Club Meeting Information
 
Service Above Self
In general, 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.  However, there are exceptions, especially in the months with major holidays (I'm looking at you Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year's & Fourth-of-July), so be sure to check the Club meeting calendar via the link above if there's any doubt.  
 
Contact us via the above "Contact Us" link or via USPS at
PO Box 294, Felton,  CA  95018
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In general, 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.  However, there are exceptions, especially in the months with major holidays (I'm looking at you Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year's & Fourth-of-July), so be sure to check the Club meeting calendar via the link above if there's any doubt.  I try to keep the calendar accurate for the current Rotary year.  Of course you can always contact our club secretary, Tiffanie Meschi, for more information.  Also, there is usually an informal social time amongst members & guests for 20 to 30 minutes before the bell.
  • Wednesday, May 8, 8:00am, SLV USD District Office, Speaker Liz Taylor-Sellers, SLV Emergency Network
  • Thursday, May 16, 7:00pm, Scopazzi's Restaurant, Speaker Deborah Osterberg, Capitola Curator, Little City Under Canvas, 150th Anniversary
  • Wednesday, May 22, 8:00am, SLV USD District Office, Speaker TBA
  • Thursday, May 30, 5:30pm, Scopazzi's Restaurant, Club Board Meeting
  • Thursday, May 30, 7:00pm, Scopazzi's Restaurant, Club Assembly, Prep for Redwood Mountain Faire

Beth Thaxton Gemeny

4/25
Club member Beth Gemeny holds the CISSP certification in Cyber Security, administered by the ISC2 organization.  Beth started out in the cyber security field at Hewlett-Packard Company where she worked on several Public Key Infrastructure projects implemented in HP computing systems.  She moved from there through several other tech companies in Silicon Valley and is now an independent consultant in this area.  Tonight she led a discussion on the various types of online scams, security threats and personal information threats that all of us face today.  

Heather Goode
4/17
Heather Goode is the Co-Founder, Executive Director and Pastor at the Arukah Project.  The Arukah Project is dedicated to Restore, Renew and Rebuild the lives of survivors of sex trafficking in Santa Cruz County and beyond.  Arukah's integrated approach engages and empowers the local church, businesses, government agencies, and community stakeholders to collaborate to bring wholeness and freedom to survivors.​
 

Scot Smithee
4/11
Scot Smithee, Rotary Club of Gilroy and former Police Chief of Gilroy updated the club on Youth Protection Guidelines.  Rotary District 5170 is committed to doing the hard work necessary to keep our young people, volunteers, and members safe.  For us this includes Club Certification for every club, individual certification for all volunteers who have more than casual contact with youth, training for all volunteers, and the Rotary Statement of Conduct for Working with Youth.  
In order to make compliance as simple as possible, a roadmap has been for each type of volunteer in Rotary Youth Protection Programs. 
  • Club President
  • Club Youth Protection Officer / Youth Services Chair
  • Any Rotarian requiring Full Youth Protection Certification
The Livescan protocol is key to all volunteer types and is available at numerous locales now in addition to the Santa Cruz Sheriff's department for 5170.  This is not the case for all Rotary Districts though.
 

 
 
After a 5-year absence and after several attempts at finding the club’s Trading Banners collection, along with several binders of photos, news clippings and documents from the 80s, 90s & 2000s and our Flags of Nations centerpiece, they were all discovered earlier this month (March).  The banners were last seen at Gil Gunn’s 100th birthday party celebration in 2019 at Mount Hermon. 
Sheriff Sgt Kyle Matson
March 6
Sheriff Kyle Matson addressed the Club this morning on the growing nuisance & threat of online SCAMs.  At best these are getting to be a nuisance and at worst scammers are doing harm to vulnerable people.  Sheriff  Matson is a 15-year veteran of the Santa Cruz Sheriff Department, now part of the Community Engagement Initiative "Addressing AI-Driven Scams" on the population.  Using various newly developed AI-driven tools, scammers these days are exploiting fear & urgency to extract personal information from seniors which then can be used in monetary fraud and outright theft.  The Community Engagement Initiative is set up as a resource for seniors and others to help combat the threat.

Delle Townsend
March 20
Also at a morning meeting, club member Dell Townsend talked to the group about an organization he has recently linked up with: Guitars Not Guns.  This organization, based in Washington DC with "chapters" nationwide, provides guitars and lessons to foster children and at-risk youth in a classroom setting with qualified teachers as an alternative to violence.  In addition to learning how to master changing from one chord to another, children learn perseverance & discipline and build self-esteem. More importantly, the kids learn to enjoy the interaction and have fun in a group setting.  Those kids who complete the full 8 week program have earned the right to keep the guitar and are invited to return for a second 8-week session of more advanced instruction. They’ve earned it!

Lynda Philips
March 28
This evening our speaker, Lynda Philips, presented on the Santa Cruz County Arts Commission and the Historic Resource Commission, of which she is a member of both.  There are 40 commissions in the county and members are appointed for 4-year terms.  Lynda talked primarily about public art and the process for working through the Commission for a successful installation.
Upcoming Events
Service Opportunities
May 25
Felton Remembers Parade
June 1 & 2
Redwood Mountain Faire
June 8
Felton Library & Discovery Park Celebration
July 4
Boulder Creek Parade
September 22
River & Road Cleanup
December TBA
Kids Christmas Shopping
Donations
Pay your detective fines, general fines or other donations to the club here.
 
 
 
 
Speakers
 
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 michypeters@gmail.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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