A huge THANK YOU to all our sponsors, participants, fund raisers, and volunteers!  2017 was another great year for the Grape Day 5k, thanks to everyone involved we again raised money for the MS Society and the many projects of the Escondido Sunrise Rotary.
 
 
 
 
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Sunrise Rotary November 16, 2017; Celebrating Cabin by the Lake Success and Program Summaries

  

President Dave called the meeting to order…

 

Gloria Leffler led the pledge to our Nation’s flag, and

 

Past President Jack Anderson offered an invocation.

 

Guests and Visitors:

    

Nancy Dunlap of the Bonsall Club, introduced by her husband, Past President Mike Dunap

 

Mark Hvasta of the Bonsall Club; Founder of the Fallbrook Community Foundation

 

State Senator Joel Anderson’s staff representative, Sabrina…

 

Birthdays:

 

October 17:    Doug Shultz

 

Anniversaries:

 

None this week

 

Rotary Anniversaries:

 

Future President Dave Herbert, 21 Years

 

 

Photos of the Week:

 

Carlos Salas from the Water Wells for Malawi organization; Carlos is thanking us for our $2,000 gift which enabled the group to complete 20 wells this year…

 

 

Past President Rich Aeling presented a video of “Wreaths Across America”… A project that places wreaths at each grave site in National cemeteries across the country

 

 

 

 

Photos of the Rotarians at Work; Planting Trees on November 18 at Ryan Park

Sunrise Rotarians

 

 

 

 

Sunrise Rotarians pictured with Rotarians from the After Five Club

 

 

 

 

Dates to Remember:

 

December:     2    Bikes for Kids, Bike Build at Aelott; 7:30 AM

 

        9    Carols by Candlelight, California Center for the Arts

 

        Coming up; Scout trip to Mexicali, RYLA in April, Mexicali in April and a                 whole bunch more… Stay Tuned!!

 

February:    Tijuana House Build with Project Mercy and the After Five Club

 

Hi Fives:

 

Rorie Johnston, a Board Member for the Arts Center, announced that the Center was in the running for a grant, and we all can vote on line…

 

Past President Jack Anderson traveled recently to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and brought some trinkets to the President

 

Rorie Johnston also announced that the Community in Unity event will be held on December 7 at the Escondido City Hall Dome Area

 

 

Programs:

 

Summaries of recent programs and opportunities to celebrate Escondido Sunrise Rotary’s Successes…

 

 

Grape Day 5K: Past President Jeff Johnson reported that there were 400 registrations the final week before the event; A total of 1004 participants registered for the event and about 850 participated on the day of the event…

 

 

Pictured are Past Presidents, Jeff Johnson, Jim Ponder, George Beitner and President Dave celebrating our fantastic community event…

 

 

Rorie Johnston recently presented a program on the Escondido Chamber of Commerce “Rising Star” program; designed to honor local scholars from all of our high schools. We were without a formal program at that meeting and Rorie stepped up to present an informational piece on this community effort to support student achievement.

Thanks, Rorie!

 

Rorie Johnston pictured with President Dave…

 

Cabins by the Lake:

 

Past President Mike Dunlap introduced Bradley Roberts of the San Diego County Parks Department. Mr. Roberts received a check from The Cabins by the Lake Foundation for two additional handicapped-accessible cabins at Dos Picos County Park in Ramona.

 

Past President Mike Dunlap presenting a check for $150,000 from the Cabins by the Lake Foundation to Bradley Roberts and the County of San Diego…

 

 

Mr. Roberts discussed the design considerations involved in completing these important additions to our County’s recreational support offerings for individuals with physical limitations.

 

Mike shared that these cabins are numbers 12 and 13; encompassing over $1 million raised through contributions by non-rotarians for this great purpose. Cabins by the Lake has also funded two Global Grants providing Braille devices and exercise equipment for a special needs facility in Brazil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opportunity Drawing:

 

Lunch Money:    $12.00    Past President Jeff Johnson

 

Escondido Sunrise Rotary

 

October 7, 2017

 

Grape Day 5K a Huge Success!!

 

This little bulletin provides an update from this morning’s successful Grape Day 5K event.

 

Many thanks to all who volunteered and those who led this great event…

 

Some photos are below; hot off the press!!

 

Escondido Sunrise Rotary’s newest member. This photo was overlooked for the last bulletin; Dave Leuvanos was inducted as our newest member on October 5.

He is pictured with his sponsor, Past President Rich Aeling and Membership Chair, Linda Bailey…

 

Photos from the Grape Day 5K:

 

 

Activity at the Check-In area…

 

 

 

Our Great Banner acknowledging our Donors……

 

 

 

Vendor Booths in the Registration Area; Glad to have all the other vendors on hand to greet the participants….

 

 

 

 

Participants on 7th Avenue; what a beautiful day!!

 

Sunrise Rotary September 21 and 28 and October 5, 2017; CSUSM and Opportunities to Support Local Students and, The Grape Day 5K… It’s Here!! and Why Rotary?? and County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar…

  

 

President Dave called the meetings to order…

 

On September 21, Past President George Beitner led the Pledge of Allegiance and Past President Jack Anderson offered an invocation.

 

On September 28, Past President Barry Baker led the Pledge to our Flag and Father Bill Dopp offered an invocation… 

 

On October 5, Past President Jim Lund led the Pledge to our Flag and Past President Jack Anderson offered an invocation.

 

Guests and Visitors:

 

September 21:    Diana Camba, Temecula Sunrise Rotary was a visitor

 

            Monte Giles was introduced as Past President Barry Baker’s                 guest

 

            Dave Leuvanos of the Boys and Girls Club was a guest

 

September 28:    Prospective member, Dave Leuvanos was again a guest

 

October 5:        Past President Bob Burson introduced his wife Rosemary as his                 guest

 

            Christie Knight was introduced as a guest; she is Senior Policy                 Advisor for Supervisor Kristin Gaspar and a member of the                 Escondido High School District Board

 

Birthdays:

 

September    25    Past President Scott Putnicki

 

        30    Randy Furtado    

 

Anniversaries:

 

September     21    Floyd and Alta Farley; 43 years… Congratulations!!

 

        29    Bonnie and Michael Maloney, 22 years… Congratulations!!

 

October        Kirk and Kim Henson

 

Rotary Anniversaries:

 

October    6    Sergeant at Arms Mark Maus, 3 years

 

Photos of the Week:

 

September 21:    Photos from the Chamber of Commerce Golf tournament                     benefitting the Police Athletic League; Escondido Sunrise had                 9 players… Past President Tony Criss ended up with a great 

 

            Past President Rich Aeling described Photos of the school supply             support provided for the San Pasqual Academy

 

September 28:    Past President Jack Anderson and wife Judi with their Facebook             profile photo…

 

            Past President Bob Burson with this grandsons…

 

            Escondido Sunrise Rotary attendees at the District 5340 Rotary                 Foundation Seminar

 

October 5:        Dave Herbert was on a “rust belt/east coast” trip and a photo of he                 and Kathy at a bar with the biggest selection of whiskey in the                 US… He also did a make-up at the Rotary Club in Lancaster PA                 and brought President Dave a banner to prove it… Nice job Dave!!             He had many travel treats for the Prez including a mini Navy                     Cannon from Fort McHenry (where they attended the flag                     ceremony); they also attended the ceremonial changing of the                 guard at Arlington National Cemetery, and finally he brought a                 treat from an aptly named town in PA… “I love intercourse.”  PA that             is…

 

            There was a photo of Ralph Tavares and Bob Portillo in Brazil

 

            And a photo of Past President Barry Baker throwing a knife at a                 recent ‘mountain man’ gathering… Perhaps Barry is practicing for                 President Dave’s Demotion…

 

New Member:

 

Membership Chair, Linda Bailey inducted our newest member, Dave Leuvanos. Dave is with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego at the Mitchell Branch in Downtown Escondido… Dave was sponsored by Past President Rich Aeling… Welcome Dave!!

 

Escondido Sunrise Rotary’s newest member, Dave Leuvanos pictured with his sponsor, Rich Aeling and Membership Chair, Linda Bailey…

 

 

 

 

Grape Day 5K:    One Day till the big event…All Hands on Deck!! Be there at Grand and Orange Bright and Early… Set your alarm clocks!!

 

We have over 946 participants registered as of mid-day Friday… And we have raised over $100,000 for all of our charity efforts.

 

Great job everyone! Thanks to the leadership of Jim Ponder, George Beitner, Rich Aeling and Jeff Johnson and everyone that worked hard on this effort…

 

Hi Fives:

 

September 21:

 

Linda Bailey invited us to a San Marcos Chamber ‘Taste of San Marcos’ event

 

Past President Constance Larsen was in Yellowstone and Idaho and brought President Dave some huckleberry vodka… Woo Hoo!!

 

Past President Jeff Johnson brought some Fisher House goodies from his trip to Italy… He also brought President Dave a replica of the ‘David’ sculpture… As President Dave said, “just another tall white guy named Dave…”

 

Ralph Tavares recently traveled to Canada and brought some maple syrup for the Prez; on another trip a bit more south in the hemisphere, he brought some coffee from Costa Rica…

 

Elana Karoly announced her November 4 ‘go-2-grow’ Masquerade event and invited contributions of auction items and opportunity gifts…

 

September 28:

 

Past President Mike Dunlap shared a flier for the organization, ‘Unite to Light’ providing solar lights to areas suffering loss of electricity from storms, such as Puerto Rico; the organization is a not-for-profit, and the cost for a single light is $10.

 

Future President Chris Miller shared that his daughter Samantha is on a trip to Washington DC with her classmates, and she was selected to place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown; her selection was based on an essay she wrote… Way to go Sami!!

 

Past President Mike O’Malley was recently in Dallas and brought President Dave a six pack of local beer; sadly only one can was left by the time Mike returned to Rotary…

 

Past President Jeff Johnson shared that his son, CAPT Brian Johnson was just hired as part of the Army ROTC staff at Washington State University…

 

October 5:

 

Brian Murphy announced that his bride, Nancy is celebrating 4-years cancer-free…

 

Past President Alan Miller announced that his bride, Lorraine Page was just recognized by the Arts Partnership for her award winning piece in the ‘Recycle Art’ exhibition…

 

Past President Jim Lund didn’t bring gifts, but he brought great news that he and Becky just welcomed two new granddaughters, born on the same day; one in Nebraska and one in Singapore… Thankfully, the International Date Line facilitated the same day births…

 

 

 

Jack  Anderson also shared that the prior day, October 4, was the 49th anniversary of his commissioning as an Ensign in the US Navy….

 

Past President Rich Aeling shared a thank you letter from Memorial Lutheran Church in Houston with which we provided a gift of $4500 to help their faith community members deal with the impact of Hurricane Harvey.

He also brought President Dave a beer from his recent fishing trip in the Mammoth area…

 

Dates to Remember:

 

Coming up; Scout trip to Mexicali, RYLA in April, Mexicali in April and a whole bunch more… Stay Tuned!!

 

Programs:

 

Past President Mark Hoekstra introduced our program; California State University, San Marcos and the opportunity to support local scholarships. The University was represented by Kyle Button, Associate Vice President for Development for the university and Lauren Tucker, Director of Corporate Relations.

Prior to the presentation, Mark spoke briefly about our club’s goal of establishing a scholarship endowment with the University to engage with the youth of our community, support education, connect college students with Rotary and to support a Rotaract Club on the campus of CSUSM. Mark will head a Scholarship Committee to serve in an advisory role to the Sunrise Rotary Board regarding this scholarship program; the initial membership of the Scholarship Committee consists of: Mark Hoekstra, Rich Aeling, John Boyce, Brian Murphy, Mark Maus, Linda Bailey, Alan Miller, Gloria Leffler, Barry Baker and Jack Anderson.

 

Ms. Lauren Tucker spoke about the University, it’s growth and focus. CSUSM is the newest in the California State University system’s 29 campuses. The service area is North San Diego County, and southern Riverside and Orange Counties. The university focuses on underserved residents of the region, and 50% of the enrollees are first generation college attendees. Of note is the university’s close relationship with local business and industries to the end, that 80% of CSUSM’s graduates remain in the North County region after graduation.

 

Escondido is a partner with the university through the MAP program, enabling local students that meet certain criteria being guaranteed admission to CSUSM. These efforts, enabled through agreements with school districts facilitate the local focus of the university to represent the demographics of the North County region. Another focus of the university is to work on four-year graduation rates of its students.

 

CSUSM presenters, Kyle Button and Lauren Tucker pictured with Past President Mark Hoekstra and President Dave…

 

 

September 28:

 

This program was preparation for the Grape Day 5K Event. Past Presidents Jim Ponder, Jeff Johnson, George Beitner presented the background of the hard work we do as a club to raise funds for our charitable efforts and to stage this growing event. 

This year we have grown our primary sponsorship efforts to include Palomar Health Foundation and have maintained strong connections to Berg Electric with our primary beneficiary remaining as the Multiple Sclerosis Society of the South Coast.

 

Jim challenged us to remember our “Why Rotary” perspective as we work to conduct this largest of our community outreach programs. The success of this event sets the stage for all the good things we do throughout the year…

 

In addition to all the good we do through our philanthropic efforts, this event is a huge draw to downtown Escondido… We are the place to be!!

 

Jeff and George spoke about all of the details that will take place to ensure a successful event. From gathering goodies for the swag bags, to packing the bags, to volunteering on race day to support all the participants; it is truly an “all hands” event for Escondido Sunrise Rotary.  

 

Much has gone into fundraising and gaining partners for our event; and as of mid-day on October 6, we had 964 participants,,, almost reaching our goal of 1,000 and more will come on race day.

 

 

 

Photo of Past Presidents George Beitner and Mike O’Malley with the mock-up of the sponsor sign that will be ‘hhhuuuuggge’ and proudly displayed on race day…

 

 

 

 

 

October 5:

 

Today’s program was presented by San Diego County Third District Supervisor, Kristin Gaspar. She is our supervisor, and a great supporter of our Club; she is also a Rotarian in the Encinitas Club and shared her thoughts on Rotary Service and how it relates to her role in County leadership.

As Kristin began her presentation, an opportunity was taken by Linda Bailey to thank Kristin for her contribution to our Grape Day 5K Charity event… She contributed $15,000 from her Supervisor Community Charitable Fund… Thanks Kristin!!

 

Kristin Gaspar speaking to our Club members…

 

 

 

Ms. Gaspar shared about her role as a member of the Board of Supervisors compared to her previous office as Mayor of Encinitas. More and more, the Supervisors are responding to people needs and people concerns. She likened her experience in Rotary, finding ways to serve those in need… Her supervisor role is like that of Rotary.

