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Kiwanis Kronicle Rancho Murieta, California Published by the Kiwanis Club of Rancho Murieta, Inc. Volume 14 Number 4 Inside this issue

Ask the expert

Who attends what


March in March


Author Author!


Smoke Alarms


Mighy oaks from acorns


Interclub information


Kiwanis Cuisine


Kiwanis Kalendar


Feb 6

Judith Long Feb 23

Thomas R. Mathews (Twins?) Feb 23

Sandy Scarzella (Twins?) Feb 24


Now that it has been determined who will be playing in Super Bowl XLVII, let’s ask Frank Hashorva who will in. Since he comes from Pennsylvania, he probably would have preferred the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl, and barring that the other Pennsylvania team the Pittsburgh Steelers. But that is not to be. On Saturday January 18th, I told Frank I would call him after the playoffs on Sunday, for his Super Bowl pick. He told me then, “I am picking the 49’s to go all of the way”. But, I told him we have to wait until the playoffs. On Sunday, after the playoffs, he repeated, “I expect the 49’s to go all of the way.”

Bob Lutz Feb 26

Doris Lighty

Question box??? Question: What does Avocados have to do with the Super Bowl?

Answer: See page 6.

CBS Sports New Orleans Channel 13 Sun. Feb. 3rd 3:30 p.m.

Editor: Gnu Año January 2013

President’s Corner The Time Is Now – To Lend a Helping Hand By Ginny Macko Not only another month has passed, but we are already one month into a new year. 2012 was a good year, but I’m looking forward to 2013 being even a greater year for our club. The highlight of this month thus far for me, was attending the Region 16 Conference at the Dante Club in Sacramento. The focus of the conference was enhancing the SLP (Service Leadership Program) connection. SLP’s include K-Kids, Builders Club, Key Club, Circle K and Aktion Club. Our club sponsors all, except for an Aktion Club; however, we do sponsor three Key Clubs at – Pleasant Grover High School, Sheldon High School and one at Rancho Murieta. At the conference we were updated on Best Practices, Annual Sponsorship Requirements, and Resources. Best Practices included – Officer Training, Member Recruitment and Involvement, Service Projects, Partnership with School, etc. Annual Sponsorship Requirements included – Appoint Kiwanis Advisor, Kiwanis members should attend SLP meetings, Meet with school principal or facility, Host joint activities Invite SLP members to Kiwanis meetings, etc. Resources included – KI websites, District websites, SLP District Officers SLP Lt. Governor, Kiwanis Lt. Governor, Kiwanis Publications (Continued on page 2)

President’s Corner The Time Is Now – To Lend a Helping Hand By Ginny Macko (continued) (Continued from page 1)

and each other, etc. At the conference, I was awakened to the many different ways our RM Kiwanis Club can work with and benefit from the knowledge and skills that these bright, energetic young people possess. Kiwanis Kronicle is a monthly newsletter published by the Kiwanis Club of Rancho Murieta, Inc. Club was chartered May 21, 1996. The address of the club is P.O. Box 855 Rancho Murieta, CA 95683-0855 (916) 354-0538 Club meetings are on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month at the Villas Recreation Center 7083 Murieta Parkway (Enter North Gate) Rancho Murieta, CA 95683. Boards of Kiwanis Club of Rancho Murieta Inc. and Kiwanis Club of Rancho Murieta Club Foundation Inc. meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month after the board meeting at the Villas Recreation Center. President…………………...……..Ginny Macko Imm. Past Pres….…………....John S. Holm President Elect………………..Jarvio Grevious Secretary………………………..Beverly Powell Treasurer………………………….Virginia Wolfe Director………….…..Bill Batchelder (2014) Director……………Richard Gilmour (2014) Director…………………Carol Kramer (2013) Director……….………….…Dan Leahy (2013) Director………….……… Sally Parker (2014) Non-Voting Members Assistant Secretary……………Linda O’Brien Assistant Treasurer…..…….…Marge Bowes Editor…………….....…………..John W. Seigal The editor is solely responsible for the content. It is the intent to be 100% accurate. Articles labeled as Editorial represent the opinion of the editor and may not represent the opinion of the Kiwanis Club of Rancho Murieta, Inc. nor Kiwanis Club of Rancho Murieta Club Foundation, Inc. The address of the editor is P.O. Box 1131 Sloughhouse, CA 95683-1131 or email at:

A key fact to remember is that these kids represent a resource far more important than just cheap labor at our events. These young people have skills and abilities that some of us may never be able to develop, but can sure take advantage of. I am referring to technology – IPhone, Websites, YouTube videos, Facebook, etc. We all know that when you need a savvy tech person, it is the young person in your family or neighborhood that you call upon to help you. The opportunities to enlighten our community and grow our club our endless with social networks and technology and we have these resources within our K-kids, Key Clubs, Builders Club and Circle K. Our youth is full of spirit and ideas, let’s take advantage of this and work with them. Just as they need our help – we need theirs. Our excellent Program Committee has again provided us with two enlightening programs for February and I’m looking forward to our first Potluck Social for 2013. There promises to be good food, conversation and a few surprises. Remember now is the time lend a helping hand! Remember –The time is now to lend a helping hand.

