Meeting Notes from February 9, 2023
President Ryan Jantzen opened the meeting by leading the Pledge of Allegiance.  Bob Mange gave the Invocation.
Secretary Jim Padgett introduced visiting Rotarians and guests.
President Ryan announced that the shed at Twin Lakes Food Bank will be assembled on Saturday, February 11 starting at 9 am.  Rotary Annes will be providing breakfast and suitable beverages.  John Messner, Dan Nitz, and Chuck Thurman installed the footings for the shed on Thursday, February 9.
President Ryan said that the Cornhole for a Cause will be in August during Justin Raithel's term as President.
President Ryan shared that Andrea Becket spoke at the Leadership Conference because she knew Andrew Vierra and wanted to support the club because of him.  District Governor Karen Cendro, District Governor Elect Sidney Smith, and District Governor Nominee Steve Turner were mentors at the conference.  DG Karen is interested in taking the leadership conference to high schools in Elk Grove.
For the May 18 Mystery Trip, there will be only one bus and it will probably sell out so sign up as soon as sign-ups are available.
President Ryan announced he has lots of free firewood thanks to all the trees that fell on his property during the storms.  If you want some, you need to go out to his property and get it.
President Ryan also asked members not to run away from President-Elect Justin Raithel when he asks you to be on his Board of Directors starting July 1, 2023.  If asked, please serve our club.
Scott Moore levied fines.
Jim Ortega introduced Anna Rohrbough, Folsom City Council Member.  Anna talked about why she ran for city council in the most recent election and what her focus for the city will be as a city council member.
President Ryan forgot the speaker's gift again and said he would deliver the box of Snook's chocolate to Anna.  He did ask her if she would like some firewood.
The 28th Annual Dave West Partnerships for Tomorrow Leadership Conference
On Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 60 community business leaders met with 60 Folsom High School  and Vista Del Lago High School juniors at the 28th Annual Dave West Partnerships for Tomorrow Youth Leadership Conference held at Lakeside Church. This conference unites high school students with business and community leaders representing the City of Folsom to discuss leadership skills and ethical choices in the work place, in schools, and in the local and global community.
Students and business leaders meeting during continental breakfast.
The format of the conference is similar to a business conference. The day started with registration and a continental breakfast.  At the first general session, Richelle Brooks, Rotary Club of Folsom, welcomed business leaders and students. The flag salute followed led by Brianne Hudock, Folsom High Interact Club Secretary.  Richelle gave instructions to participants and introduced the discussion group leaders.  In addition to Discussion Group Facilitators from the business community, each group had a Facilitator-in-Training, Class of 2023.  Each discussion group consisted of 7 or 8 business leaders from the community and 7 or 8 students.

First group discussion session.

The first group discussion session was Elements of Business Etiquette and Traits of a Leader and the second session was Leadership Skills.  Session 1 focused on the importance of business etiquette for a successful impression when meeting new employers, business leaders, and new friends.  Traits of a good leader were also discussed.  Session 2 focused on the traits of a good leader and how to help people make sound business and ethical decisions.  Also discussed in the session was the Rotary 4-Way Test.  The students were asked to be prepared during lunch to introduce themselves and what they planned to do after high school.  Two students also had to be prepared to present what they learned .

The second general session had everyone back together for lunch and the team presentations.  Richelle Brooks announced each team when it was their turn to present.

Student Presentation

The Keynote Speaker was Andrea Becker.  She is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, Sacramento.  She is also the Director of the Sport Psychology Laboratory where she focuses her research on the psychology of coaching.  Dr. Becker also serves as a Sport Psychologist for the USA Men's Volleyball Team. 

After the keynote speaker, the students participated in a Professional Networking Session.  The goal of this final session was for student leaders to have informal time to network and ask questions of professionals in an area of business that they may be interested in pursuing.  There were nine groups such as finance/accounting, medical, and technology.

Closing Comments were made by Richelle Brooks.

The Discussion Group Facilitators were:

  • Vicki Bencken - Digital Communications Director, UC Davis Health System
  • Adrian Blanco - Business Owner Adrian Blanco Jewelry
  • Ian Cornell - Private Investor
  • Bob Hoffman - Optometrist, Robert Hoffman and Lianne Inouye Optometrists
  • Joe Hoffman - Family Law Attorney, Hoffman & Hoffman
  • Ryan Jantzen - Senior Financial Advisor, Pacific Investment Advisors
  • Dr. Shaina DiMariano - Dentist & Proprietor, DiMariano Family Dentistry & Orthodontic
  • Scott Moore - Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
For more photos of the Leadership Conference, go to 28th Annual Dave WestLeadership Conference on our website Photo Albums. 
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