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Party at rowing club boathouse

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER —

The River City Rowing Club plans a fundraiser with a BBQ, beer garden and live music from 4-8 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 29, at the boathouse on the Port of West Sacramento.

  There will also be a boat dedication ceremony: at 5:30 p.m., when the club will dedicate a boat in the name of the late Rex Babin, a former club member and editorial cartoonist for the Sacramento Bee.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $40/couple and $12 for minors. Free for kids under 12. At the door, it’s cash only, $30/adults, $50/couple or $12 for minors. Tickets are available at http://rivercityrowing2012.eventbrite.com.

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Rotary chips in for literacy

Centennial Rotary Club President Don Schatzel with Westfield Village Elementary School Principal Ryan Gonzalez and school librarian Jennifer Gray (photo courtesy of Karie Walsh/Debra Beckman)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 30, 2012 —

The Centennial Rotary Club of West Sacramento donated $200 to Westfield Village’s Scholastic Book Fair and to Southport Elementary’s literacy program.

  “This thoughtful and generous donation means so much to me,” said Westfield librarian Jennifer Gray. “I definitely will be able to put new books into our library for all the students at Westfield to enjoy.  I couldn’t thank the Rotary Club of West Sacramento enough.”

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Cash for local scholarships

River City High School “Interact Club” members Joelle Panugaling, Stacy Saelee, Denise Au, Marina Whitaker, Jessica Ngo and Judy Au (Photo courtesy of Tim Kwong)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 2, 2012 —

On April 20, the West Sacramento Rotary Club held its Foundation Dinner at the D.O. Mills building in Sacramento.  The RCHS Interact students served appetizers on the rooftop garden.  The students also bused tables for over 120 diners in the grand ballroom for this event.

  Rotary Club members pitched in for the fundraiser: Jerome Daigre provided guitar music in the reception area, Jeb Burton provided the wine, Luan Christ organized the event, Jim Cahill was the Master of Ceremonies, Tim Kwong was the photographer, and Michael Finney, a childhood friend of the Engstrom family, provided the comedy and magic show.

Community Business Bank donated $5,000 towards the event.

The West Sacramento Rotary Foundation has issued $125,000 in local scholarships since 2006.  Next year the WS Rotary Foundation plans to provide $25,000 in scholarships — its largest one-year amount yet.

The WS Rotary Club meets every Friday at noon at Club Pheasant.  The RCHS Interact Club meets every Monday lunch at the RCHS Black Box Theater.

(From Charyl Silva, Rotary Interact Advisor, and Brandon Duff, RCHS Interact Club teacher/advisers)

Team effort at teen center

Walt James, his wife Judith James, and Sherri Leal of “Kids Against Hunger” show a few of the meal packages prepped by Rotary members and collaborators on Saturday. They’re wearing hair nets for food service safety. (News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 2, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

The Collings West Sacramento Teen Center on Saturday turned into a bustling food-prepn center for several hours, as a coalition of groups and volunteers donned hair nets to assemble food packets for the hungry.

  The Centennial Rotary Club spearheaded the event, working with the “Kids Against Hunger” organization that feeds families worldwide.

The event marked Rotary’s annual international work day.

“The 28th of April was the workday throughout the world,” said local club president Walt James. “All clubs try to participate in some kind of project that day.”

Why the “Kids Against Hunger” program?

“I bumped into it when I was at the convention in New Orleans last year. They had all kinds of booths on projects going on over the world, and this one caught my interest,” said James.

Sherri Leal is a “satellite program director” for Kids Against Hunger, and she coordinated with Rotary for the event. Saturday’s crowd of volunteers displayed a remarkable work ethic as they measured and packaged the easy-to-digest dry rice combos.

ALAN WEGAT (above at right) is among those sealing each assembled bag of rice mix (News-Ledger photo)

“We had about 110 volunteers,” said James. “We had people from all over the community, including the CERTs (the fire department’s Community Emergency Response Team) and members of the (other local) Rotary Club. We had people from Our Lady of Grace School, people from Christian Brothers High School, and we had the Pocket Greenhaven Rotary Club. We had one girl come from Mira Loma High School. We had the downtown Westminster Presbyterian Church – they brought about 30 kids. From the Southport part of West Sacramento was the Lighthouse Covenant Church. Plus some teens that frequent the teen center.”

