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The Warmth of Winter by: Janet Davison

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When the weather started to cool down in the fall, Mother Nature warmed us up visually with bright orange pumpkins and an abundance of falling leaves in brilliant colors. In December, as the weather took on a chill and the days got shorter, we brightened up our homes with the deep hues of the most vivid of contrasting colors – Christmas Red and Green. Now, winter has set in. The holiday trimmings have been taken down. We have stored away all the lights, tinsel and ornaments and are deep into a long cold season of gray skies, short days and wet weather. The absence of the vibrant color coupled with the weather this the time of the year can make our homes feel especially cold and sometimes weigh on our emotions. Here are some ideas on how to add warmth to your home this winter and create a comfy-cozy atmosphere indoors. 1. Create a welcoming front door. Wreaths are not just for Christmas time! Adding a door decoration to your home brightens up the entire area and gives a warm and friendly welcome to your family and friends. Dried flowers, twigs and evergreens with pinecones all make great winter wreaths. 2. Cozy up with warm colors. As a decorator, my first thought turns to color – our least expensive, most effective decorating tool. When you want your home to embrace and cheer, decorate it in variations of the warm colors – red, orange, yellow – mixed with shades of earth tones. Like the sun itself, these fiery hues visually heat up any space and take the chill off of emotions at the same time. 3. Arrange the furniture for togetherness. Create “conversation areas” by nestling two comfortable chairs together near an accent table. Try pulling the furniture away from the walls and anchoring the legs of the sofa and loveseat onto the edge of the rug. You can make the fireplace the focal point of the room by positioning the furniture to face it. By placing reading lamps on the end tables you will create a circle of warmth and light where you can enjoy many a good book. 4. Add snuggly textures. Rugs and carpet runners help to counteract the coldness of hardwood and tile floors. You may want to add fleece throws to your décor. When not in use, rather than folding them across the back or arm of the furniture, you can create a more inviting look if you toss them casually over the corner of the sofa or chair. A basket of blankets is always welcome in the winter – as are over-sized corduroy pillows used to enjoy the evening fire. Animal print fabrics make wonderful accents.

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5. There is warmth in the details. Accessorize with books – on shelves, on tables, in short stacks under decorative items. Use an abundance of candles and enjoy the fragrance, light and the ambiance they create. Decorate with fire logs on the hearth and baskets brimming with knitting projects, pinecones or magazines. 6. Comfort foods. When we are talking family and friends – all things lead back to food! Stick-to-your-ribs oatmeal brings back memories of the winters of my childhood. Warm hardy meals – crock-pot cooking of stews and soups – hot cocoa – home made cookies! Cooking and baking can warm up more than the kitchen. 7. There is no place like home. Because of the shorter days and early nightfall, families tend to spend more evenings at home in the wintertime. How about leaving a table set up specifically for playing cards, puzzles and board games. You can buy puzzles that come with some larger pieces and some smaller ones, so that families of all ages can enjoy putting them together – together! 8. Pamper Yourself. Keeping warm is a necessity! Hot bubble baths, pampering lotions, flannel sheets, fuzzy robes, soft slippers – make keeping warm luxurious fun. 9. Happiness is a warm puppy. While puppies aren’t for everyone, this year my daughter brought home a puppy from the SPCA. “Willa” has such an enthusiasm for life and such unconditional love – that I now get it. Happiness is a warm puppy. 10. Be good to each other. We have no control over the bleak, cold weather outdoors – but we can create our own safe haven with a warm and welcoming atmosphere and attitude indoors. The warmth of the home and the happiness of the family are more about relationships than color or decorating or projects. When I was growing up there were eight kids in our family. Because we went to three different Vacaville schools, my mom couldn’t pick all of us up from school, so she didn’t pick any of us up. Rain or shine, we all walked home. On wet cold days, we arrived home to a huge pot of hot lemonade on the stove. It is a winter memory that I cherish. In my family now, my husband makes pumpkin pies from scratch every winter. He shares them with our extended family and friends. He just finished 24 of them! It is the spirit that warms the heart and the heart that warms the home. Enjoy winter! Keep warm! Janet Davison is the co-owner of Cozy Chic Design and Home Staging, a decorating company that specializes in real estate staging, home décor, redesign education and Live Room Makeover Parties. You can find more at or by phone at 707-447-0977.