 

The other difference in perspective is the size of her constituency as a Supervisor compared to that of a City Council member. The City of Encinitas is only a part of her supervisorial district which encompasses a total population of over 650,000 residents; similarly, the City budget was about $100 million, whereas the County budget is over $5 Billion…

 

Her hope is to engage more people in the process of providing services to those in need in her district. Engagement with the residents in serving others, along the lines of the Rotary model… “Service Above Self” will do more to help people in need in the County than adding many more programs and program dollars.

 

Supervisor Gaspar has an office in Escondido, and encourages all of us to engage with County programs.

 

Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, pictured with Christie Knight of her staff, Past President Kevin Svetich and President Dave…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next Week’s Program:

 

Come and find out…

 

Opportunity Drawing:

 

Lunch Money:    $18.00    Past President Rich Aeling 

Big Pot:        $276.00    Past President John Boyce… Sorry, better luck                         next time

Sunrise Rotary September 14, 2017; The Ramona Valley Vineyard Association… Wine in our Neighborhood  

 

President Dave called the meeting to order…

 

Past President Barry Baker led the Pledge to our Flag… 

 

The invocation was offered by Father Bill Dopp 

 

Guests and Visitors:

 

None today

 

Birthdays:

 

September    15    Ralph Tavares

 

        19    Richard Agnew        

 

Anniversaries:

 

None this week

 

Rotary Anniversaries:

 

None this week

 

Photos of the Week:

 

Past President Mike Muehl with a huge bull Elk… 12 points, count ‘em! Acquired in Colorado the old-fashioned way; with a bow… All those poor Elk does are so lonely now!        Congratulations Mike!

 

 

Past President Rich Aeling and Past President Mike O’Malley desecrating a Bronco’s flag at Past President Mark Hoekstra’s game night event… Now guys, humor Mark, and be appreciative of his game day treats…

 

Past President Barry Baker shared a photo of Hurricane Irma impacted property in the Florida Keys owned by a local San Pasqual alum… Lots of work ahead to restore the damage…

 

Grape Day 5K:    23 Days till the big event…October 7; Mark your Calendars…

 

Still need runners…

 

Fundraising is going strong: $44,476 committed by our teams

 

With Major Donors, the total raised is $100,436

 

Great job by all… Find those participants…

 

Past President Jim Ponder shared information on the matching grant status for the Flying Kites Orphanage in Nairobi Kenya.

Grant funds of $10,000 from District 5340; $7,500 from Past President Mike Dunlap’s charity efforts and $3,000 from Escondido Sunrise Rotary puts our total gained support at $20,500 for the great work to be done in Nairobi…

Great News!!

 

Father Bill Dopp presented a thank you letter for our gift of $1,500 from our friends at the Rotary Vocational School in Uganda

 

 

Dates to Remember:

 

September:    23    Rotary Foundation Seminar, Poway Center for the Performing Arts

 

October:    7    Escondido Sunrise Grape Day 5K Event; 23 days away

        

Hi-Fives and Announcements:

 

Past President Mike Dunlap announced that our frequent Australian visitor, Owen Tassicker passed away in July and that his wife recently passed away in Escondido.

 

Past President Jim Ponder recently completed a 70 mile bike ride in the Mammoth area and brought President Dave some local micro brew product from the Mammoth Brewery.

 

Brian Murphy announced that he recently accompanied his Indian Princess, Nancy to a gathering of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma… Brian brought President Dave another useful mug gift… Brian’s trivia ‘chuckle’ about the trip is that he is a distant relative of General Custer; thankfully no battle erupted during his visit…

 

Past President George Beitner and his bride Erin recently visited Victoria British Columbia and he brought President Dave a wonderful gift of ‘Orca Poop’George also reminded us all that as we travel, personal hygiene items from hotels are perfect for our contributions to Fisher House… Keep bringing ‘em in after your trips…

 

Past President Rich Aeling announced that Escondido Sunrise is supporting the students/residents at San Pasqual Academy as they begin their school year. Our grant of $750.00 will allow the students to each do some ‘buying’ of those school supplies that will help them succeed this academic year…

 

Rorie Johnston announced two Chamber of Commerce events at the Vineyard Golf Course; Thursday the 14th was a Chamber Mixer and the Golf Tournament supporting the Police Athletic League is set for Friday the 15th…

 

Elana Karoly announced that the “Go-2-Grow” Masquerade Fundraiser will be November 4 at Vintana. Cost is $50 per person. Visit their website at go2grow.com for reservations and more information…

 

Program:

 

Past President Mark Hoekstra introduced our speaker, Bill Schweitzer of the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association.

 

Bill shared with us about the growth of the ‘wine region’ in the Ramona, Escondido and Valley Center areas. In 2016 there were 18 locations in the association; both wineries and vineyards. In 2017, the Association has grown to 30 members.

 

Bill talked about the region and the qualities that affect grape growing and winemaking in the region; the altitude (early, intense sun), the soil (mineral rich and organically poor) the quality of the grapes and the wines (better each year), and the personal contact with winemakers.

 

The area has had a difficult struggle over the past 10 years, working with the County to ultimately create a ‘Tiered Winery Ordinance’ that enables wineries to begin producing and selling (at their wineries) the wines they create. This ordinance change has significantly reduced the cost of the winemaker to get from new vineyards to personally operated wineries… That ambience of the small, comfortable vineyards and wineries, enhances the wine tour benefit…

 

Local wineries in the Association have begin winning awards at various tasting competitions, which gives credibility to the region and it’s wines. Awards have been earned at the San Francisco Chronicle competition; the Toast of the Coast competition and the Sonoma Harvest wine competition.

 

All of this has combined to bring about growth in wine tourism in San Diego County, which is the second most popular tourist location in the world. The tourism draw along with the knowledgable wine consumers in San Diego County makes the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association a great growth opportunity for winegrowers and winemakers alike.

 

 

President Dave with Bill Schweitzer and Mike Dunlap our own local vineyard owner…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next Week’s Program:

 

Kyle Button of California State University San Marcos

 

Opportunity Drawing:

 

Lunch Money:    $18.00    Past President John Boyce 

 

Big Pot:        $218.00    Future President Chris Miller… Sorry, better luck                         next time

 

Sunrise Rotary September 7, 2017; Ernie Hahn Discusses the Valley View Casino Center and San Diego Sports History

  

 

President Dave called the meeting to order…

 

Past President John Masson led the Pledge to our Flag… 

 

The invocation was offered by Past President Jack Anderson 

 

Guests and Visitors:

 

Dave Avanos, from the Boys and Girls Club

 

Kathy O’Malley was a guest of Past President Mike O’Malley

 

Birthdays:

 

September    7    Kathy Herbert

 

            Glynna Hoekstra

 

        8    Lorraine Page

 

            Past President Mike Muehl    

 

Anniversaries:

 

None this week

 

Rotary Anniversaries:

 

None this week

 

Photos of the Week:

 

Past President Mike Muehl with another “bigggggg Fish”… Mike caught this Blue Fin Tuna off of San Clemente Island… Weighed in at about 150#… He landed it in 2 1/2 hours on relatively light tackle… Nice Work!!

 

Grape Day 5K:    30 Days till the big event…

 

Still need runners…

 

Fundraising is going strong: $44,476 committed by our teams

 

With Major Donors, the total raised is $100,436

 

Great job by all… Find those participants…

 

Presentation:

 

Past President and Foundation Chair, Kevin Svetich; presented the first Paul Harris Fellow award to Bob Portillo. Congratulations Bob, thanks for your generosity…

 

 

 

 

Dates to Remember:

 

September:    23    Rotary Foundation Seminar, Poway Center for the Performing Arts

 

October:    7    Escondido Sunrise Grape Day 5K Event; 30 days away

        

Hi-Fives and Announcements:

 

Future President Chris Miller announced that Kathy Johnson had her last chemo treatment; Kathy and Past President Jeff are on their way to Italy for a celebratory trip… Blessings!!

 

Past President Rich Aeling announced that his daughter is moving back to Escondido and she is now ‘Engaged”… Congrats Dad; get the check book ready…

 

Past President Jack Anderson announced that the Education COMPACT is seeking mentors for high school youth in their career development program. An orientation meeting will be held on Thursday October 12 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the Escondido Police Department Community Room… Contact COMPACT: 760-839-4515, ext 4277… or mrodriguez@educationcompact.org

 

 

 

Program:

 

Past President Mark Hoekstra introduced our speaker (and his cousin); Ernie Hahn, President of AEG; Arena Entertainment Group, and General Manager of the Valley View Casino Center… or as some would call it, The San Diego Sports Arena…

 

Ernie shared some history of the 50 year-old facility and the various sports teams that have called it home, and major events that have taken place there. Of note was the 1979 NCAA Basketball Final Four, and various times with the Rockets (now Houston), the Clippers (now LA) and various hockey teams in a variety of leagues.

 

 

 

 

 

Ernie Hahn speaking to Escondido Sunrise Rotarians

 

 

The arena hosts 150 or more events each year, and in spite of its age, functions very well with numerous interior improvements that have been put in place over the years. Ernie used the example of exterior versus interior improvements; most of us are likely to agree that the arena looks like it did when it was new… Ernie’s comment was that return on investment is not affected positively at all, by the way of a venue’s exterior appearance. But, it functions now like an arena of the 21st century… And, the number of events staged there each year are a testimony to the quality of the venue to those who perform there. The arena is in the top five in the world in gross revenue for comparably sized venues.

 

Ernie also discussed the challenges in upgrading the facility; ranging from height limits on buildings west of I-5; a citizen’s initiative in San Diego that rarely sees a variance granted… And the Arena’s neighborhood (many strip malls, and lots of ‘strip’ businesses…). His comments reflect his perspective as a developer when he refers to the “CAVE” people always present in communities… “Citizens Against Virtually Everything.”

He spoke from a developer’s perspective about the challenges of land and project development; sharing his thoughts on development of big box stores and shopping malls and, now after several years of operation (e.g. Horton Plaza), being re-purposed. Having grown up in his father’s business, and with his grandfather’s (developer Ernest Hahn; North County Fair, Horton Plaza, and UTC among his major projects) influence. 

 

President Dave with Ernie Hahn and Past President Mark Hoekstra…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next Week’s Program:

 

Bill Schutzer, Ramona Valley Vintners…

 

Opportunity Drawing:

 

Lunch Money:    $18.00    Past President Mike O’Malley 

 

Big Pot:        $200.00    Gloria Leffler … Sorry, better luck next time

 

Sunrise Rotary August 31, 2017; District Governor Scott Carr is our Guest!!

  

 

President Dave called the meeting to order…

 

Past President Tony Criss led the Pledge to our Flag… 

 

The invocation was offered by Past President Jack Anderson 

 

Guests and Visitors:

 

Danny Sherlock of the Escondido Club joined us

 

Christine Montan also of the Escondido Club was visiting with us

 

And, Keith Rickenbacker, Assistant District Governor and a member of the Escondido Club was also our guest

 

Matt Pound of Escondido Materials, was a guest again… soon to be a member 

 

 

Birthdays:

 

September    3    Janet Dopp    

 

Anniversaries:

 

None this week

 

Rotary Anniversaries:

 

Kirk Henson

 

 

 

Photos of the Week:

 

Grape Day 5K:    37 Days till the big event…

Still needs runners…

 

Fundraising is going strong: $44,476 committed by our teams

 

With Major Donors, the total raised is $100,436

 

Great job by all… Find those participants…

 

 

Dates to Remember:

 

September:    23    Rotary Foundation Seminar, Poway Center for the Performing Arts

 

October:    7    Escondido Sunrise Grape Day 5K Event; 37 days away

        

Hi-Fives and Announcements:

 

Past President Jim Ponder found that treat from the Mammoth area for President Dave, a bottle of beer from the June Lake Brewing Company… 

 

Ann Van Leer just returned from a trip to Salem Oregon delivering her daughter to college… 

A funny thing happened on the way to college… An eclipse of the sun; Ann brought President Dave a special Eclipse Tee Shirt…

 

Dave Herbert shared some limes from his ‘broken’ tree; no excuse to not have a garnish in that gin and tonic…

 

Past President Barry Baker announced that his son Jay, an Army Trauma Surgeon was just promoted to Colonel… Congratulations Jay and to the proud family!

 

Past President Rich Aeling challenged club members to add some funds to a donation Escondido Sunrise will make to the victims of Hurricane Harvey through Rotary efforts in Houston…

Escondido Sunrise will will contribute $1,000… A number of club members will add to the gift… The photo below shows hands raised in support of additional gifts…

 

 

 

$5,850, including the $1,000 from the Club, is the total contributed by Escondido Sunrise Rotary and our friends… Great generosity, rising to the occasion to provide much needed support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

Program:

 

Assistant District Governor, Keith Rickenbacker introduced District 5340 Governor Scott Carr. Scott is a member of the Downtown San Diego Breakfast Club and has been very active in the District leading up to his serving as Governor.

 

District 5340 Governor Scott Carr, Speaking to Sunrise Rotary members…

 

 

 

Scott talked about the variety of things Rotary Clubs in the District accomplish, regardless of their size, as they serve their communities and the region. He spoke about the diversity of our district and our Clubs, especially women as members and leaders within our District’s Clubs. He encourages women to continue in leadership roles and to service Military Members within our District and their families.

 

Governor Scott also talked about the importance of our youth programs such as RYLA, LEAD, Interact and Rotaract among other youth-serving efforts of Rotary.

 

In speaking about the effectiveness of Rotary, Scott focused on change; change within our District and within Rotary International. He commented that change is part of Rotary’s DNA as each year leadership changes at the Club level and those changes migrate up to the International leadership level.

 

He closed his remarks discussing the concept of “Why” Rotary. Scott encouraged each of us to discover our “Why” for our involvement in Rotary….

 

District Governor Scott Carr and Assistant Governor Keith Rickenbacker pictured with President Dave…

 

 

 

 

 

Next Week’s Program:

 

Ernie Hahn, the General Manager of the Valley View Center (Sports Arena)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opportunity Drawing:

 

Lunch Money:    $22.00    Tina Pope 

 

Big Pot:        $182.00    Past President Mark Hoekstra … Sorry, better luck                     next time

 

Sunrise Rotary August 17 & 24, 2017; Human Trafficking and the Alabaster Jar Project and Club Assembly

  

District 5340 Governor, Scott Carr will be at our meeting this week… Thursday August 31; Be There!!

 

President Dave called the meetings to order… He’s getting really good at that!!

 

Past President Mike O’Malley and Past President Alan Miller led the Pledges to our Flag at the respective meetings… Invocations were offered by Past President Jack Anderson and Father Bill Dopp.

 

Guests and Visitors:

 

August 17:

 

Ann Van Leer, Executive Director of the Escondido Creek Conservancy…

was installed by Linda Bailey as the newest member of the Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club.

 

Please extend the warm hand of Sunrise Rotary friendship to Ann at our meetings…

 

Ann Van Leer with President Dave and Club Secretary and Membership Chair, Linda Bailey.

