Rotary Club of Capitola-Aptos
We meet on Thursdays at 12:15. Contact us at 831-662-3113
Seascape Golf and Country Club
610 Club House DriveAptos, CA 95003-4868United States
Congratulations to CAP Rotary for a sucessful Sandy Lydon Roast and Toast. Special Thanks and recognition to Pam, Al, Rachel, Gene, The Evans, Maggie Driscoll, everybody who helped make it work, including the Interact and most of all to Sandy Lydon himself, for honoring Rotary and Volunteering to let us have some fun at his expense.
We will have a full board meeting at 1:30, May 9. We need a Treasurers report, minutes, Forward Review of the Sandy Lydon event, Blues festival, Community Grants, DDF and Fourth of July participation, Africa Project and Presidential Debunking along with the District Conference. See You There.
Here the two of them celebrate their private moment of Rotary International recognition and Special awards with Us (and their seven Billion New Internet BFF'S!)
Presented by Past Dist Governor John Fisher and Acting Asst Area Seven District Governor Jon Winston, Kelly and Marie were awarded recognition for an enormous contribution to RI and then received Benefactor lifetime recognition as well. Thanks Past Pres. Kelly! Well Done!
Dark matter, dark Energy, Fuzzy Spots, Entropy and The Big Bang, multi dimensional string Theory and Hubbles focus on a grain of sand equal to 1 BILLION universes? .. Just another George Noory day at Rotary! Thanks Doc.. GL at UCSC. Glad your friends, the Hajduks brought you to speak to us ...Thanks and come back soon.!
Looks like some body broke into the Fund Raiser Wine a little early...( g) Congrats to John on Winning the Drawing! What's it been only about 35 years? Next week be there at the meeting and some thing special is sure to happen.
" Dependency Court" Volunteers, Mentors and CASA.
CAP Board meeting 1:30 PM. Seascape GC. Roast and Toast, Blue's Festival.
April 4, 2013 6PM Rex Manson's Home.
April 1, 6 pm Rex Manson's Home
Taj Dafur. Soquel Water Manager
Thank you InterActors!
Thanks for all the Cap Rotarians and Interactors that generously gave their time on Saturday to make this drive a Success!
Kate Sutherland, Retired Educator
Dr Art Dover, MD
For those computer literate that may want air and travel miles for your credit card buying ..er.. Tax "contribution" to the non profit tax deductable 501.c3 Capitola Aptos Rotary Foundation Sandy Lydon Roast and Toast ...Google:
"Eventbrite", then watch the calendar roll down to Capitola / Aptos Rotary, the Roasting of Sandy ( the History Dude) Lydon, May 10, to buy your tickets to attend. Expect about 1% fee.
And No you get No Foundation credit to a PHF for attending. Sorry.
We are going to need every able body CAP Rotarian, and everybody they can contribute to step up, volunteer in whatever way they can, and offer the fund committee members help wherever they can( Pam, Al, Rachel) and as never before to make this huge Event work. This is going to be a very big, very fun, not to be missed in this once in a lifetime event!
Thanks, Rotarians, in Advance ( TIA) This is a Big challenge.. we will all step up and make it work!
Rex Manson- Proud to be President. Cap Rotary.
This is shaping up to be a Historic, Funny and Sold Out event! The plans have worked out faster and better than anybody anticipated. Tickets are on sale NOW... The auction items are pouring in... This will be a night for all of Santa Cruz to remember!
All proceeds will go to LOCAL non profits, Local education and LOCAL charities. Reserve your seats today either on line by credit card or call Gene Wright 454-0813
March 14, 1:30. All committee chairs please report on your objectives and goals.
Last week I won $150.00....My Name is Stan Hajduk, and I play in the Drawing.
I am a Past President Of the Capitola Aptos Rotary Club. Today I received my Paul Harris Society certificate Recognition..
Would have been Scott Iredell but alas, no Scott. Rolls Over!
I am a Manager at Soquel Water.
I am a retired Educator.
Mark your calenders! Make your reservations Today. Advance tickets $125.00ea.$200 for 2! Thats a Discount worth paying attention to!
Dr. Art Dover, the Aptos Travel Doctor, and Mr. Taj Dafour , Mgr Soquel Water were voted into CAP Rotary today. The 2012-13 Budget was passed and the Sandy Lydon Event Roast was announced, reviewed and approved for MAY 10, 2013, Coconut Grove, Santa Cruz. Details will follow in the new and revised HUB! Cost $125.00 or two for $200.
