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BOD Oct 28, 2014
Auction Setup & BBQ Oct 31, 2014
Mountain Sunrise Auction Nov 01, 2014 01:00 PM - 09:00 PM
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BOD Nov 18, 2014
District Leadership Institute Nov 22, 2014
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BOD Dec 16, 2014
Oct 20, 2012
by Jerry Savage

Rotarians Provide Hospital With Vital Monitors

Michael P. Neufeld | Oct 19, 2012

Mountains Community Hospital’s Kathleen Walsh applies electrodes to Rotarian Rudy Westervelt during a demonstration of the new Propaq LT monitor purchased by a $25,000 grant from the Mountain Sunrise Rotary Club. (Photo by Michael P. Neufeld)


May 10, 2012
by Jerry Savage

Remote Monitoring Made Possible

In honor of their 25th anniversary, members of the Mountain Sunrise Rotary Club have made a donation of $25,000 to Mountains Community Hospital to be used to purchase new patient monitoring equipment.


May 17, 2012
by Jerry Savage

  RYLA 2012-Teamwork Game

Games  help the students learn how to become a better leader and work together as a team.

The 16 Rim students who attended RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) last month came home from the weekend hanged people.


Jun 17, 2012
by Jerry Savage

 Students’ Art Reaps Prizes  

Mountain News: Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2012 10:02 am 

The first art competition sponsored by the Mountain Sunrise Rotary Club drew 35 entries from students at Mary Putnam Henck Intermediate School, Rim High School and Mountain High School.


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Posted by Jerry Savage on Aug 13, 2014


Laura Dyberg, founding member of the Fire Safe Council, gave a brief history of fire issues on the mountain.  The Fire Safe Council was begun, by local concerned citizens, in 1999.  She stated that 98% of all wildfires are started by man with a very small percentage by lightning.

Fuel elimination is the key.  Make your home safe by keeping the outside perimeter free of debris that could be used as fuel.  She advocated  having an evacuation plan in effect and having an inventory ready of the items you would not want to leave.  A video was shown, YEA Rudy, of the devastating effects of wildfires.

Posted by Jerry Savage on Aug 09, 2014

ImageDoctor Dirt, Professor Duane Banner spent 21 minutes on Lake Arrowhead history:

Duane recalled some of the earlier owners of the Lake, including Jules Berman, and the improvements to tte area made in that time. Evidently, Mr. Berman has some serious political pull – and it help him lobby for Highway 18 to be widened to 4 lanes in the 1960’s – he felt that he would never be able to fully develop the area without an improved road.

Duane also discussed some of the early water and dam issues. In the 1960’s, the residents rejected the idea that the Lake would become a reservoir for the state – which seems to have been a good call!

Duane also had a nice bunch of photos of the lake, and construction and dredging activities that have happened over the years.

More next time!

Posted by Jerry Savage on Aug 01, 2014



Rory “The Car Guy” Balmer gave us a really nice long talk about why the State of California is busy re-regulating the smog check industry.

I would provide a much more detailed report, but I got stuck on “Mass Oxy Flow Sensor.”

Rory SERIOUSLY knows his business!!

Posted by Jerry Savage on Jul 25, 2014

ImageProgram Number 2, Dr. Ama Lacey:

Dr. Ama Lacey, General Surgeon on staff at Mountains Community Hospital gave us an inside look into the hospital, and the amazing capabilities they have developed over the years.

She gave us a bit of her personal bio, including the fact that her career started in Ridgecrest – while she lived in Corona. Still living on Corona, the commute to the Mountains is much better – except for foggy days!

Dr. Lacey emphasizes getting to know a patient carefully and fully to help understand exactly how to help – a practice that seems to help a lot.

Dr. Lacey had many nice things to say about our local hospital, including the staff and they high level of equipment and machinery she needs to provide her service.

Thanks, Dr. Lacey for your talk!

Posted by Jerry Savage on Jul 25, 2014

ImageProgram 1, Dr. Patrick Raines:

Dr. Raines stopped by for breakfast and to present PolarRotary plunge awards to the participants – Remember that day in February when the water was about 43 degrees? About $23,000 was raised that day!

            Recipients:    Thacker

                                  John Moore


           Tammy Decroo

           And Rudy for 2010?

Thanks, Dr. Raines!

Posted by Jerry Savage on Jul 25, 2014



Initiation of Matthew Ward

Initiation Master Geoff Hopper tried hard to embarrass new initiate Matt Ward – but failed miserably. Unfortunately, most of us know Matt and his sordid background already!

Everyone is excited that we have a new member under the age of 40 to bring the average age down – WELCOME MATT!!!

Posted by Jerry Savage on Jul 17, 2014

ImageMember and Post Master Denise Amante presented a few thoughts about the Post Office. We all learned that the Post Office was founded in 1775, and that postage rates were WAY higher at that time than they are now! In the past most long distance mail was transported by boat – nowadays, it happens through a contract with FedX!

