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Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2008 10:00 pm | Updated: 10:26 am, Wed Feb 29, 2012.

Dale Edwards just called to tell us that Charles Gardella passed on this morning (April 16th). Charlie was another of those Rotarians who are friends with whomever they meet. He was a Rotarian since 1987 and his birthday one month ago today, (March 16th). Our condolences go out to the Gardellas, especially Jenny.

I had written the paper up to this point when Dale called with the news. Charlie was relieved of his pain at a good time because things seemed as though they were going to get worse, so some things work out for the best even if they aren’t what we would have liked. I liked Charlie and wanted what was best for him, and that seems to the path the good Lord took.

Motto for April 15th: The Lord giveth and the IRS taketh away.

The program this week is a tag-team approach in which there will be a number of Rotarians telling us things of vital interest. We will hear from Chris Littlefield, Mike Carouba, Sheila Zweifel, Janet Hamilton and others.

The meeting will be in Burgundy Hall. One week from now, on the first, the meeting will be held at the famous landmark, Phillips Farms with Don Phillips presiding. Phillips is famous for having operated the food and fine wine conglomerate for many years. The founder has operated fresh fruit and vegetable outlets on two of the four corners of Lodi as well as one in Davis, and has culminated in the establishment on west Highway 12, where much of the produce for sale in the store is grown.

As a point of interest, the present Phillips Farms location is also the home of Michael David Fine Wines, the surprising upstart winery that in a very short period of time garnered prize after prize for the quality of the product they create.

The boys may have made the wine, but Don is responsible for naming some of the elixir they created and that’s what has stimulated the international stir.

Next week: Great program. Carson Funderburk, the general manager of General Mills will be here to share the secret recipe for making Kix. Many of us worked our way through our college years out at the Mill putting boxes of cake mix into cases and sending them out to the world at large. Working out there was fun, you could eat all the Wheaties you wanted, but you had to do it there.

The one thing I remember that was a feature on coffee breaks â€" the gossip out there was legendary. All one had to do was mention a name and it was the old maid equivalent of Google, there wasn’t anything you couldn’t find out about a Lodi resident.

Some of it was so good we had to swear to secrecy on a stack of silverware coupons.

Along with the Funderbunk boy will be a presentation by

the Jim Elliott Christian High School robotics class and a demonstration of their very own robot right here in this very room. You might remember the class won at the international contest a couple of years ago.

Don’t be taken in by the "new findingsâ€A by some British doctors that suggest vitamins are not only not necessary but dangerous. The most dangerous thing you can do is listen to people like that. The drug companies spend a lot of money to promote made up facts. A real fact is always better information.

God speed, Charlie…

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