Aktion Club is the only community -service club for adults living with disabilities. Aktion Club allows members to develop initiative and leadership skills in serving their communities while enabling their integration into society.


Who attends what? As a Kiwanian (new or old) think about who attends what meeting? Club meetings (1st and 3rd Thursday 7:00 am) all members are expected to attend. There is a program at each meeting. Meet at Villas Recreation Center. Committee meetings Set by committee chairs. The committees meet to conduct business and to prepare proposals to the board meetings on the third Thursday each month. Board meetings Immediately after the second club meeting in the Villas Recreation Center. One board is for the Kiwanis Club and the other is for the Kiwanis Club Foundation. Separate organizations but the same board members. Committee chairs and other club members are invited to attend board meetings and see how the club and foundation is administered. Service projects Club members are expected to participate in the service projects of our club. Interclubs These are meetings when four or more attend another Kiwanis Club meeting. Generally it is an eye opening experience. You get a chance to see how others do it. Some things you can adopt and use, and some things… well let us generally leave it unsaid. Socials Special events just to have fun and socialize. Mid-Year Conference A one-day educational and motivational conference designed for all club officers, committee chairmen and members. It is planned so Kiwanis members can drive to the conference together, participate in an InterClub, attend a few workshops and then be back home the same day. The conference promotes fellowship as well as provides an opportunity to learn more about Kiwanis. A Division Council Meeting (DCM) is a meeting in which the clubs within the Division come together and are given the opportunity to network; share experiences and best practices; and promote upcoming club events. Conventions: The Kiwanis family is too large to gather at one time. So representatives from the Kiwanis family meet at conventions to conduct organizational business, elect board members, amend bylaws and conduct leadership training etc. These conventions are generally held annually at the district and International levels.

21st Annual Red & White Ball

Karen Borman is reminding everyone to circle February 16, 2013 on their calendars. That is the date for the 21st Annual Red & White Ball to benefit our Kiwanis Family House (KFH). It will follow the same successful formula that has been developed over the decades.

Shavings for the board meetings

Looking ahead! 


 Sat. Feb. 16 Cocktails 6:00 p.m. Dinner 7:00 p.m. Red & White Ball a benefit for our Kiwanis Family House.

 Sat. Feb. 9 Cal-Nev Ha Mid

Set your GPS for the Dante Club located at 2330 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95825. It is a dinner dance.

-Year Convention (North) DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Modesto, Calif.

 Sat. Mar 2 Cal-Nev Ha MidYear Convention (South) Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport, Burbank, CA

 Sat. Mar. 30 Easter Egg Hunt

According to Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, Tenth Edition, the "requirement for a quorum is protection against totally unrepresentative action in the name of the body by an unduly small number of persons." The term quorum is from a Middle English wording of the commission formerly issued to justices of the peace, derived from Latin quorum, "of whom", genitive plural of qui = "who". The next scheduled meeting for the boards of our club and foundation is Thursday Februrary 21st at the Villas after our club meeting.

 Sun. April 21 Kids’ Fishing  Cocktails 6:00 p.m.  Dinner 7:00 p.m. Prime Rib, chicken, and vegetarian entrees.  Followed by music and dancing.  Dress is semi-formal

A quorum is the minimum number of members of a deliberative assembly [a body that uses parliamentary procedure, such as a legislature, (y)our Kiwanis Club of Rancho Murieta, Inc. or (y)our Kiwanis Club of Rancho Murieta Foundation, Inc.] necessary to conduct the business of that group.


 Sat. May 18 Casino Corral  June 27-30 Kiwanis International Convention. Vancouver, British Columbia

 Tickets are $45@ payable to Kiwanis Family House. Tickets must be purchased by February 12, 2013.  For more information contact Karen Borman (916) 7697384 or There will be a silent auction to provide you an opportunity to pick up some neat prizes and gifts, The proceeds go to our KFH.

We need a quorum to conduct business. Board members make every effort to attend.

Kiwanis Kronicle Pun of the month!

Holy cows!


Happy New Year February 10th Year of the Snake

The well-trodden story of the Chinese zodiac is cute, but a bit trite. The tale usually begins with the Jade Emperor, or Buddha, depending on the teller, who summoned all the animals of the universe for a race, or a banquet, depending on the teller. The 12 animals of the zodiac all headed to the palace. The order that they came in determined the order of the zodiac. The order is as follows:  Rat  Ox  Tiger  Rabbit  Dragon  Snake  Horse  Ram  Monkey  Chicken  Dog  Pig During the journey, however, the animals got involved in everything from high jinx to heroism. For example the rat, who won the race, only did so through guile and trickery: it jumped onto the back of the ox and won by a nose. The snake, apparently also a little sneaky, hid on the hoof of a horse in order to cross a river. When they got to the other side, it scared the horse and beat it in the contest. The dragon however, proved to be honorable and altruistic. By all accounts the dragon would have won the race as it could fly, but it had stopped to