Also, what everyone suspected is TRUE: The most profitable part of the Post Office is junk mail! Who would have guessed?

Denise also spoke about some of the technology that they use to keep on track which actually sounds pretty sophisticated. Unfortunately, they find themselves in the position of needing to consolidate some facilities, leading a number of members concern about the closing of the Rim Forest facility.

Thanks for the insight, Denise!

Posted by Jerry Savage on Jul 11, 2014

ImageFire Chief Jim Johnstone offered today’s program.

Not a lot of good news, but good reason for us to understand that we live in a dangerous place!

Jim spoke a bit about our mountain – and the special problems that we have. We don’t have a lot of house fires – but when we have a fire, it has the opportunity to get very large. The fire department has 8 fire stations in the area – the specific reason is to have as short a response time as possible to keep the fire from getting too large. ALSO, 70% of what that does here is emergency medical services, so station proximity helps that as well.

Jim spoke of our ability to work together as a community – and our nature as “mountain people” that leads us to live here in the first place.

Jim handed out brochures for disaster preparedness, and spent time encouraging us to consider a disaster plan for our families.

Posted by Jerry Savage on Jul 11, 2014



Jim turned the podium over to Chief Ron Walls – who spoke about the ways we can be prepared as residents – by being CERT trained, learning how to communicate (by text) during an emergency and what has been learned from previous disasters, such as the Mexico City earthquake.

Ron described the CERT program, and said they would be offering a new course for those interested in the fall.

Posted by Jerry Savage on Jul 03, 2014



John introduced our 2014-2015 Fine Master MONICA PEPP!!

Monica asked everyone to please complete their info sheets so she could make the most of this season’s fining – which will be collected in cash this year.

Monica did a dry run – noticing President Moore’s lack of name badge, Mike Cronshey’s illegal U turn in front of her office and Scott Markovich’s still on display (He lost) campaign sign. Doesn’t look like Monica will miss much -Bring your wallet.

Posted by Jerry Savage on Jul 03, 2014



Introduction of the 2014-2015 Board of Directors and Committee Chairs

President Moore reviewed all of the new and continuing Board members, along with the various committee heads. A copy of the full list was available at the table.

  • John mentioned that Alan the CFO is looking to be replaced.
  • Davis Hopper reviewed the upcoming program year, and briefly reviewed everyone’s responsibility to help.
Posted by Jerry Savage on Jun 07, 2014

ImageKen Decroo was today’s program speaker. He spoke about the great changes and enormous mandates in the education system.

Ken gave us a brief commentary about “Common Core”. Evidently, the program was created in 1997 to develop new standards for teachers and administrators in the education workplace. Ken likened it to uprooting a tree every so often to see if it is growing properly! It seems he may not be a fan of the program. His comment is that it might not be a bad program, but the execution is awful.

Ken also spoke about the “LCAP” program. It is supposed to bring controls back to the local community, but really ended up creating a large number of unfunded mandates. There is a very difficult environment for finding – especially since funding is based upon kids sitting at desks – and our local enrollment is falling.

Ken talked a bit about his background, and of his time in Fontana, and his pride in the program that he developed there and brought to the mountains – the “Community Nights” program. Ken has used that program to help bring the community to the schools to help – which is his goal – The system needs help as the funds diminish. The community needs to step up to help. Education is everyone’s job!

Thanks for your presentation, Ken!

Posted by Jerry Savage on May 30, 2014

ImageToday’s Annual Memorial Day Program featured Leslie Dodge Taylor – a stewardess who helped ferry GI’s to and from Viet Nam in the sixties.

Leslie was a flight attendant in the 60’s who worked for Continental Airlines, one of the carriers that was contracted to transport troops to and from Viet Nam during the war there.

Leslie described the procedures they used and a few of the service men she had transported – noting that the Navy was the nicest, the Army was the most fun and the Marines were the most macho! No notice of the Air Force. She was in Viet Nam during the roughest part of the war – the TET offensive, and told several stories about the troops, and the things they did to make them comfortable. (Like smuggling Coors beer aboard the plane) Leslie said the troops on the way in had little idea what they were in for, and the ones on the way home were very subdued.

After a couple of computer miss-fires and with help from computer virtuoso Bob Cantrell, Leslie was able to show the group a slide show of a few of her experiences while working.

One particularly interesting and touching moment was when Leslie mentioned that she visited a hospital for the wounded – and what an amazing experience that was.

Thank you Leslie for helping us to remember the Troops on this Memorial Day!

Posted by Jerry Savage on May 30, 2014



As usual, Initiation Master Geoff Hopper carefully prepared his remarks for today’s ceremony. New Member Initiate Larry DiAngelo’s insurance business is such a treasure trove of fascinating stories, Geoff was unable to choose one to relay – SO, we went ahead and performed the secret ceremony in the expectation that many amazing insurance adventures will follow.


Posted by Jerry Savage

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