Club Meeting Information
 
Service Above Self
We meet the second and fourth Thursday evenings of the month at 7:00pm, Scopazzi's restaurant, Boulder Creek.  And the third Wednesday morning of each month at 7:30am at the SLV USD District Office Multi-Purpose Room at 325 Marion Ave, Ben Lomond. 
 
 
Contact us via the above "Contact Us" link or via USPS at
PO Box 294, Felton,  CA  95018
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We meet the second and fourth Thursday evenings of the month at 7:00pm, Scopazzi's restaurant, Boulder Creek.  And the first and third Wednesday mornings of each month at 7:45am at the SLV USD District Office Multi-Purpose Room at 325 Marion Ave, Ben Lomond. 
 
 
  • Wednesday, February 1, 7:45am, SLV USD District Offices, Speaker Dan Walter Chief, Zayante FIre
  • Thursday, February 9, 7:00pm, Scopazzi's, Speaker Ann Lopez, Executive Director Center for Farmworker Families
  • Wednesday, February 15, 7:45am, SLV USD District Offices, Speaker Susan Willats, Executive Director Community Music School
  • Thursday, February 23, 5:30pm, Scopazzi's, SLV Rotary Board Meeting
  • Thursday, February 23, 7:00pm, Scopazzi's, Speaker Alan Leventhal, Anthropologist
       

 
This evening's speaker was Monica Martinez, CEO of the Encompass Organization.  Encompass is a nonprofit organization with about 40 programs county-wide providing services in behavioral health, family and social well-being, early childhood education, housing, and more. This year they are celebrating their 50th anniversary, and the group is starting a project to refurbish/rebuild the facility in Watsonville called Si Se Puede Behavioral Health Center.
Accompanying Monica tonight is Lisa Russell, Chief Programs Officer of the organization.
 
 
Monica Martinez                                         Lisa Russell
Tonight's speaker was Sherry Heaney,  Sherry became interested in home hardening and wildfire mitigation strategies in 2021, after Andrew Clark, a Cal Fire representative, visited her property and shared recommendations to reduce her risks in the event of a wildfire. Cal Fire returned the following year and suggested she develop a community plan for her neighbors. After the CZU complex hit the Santa Cruz Mountains, Sherry started working with neighbors to gather and chip downed debris through the bi annual, free chipping program through Santa Cruz Resource Conservation District. In June of this year, she became the FireWise leader for her community on Quail Ridge Road in Scotts Valley.
The club also inducted a new/returning member tonight - Brenda Holmes Executive Director of Mountain Parks Foundation, membership chair Mike Holton did the honors.  Welcome Brenda.
 
Mike Holton & Brenda Holmes
This morning's speakers were Jacob Martinez and Tara Thomas from the Digital NEST.  The NEST was founded by Jacob in 2014 to foster high-demand technology skills in youth and to provide mentoring and hands-on experiences so they can secure well-paying jobs.  He is the current CEO.  Tara Thomas is currently the Digital NEST Grants Manager.  She handles all corporate, governmental and regional foundation grants.  Tara received their Ph.D. and M.A. in English and Latin Literature from UC Santa Cruz and their B.A. in English Education and Spanish from Southern Oregon University.
 
Tara Thomas & Jacob Martinez
 
 
Tonight's speaker was Arthur Dover, MD.  Dr Dover specializes in medicine related to international travel, especially vaccinations for travelers.  There was lots of detail in his presentation, his practice is located in Aptos and can be contacted at 831 818-5632 for any pre or post-travel services.  The number one malady striking travelers is diarrhea (actually a symptom of many assorted causes) brought on by poor food preparation.  He says bananas are always safe to eat if one peels and eats oneself without setting it down!
 
Arthur Dover, MD
Four presenters today: Jeanie Kegebein presenting the Holiday Lights program under planning now for the Fair Grounds in Watsonville.  This event will start November 25 and run through the weekends until December 25.  She is looking for volunteer helpers for setup, maintenance and take down.
 
Michele Mosher and Nancy Gerdt gave a comprehensive update on the Felton Library Friends activities and projects.  They are working to improve the teen room and to launch a community-led learning program for adults.  This has three areas of focus: Environmental Sciences, Local History & The Arts.
 
Then member Terry presented his Red/Blue badge autobiographical pitch:  he hails from Hollywood, California; travelled extensively across the US, Asia and Europe.  He retired from Lockheed Missiles & Space in 2017 after 31 years. He and Jeannie raised three sons, are now empty nesters doing community service projects around the SLV.
 