help villagers caught in a flooding river cross safely, or it stopped to assist the rabbit in crossing the river, or it stopped to help create rain for a drought-ridden farmland, depending on the teller. Actual History of the Zodiac The actual history behind the Chinese zodiac is a much less fantastical and much harder to find. It’s known from pottery artifacts that the animals of the zodiac were popular in the Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.), but they were also seen much earlier from artifacts from the Warring States Period (475-221 B.C.), a period of disunity in ancient Chinese history, as differing factions fought for control. It’s been written that the animals of the zodiac were brought to China via the Silk Road, the same central Asian trade route that brought the Buddhist belief from India to China. But some scholars argue that the belief predates Buddhism and has origins in early Chinese astronomy that used the planet Jupiter as a constant, as its orbit around the earth took place every 12 years. Still others have argued that the use of animals in astrology began with nomadic tribes in ancient China who developed a calendar based on the animals they used to hunt and gather. The scholar Christopher Cullen wrote that beyond satisfying the spiritual needs of an agrarian society, the use of astronomy and astrology was also an imperative of the em-

The Murieta Equestrian Center has assigned May 18th as our Casino Corral for 2013. Together in partnership with the Rancho Murieta Optimist Cub, Casino Corral has become the


peror, who had the responsibility for ensuring harmony of everything under heaven. To rule well and with prestige, one needed to be accurate in astronomical matters, Cullen wrote. Perhaps that is why the Chinese calendar, including the zodiac, became so entrenched in Chinese culture. In fact, reforming the calendar system was viewed as appropriate if political change was eminent. Zodiac Fits With Confucianism The belief that everyone and every animal has a role to play in society translates well with Confucian beliefs in a hierarchical society. Just as Confucian beliefs persist in Asia today alongside more modern social views, so does the use of the zodiac. It’s been written by Paul Yip, Joseph Lee, and Y.B. Cheung that births in Hong Kong regularly increased, bucking declining trends, to coincide with the birth of a child in a dragon year. Temporary fertility rate increases were seen in the dragon years of 1988 and 2000, they wrote. This is a relatively modern phenomenon as the same increase wasn’t seen in 1976, another dragon year. The Chinese zodiac also serves the practical purpose of figuring out a person’s age without having to ask directly and risk offending someone. social event of the year for greater Sacramento. There are Monte Carlos style games, gourmet dinners, and other fun events. Kiwanis Casino Corral Chair for 2013, Susan Sozzi, wants everyone to mark their calendars for this date. The continued success of this event is dependent upon the efforts of the entire membership. This is our foundation’s major fund raiser. The Dictionary Project, Kids’ Fishing Day, K-Kids, Key Clubs, K.A.N.E. , and other projects need this financial support.

Confession time With the holidays past us I would like to share a personal experience with my friends about drinking and driving. As you may know some of us have been known to have brushes with the authorities from time to time on the way home after a "social session" out with friends. Well two days ago I was out for an evening with friends and had several cocktails followed by some rather nice red wine. Feeling jolly I still had the sense to know that I may be slightly over the limit. That's when I did something that I've never done before - I took a cab home. Sure enough on the way home there was a police road block but since it was a cab they waved it past. I arrived home safely without incident. This was a real surprise as I had never driven a cab before. I don't know where I got it and now that it's in my garage, I don't know what to do with it. Any suggestions?

IKEA (Swedish pronunciation [ɪ'keː.'a] is a privately held, international home products company that designs and sells readyto-assemble furniture such as beds, chairs, desks, appliances and home accessories. The company is the world's largest furniture retailer. Founded in Sweden in 1943 by 17 -year-old Ingvar Kamprad, who later became one of the richest people in the world, the company's name is an acronym comprising the initials of the founder's name (Ingvar Kamprad), the farm where he grew up (Elmtaryd), and his hometown (Agunnaryd, in Småland, South Sweden). The company is known for its modern architectural designs on various types of appliance and furniture, often associated with a simplified eco-friendly interior design. In addition, the firm is known for the attention it gives to cost control, operational details and contin-

uous product development, allowing it to lower its prices by an average of two to three percent over the decade to 2010, while continuing its global expansion. IKEA has over stores in over 30 countries. IKEA is the world's third-largest consumer of wood, behind The Home Depot and Lowe's. The closest store to Rancho Murieta is: 700 IKEA Court, West Sacramento, CA 95605 Phone Number: (888) 888-4532

Pictured above is Ingvar Kamprad, the Swedish business magnate founder of retail company IKEA. Some would describe him as the richest self-made millionaire.

Kiwanis Help Line

Think ink! Recycle your ink/ LASER/toner cartridges. Turn in at Rancho Murieta Business Center or given to Jack Seigal at meetings. They will be turned into our Kiwanis Family House. It makes “cents” to recycle for the environment and for our Kiwanis Family House income.

