President John Hertle
called the meeting to order about 8 minutes ahead of
schedule. I think his plan is to catch as many
‘late comers’ as possible. It seemed to work, as
Bill Gordin, Hugh Brereton were both just a
‘tad’ late……………But at least they did get here.
Making the total of members in the room at 18….Where
are the rest of our members? We do have a good time
(and really good programs), but it would be better
if more of you showed up …………………..
announced that the annual Kettle Kickoff is set
for this Thursday at 11:30 at the Plaza Center. The
Kiwanis have two tables set aside for us. We work
in conjunction with Rotary to see who can raise the
most money, we ask each attending member to kick in
at least $25 (plus whatever else their company wants
to donate) to see just how much we can raise…..Our
club has always finished near the top each year.
Plus, it’s always a fun event to attend. It’s not
often you get to see money rain down from above……..
Call Jeremiah (or just show up ).
reported that the Crab Feed is still set for Feb 9th,
but the location seems to be moving around a bit.
Sounds like we’ll now be at the Modesto Youth Center
140 Calaveras St.
There were several bags of groceries brought in
today, plus about $280.00 more to buy even more
groceries. This is all headed up by Zack Knobel
(son of Esther) for the Gospel Mission.
gave a sad buck for the fire victims in California
(along with several other members).
took a recent trip to Florida, and then home through
Arizona (Which turned out to be a big mistake.
Seems he was overcharged for is room, accused of
breaking the TV in his room, plus many other
problems. After hearing all of his woes, the rest
of the club was just thankful that we didn’t have to
go with him.
gave a sad buck, seems her son, who lives in Chico,
had to get out of town due to the fire. Joyce took
them up to her cabin in Tahoe to stay for awhile.
(their home didn’t burn, but the air was too
unhealthy to breath)
took her children north so they could see, and help,
with the many problems that these fires cause
has friends in Paradise, Ca. that lost everything
!!! (even worse, his Raiders lost again , but he
claims he’s happy, because they also doubled their
run production for the year, while still losing.)
Now that is a fan…
Farm City week is set for next Tuesday Nov. 20th.
This is always a nice event, so try and come and
share with us……..we do miss some of you……
John Goulart, from the City of Modesto’s Attorney
office, was our speaker. Introduced by Esther’s
son Zack. Seems John is also a past Key Club
He spoke about Modesto’s homeless problems. It was
very informative, but also very depressing. Modesto
has had about 1350 to 1700 homeless people
(including some families). This numbers has been
about the same over the past 5 or 6 years. Most of
the programs designed to help, do some good, but not
nearly enough. The major problem is that most
‘homeless’ reject any offers for help and choose
this life style rather than have “helpers” set any
rules for them. Where to sleep what time to get up,
Modesto has had a variety of programs over the
years, Blue Ribbon Commissions, Fed. Grants, various
service organization,….nothing seems to work………
There is a combination of causes, everything from
drugs and alcohol abuse to mental health issues.
This is true for all areas, but we need to keep
working at it…….
See you this Thursday at the Kettle Kick-off and
then again next Tuesday for the Farm/City program.
Your faithful editor (who also needs more members to
step up and write a bulletin or two ). It’s really
quite easy, you just write what happens at the
meeting (or even, what you would LIKE to happen,
e-mail it over to Treasurer Paul, and he does the
rest. You can even add a joke or two if you run out
of things to say….if fact, if I don’t get a little
help, I may add jokes of my own. To prevent this
from happening, step up and help…………………………..
Have a nice week…..