Rotary Club of San Lorenzo Valley

   Santa Cruz County, California

May 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 District 3292 in Nepal set up a disaster relief fund to help victims in the hardest hit areas. Immediate funds will go towards food, water, medical supplies, and shelter. If you wish to contribute to this fund, you may send a check payable to the Rotary District 5170 Foundation, marking your check “Nepal Earthquake Relief.” Because of previous disasters in Nepal, the group already has tents and other nonfood items ready for deployment.
In conjunction, the SLV Schools are running a "Coins for Nepal Drive", May 11 through May 25.  UNICEF reports that over 1.7 million children are in urgent need of food, water, shelter and medical care.  The Coins for Nepal Drive is for donations (coins, checks or paper currency accepted) to the Nepal emergency aid effort.  Donations will be accepted in the classrooms or the school office. 

Rotary Club Meeting
Please plan to attend our next regular meeting, Mount Hermon Conference Center, Birch Dining Room, Wednesday, May 20. 
Sergeant-at-Arms:   Gil Gunn
Pledge of Allegiance:   Ken for Sue
Guest Greeter & Introducer:   Julie Haff
Thought or Song:   Judy Anderson
Detective:   Joe Griffin
Program: Speaker Pravin Patel, Update on Brookdale Lodge Renovations

The Rotary Club of San Lorenzo will participate in the annual Felton Remembers Memorial Day Parade this Saturday, May 23.  With the SLV High Interact Club we'll be seeking donations for the Coins for Nepal drive for earthquake relief funds now happening in the SLV Schools.

The SLV Rotary Club teamed up with 3 of the SLV Interact Club members to do a little cleanup around the Felton Community Hall and MCR across the Highway.  No fundraiser, but 2 prominent properties in the Valley are looking a little neater and tidier as a result.  Ken Macy, Thomas Wynn, Julie and Larry Haff and Charlie Johnson focused on the Felton Community Hall while Janet Coit and Mike Holton along with Interactors Ava Badger, Harrison Melcher and Myranda Barker handled the front of the MCR building.  Ken hauled all the yard work to the dump in his trailer.
                                                    Julie & Larry Haff
                                               Charlie Ken & Thomas
                                              Myranda, Harrison & Ava


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.
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.



May 20, 2015
Dave Mills
Valley Churches United Executive Director
May 27, 2015
Pravin Patel
Renovation of the Brookdale Lodge
Jun 03, 2015
Thomas Rohlf
On Being a Rotarian
Jun 17, 2015
Mike Rotkin
Coastal Watershed Council
Jun 24, 2015
Dr Thomas Schmitz
Sports Medicine

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Rotary Club of San Lorenzo Valley
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Felton, CA 95018
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