Rancho Murieta, California
Published by the Kiwanis Club of Rancho Murieta, Inc. Editor: Thomas E. Turkee
Volume 13 Number 2 November 2011
Inside this issue President’s Corner
Shavings from the board 3 Sees Candy
Sweats for Vets 3 “Semper Fi”
Toys for Tots 4
Who attends what 4 John Holm
Obituary: Corbitt H. Stuart 5
December’s Special Days 6 Got chocolate? The Rancho Murieta Women’s Club
has invited the Holm household to
Kiwanis Cuisine 8 have on its annual Christmas Tour to
be held on Sunday, December 4th.
First Thanksgiving 9 Lee Holm, with the help of fellow
Kiwanians and friends, has been busy
Kiwanis Calendar 13 decorating our home, and as a conse-
quence, it was suggested that since
our home was decorated for Christ-
mas that we host the annual Christ-
mas party for Kiwanians in collabora-
tion with Susan and John Sozzi.
We, of course agreed, and we will
You want it, we got it! hold an open house on Friday, De-
Assorted? Nuts & Chews? Milk or cember 9th, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00
Dec 14 Dark? p.m. for the members of Kiwanis of
David L. Haugen How about lollypops and peanut Rancho Murieta and guests to enjoy
Dec. 29 brittle? We have that too. some Christmas cheer.
It is that time of year again. On Wednesday, November 9th, our
Daniel P. Leahy club held its first quarterly evening
Dec. 31 Thanksgiving, religious celebrations,
decorations, parties, gifts, good will meeting. This was a result of the
John Quiring membership having expressed their
toward others and of course our
wishes in a survey conducted in mid-
third annual See’s Holiday Candy
September. This expression was to
Question box??? schedule quarterly evening meetings
We have already started selling all that were part social and part busi-
of your favorite chocolates and more ness.
Question: What does Bud
are available at the Rancho Murieta Happily, at our first meeting there
Light have to do with our
Business Center during the week and were 58 sign ups who brought bever-
in front of Plaza Foods on weekends. ages of their choice and contributed
Proceeds will benefit local youth to a delicious potluck coordinated by
programs. Jackie Strain. Al and Diann Swan
Kiwanis will again be participating came early, and assisted by other
in the “See’s for Soldiers” campaign members, helped Peter Telfer with
which provides free shipping to our the set up.
deployed troops overseas. Later, many hands helped with the
Please consider buying an extra cleanup which they accomplished in
box for them. For more information, record time. Perhaps we will see a
including quantity discounts, contact repeat at future gatherings?
Ron Ruff (916-949-8400), Al Dola- The highlight of the meeting was
Susan Sozzi’ informative presenta-
Answer: See page 2 ta (916-873-3832), or simply stop
tion titled “Budget Light” in which she
by the Rancho Murieta Center.
(Continued on page 2)
President’s Corner Schedule for the next meeting tip from Jackie Strain, who saw an
will likely be as follows: advertisement in Walgreens, selling
Set up 6:00 p.m. wheelchairs for $ 159.00 each.
“Semper Fi” Start: 6:30 p.m. However, with help from the clerk
Close/clean up: 8:30 p.m. she bought three online for $
By With the response to the first 89.89@ and they were delivered to
quarterly meeting it just goes to her home.
prove that the members know Finally, Calvin Hara, the Boy Scout
(continued) District Chair (and KFH
what is best for the club!
Something of late has been oc- Vice President) who spoke
(Continued from page 1) curring in our club that we have to our club, heard Clau-
explained the difference between the been witnessing that deserves dia’s comments at the
administrative budget and the founda- recognition. meeting, and has offered
tion budget, committee responsibilities, a fourth wheelchair free
Members of our club on their
where the money comes from, how which he will be delivering to her.
own initiative, having recognized a
Life is good!
funds are raised a year ahead of budg- need and decided to “fill it”! Diann
eting, and what is not in the budget. Swan, through the VA Northern
Editor’s note: She named her presen- California Health Care System
tation after her favorite beer, Bud Light. Skip links at Mather, became
While we have a busy holiday season aware that many veterans could Tournament of Roses
to look forward to we will be planning use a little help and started the Extravaganza… last call!
for our next quarterly meeting to be “Sweats for Vets” project. by Roni Stroud
held in February or March. Based upon Through donations from our mem-
comments from members the bers and others she has been col-
lecting new sweatpants, shirts,
Kiwanis Kronicle is a monthly newsletter
published by the Kiwanis Club of Ran- underwear, and socks to be pre-
cho Murieta, Inc. Club was chartered sented to the Mather facility on
May 21, 1996. The address of the club December 15th. A representative
is P.O. Box 855 Rancho Murieta, CA will be a guest at our meeting on
95683-0855 (916) 354-0538 Thursday, December 15th.