(916) 354-0538 Need help?

 Want to know where to get a wheel chair?

 Want meals delivered during lunch?

 Want to know about how to join Kiwanis?

 Want to know about Kiwanis sponsored activities?

Swedish proverb  Fear less, hope more;  Eat less, chew more;  Whine less, breathe more;

 Talk less, say more;  Hate less, love more;  Then all good things are yours.


A Ruff Report See’s Candy Sales—A Perspective by Ron Ruff At our first meeting in January 2013, we were thrilled to report a net profit to our Foundation of over $8,700, a 20 percent increase from the previous year. We thought it would be of interest to see how we stacked up against two of our sister clubs in Division 44, for which we had data. Recently, our Secretary Bev Powell circulated the newsletter from the Rocklin club reporting holiday See’s Candy Sales of $56,974. Folsom Lake Kiwanis, on the other hand, suffered a sales loss from previous years, no thanks to See’s new company store in Folsom; however, their sales still exceeded $34,000. Our sales totaled $29,150. Did we under perform? Not on your life! When you factor in the size of the respective markets and look at approximate per capita sales, we consider ourselves overachievers as per the following: Kiwanis Club Population Total Sales Approx. Sales per Capita Folsom Lake 73,000 $34,448 $ 0.50 Rocklin 56,974 $56,433 $ 1.00 Rancho Murieta 10,000* $29,150 $ 3.00 * includes combined population of Rancho Murieta and Wilton If we were to compare our net profit per capita, our numbers are even more favorable because we literally had no overhead. What we did have were you volunteers willing to sit outside, often in unfavorable weather, greeting people at Plaza Foods or Davis Ranch, thanks to the support from their owners. Equally important, we were fortunate to have Greg Nelson providing free display space and sales support at the Rancho Murieta Business Center. Results from our See’s for Soldiers program were even more astounding. The Program coordinator, SFC David Partak, reported that our club accounted for 284 pounds of candy, which was shipped to our servicemen overseas. Rocklin and Folsom Lake accounted for 132 pounds and 117 pounds, respectively. While the above results are very pleasing to us, there was the additional reward of fellowship, fun and camaraderie of many people working together toward a common objective. Your See’s coordinators - Craig Carbrey, Al Dolata, and Ron Ruff– enjoyed working with all of you and were gratified with the almost complete participation of our entire membership.

79 million pounds of avocados An estimated 79 million pounds of avocados are expected to be served at parties and other events surrounding the Super Bowl Feb. 3. That’s enough avocados to fill a football field end zone to end zone 30 feet deep, according to a news release from the Irvine, Calif.-based Hass Avocado Board. This year’s expected total would top last year’s by close to 8 million pounds. Thirteen years ago, 8 million pounds of avocados were served around the Super Bowl. The record volumes expected this year are due to continued soaring demand and an enormous Mexican crop. About 986 million pounds of Mexican avocados will be shipped to the U.S. in 201213, up from 782 million pounds in 2011-12, according to the Association of Michoacán State Avocado Producers and Packers.






Extracts from the thank you notes written by the 3rd graders at Mary Tsukomoto Elementary:  Thank you so much for the wonderful dictionary you gave to me last week. This special book includes may useful resources, and the one I’ve explored is the longest word that has 1,901 letters in it.

 The one resource that I’ve explored is Sign Language, so I can spell my name in Sign Language.

 I’ll have (this dictionary) for many years to come, and one way it’ll help me in school is if I do not know what it means.

 I’ve already explored is that there’s a multiplication table that help count by 1’s, 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, 5’s, 6’s, 7’s, 8’s, 9’s, 10’s, 11’s, and 12’s.

 I’ve already explored was that planets in our solar system. Another interesting part of my new dictionary is the continents, like Antarctica, and North America.

 This is a resource I’ll have for many years to come, and one way it’ll help me in school is that I will look up words that I don’t know when I am doing my homework.

 The special book includes so many useful resources, and the one I already explored is the longest word ever.

 This is a special book, includes so many resources and the one I’ve explored is information about planets a long time ago. Another interesting part of my new dictionary is that it teaches me what work is.

 Another interesting part of my new dictionary is the multiplication table and the short ways to say things.

 Another interesting part of my new dictionary is the map of the United States. I know that it is a resource I’ll have for many years to come, and one way It’ll help me in school is the part where is shows ou abut the planets.

 Another interesting part of my new dictionary is that the Earth is the third planet, which I didn’t know until now.

 This special book includes some useful resources, and I already explored the math chart. Another thing is the presidents.

 I’ll have for many years to come, and one way it’ll help me in school is when Ms. Lewis gives me a hard multiplication problem. Once again, thank you for your generosity and such a terrific gift.


Pamela Haines also has information.


