November 12, 2019

This was a very special meeting and program put together by Richard Hall, Gary Ransom, Steve Grundmeier and Cindy Eklund to celebrate Veterans Day. As such, the meeting notes cannot do justice to heartfelt discussion and honoring of those who served. You are strongly encouraged to watch the meeting video by clicking on Speakers Videos above.  There were many guests at this meeting, including those listed below as part of the program. Our apologies if any participants are not listed.
The meeting began with President Steve describing a poignant visit with his father, a retired Navy veteran then Bruce Lundberg introduced:
Robert Hipwell, retired General, National Commander MG US Volunteers
Geoff Howereter, USMC Veteran and Major, guest of General Hipwell
Donna Arz, Executive Director of the Forgotten Soldier Program
Greg Holt, Congressman McClintock's Constituent Services Representative
Johnny & Dee Price, The Rhythm Riders, Johnny Cash & Patsy Cline tribute
Raquel Mangone, Commander, VFW Post 1487
Anita Providence, Sr. Vice Commander, VFR Post 1487 (coworker attended)
Kate Bernardi, Jr. Vice Commander, VFW Post 1487
Melissa Washington, CEO & Founder of Women Veteran's Alliance
Tiffany Bacon, Case Manager, Veterans Resource Centers of America
General Hipwell played a Veterans Day video featuring President Regan honoring those who served and then moderated the above guests in a panel discussion of impacts on veterans, resources and community support.
Closing Song lead by Cindy Eklund and Larry Dorety featured the songs from each branch of the military represented by: Mike Holmes Navy, Leonard James Marines, Bart Ruud Army, Bob Litchfield Air Force and Scott Christensen standing in for Coast Guard.
Member Announcements
  • Steve Galyardt: Festival of Lights coming up on December 7th. He and Bill Radakovitz could use your help.
  • Linda Maeding: The local Rotary clubs are putting together a float for the Festival of Lights Parade. Thank you to Peter Konrad for loaning a flat bed trailers. Next planning meeting November 13, 5:30 Union Bank.
  • Catherine McGregor: Wrapped and tagged gifts for Stand up Placer party must be brought to the meeting next week.
  • Jeff Ambrosia: Brewfest Planning meeting November 19th at Canyon Community Center. Great way for new members to get involved. See events above for details.
  • Richard Hall announced the Johnny Cash & Patsy Cline Tribute show sponsored by our club will be held at the Auburn State Theater on February 22, 2020.
  • Club Business
  • Annual meeting resulted in the club approving new Board of Directors and Officers for next year - congratulations to all! Cindy Eklund President, Scott Christensen President Elect, Mark Smith Secretary, Steve Galyardt Treasurer, Bobbi Allen Director, David Gibson Director, Monti Reynolds Director. Plus Jeff Wood and Earl Wilson will continue their terms.
  • Raffle $308: no winner
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The Rotary Club of Auburn, CA 
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Auburn Rotary Club is one of the most respected local service organizations recognized for the commitment to advancing high ethical standards and leadership for youth and adults, modeling volunteer activities that benefit the local and international community and fostering fellowship and goodwill.

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We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Elks Lodge 1691 BPOE
195 Pine Street
Auburn, CA  95603
United States of America
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Upcoming Speakers
Kris McNeill RN
Nov 19, 2019
Stroke: Symptoms and Response
Noelle Konrad
Nov 26, 2019
What it Takes to Publish a Cookbook
Dec 03, 2019
Special Olympics
Colfax Choir
Dec 10, 2019
Christmas Music
Past Speakers
Richard Hall, Gary Ransom
Nov 12, 2019
Honoring our Vets