Club meetings are on the 1st and 3rd Again, on their own initiative,
Thursdays of every month at the Villas Dia Utterback and Teresa Field,
Recreation Center 7083 Murieta Park- both with high school aged chil-
way (Enter North Gate) Rancho dren, recognized the difficulty Purchase tickets ($10@) at:
Murieta, CA 95683. many students and parents have www.kiwanisfamilyhouse.org
Boards of Kiwanis Club of Rancho with applying for the many schol- Or call 916.501.0169
Murieta Inc. and Kiwanis Club of Ran- arships available to them. The first prize is for two seats on
cho Murieta Club Foundation Inc. meet They arranged for the use of the the Kiwanis International Float
on the 3rd Thursday of each month Cosumnes River Elementary (valued at $4,000) plus an addition-
after the board meeting at the Villas
School multi-purpose room, and al prize of $1,000 in cash to assist
invited two speakers, Gina Wil- with expenses.
President…………………...……..John S. Holm liams and Joanne Aguero from The second prize is for two seats
Imm. Past Pres….……..Paul J. Gumbinger the Pleasant Grove High School to watch the Rose Bowl game plus
President Elect………………..Virginia Macko Career Center, to address those in
Secretary………………………..Beverly Powell $500 to assist with expenses!!
attendance. They provided excel- The third prize is for two seats
Director………….…Jarvio Grebious (2013) lent tips for successfully applying in the grandstands to watch the pa-
Director…………………Carol Kramer (2012) for scholarships offered by com- rade plus $500 to cover expenses.
Director……….………….…Dan Leahy (2013) munity organizations including Ki- The drawing will be held Saturday
Director………………….Greg Nelson (2012) wanis, and the meeting had an December 3rd at the “Dr. Seuss
Director…………………..…….Al Swan (2012) excellent turnout. Tree Lighting Ceremony.” The Cat-
Non-Voting Members One more? As many of you
Assistant Secretary……………………...Vacant in-the-Hat and the Grinch will be
Assistant Treasurer…..Louise Gumbinger know Claudia Faeth has taken on there in person.
overseeing the handling of the For more information about the
Editor…………….....…………..John W. Seigal
The editor is solely responsible for the adaptive devices that our club drawing location and time, con-
content. It is the intent to be 100% accu- makes available to residents of tact:
rate. Articles labeled as Editorial repre- Rancho Murieta through our Lorie Deering
sent the opinion of the editor and may not K.A.N.E. program. Claudia report- firstname.lastname@example.org
represent the opinion of the Kiwanis Club ed to us some issues that needed
of Rancho Murieta, Inc. nor Kiwanis Club to be addressed, such as the dis-
of Rancho Murieta Club Foundation, Inc. posal of broken or too plentiful an
The address of the editor is P.O. Box
inventory of some items, and the
1131 Sloughhouse, CA 95683-1131 or
email at: absence of wheelchairs. She did
email@example.com some research and located with a
Shavings for the Kiwanis Kronicle
Sweats for Vets Kiwanis Kronicle is emailed
board meetings to members who have email
For the club, all bills have been It is also emailed to some
paid on time. Kiwanis Division and District
Budget was approved for the 2011 addresses.
-2012 year. If you want a copy emailed to
The board is considering an initia- you, email editor:
tion fee to cover the new member firstname.lastname@example.org
costs of badges, pins, etc.
Board is considering a binder type
Dia Utterback double crowned:
Additional discussion to have a
Queen of pumpkin patch
fund raiser to support the costs of
Queen of snow cones
operating the club.
For the foundation: All bills have
been paid on time.
Budget was approved for the 2011 Community Services Chair Diann
-2012 year. Swan is seeking “Sweats for Vets”.
Thank you letters and/or cards The items will be donated to: VA
were received from Cosumnes River Northern California Health Care Sys-
Elementary School for the gift cards tem at Mather Field.
given to each teacher and the office The Veterans have need for sweat
staff. This is to offset the out of shirts, sweat pants, underwear, and
pocket expenses starting the new socks.
school year. Places to shop are: Walgreens on
Also received was a letter from Sunrise (south of Folsom Boule-
our Kiwanis Family House for the vard); Target; and Wal-Mart. Costco
surplus Trick-or-Treat candy donat- and Sam’s Club have good deals on
athletic type socks. Dia Utterback was double-
ed. crowned recently by our Boy Scout
New clothing only please.
New wheel chairs have been pur- Troop 633.
Husband Al Swan reports from
chased for K.A.N.E. program. the VFW, the needs are real, not She raises money to support the
Board approved donation to only for current veterans but those troop because of her (and her hus-
Ajuney Hora for her Girl Scout Silver newly returning from Iraq and Af- band’s) efforts with the annual
Award project. ghanistan. Deadline: Dec. 10th. pumpkin patch and her ability
Board meetings are mandatory for making/selling snow cones.
board members and open to club
members to sit in. Kiwanis Help Line
Treats not tricks:
Pun of the Month Need help?
Want to know where to
get a wheel chair?
