The Rotary Forum
Program May 10, 2016: The 4-Way Test Essay Contest Winners
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Joel began the meeting at 12:34 PM by having Steve Curry induct a new member Andrea Lueker in a transfer from the Morro Bay Rotary Club.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Steve Curry announced that due to the overwhelming success of the annual golf tournament, the Foundation will be able to fund 4 scholarships this year. The Paul Harris social will be held on May 22 at Bruce Beaudoin’s home. Pres. Joel announced that a short parklet meeting will be held after this meeting today.
PROGRAM: The 4-Way Test Essay Contest Winners
Martha Murphy introduced each of the 4-Way Test Essay Contest Winners starting with the Arroyo Grande High School winners. Third place went to Lucy Wicksrom for her essay on the subject of story of Major Winters popularized in the book Band of Brothers. Ryan Brennan came in second place with his essay on the subject of literacy. The first place prize went to Kimi White whose essay was entitled “The 4-Test and Me: Creating a Better Community.” The first place winners were Lily Li of Judkins Middle School with an Essay entitled the Four-Way Test of Things We Think, Say or Do;” Mikayla Provence of Branch Elementary with an essay entitled “Life Lessons from Softball Using the 4-Way Test;” and Mariella Conn of Ocean View Elementary with an essay entitled “Rotary 4-Way Test.” In addition to winning first place in the Middle School Division, Mikayla Provence won the District with her essay.
THE DAY BY PAUL JONES:
“Don’t stop laughing because you are old; you grow old because you stop laughing.”
 
 
Program May 24, 2016: The Arroyo Grande High School Scholarship Winners
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Joel began the meeting at 12:36 PM by having Andrea Lugar, who was inducted two weeks ago, to give a brief bio. She is currently the Harbor Master of the San Luis Port.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Pres. Joel called upon Bruce Beaudoin to report on the Paul Harris social at Marcia’s and his home. Bruce and Marcia were given a round of applause for the event that attracted 50 people. Kyle, the president of the San Luis Rotaract club, announced that 100 tickets are available for the June 24 baseball game of the San Luis Blues at the Sinsheimer Stadium. He also announced that a May 31 fundraiser that includes a $20 complete dinner by Tahoe Joe’s at 485 Madonna Rd. for dine-in or take out. Karen Zappia asked us to fill out forms for suggestions on vocational tours for the upcoming Rotary year. A demotion planning party will be held immediately following this meeting. Peter Candela finally was able to turn in his red badge for the permanent blue badge. Anya Stanley had representatives of the following recipients of the Community Giving Program come forward to receive their donations: Big Brother and Big Sister, Restorative Partners and the Clark Center.
FINES:
Pres. Joel asked the following to come forward: Bruce Beaudoin, Shannon Bowdey, Chuck Anders Mary Ann Reese Cliff Nagler, Kari Ziegler, and Montisa Phelan Lopez. All were celebrating birthdays except Cliff, who is celebrating his wife Samantha’s birthday and Montisa, who is celebrating her 23rd wedding anniversary with Leon. He fined Chuck and Cliff $37 each; the remaining group is maxed out on their fines this year. Club anniversaries were recognized including Sandy Lubin for his 17 years, Martha Murphy for 12 years and John Traversaro for 2 years with this club and 10 years with a previous club. Only Martha received a fine in the amount of $30. $10 Happy Bucks were donated by Dick Dannells and Ashley Boyer in connection with the purchase and sale of a house, respectively, and Mary Ann Reese for each of her 2 grandchildren. $20 Happy Bucks were donated by Scott Astrosky for having a good closing last week and Deenie Dotson for the return of her traveling husband. Martha Murphy donated $25 of Sad Bucks for her less than stellar introduction of the scholarship winners.
PROGRAM: The Arroyo Grande High School Scholarship Winners
Martha Murphy introduced the winners of $2500 scholarships. The most improved student scholarships went to Alexandria who is going on to Cuesta College and hopefully will go on to obtain a doctor’s degree in sociology with the goal of becoming a social worker. Lilyann, who came from a family whose father worked three jobs to keep a roof over their heads, is planning to go to University of California at Riverside with the goal to becoming a doctor in pediatrics. The FFA scholarship went to Samantha who is going to Cal Polly with a major in agriculture. The Arroyo Grande High School Interact club scholarship went to Griffin Berlin, who is their past president with a 5.0 academic record. He is going on to Yale.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY PAUL JONES:
“Enjoy life now-it has an expiration date.”
 
 
 
Program May 3, 2016: Marvin Jackmon “Southern California Gas Company Pipeline Project”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Joel began the meeting at 12:38 PM by auctioning off the fine-free badge to Kari Ziegler for $65.
FINES:
Pres. Joel fined Martha Murphy and Frank Montesinos $10 each for interruptions. Mark Olson took over as fine master and assessed Lee Ann Liscombe $10 for a cell phone infraction, Karen Zappia for providing this information, and Anya Stanley $20 for her second year with the club. The fine for John Traversaro’s 25th anniversary with Marcia was reduced to zero as he was the first member of the Presidents club. Andy Park’s birthday was recognized with a $25 fine even though he is a member of the Presidents club. Terry Fibich received a $10 fine for noting that Anya Stanley made a mistake on the date of the club anniversary and Anya also received a $10 fine for squealing on the mistake.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Steve Curry expressed his great appreciation for all those that contributed to the overwhelming success of the annual golf tournament that included Connie O Henley who did so many tasks during the tournament that it would take 8 Rotarians to replace her; Harlan Silva who took photographs of each of the golfers and then had them ready in personal frames for distribution at the end of the tournament; Linda Osty for enthusiasm and support; Jeff King for obtaining the most sponsors ever; Mike Frederick for obtaining the great-looking trophies; Cliff Nagler for his role in obtaining TV advertising; Karen Zappia for putting more sponsors on most of the holes; Ashley for coming through with the great raffle prizes; Anya Stanley for providing the minutes at the committee meetings; Chuck Anders who put together the hole sponsor signs; Paul Felice for putting together the goodie bags; John and Martha Murphy for packing the banquet with Rotarian and gifts; Shannon Bowdey who took the photographs around the course; Michael Boyer who set up the photographs for running continuously throughout the banquet; and Bruce Beaudoin on for his input and leadership.  A sign-up sheet was circulated for those that did not receive one of the vests that were handed out at the tournament for the golfers. The Paul Harris dinner will be held on May 22 at Bruce Beaudoin’s home. Anya Stanley reported that there was 76% participation in the community giving program and the results will be announced in an email this afternoon.
PROGRAM: Marvin Jackmon “Southern California Gas Company Pipeline Project” Ashley Boyer introduced Marvin who is the Community Education & Outreach manager. Marvin is a former football player that went to Cal Polyand Cal State Fresno. He then went on to explain what they’re doing by ripping up the local streets, which is to replace the gas pipelines that did not pass the hydrostatic pressure test (putting the pipes under 245,000 pounds pressure) or for which no records exist from 1946 forward. In Atascadero they conducted an 8 miles hydrostatic test. He emphasized that safety is their greatest concern and that they were prompted into reevaluating the pipelines after the gas line explosion in San Bruno. At present, they are working on Price Street and Bello Street in Pismo Beach to get this project done before Memorial Day. This is part of project 5A, which will be completed in 2018. After that they will proceed on the other side of the railroad tracks. Next year they will be working on Ontario Road and San Luis Beach Drive in Avila Beach.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY PAUL JONES:
“From birth to 18 a girl needs good parents; from 18-35 she needs good looks; from 35-55 she needs a good personality; and from 55 and older she needs good cash.”
 
