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Posted by Andrea Lueker on Sep 18, 2014
Rotary Club of Morro Bay
Bulletin – September 16, 2014
Beautiful, sunny weather, just like a tropical island.
Chicken, slaw salad with coconut (yum), noodles with asparagus and Antonia Birthday Cake.
PRESIDENT NICKS TIE COLOR
President Elect Carol Furtado was not wearing a tie today.
PLEDGE OF ALLIGENCE
Dan Costley led us in the pledge.
Sarah Ketcham gave the invocation.
Sid, in honor of Antonia’s birthday, led us in a rousing version of Happy Birthday, too bad no one but Antonia, could sing it in German.
VISITING ROTARIANS AND GUESTS
Gil Inglehart, Rotary Club of Cayucos
Amanda Wirtz, Rotary Club of San Diego
Faith Mimnaugh, Cal Poly Women’s Basketball Coach and Program
Lisa Gilbert, mother of Hannah Gilbert who plays for Faith, guest of John Weiss
Ferris Zoe of Ferris Zoe Designs business in Morro Bay, guest of Andrea Klipfel.
Annie Dover, Rotary Club of Los Osos
Amy Burden, guest of Annie Dover
Cathy Zotovich, wife of Pete Zotovich, celebrating their 33rd wedding anniversary and Cathy’s retirement
Antonia Grunert, our exchange student from Germany
Jocelyn Furtado, daughter of Carol.
CLUB BUSINESS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Carol asked Antonia to say a few words and Antonia shared that she is from Germany and is spending a year in California. She has been in school for 3 weeks and is enjoying it. She likes the nature that surrounds Morro Bay, especially the beach and ocean. She also feels like the community is very relaxed and friendly.
Annie Dover and Amy Burden announced they were co-campaign chairs for Measure D, funding for school repairs.
Jack Barrett collected additional dollar bills for the Paul Harris Fellow board.
Ken Casida conducted a drawing for the current quartet and Ken Stilts name was chosen, Ken also passed around a sign-up for 2 new quartets.
President Elect Carol thanks all those who had volunteered for the Avocado/Margarita Festival.
President Elect Carol reminded the membership about the joint Lolo’s/Rotary Chamber Mixer scheduled for September 18th at Lolo’s.
President Elect Carol reminded members of the Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 17th at Carla’s Country Kitchen, beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Elsie Casida sent around her sign-up sheet for working the entrance gate at the Harbor Festival
Jamie Boucher thanked all the Rotarians that helped set-up for Barbara Riddell’s service last Friday.
Doug Riddell thanked all those who came to the service, relaying that he thought it was a perfect event. For those of you who knew Barbara, I am betting that she thought so too!
Maria Riley announced that the Quota Club had a raffle and were raffling off two $250 Visa Cards, the raffle tickets are $1 and the raffle will be held on October 26th.
Don Costley reported that he worked with Melissa Davis at the Avocado/Margarita Festival and he thanked her for her enthusiasm and excitement for Rotary.
John Weiss introduced Amanda Wirtz who shard that she was also a foreign exchange student through the Rotary program in her younger days. She then shared that she had been diagnosed with a rare disease and that process made her change her thinking from “what do I want to be” to “who do I want to be”. Amanda also shared that she was a Combat Veteran and was competing in the Ms. Combat Veteran contest in D. C. later in the year and if she won, she would use the proceeds to advocate for homeless women veterans.
HONORARY MEMBER INDUCTION
Don Doubledee and John Weiss, brought up Faith Mimnaugh and she was inducted as an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Morro Bay. Faith then received her 1st standing ovation of the day.
UPCOMING DATES AND EVENTS
October 3 -5, 2014 – Harbor Festival
October 3-5, 2014, District 5240 Conference (Monterey)
November 14, 2014 – Extemporaneous Public Speaking (Embassy Suites, SLO)
November 27, 2014 – Community Thanksgiving Dinner
December 2014 - Salvation Army Bell Ringing, Caroling Cops, Morro Bay High School Choir
December 6, 2014 – Lighted Boat Parade
February 7, 2015 – Planned Public Speaking (Embassy Suites, SLO)
February 7, 2015 – Evening with Heart
March 2015 – 4-Way Essay Test, District Assembly
April 11, 2015 – Business Planning & Project Management (Embassy Suites, SLO)
April 17-19, 2015 - RYLA
April 2015 – Fish Fry
May 1-3, 2015 – Morro Bay Car Show
May 2015 – Sea Pines Golf Tournament
June 2015 – Demotion/Induction Party
Way too busy to fine today!
PROGRAM-Faith Mimnaugh, Cal Poly Women’s Basketball Coach
Quick Note – since I (Andrea Lueker) am the one that writes most of the bulletins, today I am going to take editorial privileges with a comment. I have been a Rotarian for many, many years and there are a few reoccurring programs that are outstanding – of course the Colonel’s Dog Sled program is one of them and Faith Mimnaugh is another. I have probably heard her speak 6 or 7 times and it is always a joy to see she’s going to be speaking!
John introduced Faith, new honorary member of our club. Faith began her program by diving on the floor and explaining that she hoped that all her basketball players ended up as Rotarians, as Rotarians are givers. She then shared that she hoped all the members would be able to come out and support the team all year, but especially for their opening day on November 23rd versus Portland State, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are a bargain at $8 for adults, less for seniors and a season ticket for $35.00. Faith continued her presentation about what she looks for in a prospective basketball player.
Intensity – are they willing to dive on the floor, Faith shared that while she was only 5 ft., 2 in. tall, she played both college and professional basketball, due in part to her tenacity and intensity. She also shared that Lisa Gilbert’s daughter Hannah Gilbert also had that intensity.
Givers – do they believe in teamwork and do they “set-up” others to succeed.
Passion – do they have passion for basketball, family and teammates, are they people of character.
Do they “touch the lines” – people that follow through and don’t cut corners.
For the past 4 out of 5 years, the team has had post-season play. The Big West conference also selects 1 player in the entire league that hustles the most and in the past 12 years, members of Faiths team has won 6 times.
Faith then led us through a VERY animated reenactment of a game last year against Hawaii where the team was behind by 17 points and ended up winning the game in the last 4 seconds. Faith shared that the qualities that made a good player are also qualities that make a good Rotarian; be committed to the effort, be consistent, don’t be afraid to try something and fail, be persistent and have faith.
Faith then received her 2nd standing ovation of the day!
President Elect Carol thanked all for coming, Jeff Jones won the 50/50, Amanda Wirtz, John Headding and Rick Grantham were drawn for Paul Harris squares and next week’s program is Hunter Francis from the Cal Poly Center for Sustainability.
Posted by Jamie Boucher on Jun 08, 2014
As this Rotary year winds down, I just wanted to say thanks to Elsie, Judy and Don for helping me get out as many bulletins as we could this year!!! Couldn't have done it without you...
What a treat it was to see Frank Martinez last week... I can honestly say that you have been greatly missed Frank and I for one hope we are able to see more of you in the coming months/year!!! For those of you who weren't able to be there - we finally were able to hear the end of Frank's Craft Talk - I think anyway, truth be told, I think if given the opportunity, Frank has plenty more stories he could tell - some of them even appropriate... and yes, Frank sounded great and looked even better!!!
DEMOTION: Prez David's Demotion is still scheduled for Wednesday, June 25th @ St. Tim's beginning at 530pm... Please contact Jamie if you plan on attending and haven't rsvp'd... and yes, can always use some help - again, contact Jamie if you have some spare time that afternoon...
PROJECT SURF CAMP - Saturday, August 2nd @ Coleman Beach... arriving at 8am; go thru an orientation; dress the kids in their wet suits; warm-up; and then get in the water with kids (for those of you who don't have a wet suit, they have some you can borrow)... please contact Jamie if you are able to attend!!! Friends and family are also welcome to come and help!!!
Programs that I wasn't able to write up but wanted to acknowledge - got to listen to Hal Abrams talk about the "birthing" of a local radio station - 97.3 Estero Bay Community Radio... Fellow Rotarians Judy Salamacha, Amy Christey, and Steve Knuckles either have programs or speak on a pretty regular basis... They were at the Music Fest yesterday and kept us entertained in between sets... Way to go Hal and team!!! We were treated to our annual FFA BBQ while we listened to Andy, Ayla, Bailey, Keely and Holly talk about their amazing and life changing experiences at this year's RYLA Conference. They all expressed their appreciation to Rotary for helping to make their experience possible. Ron Rasmussen told us all about the Elfin Forest Natural Area - its history, its flora and its fauna... having once lived at the end of 15th Street and calling the Elfin Forest my front yard, I can attest to its beauty!! Leigh Livick told us all about her trip to Nepal as an ambassador for Hand in Nepal; an organization we have sponsored over the years... its always heartwarming to hear how others are helping children worldwide and how we were able to play a part in making that happen... Leigh - you inspire us!!
During our Craft Talk - we also got to know Maria O'Reilly better... talk about involved - she not only is a member of Rotary, she is also current President of the Quota Club, is a member of the Estero Bay Newcombers, and an avid quilter (Claire Grantham - are you listening??)
That's it for this article - please keep reading about our incredibly successful Golf Tournament with special thanks to John Weiss and Dan Costely for all their hard work!! and also read an article written by Elsie about the Assistance League - I missed that program and from what I can tell - I missed out on learning about an amazing organization...
Posted by Jamie Boucher on May 13, 2014
What a perfect day for the 6th Annual Morro Bay Rotary and EcoRotary Golf Extravaganza!! 13 Teams took to the course at 815am with a shot gun start; played a round of enjoyable and for many, competitive golf, finishing with a wonderful breakfast and Awards Ceremony. Fellow Morro Bay Rotarians Ken Casida (and son-in-law), Steve Carnes (and wife), Heidi Kimbrell (and son), John Weiss, Jamie Boucher (and husband and son), Gregg Kauffman, Nick Mendoza, Ken Stilts (and sons) all took part in the tourney. None of this could have taken place without all the help from John Weiss (sponsor and raffle prize getter extraordinaire), Dan Costley (who was also able to procure sponsors, a golf club, and gift certificates as well as was responsible for getting a Los Osos and a Cayucos team to enter). Let us not forget Chuck Clarke, Bill Peirce, Jeff Jones, Jude Long, Don Doubledee, Sid Symington, Nancy Ford and Dan's better half - Linda for all the help morning of!!! The Mendoza / Sela / Galvez / Martinez Team (yes - our that would be Nick Mendoza's team) dethroned the 3-time champion (that would be the "yours truly team") to take home the 1st Place Trophy, they were followed by the Holdstock & Friends Team in 2nd with the John Weiss / Tobin / Tobin / Tobin / Candella team taking 3rd... (the Bouchers were not only dethroned but shut out...) Long Drive went to Deanna Richards from the Los Osos Rotary Team (yes, she out drove all the guys - and if she hadn't, then Rita Carnes would have won - also outdriving all the guys). Closest to the Pin honors went to Ken Stilts, Jr... It was a wonderful day, supporting our many causes - none of which could have been done without all the help and support - so THANKS TO ALL!!!