August 24:

 

Matt Pound of Escondido Materials, a guest again of Past President Kevin Svetich

 

Jan and Tom Velte, in the Mortgage Lending Business; former members of the Fallbrook Rotary Club

 

 

Birthdays:

 

August    26    President Dave!! Woo Hoo!!

 

Anniversaries:

 

August     28    Past President George and Erin Beitner, 35 years…                     Congratulations!!

 

Rotary Anniversaries:

 

None this week…

 

Photos of the Week:

 

On August 17, Bill Dopp shared photos of his recent trip to Uganda and the Rotary Vocational School that is being built there.

 

On August 24; photos of Past President Mike O’Malley doing what he does best at O’Sullivan's… 

 

And, George Beitner’s son Owen viewing the eclipse with his Middle School students…

 

Dates to Remember:

 

August:    31    District Governor Scott Carr will visit our Club

 

September:    23    Rotary Foundation Seminar, Poway Center for the Performing Arts

 

October:    7    Escondido Sunrise Grape Day 5K Event; 44 days away

        

Hi-Fives and Announcements:

 

August 17:

 

Past President Jack Anderson found the President’s Precious Gavel floating around the meeting room… A real no-no for the new leader of the best Rotary Club in the District…

The Past Presidents in attendance unanimously agreed on a $150 fine for President Dave because of his “cavalier attitude” toward his Precious Gavel

 

 

Grape Day 5K:    44 Days till the big event…

 

Past President Mike O’Malley reminded club members of the need for ‘goodies’ for the goodie bags. There will be 1,000 bags; items in any major increment are welcomed, even if you don’t have 1,000 items. Coupons, sun screen, golf tees, water bottles, etc., etc.   Are all valuable to include in the bags….

 

Mike O’Malley also commented on the remaining few openings for the Escondido Sunrise Fantasy Football League; contact Mike if you’re interested.

 

Past President John Boyce was fishing in Wyoming and brought President Dave a tee shirt…

 

Past President Jim Ponder was recently in Mammoth; he promised President Dave that he had a ‘drinkable’ treat for him at home in the fridge… Hope it’s still there when he remembers to bring it to a meeting…

 

Past President Rich Aeling announced the Chamber of Commerce golf event on September 15 at the Vineyard… Proceeds benefit the Police Athletic League. Interested golfers can contact Rich.

 

Club Secretary Linda Bailey announced that County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar committed $15,000 to our Grape Day 5K event… Thanks Linda for your work on this great gift…

 

Past President and Foundation Chair, Kevin Svetich presented her first Paul Harris Fellow Award to Rorie Johnston… Thanks for your generosity Rorie!!

    

 

 

Programs:

 

August 17; The Alabaster Jar Project. Past President Tony Criss introduced our speaker, Susan Johnston. The efforts of the project focus on support against human trafficking and work with homeless and runaway girls. Susan share some statistics regarding the extent of the problem in San Diego County. Specifically, 80% of the victims are U.S. citizens; California is in the top 4 states in the country as to incidents of this activity and San Diego County has the 8th largest number of incidents in the country. it is estimated that human trafficking is an $800 million dollar industry in San Diego.

 

Susan described the kinds of situations that the trafficked girls find themselves in, and described the vulnerability characteristics that may cause victims to become victimized; including; abusive, unstable homes, lack of education and mental health and substance abuse issues…

 

The Alabaster Jar Project works closely with law enforcement and social workers to identify victims and rescue them from the abusive and human-trafficked settings. Their goal is to break the cycle that leads to the abuse. The project needs include housing support, educational enhancement, support for overcoming substance abuse and PTSD.

 

Last year the project supported 86 girls in Escondido and North County alone.

 

The Sunrise Rotary Club presented a check for $2,500 to support the program…

Pictured are Past President Tony Criss and Susan Johnson of the Alabaster Jar Project

August 24: Club Assembly

 

The Club Assembly is the annual meeting during which the President and the Board present the Club’s plans for the year. A busy year of service lies ahead for Sunrise Rotarians…

Consider all the service opportunities discussed below and begin planning to join in…

 

Mexicali Project: Past President Rich Aeling spoke about the Mexicali Project; The project dates are yet to be finalized, however it will be in April. There are five possible schools in Mexicali that need our efforts; a scout trip will take place in December to determine the focus of our work effort.

 

Tijuana Housebuilding: This project will take place in early 2018; a partnership with the After Five Rotary Club and with the Calafia Rotary Club from Mexicali will help us complete this work along with Project Mercy.

 

RYLA: Past Presidents Jim Ponder and George Beitner described our work with RYLA which will take place April 19-22 in Idyllwild. There are many ways to connect with this very worthy leadership program; become a facilitator or just visit on Saturday.

 

Our club is a key operator with this program having three members on the District Team; Past Presidents, Jim Ponder, Kelly Mayberry and George Beitner…

Last year, we donated a rear-screen projector to the program to enhance the programs and activities.

 

LEAD: A leadership program for Middle School students; Past President Alan Miller and Elana Karoly are part of our team that works with this program

 

Bikes for Kids: Past President Rich Aeling discussed the program that we will sponsor again this year. Through the Bikes for Kids Foundation, we will acquire 120 bicycles for third grade students at an Escondido school yet to be chosen.

 

North County Veteran’s Stand-Down: President Dave outlined the program set for January 25-28 at Green Oaks Ranch in Vista. Volunteers are needed, and there will be a clothing drive to support this event and the homeless veterans.

 

Global Grants: Past President Jim Ponder informed the Club of the status of the grants for Flying Kites Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. A total of $37,000 is amalgamated through ESR Club funds, District Funds and the Rotary Foundation, plus a partnership with a Club in Nairobi.

 

CSUSM Scholarship Endowment: Past President Rich Aeling outlined the preliminary plans to create a student scholarship endowment at CSUSM. Our ultimate goal is an endowment of $25,000 to be seeded this year with $10,000 in ESR funds. Our goal is to be directly involved with evaluating and selecting recipients. It was suggested that we may also want to work with the MAP Program through the Escondido High School District and the Chamber of Commerce.

 

Cabins by the Lake: Past President Mike Dunlap outlined a plan this year to purchase and install two additional handicapped accessible cabins at a County Park.

These would be the twelfth and thirteenth units in our program that began back with a cabin at the Dixon Lake Campground.

 

 

Next Week’s Program:

 

Rotary District 5340 Governor, Scott Carr

An important meeting for all of us to attend…

 

 

 

Opportunity Drawing:

 

Lunch Money:    $22.00    Past President Kevin Svetich  

 

Big Pot:        $160.00    Linda Bailey… Sorry, better luck next time

 

Sunrise Rotary August 10, 2017; A Potpourri of Escondido Sunrise Rotary Accomplishments

  

President Dave called the meeting to order; Past President Alan Miller led the Pledge to our Flag, and Past President Jack Anderson offered an invocation,

 

Guests and Visitors:

 

Past President Jim Ponder introduced representatives of the Pacific South Coast Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society; Rich Israel and Bob Coda

 

Ann Van Leer, Executive Director of the Escondido Creek Conservancy…

was a guest again… And soon to become a member; Welcome Ann!

 

Past President George Beitner introduced Parnia Vafaei, a RYLA alumni leader, was a guest; she shared some of her experiences both as a RYLA Attendee and as a RYLA Alumni Leader. She is a third year student at California Lutheran University (Past President Jack Anderson’s Alma Mater) and majoring in Business with a focus on entrepreneurialism…

 

Past President Kevin Svetich introduced his guest, Matt Pound of Escondido Sand and Gravel;  a Chamber of Commerce Board member and a Corporate Sponsor of the Grape Day 5K

 

Carl Altamore, a Realtor, was introduced as a guest; this is Carl’s second visit to our Club.

 

 

Birthdays:

 

August:    11    Past President Tony Criss

 

        13    Connie Criss

 

        8    Carol Ponder… Still trying to figure out if this was really her                     birthday??

 

Anniversaries:

 

August:    11    Past President Rich and Donna Aeling… 

 

Rotary Anniversaries:

 

August:    11    Past President Kelly Mayberry; 10 Years… Thanks for your                 Rotary service Kelly!!

 

 

Photos of the Week:

 

President Dave set a record for the largest fine ever assessed during the “First 100 Days” of a Sunrise Rotary President…

 

It seems that Past President Tony Criss was so excited about a recent landscaping project that he had his “Shadow President” (Phil Jordan) place a video of the project on Club Runner…

That’s a no-no Tony!

 

President Dave pictured with the ‘guilty’ Past President…

 

Club member, Father Bill Dopp recently returned from a trip to Uganda and delivered a check from Escondido Sunrise Rotary to assist in the construction of the Rotary School and to support their programs…

 

Rotary Vocational school nears completion… 

 

 

Children dancing at the welcome festival…  

 

 

Rev. Bill and Rev. Daren at the facility…

A photo of the Sunrise Rotarians gathered at Dominic’s Italian Restaurant in Downtown Escondido

 

A photo of Past President Mike Muehl with a 55# Rooster Fish he caught in La Paz, Mexico

 

A photo of Past President Barry Baker enjoying a rope swing at the Baker Family Reunion in Beaver Utah… Careful Barry, injuries happen to old guys doing young guys’ stunts…

 

 

Dates to Remember:

 

August:    20    Softball game with the Calafia Rotary Club of Mexicali in Pine                 Valley; see the email from Past President Mark Hoekstra for                 details

 

        24    Club Assembly

 

        31    District Governor Scott Carr will visit our Club; Let’s plan on a                 strong attendance for that special meeting…

 

September:    23    Rotary Foundation District Seminar

 

October:    7    Escondido Sunrise Grape Day 5K Event; 65 days away

        

Hi-Fives and Announcements:

 

Past President Jeff Johnson brought some salmon for President Dave that he acquired by hook on a recent fishing trip in Alaska… 

 

Jeff also announced that his son, Brian was recently promoted to the rank of Captain, US Army… Congratulations to Brian and the proud family…

 

Past President Tony Criss recently traveled to Texas and North Carolina and brought some goodies for President Dave; some barbecue sauce and a “big butt” trinket…

 

Past President Rich Aeling announced some upcoming programs and events for Escondido Sunrise:

Our grant has been approved for “Bikes for Kids”… We’ll be raising some extra $$; the recipient school has not been determined…

 

Carols by Candlelight will again be a featured event around Christmas time…The group Lone Star will be the headliner…

 

The Tijuana House-Building project will take place in either January or February in partnership with the Escondido After-Five Rotary Club…

 

A Gulls Hockey night will take place on February 17…

 

Past President George Beitner commented on the ongoing opportunity to bring items for Fisher House at Camp Pendleton. A collection drive and delivery is planned for February…

 

Past President Barry Baker thanked Tony for his suggestion regarding the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach; Barry and Lee celebrated their anniversary at the venue…

 

Rich Israel from the Multiple Sclerosis Society thanked Sunrise members for our ongoing valuable support to the MS effort.  He spoke about local and international efforts to deal with the progressive aspects of the disease. Rich commented about the relationship of Multiple Sclerosis with Parkinson’s Disease and that progress in one arena often helps with treatments and therapies in the other. The Society’s efforts continue to support research and to provide those afflicted with support enabling them to accommodate the impacts of the disease.

    

Program:

 

Our program, The North County Veteran’s Stand Down will be presented at a later date… An apology was received from the presenter, Jim Hester of the Local VFW Chapter.

 

 

Next Week’s Program:

 

Susan Johnson of the Alabaster Jar Project

 

 

Opportunity Drawing:

 

Lunch Money:    $23.00    Mark Maus  

 

Big Pot:        $123.00    Parnia Vafei… Sorry, better luck next time

 

Sunrise Rotary August 10, 2017; A Potpourri of Escondido Sunrise Rotary Accomplishments

  

President Dave called the meeting to order; Past President Alan Miller led the Pledge to our Flag, and Past President Jack Anderson offered an invocation,

 

Guests and Visitors:

 

Past President Jim Ponder introduced representatives of the Pacific South Coast Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society; Rich Israel and Bob Coda

 

Ann Van Leer, Executive Director of the Escondido Creek Conservancy…

was a guest again… And soon to become a member; Welcome Ann!

 

Past President George Beitner introduced Parnia Vafaei, a RYLA alumni leader, was a guest; she shared some of her experiences both as a RYLA Attendee and as a RYLA Alumni Leader. She is a third year student at California Lutheran University (Past President Jack Anderson’s Alma Mater) and majoring in Business with a focus on entrepreneurialism…

 

Past President Kevin Svetich introduced his guest, Matt Pound of Escondido Sand and Gravel;  a Chamber of Commerce Board member and a Corporate Sponsor of the Grape Day 5K

 

Carl Altamore, a Realtor, was introduced as a guest; this is Carl’s second visit to our Club.

 

 

Birthdays:

 

August:    11    Past President Tony Criss

 

        13    Connie Criss

 

        8    Carol Ponder… Still trying to figure out if this was really her                     birthday??

 

Anniversaries:

 

August:    11    Past President Rich and Donna Aeling… 

 

Rotary Anniversaries:

 

August:    11    Past President Kelly Mayberry; 10 Years… Thanks for your                 Rotary service Kelly!!

 

 

Photos of the Week:

 

President Dave set a record for the largest fine ever assessed during the “First 100 Days” of a Sunrise Rotary President…

 

It seems that Past President Tony Criss was so excited about a recent landscaping project that he had his “Shadow President” (Phil Jordan) place a video of the project on Club Runner…

That’s a no-no Tony!

