|Speech Contest 2017||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Mar 06, 2017||
As Usual, Speech Contestants
Wow Fair Oaks Rotary Meeting
Four high school students spoke on the topic of "Serving Humanity" at our club level speech contest at the meeting on March 6, and most in attendance were glad that they weren't judging the contest. Our winner, Bella Vista senior Sara Ostad Rahimi, now proceeds to the regional semifinal contest on March 30.
|Madison Avenue March 2017||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Mar 04, 2017||
Fair Oaks Rotary Road Warriors
Spiff Up Madison Avenue
Accompanied by #100ActsOfGood mascot Rooty the Rooster, nine
|2017 Mardi Gras Crab Feed||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Feb 18, 2017||
27th Annual Mardi Gras Crab Feed
Is Usual Roaring Success
Fair Oaks Rotary turned a basketball court into NOLA Party Central and used their usual formula of delicious crab and minestrone, wonderful auction and raffle items, and a great crowd to raise funds for their many projects in the coming year. They hosted 560 enthusiastic partygoers and initial reports of a great time make it likely that they'll put on #28 this time next year.
|Northridge Dictionaries 2017||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Jan 31, 2017||
Are Fair Oaks Kids Smarter
Because of Rotary Dictionaries?
As they do every year about this time, a crew from the Fair Oaks Rotary barged in on two third grades at Northridge Elementary School and gave every child his or her own dictionary. And as they always do, the kids appeared thankful and excited. Will it produce a Pulitzer Prize winner for Fair Oaks in the next generation? Only time will tell. But it's a pretty good bet we'll be back next year.
|Senior Luau 2017||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Jan 18, 2017||
Fair Oaks Rotary's Senior Luau
Not Hindered by Soggy Weather
They had to be escorted in by the umbrella platoon, but once inside, the weather was fantastic, the food was yummy, and the entertainment was great. Fair Oaks Rotary, in partnership with the Recreation and Park District and the Fair Oaks Inner Wheel, once again brought Polynesia to the Community Center for a sold-out room of senior citizens.
|Rotary Ray DGD||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Jan 09, 2017||
Rotary Ray Chosen DGD!
OK, who's Rotary Ray, and what's a DGD? Well, that would be Ray Ward... yeah, the one in OUR club... and he was chosen to be the District 5180... yeah, that's OUR district... Governor in 2019-20, making him the District Governor Designate. How's that for a mouthful? And making it even more special, he will become the first District Governor from the Fair Oaks club in our 71 year history! Congratulations, Ray! We should have realized something was up when all those Past (and current and future) District Governors showed up at our meeting, which is the usual custom to announce the DGD in our district.
|Holiday Baskets 2016||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Dec 22, 2016||
Fair Oaks Rotary Plays Santa and
Fair Oaks Families Eat Better
As is their custom this time of year, the Fair Oaks Rotary, led by Chief Elf Cliff Straehely, with assistance from Chief Elf Emeritus Tom Rains, using financial assistance from a bunch of places and muscle (believe it or not) from club members, packed and distributed over 100 boxes of holiday-related food for low income families at Northridge and Legette Elementary schools.
|Caroling 2016||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Dec 16, 2016||
Fair Oaks Rotary Sings,
"Tis the Season..."
Fair Oaks Rotary's
|Holiday Parade 2016||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Dec 03, 2016||
Rotary Welcomes the Season
in Fair Oaks Holiday Parade
Showing off Rotary's 100 Acts of Good theme, the Fair Oaks club did a little bragging about all the good things we do here and around the world as we participated in this year's parade through the Village opening the holiday season. The festivities concluded with the lighting of the new Village Christmas tree... that's the conical one, not the palm trees. Happy Holidays! (For a look at the decorating of our "float", click Read More)
|Oak Battle 2016||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Nov 04, 2016||
Fair Oaks Rotary's
"Battle for The Oak"
Not Much of a Battle
The 2016 football game between Del Campo and Bella Vista High Schools, AKA the Battle for The Oak, had an outcome pretty similar to the last ten or so games, and it wasn't pretty. Del Campo's Cougars kept the Jim Purcell Memorial Trophy by beating Bella Vista's Broncos 69-0. As usual, the Fair Oaks Rotary had a crew there passing out flag lapel pins to all military veterans (and paying for their admission to the game), and President Karen Romines and Jim's widow Bev Purcell were there at the end for the presentation of the trophy. Del Campo HS will also be presented with $1,000 to award to a graduating senior next spring. We sports fans know that the Cubs were proof that all streaks end, but hopefully this game will become competitive again before 108 years.
