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District Governor Nominee to Present to Club on April 20th
District Governor Nominee, Marilyn Sanderson, will present Project Peanut Butter to our club on April 20th!  This will be an inspiring presentation and one you will not forget!  We hope all Rotarians and their significant others will attend! Marilyn thinks very highly of the Valley Center club and visited us right after her nomination as District Governor 2016-17!
District Governor Nominee to Present to Club on April 20th 2015-04-02 00:00:00Z



Dear Fellow Rotarians:

Happy Spring!!

As our Rotary International President, Gary Huang states “In Rotary, service and friendship go hand in hand.”  I couldn’t agree with him more.  This month we have the opportunity to experience this.  Saturday, April 25th is our annual Rotarians at Work Day.  We will be working with our Valley Center High School Interact Club on our E-Waste collection efforts in serving our community as well as rolling up our sleeves together to paint the cubbies at the Bronner Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego.  During the day we will have numerous opportunities to deepen our friendships with each other while providing needed services to our neighbors and their families!  How fun!

Our Rotarians at Work Day is also a wonderful time to share your passion for Rotary with your family and friends by inviting them to come to help!  Nothing gets people more interested in a great organization like ours then letting them work beside us serving others.  Please keep this in mind for anyone you know who you believe would make a good Rotarian.  We need to keep our club growing and active.  

Monday April 13th   the Club will be DARK due to spring break in the school district.  I wish you all a wonderful Easter with your families.

Light Up Rotary,



PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE-April 2, 2015 Denette Stewart 2015-04-02 00:00:00Z
New Member Proposed
Nicky Lovejoy has proposed Linda Shaw, a retired teacher, for membership in the Rotary Club of Valley Center. Linda's husband was a Rotarian and she is very familiar with Rotary.

If there are no objections, she will become eligible for membership in seven days from this date.

New Member Proposed 2015-03-09 00:00:00Z
Community Invited to Lunch & Learn Regarding Vaccinations

Community members attended the Rotary Club of Valley Center club meeting for a Lunch and Learn program on February 23rd.  The Club presented the film Invisible Threat to the community and provided a lunch as part of the event.  A large crowd took part in this great community event that led to thought proving discussions.

A little about the film, Invisible Threat -- it focuses on understanding the science of vaccination and the misperceptions leading parents to delay or decline life-saving immunizations.  This 40 minute independent documentary, produced by award-winning Carlsbad High School student film-makers, has earned praise from more than 50 organizations, including the CDC, Texas Children's Hospital, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins, and Every Child By Two, calling the documentary "powerful" , "fast-paced" , "well-balanced" and "impeccably produced".

The film was primarily sponsored by several generous Rotarians from Rotary District 5340, as well as the Rotary Clubs of Carlsbad Hi-Noon, La Mesa, Old Mission, Ramona and San Diego.

The Rotary Club of Valley Center was proud to take part in this timely event!

Community Invited to Lunch & Learn Regarding Vaccinations 2015-02-23 00:00:00Z
A Taste of Romance 9th Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser
The 9th Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser at Harrah's Resort was held on February 9th. Those in attendance enjoyed a live and silent auction which proved very successful! There were many fabulous items to bid on including: $2000 credit toward a vacation through a travel agency, Disneyland Tickets,  an autographed Charger football, jewelry, gift baskets, and many more items donated by numerous club members!  
We thank Harrah's and numerous other companies for their great generosity which will help provide scholarships for Valley Center High School seniors and many other community projects that have included: donations to the local food bank, library, park and services that have included painting the Community Hall!
A Taste of Romance 9th Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser Christine Sommer 2015-02-09 00:00:00Z
Lookouts Volunteer to Protect the Community
Former San Diego County Sheriff's deputy, Scott McClintock, presented a slideshow of the many duties the over 100 Lookout volunteers perform daily to help keep the area safe from wild fires.  The Boucher Hill and the High Point Towers are the places where these brave volunteers spend their days and nights monitoring the countryside to spot fires when they first appear. The 75 male and 25 female volunteers have helped to spot fires and direct resources to them in order to prevent catastrophic fires.  Their main duty is public safety but they also perform others that include: Weather Forecasting, Public Relations, Wild Life Reporting and projects that help keep our community safe. The pictures were amazing and all in attendance were very impressed!
Lookouts Volunteer to Protect the Community Christine Sommer 2015-02-09 00:00:00Z
Annual Club Photo
Annual Club Photo 2014-11-17 00:00:00Z
Tim Sherman's Who Am I?
One of our newest members, Dr. Tim Sherman, who works at Countryside Veterinary Hospital shared about his experiences in medical school and a most recent case where his quick thinking helped to save the life of a cat that had been poisoned.  After working as a technician for several years, Dr. Sherman traveled to Ross University, where he earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. We are impressed with his expertise and his dedication to the animals he worked with at veterinary school overseas and in the states. This dedicated Rotarian is a welcome addition to our club! 
Tim Sherman's Who Am I? Christine Sommer 2014-11-17 00:00:00Z
Mr. Brenner shared his research about about the Bible. He used his scientific background to explain stories that are part of the Bible. He spoke of Noah's Ark and other bible events. He has written a book about his research. Those in attendance enjoyed his talk.

