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<Issue 1 is around 1st Sunday of the Month; Issue 2 on the 3rd Sunday. 2 issues a month>
Every day can be the beginning of something beautiful.
You are capable of blooming like May flowers.
Celebrate your accomplishments, big or small.
There are days you harvest, and days you plant the seeds.
Looking Ahead | Upcoming Meetings
May 23: Andy Cunningham
Its time for Andy to give his Red Badge bio. Come and hear about his life journey, his work with the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz, his love of coffee and cycling, and more.
May 30: 5:30pm Evening Fellowship Meeting
This would be the 5th meeting of the month and, as has become our new tradition, we will meet in the evening. This month's fellowship meeting will be at the Cabrillo Veterans Center. They will give us a tour and we will have drinks and snacks to enjoy.
Look Back | Recent Meetings
May 9: Fellowship and Open Mic
As happens, we had a snafu and our speaker was traveling. The club pivoted superbly and we had a real fun "pass the mic" meeting. We got to hear from a multitude of folks on what is going on in their life... There was definitely interest in repeating this format.
May 16: Ken Whiting
Ken, a Rotary member for 37 years, gave his Silver Bio. Awesome to hear him speak about his, and his family's, journey over the years.
Items of Interest
Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz Golf Tournament
(Submitted by Andy Cunningham)
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County have recently announced their 53rd Annual Boys & Girls Club Golf Tournament, which will be held on Friday July 12th at DeLaveaga Golf Course. 
I would love to see my fellow Rotarians out on the course to support local Santa Cruz youth as golf foursomes, or participants in our Sip & Paint activity. Consider this your personal invite!
We also have sponsorship opportunities remaining at various levels, if that is something you would like to ask you employer to consider. Please take a look at the Sponsorship and Registration page for more info. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you might have! 
New Leaf is once again our title / event sponsor, and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk are back as our Dinner & Evening Program Sponsor, and we would love to add you to that list of community partners.
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
The Winston clan, Ellen, Jon, Gracie, Rae and Jill
Jon & Jill Winston are thrilled to announce their youngest child Gracie’s graduation from UC Law San Francisco (formerly, Hastings School of Law) last week. They graduated Cum Laude with an award for outstanding contributions in their Social Justice Lawyering Concentration and a special recognition for 150+ hour of Pro Bono work.   Needless to say, J&J are very proud and looking forward to Gracie working to make our world a more just, equitable and compassionate place.   Jon is also thrilled to make a meaningful Happy Bucks donation now that the last tuition bill has been paid!
Tom and Becky Hart visited their daughter in Alaska to attend their grandson’s high school graduation. While there, a ‘cow’ moose wandered onto the backyard and, a day later, delivered twins (Mudpie and Skidmark).  Did you know that moose calves are able to walk within a few hours of birth? Calves will stick around for about 1.5 years before moving on to start their own family. Full grown moose can run at speeds up to 35 mph and cows can weigh between 500-1200 lbs and stand 5-7’ tall at the shoulder. Needless to say the Hart-Mercer family kept clear of Mrs. Bullwinkle and her calves!
I have another request - am looking for a marketing person to help a local small business. Andy Cunningham gave me the name of a satellite club member who may be in the field - an email has not gotten a response (text, instagram messages and carrier pigeon to follow; should not be that hard to give someone business). That said, anyone else know someone? Please contact me.
Along those lines, I do think it would be good to have a way to tap into the greater expertise, knowledge, and network of our club members. We are supposed to be a networking club... but it sure is hard to network...
I had posited an idea to start a googlegroup type of email list but gotten pushback. So... anyone have any ideas? Should I try out mine?
Club Happenings
Satellite Club News
Instagram account @santacruzyoungrotary
No new News.... They did not post the locations of their May meet ups so this is all I have:
Camp RLYA Update
(Submitted by Dave Mello)
Camp RYLA will be held this year on Sunday June 23, 2024 and conclude on Friday June 28, 2024. This year Santa Cruz Sunrise is sponsoring 10 students to attend. The $950 cost for each camper is covered by our club.
On Thursday June 27, 2024 at 5pm the camp will host the annual barbecue for Rotarians to see first hand just what goes on at Camp RYLA and witness the enthusiasm of the campers. This event is open to all Rotarians, please consider attending.
On Thursday July 18, 2024, the campers will attend our regular Sunrise Club Meeting and tell us about their camp experience.

Editors Note

The Khandelwal family also celebrated a graduation last week - our youngest, Kayleigh, graduated from Berkeley Engineering. She has a job lined up already so we're pretty happy to get her off the payroll! Look out world, here she comes..... 


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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