Craft Beer Coop- 2016
|Posted by Fred Rowe||on Sep 17, 2016||
Fair Oaks Rotary
Hydrates the Masses at
Fair Oaks Chicken Festival
They may not get credit for saving lives, but Fair Oaks Rotarians (and some friends and family) poured craft brew samples from almost a dozen local breweries to raise funds for the many service projects they do here and around the world. It was hot, it was work, it was fun, and it was profitable, so I suppose we'll probably do it again next year. NOTE: apologies to the many who worked but whose photos aren't here.
|Family Promise 2016||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Jul 20, 2016||
Fair Oaks Rotary Helps
Family Promise Become More Tech Savvy
Family Promise is a Sacramento program to assist homeless families with finding housing and improving the chances that this will be a permanent solution, by improving job skills and taking other steps leading to employment. When Fair Oaks Rotarian Geri Beck made our board aware of the lack of tech hardware at their headquarters, the board and its tech guru Keith Walter stepped up. We purchased, delivered, set up and provided instruction on three Chromebooks and a wireless printer for families currently in the program, with plans to follow up as needed. For a look at the typical day of Rotarian Geri Beck as she volunteers there. click Read More.
|Demotion 2016||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Jun 25, 2016||
Schroeder Out, Romines In
In a tradition dating back as far as anyone in the club can remember, 2015-16 president Pete Schroeder was unceremoniously demoted from on high back into the ranks, while Karen Romines was given the title Madame President, making her the fourth female to head this illustrious organization and its 71st president. Before he felt the love of all the club members, Cubs-Bears-Bulls fan Schroeder was decked out in a White Sox T-shirt, Giants hat, and 49er boxers. Poor guy. Stay tuned for a great year in 2016-17.
Community Grants Available
|Posted by Fred Rowe||on Jun 23, 2016||
Our club is pleased to announce grant funding for up to $1,000 per project for charitable and educational activities to benefit children and senior citizens in the local community.
Application deadlines are October 1, January 1, and April 1.
Funding is budgeted annually July 1 to June 30 and is available until funds are depleted. Click Here to Download the application.
|River Cats 2016||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Jun 06, 2016||
Quite a Day for Fair Oaks Rotary
at the Annual River Cats Game
It was 98 degrees, the Cats lost, and the bus broke down on the way home. Did that make the annual outing to Raley Field for Rotary District 5180 (which includes the Fair Oaks club) a bust? Not according to President Pete and the folks who collected the donations for polio eradication. Maybe it had something to do with the contents of the coolers on board the bus. For a few more photos of the "action" (or lack thereof), click here.
|Adopt-a-Nest||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Apr 30, 2016||
Fair Oaks Rotary
Adopts A Nest
What the heck does that mean? Well, on a nice Saturday in April, a bunch of Fair Oaks Rotarians (and a pint-sized supervisor) with your basic gardening implements went out to River Bend Park and cleaned the overgrowth from a campsite, making it usable for children's programs this upcoming summer. The before and after photos (they would be #1 and #3, above) show what a great job they did. For a look at even more photos of the work that went into this, click here.
|Mad Ave 04-16||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Apr 17, 2016||
Fair Oaks Rotary Makes
Madison Avenue Sparkle
OK, we had a
|First Little Free Library||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Apr 04, 2016||
First Little Free Library "Planted" and Stocked...
No sooner had the Fair Oaks Rotary's first little free library been planted on Pennsylvania Ave just north of Sunset, than a young local resident was seen inspecting it and availing himself of some reading material. Now we've got about nine more to "plant" so that literacy can grow in Fair Oaks. That's the plan, anyway. For more of the fun, click Read more...
|Stop Hunger Now 2016||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Mar 30, 2016||
Fair Oaks Rotary Helps Stop Hunger Now
(with a little help from Citrus Heights Rotary)
Alright, alright! It was their project, and we helped, with some funding and nine semi-able bodied volunteers. In 90 minutes, we (that would be everyone there) filled over 17,000 14-oz. bags with a nutritious rice-soy-vegetable mixture, with each bag providing a meal for six people, which will be shipped to places in the world where the need is greatest. It provided camaraderie, the satisfaction of service, and a good laugh from looking at each other with hair covers on.
