Monthly Archives: June 2015

Tuolumne County Sheriff Jim Mele Speaks


by Herman Schaap, June 9 2015

james meleWe had Tuolumne County Sheriff Jim Mele as our guest speaker on Tuesday, June 9 2015. Jim is married, has 5 Children and is a Sonora resident for the past 27 years. Jim has a wealth of experience. He started out as a deputy within the prison system and worked his way up. In 2006 Jim registered to be placed on the ballot for the office of Tuolumne County Sheriff.  He won his election by a landslide and is now serving a second tenure. Jim is working hard to make his department economically sound and enhance the delivery of services. He also stated that most individuals hired for a position within the department now have college degrees. This was different several years ago when a High School diploma was sufficient for the job. Jim realizes that he is an elected official and has to listen to the public. He asked the Citizens to let him know how he can be more effective doing his job. Sheriff Mele’s Vision Statement is:

While we preserve the foundation of our cultural and historic past, our continued success depends on a shared vision of tomorrow. The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office is a dynamic and proactive organization devoted to service excellence. We value the diversity of input from our communities, each employee and each volunteer. We demand of ourselves cooperation and respect between divisions, units and individual members. Through a process of continuous improvement and adaptation, we will achieve a successful future enhanced by technology, education and training.

Thank you Jim for sharing your thoughts with us.

Jim Miele talking to the Rotarians

Jim Mele talking to the Rotarians




Jean Herschede talked about the Amigos de Guatemala

58087e5d-8dc0-47cd-afab-3535f392fea2Jean Herschel, Director of the Amigos de Guatemala, delivered the Groveland Rotary Club  a presentation about the Rotary sponsored projects in that region.
An Ohio native, Jean has a love for Latin America. The first introduction was through Rotary as an exchange student to Brazil in the 70’s. During her college years, Jean spent time in Columbia to learn Spanish. Armed with a sheep skin from Vanderbilt University in Portuguese, Spanish and Business, her career in software consulting and sales took her to various parts of Latin America including Brazil, Guatemala and Uruguay. In retirement, Jean’s volunteering has focused on students and their education both in Sonoma County as well as in Guatemala. Active in Healdsburg Rotary as the international chair and her district’s International Humanitarian award winner in 2015, she is also a Director of the Amigos de Guatemala program, on the steering committee for Tomorrow’s Leaders Today, on the Student Attendance Review Board and a volunteer in the Cloverdale schools.

by Sharon Hunt

Sharon Hunt introduces Jean Herschede

Sharon Hunt introduces Jean Herschede









Jean delivering her speech

Jean delivering her speech