Posted by Elsie Casida on Apr 29, 2014
Our April 29th meeting was called to order by Prez Dave who also presented the weekly joke. We collected a few fines by asking questions from the new Rotarian magazine.
Guests included Gail Stoneburg with the Assistance League and a fellow Rotarian from Los Osos.
PRLS is being held at Upper Crust in SLO on June 21st; contact Heidi K if you are interested.
ROUNDABOUT CLEANUP TOMORROW....Wednesday April 30th… contact Mike P for details or heck, just show up – you’ll be welcomed with open arms!!!.
CAR SHOW on May 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. We need more people to work the booths, set up and clean up, etc – this is a fundraiser for Rotary and an event that we’ve helped at for years – if available, please volunteer to help.
The GOLF TOURNAMENT is scheduled for May 10th at Sea Pines. We need more participants and would appreciate it if some Rotarians would pay for a high school golf team member to play. Right now we have nine teams... Fivesomes... $55.00/ person
Gary Owens said he needs help to cut meat Friday night for the Car Show BBQ
PROJECT SURF CAMP coming up on Saturday, August 2nd – an amazing experience that we hope you’ll take part in!!!.
Gail Stoneburg, a member of the Assistance League, was the speaker for today. The Assistance League is a non-profit organization with no paid staff. She says that 43% of the children in MORRO BAY schools are below the poverty line which means that a family of four makes $24,000/year or less. The Assistance League was able to provide 1560 children with enough clothes for the school year as well as provide them with a hygiene kit. Since 1995, 22,000 children have been clothed by the Assistance League. They have concentrated their efforts on Kindergarten through 6th grade but recently have included middle schoolers. Next school year they have plans to include high schoolers.
No one else in the county is doing this. Last year a teacher at MBHS began collecting clothes for high schoolers and also provided space for the clothes to be stored until they could be distributed. She knew there were at least 11 high schoolers in desperate need. Next year, the Assistance League plans to take the entire program retail shopping. At this time they have a bungalow to service the kids with financial needs but next year, unfortunately they won’t have that facility so they are going to retail stores to buy clearance items - Kohls and Old Navy have generously offered to help out. Each high schooler will be given $150.00 to spend on sale items in these two stores. A member of the Assistance League goes with them. For some, it could be their first ever shopping experience. Why new clothes? It gives the child self-confidence which helps them concentrate on their grades.
There is a special program for children with more severe needs and/or are homeless. These recipients are selected by school counselors.
Even though our economy is improving, there are still many families in our area with needs. The Assistance League has less than 100 members in SLO who do their own fund raising and give as many as 15,000 volunteer hours back to the community. They write 20 to 30 grants each year and end up receiving about half of them.
They are holding a fundraising event on October 18th; it is a Fashion Show and Luncheon. In order to fund their program, they need $70.00 for each K through 6th grade child, and $100.00 for middle schoolers and high schoolers. They will clothe 1500 children each year. The highest numbers of children below the poverty line are in Oceano and Morro Bay with 226 children living below poverty line at our very own Del Mar Elementary School.
Mike Pond reported on a RYLA trip. .. 250 students in total attended. He had lunch with the group from MBHS..........Good time was had by all.
Meet at MBHS next week. Come and bring a guest. FFA will be serving lunch.
Posted by Jamie Boucher on Apr 18, 2014
So what can you do with computers you no longer have a use for?? Maybe they’re a bit too slow for your liking?? Or you’ve purchased something a bit more sleek and fancy?? Contact Ken Stilts – he can pick them up from you (or you can bring them to him) and he will help find them (or at least some of their parts) a happy home!!!
David Glauflan (sorry Dave, I’m sure I butchered your name) spoke on the Computers 4 Youth Program. There are countless computerless homes in our County – many families unable to afford to purchase one. They take in computers and either rebuilds, or dismantles them for parts, and then are able to give them to deserving children. Their mission is to collect, repair, and distribute older technology computers to school age children, families and other in need of a computer with limited means to purchase a new one. Their organization has grown to over 25 volunteers who selflessly give their time to this project each week. Each member has a different job – there are “give away” people, “rebuild the computer” people, “loaders and unloaders” and even “parts harvesters.” To date they have recycled over 4000 computers!!! If you can’t find Ken, you can take your computer to the Exploration Station facility at 867 Ramona Ave., Grover Beach, Wednesdays – Fridays from noon – 5pm and Saturdays from 10am-5pm. Does the computer have to be working you ask?? Heck no!!! As an e-waste facility, they can use parts of some and use as replacement parts in other. In fact, they will also take speakers, keyboards, and desk tops. What a great way to be environmentally conscience and a help to others at the same time!!!
Posted by Jamie Boucher on Apr 18, 2014
It was Bring a Guest to Rotary Day – thanks to those of who did just that!!! We are still looking for 2 homes (3 months a piece) to house our Exchange Student – Carol has stepped up for the first 3 months… The Ribbon Cutting for our local radio station – 97.3 FM was held on Saturday, March 29th; come to find out we have celebrities in our midst!!! Judy Salamacha, Mike Pond, Amy Christey, Steve Knuckles and Eric Endersby are all “mic’d up” and doing radio spots!! Tune in – I’m sure they’re great!!! On a somber note, Honorary Rotarian Bill Yates passed away; his services are being held on Friday, April 25th from 1-4pm at the Veteran’s Hall. Many of our members shared heartfelt stories about Bill – it did my heart good!!!
We were treated to a special presentation by Julie Himot, the Regional Director of Signature Events of the ALS Association, Golden West Chapter. ALS was brought to the forefront when baseball legend, Lou Gehrig contracted the disease. ALS is a progressive, neurodegenerative muscular disease that affects 1 in 800 men and 1 in 1000 women over the age of 40 – it doesn’t discriminate. The ALS Association, with the help of its many volunteers is leading the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with ALS and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support. Their ultimate vision? To create a world without ALS!!! And they vow to keep going until they find a cure… their focus is providing those with ALS and their families Collaborative Care which in turn allows for the best quality of life possible. In order for their success, they turn to community for help in fundraising efforts. They are holding a Walk to Defeat ALS April 12th – and there are many ways to make a difference… you can join the team, walk and solicit donations or you can donate to a team member… I am proud to say that our Club, in honor of Dan Reddell, was a big part of Dan’s Crusaders!!! At press, the team has raised $6,716… Team members included Rotarian Debra Garcia, Carol Furtado, Mike Pond, Doug Riddell, Dale Reddell, Dan Reddell, and yours truly… Those donating included all team members as well as Andrea Klipfel, John Weiss, Elsie & Ken Casida, Gregg Kaufman, Matt Franklin, John Headding, Jude Long, Chuck Clarke and the Club itself. I know that many of you were unable to attend but were there in spirit and for that, I know Dan is grateful!!!
Posted by Jamie Boucher on Mar 25, 2014
We have a new member – thanks to Rick Grantham having a friend and that friend actually wanting to rejoin our wonderful club, we welcomed Bryan Griffiths to the fold on March 11th!! Please make sure to search Bryan out and greet him with open arms!!!
Heidi Kimbrall was in attendance and able to present Amy Burton, a representative from Del Mar PTA with a check for $250. Amy graciously received the check on behalf of the PTA and thanked each and every one of us as the money will greatly help in their efforts to promote their students’ well-being!!!
We currently have 2 Paul Harris Fellow Quartets going on:
Jamie B, Sarah K., Jennifer R, and Mike P
Gary O, Carol F, Dan C, and Chuck C
a drawing was held and the lucky 2014 PHF winners were Jamie B and Carol F; Ken has asked each of us to select our PHF recipient so that they can be awarded!!!
Our program featured the National Estuary Program, especially their program Save the Bay… the NEP’s focus is to bring citizens, local government, non-profit organizations, agencies and landowners together through collaboration and partnership to protect and restore the Morro Bay Estuary. It is one of 28 NEPs nationwide and are vitally important to our climate, environment and economy. It is our duty to protect the estuary for our community, fishing, tourism, and recreational opportunities. This can be done through restoration and conservation (returning functionality to ecosystems); understanding and monitoring (assessing conditions within the estuary and watershed); and, education, outreach and stewardship (cultivating stewardship) efforts. They presented a program – Every Drop Counts – and encouraged us all to take the Clean Water Pledge: conserve water, keep trash in the can, pick up after a pet, and watch your drains – it’s that easy!!! They finished up their program by announcing the 11 Save the Bay events… Black Hill Hike, Bay Health and Science presentations, Family Event, Talkin’ Trash with Mike di Milo, Splashes of Light Art Reception, On-water Tour of Estuary and Aquaculture, Bay-friendly Gardening Presentation, DogFest 2014, and Discover Creek Insects Up Close. Dates and event descriptions can be found on their website: mbnep.org
Posted by Judy A. Salamacha on Mar 25, 2014
Note from a fan… Taylor Newton was recognized for his contributions to Morro Bay during the 2010 decade by MB 50th and I wrote the first of several columns about the honorees (“By the Bay” by Judy Salamacha - Tribune - Feb. 17 www.sanluisobispo.com). It’s been years since I did my first report about this young community advocate. I have always been impressed that he saw an issue… kids who had dropped out of school or from life as they didn’t want to live it and terrorizing our downtown shoppers on their skateboards and harassing our MB police or maybe being harassed… and instead of crying like most of us, Taylor created a solution… and when it worked he continued to develop opportunities – a win/win for the youth and our community. His story is hardly finished. We should all be so motivated and passionate to create solutions to the problems we complain about.
My favorite quote from the column by Taylor: “Everybody has value. We teach our members that when they pay their dues, they can participate in their community. We’re not here to change society, but how to get through life by making one’s space livable. We’re fighting against drug abuse, violence, profiling, and the revolving cycle of imprisonment.”
As he presented to Rotary, I enjoyed table-talk and he said I had heard it all so didn’t need to take notes. Good things I did. I discovered a few more insights when he presented at Rotary:
· Guerrilla Gardeners (GGC) have 60+ members, ages 15-103 with average age 20-30;
· GGC logo represents the anarchy vs. order symbolic of the evolution of society;
· Sobriety is a choice – GGC does not demand a sober lifestyle, accept on the job representing GGC…drink on the job and go home to wait for another day;
· Gardening/urban forestry is the basic tool to beautify the community and provide purpose to a life that might have gone sideways;
· Jade Park near the boat ramp, not intended as a city park, but has been GGC beautified;
· St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, one of many community partners where GGC provides gardening maintenance, is also the site of the nursery where seeds are planted, plants are potted, and public purchases provide growth for community and individuals’ gardens… yes you can buy plants there… weekdays… 10-3 or 4pm….look for the onsite forest;
· Why did Guerrilla Gardening Club start? It was a grass-roots community action that needed to happen;
· GGC provides zero-waste programs for groups’ events…. ”We have the tools to pick up the trash… We don’t mind getting dirty or working among drunk people and we can handle people looking down on us for picking up trash because we are united and support each other;” (maybe my second favorite insightful Taylor Newton quote!)
