Roseville Rotarians gathered for our regular Monday meeting and were greeted by a friendly handshake by Greg Carlson.  President Brad called the meeting to order.  Greg also lead the pledge, Julie Wearn was our Invocation leader, giving us a touching reminder about spending time with family.    Visitors and guests abounded and were introduced by Julie also.  
Special Announcements
  • We shared many fond memories by way of Sad/Happy Dollars for our beloved member, Seth Eggessa, who passed away this last weekend.
  • No Meeting next Monday for Martin Luther King Day.
  • June 22, 2017 is Taste of Rosefest!!
Brad Kirscher, Ben Utecht
This week’s program was presented by Ben Utecht, a former NFL player who shared his interesting story about his NFL career and the injuries the sidelined him and ended his career suddenly.  Ben played in the NFL for 7 years and was on a winning Colt’s team in the 2006 Super Bowl.  He suffered several head injuries and after the 5th one was unable to continue playing.  This unfortunate situation propelled him onto a new career – motivational speaking and representing the American Academy of Neurology as a spokesman and board member of the American Brain Foundation.
Ben’s fascinating details about his career in sports and his current passion were a real inspiration to make the best of what we have and to give back.  Ben has written a book:
Counting the Days While My Mind Slips Away.
After listening to Ben I think his book should be called “Making the most of my days …”
His energy and enthusiasm for sports and for continuing to make sports safe by recognizing injury and developing new regimes for those injured.   To have productive lives after sports is really important for all athletes and was very refreshing to hear about.
Ben, you made our snowy day!  You have an inspirational story and all the best of luck to you and your family as you continue to grow in your public speaking career and educate others in the area of brain injury.