Want meals delivered dur-
Our club members answer the
plea for surplus “Trick or Treat
Want to know about how
Candy”. to join Kiwanis?
The candy was donated and tak-
en to our Kiwanis Family House
Want to know about
where it was shared with the Kiwanis sponsored activi-
If you jumped off the bridge
guests. Thank you! ties?
in Paris, you'd be in Seine.
Also participating in the collection
is our Builders Club at Katherine L. Who attends what?
Albiani Middle School.
Closer to home collection boxes As a Kiwanian (new or old) think about
are located at: who attends what meeting?
Cosumnes River Elementary Club meetings (1st and 3rd Thursday
School. 7:00 am) all members are expected to
From the Heart attend. There is a program at each meet-
Local 3 Operating Engineers ing. Meet at Villas Recreation Center.
Murieta Village Center Committee meetings Set by commit-
Plaza Foods tee chairs. The committees meet to con-
Prima Spa and Wellness Center duct business and to prepare proposals to
Rancho Marietta Country Club
the board meetings on the third Thursday
Rancho Murieta Learning Center
Board meetings Immediately after
Rotary Club of Rancho Murieta
the second club meeting in the Villas Rec-
The Local Bean (formerly Mar-
reation Center. One board is for the Kiwa-
Sha-Tes) nis Club and the other is for the Kiwanis
U.S. Post Office, Sloughhouse Club Foundation. Separate organizations
Toys for Tots began in 1947, when but the same board members.
Major Bill Hendricks, USMCR and a Committee chairs and other club
group of Marine Reservists in Los Gilbert Anthony Zimmerman
members are invited to attend board
Angeles collected and distributed R.I. P.
meetings and see how the club and foun-
5,000 toys to needy children. Aug. 13, 1920 –Sept. 25, 2011 dation is administered.
The idea came from Bill’s wife, Service projects Club members are
Diane. In the fall of 1947, Diane expected to participate in the service
crafted a homemade doll and asked projects of our club.
Bill to deliver the doll to an organi- Interclubs These are meetings when
zation, which would give it to a four or more attend another Kiwanis Club
needy child at Christmas. meeting. Generally it is an eye opening
When Bill determined that no experience. You get a chance to see how
agency existed, Diane told Bill that others do it. Some things you can adopt
he should start one. He did. The and use, and some things… well let us
generally leave it unsaid.
1947 pilot project was so successful
that the Marine Corps adopted Toys Worth sharing: Socials Special events just to have fun
At the Mass of Christian Burial, and socialize.
for Tots in 1948, and expanded it
this was shared: Mid-Year Conference A one-day edu-
into a nationwide campaign.
A saying from an email that Gib cational and motivational conference de-
That year, Marine Corps Reserve
shared with his children last year: signed for all club officers, committee
units across the nation conducted chairmen and members. It is planned so
I wish you enough:
Toys for Tots campaigns, in each Kiwanis members can drive to the confer-
community in which a Marine Re- I wish you enough sun to keep
ence together, participate in an Inter-
serve Center was located. Marines your attitude bright not matter
Club, attend a few workshops and then be
have conducted successful nation- how gray the day may appear.
back home the same day. The conference
wide campaigns at Christmas each I wish you enough rain to appreci- promotes fellowship as well as provides an
year since 1948. ate the sun even more. opportunity to learn more about Kiwanis.
The initial objective that remains I wish you enough happiness to A Division Council Meeting (DCM) is
the hallmark of the program today is keep your spirit alive and ever- a meeting in which the clubs within the
to “bring the joy of Christmas to lasting. Division come together and are given the
America’s needy children”. I wish you enough pain so that opportunity to network; share experiences
Become a part of this proud tradi- even the smallest joys in life may and best practices; and promote upcom-
appear bigger. ing club events.
tion by donating new unwrapped
toys. Conventions: The Kiwanis family is too
I wish you enough gain to justify
large to gather at one time. So represent-
Take them to our Kiwanis Meeting. your wanting.
atives from the Kiwanis family meet at
Our Key Clubs at Sheldon High I wish you enough loss to appreci- conventions to conduct organizational
School and Pleasant Grove High ate all that you possess. business, elect board members, amend
School will be participating. I wish you enough hellos to get bylaws and conduct leadership training
Since the Marine Reserve Unit has you through the final good-bye. etc. These conventions are generally held
been deployed the Key Clubbers will annually at the district and International
be sorting the toys. levels.
Charter member Interclub Calendar
Corbitt Henry Stuart 1932-2011
“A really good guy. I feel fortu-
nate to have known him and to
to Sacramento Bee
have shared in the development of
for some of this
our community service organiza-
tion, the Kiwanis Club, with him.
Editor’s comment: “Everyone
Stuart died No-
liked Corbitt. He was a hard work-
vember 1, 2011 at
er, and I recall he was once our Report from Interclub Chair
his home in Ban-
club’s treasurer.” Patty Favero:
don, Oregon of an apparent heart
After his retirement Corbitt split
attack at the age 79. Please add to calendar and
his time between two homes: his
Corbitt Stuart was a charter plan on attending!
