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 third Wednesday morning of each month at 7:30am at the SLV USD District Office Multi-Purpose Room at 325 Marion Ave, Ben Lomond. 
  • Wednesday, October 5, 7:30am, SLV USD Offices, Speaker Yolande Wilburn, Santa Cruz Libraries
  • Thursday, October 13, 7:00pm, Scopazzi's, Speaker Connie Fortunato, Music Camp International
  • Wednesday, October 19, 7:30am, SLV USD Offices, Speaker Chris Schiermeyer, SLV USD Superintendent
  • Thursday, October 13, 5:30pm, Scopazzi's, SLV Rotary Board Meeting
  • Thursday, October 27, 7:00pm, Scopazzi's, Speaker Savita Vaidhyanathan, Governor District 5170

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.

Our speaker today was Anahita Dalmia, co-founder and CEO of a company called Alterea.  The company is working on a game for young people which will help in finding accurate information amidst all the mis-information and fake news.  Their goal is to equip the upcoming generation with the tools needed for responsible decision making - one classroom at a time.
Anahita Dalmia
The Club's RYLA camper, Sadie Bell, also came to the meeting tonight with some great stories about her couple days experience at RYLA.  She made several good friends there.  She even brought pictures.
                                                                                                      Sadie Bell                                                                                                                               
This morning the club tried out a new venue with buffet breakfast at the Empire Grill in Felton, with Zoom for those not attending in person.  It seemed to work out well and we'll continue to use it on a trial basis during July & August.  There were three speakers today: Jordan King introduced by Joe Griffin, good friend of the club Brenda Holmes, Mountain Parks Foundation Executive Director and Will Fourt, Senior Project Planner, Reimagining Big Basin.

Jordan King & Joe Griffin

Joe introduced Jordan King who is the club's second 4-year scholarship student.  Jordan is entering his sophomore year at UC Davis majoring in mechanical engineering. Joe and Linda Fawcett initiated and support this 4-year scholarship using the club as the vehicle for conveying the yearly funds.  Here is Jordan with Joe.

Guest Brenda Holmes

Brenda Holmes, Mountain Parks Foundation is on the Advisory Committee for the Reimagining Big Basin Project, one of the drivers of the project to begin helping mother nature recover from the CZU complex fire that burned over 97% of the oldest state park in California.  Brenda related some of her experiences and knowledge of Big Basin and then introduced Will Fourt, Senior Project Planner for Reimagining Big Basin.  Will presented a video overview of Big Basin and the Project that the Club contributed to producing.

Will Fourt, Reimagining Big Basin

Will Fourt is the California State Parks Senior Project Planner, Reimagining Big Basin Project.  This is a multi-year project to recover the oldest state park in California after the devastating CZU Complex fire, August 2020.
The Reimagining Big Basin project will engage the public and stakeholders in defining a renewed vision for Big Basin. Although the Big Basin General Plan was updated in 2013 and defines a vision for the park based on significant stakeholder and public input, the devastation caused by the CZU Complex Fire in 2020 has prompted the need to revisit this shared vision with consideration to resources and infrastructure conditions as well as to the changing climatic conditions.
Please visit the website for complete information: REIMAGININGBIGBASIN
PDG & founding member Ron Sekkel spoke to the group on the role that Rotary plays on Civility in the world.
Members Steve Edmonds and wife Wendy are making a major change in their lives - moving to Mexico.  In particular the Lake Chapala ex-pat community near Guadalajara.  We wish them well and hope to see them in the future on visits to the USA.
The club continues to grow with two recent inductions, Aaron Brandt, financial advisor with Edward Jones in Felton and Tiffanie Meschi School Psychologist with SLV USD.  Co-president Mike led the initiation for Aaron at the May 26 meeting at Scopazzi's and also for Tiffanie on June 1 when we tried out meeting at Quail Hollow Ranch (in the kitchen, none the less).
Also at the meeting at Quail Hollow, member Eric Brown introduced the club's RYLA camper for this year, Sadie Bell.
Mike Holton, Aaron Brandt
Tiffanie Meschi
Sadie Bell

Wednesday Morning Meeting at Roaring Camp

The club utilized the cavernous Bret Harte Hall at Roaring Camp in Felton for our meeting today.  This is the venue for the annual Redwood Mountain Faire and we're considering using it for our twice-monthly morning meetings.  The speaker today was Melanie Clark, CEO of Roaring Camp.  We also inducted Roaring Camp as the first corporate member of our club.  Representing Roaring Camp for the induction ceremony were Melanie Clark, Leatha Brown and Jeanette Guire.
One of the highlights of the meeting at Scopazzi's tonight was the initiation of the newest member of  SLV Rotary Club, Beth Thaxton.  Beth is already super active with the group doing shifts at most all of the Vax the Valley Clinics.  PDG Ron Sekkel did the honors and co-president Justin Acton presented the membership materials package.
Ron Sekkel, Beth Thaxton, Justin Acton

Jimmy Panetta, US Representative 20th District

The other highlight of the meeting was hearing from Jimmy Panetta, US Representative for the 20th Congressional District.  After the recent re-districting, the San Lorenzo Valley will fall into that District (we're currently in the 19th District).  He discussed some of the major areas he is working on in Congress and the District, as well as the situation in Ukraine.
Member Ed Titus, Speaker tonight
Across Siberia
Ed updated his Blue Badge personal story describing his memorable trip across Siberia east to west.  The group was enthralled.
Pay your detective fines, general fines or other donations to the club here.
Yolande Wilburn, Director of Libraries
Oct 05, 2022 7:45 AM
Library System Update
Connie Fortunato, President Music Camp Inter.
Oct 13, 2022 7:00 PM
A Concerto of Hope
Chris Schiermeyer Superintendent SLV USD
Oct 19, 2022 7:30 AM
Measure S
Savita Vaidhyanathan, District 5170 Governor
Oct 27, 2022
District Governor Annual Club Visit
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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