· GGC provides food, shelter and work for members to sustain life;
· GGC needs food, shelter and work to encourage members to sustain their new lifestyle;
· GGC is tied into local resources who might have jobs for laborers;
· Most people have labor shops… clean-up, pick-up, weed-whacking, whatever - GGC members can help;
· Dylan Barker, GGC member, is proud of GGC and Taylor Newton is proud and trusting of Dylan Barker;
· Surprise! Surprise! Taylor can’t say no
· No surprise! He was smart enough to turn daily business operations over to Jenni Randolf Newton…Call her if you want to schedule GGC for a project.
You can contact GGC at: http:/www.mbggc.blogspot.com or www.facebook.com/MorroBayGuerrillaGardeningClub
"Time will always justify a man (woman) who means to do right." Colonel Thomas Baker
Posted by Judy A. Salamacha on Feb 16, 2014
Those joining us on February 11th were treated to friends from Zoo to You… joining the party was Mike Ponds’ guest, Senaca Jacobson; John Weiss’s guest, Gil Ayers; and new member - Deborah Garcia’s guest, Christy from the Chamber.
Melanie brought us lots of cuddles from Zoo to You….
Zoo to You rescues wild animals from the wild, from stupid people who buy through the illegal pet trade industry and discover why they call their “pet” a wild animal, or other zoos who need placement for the animal for some reason. Every creature has value and purpose and Zoo to You takes these creatures and socializes them in an effort to educate us about their species and let them enjoy the rest of their days in a protective and loving environment. We humans might take heed!
They have 250 rescued animals that are available to see Saturdays and Sundays at a 3pm tour… they ask you to call ahead 805.391-0604 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org that you are coming.
Melanie brought 3 wonderful creatures to share with us…
Niles, a 10 year old tiny screech owl, is missing one eye. He looks like a tiny stuffed toy. Owls are helpful to eat rodents. Their predators are raptors. It’s a myth their heads turn 360 degrees. But they can turn them 270 degrees! They are nocturnal and you do need to watch your little kittens and tiny dogs around them.
Melanie has a new candidate for King of the Jungle -- the African Crested Porcupine. It’s only the size of a Cocker Spaniel but their quills are deadly to wild animals such as the lion. When cornered, they back into other animals and stick them deep… and since the animals don’t have thumbs to pull them out, they rub them in deeper and they get infected. Warning!! Their Tail rattles! Oh yeah, and they like bananas…
Did you know marsupial means pouch? Cassidy Hop-Along is an 8 month Red Kangaroo Joey from a Texas zoo. Australia doesn’t worry about kangaroos being endangered…they carry fertile eggs in their pouch and with the right conditions will birth another one, and another, and another, and… I think you get my drift…
Zoo to You means to protect the unprotected and socialize them so they are comfortable enough to go to the public and educate us… soon they will have an events’ center… I think May 3rd is their Cheese and Chocolate Extravaganza… their spring fundraiser… Hey, Rotarians, we could have a party there!!
Posted by Jamie Boucher on Feb 16, 2014
Craft Talks is always a popular meeting at the Club... so much so that John Headding brought Gene Tripp, Rick Grantham brought Bryan Griffiths and Dan Costley brought Paul Vincent to share in the day... Enjoy getting to meet Elsie Casida and Kasey Watson...
Elsie was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. She moved to Visalia, CA with her 3 teenage kids and opened up a restaurant serving breakfast and lunch only calling it Valhalla Restaurant and Gift Shop. She, I’m sure with the help of her kids, ran her restaurant for 30 years. Over that span of time, Elsie made many, many wonderful friends. One day at the restaurant, she met a guy named Ken, he asked her out and on October 30th, they went on their first date. They were married 3 months later. The Casida’s moved to Morro Bay a year and a half ago. Elsie sold her restaurant to her daughter; it’s nice to be able to keep it in the family!! Elsie is also quite the seamstress (which we were able to see firsthand as she made the Santa and Mrs. Claus outfits for the Lighted Boat Parade which were spectacular!!!). As a fundraiser for her grandson’s scholarship fund, who very sadly lost his life at much too early of an age, Elsie began making aprons with 100% of the proceeds donated to the fund. When it was all said and done, Elsie had made over 500 aprons meaning that almost $20,000 was contributed to that account. What a special gift she was able to give!! Elsie wasn’t a huge fan of retirement, she as kinda bored and wanted more. That was to our club’s advantage as she and Ken visited, became members and are now incredibly active, pitching in for pretty much everything. I know that the Fish Fry, the Lighted Boat Parade, Evening with Heart, and the Valentine’s Day Social wouldn’t have been as successful without her/their help!!! To top it off, Elsie has said that she will kick-start her apron making venture for anybody interested in ordering one… and yes, with all proceeds going to Rotary. Welcome Elsie and thanks so much for both your energy and generosity!!!
Kasey is a 5th generation Californian growing up in Bakersfield, going to Garces High School and then Long Beach State. She returned to Bakersfield where she worked as a graphic artist at KGET, Bakersfield. She is sooooo not bored as she is trying to juggle being a mom, a wife and a business owner. She met her husband when she was 19 years old. She has 3 children – Ben is 20 and goes to Point Loma University where he double majors in Finance and Accounting; Joe is 15 and plays baseball at Arroyo Grande High School; and, Lilly is 9 and a State Champion baton twirler. Kasey purchased and runs Garden House, a Morro Bay care facility specializing in Alzheimer’s and other Dementia care. At Garden House, Kasey introduced Mneme Therapy which is brain based art therapy for those with cognitive disabilities. The result of this is mind boggling. The art work produced by these residents is inspiring!!! But even more important, the increase in the quality of life for the residents is unparalleled as it allows them to feel accomplished, happy, and most importantly allows them moments of clarity that can carry throughout the entire day. For anybody interested, they have produced a calendar which they sell as a fundraiser. Evening with Heart was blessed to have been the recipient of 8 or 9 pieces of art for the silent auction – this writer wasn’t fortunate to have won one but will be contacting Garden House as they will also sell also sell them to the public. Kasey, thanks for making our Rotary Club your home!!
Posted by Heidi Kimbrell on Feb 03, 2014
Attention - Rotary Club of Morro Bay! PRLS stands for Potential Rotary Leadership Seminars and is a series of classes/seminars offered to Rotarians. These classes function in teaching/assisting us with our Public Speaking, Meeting Facilitation/Leadership, Project Planning/Management, etc. These classes have been found useful, both within Rotary itself, as well as in our Personal or Business arenas. Should you have any questions, please call me Heidi Kimbrell, PRLS Coordinator – Rotary Club of Morro Bay at 805.543.5626. PRLS website can be found at http://www.prls.org/
Posted by John Weiss on Jan 30, 2014
Our 4th Annual Evening with Heart fundraising event held last Saturday at the Morro Bay Community Center was sold out with great FUN and great community participation. In addition to a wonderful dinner, live entertainment, silent and live auctions, there was lots of bonding with friends. Once again Zest it Up is prepared an amazing meal featuring your choice of chicken or steak! The Morro Bay High School Interact Club served and Rotaract and Rotarians worked together to clean-up. We can't thank all of our many sponsors enough for their great support of our event.
Once again this is our biggest fundraising event of the year which makes it possible to be generous with our many community non-profits and partners, both locally and internationally.
Posted by John Weiss on Jan 27, 2014
Last year, our Rotary Golf broke 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, Hay Printing, 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 mulligans may have assisted, but for a charity golf tournament, purchased mulligans are a great thing!).
Posted by John Weiss on Nov 12, 2013
Community Service like Lost at Sea, Round About Clean-ups and Project Surf Camp!
On Tuesday November 12th, we came together to celebrate what is right in Rotary. We started with Club Service and our special club meeting for Bob Ransom in 2010 which we had at Casa De Flores We celebrated our Public Heroes!
Posted by Elsie Casida on Oct 08, 2013
Prez David opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance, a prayer and our favorite Morro Bay Rotary song.
Our guest speaker, David Ho was introduced.
Jamie B and Carol F were asked to come forward so they could be presented with a check from Craig S in the amount of $1,200 which was our “take” of the beer sales at the Avocado/Margarita Festival. Thanks to all the Rotarians who worked at this event!!
We have several upcoming events including the Halloween Party on the 26th. Costumes required, prizes awarded and as always – food and beverages will be a-plenty. Rick G said he needs help with decorating for our Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner. And let us not forget, the Lighted Boat Parade is also coming up!!
The Rotary District Conference is being held on October 18-20 here in SLO. On the 19th we need lots of help with the cleanup at the beach. Paddle boats and kayaks are being donated to help with the efforts. Promises to be fun - hope you can be there!!!
Elsie’s fast food quiz brought in $100 in fines – Bill P thanks you!!!.
Our speaker was David Ho who is the local Coordinator for Educatius International. He lives in SLO, is getting his business degree through Cal Poly and is a volleyball coach at San Luis Obispo High School.
Educatius International allows for students from around the world to study in the USA. They currently have students in 200 schools in 20 states. San Luis Obispo County is the most recent addition to their allowable areas of study. The students come mostly from Europe, Asia and South America, are from affluent families and have very high academics.
This program provides a wonderful opportunity to expose teens, ages 14-18, from around the world to a foreign environment. They come here on F1 Visas and stay a full year. The host family is compensated for their stay - $650/month and is paid by the student’s families. Host families are carefully screened before they can accept a student. David stated that the MBHS staff has been one of the best he has ever worked with =- kudos to Dan A!!!.
The local program started in May of 2012 with 12 students and now boasts 18 students. The host families are very diverse - single, married, empty nesters, and/or retired. The kids are totally involved in school and community. There are 10 students at Morro Bay High School - 5 from Brazil, 1 from Norway, 1 from Italy and three from other countries.
David said he recently received a letter from a student from Russia who was in this program. He said he had an unforgettable experience camping, attending church, and learning responsibility. He said his host family was nice, he vastly improved his English and he hopes to return to the USA soon.
Posted by Jamie Boucher on Sep 24, 2013
So glad to have come today!!! We were led by Dale R in the flag salute, Sarah K gave the invocation, Sid S led us in song (which we continue to get better at by the way), Art read us a joke – I think we even laughed… We were thrilled to have Deepa Willingham as an honored guest as well Mike Griffen, a fellow Rotarian from Cambria. Guests joining us included Sharon Rowley, guest of Sarah K; father Dick and daughter Melissa, guests of John W; Derek Reidel, son of Rich R; and guest speaker, Pat Crowe.
