The Weekly Meeting Summary of the Rotary Club of Livermore Valley
September 26, 2023       
Opening the Meeting
  • President Sherri Simoni called the meeting to order at 8:15 

  • James Hays led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

    • Not widely known fact about James: When he was 16, he followed a girl to Israel and worked in a kibbutz for awhile

  • Song of the Day - Roy Porfido shared Tennessee Ernie Ford's "Sixteen Tons" - recorded in October 1956. We all recognized this song as one of Jerry Hawkin's favorites - "I owe my soul to the company store!"

    • Lots of finger snapping to this one! 


  • Thought of the Day - Tammy Barstow bade us farewell today, as this is her last meeting before moving to Marco Island, Florida. "Though distance may separate us, our shared commitment to service above self unites us always . . . Thank you for the memories, the growth, and the love. Rotary, like a compass, guides me even when I am far away."


  • Sarah Palmer  shared the Joke of the Day - At least when her phone autocorrects her language, it stays "fowl" - in case you get a text from Sarah with the word "duck" in it!

Visiting Rotarians & Guests
  • Visiting Rotarian
    • Lori Souza introduced Bob Tucknott, visiting from the Dublin Club, in the classification of Electrical Contractor. 
Welcome Bob!
  • Visitors:
    • George Wineinger introduced us to his son, Luke, a Cal High Freshman and survivor of the 50+ Mile Backpacking Trip
    • Sherri Simoni introduced her husband, Stu
    • Philomena Rambo introduced GHS Principal Clark Conover, visiting with Student of the Month Katy Canaan and her parents Robert and Linda.
September Student of the Month

The best part about school being back in session is that we get to meet more outstanding students from Granada High School. Principal Clark Conover started the year by introducing us to Katy Canaan, the Associated Student Body (ASB) President for 2023-24. 

Katy prepared for her role as leader of the student body by being super involved: She is a member of the Leadership Class, she plays soccer, she works with students with disabilities to teach them dances to perform with the GHS cheer team, she helped organize a fundraiser for the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation, and she is currently busy planning Homecoming! In addition to all of that, Katy has a 4.41 GPA and earned a spot in the 98th percentile of SAT scores nationally!

Katy plans to study biology and go into the field of medicine.

Today's 10-SPOT
Above & Beyond
  • Sherri gave a shout out to our fellow Rotarians who have gone above and beyond this week to represent our club in the community:

    • James Hays for organizing the Lithium Ion Recycling Event, and Sarah Palmer, Kevin McCallum, Jeannette Albiez, Dick Fields, Graham Scott, Beth McCormick, and Stu Simoni for helping

    • Dick Fields & Graham Scott for procuring raffle prizes for the Chili Cook Off

    • Jill Duerig for mentoring Sherri in Rotary leadership

  • If you haven't already signed up to work at least 2 time slots on Saturday, October 7th, we need you to sign up this week. This is truly an all hands on deck event. If you're going to be out of town, see if you can recruit a Rotarian from the noon club or a friend!

  • Instructions are on the form. If you don't see the "Save and Continue" button after you have clicked a "sign up" button, you may need to "accept cookies."

  • If you missed the button above, please 

Click Here to Volunteer at the Chili Cook Off

Football Follies Update
  • Lori Souza let us know that it's a tight race as the NFL season gets into gear! Thanks to everyone for playing!

  • Remember that your contribution supports our Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway  - even if you're not playing, you can still donate $50 to this worthy cause. Just let Lori or Dick Fields know!

Tracking Volunteer Hours
  • Rotary's commitment to Service Above Self extends beyond our Rotary activities. Sherri asked us to begin tracking and sharing our volunteer hours. She will have a sheet out each week for us to keep track.
Upcoming Events
District 5170 Avenues of Service
West Valley Community College
Sep 30, 2023
9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
3rd Annual Chili Cook Off at Carnegie Park
Carnegie Park
Oct 07, 2023
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Fleet Week Bay Cruise Club Social
Oct 08, 2023
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Special Meeting - Evening Social at the Simonis
Sherri & Stu Simoni's House
Oct 10, 2023 5:30 PM
Walk to End Alzheimer's
Bishop Ranch
Oct 28, 2023
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Club Social: Halloween Party!
The Bedford Home
Oct 28, 2023
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
View entire list
The 50 - make that 68 - Mile Epic Boy Scout Hike!

We welcomed George Wineinger and his son (and IT Assistant), Luke, who shared pictures and the awesome story of the 6-day, 50-mile backpacking trip that turned into a 68-mile EPIC ADVENTURE.

Who knew that hiking in Southern Yosemite at the end of July would involve snow-packed mountains, rapidly flowing rivers, washed out bridges, avalanche threats, glissading, and, finally, pizza in Curry Village?!

Starting at 8,000 feet and climbing up to 11,000 feet, the 11 Scouts and 4 adults carried over 30 pounds of food and supplies for backpacking over mountainous terrain, much of it unexpected! Fortunately, the boys had been preparing for the hike since April and remembered to pack snow spikes for their boots, along with trail maps and a Garmin that allowed communication with the world at home.

Here are a few photos from the hike:

Next Week's Speaker
Brandon Cardwell
City of Livermore
Director of Innovation & Economic Development
Invite a guest to the meeting!
Today's 50/50
Gib Souza won today's 50/50! Hope to see you soon, Gib!
Meeting Adjourned at 9:15
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