 
Program April 26, 2016: RYLA Participants and Arroyo Grande High School Interact Officers “Highlights of Interact for the Year and RYLA Camp”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Joel began the meeting at 12:39 PM with the usual guest introductions. He fined Chuck Anders $10 for interrupting a guest introduction and then called upon Don Weber to give the Rotary Foundation minute in which Don reiterated the recipients during its past 16 years since it was founded. During that time $673,000 was raised, primarily from our annual golf tournament. High school student scholarships are the main charitable focus of the Foundation.
FINES:
Scott Astrosky’s 50th year on this earth was recognized without a fine. Don Weber’s 83rd birthday only cost him a $20 spin-the-wheel fine, however he turned that fine into $83 of Happy Bucks. Roger Frederickson’s wife’s birthday will be celebrated with the Taste of San Luis Obispo on Saturday afternoon and then a wine limousine tour that evening. Greg Baker paid $10 of Happy Bucks because he forgot that last week, April 19, was Paul Harris’ birthday.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Steve Curry stated a couple foursomes have dropped out so that we are still at 33 foursomes with room for a couple more. This will still make it the largest tournament in terms of participation and hole sponsors that we’ve ever had. Karen Zambia still needs volunteers for on-site activities. Ashlea Boyer suggested if anyone has any raffle items that she will come and pick them up or else bring a bottle of wine or similar raffle item to the event. Pres. Joel stated that to be sure to come to the next meeting meeting at McClintock’s restaurant. It will feature Marvin Jackman of the Southern California Gas Company to discuss the Central Coast underground pipeline project. He reminded everyone to enter through back dining room and to use the back parking lot. Anya Stanley stated that today is the last day to use paper ballots for the Community Giving Program; you can use the on-line system until April 30. Sharon Ellis reported that on May 16 is the first quarterly dinner party for those that have signed up. Frank Montesinos said that May 5 is the date for the Pismo Beach Parks Parks and Recreation Department to review our partlet plans.
PROGRAM: RYLA Participants and Arroyo Grande High School Interact Officers “Highlights of Interact for the Year and RYLA Camp”
Connie O'Henley introduced the speakers and Michael Boyer spoke about RYLA, which includes 500 youth leadership camps around the world focusing on high school sophomores and juniors in some camps and college students in other camps. Our club sponsored 8 of the 12 students that were speakers today. One of the common themes that all 12 agreed-upon is that RYLA enabled them to meet and become friends with new people and that the program was beyond what they had expected. Other comments included that I learned a lot; it had a great impact on me; it changed my life; I thought it would be a drag but it was not that at all; the speakers were amazing; I went there nervous but changed in a very short time; I found that the people I met had similar goals but that everyone is different; there were great goal-setting seminars; I am a runner and I was afraid I would have to be running alone, but I found I had others and that joined me every morning for my run; and I plan to stay in touch with the friends that I met. The past Interact officers of that included president Griffin Berlin. Some of the projects for the year included volunteering at the Halloween gift drive, the Pismo Beach Veterans Hall Thanksgiving dinner, the Stop Hunger Now charity, and their spring international project of women rights in Malawi Africa.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY PAUL JONES:
“Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.”
 John Wooden
 
 
 
Program April 19, 2016: Shirley Grace “What Is a Rotarian?”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Elect Greg Baker took over the meeting at 12:38 PM with the usual guest introductions. He called upon Shirley to pin the permanent member badge on our newest member Eric Mund, who earned it in 11 days.
FINES:
Jim Lewis came forward as fine master and recognized Bruce Beaudoin for his 49 years of marriage with Marcia on May 22nd.  He encouraged Bruce to celebrate the event with Happy Bucks and Bruce complied with $100. Harlan Silva was fined $20 for interrupting the fine master. Terry Fibich's 38 years of marriage with Linda was celebrated with $20 Happy Bucks . Cliff and Samantha trip to the big Island of Hawaii was recognized with an $80 fine.  Mike Kee added  $50 Happy Bucks to welcome home his wife from her recent trip.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Pres. Joel stated that an interim board meeting will be held right after this meeting. Martha Murphy asked all members to stand who helped to judge the 4 Way Test essays. She then circulated a sign-up to judge the scholarship recipients at her home on April 21. The essay winners will be announced during our May 10 meeting. Steve Curry stated we have 34 committed teams for the golf turnament and have room for 2 more foursomes. We still need items to fill the goodie bags. Karen Zambia needs volunteers at various tee locations. Ashlea Boyer reported on the raffle prizes that been turned in, but that we still need more. Pres. Joel reported that we have only one more meeting at Steamers Restaurant and then we will be meeting at McClintock’s restaurant starting on May 3 until the end of his term . Michael Boyer announced that our last Steamers' meeting will feature the RYLA students. Mary Ann Reese reminded everybody that the next Rotary social is tomorrow at the Oyster Loft in Pismo Beach. We are asked to reserve Sunday, May 22nd for the Rotary Foundation social at Bruce Beaudoin’s home. Anya Stanley stated that 20 ballots have been handed in for the Community Giving Program.  Terry Fibich wins the $325 raffle prize when Shirley Grace drew his number¶
PROGRAM: Shirley Grace “What Is a Rotarian?”
Shirley is a member and Past President of the Fresno Rotary Club and a past 5230 District Governor for District 5230. She began by asking the question, what is a Rotarian? One of her answers is: one who follows his or her destination.  As a young girl, she asked her grandmother to buy her a dress, but instead of buying her a dress she was taught how to use a sewing machine. So fast forward when she was the president of herRotary club she ironically received two grants along with a District and India to provide sewing machines to underprivileged Indian women to provide them a higher standard of living. Over the years she has been involved with providing grant money to seven Indian projects. As District Gov., she again traveled to India to participate in the delivery of 756 wheelchairs to well deserving handicapped individuals.  She showed a short video of her recent Indian experience including participating in national immunization day (NID). She then told the story of a Jeffrey that suffered brain damage at birth and went on to make use of of the Rotary House, which allows parents of medically afflicted children to have a few hours of freedom during the day. Jeffrey went on to become prom King. She ended her story by stating that her son Jeffrey recently passed away when she returned from NID. Her final answer to the title question is: (1) be yourself; (2) live the Four Way Test; and (3) give where your passion moves you.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY PAUL JONES:
“A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday, but never remembers her age.” Robert Frost
 
 
 
Program April 12, 2016: Anya Stanley “Revised Community Giving Program”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Joel opened the meeting at 12:37 PM with the usual guest introductions.
FINES:
Pres. Joel assessed Martha Murphy a $15 spin-the-wheel fine for her slight mistake in introducing the Assistant District Gov. $20 for advertising. Because there was time at the end of the meeting, Pres. Joel called upon past president Mark Olson to serve as fine-master. He fined Jack Hardy $5 and and then fined Scott Astrosky $10 for interruptions and not introducing the guest at his table. Greg Baker was fined $40 for his six year wedding anniversary with Stacy. Tommy Thompson was fined $22 for his 22 years with the club. Steve and Linda’s wedding anniversary was recognized with a $38 fine. Chuck Anders, Shannon Bowdey, Sharon Ellis, and Martha Murphy were fined $10 for failing to answer Mark’s questions. Mike Frederick was fined $10 for a smart phone infraction.
announcements:
Steve Curry gave an update on the golf tournament in which 35 teams are committed, which translates to 140 golfers. Jeff King reported that we have had great success in signing up golf tournament tee sponsors if you’re not playing golf. Paul Felice reported that he will need approximately 150 items to fill the goodie bags. See John Murphy to sign up for a $50 golf banquet ticket. Ashlea Boyer reported on the raffle prizes that been turned in, but that we still need more. Pres. Joel stated that Frank Montesinos submitted the architectural drawings for the parklet to Pismo Beach and we expect construction to begin in May. He also announced that Minor’s hardware gave a generous donation for materials for the parklet. Martha Murphy stated that she got another batch of Four Way Test essays so that in addition to tonight’s 6-9:30 p.m. judging they’ll be another one tomorrow night. She circulated another volunteer sign-up sheet for tomorrow. A SLO Monday Rotary club representative announced that she has tickets for the May 14 Spaghetti Western dinner as one of their major fundraisers. Pres. Joel reported that we have signed a 2 month agreement with McClintock’s restaurant starting this May to serve as our interim meeting place. He also reported that there will be a Rotary board meeting this Thursday night at the Arroyo Grande hospital. Mike Felice took the time for his craft talk to have people to give testimonials of their experience at Minor’s Hardware in exchange for a gift. The next Rotary social will be held at the Oyster Loft in Pismo Beach next Wednesday night as reported by Mary Ann Reese. ¶
PROGRAM: Anya Stanley “Revised Community Giving Program”
Anya began stating the members of her committee include Martha and John Murphy, Chuck Anders, and Scott Astrosky. We now have an anonymous on-line method of voting for the 18 charities turned in by their sponsors. The method, designed by Chuck Anders, works well with smart phones. If you find any glitches using the on-line method, call Chuck. Each Rotary member will be given $326 to allocate to his or her favorite charities. Anya stressed that we use an adding machine after we have allocated this money to make sure that the total adds up to $326 of each member . The last day for voting is April 30. If you do not want to use the on-line voting you simply fill out a ballot filling in the amounts for each of the charities, again making sure the total per member is $326. The total amount of money going to charities this year will be $15,000 that was raised during last year’s Summer Sizzle
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY DICK DANNELLS:
“We live in the greatest country on earth so we should be very thankful.”
 