Announcements for the day – Sarah K announced that upcoming Halloween Party being held on Saturday, October 26th @ Gary O’s place. There will be a costume contest – WITH PRIZES – will be a potluck, and promises to be tons of fun!! Bruce H asked for help at the upcoming Harbor Festival. Rotary mans the ticket booth and we not only get the satisfaction of helping out but we also get a “chunk of change” as well!!! The next meeting for the Lighted Boat Parade will be held on Tuesday, October 1st at 1pm – promises to be short. PRLS is being held in Santa Maria on Saturday, October 12th – Adv PRLS 2 and October 26th – PRLS 5. Sign up with Heidi K if interested!! Mike Griffen announced the Rotary Club of Cambria’s upcoming fundraiser hoping to garner some interest!! It is being held on Saturday, October 12th, it is their major fundraiser of the year, and will have a silent and live auction, dinner, wine, etc… The District Conference is being held in San Luis Obispo this year. Dates are October 18, 19 and 20th. You can register on the District website. Dan A announced the drubbing of SLO by MBHS in football last Friday eve. And last but not least, Sarah K presented Sharon Rowley, of CCWFF, with a check for their portion of the Fish Fry event.
Pat Crowe, a local volunteer for the Make a Wish Foundation spoke about her role in their organization as well provided a testimonial to the miracles the organization provides. Pat began by playing a short video, capturing the stories of Evan, Victoria, Frankie and Micah’s wishes for a small piece of normalcy and happiness. When going through applications from kids for Make a Wish, it’s their goal to answer one of the following: I wish… I want to meet… I want to go… I want to have… and/or I want to be… Make a Wish Foundations’ Mission Statement is “grant the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.” The Foundation was begun in 1980 in Phoenix, Az with a wish made by a boy named Chris, afflicted with Leukemia, who wanted “be a police officer to catch bad guys”. This initial granted wish has grown into something more than anybody could have ever imagined. To date, they have granted 205,687 wishes to children of all ages and of all afflictions. They attempt to make these wishes, “family events” as they incorporate parents and/or siblings into the celebration. Pat’s job is to actually go into family homes and interview them. She is touched on a daily basis as she has the opportunity of making a child’s deepest wish come true – I don’t know about the rest of you but that is truly amazing!!! Obviously this can be a very emotional journey but the rewards so very much outweigh any hint of sadness that this can sometimes bring. I for one was incredibly touched by both Pat and by Make a Wish… I need to get myself retired so that I can start giving back to these types of organizations who do so much good for so many!!! Thanks for sharing this with us Pat!!!
Posted by Donald J. Doubledee on Sep 03, 2013
President Elect Don Hudson, filling in admirably might I add, rang the bell promptly at 12:00; he asked Jude L to say the invocation. Jude read some inspirational quotes from Paul Harris; Syd Symington led us in the invocation and then led us in singing the Morro Bay Rotary song; the club then wished Jude Long a very Happy Birthday by serenading her with the birthday song.
Dr. Art Fenderson asked for Guest and Guest Rotarians which included Elsie Casida’s friends from Indian Wells who were checking out our club , Dr. Ken Stilts introduced his wife Sandra and Sarah K introduced her husband Adam, who we now know actually exists. Visiting Rotarians were Carla Wixom from Eco Rotary, Bill James from Woodland Sunrise Club and John W introduced our special guest and program speaker, former club member Kelly Vandervual from Pacific Wildlife Care.
Dan Andrus was inducted into the club by Membership Chairman Don D and Pete Z his sponsor. Dan is the Principal of Morro Bay High School. He told us it was a natural for him to join Rotary as Rotary has such a positive presence at the High school with scholarships, RYLA and the Interact Club.
PE Don attempted some humor by telling us a story about some thieves breaking into his shed. He called the Police who told him there was no one available to help. He called back and told them that he had shot the intruders in his shed. The Police responded immediately with emergency crews and ambulance and arrested the thieves. When asked why he told them he had shot them, but hadn’t, he responded that they had also told him no one was available but they showed up ASAP when they thought someone had been shot. This got minimal laughs and it was probably a good thing our Police Chief wasn’t in attendance.
PE Don called on Mike P to tell us about one of his “Rotary Moments”. Mike reminded us of the Rotary meeting held for Bob Ransom at the hospital to keep his attendance record intact. Mike also said the community service events such as the Roundabout Clean-Ups also gave him warm Rotary Moments.
John W helped draw for the exemption which was won by Doug Riddell. Doug offered to auction it, but got no takers so held on to it. Our weekly fines were helped along by Dan C, Judy S, Jennifer R, and Eric L ($50) and Dale R.
Carol F reminded the volunteers to show up for the Avocado Festival and told us there was still a spot to help pour beer. Sarah K told us how successful the Fish Fry had been and gave kudos to the many Rotarians who helped. She told us that it looked like we had made almost $5,000 including about $900 from the raffle. Doug Riddell encouraged members to mail boxes to our troops overseas. The boxes are all ready to mail and can be picked up at Bayshore Realty and Rabobank and cost $14.85 to mail them off.
John W introduced Kelly Vandenhuval again as our program for the day. Kelly is representing Pacific Wildlife Care which she has been a member of since it started many years ago with only 6 volunteers. They now have over 200 people who help rescue and care for injured or abandoned wildlife. She told us that they are sanctioned by the California Fish and Game Department. They do not take bears, deer or mountain lions since they are large predators. Fish and game handles them directly.
Kelly brought a visitor. A Red Tailed Hawk named Denali. He’s a 2 ½ year old hawk they’ve had since he was young. She explained that the majority of the animals they get are rehabilitated and released. She did tell us that many, almost 25%, are not releasable due to one problem or another. Denali has cataracts on his eyes, a fairly rare condition, that makes him unsuitable to release. He has become a pet that Kelly keeps in a Fish and Game approved shelter on her ranch. She uses him to teach and share at various clubs and schools for education. He is around chickens and so has learned to mimic the chicken’s clucking. One of the problems they find are that people use lead ammunition to shot rodents and may also wound a bird with it. When predators eat the dead or wounded rodents they can die from lead poison.
Kelly announced a couple of events they are having to support PWC including “Soupabration” at Cambria’s Camp Ocean Pines on Sunday, October 20th from 2-5 pm they will have Soup Tasting and Gourmet foods with Celebrity Judges, Wine Tasting and a Silent Auction. For information or tickets call 805-927-3357 or go to www.soupabration.com. After which she fielded a flock of questions from the Club. John W and Don H presented Kelly with a check from our club to support PWC. Thank you Kelly for your wonderful story.
One of Elsie Casida’s guests won the 50/50 drawing and donated the money back to the club. PE Don rang the bell to close the meeting right on time.
Posted by Jamie Boucher on Aug 27, 2013
What a wonderful meeting – we started out with Dan C providing our invocation, we then sang (better than last week, probably not as well as next week) our very own Rotary song led by Syd S, and then, led by Rick G, paid tribute to our flag. Our weekly Rotary Moment was presented via “the web” by RI President, Don Burton who encouraged us all to bring in new members!!! It’s important to welcome “newbies”, making sure they know they are valued as well as know their club cares about them and their needs…
Guests were plentiful!!! We were joined by Los Osos Rotarians, Marge VanBuerden and Dick Pacoan as well as Eco Rotarian Trina Dougherty who we were able to present a check for their co-sponsorship of our Annual Golf Tournament. We were being visited and “checked out” by Joyce and Skip – I think we did ourselves proud!!!
As always – we find ourselves busier than ever… Announcements included: ~help with the upcoming Fish Fry!!! ~purchase/sell Fish Fry tickets and raffle tickets!!! ~Fish Fry is looking for dessert makers – please bake and bring to St. Tim’s on Saturday prior to 11am!!! ~help with upcoming Avocado/Margarita Festival!!! ~Marge from Los Osos announced their Annual Grandparent’s Day being held September 8th at Baywood Elementary School!!! ~Rick Grantham announced it was time to start thinking about the Annual Rotary/POA Thanksgiving Day Dinner – they could really use some help with decorating!!! ~The first of many Rotary Lighted Boat Parade meetings is being held on Monday, September 9th at 5pm at the Harbor Festival Office – ALL are welcome!!! ~the Cayucos Rotary Club is sponsoring a Pancake Feed benefitting education on Monday, September 2nd at Cayucos Elementary School from 9-11am!!! ~There will be an Eve with Heart meeting on Tuesday, September 3rd at 11am, prior to our regular meeting – again – ALL are welcome!!! ~soon to be Eagle Scout, Mark Olson talked about his upcoming project – building a garden area for the Special Education area at MBHS and is looking for donations to help defray costs – we presented him with over $130 in cash!!! ~ WHEW!!!...
Our program for the afternoon was presented in tandem by Rotaract President Maggie McGraw and President Elect Madeline Stringham… I thought we were a busy club – they made us look like slackers (then again, they’re a “tad bit younger”). They started out their year with 6+ members and by year-end, they boasted 45+ members!!! Formed in 2010, their mission foundation consists of Responsibility, Leadership, High Ethical Standards, and Promoting International Understanding and Peace. Their biggest focus is on friendship – making people feel welcome… They are a club of “do’ers” - here is just a smattering of what they did just last year: ~Kids Spree – taking underprivileged kids school shopping at Kohls; ~Noor Clinic – the biggest bake sale ever provided braces to deserving kids; ~Coats for Kids Drive which last year provide 800 coats to needy kids; ~Laguna Lake Project where they partnered with the Rotary Clubs of SLO and helped to rebuild the Laguna Lake Fitness Course; ~World Bicycle Relief which provided over 60 bicycles to rural Africa which in turn helps women and children get to school; ~Traveled to Mexico to help build homes for families; ~5 Cities / Pismo Beach Summer Sizzle where they volunteered to provide most of the muscle setting up, serving, bartending, cleaning for this Rotary Event; and I could go on… they reiterated that they couldn't do this without the help of their sponsoring Rotary Clubs and thanked us profusely!!!
We had some time for fines - Elsie C asked some really fun questions of various club members to which all were stumped!!! Who knew that the heaviest women athlete was 448 lbs?? or that the oldest competing gymnast was 86 years old?? or that the tallest Mohican (cone head for those visual learners) was 44 inches tall?? or that the tallest living horse stood 20 hands?? Needless to say, Bing, Judy S, Andrea K and Carol F were all relieved of $20 each...
And last but not least, John H, after meeting all his obligations, was presented his grown up badge!!!
Posted by Elsie Casida on Aug 26, 2013
President David opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance led by our guest Frank Ortiz, the invocation by Jude and new Rotary song led by Syd.