|Little Libraries 2016||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Mar 26, 2016||
Fair Oaks Rotary Builds
Little Free Libraries
After a couple of projects with the "big" Fair Oaks Library, club literacy-meister Bruce Hagel found a "little" library project to work on this year. After getting the wood shop kids at Del Campo High School to do the woodwork, he talked new-ish member Reid Gustafson into using his garage and driveway for the work parties to prime, paint and shingle the things. I guess that's what happens when you put an attorney in charge of a work project. For lots of photos of all the "work", click here.
|Crab Feed 2016||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Feb 20, 2016||
Fair Oaks Rotary
Feeds the Masses at
26th Annual Crab Feed
February in Fair Oaks means the Rotary will feed 500+ at their biggest fundraiser of the year, the Mardi Gras Crab Feed, and 2016 was no exception. From Caesar salad to minestrone to that tasty crab, attendees left with a satisfied palate, as usual. A silent auction and several raffles attracted the usual generous crowd, enabling the club to finance the myriad of projects for the next year. Thanks to all who helped and attended. For lots of photos of all the fun, click here.
|Senior Luau 2016||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Jan 20, 2016||
A Luau in January?
Fair Oaks Rotary says, "Why Not?"
What better way to warm up 100+ Fair Oaks seniors than some pulled pork and Polynesian music? The luau's sponsors (Fair Oaks Rec & Park, Rotary and Inner Wheel, and the Bella Vista Interact Club) decided to move the luau from its customary September date (too close to that Chicken Festival) to January, where the only conflict was the Rotary's distribution of dictionaries to LeGette third-graders. Hey, no problem... youth service in the morning, seniors at lunch. For more of the action, click "Read more..."
|Dictionary Project 2016||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Jan 19, 2016||
Are Fair Oaks Third-Graders Smarter
Because of Rotary?
The answer to that question is that they likely will be smarter in the future, and at least partly because of Fair Oaks Rotary. As they do about this time every year, Fair Oaks Rotarians visited Northridge and LeGette Elementary schools and gave every third-grader their own personal dictionary. Even in the age of iPads and Google, the kids looked pretty pleased about their new acquisition. For more photos, click "Read more..."
|Battle for The Oak 2015||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Nov 06, 2015||
It's Del Campo Again in the
Battle for the Oak
Almost buried in that mass of young, sweaty testosterone is Rotary Club of Fair Oaks honorary member Bev Purcell, on hand to present the trophy named after her deceased husband, past president Jim Purcell, to the winner of the Del Campo-Bella Vista football game, AKA the Battle For The Oak, so named because it decides the Fair Oaks high school football champion for the year. By a 49-26 margin, and for consecutive years that are getting hard to count, Del Campo won the game.
In addition to the trophy, a $1,000 graduation award is presented to a senior at the winning school by the Rotary club, and since the game usually occurs in close proximity to Veterans Day, the club also pays for the admission to the game of anyone who identifies themselves as a military veteran. For a look at the trophy and the crew at the gate, click the link...
|Safe Halloween 2015||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Oct 31, 2015||
Who Had the Most Fun
at Fair Oaks Safe Halloween?
Books and games and... oh,yeah, candy... made for another great Safe Halloween in Fair Oaks Village. As usual, the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks was among the organizations
|FO Uncorked 2015||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Oct 16, 2015||
Fair Oaks Uncorked 2015:
A Success by Any Measure
With a lineup of about a dozen wineries and restaurants, and a few brewers thrown in for good measure, this year's edition of Fair Oaks Uncorked provided the over 270 attendees with the usual high quality food and drink, making it a stunning success. Oh, and that's not even considering the funds raised for the community projects of the Fair Oaks Rotary. A big thanks goes to Marlow Simonetto and her crew, and to volunteers from the District 5180 Passport Club, whose work allowed more Fair Oaks Rotarians to actually nosh and imbibe a little.