 
Program April 5, 2016: Steve DeRose and Jim Souza “Building Your Own Talent Pipeline One Student at a Time”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Joel opened the meeting at 12:36 PM with the auctioning off of the fine-free badge to Cliff Nagler for $50, which enabled him to ward off a recognition fee for his 7th club anniversary.
FINES:
Pres. Joel fined Ashlea Boyer $20 for advertising. Happy Bucks of $20 were paid in by Paul Holden to celebrate his 65th birthday yesterday, of $20 by Jack Hardy for his grandchild, of $5 for each of Mary Ann Reese’s presence at the meeting and Eddie Aurand’s return from her leave of absence. Jim Lewis had a $20 spin-the-wheel fine for interrupting an announcement.
announcements:
Steve Curry announced that the golf tournament is on schedule with 30 teams committed. Paul Felice reported that Minor’s hardware will supply goodies bags, but we need to have approximately 140 items to fill the bags. Karen Zapia expressed the need for “On Hole” activities. Anya Stanley reported that we have 18 applications for the Community Giving Program, which we will begin to vote on next week. Frank Montesinos gave an update on our Partlet that will be placed in front of Pres. Joel’s business. He will be submitting the drawings to Pismo Beach City Council this Friday and if approved to the Parks & Recreation Department in May. Terry Fibich thanked Frank Montesinos, Mike Frederick and Scott Atrovsky for helping pick up trash along the highway last Saturday morning. Connie O Henley reported that the AGHS Interact Club will be holding a Bowl-a-thon at the Pismo Beach bowling alley from 6 to 8 PM this coming Friday to raise money for their international project. Martha Murphy circulated a sign-up sheet for volunteers for next Tuesday’s Rotary essay contest judging at her home. Paul Holden recognized Don Weber as a major contributor to the Rotary International Foundation. Jeff King reported that we have 54 tee sponsors for the annual golf tournament. John Murphy had the sad news that we will have to move from Steamer’s restaurant at the end of the month because it has been sold by Compass Health. Near-term alternates are the Crow’s Nest at Lighthouse Suites, McClintock’s and Comfort Market.
PROGRAM:
Ashlea Boyer introduced Steve DeRose, the retired head of the Ag Department and football and baseball coach at Arroyo Grande High School, and Jim Souza, a retired Arroyo Grande teacher. They have now been working together on recruiting companies to assist in mentoring students toward either a career or higher education. Steve began expressing appreciation for all of the support Rotary has given to the students of the Arroyo Grande High School over the years. He then showed a short video clip on career technical education (CTE). In the 1980s we had vocational training in the high schools, but that waned in the 1990s. Six years ago it became clear that even college graduates could not find jobs. By 2020 it is a predicted that the average college graduate will face a huge gap between what they learned and what is needed in the workplace. In the new programs that are being implemented, there is an emphasis on identifying the skills necessary for 16 industrial pathways so that the college graduate will be better prepared for the workplace of tomorrow. They are seeking individuals and local businesses to partner with the high schools to provide “work-based learning” opportunities for future employees. They need speakers, opportunities for job shadowing, mentors, internships, externships for teachers, panel judges, people to serve on an advisory committee, and finally volunteers to take part in the summer job fair entitled “Just 1 Program” on May 18 at the Arroyo Grande High School and May 19th at Nipomo High School.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY PAUL JONES:
“Nothing ruins the truth like stretching it.”
 
 
 
Program March 29, 2016: Pat Fenton “Organic Management Renewable Energy Production”
As usual Pres. Joel opened the meeting at 12:36 PM with guest introductions and then called upon Sandy Lubin to do the honors in inducting new member Eric Mund, General Manager of the Pismo Lighthouse Suites since August 2007.
announcements:
Paul Jones gave the list of Rotary Foundation board members that include himself, Linda Osty, Michael Boyer, John Traversaro, Connie O’Henley, Bruce Beaudoin, Jeff King, Cliff Nagler and legal advisor Roger Frederickson. Incoming Pres. Greg Baker reminded everyone going to the District Assembly in Oxnard on April 2, to a meet at 5-ish AM in the parking lot of Ameriprise Financial Services, 500 Cypress St., Pismo Beach. Steve Curry announced that the May 2 golf tournament is on schedule with 28 teams committed. Ashley Boyer reported that each member is responsible for bringing a bottle of wine or other golf tournament raffle item within the next 4 weeks. John Murphy asked all non-golfers to join Martha and him at the $50 golf tournament banquet. Anya Stanley read off the list of charitable organizations that have been submitted by their sponsors. She said the deadline for emailing additional organizations is March 31. Terry Fibich reported that this coming Saturday starting at 7:30 AM at Coco’s, volunteers will meet for breakfast and then spend about two hours on the highway cleanup. Sharon Ellis reported that 25 have signed up for quarterly dinners of four couples each.
FINES:
In the middle of the introduction of the guest speaker, Pat Fenton, Steve Curry interrupted to announce that Pat’s company, Waste Connections, is a gold sponsor for the annual golf tournament. This resulted in a Steve Curry $100 spin-the-wheel fine.  Pres. Joel levied a $5 fine on all members except one because they left a visiting Rotarian to stand at the end of the buffet line. Andy Park’s Club anniversary was recognized. Cliff Nagler’s 10 years of marriage with Samantha resulted in a $40 spin-the- wheel fine. Sandy Lubin paid $100 dollars Happy Buck’s for his return from Hawaii and to commemorate  a long time employee’s death at 56.
PROGRAM: Pat Fenton “Organic Management Renewable Energy Production”
Karen Zappa introduced Pat and Rigo Diaz, who assisted in the presentation of a three minute video on the dry Kompogas fermentation process for converting municipal, industrial and commercial biological waste matter into biogas. The biogas is used to generate electricity and heat and the residual matter from the fermentation process is used as solid and liquid bio­fertilizer. This system is to be installed adjacent to the Waste Connections facility near the airport. The Waste Connections will supply to the system the waste matter that includes not only yard trimmings, but restaurant food scraps. The impetus for Waste Connections to implement this process is the new California law AB 1826 AB 1826 that requires businesses to separate their food scraps and yard trimmings for composting or anaerobic digestion.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY PAUL JONES:
“A teakettle, although it is up to its neck in hot water, it continues to sing.”
 
 
 
Program March 15, 2016: Pres. Joel “India-NDI (National Immunization Day)”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Joel opened the meeting a little early at 12:30 PM because he could not fit all he had to say about India in the usual program time.
FINES:
Pres. Elect Greg Baker failed to properly introduce the Past District Gov. resulting in a $60 spin-the-wheel fine. Birthdays of Roger Frederickson and the husband of Shannon Bowdey were recognized. John Murphy gave a solo rendition of the happy birthday song. Steve Curry’s 32 years with the club as a founding member was recognized with a $25 spin-the wheel fine.
announcements:
Incoming Pres. Greg Baker began reported on the District Assembly in Oxnard on April 2, which he urged all incoming board members to attend.
PROGRAM: Pres. Joel “India-NDI (National Immunization Day)”
Two weeks ago Pres. Joel began his journey to India, which he admitted was a trip that was very hard to encapsulate in words. New Delhi and Algarh in the northern part of India where the two cities in which he spent the most time. He then defined polio as being a highly contagious disease that is spread through contaminated water and food and that usually affects the limbs of children under five years old. It is a preventable disease and the only two countries on earth continuing to report cases of polio are Pakistan and Afghanistan, countries, in which it is very difficult for volunteers to work. He witnessed many of the disformed polio victims that had received no rehabilitation or physical therapy after they were struck by the disease, but now are being operated on by new medical procedures. NDI is actually a week of immunizations across the entire country. There have been 2.5 million volunteers over the past 30 years to result in a 99% reduction acrossed the world due to the efforts of Rotary in cooperation with the World Health Organization. His first day in Algarh began with a rally through the city with banners and large crowds of children cheering them on. His first encounter with an immunization was when a woman thrust a one week old baby upon him to receive a drop of the precious immunization dose. The first day they vaccinated 48% of all the children in that town and the next day they went house to house. They would walk into the house with no thought of privacy. The third day was devoted to projects, which included demonstrating how to use an indoor toilet. Pres. Joel told the story of a teacher who donated his entire house except for a small room as a school for needy children that he taught to read. He also used a house across the street for disadvantaged children. In addition he adopted six children. So far 170 million children still need to be vaccinated to keep them from getting polio from neighboring countries such as Afghanistan. As of 24 March 2014 India has been declared polio free.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY PAUL JONES:
“Never too busy to be thankful.”
 
