17 October 2012: Small Business Development – at Sunset!

A lively buzz about sports – the Giants progress toward the World Series – and Presidential debates  suffused the room as Rotarians gathered at their usual Courtyard Marriott Vallejo-Napa Valley venue after meeting offsite last week.

Joan Sumagaysay led us in the Pledge.

Visiting Rotarians Past President (Vallejo noon) and Past Special Chartering Representative to the District Governor Pete Friesen, Past President (Vallejo noon) LaGuan Lea and Tony Intintoli (Vallejo noon) graced us with their presence.

It was all Joan all the meeting as Rotarian of the Week Joan Sumagaysay rose to tell us a bit about herself and her work. Born in the Philippines, Joan came to the US when she was a wee lass. She grew up right here in Vallejo. Joan disclosed that she’s married with one son. She’s worked her way from teller to bank manager, now of the Vallejo branch of Umpqua Bank.

At the close of her soliloquy, President Tom announced that Joan has agreed to serve as our Rotary Foundation Chair.

President Tom then called Carol Larson and Sheryl Lea to accompany Sherry Webber to the front of the room. With a short speech of welcome, Tom initiated Sherry as the newest member of what we aim to be the Best Rotary Club in the World. Sherry, Happy Dollar free, told us a bit about herself, including her move to Vallejo upon her marriage to husband Bill, and her work as a nurse manager at Kaiser-Permanente.

We enjoyed a brisk Happy Dollar session as several Rotarians – members and guests alike – told their stories success and joy. Treasure John, absent on travel this week, will be joyful, too,  with the success of  this Happy Dollar time: $100 for the treasury!

Carol Larson returned to the rostrum to introduce our speaker, Chuck Eason, director of the Small Business Development Center at Solano Community college. Chuck’s was a most informative talk as he passed the word on the many programs of training and assistance the SBDC provides to Solano County small business owners and operators. Many questions ensued.

Announcements: President Tom reminded Rotarians to sign up for the District 5160 Conference in Napa, 2 -4 November, and the Vallejo noon Club’s Rocktoberfest and Solano County Rotary Clubs’ Police Officer’s Recognition, both events on Friday evening 19 October.

With a ring of the Big Bell, Tom closed the meeting promptly at 6.15 pm.

Next week: “Schools in Haiti” – one of three “auditions we will hear for our International Service project. A reminder: the Club will have no meeting on Hallowe’en, 31 October.

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