 

President Dave pictured with the ‘guilty’ Past President…

 

Club member, Father Bill Dopp recently returned from a trip to Uganda and delivered a check from Escondido Sunrise Rotary to assist in the construction of the Rotary School and to support their programs…

 

Rotary Vocational school nears completion… 

 

 

Children dancing at the welcome festival…  

 

 

Rev. Bill and Rev. Daren at the facility…

A photo of the Sunrise Rotarians gathered at Dominic’s Italian Restaurant in Downtown Escondido

 

A photo of Past President Mike Muehl with a 55# Rooster Fish he caught in La Paz, Mexico

 

A photo of Past President Barry Baker enjoying a rope swing at the Baker Family Reunion in Beaver Utah… Careful Barry, injuries happen to old guys doing young guys’ stunts…

 

 

Dates to Remember:

 

August:    20    Softball game with the Calafia Rotary Club of Mexicali in Pine                 Valley; see the email from Past President Mark Hoekstra for                 details

 

        24    Club Assembly

 

        31    District Governor Scott Carr will visit our Club; Let’s plan on a                 strong attendance for that special meeting…

 

September:    23    Rotary Foundation District Seminar

 

October:    7    Escondido Sunrise Grape Day 5K Event; 65 days away

        

Hi-Fives and Announcements:

 

Past President Jeff Johnson brought some salmon for President Dave that he acquired by hook on a recent fishing trip in Alaska… 

 

Jeff also announced that his son, Brian was recently promoted to the rank of Captain, US Army… Congratulations to Brian and the proud family…

 

Past President Tony Criss recently traveled to Texas and North Carolina and brought some goodies for President Dave; some barbecue sauce and a “big butt” trinket…

 

Past President Rich Aeling announced some upcoming programs and events for Escondido Sunrise:

Our grant has been approved for “Bikes for Kids”… We’ll be raising some extra $$; the recipient school has not been determined…

 

Carols by Candlelight will again be a featured event around Christmas time…The group Lone Star will be the headliner…

 

The Tijuana House-Building project will take place in either January or February in partnership with the Escondido After-Five Rotary Club…

 

A Gulls Hockey night will take place on February 17…

 

Past President George Beitner commented on the ongoing opportunity to bring items for Fisher House at Camp Pendleton. A collection drive and delivery is planned for February…

 

Past President Barry Baker thanked Tony for his suggestion regarding the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach; Barry and Lee celebrated their anniversary at the venue…

 

Rich Israel from the Multiple Sclerosis Society thanked Sunrise members for our ongoing valuable support to the MS effort.  He spoke about local and international efforts to deal with the progressive aspects of the disease. Rich commented about the relationship of Multiple Sclerosis with Parkinson’s Disease and that progress in one arena often helps with treatments and therapies in the other. The Society’s efforts continue to support research and to provide those afflicted with support enabling them to accommodate the impacts of the disease.

    

Program:

 

Our program, The North County Veteran’s Stand Down will be presented at a later date… An apology was received from the presenter, Jim Hester of the Local VFW Chapter.

 

 

Next Week’s Program:

 

Susan Johnson of the Alabaster Jar Project

 

 

Opportunity Drawing:

 

Lunch Money:    $23.00    Mark Maus  

 

Big Pot:        $123.00    Parnia Vafei… Sorry, better luck next time

 

Sunrise Rotary August 3, 2017; Escondido Education Foundation; Direct Support for our Classroom Teachers

  

President Dave called the meeting to order; Gloria Leffler led the Pledge to our Flag, and Past President Jack Anderson offered an invocation,

 

Guests and Visitors:

 

Ann Van Leer, Executive Director of the Escondido Creek Conservancy…

was a guest again 

 

Parnia Vafaei, a RYLA alumni leader, was a guest; she is a graduate of Torrey Pines High School, and a third year student at California Lutheran University (this author’s Alma Mater… how cool is that??)

 

Parnia with Past Presidents Jim Ponder and George Beitner our District’s RYLA Chairs

 

Bonnie Maloney of Windermere Real Estate Services was inducted as Escondido Sunrise Rotary’s newest member…

 

Bonnie Maloney shown with Membership Chair and Club Secretary, Linda Bailey

 

 

Birthdays:

 

August:    4    John Sawtelle

 

            Tricia Masson

 

            Kirk Henson

 

Anniversaries:

 

None this week…

 

Rotary Anniversaries:

 

None this week…

 

Photos of the Week:

 

 

Escondido Sunrise Rotary assisting the City of Escondido installing the Climbing Wall at El Caballo Park

 

 

Dates to Remember:

 

August:    20    Softball game with the Calafia Rotary Club of Mexicali in Pine                 Valley; see the email from Past President Mark Hoekstra for                 details

 

        24    Club Assembly

 

        31    District Governor Scott Carr will visit our Club

 

October:    7    Escondido Sunrise Grape Day 5K Event; 65 days away

        

Hi-Fives and Announcements:

 

Past President Mike Muehl brought a bag of goodies for the Fisher House at Camp Pendleton; a reminder, we are always collecting needed items… Get them to George Beitner

 

Past President Mike O’Malley returned from an enjoyable trip to Montana and he brought President Dave an aptly named coffee mug… “This meeting is bulls..t”

Not that any past president would think such thoughts of a Rotary meeting…

 

Sergeant at Arms Mark Maus returned from Seattle with some trinkets for President Dave; among them a bottle of wine and a coffee mug… “Crap Happens”…

 

Richard Agnew returned from two weeks in Ireland with a bit’o Irish whiskey for our esteemed president…

 

    

Program:

 

Brian Murphy introduced Carolyn Royer, the Board Chair of the Escondido Education Foundation. Along with Carolyn were three members of the Foundation Board; they presented a brief skit demonstrating the way in which the Foundation supports classroom teachers in the Elementary School District.

 

The Foundation has been in existence 12 years and supports efforts of teachers and teams of teachers to enhance their classroom educational programs. Focus subjects supported by the Foundation include projects and programs within the following academic areas, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.

 

The foundation is run by volunteers with over 97% of all funds raised being used for educational enhancement projects. Grants are usually made in December, with projects beginning in January and reports back to the Foundation upon project completion in June. The Foundation website; escondidoeducation.org, enables direct donations, or individuals can also donate through purchases on Amazon and designating the Foundation on their Amazon Smile account. Last year’s grants totaled almost $70,000 to various projects within the district’s 23 schools.

 

A couple of examples of successful projects were described for the Club members; Rose School implemented a project involving the Rosetta Stone language achievement program in an effort to help families become more proficient in the English language… this project continues years after it first began, still helping families acclimate to life challenges in America. Another project is a video production program at Mission Middle School which has actually produced some commercials for local Escondido businesses; Burger Bench uses a video commercial produced by the students.

 

The foundation is conducting an ‘open house’ event to highlight this year’s projects and raise some funds too; August 11 at 6:30 PM at the Trinity Episcopal Church. All are welcome…

 

Members of the Foundation Board with President Dave and Brian Murphy…

 

 

 

Next Week’s Program:

 

Jim Hester of the Escondido VFW discussing the North County Veteran’s Stand down

 

 

Opportunity Drawing:

 

Lunch Money:    $26.00    Past President Jack Anderson  

 

Big Pot:        $551.00    Linda Bailey’s Ticket; Card selected by Past President Mike O’Malley…

 

And, “We Have a Winner!!” Mike said Linda committed the winnings (if the winning card was drawn) to the Grape Day 5K…

Congrats Linda!!

 

Past President Mike O’Malley with Linda Bailey’s winning card…

​​​​​​​

Sunrise Rotary August 10, 2017; A Potpourri of Escondido Sunrise Rotary Accomplishments

  

President Dave called the meeting to order; Past President Alan Miller led the Pledge to our Flag, and Past President Jack Anderson offered an invocation,

 

Guests and Visitors:

 

Past President Jim Ponder introduced representatives of the Pacific South Coast Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society; Rich Israel and Bob Coda

 

Ann Van Leer, Executive Director of the Escondido Creek Conservancy…

was a guest again… And soon to become a member; Welcome Ann!

 

Past President George Beitner introduced Parnia Vafaei, a RYLA alumni leader, was a guest; she shared some of her experiences both as a RYLA Attendee and as a RYLA Alumni Leader. She is a third year student at California Lutheran University (Past President Jack Anderson’s Alma Mater) and majoring in Business with a focus on entrepreneurialism…

 

Past President Kevin Svetich introduced his guest, Matt Pound of Escondido Sand and Gravel;  a Chamber of Commerce Board member and a Corporate Sponsor of the Grape Day 5K

 

Carl Altamore, a Realtor, was introduced as a guest; this is Carl’s second visit to our Club.

 

 

Birthdays:

 

August:    11    Past President Tony Criss

 

        13    Connie Criss

 

        8    Carol Ponder… Still trying to figure out if this was really her                     birthday??

 

Anniversaries:

 

August:    11    Past President Rich and Donna Aeling… 

 

Rotary Anniversaries:

 

August:    11    Past President Kelly Mayberry; 10 Years… Thanks for your                 Rotary service Kelly!!

 

 

Photos of the Week:

 

President Dave set a record for the largest fine ever assessed during the “First 100 Days” of a Sunrise Rotary President…

 

It seems that Past President Tony Criss was so excited about a recent landscaping project that he had his “Shadow President” (Phil Jordan) place a video of the project on Club Runner…

That’s a no-no Tony!

 

President Dave pictured with the ‘guilty’ Past President…

 

Club member, Father Bill Dopp recently returned from a trip to Uganda and delivered a check from Escondido Sunrise Rotary to assist in the construction of the Rotary School and to support their programs…

 

Rotary Vocational school nears completion… 

 

 

Children dancing at the welcome festival…  

 

 

Rev. Bill and Rev. Daren at the facility…

 

A photo of the Sunrise Rotarians gathered at Dominic’s Italian Restaurant in Downtown Escondido

 

A photo of Past President Mike Muehl with a 55# Rooster Fish he caught in La Paz, Mexico

 

A photo of Past President Barry Baker enjoying a rope swing at the Baker Family Reunion in Beaver Utah… Careful Barry, injuries happen to old guys doing young guys’ stunts…

 

 

Dates to Remember:

 

August:    20    Softball game with the Calafia Rotary Club of Mexicali in Pine                 Valley; see the email from Past President Mark Hoekstra for                 details

 

        24    Club Assembly

 

        31    District Governor Scott Carr will visit our Club; Let’s plan on a                 strong attendance for that special meeting…

 

September:    23    Rotary Foundation District Seminar

 

October:    7    Escondido Sunrise Grape Day 5K Event; 65 days away

        

Hi-Fives and Announcements:

 

Past President Jeff Johnson brought some salmon for President Dave that he acquired by hook on a recent fishing trip in Alaska… 

 

Jeff also announced that his son, Brian was recently promoted to the rank of Captain, US Army… Congratulations to Brian and the proud family…

 

Past President Tony Criss recently traveled to Texas and North Carolina and brought some goodies for President Dave; some barbecue sauce and a “big butt” trinket…

 

Past President Rich Aeling announced some upcoming programs and events for Escondido Sunrise:

Our grant has been approved for “Bikes for Kids”… We’ll be raising some extra $$; the recipient school has not been determined…

 

Carols by Candlelight will again be a featured event around Christmas time…The group Lone Star will be the headliner…

 

The Tijuana House-Building project will take place in either January or February in partnership with the Escondido After-Five Rotary Club…

 

A Gulls Hockey night will take place on February 17…

 

Past President George Beitner commented on the ongoing opportunity to bring items for Fisher House at Camp Pendleton. A collection drive and delivery is planned for February…

 

Past President Barry Baker thanked Tony for his suggestion regarding the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach; Barry and Lee celebrated their anniversary at the venue…

 

Rich Israel from the Multiple Sclerosis Society thanked Sunrise members for our ongoing valuable support to the MS effort.  He spoke about local and international efforts to deal with the progressive aspects of the disease. Rich commented about the relationship of Multiple Sclerosis with Parkinson’s Disease and that progress in one arena often helps with treatments and therapies in the other. The Society’s efforts continue to support research and to provide those afflicted with support enabling them to accommodate the impacts of the disease.

    

Program:

 

Our program, The North County Veteran’s Stand Down will be presented at a later date… An apology was received from the presenter, Jim Hester of the Local VFW Chapter.

 

 

Next Week’s Program:

 

Susan Johnson of the Alabaster Jar Project

 

 

Opportunity Drawing:

 

Lunch Money:    $23.00    Mark Maus  

 

Big Pot:        $123.00    Parnia Vafei… Sorry, better luck next time

 

 

Sunrise Rotary July 27, 2017; Cascading Crime in our Region

  

President Dave called the meeting to order; Past President George Beitner led the Pledge to our Flag, and Past President Jack Anderson offered an invocation,

 

Guests and Visitors:

 

Ann Van Leer was a guest; informed about our Club by Rorie Johnston; Ann is the Executive Director of the Escondido Creek Conservancy…

 

Bonnie Maloney was again a guest of Linda Bailey; Bonnie will soon become a member of Escondido Sunrise… Great job Linda!

 

Birthdays:

 

July    23    Randy Bailey

 

    26    Linda Bailey

 

    31    Past President Mike Dunlap

 

Anniversaries:

 

July    31     Past President Barry Baker and Lee; celebrating 47 years of marriage,             Congratulations!!

 

Rotary Anniversaries:

 

None this week…

 

Dates to Remember:

 

July:         30    Rotary game at the Padres vs. the Pirates

 

August:    20    Softball game with the Calafia Rotary Club of Mexicali in Pine                 Valley

 

        31    District Governor Scott Carr will visit our Club

 

October:    7    Escondido Sunrise Grape Day 5K Event; 72 days away

        

Hi-Fives and Announcements:

 

John Sawtelle reported back from the Bonsall Rotary Club regarding our participation in ticket sales for the “Wine Brews and Blues” event held in June. John presented President Dave with a check for $1,460.00.

Past President Barry Baker returned from a trip to Beaver Utah; a family celebration with five generations of Bakers participating… Barry presented President Dave with a “Pioneer Marble Game”… Something to keep our Prez busy as he tries to keep from loosing his marbles during his term as our leader…

 

Past President Alan Miller returned from three weeks of travel visiting France, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia and Germany among other countries… He brought the Prez a beer stein from Munich and some liquor from “Titisee” … I’m sure President Dave will enjoy!

 

Ralph Tavares was recently in Hawaii and Kentucky; he brought President Dave an “almost six pack” of Hawaiian beer (unfortunately for Dave it was cold at one point and Ralph enjoyed some on the trip home) and some Maker’s Mark from Kentucky 

 

Past President Jim Ponder returned from varied travels throughout the country; from Mammoth, he brought President Dave some “395” brew, from Malta, NY, he brought a beautiful magnet, and from Sun Valley, Idaho,a bottle opener and Tee Shirt, all transported in a valuable “10 cent” shopping bag…

 

President Dave is pictured with all the tribute presented to him today…

 

    

Program:

 

Past President George Beitner introduced SGT Ryan Opeka from the Carlsbad Police Department. Ryan, a US Marine Corps veteran has an extensive and varied career in law enforcement and his topic is the “cascading crime” situation in North County.

He spoke about recent legislation in California intended to reduce prison population; thus sending residents into our communities that are not ready for life back in a ‘normal’ setting.

Ryan related his comments to a TED Talk related to the re-introduction of wolves into Yellowstone Park. The eco-society had become accustomed to very few wolves and things had changed; as wolves were re-introduced, the eco system changed significantly. Likewise, communities and law enforcement in particular have had to change to deal with the influx of people with criminal backgrounds ‘re-populating’ our communities.

Ryan noted that in Carlsbad, calls for service had increased while officer-initiated calls had declined… simply stated, officers are busier responding to problems raised by community members than spending time resolving issues and initiating solutions through ‘active policing’. Along with the call volume noted above, the crime rate indices showed marked increases.

Some of the measures Carlsbad has implemented to deal with the influx of criminal activity include: A crime suppression team focusing on proactive policing, and a homeless outreach effort cooperating with other community organizations. Additionally, Carlsbad had increased training for officers in psychological response challenges, and have added a full time Psychological Emergency Response Team (PERT) professional to support officers as they deal with many criminal responses wherein substance abuse and other psychological issues are the root of the criminal problems.

