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Ione

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First Thursday at 6:00 PM all others at noon
Clark's Corner
12 E. Main St.
Ione, CA  95640
United States
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President of The Rotary Club of Ione, Al Lennox awards Sharon Long her seventh Paul Harris Foundation award. Sharon said that becoming a member of the Paul Harris Society and receiving an award each year is as easy as missing out on one round of golf a month! Using the Foundation's online method of giving a small amount is taken off a credit card each month.
One can take pride in the simple beauty of this pin knowing that your small monthly gift helps to create so much good in a troubled world.
 

 
John Sullivan recently elevated to the Governorship of Rotary District 5190 enjoys lunch with the new President of The Rotary Club of Ione, Al Lennox and club members. 
John delivered messages concerning his administration as District Governor (DG) as well as those from Rotary International President John Germ. While with us John was asked to induct out newest member Jon Hopkins, awarded Paul Harris pins to Tom Swett, Jeanne Breeden, Andrew Tanis as well as Sharon Long who earned her 7th Paul Harris award. Jake Herfel was named the silent Rotarian for 2015/2016 and Sharon Long received the Rotary Star Award for quantity of service to The Rotary Club of Ione and to our community in general.
 

 
Ione’s Rotary Club with the help of The Soroptimists, “S” Club students, were happy to server over two hundred and twenty of our favorite supporters once again. The first Saturday in October, the 3rd, Evalynn Bishop Hall’s walls were alive with the sounds of friends happily joining one another in discussion while awaiting the beginning of this annual feast. While smaller by half than the Crab Feed in February this event is much more low keyed, and intimate, it’s a formal round table dinner. All of the net proceeds from both of these events continue to go to local causes.
 
 

 
 
Thursday evening August 25th three Argonaut High School Juniors: Audrey Busi, Kayla Donaldson and Adam Cranfill spoke to Ione Rotarian's about their experiences at RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) program. This training for Rotary District 5190 is held each year and the Grizzly Creek Ranch near Portola, CA helping young men and women to hone their innate leadership skills. Public speaking, intellectual spontaneity, and trust building are three of the key elements to the week long program. Each of our speakers covered segments of the program, which most affected them; all relating stories of how the experience has changed their lives.
 
 

 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Ione completed two projects this year winding up its’ six year effort to remodel Ione’s Library and refurbish Evalynn Bishop Hall adding: new low energy lighting to the parking lot, a new bar room, bar and back bar, remodeling the hot water system, kitchen remodel, adding new appliances while plumbing both the kitchen, bar and 1200 a gallon grease container. In addition to expenditures of more than $60,000; volunteers have added the hundreds of man hours contributed by Rotarian's and their community spirited friends. 
 
 
 
The Red Ribbon Choir entertains Ione Rotary’s Christmas Dinner
Each year Ione Elementary School’s Red Ribbon Choir and Violin Group come to entertain the Rotary’s Christmas dinner. This year choir Director Cindy Harris brought 24 members that consisted of kids from the 1st grade to a high school senior who presented a wonderful program.
 
 
Santa Skip Schaufel and trusted Elf companion Jake Herfel begin
collections for the County wide “Christmas to Remember” drive.
 
 
Recent speaker and former to the Ione Rotarian Arthur Peacock returned to speak on Senior Fitness and urged moderate and regular exercise to maintain health into your 80's.
Paired here with Ione Rotary President and local rancher, George Lambert, Arthur gave the club many humors anecdotes about life as a professional body builder as well as his recollections on the early days of the Ione Rotary. His only complaint about becoming 80 is that he has to compete against 60 and 70 year old now since there are no categories anyone his age!
 

 
District 5190 Governor Gail Ellingwood meets with Ione Rotary's Officers and Board of Directors during the first visit you her term.
District Governor
Gail "Virus" Ellingwood
District Governor
Gail "Virus" Ellingwood
 
 
Six eight grade students from Ione Middle School were graduated Sunday from Rotary’s Eight Grade Leadership Camp (REGL) held annually at Grizzly Creek Ranch near Portola, CA. Each year 5 to 10 students are selected by their teachers and principals to attend a three day session of classes, and outdoor activities designed to build confidence, self-esteem, and trust in others.
This year the Rotary Clubs of Ione, and Plymouth Foothills pooled their financial and human resources to underwrite and help staff this event.
 
 
 
Tom Thompson Director of Amador County’s Interfaith Food Bank was presented with a check for $6,000 by Ione Rotary President George Lambert at last Thursday’s regular meeting. Mr. Thompson said that summers are difficult times for the Food Bank financially because most of their grants and donations come at the end of the year.
 