For those of you who care, the dessert police reported that 37% of attendees were seen eating dessert before "real food".
|Madison Avenue Cleanup-Oct 2015||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Oct 10, 2015||
Fair Oaks Rotarians Fight Thru Lack of Coffee and Donuts
To Beautify Madison Avenue
Despite a glaring lack of the usual morning project fuel, a valiant crew of Fair Oaks Rotarians and Bella Vista High School Interactors, led by the intrepid Cliff Straehely, were on duty today restoring Madison Avenue from Chicago (Avenue, not the city) to Kenneth to its usual pristine shape. In an unusual development, the Rotarians actually outnumbered the high schoolers. The name of the person who neglected to bring coffee will remain confidential. For more details, click the link.
|Career Day 2015||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Oct 06, 2015||
Fair Oaks Rotary and Bella Vista Faculty
Team Up for Another Great Career Day!
Who are all these folks lounging around the Bella Vista High School library on an October Tuesday morning? Well, they are among the 70 or so speakers from diverse occupations recruited by the Fair Oaks Rotary and Bella Vista faculty to speak to the students about their vocations at Bella Vista's second biannual Career Day. The students were polled about their preferences, and each speaker spoke to three groups of about 30 students in the course of the morning. The consensus of all involved: let's do it again in 2017! For more, click the link...
|The Craft Beer Coop||Posted by Cliff Straehley 3||on Sep 19, 2015||
Craft Beer Booth Fundraiser At The Fair Oaks Chicken Festival
If you didn't make the chicken festival this year, you missed a beautiful day and a lot of fun. Although a number of us weren't exactly up with the chickens, it felt close enough that early Saturday morning. Setting up the area for microbrew tasting is an exercise in teamwork. If you have not experienced the joy and challenge of setting up the various awnings we use, you are missing out. It's necessary and fun to duct tape and otherwise do "orthopedic repairs" on some of the old awnings we utilize. Even one of our mascot, metal chickens needed some "medical attention" in ord be able to er to stand up. Perhaps it had had a rough night, the night before. It all came together and we sold a lot of beer to a lot of happy and satisfied customers. I thought the band was great. Apparently, they also play heavy metal, but I was happy that they chose to use their acoustic instruments for the chicken festival.
|Camping 2015||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Aug 10, 2015||
Camping Fair Oaks Rotary Style
Over the weekend of August 7-9, a hardy group of Fair Oaks Rotarians, along with family, wannabes and other assorted folks, headed for Lake Francis Resort near beautiful Dobbins, CA, for our club's fourth annual "camping" trip, organized by the irrepressible Maggie Hoy. Our Danish exchange student Stine was introduced to the Fair Oaks Rotary version of roughing it; I think she liked it.
We ate and drank too much, but we solved a lot of world problems and we worked off many of the calories playing Maggie's
July 20th Meeting
|Posted by Cliff Straehley 3||on Jul 20, 2015||
July 13, 2015 Meeting
|Posted by Bruce Vincent||on Jul 15, 2015||
Lester Snow Talks Water!
July 13th Meeting
|Posted by Bruce Vincent||on Jul 14, 2015||
|May 2015 Madison Ave Cleanup||Posted by Fred Rowe||on May 08, 2015||
Fair Oaks Rotary + Bella Vista Interact =
A Sparkling Madison Avenue
As good stewards of Madison Avenue from Chicago (the street, that is) to Kenneth, May 9 found the Fair Oaks Rotary Club out in force, along with the Interact Club from Bella Vista High School, to rid the avenue of several months of accumulated litter. The unusual thing about this particular day was that Rotarians outnumbered Interactors, perhaps due to the availability of donuts procured by Dino Sammakieh, the honcho of the trash patrol.
|2015 Sailor Bar Project||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Apr 17, 2015||
Sailor Bar Access More Accessible,
Thanks to Fair Oaks Rotary (and a little help)
It's rumored that President Jim Cralle was upset by the potential dangers of the pedestrian access to the area around his favorite fishing hole, prompting him to arrange a project of the club, its Interact affiliate at Bella Vista High School, and some folks from the local Americorps on a sunny Saturday morning in April. I'm sure there were donuts involved somewhere, but no one took a picture of them.
|2015 Park Project||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Feb 13, 2015||
Phoenix Park - More Usable
Thanks to Fair Oaks Rotary
Valentine weekend saw President Jim Cralle and the Fair Oaks Rotary working hard on their joint project with the Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District and Honorary Mayor Bob Clouse to lengthen walking trails at Phoenix Park, making them more usable for baby strollers, wheelchairs and other conveyances that may not perform well on grass. The project was partially funded by a matching grant from The Rotary Foundation.
