Villa Park Rotary minutes of January 19, 2012

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The January 19, 2012 Newsletter has been published to the Villa Park Rotary website. A copy has been included below.

You may also read it on-line by visiting


Rotary Club of Villa Park Newsletter

Great New Facilities and Food at Covenant Presbyterian Church

Annual Update on Tax Laws with Tom Gentile


Opening Ceremonies:

Invocation: Marianne Koepnick

Pledge of Allegiance: Steve Kawa

Rotary Four Way Test: President-Elect Jane McDonald

Song: Teri Brooks "America the Beautiful"



Don Averill- Villa Park High Baseball Fundraiser

Rick Barnett-Prospective New Member

Tom Gentile- Today's Speaker

Glenn Weingarth

JIm Furcolow

Dennis Kuli


Clarinel Stamos- celebrated her birthday last Thursday at our Holiday Party

Danny Friedl celebrated his birthday at Zena's Lebanese Restaurant

Ed Howard- Principal Ed celebrated a wedding anniversary.



Steve Stern- Valentine Lovers Gourmet Dinner

at the home of Steve & Lainey Stern- Tuesday February 14th at 6:30 Pm

This year's dinner is limited to 15 couples and will be a donation to Villa Park Rotary.

The menu is incredible featuring Rack of Lamb and Lobster& Shrimp Newberg

and each course will have a corresponding wine selection.

Cost: $150/couple RSVP to Steve Stern

also..... Rotary Wine Fellowship Wine Tasting at the Wine Club on McFadden Ave.

February 9th from 7-9PM - Bring an appetizer or dessert $20/couple

Wines will be made available for sale at discounted prices

Jill Kuli- Lauded Jeannie Hankins for her generosity. Jeannie is moving to her newly remodeled

condo at the beach and is donating the contents of her home to Rotary and the Women's

League of Orange. Furniture and other items will go on sale on Saturday January 28th.

Jill asked for volunteers to help move some of the heavier furniture- Jay Applebaum, Greg

Mills and Jason Mefford will lend a hand.

Jill also noted that Villa Park's population is aging rapidly and that there are a number of

older single women- she jokingly proposed a "Cougar Camp". Where these older women

can hook-up with younger men.

Don Averill- Came by to tell us about the golf tournament that is being put on by Villa Park HIgh

Baseball Booster Club on February 6th at the Alta Vista Country Club. Special guests

include Anaheim Angels players Mark Trumbo( Villa Park Alumni) and Hank Conger

from nearby Huntington Beach. There will be a shotgun tournament, dinner and live and

silent auctions. Cost is $175. 100 plua golfera are expected to participate.

The Boosters are also seeking donations to the live and silent auction or hole sponsorships.

Contact Don Averill at 714-282-0230 for more information or to enter.


Happy Bucks:

Steve Kawa announced the birth of his 3rd grand child- Ryan Douglas to his daughter last

Thursday. Congratulations Steve !!

Nagy Ibrahim and Teri Brooks were very happy to be at Covenant Presbyterian Church.

The facility is very spacious, and the food was plentiful and delicious. Thank you

Pastor Stan Van Den Berg for offering us this great place to hold our weekly

Rotary meetings till June.

Teri Brooks was very impressed with the Villa Park Spartan Football Players on and off the

field after attending the football awards dinner. She noted that many of the seniors are

going on to study at four year university and have high hopes and asperations for future


Ed Carter- The Villa Park Elementary School Dad's Club is still collecting clothing, bedding and

outerwear until June. Items can be dropped off at the school office, at our club meetings or

Ed can arrange pick-ups.

Bob Meyer reported that his son Ken, who also runs Operation a Bit of Home, attended his

local Rotary Meeting in Texas and found out the Mayor, Fire and Police Chief were all

members. The club went on to collect 1500 DVDs and 100 DVD players to send to the


Steven Pollack will be celebrating his birthday on Sunday and taking his kids out for dinner.

He will also be making an East Coast Swing to visit relatives from Florida to Maine next week.


Drawing: $255 - Diane Rothi drew a King


Speaker: Tom Gentile, CPA

Tom a CPA with 25 years experience in Federal Tax Law gave us his annual update on changes that

are coming in the next year. He opened by telling us that he has six horses and cleaning up after the horses is not unlike the work he does on a day to day basis.


This being an election year he broke down the tax plans of all the candidates without too much spin.

His gut feeling is that most people around the country won't focus too much on the tax issue, however, Orange County tends to be more fiscally conservative and this may be a factor here.

He seems to feel that the state of the economy will be the biggest factor in the outcome of the elections. He touched briefly on the Healthcare Bill that will be coming before the Supreme Court this year. The Federal Government has relied on the Commerce Clause of the Constitution to justify

the mandate, but because the fine that would be imposed is actually an excise tax, the Tax Clause may come into play. It could get interesting. Tom went on to discuss some of the new laws that may impact us, but in most cases the old laws have been extended into 2013.


Next Week: California Highway Patrol Foundation.
















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