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Welcome to Rotary Club of Morro Bay!

Welcome to Rotary Club of Morro Bay!

Morro Bay

Service above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 11:45 AM
Morro Bay Golf Course
201 State Park Road
Morro Bay, CA  93442
United States
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Rotary Club of Morro Bay

Bulletin – February 3, 2015

WEATHER
Warm sunny, golfing weather.

LUNCH
Chicken sandwich, a lovely salad with just abit of dressing (yea), pasta and apple pie and ice cream – welcome Morro Bay Rotary Club to the Golf Course.

PRESIDENT NICKS TIE COLOR
President Nick wore matching shades of blue!

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
The lovely and talented President Nick

INVOCATION
The lovely and talented Ken Stilts

SONG
Clearly Sid no longer loves us, no Sid, no song.

VISITING ROTARIANS AND GUESTS
Former MB Rotarian and member of the Lake Oswego Club in Oregon – none other than Skip Barnhart
Jan Lewis  (Elsie’s friend)
John LePlante (Forest’s friend)
Lori French  (becoming a member TODAY)
Hankmo Roth
Honorary Rotarian Maya
Mary Helen Keller from the Palm Desert Club

NEW MEMBER INDUCTION
We were pleased to formally induct Lori French who was formerly with the Eco Rotary Club.  Lori is heavily involved in the Morro Bay Fishing Community, she is married to Jeff, a second generation commercial fisherman and has two sons, Loren who is an architect waiting to be hired and working commercial fishing in the meantime and Drew who is a computer engineer.  Lori has a lot of interests including swimming, avocado wrangling and chicken ranching.  In her spare time (haha) she writes for National Fishermen Magazine.

PAUL HARRIS QUARTET AND PRESENTATIONS
None today.

EXEMPTION
Not Today

CLUB BUSINESS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
~Jamie B announced tickets for Evening at Heart were sold out, but you could probably score one on eBay.
~Rick Grantham asked for people who would be willing to occasionally drive the Fenderson’s to the doctors.
~President Nick talked about the Steps Conference and the Rotary Foundation Gala, where his wife won her very own Paul Harris fellow.  He also announced the Goleta ~Daytime Club was going to continue the work Morro Bay Club started in Sri Lanka. 
~We also celebrated birthdays of John Weiss, Debra Garcia, Heidi Kimbrell, Jack Barrett and Bryan Griffiths.

QUOTE OF THE MEETING
John LePlante had too many to write down!!!  Still laughing...

UPCOMING DATES AND EVENTS
March 2015 – 4-Way Essay Test, District Assembly
April 11, 2015 – Business Planning & Project Management (Embassy Suites, SLO)
April 17-19, 2015 - RYLA
May 1-3, 2015 – Morro Bay Car Show
May 8, 2015 – Golf Tournament at Morro Bay Golf Course
June 2015 – Demotion/Induction Party
August / September 2015 – Fish Fry

FINING
None today.

PAUL HARRIS BOARD DRAWING
No action here.

PROGRAM
Forest Ratchford, spoke about being in the Peace Corps.  He had two tours, one in Romania and one in St. Lucia.  The Peace Corps promotes world peace and friendship, working on training locals of developing countries, promoting both our culture and their cultures.  There are many areas the Peace Corps focus on including education, health, and youth in development, environment and economic development.  Peace Corps is in 140 countries with over 220,000 volunteers.  The application process takes about 1.5 years and once in the Peace Corps you can leave at any time, without any questions asked.  The attrition rate is about 25%.  John LePlante then followed Forrest and talked about his experience in the Peace Corps.

CLOSING
President Nick closed the meeting, Happy Trails All!

 

 
 

Rotary Club of Morro Bay Bulletin      – January 20, 2015
 

WEATHER
Warm, sunny, abit of wind, no rain.

LUNCH
Chicken, noodles, wonderful broccoli, peas and carrots and apple cobbler.    

PRESIDENT NICKS TIE COLOR
President Nick secretly concealed his tie today, but there seemed to be some blue stripes sneaking out beneath a black sweater. 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
The lovely and talented Rotary Club of Morro Bay

INVOCATION
The lovely and talented Jude

SONG
Sid supplied the words to a song that we sang……well.