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Ione honored four outstanding community service volunteers were honored at a dinner on April 2nd at Clark’s Corner in Ione. With 60 people in attendance, Patti and Peter Misurca, Regia Sargent and David Fisher were celebrated for their volunteerism to the community of Ione. For years, these individuals have dedicated hundreds, if not thousands of hours improving the lives of those who call Amador County home.
All four have lived most of their life in Ione. David Fisher is Patti Fisher-Misuraca’s father, and at 96 years old is a “right hand man” when it comes to implementing projects. He was given such an award at the recognition dinner.
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Ione has been distributing dictionaries to the Elementary School for more than a decade. Here Jerry Cassesi, George Lambert, Jennie Breeden, Bill Emmart, and Club President Jim Rooney prepare to make deliveries with the help of elementary school maintenance person Marcus Byers.
 
 
 
Ten Amador County eight grade students were graduated Sunday from Rotary’s Eight Grade Leadership Camp (REGL) held annually at Grizzly Creek Ranch near Portola, CA. Each year 10 students are selected by their teachers and principals to attend a three day session of classes, and outdoor activities designed to build confidence, self-esteem, and trust in others.
 
 
 
 

Carisa Swason is a Senior at Amador High School and Kobie Pettis is a Senior at Argonaut High School both attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy after selection by New Generations Committee of The Ione Rotary.Image

From the left are: Carisa Swason and Kobie Pettis

 

 
 
Ione Rotary prepares Birthday Bags regularly for clients of the Amador Interfaith Food BankImage
 

 
 

Rotary International’s District 5190 is the largest, land area, district in this country covering Nevada north of Las Vegas and northeastern California. The Rotary Club of Ione took home 6 award during the District Conference held in Reno May 17th through 19th.

 

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The proud Board of Directors of The Rotary Club of Ione are from left to right: Sharon Long President Elect for 2013-2014, Jake Herfel Foundation Chairman, Skip Schaufel Executive Secretary, Rick Kreth Treasurer, Dave Wardall Club Administration Chairman, and President Larry Costick, not shown are Past President and Membership Chairman Richard Forster and New Generations Chairman George Lambert

 
 
 

 

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After two months of almost constant work a contingent of workers from Ione's service clubs and good Samaritans had nearly completed their tasks as the day of the event arrived. Four hundred and sixty seven tickets were sold and about four hundred and fifty hungry people were fed. This was called the best crab we had ever served by several very pleased patrons.

The arrival of the Norovirus to our area as well and colds and flu took a toll on some ticket holders. Some partners and spouses were able to take dinner’s home to their shut-ins but everyone else ate until they burst.

 
 
 

Richard Forster's Project for the 2011-13 year was to renovate a 150+ year old building in

downtown Ione at 25 E. Main Street, which belongs to the Native Sons of the Golden West Parlor 33.

 
 
 
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Richard Forster's Project for the 2011-13 year was to renovate a 150+ year old building in

downtown Ione at 25 E. Main Street, which belongs to the Native Sons of the Golden West Parlor 33.

 
 

 

The tradition of self help continues in Ione, CA as members or 5 service clubs as well as independent caterers join in remodeling the community hall in Howard Park

From the left Dave Elliott, Dave Wardall, Tom Bamert, Doug Hawkins, Jake Herfel, Tom Sears Larry Rhoades, Joe Sargent, Ron Spears, Jerry Sargent, Dan Maddox and Bruce Brazil have just finished lifting this 18’ 4X12 header into place.

Photo and article by Larry Costick

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After two months of almost constant work a contingent of workers from Ione's service clubs and good Samaritans had nearly completed their tasks as the day of the event arrived. Four hundred and sixty seven tickets were sold and about four hundred and fifty hungry people were fed. This was called the best crab we had ever served by several very pleased patrons.

The arrival of the Norovirus to our area as well and colds and flu took a toll on some ticket holders. Some partners and spouses were able to take dinner’s home to their shut-ins but everyone else ate until they burst.

