Car dealer is Rotary president
by Maddy Houk
Aug 23, 2012 | 855 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
--Patterson Ford dealer Rick Schiltz stands in the McAuley Ford sales room floor.  Schiltz will be the 2011 Apricot Fiesta Grand Marshall.--photo by Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
--Patterson Ford dealer Rick Schiltz stands in the McAuley Ford sales room floor. Schiltz will be the 2011 Apricot Fiesta Grand Marshall.--photo by Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
slideshow
Rick Schiltz, owner of McAuley Ford Mercury, became president of the local Rotary Club during a meeting June 13 at El Rosal Restaurant.

Schiltz follows Ken Buehner in the presidency. His first term as president was in 1996-97.

A Rotarian for 18 years, Schiltz settled in Patterson in 1994.

“We have a strong group,” Schiltz said. “It’s the strongest group we’ve had since I’ve been in Rotary — everyone does their share.”

The local club has 30 members and meets at noon Wednesdays throughout the year at Damasco Fine Food & Spirits in the Best Western Plus Villa Del Lago Inn, 2959 Speno Drive.

Other officers installed with Schiltz are Howard Sword, vice president; Palmira Reynoso, secretary; Julie Alves, treasurer; and Greg Delles, sergeant-at-arms. Directors are Elwood Schut, Linda DeForest, Sand Mullen, Ken Buehner, Lori Faries, Bruce Kelly and Paul Spencer.

Patterson Rotarians host two fundraisers each year: an annual crab feed the third Saturday in February and a cocktail party on the Friday of Apricot Fiesta weekend in early June.

The money they raise goes to scholarships for graduating seniors through the Patterson Recognizing Individuals Determined to Excel scholarship group; to the Patterson High School Kids Helping Kids Club that helps children in need at Christmas time with clothes and toys; to Patterson Fire Department’s Every 15 Minutes program; and to Helping Others Sleep Tonight, which aims to provide shelter for homeless adults in Patterson, among other local groups.

Rotarians also give dictionaries to third graders in the Patterson Joint Unified School District and Sacred Heart Catholic School and pay for four high school students to attend the one-day West Side Women in Action conference in Turlock.

The Patterson club joins with Rotarians worldwide to donate money to Polio Plus, a program that provides immunizations against polio to children throughout the world through the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Local Rotarian Paul Spencer and his wife, Judy, have delivered Rotary-donated wheelchairs to developing countries through the project in the past. The club also takes wheelchair donations from community members.

Rotary was founded more than 100 years ago by four Chicago businessmen. Today, there are more than 1.2 million Rotarians in 34,000 clubs and 200 countries worldwide.

The Patterson Rotary Club welcomes new members.

For information: Sand Mullen, 613-9011.

Contact Maddy Houk at 892-6187, ext. 22, or maddy@pattersonirrigator.com.

Comments
(0)
Comments-icon Post a Comment
No Comments Yet


We encourage your online comments in this public forum, but please keep them respectful and constructive. This is not a forum for personal attacks, libelous statements, profanity or racist slurs. Readers may report such inappropriate comments by e-mailing the editor at news@pattersonirrigator.com.