WHAT: Patterson Rotary Club
WHERE: Damasco Fine Food and Spirits, 2959 Speno Drive
WHEN: Wednesdays at 12 noon
WHO: Howard Sword, president; Dennis Beougher, vice president; Palmira Reynoso, secretary and Julie Alves, treasurer.
INFO: Linda DeForest, 892-5399
Howard Sword is the new president of the Patterson Rotary Club, taking over in June from Rick Schiltz.
Longtime Rotary member Sword and his wife, Melinda, have lived in Patterson since 1986. Other family members live in Patterson and nearby residences, such as Ripon and Escalon.
Sword, who earned a bachelor of architecture degree from University of Oregon in 1979, is the owner of a Community and Economic Development / Real Estate Planning Strategies Consulting Firm. He was employed by the City of Brentwood 1999 to 2008 and was the Community Development Director from 2004 to 2008.
He is a managing partner of Las Palmas Associates, which owns and manages the Carnegie Professional Center at 355 W. Las Palmas Ave.
This year, Sword said the club’s fundraisers will include the Crab Feed held in the third weekend of February, which he calls a “great event and value.” Fundraisers include similar activities, such as a cocktail party on Apricot Fiesta Friday.
Sword estimates that the local Rotary Club donates roughly $12,000 to various Patterson necessities. Some of which include donating dictionaries to every Patterson third-grade student and participating in the Patterson High School Kids Helping Kids Program — where children in need receive clothing during the holidays — and participating in the Patterson Recognizing Individuals Determined to Excel (P.R.I.D.E.) scholarship program.
Rotary’s International Service consists of participating in the worldwide wheelchair distribution and this year’s specific project to provide emergency room facilities in a hospital in Vientiane Laos.