The Rotary Forum
Posted by Dick Dannells on Nov 30, 2016
PROGRAM: November 29 2016: Bruce Beaudoin, Kathy Glenn and Pres. Greg Baker -“Fiduciary Responsibilities and Financial Planning”
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting at 12:37 PM, with his on ‘this date in history’: Jeopardy! Contestant Ken Jennings’record winning streak ended on November 30, 2004; the Grand Old Opry’s first broadcast took place on November 28, 1925; and Michael Jackson’s album Thriller was released on November 30, 1982.
Anya Stanley reminded everybody that the last day for submitting their paper Community Giving paper ballots is today and their on-line ballots on Friday, December 2. Michael Frederick and Bruce Beaudoin volunteered to help Linda Osty during the Saturday, December 17 performance of “Going My Way.” Sharon Ellis reminded everyone that the Christmas party is on Tuesday, December 6 from 6 to 9 PM. Pres. Greg encouraged us to invite potential members to the party as our guests. Karen Zambia reported that a CASA representative will be the speaker for our next week’s meeting on December 6.
Pres. Greg. fined Bruce Beaudoin $30 for mispronouncing a guest’s name. Mike Frederick was given a $15 spin-the-wheel fine for his 16th club anniversary on November 28.
PROGRAM: Bruce Beaudoin, Kathy Glenn and Pres. Greg Baker -“Fiduciary Responsibilities and Financial Planning”
Bruce Beaudoin served as MC and began by stating that Roger Frederickson was ill so Bruce went through the slide presentation that Roger provided on the subject of estate planning. Kathy Glenn, one of 600 licensed and bonded fiduciaries in California, explained that her clients may suffer from brain injury, substance abuse or other incapacities that prevent them from being able to handle their financial affairs. She is their advocate as well as for their estate. She administers the estate and assures that the terms of the trust are followed. She reviews the trust periodically while her client is alive and ensures that the trust is funded. She notifies her client’s attorney if an amendment is to be made to the trust or a codicil is to be added to the will. She recommends that a percentage of the trust fund is designated to be distributed rather than a specific amount in case the trust funds upon death are not sufficient. Her duty is to constantly beware of predators to the trust such as those that would use elder abuse or psychological pressure to make unwanted changes to the trust or will. Her responsibility is to oversee the entire asset management of her clients. She ensures that her client’s burial wishes are fulfilled, that the assets are distributed in accordance with the trust and that a final accounting is made. Pres. Greg began the financial portion of the program by displaying a typical investment portfolio triangle in which the apex represents after tax income going into a tax-free fund so that funds can be removed tax-free; the bottom left portion of the triangle represents an after tax income fund that can be removed without paying additional taxes; and the bottom right represents a tax-deferred income fund such as an IRA that is taxed when you withdraw it from your portfolio. You can donate money from your tax-deferred income fund directly to a charity without any tax liability. You can also donate greatly appreciated stock to a charity and deduct the inflated value on your income tax return without having to pay capital gains.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY KAREN ZAPPIA:
“It's not what you are that holds you back; it's what you think you are
not.”― Denis Waitley”
Posted by Dick Dannells on Nov 23, 2016
PROGRAM: November 22, 2016: Rotarian Volunteers-“What We Are Thankful For”
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting at 12:36 PM, with his on ‘this date in history’: Thomas Edison, an inventor of over 1000 U. S. Patents, invented the phonograph on November 21, 1887; Pres. Kennedy was assassinated on this day November 22, 1963; and “Rocky” was released in the U. S. on November 21, 1976.
Linda Osty reminded everyone of the Saturday, December 17 performance of “Going My Way” starting at 11 AM and to bring either an unwrapped toy or a nonperishable food item. Pres. Greg , in a place of Anya Stanley who is ill, reminded us to vote on-line for our favorite charities before December 2. He also stood in for Sharon Ellis to make sure we send in our RSVP today for attending the Christmas party on December 6. Next week’s meeting on November 29 will be emceed by Bruce Beaudoin with discussions by Roger Erickson on estate planning, by Kathy Glenn on the duties of a fiduciary and by Pres. Greg on financial planning. Connie O Henley announced that the Arroyo Grande Interact Club will be serving turkey dinners at the Pismo Beach Veterans Hall tomorrow the 23rd.
Fine Master Mark Olson fined Shannon Bowdey $25 for her 8th wedding anniversary with Bradley. The $20 losers in the trivial pursuit quiz contest were Cliff Nagler, Roger Frederickson, Joel Conn, Connie O Henley, and Don Weber.
PROGRAM: Rotarian volunteers-“What We Are Thankful For”
Don Weber began began as the first volunteer to give what he was thankful, which is his participation in Rotary. He then reviewed the history of the very first thanksgiving in 1621 in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Linda Osty is thankful for what she has been able to achieve after having a very rough life growing up and for her 36 years of never better life with Ken. Jack Hardy is most thankful for his father JD Hardy who died 11 years ago. His most memorable recollection is when a tattooed man came up to him at his father’s funeral. Jack asked the man how he happened to know his father. The man proceeded to tell Jack that when he was in jail he was listening to his father’s Sunday broadcast and he heard him say that if you need any help please call me. JD went to see that man and after that he completely changed his life around. Dick Dannells is thankful for Rotary and his friendship with Steve Curry who sponsored him for membership in the Oceano Elks Lodge, where he met his wife Rae Alee. Mike Frederick is thankful for his family. Cliff Nagler proposed a toast: all family are friends and all friends are family. Proposed member Owen Schwaezeree is thankful for recently being hired by Robobank after his graduation from Cal Poly this past June. Jeff King read Pres. George Washington’s proclamation of Thanksgiving designating November 26, 1789 as a national day of thanksgiving to recognize the role of providence in creating the new United States. Frank Montesinos is thankful for being sent as a priest from Spain to Texas in 1968 and his decision to remain in the United States in 1972, to enroll in University of Texas, and to become a successful architect. Pres. Greg is thankful for his wife, his children, his 13 grandchildren and his step dad, who adopted Greg. His mother divorced his father who left and was never seen again. He remembers his step dad, who had one drink too many, saying that if God would show up he would stop drinking. Well God must’ve shown up because his stepdad didn’t touch a drop for the rest of his life.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY ROGER FREDERICKSON:
“Give thanks for all the opportunities that even our struggles bring.”
Posted by Dick Dannells on Nov 16, 2016
PROGRAM: November 15, 2016: Paul Holden-“Rotary international Foundation”
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting at 12:36 PM, with his on ‘this date in history’: Pres. Abraham Lincoln gave his Gettysburg address on November 19, 1863; Rick Barry made 63 free throws while playing for the Oakland Oaks on November 16, 1968.
Steve Curry circulated a thank you note from a student the Uganda school that we support. Linda Osty urged everybody to attend the Saturday, December 17 performance of “Going My Way” starting at 11 AM and to bring either an unwrapped toy or a nonperishable food item. Joel Conn reported that a parklet windup meeting will be held at the Comfort Market at 4:30 PM. Joel thanked all those who worked on the Stop Hunger Now event and stated that we will soon be notified where the 10,000 meals that were packaged will be shipped. Finally, he urged everyone to bring a potential new member as a guest of the club at next week’s meeting. Deenie Dotson reminded us of the annual Christmas party on December 6 between 6 and 9 PM at the Edwards Barn in Nipomo. Anya Stanley announced that we can vote on-line for the following Community Giving Program charities from November 19 to December 2: San Luis Obispo Womanade;Welcome Home Military Heroes, South County Family Education and Cultural Center; Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County; Five Cities Meals On Wheels; Clark Center Association; St. Patrick’s Outreach; Coastal Christian School; Boy Scouts of America Los Padres Council; Arroyo Grande Community Hospital Foundation; and Paws for a Cause-K9’s for Veterans. Pres. Greg thanked Ashley Boyer for organizing Dana Adobe vocational tour last week. He also announced members will be asked to share what they are thankful for at next week’s meeting.
