Rotary Club of San Lorenzo Valley

   Santa Cruz County, California

April 2015

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Another Beautiful Day in Paradise

San Lorenzo Valley

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:15 AM
Birch Dining Room
Mount Hermon Conference Center
37 Conference Dr
Mount Hermon, CA  95041
United States
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Rotary Club Meeting
Please plan to attend our next regular meeting, Birch Dining Room, Wednesday, April 22. 
Sergeant-at-Arms (acting):   Karen McNamara & Charlie Johnson
Pledge of Allegiance:   Heather Henderson
Guest Greeter & Introducer:   Karen McNamara
Thought or Song:   Mary Hammer
Detective:   Thomas Wynn
Program:   Speaker Janet Coit will talk about her occupation as a certified Funeral Celebrant


Digital Nest, Watsonville

On Wednesday, 3/18, after the regular meeting of the club, this group of us paid a short visit to the Digital Nest in Watsonville.  Jacob Martinez, second from left in the photo, gave us a tour and overview of the Operation.  We hope to take advantage of what the students can do there with setting up a Facebook presence for the club.  Thomas, Linda, Joe, Mary and I were there to meet with Jacob.
The Digital NEST is a high-tech space located in the heart of Watsonville. Young people ages 12-24 from Santa Cruz County and the Monterey Bay area have access to computers, software, Wi-Fi, and other digital tools and classes. They master skills necessary to thrive in the high tech, globally connected world in which we all live. The Digital NEST is spurring interest from educators and national media as a model for conquering the "digital divide" in underserved communities throughout the U.S.
Their website is: 

Boulder Creek fire hydrant painting project
Last year, the San Lorenzo Valley Rotary Club invited Boulder Creek Fire Chief Kevin McClish as a speaker at one of our meeting.  He spoke about a very interesting program about the BC Fire Department Internship for high school students to gain experience in fire training.  The Chief was visited a few days later, by a couple of members of our Rotary Club to see if he could think of any opportunities for volunteer service we could present to the San Lorenzo Valley Interact Club, which is the High school service club we sponsor, at SLV High School.
The Rotary District 5170 Annual Conference is coming April 17 - 19.  All are encouraged to attend at least some of the events of the weekend.  You can register online at this District 5170 web page:  There is another link there to use to register for a room at the DoubleTree Hotel.  I've also included a PDF file with complete schedule and registration information in the Document Download section at the lower right of this page.  Main speakers are Ruby Bridges, Friday; Michael Pritchard Saturday morning; Al Frumkin, Saturday luncheon; Richard D. King Saturday Dinner; then entertainment by Close Encounters of the Cirque Kind.

Rotary Night at the Warriors Fundraiser is coming very soon - Friday March 20 at the Kaiser Arena in Santa Cruz.  Thomas is working with Jon Winston to gather signups.  Please see Thomas as soon as possible to reserve your tickets for this fun event.

Nan and I visited the Rose Parade Post Parade on New Year's Day.  I've always enjoyed this over the years growing up in Pasadena.  The floats are parked along Sierra Madre Boulevard for viewing for 2 days following the Parade.  Where they are parked is within walking distance from my house in those days (50s and 60s) and there was never any charges for walking around the floats or a fence; these days, there is a $10 per person fee and a temporary fence around it all patrolled by L.A County Sheriffs.  Even so, by the time we left after seeing them all, the crowd was shoulder to shoulder and they had to close it from anymore people coming in!  Here are two pictures of the Rotary Float, the logo is made of various beans, seeds and rice.

On Wednesday evening, 11/5, the Interact Club of San Lorenzo Valley High school put on a pot luck dinner event to get acquainted with members of our club.  It was hosted by Joe and Linda at their home in Ben Lomond.  We enjoyed excellent dishes and interactions with the students.  They intend to repeat this sometime in 2015.  Here is a photo of the group:

Today we were able to complete this year's Presidents Project - the donation of school supplies to local teachers and students.  Heather and I delivered 300 9"x12" white boards to the SLV Middle School, received by Principal Jeff Calden.  I wasn't aware of the big use that is made of these white boards in schools today, but member Julie Haff helped us in figuring that out and Heather ran with it to find an economical web site to purchase from.  I took delivery a week or so ago and they sat on the front porch 'til we could get a date with Jeff.  At the DG visit next January, we will have a sample that we can show Ed.  Here's a picture.


Club Executives & Directors

President Elect
Past President
Membership Chair
Foundation Chair
Community Service Chair
New Generation Chair
Youth Protection Officer
International Service Chair
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Rotary Club of San Lorenzo Valley
PO Box 294
Felton, CA 95018
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