Club Meeting Information
 
Service Above Self
 
 
San Lorenzo Valley Rotary meetings will now be held in-person.  We alternate weekly meetings between mornings at 8:00am at Felton Community Hall, first & third Wednesdays; evenings at 7:00pm at Scopazzi's Restaurant in Boulder Creek, second & fourth Thursdays.  The in-person meeting is made available online via Zoom
 
Light breakfast is available at the morning meetings for $8.
 
For the evening meetings, meal ordering from Scopazzi's menu is available to members.
 
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Meetings are hybrid: the in-person meeting is made available online via Zoom.  Current COVID protocol: both proof of vaccination and mouth/nose covering masks are required to attend an in-person meeting. 
 
  • Wed, Dec 1, 7:30am, Felton Community Hall, Speaker Charter Member Gil Gunn
  • Thurs, Dec 9, 7:00pm, Scopazzi's Restaurant, Fifth District Supervisor Bruce McPherson
  • Wed, Dec 15, 7:30am, Felton Community Hall, Speaker Sally Arnold, Rail & Trail
December meeting duties:
Morning
Greeter - Cindy
4-Way Test - Don
Thought - Charlie
Detective - Carol
Bag person - TBA
 
Evening
Greeter - TBA
4-Way Test - Ginia
Thought - Chris
Detective - Liz
Bag person - TBA
 

 
Starting December 1st, and every Wednesday for the foreseeable future, Vax the Valley is back.  We are again partnering with Santa Cruz County Public Health to do these clinics each Wednesday from 2-7:30pm at the Felton Community Hall (where we have our Wednesday morning meetings).  Each week, we will have all three vaccines available.  Boosters will be offered as well as vaccines for youth (pending eligibility of course).  While these are walk-in clinics for the first 30 people, there will also be guaranteed shots to those who sign up at the California's My Turn website.
Our main speaker today was Beth Garrow, Rotary Regional Major Gifts Officer of the Rotary Foundation.  She is based in Southern California and joined us via Zoom today.  She noted the "standing" of our club in Foundation giving for this year with 37 member donors and $225,615 total all-time giving.  The Rotary Foundation remains strong: more that 100 year history of humanitarian work, stable reserves, conservative investment strategies and the highest 4-star rating on Charity Navigator for 13 consecutive years.  Last year the Foundation raised over $440 million while making over $332 million grants worldwide.  Eradicating polio remains the Foundation's primary goal.  Beth closed by outlining all the various ways that members can help in the funding of the Foundation's worldwide projects.
 
Rotary has made it extremely easy for members to donate to the Foundation.  Here are a few: make out a check to Rotary Foundation and give it to our chairman Cameron or mail it to The Rotary Foundation; online you can donate at https://my.rotary.org/en/donate;
you make a recurring gift through Rotary Direct at https://my.rotary.org/en/rotary-direct; you can set up a matching gift at https://ww2.matchinggifts.com/rotary.
 
Beth Garrow
Our speaker/guest tonight was District 5170 Governor Richard Flanders, his third Rotary club meeting of the day.  Richard was introduced by his good friend and ours Ron Sekkel.  Other distinguished guests included Camilla Boolootian, District Community Service Chair and Hung Wei, District Governor Nominee.  Flanders reviewed the recent accomplishments of the district clubs and stated his goals for his term as district governor.  One key goal of his this term is increased focus on the Public Image of Rotary.
 
Richard Flanders
 
Ron Sekkel, Richard Flanders, Camilla Boolootian
 
The whole group
Two speakers tonight: Sesh Ramaswami past-president at Saratoga Rotary and Darlene De La Cerna from the Scotts Valley Rotary Club.  Sesh's wife who is the current Saratoga club president was also a guest tonight.  Sesh spoke on his current area of focus: Enabling Future Leaders at the high school level.  Darlene talked to the group about the ongoing Rotary Exchange Student Program.
 
We inducted three new members tonight bringing our total membership to 47.  Jeff Calden, SLV High School principle and Eugenio Grapa and his wife Michelle Peters.
 
Sesh Ramaswami
 
Darlene De La Cerna
 
Eugenio Grapa, Michelle Peters, Jeff Calden
This meeting included the red/blue badge autobiographical presentation from member Ginia Klemner.  She shared family photos along with details of her passion for jewelry-making, for selling at craft fairs and for elderberry syrup. She lost her home in the CZU fire and is spending a lot of time and energy now in rebuilding.
Ginia Klamner
 
Our guest speaker tonight was Heather Schomaker, Director of Community Outreach for the Wheelchair Foundation.  The Wheelchair Foundation is a nonprofit organization leading an international effort to create awareness of the needs and abilities of people with physical disabilities, to promote the joy of giving, create global friendship, and to deliver a wheelchair to every child, teen and adult in the world who needs one, but cannot afford one. For these people, the Wheelchair Foundation delivers Hope, Mobility and Independence.
Heather Schomaker
 
