It is Cinco De Mayo!! Hope you all had fun at the Ferrante's party.
May 5, 2024 | Next Issue May 19
<Issue 1 is around 1st Sunday of the Month; Issue 2 on the 3rd Sunday. 2 issues a month>
The month of May is the pleasant time; its face is beautiful; the blackbird sings his full song, the living wood is his holding, the cuckoos are singing and ever singing; there is a welcome before the brightness of the summer.
― Lady Gregory, “Finn, Son of Cumhal”
Looking Ahead | Upcoming Meetings
May 9: Ken Whiting
Come and listen to Ken Whiting give his Silver Bio. Ken has been a Rotarian, and part of this club, since 1988 (for people who can count, that would be 36 years!). Always interesting to hear bios from long-serving members., especially about how things were in the dark times (joke, that's a joke). 
May 16: Steve Bennett
Steve currently works for the Santa Cruz Sentinel - which he will talk about; but as you’ll hear from his talk, he’s had a bunch of different jobs with a number of newspapers both here in California but also up in Oregon and Idaho. He also did a stint with Second Harvest Food Bank, right here in Santa Cruz. Steve is also the current president of the Freedom Rotary Club.
Look Back | Recent Meetings
April 25: Jonathan Hicken
Jonathan Hicken has been the executive director for the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, since 2021. He talked to us about a community-supported marine science education center of UCSC. Interestingly, almost a 100% of our members in attendance had visited that center (which is cool, right?)
May 2: Nathan Nguyen
Nathan Nguyen has been the City of Santa Cruz’s public works director for the last 15 months. He gave us an update on West Cliff Drive and much more.
Items of Interest
Miracle on Jewell Street: Santa Cruz Rotary Club
The Santa Cruz Rotary Club (yes, that one) is holding their Miracle on Jewell Street event at the Santa Cruz Elks Lodge on Sat, May 11; 5:30pm. As they say, while May typically brings to mind springtime, blossoming flowers, and beach outings, they're infusing the season with a dose of holiday spirit and holding a fun, festive, Christmas-inspired event. Funds raised will go towards their corpus and therefore support their B&G grant effort - positively impacting local nonprofits in Santa Cruz County (they provided that language, I just publish it).
You can learn more about the event at:
Rotarian of the Month
Faris Sabbah is being recognized for all the work he does on the speech contest, at the club, area and district level. He does such a wonderful job. Thank you, Faris!


Crahen, Tom May 6
Piro, Chris May 7
Cumming, Jim May 8
James, Jacqueline May 13
Capaldo, Kara May 13
Pollard, Peggy May 14
Dunbar, Romney May 16
Gallagher, John May 22
Russell Keller, Janet May 23
[All Date info provided by the esteemed Tom Hart as entered in ClubRunner; if something is incorrect, please update Clubrunner]

Wedding Anniversaries

Peggy Pollard 37 yrs
Linda Rossi 30 yrs
Penny Leonard 15 yrs

Rotary Anniversaries

Roger Swenson 26 yrs
Faris Sabbah 7 yrs
Lucas Junod 2 yrs

More Calendar Stuff

Rotary District 5170: No Info Provided

May is National Awareness Month for the following:
Jewish American Heritage, ALS, Skin Care, Preservation, Wildfire, Cystic Fibrosis, Foster Care, Stroke Awareness, Mental Health, Military Appreciation, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage, Salsa, Photography, Blood Pressure Awareness, Bike
Members Corner
I got nothing. Nothing at all. 
Folks, please send me stories and info to share here. This feature only works with submissions.
Club Happenings
Satellite Club News
Instagram account @santacruzyoungrotary
Last week, the satellite club enjoyed a bonfire social at Twin Lakes Beach. They have also been discussing ways to network more with the Sunrise members and will have some exciting updates to share at the next regular club meeting. Their May meet up dates are below; more details will be posted on their Instagram account.
Flaniken completes 9 month Rotary Course!
John Flaniken completed the nine month Rotary Leadership course this March. He said it was a very difficult and rewarding class. At the Rotary District Conference 2024,  held at the iconic Hayes Mansion, he received a Plaque in recognition for his effort and this prestigious accomplishment. Go, John! 
Mary provided this great pic of John and his cheesy grin...
And, that's not all. John also led a session at the District Conference on International Service Projects (he’s serving the District this years as International Service Chair and Lieutenant Governor for Special Projects).   And, most importantly, John received a very special award at the District Conference for Exemplary Service to Rotary. Here is a picture of John with District Governor Hung Wei and Past RI President Gary Huang.
New Members
The first meeting of May featured the induction of two new members: Heidi Luckenbach (sponsor -Mary Alsip) and Kalani Stone (sponsor -John Flaniken). Heidi is the Water Director for City of SC and Kalani is a realtor with eXp Realtors.  Please give them a warm Sunrise welcome.

Editors Note

Folks, I will keep repeating this - the newsletter is no good without content... so, please send me info to publish.

Cheers! And, see you at Rotary

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