Fine Master Jim Lewis fined Sandy Lubin $25 for his birthday in Hawaii. Andrea Lueker was fined $26 for her 26th wedding anniversary with Richard. Frank Montesinos was congratulated for his 37th wedding anniversary with Ira. Terry Fibich’s phone infraction cost him only $10 after a 50% veteran’s deduction. Joel Conn’s advertising on the partlet in front of his clinic cost him $25. Jack Hardy was charged $10 for being disrespectful.
PROGRAM: Paul Holden-“Rotary international Foundation”
Paul presented a Power Point presentation setting forth what the Rotary Foundation accomplishes in the world: building peace especially were children are affected; fighting disease such as eradicating polio, AIDS and malaria; providing clean water; supporting mothers and children; promoting education; and growing local economies. 90% of all donations to the Foundation go directly to charities across the world, with 50% of the grants going to projects in the local districts and 50% going to the world fund. A $100 gift will provide 10 malaria tent nets and $1000 will buy 5 wheelchairs. There are many ways to give to the Foundation: make a $1000 donation, join a Rotary team at $250 per year for 4 years; buy a $50 raffle ticket: place cash in one of the cans that Paul provides; or go on-line at https://www.rotary.org. Paul called upon Dick Dannells and his wife Rae Alee Breen to come forward to accept a crystal, necklace and a pin for their contributions as major donors. He invited all those who have given $1000 to Rotary this year to come to a banquet to be announced at Steve Curry’s ranch.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY ROGER FREDERICKSON:
“In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.” The Beatles
Posted by Dick Dannells on Nov 04, 2016
PROGRAM: November 1, 2016: Cliff Nagler-“the Pismo Beach-5 Cities Rotary Charitable Foundation”
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting at 12:33 PM, with his on ‘this date in history’: Howard Hughes’ spruce goose, after picking up speed on the Long Beach channel facing Cabrillo Beach, lifted off the water and flew for about a mile on November 2, 1947; Boston Red Sox won the World Series by beating Chicago Cubs in October, 1918.
Linda Osty reminded everybody to attend the Saturday, December 17 performance of “Going My Way” and to bring either a unwrapped toy or a nonperishable food item. Jeff King reported that a brief Pinot for Polio meeting will be held after this meeting. Ashlea Boyer announced that the next meeting on November 8 will be a vocational visit to the historic building, Dana Adobe, on 671 S Oakglen Ave, Nipomo. Anya Stanley reported that we have just 10 days to hand in applications for the Community Giving Program. Steve Curry said that the assembly and installation of one park bench will take place in December at the Pismo Preserve. Deenie Dotson announced that the annual Christmas party is on December 6 between 6 and 9 PM at the Edwards Barn in Nipomo. Pres. Greg reported that we received a thank you note for our donations to Paws For a Cause.
Fine Master Jim Lewis fined Pres. Greg $25 for not auctioning off the fine-free badge on a timely basis, and subsequently Pres. Greg auctioned off to Scott Astrosky for $50. Scott was about to be fined for wearing a scary clown costume at the Arroyo Grande Halloween party. Mark Olson’s November 3 birthday cost him $39, $1 for each year of his life. Erik Mund was welcomed back from the sickbed without a fine. Jeff King’s stylish clothes cost him a $20 fine. Paul Holden was assessed $10 for not knowing there are 46 clubs in our District that have formed $26.50 clubs. Steve Curry and John Traversaro were each fined $25 for failing to introduce the guests at their table.
PROGRAM: Cliff Nagler-“the Pismo Beach-5 Cities Rotary Charitable Foundation”
Michael Boyer introduced Cliff, a member of the foundation Board of Trustees, who made a beta PowerPoint presentation to be used in future activities to increase the Foundation capital investment fund. The long-term strategy and goal of the Foundation is to increase the current fund from $150,000 to $250,000. This will enable the Foundation to support community projects and local youth through scholarships from the fund income. The total charitable giving from 2000, when the Foundation was founded, to date is $232,179. $25,000 was given this past fiscal year to scholarship and four-way essay contest winners, the reading program, Boys & Girls club, etc. The annual golf classic at the San Luis Obispo country club is the only fundraiser for the Foundation and has brought in $150,000 since its inception in 2003. The total income from the golf tournament from 2009-2010 was $23,000 compared with $46,000 this past year. Cliff pointed out that the tournament for this fiscal year is on May 1, 2017. In addition to the tournament, the Foundation is looking for cash donations, bequests, members becoming a Pismo Fellow at $1000 and naming the Foundation as a beneficiary in your life insurance policy.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY RICHARD BACCIGALUPPI:
“Attitude is the paintbrush of life.”
Posted by Dick Dannells on Oct 20, 2016
PROGRAM: October 18, 2016: Melissa James -“the Regional Economy”
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting at 12:32 PM, with his on ‘this date in history’: the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake occurred in Northern California on Oct. 17, 1989 at 5:04PM; Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown bringing the American Revolution to a close on Oct. 19, 1791; and Reggie Jackson hit 3 home runs in a row off of three consecutive pitches from three different pitchers on Oct. 18, 1977.
Pres. Greg Baker presented a banner our club received along with 47 out of 72 other clubs at last Saturday’s District 5240 Conference and Gala in Westlake Village honoring the 100 % contributions of our members to PolioPlus this year. Scott Astrosky asked us to buy tickets to support the Grover Beach Exploration Station at the Chemistry of Cocktails Fundraiser on November 6. Deenie Dotson announced our annual Christmas party will held on Tuesday December 6. Linda Osty reported that the annual Christmas movie “Going My Way” will be held on December 16; and presented Mike Kee with a certificate for his past service as a director of the Rotary Foundation. Joel Conn stated we are just $500 short of the $3000 Stop Hunger Now goal and requested we respond to his most recent email and to volunteer to set up at 2 PM and pack 10,000 meals at 3-5PM during the Pismo Beach Clam Festival this Saturday, October 22. At a recent meeting of the past Rotary presidents, Scott Astrosky was nominated as the president elect-elect for 2018-19 and he was then elected by unanimous consent of the members. Terry Fibich reported that a fundraiser at Rooster Creek restaurant in Arroyo Grande will be having a benefit for the Arroyo Grande hospital from 5 to 9 PM this evening. Steve Curry announced the first meeting for the annual golf tournament will be held next Tuesday. Anya Stanley is the Chairperson of the Community Giving Committee that includes Sandy Lubin, Don Weber, Sharon Ellis, Terry Fibich, and Scott Astrosky. Anya reported that the Committee’s proposal to change the program, based on the overwhelming majority of the respondents to a recent survey, was adopted by the Rotary board. The major changes will be that 15 recipients will be awarded $15,000 based on-line voting supplemented by paper ballots. If applications are received for more than 15 recipients, the awards go to those that get the highest amount of money voted per the members. She stated that the date to send out invitations and Community Giving application forms is 10-21; the last date to receive applications is11-11; the date to start voting is 11-18; the last day to vote is12-2; the date to disclose results and allocation of funds is 1-3-17; and the date to distribute funds is between 1-10-17 and 1-31-17.
PROGRAM: Melissa James -“the Regional Economy”
Melissa is the Director of Economic Development for the Economic Vitality Corporation (EVC), a private agency, which is the only county organization focused on how to grow the local economy. EVC divided the county into 6 industrial clusters that include (1) building, designs and construction (over 8600 employees, an average annual salary of 53,000; (2) knowledge and innovation (over 7200, over $57,000); (3) health services (over 14,000, over $54,000); specialized manufacturing (over 3600 and, $54,000); (5) uniquely SLO County-agriculture, wineries, and hotels and the like (over 21,000, over $23,000); and energy (2431, $134,354). She presented SLO’s key economic indicators that included: $13.7 billion 2015 gross regional product ; 4.6% employment rate in August 2016; 95,200 private sector jobs in the third quarter 2015; 286 new business registrations in the fourth quarter 2013; $1.5 billion taxable sales in the fourth quarter 2014; and $39,800 average annual wage in the third 2015.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY KARI ZIEGLER:
“Don’t wait; the time will never be just right.”