Bandon Oregon home where he
member of our club. He lived at DCM Host Club: Citrus Heights
loved and participated in the local
7012 Colina Lane, Rancho Murieta.
Lions Club and his Casa Grande Oak Ave. Free Methodist Church
Corbitt Stuart graduated from
Arizona home where he enjoyed 8790 Oak Avenue, Orangevale
Eureka High Class of 1951. After
four-wheeling with his friends and Monday, December 12, 2011
graduating Corbitt enlisted in the
neighbors. 5:30 p.m. $10 for dinner.
Air Force and served honorably as
Corbitt lived life to its fullest; New members: attendance at
an aircraft mechanics instructor
where ever he was peoples' lives the DCM is a requirement to get
until his discharge in 1955.
were made richer and they blessed your “gold name tag”.
Corbitt retired as a supervisor
for knowing him.
with the San Juan Unified School
Corbitt H. Stuart will forever be
District Electronics Department
missed! Think ink!
after 34 years of service in 1991.
Corbitt was preceded in passing
He and his wife Dee would winter
by his mother Maybell Stuart who Recycle your ink/
gave birth to him on October 8, LASER/toner cartridg-
Corbitt loved working with his
1932, by his father Ray Stuart, es. Turn in at Rancho
hands and was a jack of all trades
his son Michael Stuart, his Murieta Business Cen-
daughters (through marriage) ter or given to Jack
Susan Sozzi comments: “Corbitt
Lynda Muzzy and Deena Muzzy Seigal at meetings.
was a member of our Kiwanis Club
all of California.
for many years before moving to They will be turned
Corbitt Stuart is survived by his
Oregon and Arizona. He was truly into our Kiwanis Fami-
wife of 43 years, Dolores “Dee” J.
one of the great guys that helped ly House.
Stuart of Bandon, Oregon; brother
to build our club.”
William 'Bill' Stuart; sisters It makes “cents” to recycle for
Pamela Haines remembers: “It
Edythe Vaissade and Shirley Stu- the environment and for our Kiwa-
was Corbitt's idea to do the high-
art; his sons Bobby Stuart, nis Family House income.
way pickup adjacent to our com-
James Stuart, Tom Stuart and
munity. (Caltrans’ Adopt a Highway
Greg Muzzy; his daughters Vickie
Seames and Michelle Marquez, Collect labels!
“Our Kiwanis Club received a
all of California. Support
‘Volunteer of the Year"‘ award from
Corbitt Stuart is also survived Cosumnes River
by 26 grandchildren and 16 or
“The Seniors Mens Club joined in Elementary School!
our efforts in a cooperative effort.
When Corbitt left the community, a
couple of us continued the effort
but we finally turned it over com-
pletely to the Seniors Men's Club.
“I remember a big guffaw when I
commented in a meeting that Cor-
bitt had the biggest and best tool
(big laugh drowned out the last
“He really did have every tool
imaginable in the big silver box on Deposit items at collec-
his truck and he was always willing
tion boxes at Plaza
to help a neighbor.
Foods and RMA
To cooperate in creating and
History of Kiwanis maintaining that sound public Special Days
opinion and high idealism which
The organiza- make possible the increase of December 8th
tion originated in righteousness, justice, patriotism, Enlightenment of Buddha
August of 1914 in and goodwill.
Detroit, Michigan By 1927 the organization had
from a conversation between Allen more than 100,000 members.
S. Browne and Joseph G. Prance. Kiwanis limited its membership to
Browne's idea was to solicit busi- the United States and Canada until
ness and professional men asking 1962, when worldwide expansion
them if they would be interested in was approved. Since then, Kiwanis
organizing a fraternal organization has spread to all inhabited conti- In 535 BCE Siddhartha Gautama,
with a health benefit feature. nents of the globe. reached enlightenment and assumed
Brown was compensated five dol- The original purpose of Kiwanis the title of Buddha, (one who is
lars per new member that joined for was to exchange business between awakened).
his operating budget. members and to serve the poor.
Browne and Prance set out and re- The debate as to whether to focus
on networking or service was re-
cruited enough members to apply to Starts Sundown Dec. 20th
the state for a not for profit status. solved in 1919, when Kiwanis adopt-
The Kiwanis Club of Detroit is the ed a service-focused mission. Each
original local club in Kiwanis. year, clubs sponsor nearly 150,000
The state approved the application service projects and raise more than
on January 21, 1915 and The Su- $107 million.
preme Lodge Benevolent Order As a global project in coordination
Brothers was formed. with UNICEF, members and clubs This festival celebrates the defeat
Kiwanis became international with contributed more than $80 million of the vast Selucid Greek army by a
the organization of the Kiwanis club toward the global elimination of io- handful of Jews. And the rededication
of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, in dine deficiency disorders (IDD), the of the defiled temple when the Meno-
1916. leading preventable cause of mental
rah stayed light for eight days with a
The name was changed to Kiwanis retardation.