March in March by Rita Beall March in March is Almost Here! The Fourth Annual March in March for the Kiwanis Family House is fast approaching. It is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Kiwanis Family House, Sacramento. Pamela Haines is the president. The date for this fun fundraising event for the Kiwanis Family House is Saturday, March 2nd—so be sure to mark your calendar now! The minimum pledge to enter this event is $15, which will include a hearty breakfast (breakfast is just $5 for non pledging observers). The schedule of events for the day is as follows:  Breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 AM  Form a “human circle” around the House from 9:30 to 10:00 AM  March around the House from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Although the primary purpose of the March in March is to raise funds for the Kiwanis Family, Kiwanis Families and Individuals have an opportunity to win Bricks and T-Shirts for walking the most laps or pledging the most money. March in March is a “Rain or Shine” affair, and rain it did! In 2012. Dress appropriately (although garbage bags were the norm among the younger set).

Shown above on the left is Muriel Bronstein, of Folsom Lake Kiwanis who made her goal of 30 laps and received the prize for the Most Laps Walked (Individual) by Pamela Haines, on the right). We hope to see all of our Kiwanis Clubs, Key Clubs, Aktion Clubs, and Circle K Clubs represented at this year’s event! For more information, please check us out online at: http:// /march-in-march-for-the-house-2013/

Blowing smoke

Smoke! in a Can® is a available at Rancho Murieta Ace Hardware.

Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and related injuries. That’s why making sure you have a working smoke detector is crucial. One way to do that is with Smoke! in a Can®. This product is a smoke detector test spray which simulates smoke entry into the sensing chamber and tests the alarm response. Smoke! in a Can® will not contaminate your smoke detector, unlike other methods that do affect your detector sensitivity, therefore increasing the risk of false alarms. It is UL listed for all brands and models of photoelectric or ionization type smoke detectors and is a safe, non toxic formula which contains no CFCs. After testing your alarm with Smoke in a Can®, you can walk away knowing that the spray will evaporate completely leaving no after fume throughout your house or business. The can contains 2.5 ounces of spray and can perform up to 75 tests. NFPA 72, (National Fire Alarm Code) States that "Smoke Detectors shall be tested in place to ensure smoke entry into the sensing chamber and an alarm response.'' Smoke in a Can® lets you meet this requirement without contaminating the detector, affecting its sensitivity, and increasing the risk of false alarms. Patented formula evaporates completely. It is UL listed for all brands and models of photoelectric or ionization type smoke detectors. It’s safe, non toxic formula contains no CFCs. After verifying smoke entry into the detector, you can walk away assured the Smoke in a can will evaporate completely.


Kiwanis Conventions

Early emblem.

Early in the Kiwanis organization’s history, convention sites were rotated among the established Kiwanis regions. But by the 1950’s, it became evident that only a limited number of cities could host a Kiwanis International Convention. Now made four to five years in advance, the selection of a convention city focuses more on available facilities and the interest and extent of support to be found in local Kiwanis clubs, the city and local convention officials. Historic Highlights:  1916 The first convention was held in Cleveland, Ohio May 18-10, unified the found clubs into “The National Kiwanis Club”. A constitution was approved. George F. Hixson was electd to the first of his two terms as President of the National Kiwanis Club. Later that year, headlines would proclaim “Kiwanis Becomes International,” when the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada was organized in November 1st.

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) 18351910.

Get smoke alarms… Here is why!

the bucket outside, away from your house.

A media release from Metro Fire reports that in a day in December a resident “woke up to the sound of crackling, went into the kitchen and saw the glow coming from the garage.” She quickly woke up the other resident, raced out of the house and called 911. Metro Fire units, arriving just five minutes later, found heavy fire in the garage, attic, and kitchen. Flames from the front of the garage had caused two vehicles in the driveway to catch fire, while flames through the roof and eaves were threatening a neighbor’s home. Crews immediately entered the house and started attacking the fire from the inside. As additional crews arrived, they searched for pets, ventilated the structure, extinguished the cars, and provided protection to the house next door. Twenty six firefighters, working quickly and harmoniously, contained the fire to the areas involved upon their arrival. The rest of the house suffered only smoke damage. The house next door was saved from fire damage. No firefighters or civilians were injured in the fire. One of the residents’ two cats was unharmed, while the other perished in the fire. As heartbreaking as it is to lose a pet, with no working smoke alarms in the house, this situation could have been even worse. Smoke alarms save lives!

Shown above is Pat Reeves, one of the friendly folks that work at Rancho Murieta Ace Hardware. To the left, Pat is holding one of the several Smoke and Fire Alarms that are sold there. To the right (for people who have two story houses), Pat is holding an escape ladder. We are lucky to have Metro Fire Station 59 close by. However, in the event of a fire, properly installed and maintained smoke alarms will provide an early warning alarm to your house hold. This alarm could save your own life and those of your loved ones by providing the chances to escape. How Many Alarms are Needed? The primary job of our smoke alarm is to protect you from fires while you are asleep. Thus, your alarms should be located between any sleeping persons and the rest of the house outside bedrooms or sleeping areas. In multi-story homes, fires on a floor level without a smoke alarm can grow to dangerous conditions before sufficient smoke can rise in a Almost 2/3 of home fire stairway to set off an alarm on the deaths are in homes with no upper floor. Based on this observation, most working smoke alarms. Investigators on scene determined codes require that additional smoke alarms be located on each floor levthe cause of the fire to be rags el of the home. soaked in linseed oil. A closed door provides protection Metro Fire reminds residents to be from smoke on the other side, but extremely careful when using any will also prevent smoke from reachtype of wood stain. Keep used rags in a metal bucket with lid, and store ing a smoke alarm.