 
Program March 23, 2016: Ben Fine “Regional Groundwater Sustainable Project”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Joel opened the meeting at 12:36 PM with the usual introduction of guests.
FINES:
Pres. Joel recognized Shannon Bowdey’s birthday with a $40 spin-the-wheel fine. Connie O’Henley 21st wedding anniversary with Donald and her March 28th birthday resulted in a $40 spin-the-fine that Pres. Joel will pay since she had the fine-free badge. $25 Happy Bucks were paid by Charla Anderson to honor her new great granddaughter and by Mark Olson to honor his adoption of two foster children.
announcements:
John Traversaro used posterboard signs to distinguish between the Rotary International (RI), the Rotary Foundation (TRF), and the Rotary Club of Pismo Beach Five Cities Charitable Foundation (RCPBFCCF), which has the annual classic golf tournament at the San Luis Obispo Country Club on Monday, May 2 as its major fundraiser. The Foundation fund is $135,000 and the goal is to increase it to $250,000 so that the income from the fund will support our annual scholarship donations. We will hear more about the campaign to reach this goal in the coming weeks. Steve Curry spoke of the need to obtain golf tournament sponsors and that Montisa Phelan Lopez has obtained 13 hole sponsors in a very short time by sending emails to friends and contacts she has had through her position at the Arroyo Grande Hospital. Connie O’Henley reported that there is one month of Interact meetings left in the school year and that the eighth Bowlathon will be held in Pismo Beach on April 8 to raise money for their second international project of the year. Recently Michael Boyer attended a 10 hour day conference entitled Rotary Leadership Institute in Chicago. Most of the attendees were past District Gov.’s although he was there because of his role as the Public Image consultant for the West Coast region of RI. Pres. Joel reported on the fact that the Pismo Beach Parklet that our club has submitted has been approved by the Pismo Beach City Council. He thanked the members who have volunteered for the Parklet committee and encouraged other members that have an interest to join the committee.
PROGRAM: Ben Fine “Regional Groundwater Sustainable Project”
Jim Lewis introduced Ben who joined the city in 2008 and became the Pismo Beach City Engineer and Public Works Dir. in 2013.  They received a grant to study the recycle water project on April 21, 2015. They considered the following 6 items: (1) secondary 23 recycled water; (2) disinfected tertiary water; (3) full advanced treatment (FAT) for coastal injection or as a saltwater intrusion barrier; (4) FAT inland injection; (5) other surface supplies; and (6) do nothing. The goals include offering some potable water use and to diversify the water supply of Pismo Beach. Currently there are 1200 acre-feet of water lost to the ocean every day. After an economic study of the cost the best option was direct groundwater injection into coastal wells at a cost of $1900 per acre-feet, which is about equivalent to the cost of purchasing the water from the state. To implement this water recycle plan they have to first develop a ground water model, to test an injection well, to begin water quality sampling for reverse osmosis, to develop a process design, and to obtain the necessary permitting. They expect to get an agreement by the end of 2016, to obtain funding, design and permitting by mid-2017 and to begin construction by the end of 2018.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY PAUL JONES:
“May your neighbors respect you, your troubles neglect you, the Angels protect you and heaven protects you.” Old Irish Proverb
 
 
 
Program March 8, 2016: Dylan Grant “Engineers Without Borders”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Joel opened the meeting at 12:35 PM with the usual introduction of guests.
FINES:
Pres. Joel concluded that Sharon Ellis’ guest introduction was not up to par, which resulted in her joining the First Ladies Club for the $200 induction fee. Andy Park also joined the First Ladies Club for not answering a number of questions concerning laundry, which presumably he should know answers to because of his cleaning establishment ownership. Jack Hardy assessed a $35 spin-the-wheel fee for the SLO Tribune article on his trip to India for the NDI (national immunization day). Ashlea Boyer received a spin-the-wheel fine of $50 for not knowing that this day was International Women’s Day. $5, $10 and $25 Happy Bucks were paid respectively to honor the wives of Pres. Joel (Sarah), John Murphy (Martha), and John Travasero (Marcia). $5 Happy Bucks were also paid in by Scott Astrosky, Dick Dannells, Greg Baker, and Pres. Joel.
announcements:
Incoming Pres. Greg Baker reported on the District Assembly in Oxnard on April 2 designed especially for his incoming board members, but all members are invited to attend.
PROGRAM: Dylan Grant “Engineers Without Borders(EDB)”
Ashlea Boyer introduced Dylan who began by presenting a slideshow of the accomplishments of the student chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA at Cal Poly. It was founded in 2005 by a core group of students dedicated to making a global impact.  They work in developing communities to solve systemic problems before a occurrence of a disaster. The EWB members travel to such communities to meet their needs and then leave so they can do it on their own with just occasional help from EDW. Recent projects include designing and constructing bicycle powered maize mill for Mulani, Malawi, Africa; building sand filters to provide clean drinking water for Kumponds, Thailand, building a wastewater system for Sainji, India, and constructing an elementary school and a water distribution system for Cuajachillo, Nicaragua. This fall they hosted 23 presenters from all over the country at a Western Conference of EWB
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY PAUL JONES:
“I'm at an age where my back goes out more than I do.” Phyllis Diller
 
 
Program February 9, 2016: Drs. David Conn and Cornel Morton “Microaggression”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Joel opened the meeting at 12:35 PM by auctioning off the fine-free badge to Shannon Bowdey for $55.
FINES:
Pres. Joel concluded that Bruce Beaudoin’s guest introduction did not meet acceptable standards, which resulted in a spin-the-wheel fine of $90 ($5/year he has been in Rotary). Charla Anderson’s smartphone alarm cost her a $27 fine.
announcements:
Steve Curry spoke of the work the Rotary Club Foundation that began in the year 2000. Last year $7500 raised at the Foundation’s only fundraiser, the annual Golf Tournament, went for scholarships. He also reminded everyone that the Golf Tournament committee will meet right after this meeting. Anya Stanley stated that the Community Giving program has been modified slightly and that everyone who wishes to sponsor a charity must submit a properly filled out application no later than March 31. Her committee includes Scott Astrosky, Sharon Ellis, Sandy Lubin, John Murphy, Martha Murphy, and Montisa Phelan Lopez. Jim Lewis announced next week’s meeting will be a vocational tour of the Mike Sinor’s winery in Corbett Canyon. Pres. Joel was very pleased report that he is taking part in the National Immunization days in India and will be out from February 15 to the 28th with past president Mark Olson taking over the meetings. He noted that a country must have no cases of polio for five years to be considered polio free. Pakistan and Afghanistan are only two countries in the world that are not polio free.
PROGRAM: Drs. David Conn and Cornel Morton “Microaggression”
Ashlea Boyer introduced our speaker by providing biographies that included the following: Dr. Conn has been a tenured faculty member in environmental policy & planning most recently at Cal Poly where he has held several senior administrative positions. Dr. Morton recently retired from Cal Poly where he served for ten years as Vice President for Student Affairs and three years as Senior Advisor to the President. They began by defining microaggressions as the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership. One example is for you to say “nurse” to a woman walking into your hospital ward and she turns out to be the doctor that I just operated on you. Another is when the department store Santa Claus asks the little boy what he wants Santa to bring him for Christmas and the boy is Jewish. You are engaged in conversation with an African-American man and say him, “When I look at you, I do not see color.” This is denying his identity. An example given an attorney of past microaggressions includes saying all attorneys are crooks and the only good attorney is a dead one. The burning of a cross in a yard next to an Arroyo Grande family that included a black teenage woman was not only an example of micro-aggression, but it resulted in hate crime charges that resulted in prison sentences for those involved.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY PAUL JONES:
“Time is a dressmaker that specializes in alterations.”
 
 
 
Program January 12, 2016: Tara Kulikov “Acupuncture and Demonstration”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Joel opened the meeting at 12:35 PM by auctioning off the fine free to harm and sell the for $50.
FINES:
Pres. Joel considered Mike Frederick’s guest introduction less than stellar to warrant a $39 fine. He fined Sandy Lubin $50 for his failure to note that Dr. Sarah Conn had just been introduced. The birthdays of Harlan Silva on January 9 and Lee Ann Liscombe on January 11 were recognized. Sandy and Cindi Lubin’s 49th wedding anniversary was honored with a $49 fine. Greg Baker’s club anniversary was recognized with $50 fine, and he was also fined $25 for not changing his birthdate in the Club Runner. Connie O’Henley’s 20th club anniversary and Michael Boyer’s 10th club anniversary were recognized without a fine.
HAPPY BUCKS:
Pres. Joel put in $5 because of the presence of Paul Felice, who has been absent for some time Happy Bucks. Michael Boyer put in $20 for his new business, Dick Dannells put in $5 for the speedy diagnosis of his wife Rae at the Arroyo Grande Hospital and Linda Osty put in $5 for her new puppy.
announcements:
Michael Boyer announced that he is hosting the next board meeting this Thursday at the Arroyo Grande Hospital. Paul Holden announced that Michael Boyer is the $50 raffle winner of a Paul Harris fellow. Linda Osty said to reserve February 25, 26th and 27th as part of the Polio Plus program with the 26th being devoted to attending the Melodrama in Oceano to see “The 39 Steps.” It is a comedy of the joys and tribulations of a new dog owner.
PROGRAM: Tara Kulikov “Acupuncture and Demonstration”
Karen Zappa introduced Tara who holds a Masters in both Traditional Oriental Medicine and Kinesiology.  Tara began by noting that acupuncture began in China thousands of years ago and is now practiced throughout the world primarily to relieve pain. She compared the acupuncture needle to getting a sliver in your finger. Your body’s reaction is to get rid of the sliver and eject it from your finger. As part of the body’s inflammatory response to reject the sliver is to increase the flow of blood. She then turned to displaying acupuncture needle, which is a very small, solid, thin, sharp stainless steel compared with a hypodermic needle, which is much larger and hollow. In the United States acupuncture needles are not reused and come enclosed in plastic. Small needles are used for the hands and larger needles are used for the legs and arm. She then demonstrated the use of acupuncture on herself by placing it in the web between her thumb and forefinger. Then she pointed out that this is one of the three pressure points that we can use on ourselves. The thumb and forefinger web is used to relieve a headache. To relieve stomach distress another pressure point is the hollow portion of the inner leg above your kneecap. In acupuncture you leave the needle in the body from 5 seconds to 30 minutes depending on the severity of the disorder. Electricity and heat can be used as added stimulants. She pointed out that animals are very susceptible to pain relief, for example, arthritic pain with acupuncture. However it must be done under the direction of a veterinarian. She gave a final tip on the use of ginger to relieve indigestion. She now teaches, but does not practice acupuncture. She will give you acupuncture references by emailing her at tkulikov@gmail.com .
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY PAUL JONES:
“He who is good at making excuses is usually not good for anything else.”
 