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Study in Africa by: Gretchen Ash

“Applicants Sought”. I read the three inch by three inch article in The Reporter newspaper one Sunday morning as I drank my morning coffee. The information was vague, but intriguing. The Rotary Club of Vacaville (District 5160) was accepting applications for a chance to go to East Africa for a five-week group exchange experience. I’m adventurous. I fit the profile. I like to travel. I thought, “Why not take a chance?” I filled out my application, wrote my essay and sat through a panel interview. It was a long shot, however five short months later I was on a plane with four virtual strangers in route to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Group Study Exchange (GSE) program of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for young business and professional men and women between the ages of 25 and 40 in the initial years of their professional life. The program provides travel grants for teams of participants to exchange visits between paired areas in different countries. For four to six weeks, team members study the host country’s institutions and ways of life, observe their own vocations as practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships and exchange ideas. Team members can come from corporations, small businesses, community organizations, medical and educational facilities, government offices and non-profit agencies. Rotary District 5160 participates in GSE every year. In 2009, the exchange was with District 9200, which is comprised of Eritrea, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. Since the district covers so many countries in Africa, we traveled to Ethiopia for three and half weeks and then spent a week in Nairobi, Kenya for the District Conference. My teammates were Kathy Gailey of Danville, Martin Pehl of Vacaville, Melissa Mendonca of Red Bluff and Alex Cousins of Weaverville. It has been seven months since we returned from our amazing adventure, but I replay moments of the trip in my mind on a daily basis. It is like a wonderful memory slide show that I can’t turn off. One comment that vividly stands out in my mind from my interview was when I was told, “This is not a vacation”. Boy, they were not kidding! While in Ethiopia, we visited two orphanages, a school, a blind institute, the AIDS Resource Center, numerous non-profit organizations and a home for mentally and physically disabled. We toured the Fistula Hospital and its sister organization, the Desta Meder. We volunteered one afternoon and served meals at a soup kitchen. We were graciously invited to a BBQ at the District Governor-Elect’s own home and taken out to countless dinners courtesy of the host district. We even had the honor of having

tea with the President of Ethiopia, Girma Woldegiorgis. We visited several museums, including the Ethnological Museum and the National Museum. By far the most famous exhibit of the National Museum is the 3.5 million year-old skeleton of “Lucy,” the oldest hominid that has ever been found. Ironically, Lucy was on tour in Seattle while we visited, but we got to see her replica. During our trip, we stayed with host families. Rotary members from various clubs volunteered to house us individually and share in their everyday lives. We ate, slept, and visited with them and really got to experience how they live. Some days we had power and others we did not. The same goes for hot water. For the most part, though, we were extremely comfortable and treated like royalty. One night, while visiting with my first host, Shawel, he suddenly exclaimed that he had to turn on his favorite television show. Imagine my shock when I heard the voice of Ryan Seacrest introducing the next contestant to perform on American Idol. Instantly, I felt at home. Since I returned home, everyone wants to know about the food. For the record, it is really good. Ethiopian cuisine characteristically consists of spicy vegetable and meat dishes, usually in the form of wat, a thick stew, served atop injera, a large sourdough flatbread, which is made out of fermented teff flour. Ethiopians eat with their right hands, using pieces of injera to pick up bites of entrées and side dishes. No utensils are used. I made the mistake of telling one of my host mothers, Sabelah, that I wanted to try my dinner “spicy”. She loaded me up with berbere, a traditional blend of spices, and I was breathing fire. It is very tasty in small doses. One of the team’s favorite dishes was tibs. Tibs are bits of meat (usually goat) sautéed in clarified butter, jalapenos, onions and rosemary. We