This is particularly a problem in bedrooms. If you sleep with your bedroom door closed, you should add a smoke alarm in the bedroom; particularly if you smoke in the bedroom or there is a TV, air conditioner, or other major appliances in the bedroom that might start a fire. If you sleep with the bedroom door open, the alarm in the hall outside will detect a fire in the bedroom or elsewhere. There are a few places where a smoke alarm should not be placed. These include kitchens and garages (cooking fumes and car exhaust are likely to set them off) and unheated attics and crawl spaces (where it can get too cold or hot for the electronics to work properly). Fires beginning in these areas are generally detected by the other smoke alarms in enough time to escape safely. If an alarm is desired in these spaces, heat detectors are available. But remember that the smoke alarms are the primary safety devices in any home protection scheme. A smoke alarm is only as good as it is maintained. Most operate on a battery (usually 9 volt), which should be replaced at least once a year. When the battery needs changing, the smoke alarm will begin to "chirp" every 20 seconds or so, this will persist for a month. This is most likely to start in the middle of the night (when the temperature in the house drops) causing you to get up and remove the battery so you can sleep. To prevent this nuisance you should pick a special day and give your alarms new batteries once a year. Some fire safety organizations promote "change your clocks, change your batteries" when the change is made back from daylight savings time each fall. Always make sure that you use the right battery ' the required battery type is marked on the alarm near where the battery goes. Another good idea is to mark the battery with the date installed.


Author! Author! A visit with Bobbie Fite Kiwanis Kronicle: Bobbie Fite tells about you as an author, and about your books, including your newest one: Bobbie Fite: I have written three books. I can't remember a time when I didn't have characters in my head creating stories. I started writing them down some thirty years ago after taking a creative writing class. The first one, Nightmares, was my university of writing. Every time I read a book on writing or attended a conference, I would apply what I'd learned by rewriting the novel. It was electronically published in 2002, and was a finalist in the mystery category of a national writing contest. The second book, Sunshine and the Bounty Hunter, allowed me to use my degree in the history of the American West to create the setting for a story of self -discovery and forgiveness. It was both fun and challenging to research the history of Laramie, Wyoming at the time when the railroad had opened the territory to settlement, and to mix real people with the fictional hero and heroine. The book I just published is Storm Damage. I wrote it in 2004-5, then tried for several years to find a publisher. It is a blend of suspense, inspi-

ration and romance, which means it can't be easily shelved in a bookstore so no agent was willing to represent it. When Amazon made selfpublishing popular and reasonable, I decided to publish all three book myself. I worked with my critique partners to polish the manuscripts, then released each for Amazon Kindle and in paperback. Storm Damage was released third because it takes place at Christmas. Storm Damage -- Out now! Survival is more than just getting out alive. It’s two days before Christmas. The mall is packed. Outside a storm rages and a section of roof caves in. Emergency crews rush to the scene. In the ruin of the ice cream shop, covered in the fall of debris, are a young widow, a frustrated cop, a displaced great-grandmother, an abandoned child, and a killer with a great deal to lose. Getting out from under a collapsed building may be the goal, but the journey involves facing down grief, pain, threats and fear. There are lessons to learn, and survival is not guaranteed, but hope is hard to crush. The young widow, Amy Jefferson, huddles in the darkness in a small space beside the counter. She has a painful bump on her head, and as long as she can imagine her late husband’s comforting presence beside her, she is content to wait for rescue. When a second fall of debris silences the people around her, she realizes she must face her fears and dig herself out in order to help the old woman who encouraged her, the intrepid little boy who couldn’t sit still, and the detective who provided her with her only smile on this horrific day.


Coming face to face with a killer wasn’t part of her plan. To read more about the books and why I wrote each, or for links to order the books, people can visit my website:

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Deposit items at collection boxes at Plaza Foods and RMA

Herb Caen: “The great thing about playing the lottery is that your chances of wining are about the same whether you buy a ticket or not.”

Mighty oaks from acorns grow…. Back in 1374, Geoffrey Chaucer wrote in Troilus and Criseyde, "as an ook cometh of a litel spyr" [a spyr, or spire, is a sapling]. Through the centuries, this phrase came to mean: “Mighty oaks from acorns grow!” What has this got to do with Kiwanis? Let’s review six of our club’s biggest projects: 1. K.A.N.E. (Meal Delivery Program)

Last year (2012) 647 meal have been delivered during the mid-day lunch time. Pamela Haines and Jackie Strain are acorn planters. Casino Corral It was Pamela Haines who thought the idea of a Monte Carlos Night transplanted to the Murieta Equestrian Center would make a great social event and raise some bucks for Kiwanis Project. She has only missed to Casino Corrals, the first one, because a dear friend was married on the same day in southern California and another when she dislocated her hip and ended up in the emergency room. Pamela is an acorn planter.