 
 

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From the left: Speaker Richard King, Dinner Organizer Sharon Long, Ione President Larry Costick, Jackson President Jim Wilmarth and his wife Jody, District 5190 Governor Sam Wilbanks, Amador Upcountry President Roberta Pickett, and Area 7 Assistant Governor Paul Karnaze

 
 

In November of last year Rotary District 5190, covering north eastern California and northern Nevada, tried an experimental program providing leadership training to a select group of Eighth Grade students from 17 of its’ Rotary Clubs. Dubbed (REGL) Rotary Eighth Grade Leadership program it included Amador County’s four Rotary Clubs, which sent 10 students. Ione and Plymouth Foothill Rotary’s shared the $1,500 cost of sending 5 Ione Middle School students, selected by Principle Dr. Bill Murray, to the three day training at Grizzly Creek Ranch just east of Portola in Plumas, County. Image

Ione Middle School Eighth Grade Leaders receive Rotary International’s Four Way Test

From the left: Larry Costick, Jaida Edwards, Jake Herfel, Sharon Long, Miles Tomczak, Zoey Peters, Principle Bill Murray, and Katy Hirschfelt

 

 
 

Rotary International’s District 5190 is the largest, land area, district in this country covering Nevada north of Las Vegas and northeastern California. The Rotary Club of Ione took home 6 award during the District Conference held in Reno May 17th through 19th.

 

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The proud Board of Directors of The Rotary Club of Ione are from left to right: Sharon Long President Elect for 2013-2014, Jake Herfel Foundation Chairman, Skip Schaufel Executive Secretary, Rick Kreth Treasurer, Dave Wardall Club Administration Chairman, and President Larry Costick, not shown are Past President and Membership Chairman Richard Forster and New Generations Chairman George Lambert

 
 

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From the left: Richard Forster, Judy Finch, George Lambert, Jake Herfel, Sharon Long, Andrew Tanis, and Jim Rooney

Rotary International (RI) and more than 34,000 clubs worldwide change their officers and Boards of Directors July 1st of every year. Sharon Long Ione Club's new President has mapped out projects for her 2013-2014 year and has been very busy adopting many new procedural changes instituted by RI over the last several months.

 
 
  

The crown jewel of the Evalynn Bishop Hall (EBH) Phase II project was the installation of a 2000 gallon grease interceptor, which separates fats and other wastes from grey water holding them for collection and recycling.  
 
 

 

 

Individual members of the Rotary Club of Ione have devised their own micro community service projects that when taken together make a grand impact on our community. During a Rotary District 5190 training session retire Ione teacher Judy Finch heard about making Birthday Bags for families in need. Walla; just a few weeks later Judy’s first individual program was born when she delivered the first batch of Birthday Bags to the Amador Interfaith Food Bank. Each delightfully decorated bag contains: a box of cake mix, cake pans, frosting, candles, balloons and a horn. Clients of the Food Bank have been very appreciative of this program.

 

After the success of her Birthday Bag project Judy was inspired to try another pilot project suggested at the training, which recycles food coupons discarded at the Post Office. By placing an empty box with a Rotary sign next to it stating that coupons are collected to extend the resources of the Food Bank folks have been sorting through the throw-away papers and placing coupons in the box. Judy delivers the coupons daily and those that the Food Bank can’t be used immediately go to a service group supplying military families where their expiration date is extended indefinitely. These are small steps by individuals that make a huge difference in the lives of people living on the edge of poverty.

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Another small project, from an international prospective that was brought the Ione Rotary by Sharon Long is the WAPI. Slightly more complex and labor intensive than Judy’s Birthday Bags is the WAPI a water pasteurization indicator. The assembly process is guided but member and local wine maker Andrew Tanis using polycarbonate tubing, stainless steel and wax thousands of these little devices are being used to render water safe for drinking in areas of the world where treated water is not available. Ione Rotary assembles the WAPI’s and with the help of local travelers gets them to parts of the world where they can be used.

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More on the WAPI history and distribution look for the link on the lower left portion of our home page

 

 
 
The Ione Rotary has taken fund raising for local education seriously since they were chartered in 1986. Below; twenty year old Ethel the Wonder Cow, owned by Ione Rotarian Richard Forster, continues serving her community and more specifically assisting, Ione School students, to achieve degrees in higher education through her efforts.
 
 
At the end of June, my year as president of the Club comes to an end, and I would like to thank each of you for your support over the past 12 months. It's hard to believe it is almost over. It has been a good year and one that I have enjoyed being a part of. Together, we have accomplished a great deal and I would like to highlight our accomplishments over the year. I would also like to thank the Board of Directors and Committee Chairs for their dedication and outstanding leadership.
Outgoing Ione Rotary President Sharon Long
 
 
Ione Rotary prepares Birthday Bags regularly for clients of the Amador Interfaith Food BankImage
 
 
 
 
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