Meeting Notes from February 8, 2024
The meeting was called to order by President Justin Raithel leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Bob Mange gave the Invocation.
Secretary Jim Padgett introduced guests.
Trudy Nygren talked about future service projects. The first project was serving at the Powerhouse Ministries tailgate party on Sunday, February 11. Brent Sundahl, Trudy Nygren, Barbara Hockensmith (with Historic Folsom Rotary Club), and Anna Rohrbough served.
Future projects include
  • February 24 from 9 10 1 painting exterior rafters and replacing broken masonry caps on the Robert H. Miller III Folsom Rotary Clubhouse.
  • March 9 from 9 to 1 painting the metal fencing and wheel barrowing decomposed granite at Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park. Includes Interact Club.
  • March 16 painting the gazebo in the Lions Park from 9 10 1. Includes Interact Club.
  • March 23 from 9 to 1 complete painting metal fencing and improve footpath at Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park.
Rich Pepin announced that the dictionary distribution project will start at Carl Sundahl School on Monday, February 12 at 1:45 pm.  The schedule for additional schools will be out shortly.
Ryan Jantzen said that we need more mentors for the Leadership Conference on Tuesday, February 27. If you have friends who would be good mentors, ask them to join us.
There are only 15 spots left on the bus for the Mystery Trip on February 29. To register for the trip, go to Mystery Trip on our website at Rotary Leap Year Mystery Trip.
President Justin said that we still need 2 rowers for the Dragon Boat.  Call Justin if you can sign-up.
Jay Alling levied fines.
John Baciocco introduced our guest speaker, Arnold Kunst, who talked about the wit and wisdom of Abraham Lincoln. President Justin presented a chocolate Rotary Wheel from Snook's to Arnold.
Dictionary Distribution to Third Graders
The first dictionary distribution to third graders this year was held at Carl Sundahl School on Monday, February 12. On hand to distribute the dictionaries were Rich Pepin, Chris Marsh (who attended Carl Sundahl School), Brent Sundahl, Len Hundshamer, Cathy Hundshamer, Peter Evenhuis, Charlie Grows, Frank Woods, and Mike McAtee (member of Historic Folsom Rotary Club). Carl Sundahl was a prominent dentist in Folsom and a Past President of the Rotary Club of Folsom. 
There are 3 third grade classes at Carl Sundahl School this year. Rich started the distribution by explaining what Rotary is and having each member introduce themselves. Then the dictionaries were given to each third grader. They were asked to open the dictionaries to the front cover so they could see the sticker which said the dictionaries are a gift from the Rotary Clubs of Folsom and that they can write their name on it when they get back to class. Next, Rich asked the students to look up some words and made it a race between them and their teachers. The students really enjoyed receiving the dictionaries.
The clubs will be distributing 1,057 dictionaries to every third grader in Folsom this year including private schools and children who are home schooled. For more photos of the distribution, go to Dictionaries for Every Third Grader.
Obituary for Clifford John Rider
Rich Rider asked me to share the obituary for his father who died on February 3. His Dad loved Folsom Rotary and supported its fundraisers. He donated a custom-made wine-themed table to our Wine & Dine. He is also a Paul Harris Fellow. Frank Woods remembers Clifford attending our meetings and Frank had the pleasure of having Clifford ride in his Mustang in a Veterans Day Parade.
Clifford John Rider
June 23, 1937 - February 3, 2024
Resident of San Ramon
Clifford John Rider (“Cliff”), 86, of San Ramon passed away peacefully in his home on February 3, 2024, while surrounded by his loving family after a brief battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of nearly 59 years, Carolyn, and his children, Donna (Bob) Tedrick and Rich (Vicki) Rider.
Cliff was born in Montreal, Canada to Fred and Hannah May Rider, and was the youngest of 3 children. He enjoyed playing ice hockey behind his home while growing up. He held a variety of jobs in Montreal, including one where he met the love of his life and future wife, Carolyn.
In 1967, Cliff accepted a job offer from Kaiser Aluminum, and he and Carolyn moved to California to escape the wintry weather of Montreal. In 1972, they moved to San Ramon where they resided in the same home until his death. Cliff worked at Kaiser until his retirement in 1988. After retirement, Cliff worked a number of part-time jobs to keep himself busy and found a passion volunteering for the San Ramon Police Department which he did for 21 years until he was 82 years old. He also greatly enjoyed developing and maintaining his beautiful back yard, which was his little oasis. Cliff and Carolyn also greatly enjoyed traveling and embarked on multiple trips around the globe, including more than 30 cruises.
Cliff’s greatest joy was his family. Cliff and Carolyn enjoyed supporting Donna and Rich in their various activities, which included youth soccer where he coached and refereed for over 10 years, as well as camping, boating, waterskiing, and tubing. He also enjoyed roller-skating, which was a favorite family pastime, and he DJ’d the music at the skating rink for several years. Their dedication as parents was exceptional.
Cliff also enjoyed reading and had great interest in building small-scale models of trolley and light-rail train cars, making dozens of intricately detailed ones. He was incredibly organized in all facets of his life. Cliff and Carolyn also rescued a number of dogs over the years and were as wonderful parents to them as they were to Donna and Rich.
Cliff will be remembered as a faithful and loving husband and soulmate, a dedicated and caring father, and a fun and gregarious friend to all who knew him. The world is a less shiny place without him in it.
At Cliff’s request, no services will be held. In lieu of flowers, it is requested donations be made in Cliff’s memory to Hope Hospice & Health Services, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, at
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