Preliminary indications are the their efforts are slowing the growth of crime… He acknowledged that change takes time; however he shared with us the view that “small purposeful actions have a lasting impact.”

 

SGT Ryan Opeka with President Dave and Past President George Beitner…

 

 

 

 

Next Week’s Program:

 

Escondido Education Foundation

 

Opportunity Drawing:

 

Lunch Money:    $18.00    Past President John Boyce

 

Big Pot:        $526.00    Past President Jeff Johnson; Sorry!!

 
 

Sunrise Rotary July 20, 2017; The Future of the Christian Faith

  

President Dave called the meeting to order; Brian Murphy led the Pledge to our Flag, and Past President Jack Anderson offered an invocation, reminding us all of the historic date 48 years ago when a man walked on the moon.…

 

Guests and Visitors:

 

Carl Altamore was a guest of Rorie Johnston; Carl is in real estate and looking to become involved in the community. He heard about our club from Rorie and the Chamber of Commerce, and also researched us on the web site.

 

Bonnie Maloney was again a guest of Linda Bailey; Bonnie will soon become a member of Escondido Sunrise… Great job Linda!

 

Birthdays:

 

None this week

 

Anniversaries:

 

None this week

 

Rotary Anniversaries:

 

July 23; President-Elect Mark Crosby two years        

 

Thanks for your outstanding Rotary Service!!

 

Rotary Foundation:

 

Past President Kevin Svetich, Foundation Chair presented Paul Harris Fellowship awards to Past President Constance Larson, her seventh award

 

And to Past President Tony Criss, his fourth award…

 

 

Dates to Remember:

 

July:         30    Rotary game at the Padres vs. the Pirates

 

August:    31    District Governor Scott Carr will visit our Club

 

October:    7    Escondido Sunrise Grape Day 5K Event; 79 days away

        

Hi-Fives and Announcements:

 

Past President Rich Aeling showed an informational flier on Escondido Sunrise for prospective members and to use when soliciting funds for the Grape Day 5K

 

Dave Herbert commented that he and Past President George Beitner visited former member Peter Strnad; Peter is afflicted with ALS and he and his wife Mary reside in an assisted living community in the south bay.

 

Past President Mike Dunlap brought gifts to President Dave from recent travels he and Nancy enjoyed in Portugal and Spain

 

Gloria Leffler announced that she had some goodies for Fisher House (Past President George reminded all of us of the ongoing ‘gathering process’ for Fisher House) and, Gloria has found a new residential opportunity through recent visitor Mona Durney… Rotary connections are the best!

    

Program:

 

President Dave introduced Father Bill Dopp; Bill brought his program, “The Future of the Christian Faith” to us. 

 

President Dave and Bill Dopp…

 

 

Bill shared that his presentation would not be a sermon… as his wife cautioned him to avoid; rather, he was talking about faith in general, specific to Christianity and the worldwide situation relating to the growth and decline of churches…

He acknowledged that 2017 is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation; initiated by Martin Luther, which changed the practice of faith and enabled the scriptures to be available to all believers. He also noted that there have been major changes in the practice of the Christian religion on a similar 500-year cycle. Thus, there are changes now taking place…

Bill has shared with the Club previously regarding his work in Uganda and the growth of Christianity in Africa. He commented that on Sundays in America, soccer fields are full and church attendance is declining; conversely, church growth is rapid in Africa, where church buildings are too small and worship festivities move to soccer fields. Quite a contrast.

Bill quoted a number of theologians and evangelists regarding the growth in the Christian faith towards a mission-based practice of faith and religion.  Such individuals as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, C.S. Lewis and Desmond Tutu supported his view. Bill has recently written a book which was available for members to purchase.  

 

Bill is also working with a mission project in Uganda wherein water purification is an issue. Previously, Bill and Dave Herbert visited this ministry site in Uganda. The Club presented a gift donation of $1,500 in support of the project.

 

Bill Dopp with President Dave, presenting a check for the Uganda project…

 

 

 

 

 

Next Week’s Program:

 

Come and See what it will be…

 

Opportunity Drawing:

 

Lunch Money:    $16.00    Past President Scott Putnicki

 

Big Pot:        $508.00    Gloria Leffler; Sorry!!

 
 

Sunrise Rotary June 29, July 6 and 13 Rotary Programs: Wheelchair Needs in the Dominican Republic; Soccer (Football) Leads to Education in Ghana; and Our Local Schools, Building for the Future

  

 

On July 13; President Dave called the meeting to order; Past President Kevin Svetich led the Pledge to our Flag, and Past President Jack Anderson offered an invocation.

 

Guests and Visitors:

 

June 29:    Pam Morasco, Mike’s wife, was visiting and was part of our program

 

July 6:    Elana Karoly’s niece Angel, a 7th grader visited our meeting    

        Doug Shultz’s daughter Tasha was a visitor with her daddy

        Bonnie Maloney was introduced as Linda Bailey’s guest

        Past President Barry Baker introduced Gabriel Asiedu; his father             Johnson was our speaker

 

July 13:    Rita Brandon of the Newland Companies was Linda Bailey’s guest

        Mona Durney of Rancho Computers was a visitor

 

 

 

Birthdays:

 

June         21    Kathy O’Malley

        24    Judi Anderson

        30     Dana Ommen

 

July:        4     Past President John Boyce

        6    Andy Ommen

        9    Nick Barnett

        15    Past President Kevin Svetich

            Kathy Johnson

 

Anniversaries:

 

June        23    Silas and Shaina Harrington

        29    Doug Shulz

 

July        4    Past President Mike & Nancy Dunlap

        8    Past President Kevin and Debbie Svetich

        16    Linda and Randy Bailey; 40 Years! Congratulations!

 

 

Rotary Anniversaries:

 

        July 7, Elana Karoly, 2 years

 

Thanks for your outstanding Rotary Service!!

 

Rotary Foundation:

 

Past President Kevin Svetich, Foundation Chair reported our Rotary Foundation support for the prior year. Escondido Sunrise, of the 66 clubs in District 5340, accomplished the following:

100 %; Every Rotarian Every Year

100 % Paul Harris Sustaining Members

18 Paul Harris Society Members

#3 Per Capita Giving in the District

 

Great job everyone!!

 

 

Dates to Remember:

 

July:         30    Rotary game at the Padres vs. the Pirates

 

August:    31    District Governor Scott Carr will visit our Club

 

October:    7    Escondido Sunrise Grape Day 5K Event; 86 days away

        

Hi-Fives and Announcements:

 

Past President Bob Burson traveled north and visited the Charles Schultz Museum in Santa Rosa bringing a trinket for President Dave

 

Gloria Leffler announced that she is seeking a new residential setting; any suggestions are welcomed

 

Rorie Johnston announced the Chamber Golf Tournament on September 15 at the Vineyard Golf Course

 

Past President Rich Aeling announced a work project on Saturday July 15 at Caballo Park in East Escondido

 

Tina Pope commented on her designer footwear that she has recently been wearing due to multiple fractures of her foot… Her advice, “When you fall and it hurts, see the doc.”

 

Past President George Beitner reminded members that donated hygiene items from hotels are always welcome for our gifts to the Fisher House at Camp Pendleton…

    

 

Program:

 

June 29: Wheel Chair Initiative

Mike and Pam Morasco presented a program on the uses of and need for wheelchairs in the Dominican Republic. As part of their church’s efforts to support needs in underdeveloped countries, they have taken on leadership of this project. Mike prefaced the comments about the need for wheelchairs by noting that motor scooters are a primary source of transportation in the Dominican, thus there are many accidents involving scooter riders… Thus the great need for wheelchairs…

They went on to describe the varying types of chairs needed based on the living conditions in the region; some urban areas with sidewalks, etc.; however many are needed for varied terrain in the outlying areas. Such wheelchairs need special wheels along with uniques aspects of construction for durability.

Their efforts involve both providing the wheelchair products, as well as teaching locals to assemble the chairs and maintain them.

In addition to the efforts of their church; there are possible partnerships with Rotary groups in Santo Domingo, the capitol city.

 

 

Mike Morasco with President Dave Casey

 

 

Mike discussing Rotary Foundation Project funding with Past President Mike Dunlap after his presentation

July 6: Past President Barry Baker introduced our program, Johnson Asiedu of the San Diego Football Academy

 

Johnson grew up in Ghana West Africa in extreme poverty; his football skills (soccer ability) ultimately led him to a professional football career in Europe. In addition to playing in worldwide competition, he completed his education and discovered that football can lead one on to greater things in life.

His soccer playing ultimately led to experience in coaching; thus his goal to provide hope, opportunity for education, and athletic leadership training for young men and women in San Diego county. His efforts also relate to helping young Ghanan students to come to America.

His current program goals are to bring 5 qualified Ghanan students to the US for soccer and education. Additionally, his plan is to improve educational opportunities as well as athletic programs in his native Ghana.

 

Johnson Asiedu and his son Gabriel pictured with President Dave and Past President Barry Baker

 

Program: July 13, 2017; Elementary School District Bond Construction Projects

 

Linda Bailey introduced our presenters; Michael Taylor, Asst. Supt. of Business Services for the District, and Russ Decker, Director of Facility Development, Planning and Construction. Linda is a member of the District Citizen Oversight Committee that oversees uses of bond funds approved by the voters.

Mr. Taylor proceeded to explain the focus of the November 2014 Bond approval that includes facility improvements, Information technology infrastructure and school site safety. Total bond proceeds from the measure will be $182 m, planned to be used over 6 sequences of bond sales; current efforts are in Series A and B; providing significant facility improvements at two of the district’s oldest campuses, Central School and Mission Middle School. All campuses will receive some levels of improvement in Information technology infrastructure and school site safety.

Specifically under construction at Central currently is a Kindergarten building complex at the corner of Broadway and Fifth Avenue. Also under construction is a science building at Mission Middle School that is two levels, constructed through a modular design with sections built offsite and assembled in a single day’s work. Mr. Decker showed visuals of both projects.

 

President Dave pictured with Michael Taylor and Russ Decker

 

 

 

Next Week’s Program:

 

Bill Dopp; The Future of the Christian Faith

 

Opportunity Drawing:

 

No drawing this week

 

 

Sunrise Rotary June 15, 2017… Your Trash and Where it Goes…  

 

President Tony called the meeting to order; TONY’s LAST MEETING… Whoa! was he  excited!!

 

 

Brian Murphy led the Pledge to the Flag

Past President Jack Anderson offered an invocation

 

Guests and Visitors:

 

Connie Criss, Tony’s Beautiful Wife… Must have been attending to make sure he finished in style!! Welcome Connie… 

 

Special Presentation:

 

President Tony presented a visual montage of photos depicting most of the activities of Escondido Sunrise Rotary over the past year. Tony thanked all in attendance for contributing to make this an outstanding year of Rotary Service!

 

The concluding part of the video material was a video on “How Not to Make a Fishing Show.”  Very funny!! Thanks President Tony for leading us throughout a great year!!

 

Birthdays:

 

June         21    Kathy O’Malley

 

        24    Judi Anderson

 

        30     Dana Ommen

 

Anniversaries:

 

June        20    Rorie and Mark Johnston, 25 Years… Congratulations!

 

        23    Silas and Shaina Harrington

 

Rotary Anniversaries:

 

        Floyd Farley, 6 Years

 

        Doug Shultz, 2 Years

 

        John Sawtelle, 12 Years

 

Thanks to all for your outstanding Rotary Service!!

 

Rotary Foundation:

 

Past President Kevin Svetich, Foundation Chair challenged us to go the ‘extra mile’ with Rotary Foundation donations. The current per capita leader in the District is at $487 per… Escondido Sunrise is currently at $407 per capita. Kevin thanked the 18 members of Escondido Sunrise that are members of the Paul Harris Society, and announced that we are meeting the goal of “Every Rotarian, Every Year.” 

Great work… Keep it Up!!

 

Dates to Remember:

 

June:        17    Wine Brews and Blues at the Art Center…

 

        22    President Tony’s Demotion… Come and help Past President                 Rich Aeling “Drain the Swamp”… Cocktails at 5:30, Dinner at                 6:30, at Cocina del Charro

 

        23    Rotary Golf outing; 12:30 PM at Twin Oaks Golf Course in San                 Marcos. Confirm your participation with Past President Mike                     O’Malley (charged4life1@gmail.com). A barbecue will follow at                 Mike’s home, 1734 Birchwood Drive, San Marcos.

 

October    7    Grape Day 5K; 114 days ’til the big event…

            Fundraising teams have been drafted… Begin contacting your                 donors and recruit participants…

            Past President George Beitner announced our goals of $100,000                 in total fundraising and 1200 event participants.

 

Hi-Fives and Announcements:

 

John Sawtelle announced that his wife, Bobbi, was named ‘Golfer of the Year’ as part of the women’s golf group at Oaks North Golf Course… Way to go Bobbi!

 

Past President George Beitner announced that he and his family are celebrating his Dad’s 90th Birthday… Happy Birthday Mr. Beitner!!    

 

Program:

 

Past President Jack Anderson introduced Elmer Heap, the North San Diego Division Manager for EDCO Disposal. Elmer was previously with the City of San Diego, as an attorney, and later as a Deputy Chief Operating Officer overseeing the Parks and Recreation and Environmental Services Departments. Jack also reminded the Club Members that Escondido Disposal Inc., part of EDCO Disposal has been a major sponsor of our Grape Day 5K since it’s beginning. EDCO was thanked with a rousing round of applause…

 

Elmer shared with us the quality of the employees that serve all of the communities that are served by EDCO in North County; Escondido, Poway, San Marcos, Vista, Encinitas and Solana Beach. He is continually impressed with the quality service and longevity of the company’s employees. And he reminded us that all employees of the company are the ‘Face of the Company’ to the communities they serve.

 

He spoke about EDCO having been in business since 1967, beginning with the City of La Mesa, and that today has franchise agreements with 11 of the 18 Cities in San Diego County. He then described the varied California legislative mandates that were adopted by the Legislature beginning 1989, requiring communities to reduce their volume of waste placed in landfills. With those legislative mandates, EDCO has responded to support it’s city services by providing transfer station services in Escondido and separation and sale of recycled materials.

 

Elmer concluded his presentation with a digital, visual ‘flyover’ of the upgraded recycling facility in Escondido that will celebrate it’s grand opening on June 30. The facility will accommodate an increased volume of recycled materials processing from 22 tons/hour to 40-60 tons/hour. Added to the facility, and opening in about 18 months, will be an Anaerobic Digester to accommodate both green waste and food waste. The by-product of the Digester will be production of Compressed Natural Gas which will fuel the collection vehicles serving all of our communities. This is the first facility of its kind in the State, wherein all processing of waste, including the production of CNG is essentially under a single roof… With the CNG being used to fuel vehicles in the operations yard immediately across the street from the processing plant.