also had some of the best Italian and Mediterranean food while in Addis. A beautiful tradition in Ethiopia is their coffee ceremony. It is an integral part of their social and cultural life. An invitation to attend a coffee ceremony is considered a mark of friendship or respect. We attended numerous ceremonies and witnessed the full life cycle of coffee preparation. By the way, their coffee is wonderful! We were transported around from place to place in a mini van and had the same driver, Dereje, the entire time. He did not speak English, but we had all learned to communicate by the end of the trip. Driving around Addis is like nothing I have ever experienced. Most roads are not paved and there are very few sidewalks. Vehicles, people and herds of livestalk all fight for space. Except for the main streets and buildings, there are no street names or addresses. Somehow, Does your home speak well of you? they make it work. There is much conIf your home isn’t saying what you want it to... struction going on and We can help! many improvements are being made to the Cozy Chic city. The downtown Design & Home Staging area is marked with “Transforming your space with style” tall office buildings, bustling cafés and • Remodels lively storefronts. • One Day Redesigns During the majority • “Live Room Makeover” Parties of our time in Addis, • Decorating Classes we were accompanied • Home Staging by Rotaracts who acted as our “guides”. • Holiday Decorating Rotaract is a Rotary• Personal Shopping sponsored service club for young men

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and women ages 18 to 30. Rotaract clubs are either community or university based and they’re sponsored by a local Rotary club. This makes them true “partners in service” and key members of the family of Rotary. I think the team learned more about life in Ethiopia from these wonderful individuals than anywhere else. They were open books and did not hesitate to answer any questions we threw at them. One of our main priorities on the trip was to give our group presentation to seven of the Rotary Clubs in Ethiopia. Before we left California, we had prepared a 30 minute power point presentation to show at all of the meetings which showcased our country, state, home and professions. Since our group leader, Kathy, was a Rotarian, there was also an exchange of ideas for future Rotary projects. Although the primary language in Addis is Amharic, all of the clubs understood and spoke English. I found it interesting that many of the Rotary members were not native Ethiopians. At one lunch meeting I sat next to an ambassador from the Netherlands. At another, I chatted with a woman from Washington state who ran a non-profit in the country. They were all there to make a change and a difference not only in Ethiopia, but in the world. The team was given a wonderful mission to complete while in Ethiopia. The District Governor of 5160, Jim Campbell, sent us off with 360 handmade, crocheted bears to give out to the orphanages we visited. We were able to surprise every child at three different facilities with their very own bear. The children were full of love and joy and clung to us the minute we arrived. The visits were heartwarming and full of emotion. A big component of GSE program is vocational study. Since I work in law enforcement, I was hoping to learn about their programs and procedures. Unfortunately, I was not granted access to the Federal Police Headquarters or the Defense Forces. I was told there is a general distrust of the police. While visiting WiseUp, a non-profit promoting 100% condom use among sex workers and their clients; their director, Henock, explained that the Federal Police are some of the main


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clients of sex workers. The AIDS Resource Center also actively targets the men for education. Statistically, they are more likely to go to sex workers because they are young, far from home and make more money than the general population. Our team was given a very special gift while in Ethiopia. Our GSE organizer, Sammy Tesfaye, made arrangements for us to spend an entire week on the road exploring far eastern and southern regions of the country. Sammy had been a GSE team member several years ago in an exchange with New York. He knew first hand how exhausting the trip can become and he wanted us to have a week of relaxation and fun. We explored Awash National Park and got stuck in a thunderstorm at the falls. We drove through stunning, lush mountains dotted with coffee fields. Between endless little villages, we saw baboons, giraffes and herds of camel. We spent two days in the Holy City of Ethiopia’s Muslim community, Harar. Harar is believed to be the fourth holiest city after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. We met the famous hyena man of Harar and fed wild hyenas on the outskirts of town. Just outside of Awassa, we stayed at the beautiful Aregash Lodge. We hiked and observed a village woman prepare and cook a traditional food staple, false banana. Two of my teammates even swam in a community pool, whose warm waters were fed by a hot spring that we hiked to and stuck our toes in. Hana Debere was a Rotaract who volunteered to be our guide, translator and “money manager” on the road trip. She became our official sixth team member and we grew to truly love her during that week. All of us had