VISITING ROTARIANS AND GUESTS
Liz Patrina, Virgs Landing
Jesse Landry
Len and Midge Gentieu
Brian Swartz
Dani Tope
Honorary Member Maya

NEW MEMBER INDUCTION
Forrest Ratchford was inducted into the club.  Originally from Tennessee, he and his wife, Serena, have just relocated to Morro Bay from Harlington, Texas to operate a dental practice in Morro Bay.  Forrest also talked abit about his time spent in the Peace Corps in Romania

PAUL HARRIS QUARTET AND PRESENTATIONS
None today.

EXEMPTION
Not Today

CLUB BUSINESS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
~President Nick shared that for the next few meetings we really needed to focus on the Paul Harris board. 
~President Nick announced that he attended the mid-term meeting and our club was recognized for membership and in turn President Nick recognized Don Doubledee for this work. 
~The Club received a check from the Harbor Festival for our volunteer work.
~Andrea reminded the Club about the Chamber Installation Dinner scheduled for this Friday night.  Morro Bay Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year and the Living Treasure will all be recognized.  Tickets are on sale at $50 each.
~President Nick talked about the 4-Way Essay Test that is being overseen by Heidi, Tom and Andrea.
~Elsie announced a Valentine’s Day Social scheduled for Thursday, February 12th at Carla’s Country Kitchen.
~Andrea announced that her student Ariana Elegado, was feathered in the Newspaper for her great game at Cal Poly, she plays for Honorary Rotarian Faith Mimnaugh. 
~Jamie B announced tickets for Evening at Heart were still available, but going fast.
~President Nick reminded the club of the Board meeting on January 21, 2015 @ 730am at Carla’s.
~Lori French reminded the Club of the Central Coast Women for Fisheries Albacore Enchilada fundraiser on January 31, 2015.
~Don Doubledee announced that he still had some lighted boat parade t-shirts.

QUOTE OF THE MEETING
The Club that plays together, stays together – Elsie. 

 

UPCOMING DATES AND EVENTS

January 23, 2015, Chamber Installation Dinner
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
May 1-3, 2015 – Morro Bay Car Show
May 8, 2015 – Golf Tournament at Morro Bay Golf Course
June 2015 – Demotion/Induction Party
August/Sept 2015 – Fish Fry

FINING and PROGRAM
Not today.

PAUL HARRIS BOARD DRAWING
See above.

PROGRAM

Judy introduced Len Gentieu and his wife Midge.  Len and Midge own the Pappagallo Motor Yacht in the harbor.  Len has recently finished a book entitled Chasing the Heat which follows his very interesting and diverse cooking career.  Len shared that there are 3 things that he stresses in the book and those are:

            1.         The importance of being persistent.
            2.         The amount of behind the scenes support there is at successful restaurants
            3.         The importance of encouraging restaurant workers.

Len shared that the book started when they landed (sailed into) Morro Bay after a difficult voyage of 19 hours.  He said that he was greeted at the dock by one of the City fathers in a none too welcoming manner – however, since that time he has gotten to be friends with this, so far, unnamed resident.  Len shared a story from his Army days in Korea, when he was asked to cook for a high ranking official, he told a hilarious account of cooking meat and vegetables on a saber and everything going well, until……..things didn’t go well and he had to put out a large fire with a bottle of seltzer.  Afterward he told us that one of high ranking staffers came to the Len’s “hooch” (read home) and Len thought that it was for discipline, but it turned out the he was complimented on his efforts.  Len shared that moment was his finest in the Army, where he learned what true leadership was. 
 

CLOSING
Matt Franklin was the big winner of the 50/50…..again!
President Nick closed the meeting, Happy Trails All!

 

 
 

Rotary Club of Morro Bay
Bulletin – January 27, 2015

WEATHER
Where’s winter Waldo?

LUNCH
Our last lunch here was Tamale Pie……

PRESIDENT NICKS TIE COLOR
President Nick wore his Seattle Seahawks colors again today, spicy green and blue.   

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
The lovely and talented Doug Riddell.

INVOCATION
The lovely and talented Maria O’Reilly.

SONG
No Sid, No Song, No Happiness. 

VISITING ROTARIANS AND GUESTS
Seneca brought a trio of guests including, Colia Anguarer, Jewell Armand and Michael Kimbrell
Elsie brought Jan Lewis
Forest brought Serena Ratchford
Dean Hiam from Los Osos Club selling Superbowl Squares
Bob Scott from Ontario Canada and his wife Honorary Member Ann Scott
Our speaker for the day - Chris Cameron

NEW MEMBER INDUCTION
None today.