Bummer Doc. You shoulda bought a ticket.. but whats $100.00?
The CAP Board of Directors including Officers and all Committee Chairs are strongly encouraged to attend. The TWO MAJOR agenda Items will be 1, 2012-2013 CAP Budget as proposed by Treasurer, and 2. Capitola Aptos Rotary Fund raising event update.
This meeting is OPEN to all CAP Rotarians to attend.
Great Presentation and funny.
(Richard Watson Riley Won the drawing!)
Dave Watkins won the Drawing!
Well folks your water rates are going up again. Today Ron the Conservation field manager from Soquel Water brought his lovely Wife and Boss, Taj Dufour to share lunch with us today. After announcements of Monmouth Thanking US for our contributions back in Novermber and Maggie Driscol getting front page coverage for her new Business in Watsonville, we rocked out the welcome song, Karen fined everybody for good news stories of 2012,( Keith rode an elephant!)we listened intently as to why our water rates must be raised again. As politely as possible we accepted the tokens thrown before us and accepted the inevitable about the water tables dropping, seawater infringing and Desalination necessary for the survival of the strawberry farmers in Watsonville.( Ok part of that was made up) Any Way Happy Anniversary to the Duncans, nice folks.
Happy New Year 2013 everybody!!!!!
Rich Hamlin won the drawing for i think $100.00!
Today of Days.. Today we granted two distributions to our Community Service Groups at Dominican Hospital Foundation and our Own Rotocare.Sam Nigh also received his FIFTH Paul Harris, Al DeCamera got Rotarian of the Month, Pam announced a Warriors fundraiser for Tanzania, And our speaker, Dr "Nan" stole the Presidents Singing SANTA HAT! We also heard that Dominican has the highest paid Nurses in The COUNTRY, The Doctors have the worst reimbursement and Kaiser may be planning a move here with the Warriors. We also held a kinda" End of Days" board meeting planning Next years Fundraiser, a Secret Santa Trip was discussed, and our Budget is Fine. So besides the End of the World being predicted for the past 52 centuries by the Mayans for tonight we wish you all a Merry Christmas, Mithras or Saturnalia, Whatever and We will ( probably) see you next year! To begin the 14th Bahktun...
(Nice work Norm on holding the Rotocare Certificate where we can read it)!!
Craig Bagley won the $75.00 Drawing! Congrats!
Sam Nigh brought the splendiferous Dew Wops to sing and carol holidaze songs today. Adorned in Santa Caps and surrounded by Christmas holiday lighting the twelve days of Christmas got a new rendition rated PG13, The President read the Politically correct quandry of Santa and the ecological Libertine Elves Unions, and Sue was seen bearing her new titanium hip and a solid singing voice! Happy Holidays All. Good to See Raisa today, The club is healthy and next week will be fun. Jim and Rex are flumaxxed once again trying to figure out the odds on the same member winning the drawing six times in four months!s! We even checked the bag for sandbagging duplicates...NADA! Be safe Rotarians and all the Best to you and yours.
Jim won the drawing.. for the sixth time.. haha he wasn't there to collect!
Thanks to all who attended the Party, posted on Facebook, sent cards or simply called to wish me a Happy Birthday. You are all the Best! Happy Holidays!
So our neighborhood Big Bang Astrophysicist spoke today from UCSC ( best program on this Planet)..Mark Mozena PhD. We found out in about 4 billion years, give or take, our local Sun will go supernova and we will have a very bad Day when the planet Earth burns up in a radioactive Firestorm.. Other than that the End of The World, due to the end cycle of The Mayan 13th Baktun, will not result in a reversal of the earths Polarity, We will not be struck by an Invisable marauding planet, The earth's crust will not Liquify and the StarGate Wormhole to the center of the Universe( cool as it sounds) does not Exist. He assured us it would be wise to continue buying Christmas Presents for that other Event on the 25th and If the world does surprise us by going Doomsday Solstice on the 21st to call him and he will file a complaint.
Dr. Mozena gave us a Humorous, well animated and Very thoughtful presentation on whats happening with the Higgs Boson, dark Energy, 11 dimensional String Theory and the Cern nuclear Accelerator all in a twenty minute summation.( Yeah right) Thanks Dr. Mozena... Really one of the Best speakers we have ever had. Thanks and we HOPE to see you again next year... (Gulp!)
(Jim won the drawing.. which he can collect when his leg heals up!)