|2015 Annual Mardi Gras Crab Feed||Posted by Beth Wilcoxen||on Jan 27, 2015||
25th Annual Mardi Gras Crab Feed
As usual, we sold this event out... 550 crab lovers feasting on minestrone, pasta, and scrumptious crab, washed down by margaritas, hurricanes, fine wine and other assorted beverages, playing heads-or-tails, taking a chance on the FunDraw and MegaDraw and bidding in the silent auction. A big thanks to our sponsors and donors and everyone who spent the money that allows us to do all the good stuff we do in Fair Oaks and around the world.
|2015 Dictionary Project||Posted||on Jan 27, 2015||
Dealing in Dictionaries the Fair Oaks Rotary Way
As is their custom about this time of year, Rotarians from the Fair Oaks club distributed brand new dictionaries purchased by the club to every third-grader at Northridge Elementary School, after doing the same at Legette Elementary last week. The Legette crew were either shy or left their cameras at home, because no photos could be found. For more pictures of happy kids, click "Read more".
|Dec 2014 Mad Ave Cleanup||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Dec 05, 2014||
Rotary and Interact Beautify Madison Avenue
If Madison Avenue from Chicago Avenue to Kenneth Avenue was looking a little cleaner recently, thank the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks and the Bella Vista High School Interact Club, under the supervision of Karen Romines and John White. The two organizations cooperate on this quarterly project as part of the county's Adopt-A-Street program. The big find this time: a car bumper!
Rotary's 2014 Fair Oaks Uncorked Sparkles Again
|Posted by Raymond Ward||on Sep 21, 2014||
For the sixth consecutive year, the Fair Oaks Rotary hosted the premier autumn wine-and-food tasting event in the area, Fair Oaks Uncorked, at St. Mel's Parish Hall. Attendees were treated to vintages from ten wineries and delicacies from ten local restaurants. If you missed it, make a note to check next October's calendar for the seventh edition.
Even the Chickens Enjoyed Our Craft Beer Booth
|Posted by Raymond Ward||on Sep 21, 2014||
On a beautiful Saturday, the Fair Oaks Village celebrated local businesses with food, music, and beer. The Rotary Club of Fair Oaks helped by providing thirsty patrons at the beer wagon and at the craft beer booth. The proceeds from this event will be used for local schools and other local projects.
|Senior Luau||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Sep 16, 2014||
Fair Oaks Seniors Whoop It Up at the 2014 Rotary Luau
Last year, the Interact Club learned the Hukilau; this year, it was a half dozen or so spry seniors... all women... what does that mean?... who jumped at the chance. And once again, for the 11th straight year, the Rotary Club, the Inner Wheel, and the Recreation and Park Department of Fair Oaks put on a great luau for the seniors in the community. If you're wondering who all the really young looking people in the linked album are, that's the Bella Vista Interact Club, without whom we'd probably still be passing out the lunch trays. For a closer look at the festivities, click here.
|NEW Club Video||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Sep 14, 2014||
Hold your hat... here's the Fair Oaks Rotary story in two minutes!
Updated stuff, quicker pace and new music, but I still get tired just watching it. Do we really do all that? Enjoy!
|Rotarian House Painters||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Sep 12, 2014||
Last Rotary year, we fixed a lot of the insides of this house on Winding Way, which was occupied by a disabled senior citizen with a long history of volunteering in the Fair Oaks community, and now we returned to make it look as nice outside as it is inside. Our own Geri Beck was the driving force on this one. The answer to the question in the title would seem to be seven... or was it eight? In case you haven't figured it out, the photo on top is BEFORE.
|Rotary Style Camping||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Aug 15, 2014||
Fair Oaks Rotary Roughs It Again
If you don't see any tents, there's a reason for that. We didn't bring any... well, at least the adults didn't. For the third year in a row, in spite of prior violations of the campground noise curfew, Lake Francis Resort in Dobbins allowed the Fair Oaks Rotary to spend a weekend there. If you're dying to see people having too much fun, go to our Facebook posting of August 17. Just don't say you weren't warned.
|Bella Vista Career Day||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Oct 10, 2013||
Bella Vista Faculty + Fair Oaks Rotary + 6 months planning =
BV Career Day
Presenters meet in the library to take attendance... after all, this is school.
