Lake Arrowhead Mountain

Sunrise Rotary Club



Jul 08, 2015
Barry Robinson
Cal Trans
Jul 15, 2015
Dan Goodrich
Rotary Foundation chair
Jul 29, 2015
Rory Balmer
Automotive Goings On


Rotarians Provide Hospital With Vital Monitors

Michael P. Neufeld | Oct 19, 2012

Mountains Community Hospital’s Kathleen Walsh applies electrodes to Rotarian Rudy Westervelt during a demonstration of the new Propaq LT monitor purchased by a $25,000 grant from the Mountain Sunrise Rotary Club. (Photo by Michael P. Neufeld)



Remote Monitoring Made Possible

In honor of their 25th anniversary, members of the Mountain Sunrise Rotary Club have made a donation of $25,000 to Mountains Community Hospital to be used to purchase new patient monitoring equipment.



2012 - Sock Hop

Come out for an evening of great fun while helping to support the Mountain Sunrise Rotary Foundation charities.

Click HERE to read article.




  RYLA 2012-Teamwork Game

Games  help the students learn how to become a better leader and work together as a team.

The 16 Rim students who attended RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) last month came home from the weekend hanged people.



 Students’ Art Reaps Prizes  

Mountain News: Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2012 10:02 am 

The first art competition sponsored by the Mountain Sunrise Rotary Club drew 35 entries from students at Mary Putnam Henck Intermediate School, Rim High School and Mountain High School.



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Lake Arrowhead M SR

1 909 337-9100

We meet Wednesdays at 07:00 AM
Lake Arrowhead Resort
President: John Moore
27984 Hwy 189
Lake Arrowhead, CA  92352
United States
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Lyle introduced Michelle French as our newest member nominee – and invited Initiation  Master Geoff Hopper up to (roast) induct Michelle.
Geoff says it was all but impossible to find any dirt on Michelle – except that she has been responsible for her clients being awarded more than $300 Million in grants – (there’s gotta be a slush fund in there somewhere).
Geoff administered the oath, and Michelle is now officially our newest – No. 2085 in the district – Rotarian!

District Governor Rudy Westervelt Report
Rudy spoke at some length about his life’s journey, and a few of the moments that led to his becoming the District Governor of Rotary.
From a VERY small town in upstate New York, to the bustling metropolis of Lake Arrowhead, everyone is proud to have Rudy as our new Governor – CONGRATULATIONS!
            “BE A GIFT TO THE WORLD!”

Retired President John Moore thanked everyone for the fun at the Demotion Dinner.
  • John briefly reviewed last year’s community service budget - $52,000 was donated, 90% stayed on the mountain, 10% to international causes!
  • We ended the year in solid financial shape – Foundation balances, including our rainy day fund ended at more than $110,000.
  • Special thanks to Ken Neilsen and Alan Smith for putting our recordkeeping in order!

Our speaker today was our host, Camp Pivika Director Kelly Kunsek. She thanked us for our support over the years and for inspiring the support of other organizations in the the community. Founded by Rotary Club LA % in the 1940s, Camp Pivika provides an amazing summer camp experience and programs for individuals with disabilities. The majority of the summer staff are college students, and they themselves learn and grow grow from the experience.

The cost per camper to Camp Pivika for five nights of camp is $1,800.00 while the charge is $975.00. If they get a scholarship, their is a co-pay of $100.00. Their funding comes from local organizations and fundraisers as wells as significant grants.

Campers range in age from eight years to some in their 70s. Enrollment is way up 460 enrolled for this summer, which is a record. The camp offers a numbers of ways for campers and parents to transition slowly into participating fully in the camp experience. So they work with families as well as those with disabilities, including a camp for moms. Camp Pivika continues to provide an adaptive pool and and an adaptive equestrian program. A new project in the works is a one of a kind adaptive zip line, equipped with a race car seat. We should get to see it when we meet here next year.

Today’s program came from our District Treasurer Jamie Zinn.
Jamie has an interest in the Rotary Direct foundation giving program, and reviewed the program with the membership. One very important point  is the fact that half of the funds raised through the program come back to the local club for local use.
John mentioned that the funds we received back from our donations came back to fund the Scholarship program.
Jamie mentioned that our district was the first one in the world to rceive funds – and we have reason to be very proud of that!
The program is VERY easy to donate too, with many people choosing to donate regularly through a monthly or quarterly credit card charge. Jamie had form to help us on board with our pledge of “EVERY ROTARIAN EVERY YEAR!”

Employment Litigation Lawyer and Club Mouthpiece Geoff Hopper offered today’s program, which can be summed up very easily:
Actually, Geoff presented a number of good ways and strategies to help avoid problems with employees and potential employees. Employment litigation is to be avoided, especially here in litigious California – as it can be very costly and very time consuming.
Geoff claims that you could never know all of the rules – lawyers don’t know all of the rules – so his suggestions were welcome!

Jerry Savage and Mike Clark reported that the First and Only Rotary Memorial Day Weekend Garage sale went VERY well - and presented a wad of greenbacks totaling about $3,200.
Mike asked all of the helpers to stand up for a round of applause.
Jerry says the storage room is empty – and the balance of the goods went to the Boys and Girls Club.