 

 

Elmer Heap, EDCO Regional Manager pictured with President Tony and Connie Criss…

 

 

 

 

Next Week’s Program:

 

No Morning Meeting… DEMOTION Dinner at 5:30 PM

 

Opportunity Drawing:

 

Lunch Money:    $21;    Past President Kevin Svetich

 

Big Pot:        $459;    Gloria Leffler; sorry, no luck today…

 

Sunrise Rotary June 15, 2017… Your Trash and Where it Goes…  

 

President Tony called the meeting to order; TONY’s LAST MEETING… Whoa! was he  excited!!

 

 

Brian Murphy led the Pledge to the Flag

Past President Jack Anderson offered an invocation

 

Guests and Visitors:

 

Connie Criss, Tony’s Beautiful Wife… Must have been attending to make sure he finished in style!! Welcome Connie… 

 

Special Presentation:

 

President Tony presented a visual montage of photos depicting most of the activities of Escondido Sunrise Rotary over the past year. Tony thanked all in attendance for contributing to make this an outstanding year of Rotary Service!

 

The concluding part of the video material was a video on “How Not to Make a Fishing Show.”  Very funny!! Thanks President Tony for leading us throughout a great year!!

 

Birthdays:

 

June         21    Kathy O’Malley

 

        24    Judi Anderson

 

        30     Dana Ommen

 

Anniversaries:

 

June        20    Rorie and Mark Johnston, 25 Years… Congratulations!

 

        23    Silas and Shaina Harrington

 

Rotary Anniversaries:

 

        Floyd Farley, 6 Years

 

        Doug Shultz, 2 Years

 

        John Sawtelle, 12 Years

 

Thanks to all for your outstanding Rotary Service!!

 

Rotary Foundation:

 

Past President Kevin Svetich, Foundation Chair challenged us to go the ‘extra mile’ with Rotary Foundation donations. The current per capita leader in the District is at $487 per… Escondido Sunrise is currently at $407 per capita. Kevin thanked the 18 members of Escondido Sunrise that are members of the Paul Harris Society, and announced that we are meeting the goal of “Every Rotarian, Every Year.” 

Great work… Keep it Up!!

 

Dates to Remember:

 

June:        17    Wine Brews and Blues at the Art Center…

 

        22    President Tony’s Demotion… Come and help Past President                 Rich Aeling “Drain the Swamp”… Cocktails at 5:30, Dinner at                 6:30, at Cocina del Charro

 

        23    Rotary Golf outing; 12:30 PM at Twin Oaks Golf Course in San                 Marcos. Confirm your participation with Past President Mike                     O’Malley (charged4life1@gmail.com). A barbecue will follow at                 Mike’s home, 1734 Birchwood Drive, San Marcos.

 

October    7    Grape Day 5K; 114 days ’til the big event…

            Fundraising teams have been drafted… Begin contacting your                 donors and recruit participants…

            Past President George Beitner announced our goals of $100,000                 in total fundraising and 1200 event participants.

 

Hi-Fives and Announcements:

 

John Sawtelle announced that his wife, Bobbi, was named ‘Golfer of the Year’ as part of the women’s golf group at Oaks North Golf Course… Way to go Bobbi!

 

Past President George Beitner announced that he and his family are celebrating his Dad’s 90th Birthday… Happy Birthday Mr. Beitner!!    

 

Program:

 

Past President Jack Anderson introduced Elmer Heap, the North San Diego Division Manager for EDCO Disposal. Elmer was previously with the City of San Diego, as an attorney, and later as a Deputy Chief Operating Officer overseeing the Parks and Recreation and Environmental Services Departments. Jack also reminded the Club Members that Escondido Disposal Inc., part of EDCO Disposal has been a major sponsor of our Grape Day 5K since it’s beginning. EDCO was thanked with a rousing round of applause…

 

Elmer shared with us the quality of the employees that serve all of the communities that are served by EDCO in North County; Escondido, Poway, San Marcos, Vista, Encinitas and Solana Beach. He is continually impressed with the quality service and longevity of the company’s employees. And he reminded us that all employees of the company are the ‘Face of the Company’ to the communities they serve.

 

He spoke about EDCO having been in business since 1967, beginning with the City of La Mesa, and that today has franchise agreements with 11 of the 18 Cities in San Diego County. He then described the varied California legislative mandates that were adopted by the Legislature beginning 1989, requiring communities to reduce their volume of waste placed in landfills. With those legislative mandates, EDCO has responded to support it’s city services by providing transfer station services in Escondido and separation and sale of recycled materials.

 

Elmer concluded his presentation with a digital, visual ‘flyover’ of the upgraded recycling facility in Escondido that will celebrate it’s grand opening on June 30. The facility will accommodate an increased volume of recycled materials processing from 22 tons/hour to 40-60 tons/hour. Added to the facility, and opening in about 18 months, will be an Anaerobic Digester to accommodate both green waste and food waste. The by-product of the Digester will be production of Compressed Natural Gas which will fuel the collection vehicles serving all of our communities. This is the first facility of its kind in the State, wherein all processing of waste, including the production of CNG is essentially under a single roof… With the CNG being used to fuel vehicles in the operations yard immediately across the street from the processing plant.

 

 

Elmer Heap, EDCO Regional Manager pictured with President Tony and Connie Criss…

 

 

 

 

Next Week’s Program:

 

No Morning Meeting… DEMOTION Dinner at 5:30 PM

 

Opportunity Drawing:

 

Lunch Money:    $21;    Past President Kevin Svetich

 

Big Pot:        $459;    Gloria Leffler; sorry, no luck today…

 

Sunrise Rotary Activities and Programs Through June 8, 2017  

 

President Tony called the meeting to order; his next to last meeting… Whoa! he is excited!!

 

Don’t miss the meeting of June 15! Tony’s last meeting!!

 

 

Past President Jack Anderson led the Pledge to the Flag

Past President Jim Ponder offered an invocation

 

Guests and Visitors:

 

Danny Sherlock, Escondido Rotary was visiting 

 

Tisha Young, a member of the Rancho Bernardo noon was also introduced as a visiting Rotarian… 

 

Special Presentations:

 

Past President Rich Aeling and Past President Bob Burson introduced Tisha Young of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego. Tisha updated our members on the activities of the Clubs in Escondido, North County and throughout the County.

Escondido Sunrise presented a donation gift to the organization…

 

Tisha Young and Danny Sherlock pictured with President Tony presenting a donation gift

 

 

Past President Kevin Svetich, Foundation Chair presented  Past President Barry Baker with recognition of his eighth Paul Harris Fellow Award… Thanks for your generosity Barry!

 

Past President Barry Baker receiving his eighth Paul Harris Foundation Award…

 

 

Kevin encouraged donations through the end of the Rotary Year as we are at 61% of our annual Foundation Goal (who set that high a goal??)… 

We are currently at $288 per capita, the leading Club in the District is at $487 per capita…

 

Anniversaries and Birthdays:

 

Birthdays:

 

June     10        Shaina Harrington    

 

    12        Past President John Masson

 

    13        Past President Jim Lund        

 

    

Anniversaries:

 

June     8        Past President Mike and Julie Muehl

 

Rotary Anniversaries:

 

None this week

 

 

Photos of the Week:

 

Elana Karoly and her ‘Go-to-Grow’ organization; Rich Aeling with a ‘Corn Hole’ fish…; Mark Hoekstra at a Padres-Cubs game… And some crazy golf cart video…

 

 

Dates to Remember:

 

June        17:    Wine, Brews and Blues at the Arts Center; a fundraiser                     in conjunction with the Bonsall Rotary Club

            Buy your tickets online now… It means                 money for our Club if we sell more than                 25…

 

        22:    Demotion Dinner at Cocina del Charro; cocktails at 5:30,                 dinner at 6:30. RSVP with Past President Rich Aeling    

    

 

October    7:    Grape Day 5K; 121 days ’til the big event…

 

High Fives and Announcements:

 

Dave Herbert shared his fire lookout schedule on Palomar Mountain at the Boucher Lookout Tower; a great spot for a family outing… Dave's Boucher Schedule for the next several months…Monday, June 12, Monday, July 3, Friday, July 7, Tuesday, August 8, Tuesday, September 5 and Friday, September 8

 

 

 Recent Programs:

 

May 25; RYLA:

Past Presidents George Beitner and Jim Ponder introduced our program to recognize the RYLA honorees and Alumni. Sarah Nichelson introduced the three junior students from San Pasqual that represented our Club; Jasmine, Alexis and Fatima; all of the students spoke of the friendships gained and the insights from the hight quality guest speakers…

 

Sarah with Jasmine…

 

 

Sarah with Fatima…

 

Sarah with Alexis…

 

George and Jim introduced the Alumni that led the weekend’s activities for the weekend leadership program. Escondido Sunrise plays a significant role in RYLA for the District, with Jim, George and Kelly Mayberry fulfilling significant leadership roles.

 

Alumni in attendance spoke about the leadership opportunities offered by their participation… They represented a number of regional high schools including; San Dieguito Academy, San Pasqual, Carlsbad, Del Norte, and Rancho Bernardo High Schools…

 

RYLA Alumni…

 

June 1 Program: Alzheimer’s Association of San Diego:

 

Rosie Barnett introduced Jeffree Itrich who spoke about the Alzheimer’s challenges facing nearly 63,000 residents of San Diego County; and is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.

 

Her experience as a nurse was highlighted as she described the ‘onset’ of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the early 1980’s much of which has been supported by new medical breakthroughs. Her hope is that Alzheimer’s research can improve the opportunities for those afflicted through medicines that will stem the progressive nature of the disease. San Diego County, with so much medical research, leads the fight worldwide. She stated that women are  often afflicted more than men; she also stated that a ‘heart-healthy’ lifestyle (quality diet and exercise) can be a great deterrent to Alzheimer’s. 

 

Jeffree Itrich with Rosie Barnett and President Tony…

 

 

June 8 Program: Escondido Education COMPACT:

 

Past President Jack Anderson introduced Executive Director Patty Huerta of the Education COMPACT. Supporting the presentation was Carolina Ruiz a Youth Development Specialist with COMPACT.

The presentation focused on COMPACT’s initiative to enhance exercise, diet and general health of residents in the Mission Park area (Mission and Ash) of Escondido. Specifically focusing on opportunities to enhance bicycle riding, pedestrian safety and use of the “Escondido Creek Trail.” Efforts include opportunities for groups to adopt portions of the Creek Trail and to engage the community through a program of Resident Leadership development. COMPACT carries out these programs through extensive partnerships including, The Escondido Police Department, the City of Escondido Engineering Department, and numerous other San Diego bike and transportation cooperatives. 

I addition to these programs to enhance community health, the COMPACT focuses on youth development through their ‘Project Hero’ in which mentor support is provided to community youth.

 

The Sunrise Rotary Club provided a donation gift of $1,500 to COMPACT for community youth programs…

 

Patty Huerta, Carolina Ruiz and President Tony with the ESR donation…

 

 

Next Week’s Program:

 

Elmer Heap, Regional Manager of EDCO Disposal

 

Opportunity Drawing:

 

Lunch Money:    $15;    President Tony

 

Big Pot:        $439;    Linda Bailey; sorry, no luck today…

 

Sunrise Rotary May 4, 2017  

 

President Tony called this special evening meeting to order

 

Past President Jim Ponder led the Pledge to the Flag

Father Bill Dopp offered an invocation

 

Special Presentation:

 

Past President Rich Aeling introduced Escondido Police Sergeant Chris Leso. 

 

SGT. Chris Leso speaking to the Escondido Sunrise Club members…

 

SGT. Leso leads the Police Department’s Explorer Cadet program; and Escondido Sunrise Rotary has supported the annual academy for the Cadets in past years. President Tony announced that the Club would support the academy with a $500 donation; Connie Criss (Mrs. President Tony) offered an additional donation of $200 for the program. Rich then sought the support of Club members in attendance, seeking an additional $100 from willing members at the meeting. Immediately, numerous hands were raised, and thankfully, Donna Aeling had the sense to film a video of all members with raised hands… All told, 22 members offered to support the program with gifts totaling $3,700 including the Club’s initial donation of $500.

Great job Escondido Sunrise Members!!

 

Video Presentation:

 

President Tony presented a video of the Mexicali school children enjoying the wonderful playground equipment our members and friends installed last weekend in Mexicali…

 

 Dates to Remember:

 

October    7:    Grape Day 5K; 156 days ’til the big event…

 

 

 Program:

 

Past President Jim Ponder introduced Alex Montoya, our special guest speaker. 

Jim has known Alex for several years, and he is a featured guest at RYLA programs at which he is always a wonderful inspiration for the young people attending.

 

Alex began his story of his very early life in Medellin Columbia; born as a triple amputee (no arms and only one leg) due to his mother’s use of the drug Thalidomide. Alex’s parent’s perspective of his condition was that he should be encouraged and supported to do all that he could possibly do in life; contrary to the medical professionals who suggested to his parents, “that his life would not amount to much of anything.”

 

 

Alex Montoya speaking to Club members and guests…

 

With family in the US, Alex’s parents arranged for him to come to America for treatment in a Shriner’s hospital. That amazing care, plus the attitude that he could accomplish anything he put his mind to, has led him to a life of caring for and inspiring others. His older sister encouraged him as he was preparing to leave Columbia for the US by telling him that he “was on a mission,” and encouraging him to “make a difference.”

 

Alex was ‘equipped’ with appropriate prothetic devices and began his quest to accomplish ‘What If’… That attitude has propelled him to a degree from Notre Dame, a community relations post with the Padres, and many opportunities to impact thousands of people with life experiences and his uncanny ability to connect with his audiences. Alex reminded us to enjoy life while focusing on what we have and not on what we are missing… His advice, “never take for granted those things in life that we can do each moment without having to think about them” is solid counsel for all of us.

 

Alex encourages us to surround ourselves with supportive people and always to be a cheerleader for others. To this end, he has begun the ‘See the Good’ movement, an opportunity for him to reach others with the perspectives and reality that has enabled him to actively contribute to our world.

 

 

Alex Montoya with President Tony…

 

 

 

 

 

Sunrise Rotary April 27, 2017  

 

President Tony called the meeting to order

 

Past President Mike O’Malley led the Pledge to the Flag

Past President Barry Baker offered an invocation

 

Guests and Visitors:

 

Connie Criss, President Tony’s ‘First Lady’ was introduced as a guest

 

George Weir, member of the Escondido Club was introduced as a visiting Rotarian… Soon to become a member?? Welcome George!!

 

A REMINDER…

There is no morning meeting on May 4… Meet at Cocina del Charro at 6 PM to hear guest speaker Alex Montoya…

 

 

Special Presentation:

 

Past President Kevin Svetich, Foundation Chair presented  Past President Bob Burson with recognition of his seventh Paul Harris Fellow Award… Thanks for your generosity Bob!