day’s supply of oil.
a year later. The name “Kiwanis” Beginning in 2010 Kiwanis Interna-
Hanukkah begins at sunset on
was coined from an Otchipew Native tional joined with the World Health
Tuesday, December 20, 2011, and
American expression, "Nunc Kee- Organization to launch a new world-
ends at sunset on Wednesday, De-
wanis", variously translated as "we wide health initiative, Project ELIMI-
NATE cember 28, 2011.
trade," "we share our talents," "we
make a noise," or "we meet." ELIMINATE, dedicated to wiping Dec. 25th
The six permanent Objects of Ki- out maternal and neonatal tetanus Christmas
wanis International were approved (MNT), which kills more than
by Kiwanis club delegates at the 100,000 babies worldwide each year. The annual holiday
1924 Convention in Denver, Colora- Until 1988 the organization accept- commemoration of the
do. ed only men as members. By action birth of Jesus Christ.
To give primacy to the human of the International Convention in
and spiritual rather than to the 1987, the rules were changed to ad-
material values of life. mit women as well.
Dec 26th– Jan 1st
To encourage the daily living of Kwanzaa
the Golden Rule in all human rela- “It’s beginning to sound
tionships. a lot like Christmas!”
To promote the adoption and the
application of higher social, busi- 24/7
ness, and professional standards.
To develop, by precept and exam-
ple, a more intelligent, aggres-
sive, and serviceable citizenship.
To provide, through Kiwanis This nonreligious African-American
clubs, a practical means to form On your holiday draws on African tradition
enduring friendships, to render FM dial related to harvest celebrations.
altruistic service, and to build bet-
of the third grad in: In response, many
Dictionary Project Cosumnes River Elementary students have writ-
School. ten thank you letters
C.W. Dillard Elementary School, to us.
Earlier the school year (y)our Ki- Selected below is
wanis Club of Rancho Murieta Foun- one of typical letters
dation distributed dictionaries to all
Sierra Enterprise Elementary
microwaveable bowl and microwave
Kiwanis Cuisine for 15 seconds, stir and microwave
By Sondra Schulz for an additional 15 seconds (or until
Drizzle the chocolate sauce over
To add holiday flare, crush pepper-
mint candies and sprinkle on top or
add shaved chocolate to the top.
Wishing all of Too Much Chocolate Cake
you a very hap- The name fits this cake perfectly
py and blessed Serves 12
holiday season. 1 package devil's food cake mix
Sondra 1 (5.9 ounce) package instant
chocolate pudding mix
I decided most of you are experts at 1 cup sour cream
Thanksgiving dishes, but may need a A treat fit for Santa
few more ideas for using chocolate…my
1 cup vegetable oil
favorite food!!! 4 eggs
Quick Chocolate Cheese Cake 1/2 cup warm water ½ cup brown sugar, ½ cup white
Serves 12 2 cups semisweet chocolate sugar; beat in 1 egg, 1/2 teaspoon
chips vanilla; sift and stir in 1 cup, plus 2
1 cup chocolate wafer crumbs tablespoons, sifted all-purpose
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
1/4 cup butter flour, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon
In a large bowl, mix together the
Filling: baking soda; stir in ½ cup chopped
cake and pudding mix, sour cream,
3-8oz. packages of cream cheese oil, beaten eggs and water. Stir in nutmeats (walnuts, pecans or other
1 1/4 cups sugar the chocolate chips and pour batter favorite nuts) and ½ cup semisweet
1 cup sour cream into a well greased 12 cup Bundt chocolate chips.
1 tsps vanilla pan. Drop the batter from a teaspoon,
Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until well apart, onto a greased cookie
1/2 cup cocoa
top is springy to the touch and a sheet. Bake about 9-10 minutes.
1 Tbl all purpose flour
wooden toothpick inserted comes out Mom’s Notes: Use a 15-gauge
3 eggs cookie sheet to ensure even baking
Quick chocolate Drizzle: Cool cake thoroughly in pan at and only bake one batch at a time…
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate least an hour and a half before in- time-consuming, yes, but you will
pieces verting onto a plate. If desired, dust be happier with the end result.
2 tsp butter the cake with powdered sugar. The first batch of cookies will
Note: Raspberry coulis would be take slightly longer to bake because
excellent on this cake. I suggest you the cookie sheet is cold.
Prepare chocolate crumb crust
Combine chocolate crumbs with but- put it on the individual servings and Wipe down the baking sheet in
ter and press onto the bottom of a 9- top with whipped cream! between each batch of cookies and
inch spring form pan. If you spoon it over the entire cake re-grease after every few batches.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. be sure every morsel is eaten, as the Almost forgot, if you are using un-
Beat cream cheese and sugar until cake will become mushy. salted butter, use the entire ½ tsp.
well blended. Add sour cream and Chocolate Chip Cookies of salt called for in the recipe, oth-
vanilla. Beat until blended. Beat in erwise use maybe ¼ tsp.