2. Casino Corral

Dictionary Project

3. Dictionary Project

Joe Mazzoni, Sr. brought to the board’s attention the idea of a Dictionary Project .

4. See’s Candy Project 5. Blues & Brews Project 6. Toys for Tots K.A.N.E. (Meal Delivery Program) While waiting for the coffee to brew one day, Pamela Haines mentioned, the subject of Meals on Wheels came up. She explored that, found out Meals on Wheels would only come half way to our community. A volunteer would have to drive to pick up the meals, return, and deliver the meals. She talked with Michelle Hubbell at Plaza Foods. She has/had a grandmother she loved and supported and understood the community need for delivered midday meals. Pioneers Pamela Haines and Jackie Strain made this happen and both say this has been happening for a about a dozen years.

The concept was to provide dictionaries to all third grades. It was based on a well know program which provided low cost dictionaries with a proven game plan. It first started out with about 70 dictionaries given to the third graders at Cosumnes River Elementary School (CRES) and in 2012 was expanded to a total of four schools, with 338 dictionaries distributed. Joe Mazzoni Sr. is an acorn planter. See’s Candy Project

Secretary Beverly Powell became intrigued with many Kiwanis


Clubs were raising big bucks by selling See’s Candy especially during the Christmas Holiday. The report was through and convincing, enabling our foundation to also raise big bucks. Bev Powell is an acorn planter. Blues & Brews Project

Plaza Food’s Michelle Hubbell and her brother Darin Sexton conceived the idea of a beer tasting event combined with music to be stage by Lake Clementia to benefit our Kiwanis Club Foundation. It was a very successful event. In 2012 the entire event was turned over to our Kiwanis Club to manage.

Kiwanian Greg Nelson took the reigns in 2012 and continued to make this event a successful social outing and a money raiser. Michelle Hubbell and Darin Sexton are acorn planters. Toys for Tots

In 2007, John Holm, brought up the subject of the USMC’s project, Toys for Tots. The then President Clint Souza charge John to go forward. Since then thousands of toys have been collected. In fact in 2012 Santa Claus was flown in by a helicopter to obtain the toys. John Holm is an acorn planter

Citrus Heights has a board mtg. on the 1st Wed in lieu of a club mtg.

Directory above compliments of Megaphone (Div. 44 newsletter)


Today, I am giving you a DAILY SURVIVAL KIT to help you each day............  Toothpick ... to remind you to pick the good qualities in everyone, including yourself.  Rubber band ... to remind you to be flexible. Things might not always go the way you want, but it can be worked out.  Band-Aid ... to remind you to heal hurt feelings, either yours or someone else's.  Eraser ... to remind you everyone makes mistakes. That's okay, we learn by our errors.  Candy Kiss ... to remind you everyone needs a hug or a compliment everyday.  Mint ... to remind you that you are worth a mint to your family & Me.  Bubble Gum ... to remind you to stick with it and you can accomplish anything.  Pencil ... to remind you to list your blessings every day.  Tea Bag ... to remind you to take time to relax daily and go over that list of blessings. This is what makes life worth living every minute, every day Wishing you love, gratitude, friends to cherish, caring, sharing, laughter, music, and warm feelings in your heart in the year 2013.

What is an inter-club?

With The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. This deadly disease steals the lives of nearly 60,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year. The effects of the disease are excruciating — tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch.

To eliminate MNT from the Earth, more than 100 million mothers and their future babies must be immunized. When you see the baby bottles being passed around at our club meetings, put your lose change (or paper bills) in them for Eliminate. This requires vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation, thousands of skilled staff and more. It will take US$110 million — and the dedicated work of UNICEF and every member of the Kiwanis family.

An inter-club meeting is a meeting staged by two or more Kiwanis clubs (including clubs in formation), or by a Kiwanis club and any K-Kids, Builders Club, Aktion Club, Circle K Club, or Key Club. Clubs with 20 or fewer members need a minimum of two members in attendance to constitute an interclub meeting. Clubs with 21-30 members need three members, and clubs with 31 or more members need at least four members in attendance. Visiting groups shall be composed of a minimum of two Kiwanians’ plus members of KKids, Builders Club, Aktion Club, Circle K Club, and/or Key Club must be in attendance (a lieutenant governor can only be included if he/she is a member of the participating club). Inter-clubbing is a means of supporting Kiwanis’ fifth Object, which is “To provide, through this club, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service, and to build a better community.” This wider scope of Kiwanis can be achieved by arranging visits between clubs in the same town, division, and district, as well as inter-district gettogethers. Kiwanis protocol is to have the visiting club call the host club to advise it how many people are coming and when.