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long conversations with her and learned so much about her life as a young Ethiopian. One day, we talked about marriage. She couldn’t understand why I was married, yet did not want children. Hana told me that arranged marriage is still common, but she was lucky because her parents were going to allow her to choose her own partner. Family ties are strong and most young people live at home until they are married. Hana said she would love to travel or go to school out of the country one day, but she could never imagine living anywhere else. After we said our sad goodbyes to Ethiopia and all of our new friends, we headed to Nairobi, Kenya for the Rotary District Conference. We were placed with new host families, but did not get the chance to visit as much with them due to our schedule. They were equally as gracious and welcoming to us. The conference was held at the UN Conference Center. There were close to 1,000 attendees. We attended several speaker sessions and had the opportunity to learn about Rotary projects around the world. The team gave a short presentation about our GSE experience at a general session. We met up with another GSE team who was there from England. They had traveled to Uganda and Tanzania. Ironically, their entire team was made up of law enforcement professionals. The District Conference ended with a grand dinner and passing of the torch to the new District Governor. As our trip drew to a close, we had three days at the end to make our own plans. Kathy, Martin, Alex and I had decided to go on safari to the Masai Mara National Reserve. On the five hour drive to the reserve, we overlooked the Rift Valley and saw Masai villages and their proud people. We stayed at the Keekorak Lodge and had four wonderful outings in a pop top mini bus. The animals we observed in the wild were amazing, but something about the desolation of the land was so beautiful. Words can’t express how very grateful I am to Rotary and all of the individuals who made our trip possible. Big thanks go out to my teammates, too. We started out as strangers and ended up much more than friends. I hope they are always in my life in some way. There are so many more stories to share about our adventure, but they will have to wait. We learned so much and were all touched deeply by the experience. Goodbye for now, Africa!

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Vacaville Museum Guild Bunko Bash #18 The Vacaville Museum Guild’s Bunko Bash #18 will be held on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, at McBride Senior Center, 91 Town Square Center, in downtown Vacaville. Come join us at 6 pm for delicious appetizers, wine, and good fellowship. Bunko begins at 7 pm. As always, there will be many great prizes to be won, all donated by the Museum Guild members, and all proceeds go to the Vacaville Museum.

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Date Set for 2010 Solano Wine & Food Jubilee The 23rd Annual Solano Wine & Food Jubilee returns to the Nut Tree in Vacaville on April 23, 2010, in what promises to be an even bigger and better event. The area’s premiere food and wine tasting event will feature sweet and savory samplings from more than 120 wineries, breweries, restaurants and merchants again this year, as well as dancing to Latin salsa sensation Sapo Guapo; an array of items in a silent auction; and chances to win $20,000 in cash prizes. The Solano Wine & Food Jubilee is a benefit for the NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement programs. This year the gala gets under way under an even bigger event tent on the grounds of Nut Tree Complex, beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets, for those ages 21 and over, are $75 each, and can be purchased by calling (707) 646-3133, or by going online at

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It could be easily argued that no small community embraces athleticism more than Vacaville. If there would need to be any proof of that, simply look at our fit and healthy residents. Many of them bike, swim, bowl and hit the courts for a few baskets in their 50’s and well beyond. That is one of the reasons why the Vacaville Conference and Visitors Bureau (VCVB) is sponsoring its first-ever Senior Games from January 16 through January 26. “The idea of possessing vitality and health all through our lives is something more and more people are embracing, and these games will go a long way to showing that you can enjoy fitness at any age,” said Melyssa Laughlin, Executive Director of VCVB. “We know our community will support the Vacaville Senior Games, and we hope to continue to sponsor this effort on an annual basis.” The Opening Ceremony will be held at the Stars Recreation Center on January 16 at 6 pm. During the entire run of the Vacaville Senior Games, the activities will include men’s basketball, ice hockey, women’s basketball, racquet ball, pickle ball, swimming and bowling. A full schedule of event dates and times can be found at “Our participants (from age 50 and older) have so many people in their lives who will want to share in the celebration of all the discipline and effort it takes to be a Senior Games participant,” said Laughlin. “Of course, we hope all family and friends will come to Vacaville to celebrate with us. Our hotels and restaurants are ready to make their stay comfortable, enjoyable and, most of all, very memorable.” Participants are encouraged to register for the event and volunteers are needed to assist in the Vacaville

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