  
                          Jeanie Kegebein    Michele Mosher
   
                      Nancy Gerdt           Terry Howard
 
Two speakers today, Jeff Calden, SLV High Principal and Chris Schiermeyer SLV USD Superintendent.  Member Jeff gave his Red/Blue badge autographical talk about himself to the group: he went to SLV Schools, then San Diego State to major in English; teacher over the hill in Cupertino, then SLV High; SLV High football coach 1992 - 2020; now principal.  He confessed to being a comics and sports card collector to the present!  
 
Then Superintendent Chris Schiermeyer gave the club an overview of where we're spending the Measure S bond funds that were approved several years ago.  Among the projects: swimming pool refurbishment, new bus lanes at the High school, new cafeteria freezer for the tri-campus, music room, extensive roof repairs, drama room,...  the list goes on.
 
 
                                   Jeff Calden                          Chris Schiermeyer
 
 

Savita Vaidhyanathan, District 5170 Governor

Savita Vaidhyanathan served as president of the Rotary Club of Cupertino in 2013-14.  Her theme was Local Heartbeat, Global Outreach. She also held roles as Chair of World Services Committee, member of Club's Board and Endowment Foundation Board.  She organized and chaired several fundraisers for the club.  She is a Major Donor to the Rotary Foundation.

Music Camp International

Connie Fortunato has a passion to inspire children to dream big dreams and then work hard to achieve them. She believes that all children are talented and when involved in a dynamic and positive learning environment, can break through the limitations of a system or society that fails to “connect” with their “inner giftedness.”
Rotary participated in this annual fundraiser for the Mountain Parks Foundation which was a big success.  Background music to dine by was provided by the Shady Rest Band and everyone had a great time.  Including Supervisor Bruce McPherson, Assemblymen Mark Stone and Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart who served lobsters all night!
 
Jim Hart,   Mark Stone,   Bruce McPherson
 

Santa Cruz Libraries

Yolande Wilburn was the speaker today.  She is Director of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.  She gave a general update of the state of the library system.  There are 10 branches including 2 under construction/remodel.  She has held leadership positions in library systems all over California and also Dubai and Chicago!  In 1996 a joint powers board was formed to oversee the city and county library branches, Watsonville is not part of this.  
Club member Linda Deal led the Rotary's participation in the annual River & Road Cleanup, the last several years of which the Cleanup has been part of the Greater California Coastal Cleanup.  About a dozen of the club members showed up at the Felton Bridge Park site to help in the effort.. Linda kept track of the amount of trash taken from the river and surrounding roads and highways and reported over 1,000 pounds were picked up, bagged and deposited at the park for pick-up later that afternoon.  Follow the link to READ MORE for more pictures of the volunteers.
Linda Deal

The club met at the SLV USD Offices today with Assemblyman Mark Stone as the speaker.  Mark will be termed out in the next election cycle and is looking forward to becoming a private citizen again.  We expect to see more of Mark in the future.  He is a member of the Scotts Valley Rotary Club.  Among the topics he addressed today: in the aftermath of the CZU complex fire which devastated large parts of the SLV several initiatives are underway including "fuel" reduction, selective vegetation thinning, and efforts going toward forest diversity.  Mark also highlighted the improvement in California schools investment, going from 48th in the nation when Mark took office to 10th place now.
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Speakers
Ann Lopez
Feb 09, 2023
Farm workers in our county agriculture today
Susan Willats, Executive Director
Feb 15, 2023 7:45 AM
Community Music School
Alan Leventhal
Feb 23, 2023 7:00 PM
The Ohlone Tribe: Back from Extinction
Keith Collins
Mar 08, 2023 7:45 AM
Veterans' Village, Ben Lomond
Ryan Okrant
Mar 16, 2023 7:00 PM
Emergency Animal Rescue
Roger Knacke
Mar 30, 2023 7:00 PM
James Webb Telescope
Rod Caborn
Apr 13, 2023 7:00 PM
Fundraising
Kellie Rice
May 11, 2023 7:00 PM
Book authorship
 
Interested in Rotary?
Are you interested in learning more about Rotary?  Perhaps attending one of our weekly Zoom meetings?  Want to contribute directly to the San Lorenzo Valley communities?  Call Mike Holton, SLV Rotary Membership Chairman  831 234-9424 or email mikeholton34@hotmail.com.  Or even easier, click the "Contact Us" link at the top of this home page.  We look forward to hearing from you.
 
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