Club Assembly
Our last meeting of 2017 was a Club Assembly, chaired by President Dan.  We had two visiting Rotarians; Phil Laube from Roseville Club, now living in Sun City Lincoln Hills and considering joining our club, and Craig Stevenson from the South Sac Club.  
Kris recognized and made a presentation to the LHS November Students of the month Amy Ponciano and Evan Dingie.  They were accompanied by their counselor Misty Alarcon.   
By way of announcements, Jerry and Karen Johnson are celebrating their 50th anniversary. Wow!!!  Jennifer announced her birthday. Customary donations were made to the Rotary Foundation. Vic won the raffle for the second week in a row and thereafter drew the Ace of Spades to take home the BIG pot of $250!   He was probably on his way to the Thunder Valley Casino with all this luck!!! smiley
Dan awarded a few attaboys (or attagirl in one case): To Art and Wildbill for filling the reservations for the Friday Blood Drive, and to Caron Russell for quickly responding to provide a Christmas Tree to a Lincoln couple suffering with cancer.
Dan reflected on the Survey Monkey survey conducted over the last few weeks, where he has received responses from about 2/3 of membership, about the same as similar manual survey conducted at the beginning of the current year.  David Cesio and Kris Wyatt provided short presentations about our community service and youth service activities. 
Darrel Scott made a special invitation to visit Thailand from the International (World) Service committee.  The sincere invitation to visit comes from the Sawankhalok Rotary Club in Sukothai, Thailand.  Our Club is partnering with the Sawankhalok Club and the Dhonburi Club of Bangkok to provide eye glasses for needy elderly people in rural northern Thailand.   Visiting with the Sawankhalok Club would be on two days in early February.  Of special interest is an event that will be on February 3rd -- a mini-Loy Krathong which is a miniature version of the huge Loy Krathong held in November of each year.  This beautiful festival is held among ancient ruins of the first capital city of Siam -- city dating back to 1238 A.D.   Any member interested in more information should contact Darrell at 916-253-9893 or email him at  If you are curious on travel costs, use google flights with destination of BKK (Bangkok)..  And for less hectic long range planning, the committee has hopes of organizing a visit to our "sister" Club in Chapala, Mexico.  Tentative thoughts have that trip being in May 2018.   Club members that have traveled to Chapala give working with the Chapala Club a resounding Five Star Rotary rating.    
Our Community Blood Drive was Friday.    Even though all reservations were taken, due to no-shows and donors not qualified and we had 17 walk-ins, we collected 46 units of blood - a near record.   Thanks to all that helped.
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