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Directory above compliments of Megaphone (Div. 44 newsletter)


Interclub Calendar

Report from Interclub Chair Rosie Blawat: Please add to calendar and plan on attending!  Feb. 11 Mon 5:30 p.m. Division Council Meeting Oak Ave. Free Methodist Church 8790 Oak Avenue, Orangevale  Feb. 13 Wed. 12:10 p.m. Sacramento Suburban  Feb. 27 Wed. 7:00 a.m. Citrus Heights  Mar. 13 Wed. 7:00 a.m. Carmichael  Apr. 23 Tues. Noon Folsom Lake  May 8 Wed. 6:30 p.m. Auburn  May 23 Thurs. Noon Roseville  June 12 Wed. 7:00 a.m. Granite Bay  June 27 Thurs. 11:45 a.m. Rocklin  July 11 Thurs. Noon Gold Country  July 24 Wed. Noon Placerville  Sept. 5 Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Greater Colfax  Aug. 13 Tues. 7:00 a.m. Lincoln

Kiwanis Cuisine By Sondra Schulz

Drain and spread out on a rimmed baking sheet to cool and dry a bit, about 5 minutes. Whisk oil, lemon juice and zest, pepper, and parsley together in a medium bowl. Stir in feta, olives, and cooked farro. Note: Use the best green olives you can find. They really stand out in this dish. Southeast Asian Grapefruit and Shrimp Salad

Happy New Year!!! Here are two healthy salads to start 2013 Farro, Green Olive, and Feta Salad

Pour 1/4 cup grapefruit juice into bowl with shrimp. Add sambal to taste, gently mixing to combine (save remaining grapefruit juice for another use). Spoon shrimp and dressing onto fruit. Add watercress and gently toss. Note: To make grapefruit segments, use a serrated knife to cut peel and outer membrane from grapefruit. Cut between inner membranes and fruit to release segments, then squeeze juice from inner membranes. *Find sambal badjak, a sweetspicy Indonesian condiment, in the international foods aisle.

Serves 4

 1/4 cup lime juice  2 tablespoons Thai or Vietnamese fish sauce

 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro  2 tablespoons chopped fresh Serves 6  1 cup farro wheat

 2 tablespoons extra-virgin  

olive oil 3 tablespoons Meyer lemon juice 2 tablespoons finely chopped Meyer lemon zest (from about 4 lemons) 1/2 teaspoon pepper

  1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves  1/2 cup crumbled sheep's-milk 

or other creamy feta cheese 2/3 cup mild green olives such as Lucques, cut away from pit in 3 pieces

Preparation Bring 4 cups salted water to a boil and stir in farro. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook farro until just tender, about 20 minutes.

mint leaves

 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger  1 pound large (26 to 30 per lb.) peeled, deveined cooked shrimp  2 1/2 cups pink or ruby grapefruit segments (from 2 1/2 lbs. fruit), plus their juice.  About 1 tsp. sambal badjak* or 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper  2 cups lightly packed watercress sprigs Preparation Combine lime juice, fish sauce, cilantro, mint, and ginger in a large bowl. Split shrimp in half lengthwise, then add to bowl and gently toss with dressing to coat. Spoon grapefruit segments into a wide, shallow serving bowl, using a slotted spoon.


Find Thai Fish Sauce (shown above) at Plaza Foods.

Ag Report

Farmer's Words of Wisdom: “Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in.”

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.

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Kiwanis Meeting Program: J.E. Paino Ruhstaller






12:10 p.m. SacSuburban Interclub





White Ball

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a.m. Kiwanis Meeting Program: Dan Germain KFH




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a.m. Citrus Heights Interclub

February is the second month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It is the shortest month and the only month with fewer than 30 days. The month has 28 days in common years and 29 days in leap years. In the Southern Hemisphere, February is the seasonal equivalent of August in the Northern Hemisphere. February starts on the same day of

the week as March and November in common years, and on the same day of the week as August in leap years. February ends on the same day of the week as October every year and January in common years only. In leap years, it is the only month that ends on the same weekday it begins. A leap year (or intercalary or bissextile year) is a year containing one extra day (or, in the case of lunisolar calendars, a month) in order to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical or seasonal year. Because seasons and astronomical events do not repeat in a whole number of days, a calendar that had the same number of days in each year


*Club and Foundation board meetings held after club meeting on the 21st. would, over time, drift with respect to the event it was supposed to track. By occasionally inserting (or intercalating) an additional day or month into the year, the drift can be corrected. A year that is not a leap year is called a common year. For example, in the Gregorian calendar (a common solar calendar), February in a leap year has 29 days instead of the usual 28, so the year lasts 366 days instead of the usual 365. Similarly, in the Hebrew calendar (a lunisolar calendar), a 13th lunar month is added seven times every 19 years to the twelve lunar months in its common years to keep its calendar year from drifting through the seasons too rapidly.

Kiwanis Kronicle  

The monthly publication of the Kiwanis of Rancho Murieta.