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, March 22, 8:00am, SLV High Multi-Purpose Room, Annual Speech Contest
  • Thursday, March 30, 5:30pm, Scopazzi's, SLV Rotary Board Meeting
  • Thursday, March 30, 7:00pm, Scopazzi's, Speaker Roger Knacke, James Webb Telescope

The meeting this morning featured speaker Susan Willats, Executive Director of the Community Music School.  Susan is both an alum and former staff member of UC Santa Cruz, having worked there for 32 years before retiring in 2018 and she served on the board of Community Music School (CMS) for seven years before stepping into the role of Executive Director shortly after her retirement.  She is pleased that CMS has just returned to in-person meetings and programming after the shutdowns of the covid pandemic.  She noted that the recent passing of Proposition 28 in the 2022 election (providing additional funding for arts and music education in public schools) and that CMS has been able to take advantage of this.
Susan Willats
Our speaker this morning was Dan Walters, Chief of Zayante Fire Department.  After 33 years serving in Santa Cruz and Felton fire districts, longtime local resident Dan Walters was persuaded to come out of retirement to oversee the Zayante Fire Protection District. He succeeded outgoing chief John Stipes at the end of July 2021.  The Zayante Fire District has a long history going back to its founding in 1942.  It encompasses over 5,500 residents and extends from Graham Hill Road to Summit road; three fire stations and a $442,000 annual budget.
Dan Walters
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
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Roger Knacke
Mar 30, 2023 7:00 PM
James Webb Telescope
Rod Caborn
Apr 13, 2023 7:00 PM
Jennifer Merchant, Executive Director
Apr 27, 2023 7:00 PM
Grey Bears
Erica Padilla-Chavez
May 03, 2023 7:45 AM
Second Harvest Food Bank
Kellie Rice
May 11, 2023 7:00 PM
Book authorship
Keith Collins
Jun 29, 2023 7:45 AM
Veterans' Village, Ben Lomond
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  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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