Posted by Dick Dannells on Oct 06, 2016
PROGRAM October 4, 2016: Dick Mellinger and Gil Igleheart - “Paws For a Cause”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting at 12:35 PM, with his on ‘this date in history’: the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I on October 4, 1957; Barry Bonds hit his 73rd home run in one season on October 7, 2001; and Bobby Darin’s "Mack the Knife" hit number 1 and stayed there for 9 weeks.
Pres. Greg Baker presented Jeff King with the Paul Harris Service Fellow pin and certificate that was given out by District Gov. Nick Frankle during his visit last week. Steve Curry reported that a total of $4500, including a contribution from the Village Café, has been raised for Valance Lutaisire’s Uganda causes. Steve was also presented a gift card from Pres. Greg Baker for the great job Steve and Linda did at the Governor’s barbecue. Anya Stanley reported that the Community Giving committee will meet after our regular meeting next week. She also requested we fill out the email survey on any changes we like to see in this program. Scott Astrosky announced that the Grover Beach Exploration Station is having the first Chemistry of Cocktails Fundraiser on November 6. Pres. Greg encouraged those that can’t make the whole weekend to come on down to the October 15th banquet festivities to celebrate 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation at the Hyatt in Westlake Village. Joel Conn reported that he raised $700 a very short time to support Stop Hunger Now and encouraged us to use our emails to elicit support for this worthwhile cause, which we will be packing food bags on Saturday, October 22 during the Pismo Beach Clam Festival.
Pres. Greg auctioned off the fine-free badge to Tommy Thompson for $60 so that Tommy would avoid a fine on his 64th birthday coming up October 28. Fine Master Jack Hardy fined Kari Ziegler $50 for two weeks of Rotary absences and her first year club anniversary. Bruce Beaudoin’s 19 years with our club cost him $50. Karen Zappia and Erik Mund were fined $40 and $50, respectively for mispronouncing the names of guests. Steve Curry’s failure to give the correct attribution to the Branch Street Deli cost him $25. Scott Astrosky received a 25 spin-the-wheel fine for calling one of the tables of prominent members the Junior varsity squad.
Program: Dick Mellinger and Gil Igleheart - “Paws For a Cause”
Dick Mellinger and Gil Igleheart of Rotary Club of Cayucos are cofounders of Paws for a Cause that provides service and companion dogs to veterans at no cost to the veteran. Jack Gould is the founder of New Life K9s, which trains dogs to assist combat veterans diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD). He got into this nonprofit organization because he was very concerned that 8000 veterans with PTSD commit suicide every year. New Life K9s’ Training Director Nicole Hern and trainer Rosa Mendoza introduced us to Carmel, a labradoodle in training, and Hercules, a well-trained golden retriever. They then proceeded to run the dogs through their paces to exhibit the type of qualities necessary to help these veterans. Rosa had Carmel shake her hand with each paw, turn one way and then the other, turn on a light switch with and without a toggle extension, and open a makeshift refrigerator to get a bottle of water. Hercules was signaled to leave Nicole and return with Rosa, remained perfectly stationary in front of Nicole so that Hercules could be used as a brace for a fallen veteran; and unzip Nicole’s jacket. CMC lifers are used to train the dogs because the environment allows for 24 seven experiences as opposed to one or two hours a day when the dogs are trained on the outside.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY KAREN ZAPPIA:
“It’s not how big the house is, it is how happy the home is.”
Posted by Dick Dannells on Oct 13, 2016
PROGRAM October 11, 2016: Ron De Carli, Executive Director SLO Council of Governments-“Self Help County Sales Tax Proposal”
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting at 12:36 PM, with his on ‘this date in history’: the Cuban Missile Crisis began on Oct. 14, 1957; Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas on Oct. 14, 1492; Curt Schilling won Game 6 of the 2004 American League on Oct. 19, 2004; and the Everly Brothers’ “Wake Up Little Susie," reached the top spot on Oct. 14, 1957.
Pres. Greg Baker cut the ribbon to symbolize that our club is now a member of the Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce. SLO Rotaract treasurer Austin Kurner thanked us for our past support and asked us to again support their annual Coats for Kids Drive that collects, at drop off points throughout the County, new and used children’s coats and jackets for those in need. Anya Stanley reported that the Community Giving committee will meet after our meeting today. Pres. Greg asked us to at least come on down to the October 15th banquet festivities at the Hyatt in Westlake Village. Joel Conn is sending out another email on Stop Hunger Now requesting funding and announced we will pack 10,000 meals on Saturday, October 22 during the Pismo Beach Clam Festival. Michael Boyer has announced his candidacy to become the Dist. Gov. for the 2019-20 year along with 5 other candidates. Ashlea Boyer announced that there will be a board meeting this Thursday at the Arroyo Grande hospital. The next Rotary annual convention will be in Atlanta Georgia on June 9 through the 13th.
Fine Master Jack Hardy fined himself $25 for not introducing one of the guests at his table. He then fined Charla Anderson $26 for her October 6 wedding anniversary with J. T. Jim Lewis was fined $15 for talking out of turn. Erik Mund was fined $25 for his 13th wedding anniversary with Lindsey. Karen Zappia and Mike Frederick were fined $10 each for not wearing their Rotary pins. Pres. Greg Baker, John Traversaro and Peter Candela were fined $35, $25 and $25, respectively for not wearing their membership badges.
Program: Ron De Carli, Executive Director SLO Council of Governments-“Self Help County Sales Tax Proposal”
Ron started by stating that traffic congestion is going up while gas consumption is going down. This results in less revenue based on the gas tax coming into the treasury. Gas tax revenue 2013-16: 2013: 21 cents/gallon; 2014: 18 cents/gallon; 2015: 12 cents/gallon and 2016: 9.8 cents/gallon of gasoline purchased. It costs $4/yard² for sealing; $25/yd.² for overlaying; $30/ yd.² for filling; and $87/yd.² for reconstructing the roads. Funding is deteriorating; Sacramento has further cut funds for transportation despite the lobbying efforts by cities and counties throughout the state; and there’s an increasing shift to grant funding requiring matching funds. For these and other reasons, major J Self-Help Local Transportation Investment Plan is on the ballot for this November 8 election. It proposes a 1/2 cent sales tax for transportation to fix potholes, repave local streets, relieve traffic congestion; improve street highway and bridge safety; make bike and transit improvements within and between communities, increase senior veterans disabled and student transit; and provide safe routes to school. Ron then passed out a brochure that explains this in greater detail. 25% of the money from this proposal will go to South 101: 17.5 million will go to relieve route 227 congestion. The following safeguards are in place: (1) a nine-year sunset date; (2) protected from state raids; (3) annual in-depth audit and report; and (4) funds not to replace fair share contribution from new development; (5) a 1% administrative expense; and (6) an independent taxpayer oversight committee.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY KAREN ZAPPIA: he
“It’s not who you think you are that holds you back; it’s who you think you’re not.”
Posted by Dick Dannells on Sep 22, 2016
PROGRAM September 20, 2016: District Gov. Nick Frankle- “What It Means to be a Rotarian”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting at 12:36 PM, with his on ‘this date in history’: Billie Jean King faced off against and beat Bobby Riggs in 1973; Buddy Holly’s "That'll Be the Day" became a top hit in 1957; Sandra Day O’Connor took her seat as the first female Justice of the Supreme Court in 1981.
Lee Ann Liscombe needs a few volunteers for the pie eating contest at the Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival this coming Saturday. Terry Fibich requested volunteers for this Saturday's highway cleanup starting at 7:30 AM with free breakfast at Coco’s and will be done by 10 so it will not interfere with the pie eating contest. Connie O Henley announced that this week is the AG High School Interact Club’s first meeting. Pres. Greg announced that he hopes that our club will have strong representation at the Rotary District Conference and 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation on the weekend of October 14 through the 16th at the Hyatt in Westlake Village. Karen Zappia reminded everyone to bring jackets and chairs for the Dist. Gov. barbecue at Steve and Linda Curry’s ranch starting at 5:30 PM. District Gov. Frankle had the honors of awarding a Paul Harris Fellow to Sharron Durrant and stated that the donation that led to this award is part of the $3 billion donated to the Rotary Foundation over the past 100 years. He also had the honor of presenting District pins to Erik Mund, Jeff King and Steve Curry for the great work they been doing with our club.