(From the Joy of Cooking and my
coca and flour. Beat in eggs, 1 at a Mom’s kitchen!!!!!) My Mom bakes exclusively with
time, until blended. Pour mixture into unsalted butter.
My Mom has been making these
crust. cookies every year at Christmas time This just in from my Facebook
Bake at 450 for 10 minutes. Reduce for 25+ years. Foodie Group:
temperature to 250 degrees. Bake for Recently I made them for the first Chocolate Covered Gummy
40 minutes. time and my husband said they taste Bears
Remove from oven to a wire rack. just like my Mom’s…YAHOO!!!! Melt milk, dark or white choco-
With a knife, loosen cake from side of About Forty-Five 2-inch Cook- late in a double boiler. Dip gummy
pan. Cool completely. Remove side of ies bears in chocolate, put on a tray
pan. covered with wax paper, put in
Preheat oven to 375
Prepare chocolate drizzle. fridge until chocolate is set. Easy
Cream ½ cup unsalted butter;
Place chocolate pieces and butter in a to make and hard to keep on hand.
add gradually and beat until creamy
all, that is how it became tradition- There were also plenty of vege-
The First al, right? tables to go around. That probably
Thanksgiving Well, the Pilgrims ate some of
these foods, particularly turkey,
included corn, but not the way we
think of it. In those days, the corn
but some was not good to eat from the cob
During this Thanksgiving season, things like the way we eat it today. Back
we have much to be thankful for. I sweet pota- then, corn was removed from the
am thankful for Sondra Schulz, toes and corn and turned into cornmeal,
who faithfully submits recipes and pumpkin pie which was then cooked into corn-
food tips for Kiwanis Kronicle. were not on bread (that resembled pancakes),
But think back as to the tradi- the menu. a kind of corn mush, or pudding.
tions of the holiday, before the This is a de- Other vegetables that were likely
advice of Sondra Schulz, what did scription of to be on the tables during that
the Pilgrims have? what historians believe was eaten Thanksgiving were onions and
Historians are certain of only two at the first Thanksgiving celebra- pumpkins.
elements to the meal: wild fowl tion. There were probably no sweets
and venison. This information is One thing we know is that there at all. The Pilgrims had brought
from Edward Winslow’s “A Jour- was plenty of food at the first sacks of sugar with them when
nal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth”: Thanksgiving. This celebration they came from England, but the
"Our harvest being gotten in, our lasted for at least three days, so it sugar was probably gone by that
governor sent four men on fowling, was different from the one meal time. Even if they did have sugar,
that so we might after a special deal that we usually think of when it would only be used for sweeten-
manner rejoice together after we we think about Thanksgiving. ing. For example, sweetening the
had gathered the fruit of our la- There were breakfasts, lunches, corn mush that was served for
bors. They four in one day killed as and snacks as well as the big buf- breakfast. They did make pumpkin
much fowl as, with a little help be- fet dinner that we picture the Pil- pudding, so a little of the sugar
side, served the company almost a grims sitting around. might have gone to sweeten the
week. The 1621 event was actually pudding, but because there were
“At which time, among other more of a harvest celebration than no ovens for baking, pumpkin pie
recreations, we exercised our one of thanksgiving. The colonists was a long way off. The Indians
arms, many of the Indians coming were so glad that the recent used molasses for sweetening so
amongst us, and drought was over that they felt like there may have been molasses at
among the rest their partying. the party.
greatest king Massa- Historians believe that the Native Cranberries had not been intro-
soit, with some nine- Americans (the Wampanoag) duced at that time. There were
ty men, whom for weren’t actually in- currents available, so they may
three days we enter- vited to the feast. have eaten some of these sweet
tained and feasted, They just showed up fruits, which were traditionally
and they went out and killed five to investigate what baked into a dinner item called
deer, which they brought to the all the shooting was English Cheese Pie.
plantation and bestowed upon our about. Once they What else did they find on the
governor, and upon the captain, realized the Europe- dinner table?
and others. ans were killing Much of the meal most likely
“And although it be not always game for a feast, they got in on consisted of seafood. We know
so plentiful as it was at this time the action and added their own that the local waters provided fish
with us, yet by the goodness of contributions. like cod and bass, which could
God, we are so far from want that We know that meat was plentiful have been eaten fresh or dried and
we often wish you partakers of our at the first Thanksgiving. There cured with salt. The ocean and ad-
plenty." were also plenty of birds killed dur- jacent rivers also
When we think about Thanksgiv- ing that time. The same journal provided lobster,
ing dinner, there are certain food records that enough fowl was killed oysters, mussels,
items that come to mind. We think to feed the whole party (53 Pil- clams, and eels.
