, don’t fret! You can always make it to the next one!
On September 21, from 12:10 PM – 1:30 PM, we will be meeting at The Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation.
President Bob concluded a busy meeting at 1:29pm.