Rotary Club of Morro Bay
We meet Tuesdays at 11:45 AM
Morro Bay Golf Club
201 State Park RoadMorro Bay, CA 93442United States
2013 Rotary Golf breaks record participation with over 60 golfers!The 5th Seapines Tournament was our biggest yet with over 60 golfers including 15 sponsored MBHS Golf Team participants with 9 boys and 4 girls and 2 coaches. We can be proud of all of these fine young people.
Major Sponsors included Rabobank, the Morro Bay Power Plant, Vanir Construction, The Bay News, Fennacy Law, Brickhouse BBQ, Morro Bay Garbage, Sierra Vista Hospital, Seaside Real Estate and Property Management, George - CYR Attorneys, Chuck Clarke, ASAP Reprographics, Bayshore Realty, and Dale Reddell plus many more!
Again thisyear, 1st place was the Boucher Team with a 9 hole score of 25, 2nd was the Rabobank group, and 3rd to Holdstock and Williams group all scored 26. Closest to the pin at 6" was Gary Holdstock. Longest Drive was our own Mike Williams!Thanks to all of our volunteers, golfers, and sponsors!
Pictured above, an eagle shot by our own Gregg Kaufman (of course mullignas may have assisted, but for a charity golf tournament, purchased mulligans are a great thing!).
A tribute to Graham Pask
We lost one of our wonderful members on Thursday March 21st. Graham Pask died in his sleep. His funeral service was a tribute to an amazing family man and community leader. Over 300 friends, family members, and co-workers attended St. Timothy’s Catholic Church on Kennedy Way in Morro Bay.
At our Rotary meeting March 26th several members expressed fondmemories of Graham.
Recently retired Morro Bay Fire Chief Mike Pond said thatGraham was a fire fighter reserve member for 17 years. He often thought there was a zip linestraight from Graham’s house in North Morro Bay on Nutmeg to the driver’s seatof the fire engine at Station One on Harbor Street. As soon as the tones sounded, Graham was onhis way to help.
Current Fire Chief Steve Knuckles said that Graham was theliaison to the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation for the past 17 years. Hespent a lot of time going to schools, educating children and helping withfoundation activities. Graham also had avery busy full-time job with Symantec, which took a lot of time andeffort. To his three children, he was thevery best father any child could have.
Dan Costley reminisced about the incident when his friend,Linda, asked Graham to help with her cat. Without a moment’s hesitation, hefigured out how to get her cat out of a tree.
Bill Peirce lived a half a block from Graham and watched forhim to go by at Mach 2 whenever the scanner lit up with a fire or rescuecall. Bill bought a lot of cookies fromGraham’s kids as they raised money for community events. He will be missed by many, many people.
Former Fire Chief Jeff Jones hired Graham in 1994 as areserve fire fighter for about $5 per hour. Morro Bay has two fire stations, but fire fighters always felt Fire StationNumber Three was Graham’s house on Nutmeg. Graham always backed his car into his driveway to shave seconds off hisresponse time to Fire Station Number One. Jeff’s daughters always babysat Graham’s kids and are friends to thisday. Of course, his children’sactivities continue the tradition of giving back to their community. His son, Austin, just completed a serviceproject to install a new entry sign for the fire department.
Meredith Fennacy received a Facebook posting from a totalstranger in Hawaii who saw the obituary on her site and wanted to comment thatGraham was his second father.
Stanley Craig is also a reserve fire fighter and said thatit takes thousands of hours of commitment to serve as a reserve to the city,and Graham made a huge contribution to all of us.
John Weiss noted that Graham’s daughter, Courtney, was amember of the high school interact club and also went to RYLA. The tradition of service certainly continueswith the children.
Steve Knuckles thanked us for offering to help with Graham’sservice, as his fire fighters are pretty “tapped out” from the pain of losingGraham and preparing for his funeral. John and Meredith Fennacy lead preparations and food following the service at the fire department. What a wonderful celebration of the life of fellow Rotarian Graham Pask!
Master PRLS classes coming again!!! For the next several months the classes will be either in the Ventura or Kern Counties. The schedule for the next couple of months follows:
Ventura January 19th Master PRLS 2, February 16th Masters PRLS 5, April 12th Basic PRLS
Kern March 2nd Basic PRLS, March 9th Master PRLS 3, March 16th Master PRLS 4, April 5th Basic PRLS
Please contact me if you would like more information on these amazingly beneficial classes.Heidi Kimbrell - PRLS CoordinatorRotary Club of Morro Bay
2012 has been a great year for Morro Bay Rotary!! Round-a-Bout Clean-ups... PRLS... Socials... Golf Tournament... Evening with Heart... March Madness... and soon to be the Fish Fry... Morro Bay Car Show... 4th of July... Harbor Fest... MBHS Scholarships... etc... etc... etc... Hope you are all able to do what you can for the cause!!! Such a wonderful way to keep connected with your City, with your Club and with those we serve!!
2012 has brought WONDERFUL SPEAKERS!!! We've learned a lot about our members through craft talks... Matt Franklin, Meredith and John Fennacy, Rick Grantham, Mike Shaffron - what lives we've all led... It is always gratifying to hear the roads we've all taken - the places we've all lived - the people we've met along the way - and most importantly, the lives we've changed!!!!
We met Woody and his wife who work with PROJECT LIFESAVER, a volunteer search and rescue program aimed at helping those with dementia/alzheimers by giving those in the program transmitters should they go missing. They have helped over 385 clients over the years and boast a 100% success rate...
San Luis Ambulance educated us in the increasing technology of being in the Emergency Medical Service profession. New monitors, high tech computer equipment so that interfacing with the hospitals can be done quickly, auto-pulse which aides in the performance of CPR... all more efficient which means we are in great hands - should we need the help!!
The Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce - which has always been in great hands under the leadership of our very own Craig Schmidt - is doing the best to BUILD A BETTER MORRO BAY!!! Their hope is to promote community, create a strong local economy, provide a network of opportunities and be an advocate for business!!
Shannon McQuat is the Marketing & Outreach Coordinator for TRANSITIONS, a mental health advocate organizaton who provide support services for those living with mental health issues and their families thru the SLO Hotline, SLO the STIGMA, Housing programs, Employment programs, Growing Grounds Farm, Family Services and much, much more...
Needless to say there's always lots to learn... lots to do... and many ways to help!!! That's it for now - talk soon... jamie
If you didn't come, then you missed it -- the nice social gathering we held at the Morro Bay Wine Seller in Marina Square on the Embarcadero. Those of us who came enjoyed a nice selection of wines poured by Vicki and a great spread. Lots of chit-chat, mucnhing, and wine, wine, wine -- also, lots of fun!
There are more photos in the photo section of this web site -- take a look.