The sun was shining brightly outside as President Todd Koolakian welcomed everyone to our meeting.

Len McCandliss’ thought for the day quoted Apple cofounder Steve Jobs: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.”

Our newest member, Emily Carper, was read-in. Emily is a Clinical Supervisor and Physical Therapist at Valley Rehabilitation. Her sponsors were Jamie Furlong and Sarah Hodge. Fun fact about Emily: in 2014 she started a dance marathon fundraiser at San Diego State, and this event has now raised over $2.2 million for a children’s hospital.

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Club Announcements:

  • Honorary club member Millie Stone turns 100 on Monday, March 25, and all Rotarians are invited to drop by her home for a midday celebration – 36 Keel Court, Sacramento, between 11:30am – 2:30pm.
  • Wine sponsors needed! Tom Bacon said we are looking for a wine sponsor for next week.
  • Fireside gathering – Mik Miklaus invited all to the April 18 evening gathering at his home in El Dorado Hills
  • Networking Night – next Tuesday, March 26 is our club’s next Networking Night, at Bennett’s on Fair Oaks Boulevard, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, reported organizer Ted White.
  • Brown Bag Day – Steve Huffman recapped the successful efforts on March 12.

There was a lot of good news to share. PP Jim Leet, PE Bobby Reed and Matt Page all had good news about their family members playing youth sports and showed their gratitude with their donations.

Lunch speaker Warner Thomas, President and CEO of Sutter Health, talked about Sutter’s long legacy in Sacramento. Sutter employs more than 53,000 people in Northern California and serves 800,000 patients per year in the Sacramento area. Last year, Sutter approved a $1 billion investment in ambulatory services in Northern California. Warner went on to discuss the impact of 11,000 Americans going on Medicare each year as well as the aging of Sutter’s workforce.

He said a large investment in technology is helping with access to care and increasing the number of patients Sutter serves every year. Sutter has retained more employees and hired more doctors in a single year than ever before. They are the largest cancer center and neuro provider in our region.

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Our charismatic greeters were Hadley Wilson, PP Jim Leet and PP John Lemmon. John Swentowsky took fantastic pictures. Tom Bacon was generously serving up red and white grape-based libations for everyone to enjoy.

Group photo

To close out our meeting, Robyn DeLong announced our next meeting speaker is Kai Bockmann, President and CEO of Blue Diamond Growers. Rotary will be going nuts next week.

Submitted by Matt Page

Photos by John Swentowsky