PAUL HARRIS QUARTET AND PRESENTATIONS
None today.

EXEMPTION
Not Today.

CLUB BUSINESS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
~Jamie B announced tickets for Evening at Heart were still available, but going fast.
~President Nick announced that Carla Wixom had successfully been upgraded to a yellow badge.
~President Nick announced Carol Furtado as Rotarian of the Month.
~President Nick reminded the Club about the Central Coast Golf Classic on May 8th.
~Lori French reminded the Club of the Central Coast Women for Fisheries Albacore Enchilada fundraiser on January 31, 2015.
~Don Doubledee announced that he still had some Lighted Boat Parade t-shirts.
~We also celebrated the birthdays of Chuck Clarke and Alan Williams.

QUOTE OF THE MEETING
Right after the Falcon make a deposit on the carpet, Chris Cameron stated “This is the last meeting here so what do we care”.  He then quickly apologized, but everyone chuckled. 

UPCOMING DATES AND EVENTS
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
May 1-3, 2015 – Morro Bay Car Show
May 8, 2015 – Golf Tournament at Morro Bay Golf Course
June 2015 – Demotion/Induction Party
August/September 2015 – Fish Fry

FINING and PROGRAM
Not today.

PAUL HARRIS BOARD DRAWING
No action here.

PROGRAM
Chris Cameron, the Director of Camp Ocean Pines spoke today as a Falconer.  Falconry is an ancient art, but with the onset of guns and art of falconry was almost lost.  Today in California there are about 500 falconers and in order to be one you need a number of licenses and permits.  In addition, all falconers start out as apprentices, working with someone until they can past a test.  Chris brought two falcons to the meeting and showed the various similarities and differences.  Chris, as usual, provided an entertaining and exciting program!

CLOSING
Doug Riddell was the big winner of the 50/50!
President Nick closed the meeting, Happy Trails All!

 

 
 

ROTARY CLUB OF MORRO BAY
BULLETIN - JANUARY 13, 2015

WEATHER
No snow, happily!

LUNCH
Chicken, caesar salad and dessert.  

PRESIDENT NICKS TIE COLOR
President Nick wore a red shirt and red printed tie, probably grieving his 49ers, who are resting at home, snacking on chips and soda, maybe some nachos or wings and watching the New England Patriots….dominate.  Love ya Pres!

PLEDGE OF ALLIGENCE
The lovely and talented Carla Wixom

INVOCATION
The lovely and talented Judy Salamanca

SONG
Sid is finally back and we gladly went back to an old standby – God Bless America

VISITING ROTARIANS AND GUESTS
It was so nice to see some Rotarians that we haven’t seen in abit, like Dale Reddell, Chief Amy Christey and the world traveler Pete Zotovich.

We also had Janet Lewis from the business Sweet Offerings
Former member Kelly Vanderheuval from Pacific Wildlife
Denise DeCock, Virg’s Landing
Liz Patina, Virgs Landing

NEW MEMBER INDUCTION
Not today.

PAUL HARRIS QUARTET AND PRESENTATIONS
None today.

EXEMPTION
Ferris Zoe

CLUB BUSINESS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
~President Nick shared with the Club that we had some boxes that needed to be mailed to the troops.
~Andrea announced her student Ariana Elegado, was featured in the Trib for her great basketball play at Cal Poly, she plays for Honorary Rotarian Faith Mimnaugh. 
~Jamie B announced tickets for Evening at Heart were still available, but going fast.
~President Nick reminded the club of the Board meeting on January 21, 2015.
~Lori French reminded the club of the Central Coast Women for Fisheries Albacore Enchilada fundraiser on January 31, 2015.
~July Salamanca announced the Morro Bay Historical Society event at Stax from 6-8, Thursday, January 15th.
~President Nick announced that Carla’s daughter in law and son welcomed in their baby, this time a girl.
~The Police Chief, who we rarely see at Rotary, was appropriate fined $20.

QUOTE OF THE MEETING
Not today.

UPCOMING DATES AND EVENTS
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
May 1-3, 2015 – Morro Bay Car Show
May 8, 2015 – Golf Tournament at Morro Bay Golf Course
June 2015 – Demotion/Induction Party
September 2015 - Fish Fry

FINING
Not today, well except the Chief but she deserved it.

PAUL HARRIS BOARD DRAWING
The Board was nowhere to be found.