 

Kevin announced a ‘special’ currently going on with the Foundation; our Club will match any donation of $500 enabling the donor to secure a Paul Harris Fellow designation for someone of his/her choosing.

 

Anniversaries and Birthdays:

 

Birthdays:

 

April     27    Kim Henson; Happy Birthday Kim!        

 

    

Anniversaries:

 

None this week

 

Rotary Anniversaries:

 

None this week

 

 

Induction of New Member:

 

Membership Chair Linda Bailey inducted new member, Tina Pope. Tina’s classification is Health Care; Welcome Tina!!

Linda Bailey and Tina Pope…

 

 

Photos of the Week:

 

Photos from the Mexicali trip; great job installing an awesome piece of play equipment. This project required two trips as the footings were dug and concret installed prior to the actual install of the play piece…

 

 

 

Also shown is the playground area painting that the group providedi…

 

 

 

Dates to Remember:

 

May        4:    Evening meeting at Cocina del Charro, 6:00 PM; guest speaker is                 Alex Montoya of the San Diego Padre organization. Cost is $35                 per person, RSVP with Past President Rich Aeling soon!!

 

        6:    Bunco at John Boyce’s home    

 

        20:    District Conference at Liberty Station    

 

            Work Day at the Chamber of Commerce; some painting                     involved…    

        

June        17:    Wine, Brews and Blues at the Arts Center; a fundraiser                     in conjunction with the Bonsall Rotary Club

 

        22:    Demotion event; Bye, bye President Tony and welcome                     President Dave Casey    

 

October    7:    Grape Day 5K; 163 days ’til the big event…

 

High Fives and Announcements:

 

Dave Herbert returned from a cruise including port calls in Morocco and Spain, bringing President Tony what was left of his gift…

 

Past President Mike O’Malley was in Vegas recently, he brought Tony some beer bread

 

Mark Crosby announced that there was a Meals on Wheels recognition event in San Marcos

 

Past President Rich Aeling announced that the Escondido East Rotary Club’s Annual Deep Pit Barbecue honoring veterans and active duty military will be held on May 13 at Kit Carson Park. Tickets are $20 each and Rich has plenty…

 

Richard Agnew announced that the Club website was in the process of being reformatted; he is interested in recent photos of Club events for the website

 

Linda Bailey announced that her client, Talk of the Town Carwash at Center City and Brotherton Road was opening with free carwashes on Monday May 1.

 

Andy Ommen was recently in Cabo San Lucas celebrating his and Dana’s anniversary; he brought President Tony a bingo set…

 

 

 Program:

 

Past President Barry Baker introduced Monte Giles as our speaker. 

Monte works in international market development for Qualcomm and characterizes himself as a tech geek who loves working with people. He talked about the exponential growth of smart phone usage, and using a theme of Qualcomm’s, “we live to connect.”

He shared another perspective of Qualcomm’s theme; “We don’t make devices, we make connections.”

He recently returned from a trip to China, and commented that China Mobile, the country’s smart phone provider, has 835 million subscribers in a country with a population of 1.2 billion people.

He discussed some of the technical aspects of electronic communications, including band width and the value of network in enabling smart phones to connect. In the next 30 years, smart phone technology will be connecting people to things, and devices will act on our behalf. An example of this is the driverless car.

Technology capability is growing; many of us have used devices with 2G, 3G or now, 4G  power; the next breakthrough will be 5G…

He showed us a chip that will equal the capacity of 3 billion transistors on a chip the size of a fingernail…

See this chip…

The economic potential of these small, powerful computers in our hand-held devices is expected to generate 22 million jobs worldwide. Monte completed his presentation by answering questions from some of the more brilliant techno-geeks from within the Club membership….

 

 

Monte Giles of Qualcomm with President Tony and Past President Barry Baker

 

 

 

Next Week’s Program:

 

 

 

 

Opportunity Drawing:

 

Lunch Money:    $18;    Dave Herbert

 

Big Pot:        $376;    Past President Rich Aeling; sorry, no luck today…

 

 

Sunrise Rotary April 20, 2017  

 

President Tony called the meeting to order

 

Past President Mark Hoekstra led the Pledge to the Flag

Past President Jack Anderson offered an invocation

 

Guests and Visitors:

 

Mike Close Friday Harbor Rotary Club from the San Juan Islands in Washington; will be part of the Mexicali project

A large group of visitors here for the Mexicali project, some being members of the Lions Club; all welcomed and thanked for their partnership in International Service

 

Past President George Beitner’s ‘special guest’… Our own, Sarah Nichelson… attending our meeting once again…. Good to see you Sarah!!

 

Mexicali Project Starts Today; photo of all the participants attending today’s meeting…

 

 

Special Presentation:

 

President Tony presented  Past President Jack Anderson with recognition of his seventh Paul Harris Fellow Award… Thanks for your generosity Jack!

 

Anniversaries and Birthdays:

 

Birthdays:

 

April     22    Past President Jim Ponder         

 

    26    Past President George Beitner

 

Anniversaries:

 

April    24    Andy and Dana Ommen (celebrating in Cabo as we meet!)

 

Rotary Anniversaries:

 

None this week

 

 

 

 

Photos of the Week:

 

Past President Mike O’Malley in his realtor attire; coat, tie and shorts…Way Cool!

 

Escondido Sunrise Rotarians at Dancing with Our Stars; fundraising event for the California Center for the Arts. Our very own Rorie Johnston competed… Great job Rorie!

Escondido Sunrise Rotarians at the Escondido Police Range… A thank you outing for our support of the Police Department Cadet Program

 

Escondido Sunrise Rotarians at the San Diego Gulls hockey game… A fun time had by all…

 

Dates to Remember:

 

May        4:    Evening meeting at Cocina del Charro; guest speaker is Alex                 Montoya of the San Diego Padre organization. Cost is $35 per                 person, RSVP with Past President Rich Aeling soon!!

 

        6:    Bunco at John Boyce’s home    

 

        20:    District Conference at Liberty Station        

        

June        17:        Wine, Brews and Blues at the Arts Center; a fundraiser                     in conjunction with the Bonsall Rotary Club

 

        22:        Demotion event; Bye, bye President Tony and welcome                     President Dave Casey    

 

October    7:        Grape Day 5K;

 

High Fives and Announcements:

 

Jack Anderson just returned from a trip that included some time in Texas; he brought President Tony a deck of cards with a Davey Crockett quote; “the rest of you can go to hell, I’m going to Texas.”

 

Past President Jim Lund was traveling in Cabo San Lucas and brought President Tony a post card… Jim also announced that the San Pasqual HS Pops Concert was coming up at the Art Center.

 

It was announced that Mike Morasco’s mother passed away recently… Our thoughts are with Mike and his family…

 

 Program:

 

Chris Miller introduced Dennis Astil, the Manager of Construction and Facilities Planning for Palomar College. Dennis talked about the variety of projects being built on the various Palomar campuses and the methodologies used on the projects, 

 

The projects are all supported through the proceeds of the $694 M bond measure passed by the voters in 2006. The key element of all the projects is smart management and attention to budget detail.

Dennis highlighted the latest project, a facilities and maintenance center that will provide a single location for warehousing, facilities operations and maintenance services on the main campus. Utilizing an odd-shaped, highly visible piece of property at the entrance to the college, they used a design-build with competition process. Attempting to achieve the ‘best value’ in the project, while maintaining some design control. Concerns were a limited budget of $15.5 M, while building an aesthetically pleasing facility which would also be durable and energy efficient. They are proud to have achieved all of the criteria set by the Board and within budget constraints… Dennis will be making a similar presentation to an upcoming gathering of architects and construction managers…

 

Dennis Astil of Palomar College discussing their latest design-build project…

 

 

Next Week’s Program:

 

A representative of Qualcomm brought to us by Past President Barry Baker

 

Opportunity Drawing:

 

Lunch Money:    $20;    Mark Hoekstra

 

Big Pot:        $358;    Past President Rich Aeling; sorry, no luck today…

 

 

Sunrise Rotary April 20, 2017  

 

President Tony called the meeting to order

 

Past President Mark Hoekstra led the Pledge to the Flag

Past President Jack Anderson offered an invocation

 

Guests and Visitors:

 

Mike Close Friday Harbor Rotary Club from the San Juan Islands in Washington; will be part of the Mexicali project

A large group of visitors here for the Mexicali project, some being members of the Lions Club; all welcomed and thanked for their partnership in International Service

 

Past President George Beitner’s ‘special guest’… Our own, Sarah Nichelson… attending our meeting once again…. Good to see you Sarah!!

 

Mexicali Project Starts Today; photo of all the participants attending today’s meeting…

 

 

 

Special Presentation:

 

President Tony presented  Past President Jack Anderson with recognition of his seventh Paul Harris Fellow Award… Thanks for your generosity Jack!

 

Anniversaries and Birthdays:

 

Birthdays:

 

April     22    Past President Jim Ponder         

 

    26    Past President George Beitner

 

Anniversaries:

 

April    24    Andy and Dana Ommen (celebrating in Cabo as we meet!)

 

Rotary Anniversaries:

 

None this week

 

 

 

 

Photos of the Week:

 

Past President Mike O’Malley in his realtor attire; coat, tie and shorts…Way Cool!

 

Escondido Sunrise Rotarians at Dancing with Our Stars; fundraising event for the California Center for the Arts. Our very own Rorie Johnston competed… Great job Rorie!

Escondido Sunrise Rotarians at the Escondido Police Range… A thank you outing for our support of the Police Department Cadet Program

 

Escondido Sunrise Rotarians at the San Diego Gulls hockey game… A fun time had by all…

 

Dates to Remember:

 

May        4:    Evening meeting at Cocina del Charro; guest speaker is Alex                 Montoya of the San Diego Padre organization. Cost is $35 per                 person, RSVP with Past President Rich Aeling soon!!

 

        6:    Bunco at John Boyce’s home    

 

        20:    District Conference at Liberty Station        

        

June        17:        Wine, Brews and Blues at the Arts Center; a fundraiser                     in conjunction with the Bonsall Rotary Club

 

        22:        Demotion event; Bye, bye President Tony and welcome                     President Dave Casey    

 

October    7:        Grape Day 5K;

 

High Fives and Announcements:

 

Jack Anderson just returned from a trip that included some time in Texas; he brought President Tony a deck of cards with a Davey Crockett quote; “the rest of you can go to hell, I’m going to Texas.”

 

Past President Jim Lund was traveling in Cabo San Lucas and brought President Tony a post card… Jim also announced that the San Pasqual HS Pops Concert was coming up at the Art Center.

 

It was announced that Mike Morasco’s mother passed away recently… Our thoughts are with Mike and his family…

 

 Program:

 

Chris Miller introduced Dennis Astil, the Manager of Construction and Facilities Planning for Palomar College. Dennis talked about the variety of projects being built on the various Palomar campuses and the methodologies used on the projects, 

 

The projects are all supported through the proceeds of the $694 M bond measure passed by the voters in 2006. The key element of all the projects is smart management and attention to budget detail.

Dennis highlighted the latest project, a facilities and maintenance center that will provide a single location for warehousing, facilities operations and maintenance services on the main campus. Utilizing an odd-shaped, highly visible piece of property at the entrance to the college, they used a design-build with competition process. Attempting to achieve the ‘best value’ in the project, while maintaining some design control. Concerns were a limited budget of $15.5 M, while building an aesthetically pleasing facility which would also be durable and energy efficient. They are proud to have achieved all of the criteria set by the Board and within budget constraints… Dennis will be making a similar presentation to an upcoming gathering of architects and construction managers…

 

Dennis Astil of Palomar College discussing their latest design-build project…

 

 

 

Next Week’s Program:

 

A representative of Qualcomm brought to us by Past President Barry Baker

 

Opportunity Drawing:

 

Lunch Money:    $20;    Mark Hoekstra

 

Big Pot:        $358;    Past President Rich Aeling; sorry, no luck today…

 

 

Sunrise Rotary April 20, 2017  

 

President Tony called the meeting to order

 

Past President Mark Hoekstra led the Pledge to the Flag

Past President Jack Anderson offered an invocation

 

Guests and Visitors:

 

Mike Close Friday Harbor Rotary Club from the San Juan Islands in Washington; will be part of the Mexicali project

A large group of visitors here for the Mexicali project, some being members of the Lions Club; all welcomed and thanked for their partnership in International Service

 

Past President George Beitner’s ‘special guest’… Our own, Sarah Nichelson… attending our meeting once again…. Good to see you Sarah!!

 

Mexicali Project Starts Today; photo of all the participants attending today’s meeting…

 

 

Special Presentation:

 

President Tony presented  Past President Jack Anderson with recognition of his seventh Paul Harris Fellow Award… Thanks for your generosity Jack!

 

Anniversaries and Birthdays:

 

Birthdays:

 

April     22    Past President Jim Ponder         

 

    26    Past President George Beitner

 

Anniversaries:

 

April    24    Andy and Dana Ommen (celebrating in Cabo as we meet!)

 

Rotary Anniversaries:

 

None this week

 

 

 

 

Photos of the Week:

 

Past President Mike O’Malley in his realtor attire; coat, tie and shorts…Way Cool!

 

Escondido Sunrise Rotarians at Dancing with Our Stars; fundraising event for the California Center for the Arts. Our very own Rorie Johnston competed… Great job Rorie!

Escondido Sunrise Rotarians at the Escondido Police Range… A thank you outing for our support of the Police Department Cadet Program

 

Escondido Sunrise Rotarians at the San Diego Gulls hockey game… A fun time had by all…

 

Dates to Remember:

 

May        4:    Evening meeting at Cocina del Charro; guest speaker is Alex                 Montoya of the San Diego Padre organization. Cost is $35 per                 person, RSVP with Past President Rich Aeling soon!!

 

        6:    Bunco at John Boyce’s home    

 

        20:    District Conference at Liberty Station        

        

June        17:        Wine, Brews and Blues at the Arts Center; a fundraiser                     in conjunction with the Bonsall Rotary Club

 

        22:        Demotion event; Bye, bye President Tony and welcome                     President Dave Casey    

 

October    7:        Grape Day 5K;

 

High Fives and Announcements:

 

Jack Anderson just returned from a trip that included some time in Texas; he brought President Tony a deck of cards with a Davey Crockett quote; “the rest of you can go to hell, I’m going to Texas.”

 

Past President Jim Lund was traveling in Cabo San Lucas and brought President Tony a post card… Jim also announced that the San Pasqual HS Pops Concert was coming up at the Art Center.

 

It was announced that Mike Morasco’s mother passed away recently… Our thoughts are with Mike and his family…

 

 Program:

 

Chris Miller introduced Dennis Astil, the Manager of Construction and Facilities Planning for Palomar College. Dennis talked about the variety of projects being built on the various Palomar campuses and the methodologies used on the projects, 

 

The projects are all supported through the proceeds of the $694 M bond measure passed by the voters in 2006. The key element of all the projects is smart management and attention to budget detail.