Fine Master Jack Hardy fined Shannon Bowdey $5 for her wedding anniversary with Bradley. Karen Zappia and Mark Olson were fined $25 each for not wearing their Rotary pins. Lee Ann Liscombe’s three-year club anniversary cost her $50. He welcomed Jim Lewis back to the club after surgery but did not levy a fine on him.
District Gov. Nick Frankle- “What It Means to be a Rotarian”
Pres. Greg introduced Nick who joined the Westlake Village Sunrise Rotary Club in 2002 and rose to be its president in 2006. He is spent his entire business life in the field of computer science primarily working on government contracts by starting out out doing programming for NASA. He began by telling a true story of the first time he went to Honduras to meet a woman that Rotary had adopted to make her life economically self-sufficient. She told him that God sent me Rotary and you Rotarians are God’s angels. He stated that Rotary Foundation makes the difference in the lives of people we never meet. That reminded him of his father’s motto: Doing God’s work. Nick had not been in Rotary until 2002 when he joined at his wife’s insistence. He then got so involved in Rotary that his daughter came to him and said, “Let me know when you are not on Rotary business so my fiancée and I can set a date to get married.” Before becoming president of his club, he was a Meals on Wheels volunteer. One of his deliveries was to a wife whose husband was on a ventilator. She took him to her garden and showed him her beautiful trees and flowers that she was so proud of and picked an orange gave it to them. At that moment he realized that you become a Rotarian the day you make a difference in someone’s life. There are only three things that it takes to do good in the world and that is: time, talent and treasure. In that first visit to Honduras people walked around with their heads down but four years later on a visit he noted that they had new wells, everyone had Eco stoves that directed the smoke out, there were books in the schools and they had a medical clinic.
Posted by Dick Dannells on Sep 15, 2016
PROGRAM September 13, 2016: Past Pres. and Membership Chair Joel Conn - “Club Membership”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting at 12:35 PM, by announcing that today is National Suck on a Pickle Day and continued with on this date in history: Francis Scott Key took pen in hand and wrote the Star-Spangled Banner in 1814; and Detroit Tigers pitcher Denny McLain won his 30th game of the season to become the first since 1938 to win 30 games in 1968. He gave a check to our waiter, who is leaving for Florida, for the past year. He also thanked those who helped out at the AmpSurf barbecue at the Pismo pier last Saturday and those who worked on the parklet last Monday.
Pres. Greg announced that September 20 the District Gov. will be here to attend a regular meeting and then will be our guest at our annual Steve Curry ranch barbecue starting at 5:30 p.m. A sign-up sheet is being circulated. Volunteers are requested for the Saturday the 24th Pie eating contest at the Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival from 1 to 3 or 4 PM. He also encouraged us to sign up for the Rotary District Conference on the weekend of October 14 through the 16th at the Hyatt in Westlake Village. Every member will be charged $26.50 to the Polio Plus campaign if you have not already donated at least that much since July 1. This amount equals the first contribution made to the Rotary Foundation 100 years ago. Terry Fibich changed the highway cleanup to September 24 starting at 7:30 AM with free breakfast at Coco’s.
Fine Master Jack Hardy fined all members $10 for not wearing Rotary pins including Roger Frederickson, Mike Kee, Mark Olson, Lee Ann Liscombe, Karen Zappia. Scott Astrosky donated $26.5 Happy Bucks for winning last week’s raffle. Michael Boyer and Ashley Boyer received $50 and a $35 spin the wheel fine, respectively to celebrate their 14th wedding anniversary. Joel and Sarah Conn celebrated their sixth year wedding anniversary without a fine since she has the fine-free badge. Mike and Jeannie Frederick celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary and were fined a total of $80 to include recognition for his trip to Scotland. Sgt. of Arms Jack Hardy stated that from this day forward if you don’t answer his calls regarding assisting him at a meeting you will be heavily fined. Jack also mentioned that he opened at the Pozo concert last weekend.
Past Pres. and Membership Chair Joel Conn - “Club Membership”
Joel began by fining Tommy Thompson for brown nosing. He began his presentation by showing a RI Foundation filmstrip that included the fact the Foundation serves 147 countries and provides people around the world with water, health and hope. He stated that we really are in a cool organization that is involved in helping people around the world. A survey was made of the public at large and found that 40% had not heard of Rotary, 40% heard of Rotary, but did not know what it does, and 20% had some familiarity with the organization. In fact, Americans know less about Rotary then the people of India. The total members of Rotary in 2006 and 2016 have remained the same at 1.26 million. The most disturbing statistic is that North America has 50,000 less members than they did 10 years ago our District has remained the same at about 3500 members Rotaract has grown dramatically since its beginning but the conversion from Rotaract to Rotary is only 1%. The following lists the percentage of why members joined Rotary and followed by the percentage reasons for staying in Rotary: friendship 30%/38.4%; positive impact on the local community 38.5%/36.1%; networking opportunities 18.7%/5.2%; personal and professional recognition 4.3%/2.3%; and to have a positive impact globally 8.2%/14%. This survey represents 40% of the members in North America and 60% in the rest the world. He recited the following six ways to recruit members: (1) wearing the pin; (2) the four Way test/Paul Harris fellow presentations; (3) bumper stickers; (4) top of mind awareness; (5) understanding why you are in Rotary; and (6) learn to answer “What is Rotary?” as if you are on an elevator ride. And the 7 steps to membership are (1) inviting a candidate; (2) providing up to three weeks of meals for a legitimate candidate; (3) filling out an application; (4) obtaining Board approval; (5) attending an orientation; (6) publishing the candidate’s name to all members; and (7) induction of the new member.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY KAREN ZAPPIA:
“Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”
Posted by Dannells
PROGRAM September 6, 2016: Steve Curry - “Uganda Trip-School Project”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting at 12:32 PM, with on this date in history: California became the 31st state on September 9, 1850; Bob Dylan’s “House of the Rising Sun" hit song” made its debut in 1962; and the United States got its nickname Uncle Sam on September 7, 1813 because Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, New York, who supplied barrels of beef to the Army during the War of 1812 and stamped the barrels with “U.S.” for United States, but soldiers began referring to the grub as “Uncle Sam's.
Andrea Lueker exchanged her red badge for her permanent blue membership badge. Terry Fibich is seeking volunteers for a Highway cleanup Saturday, September 17 starting 7:30 AM at Coco’s restaurant. Steve Curry is seeking 10 volunteers for the AmpSurf hamburger barbecue this coming Saturday, September 10 from 10:30 AM to 1 PM. Joel Conn needs a few volunteers to help with the planting on the parklet from 5:30 to 6 PM next Monday, October 12. Karen Zappia circulated a sign-up sheet for the District Gov.’s barbecue on 20 September with a reminder to bring a jacket and a chair. Pres. Greg reported that the District Conference will be held from October 14 to October 16 at the Hyatt hotel in Westlake Village and that the next board meeting will be held at the Arroyo Grande hospital this Thursday at 6 PM. Linda Osty made 2 announcements: there are 7 tickets left for the $125 October 2 fundraising dinner and this year’s Christmas movie is “Going My Way.” Joel Conn will conduct a program on membership at our next meeting. Jack Hardy, this week’s secret greeter, picked Frank Montesinos who drew Scott Astrosky’s number and Scott won the $213 jackpot.
Fine master Jack Hardy fined everyone in attendance who was not wearing a Rotary pin. He fined Pres. Greg $25 for not auctioning off the fine-free badge so Jack had to raffle is off to himself with a winning bid of $45. Jack is celebrating his 64th birthday and fined Frank Montesinos $50 for guessing that he was 68. He respectively levied $50 fines on Mike Kee for not attending the Summer Sizzle and Andrea Lueker for not wearing her new membership badge.