What goes into the meals?

“What you have is rice, dehydrated vegetables, soy protein and minerals,” said James. “It’s a meal that’s balanced out for a malnourished kid, but anybody can eat it. There’s no meat, pork or fish – it’s all vegan.”

Rice is donated or bought by local contributors, and Kids Against Hunger brings the other ingredients.

When the recipient adds water and cooks the mix, the result tastes something like Rice-A-Roni – as many of those who tried the samples offered at the front of the teen center found out.

Six servings go into every bag – and the work party in West Sacramento assembled about 5,000 bags, or 30,000 meals.

Those bags will join other bags filled by other volunteer groups, filling up a 20-foot shipping container for eventual transport by the U.S. Navy to a destination in need.

  “Sheri has been shipping a lot to Haiti,” said James. “She has shipped to Somalia and the Philippines. She does not ship until they fill a container. You have to get the free shipping to make this work. The Navy is instrumental in putting these cargo containers (which hold about 585,000 meals) onto their ships and getting them where they go.”

“This is something anybody can do,” add James.

For information about the Kids Against Hunger program, visit www.kidsagainst-hungerpleasanton.org.

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A lopsided soccer win for Gold

ABOVE: JASON JONES of the Sacramento Gold (right) goes over the head of a visiting San Francisco player. Jones scored four of the Gold’s nine goals for the night. (Photo by ERIC HARDING, www.ebharding.com)

NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 18, 2012 —

The Gold won Sunday’s home opener at River City High School Field, beating the San Francisco Stompers 9-0.

The semi-pro Gold soccer team plays next at 7 p.m. on Sunday April 22 at RCHS, hosting the Bay Area Ambassadors. $5 (No charge for kids under six or youth soccer players in uniform).

Manolo Pina (who scored 2 of the 9 goals) coming from behind at the right to get the ball (photo by ERIC HARDING, www.ebharding.com)

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Rotary honors three club members

Buzz Jones of PIP Printing, Alan Wegat of Nor Cal Performance and Walt James, who owns a plastering company. The three were honored with an award named after the founder of Rotary International (News-Ledger photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 28, 2012 —

West Sacramento’s “Centennial Rotary Club” (one of two local Rotary chapters) has presented three of its most active members with Paul Harris Foundation Awards, in honor of their support for the club’s work.

Rotary engages in a lot of community projects in West Sacramento.

According to club president-elect Don Schatzel, their contributions have been large and consistent.

  Treasurer Alan Wegat of Nor Cal Performance has made “huge” contributions keeping the accounts in order, Walt James has been running things as club president, and Buzz Jones of PIP Printing “runs the club” as secretary, commented Schatzel.

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Horse club pitches in, cleans up

Kevin Baker tries to organize the collected refuse and make some more room in the garbage bin (photo courtesy of Julie Dennis, WSTRA)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 21, 2012 —

From Don Schatzel
West Sacramento Trail
Riders Association

The West Sacramento Trail Riders Association completed their annual clean-up of the ”Honda Hills” area by the corner of Jefferson Blvd. and South River Road on Feb. 26.

The group is , an organization of community members dedicated to the love of horses and the protection and preservation of rural lands

WSTRA President Jason Williams announced that over 20 club members dedicated more than 100 hours, plus the use of their trucks, trailers and tractors to pick-up over 40 yards of trash, couches, mattresses, wood, bottles, cans, carpet remnants and 82 tires from the publicly-owned area.

  “We do this several times a year and we are happy to be able to clean up this area to beautify our community,” said Williams.  “It is hard work but a fun activity for our WSTRA members.”

The Baker boys take a break in the foreground. Rich Littleton works the tractor, Brenda Morazzini handles the rake, and Kevin Baker is in the refuse container. At right are Penny Schatzel and Tammy Zonneveld. Photo courtesy of Julie Dennis, WSTRA

For additional information and pictures about WSTRA search for “WestSacramentoTrail-RidersAssociation” on Facebook.  The group meets on the first Monday each month at Wicked West Pizza at 7 p.m., and new members are welcome.

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