Category Archives: Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River
News from Bob Jehn of Burney-Fall River Rotary Club:
During President’s Day Weekend, five Interact students from Burney and Fall River High Schools traveled with five adult advisors to Agua Prieta, Mexico to perform community service alongside members of the Rotary Club and Rotaract Club of Agua Preita.
Students cooked hamburgers for 200 children in an underserved neighborhood, painted an amphitheater that had previously been a site for drug sales, handed out soccer balls to children at an after-school foster child facility, painted a mural they designed on the wall of the dining room at a nursing home, visited a local high school where they interested students in forming an Interact Club, and painted classrooms at a school for disabled children.
Intermountain Interactors were overwhelmed by some of the living conditions they saw and want to help more. The mother of one of the students who went on the trip said her daughter’s life is “forever changed”.
Rotarian Bob Jehn, who has organized the trip for the last two years said, “Providing these kind of experiences for the youth of our community gives me great satisfaction. It is a great pleasure for me to head up our Rotary Club’s youth programs, and seeing the Interact student’s happy, bright, smiling faces is what gives me hope for the future.”
News release from Bob Jehn, Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River:
Rotarian Patricia Bergman headed to Delhi on January 28 to join Anil Garg of the Rotary Club of Simi Valley, California, along with a group of Rotarians from around the world to administer polio vaccine to children in India. The group will be vaccinating children during the country’s National Immunization Days.
“When this program was started back in 1985, there were 1,000 cases per day worldwide, and it was endemic in 125 countries,” said Bergman. “Last year we had only 30 cases worldwide; the year before that we only had 22 cases worldwide, and that was in two countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan. So, we are very, very, very close in eradicating the disease.”
Bergman and the group attended three orientation programs with representatives from the World Health Organization, UNICEF and India’s national polio committee office.
India hasn’t had a polio case in five years, but because the virus is still present in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and it would take only one flight to bring the virus back into the country where, so far, Rotary has spent over $8 billion in this program since 1985.
On Feb. 1, the team flew to Nagpur, located in central India, where they were taken around the local areas to meet with different Rotary clubs. High school, middle school, and elementary school students went around town with banners promoting a polio-free country, a polio-free city, rallying to motivate people.
On February 2, the group began to administer the liquid drops to children 5 and younger.
“It is very satisfying to be able to participate in this Rotary-sponsored program,” said Bergman. “To be on the ground with a program that Rotary has been working on since I joined the organization 25 years ago is a truly humbling experience.”
NEWS RELEASE from Bob Jehn, November 10, 2018:
Imagine yourself in a foreign country trying to communicate in a new language when suddenly a massive wildfire sweeps through the town where you are living, destroying your house and everything you brought with you except your passport, your cell phone, and the clothes you are wearing. That’s exactly what happened to Valeria Romo Mejia, a fifteen-year-old Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Columbia, as she was preparing to leave for classes at Paradise High School on November 8th.
Victims of the most destructive fire in California history, Valeria and her host family endured the four-hour drive to Chico with more than 20,000 others who were trying to escape the flames, not knowing what would be next.
Thanks to the Rotary support network and a quick decision by Rotary Club President-Elect and Burney Fire Chief Monte Keady, Valeria is safely in Burney in her own room at Monte and Robin Keady’s home. The Keadys were already hosting Austrian Exchange Student Katharina Schatz, who had made friends with Valeria at the Interact Kickoff Event in Winters, California last month.
Rotary Youth Exchange Officer Bob Jehn along with Rotary District personnel is coordinating the effort to provide immediate financial assistance to Valeria, so she can purchase new clothes, school supplies, and other personal items lost in the fire.
Jehn says, “We hope Valeria decides to stay in Burney for the rest of her exchange year, but we’re taking it one day at a time. I’m just so proud to be part of an organization with members like Monte and Robin, who are always thinking of how they can help others.”
From Bob Jehn:
Underscoring their penchant for community service, members of the Interact Clubs of Burney and Fall River High Schools spent Sunday, October 28 performing chores at the only animal rescue center in Shasta County.
Sixteen students descended upon Bella Vista Farms in Cottonwood to muck out animal stalls and clear brush for fire protection supervised by Interact Advisors Bob Jehn, Willie Rodriquez, and Brenda Rodriguez. Burney High School Science teacher Mark Harner wielded a chain saw while students dragged branches and weeds into burn piles to be burned later this fall.