Steve Curry - “Uganda Trip-School Project”
Steve began by pointing to a map of Uganda, a country of 50 million people, to show the Entebbe International Airport where he landed from a flight from Dubai. He got to the home his host, Valence Lothaire , by 4 PM. Valence did not get much sleep because his daughter had come down with malaria, so Valence had to take a nap. Steve took the opportunity to go for a long walk around town where he was greeted by dozens of smiling children. He noted everyone seemed to be making their own bricks to make additions to their homes and that most of the families had either a goat or a cow. During his stay in Uganda, he was the speaker at 2 Rotary meetings, attended three evening social events, and a major press attended event attended by local politicians to dedicate the new school. He explained that the majority of the Ugandans were Christians with Muslim and the native religion coming in second and third. Everywhere he went, people wanted to know about America and were trying to sell something down to the woman that was selling a single avocado. When he got to the school with most of the students off on holiday, he was able to meet with a classroom of students who are studying for scholarship exams. He met with the 2 students that we are sponsoring at a cost of $360 per year per student. He visited the grammar school where we put in the well project, which cut down there 1 mile trip to a few blocks. He visited the homes of the students whose parents were working in the cane fields and he met with the grandparents. Most of his presentation was via video after a bit of difficulty.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY HONORARY MEMBER PAUL JONES:
“Worry is hopeful anxiety; it destroys peace and accomplishes nothing.”
Posted by Dick Dannells on Aug 31, 2016
PROGRAM August 30, 2016: Dan Buckshi, San Luis Obispo County Administrative Officer (CAO) - “State of the County”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting at 12:38 PM, with on this date in history: Hurricane Katrina made landfall in 2005; Sandy Koufax set the National League strikeout record against the San Francisco Giants in 1959; and Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman” made its debut in 1964.
Jeff King came to the podium to thank all those who made Summer Sizzle such a big success that included, but not limited to: Charla Anderson and Harlan Silva for check-in; Montisa Phelan Lopez and John Traversaro for facility arrangements; Connie O Henley and her team for ticket sales; Bruce Beaudoin and Erik Mund for bringing in the sponsors; Terry Fibich and his BBQ team that included Peter Candela and Joel Conn; Ashlea Boyer for running the silent auction; Steve Curry and his team of Sandy Lubin and Cliff Nagler for running the reverse drawing; Deenie Dotson and Scott Astrosky for keeping track of the raffle tickets; and Mark Olson and his team for running the bar. Linda Osty announced that 23 out of the 40 tickets to the Katcho dinner on October 2 have been sold and she is urging those without tickets to purchase the remaining 17. The big winners of $1071 in the Summer Sizzle reverse drawing included Charla Anderson, Sheila Hardy and Anya Stanley. Kari Ziegler’s Best Buy vouchers are worth $1000.
Ashlea brought up a bit of Summer Sizzle silent auction humor: Jeff and Sally King had the same paddle number, but were bidding against each other on a succulent plant and Jack Hardy took a gift basket for sale at the silent auction that his wife Sheila did not want to sell so she wound up having to buy it back. Pres. Greg announced that Jim Lewis is recovering from back surgery. He also urged everyone to consider attending the District Conference and Rotary international’s 100th anniversary to be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on October 14-16. Karen Zappia announced that the District Gov.’s visit will take place on September 20 with the usual barbecue at Steve Curry’s ranch. Steve Curry announced that AmpSurf will be having their annual fund raising barbecue on Saturday, September 10. The big winners of $1071 in the Summer Sizzle reverse drawing included Charla Anderson, Sheila Hardy and Anya Stanley. Kari Ziegler’s Best Buy vouchers are worth $1000.
Fine master Jack Hardy had everyone stand and then asked those that were wearing Rotary pins to sit down. Lee Ann Liscombe, Steve Curry and Roger Frederickson were left standing and were fined $25. Roger Frederickson was about to be fined for not attending Summer Sizzle, but got off the hook by explaining that he was attending his daughter’s soccer tournament. Joel Conn was recognized for his wife Sarah’s birthday without a fine as he has the fine-free badge. Bonnie Mogan’s two-year club anniversary resulted in a $20 fee. Pres. Greg received a $25 fine for getting his dates wrong. Honorary member Paul Jones donated $25 Happy Bucks to celebrate his 87th birthday
Dan Buckshi, San Luis Obispo County Administrative Officer (CAO) - “State of the County”
Pres. Greg introduced Dan, who holds a bachelor’s in business management from Michigan State University and a master’s of public policy from Cal Poly. He has worked his way up from Principal Administrative Analyst, Budget Director, and Assistant County Administrative Officer to his present position in 2012. His primary roles are to advise the 5 member County Board of Supervisors so they can make well-informed decisions; to oversee 2800 County employees and the $571 million budget and finally to be the emergency service director in case of countywide disaster such as the recent Chimney Fire. That fire is now 80% contained with only a small outbreak in the North West corner of the county. The County is a political subsidiary of the state and is responsible for many diverse functions such as County schools, libraries, foster care, prosecution services and the county jail. The County is in good shape after successfully recovering from the 2008-2009 downturn. The county is at a 4 ½% unemployment rate and it’s adding employees incrementally using a slow steady approach. They maintain a 3% debt level, which allows them to have the highest bond rating and in refinancing a $150 million loan they saved a ½ million and interest payments. The biggest concerns at present are the water situation with the drought conditions continuing; the vineyards that require a high water usage; controlling the medical-use marijuana laws and the PG&E power plant that is scheduled to be closed in 2025. They hope to negotiate a present use of the desalination plant and someday actually purchase it out right when PG&E no longer has use for it. ¶
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY HONORARY MEMBER PAUL JONES:
“When you get down to nothing, God is up to something.”
Posted by Dick Dannells on Aug 24, 2016
PROGRAM August 23, 2016: Director of Airports San Luis Obispo County Kevin Bumen- “Update on the SLO Airport”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting at 12:38 PM, with his “This date in history”: in 1814 the British Army entered Washington DC during the war of 1812; in 1989 Nolan Ryan became the first pitcher in major league history to register 5,000 career strikeouts; in 1962 the pop song “Loco-Motion" was written and became a number one hit.
John Traversaro gave the Rotary Foundation of Pismo Beach Minute by explaining how easy it is to contribute through wills, trusts, and bequests so that long after we are gone our Foundation will continue to do great works in the community. Jeff King gave a last-minute update for Summer Sizzle by requesting a few more volunteers for helping with parking for VIPs and on the barbecue team. Connie O‘Henley has just a few tickets outstanding and you can provide her with the status of these few tickets by responding to her email. She also requested that a volunteer come forward to keep track of the 250 $50 raffle tickets on a spreadsheet that she will provide. See Linda Osty for tickets to a special dinner that will add to the total amount for our fundraising activities. Michael Boyer reported on the number of items that are up for the live auction. We are dividing the number of donated very fine bottles of wine by awarding half to the highest bidder and the other half to the second highest bidder. Ashlea Boyer stated that as long as we give her descriptions of our silent auction items by Wednesday, they will be included in the silent auction list to be printed on Thursday. Pres. Greg urged everyone to be very good guests at the Edwards Barn as the owners bent over backwards to fit us in this summer.
Fine master Jim Lewis fined Ashlea Boyer $40 for her birthday, Don Weber $51 for his 51st anniversary with Jackie and Bruce Beaudoin $20 for the return of his hat.
PROGRAM: Director of Airports San Luis Obispo County Kevin Bumen- “Update on the SLO Airport”
Jim Lewis introduced Kevin who worked his way up to Director of Aviation and Business Services for the Truckee Tahoe Airport District before taking this position with the San Luis Obispo airport. Kevin began by giving a footnote that after the recent expansion, the airport ranks 19th based on acreage for small U.S. airports, which are going through an unprecedented rapid change by mothballing the 28 passenger Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia in favor of the 50-passenger Canadair Regional Jets (CRJ200). The SLO Airport handled 300,000 passengers last year with two airlines, which is scheduled to add Alaska Airlines' flights to Seattle on April 13, 2017 with the 78-passenger Bombardier Q400. Kevin then gave a slideshow showing the construction of the new 50,000 ft.² 4-gate terminal, which compares to the present 1-gate 12,500 ft.² terminal. The new terminal will have multi-lane TSA checkpoints, expanded paved parking, expanded pickup/drop-off areas, single level design, and an open air sheltered concourse between check-in and boarding similar to that found in the Palm Springs airport.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY KARIN ZAPPIA:
“You are not stuck when you are unless you want to be.”