On October 11, from 9 am to noon, the 2,000+ students at Bella Vista High School attended the first Career Day at BV in over a decade. Each student attended three successive small group sessions of 30-40 students presented by over 70 presenters representing a wide variety of professions and jobs. It was a massive undertaking and by all accounts, it came off pretty well at all levels.
|Chicken Festival 2013||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Sep 20, 2013||
Fair Oaks Rotarians provide hydration...
then the rains came.
President Mike Delivers
(looks like he's participating also)
Some times, the best laid plans... you know the rest. And Chicken Festival 2013 was one of them. At first the cool refreshments offered by Fair Oaks Rotary's beer booth and micro-brew tasting area were well appreciated, but just about the time that sales usually pick up, the skies opened up, and in spite of the "fun" reported by those on scene, the bottom line looked like it was going to be affected. For a complete look at developments, click here.
|10th Annual Senior Luau||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Sep 17, 2013||
Fair Oaks Rotary Takes 140 Seniors To Polynesia
For the tenth year in a row, the Fair Oaks Rotary co-sponsored the Fair Oaks Senior Luau, in conjunction with the Fair Oaks Rec & Parks Dept, Fair Oaks Inner Wheel and Fair Oaks Foundation for Leisure and Arts. The Bella Vista High School Interact Club provided the table servers, and 140+ seniors were treated to Polynesian cuisine and entertainment, some of it by Rotarians and Interactors. For the full monty, click here. To see our Bella Vista Interactors dance the Hukilau, click here. To see President Mike shake his thing, click here.
|Amador Cellars Bus Trip||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Sep 06, 2013||
We Took the Bus to Amador Cellars
On September 7, the "Fair Oaks Rotary" bus... actually, we rented it... took us, along with members from a few adjoining clubs, to Amador Cellars for some tasting and a BBQ dinner in their new barn. For a full report and photos, click here.
|Claugus Hikes to End Polio||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Aug 02, 2013||
HE MADE IT!!!
Fair Oaks Rotarian Dave Claugus at the top of Mt Whitney as he celebrates the completion of his 200+ mile trek along the John Muir trail to raise funds for Polio Plus. He just helped make us "this much closer" to polio eradication. Congratulations, Dave!
|Engage Rotary... Change Yards||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Jul 19, 2013||
Yard Makeover by Rotary
Problem: falling down fence, overgrown yard, lack of resources. Solution: nine Fair Oaks Rotarians and an hour and a half, followed by a mighty construction job by our newest member. Just another example of Rotarian community service in action. To see Fair Oaks Rotary in action, click here.
|It's My Park Day||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Jul 12, 2013||
Village Park is looking better, thanks to Rotary!
On Saturday, July 13, Fair Oaks Rotarians, relatives and friends were treated to a demonstration of proper watering technique by new club president Mike Maddox after several hours of beautifying Village Park as part of the Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District's It's My Park Day. For a FULL report, click here.
|Madison Avenue Beautification Project||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Apr 05, 2013||
Madison Avenue Lookin' Good
So if you've noticed that Madison Avenue around Bella Vista High School looks pretty clean every three months or so, then thank the team of BV Interactors and Fair Oaks Rotarians that does the work. April 6 was the latest Beautification Day, aka trash pickup. Click here to see how it went.
|Rotarian Quartet Wows Eskaton!||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Apr 03, 2013||
Encouraged by the sitting ovation our group of Rotarian warblers received at our Christmas performance at Eskaton Fountainwood, Pete Schroeder assembled a quartet and we did it again. To see a few photos of what it was like to be there, click here.
|Library Project Complete - Let's Celebrate!!!||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Mar 28, 2013||
Rotary Animals Invade Fair Oaks Library Prior to Celebration
Buddy (the Raccoon) and Bunny (the Energizer... well, bunny) made an appearance at the Fair Oaks Library on March 29, one day prior to the big celebration to open the new Families and Books Center, a joint project of the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks, Friends of the Library, and the library itself.
They even talked some kid into reading a book to them.
Join us on March 30 at noon as we dedicate the place.
|Russian Consul Helps Warren Turn 80! Say What??!!||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Mar 24, 2013||
Our meeting on Monday, March 25, was special for several reasons. Past President Warren McWilliams celebrated a special birthday; contrary to popular opinion, he was NOT one of the founders of Rotary International in 1905... after all, he's just a kid at 80 years young! And our program was brought to us by our newest member, Natasha Owen, who described the development of the Russian consular system and her role as the first ever Russian consul in Sacramento. Following this, we were treated to four traditional Russian songs by two members of the Russian community. So our club's immersion into local cultural diversity continues!
|We finished our library project!!!||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Mar 22, 2013||
We're Done! Let's Celebrate!
