This burning question was answered at the July 31st club meeting by featured speaker Adam Schomer, who was introduced by Kelley Moran (Moran and Associates). Adam is an adventurer, philosopher and producer of thought-provoking documentaries covering a wide range of topics and locations across the globe.

Adam spoke about using “conscious media” to empower people, and he discussed his passion for helping people find their true selves. Adam and a guru, Anand Mehrotra, led a motorcycle trip, including Kelley, through the bustle of India and the majesty of the Himalayas. “The Road to Dharma” is Adam’s upcoming television series about the self-discovery trip and the participants.

Virginia Varela (Golden Pacific Bank) was the meeting sponsor. Golden Pacific Bank, a locally owned and locally managed community bank, focuses on serving small businesses in the Sacramento area, Yuba City and Live Oak communities.

Bobby Reed (Capitol Tech Solutions) offered a poem in honor of the firefighters battling the Carr Fire near Redding as well as the other fires throughout California.

RYE chair John McIntyre (Mercy Foundation) welcomed Noah Wadhwani, Rotary Youth Exchange participant, who thanked the club for supporting his life-changing experience in Argentina. Noah shared numerous colorful

experiences he enjoyed through RYE

In “Let’s Educate Someone,” Jackie Kirkwood (Goodwin-Cole Co.) donated in honor of Bob Cole’s 96th birthday. The club sang a rousing Happy Birthday rendition for the honoree.


President Diane Woodruff reminded the members of the August 5th BBQ and Swim Party at the home of Past Presidents Hal Bartholomew (Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP) and Beverly Brautigam (Brautigam Financial Services).  President Diane shared a photo of Tanya Kravchuk’s (Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento) new baby boy.

Dennis Smith (Tsakopoulos Management Company) and Tina Reynolds (Uptown Studios) presented the newly launched club website. Project advocate Jeanne Reaves (Jeanne Reaves Consulting) thanked Tina and Uptown Studios for providing in-kind services and saluted Millie Stone for providing a generous contribution that funded the initiative. Dennis also expressed heartfelt appreciation for the many club members who worked on the ambitious project.

President Diane surprised Dennis with the Ludy Langer Spirit Award in recognition of his leadership roles in the Sacramento Century event, the club literacy project, the club foundation and more. Ludy Langer was a 32-year Rotarian who exemplified dedication to service and to our Rotary Club.

Steve Huffman hosted the wine reception, with piano music by Dr. Dick Wertz. Serving as door greeters were Laurie Wright (Tri-Counties Bank), Barbara Thompson (Sky Ridge Ranch) and Bruce Timm (Boutin Jones, Inc.).


Next week’s meeting speaker will be the Mayor of Sacramento, Darrell Steinberg.

As always, thank you John Swentowsky (Swentowsky Photography) for the photos!