President Justin Acton reviewed upcoming events, meetings and other activities in the near future:
  • Sunday, September 26th: Valley Women’s Club Silver Linings online event.  Starts at 11am.  This is the VWC's 43th annual General Meeting.
  • Should the event end in time, there is the British Car Show in Boulder Creek from 10am-2pm, along HWY 9.
  • Wednesday, September 29th at 8:30am at SLV Elementary School, is our Rotary Club’s Dictionary Distribution.  Please meet Burgundi at the school at the picnic tables for an outdoor distribution.  She needs 3 helpers.  More details on BCE and Charter School Distribution to come.  For more info, kindly email Burgundi.
  • Thursday, September 30th, from 9am-2pm is Vax the Valley 2.0, taking place at Felton Community Hall.  All three vaccines will be available and volunteers are needed.  Please help get the word out!  Facebook event is here: https://fb.me/e/1fMdrSOrf  Please email Scott for more information.
  • Thursday, September 30th, from 5pm to 8pm.  Club Social.  Graciously hosted at Ed Titus’s home at 8580 Glen Arbor Road.  BYOB, snacks to share, and a lawn chair.  Parking is limited and responsible carpooling is always encouraged.  Please park snugly in Ed’s driveway.  Directions or questions, call Ed at 212-0533.
  • Saturday, October 2nd, from 9am-11am is the Felton Discovery Park Cleanup, at Felton Library.  Please bring clippers, broom, shovel and weeding tools to help the Friends of Felton Library spruce the place up.
  • Saturday, October 2nd, from 10:30am-3pm, is the District 5170 Avenues of Service Event.  Live and Online.  Featuring a fantastic guest speaker, who was the 1st female President of Rotary Honolulu and first Female District Governor of District 5000.  Free for 5 people in our club to attend in-person.  For more information, please check out https://rotarydistrict5170.org For more information, please contact herb@ritterclan.com
This meeting we had the red/blue badge autobiographical presentation from Andrew Lucia who recently transferred to this club from Santa Clara.
Andrew Lucia
 
New members Jeanie and Terry Howard were introduced and inducted into Rotary today.
 
And the speaker today was Cecelia Babkirk who is an English teacher with the Peace Corps.  She was in Ethiopia when Covid-91 struck and was evacuated.  She is currently planning her return.  Cecelia has been a Rotarian since 1994.
Cecelia Babkirk
 
Today co-president Justin had a consolidated list of upcoming service activities.  He is looking for volunteers to staff these:
  • River/Road Cleanup
  • Discovery Park Yard Work
  • MPF Lobster Feed Fundraiser
  • Shred Fest
  • Halloween Town Trick or Treat Traffic Control
 
Other announcements:
  • Justin also announced that the Community Tool Shed is now open only Saturdays now due to lack of adequate volunteers to staff it, so guess what?  Club members are asked to signup for volunteering at the Tool Shed.
  • Judi updated the club on the total DDF given to the Oakland club's Guatemala  project
  • Cameron is coordinating the club's donations to the Rotary Foundation
  • There will be no meeting September 30, but rather a Club Social Assembly at Quail Hollow Park at 5pm
  • District 5170 Avenues of Service this year will be at the Alameda County Fairgrounds and online September 30 & October 2
Today's speaker was Emerson Murray, the SLV author of Murder Capital of the World, the stories of mass murderers Frazier, Mullin & Kemper.  Three separate killers who went on separate murder sprees in Santa Cruz county in the early 70s.  New members Jeanie and Terry Howard were in attendance tonight.
 
Emerson Murray
 
Speaker today was David Waller of Ibis Education & Media.  David presented his recent micro-documentary video on the Vax the Valley pop-up Covid-19 vaccination clinics.  These were sponsored and executed by the Santa Cruz County Department of Public Health, the Boulder Creek Business Association, Liberty Bank and our own Rotary Club of San Lorenzo Valley.  David did a great job with this video and in tonight's meeting he described the process of producing this micro-documentary.  The video is linked right below this picture of David at the meeting.
 
David Waller
 
 
The speaker today was Deutron Kebebew of the Community Bridges organization.  He is the new program director for the Family Resource Collective.
 
Deutron Kebebew
 
Recently the club has participated in two other events.  The first on August 11 was the annual New Teacher Breakfast sponsored by the SLV Rotary.  Members Sue Seeger and Karen McNamara were the leaders/coordinators for this as usual.  There are few photographs of the breakfast in a photo album on the Club Pages ( just click the link in the top left box of this home page).  Also at the Club Pages link, see the photo album of pictures from the Grand Opening of the Community Tool Shed at the Bear Creek facility of the Boulder Creek Recreation District.  This was on Saturday, August 14.  Hallie Green and Dawn Roe are the prime instigators of this effort to help SLV homeowners recover from the disastrous CZU Complex wildfire last year.
 
Our speaker this evening was new member Chris Schiermeyer, the new superintendent of SLV Schools.  He gave a concise "state of the district" presentation along with his major goals for his tenure as superintendent.  He stated a theme for the coming school year as "Do the Right Thing".  The district now has about 2400 students with 450 at Boulder Creek Elementary and 550 at SLV Elementary.  Also, the district is actively hiring now with several key positions still needing to be filled.
 
Chris Schiermeyer
Upcoming Events
 
 
Pay 2021 - 2022 Dues Online

Dues for Rotary Year 2021/2022 are due by 7/31/2021.  
 
Donations
Pay your detective fines, general fines or other donations to the club here.
 
 
Speakers
Bruce McPherson
Dec 09, 2021 7:00 PM
Santa Cruz County
Sally Arnold
Dec 15, 2021 7:30 AM
Rail & Trail
Dani Derrick (tentative)
Feb 03, 2022 7:30 AM
Cyber Security
 
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 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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