On Saturday, March 23, the finishing touches were put on our Family and Children's Center project at the Fair Oaks Library, just in time for the celebration scheduled for Saturday, March 30. Lots of hands-on work and $6,000... half of that as a grant from The Rotary Foundation... went into creating an area specifically for kids under 5 and their parents. We partnered with Friends of the Library on the project. The final work crew members couldn't resist being the first to actually use the area.
|FO Rotarians Attend GSVACC Gala! What??!!||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Mar 14, 2013||
Think Global, Act Local
On March 15, a group of Fair Oaks Rotarians and spouses ventured to the Little Saigon area of South Sacramento for the 2nd annual Gala Dinner of the Greater Sacramento Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce. That's a mouthful of initials, and the Rotarians enjoyed many mouthfuls of delicious ethnic food served at the New Happy Garden Restaurant. What were they doing there besides eating? Well, it was the kickoff of new member Dave Barr's program of experiencing diverse cultures without the cost of international airfare. Where will it lead? Hey... come along for the ride and find out!
|Rotarians Ponder the Search for Life in the Universe||Posted by Keith Walter||on Mar 10, 2013||
On March 11, astrophysicist and NASA scientist Tobias (Toby) Owen, who is also the spouse of newly inducted member Natasha Owen, presented a dryly witty summary of the search for life in the universe, especially intelligent life, and showed us remarkable photos from the recent Mars rover Discovery. One of the questions he posed was why another intelligent life form would identify themselves to us Earthlings if they were able to observe the current state of affairs on this planet. All in all, a remarkable presentation!
|A New Banner for All Our Banners!||Posted by Keith Walter||on Mar 10, 2013||
With well over a hundred Rotary club banners, collected during our members travels, sitting in storage, it was time to hang them on the wall! And who made the display for us?
|We packed 'em in for the Inner Wheel Spaghetti Feed!||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Mar 03, 2013||
As usual, our annual Spaghetti Feed with our Fair Oaks Inner Wheel affiliate was packed and energetic. IW President Janet McWilliams described the great work IW does locally and internationally, and the members lightened our wallets bidding on an assortment of items in a fun raffle. Check out the rest of the details in this weeks ACORN.
|Fair Oaks Rotarians Read Across America||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Feb 25, 2013||
In an amazing display of literary prowess, ten Fair Oaks Rotarians participated in the annual Read Across America Day at Northridge Elementary School by actually reading to students in their classrooms. Read Across America Day is celebrated nationwide on or near the birthday of the late Dr. Seuss and was established to promote the joy of reading. Member Bruce Vincent recorded this reaction to his efforts, later reporting that he set it up.
|Five Great Contestants in Our Club Speech Contest||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Feb 24, 2013||
Five BV Seniors Give Five Great Speeches
Five seniors from Bella Vista High School... in the picture above, Dustin Mueller, Tim O'Shea, Anna Ustinova, Jessica Terry and Kara Zeman, along with club president Beth Wilcoxen and speech contest chairs Bill Wagner and Karen Romines... each gave their interpretation of the theme "Peace Through Service" at the annual speech contest of the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks on Monday, February 25. The annual speech contest is always one of the most enjoyable programs of the Rotary year and this year was no exception. The contest was won by Kara Zeman, who will now compete in a regional semifinal against eight other club level winners on Monday, April 8 at 6:00 at the Roseville Theater on Vernon Street in Roseville, with the eventual goal of competing in the District Finals on Saturday, May 11 at the District Conference at the Hyatt Lake Tahoe in Incline Village.
|Did Our Crab Feed Sellout Catch You By Surprise?||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Feb 18, 2013||
If you missed this year's Fair Oaks Rotary Crab Feed because it sold out and caught you by surprise, click here or scan the QR code at the top left, then fill out the form and we'll contact you next year before the ticket sales open to the general public. Here's a little picture of the party we threw on February 9.
|Peru Team Returns from the Jungle||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Dec 16, 2012||
A team of ten departed for Iquitos, Peru on December 1-2 and returned on December 9-10. Who were they? Three from our club, two from Rancho Cordova (plus one spouse), two from Whirlwind Wheelchair, designer of the RoughRider, one physical therapist and one Spanish interpreter. What did they do? In conjunction with the Rotary Club of Iquitos, they brought the gift of mobility to 176 people in the Amazon basin in the form of RoughRider wheelchairs.
