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 8:00am 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
Home Page Stories

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 8:00am at the SLV USD District Office Multi-Purpose Room at 325 Marion Ave, Ben Lomond. 
  • Wednesday, February 21, 8:00am, Heavenly Cafe, Scotts ValleySocial Club Assembly for Breakfast
  • Thursday, February 29, 7:00pm, Scopazzi's Restaurant, Speaker Tim Robinson, Computer History Museum

Bruce McPherson

Fifth District Supervisor Bruce McPherson was our speaker this evening.  Bruce is retiring from public service now and wanted to recount some of the things that stood out during his tenure. 
There were seven state-declared natural disasters involving the SLV during that time including the CZU wild fire, rain & flood emergencies, road outages, power outages & ... . One important item in the process of mitigation is the Big Basin Water Company infrastructure failures and bankruptcy.  BBWC is now being operated by a receiver while discussions are ongoing for a long-term "fix".  There has also been a recent $850,000 grant from the state to begin improvements.  Two other items in the early stages of discussion are an "escape" route for the Lompico neighborhoods and a sewer line for the densely built-up areas along highway 236.  Bruce is looking forward to his retirement and becoming a private citizen again.

Carol Weisenstein

Carol Weisenstein is a Puppy Raiser with the Canine Companion organization.  She became interested in this after the 9/11 disaster and knew her daughter had a friend who worked there.  This is a nation-wide group who raise & train then gift companion dogs to "those in need". 
They were founded in 1975 and now have offices and training facilities (6 of these in all) across the U.S.  Carol is associated with the Training Center in Santa Rosa.  There are currently 270 employees raising 800 puppies per year, over 90% of which are 50/50 mixes of Labrador and Golden Retriever.  The dog she is raising now is Dexter and he came with Carol to the meeting today.

Rachael Brown

The author of the book "For Fork's Sake", Rachael Brown is a proponent of diets structured around whole foods, plant based and no oil.  She went on this diet herself several years ago as a defense against Alzheimer's disease. 
During a DNA analysis, she discovered she had the gene associated with this disease; there is also a family history.  She found "The China Study" which recommended this regimen.  Rachael is associated with the Bay Area Institute for Plant Studies.  50% of the proceeds from sale of her book go to charity.
Kellie Rice
Kellie Rice was our speaker earlier this year talking about how to get your book published.  This time during the Christmas Holidays she related various legends and fables surrounding the celebration of Christmas and other holidays and festivals at the height of winter season.  She herself enjoys writing fantasy fiction and uses these legends as bases for her stories.  Kellie also "dives deep" into non-fiction subjects.

Keith Collins & Charlie Brown

Keith Collins is the Veterans Village Director of Programming & Operations.  He was the speaker today along with Charlie Brown the Onsite Manager for the organization.  It's been a year since we heard from Keith and the Veterans Village is up and running.  The next big objective is to utilize the Santa Cruz County Grant recently awarded them for several refurbishment projects to modernize the property.  They are particularly focused on issues around septic, housing and educational initiatives.  They expect to be busy with these throughout 2024.
     Keith Collins    Charlie Brown

November - The Rotary Foundation

November is Rotary Foundation Month.  As Cameron, Chair of Rotary Foundation for our Club always says: EREY, Every Rotarian, Every Year donates to the Rotary Foundation.  By far the easiest way to do this is via My dot Rotary.  Or just chat up Cameron to work it out.


Scott Tucker, History of Boulder Creek

New member Scott Tucker was our speaker this evening.  He has become quite the expert in the history of Boulder Creek.  He has collected a significant number of vintage photographs and is always taking advantage of the Santa Cruz area newspaper archives at MAH and UCSC.  Beginning next January  2024, he will begin a series of  historical talks at the SLV Museum.  He already has a weekly 15 slot on historical topics every Thursday on KBCZ.

Cully Gruczelak, Damians Ladder

Cully is with the Damian's Ladder organization.  The group works to support  Seniors and the disabled that have lived in their homes in the Scotts/San Lorenzo Valley area for many years and may have limited incomes.  They are often not able to afford small repairs and updates to their property. This could include anything from fixing a leaky faucet to installing an access ram.  Volunteers at Damians Ladder are ready to fill the void for these basic needs.
Today was our annual dictionary distribution for SLV 4th graders.  A group of clubmembers went to both SLV Elementary and Boulder Creek Elementary 4th grade classes with new dictionaries for each student.
Andrew Lucia, Jeanne & Terry Howard, Cindy Sekkel, Scott & Linda Deal

Orrin Mahoney, Rotary Foundation

Orrin is the District 5170 Chair for The Rotary Foundation.  November is Foundation month and the call is out to all members to make a contribution to the Foundation.  It's easy to make a contribution online at My.Rotary. The charitable Foundation has three major areas of emphasis: The Annual Fund, Polio Plus and the Endowment.  Please look up information on the Foundation on the RI website.
Upcoming Events
  • Speech Contest
    SLV High Multi-Purpose Room
    Feb 29, 2024
    8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Pay your detective fines, general fines or other donations to the club here.
Tim Robinson, Docent
Feb 29, 2024 7:00 PM
Computer History Museum
Interested in Rotary?
Are you interested in learning more about Rotary?  Perhaps attending one of our weekly  meetings?  Want to contribute directly to the San Lorenzo Valley communities?  Call Michelle Peters, SLV Rotary Membership Chair at (408) 508-9423 or email  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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