Farewell to Mike and Karen Stevens! We are sorry to see Mike and Karen move all the way to Maine! I’m not sure they could get any further away and still maintain citizenship! Thanks to Mike for all of his help and service, and to Karen for her support! Best of luck!

Cyberterrorism was today’s topic, and was presented by author James McFarlin.
Jim started his presentation with a simple prediction: There is no good news. The US has been the dominant power for more than 70 years – and has done that by projecting power in all areas. But our readiness has been in a state of decline, planes are old and ships are worn out. And there is a new area of concern: Cyberterrorism.
In his view, the US is lagging desperately in fighting cyberterrorism – we are not projecting power, we are the hunted and we need to catch up quick.
Jim went through a few facts –
  • The internet has no security.
  • Technology is everywhere – and it’s all connected
  • There are many human factors – which can cause mistakes.
  • It is politicized – unfortunately.
  • There have been a large number of breeches of security – think Target.
Jim seems very concerned about our power grid – and the devastation that would happen if it were compromised. He thinks 85% of all economic activity will stop within 20 days of a large power outage.
Jim’s message: We need people to be afraid to mess with us. We shouldn’t wait to be attacked. We have the weapons, we should use them.
Interesting and sobering talk, lots to think about.

Mandy Krzeminski, Occupational Therapist and operator of “The Silly Room” was todays presenter.
Mandy specializes in pediatric therapy – ages 0 to 21. Her mission is to be “A positive Influence – One Person at a Time!”
If we didn’t know what an Occupational Therapist did, we do now! Mandy focuses on young people that have problems doing normal, everyday items like getting dressed or riding in a car. Many of her patients have problems like autism, and have very special problems that she is trained to work with. Many times, her therapy crosses over with physical therapy as she teaches her patients alternative ways to do things.
Mandy read a few letters from parents of patients – her results are amazing!
Mandy mentioned that she could use some help with special cases, as they cannot always afford to pay for services. Mandy is fine doing pro-bono work, but could use some help covering costs!
Thanks for all that you do, Mandy!

Rudy did a PRYDE wrap-up – with a video and the presence of three of the attendees – Laura Dyberg worked as a Tribal Elder – and had a great time!

Race Driver and Rim Honor Student McKensie Eshleman presented today – and what an interesting hobby McKensie has!
McKensie is a 16 year old race car driver – and has apparently done very well in the circuit! She races in the “Outlaw” division, and has been in the top 10 in about 40 races, has finishes. She has one win and a 2nd overall to her credit!
McKensie’s home track is Irwindale, but most races happen at the Orange Show track.
McKensie’s dad and grandfather are evidently drivers as well – which led her to the sport.
Thanks for visiting with us!

Rory has his Bachelor’s Degree!! YEA!
Jill set up for an official presentation of Rory’s degree, including spectacles, a mortarboard cap and a cup necklace. Perfect presentation, as usual.

Lyle and Denise presented Davis Hopper with his Paul Harris Fellow award! Quote from Davis: “See? Everyone is Eligible!!”

San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford was today’s guest speaker.
The Supervisor started by describing a recent day she spent with the Sheriffs Deputies at the range – Sounded like fun as they put her through one of their simulated assault situations! She said it is good to know that our officers are very well trained, and how they are trained to deal with their on the job problems.
Supervisor Rutherford spoke today about the recent study that was commissioned to review the possibility of the Lake Arrowhead Communities becoming a city. The Supervisor went through number of the items that are a part of the study including the services that the new city would be responsible for.
There were a number of question for the Supervisor, which pointed up the (VERY) controversial nature of considering cityhood. Ms. Rutherford closed on the thought that the study would be out sometime in the summer – and whatever action is taken at that time is completely in the hands of the voters of our community.


John finally relented and let Ken have 90 seconds – at least 60 of which was spent modeling his new baseball cap with feather decorations. The hat is VERY attractive!

Darren Morocco from COAD presented the “Basic Business Awareness Project” for the group. Darren is in charge of the emergency preparedness program for the Country Club, and went through his the plan he has created for the Club.

Jim Johnstone gave a brief presentation regarding this year’s fire season – in a word – IT’S GONNA BE THE WORST EVER!!! Jim gave a brief description of the danger, and what it means to decide to not evacuate when ordered.

Taylor made a brief presentation about her experience with RYLA, and how it helped her climb out of her bubble and gave her a shove to run for president, a great help for her self-confidence! She looks forward to participating as a RYLA Alum in the future




Exchange student Gwenn Griggs reported on her upcoming stay in France – which we are sponsoring! She is still waiting for a city and family assignment, but will be leaving in August for her 9 month stay. She has been quite a young Rotarian, having been the President of Interact, and participated in many service projects!
















The 4-Way Speech Contest!

Program chair Deborah Fancett introduced the contest:

  • 5 Speakers today
  • They will by referred to by number, and introduced after the competition
  • Each will speak for a minimum of 5 minutes and a maximum of 8
  • There are three judges: Ginny Durrand, Billie Latva and Bob Mosby.
  • The Official Timekeeper will be Ken Nielsen.
  • NO APPLAUSE until all have presented!
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