To save reading another 100,000 words, click here for about 100 photos of their adventure.
|Caroling at Eskaton||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Dec 16, 2012||
On December 17, ten Fair Oaks Rotarians, led by the intrepid Pete Schroeder, warbled our way through a half dozen or so Christmas carols at the Eskaton facility where long-time member John Yetto resides.
Two more members, who shall remain nameless, arrived just as we finished singing.
|Safe Halloween||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Oct 30, 2012||
When the Rotary Club, Inner Wheel, Women's Thursday Club, Merchants' Association and Theatre Festival of Fair Oaks combine with the Bella Vista Interact Club to put on Halloween festivities for the village's kids, you can figure that it will be quite an event. It was. Check it out by clicking here. And check our Facebook Page for even more.
|Ghouls Take Over Fair Oaks Rotary||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Oct 28, 2012||
But it was only for a night (October 29) so not to worry. Ms. Energizer kept us all safe, and we heard our outbound RYE student, Isabel Jacobson, tell us about her year in Denmark. Click here for the hard photo evidence, but it's not for the faint of heart. Look for details in this week's ACORN.
|Del Campo Again in the Battle for the Oak||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Oct 25, 2012||
For the tenth year in a row, Del Campo High School was victorious over Bella Vista High School in this game, the Fair Oaks high school football championship. The Rotary Club of Fair Oaks gives a perpetual trophy named after the Rotarian who started this tradition, Jim Purcell, and also a $1,000 graduation award to a senior at the winning school, as well as paying the admission of all military veterans to the game. For a look at this year's fun, click here.
|Fair Oaks Uncorked||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Oct 11, 2012||
What could be better on an autumn evening than great food accompanied by great wines? That's what the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks delivered on Friday, October 12, to the delight of the 200+ in attendance at the Fair Oaks Community Clubhouse.
|Fair Oaks Senior Luau||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Sep 18, 2012||
If it's mid-September, it's Luau time in Fair Oaks as the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks, Fair Oaks Rec & Park Dept., the Fair Oaks Inner Wheel and the Bella Vista Interact Club all combine to treat our local seniors to an afternoon of island culinary delights and entertainment.
|Fair Oaks Chicken Festival||Posted by Keith Walter||on Sep 14, 2012||
By almost any measure the 7th Annual Chicken Festival on Saturday was a huge success with over 12,000 people estimated to have attended. Many Rotarians contributed to this years' festival including Shelley Mathews, Bob Walters, and Dan Smallhouse. Dan reported that gross sales at both Rotary booths exceeded $5,000 this year - congratulations and thanks to the many volunteers who made this possible.
|One Rotarian in a Tent Equals Camping||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Aug 18, 2012||
Steve Hoverman, celebrating a birthday, put up a tent. The rest of us were in other structures. But if Maggie says it's camping, then it's camping. We swam, played "games" of Maggie's devising, made s'mores, and violated the 10 pm quiet time. To see all the ugly details, click here.
|Relay For Life--- We Did It!||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Aug 11, 2012||
For those of you who missed it, the Fair Oaks Rotary achieved its fundraising goal of $3,000 for this years Relay For Life. As usual, we made our fun-raising goal also. And I think we were one of the few teams to keep someone on the track for all 24 hours... did someone check those Interactors between midnight and 3 am? For photographic proof, click here.
|Rotarians At Work in Phoenix Park||Posted by Fred Rowe||on Jul 13, 2012||
On Saturday, July 14, Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks worked at Phoenix Park as part of the Fair Oaks Rec and Park Dept's My Park Day. If you don't think the park looks more spiffy as a result, click here to check out actual photographic proof.
|Latest from the Literacy Project||Posted by Debra Price||on Jul 11, 2012||
Donations of children's books needed...
|Madison Avenue - Clean Again||Posted by Fred Rowe||
Bella Vista Interactors
(and a few Rotarians)
Beautify Madison Avenue... again
Just like every three months, Madison Avenue in front of Bella Vista High School is CLEAN, thanks to the Bella Vista Interact Club and the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks. Usually the trash is on the ground, but these two seem to have located some in a tree. For a look at the whole crew and a more standard trash pick-up technique, click the little blue "More..."