PROGRAM
John W.  introduced Kelly Vanderheuvel (who used to be a member of our club and we do miss her!) from Pacific Wildlife, an organization that has been in existence for over 30 years.  Pacific Wildlife rehabilitates sick, injured and orphaned animals (no domestic animals).  Kelly has always brought in some great animals, but today she brought in Mrs. Handsome-so named as until just abit ago, the gender was believed to be male.  Mrs. Handsome is a vulture who hails from the stork family – who the heck knew that?  Not me.  Vultures are not raptors, even though they look scary, but only eat dead things.  They don’t have feathers on their little faces so that when they are eating the dead things, their faces stay cleaner-picture food crumbs in a beard.  Kelly also told us that when they feel threatened, they throw up the dead things they just ate –which serves as a deterrent-duh.  They also urinate on their own legs – but I can’t remember why.  Kelly shared that Pacific Wildlife now has a full-time vet on duty and they have been very busy this last year.

As usual with Kelly and the Pacific Wildlife program, it was great and super interesting.  Mrs. Handsome, who has not been out a lot, was abit nervous during the program and Kelly just handled her with such care and continued to talk – very impressive!

CLOSING
Tom Hay was the big winner of the 50/50!

President Nick closed the meeting, Happy Trails All!

 

 
 

Morning,

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...

later...    j

 

 
 

QUOTE OF THE MEETING

Our Very Own President Elect Carol Furtado:

“While everyone was watching football, I was lick’in and stamp’in”.

UPCOMING DATES AND EVENTS

December 2014 - Salvation Army Bell Ringing, Caroling Cops, Morro Bay High School Choir

December 4, 2014, Holiday Social/Party

December 6 2014 – Master PRLS-1 Embassy Suites 8 am to 4 pm

December 6, 2014 – Lighted Boat Parade

January 30, 2015 - District Foundation Dinner at the Ronald Reagan Library

January 31, 2015 – STEPS in Thousand Oaks (Symposium To Eradicate Poverty Sustainably)

February 7, 2015 – Planned Public Speaking – PRLS-2 (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 – Golf Tournament

June 2015 – Demotion/Induction Party

PROGRAM- Colleen Wall and the Morro Bay High School Choir

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So once again, editorial privilege – the Annual Holiday Choir Performance is and continues to be one of my favorite programs of the year.  These students, who began by introducing themselves and their grade, are a bundle of talent and enthusiasm.  They, along with Director Colleen, take some classics and sing them in arrangements that are exciting and often enchanting.  While the student were singing I looked around the room at all of you wonderful Rotarians and the smiles on your faces were priceless.  This program made us all slow down and appreciate the day just a little bit more!  Thanks Principal Kyle, Director Colleen and Morro Bay High School Choir for bringing smiles to our faces and joy to our hearts!  (Pretty sappy for me, huh?)   

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PAUL HARRIS BOARD DRAWING

I was so happy after the Choir performance that I totally forget to write down who won….was it Matt Franklin?  (Editor also happy, forgot). Thank you Jack Barrett for taking charge of it!

 

CLOSING

I was so happy after the Choir performance that I totally forget to write down who won the 50/50, probably Matt Franklin!

 

President Nick closed the meeting. 

 

 
 

Rotary Club of Morro Bay

Bulletin – September 16, 2014

Beautiful, sunny weather, just like a tropical island.

LUNCH

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.

INVOCATION

Sarah Ketcham gave the invocation.

SONG

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.

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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. 

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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!

CLOSING

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.    

 

 
 

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.

Announcements:

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.

 

 

 
 

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!!!

 

 
 

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!!! 

 

 
 

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!!! 

 

 
 

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

 

 
 
 
 

Speakers

Sep 01, 2015
TBD
San Luis Obispo County Office of Governments
Sep 08, 2015
Misty Wycoff
Friends of Elephant Seals
Sep 15, 2015
Sydney Hunt
Students With Hearts program
Sep 22, 2015
Brent Christenson
Christenson Business Advisory
Sep 29, 2015
Sep 29, 2015
Oct 06, 2015
Jim Bell, District Governor
District Update
Oct 13, 2015
TBA
Vocation Awareness
Oct 20, 2015
Larry Newland, Director
Central Coast Maritime Museum Association
Nov 03, 2015
Mara Purl
National Best-selling author and BBC Radio writer
Nov 10, 2015
Nov 17, 2015
Nick Mendoza
Rotary Foundation