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, May 17, 7:30am, SLV USD Office, Speaker Deutron Kebebew, MENTors DrivingChange
  • Thursday, May 25, 7:00pm, Scopazzi's, Club Assembly 
  • Wednesay, May 31, 7:30am, SLV USD Office, Club Assembly

The REDWOOD MOUNTAIN FAIRE is coming June 3 and June 4.
Enjoy the Redwood Mountain Faire --- for FREE.
Be a volunteer with the SLV Rotary Club, and enjoy music, crafts, food fun and family in the delightful setting of our own Roaring Camp in Felton.
This helps earn money toward our largest fundraiser of the year.
We need volunteers for  Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday June 1, 2, 3, 4
Ken and Mike are coordinating our schedules again this year for shifts working at Parking and Internal Traffic Control (mainly Crafts Vendors, Food Vendors and Musicians)
Here is the website for the Faire:

February & March Were Challenging Times for SLV

Here are speakers at some of the meetings we held
February 9, Ann Lopez, Executive Director of the Center for Farmworker Families, spoke on the impact of the NAFTA on the farms of west central Mexico.

Alan Leventhal, February 23

 Alan Leventhal , archaeologist, discussed the Ohlone Indians of the central California area.

Ryan Okrant, March 16

Ryan Okrant was born and raised north of Bear Creek Road in Boulder Creek. When he heard that his parents had been evacuated from the CZU fire, he hopped on the first plane he could get. He had seen on social media that pet owners were agonizing over not being able to collect frightened animals that bolted during the evacuation.  He arrived ready to employ animal advocacy skills he felt were unique and necessary for helping displaced pets reunite with their owners. Ryan founded the ASSERT organization to assist families with pets and livestock in peril due to natual disasters.

Roger Knacke, March 30

For 18 years, Knacke has served as the chief academic and administrative officer of the Penn State University School of Science as well as a professor of physics and astronomy.  He presented a fascinating discussion of the new James Webb telescope and some cosmology in general.

Karen Gosling, April 5

Karen is past-president and a long-time member of the Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Club.  She is Director of Rehad at Dominican Hospital.  "As a therapist, your goal is to get people to the point where they enjoy life again after they've had something tragic happen".

Rod Caborn, April 13

Another past-president and long-time member of the Santa Cruz Sunrise Club.  In 1993 Rod founded First Class Fundraising, which from its inception specialized in large, motivational community-building events. From Pebble Beach to The San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park, and from Tehama to Tesla Motors, he has been inspiring and delighting audiences ever since.

Caroline Mann, April 19

Caroline is Executive Director of the Wings Homeless Advocacy organization.  Working with professional case managers, they volunteer time and talent to help homeless participants complete tasks and obtain resources needed to become housed and self-sufficient. 
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
Upcoming Events
Pay your detective fines, general fines or other donations to the club here.
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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