 
 
Program for December 15, 2015: Sydney Hunt -“Students With Heart” and Molly Preston-“40 Prado Rd. Homeless Shelter”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Joel began the meeting with the program phase because of time constraints of the speakers.
PROGRAM: Sydney Hunt -“Students With Heart” and Molly Preston-“40 Prado Rd. Homeless Shelter”
Ashlea Boyer introduced Sidney. She began by stating her interest in neuroscience was because her grandmother developed Alzheimer’s disease and she plans to go into that field when she graduates from college. She decided in high school of a unique way of being connected with the elderly by starting a club at her local high school in which students visit senior care facilities. From this she started the non-profit Students with Heart by filing a 501c application with the help of her father.  She developed a connection with the Los Olivos Rotary club. By now her non-profit organization has grown to having its own national Board of Directors that helps start other such clubs in high schools in other communities around the country. She is presently going to UC Santa Barbara where she started a college level Students with Heart club. She then showed a short video of students interacting with elders in a very unique and personal way.
 
Karen Zappia introduced Molly, the director of the Prado homeless shelter. Through the generous donation of Maxine Lewis and the legal assistance of John A. Spatafore, this homeless shelter is expected to be operational sometime in late 2016. John was instrumental in negotiating with the U-Haul Corporation to make available 3 acres at a price well below its market value for the construction of this facility When it opens, the Prado daycare center will close, the Maxine Lewis night center will close, and a number of churches that on a monthly basis now shelter the homeless will no longer be needed. CAPSLO (Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County), the organization that runs the facility, will be making Headstart meals at the new shelter. The initial goal was to raise 5.3 million of which 3.7 million has been raised leaving $1.3 million. Because of the large number of in-kind donations such as the installation of windows, electrical and plumbing, it is expected that a portion of this money will be used to run the facility when it opens. A team of case managers will assure the homeless applicants that are accepted into the facility will be free of drugs and alcohol and have their mental health needs attended to. 50% of the homeless are from our local communities and comprise 2/3 women and children from which the applicants for the Shelter will be selected.
FINES:
Paul Jones donated $20 happy bucks for the birthday of his wife Joy.
announcements:
Paul Jones gave a special thanks to Linda Osty for all her wonderful efforts in providing “The Miracle On 34th St.” and the literally hundreds of non-perishable food items and gifts for the underprivileged. Michael Boyer requested volunteers to screen the RYLA applicants on January 11. Our holiday party will take place tomorrow December 9 starting at 6 PM in the Edwards Barn. Connie O’ Henley announced that at 5 PM this Friday, December 11 the Interact club will be caroling and donating food items to those in need.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY PAUL JONES:
Because it’s Christmas, here are the three most important gifts you can give: (1) give a word that encourages, (2) hands that help and (3) a heart that loves.
 
 
 
 
 
Program December 8, 2015: Noreen Martin “Martin Resorts-California Coast Trail Project”
By Dick Dannells
At 12:38 PM, Pres. Joel opened the meeting with the usual introduction of guests.
FINES:
Pres. Joel considered Andy Park’s guest introduction of John Traversaro’s wife simply as Marcia deserved a $40 fine, which John paid because he felt his name was sufficiently difficult for Andy to pronounce. Because of noise coming from the table of Dick Dannells, Steve Curry, Chuck Anders, Paul Holden, Tommy Thompson and Cliff Nagler, Pres. Joel levied a $5 fine on everyone at this table. Greg Steinberger’s smart phone infraction cost him a $40 spin-the-wheel fine. Mike Kee donated $39 Happy Bucks to recognize his wife’s birthday.
announcements:
Linda Osty reported that a large number of members volunteered to help at the Fair Oaks Theater showing of “The Miracle On 34th St.” this coming December 12 at 11 AM. She anticipates that all 288 seats will be filled. John Traversaro reminded everyone of the Pinot for Polio meeting after this meeting. Sharon Ellis announced that there will be no charge for the Edwards Barn holiday party on Wednesday, December 16 starting at 6 PM.
PROGRAM: Noreen Martin “Martin Resorts-California Coast Trail Project”
Ashlea Boyer introduced Noreen by going to her on-line biography, which states that for the last 10 years, she became the Chief Executive Officer of Martin Resorts, a family-owned organization, and which has a number of hotels on the Central Coast. They include the Best Western Shore Lodge and the Lighthouse Pismo Beach and Avila Beach Suites. Noreen began by stating that the resort industry, which affects us all in this area, provides a number of resort entry-level sustaining jobs. She then described the California Coast Trail Project as one of restoration. The Project includes (1)providing bluff top walk ways; (2) utilizing Geo webbing for soil stabilization; (3) ing the bluffs; (4) providing additional access to beach with a new staircase connecting to the Ventana Grill; and (5) providing continuous coast access from Dinosaur Cave Park to the Pismo Beach pier. It will also provide contiguous accessibility to the California Coastal Trail, which is halfway to reaching its goal of a hiking trail along or near the 1200 mile coastline.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY PAUL JONES:
“Some people put a blessing in any situation.”
 
 
 
Program December 1, 2015: Kathy Orton “CASA”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Joel opened the meeting at 12:36 PM by auctioning off the fine-free badge to Greg Steinberger for $40.
FINES:
Frank Montesinos was assessed a $30 spin-the-wheel fine by Pres. Joel for not even attempting to introduce a guest at his table. He also fined John Murphy $60 for spilling the beans about Pres. Joel’s purchase of new lighting for our meeting veniue. The amount of the fine was calculated based on what Pres. Joel was expecting to derive from fining those who did not recognize the new lights. Mike Kee was fined $35 for his bald headed humor. This was preceded by an exchange between Pres. Joel and Greg Steinberger concerning bald headedness and Pres. Joel’s attempt to fine members $5 who had a full head of hair. However, this took place before the fine-free badge auction had taken place so all these fines were rescinded. $10 Happy Bucks were donated by Lee Ann Liscomb for her 2016 Honda Pilot. Greg Steinberger donated $50 Happy Bucks for all of the volunteers that showed up to help during the Arroyo Grande Christmas Parade last Sunday. Linda Osty donated $10 Happy Bucks for her new dog. Jim Lewis and Michael Boyer donated the same amount for last Saturday’s victory of USC over UCLA.
announcements:
Linda Osty made her weekly report on the December 12 showing of “The Miracle On 34th St.” with the help of Santa Claus also known as Jim Lewis. Sharon Ellis reminded everyone of the holiday party at the Edwards barn on Wednesday, December 16. Michael Boyer presented a table of colorful bags made by the women of Uganda for sale at $15. John Traversaro announced a Pinot for Polio meeting will be held next Wednesday at 1:35 PM. Terry Fibich was recognized for his 19 years with the Club.
PROGRAM:  Kathy Orton “CASA”
Ashley Boyer introduced Kathy, who is the director of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), a non-profit organization. Kathy began by stating that chances are if you see kids milling around the streets of San Luis Obispo there probably foster care kids. As the name implies, abused children, ranging from less than 1 to 18, appointed by a judge, are placed under the supervision of the CASA staff and volunteers. Presently there are 550 children in this program with 30% coming from San Luis Obispo County. Each volunteer takes one of the children, does an investigation and then meets with the child for about 1 ½ hours per week to establish a mentor-friend relationship. Rudy Bachmann, a volunteer, came to the podium to speak of his experiences with a teenager that he has mentored for the last year and a half. During that time, he has seen a tremendous progress his visits have made. They usually have lunch or go on an outing such fishing. The important part of every meeting is to just listen to his friend. Kathy closed by passing out tags containing the name of a child and the gift the CASA child would like to receive for Christmas. All of the tags that she brought were taken by the club members with instructions to purchase the designated gift and bring it back to the club next week for distribution by CASA.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY PAUL JONES:
“The smallest deed is bigger than the greatest intention.”
 