of turkey, stuffing, cranberries, grims and 90 Indians) for a week. Seals also frequented the waters
sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie. We know that the Pilgrims of that near Plymouth, and they provided
We generally think about this as time also ate dried meat and plen- a food source, as well. Rabbits
the traditional Thanksgiving dinner ty of fish as well as eel and lob- from nearby fields and woods
and probably assume that the Pil- ster. These meats were the bulk of
grims ate a similar dinner. After what was eaten during the cele- (Continued on page 10)
The First Circle K organized at
Thanksgiving Folsom Lake College
(Continued from page 9)
probably ended up on the table,
Most historians state that the
colonists had brought chickens,
pigs, and goats with them on their
voyage to the New World, but we
don’t know how many of these
were left after that first winter. If
any hens were still alive by the
autumn of 1621, the first Thanks-
giving could have included eggs. If
any of the goats had survived,
cheese could have graced the din- along with blueberries, which would Our Kiwanis Club in
ner table, also. have been dried. The Wompanoags joint partnership is
Most of the grain they had was in and the colonists sometimes used sponsoring a Circle
the form of corn, which by that time cranberries in their K club in Folsom
of the year would have been dried cooking to add tart- College (Los Rios Community
and ground into meal. The corn ness, but they al- College District).
meal could have been used for sim- most certainly The prime movers from our
ple breads, and it was almost cer- weren’t made into jelly The fruits club are Paul Gumbinger and
tainly used as a thickening agent in might have been sweetened with Dr. Phil Fitch.
other dishes, like stews, puddings, honey or maple syrup, however. Circle K is a program of Kiwa-
and sauces. The meal was probably rounded nis International for college stu-
out with walnuts, hickory nuts, dents.
chestnuts, and acorns from the Its mission is developing col-
nearby forests. lege and university students into
Most of the dishes were probably a global network of responsible
seasoned with salt, cinnamon, gin- citizens and leaders with a life-
ger, liverwort, leeks, nutmeg, and long commitment to service.
pepper. The colonists probably still CKI operates on an international,
had stores of olive oil left from their district and club level. More than
stores. In addition, the Native 12,600 members make up about
Americans perhaps added dried na- 500 clubs in 30 districts and 18
tive herbs and roots to otherwise nations.
bland dishes to season them. The potential of CKI lies in its
If you want to have a real tradi- ability to positively influence
tional Thanksgiving this year, forget members of society who are fac-
Likely vegetables would have in- about the mashed potatoes, sweet ing ultimate personal decisions
cluded pumpkins, which were gen- potatoes, pies, and cakes. and those who will one day cre-
erally made into a stew. Other veg- Instead, serve eels, roasted ate the vision of mankind for
etables available were dried beans crane, dried beans, and stewed generations to come.
and peas, along with cool weather pumpkin. Leadership opportunities afford
crops like lettuces, collards, turnips, Challenge your pals to a foot race CKI members the resources and
spinach, parsnips, radishes, squash- for traditional entertainment. This tools needed to become active
es, cabbages, carrots, and onions. way, you’re sure to be relieved of citizens.
Fruits available at the time were your hosting responsibilities next
white and red grapes and plums, Thanksgiving!
“Flare” says... Special Days
Enlightenment of Buddha
Use the proper fuel (seasoned
hardwood, pellets, and gas/
propane) for your type of sys-
Never use gasoline, kerosene,
or other flammable liquids to
start a fire.
In 535 BCE Siddhartha Gauta-
Fireplaces should have a sturdy ma, reached enlightenment and
screen across the front to pre-
assumed the title of Buddha,
As the weather has turned colder, vent embers from flying or logs
from rolling out. (one who is awakened).
Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District
has seen a significant seasonal spike Follow the manufacturer’s in- December 20th
in fireplace related emergencies. Re- structions carefully. Many “non- Hanukkah (Chanukah)
member to place discarded fireplace masonry” fireplace/chimney
units have limitations on the
Starts Sundown Dec. 20th
ashes in a metal container away from
the house until they cool. Depending amount of heat they can safely
on the depth of the ash, it can take withstand.
several days to cool. Do not discard Do not discard your ashes into
ashes in a plastic trash container any combustible container such
against the house. as a paper or plastic bag, a
cardboard box, or a plastic This festival celebrates the de-
trash can. feat of the vast Selucid Greek ar-
When clearing ashes from the my by a handful of Jews. And the
fireplace, be sure to put them rededication of the defiled temple
into a metal container with a when the Menorah stayed light for
lid. eight days with a day’s supply of
Install both a smoke detector oil.
and carbon monoxide detector Hanukkah begins at sunset on
and make sure the batteries Tuesday, December 20, 2011,
and ends at sunset on Wednesday,
Keep your can outside the
December 28, 2011.
home, away from your fireplace
Remember to open your fire place
damper prior to starting a fire. Re-
or stove. Do not place ash con- Dec. 25th
tainers on decks, porches, or in Christmas
member to clean your fireplace chim-
ney. The purpose of chimney cleaning
Pour water into ash containers The annual holiday
is to remove flammable deposits such
as soot and creosote from the interior to make sure the ashes are commemoration of
walls of a chimney. If these deposits cool. the birth of Jesus
are allowed to build up, they will even- Teach all family members to be Christ.
tually ignite and cause a chimney fire. safe with ashes from your fire-
The National Fire Protection Agency place or wood-burning stove. Dec 26th– Jan 1st
(NFPA) recommends that a chimney Keep a fire extinguisher handy.
be inspected annually to determine if Make sure it is up-to-date.
cleaning or repairs are necessary, and
more often with heavy use.