Mr Kunst has published books and CDs on the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. Antecdotal and insightful Mr. Kunst presentation illustrated the compelling and evocative political and influential nature of President Abraham Lincohn. A well prepared and rehersed presentation by a scholar and Educated Lecturer. One of our Best Thanks Mr. Kunst!
(Al Decamera Won the drawing!)
UCSC today presented it's theater arts Department thru the speaking soliloquy of it's number one Thespian and his winsome lithesome wench from Sunrise Rotary, his Development director Ms Ann Gibb.. After sitting thru 30 minutes of Rotary's raunchy falstaffian "hilarity", hearing how and what we try to get done and speaking in honor of our contributions to Sandy, Marco Barricelli summarized the Rotary as incorporating all the best of Shakespearean iconic works, Grand emotions and human failures and foibles. He was very Impressed with the Collection of over $3700 from Cap to send to Monmouth Food shelter for Sandy Disaster relief while waxing historical and poetic about his being raised in Southern California theater before attending Juliard and spending the last Eight years at Shakespeare Santa Cruz. The Arts program he manages now is very successful and nationally recognized..participation by Actors on the Santa Cruz stage has reached worldwide acclaim.. Well presented Marco come back for an Encore next year! Huzzahs!
Btw one of our illustrious members was so moved to evocation by the ionic loquacious eloquence of Sire Marco she may have swooned and wrote Sandy an additional $500 check to help those freezing starving suffering right disaster coast victims. What a noble and worthy gesture for Humanity, Mickey Evans, Bravo! I will post the totals collected and sent as soon as they are reported to me By the Club Treasurer..
Rich Hamlin won the the drawing so I hope He confirms by calling Jim or me to say he read this!
Dr. Stan deserves high praise for his award of a second Paul Harris Fellow.. Laura Grinder is Rotarian of the month!
Happy Thanksgiving Rotary!!!************Be Safe and enjoy this Wonderful DAY of Celebration!***********
The Season of Sharing is Officially OPEN for CAP Rotary! Second Harvest Foodbank.
Today a great presentation from the local Second Harvest Food bank. 1$ can feed 1 meal to four people. 2nd harvest is supporting 128 food programs locally, including NP's and educational food sources. They are trying to educate students on healthy eating and to avoid cheap empty fatty carbs.. and this approach is responsible for healthier more attentive and successful students. They are also advocating nutritional training for new residents whose nutritional heritage may include many cheap but nutritionally empty carbohydrates from corn syrups, GMO's and Soy sources faking as necessary nutrition. Great work Willy. We at CAP support Your local years of worthy public service and are proud to have recently conducted an emergency collection and donation to the victims of Sandy in New Jersey, at the Monmouth and Ocean foodbank, your sister foodbank, that reports having served 3300 hot meals to the disaster survivors with our rotary Contributions. Thanks Willy and We WILL Collect here locally also for KATE!
Nobody Present won the Drawing so it rolls over..
Trestles Beach CAP Rotary Cleanup crew Nov 3 2012. Pickers and Tallymen.
Today Mr Milward from Hospice gave us an insightful and informed overview of the Committment of our local Santa Cruz county volunteers at Hospice. Both an Attorney and pastor Mr Milward presented us the history of Hospice, the facts of Hospice but most importantly the insight into the end of Life dignity that Hospice strives to provide. I want to thank Mr. Milward for the the work he has dedicated himself to and to Hospice for the difficult and challenging work they have done that affects all of us in one avenue or another.
( Graham Stokes Won the Drawing!)
Past CAP Presidents Keith and Al...
Our speaker today serves as the director of development for Childrens Court Advocates AKA ' CASA". We learned that there are over 600 Foster children a year in Santa Cruz County and CASA has about 250 extensively trained Advocates to care for them. These Children have been taken away from irresponsible or negligent parents and placed in Foster homes. The advocates help the children transition by being an advocate not for the Courts or Childrens services but the Child. 70% of the Funding is Donated, CASA has a new Headquarters in Watsonville. Several of our members including Karen Semingson, Clair McAdams and Diane Deavers are volunteers. Thanks Linda for explaining this critical and valuable resource for the lost and often forgotten Children of Santa Cruz County.
Congratulations to Bill Weston on the presentation of his Double Emerald (x7) Paul Harris Award
Special Kudoos to our newly inducted Red Badge, Mr. Jim Klein, Financial Advisor Sevices.
I'm starting to suspect the Fix is in! Richard Watson Riley WINS the drawing AGAIN!!!