ImageDistrict Governor Louise Andres led the District Conference in Palm Springs and everyone in attendance agreed it was a great success! More than 200 Rotarians attended this getaway conference and were given so many inspirational talks that it is hard to select just one but we all felt inspired by the hands-on project to create an artificial hand and no one in attendance could help being moved by the Peanut Butter Project presentation!  I know Valley Center, through our President Denette, has agreed to participate in any district grant that will come forward as a result of the Peanut Butter Project presentation! 

Over 300 Rotaractors and Rotarians joined together at the Rotaract Regional Convention to collaborate and hear great speakers at USD on October 11th!  The Presidents-elect for 2015-16 were treated to the use of the USD Regents Boardroom! They were extremely comfortable and impressed with the incredible view! DGE Janice Kurth shared many of her goals for the coming year and passed out the President's notebooks as well as other information about her expectations for the 2015-16 year!  Forty-eight presidents attended and many of those who could not make it were working at LEAD.  Janice is working on a time during the District Conference to give make-up training to those PEs who were unable to attend. The next training session is Pre-PETS/RLI on January 31st at USD!
Rotary International Director Steve Snyder spoke to PEs privately and then addressed the 300 in the theater to share the importance of Rotary''s willingness to change. District Governor Louise Andres moved the group by sharing about how she became a Rotarian and the joy she has experienced by accomplishing so much with the help of her club and now her district.
This is the first time we have tried this joint event and since it was such a huge success, I know it won't be the last!
Please visit the Club Runner website for stories about our presenters and district events!  Just Google "Valley Center Club Runner" and you may look at the site without a user name and password.  However, if you want to use Club Runner to update your personal profile, please create a user name and password by following the prompts. 
CLUB RUNNER WEBSITE Christine Sommer 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z
Rose Flowers gave a wonderful presentation about her life and family!  Rose took us on a journey as the youngest child in a family of 11 children who endured a family tragedy that shaped her life.  Her strong bond with her siblings was a theme that helped to define the woman she became and her love of all children also stemmed from her early life.  When asked by one of our members how many children she had, Rose immediately responded, "six hundred ten," the enrollment of Lilac School where Rose has been principal for several years!  Rose has a wonderful family of her own with a loving husband who helps to balance her in just the right way. She ended her presentation with a picture of her water skiing but most of her pictures were of her beautiful, own immediate family! A very special picture is of Rose with her son Maxwell at a graduation ceremony at M.C.R.D.!
ROSE FLOWERS-WHO AM I? Christine Sommer 2014-09-29 00:00:00Z
Johnny Watson from the Rotary Club of Escondido, gave a detailed presentation about the microcredit program and the focus for the future. The microcredit program has helped women from San Diego to Africa with loans that change lives and shape the future for the next generation.  Over 95% of these loans go to women because they use them to make formative changes in their lives and they repay the loans. Many of these loans are very small at about $100-200 but these loans go far in countries where the income for a family is only a few dollars per week.  There are usually 5-8 women in a group to plan for these no collateral loans who meet weekly for training and support. A major focus for District 5340 is bringing a solar cooker program developed by Roger Haines from Club 33 to countries in Africa. These solar cookers provide a source of income while also bringing a reliable and safe source of energy. Many of the families in Africa use wood for cooking which pollutes the home with smoke and is also a fire danger. Another bonus from this program is eliminating the constant need for wood. Johnny also shared that microcredit is shifting to a collateral based program. UPDATE: At our October Board meeting members voted to send $750 to the microcredit program.
MOBILIZING ROTARY FOR MICROCREDIT Christine Sommer 2014-09-28 00:00:00Z

Our speaker today was Gillian Larson, who became a motivational speaker after finally landing a spot on the TV program Survivor Gabon in 2008– only one of eight persons over the age of 60 to do so. In her talk she described all she went through during the eight years it took her to get on the program, which included wearing orange shirts emblazoned with “I want to be on Survivor – talk to me” on both front and back in case a show scout happened to see her, applying 15 times, and getting two interviews for the show. She talked about the preparations she made, including starting fires with flint, taking classes on how to survive in the wild, and brought a table display of memorabilia from her week on the program. She says to select a goal that is possible for you to achieve, and then apply her motto to your efforts: “Dream it, Believe it, Prepare for it, DO IT!”