Our visitors were Frank and Scotty Ortiz from Santa Maria, and Loretta Butts from Atascadero.
Dave was the jokester as well as the person who assessed the fines, which brought us money from twelve members – the Mad Lib (remember those), was not as funny as hoped for… An "A" for effort tho!!
Chuck Clark was presented a beautiful basket full of goodies in appreciation of his 17 years of service as Club Treasurer.
We are still looking for volunteers for the Fish Fry and the Margarita Festival .... Signup clip boards were passed around...... Again…
Frank Ortiz, our guest speaker, started by saying he is very involved with a Rotary-sponsored project in Sri Lanka. There are six areas of focus in the project. Of the six, he prefers Basic Education and Literacy because these areas are a worldwide problem and can really make a difference in the quality of life in every country.
Sri Lanka, which was devastated by the tsunami in 2004, is just south of India and has a population of 20 million. There are 14,000 preschools and 400,000 preschoolers, but many, too many, about 25% of the teachers are untrained.
In 2011, the Rotary Club of Morro Bay partnered with a Club in Colombo, the major City in Sri Lanka, to provide a model preschool in a rural area of Sri Lanka. Mr Ortiz, who visited there in 2013 said the primary focus used to be the children in preschool, but now the focus is to make sure the teachers are trained correctly, which will ultimately help the children most. Fifty-four Rotary Clubs partnered to raise $160,000 which will pay for the education and training of 1,000 teachers who go to school 7 hours a week for one year. Those teachers will impact approximately 20,000 children.
Those who choose to go to the teacher’s school, sign a Promissory note to pay the fees back if they do not complete the class. So for them, it is definitely a lifelong commitment to the local culture.
Our Rotary Club gave $58,118 to this project in 2005, $10,000 in 2011 and $4,234 in 2012, which proves that "Together we can do Great Things."
Next week’s program will be the about the SLO Rotaract Program. Next Wednesday there will be an Interact meeting for our local High School Club from 12:20 to 1:00 at Morro Bay High School.
Posted by Donald J. Doubledee on Aug 26, 2013
President David rang the bell right on time to start the meeting. Ken S. offered the invocation and Michael W. led the club in the flag salute.
Sid S. introduced the Club to a new Morro Bay Rotary song. We sang it, but we need to practice this one more.
Visiting Rotarians were Mary Helen Kelp from Palm Desert and Al Heilly from Indian Wells. Sarah Ketchum introduced her guest, Sandra Cade from Paso Robles Edward Jones.
President David told a joke about a fisherman. A couple people actually laughed.
John W. told us about Grover Beach’s new Eco Rotary Club that he is helping to form. John was fined because it was in the SLO City News and the Tribune and he didn’t mention Morro Bay Rotary.
Our hard working new member Sarah K. announced that the Fish Fry ticket money was due. She reminded everyone that they need to sign up to help. Andrea K. circulated the Dessert list for the Fish Fry asking Rotarians to provide desserts for the event.
Carol F. reminded us of the Avocado and Margarita Festival. We have many Rotarians volunteering to work the beer booth. She also told us the Morro Bay High School Cheerleaders were helping at the main gate and will get a percentage of the income.
President David asked Mike P. what he was thankful for. He said, among many things, he was thankful for his Rotary Friends. David said that’ll be $20. He also asked Dale R., Chuck C., Stanley C., Bill P. and “Gary “Dad” the same question and extracted $20 from each.
John Weiss introduced the Program for the day which was “Craft Talks” by Andrea Klipfel and Syd Symington.
Andrea told us that she and John W’s wife, Christine, both grew up in Dorchester Mass. near Boston. She moved with her parents to Bakersfield where she went to Bakersfield West High School. She met her husband Kevin in Bakersfield. He attended Cal State Bakersfield. Later, they moved to the Bay Area where Kevin worked as a tech for Innovac. She was in the finance department where she worked with consultants. While there she honed her public relations skills. She moved to a small startup Internet Company named Yahoo in 1997. She was their Director of Investor Relations. Her projects included the annual report, which she shared a copy with us. She also had “Headstones” for her work with the Direct Stock Purchase Program and Merger Acquisitions.
To improve their quality of life they moved to Seattle and she went to work for Microsoft. She started on September 10 2001 the day before 9-11. She told us she had to fly to New York for a meeting shortly after. She shared her experience with the aftermath of the World Trade Center disaster. After a short time, a small firm that was trying to hire her named Edward Jones. She decided to try them and she became an investment counselor. She liked this job because it gave her a chance to do independent research. She switched to working for Merrill Lynch for a short while, but returned to Edward Jones when an opportunity opened in Morro Bay.
Recently she and her husband Kevin started their own company. They located in Paso Robles because there was a commercial location there in an old Wachovia Bank building. The space was ideal for their needs and included internet hookups. They are having their Grand Opening on August 1st offering a tri tip bbq.
Next John introduced Syd Symington. Syd told us he had nothing in common with Andrea, except occasional headstones.
He was born the third child in his family in St Louis, Mo. He amused us inferring that he had a bit of a wild youth. His parents were public service role models. He was in Dorchester near where Andrea was born and worked on a video at the JFK Library there. His college education was in theater and he performed in Cabarets. He married his first wife and moved to Connecticut. While there he worked running lights in the theater. He had an opportunity to visit Camarillo, California as a lighting consultant on a show there. He had a lifestyle awakening and became a live-at-home dad or “house mom” as he referred to it. Unfortunately, his marriage didn’t last and his wife took over the family mom role and he joined the church, went to divinity school and eventually to theology school. He did some preaching and counseling at hospitals where he was encouraged to become ordained. In Geneseo, New York he joined Rotary and became involved in the community. He liked Rotary because it was an opportunity to mix with “cool interesting, like minded people.” Through his connections he accepted the call to lead the congregation here in Morro Bay at St Peter’s Episcopal Church. He invited us to join them Sunday mornings.
Following the Program President David told us that Andrea, Sarah, Marie and Carol all received their PRLS certificates which he distributed.
Posted by Elsie Casida on Aug 26, 2013
Our meeting was called to order by President David. We had the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the prayer and we sang "America", led by John W. Ken C. told a joke and Art introduced guests including the Assistant District Governor from Cambria and the Governor from Ojai. Another visitor was Dan Andrus, the Principal of Morro Bay High School who I understand will be one of us VERY soon.
Andrea K. shared what Rotary means to her. About a year and a half ago she attended a Rotary Peace Conference at the Carter Center. The discussion centered around how to make political and economic changes in the Sudan. She was very impressed with the things Rotary is able to do with the financial and physical support of its members.
Master PRLS .......Dan C. went to this meeting and said it was great. Don H. said Master PRLS 4 will be held on Saturday August 17th.
Bruce H. and Sarah K. reported on the fishing trip.... Those in attendance caught their limit and had all had a great time........Nancy G. caught the biggest fish. Sarah said there are still 3 spots available on the placemat. We need total participation in the Fish Fry event ......PLEASE sell dinner tickets and buy and sell raffle tickets.
Amy C. reminded us that the Police Dept is holding their Police Night Out from 5:00 - 7:00 tonight. Hot dogs for all!!
Carol will need 100 volunteers for the Margarita Festival. Rotary will receive 10% of proceeds of the beer booth.
Governor Jack McClanahan was our speaker. He recounted how Paul Harris had moved to Chicago and was looking to make new friends. Those relationships started as friendships, which led to having meetings which ultimately organized into Rotary including projects to help the community, with the idea that members should bring someone into Rotary who they can work with.
In 1987 Jack and his wife went to the Rotary Convention in Munich. A workshop put on by the Rotary Club of Duarte allowed the first women join their group. The club was then expelled from Rotary. The case was taken to the Supreme Court and it ruled against Rotary after which there was a large influx of women with new ideas making the clubs stronger and added energy to the programs. The Ojai Club lost one man because of the decision to include women, but he has since come back and I'm sure realizes the value of including everyone in Rotary Clubs.
Worldwide Rotary membership is 17-18% women, USA female membership is 25%, and our clubs here on the Central Coast have 30% female membership. Today many people have home businesses. Not a business title. But they still represent the same goals in the community. Jack believes we should focus on getting more female members.
When it became the goal of the Rotary Clubs to eradicate polio, it was believed it would take $120 million dollars to buy enough vaccine to reach this goal. The clubs have actually raised $240 million. It was thought Polio had been eradicated, but there has been a reported outbreak in Somalia and Pakistan which needs to be isolated and contained. It is now believed Polio will be completely eradicated by 2014.
Bill Gates has given $475 million toward Polio eradication. In addition to that, he will give another $70 million if Rotary can give $35 million. The goal for this district to give is 1% or $350,000.
Posted by Jamie Boucher on Jul 30, 2013
Had a wonderful meeting today!!! We began with P-Prez Nancy leading us in the flag salute (and she remembered all the words too), which was followed by a wonderful invocation by Jude, John led us in a rendition of Happy B-day to Rich R. and Gary Setting and we ended with a Dr. Art “joke”… We were pleased to have past member and visiting Rotarian Dani Tope among us; Rich Reidel brought his son Derrick and John Weiss introduced our speaker for the day, Gary Setting.
As far as announcements went – Carol Furtado, on behalf of Heidi Kimbrall, announced that there was a Master PRLS Class for anybody interested coming up this Saturday, contact Carol or Heidi if interested; Sarah Ketchum continued her enthusiastic support of our Annual Fish Fry, we’re getting down to the wire and she is hopeful that tickets are being sold; the first (of many) Evening with Heart meetings was held and superstar fundraiser Meredith Fennacy is excited for what is on the horizon, the next organizational meeting is being held on Tuesday, Sept 3rd at 11am (prior to our regular meeting); Jamie Boucher offered up the opportunity to help out the Avocado Margarita Festival by selling/pouring beer, her “clip board” made the rounds with GREAT success; Rick Grantham announced that Thanksgiving is just around the corner and he will be starting to organize everybody for the annual Turkey Day meal; and, Nancy Guthrie hoped that people would join her in the Lighted Boat Parade meeting being held this Thursday, August 1st at 2pm at the Chamber office.