Posted by Dick Dannells on Aug 21, 2016
PROGRAM August 16, 2016: Pismo Beach Police Chief Jake Miller - “Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Greg Baker started the meeting at 12:34 PM, with his usual “What happened on this date in history?” The Woodstock Music Festival in 1969; Elvis Presley died in 1977; and 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting American women the right to vote was ratified in 1920.
Jeff King reported with less than two weeks to go weeks to the Summer Sizzle fundraiser we are still looking for auction items and sponsors. Connie O’Henley reported that less than half of the ticket stubs and money have been turned in and she urged everyone to bring them in at least by next Tuesday’s meeting. Linda Osty is organizing a special dinner to make another few thousand as part of this fundraiser. Ashlea Boyer is asking everyone to make sure there silent-auction items are turned in here at McClintock’s or at her office. Sharon Ellis celebrated her birthday on this date. Don and Jackie Weber have been married 51 years on August 21. Pres. Greg reported that Roger Frederickson requested a leave of absence because he will be in court trying a case for the foreseeable future and will have two give up his position as Director of Youth Services, which is now the new title for Mike Frederick. Jack Hardy announced that his son opens for Trace Adkins at the Pozo saloon on August 21. [It has been announced on the Internet that this show has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.]
Fine master Jim Lewis fined Mike Frederick $10 for volunteering to accept his new position. Mark Olson was fined $20 for not introducing Chief Miller. Peter Candela was fined $10 for giving an incorrect answer and Jim Lewis fined himself
PROGRAM: Pismo Beach Police Chief Jake Miller – “Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)”
Jim Lewis introduced Chief Miller who has been with the force for 22 years and Chief for 2 years. He began by thinking of us for giving him the opportunity to speak again to our club. The Department was first accredited 12 years ago before he became a Commander. He recalls that the Department thought that this accreditation process would not be too difficult, but they were mistaken as it took from 2004 to 2007 to receive their accreditation. CALEA was created in 1979 as a result of the civil uprisings of the late 60s and early 70s through the efforts of the law enforcement's major executive associations: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); National Sheriffs' Association (NSA); and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). Accreditation involves a 5 phase process: (1) enrollment; (2) self-assessment; (3) on-site assessment; (4) commission review and decision; and (5) maintain compliance. The department was subjected to nine areas of review: (1) law enforcement; (2) organization; (3) personnel structure; (4) personnel process; (5) law enforcement operation; (6) operation support; (7) traffic organization; (eight) detainer in court related activities; and (9) auxiliary and tech services.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY GREG BAKER:
“Don’t just look for a miracle for yourself; become someone’s miracle a serving others.”
Posted by Dick Dannells on Aug 05, 2016
PROGRAM Aug. 3, 2016: Jim Lewis – “City of Pismo Beach Update”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Greg Baker started the meeting at 12:34 PM by referring to the attack on John F.’s Kennedy’s P T boat during WWII that took place on this date in 1943. He then auctioned off the fine-free badge to Joel Conn.
Pres. Greg announced that he was replacing last year’s President’s Club with the Centurion Club in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation plus the $26.50 first contribution to that Foundation. Ashlea Boyer reported that she still looking for 2 silent auction items from each member today or they will be placed on her disapproval list. Pres. Greg reported on a special concert to be held at the Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara on Friday, November 11, 2016 at 8:00PM in support of the Polio Plus campaign. He encouraged us to sign up to attend this event.
Fine master Mark Olson began by assessing $40 fines on Linda Osty and Pres. Greg for their respective birthdays on August 5 and August 3. Past Pres. Joel Conn was recognized for also having a birthday on August 3. Charla Anderson 20 years and Dick Dannells 25 years with the Club were recognized with $30 and $40 fines, respectively. Peter Candela was assessed $40 for a smartphone infraction. Steve Curry and Frank Montesinos received $30 fines and Sharon Ellis and Lee Ann Liscombe received $20 fines in the usual trivial quiz contest. Mike Frederick and Kari Ziegler received $10 interruption of fine master fines.
PROGRAM: Jim Lewis – “City of Pismo Beach Update”
Jim Lewis began with the community vision, which, in part, is to provide a safe place while maintaining a small beach town character. During the recent budget year of 2015-2016, the city wound up with a $4.1 million surplus and ended with a $12.1 million fund balance. This places them in a position to move forward on prepaid major projects. The occupancy tax for the hotels and resorts rose from 8.6 in 2015 to 9.6% in 2016. Although the occupancy rate as remained about the same, the hotel rates have gone up 6.2%. There was a 16.2% increase in building permits. The goals of the Pismo Beach Council include: (1) conserve and grow the water supply; (2) enhance the downtown parking and circulation; (3) implement the downtown revitalization; (4) construct the Shell Beach streetscape; (5) implement and reuse the old City Hall; and (6) adopt the Shell Beach development standards. Other goals include setting standards for the Chapman Estate; study the feasibility of a new firehouse; getting the Pismo Preserve up and running; helping the downtown; and rebuilding one fourth of the Pismo pier, a $3½ million project. Jim showed slides of the planned city improvements. He reported on the wastewater treatment currently going into the ocean and divert it a tertiary level of treatment. The resulting treated water will supply ½ of the city’s normal water. The city has achieved 24% water conservation for the last year. He then took questions from the floor.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY KARIN ZAPPIA:
“Don’t make excuses; make improvements.”
Posted by Dick Dannells
PROGRAM August 9, 2016: Andrea Lueker – “Port San Luis Update”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Greg Baker started the meeting at 12:34 PM, by stated that Gerald Ford became the 38th U.S. president on this date in 1974 and, in the spirit of the Olympics, Jesse Owens won 4 gold medals in August 1936 at the Olympics in Germany.
Pres. Greg announced a board meeting will be held this Thursday, August 11 in the Arroyo Grande Hospital board room. He urged everyone to join the Centurion Club at a cost of $126.50. Jeff King reported there is less than 3 weeks to the Summer Sizzle fundraiser and that Tommy Thompson is donating a purple girls bicycle for the auction and we have one $2500 event sponsor as well as 2 $500 sponsors. See Linda Osty about her plan for us to make another few thousand at this fundraiser. Karen Zappia is taking vacationing Ashlea Boyer’s place as silent-auction coordinator, so see her for any questions on this matter. Steve Curry reported that all those that want to take a hike on the Pismo Preserve meet at the end of Mattie Road.
Fine master Jim Lewis fined Jack Hardy $25 for not putting up the American flag and Linda Osty and Eric Mund $20 for not correctly answering the trivia questions. Karen Zappia’s second anniversary was recognized with a $20 assessment. Jim Lewis fined himself $52 for his 14 years of marriage with Debbie. Honorary member Paul Jones fined himself $20 for his 67 years of marriage with Joy. Andrea Lue donated $20 in Crappy Bucks because the Red Sox beat her Angels. Jeff King donated $25 Happy Bucks for the Hoosegow Park in Arroyo Grande that he passes by every day. Sharon Ellis also donated $20 Happy Bucks.
PROGRAM: Andrea Lueker – “Port San Luis Update”
Andrea, who recently became the Harbor Master for the Port San Luis District that includes 68,000 voters, began by presenting a slideshow. The District employs 25 full-time and 20 part-time/seasonal employees (such as lifeguards). It was founded in 1954 and was greatly improved in 1967 by adding acres of landfill that came from dredging. She mentioned that dredging is a continuous process that takes place from January to June. They are responsible for the Avila Bay, Hartford, Cal Poly piers. They allocate $200,000 a year to Hartford pier repairs. Recently a company renovated the old icehouse to package and freeze Pacific hagfish, which has a long, eel-like body, for sending to Japan where it is a great delicacy. They are in the process of a $10-$12 million project to produce an RV and camping site on the Harbor Terrace, presently used for the storage of boats. To find out more about the Port she directed us to go online to view their Facebook page.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY KARIN ZAPPIA:
“Be the motivator not the distractor.”