This nonreligious Afri-
draws on African tra-
Fireplaces & Fireplace Ashes
dition related to har-
A spark arrestor across the top of
a chimney will prevent sparks from
igniting your roof.
December is History of See’s Candy
“Be kind to Throughout the
history of See's
reindeers month” Candies, Mary
See has symbol-
ized the old-
Got worn Christmas Kerry Jack- fashioned virtues
lighting? son or Post- of homemade
Upgrading to LCD’s? master Arron quality and
Sills can friendly service.
assist you at Her original reci-
the US Postal pes are savored
Service. by millions to this day.
When Charles See arrived in Los
Drop off a Angeles from Canada in 1921 to try
Toys for Tots his hand at the confection business,
donation while he decided that no image would bet-
there. ter reflect the personality of his
fledgling venture than that of his
mother. Apart from using her reci-
Donate them to Lights for Life pes as a foundation, See knew that
Inc. Ryan Walker of Rancho keeping things in the family was the
Murieta Ace Hardware is holding only way to bring about the kind of
the donation box. lovingly crafted product he desired.
Lights for Life Inc. helps kids See along with his mother and his
with cancer by recycling old and wife, Florence, opened the first
broken holiday string lights. See's Candies shop and kitchen on
How can old holiday string lights Greg
Western Avenue in Los Angeles in
help kids with cancer? Nelson can
November of 1921. The sparkling
Holiday string lights contain cop- assist you
clean, black and white shop was
per, a valuable commodity. It col- with shipping
designed to resemble Mary See's
lects the string lights (and other at the Ran-
items that contain copper) and cho Murieta See's was able to grow steadily
sells them to a recycling company. Business from that first shop in Los Angeles
The proceeds go directly to a Center. to twelve shops by the mid-1920's
family who has a child with cancer. and thirty shops during the depres-
It’s that easy! And it’s good for Buy some sion. By 1936, See's expanded to
the environment! Keep valuable See’s Candy San Francisco.
commodities out of landfills, and when you are Mary See died in 1939 at the age
help kids with cancer! It’s a win- there. of 85, but the company's ability to
win situation. adjust to changing times kept it
going strong throughout the dec-
ades to come.
Ag Report Remember that while all tange-
Following World War II, See's
rines are mandarins, not all manda-
Davis Ranch has Candy Shops grew as California
rins are tangerines.
Mandarins and grew, and the See's family contin-
Christmas Trees ued the tradition, opening up shops
throughout the state. In the 50's,
See's established itself with the new
and growing phenomenon of shop-
ping malls. See's old-fashioned
black and white shops, enjoying a
Davis Ranch is now selling Christ- visit to a time past where service
mas trees. Cut your own will be was paramount.
$35@ plus tax. In 1972, the See's family sold the
The Nobles (coming in from Ore- company to Berkshire Hathaway
gon) will be priced by the foot. Inc., (Warren Buffett).
Christmas trees will be sold until Warren Buffett’s favorite candy
Christmas eve. is the Peanut Brittle.
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated
to changing the world one child and one community at a time.
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Note: Board 1 7:00 a.m. 2 3
meetings of Meeting
the club and Candy Chand
begin after Tribes
4 5 6 7 8 9 6:00 p.m. 10 Lunar
Holiday begins 4:33
11 12 13 14 15 7:00 a.m. 16 17 6:00 pm
Special Luau at
Christmas George and
will be there.
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
begins at begins 9:30
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Christmas Kwanzaa New Year’s
Calendars and one of seven sus or holly. December's birth-
months with the length of 31 stones are turquoise, lapis lazuli,
days. December starts on the zircon, topaz (blue), or tanzanite.
same day as September every December is the month with the
year and ends on the same day shortest daylight hours of the year
as April every year. in the Northern Hemisphere and
In Latin, “decem” means "ten". the longest daylight hours of the
December was also the tenth year in the Southern Hemisphere.
month in the Roman calendar un- December in the Northern Hemi-
til a month less winter period was sphere is the seasonal equivalent
divided between January and Feb- to June in the Southern Hemi-
December is the 12th and last month ruary. sphere and vice versa.
of the year in the Julian and Gregorian December's flower is the narcis-