Notes from our September 11th Rotary Meeting

Posted by Elsie Casida on Sep 14, 2018
MORRO BAY ROTARY MEETING
SEPT 11th
 
MEETING called to order by President Jude
 
Invocation by Tom Hay especially remembering those in our group who have health issues and also a special prayer for our nation as we remember September 11th.
 
Pledge to the American Flag:   Greg Hardcastle....back after having back surgery.  Good to see you, Greg!!
 
Welcome back to Gary Englund who has been traveling for a few months.
 
Visiting Rotarians:   None today
 
Guests of Rotarians:  Firefighters Sam Watson (brand new fulltime Firefighter to Morro Bay) and Michael Kelly (promoted to Engineer Paramedic) brought by Chief Knuckles; Keith Taylor brought by Carla; Jeff Heller brought by John Weiss.
 
Jamie said we provided the Avo/Marg Festival with “just” enough volunteer hours – we made it by 1 hour and so earned our $5,000  - Yea!!!  Thanks to all who gave time and energy to this event. 
 
Mike Pond gave us an update on Chiara, our exchange student from Italy. 
 
This weekend is the Human Trafficking Summit at the Community Center; it’s sold out!!!  Also, Friday night is a Meet and Greet at the Inn at Morro Bay from 5:30-7:30pm; its a chance to meet Opal Singleton.  We will need help taking things down after the event on Saturday.  
 
We are dark next week because the golf course needs the room for an event.  There will be a board meeting Wed morning at the View at 7:30.
 
Fining time:  $20 each to anyone who wore something Rotary, protested by Nick but alas, it didn’t change the fine; Peter Starlings brought a chair to the Avo/Marg Festival so was asked to stand up and tell us about his trip to Kansas, he was fined $20. 
 
Nick Mendoza was presented with a special Rotary Recognition; Ken Casida was given a pin representing PHF’s - four gems; and, Ryan was presented with his permanent badge.  
 
Chief Knuckles and Mike Pond gave our presentation about September 11, 2001.  2996 people died that day; 343 of those were firefighters.  An additional 365 fire fighters have died since from effects of that day.  Peter Starlings and John Weiss both had family members who were close to being at ‘ground zero” on September 11, 2001.  Morro Bay had a prayer time at the center park a couple of days later.  It was good for our community to hear from our Fire Chief and others at this time; it was definitely a time of healing.  Mike Bonano had moved to Morro Bay from New York ... he lost two co-workers on that day.....and helped our station connect with the firemen in New York.
 
Mike and Steve were awarded “Be the Inspiration” pins as a thank you for their Thoughts on 9/11.
 
50/50 was won by Greg Hardcastle
 
Remember, next week is DARK......hope to see you on the 25th.