Notes from our September 25th Rotary Meeting

Posted by Elsie Casida on Sep 28, 2018
MORRO BAY ROTARY MEETING
September 25, 2018
 
Meeting called to order by President Jude
Inspirational Message by Buddha read by Melissa
 
Pledge to the Flag led by Ryan
 
Visiting Rotarians:  Ray from Taft; Skip from Lake Oswego, Oregon; and Dan who is from Morro Bay and was a member of the Pismo 5 Cities Club
 
Visitors:  John Weiss brought Jeff Heller who is running for City Council, and Kerrigan, a friend of his.
 
Crab Feed meeting was held this morning;  we need to pick a date and get it on our calendars.
 
We still need a host family for Chiara, our exchange student from Italy.
 
Katherine said we are planning an evening social at the Brickhouse BBQ; we will be welcoming Chiara and saying a special good bye to Jan – we will keep you posted on the date.
 
President Jude said she had been on vacation and really missed all of us.  She talked a little about the Trafficking Summit and Opal.  She will have copies of Opal’s book, “Seduced” with her next week if someone would like to buy one.
 
Heidi came late and was fined $20; Ryan reminded us that he works at Pacific Premier Bank and has two children, one born just 2 months ago so we passed the pail to start a fund for her - we collected $109 which will be doubled by Ryan to start a savings account for baby Chloe.
 
On the 9th, Nick is having a Meet and Greet at the restaurant for John Weiss.  Nick was fined $20 - why?    John fined Gary Owens $10 - why?  I guess because they could… 
 
Jamie Boucher went to Arizona for their 35th Anniversary.  It was hot but they had a good time.    Congratulations!!   
 
John Weiss was our speaker today....talking about Peace Making within Rotary Clubs.  He is the Chairman of this effort within SLO County.  
 
Global Violence costs the world over 14 trillion dollars per year.  If we can address the basic needs of individuals, including food, water, education, health care, etc., it will reduce violence throughout the world.  Ken Stilts has been to Mexico to give dental care to people in villages where they are so grateful for the help.  Our District has a micro-lending project primarily with a focus on women, which is a great program to get people jobs so they can become self sufficient.  Rotary feeds the hungry, stocks food banks, encourages youth through exchanges, helps local veterans, supports free health clinics, mediates conflicts, and responds to disasters.   Our 72 Rotary Clubs have impacted our community in the amount of $3,500,000.  Jeff Jones is going to be our new Peace Chair, which goes hand-in-hand with his position in the Fire Service.   Rotary, with 1.2 million members and 35,000 clubs worldwide is in the unique position to do what no government has been able to do.  Thank you, John, for informing us about another way Rotary is enriching lives around the world.
 
50/50 won by Dave Owens who passed it on to Ryan for Chloe
 
Katherine Gillian is our new President Elect Nominee for the year of 2019/2020.
 
Tom Hay announced that, in October, wounded veterans will be coming to Morro Bay to surf with Amazing Surf Adventures.   He will be our program next Tuesday, speaking on that effort.
 
Jan Lewis wrote a note of resignation to our Club because she is selling her candy store and moving to Visalia where she will be opening a Sweet Offerings store downtown.  Jan, we appreciate all you have done to enrich our club - generously giving of your time, talents and, of course, yummy chocolates.  You have been the perfect Mrs. Claus.  We will stop in and visit you whenever we are in Visalia.