Owners and operators of the facility, Chic Miller and her husband Bob, ages 71 and 80, respectively, were very grateful for the help as they depend on only grant funding and private donations to support the operation. The facility houses over 100 animals that have been abandoned, abused, or injured, and as Chic says, “We don’t adopt out – the animals live out their lives at Bella Vista Farms.”
Chic does much of the veterinary work at the facility, and has written a book about caring for animals.
The Interact Club of Fall River High School has also made monetary contributions to the facility to help support the work that Chic and Bob do. After the latest contribution from the Interactors Chic said, “Oh my gosh, I can’t thank you all enough…I can’t tell you how much I love you kids.”
Once again it was wonderful to attend the annual Hertage Day at McArthur-Burney Falls Park to get a taste of life in the 1870’s. The event took place on Sunday October 7 from 12-4 p.m.
There were lots of hands on events like black-smithing, hatchet throwing, candle-making, pine-doll crafting, branding, tug-0-war, two-man sawing, and weaving.
Fine music was played by various North-State groups from the Old Time Fiddlers Association. Once again I got to listen to one of my favorite groups of performers, The Shooting Stars and friends.
Sons of the Pioneers were there showing guns and implements from the old days and explaining about life on the frontier.
There was delicious apple crisp prepared fresh in the Dutch Oven and fresh pressed cider from Rotary. The Lions and Lions Auxiliary were there with hamburgers, hot dogs, and other treats.
The Burney Lions Club came early to help direct parking. Leos and Scouts helped to man the events and displays. Lots of volunteers lent a hand to bring the past to life. Parking on Heritage Day was free. The weather was beautiful. In addition to enjoying the fun, the food and the music, many took time to hike the trail and observe the falls. It was awesome!
Heritage Day is sponsored each year by the McArthur-Burney Falls Interpretive Association in partnership with CAL PARKS.
Press release from Bob Jehn at Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River Oct 4:
Since the fall of 2014, the Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River has been quietly
engaged in a program at both Burney and Fall River Elementary Schools
that provides mentoring to first through third grade students.
The idea for the venture was originally conceived by Rotarian Sally Armstrong as a way to teach table manners to the elementary level students, but quickly morphed into an avenue to provide a sounding board for the children in the form of a non-judgmental adult. School counsellors have lauded the positive changes in some children because of the program.
Students who were quiet and didn’t interact with others have become more
outgoing and interactive, and students who were loud and boisterous have
learned that they are able to garner attention in other more acceptable
Students who participate in the program are chosen by the school behavior
paraprofessionals, Jeanine Ferguson in Burney and Sheri Crane in Fall
River. Rotarians visit each school once a week at lunchtime, Tuesdays in Burney and Wednesdays in Fall River. It seems that being chosen to sit at
the “Rotary Table” at lunchtime is considered an honor by the students, and many lobby their teachers and counselor for the opportunity. Typically, three Rotarians sit with 8-10 students each week and ask them how their day is going while engaging the students in conversation about a variety of topics.
The Rotary Club plans to continue the program indefinitely, as long as it
provides a benefit to the students and the community. The Rotary Club of
Burney-Fall River was chartered in 1974 and currently has 43 members of
the community who are active in the Club. The Club also sponsors two
Interact Clubs, one at each High School. Interact is an organization for
students ages 12-18 who perform community service and promote
From Bob Jehn of Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River
On Sunday, September 30, over 30 Interact students from both Burney and Fall River High Schools devoted their day to community service at HALO (Horses Assist Lives Organization) in McArthur.
At HALO horses are being used to help patients with mental and physical disabilities. They also assist those in need and spend time with hospice and palliative care patients. Participants are able to learn more about the very gentle giants and put their own pain aside for a while.
Ginger Wagner Ramsay-Roark runs the program and said not only does the therapy distract clients from their own health hurdles, it helps them overcome other issues. Ginger says, “Everyone is welcome at HALO.”
HALO is a non-profit organization operating solely on grant funding and private donations.
The Interact students helped clean up animal pens, cleared brush, picked up acorns, and smoothed gravel paths in a cleanup effort that Ramsay- Roark said she never gets caught up on. The students also painted rocks with sayings from their hearts to leave for the clients who are helped by the HALO program.
Interact student Katharina Schatz, this year’s Rotary Exchange student from Austria, was able to scratch an item off her bucket list as HALO staff gave her lessons in horseback riding right before a delicious BBQ lunch was provided for the Interact students.