Fines have begun in full force – it seems like $20 is both the maximum and minimum fine to date. Maybe Prez David realizes that ATM’s only spit out $20’s? We all got to learn about baseball umpiring rules (as Prez David sees them anyway – I might have squabbled about a few if I’d been called upon to answer his ?’s – as I wasn’t, I let it go)
John Weiss introduced Gary Setting, the afternoon’s speaker. Gary works with The First Tee Program at Sea Pines Golf Resort and Golf Course (a business that his family has owned since 1979 and he since 2006). The First Tee Program aspires to become the world’s largest youth development program, quite a goal!! The Central Coast boasts 14 different courses from Paso to Nipomo that all participate in the program and all who focus on youth development. They run 4 sessions a year for 8 weeks each and try to instill 9 core values to the kids: Courtesy, Respect, Perseverance, Honesty, Integrity, Confidence, Responsibility, Judgment and Sportsmanship. First Tee has recently added 9 Healthy Habits: Physical – energy, play and safety; Emotional – vision, mind and family; and, Social – family, school and community. During their sessions, they discuss these core values and the kids talk about how they can utilize them today at the golf course but more importantly, in life. It was great to hear that no child is turned away as there are scholarships to help those unable to afford to participate. Gary ended his session by stating “First Tee is Little League, Only Better!!!” For us golfers, we can appreciate the work that Gary and First Tee is doing locally to help our kids grow up with the kinds of values that will help them now and far into the future!!!
Posted by Elsie Casida on Jul 23, 2013
President Dave Owens opened the meeting with the invocation (thanks Sid), Pledge of Allegiance led by our speaker - Kristen Arias, and a new Rotary song led by Sid, Art told a "blond" joke and visitors were introduced, including our special guest speakers, Patty and Kristen Arias.
Pete Zotovich shared his Rotary Moment..... He was always impressed with the things that the Rotary Club does, including all they did for Morro Bay High School where he was Vice Principal and especially the eradication of polio. His father in law, Walter Dorn (brother to Morro Bay's ex-Mayor Warren Dorn), had perfect attendance during the 56 years he was in Rotary, so Pete always heard about what a wonderful organization Rotary is. When he became Principal at Morro Bay, he knew this would be the club he would want to join.
Heidi encouraged those who haven't been, to go to Basic PRLS in Santa Maria this Saturday. There are three Rotarians signed up to go at this time; contact her if you are interested.
Sarah updated us on the Fish Fry to be held on Saturday, August 31st. Both Dinner and Raffle Tickets are available for sale...... Contact Sarah to get some.
Jamie gave a report on Surf Camp, which was a great event enjoyed by all participants, despite injuries to a couple of our First Responder club members. The first meeting for Evening with Heart Event next year will be next Tuesday at 11:00am, right before the club meeting.
Amy said the Morro Bay Police Dept will be helping with Surf Camp on Friday, August 9th at 8:15am and welcomes anybody interested in joining them. Also, on August 6th the MBPD and Neighborhood Watch will be hosting their First Annual National Night Out 2013 at the Police Dept, 850 Morro Bay Blvd from 5:00 to 7:00. Food, games, Open House Tours, etc... come join in on the fun.
Bruce said he still has more room for those who would like to help catch fish for the Fish Fry. The fishing trip will be next Wednesday, August 31st at 7:30am; meet at Virg's, 1169 Market.
David found various reasons for fining the following Club Members: Jamie Boucher (for not warning against possible injury at PSC), John Weiss (for never having worn a wetsuit before), Amy Christey and Mike Pond (for being the "injured"), Chuck Clarke (for having good karma), Ken Casida (but Elsie has to pay), Jude Long (for being too good at awards) and Ken Stilts (for his used computer program for schools). Man oh man, I have a feeling we're going to make some $$ this year!!!
Ken Stilts needs previously used computers to recycle for schools etc.
John Weiss said Interact Club is coming up and he needs volunteers.
Today's program was mom and Special Olympics Coach Patty and her daughter, Kristen Arias. Kristen, 25 years old, has been a participant in Special Olympics for 15 years and has won several medals, including gold, in many sports. Kristen said she enjoys the contact sports best, especially floor hockey, and being an athlete has helped her grow in many ways. She is thankful to have the support of family as well as many members of the community who train/coach these athletes. There are 750 athletes in SLO County. Special Olympics is a year- round program that depends entirely on members of the community for financial support to buy uniforms, equipment, traveling expenses etc.
Patty, Kristen's mom and coach, said Kristen was born healthy but at three weeks of age, contracted meningitis which caused her to have a fever of 107 and several strokes. She was in critical condition three times in two years..... Each time the medical staff had bad news for Patty and each time Kristen lived; after that Patty was determined to see what Kristen COULD do.... Not what she Could Not do. They had many struggles the first few years but when Patty went to a Special Olympics meeting and heard the heart felt oath spoken by an athlete, she wept and she knew that was the organization she wanted to be a part of.
Society looks at the outside of a person with their eyes.... The amazing Special Olympians look at each other through their heart. The worldwide program is open to athletes from ages 8 and up; with summer and winter games, they are busy training all year-round.
Patty recalled her favorite Special Olympics moment - her team had not won a game or even made a goal in a big Floor Hockey Tournament being held down in San Diego. She went to the coach of the team they were playing in their last game and asked if he would allow her girls to just make one goal. He put the girls who had previously been on the bench in the next game and not only was Kristen's team was able to make a goal, they won the game. They were so excited to have achieved this victory..... They meet each challenge with Joy and Enthusiasm as values that will help them in life are passed on by their coaches and others.
Patty and Kristen did an excellent job of inspiring us with their story and the meaning of the Special Olympics oath: "Let me Win, But if I Cannot Win, Let me be Brave in the Attempt".
Posted by Jamie Boucher on Jul 24, 2013
And the winner is..... EVERYBODY!!!!
I can tell you from personal experience that this is probably one of the single most positive experiences that a person can have... granted - you may have to climb out of your comfort zone a tad bit (or for some of us - a whole lot)... but once and if you do - you will be so glad you did... so our crew shows up for the most part, bright eyed and bushy tailed at 8am... a big thanks to Doug Riddell, Mike Pond (and Michelle and Nikki Subler), Rob Livick, Andrea Lueker, Amy Christey, Sarah Ketchum (and Amber and Nephi Derbitge), Nancy Guthrie, John Weiss (and 4 members of the Tobin family), David Owens (and Dex) and Dan Costley for sharing the morning with us... We get our orientation speech - pretty much tag teamed from PSC stars Matt and Caleb with a few additional comments from John and William... then the kids show up - we get to put their wet suits on them and us (much tougher than it sounds) and which creates lots of laughs... then onto the beach where we get our stretching in, in anticipation of getting wet... we team up with our surfing kids and hit the water... some go right in - some can already surf - some need a bit of hand holding - some want to build sand castles - but ALL experienced the time of their lives... Here's what a few of us had to say about our day...
Sarah Ketchum - "Adie became my friend instantly, it was awesome seeing her scared then a second later laughing as she stood on the board. I will definitely participate next year."
Jamie Boucher - Nothing better than to see a child laughing and knowing that you played a big a part in their happiness... it was my second year but definitely not my last."
Amy Christey - "Project Surf Camp was amazing! Thank you campers, PSC and Morro Bay Rotary volunteers."
David Owens - "Volunteers for Project Surf Camp wth Rotary. Awesome time! and "Fantastic time! My son Dex loved it!"
Mike Pond - "My daughter and I had an awesome time at Project Surf Camp. The campers confidence and ability grew throughout the day. The joy of riding a wave beamed from huge smiles and many high fives. If I weren't injured I'd do it all over again. It was a great day out serving with my fellow Rotarians."
A special shout out to the Fennacy clan as they provided us with a scrumptious lunch of gourmet hot dogs, chips, fruit, and lots of candy!!!!!
Posted by Judy A. Salamacha on Jul 17, 2013
President David welcomed Dr. Art back and told a joke for him that was thumbed down with many requesting Dr. Art, Dr. Art, Dr. Art….jokester will change next week! Sid has his daughter Eve visiting all the way from Singapore!
President David zapped a couple fines....and revealed how we could avoid major fining...don't pay our dues then he doesn't know who/how much to fine....HOWEVER, we will also not be able to operate....What to do? What to do? Pay up guys and gals.
Fish fries coming up at the end of July at Sid's Church...fine!! and for MB Rotary on August 31st at St. Tim’s with the Fishery ladies...want to go fishing? Bruce Harwood has a bit a room left on his July 31st trip...
Principal Dan Andrus has seen the light with so much support at MB High School for students, including the largest club on campus (Interact with 50 kids) being started by Rotarians, he hopes to become one of us. Kids today…they want leadership to show them the way to service above self…well, maybe they are still learning the “above self” ethic!
Rotary Moment by Michael Williams: Invited 11 years ago by Frances and Forest Martin, he was instantly hooked because he recognized a social network that helped the community. He quickly realized business, social and fund raising support for activities important to his clients and his community was a direction he wanted to pursue…with Rotary. Case in point his annual barbecue that started as a client thank you with 25 people and now raises funds for MS and Project Surf Camp and a new cause each year with over 200 community players attending…most Rotarians donating and attending. Life is good with Rotary fellowship for Michael Williams…even when he is late to the party.
A former patient of Mike’s, Dale Moody provided the lively discussion and facts about the Elephant Seals’ Rookeries at Piedras Blancas. Dale has been a docent for 4 years once he healed from a shoulder injury sliding down a slippery slope counting Elephant Seals. And he said he wants us to believe he has his doctorate?
Fast Facts on Elephant Seals:
· Central Coast is one of few rookeries with close up and personal visuals of the life cycle of the Elephant Seal;
· Migratory Seals are currently molting and resting after returning from Alaska. They are not eating…so not defecating;
· Males will make two trips a year to Alaska…live 14-15 years and gathers up and supports a harem of 40-50 females;
· Web Cam shows it all…even makes the noise;
· 5,000 pups were born last year…80% will NOT make it…sharks and orcas are their natural enemies so when they go back to Alaska they stay up for 3-4 minutes then dive to 1000 feet and stay out of harm’s way. While at the Rookery the heavy kelp helps the pups survive until ocean touring;
· 1990s Rookery reborn…Elephant Seal nearly disappeared for their oil;
· Females spend 10 months at sea without landfall…2 months they birth and briefly care then with child again and out to sea again. December/January birthing time; and
· There are 17-18 rookeries in California but Piedras Blancas is a treasure we need to treasure.
Hear more from Dale on Sundays at the Piedras Blancas Rookery…He has a million stories and facts…
And if I got any of them wrong…I tend to have dyslectic hearing.
Posted by Judy A. Salamacha on Jul 12, 2013
Yes, the vote is in! Morro Bay Rotary’s annual visit to Camp Hapitok is the best meeting of the year. And this year was special because it was personal. Kudos to all who attended. We had a great showing and with lunch and donation we donated $2,300 in support of Camp Hapitok. It was also a nice tribute to our new president, David and his family. They have been involved in Camp Hapitok forever. Why? Because Camp Hapitok gives children with hearing or speech challenges the chance to be among their peers and with teen peers who are dedicated to making their summer the best ever – 4-5 weeks to learn or improve skills, build their self-esteem and independence away from their protectors at home. Congrats to Gary, Marlene, Dawn, Super Nova, President David’s sister and President David, aka Suds. They picked a good one to serve because Camp Hapitok is all about service above self.
