The Pulse for the Week of August 8th, 2023
The Pulse
Sacramento’s growth (and growing pains)
Submitted by Danielle McGarrity
PRESIDENT OF THE DAY WALTER DAHL (Dahl Law, Attorneys At Law) explained that PRESIDENT TODD is away for the week but will be back with us next meeting.
KELLEY MORAN (Bajrang Yoga) shared some spiritual wisdom from the Celtic world by  John O’Donohue: “May you be blessed with good friends. May you learn to be a good friend to yourself. May you be able to journey to that place in your soul where there is great love, warmth, feeling, and forgiveness. May this change you. May it transfigure that which is negative, distant, or cold in you. May you be brought in to the real passion, kinship, and affinity of belonging. May you treasure your friends. May you be good to them and may you be there for them; may they bring you all the blessing, challenges, truth, and light that you need for your journey. May you never be isolated.”
Finding ourselves without a Meeting Sponsor today, we got to learn a bit about one of our newer fellow Rotarians, JARRETT OSBORNE-REVIS (Buchalter Law Firm). JARRETT is an attorney with Buchalter and lives in Davis with his wife and three daughters (7 year-old twins and a 3 year-old). His parents are both bio-scientists who worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee (the Department of Energy’s largest science and energy laboratory; established in 1943 as a part of the Manhattan Project.) JARRETT played football for Monmouth University and attended law school at Santa Clara University.
To sponsor a future meeting contact DANIELLE MCGARRITY (Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento) or MEGAN LAURIE (UPC of Sacramento and Northern California).
Past Presidents HAL BARTHOLOMEW (Bartholomew and Wasznicky LLP) and BEVERLY BRAUTIGAM (Brautigam Financial Services) will host their annual Swim/BBQ on Sunday, August 27th at 3:00 pm. Families are welcome, and if you plan to attend please RSVP via Monday’s email invitation from RCS Staff.
STEVE HUFFMAN (Retired) invited us to write a CareGram for JIM RELLES (Relles Florist) who is recovering after spine surgery.
CLAYTON LEE (C.K.L Trust) updated us on the status of our most recent – and most ambitious – water project to date. The donations kept on flowing, and our $800,000 project is now a $1 million project! CLAYTON will soon share details of our next project: improving water access for four indigenous communities in Western Guatemala.
PAST PRESIDENT WALTER DAHL celebrated the birth of his first grandson Whitner and his youngest daughter’s wedding with a donation.
ERIC SOLIS (First Summit Wealth Management) announced that he and his wife have founded their own investment company, First Summit Wealth Management.
BOB ROSENBURG (Inve$tment Inc.) remembered his first exposure to Rotary as a freshman in high school via Interact.
PAUL KEEFER appreciated the Club’s support of the Pacific Charter Institute.
PAST PRESIDENT JOHN FRISCH (Newmark) shared that his son-in-law recently won his second case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
CHAIR OF THE DAY STEVEN WALKER (Fast Break Tech, Inc.) introduced his friend of 20 years STEVE HANSEN, who grew up in Minnesota under challenging circumstances – even residing in a domestic violence shelter for a time. He prevailed, joined the Army National Guard and relocated to Sacramento. He was elected to Sacramento City Council in 2012 and served until 2020.
STEVE celebrated everything Rotary stands for, especially our camaraderie and sense of neighborliness. This sense of neighborliness is what inspired him to become a public servant. In his youth he was inspired by Dorothy Day’s public service. Dorothy often quoted Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s story of a wealthy woman who asked a monk to explain love. The monk replied “love – in action – is a harsh and dreadful thing compared with love in dreams. Active love requires labor and fortitude.” STEVE believes that if not for the goodwill and philanthropy of people who never even knew him, he would not be where he is today.
Sacramento is fundamentally kind, generous and open, but we have struggled with our identity. We’ve reshaped and rebuilt the city after fires and floods. Incorporated before California became a state, our first City motto was “Urbs Indomita (‘Indomitable City’).” In the recent past, we lost three military bases, and the government jobs which had been a cornerstone of our economy. In 2008 the Great Recession set us back again but we built out of that. Post-COVID we have another chance to rebuild our workforce and grow our economic pie, and it will take all of our commitment. In the words of a local artist, “Every day is your chance to make this city a little better.”
STEVE says: “We’re not going to have prosperity given to us. We’re going to have to work every day to make sure that we are taking advantage of those opportunities and confronting those challenges. As a poor kid who is lucky to be where I am in life, I work hard every day. I think that’s what the city demands and that’s what’s that’s what the city needs.”
Huge thanks to our Greeters LATIF YSEFI (Golden Pacific Bank), DENNIS COOK (Cook Brown, LLP), ROY ALEXANDER (Retired) and KATHE NATHAN (Retired); Photographer STEVE SHIFLETT (Retired), Wine Reception hosts STEVE (Retired) and SALLY HUFFMAN; Tech support JUSTINO SANTANA (eFundraising Connections); and Meeting Setup Crew PP JIM LEET (Boutin Jones), PP DIANE WOODRUFF (Retired) and KATHE NATHAN.
NEXT WEEK – Dr. Garen Wintemute “Firearm Violence: What We Can Do”
Garen J. Wintemute, M.D., M.P.H. for UC Davis Health
Dr. Wintemute is Distinguished Professor of Emergency Medicine and Baker–Teret Chair in Violence Prevention at the University of California, Davis. He is the founding director of the Violence Prevention Research Program there and of the California Firearm Violence Research Center, the nation’s first publicly funded center for research in this field. He practices and teaches emergency medicine at UC Davis Medical Center. Trained initially as a biologist at Yale University, Dr. Wintemute attended medical school and residency at UC Davis and studied epidemiology and injury prevention at The Johns Hopkins University.