Merry Christmas and SAFE travels to all who see this page. Gentle Winds and Following Seas. We took some pictures and Sammy and the D Wops sang Christmas Carols.. Keith interviewed his new best NBBF friend, Rich. It just doesn't get any Better..
BTW if you want to see or download the Pictures go to, register and sign on: "the Rotary Club of Capitola Aptos."
Pictures of the Party are posted on the Facebook Page: "Rotary Club of Capitola Aptos". "
" Twas Two weeks before Christmas,
and All thru Soquel,
They heard Carols and singing,
From Nigh's " House on the Hill"
The House was all lighted,
The night chilly and Wet,
The vino exchanged,
The feast tables well set,
Then Played a Merry, if off key quartet,
a Small Caroling Band , of Harp, Drums and Guitar,
Singing tunes of the Holidays,
For those Loved, close and Far..."
Sunday Dec 11, 4PM Home of the King of the Doo Wops!
BRING TWO bottles of Wine to" Auction for Africa"..( Sam will supply the Drinking Wine) Bring CASH to Buy Pointsettias for St. Judes construction in Africa from Lori and Pam. If you want to bring a salad or your favorite finger food.
MERRY Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Today's speaker, Larry Granger, Santa Cruz Symphony's Conductor, was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow as recognition from our Club for his outstanding 20 years of service to the Symphony. Larry is retiring this year, and gave the Club a preview of the great things he has planned for his farewell season. Great job Larry. It's a pleasure to honor you.
On this Fourth of July 2011 At 7 am the east Pacific rising sun was visible unimpeded without our usual July (gasp) Sacred June gloom Fog.. then it held.. thru the morning , until after the Fabulous "Best ever( KSBW) attended" Aptos " Shortest Parade in the World"which ended by 11 am and we .. still had sun.. Glory! The CAP Rotary got very very Lucky. The day started off warm and clear for the first time this writer can remember in 10 years? Earlier, over a BA hosted Lions Breakfast shared with John the Grey Elder and Jimmy Pancakes Kootch the sun rose warmer and bright while below our station down in the Nisene Park, aka Strawberry fields, Tim and his intrepid , tho shorthanded, set up crew ( Al Nighter and the Eric of Beer) , made sure the barbecues were ready, the Beer was chilled and taste tested for freshness (to protect the Public) the positions manned and awaiting the inevitable heathen post parade onslaught.. And then they came...
By the thousands! Needing to be age verified, harrassed and carded, needing sustenance from our worthy crew of blaze flaming volunteers, requiring chips and basic foamy liquid reinforcement that only we brave Rotarian volunteers were( licensed) to provide..And Provide we did! For Hours Karen the Fair, of the Agile Lightening fast CPA mind, like Watson, pondered the hundreds of possible mathematical combinations of required cash to make change for drinks between 5 and 6 dollars..(ok there were three ,without one's) . Meanwhile Rex and a worthy band of capricious WristBander's ( including Pam, Kelly and Sandra) sometimes checked ID's and otherwise harrassed the mid life multitudes into interminable DMV like lines for wrinkle "Certification", then passed them on to drawn adult beverages with Craig and Genes Wright ,then over to food with Pancakes Kootch.... But all went well! We did it once again! We actually, thanks to Susy , got $$$Tips!
So Congrats ( those of you that showed up) Capitola Aptos Rotarians! We put up a great show and they ( John Q Unwashed Public) showed up Thirsty, tatooed and hungry again.. the Music was great , the sun was brilliant, Aptosian and Del Martian people danced and had a great Day and no hassles seemed to emerge.( good thing because I never saw Security)..
( At least by the time this lazy SOB.. er.. Writer.. left at 3:40 before cleanup, (but during the pre emptive Last Set) due to the fact he had lost all feeling once again in his left leg and lower back...)
Other than THAT loyal CAP Rotarians: Another Great, profitable and Noble Community fundraising service was once again conducted with professional aplomb for the many local non profits we support thru our volunteerism! Great Job CAP!