At Camp you must have a camper name like Sled Dog, Big Bear, Falling Rock, Trojan Horse, Race Car Girl and Suds. A camper and his/her TIGR (Therapy Individual Goal Reinforcer) greeted us and led us to the flag pole for pre-lunch announcements, which mainly consisted of our camper practicing verbal communication in public. Soda Pop was my camper and Waterfall was his TIGR. It was his first year, her second
Mission is the Camp Hapitok’s director. She started at Camp Hapitok 26 years ago as a TIGR. Her day-job is working at IBM. Mission wanted the campers and TIGRs to experience a Rotary Meeting. Don Hudson did the flag salute; Sid offered the invocation, and John provided the comic relief by sharing how three MBPD officers saw lights on late at Morro Bay Pharmacy and grilled him on who he was and why there post store hours. What else can you do when you own a pharmacy and your 4th of July guests get sick? Good thing he sells surgical tape and salve to help heal the handcuff diggings!
Mission led the program introducing three of her TIGRs, who shared why they gave up their summers to volunteer at Camp Hapitok. With a tear Mission explained how proud she was of her 11 years watching “13 year olds grow from goofy teens to responsible community citizens with a purpose in life.” Becoming a TIGR is a competitive process. They had 100 applicants for 28 positions in 2013.
Stone applied 4 years ago when his brother was hesitant to leave the family and come to 4-5 weeks of camp. They go home weekends. The experience brought more joy to him that he anticipated. He loves seeing the campers “grow and open up and bond” to the TIGRs and their fellow campers.
Eagle is a 3rd year TIGR had two uncles who were campers. He is proud one no longer needs his hearing aids. He marveled at the difference the intense support given to the campers changes their lives and attitudes.
SuperNova, (aka President David’s daughter), was a shy kid until she became a TIGR. She now knows how to “put herself out there” and can talk to crowds…like our Rotary Group. The program helped her as much as it helped her campers over years.
Mission explained other groups will come out to camp and donate to Camp Hapitok, but Morro Bay Rotary has been the largest and longest contributor. It takes $100,000 to run camp each year, but the difference it makes in the lives of the campers and their TIGRs is priceless.
Posted by Jamie Boucher on Jun 19, 2013
Tuesday was a very inspiring and humbling day for me... I seem to have been in a funk lately, not sure why - maybe just a bit tired and burned out... truth be told, almost didn't make it to Rotary... shame on me - what a selfish mistake that would have been!!! Our meeting was such a special treat!!! First I want to thank all of you and especially you Gregg Kaufman for making me feel so loved and so appreciated!!! I feel like "I'm wired" to do what I do... I truly love being that "indian" that people can turn to when they need help!!! (bless all you "chief's" out there - I don't know how you do it) and today was just that shot of adrenalin I needed to pick myself up from the mat and get back out there!!! So again, you'll all never know how wonderful today made me feel - all I can say is thanks from the bottom of my heart!!!
That leads me to today's program and a thank you to John Weiss for introducing this inspirational Hero Hour to us. For those of you who may have missed it - here's a recap that's worth the read...
John Weiss was proud to recognize John Kersten - an elementary school teacher at Monarch Grove who loves what he does... he loves seeing the light bulb go off in a child's head after they've struggled to understand a concept... all he wants is to be able to see kids succeed - at all levels... he teaches, he's coached, he's a father (to 3 wonderful sons), he's a husband (to a wonderful woman), he's a mentor, and he's incredibly humble... I understand he plays a mean game of basketball too... Thanks John for what you do...
Judy Salamacha and Jude Long were proud to recognize Linnea Thomas - owner of our local bookstore and wedding chapel - Coalesce Bookstore & Garden Chapel... we have been privileged to have Coalesce in Morro Bay for almost 40 years... Linnea has so much love for Morro Bay and we for her!!! She is host to so many wonderful events... She believes in the power of books to change lives... As a testament to Coalesce, while box stores have seemingly "taken over", Coalesce thrives because of the "Service Above Self" attitude that permeates in all that Linnea does... Thanks Linnea for what you do...
Steve Knuckles was proud to recognize Father Ed - as a past Morro Bay Citizen of the Year, we shouldn't be surprised at how Father Ed really helped out the Fire Department in their time of need when follow Rotarian Graham Pask passed away so unexpectedly... he always has the right words, does the right things, has a wonderful sense of humor, and has the ability to be real... the Fire Department as well as the rest of us say Thanks for what you do...
Kasey Watson was proud to recognize Vilma Balcita - is one of the Lead Aides at the Garden House... She is dedicated to providing everything to the Residents from overseeing household and Resident care, to managing medications, to administering first aid, to working directly with families, home health and hospice agencies, to cooking most of the meals... she brings her fun loving and kind-hearted attitude to work everyday, she even sings and dances for the Residents which they adore. Vilma is also a Rotarian from the Philippines who daily demonstrates the Rotary Service Above Self... Thanks Vilma for what you do...
Matt Franklin was proud to recognize Mrs. Harper - 1st grade teacher at Del Mar Elementary who has made a difference in h is son, Colton Franklin's life!! Fellow Rotarian and Father, Matt Franklin can't thank Mrs. Harper enough for the time and effort given to Colton... he is so thankful for Del Mar and the wonderful teachers that are there... Thanks Mrs. Harper for what you do...
Dan Reddell was proud to recognize Ken Vesterfelt - words that fellow Rotarian and Police Chief Amy Christey used to describe Ken are "inspiring", "works tirelessly", "fun", "friendly" and I could go on... Ken is a giver of himself, pure and simple... and he's somebody who doesn't consider himself as a hero, instead he says we should be looking to young cancer patients - his real hero's... or those who wear the uniform with pride - also his hero's... Thanks Ken for what you do...
Dan Reddell was proud to recognize Si Tenenberg - is a unique individual who actually says that our very own Dan Reddell is his hero for helping him deliver over 10,000 care packages to the men and women in Afghanistan over the years... He is so pleased to see Morro Bay play such a vital and passionate role in trying to help our troops - a mission that he holds so dear... he promises to continue this as long as we have men and women in harms way... Thanks Si for what you do...
Mary Leizear was proud to recognize Diane Moore - has maintained the Mutt Mitt Program for the last 7 years... she works tirelessly to ensure that this program continues, as it is vital to our City's and eco-system's well being... she is honored to be thought of as a public hero and wanted to thank Rotary for all we do to help her keep this program going... Thanks Diane for what you do...
Dan Costley and Chuck Clarke were proud to recognize Bill Houston - a Military Chaplain with the Navy for so very many years... has seen so much, has been through so much... and as such, has helped our troops through so much!!! He continues in his efforts stateside volunteering most recently with the Cayucos Lost at Sea Memorial. He wanted to reiterate the efforts being made by Si - the troops overseas appreciate the care packages that get sent more than we can ever know!!! Thanks Bill for what you do...
Gary Owens was proud to recognize his wife Marlene Owens - Gary's wife for almost 56 years and is such an amazing person!!! She works tirelessly on her many, many projects including Camp Hapitok (since 1977 no less) and Quota Club in all capacities from Indian to Chief to the Chief of Chiefs... she's an incredible wife, mother, grandmother and friend... Thanks Marlene for what you do...
Bryan Millard was proud to recognize his wife Monica Millard - an RN at Sierra Vista for the last 12 years and an inspiration to nurses as well as those aspiring to be nurses... she not only cares for her patients but realizes how important it is to comfort them as well... she hopes to impart that knowledge to our future nursing corp as she will also be teaching at Cuesta this fall in their nursing program... LUCKY students!!! Thanks Monica for what you do...
John Weiss was proud to recognize Jack Smith - an avid skateboarder and local business owner (go see our local Skateboard Museum) spends much of his time raising money for a variety of very worthy causes, his most recent being Skateboarding Across the Country (literally) to raise money and awareness for Alzheimers. He gives of himself so unselfishly for the betterment of others - something we can and should all aspire to...
I was left today with a sense of gratitude for all those doing so much for others and it made me realize that we can all do a bit more... spend a bit more time... be a bit more positive... be a bit more proactive to those in need... just be a bit better of a person tomorrow than we were today... and above all else - continue to appreciate service above self!!! thanks for listening...
Posted by John Weiss on May 25, 2013
On Saturday May 25th, our community came together to honor fellow Rotarian and retired Fire Chief Mike Pond and his lovely family. Not long ago, while Mike was still Chief, I remember his first meeting in July of 2010. Mike had a bagpipe player and a formal entrance featuring his sponsor Jeff Jones (who incidentally was Club President when I joined back in 2001).
While Mike was Club President, he was a great support to me and to all the members of our club. During Mike’s year he completed a comprehensive 5 year strategic plan. By his side during Mike's year was his wife Andrea. When Mike was Club President, it was like we got two for one with his wife. Actually, it was like four for one in some cases. When we cleaned the Round About, his entire family would often come and pull weeds.
During Mike's year as Club President, he supported the chartering of the Interact Club at Morro Bay High School and the Eco club. Mike worked closely with Los Osos Club President Dick Pacaoan on co-chartering these clubs. It seems he had a hand in starting the Fish Fry which continues today.
I believe that our District Governor Deepa Willingham thought of him as as the best Club President. Mike even dressed her in a fire-fighter’s suit which was precious. Mike’s support for Eco-Rotary included working at Dairy Creek on the Zero Waste Golf Course. It included recruiting students at Club Rush.
Rotary has the 4 way test which we all know by heart: Is it the truth, is it fair to all concerned, will it build goodwill and better friendships, and will it be beneficial to all concerned. Of course, Mike had to one-up that with his 3 way test which went something like is it fun, will we get caught, etc... Mike and Andrea found our Rotary flags and took the time to hang them up for our club meetings.
Mike’s leadership meant making the club stretch. If we added 10 members, 10 Paul Harris Fellows, and 10 somethings, Mike would jump out of a plane (with a parachute). Well, we added the new members and Paul Harris fellows, don’t recall that we got the other 10. Of course, I don’t think Andrea was too keen on Mike jumping anyway...!
During Mike’s year, our club had an exchange with his daughter and a gal from France. Today Mike continues to support Rotary Youth Exchanges. All in all, it was a good year!
Thanks Mike for your Service Above Self! And thank to your family for supporting you and our club efforts!
Posted by John Weiss on May 01, 2013
Once again, local Rotary clubs lead the way for our youth by sponsoring high school students to RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards). It was again a great event and a recent club program. Each participant's life is transformed for the better as they learn life long skills on leadership, public speaking, diversity, problem solving, and many othe important skills. Pictured is this years team of students that attended from Morro Bay High School.
Posted by Mary M. Leizear on Mar 26, 2013
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!