 
Program November 17, 2015: Linda Sanpei “Cows on Parade”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Joel has recovered from strep throat and was back in action by opening the meeting at 12:37 PM with the usual introduction of guests.
FINES:
Sgt. of Armes John Murphy fined Pres. Joel 10 hours of community service for advertising. Scott Astrosky was imposed with the $15 spin-the-wheel fine and then was fined $50 for his wife Tanya’s birthday. John Bernard’s second year with the club was recognized without fine. Martha Murphy, who has the fine-free badge, was recognized for her November 15 birthday with the happy birthday song. Steve Curry donated $16.50, the price of a bale of hay, to Happy Buck’s because his fields now show evidence of green grass.
announcements:
Pres. Joel called upon Steve Curry to do the honors in inducting into our club Peter Candela, CEO of the Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce. Joining him at the podium was his sponsor Greg Baker. Greg, in his capacity as president of the Pismo Beach Foundation, reported that the foundation is applying $6000 to go to a worthwhile project for the coming year. He is asking all members to provide him with suggestions for a local project. Mary Ann Reese reminded everyone of the social at Wooly’s Bar and Restaurant this Wednesday, starting at at 5 PM. Linda Osty Osty continued to report on “The Miracle On 34th St.” to be shown on December 12 at 11 AM at the Fair Oaks Theater. Terry Fibich received a number of volunteers for the highway cleanup on this Saturday, November 21. John Weiss, Rotary District Gov. Elect and member of the Morro Bay Rotary Club, announced that a two-hour Rotary membership seminar will be held at the Embassy suites in San Luis Obispo this Saturday. Steve Curry reported that we received thank thank you cards from AmpSurf, Military Parents Of Central Coast and Welcome Home Military Heroes. He also reported that the board voted to support two children with computers in Uganda with money that was raised when Roger Frederickson who was to have been deployed to Afghanistan.
PROGRAM:  Linda Sanpei “Cows on Parade”
Michael Boyer introduced Linda, who was in charge of this past summer’s Chardonnay Symposium and is now promoting Cows on Parade, which sponsors life-size acrylic cow sculptures that are painted and then sold at auction to benefit local charities. It began in 1998 in Zürich Switzerland and has now spread throughout the world. The cows will be placed at various locations around the San Luis Obispo County from September 2016 to April 2017. When they are auctioned off they go from $1000s to as high as $147,000 for one beautifully painted cow. She ran a raffle of a 4 to 5 inch painted cow replica that was won by Jeff King. During the entire meeting there was a video presentation of the past painted cows.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY PAUL JONES:
“Kindness is difficult to give away; it just keeps on coming back.”
 
 
 
Program November 24, 2015: Sandy Lubin “The Present State of the Economy”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Joel opened the meeting at 12:37 PM with the usual introduction of guests.
FINES:
Pres. Joel considered the guest introductions by Anya Stanley and Mary Ann Reese warranted a $20 spin-the-bottle fine from Anya and accepted Mary Ann’s a $200 contribution to join the Pres.’s Club. John Murphy was fined $20 for his indiscretion about not wanting to hear Martha Murphy. Shannon Bowdy’s 6 year marriage to Bradley cost her a $30 spin-the-wheel fine. Frank Montesinos’s anniversary did not result in any additional fine since that was taken care of earlier. Roger Frederickson volunteered to be fined $37.50 since he forgot last Saturday’s highway cleanup. Sandy Lubin was fined $50 for his November birthday. Linda Osty was fined $40.30 for advertising in the Clark Center for the Performing Arts men’s room. Terry Fibich was fined 1 cent, which he had found during the highway cleanup and donating the additional $.10 that he found to the PolioPlus campaign.
announcements:
Terry Fibich reported that Paul Holden, John and Martha Murphy and Chuck Anders were the volunteers for the highway cleanup. Pres. Joel paid $20 for the new “Service Above Self” T shirt designed by the Arroyo Grande High School Interact Club that Connie of Henley brought to the meeting. Linda Osty again reported on “The Miracle On 34th St.” to be shown on December 12 at 11 AM at the Fair Oaks Theater for either a non-perishable food item or an unwrapped toy. Paul Holden announced that our Club is number 1 out of 72 Rotary clubs in raising $4500 for the the PolioPlus campaign. Ashlea announced that next week’s meeting we will have a CASA speaker to explain how we can help specific children or families in need.
PROGRAM: Sandy Lubin “The Present State of the Economy”
Ashlea Boyer introduced Sandy by saying in effect that he needs no introduction. Sandy began by stating that the US economy is better than it was two years ago and it is getting better. In California while farm labor is down because of the drought, retail, tourism, and manufacturing are up. Across the country 271,000 jobs have been added for U3 unemployment rate of 5% and U6 unemployment rate of 9.8% that includes everyone marginally attached to the labor force such as part-time employees who don’t want a full-time job. Even those these numbers seem to be favorable, the consumer confidence in October fell to 90.4 from 99.9 in September, which is believed to be attributed to the lack of confidence in the war on terrorism. Strawberrys took over the number one agricultural crop in the county. El Niño will certainly help agriculture in the short range. However, it will take a lot more than one year of plentiful rain to eliminate the six-year drought. Locally, sales are up with retail doing very well. 1500 new homes for the year, but only 296 new housing units were built in the county. There is a declining inventory of homes on the market with on increasing number of people looking for homes. If the Feds. raises interest rates, it will increase the housing costs but he did not believe it will have a drastic effect on the housing market. He expects full employment by November 2016, which will end the recession that began about 7 years ago. Another indication of the stronger economy is that mergers and acquisitions are increasing. The three major credit bureaus are attempting to contract the industry by acquiring the smaller companies. He has seen an increase in collectible debts in his Credit Bureau.
 
 
 
Program November 10, 2015: Debbie Dugan “Thanksgiving Turkey Tips”
By Dick Dannells
Past Presidents Ashley and Michael Boyer took over the meeting in the absence of Pres. Joel who is out with a bout of strep throat. We wish him a speedy return.
FINES:
Charla and J. T. Anderson celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary that resulted in a $50 fine. Sandy Lubin’s trip to Kawai, Hawaii cost him a $35 spin-the wheel fine.
announcements:
Mary Ann Reese announced that this month’s social is at Wooly’s Bar and Restaurant by the pier in Pismo Beach on Wednesday, November 19 at 5 PM and the annual Holiday Party will be held at the Edwards Barn on Wednesday, December 16. Michael Boyer announced that a Rotary Board meeting will be held at the Arroyo Grande Community Hospital starting at 6 PM hosted by Paul Holden. Ashlea Boyer took over the meeting and called Paul Holden to the podium to present Jim Lewis a $1000 Paul Harris fellow award. Greg Steinberger requested volunteers to work at the Pismo Beach Christmas Parade on Saturday, November 28.  Tom Zirk of the Atascadero Rotary came forward to sell wine raffle tickets to benefit local charities. Linda Osty announced that the third annual Christmas movie, “The Miracle On 34th St.” will be held on December 12 at 11 AM at the Fair Oaks Theater in Arroyo Grande for the low price of one or more nonperishable food items to be donated to those in need. Terry Fibich announced that there will be a Highway cleanup on November 21
PROGRAM:  November 10, 2015: Debbie Dugan “Thanksgiving Turkey Tips”
Ashlea Boyer introduced Debbie, who has trained in the Cordon Bleu in Paris and London, La Varenne in Burgundy, France and Avignonesi Culinary Center and Tenuta de Capezzana in the Tuscany region of Italy, the Emilia-Romangna region of Northern Italy, and most recently Southern Italy. She has guest lectured at Cal Poly Food Science and Nutrition Department, and taught "Catering and Special Events" at Allen Hancock Junior College. She created the Children's Summer Cooking Camps through the San Luis Obispo Adult Education Program and has continued the program at her own facility. She started her turkey tip discussion with the fact that with a couple local grocery stores going out of business customers are going to have fewer stores and less chance for bargains when buying a turkey for this Thanksgiving. We are a young country especially when compared to France, London and Italy. Therefore, she believes it is important to maintain Thanksgiving in the traditional way with turkey and stuffing. She pointed out that a fresh turkey is not the best choice over a frozen turkey since the latter is immediately frozen and a fresh turkey may be stored at temperatures above freezing for days before you actually purchase it. The best choice is an organic frozen turkey from Trader Joe’s, Costco or Whole Foods. She prefers roasting two smaller turkeys as opposed to one large turkey. She recommends cooking at 325°, out of the bag, for 18 minutes per pound. If you do stuff the turkey it will require more time and more chance for bacteria to circulate. Therefore, cooking them separately is the preferred option especially if you’re worried about calories, but she added who worries about calories at Thanksgiving.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY PAUL JONES:
The rich person is not one that possesses much, but gives much.
 