Posted by Dick Dannells
PROGRAM July 26, 2016: Michael Boyer – “Club Runner”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Greg Baker started the meeting at 12:39 PM by stating that the U.S. Constitution was ratified 288 years ago.
Pres. Greg again called upon Jeff King to give the Summer Sizzle update. Jeff stated we have obtained Premier Valley Bank as Summer Sizzle’s major sponsor. He gave the good news that Kari Ziegler has organized the food for this event very well and the bad news that we have very few silent auction items at this point. We are asked to fill out a sign-up sheet for such auction items and turn them in next week. Michael Boyer has arranged to have 10 Madonna cakes available for the Summer Sizzle auction at $40-$60. He is asking 10 members to come forward to buy a cake to be auctioned off. Pres. Greg announced that Jack Hardy has agreed to fill in as Sgt. of Arms, the position that John Murphy has served so well during the past two years. Linda Osty , Past Pres. of Pismo Beach Rotary Foundation thanked the following members who served with her on the Foundation board: Michael Boyer, the new Foundation Pres., John Traversaro, Connie O’Henley, Jeff King, Bruce Beaudoin, Paul Jones, Cliff Nagler, Don Weber and Steve Curry. She stated that Jeff King will be leaving the board this term. She also expressed her great appreciation for Paul Jones’ service to this club and the fact that we will really miss him. Paul was then asked by Pres. Greg to come forward to receive an Honorary Membership in of our Club in recognition for his 45 years as a Rotarian. Paul then spoke briefly and stated that he is present with his wife Joy in celebration of their 67th wedding anniversary and that the Rotary tradition will continue with his son who is a member of the Elk Grove Rotary Club. Pres. Greg circulated a thank you letter from the Boy Scouts for the Community Program donation.
Pres. Greg called upon Jim Lewis to come forward to act as fine master in the absence of Mark Olson. $50, $60 and $70 birthday fines were charged to Michael Boyer (July 24), Cliff Nagler (July 27) and Deenie Dotson (July 30). Andrea Lueker was fined $50 for insulting Jim Lewis. Scott Astrosky was fined $25 for developing facial hair during his 2 ½ week trip to China for the non-profit One Dream Foundation. Jack Hardy charged Pres. Greg $25 for his president’s membership badge.
PROGRAM: Michael Boyer – “Club Runner”
[Editor’s note: the following report on the program was written by Paul Holden in editor’s absence.]
It is a tool for publishing our newsletter and communicating with each other via its e-mail service. It is also useful to the outside world so they know where and when our Club meets.
How do we send e-mails?
Click on member area tab.
Log into Club Runner (if you don’t know your password, enter your user ID which is your e-mail address, and click on ‘send me my password’ then check your e-mail for your password, if this fails contact Michael to reset your password).
Click on Email Message Center.
Click on Create Email and Follow Steps 1-6
Michael mentioned to find out more information on a Club Member click on Active Member List and click on member of interest. This is a good way to find like a spouses name.
There is a Club Runner mobile app that Michael finds handy for downloading contact info into his phone.
Clicking on the Upcoming Events tab takes you to our Facebook pages and shows our Club’s upcoming events.
RI’s web site is the source of Club Runner’s initial information about club members. Once Deenie Dotson enters new member info into the RI web site it automatically transfers to Club Runner.
Our club now uses this as our document filing system. It allows members and club directors to store documents they create throughout the year into appropriate categories (e.g. Admin. President 2016-2017, International Service 2016-2017). This is no limit to our storage usage for current and historical documentation.
Posted by Dick Dannells on Jul 26, 2016
PROGRAM July 19, 2016: Pres. Greg Baker – “Club Assembly”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Greg Baker started the meeting at 12:30 PM by revealing a few historical events that took place on this date, e.g. the fact that Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk was on July 20, 1969.
Pres. Greg called upon Jeff King for a Summer Sizzle update. Jeff stated we are way short of having to 2 bottles of wine per member for the live auction. Ashlea Boyer pleaded with all members to bring in their silent auction items as soon as possible. Pres. Greg also announced that after a brief trial period, McClintock’s has been selected as our permanent home. Pres. Greg was sad to report that John and Martha Murphy have submitted their resignations from the Club. Past Pres. Joel thanked those members that have helped on the installation of the parklet. They included Anya Stanley, Frank Montesinos, Shannon Bowdey, Paul Holden, Sharon Ellis, Dick Dannells and Pres. Greg Baker. Pres. Greg stated that 2017 will be the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation and we will collaborate with other clubs in the area to bring the message of Rotary to the public. He also asked everyone to contribute $26.50 to the Rotary Foundation to equal the amount that was first contributed on June,1917.
Pres. Greg called upon fine master Mark Olson to do his thing and proceeded to recognize Dick Dannells’ wife Rae Alee who celebrated her birthday and was pleased to receive $1 for each of her 76 years. Mike and Duskie Kee’s 7th anniversary resulted in a $50 recognition fee. Mary Ann and Herbert Reiss’ 21st anniversary yielded a $40 fine. In his trivia questions, Jack Hardy lost $20 to Steve Curry; Eric Mund lost $25 to past Pres. Joel.
PROGRAM: Pres. Greg Baker – “Club Assembly”
Pres. Greg began by reviewing the upcoming events under the absent Community Service Dir. Montisa Phelan Lopez: the Christmas movie/St. Pat’s Outreach; Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival; Pismo Preserve benches; Community Giving starting in October. He also reported on absent International Service Dir. Paul Holden’s projects: the Uganda solar panels for the schools and similar projects. Rotary Foundation Chair Steve Curry reported on the fact they were able to add an additional $1500 scholarship along with $1500 from the District because of the success at the annual golf tournament last month; he also requested that we have 18 Paul Harris Fellows, 5 benefactors and 1 bequest society member by the end of the year. Pres. Elect Jeff King’s task this year is to keep track of our club’s progress toward earning District and Rotary International awards. Past Pres./Membership Chair Joel reported that our goal is 60 members in three years and at least a net of 3 members this year assuming a 90% retention of existing members. There is a need to improve new member, spouse and family involvement in our Club. Club Service Dir. Karen Zappia has been hard at work obtaining programs for the next few months. Public Relations Chair Shannon Bowdey has obtained 752 Facebook likes with a goal of at least 1000. She will prepare and submit to the San Luis Obispo Tribune a press release on the partlet that will include press coverage for a formal ribbon-cutting. Youth Service Dir. Roger Frederickson will be in charge of the Soccer Tournament and the Youth Literacy book program. Vocational Dir. Ashlea Boyer stated that we will have four vocational visits this year, 1 for each quarter. She also stated that we will join the Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce and hold a Chamber fixer this fall.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY PRES. GREG:
"Advice From A Tree: Stand tall and proud. Sink your roots into the earth. Be content with your natural beauty. Go out on a limb. Drink plenty of water. Remember your roots. Enjoy the view! " - Ilan Shamir
Posted by Dick Dannells
June 21, 2016: PROGRAM: Joel Conn – “Service Recognition Awards and a Summary of Our Rotary Year”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Joel began the last official meeting of his year at 12:34 PM by having John Traversaro give our Foundation minute. John explained how we can all make a great difference by giving to the Foundation through our wills and trusts are simply by writing a check made out to the Rotary Club of Pismo Beach/5 Cities Foundation.
Pres. Joel fined Karen Zappia $20 for not standing when he was speaking. Scott Astrosky’s $10 fine for not being attentive was paid by Anya Stanley. Karen’s fine was paid by Don Weber. Anya Stanley was fined $50 for her Washington vacation. She was also fined $1 for improperly introducing one of the representatives of a charity.
Jeff King announced that Cliff Nagler and Don Weber were nominated to become members of the Club’s Foundation Board of Directors and were subsequently voted in by unanimous assent. Anya Stanley had the representatives and their sponsors of the following charities to come forward to accept their Community Giving checks: SLO Womanade, Teen Challenge, the YMCA, and and the Boy Scouts of America.