Posted by Jamie Boucher on Oct 07, 2012
I bet not many of you knew that we had such a wonderful organization located right in our own back yard!!! Project Surf Camp is local 501(c)3 Non-Profit group serving the needs of kids with special needs via access to the ocean, to surfing and to interaction with others. Began by John Taylor, Project Surf Camp was started 5-6 years ago, and allows kids with special needs the chance to surf, to interact with the ocean, to foster independence, to build social skills and to improve physical fitness. Their philosophy of "exposure builds acceptance" is fostered by their instructors (all volunteers by the way), many of which are specialist interventionalists who know how to work with the needs of the campers. It also promotes family leisure activity as the program is open to brothers, sisters, cousins or even good family friends. PSC is all about community, they worked with 260 campers last year and hope to increase on those numbers next year. Their needs include campers (obvious #1), volunteers (that can be US!!!!), funding and equipment (especially wet suits). Its this writers goal to have Rotary out there in force next year - we can make a difference in these kids lives!!!
Posted by Jamie Boucher on Oct 07, 2012
Stop, Drop and Roll - if there was any message that Fire Captain Steve Knuckles would have us take away from this day - that would be it. Steve has been involved with the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation for many years. This Foundation serves those who have been burned, and their families, and puts on programs including Support Groups and Special Events. Thru this Foundation, these kids are exposed to "regular things", those things that we all take for granted. They get to go on Surfing Trips, Ski Trips, Angel Flight trips, Athletic Events, Family Get-a-ways, and the most popular - Champ Camp where "kids just get to be kids". Those interested in helping out by donating, sponsoring kids or volunteering their time, please visit their website at www.aarbf.org. A special thanks to Steve for sharing his passion with us. Another special thanks goes out to Rotary member Doug Riddell who donated his 50/50 winnings to the Foundation that day!!!
Posted by Jamie Boucher on Oct 07, 2012
We are so very fortunate to have incredible Police and Fire Department's in Morro Bay!! They not only are here to protect and serve, they know that at any minute, they could be called into a life and death situation. So 11 years after September 11, 2001, we were honored to have Fire Chief Mike Pond, Captain Steve Knuckles and Police Chief Mike Lewis take us back a few years to remind us of the rescuers on that somber day and to make sure we continue to keep them and their families in our hearts and prayers. I found out that we have a sister station - by City Resolution 23-02 we became associated with Station 16, Ladder Truck 7 of New York City who lost 6 firefighters and members of their family that day. Yes, that day was tragic but it was also the day where America stood tall and proud in response to the devastating events - and where America accomplished its largest and most sucessful rescue efforts ever - saving literally thousands.
Posted by Jamie Boucher on Sep 03, 2012
We met our newest District Governor, Frank Ortiz, a retired Fire Chief out of Santa Maria. A die-hard San Francisco Giants Fan - Frank has many goals for District 5240 for this coming year!!! He feels that Rotary is the greatest Service Organization on the Planet - bar none!!! He truly believes in Peace thru Service and firmly believes that we have the opportunity - today - to impact PEACE!!! Our genuine efforts of lending a helpful hand is what makes us so very special. He went on to stress the importance of being the best club that we can be. We need to make efforts to bring in new members, he stressed the value in what our club does, he stressed being relevant to our community and he stressed getting our name out there - let the community know what we do and what we stand for. I am sure that through his leadership, District 5240 is in wonderful hands!!!
Posted by Jamie Boucher on Sep 03, 2012
WOW - I never realized how amazing these K9 Dogs can be!!! Officer Stephanie Pipan introduced Rotary to Xello - the K9 Dog that is the newest member of our local police force. What a beautiful animal. Stephanie told her story of meeting Xello, choosing Xello, training with Xello and now, being able to call Xello her 24/7 partner. Xello is a German Shepherd - who duh - only spoke and took commands in German - so Stephanie had to learn some German in order to work with him. He is playful and yet is very focused on his mission - catching the bad guy!!! Not surprisingly that often happens via intimidation - when suspects get a look at Xello, they all too often turn themselves in - no one really wants to see him "in action". We however were treated to what happens if somebody "runs" - courageously, Bryan Millard wore the arm protection while Stephanie yelled "attack" (or something like that, this writer can't remember the actual command)... Xello ran and jumped at Bryan and wouldn't let go... It was a very convincing exhibition!!! Soon Xello will also begin training in narcotics detection. Congratulations to Morro Bay and to Stephanie for this wonderful program!!!
Posted by Jamie Boucher on Sep 03, 2012
Girls Scouts are alive and well in Morro Bay!!! Belinda Reyna and 3 of her brightest members, Lillian, Amanda and Zoe delighted us with a presentation of their trip to Georgia, home of the organization's National Headquarters. Girl Scouts, an ALL INCLUSIVE gathering strives to help each member find and follow their own unique leadership path. Membership builds courage, confidence and character which makes this world a better place!!! (sounds familiar doesn't it??!!!) Each of these girls were tasked with earning $1,000 each in order to make this trip a reality. There, they were able to study girl scout history which they truly enjoyed!!! Upcoming goals for the troop include attending the Santa Cruz Boardwalk Bash, attend Kaleidoscope Camp, receive babysitting certification and planning for their camp out. What a wonderful group of girls, led by marvelous volunteer leaders... I think I witnessed future Interact members!!!
Posted by Jamie Boucher on Aug 11, 2012
Welcome to the 2012 Rotary Year under the leadership of Nancy Guthrie!!! As is the Rotary Way - do what you can to remain active!!! Do what you can to help with our ongoing activities!!! Do what you can to engage in your fellow Rotarian's lives!!! And do what you can to make a difference!!! We've already welcomed a new member - Carol Furtado... are hoping Dan Costley will be transferring in soon... and by all accounts, Alan Tognazzini will be joining our ranks as well!!! We are starting another Paul Harris Fellow Board - $10/sqaure.... We've got the Fish Fry, the Avacado Margarita Fest and the Harbor Fest all coming up... We've already had a couple of Round-a-Bout cleanups... and don't forget to start making plans for our Halloween Party as well as our Christmas Party!!! What a great start to the year!!! Thanks to all for what you do to make this club what it is...
Posted by Jamie Boucher on Aug 11, 2012
For those of you who weren't able to attend - YOU MISSED OUT!!!!!!!!!!! What a great evening!!! Nancy made incredible food!!! Dave Owens bbq'd... Bruce bartended (loved the margaritas Bruce!!)... Don D brought the music (and some even kareokee'd)... Nancy and Art won for Best Hawaiian Shirts... The Ping Pong Tourney was a hit!!! Ken Stilts, John Weiss, Mike and Andrea Pond, your's truly, Rich Reidel, and Gregg Kaufman participated... The stories are true - Gregg Kaufman is quite the competitor taking home the trophy and title of Best Morro Bay Rotary Ping Ponger of 2012... start practicing now folks - Ping Pong 2013 isn't too far away... the warm and fuzzy story of the night was the the presentation of a Paul Harris Fellow to Frank Martinez... this was a surprise to Frank who was visibly moved by the gesture... quite a special moment!!!!! and quite a special night!!!
Posted by Jamie Boucher on Aug 11, 2012
August 7th's meeting provided a glimpse of the Board's various ventures in their respective roles... ~~We'd like to take a look at sponsoring the Lighted Boat Parade starting in 2013!!! ~~October 2012 is Vocational Services Month - please contact Heidi if you have a business that would like to come in and talk about what they do... and PERLS is coming to our Area - Master PRLS 1 (8/18), 2 (10/6), 3 (8/18), 4 (9/15) and 5 (11/3) are all being taught at the Santa Maria Inn, are all paid for by the Club and all promise to be of benefit to you both personally and professionally!!! ~~Public Relations, led by Amanda, is hoping to create an effective campaign thru the media to promote our Morro Bay Club in a positive light - let the public see what we are doing and what kind of difference we are making... ~~Fundraising, led by Meredith, is already busy with the annual Evening With Heart event, they are looking towards the Fish Fry, Avocado Margarita Fest, and the Harbor Fest too... Get out there and help!!! ~~International, led by Nick, is hoping, along with Clubs from groups 10, 11 and 12, to raise over $40,000 in order to fund 16 more preschools in Sri Lanka... ~~Awards, led by Jude, continues to emphasize participation in as many programs, projects, and community events as possible - we ROCK by the way!!! ~~Membership, led by Don D., has a goal of bringing in members through a new program called Ignite. We should all be looking at encouraging those we know, that we feel would make good Rotary members, to give us a look!!!
Posted by Jamie Boucher on Aug 11, 2012
What were we all doing in our early to mid 20's?? Probably not as much, nor making as much of a difference in our world, as our local Rotaract Club!!! Rotaract provides young professionals the opportunity ~to create a brighter future via local and international projects; ~for social and fellowship opportunities; and, ~for professional development. Rotaract fosters leadership, promotes high ethical standards and promotes International PEACE. Members Eric Wright and Megan Sullivan gave us an update on the local and international projects that the SLO Rotaract Club are undertaking. "In their spare time" they are serving breakfast at Prado Day Center, they mentor at-risk youth, participate in clean-up days at parks; Kids Spree thru United Way and more. They also take charge of the local Coats for Kids Drive as well as World Bicycle Relief who to date have provided 61 bicycles - sustainable transportation - to those living in Africa. They have so much to be proud of and we, as their sponsors, should be incredibly impressed!!! Keep up the good work!!!
Posted by Jamie Boucher on Aug 11, 2012
We were treated by Manny Silva, Sergeant at our very own Morro Bay Police Department to a history lesson on the origin of law enforcement on the Central Coast of California. Manny took us back 154 years when California was inundated by outlaws looking to take advantage of the gold rush. Of special note was the Jack Powers Gang, a hyper violent gang who's motto "if you're dead, you don't tell any tales", created fear in residents of SLO County. Then came Walter Murray, an attorney, who led a vigilant committee to rid the county of the gang thru community involvement and assistance. Murray's efforts along with those of the committee members, and after many violent battles to the death, pacified San Luis Obispo. This effort reflected a communities duty to eachother to preserve their fortunes and lives. This was the birth of law enforcement in SLO County.
Posted by Jamie Boucher on Jul 09, 2012
For those fortunate enough to attend this year's President Demotion, we were treated to a wonderful evening of stories, laughs and even an original musical performance honoring our outgoing President - Bill Peirce. We even got to double dip as we also said good-bye (and Welcome Back) to Eco-Rotary's outgoing President, John Weiss... Mike Pond, Nancy Guthrie and an assortment of "helper-bee's" made it an evening to remember!!! Loved the "be-dazzled" radios, the variety of suspenders worn by all, the recycled awards and the decorated emergency vest that Bill wore with pride... Congratulations to Bill on a job well done... and Congratulations to Nancy Guthrie as she was named Morro Bay's Rotarian of the Year... We all look forward to 2012/13 with enthusiasm to see what we, as the Rotary Club of Morro Bay, can accomplish!!!