Interact is a Rotary-sponsored organization whose mission is to perform community service and promote international understanding. Each Interact Club at Burney and Fall River High Schools performs many local community service projects each year, including community cleanup, visiting nursing homes, and helping non-profits at fundraising events.
Last year students, hosted by the Rotary Club of Agua Prieta, Mexico visited an orphanage and senior center, planted 70 trees, painted playground equipment, and gave soccer balls to underprivileged children in Mexico.
Bill Campbell and Lisa Barry presented Johnson Park resident Shiree Hardman with a tricycle as part of “2 Wheels 2 Mobility,” at the September 13 meeting of Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River.
“It was like Christmas,” Hardman said, describing her excitement and gratitude.
“2 Wheels 2 Mobility” is a program of the Burney-Fall River Bicycle Association that provides individuals without motorized transportation a refurbished bicycle.
Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River funds the project supplemented with private contributions. Dr. Henry and Fran Patterson donated three helmets and locks.
Hardman desperately needed personal motorized transportation. Her ability to walk long distances was inhibited by several illnesses. Getting to the grocery store was a challenge.
Community Organizer Lisa Barry, who works for Shasta County Health and Human Services, contacted bicycle association president Bill Campbell about Hardman’s situation.
Knowing a tricycle assured Hardman’s stable balance when riding, they attempted to find a used tricycle. After a fruitless search, they purchased a tricycle from project partner Redding Sports, LTD, who generously discounted the cost.
Hardman is the second “2 Wheels 2 Mobility” recipient.
Shasta County Health and Human Services and Burney based Tri-County Community Network help identify and screen applicants. Individuals without personal transportation who are interested in receiving a bicycle should contact either of the Burney-based social service agencies.
This year’s Honored Guests for the Burney Basin Days Parade are John and Deanna Ospital.
John “Johnny” Ospital was born in Stockton. In 1950, his father John Sr. moved to Round Mountain to work in the lumber business. The Ospitals are of Basque heritage and the rest of John’s father’s family were involved in sheep herding. John’s mother was full-blooded Italian.
In 1957, when Pete Norbaitz relocated his business to Burney, the Ospital family moved to Burney.
John met Deanna Lee in 1958 at Fall River Joint Unified High School. Deeana, from McArthur, is the granddaughter of William Lee, one of the settlers of McArthur who owned and operated the Lee Ranch.
John and Deanna were married at St. Francis Church in Burney in 1962. They raised two daughters who graduated from Burney High School.
John enjoyed playing music, so after graduating he went to college to study music. He found that the emphasis was on training to be a music teacher. He was more interested in playing live music.
He also realized that what he wanted was a job and a nice little house with a white picket fence where he and Deanna could settle down to raise a family. John went to work for Scott Lumber Company helping to produce and market Fertimulch, an innovative product created by the Scott Lumber Company in Burney.
In 1963, his father bought a garage in Burney and John worked together with him running Ospital Service. Next, John worked as a sales representative for AAA insurance .Then he worked for 29 years for Citizens Phone Company that became Frontier. During his varied career, John continued to pursue his love for music by performing as a drummer throughout the Intermountain area.
Deanna got a job at Lorenz Lumber. After her children were born, she stayed home to care for them until they reached the age at which they had full school days. Then she returned to work, still doubling as a mom after school. She worked for Louisiana Pacific, Fiberboard, Big Valley Lumber, and finally, Dicalite
While working and raising a lovely family, John and Deanna served the community in numerous ways over the decades.
They have been involved in Burney Basin Days and community activities since the early 1960’s through the Jaycees and the Jaceettes.
Deanna has been a member of the Soroptimists for more that 25 years. She has helped with the Christmas tree lighting ceremony since its inception.
John was a charter member of Burney Rotary. He has been an active participant in the Burney Chamber of Commerce since 2000 and was very involved in the Burney Beautification Project.
Both John and Deanna have helped organize the Burney Basin Days Parade for the past 13 years. In recent years, they have also helped to facilitate the Chamber of Commerce Ham Run.
Throughout their years of service to the Burney Community they have always maintained a “can do” spirit and radiated an atmosphere of good cheer.
Expressing their optimism and love for Burney, John and Deanna said, “We look forward to seeing energetic people continue the traditions of Burney Basin Days bringing fresh ideas to the celebration and the community.”