 
 
Program November 3, 2015: Brenda Cressey “Rotary International Foundation”
By Dick Dannells
Acting Pres. Steve Curry began meeting at 12:35 PM by auctioning off the fine-free badge to Martha Murphy for $35.
FINES:
Acting Pres. Steve had a number of Rotarians stand to answer questions relating to and in recognition of the fact that November is RI Foundation month. Jack Hardy was fined a total of $65 for not answering a question and for advertising. Bruce Beaudoin, Bonnie Mogan, Karen Zappia and Scott Astrosky were fined $25, $40, and $20, respectively for not answering his questions. He also took the opportunity of fining Katcho Achadjian $100.
announcements:
This year’s holiday party will be on Wednesday, December 16 at the Edwards Barn in Nipomo. The RI Foundation is not to be confused with the Pismo Beach Rotary Foundation that sponsors the annual golf tournament to raise funds for scholarships and to establish a permanent fund that presently has investments totaling $125,000. Paul Holden rose to present Kevin Drabinski, Senior Field Representative for Katcho Achadjian, with a Paul Harris Fellow. Paul went on to add that there are numerous ways to contribute to the RI Foundation from an outright gift of $1000 to joining a team at $250 year and by putting loose change in a Ball jar that he will make available to you. $1000 will result in 5100 polio immunizations. Since its inception in 1988, PolioPlus campaign has immunized over 2.5 billion children in more than 200 countries using 20 million volunteers.
PROGRAM:  Brenda Cressey “Rotary International Foundation”
Ashlea Boyer introduced Brenda, former 5240 District Gov. and who presently is the Endowment/Major Gift Adviser for RI Zone 26 that encompasses one half of California from San Francisco - south, all of Arizona and parts of Nevada (including Las Vegas). Brenda first thanked our club for the past support to the PolioPlus campaign that has been near and dear to her heart since she joined Rotary in 1989. It was the major reason she joined Rotary in the first place. She stated that Pakistan and Afghanistan now are the only two countries that continue to have new polio cases. Over the years she has heard so many stories of what RI funds have meant in people’s lives. One story Brenda related was a blonde, blue-eyed seven-year-old who contacted polio and as adult when she heard her husband talking about the campaign she devoted part of her life to this cause including going to India on its first National Immunization Day. This woman continues to make a difference. She also related the story of a young man who came through the crowd with his grandfather on his back and placed his grandfather on one of the donated wheelchairs. It is just part of the magic that you can accomplish by supporting Foundation.
 
 
 
Program: October 27, 2015- Superintendent of the Luca Mar School District Dr. Raynee Daley
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Joel opened the meeting at 12:37 PM with the usual introduction of guests.
FINES:
Pres. Joel had Scott Astrosky spin the wheel for $10 fine for not mentioning Boy Scouts’ CEO Carlos Cortez’s Rotary affiliation. Scott had to spin the wheel again for a $10 fine because of his failure to properly introduce Dr. Sarah Conn. Tommy Thompson’s birthday and the return of his lost sunglasses cost him $100. Lee Ann Liscombe’s husband had a birthday and it cost her $80.  Club anniversaries for Linda Osty and Sharon Ellis cost them $18 and $81, respectively. The Oak Ridge Boys were recently inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame and because Jack Hardy played with that band in the early days, Pres. Joel had Jack spin the wheel for an $80 fine.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Pres. Joel congratulated Kari Ziegler for hosting the Club Social last Wednesday at her Comfort Market Restaurant. The Pres. of the San Luis Obispo Rotaract Club announced that their club is holding a fundraiser starting at 2 PM on Saturday, November 7 in which their members will offer personal services, such as dog sitting, tree trimming/yardwork, party set up/cleanup, to the highest bidder. Michael Boyer asked members who can place in their office windows stickers promoting Rotary. Connie O’Henley reported on last week’s Interact meeting in which they celebrated the way they conducted themselves in running our meeting last week. Pres. Joel reported that Brendan Reitsma’s mother had passed away, which will slightly delay his return to our club. Brendan had been on a leave of absence because of his mother’s illness.
Program- Superintendent of the Luca Mar School District Dr. Raynee Daley
Karen Zapia introduced Raynee who had spent her previous years in Merced where she advanced in the Administration Department of the Merced Union High School. She moved to Central Coast 5 years ago to take over as Deputy Superintendent. She was very enthusiastic about what she had heard about the Lucia Mar School District with its innovative programs such as the New Tech High. She has been a Rotarian for a while in Merced and many of her family members were Rotarians including her uncle who was a former District Gov. She stated that the Lucia Mar School District has 10,600 students in 18 schools. High School graduates go on to prestigious schools such as Harvard, Stanford and MIT. During the past year she has worked hard with her cabinet to rebuild the teachers’ faith and trust in the system after their threatened strike was settled last April. The teachers now are encouraged to wear a pin showing their support for the recent changes in the system. The Administration is listening to their concerns with teacher compensation being high on the list. The Administration is taking what they learn and processing the information to correct what was perceived as to be past wrongs. A significant portion of the state revenue of $12 million is now controlled locally rather than being dictated by the state.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY PAUL JONES:
"The person who travels light causes the least baggage.”
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Program: October 20, 2015-“Arroyo Grande High School Interact Club”
By Dick Dannells
The officers of the Interact Club were present to handle the entire meeting with Interact Pres. Griffin Berlin opening the meeting at 12:36 PM with the usual introduction of guests.
FINES:
Interact Pres. Griffin was told that all the fines collected at this meeting would go to the Interact Club.  He did not fine Ashley Boyer, who mis-introduced the guests at her table as RYLA instead of Interact members. He started to fine Don Weber $20 for mis-introducing his name, but was told that a more appropriate fine would be $40. With that, he really took over the fining process by having Charla Anderson spin-the-wheel for a fine of $50 when her smart phone went off. He then had everybody stand who was not wearing Rotary pin and charged them $20 including Linda Osty, Montisa Lopez Phelan, Greg Steinberger, Ashley Boyer, and John Bernard. He levied a $40 spin-the-wheel fine for the 80th birthday of Deenie Dotson’s husband Jim. He used Chuck and Thea Anders’ 19th wedding anniversary to increase Interact’s treasury by $80. He then coerced Pres. Joel to join Joel’s own President Club for $200. Michael Boyer was assessed a $150 spin-the-fine ($10 for the 15 years he’s been with the club) because he did not stand when addressing the Interact Pres. Another spin-the-fine of $80 for Paul Holden’s club anniversary. Greg Steinberger’s one-year anniversary only cost him $25 and Scott Astrosky’s first year anniversary cost him a $10 spin-the-wheel fine. Finally , some voluntary Happy Bucks were added with $25 for Mike Kee’s remembrance of his father’s death in 2007, he'd be 97 now; $22 for Pres. Joel’s happiness that Frank Montesinos is back after a long illness; and $50 by Linda Osty and by Michael Boyer, respectively. The fines for the day totaled $1000 that will be donated to Interact for them to carry out their charitable projects for the year.
announcements:
Sharon Ellis volunteered to head the Family of Rotary that sends out happy birthday cards and other such cards to members. Pres. Joel had a video running during the meeting of the “Stop Hunger Now” project that took place last Saturday. He had all the volunteers stand that participated in that endeavor. Jeff King will be holding a Pinot for Polio wine tasting party at his home as soon as he is available, but it will not be on October 24, World Polio Day. Denise Summer talked about their organization that started in October 2001 and continues today to support veterans and their families. They started with 150 and are now down to 10 families. They send care packages to vets overseas. They get up early to welcome home incoming veterans at airports, train, and bus stations. Each returning veteran receives an American flag imprinted with “Welcome Home,” and goodie bags containing, e.g., vouchers for their favorite restaurant. They also send off veterans going to Washington DC to see the Veterans Memorial. This Saturday from 1:30 to 2:30 PM you can dress up your dog or other animal in a Halloween costume and take them to Pres. Joel and Sarah’s Pismo Beach Veterinary Clinic. There will be a club social at Comfort Market tomorrow starting at 5 PM. Next week’s program will be the new Superintendent of the Luca  Mar School District- Dr. Raynee Daley.
PROGRAM:  “Arroyo Grande High School Interact Club”
Interact Pres. Griffin began by explaining that Interact, a service club for 14 to 18 -year-olds, is one of nine structured programs that Rotary International maintains to help local clubs and districts. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, and we sponsor his club. They presently have an active membership of 30, but 40 to 50 people show up each week for a pizza lunch and socializing. Each year, they complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, they develop leadership skills and personal integrity, demonstrate and respect for others, understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work, and advance international understanding and goodwill. He then introduced their officers that included senior vice president, Junior VP, sophomore vice president, secretary, treasurer and historian. One of the first community projects of the year will be stuffing Halloween bags on October 20 for the Prado homeless shelter.
 