PROGRAM: “Service Recognition Awards and a Summary of Our Rotary Year”
Pres. Joel had each the following Rotarians come forward to accept tokens of appreciation for their service to the Club during the year: Greg Baker, Pres.-Elect, Summer Sizzle and Awards Chairman; Michael Boyer, Past Pres.; Deenie Dotson, Sec.; Lee Ann Liscombe, Treasurer; Harlan Silva, Assistant Treasurer; John Murphy, Sgt. At Arms; Ashlea Boyer, Club Service Director; Montisa Phelan Lopez, Community Service Director; Steve Curry, International and Grants Director; Paul Holden, Paul Harris Chairman; Shannon Bowdey, Public Relations Director; Jeff King, Club Foundation; Connie O Henley, Advisor; Sandy Lubin, Advisor; Martha Murphy, Advisor; Chuck Anders, Club Polling; Bruce Beaudoin , Paul Harris Dinner; Dick Dannells, Bulletin Editor; Sharon Ellis, 50-50 Drawing; Terry Fibich, Highway Cleanup; Paul Jones, Thoughts For The Day; Jim Lewis, vocational Director; Bonnie Morgan, Rotary Socials; Mary Ann Reese, Rotary Socials; Frank Montesinos, Our Parklet; Linda Osty, Christmas Movie; Anya Stanley, Community Giving and Our Parklet; John and Marcia Traversaro, Pinot For Polio; Karen Zappa, Programs; and Jack Hardy, entertainment. Pres. Joel presented a very fine video of photos depicting our accomplishments for the year and received a standing ovation.
Posted by Dick Dannells on Jun 15, 2016
Program June 14, 2016: PROGRAM: District Governor Nominee 2017-18
John Weiss– “Experiences in South Korea”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Joel began his next to the last meeting at 12:34 PM with the usual guest introductions.
Michael Boyer reported that a short demotion meeting will take place immediately after this meeting. Jeff King reported that an August 28 Summer Sizzle meeting will be held after the latter meeting. Sharon Ellis called the representatives accompanied by their sponsors of the following charities to come forward to accept their Community Giving checks: American Legion Cambria Post 432-Welcome Home Military Heroes; American Legion Post Unit 66-Military Parents and Friends; and Jack’s Helping Hands.
Fine master Mark Olson held his usual trivial pursuit quiz show resulting in $20 fines for Karen Zambia and Don Weber, $10 fines for Cliff Nagler, Eric Mund and Andrea Lugar. John Traversaro was fined $10 by Pres. Joel for accepting $10 of Don Weber’s fines. Pres. Joel then recognized, without fines, John for his wife’s birthday and for Steve Curry’s 70th birthday.
PROGRAM: PROGRAM: District Governor Nominee 2017-18 John Weiss– “Experiences in South Korea”
Ashley Boyer introduced John who began by presenting a slideshow of his family and then a number of photos taken at the recent Rotary International convention in Seoul, South Korea and while he attended the District Conference in Korea in April. The first S. Korean Rotary club was started in 1927 and now there are over 59,000 members with over 28,000 Paul Harris members. This makes them the fourth largest Rotary club in the world behind the US, India and Japan. He noted that Korea is doing very well economically and his experiences indicate that they are a very generous people. He noted that their Hyundai plant manufactures 6000 cars a day. He met with a past District Gov. of Korea that counts Maria and Arnie Dowdy as good friends and John showed a picture of Maria taken during a trip to South Korea a number of years ago.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY PAUL JONES:
“The person that never made a mistake, never made a discovery.”
Posted by Dick Dannells on Jun 11, 2016
Program June 7, 2016: PROGRAM: Michael Boyer – “Rotary International Changes in Image”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Joel began the meeting at 12:36 PM by auctioning off the fine-free badge to Steve Curry for $50.
Pres. Joel called upon Jeff King to report on Summer Sizzle. Jeff stated that every member is requested to bring 2 nice bottles of wine for the live auction and and to fill out a sign-up sheet with the type and vintage of each of the bottles we donate. Steve Curry reported that he had a great time in Uganda on our Club’s Rotary projects and will present a program on the subject in the coming year after he collates 200 pictures and 5 to 6 hours of movies. Connie O’Henley said that she is sending out formal announcements to Pres. Joel’s demotion on June 28 at the San Luis Obispo Country Club. We will be given the choice of top sirloin, fish and a vegetarian entrée. Pres.-elect Greg Baker stated that the RI Convention in Seoul, South Korea was an awesome event. Sharon Ellis asked the representatives accompanied by their sponsors of the following charities to come forward to accept their checks: Five Cities Meals on Wheels; Restorative Partners and Engineers without Borders.
Pres. Joel was fined by Sgt. of Arms John Murphy for not starting with the introduction of guests, even though Pres. Joel explained later that it was to save time by having the representatives of the charities be introduced before the other introductions. Pres. Joel called upon fine master Mark Olson to do the honors and he fined Mike Frederick $1 for each of his 59 years as of June 8. Mark fined Kari Ziegler and Don Weber $10 each for not answering a trivia question.
PROGRAM: PROGRAM: Michael Boyer – “Rotary International Changes in Image”
Michael explained that RI comprises 530 Districts organized within 34 zones and he is working with zones 25 and 26 that include all of California, Arizona, Oregon and parts of Washington and Idaho. RI is in the process of changing their image. One definition of Rotary that has acceptance is “Rotary brings leaders together who step forward to take action on some of the challenges in their communities.” Reasons for joining Rotary include fellowship, ethics, diversity and vocational expertise. There are three key components of this change the image endeavor: (1) What is Rotary’s brand experience? (2) What do words and actions say about your club? (3) How does the community view our club’s brand? The classic Rotary gear wheel contains the “Rotary” that is in such small print that non-Rotarians have no idea what the pin means. The new Rotary logo will contain “Rotary” next to the gear wheel. Also each of the logos will be a single color.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY JEFF KING:
“All things come to those who wait and only what’s left from those that hustle.”
Posted by Dick Dannells
Program May 31, 2016: PROGRAM: Kendra Aronson – “SLO FARMER’S MARKET COOKBOOK”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Joel began the meeting at 12:35 PM with the usual introduction of guests. He then turned to Sandy Lubin for the induction of Beth Raub as our newest member. Beth received a Bachelor’s Degree from Cal Poly in social work and is now the director of the Boys & Girls Club of San Luis Obispo County. On July 7 her club will be holding a Texas Hold’em fundraiser.
Pres. Joel called upon Linda Osty to give our club’s Foundation Moment. She indicated that as a result of the 2016 annual golf classic we raised more money than all the prior years, which means that we can know provide 4 scholarships next year rather than 3. Martha Murphy read a thank you letter from Alexandra, the the scholarship winner of most improved student at Arroyo Grande High School. John Murphy raffled off to next week’s Giant-Dodger baseball game plus a parking ticket for only $50 to John Traversaro. Jim Lewis reported that he had a low turnout on recommendations for next year’s vocational visits. He’ll use the Internet to get more responses. Anya Stanley had representatives from the Canine Program; St. Pat’s Outreach; and Arroyo Grande Hospital come forward to receive their charitable donation checks.
Pres. Joel fined Jeff King one dollar for each of his 67 years as of June 3. He also recognized Dick Dannells for his third wedding anniversary with Rae without a fine. Sandy Lubin was sad to report that his nephew died of a brain aneurysm, but was happy to report that he sold a portion of his business,The Credit Bureau of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, which he bought from a fellow Rotarian in 1992, and put in $100 Happy Bucks. Michael Boyer put in $100 Happy Bucks.
PROGRAM: Kendra Aronson – “SLO FARMER’S MARKET COOKBOOK”
Ashley Boyer introduced Kendra the writer, photo editor, graphic designer, self-financer using crow funding, publisher, and marketeer of her 196 page cookbook. Although she lacked experience, she made up for in her enthusiasm. Her crowd funding raised $26,714 from 418 backers. $9000 was added from her own funding to cover the $35,000 production cost for the initial printing of 1500 books in 2015. Her second printing of 6000 copies in March 2016 has been sold and she has sold 1700 copies of her third printing. Barnes and Noble in San Luis Obispo has agreed to include her cookbook on the shelves. The books sell for $35 a copy.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY PAUL JONES:
“Don’t stop laughing because your old, you grow old because you stop laughing.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Posted by Dick Dannells
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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