Dennis highlighted the latest project, a facilities and maintenance center that will provide a single location for warehousing, facilities operations and maintenance services on the main campus. Utilizing an odd-shaped, highly visible piece of property at the entrance to the college, they used a design-build with competition process. Attempting to achieve the ‘best value’ in the project, while maintaining some design control. Concerns were a limited budget of $15.5 M, while building an aesthetically pleasing facility which would also be durable and energy efficient. They are proud to have achieved all of the criteria set by the Board and within budget constraints… Dennis will be making a similar presentation to an upcoming gathering of architects and construction managers…

 

Dennis Astil of Palomar College discussing their latest design-build project…

 

 

Next Week’s Program:

 

A representative of Qualcomm brought to us by Past President Barry Baker

 

Opportunity Drawing:

 

Lunch Money:    $20;    Mark Hoekstra

 

Big Pot:        $358;    Past President Rich Aeling; sorry, no luck today…

 

 

Sunrise Rotary April 13, 2017  

 

President Tony called the meeting to order

 

Past President Jim Ponder led the pledge to the flag

Bill Dopp gave the invocation

 

President Tony, after opening the meeting by showing a video; he disappeared, 

returning in a full bunny suit…  (Rich has a video, guess when you will all see it again; the demotion of course (-:  ). Tony tried to sweeten up the members by passing out chocolates… He remained in the warm suit all meeting… Whew! it’s warm in here!!

 

Guests and Visitors:

 

Edwin from Kenya joined us

 

Visiting Rotarians:

 

    Bonnie Maloney

    George Wier

    Vaughn North

 

Anniversaries and Birthdays:

 

Birthdays:

 

Becky Lund

 

Anniversaries:

 

None this week

 

Rotary Anniversaries:

 

None this week

 

Reports:

 

Vaughn North of the Escondido Club updated us on the activities of Escondido         Shines

 

Jim Ponder and George Beitner reported on the RYLA weekend at Idyllwild. Also     attending RYLA were President Tony and Connie Criss, Past President Mike         O’Malley and Edwin. 

A highlight of the weekend was when the group skyped with a group of high         school girls in Afghanistan

    Mexicali Project – Phase 1

 

Pictures of the footings dug were shown, the footings were not small, John Masson did the measuring.

 

Photos of the Week:

 

None this week

 

Dates to Remember:

 

April        15:        Gulls Hockey; Tickets for the special seats in the ‘Box’ are                     $60; see Past President Rich Aeling more information

 

        20-23:        Mexicali project

 

May        4:        Evening meeting; guest speaker will be Alex Montoya of the                     Padres, more details to come

        

        6:        Bunco at John Boyce’s home    

 

June        17:        Wine, Brews and Blues at the Arts Center; a fundraiser                     in conjunction with the Bonsall Rotary Club

 

        22:        Demotion event; Bye, bye President Tony and welcome                     President Dave Casey    

 

October    7:        Grape Day 5K;

 

High Fives and Announcements:

 

Bill Dopp brought some playing cards from Florida

Past President Jim Ponder brought Tony a coffee cup, made in China as Jim was visiting China…

Ralph Tavares brought President Tony some chocolate from Peru…

 

 Recent Programs:

 

April 6; Past President Mark Hoekstra presented a program on Membership Development.

Mark used a power point presentation to describe the various categories of membership that are available in our Club; Active, Young Executive, Primary Corporate, Additional Corporate and Honorary. Dues for each category vary, ranging from $83.50 per month Active Member to $20 for the Additional Corporate member. le lot more than a CPA would ever do…

Escondido Sunrise currently has 49 members; our goal for this year is to increase membership by 6; currently we are net -2 for the year… So, we all have some work to do…

 

April 13: Our speaker was Jack Stone, a professor of woodworking at Palomar College; he was introduced by Chris Miller.

 

Mr. Stone oversees a number of classes and programs with over 50 different wood-related courses with over 500 students enrolled per semester. 

 

The programs and classes are intended to help individuals develop woodworking skills that will lead to self-employment. Projects range from product design to marketing the product and people skills enabling the woodworker to relate to potential customers..

 

 

Opportunity Drawing:

 

Lunch Money:    $19;    Jeff Johnson

 

Big Pot:        $339;    Past President George Beitner; sorry, not so lucky today…

 

 

Sunrise Rotary March 30, 2017  

 

President Tony called the meeting to order

 

Jack Anderson led the Pledge to the Flag

Father Bill Dopp offered an invocation

 

Guests and Visitors:

 

George Weir was visiting from the Escondido Club

Tina Pope was visiting from the Escondido Club

Robert Ludolph was introduced as President Tony’s guest

 

Edwin Oketch Otieno from Nairobi Kenya was introduced as Jim Ponder’s guest. introduced as a guest. Jim and George Beitner met Edwin when they were in Nairobi after the Kilimanjaro trip two years ago. Edwin will be one of the presenters at RYLA as he tells his story of his life in an orphanage and now his work through his foundation working with young people in Nairobi…

 

Jim Ponder pictured with Edwin Oketch Otieno…

 

 

Anniversaries and Birthdays:

 

Birthdays:

 

March     31    Donna Aeling…    

 

Anniversaries:

 

No anniversaries

 

Rotary Anniversaries:

 

None this week

 

 

Photos of the Week:

 

Dave Herbert, George Beitner and Jack Anderson delivering supplies to Fisher House at Camp Pendleton on March 23; Pictured with Kiana Bright, the General Manager of Fisher House

 

Carol Ponder completing the Carlsbad half marathon; a great achievement since her back surgery

 

Jack and Judi Anderson at Buona Forchetta at Liberty Station in San Diego 

 

Dates to Remember:

 

April        7-9:        RYLA; at Idyllwild Pines. Past President Jim Ponder                     shared about the opportunity to visit on Saturday and                         experience part of the program. He mentioned that the                     young leaders will have an opportunity to Skype with                         students in Afghanistan. Jim also thanked the Club for the                     RYLA support above and beyond in providing audio-visual                     equipment for the annual conference.

 

        8:        Mexicali Project “pre-build”; preparing footings and posts for                     playground equipment construction  

        

        15:        Gulls Hockey; Tickets for the special seats in the ‘Box’ are                     $60; see Past President Rich Aeling for more information

 

        20-23:        Mexicali project

 

May        4:        Evening meeting; more details to come

        

        6:        Bunco at John Boyce’s home    

 

June        17:        Wine, Brews and Blues at the Arts Center; a fundraiser                     in conjunction with the Bonsall Rotary Club

 

        22:        Demotion event; Bye, bye President Tony and welcome                     President Dave Casey    

 

October    7:        Grape Day 5K; only 192 days till the big event! Past                         President Jim Ponder announced that a joint venture with                     Palomar Health Foundation joining our Grape Day 5K is                     nearly complete… The event gets better and bigger!

 

High Fives and Announcements:

 

Dave Herbert  announced that he and his daughter Katie will be attending the final four competition in Phoenix as Gonzaga is in the event for the first time in the school’s history…

 

Linda Bailey announced that the current edition of the Escondido Magazine (available to our members at the meeting) has a great article on “homes for families.”

 

Rorie Johnston mentioned that she will be performing in the ‘Dancing with Our Stars’ event at the Art Center on Saturday…

 

Past President John Boyce brought President Tony some coffee from Hawaii… And John mentioned that his alma mater, Ashland University Women’s Basketball team are NCAA Division II National Champions… John is proud…

 

Past President Barry Baker announced that his grandson receive his Mission for a two- year assignment in Ghana West Africa.

 

 Program:

 

Jack Anderson introduced today’s program; Kiana Bright, the General Manager of Fisher House at Camp Pendleton. Kiana has worked in hospitality affiliation with Military installations; her most recent assignment before the Camp Pendleton Fisher House as the Manager of the “Inns of the Corps” at MCAS Miramar.

 

Kiana spoke about the need for distant family support at Camp Pendleton when a Marine is undergoing hospitalization; this need can be magnified by the fact that over 40,000 Marines are attached to and deployed from Camp Pendleton. With most of them from places other than San Diego, the need for family support accommodations becomes even greater. She shared a story of a severely injured Marine whose family was in New York; they needed to make an emergency trip to support their Marine, and their case manager facilitated the connection with Fisher House as a support base for the Marine’s family.

Kiana shared the need is even magnified more when one considers the average cost of hotel stays in San Diego is $140.00 per night; unusually high when many families’ means are insufficient for such costs, and there may be an extended stay depending on treatment needs. ‘Loved ones’ of a military member (active duty or veteran) receiving care are eligible to use the facility; the families of veterans or military members   receiving care in civilian hospitals are also eligible to use the Fisher House if space permits. Families that use the Fisher House facility are not charged for their lodging; the donations we make, as do many other philanthropic groups, are used by the guests during their stays. Since opening in 2015, the Camp Pendleton facility has served over 300 families.

Kiana shared further that there are 71 Fisher House facilities throughout the US located at military and VA medical facilities; there are five facilities at Navy and Marine Corps facilities across the country, the first being at Bethesda Maryland, serving both Bethesda and the Walter Reed Army hospital.

Fisher House facilities are donated to the military by the Fisher Foundation, and operations are the responsibility of the various medical facilities; Navy, Army, Air Force and Veterans Administration.

 

 

Kiana Bright with President Tony, Dave Herbert and Jack Anderson…

 

 

 

 

On March 23, George Beitner, Dave Herbert and Jack Anderson with Kiana Bright at the Fisher House Camp Pendleton; Sunrise Rotary donated two inflatable beds in addition to  innumerable consumable supplies for the Fisher House…

 

 

 

Next Week’s Program:

 

Linda Bailey and Mark Hoekstra presenting on Sunrise Rotary Club business, including membership development.

 

 

Opportunity Drawing:

 

Lunch Money:    $18;    Mark Crosby

 

Big Pot:        $306;    Tina Pope; sorry, no luck today…

 

 

Sunrise Rotary March 23, 2017  

 

President Tony called the meeting to order

 

Alan Miller led the Pledge to the Flag

Jack Anderson offered an invocation

 

Guests and Visitors:

 

Tina Pope was a visitor; she’s with Palomar Health

Bonnie Malone was introduced as a guest

Rosemary Burson was introduced as Bob Burson’s guest

 

Special Video Presentation:

 

Past President Rich Aeling shared a video from his recent trip to our Nation’s Capitol; He and Donna were at Arlington National Cemetery and Rich recorded the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown… Very impressive; thanks for sharing that important part of our National heritage…

 

Anniversaries and Birthdays:

 

Birthdays:

None

 

Anniversaries:

 

March 28    Past President Jeff and Cathy Johnson celebrating 30 years of                 marriage

 

Rotary Anniversaries:

None this week

 

 

Photos of the Week:

 

Past President Rich and Donna Aeling at the World Baseball Classic in San Diego

 

Past President Mike O’Malley behaving himself on St. Patrick’s Day… Say what????

 

Past President Mark Hoekstra and friends

 

 

Dates to Remember:

 

March        23:        Fisher House delivery; taking place today… George Beitner,                     Dave Herbert and Jack Anderson delivering the goods…

 

April        7-9:        RYLA; Facilitators still needed, see the website or speak                     with Jim Ponder

        

        8:        Mexicali Project “pre-build”; preparing footings and posts for                     playground equipment construction  

        

        15:        Gulls Hockey; Tickets for the special seats in the ‘Box’ are                     $60; see Past President Rich Aeling more information

 

        20-23:        Mexicali project

 

May        4:        Evening meeting; more details to come

        

        6:        Bunco at John Boyce’s home    

 

June        17:        Wine, Brews and Blues at the Arts Center; a fundraiser                     in conjunction with the Bonsall Rotary Club

 

        22:        Demotion event; Bye, bye President Tony and welcome                     President Dave Casey    

 

October    7:        Grape Day 5K; only 196 days till the big event!

 

 

High Fives and Announcements:

 

Past President Barry Baker was stuck in Maui for an extra two days… Poor Barry & Lee; so he brought President Tony a ball cap…

 

John Sawtelle announced that fliers were available for the Wine, Blues and Brews and Blues event in conjunction with the Bonsall Rotary Club. As we sell tickets, we are returned a share of the proceeds; last year our club earned $3,500 plus. Look for the event on June 17 at the Arts Center.

 

Constance Larson announced she needs part time help to digitize records in her office… President Tony volunteered, however he was rejected without an interview because of his vast skills in technology…

 

Past President Rich Aeling shared that Linda Bailey is undergoing some additional medical treatments and asked for prayer on her behalf…

 

 Program:

 

Brian Murphy introduced today’s program; our own Past President Bob Burson disclosing all of his fiction-writing secrets…

 

Bob, appropriately so, introduced his ‘silent partner’ in his fiction-writing second career, his bride, Rosemary…

Rosemary is his editor, marketing guru and chief whip-cracker in keeping him on task…

 

 Bob described for us the difference between a CPA (his former profession) and that of a writer… Basically detailing the left-brain, right-brain challenges he faces in his new endeavors. 

He outlined the creative, story-telling side of his efforts, and shared that as such he is much more evocative and active as he speaks… In another words, he uses his hands a whole lot more than a CPA would ever do…

Bob expressing himself with his hands, and not like his former analytical, accountant self…

 

Bob discussed the writing process he uses, and the ways in which he constructs his stories. He also lamented all of the important things to a fledgling writer that he ignored in his college English classes… Thinks like spelling, vocabulary, sentence structure and storytelling…

He is also learning the ‘ins and outs’ of marketing, social media, reviews and speaking engagements. One of his more recent endeavors was to enhance his search engine optimization so that his books appear early on in readers’ searches of the internet for certain types of books.

Regarding his interests as an author, Bob likes to create action-adventure stories with a geo-political influence. His work is a blend of works in the Nelson DeMille style along with some Tom Clancy influence. 

Bob has been fairly prolific in his production, having published books in 2007, ’09, 2010, ’11, and ’13… His current work is a two-volume piece…

 

Bob was very appreciative of the work of his ‘partner’ in this effort, Rosemary. Her experience with social media and writing in general has helped him along the way… Bob’s books can be found at rtburson.com and are available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

 

Past President Bob and Rosemary Burson with President Tony…

 

 

Next Week’s Program:

 

Kiana Bright, the Manager of the Fisher House at Camp Pendleton will speak about the services they provide to military families.

 

Photo of our Club’s donations to Fisher House last week; pictured are George Beitner, Dave Herbert and Jack Anderson along with Kiana Bright…

 

 

 

Opportunity Drawing:

 

Lunch Money:    $17;    Mark Maus

 

Big Pot:        $288;    Past President Bob Burson; sorry, not so lucky today…