 
 
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Joel Conn began meeting at 12:35 PM with the usual introduction of guests.
FINES:
Pres. Joel fined Paul Holden $50 for his less than stellar guest introduction. Mike Frederick’s son got married last Saturday and received an $88 recognition fee. Karen Zappia spun the wheel and received no fine for her wedding anniversary. Cliff Nagler was fined $36 for not properly responding to Pres. Joel’s question. Mark Olson was fined $27 for his 13th wedding anniversary with Amanda. Scott Astrosky put in $25 of Happy Bucks because of his upcoming insurance conference.
announcements:
Michael Boyer circulated a sign-up sheet for the “Stop Hunger Now” project during the Pismo Beach Clam Festival on October 17 from 4 to 7 PM. Pres. Joel showed a short video on the project and reported that $1000 have been raised so far in their campaign. Linda Osty reported that the third annual Christmastime movie will be “Miracle on 34th St.” Linda also announced that two PRLS seminars will be held in November. The first on Saturday, November 14th at the Embassy Suites SLO from 8am to 4pm and the second on Saturday, November 19th at the Santa Maria Inn from 6pm to 9pm. Jeff King will be holding a Pinot for Polio wine tasting party at his house on Saturday, October 24. Paul Holden showed a slide show on the Stop Polio Now campaign and stated that $1000 will provided to one volunteer out of the $3000 required to travel to India to help in this campaign. Terry Fibich spoke of his experience when he went to assist the Indian government in eradicating polio.
PROGRAM:  Mike de Milo “Water Conservation”
Ashlea Boyer introduced Mike who has lived in San Luis Obispo since 1978. Mike started by concentrating on 4 aspects: Water 101, Ordinances, Water Conservation, and Rebate. 97% of the Earth’s water is not drinkable leaving 3% freshwater that is. Of this only 0.05% is actually usable without water treatment. 80% of the water is used by agriculture and the remaining 20% is for urban usage. 61% of Pismo Beach’s water comes from the Lopez reservoir, which is at 31% capacity and the remaining 30% is from ground water. 55% of the water is used in landscaping, 30% for the bathroom, 10% laundry and 5% in the kitchen. During the past three months, Pismo Beach’s water reduction ranged from 24 to 28%. Water Conservation Representative Madeline Musgrove answered questions on Pismo Beach’s water conservation efforts and the fact that Pismo Beach does not plan to increase water rates despite the fact that as water usage goes down, water revenues must necessary go down also.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY PAUL JONES:
“It is easier to write someone off than it is to pick someone up."
 
 
 
Program October 6, 2015: Jim Gregory “People of Honor- What Arroyo Grande's Japanese-American Endured--And the Victories They Won--During World War II”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Joel Conn began meeting at 12:33 PM by auctioning off the fine-free badge to Bruce Beaudoin for $50.
FINES:
Kari Ziegler and Bruce Beaudoin received spin-the-wheel fines of $40 and $98, respectively for their 1 year and 18 years with the Club.  Kari also added Happy Bucks to draw attention to a very important operation for her four-year-old friend that is undergoing a procedure to see if any residual cancer is left in her body. Paul Holden contributed some Happy Buck’s for his trip to Michigan where he attended a U of M football game.
ANNOUCEMENTS:
Pres. Joel reminded us of the “Stop Hunger Now” project during the Pismo Beach Clam Festival on October 17 from 4 to 7 PM. He asked for some volunteers to sign-up to help set up at 2 PM. The rest of the volunteers are asked to come by 4 PM to join the assembly line to package 10,000 meals. Steve Curry introduced Valence Lothaire from a Uganda Rotary Club. Valence spoke of the $38,000 RI grant to put in water pumps, solar panels, and a computer lab for their school that has an enrollment of over 600. Valence thanked us for our generosity in supporting the school that he worked so hard to establish in his native village. Bonnie Mogan drew the black marble and won the raffle jackpot of $120. Paul Toms III sent a thank you note for our honoring his father with the Service Above Self Award.
PROGRAM:  Jim Gregory “People of Honor- What Arroyo Grande's Japanese-American Endured--And the Victories They Won--During World War II”
Ashlea Boyer introduced Jim Gregory who was raised in Arroyo Grande Valley and taught history for 30 years; first at Mission Prep and the last 19 years at Arroyo Grande High School. He showed a 10 minute video, which began by depicting the fact that the Japanese Emperor that took over in 1867 with the goal to modernize Japan raised taxes so high that over 300,000 of their people were dispossessed with many settling in Arroyo Grande Valley to farm. His book is being published January 11, 2016 and will be available on Amazon.com and at the Arroyo Grande Historical Society. The book contains numerous stories of the Japanese Americans he got to know during his years growing up in this area. Due to their hard work, they prospered, but were again disossessed after Pearl Harbor. They returned from the war without the hostility that was imparted upon them from internment camps such as Gila River internment camp located in the middle of the desert Southwest of Phoenix Arizona. When they returned the only place that they could sleep were in the homes of kindhearted Arroyo Grande families that took them in because the public accommodations were not open to them.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY PAUL JONES:
“Everybody has a load to carry some let it weigh them down and others use it to build muscles."
 
 
 
Program September 29, 2015-CJ Silas “Her Life to This Point”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Joel Conn began meeting at 12:37 PM with the usual introduction of guests and then put the spotlight on Harlan Silva.
Harlan was at first reluctant to do a spotlight because he had done one back when this club started, but agreed because only two members today were present at his first bio. He was born and has lived in this area his entire life; so in that sense he claims his life has been in a rut. He has been employed by California Fine Wire for the past 45 years. After graduating from Arroyo Grande High School, he first worked for them in the stock room and then when the female office manager left the company, he took over her job. He attended Cuesta College to become proficient in bookkeeping and learned how to program a mainframe IBM computer. He was one day short of being a charter member of this club. He has been treasurer, secretary and president of this club during 1999-2000. After his presidency, he became very active in the District, first as Brenda Cressey’s assistant and then the same position for Arnie Dowdy. Although he accepted that job, it was with the understanding that he would only help in the registration of District events. As a result of his work with the District he has traveled 1/2 way around the world. His most recent accomplishment has been losing 90 pounds in about one year.
announcements:
Pres. Joel reported that our club has a new project- “Stop Hunger Now.” During the Pismo Beach Clam Festival on October 17 from from 4 to 7 PM, volunteers from our club will be running a food preparation assembly line to package 10,000 meals to be sent throughout the world where hunger is a major issue such as in Syria. Michael Boyer rose to speak on his emails to all of us to be in turn be forwarded to all of our friends requesting that they too donate just $10 to fund this project. $0.29 buys one packaged meal. He also reported that Frank Montesinos has been ill and is recovering. Lee Ann Lescombe reported  our participation in the pie eating contest for the Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival last Saturday went very well and the video that she took of the event was shown during the meeting. Mary Ann Reese invited everyone to our monthly social tomorrow at Lido-Dolphin Bay at 5 PM, September 30. Anya Stanley stated that a Rotary lady’s golf group will be meeting this afternoon. Kyle Thomas of Rotoract reported on the “Coats for Kids” benefit in which their club is collecting used coats to be cleaned and distributed locally to needy families. Sean Schuur thanked everyone for their participation at last Saturday’s AnpSurf barbecue. He also is selling tickets to the Nipomo’s reverse drawing fundraiser.
PROGRAM: CJ Silas “Her Life to This Point”
Ashlea Boyer introduced CJ Silas, who was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.  She went to USC and graduated from Syracuse University with a BS Degree in Broadcast Journalism. In her early years, she was a minor league announcer. Even before graduating from Syracuse, she worked for ESPN. She moved back to the West Coast for ESPN. In 1986 she covered the OJ Simpson Trial. In 1996, she worked on her first sports talk show.She left the West Coast and headed back East for her own night, which  her a full time gig with CBS SportsLine radio in Fort Lauderdale.  She headed back to Seattle to do weekends at KJR Sports Radio and a morning show on KJR-FM. She then moved to the Central Coast of California where she volunteered for the American Red Cross during the Hurricane Katrina. Most recently she was a fill-in talk show host for national ESPN Radio and did a show on a local ESPN Radio affiliate.  Presently she is the Cal Poly men's baseball team announcer and does the Radio and TV play-by-play voice for Allan Hancock College Football. In her spare time, she plays roller derby with CAL SK8 Roller Derby.
 
 
 

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Pismo Beach-Five Cities
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Pismo Beach, CA  93449
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