SURVIVOR-GILLIAN LARSON Doug Clements 2014-09-16 00:00:00Z

Realtor, Larry Wight, was inducted into the club on September 8th and was pinned by his sponsor Bob Hunsaker. We are very excited to have Larry as our newest member and look forward to having him participate in many future projects!Image

LARRY WIGHT INDUCTED AT SEPTEMBER 8TH MEETING Christine Sommer 2014-09-09 00:00:00Z

I wanted to remind you that the District Conference will be held October 24-26th in Palm Springs. If you register prior to September 15th  there is a $20 per person discount on the full package.  There is no need to use a “discount code” when checking out as it is part of the package.  Additionally, the club with the highest percentage of registered members will receive a limited edition “End Polio Now” yellow teddy bear which they may keep or auction off as part of a fundraiser. This will be a fun and educational event packed with information to inspire each attendee! Please go to the District website to register or use the link provided here.http://www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/story/StoryDetail.aspx?accountid=50137&sid=24015&stid=District

DISTRICT CONFERENCE IN PALM SPRINGS October 24-26th Christine Sommer 2014-09-09 00:00:00Z
BUY BOOKS THROUGH AMAZON SMILE AND 0.05% goes to the Rotary Foundation!

Buy your books through Amazon Smile and 0.5% of the purchase price can be donated to the Rotary Foundation - Get the news out! 

BUY BOOKS THROUGH AMAZON SMILE AND 0.05% goes to the Rotary Foundation! Christine Sommer 2014-08-28 00:00:00Z
Lawrence Sundram
Aug 28, 2014

PDG Larry Sundram reports via DIstrict 5340's FaceBook page that our district has the great honor to be the #1 district in the world in contributions to Polio Plus.  The chart at left lists the top 20 districts and their contributions to Polio Plus.

Congratulations to the many District 5340 Rotarians who worked so hard to fundraise to earn this distinction  Although the motivation to raise funds for Polio Plus was not to earn any awards, it is great to see that the efforts of District 5340 Rotarians are in the forefront of the Polio eradicaton efforts in the entire Rotary World. 

This information is a verification of our own view about what a fantastic district we really have here in San Diego.  The district is great because of all of you.Celebrate!


DISTRICT 5340 LEADS THE WORLD IN POLIO PLUS DONATIONS! Christine Sommer 2014-08-28 00:00:00Z
JACK BOSE presents WHO AM I?

ImageJack Bose gave a very nice presentation about his life to the members who were present at Monday's meeting.  Jack talked about an incident involving a plane that was trying to break a world record and the trip ended when the pilots did not include enough fuel.  Jack also spoke about his parents and events in his childhood.  In closing, Jack mentioned how A-1 got its name and how he loves giving back to the community of Valley Center!

JACK BOSE presents WHO AM I? Christine Sommer 2014-08-18 00:00:00Z

Jon Rilling talked about his family history sharing about his family home in Pennsylvania as he traced his family roots from Lativia.  He also talked about his joy when his baby daughter Emma Jane was born and his love for his wife Laura!  Our club has a special place in our hearts for his daughter and wife as we were pleased to hold a Rotary Club baby shower in their honor!  Jon also shared about the hundreds of acres of avocados he tends to each day. We were surprised to learn how he was in Arizona and made a mad dash back to make it in time for the birth of his baby girl!Image

JON RILLING presents WHO AM I? Christine Sommer 2014-08-11 00:00:00Z

Image Lori Lallo, the owner of Sunset Tax and Bookkeeping Service, became a member today!  Assistant Governor Doug Clements gave a wonderful account of the history of Rotary, the goal of Polio eradication and the focus of our club in the future.  President Denette Stewart pinned Lori while husband John Lallo participated in the ceremony. Each Rotarian present came to the front of the room to welcome her into our club!

LORI LALLO INDUCTED! Christine Sommer 2014-08-11 00:00:00Z
Welcome to The Rotary Club of Valley Center!

Welcome to our Rotary Club! 


Welcome to The Rotary Club of Valley Center! Justin Salter