Last night we dethroned, er, Debunked 201o-1 President Kelly ( Beowulf) Nesheim. Held at the SC yacht Club, hosted by the fire breathing Rev. Stan the Abraham Man and decorated by the artistry of Lori M, we all drank danced, pranced and laughed our way thru goodbye dirgey songs of tribute ( running Bear) from the Never silent Sammy Nigh and his two piece band , Al Nighter and the Dandy Dave Drummers... Short thanks alots were then inaudibly extended by the usually loquacious Great Leader, "Fourway" followed by a spontaneous celebratory Rotarian heathen version of a Freebird Conga line, which wound and rumbled its reptilian Pagan path rhythmically, ok provocatively, around the dance floor.... ImP Pres Karen then passed the enchanted eternal continuity " Golden Pins of Mordor" and (Gift gag-bags) from Pres to Pres Elect Keith M under the auspicious evil eye, and all watching blade, of the inflated Charon himself..( Precious, my PRECIOuS..) The final "coup d grace" came when Al , as first KNight , ceremoniously sent The magic Nordic "Walkabout Lance of Hadenoughyet" to an honored Viking eternity , by sacred immolation, sending the ashes to rest hopefully forever, forever to be unseen again, by human or Rotarian evil Eye, in the pounding fires of Valhalla.
In Other words we all had a great time, Kelly got retired to Past President and a new Day dawns under the Rule of the Duracell Grandpa, Keith.
Today we held a successful " Why Rotary " Day roundtable where 14 Potential Rotarian guests were hosted to a "free lunch" then subjected, once trapped, to the history, purpose and contributions of the CAP Rotary.( We got the small room anyhow.. How.. intimate)
President Kelly ( I am BEOWOLF!) explained the importance of the Four Way Test and Introduced the Club's new successful thumping/ rhythmic songs of his Pagan Lutheran past unto the eardrums of our unsuspecting guests. Good Job Beowolf! Then President elect, Keith( the Duracel Grandpa,) explained the IntraNational, Regional and Local Projects that CAP ( Guatemala) participates/and contributes to. THEN..(Just to add to the frothing excitement) Lori Mullen (the Lion Tamer) was called upon to briefly speak on the FIJI Project (which may become the ( Shush!) Kenya Project This was followed by the CAP God father, ex district Rotary Gov John who attempted to address the now myriad Paul Harris Foundations. Club Disbursment Chair Claire M spoke for the efficacy of the newly Reformed/Grants Committee guidelines and the 14 local non profits we supported in 2011. All in All a successful meeting and perhaps we attracted some new Members. Time will tell.
Two and one half days of Blues and Rock and Roll By the STARS!.. Sometimes Music played so loud that earplugs were advisable , which rocked Aptos this weekend ( ask my Newly Half Deaf dog in Rio del Mar!) .. Thousands of Local and rocker Fans enjoyed/ Survived a panoply of Woodstock like challenging clear blue skies, Rain, chilling wind and muggy afternoon sunshine to hear some of the Best Jimmy Hendrix memorial music ever to be heard live on the central Kali Coast. Of course CAP Rotary helped oil the wheels of celebration by the presence of a majority of it's membership who served our community again by volunteering to operate the Beverages concession. Good for Us, and Better for those many local Non Profits we support, and good Service by us recognized by the frequently expressed appreciation by the Locals: Good for the Music of the Santa Cruz Community. Well played By the Musicians.. Well served by the Rotarians of Capitola Aptos. Be very proud All of your dedicated work and sacrifice this last weekend..
In Particular some individuals need to be recognized: Sue Yost who headed up and organized this enormous project successfully once again, Pam Goodman who once again brought multiple volunteers to help out and Karen Semingsen, who provided several wonderful members of her staff (who also Volunteer on the Jacob's Heart Board)..
As is Rotary tradition : Thanks for your Service unequivocally to ALL who participated. Thank you. " SERVICE ABOVE SELF".
Today multiple non profits received grants from CAP Rotary. After careful consideration as to priority and need The CAP Club awarded over $17,000 to local Charities. In this very challenging year the need for Charity has increased many fold while it is more and more difficult to locate sources of essential funding. We Appreciate and respect the hard work and tremendous contributions these groups have made here locally. Many thanks for all your good work with Charity! Well Done Capitola Aptos Rotary! Service Above Self!
Rotocare, Dientes, Hospice, Jacobs Heart, American Red Cross, Helping Hands, Valencia School, Cabrillo Women,CASA,Symphony League,Save our Shores, Grey Bears, For Kids,Meals on Wheels, Sienna House, Advocacy Nursing Homes Big brother/ Big Sister, Boy Scouts, Helping Hands.
A small but hearty group convened on Beer Can beach for our regular beach cleanup. It was an absolutely beautiful morning, and Steve Allen's daughter won a prize for the most unusual item found!
Humorist and author of "Dancing in my Nightgown"
It's a Blues weekend...
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